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The gist of what you may have missed in the back pages of the global media maelstrom: fish on painkillers, misspent military aid, and more.

Kelly Granger reveals how easily energy can be wasted and the quick solutions and larger investments that can help fix inefficient homes.

26 NO HONOR IN KILLING Lorna Tychostup interviews Rana Husseini about her investigative work uncovering the cultural practice of honor killings in Jordan and the Mideast.

32 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart brings to light who the US would really be hurting by bombing Iran.


82 THE BEEF OVER DOWNED COWS Lorrie Klosterman takes a look at health problems stemming from standard practices within the US meat and dairy industry.

BUSINESS SERVICES 68 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 78 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 87 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY For the positive lifestyle.

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NEWS AND POLITICS: HONOR KILLING A cartoon from the Jordan Times, August 19, 1999. Translation: The young woman reading the newspaper asks her father: “Oh Dad, I wish you would let me play sports. I promise I won’t wear shorts. Maybe I will become a famous athlete and will win medals and make my country proud.” The father replies: “My dear, you remind me of your cousin Najaw. She was a fast runner. I remember we ran 20 miles before we managed to shoot her.”


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ARTS & CULTURE 42 PORTFOLIO The photographic assemblages of Nicholas Walster.

44 LUCID DREAMING Beth E. Wilson reviews “Intimacies of Distant War” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz and examines the recent dust-up over Wafaa Bilal’s exhibit “Virtual Jihadi” at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

47 MUSEUM AND GALLERY GUIDE 50 MUSIC Peter Aaron profiles rock legend Genya Ravan. Amy Laber Cold, Cold Year Reviewed by David Malachowski. Happy Rhodes Find Me Reviewed by Sharon Nichols. Jazzhop Revolution Tha Sound of Truth Reviewed by Erik Lawrence.

54 BOOKS Tobias Seamon profiles Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Millhauser.

56 BOOK REVIEWS Hollis Seamon reviews Willing by Scott Spencer. Jay Blotcher reviews The Execution of Willie Francis by Gilbert King.


Brian K. Mahoney discovers the pleasures of sourdough pizza at Baba Louie’s in Hudson and Great Barrington.

120 PARTING SHOT Doppelgänger: 01.16.07, a photographic assemblage by Cornelia Hediger.

THE FORECAST 101 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at PREVIEWS 101 Prison Pictures exhibted at KMOCA, April 5 through April 28. 107 Jowe Head will be performing at Claude’s in Phoenicia on April 18. 108 The annual Beltane Festival at the Center for Symbolic Studies on April 26. 111 The Altercation Punk Standup Tour will be at Keegan Ales in Kingston on April 8 and the Tuscan Cafe in Warwick on April 15. 112 Catskill Ballet Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream April 25 through 27 at the Ulster Performing Arts in Kingston.

PLANET WAVES 114 WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Eric Francis Coppolino discusses the politics of human necessities. Plus horoscopes.


Poems by Rachel Asher, Mariam Birouti, Alan Catlin, Benjamin Fractenberg, James Houtrides, Richard Loranger, Ashley Madera, Ryan Marz, Jess Mullen, Robin Sarah O’Day, James Sherwood, Joan Siegel, and James Spencer.



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With profits declining, Polaroid announced in February that it plans to discontinue production of all instant film by the end of this year, but Polaroidologist Patrick Winfield is not worried. “I’m optimistic,” Winfield says. “But if the time comes [when Polaroid film is no longer available] I’ll just advance and pick something else up.” Working with Polaroid cameras for the past four years, Winfield’s background in graphic design shines through in the crafted structures of the composites, combining the tight lines of graphic design with the broad strokes of the artist. Winfield shoots with many different cameras, but likes his Polaroid best. “It’s that creaminess,” he says, “that seductive, almost nostalgic look that you get from it.” He also enjoys the instant gratification of the film, being able to hold it in his hand and work with it as soon as it’s shot. “It’s more like drawing in a sense. You can see the line or the finished piece instantly, it’s very nice to work that way,” Winfield says. He places his work into two main categories, one being abstract, which Last Laugh falls into. “It’s like a call-and-response,” Winfield says. “I create an image and compare it to what I have and work from that, it’s a bit more free-flowing.” He also categorizes his works as representational—landscapes or figure studies. Going out and taking pictures are where his ideas sprout from for those pieces. Winfield will find a single photo he likes and build on it. Taking the picture home, he’ll stretch it out, figuring out how to grid it and get it on film before he takes the rest of the pictures for the piece. Winfield finds inspiration in diverse places, from authors and artists spanning the centuries, everything from Egyptian sources to Dada and modern art. David Hockney, who also arranged Polaroids into collages, has been a significant influence. Winfiled also finds inspiration in nature. “I’m always drawn back to nature,” he says. “I feel most comfortable walking, hiking, being outside.” Wanting to push his work further, Winfield has just finished two large commission pieces over 40 inches long. He plans on creating a composite that is 60 inches long in the near future. Winfield says he has enough instant film to last him the rest of the year and to finish his upcoming projects, just in case a company does not pick up the license, but he is hopeful someone will. “There are other films I could work with doing this composite grid and hopefully it will make me a better artist.” Patrick Winfield’s exhibit “Composites,” comprised of 21 photographic pieces, is being shown at Open Space, 510 Main Street in Beacon, through April 5. (845) 765-0731; Portfolio: —Tara Quealy



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Esteemed Reader “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” —Matthew, 3:2 Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: Recently, I became the primary caretaker of my two boys—ages 1 and 3. Though I knew full-time parenting is a demanding job, I now realize that it is more difficult and engaging than most of what I encountered at my day job. It is not difficult for me to demonstrate love for my children, for I am deeply in love with them. The challenge is in the area of discipline and addressing behavior that is hurtful or inappropriate. On the one hand I see that they are people, requiring all the respect that human beings deserve. On the other hand I see that I am obligated to teach them to be aware of and responsible to the larger worlds—physical, social, spiritual—that they inhabit. And so I am required to guide them with varying degrees of insistence, without violating their fundamental sovereignty. There are hundreds of practical instances in which this dilemma (though it often feels like a Zen koan) is tested. The other evening, I made notes after a particularly telling conversation: Asher, please don’t play with the stick in the house. I have to, daddy. Asher, go lean the stick in the corner by the door, so you can find it when you go outside again. [Bang bang with stick.] Asher, if you don’t put the stick down I am going to take it away from you. Please use your own will. [He waffles, hesitates, bangs. I take it away. Asher cries while I take off Ezra’s snow clothes; I take Asher on my lap.] You’re mean, daddy. I’m not mean Asher. Mean is when you do something to someone without considering them. I am considering you. I do what my heart tells me to do, daddy. You’re mean if you try to make me do something else. Asher, I care about what your heart says. I want you to hear what your heart says. But you have to listen to me because I see and know things that you, as a child, don’t yet see and know. I’m not a child, daddy. I’m a big boy. You may feel very grown up, and you are, but you are also a child because there are many things you need to learn before you can take care of yourself. I’m not telling you what to do out of preference, but because I see what is needed. It is your preference, Daddy. When it is only my preference I don’t make you do something. Some would suggest that a 3-year old cannot be spoken to in this way; that he needs to be told what to do and made to obey. They would say so much explanation is counterproductive. And this is an open question for me. Am I giving him more context than is useful to his inchoate psyche? But the day after this conversation I received an interesting signal. Asher walked into the house carrying his stick again. He took one look at me, and reoriented his trajectory toward the corner by the door. “I’m putting the stick in the corner like you told me yesterday, daddy.” What was notable to me about the event of the stick is that the knowledge of what to express arose in the moment. It was not an instance of me coming to the situation with an agenda or preformed idea. I extended an invitation to Asher to step into a larger world—the world of our home and family, as opposed to his particular “want” of the moment—and he accepted. It was an event of reciprocal education. And I think this is key—we both learned something. We all inhabit a world within larger worlds, and from the vantage point of a smaller world we cannot fathom the patterns or needs of the larger worlds. It is like the novel about the Flatlanders (Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott), in which the characters live in a two-dimensional world. They experience three-dimensional objects or beings passing through their world as impassable, unpredictable obstacles. It is the role of a parent to invite a child into a larger world, and patiently await their interest and response. So too, it is our job as human beings to try and fathom the larger worlds we ourselves inhabit. —Jason Stern

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ne of the primary jobs of a magazine editor is to decide what material will comprise any given issue. This necessitates, of course, excluding other material. The opportunity cost of printing any particular story or photograph is not to run a different one in its place. Also, some writers—who shall remain nameless—have a tendency to write longer than expected, and need trimming to fit. While this is the function of the editor—to edit the universe of all possibilities down to (hopefully) the one that is best in its given context—it’s not the most joyous editorial task, as it usually necessitates leaving some good stuff on the cutting-room floor. What follows is a celebration of these necessary but unfortunate trimmings. Sometimes, the jettisoned pieces are just factoid jetsam that you wish you had more room for. In my interview with Dan Leader (Local Luminary, p. 17), the founder and CEO of Bread Alone told me that the price of wheat has gone up 120 percent in the past year, due to a number of factors, but mainly because of increased trading (read: betting) on wheat futures due to stock market volatility and increased cultivation of corn for biofuels. This has caused prices at Bread Alone to rise, on average, 25 cents per baked item. This rise in the cost of wheat is not just a local phenomenon. Food prices are spiking around the world. As I write in late March, has just posted a report on the price of spaghetti doubling in Haiti, effectively putting it beyond the reach of many of that nation’s poorest citizens at 57 cents per bag. Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist with the UN, explained the effect of the rising prices this way: “Currently if you’re in Haiti,” Abbassian said, “unless the government is subsidizing consumers, consumers have no choice but to cut consumption.” (Read: starve.) Another instance of an interesting tidbit that we had to trim away due to spatial constraints: In an interview with Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini about her crusading reportage against honor killings (“No Honor in Killing,” p. 26), Husseini told Senior Editor Lorna Tychostup that criticism of her stories as anti-Islam, anti-family, and anti-Jordan did not always come from expected sources. “One of the criticisms I received,” said Husseini, “was from an intellectual Jordanian woman who worked in a high position and had studied abroad. She called the newspaper and started screaming at my editor, saying that they should stop me from writing because I was tarnishing the image of Jordan.” To accompany the Husseini interview, we were lucky enough to make contact with renowned Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj, who has illustrated many of the issues Husseini has written about for the Jordan Times. As we don’t normally run cartoons in our News and Politics section, we chose to feature Hajjaj’s chilling depiction of a father casually threatening his daughter’s life for wanting to play sports in the Table of Contents (p. 6). Sometimes, what gets cut out is of a more lighthearted nature, but reveals the interiority of a situation not usually available to outsiders. When speaking to Paul Masiero, chef/owner of Baba Louie’s pizza restaurants in Hudson and Great Barrington (“Adventures in Pizza,” p. 64), he explained the bedrock importance of service and the stress he places on it with his wait staff, relaying wisdom he had been taught at the Culinary Institute of America. “People will always come back for great service, but they’ll never come back for great food and lousy service.”

Some pieces, especially those that can remain current while other, more timesensitive features bump them from the schedule, pinball from month to month until they find a home in a future issue. This is the case with a long-planned feature story on Ben Cheever, author of four novels and two books of nonfiction, the most recent being Strides: Running Through History with an Unlikely Athlete. The son of John Cheever and editor of his father’s published letters and journals, and a good sport for being gracious enough to bear with us as we have adjusted him around our schedule for the past six months, Cheever is profiled by Books Editor Nina Shengold…in our May issue. This month in our Books section, Tobias Seamon interviews Pulitzer prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, whose most recent work is a collection of short stories, Dangerous Laughter (p. 54). Some stories you assign, edit, and plan for, but they don’t quite work out. Take Lila Downs, for instance. After being enchanted by the Mexican chanteuse via a performance I saw on YouTube, I assigned a preview of her April 5 performance at SUNY New Paltz to music scribe David Malachowski. Although we pushed the piece to the deadline and beyond waiting for Downs or her management to get back to us for an interview (Downs had been touring overseas), it was too late when it materialized. A short preview of the Downs show appears in Nightlife Highlights (p. 52). Finally, there are those articles that you end up just not having enough room to fit. This was the case with a handful of films that are being screened around the region this month, which we planned on previewing in the April issue. You can find capsule reviews of them at Marco Williams investigation of how blacks were run out of certain communities en masse around the turn of 20th century, Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings, will be shown at Downing Film Center in Newburgh on April 7 as part of the social justice film series the theater is cosponsoring with the Orange County YWCA. Filmmaker Irena Salina will lead a post-screening discussion of her film on the global water supply crisis, Flow: For Love of Water, at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, on April 15. On April 10, there will be a preview screening of the National Geographic Channel documentary Human Footprint, which examines the cradle-to-grave consumption patterns of Americans. The film, shot on location in the Hudson Valley last summer, is being shown as a benefit for the Hudson Valley Film Commission prior to its airing on the National Geographic channel on April 13. Cristian Mungiu’s unsentimental tale of two college roommates preparing to travel cross-country in the final gasp of Communist Romania to procure an illegal abortion, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, won the Golden Palm at Cannes and will be showing April 5 and 6 at Time and Space Limited in Hudson. One of the secondary jobs of an editor is to apologize for all that doesn’t get in. So, my humble apologies to readers, writers, profilees, and event promoters. We try our best to fit everything in. As my mother says to her children: I love you all equally. My siblings and I suspect differently however. —Brian K. Mahoney 4/08 CHRONOGRAM 25

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No Honor in Killing An Interview with Rana Husseini By Lorna Tychostup

“A woman is like an olive tree. When its branch catches woodworm, it has to be chopped off so that the society remains clean and pure.” —Islamic tribal leader It is a consummate and compelling love story that takes place in the conservative societal arena of modern-day Amman, Jordan. A couple’s forbidden love (she is Muslim, he is Christian, there is hand holding and two kisses, during secret, albeit chaperoned meetings) is discovered by the girl’s family.The young woman’s actions brings dishonor to her entire family. The only way to remove the stain is to kill her. Her father and brother stab her repeatedly, allowing her to bleed out before an ambulance is called. Published in 2003, Norma Khouri’s Honor Lost was released at the right time for such a tale.The war in Iraq was on and all eyes were suddenly turned to the Middle East—especially Western eyes—hungry for such an inner glimpse into the “realities” of the region. However, an 18-month investigation revealed that what originally sold as a memoir recounting her childhood friend’s murder at the hands of the girl’s father actually was fiction. Born in Jordan, Khouri moved to Chicago with her family at age three, later married and birthed two children, and in 1999 fled for Australia with the FBI reportedly at her heels regarding a series of possible criminal property transactions. Contrasting with Khouri’s fiction is the large body of investigative work on the issues surrounding honor killings done by Jordan Times journalist and human rights activist Rana Husseini over the past 15 years. Ironically, a parting note in Khour’s book heralded Husseini as an important force who helped to shed light on Jordan’s honor killings and reprinted—without her permission—her e-mail address. Receiving e-mails from concerned people worldwide, Husseini read Khouri’s book and immediately flagged numerous inaccuracies and falsehoods. Taking her findings to the Jordanian National Committee for Women (JNCW), Husseini was asked to spearhead a page-by-page investigation which eventually uncovered dozens of serious errors with Khouri’s book. These revelations came after Honor Lost sold over 200,000 copies in Australia alone and had been translated into 17 languages. The JNCW sent the results of the investigation to Khouri’s publishers in the US and Australia. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Random House 26 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM 4/08

Australia replied: “Following our discussions with Norma we are satisfied that, while some names and places have been changed to protect individuals’ identities, [Khouri’s book] is a true and honest account of her experiences.” Husseini’s own fact-based book (Murder in the Name of Honor, to be released in the US later this year), submitted to the same publishers before Khouri completed her fictional memoir, was flatly rejected. In Murder, Husseini tells of returning to Jordan from the US in 1993 where she had received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, landing a job at the English-language daily the Jordan Times, going on to break taboo and report on the instances and circumstances of honor killings, and eventually becoming an inspiring force behind both the Jordanian and innternational movements to bring attention to, and eliminate such killings. Her very first article about an honor killing appeared on October 6, 1994, in which Husseini told the story of a young 16 year-old murdered by her older brother. She had been raped and impregnated by a younger brother, then forced to marry a man who divorced her six months later. When she was sent home, her brother tied her to a chair in the family kitchen and stabbed her repeatedly, according to a cultural tradition that says blood must be shed in order to cleanse the family name. Investigating the murder, Husseini interviewed the girl’s uncles—the actual plotters of the murder—who claimed that the girl had seduced her brother.When questioned as to why the girl would have done such a thing, the uncles attacked Husseini’s Western attire, her college education in America, and accused her of clouding the issue with her Western beliefs. That didn’t stop Husseini. Disturbed by the honor killings, their exceptionally violent nature, and their underlying stories, and incensed to learn that the killers were consistently given lenient sentences, if any at all, and the fact that women who survived honor-related attacks were put in Jordan’s Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center—a prison—for their protection, she turned her focus to Jordan’s judicial system. In Jordan, a country of approximately six million people with a relatively low murder rate, one-third of all homicides are perpetrated on females in order to cleanse a family’s honor. According to the United Nations, every year 5,000 women—13 per day—are killed for this reason around the world.



Over the last 15 years, with the support of her editors at the Jordan Times, Husseini has continued to break the self-imposed censorship of Jordan’s media regarding honor crimes, reporting on each one she uncovered and later writing follow-up articles alerting readers to the leniency of the courts toward the killers. Husseini was the only reporter in Jordan to cover honor crimes before the issue reached the international stage, and she since has won several national and international awards, including the 1995 MEDNEWS prize award for best article “Murder in the Name of Honor,” the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1998, the Human Right’s Watch Award in 2000 for being part of the National Jordanian Committee to Eliminate So-called Crimes of Honor,The Ida B.Wells award in 2003 for Bravery in Journalism (WomensENews), Marie Claire’s Top Ten Woman of the World Award in 2004, and the Spanish Ciutat de L’Hospitalet Award for the Defense of Human Rights and Peaceful Coexistence in 2005. Perhaps more importantly, stories that had been previously reported simply as “murders” are now appropriately defined and reported on as “honor killings.” Due to your reporting, you have become one of the most reliable sources of information on honor crimes in Jordan, and have helped to bring international attention to the debate on honor killings and how Jordanian law supports the killers. What made you decide to write the book? I am working to produce something accurate, objective, and comprehensive. In the book I talk about the problem in Jordan, about the problem worldwide, about the roots of these crimes, the social factors behind them, about the issue from all its aspects—religious, social, legal. I am hoping it will be the most comprehensive reference book on the topic, putting the problem into perspective with recommendations as to what can be done both locally and internationally to minimize the cause of the problem. Can you define honor killing? A so-called honor crime occurs when the family of a female decides to kill the female relative because, in their point of view, she has tarnished her family’s reputation or honor. The tarnishing can be represented by many actions. One

is that the female becomes pregnant out of wedlock, she is a victim of rumor, incest, rape, or she wants to marry a man of her own choice. Sometimes she is killed for financial reasons. The woman has assets and the family member or members want her to give it up or get it as inheritance. Sometimes she is killed just for talking to a strange man, or being caught in a brothel, or engaging in a relationship. Many times she is found to be a virgin. One of the first stories you covered was that of an honor killing. This event seems to have directed your life ever since. Exactly. That story was very horrifying to me because the girl was only 16 years old. At that time I had no idea about these crimes or thought that I would be covering these crimes. I wanted to work for women, but I never thought I’d be working on honor crimes. The story was really shocking. A 16-year-old school girl was killed by one of her brothers after another brother had raped her. A victim maybe six times, she was raped, her [rapist] brother tried to kill her, she survived, then they married her off to a man 35 years her senior, she had a secret abortion, and then her family killed her. Look how many times she was a victim, and she was only 16. An intellectual Jordanian woman who worked in a high position and had studied abroad called the newspaper screaming that they should stop me from reporting on these crimes because I was tarnishing the image of Jordan. I became even more enraged. I went to talk to the girl’s uncles and they blamed the girl for the rape. I felt that society blames the woman for everything. I wanted to be “her” voice because at that time nobody was reporting about these crimes.When there were reports, they were so very small you could barely find them in the newspapers. It was taboo to write about these killings in the 1990s. How did you get permission to write about them? The Jordan Times was different. Published in English, their readership is not as large [as other newspapers] but at the same time we are much more liberal in terms of what we write. We have more liberty. All the editors-in-chief at the paper have always been pro human rights and want to promote anything that could be considered a violation of human rights in Jordan. I have had five 4/08 CHRONOGRAM NEWS & POLITICS 27



editors-in-chief since I began working at the Jordan Times more than 15 years ago in 1993, and they have all been supportive. None of them have ever tried to stop me from reporting or tried to change my interests. On the contrary. Have there been threats made to you? I have received many emails sent to me from people living abroad, Arab men living specifically in the US. There are a lot of people in Jordan who are very supportive and there are people who are against me. They want to keep the issue under the covers, they want to keep women under control, they think what I am doing tarnishes the image and reputation of Jordan. We have our culture and traditions and these people live in the past. You began writing about honor killings in 1994 and almost immediately brought attention to the issue, not just in Jordan but internationally—long before Norma Khouri’s book came out. A movement began to come together in Jordan to address honor crimes. Yes, it was called The Jordanian National Committee to Eliminate the So-called Crimes of Honor. Changing the laws in Jordan was one of many issues we addressed. We understood that changing the law alone was not going to help. We had to work on changing people’s attitudes, improving services for abused women, finding solutions for women whose lives are under threat—not just to put them in prison. The law is very important but it is not the only solution. Religious figures should openly speak against these crimes, the education system needs to be worked on, and the media needs to work to portray the women in Jordan in a much more balanced manner.We were working to bring awareness, traveling from one governorate to the other talking about the issue, holding lectures, distributing flyers, and going to talk to people in person. It was a very important and interesting experience, for us and the movement.We also broke another taboo. People in the past were scared to sign any petitions. We managed to get 15,400 signatures on a petition that demanded that Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code, which reduces penalties and exempts those who kill or injure in the name of honour, be immediately cancelled. However, it was not enough. But we were able to raise awareness, the media covered us extensively both in Jordan and abroad, people started to understand more what is a honor crime, that innocent women were in prison, and what the laws are. So it has become a very known topic now among people who did not know it existed before. Attitudes are changing. I did a public lecture last year. Several men stood up at the end of the lecture and told me, “We know that killing our sister is wrong, but sometimes we are forced. How 28 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM 4/08

can we avoid doing this?” In the past, when I would give a lecture, men would raise their hands and say, “I would kill my sister, so what.” But now the average person is becoming more aware about this issue.Things are moving. Of course, they will not change overnight. Especially since honor killing is so embedded in tradition. Exactly. In the parliamentary debate regarding changing the laws, critics say, “We don’t want any Western interference. These are Western ideals interfering in Jordanian law and our traditions.” But isn’t the tradition of this law itself Western? Yes. It was a Western law that was imposed. Legislators took it from the Ottoman and Napoleonic Code.This Article 340 exists in almost all the penal codes all over the world. One part of the law addresses adultery. When a man walks in and finds his wife with another man and kills her—a wife in the rest of the world but not in Jordan, where any female relative is subject to being killed—it is called temporary insanity. My argument with the Jordanian women’s movement is that female lawyers are still insisting Article 340 be abolished even though it is rarely used. But another law, Article 98 is very elastic and could be attached to all the cases I mentioned earlier allowing killers to walk free. A man can say, “I had an argument with my sister because she dated a man, so I killed her.” He can claim he killed her in a “fit of fury” as allowed under Article 98. Article 340 is very specific—if a man walks in and finds his wife with another man and kills her—which is almost impossible to actually happen. Ferris Nesheiwat has written that, “Jordanian society has demonstrated wilful ignorance of the true principles that govern crime and punishment under Islamic law. If true principles of Islamic law were followed, not a single woman would lose her life because of fornication and no woman would be extra judicially killed.” That’s my point! Article 340 is very specific and is never used. Article 98 is what needs to be addressed. Also, these crimes happen in Christian societies in this part of the world as well. So it is not exclusively an Islamic crime. There is also the issue of the time frame. If the husband walks in and sees his wife with another man and kills her, this can be claimed to be a moment of insanity. But in the cases in Jordan, the family actually comes together and plots to kill the female family member. It is a premeditated murder. Exactly.

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pril is Earth Month. What is Sustainable Hudson Valley doing? Pretty much what it has been doing all along. Reaching out to the cities, towns and villages of the region to help them reduce their impacts on climate change and preserve their local environments in every sense. Supporting the industries that are part of a green economy. As I write to you, it is deadline day for the two largest funding proposals I have ever written, one each in the areas of climate action and green economy. While we now work with a cluster of agency and nonproďŹ t partners to help communities one by one, this support will help us reach out concertedly, measure greenhouse gas emissions, plan for reduction and rally the resources. And while we now advise educational institutions on the kinds of programs they need to be building, the funds we hope to raise will let us step forward as a coordinating agency and really map out a strategy to build up a green collar work force.

Volunteers, board, interns, and staff (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moi) are working hard, and at times we are attracting great support. One such opportunity is a framework for grassroots fundraising that we are really excited about, The Green Ride. Set for October 11â&#x20AC;&#x201D;13, 2008, the Green Ride covers a challenging 260 miles from NYC to the Catskills and back. Organized by seasoned professional promoter Marty Rosen, the ride is limited to 100 cyclists who each raise a minimum of $1,800. It is fully supported by expert bike and medical support, experienced road crew and the best chefs and freshest food in the Hudson Valley. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ride raised over $60,000. Riders called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;meaningful and satisfyingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unforgettable experience.â&#x20AC;? Riders stay indoors at the fabulous green Black Rock Forest Lodge, with its gorgeous mountain views, enjoyed great meals, nighttime entertainment, and then ride the backroads to the edge of the Catskills and through the stunning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gunks.

Imagine yourself biking through the Valley this October to support the work of Sustainable Hudson Valley. Please visit to learn more, and contact Sustainable Hudson Valley at 845-331-2670 to get involved, either as a rider or an outreach and fundraising helper. THANKS! While we work on building up resources to help communities and the region, many of our friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from Hastings to Chathamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; are creating wonderful Earth Month educational events and celebrations. Visit for an updated Earth Month calendar and other news. Thanks for all you do, Melissa Everett, Ph.D. Sustainable Hudson Valley - SHV PO Box 4112 Kingston, NY 12401

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You have written about how the fabric of family life is being destroyed. I believe killing is not the solution. Many families will suffer the consequences even if they don’t think they will or are. One mother told me her son is so depressed, he won’t talk to anyone after killing his sister. He is always alone. The killers are victims as well. I don’t think anyone really wants to kill their sister or beloved or mother. I think many of the killers are victims of wrongful cultures and belief. There is nothing in our culture that says to kill. The problem is, people are hypnotized. When you try to discuss this issue, people say, “This is my culture, my tradition.” But when you look into culture and tradition, it doesn’t say you have to kill. In the places where the law has been changed to keep the stricter punishments in place, for example, the northern Iraq Kurdistan governorates, honor killings are not as prevalent anymore, but “suicides” among females have risen. In Kurdistan, many women are suspiciously dying due to their bathroom heaters igniting and burning them to death. This adds to your argument that you can’t just address the laws. Listen, I want to tell you something. All over the world, there are laws. People break these laws. You have executions. You have death penalties. But people still commit crimes. Here in Jordan, if you change the laws, if you make them harsh, it will minimize the problem. But it is not going to end it. People will always find other ways. For me, as an activist and as a journalist who has devoted all my professional life to this topic, the reason I want to change the laws is because I want to reserve the dignity of the lives of women in Jordan. A woman’s life should not be worth three or six months in jail. You can write a bad check and get a much longer sentence than if you kill a woman. What is the average sentence a killer—a male member of a family who kills a female member of his family—gets for this so-called honor killing? Honor killers still get three- or six-month prison sentences, but judges are tending to give them longer sentences averaging between three months and 10 years, but 10 years for an honor crime is not usual. The court may decide that the man has lied and give him the death sentence, but in 99.9999 percent of the cases the family drops the charges, so the court immediately drops the sentence to 10 years. There is the question of females who escape death at the hands of their families but remain under threat of death. Are there any shelters for these women? There is only one shelter. It opened recently and is run by the government for women who have suffered domestic violence. It does not help women who are being hunted by their families who want to kill them. The shelter has helped some women under threat of death but mostly women who have been abused are sheltered. The shelter is a story on its own. It took them forever to open it. The government first planned to open it in 1997 and its name was finally changed from a shelter to the Family Reconciliation Center. It can house between 35 to 50 women and 36 children. Women whose families want to kill them are put in prison by the government for their own safety and are not allowed to leave. They must be released into the custody of a male relative who must pay money as a guarantee he will not allow her to be killed. But this is only on paper. They can be legally bailed out, but in the majority of the cases it is because the family wants to kill them. In reality, even if they pay it doesn’t matter. A lot of times, the father will write a guarantee he is not going to harm his daughter and then somebody else kills her. I write about this because the women are kept in prison when it should be the other way around. How long do these women stay in prison? I have seen women who have been there for over 15 years. This is unfair. The majority of them have been in prison since they were teenagers. They have wasted their lives, their youth in prison. Some of them say they are already dead. Some think that if they leave they will start a new life, that their family has forgiven them. But of course, this is not the case. There have 30 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM 4/08

been between 20 and 40 women in the prison at one time. Half of them have been there long term. There is no international organization working to help get these women out of the country? One thing about this point. I think if this would be just a temporary solution it could be considered. There were cases of women who were helped by NGOs and were gotten abroad. But for me this is only a temporary solution. We need to solve this problem internally. If Jordan sends women abroad it means it is avoiding the problem. It’s not okay for a woman to travel safely outside but to die inside her own country. I agree. But given the choice of spending 15 years in a prison cell—and I assume they are among real criminals—or getting an international organization to put together a system that gets these women out and into college abroad, get educated and eventually go back when it is safe for them to do so. And perhaps even be able to fight with others to change this system themselves. It is such a waste of life—that the victim should be imprisoned. Exactly. That is something I have also been fighting for and advocating against. I try to highlight the lives of these women because for a long time, people did not know these women even existed. There is a recent case in Israel where seven women from the same Arab family were killed because of so-called honor crimes. The girl’s mother and sister testified against the son/brother. This is a precedent. It is very rare to have something like this happen. Do you think your work had something to do with giving women such courage? The media attention and the work I think it really paid off. I have been very consistent with how I report on these crimes, reporting on each case I hear about, each court verdict. I’ve written about the women who are put in prison for their own safety. I’ve been doing the same work for 15 years. As far as the women’s movement, the problem all over the world is that the work is seasonal. At one point there is excitement and they want to address honor crimes. Then other issues come up and they decide to talk about something else. The priorities here shifted, unfortunately, for many people since 2000, when the second Intifada started. Our group stopped working on honor crimes, got more involved in politics and what was going on in Palestine. Then there was 9/11, and after 9/11, the war on Iraq. But overall, I think the work has produced a lot of awareness. Is there any movement today in Jordan—besides your work—to address honor killings? There are three groups on Facebook. They called for a march but it did not happen. I might start an NGO after the book comes out because there are a lot of young Jordanian people who send me e-mails and are excited to do something, but they don’t know where to go or what to do. For a long time I did not want to open an NGO because I thought I was more effective with the way I was reporting, the activism and the lecturing. But I think I will have to open an NGO because there are so many people who want to do something and there is no one uniting them. I don’t know what to do either, but the only way to begin to deal with this is to open an NGO that specializes in dealing in this issue. Beat reporters usually don’t get paid very much. What makes you keep doing this work? Listen, in addition to all the rewards I have received from doing this work, I know I have saved people’s lives. I know that for sure. Knowing this helps me to sleep at night. All my work, my activism, my lecturing has saved someone’s life, and this means the world to me. Rana Husseini will be in the US this month on a speaking and advocacy tour. On April 14, she will be part of a panel discussion in Washingston, DC on “Filling in Gaps in Understanding the Nature of Femicide: Strengthening Information and Advocacy.” For more infomation, contact Monique Widyono ( Husseini will also be speaking at NewYork University in Manhattan later that week. For more information:Visit

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Commentary Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic

THE ROAD TO ESFAHAN I’m in Shiraz, on the way to Esfahan. It’s good to get out of gray, smoggy Tehran, one of the least photogenic cities in the world, where black is the new black, from the hijabs on down. One of the attractions of Shiraz is the tomb of Hafez, a Persian poet from the 14th century. It’s thronged at night. Iranians bring flowers, then stand or kneel beside the sarcophagus and recite his poems. Iranians are among the most gracious and hospitable people I’ve ever met. The question is, should we bomb these people? In America today, we tend to see things in Manichaean terms, as absolute opposites: light and dark, good and evil, us and them. We could, if we went back far enough, blame that on the Iranians. Manichaean refers to the Persian prophet Mani (c. 250 CE). The whole notion of good and evil, with man in the middle, able to choose, rewarded or condemned in an afterlife, goes back to an earlier Persian, Zoroaster, from around 1,000 BCE. Those ideas entered Judaism during the Babylonian exile and the liberation of the Jews by Cyrus the Great of Persia, and from there migrated into Christianity. There are still Zoroastrians and Jews in modern day Persia, the Islamic Republic of Iran. These are people with a rich and varied, humanistic history. Why should we bomb these people? The Bush administration has claimed that they are part of the Axis of Evil, though Iranians are somewhat confused by that designation. The United States was attacked on September 11, 2001 by a ragged group of conspirators called Al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, headquartered in Afghanistan, where they were protected and nurtured by the Taliban.The Taliban are fundamentalist Sunnis, who put women in burqas, required men to be bearded, banned all music, television, movies, photographs, statues, stuffed animals, and dolls. They came to power in 1996, supported by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. They were opposed by the Northern Alliance, supported by Russia, India, and, most of all, by Iran. The United States was neutral until 9/11. Then we demanded that the Taliban hand over bin Laden. They refused. We entered the war, primarily with air power, in support of the Northern Alliance. According to Ray Takeyh, author of Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic, “American links with the Northern Alliance were fragmentary.…Afghan opposition groups [were] suspicious of the United States. Tehran’s mediation proved essential.…Iran also provided intelligence…agreed to rescue American pilots…allowed some 165,000 tons of US food aid to traverse its territory…[after the fighting] Iran was instrumental in crafting the interim Afghan government.” Iran’s president at the time, Mohammad Khatami said, “Afghanistan provides the two regimes [the US and Iran] with a perfect opportunity to improve relations.” The Bush Administration embraced the people who had given the Taliban and Al Qaeda safe haven (Pakistan) and money (Saudi Arabia and the Emirates) and declared Iran, who aided us in our war against the Taliban, as part of the Axis of Evil. Shouldn’t we bomb them because they are part of the Islamo-Fascist Alliance to rule the world? ~ We moved on to Esfahan. In the 16th century, when Shah Abbas the Great made it the capital of the Safavid dynasty, Esfahan was probably the greatest city in the world. It has 32 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM 4/08

been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, and the Taj Mahal, among other masterpieces of culture. We had dinner with a group of 20- and 30-something Iranians, men and women, who spoke excellent English. The conversation was lively and touched on politics, religion, and even disbelief. Shouldn’t we bomb Iran to help good people like that? They’ll blame their own leaders for forcing us to attack them, rise up, and change the regime. Through all these conversations it became clear that their number one, hot button political issue is standing up to foreign powers. Since Alexander the Great invaded and burned Persepolis, their history is one of being attacked by outsiders. As for the 20th century, the British exploited their natural resources, then the United States overthrew their democracy and put a compliant king in charge. As soon as he was deposed, they were invaded by Saddam Hussein, who received support from America and other Western nations. That war lasted eight years and Iran had somewhere between 750,000 and 1,000,000 casualties. The notion that bombing Iran will make the people overthrow the Supreme Leader and the Council of Guardians makes as much sense as imagining that another 9/11-type attack will make the us thank Al Qaeda for their inspiration, rise up, and overthrow our government in order to replace it with a one more receptive to Islamic ways. We have to bomb them. They might get nukes and use them on Israel. Iran is, ultimately, ruled by the Supreme Leader. He is deemed to be infallible. In 2003, he issued a fatwa, a ruling of holy law, against the development and use of nuclear weapons. This is when, according to the US National Intelligence Estimate, Iran stopped such developments. Iran claims it only wants nuclear energy. Countries that produce nuclear energy include Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, South Africa, Czech Republic, Mexico, and Brazil. At least 56 countries have nuclear research reactors. If Iran did get nuclear weapons and used them, then Israel and the United States would retaliate with overwhelming force.What is more likely to happen is the sort of mutual stand off we had with the Soviet Union for 50 years. ~ In addition to Esfahan’s astonishing beauty and vibrant culture, it is home to a nuclear research reactor and a processing plant for nuclear fuel. If Iran is bombed, Esfahan will undoubtedly be a target, one of hundreds. The lovely people that I dined with will likely be killed; if not them, then their parents, children, brothers, and sisters. The student of English who sat and talked to me about Hafez for two hours. The man who makes the hand-printed tablecloths in the bazaar. The mason working on the reconstruction of the great mosque. I like to think that America can somehow overcome what’s happened these last seven years. The unprovoked invasion of another country, the embrace of torture, the assault on civil liberties, the looting of our own economy, and the failure to rescue the people of New Orleans. Somehow. But bombing Iran because they posture and provoke on the world stage will be a disaster that we won’t live down. We might try to say it’s something that our leaders did, we had no part in it, we could not stop them. If that’s true, and it may be true, that’s sadder still.




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Coping with Climate Change in the Hudson Valley story and photos by Hillary Harvey


n the heart of the Hudson Valley courses a beautiful vulnerability. Named by various Native American tribes “the water that flows two ways,” the Hudson River is an estuary, created by fresh water flowing down from the Adirondacks and water being drawn up by the tides from the Atlantic Ocean. In this mix an extremely delicate intertidal zone is formed. There exists the rise and fall of the tide in a fresh water environment, which creates a unique set of ecological conditions. With predicted changes in tidal levels, temperature and climatic conditions, as is expected with global warming, there are many who anticipate changes in those river environments. GETTING HEATED Back in the 1990s, Doug Burns, a scientist with the US Geological Survey, began to wonder about climate and its affects on local ecology. In a study published last year in the Journal of Hydrology, Burns and his colleagues found that the climate has warmed by just over a degree Celsius since the 1950s. Their highest elevation site, Slide Mountain (4,180 feet), showed the most warming of any climate station in the Catskills. So the snowpack, which is where much of the runoff in spring comes from, is affected. In fact, peak snowmelt is now five days earlier than in the past. If that warming trend persists, Burns anticipates a long-term water resource concern. The premature snowmelt already causes reservoirs to be at greater capacity in the beginning of winter and to fill earlier in the spring. Full reservoirs cause flooding as excessive precipitation overflows. Then, because the precipitation was not caught and stored, there is less in the reservoir later in the season. Paul Huth has been recording weather at Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center for the past 34 years. Originally established in 1896 by 34 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK CHRONOGRAM 4/08

the US Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service), the center is beginning to work with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University to examine 113 years of data and determine trends. Huth, the center’s director of research, said they have a rough handle on what they expect to find. Since 1896 there has been a 2.2 degree increase in overall temperature, and with their observations of seasonal changes in plants and animals—such as flowering, fruiting, migration, and singing—they have noticed changes correlating to climate. They observed that six formerly migratory bird species, including the robin, the song sparrow, and the turkey vulture, are now over-wintering in the region. In the last 25 years, they noticed the black vulture, a bird never previously seen in this region, staying in flocks in New Paltz. Huth also mentioned Bloodroot, a spring ephemeral plant, which is blooming 14 days earlier than it did in the 1930s. In interviews, Burns and others cited reports by the Union of Concerned Scientists, noting that both national and international scientists are reiterating the fact that boosts to temperature and precipitation are accelerating faster in the past 30 years as compared to the past 100. More and more studies are connecting warmer climate with sea level rise, predicting an upsurge as glacial ice melts. THE SURGE Because beaches emerge from their waters at narrow angles, storms that occur at a higher sea level will be harsher. “If the sea level goes up a foot,” Burns said, “it doesn’t mean that the storm surge will go inland a foot more. It’ll go inland many feet more.” Even in the case of the Hudson, with both beaches and steep embankments, this presents a problem because of the responsiveness of the river to storm surge. Storms are only expected to become more

intense, so that much of our rainfall will be downpours as opposed to smaller events spread over a few weeks. Already, Burns and his team found that the Catskills are getting wetter as it warms. “What we found in our study is not what we actually thought we would find. The amount of precipitation has increased since the 1950s, quite a bit, on the order of 5½ inches.” With increasing development, intense storms mean amplified flooding as the water runs off impermeable surfaces. These paved roads, which don’t absorb rainwater or overflow from the river and tributaries challenge places like the Strand in Kingston.The Hudson River Maritime Museum, on the banks of the Rondout Creek, is already considering creating an off-site for their nonexhibited collections and other emergency plans. Many attribute weather extremes all over the country to the increase in temperature, with Hurricane Katrina being the obvious example. But in recent spring seasons, storm discharges are becoming taxing locally. In 2005, it was reported that Ulster and Green counties received between two and just over five inches of rain over one weekend in April. The Wallkill River and Esopus Creeks flooded, causing roadways and bridges to be shut down for days. Waters from the Rondout Creek rose so quickly in Kerhonkson that 27 homes were inundated and Federal Emergency Management Agency had to offer aid. In 2007, Ellenville reported receiving just about 5.6 inches, while Saugerties received 6.77 in the span of one day. Many townships declared states of emergency and schools in the Kingston, Onteora, Rhinebeck, and Pine Plains districts closed. The Northeast Climate Impact Assessment defines the 100-year floodplain as “the maximum flood elevation likely to be equaled or exceeded on average once every century in a given location. In any one year, there’s a one percent probability that a 100-year flood will occur.” However, many towns in 100-year floodplains in the Valley are already experiencing unprecedented amounts of flooding, and the number of spring precipitation events being called “major storms” is becoming common, with consequences to the power grids, drinking water and people in need of emergency rescue. Because precipitation is coming now in short spurts, there is also the danger of intermittent stretches of drought. “We know that in a warmer world, the droughts will be more severe because warming enhances evaporation and transpiration,” Burns said. Because it’s an estuary, when the flow coming out of the Hudson gets low, as it does in the summer, the saltwater migrates up. This salt front, defined as 100 mg/L chloride concentration, is very sensitive to sea level and also to drought. While the position of the salt front also moves with the tides and, in fact, is furthest upstream when there is a full moon or high tide, one concern with climate change and the predictions about sea level rise is that this would tend to push the salt front even further upstream. The concern is for those cities and towns that draw drinking water from the Hudson. Paul Lill, Plant Administrator at Poughkeepsie’s Water Treatment Facility, said that when the salt level rises, they adjust their schedule to pump only during high tides, when the river runs south and salt is less concentrated. The facility has the capacity to pump 19 million gallons per day but generally only uses 10 million. So they can pump at a high rate at high tide, and at a low rate, or not at all, at low tide, when the salt concentration is at its highest. That was their strategy during recent droughts. In 2001, because of the drought’s severity, the Army Corps of Engineers agreed to release water from the Sacandaga Reservoir in the Adirondacks into the river, freshening the saltwater they pumped. Newburgh is the southernmost community to pull water from the Hudson. Others include Highland, Hyde Park, Port Ewen, and several farther upstream. Lill said that in the short term, Poughkeepsie isn’t worried about drought. In the long term a desalination plant, though it’s not something they’re planning, is in the back of their minds. He estimated it would be a $50 million project, just to get the equipment, site planning, and engineering set up, exclusive of operating costs. ENVIRONMENT, DISRUPTED John Cronin, Director and CEO of The Beacon Institute, said that the location of the salt front is critical because, from an ecological point of view, the salinity of the water will have a more dramatic effect than other factors on the Hudson River’s marshes and wildlife. Right now, the Beacon Institute is in the development stages of a monitoring system that will document changes in the

river due to sea level rise. As part of their Rivers and Estuaries Observatory Network, remote sensing technology will be deployed to create an interconnected network that will extend throughout the river. A fundamental part of their monitoring will be fresh water salinity, river level, river current, and other physical and chemical changes over time. Cronin said, “The Hudson’s tidal, so sea level rise is going to have a dramatic effect on the shoreline, the physical characteristics, and the ecosystem itself. There will be a displacement of habitat and altering of animal behavior.” A fish accustomed to particular water salinity and temperature may find itself dramatically affected by alterations. In order for the negative affects on river biology to be mitigated, human impacts will have to be managed more carefully. Cronin said that it’s premature to draw conclusions about the effects of climate change on the Hudson River. While he can’t reliably say it’s because of global warming, he noted that there has been infrequent icing of the river, once a reliable characteristic. “It’s important to remember,” Cronin said, “that ice serves a function in the river. It is not just the cold state of water.” River ice plays an important role in the chemistry and ecosystem sense; It cleans out detritus and brings nutrition to the fish. It serves to scour and clean marshland, and ice melt and retention on land is important to the hydrologic cycle. With a focus on its tidal wetlands and sub aquatic vegetation beds, Betsy Blair, the Regional Marine Habitat Manager for the Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve, an arm of the Department of Environmental Conervation, identified the biggest concern in the face of climate change to be the potential to lose the vital natural communities that exist along the Hudson River. “Our place within the DEC is really being stewards of the Hudson River’s aquatic habitats. I see a very real threat.” With hard engineering (structures like steel sheet piles, concrete slabs, and timber cribs—basically, containers filled with rocks) along 41 percent of the Hudson River’s shoreline, the marshes are becoming less able to keep pace with rising tides. As the wave energy hits the sediment beds, then bounces off these hard elements and washes over the beds again with increasing force, erosion is compounded. Tidal marshes are extremely important ecologically: to fish for spawning, nurseries, and foraging habitat; to birds for breeding and nesting; to the river’s health by pumping oxygen back in and removing sediments; as well as to us in sequestering carbon and protecting the shorelines from erosion. Blair worried, “The sea level rise estimates are, if we actually reduce carbon dioxide emissions, maybe 4 to 21 inches. If we do business as usual, the estimates are something like 8 to 33 inches. So it really depends on where we fall into that range.” With invasive species like Zebra Mussels stripping the water of algae, microscopic plants and animals, and even dead plant material, the river’s whole food web and oxygenation is based on what’s being produced right now in the wetlands and in submerged aquatic vegetation beds. One of the things the Research Reserve is working on is to look at shorelines and strategize what can be done to mitigate the erosion that’s going to be associated with sea level rise, and preserve these important natural communities. Aside from preserving land (a key component in addressing climate change), Scenic Hudson works with various interests to encourage responsible development that avoids the compounding dilemmas created by urban sprawl. It frequently assists with cutting-edge projects that reflect the new markets that environmental stewardship represents, such as the goal to make Stewart the first carbon-negative airport in the country and to build a stateof-the-art green hotel in Beacon. Historically, Scenic Hudson’s top criteria was connecting people with the river. So any waterfront property was an acquisition priority for parkland. “In view of curren t and anticipated rises in sea level and temperature,” said its president, Ned Sullivan, “we are adjusting our land acquisition strategy. We are buying more upland property that will be safe from innundation and will allow wildlife and vegetation to migrate above new tidal levels.” Scenic Hudson still sees the ecological value and potential for that land to serve as a bridge for the migration of aquatic species, but those spots with picnic tables or benches on them might become a place to support subaquatic vegetation instead of human recreation. “One idea that we put forward,” Sullivan said, “is to create climate change zones. Let’s identify the things in our community that are going to be affected by rising tides and increased storm surges, and make ecological preserves there. So as the tide rises, there could be a place where that could happen, and we wouldn’t lose money because homes were swept away.” 4/08 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 35


POOLING RESOURCES In keeping with the Hudson Valley’s strong commitment to community effort and collaborative activism, many of its environmental and scientific agencies are beginning to work together on the issues around global warming. The DEC’s Estuary Program focuses on connecting municipalities with the information and resources, often across DEC divisions, they need to handle concerns and infrastructure issues. Kristin Marcell, Special Projects Coordinator, organizes the Hudson Valley Climate Change Network, which, in partnership with the Research Reserve, Cornell University, and the DEC’s Climate Change Office, hosts representatives from 30 agency organizations, programs, institutions, and municipalities to ensure that the enthusiasm for climate change action is coordinated, consistent and fostering communication among players. “We’re the only region in the state that’s trying to move forward on a regional level.” She pointed out that the issues we face illustrate our need to think about how we manage water. “The predictions are that under a decent scenario, we could see drought every two or three years by the end of the century. Under the worst-case scenario, we could see a shortterm drought every year. That’s certainly significant enough for people to start thinking long term about their water supply.” David Van Luven is the Hudson River Estuary Director for the Nature Conservancy. His project, Rising Waters, works with various environmental and state agencies to spearhead a collaborative planning effort to address the challenges presented by climate change. Not surprisingly, both Marcell and Blair are on the steering committee. Pulling together 45 different interest group categories, such as wastewater treatment plant operators, Department of Transportation workers, emergency first responders, developers, and political leaders, they’ll be working on scenario planning, a tool primarily used in the social sciences to encourage diverse groups to think about the future when outcomes are uncertain. Together, these groups will collectively plot stories (i.e., if sea level rises two feet, if it rises 24 feet) and think about 36 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK CHRONOGRAM 4/08

how to respond as well as the consequences to that response, in order to identify strategies which will have multiple benefits. In this way, they hope to build a suite of advocates who have a sense of ownership and buy-in of the resulting plans, and that will lead to real potential for implementation. The alternative to this strategy seems to be working on short-term emergencies, which will inevitably be expensive—think desalination plants and 20-foot sea walls. Betsy Blair pointed out that in Holland, where the land is actually sinking and the sea level is rising, they’ve abandoned building sea walls because it isn’t a cost-effective or long term solution. Van Luven noted that this could lead to the destruction of natural character of the landscape, like the construction of sea walls that would turn the Hudson River into a 153-mile concrete culvert. Taking the lead from these collaboratives, there is an incredible opportunity to invigorate local economies by engaging in what is shaping up to be a prosperous new industry of environmental innovation. “The Hudson Valley is really the birthplace of the modern environmental movement—a place where activism, thinking ahead, and cutting-edge action is almost the tradition,” Sullivan said. “I think this is the place where a local and regional model for climate change mitigation and adaptation can begin.” With each group concentrating their expertise on different imperatives, and the cooperative mentality they are taking, it is likely that local agencies will be able to foresee plans for adaptation and mitigation in the face of these environmental disruptions. The Nature Conservancy’s Van Luven approaches the topic from a pragmatic standpoint, in that people often have good intentions when it comes to environmental issues, but it’s not transformative. He hopes to find scenarios that will protect communities and their deep interests, and have an incidental benefit of environmental conservation. “Because it threatens every aspect of our society,” Van Luven said, “and the solutions to protect those different aspects have multiple benefits, climate change, as a common threat, can be the thing that brings us all together.”


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Portfolio Nicholas Walster

Photographer Nicholas Walster was born and raised in northern England, studied photography in London, and eventually emigrated to the US, where he’s lived for the past 20 years. His most recent series of works, called Personal Panoramas, circle back through the memories and the places he’s found himself throughout his life. Strung out as a series of cinematic frames, he’s combined both historical and contemporary images of members of his family and himself at various stages of life, alongside evocatively blurred, vignetted images of nature and landscape that ground the mental/emotional voyage represented in the works. The contrast

between the variously toned archival images and the subtly colored new photographs yoked to them—along with the variability of focus throughout—seems to effortlessly embody the complexity and beauty of memory, and the sometimes unexpected linkages we make between feelings and moments in time. Walster plans to show these works in October at the Sharada Gallery in Rhinebeck. Portfolio: —Beth E. Wilson

NICHOLAS WALSTER ON HIS WORK The return of the text

Language and distance

Being and time

I was born in Yorkshire, and when I was 18 I went to the University of Westminster (then it was called the Polytechnic of Central London), which was the only department offering a photographic degree in England. I studied there under a man called Victor Burgin. I arrived with the naïve thinking of a Yorkshire lad—I was very much in love with the nature of photography, and the pure visual expression that it afforded me—and to people like Victor, the whole Marxist/ semiotic nature of photographic discourse at that time was very opposed to that. Their basic idea was that there wasn’t a pure visual experience, and everything had to be translated into language or signs, as the semioticians called it. I was very much opposed to that in my mind, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to see that as a very intriguing idea for me, and also a very visually interesting idea, in terms of combining text and image, and how that refers to what I now believe are our individual perceptions, how they dictate the world that we see, and how we overlay the world with our own perceptions.

The Inner Light series came about after I had a near death experience in 2005, where I fell 22 feet out of a tree with a chainsaw. Dramatic experiences like that have a very interesting impact on the interpretation of time to us, when we look back at them. When you do the mathematics of it, it only took a sixth of a second or something for me to fall that distance. But in my own mind, [the time] was completely expanded, and in that expansion of time, I had this experience of seeing a lot of the images I had taken as a photographer over a 30-year span of time, and they were presented in a completely different way, in a shadow box, in which you looked at them literally through language. I saw the shadow box was surrounded by red funereal velvet, and encased in a black outer frame. That lead to the Inner Light series, where I tried to create in material what I had envisioned in that near death experience. The series is literally looking through language [written on a transparent pane] at images, literally lit from within. It’s a visual metaphor for how I feel that we look at the world.

The Personal Panoramas came from [the Inner Light series], and in a way they share a similar visual layout, with text overlaying images, but in the new series, there’s no physical space between the two. They’re about trying to evoke a linear passage of time, but the idea is that each moment of our lives is informed by what’s gone on before, our vision of the past, and what we hold onto in terms of our ancestors, our images and thought and feelings about people from the past, our family, our friends, et cetera. For me, the limits of photography are such that I always wanted to break out of them, I wanted to create some concept of the passage of time within the photograph, which obviously is impossible—that’s why that is usually the arena of film. They combine members of my family at different stages of their lives, with myself at different stages of my life, and my children, so that this concept of time is condensed in a way. The idea is that time is just a product of our mind, and it’s very flexible in a way, according to how you think about it, how you see it, and how you play with it.


ABOVE: #6 Ancestral Sheep (detail), 2007 OPPOSITE: #11 Seductiveness of Grace, 2008; #6 Ancestral Sheep, 2007; #7 Scarborough Self 64, 2007

A shift in perspective There’s a wonderful quote from Thoreau, I think— something like “the youth gathers his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or perchance a palace or a temple on earth. At length, the middle aged man concludes to construct his woodshed from them.” For me, that points toward the way that I conceive of my life at the moment. These pieces are an homage to my ancestors in a way, and an homage to an England that I haven’t known since my youth, and culture that in some ways is more foreign to me now than America is. My hope is that I have unveiled a part of my own life that is similar to the experience of everybody else. I believe that we’re all the same, at some level. The creative pursuit is really about finding that common experience and common language, and converting into something material that feeds on that arena. In a way, my hope is that it taps into a universal experience. I don’t mean that on a literal level, but on a level that’s talking about roots—my landscape and my physical roots are not the same as everybody else’s, but the reference

is to one’s own roots, one’s own sense of belonging. The yearning of every human being is to feel that they belong, in some larger sense, than their own individual connections. In a way, that’s my investigation with these things, that idea of when do I feel separate, when do I feel part of something bigger, when do I have a sense of community, all of those things. How does looking back help me with those kinds of things? What’s the role of perception within that? Film bytes I was seduced by the look of images from the Holga camera [a cheap camera with a plastic lens that distorts images semiaccidentally]. In my commercial work, I use large-format cameras, and I always have to be very technically oriented. So the freedom the Holga offered me was a revolution. When I saw the effects that it gave, I loved it. There’s a sense of mystery, a kind of haziness of nostalgia and memory that it evokes, and I accentuate it by smearing Vaseline on the lens. To complete the piece, I scan the old family photos and put them together with images from the Holga.

Higher truths In some of the Personal Panoramas, I only use my own text, journals that I’ve kept, for example, but in some of them I also introduce some spiritual writings. Within those pieces, what I wanted to highlight was the contrast between musings of the ego, of a separated concept of our own selves, and then the universal wisdom of spiritual texts, which to me point toward a more universal truth. One of the reasons that I write the way that I do, which to most people is illegible, is because a lot of it is not worth the paper that it’s written on. In a sense, it’s all drivel. That is intriguing to me too, in the way that I think that a lot of what we think, all of our beliefs, are actually completely incorrect. It’s nice for me to present all of that as unintelligible and illegible. I like that in one sense, but of course in another it’s infuriating. I wanted to make a marriage between the voice of the ego and the voice of a part of ourselves that is connected to a higher truth.


Lucid Dreaming BY BETH E. WILSON

ATROCITIES OF PROXIMATE CENSORSHIP According to curator Brian Wallace, the basic premise of “Intimacies of Distant War,” now on view at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, was to bring together work by a number of artists “addressing the often surprising intimacy of what is frequently depicted as a war that is taking place a long, long way from home.” Ever since the shocking images of Vietnam were ushered into American living rooms nightly by Walter Cronkite, it’s been something of a commonplace that the modern media era has connected us in ways previously unimaginable in human history.Yet in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it seems we’ve chosen to turn away as the war on terror drags on—the spectacle of the latest story on Britney Spears’s meltdown or Paris Hilton’s latest stunt seems to attract much more attention than the depressingly same-old, same-old news from the “war on terror.” As we spend so much time distracted by the constant stream of infotainment, those in power wield the terrible power enabled by our apathy. The artists in the Dorsky show are doing work that seems all the more necessary, as it brings personal perspective and thoughtful engagement—through art—to focus our attention on these crucial (if seemingly distant) realities. As I was preparing to write this column, a new and related story popped up at the last moment, ironically bringing home some of the more unsavory, unsettling, and decidedly Orwellian implications of the war on terror in general, and our seemingly unending engagement in Iraq in particular. On Wednesday, March 5, Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal (who teaches at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago), was to open an exhibition of his latest project, “Virtual Jihadi,” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy.The work is a video game, twice removed from the widely marketed “Quest for Sadaam.” Al Qaeda spun off its own version of the game online, as “The Night of Bush Capturing,” in which the goal is to capture (and kill) the president. Bilal 44 LUCID DREAMING CHRONOGRAM 4/08

hacked the al Qaeda version of the game, inserting himself as the jihadi/avatar, who learns of his brother’s death in Iraq (something that happened to Bilal in real life), and is subsequently drawn into the extremist sect. According to the artist, the work is meant to bring attention to the vulnerability of Iraqi civilians to the travesties of the current war and racist generalizations and stereotypes as exhibited in games such as “Quest for Saddam,” along with vulnerability to recruitment by violent groups like Al Qaeda because of the US’s failed strategy in securing Iraq. Based on nothing more than the rumored content of the show, the College Republicans at RPI posted a statement on their blog accusing the art department of providing “a safe haven for terrorists.” The day the show was to open, Bilal was meeting with a class of art students at RPI, when he was abruptly pulled out by RPI officials, who informed him that the show would not open, and ultimately issued a public statement that cited two characteristics of the work: “that the exhibit is derived from the product of a terrorist organization; and second, that the video game is targeted to and suggests the killing of the president of the United States.” Even though the FBI has not expressed any direct interest in questioning Bilal or in shutting down the exhibit, the administration of RPI (led by notoriously autocratic President Shirley Jackson) has censored the work, thereby preventing any free exchange of ideas that it may have provoked. The Sanctuary for Independent Media, an alternative cultural space in Troy, then offered to exhibit the work in their own facility, a former church that they have been rehabilitating. It opened there on March 10, with a talk by the artist who recalled his experience as a political dissident in Iraq, where he was imprisoned—and even tortured—for his anti-Saddam political art. The irony of experiencing yet again the censorship of his political speech (albeit without the physical ordeal) is thick enough to cut with a knife.



Prominent Republican and county legislator Robert Mirch organized a protest against the exhibit outside the Sanctuary on its opening night. Mirch is also in charge of code enforcement in the City of Troy, among other things. On March 11, the Sanctuary received a phone message from the code enforcement office, shutting them down because their main entry doors are an inch too narrow. Coincidence? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you decide. The use and abuse of power are forever bound to be part of any meaningful political conversation. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The price of liberty is eternal vigilance,â&#x20AC;? as Thomas Jefferson once put it.) The New Paltz exhibition clearly makes this point with a series of works by Leon Golub, an artist who (despite the vicissitudes of art world styles) persistently focused his work on the abuses of powerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; unblinkingly depicting torturers, mercenaries, and the terrible human cost of their actionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;across more than five decades, and depressingly, it never ceased to be a viable topic for his art. And yet we continue to be led astray, distracted by all manner of bright, shiny things. Ironically, even as the web, camera phones, blogs, and instant messaging would seem to bring the world that much closer to us, we all too often allow all this information to choke off the most important ideas. There is egregious, overt censorship (as in Bilalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case), but even more insidious is the way the media are used to seduce us into an apathetic, virtual existence. The danger of this seduction is announced most prominently by Carolee Schneemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viet Flakes, a 16 mm film (shown here as video) that pans across images from Vietnamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mothers cradling dead babies, American soldiers, burned villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;literally bringing these images in and out of focus, sliding across them, restlessly devouring them. These old images summon what is now a past time, a different world, and yet the immediacy of the photographs constantly threatens to punch through. The key element in all this is the point of view, the political consciousness of the viewer. Film and photography are, after all, just technologiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to us to decide how to use them, and the information they can provide. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in taking action in the real world after reading this, please consider supporting the Sanctuary for Independent Media as they scramble to address the code violations that have shut them down for now. The most basic lesson of the First Amendment is that the proper response to bad speech is more speech. Truly free and independent pressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and artâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are key elements in that equation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;INTIMACIES OF DISTANT WAR,â&#x20AC;? ON VIEW THROUGH APRIL 13 AT THE SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART, SUNY NEW PALTZ. (845) 257-3844; WWW.NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. THE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA, 3361 SIXTH AVENUE, TROY.





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“The Archaeology of Memory.” Landscape photographs by Edith Gould. Through April 19.

“Doppelgänger” Cornelia Hediger. April 12-June .

“Yura Adams: Paintings.” Through April 20.


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“Shot by Gunner, People of the Valley.” Works by Yvonne Gunner. Through April 16.


“Mail and Female.” Artist post cards and non-postal artwork of the feminine persuasion. April 19-May 10.

“Hudson River Painting by 5th Graders.” Through April 11.

Opening Saturday, April 19, 7pm.

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”Photography Now 2008.” Group show.

KENT ART ASSOCIATION 21 SOUTH MAIN STREET, KENT, CONNECTICUT (860) 927-3989. “Kent Art Association Member Show.” Through April 13.




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“Very Small Art of Amy Cohen Banker.” Through May 3.

“Vanishing Giants “Elephants of Asia.” Works by Palani Mohan. Through May 4.



“Translation.” Group show featuring Lubomir Tomaszewski. April 19-May 13.


“Bokeh.” Jeri Eisenberg. April 11- May 18.

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“Black and White.” A group show. Through April 6.

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“Flood.” Betty Jean Stinner. April 5-April 30.

“Soviet Gulag.” Historical documents & ephemera. Through April 19.

“Works of Leigh Wen.” Paintings. Through July 8.


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“Abstract Paintings by Joanne Klein.” Through April 13.

“A Softer Side.” Through April 23.



“Botanicals, Still Life & Land Journeys 2008.” Student watercolor workshop showcase. April 19-May 21.


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“i against i.” Works by Chris Bors. April 12-May 4.

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“Word is Art.” Work by fifteen area high school art students. Through April 11.



“Exposure.” High school photography exhibition. April 18-May 1.

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“New Works.” Works by Shawn Snow, David Konigsberg, Nancy Donskoj. Through April 13.

“Kulan.” Collaborative project focusing on collage and installations by Jon Beacham and Kensie Duffy. Through April 6.






“Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational.” Ginger Ertz, Naomi Lewis, Gina Occiogrosso. Through April 19.

“Open Eyes Closed Eyes.” Work by Jorg Madlener. Through April 20.

“Landscapes of Ireland.” Paintings and prints by Paul Gould and guest artists. Through April 20.

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“SERIES 2.” Chen Chieh-jen, Tacita Dean, and Peter Hutton April 13-April 27. Opening reception April 13, 1pm-4pm.

NICOLE FIACCO GALLERY 506 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5090. Christopher Haun: “Unbelievable.” Through April 19.

“Tongue and Chic.” Works by Leslie Bender. April 5-May 31.

Ken Polinskie: “Griffin’s Cat and Other Stories.” April 26-May 31.

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PRITZKER GALLERY SOUTH RIVERSIDE ROAD, HIGHLAND 691-5506. “Homage to Liam Nelson: 1931-2007.” Through April 15.

R&F HANDMADE PAINTS 84 TEN BROECK AVENUE, KINGSTON (845) 331-3112. “Rituals” Mary Jane Parker. April 5-May 24. Opening Saturday April 5, 5pm-7pm.

RIVERFRONT STUDIOS 96 BROAD STREET, SCHUYLERVILLE. “Works by Russell DeYoung.” Through April 30.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Dreams.” Porcelain painting by Paola Bari. Through April 7.

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SUNY NEW PALTZ, NEW PALTZ 257-3858. “A Discerning Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Howard Greenberg.” Through June 22. “Beat and Beyond: Photographs by Allen Ginsberg.” Through June 22. “Defining Art: Recent Acquisitions 2005-2007.” Work by Abbott, Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Chia, Nice, Oliveira, Rauschenberg. Through August 31.

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“Edges of Light.” Photographs by Robert Rodriguez, Jr. April 12- May 5.

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“The Feminine Image: Art from the Coykendall Collection.” Through April 13. “Intimacies of Distant War.” Through April 13. “Reading Objects 2008.” Works from the Museum’s collection with texts created by University faculty and staff. Through August 31.

SCHICK ART GALLERY 815 NORTH BROADWAY, SARATOGA SPRINGS (518) 580-5049. “New American Sublime: Landscape and Abstraction by Contemporary Painters.” Through April 6.

SHARADA GALLERY 45 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 876-4828. “Emerging Artists Exhibit.” Studio furniture by Alex Roskin, Alan Walker, Chris Todd. Through April 13.

TERENCHIN FINE ART 462 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-5312. “Addition.” Recent acquisitions from the gallery collection. Through April 12.

TIVOLI ARTISTS CO-OP 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “Harris and Bennet: Recent Works.” Sculpture by Jennifer Harris and Mark Bennett. Through April 20. “H20.” Works by 20 artists. April 25-May 18.

VARGA GALLERY 130 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-4005. “Paintings & Sculpture.” Through April 4.

THE WELLES GALLERY OF THE LENOX LIBRARY 18 MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 637-0197. “33rd Annual College Scholarship Art Competition.” Sponsored by Housatonic Valley Art League. Through April 25.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “American Scenes: Life in the City.” Through June 30. “Digital.” Recent works by Cayetano Navarrete. Through April 6.






enya Ravan’s doting warmth and brackish, Lower East Side brogue suggest the archetypal Jewish-American grandmother. After being shepherded into her Saugerties kitchen with hugs and a bighearted “How ya doin’, hon?” you half expect a bowl of chicken soup to appear. Instead, it’s a welcome cup of tea and a few wisecracks about the merciless upstate weather. But despite her eye-rolling, laugh-at-life demeanor, there’s a certain world-weariness in those same soft eyes; a clear, unmistakable gaze that tells you that this is a woman who has seen it all, done it all, and, quite frankly, feels no reason to hide any of it. And if you happen to be a fan or have read Lollipop Lounge (Billboard Books), her tell-all 2004 autobiography, you already have just a sense of how much she has done. For Ravan’s is a life filled with many highs, many lows, and—as a documented rock ’n’ roll pioneer—many firsts. One might even say the singer, who turns 68 this month, has actually lived many lives. “Yeah, I kinda feel like a cat sometimes—you know, nine lives,” she says. “But a lot of that is because I got started in music when I was really young.” Ravan was born Genyusha Zelkowitz in the village of Lodz, Poland, in 1940, and her earliest memories are not pleasant ones. “We lost everyone,” the Holocaust survivor recalls. “I had two brothers; they both died. I never met my grandparents. My mother was in her 30s when her side of the family was taken away; my father was in his early 40s when he saw all nine of his brothers killed. It was just my parents, my sister Helen, and me. After our camp was taken over by the Russians, we were shuffled from one Russian camp to another until we managed to escape.” Against all odds, the family held on, eventually arriving by ship in New York in 1947. Assimilating into Lower Manhattan’s European-Jewish diaspora, they eventually took an apartment on Rivington Street, where her father opened a candy store. In an effort to “Americanize” her daughter’s first name, Ravan’s mother began to call her Goldie. Little Goldie appeased her mother by dancing in neighborhood stage musicals with the other kids, but she never felt like she fit


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in. Thanks to the radio, however, she soon discovered something that did move her: music, specifically rhythm and blues. “I loved The Hearts with Baby Washington and Louise Harris, Etta James, ‘Shake a Hand’ by Faye Adams. That’s really how I learned the language, by singing along to those records,” says Ravan. “I’ve always been drawn to music I could feel—gospel, blues, stuff that’s very spiritual and filled with pain. Obviously my family was pretty messed up by what we’d gone through in Europe, so maybe that’s why.” But her becoming a professional singer wasn’t exactly planned. In fact Ravan’s career in music started on a dare, in the long-gone nightclub that later gave her biography its name. “In 1962, some friends and I were out dancing and watching a twist band called The Escorts at the Lollipop Lounge in Brooklyn,” she remembers. “We were drinking and getting crazy, and a friend dared me to ask the band to let me sing. Naturally, I accepted, and ended up singing a couple songs with them. It was the first time I’d ever heard myself really sing.” A couple of days later, The Escorts’ leader, Richard Perry, who would go on to work with Barbara Streisand, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, and others, called and asked if she’d like to join the band. Rechristened The Escorts with Goldie, the group toured the Midwest and cut three well-received singles for Coral Records. But after several months of grueling residencies at New York clubs, Ravan began to grow restless. Between sets at one such gig, she met Long Island drummer Ginger Panabianco. In the early 1960s, female instrumentalists were few and far between in the pop field. Ravan had an idea. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, a girl drummer. I’d love to work with a girl drummer. Maybe we could have an all-girl band’,” she says. And soon they did: Goldie and the Gingerbreads, commonly regarded today as the first true all-female rock ’n’ roll group. (The quartet’s most successful lineup also featured keyboardist Margo Lewis and guitarist Carol McDonald.) After signing first to Scepter Records and then to Atco/Atlantic, the band toured Europe with Chubby Checker and by 1964 had made it to England,

where it racked up smash hits like “Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat” (later remade for the US market by Herman’s Hermits), appeared on TV pop shows, and toured with the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Hollies, the Yardbirds, the Animals, and others. “We were pushed as a novelty act since we were all girls, yet a lot of the time we actually ended up making more money than the guy bands because of that,” says Ravan. “But we could all play really well, we had a reputation as ‘musician’s musicians.’ [Organist] Ian McLagan of the Small Faces used to stand offstage to see how Margo played. The records were very pop, but, live, we weren’t doing fast-food rock ’n’ roll at all.” Yet in spite of the sweet times in swinging London, Goldie and the Gingerbreads’ heady days nevertheless came to a close in 1967 when intraband rivalries erupted. But Ravan’s next groundbreaking outfit was just across the pond. Back in New York, she worked for a time with jazz drummer Les DeMerle before shedding the name Goldie Zelkowitz to become Genya Ravan. With the new name came a new manager, who in the fall of 1968 hooked her up with a pair of aspiring New Jersey songwriters, keyboardist Michael Zager and guitarist Aram Schefrin. At first she wasn’t sure what to make of the Stephen Sondheim-schooled duo’s more artful music, but after being assured she could have her way with their songs she took the chance and ran with it, injecting her uniquely raw soul and blues feel into the tunes. Motivated by the first Blood, Sweat and Tears LP, the trio soon swelled to become a 10-piece with a full horn section and took a name to match its full, powerful sound—Ten Wheel Drive. At the time, FM radio was coming into its own as a more progressive, underground alternative to AM’s bubblegum-pop direction, and for most FM programmers Ten Wheel Drive was the perfect band at the perfect time. “We didn’t chart on AM, but the FM DJ’s played the hell out of us,” says Ravan. “Ten Wheel Drive was very much a hip, underground band. We played the Fillmore East all the time.” The group was also a regular on bills with Sly & The Family Stone, Pink Floyd, the Allman Brothers, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, and the like, headlined at Carnegie Hall twice, and made three press-pleasing albums for Polydor from 1968 to 1971. Comparisons to Janis Joplin have followed Ravan ever since; the two were casual friends and even jammed together once at New York club Steve Paul’s Scene. “Horn bands were the thing at the time so we got a lot of work,” says Saugerties trumpeter Steve Satten, who performed with the group and played on its second release, 1970’s Brief Replies. “Genya was very striking, a very dynamic performer. When she got hold of [a musical idea], she just really rocked it.” But three solid years of constant gigging without the commercial success to match—along with an ill-advised affair between Ravan and the married Schefrin—eventually forced Ten Wheel Drive off the road, and the band split in 1972. Taking the plunge into a solo career, Ravan made three albums with unsympathetic producers for as many labels that failed to chart and lived for a time in Los Angeles. But after a few years of “Hollyweirdness,” she was back in New York, where, frustrated by her previous studio handlers’ insensitivity, she began to take more of an interest in what happened on the other side of the controlroom glass. It was while dating an engineer at storied Manhattan studio Media Sound that Ravan decided to try her hand at production, then still a domain absolutely verboten to females. “I practically lived at Media Sound,” she recalls. “I hung out at sessions by Kool & The Gang and other bands and really learned a lot about how to make records sound good.” Word got around about her newfound talents, and small demo jobs started to come her way. Before long she’d signed a production contract with RCA, which proudly touted her as “rock’s only woman producer.” A regular patron of the city’s early punk scene, Ravan frequented CBGB and befriended the legendary club’s now departed owner, Hilly Kristal, who directed bands he felt were studio-ready to her. One such outfit was Cleveland transplants the Dead Boys, for whom Ravan produced the band’s 1977 debut, Young, Loud, and Snotty. A ferocious, life-affirming record that perfectly reflects its title, the disc easily rivals the era’s acknowledged benchmark, the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks, for sheer wall-of-guitars power. “That’s a really special record,” Ravan beams. “Though when [the band members] first came in, I screamed about the ‘shock-value’ swastikas they’d put on their drums until they felt stupid and got rid of them. With my background, I didn’t appreciate that stuff at all. But they were just kids then, didn’t know any better.” On the heels of the glowing praise for the Dead Boys album, Ravan inked a deal with RCA subsidiary 20th Century Records and recorded the pair of self-

produced return-to-form LPs that are the high-water mark of her solo canon: 1978’s Urban Desire, which crosses classic R&B with piano-laced, Springsteenesque drama and the energy then coming off the Bowery, and sports full-force Ravan lung-busters like “Cornered” (check YouTube for a powerful live clip of this song) and a guest vocal by Lou Reed; the second release, 1979’s …And I Mean It!, is less raw but features glam gods Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson. “By that time, I’d fully blossomed as an artist,” she says. “But those albums didn’t get enough airplay, I was told, because radio wasn’t ready for hard-rock women then.” Inspired by famed British indie Stiff Records, Ravan’s next move was to start her own label, Polish Records (“polish as in shine”). With Ravan as in-house producer the imprint signed several acts, including another pioneering female rocker, Ronnie Spector. But during the recording and marketing of her 1982 Siren album, the legendarily unstable ex-Ronettes singer fell out with her new label and almost immediately quashed whatever commercial success the record might have had. Ravan, however, wasn’t long for the label, either; although she was something of a drug guzzler herself at the time, she eventually realized that her partner in Polish, a known cocaine dealer whose profits were funding the entire enterprise, might well prove a liability. She grabbed the tapes of Spector and some other artists and quit. Ravan began taking trips in 1984 to visit weekending friends in Palenville, and fell in love with the area’s simple solitude. She soon purchased her own getaway home in the town, commuting to her New York apartment during the week. But, as they are wont to do, the struggles of drug and alcohol addiction continued to follow her to wherever she was. “I was getting sicker and sicker every day,” she writes in Lollipop Lounge. “And broker and broker.” In 1990, she finally decided to get straight when she got some truly sobering news: She had lung cancer. “The voice of my addiction said ‘You’re going to die anyway, why not have fun?’,” she recalls. “But my ‘angel’ voice said, ‘Do you want to go out in the light, or do you want to go out in the dark?’ If I didn’t have much time remaining I [decided that I] needed to live it in the light as much as I could.” Thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous, the caregivers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Ravan’s own undefeatable inner chutzpah, she’s kept both diseases at bay for the last 18 years. For a time she lived in Florida with her sister (who recently passed away) and then in New York again, but returned to the Hudson Valley in 1995. She’s also been back in the studio lately to work on new material and has even returned to the stage, recording a 2006 live album at CBGB. Besides the wonderful new man in her life, Ravan has found another new love: the colorful paintings that adorn her sunny home. “That’s just something I do for myself,” she says. “Though a few friends have asked to buy them.” To benefit Sloan-Kettering’s cancer research program she’s auctioning some of her Goldie & The Gingerbreads and Ten Wheel Drive stage apparel, and there’s also talk of a film based on Lollipop Lounge. But what keeps Ravan busiest these days are the two shows she hosts on Sirius Satellite Radio: “Chicks & Broads,” which features music by female artists past and present; and “Goldie’s Garage,” which presents tracks by 12 unsigned bands each episode. “It’s a lot of fun, being a DJ,” Ravan says. “It’s like therapy or something.” “Genya is not just a good friend and an amazingly entertaining radio personality,” says Little Steven Van Zandt, whose Little Steven’s Underground Garage Channel carries Ravan’s shows. “She also continues to be an inspiration to the unprecedented number of young girls starting and joining garage bands that we proudly play non-stop in the Underground Garage.” The E Street Band guitarist, erstwhile Sopranos star, and syndicated radio host is currently lobbying for Goldie & the Gingerbreads’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Which would certainly be justice done were it to happen, since today any female rocker—and many a male—that steps on a stage, puts their foot on a monitor, and belts out a rough and impassioned tune owes a size able debt to Genya Ravan. And though she may not have Courtney Love’s bank account, after all she’s been through the singer seems happy enough just to be here to share her gifts and experiences. “After cancer and everything else, I really appreciate life more. I try to be a better person,” she says. “Whenever I feel afraid to try something new, I ask myself this: ‘If not now, when?’” Genya Ravan hosts “Chicks & Broads” on the first Friday of every month at 10pm and “Goldie’s Garage” on the third Friday of every month at 9pm on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage Channel 25. 4/08 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 51

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April 5, 18. They say good things come in small packages, and the mighty-yet-modest Unison Arts Center proves it time and again. On April 5, Unison brings superstar Mexican singer and Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs to the Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz. (Go to the Unison website and check out her sizzling video for â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Cumbia del Mole.â&#x20AC;?) On April 18 at the Unison Theater, Chronogram co-sponsors The Nields. Once a full-ďŹ&#x201A;edged ďŹ ve-piece acoustic rock explosion, these days sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields tour as a duo. Their latest release, Sister Holler (Mercy House, 2007), brings them back to their folk roots while showcasing their growth as musicians and songwriters. Both shows 8pm. Downs: $30/$25/$15. Nields: $19/$14. New Paltz. (845) 255-1559.



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RICK ALTMAN AND DAVID OLIVER April 6. Musicians Rick Altman and David Oliver present a concert of original jazz compositions for marimba and vibes at the Olive Free Library, back in the woods on Route 28A. Both musicians have toured extensively, worked for the ďŹ lm and TV industries, and recorded with well-known jazz and reggae artists. Altmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent solo CD, Total Immersion (SilverStarr Music, 2005), also features his neighbors Mike DeMicco, John Esposito, Jay Anderson, and Steve Rust. 2pm. $5. West Shokan. (845) 657-2482.

RIO JAZZ 21ST ANNIVERSARY CONCERT April 8. The talented Matt Finley brings Rio Jazz, his premier Hudson Valley Brazilian jazz concert band, to Dutchess Community College for the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st annual concert. Cosponsored by DCC Student Activities and the Music Performance Fund of the American Federation of Musicians, this is a featured event in honor of the Smithsonian Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Appreciation Month. In addition to Finley on ďŹ&#x201A;ugelhorn, sax, and ďŹ&#x201A;ute, Rio Jazz includes Peter Tomlinson, keyboards; Jeff Ciampa, guitar; Don Miller, bass; Joel Rosenblatt, drums; Tomas Martin Lopez, Latin percussion; and special guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak. 7:30pm. Free. Poughkeepsie. (845) 431-8050.

UTAH PHILLIPS BENEFIT/ETRAN FINATAWA April 20. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a landmark day of folk and world music in Rosendale, with two shows not to be missed. At 2pm at the Rosendale Cafe, Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, Redwood Moose, the Flames of Discontent, Norm Wennet, and others join together for an inspiring afternoon of support for Utah Phillips, the folk worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved songwriter, historian, and humorist who is battling a heart illness. At 7pm, make the journey just up Main Street to the Rosendale Theater, where the nomadic tribal musicians of Nigerian â&#x20AC;&#x153;desert bluesâ&#x20AC;? band Etran Finatawa deliver the deep sounds of their new CD Desert Crossroads (Riverboat/ World Music Network, 2008). No music fan will leave Rosendale hungry today. 2pm. Phillips BeneďŹ t: $20. (845) 658-9048. Etran Finatawa: $22, $20, $15; (845) 658-8989; www.entranďŹ Rosendale. LILA DOWNS PLAYS UNISON ARTS CENTER APRIL 5.

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DANGEROUS LAUGHTER An Interview with Steven Millhauser By Tobias Seamon


here’s no forgetting the first time that one reads Steven Millhauser. The author of 11 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, the Saratoga Springs resident is frequently compared to Borges for his ability to explore grand themes through the miniaturized or magically real. Whether describing a Saturday morning cartoon or a department store, Millhauser takes a keen insight into overlooked delights of the ordinary and then embellishes to an extraordinary extent, so that the finest specks of fabulist nuance become stepping stones towards the impossible made to seem plausible. Released this February, Millhauser’s latest collection, Dangerous Laughter, continues his exploration of “what if.” By the end of collection, readers will feel like the youth in the title story: astounded and wondering whether they’ve been led to sublime heights, convulsive depths, or the mazy pleasures of both. In an e-mail interview conducted over a six-week period this winter, Millhauser discussed Dangerous Laughter and his remarkable career as a writer. While Dangerous Laughter is a collection of short stories, the three sections have the thematic feel of novellas, much like the tripartite format in The King in the Tree and Little Kingdoms. Was this intentional or did the groupings come after the fact? When I write a story, it’s the only story I’ve ever written and the only story I’ll ever write. It bears no relation to anything else, least of all to my own work. When I’m done with it, though, I recognize that it attaches itself to other stories I’ve written. I see resemblances, connections. The stories in Dangerous Laughter were written over a period of nine years. Each story, when I wrote it, was an independent object. But as they grew in number and I began to think of arranging them in a collection, I noticed possible groupings, especially for the stories now called “Impossible Architectures.” Near the end, I wrote several stories with the sense that they would fit into a plan that had somehow taken shape behind my back. Did you envision “Cat ’n’ Mouse” as a cartoon reel for a collection of stories, or did it just fall into place when Dangerous Laughter was being put together? “Cat ’n’ Mouse” was written without any thought of a collection. When the accumulating stories began to fall into groups, I began to entertain the possibility of an opening story that might touch on all the others. I saw that “Cat ’n’ Mouse” has a vanishing theme, as in the first set of stories; an architectural theme, as in the second set; and even, as in the third set, an historical theme, in the sense that the story pretends to resurrect an historical artifact (a midcentury cartoon), though one that never existed. Apart from all that, I miss opening cartoons when I go to the movies.Where did they all go to, the opening cartoons of my childhood? Since the movies no longer provide them, I wanted to provide one myself. Life is better with an opening cartoon. 54 BOOKS CHRONOGRAM 4/08

In a 2003 interview in Bomb magazine, you said that novels in their exhaustive form “want to devour the world” while being written. In hindsight, are story collections almost as ravenous? I think it’s a mistake to pit stories—or story collections—against novels. In that kind of contest, the novel always manages to win. But stories, though they appear modest, are secretly ambitious. They want to express the entire world in as short a space as possible. In this sense they dare to think of themselves as superior to novels. A novel, to them, is a lumbering elephant, a sluggish dinosaur.They say:Why do you take up so much space, novel? Why do you take such a long time getting anywhere? One of the enjoyable aspects of Dangerous Laughter is that motifs and images are expanded upon story by story within each of the three sections. Over the years, you’ve done similarly throughout different works with automaton theaters, miniature palaces, and the moonlit walks in Little Kingdoms and Enchanted Night. Do you think the deepening and broadening of themes ever really stops, or should such things be taken on an artist-by-artist case? I don’t see how it can ever stop. Certain things demand to be returned to because they resist finality.You find yourself going back to them, and looking at them in different ways, precisely because they feel inexhaustible.They promise new revelations, if only you can find them. A writer’s craving to do something absolutely new, every time, seems to me a sign of mediocrity. It seems that a writer’s craving to do something absolutely new every time would also mean being an absolutely new writer every time as well. How familiar do you feel with the self that wrote earlier works like Edwin Mullhouse? Some people seem to leave their earlier selves behind at every stage of development. Others–the kind I like–never lose touch with those earlier selves. I’m still friends with the young man who wrote Edwin Mullhouse. We sometimes take walks together. One of the more fascinating aspects of your writing is the use of the “we” narrative voice. I use “we” less in this collection than in The Knife Thrower, but it continues to fascinate me.The first thing to say about “we” is that it isn’t “I” or “he.” For every 10 billion stories written in the first-or-third person singular, one is written in the first-person plural. This means that its possibilities haven’t been exhausted, that in fact they’ve barely begun to be explored. For this reason alone, “we” is an exciting pronoun. But your question was about how the pronoun is used in my stories. Always, of course, it’s the voice of a community, a group. But the community can be either of two entities. It can be a group that represents what’s usual and normal, into which something strange and dangerous intrudes. Or it can be

a small, secretive group that disrupts the everyday life of a larger community. But “we” is also somewhat paradoxical. How can a single voice express the thoughts of a group? So it sometimes happens that an “I” breaks free from the “we” and presents itself as a personal voice within the “we” for which it speaks. This happens in [the story] “Dangerous Laughter,” where the narrator reports his private experience, as well as the experiences of a group of teenagers engaged in questionable rites. “Questionable rites”—what an alluring phrase. As a collection, Dangerous Laughter is filled with provocative rituals or experiments: the tactile breakthroughs described in “TheWizard ofWest Orange,” the erotic games of “The Room in the Attic.” How difficult was it to write stories vividly describing the unknown or only semiknown? Believe me, it’s difficult enough to describe what’s known. The special difficulty of describing the unknown and semiknown lies in the continual threat of abstraction. It’s necessary to make the invisible vivid and exact—an almost impossible task. I find the challenge exhausting and exhilarating. You also touch on the difficulty of words in “History of a Disturbance,” where the narrator suddenly finds language too inadequate to continue with. Anyone who lives with words feels their power but also their impotence. That story explored one of my secret fears. I suspect this is a stretch, but are there any secret fears related to “A Precursor to the Cinema,” wherein the fictitious painter Harlan Crane disappears within his own work using “animate paint”? I don’t really fear disappearing into my own work, though I enjoy imagining artists whose hold on reality is fragile.When you imagine yourself into another world, day after day, your relation to the actual world becomes strange. It’s this strangeness that I like to explore. So much of your work involves the detailed creation of other forms of art and structures: Martin Dressler’s hotels, the paintings in “Catalogue of the Exhibition,” the cartoon in “Cat ’n’ Mouse.” Is there also a kind of reverse momentum, where the imaginary construction of other artistic forms returns to alter or influence your own writing? In describing the lifetime work of an imaginary painter, do you then begin to write like a painter? Unless I’m deluding myself, which is always possible, I believe that I imagine as a writer, and only as a writer. Of course, part of being a writer is imagining yourself into other temperaments, other worlds. If I invent a painter, I imagine what it might be like to be a painter. I try to see the world through a painter’s eyes. But finally, the painter uses paint; I use words—and that’s the crucial difference. It’s true that in minor ways, other artistic forms might influence the structure of a story. I once wrote a story that was nothing but a description of an invented comic book. I divided the story into separate paragraphs that I called panels. In that small but noticeable way, the form I was writing about influenced the structure of the story. But that’s very different from writing like a comic-book artist.


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Te pick hits from the Olivebridge theater’s annual shorts Ten binge, by Katherine Burger, Laura Shaine Cunningham, Mary bi Gallagher, Sigrid Heath, Adam LeFevre, Nicole Quinn, David G Smilow, Mary Louise Wilson, and both editors, with a smashing S ccover by Carol Zaloom. Book signing/performances at Unison, New Paltz, 4/4 at 8pm, $15; High Meadow Auditorium, Stone N Ridge, April 26 at 8pm. Donations accepted. THE HUDSON: AMERICA’S RIVER TH FRANCES F. DUNWELL, FOREWORD BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. FRA COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2008, $74.50 HARDCOVER; $29.95 PAPER CO

A splendid tribute to the river Kennedy calls “the Noah’s ark of the East Coast and perhaps of the entire North Atlantic.” F From Henry Hudson’s Half Moon to the Clearwater, Dunwell’s vi vivid prose enlivens the river’s storied history, environmental is issues, and hard-won survival. Lavishly illustrated with H Hudson River School paintings, archival and contemporary photographs, vintage postcards, and maps. SO SOLDIER’S HEART: READING LITERATURE THROUGH PEACE AN AND WAR AT WEST POINT ELIZABETH D. SAMET ELI FARRAR, STRAUS, AND GIROUX, 2007, $23 FAR

Ya Ph.D. Samet, a civilian professor at West Point, teaches Yale English literature to cadets on their way to a war she opposes. En Some former students write from the front; some will never So return. “Should a dangling modifier need reattaching, a re sentence fragment suturing, or a metaphor anatomizing in se a storm,” she writes, “I will be first on the scene.” A moving and insightful meditation on why writing matters. AN ENDLESS HARVEST: PRESERVING AND USING FRUITS, VEGETABLES, VE AND HERBS BETTY LEVINE, ILLUSTRATIONS BY EMANUEL SCHONGUT BET MANORVILLE PUBLISHING, 2007, $15.95 MA

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Va Vassar professor of humor, New Yorker cartoonist, and Chronogram contributor Donnelly corrals a marvelously C loopy assortment of cartoons by women, with quotes and lo illuminating essays on gender and humor. Cartoon selfill portraits and bios by Roz Chast, Carolita Roberts, Marisa p Acocella Marchetto, Victoria Roberts, and others are a particular treat. Reading 4/4 at 7:30pm, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. WA WAITING FOR GOD: THE SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS OF A RE RELUCTANT ATHEIST LAWRENCE BUSH LAW BEN YEHUDA PRESS, 2007, $16.95

Je Jewish Currents editor and Accord resident Bush’s sixth book explores the spiritual questing (with and sans deity) of bo the baby boom generation. A broad-minded skeptic with a th “hereditary allergy to religion,” he examines his parents’ old“h line Communist fervor and all things New Age, maintaining lin a grain of salt while admitting he’s “always wanted to belong to John Lennon’s league of ‘dreamers.’”


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n Willing, Scott Spencer’s slyly engaging novel, journalist Avery Kaplan Kearney Blake Jankowsky joins a pricey worldwide sex tour—merely as a reporter of course. Jankowsky, trying to maintain his decency, is asked, “You’re offered a chance to have sex with some truly spectacular individuals, who’s going to say no to that?” Not Jankowsky, it turns out. At an orgy, he drops all pretense of journalistic and human ethics, proclaiming: “You can’t always care about right and wrong. You just do the bad thing. It happens. To all of us.” Indeed. Avery’s dilemma mirrors readers’ unsettling experience of being thrust into a seductive world where it’s all too easy to be bad, difficult to be good, and nearly impossible to know the difference. We are drawn into the story, becoming voyeuristic participants in this tour that “dares not speak its name,” buying our way into a sordid netherworld where everything is for sale. Sure, the novel only costs $24.95, a far cry from the $135,000 price tag for the deluxe sex tour, but it’s still a pay-to-play transaction. So we, too, dear readers, may come to recognize our kinship with the wealthy, self-indulgent sex-tourists that Avery describes as “Hyde without the Jekyll, Hyde forever. Hyde infinitum.” On this trip, we willingly enter “a state of double and triple thinking. Being in bed with a whore is like being a press secretary for a president. You believe his story even when you know it’s not true, and you also believe in his right to lie.” That sort of stinging analogy is one of the disarming charms of this novel. No matter how discomfiting the content, the intelligence of the writing dispels misgivings. The language itself is an addictive pleasure. A bit character is described as having “eyeglasses with turquoise plastic frames that might be worn by a librarian on a distant galaxy.” This odd and vivid image is not just a great throwaway line. Later, we see that Jankowsky, too, is like a space traveler, so far has he gone. The mineral baths in Iceland are “lunar,” otherworldly. Eventually, Avery loses even his humanity, slipping into a “ferocious animal nature.” By the end of the novel, Avery baldly states (to his mother, of all people), “I’m an animal…I believe in my body.” But even Avery’s bodily experiences are questionable. He’s suffered a severe head injury; he never sleeps; he’s always bleeding. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. In a book with so many witty twists, it’s easy to become as ethically dizzied as Avery himself, and as thoroughly seduced. Only when the afterglow fades might we recall that Avery, who told us that he charms potential girlfriends with the sad tale of his mother’s four marriages and his ever-changing last name, starts this sad tale with the line “I was the man who had had four fathers.” That Avery sells a memoir that begins with “I have had four surnames” to Esquire, and plans to sell his tell-all sex tour book for a whopping sum. That Avery is always selling his story. That Avery is one tricky guy. So is Scott Spencer. The Rhinebeck author’s previous works include Endless Love, Waking the Dead, and A Ship Made of Paper. This time around, the novelist hailed by Publishers Weekly as “the contemporary American master of the love story” has written a masterful lust story. Most certainly, Spencer knows the difference between love and lust. So does Avery; so do we. But sometimes, lust happens. To all of us. Scott Spencer will read at Merritt Books in Millbrook April 5 at 4pm. —Hollis Seamon


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search for justice in the American South suggests an arduous task. When the matter involves a black person, it may well be a fruitless one. Such is the message of Gilbert King’s expansive, engaging, and ultimately heartbreaking book. Willie Francis was a 17-year-old negro with a yen for cowboy stories, chocolate bars, and the Good Book. But in 1946, Francis was known mainly as the killer of local pharmacist Andrew Thomas, which earned him a swift dispatch into heaven via an electric chair known as Gruesome Gertie. Despite two jolts of 2,500 volts, however, Francis did not die. Either the Lord himself had stepped in, or the assigned executioners, still tipsy from carousing the night before, had botched the job. Now, the authorities of Martinsville, Louisiana, were puzzling how to proceed, even as national attention focused on this sleepy Cajun town. The Schenectady-born King mines this curious tale for its attendant drama, exploring the harrowing highs and lows of a Jim Crow judicial system that was anything but color-blind. But lest the reader feel smugly superior to a cast of unrepentant bigots involved in a blatant miscarriage of justice, King reminds us that Francis himself confessed to the murder. (How and why he fatally shot the bachelor pharmacist remain murky details, although King has some provocative 11th-hour revelations.) The issue is not whether the teen is guilty, but whether, absurdly, another electrocution constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment.” All but forgotten, the Francis case galvanized black communities across America and transfixed the media. King nimbly assesses the mounting controversy, summoning court transcripts, newspaper articles, private letters, and interviews. The story of the stuttering youth even nudged its way into popular culture. Hollywood stars Burgess Meredith and John Garfield, both crusading liberals, beseeched Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis to reverse the boy’s sentence. Meanwhile, a pair of enterprising songwriters cashed in by penning a hit song titled “Da Lord Fool’d around Wid Dat Chair.” Through impressive scholarship and the sure hand of a novelist, King brings to life the key players in this passion play. Among them: Bertrand LeBlanc, the white attorney who worked tirelessly for a year to rescue his client by alerting the world to the case; the determined A. P. Tureaud, a Creole attorney who hoped with this case to place the justice system itself on trial; Sheriff Gilbert Ozenne, a fancy dresser in a white suit and matching fedora whose taste for vigilante justice already had left several black men dead; even Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, who voted against saving Francis but then expressed a change of heart. At the center of this hurricane is the condemned, an eerily quiet and self-contained man of faith. Discussing the possibility of being sent back to the chair, Francis calmly tells reporters, “Death and me is old neighbors. But remember this, I’m a closer neighbor of the Lord.” The Execution of Willie Francis offers readers several rewards: a scorching history lesson, a thorough judicial examination, and a crash-course in Southern sociology—all while coolly reminding us of the knotty problems still surrounding capital punishment. —Jay Blotcher

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mangled beyond recognition,

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i pull myself from the wreckage and fall into your arms again —p



where the wind evolves. You’d think a chrysalis would need a tranquil air to nurture the impending wings, but it is also the lift and batter, rift and wend that send the faerie toward its stave and grave— the lift of gust from the mutable globe, of the moment of candor and glee, of life cavorting in the rank melee, the batter of gravity, of predictable order, stark sense of endings, of the prosaic, the rift of the inscrutable, of the knowledge of light and light itself, of instinct and mathematics, of the troubled home, the wend of wills wrenching, weaving, whipping a tapestry of impulse and kismet, dharma and remorse, of what the frank song brings—

When Caesar said “Et tu, Brute,” in shock his dying breath contained myriad things: 1024 atoms; a flock Of tiny birds on 1 million billion billion wings. And in the time between his death and now They have flown from Rome and into your mouth! And I hear you wondering aloud, “How?” They have circulated North, West, East, South— Casting these oxygen and carbon seeds Across the world over land and ocean. You likely inhale one or two of these As your chest rises and falls; the motion Of every single quiet breath, Brings the flavor of Caesar’s Death.

else wings would have no current, else entropy prevail, else the swallowtail could not become you, else you are a stone— and no matter, stones have their own joy of life— that is just your identity.

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Come down where down where who plays her what and I sing that thing for you you feel it too you do near the that that leans on it you can’t I can’t we can’t I don’t remember how and wouldn’t remember then if we did that thing with them and her after the place with the bang and the stuff with that wow the girl with her eyes looking looks that look we should go there sometime learn the whos and the wheres talk the how word the dare with those hands and the sounds of the night the gloves of the it the here of the where the sounds of the go darkening the door of the in between the that and the those and the then that is now but was when and it’s here and it’s come and it’s it but it’s not well it is but well it almost wasn’t.

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WHAT PART OF “NO” DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? The Never Girl is not impressed She does not do that sort of thing He tells her that their meeting’s blessed She notes his golden wedding ring —Robin Sarah O’Day

THE QUIET if we were to watch our breaths exchange our lungs watch veins tie hand to heart what madness would we have left to give the quiet




In a corner a girl sits no one notices her she speaks no one listens invisible child she sits she tries to speak still no one listens so there she sits alone in the corner

No tengo espacio en mi corazon Pero tengo espacio para tequila Patron. Tengo muchas cosas en my cabeza Entonces para olvidar, yo bebi cerveza. Muchas bebidas equal mucho dolor Pero siento feliz y mi corazon es calor.


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I have no space in my heart But I have space for Patron tequila. I have many things in my head So to forget, I drink beer. Many beverages equal a lot of pain But I feel happy and my heart is warm. —Lupe Mayor De Crazytown

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DO NOT WRITE ABOUT LOVE Do not write about love it is clichéd It is a rabid dog that once bit us and which we’d rather forget Do not seek it Do not think you need it in your life The word must never appear It can be alluded to, but only as something we hide beneath our bed Sex is violent Dig in your nails and make someone’s flesh bleed Then leave the carcass in the morning Love does not understand this It is not postmodern It lives in a world of absolutes Of terrible movies where it is a monster, which cannot be destroyed Do not write about love Do not think it Do not look into its horrible eyes Do not deem it worthy of the statues and wars made in its name Then tell someone you love them and let them say they love you too Allow this mangled beast finally to pummel you into dust —Benjamin Fractenberg

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Adventures in Pizza BABA LOUIE’S By Brian K. Mahoney photos by Matt Petricone


as anyone else noticed how wondrously adventurous the food in the Hudson Valley is getting lately? In the past month, I’ve eaten scallops served with a white chocolate/potato puree at DA BA in Hudson, roasted marrow bones and cow’s heart (separate dishes) at Elephant in Kingston, and a pizza with roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips, drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction at Baba Louie’s in Great Barrington. By far the most surprising was the pizza—Baba Louie’s calls it an Isabella Pizzerella. The Isabella contains not only the aforementioned root vegetables, it also serves as a platform for caramelized onions, parmesan, roasted garlic, shaved fennel, and mozzarella. (I include the mozzarella here not to pad the ingredient list but to make a point about the pizzas at Baba Louie’s: Don’t assume anything, especially that any of their signature pies are made with mozzarella. The traditional Italian cheese is only one of seven cheeses you can top your slice with at Baba Louie’s.) As I had been disappointed on an earlier visit to the Great Barrington outlet by another pie with potatoes—the Dirty Brutto, which showcased dry, starchy roasted red spuds, and seemed undersauced by a hesitant application of pesto—I was ill prepared for the subtlety and balance of the Isabella. The roasted vegetables, drizzled with vinegar, were powerfully reminiscent of French peasant cuisine, like a side dish to roast lamb or chicken. (This made complete sense when chef/owner Paul Masiero explained that the Isabella had been inspired by a dish he created at Aubergine, the former shrine to French-inspired country cuisine in Hillsdale.) The sweet starchiness of the vegetables provide a solid grounding for the anise-nip of the fennel and the syrupy jolt of the balsamic, perfect hearty winter fare. The Isabella, like many of the pies at Baba Louie’s, elevates “mere” pizza to a 64 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 4/08

level of sophistication—in both its ingredients and flavor pairings—that you are unlikely to find at your neighborhood pizza shop or Italian restaurant, and which this pizza lover has not tasted in the Hudson Valley since the demise of Steven’s Pizza in Kingston almost 10 years ago. (Chefs on Fire, John Novi’s pizza cave at the Depuy Canal House in High Falls, being a notable, if inconsistent, exception.) The foundational ingredient at Baba Louie’s is its crust: organic sourdough made by baker Richard Bourdon at the Berkshire Mountain Bakery. Baba Louie’s has been using Bourdon’s sourdough crust since its Great Barrington location opened 12 years ago and that, as the poet wrote, has made all the difference (Masiero bought the business in 2000 and opened his Hudson outlet in the airy storefront formerly inhabited by The Charleston restaurant in 2005.) Bourdon’s organic sourdough crusts consist of three ingredients—flour, water, and sea salt. They contain no yeast, which leads much commercial pizza dough toward heavy, glutinous gloom. Some of my dining companions detected a trademark earthy sourness in the flavor of the crust, but I mainly noticed its supple yet firm texture, even under the weight of multiple toppings. Sourdough is also more nutritious and easier to digest than regular wheat flour, but I’m enchanted with its reed-like bounce and how it breaks off between the teeth with a satisfying snap. There’s magic in what the wood-fired oven does to that sourdough. The spelt crust (available for all pies) has even more of a cracker-like snap, but it’s far from brittle. The Abbondante BBQ Chicken Pizza is another revelation. Normally, when someone suggests chicken on pizza I demur (and BBQ chicken is a compounded abomination), but on my first visit to Baba Louie’s, the couples at the next table recommended the BBQ pizza so enthusiastically it seemed churlish not to try it. The key to its success is two-fold: The BBQ sauce is not a hyper-sweetened,


gloopy mess, but a restrained topping with a tangy note that played well with others, specifically the smoked gouda, the pie’s other standout ingredient. (Masiero later admitted that the Abbondante was his best seller, and joked, “People rave about it. They say I put crack in it to get them addicted.”) Baba Louie’s also serves panini, a pasta special daily, and salads, but with the exception of the antipasto—a huge heaping of meats, cheeses, and vegetables of a quality not normally associated with a pizza joint (plus roasted garlic spread on toast points!)—stick to the pizzas. Not because the other food is subpar, it’s not. If you must, try the pastas and the salads. They were lovely. But the juice at Baba Louie’s is elsewhere. With pizza this inventive and consistently excellent and cheap—dinner for two with a bottle of wine, an appetizer, and a large pizza was $50 with tip—I don’t see the point in ordering anything else. A few other knockout pies that Baba Louie’s features: the coquettish Dolce Vita, with figs, gorgonzola, and prosciutto upfront, spinach, a light layer of tomato sauce, and rosemary infused olive oil on the backend; the assertively piquant Puttanesca, with anchovies, shrimp and capers; the complexity of the interplay between the eggplant, gouda, and pesto in the Melanzana Cardinale— think Monica Belluci transformed into smoky ratatouille. Of course, with 37 toppings available, you could get silly creating your own signature pizza, pairing ingredients like tofu, artichoke hearts, asiago cheese, and pesto. A note on the two locations: The Great Barrington space squeezes 40 seats into a cramped storefront, but it’s fun because you’re always within a few feet of other people’s pizzas and you can chat excitedly with your neighbors and compare pizzas, perhaps trade slices. The Columbia County outlet is the defi nition of Hudson family chic: a hip place where you can get kiddie comfort food but still feel firmly planted in the adult world.

BABA LOUIE’S 286 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA; (413) 528-8100 517 Warren Street, Hudson; (518) 751-2155

Hours Hudson: Lunch from 11:30am to 3pm Thursday to Tuesday. Dinner from 5 to 9:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, to 10pm on weekends. Open all day Saturday/Sunday. Closed Wednesday. Great Barrington: Lunch from 11:30am to 3pm every day. Dinner from 5 to 9:30pm Monday to Thursday, to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Atmosphere Hudson: Airy, casually elegant space—tin ceilings, antique, six-stool wooden bar— with booths ringing the room. Great Barrington: Small storefront with tables packed tight to maximize seating capacity creates a festive environment.

Wine/Beer A limited, inexpensive wine list comprised of easy-drinking table wines. All wines are under $30 and available by the bottle or the glass. Local beer on tap at each location: Berkshire Brewing Company in Great Barrington, C.H. Evans in Hudson; eight beers in bottles. No hard liquor. Price Range Appetizers and salads, $6 to $13, $20 for family style platters that serve 6 to 8 people; sandwich and panini (available only for lunch), $6 to $8; pasta of the day, $16; pizzas, $9 to $11 (small, 10-inch), and $11 to $17 (large, 14-inch). Reservations Baba Louie’s does not take reservations.

Recommended Dishes Pizzas: Isabella Pizzarella, Melanzana Cardinale, Dolce Vita, Puttanesca, BBQ Chicken Pizza; Antipasto salad.

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Tips to Make Your Home More Efficient By Kelley Granger

When it comes to home energy efficiency, the reasons to ensure your home is performing up to par are compelling. The terms sustainability and green have become everyday words and marketing slogans because there has never been a more crucial time to conserve. And even if you are a less-than-enthusiastic participant in the eco-boom, you’ll still relish the fact that your utility bill could take a significant nosedive with a little investment and a few well-installed adjustments. Chronogram spoke to some of the Hudson Valley’s leaders in home energy efficiency and got their recommendations for what you can do to help make a difference for the environment and your own bank account. THE MOST MOMMON WAYS TO WASTE ENERGY According to all of our experts, the first thing a homeowner must address is the air that enters and exits the home. “Many homes have enough cracks and openings to add up to the same effect as a large, constantly open window,” says John Franklin, the merchandising manager for Williams Lumber. “You just don’t notice the window being open.” There are two types of heat loss that happen: convected and conducted. Convected heat loss occurs when drafts are caused by open or loose fitting windows and doors, different types of vents, or through actual holes or openings to the outside of the building. Heated air will commonly be lost through the ceiling or top of the wall, and drafts of cold air often make their way in through the bottom of the structure. According to Franklin, this combination of airflow creates a gravity siphon that moves a huge amount of heat outside of the home. Homes that have active chimneys for fireplaces, wood stoves, gas or oil appliances, or active vents in the bathroom or kitchen often cause cold air outside to enter in almost every possible location due to the slightly negative pressure created inside.

Joseph Malcarne, owner of Energy Star-rated builder Malcarne Contracting, says that building codes mandate that the air in your house be exchanged every two hours and 52 minutes to guarantee good air quality and freshness. However, he adds that most houses he goes into have an air exchange rate of every one to two hours instead. “Imagine all that air that you have to heat up,” Malcarne says. “The results of that are that you have high heating bills, rooms that are uncomfortable, and temperature differentials between rooms.” On the other hand, conducted heat loss is more subtle. It occurs through the shell of the home, with energy escaping through the actual window, door, wall, or ceiling. “Conduction doesn’t need a hole,” Franklin says. “It just goes through the material. If the window pane feels cold, you have a loss. If the wall or floor feels cold, you have a loss.” Homeowners will also feel the pinch of running outdated or energy-guzzling appliances. “Old oil and gas heating units may be less than 60 percent efficient or even worse,” Franklin says. Luckily, with rising oil prices and a widespread interest in going green, homeowners have a number of options to combat rising energy costs and make their home more environmentally mindful. THE SOLUTIONS QUICK FIXES AND LARGER INVESTMENTS Malcarne says that insulation and air sealing are the best weapons against convected and conducted losses. Start by getting a blower test, which will indicate which areas are leaking air. Since a large amount of heat escapes through the top of the home, homeowners should look at the condition of the insulation in their attics, which often becomes torn and ravaged by electrical work and other wear. Then head 4/08 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 75


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to the basement, and assess its condition. “If they’re older farmhouses, basements are typically loose, stone walls and typically very leaky,” Malcarne says. For a faster, do-it-yourself approach, an easy way to fix an old, permeable basement wall is to buy a can of Great Stuff, an insulating foam sealant that will allow you to spot-treat as needed. For professionally done work, Malcarne suggests a closed-cell foam insulation for basements, which won’t absorb moisture. It’s the only kind, he says, that is usually effective for that area. After the top and bottom of the home are covered, the walls, which are often the most expensive to insulate, should be considered. Malcarne recommends a blow-in cellulose insulation, which has a variety of benefits: its ecofriendly composition is recycled newspapers; it’s one of the most cost-effective solutions on the market; it carries a degree of flame-retardency; is nontoxic; and is not a suitable material for animals, such as mice, to make homes in. Malcarne uses National Fiber’s cellulose insulation for his projects. An open-cell foam insulation is a good option. Dale Giraudin, the director of commercial products for Bullville’s Foamco, says that his firm’s half-pound expanding foam Icynene is sprayed into homes under construction after framing is finished and plumbing, wiring, and ductwork is installed.This insulation is sprayed into every open cavity such as wall bays, attics, crawlspaces, and box beams with the goal of sealing the building envelope. But the foam is also an alternative for aging homes, which may have no insulation at all. “The product can be applied in empty cavities of older homes, by injecting it into pencil-thin portholes, which can be later spackled closed by the homeowner,” Giraudin says. Studies by Foamco have shown that foam insulation is an average of 42 percent more energy efficient than conventional insulation, and there are other benefits as well. The foam is not only able to seal “every nook and cranny,” as Giraudin says, but also will never shrink, settle, or sag.Though it is more costly than conventional insulation, it will likely raise the value of a home when buyers are asking about energy costs. “Spray foam installed by Foamco is a selling point, he says. “Foam provides great value when looked at from all aspects.” Franklin has another suggestion for older homes suffering from a lack of proper insulation. “Many old homes can be improved by putting a one- or two-inch layer of foil-faced foam on the inside wall and covering it with a new layer of sheetrock,” he says. “This sacrifices 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches of space in the room, but greatly increases the effective R-value of the wall.” (The R-value stands for a material’s resistance to heat flow.) Energy can also be lost right through old windows and doors. If you can’t reinsulate, replacing these fixtures can make a dramatic improvement. “If possible, you should replace every window and door you can with a new model that has Energy Star Low E-insulated glass panes,” Franklin says. “If you replace your windows, your house will become warmer and much quieter.” Malcarne recommends the Paradigm window, which comes with a fiveyear warranty if it’s installed by a qualified professional. “What I like to look at is a window that’s well built, structurally strong, and has a rating for the air infiltration,” he says. “We want a window with high efficiency that seals well. [Paradigm is] one of the very best as far as replacement windows go.” If replacing windows and installing foam insulation are simply not in your budget, there are ways to make a difference without a significant budget. Use common sense—make sure windows and doors are closed, and install good weather stripping around all moveable openings. Caulk should be installed in cracks around these areas, as well as around pipe chases and vents outside of the house. Purchasing a full window cover for the cold seasons and closing off unused chimneys also makes a huge difference, Franklin says. Malcarne says that lighting use, which often accounts for 30 percent of a utility bill, can be decreased by replacing other bulbs with fluorescents or using LED lights, which he says last almost indefinitely and use a fraction of the electricity. Surveying the condition of the home’s appliances is the next step to saving money and reducing energy consumption. Franklin recommends replacing appliances. “Old appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners use a great deal more energy than new Energy Star-rated models,” he says. Malcarne’s advice is to replace your old appliances as well, but to make sure they’re installed properly. “When it comes to heating and cooling equipment be conscious of the right product and right application,” he says. “If you’re just looking at labels you could buy a 94 percenter, it could work at

74 percent if installed wrong.” The best way to confirm that someone is a qualified technician is to require referrals from satisfied customers prior to the job. Kate Dayton, the owner of New Paltz’s Green Courage, a materials project management company and supplier that also provides interior design services, offers clients decorative options that prove to be energy savers as well. Cork flooring, for instance, is naturally antibacterial and soft underfoot. “Cork as a flooring material is great, and you can also use floor under layment,” she says. “It’s a natural insulator and an acoustical benefit as well.” Cork flooring is offered in a range of colors and styles, such as tiles or floating floor panels. Another of Dayton’s flooring recommendations is Marmoleum, a natural linoleum made from flax with a cork backing that gives some of the same insulation benefits. Cork can be applied as flooring or on walls with the same benefit. Dayton also recommends American Clay, a veneer clay plaster finish for walls. “It’s energy efficient because it absorbs and releases moisture into the air and can hold 300 times its weight in moisture,” she explains. “It keeps the room balanced air quality-wise and is also an insulator. If you want your home more warm in the winter and you’ve got your temperature set, it will maintain that warmth. And in the summer it will maintain the cool.” Dayton also advises clients on how to avoid some of the pitfalls of making a home too airtight, which can include air stagnation and moisture buildup that leads to mold growth and other issues; homeowners need to remember to care for the air quality of their space after conducting all the various sealing and insulating measures. She offers her clients advice on products that encapsulate the off-gassing of toxins like formaldehyde from their furniture or millwork. She also advises clients to choose zero-VOC paints like American Pride or to use the American Clay wall covering to limit the amount of chemicals in the air, as well as opting for natural household cleaning products. Malcarne also notes the downside to too much sealing: air that exchanges at a much slower rate than the mandated two hours and 52 minutes. This can create a slew of condensation-related issues that result in poor air quality and worse. He says to make sure that homeowners do their research and consult with knowledgeable contractors for their work. “Some people are very wellintentioned and misinformed,” he points out. But the benefits of looking into these home improvements far outweigh the negatives, if done properly. Malcarne notes that with 120 million homes in the US, and some 20 million being built per year, the energy conservation movement is definitely needed. He also mentions that homeowners may be able to receive compensation for their improvements. Through NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), qualifying New York State residents can receive thousands of dollars to put toward their home energy-efficiency renovations. No matter how much a homeowner qualifies for, Malcarne says that this investment is always a smart choice. “You pay a little more up front, but for the rest of the life of the home it’s saving energy,” he says. “And when you look at the savings there, coupled with increase in comfort, you really have a win-win situation.”

RESOURCES FOR HOME EFFICIENCY Williams Lumber 8 locations in the Hudson Valley (845) 876-7011;

Malcarne Contracting, Inc. Staatsburg (800) 798-5844;

Foamco Inc. Bullville (800) 407-2240;

Green Courage New Paltz (845) 255-8731;


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ARCHITECTURE EcoArch DesignWorks

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Woodstock, NY (845) 247-4620 Award winning design,harmonizing Spirit, Health and the Environment, Solar and “Green” design. Licensed in New York, New Jersey and California, EcoArch DesignWorks specializes in Planning, Architecture and Interiors for Single family or Multi-family homes, entertainment, retail or office environments. Recent projects in New York include the Oriental Emerson Spa, the Ram Dass Library @ Omega and numerous Private homes and Additions. Unlock the potentials of your site, home or office, to foster greater design harmony, prosperity, spirit, health, and ecological integrity.

Garrison Art Center 23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3960

Hudson Valley Gallery 246 Hudson St, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY (845) 534-5ART Paintings and limited edition prints of the Hudson Valley and beyond by Paul Gould. Changing exhibits of representational paintings, sculpture and photography by established and emerging artists. Gallery offers painting and frame restoration services and art instruction in all media, beginners welcome. Gallery open Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment.

Since 1962, big-city selection and smalltown service have made Manny’s special. We offer a full range of art materials, craft and bookmaking supplies, as well as the best selection of handmade and decorative papers north of Manhattan. Manny’s, it’s more than just an art store.

R & F Handmade Paints 84 Ten Broeck Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-3112

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BOOKSTORES Mirabai of Woodstock 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100

Internationally known manufacturer of Pigment Sticks and Encaustic paint right here in the Hudson Valley. Stop in for a tour of our factory, get paints at discounted prices, sign up for an Encaustic or Pigment Stick workshop, or check out bi-monthly exhibits in the Gallery.

The Hudson Valley’s oldest spiritual/holistic

New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241



Richard Carson

Van Brunt Gallery

(845) 744-8264

Northern Dutchess Hardwoods and Floor Coverings

1 Water Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-7990

460 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-2995

Bang the Bongo, Jangle a Tambourine, Paint Your Chair, Quilt a Cover, Strum a Song, Draw a Super Hero! Get Better In Math! Music,art and tutoring classes for all ages & pre-schoolers. Fun and adventurous projects individually designed for each student. Study with experienced professionals in the arts and sciences.

Exhibiting the work of contemporary artists. Featuring abstract painting, sculpture, digital art, photography, and video, the gallery has new shows each month. The innovative gallery Web site has online artist portfolios and videos of the artists discussing their work.

Working glass blowing studio specializing in custom glass, artisan pieces and education. Glass styles range from the functional to abstract and conceptual. Offering beginner, intermediate and advanced courses. Studio rental and private lessons available. One-ofa-kind hand blown pieces for sale.

Mark Gruber Gallery

ART & MUSIC Children’s Art Workshop Nancy Catandella

ART SUPPLIES ART GALLERIES & CENTERS Ann Street Gallery 104 Ann Street Newburgh, NY (845) 562-6940x119 The Ann Street Gallery is a non-profit gallery located in the City of Newburgh, specializing in contemporary emerging and established artists.

Center for Photography at Woodstock 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-9957 78

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Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston (845) 331-7780 Woodstock (845) 679-2251 Poughkeepsie (845) 452-1250 Art Materials, studio furnishings, custom picture framing, blueprint copies, graphic design services, large format color output, custom printing, personal stationery, legal forms, cards, maps and novelty gifts. Three locations dedicated to enhancing your creative adventure — voted ‘Best in the Valley’ year after year.

Manny’s Art Supply 83 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-9902

bookstore, providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts that transform, renew, and elevate the spirit. Exquisite statuary and other art works from Nepal, Tibet, Bali. Expert Tarot reading, astrological charts/ interpretation available.

19 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2005 Northern Dutchess Hardwoods and Floor Coverings is a full service flooring store from consultation/design to installation. We will


take you “every step of the way.” We can ship flooring anywhere in the United States!

DNL Automotive, Inc. (845) 236-2552 A family owned and operated dealership that specializes in finding rare and exciting pre-owned vehicles of outstanding quality and value.

Call or e-mail for an extremely competitive price quote today!

Williams Lumber & Home Centers 6760 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-WOOD 317 Kyserike Road, High Falls, NY (845) 687-7676


2612 Route 44, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-2324


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Choose Esotec to be your wholesale beverage provider. For 21 years, we carry a complete line of natural, organic, and unusual juices, spritzers, waters, sodas,

our Rhinebeck and Millbrook locations.

trust. Our Design Centers are located at Come meet with our outstanding design team and start creating your perfect kitchen or bath today!

CARPETS & RUGS Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings 54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5311 Winner: Hudson Valley Magazine “Best Carpets.” Direct importers since 1981. Natural-dyed Afghan carpets; Balouchi tribal kilims; Russian sumaks; antique Caucasian carpets; silk Persian sumaks; Turkish kilims. Hundreds to choose from, 2’x3’ to 9’x12’. Kilim pillows, $20-$55. We encourage customers to try our rugs in their homes, without obligation. MC/Visa/AmEx.


Pegasus Comfort Footwear 10 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock and New Paltz, NY (845) 679-2373 Offering innovative comfort footwear by all your favorite brands. Merrell, Dansko, Keen, Clarks, Ecco and Uggs, and lots more. Open 7 days a week — or shop online at

White Rice 531 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 697-3500 Clothing and accessories for women and children. Furniture and home furnishings. With an Asian sensibility. Open 7 days.

Red Land Internal Arts (845) 750-6488


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COLLEGE ADVISING College Pathways—Kris Fox Latham, NY (518) 782-1270 or (800) 391-5272 The Capital District’s answer to Sensible College Planning. Specializing in Financial Aid, College Selection, Timeline Management, PSAT and SAT Prep and Essay Writing for College Applications. If your child is a high school sophomore or junior, don’t delay — contact us today!


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The spiritual alchemy practices of ancient Taoist sorcerers and Shaolin Buddhist monks, yielded these two treasures of Chinese internal Gung Fu. CHI GUNG: This meditative practice incorporates and integrates both stillness and motion to strengthen the body and mind. It’s deep breathing techniques, stretching and massaging of the acupuncture meridians, tendons, ligaments and muscles helps to fend off disease and old age. It prepares the body to withstand the rigorous training of Martial Arts and helps us to live a long life, free, of degenerative diseases. TAI CHI CHUAN, based on the same principles as CHI GUNG, further embodies the expression of our intrinsic energy (CHI) in general physical movement and stillness meditation, as well as the deeply intricate movements found in the self-defense aspect of the Tai Chi form. Both of these practices were founded on the combination of Shaolin Buddhist meditation, Shaolin martial body mechanics and Taoist spiritual alchemy, but the first step in attaining results in these arts depends on setting the body and mind to the true nature of things… there are no short cuts. These esoteric practices have brought health, vitality and youthfulness, to me and my students, some of which are in their 70’s and 80’s. The only requirements for Chi Gung and Tai Chi Chuan are: determined practice of the principles and the will to persevere.

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1629 Main Street (Route 44), Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-3115 A quaint consignment boutique that offers distinctive clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories, and a unique variety of highquality furs and leathers. Always a generous supply of merchandise from casual to chic; contemporary to vintage; all sizes accepted. Featuring a diverse and illuminating jewelry collection. Conveniently located in Pleasant Valley, only 9 miles east of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

CRAFTS Crafts People

CINEMA Upstate Films 26 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2515 Showing provocative international cinema, contemporary and classic, and hosting filmmakers since 1972 on two screens in the village of Rhinebeck.


262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY (845) 331-3859 Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts; the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including: sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained glass, etc.

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337 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY (518) 439-5722

First Street Dancewear

An eclectic, suburban shop offering trendy urban gear from popular designers like Free People and Anthropologie to classic and vintage collections. Other items include a variety of modern and handmade jewelry, handbags, shoes, books and modern art. Also, shop our kid’s closet for great deals on Lilly Pulitzer, Fresh Produce, Ralph Lauren and more!

Saugerties, NY (845) 247-4517 First Street dancewear in Saugerties, NY, offers quality dancewear for adults and children. We have dancewear, knit warmups, ballet, jazz, tap shoes, gymnastics wear, skatewear, accessories, and gift items. We also feature a line of women’s active wear clothing suitable for Yoga and Pilates.



DOG BOARDING Dog Love, LLC 240 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8254 Personal Hands-On Boarding and Daycare tailored to your dog’s individual needs. Your dog’s happiness is our goal. Indoor 5x10 matted kennels with classical music and windows overlooking our pond. Supervised playgroups in 40 x 40 fenced area. Homemade food and healthy treats.

FAUX FINISHES DownUnderFaux Red Hook, NY

At Phantom we provide everything you need to create and enjoy an organic, beautiful landscape. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will help you choose from an unbeatable selection of herbaceous or woody plants, garden products, and books. We offer professional design, installation, and maintenance services. Visit us!

GRAPHIC DESIGN pi in the sky design (845) 613-0683 We make your virtual world real. Promotional, advertising & editorial design. Book jackets, brochures, corporate identity campaigns, dvds, magazines, newsletters, posters. 100% focused on your needs.

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DOWN UNDER FAUX is the creation of MURIEL CALDERON, an Australian Faux Finish Artist with more than 25 years of international experience. Muriel is motivated by a passion for transforming ordinary rooms into works of art as limitless as one’s imagination. Whether it’s the look and feel of an aged, luxurious Tuscan Villa, an Ultramodern Manhattan Loft, or the loving and authentic restoration of existing Historic Finishes, Muriel works with you (and/or your Designer) to help you create the envisioned reality you desire. See color display ad.


FAUX FINISHES Faux Intentions (845) 532-3067 Cat Quinn, professional decorative artist, setting the standard for excellence in Custom Faux Finishes for your home and business. With infinite possibilities, your walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces and furniture can be transformed using my faux finishing techniques. A full spectrum of decorative finishes using plasters, glazes and many other mediums, help to fill your home full of your unique personality and spirit. Don’t miss the beauty and exhilaration of transforming the rooms you live and work in every day into spaces that reflect your sense of style. Portfolio showing a phone call away.

FENG SHUI Feng Shui Solutions 72 North Slope Road, Shokan, NY (845) 231-0801 Discover the richness of the ancient principles of Feng Shui applied to modern life and enjoy a more harmonious and balanced existence. Our consultations are aimed at improving family relationships, health and prosperity; clearing negative energy from any space; improving business viability and selecting or designing the perfect home or office.

GARDENING & GARDEN SUPPLIES Phantom Gardener Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-8606 80


(845) 757-4000 Webjogger is a local company with offices in Tivoli and Kingston. We have a great solution for small businesses IT including symmetrical High Speed Internet, Offsite On-line Data Backup and Storage, Collaborative Archived Email, Web Hosting and Domain Registration, Server Collocation and Management, and IT support by phone or on site, with nice discounts for bundled services. We’re big enough to have what you need and small enough to make it work for your individual needs. Many local companies swear by us, not at us! We also do high end routing and switching and Gigabit Wireless connectivity for local hospitals and radiology labs.

JEWELRY, FINE ART & GIFTS Jewel 21 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-3775 Spectacular jewelry and clothing designers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America are represented here with many oneof-a-kind pieces of art. Owners Ronny and Michael Widener are committed to providing an inspired and diverse collection of jewelry, accessories, and artwork for your pleasure.

Women’s Work 65 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 809-5299 Enabling women to live their chosen/desired way of life through the fair trade of baskets, beads, batiks and beauty products. Exclusive importer of Maiden Botswana Marula Oil, specializing in San Bushman Art & Ostrich Eggshell Beaded Jewelry.

kitchen tools, and serving pieces for home or restaurant. Knives are our specialty; we have more than 1000 different styles and sizes in stock. We encourage you to take advantage of our in-store sharpening and engraving services.




Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. (845) 338-5984


(845) 489-5214

290 Main Street, Grahamsville, NY 845.985.0202

At AMA DJ Productions we provide you with a professional, attentive, and positive DJ service. We play YOUR music choices. We play at Weddings, All Parties, and Corporate Events. Your Professional Music Entertainment Source. Fun, Dancing, & Memories!! Since 1998.

At Restaino Design, we focus on providing personalized landscape architecture services to our Clients. Our artfully inspired landscape plans are coupled with contemporary sustainable site design methods. From intimate meditation gardens and outdoor rooms for enjoyment and entertainment, to large scale site design and native plantings, we instill our work with ‘the sense of place’ unique to each landscape. Barbara Restaino, RLA, ASLA is principal and a LEED Accredited Professional.


MUSIC LESSONS Center for Personal Development Through Music (845) 677-5871 Piano Lessons for Thwarted Geniuses with Peter Muir.

Piano Lessons with David Arner Judith Johnson Management Services PO Box 624 Croton on Hudson, NY (914) 271-5018 (914) 271-9113 Organized, discrete and professional management services offered for dissolution of estates, downsizing, and insurance documentation. Multi-format cataloging; written and DVD photograph presentations; management of all details, including liaison with international, national and local auction houses; shipping.

MEDIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION Pathways Mediation Center (845) 331-0100 We are a unique mediation practice for couples going through divorce or for families in conflict. Josh Koplovitz has over 30 years as a Matrimonial and Family Law Attorney and Myra Schwartz has over 30 years as a Guidance Counselor working with families and children. This male/female, counselor and attorney team can effectively address all your legal and family issues. Use our one-hour free consultations to meet us or visit us on the web.

(845) 339-7437 I am a classically trained avant-garde jazz pianist and composer, teaching since 1976. I teach beginners, professionals, children and adults. Every student is different, so how and what I teach varies accordingly. My mission is to encourage creativity, understanding and technical advancement no matter what your level is.

NURSERIES Catskill Native Nursery 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson, NY (845) 626-2758 We sell North American perennials, shrubs, trees, & fruits. Native plants are a natural choice for woodland, meadow, and wetland gardens—and the flower borders around your house. Native plants are ornamental, easy to maintain, and provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies, bees—and yourself.

PERFORMING ARTS Lehman-Loeb Art Center / Powerhouse Theater Vassar College Box 225, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 437-5902



Warren Kitchen & Cutlery

Burt’s Electronics


6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6207

549 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-5011

Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

Located in historic Rhinebeck, in New York’s beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley, Warren Kitchen & Cutlery is a true kitchenware emporium — a place where inspired chefs and cooking enthusiasts can find their favorite cutlery, cookware, appliances,

Good music deserves quality sound! Avoid the malls and shop where quality and personal service are valued above all else. Bring Burt and his staff your favorite album and let them teach you how to choose the right audio equipment for your listening needs.

(845) 687-0330 The Pioneer in Professional Pet Care! Full house-pet-plant sitting service, proudly serving three counties for 32 years. Experienced, dependable, thorough, and reasonable housesitting for your pets.

France Menk Photography (845) 750-5261 Fine art limited edition prints. Internationally exhibited. Events / Portraits / Advertising / Fine Art. Private instruction in the art of photography: for all levels of experience.

Hudson Valley Sunrooms has been selling and installing Four Seasons Sunrooms since 1984. We offer sales, skilled installation and service, as well as experienced consultation on residential and commercial sunroom projects. We welcome you to visit our showroom located just south of Kingston on Route 9W. We provide free in-home estimates.

WEB DESIGN Curious Minds Media Inc.

Adam’s Piano

(888) 227-1645

Featuring Kawai and other fine brands. 75 pianos on display in our Germantown (just north of Rhinebeck) showroom. Open by appointment only. Inventory, prices, pictures at A second showroom will be opening in New Paltz in November. Superb service, moving, storage, rentals; we buy pianos!


Don’t settle for less, benefit from the best! At N&S Supply, we take pride in offering the highest quality plumbing and heating products at a competitive price. Our experienced sales professionals will help you determine the right product for your project while keeping you within your budget. With many convenient locations, stop by and see why service at N&S Supply is second to none!

Coding skills + design sensibility makes Curious Minds Media the right choice for your next project. We are the region’s premiere provider of new media services.

Mister Snacks, Inc. (845) 206-7256 Call Vinny Sciullo for distribution of the finest snacks in the Hudson Valley. Visit our Gift Shop online.

SUNROOMS Four Seasons Sunrooms Beacon (845) 838-1235 Kingston (845) 339-1787

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ICU Publish specializes in intensive care graphic design. On-site personalized consultation and training for both Mac and PC’s, Web design and publishing with customized data base driven websites created with the artist in mind. Limitededition book publishing, artist’s books, portfolios, dummys, proposals, business reports, manuscript editing, off-site or onsite freelance editing available.

WEDDINGS (845) 336-4705 The Only Resource You Need to Plan a Hudson Valley Wedding. Offering a free, extensive, online Wedding Guide and highlighting hundreds of WeddingRelated Professionals. Regional Bridal Show Schedule. Links. Wed Shop. Vendor Promotions, Specials, and more. Call or email for information about adding your wedding-related business.



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New York Press Direct At NY Press Direct we exist for one reason— to delight our customers! What does that mean to you? Worry-free shopping for all your printing and fulfillment needs. Our solutions are leading-edge in the industry. Our pricing is among the most competitive in the northeast region. Call John DeSanto or Larry Read for more information.

Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories

ICU Publish


(845) 896-0894

The best styles and trends in designer and vintage clothes!

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205 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-6291 Showrooms: Fishkill (845) 896-6291 Kingston (845) 331-6700 Catskill (518) 947-2010

The Closet Shop



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Gifts with a Twist

CenterToPage: Moving Writers From The Center To The Page

299 WALL STREET • KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401 • 845-338-8100

Accord, NY (845) 679-9441

In The Heart of Uptown Kingston

With 20 years’ experience as author and teacher, Jeff Davis meets each person where he or she is at for coaching, editing, and ghostwriting. Jeff works in all stages of writing & publishing with scholars, nonfiction writers, novelists, poets, & people simply wishing to develop a writing practice from their center. Teaches at WCSU MFA Program and at conferences nationwide. References available.


Emerging Writer’s Studio (845) 688-7328 Weekly workshops, e-courses, manuscript consultation, and private mentoring for writers of fiction and memoir. Deepen awareness of craft, release your voice, and write the stories that are meant for you. Come join a supportive community of writers! Workshops: Phoenicia and beyond. Led by writer/teacher Nanci Panuccio, M.F.A.



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THE BEEF OVER DOWNED COWS How the Mainstream Meat and Dairy Industry Makes You Sick Our nation’s love of meat and dairy foods has spawned an industry that processes massive volumes of flesh at low dollar cost, but at high cost to our health and the animals who suffer through it. There are solutions, however, and you can support better practices with your purchasing dollars.

by lorrie klosterman illustrations by annie dwyer internicola


hen February’s historically huge beef recall hit the news I was sitting in an airport. It seemed ironic, having just returned from a country where visitors fear food-borne microbes. But this recall wasn’t about E. coli, the usual culprit in beef recalls in the US. Instead, a video from a weeks-long undercover investigation by the Humane Society caught workers at the Hallmark/Westland meatpacking plant (slaughterhouse) abusing downed cows, or “nonambulatory” ones, as technical lingo calls animals that are too injured, sick, or weak to stand. In the video, workers shove and roll the collapsed cows with a forklift, repeatedly jab them with a cattleprod, and spray water at high pressure up a crippled cow’s nose. The point was to get these “spent” dairy cows to enter the building of their own accord; otherwise a vet would have to clear them for slaughter. Kenneth Peterson of the United States Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for meat inspection and safety, in an interview with PBS in late February, said what happened at Hallmark/Westland is “an aberration” and


that “I have inspectors present in the plant that look for these very same kind of practices.” But it was the Humane Society, not the USDA inspectors, who blew the whistle. Nonetheless, Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Ed Schafer, said in a press release, “We are confident in our inspection system and the food safety regulations that ensure the safety and wholesomeness of the food supply.” Still, the USDA has indefinitely terminated Hallmark/Westland’s operations and recalled 143 million pounds of beef that came out of the plant over the last two years. Most of it has been eaten. Much of it went to public schools, supplied free from the federal government’s subsidy programs. Mike Robinson, Food Director for New Paltz school district, says he destroyed about a meal’s worth of ground beef, and a couple meals of burgers; several more meals’ worth from the Hallmark/Westland batch had already been consumed.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT, OF THE FOODSTREAM To be clear, the beef recall wasn’t prompted by animal abuse per se, but be-

cause the downed cattle were being slaughtered, processed, and shipped as food. It is illegal to process downer cows because of the likelihood that they will introduce pathogens into our food. (No legislation exists yet for other food animals.) The law banning downed cattle from food owes its beginnings to Farm Sanctuary, the country’s premier food animal watchdog organization born from the rescue of a downed sheep found on a pile of dead animals at a slaughterhouse. “In 1999 we petitioned the USDA,” said Farm Sanctuary’s cofounder and CEO Gene Baur in a phone interview, “saying that downed animals are diseased and shouldn’t be in our food. It’s very simple. But the USDA’s response at that time was that downed animals are okay for food, and they countered our assertion that it would be a small economic burden [not to use downed animals] by saying it would in fact be a big economic burden.” That implies downed animals are used often enough to figure in a plant’s profits. Through an ensuing legal battle, the USDA agreed in 2004 to an interim ban on downed cattle, shortly after news that BSE (bovine spongioform encephalitis) was found in a US cow. But, Baur explained, the rule was altered when it was made permanent in 2007. “The USDA changed it to say that if the animal walks off the truck [on arrival at the slaughterhouse], but goes down before slaughter, it can be checked by a vet, okayed, and used for food. That leaves a huge loophole where short term economic gain runs counter to longterm consumer health.” What does “okayed” mean? “Basically the inspector looks to see if the animal is alive and breathing,” said Baur. “I’ve talked to people at the plants who confirm this. We have seen for the last 20 years that the slaughterhouses will exploit that loophole. Downed animals get slaughtered for food.”

MAD COWS IN THE MIX? Some cows are just “obstinate” or “tired,” said Kenneth Peterson of the USDA after viewing the ones in Hallmark/Westland video. But Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the Humane Society’s Factory Farming Campaign, knows other-

wise. “These are animals who were so crippled that even upon being tortured they were unable to rise. Downers are a pervasive problem, especially in the dairy industry.The animals have been selectively bred for astronomical rates of milk production. They are more prone to lameness and mastitis” (infection of the udders). And muscle weakness and collapse is a symptom of BSE. BSE—an incurable brain-wasting disease transferable to humans who eat infected meat—carries a pretty decent fear factor. Three cows in the US have tested positive to date, with the latest (December 2003) prompting over 40 nations to shun American beef. This year Canada racked up its 12th confirmed case of BSE in cattle when a dairy cow collapsed and tested positive. Should you worry about getting BSE? The USDA monitors cattle for it through periodic testing. Of the 40 million cattle brought to slaughter each year, fewer than 20,000 are tested (1 in 2,000).That’s not a big sampling. More disturbing is that many factory farmed cattle are slaughtered too young to show symptoms of BSE even if infected. It takes several years for the disease to manifest visibly, during which time it can be transmitted to animals or people who consume the flesh. Other food animals—notably sheep—can harbor the illness (called scrapie); a few years ago, for instance, 200 dairy sheep in Vermont were killed for fear they were infected. The US and Canada made the wise move in 1997 to ban feeding cows with ground up body parts of other ruminants (sheep, goats, cows). That bizarre and once-common practice saved money and carcass disposal problems, but it also spreads BSE. But it’s still legal to feed ground-up chickens to cows, as is other interspecies feasting—sheep and cows to pigs, and to chickens, and so on.

PATHOGENS ON YOUR PLATE BSE is just one problem. To meet consumer demand for cheap and abundant animal flesh, milk, and eggs, gargantuan operations such as factory farms, feedlots, battery cages for chickens, and breakneck-pace slaughterhouses (several animals gutted per minute) have taken over much of food animal processing. The unsanitary and inhumane conditions of these places are well documented 4/08 CHRONOGRAM WHOLE LIVING 83

in video clips, photos, undercover investigations, worker testimonies, movies like Meet Your Meat, and books such as Slaughterhouse, Farm Sanctuary, The Food Revolution, Diet for a New America, and Mad Cowboy (the latter by Howard Lyman, cattleman-turned-vegetarian who got sued along with Oprah Winfrey by the cattle industry for voicing concerns about BSE on her show). All told, the annual incidence of food-borne illness is astounding. The latest comprehensive report from the Centers for Disease Control in 1999 estimates 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths due to extensive infection and organ failure in the US each year. Not all are due to animal products, but most are. (Produce sometimes gets contaminated, but animals and their feces are the source of most pathogens.) Food-borne illnesses dish out abdominal cramps, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, fever, and, in some cases, Guillain-Barre syndrome (acute, months-long paralysis), acute kidney failure, seizures, blindness, lung damage, and spontaneous abortion. The microbial culprits include E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, Vibrio, Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptosporidium parvum, Norwalk virus, and hepatitis A. The CDC warns that contaminated meat looks and smells normal, that very few bacteria cause illness, and that one drop of fresh meat juice is enough to contaminate other foods or surfaces. “Changes in the preparation of animals for slaughter and in slaughter and processing methods could decrease the contamination,” the agency advises. As a public service (and grim wake-up call), Consumer Reports periodically tests for pathogens in grocery store chickens. Their January 2007 results: of 525 fresh, whole broilers purchased in 23 states, 83 percent were contaminated with campylobacter or salmonella (from poultry digestive tract). Moreover, 67 percent of the campylobacter bacteria and 84 percent of the salmonella were resistant to one or more antibiotics. “Some people who are sickened by chicken might need to try several antibiotics before finding one that works,” the report warns.Thorough cooking kills the pathogens; nonetheless, the CDC estimates that campylobacter and salmonella from undercooked meat or other foods contaminated with raw meat juice each sickens about a million people annually, and cause about 100 and 600 deaths, respectively.

SUPERBUG FACTORIES As with people, animals spread illnesses more readily when crammed into close quarters. Factory farming and battery cages means very close (e.g., chickens with floor space no bigger than a sheet of paper, side-by-side pig cages too small for the animals to turn around in). Pathogens are shed and spread in feces, urine, and other bodily discharges. So, widespread antibiotic use is common practice to keep illnesses at bay. In addition, studies in the 1950s showed that animals gained more weight on a diet of low-dose antibiotics, so they are a standard feed additive. Incredibly, these uses of antibiotics account for 70 percent of the nation’s antibiotics market, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. There are two big problems with this practice. First, bacteria become resistant to antibiotics to which they are routinely exposed. Second, the kinds of antibiotics used are from the human medicine cabinet: tetracyclines, sulfonamides, penicillins, macrolides, fluoroquinolones, and more. Put these problems together, and the mainstream meat and dairy industry is fueling the superbug epidemic—the emergence of bacteria that sicken us but are now resistant to the effects of antibiotics. The CDC gives an example: “People get campylobacter diarrhea primarily from eating undercooked chicken. In 1989, none of the campylobacter strains from ill persons that CDC tested were resistant to fluoroquinolone antibiotics. In 1995, the FDA approved the use of fluoroquinolones in poultry. Soon afterwards, doctors found campylobacter strains from ill persons that were resistant to fluoroquinolone antibiotics.” Experts in human infectious diseases warned of such scenarios long ago, and indeed, antibiotic resistance is now a worldwide health problem that continues to worsen.

CHANGES AND CHOICES Antibiotic overuse, widespread meat contamination, downed animals in food— these are some, but not all, of the health concerns that accompany industrialscale meat and diary processing. Environmental problems are astronomical as well. Something’s got to change.You can help by supporting legislation to im84 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 4/08

prove practices at factory farms and the country’s large slaughterhouses. Support nonprofit groups like Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which are dedicated to cleaning up your meat and dairy supply while treating animals more humanely. Bills are currently before Congress to require euthanasia for downed animals instead of slaughtering them or leaving them to die in corners and piles. A group of senators is proposing a ban on all downer cows, with no loopholes, and 24-hour surveillance cameras at processing plants (though Department of Agriculture Secretary Schafer says these changes aren’t needed). Recently, a hoard of some 800,000 Californians got a bill onto November’s state ballot to ban the common practices of confining veal calves, chickens, and pregnant pigs in cages too small to move in. Another thing you can do is change your eating habits. Meat eaters often say they don’t want to know their meat’s history, because they’d have to stop eating animal foods out of guilt, or keep eating them and pretend not to care. But there’s a third, empowering option: Get informed, and then get picky about what you’ll eat. For starters, learn what meat and dairy labels mean and scan products with a skeptical eye, as some are misleading or not federally regulated. Here’s an introduction: Cage-free: Poultry raised without cages; could mean birds crammed by the thousands indoors. Free Range: The animal had some access to the outdoors each day, but may be only a few minutes, or may not have actually gone out (USDA regulates the label usage on poultry but not pigs, cattle, or egg-laying hens). Pasture-raised, Pastured: Animals spent some of their lives in pasture (no minimum time specified). Grass-fed: Cattle whose food was 99 percent grass or forage; does not require that animals live in pasture. Grain-finished: Cattle fed mostly grass but then only grain for some time before slaughter. Natural: Refering to products that have no added colors, flavors, preservatives, or other artificial ingredients. Raised without Antibiotics, No Antibiotics Administered: Animal was not treated with antibiotics; does not indicate living conditions or diet. rBGH-free or rBST-free: Cattle did not receive bovine growth hormone (bovine somatostatin).

SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS Jessica and Joshua Applestone, owners of Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats in Rhinebeck and Kingston, were once vegetarians, says Jessica, because of “concerns about the way animals were raised at factory farms, the huge environmental problems, and my own health. I didn’t trust the meat we could find in local stores. I also wanted food that was raised locally.” Four years ago, the Applestones started their own store to work directly with local farmers and small slaughterhouses to provide the best in humanely and healthfully created meats and cheeses. “Once Joshua and I started dealing with the farmers, and trusting them,” says Jessica, “we felt great about eating meat again. Many farmers are doing wonderful things in the way they raise their animals. We offer pasture-raised local meats, and some are grain-finished to allow fresh meat throughout the year [when pasture is under snow].” An important health benefit of a grass-fed diet is that E. coli aren’t prevalent, compared to feedlot animals given corn and soy, which their digestion isn’t meant to handle. “They become sick, E. coli is a problem, and they’re given antibiotics and medications.” Jessica also urges people to understand that not all slaughterhouses are massive killing factories. “Most of the slaughterhouses we deal with are family run, have passed down the skills and knowledge, and are an important and respected part of the farming community. They can do 10 to 20 steers a week. Three to five people work in these slaughterhouses; they bring the animals in one at a time, and it’s done humanely and carefully. It’s an honest living and it’s essential.” So, meat-eaters, use your purchasing power to enjoy animal foods from local farms. We’re lucky to have many in our region. You’ll discover people who are devoted to healthy, humane, “old-fashioned” farming ways. Just as hunger for meat created factory farms, hunger for better meat can take them down. For a comprehensive list of local farms and suppliers of meat and dairy products, visit



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COME TO SPROUT CREEK FARM MARKET! Cheese from our own grass-fed Guernsey and Jersey cows... free from artificial antibiotics and hormones. While you’re here you can also pick up... grass fed pork, veal, and beef. Starting March 1st, fresh and aged goat cheese available. SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES Day and Overnight Programs. Learn, connect, and eat healthy foods— it’s another way to save the children. Call for an application (845-485-8438) or apply on-line at

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IONE is psycho-spiritual therapist, Qi Healer and inter-faith minister, who is director of the Ministry of MaĂĽt, Inc. Specializing in myth and heritage, dream phenomena and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues, she facilitates writing workshops and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mysteries programs and leads retreats to sacred locations throughout the world. An author and playwright, her works include Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color and Listening in Dreams. Offices in Kingston and New York City.

Discover the richness of the ancient principles of Feng Shui applied to modern life and enjoy a more harmonious and balanced existence. Our consultations are aimed at improving family relationships, health and prosperity; clearing negative energy from any space; improving business viability and selecting or designing the perfect home or office.

Priscilla A. Bright, MAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Energy Healer/Counselor

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Kingston, NY (845) 688-7175 Specializing in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stress, emotional issues, and physical illness, including stress-related anxiety, depression, and physical burnout. Women in transition, businesswomen, mothers, all welcome. Experienced counselor. Faculty, Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Convenient offices in Kingston and New Paltz. Initial phone consultation no charge.

The Center For Advanced Dentistryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bruce D. Kurek, DDS, FAGD 494 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-5600 Setting the standard for excellence in dentistry for more than 25 years, the Center for Advanced Dentistry attracts clients from throughout the northeast and abroad. Their client-centered approach to providing comprehensive dental services for adults and children includes old-school care and concern combined with the latest technologies. The office is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the NYS Thruway, exit 18. Tischler Family Dental Center Woodstock, NY (845) 679-3706 With over 35 years experience, Tischler Dental is the leading team of dental care experts in the area. Dr. Michael Tischler is currently one of only two Board Certified Implant Dentists in the Hudson Valley Region of NYS and one of only 300 dentists in the world to have achieved this honor. Sedation dentistry, acupuncture with dental treatment, dental implant surgery, cosmetic makeover procedures and gum surgery are just a few of the many unique services Tischler Dental offers. Their practice philosophy is that each modality of dental treatment is performed by the practitioner that is best trained in that area. Working as a team, they deliver ideal dental care.

The Sanctuary: A Place for Healing A quaint healing center in a quiet part of downtown New Paltz. Offering Craniosacral Therapy, Massage, Psychotherapy, Reiki, Dr. Hauschka Facials, Counseling, Restorative Yoga, and Kabbalistic Healing. Classes in Spontaneous Theater, Toning, NVC, Pathwork. Call for an appointment.


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John M. Carroll, Healer Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420 John Carroll is an intuitive healer, teacher, and spiritual counselor who integrates mental imagery with the God-given gift of his hands. John has helped individuals suffering from acute and chronic disorders, including back problems and cancer. Remote healings and telephone sessions. Call for consultation. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (800) 944-1001 Omegaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 Rhinebeck season is now for sale! Join us for workshops, professional trainings, conferences, and rest & rejuvenation retreats at our beautiful campus in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Upcoming workshops this Spring with Glenn Black, Gary Zukav, Alberto Villoldo, and Arjuna Ardagh, as well as a special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant Celebration and a Women of Yoga Retreat.

Classes for All Levels Offered 7 Days a Week UPCOMING AT SATYA YOGA CENTER

Very Beginner Yoga Series Sundays, April 13 Ă? May 4 12:30Ă?1:30 pm, $65

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Move to Heal: Gentle Chair Yoga with Petra Every Friday, 3:00Ă?4:00 pm

Yoga Theraputics with special guest Joe Palese Saturday, April 19, 2:15Ă?6:15 pm, $45

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Specializing in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Caring for infants, children, adolescents & adults Open Tuesday thru Saturday Call for an appointment 518-567-9977 197 County Route 10, Germantown, New York 12526

HYPNOSIS Kary Broffman, RN, CH Hyde Park, NY (845) 876-6753 A registered nurse with a BA in psychology since 1980, Kary is certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Hypnobirthing, and Complementary Medical Hypnotism, hypnocoaching with the National Guild. She has also studied interactive imagery for nurses. By weaving her own healing journey and education into her work, she helps to assist others in accessing their inner resources and healing potential. Margaret A. Cribbin, Certified Hypnotherapist 658 Aaron Court, Kingston, NY (845) 430-8249 Over 20 years ago, Margaret stopped smoking through hypnosis. She has been a registered nurse for 46 years and now shares the gift she received thorough hypnosis with others. Stop Smoking. Lose Weight. Improve Athletic Performance and Test Taking Skills. Overcome Phobias and Procrastination Problems. A perfect chance to guarantee New Year’s Resolutions. Gift Certificates available.

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Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHt. New Paltz and Kingston, NY (845) 389-2302



Increase self-esteem and motivation; break bad habits; manage stress, stress-related illness, and anger; alleviate pain (e.g. childbirth, headaches, chronic pain); overcome fears and despondency; relieve insomnia; improve learning, memory, public speaking and sports performance; enhance creativity. Other issues. Change your outlook. Gain Control. Make healthier choices. Certified Hypnotist, two years training; broad base in Psychology.


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Conscious Body—Ellen Ronis McCallum L.M.T. 426 Main Street Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8400 Offering deep, sensitive and eclectic Massage therapy with over 22 years of experience as a licensed Massage Therapist working with a wide variety of body types and physical/medical/ emotional issues. Techniques included: deep tissue, Swedish, Craniosacral, energy balancing, and chi nei tsang (an ancient Chinese abdominal and organ chi massage). Hot Stone Massage and aromatherapy are also offered. Gift certificates available. Joan Apter (845) 679-0512 Offering luxurious massage therapy, including Raindrop Technique, with therapeutic essential oils to relieve stress, boost the immune system, and address system imbalances. Natural animal care, individual consultations for a healthy home and personal concerns, spa consultant, classes, and keynotes. Essential Oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information, contact Joan Apter. Sarah Samuels (LMT) (845) 430-2266

Kabbalistic Healing in person and long distance. 6 session Introduction to Kabbalistic Healing based on the work of Jason Shulman. See also Body-Centered Therapy directory.



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Serving artists, healers, creatives, and other sensitives called to integrate their rich interior worlds into their daily lives. When therapy for the past fails to provide the tools for the future. Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation online. Shirley Stone, MBA, Certified Empowerment Life Coach Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2194 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 4/08


Graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy. Licensed and practicing since 2001. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Swedish and Medical massage. Also available for corporate and event chair massage. Gift certificates available. Massage by appointment.

Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC

(800) 291-5576


Want to convert fear into courage, stress into power, depression into joy, worry into satisfaction? Consider empowerment life coaching. Get clarity on the life you want plus the tools and techniques to make your dreams a reality. Stop being a problem solver and become a vision creator.

(845) 687-BABY Give birth as you wish, in an environment in which you feel nurtured and secure; where your emotional well-being, privacy, and personal preferences are respected. Be supported by a tradition that trusts the natural process. Excellent MD consult, hospital backup. Jennifer Houston, Midwife (518) 678-3154 Since the 1970s Jennifer has been actively involved in childbirth. She is an







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Mary T. DeMicco, lmt Every Monday in April One hour Swedish Massage: $60. One Hour Deep Tissue Massage: $70. 845-656-1249


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JENNIFER HUNDERFUND, RYT, lmt Thursdays, 5:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6:30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Standing postures and stretching Fridays, 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Core strengthening and hip openers Drop-in rate: $12. Monthly rate: $40

Counseling & Psychotherapy ARiella Morris, LCSW-R EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness Body-Centered and Talk Therapy for Trauma, Abuse, Relationships, Accidents, Illness/Surgery & the hurts of life (Sliding scale) 853-3325

Therapeutic massage annie serrante, lmt, lmsw Teachers Special: $20 off through April 14. Gift Certificates available. 255-3337 ext. 1 Students and Senior Citizens discounts available


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Accompanying artists, healers, creatives & innovators on the journey to belonging. 800.291.5576

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Conscious Body is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a strong healthy body, a dynamic mind and a vibrant spirit. Come visit our beautiful new studio where perceptive, knowledgeable and experienced instructors will help you achieve your goals, no matter your age or physical abilities. For more information, call 845-658-8400 or visit our website at

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expert in preserving natural birth and has attended over 3,000 births in hospitals, high-risk medical centers, birth centers, and homes. She is uniquely qualified to provide women with personal, safe, and supportive pregnancy and birth care in their homes. Certified Nurse Midwife & NYS licensed with excellent medical backup.

illness. Sessions are designed to teach self-help tools based on mindfulness based stress reduction, guided imagery, Twelve Steps, Reiki and Qigong. Her individual practice combines traditional medical practice with an integrative approach in an effort to decrease dependency on medication. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Care Center

NUTRITION COUNSELING Jill Malden, RD, LMSW 1 Water Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 489-4732 Prominent Nutritionist specializing in eating behavior and eating disorders for 15 years. Warm, nonjudgmental treatment. Understand the effects of nutrition on your mood, anxiety level, cravings, concentration, energy level, and sleep, in addition to body weight. Recover from your eating issues and enjoy a full life!

Rhinebeck (845) 876-2496 Kingston (845) 338-5575 Empowerment through information. Located in Rhinebeck and Kingston. Massage and acupuncture available. Gynecology â&#x20AC;&#x201D; treating our patients through the most up-to-date medical and surgical technologies available, combined with alternative therapies. Obstetrics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; working with you to create the birth experience you desire. Many insurances accepted. Evening hours available.

Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN


Creating Wellness for individuals and businesses. Nutrition counseling: combining traditional and integrative solutions to enhance well-being. Health Fairs for Businesses wanting to improve employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; productivity. Providing help with Diabetes, Cardiovascular conditions, Weight loss, Digestive support, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, and Pediatric Nutrition. Many insurances accepted. Offices in New Paltz and Kingston. Call (845) 255-2398 for an appointment.

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OSTEOPATHY Applied Osteopathy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO 138 Market Street, Rhinebeck (845) 876-1700 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge (845) 687-7589 Drs. Tieri and Rosen are New York State Licensed Osteopathic physicians specializing in Cranial Osteopathy. As specialists in Osteopathic manipulation, we are dedicated to the traditional philosophy and hands-on treatment of our predecessors. We have studied with Robert Fulford, DO, Viola Freyman, DO, James Jealous, DO, and Bonnie Gintis, DO, and completed a two-year residency in Osteopathic Manipulation. We treat newborns, children, and adults. By Appointment. For more information call or visit the website.

PHYSICIANS Integrated Health Care for Women Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 485-7168 Dr. Jemiolo is board certified in Family Practice and certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has 25 years experience in patient care. She offers group sessions in meditation as well as individual treatment of stress-related

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Husband and Wife team Ellen and Tim Ronis McCallum are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a strong healthy body, a dynamic mind, and a vibrant spirit. We are perceptive, experienced and certified instructors who would love to help you achieve your goals whatever your age or level of fitness. Private and semi private apparatus and mat classes available. Visit our studio on main street in Rosendale. Moving Body 276 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-7715 Pilates of New Paltz 12 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0559 This studio offers caring, experienced, and certified instruction with fully equipped facilities. Each student receives detailed attention to his/her needs while maintaining the energizing flow of the pilates system. Hours are flexible enough to accommodate any schedule.


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PSYCHICS Psychically Speaking (845) 626-4895 or (212) 714-8125 Psychic Consultations by Gail Petronio, internationally renowned psychic. Over 20 years experience. It is my sincere hope to offer my intuitive abilities and insights as a means to provide awareness of one’s life and destiny. Sessions are conducted in person or by telephone.

PSYCHOLOGISTS Emily L. Fucheck, Psy.D. (845) 380-0023

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Licensed psychologist. Doctorate in clinical psychology, post-doctoral training focused on adolescents and young adults, post-graduate candidate for certification in adult psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Offering psychotherapeutic work for adults and adolescents. Additional opportunity available for intensive, supervised psychoanalytic treatment at substantial fee reduction for appropriate individual. Located across from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

PSYCHOTHERAPY Amy R. Frisch, CSWR New Paltz, NY (845) 706-0229 Psychotherapist. Individual, family, and group sessions for adolescents and adults. Currently accepting registration for It’s a Girl Thing: an expressive arts therapy group for adolescent girls, and The Healing Circle: an adult bereavement group offering a safe place to begin the healing process after the death of a loved one. Most insurances accepted. Debra Budnik, CSW-R New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4218 Traditional insight-oriented psychotherapy for long- or short-term work. Aimed at identifying and changing self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, underlying anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Sliding scale, most insurances accepted including Medicare/Medicaid. NYS-licensed. Experience working with trauma victims, including physical and sexual abuse. Educator on mental health topics. Located in New Paltz, one mile from SUNY. Deep Clay (845) 255-8039 Michelle Rhodes LMSW ATR-BC. Short term counseling and in-depth psychoanalytic arts-based psychotherapy. Activates creative imagination to enhance healing and problem solving for life transitions, bereavement, trauma and dissociative disorders. Women’s group and individual studio sessions. Children, adults, and teens.


Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC (845) 485-5933 Body of Wisdom Counseling & Healing Services. See also Body-Centered Therapy directory. Jamie O’Neil, LCSW-R Rhinebeck & Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 876-7600 Offering a variety of approaches, both short and long term to help you regain a sense of personal control, meaning, and connections in your life. Specializing in mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, abuse, addictions, loss, eating disorders, and relationship/communication difficulties. Serving individuals and couples; adults and adolescents. Judy Swallow, MA, LCAT,TEP 25 Harrington Street, New Paltz, NY Integrative body/mind therapist using Rubenfeld synergy and psychodrama in her work with individuals, couples, groups, and families. Inquire for workshops and training, as well as therapy. Kent Babcock, MSW, LMSW — Counseling & Psychotherapy (845) 679-5511x304 Development of solutions through simple self-observation, reflection, and conversation. Short- or long-term work around difficult relationships; life or career transitions; ethical, spiritual, or psychic dilemmas; and creative hurdles. Roots in yoga, dreamwork, spiritual psychology, and existential psychotherapy. Sliding scale.

SPAS & RESORTS Emerson Resort & Spa (845) 688-1000 There is a Silk Road running through the Hudson Valley. Introducing the new Emerson Resort & Spa. A place just minutes from Woodstock offering the comforting sense that one is no longer part of the outside world. The new Spa, with 10 beautifully designed treatment rooms, celebrates the old-world traditions of India and the Orients with Ayurvedic rituals and Japanese and Chinese therapies. Modern spa-goers will also appreciate more well-known treatments like Swedish, sports, and deep tissue massage, manicures, facials, and body wraps. Individually-tailored treatments are created by the experienced therapists who are skilled at delivering virtually all the Emerson Spa’s 40+ treatments. Spend the day enjoying the Spa’s hot tubs, steam showers, sauna, resistance pool, cardio equipment, yoga/meditation room and relaxation area... all included with your Spa visit. Day spa appointments available.

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY Patricia Lee Rode, M.A. CCC-SLP (646) 729-6633 Speech Language Pathologist with ten years experience providing diagnostic/


therapeutic services for children/adults with speech/language delays and neurological disorders. Specializing in Autistic Spectrum Disorders, PDD, ADHD, Apraxia, memory and language related disorders. Trained in P.R.O.M.P.T., and Hippotherapy. Offer individual therapy and social skills groups. Offices in NYC/ Rhinebeck.

SPIRITUAL Healing, Pathwork & Channeling by Flowing Spirit Guidance (845) 679-8989 It is our birthright to experience the abundance of the universe, the deep love of God, and our own divinity! It is also our birthright to share our own unique gifts with the world. We long to do it. So why don’t we? Our imperfections get in the way. As we purify, we experience more and more fully the love and the abundance of God’s universe. We can have it in any moment. We can learn to purify our imperfections AND experience heaven on earth. Jaffe Institute Spiritual Healing; Pathwork and Channeling available. Contact Joel Walzer for sessions.

YOGA All Sport Fishkill Health & Fitness Club 17 Old Main Street, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-5678 All Sport Fishkill offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels. Our classes help members reduce stress, lose weight, and improve their fitness levels. All yoga classes are free with club membership. Please call for more information. Jai Ma Yoga Center 69 Main Street, Suite 201, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-0465 Established in 1999, Jai Ma Yoga Center offers a wide array of Yoga classes, seven days a week. We offer classes for every level of student. Our classes are in the lineages of Anusara, Iyengar and Sivananda, with certified and experienced instructors. Private consultations and Anusara Therapeutics available. Owners Gina Bassinette, RYT and Ami Hirschstein, RYT have been teaching locally since 1995. Satya Hudson Valley Yoga Center

TAROT Tarot-on-the-Hudson — Rachel Pollack Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5797 Exploratory, experiential play with the Tarot as oracle and sacred tool, in a monthly class, with Certified Tarot Grand Master and international Tarot author Rachel Pollack. All levels welcome. Tarot Readings in person or by phone.

VEGAN LIFESTYLES Andrew Glick — Vegan Lifestyle Coach (845) 679-7979 The single most important step an individual can take to help save the planet’s precious resources, improve and protect one’s health, and stop the senseless slaughter of over 50 billion animals a to Go Vegan. What could make you feel better about yourself than knowing you are helping the planet, your own health, and the lives of countless animals all at the same time? If the idea is daunting and seems undoable to you, then let your personal Vegan Lifestyle Coach take you through steps A to Z. Whether you’re a cattle rancher eating meat three times a day or a lacto-vegetarian wanting to give up dairy, it’s a process that can be fun, easy, and meaningful. You can do it easily with the proper support, guidance, and encouragement from your Vegan Lifestyle Coach.

Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2528 Satya Hudson Valley Yoga Center is located in the heart of Rhinebeck village, on the third floor of the Rhinebeck Department Store building. We offer classes for all levels, 7 days a week. There is no need to pre-register: we invite you to just show up. The Living Seed 521 Main Street (Rte. 299, across from Econo Lodge), New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8212 Open to the community for over 5 years. Inspiring movements of inner freedom and awareness. We offer Yoga classes for all levels of students, gentle/beginner to advanced. Including pre- and postnatal Yoga, family and kids yoga, as well as a variety of dance classes, massage, acupuncture, sauna and organic Yoga clothing. WEN Barn & Gardens Accord, NY 679-9441 Open May 17-Oct 13. Practice yoga, meditation, & Yoga As Muse in the rustic, open-air WEN Barn to the sounds of songbirds and falling water. Caring teachers, 6 days a week. Community Yoga, Mon. eve. Special 2-hr indoor-outdoor yoga/meditation class, Sat. morn. Workshops in permaculture & herbalism, non-violent communication, & more. Jeff Davis, member of the nat’l Green Yoga Assn., & Hillary Thing, an herbalist developing WEN’s medicinal teaching gardens, co-steward WEN.

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18th St. gang member in Honduras’s largest maximum security prison in Tegucigalpa. This prison is controlled by rival gang MS-13, resulting in his torture revealed by the scars of stab/bullet wounds as well as the removal of the numeral “8” from his gang tattoo.

PRISON PICTURES Honduran prisons rank among the worst in the world. They’re overcrowded (26 Honduran prisons and jails designed for 5,500 inmates hold over 13,000 prisoners), many prisoners languish in limbo awaiting trial, and they are run by armed gangs who are in de facto control of the detention facilities. In 2003, a fight between rival gang members at La Porvenir prison outside Tegucigalpa led to a shootout and riot that left close to 100 prisoners dead. After researching rough areas around the world, photojournalist Dan McCabe decided to go to Honduras for two weeks in April 2007, documenting conditions in the country’s prisons and jails. McCabe had to negotiate and bribe not only the guards, but the prisoners as well to get in. “Full-on gangs are running the inside of those prisons,” McCabe says. “They have fully automatic weapons hidden in their cells.” Comprising 70 to 80 percent of the prison populations, gang members greatly outnumber the guards, who mostly stay on the exterior of the fences and control the perimeter with snipers. “There were a lot of places I couldn’t go because the guards couldn’t get permission from the inmates themselves,” McCabe says. The two biggest gangs in Honduras—MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang—started in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Photographs from Dan McCabe’s “Honduras: Prison” series will be exhibited at KMOCA, 103 Abeel Street, Kingston, April 5 through April 26. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 5 to 7pm. Portfolio: —Tara Quealy


TUESDAY 1 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Spirit Readings 12pm-6pm. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Great Bowls of Fire 6:30pm-8:30pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Community Playback Theatre 8pm. Improvisations of audience stories. $6. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118.

Met Opera: La Boheme 1:30pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 499-9348.

Oddly Enough 8pm. Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Project Mercury 7pm. Acoustic. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.


CLASSES Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 281-6734. Life Drawing 6:30pm-9:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

EVENTS Women’s Circles Networking Dinner 6:30pm-9pm. Women’s Circles Rhinebeck & Red Hook. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Call for times. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

The Cherry Orchard 8pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.



Clay Play 1pm. Ages 8-12. $90/$80 member. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Leading from the Heart Call for times. A Retreat for managers and leaders. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

SATURDAY 5 ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock.


Bluegrass Clubhouse 8pm. $5. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Kairos: Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ 8pm. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 256-9114.

One Night of Queen 8pm. Rock. Main Stage at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.



Honduras: Prison 5pm-7pm. Photography by Dan McCabe. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston. www.kmoca. org.

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff 7pm-8:30pm. Meeting on working on oneself and selfdevelopment. Alternative Bookstore, Kingston. 258-4655.

Esopus Meadows Preserve 10am. 2-mile hike. Esopus Meadows Point Preserve, Esopus. 473-4440 ext. 270.

Rituals 5pm-7pm Opening reception for artist. R & F Gallery (845) 331-3112

SPOKEN WORD Nicola Sheara Reads From Things Fall Apart 12:30pm. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Flood 7pm-9pm. Pianist Samuel Claiborne and photographs by Betty Jean Stinner. The Gallery at St. John’s 207 Albany Ave, Kingston.

Understanding and Preventing Kidney Stones 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001.

Tongue and Chic 7pm-9pm. Works by Leslie Bender. James Cox Gallery, Willow.

Tattoo Artist Paul Booth 7:30pm. $5. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah. (914) 232-9555.


WEDNESDAY 2 ART Where Water Meets Water 6pm-9pm. Swimming hole photographs by James Fossett. No Space Gallery, Rosendale. 339-3600.

CLASSES Creating a Children’s Picture Book 1pm-3:30pm. $205/$190 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227. Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Life Drawing 1:30pm-3:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


Mind Feast: A Practical Spirituality Gathering 1pm-4pm. Spiritual principles to live a life of joy and prosperity. Call for location.



Mohawk Hudon Regional Invitational 5pm-9pm. Ginger Ertz, Naomi Lewis, Gina Occhiogrosso. Albany Center Gallery, Albany. (518) 462-4775.

SAT Preparation 11:30am. $199. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.


An Introduction to Video Art 12:30pm-2:30pm. $155/$140 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Tai Chi Chuan for Beginners 6pm-7pm. $100. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067.

Deepening Your Relationship with Spirit Call for times. Grandmother Threecrow. $250. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.


Qigong for Weight Loss: Swimming Dragon 6pm-7pm. $100. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067.


Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $109. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.


Permaculture Class Call for times. Call for location. Painting with Watercolor 2:30pm-5pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Rustic Overtones Call for times. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962.

Acoustic Open Mike 8pm. The Corner Stage, Middletown. 342-4804.



Cajun Dance 8pm. Featuring Cleoma’s Ghost. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Kenny Roman 1pm-3pm. Part of cultural diversity day. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. The Aging Eye and Advances in Cataract Surgery 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Nanotechnology: The Next Industrial Revolution 6pm. Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890. Akiyama Yo: Ceramics 7:30pm. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 102, New Paltz. 257-3872.

THURSDAY 3 ART The Artists’ Way Call for times. Guided journey through the workbook. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Works by Elliott Landy 7pm. With discussion on photography. $8. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Suicide Bereavement Group 5:30pm-7:30pm. Call for location. 339-9090 ext .115. Introducing Pema Chodron’s Start Where You Are 7pm-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.

CLASSES Wildlife Art Class 6pm-8:30pm. $150. Gander Mountain Store Lodge, Middletown. 692-5600. Full Circle Tai Chi & Qigong 6pm-7pm. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. Writing for Performance 6:30pm-8:30pm. $135/$120 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227. The Basics of Oil Painting 6:30pm-8:30pm. $155/$140 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.


Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


EVENTS Women’s Wellness Weekend Call for times. Rejuvenate the body and mind. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205. Golden Oldies Dinner Show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Duo Judy and David sing great hits of the past. Vinny’s Italian Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 471-7077.

FILM 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Call for times. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

KIDS More Visual Arts for Kids 4:30pm-5:30pm. $90/$80. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

MUSIC Third Day 7:30pm. With Sanctus Real and DecembeRadio. $34.50/$28.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Greg Brown 8pm. $24. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Kairos: A Consort of Singers 8pm. $8/$5/$3 students. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-2904.

Freestyle Frolic 8pm. Dancing in an alcohol-free environment to a wide range of music. $5/$2 teens and seniors/children free. 389 Broadway, Kingston. 658-8319. Family CD Dance Party 3pm-6pm. Interactive performances by local artists, crafts, and bake sale. $5. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kingston. 626-8787. Contra Dance 8pm. $10. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197.

EVENTS The Reptiles and Amphibians of the Hudson Highlands Call for times. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204. David Copperfield Call for times. Magic. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Dangerous Music Project F 7:30pm. Featuring Lemur. GE Theater at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703. Crescendo 7:30pm. 16th and 17th century Venetian music. First Congregational Church, Great Barrington, MA. (860) 435-4866. Shapes & Stars, Geez Louise 8pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. The People’s Open Mike 8pm. Peint o Gwrw Tavern, Chatham. (518) 392-2943. Hudson Valley Philharmonic 8pm. With Joyce Yang. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Lila Downs 8pm. Mexican diva. $15-$35. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-1559. Albany Pro Musica 8pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-0038. Swansong 8pm. Led Zeppelin & Bad Company tribute concert with special guest appearance by Sarah & Her Kashmir Belly Dancers. Lycian Theater. (845) 469-2287 Debbie Davis Blues Band 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. The Greencards 9pm. Old time music. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394. Halfway Crooks and Infectious By Nature 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Compass Rock 10am-3:30pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD What You Always Wanted to Know About Your Pet, But Were Afraid to Ask 2pm-5pm. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

THEATER 6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know 8pm. A musical satire of the skewed tabloid world we inhabit as seen through the eyes of six whacked-out women on the edge. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Romeo and Juliet 8Pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Cherry Orchard 8pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

SUNDAY 6 ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock. Water: Moving-Stilled-Frozen 1pm-3pm. Ruth Wetzel exhibits her work on different states of water. Aromathyme Bistro, Ellenville. (845) 647-3000


Public Tour of Proctors Performing Arts Complex 10am-12:30pm. Main Stage at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703.

Nutrition for Yoga and Every Day Well Being 2:30pm-5:30pm. $45/$70. Ashtanga Yoga of New Paltz, New Paltz. 430-7402.

NanoDays 12:30pm-3:30pm. Schenectady Museum & SuitsBueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890.

Dream Circle 2pm. Explore your dreaming life. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Saturday Wine Tastings 3pm-6pm. Partition Street Wine Shop, Saugerties. (845) 246-.WINE


Hudson Opera House 14th Annual Movable Feast 6:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Marbletown Teen Center’s 6th Annual Chocolate Social 7pm-10pm. $10. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 687-9101.

Atelier-Figure Painting 9am-12pm. $120-$300. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

DANCE Swing Dance Jam 6:30pm-9pm. Lesson at 6pm. $5. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 339-3032.



4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Call for times. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

NanoDays 12:30pm-3:30pm. Schenectady Museum & SuitsBueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890.

David Vs Goliath 7pm. The Court Jester and the Big Lebowski. $10/$8 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

The Reptiles and Amphibians of the Hudson Highlands 12pm-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.


Antique Postcard Show 8am. $8. Midtown Neighborhood Center, Kingston. 338-4825.

David Jacobs Strain 9pm. Acoustic blues guitar. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0248.

21st Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition Juror: Donna Ruskin. Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550.

Jimmy LaFave Band 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.


Mohonk Preserve Wild Creatures Party 10am-11:30am. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Malcolm Holcombe 9pm. Folk. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Hat Making 1pm-3pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Kingston Train and Hobby Expo 10am-4pm. $5/$1 children. Tech City, Kingston. 334-8233.



6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know 8pm. A musical satire of the skewed tabloid world we inhabit as seen through the eyes of six whacked-out women on the edge. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

Ryan Montbleau Band Call for times. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Cirque Le Masuqe 3pm. Pavilion Theatre at Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Uncle Rock 11am. Dutchess YMCA, Poughkeepsie. 471-9622.

Hudson Valley Ice Dance 5pm-8:45pm. Theatrically motivated ice skating with live music, open skate. Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties. 247-2590.

Clearwater’s 2nd Annual Spring Splash! 7pm. $25/$35/$50. Beacon High School Auditorium, Beacon. (800) 838-3006.

FILM 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Call for times. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

KIDS Magic and Music 2pm. Featuring Andy Weintraub and Uncle Rock. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

MUSIC Ying String Quartet Call for times. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Met Opera: La Boheme 1pm. $10/$7. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Kairos: Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ 4pm. Friends Meeting House, Poughkeepsie. 256-9114.

MUSIC Libera 7:30pm. British Boys Choir. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

SPOKEN WORD Revolution and the Limits of Reason 4:30pm. The Relativity and Quantum Revolutions. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. The Bohemian Scene in New York 5pm. Judith Halasz. Honors Center SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3933. Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Jo Salas and Brent Robison. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THEATER Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre 5:30pm-7:30pm. Teen theater ensemble. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

WORKSHOPS Solar Electric Design Workshop Call for times. Ashokan Field Campus, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

Crescendo 4pm. 16th and 17th century Venetian music. Trinity Episcopal Church, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4866. Jazz Jam 6:30pm. The Pig Bar, Saugerties. 246-5158. David Grisman and John Sebastian 7pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-0038. Widespread Panic 7pm. $35. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet 7pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Joe Adler & Nathan Moore 7pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Anais Mitchell 8pm. $12. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-8418.

TUESDAY 8 ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock. Works of Leigh Wen 5pm-7pm. Paintings. Beacon Institute, Beacon. 838-1600.

CLASSES Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 281-6734.


Greg Brown 8pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

6:30pm-9:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.



Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Mine Hole 9am-4pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Whale Music 7:30pm. Lecture and demonstration by David Rothenberg. Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent. (518) 672-7092 ext. 111.

SPOKEN WORD Sunday Afternoon in the Library 2pm-4pm. 13th annual literary reading given by The Taconic Writers. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145. Adult Book Discussion 2:30pm-4pm. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER 6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know 2pm. A musical satire of the skewed tabloid world we inhabit as seen through the eyes of six whacked-out women on the edge. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Romeo and Juliet 3pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Cherry Orchard 3pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

WORKSHOPS Nutrition Secrets for Energy, Strength, Flexibility, and Mental Clarity 2:30pm Perfect for yogis and non-yogis alike. Ashtanga Yoga, New Paltz. (845) 430-7402 Knit 1, Purl 2: Hudson Knitters 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.



Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

SPOKEN WORD The John Ashbery Poetry Series 5pm. Featuring Anne Tardos. Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College, Annandale-OnHudson.758-7235. Love and War in Western Art: Changes in Style and Substance 7:30pm. The Triumph of the Mind: Classical and Neoclassical Approaches. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah. (914) 232-9555. George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff 7pm-8:30pm. Meeting on self-development and working on oneself. Alternative Bookstore, Kingston. 258-4655. Stump! Pub Trivia 8:30pm. Skytop Restaurant, Kingston. 340-4277.

THEATER New Plays Festival Call for times. Three new short plays. $26. 440 Upstairs at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

WORKSHOPS Getting the Message: The Art of Spirit Communication Series 7pm-9pm. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock, Woodstock.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Introducing Pema Chodron’s Start Where You Are 7pm-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.

WEDNESDAY 9 ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock.


Qigong for Seniors 11am-12pm. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Creating a Children’s Picture Book 1pm-3:30pm. $205/$190 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.


Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

Dance Aerobics Class for Seniors 4pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 528-6728.

FILM West Side Story 7:15pm. Monday Night Classic Movie series. $5/$3 children. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334

GALLERY My Dearest Friend: The Letters of Abigail and John Adams Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

Life Drawing 1:30pm-3:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Tai Chi Chuan for Beginners 6pm-7pm. $100. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. Qigong for Weight Loss: Swimming Dragon 6pm-7pm. $100. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $109. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

EVENTS Open House 4pm-7pm. Dutchess Arts Camp ages 4-14 and Junior Arts Institute ages 11-14. Poughkeepsie Day School.




Garth Fagan Dance Compagnie Heddy Maalem Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Hofesh Shechter Company Natural Dance Theatre, Ko & Edge Company Ballet Boyz T.P.O. (Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione) Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Conny Janssen Danst Mimulus David Michalek's Slow Dancing Stockholm 59° North Shantala Shivalingappa Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Kate Weare Company, Maureen Fleming Trey McIntyre Project Keigwin + Company Single Tickets on sale Monday, April 7 Visit for preview videos 413.243.0745

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Day and Evening Performances April 18–May 2


by Marcelle Maurette English adaptation by Guy Bolton

theatre crafts outdoor games modern dance video singing WHEN?

“If Princess Anastasia really existed, she could command not only our fortunes but our lives.” —Counsellor Drivinitz

1 Week Sessions Beginning July 6th through August 1st Mon-Fri, 9am to 3pm

WHERE? High Meadow Arts Inc. at High Meadow School Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY

WHO? 6 through 14 year olds

HOW MUCH? for 1 week session $325 per $550 for 2-week session $850 for 3-week session $1,100 for 4 weeks actress featured: Mary Jane Hansen

NYSTI box office: 274-3256 or All performances are held in Troy on the campus of Russell Sage College 104


For more info or to register visit 845-687-4855 ask for Amy Poux



Motorcycle Diaries 7:15pm. Harriman Hall 111 Film Theatre, Middletown. 341-4891.

Finding Stakes in a Creative Piece of Writing 12pm-3pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


KIDS Sudbury School Information Meeting 12pm-1pm. Overview of the school and our educational philosophy. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, Kingston. 679-1002.

MUSIC Thurman Barker’s 60th Birthday Concert 7:30pm. Featuring Trinity and the Bard College Big Band. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Acoustic Open Mike 8pm. The Corner Stage, Middletown. 342-4804. Dancing on the Air 8pm. The Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

ART Silence Retreat - Listen to the Silence Call for times. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000. Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock. www.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Characters in Motion Call for times. Improvisation, Imagination and transformation. Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper. 688-2228.


Troy Chromatic Concerts 8pm. Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. (518) 273-0038.

Painting with Watercolor 2:30pm-5pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.


Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962.

Where Stories Take Us: Exploring Literary Locales 7pm-9pm. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Middletown Thrall Library. 341-5454. Peter Bauhuis: Metal 7:30pm. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 102, New Paltz. 257-3872.

THEATER Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

WORKSHOPS Finding Stakes in a Creative Piece of Writing 12pm-3pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THURSDAY 10 ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock, Woodstock. www.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Introducing Pema Chodron’s Start Where You Are 7pm-9pm. Call for location. 331-2884. Sufi Healing Circles 7:30pm. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

CLASSES Wildlife Art Class 2:30pm-5:30pm. $150. Gander Mountain Store Lodge, Middletown. 692-5600. Full Circle Tai Chi & Qigong 6pm-7pm. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. Writing for Performance 6:30pm-8:30pm. $135/$120 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227. The Basics of Oil Painting 6:30pm-8:30pm. $155/$140 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

DANCE Reggae Dance Party 7:30pm. Live music. $8. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

EVENTS Golden Oldies Dinner Show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Duo Judy and David singing hits of the past. Vinny’s Italian Restaurant. (845) 471-7077. Ulster County Beekeepers’ Association Public Launch 7pm-9:30pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 522-7656.

KIDS More Visual Arts for Kids 4:30pm-5:30pm. $90/$80. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

MUSIC Arlen Roth Band with Guest Lexie Roth Call for times. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Steve Earle Call for times. Singer/songwriter. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Classical Jam 7pm. All-star chamber ensemble of young classical musicians. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Joe Strummer Tribute 7pm. Film: The Future is Unwritten, with acoustic music. The Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Mambo Kingkongo 8pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Conservatory Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellows 8pm. Piano recital. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7196. Conservatory Piano Fellows Recitals 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Great Bowls of Fire 6:30pm-8:30pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Chatham County Line 9pm. Bluegrass. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394.

Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 499-9348.

Off Hour Rockers 10pm. GW’s Tavern, Chester. 469-3005.


Abigail Adams: Wife, Advisor, and Confidante 6pm. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

Human Footprint 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.



Revisiting Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: A 50th Year Retrospective 7pm. Panel discussion. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

Clay Play 1pm. Ages 8-12. $90/$80 member. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

World Poetry Cafe 7pm-9pm. Poet Baron James Ashanti. Cafe Mezzaluna Bistro Latino and Gallery, Saugerties. 679-5853.

Girls Teddy Bear Tea 6pm-7pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.


MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Santana 7pm. The Derek Trucks Band. $75/$55. Times Union Center, Albany. (518) 487-2000. Singer/Songwriter Steve Earle 7:30pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

SPOKEN WORD Joint Replacement 2008: What Works 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001.

6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know 8pm. A musical satire of the skewed tabloid world we inhabit as seen through the eyes of six whacked-out women on the edge. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Dancing at Lughnasa 8pm. Five unmarried sisters and their priest brother in a small Irish village. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. The Cherry Orchard 8pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Play It Again, Sam 8pm. Romantic comedy presented by the Pawling Theater Company. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965.

THEATER Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar 8pm. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204. Dancing at Lughnasa 8pm. Five unmarried sisters and their priest brother in a small Irish village. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

SATURDAY 12 ART Woodstock Taste of the Arts Call for times. Woodstock.

Doppelgänger 5pm-7pm. Photographic assemblages by Cornelia Hediger. The Center For Photography at Woodstock. 679-9957. Bokeh 5pm-7pm. Jeri Eisenberg. Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027. Edges of Light 5pm-8pm. Photographs by Robert Rodriguez, Jr. RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon. 838-2880. i against i 6pm-8pm. Works by Chris Bors. Go North Gallery, Beacon. 242-1951.

THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Stokes Loop 9:30am-3:30pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Hudson Valley Writers Quorum 11am-1pm. Support, critique, brainstorming sessions. Plattekill Library, Plattekill.


Connections through Contemporary Art 9am-3pm. 3rd Annual Art Teachers Professional Development conference day. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz.

Holy Manifestation: The Secret Behind the Secret 10am-1pm. $15-$25. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

Woodstock Poetry Society Meeting and Festival 2pm. Featuring Gretchen Primack and Allen C. Fischer. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-6345.

Mind Feast: A Practical Spirituality Gathering 1pm-4pm. Spiritual principles to live a life of joy and prosperity. Call for location.

CLASSES SAT Preparation 11:30am. $199. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025. An Introduction to Video Art 12:30pm-2:30pm. $155/$140 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436- 4227.

THEATER 6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know 8pm. A musical satire of the skewed tabloid world we inhabit as seen through the eyes of six whackedout women on the edge. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Dancing at Lughnasa 8pm. Five unmarried sisters and their priest brother in a small Irish village. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.


The Cherry Orchard 8pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

Contra Dance 8pm. Music by Confluence. $10/$9 members/children half price. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 246-2121.

Play It Again, Sam 8pm. Romantic comedy presented by the Pawling Theater Company. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965.


Modern Day Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Presented by Daytop Preparatory School. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Open House 10am-12pm Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, New Paltz.(845) 255-0033


Saturday Wine Tastings 3pm-6pm. Partition Street Wine Shop, Saugerties. (845) 246-WINE.

Finding Stakes in a Creative Piece of Writing 12pm-3pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Tricky Tray Spring Penny Social 7:30pm. Walker Valley Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Walker Valley Fire House, Walker Valley. 895-2611.

How to Build Artists Websites 2pm. Presented by Margaret and Gabe Levinson 424-3960


Women’s Music Circle 9am-5pm. Workshop presenters: Peggy Seeger, Anne Hills, Jane Rudden. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197.

Photography Now 2008 Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

KIDS Bobbi Katz: Writing Workshop for Children Call for times. Ages 6-12. Rosendale Library, Rosendale. 658-9013. Frog Watch 10am. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 5345506 ext. 204. Wild Life with Bill Robinson 1pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Mohonk Preserve Land Navigation Workshop 10am-4pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Bobbi Katz: Once Around the Sun and Beyond 10:30am-12pm. For children ages 6-10 yrs. old. $5. Rosendale Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.

SUNDAY 13 ART Family Hiking Club 1pm-3pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204. Series 2 1pm-4pm. Exhibitions focusing on diverse concepts and themes. CCS, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. (845) 758-7598.

Conservatory Piano Fellows Recitals 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.


Joe Jackson Call for times. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

Personal Growth Chanting Session Call for times. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

U.S.M.A. Concert Band 7:30pm. Youth solo concert. Pavilion Theatre at Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Sacred Chanting Call for times. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Escher String Quartet 8pm. $25/$5 students/children free. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. 876-2870.


Conservatory Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellows 8pm. Piano recital. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7196.

Atelier-Figure Painting 9am-12pm. $120-$300. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.


David Temple 8pm. Guitar recital. Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Hudson. (518) 828-4346.

Russian Favorites 3pm. New Paltz Ballet Theater. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Classical Roots of American Popular Music Benefit Piano Concert 8pm. Lincoln Mayorga. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Leine & Roebana Dance—The Netherlands 7pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Walden Chamber Players 8pm. McConnell Theater at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-7212.

CCS Bard Exhibition Three exhibitions curated by CCS Bard secondyear graduate students in curatorial studies and contemporary art. Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7598.

Off Hour Rockers 8pm. Gail’s Place, Newburgh. 567-1414. Peabody Trio 8pm. Beethoven, Janacek, Zhou Long and Ravel. Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, Troy. (518) 273-8135. Peggy Seeger and Anne Hills 8pm. $17. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197. Pitchfork Militia, Frankie and his Fingers, and Hunters, Run! 8pm. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Hudson River Quadricentennial Concert 8pm. $28. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. John Stewart 9pm. $30/$25. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Flash and the Cornbread Brothers 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.


Week of the Young Child Exhibition of works by students of the Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School and the Bard Community Children’s Center. Stevenson Library, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7444.

MUSIC Munnelly, Flaherty & Masure Call for times. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Conservatory Piano Fellows Recitals 3pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Saugerties Pro Musica 3pm. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Saugerties. 246-5021. Conservatory Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellows 3pm. Piano recital. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7196.



Jazz Jam 6:30pm. The Pig Bar, Saugerties. 246-5158. The Big Bang Jazz Gang 7pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Second Sunday Songwriters Series 7pm-9pm. David Kraai, Kelleigh McKenzie, Sean Schenker. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Fred Eaglesmith 8pm. Working class country prophet. $30. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394.

THE OUTDOORS Garden Tour Call for times. $3. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Giants Workshop 9:30am-3pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.



The Golden Rule in the Religions of the World Call for times. IAT conference. Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson. 758-7235.

Richard Thompson Call for times. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff 7pm-8:30pm. Meeting on self-development and working on oneself. Alternative Bookstore, Kingston.258-4655. Stump! Pub Trivia 8:30pm. Skytop Restaurant, Kingston. 340-4277.

Gallery Talk 4pm-6pm. Featuring Size Matters: XXL artists John Newsom. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100.


Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30pm-8:30pm. $75 series/$15 session. Woodstock. 679-8256.

WEDNESDAY 16 A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Creating a Children’s Picture Book 1pm-3:30pm. $205/$190 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Romeo and Juliet Call for times. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $109. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

Little Women 3pm. Pavilion Theatre at Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

WORKSHOPS Getting Unstuck: Letting Go Can Be Easy to Do 2pm-4pm. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Knit 1, Purl 2: Hudson Knitters 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


Life Drawing 1:30pm-3:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

FILM Flow: For Love of Water Call for times. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre 5:30pm-7:30pm. Teen theater ensemble. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

TUESDAY 15 CLASSES Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 281-6734. Life Drawing 6:30pm-9:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

FILM Flow: For Love of Water Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

MUSIC Conservatory Noon Concert Series 12pm. Conservatory students in concert. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7196. Master Class Conducted by Peter Frankl 7pm. Bard College - Blum Hall, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7196. Spring Choral Concert 8pm. $6/$4/$3. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-2904.


FRIDAY 18 ART Exposure 4pm. High school photography exhibit. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

Music Mind Call for times. Liberation through sound. Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper. 688-2228.

CLASSES Painting with Watercolor 2:30pm-5pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Onteora High School Music Showcase 6pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Zydeco Dance 8pm-11pm. With RedLine Zydeco. $12. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 255-7061.

Acoustic Open Mike 8pm. The Corner Stage, Middletown. 342-4804. Dubravka Tomsic, pianist 8pm. Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. (518) 388-6080. Recital by Pianist Peter Frankl 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Victoria Verlichak 7:30pm. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 102, New Paltz. 257-3872.

THURSDAY 17 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Reiki III Certification 10am-5pm. Become a certified Reiki III Master. Call for location. 336-4609.

EVENTS Golden Oldies Dinner Show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Duo Judy and David sing great hits of the past. Vinny’s Italian Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 471-7077. Evenings of Psychodrama 7:30pm. Rebecca Walters. $6. Boughton Place, Highland. 255-7502.

FILM Human Rights Film Festival 2:30pm-5pm. Carmel High School, Carmel. 878-5081.


Everybody Must Have Art 6pm-8pm. New artists celebrate spring’s arrival. M Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-0380. Mail and Female 7pm. Artist post cards and non-postal artwork of the feminine persuasion. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2142.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Mind Feast: A Practical Spirituality Gathering 1pm-4pm. Spiritual principles to live a life of joy and prosperity. Call for location. 3-Day Juice Cleanse 7pm. $175. Call for location. 231-2470.

CLASSES SAT Preparation 11:30am. $199. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025. An Introduction to Video Art 12:30pm-2:30pm. $155/$140 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

DANCE Freestyle Frolic 8pm. Dancing in an alcohol-free environment to a wide range of music. $5/$2 teens and seniors/children free. 389 Broadway, Kingston. 658-8319. Majic Juan Dance Party 10pm-3am. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

EVENTS Ulster County Science Fair 9am-2pm. Student Dining Center, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Native American Social Circle 12pm-4pm. Drumming, dancing, food, and a short ceremony. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Saturday Wine Tastings 3pm-6pm. Partition Street Wine Shop, Saugerties. 246-WINE

FILM There’s No Biz like Show Biz 7pm. A Mighty Wind and The Producers. $10/$8 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

KIDS Sudbury School Information Meeting 7pm-9pm. 84 Zena Road, Kingston. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, Kingston. 679-1002.



Railroad Earth Call for times. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Adrenaline Hayride Call for times. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. The Coryells 7pm. Blues, jazz, rock, soul. $22. Columbia Greene Community College Performing Arts Center, Hudson. (518) 719-0633.

CLASSES Wildlife Art Class 12pm-2:30pm. $150. Gander Mountain Store Lodge, Middletown. 692-5600.

Deerhoof 8pm. The Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

Full Circle Tai Chi & Qigong 6pm-7pm. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067.

Guy Davis 9pm. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-8890.

Great Bowls of Fire 6:30pm-8:30pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

Annotations 12.4 3-6pm. Opening reception for Kardash Onnig. New and Arts Gallery. (860) 567-5015

More Visual Arts for Kids 4:30pm-5:30pm. $90/$80. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

The Nields 8pm. Folk. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

The Basics of Oil Painting 6:30pm-8:30pm. $155/$140 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.



Buglisi Dance Theatre 8pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Common Shoulder Problems and Solutions 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001.


Evening of Clairvoyant Channeling 7pm. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.



Poetry Open Mike 7:30pm. Hosted by Philip Levine. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Reading like a Writer 6:30pm. An inside look to how professionals read and write. Lecture Center 102, New Paltz. 257-3719

Open Mike Night Call for times. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

SUNY Ulster Improv Club 1pm. Comedy. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. (984) 568-7526.

Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Larry Carr and Robert Milby. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.





Northeast Natural History Conference X: Impacts of Invasive Organisms Call for times. Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany.

Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 663-7962.

Qigong for Seniors 11am-12pm. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 528-6728.


Human Rights Film Festival 2pm-5pm. Carmel High School, Carmel. 878-5081.


Dance Aerobics Class for Seniors 4pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Soprano Chanel Wood 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.


Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

Dancing at Lughnasa 3pm. Five unmarried sisters and their priest brother in a small Irish village. Quimby Theater, StoneRidge. 687-5263.



6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know 2pm. A musical satire of the skewed tabloid world we inhabit as seen through the eyes of six whacked-out women on the edge. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

The Cherry Orchard 3pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

Vasen 8pm. Traditional music from Sweden. $20. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197.


SPOKEN WORD Adult Book Discussion 2:30pm-4pm. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.


NCM & Meryl Joan Lammers 9pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.


They Might Be Giants Call for times. Alternative rock. $10-$25. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Cherish the Lady 9pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Sonando 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

THE OUTDOORS Bird Walk Call for times. $2. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.

Why Write? Vision and Purpose in the Classroom Call for times. IWT Conference for teachers. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Table Rocks 10am-3pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SUNY Ulster Improv Club 7pm. Comedy. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. (984) 568-7526.

Mohonk Preserve Earth Day Bonticou Hike 11am-2pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.




17th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference Call for times. Credit, Markets, and the Real Economy: Is the Financial System Working? Levy Institute, Blithewood. 758-7700

Anastasia 8pm. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256

Reading the News 10am-6pm. 8-hour long performance of local news by Lucio Pozzi. BCB Art Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-4539.

Play It Again, Sam 8pm. Romantic comedy presented by the Pawling Theater Company. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965.


Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 499-9348.

FILM Human Rights Film Festival 2:30pm-5pm. Carmel High School, Carmel. 878-5081.

KIDS Clay Play 1pm. Ages 8-12. $90/$80 member. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227.

The Cherry Orchard 8pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. An Evening of Elizabeth Madrigals 8pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. An Evening of Elizabeth Madrigals 8pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Play It Again, Sam 8pm. Romantic comedy presented by the Pawling Theater Company. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965. Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.





Jowe Head will perform with Hamish Kilgour on April 19 at Claude’s in Phoenicia.

Still Strange in the Brain As the 1970s mutated into the 1980s, punk’s primal scream opened up new sonic vistas for musicians to freely mix wildly divergent sounds on rock ‘n roll’s palette. Among the groups to jump into the fray was England’s Swell Maps, a band whose legacy extended well beyond their short life span. Incorporating the sounds of punk, krautrock, glam, and even prog rock into their exuberantly noisy bouillabaisse, Swell Maps bequeathed to the world such nuggets as “Let’s Build a Car” and “Read About Seymour,” alternative anthems that would go on to inspire bands like Pavement and Sonic Youth. Swell Maps were also the musical launching pad of its founding members, including guitarist/vocalist Nikki Sudden, drummer Epic Soundtracks, guitarist Richard Earl and bassist/co-songwriter Jowe Head. The multi-talented Head, who has also played in the much-loved Television Personalities, Palookas, Olive’s Hairy Custard, as well as his current project, Angel Racing Food, will bring his music and art to Phoenicia this month with a performance at Claude’s and a gallery showing at Arts Upstairs. The sonic and visual sides of Head flowered side-by-side as he came of age in the West Midlands area, south of Birmingham and north of Stratford-on-Avon, an area he describes as a “cultural desert” and where he picked up his inimitable moniker, local slang for “someone who is somewhat strange in the brain! “My development as a visual artist developed in exact parallel with my musical life. I cannot conceive of one without the other. I mediate to music—my own and that of other people— while I am painting or drawing. It’s also nice to have a visually stimulating environment when making music. I have even done some live action painting onstage but promoters don’t seem to encourage this for some reason!” wrote Head in an e-mail interview. As an artist, Head, whose mediums of choice include painting acrylic on canvas, printing, and sculpture, makes a determined effort not to be continually holed up in a studio. “I helped to run a community arts center called Chat’s Place in Northeast London during the 1990s. It was a groovy place to hang out and I worked with some inspiring people and learned a lot. I even performed as a costumed dancer when we assembled a float for the Notting Hill Carnival dressed as a Lobster! I am still doing some teaching work, which I enjoy—mainly visual arts skills with teenagers and a class at a mental health center. I think working fulltime as a painter or a musician in some kind of bubble divorced from your community can be a mistake; too much music and art can be selfreferential and inward-looking. My students are an inspiration to me.” This is Head’s third visit to the US, and he’ll be playing with the Mad Scene’s Hamish Kilgour (drums) and Lisa Siegel (bass) as well as William Berger on guitar on Friday, April 18 at 8pm at Claude’s, 76 State Route 214, Phoenicia. Opening for the ensemble will be JRBW, Phoenicia’s own supergroup. Admission is $10. “Mail and Female,” which showcases some paintings and block-printed work from Head during the last two years will open at Arts Upstairs, 60 Main Street, Phoenicia, on Saturday, April 19 at 6pm. (845) 688-2561; —Jeremy Schwartz

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Revelers dancing around the may pole at the annual Beltane Festival at the Center for Symbolic Studies.

Spring Awakening Blooming flowers, fresh warm air, sprouting fruits and vegetables—the height of spring is a cause for celebration. A mixture of traditions from all around the world, Beltane festivals are meant to bring life back into the earth after cold winter months. On April 26, more than a thousand people will greet the regeneration of spring at the Center for Symbolic Studies’ annual Beltane Festival in Rosendale. Beltane, meaning bright fire, is one of the four Celtic cross-quarter festivals celebrating the changing of seasons. “People have, as far as we can tell, [always] celebrated the changing of the seasons,” Dr. Robin Larsen, co-founder and director of the Center for Symbolic Studies says. Beltane, an ancient festival typically celebrated on the last two days of April and the first two days of May is a time to awaken the earth’s spirit to get ready for spring. “March doesn’t feel so spring like,” Larsen says. “When you get to the end of April you’re really there and you know summer is coming.” The beginning of May is also the first turning of the herds to wild pastures. In ancient times cattle would be driven between Belfires, made with sacred woods and dried herb, to ensure fertility and protect them from sickness. The center’s festival honors the tradition by having two small fires initiate their pageant with a procession of dancers, singers, giant puppets, jesters, and horses walking between them. “[It’s a] Renaissance



fair/music festival,” Mikki Lee Weaver, an organizer and attendee of the festival for 10 years says. “It’s very much a theatrical production involving dance and music.” The pageant leads up to the crowning of the new king and queen of the May, usually local teenagers. Like acupuncture nudging the earth, a may pole is driven into the ground, becoming the center of the celebration. may pole dancers as well as guests to the festival dance around the pole. “It’s like stepping into a little fantasy world,” Weaver says. “A lot of people will dress up for the event even though they are not involved in any of the performances.” With games to participate in and crafts for the children, there is a good variety of age groups at the festival. People are encouraged to bring musical instruments, Frisbees, flowers, picnics, and pillows. As the night falls and the pageant ends, a large Beltane bonfire is lit. Revelers dance around the flames, celebrating new life. Drumming ends the festival, carrying on until late in the night. “You’re waking the dragon,” Larsen says. “You’re saying come out, come to life, bring the spring rain, bring the summer in.” The 18th annual Beltane Festival will be held at the Center for Symbolic Studies in Rosendale on Saturday, April 26, at 1pm. (845) 380-2885; —Tara Quealy

The Cherry Orchard 8pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

WORKSHOPS Earth Day Tree Planting Workshop 9am-12pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Low Cost Transformation through Cellular Healing 10am-1pm. $30. Free Soul, Old Chatham. (518) 794-0017. Finding Your Soul Mate through Astrology 2pm-4pm. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

SUNDAY 20 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT World Meditation Hour 12am-1:30am. Discussion, music, guided meditation. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

MUSIC Open Mike and Vinyl Showcase 10pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

SPOKEN WORD Poet Rachel Hadas Reading 7pm. Morrison Hall Mansion, Middletown. 341-4891. Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Mala Hoffman and Danielle Woerner. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THEATER Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre 5:30pm-7:30pm. Teen theater ensemble. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.



Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio Workshop Slide Show Call for times. No Space Gallery, Rosendale. 339-3600.

Atelier-Figure Painting 9am-12pm. $120-$300. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.


DANCE Swing Dance Jam 6:30pm-9pm. Lesson at 6pm. $5. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 339-3032.

EVENTS Beacon Sloop Club Earth Day Festival 12pm-7pm. Green technology, kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities, food, music. Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon.

MUSIC Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 4pm. $6/$5 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band Call for times. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. John Lennon Tribute 1pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Fundraiser for Folk Legend/Activist Utah Phillips 2pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Trail Mix Concerts 2:30pm. Vanessa Perez-piano. Olive Free Library, West Shokan. 657-2482. Unplugged Open Acoustic Mike 4pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Jazz Jam 6:30pm. The Pig Bar, Saugerties. 246-5158. Bar Scott 7pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. The Dan Tyminski Band 7pm. $24. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Bonticou Crag 9:30am-2:30pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Mohonk Preserve: Early Spring Wildflowers 2pm-4pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Vocal Lessons Call for times. Song of the Valley Sweet Adelines. Valley View Nursing Care Center, Goshen. 496-7573. Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 281-6734. Life Drawing 6:30pm-9:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

MUSIC Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

SPOKEN WORD Psychology Colloquium 4:30pm. Information on careers in psychology. Preston Hall, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7222. Poetry Reading Call for times. Naomi Shihab Nye. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Spring Awakening for Your Taste Buds 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Green Drinks 6:30pm-8:30pm. Networking session for environmental fields, sustainably minded or anyone eco-curious. Mahoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie. 471-3027. George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff 7pm-8:30pm. Meeting on self-development and working on oneself. Alternative Bookstore, Kingston. 258-4655. Stump! Pub Trivia 8:30pm. Skytop Restaurant, Kingston. 340-4277.

THEATER Anastasia 10am. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256.

SPOKEN WORD Adult Book Discussion 2:30pm-4pm. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER Anastasia 2pm. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256 The Cherry Orchard 3pm. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.


WEDNESDAY 23 CLASSES Creating a Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picture Book 1pm-3:30pm. $205/$190 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227. Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Life Drawing 1:30pm-3:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Congolese Dance and Drum Workshop 1pm-2:30pm. drumming work shop and 3pm-4:30pm dancing workshop. Center for Yoga & Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034

Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $109. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

Knit 1, Purl 2: Hudson Knitters 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.



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Acoustic Open Mike 8pm. The Corner Stage, Middletown. 342-4804.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Qigong for Seniors 11am-12pm. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Poet Rachel Hadas: Master Class 12pm-1pm. Bio-Tech Lecture Hall 207, Middletown. 341-4891. Dance Aerobics Class for Seniors 4pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 528-6728.

SPOKEN WORD Surviving Widowhood in Late Medieval Westminster 5pm. Katharine French. Honors Center SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3933. New Technology in Spinal Surgery 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Where Stories Take Us: Exploring Literary Locales 7pm-9pm. Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Middletown Thrall Library, Middletown. 341-5454. Jeff Talman: Sculpture 7:30pm. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 102, New Paltz. 257-3872.



Spartacus 7pm. Monday Night Classic Movie series. $5/$3 children. Palace Theater, Albany.

Anastasia 10am. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256.






THURSDAY 24 ART Artists’ Circle Call for times. Bring works for round table discussion by peers. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sufi Healing Circles 7:30pm. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

CLASSES Full Circle Tai Chi & Qigong 6pm-7pm. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. Great Bowls of Fire 6:30pm-8:30pm. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227. Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 499-9348.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Sara Evans 7:30pm. Special guest Jason Michael Carroll. $59/$49/$39. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Mandara 8pm. African/Latin jazz. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Lipbone Redding 8pm. Blues, jazz, swing. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Festival of Food and Wine Pairing 4pm. From the French countryside. Bell’s Cafe, Catskill. (518) 943-4070.

Chris Scruggs 9pm. Honky tonk. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394.

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra 8pm. Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, Kingston. 246-7045.



Putnam Chorale 8pm. First United Methodist Church, Brewster.

John and Abigail in Their Own Words: A Relationship in Letters 6pm. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

Raj Bhimani 8pm. Piano recital. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


The Music of Josquin des Prez 8pm. Presented by The Putnam Chorale. First United Methodist Church, Brewster. 279-7265.

Anastasia 8pm. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256 An Evening of Elizabeth Madrigals 8pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Play It Again, Sam 8pm. Romantic comedy presented by the Pawling Theater Company. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965. Our Town 8pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. Miracle Tomato 7:30pm. Walking the Dog Theater. $15-$40. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131.

WORKSHOPS Organic Beekeeping Call for times. The Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge. 352-5020.

Opera! 8pm. Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 246-7045.



Weeknight Trail Fun Run 6pm. Shaupeneak Ridge, Esopus. 473-4440.

Kent Art Association Awards Reception for Spring Juried Show 2pm-4pm. Kent Art Association, Kent, Connecticut. (860) 927-3989.

SPOKEN WORD Ear Health and Hearing Aids 6pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. History of the Cragsmoor Art Colony 7:30pm. Presented by the Hurley Heritage Society. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4121.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Lifting the Veils Retreat Call for times. Investigate the illusion of our separateness and unhappiness. Woodstock, Woodstock.


Lifting the Veils Retreat Call for times. Call for location.

Anastasia 10am. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256

Mind Feast: A Practical Spirituality Gathering 1pm-4pm. Spiritual principles to live a life of joy and prosperity. Call for location.

Our Town 8pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869.

Introduction to Love 10am-1pm. Learn how to access the deep well of divine love. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

FRIDAY 25 ART Botanicals, Still Life & Land Journeys 2008 5pm-7pm. Student watercolor workshop showcase. Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Red Hook. 758-9244. BFA Show 6pm-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Entering the Sacred 7pm-9pm. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

CLASSES Rhythm Songs in Rhythm Tap 5pm-6pm. Beginner to advanced beginner jazz tap taught by Sherry Hains-Salerno. $12. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 663-7962.

DANCE Dance Away the Winter Blues Call for times. Blues dance workshop, beginners’ lesson, Solomon Douglas Quartet swing dance. $15/$8 students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

SWING DANCE 12pm-3am. 7:30pm lesson. Live music. $15/$8 students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8pm. Catskill Ballet Theatre Company. $18/$25. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Philadanco 8pm. African-American dance. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

EVENTS Golden Oldies Dinner Show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Duo Judy and David sing great hits of the past. Vinny’s Italian Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 471-7077.

CLASSES SAT Preparation 11:30am. $199. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.

DANCE Buglisi Dance Theater 7:30pm. International Dance Center, Tivoli. (845) 757-5706. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8pm. Catskill Ballet Theatre Company. $18/$25. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Dance Party with PeachJam 10pm. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

EVENTS Hudson Valley Green Fair 10am-6pm. Go green and make a difference. Indoors at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-6403. Open House, 10am-1pm.Dutchess Arts Camp ages 4-14 and Junior Art Institute ages 11-14. Poughkeepsie Day School. Cornell Garden Day Conference 8:30am-3:30pm. $30/$25. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase 11am-5pm. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. Art Throughout the Orchard 12pm-6pm. Apple blossom festival to benefit 12-year old Clintondale resident with cancer. $5/$20 family. Liberty View Farm, Highland. 883-7004. 18th Annual Beltane Festival 1pm-11pm. Music, dancers, magicians, food, vendors, kids’ activities. $10/$5 members. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8540. Saturday Wine Tastings 3pm-6pm. Partition Street Wine Shop, Saugerties. 246-WINE.


Get Fresh 9pm-2am. 80’s and 90’s theme party. The Pajama Factory, Kingston.

The Felice Brothers Call for times. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.


The Providers 8pm. Blues. Crooked Lake House, Averill Park. (518) 674-3894.

Maura O’Connell Call for times. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Fred Eaglesmith 2pm. Rockabilly. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394. American Symphony Orchestra 8pm. Barber, Sibelius, Strauss. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Woodstock Music Convention Industry Showcase 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.




Met Opera: La Fille du Regimen 1:30pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Opera! 8pm. Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Point of Praise, Kingston. 246-7045. Blue Coyote 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

THE OUTDOORS The Great Hudson River Sweep 9am-12pm. Cornwall Landing, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Top of the Gunks 10am-3pm. Strenuous 8-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Dog Walk 11am. Franny Reese Preserve, Highland. 473-4440. Mohonk Preserve: All About Trees 1pm-3pm. 3-mile hike with guide. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Book Launching of Journey from the Center to the Page’s Call for times. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Third Annual Symposium on the Comic Book 5:30pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Met Opera: La Fille du Regimen 1pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448 Saugerties Pro Musica 3pm. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Saugerties. 246-5021. Emerson String Quartet 3pm. Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. (518) 388-6080. Opera! 3pm. Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Saugerties Reformed Church, Saugerties. 246-7045. Woodstock Chamber Orchestra 3pm. $17/$5 students. Saugerties Reformed Church, Saugerties. 246-7045. Putnam Chorale 3pm. Gilead Presbyterian Church, Carmel. www. Jazz Jam 6:30pm. The Pig Bar, Saugerties. 246-5158. Mark Olsen 7pm. $15/$12. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Songs For Autism 2 7:30pm. $35/$30. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

THE OUTDOORS Creating a Field Journal 1pm-3pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

THEATER Romeo and Juliet 3pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Our Town 2pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869.

Anastasia 2pm. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256.

New York—The State of the Arts: Jimi & Mr. B 3pm. Media theatrical experience for the family. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Our Town 8pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869.


Play It Again, Sam 8pm. Romantic comedy presented by the Pawling Theater Company. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965. Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Rhinebeck Shakespeare Festival. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Archeology of a Storm 8:30pm. A tragic comedy about three generations of people balancing their inherited legacies. Sunset Lakes Amphitheater in good weather or Powerhouse Theater in rain or cold. Vassar College. 437-7209 Small Revolution Expo April 3pm-6:30pm. Walking the Dog Theater. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Miracle Tomato 6:30pm. Walking the Dog Theater. $15-$40. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. Dickens’ Great Expectations 7pm. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Shakespeare’s The Tempest 8pm. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

WORKSHOPS Saturday Art Fun 10am. Spring into art a class for ages 4-7 with Nicole Teed. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Yoga as Muse 2pm-4pm. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.


Knit 1, Purl 2: Hudson Knitters 4pm-6pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

MONDAY 28 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Qigong for Seniors 11am-12pm. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Dance Aerobics Class for Seniors 4pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. Casting director Jenny O’Haver teaches how to hone acting skills to the camera. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

SPOKEN WORD Lecture Series: Revolution and the Limits of Reason 4:30pm. Also Aprach Zarathustra: Richard Strauss’s Nietzsche. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Beatrix Gates and Tom Caplan. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THEATER Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre 5:30pm-7:30pm. Teen theater ensemble. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Eckhart Tolle Silent Meetings Call for times. Videos, meditation, and dialogue. Call for location. 687-8687. Sacred Chanting 12pm-1:30am. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Atelier-Figure Painting 9am-12pm. $120-$300. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

DANCE Belly Dance Party Call for times. Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts, West Taghkanic. (518) 851-5501. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2pm. Catskill Ballet Theatre Company. $18/$25. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Buglisi Dance Theater 7:30pm. International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5706.


Guitarist Eliot Fisk and Cellist Yehuda Hanani 6pm. $35. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.

Hudson Valley Green Fair 10am-6pm. Go green and make a difference. Indoors at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-6403.

Musical Tribute to the Summer of Love (1967) 8pm-11pm. To benefit the Chatham Lion’s Club. Peint o Gwrw Tavern, Chatham. (518) 392-2943.

For What it’s Worth—A Hudson Valley Antique & Appraisal Event 10am-2pm. Holiday Inn, Fishkill. (800) 345-8082.

TUESDAY 29 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT The Tender Heart of Joy Call for times. Finding the source, troubleshooting the obstacles retreat. $210. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 384-6660.

CLASSES Vocal Lessons Call for times. Song of the Valley Sweet Adelines. Valley View Nursing Care Center, Goshen. 496-7573. Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction to the art of sound and movement taught by Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 281-6734. Life Drawing 6:30pm-9:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

EVENTS 2nd Entrepreneurial Conference Expo Call for times. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 790-5004.

MUSIC Conservatory Noon Concert Series 12pm. Conservatory students in concert. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7196.



Justin Habersaat of the Altercation Comedy Tour

Stand-Up Punk You may remember Hudson Valley homeboy Justin “JT” Habersaat as publisher of the indie punk rock publication Altercation, a zine that shunned the trendy and embraced the darker, humorous side of rock. The zine gave birth in 2006 to Altercation Records and subsequently launched the national Altercation Tour, featuring art-punk and metal bands such as Casket Architects, PBR, Designer Drugs, and Blase Debris. Eventually Habersaat skipped town and took the zine and label with him all the way to Austin, Texas. What may be less known to locals is Habersaat’s other successful love: stand-up comedy. He’s been performing as a comic since the age of 16, founded the Truly Twisted Punk Comedy Festival, and appeared on Comedy Central—not to mention acted opposite porn legend Ron Jeremy in the film Toxic Avenger 4. Having released two live comedy albums—Drowning in a Sea of Assholes and Eight Drink Minimum—his first DVD, Dispatches from the Great American Southwest, a recording of an August 2007 performance in Austin, will be released this month. Habersaat is now highlighting the Altercation Punk Standup Tour, along with Chris Cubas, Ruby Collins, Duncan Wilder, and Richie Stratton. They’re appearing this month at Keegan Ales in Kingston on April 8 and at the Tuscan Café in Warwick on April 15.


—Sharon Nichols How did you get involved with comedy as a teen? I was a fan of stand-up since age 10, watching old George Carlin specials. I inherited an absurdly profane Eddie Murphy tape, and my pals would get together and listen to it in secret. I hit Manhattan at 16 and did a bunch of nights at Stand Up NYC. By college [SUNY New Paltz], I was a regular performer at “Midnight Theater,” a monthly anythinggoes performance. Tons of drunk peers would show up, so I was doing stand-up to 400 people. Things sort of spiraled from there. Why is this called a punk rock stand-up tour? We play bars, bowling alleys, unorthodox places; to a creative mindset of people more apt to be open to our ideas. We get in the van, for better or worse, [or in] one car driving around, a hard-core routine with no nights off. Bowling is so underrated. I aced bowling in college. It’s all about the shoes! We’re pushing the tour from now on as strictly comedy. It started out as a showcase for our bands, but my stand-up has been getting more exposure since moving to Austin and I’ve met a lot of national, like-minded comics. So I said, “Screw it, let’s make it an all-punk comedy lineup.” How’s Altercation coming along after eight years? A lot of classic zines like Punk Planet and No Depression have died. Fortunately, our reputation is solid amongst the artists and labels we feature and we recently made the jump to full-gloss [paper]. It’s a ton of work, but very gratifying. I don’t buy them. For me it’s vinyl or mp3s. It’s funny how vinyl’s come back around again. So, you either adapt and evolve, or you die! Our stuff sells regularly on iTunes, and we make interactive CDs to make them more attractive. Major labels are freaking out because they have so much invested, but if an indie [label] sells 2,000 CDs, they’re on the top.



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What can we expect at your upcoming show? It’s the most exciting package I’ve been part of. We’ve got five underground comics, all of them headliners in their own right, performing over two hours of anything-goes stand-up every night for a solid month. I was able to hand pick my favorite national performers, and since I’m very conscious of style and delivery, it makes for a varied and explosive mix. I can’t wait to expose unsuspecting audiences to these performers. We’re going to blow people away! 4/08 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST




The Dance within the Play “Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!” observes Puck, the mischievous but slightly incompetent fairy in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s comedy set in the woods outside ancient Athens. The play also contains what is arguably the most striking visual image in all of Shakespeare, in Act III—a man with a donkey’s head being adored by the Fairy Queen. The Catskill Ballet Theatre Company presents an all-new ballet of the story April 25 through 27 at Ulster Performing Arts Center. Anna Kirker will appear in the role of Titania and Matthew Prescott will dance the role of Oberon. Dr. Charles Schultz, a local cardiologist, will perform as Theseus, Duke of Athens. Even as a play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” becomes a kind of dance, with fairies flying and distressed lovers playing hide-andseek. Felix Mendelssohn wrote “Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for a performance of the play in 1843, at the age of 17. It contains the “Dance of the Fairies,” the “Dance of the Clowns,” with a humorous imitation of a donkey braying, and the famous wedding march that we expect at all nuptials.

Shakespeare’s comedy includes a play-within-a-play, where a bumbling, rustic theater company must perform for the Duke’s wedding. Choreographer Davis Robertson transformed the theater troupe into a group of amateur dancers. Instead of presenting a play, they must perform a recital. The troupe hauls a piano into the forest and argues about which type of dance to choose. One member prefers jazz, another modern dance, a third ballet, and a fourth English clog dancing. Each displays his talents, and ridicules the others. Original music was written for this scene by David Homan, based on Mendelssohn’s “Dance of the Clowns.” Mendelssohn’s composition is short for a story-dance. “If you do a full-length [ballet], you must supplement that music, which is maybe 40 minutes in length,” Robertson explains. “I chose to use all Mendelssohn—some selections from Symphony No. 1, some from Symphony No. 5, some of the ‘Songs without Words.’ And it’s fascinating to me how beautifully and seamlessly the selections fit together.” Robertson began as a break dancer in Jacksonville, Florida, in the late '80s. He went on to become one of the original MTV Dancers, touring with Patti LaBelle. Meanwhile he was studying ballet, first at the School for American Ballet, then the Joffrey School. Robertson went on to be a principal dancer for the Joffrey Ballet for 12 years. His first work of choreography, Portrait of Hitch (1997), which integrated both Joffrey members and wheelchair dancers, received national attention. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Robertson’s first full-length ballet. The Catskill Ballet Theatre Company recently celebrated its 25th anniversary performance of “The Nutcracker.” This production will include 22 children aged 9-17, most of whom study at the Anne Hebard School of Ballet in Kingston. They will appear as Oberon and Titania’s fairies, and the clownish dance troupe. The world premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed April 25 through 27 at Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston. (845) 339-6088; see —Sparrow

Principal dancers Matthew Prescott and Anna Kirker as Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.





The John Ashbery Poetry Series 5pm. Featuring Forrest Gander. Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson. 758-7235.

Solas an Lae 8pm. $18/$16 children and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff 7pm-8:30pm. Meeting on self-development and working on oneself. Alternative Bookstore, Kingston. 258-4655.

EVENTS Quilting Weekend Call for times. Theme: Friendly Log Cabin. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Stump! Pub Trivia 8:30pm. Skytop Restaurant, Kingston. 340-4277.



Community Playback Theatre 8pm. Improvisations of audience stories. $6. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118.

Anastasia 10am. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256

WORKSHOPS Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) Call for times. $75 series/$15 session. Woodstock. 679-8256.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 30 CLASSES Creating a Children’s Picture Book 1pm-3:30pm. $205/$190 members. Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor. 436-4227. Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Life Drawing 1:30pm-3:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $109. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

EVENTS 2nd Entrepreneurial Conference Expo Call for times. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 790-5004.

Our Town 8pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. Bread and Puppet 7:30pm. Radical puppeteers perform new work. $12.50/$10 members/$5 students. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

SATURDAY MAY 3 ART Dennis Fanton and Mary Evelyn Whitehill Plein Air Paintings 5pm-8pm. Wallkill River Art Gallery, New Windsor. 689-0613.

CLASSES Beginning Oil Painting with William Noonan 10am-12pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

EVENTS Celebration of the Celts Call for times. Horses, music, entertainment, refreshments. $15/$12 seniors/children free. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 851-9670. 8th Annual Women’s Health and Fitness Expo 8am-4pm. Tech City, Kingston. 802-7025.


A Feast of the Arts 3pm. Food, art, fun. $25/$20. Union Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall, Newburgh. 561-2585.

The Backyardigans Live Call for times. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.



Sat Art Fun: Spring into Art Call for times. Ages 4-7. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

College Wind Ensemble 7:30pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Acoustic Open Mike 8pm. The Corner Stage, Middletown. 342-4804. Soprano Kristin Ezell 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

THEATER Anastasia 10am. By Marcelle Maurette. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3256.

THURSDAY MAY 1 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Lifting the Veils Retreat Call for times. Investigate the illusion of our separateness and unhappiness. Woodstock. The Tender Heart of Joy Call for times. Finding the source, troubleshooting the obstacles retreat. $210. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 384-6660.

MUSIC The People’s Open Mike 8pm. Peint o Gwrw Tavern, Chatham. (518) 392-2943. Kairos: A Consort of Singers Spring Concert 8pm. A cappella music by British composers. Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls. 256-9114. The Blue Ribbon Boys 9pm. Swing. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394. Luciano 9pm. $30. The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie. 486-0223. White Knuckle Rodeo and Planeside 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

THEATER Bread and Puppet Call for times. Radical puppeteers perform new work. $12.50/$10 members/$5 students. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Our Town 8pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869.

CLASSES Pastel Portraits with Clayton Buchanan 10am-1pm. Wallkill River Art Gallery, New Windsor. 689-0613.


Life Drawing 7pm. No materials or instructor provided, just a live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 499-9348.

Atelier-Figure Painting 9am-12pm. $120-$300. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.



Lord of the Dance 7:30pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Swing Dance Jam 6:30pm. Lesson at 6pm. $5. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 339-3032.


Solas an Lae 3pm. $18/$16 children and seniors. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Mask Making Call for times. Ages 8-11. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

THEATER Our Town 8pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. Bread and Puppet 7:30pm. Radical puppeteers perform new work. $12.50/$10 members/$5 students. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.


EVENTS Celebration of the Celts Call for times. Horses, music, entertainment, refreshments. $15/$12 seniors/children free. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 851-9670.

MUSIC Eliza Gilkyson 2pm. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-8890. Kairos: A Consort of Singers Spring Concert 3pm. A cappella music by British composers. Old French Church, New Paltz. 255-1660.Dickey Betts & Great Southern 7pm. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Iris Dement 8pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-3394.



Permaculture Class Call for times. Call for location.

Bread and Puppet Call for times. Radical puppeteers perform new work. $12.50/$10 members/$5 students. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Digital Photo Safari 1pm-3pm. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

Our Town 3pm. $16/$14. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869.







hen I was living in Brussels, the seat of the European Commission (akin to the central government of Europe), I got to know some of the prostitutes there. Belgium is close to the Netherlands, and prostitution, though technically illegal, is practiced in the open. I learned that the best hookers work early in the morning, at around 7am or earlier, because that’s when the politicians can see them. The guys leave for work early, stop in the red light district, then head in to serve in various capacities of government officialdom. Every hooker, every astrologer, and every therapist has at least one thing in common: Doing these particular jobs, you meet people in all capacities of life, at all levels of worldly power and economic status, from the destitute to those sitting on millions or billions. You learn quickly that people all have the same basic needs, the same fears, and the same basic problems. So it should not really surprise us that Eliot Spitzer, the former crusading state attorney general and now former governor of New York, should want or need to consult a prostitute, or that he allegedly did so regularly. Must we act like he strangled a puppy for fun, or dined on human flesh? Well, perhaps on forbidden fruit. There are few people in Western society more verboten than prostitutes; nobody, except maybe a convicted murderer, would you be less inclined to bring home to your parents and introduce by their proper profession. Everyone loves a good sex scandal. Heck, I have even come back to work during a supposed week off to write about one. Most people who take umbrage with the governor’s alleged choices claim do so on the basis of hypocrisy. As one sworn to uphold the law, he should not break it; it would seem that he did both. (He spent much of 2004 busting prostitution businesses in New York City.) However, as attorney general, he was obliged 114 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 4/08

to enforce the law; as a human being, he needs to have sex. He was in a double bind; this is often the case where people are expected to prosecute on the basis of subjective morality. We might ask where the real problem resides. It is difficult to discern who exactly is the victim in a crime involving someone paying thousands of dollars for an hour of sex. This was not sex tourism or human slavery; it was ordinary high-end prostitution. If human trafficking or child prostitution is really the issue behind the issue, what were the feds doing going after call girls and their customers? In a word, the answer is politics. On March 12, Truthout republished a February 14 op-ed that Governor Spitzer had written for the Washington Post. Interestingly—based mainly on the astrology, which we’ll come to in a moment—Spitzer went after the Bush family on the issue of banking and the mortgage/credit crisis. In that article, he wrote, “Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers.” He continued, “In 2003, during the height of the predatory lending crisis, the OCC [Office of the Comptroller of Currency, obscure federal bank regulators] invoked a clause from the 1863 National Bank Act to issue formal opinions preempting all state predatory lending laws, thereby rendering them inoperative. The OCC also promulgated new rules that prevented states from enforcing any of their own consumer protection laws against national banks. The federal government’s actions were so egregious and so unprecedented that all 50 state attorneys general, and all 50 state banking superintendents, actively fought the new rules.” Many people in high positions go to prostitutes. It is rare that we ever hear about it. Though you might, in an instance of political payback.

I read this week that this bust was considered so sensitive, federal agents had to go directly to the United States attorney general for approval. This would be the esteemed office so recently held by Alberto Gonzalez, the place where it’s generally accepted that waterboarding is not torture. Hypocrisy exists on many levels. Over the weekend of March 8 through 9, George Bush vetoed a law that would have banned the use of waterboarding by the CIA. Wednesday, the governor of New York announced his resignation because he was caught having sex. Or rather, sex with a prostitute. Society has a long tradition of projecting its shadow onto sex in general and prostitution in particular. Let’s consider the issues, in total: sex, money, power, and control over people’s lives. The place you find all that material is, conveniently, in one place: the eighth house of astrology. Let’s take a look at the chart for Spitzer’s March 10 news conference, where the issue first came out. This chart has an impressive cluster of planets in the eighth house, one of which is Chiron. Chiron is a place of hyper focus in a chart, and also a place of potential injury. There can be a long-term struggle any time you see Chiron somewhere, and we will invariably seek healing there, by hook or by crook. Chiron will often point you to the real issue. Because the Earth is always turning, in any chart, a house can be associated with any sign, and in this chart the eighth is connected to Aquarius—the sign of “all of us here.” To put it mildly, Chiron in Aquarius in the eighth house is the personal manifestation of a collective sexual wound. And that wound involves hypocrisy. Not the hypocrisy of being the avenger of the sex trade and then seeking some comfort or relief there; rather, the comfortable hypocrisy of the way that sex, sexual power, and the entire sexual discussion are transacted throughout American society. Last month’s developments have nothing at all to do with the governor’s sexual habits, whether they were legal or who paid for them. Rather, it is all about how we react to them. By that, I mean anyone who found the events anything other than heartbreaking or a reflection of cultural sickness; anyone who pointed a finger; anyone who judged him, even for being stupid and/or unable to cover his ass sufficiently to not get caught. Of course, it’s difficult when your phone is wiretapped and nearly everyone around you in politics is a zombie who recoils at the mere notion of human pleasure. I find Spitzer’s apparent, and understandable, hypocrisy much more bearable than, for example, knowing that all the people who did their best to shoot him down, including the journalists writing about the story, the publishers profiting from it, the politicians on the “other side of the fence,” and the cops involved in the bust—each and every one of them—has their own sexual secrets, their own shadow side, their own injuries that need attending every bit as much as Spitzer’s do. How many, to raise an obvious example, have been to a prostitute? We know, or at least believe, that when “he who has no sin casts the first stone,” nobody throws a single one. It is, however, time we begin questioning the notion of sin. In the wake of a major sex scandal, these are the questions we need to be asking ourselves. Running in the background of all eighth-house themes is one big theme—death. When we see a power struggle like this, it’s about death, and death is something that, sooner or later, every living thing must face. The eighth house is the great equalizer. Think of the eighth house at its best as where we dance with inevitability. Everything that we experience in the eighth is going to happen—sex will happen; if we are due to inherit money, the person eventually will die; we will eventually die; if we are having sex, the orgasm (if we are open to change) will eventually come. Typically, the eighth becomes a dance of death: ego death; flirtation with orgasm and desire (often secret desire); pregnancy; the death of one’s reputation; actual physical death. Part of the eighth is the quest to be free of the struggles of these dramas and embrace self-acceptance in the face of others. Part of self-acceptance is being aware that all living things die; we die; and relationships, as part of the changing world, will invariably change. Mortality, taking any one of the forms of these dramas, is one of the most crucial eighth-house issues we can address if we want to be healthy, balanced people and have up-front relations with others. In that curious eighth-house

way, it is one of the topics we keep from ourselves, and stuff under the surface. Often, we stuff it below the surface of our relationships as well. It then arises as neurosis (playing dead games and resistance to change), scandal, suppressed orgasm, or power struggles. Indeed, it is often the fear of death and the fear of being alone (a kind of fear of death) that leads us to plunge into eighth-house bonding unconsciously, and get ourselves stuck there. If we transpose this onto sex, we often come up with some form of power struggle or scandal. Outside of public life, it usually emerges as jealousy. This emotion is an extreme attachment coupled with resistance to change, projected onto sex and/or a sexual partner. Jealousy is a kind of dance with death, and it can certainly kill a relationship. Indeed, often it is evidence that a relationship is already dead, locked into a neurotic pattern that can only change when the partnership passes through the crucible of the eighth house and transforms into some other form. One way or another, the people in the couple must let go—of or into their love for one another, to their mutual independence, to their need to be apart, or to some combination. But let go we must, if we want to move on with our lives. This necessarily involves grieving, something that our culture does not sanction much less encourage. Consider that after September 11, there was no national time of mourning. We were told by our government to go out to dinner to stimulate the economy. After the assassination of John F. Kennedy less than 50 years ago, the nation shut down, black, for three days. To successfully pass through the eighth house, people must either pay off the debts they have to one another, walk away, or forgive them entirely. Forgiveness is a huge theme here: of the transience of life; of ourselves for changing and necessarily moving away from, or betraying, others as a result; for their experiencing these things in relationship to us; and ultimately forgiveness of the fact that even if a partnership is not separated by other factors, usually one partner will die first and, in so doing, demand that the other let go of the relationship. In sum, the entire mystery of existence (and how we enter and exit existence), as we struggle with it and embrace it in ecstasy—consciously, and not in our dreams; in the presence of another; and in the face of death—comes home to the eighth house. The eighth contains the thing that we fear the most, be it death, pregnancy, surrender, intimacy, separation or isolation. The profound sense of obligation that we feel to others, and the sense of a debt that we cannot pay, can, and often are, abused. The eighth is a place where total trust is necessary and extremely rare to find. It is the place where we must embrace what we want but cannot have. It is that zone of consciousness where we must relate to ourselves and to the other simultaneously; that perfect contradiction. When you think of the ways that people have the most power over one another—through giving or withholding sexual gratification, through sexual secrets, and through the giving and withholding of resources, you can see the kinds of struggles that emerge when we enter this house. There are remedies to these struggles. They include embracing mortality and therefore the process of change, being absolutely honest, and having a gentle relationship to obligation. To truly be free of eighth house struggles, we need to master the material of the second house, which is about being reasonably self-sufficient when it comes to sex, money and our values. Having a strong relationship to the second house includes having this seemingly elusive thing called good self-esteem, which actually means self-awareness, respect for one’s values, and giving oneself the means to express one’s actual values in tangible ways. When you’re the governor of New York State, apparently that’s not so easy. What about for you? Demystifying Astrology with Eric Francis Coppolino If you have been dabbling in or have long wanted to learn astrology, join Eric Francis Coppolino for “Demystifying Astrology,” a three-day workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, May 23-26. The workshop will explain the ancient art for beginners and those with an elemental knowledge of astrology. Learn how to understand your personal astrology, assist others with the basics of a natal chart and transits, and apply basic biographical information to get the results you desire. For more information:



ARIES (March 20-April 19) Most people take the necessity of communication for granted. Perhaps this is because so few people are actually willing to listen. More likely, it’s because when we reveal our plans, ideas or needs, we stand a pretty good chance of getting shot down or plagiarized. You have reached a point where you must put communication first. The thing is, you’re likely to need to communicate something new, something you have not heard yourself say before, and which you feel may be threatening to others. I suggest you practice for a while, until you take off any aggressive edge. It is possible to relate exactly what you need to and still do so in an endearing way. Revealing your vulnerability in speaking your truth helps a lot. The truth is daring enough; you don’t need to impress anyone with how gutsy you are, or how dedicated you are to conquering any prior system of ideas or beliefs. I suggest you use the identical method whether you’re relating to those you consider your peers, or those who you consider to be in positions of authority. They may not be the same, but you are.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) You seem to be striving for balance between that which is local and what seems to be far away in time or space. Indeed, it’s likely that you’re struggling with an imbalance you don’t quite recognize is there. You might want to count the role that fear plays in the whole setup. The kind of fear you’re processing at the moment has several distinct qualities. First, it’s invisible to the normal senses, and it may be below your psychic radar. If it shows up anywhere, it’s likely to be in your dream life. So pay attention to your dreams for a map of the fears that may on some level be dominating your life from behind the scenes. Second, it seems you’re being provoked into a sense of self-blame. The question is not who to blame, but rather what to do besides look for fault. This is to say, your real quest is turning the considerable power of your thoughts and emotions toward creative solutions rather than toward what appears to be going wrong. If you’re going to be guided by your insecurities, at least allow yourself to be guided to a safe place, or to the awareness that you are indeed safe.


(May 20-June 21)

How do you define your values, by what you need, or what you have to offer? I am sure you would prefer to say by what you have to offer, but I get the feeling that at the moment, what you need is the more accurate descriptor. So, what do you need? I suggest you make a list. Write it down, or not; writing has the advantage of creating some accountability for yourself, so that you can track your progress. Next, I suggest you make a list of what you have to offer. Only list those qualities about yourself, or the resources you possess, that you feel entirely comfortable sharing. Relationships are an exchange. It may seem crude to call them a form of emotional commerce, but they don’t go anywhere unless we feel like what we have to offer has a home in someone else, and what we need is being nourished in some way. If you can keep the elements of this clear in your mind, you’ll have much more confidence in yourself. That, in turn, will make you more attractive to anyone you may be close to, or want to get close to.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) One by one, planets are gathering in Aries and soaring over the midheaven angle of your solar chart. The rewards of this are visibility and a sense of purpose; indeed, you may be feeling called to embrace a sense of direction like at few times before in your life. This is another way of saying you can trust yourself. You can trust, mainly, that you are who you are becoming. In other words, you already are who you are becoming—on the inside, and the outer form of your existence is catching up. Translated yet again, that means you are free, because if you have come this far, then you can free yourself from the nagging fear “that something is wrong.” The fear of fear itself is indeed what nabs us most often, borrowing from the poet FDR. How exactly do we get out of this one, or rather, how do you? Your particular form of insecurity leads you to be either everything to everyone; or, to restrict your outflow such that certain key relationships become pigeonholed into limited contact points. This, you understandably find annoying, and you may think that it’s an indelible fact of life. It’s more a fact of mind, and minds change—or at least they can. 116 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 4/08



(July 22-August 23)

Your faith is burning hot and bright; you and everyone around you can see and feel that you are walking this world with guidance you know will never forsake you. Remember that not everyone else enjoys this cosmic benefit. Not everyone is capable of even accepting spiritual comfort or guidance when it’s offered, and many are too cynical to accept even the possibility. As you receive your natural gifts, you’re setting the example of others to do so; indeed, you are pointing the way to their recognition that such is even possible. What you might want to point out, or at least be aware of, is that you are able to receive and express profoundly positive energy in a time of actual challenge in your life. You have plenty of work to do, you are processing deep insecurities of your own, and it seems that every time you see the light, you also see a shadow. This is evidence that you’re conscious of, and fully experiencing, both major facets of human growth. This is a powerful example in the world, that is, for the people around you. And as others witness your process, it becomes all the more authentic and valid for you.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) A compromise is worthwhile is when both parties gain rather than lose. If, however, you find yourself in a position calling for a compromise that calls for two or more parties to give something up, take the initiative and make sure that the first tings on the list of what’s being given up are the ones that everyone needs the least. You may say, well that’s not really a compromise, in that case; I’m not really losing anything I value deeply, nor is anyone else. However, if life is a school, then the lesson is how to make these kinds of arrangements efficient. On a planet where more than one person lives, give and take are essential skills. But isn’t that language funny? We could just as easily say, “We live in a world of give and receive.” In that light, here is yet another way to think of compromise: what do you have to offer the situation that does not harm you to offer; or which in some way helps you to offer; and which assists others in the process? If you drew up a list of the possibilities, it would be pretty long—and this offers more compelling evidence for abundance than it does for scarcity.


(September 22-October 23)

The sky is so radically oriented on your opposite sign Aries right now that you may be wondering where you fit in, or what your part in the arrangement is. Let’s start with: You fit in everywhere, and your part is any part you would like it to be. There is only one catch: that bit has to be in harmony with the choices of those around you. Without sounding too cynical, this will be pretty easy because for the most part, human beings merely feign ambition and aspiration rather than go the whole distance. So, let everyone take their role in the drama that appears to be unfolding in your life, while you make up your mind about what works for you. There will be plenty to do while things are shuffling around; skip the Cinderella complex and clean out the woodstove if that’s what needs to be done. Never stop paying attention to what you want; keep your eyes on who is working well and who (or what) is not working at all. Then, your contribution—your chosen contribution, that is—will become plainly obvious, and you will have done something always worthwhile on this planet; evaded an unnecessary power struggle.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) Yours is one of the signs of the zodiac considered to have the highest level of vitality. I know you don’t always feel this way, but if you look at what you’ve endured, survived and embraced, you may grudgingly concede the point. How often do you call in sick to work? When do you bother with Novocaine at the dentist? Okay, just kidding about that. Anyway—your chi or core energy is running near a peak at the moment, and you need to figure out what to do with it. Please, don’t spend all day at your desk. Get up once and run around the block. Get to the gym, or dust off your bike. It is now officially spring. The more energy you burn, the more energy you will have. The more you have, the more you will want to do—a victorious cycle. You do, however, need a plan; you may have a backlog of brilliant and/or creative ideas from the recent sweep of Pisces planets through the sky, and until you read this horoscope you may have been wondering just how you were going to get it all done. Remember, true creativity can and must be applied to everything, not merely to those things society deems “creative activities.” Think of everything as an art assignment; you have the solution, and remember—that solution is beautiful.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22) With Pluto not in your sign for a change, you may feel like you’re walking around with one shoe off. If that is the case, you might want to go for both shoes, and your socks. Your charts are all about grounding. It’s time to become the earthy Sagittarian—i.e., a Sagittaurus. If you are going for pleasure, a mountaintop is the place, Sagiccorn. If you are striving for wealth, remember that all wealth comes from the Earth—respect Her. This is a simple idea, and yet it seems that your values are pretty complicated, full of rules and inhibitions. They don’t need to be that way. Imagine yourself breaking down boundaries inside your mind, then burning them as fuel. The feeling is akin to opening up space inside yourself, and turning the devices once used to hold back energy into energy. Do that once or twice and you’ll see just how much mojo you’re working with. Once you get a taste of this interior chop and burn process, and of that most excellent heat, your inner life may resemble the interior of an airplane hangar rather than the rat maze it has become in recent years. We all know that you need space—but I’m here to tell you that means inner space.


(December 22-January 20)

You are being liberated from within. Your Soul is making itself known to you. There is no arguing with Soul, but it’s possible to pretend, to deny, to wish you could be your old-fashioned, boring old ego; good luck. Speaking of, if you’re not feeling absolutely lucky these days, it’s just the consequence of you trying to resist your Soul. You cannot do it, but you can try, and that will run down your energy or keep your focus off of the good stuff and on the difficult stuff and, well, you can miss the point of life entirely. You are not one of those people who requires much in the way of explanation here—you know what that inner voice of all inner voices is saying. It is merely a matter of listening, and then of doing one pretty special thing—not allowing your beliefs to get in the way of what is true. Am I implying that your beliefs are wrong? Not exactly. I read someplace in a New Age book that this is a dangerous thing to do. I’m implying that they are old; they are not the kind of antique you want laying around. Look them over once and put them in the recycling. If you are think someone is going to get pissed off at you, do it in broad daylight.


(January 20-February 19)

Do people keep saying no to you? Do they offer things they cannot come through on? Do they seem to have good intentions, such as to learn how to dance, but they can only dance when they’re standing on your feet like the little girl in The Godfather? Yeah well, go where the action is. Physically get up and make the trip. It may be across town, it may be across the country, it may be across a gulf of awareness that seems extremely wide today but which consists of nothing more than a single thought. Make sure you are the one who takes action, and who counts on yourself to take action. For example, don’t wait for someone to call you. Call them, or knock on their door. Finally, I suggest you forget about all the things that people have promised you in the past. If they are in the past, then they were merely promises, which you cannot cash in at the change machine in the supermarket lobby, even though you may have a very large bottle full of them. One last thing—promises are nothing you want to make, either. You—and the world, but particularly you—need action these days. Not (as so often happens) talk.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) You may think that there is an obstacle in your path, but there are many different ways to view the landscape. Yes, one particular dimension of the “relationship” angle appears to be blocked, stuck or a bit stiff. Do yourself a favor and take a different way into the human matrix. Get social and integrate your energy in groups of people, then make yourself extremely observant when you’re there. Look at what’s going on around you. Notice who is noticing you. Notice how you feel about who is noticing you. Then observe when you have an opening—you will. Little is guaranteed, but you will. It would help to know if you’re scouting for money or for love (you seem to have both on your mind). You don’t need to announce your intentions; prudence would call on you to keep them to yourself, but to be aware. In either case, you need to remind yourself how good you feel about yourself. When you forget, remind yourself again. It is specifically the experience of consciously expressing positive vibes to yourself that will turn up the glow of the phosphorescent fish, transforming you into a magnet for all that you deem necessary or desirable. 118 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 4/08

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