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21 beinhart’s body politic

44 DOver, pawling, patterson: where history & nature meet

Larry Beinhart offers some free advice about free trade.

Art of business 22 This month: Pawling House Bed & Breakfast, Mini of Dutchess County, Catskill Art and Office Supply, Le Shag, and Horse Leap.

SPECIAL REPORT 24 resistance is fertile: the WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Elissa Garay’s first-hand account of the birth of a new movement.

WEDDINGS 26 space to dream: hudson valley wedding venues

Choosing the right spouse is important; and so is the right location!

kids & family 36 man up: expanding our definition of masculinity

There’s a movement afoot to change the boy-to-man dynamic.

summer camps

A whistlestop tour of the communities along Route 22.

home & Garden 50 collaborative catalyst

A profile of RUPCO’s Lace Mill, a facory converted into artist housing in Kingston.

Food & Drink 74 cinnamon: Understated authentic Marie Doyon tries the inventive yet traditional Indian fare at Cinnamon in Rhinebeck.

whole living 80 toxins, be gone

Two local beauty companies are looking to reduce our toxic load.

Community Resource Guide 77 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 78 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 84 whole living Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.


The original Lace Mill factory boiler, which is now the center of the boiler room gallery and performance space.

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62 Gallery & museum GUIDe

88 daily Calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Updated daily at


Peter Aaron talks with the Bard professor and director of the college’s graduate student ensemble The Orchestra Now, which performs this month.

87 “Between I & Thou” opens at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

Nightlife Highlights includes shows by Joe Crookston and Al Di Meola.

89 Self-declared kings of “super rock” The Fleshtones at Quinn’s in Beacon.

Reviews of Bar Hotel Music by The Lazy Suns, Geroge Gershwin: An AMerican in

91 Jason Ladanye performs card tricks at the Bridge Street Theater in Catskill.

Paris, Concerto in F by Lincoln Mayorga, Harmonie Ensemble, Steven Richman, and Wholesome by Luis Mojica.

68 BOOKS: CHLOE CALDWELL Jana Martin chats with edgy essayist Chloe Caldwell, whose latest collection, I’ll Tell You in Person, continues her exploration of where the personal meets the world.

70 book reviews


Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin, reviewed by Timothy Malcolm; Back Rooms: Voices fro the Illegal Abortion Era edited by Ellen Messer and Kathryn E. May, reviewed by Jana Martin.

72 Poetry Poems by Noelle Adamo, Ari Bayvertyan, Brant Clemente, Richard Donnelly, Eisfor, Abe Graef, John Grey, Cliff Henderson, Mary Leonard, Donald Lev, Brian

93 KT Tunstall rocks Daryl’s House in Pawling on February 26. 94 Boscobel in Garrison celebrates EagleFest on February 11. 95 On February 16, the CIA opens its latest pop-up restaurant, Post Road Brew House. 96 The nine-piece Soul Brass Band headlines Uptown Mardi Gras at BSP Kingston. 97 Paul Leschen tickles the ivories for an evening of live piano karoake at Market Market.

planet waves 98 the way we look to us all The circus of denial surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump.

100 horoscopes

What’s in our stars? Eric Francis Coppolino knows.

Liston, Adam Markowitz, David Newman, Matthew J. Spireng, Jamie Rabideau,

104 parting shot

Jason Tallon, and Margaret Donsbach Tomlinson. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

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A photo by Lisa Durfee from “No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson.”



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EDITORIAL Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney creative Director David Perry health & wellness editor Wendy Kagan Poetry Editor Phillip X Levine music Editor Peter Aaron Kids & Family Editor Hillary Harvey contributing Editor Anne Pyburn Craig home editor Mary Angeles Armstrong proofreader Barbara Ross contributors Mary Angeles Armstrong, Larry Beinhart, John Burdick, Marie Doyon, Eric

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“I think using words that unite people, as opposed to divide, is a positive step to take,” says Tatana Kellner during an interview on January 20, inauguration day for Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States. According to Kellner, artistic director of Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, art can be a tool to help people have courage, be brave, and stand up for what they believe in. She describes courage as a hopeful and positive word. Kellner creates installations, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, and books that explore political, economic, environmental, and social justice issues. Her work, as well as work from about a dozen other artists and poets, is on display this month at Vassar in the exhibition “The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets,” part of the college’s annual celebration of 20th- and 21st-century arts, Modfest. “As a foreigner, I’m very conscious of the power of language,” Kellner said. She grew up in Prague and later migrated to the US, settling in Ulster County. Kellner began seriously focusing on art in college, and is influenced by a diverse set of artists such as Francesco Goya, Max Ernst, Mary Cassatt, and Oskar Kokoschka. The tactile quality and human scale of her work reflect these influences. One of her installations, a 2013 commentary on hydraulic fracturing called Poisoned Well, involved a paper scroll slowly being lowered into a water tank.The paper, on which was written 70 toxic chemicals used in fracking, dissolved in the water, became “saturated muck,” and fell to the bottom of the tank. The water was bottled and called “produced water,” the term used to describe fracking wastewater. With this type of piece, Kellner hopes to make the invisible visible. “All of this stuff is happening and we have no idea,” Kellner says. “We don’t see it. And if we don’t see it, it must not exist, or it doesn’t affect us.” Her goal as an artist is to “stop the viewer and divorce them from whatever they are in [mentally], and put them someplace else.” Kellner describes her artistic process as organic. She approaches a piece with an idea in mind, or experiments in her studio until her creativity is piqued. Ideas, origins unknown, can come when she’s walking, thinking, or doing something, Kellner says. When her intuition tells her there’s nothing more to say about a piece, it’s done. It’s like knowing you’re full when eating, she says. “The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets” will be exhibited February 2 to 16 at the James W. Palmer Gallery at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 7pm. Portfolio: —Mark Gerlach


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Our Other Blue Planet: Earth’s Diverse Fresh Waters Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

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esteemed reader Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: There’s a multitude of impressions from a recent trip to India that I would like to share, as they were, for me, such good medicine in a troubling time. Please forgive the naive perceptions of a wide-eyed tourist but know they are sincere. Here are three, in a triadic sequence.


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1) Denying: Garbage and Goddess I spent the first and last nights of a trip through south India in the same place—a guesthouse adjacent to a large park, in the 500-year-old Portuguese colonial neighborhood of Cochin. The bleating of free-roaming goats like crying infants mingled with an incessant litany of car horns. In the square, barefoot children kicked up clouds of dust playing soccer. Burning garbage and foliage piled up by sari-clad women bent over straw brooms provided an omnipresent incense, mingled with the odoriferous wafting from the open sewers running along the streets. Old and young beggars made a sign for food with a far-away gaze; and rickshaw drivers in dhotis followed pedestrians a distance along the street with insistent offers of service. On arriving, I had difficulty digesting the intense, for me unusual scene. Inwardly I tiptoed around the raw impressions. However, on returning to the place after a long south Indian walkabout, encountering not only the public but also manifold varieties of spiritual profundity and paradisiacal enclaves, the westerner in me had begun to be converted, and I could let it in. In the process of the journey I felt the depth of happiness of people, with so much less of the material accouterments, possessing an immense quotient of happiness, friendliness, and generosity. I discovered, as Joseph Campbell observed “when you look at India from the outside it is a squalid mess and a haven for fakers; but when you look from the inside it is an epiphany of the spirit. The eyes see a river of mud and the inner eye sees a river of grace.” 2) Affirming: Aurobindo Sri Aurobindo was an Indian activist in the movement for independence from British rule. Imprisoned for speaking out, he had a spiritual awakening and once released, left politics. He founded a theoretically sophisticated and modern method of inner work called Integral Yoga. Aurobindo’s view of the world and humanity was both transcendent and practical. He taught that there is a “supramental” intelligence, an immanent dharma or pattern of a possible evolved mode of life for humanity. The ashram is in the middle of a busy downtown neighborhood in Pondicherry. Despite intense activity of life outside the walls, the atmosphere inside is a vortex of stillness. Sitting and meditating, I found the place carried a plan and feeling of hope for the fulfillment of a positive future, for myself individually, and for humanity. There was barely attention left to dwell on problems and I saw the rightness of holding an image of a bright future, and persisting in leaving off criticism and negative self-indulgence. The supramental vision of a harmonious human society organized around real values had a reality in the space. Here’s something Aurobindo said in a letter to a student: Look at all that is and has been happening in human history—the eye of the Yogin sees not only the outward events and persons and causes, but the enormous forces which precipitate them into action. If the men who fought were instruments in the hands of rulers and financiers, these in turn were mere puppets in the clutch of those forces. When one is habituated to see the things behind, one is no longer prone to be touched by the outward aspects—or to expect any remedy from political, institutional, or social changes; the only way out is through the descent of consciousness which is not the puppet of these forces, but is greater than they are. 3) Reconciling: Ramana The sensation of the soles of my bare feet was strong, almost overwhelming as I stepped between hot stones along the path up Arunchala, the holy mountain of south India. The path led to the meditation cave of a saint and radical renouncer of the last century, Ramana Maharshi, famous in India and also around the world. His teaching and method was a singular, unrelenting and probing inquiry: Who am I? Sitting in Ramana’s cave, I experienced the force of the place. I often try to meditate and usually fail miserably. This time it was different. It was as though the vibrational signature of Ramana was itself the tonic of meditative practice. I felt in it two qualities that I associate with meditation—engagement and impartiality. These two are rarely found in the same moment. Ordinarily when I’m impartial it’s because I don’t care, and when I’m engaged it’s because I’m attached. But in this cave both were present together and in conjoining produced an overwhelming force of attention and love. Totality The image of ugliness and desperation, in myself and in the world, contains an invitation to inhabit things as they are. The vision of possible real evolution becomes a new center of gravity and the remainder is hope. It is the heart of the triad.The palpable atmosphere of total attention and complete acceptance affords a reconciliation of the actual and the ideal. In the book of a journey through India, these three pages are written as one. —Jason Stern

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note An Inauguration Memory


y first deep dive into politics was as a reporter covering Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address. It was 1981 and I was 10 years old. My 5th grade teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mrs. McQuillan, tasked her class with watching the president’s speech and writing up what the he said from the steps of Capitol Hill. Mrs. McQuillan described Reagan’s inauguration as a Significant Political Event and said it was important for us to bear witness. The old man with the jet black hair talked for about 20 minutes. There were a few topics I didn’t understand—tax burdens, inflation, monetary policy—but even as a snot-nosed running brat I grokked what Regan was getting at: America was a great nation. We had taken some lumps in the 1970s but we were still pretty great—and getting better all the time. We were a nation under God. (Reagan even suggested that each Inaugural Day in future years should be declared a day of prayer.) We were a nation of heroes, both everyday ones and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, from Bunker Hill to Belleau Wood to Vietnam. We were a nation of equal opportunity: “with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination.” We were a nation of compassion: “How can we love our country and not love our countrymen?” And we were a nation whose best days were not behind us, who could face the crisis confronting us, knowing it required “our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds.” Suffice to say, I was smitten. Reagan displayed a clarity of purpose, rigid moral compass, and sure-footed optimism in his inaugural address that seemed to my young mind to be the Platonic ideal of the American leader. I painstakingly punched out my report, my patriotic duty, on an old Royal typewriter my mother had consigned to the third-floor office. It took hours and it was messy—the “m” wouldn’t strike properly and I had to shift back and use two slightly overlapping “n”s instead. I’d never used a typewriter before but the gravitas of the moment seemed to require it. (Best effort and belief in the capacity to perform great deeds and all that.) My paper had the breathless tone of Pravda circa 1962 writing about Krushchev’s latest five-year plan. If one agrees with George Orwell’s definition of journalism as “printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations,” then I was clearly on the PR side. I got an A, though Mrs. McQuillan demanded that I not hand in any more typewritten reports until I knew how to use a typewriter properly, which, in her opinion, was not going to be anytime soon. It’s worth noting that not all the reports were as laudatory toward the president as mine, reflecting the diversity of political opinion across the children (and their parents) in the school. The political alignment of my own family was (and is) very liberal and I didn’t show my report to either of my parents, nor my grandmother, whom we lived with. I didn’t think of it as such at the time, but my crush on Ronald Reagan was tantamount to a secret rebellion—which would not remain secret for long. Around the same time, our class began work on a book project for language arts. Our assignment was to, well, write a book. We were responsible for writing the story, draw the illustrations, and be mindful of page layout, as the pages we were writing and drawing on would then be sent out to a printer to be made into a leather-bound volume, an honest-to-goodness actual book. (I tried to

prevail upon Mrs. McQuillan that my handwriting was atrocious and that she should allow me to type my story onto said pages, but she wasn’t having it.) My story, such as it was, was an apocalyptic yarn about a group of Godless secularists that take over the world in 2020 (which seemed so far away in 1981) and hunt down all the Christians and kill them. The book ends with the last Christian (my humble protagonist, named Micah for some reason I can’t recall) being martyred and God then destroying the universe. The illustrations were crude tableaux in magic marker of laser-gun battles and multi-colored explosions. It was pretty awesome, as I recall, and I’d love to see it again, but the book has been lost to history. Perhaps it’s for the best, as I believe I plagiarized most of the storyline from one of my father’s pulp science fiction magazines. My grandmother, who had spent her career working in the media—as a radio and TV personality as well as an editor at House Beautiful magazine—was instrumental in helping me conceive, conceptualize, and produce Fools, All of Them! (The title of my book refers to the final words of the last Christian before he’s vaporized by a heathen laser.) My grandmother withheld judgment throughout the process, indulging every goofy creative whim of mine, including taking up the whole last page of the book with a drawing of the whole world going kablooey, just like the Death Star at the end of Star Wars. She did suggest, somewhat forcefully, that the book should end with some hint of redemption rather than straight-up nihilism. I took the note, and added in some portentous lines below my beloved exploding planet illustration about how God would try again...someday. Around the time the book was going to press, John Hinckley shot Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. I knew what I had to do to finish the book: I would dedicate it to the president, a national hero! When I told my plan to my parents, they were thunderstruck. “You’re going to dedicate your book to the doofus from Bedtime for Bonzo?” my father exclaimed. Despite entreaties from my mother, father, and Mrs. McQuillan to honor my grandmother for all the work she put in to Fools, I would not be moved. The dedication read: “To Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States. God Bless America.” This marked the first of a long string of idiocies I’ve committed to paper. My grandmother died suddenly just a few months later. As I’ve evolved over time in my political thinking, I’ve come to disagree with most everything Reagan did as president and stands for as a political symbol. But that inaugural speech of his, that sure was something special. And in many respects, Trump’s inaugural wasn’t that different. They used many of the same words: God, jobs, America. But why did those words sounds like a promise coming from Regan and a threat coming from Trump? Department of Corrections In the January issue, we profiled the home of Franc Palaia and Eve D’Ambra, a historic property in Rhinebeck (“Relics of Love”). There were a number of errors in the story. An updated version of the piece, with links to historical documents and photos relating to the site, is available at Parthenon. 2/17 ChronograM 19

Tens of thousands of run down homes across the country have been scooped up by investors, who often put little money into renovating and fixing the common lead paint problems in them. The low-income buyers are then left with the repairs. As a result, seller-financed housing contracts have aggravated a lead poisoning problem among young children in our country. “Unfortunately, they have this contract which removes the actual owner of the home from the liabilities of fixing the home and requires these people who have no money to fix their own home,” said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, chief of toxicology in the pediatrics unit of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. About 535,000 children a year have lead in their blood, which can lead to neurological and developmental delays. Source: New York Times Sixty-six percent of female workers at restaurants operated by Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee, have reported sexual harassment according to a Roc United Study. Puzder is the CEO of CKE restaurants, parent company to Hardees and Carl’s Jr., notorious for running overtly sexual commercials. The same study, which surveyed 564 employees, also found that close to a third of the workers at these chains had experienced a form of wage theft, such as failed overtime payments, inadequate work breaks, and performing multiple duties without adequate compensation. Source: Guardian (UK) The number of Russians infected with HIV passed one million in 2016, and little is expected to be done. This accounts for 1 percent of Russia’s population. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the Moscow-based Federal AIDS Center, estimated that at least another 500,000 cases of HIV have gone undiagnosed, and considers this an epidemic, although senior officials on the front line have refused to label it as such. Guidelines by the World Health Organization state at least 90 percent of HIV-infected patients should receive antiviral drugs, in Russia only a little more than 37 percent do. Source: New York Times

A detailed report released by the United States Department of Agriculture, which runs the government’s food stamp program (SNAP), has found soft drinks to be the number one item purchased using benefits. Soft drinks account for 5 percent of dollars SNAP households spend on food. The USDA has been urged for years by dozens of cities, states, and medical groups to ban SNAP recipients from purchasing junk food, though the USDA has taken no action. The report, which compared both the purchases of SNAP households and non-SNAP households, found that both groups bought ample amounts of sweetened drinks, candy, ice cream, and potato chips. Soft drinks were the second grocery item purchased by families without SNAP, the first being milk. Source: New York Times The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same amount of wealth ($426 billion) as the poorest 50 percent, according to a report by Oxfam. The group of eight is headed by Bill Gates and also includes Amancio Ortego, the founder of the chain store Zara; Warren Buffet; Carlos Slim Helú; Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon; Mark Zuckerberg; Larry Ellison, chief executive of Oracle; and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Last year, Oxfam found the world’s 62 richest billionaires to be as wealthy as the lower half of the world’s population. The drop in 2017 can be explained by new information showing poverty in China and India as worse than previously thought, widening the gap between rich and poor further. Source: Guardian (UK) The United Record Pressing plant, a major producer in the vinyl market since 1949, will be expanding to a new building roughly the size of two football fields in South Nashville. The expansion increases production capacity for United, which according to a 2015 report from Nashville Public Radio produces 40,000 records a day. United has pressed records from stars such as Howlin’ Wolf, Michael Jackson, John Coltrane, Taylor Swift, and the Beatles’ first American single, “Please Please Me.” In 2016, Vinyl sales in the US rose for an 11th consecutive year, comprising 13.1 million units sold and 6.5 percent of all albums sold. Source: New York Times, Billboard

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In December of last year, President Obama cemented his environmental legacy by creating monuments in Nevada and Utah. In Utah, 1.35 million acres were designated to form the Bears Ears National Monument. The designation faced opposition from Utah politicians, like Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who stated “the midnight move is a slap in the face to the people of Utah, attempting to silence the voices of those who will bear the heavy burden it imposes.” Gold Butte, 300,000 acres in the Nevada desert, was designated as well. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) pressured Obama to use his executive powers to protect Gold Butte, describing it as “a fascinating place full of natural wonders.” Source: Washington Post Tourism boards around the world are dealt the difficult task of creating slogans in effort to shape countries’ images. However, some could use finessing. UK-based site Family Break Finder mapped English language slogans. While some countries take the simple route—like Tunsia’s “I feel like Tunsia”—others take a more bold approach: “There’s nothing like Australia.” Some countries refuse to acknowledge ongoing problems and safety issues. Syria touts “Syria Is Always Beautiful.” And then there’s those that play on alliteration—“Brilliant Barbados,” “Live Long Lebanon,” and “Incredible India.” Source: Quartz Over the last 10 years almost 200 Department of Homeland Security employees and contractors have taken close to $15 million in bribes. The employees have also turned the other cheek while drugs and illegal immigrants were smuggled into the country, the records also show. Border patrol officers and customs agents have accepted $11 million in bribes, the most of any division. While arrests are being made internally, stricter prehiring screening and 350 more internal affairs criminal investigators are needed to weed out the corruption within Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol. Source: New York Times —Compiled by Leah Habib

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Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic


aul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times, whose academic specialty was free trade, wrote that, “If there were an Economist’s Creed, it would surely contain the affirmations ‘I understand the Principle of Comparative Advantage’ and ‘I advocate Free Trade.’” In the spirit of journalistic integrity, I note that Krugman’s quote comes from an article that suggests those beliefs can be modified in certain circumstances, but he was no more an advocate of abandoning them than a Catholic cleric carping about Pope Francis’s liberalism would be for calling for an end of the papacy. Free Trade dogma was also the fundamental faith of the financial and governing elites of the developed countries. It was virtually unchallenged in politics and business. Until Donald Trump. With a nod to Bernie Sanders. This immediately prompts two very provocative questions. Can Donald Trump be right about anything? Can virtually the entire economics profession be wrong about something? Not just for a few years, or a couple of decades, but for somewhere between 70 years (since the end of WWII) and 240 years (since the publication of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations). The actual history is that all successful economies grew up behind walls of protectionism. Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln were great advocates of tariffs, government spending on infrastructure, and support of domestic industries. Germany lagged behind Great Britain until Bismarck switched from Free Trade to protectionism. A few decades ago, when America was quivering and quaking over the rise of the Japanese economy, there was a whole genre of books devoted to unmasking their arcane and devious methods of keeping us out of their domestic market while they invaded ours. The fact is that no underdeveloped country has ever moved from the bottom rungs to the top tier while operating under Free Trade rules. Think of a Little League team, ages 9-12, trying to move directly into the major leagues. Free Trade is only practiced successfully by dominant economies. When the British Empire ruled half the world and they were technological leaders in many fields, Free Trade was great for them. And painful for countries they managed to impose it on. After WW II, when America was the sole standing modern industrial power in the world, America became the leading advocate of Free Trade. It was very profitable. For a time. But what happens to a mature economy when developing nations—working behind their protectionist walls—become developed nations, and compete? There are really only two examples—Great Britain and the United States. Both experienced rapid and severe industrial declines and great increases in income inequality. Is that the “natural” result of purely economic forces like competition and globalization? Any analysis has to include Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Both of them broke unions, got government out of industry, and embraced financialization. Natural forces? Or policy? The US government stayed heavily involved, and invested huge amounts, in one business sector—the military.The result is that we remain the world leader in military hardware, software, and operations. By huge margins. Germany resisted financialization and, as a matter of policy, focused on industry and on their workforce, and kept their labor unions strong. Industry and the middle class are both thriving in Germany. Free Trade, as practiced in the US, and in Britain—especially with free movement of capital added in—is the ultimate weapon in the perennial war between capital and labor. Think of those old movies about the Great Depression. Hundreds of men gath-

er at the factory gate. The foreman looks the crowd over and picks out four. Who will, obviously, work for whatever pittance is offered. Free Trade puts the whole world of workers at the factory gates. It has been a disaster for working people. Driving down the cost of labor, it has been a huge boon to corporate profits. The current conventional solution, better education, seems more specious every day. Public investment has been replaced by student loans, changing education from a social investment into a profit center for money lenders. With that change, the price of education has soared and smelling the money that can be reaped from this faith, fraudulent institutions, like Trump University, are popping up everywhere. Meanwhile, the attack on wages and salaries has moved steadily higher on the educational scale, so high that the squeeze has reached lawyers and doctors. Will the Trump solutions work? Will his tariffs, possible trade wars, bullying, and blustering, bring manufacturing back to America? The answer: So what if they do? Every major automaker in the world has been building plants in America. Our nostalgia meter for the nirvana of when America was Great Before should be chiming, ring-a-ding-ding. But new employees on the assembly line make less than the recommended minimum wage of $15 an hour. Globalization is happening. Technology—computers, robots, and all sorts of things—is changing the nature of work. None of that can be reversed. However, the German model, the Scandinavian models, and America’s investment in the military-intelligence-security complex prove that policy is the determining factor. It can make the rich richer while hurting everyone else, as Reaganomics has done in the US and Thatcherism in Britain. Or it can shape the economy for the good of all. The sad, and rather bizarre, truth is that nobody has really looked at what would make the American economy great again for the 90 percent. Not because it’s a difficult subject. But because nobody wants to speak the answers. There are, in fact, many things that can’t be outsourced. Most obviously, physical and social infrastructure. The quicker, easier, and more reliably everything works, including education and the justice system, the quicker, easier, and more certain it is to do business.The “market” doesn’t care about the good of the country and won’t go there by itself. Only government can direct investment for the wealth of the nation. The better such projects pay, the healthier the economy. Wages and salaries are not based exclusively on their market value, they’re based on power. In the contest between capital and labor, capital almost always has more power, unless another source of power—government—levels the playing field. Meantime, the more money that investment class has, the more they buy power, then use that power to take more money. So, it’s a circle. But it’s a circle that can be broken. Remember that when America was Great Before, the top tax rate was about 70 percent. When it was the Greatest Before, the top rate was 90 percent. In the Great and Greatest Befores government leveled the playing field by supporting unions and enforcing labor laws. Simple. Straightforward. Obvious. That’s why it’s a secret. As to the initial questions, Donald Trump can be right about problems (though apparently never about solutions). The majority of professional economists can be wrong about an idea for centuries. If the column were longer I’d even point out why the principle of comparative advantage is essentially ridiculous. 2/17 ChronograM 21

Art of Business

Little Car, Big Style

Since their opening in autumn 2015, Mini of Dutchess has been exceeding expectations in both sales and service; customer after customer posts five-star reviews describing the low-pressure, satisfying experience they’ve had. But are these adorable little cars really comfy? Manager Andy Fotos says come on in, he’ll prove it. “People think they’re too tall until they sit in it,” he says. “Lots of tall people love Minis. A 7-foot-1-inch center for the Knicks just bought a Countryman JCW, our sports model. And they’re very safe, built like a brick. What’s really different about the Mini is, it’s an attitude changer. If you wake up in a bad mood, driving it to work will make you happy.”

Riding in style When the only tack shop in eastern Dutchess County closed in 2005, Barbara Wadsworth and her partner Jonathan Meyer saw an opportunity and threw their hearts over the fence, as the saying goes, and the horse has indeed followed. Horse Leap, LLC in Amenia has been growing every year, selling basics like all-natural horse care products and fine tack alongside antique and vintage equestrianthemed art, jewelry, and glassware. One of her mainstays, says Wadsworth, is new and consignment clothing suitable for the show circuit and for the even more particular fox hunt. “It’s not about killing the fox, it’s about getting out in the countryside and watching the hounds work. It’s always had a huge social aspect, and I help newcomers crack the code—every detail of what riders wear means something. If you see a rider in a red coat at the hunt, you know that’s someone you can turn to for help; a person only earns the right to wear that coat with hard work and experience.”

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with Paul Solis-Cohen of Catskill Art & Office Supply

Art of Listening

Catskill Art and Office Supply has been the Hudson Valley’s go-to for over three decades, offering framing, copying, and graphic design services along with about 30,000 different products for makers of all persuasions, from kids working on school projects to prominent artists, from lovers seeking a greeting card to business-folk putting together presentations. We spoke with founder and owner Paul Solis-Cohen about his success story and the reasons behind it. So your first location was Woodstock? Yes, in 1978. It’s a real artist’s town. Lots of artists, musicians, writers, and people who love them, and people who may not identify as any of the above but just love to create. We didn’t have a clue about building inventory; we asked customers what they wanted and went and got it. Today, we have the largest inventory, in terms of scope and breadth, of any store I’ve ever seen—and I’ve checked them out worldwide. Everything imaginable in the realm of art, we stock. These are old forms of expression constantly being reimagined, especially out on the fringes—things like fabric arts, calligraphy, origami, digital art. We carry every kind of sculpture tool, everything for people who want to carve or etch or do silkscreen. If people want to explore the periphery, we’re the supplier and the guide. Our staff are artists themselves. They listen to needs, they get excited, they’re eager to interact in a way that goes beyond the typical retail experience. And you’ve done well with office supplies, which seem like a related but very different world. Commercial office supplies were a means to an end. We got into that in Poughkeepsie 20 years ago. We had contracts with the state, the colleges, the hospitals—we bid on and won the New York State supply contract year after year. We serviced those customers to such a high degree that we became top choice. That division was purchased by Staples in 2006, though we still carry retail office supplies. Bottom line, it’s all about listening to and keeping an eye on your community and customers—if your eye is really on the ball, you’ll play well.

Beautiful minds, lovely locks

Le Shag, a full-service beauty salon on Kingston’s Fair Street, has developed a reputation for artistry, atmosphere and listening skills, so that customers walk out feeling stunning. Owner Jennifer Donovan, whose two decades of New York City experience extend deep into theater and magazine styling work, says empathic salon artistry makes the world a happier place. “Le Shag is a hub of happy hair artists with an amazing clientele that hopefully return to the community reinvigorated, excited, and laughing,” she says. “As a stylist who’s worked in many parts of the world with all kinds of individuals, I know how important self-image is. It’s where your day begins, where your frame of mind begins. I’ve worked on Broadway, red carpets, and various editorial situations, with all kinds of personalities, to achieve one goal: help motivate them with confidence and courage, make them feel like the best version of themselves. I love to listen and work with people to determine what they want while creating something that they can re-create at home and wear day to day.”

Finding home

To Rosalinda Archibold Weiner, finding the 1799 Pawling House Bed and Breakfast last summer felt like destiny. “I was about ready to give up—I wasn’t finding the special venue I was looking for,” she says. Then she rolled up to the PH. “The magnificent views of forests, enveloping a house with character, caught my attention. A breath of serenity and calmness took over my being.” That was before she learned that the house had been built by Archibold Campbell for his daughter Catherine Rosalinda. Now she’s focused on custom-tailoring healthy breakfasts and sightseeing suggestions to the tastes of guests staying in the five tastefully appointed rooms just a 10-minute stroll from the heart of Pawling village. And lovers of Hudson Valley history, whether looking for lodging or not, will savor her retelling of the Pawling House story on the B&B’s history page. “I love people,” she says. “Lives fascinate me. And I love cooking. So what better place than a B&B to surround myself with wonderful people every day?” 2/17 ChronograM art of business 23

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Special Report

Resistance is Fertile The Women’s March on Washington By Elissa Garay


n alarm going off in the wee hours of the morning is, well, alarming. But for many in the Hudson Valley, confronting the divisive rhetoric and policy proposals put forth by the Trump administration has proven more alarming still. Thousands of local residents were driven to answer the middle-ofthe-night call of their alarm clocks, embarking on a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. There, the Hudson Valley contingent joined ranks with an estimated 500,000 demonstrators (some estimates were closer to 1 million) in support of women’s rights, universal access to health care, among myriad other causes. Kingstonian Christina Pickard was one of more than 300 marchers who showed up at the parking lot of Kingston’s Dietz Stadium at 1:45 am—signs in hand, anticipation thick in the air—to ride in on one of six chartered buses. Part of a common pattern of multigenerational families in attendance, Pickard was joined by her mother, and expressed concern for the future for her two-year-old daughter as a mom herself. She credited her mother with instilling in her values that she had felt were shared by America at large, including a “deep respect for nature, thirst for knowledge, and respect for people of all shapes and sizes, colors, and genders.” The new administration, she said, threatened this belief system, stating that “my young daughter deserves to grow up in a country which embraces—not rejects— these values.” Jennifer Rawlison, a mom of two young girls from Newburgh, took a Planned Parenthood-organized bus, likewise echoing concerns for the next generation. “The incoming administration not only threatens their future health care access, education, employment, and such,” she said, “but their simple place and value as a female in this country.” Ultimately, the motivations behind the history-making march were far from single platform. Organizers for the movement cited “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” as their official mantra, with an aim of protecting and improving upon the rights that generations of women have worked so hard to achieve. But they also nodded to more general themes of diversity and inclusivity, stating, “We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

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While march officials made it clear that this was positioned as a pro-women’s march and not an anti-Trump protest, for many marchers there were clear political undertones and general displays of loathing connected to President Trump and his disparagement of women, minorities, and immigrants. At the rally and ensuing march, signs and shouts revealed the many intersecting issues of the protestors, expanding upon their concerns for women’s rights (spanning issues like reproductive freedom, equal pay, and cultural misogyny) to other causes like climate change, LGBT rights, racism and xenophobia, immigrant/refugee rights, education, and health care. Creative signage prevailed, with messages like “Hell hath no fury like a pussy grabbed”; “Make America Think Again”; and “Science is not a liberal conspiracy.” Dozens of march chants rang out. Cries of “This is what democracy looks like” came interspersed with digs at Trump, like “We want a leader, not a creepy Tweeter” and “He’s orange, he’s gross, he lost the popular vote.” Brazilian-born Debora Avancini, of Nyack, an immigrant who attended with her two daughters, cited, “The disenchantment of having been diminished and excluded in the public discourse of this election either for being a woman, or a Latina, or for having a daughter with a mental illness, being a liberal, being pro-choice, all those I felt personally.” She added, “But it soon transcended to looking around and seeing African Americans, Hispanics, the disabled, Muslims, and putting myself in their shoes.” New Paltzer Seana Elias took an Amtrak train down with her nine-year-old daughter, naming one especially close-to-home cause: her two-year-old son with Down syndrome. She explained, “In particular, Donald Trump’s cruel and juvenile disrespect of reporter Serge Kovaleski hit a nerve,” adding that in their home, they “teach respect and honor for all people, even those who may not look, sound, or behave like them.” Carolyn Siewers of Saugerties drove in with her all-female household, including her wife and 15-year-old daughter, declaring, “We will not stand by as people are verbally or physically assaulted because of their gender, skin color, or sexual identity.” While the causes were serious, the mood was peaceful, friendly, and festive. A sense of sisterhood and solidarity prevailed, and despite the large and discontented

Jimmy McHugh Opposite: The Women’s March on Washington; above: Woodstock Women’s March.

crowds, not a single arrest was reported. Many New Yorkers represented the Empire State by donning pink Lady Liberty crowns, while knitted, pink, cat-eared “pussyhats”—alluding to Trump’s infamously crude comments about grabbing women’s genitalia—became emblematic of the movement. The official programming opened with a lengthy five-hour rally, attracting a long (too long, by most sentiments) list of heavyweight speakers, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and a slate of organizers, politicians, actors, and musicians like Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Ashley Judd, Cher, and Madonna. Steinem told the crowd, “Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are.” Richards added, “One of us can be dismissed. Two of us can be ignored. But together, we are a movement and we are unstoppable.” Despite organizers having to abandon the originally planned route due to the crowd’s swelling size, march they ultimately did, en masse, for hours, from near the Capitol and toward the White House. Quite a culmination point from a concept born of such humble beginnings: a post-Election Day Facebook post by a Hawaiian grandmother that quickly went viral. The call to mobilize to march went on to attract an army of nationwide volunteers, many with little or no organizing experience. Among them, Maryanne Asta, of Woodstock, who stepped in as the volunteer organizer for the upstate New York region, felt compelled to do so in the aftermath of Trump’s win. “Everybody I talked to was feeling hopeless, alone, isolated, and scared,” she explained, so she decided “to charter some buses myself to get some momentum going.” Asta’s efforts ultimately filled up over 100 Women’s March-organized buses from upstate New York, with Hudson Valley-area departures from Kingston, Beacon, Albany, New Paltz, Saugerties, Woodstock, Poughkeepsie, and more. Everybody from families with young kids to 90-year-olds hopped aboard—many of them first-time marchers, and about 20 percent of them men. Bob Janiszewski, a male participant from Tannersville, reflected, “I felt not only welcomed, but celebrated as an enlightened and appreciated activist,” adding, “All

in all, I was just one of the gang who stood together on a valued set of principles.” Regional attendance was further bolstered by initiatives among local organizations like Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson, the New York State United Teachers union, and Rockland Pride, with hundreds more organizations signing up as march partners nationally like the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Civil Liberties Union, NOW, and the NAACP. In a show of solidarity, sister marches similarly unfolded around the globe, attracting millions of participants in more than 670 demonstrations spanning the US and all seven continents. Closer to home, marches unfolded in Albany, Poughkeepsie, Woodstock, and Hudson; New York City saw 400,000 demonstrators take to the streets. For many women, the movement served as a vehicle for unification, providing a forum for community and catharsis, and a wellspring for inspiration and empowerment. Now, the goal moves toward transforming the march’s momentum into enduring action for change. “I feel we are in danger of riding the energy of the immediate event, and once back home, letting daily distractions lessen the frustrations and drive that brought this thing together,” said Rawlinson. “I hope groups can continue to fuel community events and support systems.” Looking to sustain the movement,Women’s March national organizers put out a “10 Actions/100 Days” campaign in the event’s aftermath, outlining initiatives like writing letters to senators. Asta likewise encouraged grassroots activism and education to continue on a local level, citing calls to action happening all over the Hudson Valley (recent regional events have rallied in support of Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act). On one bus returning to Kingston from the march, organizers from local groups like Citizen Action, Ulster County Democratic Women, and Indivisible Ulster encouraged participants to sign up and get involved. Hudson Valley marchers seemed to be on board. “My goal,” Pickard said, “is to focus on positive change on my own doorstep, while maintaining a healthy awareness of politics on a federal level.” Siewers pledged she “will call, e-mail, and write my representatives weekly.” “This march is not the end,” Asta concluded. “It’s just the beginning.” 2/17 ChronograM special report 25

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Hudson Valley wedding can be many things, from utterly chill to every luxe frill. Amid our mountains and waters and architectural gems, hosts and coordinators who are in love with love will help you tailor the unforgettable day of your dreams. Reach out to any of these folks and discover the expert hospitality you need to make it happen. Artful Mount Tremper Arts offers everything from full service coordination of your weekend to a beautiful canvas onto which to paint your own colors. Facilities include on-site lodging for 16, two kitchens, air-conditioned post-andbeam studio, and two fields—one with gardens and fire pit, another with a spectacular mountain view. “It’s got that casual feel, yet it dresses up really nicely,” says coordinator Megan Byrne. “I find our studio magical—the architecture and acoustics are amazing. We’ve got mountain hiking, the Esopus right across the street; airconditioning and wheelchair access. It’s a beautiful, versatile campus, with a lot of possibilities to fit your budget.” Regal Mohonk Mountain House, your Victorian castle come to comfy life. Room for the whole family, a cornucopia of venues, full-service spa, fun for everyone from rock climbers to porch sitters. There are packages at four different perguest price points. “Guests can exchange vows in Mohonk’s award-winning gardens, or enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Parlor Porch overlooking magnificent Lake Mohonk,” says wedding coordinator Christina Latvatalo, “then continue the celebration with dining and dancing in one of our many reception venues offering a more casual setting, such as our outdoor pavilion, or a more formal atmosphere in our indoor West Dining Room.”

Bespoke How about vows in a mountain meadow followed by drinks in the library lounge with two-story skylight, circular fireplace and billiards? Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Hunter is a classic mountain hideaway updated to cozy contemporary while preserving the starlit-nights-around-the-fire vibe. There are 38 guest rooms and suites, a locally inspired restaurant that seats up to 65, and over 20 acres of mountainside to play on. “People have ideas in mind and we help make them happen,” says owner Marc Chodok. “We offer a feeling of being somewhere ‘away’ and different, but with luscious creature comforts. We have venues for all styles; we’re putting down slate in the meadow, so people can enjoy it in high heels.” Rockin’ Basilica Hudson, an 1880s waterfront factory reimagined with solar power and vast creativity, works closely with the walkable little city’s many boutique inns, hotels, and B&Bs. They’ve got 7,000 square feet of indoor space to play with and a top-notch sound system. “We’re off the beaten path and steps from Amtrak,” says rentals coordinator Parker Shipp. “We like to give people the entire weekend to do what they want—the Basilica has no curfew. One couple installed a solar system of planets from the 20-foot rafters in the Main Hall and rode into the reception on a horse. Another couple is planning a music festival wedding.” Sparkling Elegant without being stuffy, the Diamond Mills prides itself on a “SoHo in Saugerties” feel, with 30 boutique-style guest rooms, seating for up to 400 in the Grand Ballroom, and an on-site coordinator to make your worries disappear. 2/17 ChronograM weddings 27

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“If you can dream it we can produce it—we go above and beyond,” says Emily Glass, Diamond Mills’ coordinator. “One huge ‘wow’ factor is being right over the Esopus Creek. We’ve got a state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom, the Tavern—two floors and multiple rooms you can configure any way you want—and the Saugerties Steamboat Company, a renovated marina with the original brick and exposed beams and a giant fireplace.” Circular The RoundHouse in Beacon is a painstakingly restored streamside factory complex. Share vows and cocktails outdoors by the waterfall or indoors in the modern/industrial/rustic main room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows. There are 41 guest rooms, including a penthouse suite with private deck. “You could create an awesome weekend just on our property, and then there are all the attractions of Beacon,” says general manager Katie Guerra. “We’re often told our food is the best a person has ever tasted at a wedding, and our staff are incredible pros who care about every detail.”

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Playful The Bear Mountain Inn complex in Bear Mountain State Park offers a selection of four venues ranging from the Bear Mountain Inn, which can handle 230, to the intimate Cliff House for groups of 40 to 60. Ample lodging, an on-site spa, and park amenities—there’s a lake for skating or boating and a zoo of rescue animals—make this an activity-rich spot for the Big Weekend. “Some people love the Appalachian Ballroom, or the Overlook Lodge, which has stunning river views,” says catering director Mina Park. “Or the merry-goround; it’s in an enclosed pavilion that can accommodate 60 to 100 guests, and the package includes an attendant who’ll keep the ride going all night. It takes the concept of ‘party’ to a whole new level.”

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Barn Weddings: A Primer If you’re thinking rustic barn, there are things to be aware of going in. “Many people seem to think that a barn wedding would be less expensive than a traditional wedding in a fully equipped banquet hall. In reality, the opposite is true,” says Kerri Corrigan, owner of Owl’s Hoot Barn in Coxsackie. “Generally, the barn is rented and everything else needs to come in.” You’ll want to make sure you’re dealing with a barn owner who’s got everything in order. “Fire codes, zoning, event insurance, liquor license,” says Mary Beth Boruta, ticking off a few of the logistics she handles running Germantown-based Apple Barn Weddings. “Do your homework, and don’t go into it blindly. Get some advice from a coordinator who can help you find a venue that will be a good fit.” The Hudson Valley area is peppered with barn owners who go above and beyond to tailor their massive beams, rural charms, and vintage collectibles to your needs. “We only host 12 weddings a year,” says Richard Rozzi, manager of the Crested Hen on the Rondout Creek in High Falls. “So you have a whole week to customize our restored 1790 barn, and we have a lot of cool stuff—farm tables, antique pews, vintage unmatched tableware—that you’re welcome to use.” The farmer-hosts at Liberty Farms in Ghent will customgrow organic produce and chickens for your caterer. It’s undeniable that renovated barns done right offer a flexibility that no banquet hall can match. “Our goal is for our clients to be inspired by our space,” says Corrigan. “It’s also key that it feels like it’s their own place. Relax. We’re here to help if you need us—have your joy.”

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The Wedding Guide Make your wedding fun and imaginative with the best vendors and services the Hudson Valley has to offer— picturesque venues, artisan touches, and talented locals will make your special day unforgettable.

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Introducing Weddings at Ole Savannah! Our new Sperry Sailcloth tent is perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, day-after brunches, bridal and baby showers, graduation parties, anniversary parties, corporate events, and more. We can accommodate parties from twenty to 140 people. From casual buffets to elegant sit-down dinners, our waterfront location is unlike any other, and located conveniently in downtown Kingston.

Discover. Engage. Enjoy. Make history with your event at one of the most significant historic sites in America. Including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century, this National Historic Landmark District offers a variety of options for memorable weddings and rehearsal dinners. The non-denominational French Church, a reconstruction of the original 1717 Huguenot Church, can accommodate up to 65 guests. The grounds behind the Deyo House, a breathtaking Victorian mansion, can accommodate tents for large parties and is just steps away from a state of the art catering kitchen. Event space is also available in Deyo Hall. Located in the heart of New Paltz, the site is close to a number of overnight accommodations. 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz (845) 255-1660 34 weddings ChronograM 2/17

SaLune Hair Studio 454 Warren Street, Hudson (518) 267-9744 Hair & Makeup for All Occasions. SaLune is known in the Hudson Valley for its bohemian, effortlessly chic styles. Each person is treated as a unique collection of ideas, dreams, textures, and shapes. Hair and makeup, literally the head and face you show the world, are designed to flatter and enhance your entire being while allowing you to shine through.

Nellie Hill Events LLC “Your Dreams Made Better” Box 141 Hurley, NY 12443 (845) 481-0443 The Hudson Valley is our home and we know all the best places Edward Acker Photography and people and things that will make your event amazing. Our passion and our mission is to creatively and efficiently turn our client’s vision into an even better reality. Call now and let’s talk about making your dreams even better.

Hudson Cruises (518) 822-1014 The “Marika” is available for Private Wedding Cruises on the Hudson River. Her casual ambiance, tastefully prepared cuisine and attention to detail combine to create that perfect setting for all who attend. The picturesque Hudson River is a wonderful place to hold your special event and situated with easy quick access from Amtrak trains, major airports and metropolitan areas. Our packages start at $95.

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Man Up Expanding our definition of masculinity Text and photos by Hillary Harvey


hile Parmatma Khalsa was driving back from a funeral in Harford County, Maryland, a man in a neighboring car rolled down his window and started shouting. Khalsa didn’t know what he was saying, but could see the misdirected anger and frustration in his face. Khalsa’s parents became American Sikhs, and Khalsa was raised with kundalini yoga, meditation, and an emphasis on directing his attention inward. He wears a beard and turban, articles of his faith, which is presumably why the man was yelling, likely mistaking Khalsa for Muslim. “A big problem in our culture with males and their image of themselves,” explains Khalsa, “is that they often don’t have the tools to be self-reflective. They’ll point their anger outside and see others as being the problem.” If manhood has a narrative, then power is its thread. Khalsa’s grandfather was a fighter pilot in WWII. Dubbed the Greatest Generation by journalist Tom Brokaw, the men were well regarded because they didn’t complain, and were principled and ready to sacrifice for God and country. Their sons were taught to confront problems head-on, that being a man was about responsibility, independence, and protection.When boys are told to man up, that is what’s meant: Even young boys are expected to be in control. The collective socialization of men is something that educator and social justice activist Tony Porter has thought about quite a bit. Through speaking engagements and writing, Porter defines the qualities that make the man:Vulnerability is unacceptable; pain, especially emotional, should go unacknowledged; men shouldn’t seek help; anger is the only permissible emotion. He calls it the Man Box, and says that homophobia and heterosexism are the glue that holds it together. In his 2016 book, Breaking Out of the Man Box, Porter writes, “I quickly learned and understood that, as men, we have been collectively taught to define what it means to be a man by distancing ourselves from the experiences of women.” That distance, and the corresponding sexual objectification of women and girls, Porter says, creates a society of oppression and domination, leading to sexism and violence. 2/17 ChronograM kids & Family 37

Preschoolers Logan, Judah, and Iggy flex their “guns.” Boys are often taught that their bodies are weapons.

Porter is co-founder of A Call to Men, the violence prevention organization that promotes ideas of healthy, respectful manhood through education and training in high testosterone circles like professional sports, politics, and the US military—locally at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The work appeals to “well-meaning men,” those who aim for positive manhood but still struggle with the ideals of the Man Box. As Porter describes in his book, they might tell their boys to stop crying, stand up straight, and be the man of the house. Meanwhile, they might tell their daughters that boys will be boys, and don’t worry—daddy will take care of everything. When it comes to raising boys, Porter writes, teaching boys to always be in control means teaching them how to renounce feeling. “The expectation is that by the time a boy is 10, they will have perfected it,” Porter writes. “The fear of publicly displaying emotions, other than anger, this fear has us paralyzed and is holding us hostage.” The antidote, Porter writes throughout his book, is to recognize the experiences of women. In cultivating empathy for others, men can access the better aspects of manhood. Nature the Equalizer A positive example of uniting genders is in the 91st Sojourners, a local chapter of the Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) scouts. It’s traditional scouting and community service where boys and girls explore the same activities together. Group leaders, with representatives from each gender, are the badgeearning members of the oldest section of scouts. Scouts work together on all tasks and camping preparations, self-selecting their roles and missions during free time. During camping trips, the genders are segregated for sleeping and bathroom arrangements. Lord Robert Baden-Powell was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, and wrote the book Scouting for Boys in 1908, based on skills learned during his service in South Africa. It fostered a Scout Movement that resulted in the Boy and Girl Scouts, with the latter forming a different curriculum based on 38 Kids & family ChronograM 2/17

societal norms for girls and women. Ten years ago, BPSA was begun as a return to the roots, and its youth scouting program was born five years ago. “Co-ed scouting is an experiment in our country,” says Andy Bicking, Group Scoutmaster of 91st Sojourners. “We have a thesis: Let’s not make any assumptions.” The goal is to give everyone the same platform. So far, Bicking finds the scouts rise to whatever situation they’re in, irrespective of their genders. As scoutmaster, he sees that the awkward boy-girl relationships that happen in the teen years don’t have to be the norm. The broader pop culture influences send messages of inequality that are subtle and indirect, but Bicking finds examples of equal opportunity are also more apparent and less abstract. “There’s a lot to talk about in terms of the role that we play in society for the gender we project and identify with. The responsibility becomes to uphold the way we treat each other.” Bicking feels that nature is the great equalizer. “It doesn’t distinguish. It’s inspirational and everyone can find something in it to relate to. There are lots of challenges: physical, tactile, skills based,” he says. “We’re all here on equal footing with the same interest in fulfilling the mission of the scouting program.” Hypermasculinity Think about the world in terms of a middle school fight. Generally, there are combatants, sometimes reluctantly thrown in the middle, and a circle of bystanders around them, often screaming for blood. “For 5,000 years, we’ve had a construct created from a patriarchal structure. And that patriarchal structure allowed for a number of things that basically confused masculinity and what the rights of masculinity were,” explains Dan Lebowitz, executive director for the Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) at Northeastern University. Through partnerships with sports-based youth development organizations like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs, schools, corporations, and global sports leagues, CSSS creates and supports curricula that encourage people to understand their responsibility and accountability.

One such series, the Mentors in Violence Prevention program (abbreviated MVP—a play on the sports acronym Most Valuable Player), turns the world dynamic into a creative one. It’s credited as the first bystander approach to social justice. “We give people a tool kit for conflict resolution, as an empowered bystander–not encouraging the combatants to fight, but changing the dynamic so they can walk away with dignity.” Leading small group discussions, various courses tackle issues of race, gender, violence, and bullying. CSSS has worked with Major League Baseball, the South African World Cup, every major college athletic conference, and within branches of the military. In schools, it’s a trickle-down model. They train health, gym, and classroom teachers who incorporate the curriculum into their classes in a sustainable way, and students who start clubs and organizations within their schools and go into younger classrooms to do peer training. While violence and control are the pillars of the conversation around masculinity, Lebowitz says the ability to dominate should not make the man. Growing up disabled, Lebowitz says he lived a childhood of disenfranchisement. As the father of a multiracial family of six, he sees the institutionalized and sustained trauma that African Americans live under. In their Don’t Hate the Player program, CSSS encourages participants to write a narrative where people take the lead or the back seat depending on their identifiers—reversing the roles of historic alienation. It acknowledges that the African American narrative in this country hasn’t been written by African Americans, and raises awareness of privilege and empowerment. “People are defined a lot by the narrative created around their journey,” Lebowitz says. “When they understand that they have the power to change things or write their own narrative, they move beyond the trauma-scape and learn how to change self-awareness into betterment.” The telling piece is that CSSS trainings are predominantly led by athletes. “At CSSS, we build everything off the platform of sport,” Lebowitz explains. CSSS sees sport as a common denominator. People have different opinions around politics, religion, but they all support a favorite team that’s often made up of different types. It’s an access point for reaching everyone on issues of social justice. “People view sport, particularly male sport, as hypermasculine. So when those men stand up and say that the construct is warped, that the construct of masculinity needs to include kindness, compassion, humanity, respect for women, et cetera, if that’s coming from the mouth of a former fighter or a former football player, then the males in the room suddenly aren’t dismissing it. You’ve engaged them on a level where you’ve grasped how they’ve been acculturated in that hypermasculinity, and how to move them beyond that.” Connection & Interdependence Twelve years ago, Khalsa had just separated from his wife. He was being encouraged by her male relatives to man up: Be more tough, more sexually powerful. “Tame her; she’ll respect you for that.” “Show her what you want.” “How are you going to win her back if you’re not a man in her eyes?” Instead, Khalsa made a solo 50-day hike from Vermont to Virginia on the Appalachian Trail, and confronted his sense of unworthiness. As his knees gave out and his mind took over during his evenings alone by the campfire with no screens to distract him, his self-reliance grew. “I didn’t need to feel juiced by my wife in order to feel confident and good about myself,” Khalsa remembers. “I’d found a source within that I could draw upon.” When he returned, he and his wife reconciled. “One of the modern problems for boys and men is that there are so many ways we can become disconnected—too mental, without being grounded in our bodies and connected to our hearts,” Khalsa says. “Fundamentally, we have to experience what it is to be human, connected to ourselves and to others. If we can do that, and have an awareness, then our own masculinity will naturally blossom.” This summer, Khalsa, a teacher, will be leading a workshop for boys ages 5 to 12 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. “The Sacred Power of Boys” is an adventure with the five elements: sitting by the fire, walking outside barefoot, playing games, experiencing silence, swimming in Omega’s lake. Yoga, meditation, and discussion will be at the camp’s core. Khalsa hopes to share tools to help the boys feel interdependent with everything around them, to have respect for themselves and others, and to explore an essential question, “How can we feel powerful without having power over others?” 81 huguenot street, new paltz

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summer camps Guide The Hudson Valley’s summer camps offer the best of our region for our youngest citizens, from the arts to outdoor adventures and everything in between. Choosing the best camp for your kids will make lasting memories.

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Camp Huguenot Historic Huguenot Street Discover a fun-filled summer on Historic Huguenot Street! Campers are invited to discover, explore, and experience Historic Huguenot Street, where they will learn about the site, its unique history, and the individuals who settled New Paltz over 300 years ago. They will work with others, alongside real archaeologists, searching for artifacts left behind by the original Huguenot settlers and the Native Americans who came before them. Additional time will be spent on historic crafts, indoor and outdoor games, related educational activities, local field trips, and tours of the historic site. Camp Huguenot is perfect for children ages 9-12. This year’s camp will take place July 17 – 21. 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz (845) 255-1660 40 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE ChronograM 2/17

The Wayfinder Experience Find The Hero Inside The Wayfinder Experience is a transformative program that blends imagination, nature, improv theater and sword-play into a magical summer camp adventure you’ll never forget. At each event a welcoming community helps campers dive into a curriculum of acting, athletics, leadership skills and team building. It all culminates in a unique, unscripted fantasy or scifi Adventure Game that empowers participants to explore new skills through immersive roleplaying (complete with costumes, sets and props). Awarded “Best Summer Camp” two years running by Hudson Valley Magazine, The Wayfinder Experience runs day camps for kids ages 8+ and overnight camps for teens 11+ in various locations in the Hudson Valley. For a full summer schedule, photos, testimonials, and more, visit We Build Characters. 61 O’Neil Street, Kingston, NY (845) 481-0776

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New Genesis Productions Inspiring stage experience for youth actors (7-18) West Shokan, NY (845) 657-5867 A highly respected youth theatre specializing in Shakespeare offers scene study workshops, master classes, courses in comedy improv and musical theatre, fully-stage spring shows and its 2 week full immersion summer day camps for kids and teens in the Catskill Mts. Explore Shakespeare’s world and language - train in acting, voice, movement, rehearse and perform on an outdoor stage near Woodstock. For more info visit our website.

Woodstock Day School Day Camp for children 3 and up. July 3 - August 11 Rock Jam (ages 8-14) Woods Wanderer (ages 9 and up) Fairy Camp (ages 4-8) Music Mania (ages 7-13) Wayfinder (ages 8 and up) Robotics (ages 8-11) Media Arts (ages 10-14) Summer Adventure Camps Project Runway (ages 10-13) (845) 246-3744 ext.120 Writing Big (ages 9 and up) Capture That! (ages 8-14) All Things Spanish (ages 8 and up) Hudson River Paint & Hike (ages 9 and up)

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increase or develop their riding and horsemanship abilities, while camps — Mustang Village, Durango Village, and East Valley Ranch — are led by an experienced and supportive staff, and feature more than 80 well-trained horses. At the end of each session, campers leave with an increased aptitude for riding, a nurtured sense of self-assurance, and lifelong friendships. Mustang Village for girls, located at Frost Valley’s main camp,

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Livingston Street Early Childhood Community 20 Livingston Street Kingston, NY (845) 340-9900 Offering full-year programming for children ages 2 years/9 months through 5 years old in Kingston. With a focus on emotional/ social development, communication skills, and community, Livingston Street creates an enchanted and engaging learning environment that is appropriately challenging and fun for children. Activities at Livingston Street include outdoor play, the arts, early literacy games, dramatic play, reading, sensory play, making friends, and much more!

arts and crafts, sports, rock climbing, and more. East Valley Ranch, located a few miles away from main camp, provides a secluded environment for girls to truly focus on their equestrian skills. Novice and beginner riders will learn wrangling, feeding, grooming, tacking, ring lessons, and trail rides. Experienced riders ages 12 and up can try a four-week program that builds strong leadership skills while teaching challenging techniques for riding, in-depth classes on horse health and care, and more. Each of our programs are accredited by the American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and upholds the highest safety standards. For more information, please visit 2000 Frost Valley Rd, Claryville (845) 985-2291 x240, 2/17 ChronograM SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE 41

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New Paltz, NY (845) 658-3094 Let Alpine Endeavors and the Inner Wall of New Paltz show your child the wonders of the region. Our AMGA accredited programs start with indoor rock climbing to get everyone prepared, then move outdoors for

Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Camp Fun and Science in the Forest! Black Rock Forest Consortium welcomes students age 11-15 for authentic, week-long learning experiences in nature, working directly with scientists. The focus is on understanding nature through observation and investigation. Classes allow students to study interesting subjects without the pressure of a grade. Classes are taught by experts and provide an opportunity to explore college and career possibilities in the natural sciences while having fun in Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY. Offerings include classes on birds, reptiles, writing, photography, computer science and engineering. Summer Science Camp is a Day Camp and operates from 8:30am – 5:30pm, July 10-14 and July 17-21. Pick-up and Drop-off is available in Cornwall and Newburgh. Visit for more information or call 845-534-4517. 65 Reservoir Road, Cornwall • (845) 534-4517

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Buxton School Cultural Exchange and Arts Program Each day will be filled with enriching and diverse art classes - all taught by leading local artists in their fields. ESL and language classes will be offered as well! Students will have the opportunity to explore other cultures through group projects and events. Swimming, mini golf, bowling, zumba, yoga, hiking, soccer, basketball and movie excursions are just a few of the fun activities that will be available. We will participate in local community service trips and visit nearby, bustling cities over the weekends. With Mass MoCA, the Clark Art Museum and the Williamstown Theater Festival right in our backyard, we can take advantage of all that the Berkshires has to offer during a beautiful time of the summer. Our residential Cultural Exchange and Arts program is open to International and American students, ages 12 to 17. Program dates are July 30 to August 13. Rides from JFK are provided. Contact the Director of Summer Programs, Amrita Lash (413) 884-6159 or 42 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE ChronograM 2/17

In HVWP’s unique summer programs, children and young adults practice the craft of writing as they explore the region’s most important educational, cultural and historic sites and beautiful natural environments. Experienced, passionate teachers inspire young writers to develop new skills and confidence and share their work in relaxed, supportive settings.

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Camp Huntington is a co-ed, residential program for children and young adults with special learning and developmental needs. Summer programs are designed to maximize a child’s potential, locate and develop strengths and hidden abilities. Campers enjoy fun-filled days, while learning practical social and life skills. Our unique therapeutic programming approach of adaptive recreation, combines key elements encouraging progress: structured and instructional programming, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction for IEP goals. Our health clinic dispenses medications and provides healthcare. Daily activities stimulate a child’s awareness and interest in their environment and relationships, motivating them to build important foundations of self-confidence, self-efficacy, personal growth and independence. Spaces fill early. To register or schedule a tour, contact Alex Mellor, Camp Director (845) 687-7840 or

Campers are outfitted with essential gear, so they can in the Catskill wilderness. While building a strong sense of camaraderie with fellow survivalists, campers explore the natural world around them and learn to take healthy risks that push them out of their comfort zones. Frost Valley YMCA’s renowned, values-driven summer


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where history & nature meet Pawling, Patterson & Dover By elissa garay PHOTOs BY john garay


his trio of communities straddling southeastern Dutchess and northeastern Putnam Counties along the Connecticut border is loosely strung together on Route 22 and Metro-North’s Harlem Line. Each oozes old-fashioned, small-town atmosphere and attractive landscapes: gorgeous swaths of nature (this is Appalachian Trail and Great Swamp country), historic sites (Colonial-era tales abound), noteworthy food (several local chefs are Food Network alums), eclectic boutiques, and standout establishments for animal and music lovers alike. Pawling The town of Pawling boasts a bucolic setting in the Taconic/Berkshires foothills, noteworthy ties to American history, and a long-sought-after address for the upper crust, much of which can be traced to the historic hamlet of Quaker Hill. Here on the Hill, rolling countryside, grand old estates, and tales of notable denizens of today and yore converge. The Hill’s namesake Quakers—who resided here in the 18th and 19th centuries—may be long gone, but their influence remains. The handsome Akin Free Library, a Quaker-built library and community center dating to 1898, contains collections of historic and rare books; a fascinating little natural history museum (don’t miss the Ecuadorian shrunken head); and the Historical Society Museum, documenting local Quaker history. The step-back-in-time 1764 Oblong Friends Meeting House is noteworthy as the site where Quakers abolished slavery in their communities in 1767—a good hundred years before the nation ultimately did the same; the meetinghouse was also commandeered as a makeshift soldiers’ hospital by George Washington’s officers during the Revolutionary War. Washington’s legacy in these parts also turns up at the John Kane House, where he was headquartered for two months in 1778 (the house functions as a Pawling history museum today). After the Quakers, the Hill went on to attract a string of prominent residents from the 1930s on, ushered in largely by radio personality Lowell Thomas, who bought a farm here in 1926. These included two-time presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey; broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow; and clergyman 44 community pages ChronograM 2/17

and author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, best known for penning The Power of Positive Thinking (find displays and memorabilia dedicated to his life and work at the Peale History Center and Library). Today, former talk show host Sally Jesse Raphael resides here, while across town, actor James Earl Jones maintains his own abode. Outside of Quaker Hill, the walkable village of Pawling is home to McKinney and Doyle, a long-standing restaurant and bakery (its weekend brunch has been lauded as the best in the HudsonValley).Another neighborhood fixture isVinny’s Deli & Pasta, a quality Italian specialty deli helmed by charismatic, Naples-born owner Vinny Lamorte, who brings a hearty dose of old-world hospitality to the shop. Don’t miss the fresh-made mozzarella or “steak margarita” sandwich (think cheesesteak meets margarita pizza), which was featured on the Food Network’s “Guilty Pleasures” series last year. For shops, indie bookstore the Book Cove just celebrated its 40th anniversary, offering a selection of new, rare, and out-of-print books, as well as regular author talks and book signings. Next door, the North Winds Lavender Farm Store opened a permanent storefront in November, with an assortment of lavender-based items sourced from their Pawling lavender farm, while the Blue Olive offers customers free tastings of more than 50 types of olive oils and vinegars. Pawling’s pièce de résistance on the ecological front is the roughly 1,000acre Pawling Nature Preserve, which is crossed by portions of the legendary Appalachian Trail. The Trail spills over into a neighboring natural wonder too: the Great Swamp, a 6,678-acre, 20-mile-long protected wetland and wildlife preserve. Access a scenic part of the swamp via the 2012-debuted, 1,600-foot-long wooden boardwalk that proposes great nature viewing and birding amidst the tall reeds. The trailhead lot (there’s weekend-only MetroNorth service here, too), off Route 22, is just next to the seasonal Native Landscapes and Garden Center, noted for its ecologically friendly focus on indigenous Northeast plants; they double as home base for the recently designated Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, supplying hikers with a rest and supply stop.

Top: Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson. Bottom: Polo Training Program at Haviland Hollow Farm Equestrian Facility in Patterson.

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Clockwise from top left: Vicente Vazquez at McKinney & Doyle in Pawling; Miguel Estrada at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling; Jess Eminizer, Max Weber, and Tara Lombardozzi at The Book Cove in Pawling; Brian Benedict at The Duffle Bag in Patterson; a peacock in the snow at Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center in Patterson; Vinnie Lamorte at Vinny’s Deli in Pawling.

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Miniature replica of the village of Pawling in 1948, with moving trains, at the John Kane House.

The biggest music venue for miles is the intimate Daryl’s House, owned by Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates). Hall films his performance show “Live from Daryl’s House” here as well. The club took over the legendary Towne Crier Cafe space back in 2014, and following a major renovation, has upheld the tradition of welcoming musical greats to the region, spanning rock, blues, folk, jazz, and more; plans for a new outdoor stage out back are in the works. Patterson Following Route 22 south to the hamlet of Patterson, history continues— check out the cluster of 18th- and 19th-century historical sites along Route 311, including the Patterson Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Maple Avenue Cemetery, burial place of Revolutionary War teenage heroine Sybil Ludington (aka the “female Paul Revere”). On the retail front, the whimsical displays at Fanny Doolittle propose affordable vintage housewares, jewelry, and more; old-school militaria shop The Duffle Bag caters to collectors and prop houses; and the Front Street Gallery, across from the railroad station, puts on four to five shows annually. For food, the Reverie Café opened in 2015 with a health-conscious menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, specialty coffees, and craft beer and wine, along with Saturday-evening live music. Further along Route 22, Mediterranean tapas and wine bar Iron & Wine opened in December, with young Food Network-featured chef Tommy Stevens at the helm; the eatery will host the two-day Putnam County Wine & Food Fest in August. Not new, but notable, is locals favorite Carriage House Restaurant and Tavern, serving American bistro fare and craft beers. Animal lovers will delight in the unique creature encounters proposed by the greater Town of Patterson. The exemplary Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit seeing-eye dog training facility that’s fresh from a late-2015 expansion, claims a noble mission of providing free-of-charge trained dogs to the blind and visually impaired. Come face to face with their lab and German shepherd pups, along with passionate volunteers and staff, on their free one-hour tours. Green Chimneys, meanwhile, attends to kids with special mental health needs via educational activities and animal-assisted therapy. Their campus’s farm and wildlife center is open to the public on weekends, and is home to some 300 animals, including horses, camels, peacocks, and an impressive birds of prey display. Equestrians can alternately look out for Haviland Hollow Farm, a center for polo training and matches, with all-ages lessons offered year-round. 48 community pages ChronograM 2/17

The small, family-friendly Thunder Ridge Ski Area, fresh from a million-dollar enhancement, touts more than 20 trails for skiers and snowboarders, along with a ski school, kids’ racing program, night skiing, and a full-service cafeteria. Plans for an adventure park and tubing area are under way for next season. Dover Sitting north of Pawling on Route 22, the Town of Dover’s quiet hamlet of Wingdale offers a few worthwhile diversions. Come hungry to Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q where proprietor Warren Norstein (“Big W” himself— an alum of top Manhattan kitchens like Bouley and Chanterelle) dishes out hearty portions of slow-smoked, spice-rubbed pork, beef, and chicken paired with Southern-style sides. Just north are the sprawling grounds of the old Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center, which was shut down in the mid-’90s following 70 years of operation. The long-abandoned property is currently being revived by the Christianbased Olivet University as an education, IT, and research center, though the project’s fruition is at least three years out. Nearby, the Webatuck Craft Village features the 90-year-old Hunt Country Furniture and three-year-old pottery studio Montgomery Pottery. The hamlet of Dover Plains is maple syrup country. Soukup Farms, a third-generation maple syrup farm, built a new sugar house in 2014, where guests can observe the seasonal syrup-making process and pick up mapleinfused products ranging from ice cream to coffee. A considerably larger operation, set on a scenic 800-acre estate, Crown Maple at Madava Farms has expanded since its 2010 debut, growing production from 15,000 to 130,000 taps. Visitors can sign up for a comprehensive hour-long tour of the syrupmaking process, finished off with a tasting of their various certified-organic “bark-to-bottle” syrups; an on-site café turns out maple-inspired beverages and plates (including a new brunch menu). Hikers shouldn’t miss the enchanted 1.2-mile forest trail that follows a babbling brook to the Dover Stone Church, an ancient cavern (so-named for its cathedral window-shaped entranceway) containing a 30-foot waterfall within. In 2015, the 175-acre site added three new hiking trails. In December, Dover Plains’ 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve became the first parcel of land dedicated to the six-state Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, with aims of maintaining shrubland habitat for Northeast wildlife.

Clockwise from top: Joe and Daniel at Crown Maple and Madava Farms in Dover; Fanny Doolittle Antiques in Patterson; Kelly Magrath at the Seeing Eye Dog Training Facility at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Patterson; Gabrielle Iannucelli at The Blue Olive in Pawling; Tommy Stevens at Iron & Wine Restaurant in Patterson.

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Aaron Lockhart, Daniel Cardenas, and Chelsea Culpepper in Culpepper’s apartment, looking down from her mezzanine bedroom. Both their personal and collaborative works tends to spill from one genre to another. Currently, the three are collaborating on a show about birthday parties. “People tend to ask what do you do? And they want to hear ‘well I’m a painter, I’m a sculptor,’” says Lockhart. Cardenas agrees. “That’s how they understand art,” he says. “But life isn’t that way,” Lockhart explains, “and neither is art; it’s a mixed bag with its ups and downs.” Culpepper adds: “Play is the key and that’s what we’ve been exploring; not taking things so seriously.”

The former US Lace Curtain Factory. Once a thriving manufacturing center, in 2013 the building was converted into 55 units of affordable artist housing; including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units with varying layouts, as well as shared studio and gallery spaces.

Collaborative Catalyst RUPCO’s Lace Mill by Mary Angeles Armstrong photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


rom the Lost Generation to Andy Warhol’s Factory, from the painters of La Belle Epoque to the Beats, history shows that when a few artists have the space and opportunity to inspire and collaborate they will have an outsize effect on the community around them. Whatever the types of makers involved, small creative collectives can be powerful catalysts for social evolution and technological innovation. RUPCO’s Lace Mill project in Kingston was designed to create just this kind of synergy. Once the US Lace Curtain Mill, the 1903 factory had been employed as a warehouse over the past decade and fallen into general disrepair. In 2013, RUPCO bought the 70,000-square-foot brick building and began creatively repurposing the space into 55 rental units of artist housing and multiple shared community spaces all of varying size, shape, and detail. After a year and a half of occupancy, the Lace Mill is growing into a dynamic center of creative combustion. It’s a place where painting, music, the literary arts, and technology all overlap and commingle—spurring the residents within and the surrounding neighborhood to new creative heights. The Collaborative Edge “We called ourselves the three-legged stool.” Scott Dutton, the project’s lead architect, describes the partnership he formed with RUPCO director Chuck Snyder and the project’s construction manager, Keith P. Libolt of Affordable Housing Concepts. “We were a team—a triangle—with a fixed amount of money and time. Every week we met, went over the budget, and adjusted with the changes. Over the 15 months of construction it was a constant collaboration. But the project was richer because of it.” As the buildings were being constructed, RUPCO began accepting applications from potential residents (they received five times the amount of applica-

tions as the spaces available). Like other RUPCO projects, income was part of the qualifying criteria, but they also assembled a panel of local artists to interview applicants. “We asked applicants to demonstrate a commitment to their work,” says RUPCO VP of Community Development Guy Kempe. Next, the panel asked applicants: “What kind of contribution do they want to make to the Lace Mill community?” RUPCO didn’t rule out any medium, welcoming everyone from craftspeople to poets to media artists to sculptors and jewelers to apply. “We tried to be expansive,” Kempe explains. “It was all part of our strategy to create a vital artist’s community.” The final residents were selected by lottery and assigned apartments randomly. Leases are reviewed every year, but there is no end date or proscription to the arts represented. The RUPCO team secured grants and received tax credits to preserve the historical nature of the property.The also had the building listed with local and state historical registers. The goal was not only to protect the building’s original architecture but also to honor its rich history by incorporating many of the original factory details into the current design. Those juxtaposed needs— between history and the day to day—added challenges but also resonance to the project. “On one hand,” says Kempe, “we understood that what we were assembling was going to be a living, breathing, changing, dynamic thing; at the same time we also have an obligation to preserve and protect this building.” After a year and a half, Kempe is seeing the positive results of their careful planning and hard work. “The artists that live here arrived with the expectation of making an investment to the community,” he notes. Dutton sees a historical through-line. “I love how the building connects the present to the past: The original workers were people who made art—they made intricate lace fabrics. They were craftspeople. Now, the place is full of makers again.” 2/17 chronogram home & Garden 51

The factory’s former boiler room has been converted into a shared gallery and performance space. The original machinery and architecture were left in place; but now, a bustling, thriving arts scene is growing up around the bones of the original factory. The regular events are open to the public. Below, a two story atrium-hallway connects the East and West wing of the building. Once a brick passthrough space with a garage door, a spur for the neighboring train tracks passed through the space to deliver the factory’s coal and retrieve finished curtains.

Just Kids Inside the complex, each apartment is a collaboration between the building’s history and potential. This distinctive interior design has been a boon to Chelsea Culpepper, Aaron Lockhart, and Daniel Cardenas, who all have apartments in the building. “Basically we make sculptures together, as well as drawings and paintings,” says Culpepper, “and videos—our work is a melting pot.” All three have jobs in the surrounding arts district, and convene most evenings to collaborate on projects. Culpepper’s first-floor, corner apartment, where the lofted living room abounds with light and the concrete floors allow them to “make a mess” is their current favored work space. Culpepper and Lockhart originally met at the University of Alabama, where both received BFAs. After a brief stint in the city, they found Kingston. That’s where they met Cardenas, who had just received a BFA from SUNY Purchase. The three hit it off right away. “We were all on the same page as far as art goes,” says Lockhart. Before the Lace Mill, the three shared a house in the Kingston Rondout where they often found themselves preparing elaborate birthday celebrations for one another as well as bon voyage and welcome back parties. Then, explains Cardenas,“we started collaborating and gave ourselves permission to play.” When they heard the Lace Mill was opening its doors, all three applied, and were delighted to be accepted and win spaces. Now, they happily continue their collaboration within its walls. Most recently they’ve developed a series of shows exploring the idea of the artist community and playing with and within the Lace Mill’s shared spaces. “All the exhibition spaces are so different,” says Lockhart. “We can play in a way that isn’t possible with a white wall gallery space.” The first show was held in an outdoor exhibition space last summer. The second show—a comic riff on workout videos—was held in the boiler room gallery space. The third show in their series, revisiting the birthday party theme, will be held in the second-floor mezzanine gallery space in February. The Lace Mill community has further inspired both their personal and collaborative work. “We get a whole new perspective—kids, adults, and other disciplines,” says Culpepper. Lockhart agrees. “Watching other residents make shows, seeing them succeed, is inspiring and motivating,” he says. 52 home & Garden ChronograM 2/17

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Clockwise from top left: A community space on the first floor of the building’s West wing; Olivieri in his living room, looking back toward the kitchen area; the building’s interior design incorporates many of the original Lace Mill factory details and often repurposes remnants of the building’s past.

Creative Repurpose “In the building I’m known as the mad scientist of art,” Felix Olivieri tells me as he shows me around his lofted “maker space.” Vintage video game consoles, recycled computer parts, old televisions, and antique radios line the walls of his living room, waiting to be carefully dissected and then repurposed into one of his creations. “There’s a whole lost art to recycling old toys and electronics. You can make costumes, lamps, and even furniture,” he says. A staircase climbs out alongside the two-story windows leading to two bedrooms and a bath. “It’s a New York loft-style apartment without the New York price tag.” The New York City native shares a two-bedroom apartment with his preschool-age son. It’s on a first-floor wing of the building—an area with other families and an easy sharing of space and play things. He appreciates the camaraderie of the other families as well as the artists in the building. “It’s like ‘Seinfeld,’” he explains. “People knock all the time to borrow supplies, or just let themselves in. We have a Kramer. I’m Jerry. We have a George—but George is a woman.” Olivieri has had a robust career in the arts. He started out making props for the theater, has made a documentary of Hudson Valley UFO sightings, and operated a cafe and maker space in the Rondout. Now he combines teaching with tech and the arts, leading workshops at the Center for Creative Education and the Rondout Neighborhood Center. He has two 3-D printers and hopes to soon employ them in a full-fledged Kingston Maker space. Olivieri’s most recent creative work has involved turning old furniture into arcade games. In June, Olivieri’s show “The Penny Arcade: Featurette,” displaying his handmade video games and marquee signs, will be exhibited in the Lace Mill mezzanine gallery space. 2/17 chronogram home & Garden 57


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Lynette Hughes, her dog, and one of her abstract oil paintings in her second-floor studio apartment. “My whole life has been built on art in one way or another,” she says. “Now my artwork is about taking a stand.”

Enlightened Spaces “I’ve been waiting for this all of my life, to be in a community of working artists. I got right into it,” Lynette Hughes tells me. We are sitting in her studio apartment, which faces east over the train tracks and has wooden floors from the original mill. A row of windows lights up the white walls like a gallery, illuminating her four-by-five-foot abstract oil paintings, in various stages of contemplation and completion. “Every day I pinch myself,” she says, referring to her current home at the Lace Mill. “There are so many talented people.You feel a bond; we are doing something that’s vital.” Hughes grew up in Europe, where her father was in charge of the USO and hired tutors to teach her about the local art. “I had an incredible education,” she says, “but I never saw modern art until I came back to the States. Then my perspective changed and I fell in love with Picasso.” After returning home Hughes sold her art, ran a gallery, worked in human services, and taught women’s workshops in art and journal writing. She also taught art to the developmentally disabled in Ellenville. Her most recent creative work explores how domestic violence and abuse—both personal and institutional—infiltrates the minds of victims and their families. “It’s a long process of waking up,” she says, “through one’s work and art.” It’s a problem that seems epidemic to her. “So many people go through domestic violence of some kind, not just families but within their communities.” Hughes has two works from her current series on display in the boiler room gallery space, and is planning a larger show of her work in May.

Hughes moved into the Lace Mill five months ago. “What I love about this apartment,” she says, pointing to the four large windows, “is that it’s all light. Every morning I get to wake up and see the sunrise. It’s so beautiful to wake up and see the clouds breaking up along the horizon.” The Right Side of the Tracks The RUPCO team designed the Lace Mill to be an anchor for the Kingston’s recently launched Midtown Arts District, the mixed commercial and residential neighborhood along the rail line and Broadway. As the neglected factories and warehouses are slowly being revitalized with new business and residents, the surrounding neighborhood is beginning to flourish, building on the longstanding success of businesses like R&F Handmade Paints, Bailey Pottery, and American Made Monster Studio. Rather than displacing the existing community, RUPCO’s plan was always to usher in a graceful, natural transition that benefits new and longtime residents alike. As the project moves forward, they will continue to develop strategies that preserve and enhance the surrounding neighborhoods. “Our goal was to demonstrate that this neighborhood in Midtown was of value and a high-quality place for people to live,” says Guy Kempe. “We’ve shown it can be done.” Stephen Blauweiss’s short film explores RUPCO’s mission and the Lace Mill project in further detail. 2/17 chronogram home & Garden 59

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Dana Filibert’s Painted Pony, a work of metal, carved foam, repurposed objects, epoxy, and paint, 2012, is one of the pieces featured in the exhibition “Cloudlands” at Albany International Airport Gallery through July 31.

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March in Birmingham, from the exhibit “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler” at the Hudson Area Library through February 28. Courtesy of Jim Peppler and the Alabama Department of Archives and History

510 WARREN ST GALLERY 510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510. B. Docktor: Photography. February 3-26. Opening reception February 4, 3pm-6pm. ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY & ART 125 WASHINGTON AVE., ALBANY (518) 463-4478. “Rock and Roll Icons: The Photography of Patrick Harbron.” Through February 12. ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 737 ALBANY-SHAKER ROAD, ALBANY (518) 242-2241. “Cloudlands.” Julie Evans, Joshua Field, Dana Filibert, Edward Mayer, Susan Meyer, Gina Ruggeri, Naoe Suzuki. Through July 31. ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. “Studio:A Symbiosis.” A curatorial view of an 18-year relationship with artist Christie Scheele. February 3-March 31. THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN STreet, RIDGEFIELD, CT (203) 438-4519. “Engaging Place.” David Brooks, Kim Jones, Peter Liversidge, and Virginia Overton Through February 5.

Opening reception February 11, 5pm-7pm. ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE OF HYDE PARK 4338 ALBANY POST ROAD, HYDE PARK 914-456-6700. “The Black and White Show.” February 23-March 26. Opening reception February 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm. ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER 24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS (518) 945-2136. “Sun Spot.” The photojournalism collection of Katherine Montague. Through February 14. BANNERMAN ISLAND GALLERY 150 MAIN STREET, BEACON 416-8342. “Earth, Water, and Wood.” Max Mueller, Brian Wolfe, and Sheldon Stowe. February 11-March 5. Opening reception February 11, 4pm-6pm. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550. “Photowork 2017.” Juried national group show. Through March 4. BEACON ARTIST UNION 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177. “4x4”: A Beacon Artists Union Members Show. Through April 4.

ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146. “Kaleidoscope of Perspectives.” Through March 25.

BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape.” Through September 4.

ART SCHOOL OF COLUMBIA COUNTY 1198 ROUTE 21C, HARLEMVILLE (518) 672-7140. “Space: Form & Void.” Featuring the work of ASCC faculty members Sayzie Carr and Gary Finelli. IFebruary 2-March 23.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Americana.” An exhibit that stages concrete and abstract symbols of American values. Through March 12.

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CATALYST GALLERY 137 MAIN STreet, BEACON 204-3844. “Eddison Romeo: Colored Immersion.” Through February 6.

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Byrd & Image.” Members’ show for 2017. Through February 19.

CLARK ART INSTITUTE 225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-2303. “Japanese Impressions.” Features forty-eight woodblock prints. Through April 2.

mark gruber gallery new platz plaza, new paltz 255-1241. “Winter Salon Show.” Through February 18.

cross contemporary art 81 Partition STREET, saugerties 399-9751. “White Out.” Group exhibition of 24 artists. Through February 26.

MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. “Dia Staff Art Show 2017.” Through February 11.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK 452-9430. “Fire in the Belly: Cultural Moments Around the Hearth and Table.” An exhibit showcasing historical and cultural intersections with fire. Through April 4.

muroff kotler art gallery SUNY ULSter, stone ridge 687-5113. “an eye, open.” Works by Petra Nimtz and Jessica Poser. Through February 17.

DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 845 440 0100. New Installation: Walter De Maria. This exhibition—drawn primarily from Dia’s collection— presents small-scale objects by Walter De Maria that were largely produced between 1961 and 1966. Ongoing. DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STreet, TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Loman Eng & Students.” February 3-25. Opening reception Febrary 3, 5:30pm-7pm. EMPIRE STATE PLAZA CORNING TOWER 100 South MALL ARTERIAL, ALBANY (518) 473-7521. “Works by Phil Frost.” Through August 18. THE FALCON 1348 ROUTE 9W, MARLBORO 236-7970. “Rock Photo Retrospective.” Photographer Roman Iwasiwka. Through March 31. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237. “The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War.” Exhibition of 117 exquisitely rendered art medals from both sides of the Great War.Through April 9.

GALLERY LEV SHALEM, WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 679-2218. “Other Places.” Group show. Through April 24. GARDINER LIBRARY 133 FARMER’S TURNPIKE, GARDINER 255-1255. “Expressive Paintings.” Stacie Flint. Through February 26. GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “Clay, Fire, and Ash: Sculpture by Tim Rowan.” Through February 26. GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. “Fresh.” Recent work in various media. Through February 25. HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. “Beacon Woodblock Relief.” Melissa Schlobohm, Justin Catania, and Dylan Goldberger. Through February 5. HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-4181. “No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson.” Hudson-based photographers explore the city’s often-overlooked streets and spaces. Through February 19. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Between I and Thou.” Works by multimedia artist Remy Jungerman. February 4-April 26. Opening reception February 4, 5-7:30pm. JEFF BAILEY GALLERY 127 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-6680. “Abandoned Luncheonette.” Conor Backman, Lisa Beck, Francis Cape, Jennifer Coates, Adriana Farmiga, Frederick Hayes, Richard Klein, Tracy Miller, Walter Robinson, Nancy Shaver, Amy Talluto, Tony Thompson. Through February 19. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Cessation of Violence: Jared Buckhiester.” Installation made in conversation with Catherine Lord. February 4-24. Opening reception February 4, 6pm-8pm. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM 94 BROADWAY, NEWBURGH 569-4997. “The History of Baseball.” Documents from the early days of America’s national sport. Through April 30.

OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROUTE 22, GHENT “5x5: Participatory Provocations.” 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects Through March 12. ORANGE HALL GALLERY SUNY ORANGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4790. “Orange County Arts Council Members Show.” Through February 4. ORANGE HALL GALLERY AND LOFT, SUNY ORANGE THE CORNER OF WAWAYANDA AND GRANDVIEW AVENUES, MIDDLETOWN 341-4891. North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2017 Show. Watercolors are displayed by artist members of this premiere watercolor organization. February 6-March 22. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVE., POUGHKEEPSIE “The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets.” John Balaban, Gerardo Castro, Michaela Coplen, Monica d. Church, Liza Donnelly, Guerrilla Grannies, Tatana Kellner, Virginia Lavado, Michael Maslin, Molly McGlennen, Judith Nichols, Peter Steiner, and Sam Vernon. February 2-February 16. Opening reception Febrary 2, 5pm-7pm. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Rafael Quirindongo: A Retrospective.” Through February 16. ROOST STUDIOS & ART GALLERY 69 MAIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, NEW PALTZ 255-5532. “Group Show by Member Artists.” Through February 5. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ “Intimately Unfamiliar: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty.” Through April 9. “Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts.” February 4-May 21. “Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off.” February 4-May 21. “Text/ures of Iraq: Contemporary Art from the Collection Oded Halahmy.” February 4-May 21. THE CHATHAM BOOKSTORE 27 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM 518-392-3005. “Reflecting on Race Photography Exhibit.” Photos exhibited have been submitted by the local community and reflect personal experiences with African American history and race. Curators are Wesley Brown, Karen Halverson, and Wendy Noyes. Through March 31. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Peter Acheson: Recent Work.” Through March 26. THOMPSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE “Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures From Steepletop.”Through June 11. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “The Erotica Show.” Works that tempt and tantalize. February 10-March 5. Opening reception February 11, 7pm-9pm. TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-3663. “Marjory Reid Plus Two: Janet Rickus, Warner Friedman.” Through February 12. WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. Represented Artist’s Exhibit. February 1-28. Opening reception February 4, 5pm-7pm. THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART 15 LAWRENCE HALL DR., WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 597-3055. “Being the Measure: David Zink Yi.” Through February 12. WIRED GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. Patterns. Works by Sydney Cash, Susan Spencer Crowe, Laura Gurton, Carole P. Kunstad.t, Stephen Niccolls, Vincent Pomilio, and Carol Struve. Through April 2. 2/17 ChronograM arts & culture 63

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FRG OBJECTS / DESIGN 217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. “Future Now.” Sculpture by Michael Richison and works by Joseph Conrad-Ferm. Through March 7.

NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM 222 MADISON AVENUE, ALBANY (518) 574-5877. “The People’s Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection.” Through Sept. 3.


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Super Conductor James Bagwell


ooking at a map, it’s not hard to figure out how Corner, Alabama, got its name. The tiny unincorporated area is located smack at the intersection of Jefferson, Walker, and Blount Counties, about 30 miles northwest of Birmingham.We’re talking football country, farm country. Not the kind of place that would produce a leading classical conductor. And yet, it did: Bard College professor James Bagwell, who was born and raised there. “I actually grew up on a farm,” says Bagwell. “My father was a farmer, and so was his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There weren’t any serious musicians in my family, although my maternal grandfather could play [1940s hit] ‘Pistol Packin’ Mama’ on the black keys of the pump organ, and my sister did play piano. She also had the Mary Poppins soundtrack, which was the first music I heard that really grabbed me. Years later, I met the Sherman Brothers [Robert and Richard Sherman, the composers of Mary Poppins and other Disney musicals], and it hit me how I knew every note of every song on that album. It was just so ingrained.” TV also played a role in pulling the potential plowboy to the piano and, subsequently, the podium. “I saw a documentary on Arthur Rubinstein, and what he was doing looked so great, so glamorous,” remembers Bagwell, who came to the keyboard later than many in his chosen field. “I loved singing and I’d been listening to a lot of classical music, but I didn’t actually start lessons until I was 12 or 13. In high school, I played trombone in the school band. I started singing in school as well, and after I’d been playing the piano for a bit, I learned how to do that sort of Billy Joel/Elton John singer-pianist style. Most of my friends were into stuff like Van Halen when I was more into punk—the Clash, the Pogues, Talking Heads. But I was listening to everything. It was always music with me, all the time.” Bagwell pursued a bachelor’s degree in music education at BirminghamSouthern University and in 1985 appeared to be on his way as a rising instrumentalist when he won the prestigious Alys Stephenson Piano Competition. But something didn’t feel quite right. A Christmas choral concert at the campus was revelatory, and thereafter he found himself increasingly drawn away from the piano and into the realm of choral music. “The classical scene in Birmingham at that time was very much dominated by vocal music, and the idea of being hunkered down at the piano for hours and hours alone, practicing, wasn’t really all that attractive,” he says. “Plus, I’d grown up singing, so to me that just seemed like the most direct, natural way of expressing oneself musically.” A sojourn to Princeton University during a workshop overseen by legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw led to Bagwell’s joining the Robert Shaw Festival Singers for a 1988 residency in France and his decision to pursue master’s degrees in choral conducting and musicology at Florida State University. “I got to drive Shaw between engagements once, and he told me all these amazing stories about working with people like Szell, Ives,Toscanini…,” Bagwell recalls. “Not to be crude, but I was like a pig in shit.” At FSU he led the women’s glee club in performance and founded and directed the school’s United States Music Ensemble. Next, he went slightly north, to Asheville, North Carolina, where from 1991 to 1993 he served as the assistant conductor of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the director of music at the college-preparatory Asheville School. From there it was off to the Midwest: While earning his doctorate of music in choral conducting from Indiana University, he founded and conducted the Indianapolis Chamber Singers and became the conductor and music director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the youth chorus director of the May Festival Youth Chorus in Cincinnati (he still holds the latter position, commuting to the Ohio city almost weekly for rehearsals). He made his formal concert debut as a conductor in 1998, leading the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir through a rendition of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. In 1998, Bagwell and his wife, singer Teresa Buchholz, were visiting New York and noticed a newspaper article about the world-renowned music pro-

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gram at Bard College. “I said to her, ‘Gee, that sounds like a great place to have a job!’” he recollects. “And then we both looked at each other, said, ‘Ha, ha, ha!’ and just sort of shrugged it off.” But what had then seemed like an unattainable dream would soon become reality. At the start of the new millennium, Bagwell, who had minored in music literature, history, and 20th-century cultural studies at Florida State, learned of an opening at Bard. “It was really serendipitous, because I’d just left the job in Indianapolis and I wasn’t sure where I was going to go,” he says. “I didn’t know a soul at Bard, but we just sort of found each other.” In 2000 he became a professor at the Annandale-on-Hudson college, where he also chairs the undergraduate music program and co-directs its graduate program in conducting. Since he signed on at Bard, several other plum positions have also come Bagwell’s way. Concurrently, he’s the associate conductor and academic director of Bard’s graduate-level The Orchestra Now, the principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, and, since 2009, music director of the Robert Shaw-founded Collegiate Chorale, which he has led in concerts at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls. In addition to directing New York’s esteemed Dessoff Choirs from 2005 to 2010, Bagwell, a specialist in training choruses, has worked in that capacity with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and others. Throughout his baton-waving work, the Hudson resident mirrors the eclectic nature of his own tastes, fleetly navigating the music of not only standard repertoire composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Brahms, but also that of modernists like Ives and Glass. Bagwell’s diversity has won the high-profile admiration of pop singer Natalie Merchant, one of his neighbors and frequent collaborators. “James and I have been working together since 2008,” says the ex-10,000 Maniacs vocalist. “We first met when my daughter was a student at the Bard Conservatory and I was asked to do a fundraising event for their scholarship program. He has been my go-to musical director for orchestral shows ever since. We are about the same age and grew up listening to much of the same music. James and I spent an entire six-hour flight to San Francisco listening to the music collection on his computer. I have never heard such an eclectic playlist. He would play some obscure 15th-century Gregorian chant followed by Radiohead, and he seemed equally passionate about both.” This month, Bagwell will lead The Orchestra Now in two concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, which is based on the comedic classic by Voltaire. “Candide is satire at its most serious, with dazzling music and great depth,” offers Bagwell about the operetta, whose lyrics are among contributor Stephen Sondheim’s earliest efforts. “It’s unique, in that it’s a very American hybrid of musical theater and opera. It’s also a soprano showcase—songs like [coloratura aria] ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ aren’t easily done.” The concerts will take place at Bard’s Fisher Center, which the conductor calls, in an allusion to the college’s prioritizing of the arts over athletics, “our football stadium.” So, was there one divine moment that made Bagwell want to become a conductor? “In my freshman year at Birmingham-Southern, I was singing in a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion and I had what I guess you’d call an out-ofbody experience, where you just get that tingling feeling in your solar plexus,” says the maestro. “Afterward, I just thought to myself, ‘I really want to show other people how to do this.’” And with all the music he’s explored over his decades in the field, does he have a favorite composer? “Yes,” he says. “Whosever music I’m working on now.” James Bagwell will conduct The Orchestra Now featuring soloists from Bard College’s Graduate Arts Program, in performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson on February 25 at 8pm and February 26 at 2pm. 2/17 ChronograM music 65

nightlife highlights Handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox plays the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on February 7.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox February 7. Thanks to YouTube, Postmodern Jukebox, the New York orchestra headed by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee, has become a certified sensation and here headlines the Bardavon. The amorphous ensemble emerged out of Bradlee’s previous project, an outfit that recorded 2011’s A Motown Tribute to Nickelback (?!), and won the viral admiration of millions (sometime local author Neil Gaiman among them) for its prewar jazz and ragtime reworkings of contemporary pop hits by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Guns ’N Roses, the Strokes, Katy Perry, Radiohead, and Lady Gaga. In 2013, the phenomenon hit new heights with the release of the group’s debut, Introducing Postmodern Jukebox, which made the Top 10 of Billboard jazz albums chart. 8pm. $48-$68. Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2072;

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Steven Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Band

February 4. Joe Crookston isn’t just another acoustic-slinging troubadour content to do nothing but follow in Woody Guthrie’s footsteps—although he does proudly do a bit of that, as should any modern folksinger worth his wandering boot heels. The Ithaca-based singer-songwriter’s intriguingly pitched “Imagine Nation” multimedia project, which he brings to Irvington Town Hall Theater this month, promises “lush sonic landscapes, slide guitar, [Ithaca dance/yoga duo] Acrolette yoga handstands, looping fiddle, projected art, original paintings, and pure musical magic.” The evening begins with a preshow (6:30pm) art reception in the hall’s lobby. 8pm. $30 advance, $35 door. Irvington. (914) 591-6602;

February 4. Hudson Valley locals will know trumpeter Steven Bernstein from his ebullient playing with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band and his ongoing appearances at the late Band drummer’s beloved Barn in Woodstock; downstaters should know him from his work with such famed New York outfits as Sex Mob, the Lounge Lizards, Spanish Fly, and the Millennial Territory Orchestra. For the occasion of MASS MoCA’s annual Free Day—which offers free admission to its art galleries—Bernstein brings his multihorned Universal Melody Brass Band to the museum’s Hunter Center for explorations of music by Sly and the Family Stone, Duke Ellington, The Band, Jelly Roll Morton, Allen Toussaint, and more. (So Percussion hits February 11; Sam Cohen sings February 24.) 8pm. $16 advance, $22 day of show ($10 students). North Adams, Massachusetts. (413) 662-2111;

Buffy Sainte-Marie February 24. It was no surprise when Buffy Sainte-Marie weighed in during the recent actions against the proposed North Dakota Access Pipeline; the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter and social activist is of First Nations descent and has long made the plight of the indigenous peoples of the Americas the outspoken focus of her work—leading to her being blacklisted for her views by commercial radio during the 1970s. Sainte-Marie, who, in a rare and overdue visit to our region, makes this date at the Bearsville Theater, is a pioneer of experimental folk-electronic fusion (1969’s Illuminations) and the author of the much-covered classics “Co’Dine” and “The Universal Soldier” (Donovan’s version of the second song was a 1965 hit). “It’s about individual responsibility for war,” the bewitchingly voiced singer once said about the latter tune, “and how the old feudal thinking kills us all.” Her most recent album is 2015’s Power in the Blood. (Martin Sexton returns February 17; Max Creek wades in February 18.) 7pm. $20, $30, $35. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406;

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Al Di Meola February 26. Unquestionably, it’s Elegant Gypsy, jazz-rock fusion giant Al Di Meola’s second solo album, that’s the biggest-selling work in his catalog. Recorded when the guitarist was still a member of all-star powerhouse Return to Forever, the noodly opus was named Best Guitar Album by Guitar Player magazine and turns 40 this year. In celebration of the milestone, Di Meola, who’s worked with, among others, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, and Jean-Luc Ponty, takes to the road this month for a commemorative tour that takes him to the Paramount Hudson Valley for a night of unchained guitar glory. A special meet-and-greet package includes admission to sound check and a 20-minute Q&A with the maestro. (Tito Puente Jr. taps in February 4; along comes the Association on February 11.) 7pm. $40, $50, $60. Peekskill. (914) 739-0039;

cd reviews The Lazy Suns Bar Hotel Music (2016, Independent)

The Lazy Suns’ songwriters, Marc Clayton and Jeff Sohn, are every bit as infatuated with John Lennon as Gram Parsons. Consequently, their North Country version of country rock plays more on melody than twang, like London meeting the High Plains. In the opening minutes of “Bottom of the Hill,” the Capital Region quintet pushes laconic T Bone Burnett phrasing against a loping country shuffle; mixes surf rock and spaghetti western motifs; and, naturally, melds orchestra bells with sweeping pedal steel atmospherics. The “Bottom of the Hill,” it turns out, is a good place to land. So is “Little Star,” a genuine, lilting pop gem that highlights Clayton’s malleable, always-haunting voice and this group’s way with an arrangement. The Byrds jangle and Clayton/Sohn harmonies of “Rosary” do not disappoint. Nor do the hooky “Young Man’s Game” (like Badfinger with George Harrison at the desk in 1971) or the even hookier “Dead Man’s Shoes.” There are weak spots—the Replacements-y “Aftershow” is a pale fascination with rock ’n’ roll life, and “All the Burritos You Can Eat,” while gloriously rocking, is as obvious as the Flying Burrito Brothers-name-checking title suggests. But Bar Hotel Music is as fine a slice of No Depression roots rock as you’re likely to find. Unfortunately, steel man Rick Morse passed from cancer just after the album’s release. Thankfully, the recording serves as a fitting epitaph, representing the pinnacle of Morse’s lifelong work in an outfit and a style he cherished. —Michael Eck



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Lincoln Mayorga/Harmonie Ensemble/Steven Richman George Gershwin: An American in Paris, Concerto in F (2016, Harmonie Mundi Records)


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Before I learned to love serious music, my favorite composers were Copland and Gershwin. I dug the former for his appropriation of folk melody, the latter for his effervescent, jazzy wit. After I learned to love serious music, my attitude changed to something more like: “Hey, get that American folk and jazz out of my classical, please, unless it is Ravel imitating Gershwin imitating jazz in Ravel’s spectacular Piano Concerto in G major.” But Gershwin, he was the one: a natural songwriter with an idiosyncratic knack for orchestration, making hyperskittish melody and harmonic tension seem a very pure form of fun. Gershwin stood outside the 20th-century mainline of composers—Nadia Boulanger refused him—but emerged as one of the most important. His life was short and he paid the bills with songs and film scores, so the discovery of new Gershwin concert music is big news. The centerpieces of Harmoni Mundi’s new release are a historically-informed revisionist reading of An American in Paris that restores Gershwin’s intended saxophone parts, and the early Concerto in F featuring the dynamic Columbia County pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Both works crackle with crisp tempos and ultraprecise dynamics. Rounding out the set are two previously unrecorded works: the overture to Of Thee I Sing, and—especially engaging—Roy Bargy’s downright hot- and cool-jazz orchestration of the three piano preludes. Steven Richman conducts these lucid, unsentimental interpretations of essential and recovered American music. —John Burdick

Luis Mojica Wholesome (2016, Independent)

Palenville/Woodstock-area artist Luis Mojica’s debut studio record, the aptly titled Wholesome, radiates with what many of us are thinking and feeling in 2017. He sings on the title track: “A ghost of New York City, those bastards walked right through me. No one even dared stop to gawk since the computer replaced the sidewalk. Well, I just couldn’t dig that frequency, so I chose to reject that machinery and search for a less sterile scenery, like naked bodies dancing in a cold, spring creek.” He steps away from mindless social media and cell phone addiction (not to mention painfully subpar mainstream music) and into a world filled with trees, insects, sage, magic, gardens, mountains, and what he calls “stag spirit.” But Mojica isn’t just some pagan hippie chanting; he’s also the pianist for quirky cello rock band Rasputina, and for this recording he brings in Rasputina’s head cellist Melora Creager, Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes drummer Brian Viglione, and a dozen other ace players, such as electric violinist Rebecca Moore, saxophonist Caelan Manning, and Ryder Cooley on singing saw. Add Mojica’s loop pedal, keyboards, glockenspiel, and autoharp, alongside his impressive three-octave vibrato, and the results are Baroque- and cabaret-style compositions with a fascinating knit of rhythmic avant-pop transmissions. Even his bohemian, flower-child album artwork won’t prepare you for this unique beatbox brand of hedonistic musical witchcraft. —Sharon Nichols

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hloe Caldwell refers to her latest book of essays, I’ll Tell You in Person (Coffee House Press, 2016), by its anagram, ITYIP.The letters could just as easily stand for someone’s drunk-texted (and slightly misspelled) shout-out for this book: It, Yep! Which makes sense, given Caldwell’s snappy, all-embracing, tough-fragile, Wow, really? take on the world. The collection is her second. The first, Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2011), came out when she was 26. ITYIP includes a dozen essays. The prologue-ian “In Real Life” sparks out this glistening, angry-vulnerable phrase to get the reader’s motor going: “So fuck you, Miki Howard.” (Caldwell discovered a personal essay by the relatively unknown writer Miki Howard in a small-press anthology when she was 19. She refers to it as an aha! moment. “I realized it was what I wanted to do,” Caldwell says.) Often, if an essayist writes of her own disasters and vulnerabilities and curses, she’s labeled edgy, and I suppose Caldwell is, but not for effect. She’s just irrepressible. Knitting together the flotsam and jetsam of modern life—frenemies, family, sex, celebrity (Lena Dunham, hilariously), yearning, solitude, bad behavior—she writes with caffeinated hindsight, always aiming for the heck-yeah truth. Perhaps by staying self-taught, Caldwell found the license to write refreshingly unfiltered prose. Over a few days we discussed work, music (present faves include Elvis Perkins and Stephin Merritt), volunteering (she helps out at the Promise, a Hudson afterschool center), and our abiding love for the great spokenword-goddess-turned-novelist Maggie Estep (we both refuse to weigh down Estep’s ever-presence with the words “the late”). If Caldwell belongs in any school, it might be the Estepian one, where everything happens for a reason even when it doesn’t, and life feels like a stumble through the dark until you realize everything’s glowing—if you’re awake enough to notice. Caldwell is.

So, fearlessness: Some people worry about publishing personal essays because someone might get mad. In your case, fear seems to give you more momentum. I worry about it all the time. But I began publishing personal work in my early 20s, and it turned into my livelihood, both financially and emotionally. It’s a blessing and a curse. Fact is, I was aimless and lost until I began writing, so it’s helped me create a grounded life. I do think women writers are asked more about how writing personal nonfiction affects their relationships more than male writers. I recently wrote an essay speaking to this, “What I Think about the Fact that You Keep Asking Me What My Family Thinks of My Writing,” in the online lit journal Catapult. You’re plenty candid, but in a nice way. It’s not a bridge-burning approach. My writing has made me closer with family and friends—none of my relationships have been ruined because of it. I think that’s because I’m not writing about what assholes people are—I throw myself under the bus just as much, if not more, than others, and I write from a genuine place of love. But growing up my home was filled with memoirs, so I never thought it was out of the ordinary to write about your life. When you’re writing, what’s your state of mind? If you don’t mind my asking, what’s your schedule, if any? Asking for a friend. I’m super focused. I’m good with tunnel vision. I teach for a living, online and in New York City, so I have to juggle my students’ work with my own. I’ll get up around 8:30 am, make a hot drink, go to my desk, and let myself work on my own stuff (a book, a freelance essay, interview, etc.) Around 11, I switch to my students’ work. That way I’ve gotten my own shit out of the way and there’s no resentment toward the classes I teach. I work until late afternoon, then shower and do real-world errands and such. Are you really afraid of dogs? You have that line from “In Real Life”: “I displaced my enormous anxiety onto dogs.” But you also write about being in the car with Mickey, Maggie Estep’s sweet pal. So am I wrong? What a super observation.You are not wrong—even though I’ve dog-sat many times for various families, I am closet-ly afraid of them. But it’s not a crippling fear, so if I dog-sit I don’t tell the family. The local writer Elisa Albert once told me that a therapist told her that people afraid of dogs are afraid of unpredictable anger. Isn’t everyone afraid of unpredictable anger, though? Anyway, I’m currently working on a piece about my dog conflict. I think it’s interesting how it’s becoming “cool” to say you dislike babies, cats, marriage, but being afraid of dogs is uncool. I don’t remember if I told Maggie I was afraid of Mickey or not. I wanted her to love me, so I probably hid it. I think she would find that very funny. So what are the things, actually, that keep you up at night? Not much keeps me up at night (notice I’m taking this question literally) because I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, though maybe that’s because I’m a melatonin junkie and do yoga. Do you think your writing has changed since your first book? And your ambition, or that invisible bar set in the sky—has that changed? Absolutely. In my first book my writing was raw and urgent. I’m not a classically trained writer, so with each book I release I see my faults and how I’ve

grown/changed. I learn a lot from reviews: what’s working and what isn’t (I also learned you can’t please everyone). Basically, I have been learning to write in real time, while publishing books. I learn a lot from my students and having to teach craft, something I barely studied myself. I think that’s why my writing is the way it is. It hasn’t gone through years of workshops. It isn’t calculated. That’s the silver lining of not going to school or getting an MFA. I had nothing, expected nothing, don’t think anything is owed to me, so I’m just grateful I get to write and teach for a living. No one promised me a huge advance. Of course, I dream about getting a six-figure book deal. Who doesn’t? Who doesn’t indeed? There’s a really touching, sad, funny, and very Maggie essay in ITYIP, “Maggie and Me: A Love Story,” about your friendship with her. What effect did she have on your work? Recently I heard a podcast with the author Siri Hustvedt about how a past student called her a “complicated woman,” and how pleased she was with that description. It applies to Maggie: She was so complicated and had lived such a rich life. Maggie and I connected at the yoga studios on Warren Street. We were both yoga junkies, and realized we both had essays in Sari Botton’s anthology Goodbye to All That. I’d just moved back to Hudson from Oregon, and one night after Tuesday night hot yoga we began talking. It was like we looked at each other and said: You.You’re my new friend. She was a mentor of sorts to me—her career was fleshed out, she’d been through the ringer, and mine was only beginning. We even looked at an apartment together. I did a reading with her at Oblong Books on February 9th, 2013, went to her Saturday morning yoga class on Saturday the 10th, and she was dead on the 12th. It’s so frustrating not to have her here, but I feel lucky to have crossed paths with her at all. I can still feel her support. There are days I don’t want to go to yoga, or write, or go volunteer. But Maggie would tell me to get off my ass and go. I can remember still being in bed some mornings and she’d text me: Get your ass to Sadhana! Now! Do you think living in the Hudson Valley, instead of, say, New York City, makes it easier to write? One hundred times easier. That the post office, bank, and my therapist are all in a five-block radius saves so much time. I spent my 20s living in various cities, running to trains, waiting for buses. In Hudson I get a ton more done. I pay $600 in rent, and there’s just enough going on here that I don’t get bored, but I also don’t spend all my time on barstools like I did when I lived in New York City. That you can get into nature and go on peaceful walks and have time to think has been great. I’m from Spencertown, so at heart I love nature. And has this election affected you? There are various quotes meant to help us, like “Be brave, make art”; “Fight back, make art”—do you relate to those? It’s just a fraught time. Some of my writer friends think we should minimize our own voices to maximize more important political ones. Then there’re people who say, Think about all the great art and comedy that will come out of this! Which outrages others—you can’t win. But I think books, film, music, art are all more important than ever. And I suppose it’s old-fashioned to say the personal is political, but I think that women writing about their experiences is so acutely something the president-elect is totally against. Which makes me want to do it even more, and support all of my female students in telling their traumas—abortions, rapes, etc. The more women who speak up, the better. 2/17 ChronograM books 69

SHORT TAKES February doesn’t have to be consumed by holidays celebrating presidents and Valentines—explore some forgotten history and learn about spiritual and physical health with this month’s hand-picked selection of books.


In this sequel to debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, Andra Watkins spotlights another historical female figure with a famous father. Her newest character takes a page from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway playbook—Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Alexander Hamilton’s murderer. Theodosia bursts from the forgotten pages of history into a new, speculative space that combines fiery passion with adventure and mystery when she meets a West Point cadet. Watkins’s writing is an exhilarating, fresh work of historical fiction.


Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Julie Scelfo, art by Hallie Heald Seal Press, 2016, $24

This book on New York City history is more than a pretty cover: It is a testament to the lives of impressive women in the Big Apple. Former New York Times staff writer Julie Scelfo writes biographies of some of the city’s leading ladies, spanning from colonial to contemporary eras. Some faces, drawn in vivid cartoons by Hallie Helad, are familiar—Susan Sontag, Tina Fey, and Grace Jones. Others are lesser known, like Lady Liberty poem writer and Emma Lazarus and first female presidential hopeful Victoria Woodhull. Scelfo and Heald will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on 3/1.


This Poughkeepsie-born author’s work seeks to write in the gaps of women artists in the art history world. Taking her title from photographs of unnamed women artists, Seaman writes about several critically acclaimed but now forgotten female artists. Some subjects include Surrealist painter Gertrude Abercrombie, Harlem Renaissance painter Loïs Mailou Jones, and art/craft convention-breaking fiber sculptor Lenore Tawney. Seaman combines the personal letters, work, and biography of these acclaimed artists with in-depth analysis and richly written prose. She will appear at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on 2/25.

DEEP LIVING: HEALING YOURSELF TO HEAL THE PLANET Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons Full Court Press, 2017, $16.99

Warwick resident Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons’s novel combines self with ecosystem. In her holistic guide to living, Fitzsimmons writes on what she calls “fulfilled life in co-creation with harmony and the planet.” This text is a helpful ecological approach to broad topics like human diet, spirituality, the body, and health, explored into chapter-long meditations. Fitzsimmons combines multiple schools of thought on the environment and nature, promoting a deep ecological approach to life, one based on meaning, sustainability, health, and responsibility.

THE SILENCE OF GOD Walter Keady Castletree Books, 2016, $20

Walter Keady moved to the Hudson Valley from Ireland to work for IBM after resigning from the Catholic priesthood. The five-time author’s newest novel is set in Cylard, Ireland, and traces the spiritual journey of Father Ignatius Lally after he is accused of an unspeakable act: the sexual assault of a local girl. After the accusation, Ignatius experiences silence from God for the first time in his life. Blending bits of humor and frustration, Keady weaves strong and intricate characters with Gaelic flair, capturing dualities and difficulties in characters seeking spiritual answers.


Lyme disease. If you are a Hudson Valley resident, you have probably heard the term. You have seen the seasonal warnings. You may have been tested for it, had it, or known someone else that has. Tick-borne illness has a pervasive place in the region. Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center founder Richard I. Horowitz’s handbook offers an accessible text for dismantling the chronic disease. A follow-up to Why Can’t I Get Better?, this guidebook helps individuals identify their symptoms, and figure out where to go next. Combining clear language, charts, and action plans, this step-by-step guide is a helpful tool for chronic disease.

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Edited by Manjula Martin Simon & Schuster, 2017, $16


ast year, a piece by CNBC Senior Editor Ester Bloom at the Billfold, called “You Can’t Make a Living as a Writer because Being a Writer Isn’t a Job,” caused a moderate stir in the writing community. Bloom argued that the greatest writers had day jobs, so while writing may turn into cash, it isn’t actually a job. The piece had its detractors (many) and supporters (few). The fallout: People care about whether writers should be compensated like bartenders, baristas, and sanitation workers. In the midst of that debate comes Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, edited by Manjula Martin of Scratch magazine and featuring essays by and interviews with 33 talented writers, including Jonathan Franzen, Nick Hornby, and Cheryl Strayed. Through the often brisk, sometimes deeply personal entries, it’s evident that Scratch isn’t saying whether writing is a job, but that “making a living” means more than monetary compensation. Few writers say that as explicitly as writers with Hudson Valley ties, Porochista Khakpour and Kiese Laymon. Khakpour, the Iranian-American author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects and a member of the written arts department at Bard College, details her struggle with prescription pills, finances, and identity before and during the release of her first novel. The telling moment is when her publicist chides her for not speaking up about her problems. Turns out writers don’t get instruction booklets for their journeys. Laymon writes about dealing with a difficult editor while stress-eating inside his Poughkeepsie apartment. At the time a professor of English and Africana studies at Vassar College, Laymon can’t seem to push his novel Long Division through the whatwill-play-in-middle-America brick wall. He’s conflicted, rebelling at the editor while simultaneously appeasing him. The self-destructive tale is painful, then ultimately uplifting. Because Laymon keeps writing. That’s a common thread in Scratch. Kingston writer and editor Sari Botton gives a fairly direct account of her work ghostwriting for the problematic (the spouse of a celebrity) and inspiring (the mother of a quadriplegic boy). Often she’s dragged around and forgotten, but she continues ghostwriting because she enjoys helping people tell stories. Alexander Chee probes what it means when a writer scores a big check. For the Ulster writer, a big check means material things that remind him of the “magic” of selling his fiction. He’ll keep writing because jobs come and go, but the urge to feel magic remains. Scratch’s interviews, administered by Martin, often offer practical advice from pros who’ve been there before. Hudson Valley part-timer Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) says a writing career is akin to “running your own business.” She adds that it’s hard to unionize the business of writing, since writing is individual and specific, difficult to categorize. Orlean seems to revel in the gray areas, which fits the idea that making a living by writing isn’t just about money. “I think you can sort people out according to their goals, not whether they have the means to achieve them,” she says. Spend some time in Scratch, inside some of our time’s foremost literary minds, and you’ll see quite clearly that the goal of a writer isn’t to be recognized like the bartender, but simply to have the ability to keep writing. —Timothy Malcolm

Back Rooms: Voices from the Illegal Abortion Era Ellen Messer and Karthryn E. May JMB Publications, 2016, $21.99


hese are not normal times, so this cannot be a normal book review. The present assault on women’s health care has polarized people (not just women, fortunately) to an extreme extent. More to the point, it’s not just an assault on women’s health care. It’s an assault on women and their right to determine the course of their lives, both despite and because we have the biology to bear children. So to blithely review the re-release of this incredible book as if it’s just business as usual would be doing its authors and everyone else a profound disservice. I can’t find enough adjectives to underscore this point: Back Rooms is a harrowing, necessary look at the stark realities of life and death before the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Messer and May first gathered these first-person accounts of the women who lived to tell in 1988, but this is a book that should never be out of circulation. These are true stories, told candidly and without the benefit of fancy editing or rhetorical agendas, by both women and men. There are women who, for one reason or another (as it always is), were saddled with pregnancies they either could not have, were not ready for, or did not want. There are men looking back on those times with tremendous regret—not for playing a role in terminating a pregnancy, but for being as insensitive as they were to their partner’s position. In other words, this is not just a woman’s issue, and it affects everyone. But these are women’s bodies being put through the ringer: There are descriptions of botched, back-room procedures, of hemorrhages, of (yes) coat hangers; of that dread moment of finding out; or asking discretely for the name of that doctor off some street; of taking mystery pills that are supposed to induce a miscarriage but instead induce far worse; of going septic; of hearing tales of women who never made it out of the office. The stories fill these pages like the retelling of the Dark Ages, and indeed, that’s what one man calls those times. This book is a testimony to what happens when abortion is illegal: It still happens. It happens to people in all walks of life, whether married or not, religious or not. The book is simple but eloquent; forceful in its clear descriptions and unflinching personal testimony but also hopeful that we don’t wind up back where we were then. It isn’t meant to be an alarm as much as a humanizing wake-up call: Each person telling their story is described in a dignified and short profile that sometimes contains a zinger. One woman, “Ann,” now a grown mother with daughters, had never talked about her own abortions before. She was married and in Europe for the first, and went to a hospital in the Netherlands, where she was well cared for and treated decently, and discretely. She recounts this as if it were a surprise. Her second time, a shadowy arrangement with a doctor in West New York, New Jersey, was more typical: The doctor used no anesthesia and it hurt like hell. “I was lucky,” Ann says. After all, she lived through it. Think about that. —Jana Martin

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What came first, the phoenix or the flames? —Brant Clemente (12 years)

For Fidel Who died November 25, 2016 at the age of 90 “What kind of name is Lev?” Inquired the large Tennessee State Police officer through The window of my 1950 Chevrolet Stopped along U.S. Route 11 Upon which I had been heading out To California by way of New Orleans. It was 1958. One of those “on the road” things. I dropped out of school, saved up my tips From making hamburgers at White Tower, And I was off. So I tried to guess which answer To the cop’s question would have the least Negatives for him, and answered, “It’s sort of Russian.” He stared at my license and stared at me, Then says, “You ain’t Cuban, are you?” I assured him I was not and he told me They were on the lookout for people Running guns to New Orleans for shipment To Fidel Castro in Oriente Province, Cuba. He checked my trunk and let me go. He did follow me awhile. But soon I was free of Tennessee and embarked Upon adventures not germane to this poem. And when, like Odysseus, I returned home, I got to read Kerouac’s On the Road, And raised a Cuba Libre for Fidel. —Donald Lev

Lake Placid A Pantoum At Lake Placid the sky is cobalt blue A child’s watercolor splashed across the page One pine shoots up at the edge like a shout Wisps of clouds move interrupt A child’s water color splashes across the page Mountains startle turn to midnight ridges, Wisps of clouds move interrupt Dark pines invite jump in! Mountains startle turn to midnight ridges. Up close oaks surprise with sweeps of orange Dark pines invite jump in! No rocks no fallen leaves not one white birch One log lounges like a graceful snake One pine shoots up to the sky like a shout Night turns the lake to icy glass But the midnight sky is a Zen escape —Mary Leonard

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some small things not any big ones and not all of them either —p

Silver Fingerprints subtly softly shiningly indelibly you touch me skin silvering glowing under your eyebeams your fingertips leave traces invisible impregnating as fern seeds visible as spider silk as strands of a chrysalis you swim through my skin into chambers where blood pools and rushes you fall through my flesh oh we are all impermanent as air I will die you will die but the traces of your touch teach transience how to smile —Margaret Donsbach Tomlinson

Regarding Linda Like a child before a shop window I am stunned by the prospect of happiness.

hair of the dog (a young drunk’s song) Walkin up the driveway, a bottle of Meister Yeager level out the methamphetamine. over them green mountains & brown streams amudin. lips licked ripped chewed smacked raw, a slug with salt on its back. nosebleeds & sores a sign of some kind of perfection. —hope you get them. sun in dish water in a small sink in Bridgewater. a brother & sister French kiss sitting on a couch, cat piss soaked. i prefer drug induced delusions in summer, infant Armenian generals impaling politicians & clergy. death of good, plagues, revenge for all the children. the end of boredom. nothin about peace on earth. thoughts like that, compared to your daydreams, find very amusing. saliva drips off her rare laughter, spitting in my eyes. i watch mountains swell & snap in black sky Manna-hata stare down violent cries in tsarist Russia. it just feels that romantic. It is not. simply emotion i remember. ain’t nothing nostalgic about it. (a thread of yarn split) get drunk the next morning to avoid the hangover. try, think of a more genuine form of degradation. because you can’t.

—Cliff Henderson

—Jason Tallon



Neatly, one by one we locked fingers & stacked sand to build our castle

Her needle-days behind her, she presented as Calm, funny, bright, happy. He was a fool. In the desert of his love-life, she positively glistened. Water or mirage? Follow the vision! Could it be real? a sun blinding and bright, the air frigid. Something isn’t right here…. No turning back, now. Stay the path. “I have a secret,” she might have said. “you should know.” she might have said. “Before going further” she might have said. He wanted to trust her. She was the sun in her own universe. There was room in her life only for her. At her meetings, she would say, proudly: “Six years sober.”

on a windy day at a lonely beach until her palms got too sweaty. —Benan Saracoglu What came after was Once before or else It couldn’t have become after. —Abe Graef

—Adam Markowitz



Follow the crack in the ice. It leads to where ice has melted. Follow the crack in my heart. It leads to where it is melting.

Kitty’s out of the house, Moved from campus to hotel rooms. Red lipstick and black nail polish That’s how she paints her Tuesday nights. And, she may be stray, but she’s elegant.


—Ari Bayvertyan

This Fire This fire is a dangerous fire. Love and lust kindle this fire. Sunshine on your snowy mountain calls you to this fire. The seeds of an ancient tree are in this fire. The kiss of the chainsaw is in this fire. Strong hands that gripped onto roughness and lifted the trunk off the forest floor and into the truck wanting satisfaction are in this fire. Imaginings of the future are in this fire. The choice to offer oneself for heartache is in this fire. Resistance, a necessary seasoning, smolders in the coals of this fire all while we signal smoke dreams scented with longing— Come closer where you are wanted, where you are sparked by your life, where you cry out for the arms of this tree, ready to burn.

Twenty Things to Say to a Police Officer When He Asks, “Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?” You were feeling lonesome. You’re lost and need directions. You thought I was someone you knew. You wanted to play 20 Questions. You admire my car and want to make an offer. You ran out of cash and need to borrow some money. You thought I was going to get to my destination early unless you stopped me to chat. You think I have your mother in the trunk, don’t you? You’re looking for a bank robber and thought I might know where he is. You want to know what kind of gas mileage I get. You wanted to compliment my driving. You need to borrow my cell phone. You’re practicing traffic stops. You’re selling tickets to the Policeman’s Ball. You heard that the gun under the seat is a real beauty. If you don’t know, why are you asking me? You wanted to see my brake lights go on. You stole a police car and wanted to see what it’s like to play cop. You made a mistake. Oh, my God, I forgot the baby on the roof! —Matthew J. Spireng

—Noelle Adamo

Lesson For The New Year Privilege Yes it is a privilege to bathe in your tub while singing in a hopelessly bad tenor voice and then slip between your sheets and make love to you then roll over and dream until dawn when I could be five hundred miles southwest of here and doing none of these things. Yes, I could be having a good time there. But a privilege? I don’t think so. —John Grey

don’t go out after dark stay home and love her walk with God if you must try not to think too much be silent as the sky falls to dark bless if you can another soon the year will be over —Richard Donnelly


I once watched my mother sing and dance wildly on the floor of a misty beach low tide smoothed the salty surface— an expanse for her footsteps flowing unrestrained. I once heard my mother laugh with her whole heart. She laughed with her entire self, from deep down in. I have yet to see another smile burst like hers. —Jamie Rabideau

Old Times there is nothing I can do about all the trouble I’m in with you. I could go to the end and still it wouldn’t transcend. there are some things I remember that never happened, and some things that never occurred that I’ve since forgotten. I mean, was it a dream? it seems like old times back here at the ranch: old time, coal mine. I walk through the door and enter the grey grim ranks. although I know I did not give birth to myself I wish I could be my own parents. I wish I could go home but you said no. I am what other people are thinking, still an empty vessel at some level. I sort of get in the mood the other person is in: if they like me, I like myself if they don’t, I don’t either. even music I love, if someone else is listening and doesn’t like it, in that moment it doesn’t sound good to me. the most tip top,

For Joe Defino Jr, a true friend and beacon of hope

old school cool.

Hope Speaks, feels In our tears, darkness, fears That we are not alone to share our Collective light.

the indisputable leader of the gang,

—Brian Liston

old hat by now. and people look at you, you know, like you’re nuts or something —David Newman 2/17 ChronograM poetry 73

Food & Drink

Understated Authentic Cinnamon

by Marie Doyon photos by Roy Gumpel


y 5:02 pm on a Sunday afternoon, people are already flooding into Cinnamon in Rhinebeck, which opened its doors for dinner moments before. An easy elegance permeates all aspects of the restaurant, from drinks to décor and, of course, food. It is decidedly upscale, but unpretentious features like the heavily attended Sunday dinner buffet ($19.50) and the 20foot communal table create a friendly feel. For a country whose languages number in the hundreds, deities in the thousands, and residents over a billion, India’s cuisine has been rather crudely abridged for the Western palette. Cinnamon comfortably sweeps aside American notions of what an Indian restaurant “should be,” carving out its own identity. It does not scramble to prove its authenticity, demonstrating instead the subtle mastery that is the foundation for its freedom and improvisation. Co-owner and chef Chaminda Widyarathna left Sri Lanka at 18 to train as a pastry chef. He worked throughout Europe, in Dubai, and on cruise ships for several years before moving to Connecticut in 2006 to work at his friend’s restaurant Coromandel Indian Cuisine. He arrived without any experience, but there he learned quickly under the tutelage of a chef from Kerala. While working in Connecticut, Chaminda reconnected with his now-wife Shiwanti, a distant acquaintance and the daughter of family friends. At the time, Shiwanti was in fashion marketing for Tommy Hilfiger, traveling regularly between the US and India. They began meeting up whenever she was stateside, and in 2009, they were married. When she moved to Connecticut, Shiwanti began studying nursing, and Chaminda continued cooking at Coromandel. He started talking about his dream of opening a restaurant. “He wanted to do it himself and create his own dishes,” Shiwanti recalls. “He was always talking about it.” Shiwanti remarks with a laugh, “If you asked me about starting a restaurant now, I would say, ‘What about this? What about that? What about the regulations?’ But at that moment I just said, ‘You want to do it? Let’s do it.’” In June 2010, they opened Cinnamon in an inconspicuous roadhouse on Route 9 just south of the village. Cinnamon’s innovative style established a loyal fan base

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quickly. By January 2016 they had grown enough to open their current location on East Market Street, in the space formerly occupied by the bistro Arielle. Whereas most Indian restaurants ply you with a predictable list of Sub-Continental All Stars (ahem, vindaloo), Cinnamon offers a tour of almost every Indian state. The menu boasts dishes from Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Punjab, and specialties from Chettinad in Tamil Nadu, Bombay in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha. You’ll find Persian, Parsi, and Pakistani influences to boot. “We wanted to do a diverse mix and serve unusual Indian food. Sometimes we make our own twist with our own spices. Filet of seabass (Machili Tandoor, $27), flavored with ginger and garlic and grilled in the tandoor with vegetables—that is one of our best sellers. One of Chef’s creations,” she says proudly. (“Chef,” of course, is her husband, Chaminda.) The specials and the lunch menu are where Chaminda’s creativity shines, with innovations like the Bombay Burger (ground lamb patty, spices, pickled onion relish on fresh naan, $11), Masala Sawa scallops ($25), Tandoori lamb chops ($28), Shrimp Quinoa Biryani ($22), and more. Cinnamon takes great care in sourcing its ingredients. “I am a healthy eater and I like to source my vegetables as locally as possible,” Shiwanti says. “If it can be organic that’s ideal. My whole policy is that food should be freshly made and affordable. I don’t want to be high-end. I want to be upscale.” Accordingly, nothing at Cinnamon is frozen or microwaved. Everything is made fresh, on site. This sustainable sourcing takes significant effort and research. For chicken alone, they called a dozen suppliers before ultimately bypassing the distributors and creating a direct purchasing agreement with Campanelli’s, a small pastureraised chicken farm in Sullivan County. “It is worth it because we can give that advantage to our customers. Quality at a reasonable price.” The only thing from far away is their halal, grass-fed New Zealand lamb, which they selected for its world-renowned quality. Though the dishes will likely sound unfamiliar, the menu has something everyone, with chicken, seafood, lamb, and vegetarian entrees. For carnivores,

Clockwise from top left: The long table in the dining room encourages intimacy; filet of sea bass grilled in tandoor; the dining room, fabricated by local firm The Art of Building in collaboration with owner Shiwanti Widyarathna, has a contemporary farmhouse feel; the Bombay burger (ground lamb patty, spices, pickled onion relish on fresh naan, served with a salad. Opposite: Shrimp biryani.

the Boti Kebab ($11) is a succulent starting point. This lamb appetizer from India’s southeastern coast is marinated in ginger and garlic for 24 hours before being grilled in the tandoor oven. For a lighter intro, the salad dosa is a creative twist on the savory south Indian crepe, filled with arugula, chickpeas, and chili flakes and topped with pomelo star anise dressing. For vegetarians, the Saag Paneer ($15) is an easy main course recommendation. Made in-house with local spinach and milk from Hudson Valley Fresh, this dish literally melts in your mouth. Defying all logic, the spinach sauce is as good as the cheese curd. If Tikka Masala is your go-to, try subbing the Rajasthan Murghi ($19), a far more interesting tomato chicken dish, seasoned with ginger, garlic, garam masala, and chilies. (Pro tip: This dish is still delicious three days later eaten with fingers right out of the fridge.) Shiwanti worked with the Rhinebeck firm The Art of Building to design the restaurant’s interior. Aside from the hand-lettered Devanagari script encircling the room (“You have to dream before your dreams can come true,” and other quotes from beloved politician A. P. J. Abdul Kalam), Cinnamon has the feel of a contemporary farmhouse—wainscoting, painted beams, butcher block tabletops, modern Edison bulb light fixtures, and a marble-topped, purplepaneled bar. She let slip that they are decorating the upstairs currently, which will debut as an Indian-style tapas and cocktails lounge in early April. Speaking of cocktails, the drink list is enough to tempt even the strictest teetotaler. Shiwanti shakes her head. “When people think about Indian food they don’t associate it with wine, beer, or cocktails. Either Indian restaurants don’t have it or if they do, they are not focused on it.” Not so for the Widyarathnas, who worked with consultant Matthew Kelly to develop their killer beer and wine list. Aside from the requisite Kingfisher and its sidekick Taj Mahal, their bottled beer comes entirely from NewYork State. While concise, the selection covers all the basic beer groups: porter, pilsner, pale ale, and IPA. The wine list is extensive, with rosé and prosecco from Italy, Malbec from

Mendoza, classic California reds and whites, and more. About half the options are available by the glass, with prices ranging from $9 to $11. Bottles are between $24 and $65 (the latter price for a South Indian Sangiovese). “We have seriously great cocktails too,” Shiwanti adds proudly. All in the $10 to $13 range, you probably won’t be drinking these all night, but with exotic choices like the mango chili margarita ($12), it’s worth the splurge. Wintertime favorites include the chai spiced whiskey sour ($12), made with egg whites and Tuthilltown whiskey; and the cinnamon hot toddy, made with Taconic Bourbon. If you’re in town for weekend brunch, Cinnamon serves up a deliciously distinctive Bloody Mary ($13); garnished with a masala olive, it packs the heat of the house vindaloo hot sauce. Aside from marketing and management, Shiwanti runs the front of the house. A gracious and attentive host, she circles the restaurant throughout service, schmoozing with guests, many of whom she knows on a first-name basis; decrypting the menu for newcomers; offering suggestions; checking how things are. In an alchemical feat of flavor and flare, Cinnamon manages to be both authentic and innovative. Chaminda is able to make all the classics, but at heart he is a creator of new dishes.When asked about his evolution as a chef, he says, “First I learned all the authentic spice mixtures and recipes from the different regions. Then my dream was to add my own twist.” Though it’s probably not the first spice that comes to mind when you think of Indian food, cinnamon is in every curry powder and masala mix you’ve ever tasted. The restaurant’s name embodies its approach—unexpected, understated, and fundamentally authentic. Cinnamon 51 East Market Street, Rhinebeck (845) 876-7510; 2/17 ChronograM FOOD & DRINK 75


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

Cafés Apple Pie Bakery Café Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY (845) 905-4500

Bistro-to-Go 948 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 340-9800 Gourmet take-out store serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Featuring local and imported organic foods, delicious homemade desserts, sophisticated four-star food by Chefs Richard Erickson, Jonathan Sheridan, and Dan Sherman. Off-premise full-service catering and event planning for parties of all sizes.

The premier Sushi restaurant in the Hudson Valley for over 21 years. Only the freshest sushi with an innovative flair.

The Bocuse Restaurant Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY (845) 451-1012

Cafe Macchiato 99 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 565-4616

Cafe Mio 2356 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-4949

Ole Savannah Table & Bar 100 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY (845) 331-4283

Osaka Restaurant 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY, (845) 876-7338 or 74 Broadway, Tivoli, NY (845) 757-5055,

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Red Hook Curry House ★★★★ DINING Daily Freeman & Poughkeepsie Journal ZAGAT RATED


Fridas Bakery & Café

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informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy

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Restaurants Alley Cat Restaurant 294 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-1300

American Bounty Restaurant Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY (845) 451-1011

American Glory BBQ 342 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 822-1234

Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q 1475 Route 22, Wingdale, NY (845) 832-6200

28 E. MARKET ST, RED HOOK (845) 758-2666 See our full menu at

OPEN EVERY DAY Lunch: 11:30am-3:00 pm Dinner: 5:00pm-10:00pm Fridays: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Catering for Parties & Weddings • Take out orders welcome

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

Ristorante Caterina de’Medici Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY (845) 451-1013

Yobo Restaurant Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 564-3848

Wine Bars Jar’d Wine Pub Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY

All-Day Breakfast, Lunch & Weekend Brunch 9am - 3pm 99 Liberty Street, Newburgh (845) 565-4616

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Accommodations Beekman Arms and Delamater Hotel 6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7077 Blue Barn BnB 62 Old Route 82, Millbrook, NY (845) 750-2669

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Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY (800) 772-6646 Pawling House Bed & Breakfast 105 Main Street, Pawling, NY (845) 855-3851

Antiques Outdated 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0030

Architecture Richard Miller, AIA 28 Dug Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4480 Steve Morris Designs 156 Broadway, Port Ewen, NY (845) 417-1819

Art Galleries & Centers Dorsky Museum SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3844 Mark Gruber Gallery New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241 Mill Street Loft Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-7477 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780, 78 business directory ChronograM 2/17

Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250, Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251

Attorneys Jacobowitz & Gubits (845) 778-2121

Auto Sales Begnal Motors 552 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (888) 439-9985

Beverages Binnewater/Leisure Time Spring Water (845) 331-0504

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

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

Building Services & Supplies Cabinet Designers 747 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200 Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704 Ice B’Gone Magic John A Alvarez and Sons 3572 Route 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851-9917 Millbrook Cabinetry & Design 2612 Route 44, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-3006 N & S Supply Quatrefoil

Williams Lumber & Home Center 6760 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-WOOD

Carpets & Rugs Anatolia-Tribal Rugs & Weavings 54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5311 Winter Hours: Thursday-Monday 12-5pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Established in Woodstock 1981. Offering old, antique and contemporary handwoven carpets and kilims, from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, in a wide range of styles, colors, prices. Hundreds to choose from, in a regularly changing inventory. Also, Turkish kilim pillows. We are happy to share our knowledge about rugs, and try and simplify the sometimes overcomplicated world of handwoven rugs.

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

Clothing & Accessories OAK 42 34 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-0042

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

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

Education Bard MAT Bard College (845) 758-7151

Black Rock Forest Consortium 65 Reservoir Road, Cornwall, NY (845) 534-4517 x18 Buxton School 291 South Street, Williamstown, MA (413) 458-3919 Camp Hillcroft 1562 NY-55, Lagrangeville, NY (845) 223-5826 Camp Huntington High Falls, NY (845) 687-7840 Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-5343 Frost Valley YMCA 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY (845) 985-2291 Hotchkiss School 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT (860) 435-3663 Hudson Valley Writing Project (845) 257-2836 Livingston Street Early Childhood Community Kingston, NY (845) 340-9900 Montessori of New Paltz 130 Dubois Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-6668 New Genesis Productions West Shokan, NY (845) 657-5867 Next Step College Counseling Hyde Park, NY (845) 242-8336 Primrose Hill School Elementary and Early Childhood Education inspired by the Waldorf Philosophy 23 Spring Brook Park, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1226

Rudolf Steiner School 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-4015 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3860 Voice Theatre Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-0154 Wayfinder Experience 61 O’Neil Street, Kingston, NY Wild Earth Wilderness School New Paltz / High Falls area, (845) 256-9830 Woodstock Day School 1430 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-3744 x103

Event Services/Spaces Durants Tents & Events 1155 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-0011


Birds of Prey Day Green Chimneys, Brewster, NY

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores Adam’s Fairacre Farms 1240 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-0303, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-6300, 765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-4330 Hawthorne Valley Farm Store 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500 Mother Earth’s Store House 1955 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 296-1069, 249 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-9614, 300 Kings Mall Court, Route 9W, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5541

Financial Advisors Third Eye Associates Ltd. 38 Spring Lake Road, Red Hook, NY (845) 752-2216

Florist Hops Petunia 73B Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 481-5817 Viridescent Floral Design Beacon, NY

Graphic Design & Illustration Annie Internicola, Illustrator

Hair Salons Allure 47 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7774 Giannetta Salon and Spa 1158 North Avenue, Beacon, NY (845) 831-2421 L Salon 234 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-0269 Le Shag. 292 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-0191 Locks That Rock 1552 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 227-4021 28 County Rt. 78, Middletown (845) 342-3989 Salune Hudson Hudson, NY

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

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts

Musical Instruments Woodstock Music Shop 6 Rock City Road, Woodstock (845) 679-3224 1300 Ulster Avenue, Kingston (845) 383-1734

Karen A. Friedman Esq. 30 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY (212) 213-2145 Handling a variety of traffic-related and criminally-related traffic matters, including traffic and trucking violations, misdemeanors and appeals.

Music Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-4406 The Falcon 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY (845) 236-7970


Record Stores

Wallkill Valley Writers New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370

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

Write with WVW. Creative writing workshops held weekly and on some Saturdays. Consultations & Individual Conferences also available. Registration/ information: or

Recreation Alpine Endeavors Rosendale, NY (877) 486-5769

YMCA of Kingston 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 338-3810

Apple Greens Golf Course 161 South Street, Highland, NY

Performing Arts

Hudson Cruises (518) 822-1014

Bardavon 1869 Opera House 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2072

Specialty Foods

Center for Performing Arts 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 232-2320

The Linda WAMCs Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233

Lawyers & Mediators

Upstate House

Hudson Valley Current (845) 658-2302

Hudson Valley Goldsmith 71A Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5872

Warren Kitchen & Cutlery 6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 895-2051

Real Estate

Hudson Valley CSA Coalition

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center


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


Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206

Hummingbird Jewelers 23 A. East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4585

Pools & Spas

Harney & Sons Fine Teas 13 Main Street, Millerton, NY

Sunrooms Hudson Valley Sunrooms 355 Broadway, Port Ewen (Ulster Park), NY (845) 339-1717


The Linda provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personnel with world-renowned artists, academy award winning directors, headliner comedians and local, regional, and national artists on the verge of national recognition. An intimate, affordable venue, serving beer and wine, The Linda is a night out you won’t forget.

Historic Huguenot Street Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1660

Wedding Services JTR Transportation (800) 433-7444

Photography Fionn Reilly Photography Saugerties, NY (845) 802-6109

Nellie Hill Events (845) 481-0443 Roots and Wings New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2278

Val & Jenn Photography

Picture Framing

Wine, Liquor & Beer

Atelier Renee Fine Framing The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004

Hetta (845) 216-4801

A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and CPF, has over 25 years experience. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French matting. Also offering mirrors.

Town and Country Liquors Route 212, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-8931

Writing Services Peter Aaron

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Luminary Media 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 334-8600

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TOXINS, BE GONE the search for pure in a tainted world. two local beauty companies pave the way. by wendy k agan


he death of a friend is a powerful thing, generating enough force to spin a life in an entirely new direction. That was the case for Talima Davis and Allison Lamb, whose friend Tamara died of liver cancer in 2008, at the justblossomed age of 28.When Tamara’s doctor said the cancer was caused by toxins in her environment, and that those same toxins were probably accelerating the cancer’s rapid growth, Davis and Lamb realized that things in their own lives needed to change. The two women, who were dating at the time, reached back to their families’ roots in rural North Carolina, where their grandmothers were matriarchs of simple, clean living—and where sustenance and healing came from the garden and from natural home remedies. “We had to make an adjustment in ourselves to really start looking at what we put in our bodies and in our homes,” says Lamb. In her Brooklyn kitchen, Davis started concocting her own cleansers and room sprays from organic and vegan ingredients like almond oil and witch hazel, to share with family and friends. Word spread and demand grew for the handcrafted goods, which were urban-born yet nurtured with the homespun simplicity of a Southern country childhood. When Davis’s cousin Tavasia died of breast cancer in 2012—again, they were told, from environmental causes—a sense of urgency propelled her hobby into a budding business. “I had had enough, and I could tell that Talima had too,” says Lamb, who urged Davis to quit her corporate day job and shape her passion into a spunky wellness start-up. Now based in Newburgh—where a larger studio space is allowing the venture to scale up production—the multiuse natural beauty and skincare company Limegreen has become a family operation. The couple married in 2010, and Lamb joined Davis in quitting her job as well three years later—just before the birth of their daughter—to step into the role of Limegreen’s co-owner and creative/marketing mind. Plenty of would-be beauty companies start out in home studios, only to fall flat in an oversaturated market. But Limegreen has a differentiator: All of their products have at least three different uses. A balm works equally well to soothe cracked skin or a baby’s bottom as it does to tame men’s beards. Cleansers are all-in-one, applying to hair, face, body, and hands. A candle melts down into a fragrant massage oil or moisturizer. “Our grandmothers used baking soda for brushing teeth, cleaning, cooking,” says Lamb. “Do we really need five different products that do five different things? Our lives today are so complicated; we’re living in a time with so much excess.We want to give people ways to simplify.” It’s an ethos with appeal: Last December, Davis and Lamb were invited to join other entrepreneurs in pitching their products to beauty-industry leaders on the Lifestyle TV show Project Runway Fashion Startup—and were one of the few who were offered a $200,000 deal. Up the Creek without a Hazmat Suit As American consumers, we all too often get complacent:We forget that we’re living in a kind of toxic soup. Dubious chemicals infiltrate our lives: flame retardants in furniture, mercury in fish, Teflon from nonstick pans. In 2005, the watchdog nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a landmark study that 80 whole living ChronograM 2/17

found an average of 200 environmental toxins in the umbilical cords of US-born infants. The same report noted that 286 chemicals had been detected in umbilical cords from pesticides, pollutants, cleaning and cosmetics products, food packaging, flame retardants, and environmental waste. Since that report, we’ve learned more about the deleterious effects of those toxins, many of which have been linked to various cancers and which can cause birth defects or abnormal development, as well as diminished intelligence, behavioral problems, infertility issues, and metabolic dysfunction. The latest science even links environmental toxins to chronic diseases and epidemics like Alzheimer’s and autism. Armed with knowledge and vigilance, we can reduce our toxic load. Paying closer attention to our personal care products is one way to begin. According to EWG, the average American woman uses 12 personal care products that contain 168 unique ingredients. The average American man uses six products that contain 85 ingredients. “The cosmetics and personal care product industry is largely underregulated,” says Nneka Leiba, EWG’s deputy director of research, noting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has little authority to review the safety of chemicals in cosmetics or recall products that cause harm. Compared to other countries, our regulations are alarmingly loose: While the European Union has restricted the use of more than 1,000 ingredients in personal care products, the US has prohibited or restricted only 11 chemicals. Common “worst offender” ingredients include phthalates, formaldehyde, and long-chained parabens such as propylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben. Many of these are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which can affect our hormonal systems and reproductive organs in insidious ways. “Longchained parabens can act as estrogens and disrupt hormone signaling,” says Leiba, “which can lead to impaired fertility, lowered thyroid hormone levels, and other reproductive problems.” Phthalates, she adds, have been linked to reproductive abnormalities in baby boys, reduced testosterone and sperm quality in men, as well as early puberty in girls. And formaldehyde—a preservative that lurks in many shampoos, conditioners, and even children’s bubble bath—is a potent allergen that’s classified as carcinogenic when inhaled. Synthetic fragrances, too, are a red flag. “The word ‘fragrance’ can encompass any number of more than 3,000 ingredients, all of which are kept hidden from the public,” says Leiba. “Some fragrance mixtures are known to include ingredients linked to hormone disruption, particularly phthalates, as well as skin sensitizers and allergens.” Unfortunately, most of us are slathering dubious brews like these on our skin and hair every day. Caring for the Skin You’re In Maybe Angela Jia Kim is lucky that she’s allergic to parabens and synthetic fragrances—because even if they’re not marked on a product’s label, her body will let her know they are there.Yet Jia Kim, a former concert pianist, had to learn this the hard way. One night in 2005, before she walked onstage for a performance in Chicago, she reached for a bottle of “natural” lotion and applied it all over her body.

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As her fingers flew over the keys, she broke out in hives in front of hundreds of people. “After the concert, this guy comes up to me and says, ‘You’re as red as your gown.’ I was humiliated,” Jia Kim remembers. “I took a look at the ingredients, and I was shocked because there were all these chemicals in this so-called natural lotion. I’ve always had very sensitive skin, so I just thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to create my own thing.’” Back at her Manhattan apartment, Jia Kim started experimenting in her kitchen, making lotions and potions as a creative outlet. She soon got obsessed with the trial-and-error process of working with a range of simple ingredients such as olive oil and coconut. “I’m Korean, and Korean women are very serious about their beauty rituals,” she says. “My goal was to create something that my mom and my sisters would end up using.” It wasn’t meant to be a business, but when she shared her creations with family and friends, they couldn’t get enough. Eventually, they wanted to pay her for them. “I became this accidental entrepreneur,” she says. On a lark, she hawked her products at a holiday pop-up shop in the city—and sold $40,000 worth of creams. Fast-forward to today, and her brand Savor Beauty (formerly Om Aroma & Co.) has a flagship spa in the West Village and a 5,000-squarefoot facility, boutique, and spa in Saugerties, the production hub for her line of organic, “eco-chic” products, from cleaners and toners to serums and eye creams. This spring, a third spa location will open on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Mixed into each Savor Beauty product is a heap of wellness research and a heightened consciousness about health. During those early days when Jia Kim was experimenting in her apartment, it seemed like everyone she knew had cancer. “We have to ask ourselves questions. What deodorant are you using? How is it affecting you? What are you putting on your décolletage?” She was shocked to find that a seemingly natural product that her mother was using at the time had 55 ingredients, and the fifth ingredient was formaldehyde preservative. “Up to 60 percent of what you put on your body is absorbed into your bloodstream,” says Jia Kim. “People have caught on to ‘you are what you eat.’ We need to start a revolution of ‘you are what you put on’ too.” Finding Shelter from a Chemical Storm It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when we rub products onto our skin and nothing particularly terrible happens (most of us don’t turn into a lobster). Yet most cancers don’t show up in our bodies until years after a toxic insult, and chronic illnesses have multifactorial causes that are not so cut-anddried. Many agree that the government needs to develop tougher requirements around proving that ingredients are safe before they become available on drugstore shelves. Until that happens, we can empower ourselves by reading labels carefully and voting with our wallets, which forces the market to change for the better. Change is happening, slowly. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which regulates household cleaning products, recently took historic action by announcing that it would list the first 1,000 chemicals in need of urgent review. Under the newly updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation, the EPA will evaluate such chemicals as 1,4-Dioxane, a widely used carcinogen.Yet one drawback of the revised TSCA is that it does not cover cosmetics and other personal care products. EWG has developed two consumer tools to protect the public from potentially hazardous ingredients. The Skin Deep® cosmetics database, available on the EWG website, lets shoppers search for products to see how they rate for safety. Launched about a year ago, the EWG Verified™ Program takes this effort one step further by placing the EWG Verified mark on products deemed safe. So far, the mark appears on 833 products and 52 brands, with others in the pipeline to be verified. What we really need is greater transparency—and that is exactly what small, local businesses like Limegreen and Savor Beauty are so well-equipped to provide. On a given day, customers can walk into Savor Beauty in Saugerties and watch an employee whip up a sugar scrub in the beauty kitchen. Limegreen, located on Spring Street in Newburgh, has open studio days when you can drop by and purchase products directly from their makers, Lamb and Davis. It’s not exactly life on Grandma’s farm, but the DIY environs have a similar feel—and a purity that the owners are determined to preserve. “Our daughter has always been strapped to one of our hips while we’re making a balm or pouring a candle,” says Lamb. “She knows nothing else besides this.” RESOURCES Environmental Working Group Limegreen Savor Beauty

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Number 43, Leonardo Drew, 1994-96, mixed media cotton fabric rust string wood, 132" x 288 "

I & Thou…and Peekskill! “Art generally connects people between boundaries,” remarks Livia Straus, director of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill. That is the theme of the show “Between I & Thou,” which opens at the center February 4. Artists from 11 countries are represented: Israel, Spain, Mexico, Iceland, Argentina, Russia, Australia, South Korea, England, the Netherlands—plus the US. In all, 38 artists will participate. The current artist-in-residence at the center, Remy Jungerman, was raised in Suriname but now lives in Amsterdam. An initiate into the Winti religion, Jungerman combines tribal religious motifs with the cool geometric abstraction of Mondrian. Many of his works include kaolin, a white clay used in Winti practices to mystically protect the celebrants. Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima? by Faith Ringgold is her first “story quilt,” created in 1983. It includes an extensive text presented in squares, alternating with portraits of the story’s characters. It is the only one of her quilts Ringgold made entirely by hand. The artist wrote the story herself, in a Southern dialect, daring to confront the demeaning stereotype of Aunt Jemima, which emerged from 19th-century minstrel shows to become an iconic symbol of pancake mix in 1888. Leonardo Drew finds materials like wood, rusted iron, paper, and cotton, burns them, oxidizes them, then places them in little boxes—Straus calls them “memory boxes”—that he gathers into installations. Number 43, the piece in this show, looks like a wonderfully chaotic homemade mailroom. Barbara Korman is represented by Looking at Woods, a sculpture composed of stripped-down tree branches resembling both unkempt hair and metal spikes. Judith Zabar offers mischievous, bright, spontaneous drawings with lighter-than-air children, milk bottles, tenements, and large grinning dogs, all in the colors of the Sunday comics. Her husband Stanley is a co-owner of Zabar’s. These pieces began as doodles

Judith made while speaking on the phone. Drawing 8 (1988-90) by Icelandic artist Christian Guomundsson is not a drawing at all but two large blank paper rolls backed by graphite panels. The installation looks like a wordless Jewish Torah scroll: a scripture written in invisible ink. In Katherine Mangiardi’s video, Tracings, the artist etches delicate symmetric designs on ice while ice-skating. (Mangiardi works as a skating coach.) Laura Battle is represented by Crossing (2007), an obsessive linear pencil drawing on gray paper that invokes a deep, illusionistic space—like a rectangular hole designed by electrical engineers. Within the exhibit will be small solo shows, which Straus calls “pods.” A pod will remain open two or three months, then be replaced by another minishow, giving the space an organic quality, like a meadow where wildflowers take turns blooming. Roughly 10 of the artists in “Between I and Thou” are in their 80s, including Ringgold, Zabar, and Guomundsson. Known for taking a chance on young, new, provocative artists, the HVCCA also encourages older artists—who in some ways are similar to youths. An artist in her 80s no longer has anything to prove. She can be free, honest, whimsical, silly—or disturbingly profound. The title of the show refers to Martin Buber’s philosophical classic I and Thou, which suggests that the highest human state is one of dialogue. Contemporary art is, indeed, a conversation, employing the techniques of the last hundred years—Cubism, abstraction, Dada, Minimalism, Pop art—to convey complex ideas. A painting may whisper or shout, but a roomful of artworks never argue. “Between I & Thou” runs from February 4 to December 17 at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill. (914) 788-0100; —Sparrow 2/17 ChronograM forecast 87


Chocolat 6:30pm. Free. Based on Denis’s childhood, Chocolat is told through the eyes of a French officer’s daughter in a remote part of Cameroon. Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5720. Dirty Dancing 7-8:45pm. $16/$14. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Health & Wellness

Meet with an Ombudsman 5-6pm. An ombudsman is a state-certified volunteer who advocates for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Highland Public Library, Highland. 691-2775 ext. 16.

Kids & Family

Making Masterpieces: Chinese New Year 2:30pm. $5. Children will learn about this holiday and make a special art project to celebrate the year of the Rooster. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Literary & Books

Gardiner Library Book Club 3-4pm. The group will discuss the book Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Barnstar 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Goyfriend 7:30-9pm. A new collaboration, Goyfriend, between celebrated Latvian singer Sasha Lurje and Brooklyn-based klezmer band Litvakus. Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock. 679-2218. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298.

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Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday: Ras T Asheber Posse 9pm. $10. The Lodge, Woodstock. 8456792814.

Connecting Voices 7pm. Artist Ann Daly will discuss her ongoing collaboration with Spanish musician Álvaro Marcos. This event is part of the 15th annual Modfest at Vassar College. Vassar College Main Building, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. Amanda Ayala and the Midnight Glory 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Constantine Maroulis 8pm. $42. Rock out to classic jams, as well as Maroulis’ original material from his upcoming album. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Dylan Doyle Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. First Thursday Singer Songwriter Sereis 6-9:30pm. Hosts Maureen and Don Black welcome John Martucci, Bibi Farber, and Big Joe Fitz to the Cafe stage. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. The Trapps 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Shamanic Plant Spirit Healing Journey with Barbara Fornal 7-8:30pm. Plant Spirit Healing is a shamanic practice of working directly with the consciousness and healing properties of plants. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge. 8456870880.


NT Live: Amadeus 7-9pm. $21/$16 Gold members. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, A Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Workshops & Classes

Write It Out 5-7pm. Diana Rush, local grad student and homeschooling mother of six, will lead a four week creative writing workshop for parents of children with special needs. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Workshops & Classes

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters 10-11am. A free educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter with information on how to recognize the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. Adelphi University Hudson Valley Campus, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900. Path to Entrepreneurship Program 6-8pm. Please join the Women’s Enterprise Development Center for a free program designed to introduce you to small business ownership. Learn about the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and what it takes to run your own business. Pre-registation is required. Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, Poughkeepsie. 363-6432. Beginner Swing Dance Class 6-7pm. $85. 4-week series with Linda and Chester Freeman, Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Boughton Place, Highland. 236-3939.


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Ballroom Dance with Pete Redmond & Crazy Feet First Friday of every month, 8-11:30pm. $15. After the lesson: the band provides a mix of dance-able ballroom, swing and Latin standards. Requests are encouraged: Waltzes, Foxtrots, Tangos (Ballroom and Argentine), Swings (West Coast, Lindy, Jitterbug, Balboas & Charlestons), Cha Chas, Rumbas, Mambos, Salsas, Merengues, Hustles, Sambas, etc. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 7pm. Performs works selected from the current repertory, created by faculty members, Steve Rooks, Kathy Wildberger, and Abby Saxon, as well as guest choreographer David Dorfman. This event is part of the 15th annual Modfest at Vassar College. Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

Fairs & Festivals

May Allah Bless France 6:15pm. Free. This riveting first feature by acclaimed French rapper and novelist Abd al Malik is a coming-of-age story based on the writer-director’s youth in the Strasbourg projects. Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5720.

5th Annual Winter Hoot Come re-connect with your community and hear beautiful music by Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Home Remedy, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Story Laurie, and your hosts The Mike + Ruthy Band. See website for other events and times. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. Homeofthehoot. com/#winterhoot.

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Holistic Self-care Class: Gut Health and Managing the Toxic Load with Sigrid D’Aleo 7-8:30pm. Learn about the relationship between health, the gut microbiome, and colon cleansing. D’Aleo is a colon hydrotherapist in Stone Ridge, NY. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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Museum Showcase: Wonderdome 2:30pm. This guided play experience will give parents and kids new ideas of what to do inside this popular exhibit space. We will focus specifically on sensory learning and colors. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Literary & Books

Calling All Poets First Friday of every month, 8-11pm. $5. Calling All Poets invites all to our regularly scheduled First Friday reading of 2107, featuring Hayden Wayne and Pauline Uchmanowicz. This evening our features will be joined by several SUNY New Paltz students reading their work. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 741-9702.

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

David Kraai 5pm. Country. 5-7pm. David Kraai swings by this excellent brewery that specializes in handcrafted European style beer to dole out a concert of fine country folk music. Yard Owl Craft Brewery, Gardiner. 633-8576. First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party 7-9pm. $20/$15 members/Free for $250+ members. Enjoy an evening of art, live music, cocktails, and light fare by one of Fairfield County’s favorite caterers, festivities. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. Jane Lee Hooker Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Salsa Night! 8-10:30pm. $15. Multi-talented Afro-Cuban musician, radio host, and Latin Jazz USA lifetime achievement awardee Chico Alvarez and renowned flutist Mauricio Smith will grace the stage with their latin dance band, Ran Kan Kan. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. 914-737-1701.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits 9th Annual Robbie Burns Supper 6:30-9:30pm. $39.95/$29.95. Celebrate the life and art of the legendary poet Robert Burns. Featuring the recitation of Burns’s poetry, a traditional dinner with the entrance of the haggis, storytelling, songs, and whisky toasts. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinebeck. 876-0509.

Outdoors & Recreation

Ropes: Wilderness Program for Teens 5:30-11pm. Friday evenings: 5:30pm–11pm Friday evening programs plus 2, 2-night overnights. Come to Ropes to play epic night games, have deep conversations, cook over the fire, and hang out in the woods. The teens describe it as a place where they can come to remember who they are. Wild Earth, New Paltz. 256-9830.


Friday Night Musical Services and Potluck 6pm. Kol Hai: Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal, New Paltz. 477-5457.


Once Upon a Mattress 8pm. A comedic musical for the whole family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Our Town 8pm. Thornton Wilder masterpiece. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Bard Music Program: Opera Workshop 7:30pm. A fully staged evening of operatic scenes from the 17th to the 20th centuries, featuring soloists and chorus from the Bard College Opera Workshop. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Workshops & Classes

Not Going Gently: Dancing with our EverChanging Bodies 10:30am-noon. $20/$75 series. A dance series based in how our vulnerabilities become our teachers as we welcome various age- and injury-related conditions to emerge as the foundations for improvising and composing. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Shine On: At the Glass House Retreat $250/$650 with housing. Through Feb. 5. Kacey Morabito Grean, radio host on 100.7 WHUD is cohosting a restorative weekend retreat for women. Hudson House, Cold Spring. Swing Dance Class $85. 4-week series with with Linda and Chester Freeman, Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Beginner lesson 6pm-7pm, intermediate lesson 7pm-8pm. Studio87: The Wellness House, Newburgh. 236-3939.


Artists Talk with Maris Kolodziej-Zincio 2-3pm. Discussoin of "The Lost Holocaust." Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

Fairs & Festivals

5th Annual Winter Hoot Come re-connect with your community and hear beautiful music by Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Home Remedy, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Story Laurie, and your hosts The Mike + Ruthy Band. See website for other events and times. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. Homeofthehoot. com/#winterhoot. WSW Community Bowl Day 12-7pm. Build and decorate bowls for the Chili Bowl fundraiser. Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale.


The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits 6pm. By Greg Palast. Hosted by investigative reporter Karen Charman. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Kids & Family

Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons 11am. $5 snowshoe rental. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor. 647-7989. Feast For Feathered Friends 10am. Nature normally supplies food for our northern birds during the winter months. However, providing a little extra energy in winter can be helpful– especially if we want to invite our feathered friends in for a closer look! Learn about our Hudson Valley winter birds. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Mystwood at Wild Earth First Saturday of every month, 10am-3:30pm. Mystwood is a nature connection program for 6-9 year olds that uses elves, fairies, wizards and magic as storytelling and teaching tools. Through play, mystery and wonder, Wild Earth instructors will guide young Seekers into the ever growing world of Mystwood. Instructors will create a safe, nurturing container in which children can follow their curiosities and explore, each at their own authentic pace. Wild Earth, New Paltz. 256-9830.

Lectures & Talks

Joanne Ponte: Sign Language Presentation 1-3pm. $10. Come join us to see how learning sign language has a number of benefits for everyone. These include improved problemsolving, greater cognitive flexibility, better listening skills, and more. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.


Bryan Gordon 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Cabaret Night 8:30pm. Students from the Music Department perform classics from the American Songbook. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director. This event is part of the 15th annual Modfest at Vassar College. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. Common Ground Concerts Presents Joe Crookston Imagine Nation 6:30-10:30pm. $25. A multi-media performance with lush sonic landscapes, slide guitar, acrolette yoga handstands, looping fiddle, projected art, original paintings, and pure musical magic. Art, wine and food reception at 8pm. Irvington Town Hall Theater, Irvington. (914) 591-6602. Fat City 9:30pm. Blues. Bacchus Restaurant, New Paltz. 255-8636. Jim Decker Band 8:30-11pm. Classic rock, country and contemporary tunes from this five piece band. Mike Malarczyk on drums, Art Alzamora on guitar, Dennis Deej on bass, Vinny Nigro on lead vocals, and Jay Jacobs on guitar. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Lindsey Webster 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Orchestra Now: Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy 8pm. $25-$35. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Steven Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Band 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

MUSIC the fleshtones

The Fleshtones (l-r: Bill Millhizer, Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba, and Ken Fox) play Quinn's in Beacon on February 5.

Garage Gods Other than the Rolling Stones, few bands have kept the party going longer than the Queens-spawned, self-declared kings of “super rock,” the Fleshtones. Co-founded in 1976 by guitarist Keith Streng and singer/organist/harmonica man Peter Zaremba, the group played their live premiere in May of that year at CBGB, and their high-energy hybrid of 1960s garage rock, 1950s R&B, and shout-along ’60s soul made them faves there and at other early punk hotspots. After a 1979 single on the revered Red Star label and the addition of Troy-born drummer Bill Milhizer, they signed to IRS Records for their 1980 debut EP, Up Front, and 1981’s classic Roman Gods (from 1984 to 1987, Zaremba hosted MTV’s “IRS Presents the Cutting Edge”). To date, the band has released 22 official albums (2016’s The Band Drinks for Free is the newest) and had a string of bass players that’s included Chronogram contributor Robert Burke Warren and his fellow Hudson Valley locals Fred Smith of Television and Andy Shernoff of the Dictators; Beacon’s Ken Fox has held the position since 1990. Although the group has yet to attain the commercial heights they deserve over here, they’re worshipped as garage deities abroad, especially in Europe, which is where they were when Zaremba answered some questions via e-mail. The Fleshtones will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon on February 5 at 9pm. Tickets are $15. (845) 202-7447.—Peter Aaron You guys celebrated your 40th anniversary last year. What thoughts and feelings come up for you when you consider this milestone? Wow, that 40th anniversary kinda sneaked up on us. There’s no secret when you are doing something that you really like. If we had been into rock ’n’ roll for the limos and glitter, like a lot of people, we would have quit a long time ago. As it is, we are just hitting our stride about now. I know I’m finally getting the hang of this singing thing and people tell me I’ve shown marked improvement on the keyboards. To many, you guys are the ultimate American party band, total fun—the irony being that, like so many other great American bands, you’re more popular overseas than you are at home. Many foreign audiences, especially those in Europe, just seem to

“get it” and are able loosen up more. What are your theories on this? We’ll take being the ultimate anything, and the ultimate American “party” band isn’t bad. Despite what the English may think, rock ’n’ roll is an American form—its lifeblood comes from this country. And who wants to be a drag at parties? Not me. We’re in A Coruña, Spain right now. We played to 150 people on a Monday night, packed a small (but essential) club, and everyone left sweaty and happy. We do strike a chord with audiences in certain countries. I think it’s our emotional quality, which doesn’t need words to be felt. In Europe, rock ’n’ roll is viewed as music, and its practitioners thought of as artists. Who would have thunk it? Not us when we were starting out. Speaking of overseas audiences, you guys just got back from your first tour of China. What was that like? China was a revelation, in so many ways! I really recommend a trip to China to everyone, just to get a feeling for the people, who are quite open and very accepting. Unlike other tours, on this one we had lots of time to meet people, mostly in Shanghai, and were even invited to a school to teach fifth graders about being in a rock ’n’ roll band. They all took the time to learn “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones so they could sing it with us! I can’t wait to return to China, but there’s something special about Beacon, too! The records you’re released in the last few years have been some of your best. Are you expecting to still be doing this when your 50th anniversary rolls around? What do you think that will be like? Thanks, I agree completely—the new albums just keep getting better. Keith [Streng] points out that that’s another reason that keeps being in the band fun and engaging. It’s not like we’re still touring on Roman Gods. A lot of bands are doing stuff like that, and that makes them sort of "oldies" bands. As for the 50th anniversary, I hope we still tackle the stage and the studio with the same energy as now; otherwise, we’ll hang it up. No, wait, I’m not making any promises about quitting. After all, look at the Stones—their new album is really good. And I’ve never seen the Stones live. Maybe I’ll wait until they get better! 2/17 ChronograM forecast 89

The THE BAND Band 7pm. Roots rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Tito Puente Jr. 8-10pm. $35/$40.25/$51.50. Following in the footsteps of his father’s acclaimed career, Tito Puente, Jr. has embarked on a musical trip of his own, crafting a mixture of old and new into a powerful, unique sound. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Vassar College Orchestra and Madrigal Singers Concert 7pm. The Vassar College Orchestra performs “A Child’s London” by Professor Emeritus Richard Wilson. The Madrigal Singers perform settings of “Ubi caritas” by Duruflé, Mealor, and Gjeilo, “There are some men” by Philip Glass with text by Leonard Cohen, and Ysaye Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories. Conducted by Eduardo Navega and Drew Minter. This event is part of the 15th annual Modfest at Vassar College. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. Wali Ali Jazz 8pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

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


Generations Shabbat 10am. Generations Shabbat is a family-friendly, all-inclusive community Saturday morning service which include singing, socialization, teachings from the Torah and refreshments. All ages and religions are welcome to attend this time of celebration, contemplation, and fellowship. Woodland Pond at New Paltz, New Paltz.


Black Angels Over Tuskegee 8pm. $15/$10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni/students free. The story of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, the first group of AfricanAmerican Fighter Pilots in WWII. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891. Our Town 8pm. Thornton Wilder masterpiece. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Once Upon a Mattress 8pm. A comedic musical for the whole family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Bard Music Program: Opera Workshop 7:30pm. A fully staged evening of operatic scenes from the 17th to the 20th centuries, featuring soloists and chorus from the Bard College Opera Workshop. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Shakespearer 1-5pm. $300. Through March 25. New Genesis Productions, Youth Theatre, is offering two workshops: a musical theatre workshop, focusing on the theme: “Telling the American Story Through Musical Theatre,” and an introduction workshop to the fun and addictive work of Improv Comedy. The Musical Theatre workshop will explore the American musical from the vaudevillian stage and working through the Broadway musicals up to “Hamilton”. Each week the class will cover a different musical along the timeline with acting, song and dance. The final two classes will be reviewing material and rehearsal toward a final presentation. Little Globe Outdoor Theater, West Shokan. 657-5867.

Workshops & Classes

Intro to Tapestry Weaving 1-4pm. $95. Learn how to ‘paint with fiber,’ and develop the basic skills of tapestry weaving on a frame loom. In this class, you’ll learn the essential stitches to get well on your way to developing your unique style. We’ll go over the tricks and tools of the trade, learn about incorporating unconventional materials into weaving, and how to use texture, technique and concept to create an original piece of woven wall art. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. (518) 828-1627. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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Metalsmithing Basics: Ring Making 9am-4pm. In this one day workshop you will learn the essentials of making a piece of jewelry from start to finish. We will discuss design and how to properly size a ring, soldering, fabricating, hammering, and polishing. Students will go home with custom sterling silver rings. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

Rebel: An Ensemble for Baroque Music 3-4pm. $25/$5 students. Presented by Newburgh Chamber Music.The program will feature works of the 17th and 18th centuries by master composers such as Vivaldi, Corelli, Marini, Leclair, Handel, Boyce, and Telemann. The concert is followed by a reception with the artists. St. George’s Church, Newburgh. 534-2864.

Kids & Family

Swing Dance Lessons 4-5:30pm. $120/$200 pair. Saturdays through March 11. The class will focus on the fundamentals of swing dancing, primarily the six-count steps which encompass the East Coast swing dance style. This is a partner dance with a lead-follow relationship, however no partner is necessary to take the class. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Postmodern Jukebox 8pm. Pop hits in jazz and swing style. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072

Transparency and Radiance 9am-4pm. $237. Two-day workshop. This workshop offers you a pragmatic and explicit study of the sumptuous quality that perplexes and intrigues artists and enthralls onlookers. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Volunteer Training 10am-noon. Ages 14+. Become part of the extraordinary group of volunteers who work with our special community. Learn to assist people with special needs through equine assisted activities. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202. Women in Rock Workshop 12-1pm. $200. This course engages young musicians in music by female pop and rock icons from the 1960s through the 2010s. geared towards students ages 12-17. Dutchess Community College, Fairview. 431-8916.

SUNDAY 5 Dance

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake 12:45-2:45pm. $21/$18 Gold members. At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan­‐ woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realizes too late that Fate has another plan for him. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. Encore Broadcast: Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake 12:55pm. $25/$20/$15 students/under 18 free. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Fairs & Festivals

5th Annual Winter Hoot Come re-connect with your community and hear beautiful music by Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Home Remedy, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Story Laurie, and your hosts The Mike + Ruthy Band. See website for other events and times. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. Homeofthehoot. com/#winterhoot.

Dharma Sunday School First Sunday of every month, 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist-oriented class for children 5+ and their families. Come explore concepts like kindness, compassion, gratitude and generosity through readings, creative activities, community building, movement, and meditation. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.


Once Upon a Mattress 2pm. A comedic musical for the whole family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Our Town 3pm. Thornton Wilder masterpiece. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Bard Music Program: Opera Workshop 3pm. A fully staged evening of operatic scenes from the 17th to the 20th centuries, featuring soloists and chorus from the Bard College Opera Workshop. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Health & Wellness

Just Dance First Sunday of every month, 2:30-4:30pm. $10 suggested. Come and sweat it out with us on the 1st Sunday of every month. We have a DJ providing the beats and vibrations to set us on a journey of self expression. Not guided, just an open dance party for all ages. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.


An Afternoon with Audra McDonald 3pm. Following her performance, a moderated talk discussing her work both on and offstage will be led by Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross ’32 Chair. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Blues Brunch: Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. David Amram Quintet & Friends 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Orchestra Now: Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy 2pm. $25-$35. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Workshops & Classes

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal Course 5:30-9:30pm. $50/$65 with text. This is a recertification class for BLS healthcare providers. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 475-9742. Bodystorm Women’s Council 6:30-8:30pm. An embodyperiod take on traditional talking circles, Bodystorm is like a guided brainstorming session with intuitive, interactive, and embodied exploration led by Jungian depth psychologist Dr. Roxanne Partridge. Aletis House, Hudson. (415) 686-8722. Tax Prep Help 10am-6pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Workshops & Classes


Build Your Own Guitar Sundays through March 26. Join experienced woodworker and luthier Bill Sterling in this start-to-finish guitar kit build, which includes everything but the tuners and strings. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.

Kids & Family

American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Combination Course 9am-4pm. $65. This course covers basic first aid, CPR techniques, maneuvers for choking victims and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 475-9742.

Intro to Yoga & Meditation Series 1:30pm. $45 series/$20 drop-in. Learn the basics or refresh your practice. In this 3­-class series, you’ll learn to link breath and movement through a safe and fun exploration of basic yoga postures. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034. Mindful Movement Class First Sunday of every month, 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to build awareness of your body in order to notice and release habits of movement and thinking that are not serving you. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 917-373-6151.

Workshops & Classes

Learning to Be Human 1-3pm. Intro to Fourth Way of G.I. Gurdjieff and J.G. Bennett.



William Gillette in “Sherlock Holmes” (1916) 3-5:30pm. $7. This newly restored edition represents the sole surviving appearance of Gillette’s Holmes on film. With live accompaniment by Marta Waterman. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Try Science! Kitchen Chemistry 2:30pm. We’re cooking up some science this month and you’re invited to discover all kinds of crazy chemical reactions you can create using items found in your own kitchen! Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Lectures & Talks

Q&A with Journalist & Sandy Hook Promise co-founder Rob Cox 6pm. Honors Center at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3933.

Workshops & Classes

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters 1-2pm. Free. A free educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter with information on how to recognize the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. The Kings Apartment, Pawling. 800-272-3900.


Music Fan Film Series: The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened 7:15pm. $7/$5 members. This documentary film from acclaimed theater director Lonny Price charts the journey of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway, Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Health & Wellness

Reiki Practitioner Healing Share First Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm. Gathering of Reiki practitioners to replenish your reserves. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Music Fan Film Series: The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened 7:15pm. $7/$5 members. This documentary film from acclaimed theater director Lonny Price charts the journey of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway, closing after just 16 performances. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989. Lights! Camera! Math! 10:30am. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Making Masterpieces: Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating 2:30pm. $5. Make something special for a loved one! Children will learn about generosity as they listen to Valentine’s Day stories and decorate cookies made by a local bakery. Children are encouraged to give their cookies to someone special for the holiday. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.


International Guitar Night 7:30pm. $29. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Tiempo Libre 7:30pm. $25. Latin rhythms. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Willa and Company 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits SUNY Ulster Theater and Music Programs Info Session 4-5:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Workshops & Classes

Dementia Conversations 11:30am-1:30pm. Lunch & learn helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans. Adelphi University Hudson Valley Campus, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900. Healthy Living for the Brain and Body 1-2pm. A free educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter with information about research in diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and use hands-on tools to develop a plan for healthy aging. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. Adelphi University Hudson Valley Campus, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900.


Jason Ladanye brings "Cons, Cheats & Scams" to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill.

When a Spade Is Not a Spade It’s hard to call a spade a spade when Jason Ladanye is performing. Sometimes the club you were just looking at is now a heart, or he has memorized a deck of cards beginning to end. Part magic and part con, Ladanye’s tricks are never quite what they seem. As a seven-year-old, Ladanye felt like his mind had “blown up” after watching David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear on television in 1983. It was the beginning of a lifelong passion. Like any child infatuated with magic, he began to dabble in classic, prop-heavy tricks but soon realized there were problems in his pursuit of magic. “There were practical problems—like when I told my mom I wanted to make the car disappear, or I asked her to wrap me in chains and throw me in the pool,” he says. Around 15, he found the answer to his troubles: playing cards. While the origin of card tricks is murky, it is widely believed that some form of card magic has been around as long as playing cards have existed—dating back to the late 14th century. Card manipulation, as it’s known today, seems to have been born with Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, an Austrian magician called the Father of Card Magic. Hofzinser preferred intimate gatherings and a minimalist approach to his tricks—many of which are still performed today, like the Hofzinser Fan Force. (The force involves spreading a deck of cards and having an audience member choose a card. The magician flashes that card to the audience, shuffles the cards together, and in one flourish reveals the chosen card at the bottom of the deck.) Dai Vernon (1894-1992), known as The Professor, and one of the most famous modern card magicians, helped popularize The Expert at the Card Table—arguably the most influential text about card manipulation. It’s a book that Jason Ladanye knows well. Even though he often reads books about card magic dating back to the early 1900s,

Ladanye finds himself drawn more to the technical aspects of the art. He’s always trying to find ways to make his tricks more complex, and typically rehearses each trick for months before performing it during an informal show. It’s during live performances that he learns the most about a trick—what works and what doesn’t, and the most effective ways of shocking the audience. “I’m always looking for more connection,” he says. “If I can find a way to reach more people or get a better reaction, I will try to do that. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing those gasps.” In his gambling-themed show, Ladanye takes an ordinary deck of cards and shows how dangerous they can be in the right hands—his own. “You can lose $10 million on the turning over of a card,” he says. “Fortunes can be made or lost on one playing card.” Ladanye builds his shows around that inherent intrigue and suspense while also exploiting the built-in intimacy of playing cards. During his performances, he will often call on the audience to participate by counting cards or confirming things—allowing them to be complicit in the con from the safety of their seats. People often feel the need to come up to Ladanye after his shows because they are confounded by his sleight of hand. “They tell me ‘I saw you do it, you explained it to me, but I still can’t believe it happened,’” he says. While he understands the surreal feeling of trying to understand the unexplainable, it’s not a feeling Ladanye experiences often. “It’s been forever since I’ve been fooled,” he says. “When I get conned, I love it.” “Cons, Cheats & Scams: The Extraordinary Card Magic of Jason Ladanye” will be performed at the Bridge Street Theatre on Saturday, February 18, at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 19, at 2pm. Tickets are $20. (518) 943-3818; —Carolyn Quimby 2/17 ChronograM forecast 91


THURSDAY 9 Business & Networking


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

Poor People’s TV Room 8pm. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.


Alash Ensemble 8pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Francofonia 6:30pm. Free. Francofonia offers a bold take on European culture and history through the lens of the Louvre museum in World War II. Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5720. Ovarian Psycos 7:15pm. A new generation of women of color in East Los Angeles are redefining their identity and building community through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew that takes to the streets to reclaim their neighborhoods. Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) MoCA-111.

Health & Wellness


Black Dirt Band 9pm. Blues. The Golden Rail Ale House, Newburgh. 565-2337. Cabaret at the CIA Half Moon Theatre’s Broadway performers host a tribute to love and romance. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. Chris Conte Trio 9:30pm. Jazz. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Hearing Loss Group 1-2pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Cuboricua Salsa Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Kids & Family

Dewey Loves Sugar 9pm. Classic rock. Alley Cat Blues and Jazz Club, Kingston. 339-1300.

Lights! Camera! Math 10am & noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Lectures & Talks

Why Ice Storms Aren't Cool 7pm. Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Milbrook. 677-5343. Bettering our Community: Using Resources Wisely 7-8:30pm. Want to create the smallest carbon footprint when you give a party or sponsor an event? Presentations will be given by Sarah Salem of Zero to Go, and Siennah Yang. This event is co-hosted by the Environmental Cooperative. The Environmental Cooperative, Poughkeepsie. 437-7435. An Evening with Zadie Smith 8pm. The event will feature Smith reading from recent works. She will also be interviewed by Vassar Professor of English Amitava Kumar. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. Vassar College, Students’ Building (2nd floor), Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.


Big Takeover Unplugged 7:30pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. The Funk Facilitators 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Gratefully Yours: Grateful Dead Tribute 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Open Mike at the Gallery Second Thursday of every month, 7-9:30pm. $5 donation. From the newcomer to the experienced club musician, everyone loves our welcoming and enthusiastic gathering. Musicians, spoken word artists, others, all welcome. Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. (914) 456-6700. Open Mike Night with Jeff Entin 7-9:30pm. Jeff Entin welcomes musicians from all around the Hudson Valley to Open Mike night. Bring your instrument and talent to the stage or enjoy a tasty dinner listening to the music. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Get the Lead Out 8pm. $60. Led Zepplin tribute band. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble 8pm. The Dautaj, Warwick. (856) 986-3666. Jeremy Baum HB3Trio 8-10:30pm. $10. Blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late 1960s as well as informed by the current masters of the groove from the jam-band scene (Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Soul-Live, Derek Trucks Band.) BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Porter Carroll Jr. 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Rhys Tivey with Buffalo Stack 7:30pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.


Date & Create 7-9pm. $100 per couple. Couples, 21 yrs & older, can experience an art activity on their date and bring home a work of art. Spice up your routine with your steady date. Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack. 358-0877.

Outdoors & Recreation

Adult Adventure: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike 6-7:30pm. $6/$4. Review the history and compare types of snowshoes, then venture outside to explore the sights and sounds of winter under the Snow Moon. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781..


Turning 14 on the Road to Freedom 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for students 21 & under. Ally Sheedy directs Damara Obi in Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s powerful first-person account of the youngest person to complete the historic 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Vibes, Voice and Rhythms 7:30pm. $15. Ingrid Sertso, Karl Nerger, John Menegon and Tani Tabbal. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357.

How I Learned to Drive 8pm. Paula Vogel awar-winner. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Dance Workshop: A Quiet Storm: Creating Powerful Presence with Silence and Stillness 9am-noon. $50/$40 in advance. Taught by Clyde Forth. Using ambient noise and composed sound as landscape and inspiration, we will work with many techniques to maximize the power of alignment, subtlety, and directed energy to command space. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Illusionist Mat Franco 8pm. $45/$60 with meet and greet. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Workshops & Classes

Creative Nonfiction Workshop 11am-1pm. $220. Presented by Writers in the Mountains. In a college-like semester packed with excitement and growth, this extended class will offer writers possibilities for deepening their craft, group support and continuing work on long projects. Through May 18. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Workshops & Classes

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Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday of every month. Second Saturday is a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month. Downtown Beacon, Beacon. Valentine Day Boutique Local vendors showcasing their beautiful handmade items: jewelry, candles, soaps, gift baskets. Day’s Inn, New Windsor. 564-7550.


An American in Paris 7pm. $7. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Food & Wine

Kingston Farmers’ Market Indoor Market 10am-2pm. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.

Kids & Family

Braided Rugs Workshop for Teens and Adults 1-3pm. $40 per session/includes all materials. Instructor Gwynne Rose will lead the 3 session on creating scattered rugs. The creative sessions are appropriate for teens and adults. Basic crocheting skills are recommended but will be taught as needed. Sunflower Art Studios, Gardiner. 419-5219. Cloudy with a Chance of ... Discovering Weather 10am. $3-$7. Learn all about weather! Find out things like why it snows, and what causes wind! Bring the family to have some fun uncovering some of the mysteries behind weather. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons 11am. $5 snowshoe rental. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor. 647-7989.

Lectures & Talks

Woodstock Library Forum: He Said/ She Said: A New Edition of the Popular Literary Valentine 5pm. Featuring Woodstock author/director Dakota Lane and a host of new and old literati, including Shamsi Ruhe, Sylvia Bullett, Bill Weeden, Lila Bacon, and others to be announced. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.


Albi 8pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi’s 8pm. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Buckwheat Zydeco 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Cabaret at the CIA Half Moon Theatre’s Broadway performers host a tribute to love and romance. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. Catskill Jazz Factory 7:30pm. $25. French Connection I, Django Reinhardt and the French Salon. Featuring Alphonso Horne and Candice Hoyes. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

Soul City Motown Revue Dance Party 8:30-11:30pm. Soul City presents some of the most powerful decades in music history. Popping out hit after hit of the best of Motown/ Stax and authentic soul classics. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Primrose Hill School Journey Through the Waldorf Curriculum Call for time. Primrose Hill School, Rhinebeck. 876-1226. Atlantic Custom Homes Open House 10am-5pm. Lindal Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 265-2636.


Women’s Full Moon Gathering 7pm. $10. Join us for our monthly gathering. Our Circle is a gathering of women, coming together to draw upon the powerful, rich energies of the full moon. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


MET Live: L’Amour de Loin 1pm. $28/$26 members/$20 children. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. How I Learned to Drive 8pm. Paula Vogel awar-winner. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Turning 14 on the Road to Freedom 2-3:30 & 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for students 21 & under. Ally Sheedy directs Damara Obi in Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s powerful first-person account of the youngest person to complete the historic 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Workshops & Classes

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Renewal Course 9am-3pm. $125/$165 with text. This is a recertification of the ACLS course. You must have an ACLS certification to take this course. Course completion results in a two-year ACLS certification from the American Heart Association. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500. American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor (BLS) Class 9am-4pm. $300. This course is designed to prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. Part of a multi-step course. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 475-9742.

David Temple: Classical Guitar 7:30pm. $25/$20 in advance. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348.

Blacksmithing Basics: Bottle Opener with Patrick Quinn 9am-4pm. During this one day workshop students will learn how to punch and drift holes and taper flat stock. Each student will walk away with at least one hand forged bottle opener. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great UnAmerican Songbook 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Encaustic Mini Workshop by Cynthia Winika $65. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

George Harrison B’day Beatle Bash 8-11pm. $5. All Beatles open mike. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662.

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen 11:30am. Deeply respectful to you and the children in your life. Practical habits you can integrate into daily life immediately. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665.

The Jazz Canon: An Evening of Music by The Cary Brown Trio & Special Guests 7-9pm. Celebrating African American History Month the library presents, The Jazz Canon An Evening of music by The Cary Brown Trio & Special Guests. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040. Regina Carter: Simply Ella 8pm. $34. Concert marking the 100th birthday of the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild Coffeehouse 7:30pm. $6/$5 Folk Guild members. Featuring Reggie Harris and open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New Windsor. Singer/Songwriter Mary Fahl 8:30pm. $30/$35. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. So Percussion 8pm. The innovative ensemble S? Percussion explores America’s fraught relationship with guns in this theatrically staged concert. Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. event/so-percussion-a-gun-show/.

Repair Cafe: Beacon 12-4pm. A Valentines Day themed Repair Cafe: bring an item to be repaired for your beloved. Basic sewing and darning instruction by Helen and Arabella, who will also take a look at sewing machines that are “misbehaving.” Howland Cultural Center, Beacon.

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Activist Hour: A Story Hour for the Next Generation of Activists 10:30am. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


Swing Dance to Shorty King’s Rhythm Review 3:30-6:30pm. $12/$8 FT students. Beginners’ lesson at 3pm. No partner or experience needed. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.


KT Tunstall performs at Daryl's House in Pawling on February 26.

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree KT Tunstall was adopted at 18 days old and raised by a physics lecturer and primary school teacher, neither of whom were music lovers. Her parents supported exploration but also suggested taking a serious approach to all pursuits; therefore Tunstall started classical piano training at four years old, after it was undeniable that music was in her. Tunstall also got involved in theater at a young age and quickly knew she loved having an audience. After 12 years of formal studies in piano and flute, Tunstall picked up a guitar and started singing. With no training, Tunstall developed her new voice without influence. Well, no “formal” influence, that is. “When I was 16 I met a brilliant punk-folk musician named King Creosote at my first gig,” Tunstall says. “He was my mentor for many years and a big reason I resisted the record labels until my late 20s.” Tunstall’s introduction to the collective of musicians operating under the Fence “label” led by King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) allowed her to step off the academic path musically and start blazing her own trail. After years of fighting the establishment, Tunstall eventually left London in search of a major record deal. By no means did she sellout or give up, she simply saw where she was heading. Tunstall’s style evolved into something quite different from most of the music the folks involved in the Fence collective were playing, and according to Tunstall, “It was more accessible.” She was right. At 27, Tunstall signed a record deal after years earning her stripes in both Scotland and London, and once Eye to the Telescope was released in 2004, her career took off like a rocket. “I never expected my first album to sell five million copies,” says Tunstall, whose one-girl band video for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," helped fuel her fame. “I was just hoping I would get to go on tour in a van.”

In the 10 years since Tunstall released her debut album, she has followed up with four more, and her newest release, Kin, is a return to her roots. “Each record I have made was a soundtrack to what I was going through in my life at that time,” says Tunstall. “The last record I made [Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon] was like the soundtrack to a funeral. My dad had died. My marriage had broken up. My life was upside down. It was a time full of heartache and change. All that came out on a folk record. That tour really burned me out, and I doubted if I was ever gonna make another album.” Tunstall processed loss, grief, and confusion live onstage, and played songs outside the bounds of her normally dynamic material. “Looking back, it was a wonderful gift to process everything on that record,” says Tunstall. “After that tour I went through a period of deep self-reflection. I had built the wrong life, and I had to examine how that happened.” Tunstall focused on writing scores for films, one of the reasons she moved to Los Angeles a couple of years ago, with no plans of ever releasing an album again. Places like Laurel Canyon, Topanga Canyon, and Mulholland Drive, and music made in and about those places in the past, lent new found inspiration to Tunstall. “I started writing these really big pop songs and they felt like the songs I wrote for my first record. I hadn’t felt that way in almost 10 years. I was carefree and unbridled. There was no pressure. Somehow I got the fire back and I dove in headfirst to make the record. It feels like the start of part two of my life. This record is about how I became a better person as a result of hard times.” KT Tunstall performs at Daryl’s House in Pawling on February 26 at 7pm. (845) 289-0185; —Brian Turk

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Dance Film Sundays: Mr. Gaga 3pm. $12/$10 members/$6 children. This documentary film examines the life of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin who created the daring form of dance called Gaga. The film contains stunning dance sequences. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Lectures & Talks

The Influence of the Dutch Golden Age on the Hudson River School 1 & 3pm. Salon and tours with Dr. Lloyd Dewitt. Explore the transformational influence of the 17th century Dutch landscape painting on Cole and other Hudson River School artists. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. 518-943-7465.


Brunch with Dave Keyes Band 10am. Gospel blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Cabaret at the CIA Half Moon Theatre’s Broadway performers host a tribute to love and romance. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park.

Health & Wellness

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 10:15am. Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, offers a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. (914) 962-6402.

Kids & Family

Afternoon ABC 123: Missing Mitten Mystery 2:30pm. Where are the missing mittens? Join Magnificent Ms. M. Mitten Maker as we move through the museum searching for magic missing mittens that must mostly match. This program will strengthen visual recogniMid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Lectures & Talks

Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk Second Tuesday of every month, 7pm. free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety

An Affair to Remember 60th Anniversary 7-9:15pm. $16/$14 members. Director Leo McCarey’s scene-for-scene remake of his own 1939 film Love Affair. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, high-profile types both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Health & Wellness

Dr. Richard Horowitz: How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease 6-8pm. From Dr. Richard I. Horowitz, one of the country’s foremost doctors, comes a ground-breaking book about diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme, and peeling away the layers that lead to chronic disease. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

Lectures & Talks

Healing Democracy Action Circle 6-8pm. An open-minded. non-partisan conversation opportunity. This program is prepared by The Center for Courage and


Eastern Boys 6:30pm. Free. When middle-aged gay professional Daniel spots the undocumented teen Marek at a train station in Paris and asks him home, he is targeted by a gang of ruthless Eastern European youth. . Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5720.

Literary & Books

Daphne Merkin, This Close to Happy 6-8pm. This Close to Happy is the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman’s perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime. The White Hart Inn, Salisbury, CT. (518) 789-3797.


Latin Jazz Express: The Music of Tito Puente 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Steppin Stones 8:30pm. $20. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Enter the Haggis 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Thunderhead Organ Trio 8pm. Jazz. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240.

Noah Haidu Quartet 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Trio Mio 7-10:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Open Mike Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kinds: singers, poets, dancers, fire-breathers, comedians, ballonanimal-makers, interpretive dancers, mimes, dreamers, magic makers, whatever your talent is- come and share it with us. Sign-ups are until 4:30pm, performances start at 4:30pm and on. No full bands please. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Durant's Party Rentals Bridal Show 5:30-8:30pm. Door prizes, light refreshments. Durant's Party Rentals, Wappingers Falls. 298-0011.


Live in HD: National Theatre of London’s Saint Joan 2pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Valentine’s Day Singer Showcase Brunch 12-3pm. Enjoy a delicious brunch while listening to a showcase of Hudson Valley artists. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

NT Live: Saint Joan 7-9:30pm. $21/$16 The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


Workshops & Classes

Love Letters 2pm. $20/$30 two/$25 at the door. Rhinebeck Grange #896 will present a one-time performance. Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff. How I Learned to Drive 3pm. Paula Vogel awar-winner. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. NT Live: Amadeus 1-3pm. $21/$16 Gold members. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, A Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. Selected Shorts 3pm. $25. The hit public radio series returns to the Troy Music Hall Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Turning 14 on the Road to Freedom 2-3:30pm. $20/$10 for students 21 & under. Ally Sheedy directs Damara Obi in Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s powerful first-person account of the youngest person to complete the historic 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Workshops & Classes

Learning to Be Human 1-3pm. Intro to Fourth Way of G.I. Gurdjieff and J.G. Bennett.

TUESDAY 14 Dance

Rockin’ Road to Dublin $36-$45. Combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert,all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production.Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashely Smith. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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

EagleFest at Boscobel In 1997, a nesting pair produced the first bald eagle born along the Hudson River in more than 100 years. Ten years later, bald eagles shed their federal threatened status. Every winter over 150 bald eagles migrate along the Hudson Valley waterways. This year, as part of Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual EagleFest, stop by the Boscobel estate in Garrison to join eagle spotters from Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Putnam Highlands Audubon Society. A small hand-warming fire and scopes will be provided. Saturday, February 11, from 9am to 4pm. Snow date: February 12. of topics at our Open House. Second Tuesday of every month, after community meditation practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556. Tea & Stones 6:30-7:30pm. Free hour of connecting to the magic of the mineral kingdom over a cup of herbal tea. Each month we’ll explore a different stone from our vast collection, we’ll learn all about their healing qualities, history and ways to incorporate them into our daily lives. Each month will include a meditation to experience the stones energy personally. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Music The Commodores 8pm. $135. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Red Hots 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

WEDNESDAY 15 Film Summertime 6:30pm. Free. It’s 1971 and Delphine stuns her rural town by moving to Paris for university. She’s swept into the feminist movement and falls in love with the cultured activist Carole. Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5720.

Renewal Facilitated by Cat Greenstreet. Registration required. Millbrook Free Library, Millbrook. 677-3611. Tarot Wisdom Gathering Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8pm. $10. Bring your own Tarot deck to enjoy this guided exploration to learn & connect more deeply with your deck. Each month a card will be chosen that we will delve into with open minds and hearts. We will have a discussion and journey to gather and share our inner wisdom. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


John Nemeth 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Petey Hop Hosts Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

FRIDAY 17 Dance

Ballroom By Request Lesson & Practice Time Third Friday of every month, 8-11pm. $15 for both lessons/$10 one lesson. Joe designed “Ballroom By Request” as a unique place where people can come and learn how for any social event/party/wedding reception where popular music is being played. Two lessons in 2 different dances, and practice/social time afterwards. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.

Kids & Family

Bill Robinson’s Wild World of Animals 6:30pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. A Day at the Museum: Show Change Sculptures 9am-5pm. $75/$65 members. Drop off: 9 to 10 am, programming: 10 am to 4 pm, Pick up: 4 to 5 pm. Work with Michelle Friedman, Manager of Education Programs and Youth Initiatives, to make three-dimensional masterpieces exploring how artists transform materials, create new ideas, and break boundaries. Each student will make three to four unique sculptures to bring home that afternoon. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. Starlab: What’s that Constellation? 4pm. $3. Journey into the museum’s StarLab Planetarium to learn basic astronomy concepts. After the program you’ll be able to find real constellations in the night sky! $3 per person, plus museum admission. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accounting Programs Info Session 4-5:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Literary & Books

Primrose Hill School Journey Through the Waldorf Curriculum Call for time and place. Saugerties. 876-1226.


Workshops & Classes

Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with Willy Torres 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Resume Writing & Cover Letter Workshop 4-5:30pm. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.

Storytelling with Janet Carter 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Buckwheat Zydeco & Marcia Ball 8pm. $34. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti 8-11pm. Two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle. Pennings Farm, Warwick. 986-1059. Jesse Colin Young 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Machine Performs Pink Floyd 8pm. $45. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Magic Dick & Shun Ng 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. ShaNaNa 8-10pm. $40.03/$45.75. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars: Vusi Mahlasela 7:30pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Singer-Songwriter Showcase Third Friday of every month, 8pm. $6. Acoustic Music by three outstanding singer-songwriters and musicians at ASK GALLERY, 97 Broadway, Kingston 8-10:30 pm Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0311.

Kids & Family Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons 11am. $5 snowshoe rental. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor. 647-7989. Psychic Sideshow 2-3:15pm. $15/$10 for patrons 21 & under. BST presents ‘EvilDan’ Terelmes, with his sidekick Colleen the Sideshow Queen, in their raucous “Psychic Sideshow”! Sideshow stunts, carnival cons, midway magic, miracles of the human mind and more. All ages. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Repair Cafe: Rosendale 10am-2pm. Rosendale’s free community meeting place to get stuff fixed for free. Wolf Bravo will be on hand to sharpen knives and tools in the traditional way. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Rosendale.

Eric Erickson 8pm. Acoustic, singer-songwriter. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 8pm. Tennessee Williams classic. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Eric Ericson 8pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Workshops & Classes

Eric Person Quartet 8-10:30pm. $10. Saxophonist Eric Person is setting a new standard in sound and his band Meta-Four is nothing short of dynamic. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. An Evening with Rita Moreno 8pm. $85. Moreno will perform her favorite songs from Broadway, the Great American Songbook and more. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Hallow Dog 8:30-11:30pm. A long time multiinstrumentalist, singer and songwriter on both coasts. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Irka Mateo Trio 8pm. $15. Fusing melody and rhythms from the Dominican countryside. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Slam Allen 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Friday Night Musical Services and Potluck 6pm. Kol Hai: Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal, New Paltz. 477-5457.


Mind Myths 7:30-8:30pm. $15/$10 for patrons 21 and under. Magician Dan ‘EvilDan’ Terelmes in a brand new one-man show called “Mind Myths” that will demolish any preconceived notions you might have about mentalists and the mind reading process. Running about 60 minutes and recommended for audiences ages 12 and older, “Mind Myths” is jam-packed with humor, audience participation, and astounding feats of mind reading. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Workshops & Classes

Painting the Figure with Prismatic Palette 9am-4pm. $375. With John Varriano. Through Feb. 19. This workshop will explore the prismatic qualities of light observed in nature. Students will learn to see light progressions on forms in terms of color temperature as well as value, and how to use a basic artist’s palette to express the full range of the color spectrum. Workshop attendees will learn to mix and match color value, develop color charts and paint studies from the model. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

SATURDAY 18 Comedy

Irish Comedy Tour 8-10pm. $27.50/32.50. The Irish Comedy Tour takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, bellylaugh band of hooligans. The clover-make that clever comedians whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, include Detroit native Derek Richards, Boston-born Mike McCarthy; Nova Scotia’s Damon Leibert; and from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Derrick Keane. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Fairs & Festivals

Ice Sculpture Festival 10am-3pm. Sponsored by the local businesses. Bring your tools and carve a sculpture or come and watch the transformation of blocks of ice carved into great creations. Downtown Tannersville, Tannersville. (518) 858-9094.


Silent Film: The Kiss (1929) 7-9pm. Greta Garbo stars in this romantic drama/murder mystery. Guilty or not, you decide. With live musical accompaniment by Cary Brown. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040.

Food & Wine

Uptown Boogaloo Craft Beer Fest 75+ craft beers, 40+ breweries, food, live music and much more! Offered in two sessions: 12pm-4:30pm, and 5:30pm10pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Certification 9am-1pm. $65. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742. Befriend Your Sewing Machine II 10am-1:30pm. $65. Do you have a sewing machine in your closet, but have never used it? Or you want to sew, but the last time you stitched anything up was in Home Ec class in 8th grade? If you are looking for a low­ commitment class to get acquainted with your machine (or reacquainted with the art of sewing), this is the one for you. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. workshops-list/befriend-your-sewing-machine. Beginner Tool Making with Patrick Quin 9am-4pm. Opportunity for beginner blacksmiths to work on hammer control, learn about heat-treating, and make tools for themselves. In this 2-day workshop students will learn how to make various hand tools commonly found in the blacksmith shop. Working with coil spring, students will refine their hand hammering techniques at the anvil while making a collection of functional hand tools to take away with them. For seasoned beginners and advanced smiths. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

Soul Purpose 7pm. Motown, R&B. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 8pm. Tennessee Williams classic. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Adult Program: Landscape Paint ‘n’ Sip 3-5pm. $60/$50 members. This will be a fun afternoon to relax, laugh, and learn with renowned local artist John Gioia. Class includes wine, cheese, painting instruction, and all you need to create your own masterpiece. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

Post Road Brew House The Culinary Institute of America’s new pop-up restaurant pairs delectable offerings with an extensive beer menu curated by CIA head brewer Hutch Kugeman. “Since we opened the Brewery at the CIA in 2014, we’ve brewed a wide range of interesting beers completely on our own, through our classes and in conjunction with other breweries, and we’re really excited to give them a co-starring role alongside a well-paired menu at Post Road Brew House,” says Chef Waldy Malouf, the CIA’s director of food and beverage operations. On the menu, classic pub fare gone gastro creative: dishes like housemade charcuterie, classic cassoulet, and fish and chips. Post Road Brew House opens Thursday, February 16 for dinner and will remain open until June 15. (845) 451-1015; Third Saturdays 10am-5pm. Family Workshops 10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5, 1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to 10. Explore how unconventional materials can be turned into incredible works of art. Learn about assemblage with artist Adam Handler and transform household objects into magnificent sculptures. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.

Lectures & Talks

Woodstock Library Forum: Peter Heyman: Get Out of Your Own Way… and Get On With It: A Practical Guide To Stop SelfJudgement and Negative Thinking 5pm. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.

Literary & Books

Karen Herceg presents Out of Calaboose 3pm. Out of Calaboose explores personal healing and the issues of abuse as well as political and social awareness through poetry. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Tony Fletcher: In the Midnight Hour, The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett 5pm. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000.


The Brothers of the Road 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Candlelight Concert featuring Kills to Kisses 5pm. $10/members free. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. Chris O’Leary Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

James Montgomery Band 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Mala Waldron Quartet 8-10:30pm. $10. Pianist, vocalist and songwriter, Mala Waldron, has shared the stage with Makanda Ken McIntyre, Don Braden, Jeanne Lee, Melvin Sparks, Hilton Ruiz, Bernard Purdie, Warren Smith, and others. 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Max Creek 9pm. Electric rock jam. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Come Alive in the Dead of Winter 7pm. $45. The evening will include a Cabaret Showcase featuring cool and classic songs by Lydia Pidlusky who will be accompanied on piano by Jeremiah Mahoney. The show will also include comedy by professional stand-up Ed Smyth. Catering will be supplied by Danielle Paulding of Hudson Valley Trendsetters and Cru Club Winebar of Rhinebeck. The Chocolate Factory - Garden of Ruth Oja, Red Hook. 888-842-2442.


Cons, Cheats and Scams:The Extraordinary Card Magic of Jason Ladanye 7:30-8:45pm. $20/$10 for students 21 & under. One of the top card magicians in the world today, Jason Ladanye demonstrates just how simple it is to win in Vegas- if you’ve got the skills! Hosted by Sean “The Prankster” and presented in conjunction with Windham Magic, the show is aimed at sophisticated audiences and leaves them with unforgettable memories. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Zip It! Sew Your Own Pouch 2-5pm. $65. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to sew, or just need a refresher to get back in the saddle again, this is the class for you. We’ll cover the basics of stitching on a machine, and make some simple (or more complex if you like) zipper pouches, which are infinitely useful and make fantastic gifts. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. workshops-list/zip-it-sew-your-own-pouch.

SUNDAY 19 Literary & Books

Karen Herceg presents Out of Calaboose 3pm. Out of Calaboose explores personal healing and the issues of abuse as well as political and social awareness through poetry. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


The Bad Plus 7:30pm. $34. Jazz trio. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Delicious Duos: Delectably Diverse Duos for Piano and Violin 3pm. $15/$10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni/students free. Selections by Russian, American, French, and German composers performed by David Friend, pianist, Laurie Carney, violinist, American String Quartet. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891. The Fabulous Hackers 2-4pm. A group of golf buddies get together and play favorites ranging from folk to classic rock to country intersperse with a growing list of original songs. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Rusted Root 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Ulster Chamber Music Series 3-5pm. $25/$20 seniors/18 and under free. The Ulster Chamber Music Series opens its 49th Season with Les Amies, a flute, harp and viola trio. Renowned artists Carol Wincenc, Cynthia Phelps, and Nancy Allen, will present a program of Ibert, Debussy, Faure, Bax and Devienne. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. 340-9434.

Outdoors & Recreation

Owl Prowl 7-8pm. $12/$8. Learn about the species of owls that are native to our region and their incredible adaptations. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

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Cons, Cheats and Scams:The Extraordinary Card Magic of Jason Ladanye 2-3:15pm. $20/$10 for students 21 & under. One of the top card magicians in the world today, Jason Ladanye demonstrates just how simple it is to win in Vegas- if you’ve got the skills! Hosted by Sean “The Prankster” and presented in conjunction with Windham Magic, the show is aimed at sophisticated audiences and leaves them with unforgettable memories. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 3pm. Tennessee Williams classic. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

MONDAY 20 Kids & Family

Afternoon Studios: Presidential Pennies 2-4pm. If you were to be president of the United States of America, what would your coin look like? Use black ink and bronzecolored paper to create your own portrait, silhouette, or design on a “penny.” The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.


Chrissi Poland: Waking Hour 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Genesis Guitarist and Rock Legend Steve Hackett 8pm. $75. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Southern Avenue 7pm. $15/$20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Workshops & Classes

Encaustic Comprehensive 9am-5pm. $400. With Laurie Moriarty. Through Feb. 24. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.


Two Days, One Night 6:30pm. Free. Sandra, a factory worker in an industrial Belgian town, takes a leave of absence to combat crippling depression. Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5720.

Health & Wellness

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Fourth Thursday of every month, 7pm. Registration required. Support Connection offers a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group. Open to women with breast, ovarian, or gynecological cancer. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 962-6402.

Lectures & Talks

Getting Started with Genealogy 6-8pm. Join us from 6pm-7pm for an introductory class that will explain the first steps in conducting your own research and the basics of using Then, from 7-8pm, registered patrons can join us for a hands-on workshop, consisting of a specially

Specials President’s Day Program: Dinosaur Workshop 1pm. $10. This is the perfect workshop for dinosaur lovers who are 4 to 6 years old! We’ll learn about dinosaurs, fossils and how fossils are found. Each child will make a cast of a dinosaur claw or tooth, and will also work on their own pretend paleontological dig to discover their own fossil dinosaur. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Zonder Kennedy & The Scoville Junkies 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Workshops & Classes

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Certification 6-10pm. $65. For ages 16 to adult. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.

Mid-Winter Library Luau 4:30pm. Activities will include limbo, a hula hooping contest, indoor beach volleyball and oceanic crafts. Refreshments will include a tropical fruit medley. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Personal Retreat Weekend 2/24-2/26. Garrison Institute, Garrison. Yidaki/Digeridoo Workshop 1-5pm. With Aborigianl musician Jeremy Cloake. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

Lectures & Talks

Uptown Mardi Gras If you can’t make it to New Orleans for the bacchanalian revelry known as Mardi Gras, don’t miss Uptown Kingston’s take on the jubilee. On February 24, the Soul Brass Band, a high-energy nine-piece ensemble straight from NOLA, will bring a taste of Bourbon Street to BSP Kingston. The evening kicks of with a warm-up party led by Rick from WKZE at 8pm, followed by a second-line parade down Wall Street, and the band takes the stage at 9pm. More than standard jazz and swing, this band combines traditional brass with classical soul to produce a sound steeped in the tradition of New Orleans parade music. Tap takeover by Catskill Brewery. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Landscape Oil Painting Class 2-4:30pm. $75 for five week session. Explore the concepts and techniques of landscape paintings through presentations and demonstrations using the Hudson River and Barbizon schools paintings as examples. Composition, value, colors and light will be explored and discussed. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.


WEDNESDAY 22 Literary & Books

Poet Gold’s Poelodies 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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Homeschool at The Aldrich: Slip, Slide, Sleigh-Ride 10-11:30am. $15. Celebrate the start of a winter weekend with a snow-inspired painting workshop. Add paint to the top of your page, and experiment with different motions, tools, and toys to make your paint drip and spread across the paper. Ages 6 to 10 with an adult. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.

Uptown Mardi Gras with Soul Brass Band 8pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Kids & Family

Intro to Painting 10am-noon. Through March 28. Designed for students who completed the Intro to Drawing course or who have previous art experience. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.

Kids & Family

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

I, Claude Monet 7pm. Exhibition on screen. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Intro to Drawing 6:30-8pm. Beginners welcome! Develop your own style with experienced instructor Cynthia Frary. Weekly through March 28. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 338-0071.

Swing Dance to the Gordon Webster Sextet 8:30-11:30pm. $15/$10 FT students. Beginners’ lesson at 8pm. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

KT Tunstall 8pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.


Workshops & Classes


The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Eldar 7:30pm. $42/$36/$28. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.


Third Tuesday Queer Night Third Tuesday of every month, 7-11:30pm. Yoo hoo mid-Hudson queers! Community, fun, music and more. Dogwood, Beacon. Https://


Celebrate Clayton’s Birthday Bash with The Clayton Bryant Band 8-10:30pm. $10. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Intro to Yoga & Meditation Series 1:30pm. $45 series/$20 drop-in. Learn the basics or refresh your practice. In this 3­-class series, you’ll learn to link breath and movement through a safe and fun exploration of basic yoga postures. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034.


National Safe Tractor and Machine Operations Certification Training Program $45. The 4-H Youth Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will offer a tractor and machinery safety training program for youth. The program will be offered from February 23rd through April 1st. Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, Millbrook. 677-8223 ext. 108.


Workshops & Classes

Planning for College: How to Maximize Your High School Experience 6-7:30pm. Presented by former admission director and independent educational consultant Sandra M. Moore. Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. 485-3445.

Workshops & Classes


Howie Mandel 8pm. $87.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Modern Living 7pm. A multi-chapter project by choreographers Gerard & Kelly made in collaboration with L.A. Dance Project to explore themes of queer intimacy and domestic space within legacies of modernist architecture. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921.

set up research space with laptops and other local history materials. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272.

Music Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence 7:30pm. $15. Jazz. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357. The Nerds 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Young The Giant with Lewis Del Mar 8pm. $24.50-$34.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Nightlife Trivia Night Hosted by Paul Tully & Eric Stamberg 7:30-9:30pm. Come test your knowledge against other teams for a fun night of trivia. First and second prizes awarded. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

SATURDAY 25 Fairs & Festivals

20th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta 2-7pm. $0-$5. More than 20 Hudson Valley restaurants and chefs donate 50+ gallons of chili, satisfying meat-lovers, vegans, and vegetarians alike. Nearly 1,000 handmade bowls, mugs, and tumblers are created throughout the year by staff, interns, resident artists, students, and local potters. Because so many hands contribute to this process, each vessel is one-of-a-kind, and widely varied in shape, size, color, surface design, and price ($10-$100). Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133.

Food & Wine

Kingston Farmers’ Market Indoor Market 10am-2pm. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.

Kids & Family

Drop-In Snowshoe Lessons 11am. $5 snowshoe rental. It is designed for people who are beginners, interested in trying snowshoeing as a new winter activity. Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor. 647-7989.

Lectures & Talks

Contemplations of the Anthropic: A Lakota Perspective 5pm. Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota. He has a long history with indigenous activism and advocacy. As a writer and performer his presentation will include one Native culture of the Lakota Nation. Expect to hear an update on the struggle of the Standing Rock pipeline. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.

Literary & Books

Donna Seaman: Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists 6-8pm. Who hasn’t wondered where-aside from Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo-all the women artists are? In many art books, they’ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase “identity unknown” while each male is named. In Identity Unknown, Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven of these forgotten artists, among the best of their day. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. Laura Ludwig presents Poetry and Performance Arts 6:30pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Used Book Sale 9am-4pm. Thousands of books are available, with low prices of $1 for hardbacks, CDs, and DVDs (3 for $2); 50¢ for paperbacks and LPs; 25¢ for all children’s items; and 10¢ for magazines and VHS tapes. The sale helps raise funds to support library programs, such as the popular children’s Super Saturday series. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

New Moon Manifestation 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Join us as we come together to manifest our heart’s desires with the creative energies of the New Moon. By applying the Laws of Attraction and candle magic, we support each other in a community of validation and love. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


HI, ARE YOU SINGLE? 7:30-8:30pm. $20, $10 for Students 21 & under. Direct from the Public Theatre’s “Under the Radar” Festival! Ryan is far hornier than you. He also has cerebral palsy, which makes navigating the gay dating pool a bit of a challenge. Ryan Haddad’s autobiographical one-man show is directed by Laura Savia. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. 518-943-3818. MET Live: Rusalka 1pm. $28/$26 members/$20 children. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

N’goni West African Rhythm Harp Workshop with Jeremy Cloake $35/$50/$70 both courses. 10am-12pm: Introductory N’goni course. This course is suited for beginner and intermediate students. You will be taught everything about looking MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-6090. West Afircan Rhythm Harp Workshop 10am-4pm. With Aboriginal musician Jeremy Cloake. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

SUNDAY 26 Film

National Theatre: Amadeus 3pm. $12/$10 members. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. This new production is directed by Michael Longhurst, with live

Dancin’ Broadway 8pm. $60/$55 children. A dazzling romp through Broadway musicals and the great dance numbers that made musical theatre history. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Workshops & Classes

Crash Course in Ceramics 7-9pm. $170 members/$190 non-members. Mondays until March 20. Instructor: Mel Doiron. Join this year’s chili bowl expert in pinching, stretching, cutting, pushing, and pulling clay into form. All skill levels welcome. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams 9pm. Americana. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Levanta 7pm. In concert with Jeremy Cloake. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

Swing Dance Workshops with Chester Freeman 6:30-7:15 & 7:15-8pm. $15/$20 both. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 255-0614.

The Lucky Five 8pm. $10. A hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Teri Roiger Trio 7pm. Gomen Kudasai, New Paltz. 255-8811. The Voyagers 8-10:30pm. $10. This adventurous group will be playing challenging originals featuring compositions by the great Bert Wilson, Steve Frieder’s and some unusual jazz standards, as well as music from the Great American Song Book. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


Hudson Valley Psychic Saturday Meetup 3pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

HI, ARE YOU SINGLE? 2-3pm. $20, $10 for Students 21 & under. Direct from the Public Theatre’s “Under the Radar” Festival! Ryan is far hornier than you. He also has cerebral palsy, which makes navigating the gay dating pool a bit of a challenge. Ryan Haddad’s autobiographical one-man show is directed by Laura Savia. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. 518-943-3818.


Johnny Winter All Star Band & Documentary Film “Down & Dirty” 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Robert Capowski with Jamie Hurst, Chris Davison & Tommy Turck 8:30pm. The Shelter, Rhinebeck. 876-1500.


Workshop on Traditional Maori Musical Instruments 12-3pm. $50. Taonga Paoro are the musical instruments of the Maori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The name taonga Paoro means singing treasures. There are many different types from shell trumpets, to unique types of flutes, spun instruments and bird callers. With Jeremy Cloake. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-6090.

Chris Jackson 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Piano Karaoke with pianist Paul Leschen 9pm. $10. Market Market Café, Rosendale. 658-3164.

Winds of Love 3pm. Brass and voice, featuring The Canadian Brass and Albany Pro Musica. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

Repair Cafe: Gardiner 12-4pm. Free repairs courtesy of experts who are also your neighbors, contributing to our caring and sustainable communities. Check out a book while you’re there. Gardiner Library, Gardiner.

Blue Oyster Cult 8-10pm. $30/$40.03/$57.19. Blue Oyster Cult rose from the 1970s ashes to become one of the nation’s all-time greatest hard rock bands assembled. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2 8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.

The Orchestra Now: Leonard Bernstein’s Candide 8pm. $25-$35/students free. A semistaged concert performance of Bernstein’s famous opera, which is based on the immortal comic classic by Voltaire. Stephen Sondheim and Lillian Hellman contributed to Richard Wilbur’s libretto. Conducted by James Bagwell, with soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900.

Roland Vazquez Quintet Jazz 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Workshops & Classes


The Met Live: Rusalka 12:45-3:45pm. $26/$21 The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Program. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900.

TUESDAY 28 Live Piano Karaoke Putting a classical twist on modern-day karaoke, Market Market in Rosendale presents Live Piano Karaoke, with pianist Paul Leschen, composer of the New York Times Critic Pick musical “Bedbugs!!” Leschen is also a pianist at Sid Gold’s Request Room in Chelsea, which hosts live piano karaoke six nights a week. Singers can choose from over 500 songs, from the 1940s onward—mostly in the pop and rock genres. Market Market will accept dinner reservations starting at 8:30, and the bar is first come first serve. Saturday, February 25. Cover charge $10. (845) 658-3164;

Workshops & Classes

Babysitting Preparedness Course 9am-3pm. $45. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742. Exploring Abstraction with Jennie Nelson 9am-4pm. $255. Explore abstraction through exercises designed to open the mind to conceptual thinking. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Home Building/Green Building Seminar 11am-1pm. Free. Reservations required. Lindal Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 265-2636. Metalsmithing Basics: Jewelry Tools and Techniques 9am-4pm. If you are new to jewelry and metalsmithing, this is the perfect first class for you. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. A Naturalist’s Approach to Beekeeping With Chris Harp 11am-6pm. $200 both days/$110 individual day. This two-day class will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a biodynamic influence. Saturday will be Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring. Sunday will be Understanding and Caring For Your Bees. HoneybeeLives Apiary, New Paltz. 255-6113.

orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989. I, Claude Monet 1pm. Exhibition on screen. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


Al Di Meola’s Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour 2017 7pm. 7pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039. Brunch: Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. KT Tunstall 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Orchestra Now: Leonard Bernstein’s Candide 2pm. $25-$35/students free. A semistaged concert performance of Bernstein’s famous opera, which is based on the immortal comic classic by Voltaire. Stephen Sondheim and Lillian Hellman contributed to Richard Wilbur’s libretto. Conducted by James Bagwell, with soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts

Clubs & Organizations

Monthly Ecological Literacy Discussion Group 7pm. Join us on the last Tuesday of every month for a discussion and exploration of different ecological viewpoints.This month’s book is Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth, by Edmund Russell. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


Daughters of the Dust 7:15pm. Award winning film that tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Lectures & Talks

What is a GMO? 7:30pm. $8/$6 members. Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for a special evening speaking engagement about Genetically Modified Organisms. Led by Maire Ullrich, Orange County resident and Agriculture Program Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Cornwall Presbyterian Church, Cornwall. 534-2903.


Herbal Magic 6:30-7:30pm. Every herb has its own personal signature, its own magic, its own vibration, with healing properties for our physical, mental and spiritual benefit. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

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Planet Waves by eric francis coppolino

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could not wait for Donald Trump to place his hand on that bible. That was the actual beginning. Everything we’d seen till that point—the congressional hearings for cabinet nominees, the loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires, the scathing press conference, the striding through factories and “saving” jobs, the pep rallies, the gloating about how we underestimated the gun nuts, the parade of alleged VIPs through Trump Tower, the 4 am tweets cancelling orders for Air Force One—were one long game of make-believe. Perhaps it’s true, as Frank Zappa once said, that politics is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex. But even in entertainment, there are contractual obligations, there are laws about things like fire safety and taxes, and there are customs. The audience has expectations; and performers, as Zappa knew, must have a commitment to their art. And then there’s the bit about the nuclear “biscuit,” the one with the codes, and someone having five minutes to determine whether something is incoming missiles or a flock of geese: That’s not exactly entertainment. This is where the Trump phenomenon is going to get interesting. This is when the reality check begins: when politics becomes governing. When real decisions have to be made, decisions that influence the fate of the Earth and the many of us who live here, that’s not a show. I’ve been trying to keep the perverse, sadistic side of my nature in check these days. During the campaign, I would console myself with the notion that being president would be the ultimate punishment for a guy like The Donald. I want this experience to be painful for him, and for the people who believed his lies. I want to see these illusions explode. That is not, however, in the spirit of what’s necessary now. It would be playing right into the reality-show aspect of what’s happening to watch with glee as the new pseudopresident becomes more deeply ensnared in the webs of 98 planet waves ChronograM 2/17

lies and cruelty that he’s woven around himself, and as it occurs to people who once supported him that he’s a con artist. Trump built his political career on the idea that President Obama was born in Kenya, and nearly everything else he said has been approximately equally racist or in some way hateful. Those who discover the con game will be taken deeper into their rage and cynicism, which already exist in abundance. It will be an ongoing excuse to abandon any notion or desire for progress. It’s also clear that the failings of Donald Trump will quickly be blamed on his predecessor, on the “liberal” media, or liberals, or activist judges, or on something or someone. Hey, we didn’t elect him—the Electoral College did! The psychological phenomenon holding up this whole circus is denial. Therapists in the audience are all watching and shaking their heads at the dynamics, mentally scanning through the potential diagnoses. The dynamics resemble those of an abusive, alcoholic environment where the neighbors feel bad about calling the police. Many are wondering: Is he borderline, bipolar, a clinical narcissist, or DSM 1.001—cuckoo? We’re all supposed to pretend that this one person doesn’t really have the ability to blow up the world with one instruction. It’s worked well so far, I guess. Pundits are writing little essays with themes such as, “When we catch him lying, shall we call it a lie, or shall we politely critique it as possibly true but having a few veracity issues, and then tentatively conclude that it may have been intentional?” Then there’s the fake-news issue, which is not about phony articles designed to fool people. Rather, the problem is about anyone calling anything they don’t like fake news. This is all painful to watch. It was appropriate this week that the New York Times published a report showing that global temperatures have risen steadily since the late 19th century and have surged since 1980. There are credible

analyses that say this problem cannot be reversed and is not going away. All problems. Our whole society is based on avoiding doing this. There’s always some seeming external solution, or diversion. we can do is adapt. One important role the president of the United States plays is as an example. Let the Akashic record reflect that in these days when the complex problems we face are becoming manifest, a bunch of self-serving, self-aggrandizing Examples serve as models, which means as permission to be someone or somesimpletons are taking control of the world’s most powerful nation, its largest thing. Part of the example function involves certain behavior being associated economy, and the potentially most significant force for good. Let the record with a certain reward. There is an obvious problem with someone who displays reflect that the new bosses intend to squander even more precious time creating such blatant disrespect for people being given this much power. It’s proof more problems rather than solving anything. Let the record reflect that many that you really can get somewhere being that particular way. Anyone who has taken care of children, animals, or adults has figured out that example spreads people just love this. When I was an investigative reporter, I was a mediator between the lies of virulently. It’s the most effective and efficient form of teaching. Now many people are looking at an example of what they don’t want to corporations and governments, and the people who believe them. My primary coverage area was fraud related to health and the environment. I had two phases be, and don’t want their children to be. Even many supporters of the incomof shocking revelations doing this work. The first was wrapping my mind around ing president recognized there’s a problem here. Plenty are making excuses, just how trusted institutions can blatantly deceive people; by which I mean harm and are silently appalled. Many have been listening to his hateful speech and deciding consciously that they need to be better people. them, threaten their lives, and even succeed at killing them. Through social media, I’ve been asking what the appropriate response to After I got through amassing and analyzing a document collection that proved the Trump phenomenon is. I get a few “dig a bunker” kind of responses, but companies lied to federal regulators, and to insurance companies, and lied in many people get that love is the only answer. There court, and fabricated fraudulent safety studies for is an idea going around that the only sane way to their deadly chemicals, I had to confront the idea A bunch of self-serving, address this problem is by being kind, helpful, and that people are so easy to deceive. It became clear supportive. after a while that this could only be possible if Adiaha Ruane: While I foresee a new world self-aggrandizing people want to be deceived; if that’s their agenda. where chaos and confusion reign because of the Fraud is a special kind of crime, because it’s “deals” that will be made, I think it is important to simpletons are taking self-concealing. The intention is to deceive, and remain positive. A tone which inquires about the painstaking efforts are taken to cloak the truth in something that seems plausible. Then I would control of the world’s most probabilities of outcomes may be appropriate for your publication. You’ll want to leave room for read the testimony of a GE manager who said he things to turn out differently. went to 100 funerals for his employees who died powerful nation, Ann Elizabeth Byrne: I am trying to fight of “head cancer and lung cancer” and figured out the urge to wish the next four years away. Each of something was wrong. One hundred funerals? its largest economy, us should not lose an hour of this precious life to That’s what it took? fear. Instead, double down on leading with love to Once someone knows that fraud is being comand the potentially most all and especially to ourselves. mitted, their legal status changes and the clock Cheryl Wade: This is a perfect time to step starts tolling on the statute of limitations. At that significant force for good into our individual sovereignty and accept that point any additional fraud that occurs is more like there is no “savior” to rescue us. We must each codependency. on the planet. decide what kind of world we choose to live in and Gradually I figured out that people seem to then maintain that reality every day and in every want and need to be lied to. I was compelled, as someone deeply interested in the human condition, to confront the fact that moment in the conscious choices that we make for ourselves and for humanity. there are two halves to any deception: one provided by the teller, and one by We must stand up and defend those that are defenseless, stand for compassion the believer. I am not here to absolve corporations or political leaders of their and empathy for all beings, otherwise we will be victims of the potential hell obvious responsibility for deceiving people. Rather, I am here to say that there’s on Earth that seems to be rising up from the darkest depths of the collective consciousness. something in people that seems to thrive on being deceived, and that this was Marian McQuinn: This is intriguing. Looking back on the late `60s we by far the more difficult part of the equation for me to work through. see lots of protests but now we are so much more savvy and hopefully wiser. It’s one thing to look at a public official and know that he or she is lying; It is also so surreal. My feelings are that something dramatic may happen as we there are obvious motives: protecting one’s job, avoiding prosecution, avoiding reach a tipping point of some kind. I am very aware that everyone on the planet lawsuits, making money, and so on. can make a change in thought and deed where we are. Anything could happen! It’s another thing to look at someone who already knows they may be exBardet Wardell: I call on US, you and me, to become more active in composing themselves to danger and pretends it does not exist. There’s a much municating with each other, with local, state, and national reps and figuring out more complex set of motives involved. It’s true some of them involve a form what we personally get up each morning to do and feel in a day. I would say that of profit (someone’s spouse beats them, but a car is included in the deal). Yet the time we spend doing this “conversation” would take some time away from the inner psychology is much more sinister. TV and other screen addictions. Thus the unconscious would be less accepting The problem of cognitive dissonance—simultaneously believing two of violence, isolation, and judgment of the other. It is all in the conversation contradictory sets of facts—is very difficult to address. One plays a game of that we find meaning, connection, and some comfort. I went uptown in tears hide-and-don’t-seek with oneself. And this is something that humans seem to the other day. I met friends who cared and gave me conversation and eased my excel at. Cognitive dissonance, or what I’m calling hide-and-don’t-seek, has angst and completely turned my day around. deep roots, and most of them are associated with getting clobbered as a child. Len Wallick: Everybody wants to be understood. Not everybody seeks to All of the dynamics involved in being subject to corporate and state power understand. It’s a common desire to hold others accountable. It is less common are extensions of what happened in our childhood households. These dynamics to be accountable. Nearly all of us could afford to be more understanding and are replayed in our current home environments, if left unresolved, and then accountable. I know I could. collectively it becomes what we call society. Getting underneath the appearance level—the one where someone tends there’s no problem, or identifies the wrong thing as the problem—takes Read Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column. courage. That’s nothing other than the willingness to face oneself and one’s 2/17 ChronograM planet waves 99

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ARIES (March 20-April 19) The great adventure has begun. The times, they are a-changin’. And who are you really? That’s the journey, and that’s what you are ready to discover. You have so many possibilities, and yet you so often approach life the same way. You’re under some intense pressure to set yourself free. But free of what? An idea about who you are, which seems to dictate how you relate to the world. This looks like a search for gender identity. Your feminine side is calling you; she’s trying to get your attention, though she’s having some challenges expressing herself. It’s as if you’re hearing but not listening. Let yourself be drawn into your inner life, and if you feel resistance, remember that this is one of the most fearsome things a person can do. Many pressures you’re under are designed to draw you outside yourself. Yet your inner awareness, your imagination, your ability to feel who you are rather than tell yourself who you are—all of this is calling you. You’re being invited into your own inner sanctum. Don’t fall for the glam, the commercial, or what your social media accounts claim about you. Turn toward the unknown and take your time getting there. In those moments when you feel the least comfortable in your skin, when you feel restless, when you doubt yourself: That’s your invitation, easy to miss.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) You are a catalyst in a group initiation of some kind. By this I mean that the evolutionary steps you’re taking are having an influence on the people around you. As you grow into yourself, you’re opening the way for other people to do so as well. As you become more confident, people around you are finding their confidence. As you develop your skills and deepen your commitment level, those who depend on you are becoming stronger in their mission. This truly is “leadership for the new age,” in that your example seems to be what is leading others. Yet it goes much deeper than this. There’s something in the spiritual chemistry of how you mix with others that’s having the deepest effect. It’s not what you’re doing but rather who you’re becoming that is influencing others. Therefore, you can take bigger risks being yourself. Yes, in times past, you may have threatened people by being bold and real, and by expressing your true competence. Now your ability to do so sets an energy pattern that others can follow, including certain members of your family. Now, if your existence gives people permission to be who they are, you’re the one who gives yourself consent to be who you are. Once you get the hang of this, you’ll be wondering what all the fuss and resistance were about.

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GEMINI (May 20-June 21) New ideas about relationships are calling you, though existing situations in your life need your attention. Humans tend to have a difficult time coming up with a clear yes or a clear no. They also have challenges with a clear hello and goodbye. Taken together, these four values comprise the most important boundaries you can have. They are the gas, brakes and steering of your life. Saturn in your opposite sign Sagittarius is saying that it’s time to put your hands on the controls of your life and master these basic concepts. It’s true that you have the question of what to do with existing commitments. The real question is: whom and what are you truly invested in? Be clear with yourself about this. There’s no point wasting anyone’s time with the appearance of commitment when your soul is not really there. Nobody really wants to pretend, or wants you to pretend. One clue that may seem materialistic (but is actually more metaphysical) is to notice when and on whom you like spending money. This is a good indicator of love, specifically, noticing where your energy flows easily. Time will give you similar clues. Around whom do you not feel rushed? Who do you always have time for, no matter how busy you are? Alternately, if you feel guilt, you’re getting a message that a situation is bad karma. Trust yourself.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’re in an excellent position to transform your financial situation: to get some new clients or gigs, and to renegotiate some existing ones. Yet the basis of this is a discovery that you make about yourself, which establishes in your own heart the value of your work. There’s a parallel discovery about offering yourself rather than sacrificing yourself. When you give yourself sincerely, it will feel as if you gain rather than lose something. You will feel the actual experience of how ideas increase when they are given away. Your solar chart also describes a scenario you should be aware of. There’s some situation that’s easy to see and that’s getting your attention. There’s some other object on the radar—whether it’s an idea, an offer, or an opportunity to work with someone—that’s subtler and easier to overlook. Therefore, take some time to turn your attention from what you’re focused on, and from what seems the most important, and look around for what seems (at first) to be less significant. Look and listen carefully. This might involve someone considerably younger than you are, whose thoughts would be easy enough to dismiss. Or the value of your own idea might not be obvious at first. In truth, this is likely to be the most interesting thing you have going on, and it will develop nicely.

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LEO (July 22-August 23) This month’s Full Moon in your birth sign (exact February 10) is inviting you to break consensus and do what you want. It would seem that there’s a committee of some kind saying you must live the way you supposedly agreed to, and that if you don’t, bad things will happen. Whether this is implied or being stated outright, I would encourage you to question this notion long enough to walk through an open door and try something new. You don’t have to live your life by consensus. The thing is, Leo is both an individualistic sign and one sensitive to the needs of the group or the tribe. Once you understand this about yourself, it will be easier for you to have some balance in your life. However, at first you may feel like you’re stealing. But you cannot steal yourself. Your life is your life—it’s really that simple, and anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is playing a game that can only happen with your consent. What is the actual nature of your commitments to others? What exactly did you promise them? And what was your promise to yourself, before they even met you? That’s the true promise you must keep. As you do that, as you reaffirm your commitment to yourself, certain partners are likely to rise to the occasion with you.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) You’re making some excellent strides establishing your emotional independence. You can use your circumstances to help you. For example, physical space is one of the most helpful tools in the quest to assert who you are. You need space to yourself, and plenty of it. Take the initiative and create that for yourself, whether you have to ask everyone to go out for the afternoon, find a place to hide for a day or two, or get a room of your own somewhere. There is one question that your solar chart is presenting, though: To what extent do you link sex with marriage? This might be in the most literal sense, of thinking that sex is only appropriate in wedlock (this idea somehow persists, even if meekly), but it’s more likely to take the form of an erotic encounter being an implied contract of some kind (a boldly persistent idea). This is the hook. Whatever you may choose, you must set the terms of the agreement where an intimate experience is concerned. Take leadership; state your terms and your expectations. Ask for these things from anyone you share yourself with. You have just enough detachment right now to see through the fog and come up with some original ideas. You’re much more adventurous than you let on; society has invented all kinds of devices to deal with people like you.

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LIBRA (September 22-October 23) You are big enough to handle anyone’s erratic behavior. You are broad-minded enough to handle the self-centered way that many people act. But how much do you want to endure? Notice when your patience is on half-empty rather than when it’s running all the way out. Notice who consumes the most of your resources. And most of all, notice who notices you—that you’re a person with feelings, desires, and needs. Those are the people you want in your life: individuals capable of taking care of themselves and who offer a measure of mutuality. You would probably say that’s tops on your list of qualifications for partner or friend, though how often does it work out that way? At the moment, it’s easy for you to get drawn into the service-to-others thing in a way that can go out of control. This calls for conscious decision making. Be aware of the commitments you’ve made to others and the extent to which they are expecting or demanding more than what you’ve offered. You might also notice when someone is mirroring back to you one of your own tendencies that you want to let go of. The more you work on yourself, the less tolerant you will be of people who do anything less than honor your full personhood. You must treat yourself well first, and others will follow suit.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) Remember that experiments are just that: the exploration of experience, and of your awareness. You have a few of these going on in both your personal life and your less-personal work life. Notice the overlaps and the connections between them. People are people, no matter what supposed role they play. The whole issue of appropriateness is overrated, as you know, and you may find yourself crossing various lines this month. The one thing to be careful of is where sex meets money. The one place that calls for a boundary is where your financial life meets your amorous life. This is less about spending money and more about who controls it. Keep a grip on your business affairs, make your own decisions, and then be as generous as you want. Nothing you say or do implies that you’re anyone else’s property. If anyone gets that idea, you’ll want to notice, so listen for the subtle clues. Your life is a kind of gift economy, wherein people have the opportunity to share with one another. Yes, this goes against the grain of our whole economic system and the prevailing theory of relationships. You have the strength and the integrity to stand up to this in your own life. You are your own person, and everyone will be happier for recognizing that basic fact.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22) Saturn is in your sign, and that may describe certain emotional challenges you’re facing. It might seem as if these challenges are coming from outside you. Yet your inner life is where the energy is flowing, which includes your emotions and also how you respond to events in your environment. You’ll make more progress on the kinds of maturity that Saturn is here to teach if you keep your locus of awareness internal. Spend as much time alone as you can, and really feel what amounts to a world that you contain. You’re integrating certain experiences from your distant past, on the way to finding your way to the present. This will continue through the late winter and into the spring. Yes, it’s more typical for the Sagittarian quest to be an adventure in the world. It’s bolder and more daring to take your desire to unravel the mysteries of the planet into your own heart and soul. As you do this, your relationships will change. You will be more sensitive to how you feel about people, and you’re more likely to notice the subtle influence they have on you. And when you branch out into the world, you’ll notice different things and feel more connected to your inner core; more receptive and approaching a more harmonious state with the people around you. Go in before you go out.

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Pluto in your sign is still pushing, pulling, and stretching you, though I also hope you’re getting the message to aspire to bolder and more interesting things. That means having an idea of what’s bold and interesting to you, and reaching beyond your current circumstances, particularly in your profession. Make sure you aspire to what you really want, just in case you get it. That’s the whole thing with success: It’s demanding. Once attained, it often feels like you must earn it again every day. If you claim to have some knowledge, one of the first things you’re likely to discover is how much you need to learn; and something must motivate that process of education. Let that be love: not the love of image, or of appearance, or of the idea of something, but the actual thing itself. Have as few illusions as you can, lest you become disillusioned; and if you do, be grateful when illusions are replaced by something closer to reality. It’s a delicate balance, between reaching to exceed your grasp and taking on too much responsibility—and there may not actually be a point of equilibrium. The one thing you can do, over and over again, every single day, is resolve to be true to yourself, and make each choice consciously. Then verify again and again that you’re actually faithful to yourself.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) Take the time to put your feelings into words, and share them. Size is not everything, though I suggest this be longer than a tweet. Reach into some of the unusual depths that you’ve been feeling, and that may be daunting. It is, however, the expression and sharing that will help you validate your experiences, and keep your exploration going. If you keep silent, you won’t hear yourself as clearly. If you don’t write down your thoughts, you’re less likely to remember what ground you’re covering. It’s not just your arrival to a new place that counts (and such is inevitable). Rather, it’s how you got there that matters. Remember that this is a spiritual journey, and its most interesting places are symbols and ideas—and these are easy to forget. Treat each event or episode in your life as an initiation, which teaches you something, changes you slightly and significantly, and leads you to another place. As you do this, you’re closing gaps and spaces inside yourself, rather than trying to fill them up with something less fulfilling. You’re healing cracks in your psyche and openings in your emotional body. Your overall direction of travel is toward being a more solid, dependable, and grounded person. And this is all preparation for something else, for experiences vastly different from what you’ve ever had before. Therefore, make friends with the unfamiliar.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) Practice feeling good about yourself. It’s a skill that you’ll learn over time, though you’re being helped significantly by a factor you might not have expected. The one issue that you’ve been affected by the most deeply, the one you thought you could never resolve, the one that’s vexed you for years, is finally giving way. Part of what you’re doing is establishing a correct relationship to the past. You know that you cannot just stow it away. You know you cannot drag it around with you. You know that you cannot hold every relationship to the standard of what’s happened in the past. You’re releasing the toxic effects of what you’ve been carrying, and at the same time, you’re learning to claim the most positive lessons from what you went through. This conversion process is the essence of emotional and spiritual healing. Claiming the knowledge and experience you’ve gained, and allowing it to change you, is far more than positive thinking; you might think of it as positive becoming. One image from your solar chart is about embracing the different opposites that you contain within you. Those polarities might be your inner male and female aspects, or any seemingly competing desires or values that you observe. Part of the maturity you’re growing into involves allowing yourself to expand, and embracing those oppositions rather than fighting them.


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Bird in Flight, a photograph by Lisa Durfee, from “No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson” While strolling down Warren Street in Hudson, one tends to notice the immaculate Federal-style buildings and polished storefronts. But turn a corner and a different layer of the past emerges: decaying, abandoned graffiti barns; plywood-patched garages covered in layers of paint; stark, rundown alleyways with inexplicable beauty. “It creates a wonderful patina over time to see all of the decay and then repair and then decay, and a lot of times things just fall down eventually,” says photographer Lisa Durfee. Durfee has been documenting Hudson’s shabby-chic barns and forgotten alleyways since the early 2000s. A Hudson local for 17 years, she is entranced by the parallel landscapes the city offers. “It’s been an interesting ride watching Hudson change,” Durfee comments as she reflects on the alleys beside and behind her house, whose historic character and funky charm have provided her inspiration throughout the years. Lisa Durfee’s photographs are currently being shown as part of the “No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson” exhibit at the Hudson Opera House, alongside photos by William Hellermann and Peter Spear. The show will be on display until Sunday, February 19. (518) 828-1438; —Leah Habib

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