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60 MUSIC: MAN OF THE HOUSE Peter Aaron profiles the half of Hall and Oates behind Daryl’s House. Nightlife Highlights include Brazilian Girls; ZZ Top; The Levin Brothers; Channel 3; and David Bromberg Quintet. Reviews of Cicada Dream Band by David Rothenberg, Pauline Oliveros, and Timothy Hill; Electrified & Blue by Hank and the Skinny 3 and 1@AX by The Compact.

64 BOOKS: THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS Jane Smiley’s trilogy follows an Iowa farm family through the mid-20th century.

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88 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 87 Catch a whiff of Perfume Genius as they perform their new album at BSP Kingston. 88 Psychic Chip Coffey conducts gallery readings in his return to Woodstock. 89 A reading from Conjunctions writers on the journal's 25th anniversary. 90 She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry brings the feminist fight to Upstate Films . 91 Steve Gorn and Janaki Patrik celebrate Indian traditions at SUNY Ulster. 93 “Warhol by the Book” shows the artist’s contributions to the publishing industry. 94 The Hudson Valley Beer and Cheese Fest at Keegan Ales. 96 Members of the Ministry of Maåt are Spell Breaking at the Rosendale Theatre.


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here’s a woolly mammoth in the room. It’s impossible to overlook. Everyone wants to talk about it, needs to talk about it, is obsessed with talking about it. Our mutual complaints against it can take up the bulk of conversations we once might have had about art, or philosophy, or butterflies. It demands our attention and we are helpless in the face of it. Whatever could this metaphorical mammoth be, dear reader? A hint: The two-word phrase I’m thinking of rhymes with mold and heather. I had planned to write my column about the sheer doggedness of the cold weather despite the fact that I wrote a similar column last April, as devoted readers may remember (hi Dad!). In that column, I mentioned that I was growing a spite-beard that I wouldn’t shave off until it hit 70 degrees. Growing the beard was a symbolic form of empowerment, an intentional act. How things have changed: Today, February 20, I am sporting a bushy chin halo akin to the beard I shaved off last spring, but I cannot remember when I started growing it. There was never a moment when I thought, “Grow a beard, dingbat, so your cheeks won’t freeze.” It seems to have just happened, as if my face sprouted it of its own accord as a defense mechanism. I had prepared a litany of invective and histrionics about the cold and its occupying army of frozen snowbanks. I was ready to rip winter a new one. Because it feels personal this year, doesn’t it? Like it’s bad karma boomeranging on us. Somebody did something really bad and we’re all paying the price. Then our political columnist, Larry Beinhart, filed his column (“United States of Hysteria,” page 21), taking Northeast Public Radio’s Alan Chartock to task for complaining about the weather. A bit of a pointed takedown, actually, but it’s in the context of a larger point Larry makes about the media’s fear machine. Besides, Dr. Chartock has undoubtedly suffered worse hectoring than being told to go out and enjoy the snow. And Larry’s right. We should all go out and make the best of it. I’m not exactly sure how that’s done when it’s 8 degrees and there’s 20-mile-an-hour winds, but I’m going to try. The dog is game. So, I invite you to try an experiment with me: Let’s talk about anything else besides the weather.Whenever you find yourself about to go off about the hateful climatic conditions and its effects on your temperament, talk about something pleasing. Tell a silly joke instead. Complement your conversational partner on how lovely their sweater is. Make a recommendation about a good book you’ve read lately. Trade a recipe. Talk about anything else. In that vein, here are some other things we’re talking about this month in the pages of Chronogram: Born Too Soon Hillary Harvey takes on the subject of sibling rivalry in the Kids & Family section this month. One of things she uncovered surprised me. As the oldest of four siblings, I always assumed that in addition to being the smartest and most handsome, I was also the most adventurous. But according to Frank

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Sulloway, a psychology professor that Hillary interviewed, this is not usually the case. While firstborns are generally more confident and successful than siblings further down the line, they tend to align themselves with their parents’ traditional thinking in order to preserve the natural (and deserved!) favoritism shown them. Firstborns are risk averse, unlike their siblings, who, realizing that their parents don’t love them as much as their oldest sibling, will never love them as much as their oldest sibling, take chances. Laterborns become stunt people and artists. Firstborns become bankers, lawyers, and middle managers. I never wanted to be born later in the birth sequence until now. Thought you knew everything about your rightful place in the birth order? Hillary has some other sibling secrets to unpack in “Spawn Vs. Spawn” (page 36). Go Hawks! When I attended SUNY New Paltz in the late `80s, the college was not the academic powerhouse it is today. Having been denied admittance to a couple other SUNY schools, New Paltz was my fallback. At the time, the only list the college was likely to find itself on was the High Times 100, a monthly compendium of items of interest to the stoner set. Fields west of the main part of campus were still known as the Tripping Fields, for reasons one can easily imagine, and the school still had a whiff of bong water about it (in my room, anyway). So, when I read that SUNY New Paltz ranked first in the country in on-campus drug arrests (While You Were Sleeping, page 20), I was filled with a heady mix of nostalgia and pride. It’s heartening to know that my alma mater, despite its hard-won academic bona fides—it is now the most difficult SUNY school to get into—still has one Birkenstock in its druggy past. As Cold As the Stars The weather even caught the attention of our astrologer, Eric Francis Coppolino, this month (“Waiting for the Big Thaw,” page 98.) The good news, he notes, is that the astrological chill that an unusually powerful Mercury retrograde cast over most of February is loosening its grip. Department of Corrections In a restaurant profile in our February issue (“Best of the Wurst”), we erroneously described the Gunk Haus as being located in Highland. The restaurant is, in fact, located in the nearby hamlet of Clintondale. Thanks to the numerous residents of Clintondale who wrote in to point this out. Go Clintondale! In “Spill the Beans,” a photo essay on the coffee culture of the Hudson Valley, we got the name of Kingston-based Hudson Coffee Traders wrong. We added a word to their name that should not have been there. I’ll let you guess what it was.


Christmas came a few months late to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Brooks Memorial Library when one man’s will was settled this month. Ronald Read, lifetime resident of Windham County, left nearly $8 million to the local library and hospital. Read’s close friends and family members had no idea he was a multimillionaire, a mystery maintained by his quiet, frugal lifestyle. According to Read’s stepson, the only clue to Read’s financial status was his daily habit of reading the Wall Street Journal. The $1.2 million gift to the library is twice that of its endowment of $600,000, and will be used for capital projects and extended library hours. The $4.8 million donation to the hospital is still being discussed, but Gina Patterson, the director of development and marketing, says the money will go toward infrastructure improvements and capital projects. The donations are the single largest gifts ever received by the institutions. Source: Brattleboro Reformer Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced in February his plans to pay back Greece’s $25 billion debt that may result in the country being forced out of the eurozone. Tsipras says they will cut exorbitant government amenities and prioritize humanitarian issues over Greece’s financial crisis. In lieu of an extension on the country’s bailout debt, Tsipras is seeking a bridge program to tide the country over between the prime minister’s promises to the electorate and the eventual reimbursement of the more than $300 billion international creditors have lent Greece over its years of austerity. Tsipras plans include selling half of all government limousines and a government jet, cutting back on security, putting a freeze on pension cuts, restoring Greek public broadcast television, implementing a property tax overhaul, providing free electricity to those who’ve been cut off, reinstating jobs that have been cut, and raising minimum wage. Sources: The Guardian (US), BBC News

SUNY New Paltz is number one—in on-campus drug arrests. An analysis by Project Know using data from the Department of Education found that SUNY New Paltz led the country in college drug arrests in 2013, with a total of 105 collars. Of the colleges with the highest drug arrest rates, four were SUNY schools: New Paltz, Oswego (2nd), Oneonta (6th), and Plattsburgh (7th). In 2012, SUNY New Paltz ranked only 107th, with 24 total arrests. SUNY school officials attribute the suddenly high figure to their campus police. Most campuses around the country rely on local law enforcement. New Paltz spokeswoman Melissa Kaczmarek referred to New Paltz’s strict zero-tolerance drug policy in a statement, justifying the number one rank with the low recidivism rate among offenders. Sources: Huffington Post, Daily Freeman President Obama announced a new set of rules this February that restrict the amount of data the National Security Agency (NSA) collects and records on American citizens and foreigners. Phone conversations by American citizens that aren’t “relevant to foreign intelligence” must be immediately deleted, while those by foreigners may be held up for up to five years, according to the new regulations. In addition to the stricter data regulations, President Obama will also institutionalize regulated White House-led reviews of monitoring on foreign officials by the NSA. The rules allow foreigners to block misused private information shared by a foreign government with American law enforcement agencies, though conversations swept up by the NSA won’t be admissible in court. Source: New York Times The world’s largest solar plant is open and operating in Southern California. Constructed by First Solar, the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project generates enough electricity to power 160,000 California homes thanks to a $1.5 billion federal grant from the Department of Energy. The project’s solar panels cover 3,800 acres near Joshua Tree National Park. According to David Hochschild, a member of the California Energy Commission, California has installed more renewable energy than any other state in the country. By 2020, California’s three major utilities plan on meeting a 33 percent renewable energy mandate. Gov. Jerry Brown would like to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2030. Source: USA Today 20 20 CHRONOGRAM CHRONOGRAM 3/15 3/15

At least they’re confident. Fusion’s Massive Millennial Poll found that although 46 percent of millennials live at home with their parents and 60 percent are in debt, 70 percent expect to be millionaires in their lifetimes. The poll, which surveyed 1,200 likely voters aged 18 to 34 during the 2014 midterm elections, also found that only 4 percent of millennial voters think climate change is the most important issue facing the United States; the majority of those surveyed believe that the economy, debt and spending, and terrorism are of greater concern. Other findings include that 84 percent of millennials think marijuana should be legal for medicinal purposes and 68 percent support gay marriage. Source: Fusion A private political network run by Charles G. and David H. Koch of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the country, plans to spend $900 million on the 2016 campaign, giving them as much monetary influence on the presidential race as the Republican or Democratic parties. The Kochs’ conservative network consists of a number of political groups that advocate their personal conservative views, like smaller government, deregulation, tax cuts, and abolishing campaign disclosure laws. The entities that make up the Kochs’ network are mostly nonprofits protected by nondisclosure laws for donors, making it difficult to tell the amount of money invested by the Koch brothers or the 300 donors they’ve recruited over time. Sources: New York Times, Desert Sun A Superior Court judge in New Jersey found a counseling group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah), guilty of consumer fraud for selling conversion therapy to cure homosexuality in a pretrial hearing. The judge, Peter F. Bariso Jr., wrote that homosexuality was not a disorder, but a “normal variation of human sexuality.” He also cited use of “success” figures in advertising “when there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics” as fraudulent, though didn’t mention whether or not Jonah had done so. In another pretrial hearing, he disqualified five of Jonah’s expert witnesses because their supposed expertise was based on homosexuality as a sickness. Only New Jersey, California, and Washington D.C., currently prohibit licensed medical professionals from performing conversion therapy on young people. Source: New York Times Compiled by Kelly Seiz


Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic



e shut down three entire states. Count ‘em: three states. Trains, planes, highways, schools, offices, damn near everything. For a report of a snowstorm—that mostly never came. Oh, remember when we were young? And snowstorms were normal? One of those things that happen, like sun and rain, getting hot in August and cold in February. Mostly it meant absolute joy for kids, “Yay, yay, it’s a snow day.” But no more. The Czar of Northeast Public Radio, Dr. Alan Chartock, came on the air to weep and moan about the dreadful oppression of the cold and snow of February, how everyone is suffering and in agony. Hey, Alan, our trees, our animals, our earth, and our air, needs the cold.You want to be rid of winter, watch the cockroaches grow to the size of Palmetto bugs? You want your daily journeys to be never chilly, never challenging, always comfy, safe, and manicured, from air conditioned home to your air conditioned car to your air conditioned office? You want to watch your IQ drop to the gated community standards of Central Florida? There seems to be no particular reason why the bracing climates of the coasts and the mountains lead to reading, rationalism, free thought, and innovation. While the suburban sprawl of the Sunbelt leads to gated communities, polite insular racism, the steady destruction of public education, and the growing presumption that the value of any value can only be measured in cash. Sorry, Alan, Northeast Public Radio is a great institution, one of our very best sources of news. But when you lead with a long, long whine about chilly weather it’s just too much wussification. Hey, Alan, get some ice skates, snowshoes, cross-country skis, or downhill skis. Borrow some grandchildren and take them to your local sled hill. Oh, whoops! Not whoops of joy, but “Whoops, the home of the brave is sliding downhill.” The Economist reports “[F]aced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills. Dubuque, Iowa, City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks.” Is there a connection between weather obsession, hysteria television, and the triumph of trepidation? Television news loves hurricanes, even just a heavy rain, snow storms, high tides, floods, strong winds. What is this infatuation, this relentless embrace of precipitation? The problem that TV news always faces is how to get exciting pictures. So much blood and destruction happens spontaneously, and the cameras don’t arrive in time to get anything but the wreckage. But clear warnings arrive ahead of the weather. Hurricane coming, time and place predicted. Get the camera on the jetty and a news guy in foul weather gear on the beach. Pictures, you got pictures! Even better, your news show can schedule hysteria. Not just one show’s worth, but days of urgency.

We watch “the news,” real news, to become generally informed about the events of the world. Face it, if you missed today’s ISIL horror story, you can catch tomorrow’s, and how different will it be? If a news show wants to paste your eyeballs to the screen—which determines whether they get paid or not—they better come up with something that will affect you—yeah, you, personally,—quite soon, quite certainly, so disastrous it will delay your morning commute, so you have to stay tuned until after the commercial to find out! But how often do we have a war, locally? An invasion of poisonous cobras? Weimar Republic levels of hyperinflation? Chemical plant explosions? Not often enough for a decent business model. But there’s the weather! So, TV news hypes the weather, screams about the weather until it raises weather hysteria to a level that swamps mayors and governors. And it works. It puts eyeballs on the screen, and putting eyeballs on the screen pays. That becomes the TV news template. Danger! Danger! Scary danger. In what you used to take for granted.The seven common household cleaners that could kill you!The 12 deadliest germs in your kitchen! Teen sex practices depraving your daughters! Sexual predators in your neighborhood! The missing white girl! Al Qaeda sleeper cells in your neighborhood! The missing white girl! Russian sleeper cells in your neighborhood! The Ebola epidemic! Medicare will turn America into Greece! One hundred and nine measles peoples in California! Unvaccinated possible measles peoples might come near you! A football team played football with underinflated footballs! Social Security spending will turn America into Greece! Three medications you need for the cholesterol you have from eating grease! Gas prices rising, the sky is failing, or vice versa! Be afraid! Be very afraid! Just as the weatherwoman has become the model for all TV news,TV news has become the model for all our public dialog. On a Sunday, the third day of March, 1933, in his first inaugural address, Franklin Roosevelt told our nation that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” “We are stricken with no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep.” The Great Depression was at its worst when he said that. Now we live in a time of great, if unequally divided, riches. With much greater personal security, thanks, largely, to the reforms of his administration. US military power has no rivals. Medical capabilities and health care are vastly superior. Yet, Roosevelt’s motto has morphed, it has shrunk, it has been truncated, so today it would be more apt to say, “the only thing we have is fear itself.”

TV news hypes the weather, screams about the weather until it raises weather hysteria to a level that swamps mayors and governors. And it works.



Well Spent: The Home and Body Edition By Jana Martin


s those March winds blow, refresh your shelters—home and body— with these seasonal finds. Stay inside under cover of a cozy lambswool duvet. Give the couch a new pillow, the wall a new mirror, the dog a new bed, and the birds a new house. Book a massage that transports you to a blissful meadow in Nirvana, NewYork.We’ve got your cure for cabin fever, and it’s all from local shops, designers, and makers. Take that, groundhog.

Lighten Up

Eat More Noodles

Serve your weekend guests their soup (or pasta) in these bold, colorful ceramic noodle bowls from China, and they’ll smile. The traditional pedestal shapes are adorned with geometric patterns in shades like daffodil yellow and rose red, or alphabets of snappy black letters. From Lounge Home Furnishings in Kingston. Available by the bowl ($16), or in sets of four or eight ($63 to $125).

Lighten your space—and mood—with Suspended Dice Lamps by Milne, Inc., on the Rondout in Kingston. The giant dice were a local vintage discovery repurposed by Milne. Canted up on dark metal shafts, they appear to be caught in midtoss.The lamps stand three feet high and are topped with linen lampshades: Without the dice, they’d dress up any interior; with the dice, they’re a witty visual pun. $675/pair.

Bask in the Glow

Sit Back and Relax

Comfort the Dog

Stare those trees into budding if you want, but you might as well stare at a pillow. Just make it a handblock printed pillow by Accord-based Materia Designs. Made of sustainably woven Belgian linen, these are printed with subtly striking graphic designs using custom-mixed inks. At 20 inches square and filled with down inserts, they’re like comfy art. Available at the studio by appointment until May, when the new showroom opens. $265 to $365.

Contemplate Your Pretty Self

Nectar in High Falls is a festive emporium of global furnishings and treats that changes by the container shipment. Just arrived: a bountiful cache of droll, handsome mirrors framed in reclaimed wood and made in India. They come in all shapes and sizes, from miniature temple windows to glorious sun rays. Add one (or five) to a room and instantly lift the space. Small, $28 to $42; large, $200 to $950. 22 SHOPPING CHRONOGRAM 3/15

Warm up the atmosphere with paraffin candles that bring a dose of Downton Abbey to our woods. At 10” high and in six dignified colors like butterscotch and caramel, they come a dozen to a box, which should last you until the sun comes back out. From Rural Residence in Hudson, a well-curated treat of a store (Hepplewhite, silver, taxidermy, gentleman’s apothecary). Give Fido a soft place to dream of chasing rabbits with a canvas dog bed by Utility Canvas of Gardiner. The 34” square is made of durable, enzyme-washed cotton canvas and dyed rich tones, like leaf green and tulip red, with smartly contrasting zipper closures. No dog in your life? Too bad, but these double as great floor pillows. Utility canvas makes functional and attractive soft goods and clothing. Dog bed covers, $146. Inserts sold separately, $35.

Bag a Plastic Deer

Nothing banishes those cold weather blahs quite like a neon-bright plastic deer’s head on the wall. From Dream in Plastic in Beacon, these Urban Taxidermy Deer are cruelty-free trophy bucks, backed with powerful mineral magnets and keyholes for hanging. Stick them anywhere for the ultimate joke on rustic chic. Available in hot pink, right blue, neon green, gold, and yellow, they’re big enough to hold your bulky winter coats. $12.99.

Clockwise from top: The Emerson Spa, Mount Tremper; Urban Taxidermy deer hook, at Dream in Plastic,Beacon; Comb 20� throw pillow, at Materia Designs, Accord; Suspended Dice lamp, at Milne Inc., Kingston; Honey n Sugar Scrub by Phoenicia Honey Co., at Tender Land Home, Phoenicia; Reclaimed wood mirror, at Nectar, High Falls. Opposite: Lambswool duvet with cotton cover, available at New Baby New Paltz.


Have a Drink

Dr. Andrew Colyer of Advanced Health and Wellness, Red Hook.

Who needs ice anyway? You won’t even miss the stuff when you’ve got these clever soapstone cubes. Stick these Sparq Whiskey Rocks in the freezer for a few hours and then plop in your drink to keep it cool for hours. Plus, you get to pretend you’re dropping stones into your friend’s glass. From Germantown Variety in, yup, Germantown, where everything’s made in the USA.

Sleep In

Spring may be just around the corner, but on those chilly mornings it still feels miles away. Stay in bed without the guilt under a chemical-free, pure virgin lambswool duvet. The optional organic sateen cotton cover is velvety soft; the wool is warm in winter, cool in summer, and naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and mildew. There are cotton duvets as well. Available at New Baby New Paltz, these Vermont-made luxuries come in sizes from toddler to California King.The covers come in endless prints and colors. $133 and up.

Be Kind to Living Things

Those birds are just as cranky as you are, they just hide it better. Cheer them up with a spiffy new handmade birdhouse. Slab-built of a special grade of porcelain, they come glazed in saturated shades like dark orange, tangerine, turquoise, and lime green. This a pure Catskill town product: crafted by L & M studio and available at Lovely, and they make great shelters for wrens. With two sections, they’re easy to clean. Matching porcelain planters come in small and large— white on the outside, colored on the inside. $100 and up.


Fight those long winter blahs with some top-notch pampering and healing, and turn that tired bod the living, breathing embodiment of the new season. At Village Apothecary in Saugerties,Woodstock, and Lake Katrine, a quintet of salves by L. Naturals includes local plants like white pine and birch, joined by curatives like eucalyptus, St. John’s wort, calendula, and comfrey. Herbalist Lauren Raba uses unrefined shea butter and essential oils and keeps them free of parabens and synthetics. Not only do they smell good, but they also do the body good. $17.99 per 2 ounce glass jar. The increasingly precious commodity known as local honey has made its way into scrumptious body products by the Phoenicia Honey Co., available right on the town’s Main Street at Tender Land Home. Bask in the fragrant goodness of a bergamot and lavender infused bath soak, then invigorate your skin into a happy frenzy with a brisk, sweet sugar scrub. Locally sourced and crafted in small batches, these are decadent elixirs. $15. A lifetime’s worth of education and training has gone into the healing practice of Dr. Andrew Colyer, DC, CSCS, DAAPM, FIAMA, PAK­—and his list of loyal and grateful clients is just as long. At his Red Hook-based Advanced Health and Wellness, mind and body are tended to with subtle precision, using methods from kinesiology to Japanese Onnetsu infrared therapy to chiropractic to nutrition and homeopathy. One-hour initial appointment, $160.

Handmade porcelain birdhouse by L & M Studio, available at Lovely, Catskill.


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Stargate 4173

A HOME OBSERVATORY IN POUGHQUAG By Leander Schaerlaeckens Photographs by Deborah DeGraffenreid


This page: Bob Antol adjusting his Ritchey-Chrétien telescope. Opposite: The Antols built an addition onto their home that is topped by an astronomical observatory.


he Antols are collectors. Walk into Bob and Barb’s Colonial in a leafy and hilly neighborhood of Poughquag and you’ll be greeted by a four-foot-tall teddy bear. Barb has 1,200 of them, many of which are scattered throughout the house. She rotates them, depending on the season. This one, holding a Valentine heart and wearing a white knitted scarf and beret, is the biggest; the smallest measures about half an inch. Walk to the back of their house and you’ll find a huge wall of bookcases, crammed with Bob’s science fiction novels. Step through a door and into the extension and note the octagonal nook in the corner. More bookcases. More sci-fi. And quite a lot of models—a lunar and command module from the Apollo era, the Mars Rover, rockets and space ships, a fighter plane. The right-hand section of the octagon is closed off by a door, which leads to a spiral staircase, but we’ll get to that. Behind a thick, square pillar there’s a home office. Beside it, there’s a hatch to a space tucked below the stairs. Storage space, surely. Actually, that’s Barb’s Harry Potter viewing space. It’s where she goes to indulge in her Potter addiction and re-watch all the movies. Even though it’s only a few feet deep and wide and chest-high, she has stuffed some pillows, a DVD player, and a fold-up projection screen in there. Oh, and more bears, of course. The pillar has a painted portrait of a cat affixed to it. He was called Grimaldi—like all the Antols’ cats, he was named for a lunar crater—and he passed away a decade ago. His legacy is this space, formally baptized Grimaldi Tower.

In the Observatory Okay, through the door and up the stairs then.At the top of it, you enter Stargate 4173. That is to say, the second floor of Grimaldi Tower is an observatory. Atop the five-foot high walls of the octagon, each of them with a little window in it, sits a 16-foot-wide and 8-foot-high dome. When Bob presses a button, a strip of it slides out over the top and another hinges away at the bottom and he has an open window onto the sky. This gap in the dome allows him to peer out at the universe through his bulky, bright red and black telescope that sits in the middle of the room. It’s an RC Optical Systems model—a Ritchey-Chrétien, notable for its two hyperbolic mirrors and carbon truss, which cost $24,750 back in 2009. With a second button on the wall, he instigates a big whirr as he rotates the dome to align the big gash with whatever planet, star, or moon he’d like to examine. A laptop on an adjacent table is running The Sky 6 program that lets Bob click on any object in the mapped universe. When he does, his telescope hums into action, twisting and contorting itself to point at just that spot and zoom in. Surrounding the telescope are a tall, standing green inflatable alien, the classic kind with the almond eyes. It’s wearing a red scarf—it’s February, after all. On the ledge of the wall below the dome, there are a great many more sci-fi doodads, mostly models of the various vehicles on Star Trek and Stargate. There are framed pictures of since-deceased cats the Antols have had—they have four today. And, naturally, there’s a teddy bear in a NASA uniform. 3/15 CHRONOGRAM HOME 27

The Antols’ home is filled with astronomy manuals, science fiction novels, and science-fiction collectibles.

The Antols, who are both retired from 30-odd-year careers at IBM, built their house in 1989 but didn’t complete the observatory until a decade ago. They had spent two years talking about it before they even settled on the right idea for it and found an architect and a contractor. “I’d read a lot prior, and a lot of wives weren’t as agreeable as Barb was,” says Bob. Barb: “I thought it was a great idea.” Top of the World and Beyond As a boy, Bob had been fascinated by space and astronomy. Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, he, his brother and some friends would sleep outside in the yard on summer nights.Without a tent, so they could look at the stars. Their parents bought them a telescope. Ever since, Bob has sought out peripheries. He went on an 11-day North Pole expedition once because he saw an ad in a newspaper about an 11-day North Pole expedition and that sounded interesting. Then, having gone to the top of the world, he wanted to look further. He kind of wanted an observatory. He’d been setting up his telescope in the yard, but he yearned for more. “It’s a hobby,” he says. “It did get out of control. It’s a very expensive hobby. It should be the cheapest hobby—it should be absolutely free. Anybody can go outside and they can simply look up. But then they say ‘What is that?’ And they buy a book to tell them what that is. And then they buy binoculars. And then they buy a tripod. It keeps going and going, like any hobby. And this led to the observatory.” They had originally thought of building a two-story shed in the back yard with a roll-off roof, with the telescope upstairs and an area to hang out downstairs. But going outside seemed like a hassle during a harsh winter. Then Bob saw an advertisement for a dome. They decided they wanted to connect the observatory to the house, but they couldn’t put the dome on top of the garage because it would eliminate both parking spots. They couldn’t put it behind the garage either, because the house would obscure their vision. They had to build an addition. 28 HOME CHRONOGRAM 3/15

Not Illegal, Just…Different When they’d finally gotten their designs together, the town made them get approval from all of their neighbors in order to secure a permit, even though their plan abided by all the building codes and zoning laws. There was nothing illegal about what they wanted to do—it was just, well, different. They got the approvals, in exchange for a few promises that neighbors could come take a look. In the end, the town decided building a domed observatory extension to your house was okay because it kind of looked like a silo anyway, and other people in the area had silos. The observatory is a clever feat of engineering. The concrete pier that the heavy telescope rests on—it weighs perhaps 200 pounds between the mount, the counter-weight and the telescope itself— has a platform atop it that can be raised or lowered electrically. The pier is 17 feet long in all, running downstairs, through the casing that Grimaldi’s effigy hangs on, and then five feet into the ground below the foundation. It touches nothing but its subterranean base and the telescope. Everything else is built around it, to ensure that there is no vibration whatsoever. When you magnify your vision by up to 491 times, the slightest tremor at the other side of your house will seem like an earthquake when you’re looking through the lens. You can set a glass of water on the pier and jump up and down on the floor around it, and the water won’t show a ripple. The dome came in a 2,800-pound kit from Illinois. It took a week to assemble. The walls have built-in speakers, a seemingly endless supply of power outlets and extra-wide window sills—for the cats. The carpeting has padding underneath it to cushion any would-be falls of the pricey lenses. By toggling a switch, the color of the light changes from white to red, so as not to interfere with your vision through the telescope but still allowing you to see where you’re walking.

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Latitude and Longitude Finally, when their pet project was finished, the Antols named it. They liked the Stargate movie and television shows, a military sci-fi franchise, so they put that in the name. They took their latitude and longitude—41 and 73. And then they honored their cat Grimaldi, who had died young of a heart condition, just three weeks before construction began. Stargate 4173 at Grimaldi Tower. From this fanciful perch, Bob and Barb have seen things 300 million light years away.They’ve seen all the planets.They’ve seen the demoted planet Pluto. They’ve seen the polar icecaps on Mars. They’ve tracked the International Space Station. “It’s amazing when you point at certain areas of the sky how much is out there, it’s mind-boggling,” Barb says. “There’s just so many stars.” Plainly, they’re delighted with the unconventional decision to build an unusual addition. “Sometimes I come up here and still can’t believe we did this,” says Barb. They don’t think it’ll make it hard to sell their house. They figure there are enough fellow astronomy geeks out there to find a buyer. Failing that, somebody could probably turn it into an office or a gym. Bob sometimes hosts small science classes from local schools. But most of the time, they’ll look up at the sky by themselves for anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. “Some nights we’ll come up here and we have our lounge chairs and we’ll bring a brandy, turn on the music and we’ll open up this tiny slit,” Bob says. “We’re looking at the stars, sipping our drinks and just enjoying.” The Antols document most everything.They tell me I’m the 248th visitor to their observatory. They keep track, because the 250th person to come through will get a commemorative gift, just as the 100th did. On my way out the door, I sign their guest book and they hand me a large postcard of the observatory. It’s got some text in the corner: “We can see Uranus from here!”

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Above: Zinnias are named for a German botanist named Johann Gottfried Zinn. Opposite: The 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus gave us binomial nomenclature for plants and other living things. Painting by Hendrik Hollander, 1853.

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f you enjoy Romance languages, with their shared Latin roots, you are likely to find the botanical names of plants quite swoony. Most botanical names, also known as scientific names, are derived from Latin or Latinized Greek or some hybrid of the two.Yet despite the mash-up of Greek and Latin, it is common parlance to simply refer to the botanical name as the “Latin name.” Much is revealed, and often mellifluously, from the small package that is the Latin name. Tulip Trees and Purple Hedgehogs The Latin name for tulip trees is Liriodendron tulipifera (Li-ri-o-DEND-ron tewlip-IFF-er-a). These are the majestically straight and tall beauties such as the ones you find in the woods of the Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie. Their leaves and flowers both resemble tulips. Liriodendron is Greek for “lily tree” (leirion is Greek for “lily” and is Latinized to “lirio,” and dendron means “tree”) and tulipifera is Latin for “tulip-bearing.” So one could say it’s a “tulip-bearing lily tree,” although the reference to lilies is not well understood—the tree is in the magnolia, not lily, family. In the case of the “tulip-bearing lily tree,” Liriodendron is the genus, and tulipifera is the specific epithet, pointing to species. The 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus developed that binomial system for naming plants and then proceeded to be the first to describe and name over 7,000 plants. Genus and species were but part of the framework he created for classifying and naming plants and animals, which goes kingdoms > classes > orders > families > genera (singular: genus), and species. Gardeners will be most intent on the family, genus, and species ranks.

Latin names are often very sensually descriptive, as with purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Echinacea comes from the Greek (ekhinos) for “hedgehog” or “sea urchin,” referring to the spiky central cone of tiny disc flowers, and purpurea means “purple” and refers (roughly) to one of the most common colors of the ray flowers/petals. I have a patch of those purple hedgehogs that I enjoy greatly, as do the bees in summer and the birds in late fall. Oftentimes the Latin name either pays homage to a botanist or is named after the botanist who first officially described the plant. For instance, Carl Linnaeus named the genus Zinnia in honor of an 18th-century German botanist and anatomy professor named Johann Gottfried Zinn who accomplished many things in his brief 32 years on Earth. Other times the Latin name—especially the specific epithet—may refer to the part of the world where the plant was first described by a botanist. So the sinensis in Miscanthus sinensis (maiden grass) tells you that plant comes from China. Magnolia cubensis comes from Cuba and Carpenteria californica comes from California … and so on. Rules to Disregard You’ll notice that Latin names are italicized as a means of clearly indicating a scientific name is being given.They stand in contrast to common names, which can be any combination of colloquial words and often differ from region to region. One plant can have dozens of common names and indeed, if I want to call Echinacea purpurea plants “Michelle’s purple hedgehogs,” no one can stop me. So feel free to invent your own common names…there are no rules. But 3/15 CHRONOGRAM HOME 33

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most plants have only one currently accepted Latin name, and this is helpful to use when you want to be sure everyone’s talking about the same plant. It’s normal to feel nervous about pronunciation when you are first learning botanical names. Don’t fret about it. I have heard botany professors and horticulturists pronounce the same Latin names very differently. As long as the Latin name a person is using is recognizable, it is not important that pronunciation be precisely the same. Anyone who makes unbidden correction of your pronunciation has too much time on his or her hands. Sometimes the “correct” pronunciation is notably pretentious. For instance, a fellow grad student insisted I should pronounce Forsythia “For-SCYTHEee-a”, because it was named for an 18th-century Scottish horticulturist William Forsyth, whose name was said with a long “i” sound. But I and everyone around me have been saying “For-SITH-ee-a” our whole lives. No confusion about the plant in question has resulted, so I chose to ignore my peer’s advice. The Names They Are A-Changin’ Life was simpler for plantspeople in Linnaeus’s time. He knew not of cell embryology or electron microscopy. He and his peers organized plant families by morphology, or outward expression, of flower parts. For instance, species in the hibiscus family (Malvaceae, pronounced Mal-VAY-see-ee) were grouped because of similar floral parts. Hibiscus was tied to flowering maple, to hollyhock, and to Rose of Sharon by virtue of shared numbers of petals and sepals, similar ovary contents and position, and so on. While floral morphology still plays a significant role in determining plant relationships, new techniques examining plants at the cellular level call into question some of those relationships, which in turn affects plant names. And thus the perfectly lovely genus Coleus must now be called Solenostemon, and some species of the elegantly named Sedum must now be Hylotelephium. These particular changes are not sexy. There are three major reasons for plant name changes: taxonomic evidence, nomenclatural mistakes, and misidentification. Taxonomic changes come about because evidence is found that reclassifies the plant in relation to others.

For instance, studies at the cell level of Japanese pagodatree, Sophora japonica, showed that it does not have the same number of chromosome pairs as the other sophoras. Rather, it was found to have the same number of chromosomes and other characters as the styphnolobiums and was renamed Styphnolobium japonicum to join its brethren. Nomenclatural, or plant name, changes come about to correct errors in spelling or gender matching of the genus and specific epithet, or most commonly, to bring the name into adherence with the rules of botanical nomenclature. Every six years or so, taxonomists hold a conference to update the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN) which lays out those rules. “The Code” was most recently reviewed in 2011 in Melbourne, so the current version is referred to as The Melbourne Code and is available online. The International Botanical Congress (IBC), which hosts the ICN meetings, does have the power of “conservation.” For instance, when the genus Chrysanthemum was found to be more accurately called Dendranthema, humble appeal to the appropriate committee of the IBC resulted in the conserving of the name Chrysanthemum for at least some economically important members of the genus. The third major reason to update plant names is to correct errors due to plants being misidentified when they were first named. Styphnolobium japonicum, for instance, was improperly identified as Sophora japonica when the tree was brought into cultivation in the West in the 1700s. Getting Practical We’ve established that Latin names are lovely to the ears and rich with meaning. The better plant nurseries have the Latin name on their plant labels, which helps you be sure of what you’re getting. Don’t settle for what I once saw in a big box store: the plant was labeled “Assorted Landscape Tree.” Common names are fun to play around with, but since they are so numerous and the same common name can be applied to more than one plant, the Latin name is our singular, sweet-sounding lifeline. 3/15 CHRONOGRAM HOME 35

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t’s a dust bunny with a tiny scrap of string on it, and our daughters are arguing for its property rights. Exasperated, we’re also impressed with their ability to make anything into a fight. They prize this beloved dust bunny like it’s a real bunny, or the last piece of bread on the table. As they each argue their case, my husband, Owen, repeats his two mantras: “Is it better to be right or to be kind?” and “There’s no such thing as justice.” In the end, I throw it out. As parents, it’s challenging to cohabit with children who conjure more love than seems possible, and who spend most days squabbling. And parents can be vindicated. In The Sibling Effect, Jeffrey Kluger proves, the feeling that siblings fight all the time is true! Researchers found that 3-to-7-year-olds average a quarrel every 17 minutes; in the 2-to-4-year-old group, it’s every 9.5 minutes. “Small children have almost no control over their world, and what little they do have concerns their possessions.” He feels it’s important to know what’s behind the brawl because it isn’t often hostility. He and many experts promise that the arguing serves a purpose. Kluger told AARP, “The battles you fight in the playroom are very much dress rehearsals for the way you live your life later.” Kluger says we’ve deemphasized the sibling relationship in favor of the parent-child or the romantic, yet it’s often the relationship most fraught with conflicting emotions. Nat Bennett sums up a younger brother’s perspective in the anthology, Freud’s Blind Spot. “What do you do if you are born too late to compete, if you love someone more than they can properly requite, if you realize the object of your worship is, in some fundamental way, a fraud?” In the same collection, Vestal McIntyre describes how siblings pluck and pull each other’s heartstrings until they get a response. The way Owen frames it, the sibling relationship is like a marriage in reverse, moving from intimate to acquaintance in its course. The intimacy is necessary, not chosen, and so a sense of loss is often inevitable. Owen knows a thing or two about siblings, having grown up with 10 of them. Upon hearing that, the first thing people ask is, where does Owen fall in the birth order? Because in understanding how to relate to someone with siblings, people innately know that birth order matters. (He’s third born, by the way.) Our siblings are witness to our personal evolution, and evidence shows that our relationship with them shapes us, pivotally. 36 KIDS & FAMILY CHRONOGRAM 3/15

Frank Sulloway, an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley in the Department of Psychology, takes a Darwinian perspective on siblings: that people evolve within the family ecosystem to maximize survival by differentiating themselves. “From a Darwinian point of view, siblings are a threat to survival,” he writes. “Negative emotions, including jealousy, are natural responses to this threat.” It seems unfathomable in this day and age that a child’s survival would be competitively based, but Sulloway says competition spikes when siblings are close in age because demands on parental investment are usually more intense under such circumstances. The rule at Owen’s house, when a new baby was born (usually one to three years since the last), was, everyone watched the usurped baby of the family (the one closest in age). “You never knew what that kid would do,” Owen smiles. “This competition is all about parental investment,” Sulloway tells me. “That includes food, shelter, and warmth, but also emotional investment. If you have everything you want, that won’t eliminate sibling competition because you still need love and affection. In an evolutionary world, kids are always competing for whatever else they can get.” Sulloway’s most significant finding is the important role that birth order plays in personality development. Parents have already invested more in a firstborn, he explains, by the time the next arrives, and that can become routine. Spending much of their childhood being bigger, stronger, and smarter than their younger siblings, firstborns are also generally more confident and successful. In an attempt to safeguard this natural favoritism, firstborns align themselves with their parents’ traditional thinking. Innately realizing that they are already at a slight disadvantage, laterborns feel free to take more risks. Generally unconventional, they’re the ones stacking the living room furniture to make a diving board as the firstborn runs to get you. These personality niches are something most parents see everyday: Whatever one kid wants or likes, the other is bound to despise it. Sulloway’s book, 26 years in the making, titled Born to Rebel, details this trend throughout history. Eighteen years later, continuing his research with Internet data sets of half a million people, the research still holds up.

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Loving Differently Denyse Variano helps parents bring home this information. She’s an RN and the family and consumer sciences issue leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, which offers a seasonal menu of affordable parenting workshops to teachers, child-care providers, parents, and grandparents.The CCEs in Dutchess and Greene Counties offer something similar. “Parenting is the hardest job anyone will do, with the least amount of formal training,” Variano says. Whether it’s on raising healthy teens or discipline, sibling rivalry comes up in every course. The overall message of the classes is that adults set the tone for the home environment.With multiple children, it’s the little things we do that encourage sibling bonds or sibling rivalry. “No matter how many children you have, they all want all of your attention all of the time!” Variano laughs. So it’s important to give them positive attention, noticing when they’re playing together nicely. Racing against the clock to pick up toys rather than counting how many each child collects bolsters cooperation rather than competition. Blaming an older child during an argument “because they should know better” or placing unrewarded responsibility on the elder to care for the younger can foster poor relationships.Variano says kids might not be capable of working it out, so arguments are an opportunity to help them reflect on solutions and their choices. “It’s just like teaching them to tell time,” Variano says. “It takes time up front, but once they learn it, they have that skill forever.” Except for those situations where conflict is at an extreme and families need outside help, sibling competition is a normal, healthy part of growing up. Kids practice various aspects of human relations through their negotiations with their siblings. But when rivalry is carried into adulthood, it can be detrimental to families. Local author Amy Bronwen Zemser writes about a Memorial Day fight with her younger sister that was so epic, they came to blows. Hearing that, you’d never guess that they were in their 30s at the time. “Sometimes I wonder if it’s sad for my parents to have two children who are so different, who argue frequently and don’t have much of a relationship,” she tells me. “It would upset me deeply if my children weren’t friends into adulthood, if they couldn’t enjoy or rely on one another. I try to think of strategies to preserve their close relationship, but I’m not certain if my parenting style can account for essential character differences.” Variano suggests parents set clear expectations for people’s treatment in the house. Of course, setting the limit on physical violence, particularly if one child persists in being the victim, is important. But also understanding that teasing is a form of sibling rivalry, and it’s most damaging when a parent joins in. “We have to be equally astute, as adults, about the emotional as well as the physical.” Parents work hard to show love to all their children, but there’s almost always a perception of favoritism among siblings. A parent’s own birth order and temperament may influence their compassion for certain of the children. In a way, identification equals favoritism. “A child with a sunny disposition, an easy child compared to a petulant one, or at certain times different children might feel more like you,” Variano says. “If you have a strong feeling that you favor a child, you can never let them know, and you’ve got to make up for that. That’s the adult work. And with some children, you have to look hard and long, but there’s always something to appreciate.” When sibling rivalry rears its ugly head, it’s usually about children seeking affirmation. Siblings innately define and differentiate themselves in relation to each other in order to find their niche in the family. Similarly, as the kids come along, they’re born to parents who learn from their experience. “You don’t have to give your children the message that you love them exactly the same,” Variano says. “You can give them a sense of why each one is loved and how that makes them special in your eyes.” Studies show that praise that is specific is best and comparison is most damaging. Parents can accept that we do love different people differently, and respond to the distinction that children want. “In your own relationship with your siblings, any perspective you have is going to be one-sided,” Owen says. “But the shared past defines the relationship more than any brief moments of fighting.” Owen can’t name a sibling he didn’t combat at some point.With our kids, it removes his parental stress to know that their childhood bickering is likely a blip in the lifetime of their interaction. RESOURCES Frank Sulloway Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Amy Bronwen Zemser


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Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate their

11:30am. Free introductory class for prospective families.

intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be

Sip a cup of tea while your child plays near you in a beautiful

individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.

home-like setting. Through quiet observation, parents deepen

Teachers in Waldorf Schools are dedicated to generating an inner

their own intuitive knowledge and discover new ways of being with

enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need

and loving their children. Special attention is given to support the

for competitive testing, academic placement, and behavioristic

unfolding of children’s interests, motor abilities, social interactions,

rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from

and problem solving skills.

Contact Judith Jaeckel, Administrator and Enrollment Director at (845) 255-0033 x101 or





New Milford, CT

Canterbury School Preparing students for college, and for life Canterbury School is an independent Catholic coeducational boarding and day school, enrolling 330 students in grades 9-12. In addition to its challenging academic program, the school is known for known for its strong fine arts, rigorous athletics, and beautiful facilities. Canterbury was founded in 1915 by prominent lay Catholics. The Canterbury student body is a diverse mix of both Catholics and non-Catholics. Guided by its five values [compassion, respect, honesty, self-reliance, and spirituality], Canterbury is a community of all faiths from 16 countries and 20 states. The


campus is about 75 miles from New York City in an area of natural

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

beauty near the Housatonic River and the Appalachian Trail with sweeping views of the Litchfield Hills. Contact us at (860) 210-3832

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At Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, we enjoy a 400-acre

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campus surrounded by the cultivated fields, gardens, and forests of Hawthorne Valley Farm, an active Biodynamic farm. The

Poughkeepsie, NY

beauty of tended nature and the seasons of farm life provide

(845) 452-4225

exceptional educational resources built into the founding ideals

Celebrating ten-years of offering

of Hawthorne Valley. We offer an integrative Waldorf curriculum that combines academic exploration; practical, performing, and fine arts; and enriching, hands-on experiences in nature and at

arts-enrichment programs in music,

Hawthorne Valley’s working farm.

fine arts, and performing arts. Our small class sizes, caring staff, and

carefully researched teaching methods and materials provide students

of the developing child or young adult. In the Parent-Child and

with unique learning opportunities. Year-round classes (join anytime)

Kindergarten offerings, childhood is honored and imagination

in art, movie-making, music, drums, piano, guitar, violin, singing,

is nurtured through creative play. The Lower and Middle School

acting, as well as Spring Break Camp, Summer Camp, workshops, and

grades foster development of healthy social relationships and a

birthday parties.

Each year’s curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs

love of learning. In the High School, young women and men grow academically, artistically, and socially into the creative individuals

Break/Through Career & Life Coaching

needed in today’s complex world.

Call “Coach Pete” Heymann (845) 802-0544 As your life coach, I will help you see your strengths, your possibilities, and also what may be holding you back. When you get in touch with your authentic self, you’ll feel inspired to make changes that are right for you. Coaching helps you discover your purpose and what brings you joy – so you can live the life you love.

With a unique home-based high school boarding program

designed to meet the needs of the developing adolescent and an active international exchange program, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School welcomes students from all around the world.

Whether you are a parent looking for a first experience for

your young child or a Middle or High School student, we invite you to explore Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. We expect you will discover a remarkable place to study, live, learn, and grow.

Contact us at (518) 672-7092 x 111 or HAWTHORNEVALLEYSCHOOL.ORG



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search and admission and financial aid application processes. Member: HECA, IECA, NACAC. Don’t just dream. Achieve.

Buxton School Williamstown, MA (413) 458-3919 Buxton School’s 2015 residential, co-educational summer camp in the northern Berkshires offers two weeks of experiential learning and FIRST TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE

Center for the Digital Arts

fun through gardening and art-making. With a focus on recognizing educational opportunities in every-day interactions, our camp will encourage both autonomy and teamwork, exploration and learned skills. Each day will be split between the expansive Buxton gardens

Create Art in the Digital Age

and the campus art studios.

The Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension is one of the Hudson Valley’s premier digital arts resources located in the downtown artist-district of Peekskill. The Center for the Digital Arts, an extension location of Westchester Community College, has five post-production studios on 27 North Division Street and is dedicated to fostering digital arts education. Whether you are interested in developing a web portfolio, recording a video with your iPad or just getting into social networking, the Center for the Digital Arts is an access point to creating art in the digital age. This center offers 3-credit courses in digital imaging, graphic

Kildonan School Amenia, NY (845) 373-2012 The Kildonan School is a co-ed boarding





students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences, grades 2-12, PG. Located two hours north of Manhattan on a beautiful 150 acre campus, we offer daily 1:1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring and a competitive curriculum which includes integrated assistive technology, athletics and the arts. 6- week Summer Program, Camp Dunnabeck at Kildonan.

layout design, web design, 2D & 3D animation, digital filmmaking, and motion graphics, and music technologies. The center also offers non-credit adult Quick start courses in software training and a pre-college program in the digital arts. In addition to arts courses, this center offers a wide range of general education courses, English as a Second Language (ESL), academic support and advisement, and other student services. For further information see peekskill or call us at (914) 606-7300. Call (914) 606-7300 for details and registration information SUNYWCC.EDU/PEEKSKILL


Spark Media Project Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 485-4480 Spark Media Project (formerly Children’s Media Project) is a non-profit organization that teaches media arts to young people throughout the Hudson Valley. Spark provides workshops, residencies, and summer camps that engage students of all ages in the art of storytelling, filmmaking, radio production, 3D modeling, and digital illustration, among other media arts! Contact Spark to learn about their different programs.


Cold Spring

Stone Ridge

The Manitou School Engaging, bilingual education The Manitou School is a growing and expanding independent Elementary & Middle school, with a thriving preschool program. Located on a gorgeous, historic 5-acre property in Cold Spring, NY, Manitou offers a full-immersion Spanish and English bilingual program, uses progressive teaching methods, and features a warm, engaging environment where children can learn and grow. At Manitou School, you will find motivated teachers, a focused curriculum, indoor and outdoor learning spaces, and a diverse community giving children every opportunity to thrive. The school’s curriculum provides a highly integrated, interdisciplinary learning experience that combines music, art, movement, science, and storytelling into every lesson, every day, in English and in Spanish. In 2015, Manitou plans to expand to include 75 students in grades Prek – 5th. Contact us at (845) 809-5695. MANITOUSCHOOL.ORG


High Meadow School Discover. Engage. Empower.

Chestnut Ridge

Walking onto the High Meadow School campus you will first be struck by the school’s beauty: a landscaped, state-of-the-art playground framed by school buildings– including a converted 19th century brick mansion and a 260-seat Performing Arts and Athletic Center– set amid nine private acres of trails in the heart of historic Stone Ridge. High Meadow School is a not-for-profit, NYSAIS accredited, progressive independent school for children Pre-K through Eighth. Each child is placed at the center of a continuously

Green Meadow Waldorf School An Education as Unique as Your Child The essence of Waldorf Education is this: it is founded on the

challenging curriculum. In addition to our multi-disciplinary and intensive core arts program, HMS excels in its teaching of math and sciences and provides opportunities for exploring advanced studies through electives in the upper school.

understanding that every child goes through three distinct

Led by a visionary Head of School, the extraordinarily gifted

phases of development. The phases include Infancy and Early

and committed teaching staff shine with a sense of vocation.

Childhood (0-7), Middle Childhood (7-14), and Adolescence

The engaged parent body is bonded by a commitment to a

(14-21). Each of these stages requires a different approach: by facilitating self-initiated exploration and learning through play during Early Childhood; engaging the vivid imaginative nature of the child in the Lower School; and delivering a curriculum that

community that develops the whole child. High Meadow School is a place where children, from 18 months through eighth grade, learn, create, and truly love to be.

answers a different life question each year in the High School, Waldorf schools strive to meet our students deeply, where they are in their development.

Contact us at (845) 687-4855 or HIGHMEADOWSCHOOL.ORG

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Poughkeepsie Day School Values Curiosity, Creativity & Collaboration


Mount Saint Mary College Leading. Caring. Innovating With solid advice and academic support, you can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Mount Saint Mary College. The Mount’s Graduate and Adult Degree Completion programs provide exactly what adult students need: flexible schedules, career-oriented degree programs, and savvy advisors that care about your goals. Advisors will help you apply, schedule classes, transfer credits, and get you on track to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The Mount’s bachelor’s degree programs in Accounting and Business can offer the credentials you need to get ahead. You can continue your studies in the Master of Business Administration program, and earn both the BS in Accounting or Business and the MBA in an abbreviated time frame. Registered nurses can complete a bachelor’s degree online with the RN to BS in Nursing program. Nurses can also explore the Mount’s highly respected Master of Science in Nursing degree, offering Adult or Family Health Nursing Practitioner tracks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nurse Practitioner employment is projected to increase by 34 percent through 2022. The Mount also offers the Master of Science in Education, with Childhood Education, Adolescence Education, Special Education, Literacy, and Middle School Extensions. You’ll find the Mount’s extensive networking opportunities a plus when you graduate. Our alumni teach and work all over the region and state. Other bachelor’s degree programs include Human Services, Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education, and Psychology. For more information, visit our website at, and sign up for an Information Session at Mount Saint Mary College.

(845) 569-3225 or MSMC.EDU


A haven for the heart and a launchpad for life since 1934. Our innovative program and first-rate faculty help students develop essential academic, practical and social capacities. 100% of seniors typically are admitted to one of their top three college choices and students graduate with an undiminished thirst for learning. Our students come from the mid-Hudson Valley and beyond, with 25% identifying as students of color and approximately 40% receiving need-based tuition assistance. Visit our beautiful 35-acre campus - historic Kenyon House, custom science labs, art and dance studios, maker spaces, James Earl Jones Theater, full-sized gym and athletics fields. Discover the power of the PDS community to open doors for your child. Contact us at (845) 462-7600 x201 or POUGHKEEPSIEDAY.ORG


Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Waldorf Education in the Berkshires Voted “Best School in the Berkshires” in 2014, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a warm, developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning for babies through 8th grade. Located on a 32-acre campus surrounded by gardens, fields and woods, Pre-K and Kindergarten classes take place in a specially designed early childhood building equipped with natural playthings. Elementary academics are balanced throughout the school day with visual and practical arts, biodynamic gardening, two additional languages, movement, drama, vocal and instrumental music, creating learning experiences that fulfill and protect the nature of childhood. Our education culminates in the academic and artistic rigor of our nearby affiliated Berkshire Waldorf High School, a collegepreparatory, coeducational day school that inspires learning in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect. Contact the Lower School: Robyn Coe (413) 528-4015 x106, GBRSS.ORG. High School: Tracy Fernbacher (413) 298-3800 WALDORFHIGH.ORG

Nature Camp | Parent-Child | Nursery Kindergarten through 4th Grade Education inspired by the Waldorf philosophy on a 9.5 acre working farm in the Village of Rhinebeck

Spring Gala & Auction You’re invited to our campus, for the 1st annual

a fundraiser to benefit the Primrose Hill School Scholarship Fund Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm A Primrose Hill School Community Lecture Series

Child Development & The Common Core: A Waldorf Perspective Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 6:30pm 6571 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck - Open to the Public | © 2015 Primrose Hill S

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Woodstock Day School Socially & Environmentally Mindful Education Founded in 1972, Woodstock Day School is an independent school set on a beautiful 40 acre campus in the Hudson Valley offering a powerful progressive educational experience. Reflecting our philosophy that there is no such thing as an average student, the combination of purposefully small class sizes, committed faculty, and our culture of individual respect empowers our students to aim high, shape and achieve their personal goals and make a difference in a complex world. Approximately 50% of WDS families receive financial aid. Woodstock Day School became a part of the community over 40 years ago, propelled GRADE 6 - GRADE 12

by high levels of participation by parents, students and others in

Oakwood Friends School

support of initiatives that continually advance our program, our

Find Your Own Voice

after year. Contact Adrian Hood at (845) 246-3744 ext 103, or email

What do Chelsea Clinton, Sasha and Malia Obama, and Bill

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Nye the Science Guy have in common? A Quaker education. This unique learning experience is founded on the belief that a student’s character is as important to them and the world they


live in as their intellectual growth and academic successes.

All Quaker schools, also known as Friends schools, are

rooted in the same common purpose: to provide a rich and challenging education and to foster the ideals of community, spirituality, responsibility, and stewardship among students. Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, is a Quaker independent school serving grades 6-12. It is New York State’s oldest co-educational boarding and day school. Founded in 1796, Oakwood Friends was built upon the fundamental Quaker principle that each student, no matter his or her background, embodies a special spirit, a unique voice that speaks from the heart.

Today, Oakwood Friends continues to educate young men and

Maplebrook School

women for lives of conscience, compassion, and accomplishment

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within the framework of a rigorous, college preparatory

Maplebrook School serves students with complex learning disabilities

program. Students experience a challenging curriculum within

such as expressive and receptive language disorders and/or ADHD.

a community dedicated to nurturing the spirit, the scholar, the

Maplebrook School is a 21st century school. Through small group,

artist, and the athlete in each person. Each student is exposed to

personalized instruction and individualized reading programs,

an array of opportunities and learning experiences beyond the

faculty use iPads and other technology to emphasize multisensory

classroom to encourage creativity, self-expression, cooperation,

teaching, allowing each student to reach his/her academic

and teamwork.

potential. Students are engaged in the Responsibility Increases

Oakwood Friends School values and embraces the diversity

Self Esteem (RISE) Program to help foster strong social skills and

of cultures and religions and is home to a spectrum of students

personal responsibility. For 70 years, Maplebrook has provided a

and faculty who represent different faiths, races, economic

quality education complete with academics, the arts, athletics and

backgrounds, political views, and cultures.

extra-curricular activities that complete a well-rounded education. For more information on the various programs Maplebrook has

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to offer, scholarships available and to come to our open house in April. Contact the Admissions Office at (845) 373-8191, via e-mail to MAPLEBROOKSCHOOL.ORG



South Kent, CT


Columbia-Greene Community College Tomorrow, today. Columbia-Greene Community College is foremost in teaching. The campus is 21st century, yet teaching remains student centered. That winning formula has produced one of the best success records among students who transfer to SUNY baccalaureate schools. Choose from 41 dynamic, affordable programs, including teacher education, medical assisting, business, fine arts, computer graphics, automotive technology, nursing, computer security and forensics, computer science, and math/science. Campus life is vibrant, with sports, student activities and clubs that are shared by the college’s diverse student body. GRADE 6 - GRADE 12 & PG

Approximately 36 percent of C-GCC’s students are adult learners.

South Kent School

In addition, some 80 percent of all students receive some form of financial aid, a majority of which comes from grants, which do not have to be repaid. Contact us at (518) 828-4181 x5514 or


WHY BOYS? South Kent School embraces unique learning styles of boys to create a boys centered curriculum that leads

High Meadow School

to success.

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academics and personal transformation to foster and develop

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South Kent School’s education program stresses rigorous

knowledge, courage and strength of character. We call this the Hero Path and it serves as the fundamental building block towards future success in college, one’s career and family.

South Kent encourages students to discover, improve

upon and showcase new creative talents through a variety of

Meadow School, for ages 3 - 16.

outlets. Dramatic performances, art, musical theater, dance, and

Wayfinder Experience, Archeology, Modern Dance, Culinary

multi-media programs enable students to explore and develop

Arts, Visual Arts, Chinese Culture, Basketball, “Books Alive,”

talents in a productive and nurturing environment.

“Clayground,” “Little Acorns,” and more. All camps take place on

our beautiful campus and are directed by certified professionals

sustainability, resilience, and wholeness through the spheres

in their field.

of Sustainable Earth, Sustainable Design, and Sustainable

The mission of the Center for Innovation is to teach students

Community. The CFI shows students how to promote change in their lives while simultaneously ensuring that they have

Livingston Street Early Childhood Community Kingston, NY (845) 340-9900 Offering full-year programming for children ages 2 years/9 months through 5 years old in Kingston. With a focus on emotional/ social development, communication skills, and community, Livingston Street creates an enchanted and engaging learning environment that is appropriately challenging and fun for children. Activities at Livingston Street include outdoor play, the arts, early literacy games, dramatic play, reading, sensory play, making friends, and much more!

a positive impact on the world around them. Programming includes a farm-to-table organic food program, bee keeping, entrepreneurship






robotics, and more.

Special programs: College Level Courses through Syracuse

University iPad Program, Advanced Media Group, Affinity Program— Adventure: Rock Climbing, Hiking & Snowshoeing, Overnight Camping; Service: On-campus Service, Habitat for Humanity, Helping the elderly; Explore: Plays, Musical performance, Video production. Contact Gonzalo Garcia-Pedroso - Director of Admissions (860) 927-3539 or SOUTHKENTSCHOOL.ORG


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or this season’s fashion shoot, we gathered eight local musicians into BSP Kingston for a nightlife-themed fashion shoot by Franco Vogt. BSP Kingston is run by a group of old college friends who climbed out of basement parties and into the local music scene, giving BSP an underground yet intimate feel. They’ve built a reputation around maintaining close ties with artists; these connections have brought big acts like Future Islands, Kurt Vile, and Titus Andronicus to Kingston. From the Congolese roots of Young Paris to the kindie rock music of Tim Sutton’s duo, Ratboy Jr., a diverse group of musicians came together for the

shoot. Lindsey Webster, Simi Stone, Maria Todaro, Sarah Perotta, and School of Rock founder Paul Green are featured, as well as Anthony Molina, musician/producer. You can find a playlist featuring tracks by each artist at We decked them out in local designers and retailers, including original designs from Haldora in Rhinebeck, Juda Leah Atelier in Saugerties, and Mau Conceptional Clothing in Kingston. Ecosystem in Woodstock and Kasuri, Hudson Clothier, and de Marchin in Hudson also furnished clothing. Gina Truhe Makeup provided hair and makeup services. —Kelly Seiz 3/15 CHRONOGRAM ARTS & CULTURE 49

Tim Sutton in Ohio Knitting Mills Mr. Rodger cardigan ($235); Tom McGill stenciled sugar dispenser t-shirt ($60); hat is model’s own. Clothing from Hudson Clothier in Hudson; Tim Sutton just finished recording his third record with Dean Jones and is working on a new album with his band Ratboy Jr., who will be returning to Mountain Jam in early June.


Sarah Perrotta in gold velvet tea dress ($120); SS Alice salvage key necklace ($220). Clothing by Juda Leah from Juda Leah Atelier & Boutique, Saugerties; Chanteuse, keyboardist, and songwriter Sarah Perrotta is working on completing her fourth atmospheric rock album.

Paul Green in ETNIA glasses ($275); Dobbs mini hat ($26); Spiewak MA-1 jacket in olive green ($235). Clothing from de Marchin, Hudson; (518) 828-3918. In addition to expanding the Paul Green Rock Academy to the Rhinebeck/Hyde Park area, Paul Green continues to work on the Woodstock Music Lab, a 400-student music college scheduled to open in September 2016.


Maria Todaro in Italian wool hand-sewn dress ($398). Dress by Haldora Rhinebeck; Mezzo soprano Maria Todaro is the executive director and co-founder of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice and has performed operatically worldwide. She’s currently recording an album with Parnassus Records.


Young Paris in Vivienne Westwood MAN shorts ($690); Vivienne Westwood MAN vest ($665); Vivienne Westwood MAN orb shirt ($635); Ann Demeulemeester Scamosciato shoe ($750). Clothing from Kasuri, Hudson; Young Paris just released his latest music video for his new single, “The Haus.” This summer, he’ll be featured on the 2015 Afropunk tour.


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Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction

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galleries & museums




Contemporary Art (Not Always So Nice, but Ever Exciting) Exhibit and Sale March �th – April �st


Crawford Gallery of Fine Art A Gift of Art is Remembered Forever

Artists: for the next “call” Photo Realism. Email 65 MAIN STREET, PINE BUSH, NY (845) 744-8634




Basil Wolverton, Common Types of Barflyze, 1974. Submitted by artist Alexander Ross as an object of influence for the “Influence” show at the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock, March 6-April 19.


galleries & museums

Manic Pixie Dream Girl (left) and Rebellious Princess (right), collages by Leslie Fandrich showing as part of the exhibition “The Ladies” at Dream in Plastic in Beacon, opening March 12.


510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510. Nancy Ghitman: Cow Portraits. Through March 29. Opening reception March 7, 4pm-6pm.


22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. 18th Anniversary & Collectors Show. Through March 27. Meet the artists reception March 15, 5pm-8pm.


62 E MARKET STREET RED HOOK 758-1653. Curious Nature. Features local photographers and photographers with a connection to the Hudson Valley. Through April 8. Opening reception March 15, 1pm-3pm.


696 DUTCHESS TURNPIKE, POUGHKEEPSIE 454-3222. Komic Kreators of the Hudson Valley Expo. Meet the artists and see their finished artwork on display and in process: Charles Barnett III, Eliot R Brown, Ramona Fradon, Fred Hembeck, and Joe Staton. Through March 7.


97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0331. Linda Gran: Symbols and Other Realities. Through March 2. Members exhibit: Allegory and Myth. March 3-March 21.


506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177. Experimental arts collaboration by six artists. Opens March 14.


2542 ROUTE 66, CHATHAM (518) 392-2760 EXT. 104. Color Satellites. Contemporary painting in direct collaboration with nature by Martina Angela Müller. March 1-April 7.


36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. Overlook//Homecoming. This short exhibition showcases 22 important historical objects created at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in the early 20th century f Through March 1. Influence. Exhibition that explores what influenced the artists’ lives. March 6-April 19. Opening reception on March 7, 4pm-6pm.



622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. His Favorite Things. Illustrations and paintings of Brooklyn native Richard Merkin. March 11-April 19.


137 MAIN STREET BEACON 204-3844. The Big Draw. The Big Draw is an affordable art show giving artists from all over the country the opportunity to sell fixed-price ($70) 11x14 works on paper. Through March 1, 6-9pm.


ROUTE 28, ARKVILLE CATSKILLCENTER.ORG. Hemlocks: The Backbone of the Catskills. An informational and artistic exhibit celebrating the past, present and future of a quintessential Catskills’ species, the Eastern Hemlock, created by The Catskill Center and The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership. Through April 24.

THE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957. Birds of a Feather. Works by Claire Rosen. Through April 5.

COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS 209 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 671-6213. On & Off the Wall. Through March 21.


81 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES 399-9751. Take 5. Group show of five New York artists. This group show presents paintings, drawings and sculpture by five New York artists: John Berens, Jeffrey Bishop, Mike Cockrill, Jared Deery and Shria Toren. Through March 1.


3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place. Fifty-year retrospective of Andre’s work. Through March 9.


177 MAIN ST, BEACON The Ladies. Works by Leslie Fandrick. March 12- April 6. Opening reception March 14 6pm - 9pm


128 CANAL STREET TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580. Ulster County Photographers Club. March 7-28. Opening reception March 7, 5pm-8pm.


217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. Compositions. Exhibition of abstract painter Drew Boughton. Through April 30.


84 TEN BROECK AVENUE, KINGSTON 331-3112. Inside/Outside: Work by Lisa Pressman.Through April 18. Opening reception March 7, 5pm-7pm.


66 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING 809-5838. Tribute to New Orleans. Through April 30.


1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 679-2218. The Photography Show. Juried by Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director of the Center for Photography of Woodstock, NY. Free. March 22-April 22. Opening reception March 22, 12pm-2pm.


23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. Ladder to the Sun. Paintings by Gabe Brown. Through March 15.


12 MARKET STREET, SAUGERTIES 247-3924. Flick the Valley. A group photo show exhibiting work from some of the Hudson Valley’s most prolific photographers. Through March 29.


313 MAIN, BEACON. Lynn Seeney: Obstructed Memories. Mixed media works on paper by Lynn Seeney. Through March 1, 5-7pm.


1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. Love: The First of the 7 Virtues. Love takes many forms, but in the 20th-21st centuries varying kinds of love are more overt in presentation and openly discussed. $5/members free. Fridays-Sundays.

HUDSON VALLEY LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER, INC. 300 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 331-5300. LongReach Arts at the Center. Through March 31.




362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. Bacchantes and Bivalves. This show presents two bodies of work: Bacchantes, an ongoing series of paintings and drawings, and a set of two-part drawings called Bivalves, by Thomas Micchelli. Through March 1.


THE CORNER OF GRAND & FIRST STREETS, NEWBURGH 341-9386. The Newburgh Paintings. Artist Dr. Martha Zola captures the life of the city–Newburgh–in her paintings and welcomes her return to figurative painting. Mondays-Fridays. Opening reception March 6, 5pm-7pm.


17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241. Hardie Truesdale: The Shawangunks to Cape Cod. Through March 7.


464 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. Duets. Jill Baroff & Stefana McClure, Karlos Carcamo & Eleanor White, Matt Frieburghaus & Laura Kaufman, Meg Hitchcock & Kurt Steger. Through March 8.

MID-HUDSON VALLEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CENTER 1099 MORTON BOULEVARD, KINGSTON 800-451-8373. Watercolors by Nathan Milgram. Through March 31.


48 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON THEMOVIEHOUSE.NET. Resonance: Paintings and Drawing by Elizabeth Seewald Hill. Through April 9.


ORANGE HALL GALLERY FRINGE SUNY ORANGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4891. Scapes from New York: Watercolors by Dorrie Rifkin. This solo show of 30 watercolor paintings by Dorrie Rifkin with focus on scenes in NYC. Mondays-Thursdays.

ORANGE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 707 EAST MAIN STREET, MIDDLETOWN 333-1000. Comfort and Color: Orange County Quilts. Inspiring quilts from members of the Country Quilters Guild of Pine Bush and the Warwick Valley Quilters Guild. March 13-April 30. Opening reception March 13, 4pm-6pm.

RAGE NORTH FRONT ST, KINGSTON (212) 473-8123. Speeding Slowly at Rage. New work by Martin Josefski. March 7-30.

RED HOOK CAN NORTH BROADWAY, RED HOOK 8457586575. Works on Paper. Juried by Kate McGloughlin. March 6-April 5.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. Color of Light. Oil paintings by Linda Puiatti. Through March 8.

SAFE HARBORS OF THE HUDSON 111 BROADWAY, NEWBURGH 562-6940. Works by Artist Bruno Krauchthaler. Through March 31.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction. Through April 12. Videofreex: The Art of Guerilla Television. Through July 12. Grace Hartigan: Myths and Malls. Through July 12. The Maverick Festival at 100. Through July 12.

SELIGMANN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 23 WHITE OAK DRIVE, SUGAR LOAF 469-9459. Gallery Talk with Katarina Riesing. Sun., March 8, 3pm.

THE FIELD LIBRARY GALLERY AND PLAZA 4 NELSON AVENUE, PEEKSKILL, 914-862-3287. Betsy Braun Lane Racing on a Broken Road. Betsy Braun Lane’s exhibit of photography, archival documents, and oral tradition detailing the Peekskill and Cortlandt area’s pioneers and patriots. Through April 19.

THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL 518-943-7465. Works by Elyn Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a sculptor working in stone and is best known for her large scale, site-specific projects. Sun., March 15, 2pm.

THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. John Cleater: Rafter. Through March 22.

TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 845 757 2667. Works on Paper. TAG hosts an exquisite collection of member work exploring both unusual and traditional approaches to the use of paper in art. Through March 22.

TRANSNDANCENDRUM 415 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE TRANSNDANCENDRUM.COM/FRE/. Rosendale School of Arts Fall Teacher and Student Art Show. Fri., March 27, 7-9pm.

TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-3663. Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-inResidency Program. The program supports emerging artists of color working in the photographic arts. Through March 3.

UNISON 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. 12th Annual Life Drawing Exhibit. This show features work by many of the artists, both professional and amateur, who take part in these classes. Through March 1.


491 COTTEKILL ROAD, STONE RIDGE 687-5113. Peace & Justice: A Regional Juried Show. Regional artists and designers will present their visual interpretations of the concepts of peace and justice. Mondays-Fridays. Opening reception March 13, 5pm-7pm.

25 EAST MAIN STREET, CAMBRIDGE (518) 677-2765. Wall Work and Other Things. Multi-media work by Barry Targan aka Richard Dubin. March 4-29. Opening reception March 7, 3pm-5pm.


124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE VASSAR.EDU. The Age of Alice: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Nonsense in Victorian England. Exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Through June 15.

222 MADISON AVENUE, ALBANY (518) 574-5877. The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries. Over 150 historic images and nearly 200 Shaker artifacts, including artifacts from three Shaker historical sites. Through March 6.




88 COLDEN STREET, NEWBURGH 561-2327. Classy Camera Clicks. Through March 31.

15 LAWRENCE HALL DRIVE, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 597-3055. Visit Warhol by the Book with Student Gallery Guides. WCMA’s Gallery Guides draw eclectic connections among artwork in the exhibition. Sat., March 7, noon.



6 NORTH MAIN STREET, KENT, CT (860) 927-5030. Russian Art: Then and Now. Paintings by by Vitaly Komar. Through March 1.

2470 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388. Student Exhibition I. Work by students of a selection of School instructors. Through March 14.



Man of the House Daryl Hall

By Peter Aaron Photograph by Fionn Reilly



lease, please,” says the handler’s voice. “Come on in.” So you do, and you’re surrounded by the warmth of golden wood. It’s a good-sized place, with room for about 150 seated or 300 standing. There’s a low stage at the back of the main room, a lengthy bar along its side, a formidable kitchen, and a side VIP room with an auxiliary cooking area. Everything’s bathed in a combination of late afternoon sunlight and the soft glow of the punched-tin light fixtures that hang from thick timber beams overhead, making it all very Colonial-New-England-farmhouse-hearthy. There’s activity along the peripheries, where kitchen and wait staff bustle in preparation for the opening hour. Sitting all alone at a center table, engrossed in his iPad, is a guy you should recognize. Long, blond hair. Shades. This is Daryl. Welcome to his house. Yes, that Daryl.The front half of Hall and Oates, the biggest-selling duo in the history of recorded music. You know the hits—they’re karaoke staples around the world: “Maneater,” “Rich Girl,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “Out of Touch,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” and on and on. The cozy Pawling restaurant and live music venue we’re in is Daryl’s House, the new home of “Live from Daryl’s House,” the singer’s smash TV show. Its present digs were the longtime site of the Towne Crier until that club relocated to Beacon in 2013. Hall moved in soon after, opening the remodeled site under its new name on Halloween last year with an exclusive intimate show with his partner, John Oates. “I wanted people to be able to come and hang out and listen to the artists who were playing on ‘Live at Daryl’s House,’ but of course it wasn’t practical to open my home up to everyone,” explains Hall. “So this place became available and it just made sense [to reopen it as a nightclub and move the program there]. I believe in clubs. For musicians they’re a great place to really learn your craft. And I like the atmosphere. I started my career in clubs.” That career began in the supremely musical Philadelphia area. Born in suburban Pottstown in 1946, Hall had an instant advantage on his path to vocal stardom: His father was a professional singer and his mother worked as a vocal coach. Although his mom mentored him in classical styles, it was black music—soul, in particular—that grabbed him hardest. “The neighborhood I grew up in was racially mixed, so I heard a lot of gospel and R&B,” Hall recalls. “And I started out singing in church, like a lot of the black soul singers did. There was definitely a regional Philadelphia sound.” By 1965 he’d enrolled at Temple University and begun contributing to that sound by working as a session musician for the renowned songwriting and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and forming vocal harmony group the Temptones with four other white students. The quintet cut some locally successful singles for the Arctic label (now highly coveted by Northern soul collectors) and fared well in the city’s mainly black soul scene, even trumping the legendary Delfonics in one battle of the bands. One night in 1967 Hall was at a campus dance when a fight broke out between two rival fraternities, prompting him to make a hasty exit. In the elevator on the way out he met Temple freshman John Oates, then a member of a group called the Masters. The two hit it off straight away and started playing together. “I was into expanding my musical language, so I liked what John brought to the table, which included a lot of folk and bluegrass influences,” says Hall. “What started out as a friendship turned into a partnership in a very natural way.” The partnership was put on hold, however, when Oates transferred to a different school and Hall dropped out of college and signed on as a staff songwriter at another production company. “I don’t think Daryl was writing much for himself when we met,” says Woodstock singer-songwriter Tim Moore, who was the firm’s lead writer when Hall arrived in 1969. “We lived next door to each other, so we started hanging out and writing these songs that were just kind of larks.” As a vehicle for their larks, Hall and Moore formed Gulliver, a rock band that released one album on Elektra in 1970. “It was obvious Daryl had a really great voice,” recalls Moore. “He loves to sing. If there’s anything he loves more than that, I don’t know what it is.” After Gulliver’s demise Hall continued to do just that, floating around the studio scene and doing backup vocals on records by such Philly soul greats as the Stylistics, the Intruders, and his old Temptones rivals the Delfonics. The floating lessened, though, once Oates returned to town and the pair resumed their association. The twosome eventually hooked up with infamous music industry mogul Tommy Mottola, who became their manager and procured a contract with Atlantic for the release of their first three albums, Whole Oates (1972), Abandoned Luncheonette (1973), which yielded their first hit, “She’s Gone,” a number 60 single (number seven after its 1976 rerelease), and the Todd Rundgrenproduced War Babies (1974). A label jump to RCA for 1975’s Daryl Hall &

John Oates brought their first Top 10 hit, that year’s “Sara Smile,” and with 1976’s prophetically titled Bigger Than Both of Us the duo added more pop rock touches to their blue-eyed soul sound and ended up with their first number one, “Rich Girl.” Toward the end of the decade the partners hit a wall when 1977’s Beauty on a Back Street and 1978’s Along the Red Ledge—which features guitar tracks by Rundgren, George Harrison, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson, and Robert Fripp—and 1979’s X-Static all charted low. In one of rock history’s odder pairings, during this era Hall formed an alliance with Fripp, singing on the King Crimson leader’s 1979 Exposure (E.G. Records) and collaborating with him for his own Sacred Songs. A shockingly aberrant avant-rock set, it combines crashing punk (“NYCNY”), haunting “Frippertronics” á la the guitarist’s work on David Bowie’s Low (“Urban Landscape”), and Hall’s soulful delivery couched in experimental art rock (“Babs and Babs”). Deemed too uncommercial for release by the label, Sacred Songs didn’t see store shelves until 1980, three years after its creation. “Typical music-business nonsense,” says Hall about the delay. “RCA just wanted me to do ‘Rich Girl Jr.,’ and I wasn’t interested in that.” But no doubt the company forgave the singer his sidestep soon after, as the early 1980s became the era when Hall and Oates owned the AM airwaves. In the first half of the decade, their onslaught of number one singles seemed unstoppable and the molten platinum flowed fast via the albums Voices (1980), Private Eyes (1981), H2O (1982), and Big Bam Boom (1984). The wild ride and the hits slowed down as the `80s closed (the group’s last Top 40 tune was 1990’s “So Close”), although Hall and Oates, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, have continued releasing albums and touring individually and together. Along the way, Hall developed another interest that would shape his life: restoring historic homes. “Old houses and music,” he says. “Those are my passions. Growing up near Philly, I fell in love with antique architecture. My grandfather was a mason, so I guess I got some of it from him, too.” The singer has acquired and preserved several dwellings in the US and England, including two 16th-century houses near Hartford, Connecticut, that he had moved to Millerton and later discovered were connected to the same Colonial family. One of these homes became the initial site of “Live from Daryl’s House,” which began in 2007 as a webcast. The weekly episodes star the host and a different musical guest performing together, conversing about music, and preparing and enjoying a meal. “I don’t like to tour as much as I used to, so I thought [the show] would be a great way for people to still see me and my friends play and for me to expose them to some newer artists,” says Hall about the series that has aired on national TV since 2011. Among its many guests, the program—“still a web show at heart,” Hall maintains—has featured his idol Smokey Robison plus Oates, Joe Walsh, Darius Rucker, Todd Rundgren, Sharon Jones, Billy Gibbons, Cee-Lo Green, and others, including numerous up-and-comers. One of the latter is soul artist Mutlu, who also hails from Philadelphia. “I was one of the first guests on the show, and it’s been an honor to work with one of my favorite heroes—plus it’s cool that we have that Philly connection,” says the young singer, who has toured with Hall and Oates, appeared on the broadcast multiple times, and performs frequently at Hall’s Pawling nightspot. “[The club] has a great sound system and works equally well for acoustic or full-band shows. There’s a really comfortable vibe. Basically, the place is an extension of who Daryl is.” Extending himself further, Hall has parlayed his love of home preservation into another television show, “Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall,” which debuted on the DIY Network last year and chronicles the musician’s renovations of historic properties. Pop music legend. Media raconteur. Nightclub and restaurant owner. Looking at the impossible peaks he’s reached over the course of his 50-year career, what were his proudest moments? “There’ve been so many significant things. . . it’s been a real rollercoaster. . .playing the Apollo with [Temptations members] David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks, doing [worldwide charity concert] Live Aid and [USA for Africa benefit single] ‘We are the World’ in 1985,” says Hall, who at the time of this interview was preparing to perform with Oates at the White House. “But really, the high point is now. And things just keep getting better and better.” Daryl’s House restaurant and live music club is located in Pawling and open Wednesdays through Sundays. For hours, a schedule of upcoming performances, and more information, visit 3/15 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 61

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Brazilian Girls plays Helsinki Hudson on March 7.



March 7. What’s in a name? Confusion, sometimes. By choosing Brazilian Girls as theirs, this pop-electronica quartet set themselves up for the following, eternally recurring disclaimer: None of the members are Brazilian and only one of them is a girl. With that out of the way, we’ll tell you that Brazilian Girls is actually from New York, and their clubby grooves, exotic sampling, and multilingual vocals courtesy of Italian-born singer/lyricist Sabina Sciubba evoke Portishead meeting Bjork in rave land. Early on, the band, which this month plays Club Helsinki for the first time, won the patronage of Talking Heads main man David Byrne, who appeared on their 2008 single “I’m Losing Myself” (the group covered the Heads’ “Cross Eyed and Painless” for a 2007 AIDS benefit album). The foursome’s danceable cocktail makes a fine tonic for the winter blues. (The North Mississippi All Stars and Anders Osbourne visit March 1; Voodoo Orchestra North returns March 13.) 9pm. $25, $35. Hudson. (518) 828-4800;

March 14. In addition to X, Black Flag, T.S.O.L., Agent Orange, and the Circle Jerks, Southern California punk rock in the 1980s was defined by Channel 3, who here hit the Low Beat. Formed in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos in 1980 by Mike Magrann (vocals, guitar) and Kimm Gardner (guitar), the band developed an angry-but-occasionally-melodic sound that caught the attention of the seminal Posh Boy label, which released their self-titled debut the following year. Home to the seething classics “I’ve Got a Gun” and “Manzanar,” the EP is a hands-down essential blast of LA punk, as are 1982’s Fear of Life and 1983’s After the Lights Go Out. Channel 3 took an ill-advised turn into college radio pop near the middle of the decade, but they’ve since soldiered on and returned to their rabid roots. (Idlehands, Happy Body Slow Brain, Blokes, and the Machina rock March 9; Freedy Johnston falls in March 19.) 8pm. Call for ticket prices. Albany. (518) 432-6572;



March 13. Well, if it ain’t that L’il Ol’ Band from Texas. In the boogie business since 1969, ZZ Top is an American institution on par with barbeque, muscle cars, and Daisy Duke cutoffs. The trio of singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons, singer-bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard (memory assist: The latter is the only member who does not sport a beard) is also, hands down, one of the greatest blues-based hard-rock acts of all—despite the fact that, arguably, more people know them for their glossy 1980s sequencer-driven MTV smashes (“Legs,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man”) than for their gloriously raunchy 1970s chaw-spittin’ brawlers (“La Grange,” “Just Got Paid,” “Cheap Sunglasses”). It’s a safe bet that fans of both eras will be sated by this rare intimate-theater appearance at UPAC, as no doubt all the hits will be rolled out in suitably low-ridin’ style. (Stop Making Sense screens March 6; Theatre Terra presents Eric Hill’s “Spot” March 10.) 8pm. $69-$119. Kingston. (845) 473-2072;

March 21. One of history’s greatest pianists, Sergei Rachmaninoff, luckily for us, was born just at the start of the era in which the technology emerged to record him. But, perhaps due to the happy abundance of the recordings that display his astounding abilities, there are those who would argue that he’s gotten short shrift as a composer. Called the last great composer of the Russian Romantic tradition, Rachmaninoff is best known as such for his fleet Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1934) for solo piano and symphony orchestra. This program at the Mahawie Performing Arts Center, however, explores the mesmeric maestro’s small-scale works via the prodigious hands of Russian pianist Vassily Primakov and Israeli-American cellist Yehuda Hanani, and centers, naturally, on his Sonata for Piano and Cello. (“Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” gets staged March 5; Cirque Ziva spellbinds March 15 and 16.) 6pm. $25, $45. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100;



March 14. A list of the major musical figures that local legends the Levin Brothers have played with would easily fill the length of this page. So let’s just put forth a couple of choice names: Bassist Tony, well known for his years with King Crimson, also worked with John Lennon and Peter Gabriel, and keyboardist Pete played with Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, and Miles Davis. Last year, the siblings decided to get together in the studio and revisit the cool jazz that originally inspired them to pick up their instruments as kids back in the 1950s. The swinging sessions resulted in their self-titled debut as a duo, which, outside of one King Crimson cover (“Matte Kudasai”), is composed of original material. Its release finds the pair celebrating by making this, their first 2015 area appearance under the Levin Brothers banner, at the Rosendale Café. (Ethnic folk troupe Tarantata tantalizes March 7; dumbek master Raquy dazzles March 28.) 8pm. $20. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048;

March 22. One of the essential-but-unheralded figures of contemporary Americana, Tarrytownraised multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg was a fixture of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, working with Richie Havens, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others before making his self-titled debut on Columbia Records in 1971 (featuring “The Holdup,” a collaboration with George Harrison). Across his nearly five-decade career, Bromberg has also played guitar, dobro, fiddle, and mandolin on albums by Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Ringo Starr, and many more. Lately, though, he mainly works as a luthier and doesn’t tour as much as he once did—which makes this date by his quintet at the Bearsville Theater a recommended rarity. (Ed Romanoff and Clive Barnes folk it up March 19; Danielia Cotton and Adrien Reju co-headline March 27.) 7pm. $45, $55, $70. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406;



 n Cicada Dream Band, three decorated local eminences of experimental music seize a unique opportunity presented them by nature—not exactly a once-in-a-lifetime chance, but not far off. 2013 was the summer of the 17year cicada. The internationally known clarinetist David Rothenberg, who has done much recording of and writing about the sounds of nature, formed a trio with Kingston’s avant-garde accordionist and composer Pauline Oliveros (founder of Deep Listening and 2012 winner of the John Cage Award) and the harmonic overtone singer Timothy Hill. They imported some cicadas into the confines of Woodstock’s storied Dreamland Studio and recorded with them there. Other animal performers—electronically enhanced Latvian frogs, European blackbirds, a humpback whale, and a “slightly musical conehead” (?)—made the final cut as well. The trio edited over three and a half hours of material down to 11 titled tracks totaling just over an hour. The music moves from a highly conversational chirpiness (“Room at the Inn”) to multilayered and subtly patterned drones (“All Creatures Get It”). Cicada Dream Band surprises with its timbral consistency; it is often difficult to distinguish the reediness of the accordion, the clarinet, and the remarkable range of tones that Hill produces from the processed animal voices. It is a timbral palette built around likeness, blending, and subtle variation. —John Burdick


Hold on tight, because the new record by Hank and the Skinny 3 barrels down on you like a Mack Truck on an icy Catskill Mountains back road. But wait, this truck has studs, and the grit of sand and salt crunch is a grounding and welcome mix in an otherwise treacherous downhill tragectory. Still, you are far from safe and warm. There are no heated seats in this beast, the defrost is on the fritz, and the driver is missing a tooth on a face like a wrinkled roadmap post three-day methamphetamine binge and moonshine drunk. If you can find the elusive shoulder beneath the mud-splattered ice, you would be well advised to pull over with your hazards on and iPhone at the ready. Pounding drums? Check. Driving bass? Check. Multiple distorted guitars? One, two, check. Rock ’n’ roll lyrics? Yeah, baby, baby, oh yeah. Electrified & Blue’s surf-rocker wallet chains are followed by hem-rolled rockabilly dungarees stomping on cowpunk Docs amidst flailing, dirgy, swamp-sweat wife beaters. Hank and the Skinny 3 hail from Croton-On-Hudson but spawned their latest effort at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, whose client roster lists appropriate counterparts like the Jayhawks, the Replacements, the Stray Cats, and Soul Asylum. Their particular brand of Valentine diesel and matchstick love will be appearing soon at a dive bar near you. That is, if you can get out of your driveway without breaking your ass. —Jason Broome


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A lot of personalities are happening in the Compact, which is curious, because, essentially, the band is a duo. Erin E. Hobson and Steven W. Ross have been making music together since 2008, and 1@AX (one at a time) is their third eclectic disc together. A quote on the band’s website notes the pair’s “deep grooves drawn from multiple chapters of the American songbook.” That puts their ambitiously wide span of styles in scope. The opener, “It’s a Wash” is strutting, harmony-laden pop. “Dirty Minds” veers toward piano-driven New Orleans stomp. “The 24th of May” pits NYC beat poetry against the most spot-on Aimee Mann cop in history. And “The Worm” is funky jazz, live onstage. The album’s title feels appropriate, at least in regard to the genre-hopping that’s going on— after all, where else will you hear tunes by organist Jimmy McGriff and Ani DiFranco on one disc, much less alongside the inexplicable Suicide Commandos-inspired thrash of “Bite Me”? But when it hops, the Compact does it right. Guitars grind, bump, and coo; vocals soar and scuffle; and hired drummers like Gary Burke and Stephen Marnell make it all happen rhythmically. Good stuff. Hobson, thankfully, hasn’t lost touch with her own singer-songwriter roots, and the best song on 1@AX (one at a time) is the ethereal “Every Story,” which might as well be a Lisa Loeb cover, and feels just as good. —Michael Eck CHRONOGRAM.COM LISTEN to tracks by the bands reviewed in this issue.

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THE EDGE OF KNOWING Jane Smiley’s American Century by Nina Shengold



ane Smiley has a thing for round numbers and Iowa farmland. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres has named her new trilogy The Last Hundred Years. Its first volume, Some Luck (Knopf, 2014) earned rave reviews; EarlyWarning will come out in May and the final installment this fall. Like A Thousand Acres, the trilogy revolves around an Iowa farm family. But Smiley, who’ll appear this month at the Woodstock Writers Festival, is no onetrick pony. Her two dozen books—novels, nonfiction, and young adult—stake out a wide swath of literary and geographical turf, from medieval Greenland to the racetrack and the Hollywood Hills. Some Luck may begin with young farmer Walter Langdon walking his acreage, but its 33 chapters (one set each year from 1920 to 1953) radiate into the widening world: first leftist Chicago, then WWII’s North African theater and the postwar diaspora. Early Warning follows the five Langdon children as they disperse to both coasts and beyond. If there’s a world map on the wall of Smiley’s writing office, it’s studded with push pins. Smiley answers the phone from the mountainside home outside Carmel, California, that she shares with fourth husband Jack Canning and three wellloved dogs, one of whom can be seen on her Facebook page, baying as Smiley plays banjo. A former horse breeder, she’s cut back her herd to a moderate four. Carmel, she says, is “an old cowboy town. Now it’s a wine town.” She sounds delighted with both. Interviews with Smiley invariably mention her height (six-foot-two) and upbeat personality; the NewYork Times’ Charles McGrath called her “the sort of writer who secretly drives other writers a little bit crazy. She’s prolific and successful, untroubled by neuroses or blockages, with no messy blots of drinking or drug-taking on her résumé. She seemingly writes the way her idol Dickens did—as easily as if it were breathing.” Despite a lingering cough that rattles her Midwestern cadence, Smiley is happy to chat. She grew up in suburbs of St. Louis, raised by her grandparents and mother, an editor at the Globe-Democrat. Her father, a tall, charismatic inventor, was sent to a VA hospital for some combination of PTSD and mental illness when Smiley was just a year old. Raised by strong women, she was a bookish child who relished the wild company of her older boy cousins and stepbrother. She left the Midwest for Vassar in 1967; Meryl Streep was a classmate. During Smiley’s senior year, she and her boyfriend rented a house in Saugerties, a rambling spread on the Esopus Creek. After graduation, they spent a year hitchhiking through Europe. When he started a PhD program at the University of Iowa, she moved there with him, despite being turned down by the famed Writers’ Workshop. Instead, she studied medieval literature, got her doctorate and stayed in Iowa to teach. In the mid `80s, she and her husband impulsively bought a summer house in Fleischmanns. Smiley remembers “long, long walks up dirt roads, old graveyards, farms, pastures, beautiful sunsets. We had a Toyota Tercel, and we used it as an SUV, going up the weirdest little roads. If there was a turn off the main road, we took it.”  She also joined a local quilting group, which inspired her 1988 book Catskill Crafts. “Everyone else was at least twice my age, and they’d lived in the Catskills all their lives. They talked about how things had changed since the `20s and `30s, when the dairy cattle—what, Jerseys? Guernseys?—were agile hill walkers. When people started wanting less fatty milk, they switched breeds, and so there was less hillside pasture. The forests regrew.” This attention to everyday detail animates Smiley’s farm trilogy. She’s fascinated by the ways in which people and land interact, and the Langdons got under her skin. “I’ve written a lot of books and gotten attached to a lot of characters, but maybe because it’s a trilogy, I got very deeply attached in different ways, as you would be with people in your family:You adore some, you’re more skeptical of others.”  She has special affection for rule-breaking characters like “bad boy” Frank Langdon and his brother-in-law Arthur Manning, possibly the most sympathetically drawn Cold War spook ever committed to paper. “As Arthur developed, I was really kind of blown away by him,” Smiley admits. “I feel really sorry for Arthur, even though I’m the one who’s tormenting him. Is this how God feels? I don’t believe in God, but that’s what I’d wonder if I did.You can love them and torment them at the same time.” The trilogy novels include an extensive family tree on the flyleaf, but

most readers will rarely need to consult it—the characters are bell-clear and memorable from the moment they draw their first breaths. As each generation grows up, personalities blossom and congeal, moving from willful, ignored, or fawned-over infants to distinctive adults. “I basically decided when they were born and what their temperament would be like from birth, and then sent them off into the world,” Smiley says. Some years are action-packed and others much quieter, filled with the changes of seasons and textures of everyday life. Smiley researched as she went along, figuring out what she needed to know for each time period and her characters’ many careers. The effortless shifts from one story thread to another were done more by instinct than plan. “I knew the Depression would happen, World War II would happen, the Cold War would happen. I didn’t decide how [the characters] would respond,” she says, adding, “I feel like I got on a train with these people and started eavesdropping. Whenever you write a novel of any length, you want to be on this little edge of knowing what you’re doing and moving into the unknown, with a sense of what might go bang, bang, bang.” Near the end of Some Luck, the Langdon clan returns to the farm for a Thanksgiving dinner. “As if on cue, Walter turned from Andrea and looked at Rosanna, and they agreed in that instant: something had created itself from nothing—a dumpy old house had been filled, if only for this moment, with 23 different worlds, each one of them rich and mysterious.” Jane Smiley will appear3/21 at 4pm at theWoodstockWriters Festival’s fiction panel with Stephen Dobyns, Ann Hood, and moderator Elisa Albert. See details below. MARCH LITERARY EVENTS Now in its fifth year, the BERKSHIRE FESTIVAL OF WOMEN WRITERS is a monthlong celebration with more than 50 events throughout March, including workshops, readings, screenings, and special events. Highlights include keynote speaker and acclaimed memoirist Dani Shapiro on “The Permission To Write” (3/1 at 7pm, Daniel Arts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA; $15, students free) and the Festival Book Expo, featuring bestselling young adult author Mary Pope Osborne and dozens more (3/29, 1-5pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pittsfield, MA; admission free).   CONJUNCTIONS: 25 YEARS AT BARD features readings by Mary Caponegro, Neil Gaiman, Benjamin Hale, Robert Kelly, Ann Lauterbach, Bradford Morrow, and Francine Prose; see page 89 for details. 3/26 at 7pm, Olin Hall, Bard College, Annandale.   OBLONG BOOKS & MUSIC presents two blockbuster events: acclaimed novelist Richard Price (The Whites, writing as “Harry Brandt”) in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue, 3/12 at 7pm, Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff, tickets $10; and the national book launch for New York Times #1 best-selling author Erik Larson (Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania), 3/20 at 7pm, Ecolab Auditorium/Marriott Pavilion, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, tickets $34 (includes price of book).    THE WOODSTOCK WRITERS FESTIVAL offers four days of stellar events, including a Thursday night story slam (3/19 at 7:30 pm, $15); Friday intensive workshops with Beverly Donofrio, Ann Hood, Lynn Johnston, Bar Scott, Kitty Sheehan, Gail Straub, and Marion Winik; panels on spiritual writing, publishing, journalism, fiction, biography, and memoir; Saturday’s Joe Donahue interview with Abigail Thomas (3/21 at 8pm, $35) and Sunday breakfast with James Howard Kunstler (3/22 at 9:30 $15). Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock.   SPRING WORD CAFÉ SALON is an open mike for Word Café participants and anyone curious about this lively new reading/writing series, hosted by Chronogram books editor Nina Shengold at outdated: an antique café, Kingston. 3/12 at 6:30pm, $10.


SHORT TAKES Five local habitations and a name.


Many American histories start with European invaders. Historian Benjamin, who’s lectured at both Marist and Bard, takes a much longer view, opening with a “Paleo Prelude” of the region’s geology, early hunter-gatherers, and Algonquinian cultures. Next come Henry Hudson’s Half Moon, Dutch and Huguenot settlers, and the French and Indian Wars and American Revolution. You’ll never look at your backyard the same way again.

“Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions


Long before Melissa Auf der Maur and Marina Abramovic made it hip, Hudson had a defiantly out-of-the-box identity. An inland whaling port with a notorious red-light district, it boomed in the 19th century, hit the skids in the 20th, and rebounded as an antiquers’ paradise. Local author and postcard collector LaMonica provides over 200 images and tantalizing quilt scraps of history, including a Titanic survivor and Frederic Church’s Moorish mansion Olana.


It doesn’t get any more local than this lively retro-styled comic, initially serialized in the Shawangunk Journal. Ellen Allen, acting in colonial costume at Ellenville’s Shadowland Theatre, butts heads with screen legend Gloria Swansong and time-travels back to meet the namesake of Sam’s Point. With guest art and swell paper doll outfits by John Sterling Lucas (Archie), Paris Cullins (Blue Beetle), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), and Bob McLeod (Superman), Ellen’s adventures rock the ridge.


Roseberry pays tribute to the magisterial 19th-century New York State Capitol building that sits like Queen Victoria alongside Albany’s modernist Empire State Plaza. With chapters detailing its 30-year construction, warring teams of architects, and excessive spending, the granite colossus may strike some as an apt metaphor for state government. This expanded third edition includes a new chapter by Diana S. Waite on recent restorations and new photos by Gary David Gold.


If there’s a dark side to the woodland glory of the Hudson Valley, it’s tick bites. In this heated, intensely personal saga, Haber unpacks the nightmare of living with Lyme. At nine, her daughter developed mysterious headaches. For a gut-wrenching cough, her doctor prescribed an inhaler. By the time she was finally diagnosed, the disease had put her in a wheelchair. Haber’s stubborn advocacy steered her to recovery; the book’s dedication ends “Never, never, never give up.”


Some like it steamy. Actor Bob Crane, aka Colonel Hogan of “Hogan’s Heroes,” took many a walk on the dark side before being brutally murdered in 1978. His son Robert, a former celebrity journalist, was called to identify his father’s remains. Writing with Orange County resident Fryer, with whom he co-authored books about Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern, he examines the double-edged sword of fame. Appearing 3/20 at 7pm, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck.


Ian S. MacNiven

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015, $37.50


s a Harvard undergraduate in 1936, poet James Laughlin launched the avant-garde imprint New Directions. Destined to become the most influential US publisher of the 20th Century, he was already a staunch modernist as a teenager, imbibing scores of limited-run titles ordered by mail from Francis Steloff ’s Gotham Book Mart. Yearning for a guru, he bee-lined to Rapallo, Italy, after his freshman year and met with Ezra Pound, the expatriate bard who presided across continents as a supreme arbiter of all things poetic. The wellknown story, one Laughlin told often, is that Pound discouraged his ambition to write verse, advising him to do something “useful”—meaning, put his energy (and money; his family was huge in Pittsburgh steel) toward keeping the truly original voices of the era alive and in print. In a new detail-rich biography, Hudson Valley resident Ian S. MacNiven questions the veracity of this anecdote, and suggests that the departure from fact by his usually reliable subject offers a skeleton key to his complexity. One might infer Laughlin’s dread of artistic mediocrity, but the legend affirms his commitment to Pound’s mission, and belief that literature is crucial to a society’s well-being. MacNiven’s title, Literchoor Is My Beat, is taken from a 1946 letter where Laughlin, leery of censors, tells Pound, who’s just been arrested for treason, not to write to him about politics. His imitation of the master’s folksy phonetic spelling reveals an affectionate rapport that remained intact through Pound’s long confi nement in a Washington, DC, asylum. The New Directions wagon hitched its first star with Pound’s compañero William Carlos Williams. Even though Laughlin saved the Rutherford pediatrician from dropping off the map, the wise poet had reason to doubt the younger man’s seriousness. When Williams’s novel White Mule received an unpredicted flurry of attention, the publisher was off skiing in the Alps, missing the opportunity to ply bookseller demand. (No dilettante as a skier, Laughlin might well have competed in a national downhill championship if not stopped by an injury.) While nurturing a list of sensitive geniuses that included Dylan Thomas and Henry Miller, he took on a second low-profit venture, pioneering the Alta Ski Resort in Utah. Doc Williams considered him reckless, but others, like Tennessee Williams and Gertrude Stein, were enchanted by the lanky mountaineer. In its decisive first decade, the mercurial Delmore Schwartz was on New Direction’s payroll. The hungry writer may have wondered why the son of a great American fortune operated with frugality more befitting an immigrant deli owner. MacNiven documents New Direction’s steadily increasing sales, but is vague on the larger money question. Interestingly, the beautiful, stark black-and-white covers that still attract young poets like ore from another galaxy were the result of Laughlin’s decision that color ink was too expensive. The next major poet to advise the publisher, Kenneth Rexroth, was a great appreciator of Laughlin the ascending poet. MacNiven notes that Laughlin’s vernacular sensibility was rooted not only in his imagist elders but also in Roman lyric. The saintly, multifaceted provocateur, who called Thomas Merton his “doppelganger,” printed Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue, an ancient prophecy of renewal, for friends at Christmas during WWII without indicating that the brilliant translation was his own. —Marx Dorrity

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Abigail Thomas

Scribner, 2015, $24


ome books are encased in slick wrapping that shrills Look at Me!, but the inside’s stale and flat. Abigail Thomas’s new memoir is the opposite. From the outside, it’s almost plain: innocent white cover, lovely old-fashioned type. And a colorful pair of brushstrokes takes up a block of white space. The thick texture of the paint is so vivid, it looks still wet. In sun orange and sky blue, those two single brushstrokes play off the cover’s black-and-white dignity. It’s as if they’re alive, grabbing the cover off its place against the wall to dance at the party. Take note of that. If you know Thomas’s memoirs, you know she insists on coming by her prose honestly. Composing the artifice of fiction is about as boring to her as watching paint dry—which is actually what she’s doing when the book starts: waiting for a sun she’s just painted to finally dry. She’s been long struggling to write “about a 30-year friendship that had a hole blown through it, but somehow survived.” Taking a break from toil, she paints instead, an act filled with messy joy. “I love the oiliness, I love how it spreads on the surface of the glass, how tipped at an angle it rolls and drops, and merges.” Then comes another little remark, as if we’re already old friends in midconversation. Her beloved paint is being phased out, so she’s stockpiled quarts and quarts of it. But she doesn’t really need that much, she admits. “I use about a tablespoon of orange to make the sun, and I have four quarts of this color. I figure it will last me till I die.” We’re not even done with page one and already Thomas has dropped two quiet bombshells on love and death. Are we settled enough to be really listening? This book is about many things, including how we hear and mishear, how we judge and then forgive, how we learn and grow and make peace with not only those we love, but also the goopy, pet-hair covered spread of life itself. Thomas, remember, is no faker. She’s a master at this. Sit back. At the heart of the story is that friendship that survived, and remains a presence throughout, comforting, refuting, answering, with the steadiness and warmth of a flannel-covered anchor. And illness: Thomas’s daughter, brave and young, is fighting for her life. And family, who gather, react, cook, talk, write, say great things that Thomas, who is really listening, hears. Loved ones casually walk into one chapter and reappear a few later, coming in and out of the story like the many dogs who also populate the book. We come to adore them all, with all their flaws and foibles. This is a book by an optimist who has a gigantic heart and has come to fully embrace the glorious mess of life. But it’s also about not wanting to have to leave—knowing what comes next, trying to find a way to make peace with that inevitable mortality. When the remarkable, mind-blowing, tears-in-your-eyes conclusion does just that, we simply don’t want it to be over. Don’t be surprised if, when you reach that last perfect line of the book, you don’t immediately jump right back to the beginning to start over again. Appearing 3/21 at 8pm at the Woodstock Writers Festival, interviewed by Joe Donahue, Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock, admission $35; 3/28 at 7pm, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck; 4/12 at 3pm, Third Floor Gallery, Hudson. —Jana Martin

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—Raven-Star-Fire Twining (4 years old)




I stuff myself into a corner of my closet make myself small I am crumpled I am a bag full of shoes.

My hands smell of incense, and I don’t know why. I think of things I’ve touched. No girls in hemp clothing. No books of poetry. Just this ballpoint pen. This spiral bound notebook. The armrest of my chair. I discreetly sniff them. There’s no explanation. I sit with my elbow on my desk, with my chin in my hand, my fingers resting above my lip and daydream about hippie girls and dusty old bookstores until the fragrance fades.

I, too, was once young enough to take giraffes for granted.

I slip myself into an empty desk drawer fold my body inwards smooth me out and start again I am a paper crane. I cram myself under the kitchen chair wrap my limbs around the wooden beams I am a sac of spider eggs. —Shannon Buckley

THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED I don’t know how to fish. I can imagine riding in a bouncing boat with the waves licking the bow and stem and the wind easy off the bay. I can imagine baiting the hook, tossing the line, reeling one in. Those parts all make sense, but when I imagine catching the fish— the hook jammed into a piece of flesh, the look in the fish eyes, I try to imagine fear in fish terms. I try to imagine someone hooking me by the lip, jaw or chin and reeling me in. Maybe some fish were made for anglers to catch. In my limited fishing knowledge, I doubt it.

—D. Rush

STOPPING BY ALLEY ON A SNOWY EVENING (AN EMULATION) Whose building this is I think I know His mansion’s in the Hamptons though. He will not see me stopping here to watch the pavement melt the snow. My iPod buds must think it queer to stop without a precinct near beside an alley where muggers make a living preying on folk’s fear. My iPod squeals and makes me shake to ask if there is some mistake. The only other sounds that sweep of sirens’ screams and screeching brake. The alley’s deserted, dark and deep but I have life I want to keep and deadbolts to lock before I sleep— and deadbolts to lock before I sleep. —Glenn Northern

They seemed no more marvelous than Labradors or elms. Just one more form among a myriad to name & know. The older I get, the stranger they grow. I point at their impossible spindlelegs & extension-ladder necks, their staggering spots & spacecamel faces, up there lunching on trees: Look! Look! I say to my son, who shrugs, I already saw ’em, and turns away. Can we go look at the snakes? —Barbara Louise Ungar

SONNET Am I a book, that you should break my spine, and make my back more flexible to fit your palms, that you might with a bit more ease journey with me held in a single hand, or mark my memories you find most grand by creasing triangles on certain leaves, so in my normal state my mind will flit impulsively to these, as though they shine as strongly for myself as for you? No. You sha’n’t unstick the saddle-stitches’ glow, dislodging dusty chapters found unfair, or characters for whom you do not care. But most of all, no matter how perplexed, don’t ever flip ahead to see what’s next. —Brad Balliett

—Marc Swan

MIDNIGHT BAFFLED The riddle I solved But the mystery deepened The answer was clear It was the question that bothered me —Frederick Vaughn

The big hand is nearly on the 12. And the little hand is almost right straight up. And The Big Hand is reaching for your throat. —George J. Searles


VIEW OUT THE FRENCH DOORS Moonlight turns the snow on the porch a blue-green like your old eyes. —Jimmy Smith



in all the years i’d never seen my old man drink hard liquor before tonight he’s had three some jim beam fire that tastes like medicine three fingers of three of them and we are talking about death and cancer and death the granddaughter and niece the court will only let us see for four hours the old man is talking about his own mortality how he didn’t want to do anything for the ol’ prostate but she made him, he says, pointing at my mother who he’d already sent crying into the other room before then he just sort of starts ranting about how if it’s his time it’s his time how there’s no point letting medicine keep you going for what? for what? he asks no one the kind of bravado only possible via three fingers of three drinks watching him i think about all of the times that i’ve been lit how i’ve sat on couches and lain on beds pointing and ranting at the gods the poison of a thousand drinks dulling the edges of my empathy giving me a temporary out of my own fears like father like son i watch him shake his finger and talk until my wife gets up to leave the room she might be the second person that he’s made cry tonight that’s when i tell him jesus christ, man, i don’t think you can handle that shit get him a glass of raspberry wine the next time he asks me for a refill sit back with my own drink wonder what great enlightenment is coming my way next.

I’ve felt the rough patch of skin on your forearm, the acne on your back like brail, the hair you grow on your legs in winter.

—John Grochalski

HE STARES THROUGH MURKY SEASURFACE. and feels the burning shiver of saltwind against his naked ringfinger. 3 DAYS GONE, and time should be going faster than this. Dear Love, (he writes a mental letter) I Miss You. saltwind meets glassy glance and births salt-tears. I Miss You I Miss You and I Miss the picnic and your white dress of lace and the way the sun shone that day and how you smelled of sweet vanilla in the shadow of the birch tree. The ship teeters back and forth, and he grabs the top bar of the railing. I Miss your smile, and how your face foresees the day (remember august 12?) I Miss the softness of your Brown curls. —Paula Dutcher

I’ve twisted it into tiny mountains with my thumb and forefinger. On some blue Saturday; the giant of the Iowa sky (90 degrees Fahrenheit) winked his bright eyes at our bodies Laid down on a smooth roll of hill, we let the stops loose from our throats. Your pulse comes strongest from the tendons in your neck. When I touch my finger to them you roll your head back and the tendons go taut the pulse drawn closer to the skin. Everything smelled like dirt and the bog was branded bright orange by our tiny sun, rising out into the bruisedgrey New York sky. We yawn together: your shoulder to my rib, your hip to her elbow, her shin to his wrist, his skull to his collarbone. Our hollow early morning talks echo out to the bank across the still water, and we learn that at five in the morning there’s no such thing as lying. I feel the warmth under your skin and the toughness of your muscle you’re raw meat, all the way through. —Dante DeCecio Kanter

MY GENERATION, THAT’S A RAP we all want to be gifted want the spirit of each person who passes by to be lifted there’s a monkey on your back guy it’s all those lies built up, came back to surprise you there are white-faced robots in black suits fake wives, front lawns, and backyards mediocre lives, they’ve got it backwards the children don’t even realize how much they’ve got to lose no imagination, no new creations aimless fear from ear to ear we’ve told you not to touch that you were warned once before run away wolf, before the pigs come they’re going to blow down your door imagine swimming through the floors walking on water, and cooling off by the fire if we got up when we were tired everyone would fall in love with a liar to the fathers whose daughters are uninspired you’re the one who gave in when she asked for an iPhone now she can’t leave that damn thing alone —Lenora Holler


Food & Drink

Appetizers clockwise from top left: patra pinwheel; khasta kachori; khaman; samosas; spinach pakora

Two Dosas, Twice Daily Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen in Newburgh Story by Nicole Hitner Photos by Karen Pearson


ewburgh is basically the last place you’d expect to find a restaurant like Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen. The building that once housed a dingy diner now serves fresh, farm-to-table, all-vegetarian meals based on the ancient dietary practices of Ayurveda. The airy dining rooms glow with natural light pouring from skylights in the vaulted ceiling. The locally handcarved tables and chairs taper elegantly at the leg and look onto windowsills decorated with spice-laden mason jars. In short, Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen breaks Newburgh’s cultural mold twice over, first by serving Indian food in a neighborhood dotted with pizzerias and taquerias, and then by adding a meatless, mystically inspired twist. Turns out, this cultural dissonance was exactly why the Raval brothers picked Newburgh to set up shop. “We often think only the elite can afford to do yoga,” says Dr. Ashik Raval with a smile. He wears a collared shirt, suit jacket, and tilaka mark on his forehead symbolizing his devotion to Krishna. “We think the same thing about health food, but it’s not true.You don’t need to be rich to eat healthy.” Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen predicates itself on this maxim. Most menu items cost less than $10, and $13 buys you a bottomless thali platter complete with roti flat bread and dessert. The thali, an Indian classic, consists of rice and half a dozen sides served in small bowls on a distinctive tray. The heat and heaviness of the chana masala chickpeas balance with the riced, ginger-laced cauliflower; and the aloo subzi (potatoes and green beans) goes down like a long-lost comfort food. Then there’s the creamy dal makhani, a rich blend of red lentils and tomato that pairs perfectly with the bread. On the subject of appetizers, the mixed vegetable pakoras deserve special note. At Nimai’s, these fritters are a toothy amalgam of potato, broccoli, bell pepper, chickpea flour, and spices, deep-fried and served with a sweet-and-tangy tamarind sauce—a winning start to any meal. 70 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 3/15

The menu also accommodates palates new to Indian cuisine by offering an assortment of Western dishes like pizza and burgers, all of which adhere to the Ayurvedic principles of freshness and vegetarianism. Some of these, like the Eggplant Parm pizza and Al Pesto pasta, stick to traditional flavor profiles with vegan and gluten-free options at a nominal cost. Others, like the Mexican Pie and Dabeli Burger, flirt with Hispanic and Indian fusion concepts. The Dabeli, a mainstay in parts of India, would strike the average American as pure innovation in the art of sandwichmaking. A masala potato patty supplants the standard veggie patty as the main texture element, cilantro fills in for lettuce, peanuts supply the protein, and noodles made from chickpea flour add the necessary crunch factor. It arrives at the table bejeweled with pomegranate seeds, as exciting to behold as it is to eat. Of Dosas and Doshas Even though it originated several thousand years ago, Ayurveda (from Sanskrit yus “life” + veda “science”) mirrors modern nutrition in its founding principal: Food may be used to promote internal health and help fight disease. (Imagine coming to this conclusion back when the wheel had just come out in beta.) According to Ayurvedic philosophy, the body contains three elemental substances called doshas: pitta (fire), vata (air), and kapha (earth).The goal is to keep these qualities in equal proportion. Illness and discomfort indicate that one force has overridden the others and must be balanced out again using the right combination of foods. Traditionally, the Ayurvedic meal functions as a sort of prescription and is cooked to address the consumer’s unique nutritional needs. Since Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen caters to the general public, however, it falls back on Ayurveda’s

Top: The buffet at Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen Bottom left: Ratatouille pizza and vegan sausage and peppers pizzas Bottom right: Desserts—date and fig squares, golab jamon, khaja, and laddo


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fundamental values: freshness and vegetarianism. During winter, the restaurant resorts to regional farmer’s markets for the bulk of its produce, but come spring, it will source three-quarters of its produce (and all of its milk) from Gita Nagari Organic Farm in Pennsylvania’s Tuscarora Valley. The restaurant’s menu changes on a weekly basis to accommodate harvest cycles, and the kitchen only serves food that has been prepared within the past few hours. Each dish thrills with vibrancy, leaving even the most diehard omnivores feeling deeply satisfied. And, counterintuitive though it may seem to have sweets in a healthy kitchen, Nimai’s offers a host of Ayurvedic desserts designed to aid in healing rather than inhibit it. Many of these sweets are cooked with ghee, a specially prepared clarified butter loaded with vitamins and essential fatty acids. In most cases, they’re also more nutrient rich than your average puff pastry. Take ghari, for instance: a doughnut-hole-size pistachio cookie made with ghee and cardamom. Or the carrot halwa, a delicious hash of carrot, raisins, and almonds finished off with cardamom and milk. Or, everyone’s favorite, the mango lassi, an Indian smoothie made with homemade yogurt and fresh mango. “If taken not just by themselves but with other nutritious foods— fruit, nuts, spices, and so on—sweet things do have a place in the diet, beyond sensory enjoyment,” says Dr. Raval. New Windsor local Tara Federman, special educator and longtime aficionado of Indian cuisine, has made Bliss Kitchen a weekly destination. “The food here is so clean, so pure,” she says. “You can tell that the chefs are spiritually connected to the food.” Federman moonlights as a meditation instructor at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe and believes in the importance of mindfully prepared food. Others, like Noah Banning, come to Bliss Kitchen for the health benefits. Banning was diagnosed with diabetes three-and-a-half years ago and, as a Newburgh resident, stopped by Nimai’s on a whim last fall. The Raval brothers offered Noah an Ayurvedic consultation and suggested how he might use diet to help bolster his body through its instability. “I came back, and they made me feel comfortable. Next thing I know, I’m here every day because I live close.” Banning was new to vegetarianism and surprised that he didn’t need meat every day to feel healthy and satisfied. Still, that was nothing compared to the surprise he got at the doctors’ office three months ago. “I don’t know how it happened,” he says, “but they tell me now that my numbers are no longer diabetic. They said I was good to go off the medicine.”

Doctors Ashik, Manish, and Mehul Raval have been practicing pediatric and internal medicine in Newburgh for more than 17 years; their office at Orange Medical Care is right across the parking lot from the restaurant. It was this practice, in fact, that brought to their attention a regional demand for holistic health care. “With allopathic or modern medicine, we treat the symptoms and we treat the numbers, but we hardly ever treat the disease itself,” explains Dr. Raval. In his view, Western medications form the front line of defense against disease, giving the body the advantage it needs to begin repairing the damage. The next step, especially in chronic cases, is to support this effort through diet. A diabetes sufferer, for example, might learn to cook with fenugreek (menthi) seeds and leaves for their effectiveness in lowering blood sugar levels. Someone who regularly experiences mental fogginess could turn to ginger instead of caffeine. Dr. Raval hopes that Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen will make these foods and attendant philosophy more available to the general public. Despite the challenges of an ever-changing menu and fledgling wait staff, the restaurant seems to be finding its niche. Since its soft opening last fall, the restaurant has generated considerable buzz and cultivated more than a few devotees. Dr. Raval estimates that 15 of Nimai’s patrons come to eat on a daily basis. Pleased though they are with this response, the brothers realize that eating out every day isn’t practical for most people. So, in October, they began offering Ayurvedic cooking classes on Friday nights. “Our goal is that somehow people should learn this so they can cook it at home.” For just $15, participants receive an hour of cooking instruction, a full dinner, and the chance to taste the food they have just learned to prepare. Those interested in purchasing the raw ingredients for that dish can find them in Nimai’s market, which is set off from the restaurant and well stocked in spices, dried goods, and Indian apparel. The cooking classes get between six and 10 participants each week, and attendance is growing. The Raval brothers’ next project will be to convert the building adjacent to their medical practice into a wellness center where people of all ages and backgrounds can attend yoga classes, receive Ayurveda consultations, and learn how to make healthy food taste good. Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen is located at 94 South Robinson Avenue in Newburgh. Winter hours run Monday to Saturday 12 to 9pm and Sunday 12 to 7pm. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet ($9.99) is served Monday to Saturday 12 to 3pm. (845) 245-6048; 3/15 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 73

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Bakeries Ella’s Bellas Bakery 418 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 765-8502

Butchers Barb’s Butchery 69 Spring Street, Beacon, NY (845) 831-8050

Fleisher’s Pasture Raised Meats 307 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-6666

Jack’s Meats and Deli 79 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2244

Cafés Dohnut. Water Street Market New Paltz, NY (845) 464-0756

Frida’s Bakery & Café 26 Main Street, Milton, NY (845) 795-5550

Restaurants Cinnamon 5856 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7510

Culinary Institute of America 1946 Campus Drive (Route 9), Hyde Park, NY (845) 452-9600

Diego’s Taqueria 38 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-2816

Elephant 310 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-9310

LaBella Pizza Bistro 194 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2633

Osaka Restaurant 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY

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(845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278, 74 Broadway, Tivoli, NY Foodies, consider yourselves warned and informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy the freshest sushi and delicious traditional Japanese small plates cooked with love by this family owned and operated treasure for over 20 years! For more information and menus, go to

Red Hook Curry House 28 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2666

The Hop 458 Main Street, Beacon, NY

The Would 120 North Road, Highland, NY (845) 691-9883

Tuthill House 20 Grist Mill Lane, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-4151

Wine Bars Jar’d Wine Pub Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY 3/15 CHRONOGRAM TASTINGS DIRECTORY 75

business directory Accommodations Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY (800) 772-6646

Alternative Energy Hudson Solar (845) 876-3767

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Architecture Irace Architecture Warwick, NY (845) 988-0198 Richard Miller, AIA 28 Dug Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4480

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Art Galleries & Centers Crawford Gallery of Fine Art 65 Main Street, Pine Bush, NY (845) 744-8634 Dorsky Museum SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3844 Mark Gruber Gallery New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780, Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250, Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251

Attorneys Traffic and Criminally Related Matters. Karen A. Friedman, Esq., President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys 30 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor New York, NY (845) 266-4400 or (212) 213-2145 Representing companies and motorists throughout New York State. Speeding, reckless driving, DWI, trucking summons and misdemeanors, aggravated unlicensed matters, appeals, article 78 cases. 27 years of trial experience.

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Auto Sales & Services Fleet Service Center 185 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4812 76 BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 3/15

Kinderhook Toyota 1908 New York 9H, Hudson, NY (518) 822-9911

Beverages Keegan Ales 20 Saint James Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2739

Books Monkfish Publishing 22 East Market Street, Suite 304, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4861

Bookstores Mirabai of Woodstock 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100 Olde Warwick Booke Shoppe 31 Main Street, Warwick, NY (845) 544-7183

Building Services & Supplies Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704 John A Alvarez and Sons 3572 Route 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851-9917 Millbrook Cabinetry & Design 2612 Route 44, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-3006 N & S Supply Robert George Design Group 27 West Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-7088 Williams Lumber & Home Centers (845) 876-WOOD

Cinemas Rosendale Theater Collective Rosendale, NY Upstate Films 6415 Montgomery Street Route 9, Rhinebeck: (845) 876-2515, 132 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6608

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Poughkeepsie Galleria 2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 297-7600

Computer Services Tech Smiths 45 North Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 443-4866

Custom Home Design and Materials Atlantic Custom Homes 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY

Education Bard MAT Bard College, (845) 758-7151 Buxton School 291 South Street, Williamstown, MA (413) 458-3919

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0033 Next Step College Counseling Hyde Park, NY (845) 242-8336 Oakwood Friends School 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 462-4200 Poughkeepsie Day School 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 462-7600 Primrose Hill School - Elementary and Early Childhood Education Inspired by the Waldorf Philosophy 23 Spring Brook Park, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1226

Bishop Dunn Memorial School (845) 569-3496

Randolph School Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 297-5600

Canterbury School 101 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT (860) 210-3832

Rudolf Steiner School 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-4015

Center for the Digital Arts / Westchester Community College Peekskill, NY (914) 606-7300 Columbia-Greene Community College 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY (518) 828-1481 ext.3344 Green Meadow Waldorf School (845) 356-2514 High Meadow School Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4855 Kildonan School Amenia, NY (845) 373-2012 Maplebrook School Route 22, Amenia, NY (845) 373-9511

de Marchin 620 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-2657

Montgomery Montessori School 136-140 Clinton Street, Montgomery, NY (845) 401-9232

Haldora 28 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6250

Mount Saint Mary College 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-3225

Spark Media Project Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 485-4480 South Kent School 40 Bulls Bridge Road, South Kent, CT (860) 927-3539 x201 The Manitou School 1656 Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY (646) 295-7349 Trinity - Pawling School 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY (845) 855-4825 Woodstock Day School 1430 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-3744 x103

Equestrian Fox Run Farm Lynn M. Reed, (845) 494-6067Â Premier facilities located between Rhinebeck and Millbrook NY and Ocala Fla feature indoor/outdoor rings, jumping fields and trails. We offer advanced training for competitions at elite venues, instructions for all levels, quality horses for share board, lease or sale.

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Events Durants Tents & Events 1155 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-0011 Gina Truhe Makeup (914) 426-2251 Woodstock Writer’s Festival

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores Adam’s Fairacre Farms 1240 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-0303 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-6300 765 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-4330 Hawthorne Valley Farm Store 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500 Hudson Valley Farmers Market Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY

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Pennings Farm Market & Orchards 161 South Route 94, Warwick, NY (845) 986-1059

Financial Advisors Third Eye Associates, Ltd. 38 Spring Lake Road, Red Hook, NY (845)752-2216 Third Eye Associates, Ltd is a fee-only registered investment adviser with offices in Northern Dutchess County, New York City and Washington, DC. We provide financial life planning, financial transition planning, and wealth management strategies to help clients realize their greatest asset - a rewarding life. Our goal is to help you clarify your vision, reconnect with your dreams, and use the resulting energy and motivated purpose to create both greater financial security and emotional fulfillment. 

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Hair Salons Allure 47 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7774 Le Shag. 292 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-0191

Home Furnishings & Décor Hunt Country Furniture 16 Dog Tail Corners Road, Wingdale, NY (845) 832-6522

Household Management & Planning Ideal Woodstock Kingston, NY (845) 417-4152 78 BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 3/15

Insurance Devine Insurance Agency 58 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-7806

Interior Design & Home Furnishings New York Designer Fabric Outlet 3143 Route 9, Valatie, NY (518) 758-1555 Cabinet Designers, Inc. 747 State Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200 We are the largest showroom in the area and offer a wide variety of products for the home in a one-stop shop setting. From kitchen & bath cabinetry to tile, flooring, fixtures, closet organizers and low VOC C-2 Paint. Family-owned & operated with professional & knowledgeable designers & installers on staff.

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Dorrer Jewelers 54 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 516-4236 Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206 Geoffrey Good Fine Jewelry 238 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (212) 625-1656 Hudson Valley Goldsmith 11 Church Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5872 Sierra Lily 1955 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 297-1684 We have been serving the Hudson Valley with the finest in gifts, jewelry, and personal accessories for over 30 years. We proudly carry Pandora Jewelry, Alex and Ani, Brighton, Vera Bradley, and 30+ Made in the USA jewelry and gift lines. Family owned and operated.

Music Daryl’s House 130 Route 22, Pawling, NY (845) 289-0185

Organizations Re>Think Local

Performing Arts Bardavon 1968 Opera House 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2072 EMPAC at Rensselaer Troy, NY (518) 276-3921 Helsinki on Broadway 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-4800 Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Mid-Hudson Civic Center Poughkeepsie, NY SUNY Ulster - Office Of Community Relations SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-5262 The Falcon 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY (845) 236-7970 The Linda WAMCs Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233 The Linda provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with world-renowned artists, academy-award-winning directors, headliner comedians and local, regional, and national artists on the verge of national recognition. An intimate, affordable venue, serving beer and wine, The Linda is a night out you won’t forget.

Photography Corporate Image Studio 1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5255 Fionn Reilly Photography Saugerties, NY (845) 802-6109

Picture Framing Atelier Renee Fine Framing The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004 A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation-quality materials, expert design advice, and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and certified picture framer, has been framing since 1988. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French matting. Also offering mirrors.

Pools & Spas Aqua Jet 1606 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-8080

Printing Services Beacon Fine Art Printing Beacon, NY (914) 522-4736

Real Estate Catskill Farm Builders Kingston’s Opera House Office Building 275 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 399-1212 Contact Bill Oderkirk (owner/manager)

Record Stores Rocket Number Nine Records 50 North Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-8217

Specialty Food Shops Savor the Taste 527 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (845) 417-6776

Summer Camps Livingston Street Early Childhood Community Kingston, NY (845) 340-9900 Renaissance Kids 1821 Route 376, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 452-4225

Sunrooms Hudson Valley Sunrooms Route 9W, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1235

Tutoring Hudson Valley eTutor (845) 687-4552 Need help with science or nursing classes? Fulfill Regents lab time with NY State certified biology & earth science teachers. Learn from certified teachers, college professors & other educators highly trained in their field. Access assistance through an educational online platform. Live, personalized, private education. Learn more with Hudson Valley eTutor at or call 845-687-4552.

Weddings Historic Huguenot Street Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1660 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079

Wine & Liquor Kingston Wine Co. 65 Broadway on the Rondout, Kingston, NY Miron Wine and Spirits 15 Boices Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5155

Workshops Hudson Valley Photoshop Training, Stephen Blauweiss (845) 339-7834

Writing Services Peter Aaron Wallkill Valley Writers New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370

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by wendy kagan

illustration by annie internicola


ouise Kuklis is still here—in fact, she just got back from seeing the manatees swim in the waters of Florida. And that is a miracle, because for the past eight years Kuklis has journeyed through Stage III and IV colon cancer to her present, and very blessed, state of remission. Some days, she was merely surviving the pain, nausea, and countless bring-me-to-my-knees indignities that cancer brings. After the Stage IV diagnosis, forced to retire from the teaching job she loved, “I was basically numb for the first month or two, but got my footing and sort of went into survival mode,” she says. Despite it all, Kuklis was, and still is, really living—dancing at her son’s wedding after her first six-month round of chemotherapy, holding her newborn grandchild after the cancer metastasized, then stabilized, in her lungs. At White Plains Hospital, where the oncology nurses know her entire family by name, Kuklis learned that she could knit and paint during the chemo infusions that she would endure over the years. She wrote down her experiences in the hospital’s Narrative Medicine program (a reading and writing group for cancer patients and caregivers), and went on to see two of her paintings published in a book and one on display in Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. As if to put a cherry on top of her unstoppable spirit, she completed two triathlons with the Rye YMCA’s Livestrong program. Waltzing through cancer, and thriving over pain and suffering, is something Kuklis had seen her mother do before succumbing to the illness at 78—so in some ways, she felt groomed for it. “My mother left me this legacy of ‘Live your life and treat the cancer, but don’t let it become the focus of your life,’” says Kuklis. Never before has advice like this rung so true, and for so many people. According to a 2014 report from the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors is growing; we have an estimated 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today, and that figure is expected to spike to 19 million by 2024. Cancer is still a top killer (it’s the second-leading cause of death in the US, just after heart disease), but for fortunate people on a case-by-case basis, its stranglehold is loosening. Chastening these statistics is cancer’s well-known ability to come back, sometimes in a new place in the body or in a newly aggressive form, like a B-movie horror villain. Cancer As a Chronic Illness It may seem a bold, even risky statement to say that cancer today is becoming less of a death sentence and more of a chronic illness that can be managed with vigilance and care. (Plenty of people caught in the final fire of disease, and their loved ones, would disagree.) Yet doctors and researchers in the oncology world see this happening for certain people and types of cancers—especially breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, among others—thanks to an arsenal of very limber and precise modern medical treatments. “People think ‘cancer’ and they think ‘death,’ but that in fact is incorrect,” says Una Hopkins, PhD, administrative director of the Dickstein Cancer Center at White Plains Hospital. “We’ve advanced so far in our ability to personalize treatments to the particular cancer that an individual has. When we individualize treatment plans, we put the illness into a chronic state, as 80 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 3/15

we would with hypertension or diabetes, or HIV for that matter. We find the right way to sequence the drugs or radiation, or whatever has to happen for that very specific cancer. Sometimes it’s one year, two years, even five years, that we keep that person going along their lines of recovery.” Not just one, but several reasons point to why people are living longer with cancer. “For many kinds of cancer, there are now second, third, and even fourth lines of treatment for people if something isn’t working. That’s a huge advance,” says Sandi Cassese, vice president of oncology services at Health Quest, which includes three hospitals—Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. If one chemotherapy doesn’t work, a patient might have several more to try; after that, a drug that’s in trial is often available to extend the options. Game-changing medications like Herceptin and Tamoxifen for breast cancer are also adding to the number of cancer survivors; Cassese calls them “super wonder drugs.” And the genetic testing of tumors—a burgeoning field with enormous potential in the fight against cancer—is fine-tuning doctors’ ability to offer targeted therapies and specific chemotherapies for the best outcome. From Stage IV to Cancer Free Pam Brown—chef-owner of Garden Café on the Green,Woodstock’s much-loved vegan restaurant—had always prided herself on exercising every day, doing yoga, and eating vegan since 1967 (“I was a raging hippie,” she says). So Brown was shocked when, in October 2013, she was diagnosed with Stage IV, very metastasized ovarian cancer. “I’d been living the ideal healthy lifestyle, except for the extreme amount of work and stress, which is definitely a factor in this,” says Brown. Her surgeon said the tumor was like a bag of peas that had burst open and spread everywhere, all the way up to her lungs. “They said, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen—you’re going to have a complete hysterectomy, you’re going to go through chemotherapy, lose your hair, the whole deal.’ My attitude was ‘Let’s just get this all done.’ There’s more pain in resisting things than in accepting what’s going on.” Naturally petite and energetic, Brown was a wasted 78 pounds when she went into surgery (about 20 pounds below her normal weight). She spent the next six months at home, going to St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany for chemo every week for 18 weeks. Her doctor told her to eat meat because her tumor-ravaged body needed protein. Instead, she says, “I ate eggs, dairy, and fish—none of which I enjoyed—but I was grateful to the animals. I’d thank them as I’d eat it.” Brown tried alternative therapies like cannabis oil and herbs (“I figured it couldn’t hurt”) and forced herself out of bed to walk the treadmill. A parade of “amazing people” came to her house with food; to help with her medical expenses, a friend started a Gofundme site that raised $25,000 from her community in four days. Today Brown is cancer free, but she understands that it could come back at any time. (“They don’t declare remission. I get a blood test every month.”) She has her battle scars—painful nerve damage, fingernails that fell off, dental issues from


the chemo. Back to her vegan diet and back to work (though working a little bit less), she’s convinced that a foundation of good health contributed to her recovery. “Sometimes I think, oh my God, I had cancer but I’m still here. I’m amazed and blessed that I’m here.”


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Acupuncture Physical Therapy Pain Management Joint Injections Stem Cell Injections

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Postcancer: A Survival Guide Like Kuklis, Brown is entering a different stage of cancer called survivorship—a relatively new term that’s used mainly to describe the post-treatment phase. New regulation requires all patients ending their cancer treatment because they’ve been “cured” to have a survivorship plan. Developed with their doctor, these are living plans that include a patient’s diagnosis and treatment history as well as a complete blueprint for care going forward—recommended screenings, physical therapy, nutritional therapy, and the like. Perhaps the most profound change in oncology today is a movement to apply the principles of survivorship to the entire journey of cancer care. Says Cassese, “In the old days, when people spoke to patients of palliative care, it was the equivalent of hospice. There’s growing enthusiasm around changing the name [palliative care] to survivorship care, focusing on treating the whole person and relieving all symptoms, be they pain, stress, fatigue, insomnia. It’s all about quality of life.” Meanwhile, Health Quest is working on bolstering its cancer rehab through a program called STAR, or “survivorship training and rehabilitation”; about 50 health-care providers are undergoing the training. “As cancer is becoming a chronic problem that people can live with, it’s really critical to look at how we treat these patients,” says thoracic surgeon Cliff Connery, MD, FAC, medical director of the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Hospital, and Health Quest’s director of thoracic oncology and surgery. “How much do we beat them up when we’re trying to cure the cancer? What sort of side effects do they have?” Connery works mainly with lung cancer patients, who typically have a lower chance of survival—though with newly recommended low-dose CT scan screenings for those at high risk for lung cancer, this prognosis may be changing. (Stay tuned for next month’s article on the evolving world of lung cancer care.) Keeping the C-Word at Bay For people looking to survive cancer by never getting it in the first place, the obvious adages ring true. Don’t smoke. Eat your vegetables. Exercise. Keep your weight in the normal range (obesity is a cancer risk factor). And at physical exams, be your own best advocate by talking to your doctor about screenings. Regular mammograms, colonoscopies, and the like, administered at the recommended times, can catch cancer earlier and dramatically increase chances of survival.Those with a family history and other high-risk individuals need to be extra vigilant. “Every day I talk to someone who skipped an exam—by three months, six months, a year—and got bad news,” says Cassese. “There’s no way to get that back. We want to catch it as soon as we humanly can. If someone can catch a lung cancer early enough that it can be treated with surgery, it makes all the difference in their survival.” Kuklis, for one, will not miss the regular CT scan screenings that her doctors have laid out on a time line to detect any recurrence of disease. The only thing separating her from a “normal” life is one 30-minute infusion each month of the biological agent Avastin, which her doctors recommend she keeps taking. What got her through? Family and friends. Exercise. Good health insurance. Meanwhile, her “cancer home” at White Plains Hospital’s Dickstein Cancer Center is growing, with a new building to be unveiled in October and integrative therapies hardwired into the program with acupuncture, Reiki, aromatherapy, and more. Some of these are woven into Kuklis’s lifestyle now—“I do yoga, walk, and meditate each day,” she says. For Pam Brown, “It was a little embarrassing to be a vegan and get cancer,” she says with a self-deprecating smile. “I no longer feel invincible.” But Brown will be 70 in June and is living proof that, as she says, “There’s always hope. No matter what they tell you.” This is the first of two articles about cancer.The next article, about advances in lung cancer treatment, will appear in the April issue. RESOURCES Clifford Connery, MD, FAC (845) 483-6920 Dickstein Cancer Center at White Plains Hospital Health Quest hospital group Garden Café on the Green

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Beginner and master classes in blacksmithing and small metals. Intro workshops and advanced skills with resident blacksmithing instructor Patrick Quinn and jeweler’s techniques with resident instructor Laurie Marshall. Advanced workshops with visiting instructors. One-day, weekend and extended seminars in the metal arts, with hands-on instruction in a well-equipped working studio.

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Acupuncture Creekside Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Stephanie Ellis, L.Ac. 371A Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 546-5358 Private treatment rooms, attentive oneon-one care, affordable rates, sliding scale. Accepting Blue Cross, no-fault and other insurances. Stephanie Ellis graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in premedical studies. She completed her acupuncture and Chinese medicine degree in 2001 as valedictorian of her class and started her acupuncture practice in Rosendale that same year. Ms. Ellis uses a combination of traditional Chinese medicine, classical Chinese medicine, Japanese-style acupuncture and triggerpoint acupuncture. Creekside Acupuncture is located in a building constructed of nontoxic, ecofriendly materials.

High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts, Oriental Medicine, Carolyn Rabiner, L Ac 87 East Market Street, Suite 102, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2424 Hoon J. Park, MD, PC 1772 South Road, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-6060 Transpersonal Acupuncture (845) 340-8625

Aromatherapy Joan Apter (845) 679-0512 See also Massage Therapy

Astrology Planet Waves Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

Body and Skincare Dermasave Labs, Inc. 3 Charles Street, Suite 4, Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-4087

Counseling break / through career and life coaching (845) 802-0544 The Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy (845) 646-3191

Cranio-Sacral Therapy Dr. Bruce Schneider 4 Deming Street, Woodstock, NY, Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY (845) 679-6700 Dr. Bruce has developed a precise protocol using Chiropractic, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET). These complimentary modalities effectively locate and release patterns of unresolved stress in the body. Experience the improved health and vitality that emerges naturally when these barriers to health are removed. Address the cause upstream instead of managing symptoms downstream. Dr. Bruce has been in practice for 28 years. Call (845) 679-6700.


Dentistry & Orthodontics Tischler Dental Woodstock, NY (845) 679-3706

Farms Late Bloomer Farm & Market 3100 Route 207, Campbell Hall, NY (845) 742-8705 Area’s best-kept secret! Farm store well stocked & open all year. Everything grown here with love & without chemicals or locally & carefully sourced. Winter CSA, Summer CSA Farm Card, U-Pick, spring organic seedling sale, farm dinners & events, petting zoo, local crafts & outdoor furniture, and more. Know where your food comes from. Follow us on Facebook.

Gynecology Jenna Smith Stout 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 430-4300 Nancey Rosensweig (646) 505-8819

Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Empowered By Nature 1129 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Fishkill, NY (845) 416-4598 Lorraine Hughes, Registered Herbalist (AHG) and ARCB Certified Reflexologist offers wellness consultations that therapeutically integrate Asian and Western herbal medicine and nutrition with their holistic philosophies to health. This approach is grounded in traditional Chinese medicine with focus placed on an individual’s specific constitutional profile and imbalances. Please visit the website for more information and upcoming events.

Holistic Health Cassandra Currie, MS, RYT‚ Holistic Health Counselor 41 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 532-7796

Dana Klisanin Rhinebeck, NY (917) 972-2544 Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with virtue, creativity, and ageless wisdom—the Sensuous Mystic. Dr. Dana Klisanin is an integral practitioner and award-winning research psychologist who helps women reconnect with this powerful spiritual force and use it to experience increased joy in everyday life.

John M. Carroll 715 State Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420 John is a spiritual counselor, healer, and teacher. He uses guided imagery, morphology, and healing energy to help facilitate life changes. He has successfully helped his clients to heal themselves from a broad spectrum of conditions, spanning terminal cancer to depression.

Kary Broffman, RN, CH (845) 876-6753 Move Be Well Studio (845) 978-6506 Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (800) 944-1001

Hospitals Health Quest 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie NY (845) 454-8500 MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 483-5000 Sharon Hospital 50 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon, CT (860) 364-4000

Hypnosis Clear Mind Arts Hypnosis (845) 876-8828 Jennifer has been helping adults and children overcome obstacles and heal past trauma in private practice in Rhinebeck since 2003. Offering Past Life Regression, Expressive Arts, Medical Hypnosis, Life

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Massage Therapy Joan Apter (845) 679-0512 Luxurious massage therapy with medicinal grade Essential Oils; Raindrop Technique, Emotional Release, Facials, Hot Stones. Animal care, health consultations, spa consultant, classes and keynotes. Offering full line of Young Living Essential oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and non-toxic cleaning products. Consultant: prepare for surgery, heal faster with healing statements for surgery and holistic approaches to heal faster!

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Psychotherapy Rachael Diamond, LCSW, CHt New Paltz, NY (845) 883-0679 Holistically-oriented therapist offering counseling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and EMDR. Specializing in issues pertaining to relationships, personal growth, life transitions, alternative lifestyles, childhood abuse, trauma, co-dependency, addiction, recovery, illness, grief and more. Office convenient to New Paltz and surrounding areas. Free 1/2 hour in person consultation. Sliding scale fee.

Resorts & Spas Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa 220 North Road, Milton, NY (877) 7-INN-SPA; (845) 795-1310

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO 3457 Main Street Stone Ridge, NY 138 East Market Street Rhinebeck, NY (845) 687-7589 Drs. Tieri and Rosen are NY State Licensed Osteopathic Physicians specializing in Osteopathic Manipulation and Cranial Osteopathy. Please visit our website for articles, links, books, and much more information. Treatment of newborns, children, and adults. By appointment.

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Yoga Clear Yoga Iyengar Yoga in Rhinebeck 17b 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6129 Classes for all levels and abilities, seven days a week. Iyengar Yoga builds strength, stamina, peace of mind, and provides a precise framework for a yoga practice based on what works for you. Saturday March 28th: The Fundamentals for Inversions and Arm balances with Matt Dreyfus. Sign up at

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Perfume Genius plays BSP Kingston on March 25.

“As dark as Learning’s songs can get,” says one review of Perfume Genius’s 2010 debut, “it always feels like [leader Mike] Hadreas wants the best for the people he sings about, and a good, ultimately hopeful kind of sadness permeates nearly every song.” Two albums on, however, and one isn’t so sure that’s still the case. For much of the new Too Bright (Matador Records), which his band supports with a tour stop at BSP Lounge on March 25, the unrepentantly queer 33-year-old singer-songwriter sounds like he’s reached his breaking point in the ongoing culture war that continues to dog the gay and transgender community, hardening his piano-centric sound with layers of distorted guitar and sticking it straight in the faces of reactionary fundamentalists with lyrics like “No family is safe when I sashay” (from “Queen”). According to Hadreas, making the album felt “like I had woken some ancient beast that began to rattle and threaten to rise.” A Seattleite transplanted from New York, Hadreas began posting his sparse, confessional compositions and videos under the name Perfume Genius on MySpace in 2008. Among his music’s earliest fans were Welsh indie poppers Los Campesinos!, who landed Hadreas a deal with their label, Turnstile Records, for the release of Learning. In a manner befitting the tortured, quietly swelling songs within, the album’s reputation began to spread, leading to the all-important nod from Pitchfork and a rerelease on Matador. 2012’s Put Your Back N 2 It appeared next, bringing more of Hadreas’s stark, wounded laments and further critical praise. One of its tracks, the haunting “Hood,” was the subject of a tame but nonetheless controversial promo video that was blocked by YouTube for “promoting mature sexual themes.” The song took on added poignancy after the clip’s star, porn actor Arpad Miklos, committed suicide, and it was later covered by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe (other acts who have performed Hadreas’s songs include the National and Cate Le Bon). For Too Bright, Hadreas partnered with producer and Portishead member Adrian Utley and John Parrish, who plays drums on the album and is perhaps best known for his work with PJ Harvey, an admitted favorite of Hadreas’s. “I looked to PJ Harvey,” he recalls, “How powerful and raw she can be, and thought, ‘What is my version of that?’” The results are in the grooves and will be in the air when Perfume Genius wafts our way this month. “I sometimes see faces of blank fear when I walk by,” says Hadreas. “If these fucking people want to give me some power—if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the Muggles—well, here she comes.” Perfume Genius and guest Jen Hval will perform at BSP Lounge in Kingston on March 25 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. (845) 554-3809; —Peter Aaron



Curious Nature Opening reception March 15, 1pm-3pm American Gifts Gallery & Showroom, Red Hook. 758-1653.


34th Annual Toy & Train Show 10am-3pm. $3/under 6 free. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-1481.


Tango Meets Swing with Nina Jirka 3-6pm. $15. Nina Jirka will lead a basic tango lesson, followed by tango and swing dancing, with music courtesy of the Bernstein Bard Quartet. Dance lesson from 3-4, dancing from 4-6. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.


CSA Fair 11am-2pm. Providing the greater Hudson region with access to 22 farms offering seasonal CSAs, the 2015 CSA Fair is an opportunity for local residents to learn about what makes Community Supported Agriculture so vital for independent farms. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-4181.

Faculty Recital 3pm. Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Mozart, George Walker, Thomas Adès, and Chopin. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319.


Metropolitan Hot Club Noon 12-3pm. A gypsy jazz group that plays hot swing of the 30s and 40s. Steeped in the gypsy jazz tradition, the group celebrates the music made popular by legendary guitarist, Django Rheinhart, and violinist, Stephane Grappelli. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.


The Kurt Henry Band 8:30pm. Americana. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Romantics: Selections by Robert and Clara Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Handel/Halvorsen 3pm. $15/$10 seniors, faculty, staff, alumni/free for students. Trio+: Yosuke Kawasaki, violinist;

Reading by Lily Tuck 2:30pm. Author of The News from Paraguay, Siam, I Married You for Happiness. Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Basic Swing Dance Class 6-7pm. $80. 4-week class. Instructors Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. Growing Vegetables at Home 6-9pm. $230. Through March 29. Designed for homeowners starting a vegetable garden, Peter Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm will discuss soil and nutrient management, seed selection, crop rotation schemes, seeding and planting, pest management and specific plant cultivation, all

Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible 7pm. The live stage magic phenomenon born from the multi-award winning television series brings you grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. 346-4195.


Trout Tales 4pm. A unique gathering of the grandfathers of fly fishing—an informal conversation between the leaders of Catskills casters and fly tiers, sharing stories of the great fish caught, the battle to save the waters of the Catskills, and a lifetime of wisdom gleaned standing in the streams. Spillian Retreat Center, Fleischmanns. (800) 811-3351.


2015 Festival Keynote Speaker: Dani Shapiro – The Permission to Write 7pm. $15. It should come as no surprise that women find it difficult to give themselves permission to find a voice, and to sing it. Novelist, essayist, memoirist, and beloved teacher Dani Shapiro has struggled with this question of permission herself, and will share the story of her own writing life, as well as offer inspiration and advice to all of us who are longing for the right to write. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.


Acoustic Open Mike and Jam 5:30pm. Hosted by Sonnie Chiebba. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Bard College Conservatory Orchestra 3pm. $20/$15. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-onHudson.

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Open Mike with Chrissy Budzinski 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Basic Swing Dance Class 6-7pm. $80. 4-week class. Instructors Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7578. Old Technology, New Technology: The Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris in the 21st Century 7pm. Vassar Professor Dr. Andrew Tallon compares architectural structure, medieval acoustics, the culture of building restoration in nineteenth-century France, and the virtual representation of architectural space in his lecture presentation on the Cathedral of NotreDame in Paris, France. Engineers and architects will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU for lecture attendance. Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Middletown. 341-4891.



Soil Regeneration 6-7pm. Reclaiming and maintaining healthy topsoil is a critical component of farming and gardening. Benjamin Banks-Dobson of Stone House Farm in Livingston will recommend ways to enrich soils to make your garden grow. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon.


WC Fields in DW Griffith’s “Sally of the Sawdust” 3-5pm. $7. WC Fields plays Prof Eustace McGargle, a card shark with the circus who is taking care of orphaned Sally. Live Accompaniment by Marta Waterman. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Sound Healing and yoga with Lea Garnier First Sunday of every month, 2-3:30pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.


Marc Delgado 8:30pm. Alternative. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.

John Chamberlain 3:30-5pm. Paul Tschinkel’s Series on Contemporary Art. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.


Cirque Ziva 11am. $10. Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.



FarmOn! Foundation Sunday Supper $125/$75 children/under 3 free. Featuring the work of Francesco Mastalia from his book Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley. Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro, Rhinebeck. 876-3330.

affected by autism and/or ADHD. The program is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500.

Psychic Chip Coffey As a child, Chip Coffey could predict when the phone would ring and guess who was calling. His paranormal premonitions evolved, and he started seeing full-fledged apparitions. Now, a sage of the sixth sense and psychic, Coffey conducts telephone and in-person psychic readings for those trying to get in touch with the dead. Coffey started acting when he was five years old, appearing in TV movies like Impure Thoughts and The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story. He hosted the documentary series “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal,” and was featured on A&E in “Paranormal State.” In his return to Woodstock on March 28 at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, “An Evening with Chip Coffey,” the psychic will hold a gallery reading, including a Q&A session and readings for randomly selected audience members ($55). Individual paranormal investigations will follow for an additional fee ($85). (845) 679-2079;; Wolfram Koessel, cello; Vadim Serebryani, piano, is joined by poet/writer J. Mae Barizo in a concert of classical music interspersed with Barizo’s original poems celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891. Sunday Brunch: Saints of Swing 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Vassar Walk 1pm. 1.5-2.5 mile walk. Meet at the Collegeview Ave parking lot. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 471-9892.


La Cage Aux Folles 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Trojan Women 2pm. $18/$16/$10 SUNY students in advance. Parker Theater, New Paltz.


ACLS Renewal 8am-4pm. $150. This is a recertification of the ACLS course. You must have a current ACLS certification to take this course. Course completion results in a two-year ACLS certification from the American Heart Association. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.


Guantanamera Noon. This comedic film portrays life in Cuba in the 1990s. SUNY Orange Global Studies Professor Dr. Jean Cowan will give an introduction that includes updates in light of US-Cuban relations being restored. The movie will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Tower Building Café, Newburgh. 341-9386.

in the context of different vegetable groups. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. What is Organic Food? 6-7:30pm. $10. This consumer education class is an in-depth look at the farm systems, rules, and enforcement behind the label. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Education Center, Kingston. 340‑3990 ext. 311. Working as Professional Classical Musicians on the International Scene 10-11:30am. Trio+: Yosuke Kawasaki, violinist; Wolfram Koessel, cello; Vadim Serebryani, piano, discuss classical music, how they started, how they formed their trio, and making it on the international music scene. Orange Hall Room 23, Middletown. 341-4891.


Craig Ferguson Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth 8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Craig Ferguson’s Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth 8-10pm. $76/$66/$55. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group First Tuesday, Thursday of every month. Support Connection, Inc., a not–for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Join other women who have also been diagnosed as we discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (800) 532-4290.


Autism & ADHD Support Group First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm. This support group is designed to meet the psychosocial needs of parents with children

Simplify your life with Professional Organizer Ellen Kutner 6:30-7:30pm. Ellen Kutner will explore how to simplify and downsize. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. White Line Woodblock 9am-noon. $175. Through March 5. With Anita Barbour. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Nancy Ghitman: Cow Portraits Opening reception March 7, 4pm-6pm 510 Warren St Gallery, Hudson. (518) 822-0510.


Coxsackie Earth Day Movie Series First Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm. Free environmental movies/documentaries. Jeffrey Haas, Coxsackie. (518) 478-5414.


Rhythm of The Dance 8pm. National Dance Company of Ireland. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335.


Cirque Ziva 10am & 2:15pm. $10. Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


How to Find Great and Affordable Colleges 6-7:30pm. Former college admission director Sandra M. Moore, M.A. will describe a focused and productive approach to locating “bestmatch” options that will not burden families with unmanageable debt, comparing institutions that are generous with need-based and/or merit aid and discounted tuition. Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. 485-3445.


Book Club: The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel 3pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Calvin Alfaro 9:30pm. Alternative. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.


Introduction to Blues Dance 6-7pm. $80. 4-week class with instructors Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7578.

LITERARY EVENTS CONJUNCTIONS Joyce Carol Oates photo by Murdo Macleod; William S. Burroughs photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images; Lydia Davis photo by David Levenson/Getty Images; Brad Morrow photo by Jessamine Chan; John Ashbery photo by Giovanni Giovannetti/Effigie; David Foster Wallace photo by Gary Hannabarger/Corbis; Conjunctions:63, Speaking Volumes (Fall 2014) cover art is Kerry Miller’s, Brehm Djurens Liv (Animal Life).

Clockwise from top left: Joyce Carol Oates; William S. Burroughs; Lydia Davis; Conjunctions editor Brad Morrow; Conjunctions:63, Speaking Volumes (Fall 2014); John Ashbery; David Foster Wallace.

And, As, But, Because “It’s a gathering place, a conjoining of voices,” says Bradford Morrow, defining “conjunctions”—the name of the literary journal he founded in 1981 with Kenneth Rexroth. Originally intended as a one-off salute to James Laughlin, the publisher of New Directions, Conjunctions continued as a biannual, and when Morrow began teaching literature at Bard in 1990, the journal came with him. To celebrate its 25th anniversary at Bard, a star-studded reading will take place March 26, featuring Ann Lauterbach, Neil Gaiman, Robert Kelly, and Francine Prose—all Bard professors whose writing has appeared in Conjunctions. Among the luminaries within its 63 issues are Joyce Carol Oates, David Foster Wallace, Edwidge Danticat, Lydia Davis, and Jonathan Lethem. The “Menagerie” issue, which focused on animals, included a 1987 interview with William Burroughs in which the Beat legend revealed his fascination for venomous snakes and love of pussycats. The journal doesn’t run literary essays or book reviews, so the focus is on creation, not criticism. The issues are book-length, 300 to 400 pages, which allows room for longer pieces than most journals can accept. In fact, Conjunctions did a whole issue of novellas in 1994. “It’s really like editing an anthology every six months,” observes Morrow, who remains the editor. All the material is original—no reprints—and editors are willing to pull manuscripts out of the “slush pile.” In some issues, one-third of the writings are unsolicited. Workers at the journal are also talent scouts. Conjunctions has a weekly online edition, available without charge, which began in 1997. (It was one of the first online literary journals.) Managing editor Micaela Morrissette has been with Conjunctions since she was a sophomore at Bard in 2000. In that time, she can’t remember a single typo. (Manuscripts are lovingly passed between editors, assistant editors, and copy editors, snagging all possible errors.) “Once we almost went to press with a story by ’Frank Kafka,’ but we

caught it at the last minute,” Morissette recalls. Why is Conjunctions publishing Kafka?, you may wonder. The answer is: a new translation (in this case, by Breon Mitchell). In fact, the “Radical Shadows” issue introduced writings by Dostoevsky, Proust, Cavafy, Ionesco, and Chekhov that had never before appeared in English. Morrissette enjoys suggesting themes for the issues, along with the rest of the editorial staff. “We can explore some of our obsessions—as we did in the ‘Obsession’ issue,” she notes drily. One imagines a “serious” journal being contemptuous of genre writing (mystery novels, science fiction, romance, etc.) but Conjunctions is not. Their “New Wave Fabulous” issue asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers to push the limits of their work—and became the magazine’s biggest seller, going through two printings. “In genre, all the imagination is completely unfettered,” Morrow remarks. The current Conjunctions includes “Three Little Novels,” in which Emily Anderson collages the "Little House on the Prairie" novels into absurd parables: At last they went in to dinner. There on the table was Mother, cooked in brown gravy and crab-apple jelly. The Age of the Internet is also the age of poetry readings. More and more people enjoy crawling out from behind their computer screens to sit in a warm room with other literature fans. Conjunctions holds readings in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and is embarking on a far-flung reading series throughout the US. Since last year, readings hosted by Conjunctions are broadcast on the local NPR affiliate, as long as there’s no cursing. The “Conjunctions: 25 Years at Bard” reading will take place at 7pm on March 26 at Olin Hall on the Bard campus. The event is free. (845) 758-7054; —Sparrow 3/15 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 89

R&F Visiting Artist Series Presents: Jeff Schaller 9am-5pm. $575. 3-day workshop. Schaller comes to R&F this spring to share with us the inspiration and motivation behind his “Palimpsest” series. In “Palimpsest,” the rules start with the deconstruction of old paintings as the stepping stones to create new work. R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston. (800) 206-8088.


baseball, sports, and entertainment. Kaplan Hall, Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Newburgh. 341-9386. Young Actors Program Ensemble Workshop 6-8pm. $250. 10-week program for ages 1217. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.


Exodus: Newburgh Extension First Thursday of every month, 6-8pm. A prison re-entry support group (formerly known as the New Jim Crow Committee). The Hope Center, Newburgh. 569-8965.

Films of Palestine Series: Newburgh Sting 7-8:30pm. The Newburgh Sting is a documentary about the FBI’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 Bronx terrorism plot. It was later brought to light that the four men were coaxed and bribed into participating. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884. Stop Making Sense 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.



Inside/Outside: Work by Lisa Pressman Opening reception March 7, 5pm-7pm The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.


Swingin’ Newburgh First Thursday of every month. Beginner swing dance lesson provided by Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios 7-7:30. Swing Shift Orchestra plays 7:30-9pm. Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group First Tuesday, Thursday of every month. Support Connection, Inc., a not–for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Join other women who have also been diagnosed as we discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (800) 532-4290. Holistic Self-Care Class 7-8:30pm. “Do-At-Home Braintraining” with Lincoln Stoller, PHD. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 687-0880.


Dive In 10-11:30am. $5. Open swim for ages 4 and under. Hudson Valley Community Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-0430. Latin Classes for Teens 5pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Dante’s Musical Design in the Commedia 5pm. The Italian Studies Program at Bard College presents this talk by Francesco Ciabattoni. Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-on-Hudson.


Annie Minogue Band 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Erik Deutsch & The Jazz Outlaws 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Kimberly with Bruce Hildenbrand 7-9:30pm. This High Falls based singersongwriter performs a variety of great originals. Kimberly’s resonant, soulful voice is perfectly accompanied by Bruce’s virtuosic guitar stylings. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Matthew West: Into the Light 7pm. $42/$32/$22.00. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. A Mixed Bag 7:30pm. Ellenville Chamber Players, chamber music for flute and strings. St. Johns Episcopal Church, Ellenville. 647-7084. Open Mike 7pm. La Puerta Azul, Salt Point. 677-2985. SUNY Ulster Music Dept. Presents Faculty Recital 7:30-9pm. Members of the SUNY Ulster Music Faculty present this annual concert. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


The Trojan Women 8pm. $18/$16/$10 SUNY students in advance. Parker Theater, New Paltz.


The Journey from Class Clown to VP 7pm. In this Communications master class, well-known VP of the Hudson Valley Renegades, Rick Zolzer, discusses his progression in jobs to his career in the business of minor league

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Scrabble Sit! First Saturday of every month, 1-4pm. In the spirit of old-fashioned face time and live inperson conversation, Red Hook Public Library invites you to join a casual game of Scrabble, including Scrabble Junior for our younger participants. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Kids’ Yoga 4:30-5:30pm. $16.50. Classes blend kid-friendly postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and creative play. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. VIRGINIA BLAISDELL


aromatherapy, crystals, mantras and writing in a beautiful and serene setting. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. (646) 387-1974.

Ashokan Center Maple Fest A day of family fun, hand-on activities, hikes, pancakes and maple syrup and more. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333 ext. 10.

The Machine Pink Floyd Ultimate Tribute Band 7:30pm. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.


20th Annual Pisces Party 9pm. $10. These dance parties are a multi-media audio and visual extravaganzapsychedelic lights, movies and the most eclectic and energetic music mix anywhere Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.


La Cage Aux Folles 8pm and 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Trojan Women 8pm. $18/$16/$10 SUNY students in advance. Parker Theater, New Paltz.


Healing Circle to Nourish Your Soul First Friday of every month, 6:30-8pm. $35. A sacred circle to connect, explore and expand. Acupuncturist and intuitive healer Holly Burling will guide you through a soulful healing experience – acupuncture, meditation,

Celtic Night with the Irish Mafia First Saturday of every month. Sean Griffin’s Irish Mafia and invited guests connect the Celtic tradition to Galicia, Spain. Elephant, Kingston.

Joseph Haydn’s The Creation 8pm. $25-$40. Considered Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, and Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; James Bagwell, chorus master. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 8pm. The resident company at Vassar College will perform ballet, jazz, and modern dance in its 33rd annual gala weekend. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Little Ceesar Band 9pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

Brazilian Girls 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.


Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 33rd Annual Gala 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.

Joseph Haydn’s The Creation 8pm. $25-$40. Considered Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, and Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; James Bagwell, chorus master. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.

3 Up 3 Down and Vincent Pastore’s Gangster Squad 7:30pm. $10. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

First Saturday Open Mike and Potluck 6pm. Featured performer: Jeremy Saje. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Pre-Natal Yoga 6-7pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

John Tropea 7pm. Opener: E’lissa Jones. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Lily Tomlin 8pm. $39-$65. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry chronicles the women, daughters, mothers, and sisters who carved the political path for feminists in the United States. From NOW (National Organization of Women) to WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell), She’s Beautiful unearths archival footage of the original equal rights activists in all of their girl-power glory. From 1966 to 1971, the second wave of feminism flooded the streets and drowned out the advocates for the inequalities of yesteryear. The first film to feature archival footage from this monumental time period, She’s Beautiful shows women’s liberation through firsthand accounts of female activists who led the fight, including Muriel Fox, founder of NOW; Jo Freeman, a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and Judith Arcane, a member of JANE, an uderground abortion service in Chicago. She’s Beautiful is showing at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on March 7 (followed by a Q&A with editor/producer Nancy Kennedy) and at Upstate Films in Woodstock on March 8 (followed by a Q&A with writer Sheila Isenberg). The film also screens at Time and Space Limited in Hudson March 12 through 15 and March 21 to 22.;

D-Squared Blues Band 9:30pm. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.

us and Ecologist Casey Tompkins as we learn how to live in harmony with nature and create a backyard that is rich and abundant with life. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.



DREAMers Among Us: Film Premerire 1-3pm. Followed by Q and A with the young creators and fim subjects. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Fourteenth Annual International Women’s Day Observance $10. In Pamela Yates’s new film, a Latin American activist group set out to confront what they call the scandal of inequality on their continent with a model that places poor women at the center of the drive for social change. After, Yates will discuss the film-making process. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.


Kingston Farmers’ Winter Market First Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.


Introductory Workshop This workshop lays the groundwork to build a well-rounded classical yoga practice. Workshop includes postures, breath and relaxation techniques, along with an overview of classical yoga. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.


Saturday Social Circle First Saturday of every month, 10am-noon. This group for mamas looking to meet other mamas, babies and toddlers for activities, socialization and friendship. Whether you are pregnant, have a new baby or older kids, we welcome you to join us on Saturday mornings for conversation, fun and laughter over tea and homemade cookies. New Baby New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-0624.


Attracting and Sustaining Wildlife 1-2pm. Want to attract birds, butterflies, and endangered local animals to your yard? Join

Kat Edmonson 8pm. $25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Mad Satta 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Naked 9:30pm. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Pat McGee Band 7pm. Opener: The Acquaintances. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Randy Brecker Band 8pm. $15/$10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni/free for students. Internationally acclaimed jazz great, Randy Brecker, brings his trumpet and flugelhorn along with his band to play high energy harmonic and melodic jazz with sleek, imaginative improvising. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891. Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society First Annual Student Competition 1:30pm. Competition for middle school and high school students. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. Savoy Brown 8pm. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300. Seniors Recital 1:30pm. Julia Boscov-Ellen, conducting and composition. Featuring choral music by Hildegard von Bingen, Mozart, Takach, Lauridsen and more, as well as original works by Boscov-Ellen for instrumental ensembles. Assisted by members of the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Mahagonny Choir and others. 4pm. Works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and others. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Sin City 8-11pm. Singer Carmen Senski, bassist Chuck Cornelis, and drummer Manuel Quintana. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Tarantata 8pm. $15. A fiery percussive journey through the South of Italy, with a crossing of the Atlantic into Brazil. Through songs, dance, and rhythm; it will explore magic rituals, “tarantellas”, used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Ulster County Music Educators All County Choral Concert 4-9pm. $6$3 students and seniors. Attend performances of young musicians from Ulster County’s elementary, junior and senior high school choruses at this annual concert. Lorie Trott, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Vassar College Orchestra 8pm. Eduardo Navega, conductor. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319.


20th Annual Pisces Party 9pm. $10. These dance parties are a multi-media audio and visual extravaganzapsychedelic lights, movies and the most eclectic and energetic music mix anywhere Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS First Saturday Reception First Saturday of every month, 5-8pm. ASK’s openings are elegant affairs with wine, hors d’oeuvres and art enthusiasts. These monthly events are part of Kingston’s First Saturday art events. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.

DANCE & MUSIC JANAKI PATRIK & STEVE GORN AT SUNY ULSTER Briana Blasko Janaki Patrik, artistic director and co-founder of the Kathak Ensemble & Friends, will perform at SUNY Ulster this month..

Nada Yoga and Poetic Footwork There’s a Sanskrit proverb that represents what drew Steve Gorn from his jazz background to Indian music: “The universe hangs on sound.” Gorn is a Grammy-winning player of the bansuri, a traditional Indian flute whose whimsical sound betrays its humble construction: a single hollow bamboo reed. While studying jazz composition at Penn State, he learned about the Indian influences involved in music by John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd. As the artist-in-residence at SUNY Ulster for the spring semester, Gorn will conduct two concerts and two workshops that hone in on the spirit of nada yoga, or “yoga of sound,” using a combination of the bansuri and meditation. “I would like [the first workshop] to be much more experiential, in that I’m going to talk about this music in a way that allows people to really experience it through a call-and-response singing,” he says. “I don’t want to call it an exercise; it’s actually an experience.” For 10 to 15 minutes, the audience will be led on a journey through the music as a kind of spiritual and mental yoga, traveling note by note to a state of conscious presence, which is what Gorn aims to accomplish with his music each day. “It’s like I get up in the morning, I make a cup of coffee, I sit down and it’s a meditation. It’s a way to not get seduced into looking at e-mails right away,” he says. “This music is just a way to just fall...just letting it settle.” Another North Indian performer will perform during his residency, one he’s known for more than 25 years, though they won’t have the opportunity to grace the same stage. Janaki Patrik is artistic director and co-founder of the Kathak Ensemble & Friends. She holds a master of arts from Columbia University’s Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures. Kathak (CUT-tuhk) dance combines the art of storytelling with high-speed footwork, emphasized by bells wrapped around the dancers’ ankles. These bells are used

percussively and to act out scenes in the story or poem being performed. With Patrik’s level of mastery, she can mimic the harsh smack of a ball in a glove or the soft delicacy of rippling water. “Our feet can articulate better than anything,” she says. Her performances always express “tremendous lyricism, the beauty of the body.” Kathak performances involve the theatrical and the traditional: Glitzy ornate costumes and impressive pyrotechnics merge with historic poems and stories that have been told for hundreds of years. “All of these elements are just part of the glorious underpinnings of what on the surface just looks exotic, but when you know a little bit more, becomes fascinating cultural history besides just entertainment,” she said. Patrik will hold both a performance and program that acts as a kind of “illumination,” in her words, in which she’ll be “shining a light on the inspiration for three different dances.” These inspirations range from the comparison of 18th-century music and dance styles in European and Indian courts to the need to create a short piece for a quick costume change. Without giving too much away, the number borne from that simple staging accommodation became a favorite number of her entire company. The dance was eventually dedicated to the late 23-year-old son of their sitar player, whose name is the sixth note in the Indian music scale: Da. As Patrik says, “Music can come from the simplest kernel.” Patrik’s workshop and performance will be held this March; Gorn’s will span from the end of March to mid-April. For dates and information, see our online events calendar. —Kelly Seiz 3/15 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 91


Purim (following Morning Minyan) 11:45 Purim Choizek, 12:00 Megillah Reading, 12:30 Purim Artistic Creations & Costume Runway, 1:30 Sphiel Temple Emanuel, Kingston. 338-4271.


La Cage Aux Folles 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Trojan Women 8pm. $18/$16/$10 SUNY students in advance. Parker Theater, New Paltz.


Beginning Knitting 12-2pm. Learn some basic knitting (or refresh your skills!) with Amy Lamash. Bring your choice of yarn and a pair of knitting needles. Registration is required for this class. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272. Handmade Books 9am-4pm. $235. With Loel Barr. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring 10am-6pm. $110/$200 both weekend workshops. Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for maintaining an organic hive. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. Ready, Set, Grow! An Expert’s Guide to Growing Vegetable and Annual Starts 10am-1pm. $40/$35 members. This workshop, led by Maureen Sullivan, will focus on indoor sowing and growing-on practices that result in vigorous plant growth. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Swing Dance First Saturday of every month, 7:30-10:30pm. $10. Basic lesson at 7:30 and a bonus move at 9pm with instructors Linda and Chester Freeman. MAC Fitness, Kingston. 853-7377.


Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Romeo and Juliet 1pm. $7. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Milonga des Artistes-Sunday Afternoon Tango with Ilene Marder Second Sunday of every month, 3pm. $12 at the door. Come join us for the inaugural edition of MILONGA DES ARTISTES with your host and DJ Ilene Marder, founder of the 10-year-old Woodstock Tango community. Uptown Gallery, Kingston. 331 3261. Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 3pm. The resident company at Vassar College will perform ballet, jazz, and modern dance in its 33rd annual gala weekend. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


David Salle 3:30-5pm. Paul Tschinkel’s Series on Contemporary Art. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Sisterhood of Night 2pm. $15. Q and A with director, producer and writer following the screening. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.


Meditation, Intention and Zero Point Healing Second Sunday of every month, 2-3:30pm. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.


Screeching Owl 10am-3pm. $225/financial aid available. Once a month, we will gather in the forest to play games, tell stories around the fire, craft, track, build and so much more. Our staff is filled with seasoned teachers and naturalists who meet children where they are and help them to find harmony and joy both in the group and in the forest. Wild Earth, New Paltz. 256-9830.


“Deep Air” Art Series: Geography and Gender Deborah Poe and Kazumi Tanaka 3-5pm. $5 ages 10+. Poet, artist bookmaker, curator, and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka present their art and in turn explore complex issues of geography and power while staying deeply committed to beauty. This event is curated by artist and poet, Lee Gough. Each speaker will present for about 20 minutes, followed Q&A, conversation, tea and cake. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105. Fukushima: Year Four 3:30-6:30pm. Close look at the front end of nuclear fuel chain with three young activists from out West. Understanding uranium is an important part of closing Indian Point; the damage the mining inflicts on surrounding communities so


that our community can split atoms to boil a cup of water for tea. Peekskill Presbyterian Church, Peekskill. (914) 474-8848.


Fictional Memoir Reading by Daniel B. Region 2-4pm. Reading from his new work Tales from Thurmons Corners. The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. (518) 392-3005.


Acoustic Open Mike and Jam 5:30pm. Hosted by Sonnie Chiebba. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Choral Sunday 3pm. $5/students and children free. Choral Sunday presents Gospel music in varying styles. Kaplan Hall, Newburgh. 341-9386. Doug Marcus 8:30pm. Americana. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Sunday Brunch: Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble 3pm. James Osborn, conductor. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Wali Ali & The Tambourine Band Featuring Porter Carroll 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Kingston Library’s 1st Ever Trivia Tournament 1:30pm. $10. All proceeds go to Friends of the Kingston Library. Teams of 5, $10 per person, includes light appetizers. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 340-0824.


La Cage Aux Folles 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. National Theatre Live in HD: Of Mice and Men noon. $25/$20/$18/$14. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Trojan Women 8pm. $18/$16/$10 SUNY students in advance. Parker Theater, New Paltz.


AHA PALS Instructor Course 8am-4pm. $400. This course is designed to prepare American Heart Association instructors to disseminate the science & skills of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA Courses. Current AHA BLS HCP Certification & AHA PALS Certification are required, and you must work in a field where you regularly manage cardiac and respiratory emergencies. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742. Harmonica Workshop 1-4pm. With Michael Farkas. Beacon Music Factory, Beacon. 202-3555. Understanding and Caring for your Bees 10am-6pm. $110/$200 both weekend workshops. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. 255-6113.


Meeting of End the New Jim Crow Action Committee 6-8pm. The End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. New Progressive Baptist Church, Kingston.


High Noon 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.


Spot By Eric Hill Theatre Terra (Netherlands) 10am & noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


The Science Beneath the Surface 7:15pm. Museum of the Earth director Dr. Warren Allmon reviews the major science and technology issues around hydrofracking with impartial, evidence-based, thought-provoking information. He addresses how widespread use of the practice will affect the natural environment. Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Middletown. 341-4891.


Solopreneurs Sounding Board Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30-9pm. donation. Think of this as a mash-up of an ad hoc advisory board and group therapy for your

work. Open to any entrepreneur or intrapreneur— consultants, freelance creatives and artists included. Expertly facilitated by BEAHIVE founder Scott Tillitt and/or Lauree Ostrofsky. Beahive Beacon, Beacon. solopreneurs-sounding-board-2014-07-08/.

Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”. Conducted by Geoffrey McDonald. Sosnoff Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson.


Suicide Silence 5:30pm. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Ulster County Animal Response Team Meeting 6:30-8:30pm. The Ulster County Animal Response Team needs you to join us to help animals in future disasters. Ulster County Visitors Center, Kingston.


Everything is Illuminated 7:15pm. The 2005 biographical film, based on a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, presents a young American Jew’s journey to find the woman who saved his Jewish grandfather during the Holocaust. In collaboration with the SUNY Orange English Department, the post-screening discussion will be led by English Professors Anne Sandor and Andrea Laurencell Sheridan. Harriman Hall 111 Film Theatre, Middletown. 341-4891.


Spot By Eric Hill Theatre Terra (Netherlands) 10:30am. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.


Engaging Kids Through Gardening 6-7pm. After offering basic tips for starting a garden with children, educators from Hudson Valley Seed will demonstrate hands-on projects for garden-based learning and inspiration. Participants will receive a seed starter kit and ideas for beginning a window box or backyard garden. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon. Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk Second Tuesday of every month, 7pm. free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety of topics at our Open House. Second Tuesday of every month, after community meditation practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.


Erik Larson Book Launch Event: Dead Wake, The Last Crossing of the Lusitania 7pm. $34/$39 pair. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. 879-0500.


Open Mike 8:30pm. Acoustic. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.


Safe Harbors Informational Tours Second Tuesday of every month, 9am. The tours highlight how Safe Harbors’ transformative supportive housing, award-winning contemporary art gallery and performing arts theater is instrumental to the revitalization of downtown Newburgh. All attendees will be entered to win tickets to an upcoming concert at the Lobby at the Ritz. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-6940.


Reset your Body 6:30-8pm. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580.


Meeting of End the New Jim Crow Action Committee 6-8pm. The End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Family Partnership Center, Poughkeepsie.


The Precautionary Principal 7-8:30pm. David Suzuki, Restoring Life’s Fabric: The Biological Bottom Line; Carolyn Raffensperger, The Precautionary Principle Gains Traction. MountainView Studio, Woodstock. 6790901.


Open House: Meet the Audiologist 1:30-3:30pm. Bring your questions and learn about hearing, hearing loss, hearing aids and tinnitus. Light refreshments. Lyric Audiology, Monroe. 395-0300.


Caladh Nua 7:30pm. $25/$20. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Longy Conservatory Orchestra 7:30pm. Program includes Maurice Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin; Giovanni Bottesini, Duo Concertante, with Longy faculty soloists Laura Bossert, violin, and Pascale Delache-Feldman, double bass; and Ludwig van Beethoven,

Sonic Soul Band 9:30pm. Jazz. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.


Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640.


Meeting of Middle East Crisis Response 7-8:30pm. The Middle East Crisis Response is a group of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.


Kathak Dance Workshop 1:15-2:15pm. SUNY Ulster’s spring visiting artist, Janaki Patrik, artistic director of the Kathak Ensemble, will lead a workshop on Kathak, the classical dance of Northern India. The session will unravel the creative process for dances in the Ensemble’s March 20th performance at the college. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Dive In 10-11:30am. $5. Open swim for ages 4 and under. Hudson Valley Community Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-0430. Latin Classes for Teens 5pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Support Groups for Relatives Raising Children Second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30pm. The Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) implements monthly Coffee and Conversation support groups for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The support groups are designed to provide education and resources to address the needs and concerns experienced by relative caregivers. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. 452-8440.


The World Within 6:30-8:30pm. The Krishnamurti Foundation of American will make a presentation followed by a discussion on the theme “The World Within”. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 514-0194.


Author Talk with Locals AJ Shenkman and Elizabeth Werlau 7pm. They will be discussing their exciting book, “Murder & Mayhem in Ulster County”. Both authors have previously written several books on Hudson Valley history. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272. One Book, Many Communities: “Mornings in Jenin” 6-7pm. This book group invites local communities to come together to read and discuss a common work of literature. “Mornings in Jenin” is a sweeping, heart-wrenching historical saga about four generations of the Abulheja family. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.


Faculty Recital 8pm. Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson present music for two pianos by Schumann, Stravinsky, Infante, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten, marking the 40th anniversary of their first two-piano program at Vassar. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Lindsey Webster Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Open Mike Night 7-9pm. Jeff Entin hosts. Come down for a drink at our wrap around bar or enjoy a bite to eat in our warm dining room and enjoy the music. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Open Mike 7pm. La Puerta Azul, Salt Point. 677-2985.


Zydeco Dance to River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs 8-11pm. $15/$10 FT students. Beginners’ lesson at 7pm. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 338-4038.


Kids’ Yoga 4:30-5:30pm. $16.50. Classes blend kid-friendly postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and creative play. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

ART "WARHOL BY THE BOOK" AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART Courtesy of Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of Richard F. Holmes, Class of 1946. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Andy Warhol, Wild Raspberries, 1959, bound artist’s book (cookbook), litho-offset, hand coloring throughout with tissue overlays.

What You Can Get Away With Andy Warhol ushered in a new era of visual culture. As the initiator of the Pop Art movement, he turned faces into icons, soup cans into celebrations of commercial sameness, and colors into commentary. While most of us appreciate Warhol’s impact on the art and advertising worlds, few realize that he had a lifelong obsession with books. His work blurred the boundaries between media forms and broadened the definition of what a book could be, an approach expressed in his famous aphorism, "Art is what you can get away with.” Starting March 7, the Williams College Museum of Art will host "Warhol by the Book," a study of Warhol’s contributions to the field of publishing. Curated by Matt Wrbican, chief archivist of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the exhibition boasts more than 500 objects—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, manuscripts, letters, LP covers, dust jackets, portrait films, and artists' books—in a setting that mimics Warhol’s personal library. According to Wrbican, staff at the WMCA “scoured the Internet” to find copies of Warhol’s eclectic volumes, and re-created their original shelving configuration by Halston. The exhibition has a somewhat vertical focus, given the challenges of displaying paginated material. “It kind of flies in the face of what libraries are all about,” Wrbican adds. "Warhol by the Book" builds on an earlier exhibition, "Reading Andy Warhol," presented by Munich’s Brandhorst Museum in 2013. It adds more than 300 WCMA holdings, many of them never before seen, to a a collection of pieces from The Andy Warhol Museum archives. Some examples include 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy (1954), Wild Raspberries (1959), and Andy Warhol’s Index (1967), a book also known as The Children’s Book for Adults. Wrbican says of the latter, “They crammed it with all of these things like silly pop-ups and noisemakers, an inflatable balloon, a piece of paper that was printed with Warhol’s name. It said, ‘For a big surprise, cut this

out of the book and stick it in a glass of water.’ It was printed in dissolvable ink.” An etiquette text, a cassette recorder used by Warhol for transcriptions, and a language instruction book are also on display. “Warhol loved seeing his name on books,” Wrbican explains. However, the artist’s ideas about authorship and ownership often caused controversy. “He wanted to make art that was really democratic, that everyone could get, that everyone could have.” "Warhol by the Book" examines Warhol’s collaborators, many of whom did not receive due credit. Pat Hackett, Warhol’s personal assistant, editor, and co-author; Bob Colacello, editor of Vanity Fair and co-author of Exposures (1980); Billy Name, photographer and archivist of the Warhol Factory; and Craig Nelson, friend and editor of Popism: The Warhol `60s (1980), all feature prominently. The WCMA will offer a series of related programs called “Warhol &.” On March 6, “Warhol & the Stuff of Books” will host a conversation between Matt Wrbican and Kathryn Price, curator of collections at WCMA. On April 7, Susan Rossi-Wilcox, culinary historian, and Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, will discuss the satirical bent of Wild Raspberries, a European-style cookbook produced by Warhol and socialite Suzie Frankfurt. On April 28, “Warhol & Infiltrated Publishing” will present stories about Warhol’s role as an iconoclast in the world of publishing. Lucy Mulroney, curator of special collections at Syracuse University Libraries, and Christopher Cerf, a Warhol collaborator, will speak. "Warhol by the Book" will be exhibited at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown from March 7 through August 16. Admission is free and open to the public. (413) 597-2429; —Carson Frame 3/15 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 93

Pre-Natal Yoga 6-7pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.


Cub’s Place Second Friday of every month, 6-7:30pm. Activities and support for children in grades K-5 and their parents dealing with a serious family illness or crisis. Children engage in ageappropriate supervised games and activities facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500.


Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington do the Rhumba: The Birth of Latin Jazz Lecture featuring trombonist Chris Washburne. Mountain Top Library, Tannersville. (518) 589-5023.


Barbara Neiman: Mindfulness and Yoga Skills for Children and Adolescents 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


Volunteer Training 10am-noon. Ages 14+. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.


2015 Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk 8:30am-noon. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 229-0425. AHA First Aid & CPR AED Course 9am-3pm. $100. This course covers basic First Aid, CPR techniques, maneuvers for choking victims and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator for adult, child & infant. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 475-9742. Yoga Fundraiser for Thyroid Cancer 2:30-4:30pm. $25. Music, yoga, snacks. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.


Bernard Purdie & Friends 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Bill’s Toupee 9pm. Covers. Hurricane Grill & Wings, Poughkeepsie. 243-2222. Brian Dougherty Acoustic Duo 8-11pm. Elsie’s Place, Wallkill. 895-8975. Catskill Cabaradio 6-9pm. Live radio broadcast of music, story telling, poetry, trivia and of course Your Mother Should Know with the amazing Dorothy Greenberg. Elly Wininger, the Pine Hill Playboys, great raffle prizes and lots of surprises. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Choegyal 8pm. Performing with Jesse Paris Smith (daughter of Patti Smith) and tabla master Nhucche Narayan. Tibetan Center, Kingston. 383-1774. Duncan Skeik 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


Andy McKee 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Beppe Gambetta and Rushad Eggelston 8-10:30pm. $23/$5 children 12 & under. A duo extraordinaire focusing on new original compositions inspired from traditions as well as revival pieces from European and American music. Acoustic guitar and cello. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815. Cathy Young 5pm. Acoustic. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. David Kraai & Amy Laber 8:30pm. Singer-songwriter. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240. Donna Lewis 9pm. $20. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew 8pm. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Oz Noy Trio 7pm. With David Letterman Band’s Anton Fig & Will Lee. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky: The Pine Hill Project 8pm. $40/$35/$30. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335. Salted Brothers 9:30pm. Blues. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. ZZ Top 8pm. 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.


Third Annual Berkshire Awards 5:30pm. Awards go to three honorees who have made significant contributions to creating, keeping, and promoting artistic, historical, and natural heritage in the Berkshires. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 413-443-7171.


Jerry’s Girls 8pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. La Cage Aux Folles 8pm and 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Lark Eden by Natalie Symons 7:30-9:15pm. $15.$10 students. Kaliyuga Arts presents a play told in letters chronicling the enduring friendship of three small-town Southern women from the Depression Era through the early years of the 21st Century. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.


The Orchard at Home 2-5pm. $185. With the other two sessions on March 20 and March 28. Learn how to grow a successful home fruit orchard of both pome and stone fruit trees. All aspects of establishing and cultivating an orchard will be covered by fruit-grower Steve McKay. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.

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Led Zeppelin alive. Zepparella explores their own improvised magic within the framework of Zeppelin’s mighty songs. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.


The Shave 11am-3pm. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events. More than 40 children and adults will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer. Includes DJ, face painting, bake sale, raffles, massages, and more. Saugerties Senior Center, Saugerties.


The Hidden 8pm. $20/$18 members. Mentalist Lucas Handwerker returns showcasing the strength and breadth of the mind. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Jerry’s Girls 8pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. La Cage Aux Folles 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Lark Eden by Natalie Symons 7:30-9:15pm. $15.$10 students. Kaliyuga Arts presents a play told in letters chronicling the enduring friendship of three small-town Southern women from the Depression Era through the early years of the 21st Century. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.


Spell Breaking Transformation is a universal fate, no matter where you come from. The Ministry of Maåt in Kingston, an international group of men and women who teach educational and spiritual growth, will perform excerpts from their recently published book, Spell Breaking: Remembered Ways of Being (Deep Listening Institute), at the Rosendale Theatre on March 29. The multimedia performance includes dance, music, visuals, and rituals to tell the tales of 20 women and the transformative moments in their lives, from mourning loss to celebrating survival. From the harrowing to the revitalizing, these women’s journeys have a common goal: a return to the fundamentals ways we interact with the world. World-renowned composer Pauline Oliveros, one of the novel’s contributors, will lead the audience in meditations from her new album, Anthology of Text Scores. All proceeds go toward the construction of a permanent sanctuary for the Ministry and an international women’s exchange program. (845) 339-5776;


Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure 1 & 4pm. $28/$43/$73. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. First Makerspace Event: Computer Guts 11AM-12:00 PM for children 5-8 years old. 1-3PM for children 9-12 years old. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Armchair Travel Series: Hermes Mallea and Caribbean Escapes 3-5pm. $5 ages 10+. Join designer and author Hermes Mallea for a nostalgic celebration of the glamour of warm-weather destinations in the Caribbean and Florida. Lecture followed by Q&A, cake and tea. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105. Dia:Beacon Gallery Talk: Andrianna Campbell on Robert Smithson 2-3pm. Focusing on the work of a single artist on view at Dia:Beacon, these one-hour walkthroughs are led by curators, art historians, and writers. Dia:Beacon, Beacon. gallerytalk.


The Cowgirl’s Call: Writing and Riding 7pm. $30. Amy Hale-Auker, WILLA Award– winning writer, ranch woman, and treasured speaker, shares the raw depth and breadth of ranch life, including storytelling, readings, and cowgirl slam poetry, interwoven with film, photography, and music. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 997-4444. Women Writers of a Certain Age 2pm. $20. We are women writers of a certain age, who grew up in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Not only do we continue to write our lives, but we are navigating through the turbulent waters of the Internet. A dialogue will follow the readings. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5111. Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival Reading 2pm. Featuring Perry S. Nicholas and open mike. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000.

Four Guys in Disguise 9pm. Featuring Vito. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. The Gustafer Yellowgold 10:30am. A performance composer, singer, illustrator Morgan Taylor’s original story songs and on screen animation. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. The Jon Bates Band 9:30pm. R&B, soul. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Kat Edmonson 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. The Levin Brothers 8pm. $20. Jazz and rock. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. The Met: Live in HD Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. The Met: Live in HD Rossini’s La Donna del Lago 1pm. Pre-concert lecture at 11am. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Petey Hop 8pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Larry Campbell 9pm. Folk singer/songwriters. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Soul Purpose 8pm. R&B and motown dance party. Unframed Artist Gallery, New Paltz. The Trapps 9-11:30pm. An original roots rock band. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Veterans in the New Field 7pm. Original music. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Zepparella 7:30pm-midnight. $15-$25. Welcome to Zepparella, four women intent on bringing the passion, beauty, aggression, and musicality of

Bonsai Workshop 10am-noon. $85/$75 members. Learn about bonsai, the ancient Japanese method of growing, pruning and caring for a miniature tree in a small pot. Led by bonsai-grower Glen Lord, this workshop will include the history, methods and tools used in bonsai, with a focus on basic pruning, styling, potting and aftercare for a tropical bonsai. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Abstraction & Large Scale Drawing with Meredith Rosier 9am-4pm. $217. Through March 15. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Photographing the Nude in the Studio with Dan McCormack 10am-4pm. $150/$130 members. This all-day workshop is intended for photographers at any level. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Community Sound Healing Circle Third Sunday of every month, 2-3pm. Facilitated by Jax Denise. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.


Richard Dreyfuss Mr. Dreyfuss will be sharing stories about his acting career and his current initiatives, and will welcome questions from the audience. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.


Book Talk 4-5:30pm. Discussing Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


ABBA Mania 6pm. $57/$47/$37. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335. Acoustic Open Mike and Jam 5:30pm. Hosted by Sonnie Chiebba. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Eric Rosen and Friends 4pm. Jazz. Spillian Retreat Center, Fleischmanns. (800) 811-3351. Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie 3pm. Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting journey through classic tales. These colorful creatures will be brought to life with music by Saint-Saens, Honegger, Ridout, Prokofiev, and more. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-4181. Live Irish Music 3-6pm. After the Wallkill Parade, with corned beef and cabbage. Elsie’s Place, Wallkill. 895-8975. Bernstein Bard Trio 12-3pm. Jazz. Known for their imaginative arrangements, eclectic repertoire, and infectious grooves, the trio features brothers Mark Bernstein on guitar and vocals, Steve Bernstein on mandolin and vocals, and Robert Bard on upright bass and vocals. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.


Meeting of End the New Jim Crow Action Committee 6-8pm. The End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Family Partnership Center, Poughkeepsie.


Flavors of Italian Wine 6pm. $75. John S. Dyson is a pioneer in the global wine industry. Join him at the Danny Kaye Theatre to savor the wines blended from vineyards in New York, California, and Italy. Then, walk to Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for an Italian feast created by Chef Alberto Vanoli that complements and celebrates the fruits of John Dyson’s labor. Culinary Institute of America -- Ristorante Caterina de Medici, Hyde Park. 451-1014.


Holistic Hudson Valley 6-8:30pm. $5 for non-members. Holistic Hudson Valley brings together holistic enthusiasts – whether they are practitioners or not – to network together, learn and share their experiences. Studios at 75 Broadway, Newburgh.


The History of the Hudson River Valley From Wilderness to the Civil War with Vernon Benjamin 7-8:30pm. Combining historical records with anecdotes from the colorful figures who lived it, Vernon Benjamin presents the definitive book about the area U.S. Congress called “the landscape that defined America.” Book-signing. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.


Joey Eppard 8:30pm. Acoustic. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. The Met: Live in HD Rossini’s La Donna del Lago Encore Performance 1pm. $18-$25. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Michael Bolton 8pm. $151/$126/$111. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Perfume Genius Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.


Sketching Nature 10am-5pm. $300/$275 members. Through March 27. This class will show you how to use graphite pencil techniques to convey the character of trees and plants in nature. Artist Carol Ann Morley will teach both beginners and those with drawing experience how to sketch a variety of natural subjects. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.


Meeting of Middle East Crisis Response 7-8:30pm. The Middle East Crisis Response is a group of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.


Dive In 10-11:30am. $5. Open swim for ages 4 and under. Hudson Valley Community Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-0430. Latin Classes for Teens 5pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Taking Flight: How to Get Started in Birding 7-8:30pm. Join experienced birder Mark DeDea as he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge for America’s fastest growing hobby. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272.


Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday 8pm. $75. Cassandra Wilson. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Donna Lewis “Brand New Day” 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Luminous Ragas: Indian Classical Music 7:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025. Luminous Ragas: Indian Classical Music Concert 7:30-8:30pm. SUNY Ulster’s Spring Artist in Residence Steve Gorn on the bansuri flute will be joined by Samir Chatterjee on tabla to perform ragas from the Hindustani classical music tradition, as well as folk melodies from North India. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Newsboys Audio Adrenaline 8pm. Contemporary Christian rock. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.


Ladies Night Out to Benefit Relay for Life of Fishkill 5-8pm. $25. Cash bar, shopping, raffles, tastings, fashion, jewelry, 3 luminaria bags, hot & cold d’oeuvres, unlimited soft drinks, dessert buffet, coffee & tea. The Grandview, Poughkeepsie. 486-4700.


Illume: The Solas An Lae American Irish Dance Company 8-9:30pm. $20. An exciting, compelling work that moves with complexity, artistry and musicality, showcasing the superb SAL Company dancers. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


ET 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.


12th-annual Women’s Wellness Weekend Through March 29. This weekend getaway offers classes and workshops for stress reduction, Eastern and Western wellness, total-body health, and more. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291.


7th Annual Placemaking Conference: Placemaking – Taking Concepts to Reality SUNY Orange, Newburgh.


Poetry by Jan Schmidt, Lucia Cherciu, and Suzanne Cleary 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


Alexis P. Suter Band with Aerial Allure 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Catherine Russell 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Gibson Brothers, Brother Harmony Through the Years 7:30pm. $30/$25. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. The Lucky House Band 9pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Mist Covered Mountains 8-10:30pm. $20/$5 children 12 & under. This trio is a unique take on traditional and contemporary Celtic acoustic music featuring Molly’s exquisite singing with subtle fiddle and guitar accompaniment. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815. The Outlaws 8pm. $47. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Jerry’s Girls 8pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Illume: The Solas An Lae American Irish Dance Company 8-9:30pm. $20. An exciting, compelling work that moves with complexity, artistry and musicality, showcasing the superb SAL Company dancers. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Stephen Petronio Company 7:30-9:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2.


27th Annual Beaux Arts Ball 6:30pm-midnight. $150. GCCA Beaux Arts Ball Gala Fundraiser: Masked Ball & Black Tie Bistro. Silent Auction, Hors’ devouers, fine dining, live jazz swing music and dance. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400.


AHA BLS Course 9am-2pm. $50. This course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.



Kingston’s Fourth Saturday Spoken Word 7pm. $5/$2.50 open mike. Poets Eamon Grennan and Jennifer Nicolls Sternberg followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884. Laura Ludwig Presents Performance Art and Poetry 6:30pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


America’s Story through Folk Songs 7:30pm. A concert by Spook Handy. Spook will share the story of America over the past 85 years through the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul & Mary and Spook Handy. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New Windsor. Blood, Sweat & Tears 8-9:30pm. $59.50/$79.50. The iconic jazz/rock outfit featuring the amazing vocals of American Idol’s Bo Bice who was discovered by the band’s original drummer Bobby Colomby. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Blue Food 9:30pm. Funk. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Breakaway Featuring Robin Baker Last Saturday of every month, 8-11:30pm. Music ranges from rock n roll, R&B, standards, and pop songs. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Edward Arron & Friends 8-10pm. $15, $35, $45, $55. The string quintet lends itself to camaraderie, and with this theme of friendship, Edward Arron brings together alumni of Caramoor’s Rising Stars mentoring program and Artistic Director Pamela Frank for an evening of inspiring chamber music in the historic Rosen House. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. 914-232-1252. Hudson Valley Philharmonic Amadeus Live! 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Johnny Dell & Nite Life 8pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Raquy 8pm. $15. Performing this evening will be Raquy Danziger on king kemenche and darbuka, Rami El Aasser on darbuka and saz, and Joacim Colon on darbuka. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band 7:30pm. In its entirety with the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Suzy Bogguss 7:30pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret 9pm. Featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.



Illume: The Solas An Lae American Irish Dance Company 3-4:30pm. $20. An exciting, compelling work that moves with complexity, artistry and musicality, showcasing the superb SAL Company dancers. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Acoustic Open Mike and Jam 5:30pm. Hosted by Sonnie Chiebba. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Borealis Wind Quintet 3pm. $25/$20 seniors/under 18 free. The Ulster Chamber Music Series. a program of Rechtman, Wharton, Bozza and Rubtsov. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. 331-6796. EJ Strickland Quintet 7pm. “The Undying Spirit” CD release event. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Barbara Dempsey & Company 12-3pm. Barbara Dempsey performs beautiful vocals and plays guitar alongside Dewitt Nelson on bass and vocals. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Steve Geraci 8:30pm. Acoustic. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Sunday Brunch: Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Melzinger Dam Moderate Hike 10am. Mount Beacon Park, Beacon. (917) 692-1159.


Akashic Records Revealed with June Brought Last Sunday of every month, 2-3:30pm. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.


Jerry’s Girls 2pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. London’s National Theatre in HD: A View from the Bridge 3pm. $17. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. The Ministry of Maåt 2pm. $15/$12 members, students and seniors. An international women’s mysteries community will be performing excerpts from the recently published Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


An Evening with Psychic/Medium Chip Coffey 7pm. $55/$85. Psychic/Medium Chip Coffey returns to Woodstock for a gallery reading. This year we have added a spirit communication paranormal investigation as an additional portion of the evening. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. Violetflameproduction. com/events/coffey.html.

Mystery Mondays Book Discussion 11am-noon. A very special meeting is planned with a visit by bestselling author Marshall Karp, who will talk about his mystery books in the Lomax and Briggs series, his writing career, and his novel Cut, Paste, Kill. Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. 485-3445.


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Jerry’s Girls 8pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Learn to Swing Dance Workshop 6-7:30pm. $30/$25 in advance. With Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios. APG Pilates, Newburgh. (917) 403-3136. A Nature’s Library: Mixed Media Drawing 9am-4pm. Through March 29. Join Margarete de Soleil as she draws from nature. Explore various drawing media with the vast array of natures’s subject matter from your own backyard. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Pruning for Fruit Production: Pome and Stone Fruit Trees 10am-3pm. This demonstration/workshop will focus on the specifics of pruning stone and pome fruit trees and some small fruits, including cane fruits and ribes. Learn the principles of pruning for shape, size and, most importantly, fruit production, by watching a structural pruning demonstration on newly planted trees. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Quick and Easy Meals 12-2pm. Ideas for quick and easy dinners. Demonstrations will include taste testing and recipe cards. Meal Recipes can be adjusted for 1, 2 or a family. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580.



Blogging and Online Presentation for Creative Endeavors: How to Market Yourself as a Working Artist 6-7:30pm. Are you interested in starting a blog for your brand or business? Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Middletown. 341-4891.


Parallel I-IV 7pm. $6. A four-part cycle of essay films by the late German filmmaker Harun Farocki. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.


John Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct 7pm. The history of the building, renovations, and restoration of the Roebling Bridge is the subject of this presentation by Susie Kaspar, Park Ranger with the National Park Service at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Engineers and architects will receive a certificate for one PDHCEU for lecture attendance. Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Middletown. 341-4891.


Carolyn Wonderland 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.



“Deep Air” Arts Series: Jonathan Skinner and Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape 3-5pm. $5 ages 10+. Explore the environment, history and literature with professor and writer Jonathan Skinner. He has written and lectured extensively and generatively on eco-poetics, and poetry and watersheds. This event is curated by artist and poet, Lee Gough. The lecture on Sunday is followed Q&A, conversation, tea and cake. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.


Acoustic Americana with Bernstein Bard Trio 7pm. $10. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. The B Boyz 8:30-11pm. Featuring Tom, Benni, Barry, Mark, Peter, Mike, and Barry. Originating in the Hudson Valley this seven piece band features a boogie-down horn line. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Close Encounters With Music Presents Sergei Rachmaninoff and Russian Orientalia 6-8pm. $25/$45. The magnetic appeal of the mysterious East attracted Rachmaninoff’s artistic predecessors, and he followed suit beginning with some of his earliest compositions. Mahawie Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Ralph Williams and Jermaine Paul 8pm. $20/$15 Newburgh residents/$10 students. Ralph Williams is an innovative and unprecedented artist. Jermaine Paul is an American R&B/soul artist, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. He was the winner of the second season of The Voice. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 784-1199. Cory Henry Trio of Snarky Puppy 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Helen Avakian and Terry Champlin 5pm. Acoustic. Millbrook Free Library, Millbrook. 677-3611. Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition 9am-6pm. The 43rd annual competition for Violin, Viola and Cello will take place at Skinner Hall on the Vassar Campus. Early round auditions are on Saturday. Six semi- finalists play on Sunday morning and the 3 finalists play their full concerti starting at 3pm on Sunday. A reception follows- everyone is invited to meet the musicians. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Michael Packer Blues Band 9:30pm. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Robert Capowski 9:30pm. Electric trio. The Shelter, Rhinebeck. 876-1500. Rudy with The Backbeat Band 8pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. A Tribute to The Band Featuring The THE BAND Band 7-9:30pm. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as Up on Cripple Creek, The Weight and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and more. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Zammuto 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.


The Compact: Benefit Show For Youth Soccer 7-10pm. $50. Includes, beer and wine (cash liquor), buffet dinner and dessert with coffee and tea. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beekman Youth Futbol Booster Club (BYFBC). BYFBC provides cultural immersion experiences for local youth. Arbor Ridge, Hopewell Junction.


Black Forest Moderate, 7-mile Hike 10am. Black Rock Forest Consortium, Cornwall. 216-6805. Eel Monitoring Volunteer Day 10am-noon. The Hudson River Estuary Program and Scenic Hudson seek volunteers to monitor eels in Black Creek from March 21 -June 1. Volunteers will learn how to catch, count, weigh and release unharmed these important fish whose populations are declining. Black Creek Preserve, Esopus. 473-4440 Ext. 273. Volunteer Landscape Days Manitoga, Garrison. 424-3812.


Chicago The Musical 2 & 8pm. 2 & 8pm. $38/$48/$58/$68. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Jerry’s Girls 8pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


La Cage Aux Folles 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Wizard of Oz 7:30pm. $12/$10 students and seniors. Stissing Mountain High School, Pine Plains. (518) 398-7181.


Healthy Eating Habits 1-3pm. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on hand to demonstrate healthy eating / demonstration workshop for families. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Latin Americana 2pm. Jan Conn and Jessica Treat will each read from their published and new works dealing with their travels in Latin America. A discussion of travel writing in general, and Latin American travel writing in particular will follow the readings. No. 6 Depot, West Stockbridge, MA. (413) 232-0205. Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab 11am-4pm. $65. Our Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab allows artists to explore the many possible applications of R&F Pigment Sticks, encompassing traditional and alternative approaches and materials. Class begins with basic instruction in the use and application of the paint. There will also be demonstrations of basic encaustic technique for those who

to the bowling party for free food, music, prizes and fun fellowship! Pat Tarsio’s Bowling Time Lanes, New Windsor. 562-5900.

Marji Zintz 8:30pm. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.

The Kingston Model Train and Railroad Hobby Show 10am-4pm. $6/$1 kids. This show will again feature the best in model train displays, memorabilia and related hobby items, for fun and for sale. Andy Murphy Rec Center, Kingston.

Sound and Energy Healing Concert 5-7:30pm. Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community fundraiser featuring Steve Gorn, Amy McTear, Timothy Hill, Dona Ho Lightsey, Thomas Workman and Kate Anjahlia Loye. Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale. 658-3439.

Youth Ensemble Theater Repertory Summer Institute Auditions 12-4pm. Program runs July 6 through July 17. Performance dates to follow. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge.

Minnewaska Lagniappe Walk 1:30pm. Meet at the Rte 299 Park and Ride off 9W to carpool to the park for a three hour walk. Minnewaska State Preserve Park, Kerhonkson. 255-0752.


Kayaking: How to get Started 12:30pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 549-4671. Women of Columbia County Crash Course 2-3:30pm. Celebrate National Women’s History Month with an afternoon of mini-history talks by our town historians on the infamous women of Columbia County. Make sure to stick around between sessions for call-out women’s history trivia and give-away prizes. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Kinderhook, Kinderhook. (518) 758-9265.



Jerry’s Girls 2pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. La Cage Aux Folles 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. London’s National Theatre in HD: Beyond the Beautiful Forevers 3pm. $17. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Made in the Berkshires Presents: Through the Looking Glass 3pm. $30. Through The Looking Glass: Musings from the Pens of Berkshire Women Writers honors Berkshire women who exemplify the diversity of women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. There will be a talkback with the cast following the performance. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-5576. The Wizard of Oz 2pm. $12/$10 students and seniors. Stissing Mountain High School, Pine Plains. (518) 398-7181.


Women’s Clothing Swap 6-8pm. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Hudson Valley Beer and Cheese Fest Some pairs were made in heaven. Pilsner and havarti, bock and Swiss, stout and gouda— okay, any beer and cheese will do. Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales and Aroma Thyme’s Marcus Giulano join forces for the fourth annual Hudson Valley Beer and Cheese Fest on March 22 from 1pm to 4pm at Keegan Ales in Kingston. This year, the festival’s going to be bigger, better, cheesier, and hoppier, with more breweries and farmsteads involved than ever before. Local beers are paired with local cheeses to create a variety of dishes designed by Giulano. Tickets are available for $55 presale or $55 at the door. Unlimited food and beer samples are included in the admission price, and all attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass. (845) 647-3000; are interested in combining these two highly compatible media. R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston. (800) 206-8088.


Repair Café Fourth Sunday of every month, 12-4pm. The Repair Café features tools and materials to help attendees make the repairs they need on furniture, small appliances, housewares, clothes and textiles, jewelry, lamps and lighting, artwork, crockery, toys and more. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Woodstock Writers Festival An array of exciting speakers, programs, workshops and panels. See website for complete schedule. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts, Woodstock.


Breaking Through the Clouds 11am. $10. Screening and discussion hosted by Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® and the Berkshire International Film Festival. Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington. (413) 528-8885.


PALS Renewal 9am-5pm. $150. This course is a recertification for the PALS course. You must be currently certified in PALS to take this abridged course. Course completion results in a two-year PALS certification card from the American Heart Association. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.


Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2015 12-2, 1-3, 2-4 & 3-5pm. (Min. $300 per team to bowl). Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Form a team or register as an individual, start collecting donations, then come


Poetry Reading: George Bilgere 4-5:30pm. $10/students free. The author of six collections, Bilgere is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the University of Akron Poetry Prize, and grants from the NEA, the Fulbright Commission and the Witter Bynner Foundation. Katonah Village Library, Katonah. (914) 232-3508.


A Hard Day’s Night 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.


Open Mike Poetry 8:30pm. Woodstock Poets always have good stories to tell, and they talk about America and the world’s newest issues of environment, world peace, love and care. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Painterly Solarplate Prints 9am-4pm. $320. Through March 24. With Kate McGloughlin. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Acoustic Open Mike and Jam 5:30pm. Hosted by Sonnie Chiebba. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. All About Elvis 7-9pm. This special performance centers around a screening of “200 CADILLACS,” the 60-minute documentary film showcasing the often forgotten generosity of Elvis Presley. Rex will lead a Q&A session following the film, and the evening concludes with a live concert featuring many of Elvis’s early Sun and RCA Records classics performed by Rex and his Rockabilly Kings. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. American Songbook Caberet Series: Jim Dale 7pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Calidore String Quartet 4-6pm. $15, $25, $35. The Calidore String Quartet continues its year-long residency at Caramoor with a program that recalls a period in time that transformed the world. Program: Milhaud Quartet No. 4, Op. 46 Bartók Quartet No. 2, Op. 17 Intermission Ravel Quartet in F Major Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. 914-232-1252. David Bromberg Big Band 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition 3-6pm. The 43rd annual competition for Violin, Viola and Cello will take place at Skinner Hall on the Vassar Campus. Early round auditions are on Saturday. Six semi- finalists play on Sunday morning and the 3 finalists play their full concerti starting at 3pm on Sunday. A reception followseveryone is invited to meet the musicians. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.


Meeting of End the New Jim Crow Action Committee 6-8pm. The End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. New Progressive Baptist Church, Kingston.


Conservation Easements: What, Why, and How? 6-7pm. Scenic Hudson Assistant Land Conservation Director Cari Watkins-Bates and Alex Reese of Obercreek Farm LLC in Wappingers Falls will lead a discussion on conservation easements—what they are, why they’re important for protecting farms and our local foodshed, and who benefits (hint: we all do). Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon.


Concerto Concert 7:30-9pm. An evening of concerto performances by invited guests accompanied by our outstanding Wind and String Ensembles. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Ira Joe Fisher’s Speaking Fearlessly 7:30-9pm. Through May 12. Workshop featuring career-affirmed strategies – not tricks – for effective speech, public speaking presentations and high-stakes conversations. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Joshua Morris 3pm. Traditional Irish music. Elsie’s Place, Wallkill. 895-8975. Michael Goss Band 8:30pm. Blues. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Sunday Brunch: The Organ Grinders Jazz Trio 11am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago: The Met Live in HD Noon. $25/$20/$18/$14. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars 4-5:30pm. $15/$25/$35. Songs, arias, and ensemble pieces all by Italian composers including Verdi, Mascagni, Pizzetti, Musto, Corigliano, Argento, Busoni, and Harry Warren. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Sonando 7pm. Latin jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: The Dublin City Ramblers and Emish 8pm. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335.


27th Annual Shamrock Run Noon. In memory of Tom Casey & to benefit the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen. Uptown Kingston, Kingston.


Jerry’s Girls 2pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. La Cage Aux Folles 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Lark Eden by Natalie Symons 2-3:45pm. $15.$10 students. Kaliyuga Arts presents a play told in letters chronicling the enduring friendship of three small-town Southern women from the Depression Era through the early years of the 21st Century. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. The Little Farm Show 2pm. $5. NACL Theatre presents a high-spirited family performance with live original music about farming, food, and the environment that gives audiences a whirlwind tour of “The Greatest Show on Dirt!” Kaplan Hall, Newburgh. 341-9386.


Open Mike Poetry 8:30pm. Woodstock Poets always have good stories to tell, and they talk about America and the world’s newest issues of environment, world peace, love and care. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Classic Movie Series Third Tuesday of every month, 2-4pm. We know it’s cold but wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the house? Bring your own refreshments, the heat’s on us. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Community Holistic Healthcare Day Third Tuesday of every month, 4-8pm. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-served basis upon check-in. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge.


Open Mike with Chrissy Budzinski 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


Bill Ross 8:30pm. Rhythm, blues, rock and reggae. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. St. Pat’s Day Split Bill - County Hell & The Stacks 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. St. Patty’s Day with Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fis 7-9pm. Features a sophisticated blend of Jazz and Blues which is always soulful and always swinging. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.


Getting Down to Business: Personal Finance for the Entertainer 10am-2pm. $99. Calling all entertainers and talented professionals for a one day personal finance conference. Join Erik Lehtinen as he

shares his expertise about how to manage basic finances. Topics covered include budgeting, debt, credit and expense management, protecting your family and your talent from risk and saving for retirement. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (917) 267-8656.


Le 2eme Anniversaire du Restaurant Bocuse: Dinner 6pm. $95. Celebrate the second anniversary of The Bocuse Restaurant! We are recreating the exact menu we served at the official opening. Your six-course meal, prepared by Chef Lynne Gigliotti ’88, includes classic signature dishes of France’s notable chefs, re-imagined using the ultra-modern techniques found in the restaurant’s state-of-the-art kitchen. Culinary Institute of America—Bocuse Restaurant, Hyde Park. 451-1014.


HVP Young People’s Concert “I Hear America Singing” Walt Whitman 10 & 11:45am. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Aruán Ortiz Trio with Eric Revis & Gerald Cleaver 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Dharma Bums 9:30pm. Progressive rock. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Don Felder 8pm. $80. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


3-Day Encaustic Comprehensive 9am-5pm. $400. This workshop is designed to give participants thorough knowledge of the encaustic medium and method. R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston. (800) 206-8088. Lunch & Learn 12-1:30pm. Filomena Fanelli, CEO and founder of Impact PR & Communications, Ltd. and Katy Dwyer, president of Katy Dwyer Design, will team up as guest presenters at the first session of Dutchess Tourism’s 2015 “Lunch & Learn Series.” Interested parties are invited to bring their own lunch to this information-packed seminar. Hyatt House, Fishkill. 463-5447. Spectators of Life: The “Ashcan” Painters and the World They Knew 7pm. Dr. Valerie Ann Leeds speaks about the “Ashcan” painters and discusses the exhibit by American artist Fiske Boyd on permanent view in the Library. Gilman Center at SUNY Orange, Middletown. 341-4891. The Universe Hangs on Sound Workshop with Steve Gorn 1-2pm. Focusing on India, Steve Gorn, SUNY Ulster’s Spring Artist in Residence, explores the relationship of music to the contemplative arts, the roots in spirituality and the metaphysics of Nada Yoga - the yoga of sound. Through ‘call and response,’ Gorn will offer an exercise in Indian raga singing. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. (*845) 687-5262.


Exodus: Newburgh Extension Third Thursday of every month, 6-8pm. A prison re-entry support group (formerly known as the New Jim Crow Committee). Come join us to assist the new Exodus Transitonal Community in Newburgh, (a re-entry program for those being released from prison), as well as other matters related to Mass Incarceration. The Hope Center, Newburgh. 569-8965.


Woodstock Writers Festival An array of exciting speakers, programs, workshops and panels. See website for complete schedule. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts, Woodstock.


Le 2eme Anniversaire du Restaurant Bocuse: Lunch 11:30am. $55. Celebrate the second anniversary of The Bocuse Restaurant! We are recreating the exact menu we served at the official opening. Your five-course luncheon, prepared by Chef Jason Potanovich ’96, includes classic signature dishes of France’s notable chefs, re-imagined using the ultra-modern techniques found in the restaurant’s state-of-the-art kitchen. Culinary Institute of America—Bocuse Restaurant, Hyde Park. 451-1014.


Dive In 10-11:30am. $5. Open swim for ages 4 and under. Hudson Valley Community Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-0430.

Latin Classes for Teens 5pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

La Cage Aux Folles 8pm and 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


The Wizard of Oz 7:30pm. $12/$10 students and seniors. Stissing Mountain High School, Pine Plains. (518) 398-7181.

An Evening with Polly Law 7pm. Hear about Polly’s recent stint as “Artist in Residence” at the Grand Canyon. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.



Big Mean Sound Machine 7pm. Opener: Ife & Danny. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Trio Mio 8-10:30pm. Original music in either acoustic or electric formats. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.


Mediums Circle with Adam Bernstein and a Guest Psychic Medium Third Thursday of every month, 7-9pm. $25. Join us for our monthly guest Mediums Circle where Adam Bernstein and one other talented Medium will deliver messages from your loved ones in Spirit in a positive setting of love and validation. Kingston’s Opera House Office Bldg., Kingston. 687-3693.


Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


The Kathak Ensemble Indian Dance Performance 7-8pm. Under the artistic direction of Janaki Patrik, SUNY Ulster’s spring visiting artist, will present a dance performance of classical Kathak from Lucknow, a fabled North Indian city. Eight dancers and four musicians will present this performance featuring lightning-fast foot work accented by hundreds of ankle bells, multiple pirouettes and stories told in body and facial mime. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Woodstock Writers Festival An array of exciting speakers, programs, workshops and panels. See website for complete schedule. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts, Woodstock.


A Hard Day’s Night 7:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Gong Healing and Meditation: Spring Equinox and New Moon Event 7-8:30pm. The Earth Gong Bath will be presented by Marco Dolce, a musician, sound healer, teacher, and best-selling recording artist. Bodhi Spa, Yoga & Salon, Hudson. (518) 828-2233.


Storytelling with Janet Carter 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


Cory Henry Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. James Van Praagh 7:30pm. $90/$75. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Jefferson Starship 8pm. $35/$45/$75. Rock and roll. 8pm. Rock. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335. The Sadies 9pm. Canadian punk-country. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Singer-Songwriter Showcase Third Friday of every month, 8pm. $6. Acoustic Music by three outstanding singer-songwriters and musicians at ASK GALLERY, 97 Broadway, Kingston 8-10:30 pm Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0311. Will Smith Trio 9:30pm. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760.


R&B Dance Party with Breakaway 9pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.


Chicago The Musical 8pm. 8pm. $38/$48/$58/$68. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Jerry’s Girls 8pm. $20/$17 friends of the playhouse. A review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits under the direction of Tom Detwiler. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Ballroom By Request Dance Lesson 8-9p.m.; Dance 9-11p.m. to DJ Joe Donato. Coaching corner for beginners to Ballroom dance from 9-10 p.m. Refreshments included. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, Poughkeepsie. 204-9833. The Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake Live in HD 6pm. $25/$20/$18/$14. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Frolic: All-Ages Ecstatic Dance 8:30pm-midnight. The Freestyle Frolic is an alternative to the club scene for dance lovers: a not-for-profit all-volunteer monthly dance that is alcohol-free, smoke-free, and drug-free, which keeps the focus on dancing. Dancers of all kinds attend, DJ’d music. Center for Creative Education, Kingston. 658-83I9. Ulster Ballet Company: Festival of Dance 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.


Repair Café-New Paltz Sep. 20, 10am-3pm. A free community meeting place to bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired. Mechanical, electric & electronic, clothing, things made of wood, dolls & stuffed animals, jewelry, digital devices, knife sharpening. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Woodstock Writers Festival An array of exciting speakers, programs, workshops and panels. See website for complete schedule. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts, Woodstock.


Food Chains 1:30pm. $20 screening and panel/$35 screening, panel and reception. Panelists include: Director Sanjay Rawal, Bob Dandrew (New World Foundation), Ric Orlando (New Home World Cooking), Heriberto Gonzalez (Rural & Migrant Ministry). Reception to follow screening. Upstate Films, Woodstock. 679-6608. Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® Film Awards 7pm. $20. Join renowned actress Karen Allen and filmmaker and Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® founder Deborah Hutchison as they present the Gutsy Gal Grand Prize Film Award to filmmaker Cathryn Michon, writer and director of Muffin Top: A Love Story, along with other awardwinning women filmmakers. Followed by Muffin Top: A Love Story, a feature film comedy that challenges Hollywood’s notions of women and body image. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400. Monte Cristo 7-9pm. Silent film series with live musical accompaniment by Cary Brown. It is an adaptation of the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. This film long thought to be lost until it surfaced in the Czech Republic in 2006 and was restored. Julia L. Butterfield Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040.


Kingston Farmers’ Winter Market Third Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.


Introductory Workshop This workshop lays the groundwork to build a well-rounded classical yoga practice. Workshop includes postures, breath and relaxation techniques, along with an overview of classical yoga. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Pre-Natal Yoga 6-7pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.


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Waiting for The Big Thaw


t’s a bit challenging thinking about spring with the world iced over and temperatures staying below freezing for days on end. At least up here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is indeed on its way, and it will be commemorated by some rather spectacular astrological events. The cold, combined with the astrology and the events of February, has given the feeling of a spiritual chill as well as a physical one. We just lived through an unusually powerful Mercury retrograde that is just starting to loosen its grip. So, it’s cold out now, and still, the seasons change. Personally, I appreciate the arrival of spring a little more every year. There were years when I hardly noticed, and many others when April really did feel like the cruelest month. Most discussions of seasonal affective disorder and similar involve the impact of the lack of sunlight, though there’s another population that struggles as the light increases and the warm weather approaches. That said, I think most people will be happy to leave their houses without bundling up under 10 layers, or risking life and limb by taking a spill on their driveway. Right now people in Boston are dealing with more snow than they’ve ever experienced, so much that roofs are collapsing and the city must do something un-environmentally friendly, which is dump snow in the harbor. As for the weather on another level—that is, the movements in the environment of astrology—first let’s catch up with the past month. Mercury retrograde in Aquarius ended on February 11, arriving with much loss and many shakeups in the television business. Within days of the station-direct (the end of the retrograde), Jon Stewart announced his retirement from “The Daily Show.” For many, many people, Stewart has been a voice of sanity through one of the most insane eras in political life. He began hosting the program right after the Clinton impeachment, 98 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 3/15

through 9/11 and its aftermath, through the rest of the Bush administration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has provided a psychic refuge from the pain of the news, and at the same time, set a standard for honest coverage of events that the noncomedy shows had to start living up to. But more than that he contributed to a golden age of satire that was perhaps the sanest response to the agony of George Bush and Dick Cheney running the country into the ground. But the real water-into-wine or (perhaps wine-into-water) miracle of Jon Stewart was turning comedy into one of the most dependable and honest platforms for the news. He was not perfect; nobody is. He never copped to the problems with the whole 9/11 story, but then, I can count the TV journalists who did on approximately three fingers. Yet he took on the issues of the aftermath of war and the hypocrisy of politics like few other journalists. That same week, Brian Williams was suspended as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” He got in trouble for making up war stories— or for letting on that TV news is often either fabricated or spun of little other than viewpoint. The real loss here is not what a great journalist Williams was, but how much people liked, and even adored, him. People understood that he was an entertainer. TV news had a rare moment of its credibility suffering, though I think that these kinds of events often serve as prompts for other journalists to actually do the job. The problem with that theory is, for example, that the authentic reporting job on the Iraq war was what we really needed was in 2002 and 2003, when the media became a kind of spinning wheel for the whole-cloth lies being told by the Bush administration. I saw some contrition for that on several different

channels, including on Fox, though in the end, the sacrifice of Brian Williams seems more of a cautionary tale and symbolic bloodletting than a sea change for television. The same week as Jon Stewart and Brian Williams were in the news, New York Times media columnist and modern titan of journalism David Carr collapsed in the Times’ newsroom and died a little while later. Carr was considered by many to be a standout journalist but also a true pariah from the old school. He was lauded by the Times’ management as one of the great writers to have ever passed through the newspaper. Within those few days, longtime CBS News reporter Bob Simon died in a car accident in New York City. Simon had survived countless assignments in war zones, and even being held hostage. According to news reports, people had raised concern about the erratic driving of his town-car chauffeur. In Los Angeles, Kyle Kraska, a popular CBS sports reporter and former TV anchor, was shot and critically injured outside his home near San Diego. And finally, Stan Chambers, the KTLA reporter who broke the story on the beating of Rodney King, died after a long illness. All of this happened within a window of a few days. It was a very strange ending to Mercury retrograde, with so much loss and shakeup among news reporters, nearly all of them well-known television presences. From the standpoint of research astrology, these events helped document the connection between Aquarius and television. In some ways it seemed like an era of television itself was coming to a close, making way for the ever-rising tide of the digital environment. In recent months I have taken a deeper interest in the questions surrounding how our immersion in this environment is shaping our sense of self, our relationships, and our communities. These are questions that are largely taken for granted. For those interested, I will be hosting a conference call on March 18 looking into this topic. If you want to participate, write to me at with “conference call” in the subject header.

is a two-sided story; with Pisces there are always diverse viewpoints and the potential for things to get slippery. That calls for awareness and for points of reference, which we have in abundance. Perhaps the most difficult to grasp is Neptune, the modern planet most closely associated with Pisces, now in its home sign. Neptune, the lord of waters, is refreshing the ocean of Pisces. It’s adding a mystical flavor, and a creative inspiration, to those who can tune into it (note that the word “tune” is inherent in Neptune, a hint that it helps to do just that). The thing with Neptune is that it typically operates below the level of normal perception. One must really be an artist, musician, poet, or mystic, or apply that aspect of their mind, to experience Neptune as anything other than a form of fantasy. Fortunately, we have help. Two of the planets in Pisces are centaurs— Chiron and Nessus—edgy creatures that require walking on fire, inner confrontation, healing, and often a good bit of the above in the context of relationships. Compared to Neptune, centaurs are grounding. They grab you and work on the level of practical necessity. You can think of them as very long-period asteroids, which cross the orbits of the larger planets. They often function with greater potency than an official planet. It is not their size but rather the shape and length of their orbits that give them their power. You might say that the qualities of centaurs are deeply challenging and equally worth rising to the occasion. They can bring out the darkest and also the most vibrantly creative and transformational properties in people. They demand attention to real issues, especially ones that often go hidden. These might involve past injuries, ancestral legacies, and, most of all, claiming all of one’s experience and focusing it into commitment and strength. We all have centaurs in our charts, sometimes speaking more loudly than others, though now, the Sun is highlighting them. The peak of this astrology centers on the Full Moon of March 5. This is the Virgo Full Moon. The effects will last for about a week on either side of the event, and due to the Neptune factor, they may take some time to spot. There is one more planet in the mix, an interesting one, which lives just beyond the orbit of Pluto, taking 292 years to go around the Sun once. Borasisi has themes that relate directly to environmental subjects, principally nuclear. But the metatheme of Borasisi involves the lies we believe and why, and the truth we don’t believe and why. There are many ways to phrase these themes, and many ways to unpack them, though they pretty much come down to that concept. As a scientific critique, the question seems to be about why it is that we mindlessly accept science on the level of religion, very much to our detriment. March also comes with the last of seven Uranus-Pluto contacts. We reach a turning point in what I have been calling the “2012 era” this month. In many ways we have been living through what I call the Anti Sixties. I think that with the last of these squares, we are at a threshold of some kind; a point where something opens up, or perhaps cracks open and something new comes out. It’s unlikely to be immediate, though we may get a clue this month of any new direction or psychic space. Finally, the big event of March is a total solar eclipse on the 20th. This is an unusual event in that the eclipse (which is also the Pisces New Moon) takes place in the very last degree of the zodiac. That hints strongly at some kind of wide transition—especially when you consider that the eclipse happens right before the very first degree of the zodiac, the Aries Point, where the Sun is on the spring equinox. The Aries Point is where the personal and the collective intersect. In `70s feminist language, it’s where “the personal is the political.” But with Pisces involved, we might also say that the mystical, the musical, the artistic, are political.

Jon Stewart has

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refuge from the pain of the news, and at

the same time, set a standard for honest

coverage of events that the noncomedy shows

had to start living up to.

And On Into Pisces The Sun entered the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, on February 18, where it will be until March 20. The sign change came with a truly unusual New Moon that spanned Aquarius and Pisces simultaneously. Said another way, the Moon and Sun ingressed Pisces within two minutes of each other, while in the midst of a conjunction. I’ve never seen anything quite like that. The Moon and Sun joined many other planets in Pisces—Venus, Mars, Chiron, Nessus, Neptune, and Borasisi. Two of them are fast movers, planets close to us—Venus and Mars, which moved into Aries soon after the Sun arrived; the rest of these planets stayed on in Pisces, where they will be for a while. One by one, the Sun will make conjunctions to the last four of those. So we are now in a Pisces season with a whole lot of energy concentrated on that wavelength of thought. The common thread of all these planets in Pisces is an approach to the invisible environment. That’s one way to think of Pisces—all that exists, but which you cannot normally perceive. You might think of this as the world dreams, the spiritual dimensions (astral, etheric, etc.), and the realm of inspiration. Pisces is as close to “the other side” as we get on Earth. People with strong Pisces in their charts, or Pisces sensibilities, have the gift of seeing and feeling the invisible. What makes an artist or musician what they are is their ability to tap in and sense what others cannot normally detect, and then to offer that to us in the tangible form of what they create. Planets gathering in Pisces make its vibration and its themes more tangible to everyone, and the Sun’s series of conjunctions will highlight that fact. This

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ARIES (March 20-April 19) There’s something unusually beautiful or momentous brewing, though you may not be able to focus on it well enough to predict. Plenty has been happening; You have been keeping busy and from the look of things, positive and involved with life. Yet, there’s something beyond all that, as if hiding off to the side of another dimension. If you listen carefully, you will hear the movement backstage. If you go backstage and look around, you will gain both insight and influence. The way to guide this event is to envision it. Imagine that you have been offered an opportunity to make one significant change in your life, yet something all-encompassing. You may know what you want to get away from, or what you want to replace, though the question is, with what? How would it look visually, and feel, viscerally? I know this is easier for some people than for others, and that most significantly, this involves giving yourself permission to exist in some form other than what you are now. That is the actual boundary that you stretch with a real experience of growth. You are not far from this now. There is some wild momentum moving in your life. The sensation is as if something you will thrive on is about to precipitate, seemingly out of nowhere. But it’s definitely coming from somewhere, or rather someone, and that would be you.


(April 19-May 20)

Your charts are blaring out for physical activity, just in time for the weather to ease off a bit. So get physical. But that is not enough; this is a means to an end, and that objective would be tapping your mental agility and a new crop of ideas that has been growing in your heart and soul. You have an imagination that is so assertive and so potent that it can indeed infuse your body with energy. That, by the way, is part of what makes you into the lover that you are, the fusion of body-level with psychic level into one reality, which is you. Your creative process works the same way. In fact, it’s the same process. At the moment, many desires and intentions are pushing their way through your consciousness, eagerly reaching for manifestation. There is so much brewing that you might find it slightly unsettling, which could, in turn, be an excuse to avoid it. I suggest you move toward yourself rather than away from yourself. Go in the direction of maximum heat. Follow your curiosity; that is the seed of passion. If you get to the point where you know you’re expressing passion, remember to follow the thread of your curiosity. The two are intimate and necessary elements of the same basic process.

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You have found a focus of devotion and I suggest you trust that. Devotion is profoundly important to human sanity. It may be the central organizing principle of consciousness, and you have it going on strong right now. It matters less what you are devoted to and more that you focus on that and experience it fully. It might be a person, a cause, a spiritual or religious concept or your creative fire. There’s a moving quality to whatever this is, as if the experience transports you somewhere or summons you from far away—perhaps literally. Whatever it may be, focus the devotion and the message that you’re receiving, or offering. Concentrate your power, as if in a circle, and tend to it from all sides—like a fire in a freestanding hearth. Look into the flames. There is a vision there, and I think it involves your life calling. True, you may have more than one of those, but this one stands above the others. Its roots go deeper and it has withstood the tests of time. Gradually, your vision will morph into an aspiration, and that may come to a peak with a long-awaited decision later in the month. Do not rush that. Allow the energy, your feelings and your reflections to percolate through your awareness. Do not wait; rather, tend your flame with care and patience.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Your visions of the future may be flooding you right now, though it’s essential that you work from the practical side of things. Stick to the matters at hand, and the methods you trust, and make progress in small ways. They are not as small as you think, because each gesture of progress will help you gather your momentum toward some much larger encounter. The key seems to be one thing at a time. One sentence, one line of code, one photograph, one conversation. Let each of these be born with the sensation of contributing to the next. Be especially attentive to details, even if that takes a while. Those details might include color, feeling tone, precision in mathematics and the quality of what you say. Use your senses. Look and listen, and treat everything you touch with the care of a craftsman. As you do this, you may discover that you are working under the guidance of inspiration. Seemingly unrelated activities will emerge as part of a larger constellation. But don’t look for the pattern! Let it reveal itself to you. You know you are edging in the direction of fulfilling some of your most significant goals, and embarking on some new ones. By its nature and the scenes depicted in the stars and planets, this is a mysterious process, and that is part of the fun.

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LEO (July 22-August 23) This is a fine time to consider the nature of your agreements and commitments. This applies to agreements that involve an exchange of money, sex or conscious energy. These must be clear. You must be clear. Once you are, you will feel like you’re under far less pressure, as will those you associate with. Begin with an inquiry. As you proceed with this, you’re likely to discover where that clarity is lacking. Pulling things into focus may take a few steps, which will be easy enough if you work through them consciously. Note where boundaries are lacking, but necessary. Notice where old agreements or things taken for granted need to be replaced by new understandings. Notice how your beliefs are influencing what you perceive as reality. There is an accountability factor that will inevitably arise, and that is never an all-or-nothing thing. Accountability is a much healthier concept than fault or blame. It’s subtler and easier to understand in specific ways. This will help you set the terms of your new agreements, which must be designed to accommodate a shared vision of the future. If that shared vision, and shared underlying values, are not present, then that particular encounter may be null. One last thing: having things in writing is the essence of being accountable, to yourself and to others, and having them be accountable to you.


(August 23-September 22)

You possess the truth you seek. Yet, you may also not quite feel that way, and be pursuing a course of finding it outside yourself. That is certainly compelling enough; ancient sites, quests and journeys over the sea have been undertaken for millennia for the purpose of discovering something that is ultimately about oneself. There is an illusion at work in your chart, which may be blocking your sense of what you know, while at the same time projecting that very thing into your environment and onto the people in it. It’s not that the people around you lack worth, or beauty, or intrigue. It’s not that they don’t possess some element of what you want. The value they seem to have is only the value you put on them. The wisdom they have, if you recognize it, is something you match with your own vision and knowledge. Therefore, seek inwardly and you really will find what you’re after. You might discover that the whole realm of existence you see around you is a kind of explosion of your own mind, and thanks to that, you have the ability to go to the source. If you’re going to do one experiment with the world around you, let it be with cause and effect. Trace every effect you observe to its point of origin. Notice the results of every action taken. Those will reveal much that is currently hidden.

LIBRA (September 22-October 23) You are being gently tugged to keep your focus on yourself. I say gently, though there’s a persistence to this that has been present for a while; it’s coming into focus now in a new way. As there are currently fireworks exploding in your house of relationships, that may be a challenge, though it’s one that humans have faced persistently through the modern era. I would call this the “all or nothing” issue. It involves an orientation on relating to others that results in a loss of inner focus. This creates the dual self—the illusion of the “relationship self” and the “actual self,” which I believe is the cause of most misery and instability in relationships. I think that the path out of this is to cultivate the mindfulness to be yourself at all times, attentive to your whole reality. If you find that your relationships dominate your existence to the point where you, or some central experience of yourself, is negated (rather than, say, enhanced), then I suggest you come back to yourself. You can do this before you have to break up with anyone or sign your life away. You can do this all the time, every minute, in the course of which you honor your reality and the reality that you share with someone else. It may feel awkward at first but it gets easier with practice.

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SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) A Scorpio rising friend told me recently that men sniff her as she walks down the street, and that she finds this annoying. I just laughed and reminded her what a compliment this is—that she personally inspires people to be in spontaneous contact with their primal, visceral nature. That nature is overflowing in your charts right now, brimming and simmering and emanating all kinds of luscious, lusty steam. This influences everything. Whatever you do, whatever you create, you’re going to be doing it with more passion and devotion. It’s as if your very presence ignites the colors and sensations of the world within the minds of those who are near you. Whoever you touch will feel the heat of your soul penetrating their skin. I might say you can trust this, though really it’s just about the only thing you can trust. The dimension of you that is the most refined humanity and that which is the most elementally animal are fused into one right now. I suggest you perceive the world through all of your senses, and your instincts, and your intuition. This will, if you let it, allow you to try things you’ve never experienced; to take chances with people in ways you never have; to dare to touch the heart and soul of the art or artistry that is so essentially who you are. 3/15 CHRONOGRAM PLANET WAVES 101

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You will go a long way to ease the internal pressure you’re feeling by rolling up your sleeves and attending to the practical matters of your life. That might mean sorting out your accounting records for the past year, it might be writing a song, and it might be charging up your camera and doing a photo project. By practical, I mean actually hands-on, doing something that you want or need to do—this, rather than thinking about whatever that might be, or getting frustrated by seemingly competing priorities. If you’re looking for a starting point, choose either the thing you want to do the most, or the thing you need to do the most. Then do it for a while, and reassess your priorities. I’ll remind you that as one born under a mutable sign, you are inherently a multitasker. So you will naturally shift from task to task, though what you can master is the art of focusing long enough to have a satisfying experience and move that particular project along. Then, you can move onto other things and return to the original project while it’s still warm. The key is never allowing anything you care about to go cold. Return to things often enough to keep the embers burning. Then, when you’re moved to do so, cast all else aside and dive into something for as long as you want. Needing to keep your life interesting is an asset.



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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22)

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) This month brings a sublime shift in the momentum of your life, which looks a little like this. Your emotional confidence is beginning to exceed the many changes you’ve had to make over the past few years. It’s as if you’re finally catching up with yourself. The whole journey of improving, repairing, renovating and healing can be a distraction from actually taking the chance and living in some way that you want to live. The process of constant adjustment, evolution and enforced changes can come with setbacks in confidence, or delays. Now, your confidence begins to pull ahead of the work that you’ve done. This will facilitate your taking bigger risks, greater spontaneity and overall, a greater sense of freedom. Looked at one way, you’re becoming your own inner leader rather than your own inner follower. You’ve been working up to this for a long time. There was likely some event in 2010 or early 2011 that sparked the process, though this kind of psychic or emotional momentum can take a while to gather. You’ve now reached a point where you can no longer live on the same emotional or intellectual scale that you had for many years before. You are pressing open from the inside. In the most ordinary terms, you have the feeling that you know who you are, though this is more than a hunch. We’re talking about actual confidence.


AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19)



Be sure you have identified the center of your life, then tend to that center. This may be something requiring you to offer yourself fully to the service of someone or something. It may seem to distract you from other goals, though those goals are alive and well and simmering along. There is a higher purpose involved to what you’re experiencing, and in that you can have faith. You’re likely to be feeling this on some level. It may be subtle, and you may go through having faith in this service you’re providing, then forgetting that you have it, then remembering again. That is natural enough, though you would benefit greatly from focusing on this thing, what I am calling your center-focus. The process you’re going through is putting you in contact with an aspect of your nature that has always been present, always been part of who you are, but which has not always been accessible in lived reality. The part of this experience that’s really serving your growth is precisely gaining that access to one of your most valuable inner resources. I can see from your chart that you have big plans that go beyond this particular scenario. Notice that you may actually have the space and time to nudge those along. There is a lot you can get done with little more than a notebook and pencil.


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Ultimately you can, must, and will do what you want, and that may make some people around you nervous. You are naturally susceptible to the viewpoints and opinions of others, and you must not allow yourself to be blown off course by those with strong opinions. It is, however, in your self-interest to have others allied with you and in service of your goals—and self-interest is potentially a sticky topic for a Pisces. I suggest you wash that off and get real about what serves your agenda. The necessary second step is to figure out how to get others thinking on your frequency. I would remind you how persuasive you can be, which in part accounts for others feeling destabilized by your drive and your intensity. For some, persuasion will involve appealing to their altruism. For others, you may need to appeal to what would be profitable for them. Others will best understand the language of mutual benefit. You are blessed with the gift of insight, as long as you can get some distance on any situation or any person. You have this gift for a reason. Tune in and you will be guided what to do, what to say and how to make the best decisions. Your options remain wide open, and there are people who are eager to assist you.


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Parting Shot

Blue Mink Hollow from Cooper Lake, Dan Goldman, photograph, 2013

Photographer Dan Goldman lives on a scenic road in Woodstock. At one end lies a hiking trail, and at the other, Cooper Lake, a quiet watershed and recent flashpoint between a corporate behemoth and local residents. To Goldman, the lake is a sacred place—a natural reservoir he “had an immediate connection with.” He’s photographed the lake for the past four years, and recently, he compiled his photos in a book titled Cooper Lake: My Muse. Last fall, Niagara Bottling, the largest private bottled water supplier in the country, announced plans to siphon up to 1.75 million gallons of water daily from Cooper Lake. The company drew up plans for a 415,000-squarefoot plant in the Town of Ulster. Goldman and fellow activists campaigned against it, citing the detrimental environmental effects of the bottled water industry and concern over the possible draining of a reservoir that provides water for both Kingston and the Town of Ulster. On February 13, Niagara abandoned its plans to build the bottling facility without explanation. Goldman’s photographs are a tribute to “how sacred that place is, how sacred water is,” and the community that united against its commodification.; —Kelly Seiz


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