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Outside Tibetan Arts and Crafts on Rock City Road in Woodstock. Photo by David McIntyre COMMUNITY PAGES, PAGE 40




6 On the Cover: Our Selves

31 High Degree of Uncertainty

A self-portrait by painter and musician Emily Ritz.

11 Esteemed Reader Jason Stern goes rock climbing in the Gunks.

13 Editor’s Note Brian K. Mahoney sings the ballad of a homesick sailor.

FOOD & DRINK 14 Just What the Doctor Ordered Pharmacy Kitchen and Bar in Goshen is the right prescription.

16 Pop-Up to Permanent: Que Lo Que The Dominican eatery goes brick-and-mortar in Woodstock.

19 Sips & Bites Recent openings include Next to 14 in Warwick.

HOME 20 Upstate Learning Curve A couple embrace a Mid-Century Modern in Woodstock.

The Office of Cannabis Management promises that adultuse dispensaries will be open by the end of December, but there’s uncertanity as to how that will be achieved.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 35 Kids’ Mental Health Matters Local clubs are empowering youth to break through isolation and build empathy, one kid or teen at a time.

COMMUNITY PAGES 38 Woodstock: Balancing Act The most famous small town in America is addressing its housing crisis with innovative and creative solutions.

THE RIVER NEWSROOM 50 The Challenger State Senator Alessandra Biaggi is vying in the Democratic primary against five-term Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney in the newly constituted NY-17 district.



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Cindy Cashdollar is joined by Rory Block for Sisters of Slide at the Towne Crier in Beacon on August 20. Photo by Chuck Holley LIVE MUSIC, PAGE 63



54 Music

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Album reviews of Awakening by Yungchen Lhamo; Kicktrial by John McGrath; and Over the Ridge by Richard Carr. Plus listening recommendations from Martin Courtney, frontman for indie rockers Real Estate.

55 Books Anne Pyburn Craig reviews The Deal Goes Down by Larry Beinhart, the Edgar Award winner’s latest novel of murder, bad behavior, and Upstate noir set in Woodstock. Plus short reviews of The Story of Historic Kingston by Stephen Blauweiss and Karen Berelowitz; Jazzed by Jill Dearman; Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me by Ada Calhoun; We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz; and Sorry We’re Open: The Truth About Retail From My Side of the Counter by J. P. Cohen.

56 Poetry Poems by Nidhi Agrawal, Kathleen Anderson, Kemp Battle, Leah Brickley, Thomas E. Callen, Linda Fite, Verna Gillis, Berry Gocker, Shelby Lintel, Barbara Lipp, Mary Kearney Loving, Emily Murname, Augusta Ogden, Evan Pritchard, George J. Searles, and Lyla Yastion. Edited by Phillip X Levine.


“Stressed World” at Jack Shainman Gallery, the School. “Invasion!” is staged at the Ancram Opera House this month. Live Music: Some shows we’re going to this month include Amanda Palmer at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston.


Hudson-based artist Jeffrey Gibson centers Native American culture in his dizzyingly diverse art practice.


Angelique Kidjo plays Caramoor on August 6.


The Short List: The Kingston Soapbox Derby returns, La Guelaguetza of Poughkeepsie, and more.


Art exhibits: Shows from across the region, including Arlene Shechet’s first Hudson Valley show at T Space.

HOROSCOPES 76 Crossroads in Time What the stars have in store for us this month.

PARTING SHOT 80 Thomas Edison’s Steinway The inventor’s piano reveals a toothsome tale.


on the cover

Coraldreaming, a 2022 pen-and-ink drawing by Emily Ritz from the exhibition “Flora as Fauna” at D’Arcy Simpson Art Works in Hudson.

Emily Ritz Our Selves, Watercolor and pen on paper, 31” x 47”, 2020


mily Ritz is a multimedia artist and a musician whose art reflects the subconscious realm of her dreams. Hyper detailed, Ritz’s work melds natural textures with feminine figures that blur the line between body and earth. “I have always been attracted to the tiny textures and fractals that make up the natural world. Shapes, curves, and colors really speak to me, and I’ve found ways of working that mimic these organic forms.” Until recently, Ritz worked primarily with watercolor and pen on paper. Her process included wetting the paper and then dripping paint to spread in an unpredictable fashion. Once dry, she’d fill in the colors with her patterns, almost like a backward coloring book, a process she finds meditative and satisfying. With ceramics, Ritz creates three-dimensional versions of patterns, drawing one shape at a time, repeating, and sculpting tiny forms by hand, resulting in a textural object evoking coral reefs. Lately, she’s begun working with acrylic on wood panels, which requires more thought and layering to get the desired effect. “It feels fun to engage my mind more in the process and explore what feels like infinite possibilities. My new series, ‘Flora as Fauna,’ is almost a plant study where I’m beginning to discover what I can do in this new world. Each painting takes anywhere from 30 to upward of 150 hours to complete, depending on the size and level of detail,” Ritz says. 6 CHRONOGRAM 8/22

Through a process of pattern repetition and by letting her mediums guide her, she achieves a seductive collaboration. “I am a very feminine and sensuous being and when I made the choice to analyze less and create from a place of play and curiosity, all of that naturally came through,” she adds. Inspired by her grandmother, Betty LaCasse, internationally renowned for her work in textiles, Ritz’s work contains themes of self-care. Having contracted Lyme disease, Ritz has struggled with arthritis and autoimmune disease, which have limited her physical mobility throughout her lifetime. Music and art help her escape the limitations of her body, and she aims to turn her struggles into expression with a unique artistic style. Themes of fertility are evident in Ritz’s work. About this regenerative aspect of nature, she says, “The fecundity of the plant world truly astounds me. I absorb it abstractly rather than studying it closely. The resilience and abundance of nature gives me comfort to know it will outlive us. I try to mirror nature in my art practice letting one idea lead me to the next without too much planning. Trusting my hand and trusting the flow, my work changes quickest when I switch to a new medium. I’m fortunate to always feel ready to burst creating an endlessly fertile, ever evolving process of creation.”

Integral to her work is the human figure. “I began doing self-portraits to heal my relationship with my body,” Ritz says. “I never love my shape more than on paper. The more I paint myself the more I enjoy my body in all of its dimensions. I love painting my form as a way to see myself as healed and a part of the Earth. The human form is relatable to everyone and can bring people deeper into my world.” Ritz is also an accomplished musician and has toured for over a decade. Her second album, In Love Alone, was released in 2021. Her music explores the duality of existence, playing loneliness against catharsis, longing against healing, and solitude against love. “My art and music practices serve very different and necessary purposes for me,” Ritz says. “Writing and performing offer bursts of catharsis while painting and sculpting are more of a daily meditation. Both reference nature and my body. Switching between art forms is easier on my body and helps me move through the emotional experience of chronic pain more fluidly. While focusing on one modality, the other is naturally recharging. This way I never run out of creative juice.” “Flora as Fauna,” Ritz’s first solo show, will be on view at D’Arcy Simpson Art Works in Hudson August 6-September 10. —Mike Cobb

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RODEO - Sat. August 27 • Noon & 6pm & Sun. August 28 • 4 pm. $5 Adults. Children 6 & Under FREE

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contributors Jane Anderson, Winona Barton-Ballentine, Mike Cobb, James De Lise, Michael Eck, Noah Eckstein, Timmy Facciola, Lorelai Kude, David McIntyre, Haviland S. Nichols, Seth Rogovoy, Sparrow, Taliesin Thomas


media specialists Kaitlyn LeLay Kelin Long-Gaye Kris Schneider SALES MANAGER Andrea Aldin


Rachmaninoff and his world AUGUST 5–7


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We currently provide yaks, pigs, goats, rabbits, dogs, cats and equines with a safe home. An all-volunteer, non-profit organization, Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary relies on donations, volunteers, and proceeds from our Red Robin Song Guesthouse. Please visit our website for information about upcoming events and tours, and to support the animals by making a tax-deductible donation. 75 Mill Hill Rd. | Woodstock | (845) - 679 - 5361 24 Garden St. | Rhinebeck | (845) - 876 - 2555 10 CHRONOGRAM 8/22

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esteemed reader by Jason Stern

On a perfect summer day in July I climbed on the Millbrook crag, at the southern end of the Shawangunk Ridge. Sometimes called “The White Cliff,” Millbrook shines bright white in the sun and is the tallest cliff in the chain. Few climbers undertake the 90-minute hike to its top, thus preserving some of its natural wildness. I’ve come upon hissing vultures in a nest, lots of loose rock, and abundant lichen and bushes growing on its faces. On a route called Time Eraser I made my way up a technical face to a precarious stance and placed some protection, small chunks of brass connected to wire loops, and clipped them into the rope. I made my way up another 15 feet to a better position, and more reliable prophylaxis against hitting the ground if I fell. While the first part of the route tested mental fortitude, the middle was a trial of strength and technique, climbing a thin crack and using small edges along its course, leading to a roof and more face moves above. A final roof with a powerful pull over the lip to a hold covered with lichen and silt left me gasping for air and feeling at once triumphant, frazzled, and profoundly present. As I caught my breath, I noticed a blueberry bush growing out of a crack in the rock. The berries were near to bursting with ripeness. I was able to reach my head in their direction and pluck several berries from the bush with my lips. They were the most delicious blueberries I have ever tasted. The complex taste of the berries in my raw and present state opened up an awareness of the larger natural landscape. I turned and looked behind me at the top of the lush canopy of trees hundreds of feet below, stretching miles to the horizon. I felt the creative force of life flowing through the forest, saw the trees stretching with every branch and stem toward the sun. Standing on a micro-edge on this unaccustomed vertical medium I understood that the inexorable force of life flowing through nature is infinitely resilient and adaptable. Alone on the side of the cliff I laughed out loud at my concern over climate change and fears that human activity will destroy or overwhelm nature. I realized that, though we make it small with data and computer models, the power that comes through nature is unimaginably vast, little affected in the long span of her life by toxins, genetic modification, and a few more parts per million of carbon dioxide. I grokked the reality that the human species is part of the body of the biosphere, used and regulated by the whole organism like any other organ. And then my perception opened a little further and I beheld the disk of the sun radiating above, giving a force of life to sustain the Earth. Unbidden, the image of a painting I saw in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence flashed in full detail before my mind’s eye. The painting is called The Annunciation and was made by Leonardo Da Vinci. He captures the quality of active receptivity as beatific Mary gives her assent to serve as the mother of god. I stood before this painting for an hour at the Uffizi seeing more and more in it, absorbing its geometric perfection, humbled to feel that the object itself had more presence and being than I did standing before it. Taking in the view of the verdant valley stretching to the Hudson Highlands and beyond I saw that Earth and her biosphere continuously embody that active receptivity to the Sun. Like the archangel Gabriel in the painting, the Sun is announcing to the fertile Earth that she will be fruitful, and she is. The sense of reciprocity between these cosmic, no-doubt conscious beings, the beauty of the interplay of active and receptive forces, was so overwhelming I briefly swooned and had to regain my balance standing on the side of the cliff. Biochemist and author Rupert Sheldrake points out that the AngloSaxon word “longing” has its root in the event of sexual arousal, a penis growing longer drawn by a vagina exerting equal force of receptivity. In this way, the Earth and Sun together share a sense of longing for one another and at the same time, a fulfillment of the longing. There is a love affair between the Earth and the Sun, a perpetual sexual encounter, a making love and conceiving, gestating and giving birth, maturing and dying all at once, all the time. All manner of life, including the human species, is the fruit of this fecundity, and it is a macrocosm of cosmic transmutation we may each actualize in ourselves.





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editor’s note by Brian K. Mahoney

The Ballad of the Homesick Sailor


y brother Paddy’s death certificate says that he died on June 13, but it’s likely he died a day or two earlier. June 13 was a Monday, and when he didn’t show up to work (very unlike him) and didn’t answer his phone (ditto, at least for work; family was a different story), a couple of his coworkers drove out from Staten Island Ferry headquarters to his house in Bayside. They found Paddy in his bed. Lacy, first into the room, said Paddy looked like he could have been sleeping. The paramedics pronounced him at 12:18pm. The last person to communicate with Paddy was a woman he had been dating. (Nobody in the family had met Kirby, but it turned out Paddy had planned to introduce her to us at an upcoming family gathering. Kirby told us when we met her at the funeral.) They were supposed to get together on Saturday night. Paddy texted Kirby in the afternoon and begged off, saying that he gotten overheated working in the yard and that he was going to lie down. The cause of death is listed as “Hypertensive And Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.” Paddy died of a heart attack. He died alone in the house we all grew up in, the Ancestral Mahoney Estate, the only place he ever lived except for the four years he spent at SUNY Maritime, which just happens to be the closest institution of higher learning to the Ancestral Mahoney Estate. My brother the homesick sailor. Paddy was 41. I had texted Paddy on Friday, inviting him to shoot sporting clays with Conor and I on Sunday morning in New Paltz. He texted back: “Sorry. Got plans with a young lady.” Conor and I met at 9am in New Paltz on Sunday morning and shot a round, complaining about our baby brother’s failure to execute our mother’s estate four years after her death and for allowing the family home to fall into rack and ruin under his (lack of ) stewardship. I shot my usual: fair-tomiddling. Conor put on a show, hitting nearly all the targets. He attributed the sharpshooting to his new glasses. “I don’t really need them,” Conor told me. “I just use them for reading and driving.” We went out for pizza and beer and wondered who Paddy might be dating and shit-talked him some more, a cherished family pastime. Paddy was likely dead by this point. My brother’s full name is George Patrick Mahoney. No one ever called him George—the stiff Anglo-Saxon name he was given in a game of parental compromise—always Paddy, the warm Irish diminutive. An ironic diminution given his size, a man who could have been nicknamed “Tiny.” My brother was a substantial person in every possible way. He lived large. He contained multitudes: He was a sailor and an engineer. He was a collector. He was a natty dresser—shoes polished, suit pressed, suspenders in place. He

owned more pairs of shoes than most men will buy in a lifetime. Paddy was a doting uncle, a committed mentor, a devoted friend. A Hibernian. An incorrigible flirt. Paddy was a man of expensive tastes who was quite particular about those tastes. But he liked simple things too. Paddy’s bread and butter, was, well, bread and butter. He was generous. With his money and his time. (See the photo below and imagine the generosity of spirit it takes to agree to wear a hotas-hell rented Santa suit at your brother’s business’s holiday party.) My sister Alicia says that

Administration, Ferry Division. When you’d ask my brother, “How’s the ferry?” He’d deadpan: “It goes back and forth.” (Paddy had a wicked sense of humor as well as a taciturn side to him and he did not suffer fools.) After talking to a number of his colleagues at the ferry it’s clear that Paddy was held in high esteem there. The word consigliere was used to describe him. Paddy was the one to consult on complex operational or personnel problems and the go-toguy for solutions to seemingly intractable issues. He was a sounding board for honest, clear, wellthought-out responses. He aided those around

The author and his brother Paddy, dressed as Santa, at the 2014 Chronogram holiday party. Photo by Roy Gumpel

when he was a teenager and she was still a little squirt, Paddy, who had lots of teenager-type stuff to do with his friends, made time for her, playing video games or singing along to Chumbawumba or Third Eye Blind. (There are many things I miss about my brother—his singing is not one of them.) Paddy was charming—he could be a pain in the neck sometimes, but it was hard to stay mad at him. He was an incredible listener. He didn’t interrupt. He was curious about people and was scrupulously attentive to you while you had his attention. He cared about making people feel comfortable in sometimes awkward situations. Or as my brother-in-law Ryan put it more succinctly: “Paddy made family events bearable.” Turns out, Paddy was everybody’s favorite Mahoney. As my brother Conor’s wife, Sharon, would often say: “I think I married the wrong Mahoney.” Like Dad before him, Paddy spent his career in public service, working at the Staten Island ferry for 16 years and rising to the role of Director of

him to make better decisions. I’ve gotten the real sense that Paddy was integral to the operation of the ferry and that they’re going to be in a pickle without him. There’s still so much to say about Paddy and there’s not enough space. These words are an incomplete accounting. When Mom got sick, Paddy was the one who cared for her, made sure she got to all her doctor’s appointments, sorted out her meds, arranged everything. Paddy always put other people first, and Mom first of all. He created the conditions in which she could continue to live at home and not have to enter a care facility. He was there for Mom when the rest of us couldn’t be. And doing all of this while holding down a demanding job. As Alicia told me: “That’s a debt we can never repay.” Paddy was sui generis. There was nobody like him. He was his own man—without apology and without any need to explain himself. He lived life on his own terms. We will not see the likes of Paddy Mahoney again. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM 13

food & drink

Located in a former pharmacy on Main Street in Goshen, Pharmacy Kitchen & Bar brings a moody vibe to the neighborhood restaurant.

Just What the Doctor Ordered PHARMACY KITCHEN & BAR By Jane Anderson


raving sophisticated eats in an atmosphere that’s both street-wise and urbane? Pharmacy Kitchen and Bar can fill that ‘script for you. The Goshen restaurant, celebrating two years in business this month, serves up inventive craft cocktail “prescriptions,” wood-fired steaks, and other creative entrees amid an edgy, moody atmosphere. Housed in a c.1861 building on Goshen’s Main Street, the bar and restaurant is named for the brick storefront’s decades-long tenure as a pharmacy. The name was a no-brainer, according to owners Karyn Scordo and Franz Brendle. “Goshen is a small town, and this had been a pharmacy for years,” Brendle says. “We wanted to pay homage to the business and its longevity.” The bones of the place continue that homage. Whitewashed, punched-tin ceilings tower overhead, and frosted pendant lights that hung in the former drugstore continue to illuminate the space. Floor-to-ceiling shelves, painted black, climb the wall behind the quartz bar. Other cubbies near the kitchen display old medicine bottles and drugstore ephemera. And guests’ bills are delivered to them in actual prescription bottles after their meals. “Luckily, the former owner left a lot of amazing things,” Scordo says. “The artist in me had a great base with all of this to build on.” 14 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 8/22

The duo took the theme and ran with it. Now, guests can order Afrin (mezcal, peach, jalapeno, lime); Vitamin C (Irish whiskey, orange, ginger, and lemon), or other, similarly named tonics. Shots are served in plastic syringes, laid out with shot glasses on gold trays lined with small brown paper bags that were left—you guessed it—by the former business. In a stroke of COVID humor, there are even Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J “shots.” Bitters, shrubs, and tinctures for those shots and cocktails are all handcrafted by staff at the Pharmacy, and sit in Mason jars stacked on the shelves behind the bar. But the Pharmacy offers more than just a great cocktail menu that changes seasonally. There’s a killer wine list with choices like a 2016 Faust Cabernet from Napa; 2017 Duckhorn Merlot; and 2016 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay. And their top-shelf liquor is, literally, top shelf, retrieved via a library ladder by the bartender who rings a bell upon reaching that top shelf. You’ll find Pappy Van Winkle and other finds housed up there. “A lot of liquors we have are those you can’t really get anywhere else around here,” Scordo says. On Wednesdays, customers get to sample a high-end drink without the dizzying altitude on their tabs. Whiskey Wednesdays feature a $5 ounce of special whiskeys and bourbons. Past

offerings included Blantons, Peerless, and Great Jones Bourbon. Brendle had run Nina, a fine-dining restaurant in Middletown and its speakeasy spinoff, the Bullroom, as well as Craft 47—an artisanal beer, burger, and tapas place on Main Street in Goshen that’s Scordo’s specialty. After Craft 47 became successful, Brendle eyed the former drugstore across the street. “We planned to open at the end of March 2020, then COVID hit,” Brendle says. “We waited until we could seat 50 percent [per health regulations at the time].” The restaurant opened on July 8, 2020. Now at full capacity, the restaurant seats 95 customers, and they regularly fill the 2,800 square feet that comprise the main dining room/ bar and an upstairs lounge. Customer favorites— besides those shots—include steaks cooked on the wood-fired, Argentinian parilla grill that was hand-fabricated by North Fork Iron Works on Long Island. Customers can watch the grilling happen in the open kitchen, which also has two gas-fired ranges. Surrounding the kitchen is a gold-topped half-wall emblazoned with neoncolored graffiti. Artwork with the same theme covers the walls, courtesy of artist John Stolz, whom Scordo also commissioned to create art for their other restaurants.

From top: The wood-fired grill is central to many of Pharmacy’s dishes, from steaks to clams to a grilled Romaine salad. Pharmacy’s cocktail menu changes seasonally and the drinks are made with housemade bitters, tinctures, and tonics.

The wood-fired eats are as luscious as the artwork. Truffled deviled eggs ($4 each) are a delicious way to start. Or try oysters (market price) or Hudson Valley duck confit tacos, with fire-roasted tomato salsa and kimchi ($18). Salads range from traditional Nicoise ($19) and Cobb ($15) to a Caesar salad with fire-grilled Romaine ($11). The burgers here are fire-grilled, from the Pharmacy burger with house-cut fries ($16) to a Surf and Turf with lobster ($21). In the mood for sandwiches? The portobello banh mi is a must: A fire-grilled portobello is topped with pickled carrots, daikon, and jalapeños, with cilantro-garlic aioli on a baguette ($14). The Pharmacy’s bowl selection is expansive, ranging from tuna poke ($28) to slow-braised short-rib Hungarian goulash over spaetzle ($30). Other entrees include a grilled rack of lamb or coq au Vin (each $28). But the customer favorites are the steaks. The Pharmacy’s USDA prime steak selection is mouth-watering: 18-ounce aged New York strip ($42), filet mignon ($44), ribeye ($49) and T-bone ($53). Treat yourself to an indulgent 32-ounce aged porterhouse ($59). Who says you need to wait for a special occasion? Each steak comes with a choice of sauces or butters and a variety of potatoes or French fries. Steakhouse sides like creamed spinach ($10) and truffle parmesan risotto ($12) are available a la carte. If you have a large group, or want to host a private party, head upstairs to the lounge. It’s open for Friday- and Saturday-night dinners, but otherwise available for private parties. As atmospheric as the space below it, the huge room has chandeliers that once hung in the Bullroom (the downstairs bar, by the way, was built with doors from there, too). A long cream-and-black banquette that once graced the speakeasy lines one wall of the lounge, banked by wooden tables. Scattered throughout the room are divans, settees, and leather benches and stools that beg for a languid evening of good conversation and fun. Here, too, are relics from the former pharmacy: Ancient cash registers are perched above the dumbwaiter, a sign for Baxter’s Pharmacy hangs on the wall, and a framed photo captures a 1950s-era image of the drugstore itself. The decor (carefully designed, even in the restaurant’s three bathrooms) is as captivating as the food, a fact of which Scordo is proud. “Franz loves when people love the food, and I’m all about ‘What did they think of the decor?’” she says. Pharmacy Kitchen and Bar resists categorization, but for Brendle that’s all right. “Everybody tries to put a label on things,” he says. “We’re a casual, eclectic place with high-end food and drinks.” Pharmacy Kitchen and Bar 62 Main Street, Goshen (845) 360-5440; 8/22 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 15

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Pop-Up to Permanent

Chef Sam Fernandez has gone brick-and-mortar with their Dominican food pop-up, Que Lo Que.



n the heart of Woodstock, across from the village green, 1 Tinker Street was home to Shindig for seven years, a community hub serving up casual pub fare like burgers and their famed “Tinker tots.” In February, the establishment closed its doors. But the space came alive again at the end of April for a Dominican food pop-up, Que Lo Que, by chef Sam Fernandez. After two successful weekends in the Woodstock space (and several previous pop-ups at The Pines in Mt. Tremper), Fernandez decided to take over the 1 Tinker Street storefront permanently. Doors to Que Lo Que Cocteleria opened in July with a focus on homemade Dominican fare and batched cocktails. “After my father passed from COVID in 2020, I realized there was a gaping hole of LatinCaribbean food in the area,” says chef-owner Fernandez. “Woodstock doesn’t need another burger joint, it needs some more flavor.” Que Lo Que is serving a seasonally rotating menu, including plenty of ceviche in the summer and, perhaps, some oxtail in the winter. Lukus Estok, a partner in the project, heads up the bar program, geared toward batched cocktails to evoke that feeling of home and connection. “These cocktails are crowdpleasers that bring a spark of joy to any day,” says Estok, who consulted with his husband’s Cuban cousin on the drink list. “He lives and breathes his Caribbean heritage and his passion for cocktail culture is infectious.” Chef Fernandez has honed their craft over time, having trained under some renowned chefs in Manhattan’s fine dining scene. Fernandez and their wife moved to Woodstock from West16 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 8/22

chester about five years ago. Partnering with the existing owner of Shindig, Ryan Giuliani, Estok, Jesse Halliburton, and others, chef Fernandez is looking to make the space their own. “It’s a real labor of love,” says Estok, who brings more than two decades’ experience in the restaurant industry to the service, design, and team management of the business. Patrons will walk into the intimate space, which seats just a few dozen people, and immediately feel transported into a Caribbean oasis. With lots of bright colors, pinks, soft greens, and an overall beachy vibe—think pink flamingos and tropical birds among palm fronds—Que Lo Que is bursting with tropical flair. With a varied array of flavors (from indigenous Taino to African, Middle Eastern, and Spanish), the Dominican Republic has a cuisine that reflects the country’s colonial history. Until the island nation gained independence in 1924, it was at various times under Spanish, French, Haitian, and American rule—all of which come to bear on the cuisine. “Sam’s food is incredible! When we had our pop-up, it was heartwarming to see people enjoy the talent and soul that Sam pours into each delicious dish,” Estok says. “I’m excited and proud to bring my Cuban mother-inlaw to eat here soon.” Fernandez’s inspiration is as close to home as it gets. Their father was a first-generation American immigrant who made sure his family was immersed in Dominican culture. But it was their mother who really sealed the deal. “I mean everyone’s mother is a great cook, right?” Fernandez says. “But mine really was on another level—she

couldn’t feed someone without them asking when she was going to open a restaurant or food truck.” After Fernandez’s parents split, their mother dedicated herself to raising her three children and was never able to pursue her own food business. But Fernandez soaked up plenty of culinary influence both inside the home and outside. “Growing up in Queens, was such an immersive melting pot of culture,” they say. “It played a pivotal role in my love of food. Especially with my grandmother, who was a meat salesperson in Hunts Point Meat Market. She’d take me along to different butchers, grocery stores, and restaurants where they all knew her by name.” Those experiences have informed their menu—always recognizable as Dominican food, with empanadas, rice, beans, and plantains featured heavily throughout, but Fernandez will keep it “flavorful, funky, fun, and fresh.” Menu items at the recent pop-ups included Spanishstyle octopus served with charred pineapple, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, shallot, and a side of tostones; camarones al ajillos (garlic shrimp); and bollitos de yuca (yuca croquettes with stewed chicken filling). One of the drinks on offer this summer will be El Frio Frio, a frozen cocktail developed collaboratively by Fernandez and Estok. “I love the idea of bringing something playful to our community,” Estok says. “Who doesn’t enjoy an iced treat, over a little town gossip, on a warm day with a cocktail?” Que Lo Que Cocteleria, 1 Tinker Street, Woodstock.


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sips & bites The Vintage at the Millbrook Inn After an ownership change and a nearly two-year-long renovation, the Millbrook Inn is once again open and hosting overnight guests in their nine suites. The renovation included the addition of an onsite bar/ restaurant. The Vintage, which is open to the public, specializes in seasonal, simply prepared farm-to-table fare, like the weekly changing farm stand salad with a mix of greens and produce topped with goat cheese and candied sunflower seeds ($16). The midsummer steelhead trout tartare is served with capers, shallots, cucumber ribbons, and Meyer lemon. Looking for something heartier? The summer fowl dish is a dry-rubbed, oven-roasted spring hen served with ratatouille and white bean puree ($32). The Vintage is open for dinner Thursday to Saturday and Mondays and for Sunday brunch. 3 Gifford Road, Millbrook |

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Next to 14 Opened mid-July, Next to 14 in Warwick is Aussie-born restaurateur Damien Georges’s homage to culinary favorites from his time living in Asia, served with craft cocktails and local beer. For starters, snack on innovative small plates like beef bulgogi gyoza, fried shrimp spring rolls, confit duck or oyster mushroom bao (all $8). The bahn mi comes in both classic braised pork belly and vegan tofu varieties, both served with herbed mayo, pickled daikon, carrots, red onion, cilantro, and cucumbers ($12). Similarly, Georges offers a vegetarian miso ramen bowl ($14) and a pork ramen ($16). Both are customizable with a long list of ingredients ranging from the bok choy ($2) and soft boiled egg ($3) to more indulgent picks like beef filet and duck ($6 each). 14 Railroad Avenue, Warwick |

Sweet Sue’s After the pandemic shuttered Sweet Sue’s for two years, the longtime Phoenicia favorite is finally back and under new management. But don’t worry, the new owners bought Sue’s famous pancake recipes, which returned to the griddle for the first time in July, complementing the expanded menu of diner-adjacent breakfast fare. A new house-smoked meats program adds specialties like Coked and smoked ham (cooked with Coke), 20-hour brisket, and Faroe Island salmon to the menu of omelets, flapjack stacks, salads, and sandwiches. The coffee and espresso program was developed by Jeff Bailey of Mount Tremper-based Heavyfeather Roasting Co. 49 Main Street, Phoenicia | (413) 528-9697 34 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA


The Academy The recently opened Academy food hall has revitalized two vacant buildings in downtown Poughkeepsie. Open daily, the location includes a slew of restaurants, a provisions market, bar, and event space. The locally focused Academy Market sources fresh produce from local farmers as well as meat and seafood from the larger region. Food hall tenants include the barbecue-focused Smoke 33, salad-centric Valley Greens, Asian-fusion eatery East-West, bar and bottle shop Hudson Hopworks, the quick and casual Cafe + Grill, and an east-of-the-Hudson outpost for artisanal bakery the Newburgh Flour Shop. For a fancier evening on the town, check out the 75-seat Academy Kitchen, a New American bistro and bar with entree options spanning spring pea risotto and cauliflower steak to seared arctic char and grilled, bone-in pork chop. 33 Academy Street, Kingston |


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Lucky Lefty’s After a lengthy “winter” break, Midtown Kingston’s favorite lowkey sandwich window, Lucky Lefty’s, is back open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Located in a shoebox space next door to the Meat Wagon on Hasbrouck Avenue, this is the go-to place for a killer Cubano with house-roasted pork and whole-grain mustard, or an on-point bahn mi served with jalapeños, carrots, and cucumber. The barbecue pulled pork sandwich is a sweet affair served on a milk bun with pineapple slaw; while the hearty brisket sandwich comes with havarti cheese, kraut, and broccoli shoots. There’s also breakfast sammies and weekly rotating tarts, with flavors like cheddar onion; heirloom tomato, and fennel zucchini. 331 Hasbrouck Avenue, Kingston | —Marie Doyon




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hen does someone actually become a local?” wonders Bobby Bui as he serves me salad greens across his six-seat dining table. We are enjoying lunch in the Mid-Century Modern home he shares with partner Gary Hemphill, as the two reflect on their move to the Catskills in 2010 and the roundabout journey that brought them to their Zena abode. Hemphill and Bui’s dining area is an open, airy affair where their mutual love for design and architecture is well displayed. Sitting toward the center of their 1,590-squar- foot home, the space features low Mid-Century credenzas topped with stacked coffee table books and Mid-Century lamps, a collection of low-slung chairs and a bookshelf filled with design magazines. Modernist paintings splash the white walls in shades of blue, gray, and bright red.


Bobby Bui and Gary Hemphill’s Mid-Century Modern home sits in a wooded glen adjacent to the Zena reservoir. Built by a ship’s captain, the walls of windows maximize the water view, especially in winter. When the couple bought the house, the front garden was completely overgrown. After taking out multiple dead trees, they restored the stone steps and deck. Hemphill designed and planted the garden.


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The home’s dining area flows into the central kitchen and is open to the rest of the home. Staying true to the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic, the couple installed a George Nelson Bubble Lamp over the dining table. The surrounding teak and paper lamps were custom designed by the original owner. “We found partial design drawings on top of several of the lamps when we were restoring the room,” says Bui.

It’s the perennial upstate question—especially in Woodstock, where the changing collage of legacy families, artists, wanderers, and weekenders contribute to the creative dynamism, and sometimes tension, that form the town’s constant base line. Bui, Hemphill, and I attempt to get to the bottom of it on one of those late spring days that brings people to the Catskills. June sunshine spills through the home’s front-facing wall, a mix of rectangular windows and single-paned French doors. Along the back wall, an oversized window looks out to Hemphill’s garden. Throughout the space, the blonde wood floorboards are punctuated with beige rugs. Above, the slightly angled wood ceiling is painted white and crisscrossed with rough-hewn beams. Maybe you become a local when you take on the stewardship of a distinct piece of local architecture—in this case a Mid-Mod, post-andbeam home built by a ship’s captain attempting to recreate life at sea. Maybe it’s when you confront the reality of caring for said home—trading off cosmetic updates for the practical needs of a new roof or septic tank. Maybe it’s the first summer you plant a garden, or the summer that whole garden is devoured by chipmunks. Maybe it’s

when you decide to run for a town board. Or maybe, you simply become a local by walking your road and talking to your neighbors and learning how they got there too. Wherever the line is between local and “just passing through,” Bui and Hemphill seem to have crossed it long ago. Built in 1965, their house leaves its own distinct stamp on the surrounding landscape. Like a ship, it economizes space and includes clever built-ins along the starboard side. With its long portside wall of French doors and windows, it seems to be sailing through a forest of deciduous trees and evergreens. However, at its center, the exposed wood framing and the bluestone fireplace are distinctly rooted in the Catskills. The Eye Roll That Launched a Ship “I remember the day I decided to leave New York City,” says Bui. “I was at the CVS on our corner, a place where we’d spent a lot of time and money but nobody knew us. I asked the cashier for a bag and she just rolled her eyes and gave me an indignant puff.” While the incident may have seemed small, it was the snapping point for years of absorbing the city’s harder edges—strangers’ 8/22 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 23

fights on the street, noise, and the general anonymity of it all—that brought the realization that New York City might not be the best place for Bui to live. “I’m very attuned to the things around me,” says Bui, a clinical psychologist with the Maverick Psychotherapy Group. “However, I felt like no one had time for one another. It just didn’t feel right anymore.” Born in Vietnam, Bui had moved with his family to California after the war and then to Manhattan to study at NYU. He was working at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School at the time, and taking on various teaching positions. For Hemphill, an Ohio native, city life wasn’t a problem. “I’m just kind of built to be oblivious to it,” says Hemphill, who works as the COO of a beverage marketing corporation. Hemphill enjoyed the ability to walk everywhere from their Chelsea apartment, but missed being able to really connect with people, as Bui did. Bui decided to stake out for the Catskills, at least part-time, finding himself and Hemphill a rental in Andes near his teaching position at SUNY Delhi. The two soon found a new weekend activity scouring country auctions for furniture and art, as well as the chance to meet and talk with their new neighbors. “We noticed right away how easy it was to meet people up here,” says Bui. “People weren’t in a rush. Even 24 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 8/22

though the town only had 600 people, we made new friends. We really loved it.” They remained weekend renters for a while to keep Bui’s teaching prospects open. The longer they remained in the area, however, the more the place felt like home. “We both loved the greater sense of community we found,” says Bui. Mid-Century Modern Quest Bui moved on to teaching at SUNY New Paltz, and the two decided to look for a permanent home within a half hour’s drive. “Our primary goal was to find a house with a Mid-Century Modern vibe to complement our style,” says Hemphill. “But this was right when the market was heating up.” They ended up looking for almost a year and at over 100 properties with no success. Many times when they bid on a property, they were beat out by all-cash buyers. “It was almost like there was something wrong with us because we wanted a mortgage,” says Bui. When they saw the listing for their home in Zena, they jumped on it. Meeting their realtor, Gary Heckleman, at the site, they immediately realized they’d stumbled onto something special. “We could see it had good bones,” says Bui. Their realtor realized it as well. “Gary said to us, ‘Okay, we are going to walk around this home

The home’s living room enjoys views in two directions. They added a Finish teak and leather lounge chair by Finnish designer Yrjö Kukkapuro they found on Craigslist and a black chaise lounge they brought with them from Chelsea. The glass coffee table was made by the Italian furniture designer Artedi—the couple found it at a country auction. The back wall features a colorful abstract oil painting by Michael V. Cilberti found at a flea market in Chelsea.














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The home’s kitchen was remodeled by the home’s previous owners, avid cooks, with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets, and clean white countertops. The open-concept space looks into a bonus room, outfitted as an office and TV lounge for Hemphill. The modernist, geometric print on the wall was painted in 2016 by Nathalie Du Pasquier.

The living room is connected with the rest of the house through a long back hallway fortified with built-ins. The home’s oversized front door has a ships’ bell installed in the corner. On the back wall, the couple hung two paintings gifted to them by former neighbor and Andes gallery owner Merna Popper. To the left, the range oil painting is by Susan Nonn. The oil painting is by an unknown artist. “Some people think the portrait is of Elvia and others think it’s of Stallone,” says Bui.


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The home features three bedrooms and two baths. Adjacent to the dining room, one bedroom has been outfitted for guests and has a desk for Bui. The desk is a 1970s design by Milo Baughman bought on Facebook Marketplace. Over the bed, the couple hung a collection of photos, including one of 1960’s French pop star, Francoise Hardy, by Reg Lancaster.

for 15 minutes, then we’re going straight back to my office and immediately make an offer,” remembers Bui. “I didn’t even question him, I just said yes.” It was a successful strategy: In part because they were able to offer the owners some flexibility with the move-in date, Bui and Hemphill were able to buy the home and it was theirs in 2015. Country Skill Set Previously owned by a pair of local artists, multicolored walls gave the home a bohemian vibe. Hemphill and Bui wanted a more neutral aesthetic, choosing white for the interior walls and repainting the exterior a dark brown with yellow-trimmed doors. Inside, they were able to restore some of the home’s original light fixtures and panels. They added Mid-Mod shades and lamps where they needed complete lighting replacements. The home’s double-sided bluestone fireplace, open to the living room and primary bedroom, was well preserved. In the living room, the couple added leather armchairs, a chaise lounge, and wooden credenza to complement the design. While Bui and Hemphill had hoped to modernize the bathrooms, and make other cosmetic changes, they soon realized maintaining their country home required foundational work—

even though it was in good shape. “When we closed, we thought we were just going to start renovating,” says Bui. “Instead, we had to put in a new specialized rubber roof due to the pivot of the roof line, update the electrical, and put in a new septic tank.” They also replaced many of the home’s windows and tackled the surrounding landscape, clearing out overgrown woods and rebuilding the front deck. While Bui and Hemphill were learning the realities of owning a country house, they were also embracing their new community—a skill that came naturally to them. As a therapist and educator, Bui had become attuned to the needs of the local youth and was inspired to join the library board. “I went out and got enough signatures, I ran, and I won,” he says. Through his involvement, Bui hopes to grow opportunities for children in the area. As working from home became more commonplace, Hemphill began spending more time upstate. Instead of taking to the streets of Manhattan, he had to take to the backroads of Zena—meeting his neighbors as he walked. In the end, both have been very happy with the place they’ve found themselves. “The bottom line is we set out to find a Mid-Century Modern home and we found a great community,” says Hemphill. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 29

Many of the attendees of the Hudson Valley Cannabis Roll Call networking event at Seasoned Delicious in June were pondering this question: How will the New York State Office of Cannabis Management get adult-use dispensaries up and running for their proposed end-of-year launch date?


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uring a recent cannabis networking event in Kingston, Dana Goldberg looked somewhat out of place. The Hudson Valley Cannabis Roll Call at Seasoned Delicious was packed. The room was filled with cannabis entrepreneurs, farmers, investors, and advocates, pot aficionados zigging in and out of the event to light up outside. Goldberg, an associate real estate broker, surveyed the room intrigued and happily mystified, not by her own passion for smoking cannabis but by the prospect that her 24-year-old son Markus could network to hopefully find a job in the burgeoning industry. Markus, who was a few feet away from his mother, was engaged in a passionate conversation with a hemp farmer who was awarded a conditional license by the state to help produce the first yield of legal cannabis flower in New York. They were discussing the unprecedented nature of the cannabis roll-out by New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), and asking questions about the final phase of the process to get marijuana in the hands of recreational users: distribution. This question arose: How will the OCM get adult-use dispensaries up and running for their proposed end-of-year launch date? Markus, who advocates for medical marijuana patients access to local, reputable, and affordable cannabis, sort of shrugged and smiled. The reality is no one really knows how the OCM will get dispensaries fully stocked and operational by December 31.

parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, or dependent who was convicted of a marijuana-related offense; or who were the dependent of someone who was convicted of a marijuana related offense will be the first in New York to operate adult-use cannabis dispensaries.

Seeding Opportunity Many hurdles could delay the target date. It is widely understood that the hemp farmers who were the first licensed to grow cannabis in the state will not yield enough product to meet the state’s demand. Also, the people interested in operating New York’s first legal dispensaries are waiting for the state to open an application portal that will review their eligibility as the potential inaugural cohort of recreational dispensaries in the state. On July 14, the Cannabis Control Board approved the regulations and application to apply for a retail dispensary license. The Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA), signed into law on March 31, 2021, established a goal of awarding 50 percent of all New York State adult-use licenses to social and economic equity applicants. This means that people who were previously convicted of a marijuana-related offense in New York; had a

—Aaron Ghitelman, deputy director of communications at the Office of Cannabis Management

“With the Seeding Opportunity Initiative, New York is on the path to do something no other state has done before: making sure justice-involved entrepreneurs and local farmers are the ones launching our adult-use cannabis industry,”

Social equity programs in other states like California, where the recreational sale of cannabis is dominated by large corporations, ultimately have not helped systemically level the playing field of legally operating a cannabis business for individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. In Massachusetts, only 29 social equity businesses out of 380 cannabis licensees, roughly seven percent, have received the go-ahead to commence operations. New York’s conscious effort to position people

with cannabis-related offenses at the forefront of the legal cannabis market is a part of the state’s Seeding Opportunity Initiative. “With the Seeding Opportunity Initiative, New York is on the path to do something no other state has done before: making sure justice-involved entrepreneurs and local farmers are the ones launching our adult-use cannabis industry,” says Aaron Ghitelman, deputy director of communications at OCM. “In creating this national model, the Seeding Opportunity Initiative takes a step toward achieving the goals of New York’s Cannabis Law, which aims to undo the harm caused to individuals and communities by the disproportionate enforcement of the cannabis prohibition.” The Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund, a $200 million public-private partnership, was also created to help social equity entrepreneurs finance the leasing and furnishing of up to 150 retail dispensaries, all of which will be operated by people who have been disproportionately impacted by the prejudiced enforcement of marijuana laws. The fund, which will be managed by NBA Hall of Famer Chris Webber’s Social Equity Impact Ventures, will help holders of the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license pay for establishing a dispensary, leasing a retail space, designing the storefront, construction, and all the costs associated with opening a small business. Fifty million dollars of the funds money will come from licensing fees and revenue from the adultuse cannabis industry, and up to $150 million will be raised from the private sector by Social Equity Impact Ventures and Siebert Williams Shank, a leading minority-and-women-owned investment banking firm. “I feel like the OCM is moving at a pace that is a little bit faster than I would like to see,” says Ruben Lindo, a former NFL player who now is the CEO of Blak Mar Farms, a multistate cannabis cultivation, operations, and management company based in Saugerties. Lindo is a legacy operator, meaning he was involved with the distribution of cannabis in Arizona, California, Washington, and even parts of Canada before it was legal. “Being a professional athlete, everyone thinks, ‘Oh, you made millions of dollars, you had the world and the riches.’ But the truth of the matter is: some professional athletes like myself basically lived and operated paycheck to paycheck. We had to make ends meet in the offseason,” Lindo says. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM HIGH SOCIETY 31



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The Cost of Entry Lindo estimates that it will cost $250,000 to $500,000 to get the initial cannabis dispensaries in New York up and running. Vanessa Yee-Chan, the Founder and CEO of Bloomlee Dispensary, a company that plans to provide cannabis specifically to first-time users in New York City, estimates the cost to build out one dispensary location at “a couple million dollars.” Vice President of Bloomlee Dispensary, Heidi Reiss, estimates the cost to be at least between $500,000 to $1 million. Yee-Chan and Reiss’s interest in New York’s legal cannabis market is not as social equity entrepreneurs but rather as small business professionals who are getting their business organized for the time when the state opens the dispensary license eligibility to the broader population. The two met on Frost Street in Brooklyn in 2007. “We were the only pregnant ladies on the block, so we noticed each other,” Yee-Chan says. She plans to house their flagship dispensary in lower Manhattan in a building she inherited. “When my family first bought the building, there was a general store in the space, but my family converted it into a local hardware store to fill a need in the neighborhood,” Yee-Chan says. Yee-Chan and Reiss now plan to fill a different need for the neighborhood: access to quality, legal cannabis, something Yee-Chan says her grandparents, who have passed away, would ultimately have supported. They consider themselves fortunate to already have a retail space. But for social equity entrepreneurs looking to get their foot in the door of the legal market, renting retail space is a part of the deal. Yee-Chan believes that landlords might be hesitant to lease retail space to business owners selling legal cannabis, and this could be a potential reason why the application portal is not online yet. “I think that we’re looking at uncharted territory right now,” Lindo says. “Saying the state of New York is going to plop people into these buildings and open their doors. My number one fear is the first time someone stands in line for an hour and a half at one of these dispensaries, they walk out with cannabis that does not meet or exceed their expectation or the expectations of what they were getting from the street.” Over the next five years, it is certain that the OCM will continue going through a growth period. Like a budding teenager, uncertain of their role in the world, with great ideas, growing pains are inevitable. “It can’t just be thqt we have black and brown people with licenses and they got the first 150 or 200 licenses with the ability to fail, those businesses go out of business at an alarming and astounding rate because there’s no guardrail or no structure put in place to support them. So that’s not successful to me. Just doing it to say that we’ve achieved it is not doing it,” Lindo says. The process of creating retail spaces for the purpose of purchasing recreational cannabis is happening entirely through regulation in New York. Nowhere in the state’s cannabis law are there parameters on how retail spaces will be created and to what extent the OCM will

Heidi Reiss and Vanessa Yee-Chan of Bloomlee Dispensary plan to open an adult-use cannabis retail location in Manhattan.

support business owners in the inaugural years of operation. Aaron Ghitelman of OCM says, “Through the $200 million public-private Social Equity Cannabis Investment program Governor Hochul secured in the most recent state budget, storefronts will be secured and renovated as turnkey operations for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licensees, an unprecedented level of support for equity entrepreneurs at the start of an adult-use industry.” Timothy Mitchell, a consultant working for the Albany-based company GENESYS, fears that the strings attached to the retail dispensary licensees may be too restrictive and confining. “One doesn’t get to choose their exact location, so what was a good market on paper may end up being a bust for the location,” says Mitchell “If a contracted supplier has a bad harvest or runs into testing issues, it may not be easy, quick, and/or affordable enough to get new contracts in place—will a shop be able to survive if they have little for sale?” Mitchell also has doubts that the recreational cannabis licenses may not even go to legacy

operators. “In order to qualify for CAURD, they need to provide proof of running a successful business—a metric met likely by showing you file taxes and keep good financial records,” Mitchell says. “One is supposed to file taxes on income, even though it also means basically incriminating yourself.” Lindo believes that New York needs to provide legacy operators who either continue working in the gray market or who get denied a legal dispensary license amnesty from the federal government. “You have to allow them to come in with their industry knowledge and experience and bring their customers into the legal market. That converts into taxable dollars.” There is still a lot to be determined. Jen Metzger, a former state senator and the senate’s appointee to the Cannabis Control Board, attributes this to the fact that nothing like this has been done before. “We anticipate licensing by the fall,” says Metzger. “The hope is to get dispensaries opening their doors before the end of the year,” she says. “Maybe it will be on New Year’s Eve!” 8/22 CHRONOGRAM HIGH SOCIETY 33

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t’s not easy to be a kid in the USA today. It’s not easy growing up under the cloud of gun violence and school shootings like the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, in May. Or coming of age amid a long overdue reckoning with structural racism. Or in the time of COVID-19. Or during a mushrooming substance-abuse pandemic. It’s not easy living within social media’s culture of comparison and feeling less-than, or dealing with the rise of cyberbullying. Even in communities with a low incidence of violence, schoolkids have to stomach hiding behind classroom furniture while teachers lock the doors during active shooter drills. In this tinder box for stress and anxiety, it’s no surprise that a mental health crisis has sparked into flame among our youth today. In fall 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with two other organizations, declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health. The declaration noted a steady rise in the rates of mental health issues and suicide in young people since 2010; in 2018, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for youths ages 10 to 24. At the root of it all is a growing epidemic of loneliness among young adults. A 2018 Cigna survey of 20,000 Americans ages 18+, using the UCLA Loneliness Scale, found that Generation Z (ages 18 to 22) was the loneliest generation of all, and that loneliness lessened with age. (The least lonely group: the Greatest Generation, ages 72+.) “Teenagers have been experiencing loneliness for a while, even before COVID,” says Pamelia Perkins, a licensed clinical social worker, somatic experiencing practitioner, and parenting coach based in Malden-on-Hudson, who works with kids, teens, and parents via telehealth. Partly, a youth culture of texting and social media gets in the way of real-life connection—but it’s not just that. “It’s that young people don’t have a way to build community in a way that meets their developmental need to contribute to something bigger than themselves,” explains Perkins. “It’s not built into their everyday lives. In more family-oriented or agrarian societies it is, because you’re helping your parents cook or work on the farm. But not in our society, which is so fragmented. And that just makes the anxiety worse, because when you’re alone with anxiety you’re in an echo chamber. You’re not getting to hear how it’s normal to feel this way.”

AWARENESS’s Ari Scibelli, Scarlette Ragues, Marie Shultis, and Myles Van Dyke at a Kingston Soccer League event.

Even in this bleak landscape, seedlings of hope are taking root. Local programs and clubs are inviting young people to proactively stand up against gun violence and substance abuse, while building connection and leadership skills. Counselors and youth advocates have wisdom for parents to tap so they can bolster their kids’ inner resources and foster a more abiding sense of community. And, in a culture finally taking aim at the stigmas around mental health, kids are learning to tend to their psyches in what feels like a broken world.

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core offerings is an eight-week early-intervention and harm-reduction program where older peers mentor younger peers in identifying the need for positive behavior change. Shultis has brought the popular program to schools from New Paltz and Highland to Ellenville and Boiceville. But when she moved it online during 2020’s COVID-19 lockdown, the group evolved to address another devastating trend: school violence. “We became a SAVE Promise Club at that time,” says Shultis, referring to the student-led clubs nationwide created by Sandy Hook Promise, an organization dedicated to protecting kids and teens from gun violence, created in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. Shultis embarked on their training and joined Sandy Hook Promise as a nonprofit. “That allows our high school students to utilize their materials,” she says. “Once I found [their curriculum] and the wealth of information they had, I saw that it was really good stuff for K through 12. SAVE [which stands for Students Against Violence Everywhere] gives them an avenue to volunteer if they want to get community service. It’s also about making younger kids feel like they’re heard and valued, instead of fighting amongst each other to be popular. Some kids are afraid to step in and help kids who get bullied— we teach them how to do that, and how it’s cool to do that.” As a pilot program for elementary schoolkids, Shultis is offering SAVE’s online “Start with Hello” isolation-breaker and empathy-builder program. “We’re figuring out what engages the kids and how to present it in a way that gets them excited, as opposed to just classroomstyle,” says Shultis. A big part of the allure for kids and teens is the peer-to-peer mentorship model. “We’re older than them but we’re still kind of on their level,” explains AWARENESS peer leader and administrator Ari Scibelli, 19, of Ulster Park. “We’re not teachers and we’re not counselors, and we went through everything they’re going through.” Under the older kids’ wings, the younger ones more easily absorb the teachings. (Perkins, who has been involved with AWARENESS as a mental health consultant since its inception, calls Scibelli “kindness personified,” with a “genuine sense of humor”; “just being around him, he changes the room.”) Another hit with the kids is game-based learning. “We’re focused around empathy, and how to reach out and be kind to each other,” says Shultis. “And we do that through games.” Mixed in with the curriculum are games like Wordle, (an online drawing and guessing game), and Minecraft, the popular world-building videogame. When meetings are in-person, the kids might do scavenger hunts or craft-making. To get the kids talking, they play “The Rose and the Thorn,” where everyone shares something positive and something negative that happened that week. Next comes a lesson from Start with Hello, choosing from topics such as how to be an upstander, how to read body language, how to find (and talk to) the lonely kid on the playground, and knowing the difference between apathy, empathy, and sympathy. Role-playing games bring the lessons to life in a fun, dynamic way. This approach effectively reels in kids like Myles Van Dyke, a 9-year-old homeschooler

from Kingston who has been meeting weekly with the group for two years. “Myles gets really excited, and [mentors Ari Scibelli and Scarlette Ragues] are so into it,” says Shultis. “They’re teaching him how to speak with people respectfully and nonjudgmentally by the way they talk to him, which in turn has him acting the same way.” Both Scibelli and Shultis say they’ve seen Myles’ confidence grow as he gets empowered to one day be a peer leader himself. A Safe Place to Shine Peer-to-peer programs like AWARENESS’s SAVE Promise Club give young people that rare opportunity to have a sense of belonging and purpose so they can draw from the best of themselves. “It’s community-building, and that’s so valuable. They’re giving themselves to something bigger than themselves, which is what [kids and] teenagers are meant to do,” says Perkins.

bedrock of mental health. Perkins recommends Gordon Neufeld’s book (with Gabor Maté) Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers as a guide to attachment-building. “Attachment is a slow process,” she says. “The idea is that you try to be in the Alpha role, and the Alpha role is making your child feel safe and loved. It’s not dominating them like a dominant dog. You also make your partner, and all the kids in the family, feel safe and loved. You’re kind of in charge of the emotional and physical safety of the tribe, making everybody feel safe and loved. The safety is the structure, the boundaries and limits, and the love is how you follow through on those and the attachment gestures you make.” Attachment gestures are the various ways you make yourself available to your kids—so eventually, they’re more likely to come to you with their problems, and you’re more likely to have a chance to help them.

AWARENESS kids and teens participating in a meeting with community leaders.

“The kids get to be themselves, and it’s so fun to go to a meeting with them. They get to be quirky and funny, and still feel that they belong. There’s so much trust and safety. That’s hard to build. They’ve told Marie over and over again that they don’t have it anywhere else. It’s also one of the most ethnically and racially diverse school clubs that I’ve seen.” Without a strong sense of community, purpose, and healthy attachment, young people often face a void that they need to fill. “So, what they’ll end up doing is attaching to social media, attaching to screen time,” explains Perkins. “All of that potential to contribute to something bigger than themselves, they’ll be using it to master a game or a TikTok dance, which does feel good. But it’s not fulfilling them spiritually. It’s not fulfilling them developmentally so they can grow inside.” In her parent coaching work, Perkins encourages luring kids away from their devices so they can better attach to the parents themselves. That might mean instituting Electronics Free Sundays, where devices are stashed away and the day is about family activities. Or, the hour after dinner is declared electronics-free. “That way, dinner doesn’t become rushed, because they know they’re not going to get on[to their device],” says Perkins. “So they hang out and talk with you while you do the dishes, or they help you.” There’s more that parents can do with their kids to foster strong attachments, which are a

Parents have opportunities as well to help set their kid’s or teen’s inner compass and build their resources. “The idea is that when kids truly individuate, they’ve already internalized the parent’s loving, safe voice,” explains Perkins. “So when they go out in the world and do something that’s risky or dangerous, they will think, ‘I’m not so sure this is a good idea. I don’t feel safe, so I’m going to pay attention to my gut. I’m going to get out of this situation.’ That would be the internalized parent voice saying, ‘If you don’t feel good about something, make sure you leave right away. You call me to get a ride.’” Cultivated by parents as well as by clubs like SAVE and AWARENESS, that wise inner voice can also safeguard against one of the biggest triggers of school violence: bullying. “I want to have more kids get involved in this so we can maybe stop people from being bullied,” says Shultis, “so we can stop that potential shooter from doing [a violent act] because they’re bullied.” It’s about having a place where kids can feel that they belong rather than need to fit in, where they can contribute to something bigger than themselves, and where kindness is contagious. It’s a simple yet powerful offering that could make a world of difference. To ask about starting a SAVE Promise Club or AWARENESS program at your school, or to get your kids involved online, reach out to Marie Shultis at (845) 417-1484. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM HEALTH & WELLNESS 37

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eading west from New York State Thruway Exit 20 in Saugerties, Route 212 becomes Mill Hill Road once you enter central Woodstock. According to town historian Richard Heppner, in 1965 local author Alf Evers called the stretch of road between its intersection with Route 375 and the village green, where it splits off to become Tinker Street and Rock City Road, “Gasoline Alley,” for its four filling stations. Today, the span’s lone Cumberland Farms convenience store is the only spot in all of Woodstock at which to gas up—quite a change from 57 years ago. Then again, for all its outward reputation as a quaint, slow place that’s frozen in time, Woodstock has seen several spurts of significant change over the last five-plus decades. During the cycle of the pandemic, change to the town has been greatly accelerated by the wave of new residents who fled New York City. But it was a tech disruption almost a decade before COVID-19 that planted the seed of change in the most famous small town in America. 38 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 8/22

“I saw Woodstock starting to change faster around 2013, with the advent of Airbnbs,” says Paul McMahon, an artist, musician, and owner-operator of arts space the Mothership. McMahon first came to town in 1990 from the Lower East Side “on a spiritual quest.” “You’ve had a lot of people wanting to get out of the city and get a little bit of the Woodstock vibe,” says McMahon, “but there really weren’t a lot places to stay here, so it’s easy to see [why Airbnbs would proliferate]. But because of that there was a sudden influx of money into a place that was chronically broke.” Plan of Action Although that monetary influx from Airbnb guests has been beneficial to Woodstock businesses, the quantum increase of short-term rental units over permanent residences has left many of the employees of those same businesses unable to find affordable housing in the town. For many of them, restaurant and retail jobs, which are traditionally low paying, simply aren’t worth the commute, especially with high gas prices.

Overlook Mountain as seen from the Comeau Property in downtown Woodstock. Opposite, from top: The Sunday drum circle on the Village Green draws locals and tourists alike to bang and boogie. Artist and vendor Jack Miller with his “muse,” Tina Miller, at Mower’s Flea Market.


Holly Walsh, owner of Little Apple Cafe on Tinker Street.

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The Woodstock Town Board began working on a comprehensive plan to address the situation in 2018. “We recognized that we needed to reach outside [of the municipality] for a consultant to lay the foundation for the work we’re doing now,” says board member Kirk Ritchey, who cochairs the Woodstock Housing Oversight Task Force (WHOTF). “When the pandemic hit, it accelerated the land grab that had been going on.” Last year, in response to the housing crisis, the board imposed a nine-month moratorium on the processing and approval of demolition permits for residential structures and applications for transient accommodation uses, short-term rentals, and residential conversions in Woodstock. On May 31 of this year, the WHOTF unveiled a series of recommendations intended to address the situation moving forward. The committee’s proposals, created with the advice of planning consultant Nan Stolzenburg of Community Planning & Environmental Associates, include provisions for allowing tiny homes, offering incentives for sensible development, and easing the creation of accessory dwelling units. Also known as ADUs, accessory dwelling units are small long-term rental spaces located within or adjacent to a property owner’s main home, such as a detached cabin or a garage that’s been converted into an apartment. Ritchey is hopeful that ADUs, which can be rented more affordably to in-town restaurant or retail employees, will serve as a fast, effective way to address the intertwined issues of worker

housing, staff shortages, and much-needed supplemental income for many homeowners. “We asked for input from local businesses to find out what their workers would need, in terms of affordability and space, based on what they can pay them and how many workers they have,” Ritchey explains, adding that the town has formed a housing alliance startup and will soon be launching a community land trust to acquire and adapt existing properties for use as affordable housing. A Creative Path With its reputation as an artsy town in a beautiful natural setting, Woodstock had been luring visitors and new residents from New York City and other urban areas well before 9/11 and COVID. The vicinity’s original inhabitants were the Espous Indians; in the late 18th century, a wave of Dutch settlers relocated from Kingston after being supplanted by the encroaching English. Farming, logging, glass making, milling, tanning, and quarrying drove the economy of the early town, which was established in 1787. Woodstock’s widely recognized relationship with the arts dates back to the late 1800s, when Hudson River School painters began flocking to the town and summer boarding houses opened to accommodate New York actors and circus performers, who captivated the countryside with their eccentric events. The pioneering Byrdcliffe and Maverick arts colonies took root and blossomed in the early 20th century; the Arts Students League of New York began holding

its summer program locally in 1906; and the Woodstock School of Art was commissioned in 1939 as part of the New Deal. The 1960s folk, jazz, and rock booms brought Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and other influential musicians to Woodstock, and while the 1969 music festival that bears the town’s name ended up taking place 50 miles southwest in Bethel, the Woodstock brand would continue to attract artists to the area. One of them is painter Calvin Grimm, who settled in Woodstock in 1967 after visiting his grandparents there throughout his childhood. Grimm began building his home/studio/gallery in the hamlet of Shady in 1969, when he was 24. Having watched the evolution of Woodstock firsthand from the mid-20th century on, Grimm worries that the tourism trade catering to weekenders and newcomers is threatening to supplant the artistic legacy that gives the town its distinct identity. “We have only a few galleries [left]—the historically significant WAAM [Woodstock Artists Association and Museum] and the Byrdcliffe Guild and a smattering of surviving exhibition spaces,” he says. “Potential gallery spaces are rapidly consumed by restaurants and real estate offices. It is not enough for a restaurant to hang a photo of Bob Dylan or for realtors to promote Woodstock as the ‘Colony of the Arts.’ It is challenging for visitors or the new resident public to know that artists live here and benefit from the support of collectors, so that the artists are not forced into the margins or to move away.” 8/22 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 41


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Hearing Problems Colony, formerly the Colony Cafe, was built in 1929. The Mission-style music venue and eatery had been mismanaged for years before Neil and Alexia Howard, locals since 2008, bought the property in 2015 and, after extensive renovations, reopened it in 2017. Given new life, the nightclub had been flourishing as a prime spot for top touring and local bands before COVID hit. After shuttering for the lockdown, Colony reemerged with the launch of its beer garden in April 2021 and began regularly presenting musicals acts there on a newly built outdoor stage. The shows have helped to keep Colony’s staff employed during the pandemic and have brought vitality and business back to the venue and the town. (With the easing of COVID guidelines, the club is once again hosting indoor evening concerts, with afternoon and early evening beer garden sets on weekends). Nonetheless, not everyone has been enamored with the performances, and a controversy about Woodstock’s noise ordinance arose when a group of neighboring residents complained about the al fresco events taking place at Colony and the nearby Bearsville Theater. Although some online chatter seemed to indicate that it was newer “peace-seeking” residents doing the griping, Neil Howard insists that’s not the case. “Actually, it’s the exact opposite,” he says. “There’s, like, 22 people who

are complaining, compared to around 1,000 people who’ve told us they love the outdoor music and want to see it continue. And an overwhelming number of the people who are supportive are newer people who love that they live somewhere where there’s outdoor live music. The people complaining are mostly people who’ve lived here since the 1960s, in a place that’s known for live music.” Still, after the town board hosted a public listening session on the matter in April, Colony is working to be more accommodating across the board with its outside entertainment operations. “We’re installing a new outdoor PA system that’s designed to limit the sound to the property, and we’ll mainly be having just acoustic music back there,” says Howard. “We’ll also probably be cutting the outdoor shows down to just a few hours on afternoons. It’s a difficult needle to thread. But Woodstock still needs outdoor live music, and we’re excited to be celebrating our fifth anniversary this year.” Shelf Space The Woodstock Public Library was established in 1913 in a converted farm building with a small collection of donated books and a budget of $40 for some bookshelves, a handful of chairs, and a coalburning stove. Despite the construction of some additions over the decades, the facility, which was built well before the era of ADA compliance and

has been dealing with mold issues from its original stone basement, long ago outgrew its 109-yearold home. But in May 2022, after the idea had been defeated in previous years, the town voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $3.9 million bond to acquire, renovate, and relocate into a nearby larger, modern complex that formerly housed an investment firm and a fiber optic manufacturer before that. Like the majority of Woodstock’s citizenry, Jeff Collins, the library’s board president, is excited about the long-overdue move. “Woodstock is not a small town anymore, so this will really help to meet its new needs,” says Collins, who was elected to the board in 2020 and became its president in 2021. “The board did some studies and found that it would be best to take down the present building, and the library has been looking to upgrade its facility for 20 years.” Currently, the new, 12,000-square-foot site is undergoing a significant renovation, which, among other elements, involves making sure that the second floor will satisfy the structural load for the library’s book collection and installing reinforcement if needed. The new library’s features will also include high-speed internet; a circular driveway for easy visitor pickups and drop-offs; an elevator; conference rooms and meeting areas; an outdoor space with a covered area and picnic tables; and, perhaps most welcomed by local families, an expanded area for children and teens. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 43

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Talking Business Although the havoc wrought by COVID unfortunately saw some Woodstock businesses permanently close, the vast majority have reopened. And in several spots, the sealed shutters have even been swapped for shiny new shingles. One example: Dominican restaurant Que Lo Que, which just opened in the corner space that was previously occupied by Shindig (see page 60 for a profile of Que Lo Que and its head chef, Sam Ferndandez). Another new business in an older commercial site is CBD outlet Hemp & Humanity, which opened this year in the Tinker Street storefront it shares with Jarita’s Florist. “We hadn’t planned to have a brick-and-mortar shop, but the opportunity presented itself during COVID and we ended up opening here in September 2020,” says Hemp & Humanity’s owner, snowboarding champion Melissa Gibson, who launched her business at farmers’ markets in 2016 after finding CBD extremely effective in treating her own medical afflictions. “The industry has really taken off, and with the shop we’re able to share information that destigmatizes misconceptions about hemp,” says Gibson, who has degrees in agriculture management and brand management. “Customers can come in and talk with an expert to get advice on specific products for their particular issues. We work with the state to partner with women- and BIPOC-owned suppliers and concentrate on having locally made products. I’ve loved getting to know the other business owners in town, and I love how all of us support each other.” One of Gibson’s business neighbors is Molly Farley, a Minnesota native who’s lived in the area since 1985 and opened Rock City Vintage in 2012. The boutique sells curated vintage clothing, much of its inventory handpicked and refurbished as needed by its skilled-seamstress owner. “I like the idea of recycling and reusing clothing, fixing things—fast fashion isn’t good for the planet, anyway,” says Farley, who says her selection is especially popular with visiting Brooklynites. “They really get what I do. I’m grateful for the influx of new people moving to the area. Most of the new people I meet are interested in fitting in here and being part of the ‘Woodstock dream,’ whatever that means to them.” 8/22 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 45

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Woodstock Pop-Up Portraits Photos by David McIntyre On June 27, Chronogram held a pop-up portrait shoot at Colony Woodstock on Rock City Road during Colony’s weekly open-mike night. Over 75 Woodstockers showed up on a balmy summer evening to be photographed by David McIntyre. Our thanks to all who came out and to Laura Anson, Neil Howard, and the staff of Colony Woodstock for hosting us. The portraits on the following pages are just the tip of the photographic iceberg. All the photos can be viewed at

Above: Jason Bowman and Acacia Ludwig run the Rock Academy. Right: Rennie Cantine is a musician, woodworker, and 10th generation Woodstocker. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Abbe Aronson, pictured with Tugboat, is a publicist, girl-about-town, and boss lady. Meira Blaustein is the founder and executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival. Alice Gumpel is a personal trainer at Glo Spa. Bob Helfant is a singer-songwriter. Carmela Tal Baron is a poet, writer, and songwriter-vocalist. Carolyn Winters is a photographer and music lover. Charlie Thurman is a musician. Amy McClure works at Colony Woodstock. Neil Howard is an actor, musician, and owner of Colony Woodstock.




Clockwise from top left: Born and raised in Woodstock, Lewis Arlt is a member of Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of Woodstock. Sam Fernandez is the chef/owner of Que Lo Que, a new Dominican restaurant on Tinker Street. Daniel Wyld works at Colony Woodstock. Robin “the Hammer” Ludwig is a musician and jeweler known for being Billy Idol’s exclusive jeweler from 1987-1994. Sherret Chase is a world adventurer, father of three, and a real estate broker. Ondi McMaster is the proprietor of Atelier Om, which features responsibly made fabrics, clothing, and arts and crafts. Paul McMahon is a singer-songwriter, artist, and proprietor of the Mothership. Molly Farley is a singer-songwriter and proprietor of Rock City Vintage clothing store. “Ranger” Dave Holden is a DEC-licensed hiking guide, trail builder, and nature columnist.

Clockwise from top left: Dave Kearney is a “folk-noir” songwriter. Edie Lefevre is the cofounder of Performing Arts of Woodstock. Laurie Osmond is a community activist, long-serving School Board Trustee, and a real estate agent. Molly Didylowski is a singer-songwriter. Norm Wennet is a blues musician. Juliet Lofaro is a portrait photographer and Woodstock native. Juan Johnson, better known as DJ Majic Juan, is a DJ, bartender, and hood therapist. Eva Bublick is a singer and social media consultant. Jamonte Johnson is a spoken word artist.


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he Congressman in charge of fundraising for Democratic midterms this year may not have to worry about his own campaign if New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi has her way in the Democratic primary on August 23. As chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sean Patrick Maloney has been at war this midterm season, but not with Republicans. Maloney’s foes at the moment are young outsider Democrats primarying establishment incumbents all over the country, and Maloney has thrown his institutional weight behind the old guard, who have proven track records of winning campaigns without offending corporate donors or questioning the wisdom of party leadership. Now, the 10-year congressman is fighting off a progressive challenger of his own. Drafts of New York’s congressional district maps were released on the morning of May 16th, and hinted at a possible loss of a Democratic seat if they were finalized without being changed. At noon that day, Maloney announced on Twitter that if they were finalized, he would run in the newly redrawn 17th district, despite currently serving in the expiring 18th district. Maloney’s home of Cold Spring is in the new 17th, which he says informed his decision to run, but there’s no New York State law requiring representatives to live in the districts they represent. Maloney announced his candidacy in the newly drawn 17th district without giving so much as a heads-up to Democratic freshman Congressman Mondaire Jones of the current 17th district. Instead, Maloney gave Jones an ultimatum: Run against me in a primary, run against progressive Congressman Jamaal Bowman in a primary for the 16th district, or find another district. Party leadership approved of the decision. Three days after the power grab, Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “We’re very proud of Sean Patrick Maloney.” 50 THE RIVER NEWSROOM CHRONOGRAM 8/22

But Congresswoman Alexandria OcasioCortez told Politico that Maloney’s move was “terrible,” and “hypocritical,” pointing out the conflict of interest Maloney would have in primarying a candidate whose campaign funding he controls, and demanding Maloney resign from his DCCC role. Sources familiar with Jones’s decision-making told The River that while Maloney’s actions were ugly, a primary between the two would have been even uglier, and would have left one of the two congressmen without a race to run in come November. Jones decided to run in the newly-drawn NY-10 against former New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and more than a dozen other Democratic primary candidates, leaving Maloney alone in the Democratic primary—though not for long. Shortly after Maloney’s power grab, Biaggi announced that instead of running for NY-3, she would take on Maloney in a primary. Biaggi told Gotham Gazette: “Voters can have a say and vote for someone who is a progressive Democrat who actually has a record of making progress… or they can vote for a selfish corporate Democrat who clearly only cares about himself.” Biaggi has embraced the role of an outsider running to bring transformative change to the Democratic Party. Despite her family lineage rooted in the Democratic political machine as the granddaughter of long-serving Bronx congressman Mario Biaggi, she’s not that interested in maintaining the status quo. “I don’t think it’s a secret that the Democratic Party, at least in New York, has not really embraced any of the new energy or the new people who have come in from all different ages, because there’s a really, unfortunately, old playbook that they keep relying on which is not really speaking to voters,” she says. “And that’s why we’re seeing lower voter turnout.” Like other progressive Democrats, Biaggi is especially disappointed in the party—and Nancy

Pelosi and Maloney in particular—for throwing its weight behind Henry Cuellar, an antiabortion Democrat with an A rating from the National Rifle Association who defeated primary challenger Jessica Cisneros by just 289 votes in a run-off in Texas. Maloney told the Dallas Morning News, “I would never second-guess the speaker on any of our decisions, and certainly not on this one. And look, Congressman Cuellar is very independent, and there are issues that he and I disagree on.” But Biaggi is much more comfortable questioning party leadership. When asked if she thought Pelosi was bold enough to take action and wield her power to make abortion access a right, Biaggi sounds doubtful. “If she is able to change some of the norms and some of the traditions that the party has historically supported,” she says. “There should be no antiabortion Democrats in this party. Like we need litmus tests,” Biaggi says. “They spent Democratic dollars to elect an anti-abortion, anti-union, A-rated by-the-NRA candidate. Are you kidding me? With Democratic dollars?” The (Green) Power Broker This isn’t the first time Maloney has been at odds with the younger, more progressive wing of his party. New reporting by The River reveals how Maloney interacts behind the scenes with those who seek to challenge the stagnation and complacency of the Democratic Party. While he was still a candidate, Jones was lobbied by the environmental group Food and Water Watch to oppose a controversial proposed expansion of Danskammer, an electrical power plant in Newburgh that burns fracked gas to turn power-generating steam turbines. Hurricane Sandy flooded Danskammer in 2012 and left it out of commission. In 2014, it was revamped as a “peaker plant,” sending power to the electrical grid during times of high energy consumption.

In the fall of 2019, Danskammer Energy proposed a $500 million expansion to make the plant a full-time operation, a move that would dramatically expand the amount of gas burned at the plant and worsen ongoing air pollution problems in the surrounding neighborhoods. The plant’s owners framed the proposal as a step toward zero-carbon energy, announcing plans to convert the plant to run on “green” hydrogen made with renewable energy by 2040. According to activists with Food and Water Watch, the hydrogen plans were an attempt to mislead the public about the sustainability of the project. Not only has hydrogen never been used as a power generator in the US, but there was no large-scale source of green hydrogen at the time of the proposal. “The hydrogen technology they are claiming they will eventually use doesn’t even currently exist. We should judge their proposal at face value, which if approved, will import and burn fracked gas from Pennsylvania,” Emily Skydel told the Times Herald-Record. When Jones won his election in November, one of his first orders of business was to press then-Governor Andrew Cuomo to oppose the expansion of Danskammer. Jones had his team draft a letter and circulate it among the entire New York Congressional delegation, a motley crew that includes outspoken “Squad” members Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman and Maloney ally Hakeem Jeffries. The letter highlighted Danskammer’s impact on local communities that are already struggling with pollution problems. “Historically, Newburgh has borne the brunt of environmental injustice; in recent years, its residents have suffered high levels of toxic polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in their drinking water,” the letter read. “Poorer, denser communities disproportionately have felt the impacts of COVID-19; added air pollutants from the Danskammer expansion could exacerbate our ongoing public health crisis.” Sources close to the issue say Maloney did not appreciate Jones taking action on the Danskammer issue. “My boss is livid, this power plant’s in our district, you’re putting us in a really tough position,” a Maloney staffer allegedly told Jones’s team. According to sources familiar with the matter, the letter was sent to Maloney’s team ahead of time, before it was circulated for signatures from other New York lawmakers, but Maloney’s team never responded. Maloney’s team rejects this account. “The Congressman had no involvement in this matter as there was never a formal request made by Rep. Jones’s team to sign onto the letter. There were only staff-level discussions broadly about the subject of the plant and about the normal processes for circulating letters on issues like this,” the Maloney campaign said in a written statement. A spokesman for Maloney’s team said, “We are unaware of any efforts to get in touch with our office prior to the staff level conversations that occurred once the letter was circulated.” Others with inside knowledge say that behind the scenes, the letter sparked a fierce dispute between the two Congressmen. “Maloney made

it very clear that there was a hierarchy to not only Congress, but within the Equality Caucus,” said another source. The Equality Caucus is chaired by the nine openly LGBTQ members of the House of Representatives, including Jones and Maloney. “The way these letters work, it’s not like it was created [in a] vacuum. [Teams] consult with the stakeholders in the district, and circulate the letters widely to those who may be impacted,” said another source who requested anonymity to better describe what happened behind the scenes. Maloney’s chief of staff allegedly reached out to Jones’s team and said, “not only should [ Jones’s

letter, which is what they could have done. They did not offer their own version of the letter, which often happens on issues that are important in the district.” Another source pointed out that even though the Danskammer is in Maloney’s district, the implications of pollution extend beyond his own constituents. “It’s not as though you can isolate the consequences of a highly polluting liquid natural gas-burning plant,” said the source. “It would have impacted people in [ Jones’s] community too. So that is sort of how [he] saw it. It could have affected kids in Haverstraw,

Congressional candidate and New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (second from right) talks to constituents at a Rockland Pride event. Photo by Timmy Facciola

team] have come to them, but that [ Jones] shouldn’t have been leading the letter at all—that it actually could have had Sean’s name on it.” Jones was just days into his first term as a freshman congressman, and loath to make any enemies, let alone one as powerful as Maloney. One source familiar with the dustup heard “secondhand that Maloney was individually calling members of the New York delegation telling them that Mondaire’s office didn’t know what they were doing and not to sign on.” Jones’s team, “apologized and [was] very deferential. But it became a bigger conflict than it needed to be, because of, basically, a pissing match of a senior congressman to a junior congressman,” the source said. In conversations during this conflict, Maloney’s team allegedly said that the issue was not Jones’s opposition to the expansion of Danskammer, but that Jones was undercutting Maloney in his own district. Sources familiar with the matter don’t buy this explanation. “The notion that proper channels weren’t followed, I would call bullshit on,” one source said. “Sean’s office did not take up the

Ossining, or Peekskill. It’s not just about district quarters.” One source involved with the letter said they had, “hoped [Maloney] might be an ally because he talks a big talk, but that’s only when people can see him.” In 2018, Maloney cosponsored a bill in Congress called the Off Fossil Fuels Act, which would have required the country to move to 100 percent carbon-free electric energy by 2030, a far more ambitious goal than the one set by New York’s 2019 climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The OFF bill would have eventually forced Danskammer to stop producing power with natural gas and would have created issues around its expansion. In a short span of time, Maloney went from publicly endorsing the Green New Deal to allowing his staff to discipline a young progressive Congressman for seeking to prevent the expansion of a natural gas power plant. And while Maloney’s team insists that he wasn’t personally opposed to the letter, he never made an effort to help Jones in what would have been a tangible step toward addressing climate change. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE RIVER NEWSROOM 51

Maloney’s team insists that the letter wasn’t on his radar, noting that this happened in the two weeks between the Capitol riot on January 6 and President Biden’s inauguration. Maloney’s reluctance to get involved in the Danskammer fight may have stemmed from union allegiances. During his 2020 run for reelection, Maloney received an endorsement from the Hudson Valley Building and Trades Council, a union that represents roughly 8,000 workers across 29 unions and is proDanskammer expansion. “Congressman Maloney is a champion of Hudson Valley working families. He has always fought to create jobs and support local labor,” said Todd Diorio, President of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council. “Unions and leaders from across the Hudson Valley supported the Danskammer plant because it would create good-paying local jobs without increasing pollution, serving as a bridge until New York has enough reliable renewable energy to meet our needs.” Last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied the Danskammer project a necessary permit, stating that the expansion of the power plant was incompatible with New York’s climate law. A House Divided “In Spanish, we have a word for a relationship with a person that has the same name and it’s called tocaya. And so Alessandra is my tocaya,” said Ocasio-Cortez at a canvas launch event in August 2018, when she was still just a candidate for the House of Representatives and Biaggi was running in the Democratic primary for State Senator. That June, Ocasio-Cortez upset 20-year Congressman Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary, pulling off what was seen by many as the largest upset of the 2018 midterms and the highest-profile victory for a candidate backed by the Democratic Socialists of America. Biaggi says she was inspired to run, in part, by watching Ocasio-Cortez take on the Democratic establishment on behalf of working class voters. And in the spirit of Ocasio-Cortez’s upset, Biaggi defeated incumbent Jeff Klein, head of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of Democratic State Senators who formed a coalition with the Republican majority that controlled the senate. Klein spent close to $3 million on his campaign, but lost by 10 points, in an election in which six IDC members lost their primaries to the left. Once in the Senate, Biaggi sponsored anti-sexual-harassment legislation and later became a vocal critic of former-Governor Andrew Cuomo, both for his many sexual misconduct allegations as well as his mishandling of COVID-19. But for all Biaggi sees wrong with her party, and for all her fiery rhetoric against Maloney, she sees herself first and foremost as a Democrat. On her lawn signs, the phrase “Democrat for Congress” is featured prominently, in only slightly smaller font than her last name. Other young progressives have been quicker to 52 THE RIVER NEWSROOM CHRONOGRAM 8/22

play up their anti-establishment bonafides. Like Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Cori Bush both won high-profile Democratic primaries against establishment figures in 2020 with endorsements from the Democratic Socialists of America and Bernie Sanders.

Sean Patrick Maloney talks to a voter at Walden Day in Walden, NY, USA during the 2012 election for New York’s 18th congressional district, which he went on to win. Photo by Daniel Case

Biaggi makes it clear, “I’m not a Democratic socialist. I’m a Democrat, first and foremost, and I’m a progressive Democrat.” Most of her policies align with the DSA’s: Both support universal healthcare, codifying Roe v. Wade, the Green New Deal, universal pre-K, and the Protect the Right to Organize Act, which would strengthen workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain. They disagree when it comes to foreign policy, Biaggi said, especially when it comes to Israel and Palestine. The DSA has supported efforts to boycott and divest from Israel in response to what they describe as the apartheid of Palestinian people. But, while Biaggi doesn’t doubt the injustices many Palenstinians have faced, she says she makes sure to listen to Jewish leaders as well. “I have been a supporter of Israel. I represent a district currently that has a large Jewish population,” she said. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount from the leaders in that community from all different parts of the ideological Jewish spectrum.” The Lower Hudson Valley chapter of the DSA has opted not to endorse Biaggi, saying in a statement, “We have not begun any endorsement

proceedings in the CD-17 race because there are no socialists running, and we do not open our endorsement process for a race unless there is a socialist candidate running.” But Biaggi might not need to wield a rose emoji—which many use to identify themselves as socialist on social media—to channel progressive discontent with Democratic leadership. As voter frustration rises on the left, anger at the Democrats is increasingly coming from inside the house. In 2016, much of the labor-concerned left supported Sanders because they felt abandoned by Clinton and her corporate donors. Just a few years ago, Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders were among the only Democrats willing to critique their own party. But since 2020, criticism of middle-of-the-road Democrats like Nancy Pelosi has become more commonplace. The party has evolved in a way that even a former Clinton staffer like Biaggi—who is married to another former-Clinton staffer, and at whose wedding Clinton spoke—feels comfortable criticizing the mistakes that led the party to its loss to Donald Trump. “Who I am today and what I know today, and who I was in 2016 are two different people,” Biaggi said at an abortion rights rally in Rockland after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Of Clinton’s pick for vice president, the pro-life moderate Tim Kaine, she says: “At the time it made sense. I don’t think it makes sense now.” Biaggi also thinks that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg should have retired while President Barack Obama was still in office, allowing him to appoint a successor instead of staying on the court for the election of Trump, dying, and opening another nomination for the Heritage Foundation to make. She has tremendous respect for the legacy of Ginsberg, but she doesn’t think the solution to the current problem lies in venerating the dead. Her tone is markedly different than that of Sean Patrick Maloney, who told MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart that voters who are frustrated with Democrats’ failure to deliver on their promises to protect abortion rights and regulate gun access should think about the legacy of the late John Lewis, who continued to march and fight for his beliefs in the face of a racist and violent opposition. “We got to work, we got to vote,” Maloney told Jonathan Capehart. “If you believe we can all fit in this modern world and do well and have our rights and our freedoms protected, you got to vote Democratic, and you got to get out and work. You got to participate in these midterms. That’s what’s got to happen.” But progressive frustration with the Democratic party continues to balloon. At a recent rally in Houston, Texas, a crowd chanted at former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, whom Maloney endorsed for president in 2020: “Democrats we call your bluff. Voting blue is not enough.” “This is not just about electing Democrats. It’s about electing bold Democrats,” Biaggi said at a recent rally in Rockland. “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to get shit done.”


SILVER HOLLOW SANCTUARY With 16 acres and three dwellings, this Willow property is a world of its own.


ver 20 years ago, John Ebeling and his wife Judith fell in love with restoring and updating historic homes in the Hudson Valley. From fixer-uppers in the western Catskills to stately Stone Ridge properties, the couple have renovated a diverse array of homes along their journey. But none of them have compared to the property on Silver Hollow Road in Willow, a quiet hamlet just outside the village of Woodstock. “In all my time buying and fixing up real estate I don’t think I’ve come across a property as complete as this one,” says Ebeling. Located on a quiet road just off of scenic Route 212, the 16-acre wooded property is a peaceful Catskill Mountain refuge. In addition to the completely renovated, three-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot farmhouse, there’s an updated c.1920s two-bedroom guest house, a 19thCentury barn-turned-studio, a picture-perfect pool and entertaining area, fenced-in garden, and six acres of manicured lawn dotted here and there with towering hardwoods and mature flowering bushes. “It’s very private. The property is surrounded by other large parcels and past those is state land,” says Ebeling. “You’re intimately connected to nature, but Woodstock is just 10 minutes away. To have that combo is really a home run.”

Designed to the Nines The property’s previous owner had renovated the main farmhouse down to the studs back in 2011, but its look and feel needed some updating to bring it in line with contemporary tastes. “It was clear there was already a strong craft to the house,” says Ebeling. “We wanted to bring the design up to a more current feel to complement what was already here, and to go that extra mile.” Their design vision blends the quaint appeal of a historic New England home with streamlined, Scandinavian-inspired furniture, finishes, and color palette. They also added a suite of upscale touches that make the house feel like the epitome of cool country living. The kitchen is where the impact of the redesign really shines. One wall is outfitted in dramatic black shiplap siding, which the Ebelings chose to accentuate the glow of the passthrough fireplace. The dark hue contrasts with crisp white walls, the aged brass finish of lighting fixtures from Restoration Hardware, and bright white quartz countertops run through with striking gray veining. Other additions, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two beverage fridges, new kitchen island, the living room’s custom-designed wet bar, and expanded bluestone patio make the home an entertainer’s dream.

Room to Roam With the cozy, two-bedroom guest house located just up the meandering drive from the farmhouse, there’s always space for friends and family to come and stay. The historic barn, which the Ebelings renovated into an open-plan office/studio, is tailor-made for the work-from-home life. They added heavy duty shiplap in a moody dark green to the walls, installed energy-efficient heat pumps, and added stone walls and a patio outside to help give the barn a classically rustic appeal that seamlessly blends with its surroundings. Among the 16 wooded acres are an array of well-landscaped spaces designed for outdoor enjoyment. There’s a quaint, fenced-in garden to occupy the days and a stone fire pit to build roaring blazes in at night. In the summer, the inground heated pool is clearly the place to be. Located just up the lawn from the farmhouse, the pool is surrounded by a graciously sized stone patio that’s perfect for entertaining. With impressive Catskill Mountain views from almost every angle of the pool, you might be tempted to hide away in Willow and just float the days away. 102-120 Silver Hollow Road in Willow is now on the market from Halter Associates Realty. To learn more about this listing or schedule a showing, contact Judith Steinfeld and Gary Heckelman at and 8/22 CHRONOGRAM 53

music Yungchen Lhamo Awakening

(Six Degrees Records) Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo often refers to music’s healing power, and indeed, at a very basic level, her music—soft, sensuous, flowing like a clear river—does offer a tonic for our times. Lhamo’s rich soprano boasts a natural vibrato that powers her hypnotic melismas, and on Awakenings, her sixth album, the Kingston-based singer-songwriter is accompanied by a versatile, mostly Spanish ensemble that conjures a singular fusion of Buddhist chant, Indian percussion, Tibetan folk, and smooth jazz. Lhamo sings mostly in Tibetan with occasional forays into English and Mandarin, but her lyrics need no translation: This is the bestpossible mood music, which works equally well as atmospheric background or as a point of mental and emotional focus. Standout tracks include “Monkey Mind,” whose jazzy chord progression, peppered by Julio Garcia’s reggae/Afrobeat-style electric guitar, recalls the Police, and “Compassion for All Beings,” which boasts Lhamo’s haunting, multi-tracked vocals atop a bed of throat singing. The title track could well be the Tibetan answer to Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” and “Auspicious Days” is a fourminute, raga-like melody featuring a time-suspending sopranino saxophone solo by Javier Paxarino. Lhamo is a refugee from Chinese-occupied Tibet who in 1989 escaped on foot across the Himalayas, bound for the Indian border and, eventually, Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. It was there that the Dalai Lama himself anointed Lhamo, whose name means “Goddess of Melody,” to go forth into the world to spread the gospel of Tibetan culture. He could not have wished for a better ambassador. —Seth Rogovoy


Scott Helland and Samantha Stephenson of Frenchy and the Punk Each month here we visit with a member of the community to find out what music they’ve been digging.

Scott Helland: I’ve been listening to Ghost’s new, very ’80s-sounding, album Impera, the Brazilian surf band Os Pampa Haoles’s La Lata, and the Swedish extreme metal band Orbit Culture. I received an advance copy of my old hardcore band Outpatients’ new vinyl reissue the other day, so I got out my record player and ended up going down a rabbit hole of my ’60s spy movie theme song vinyl records, like the Roland Shaw Orchestra doing “The Avengers” theme! Samantha Stephenson: I’ve been listening to French artist Zaz (“Je Veux”) and really loving the new video by Florence and the Machine for “King.” I went down the Honne road for a while there, with the album No Song Without You; I love their animated music videos and the calm of the music. Was also hooked on XX’s “Intro” for a while. We’ve had a busy spring and summer, working on our new album, Zen Ghost, so we’ve also been listening to our mixes lately! Frenchy and the Punk are a Euro-American acoustic alternative post-punk cabaret duo based in New Paltz. The pair will play at Porchfest Poughkeepsie on August 28 at noon.


John McGrath

Richard Carr

(Get Out of Town Production)

(Neuma Records) During the downtime of 2020, Rosendale composer Richard Carr went old school. Pen to paper, he overruled decades of digitizing by constructing a dozen melodic pieces for string quartet, a third of them improvised. Hitting the violin himself on half the tracks, he recruited a smart, young string squad: violinists Laura Lutzke and Ravenna Lipchik, violist Caleb Burhans, and cellist Clarice Jensen. From there, the quartet embraced emergent structure—musical architecture coming from process itself with no predestined form—to build a set of slowly mutating modern pieces. With its effervescent moods and varying song species, this brave achievement is more for deep listeners rather than casual ones, due to its unpredictability, as the beautifully buoyant and wandering (“Processional,” “Dawn Crossing”) slams head-on into the plucky and playful (“Early Departure,” “Over the Ridge”) and the hefty and rambunctious (“Terrace Dancing,” “Funiculare”). Take the risk, but be prepared for a heady ride. —Haviland S Nichols


After a click of sticks, this five-song EP rips open with John McGrath’s roots-rock voice, straight out of Central Casting—and it works. “Inertia” is a song meant to explode onstage and it certainly does on disc, especially when spiked with utility infielder and recording engineer Andy Stack’s slashing steel—and, really, is there any other word for it? Powered by the Restless Age’s rhythm section du jour, drummer Lee Falco and bassist Brandon Morrison, Kicktrial offers many moods in its few minutes, with Margaret Vetare’s gossamer vocals providing contrast to McGrath’s gruffness. In addition to its album cover-worthy title, “Last Night’s Jesus” sounds like a long-lost outtake from forgotten Aussie rockers Died Pretty and the mellow, session-closing “Kissing the Clovers” is a perfect comedown from “Inertia’s” opening blast, while “In a Fight with the Tired Years” is as Hudson Valley as it gets. —Michael Eck

Over the Ridge

books The Story of Historic Kingston Stephen Blauweiss and Karen Berelowitz BLAUWEISS MEDIA, $85, 2022

Blauweiss and Berelowitz tell the origin story of their beloved city in this book that’s perfect for the coffee table. Over 950 photos, maps, and drawings are spread across 475 pages, weaving together a town history that dates back to the Ice Age. The book is broken into two parts–the Ulster County section takes readers through the land’s earliest recorded history through the 1900s. It also includes details about the construction of some of the area’s iconic landmarks, including the Wurts Street Bridge and Mohonk Mountain House. Historic Kingston, the book’s second section, takes a deeper look at the area’s earliest neighborhoods: Rondout, Uptown, and Midtown, and the city life within them.

Jazzed Jill Dearman VINE LEAVES PRESS, $17.99, 2022

Jill Dearman, gives a gender-swapped take on the infamous Leopold and Loeb 1924 Chicago murder case. In the Hudson resident’s book, Wilhelmina “Will” Reinhardt and Dorothy “Dolly” Raab are college roommates at Barnard college in the early 1920s. Both are musicians and share an obsession for music, spending most of their time in Prohibition-era speakeasies and Harlem jazz clubs. Dolly captures Will with her beauty and charm but she quickly gets caught up in Dolly’s rebellious love for crime. When Barnard and their wealthy families team up to break up the passionate couple, the two plan a murder.

Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me Ada Calhoun GROVE PRESS, $27, 2022

Andes resident Ada Calhoun stumbles upon 40-year-old cassette tapes of interviews her father, acclaimed art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O’Hara. Calhoun grew up in the East Village of New York City, where O’Hara lived and made the subject of many of his poems. In her memoir, Calhoun embarks on a journey to finish the book, providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets and confronting her complicated relationship with her father and her own need for his approval.

We Were Never Here Andrea Bartz RANDOM HOUSE, $15.99, 2022

On the last night of their backpacking trip in the mountains of Chile, Emily returns to her hotel room to find her best friend Kristen surrounded by broken glass and blood. Kristen tells her that she had to kill a fellow backpacker in self-defense. This raises suspicions for Emily because Kristin had killed someone on their annual trip the previous year and told her a similar story. Emily begins to question everything about Kristin but helps her cover up the scene. After Emily returns home to Wisconsin and Kristin shows up at her doorstep unannounced, Emily must finally confront the truth about her best friend.

Sorry We’re Open: The Truth About Retail from My Side of the Counter J. P. Cohen INDEPENDENT, $14.99, 2022

J. P. Cohen’s Sorry We’re Open is an entertaining romp through the front lines of the service industry. Customers frequently want employees to go above and beyond for them and pretend to be happy about it, but what about the workers’ feelings? Cohen uses stories from her time working at the Matchbox Cafe in Rhinebeck, a restaurant she and her husband Sam opened in 2011, to give a comical retelling of the experiences of a restaurant worker, begging to reshape the way Americans think about service workers. Cohen argues for a deeper need to be kind to those serving you, even if they don’t smile. —Micaela Warren and Kerri Kolensky

The Deal Goes Down Larry Beinhart

MELVILLE HOUSE, 2022, $27.99

Tony Cassella is on his way to a funeral, riding the Amtrak down the Hudson, when a woman he barely knows proposes he commit murder for hire. She’s tying one on in the club car, ranting about her cruel, vicious, extremely wealthy pig of a husband. A retired private investigator, Tony’s perhaps less shocked than most of us would be at the suggestion. Still, he tries to shut her down. But with his house in Woodstock 36 hours away from foreclosure, the idea of a fat payday proves irresistible. It’s not just the payday. With wife and son dead, daughter estranged, and a body that’s starting to feel all 70 of its years, Tony admits to himself that he may have just been feeling ready for something entirely different. And that’s what he gets, in spades, as it turns out there’s pent-up high-end demand for removal of dangerously nasty husbands. His fate becomes inextricably entwined with Maddie and Liz, two extremely determined women, and he finds himself taking on the seemingly impossible case of a closely guarded Russian oligarch whose nickname is God. Woodstock resident Beinhart, an Edgar Award winner whose novel American Hero was adapted into Wag the Dog, wrote a column on politics for this magazine for many years. His Ulster County noir voice is second to none; he has an OG understanding of the Catskills, with all its troubles and graces. He groks the majesty of the river, the enchantment of the deep woods, the gruff-but-neighborly hinterlands dwellers, the skullduggery afoot in the corridors of power and the abundant ironies that arise when one-percenter wealth rubs elbows with folks who don’t own much more than their shoes, when Buddhist monks neighbor with hedge fund managers. He has loads of insightful fun with New York, from the mountains west of Woodstock to the Trump Tower in Manhattan, and even becomes his own buddy: Tony’s best friend, who never quite takes the stage but impacts a highly significant plot point, is an aging writer named Larry Beinhart. They’re part of the Bread Alone coffee klatch. Some male-identified authors visibly struggle with writing believable, female characters; Beinhart has populated an entire book with memorable ones, including Allison, a sex worker who becomes Tony’s strongest ally. The women he finds himself working with are not flawless goddesses nor shrinking violets; they’re people, and he treats them that way, neither giving undue quarter nor attempting to bulldoze their feelings or contributions into insignificance. The theme and plot lend themselves to a deep dive into gender relations, gracefully executed; we come to understand that certain husbands might warrant killing, and that they are hard to get at. Tony is a retired PI with a philosophical bent, unassumingly cultured, and his affinity for nature spirits and cats, along with his Zen-inflected problem solving process make him a lot of fun to ride along with. Seventy or not, he can still hold his own in a dangerous situation, which is a nearly constant state of affairs, especially once he and Allison head over to the Austria to infiltrate God’s chalet. Beinhart has a gift for working nuance and insight into a plot that romps like a thoroughbred just turned out to pasture; secondary characters, like cat sitter Caroline Sunshine and a young Woodstock weed dealer, are vividly rendered in just a few lines. His dry, often hilarious, heartfelt style is reminiscent of sitting in a dimly lit bar with your coolest friend, listening to his epic stories and sipping Coke after a while because you want to remember every word. No fan of intelligent thrillers should miss this one, but be warned; sometimes “can’t put it down” isn’t just hyperbole. Larry Beinhart reads and signs on August 7 at 3pm at the Golden Notebook. —Anne Pyburn Craig 8/22 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 55

poetry Singer, singer, right now, in my tummy, there’s a movie theater. Even on my neck are chairs —Berry Gocker (5 years)

EDITED BY Phillip X Levine

For S and J

The ‘A’ Word

Sometimes—if I find myself in the right spot— I can carry my kids in my breath.

Uncensored tongue spews words unkind; don’t react, she thinks, let them pass through you. She learns to be quiet and, most times, receives in silence the infrequent blow. He doesn’t remember their dialogue of two minutes ago. “How old am I” he asks. “88,” she says. “When do we go home?” he asks. “We are home,” she says. “What should I wear?”—and then “No, don’t tell me what to do!” She backs off. Routines get mixed up in his mind; she helps him sort things out, tries not to be “the teacher.” “Do I shower now, or eat?” “How old am I anyhow?” “88,” she says. She knows he is not the cellular rot in his brain; she needs to remember how they were before. “Where do I sleep tonight?” he asks. “Here, with me,” she says, turning down the covers. “Are we married?” he asks. She looks up, startled, then smiles. “54 years,” she says. They both laugh. She turns out the light. “I love you,” he says, pressing his hand on hers. “I love you too,” she says as the tears come.

—Leah Brickley Gmail “Once you grab your stuff We are going to become strangers, You will never see or talk to me again.” The algorithm suggests my responses— “Okay, I will” “What are you talking about?” “What do you mean?” —Shelby Lintel Don’t Be Afraid of the bee in your ear or the bird’s slow circling and those many other things too mountains that seem too far for to climb rivers too fast to cross truth that refuses to wait love that waits too long paper cuts and catastrophic failure not being brave losing your children burying your dog whispering to one who doesn’t listen listening to those who don’t speak seeking but not finding crying without tears looking foolish, feeling small losing the argument fielding the blame grieving the consequence dying alone, far from home don’t be afraid of the shadows the sorrows even the despair of disappearance because fear is no North Star despair not a destination as we walk ourselves home. —Kemp Battle P.C. Adam, at his P.C., says, “Eve, what’s in your hand?” She says, “It’s an Apple thing You wouldn’t understand!” —Evan Pritchard


Communion Photograph I am a poet, not a prophet; My work is in my hands. When pleas for forgiveness Climb up my throat like bindweed, I swallow. This wilderness was placed in me To range, to roam, to be healthy and real, And there are ways to speak to God That aren’t apologies. My prayer stands on both feet. She kisses her mother goodnight And asks her grandfather to tell stories. I keep her white dress in the attic. Someday, when she comes in from the yard With her skinned knees and asks me, “Will I be good?” With that first sorry paleness Blooming underneath her freckles, I’ll smooth her tangled hair and answer. —Emily Murnane Prayer Like moth’s eyes glowing dimly beyond the screen door, I saw in the piecemeal way of the world and not with angel’s clear sight. This half-life of love is become too long, the heart’s homing lost, the lamb sacrificed. Tiny bridges, too crystalline and fragile to stand, all fall and shatter down in a tinkling rain, and the roads through the mind are dammed. O Angels, will you stand by me as you did that time at sea? I’ve lost my course and chart and courage, the thousand unshed tears at last are blinding me. A reign of transcendent stillness, the white promise you spoke to me. —Augusta Ogden

—Lyla Yastion Willie, Mickey, and The Duke Enough said? Yes. Absolutely. Enough said. —George J. Searles Frogs Dreaming in Late Autumn A fractured white sky. Leaves falling on crystal pond: No more dreams till spring. —Thomas E. Callan

Full submission guidelines:

What Kind of Lover Are You?

Exquisite Corpse

My father will bring a deep-pocketed merchant From the land of diamonds to marry me. And, my lover, Who is the lord of mountains is lost in his enterprise.

The full moon hung in the night sky like a backyard paper lantern. The man slumped over at a picnic table cluttered with beer cans that glinted in the moonlight. He raised his head at the sound of a trash can being knocked over in the distance.

His disciples say, he has invaded the grooves of sandalwood. His gatekeeper says, he has sunk into Mansarovar. Is there anyone who can tell my lover about my wedding?

She meant to throw a kiss to someone and hit herself in the face! Should she be worried?

The scent of my jasmine wreath has faded. My anklets have lost their melody without him, And my body has morphed into a living corpse. I ask, “Shiva, what kind of lover are you?” You left me on a heap of fire to burn alive. —Nidhi Agrawal Far And Near A Conversation Between Georgia O’Keefe & Galileo Galilei “Look out there, so far, a star— The waning moon is a scimitar! Enceladus and Europa each have an ocean Planets and comets in orbital motion Is the universe finite, yet without ledges? If you travel too far will you fall off its edges?” “What heavenly bodies do I see? Here on earth, they’re right before me! Look up close at this iris, so near... Pistil and stamen, sepal and beard The shadow of your lunar eclipse Gently cloaks my petunia’s lips.” “I’ve swung from the Milky Way’s chandelier Until it became abundantly clear— The rhythm of the pendulum Gives existence its eternal hum And nothing at all in the firmament Can ever be fixed, will never be permanent.” “I have no interest in physics equations— I prefer to caress the terrain’s undulations The shapes of the petals and anthers I render Are often mistaken for parts of my gender I do not endorse these interpretations But can’t control others’ imaginations.” The night sky is smeared with silvery speckles A sunflower’s cluster of earth-colored freckles Cosmos the universe, Cosmos the flowers Asterids, asteroids, meteor showers Galaxies spiral inside of a rose A Jimsonweed closes, the universe grows. —Barbara Lipp

Looking back, she discovered every boyfriend she ever had had state of the art audio speakers. All the oozing pathologies. She misses the complete certainty that social contact was impossible during the spring of 2019. The world was as rich and mysterious as ever, just no people. She feels awkward being in the room, thinking she should have waited in the other. The man, an attendant, sitting on the floor in a corner asks if she would like to be a leaf in his theatre production. They turned around slowly, warily, not knowing the source of the peculiar sound. A childhood memory from this time of year. At her grandparents’ house there was a stream and a little pool filled with tadpoles and frogs. She and her younger sister would spend all their time down at the stream. She was afraid of frogs and maybe because of that fear was excellent at spotting them. She was excellent at catching them but never saw them. She remembers time after time making a deal with her sister; she’d show her the frog on condition she wouldn’t chase her with it. Deal, and of course she’d always catch the frog and chase her. She knew not to trust her sister but loved spotting the frogs. She seduces people at such a young age. She is beautiful to watch and suddenly you glimpse the pathology. A man sits in a chair next to her and says they have a strong possibility. She jogs away barefoot running really fast now that she is vulnerable. She is supposed to go somewhere but doesn’t know where. She thinks of a playlist of subjects to write about and decides she is her own subject. He answered, “my funny palindrome. A man. A plan. A canal. Panama.” They didn’t understand what was happening. Frozen with indecision and a frisson of fear, the youngest spoke. “I really need to pee!” Everyone wants to live to 80…no one wants to be 80. —Verna Gillis, Linda Fite, Mara Kearney Loving, Kathleen Anderson 8/22 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 57

Artworks by Jackie Nickerson. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Dan Bradica

Road to Nowhere “STRESSED WORLD” AT JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY'S THE SCHOOL IN KINDERHOOK Through December 3 The current “Stressed World” exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery's the School in Kinderhook is a graceful dreamscape grounded by moments of sheer existential gravity. The impressive transnational and multigenerational roster of 30 participating artists— including Carrie Mae Weems, Radcliffe Bailey, Carlos Vega, Hank Willis Thomas, Gordon Parks, Odili Donald Odita, Nick Cave, Paul Anthony Smith, Tyler Mitchell, and Claudette Schreuders, among others— provides an amiable path through an otherwise intense range of social-cultural complexities. Entering the exhibit, we are first faced with Yoan Capote’s Status Quo (Reality and Idealism) (2010) sculpture of an oversized scale. On the one side is a large gold dish, and on the other a smaller black one. This work serves as an authoritative preface that symbolically announces Blackness as a central theme of “Stressed World.” The show then takes the viewer on a twisting path of diverse aesthetic narratives, some of which seem to contradict the foreboding title itself. Among those are Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu’s photo-like charcoal drawings on paper. The deep tones and natural ebullience of her chosen subjects—African women and girls—reflect the traditions and myths of Nigerian people while providing a kind of stanza to Capote’s sculptural “opening lines” with respect to balance and power. One such 58 THE GUIDE CHRONOGRAM 8/22

work, Lost Page (2018), is of a goddess-like woman weaving a large basket, her gaze set entirely upon the time-honored object that she is creating with her bare hands. Another heartfelt section is a room of mixed media works by Lyne Lapointe. Her charming characters made from linen and fabric display a sensitivity and psychotherapeutic quality yet are also reminiscent of the lonesome world of the Little Prince on his remote planet. Other digressive moments provide a romantic glance of a “time gone by” that remains relevant, such as Andy Warhol’s New York City Scene (1976– 1986) series of black and white photographs of a nondescript street corner repeated in a grid. While many of the artworks included in this exhibition appear accessible and even gleeful, others accentuate the weight of our times. The titular Stressed World (2011) piece by El Anatsui is an enormous installation composed entirely of ravaged aluminum bottle caps bound with wire, a candid comment on the scale of global consumption and waste. Jackie Nickerson’s series of digital C-prints from 2019 are an uncanny foreshadowing of the 2020 virus reality, when the entire planet was turned upside down simultaneously and without discrimination. Each of her eight photos—with titles such as Clear Head and Cloud—includes a lone figure that is somehow

obscured by a painted plastic object or other random covering, suggesting personal desolation and disconnection. Another example of the anxiety of the “Stressed World” theme is a room of bleak paintings by Pierre Dorian. Although these visions of simple architectural scenes including hallways, corners, and doors look harmless enough, the haunting alienation of those spaces is palpable. Abstract works on paper by the late Barkley L. Hendricks also express a sense of solitude that peppers the entire exhibit, and his Untitled (1971) painting of nine ellipses set against a green background provides a perfect lyrical reverberation with Hank Willis Thomas’s Endless Column (2017) sculpture of nine basketballs frozen in time, expanding upon his concern with the commodification of Black men and their identities. As I made my way through, I could hear the Talking Heads’ “we’re on a road to nowhere” melody ring true for the dynamic assemblage of artworks included in this show. The works have something powerful to say, yet the fantastical “nowhereness” of art itself as a parallel realm of understanding provides an imaginative road of insight that is equally idealism contrasted with harsh realities, indeed a genuine reflection of our evermore stressed world. —Taliesin Thomas

the guide Artworks by El Anatsui and Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artists and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Dan Bradica

Above: Artworks by Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Dan Bradica Right: Artworks by Gehard Demetz and Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artists and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Dan Bradica


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AUGUST 20, 23 & 26






Ancram Opera House co-director Paul Ricciardi running a storytelling workshop in May 2022.

Who is Abulkasem? “INVASION!” AT THE ANCRAM OPERA HOUSE August 5-21

The United States, which was last invaded by the British in 1814, is terrified of foreign invasion. Fox News pumps out daily stories about hordes of illegal immigrants violating our southern border. The play “Invasion!,” which begins at the Ancram Opera House on August 5, centers around the collective fear of malevolent foreigners. “Invasion!” was written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, who is Swedish-Tunisian, and draws on his experience growing up in Sweden. (His family spoke four languages: French, English, Swedish, and Arabic.) It’s a difficult play to describe. The original New York Times review refused to divulge the plot. In a sense, “Invasion!” is about how difficult anything is to describe. There’s a point in every good mystery novel where no theory seems to fit the facts. Khemiri creates this atmosphere throughout “Invasion!,” his first dramatic work. “At the core is this character Abulkasem, who is an unidentifiable person; what’s driving the play is the question: ‘Who is Abulkasem?’” remarks Jeffrey Mousseau, the director. The play was composed during the George W. Bush administration, when “Arab terrorism” was a merciless mantra. “Invasion!” is a series of loosely connected vignettes with a satirical edge. Four actors play 17 roles. The language is fast and profuse. In an interview, the

43-year-old Khemiri described reading Faulkner for the first time: “I really got a sense that I can breathe— because someone took me by the hand and said, ‘There are limitless possibilities to telling a story.’” (Besides Faulkner, he mentions his debt to the rapper Nas.) Khemiri has written six plays and five novels. In 2013, his open letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice, Beatrice Ask, about his experiences with racial profiling became a national sensation. “I am writing to you with a simple request, Beatrice Ask. For 24 hours we’ll borrow each other’s bodies,” Khemiri proposed. He would learn how a woman feels in the patriarchal world of politics; she’d learn what it’s like to be constantly eyed by suspicious policemen. This absurd, incisive style is typical of Khemiri. Mousseau saw “Invasion!” in 2011, when it was first produced at the Flea Theater in Manhattan. (Khemiri won an Obie for playwriting for the production.) Ever since, he’s been looking for an opportunity to produce it. “One of the things that drew me to the play originally was one of the stories is about an experience a man has while riding the train to upstate New York,” Mousseau reveals. “So, some of it takes place in our neck of the woods, which creates a little more immediacy.” Parts of “Invasion!” were

written during a residency at Ledig House at Art Omi. Mousseau’s directing style allows improvisation during the play’s development, and emphasizes an ensemble spirit. “It’s about creating cohesion, unity to a production without the audience knowing that someone actually did that,” he observes. “There’s an invisibility to it.” The auditions and early rehearsals took place in New York City. This is an Equity production. The building housing the Ancram Opera House was erected as a Grange Hall in 1927. When the local Grange chapter was discontinued, the first opera was presented there in 1972. In 2016, the opera house became a nonprofit organization, under the leadership of codirectors Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi (who are, incidentally, married). A program of cabaret, theater, artist residencies, and staged readings was instituted. An ongoing storytelling project with the Taconic Hills Central School District began in 2020. The Grange was a progressive agricultural movement fighting railroad monopolies. It was the first maledominated organization to allow women as full-fledged members. I suspect that ghosts of the Grange members are smiling on “Invasion!”. —Sparrow 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 61

From 19th-century scientific and portrait photography to avant-garde and conceptual photography; from Minimalist, Pop Art, and Op Art printmaking to experimental bookmaking and photography in the 21st century, this dynamic exhibition explores how artists embrace, reject, and reclaim the grid. By altering perception, they offer new ways of seeing.

August 20 through December 22, 2022

Aaron R. Turner, Questions for Sol, from the series Black Alchemy Vol. 2 (2018), 2018, Archival inkjet print, Purchase, Friends of Vassar College Art Gallery Fund, 2021.3.1. © Aaron R. Turner.






The Material, The Thing

August 5 - 21st

Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm By Jonas Hassen Khemiri -Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Meg Hitchcock, Countless Forms, 2022, courtesy the artist

This subversive satire confronts identity, race and language through a whirlwind of interconnected vignettes.

June 22 – November 6, 2022 SAMUEL DORSK Y MUSEUM OF ART






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A view of last year's Summer Hoot at the Ashokan Center.

Felice Brothers

Rabbit Rabbit Radio

August 6. The prodigal sons return. In their first high-profile local show since the unlocking of the lockdowns, the Hudson Valley’s homeboys of epic folk rock here hit the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater for this exclusive evening. Following a concert in Ireland last month, this appearance kicks off a Northeast tour in support of their new album, From Dreams to Dust. (Check out the haunting video for its first single, “Silverfish.”) Skullcrusher and the Dan Zlotnick Band will open. (The Bored Teachers Summer Comedy Tour yuks it up August 25; John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band cruise by September 3.) 7pm. $23. Peekskill.

August 14. With this year’s reopenings, Opus 40 has greatly stepped up the quality and frequency of its summer liveevents programming (anyone else here catch July’s magical sold-out concert by the Sun Ra Arkestra?). On the site’s August schedule is Rabbit Rabbit Radio, a Cape Cod-based duo comprised of violinist/violist/singer Carla Kihlstedt and percussionist/drummer Matthias Bossi, who, collectively, are former members of esteemed experimentalists Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat/Tin Hat Trio, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, the Book of Knots, Skeleton Key, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava. (Ultrafaux undulates with gypsy swing August 6; Dolunay draws from teeming Turkish tunes August 27.) 3pm. $12; $50 table for four; $25 table for two. Saugerties.

Amanda Palmer August 13. Our resident renaissance woman Amanda Palmer—widely renowned musician, author, songwriter, and feminist—lends her presence and talents to the community health-empowering cause of the O+ organization with this benefit show at the Old Dutch Church. A tantalizing tease for October’s full return of the much-missed Kingston O+ Festival, the bill also includes rising chamber pop duo Gracie and Rachel, whose sophomore album, Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong, is out now on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe record label. 7:30pm. $35 ($65 next-level O+ Backstage Experience tickets include refreshments and an art auction). Kingston.

Sisters of Slide: Rory Block and Cindy Cashdollar August 20. Guitar geeks can’t go wrong with this pairing at the Towne Crier, which brings together two of the planet’s greatest living slide-guitar players. Acoustic virtuoso Rory Block is a string-dazzling encyclopedic evangelist of authentic Delta blues, while the locally raised steel/lap/ steel/dobro master Cindy Cashdollar has led her own bands and famously played with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Asleep at the Wheel, Dave Alvin, Leon Redbone, Jorma Kaukonen, Albert Lee, Marcia Ball, Daniel Lanois, BeauSoleil, and Peter Rowan, to name a fraction. (The Weeklings play the Beatles August 6; Robin and Linda Williams croon country August 21.) 8:30pm. $30, $35. Beacon.

Deep in the Valley Festival

Summer Hoot

August 20. Fresh to the festival landscape this year is the jammy-but-smart Deep in the Valley Festival, which here debuts at From the Ground Brewery. Organized by indie music blog Raven Sings the Blues and skewing decisively toward the ambient/neopsychedelic/cosmic folk/experimental end of the sonic spectrum, the roster’s offerings include Laraaji; the trio of Chris Forsyth, Ryan Jewell, and Bill Nace; Wet Tuna; Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders; Elkhorn; Dominick and the Family Band; and Ashley Paul. “The lineup is both eclectic and complimentary, a spirit of experimentation running through the whole crew of players,” says the site’s description. 11:30am gates. $40. Red Hook.

August 26-27. The happy Summer Hoot kicks off at the Ashokan Center once more, promising quality traditionalmeets-modern folk-roots fun among the great outdoors and rustic log buildings of the Ashokan Center. Hosted, as always, by familial duo Mike and Ruthy, the 2022 lineup includes their own Mammals and their elders Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, as well as Naiika Sings, Lau Noah, Pilfers, Olivia K and the Parkers, Michael Farkas, Lyn Hardy, Liana Gabel, What?, Breathe Owl Breathe, Creole Rock, Craig Santiago, Dennis Lichtman and Friends, Love Waves, and Arm-of-the-Sea puppet theater, along with food, dancing, and speakers on herbalism, alternative medicine, and more. See website for schedule and ticket prices. Olivebridge. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 63


Centering Indigenous Culture in Art A CONVERSATION WITH JEFFREY GIBSON Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972) is a multimedia artist based in Hudson. Gibson’s dynamic art practice explores a diverse crosssection of influences, including Native American indigenous craft traditions, cultural narratives, symbols of power, history, personal identity, and contemporary social issues relevant to BIPOC and queer communities. His singular creative style embraces a range of mediums for expression, such as textiles, embroidery, weaving, hand-sewn fringe, beadwork, and other materials that are the basis for his vibrant assemblage-based paintings, sculptures, garments, and large-scale installations. Gibson’s work often recontextualizes and thus reconsiders traditional Native American craft within a contemporary cultural framework, resulting in a body of work that is both conscious and celebratory. He regularly exhibits his art at major institutions worldwide and his work is represented in numerous museum and private collections. I spoke with Gibson over Zoom earlier this year. This is an edited version of that conversation. —Taliesin Thomas


Taliesin Thomas: Please share any comments about your Native American roots and the Hudson Valley as your home and place of artistic creation. What brought you to the Hudson Valley? Jeffrey Gibson: Well, you know, my ancestry is not from this area originally. My families are located in Mississippi and Oklahoma. My mother is Cherokee and my father is Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and so I have grown up being aware of both of those, but I am a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. I originally came to Columbia County in 2007 for a residency at Art Omi. We moved up here in the summer [of 2012]. And then the studio started growing and then I bought this building that I am in now, which is a turnof-the-century schoolhouse in Claverack. At that time of my life I was 40, so the goal was to put down some roots and do a little life editing and to secure the things that we knew we wanted to do: my art career, [my husband] Runey’s art practice, and a family.

Jeffrey Gibson working in his Claverack studio, January 2021. Opposite, from top: Performance in front of Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House at Socrates Sculpture Park, 2020.

TT: Your celebration of indigenous Native American culture through your art articulates a vibrant spectrum. How is that spectrum changing?

inspired by and I ask then to come together and for me to be able to do the best of what I do, and set it up as a platform for them to do the best that they can do.

JG: I think my shift of considering a Native American indigenous contemporary art and culture audience is something that I know is always in the forefront of my brain now and I can feel where it’s been developing. I think when you are Native, you are kind of held accountable by your family, by your community, by other people, whether they are part of your tribal nation or not. No one is speaking to indigenous audiences from that contemporary art world, and so that to me became something that I was interested in. Maybe even not as a curiosity, just sort of ‘What does that mean to speak to other indigenous artists?’ So, I have to assume that to some degree we are people who, regardless of what our relationship is to our community—meaning how traditional or not traditional—we have all chosen to make art and put it out into the global world. That’s increased the spectrum a lot [and] rather than extending my own self, I find the people who I am

TT: You have said that you almost gave up doing your art. Please share any thoughts about this soulsearching as an artist. JG: That really goes back, really from the period we moved to New York. Runey and I moved together from London in 1999. I was exhibiting, and I think for me commercial success has really been important because it was sort of a barrier to break. I was pretty determined to also be a part of that part of the art world and not just remain in nonprofit spaces that were speaking to larger issues. I have been trying to juggle a lot of that all of these years. I guess it was somewhere around 2008, that’s sort of the point for me. A couple of times, I thought about just walking away from it. I think I also expected, growing up, that the art world was a meritocracy. I thought that it was totally inclusive, I thought it was completely

queer friendly. So, to get there and run into kind of heteronormative, kind of machismo, and class issues, and race issues, was really disheartening. I couldn’t find the reason big enough to want to put up with it. And, at the same time, I am having these conversations with academics, scholars focused on indigenous making, historical indigenous making. That conversation, to me, is so important and so large—so to come into the art world, where no one was aware of it, just feels like you are walking off a cliff. It was deciding: Am I worried about it being stereotypical, me identifying as Native American. “Am I pigeonholing myself?” is the question that came up numerous times. I had to turn all those voices off long enough to make the work to see, what does this feel like to do this, to learn bead work? I had learned some beadwork in my teens and 20s, but actually applying it in any kind of substantial way did not happen until around 2008 to 2011. That was the first time I felt the city that I always wanted to be an artist in, New York City, finally noticed me and paid attention. That was the big shift. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 65




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Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, Jeffrey Gibson, 44 × 44 × 21 feet, 2020. Installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens.

TT: Your art is powerful, empowered, and empowering all at once, it does all of that. How do you define power in art? JG: Oh, that’s a big question. Power in art: I think there are lots of different kinds of power, right? And so, I think the garments that I make, the power that comes from them…I think when somebody puts them on, which is a huge part of them, somebody has to put them on, whether it’s me or somebody else…those individuals that I put in the garments, their personal narratives become intertwined by my personal narrative and it leaves an archive that is powerful, that is present tense, that will describe me, of course, but also what was happening in the spaces that I moved through. I think there are other kinds of power, of course, but I think that for me there is a genuine belief in the animation of materials and of putting together a space. TT: Your exhibitions are a collaboration of ritual objects, costumes, paintings, installation, dance, music, and performances. How does this come together for you? JG: I remember the days when I was doing everything, right? In order to make enough to do a show, to fill a museum space, that’s where the team happened. I think so many of the artisans I have spoken with and

people who are really invested in craft, it is therapeutic. That kind of repetitiveness, I think it does heal you. It occupies a certain place and also has the ability to heal you. And I feel like all of the beading that I have done, all the sewing that I have done, it did. This is not something we do in our lives. We are the most miniscule parts of a bazillion transactions that happen every day, and I think it leaves us feeling fragmented. It echoes every symptom of schizophrenia. Craft and the kind of long process of making something is for me very healing, and now that process includes other people, it includes communication, it includes experimentation. My moment of realization, at this point, really happens when I see the work installed and I see how people engage with it, that’s when I get the rush. TT: The idea of Futurism seems to be an expanding idea in the art world. Do you have any ideas about Futurism with respect to your work? JG: I started talking about Futurism a long time ago. I think I started talking about it, about the need to be present. We can’t begin to think about a future unless we can feel really grounded in the present tense, so that is where a lot of my thinking about materials and the kind of extraordinary-ness that you can do in quite simple ways, you know, in color—these sorts of things, things that can bring you back to being in one place.

Then, to look at a future is actually quite scary because if you have clarity in the present, you see these seemingly insurmountable kinds of challenges ahead of us, mainly ecological. People who know me, I talk a lot about fear and anger. Of course, people are afraid, and of course they are angry. But we can’t solve these problems from fear and anger. There is a power in positivity, there is a power in love, there is a power in not being afraid, there is a power in releasing anger. You are actually more powerful when you can release these things rather than holding on to them. TT: What advice do you have for this younger generation of artists rising up and grappling with all these same issues? JG: I worked with a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago named Maureen Sherlock, [and] the takeaway that I got from her that I still hold on to is: Your opportunity to have freedom exists between well mapped marked spaces. It’s before things form, and the boundaries are set, and the rules are set, and the perceptions are set, that things start getting a little more tight and narrow and stifling. If you can find a space in between, you can define it, you can be whatever you want to be. 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 67

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Angelique Kidjo performs at Caramoor in Katonah on August 6. Photo by Fabrice Mabillot

Called “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine and rated one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by the Guardian, four-time Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo is a musical force of nature. The Beninese singer’s infectious, cross-cultural, multilingual style fuses the traditional West African sounds of her homeland with American funk, R&B, and jazz as well as Latin American, Jamaican, and European influences. After making her recording debut with 1990’s Parakou and topping the charts with 1991’s Logozo (featuring Branford Marsalis and Manu Dibango) her highly danceable oeuvre expanded to find her collaborating with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Alicia Keyes, Dr. John, the Kronos Quartet, and others. Her 2018 Remain in Light is stunning reinterpretation of the 1980 Talking Heads album of the same name, while 2019’s Celia celebrates the music of Cuban giant Celia Cruz. Kidjo actively uses her fame to help others, lending her name and efforts to advocacy groups that help others. She answered the questions below via email. Angelique Kidjo will perform at Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah on August 6 at 8pm. Tickets are $20-$40. —Peter Aaron Peter Aaron: What has it been like to be touring again, a few months after the COVID lockdowns have been lifted? Do you feel like things are getting “back to normal?” Angelique Kidjo: Slowly, but surely, it is getting better, but some people are still afraid to come out. It’s always good to be on stage after the lockdown. I’m happy to be back and I’ve noticed the audience is especially dynamic and happy, so that is a silver lining!

Your mother also performed, and you made your debut as a performer with her theatrical troupe. What do you remember about your first time on stage? Were you singing then, or did you appear as a dancer or actor? How did it make you feel at the time?

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I started to sing on stage at six. I’ve asked every day my mom, who was a theater director, why I’m not the one singing on stage and one day she gave me the opportunity to sing when a young actress got sick. I was so shaken [that] I thought I could not do it, but then I just went along because I couldn’t see the public. When I finished, I was so happy that I left, running, and my mom asked me to go back to bow and I’m, like, “Oh, I’m not going back.” But I was hooked for life. I think that the seed of being a singer was planted in me.

much time and so much money. Let’s value African women’s intelligence [and] their boldness and wisdom, so we can invest differently to balance the world in which we are living.

In addition to being a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and OXFAM, you work with two organizations that empower African women and girls: the AFAWA initiative (Affirmative Finance for Women in Africa) and Batonga, a charitable organization to support the education of young girls in Africa. What can you tell us about these latter two organizations, and the ways they help African girls and women? What I learned, for sure, [from] all my advocacy work and activism is that we get it wrong by denying African women a place in the economy and in the education system. The fact that we reduce women to a reproductive rule is that we do not understand the power of the African women have to transform the world. When you empower a young woman, not only [do] you empower her but also her family and her community and her country. We’ve been wasting so


The title track of your new album, Mother Nature, features Sting on guest vocals and seems to be about climate change, something that has greatly affected Africa. Have you toured in Africa recently and have you seen or heard about recent impacts of climate change there? For those who haven’t heard the song yet, what would you tell them about its message? One thing I know for sure is that we only have one Earth, one ecosystem. I started to sing about climate change in 1993. My song “Agolo” was saying, “Mother Earth is generous and nurturing. We also have to take care of her to be able to stay alive for generations to come. Mother Nature does not discriminate [in what] she does. Her pain will affect everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing you perform at Caramoor this month. What do you most hope the people who see you play feel and experience at your concerts? I just want people to have fun and realize that this pandemic is a reminder of our fragility. Now that we have turned a page (let’s hope so!), we have to enjoy this precious moment together. Music allows us to do that! Bring your dancing shoes! 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 69

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The Kingston Artists Soapbox Derby rolls down Broadway once again on August 14.



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August 5, 6, 7 at the Tidewater Center, Saugerties Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s annual magical puppet pageant tells the history of the Saugerties Lighthouse in “Keep That Lamp Trimmed N Burning.” The combination of light projections, live music, and large paper mache puppet characters transport the audience to life at the lighthouse when it was fully functioning and lightkeepers had to struggle to keep the fire lit after dark for ships to safely travel through. 7pm. Saugerties.



August 11 at Upstate Films, Rhinebeck Following the life of the last sail cargo ship operating in the US, the schooner Apollonia is a 65-foot sailing ship traveling the Hudson River to deliver goods from Manhattan to upstate and back down again. Since its first trip in May 2020, the Apollonia has delivered more than 95,000 lbs of cargo to 15 ports along the river. Jon Bowermaster and his Oceans 8 Films team have been documenting the ship since its first trip to tell the story of its travels and success delivering goods without fossil fuels.


“Where We Belong”

August 13-22 at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Garrison In this solo piece written and performed by Madeline Sayet, the narrator travels to England to discover not only the connection between Shakespeare and colonialism but her own journey of self-discovery. Sayet is a member of the Native American community and grew up reading Shakespeare and Mohegan stories. In “Where We Belong,” Sayet examines what the English settlers took from Native American people when they stole their land and language. $10-$95. Garrison.


The Guelaguetza of Poughkeepsie

August 14 at Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie has one of the largest immigrant populations in the Hudson Valley and, unlike many other areas, the majority originate from Oaxaca, Mexico. To celebrate this heritage, the Grupo Folklorico de Poughkeepsie hosts the La Guelaguetza festival annually to celebrate the culture, cuisine, and community of Oaxaca. This celebration boasts flavorful dishes along with traditional performances, including native songs and dances featuring ensembles in customary bright, colorful costumes. 1pm-7pm. Poughkeepsie.

August 14 on Broadway, Kingston The parade of non-motorized kinetic sculptures is back in Kingston for the 27th Soapbox Derby. This imaginative procession has included mythical sea creatures, firebreathing dragons, lobsters, UFOs, and a yellow submarine, among other memorable creations. After the parade, the sculptures will be lined up on West Strand Street for a closer look at the crafty designs. There will then be an awards ceremony in TR Gallo Park along with local vendors, food, and live music. 1pm.


Drowned Lands Wild Acres Fest

August 20 at the Drowned Lands, Warwick Hosting over 30 brewers for their outdoor Wild Acres Festival, the Drowned Lands brewery offers unlimited sampling. Fan favorites include Other Half Brewing, Industrial Arts Brewing Co., Foam Brewers, Obercreek Brewing, Wild Arc Farm, Mindful Ales, Beer Tree, Evil Twin Brewing, and many others. $20-$95.


Garrison Craft

August 20-21 at Garrison’s Landing Overlooking the Hudson River, the 52nd annual riverside craft fair is being hosted by the Garrison Art Center. Stop by and shop handmade jewelry, glass items, fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics, furniture, tableware, and more from over 50 juried artisans. $10.


HV Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 2, 3, 4 at Tymor Park, Union Vale Over 75 balloons will fill the sky during the weekend. Either sit in the field and observe the balloons float off and come back from the ground or sign up to get in a balloon and float into the distance above the mountains to see the Hudson Valley from above. For those seeking a thrill ride thousands of feet in the air, but don’t like the openness of a hot-air balloon there are also helicopter rides offered both days. While watching the colorful hot-air balloons and helicopters travel the sky, participants can also enjoy fireworks, food trucks, and live music. $8-$15. —Micaela Warren 8/22 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 71










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“Motel.” Works by Dan Hurlin. August 6-September 18.

“Flood.” Installation by Portia Munson. Through September 25.



“Art Colonies of Ulster County: Elverhoj, Cragsmoor, and Byrdcliffe.” Major exhibition featuring the arts and crafts of three important Ulster County art colonies—Elverhoj, Cragsmoor, and Byrdcliffe. Through October 31.

“Elemental Matters: The Sculpture of Jonathan Prince.” Twelve large-scale works sited throughout the landscape at Chesterwood. Through October 24.

“Mark Olshansky: Tapestries.” August 5-28.

“Summer Joy.” Group show including Helen Marden, Harriet Korman, Stephen Westfall, Anne Brown, Mary Carlson, and Kathryn Lynch. Through September 6.




“52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.” The exhibition celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition “Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists,” curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971. “52 Artists” will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of 26 female-identifying or nonbinary emerging artists that were born in or after 1980, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades.Through January 8, 2023.


104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH “Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York.” The untold stories of those sent to the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson throughout the 20th century. Through September 9.


71 EAST MARKET STREET #5, RHINEBECK “Trevor Hunter: Paintings.” August 4-September 4.







121 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING “One World.” Recent work by Jenn Currie. August 6-28.

“Homage to Something.” Oil paintings by Renee Samuels. Through August 31.

“The Meaning of Memory.” Works by John Hersey, John R. Hersey Jr., and Cannon Hersey. August 6-September 25.


"Symbiosis." Group show curated by Beth Rudin deWoody. Through October 28.


296 MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA “Summertime.” Works by Sonya Sklaroff." Through August 15.

“Paintings by Melanie Delgado and Alicia Mikles.” Recent work. Through September 30.

“Pink & Green.” Paintings by Calvin Grimm. August 13-September 10.






“Can I Have a Minute?” Multimedia work by Alyssa Follansbee. Through August 7.



“Assembly 1: Unstored.” Work by Izumi Kato, Ugo Rondinone, and Shiro Tsujimura. Through April 30, 2023. “Contemporary Sculpture from Mexico.” Review of contemporary Mexican sculpture curated by Dakin Hart. Through April 30, 2023.






622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “The Summer Show.” Works by Robert Goldstrom, Hue Thi Hoffmaster, Louise Laplante, Andrea Moreau, Kahn and Selesnivk, and Annika Tucksmith. August 3-September 25.


“English Landscapes.” Photographs of England by Fionn Reilly. Through September 4.


CRAGSMOOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY 349 CRAGSMOOR ROAD, CRAGSMOOR "Art on the Mountain." Exhibit of Cragsmoor’s contemporary artists. August 13-14.


“Whether Weather.” Group show curated by Eva Melas and Tasha Depp. August 13-September 25.


“Flora as Fauna.” Paintings by Emily Ritz. August 6-September 10.


253 WALL STREET, KINGSTON “Beats and Buddhas.” Photographs and drawings by Allen Ginsberg and selected prints and original work by Gonkar Gyatso. Through August 27.


art exhibits Cotton cloud (our fathers, which art in heaven) Extraction, Stacey Davidson, a piece from "Up From the South" at Re Insitutue in Millerton.





Works by Melvin Edwards, Dan Flavin, and others on long-term view. Ongoing.

“On the Grid: Ways of Seeing in Print.” Photographs, prints, artist’s books, and printed sculptures from the Loeb's permanent collection. August 20-December 22.

“Resisting Erasure.” Photographs by Onaje Benjamin and mixed media, sculpture, and textile works by Shirley Parker-Benjamin. Through October 8.

“Dynamic Duo”. Abstract painting by Judy Singer and an installation by Judy Thomas. Through August 14.





Group show of Judy Pfaff, Mary Frank, Martin Puryear, Joy Brown, and others. Ongoing.


228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES “Randy Bloom: New Work.” Through September 11.




727 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Distorted Reality.” Featuring work by Thomas Broadbent, Phil Buehler, Jaynie Crimmins, Peggy Cyphers, Beth Dary, Debra Drexler, Jessica Hargreaves, Amy Hill, Sascha Mallon, Stephen Mallon, Mark Masyga, Melissa Murray, Anna Ortiz, Ken Ragsdale, Emily Roz, Joanne Ungar, and Zoe Wetherall. Through August 14.

"Frederick Koch: Nature Versus Man." Abstract, hand-built ceramics. Through August 12.



“Randy Gibson: Infinite Structures.” August 13-September 11. “Halle Binns: Living in Transcendence.” Mixed media and painting. August 13-September 11.

5798 STATE HIGHWAY 80 (LAKE ROAD), COOPERSTOWN "Drawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studies." This exhibit focuses on N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth’s figurative studio and academic studies. Through September 5.




229 GREENKILL AVENUE, KINGSTON “Gary Mayer, Brett De Palma, Bea Ortiz”. Curated by Gary Mayer. Through August 27.



“Black Melancholia.” Featuring artists from the late 19th Century through present day, including Ain Bailey, Sargent Johnson, Augusta Savage, Lorna Simpson, and Charisse Pearlina Weston. Through October 16. “Dara Birnbaum: Reaction.” First US retrospective of groundbreaking video artist. T hrough November 7. “Martine Syms: Grio College.” Recent and never-before-seen video works that interrogate digital media’s influence on our lives and explore representations of Blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions. Through November 7.



“Beacon Open Studios Group Show.” Group show of artists participating in Beacon Open Studios. Through August 7.


327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Annuals 199-2002.” Paintings by Alan Coon. Through August 28. “T. Klacsmann.” Linocut prints of animals and birds. Through August 28.


161 WARREN STREET, GLENS FALLS “Transformations: The Art of John Van Alstine.” Sculpture by John Van Alstine. Through September 18.


“Stressed World.” Works by El Anatsui, Shimon Attie, Radcliffe Bailey, Yoan Capote, Nick Cave, Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu, Gehard Demetz, Pierre Dorion, Paterson Ewen, Vibha Galhotra, Barkley L. Hendricks, Hayv Kahraman, Anton Kannemeyer, Lyne Lapointe, Deborah Luster, Tyler Mitchell, Meleko Mokgosi, Adi Nes, Jackie Nickerson, Odili Donald Odita, Gordon Parks, Garnett Puett, Claudette Schreuders, Malick Sidibé, Paul Anthony Smith, Michael Snow, Hank Willis Thomas, Carlos Vega, Andy Warhol, Leslie Wayne and Carrie Mae Weems. Through December 3.


“I Am the Best Artist.” Artwork by Rene Moncada. August 6-September 11.


“Weather.” A solo exhibition of new paintings by Susan English. Through September 4.


“Higher Ground.” Recent works by Remmy Jungerman. July 10-September 25. "Tradition Interrupted." July 10-September 25.


1154 NORTH AVENUE, BEACON “We Flew Over The Wild Winds of Wild Fires.” Work by Zoë Buckman and Vanessa German. Through September 18.


140 CHURCH AVENUE, GERMANTOWN “Mistakes Were Made.” Work by Chloë Bass, Celeste Fichter, Ghost of a Dream, Susan Hamburger, Lisa Levy, Alyssa McClenaghan, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Sal Munoz, Andrew Ohanesian, William Powhida, Marshall Reese and Nora Ligorano, Michelle Vaughan, and Senon Williams. Through August 21.


“The Other Dimension.” Sculpture by Gülnar Babayeva, Don Kenly, Alex Kveton, Iain Machell, Marie Mastronardo, Philip Monteleoni, and Casey Schwarz. Through August 28.


4033 ROUTE 28A, WEST SHOKAN “Fresh Air.” Group show curated by Jenny Nelson. Through September 10.



“A Sense of Place.” Group show of eminent regional artists curated by Douglas I. Sheer. August 13-September 25.

“Between Here and Now.” Paintings by Charls Yuen. Through August 28. "Forsaken Forgotten Found." Sculpture by Hiroyuki Hamda. Through August 28. "Holdfast." Sculpture by Anna Kepler and Seth Koen. Through August 28. "Near and Far." Paintings by Lois Dickson. Through August 28.




165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON "What Makes the World Go Round: New Drawings by Sean Nixon." August 6-28, 5-8pm.


333 MOUNTAIN ROAD, ROSENDALE “Pathways and Waterways: Explorations into Light and Color.” Paintings by Dan Shorenstein. Through August 12.


743 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON “We Are Lightforms.” Group show. Through August 13.


2700 ROUTE 9, COLD SPRING. “Gilardi: Tappeto-Natura.” Piero Gilardi’s Tappeto-Natura (Nature-Carpets). Through an ample selection of relevant works, the exhibition seeks to recount and illuminate the experience of a pioneering artist who, at the height of the 1960s, opened a dialogue between Italy and the United States, and who remains committed to investing in the formation of an international artistic community that embodies the tie between art and life. Curated by Elena Re. Through January 9, 2023.


584 ROUTE 9D, GARRISON “Formfantasma at Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature.” Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of the Italian design duo Formafantasma will present a selection of works in dialogue with the House, Studio and surrounding landscape at Manitoga. In collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art. Through November 14.


NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ “Barns in Art.” Group show. Through September 3.


1040 MASS MOCA WAY, NORTH ADAMS, MA “Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco.” Exhibition curated by Denise Markonish, in conjunction with an exhibition at Thomas Cole Historic Site July 16-November 27. Through January 1, 2023.


6423 MONTGOMERY ST (RTE 9), RHINEBECK “The Patient Parts & The Minutes I Live.” Abstract paintings and drawings by Rowan Willigan. Through August 29.

1395 BOSTON CORNERS ROAD, MILLERTON “Closer/Still II.” Artwork by Christian Eckhart. Through August 28. “Up from the South.” Stacey Davidson's site-specific installation referencing plantation history. Through August 28.


4 HUDSON STREET, KINDERHOOK “My flaw are my pets.” Artwork by Reginald Madison. Through September 4. “Real-Puss Molting Center.” Artwork by Odessa Straub. Through September 4.


84 ALFORD ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA “Persist.” Works by Parasevi “Toula” Taliadoros, Deirdre McKenna, Merudjina Normil, Arian Kolins, Lindsay Neathawk, Natlia Bystrianyk, and Elizabeth Nelson. Through August 6.


1 MUSEUM ROAD, NEW WINDSOR "Wangechi Mutu." Through November 7.


89 VINEYARD AVENUE, HIGHLAND “Ground Work.” Group show about the evocative power of nature. Through August 14.


137 ROUND LAKE ROAD, RHINEBECK “Couple of.” New works by Arlene Shechet. Through August 28.


“Thomas Cole’s Studio: Memory and Inspiration.” Through October 30. “Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco.” A companion exhibition to one at Mass MoCA. Through November 27.


434 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON “Sandra Moore / Mark Tambella / Donna Francis.” Group show. Through August 14.


“Historic Tivoli.” Historical photos, maps, and paintings. Through August 21.

Together Again: May Monday from "Couple of," Arlene Schechet's first sculpture exhibition in the Hudson Valley, at T Space in Rhinebeck. TURN PARK ART SPACE


“Proximal Duality.” Graphite drawings and ceramic sculptures by Sergei Isupov. Through October 31.

"Summer Hues." WFA’s Rinaldo Skalamera, Mireille Duchesne, Kim Do, and Anne Johann. Through August 21.




37 FURNACE BANK ROAD, WASSAIC “A Tournament of Lies.” Summer group show of 46 artists. Through September 17.


“Shelter.” Outdoor sculpture exhibition organized by Melissa Stickney-Gibson. Work by include Dan Devine, Stuart Farmery, Jan Harrison and Alan Baer, Christina Tenaglia, Jared Handelsman, Julian Rose, Suzy Sureck, Huy Bui, Mimi Graminski, Alison McNulty, Erika DeVries, Eileen Power, Wendy Klemperer, Emily Puthoff, Michael Asbill, and Ian Laughlin. Through October 23.


28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK “Radius 50.” Group show juried by juried by Jayne Drost Johnson. Through September 11. “Trouble in the Terroir.” Sculpture, paintings, and works on paper by Kingsley Parker. Through August 21. “What Unites Us: Americana Art From the Permanent Collection.” A collection of images that celebrate America throughout the 20th century, from historical moments like V-J Day to iconic events like the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969, from WAAM’s permanent collection. Through August 21. “Broken Monarchs.” Installation of the paper butterflies by Marielena Ferrer. August 20-September 11.







Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude


Last month I told you that on July 31/August 1, a phenomenon would occur which hasn’t happened since 324 BCE, during Alexander the Great’s reign: Mars, Uranus, and the North Lunar Node conjunct in Taurus. The August 1 triple conjunction happens at the same location as the Total Lunar Eclipse of Election Day, November 8. The Election Day chart reveals a violently polarized nation and a great danger to our republic, but nothing is set in stone. What you do now will determine how the story is told in the future. Will the story be about the shocking success of the Radical Right’s rebellious revisionism? Or will it be about how regular Americans banded together in their neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities and states, to ensure free and fair elections? The Full Moon in Aquarius August 11 demands allegiance to our ideals; Sun square Uranus and Mars sextile Neptune make us fight for our uniqueness and the primacy of our mythology. Mars trine Pluto and the Sun opposes Saturn August 14. Tremendous energy is expended on security when our foundational infrastructure is threatened. Things lighten up August 18 with the trine of Venus to Jupiter; take advantage of this feel-good day. With the Sun entering Virgo August 22 at the trine of Mercury to Pluto, sharp analysis of existing conditions reveals where you can be most useful. Venus trines Chiron and Uranus stations retrograde August 24; we can’t move ahead while leaving others behind. New Moon in Virgo August 27 with Sun square Mars and Venus square Uranus sifts away the irrelevant, revealing the work before us. Each one of us has a job to do. In years to come when your story is told, let it be said you did your job during this crossroads in time.

ARIES (March 20–April 19)

Planetary ruler Mars is in a 3-way mashup with Uranus and the North Lunar Node August 1, a configuration not seen since 324 BCE, during Alexander the Great’s reign. Everything you call “mine” is viewed through a new lens, born of the disruption of the status quo. Mars square Saturn August 7, reflecting frustration. The Full Moon in Aquarius August 11 with Mars sextile Neptune reveals creative tensions between yourself your affinity groups. Mars enters Gemini August 20; careful with how you interface with your environment. Sun squares Mars August 27 at New Moon in Virgo; beware of burnout.

TAURUS (April 19–May 20)

Taurus is where Mars, Uranus and North Lunar Node meet August 1, a configuration last seen during Alexander the Great’s reign in 324 BCE. Drastic disruptions of the status quo feel incredibly personal now. Planetary ruler Venus in emotional Cancer sextiles destabilized Uranus/Mars in Taurus August 2, and trines Neptune in sensitive Pisces August 7. Don’t make drastic decisions based on fear of scarcity. Venus opposes Pluto August 9; the power struggle is real. Venus enters Leo August 11, trining Jupiter August 18 before the Last Quarter Moon in Taurus August 19. Present viable options to gain agreements. A practicing, professional astrologer for over 30 years, Lorelai Kude can be reached for questions and personal consultations via email ( and her Kabbalah-flavored website is 76 HOROSCOPES CHRONOGRAM 8/22


GEMINI (May 20–June 21)

Mercury enters his home Mutable Earth sign of Virgo August 4 to make sense and order of an increasingly nonsensical and disorderly world. Mercury in Virgo sifts and analyze facts; Mercury trines Uranus August 16 gives quick insight into previously knotty problems. Mercury in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces August 21 empowers you to share critical thinking in compassionate ways. The trine of Mercury to Pluto August 22 supports powerful, practical information sharing and important alliances. Mark the company you keep and keep them close. Mercury enters Libra August 25 on the way to his next Retrograde rendezvous in mid-September.



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CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Your deep desire August 5 at First Quarter Moon in Scorpio is to meld in blissful, undifferentiated oneness with the beloved; if you possess the will to power, Venus in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn August 9 may be the chance to shift the paradigm in your direction. The Full Moon in Aquarius August 11 with Venus entering Leo, Mars sextile Neptune and the Sun square Uranus offers an unusual financial opportunity through mutual acquaintances sharing common affinities. Last Quarter Moon in Taurus August 19 reinforces friendship loyalties; New Moon in Virgo August 27 opens doors to new community connections.

LEO (July 22–August 23)

Sun in Leo through August 21 demonstrates true leadership by uplifting the potentiality of others. Sun trines Chiron August 8, opening the doors of compassion. Full Moon in Aquarius August 11 with Sun square Uranus and Venus entering Leo turns on your love light in a big, dramatic way, and shines it in most unusual places! Check your emotional sobriety at the Sun/Saturn opposition August 14. Attend to your personal well-being August 22 when the Sun enters Virgo. Avoid arguments about resources August 27, when the Sun squares Mars at New Moon in Virgo. There’s enough to go around.

VIRGO (August 23–September 23)

“Welcome home!” Planetary ruler Mercury enters his Mutable Earth home sign of Virgo August 4, making you feel secure in your abilities, especially when Mercury trines Uranus August 16. You surprise yourself! Dynamic tension between logic and faith comes to a head August 21 with Mercury opposite Neptune. You can settle for “trust but verify” when Mercury trines Pluto and the Sun enters Virgo August 22. Mercury enters Libra August 25, and the New Moon in Virgo is August 27. To analyze is to examine and interpret information; to harmonize is to balance truth with wisdom. You’ve got this.

LIBRA (September 23–October 23)

You’re all about the hot August nights starting August 2 with Venus sextile Uranus and Mars. Summon up that unique someone who stands out from the crowd August 7 when Venus trines Neptune. For someone famously obsessed with fairness, you somehow find yourself evoking passionate power plays with Venus opposite Pluto August 9. Your need to be admired erupts when Venus enters Leo August 11. Nothing succeeds like success when Venus trines Jupiter August 18! Luck, hard work, and natural grace protect you from fallout when Venus squares Uranus and opposes Saturn August 27–28. Survive the shakeup and emerge victorious.

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SCORPIO (October 23–November 21)

The South Lunar Node in Scorpio opposite Mars, Uranus and North Node conjunction in Taurus August 1 gives you deja vu all the way back to early 2004. By the First Quarter Moon in Scorpio August 5, you’ll have an idea what the universe is trying to get you to resurrect from that time—but in a new and improved, more mature, and upgraded way. Use frustrated energy to break through crumbling social norms which no longer serve your purpose when Mars squares Saturn August 7. Mars trines Pluto August 14, imbuing you with profound power. Use it wisely.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 22)

Sun in Leo through August 21 fills you with courageous confidence. Discerning the meaning of everything is your job, and the confusion which has reigned for some time has not been helpful in your task. Moon in Sagittarius August 6-8 blows out some of that chaos fatigue, clearing the air for the big Fire Sign trine of Venus in Leo to Jupiter in Aries August 18. You’re the natural beneficiary of this conflagration of inspiration! New Moon in Virgo August 27 with the Sun square Mars and Venus square Uranus may take your career in an unexpected, unscheduled path.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20)

Ego struggles and confusion around who plays what role may result in conflict at work when Mars squares Saturn August 7. You value your professionalism and though the miscommunications and vague promises didn’t come from you, you still must deal with the fallout from colleagues who lack your high standards. Stand by your boundaries August 14 with the Sun opposite Saturn. You’re a team player but not a scapegoat. Venus opposite Saturn August 28 dares you to put your money where your mouth is. You’re not gambling with your future when your integrity is at stake. Your reputation counts.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19)

Planetary ruler Uranus meets Mars and North Lunar Node in Taurus on August 1. This struggle between structure and chaos you’ve been enduring since 2021 won’t allow you to be neutral, detached, or theoretical. The Full Moon in Aquarius with Sun square Uranus and Venus entering Leo August 11 demands you be true to your ideals, whatever the cost. Lightening-flash insight into your next step comes when Mercury trines Uranus August 16; Uranus retrograde begins August 24 and lasts through mid-January. Now that the path is revealed, you can walk it. Avoid distraction when Venus squares Uranus August 27.

PISCES (February 20–March 19)

Venus is your BFF this month in both her incarnations. Venus in cozy Cancer trines your modern planetary ruler Neptune in dreamy Pisces August 7, and few days of the year are as potentially romantic as this one is for you. Later in August Venus moves into Leo, trining your classical planetary ruler Jupiter in Aries on August 18. Though Leo/Aries is Fire/Fire, this trine sets your Piscean Water-Sign self a-boiling! Passions may run so hot you’ll be scalded, so ask for wisdom and discernment when Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces August 21. Ask and ye shall receive.


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The Thomas Edison Steinway in Woodstock Although the phonograph is one of Thomas Edison’s most famous inventions, when it came to the actual music that he personally selected for release on his record label’s cylinders and flat discs in the early 20th century, he wasn’t as innovative as the medium itself. In the epoch when jazz and the blues were becoming America’s fastest-rising, most forward-looking musical genres, Edison Records produced far fewer jazz or blues titles than competitors like Columbia and Okeh. (In a move that wouldn’t be eclipsed for artistic erroneousness until Decca’s 1962 rejection of the Beatles, the inventor famously passed on the Queen of the Blues herself, Bessie Smith, when she auditioned for him in the early 1920s; about jazz, Edison was quoted as saying the music “sounded better when it was played backward”). Much of his failure to grasp new sounds was likely down to personal taste and the generation gap; it seems the Wizard of Menlo Park’s own preferences ran toward the maudlin ballads he’d been raised with. But there may be another reason that Edison couldn’t hear


the majesty of Smith, et al.: By the time they were beginning their recording careers, he was mostly deaf. Tangible evidence of Edison’s auditory handicap can be seen on the surface of a rare Steinway piano he once owned, which bears the actual teeth marks from his biting down on the wood to “hear” the piano being played via the vibrations that would resonate through his facial bones and into his inner ears (the same principle used in the bone conduction headphones marketed today). Long thought to be lost, Edison’s Steinway has been found and restored and is enroute to be enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution. Along the way, it’s being temporarily housed at the Woodstock home of Jewish Federation of Ulster County President Rondavid Gold and his wife, Carol Super Gold, who this month will host a series of invitation-only recitals featuring area musicians playing the historic instrument that begins on August 14 at 4pm. For more information, visit —Peter Aaron

Thomas Edison, history’s most prolific inventor (1,093 patents), owned a much-storied, top-of-the-line Steinway Piano that had been lost to history until found and restored by Robert Friedman, “the Steinway Hunter.” An unmistakable hallmark of the piano is Edison’s tooth marks, clearly visible in the wood today.

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