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CONTENTS 6/08

NEWS AND POLITICS

GREEN LIVING GUIDE

27 WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

77 SEEING GREEN

The gist of what you may have missed in the back pages of the global media maelstrom: corporate organic brands, voter ID laws, and T. Rex relatives.

Teal Hutton talks with local sustainability experts about the easiest practical steps we can take to create a greener life at home and work.

30 COMING TO AMERICA Jim Motovalli examines the myths and realities of immigration, the environment, and growing population numbers in the US and elsewhere.

36 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart takes aim at how the old myths of the Great Republican Disaster are being recast as new truths in the run-up to the presidential election this fall.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 38 A CURTAIN CALL FOR THE HYDE PARK PLAYHOUSE Hyde Park Playhouse alumnus Bob Sommer tells the story of the summer stock theater that ran from the 1950s through the 1980s, attracting top-notch talent.

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WHOLE LIVING GUIDE 90 RELAXING WITH THE RAYS Aimee Hughes explains how to enjoy the sun this season while saving your skin—the body’s largest organ—for years to come.

BUSINESS SERVICES 70 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 82 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 95 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY For the positive lifestyle.


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CONTENTS 6/08

ARTS & CULTURE 44 PORTFOLIO The photographs of John Dugdale.

46 LUCID DREAMING Beth E. Wilson reviews shows at the Livingroom in Kingston, Kerhonkson General in Kerhonkson, and Spire Studios in Beacon.

68 FOOD & DRINK Brian K. Mahoney talks with wine importer Neal Rosenthal, author of Reflections of a Wine Merchant, about terroir at his home in the Shekomeko Valley.

136 PARTING SHOT Hollywood Premier, a photograph by Weegee, part of the “Facebook” exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

48 GALLERY & MUSEUM GUIDE

THE FORECAST

56 MUSIC

105 DAILY CALENDAR

Peter Aaron profiles Woodstock-based quietists Ida. Nightlife Highlights by DJ Wavy Davy and CD reviews of: The Barefoot Boys Sweetwater Passage reviewed by Nina Shengold. NCM Escape from Myopia Reviewed by Jeremy Schwartz. Pauline Oliveros/Miya Masaoka Accordion Koto Reviewed by Erik Lawrence.

60 BOOKS Nina Shengold profiles playwright and screenwriter Frank D. Gilroy.

62 BOOK REVIEWS Pauline Uchmanowicz reviews Washington: The Making of the American Capital by Fergus Bordewich. Anne Pyburn reviews Anybody Any Minute by Julie Mars.

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PREVIEWS 109 Sparrow previews Remove the Landmark, an exhibition of photos by Aaron Yassin and Cannon Hersey this month at Gallery 384 in Catskill. 111 Mary Gauthier talks with Robert Burke Warren prior to her June 6 gig in Rosendale. 112 Jay Blotcher previews a bevy of summer festivals across the region, from music at Bethel Woods, to theater at Powerhouse in Poughkeepsie, and art at Storm King. 121 Billie Holiday sound-alike Madeleine Peyroux performs at the Bardavon on June 27. 123 David Soman exhibits drawings at Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie this month from his New York Times best-selling kids’ book, Ladybug Girl.

PLANET WAVES 130 THE SHAPE OF TIME Eric Francis Coppolino examines our cultural model of time, and how technology gives us a false sense of it. Plus horoscopes.

Jennifer May

Poems by Roberta Allen, Alisha Bell, Andrew Brenza, Gary Bloom, Nichole Boisvert, Cathy Furlani, Lucas Gallo, Olga Kronmeyer, Emma McCann, Robert Milby, Forrest Schoenberger, Donna Sherman, Sparrow, and Steven Wheat.

Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at Chronogram.com.)

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Blue in Utah edie nadelhaft | oil on canvas |  “I think the most interesting thing about painting is the paint itself,” says Manhattan-based artist Edie Nadelhaft. “I find the actual substance, the sort of beauty of paint itself and the act of painting, the physical expression, have a profound potency that resonates for me.” Having previously gone to school to study art history, humanities, and painting, Nadelhaft returned to school again in the `90s. “I felt I still had stuff to learn,” she says. “I believe you always have stuff to learn.” She went to the Massachusetts School of Art to study web design. “It was a better idea than I knew at the time,” says Nadelhaft. She has been able to support herself as a web designer crafting logos online and designing websites for diverse array of clients, from pharmaceutical companies to indie rock bands. “It’s very quick and dirty,” she says of web design. “What you see is what you get.” She took up web design as a creative part-time gig for money so she could continue with her first love, painting. “I do [my art] for me,” says Nadelhaft. “But there is no guarantee someone will pay you for that.” Cows caught her eye while visiting her in-laws’ dairy farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Nadelhaft ended up really close to the cows and admired the curiosity of the animal. “I went inside the barn,” she says. “I’ll tell you, if you’ve never been two inches from a cow, it’s quite an experience.” She enjoys taking something common, an overfamiliar image or representation, and placing it in a different setting. “I’m always very excited about the second impression,” says Nadelhaft, using a cow as an example. “If you look past your first response to it, it’s like wow, that sort of wonder. Taking something out of its expected context and seeing it new for the first time.” She has been painting cows for a few years now, in part because she finds them to be so funny. Humor plays a big role in Nadelhaft’s art, and her show at Pearldaddy in Beacon this month features many odd and offbeat images of flies, pills (The Best Medicine II, an eight-foot-high replica of a prescription pill inscribed with “Sweet!” on its face is at once guffawinducing and a caustic critique), teeth biting into cherries, and of course, many pensive bovine portraits. As part of her artistic process, Nadelhaft takes motorcycle trips to farms in the Hudson Valley to photograph cows. She employs no found images in her work, only photographs she has taken. While vacationing in Las Vegas a few years ago, Nadelhaft took a motorcycle ride to Monument Valley, where she shot the picture for Blue in Utah. The color grid in the bottom corner is a web color palette, an example of her commercial work influencing her fine art. “The Best Medicine: Paintings and Sculptures by Edie Nadelhaft” will be exhibited at Pearldaddy on 183 Main Street in Beacon through July 6. (845) 765-0169; www.pearldaddy.net. Portfolio: www.edienadelhaft.com. —Tara Quealy 10 CHRONOGRAM 6/08


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EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Brian K. Mahoney bmahoney@chronogram.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR David Perry dperry@chronogram.com SENIOR EDITOR Lorna Tychostup tycho56@aol.com BOOKS EDITOR Nina Shengold books@chronogram.com HEALTH & WELLNESS EDITOR Lorrie Klosterman wholeliving@chronogram.com POETRY EDITOR Phillip Levine poetry@chronogram.com MUSIC EDITOR Peter Aaron music@chronogram.com VISUAL ARTS EDITOR Beth E. Wilson visualarts@chronogram.com EDITORIAL INTERN Tara Quealy tquealy@chronogram.com PROOFREADER Laura McLaughlin CONTRIBUTORS Roberta Allen, Emil Alzamora, Alisha Bell, Larry Beinhart, Jay Blotcher, Gary Bloom, Nichole Boisvert, Andrew Brenza, Eric Francis Coppolino, Cathy Furlani, Lucas Gallo, Aimee Hughes, Teal Hutton, Annie Dwyer Internicola, Elias Isquith, Olga Kronmeyer, Erik Lawrence, Steve Lewis, Jennifer May, Emma McCann, Robert Milby, Edie Nadelhaft, Anne Pyburn, Fionn Reilly, Forrest Schoenberger, Jeremy Schwartz, Donna Sherman, Robert Sommer, Sparrow, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Steven Wheat, Beth E. Wilson

PUBLISHING FOUNDERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky PUBLISHER Jason Stern jstern@chronogram.com ADVERTISING SALES Talisa Faulks tfaulks@chronogram.com; (518) 334-8600x106 France Menk fmenk@chronogram.com; (845) 334-8600x106 Eva Tenuto etenuto@chronogram.com; (845) 334-8600x123 Shirley Stone sstone@chronogram.com; (845) 876-2194 ADMINISTRATIVE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Amara Projansky aprojansky@chronogram.com; (845) 334-8600x121 BUSINESS MANAGER Ruth Samuels rsamuels@chronogram.com; (845) 334-8600x120 PRODUCTION PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Jacky Davis-Soman jdavis@chronogram.com; (845) 334-8600x108 PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Mary Maguire, Sabrina Gilmore PRODUCTION INTERN Eileen Carpenter OFFICE 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 334-8600; fax (845) 334-8610

MISSION Chronogram is a regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley. All contents © Luminary Publishing 2008

SUBMISSIONS CALENDAR: To submit calendar listings, e-mail: events@chronogram.com Fax: (845) 334-8610. Mail: 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 Deadline: June 15

POETRY Submissions of up to three poems at a time can be sent to poetry@chronogram.com or our street address. See above.

FICTION/NONFICTION: Fiction: Submissions can be sent to fiction@chronogram.com. Nonfiction: Succinct queries about stories of regional interest can be sent to bmahoney@chronogram.com.

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LETTERS Sante Cites Stinker To the Editor: I was startled to read Caitlin McDonnell alleging that I praised Russell Banks’s The Reserve in the Times Book Review. I did no such thing. I thought the book was the worst kind of guest-room pap, presumably written under duress if not actual torture by a writer who has done much, much better—and said as much. I normally wouldn’t care so much about being misrepresented, but I sure don’t want to be responsible for any readers subjecting themselves to that stinker. Luc Sante, Accord

Chronogram Book Editor Nina Shengold responds: Dear Luc, As the editor who deleted Caitlin McDonnell’s pull quote from your New York Times review and replaced it with “praised,” I’m prepared to take it on the chin. When I read your review, I had the impression that you’d found The Reserve an overheated but nonetheless enjoyable romp by an author who’d earned the right to a Hollywood paycheck. On rereading it, with the unambiguous “stinker” now lodged in my ear, I realize that your summation of it as “a ripping yarn” was not intended as praise. Apologies for my ironydeficient editing.

Safety First To the Editor: I enjoyed your article on Bike Month [“Easy Like Monday Morning,” 5/08], thanks for getting the word out. Your readers should know that there are safe cycling rides on the last Friday of every month in Kingston. The more local cyclists who get involved, the better! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/safecyclingkingston www.fatsinthecats.com Bill Baird, Ulster

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The Writing on the Slanted Wall From the cluttered, dusty corner of my seasonally frigid/muggy attic, I would lean back in the creaky chair and imagine each mother clasping her well-Oiled of Olay hands and cooing over her teenager’s creative writing assignment. Then each father peering up over the top of his newspaper: “Send that to Uncle Steve, he’s a professional writer, you know.” Which was presumably how in the later ’80s I would occasionally find in my battered mailbox white envelopes stuffed with poorly folded short stories written by my sister’s son Pete, my brother’s son Jake, and my sister-in-law’s daughter Isabel. Scanning those typewritten pages speckled with whiteout, I happily assumed the pose of the kindly uncle professional writer, pointing out moments of real resonance—and, by the by, offhand, ever so gently, making one or two standard-issue suggestions about showing, not telling. I would then drive to the post office imagining their mothers peering breathlessly over their children’s thin shoulders: “Oh my, see? Uncle Steve’s a professional writer—and he knows what he’s talking about!” Whereupon having fallen prey to my own fiction, I would return to my attic racked with guilt for posing as a real writer. The truth at the time: Aside from a few chapbooks of poetry, one from New Erections Press (Madison, Wisconsin, 1969, of course) and a textbook on emergency care (another story, another time), my so-called career as a writer meant supplementing my crummy wages in academia by making a few bucks off the backs of my four, five, then six, then seven (!) kids; i.e., writing pieces on fatherhood for such austere publications as Seattle’s Child, LA Parent, and Baby Talk (which, by the way, was given away free with diaper service deliveries). On those dark mornings I would try to beat back my self-editing self by taking some small measure of comfort in the reasonable assumption that my young relatives would not be harmed by my charade. They would go to college, get real jobs outside the heartbreaking publishing industry, and never again write another story in their lives. Nor would they learn the truth about their Uncle Steve, semiprofessional writer. Now imagine, just glancing over the top of the magazine in your hands, time passing the way it always does, one gray hair drifting in the wind into another gray hair and another and another and suddenly but certainly not suddenly, a whole head of hair has mostly turned silver—or fallen out—and it’s a new millennium and tall, funny Pete is now Peter Steinfeld (LA screenwriter—Drowning Mona, Analyze That, Be Cool); beautiful, sultry Isabel is Isabel Burton (deputy editor at Cosmopolitan); and sweet, thoughtful Jake is Jacob Lewis (managing editor of the New Yorker). Big enchiladas. And Uncle Steve? Small potatoes. Still in the same creaky chair in the same seasonally frigid/muggy, dusty/dusty attic. Still teaching. A “midlist” writer still hustling up columns and articles, small and large. Still writing books, large print and small. Still eking out small paydays and… what is smaller? Well, that old guilt, for one. In the years after overlooking the grit and resonance behind the immature voices in those youthful stories, I have learned well the wordless, capricious ways that one arrives at the dawn of each writing day. And so I have occasionally marveled at how I, despite all humbling evidence to the contrary, the writing on the slanted wall, as it were, was an unintended agent of the remarkable successes of my niece and nephews. However misguided. However absurd the claim. From this hot/cold, dusty/dusty attic I have traced and retraced my own path as a writer, stumbling backward from New Paltz through Milwaukee and Madison, scuttling across the floor of the inland sea all the way to high school on Long Island and a English teacher at Wheatley High, white-haired Dr. Harold Wells, long gone from this life. And so I occasionally imagine as well the old man sitting at his desk reading something I wrote on the bus and, overcoming once again all good sense, telling this lazy, thoughtless boy that he was a good writer. Sometimes that’s all it takes. —Steve Lewis

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CHRONOGRAM SEEN The events we sponsor, the people who make a difference, the Chronogram community. Here's some of what we saw in May: CAFE CHRONOGRAM AT THE KINGSTON MUDDY CUP (5/17) RONDOUT WATERFRONT FESTIVAL (5/10)

Quality Dental Care NEW PALTZ, NY

In finding a dentist

it’s important to make the best choice. Dr. Schwartz is a knowledgeable, caring and experienced professional. He LISTENS to your concerns and does a thorough diagnosis of any problems. Then we DISCUSS options and COMMUNICATE with you until you are satisfied with any plan of treatment or maintenance.

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We are a small office in a small town. But we offer a level of treatment that you would expect in a large city. Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry. He continues to pursue additional training at dental education centers across the nation in such subjects as periodontics, orthodontics, implantology, and surgery. Dr. Schwartz has been at this location for eleven years. You will see the same dentist every time. You will notice that the dentist spends more time with you and takes more of a personal interest in your care than just about any other health professional you’ve ever met! We provide general dentistry including family care, implants, artistic cosmetic dentistry, surgical and non-surgical periodontics, extractions, root canal and other services.

MARLIN SCHWARTZ, DDS 845 255 2902 www.schwartzqualitydental.com

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Top: Uncle Moon performing at Cafe Chronogram on May 17 at the Muddy Cup in Kingston. Bottom: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater parade at the Rondout Waterfrton Festival in Kingston on May 10.

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Esteemed Reader Now my loving is running toward my life shouting, What a bargain, let’s buy it. —Rumi Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: As I write it is a chilly day in May. I am looking across the Wallkill Valley toward the Shawangunk Ridge. Heavy, sculpted clouds fill much of the sky and the sun beams in at a dramatic angle—darkness above, brightness below—the true chiaroscuro that artists emulate. It is rife with contrast, as though the canopy is shouting Yes! and No! with the same breath. It reminds me of an early springtime memory—I was four or five—standing on a hill looking across a hayfield at to the opposite ridge. The sky was so gray it was almost black. The field and a hill of trees on the other side of the valley were awash with bright orange light as the sun set behind me. The image of light and dark interacting with such power and grace made me gasp then, as it does now. Strong contrasts are everywhere in springtime. It is a season of fertile conflict. Warmth collides with cold in the air and frozen earth, awakening dormant seeds and spurring trees to sprout new leaves. The confluence beckons the birds to come home, and the otherwise graceful fox to bark noisily in the night, as much in pride as protection for her cubs in the den. Earlier this spring a finch built a nest on a many-pointed star lantern that hangs from the roof of our porch. It is a hostile place for a home, balancing on sharp metal tips, swinging in the wind. Watching momma finch carry leaves and twigs and fluff to her new construction I thought when the wind blows, the cradle will rock….And sure enough we came home one evening to find the completed nest upturned on the ground surrounded by violet egg shells and smeared yolk. It had the same effect as blood on our three-year old. “That’s very sad,” he said. But that was early enough for momma finch to get back to work and build another nest in the same place, apparently having learned from her design errors. As of this writing there are four furry finch chicks in the nest on the star, which appears to have become more stable with the accretion of speckled finch poop. My own mother taught me something about eggs and challenge when I was a child—about the time I first felt the beauty and power of chiaroscuro, light and dark intertwined. Again it was springtime and we were hatching chicken eggs in an incubator. We had candled them and seen the growing chick fetuses inside, and carefully turned the eggs like a mother hen would, twice a day for a couple of weeks. And then we heard them starting to tap-tap-tap at the inside of the shells, and little holes appeared. We watched them work to widen the opening and break through. They worked and then rested—the periods of rest growing longer, the longer it took for the chicks to emerge—their little wet bird bodies exhausted, panting. The urge to reach in and tear off the shell was irresistible. “Don’t do it,” my mother admonished, “if you help them, they will die. They must do it themselves.” For me this has been a particularly vivid spring. I noticed the intensity and fullness of each stage of transition from winter more than usual—the first whiff of fresh, living air in February; the so-subtle green aura of buds on trees in March; the fulfilling thunderstorms and rain that are a cleansing ablution for the land and atmosphere in April; and the coming to verdant fullness in May. The liberating effect of spring took me by surprise. More light, the smell of sweet air, its warmth on my skin—woke me up from an hibernation I didn’t realize I was in. To wake up in this way, by surprise, and to feel the parabolic meaning of the signs and events of spring, is a taste of unexpected abundance, like winning a cosmic lottery. It is, at times, difficult to remember the wealth and abundance and happiness that is always already here. The crimes and controversies that are rampant in every area of life; the wars fought incessantly in ourselves and by extension in our homes, towns, nation, world; the greed for power, wealth, egoic aggrandizement—are compelling attractors of our attention. But there is a force that beckons wakefulness like it pulls the sap out of the roots and into the trunk of the maple in spring. If we relax our gaze, and allow the sap to flow, we become engaged with a world that is rich with life and meaning, and is happy. —Jason Stern 6/08 CHRONOGRAM 21


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July 26 & 27, 2008 Enjoy spectacular scenery, sample farm-grown products, and watch demonstrations of sustainable agriculture, beekeeping, corn harvesting and more while learning about the rich agricultural heritage of this special region. The self-guiding tour will feature classes or demonstrations all weekend long at:

Gill Corn Farms

Experience a corn harvesting demonstration from a haywagon pulled alongside an operating corn harvester.

Five Springs Farm

An up-close demonstration of bees

and beekeeping.

Davenport Farms

Take a tour of this full scale vegetable operation to learn what goes into raising vegetables from farm to fork.

Farm & Granary

A walking tour and class on Sustainable Agriculture in the Rondout Valley.

Stone Ridge Orchard

A hands-on demonstration on several techniques of plant propagation useful for any backyard orchardist.

Rusty Plough Farm

Learn about their unique CSA/buying club model, as well as how to grow healthy plants via healthy soils and management of the surrounding habitat.

Duchess Farm

This horse facility’s manure management program creates composted manure mixed with topsoil for garden and landscaping use.

Country Flowers A greenhouse tour and demonstration of bedding plant propagation. Catskill Native Nursery

Learn what it means to become an ecological gardener and turn your property into a beautiful, bio-diverse haven for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and small mammals.

Hasbrouck Farms A tour of a large selection of antique farming equipment and hand tools along with the RVGA’s walk-through historical farming exhibit. Farm Tour participants receive a map, coupons for local businesses, restaurants, B&Bs, & farm products. Experience the culinary pleasures of good, wholesome locally grown food. Aroma Thyme Bistro, DePuy Canal House, Friends and Family ll Hillside Restaurant, High Falls Café, Northern Spy Cafe, and Oscar Restaurant will use Rondout Valley products as part of their menu and offer discounts to all tour participants. Stay with us the whole weekend and receive discounts at participating bed & breakfasts: Baker’s Bed & Breakfast, The LockTender’s House, The Sheeley House Bed & Breakfast, Sparrow Hawk Bed & Breakfast, and 1712 House.

For more information visit www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org or email Debbie@rondoutvalleygrowers.org The Farm Tour was made possible by grants from The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Watershed Agricultural Council and NYC DEP. All monies raised from this event go directly to support the Rondout Valley Growers Association

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Eating organic food doesn’t mean you’re not eating corporate food. Many of the country’s largest food corporations are behind popular organic brands. Kraft, the number one food processor in the country, produces Boca Foods (makers of Boca Burgers) and Back to Nature. Odwalla juice is produced by Coca-Cola. Heinz, the 27th-largest food company, produces the most organic foods, including Earth’s Best, Tofutown, and Health Valley brands. A study published in the April issue of Science found that the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus rex are modern birds. T. Rexes are more closely related to ostriches and chickens than living reptiles. Cott Corp., maker of private-label sodas, is bringing the health and wellness craze to canines, producing a line of vitamin-infused beverages for dogs. The company does have some competition with retailer Pet Smart, which is producing a nutrition tablet that can be added to dog water. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association expects Americans to spend about $43.4 billion on their pets in 2008. In a six-to-three vote, the Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter identification law on April 28. Indiana’s Democratic Party and community groups had sued the state, claiming the law placed thousands of eligible voters who did not have driver’s licenses at a disadvantage. “The onus of the Indiana law is illegitimate just because it correlates with no state interest so well as it does with the object of deterring poorer residents from exercising the franchise,” wrote Justice David H. Souter in a dissenting opinion. Many voting experts believe the law will lead to more litigation, legislation, and complications. Fifty American service members were killed in Iraq in April, a seven-month high. The Iraqi government reported that civilian casualties reached a high of 969 that month. Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group says the increase in the number of deaths is due to fighting between Shiite militiamen and US forces in Sadr City. Violence has been steadily increasing since January, according to US military figures. Members of the House of Representatives can lease a car at taxpayers’ expense. With few restrictions on what kind of cars members can choose, there is no limit on how much they can spend. Gas, insurance, general maintenance, registration fees, and excess mileage all get paid for by taxpayers. About 125 members of the House take advantage of this benefit, which has been in place since the 1980s. The Senate does not allow its members to lease cars with public money. One in five vehicles sold in the US was a compact or subcompact car during the month of April. Sales of pick up trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vehicles with six-cylinder engines have sharply declined. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved 2,370 warrants to spy on suspected terrorists last year. The figure is a nine-percent increase from 2006. A recent study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that the number of terrorism and national security prosecutions initiated by the Justice Department in 2007 was more than 50 percent below 2002 levels. Black men are nearly 12 times as likely to be imprisoned for drug convictions as adult white men, according to a Human Rights Watch report. The report, as well as one done by the Sentencing Project in Washington, shows that there was an overwhelming focus of law enforcement on drug use in lowincome urban areas, which could be linked to the disproportionate rates. Sources: Good Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times —Tara Quealy

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Connectivity

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all it six degrees of Chronogram.

For those whose minds don’t immediately snap to the reference: There was a ubiquitous party game from late last century called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Essentially a way for cinephiles with capacious memories to show off, the object was to choose an actor—any actor—and then connect back to prolific big-screen thespian Bacon in six moves or less. Take Gone With the Wind star Olivia de Havilland. Late in her career, De Havilland lent her talents to the `70s disaster-genre disaster The Swarm, also starring Richard Chamberlain. Chamberlain played a supporting role in the Katherine Hepburn vehicle The Madwoman of Chaillot, as did Donald Pleasance. In Halloween, Pleasance starred as the psychiatrist trying to find asylum escapee Michael Myers before he kills the babysitter, Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis and Bacon both appeared in the early `90s Big Chill rip-off Queens Logic. From the antebellum south to the Brat Pack in four moves. (When I was tending bar in Tribeca in the early ‘90s, I met a struggling comedian/actor who told me he had developed a game exactly similar to the one described above—note that this was two or three years before the advent of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon— but he called his version “Back to Bacon.”) Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was the first to state the idea of six degrees of separation in his Nobel speech of 1909, suggesting that it would take six radio relay stations to send a message around the world. This started futurists on a tear of thinking about the “small world phenomenon” that has given us, among other things, the Internet, as well as the charming ethnocentrism of the Disneyworld ride It’s a Small World After All. The “six degrees” concept came into the public consciousness in the mid‘90s with the cinematic adaptation of John Guare’s play “Six Degrees of Separation.” The title of the play refers to the idea that if each of us is one degree away from each person we know, and two degrees away from people who are known to people we know, then we are all an average of six degrees removed from any person on earth. A simple way of saying this: We’re all connected. And this is where semantics enters, for the quality of connection is important. As a newspaper reader, I can say that I am connected to the recent catastrophic events in Burma and China. But this connection is limited to non-engaged intellectualism. I know the meteorologic and geologic causes of cyclones and earthquakes, and how many tens of thousands of dead are being reported on any given day. But my connection to the events extends no further than this, aside from a momentarily heightened empathy for the suffering of others and a thought to send a check to the Red Cross. My connection to these events is weak. In contrast, one of these reasons we all feel so connected to 9/11, especially those of us who live in New York, is that we are likely physically connected to people directly affected, or at most, one degree removed. The events of 9/11 were much on the minds of those I heard speak at

the Omega Institute’s Being Fearless conference in April. This makes perfect sense, as 9/11 is the current touchstone for our existential dread. And the residual fear from 9/11 is, in one sense, fear of the other; fear of those we are not connected to and who seem unwilling to connect to us. (NB: I’m not sure we can connect with everyone. Religious fundamentalists—of all stripes—seem concerned with connecting in only one particular way, abjuring human relations in favor of tethering themselves to the supposed goals of a higher power. How do we as humanists connect to that?) At the conference, Omega cofounder Stephan Rechstaffen reminded the audience of the origin of the institute’s name. It’s taken from a term coined by a French Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, to a describe a rather complex theory about the evolution of consciousness. The Omega Point, which Rechstaffen thankfully explained in simple terms, is the point at which consciousness recognizes it own interdependency. In the context of Being Fearless, Rechstaffen’s message was that it was time for the New Age to engage with the world. It’s not enough, anymore, to retreat into the interior. We need to use the inner resources we have been developing lo these many years—through the various disciplines that Omega has been fostering—to make a change in the world. And I don’t think Rechstaffen was talking about sending a check to Red Cross, either.The connection he was calling for was deeper than that. As Caroline Myss noted in her keynote speech at Being Fearless, “You cannot have an intellectual experience of God.” (By “God,” I take Myss to mean the greater consciousness suggested by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.) One way I saw this engagement in action recently was in the work of Omega itself, through its community outreach. At a recent Hudson Valley Green Drinks event, I was introduced to Joan Henry, who directs empowerment programs at Mill Street Loft for inner-city girls in Poughkeepsie. Henry explained how she had been contacted in the fall of 2006 by Traci Childress, a program coordinator at Omega, about the possibility of sponsoring a group of girls for Arts Week, Omega’s annual feast of interdisciplinary creativity. Working with Childress and two other instructors, Lesley Hawley and Jeri Van Blaricom, Henry crafted an experience for 14 urban, at-risk girls—some of whom had never eaten “vegetarian” food before (the food served on the Omega campus being strictly vegetarian)—to connect to themselves, to connect with their potential, and, as Childress pointed out, it was an opportunity for everyone at Omega to connect with the fierce energy of these girls, a group not typical of Omega’s demographic. Since the unqualified success of Arts Week, Omega has forged a connection with Mill Street Loft that has extended to scholarships to some of its conferences, like “Women and Power,” and the organizations are looking to collaborate again on Arts Week in the future. And how did Omega’s Traci Childress connect with Mill Street Loft’s programs? Reading Chronogram. Back to Bacon, as they say. —Brian K. Mahoney

Get your weekly dose of Chronogram on Monday mornings at 8:15 with Brian and Greg Gattine on “The Morning Show with Gattine and Franz.” WDST 100.1FM.

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NEWS & POLITICS World, Nation, & Region

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AMERICA Big Immigration, the Environment and

Population Numbers

by Jim Motavalli

In 2006, USA Today ran a lengthy story titled “How Will the USA Cope With Unprecedented Growth?” The country’s population had just crossed the 300 million mark, up from 200 million in just 39 years. Writer Haya El Nasser listed the many environmental problems made worse by rapid population growth, from traffic congestion to dwindling open space. But El Nasser’s story left one question unanswered: Why is the US virtually the only industrialized country with a rapidly growing population? The key word is “immigration,” but El Nasser never uses it. It’s a pretty big target to miss. More than a million immigrants achieve permanent resident status every year (twice the estimated number of undocumented arrivals). Seven hundred thousand people a year become US citizens, and half a million receive work visas. These immigration numbers are unprecedented in our history: For most of our nation’s more than 200 years, fewer than 500,000 immigrants were admitted annually and usually less than 300,000. That pattern has been radically altered. A 2008 Pew Research Center report attributes 82 percent of US population growth to immigration, noting that the foreign-born population will pass its historic 19th-century peak of 15 percent within two decades. Largely because of immigration, the US Census Bureau estimates that from 303 million today we’ll grow to 400 million people as early as 2040, and 420 million by 2050. While some parts of the world, including Western Europe and Japan, are experiencing “birth dearth” with below replacement-level fertility, the US is growing so fast we now have the third-largest population in the world, after only India and China. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, if we legally admitted just 300,000 people a year, by 2060 the population would be 80 million less than it’s likely to be on our current course. Fifty-three percent of the 100 million people we just added were recent immigrants or their descendants, says the Pew Hispanic Center. According to the authoritative Population Reference Bureau (PRB), at least a third of US population growth between 1990 and 2000 was due to immigrants, and firstand second-generation Americans will constitute a third of our citizenry by 2025—the highest number ever. 30 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM 6/08

Obviously, our numbers are swelling as a result of both legal and illegal immigration. PRB’s estimates are probably considerably understated, because of the difficulty of quantifying just how many illegal immigrants are currently in the country. (The most popular number is 12 million, but other estimates are much higher.) Tom Barry, a senior analyst with the Center for International Policy (CIP), admits that there’s “no question that most population growth is from immigrants and the effects of ‘chain migration’ [the policy of family reunification that gives priorities to extended family members of current residents].” Barry’s own proposals for immigration reform not only include a path to legalization but also restrict family reunification to “the immigrant’s spouse and children,” an idea that he admits is controversial. Indeed it is. The New York Immigration Coalition, for instance, says that any immigration bill that includes cuts in family immigration “is a profound betrayal of the family values and basic fairness that all Americans cherish.” Chung-Wha Hong, the group’s executive director, calls for “a broad and simple legalization for immigrants; a future worker program with full rights and a clear path to citizenship; family unity; and strong protections for due process and civil rights.” Under such a plan, illegal immigrants would have nearly the same rights as legal immigrants. There are “push” factors that cause people around the world to seek better lives for themselves. And there is an environmental impact to our projected growth—a virtually taboo subject for many of the larger green groups, and for much of the media, too. It seems nearly impossible to have a sane and unbiased discussion of this hot-button issue, one that avoids racism and just looks at the numbers. THE “I” WORD There is no more agonizing issue on the American political agenda than immigration. America is, as we’re frequently reminded, a nation of immigrants. We absorbed 25 million people between 1860 and 1920, and most observers believe we are a stronger nation because of it. But America’s current circumstances are vastly different than they were at


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PEOPLE FLOCK OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE DURING A MASSIVE POWER OUTAGE IN NEW YORK ON AUGUST 14, 2003. THE US HAS THE WORLD’S THIRD-LARGEST POPULATION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO GROW BY 100 MILLION PEOPLE, TO 400 MILLION, IN THE NEXT 30 YEARS.

the turn of the century. In 1900, there were 25.6 Americans per square mile in the US; now it is 83 per square mile, a more than 300 percent increase. Further, immigrants are concentrated in certain states, with California being a prime destination. The state has 36 million people today (with a relatively dense 230 people per square mile). The population has doubled since 1960, but it could nearly double again, to an astonishing 60 million, by as early as 2050. California stands out in the immigration debate. Every hour, it adds 60 people. Between 1990 and 2000, California grew from 29.8 to 34 million people, an increase greater than the increase in all the northeastern states from Maine to Virginia in the same period. The rapid growth is fueled by the fact that, as the PRB reports, “Foreign-born couples tend to have more children than US-born couples. Foreign-born residents are in their prime childbearing years, and immigrants often come from countries with larger families.” Census data shows that Hispanics have an average of 2.9 children per woman, compared to 1.8 for non-Hispanic whites. This is a factor in the recent increase in the US fertility rate to a replacement level of 2.1, a 35-year high—higher than that of any industrialized country. THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARGUMENT Why is immigration an environmental concern? The fact is that America’s rapid growth makes it nearly impossible to achieve sustainability. According to Population-Environment Balance (PEB), 93 percent of US increases in energy use since 1970 can be attributed to population growth. To house our growing numbers, we pave over an area the size of Delaware every year, the group says. Our population growth is a big factor in the endangered or threatened status of as many as 700 species of plants and animals. Another 9,000 species are at risk. And every day, we remove 3.2 billion gallons of water from aquifers that are not replenished by natural processes. Although increased population has many other environmental effects (urban sprawl and the loss of open space, to name two), energy and climate effects are

central and little understood. Any efficiency gains we make are being swamped by rapid population increases and their attendant increased energy demand. The wasteful American lifestyle is one major culprit. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, the US is the top consumer of 11 of the world’s top-20 traded commodities. We use a quarter of the world’s fossil fuel. We have more private cars than drivers with licenses, and, at least until recently, more than half of those sold were gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks. Between 1975 and 2002, the average American home grew 38 percent, even though household size declined. We have an impact disproportionate to our population, but the growth of that population exacerbates the problem. “US population growth explains the preponderance of growth in our national energy consumption,” says Leon Kolankiewicz in a report for Numbers USA, which advocates lower immigration rates. In 1970, he points out, with the US population at just 200 million, a US awash in cheap electricity and driving huge gas-guzzling, inefficient vehicles used 67 quadrillion BTUs (quads) of energy and 14.7 million barrels of oil a day. In 2006, with 300 million people and after many energy-efficiency improvements, we used 100 quads of energy and 20 million barrels of oil a day. And the increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the US, which rose 13 percent between 1990 and 2000, closely mirrors the just-over-13-percent population increase. PUSH AND PULL It’s hardly surprising that so many people want to come to America from the overpopulated developing world, and the “push factors” that cause them to seek a new life in the US are compelling. Who can blame a family mired in poverty for wanting a better future? According to Population Connection, the swelling numbers abroad create pressures leading to “increased poverty, hunger, land degradation, a lack of health services and limited social and economic mobility. These problems motivate people to leave their homeland in search of greater opportunities.” And what better place to go than the affluent, welcoming US, 6/08 CHRONOGRAM NEWS & POLITICS 31


the destination for 20 percent of the world’s international migrants? How do mainstream groups address these emigration pressures without calling for taboo mandatory caps on US immigration? Population Connection wants to combine action at home (ensuring contraceptive availability, defending reproductive rights) with foreign aid and diplomacy abroad. “If our neighbors to the South see real hope for better lives at home, they will feel much less pressure to emigrate,” the group says. Such views have many supporters. “What would stop the illegal migration?” asks G. Jefferson Price III, a former Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent, now with Catholic Relief Services. “A reversal in the trends that have devastated the economies of the countries whose people feel they have no alternative but to leave. We are spending a lot of energy and wealth to keep immigrants out of the US. If we and the governments of the countries they are coming from were to devote as much to improving their standard of living at home, they might not feel the need to come to America.” As Price points out, the options for the desperate immigrant are staying home “and nearly starving in appalling economic conditions” or trying to cross into the US, where if they can evade the Border Patrol, their prospects will immediately improve. It’s hardly surprising that up to 30 million people have

LARGELY BECAUSE OF IMMIGRATION, THE US CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES THAT FROM 303 MILLION TODAY WE’LL GROW TO 400 MILLION PEOPLE AS EARLY AS 204O, AND 420 MILLION BY 2050. THE US HAS THE THIRD-LARGEST POPULATION IN THE WORLD. made that trip successfully, and many others have failed yet keep on trying. Betsy Hartmann, director of the population and development program at Hampshire College, says, “If we’re going to have a big population because of immigration, then we should take it as a chance to reduce individual consumption and carbon footprints. Instead of a one-child policy, we should encourage a one-car policy.” Hartmann claims that sprawl is caused largely by “poor zoning, planning, transport, and taxation policies.” She supports a massive US investment in green technology. Hartmann also hopes that India and China—both of which are increasing their per capita global warming emissions—can leapfrog over the West’s oil obsession and go directly to cleaner energy sources. That’s obviously a worthy goal, but when profit is the key motivation, the investment often goes elsewhere. The obstacle is to get countries around the world to focus on eradicating hunger, infant mortality and poverty. A major hurdle would be limiting births through universal access to family planning and maternal health programs. In 1994, 179 countries met in Cairo, Egypt, for the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD), with the goal of forging an international commitment. The conference issued a 20-year plan known as the “Cairo Agenda” that included: • Universal access to reproductive services and family planning programs by 2015; • Full participation of women in political and public life; • A consensus target of .7 percent of Gross National Product per donor country for international development assistance.

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This agenda has languished. The 1994 call was for $17 billion annual commitment for population and reproductive health programs by 2000, and $21 billion by 2015. By 2004, less than $10 billion per year was committed, and the Bush Administration—which opposes abortion and, in many cases, family planning—has failed to meet the need. By contrast, the administration’s Iraq War has already cost American taxpayers more than $500 billion, and bills are now running $275 million per day. The same funds strategically applied could have gone a long way toward ending world poverty. According to Zonny Woods, an international consultant on reproductive health issues, “The Bush Administration’s reinstatement of the Global Gag rule [which prohibits U.S. funds from going to groups that in any way aid abortion] has had a severe impact on organizations that have rejected it. Not only are they no longer able to receive USAID funds, they are unable to receive muchneeded USAID-donated contraceptives.” Nevertheless, Thoraya Ahmed, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), says that the ICPD process offers the best hope for reducing migration pressures. “To address migration, the growing poverty and demographic divide between rich and poor countries must be addressed,” she says. Echoing this theme is Tom Barry of CIP. “A comprehensive US immigration policy should support job creation and development programs,” he says. “That, unfortunately, is not happening, because the economic policies of countries like Mexico are complicated by economic ‘liberalization’ programs like NAFTA, which support US interests and are not connected to job creation.” The status quo shortchanges Mexicans looking for work. TAUGHT BY TV More family planning clinics may not be the answer. Bill Ryerson, president of the Vermont-based Population Media Center (PMC), analyzed 50 demographic and health surveys carried out in the last few decades and found that the predominant reasons women in developing countries give for not using birth control are: 1) fear of side effects; 2) male opposition; 3) religious opposition or the belief that family planning is not morally appropriate; and 4) fatalism—it’s up to God. “Lack of access to services is cited by less than two percent of respondents; in many countries it is less than one percent,” Ryerson says. The evidence suggests that family planning education is as important as opening clinics. What clearly does work is changing hearts and minds about family size and the use of birth control, a decidedly grassroots phenomenon. And that’s exactly what PMC does by creating popular soap opera-type radio shows. The model is Mexico, where Miguel Sabido, vice president of the major TV network Televisa, created a series of telenovelas with family planning themes. From 1977 to 1986, when these programs were on the air, Mexico experienced a 34 percent decline in population growth and, in 1986, won the United Nations Population Prize. In 1975, the average woman had 3.5 children; by 1985, it was 2.4. A spokesperson for US Aid for International Development, speaking on background, calls Mexico “a graduated country.” The agency stopped working there in 1999, after handing its family planning programs over to the Mexican government. “That’s one of our success stories,” the spokesperson said. “As in Turkey, Indonesia, and Morocco, the government became an active partner with us and the result was a significant drop in fertility rates.” The drop in Mexican fertility rates—to just over replacement level—would seem to be an interesting talking point in the current immigration debate, but it is rarely mentioned. One imagines it would turn our elected representatives into enthusiastic supporters of production aid to family planning soap operas, but that hasn’t happened. When PMC launched it Sabido-type soap opera program in Ethiopia, the country had a five-year supply of oral contraceptives gathering dust in a warehouse. Only six percent of the population used any modern method of birth control and the birth rate was 5.4. Now birth control is in demand and, in the most populous Amhara region, fertility has dropped a full child, from 5.4 to 4.3. A TV soap opera broadcast in India in the early 1980s, “Hum Log,” had very high ratings and a similar success story. A study showed that 71 percent of viewers learned from watching the show that family size should be limited. A second


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TV soap show, “Humraahi,” became the top-rated program on Indian television, with 230 million viewers. Again, surveys showed changing attitudes on such questions as the proper age for marriage and women in the workforce. The same approach, in cooperation with Save the Children, has also worked well in reducing AIDS incidence among Indian truck drivers. PMC has spread its TV-driven message around the world, and works in 15 countries with offices in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda, and Sudan. Government cooperation varies, but the government of Ethiopia has provided funding and Sudan offered free airtime on state-controlled TV. REVERSE IMMIGRATION Other factors not recognized in the heat of an election year are also slowing immigration-related population growth. In Bridgeport, Connecticut, music clubs fill up on weekends with Brazilian customers intent on dancing to the music of one of their favorite bands—Pink Floyd. There were only an estimated 35 Brazilian families in Bridgeport in the early 1980s, but now there are many thousands. Brazilians have opened restaurants, painting businesses, and travel agencies, and their arrival has added spice to the city’s beat. But immigration and naturalization officials noticed a significant drop in new Brazilian arrivals after 1992, dovetailing with an economic downturn in the US. Now that pattern may be repeating, as Brazilians (especially illegal immigrants) face stronger enforcement and a recession that makes it harder to find work. Some can’t renew driver’s licenses, making it a challenge to keep a job in a battered economy. Brazilians in strongholds such as Newark, Danbury, and Boston say they’re pulling up stakes and making the reverse trek back to their homeland. The Boston-based Brazilian Immigrant Center estimates that 5,000 returning Brazilians left Massachusetts in 2007. Arizona (where one in 10 workers is a Hispanic immigrant) passed a tough new law that went into effect January 1, slapping businesses that knowingly employ the undocumented with business license suspensions of up to 10 days. Second-time offenders lose their licenses entirely. The law is considered so draconian by illegal Mexican immigrants in Arizona (some with long-held employment) that many are reportedly “self-deporting” back to Mexico. “The number returning to Mexico is difficult to calculate, but there is no question that many families are leaving, according to Mexican government officials, local community leaders, and immigrants themselves,” reports the Arizona Republic. In 2007, the Mexican consulate processed 16,500 applications for passports, which nationals will need when they return to Mexico. FILLING ECONOMIC GAPS But there’s another side to the immigration debate. Supporters of maintaining current high levels say that a constant influx is necessary to keep the US economically competitive.Without immigrants picking onions in California or cleaning gutters in Connecticut, they say, those jobs would go begging. “Our immigration system is broken and the government must act in a comprehensive way to fix it,” says Randel Johnson, US Chamber of Commerce vice president for labor, immigration, and employee benefits. “Our immigration and visa policy must ensure employers are able to fill jobs critical to our economy when American workers are not available.” Some labor unions have backed this plan, too, making a rather unusual coalition. And liberals use remarkably similar reasoning in endorsing Bush’s goals for amnesty and guest worker programs. “Comprehensive immigration reform would protect our security, allow our economy to grow, protect the wages of US workers, honor our value of rewarding hard work, restore the rule of law, and respect America’s traditional embrace of immigrants,” says the Center for American Progress. President Bush said his failed plan to create a temporary worker program (admitting 400,000 people annually) would “meet the legitimate needs of American employers.” The Chamber has argued, in Congressional testimony, that because the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of those in the work force between the ages of 25 and 34 to grow by only three million

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between 2002 and 2012, and says the aging work force will erode American competitiveness. It adds that the US fertility rate will decline to 1.91 between 2015 and 2020, below “replacement level.” Meanwhile, by 2010, 77 million baby boomers will retire. By 2030, one in five Americans is projected to be a senior citizen, the Chamber says. But selectively quoting the fertility rate is highly misleading, because it ignores the population growth fueled by immigration. Without the constant influx, the US would indeed have a shrinking population similar to Western Europe. But with immigration, it is slated to take a giant leap forward. The Census Bureau estimates the US population will reach an incredible 419 million by 2050. With numbers like that, an American “birth dearth” affecting competitiveness is not only unlikely, but it’s also well nigh impossible. Obviously, the employment issue has as many facets as a diamond; for every immigrant who “takes” a US job, there’s another one being shipped overseas by the same companies that encourage high immigration rates. And new factories abroad encourage people to stay home and not emigrate. COSTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS Immigrants contribute much to American society, and it’s important not to scapegoat them. According to Sebastian Mallaby, director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Geoeconomic Studies, in California in 2004 an impressive 94 percent of undocumented men ages 18 to 64 were in the workforce, compared with 82 percent of native-born men. The Pew Hispanic Center reports that approximately 7.2 million undocumented immigrants are working in the US today, comprising some 4.9 percent of the overall workforce. “Far from being part of a shiftless underclass, the act of coming to the United States makes immigrants among the most upwardly mobile groups in the nation, only a bit behind hedge-fund managers,” Mallaby says. And there is conflicting information about illegal immigrants’ burden on social services. They pay no income taxes but do pay sales and payroll taxes. They visit hospital emergency rooms and attend schools, but are ineligible for welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid. According to Gordon Hanson of the University of California, San Diego, the net effect of undocumented workers on native-born Americans is roughly zero. A 1997 RAND Corporation study had similar findings. But Hanson’s numbers are far from definitive. Robert Rector of the conservative Heritage Foundation comes to much different conclusions. He says the 4.5 million low-skilled immigrant households circa 2004 produced an average net fiscal deficit of $19,588, or $89.1 billion in total. “Over the next 10 years,” he wrote last year, “the net cost (benefits minus taxes) to the taxpayer of lowskill immigrant households will approach $1 trillion.” Another study, by Donald Huddle of Rice University, estimates that immigration to the US since 1970 (both legal and illegal) has cost taxpayers a net $68 billion (after subtracting the taxes legal immigrants pay). But it’s not all about money; the immigration debate also has moral dimensions. “Comprehensive immigration reform is a great moral debate,” says Jim Wallis, president and executive director of Sojourners/Call to Renewal. “‘Who would Jesus deport?’ is a fair question.” Rabbi Steve Gutow, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, says, “How we treat the 12 million undocumented who are here in many ways colors who we are as Jews. How we react to those who want to enter our borders and become part of our country says a lot about how well we remember our own stories when we were immigrants looking for a safe haven, a place to rest and live and prosper.” Some environmentalists argue passionately that it’s not fair to simply tell aspiring Americans—some of whom risk their lives and their entire life savings in an effort to cross the border for a better life—that they should simply stay away. Given the current, highly charged debate, it’s unlikely that we’ll achieve national consensus on immigration anytime soon. But we need to focus here. How big a country do we want to be? What is our country’s carrying capacity, and did we exceed it many years ago? Why do people choose to emigrate, and what can we do to ease conditions in their countries? That’s a debate worth having.


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parties to fundraisers to celebrations. Each month will focus on a theme and specific results: May is garden and tree planting month. We’ll establish sites and get stuff into the ground. Watch www.sustainhv.org for dates of planting parties. June is bike-friendly city month. We’ll hold a workshop on getting your bike and body in tune for summer, and another on creating a bike-friendly city. We’ll join in the Tour de Kingston family ride too. July celebrates Interdependence Day with facade beautification work parties and a forum on the Eco-City movement. We’ll make and fly kites and encourage the city to use ecofriendly fireworks augmented by kites, candles and other people-powered tributes.

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Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic

OLD MYTHS/NEW TRUTHS The Great Republican Disaster, from Reagan to Bush the Lesser, has been the Time of the Unreal. (Yes, people possessed by the unreal are very much like the undead. They’re mindless, lethal, they infect others, they’re very hard to stop, and their existence is a complete surprise to people who live in the real world.) Those forces of darkness derive their power from their Great Myths. No matter how powerful a myth is, if it is essentially false, reality has certain methods fighting back. It uses Failure. If Failure fails, it moves on, through Fiasco, to Disaster. Recently, there have been signs of hope. Yes, “hope” means Obama. He speaks of reality, whether it’s about race or a gas tax holiday. Lo and behold, people actually have heard, listened, and agreed. Let us seize the time and create New Truths, based on reality, to replace the Old Myths, based on bullshit. Old Myth: 9/11 was an act of war. New Truth: 9/11 was a criminal act. Osama bin Laden was not a head of state or an agent of a state. He was a religioncrazed gangster with a relatively small gang. His acts were crimes. To elevate them to acts of war was to elevate him. Worse, it created the wrong response. So wrong, he’s still out there. Proof that you can commit a mass murder against the United States and get away with it. Only when we redefine 9/11 will we be able to figure out a sane response to replace the current insanity. Old Myth:The War on Terror. New Truth:The War on Terror is bogus. There is no War on Terror. It was a PR ploy to invade a country that annoyed George Bush and Dick Cheney, to transfer mad amounts of money to the militaryindustrial complex, to win elections, and to allow George to play dress-up. Old Myth:The war in Iraq was not a war of choice. New Truth:The war in Iraq was a war of choice. Even if someone actually believed that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous man with weapons of mass destruction, the problem was solved the moment that the weapons inspectors got full access to all sites in Iraq. At that point, going to war was like the police going into a man’s house to look for guns, then shooting him while he is sitting on the couch because they couldn’t find them and were tired of looking. Old Myth:The war in Iraq can be won. New Truth:The war in Iraq was lost years ago. It was lost through belief in stupid mythologies and the failure to heed reality. It was lost through poor planning and worse execution. The administration does not have a plan, the means, or the will to win in Iraq. Their only plan, their only goal, is to pass the problem on, so they can blame the next president for their failure. Old Myth: If we leave Iraq, chaos will ensue. New Truth: Iraq is in chaos now. George Bush, and his gang, created the chaos. They applied everything they believed in—force as foreign policy, that the whole world wants to be like us, 36 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM 6/08

free marketeering, no government, crony appointments—to Iraq. It demonstrates the bankruptcy of their entire theology. Old Myth: Free markets are the best solution to everything. New Truth: Markets are good for cheap consumer goods but bad for health. They’re bad for individual health, for health care systems, for the health of our workforce, for the health of the environment. Unchecked and unbalanced, they’re bad for the health of our economy. Old Myth: All regulation is bad. Remove regulation and the free markets will make everything better. New Truth: An economy without regulations is like a baseball game without umpires. The cheaters take over and chaos ensues. Old Myth:Tax cuts stimulate the economy New Truth:The wrong tax cuts can ruin the economy. The truth is that the American economy has often thrived with high tax rates. Since World War II, it has never done as badly as it has under Bush, with the most cuts and lowest rates. Old Myth: Reagan won the Cold War. New Truth:The hippies won the Cold War. Reagan told Gorbachev, “Tear down this wall.” But Gorbachev didn’t. Reagan built up the military, but that didn’t change anything. The people who tore down the Berlin Wall did so because they wanted to wear jeans and listen to rock ‘n’ roll and say rude things about their government. Like the hippies. Old Myth:The media lost the war inVietnam. New Truth (A restatement of an Old Truth):The war inVietnam was a stupid, useless mistake. Bad politics, bad military strategy, and bad tactics made it worse. America’s leaders and America’s generals lost the war in Vietnam. This is important, because after Bush leaves office, someone else will have to get us out of Iraq. The myth makers will rush in to say that Bush policies could have won and that his successor lost the war. Old Myth: It was George Bush who got it wrong. New Truth:The Republican agenda has been revealed as bankrupt. George Bush acted out an agenda. Enthusiastically backed by a Republican Congress. And acquiesced to by Democrats like Hillary Clinton, who were terrified by the Republican’s Big, Bad Myths. Old Myth: Religious faith is a good way to judge a leader. New Truth:The way people deal with reality, is the Way to Judge a Leader. The spectacle of our candidates groveling on TV over how religious they are is appalling. “If there is one thing for which we stand in this country, it is for complete religious freedom, and it is an emphatic negation of this right to cross-examine a man on his religion before being willing to support him for office.”—Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) Old Myth: Being intelligent is elitist. New Truth: Lord, oh Lord, we’re tired of stupid leaders who can’t do anything right.


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A Curtain Call for the Hyde Park Playhouse by Bob Sommer

An old playbill from the Hyde Park Playhouse features the grainy and bejeweled image of Marjorie Gateson on the front cover, then appearing in “Pride and Joy,” a “new play” by John O’Hare. Gateson’s was a recognizable face to audiences in 1954, the playbill’s date. Her career began in 1931 and included over 100 films. Often cast in matronly supporting roles in movies like Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) and The Sky’s the Limit (1943), she appeared with Mae West, Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Haviland, Fred Astaire, and many other big stars. By the early `50s, her prime film years were behind her, but she had revitalized her career in TV soap operas and was still certain to draw patrons to the Playhouse. Sprinkled throughout the black and white playbill are ads for businesses in Hyde Park—Arbuckle’s Tavern (“Where Friends Meet After the Show”), the Hyde Park Diner (“Just Good Food”—and air-conditioning!), and W. Crispell & Sons, where you could buy “Reynolds Do-It-Yourself Aluminum.” Summer stock at the playhouse was a presence in the cultural life of the Hudson Valley for over three decades, until April 28, 1987, when the theater burned down in a conflagration of unknown cause that brought fire companies from across the region. Owners and producers came and went in those years, and by the late 1970s, the theater had fallen into disuse until actor Biff McGuire bought and revived it as The Hyde Park Festival Theater. The property’s current owner, Patricia Graf, had just purchased the Playhouse when fire destroyed it. She only saw one play there, Berthold Brecht’s “A Man’s a Man,” in 1986, with Bill Murray and Stockard Channing, but she lives on the grounds now. At the center of the courtyard, the stone base of the once-familiar clock tower now resembles a massive, ivy-covered tree stump, while behind it the lawn gives way to woods where the theater once stood. Like Marjorie Gateson, the Playhouse has faded into history. THE PLACE IS THE THING Unlike many of the classic barn theaters on the straw-hat circuit, a network of summer stock theaters that flourished in the Northeast from the 1940s through the 1960s, the Hyde Park Playhouse was more than a single building. It was an entire complex, an environment, a stunning piece of architecture. 38 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK CHRONOGRAM 6/08

Once known as the Vanderbilt Farm, it had been the barn and stables for the Frederick Vanderbilt estate, maintaining upwards of 100 cows, 50,000 chickens, and as many as 20 Belgian workhorses when it was in full operation. A 1954 Life magazine article wrongly attributes the building design to Stanford White. According to Tara McGill of the National Park Service, it was designed by architect Alfred Hopkins (1870-1941) and constructed in about five months in 1901 by the firm of Creegan & Collins of Morristown, New Jersey. An undated ground plan from that period places the cow barn in what later became the theater lobby, a machinery shed where a bookstore later opened, wagon and horse stables in the scenery storage rooms, and a bull pen in the green room and dressing rooms. The theater itself was simply listed as a hay barn. A set of large double doors opened onto the cow and wagon yards, then separated by fencing. Four panels of windows above the doors and three more sets on each side brightened the barn’s interior. The light must have been welcome in the era of the Vanderbilt Farm—an unusual luxury for a barn—but it was a problem for theater producers, who had to control the lighting inside. The windows were blackened and covered, but even this would not entirely darken the theater during a matinee. By the time I came to work at the theater, almost 20 years after Marjorie Gateson performed there, the roof was in such poor condition that pinholes of sunlight glimmered over the audience like the constellations at a planetarium show. On rainy days, intrepid patrons would arrange themselves around splattering buckets in the aisles and tarp-covered rows of seats—and they’d have to listen hard to hear the actors through the thunderous noise when heavy rain fell. Despite the challenges of the building, anyone who visited the Playhouse can attest to its grandness. Two massive cupolas at the apex of the roof drew your eyes upward and then along the easy sweep of the rooflines to the adjacent structures on each side, yet the roof didn’t crowd the sky. Hopkins was well known in his time for barn design, and for countouring his buildings into the land that surrounded them. The stone tower at the center of the courtyard was added later and became a distinctive landmark. It featured a Seth Thomas clock, so the Vanderbilts’ cows


and horses had the luxury of knowing that their feeding and pasturing times were accurately kept by a clock designed and built by America’s oldest clockmaking company. Nearly every theater company that produced plays there adopted the tower or its weather vane as a logo. The native gray stone walls formed an octagon that swept upward and inward to the white louvered woodwork beneath a shake roof that was topped by a bell (later stolen by looters in the aftermath of the fire), a copper cap, and a weather vane. A slate ledge around the base of the tower almost insisted that visitors sit there to take in the surroundings. Eleanor Roosevelt, a regular visitor to the Playhouse, called it “a delightful place to spend an evening. I cannot think of a more delightful setting than these old Vanderbilt barns, with the clock tower in the middle of the square, where you buy your tickets, and the buildings all around.” FROM BARN TO BRECHT In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt heard a rumor that the county was considering building a jail on the property, so he wrote directly to Elmer Van Wagner Sr., who lived next to the farm, and asked him to buy it. He did, from Frederick Vanderbilt’s niece, and continued operating the farm until the end of the decade, when he sold it to a group led by Richard Harrity, a one-hitwonder playwright from New York, and Elizabeth Campbell Crane, a wealthy investor from Texas whose main role seemed to be underwriting the good life in New York for Harrity and his associates. Conversion of the barn into a performance space began under Harrity, with the stage going up in 1952 or `53, but little else was done and no shows ever took place. Crane finally grew tired of paying Harrity’s tab at Sardi’s, and in 1953 decided to sell the theater. One of Crane’s associates was the well-respected Broadway stage manager George Quick, who spread word that the unfinished barn was up for sale. Among Quick’s friends was actress and singer Susan Johnson, who had toured in the road show of “Brigadoon.” Johnson’s understudy on the tour was Polly Jo McCulloch, an aspiring actress with an uncertain future on the stage but with an independent income. Both McCulloch’s and Quick’s names appear as producers in the 1954 playbill. Few West Virginians in the 1940s would have recognized the name Polly Jo McCulloch, but many enjoyed listening to the popular radio personality “Side Saddle Sue” and her bluegrass band, Rattlesnake Hogan and His Ridge Runners. McCulloch, who came from a prominent banking family in Beckley, West Virginia, wanted to become an actress, and by the early 1950s had gone to New York and landed a role in the touring company of “Brigadoon.” Now 83, she told me in a telephone interview from her home in Ancramdale, “I knew I was never going to be more than an understudy.” So, when George Quick proposed opening a summer stock theater, she bought the place for $30,000 and threw herself into the work. “I happened to have the money,” she said, almost dismissive of the cost, which turned out to be a bargain. In today’s dollars, McCulloch would have spent about $240,000, less than the current median home price in Hyde Park. She and Quick were determined to make a success of the theater. They finished raising the stage and laid a concrete floor in the milking parlor, converting it into a lobby. They turned the clock tower into a box office and set up a business office in the carriage barn. Installing the 500 theater seats required over 6,000 screws in an age long before power screwdrivers. With many recollections of the Playhouse still vivid, Polly took special pleasure in describing a visitor who showed up one hot afternoon in a dusty car—“a knock-kneed, pigeon-toed woman.” “I said, ‘My God, that’s Eleanor Roosevelt!’” She added, almost confidentially, as if Mrs. Roosevelt might overhear us, “I came from a Republican family, where she was never mentioned.” “How do!” said Mrs. Roosevelt. She was there to buy tickets. While Polly was delighted to have the former First Lady’s patronage, she began a practice that confounded the theater’s owner, and is best described by Polly’s ex-husband, Hilary Masters. “Mrs. R (as we called her) would buy a season’s subscription, at the reduced rate, and then use them all in one night—guests and her different grandchildren. Strictly against the policy. But who would say no to her? She wasn’t using her ‘position’ so much doing so, but acting within the Hudson Valley nobility’s attitude about such matters.” “But what could we do?” Polly asked rhetorically.

NO ROOM AT THE INN The son of Chicago poet Edgar Lee Masters and a successful novelist in his own right, Hilary Masters, now 80, is a professor of writing at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1953, he was a struggling New York press agent and had worked that winter at a theater in York, Pennsylvania, where he met George Quick, who mentioned that he’d met the woman who bought the old Vanderbilt stables and he was going in as coproducer. Quick later recommended Masters to Polly McCulloch to handle publicity for the new summer stock theater in Hyde Park. Masters was already married when he came to work at the Playhouse, but he and Polly fell “madly in love,” he said, and after he drove to Nevada for a divorce in 1955, they got married. One of Masters’s publicity coups was arranging for Life magazine to include the Playhouse as part of a spread on straw-hat theaters around the circuit. His surprise when a car appeared at the front gate while he was working in the business office echoed Polly’s experience with the former First Lady, but with a difference. A white female reporter got out of the car with an AfricanAmerican photographer named Gordon Parks. Masters panicked. “Where am I going to put them up?!” he recalls thinking. Before they had passed through the gates of the property, he was on the phone to motels in Hyde Park, all of which declined to have Parks stay with them. Masters saw through the excuse offered by owners and managers that guests would complain, but he had no time to argue. Finally, he called the minister at St. James Church, just a short walk from the theater. The minister wasn’t home, but his wife also refused to have Parks stay in her home. Embarrassed and flustered, Masters said he “lied like crazy” to Parks and the reporter, saying all the motels were booked. Parks knew better, but he “was really cool,” Masters added. They ended up staying in a Poughkeepsie hotel. Still, Hilary Masters remembers those years as “very pleasant.” Hyde Park was small; he and Polly made friends easily, and “politics didn’t seem to matter much.” They generally got along with their neighbor, Elmer Van Wagner Sr., though they occasionally tussled over the use of the narrow private road that accessed the Playhouse from Route 9. Masters laughed as he recalled that once Van Wagner had “a couple of drinks...he’d be better.” They produced eight or nine plays each season for the first three years, inaugurating the new theater with “Gigi” on June 14, 1954. Among the plays were “Pygmalion,” “The Caine Mutiny,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “The Contrast.” Masters and Quick assembled a resident company of professional actors, designers, and technicians and brought in stars like Marjorie Gateson and silent-film star Buddy Rogers for the leading roles. Hilary Masters recalls that coming out of silent films, Rogers had trouble remembering his lines. He was a handsome man—“beautiful,” Masters called him—and was married to Mary Pickford, who was exceptionally jealous and called often to make sure that the early groupies who surrounded Rogers were kept at bay. “How’s my boy doing?” she’d ask Masters. Another “Buddy,” an apprentice named Buddy Reynolds, had his professional acting debut on the Hyde Park stage the following year playing a convict in a French penal colony in the recent Broadway hit comedy “My Three Angels.” Joanne Woodward thought well enough of the apprentice to introduce him to her agent, and he later gained fame as Burt Reynolds. The company’s “resident ingénue,” according to Masters, was Joselyn Brando, Marlon’s sister, who had been blacklisted and quietly found work at the playhouse. Plays ran Tuesday through Saturday, from mid-June through late August, and Polly remembers doing good weekend business—though neither she nor Hilary recall doing exceptionally well. Hilary said they had a lot of trouble getting attention, and even all these years later, there was a hint of bitterness in his voice as he called the Poughkeepsie Journal “awful,” devoting much more attention to the established theaters in Fishkill, Woodstock, and Danbury. FADE TO BLACK Polly and Hilary Masters actively ran the Playhouse from 1954 through 1956, but by then they had children, and Polly’s enthusiasm for the theater faded, Hilary said, as she turned her attention to her family. They had decided not to raise their children in NewYork City, but Hilary chuckled as he said that no one wanted to hire a press agent in Hyde Park, so he turned to journalism and in 1956 founded the Hyde Park Record, which later became the Hyde Park Townsman. 6/08 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 39


They built a house near the theater, and George Quick took over day-to-day management of the theater. Later, they leased the theater to several successors, eventually selling it in the late 1960s to Albert Ward, an advertising executive who had been tied to the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Subsequent owners included actor Eddie Bracken in the early 1970s, with Peter O’Rourke as the theater’s producer. Dottie LaClair and Jean Morsbach, both New Yorkers in the ad business, purchased the theater in 1973 and sold it to Biff McGuire in the late 1970s. McGuire donated the theater to the Hyde Park Festival Theater Corporation about two years before its destruction. Over the 33 years of the theater’s operation, many hundreds of performers, technicians, designers, and apprentices worked there. The list of celebrities who performed is extensive (see box), but that list leaves uncounted and uncredited all those who were part of the story both offstage and onstage during those three decades. I recall, for instance, eating dinner from a Styrofoam container on the Playhouse lawn between the matinee and evening performances of “Fiddler on the Roof ” in 1971. Probably 50 people surrounded me, also eating and wandering about, many in costume, some, like me, dirty from backstage work, but only two names from that show made the Playhouse celebrity list—Mike Kellin, a talented and well-known actor who now shares Marjorie Gateson’s fate; and the show’s director, “Frank” Coppola. The life that so many others brought to the theater remains an untold story. One such story is that of Abraxas Resident Theater (of which I was a part for the `74 and `75 seasons), a nonprofit company assembled from professional off-Broadway talent (some of whom used pseudonyms because of their Actors’ Equity memberships) and regional amateurs. None of their names would make the list. The demands of the building itself were exhaustive. A plant of that size requires large reserves of cash for everything from landscaping to roof repairs (and it always needed repair). Gate revenue and sponsorships never came close to covering the costs for most who operated there. NONE DARE CALL IT ARSON My first question to Patricia Graf, when I spoke with her by telephone in Hyde Park, was “How did the fire start?” I expected a simple answer, but she responded with a question of her own: “Do you want the official story or the rumor?” Anyone who ever set foot inside the Playhouse knew that from the hemp fly system over the stage to the shake siding, it would go up faster than dry kindling. (It astounds me today to think that we used to smoke inside when we were working—or partying.) The fire started late on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 28, 1987. Brad Lynch, who lives in the Masters old house behind the Playhouse, recalled that the place “went very fast.” He could feel the heat from his house and remembers the transformers on the utility poles exploding. His ex-wife, Nina Lynch, was driving home from work in Poughkeepsie at the time and was stuck in traffic. Firemen had run a half mile of hose across Route 9 and down to the Hudson River, which caused a major traffic tie-up. When she saw smoke up ahead, she knew what it was. “Only one thing could smoke like that,” she said. “The Playhouse.” Charles Belcher has lived across from the Playhouse for 50 years and used to run the theater bookstore. He saw smoke when he arrived home from teaching at Poughkeepsie High School and called the fire department. “I was among the first that called it in,” he said. According to Belcher, “The fire came down both sides [of the Playhouse complex]. On the east side, they didn’t save anything….On the other side they had a lot better luck.” It wasn’t entirely luck. Biff McGuire was then the artistic consultant to the theater, and he’s still grateful to a plumber named Joseph Dudeck, who told firemen to direct the blaze away from his residence. McGuire and his wife, actress Jeannie Carson, lived in the southwest wing, but they were in Seattle at the time of the fire. A group of students from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) had been repairing the roof on the southeast wing of the building. Bob Kampf, then principal of BOCES, said the students had worked through the morning but were gone by noon. He went straight to the Playhouse when he got word that it was on fire. “It went up like a tinderbox,” he said. He later agonized over the question of whether his students might have inadvertently started the fire, perhaps by leaving an electrical tool in the sawdust (one possibility sug40 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK CHRONOGRAM 6/08

gested by Graf), but after a thorough review he concluded that they hadn’t. “No way,” he said, “that they could have been responsible for the fire.” “Kid mischief,” Belcher declared, was the cause. Asked to explain, Belcher referred me to his former neighbor, Howard Warren, who I reached in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where he and his wife Maryellen now live. Warren recalled neighbors heading for the theater when they realized it was burning. “When my wife and I were later going toward the Playhouse, everyone was going that way except one elementary-type youngster who was riding a bicycle away from the Playhouse. It seemed suspicious to us.” I asked what was suspicious, and Warren pointed out that the boy was going away from the theater and not toward it, and that he was “riding rapidly.” Neither Warren nor his wife saw the boy do anything at the theater, though the inference that he had still persists among the Playhouse’s neighbors. I asked Biff McGuire, now 82, what he knew about the fire’s cause when I spoke to him at his home in Los Angeles. When he arrived in Hyde Park, he said, “I also was told many different things. One was of a young man coming home from school. He stopped to smoke in the breezeway, then was either playing in the sawdust and threw a match in or put the cigarette out in the sawdust and couldn’t stamp out the flame, and then ran away. That was one of them. Several others were off-thewall. That one piece kept coming up.” McGuire said that no one seemed to think it was arson but rather that the blaze just got away from the boy—if that’s what happened. Did McGuire ever see an official report on the fire’s cause?

SOME CELEBRITIES WHO APPEARED AT THE HYDE PARK PLAYHOUSE Walter Able Count Basie Sid Caeser Kitty Carlisle Imogene Coca Dennis Cole Francis F. Coppola (director) Robert Culp Olivia de Haviland Sandy Duncan Duke Ellington Joan Fontaine Henderson Forsythe Marjorie Gateson Kermit Goel Betty Grable George Grizzard Uta Hagen Noel Harrison Glenda Jackson George Jessel Alan Jones Van Johnson Mike Kellin Stan Kenton Margo Kidder

Sam Levene Ann Meara Bill Murray Barry Nelson Pat O’Brien Eleanor Parker Estelle Parsons Don Perkins Nehemiah Persoff Molly Picon Christopher Reeve Burt Reynolds Buddy Rich Jason Robards Buddy Rogers Hayden Rorke Lillian Roth William Shatner Ann Shoemaker Bobby Short Ann Sothern James Taylor Vivian Vance Eli Wallach James Whitmore Joanne Woodward Patricia Graf contributed to this list


PHOTO BY T. HEUPLER, COURTESY PATRICIA GRAF/HYDE PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT

ABOVE: A SUSPICIOUS FIRE DESTROYED THE HYDE PARK PLAYHOUSE ON APRIL 28, 1987. PREVIOUS SPREAD: AN UNDATED PHOTO OF THE COURTYARD OF THE PLAYHOUSE, MOST LIKELY FROM THE LATE 1950S.

“Never!” he responded firmly. “I could never get any information at all.” He added, “I had asked many times and eventually gave up because there were so many conflicting stories.” Patricia Graf never saw a report either. No doubt contributing to rumors that the fire was suspicious were these comments by Dutchess County Undersheriff David Cundy in the Poughkeepsie Journal, May 15, 1987: “We haven’t ruled out that it may have been accidental, but we believe it looks more like arson.” So, what is the “official story”? I directed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Town of Hyde Park in November of last year and learned that Detective George Brazzale of the Sheriff ’s Department and Walter Horton of the Arson Team were in charge of the investigation in 1987. I was referred to the Dutchess County Arson Team and the Dutchess County Sheriff ’s Department for more information, specifically, to John Murphy of the Department of Emergency Response and Sheriff Adrian Anderson. I filed FOIL requests with both to obtain a copy of the arson report. As of this writing, Sheriff Anderson has not responded to my FOIL request or to my e-mails. Murphy followed up promptly, and we exchanged several e-mails, but his last one, on January 3 of this year, sums up the conclusion. He simply stated, “We have no records in our possession to provide to you.” The bold print was his, no doubt partly to correct an earlier e-mail in which the “no” was omitted, but I also gathered from this and other e-mails that he was becoming impatient with my continuing inquiries. Still, I was astounded that the county had no public records of a fire of this magnitude and the destruction of what many considered a landmark. The “official story,” then, is that there is no story. In addition to the question of how the fire started, one is left wondering why there are no records of a fire that, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal, brought

nine fire departments and 150 firemen to Vanderbilt Lane on April 28, 1987. “It was kept a mystery to us,” Biff McGuire declared. No witnesses and no report. Rumors based on hearsay and inference are all that remain—and persist. An unfortunate legacy for a place that so many remember with such fondness. EXEUNT I spent four arduous and unforgettable summers at the Playhouse—two seasons as an apprentice and technician during the “star package” years of Peter O’Rourke, when plays featuring TV and movie stars came through every week and big bands like Count Basie’s and Lionel Hampton’s performed on dark nights; and two with the Abraxas Resident Theater company, in every capacity from producer and designer to actor and director. Almost anyone who has ever worked in summer stock will tell you that it was some of the hardest work they’ve ever done and some of the most fun they’ve ever had. From apprentices and staff to actors and technicians, everyone squeezes into one roller-coaster car for a dizzying and exhausting three-month ride. Like Marjorie Gateson, the Playhouse has slipped into history, but its tradition continues in the memories of those who worked, performed, and attended plays there—which in some ways is fitting, for that’s also the nature of live theater. Once a performance is over, it’s gone, and all we have is how we remember it. Still, said Polly Masters, “I’d love to do it again!” Bob Sommer’s novel Where the Wind Blew is forthcoming this month from the Wessex Collective. He has written widely for literary, scholarly, and commercial journals, including Hudson Valley magazine, which published his first story in 1975. Sommer is also a regular contributor to the Kansas City Star. He grew up in Hyde Park, but now makes his home in Overland Park, Kansas, where he lives with this wife Heather. 6/08 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 41


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JUNE 2008

ARTS & CULTURE CHRONOGRAM

John Dugdale, I Could Not See To See, cyanotype, 1994. PORTFOLIO, p.44

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Portfolio John Dugdale

John Dugdale was an extremely successful commercial photographer, doing high-end advertising work for clients like Bergdorf Goodman, Ralph Lauren, and Martha Stewart. He was, that is, until a series of strokes, along with CMV retinitis (an AIDS-related illness) took away most of his sight. Now totally blind in one eye and with less than 20 percent of his vision in the other, he looks upon the loss of his sight as a sort of gift—unable to continue with commercial photography, he has spent the past 15 years dedicated to his artistic vision, which is indelibly attached to the (comparatively) slower pace and craft-intensive processes of the 19th century. Now known for his luxurious cyanotypes and large-format, gently lit albumen and velvety Van Dyke prints, Dugdale has turned adversity into an opportunity for fierce independence. While in recent years he’s depended on assistants to help focus his large-bellowed view camera, he’s now undertaken to devise a system of premeasured cords and cables to allow him to work alone in the studio of his lovingly restored Stone Ridge farmhouse, which itself feels like a portal to the 19th century. A selection of Dugdale’s work is featured in “The Camera Always Lies,” the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s second Regional Photographic Triennial, opening on June 14 and continuing through August 17. (Full disclosure: I curated the exhibition.) (845) 679-9957; www.cpw.org. —Beth E. Wilson

JOHN DUGDALE ON HIS WORK The historical record When the daguerreotype came out, it was called a mirror of life. I think that one of the miracles at the time for people was to see an exact likeness of themselves on this little mirrored jewel that they’re holding in a case. Maybe over the years, photography has been understood as this perfect representation. That’s why it’s not painting, and maybe it was easy for people to expect that. I think that people expect extreme clarity and perfect representation in a photograph because of the way it started. People on the whole, outside of the art world, people expect photographs to look like themselves. Painting is filtered through somebody’s eye and hand, right through their body onto the canvas. A photograph is meant to be a mirror, in most people’s understanding. That obscure object of desire I always have trouble defining “subjective” and “objective.” In that photograph of my mother, I couldn’t have been objective, because she’s my mother. I’ve been intensely involved with her in some way shape or form for 48 years. If I was Diane Arbus I probably could have been extremely objective. I end up being in love or falling in love with most of the people I photograph—that’s pretty subjective, right? It’s not possible for me to not be subjective. I wouldn’t describe photography as objective in more general terms, either. The light entering the lens and hitting the film makes it a kind of screen for me. It’s as though that’s how it is etched into my mind, not that it’s blocked by the film receiving it. Because of my sight, the camera is like me, it’s like my eye. I want to look for that place where my subjective relationship to the object or the person comes across really clearly, which is why I think my pictures are so popular. People respond to them in a really primal way, because they’re emotionally accessible. [I like] allowing my emotion and my experience and history with the people that I photograph to pass right through the camera into me and onto a piece of paper. Since everybody sees everything completely differently anyway, there’s nothing less truthful than a photograph of

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somebody. Two people can look at the same person and see somebody different; you can look at the same color flower, and it looks different. So there is no “truthful” or “untruthful”—there are so many variables to every situation, filtered through human experience and mind. How could it be any less or more of a lie? Beauty is blind A long time ago, I stopped encountering stuff in the world. The things that are fixed in my mind, what makes them appear are words, or relationships. When people hear that I have a visual impairment, they say, “How can you be a photographer?” Because the first thing that people think about in general when you say that is not about setting up tableaux in the studio; they think about walking around outside and catching something beautiful. That’s certainly not what I am able to do, nor did I ever really want to do that. When I look back on the history of my own photography, when I was 11, I set my sister up under a grape arbor and told her to act like Venus de Milo. At 11, I didn’t even think about going to photograph the spectacular car in the driveway, or kids playing ball or whatever, it was about creating something. People automatically assume that you go outside and look for things, rather than looking inside, and then making them. I use the camera like a canvas, to create the stuff that inspires me, like my mother (who’s like a novel in her own right), or flowers. People say that daffodils don’t really smell, but I’m not sure what they’re smelling, because to me they smell like fresh air. I can still see them in a blur with my eye, but when I sniff the thing, or I hold it, it becomes much more real. In the age of mechanical reproduction I’m actually shying away from [high technology]. As I’m trying to work alone in the studio now, I’m trying to eliminate the use of the computer. There’s another very beloved picture of my mother and I, where she’s holding me against her chest, that was in my first book. I went to Italy and showed that picture, and a woman wanted to know if it would be okay to use it to make billboards about

Alzheimer’s. It so took me aback, I had to think about it—I always want to help with anything the way that I can, but in the end I said no. I couldn’t imagine seeing that intimate picture of my mom blown up, by the highway, all over Italy. It seemed to devalue the picture, not in a monetary way, but it took away the intimacy. I want to stay on the other side of the superfast cutting of images on TV in commercials and videos, and the omnipresent barrage of images. It makes me cringe when I think of being a part of that. I think people are craving not-that. But they can’t be away from it, because that’s all that’s presented now. I think at this point I’m very much a conscientious objector. But I don’t think that people can just choose not to participate. You can’t divorce your art from the current moment completely. I grew up on Bugs Bunny, “The Munsters,” and every other thing that was on TV then. Once that stuff gets etched into your mind, it’s permanently in there, you can’t erase it. It inevitably becomes part of your work. Now when I go to my mom’s house, with the TV on, I have to look away, because the commercials make my head hurt, how quickly they move. How much faster can things get sped up, before they become abstract? I don’t want to watch that anymore—it makes me feel nauseated. Seeing slowly (again) For the last three months, I’ve experimented with making the best Van Dyke brown that was ever made. It’s been a slow process, with the same image over and over again, because each test looked at a different variable, to compare the results. People are now making 80 shots of the same thing in one session with a digital camera, and then picking from all of them, instead of choosing and framing with your eye. I love the idea of using photography as a medium to slow things down. People in the 19th century were excited to go six miles an hour on the railroad. It’s all really relative. You look at the work from then, and it’s no wonder it’s so quiet and peaceful. I consciously am trying to keep that alive. That’s what I love.


ABOVE Clockwise from upper left: Table Top with English Brass, 1998; The Silent Lines of Lips and Face, 2000; Petals, 1997; My Spirit Tried to Leave Me, 1994. OPPOSITE Self-Portrait with Ancestor, 1994.

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Lucid Dreaming BY BETH E. WILSON

BUST OR BOOM?

IT’S UP TO US TO DECIDE

If you think the question “What is art?” can only produce an arbitrary response these days, just think for a minute about “What is real estate?” Both art and real estate are cultural constructs, but for my money, the whole real estate thing is much more artificial, by a long shot. That it lends itself (pardon the pun) to greater and greater levels of speculative abstraction—and disastrously so, witness the whole subprime mortgage meltdown—reveals something telling about who and what we are now. It seems there’s not much “real” about “real estate” after all. It’s looking more and more like the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost. Our economy, long propped up by (and addicted to) the fiction of endless expansion, is now running aground on the very real limitations of energy and food supplies, and the capacity of natural systems to recuperate the damage that we inflict upon the planet. While it’s important for us to figure out meaningful, ecologically sustainable political and economic strategies to address the critical challenges facing us, an important aspect of what we need to do now involves what George Bush the First once called “the vision thing.” And there are artists involved in at least three different exhibitions going on this month who are working on just that. Interestingly, the specter of real estate hovers close by each of the shows. Chris Gonyea asks the question pointedly at The Livingroom with “FOR SALE: Kingston, Past, Present, and Future?” Assembling work that ranges from historically significant drawings and paintings by Woodstock artists Austin Mecklem, Charles Rosen, and Louis Wolchonok to photographs, paintings, and prints by contemporary artists, including Nancy Donskoj, Lynn Woods, and Gonyea himself, the show addresses the issue head-on, ironically labeling each work with contrasting “assessed” and “true market” values. Gonyea’s intention is to create a space for dialogue about where Kingston is, politically, artistically, and economically—a goal at least partially achieved when the show opened last month with a special reception for Tom Hoffay, the recently-named alderman for Kingston’s Second Ward, bringing together uptown businesses and residents to discuss common concerns. The ultimate doctrine of American real estate, manifest destiny, figures in the very title of “LAND! From the Post on the Prairie,” organized by painter Sean Sullivan with support from Rosendale’s small but always innovative no_space gallery. Set up in two adjacent storefronts on Route 209 in Ker46 LUCID DREAMING CHRONOGRAM 6/08

honkson, Sullivan’s starting point for the show was Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous “frontier thesis,” first presented in a lecture at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The enormous fair was organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, and what was then widely understood as the continuous march of progress made by the European settlers in the intervening years. Turner took the occasion to mark the symbolic closing of the American frontier—the massacre of Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee in 1891 representing something like the final vanquishing of the country’s indigenous people—and noted that the frontier experience played a key role in defining the “American” character. The continuous confrontation between European culture and the wilderness of the frontier had produced a uniquely American set of values, he held, and as successive generations had moved further and further across the continent, literally and figuratively away from their European source, they had grown more violent, more individualistic, more distrustful of authority, less artistic, less scientific, and more dependent on ad hoc organizations they formed themselves. In broad terms, the further west, the more American the community. One might read “globalization” as the ultimate economic extension of this thesis beyond the borders of the nation itself. And now, 115 years after Turner first formulated his thesis, we’ve reached the point at which we’re running out, physically and metaphorically, of open territory to feed into the seemingly endless maw of the economy. In its place, Sullivan sees the new “post on the prairie” as the realm of imagination itself. He’s invited a great group of artists to participate with him in this show, making a range of aesthetic, sociological, and historical connections between Turner’s thesis and today’s challenges of open space, development, and the environment via painting, sculpture, installation, and video. Laura Moriarty has contributed an installation that includes an antique-looking drafting table, odd found objects, an old manual typewriter, and her signature encaustic paint-cum-sculptures, embracing a heterogeneous, bricolage aesthetic to provoke a sort of historicized aesthetic response; multitalented sculpture and furniture designer Jonah Meyer brings a new video and a series of watercolors made on a recent trip out to the American West itself. A number of the works in the show play on the image of the broad-but-empty expanses of the plains, which might be read as either a metaphor for cultural and spiritual depletion,


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or as an opening up of new territory for the imagination. Visit the show and decide for yourself which way you’d like to go with that. Down in Beacon, and running through the rest of the summer, master shed builder Simon Draper has come up with a brilliant extension of his ecologically-inspired “right-sizing”’ aesthetic with “Habitat for Artists,” taking place in the parking lot of Spire Studios and sponsored by Ecoartspace. Draper has been making physically and metaphorically rich work for some time, creating modest, site-sensitive structures out of reclaimed materials (often including his own paintings). He’d reached a point with the work, as he told me, where he could “see [him]self going on, building sheds occasionally here or there, or I could get back to the immediacy, the point of the idea, by opening the concept up to other artists.” Working with the motto “How much/how little/ the space to create,” and thinking explicitly of the toll taken by the wave of real estate speculation in Beacon in the wake of Dia:Beacon, he’s built a group of small sheds that will serve as improvised studio spaces for himself and 10 other artists over the summer. Small enough that they slide under the radar of local zoning and permitting requirements, each artist is personalizing and using the sheds to reflect his/her own interests and needs. Dar Williams will be writing and occasionally performing music in one, Kathy Feighery will focus on making drawings (to get away from toxic solvents used in oil painting during her pregnancy) in another, and so on. With limited amenities, the artists are restricting/rethinking their use of media, resorting to battery-powered hand tools, or even depending on the illumination provided by local street lamps passing through the translucent corrugated plastic panels of the roof to do their work by. Recognizing the limited nature of our resources, Draper’s project emphasizes the importance of resourcefulness instead. The compelling aesthetic (and ultimately, political/ economic/ecological) question raised here is: How much can you go a long way with? In this extraordinary project, sustainability is transformed into a visionary aesthetic in its own right—as it must be, if we are to cope with the challenges ahead. “FOR SALE: KINGSTON, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE?” ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 30 AT THE LIVINGROOM, 45 NORTH FRONT STREET, KINGSTON. (845) 338-8353. “LAND! FROM THE POST ON THE PRAIRIE,” ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 30 AT KERHONKSON GENERAL, 323 MAIN STREET, KERHONKSON. (845) 658-9709; WWW.NO-SPACE.COM. “HABITAT FOR ARTISTS,” ON VIEW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30 AT SPIRE STUDIOS, 45 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON. (917) 743-8275; WWW.HABITATFORARTISTS.BLOGSPOT.COM.

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galleries & museums THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

FLAT IRON GALLERY

GO NORTH GALLERY

258 MAIN ST., RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT (203) 438-4519.

105 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-1894.

“Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist.” Comprehensive exhibition of photographs. June 22-November 1.

“Landscapes.” Oil pastels and watercolors by John Plunkett. June 6-29.

469 MAIN STREET, BEACON GONORTHGALLERY@HOTMAIL.COM. “Ketta Ioannidou: Mutant Nature.” June 14-July 6.

“Serge Spitzer: Still Life.” Through July 13.

Opening Sunday, June 8, 1pm-5pm.

Opening Sunday, June 22, 3pm-5pm.

ANN STREET GALLERY

143 MAIN ST, BEACON 765-2199.

140 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 562-6940 EXT. 119.

“Dispatches from the Frontlines: 12 Women Photojournalists.” June 14-August 9.

“100 AD.” Solo exhibition of artist Michael Zansky. Through June 7.

ART IN THE LOFT MILLBROOK WINERY, 26 WING ROAD, MILLBROOK 677-8383. “Art in the Loft: Spring 2008.” June 14-29. Opening Saturday, June 14, 5pm-7pm.

ART SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0331. “Cosmic Blooms: New Paintings by Franz Heigemeir.” June 7-30. “In Pursuit: The Third Annual Kingston Senior Scholarship Show.” June 7-30. Opening Saturday, June 7, 5pm-8pm.

ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER 24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS (518) 945-2136.

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FOVEA EXHIBITIONS

“Lenswork.” Works by Greene County Camera Club. Through June 10.

Opening Saturday, June 14, 4pm-8pm.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER

“Tides.” Works by Emily Hassell. June 21-July 13.

“Facebook: Images of People in Photographs from the Permanent Collection.” June 26-August 10. Opening Thursday, June 26, 5pm-9pm.

GAS 196 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 486-4592. “Jose Acosta Art Extravaganza.” Through June 15. “Gassed Up!” Group exhibition presented by Long Reach Arts. June 21-July 13. Opening Saturday, June 21, 5pm-8pm.

GALERIE BMG 12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027. “Josephine Sacabo.” Photographs from “Nocturnes” and “Geometry of Echoes.” Through June 30.

“Remove the Landmark.” Work by Cannon Hersey and Aaron Yassin. June 21-August 9.

“Now We Are Six.” Through June 8.

Opening Saturday, June 21, 5pm-9pm.

THE BEACON INSTITUTE

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199 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-1600.

33 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 339-2494.

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

“Queenie Ann Garsuta & Matt Becher.” Hindu deities and Japanese folk-art meet street art. June 4-July 2.

CATSKILL COMMUNITY CENTER

Opening Saturday, June 7, 6pm-8pm.

344 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-4950.

“Sk8 Art.” Works by Coulter D. Young III. Through June 28.

HERMITAGE 12 TIORONDA AVENUE, BEACON 765-1650. “Awake at Night.” Works by Christian Toscano. Through June 8.

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1438. “Doug Clow.” An exhibition of his series of small scale, oil on linen paintings. June 14-July 12. Opening Saturday, June 14, 6pm-8pm. “Dress.” Photographed, sculpted, collaged, and painted dresses by artists Karen Bamonte, Mimi Czajka Graminski. Through June 7.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Works by Chris Jones.” Through August 17.

“Enlightened Views.” Recent paintings by Robert Trondsen. Through June 29.

THE IO GALLERY 131 KENT ROAD SOUTH, CORNWALL BRIDGE, CONNECTICUT (860) 672-6631. “New Young Guns Show.” Through June 1.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “La Wilson: Witness Assemblage.” June 19-July 13. Opening Saturday, June 21, 6pm-8pm. “Works by Ben Butler.” Sculpture and large monoprints. Through June 15.

84 TEN BROECK AVE, KINGSTON 331-3112.

KARMA ROAD

“Mixed Images.” Group exhibition celebrating five years of Photo and Encaustic workshops. June 7-July 19.

11 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-1099.

Opening Saturday, July 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

“The Camera Always Lies.” Regional triennial of the photographic arts. June 14-August 17.

GARRISON ARTS CENTER

“Works by Annie Internicola.” Paintings from Chronogram illustrations. June 8-30. Opening Sunday, June 8, 6:30pm.

23 GARRISON LANDING, GARRISON-ON-HUDSON 424-3960.

KENT ART ASSOCIATION

“Boustrophone.” Diana Carulli. Through June 22.

“Kent Art Association Founders’ Show and Summer Members Show.” June 1-July 6.

21 SOUTH MAIN STREET, KENT, CT (860) 927-3989.

201 BROADWAY, TROY (518) 272-6811.

“Suzanna Frosch’s Sculptures & Constructions.” Through June 22.

“Ab Ovo (From The Egg).” Ten Painters in Tempera. June 27-July 23.

GCCA CATSKILL GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400.

KERHONSON GENERAL

Opening Friday, June 27, 6pm-9pm.

“The Food Show.” Works by Gary Shankman. Through June 14.

323 MAIN STREET, KERHONKSON 658-9709.

COLDWELL BANKER

“Gardens and Trees.” Group exhibition exploring gardens and trees in all media. June 21-August 2.

“Land! From the Post to Prairie.” Project by Laura Moriarty, Jonah Meyer, Judith Hoyt, Wayne Montecalvo, Sarah Conrad Ferm & Sean Sullivan. Through June 30.

6 ROCK CITY ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-2255. “An Abstract Vision.” Works on canvas and paper by Barbara Adrienne Rosen. Through July 7.

CUNNEEN HACKETT THEATER 12 VASSAR STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 452-7067. “1st Artist Member Juried Exhibition.” Through June 30.

DANBURY RAILROAD MUSEUM 120 WHITE STREET, DANBURY, CONNECTICUT (203) 778-8337. “The Railroad Legacy.” Works by John Fleming Gould. Through December 31.

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THE GALLERY AT R & F

59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957.

CLEMENT ART GALLERY

1 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-9095.

246 HUDSON STREET, CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON (845) 534-5278.

384 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 947-6732.

161 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7584.

Opening Saturday, June 14, 5pm-7pm.

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“A Notion to Sew.” 19th century needlework of Hylah Hasbrouk and her daughters. Through October 31.

HUDSON VALLEY GALLERY

“(Ado/Obso)lesence.” Works by Emilie Baltz, Carrie Elston, Asya Reznikov and Emily Orling. Through June 14.

Opening Saturday, June 21, 6pm-9pm.

6 BROADHEAD AVENUE, NEW PALTZ 255-1660.

Opening Saturday, June 14, 5pm-7pm.

Opening Thursday, June 12, 7pm.

“Cat-n-Around Catskill Cats of 2008.” June 21-July 14.

GRIMM GALLERY

VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5632.

BASILICA INDUSTRIA 110 SOUTH FRONT STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-0131.

Opening Saturday, June 14, 6pm-9pm.

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Opening Saturday, June 21, 5pm-7pm.

Opening Friday, June 6, 5pm-7pm.

“Sculpture on Main.” Through June 14.

KINGSTON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

“Search for the Sublime.” Oils and pastels by Michelle Moran. June 21-August 2.

105 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON WWW.KMOCA.ORG.

Opening Saturday, June 21, 5pm-7pm.

“SuperNature.” Faux taxidermy installation by Jessica Tamson. June 7-30.

GCCA MOUNTAINTOP GALLERY

LE PETIT MUSEE

5348 MAIN STREET, WINDHAM (518) 734-3104.

151 FRONT STREET, HOUSATONIC, MASSACHUSETTS WWW.ARTSMODERNE.COM.

“Journeys in Clay 2008.” Annual juried clay exhibit featuring fine crafts, utilitarian objects and sculptures. June 14-July 26.

“ART: Nothing Larger Than 3” x 3”. Works smaller than 3” x 3”.” Through June 28.

Opening Saturday, June 21, 2pm.

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M GALLERY 350 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-0380. “It’s About Light: Exploring the grand Hudson River Experiment with Contemporary Tools.” Vincent Bilotta. Through June 30.

MARK GRUBER GALLERY NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241. “Painting the Town.” Local color of New Paltz. June 17-July 16.

James Westwater June 7 Ð July 7

Opening Tuesday, June 17, 6pm-8pm.

MICHAEL NELSON GALLERY 115 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES 534-4563. “pH7: Seven Photographer’s Perspectives.” Through June 20.

MIDDLETOWN THRALL LIBRARY DEPOT STREET, MIDDLETOWN 341-5454. “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.” June 4-July 25. Opening Tuesday, June 10, 7pm-8:30pm.

MILDRED I. WASHINGTON ART GALLERY “Teachers as Artists.” Works by local high school teachers. Through June 13.

MILL STREET LOFT GALLERY 455 MAPLE STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-7477. “Juxtapositions.” Painting and printmaking by Todd Poteet. Through June 17. “Ladybug Girl.” Sketches and paintings by David Soman. June 21-July 25.

James Westwater

DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 431-8610.

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Opening Saturday, June 21, 2pm-5pm. “Todd Poteet: The Tie That Binds.” Paintings and prints, large and small snapshots of daily life. Through June 17.

MILLBROOK GALLERY AND ANTIQUES 3297 FRANKLIN AVENUE, MILLBROOK 677-6699. “Works by Michael Davidoff.” June 7-30.

Peter Iannarelli ArtistsÕ reception: Saturday, June 7, 6-9pm

Opening Saturday, June 7, 5pm-8pm.

6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-6670.

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MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY 24 SHARON ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CONNECTICUT (860) 435-0898. “Paintings by Robert Andrew Parker.” Through July 6.

MUROFF KOTLER VISUAL ARTS GALLERY SUNY ULSTER, STONE RIDGE 687-5113.

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MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL

“Future Voices 3.” Through June 13.

NICOLE FIACCO GALLERY 506 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5090. “The Rain, the Park, and Other Things.” Curated by Renee Riccardo. June 7-July 12. Opening Saturday, June 7, 6pm-8pm.

ORANGE HALL GALLERY ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4790. “Middletown Art Group Annual Spring Exhibition.” Through June 15. “Over the Rainbow.” Journey oil & pastel paintings by Joyce V. Garrett. Through June 15.

ORIOLE 9 17 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-5763. “Paintings by Stacie Flint and Linocut Prints of Karen.” Depictions of life in NYC. Through June 17.

THE PEARL ART GALLERY 3572 MAIN STREET, STONE RIDGE 687-0888. “Eternal Egypt.” Encaustic and collage by Astrid Fitzgerald and photography by Sarite Sanders. Through July 6.

PEARLDADDY GALLERY 183 MAIN STREET, BEACON 765-0169. “The Best Medicine.” Paintings and sculpture by Edie Nadelhaft. Through July 6.

PRITZKER GALLERY 257 SOUTH RIVERSIDE ROAD, HIGHLAND 691-5506. “Sacred Ground: Held in Trust.” Preserved lands of the Hudson Valley in pastels by Marlene Wiedenbaum. June 1-30. Opening Sunday, June 8, 3pm-6pm.

PROCTOR’S THEATRE 432 STATE STREET, SCHENECTADY (518) 346-6204. “Lori Lupe Pelish: Quilted Wall Hangings.” Through June 30.

RIVERFRONT STUDIOS 96 BROAD STREET, SCHUYLERVILLE (518) 695-5354. “Skidmore Alumni Show.” Through June 28.

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Tatana Kellner; Silkscreen on Fabric; Untitled

Dennis Cady Monica Church Peter Cody Tatana Kellner Taryn McMahon Jacquelyn Strycker Caitlin Wheeler Erin Woodbury Melinda Yale Artists Reception Saturday, June 21 6-9 pm

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RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Poetry of Color.” Paintings by Clayton Buchanan. June 14-July 7. Opening Saturday, June 14, 5pm-8pm. “Wanderings.” Paintings by Carol Douglas and Shelli Robiner-Ardizzone. Through June 9.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART SUNY NEW PALTZ, NEW PALTZ 257-3858.

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“A Discerning Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Howard Greenberg.” Through June 22. “All Hot and Bothered.” Photographs from The Center for Photography at Woodstock. June 27-September 28. Opening Friday, July 18, 5pm-8pm. “Beat and Beyond: Photographs by Allen Ginsberg.” Through June 22.

Albany’s Premier Arts Festival Saturday June 21st 10am-5pm

“Defining Art: Recent Acquisitions 2005-2007.” Work by Abbott, Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Chia, Nice, Oliveira, Rauschenberg. Through August 31. “Hudson Valley Artists 2008.” The Medium is the Message. June 6-September 7. Opening Friday, June 6, 5pm-8pm. “Reading Objects 2008.” Works from the Museum’s collection with texts created by University faculty and staff. Through September 28.

SHARADA GALLERY 45 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 876-4828. “Beyond Abstraction.” Solo exhibit by Matthew Bliss. Through June 2.

SHELLEY K GALLERY 110 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES 246-5250. “A Perfect Ten.” 10 women interpret Hudson Valley landscape. Through June 8.

SPIRE STUDIOS 45 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 231-3275. “Habitat for Artists.” Group show curates by Simon Draper. Through September 30.

STONE WINDOW GALLERY 17 MAIN STREET, ACCORD 626-4932. “Prints by Cornelia D. Baker.” June 1-30.

Hundreds of Artists from across the capital region

Opening Sunday, June 1, 2pm-5pm.

60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “4th Annual Landscape Show.” June 20-July 13.

The Peoples Choice Art Show by the Upstate Artists Guild

Plein air demonstration Saturday, June 21. “Living on the Moon.” Works by Rochelle Redfield. Through June 15.

UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482.

Music @ Centerstage by The BArn

“Budding Visions.” Through June 22.

UNISON ARTS AND LEARNING CENTER 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Paintings and Drawings by Stuart Bigley.” June 1-29.

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Opening Sunday, June 1, 4pm-6pm.

UNISON GALLERY WATER STREET MARKET, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Gathering.” Sculpture by Hester Keith. June 1-July 31.

Creative Chaos Interactive Art by eba Dance Theatre

Opening Sunday, June 1, 4pm-6pm.

VAN BRUNT GALLERY 460 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2995. “New Paintings by Bob Marty.” Also showing: Stanford Kay and Gary Jacketti. Through June 2.

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VARGA GALLERY 130 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-4005.

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“Tweet Suite: Birds of North America.” Paintings by Laura Levine. Through June 4.

WHITECLIFF VINEYARDS 331 MCKINSTRY ROAD, GARDINER 255-4613. “Wine Country: Old World and New World.” Photography by Robert Goldwitz. June 8-August 31. Opening Sunday, June 8, 2pm-5:30pm.

WILLIAM MAXWELL FINE ARTS 1204 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 737-8622. “INside/OUTside.” Works by 6 artists exhibited inside and outside the gallery. Through September 21. Opening Saturday, June 7, 6:30pm-9:30pm.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “Active Member Show.” Through June 8. “American Scenes: Life in the City.” Through June 30. “Nutshell.” Through June 8. “Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection.” June 14-September 21. Opening Saturday, June 14, 4pm-6pm.

This project is made possible in part through community art$grants, a program funded through state & local partnership program of New York State Council on the Arts & The Arts Center of the Capitol Region

“Works by David Holt.” Through June 8.

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Music Photo of Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton by Fionn Reilly

BY PETER AARON

THE

quiet LIFE Ida

I

t’s 1:10pm and your typically overbooked music editor is stressing while doing his best to maintain the speed limit en route to a scheduled 1pm sit-down with Daniel Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell, the core members of lineup-shifting indie outfit Ida at Woodstock’s famously busy eatery Oriole 9. Having conducted interviews in crowded restaurants before, this scribe is nervously dreading the prospect of once again struggling to maintain the conversation’s focus while tuning out the extraneous clatter of a bustling bistro. He needn’t have worried. After a quick move to a center table, away from the one directly beneath the stereo speaker, the tension dissipates and the surrounding world melts away, barely registering as Littleton and Mitchell, both 39, discuss their past, their family, and their excellent band’s beautiful seventh album, Lovers Prayers (2008, Polyvinyl Record Co.). Ida, it seems, can find the quiet in any situation. A crucial quality for a group that came of age in the world capital of noise, New York City, to make some of the most brazenly soft and intensely moving sounds in indie rock. “It’s true, we were pretty incongruous with most of the rock scene in New York. But we kind of liked it that way, being different,” muses guitarist and singer Littleton. “Our music is, I guess you’d say, a lot more pastoral. Liz and I are definitely attracted to more stripped-down stuff. We love to hear the space between the sounds, and I think our own music has actually gotten even more spare these last few years.” Critics commonly chuck Ida in a ghetto they call sadcore, a subset also reserved for such non-Gotham acts as American Music Club, Red House Painters, Low, and the late Elliot Smith, varied artists who all happen to play poignant music at glacial tempos. Yet despite the often heartrending moods that Ida’s songs share with those of the above, Littleton and Mitchell’s music is out of place in this grouping, too, thanks in part to their referencing of traditional folk styles; over the years, the acoustic-based band has covered Bill Monroe, Leadbelly, the Carter Family, and other such immortals, a method mostly at odds with its supposed genre mates, who tend to be darker and less roots-conscious. Which leads to another paradoxical aspect of Ida’s oeuvre: children’s music.

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The group has released one album of kid-oriented folk songs (covers of Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotton, et al.) under its own banner, You Are My Little Flower (1999, Last Affair), while Mitchell has released two, You Are My Sunshine (2002, Last Affair) and You Are My Little Bird (2006, Smithsonian Folkways), efforts she describes as “solo records in name only; they’re really Ida records since they have all the same people playing on them.” (Mitchell and other children’s musicians were profiled in the January 2007 issue of Chronogram; the singer, guitarist, and harmonium player is currently at work on a new children’s album.) And here’s one more curveball for those who think they have this gentle, melancholy combo all figured out: Littleton’s own roots are in hardcore punk. As an active participant in his native Washington, DC, area’s underground scene, he performed with proto-emo quartet the Hated and cites the city’s legendary Bad Brains as a lifelong influence for their genre-spanning punk/reggae approach. (Bad Brains, now based in Woodstock, were profiled in the November 2007 issue of Chronogram.) “Part of the DC hardcore doctrinaire is to be open to many types of music,” Littleton explains. “So when I eventually connected with artists like Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Sweet Honey in the Rock, what I got from them was just as ‘hardcore’ as what was behind [infamous punk outfit] MDC’s music.” After the Hated broke up, Littleton played in several other bands before eventually moving to Boston. There, through a mutual friend in 1990 he met Mitchell, who was then a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a habitué of the local coffeehouse folk circuit. The pair stayed in touch and began dating the following year, and after Mitchell started teaching nursery school in Brooklyn, Littleton moved there to join her. With no grand plans, the couple began capturing their musical collaborations on “super lo-fi ” tapes intended only for friends. One of these friends, however, was indie icon Jenny Toomey of the influential quartet Tsunami and the co-founder of seminal label Simple Machines. Spotting something magical through the hiss of Mitchell and Littleton’s cassettes, Toomey was keen to see the couple get their project out of the apartment and into the clubs and the studio. “Dan and Elizabeth are such spectacular songwriters and


singers,â&#x20AC;? says Toomey, who went on from performing to become executive director of musicians advocacy group the Future of Music Coalition and is now a program officer at the Ford Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of music from [the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s] doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold up now, but the early Ida stuff still sounds great. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely lasting music.â&#x20AC;? After testing the waters in 1993 with some local shows, Ida added Littletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, drummer Michael Littleton, for its first gig outside NewYork, a benefit concert in Washington, DC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked out from the stage and there was [Minor Threat and Fugazi front man] Ian MacKaye and [Unrest singer] Mark Robinson,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so nervous! But it ended up being a really good show.â&#x20AC;? Soon after, the twosome backed up Mitchellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old Brown roommate Lisa Loeb on her 1994 chart-topper â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stayâ&#x20AC;? and began work on Idaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut, 1995â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tales of Brave Ida (Simple Machines). Its dreamy, tender folk-pop, as heard on the reflective â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slow Danceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tempting,â&#x20AC;? won the group enthusiastic comparisons to pivotal â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s trio Galaxie 500. Following 1996â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I Know AboutYou, Ida became a quartet by adding bassist and Woodstock native Karla Schickele (the daughter of composer Peter Schickele) for 1997â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bewitchingly intimate Ten Small Paces (both discs were released on Simple Machines). During an early visit to the area that netted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ashokan Reservoir,â&#x20AC;? a live recording for the latter album, Mitchell and Littleton encountered the naturalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and supernaturalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;qualities of the Catskills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recorded that song at night in the woods,â&#x20AC;? Littleton says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which was definitely a quasi-mystical experience.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to believe him: The chittering crickets that swath the tuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softly strummed acoustic instruments make the mere act of listening to it a spiritual episode in itself. Mitchell and Littleton were wed in 1999, and the group continued to record, tour, and build a following. But after her band pulled out of an ill-fated deal with Capitol and released the sublime Will You Find Me (2000, Tiger Style), Mitchell found herself at a career crossroads, having to take more and more time off from teaching to go on the road. And while 2001 next saw the band expand to include upright bassist Zach Mitchell and violinist Ida Pearle for another acclaimed album, The Braille Night (Tiger Style), the arrival of the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Storey, that same year necessitated a slowdown. So while marking time with a remix album, 2002â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriately titled Shhhâ&#x20AC;Ś (Time Stereo/ Carrot), Ida took a break as the new family looked for a roomier and more suitable home, relocating first to Providence and eventually to Woodstock in late 2004.The next year brought the brilliant Heart Like a River (Polyvinyl), a set recorded in piecemeal fashion over the preceding two years; amid touring and other projects, Mitchell and Littleton settled into the community, getting to know and work with a host of top local players. Of course, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking tops, Levon Helm is one of the first, if not the first, upstate musician that comes to mind. So the couple were understandably besides themselves when Ida first performed with venerated outsider folk artist Michael Hurley at one of Helmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midnight Ramble sessions in 2006, and then ensconced itself in the ex-Band manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio for the making of Lovers Prayersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an occasion made even more special by the appearance of Hurley and Helm on the album, which Mitchell gushes as being simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;mind-blowing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really was,â&#x20AC;? concurs Littleton, who names Hurleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1971 LP Armchairboogie as a crucial work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing with Michael was a huge thrill. And Levon just knows how to make anything sound betterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he makes everybody in the room feel really good.â&#x20AC;? Among those in the room was session cellist Jane Scarpantoni, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, REM, Rufus Wainwright, the Beastie Boys, Patti Smith, and others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing with Ida was just a total joy,â&#x20AC;? says Scarpantoni. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their music is really low-key, but it has a real openness to it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very uplifting, very spiritual.â&#x20AC;? Produced and engineered by the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime collaborator and â&#x20AC;&#x153;secret weapon,â&#x20AC;? His Name is Aliveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Warn Defevr, Lovers Prayers is definitely Idaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most â&#x20AC;&#x153;liveâ&#x20AC;?-sounding disc to date. Marked by a looser, more organic vibe than on earlier recordings and rich with new hushed, sparse treasures like the loping â&#x20AC;&#x153;See the Starsâ&#x20AC;? and the gorgeously muted â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Love Below,â&#x20AC;? the album has led many to posit that when Ida moved from the city to woods, the woods moved into Idaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do agree with that,â&#x20AC;? says Littleton, adding that Ida will tour Japan in the fall and has an EP, My Fair, My Dark (again featuring Helm and Hurley), due out on Polyvinyl in August. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It definitely feels like since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here the band has entered a new chapter.â&#x20AC;? A chapter many of us will want to read again and again. But not too loudly, of course.

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NIGHTLIFE HIGHLIGHTS Handpicked by local scenemaker DJ WAVY DAVY for your listening pleasure.

MECHANICAL BULL June 5. The musical menu at the Pig Bar & Grill been anything but sloppy since it opened last year, featuring a fatty lineup of original local bands. With her haunting voice and sultry features, Mechanical Bull vocalist Avalon Peacock’s rising star is reminiscent of another Woodstock-area chanteuse, Shivaree’s Ambrosia Parsley. And alongside his Wild Westmeets-Hunter S. Thompson persona, Chase Pierson, the country-rockin’ Bull’s lead man, keeps a nice stable of musicians that occasionally includes guitarists Chris Zaloom, Adam Widoff, and David Malachowski. Tonight’s show is presented by the Woodstock MusicWorks record label, which recently released the band’s second CD, A Million Yesterdays. 9pm. No cover. Saugerties. (845) 246-5158. www.woodstockmusicworks.com.

“MOJO” MYLES MANCUSO June 6. Your head is in the sand, man, if you haven’t caught the flavor of this 12-year-old musical phenom, who rips on guitar and a slew of other instruments. Since appearing at B. B. King’s in New York, Mancuso has found a second home at Keegan Ales, even if he has to wait another nine years before sampling the beers. (Fortunately for Myles, brewmaster Tom Keegan now offers delicious craft-brewed soft drinks as well.) “Mojo” proves that when it comes to 12-bar blues, age ain’t nuthin’ but a number. (Dave CasT’s Big Bang Jazz Gang, an amazing amalgam of 13 of the area’s best musicians, explodes on June 8.) 9pm. No cover. Kingston. (845) 853-7354. www.keeganales.com.

VERDES CD RELEASE BASH June 6. It’s been just over a year since New Paltz rockers Verdes stepped into Marcata Recording Studios in Gardiner, producing five hard-earned new tunes and a gaggle of archived material. To celebrate, the band is throwing its own festival/party at the faboo Oasis Cafe and bringing along some personal faves, including The Crooks, Frankie and His Fingers, Titus Andronicus, and The Pelican Project. Expect rock ‘n’ roll sparks to fly with so much energy in one room at the same time. To make sure the fans don’t miss out, Verdes performs sets early and late in the evening. Preview the group’s new tracks at www.myspace.com/verdesspace. 7pm. $5. New Paltz. (845) 255-2400. www.myspace. com/oasiscafeinnewpaltz.

DEWEY REDMAN TRIBUTE PROJECT June 7. Saxman Dewey Redman (dad of Joshua) was from the “Texas tenor” school of bandleaders, which also includes David “Fathead” Newman and Arnett Cobb. Redman steered away from traditional music early in his career, connecting more with avant-garde players like Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and Charlie Haden in the legendary band Old and New Dreams. Redman was regularly on the road until he passed away in 2006, and his last band featured Hudson Valley players John Menegon (bass), Frank Kimbrough (piano), and Tani Tabbal (drums). To those names, this tribute at the Kleinert/James Arts Center adds Jane Monheit’s saxophonist, Joel Frahm. 8pm. $25, $20. Woodstock. (845) 679-2079. www.johnmenegon.com.

PETE LEVIN ORGAN TRIO June 14. Regular readers of this space know my affinity for classic organ jazz trios, and few front a better such band than Woodstock’s Pete Levin. His 2007 CD, Deacon Blues (Motema Music), extends the boundaries of traditional organ jazz into rock, and word is he’s about to drop a new trio CD. For this date at the Rosendale Cafe, Pete pulls in an all-star crew (John Carridi on guitar and Harvey Sorgen on drums) to hopefully break us off a piece of the new album. His regular set list always embraces rock, jazz, and soul while keeping the “fun” in “funky.” 8pm. $10. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048. www.petelevin.com.

VERDES PLAYS AT OASIS CAFE JUNE 6.

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CD REVIEWS THE BAREFOOT BOYS SWEETWATER PASSAGE INDEPENDENT, 2007

T Traditional folk is not everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cup of oats: Some find iit more virtuous than tasty. But for those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get eenough of sea chanteys, hornpipes, and ballads sung raww whisky pure, the Barefoot Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sweetwater Passage is a 16-course banquet. This concept album celebrates the old ddays â&#x20AC;&#x153;when the rivers were the highways,â&#x20AC;? with songs about llog rafts, steamboats, bad gals, worse capâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ns, and mules, inccluding a pair of interspecies torch songs. The unabridged â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Erie Canalâ&#x20AC;? gets downright weird, as the crooning canawleer dines with his beloved Sal (â&#x20AC;&#x153;I eats meat and she eats hayâ&#x20AC;?) b h â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;she h puts the h bbuffff in Buffalo.â&#x20AC;? In the breakup/revenge ditty â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simon Slick,â&#x20AC;? a andd boasts that spurned muleteer sends his no-good ex to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the hot place down below.â&#x20AC;? Some traditional wordsmiths were better than others: Off/aft and room/home are passable off-rhymes, but Santy/Annie/polka thumps the ear on every chorus of â&#x20AC;&#x153;New York Gals.â&#x20AC;? Newer tunes include the nostalgic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifeline to the Heartland,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Powell Waltz,â&#x20AC;? which extols the joys of a day-sail to Kingston, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bayâ&#x20AC;? (cowritten by Pete Seeger). Since the Barefoot Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last CD, ...With Boots On, singer/guitarist Rich Bala and multiinstrumentalist Tom White have added two more bare feet to the lineup with bassist Rick Hill. This makes for lusty three-part harmonies and a rich variety of instrumental sounds: mandolin, banjo, hammered dulcimer, and concertina swirl their skirts, with pennywhistle and psaltery peeking out like petticoat lace. The CD ends with the timeless music of water and gulls. What could be more appropriate? www.richbala.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nina Shengold

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T bestow the moniker of power trio on New Paltz To ppunk three-piece NCM, while entirely appropriate, ddoesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite do justice to the band as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard on its ssecond full-length platter. True, this group has the energy and reckless abandon oof a train on the verge of jumping the track, but beyond tthe sheer brute aural force there is an intricacy of structture and intuitive command of the vocabulary of rock. T Take â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change the Conversation,â&#x20AC;? which kicks off with ddrummer Justin Pettinatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ferocious backbeat and rages l on th d /f t man Pete Crottyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grinding guitar and ragged-but-right along the wave off ffounder/front vocals. Amid the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coruscating volume, the delicate plinking of a piano appears before Crotty tosses off a totally unexpected guitar break of Chuck Berry-style licks and the track finally fades into exuberant, Ramones-like â&#x20AC;&#x153;hey, hey, heyâ&#x20AC;? chants. On â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purge,â&#x20AC;? an acoustic guitar transitions into a wash of wah-wah and the vocal harmonies of Crotty and bassist Lara Hope; the dynamic then alternates between righteous guitar-scrubbing and hard-rock balladry. But despite its labyrinth-like structure, the song is entirely coherent and riveting. The great appeal of this disc is that NCM is not beholden to a single sound; instead, the band embraces aural diversity with an experimental glee that is focused and exhilarating. www.ncmmusic.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jeremy Schwartz

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POETRY

Edited by Phillip Levine. Submissions are accepted year-round. Deadline for our July issue is June 5. Send up to 3 poems or 3 pages (whichever comes first), by regular mail, to: Poetry, 314 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401, or via e-mail (preferred) to poetry@chronogram.com. Subject: Poetry Submission. Full submission guidelines at www.chronogram.com\submissions.

“Mommy, we have everything we need right here”

abandoned by careless angels

—Forrest Schoenberger (3½ years old; in the kitchen, 10 days before his death from liver cancer)

—p

ABNER’S THE CENTER OF NOTHING

CANADA

FILLER

bevies of blue leaves, which is a way

Let’s just quit our lives. I’ll send you a slip of paper with coordinates by carrier pigeon, meet me there and we’ll make art we’ll make love and throw it across a canvas we’ll make types of love never seen before and people will flock like pigeons to see the loves we’ve made and we’ll live on the beauty of their hearts opening.

When a trapped butterfly flaps its pinned wings A woman finds the words “I do” stuck in her throat

Just don’t forget to eat the paper.

At the doctor’s office the white walls of a waiting room remind him of a girl he met two years before. He remembers the way she held her drink, and the way her eyes moved around the room, slowly. And he remembers why he can’t conjure up her voice.

of holding it, this drop in the road toward that thing called thought that is ‘being in the world’ and, whittled happily by the blue reachings of utterance that may find it, goes and on and on * or it might be said just resonances accumulate quiet chords of trees at field’s edge

—Alisha Bell

accumulate

THE MOMENT

bevies of blue leaves and a ditch

“Yes, I can write about a lot of things Besides the summer that I turned sixteen. But that’s my ground swell.” —Mark Jarman

dank with words —Andrew Brenza

QUESTION Who writes the poem now? Some wind carries a seed here Something unknown lands. —Donna Sherman

CRUSH My fingers could crush the petals of a rose until reliable identity disappears and my hands appear as if bleeding. And maybe they are. Helplessly gushing and waiting— a reflection. Shadows come. My red marring the white supposed to stop the bleeding. Hands reaching down to me as if hands alone could change anything

While the words “do I love him?” clamber around her brain. Was it love that filled that dark chamber, or simply spent time? Spent money Spent cigarettes Spent life The same face flutters around the vacant factory of memory. When an exposed nail travels through a rubber soul, and pierces the meaty flesh of a construction man’s foot, the pain registers as white light.

He never spoke to her

We all know this moment. The blink in time When lightning becomes fire, When surprise becomes disappointment, When life fails to be eternal, Begrudgingly becoming terminal.

When a woman looks into the sky, in the middle of the afternoon She sees only the color blue. Impossibly, raindrops fall. She suddenly thinks of proportions. The human body is seventy percent water.

We all know this moment. The camera’s flash When your parents change, From superheroes to ordinary, When hopeful love turns to hopeless pain, When the ground swell becomes a wave.

An atom, is over ninety-nine percent empty space.

We all know this moment. The sound of screeching tires When your morality finds its mortality, When fireworks become just chemical reactions, When your stuffed animals Stopped talking back. We all know this moment. The spark of a flame When we found the spot that makes us laugh And the one that makes us come, When we found the truth behind poetry, And when we woke up for the first time And opened our eyes.

An aging fisherman lies down on the deck, and begins creating his own constellations; the horny blonde, and the lonely bastard. He sees the fires he started, first with report cards, and later with the envelopes of unemployment checks. The motorcycle he never rode rumbles across the sky, across country, across continent. In the morning he pulls in his nets, a tire bounces away, a license plate clangs against the deck, and a soggy rag doll, with red hair, sloshes to his feet. He leaves them there, filling as much empty space as the stars filled the night sky, on board the SS Forgotten with all the lovely tuna.

We all know this moment. —Nichole Boisvert

—Steven Wheat —Lucas Gallo

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QUARRY

MIDDLE AGE

This. Stones. Bones. Ruins in rock of an ancient creature built to withstand a hurricane of sleet and snow. I could climb among these slivered points for days, watch the root, wooden limbs sliding, as it crawls along the ground. Bouldering is what I call climbing rocks big enough to gasp at. Could and would I touch the sky, where the hard meets soft, where ridge meets cloud? Drip and slide along the stone, those legs tanned and sorry. Brace body against soul, standing high, let the sun and wind rip my skin. If the air gushed around this empty bowl, and startled birds left the selfish shade of winter branches, I would walk here still. This, the birth of my last first kiss. This, the shadow, where I laid, ever thoughtful.

I have a test today I never studied for Never even attended the class Though I did give a speech In another class entirely nude. No one seemed to notice.

This. I remember walking, unsteady on chubby toddler legs, while dog barks, shrill and desperate, at cliffs he couldn’t climb. We drew up there, on that jaggedly comforting edge. Names and faces smudged in red and yellow stone. Wandering among the pine trees, I saw the dappled fronds grow sleepy with cold, and the lichen crept into the cracks. Sledding, giddily, down sharp and slick dips, with Jackson, I was unknowingly brash with danger. How innocent the daggers look when sheathed in snow. The blackberries and raspberries and blueberries grow wild there, almost as eager to be eaten as we are to eat them. The path is now leafy with age, and the stones no longer so trodden upon. This, the cold shoulder where I, drunk with childhood, ran. This, the lonely miracle tree, growing out of stone. —Emma McCann

AT THE COFFEEHOUSE Impassioned, her back to the busy street; she recites. Washingtonville does not care about culture. Thus, poets have claimed their pungent café, once a carriage house, for a new omnibus. Her story is original, and powerful. There is youthful mania in her pen, ancestral wisdom in her green, magick eyes.

Got an excellent deal On a used Taurus Not exactly happy With the color A sun scorched maroon Flaking on the hood But a good deal nonetheless My neighbor agrees And good gas mileage. Bought a Louisiana Lotto Ticket at Larry’s Quick Snack And a couple of Scratch-Offs. Didn’t win a dime but Someone got shot During a holdup at that same place A few days later So I’m feeling darn lucky. There were forty minutes left On the meter Where I parked today. Pretty good luck. Took a handful of Sweet‘N Lows When the waitress wasn’t looking. Wish they had Splenda. My wife is taking yoga lessons. She used to pay fifty bucks an hour But now she gets them free Two or three times a week. How can I be so lucky?

Her lithe body is smooth; alabaster naiad. She is olde Europe and mad America.

—Gary Bloom

Poet! Open the vein of Night. Let grey wind pour into nascent Spring, to write prayers in a pagan grove.

JOINING THE CHURCH

Her breath rustles a trembling page in her radical hand. Her paper wings defy the circus and the sand. Irish beer breeds golems from lust and apathy’s servants, in the pub—west of her recitation. My undulant mistress of enigma, I raise my pen and coffee to her in vain solidarity as sirens cry (of) fire in a late Winter night. —Robert Milby

Now that your ghost is dead, I joined the church of my choice. No more care whether you nod at conformity or frown even at God when He frees both my mind and soul to search. No more care when your voice soars and you lurch toward your pulpit, as you know you cannot prod back-row sinners to forego coats of clod; and finally to kneel and honor your perch. No more care for Calvin’s unmerited grace. No more fear of heaven and its pit of hell No more fear of biblical metaphors.

SURPRISE

Yet more care for earthly saints than base mammons; more care for an angelic bell— good fare for colored flocks and their zero scores.

I wish the tall, blond, emaciated drug addict I saw last year in the same spot in the filthy bus station in Puerto Limon wasn’t coming my way and that I wasn’t as attracted to him as I am, which I imagine to be the reason why he’s heading towards me, knowingly, as though he can read my mind and see the fantasies I can’t even let myself imagine much less carry out, which is why I am surprised when he only asks for money.

—Olga Kronmeyer

—Roberta Allen

WEAPONS

DRUNKEN HUSBANDS

War requires weapons.

Most people only saw an unkempt island of overgrown lawn at the traffic circle where the cars from three directions patiently waited their turns to merge with the rest, but at this moment she was alone and saw butterflies dancing from crown vetch flower to crown vetch flower and bumble bees drinking from clover like drunken husbands drinking from beer mugs, and she wondered where her own was.

Without them, war would be wrestling.

—Cathy Furlani

—Sparrow

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Books

GILROY WAS THERE A Maverick’s Journey Through Broadway and Hollywood by Nina Shengold photo by Jennifer May

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here’s a thumb-shaped hole in the space bar of Frank D. Gilroy’s typewriter, where the metal’s succumbed to six decades of use. The black Royal manual, which Gilroy bought with his winnings from a crap game on a World War II troop ship, now rests in its case in the Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright’s home office. The hardest-working keyboard in show business now has an understudy—not some upstart Mac or PC but an identical vintage Royal, bought by a friend. Gilroy’s credentials are legion, but he’s a canny enough storyteller to know that the view from the top doesn’t play half as well as the scramble to get there. His recently published memoir, Writing for Love and/or Money, begins: As the man introducing me at the local community college goes on about my loftier achievements and awards, the audience (kids from families straining so they can get a higher education) openly yawns. Scrapping prepared remarks, I tell them 90 percent of my career has been failure. “I’ve been dead broke six times and if I don’t sell something soon it’ll be seven.” I have their attention. He has ours as well. Gilroy’s tales of scraping together a paycheck from live TV shows like “Playhouse 90,” “Kraft Television Theatre,” and “Omnibus,” and of Hollywood during its studio heyday, are short and salty, addictive as popcorn. We see him pitching to Jackie Gleason while he gets a haircut and manicure. Telling Walt Disney he’s quitting the studio. Scouting locations with Dick Powell in Havana as Castro’s rebels attack. We also hear jazz trumpet riffs, gambling sagas, and grueling war stories etched in a few unforgettable sentences. “I like concision,” Gilroy says, leaning into a comfortable chair in his Orange County living room. He and his wife, Ruth Gaydos, have lived in the same house for 45 years, and its wood-paneled rooms and stone walls have a reassuring solidity.The framed photos on the grand piano mix family snapshots of various generations with theatre and movie premieres. The Gilroys’ oldest son,Tony, was nominated for two Oscars as writer/director of Michael Clayton, 62 BOOKS CHRONOGRAM 6/08

which was edited by his younger brother John and features his wife and son in small roles. John’s twin Dan is a screenwriter whose credits include Two for the Money, starring his wife Rene Russo and Al Pacino. Ruth seems to be the only show business refusenik—the house is full of her striking bronze and clay sculptures—but she wields a quiet authority. Besides retyping her husband’s scripts on a computer, she serves as a valued first reader. “She’s very honest, a very tough critic,” Gilroy admits. Writing for Love and/or Money describes Ruth’s first response to the play he wrote during the 1960 Writers Guild strike. After saying she liked it, she commented, “I think you shortchanged the mother.” Gilroy flew into a rage, but soon realized she was right; the mother’s big scene is one emotional high points of “The Subject Was Roses.” The new memoir evolved from a housecleaning project, Gilroy explains. “Ruth and I thought we’d do our heirs a favor and start weeding out some of my papers.” The family house came with a walk-in vault, which he commandeered for his massive backlist. “There were piles of old scripts: jobs for hire, spec projects that did and did not get made. As we went through, I’d jot down a couple of notes about the circumstances surrounding each one on a Post-It. The things kept getting longer and longer.” Gilroy realized he had the bare bones of a book. The anecdotal form was not new to him. His 1970 novel Private, based on his experiences in Patton’s Third Army—he was one of the first American soldiers to enter a concentration camp—is written in stark, impressionistic vignettes. “I was thinking about Matthew Brady’s Civil War photos,” he says. “I wanted to do with words what he did with photographs.” He also published a 1993 memoir called I Wake Up Screening! EverythingYou Need to Know About Making Independent Films, Including a Thousand Reasons Not To. Culled from diary entries, it details the making of Desperate Characters, Once in Paris, The Gig, and The Luckiest Man in the World, all written, directed, and produced by Gilroy. (The last two were filmed locally; Cleavon Little and friends played their eponymous gig at Sacks Lodge in Saugerties, and Kingston stood


in for New York in The Luckiest Man.) Shot in the ‘70s and ‘80s, these lowbudget gems were part of the first wave of indies. “I define ‘indie’ as high-wire, no net.You don’t have a distributor beforehand, you’ve raised the money from private backers, just like a play; you open the picture yourself....I went from gambling on dice and things to making independent movies. This house has been put on the line more than once.” Gilroy pauses. “That’s gambling.” He alternated these labors of love with writing for hire. “People told me things that bothered other directors didn’t seem to bother me, and I’d say,‘You have to understand, if I’m not here with you, I’m all alone in my room with a piece of paper.’” Gilroy’s workspace is a former maid’s room, up a narrow back stair from the kitchen. “This is the inner sanctum,” he grins, throwing open the door to a garret with sloping walls. Center stage is a card table with a thin sheaf of paper and a typewriter. The daybed is littered with scripts—”I’ve never slept there, in all these years,” Gilroy marvels—and even the walls are covered with writing: Magic Marker scrawls right on the pale yellow paint, bulletin boards full of vintage ticket stubs, a diagram of the solar system, a typed recipe for Red Cabbage Bavarian Style, a Writers Guild strike button. (On the picket lines of last winter’s strike, he reminded young colleagues that in the so-called Golden Age, “We had nothing—no minimums, no guarantees, no royalties, no pension, no health plan. The guys who wrote Casablanca don’t get a penny when it’s shown.”) He writes every morning, staying in his pajamas and robe till he’s done his day’s work. “Sometimes I don’t get bathed and dressed till four o’clock.” He grins, tugging at his tan sweater. “This is in your honor.” Gilroy has been a compulsive diarist for 45 years. “It’s the first thing I write every morning. It puts a platform under my day.” He’s planning to leave all his papers to Dartmouth College, the life-changing alma mater that accepted a scrappy underachiever from the Bronx on the GI Bill. “I just shipped them 10 boxes, 30 pounds each,” he gloats. This may be the tip of the iceberg: Along with the dozens of screenplays and plays he’s launched into the world, he has numerous plays that have not yet been seen. “I’m a squirrel,” he admits, adding, “If I could do just one more thing, it would be a play. There’s no comparison.” Plays are also, in his estimation, the hardest to write. “Six good plays is a career. Look at Chekhov. It’s the smallest target of all. That’s why movies were wonderful for me—they punctuate your playwriting career. They’re fast, you stay busy.” Writing for Love and/or Money reminded him just how busy he had to stay to support a family of five on a writer’s income. “When I pick up that book, it scares me. It’s as if you walked across a moonlit field at night, and then you look back and realize you’ve walked through a minefield. How did you make it? You do it because there’s no choice.” There was no choice about moving to Hollywood, either. “Now it’s all on computer—you just fly out there for conferences. But in those days they wanted your physical body on the premises. They wanted to see you at your lathe.” Gilroy’s bungalow on the MGM lot was between those of Shirley Temple and Clifford Odets. He had his own parking space, a seat at the commissary writers’ table, a Wednesday night card game. “It was very seductive and very nice, but too rarefied.You worked all day with people in the business, socialized with people in the business.” As soon as he’d saved enough money, the family moved east. “It’s so ironic. I brought the boys back here so they wouldn’t grow up in Hollywood, and all three of them work in the film business. I was dying to have a physicist or something, but that didn’t happen.” Gilroy laughs. “Your first reaction as a parent is, ‘Oh my god, what are they doing to themselves?’ But they found their lives—they love what they’re doing and they’re all good at it. What more could you want for your child?” Tony Gilroy returns a call from the Brooklyn soundstage where he’s directing his second feature, Duplicity, with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts. “Isn’t the book great?” he effuses. Asked how his father’s work influenced him, he describes his total immersion in the vicissitudes of the writing life, concluding, “Everything I’ve ever had in my whole life is from making shit up. Literally everything I own is from his imagination and mine.” Frank D. Gilroy might offer a different summation, maybe the Worker’s Prayer on the wall of his office: Lord grant me labor until my life is ended and life until my labor is done. Snowy-bearded and dapper at 83, he shows no sign of slowing his pace. Tomorrow he’s off to Manhattan to audition actors for an upcoming one-act at Ensemble Studio Theatre. The thought makes him smile. “Every once in a while, you get to do it for love and money.” 6/08 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 63


SHORT TAKES Summer pleasures of every sort: hiking, gardens, poetry, love, sex, and baseball. CAT CATSKILL PEAK EXPERIENCES: MOUNTAINEERING TALES OF ENDURANCE, SURVIVAL, EXPLORATION & TAL ADVENTURE FROM THE CATSKILL 3500 CLUB AD EDITED BY CAROL STONE WHITE EDI BLACK DOME PRESS, 2008, $19.95 BLA

Th are 35 Catskill peaks over 3,500 feet, and these There rugged authors have climbed them all—sometimes ru in winter—to join the elite 3500 Club. Editor White gathers 100 great backcountry anecdotes, the kind ga hikers tell one another in bars, plus a poem by Will h Nixon. Reading at the Catskill Mountain Foundation N in Hunter on June 7 at 2pm.

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BEAR BEA POEMS BY KAREN CHASE POE CAVANKERRY PRESS, 2008, $16 CAV

No Notable Voices winner Chase writes vivid, plainspoken poems, including a series that takes the advice of a po (possibly mythical) Bear Safety Pamphlet, enjoining the (p reader, “Do not run. / Let the bear know you are not re prey. / Act human, wave your arms. / Speak to the bear.” p Reading at The Bookstore, Lenox, Massachusetts, on R JJune 20 at 7pm.

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A New York Times columnist and “devoted Phoenicia w weekender” details the hilarious, exasperating, and so sometimes profound adventures of a middle-aged, si single gay man searching for love at the same time as h his widowed, still randy octogenarian father. Reading at C Cucina in Woodstock on June 20 at 7pm.

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Washington: The Making of the American Capital Fergus M. Bordewich Amistad, May , .

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eeply in debt from the Revolutionary War and surviving on foreign aid as the final decade of the 18th century dawned, the barely minted government of the United States “teetered on the edge of financial default.” Its cities were plagued by high unemployment and its farmlands by crushing taxation. Likewise threatening the new nation’s still tenuous formation were partisan politics that pitted Federalists against Republicans, South against North, and slaveholders against abolitionists. Divisions along similar lines split the country’s leaders as they disputed the establishment of a permanent capital and where to place this proposed symbol of national unity and strength. Fergus M. Bordewich’s rigorously researched Washington: The Making of the American Capital tells the seldom-told tale of the city’s ultimate birth on the banks of the Potomac. Drawing from scholarly studies, newspapers and archival documents, the acclaimed author of Bound for Canaan forcefully illustrates how “slavery infused the capital from its inception,” shaping its daily life well into the next century. Approved by Congress in 1790, the “stunningly ambitious project” of bringing the new capital to completion within 10 years fell personally to President George Washington. Despite dramatic odds he managed to succeed, displaying “sometimes superhuman persistence.” Bordewich’s recounting of the decade-long affair exposes the founding fathers’ backroom dealings and shifting alliances. It also reveals the vicissitudes of an emerging nation vying for position on an international stage. Bordewich re-creates time and place in fleeting, painterly moments, as in depicting the Upper Potomac of the 1790s, when Scottish merchants on flatboats traded corn, pork, and iron for molasses from the West Indies. He also offers a gripping account of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 that claimed more than 5,000 lives. Rich character portraits illuminate the chronicle. Most vividly, George Washington recurs as a paradoxical figure, one who achieved secular sainthood during his lifetime despite dying a slaveholder. Other key players include Thomas Jefferson (morally in favor of manumission but opposed to freeing his own human property), James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Lesser-known people are also revived, such as ill-fated city planner Peter Charles L’Enfant and physician/inventor William Thornton, designer of the Capitol. Equally important, Bordewich recovers the identities of men and women of African descent, among them, amateur astronomer Benjamin Banneker, a freedman from Maryland who assisted in surveying the capital; and the enslaved Oliver and Moses, master carpenters whose talents were applied to building the original home of Congress and the Presidential residence. Details of principal construction in the Federal District mount slowly, indicative of the project’s real-life pace. Money was constantly in short supply, superintendents and commissioners mired in financial schemes then periodically dismissed, and building designs and city grids subject to endless revision. By 1797, the aging Washington had left public office and the government’s temporary location in Philadelphia, retiring to his Mount Vernon estate. Still a “hale” and “majestic figure” at 66, he regularly returned to the District to monitor its progress. Washington: The Making of the American Capital duly marches to its namesake’s passing, two weeks shy of the deadline to deliver the American “metropolis.” By then, the city’s groundwork had been firmly laid. Bordewich rounds out his worthy, intriguing tale with an epilogue, briefly visiting the burning of the capital by British troops during the War of 1812 and President Ulysses S. Grant’s vow to restore its infrastructure and architecture. The narrative ends with a glimpse of the grandeur that visitors to Washington, DC, recognize today. —Pauline Uchmanowicz


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The Good Terroirist Neal Rosenthal By Brian K. Mahoney Photos by Jennifer May

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n the opening montage of Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter’s 2004 documentary chronicling the impact of globalization on the wine trade, Neal Rosenthal and two of his employees attempt to explain the concept of terroir. Framed by cases of wine stacked 20-feet high inside the sprawling Rosenthal Wine Merchant warehouse, one of the employees, J. P. JeanJacques, uses the example of fruit grown in his native Haiti. “In my country, you may have two different tastes from [the same] mango tree,” he says. “The side where the sun comes up in the morning tastes different from the side where the sun goes down.” For most of us, even those of us who shop at health food stores, eat organic, buy local, and generally try to do the right thing when it comes to our taste buds, our health, and our stewardship of the planet, a mango is a mango is a mango. (It doesn’t help that mangoes are picked unripe and shipped in refrigerated trucks from Florida, Mexico, or beyond to markets across the US. The fact that mangoes from India might have a different flavor from those grown in the Philippines probably never occurs to us.) According to wine importer Neal Rosenthal, in his recently published Reflections of a Wine Merchant (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux), this simplified philosophy of equivalence is also guiding the global market for wine—an Australian Chardonnay is comparable to a Burgundian Chardonnay which is comparable to a Napa Valley Chardonnay—and destroying the natural expression of terroir in wine. “This is more than unfortunate; it is blasphemy,” Rosenthal writes. “Learning of chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah…is an exercise in botany.” Rosenthal goes on to explain terroir as “the concept that the particulars of a zone—the combination of soil, climate, grape type, and perhaps, human history—are responsible for producing very special characteristics that are unique to a quite specific spot.” His zeal for wines that express their terroir led him to start his own importing business shortly after hanging out his shingle as a wine merchant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1978. (In Reflections, Rosenthal describes his reason for opening a wine shop in unglamorous terms: “stagnating career as a lawyer… desperate attempt to maintain some semblance of financial stability.”) Not content with the wines being offered by the handful of importing companies then 70 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 6/08

(as now) dominating the wine trade, Rosenthal set off to France in 1980 on his first buying trip, blindly knocking on doors and introducing himself to a number of skeptical Burgundian producers in the hopes of finding limited-production wines he could bring back to the US under his own imprint. During a conversation at his 57-acre farmstead outside of Pine Plains in late May with myself and Ken McGuire, wine buyer for In Good Taste in New Paltz, Rosenthal explained that he suspected all along that wines superior to the standard-issue French imports existed. He had read Frank Schoonmaker’s classic Encyclopedia of Wine. “Nobody could write this beautifully about this stuff and have the wine be so average. I knew there had to be better stuff out there, and I was going to go and find it.” Rosenthal’s first trip to Europe is played mostly for farce in Reflections—a scheming Italian wine merchant, his libidinous 20-year-old son, and an Alfa Romeo figure prominently. He did find some “better stuff,” however, in the wines of Gaston Barthod. A taciturn Burgundian, Barthod invited Rosenthal into his cellar and then tested the fledgling importer’s palate. The quiz, which Rosenthal passed, concluded with a Chambolles-Charmes ’59, leading to a lyrical passage that underscores Rosenthal’s argument that point scoring—the system widely used in the wine media that simply assigns a numerical value to a wine—is descriptively and morally bankrupt. Rosenthal: “What could you possibly understand about a wine by reading a point score?” Point scoring, according to Rosenthal, feeds a tendency among vintners to create wines that please a very particular critical palate—thus ensuring a good point score and inflating the price, but eliminating the true expression of terroir; the very antithesis of Barthod’s Chambolles-Charmes ’59. “As soon as the wine was poured, the royal stink of red Burgundy exhaled from the glass,” writes Rosenthal. “This is a multilayered aroma that can come from nowhere else on the planet....This smell, this physical presence that brings the neartactile sense of the sun, the sweet pollen of pinot noir, the sap of the vine, the damp, leafy forest floor of the autumn season—it was all in the room that night.” (Rosenthal has an uncanny ability to remember the name and taste profile of almost every wine he’s ever tasted, made clear to me in our conversation by


OPPOSITE: UNDERNEATH HIS PINE PLAINS HOME, NEAL ROSENTHAL’S WINE CELLAR CONTAINS NEARLY 20,000 BOTTLES OF WINE. ABOVE: KEN MCGUIRE, BUYER FOR THE NEW PALTZ WINE SHOP IN GOOD TASTE, CHATTING WITH ROSENTHAL OVER A BOTTLE OF 1992 FERRET POUILLY FUISSÉ “LES MÉNÉTIÈRES.”

his detailed recall of the more than dozen bottles of Opus One—a California Cabernet Sauvignon blend that sells for upwards of $150 a bottle—that he’s tried and intensely disliked, describing it as possessing “the odd quality of being under ripe and overripe at the same time.”) Barthod became one of Rosenthal’s first suppliers—and mentors—until Barthod passed away a few years ago. Now Barthod’s daughter Ghislaine runs the business. Such is the nature of the age-old connection between family, land, and history in the greatest wine-producing regions like Burgundy. The Barthod family’s wines continue to be included in the portfolio of Rosenthal Wine Merchants, along with 90 other small producers in France and Italy who estate bottle their wines. Only one New World producer is counted among the suppliers Rosenthal represents, Tulocay Winery in the Napa Valley, another early addition to his portfolio. When asked why he doesn’t carry more New World wines, Rosenthal explained that in his opinion, most of the wines produced in the US didn’t express their terroir correctly. He curtly dismissed the aspirations of the up-andcoming winemaking region of Washington State as an example: “They should be growing interesting apples in Washington State,” Rosenthal said, adding a less charitable comment about the wines of the Hudson Valley. “I don’t think this is a good area for making wine,” he said. “That may offend some people. It’s great apple country, but I don’t think you can make great wine here. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” The wine cellar underneath Rosenthal’s house is 30 feet long, 15 feet wide, and almost 10 feet high. Loose gravel covers a dirt floor. The barrel ceiling is made of wood, as are the thick, rough-cut shelves housing his personal stash of 20,000 bottles. The collection is drawn mostly from producers within the Rosenthal Wine Merchant portfolio, but there are other treasures here as well, including one small section devoted to the great Californian reds of the 1970s—I spotted a ’74 Mayacamas and a number of bottles of the legendary Heitz “Martha’s Vineyard”—an era Rosenthal considers the pinnacle of Napa and Sonoma’s greatness. The chill in the room is naturally constant year-round, a crisp temperature in the mid-‘50s. Also stored here are scores of jars of homemade tomato sauce,

made from heirloom tomatoes that Rosenthal and his wife and business partner Kerry Madigan grow on their property. They jar 100 liters of tomato sauce at the end of each summer, enough Rosenthal says, “to guarantee we can eat our own tomato sauce twice a week all year.” In addition to tomatoes, Rosenthal and Madigan raise chickens and grow garlic, asparagus, melons, potatoes, and a dozen other vegetables. Rosenthal has been raising bees for the past few years as well, packaging the honey under the Mad Rose label and selling it through his website. Madigan refers to their efforts in the soil as “extreme gardening.” Our visit with Neal Rosenthal concluded with a sit-down in his newly remodeled dining room, one wall thrown open to the rolling hills of the Shekomeko Valley by floor-to-ceiling windows. He served us a selection of cheeses from Rubiner’s in Great Barrington—the standout being a five-year-old ParmigianoReggiano studded with salty granules testifying to its age—and a bottle of the 1992 Pouilly Fuissé from the “Les Ménétières” vineyard of the Ferret family. The Ferrets have cultivated the same land in Burgundy since 1760. Madame Ferret, the family’s matriarch, who died shortly after the harvest of the ’92 grapes, has a chapter of Reflections devoted to her. To Rosenthal, Madame Ferret was the physical embodiment of terroir, and her ’92 Pouilly Fuissé is evidence of the fact. I tasted notes of honey, a crunchy nuttiness, and clean mineral tones. A heady aroma of mountain herbs swirled in the glass long after the wine was gone. This wine, more than 15 years old, possessed untold subtlety compared to the young, less expensive stuff I quaff on a regular basis. After we all expressed our admiration for Madame Ferret’s alchemical skill in turning fruit into liquid gold, Rosenthal said, “I don’t serve this wine because I’m an elitist. This is about understanding that if you’re not exposed to what this can be, then you’ll never be able to hope to bring it into your life. It’s not a matter of spending a lot of money. It’s a matter of appreciating that maybe it is worth it to spend $50 on a bottle of wine, because this is what happens to it.” Neal Rosenthal will be reading and signing copies of Reflections of a Wine Merchant at Hudson Wine Merchants on June 21, at 6pm; Oblong Books in Millerton on June 27, at 7:30pm; and at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on June 28, at 7:30pm. For more information about Rosenthal Wine Merchant, visit www.madrose.com. 6/08 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 71


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tally sustainable business practices—that tastes just as good as that served at the finest restaurants. Let us end weeknight meal boredom forever.

PASTA La Bella Pasta (845) 331-9130 www.labellapasta.com Fresh pasta made locally. Large variety of ravioli, tortellini, pastas, and sauces at the factory outlet. We manufacture and deliver our excellent selection of pastas to fine restaurants, gourmet shops, and caterers throughout the Hudson Valley. Call for our full product list and samples. Located on Route 28W between Kingston and Woodstock.

RESTAURANTS Aroi Thai 55 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1114 www.aroirestaurant.com Aroi means ‘delicious’ in Thai; and delicious it is. David Thompson writes in ‘Thai Food,’ “Thai food creates a locus of flavor within each dish through its components, producing a complexity that can be dazzling.” And Aroi illustrates his description faithfully.The wine list is spare and perfectly paired to the flavors of Thai cuisine. Some selections are familiar and some are off the beaten track; all compliment the food. Enter a little clapboard house with a treed, outdoor patio, and be in an oasis of muted green walls, fabric lamps, birch chairs and coral table runners; a perfect backdrop to the colors of the food. Thai artifacts and fabrics hang as the works of art they are. Each room is flooded with light and, for chilly evenings, has a working fireplace. Aroi is open seven days a week for dinner from 5 - 9; and Thursday through Monday for lunch from 11:30 - 3.

Barnaby’s Rt. 32 N. Chestnut & Academy St. (845) 255-2433

Bear Creek Restaurant and Recreational Park Corner of Rt 23 A and Rt 214, Hunter, NY (518) 263-3839 www.bearcreekrestaurant.com Bear Creek’s menu ranges from various smoked BBQ delights to entrees like Pan Seared Ahi Tuna and Cedar Planked Salmon. Whether it’s a great burger, steak or maybe a novel goat cheese, pear and apple salad, Bear Creek offers an action filled venue along with fine cuisine at family prices.

décor, unusual menu and friendly, casual atmosphere. The Egg’s Nest offers creative cuisine with a southwestern flair, unique overstuffed sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, burgers, homemade desserts and “Nest” Breads. Dinner specials start every night at 5:00pm and a cocktail lounge is also offered. The Egg’s Nest is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, 11:30am11:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 11:30am to midnight on Friday and Saturday. We accept cash and personal checks, with an ATM on premises.

Emerson Organic Spa Café (845) 688-2828

daily. Eat in or take out. We offer many selections of Sushi & Sashimi, an extensive variety of special rolls, and kitchen dishes. Live Lobster prepared daily. Parking in rear available. Major credit cards accepted.

Soul Dog 107 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-3254 Featuring a variety of hot dogs, including preservative-free and vegetarian hot dogs, chili, soup, sides, desserts, and many gluten-free items prepared in-house. Redefining the hot dog experience!

Sukhothai

Refreshing, organic veggie and fruit drinks. Made-to-order salads and wraps. Daily soup specials. Everything available to-go or for enjoying in the Asian-inspired design of the Café. Servers will bring your selections to you on the wrap-around sundeck with views of Mt. Tremper and the Esopus Creek. Open for lunch every day, 11am to 4pm. Located at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, just 10 minutes from Woodstock.

516-518 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 790-5375

Gilded Otter

6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3330 www.terrapinrestaurant.com

3 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-1700 A warm and inviting dining room and pub overlooking beautiful sunsets over the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Cliffs. Mouthwatering dinners prepared by Executive Chef Larry Chu, and handcrafted beers brewed by GABF Gold Medal Winning Brewmaster Darren Currier. Chef driven & brewed locally!

Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub 334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY (518) 678-3101 www.caskillmtlodge.com Offering fine food and drink at reasonable prices. Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch and on weekends for dinner. The fireplace pub boast 13 taps and a great wine list. Visit our website to see our menus and call us for reservations.

Main Course 232 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2600 www.maincourserestaurant.com Four-star, award-winning, contemporary American cuisine serving organic, natural, and free-range Hudson Valley products. Wednesday and Thursday nights, food and wine pairing menu available. Voted Best Caterer in the Hudson Valley.

Bell’s Cafe-Bistro

Mexican Radio

387 Main Street, Catskill, NY (518) 943-4070 www.Bellscafeny.net

9 Cleveland Place, NYC, (212) 343-0140 537 Warren Street, Hudson, NY, (518) 828-7770 www.mexrad.com, pmljs@ecoipm.com

In a warm and inviting Bistro located on Historic Main Street in the Village of Catskill Yael/Keith Chef/Owners are serving down to earth foods with flavors from around the Mediterranean. Wine and Beer Menu available. Wed-Sat Dinner. Sat-Sun Brunch.

Voted Best Mexican Restaurant in NYC and Best Margaritas in the Hudson Valley, Mexican Radio features fabulous, homemade dishes made fresh daily. Extensive vegetarian/vegan choices. A Great Place for Parties!

Egg’s Nest

Neko Sushi & Restaurant

(845) 687-7255 www.theeggsnest.com

49 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0162

Where Good Friends Meet. Located on Route 213 in the center of High Falls, NY, The Egg’s Nest is noted for its eclectic

Voted Best Sushi Restaurant by Chronogram readers and rated four stars by Poughkeepsie Journal. Serving lunch and dinner

Sukhothai Restaurant, located in Beacon, NY, offers a delicious menu full of authentic Thai cuisine. From traditional dishes, such as Pad Thai and Som Tam, to custom dishes created exclusively by our master chef, our menu is sure to please any palate. Takeout is also available.

Terrapin

Welcome to Terrapin - Restaurant/Bistro/ Bar/Catering - where eating is believing! We are passionately committed to providing our guests with a delightfully unique dining experience. As a Hudson Valley dining destination, we strive to consistently provide you with the freshest, highest quality food; celebrating the robust local bounty. Whether a quiet dinner for two or large family gathering, our staff is dedicated to creating a personalized experience served in a warm, yet elegant environment. From kitchen to table, our holistic approach to the dining experience compels us to be uncompromising in the quality of our product. Join us in celebration of food, family, and friends. We look forward to serving you soon.

Osaka Restaurant 74 Broadway, Tivoli, NY, (845) 757-5055 18 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278 Want to taste the best Sushi in the Hudson Valley? Osaka Restaurant is the place. Vegetarian dishes available. Given four stars by the Daily Freeman. Visit our second location in Tivoli.

Serevan 6 Autumn Lane, Amenia, NY 12501 (845) 373-9800

Starr Place 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2924 www.starrplace.com Delightful American Bistro featuring Chef Roberto Mosconi, star of the Hudson Valley culinary scene. We strive to assure our guests fresh seasonal ingredients expertly prepared and graciously served. We offer a large one-price wine by the glass selection in addition to a well-chosen reserve list. On weekends our STARR LOUNGE offers the same menu but with live music. In season we have our STARR ALLEY for that alfresco experience.

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EDITORIAL ROUND-UP FOR JULY THINK GLOBAL, EAT LOCAL Chronogram explores the vast treasures of the Hudson Valley’s variety of ethnic eateries, from Asia to South America and all the continents in-between. A selective guide to the area’s lesser-known cuisines. Plus, a comprehensive listing of Hudson Valley Farmers Markets.

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Kitchens 2 Baths, Inc.

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Crystal’s Green-Core products are made with materials that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment and are a perfect option for the environmentally- and health-conscious consumer. When you choose Green-Core by Crystal, you are assured the added benefits and the finest custom cabinetry with a tradition of handcrafted quality for 60 years.

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Kitchens 2 Baths is a kitchen and bath showroom, displaying cabinets for all rooms of your home, counter surfaces, hardware, plumbing fixtures, tile, marble and granite. Design service, on-site consultation and installation is available. 964 Main St. Great Barrington MA (413) 528-3801 k2binc@verizon.net

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TIPS ON SUSTAINABLE LIVING BY TEAL HUTTON

or decades, living a “green” lifestyle was shrugged off as something solely for eccentric hippie types and social separatists, too far removed from consumerist reality to be appealing to most of us. But somewhere along the line, it became increasingly clear that socially and environmentally, we’ve been moving in a dangerous direction; eccentricity gave way to common sense, and green living went mainstream. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” became a nationwide mantra, millions joined the organic panic, and Earth Day was named a national holiday. It was just a matter of time before environmentalism was given a marketing makeover, assigned a catchy acronym, and presented to us as something we all had to have. And so the myth about green living is that it is unattainable except to those with the other kind of green, and lots of it. Fortunately, that just isn’t the truth, says Melissa Everett, executive director of Sustainable Hudson Valley. Real sustainable living, says Everett, is not just about the products we buy, but “the ways we find to deepen our connec-

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tion with people and place so that we naturally take care of what’s around us and find ways to live creatively yet frugally.” Indeed, a green lifestyle is accessible to anyone eager to refine their habits and willing to examine their consumer choices, their investment in their communities, and the impact that they can have, both on small and large scales. “We tend to think about sustainable living with the same American individualism and can-do attitude that we bring to other challenges,” says Everett, “but some of the necessary response is social. It’s one thing to cut your meat consumption down when you live alone, and another thing when your family’s choices are interdependent with yours. Living sustainably is not just about making initial choices, but having them survive” in our families and our communities. And despite the misconception that living sustainably requires independent wealth, there are plenty of things anyone can do to make a real difference that will cost next to nothing. Here are ten ideas to navigate the sea of green.

SEAL YOUR ENVELOPE Though SUVs are every environmentalist’s favorite CO2 villain, the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions are our homes. You can reduce your carbon footprint—and your utility bills—by making sure your home’s attic and basement are properly insulated. “Go around with some cans of foam insulation,” advises John Wright, vice president of Hudson Valley Clean Energy. “Spray around doors and windows, any areas that penetrate the house, to seal the envelope. By tightening up the envelope of your house, you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 30 percent.” While you’re at it, install a programmable thermostat. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it can reduce your home’s CO2 emissions by about 1,500 pounds per year, not to mention it’ll save you about $150 annually on heating and cooling costs.

TURN DOWN THE WATERWORKS Water conservation is an effective step toward your greener life, and it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your greenery. When you water your lawn, do it in the cooler hours of the morning or the evening. Make sure you set that sprinkler up so that it’s watering your grass—not the sidewalk or the street. Collect rainwater in buckets and barrels and use that to water your garden and shrubbery. Better yet, put some creativity and muscle into xeriscaping your yard—landscaping with plants that don’t require a whole lot of supplemental irrigation. Inside the house, water-conserving shower heads, aerators, and flow restrictors can save up to 800 gallons of water per month.Take shorter showers. And only wash your clothes or your dishes when you’ve got a full load. It takes just as much energy to wash a few shirts as it does a week’s worth.

MANAGE YOUR LOAD After you’ve sealed the envelope, says Wright, simple conservation steps in the house can reduce your electric load by up to 20 percent. “Turn lights off when you leave a room,” he says. “Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs,” which use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescents. Plug your computers and electronics into power strips and turn them off at the end of the day. “Home electronics, TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, faxes, all take a phantom load of electricity even when they’re turned off,” explains Wright. “That can add up to 10 percent of the total electrical load in the house.”

MINIMIZE YOUR GAS GUZZLING Unfortunately, in some cases the more environmentally friendly choice is financially out of reach for many of us. Not everyone can afford a brandnew, fuel-efficient hybrid car, even with the tax incentives and the promise of a long-term return that come with it. But there are plenty of other ways to reduce the amount of gasoline we consume, and it’s more critical than ever that we do. Most obviously, lessen the number of cars on the road burning gas; find another way to get where you’re going. Ride to work with a friend. Recruit neighbors to organize a carpool. Take the bus. The higher gas prices go, the more economically advantageous these options are, too. If you can’t eliminate the use of your car, drive more efficiently. Plan your day to maximize your travel: Combine errands and make sure you know the shortest routes to get where you’re going. 6/08 CHRONOGRAM GREEN LIVING 79


C A T S K I L L N A T I V E N U R S E R Y

CATSKILL NATIVE

Largest selection of nursery-propagated No. American perennials, shrubs, trees, fruits & water plants in N.Y. Garden Design & Site Consultations

Spring Opening - Friday April 18th

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ECO ARCH FROG HOLLOW FARM

COME TO SPROUT CREEK FARM MARKET! Cheese from our own grass-fed Guernsey and Jersey cows... free from artificial antibiotics and hormones.

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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 www.sproutcreekfarm.org.

34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie NY ~ 845-485-9885 www.sproutcreekfarm.org ~ cheese@sproutcreekfarm.org Wednesday–Saturday 10–6 ~ Open Sunday 10–4

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FROG HOLLOW

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YOU HAVE THE POWER One of the most commonly overlooked sources of power is you and me.Tap into your body’s power, and see how great it makes you feel to not only be making a difference in the world but to make a tremendous impact on your physical and mental well being. Walk where you need to go; ride your bicycle if you’ve got to get there quicker. If your lawn is a modest size, use a reel mower instead of a gas-powered one. While you’re at it, manual edgers, trimmers, rakes, and garden hoes— coupled with the sustainable, clean-burning, renewable energy that is you— are just as effective as their electrical and fuel-burning counterparts. SEEK ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES Consider, too, energy sources alternative to the greenhouse gas-emitting fossil and nonrenewable fuels we have come to depend too much on. Getting a diesel-engine car to run on refined biodiesel is as simple as filling the tank. And for the industrious, making your own refining kit and cleaning oil to fuel your car is within the realm of possibility. On the other hand, converting a diesel engine to run on “dirty” cooking oil requires a few parts (and a tolerance for the faint aroma of French fries), a little elbow grease, and a source—and most restaurants are happy to part with the stuff. In both cases, the real investment is one of your own sweat, time, and dedication. While it may seem a daunting financial investment, turning to the use of clean energies like solar, wind, and geothermal power is perhaps where we can make the greatest difference in our lives. “With solar power,” says Wright, “as long as you have a south-facing roof or area on the ground, it’s a reasonable option. We design systems that are right for our individual clients, and they’re modular, so we can start small and end big. And energy prices play a key factor in your seeing a return on your initial investment. The higher and faster energy prices go up, the faster you’ll see a return. An average solar system will displace about 5,000 pounds of CO2 emissions on an annual basis. That’s the equivalent of planting an acre of trees.” BUY LOCAL Sugar, coffee, chocolate, tea, and bananas aren’t the only goods that are shipped long distances to come to our tables. Fruits and vegetables that once commonly grew in backyard gardens and on local farms travel greater distances than ever to get to our plates. It’s estimated that the average American meal travels about 1,500 miles to get from its source to its destination. Imagine the impact this has not only on our environment but also on the nutritional value of the foods we eat. In 2007, Hilary Hillman, Hudson Development Corporation’s Main Street Manager, set out to prove that although supermarkets are convenient, there is a better way to be a green shopper. For the entire year she limited herself to shopping within her zip code, seeking out locally produced goods, foods and services, and avoiding major chain stores. “I buy all of my food from local vendors,” says Hillman. “The highest priority is locally grown food, which I get at our farmers’ market or farm stands. When shopping at my local food market, I continue to make my selections of the closest to local or regional products. I never buy processed foods as the process aspect reduces both the nutrition value and the economic value.” Buying your fruits and veggies from local food growers affords you the opportunity to shake hands with the person whose energy and dedication imbibed the foods your taking home, and particularly in our lush valley, it doesn’t mean limiting your options. During the growing season, there is a weekly farmers’ market in every corner of the region.

Another increasingly popular way to support local food production is to buy a share in one of the dozens of CSA (community supported agriculture) farms in the Hudson Valley. Buying your portion of the crop’s yield before the growing season ensures the financial stability of the farms—many of them organic—that deliver your fruits and veggies at weekly pick-ups. But buying locally doesn’t stop with what’s for dinner, reminds Hillman. “For all of my other goods,” she continues, “I try to purchase from locally owned, sole-proprietor businesses. Trying to finance large purchases like a mortgage from a locally owned bank that reinvests in one’s own community is another great way to buy local.” BUY SMART It takes a real shift in our collective cultural attitudes about consumption to make a difference. Start by continuing to ask yourself a few simple questions: Do I really need this? Will it last? How has its production impacted the environment? Am I spending my money wisely and responsibly? For every bit of throwaway product we’ve grown so accustomed to using in our daily lives, there is sure to be a preferred nondisposable, reusable equivalent, so stop buying paper napkins and towels and opt for cloth linens instead. Cloth diapering a baby from birth to potty training will prevent an average of 5,000 disposable diapers from languishing in our landfills for centuries. Even better, it’ll save you thousands of dollars. Pass on furniture, clothing, and household goods that still have life in them, and find what you need in consignment shops and garage sales before you head to the mall. Beyond what we buy, businesses pay attention to how we buy, and in giving our financial support to environmentally responsible companies, we move closer to a truly green economy. MAKEAND BRINGYOUR OWN It is nothing short of amazing how many expensive, toxic household chemicals can be replaced with a few less expensive ingredients. Baking soda, vinegar, plant-based dish soap, and your favorite essential oil, in various combinations, virtually eliminate the need for soft scrub, floor and surface cleaner, window spray, even drain opener. The benefits to making this change—to the environment in and out of our homes, not to mention to our health—are unquestionable. Americans use more than 100 billion plastic shopping bags a year, consuming an estimated 12 million barrels of oil and clogging our landfills. On the other hand, processing paper bags burns nonrenewable energy and generates more pollution than plastic. In the grocery store, the real sustainable answer is neither paper nor plastic. Get into the habit of bringing your own bag. RECYCLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN Recycling isn’t just the smart thing to do. In most parts of the Hudson Valley, it’s mandated. Ulster County’s Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Law has been in effect for over 16 years, and it applies to every household, business, institution, school and government agency. As well, if you’re only recycling your soda cans and milk cartons, you could be keeping so much more out of the landfill. Visit Ulster County’s Resource Recovery Agency online at www.ucrra.org to learn how, where, and when to recycle your appliances, plastic grocery bags, electronics, tires, packing peanuts, and more. Keep everything you can out of the landfill. 6/08 CHRONOGRAM GREEN LIVING 81


business directory ART CLASSES

Catskill Mountain Lodge

Mill St. Loft

334 Route 32A, Palenville, NY (518) 678-3101 www.caskillmtlodge.com

(845) 471-7477 millstreetloft.org

The Catskill Mountain Lodge, celebrating forty years of hospitality, is set on the banks of the historic Kaaterskill Creek in Palenville, America’s first art colony. Accommodations include fireplace rooms, cabins, cottages and a three bedroom house.

ART GALLERIES & CENTERS

R & F Handmade Paints

Center for Photography at Woodstock

84 Ten Broeck Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-3112 www.rfpaints.com

59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-9957 Info@cpw.org

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Garrison Art Center Altren Geothermal & Solar Systems (854) 658-7116 www.altren.net

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845-679-5955 www.WoodstockSanctuary.org A magical place where you can frolic with goats, cuddle with chickens & give belly rubs to pigs! Visit with over 100 farm animals -- all rescued from terrible situations. Open weekends from 11-4 (other times by appointment). Tours on the hour from 11-3. Van Wagner Rd in Willow, take 212 8 miles west of downtown Woodstock.

ARCHITECTURE EcoArch DesignWorks 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.

d-v design (518) 986-0876 or (518) 280-8992 www.d-vdesign.com info@d-vdesign.com Focused on green design, our firm provides a full range of services for residential projects. With extensive experience in design and construction management, we are dedicated to providing solutions that lead to significant cost savings and dramatic aesthetic results. Located in New York State, our firm serves clients nationwide.

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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.

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23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3960 www.garrisonartcenter.org

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.

Hudson Valley Gallery 246 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

DNL Automotive, Inc.

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.

Van Brunt Gallery 460 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-2995 www.vanbruntgallery.com 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.

(845) 236-2552 dnlautomotiveny@aol.com A family owned and operated dealership that specializes in finding rare and exciting pre-owned vehicles of outstanding quality and value.

Ruge’s Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1057

155 Main St. Beacon (845) 765 - 02141

www.mountbeaconfineart.com

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

“Take Some Time Off” at Essence MediSpa with Skin Rejuvenation and Anti-Aging treatments. Non-Surgical treatments for age spots and skin lesions, teeth whitening, Botox Cosmetic, Laser Hair Removal, Non-Surgical Skin Tightening using the Titan System, Varicose and Spider Vein treatments, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Acne Treatments, Facials and Massage Services.

23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100 www.mirabai.com The Hudson Valley’s oldest spiritual/holistic 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.

BUILDERS BEAUTY Androgyny 5 Mulberry St. in the Historic Huguenot St. of New Paltz (845) 256-0620

Atlantic Custom Homes 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY 10516 1 (888) 558-2636 www.lindalny.com

BUILDING SUPPLIES BEVERAGE SERVICES Coffee System of the Hudson Valley 1-800-660-3175 www.homecoffeesystem.com

Esotec Mount Beacon Fine Art

222 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-3773 www.EssenceMediSpa.com

Mirabai of Woodstock

Mark Gruber Gallery New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241 www.markgrubergallery.com

Essence MediSpa, LLC—Stephen Weinman, M.D.

BOOKSTORES AUTO SALES

(845) 534-5ART www.hudsonvalleygallery.com

BODY & SKIN CARE

(845) 246-2411 www.esotecltd.com 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, iced teas, and iced coffees. If you are a store owner, call for details or a catalog of our full line. We’re back in Saugerties now!

BIKES Overlook Mountain Bikes 93 Tinker St. Woodstock (845) 679-2122 www.overlookmountainbikes.com From professional repairs, to integral sales, bicycle rentals,or just talking about your concerns & questions, we are here & ready to assist you with all your cycling needs.

Northern Dutchess Hardwoods and Floor Coverings 19 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2005 www.northerndutchesshardwood.com sales@ndhardwoods.com 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! 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 www.williamslumber.com The name you know and the name you trust. Our Design Centers are located at our Rhinebeck & Millbrook locations. Come meet with our outstanding design team & start creating your perfect kitchen or bath today!


CARPETS & RUGS

COLLEGE ADVISING

Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings

College Pathways—Kris Fox

54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5311

Latham, NY (518) 782-1270 or (800) 391-5272

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.

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!

CHI GUNG - TAI CHI CHUAN Red Land Internal Arts (845) 750-6488

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.

CLOTHING Pegasus Comfort Footwear 10 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock and New Paltz, NY (845) 679-2373 www.PegasusShoes.com 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 PegasusShoes.com.

The Present Perfect 23G Village Plaza, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2939 Designer consignments of the utmost quality for men, women, and children. Current styles, jewelry, accessories, and knicknacks. Featuring beautiful furs and leathers.

Past ‘n’ Perfect 1629 Main Street (Route 44), Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-3115 www.pastnperfect.com 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.

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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 is a meditative practice that 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.

CONSIGNMENT SHOPS

CRAFTS Crafts People 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY (845) 331-3859 www.craftspeople.us 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.

Gifts with a Twist 299 WALL STREET • KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401 • 845-338-8100

CUSTOM PORTRAITS Pet Painting (845) 679-7327 www.petpaintingusa.com

In The Heart of Uptown Kingston LIGHTING • JEWELRY • ART • GIFTS • SWELL STUFF

DANCEWEAR First Street Dancewear Saugerties, NY (845) 247-4517 www.firststreetdancewear.com 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 & Pilates.

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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.

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DOG BOARDING

FUTONS

Dog Love, LLC

The Futon Store

240 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8254 www.dogloveplaygroups.com

RT 9 Poughkeepsie, (next to Route 9 Lamp & Light) (845) 297-1933 www.thefutonstore.com

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.

HAIR SALONS Casa Urbana Boutique and Salon 11 South Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-2690

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Historic Wall Street, Uptown Kingston, www.kingstonnyfarmersmarket.com Creating a Harmony of History, Community and Farmland with the BEST of the Hudson Valley. Over thirty vendors bring certified organic, and traditionally grown farm fresh fruits, vegetables, field-cut fresh flowers and plants, handmade mozzarella and assorted cheeses, meats, poultry, eggs, fresh and dried herbs, artisan breads and sweet baked goods, herbal remedies, prepared foods, honey, jams, condiments, olive oil and more. Weekly special events bring a festive and educational air to the rain or shine venue. Crafts on John join the Market on 1st Saturdays, June - September. Free parking and proximity to NYS Thruway (Exit 19) Saturdays May 24 until Nov 22.

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Casa Urbana was originally our “Townhouse” home in Hudson. Now, as our Boutique and Salon, we can enjoy sharing this space with you. Casa Urbana in Italian means “Townhouse”. We chose to use the Italian translation to remind us that our goal is to offer our customers and friends a touch of the old world charm and opulence Hudson has become known for. Through our selection of luxurious bath and body product, candles, teas and salon services, we accomplish our goal. Our collections include such world-class lines as Thymes; Caswell Massey; Claus Porto; Jack Black; Lafco House and Home; Tea Forte; and Skin by Monica Olsen. Our Hair Studio provides the best in creative and corrective hair color, highlighting and styling for both men and women.

INTERIOR DESIGN AND HOME FURNISHINGS Hammertown

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 www.fengshuisolutions.info 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.

FINANCIAL ADVICE Merrill Lynch 151 Stockade Drive, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 334-3841 84

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Pine Plains (518) 398-7075 Rhinebeck (845) 876-1450 Great Barrington (413) 528-7766 hammertown.com

Marigold Home 747 Route 28, Kingston NY (located 3.5 miles west of the NYState Thruway Exit 19 in the Green Building next to The Hickory Smokehouse) (845) 338-0800 www.marigold-home.com

INTERNET SERVICES Webjogger (845) 757-4000 www.webjogger.net 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 ARTS & GIFTS Hummingbird Jewelers 20 West Market St. Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4585 hummingbirdjewelers.com

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 one-of-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.

Pearldaddy 183 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 765-0169 www.pearldaddy.net Pearldaddy’s newly relocated boutique and fine art gallery originally opened its doors in Manhattan in May, 2001. Now in Beacon, they still offer handmade and custom freshwater pearl jewelry as well as CDs, clothing, bags and accessories handcrafted by local and international artists with six fine art exhibits a year. Mon. & Thurs. 11am 5pm, Fri. 11am-6pm, Sat. 12pm - 6pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm.

Marigold Home offers professional interior design services and home furnishings for stylish living. Furnish your entire home with an elegant selection of upholstered furniture, wood and metal furnishings, interior and exterior lighting, wallcoverings, window shades and custom draperies, area rugs, outdoor furnishings, tabletop and accessories, decorative interior mouldings, and a variety of wonderful gift items. Marigold Home is the most remarkable home furnishings destination in The Hudson Valley!

Dreaming Goddess

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964 Main Street Gt. Barrington, MA 01230 (413) 528-3801 k2binc@verizon.net A kitchen and bath showroom, located south on Rt. 7, displaying cabinets for all rooms of your home, counter surfaces, hardware, plumbing fixtures, tile, marble and granite. Owners Stewart Sweet and Diana Jamieson, CKD. will bring your ideas into being. Design service, on-site consultation and installation is available.

9 Collegeview Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 473-2206 www.DreamingGoddess.com We carry handmade jewelry, gifts and clothing that will touch your heart, uplift your spirits and heal your soul. We offer various tools that will assist you on your quest for spiritual awareness and help you to deepen that connection. Essential Oils-HerbsCrystals-Incense-Candles-Divination Tools and so much more.

Warren Kitchen & Cutlery 6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6207 www.warrenkitchentools.com 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,

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.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS RESTAINO DESIGN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS PC 290 Main Street, PO Box 778 Grahamsville, NY 12740 (845)985-0202 www.restianodesign.com 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.

LODGING Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa 220 North Road, Milton, NY (877) 7-INN-SPA | (845) 795-1310 www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/7 info@buttermilkfallsinn.com

Garden of One 25 miles SW of Albany (518) 797-3373 www.gardenofone.com A Center for Spiritual Evolution. Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit in this sacred place.

Hampton Inn 1307 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 382-2600 http://www.hamptoninn.com

Holiday Inn Express 2750 South Rd. (Rte 9) Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 473-1151 www.poughkeepsiehi.com

Mohonk Moutnain House 1000 Mountain Rest Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561 General Info (845) 255-1000 Reservations 1-800-772-6646 www.mohonk.com

Inn at Stone Ridge 3805 Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-0736 Let us be your House in the Country! Available as a large private guest house or by the individual room on a bed and breakfast basis, daily, weekly, or monthly. The accommodations of our Inn take you back to an era of country comfort unparalleled in the Catskill Region. Set on 150 acres of lawns, manicured gardens, a working apple orchard, and untouched woods. Our rooms are furnished in a blend of period antiques and modern luxuries that provide a place of stress-free relaxation. Nestled in the peaceful village of Stone Ridge, with the Hudson River to the east, Woodstock to the north, and the Catskill Mountains and Shawangunk Ridge all around, we are only 95 miles from Manhattan.


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Frequented by leisure and business travelers, long-term or short stay guests since its opening as a Holiday Inn Express in 1990, the Poughkeepsie Holiday Inn Express continues its time-honored tradition for exceptional service and facilities. Our spacious, comfortable guestrooms feature your choice of 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed. All accommodations feature free high-speed wireless access, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and movies on-demand. Complimentary breakfast, 24-hour fitness room, and a business center with computers, printers and copier machine add convenience and value to your stay.

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Hampton Inn, Kingston 1307 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12407 Phone 845-382-2600 Fax 845-382-2700 www.kingston.hamptoninn.com | poukg.hampton@hilton.com

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Ulster County

A beautiful place to connect with what you loveâ&#x20AC;Ś

yoga has been known to cause health and happiness.

For over 30 years, Kripalu

Center for Yoga & Health has been changing lives by teaching people tools for optimal living. More than 30,000 people a year attend our workshops, retreats, professional trainings, and health immersion programs led by the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most sought-after teachers. The result? Happier, healthier people who draw on the skills and knowledge they learn at Kripalu to thrive in the world. We call it the yoga of life.

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Ulster County Tourism 10 Westbrook Ln. Kingston NY 12401 845-340-3566 | www.ulstertourism.info

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Reservoir Inn Redfield, NY (315) 599-7411

Music Immersion with Debbie Lan www.reservoirinn.com

YMCA 2000 Frost Valley Road Claryville, NY 12725 (845) 985-2291 http://www.frostvalley.org

MANAGEMENT SERVICES Judith Johnson Management Services 2 PO Box 624, Croton On Hudson, (914) 271-5018, (914) 271-9113 Judithjmanagement@gmail.com 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 www.PathwaysMediationCenter.com

MUSIC Burt’s Electronics 549 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-5011 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.

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

Colony Cafe 22 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5342 www.colonycafe.com

AMA DJ Productions (845) 489-5214 myspace.com/amadjproductions 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.

MUSIC LESSONS Center for Personal Development Through Music (845) 677-5871 www.cpdmusic.com

deblan@hvi.net

Innovative programs for all ages, levels and styles. Private Piano and Vocal sessions: tailor-made for the individual. Early Childhood Music Immersion: filled with a rich variety of musical activities. Birth – 5 years with caretakers. Adult and teenage Vocal Ensembles: vocal technique, partsinging, harmonizing, deep listening skills.

Perry Beekman (845) 679-2364 perrybeekman.com

Piano Lessons by David Arner (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.

NON TOXIC CLEANING SERVICES Green Janitor

TATTOOS

N & S Supply

Pats Tats

205 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY Showrooms Fishkill (845) 896-6291 Kingston (845) 331-6700 (518) 947-2010 info@nssupply.com

948 State Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 338-TAT2 www.patstats.com

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!

Ulster County Tourism

Kenco

(845) 687-4855 www.highmeadowschool.org

(845) 687-0330 www.pussyfootlodge.com 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.

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

WORKSHOPS Children’s Media Project

WRITING SERVICES

SNACKS

CenterToPage: Moving Writers From The Center To The Page

Mister Snacks, Inc.

Accord, NY (845) 679-9441 www.CenterToPage.com

(845) 206-7256 www.mistersnacks.com Call Vinny Sciullo for distribution of the finest snacks in the Hudson Valley. Visit our Gift Shop online.

SOCIAL INVESTMENTS 1(800) 530-5321

France Menk Photography

Four Seasons Sunrooms

(845) 750-5261 www.france-menk.com iam@france-menk.com

Beacon (845) 838-1235 Kingston (845) 339-1787 www.hvsk.fourseasonssunrooms.com

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.

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 www.adamspiano.com. A second showroom will be opening in New Paltz in November. Superb service, moving, storage, rentals; we buy pianos!

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www.childrensmediaproject.org

70 Rock City Rd. Woodstock (845) 679-5333 www.photosensualis.com

(518) 537-2326 or (845) 343-2326 www.adamspiano.com

ICU Publish

(845) 462-7600 www.poughkeepsieday.org

Domini Social Investments

Adam’s Piano

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.

Poughkeepsie Day School

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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.

High Meadow School

Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

Curious Minds Media Inc.

(845) 896-0894

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PET SERVICES & SUPPLIES

WEB DESIGN

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SCHOOLS

Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 340-0552 www.atkenco.com

10 Westbrook Ln. Kingston NY 12401 (845) 340-3566 www.ulstertourism.info

PRINTING SERVICES

(877) 248-6242 www.thegreenjanitor.com

TOURISM

www.domini.com

SUNROOMS

SUPER FARM MARKET Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie, Route 44, (845) 454-4330 Kingston, Route 9W, (845) 336-6300 Newburgh, Route 300 (845) 569-0303 www.adamsfarms.com

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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.

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Emerging Writer’s Studio (845) 688-7328 ww.emergingwriters.us/ 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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relaxing with the rays How to save your skin this summer and for years to come This summer is another chance to take wise steps toward protecting your skin while enjoying the outdoors.

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ummer has finally arrived! All those glorious outdoor activities we enjoy under the sweet summer sun are just waiting for us—kayaking along the Hudson, hiking the Catskills, tending to the tomatoes in the veggie garden. Yet, as we all know, long hours in the blazing sun can have long-term effects on our skin. The two main concerns are risk of skin cancer and premature aging, which increase as exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) does. In addition to using sunscreen, there are many ways to help prevent skin cancer and sun-enhanced skin damage. Some of our best defenses against the sun’s negative effects can be found all around us, including in the bedroom closet, the kitchen spice rack, the table’s fruit bowl, and the local natural food or herbalist store.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING The sun’s rays are at their most potent between the hours of 11am and 4pm. Stephen Weinman, MD, of Essence Medispa in Highland, reminds us that the sun of our childhood is much different than that of today, because ozone depletion allows more UV to get to us. To get the point across that radiation is real, he says, “I like to tell my patients to picture the sun as an enormous x-ray machine. When the sun is high in the sky during these peak hours, you are getting bombarded with rays.” For your skin’s sake, plan your outdoor activities to avoid the period of 11 to 4 whenever possible. If you do go out during these peak hours, minimize your time in the sun. Seek shade under a lovely old oak, a big umbrella, or a protected porch. Remember, too, that clouds do not guarantee protection, as ultraviolet radiation is only partly hindered by them. Reflections off water (and snow) add to sun exposure.

THE SCREEN IS STILL THE THING According to M. Sara Rosenthal, PhD, in her book, Stopping Cancer at the Source, “Many of us don’t even understand sunscreen or how to apply it properly. And sunscreen is crucial. In fact, some have estimated that if sunscreen is used regularly in the first 18 years of life, the lifetime risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer would be reduced by an impressive 78 percent.” Nonmelanoma skin cancers (e.g., basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) account for about 90

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percent of skin cancer cases in the US; melanoma is much less common but still accounts for some 8,000 deaths a year. Whatever your age, it’s never too late to become sunscreen savvy and put your knowledge into practice. Don’t count on a suntan or a naturally dark skin tone to protect you. True, light-colored skin burns more easily and lighter-skinned individuals are more prone to developing skin cancer. But skin cancer can afflict darker-skinned people too, and all shades of skin are subject to sun damage. Choose a sunscreen with natural ingredients and the fewest manmade chemicals, other than those that do the ultraviolet blocking. Seek out the ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which protect against UVA and UVB rays without harmful side effects. The term “broad spectrum” on the label assures you that the sunscreen offers protection from both types of rays. Select an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. The numerical SP value comes from laboratory studies, and reflects how long the product extended the time that people can be exposed to ultraviolet radiation (of type-B rays) before burning. SPF 30, for example, would protect a person who burns in 10 minutes for 300 minutes, or 30 times longer—theoretically, that is. In practice, everyone’s skin is different, and so are the exposure conditions. Dr. Weinman recommends using an SPF of 45 or even 60, especially if reapplying isn’t your summer forte. “There are also higher grades of sunscreen which will cost more but will give you antiaging and additional sun protection. At Essence Medispa, we offer sunblock infused with concentrated amounts of copper, as copper is known to rejuvenate the skin and aid in wound healing.” Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going out and reapply approximately every two hours—more often if you’re sweating, swimming, or showering. Use it generously: A little drop that rubs in immediately isn’t going to work. And if you’re wearing little covering, such as a bikini, enlist a friend to help you get to those hard-to-reach places. You may even need sunscreen while driving: Studies have documented more skin cancers on the left side of the body among people who drive a lot, especially with windows down, . (Windshields typically block UVA and UVB, but side windows only block UVB.)


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LOTIONS, POTIONS, AND CUTTING EDGE MEDICAL TREATMENTS Dr. Tom Francescott, a naturopathic doctor in Rhinebeck, is an avid advocate of neem lotion for skin health. “It can be used in many ways,” he says, “as an insect repellent, for skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, and even as a sunblock.” He reminds us that aloe vera is great for the postsunburn blues. “Simply cut the leaf of an aloe plant and apply the gel directly to burned skin. Lavender oil works for sunburns as well. For general skin moisturizers, coconut oil and sesame oil are great too.” Skin massage with all-natural products like these oils improves circulation, and so aids in toxin removal, healing, and healthy skin maintenance. For those of us with sun-weathered skin, there are additional techniques to rejuvenate it and even shed years from the face. Dr. Weinman and his staff offer an array of services to improve the appearance and health of sun-damaged skin. For instance, a gentle laser treatment has been proven to stimulate the growth of new collagen (the protein that strengthens the dermis, the skin’s deeper layer). State-of-the-art Lam Probes are a rapid surface treatment that use high- frequency and radio wave current to remove many kinds of skin irregularities, such as pigmented areas and telansgiectasia (tiny broken capillaries). Microdermabrasion removes the outermost layers of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and lightening age spots; the treatment is best used in conjunction with physician-grade skin-revitalizing products.

pounds such as silymarin, which has been shown in several studies to protect liver cells from damage caused by viruses, exogenous chemicals, alcohol, and certain drugs. (The liver is our body’s primary detoxifying organ). Research has also shown that extracts of the plant cat’s claw can kill cancerous cells without doing damage to normal ones. According to Dr. Francescott, burdock root is one of the best blood- and skin-cleansing herbs; in his Rhinebeck store, Dr. Tom’s Tonics, he offers a skin-cleansing tincture of burdock, yellow dock, red clover, cleavers, nettles, and sarsaparilla.

SPICE THINGS UP Turmeric is believed by the long tradition of Ayurvedic medicine to have a number of anticancer properties that have been substantiated by several studies using laboratory animals and human cancer cells. “Turmeric is like a supercharged antioxidant for the liver as well as the skin,” says Dr. Francescott. “Because both organs are the most major detoxifying agents of the body, skin health and liver health are intrinsically linked. Turmeric is great because it addresses both of these organs and can even act as an antitumor product.” Indian households have been cooking with this healing spice for more than 5,000 years, adding it to their veggies, lentils, and other legumes. Its star ingredient, curcumin, is especially suspected to account for turmeric’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It also stimulates glutathione S-transferases, a group of cancer-protecting, detoxifying enzymes. As a topical application, turmeric can inhibit skin tumor formation.

SKIN-FRIENDLY FOODS Saying no to full sun is important, but now for the good stuff you can say yes to! There are plenty of measures we can take year-round to diminish the likelihood that skin cells become damaged—one of the steps to cancer. First, the proper diet can help our bodies stave off the dreaded “c” word. Eat a highfiber diet with adequate amounts of organic fruits and vegetables. These foods are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and invaluable phytonutrients (plant substances believed to have anticancer properties).They include antioxidants, a diverse group of plant constituents that break down or prevent the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules created by oxidation of internal chemicals, implicated in cellular damage, cancer, and skin aging. Foods that are loaded with antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation has been linked to squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. So, enjoy plenty of whole foods rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and beta carotene. Examples are carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, apples, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Grapes and berries contain another potent antioxidant, resveratrol. Try adding a blended smoothie of organic yogurt, berries, and flaxseed to your morning routine. Blended veggie drinks are a fantastic way to get your phytonutrients, too. Whole grains are also part of an anticancer diet, thanks to antioxidants, lignans, phenolic acid, and other beneficial plant chemicals. So include organic quinoa, couscous, millet, barley, and rye in your diet. Crucial to skin health is pure, clean water. Be conscious of drinking at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water daily to help with clear, healthy skin.

NUTRITIONAL AND HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS Several supplements and herbal preparations offer antioxidant, skin-enhancing, and immune-boosting benefits. Look for products with these ingredients: Alpha-lipoic acid Flaxseed oil Fish oils Vitamin C Beta carotene Selenium Pine bark extract Grapeseed extract Coenzyme Q10 Red clover blossoms (abundant in the wild in our region) make an effective blood-cleansing tea and contain genistein, believed to impede angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels, which tumors need to thrive). Milk thistle on a daily basis is another good idea, as it contains beneficial com92 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 6/08

SIP YOUR GREEN Green tea is presently being considered as a possible cancer preventative and even as an aspect of cancer treatment. Long regarded by ancient cultures as a powerful component for good health, green tea is rich in flavonoids, another group of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant compounds. Green tea also boosts enzyme production and has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Studies at the National Cancer Institute are investigating the protective effects of green tea in pill form against sun-induced skin damage, and the possibility that topical application may shrink precancerous skin lesions.

CHECK IT OUT Knowing your skin and its various natural adornments of moles and colored spots is essential so that you notice any changes. While each of us continues to develop harmless markings throughout life, some of them can be precancerous or cancerous. Most skin cancers are curable if discovered early. So have regular medical checkups and seek a doctor’s advice right away if you notice any of the following: existing birthmarks or moles that change color, size, or shape; new growths on the skin that are unlike your usual markings; sores that do not heal; and patches of skin that swell, itch, bleed, ooze, or become red and bumpy.

THINKING LONG TERM As far as we know, sun damage is cumulative. So while you may not see the rays’ longer-term effects from just a summer or two, they may show up at some later date in the form of skin cancer or skin that is a bit too leathery before its time. That’s not to say you should panic if you have had a severe sunburn in the past. Just keep being wise about sun exposure now. Don’t forget to tend to your skin year round. Even in the shades of winter, continue to apply an all-natural moisturizer as part of your daily ritual. Use one with an SPF of at least 15 if you are outdoors, especially on snow, ice, or water. If you take a vacation to sunny climes, be kind to your winter-adapted skin and treat it to the many protective suggestions reviewed here. You may have heard that our bodies and minds need the sun. It’s true. Lack of sunlight can really bring us down in mood. Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder due to sun deprivation, especially in fall and winter. Also, vitamin D, which is activated in the body by sunlight, is essential for bone health, especially in postmenopausal women who are at greater risk for osteoporosis. For vitamin D production, 15 minutes of sunlight on the skin each day appears sufficient. So, seek the sun for your well-being, but with moderation, and while following these tips to be good to your skin, outside and in. Then take advantage of the glorious summer days in our great outdoors!


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whole living guide ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES Dr. David Ness (845) 255-1200 Active Release Techniques (ARTÒ) is a patented soft tissue treatment system that heals injured muscles, tendons, fascia (covers muscle), ligaments, and nerves. It is used to treat acute or chronic injuries, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries and nerve entrapments like carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. ARTÒ is also used before and after surgery to reduce scar tissue formation and build up. ARTÒ works to break up and remove scar tissue deep within and around injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The injured muscle, joint, ligament, and nerves are moved through a range of motion while a contact is held over the injured structure. This breaks up the scar tissue and heals the tissue faster than traditional treatments. ARTÒ doctors are trained in over 500 hands-on protocols and must undergo rigorous written and practical examination to become certified. In order to maintain their certification in ARTÒ doctors attend yearly continuing education and re-certification by ARTÒ.

ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture Health Care Assoc.

(845) 255-7178 Peter Dubitsky, L.Ac., Callie Brown, L.Ac., and Leslie Wiltshire, L.Ac. Mr. Dubitsky is a faculty member and the Director of Clinical Training at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and a member of the NY State Board for Acupuncture. Ms. Brown and Ms. Wiltshire each have years of acupuncture experience in private practice and in medical offices. We are all highly experienced, national board certified, NYS Licensed acupuncturists. We combine traditional Asian acupuncture techniques with a modern understanding of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to provide effective treatments of acute and chronic pain conditions, and other medical disorders. In addition to our general practice we also offer a Low Cost Acupuncture Clinic which is available for all people who meet our low income guidelines. Carrie Andress 166 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY, (845) 338-5575 120 Main Street, Gardiner, NY, (845) 674-3778 Carrie Andress is a NYS licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and certified in Chinese Medicine. Her main focus is in helping the body return to a healthy state, bringing dramatic results to acute and chronic pain and internal disorders. Carrie combines a genuinely inspirational and original blend of Acupressure, Applied Kinesiology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Acupressure, Chinese Medicine and Nutrition to transform people to their highest potential of greater health. Classical Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

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For the past 18 years, Dr. Hoon J. Park has been practicing a natural and gentle approach to pain management for conditions such as arthritis, chronic and acute pain in neck, back, and legs, fibromyalgia, motor vehicle and work-related injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and more by integrating physical therapy modalities along with acupuncture. Dr. Hoon Park is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and electrodiagnostic studies. His experienced, friendly staff offer the most comprehensive and individualized rehabilitative care available. Please call the office to arrange a consultation. New patients and most insurances are accepted. Half mile south of the Galleria Mall.

Transpersonal Acupuncture (845) 340-8625 www.transpersonalacupuncture.com Transpersonal Acupuncture is the practice of Jipala Reicher-Kagan L.Ac. Jipala is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She has completed a three year post-graduate study in Alchemical Acupuncture, which specializes in psychological and spiritual healing. She has over eight years of experience working with a certified nutritionist and knowledge of Western herbology, homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements and dietary/lifestyle counseling. Her main goal is to restore balance and to facilitate the innate healing power within each of her clients. She focuses on connecting the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self and breaking blocks that contribute to pain, disease, trauma, and lifestyle imbalances. She welcomes clients who are interested in relief from acute or chronic pain, Facial Rejuvenation treatments, and quitting smoking. Please call to make an appointment or visit us online if you would like to learn more about Transpersonal Acupuncture and Jipala Reicher-Kagan.

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ART THERAPY The Magic & Power of Collage (304) 728-6757 www.tissuepapercollage.net karenstefano@citlink.net Karen Stefano, artist and psychotherapist, facilitates “playshops” worldwide, called The Magic and Power of Collage. During this four-day journey of self-discovery, you uncover what is held deep within through the magic of story, imagination, color and movement. This playshop uses tissue paper collage as a catalyst to discover your hidden potential. A deep level of insight arises from this work, as each individual has time to reflect on emergent meanings in relation to self, family, community and culture.

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BODY & SKIN CARE Absolute Laser, LLC Springbrook Medical Park, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7100 www.absolute-laser.com Absolute Laser, LLC offers commitment to beautiful skin through outstanding care and service. Offering Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, Vitalize Peel, and Fotofacial RF. The Fotofacial RF is the next generation in high-tech skin enhancement. These gentle, no downtime treatments are used to improve cosmetic appearance of the face, neck, hands, and body. The results are brighter, smoother, more radiant and luminescent skin. This process delivers results that skin care products alone cannot do! Recover and rediscover the youth and vitality of your skin. Call for a complimentary consultation: Janice DiGiovanni.

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(845) 485-5933 By integrating traditional and alternative therapy/healing approaches, including Body-Centered Psychotherapy, IMAGO Couples’ Counseling, and Kabbalistic Healing, I offer tools for self-healing, to assist individuals and couples to open blocks to their softer heart energy. Ten-session psycho-spiritual group for women in recovery. Offices in Poughkeepsie and New Paltz.

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COLON HEALTH CARE Connie Schneider—Certified Colon Therapist New Paltz, NY (845) 256-1516 Colon hydrotherapy or colonics is a gentle approach to colon health. A healthy digestive tract helps support a healthy immune system, improving overall health, basics for a healthy lifestyle. Herbal Detox Programs available. See display ad.

COOKING CLASSES Nourishing Wisdom Nutrition (845) 687-9666 www.nourishingwisdom.com Holly’s Cooking Classes have been inspiring people to cook since 1999, and will inspire you too! We use seasonal, organic ingredients including produce from local farms. At the end of each class we sit around the table to enjoy a delicious feast. So come on your own or grab a friend, and join us for a great class that is sure to spark creativity in your kitchen! Visit us online or call for a list of upcoming classes.

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(845) 339-5776 www.ionedreams.org IONE is psycho-spiritual therapist, Qi Healer and inter-faith minister, who is director of the Ministry of Maåt, Inc. Specializing in myth and heritage, dream phenomena and women’s issues, she facilitates writing workshops and Women’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.

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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.

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The office is conveniently located 1.5

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.

miles east of the NYS Thruway, exit 18. Tischler Family Dental Center Woodstock, NY (845) 679-3706 www.tischlerdental.com 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.

FARMERS’ MARKETS KINGSTON FARMERS’ MARKET Historic Wall Street, Uptown Kingston, New York Creating a Harmony of History, Community and Farmland with the Best of the Hudson Valley. Over thirty vendors bring certified organic, and traditionally grown farm fresh fruits, vegetables, field-cut fresh flowers and plants, hand made mozzarella and assorted cheeses, meats, poultry, eggs, fresh and dried herbs, artisan breads and sweet baked goods, herbal remedies, prepared foods, honey, jams, condiments, olive oil and more. Weekly special events bring a festive and educational air to the rain or shine venue. Crafts on John join the Market on 1st Saturdays, June September. Free parking and proximity to NYS Thruway (Exit 19) Saturdays May 24 until Nov 22.

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HOLISTIC HEALTH Dragonfly Holistic 1181 North Avenue, Beacon, NY (845) 463-2802 www.dragonflyholistic.com 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. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Lenox, MA (800) 741-7353 kripalu.org Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (800) 944-1001 www.eomega.org Omega Institute is in its fourth decade of awakening the best in the human spirit. Join us for Winter Learning Vacations in Costa Rica and St. John and keep your eye on our website—our 2008 Rhinebeck season will be for sale soon. Garden of One 25 miles SW of Albany (518) 797-3373 www.gardenofone.com A Center for Spiritual Evolution. Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit in this sacred place.


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,

JEWISH MYSTICISM & KABBALAH Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC (845) 485-5933 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.

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.

LIFE COACHING Jessica Thayer, LLC (800) 291-5576 www.jessicathayer.com

Margaret A. Cribbin, Certified Hypnotherapist 658 Aaron Court, Kingston, NY (845) 430-8249 Over 20 years ago, Margaret stopped

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.

smoking through hypnosis. She has been a registered nurse for 46 years through hypnosis with others. Stop

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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.

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We can help you achieve the peace and ease of movement you are searching for in your body, in your mind, and in your spirit. CranioSacral Therapy, Energy Healing, Therapeutic Massage, Advanced Myofascial Techniques & Health Kinesiology are available to assist you with finding health. You take care of your car, why not take care of the primary vehicle that gets you through life â&#x20AC;&#x201D;YOU!

Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage 243 Main St., Suite 220 Michele Tomasicchio, LMT, Owner New Paltz, NY 12561 Katie Hoffstatter, LMT (845) 255-4832 / hvtm@hvc.rr.com M-F: 8:30am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 3pm

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stress-related illness, and anger; alleviate pain (e.g. childbirth, headaches,

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Specializing in Individual Concerns, Law Enforcement, Personal Healing & Health Issues, Corporate Analysis, Animal Concerns, and Science/Technology Data. Guest speaker on many radio programs, featured in noted publications nationally, and in books, and on The Discovery Channel. Available for private sessions (in person or by phone), parties, and

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Ellen@consciousbodyonline.com 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

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ancient Chinese abdominal and organ chi massage). Hot Stone Massage and aromatherapy are also offered. Gift certificates available. Joan Apter

MEDIATION Kadampa Meditation Center 47 Sweeny Rd., Glen Spey, NY 12737 (845) 856-9000 www.kadampaNewYork.org

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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, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information, contact Joan Apter.

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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. Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage

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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

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Mid-Hudson Rebirthing Center

Sarah Samuels, LMT

LIFE TRANSITIONS AND CHANGE support for women

Catskill Mountain Midwifery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Home Birth Services

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Since the 1970s Jennifer has been actively involved in childbirth. She is an 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 & birth care in their homes. Certified Nurse Midwife & NYS licensed with excellent medical backup.

NON TOXIC CLEANING SERVICES

Gia Polk, LMT

Bless Your Hearth

243 Main St., Suite 220, New Paltz, NY

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(845) 255-4832 Are your muscles feeling tight and congested? Are you dealing with stress from emotional, physical or environmental causes? Do you just feel overwhelmed? Our conscientious & skilled NY Licensed Massage Therapists can help you discover a place of ease within your body, mind & spirit. Let us help you to feel whole! Craniosacral, Energy Healing, Therapeutic Massage & Health Kinesiology. M-F 8:30 - 7, Sat. 9 - 3pm.

Madhuri Therapeutics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bringing Health to Balance 69 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 797-4124 madhurihealing@optonline.net Whether your goal is to relieve stress

Experienced, Professional, Non-Toxic Cleaning and Organizing Service. Pet Sitting. Home/Business Blessings. Excellent References.

NUTRITION COUNSELING Holly Anne Shelowitz, CNC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Director of Nourishing Wisdom Nutrition (845) 687-9666 www.nourishingwisdom.com In addition to private sessions, our programs include cooking classes, teaching tangible ways to incorporate nourishing foods into your life. Shopping trips to natural food stores and local farms are part of our work together, as well as telephone classes and retreats. For the most effective and supportive nutrition counseling you will ever experience, call us or visit us online. Longdistance telephone clients welcome.

and pain, address a health concern, or simply to pamper yourself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our tranquil

Jill Malden, RD, LMSW

healing space in downtown New Paltz

1 Water Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 489-4732

offers individualized sessions to nourish and repair body, mind & spirit. Licensed Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Yoga, Flower Essences, Ayurvedic treatments & products, and master-level Reiki; allnatural & organic oils, herbs and body products; 15 years experience. Alice Velky LMT, RYT. (845) 797-4124. 100

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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!


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MEG F SCHNEIDER, MA, LCSW Psychotherapist and author of many self-help books featured on National TV EMDR | Call 845 876 8808 for a consultation

845.255.6482 Patricia Lee Rode, M.A. CCC-SLP speech language pathologist Rhinebeck/NYC

646.729.6633 Offering a holistic approach to children and adults with speech language developmental delays and neurological disorders. Specializing in autistic spectrum disorders, PDD, ADHD, auditory and phonological processing, apraxia, selective mutism and memory dysfunction. Individual and Social Skills Groups.

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TAROT on the HUDSON with Rachel Pollack

internationally renowned Certified Tarot Grand Master & Award Winning Novelist

Born as the Earth Wilderness Skills Training Program

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Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN 7 Innis Avenue, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2398 www.Nutrition-wise.com Creating Wellness for individuals and businesses. Nutrition counseling: combining traditional and integrative solutions to enhance well-being. Corporate Wellness fairs, assessments, classes and programs for businesses wanting to improve employee productivity. Providing help with Diabetes, Cardiovascular conditions, Weight loss, Digestive support, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, and Pediatric Nutrition. New Paltz. Call (845) 255-2398 for an appointment. www.Nutrition-wise.com.

OSTEOPATHY 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 www.stoneridgehealingarts.com

PASTORAL COUNSELING

PILATES Moving Body 276 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-7715 www.themovingbody.com Pilates of New Paltz 12 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 845) 255-0559 www.pilatesnewpaltz.com 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.

PSYCHICS Psychically Speaking (845) 626-4895 or (212) 714-8125 www.psychicallyspeaking.com gail@psychicallyspeaking.com 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 oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and destiny. Sessions are conducted in person or by telephone.

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PHYSICIANS

Poughkeepsie

Amy Davison D.O., LLC

(845) 380-0023

205 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY (518) 567-9977 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 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. Conscious Body 426 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8400 www.consciousbodyonline.com Ellen@consciousbodyonline.com Husband and Wife team Ellen and Tim Ronis McCallum are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a strong healthy body, a dynamic mind

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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.

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.

Emily L. Fucheck, Psy.D. Located across from Vassar College in

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.

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 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

A hand-picked selection of wine and spirits for everyday or once in a lifetime. Superior customer service with wine tastings every Saturday. Find what your palateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been searching for.

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py 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 www.deepclay.com deepclay@mac.com 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 indi-

220 North Road Milton, NY 12547 877-7-INN-SPA (845-795-1301) www.buttermilkfallsinn.com www.buttermilkspa.com Located on 75 acres overlooking the Hudson River. Brand new full service geothermal and solar spa. Organic products, pool, sauna & steam room. Hiking trails, gardens, waterfalls, peacock aviary.

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY Patricia Lee Rode, M.A. CCC-SLP (646) 729-6633

Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC

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.

Body of Wisdom Counseling & Healing Services. See also Body-Centered Therapy directory. 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

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vidual studio sessions. Children, adults, and teens.

(845) 485-5933

(845) 679-5511x304 Development of solutions through simple self-observation, reflection, and conversation. Short- or longterm 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.

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YOGA All Sport Fishkill Health & Fitness Club 17 Old Main Street, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-5678 allsportfishkill.com activities@allsportfishkill.com 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. Ashtanga Yoga of New Paltz 71 Main St., New Paltz, NY (845) 430-7402 www.ashtangaofnewpaltz.com Offering Ashtanga / Vinyasa style yoga classes for all levels seven days a week. This style of yoga is both therapeutic and dance-like. By first warming up the body naturally we can stretch safely, gaining an understanding of how to move from our core. We also offer “Community Yoga classes” which are by donation. Jai Ma Yoga Center

(845) 679-8989 www.flowingspirit.com

69 Main Street, Suite 201, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-0465 www.jmyoga.com

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.

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

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Body Studio, The

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246 Main St., Suite 15A, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845)255-4242 www.totalimmersion.net

SPAS & RESORTS Emerson Resort & Spa (845) 688-1000 www.emersonresort.com 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. River Rock Health Spa 62 Ricks Road, Woodstock, NY 12498. (845) 679-7800 www.riverrock.biz bmr@ureach.com Your day retreat for rebalancing and rejuvenation. 104

Guests rave: “I want to live here! AR, New Paltz. “One of the best spa’s in the world. I’ve been to many.” SN, Portland. Guests are nurtured and pampered by large staff and luxurious state-of-the-art spa. Massage, facials, body scrubs/wraps, waxing, and more.

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Aaron Yassin, Wilderstein 1, Archival pigment print, 24" x 24", 2008

VALLEY KALEIDOSCOPE Four kaleidoscopic images of the Wilderstein mansion in Rhinebeck float like bulbous X’s in a pale blue sky. This is a photograph by Aaron Yassin, from the “Remove the Landmark” exhibition opening at Gallery 384 in Catskill on June 21. Yassin’s seven photographs depict monuments along the Hudson: the Boscobel House in Garrison, the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown, the Fisher Center at Bard College (designed by Frank Gehry) and Olana, Frederic Church’s home near Hudson. Also, there are two bridges: the Mid-Hudson and the George Washington. Many of these edifices were built as part of the slow parade of monuments seen by steamboat in the 19th century. Today they seem like archaic remnants, though strangely bold and subtle. Curiously, none of the photos actually show the Hudson, although the light reflected from the river no doubt touches the images. Numerous styles are present. Boscobel is Federal style, Lyndhurst is Gothic Revival, the Wilderstein Italianate, Olana “Persian fantasy,” the George Washington Bridge modern, the Fischer Center postmodern. “Remove the Landmark” is a tour of Western architectural history. Yassin makes some of these buildings weightless; they rise into the expectant sky. He literally and figuratively turns a monument on its head. The Mid-Hudson Bridge transforms into a lovely, spidery square, like a lace handkerchief. “The structures become all of a sudden very active,” observes gallery director David Griffin. Within his work, one may “find” the original image, like locating the origin of a Shakespeare quotation. An element of humor enters these photos, one that is not present in Yassin’s earlier Venetian series, an exploration of the architecture of the Queen of the Adriatic. Perhaps there is something inherently funny about the Hudson Valley? When asked to enumerate his influences, Yassin cites Islamic ornamentation, Gothic stained glass, Buddhist mandalas, and numerous 20th-century artists: Charles Sheeler, Ad Reinhardt, Barnett Newman, Piet Mondrian, Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky. Yassin’s own education was in painting and drawing, at the Art Institute of Chicago and American University in Washington, DC.

Since beginning these “photographic composites” (as he calls them) in 1997, Yassin has created images of the Eiffel Tower, the Prudential Building in Boston, and an impressive series on water towers. “He’s very adept at visual puns,” observes Griffin. “For example, the Eiffel Tower: The way that he deployed it, it became, from a distance, a quatrefoil window from a Gothic cathedral. And of course, until the Eiffel Tower was built, the tallest thing in the Parisian skyline was Notre Dame. And there was a tremendous criticism and outcry because now you had this huge iron monster looming over the historic cathedral. So Yassin sort of fixed it.” The most recent series emerged from an earlier work of Yassin’s—a transformation the central tower of Olana into a Persian tiled wall—that Griffin showed at Gallery 384. Griffin was excited by the response it received, and commissioned a series of images of significant Hudson River landmarks. He and Yassin began with a list of 30 monuments, then began eliminating. Yassin admits that his process would be too difficult to achieve by hand. The technique is dependent on the esoteric mathematics of the computer. Effortlessly, he bends the immutable steel and stone of Hudson Valley monuments. (Today, drugs are unnecessary! Photoshop is the LSD of 2008!) Several of Yassin’s pieces are on display at exotic US embassies: in Qatar, Afghanistan and Bulgaria. All of these are images of American sites, reconfigured into designs influenced by Islamic art. “Remove the Landmark” also includes photographs of temples and fortresses in China, Tibet, and Nepal by Cannon Hersey. They are glazed, and framed in bronze; some appear against antique silk panels from those countries. “Remove the Landmark” will appear at Gallery 384, 384 Main Street, Catskill, from June 21 to August 9. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 5 to 9pm. (917) 674-6823; www.gallery384.com. —Sparrow 6/08 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST

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SUNDAY 1 JUNE ART

THEATER Art 2pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

33rd Annual Artists on the Campus Outdoor Art Show & Sale Call for times. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 569-3337.

Bye Bye Birdie 4pm. $12/$10. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

Prints by Cornelia D. Baker 2pm-5pm. Stone Window Gallery, Accord. 626-4932.

Who Is Pippi Longstocking? Call for times. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3200.

Opening reception of Outdoor Sculpture Garden 4pm-6pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Sleuth 12am. $20/$18. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Paintings and Drawings by Stuart Bigley 4pm-6pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Gathering 4pm-6pm. Sculpture by Hester Keith. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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

All For One 2pm. British musical. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

WORKSHOPS Experimental Pinhole Photography Call for times. Craig J. Barber. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Digital Photography Workshop with G. Steve Jordan Call for times. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

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Plein Air Painting Workshops 9:30am-1pm. Call for location. 728-4001.

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

Botanical Illustration 10am-12pm. With Anne Marie Nitti. $125. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

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EVENTS Casting for Recovery Retreat Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

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

Ride the Ridge Call for times. Raise funds to support the Marbletown First Aid Unit and High Meadow’s Performing Arts Center. $30/$25/$10. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-7116.

Dance Classes Call for times. Barefoot Dance Center, West Park. 384-6146.

Native American Themed Dinner Call for times. Twin Lakes Resort, Hurley. 338-2400. Fashions in the Park 2pm. A fashion show event featuring runway hair styles and current designer clothing. Historic Kingston Rondout Waterfront, Kingston. 340-9100.

FILM Harlan County USA Call for times. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Taxi To The Dark Side. 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. W/Jenny O’Haver. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

EVENTS Education Night 7:30pm. Community-oriented and cover such topics as: arts and crafts, sustainable farming, self help, improving basic communication skills and much more. New Paltz Cultural Collective, New Paltz. 255-1901. Open Mike 7:30pm. Northeast Center for Special Care- Resident poets, artists and musicians. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

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Girl Scout Skill Builder Weekend Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Now, Voyager 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Diggin’ Dinos 10am. $5/$3 members. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-onHudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

MUSIC Mountain Jam Music Festival Call for times. $75-$145. Hunter Mountain, Hunter. 679-7600 ext. 18. Parker String Quartet Call for times. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Susan Kane 1pm. Acoustic. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. Jeff “Siegel” Siegel 3:30pm-6pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Thermal Shock, The Defenestrators, Fathom This 7pm. $5. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Judy Collins in Concert 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Caravan of Thieves 7:30pm. $20/$15 members. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Sugarloaf Music 8pm. Dave Valentin Quartet featuring Chris Barretto on sax. $25. The Pavilion at the Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 258-3019.

THE OUTDOORS Five Rivers In Five Days: Fly Fishing The Catskills’ Charmed Circle Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205. How Did the Rope Get Up There? History and Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing Call for times. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike- Lost City 10am-2pm. Meet at the Coxing Trailhead, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Book Discussion Group for Adults 1:30pm-3pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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Decks and Docks on the Esopus Creek Call for times. Visit five unique waterfront homes on the Esopus Creek. Walk, bike, drive or paddle and enjoy light lunch fare. $20/$50 family. Call for location. 247-0664.

KIDS Theater Improv For Teens Call for times. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

MUSIC Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900. Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble 9pm. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779. Open Mike and Vinyl Showcase 10pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

SPOKEN WORD Table Talk Book Discussion 6:30pm. Discussing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, A Year of Food Life. Ellenville Public Library, Ellenville. 647-1497.

TUESDAY 3 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Spirit readings W/Psychic Medium Adam Bernstein 12-6pm. Mirabai of Woodstock. 679-2100. $40 for 30 mins/$75 for 60 mins. 679-2100. Foundations of The Secret Art of Manifestation 6:30pm-9:30pm. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

CLASSES The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Arts Center of the Capital District, Troy. (518) 330-8006. 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, MA. (413) 281-6734.

DANCE Muddy Lindy 8pm-10pm. Kingston’s Casual Swing Stomp. Muddy Cup, Kingston. 338-3881.

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Mary Gauthier performs at the Rosendale Cafe with Diana Jones on June 6 and solo at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington on June 14.

Tearjerker As improbable as it might seem, the 30-something woman toiling over an open flame in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant may be able to quote Kant and could very well turn out to be a songwriter who receives a benediction from none other than Bob Dylan. Take Mary Gauthier (pronounced Go-shay—she’s from Baton Rouge): Although her pre-songwriting days were mired in misadventure, drugs, and alcohol, the first act of Gauthier’s story nevertheless includes remarkable accomplishments, including five years studying philosophy at LSU and subsequently starting the successful Boston eatery Dixie Kitchen. No songs, however, until sobriety at 35. But once pen hit paper, the rubber hit the road, and Gauthier has been traveling and writing songs ever since. Her clear-eyed focus of her passions has produced five acclaimed CDs of razor-sharp, intense, and sometimes funny material, not to mention a shout-out from His Bob-ness. The endless ribbon of highway has brought her to the Rosendale Cafe before. Owner Mark Morganstern, an early supporter, says, “Sometimes a songwriter splits open your chest and does something memorable to your heart—that’s Mary Gauthier.” I caught up with Gauthier recently to talk about songs, God, and food. In support of Between Daylight and Dark, her latest effort, she returns to the Rosendale Cafe with Diana Jones on June 6, at 8pm. On June 14 at 9pm, Gauthier performs solo at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington. www.rosendalecafe.com; www.clubhelsinkiweb.com. —Robert Burke Warren Your song “Mercy Now” made a real tough-nut friend of mine who’d just become a dad pull off to the side of the road and cry. That’s my job. There’s a real spiritual yearning in your material. Do you feel like the venue of the singer/songwriter in a secular culture is to find language to address spiritual concerns? Yeah, but I don’t think of it in those big terms. I think of it as: My job is to help people see God. That’s the job of every artist, whatever the medium. Your new song “Can’t Find The Way” sounds like an acceptance that we all are lost in some way. Do you think that we’re all perpetually looking for something and we need to find a way to bear questions rather than settle on answers? That particular song is coming from the Carter Family tradition of “This World Is Not My

Home” and Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home in This World Anymore.” I think this is the third song of that trilogy, if I may be so bold. That’s what I’m aiming for: to be the voice of that sentiment for our time. We’re all just passing through. There’s a lot of recitation in your songs. Has that always been a part of what you do? Yeah, and I don’t know where that comes from. Maybe the Hank Williams/Luke The Drifter records from back when I was a kid in Baton Rouge. Some songs were meant to be sung and some were meant to be told. Loss plays a big role in your material. Do you think as a culture we’re in need of more ways to express loss? I’m never comfortable making big statements like that, because I don’t really honestly know. My job is to move really fast through time and space. I’m movin’, movin’, movin’ and writing, writing, writing. I don’t watch TV and I don’t spend a lot of time plugged into the culture. I’m more working at a folksinger level on the ground. So I don’t know the big answers. I don’t even see the big picture. I’m more likely to know what’s goin’ on at the airport. I know personally when I write about loss it strikes a nerve in people and it resonates. They need it. They need someone to give them the words. Singer-songwriter-producer Joe Henry [Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann] produced Between Daylight and Dark and, in contrast to your last release, it’s mostly live in the studio. Was that his idea? Yes. I just came in with the songs. It’s how he gets his best records—get the best band possible and just sing with the band. I like it a lot. It goes fast. You did it in a week, right? Yeah. I don’t like spending a month in the studio. It’s a false environment. I get real antsy. I wanna get goin’. I don’t like sittin’ in there trying to get everything perfect. I don’t care if it’s perfect. I just wanna get it down, have it be real, and Joe’s real good at that. Do you ever miss being a restaurateur? Not for one second, ever. [Laughs.] How is creating a song akin to creating a dish? Are there similarities? Very much so. The most important ingredient in both of `em is love.

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Best of the Season summer festivals preview by Jay Blotcher

Chris Isaak plays the Belleayre Musical Festival August 30; Shanghai Quartet performs at Maverick Concerts June 29; A scene from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2007 production of "As You Like It."

Summer has commenced, and already she beckons insistently, like a giddy teen in a muslin sundress. (Whether her red-rimmed eyes stem from a pollen blast or a draught of summer mead is your call.) Trust that she has numerous events in store. From raucous concerts to genteel recitals, from art installations to theater, from presentations by old masters to new works by young upstarts. All installed in august performance halls, newly constructed venues, or befitting the season, gloriously al fresco. Economists and trendwatchers are already wagging a stern finger, warning that rising gas prices will restrict our summer wanderings. Even a weekend jaunt could gouge your wallet petrol-wise, without even factoring in food and lodging. Certainly, you can flock like lambs to slaughter to the high-priced, celebrity-stuffed, overcrowded events in New York City this summer, from concerts to Shakespeare in the Park. But factor in life-threatening pollution levels as the thermometer soars, and venturing into the city seems an exercise in folly. This summer, you don’t need to be frugal or ecologically minded (or be squirming under the greasy boot of the criminal oil cartel) to be convinced to restrict your cultural intake to venues closer to home. A survey of the summer calendar in the Hudson Valley reveals a bounty of concerts, drama, and arts festivals that will keep your synapses firing off like Roman candles from June through Labor Day. Supporting regional arts programs is a great show of neighborhood pride. The annual Belleayre Musical Festival in Highmount is just one example of a program where the scenery often jostles for attention with the wattage of the stars in concert. Each year, Belleayre savvily programs events for young and old alike, and this year the organizers return to that winning formula. Consider laid-back rockers The Bacon Brothers Band, Kevin and Michael (July 19), and Broadway triple-threat (and erstwhile “Cheers” star) Bebe Neuwirth (July 26). Highbrows will appreciate The Belleayre Festival Opera (August 2) while frazzled parents will welcome The Children’s Opera Theatre (August 3). Or let your mind trip out with local talent Justin Kolb, Abby Newton and Mikhail Horowitz, The Post-Neo Trio (July 25). Consider Irish tenor Ronan Tynan (July 5), cheekbone crooner Chris Isaak (August 30), yahoo Vince Gill (August 23), or jazz legend Ramsey Lewis (August 9). Those who revere troubled national treasures, however, should get a front-row seat on July 12, when Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys again mindsurfs that fine line between genius and madness. (845) 254-5600; www.belleayremusic.org 112

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Those who favor chamber music have their temples of worship as well. Now in its 93rd season, from June 29 to August 31, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock take place in a rough-hewn 1916 concert hall with ideal acoustics. World-class artists usually found on a Carnegie Hall piano bench gladly come to this sylvan hideaway to play for fanatics. Music director Alexander Platt has assembled 24 concerts of divergent material and performers. Among the embarrassment of riches this season: Shanghai Quartet plays Schubert, Grieg, Ravel, and the works of modern composer Chen Yi (June 29); Daedalus String Quartet assays Mahler and Sibelius (July 13); and Pacifica Quartet showcases Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and Beethoven. Maverick honors contemporary local artists in its Woodstock Legends series, this year featuring ragas by Steve Gorn (July 26), improvisatory piano by Marilyn Crispell (August 16), and the String Trio of New York performing the works of James Emery and John Lindberg (August 2). (845) 679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org Another venue where the landscape enhances the spectacle is the Hudson (HVSF) in Garrison, New York. For more than two decades, this event has drawn Bard groupies from all over the tri-state area. Shows are performed in a huge tent adjacent to Boscobel mansion, perched on the Hudson. HVSF is known for turning Willie the Shake on his head, teasing modern meaning from sacred texts. Last year’s “Richard III” depicted the emotionally twisted, hunchbacked ruler in all his bipolar glory but steered clear of simplistic parallels with the current occupant of the Oval Office. The players wore shiny, metallic clothes that transformed them into Space Age insects striving to destroy one another in an orgy of power-seizing. This year, HVSF revives “Cymbeline” (June 10-August 30), a lighthearted tragedy in which true love is tested while identities are obscured to the eventual confusion of all. “Twelfth Night” (June 18-August 31) examines the challenges to romance when women fall in love with women masquerading as men. Expect director John Christian Plummer to play up the gender politics of the text as much as its meditations on love and power. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” a hilarious sprint through 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in a mere 97 minutes, will be preformed in repertory, July 22 through August 28. (845) 265-9575; www.hvshakespeare.org

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Best of the Season summer festivals preview Susan Johann

Eric Bogosian will debut a new play, "1+1," at Powerhouse in July; Stephen Shore's photographs will be shown as part of the Mount Tremper Arts Festival, July 19-August 31; an arial view of the Bethel Woods Center.

While HVSF brushes the cobwebs from Shakespeare, some prefer the work of

photography exhibition of work by 20th-century American stalwart Walker Evans.

living playwrights. Vassar College provides with its vital, unpredictable, and chaotic

The Mount Tremper Arts season bows on July 19 with an opening night party

Powerhouse Summer Theater (June 27-August 3). Produced with New York

showcasing multimedia pieces for adventurous tastes. The photography exhibition

Stage and Film, this showcase of new and seasoned voices, now in its 24th year, offers

titled “Signs” showcases the work of Evans and the contemporary photographer

benefits for all involved: Playwrights can watch productions in their larval stage and

Stephen Shore, and has a heady premise. From the organization brochure: “‘Signs’

keep polishing. Actors can strengthen characters before a premiere. And adventurous

investigates language within photography, the interplay between word and image,

audiences can brag about seeing a future gem in its unpolished form. Powerhouse

and the appropriation of found objects.” Whether that come-on puzzles or invigorates

veteran John Patrick Shanley brought “Doubt,” a searing meditation on faith, morality,

you, there’s more on July 19: an installation by jill sigman/thinkdance with dj Joro

and that elastic concept we call truth, to Powerhouse in 2004 as a raw first reading; it

Boro, and the music of Golem, intriguingly described as klezmer/punk. Ambition of

would go on to win the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

this caliber should bring Mount Tremper Arts deserved fans. The seven-week festival

This year, Powerhouse serves a program equally as beguiling and challenging as it is full of theatrical heavyweights, for those who pine for Manhattan-caliber celebrities.

runs through August 31. (845) 688-9893; www.mttremperarts.com

A leading voice of Manhattan’s Downtown scene of the `80s and `90s, playwright Eric Bogosian will debut a new play, “1+1,” starring Josh Hamilton and Kelly Garner

You’re a latter-day hippie, born too late for the 1969 mudslide/love-in known as the

and directed by Mark Brokaw (who directed the premier production of Paul Vogel's

Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But Max Yasgur’s rolling farmland will always remain

Putizer-prize winning play "How I Learned to Drive"). Slavish fans of the Tony-winning

hallowed ground. Happily bucking the trend of McMansions and malls that pockmark

musical and youth romp “Spring Awakening” will flock to see “Nero,” a new musical by

Sullivan County, the original site of Woodstock has become

“Awakening” singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik and playwright Steven Sater. Playwright-

amphitheater that is fast becoming the jewel of the Lower Catskills. Its bland, generic

activist Eve Ensler (“The Vagina Monologues”) will present a new work for the stage,

billboard ads notwithstanding, Bethel Woods presents a summer season of rock music

“OPC,” certain to ask tough questions and double as a call-to-arms. And one of the

that pays homage to the spirit of Woodstock while extending beyond its boundaries with

original writers on “Saturday Night Live,” Alan Zweibel, will premiere a new one-man

other genres. People who avoided the brown acid the first time around will be cheered

show “The History of Me.” His previous works include Billy Crystal’s schmaltz-and-

by the lineup, as will young acolytes craving their own summer memories.

Bethel Woods, an

horseradish “700 Sundays,” as well as “Bunny Bunny,” a bittersweet tribute to friend

Rock legends at Bethel Woods include the indomitable remains of trailer-trash

and collaborator, the late Gilda Radner. Powerhouse golden boy John Patrick Shanley

virtuosos Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws (June 20), followed on August 12 by their

returns with a reading of his latest, "Veronica."

musical big brothers, The Allman Brothers Band. Ringo Starr plays on June 21, joined

(845) 437-5902; www.powerhouse.vassar.edu

by His All Starr Band (a grab bag of artists including Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, and Gary Wright). On July 13, enjoy ‘70s party-band-cum-mystics

Connoisseurs of art photography and dance will find nirvana at the first summer

Steve Miller Band and Woodstock alumnus and Sheffield soul pioneer Joe Cocker,

Mount Tremper Arts, a 100-seat performance and exhibition space

who survived a cameo in last year’s mind-numbing Across the Universe. On August

dedicated to classic and contemporary expressions of these artistic forms. Nestled

30, those of us who savor a guilty pleasure can indulge in three, with the line up of

among the Catskills in northwestern Ulster County, this fledgling project, cofounded

arena rockers Journey, former sirens Heart, and the irrepressible Cheap Trick. For

by Mathew Pokoik and Aynsley Vandenbroucke, promises to be a summer arts colony

the faithful, jazz-rock avatars and warped storytellers Steely Dan venture outside the

for bohemians. In addition to exhibitions, there will be artist talks, workshops, and post-

protective bubble of the studio again, something they once vowed never to do (July

performance gatherings. Evidence of the eclectic range of Mount Tremper Arts: The

10). The most blatant nostalgia act on the bill, designed to cash in on the Woodstock

summer calendar offers dance music by ethno-fusion musicians and DJs, as well as a

mythos, is August 3rd’s Hippiefest 2008, featuring once-vital `60s and `70s acts.

season at

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Alexander Liberman's Iliad at Storm King Art Center; Peter Dinklage stars in "Uncle Vanya" at Bard's Summerscape; the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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Among them: English blues-rock legends Eric Burdon & The Animals, Jack Bruce of supergroup Cream, and The Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie, evergreen jesters who can probably wring the right amount of rueful laughs from this dubious outing. Also on the bill are original mope-folkie Melanie, Beatles protégés Badfinger, and Terry Sylvester, a member of The Hollies. Pay your respects and bring along a teenager for a lesson in musical history. Bethel Woods is savvy enough to step outside its tie-dyed musical comfort zone, with a powerfully varied summer schedule. Among the offerings: Tony Bennett, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, disco artifact Donna Summer, John Pizzarelli Quartet, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jonas Brothers, The New York Philharmonic, Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, and The Klezmatics. The summer’s standout curiosity is June 14’s True Colors concert, headlined by Cyndi Lauper and the B-52s. Joining them is the immensely talented Regina Spektor, primal screamer Rosie O’Donnell, and Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley (866) 781-2922; www.bethelwoodscenter.org

presidential campaigns proves how little we’ve advanced in staging this glorified horse race. Bard’s film festival, which runs concurrently with its theater works, again offers

For those with restless minds, summer time signals no break from education. Summerscape and the Bard Musical Festival offers a feast for voracious learners. Classical works are staged and then amplified, dissected, and discussed in attendant seminars and lectures. Fiercely intellectual, Bard’s Summerscape offers entertainment and Cliff Notes for those who must know a work inside-out. Consider the opening salvo of the series: Sergey Prokofiev’s 1935 ballet “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed by the protean Mark Morris Dance Group. The program, subtitled “On Motifs of Shakespeare,” will examine the classic work as reenvisioned by an artist laboring in Stalinist Russia. This production, performed as the late composer originally intended but never before seen onstage, will have its world premier at Bard College on July 4 and performances will run through July 9. Summerscape centers its programs on an august composer and explores both his masterworks and little-known pieces. Legends previously canonized by Summerscape include Dmitri Shostakovich and Franz Liszt. So it is again with “Prokofiev and His World.” Not only will the man’s work be illuminated, but his full measure will be gained through an understanding of his contemporaries. Bard president Leon Botstein will conduct the American Symphony Orchestra, as well as esteemed international musicians, in works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and others. Peter Dinklage, who intrigued in the title role of 2003’s misfit fairy tale The Station Agent—and who has been mostly wasted in Hollywood pabulum since—takes center stage in a Bard production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” directed by Erica Schmidt. A restaging of the 1931 George and Ira Gershwin musical “Of Thee I Sing” may be as unsettling as it is entertaining; this gleeful evisceration of early 20th-century

For an offbeat outing, consider the aesthetic playground known as Storm King Art Center. Located just off the New York State Thruway in Mountainville, Storm King is

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shrewd full-screen selections of works often not available even on Turner Classic Movies. Satirical films by Frenchman Jean Renoir and American Mitchell Leisen each cast a jaded eye on the institutions of their time: war, social class, and morality. Entries include Renoir’s classic farce-cum-tragedy Rules of the Game from 1939 and the lesser-known Leisen comedies, equal laughs and arsenic, including Midnight (1939) and Remember the Night (1940). To better understand the sheer breadth of Prokofiev’s genius, the film series includes two works by director Sergei Eisenstein to which he contributed scores: Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II (1944–46). After being strafed by this high-minded onslaught of ballet, drama, and film, repair to the Spiegeltent adjacent to Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the strain of spirited but friendly argument that comes from several beers. (845) 758-7900; www.summerscape.bard.edu

a local version of Easter Island, 500 verdant acres populated with modern sculpture by artists of international acclaim. Whether you have a keen eyes for steel monoliths or simply like picnics among giants, Storm King is a heady destination. The sunlight—or lack thereof—on the rolling hills of the Hudson Highlands conspire to change the look and shadows of the sculptures on any given day. In addition to permanent works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson, there are pieces by David Smith, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Mark di Suvero, and Nam June Paik. An installation of work by Sol LeWitt, a leader in the Conceptual and Minimalistic art movements, will stand sentinel until the season ends mid-November. (845) 534-3115; www.stormking.org Lying perhaps beyond our travel circle, but still an enticing destination for performance is the tony Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. Like Belleayre's, its season calendar offers something for socialites in tuxes and headbangers in T-shirts. Choose among Suzanne Vega (May 31), cabaret veteran Ann Hampton Calloway (May 24), The Dave Mathews Band (June 23-24), Canadian power-slackers Rush (July 5), and the July 3 pairing of Chicago and The Doobie Brothers. (Insert here obligatory joke about a bottle of Boone’s Farm and a joint.) Expect the Thruway to be bottlenecked on July 31 and August 1, when SPAC hosts eco-rocker Sheryl Crow the first day, followed by The Police and Elvis Costello and the Impostors the next. (518) 476-1000; www.spac.org


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Free Spiritual Programs Discourse & Darshan: Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. Individual Blessings: Wednesday, June 11, sign in from 9 am-1pm (includes Saraswati Diksha for students 4-24)

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A unique opportunity to explore & deepen your spiritual practice under Amma’s loving guidance. Instruction in meditation & chanting, discourses by Amma. Vegetarian lunch & snacks provided. Registration fee: $108 ($25 discount for students & seniors) Registration form on website Programs in NYC & Queens June 3-7; 1 day retreat June 7 Homa (sacred fire ceremony) Sunday, June 8—Hastings-on-Hudson For more information, click on Tours and Retreats at www.karunamayi.org

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Chess Review 2pm-4pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.

KIDS Nature Strollers 10am. One-hour hike with the tykes. $5/$3 members. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

MUSIC Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Jack DePietro 8pm. Rock. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Richie Colan Blues Revue 8pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

CLASSES The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Zuzu’s Wonderful Life, Inc., Albany. (518) 330-8006. Acting Class 6:30pm-9:30pm. Scene study/technique. Green Zen Salon, Kingston. 679-0154. 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.

FILM The Singing Revolution 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Talk to Her 7:30pm. Outdoor screening. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5391.

KIDS SPOKEN WORD Women’s Circles Rhinebeck & Red Hook/Tivoli 5:30pm-9pm. Networking dinner. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

UNISON

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

WORKSHOPS Screenwriting Workshop Call for times. With Lisa Katzman. Call for location. (347) 200-1855. How to Create Benchmarks for Naming Opportunities 12:30pm-2:30pm. Presented by the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of AFP. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204. Painting the Landscape Indoors 1pm-4pm. John Creagh. $160. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

Arts And Crafts For Children 3pm-5pm. Blue Dog Arts, Delmar. (518) 439-3309.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 8pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

SPOKEN WORD Words Out Loud 7pm. Open mike forum for poets, musicians & all sorts of creative people. Mason Library, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2403.

THEATER Art 8pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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FRIDAY 6 JUNE

ART Out of the Box Event Series 5:30pm-7:30pm. Classic Pearl Knotting. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067.

CLASSES Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Modern Dance Classes 5:30pm-7pm. $14/$12 per class. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $119. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm-8pm. Farm products, children’s activities, live music and gardening advice. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7618.

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First Fridays of the month, 8pm at Boughton Place, Kisor Road, Highland, NY. Call 845.691.4118 or 845.255.5613

Kent Art Association Founders’ Show and Summer Members Show 5pm-7pm. Kent Art Association, Kent, CT. (860) 927-3989. Hudson Valley Artists 2008 5pm-8pm. The Medium is the Message. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858. Photographic Artistry on Canvas 5:30pm-7:30pm. Photographs by Joel Weisbrod. Montgomery Row Second Level, Rhinebeck. 876-6670.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT The Great Outdoors: A Way Out of the Wilderness of the Mind Call for times. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

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, MA. (413) 663-7962.

EVENTS 11th Annual Open Studios Event Call for times. Live music, performance art, poetry on the sidewalks, play performances, gallery tours. Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill. (914) 734-1292.

Open Mike Night 7pm-9pm. Acoustic solos and duets. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Preview Day Starr Library Big Book Sale Library hours. $10/friends free. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

Open Mike 7pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

FILM

Bellflur, Watch Man Walk, Junior Jones, Great Caesar and the Go-getters 8pm. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Singing Revolution 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Open Mike Blues Jam 8:30pm-11:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

MUSIC

Sarah Morr 9:30pm. Acoustic. Sweeny’s Irish Pub, Walden. 778-3337.

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Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

Public shows, school programs and other events. www.hudsonriverplayback.org or call 845.255.7716

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Sudbury School Information Meeting 7pm-9pm. Overview of the school and our educational philosophy. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, Kingston. 679-1002.

ART

Verdes CD Release Party 7pm. Performance by several performers. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400. John Gorka 8pm. Folk and traditional. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Mary Gauthier and Diana Jones 8pm. $25. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

SPOKEN WORD

Naomi Sommers, Sarah Hawker 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Do You Know Your Neighbor? Discover Canada! 6pm-8pm. Information about visiting Canada. All About Travel, New Paltz. 255-9200.

Sean & Jason Duo 8pm. Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

THEATER Independent Artists Collaborative Acting Class 7pm. Shirt Factory, Kingston. www.iac411.com.

THURSDAY 5 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Suicide Bereavement Group 5:30pm-7:30pm. Call for location. 339-9090 ext. 115.

The Three J’s 8pm. Trio performs Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs. The Trapps 8pm. Rock. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Crossroads 9pm. Acoustic. Pamela’s on The Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505.

Dara Lurie: Dialoguing With the Body 6pm-8pm. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

The McKrells 9pm. $25/$20 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Sufi Zikr 7pm. Sufi chanting and prayer. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

The Kennedys 9pm. $18. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394.


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Cloudnyne 10pm. Cafe International, Newburgh. 567-9429.

SPOKEN WORD Screen Doors and Sweet Tea 6:30pm. Recipes and tales from a southern cook Martha Hall Foose. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER Art 8pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Opening of Transparent Studio 12pm-5pm. Presenting works by Ed Burke. Gallery 25N, Peekskill. (914) 293-0811.

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

FILM

Landscapes 1pm-5pm. Oil pastels and watercolors by John Plunkett. Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill. (914) 734-1894.

Who Is Pippi Longstocking? Call for times. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3200.

Wine Country - Old World and New World 2pm-5:30pm. Photography by Robert Goldwitz. Whitecliff Vineyards, Gardiner. 255-4613.

Reading of Beckett at Greystones Bay 2pm. Play by Rosary O’Neill. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Sacred Ground: Held in Trust 3pm-6pm. Preserved lands of the Hudson Valley in pastels by Marlene Wiedenbaum. Pritzker Gallery, Highland. 691-5506.

Who’s On First? 2pm. Durham Irish Repertory Theater. $15. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham. (518) 634-2286.

Works by Annie Internicola 6:30pm. Painted illustrations from Chronogram. Karma Road, New Paltz. 255-1099.

The Pirates of Penzance 3pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Singing Revolution 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

KIDS Children’s Workshop: To the Races 10:30am-12pm. Harness Racing Museum, Goshen. 294-6330.

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

Uncle Rock 11am. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

The Pirates of Penzance 8pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Advanced 10am-1pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. The Work of Byron Katie 7-9pm. W/Jeanette Stevens. Mirabai of Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20.

SATURDAY 7 JUNE ART Opening of Transparent Studio 12pm-5pm. Presenting works by Ed Burke. Gallery25N, Peekskill. (914) 293-0811. Unveiling 2pm. Opening of permanent outdoor educational exhibit. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. (518) 943-7465. Works by Michael Davidoff 5pm-8pm. Millbrook Gallery and Antiques, Millbrook. 677-6699. In Pursuit: The Third Annual Kingston Senior Scholarship Show 5pm-8pm. Art Society of Kingston. 338-0331. The Rain, the Park and Other Things 6pm-8pm. Curated by Renee Riccardo. Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-5090. Queenie Ann Garsuta & Matt Becher 6pm-8pm. Hindu deities and Japanese folk-art meet street art. Gallery at Artemis, Kingston. 339-2494.

MUSIC The People’s Open Mike 8pm. Peint o Gwrw Tavern, Chatham. (518) 392-2943. Dog on Fleas 11am. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. JJ Appleton, Machan Taylor 7pm. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. The Three J’s 7:30pm. Trio performs Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek. Sean & Warren Duo 8pm. Live recording. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, CornwallOn-Hudson. 534-4717. Dewey Redman Tribute Project 8pm. Featuring John Menegon, Joel Frahm, Frank Kimbrough, Tani Tabbal. $25/$20 members. Kleinert/ James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Hudson Valley Jazz Greats 8pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Tokyo String Quartet 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Freestyle Frolic Dance 8:30pm-1am. Dance in a smoke, drug, alcohol and shoe-free environment to a wide range of music. $7/$3 teens and seniors. Center for Symbolic Studies, Tillson. 658-8319.

EVENTS Used Book Sale Call for times. Walker Valley Fire House, Walker Valley. 034-4406. 11th Annual Open Studios Event Call for times. Live music, performance art, poetry on the sidewalks, play performances, gallery tours. Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill. (914) 734-1292. A Taste of Millbrook Call for times. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook. (800) 662-9463. Kingston’s History Tour Call for times. 18th-century cooking, crafts and games demonstrated by interpreters in period clothing, with guided and self tours. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786. The 2008 LobsterPalooza Festival 12pm-7pm. Veterans’ Memorial Park, Albany. Pakatakan Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326.

Reiki Level One Class 10am-4pm. Learn to use your hands to heal. $125. The Sanctuary: A Place for Healing, New Paltz. 691-5548.

DANCE Cajun Dance with Cleoma’s Ghost 3pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

EVENTS 11th Annual Open Studios Event Call for times. Live music, performance art, poetry on the sidewalks, play performances, gallery tours. Downtown Peekskill, NY. (914) 734-1292.

FILM

Sloan Wainwright Band 9pm. $25/$20. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

The Singing Revolution 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

MH2 9pm. Pamela’s on The Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505.

Out of the Box Event Series 1pm-5pm. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

2nd Annual Prince Party 9:30pm. Celebrate Prince’s 50th Birthday. $5. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Annual Snapping Turtle Walk 7am. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

Mohonk Preserve: Volunteer with Preserve Staff 9:30am-2pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Millbrook Mountain 9:30am-3:30pm. Strenuous 7-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Author Jason Gehlert 1pm-3pm. Signing his book Contagion. Barnes and Noble, Newburgh. 567-0782.

THEATER Art 8pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Bye Bye Birdie 8pm. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Who Is Pippi Longstocking? Call for times. NYS Theater Institute, Troy. (518) 274-3200. The Pirates of Penzance 8pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Who’s On First? 8pm. Durham Irish Repertory Theater. $15. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham. (518) 634-2286.

WORKSHOPS

Annual Silver Ribbon House Tour 10am-5pm. Sponsored by the Dutchess County Historical Society. $40/$35 members. St. Peter’s Church Center, Millbrook. 471-1630.

Beginning Drawing 1pm-3pm. With Shawn Dell Joyce. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

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

Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul 9pm. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924.

Annual Phoenicia Library Fair 10am-2pm. Book sale, entertainment, plants, silent auction and children’s activities. Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia. (845) 688-986.

Saugerties Public Library Fair 10am-4pm. More than just books. Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties. 246-1047.

CLASSES

Chesterwood: Gettysburg 12:30pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles-Birding by Ear 9am-11am. $6/$ members. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320.

DANCE

Sacred Chanting 10am-11:00am. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

4 Of A Kind 8:30pm. Rock. Quiet Man Pub, Wappingers Falls. 298-1724.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

Creative Mamas 1pm-4pm. Arts-based class for pregnant women to explore and honor their changing bodies. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

2008 Rosendale Farmers Market 9am-3pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-3467.

THE OUTDOORS

CLASSES

SUNDAY 8 JUNE

Steve Schultz 8pm. Muddy Cup Beacon, Beacon.

INside/OUTside 6:30pm-9:30pm. Works by 6 artists exhibited inside and outside the gallery. William Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill. (914) 737-8622.

Free Yoga Day Call for times. Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.

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Fourth Annual Beacon Hat Parade 10:30am-6pm. Parade staging, hat parade, hat contest and live music. Beacon, Beacon. 546-6222.

Bye Bye Birdie 8pm. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

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

Bye Bye Birdie 4pm. $12/$10. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

Hudson Bush Plant Sale and Garden Exchange 10am-2pm. Locally grown plants and plant materials for gardeners, collectors, and horticulturists. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.

Introduction to the Canon Digital SLR Call for times. Barbara Ellison. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

Introduction To The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar 2pm-4pm. Virtuoso guitarist & master teacher, Jamie Andreas. $18/$15. Boiceville Inn, Boiceville. 657-6127.

MUSIC Blueberry at the Pig 7pm. From intimate piano lounge to full on dance party. The Pig Bar, Saugerties. 246-5158. The Big Bang Jazz Gang 7pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Open Book 1pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. The Most Wonderful Music 2pm. Piano recital directed by Barbara McGivney. Columbia Greene Community College Performing Arts Center, Hudson. (518) 719-0633. Baird Hersey and Prana 3pm. World music. Barnes and Noble, Newburgh. 567-0782.

WORKSHOPS Plein Air Painting Workshops 9:30am-1pm. Call for location. 728-4001. Botanical Illustration 10am-12pm. With Anne Marie Nitti. $125. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Alternative Firings: Raku/Horsehair/Ferric Chloride 12pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

MONDAY 9 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Qigong for Seniors 11am-12pm. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Journey of Remembrance: Prayer & Meditation 7-9pm. W/Kala Iyengar of Peace Village. Mirabai of Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20.

DANCE Dance Classes Call for specific classes and times. Barefoot Dance Center, West Park. 384-6146. Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. W/ Jenny O’Haver. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

FILM Casablanca 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900. Open Mike and Vinyl Showcase 10pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THE OUTDOORS An Evening at Beaver Pond 7pm-8:30pm. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320.

SPOKEN WORD Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Steven Cleaver and Brett Bevell. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

CD Release Party with Stephen Clair 4pm. Release of What Luck. Open Space Gallery, Beacon. 765-0731. Bardavon Gala 2008 7pm. Featuring Smokey Robinson. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

TUESDAY 10 JUNE ART Women’s Studio Workshop Slide Show 7pm. No Space Gallery, Rosendale. 339-3600.

Kairos: A Consort of Singers Bach Cantata Series 7pm. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 384-6660.

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World 7pm-8:30pm. Middletown Thrall Library. 341-5454.

Second Sunday Songwriters Series 7pm. Featuring Bibi Farber, Thea Hopkins, & Erin Hobson. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

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Ellis Paul 8pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Spiritual Discourse & Darshan 6:30pm. Amma Sri Karunamayi. The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. (212) 502-7983.

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Stretch And Stride: Yoga And Hiking In The Catskills Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Arts Center of the Capital District, Troy. (518) 330-8006.

AT Ridge Garrison to Bear Mountain 9am. McDonald’s, Wappingers Falls. 471-9892.

Rhythm Tap Dance Classes 5:30pm. Introduction w/Stefanie Weber. $50 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 281-6734.

Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike:Two Falls 10am-4pm. Strenuous 7-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Family Hiking Club 1pm-3pm. $8/$5 members. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall-onHudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

SPOKEN WORD We Are Still in Eden 1pm. Exploring views on the past, present and future of the therapeutic aspect of nature on human beings. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. (518) 943-7465.

DANCE Muddy Lindy 8pm-10pm. Kingston’s Casual Swing Stomp. Muddy Cup, Kingston. 338-3881.

EVENTS Chess Review 2pm-4pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.

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Blondie 7:30pm. 30th Anniversary Tour. UPAC, Kingston. 339-6088.

Art 2pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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SPOKEN WORD Green Drinks 6:30pm-9pm. Networking session for the sustainably minded and the eco-curious. Piggy Bank Restaurant, Beacon. 838-0028.

Sufi Zikr 7pm. Sufi chanting and prayer. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

CLASSES

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

The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Zuzu’s Wonderful Life, Inc., Albany. (518) 330-8006.

THEATER

Acting Class 6:30pm-9:30pm. Scene study/technique. Green Zen Salon, Kingston. 679-0154.

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Call for times. Cymbeline. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638.

WORKSHOPS 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. Painting the Landscape Indoors 1pm-4pm. John Creagh. $160. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE

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.

EVENTS Famous 50s Hot Rod Weekend Call for times. Car judging, live music, parades. Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson. (888) 948-3766. 3-D Archery Competition 9am. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

FILM Time for Peace 7pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

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Individual Blessings 9am. Amma Sri karunamayi. The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. (212) 502-7983.

Arts And Crafts For Children 3pm-5pm. Blue Dog Arts, Delmar. (518) 439-3309.

CLASSES Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Modern Dance Classes 5:30pm-7pm. $14/$12 per class. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Dance Class 5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $119. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm-8pm. Farm products, children’s activities, live music and gardening advice. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7618. Annual Volunteer Dinner and Program 6pm-9pm. A thank you to all volunteers who have helped at the Berkshires Sanctuaries. Pleasant Stone Farm, Middletown. 343-4040.

FILM Foreign and Documentary Films Series 7pm. $5. Olive Free Library, West Shokan. 657-2482.

MUSIC Open Mike Night 7pm-9pm. Acoustic solos and duets. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Open Mike 7pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Dancing On The Air 8pm. $12. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233. The Basement Tapes 8pm. W/Sid Griffin. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Open Mike Blues Jam 8:30pm-11:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. The Pine Leaf Boys 8pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 8pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Young Composers Exposition 8pm. $12. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

THE OUTDOORS The Beauty of Butterflies 10am-12pm. $6/$4 members. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320.

THEATER Art 8pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. A Lie of the Mind 8pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561.

WORKSHOPS The Artist’s Way Part I 1pm-3pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Pastel Portraits 6:30pm-9:30pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

FRIDAY 13 JUNE

Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30pm. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT THEATER Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Independent Artists Collaborative Acting Class 7pm. Shirt Factory, Kingston. www.iac411.com.

THURSDAY 12 JUNE

Dream and Addiction Call for times. Jeremy Taylor helps us weave our dreams together with our waking life. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Introduction to Omega Living Weekend Call for times. Presented by psychotherapist Cindy Dern. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

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, MA. (413) 663-7962.

ART Tides 7pm. Works by Emily Hassell. Basilica Industria, Hudson. (518) 828-0131. From Seed to Soul Call for time. Photographs by Ellen Romee Pollachek. Deborah Davis Fine Art, Hudson. (518) 822-1885.

DANCE Martha Graham Dance 8pm. Maple leaf rag. $25. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Friday the 13th Dance Party 10pm-3am. With DJ Magic Juan & Dave Leonard. $7/$10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Silent Meditation Retreat 8am-6pm. Amma Sri karunamayi. The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. (212) 502-7983. Suicide Bereavement Group 5:30pm-7:30pm. Call for location. 339-9090 ext. 115. Dara Lurie: Dialoguing With the Body 6pm-8pm. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

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EVENTS Famous 50s Hot Rod Weekend Call for times. Car judging, live music, parades. Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson. (888) 948-3766. Sawyer Motors 2008 Car Show 1pm-6pm. Hot rods, classics and antiques, live entertainment. Downtown Saugerties. 246-3412.


MUSIC MADELEINE PEYROUX

PEYROUX IN POUXKEEPSIE At first, Madeleine Peyroux sounds relaxed, even for a cool-jazz artist. She sings gracefully, treating each note with equal care. Enunciating smoothly, as if every lyric contained subtle wisdom. Never rushing, never straining. When singing atop a gently played piano or lightly strummed acoustic guitar, Peyroux even sounds like she’s attained that most elusive state—tranquility. But sometimes, on a song such as her rendition of Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talking,” there’s a catch in Peyroux’s voice. A hesitation, a quiver that calls into question whether this songstress was ever as comfortable as she seemed. Don’t expect a direct explanation from the artist herself. Peyroux has been reluctant to court fame, rarely giving interviews or relinquishing a morsel of her privacy. What is known: Born in Athens, Georgia in 1973, Peyroux grew up in disparate places—Paris, Brooklyn, Southern California. At 16 she precociously sang and busked on the street with a group of musicians called the Riverboat Shufflers, moving on to the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, with whom she recorded her first album, Dreamland. That debut, an intriguing mix of conventional jazz standards and originals, brought her notable attention, mostly for her voice’s startling resemblance to that of Billie Holiday. By Careless Love, her sophomore effort, she had plainly evolved as an artist. Alongside more jazz standards, she included reinterpretations of newer classics, such as Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” Like her less contemporary covers, Peyroux was able to tweak the original’s conventions and transcend mere homage, with markedly different instrumentation and her emotive voice. Slowing down Dylan’s jangling ditty to a restrained swing, Peyroux’s singing is mostly absent of Dylan’s original smirking humor. She goes straight to the heart of the song, lonesome and resigned. As she sighs, “You’re gonna have to leave me now, I know,” tiptoeing the line between maturity and fatalism, she further complicates Dylan’s giddy melancholy. Peyroux’s singing style is often indirect—skipping around a song’s rhythm, dangling onto notes until the very last moment—but her accompanying music is always simple and direct. Her band-mates perform with an unpretentious confidence; drums are lightly brushed, acoustic guitars gently plucked, and pianos delicately played, the notes softly descending around Peyroux’s coos. Of course, the band can also give one something to dance to. On her latest release, 2006’s Half the Perfect World, Peyroux and the gang perform the original “A Little Bit” with audible enthusiasm. Organ interlocks with electric guitar to form a rich, rolling, and melodic backdrop for Peyroux’s clever quips—“There’s a heaven down here / We can find it if we try / I don’t want all of it / All I need is a little bit.” One hopes Peyroux continues to write originals like “A Little Bit”; maybe even releasing an entire record’s worth. Because, when singing her own words, Peyroux sounds her most honest and vulnerable. She sounds, simply, human. Madeleine Peyroux will be performing with her band at the Bardavon, 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie on Friday, June 27, at 8pm. $42/$37. (845) 473-2072; www.bardavon.org. —Elias Isquith 6/08 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST

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FILM Time for Peace 7pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

MUSIC Emily Zuzik, Jill Stevenson, & Cantinero 7pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Avakian/Champlin Duo 8pm. Classical guitar. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Scott Seltzer 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. Rory Block 9pm. Country blues. $25. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles 9pm. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0248.

TOWN TINKER

30th Anniversary Vintage 3pm-6pm. Tasting of their premium champagne, white wine and dessert wines, live jazz music. Clinton Vineyards, Clinton Corners. 266-5372.

FILM Time for Peace 7pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

KIDS

Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Family Camp Weekend Call for times. Enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, biking. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Sudbury School Information Meeting 7pm-9pm. Overview of the school and our educational philosophy. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, Woodstock. 679-1002.

Book Reading and Signing of The Mountain 7:30pm. Lotus Gallery, Woodstock. 679-2303.

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A Lie of the Mind 8pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561.

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. The Pirates of Penzance 8pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Narantugs, Luther, Beuttner 8pm. Mongolian jazz. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. No Brakes with Rusty Boris 8pm. AIR Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. The DownTown Ensemble 8pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Mary Gauthier 9pm. $25. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0248.

The Spiritual Significance of the Harry Potter Series Call for times. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

Dispatches from the Frontlines: 12 Women Photojournalists 4pm-8pm. Fovea Exhibition, Beacon. 765-2199. Josephine Sacabo 5pm-7pm. Photographs from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nocturnesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geometry of Echoes.â&#x20AC;? Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027. Art in the Loft: Spring 2008 5pm-7pm. Art in the Loft, Millbrook Winery. 677-8383.

Leni Stern and the African Project 9pm. $25/$20. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Reality Check 9:30pm. Rock. Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish House, Poughkeepsie. 486-9044.

THE OUTDOORS Northeast Catskills Backpack Call for times. 17.5 miles total. Call for location. 297-5126. Berkshire Summit Hike Series 8am-4pm. Mount Greylock Hopper Trail. $8/$6 members. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Bottom of the Gunks 9:30am-3pm. Strenuous 7-mile hike. Meet at the West Trapps Trailhead, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Reading and Signing of The Spirit of the Place 1pm. Samuel Shem. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

The Camera Always Lies 5pm-7pm. Regional triennial of the photographic arts. Center for Photography at Woodstock. 679-9957.

Stories Everywhere 1pm. A moveable feast of stories inspired in the natural setting of Unisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sculpture Garden. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Wanderings 5pm-8pm. Paintings by Clayton Buchanan. Riverwinds Gallery, Beacon. 838-2880.

Woodstock Poetry Society Meeting and Festival 2pm. Readings from Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock.

Doug Clow 6pm-8pm. An exhibition of his series of small scale, oil on linen paintings. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

THEATER

Ketta Ioannidou: Mutant Nature 6pm-9pm. Go North Gallery, Beacon. gonorthgallery@hotmail.com.

DANCE

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

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Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection 4pm-6pm. Woodstock Artists Association. 679-2940.

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Frankie & His Fingers, Countess of Persia, Astronauts, & A Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last 8pm. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

A New Brain 8pm. Presented by SummerStar Theater. $20/$15 seniors, faculty, alumni/$12 students. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790.

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TUTTLE SOUND

Folkloric Brazilian Band Iabas 4pm. Willow Kiln Park, Rosendale. 658-8747.

Open Mike/Jam Session 8pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

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Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Advanced 10am-1pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

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Community Day at the Schenectady Museum 10am-5pm. Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890.

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Art 8pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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Third-Annual Friends of the Greenville Library Craft Fair 10am-3pm. Greenville Library, Greenville. (518) 589-5765.

Contradance 8pm. Peter Blue calling with music by Dylan Foley, Graham Smyth and Susie Deane. $10/$9. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 246-2121.

EVENTS Famous 50s Hot Rod Weekend Call for times. Car judging, live music, parades. Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson. (888) 948-3766. Kingstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Tour Call for times. 18th-century cooking, crafts and games demonstrated by interpreters in period clothing, with guided and self tours. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786. Season Opening Gala Call for times. $750-$375. Jacobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29. Pakatakan Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326.

The Pirates of Penzance 8pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. A Lie of the Mind 8pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561. A New Brain 8pm. Presented by SummerStar Theater. $20/$15 seniors, faculty, alumni/$12 students. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Art 8pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On First? 8pm. Durham Irish Repertory Theater. $15. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham. (518) 634-2286.


KIDS' BOOKS LADYBUG GIRL

Preliminary sketches by David Soman from Ladybug Girl (co-authored with Jacky Davis). Sketches and paintings from Ladybug Girl will be exhibited this month at Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie.

Family Affair When David Soman and Jacky Davis started putting together a book about their daughter, Lucy, was three years old. She is almost seven now, and their book, Ladybug Girl (Dial), is on the New York Times’ bestseller list. “That’s insane,” says Soman. “It still blows my mind, I don’t quite believe it.” Following the path of his stepfather, Soman started illustrating for books right out of college. “It made perfect sense for me,” he says. “I love telling stories and I love taking someone’s story and making pictures of it.” After he took a five-year break to start a family, Ladybug Girl was the first project Soman worked on. (Full disclosure: Jacky Davis is the production director at Luminary Publishing.) “It was collective,” says Soman. “So much so that I don’t even know whose sentence is whose.” The book tells the story of a young girl who discovers she is not too small to have fun. After her older brother tells her she is too little to play with him, she takes off on a pictorial adventure with her dog, Bingo. Soman and Davis recently wrote a sequel to their bestseller, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy (Penguin has it scheduled for a 2009 release), which is about friendship and features a character based on their younger son, Sam.

Doing all the illustrations for the book, Soman took on a very different style of art than he was used to. He makes and teaches life painting in watercolor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at The Art Students League. “Making a book is more about the process of exploration,” he says. “You go through so many stages of planning, creating, and refining, to create that final image. Painting life and landscapes is more about the moment. I rarely go back to a painting.” For previous books he had done realistic watercolor illustrations, cartoon styles, and collages, but never the pen-and-ink watercolors featured in Ladybug Girl. Soman’s sketches and paintings will be on display at the Mill Street Loft, where he is also an artist-educator. Not just finished pictures from the book, the exhibit also displays original art with character studies and sketches. “I wanted it to be educational,” says Soman. “It’s the evolution of how a picture comes into being.” “Sketches and Paintings from Ladybug Girl” will be on display June 21 through July 10 with an opening reception June 21 from 2 to 5pm at the Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-7477; www.millstreetloft.org. —Tara Quealy

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WORKSHOPS Images of the Psyche: Seeing the Unseen Call for times. Josephine Sacabo. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

CURIOUS MINDS

Images from the Sun 12:30pm-3pm. Create photograms using special paper and a variety of objects. $10/$5 children. Rosendale Library, Rosendale. 658-9013. Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting 10am-12pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Beginning Drawing 1pm-3pm. With Shawn Dell Joyce. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Basic Intro to Morphology: Art of Face Reading 2-4pm. W/John and Donna Carroll. Mirabai of Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20. Unbind and Wander 2pm-5pm. Creative writing workshop with Kazim Ali. Wen Barn and Gardens, Accord. 679-9441.

SUNDAY 15 JUNE CLASSES Atelier: Figure Painting 9am-12pm. $120-$300. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

DANCE

The Thruxton is a modern cafe racer based on the hybrid specials that used to blast up and down British roads in the Sixties. It keeps faith with a single seat hump, upswept megaphones, rearset pegs, aluminum rims and floating front disc. The tweaked 69bhp 865cc twin keeps you charged until the next espresso.

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

EVENTS

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Famous 50s Hot Rod Weekend Call for times. Car judging, live music, parades. Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson. (888) 948-3766. 2008 Rosendale Farmers Market 9am-3pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-3467. Annual Beacon Sloop Club Strawberry Festival 12pm-5pm. Riverfront Park, Beacon. 831-6962. Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Testing 5:30pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz.

FILM Time for Peace 3pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Dinner and a Movie 4pm. Field of Dreams. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

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MUSIC Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 4pm. $6/$5 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. The Hazbins 1pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

FAUX INTENTION

Josh Olmstead and His Band 3pm. Indie rock. $5. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Women in Music 7pm. “Men who love Women in Music” featuring Kyle Esposito. $10. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Baird Hersey and PRANA 7:30pm. Shakti Yoga, Woodstock. 679-0706. Acoustic Alchemy 8pm. $45/$40 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Guy Clark/Ramblin’ Jack Elliot/Slaid Cleaves 8pm. $42. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

THE OUTDOORS Five Rivers In Five Days: Fly Fishing The Catskills’ Charmed Circle Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Mine Hole 9:30am-3:30pm. Strenuous 8-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Mohonk Preserve: Father’s Day Hike 10am-11am. Easy 1.5 mile. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

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Historic High Falls 10am. Slide presentation. Bevier House Museum/Ulster County Historical Society, Kingston. 339-7858.

A Lie of the Mind 3pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561. A New Brain 4pm. Presented by SummerStar Theater. $20/$15 seniors, faculty, alumni/$12 students. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790.

WORKSHOPS Plein Air Painting Workshops 9:30am-1pm. Call for location. 728-4001. Botanical Illustration 10am-12pm. With Anne Marie Nitti. $125. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Alternative Firings: Raku/Horsehair/Ferric Chloride 11am. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

MONDAY 16 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Qigong for Seniors 11am-12pm. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. W/ Jenny O’Haver. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

FILM Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900. Open Mike and Vinyl Showcase 10pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

SPOKEN WORD Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Teresa Costa and Jan Castro. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

TUESDAY 17 JUNE ART Painting the Town 6pm-8pm. Local color of New Paltz. Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1241.

CLASSES The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Arts Center of the Capital District, Troy. (518) 330-8006. 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, MA. (413) 281-6734.

DANCE Muddy Lindy 8pm-10pm. Kingston’s Casual Swing Stomp. Muddy Cup, Kingston. 338-3881.

EVENTS Chess Review 2pm-4pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.

MUSIC Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Ian Britt 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Toddlers on the Trail Walk: What’s Blooming? 10am-12pm. Ages 2-6. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD

THEATER

Franklin: In Fact and Fiction 7pm-8pm. Chris Godwin. Middletown Thrall Library, Middletown. 341-5454.

Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

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

Art 2pm. Directed by Judd Hirsch. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

THEATER

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. The Pirates of Penzance 3pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Who’s On First? 2pm. Durham Irish Repertory Theater. $15. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham. (518) 634-2286.

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

WORKSHOPS Painting the Landscape Indoors 1pm-4pm. John Creagh. $160. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Tonalism and Color in Oil 7pm-9pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.


WEDNESDAY 18 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

CLASSES Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Modern Dance Classes 5:30pm-7pm. $14/$12 per class. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Dance Class 5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $119. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

Time for Peace 7pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

KIDS Little Wonders of Science: Curious George Goes Fishing 10:30am. Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890. Arts And Crafts For Children 3pm-5pm. Blue Dog Arts, Delmar. (518) 439-3309.

MUSIC Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 8pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

DANCE Suchu Dance 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29. Garth Fagan Dance 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm-8pm. Farm products, children’s activities, live music and gardening advice. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7618.

FILM Opera Jawa 7:30pm. GE Theater at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703.

MUSIC

THEATER A Lie of the Mind 8pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

SPOKEN WORD Comedian Kathy Griffin 7:30pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Rwandan Genocide Survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza 7:30pm. Author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. Aquinas Theater, Newburgh. 569-3179.

THEATER A Lie of the Mind 8pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561. A New Brain 8pm. Presented by SummerStar Theater. $20/$15 seniors, faculty, alumni/$12 students. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

The Pirates of Penzance 8pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS

Photography with Mary Ann G. Neuman 1pm-3pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Summer Solstice Weed Walk 6-8pm. w/Susun Weed. Mirabai of Woodstock.

Pastel Portraits 6:30pm-9:30pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

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BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

Into The Trees Call for time. Outdoor sculpture park. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.

Peter Hammill 8pm. Of Van Der Graf Generator. $25. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Inner Peace Call for times. Inner power through raja yoga meditation. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

Journeys in Clay 2008 2pm-4pm. Annual juried clay exhibit featuring fine crafts, utilitarian objects and sculptures. GCCA Mountaintop Gallery, Windam. (518) 734-3104.

Journey Into the 11th Step: Exploring Prayer & Meditation Call for times. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

Ladybug Girl 2pm-5pm. Sketches and paintings by David Soman. Mill Street Loft Gallery, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30pm. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

SPOKEN WORD Pillow Talk 5pm. New Roles for Amanda McKerrow. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

THEATER Twelfth Night Call for times. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Independent Artists Collaborative Acting Class 7pm. Shirt Factory, Kingston. www.iac411.com.

THURSDAY 19 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Suicide Bereavement Group 5:30pm-7:30pm. Call for location. 339-9090 ext. 115. Dara Lurie: Dialoguing With the Body 6pm-8pm. Miriam’s Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Sufi Zikr 7pm. Sufi chanting and prayer. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

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, MA. (413) 663-7962.

Fields Sculpture Park 3pm-6pm. The Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent. (518) 392-4568. Gardens and Trees 5pm-7pm. Group exhibition exploring gardens and trees in all media. GCCA Catskill Gallery. (518) 943-3400.

DANCE

Search for the Sublime 5pm-7pm. Oils and pastels by Michelle Moran GCCA Catskill Gallery. (518) 943-3400.

Garth Fagan Dance 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Gassed Up! 5pm-8pm.Group exhibition presented by Long Reach Arts. G.A.S. Poughkeepsie. 486-4592.

Dancewaver’s Kids Company 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Remove the Landmark 5pm-9pm. Work by Cannon Hersey and Aaron Yassin. Gallery 384, Catskill. (518) 947-6732.

FILM

La Wilson: Witness Assemblage 6pm-8pm. John Davis Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-5907.

Time for Peace 8pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Cat-n-Around Catskill Cats of 2008 6pm-9pm. Catskill Community Center, Catskill. (518) 943-4950.

Chatham Real Food Films 7pm. Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. Chatham Real Food Market Co-op, Chatham. (518) 392-3353.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

MUSIC Songwriter’s Circle: An Open Mike 8pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Dave Matthews Band 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. $40-$75. (518) 584-9330.

CLASSES

Lynyrd Skynyrd 8pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Zuzu’s Wonderful Life, Albany. (518) 330-8006.

Marc Von Em 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

Acting Class 6:30pm-9:30pm. Scene study/technique. Green Zen Salon, Kingston. 679-0154.

Peter Ostroushko 8pm. Virtuoso mandolin player. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Life Drawing 7pm. W/live model. $4 to $8. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 499-9348.

Steve Schultz 8:30pm. Acoustic. Muddy Cup Beacon, Beacon.

KIDS Little Wonders of Science: Curious George Goes Fishing 10am. Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890.

MUSIC

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Call for times. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Open Mike Night 7pm-9pm. Acoustic solos and duets. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Open Mike Blues Jam 8:30pm-11:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

Time for Peace 8pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

WORKSHOPS

FRIDAY 20 JUNE

FILM

Dave Matthews Band 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. $40-$75. (518) 584-9330.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Advanced 10am-1pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

Open Mike 7pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Fireball 2pm-2am. Fundraising event for supporting the Retreat Center. Blue Deer Center, Margaretville. 586-3225 ext. 2.

Evenings of Psychodrama 8pm. $6/$4 students and seniors. Boughton Place, Highland. 255-7502.

Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

The Artist’s Way Part I 1pm-3pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

Sheffield 275th Celebration 1pm-4pm. Colonial crafts, music, games & other festivities to honor our town’s founding. Sheffield Historical Society, Sheffield, MA. (413) 229-2694.

John Roberts and Tony Barrand 3pm. English songs for the Summer Solstice. The Tent at PS/21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Elizabeth Rich 7pm. Classical piano. Adam’Space, Shokan. (518) 537-2326. Gary Higgins 8pm. $15. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Stoney Clove Lane 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Helen Avakian, Terry Champlin, Steve Siktberg 8pm. CD release party. Hyde Park Free Library, Hyde Park. 229-7791. Stony Clove Lane CD Release Party 9pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. The Mortal Brothers 9pm. Eclectic dance mix. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924. The Strawbs 9pm. Progressive rock. $40/$35 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Long Neck Band 9:30pm. Country rock. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188.

THE OUTDOORS Catskill Wittenberg-Cornell Mountains Hike Call for times. Difficult hike. Call for location. 462-0142. Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles-Birding by Ear 9am-11am. $6/$ members. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320. Mohonk Preserve: Rock Rift Scramble 9:30am-2:30pm. Moderate 6-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Palmaghatt Ravine 9:30am-4:30pm. Strenuous 10-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Franz Heigemeir 2pm. Gallery talk. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331. Pillow Talk 4pm. Garth Fagan on Film. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29. Millay Colony Readings 5pm-7pm. Readings by artists from around the country. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Sacred Art & Ritual Retreat 10am-5pm. Presented by The Howland Cultural Center & Giraffe and Turtle Studios. $160. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

Neil Rosenthal 6pm. Reads and signs Reflections of a Wine Merchant. Hudson Wine Merchants, Hudson. (518) 828-6411.

CLASSES

Hotflash and the Whoremoans 8:30pm. Comedy. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Painting with Pastels Call for times. Ages 16 and up. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

DANCE Garth Fagan Dance 2pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29. The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Ballet 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

EVENTS Kingston’s History Tour Call for times. 18th-century cooking, crafts and games demonstrated by interpreters in period clothing, with guided and self tours. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786.

DANCE

Head Soup 9pm. Blues, classic rock. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924.

Garth Fagan Dance 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Dub Is A Weapon 9pm. $15. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0248.

New Chamber Ballet 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Uncommon Ground 9pm. Alternative bluegrass. $22.50/$17.50 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

FILM

THE OUTDOORS

Riverside Farmers and Artisans Market 10am-2pm. With live music. Riverside Market, Catskill. (518) 943-3400.

Opera Jawa Call for times. GE Theater at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703.

Girl Scout Equestrian Weekend Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

2nd Annual Strawberry Festival 12pm-4pm. Hosted by Renaissance Kids. $5. Cunneen Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067.

Pakatakan Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326. 17th-Century Dutch Encampment and Activities 10am-5pm. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786.

THEATER The Pirates of Penzance 8pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. A Lie of the Mind 8pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561. A New Brain 8pm. Presented by SummerStar Theater. $20/$15 seniors, faculty, alumni/$12 students. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Who’s On First? 8pm. Durham Irish Repertory Theater. $15. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham. (518) 634-2286.

WORKSHOPS Publishing a Photographic Book Call for times. Philip Trager. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.

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Introduction to Photography Call for times. Joan Barker. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting 10am-12pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Low Cost Transformation Through Cellular Healing 10am-1pm. $30. Free Soul, Old Chatham. (518) 794-0017.

WORKSHOPS Plein Air Painting Workshops 9:30am-1pm. Call for location. 728-4001. Botanical Illustration 10am-12pm. With Anne Marie Nitti. $125. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

MONDAY 23 JUNE

Song Writing Workshop with Bar Scott 12pm. Lucy Max Studio, Woodstock. 679-1087.

ART

Beginning Drawing 1pm-3pm. With Shawn Dell Joyce. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

Camp Art Omi Call for times. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.

Improv Workshop with Denny Dillon 1pm-4pm. $55 members / $65 non-members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

SUNDAY 22 JUNE

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

ART

CLASSES

Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist 3pm-5pm. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.

Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. W/ Jenny O’Haver. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

Serge Spitzer: Still Life 3pm-5pm. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT 4th Annual Yoga as a Muse Retreat Call for times. $850. Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale. 338-6418.

FILM Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC

Sacred Chanting 10am-11am. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Bar Scott 9am. Singer/songwriter. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

CLASSES

Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

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

DANCE Garth Fagan Dance 2pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

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

SPOKEN WORD Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Thom Francis and Mary Panza. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

EVENTS 2008 Tour De Kingston/Ulster Call for times. Recreational, distance and competitive rides. $15/$25 family. Forsyth Nature Center, Kingston. 338-0431. 2008 Rosendale Farmers Market 9am-3pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-3467.

A SUMMER OF FUN AWAITS AT YMCA DAY CAMPS!

Pleasant Valley Day 10am-4pm. Walks, talks, demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, and more all with a nature theme. $4-$30. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320. Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Testing 5:30pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz.

KIDS Kidz Bop Live! 6pm. $22. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

MUSIC Blueberry at the Pig 7pm. From intimate piano lounge to full on dance party. The Pig Bar, Saugerties. 246-5158.

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TUESDAY 24 JUNE CLASSES The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Arts Center of the Capital District, Troy. (518) 330-8006. 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, MA. (413) 281-6734.

DANCE

EVENTS

THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Undivided Lot Trail 9am-4pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

The Pirates of Penzance 3pm. Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company. $22/$20 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. A Lie of the Mind 3pm. Presented by the Star Mountainville Group. $20/$15 seniors and students. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4561. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

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Drawn Home: A Life Drawing Experience with Meriel Hoare 9:30am-5pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Brian McGee & the Hollow Speed, Red Rooster 7pm. $8. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THEATER

Located at Camp Epworth in High Falls, NY. Monday-Friday (Phone: 845 255-2107) Fax (845-256-0327)

Singing, Yoga and Taking a Good Deep Breath Call for times. With Bar Scott. $325. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

Muddy Lindy 8pm-10pm. Kingston’s Casual Swing Stomp. Muddy Cup, Kingston. 338-3881.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks 8pm. $25. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

CAMP WILTMEET

WORKSHOPS

Eric Squindo 12pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500.

Acoustic Alchemy 8pm. $45/$40. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Located in Shokan, NY. Monday-Friday (Phone: 845-338-3810 OR 845-657-8288)

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

FILM Time for Peace 7pm. A history of Time & Space Limited within an historical context. $7/$5 members. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

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THEATER

A New Brain 4pm. Presented by SummerStar Theater. $20/$15 seniors, faculty, alumni/$12 students. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Who’s On First? 2pm. Durham Irish Repertory Theater. $15. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham. (518) 634-2286.

Chess Review 2pm-4pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.

FILM Prem Rawat: Words of Peace 7pm. Video presentation. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342. Swingtime 8pm. The Tent at PS/21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

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

THEATER Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

WORKSHOPS Drawn Home: A Life Drawing Experience with Meriel Hoare 9:30am-5pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Painting the Landscape Indoors 1pm-4pm. John Creagh. $160. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.


Tonalism and Color in Oil 7pm-9pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Evening of Clairvoyant Channeling 7pm. W/Betsy Stang. Mirabai of Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20.

WEDNESDAY 25 JUNE CLASSES Brain Games 1pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. DSLR 110 6pm-9pm. Canon Digital SLR Beginner. $45. Artcraft Camera & Digital, Kingston. 331-3141. Beginner Pilates Mat Workout 6:30pm-7:30pm. $119. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

DANCE Compagnie Heddy Maalem 8pm. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

EVENTS Woodstock Farm Festival 4pm-8pm. Farm products, children’s activities, live music and gardening advice. Maple Lane, Woodstock. 679-7618.

FILM Foreign and Documentary Films Series 12am. $5. Olive Free Library, West Shokan. 657-2482.

MUSIC Open Mike 7pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Open Mike Night 7pm-9pm. Acoustic solos and duets. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. WDST Presents 8pm. Featuring Elvis Perkins, AA Bondy, Mike and Ruthy of the Mammals. Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

KIDS Arts And Crafts For Children 3pm-5pm. Blue Dog Arts, Delmar. (518) 439-3309.

MUSIC

SPOKEN WORD

The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Independent Artists Collaborative Acting Class 7pm. Shirt Factory, Kingston. www.iac411.com.

THURSDAY 26 JUNE ART Facebook: Images of People in Photographs from the Permanent Collection 5pm-9pm. Loeb Art Center, Vassar College Poughkeepsie. 437-5632.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sufi Zikr 7pm. Sufi chanting and prayer. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

Looking Ahead to What’s New in the Field of Medical Imaging 6pm. With Dr. Walter Robb. Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Schenectady. (518) 382-7890. Yama Farms: A Most Unusual Catskills Resort 7:30pm. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.

THEATER Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

WORKSHOPS The Artist’s Way Part I 1pm-3pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Pastel Portraits 6:30pm-9:30pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

FRIDAY 27 JUNE ART

Permaculture Class Call for times. Call for location. www.appleseedpermaculture.com.

Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Evita 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s hit Broadway musical. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. My Fair Lady 8pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

WORKSHOPS Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Advanced 10am-1pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Photography with Mary Ann G. Neumann 1pm-3pm. $100. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613.

SATURDAY 28 JUNE ART Open Studio Tour 1am-5pm. $15/$12. Arts on the Lake, Carmel. 878-4127.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Meditation Intensive Retreat with Gitaprana 10am-4pm. Vivekananda Retreat/Ridgely, Stone Ridge. 687-4574.

DANCE

DANCE

Compagnie Heddy Maalem 2pm/8pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 8:15pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29. Compagnie Heddy Maalem 8pm. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Cultural Traditions 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

EVENTS

Swing Dance 6:30pm-9pm. 7:30pm lesson. Live music. $15/$8 students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Kingston’s History Tour Call for times. 18th-century cooking, crafts and games demonstrated by interpreters in period clothing, with guided and self tours. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786.

Adam Miller Dance Project 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Pakatakan Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Round Barn, Halcottsville. 586-3326.

FILM

Marbletown-Rondout Valley Garden Tour 10am-4pm. Self-guided exploration of the area’s most delightful private gardens and horticultural attractions. $25. Saunderskill Farms, Accord. 687-9166.

Bunny Chow Call for times. GE Theater at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703. Turn the River 7pm. W/Director Chris Eigeman. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 11pm. $65. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

The Art of Belly Dancing with Habiba Call for times. Zuzu’s Wonderful Life, Albany. (518) 330-8006.

Find Your Own Path Call for times. Weekend teen to discover your amazing potential and find a different way to deal with problems. $25/$10. Kadampa Meditation Center New York, Glen Spey. 856-9000.

DANCE

Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 2:15pm/8:15pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

KIDS

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.

THEATER

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.

CLASSES

Acting Class 6:30pm-9:30pm. Scene study/technique. Green Zen Salon, Kingston. 679-0154.

Neil Rosenthal 7:30pm. Reads and signs Reflections of a Wine Merchant. Oblong Books & Music, Millerton. (518) 789-3797.

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CLASSES

THEATER

Cloud 9 and Josh Tangney 9pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 8pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Open Mike Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30pm. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

United Roots 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Melvern Taylor & His Fabulous Meltones 9pm. $15. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0248. Funk and Reggae Dance Explosion with Herbal Nation 10pm. $15. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Ab Ovo (From The Egg): Ten Painters in Tempera 6pm-7pm. Clement Art Gallery, Troy. (518) 272-6811.

Pillow Talk 5pm. A Visit with Bill T. Jones. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Tracey Bonham and the Trapps 8pm. $15. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

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

Open Mike Blues Jam 8:30pm-11:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

SPOKEN WORD

The Crossroads Band 9pm. Blues, rock. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924.

Riverside Farmers and Artisans Market 10am-2pm. With live music. Riverside Market, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. RVGA’s 5th Annual Orchard Dinner and Wine Tasting 6pm-9pm. Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge. www. rondoutvalleygrowers.org.

FILM Turn the River 7pm. W/Director Chris Eigeman. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Black Spring 4pm. Screening and discussion. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Roomful of Blues 9pm. $40/$35 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Tirendi 9pm. Pop, funk, jazz, R&B. Starr Alley, Rhinebeck. 876-2924. Sugar Shack Burlesque 9pm. $15. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0248. The Last Rights 9:30pm. Classic rock. Mulligan’s Irish House, Poughkeepsie. 486-9044.

THE OUTDOORS Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds 8am-12pm. $25/$20 members. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA. (413) 637-0320. Dragonfly Day 10am. $5/$3 members. Hudson Highlands Nature Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204. Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables Hike: Mud Pond 10am-4pm. Strenuous 10-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Susan Aberth on Louise Bourgeois 1pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100. Neil Rosenthal 7:30pm. Reads and signs Reflections of a Wine Merchant. Oblong Books and Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

THEATER Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Evita 8pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s hit Broadway musical. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. My Fair Lady 8pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

WORKSHOPS Personal Narrative Call for times. Elinor Carucci. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting 10am-12pm. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Beginning Drawing 1pm-3pm. With Shawn Dell Joyce. $150. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Creating Abundance 2pm-4:30pm. You can pay your bills, realize your dreams, and come closer to God. Woodstock Sufi Center, Woodstock. 679-7215.

SUNDAY 29 JUNE BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Eckhart Tolle Silent Meetings Call for times. Videos, meditation, and dialogue. Call for location. 687-8687. Meditation Intensive Retreat with Gitaprana 10am-2pm. Vivekananda Retreat/Ridgely, Stone Ridge. 687-4574.

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

DANCE

MUSIC

KIDS

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 5pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Acoustic Medicine Show 7pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Bee Buzz for Kids Call for times. Two sessions: ages 4-9 and 10-15. $10. HoneybeeLives, New Paltz. 255-6113.

Compagnie Heddy Maalem 2pm. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

MUSIC

EVENTS

New York Philharmonic Call for times. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

2008 Rosendale Farmers Market 9am-3pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-3467. East Durham Market Days 10am-3pm. Goods and activities including live music. Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre, East Durham.

Andy Irvine 8pm. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 8:15pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Aston Magna Concert 8pm. Music of the 17th and 18th centuries performed on period instruments. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7216.

Compagnie Heddy Maalem 8pm. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Erin McKeown 8pm. $23. WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany. (518) 465-5233.

31st Annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival 12pm. $5-$110. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Full Force Dance Theatre 6:30pm. Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket, MA. (413) 243-9919 ext. 29.

Fred Gillen Jr. 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

Ray Mason 2pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500.

FILM

Madeleine Peyroux 8pm. Jazz/pop singer. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle 8pm. Con Brio. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Martin Sexton 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

Melissa Etheridge Revival Tour 8pm. $37-$102. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Movie with Director: Turn the River with Chris Eigeman 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

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.

Turn The River Call for times. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Bunny Chow Call for times. GE Theater at Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703. Movie with Director: Turn the River with Chris Eigeman 7pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

McMule and Robert Hill Band 8:30pm. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Testing 5:30pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz.

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MUSIC

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Chicago Call for times. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. 31st Annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival 12pm. $5-$110. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Aaron Gilmartin 12pm. Singer/songwriter. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Cafe, Red Hook. 758-6500. Mark Ten Eiken 1pm. Acoustic. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595. Shanghai Quartet 4pm. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. 679-8217. Frankenstein Dog 7pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles and Sociables HikeShaupeneak Ridge 10am-3pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPOKEN WORD Author Book Readings 3pm-5pm. Featuring Laura Shaine Cunningham, Valerie Martin, and Nina Shengold. Maple Grove Restoration, Poughkeepsie. 471-9651.

THEATER Doubt Call for times. Exploration of suspicion and paranoia in the Catholic Church. Capital Repertory Theater, Albany. (518) 445-7469. Gutenberg The Musical! Call for times. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. My Fair Lady 3pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. Evita 3pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s hit Broadway musical. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS Plein Air Painting Workshops 9:30am-1pm. Call for location. 728-4001. Botanical Illustration 10am-12pm. With Anne Marie Nitti. $125. Wallkill River School, Montgomery. 689-0613. Let Your Pendulum Be Your Guide 2-4pm. W/Bette Hansen. Mirabai of Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20.

MONDAY 30 JUNE ART Summer Intensive Call for times. Pre-college portfolio development program in two-week sessions, different media available. $775. Mill Street Loft Gallery, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

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

CLASSES Acting for the Camera 6pm-9pm. W/Jenny O’Haver. $25/$100 for five classes. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 528-6728.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100.

KIDS Summerstage Nova Call for times and dates. Theater camps for ages 7-12 and 13-17. StageWorks, Hudson. (518) 822-9667.

MUSIC Celtic Session 7:30pm. Traditional Irish music. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900. Open Mike and Vinyl Showcase 10pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

THE OUTDOORS Dragons and Damsles 10am-12pm. Explore the sanctuary’s freshwater pond and field habitats where these winged jewels reside. $6/$4 members. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield, MA. (413) 637-0320.

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SPOKEN WORD Poetry Open Mike 7pm. Featuring Craig Hancock & The Kinderhook Group. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

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Planet Waves

EMIL ALZAMORA

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n his column last month in Chronogram, Jason Stern raised what he called “the question of destiny,” asking, “Are the stories of our lives already written in a book of time while we are left to helplessly fulfill a preset plot? And of course there’s the question of the larger world, and the unforeseen changes in economic, political and social conditions,” such as what happens to individuals when a government bombs an entire population. “These questions have always prevented me from making long-term plans,” he wrote, due to his conviction that “the best approach to fulfilling possible futures is the discipline of keeping the attention rooted in the moment, with faith that the next step will become apparent if I am present here and now.” He asked his readers to offer some ideas about this, and as Jason’s astrologer and that of Chronogram, I thought I would give it a try. These are very old issues, and many of our ideas about them are programmed with religious concepts. 130 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 6/08

For example, the fate-versus-freewill discussion has been used as a cudgel in theology to address dumb questions like: If there is predestiny, are we programmed in advance to be saints or sinners and, therefore, is it set whether we’re going to heaven or hell? If so, why does it matter what we do? (The answer is: It does not matter, as long as you go to church just in case and leave a little something in the basket. But don’t put that on your philosophy midterm.) First, two observations about time. One involves our conception of linear time. An individual’s perception of time is usually based on a cultural model that we are given in childhood and that is reinforced throughout life, and it’s always related to technology. Our model is linear; time proceeds from the past to the future. Using this model, we exist in the present like a pair of socks hung on a clothesline, anchored to a tree in the past and the back porch


in the future. Without a concept of the past (usually attached to traumatic or romanticized experiences) and the future (usually anchored in anxiety or hope), we would have no concept of the present. One slight problem is that we are hurtling toward the future but we can’t see it. It’s like driving down a highway staring into the rearview mirror. As a result, our ideas about the present are derived from our mostly fictional ideas about the past and our entirely fictional ideas about the future. Imagine if our concept of time was rooted in the present and extended out in all directions (this is how astrology works). Our ideas are also based on our limited ideas about what birth and death are. Under this model, the tree is birth and the back porch is death; we think we exist for a span of time between the two, with no idea of what is beyond either. Presumably, if there is something “beyond” birth and death, we should have access to it now, if we are paying attention. As an aside, most of our clocks are now digital. I’ve never seen a comment anywhere about what it means that we switched from circular clocks a generation ago to nearly all digital clocks today. Time became faceless with this gesture; clocks used to have a face. An analog clock at least presents a cyclical model of time; the hands go around and around in the context of a 12-hour cycle, in a way similar to how the Earth orbits the Sun. In a digital device, the sense of time as a line is emphasized; we move along the line like a tightrope walker and presumably we are always someplace new. A digital clock isolates the current time and takes time out of the larger cycles that really comprise it. Both analog and digital clocks offer models of sequential time, but they present two different pictures. Pictures mean a lot because they are connected to, and often shape, our concepts. Personally, I much prefer analog clocks and watches, and I use that option on my computers when I remember. Second, our calendar system is poorly suited for measuring very long spans of time. Our system does not exactly fall apart when you go back 5,000 years, but it does not hold up well. If you say June 7, 3008 BCE, is that really meaningful? What happened that day? The Mayans and other Mezzo-American cultures utilized a system of counting days (the Long Count) that was organized into cycles that could easily measure 26,000-year cycles. They were, we’re told, fond of the 5,125-year cycle (the baktun), and we are getting close to the end of one of those—I’ll get to this in a moment. The Mayans also used a 260-day cycle (the Short Count) that was like a floating island in time, moving through the centuries with day number 260 (and thus New Year) continuously falling in a different season. We have no convenient or conceptually coherent way to measure long spans of time. We can barely imagine 10 years in the future, and then one day a decade gets away from us. I think that our model of time is poorly suited for the effective use of it. It leaves us incredibly short sighted, something we cannot afford right now. If we switch to an astrological (i.e., planetary) frame of reference, we can take advantage of a system that is based on the cycles of nature, not abstractions. This system has its problems too, but at least the model is elliptical. You get some context; you can relate time and space in a tangible way. You can see synchronicities, in the form of planets making aspects which come with key historical events that reveal the nature of the alignments. We may not know how or why this works, but I can tell you that if you look you can see it working; then you can try to figure out how, but this seems to matter less. (If this topic interests you, take a look at Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas.) Until the discovery of Uranus, the longest cycle conveniently available was about 29 years—that of Saturn, which was traditionally considered the lord of time and also of death. When Uranus was discovered in the late 18th century, we were able to think in 84-year cycles. Pluto took us up to 250-year cycles in the early 20th century. Today we have Eris, which has a 557-year cycle; and we have Sedna, which has an approximately 12,000-year cycle. This is progress. In 1977, Chiron was discovered with a 50-year orbit. This orbit is highly elliptical, so Chiron spends radically different lengths of time in different signs; this is one of its main uses. It reveals hidden patterns below the visible surface of reality that become plainly obvious when you study the patterns in someone’s biography. Using these tools, it is possible to track the cycle of two planets—for ex-

ample, the Uranus to Pluto cycle, which was very active in the 1960s as well as during many periods of revolution, and which will be active for the next seven years. This gives context; that is, it helps us find our location in the vast cycles of history and to assess the available energy of a particular time period. We can’t necessarily make exact predictions, but we can tell which of the big energies are working together, note the context and respond accordingly. There are other ways to measure. One is using rare events, such as when a planet makes an exact conjunction to the Sun, called a transit. (The word transit has two meanings; the more common one is when any planet contacts any other planet [such as the Saturn return], and the other is used by astronomy, to which I’m referring here.) You may recall the Venus transit to the Sun from June 2004. There is a Wiki article that will confuse or clarify. Conjunctions happen all the time, but it’s rare that they align in two different dimensions. In other words, during a typical conjunction between Venus and the Sun, Venus will pass a little above or below the Sun. During a transit, Venus will cross the disk of the Sun. This happens at precise intervals. According to the very cool Wikipedia page on the topic, “Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena and currently occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.” The transits come in pairs, just like eclipses. Individual events in each pair are usually separated by eight years. The event corresponding to the June 2004 transit occurs in June 2012. This is interesting because the Mayan astronomer/astrologer/priests for whatever reason chose 2012 as the end date for the 13th baktun—and they loved the cycle of Venus. So this correspondence cannot be a “mere” coincidence—it is either a synchronicity or the result of careful planning. We are approaching the exact midpoint of the 2004 and 2012 events. The events are separated by 2,920 days, and the midpoint between them is Saturday, June 7, 2008. This event occurs with the Sun and Venus in Gemini, precisely in the midst of Mercury retrograde in Gemini. Note: It is not a transit of Venus, but with the Sun, Mercury, and Venus clustered around the North Node of Venus (right where the 2004 and 2012 transits occur), this is a pretty special event. It seems to be a kind of tipping point on the way to whatever this elusive thing we’re calling 2012 represents, and whatever Venus represents. Now, you may ask how being aware of an event like this helps shape our concept of time, or helps us make better use of time. I would remind you that such an effort is only meaningful if you step outside the context of your daily grind. It’s only meaningful if you seek meaning, and want to see your life as meaningful and part of some larger process. Unfortunately, for most people this is no more useful than going to a movie. If you want to access the subtler realms of psychic and temporal influence and really feel the contours of time, you need to think about it for a lot longer than it took you to read this article. Indeed, you need to involve yourself with the process every day in some way, and be willing to shake up your old constructs of time and space. However, it can be truly helpful to use cycles that stand outside the normal week/month/year measurement pattern as part of a reflection process. One simple exercise could be to make a detailed assessment of where you were at in the spring of 2004 and where you are today. Use that to conjure some visions for where you want to be in 2012. One immediate benefit is that it’s possible to consider the four-year span of time between ‘04 and now. We actually remember some of what happened that recently, and we have some sense of how we filled the time and what it felt like to live that long. Between the June 2004 transit and the midpoint, you lived 1,460 days. The thing to remember is that these are not ordinary dates. June ‘04, ‘08 and ‘12 are hot spots; they are nodal points where many paths in a complex model of time converge in something akin to a cluster of exit and entrance ramps along a freeway. You’re still driving down a highway and the wheels are still humming against the pavement. You don’t have to do that much. But you have options that don’t normally exist: there are unusual points of access and egress in the vicinity. And it happens in the midst of a very interesting, seemingly routine cosmic shuffle known as Mercury retrograde, which will add to the sense of intrigue and perhaps help you loosen your grip on this tightrope of time that we refer to as reality. 6/08 CHRONOGRAM PLANET WAVES 131


Horoscopes ARIES (March 20-April 19) If you are experiencing your potential more like a violent tug than a gentle ascent to grandeur, look for where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re resisting internally. Around you there is nothing but opportunity. No glass ceiling separates you from the sky; no walls or locked door divides you from the terrain of existence that is spreading out around you. Yet what is developing internally is calling you to match any possibility you might hope for in the world with an inner revolution. One will make way for the other. For the most part, people are willing to live unconsciously, or they insist on doing so because awareness is too painful, or too much of a hassle. The most profound ignorance does not involve worldly knowledge, but, rather, is that which veils who we are from ourselves. This is what you are being called upon to let go of, and, admittedly, this takes some guts. You may feel like you have to release some aspect of denial all at once, and if that happens you may fear youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be left in totally unfamiliar territory, with no sense of orientation. Even if this were possible, you would be a lot better off experiencing that than attempting to sort out your life one grain of rice at a time.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) As a stunning New Moon sweeps through your birth sign this month, I suggest you ask yourself one question: Is what you want based on what you want, or is it based on some extreme external conditioning? Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work or mission must be based on an inner process in order to be authentic. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to sort out all external factors, there are a few you need to be aware of. These principally involve the effects of what you were told you could not do. The equation parses out like this: If you were blocked, chastised, or punished for expressing your talents, this could trigger a kind of obsession with ambition. The effect would be to make you object-oriented rather than process-oriented; in spiritual terms, you could say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;hung up on the supposed destination rather than the journey.â&#x20AC;? You will have a clue about whether this is happening if in some way you emphasize image over substance; if you care concerned more about what people think than how you feel. The most helpful thing you can do at this point is discern whether your goals are really your goals. Where exactly did they come from, and what other options do you see? For where you are at now, is it necessary to have goals at all, or do they conceal something deeperâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something you truly want and need?

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) You need to leave yourself plenty of room to change your mind. I know this sounds like telling a Pisces they need to go to the beach, but it would appear that you are going to reconsider something about which you are at the moment feeling confident and committed. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the secret desire for commitment substitute for the real thing. As you progress through these weeks, you will have access to all the information you need; when you look back at this time, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be surprised by what you already knew, and how early you knew it. But in advance, you may not be assembling the pieces. Then, one afternoon, a revelation arrivesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but is it doubt, or is it a breakthrough? Is it hesitation and insecurity, or are you being given some authentic inspiration? These are the approximate choices you have available. In other words, when you get to the reversal point, you get to define what it is and why you are there. Consciously reach into the wisdom of insecurity. Touch that moment when you have no options at all. If you get to the place where you seem to be standing in a vacuum, remember that you can fill it with anything you like. Celebrating our First Year

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) You have been learning so much about yourself, you could fill a library or two. Yet so far, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had limited opportunities to put your knowledge into action. Currently, you have the option to create a new strategy for life based on what you have discovered about yourself in the past year or so. You know a lot that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not admitting, about your preferences for how you spend your time, where, and with whom. Certain people have begun to impact your life in a way that would have been highly unusual not long ago, and you may be recognizing that not everyone is as wholesome an influence as you would have liked. You have options you never quite imagined would be real. And, finally, you may feel that the potential for failure has never been greater. Usually, that is a pretty good portent. For any possibility to be made real, it helps to contact all the other possibilities, too. This is not merely about thinking you have some choice in the matter of your life; rather, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about making contact with the fact that life is comprised of cycles, and of elements that often contain their opposite force of influence. Being mindful of this balance will give you strength, sanity, and some extra freedom.

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Horoscopes LEO (July 22-August 23) Fair to say that over the past six months, you’ve faced some of your worst fears. You’re not only still alive, you have made it fully intact into a new season of your life. You’ve also come to terms with the essentially fearful nature of human emotions: We tend to be fixated on what can (and what we think will) go wrong, rather than what we know we can achieve. Unlike most people, you don’t tend to be negatively obsessed; rather, there seems to be a fearful thought that pops up and threatens your peace of mind. This is the tiger that you’ve been learning to flirt with. Large fears are made of small ones that have gone out of control. Doubts about the great matters in life are often related to small or seemingly insignificant insecurities. You have been taken on a grand tour of all of these states of mind, and, by now, the connections between the great and the petty should be obvious. Events over the next few weeks will reveal to you how potent your influence on the world is. You may find that people rebel against your strength or influence. Now, however, you can take it in stride, even as a compliment.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) Saturn transiting your birth sign is about helping you feel more settled and solid in life, which is a necessary precursor for freedom. Pluto in Capricorn is helping you push through some of the overcooked boundaries and restrictions you place on yourself. These may feel like contradictory influences, breaking up restrictions while at the same time embodying the Saturn principle. Rather, they work together as one combined influence. Saturn is often perceived as a kind of stuck influence—but not when it’s making a transit. Then it moves the world, moves you, and gives you the strength to overcome the ideas or changes you may have resisted for years. Pluto is working in perfect harmony with Saturn now, and it, too, has a job to do: to take you back to the feeling of being young. There are reasons you have chosen not to take certain risks in life, and these are being dismantled. One quality that you are overcoming, and will be for the foreseeable future, is a tendency to conserve your energy rather than explore, expand, or extend it. You could say this results in a kind of conservatism, though currently it looks like you’re liberating your energy. The result will not be about being liberal; the result will be liberation.

LIBRA (September 22-Ocotber 23) You may wonder how deep you need to dig into yourself until you feel secure. You may want to try digging into your parents and their ideas about life, which your soul is challenging with every quantum of its strength. Now is the time to let go of the delusion (held by most of the Western world) that our parents really don’t influence us all that much. In truth, they created the structure in which we live. In the days of yore, this used to be something practical, like a house. Today, it is restricted to our self-concept; our ego structure, and these are rarely useful. What you may be noticing is just how isolating that structure really is. Despite the fact of so many people being interested in you, your tendency to hide in a room in your mind would make you better suited for life on an island. You can come out of that dark space, if you want, but you will need to brave the unpredictable emotional elements of life in a direct way. If you don’t, they will find you where you are retreating. Many have noticed that putting up barriers only serves to increase the intensity of the storm raging outside. If you think of it more as an adventure, I assure you, it will feel like one.

 

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SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) Mars has spent nearly five months dancing around the sign Cancer, your ninth solar house. Contrary to any description of Scorpio that you will read, this has had you thrashing over whether your life plans are right or wrong. I trust that you have, by this time, begun to enjoy the process of questioning your intentions and determining whether something actually feels right before you thrust yourself into it. However, Mars has finally broken free of the retrograde effect that dominated the winter and early spring, and is about to cross the midheaven angle of your chart. This is the time to put your plans into action, with gusto. The sticking point may be a series of negotiations with others that could benefit from a thorough review for accuracy, integrity, and whether they are realistic. I don’t suggest you allow this to block your movement through the world, however. Most things you want to do don’t call for the involvement of others. Those involvements might turn out to be good for you, and will definitely turn out to be good for them; the key is making sure that shared arrangements of any kind are good for everyone. So take your time where those discussions are concerned, and be bold about everything else.

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You want action. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see if we can figure out where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to find it. Or rather, where it is going to find you. I think the word is directly. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accustomed to one particular part of your life going with excruciating, even agonizing, slowness. Keep your antennas up, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely to pick up the pace. As it does, you may face various questions of appropriateness: Do I mix a sexual relationship with one that involves another commitment? Can I even think about it? Will I be giving someone too much power over me? Yeah, these are the questions that nobody would have given a hoot or a toot about in 1975. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s anymore; we are in another land, the land of boundaries and borders and limits. We are, collectively, moving through a time when fear is the reason to avoid everyone and everything, except maybe prescription mediation and a tall latte. Most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel it as strange; it is very, very strange. You need a definition of integrity that allows you to have the fun you want, and, by that, I mean the naughty kind of fun. Remember, integrity means being a whole person, not a pure one.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) Keep building from the inside out. Forget ambition, aspiration, the big prize, the house on the hill. Remember your core, your rich, inner domain, the abundance of wealth that you stand on, live on, nourish yourself from. Rather than look up, I suggest you work on a horizontal plane. This is not the place to include a long rant over our cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obsession with up and down as the only directions of movement; but then most people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it through geometry. As one of the smartest signs of the zodiac, you are no doubt familiar with the concept of an X-axis as well as a Y-axis. Look out on your level of reality in all directions. Notice who you see; there will be a number of people who are sufficiently self-aware and in contact with their desires to be able to respond to yours. Note that you will meet the occasional egomaniac as well; you will recognize them by their visible tendency toward hostility. While you may want to express your usual tendency to tame or fix such souls, you would be wasting an opportunity to indulge in some excellent missing experiences.

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Focus on keeping a positive attitude. The planets aligned around you are so solid, grounded, and dependable that the only thing that could possibly stop you from having the time of your life is a negative state of mind. Therefore, addressing that is the starting point (and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it as an issue by the wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;only as a potential pitfall that could affect anyone at any time on a seriously depressed planet). Take care of the basics first. Make a few moves and keep the bank balance in the black; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let small tasks drag down your bigger vision. Do the dishes before you go to bed, so when you wake up, the new day is not marked by the effects of the prior one. (This is a meaningful lesson in how karma works.) Keep clear with the people around you, and resolve differences quickly; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your conscience be troubled. Then, rock out: Push the concept and the reality of freedom. Indulge the hedonist side of your nature for a change. Take chances that you would not ordinarily take; say yes, ask for what you want, and trade in being a perfect person for being a bold one. As a Pisces, you may feel youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen it allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but push the bounds of reality till you try something new, or â&#x20AC;&#x2122;til it tries you.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College trots out 50 portraits from its mammoth photography holdings this month for “Facebook: Images of People in Photographs from the Permanent Collection.” Running June 27 through August 10, “Facebook” features some of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, including August Sander, Lewis Hine, Berenice Abbott, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, and Cindy Sherman. Standouts from the show include Richard Avedon’s mug shot of boxer Oscar De La Hoya, fresh-faced in 1993; Walker Evans’s Tenant Farmer’s Wife, Alabama (1936), from his iconic work documenting the

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Great Depression; and Diane Arbus’s Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street, NYC, from 1966. “Facebook” also features photographs by several lesserknown artists, including little seen noctural portraits of characters on the Coney Island boardwalk in the early 1970s by Jerry L. Thompson. A tour of “Facebook,” led by curator Mary-Kay Lombino, will be held on Thursday, June 26, at 6pm in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening from 5 to 9pm. (845) 437-5632; http://fllac.vassar.edu. —Brian K. Mahoney


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