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VIEW FROM THE TOP 10 ON THE COVER Beacon-based photographer Meredith Heuer explores the possibilities of Jell-O.



Looking for guidance, Jason Stern throws the I Ching.

16 WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING Gas pump attendants join the endangered species list and other juicy tidbits.

17 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC: OUR WAY, NORWAY, OR NO WAY Larry Beinhart’s sardonic reflects on the prospect of an America sans diversity.

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Jamie Cat Callan and Dr. Bill Thompson’s 19th-century farmhouse in Valatie has an assiduous blend of historic Hudson Valley character and Old World charm.





Hillary Harvey takes the region’s political temperature, a year into Trump’s presidency and finds the Hudson Valley is full of civic vigor.

Melissa Esposito scours the Hudson Valley for the best budget bites, including tacos, pierogies, falafels, and soul food.





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WEDDINGS 25 OLD, NEW, BEQUEATHED, AND BLUE Chronogram staffer Marie Doyon tells the story of her custom engagement ring.


Scenic Art Studios founder Joseph Forbes eaxmining the painted backdrop for the American Ballet Theatre production of “Whipped Cream” at Scenic Art Studios’ headquarters in Newburgh.



Wendy Kagan speaks with “moola doula” Joanne Leffield about reconciling with your inner child and healing your relationship with money.

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Peter Aaron talks with Renaissance man David Amram about his storied career as a musician, composer, actpr, author, and narrator.

73 The Clark Institute’s new exhibit “Drawn to Greatness” spans 500 years of drawings.

Nightlife Highlights include Cupid Painted Blind, Eugene Chadbourne,

75 Mahawie Theater hosts Blues Traveler for a harmonica-heavy jam session.

Hudson Jazz Festival, and Kevin Devine.

76 Rhinebeck Theatre Society kicks off its Season of Women with “A Doll’s House.”

Album reviews of In the Kingdom of Dreams by Ian Felice; Frequency & Vibration

77 Boundary-bending British comedian Eddie Izzard performs at UPAC on February 16.

by The Rough Shapes; and Brave Hours by Walking Bombs.

78 Singer, actress, and activist Ali Stroker headlines Vassar College’s Modfest. 79 In the exhibit “Painted Cities,” 10 artists explore the aesthetics of urban landscapes.


80 Vanaver Caravan’s 16th annual DanceFest! celebrates the diversity of dance.

Six literary picks for those frigid February days.

81 The Rhinecliff hosts a Robbie Burns Supper in honor of the late great Scottish poet.

Carolyn Quimby reviews historian David B. Woolner’s presidential portrait, The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace.

58 POETRY Poems by L. Abrams, Stowe Boyd, Alyssa Bruno, Marina Elisa Caceres, Jeanine Crook, Stampie Dear, Michael Freeman, Diamonique Gurny, Bruce Groh, Kate Hempfling, Anthony G. Herles, C. Z. Heyward, John Kiersten,



Eric Francis on the strengths, failings, and ironies of the #MeToo movement.



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

Megan Konikowski, Bettyann Lopate, Tom O’Dowd, p, Hudson Rowan,


Fern Seuss, Alexa Tirapelli, and Sharon Watts. Edited by Phillip X. Levine.



Scott Nelson Foster’s A1 Coinomatic, a watercolor featured in the exhibition “Painted Cities,” at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson through February 18.



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Colorfield #13 meredith heuer | 40” x 60” | giclée print | 2009 Meredith Heuer first came to the attention of this magazine five years ago, when her “Beacon Portrait Project” was exhibited at Fovea Gallery.Years in the making, the show featured 20 portraits of the city’s residents (Heuer ultimately shot over 100), almost all of whom were photographed in their homes. For Heuer, who moved to Beacon in 2006, the series was an attempt to create a visual map of her new home. Having always lived in big cities—Detroit, NewYork, San Francisco—the photographer was drawn to small-town life. “I wanted to live in a place small enough to really connect with everyone,” Heuer says. She originally planned to shoot a portrait of everyone in Beacon. “I should have checked the population numbers first,” she says of the city of 15,000. Heuer got her start as a photographer working for national magazines like Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, and Fortune, shooting portraits of high-powered businesspeople and celebrities like Richard Branson, Lemony Snicket, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Celebrities don’t normally phase Heuer, but she claims that shooting the team behind the hit podcast “Serial”—NPR darlings Sarah Koenig and (gulp!) Ira Glass—was daunting. “It’s the most star-struck I’ve ever been,” she says. (Two fun facts: 1. During the “Serial” shoot, Heuer witnessed the podcast staff compete in an impromptu arm wrestling tournament, in which Koenig soundly defeated Glass. 2. If you Google “Sarah Koenig,” you will see Heuer’s portrait of her from that shoot.) Since moving to Beacon, Heuer has focused more on working with local businesses. Her clients include Wickham Solid Wood Studio, Beacon Pilates, and Malfatti Glass. She’s also collaborated with friends like humorist, cartoonist, and cultural critic David Rees on his delightfully subversive mock how-to book, How to Sharpen Pencils (2012). Heuer also shoots weddings but limits that work to five per year and is very selective, choosing to work with clients who want nontraditional photos in her portrait style. “I try and capture the feeling of the day, not the fact of the day,” she says. Heuer’s current Colorfields series began with her desire to take more control of her work, presenting more of her own aesthetic voice by shooting abstract forms. An avid home cook, Heuer is a fan of Jell-O, which led her to experiment with Jell-O recipes made with different pigments and stiffening agents to enliven and structurally support the inherent wobbly dessert. “It’s very alive when you’re shooting it,” says Heuer. The image on this month’s cover, Colorfield #13, is a tray of Jell-O precariously balanced on its end. The vertical crack is a happy accident and highlight’s the mold’s translucent quality. “The way the light passes through it gives it a stained-glass quality,” says Heuer. “Colorfields,” an exhibition of photographs by Meredith Heuer, will be shown at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon from February 10 to March 4. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 10, from 6 to 9pm. (845) 440-7901; Portfolio: —Brian K. Mahoney



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ESTEEMED READER Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: It’s been a long time since I consulted the I Ching, but I did recently. The question at hand was part of a long inquiry into the nature of guidance. I suspect there is something like a compass at my center and at the center of every being.Throwing the I Ching can sometimes unstick the compass needle, allowing it to swing free and indicate a direction to take, or at least a direction in which to look. The coins yielded two identical trigrams, though formed through different permutations of odd and even, each trigram comprising broken lines topped by an unbroken line. The two trigrams sit one atop the other. Looking at the image I had built I tried to fathom its meaning. ____________ _____ _____ _____ _____ ____________ _____ _____ _____ _____ It looks like mountains, I thought, very Chinese mountains, stretching into a twodimensional distance, with a canopy of clouds above. Sure enough, the hexagram is called “Keeping Still, Mountain.” Mountains standing close together; The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior person Does not permit her thoughts To go beyond the situation. The quality embodied in this trigram surprised me. I was expecting something dynamic­—a call to action, a potent interplay of forces. But no, there was just this indication to keep still, whilst remaining alert to erring on the side of stiffness—“the fire when it is smothered turns to acrid smoke that suffocates as it spreads.” I interpret this call to stillness not as an exhortation to passivity but to alacrity. I think it has something to do with what Carlos Castaneda says the shamans of ancient Mexico call “impeccability;” of deeds perfectly appropriate to the needs they fulfill; of no omission and no commission. Now, more than ever, I feel the imminence of an ordeal, and also the immanence of a fundamental support. This is the quantum view of matter as boundless space, punctuated at great distances by infinitesimal concentrations, held in form by a resilient, pulsing matrix. The gossamer pattern of matter and its progress through events appears fragile and unreliable, seeming to require manipulation and control to achieve any predictability; and yet, within each subtle formation is a logic, or logos—a vibrational pattern granting an adaptive quasi-permanence, for a time, until the tone passes away and things fall apart. So many gradations and harmonics of energy thrum through matter and play out all manner of manifestation in time.There is the energy that coheres matter into form, imbuing material with a particular elemental quality; a finer energy allows that material to become elastic, able to retain identity whilst changing form; a still finer energy impregnates the material with vitality; another, automatic activity; and sensitivity; consciousness; creativity; the unitive energy of love; and perhaps finally an energy that transcends all the bounds of existence giving the manifest world a geometric integrity and resilience. Even in the face of the kaleidoscopic grandeur reliably unfolding in each succeeding moment, I experience an instinctive draw to doubt, a dread of loss or annihilation. Out of the fear springs an impulse to manipulate and control, to make reality conform to an image that the fearful tapeworm calling the shots from my gut finds comforting. How to be receptive to and allow what is arising both within and in my circumstances, and at the same time to be free to respond: this is the work of life, like Christian in his Pilgrim’s Progress (from This World, to That Which Is to Come). Such a delicious predicament is the hexagram of Keeping Still, Mountain. Jelaluddin Rumi (with the translating help of Coleman Barks) put it this way. A Chickpea leaps almost over the rim of the pot where it’s boiled. “Why are you doing this to me?” The cook knocks him down with the ladle. “Don’t try to jump out. You think I’m torturing you. I’m giving you flavor, so you can mix with spices and rice and be the lovely vitality of a human being. Remember when you drank rain in the garden. That was for this.” —Jason Stern

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t never ends, does it, the stream of maddening and saddening information that we consume on a daily basis? Whether or not we’re aligned with the dominant party in power in the country, whether or not we have strong political convictions, whether or not we’re finely attuned to the massive economic inequities and wholesale ecological degradation of market capitalism—the news is kind of a drag. The day-in, day-out slog of bearing mute witness to human cruelty, folly, and hubris in its disturbing variety can be downright demoralizing. (And detrimental to our health, according to some psychologists. A study in 2002  found that viewing the coverage of 9/11 on TV was enough to trigger symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in some people. Severity of symptoms was directly related to the amount of time subjects spent watching television.) This can be traced back to the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, beginning with the launch of CNN in 1980. The speed by which bad new travels since then has only quickened. (But the content hasn’t changed. CNN reported on a random shooting aboard a train in Connecticut on its first newscast. I turned on the TV this morning to see reports of a school shooting in Kentucky, the 11th school shooting so far this year. A morbid curiosity: Has the pace of school shootings sped up to fill all the hours of coverage? How much does the whitehot spotlight invite copycat crimes?) One reaction to the oversaturation of news was the rise of John Stewart and the generation of news-comedians that followed him. Nighttime talk show hosts like Johnny Carson had always gently lampooned those in power. Typical Carson joke about Ronald Reagan’s inner circle: “There is a power struggle going on between President Reagan’s advisers. Moe and Curly are out. Larry is still in.” But Stewart was different. He was a comedian, sure, and “The Daily Show” was branded as “humorous takes on top news stories” and contained whimsical interludes from correspondents like John Oliver and Samantha Bee. But he was not a court jester in the mode of Leno or Carson, who made fun of the powerful while never questioning their motives or their right to power. Stewart proclaimed that his show was comedy, but he skewered the powerful while we laughed along and ended up being a generation’s Walter Cronkite. Stewart was the little bit of sugar to help the news go down, but it didn’t make the news go away. We went to bed smug in the afterglow of truth having been spoken to power and woke up with an uncoated news hangover once again (which led many of us to get our news solely from “The Daily Show”). Now he’s three years gone, and no one among his heirs has been able to fully claim his mantle. And perhaps that’s for the good. Let’s allow news-comedy to slide into comfortable obscurity. Given the propitious environment social

media has created for fake news, regular ol’ news-news is welcome for a while. But don’t let the bad news get you down. Or do, but then shift your focus to some good tidings for a news cycle or three—the natural and unnatural disasters will still be there for you when you return. This might lead some to call you a Pollyanna, but they probably don’t know the real story of Pollyanna. All but forgotten to us today, Eleanor H. Porter was one of the best-selling American authors of early 20th century. Pollyanna was her biggest commercial success. Published in 1913, her kids’ novel tells the story of Pollyanna Whittier, an orphan who is sent to live with her spinster aunt Polly after the death of her parents, both missionaries. Despite rough treatment from her aunt, who didn’t want to take in the girl but felt duty-bound to do so, Pollyanna maintains an irrepressible optimism. Her sunny disposition stems from something Pollyanna calls the “Glad Game,” taught to her by her father. It seems that Pollyanna’s father asked for supplies for his missionary efforts, including a doll for Pollyanna—for Christmas! The supplies contained no doll—just a pair of crutches. Her father then explained to the disappointed Pollyanna that the game (of life, one infers) involved always finding something to be glad about—the crutches should be a source of joy as Pollyanna has two good legs. (I dare you to try this at home with your own kids.) Long story longer, Pollyanna’s irrepressible optimism melts the frozen heart of every crotchety old codger in town, lastly, but most powerfully, her aunt Polly.Then there’s a tragic twist (cue the crutches from Act One), but it all works out in the end. The same may not be said for us, but here’s a couple of tidbits of good news from the current issue just the same. Say what you like about the first year of the Trump presidency—please folks, this is a family publication—it has inspired millions of Americans to renew their engagement in civic affairs. Hillary Harvey reports on how opposition to the current administration has taken powerful forms in the Hudson Valley in “The Resistance” (page 18). One way women and queer-identifying people have reacted to the contemporary moment is to mobilize runs for political office like never before, from local town councils on up. One person who’ll be running in 2018 is Chelsea Manning, who’s looking to unseat the incumbent Democratic senator in the June primary (While You Were Sleeping, page 16). (If you’re a filmmaker or videographer interested in helping progressive women run for office, I encourage you to check out, the website of a grassroots network producing campaign videos for women, cofounded by former Chronogram staffer Megan Park.) And here’s the best news of all: Someday none of this will matter—all our striving, all our accomplishments, all our doubts, all our fears. We end as dust. I find that comforting. At least I won’t have to deal with the news anymore.

The day-in, dayout slog of bearing mute witness to human cruelty, folly, and hubris in its disturbing variety can be downright demoralizing.



Chronogram Conversations

Crown Maple hosted the first Chronogram Conversations networking and community discussion event of the new year at their state-of-the-art facility on January 13. Attendees arrived to find a local craft food, beverage, and artisan marketplace spread out across the maple syrup facility’s evaporator room. Tasters from Salt Point Mead, Milea Winery, Sprout Creek Farm cheese, Denning’s Point spirits, and Breezy Hill Orchards cider were in abundance. Amy LewisSweetman chatted about her reclaimed farm sculptures and Mena Messina demonstrated jewelry design and making. Between tours of the maple processing facility, the culinary team at Crown Maple hand-passed the ultimate breakfast kabob: waffle and fried chicken skewers, drizzled with maple syrup, of course. The panel discussion featured a slew of local luminaries in the food, beverage, and tourism industries in Dutchess County. Brian K. Mahoney, editorial director of Chronogram, moderated the conversations that weaved in themes of tourism and the sustainability of farm culture in the Hudson Valley. Sharing their insight and eloquence were: Josh Viertel (Harlem Valley Homestead); Elizabeth Ryan (Breezy Hill Orchards), Will Vincent (Brookby Farm), Susan Johnson (Denning’s Point Distillery), Hutch Kugeman (Culinary Institute of America), Ralph Erenzo (Tuthilltown Distillery) and Mary Kay Vrba (Dutchess Tourism). A video with highlights from the discussion and social networking event can be found at To inquire about sponsorship opportunities at future Chronogram Conversations events, email


1. Panelists discussing agriculture and the craft food and beverage movement in Dutchess County. 2. Bruce Tripp of Milea Vineyards explaining the terroir of Staatsburg-harvested grapes. 3. Mark Soukup of Soukup Farms, Kara O’Neill, host of “Hudson Valley Green” on Pawling Public Radio, and Will Vincent of Brookby Farms. 4. Susan Johnson of Denning’s Point Distillery. 5. Crown Maple CEO Michael Cobb with Luminary Media’s Bob Pina.  6. The Crown Maple cafe and store team. 7. Breezy Hill Orchard’s Elizabeth Ryan with Harlem Valley Homestead’s Josh Viertel.  8. Jason Stern, Luminary Media co-founder and publisher,


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offers benefits for owning a hybrid or electric vehicle, such as exemption from tolls, tax breaks to make the vehicle more affordable, cheaper parking, and an expansion of charging stations. Norway aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2025. Source: New York Times Renewable energy in Germany covered nearly all of the country’s demand for electricity on New Year’s morning. It was the first time in history that Germany’s renewable energy met an estimated 90 to 100 percent of its demand. Experts had expected full coverage on a windy, sunny spring day—not an early winter morning. The low demand of 41,000 megawatts (MW) at 6am on January 1 allowed for Germany to produce more energy than it needed. Wind turbines generated 34,500 MW, and biomass and hydropower contributed over 6,000 MW at this time. As a result, electricity prices on the stock exchange went negative until 3pm that day. Source: PV Magazine, Clean Energy Wire

Chocolate is at risk of decline due to global warming. Over half of all the world’s chocolate comes from two West African countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where there is consistent temperature, rain, and humidity throughout the year. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a 2.1 degree Celsius temperature increase in these countries by 2050. This would limit sustainable growing areas for cacao plants, putting chocolate production at risk. Scientists at the University of California have a possible solution to these threats. In conjunction with chocolate maker Mars (Snickers), the university is testing genetic modifying technology CRISPR to alter the cacao plant to tolerate dryer, warmer climates. Mars has also pledged $1 billion to “Sustainability in a Generation,” an effort to reduce its carbon footprint by over 60 percent by 2050. Source: Business Insider, Snopes, Forbes Iceland’s Equal Pay Standard went into effect on January 1 after being passed in June 2017. Under the legislation, companies and government agencies must analyze salaries every three years to ensure that men and women are paid equally for the same jobs. The law then requires companies of 25 or more employees to report these findings to the government for certification or face penalties, including fines. This places Iceland at the global forefront of efforts to minimize gender-based wage gaps. For nine years in a row, as of 2017, the country has had the best overall score in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, which calculates gender differences in health, economics, politics, and education in 144 countries. Source: New York Times On January 1, Oregon loosened laws restricting residents from pumping gas, allowing most counties with less than 40,000 people to fill their own tanks. This makes New Jersey the last state where drivers are prohibited from pumping their own gas. New Jersey originally passed this law nearly 70 years ago, citing safety concerns. When Chris Christie proposed self-serve gas in 2009, he dropped the issue after a slew of negative feedback. A poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2012 indicates that 63 percent of voters support the law. Still, not everyone is on board with handing over the nozzle. Republican assemblyman Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr. opposes the law and sponsored a self-serving gas bill two years ago, which stalled. “The only thing you could argue is that New Jerseyans are more flammable than people in the other 49 states,” O’Scanlon said. “Because we eat so much oily pizza, funnel cake and fries, maybe you could make that argument.” Source: New York Times Sales of hybrid and electric cars exceeded sales of cars running on fossil fuel in Norway last year. Norway’s Road Traffic Advisory Board reported that about 52 percent of new cars sold last year ran on renewable forms of energy. The country 16 CHRONOGRAM 2/18

Life expectancy in the United States is declining, from 78.9 to 78.7 in 2015 and 78.7 to 78.6 in 2016. This is the first time that US life expectancy has dropped two years in a row since the early 1960s. The last time life expectancy fell once was in 1993, during the AIDS epidemic. In general, the average time Americans are expected to live has risen for decades with a few downticks. Fatal opioid overdoses account for part of the two-year decline. In 2015, 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses. That number jumped to 42,200 in 2016. Experts suspect that other factors include suicide and heart disease. Source: NPR Jeff Bezos was named the richest person in the world in January with a net worth of $105 billion. Meanwhile, Amazon workers report unsafe working conditions and low wages. In 2011, the Morning Call reported that 15 factory workers collapsed when the temperature reached 102 degrees in the Allentown warehouse. Amazon has also faced labor lawsuits from California workers within the past few years. Workers in the San Bernardino warehouse alleged wage and hour violations in 2015, claiming they were subject to daily security checks that cost them 20 to 30 minutes of unpaid work. Amazon reached a settlement in the case through mediation. In 2017, Sacramento fulfillment center workers sued Amazon for being denied rest breaks and overtime pay. The case is ongoing. Source: Salon Chelsea Manning, a transgender former Army private who came into the public eye after being convicted for sending classified government documents to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for the US Senate in Maryland. Manning plans to run as a Democrat against Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin in the June primary election. Her expected run for Senate is a controversial one. In 2013, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking government information. President Obama pardoned her at the end of his term, and she was released last year. Since her release, she has been outspoken on issues of free speech, civil liberties, transgender rights, and computer security. Source: Washington Post Nine out of twelve National Park System Advisory Board members resigned on January 15. The board is nonpartisan, and its job is to advise government officials on how to operate the United States’ national parks. Former board chair Tony Knowles wrote the collective letter of resignation that was signed by the eight other resigning members. They cited Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s refusal to meet with the board as the catalyst for the decision. Source: Vox Seattle will do away with plastic straws in July. The city’s ban on plastic straws is part of an ordinance that aims to phase out its food industry’s plastic products, minimizing the city’s plastic waste. About 200 retailers have already stopped providing plastic straws ahead of the law’s enactment as part of the “Strawless in Seattle” campaign. Supporters claim that this industry-led initiative will eliminate one million plastic straws worth of waste in one month alone. According to the recycle processing non-profit Eco-Cycle, Americans use and discard 500 million plastic straws per day. Source: Seattle Times Compiled by Briana Bonfiglio


Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic



onald Trump’s blurts (blurts are like tweets, but audible) are always stimulating. His desire to replace immigrants from Shithole Countries with Norwegians (and presumably Norwegian-like and Norwegian-lite peoples, since there aren’t a lot of Norwegians to go around), suggests a possible alternate history. Something like “The Man in the High Castle,” an Amazon TV series based on a novel by Philip K. Dick in which the US lost World War II, making the East Coast part of the Third Reich and leaving the West Coast occupied by Japan. But it would be much less dramatic and a lot more boring, since, face it, after the Vikings faded out, Norwegians haven’t been particularly histrionic. Still...let us imagine! Biatheletes! Don’t get excited. There’s nothing salacious there. It means people who cross-country ski and shoot rifles. For the Finns— another Nordic people—who would almost certainly be included, it was more than a sport, it was a set of skills that could hold back an invading army, if they’re Russians and it’s 1939. America might have to give up certain over-hyped, overcommercialized sports like basketball and football, which are overloaded with people of African origin, and baseball, which is so full of Latinos. But in return, we would excel and even develop world domination in cross-country skiing, ski jumping, and Nordic combined (cross country and jumping!). Curling! That’s the one where you slide a rounded, polished stone with a handle attached along the ice and your teammates, armed with brooms, frantically brush the ice at the same time. Bandy! That’s ice hockey with a ball instead of a puck. Skijoring! A personal favorite. It’s like water skiing except instead of boat you use a horse (or dogs) and instead of water, you do it on snow. How about intellectual accomplishments? The multiethnic USA has won 368 Nobel prizes! Norway has only won 13. Would we be giving up our national mind? Not so fast. On a per capita basis, Norway has twice as many as the US: 24.5 Nobels per 10,000,000 to America’s 11.34. If we kicked all the other ethnics out and replaced them with Norwegians, would our country have been twice as smart and have won 736 prizes? But Saint Lucia, some shithole island in the Caribbean, has almost 10 times the Nobel Prizes as the US on a per capita basis! Think of the culinary effect. Goodbye Chipotle, Taco Bell, and El Pollo Loco, hello Love Yer Lutefisk, Make Mine Mølje, Ready Rakfisk! For those sadly unfamiliar with these northern treats, lutefisk is dried fish that’s been steeped in lye; mølje is poached fish, roe, and liver; and rakfisk is fermented trout. Music! How relieved we will be to be rid of rap. Of rock ‘n’ roll. Jazz. Reggae. Reggaeton. Mariachi. Instead we’ll have that wonderful Norwegian sound! I admit I know nothing of Norwegian music. My brief research indicates that contemporary Norwegian pop music is

American music by Norwegians, which means it’s that mix of African, African-American, white-American, redux. If we pulled the Africans out of the equations, what do we have left? We have Myron Floren—the Norwegian-American child of Ole and Tillie Floren—the accordionist on “The Lawrence Welk Show.” We might also have a democratic socialist state, with real national health care, far better education, a progressive criminal justice system, and social security. Imagine that. What a wonderful world it would be. With that in mind, let us change that old poem on the Statue of Liberty. The one by Emma Lazarus is reproduced here, for reference, with a suggested improved replacement below. The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Newer Huger Better Than You’ve Ever Seen Colossus! Not like one of those loser statues! More like a Tower of Trump, golden lettered which will make it much more bettered. Here we stand with wide-open invitations to all but Africans, Muslims, Mexes, and Haitians. Give us your whiter, cleaner, and richer peoples who worship at churches that have steeples. Yes, we must rewrite and redo the old verse in the Time of Trump, it’s white America first! Give us your Nordics, you know like Norwegians, Saudi billionaires, and other Northern Europeans. The tossed, homeless loser thing has gotten old We’re taking the winners, bringing gold! (Which we can launder for you, upon request.) 2/18 CHRONOGRAM 17


THE RESISTANCE TAKING THE HUDSON VALLEY’S POLITICAL TEMPERATURE, ONE YEAR LATER By Hillary Harvey “If Trump is a threat to our democracy and the product of its weaknesses, the citizen activism he has inspired is the antidote, the way to vindicate our long experiment in self-rule. Opposition to Trump is calling millions of Americans to a new sense of citizenship.” —One Nation After Trump by E. J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann


ve Fox never liked politics. When she lived in DC years ago, she met people who were obsessed with working for members of Congress and reading three newspapers a day. Fox was never passionate like that. “Seemingly, politics is just so much about power and so little about public service, that it’s distasteful,” Fox says. A Woodstock-based strategic planning consultant to nonprofits, Fox is no stranger to activism, but usually her role is to help organizations engage people. Fox didn’t really get involved with politics beyond voting. On November 8, 2016, all that changed. “When Trump got elected, that was really it.” Fox became a concerned citizen and launched the blog Daily Acts of Resistance, where she shared information on upcoming policy items and votes, and on how people could contact elected officials and political action organizations. With Donald Trump the 45th president-elect, Fox became part of a catalyzing political movement on the left. “While I don’t think of my own political views as radical, I feel people like myself felt: okay, Obama is president; he’s not necessarily able to 18 FEATURE CHRONOGRAM 2/18

accomplish what we hoped he would, but we live in this more progressive country in this more progressive time of the modern world. And suddenly it seemed like that’s not necessarily true.” What Fox and many others realized is that they have to work to maintain progressive policies gained during the Obama years. Almost paradoxically, many progressives began to look to the Tea Party for inspiration. Begun in January 2009 with the inauguration of Barack Obama, the American conservative movement used grassroots activism to win influence over elected officials, advance a coordinated national agenda, and infiltrate the Republican Party and its representatives. The Tea Party might argue that a political revolution has already happened. Fox points to Indivisible as an example of an organization that formed in response to Trump’s election. They’re a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit that built a national grassroots campaign in 2017—with at least two local groups in every Congressional district, their website boasts. Their goal is “to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies.” Cofounded by two former Congressional staffers who watched as the Tea Party took on a historically popular president with a Democratic supermajority, then slowed and sometimes defeated Obama’s federal agenda. On December 14, 2016, they published a roadmap for Tea-Party-inspired civic engagement—the Guide—which outlines four key grassroots advocacy tactics and has been viewed and downloaded millions of times.

Opposite and above: Photos from the second annual Women’s March in Hudson on January 20. Photos by Anna Victoria.

The Outrage Last year, the Trump administration set out to systematically unravel progressive reforms, appointing people to key government positions who had been outspoken against the organizations they would now run, and confirming a conservative judge to the Supreme Court seat that had been open for a year after Republicans blocked Obama’s nomination. From a travel ban on people from majority-Muslim countries to a failed attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act, in his first 100 days as president, Trump got caught lying, he denounced the media, and his election campaign came under investigation for collusion with a foreign government. One year later, a Marist poll has found that 53 percent of Americans do not think President Trump’s first year in office has been successful, and 33 percent of those believe his time in office has been a major failure. In his most defiant moment, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over the campaign investigation. Progressives consider his administration a threat to democracy. With ongoing spotlights on police brutality and racist, anti-immigration rhetoric, racial justice is a defining conversation of Trump’s first year. White nationalism has once again become outspoken and Trump, who allegedly referred to Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole countries” in January, is seen as its leader. Ignacio Acevedo, lead organizer for the Poughkeepsie-based racial justice group, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, recently told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the Hudson Valley is experiencing a surge in activism among people of color since Trump’s election.

The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement (CCSM) was founded just weeks prior to the presidential election in response to anti-immigration campaign rhetoric. It’s possibly the first and only immigrant justice organization in Columbia County and is currently on its way to 501(c)3 status. “In our first year, we have seen an incredible increase in civic engagement with immigrant and migrant justice issues,” explains Bryan MacCormack, CCSM’s executive director.Twelve CCSM members have attended six regional, state, and national workshops, trainings, and conferences. Members participated in direct actions outside Congressman John Faso’s office and house to demand a Clean Dream Act. Over 100 CCSM members with various immigration statuses participated in city Council meetings and won a Welcoming and Inclusive resolution for Hudson in March. According to Dustin Reidy, Campaign Director for NY19 Votes, which grew out of the #Resistance and Indivisible movements in November 2016, the swell of people who wanted to get involved was immense. “What began last January as people wanting to do something, anything, has turned into folks being pragmatic and realistic and very committed—let’s find the best things to do and the best avenues to really make an impact here,” he said. The Hill reported that Faso is one of the most vulnerable members of Congress going into the next election. On their website, NY19 Votes states, “If we are going to turn back Trump, defeat Faso in 2018, and win our country back, we have to get out and talk to voters now through election day 2018.” 2/18 CHRONOGRAM FEATURE 19

Zephyr Teachout at the Kingston Library during last summer’s civics class. Photo by Hillary Harvey.

The event that gave birth to NY19 Votes happened on March 12—the 50th day of Trump’s administration. It was -10 degrees with wind chill, and about 400 people came out to register voters and canvass across 12 different sites around District 19. Volunteers who had never canvassed before participated and, according to Reidy, many leading campaigns came out of that NY19 Votes framework. “People take that and run their own efforts,” he says. “That’s the biggest success we’ve had, and it’s the hardest one to measure.” Creating a coalition from the Democratic and Working Families parties, NYPAN (the New York Progressive Action Network), and both the Bernie and Hillary sides, Reidy also notes Republican volunteers work for NY19 Votes’s canvassing efforts. “We’re trying to engage both voters and volunteers who are looking for better leadership, which pays attention and listens to voters more than to the elite donors and Wall Street who influence elected officials far too much,” Reidy explains. Stemming from NY19 Votes’s conversations with voters across the district, Reidy says there are two big changes in the year since Trump’s election. The first is that health care is becoming a non-partisan issue. “Folks want health care expanded, Medicaid expanded,” Reidy explains. “That view is prevalent in the district, and it’s not one that’s tied to party lines the way it was a couple years ago.” The other change is that volunteer engagement is more powerful than what Reidy has seen previously. “Volunteers want to do the hard, unglamorous work that it takes to win elections and make change,” Reidy says. Things like calling people up, knocking on a stranger’s door in all kinds of weather, and asking them their thoughts on politics. The Marathon “The whole country’s on fire right now,” Zephyr Teachout told me last summer. The Fordham University Professor and former candidate in both the New York Gubernatorial and District 19 Congressional races elaborates, “Everybody is politically engaged in a totally new way, and there are amazing opportunities for getting involved in local groups. But there’s also a hunger for the basics, like, ‘What are the rules by which we live? What are some basic ways in which we can get active in politics?’” That summer, Teachout co-taught a civics class at the Kingston Library to more than 50 adults who hailed from all over Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, and Columbia counties. It was billed as an incubator for future programming, and sponsored by the Hudson Valley-based Good Work Institute. Her 20 FEATURE CHRONOGRAM 2/18

teaching partner was former Ulster County District 7 Legislator Jennifer Schwartz Berky. At the first class, students were handed a pocket-sized Constitution of the United States and tasked with researching all the references to impeachment. There are three. Over four weeks, the course touched upon deep topics like Constitutional Conventions, the Anti-Rent Wars, and the Hudson Valley’s Niagara Bottling fight, utilizing classic texts about strategy and the relationship of law to protest, like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Explains Teachout, “You could spend a year on the Constitution, but hopefully an introduction will spark somebody’s interest.” During the final civics class, students gave a one-minute summary of their engagement. Some talked about supporting local candidates or working on specific issues like protection of natural resources. Some said the future of activism could include civic technology, a growing industry for grassroots political engagement. The consensus was that students took the class because they wanted to engage in politics more effectively. For Accord-based Julia Turshen, a cookbook author, civic engagement is a return to fundamentals. Turshen always volunteered her cooking services to charitable feeding programs, like Chiz’s Heart Street in Kingston, and meal delivery services for people who are homebound. After the election, scared, frustrated, and overwhelmed, she stepped up her involvement by attending a Citizen Action of the Hudson Valley meeting. “I had this sense of obligation to be a more involved and active citizen,” Turshen says. “But I wanted to plug into an organization.” Turshen explained that rather than start something new, she felt it was advantageous to support something that already exists. Citizen Action’s lead organizer, Callie Jayne, suggested Turshen start a food team to coordinate meal trains for activists. One year later, Turshen is still doing it, and her latest cookbook, Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved (Chronicle Books), was published last October. Folding ongoing interests into new community engagement meant that Turshen’s activism would be sustainable. Turshen says, “Honestly it’s about being good neighbors—not just for a moment in time. Cooking has been the thing I loved to do my whole life, so how can I do this in new ways that helps better my community? Because then not only do I bring the skills and knowledge I already have, but also I’ll keep doing it because I enjoy it.”Turshen references the progressive activism mantra: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Portraits in civics, from a class led by Zephyr Teachout at the Kingston Library in June 207. Clockwise from top left: Jimmy Buff is Executive Director at Radio Kingston: “What has been most rewarding to me in these classes is to see how many people who have come out to learn more about the process so that they can participate.” Karen Miller testified before the Ulster County Legislature for the first time after her preparation in civics class. Andrea Best: “I’m a first-time home owner, and that’s compelling me to get involved in community issues more than in the past.” Jayce Rudi-Leathers is a software engineer: “I’m taking this class because I want to build technological solutions to problems that are facing us on a local scale.” Estela Aquino-Woych is a member of NYS Nurses’ Association and President of the local Health Alliance Mary’s Avenue Campus. Her husband, Bruce Woych, is a cultural anthropologist. Joe Fitzgerald is on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Kingston: “If we all understood our constitutions—state and federal—and took our responsibility as citizens more seriously, we’d perhaps be able to promote a beneficial dialog.” Photos by Hillary Harvey.

Power to the Polls very good at provoking outrage and putting Many activists blamed Obama-inspired, up distractions to keep people busy. I feel progressive complacency (or what Urban like, for a number of months, all I was Dictionary coined “Facebook activism” in 2013) doing was resisting.” Now, Fox is focusing for the election of Trump—in addition to the more on self-care and being efficient. discovery that Russian hackers had successfully “It’s interesting, what a difference a year used the social media platform to influence makes,” Fox muses. “Knowing that people the 2016 American Presidential election by have limited time and energy, I feel more flooding Facebook with fake news stories. like it’s really important to focus on picking Yet, when Dr. Randy Rissman of your battles.” For Fox, that means turning Woodstock, a friend of Eve Fox, posted an her attention to flipping the district (voting idea for taking action on the ACA repeal on out Republicans and electing Democrats) Facebook, it sparked real-world activism in November. in Fox. “I ended up both writing the letter The 2018 Women’s March was held on and then getting people to sign onto it.” It Saturday, January 20, the first anniversary of was a Google doc with over 90 health care Trump’s inauguration—and it was all about providers’ signatures that was delivered to that. An anniversary celebration of the largest Faso. In February, Fox organized a meeting coordinated march in history, which happened between healthcare providers and Faso’s on January 21, 2017—the day after Trump’s —Dustin Reidy district director, Ryan McAlister. At the end inauguration—the original Women’s March of March, there was another meeting of 46 health care providers, Health had approximately five million participants worldwide. In 2018, protesters Alliance’s CEO David Scarpino, and McAllister at Kingston Hospital. Fox again gathered in cities across the country, this time, encouraging voter reflects, “Faso was brand new in office, and I thought, ‘This is what you do; registration, female candidates, and flipping Congress, along with a reiteration you try to meet with your Congressperson and tell them your concerns.’” of last year’s messages about impeachment, racial justice, and feminism. In Recently, however, Fox has limited her activism. “I think activist New York City, protesters turned a city block into a blue wave with sculpted fatigue is a very real phenomenon. The Trump administration, they’re signs that read, among other things, “Vote.”

“What began last January as people wanting to do something, anything, has turned into folks being pragmatic and realistic and very committed—let’s find the best things to do and the best avenues to really make an impact.”



The small businesses of the Hudson Valley are the engine of our local living economy. These enterprises are of a different type than national and global business brands. They are owned and run by our friends, neighbors, and fellow participants in the community. Rather than being siphoned off to Wall Street, the money these businesses take in is immediately circulated back into the local economy, a natural reinvestment in the commons. This Art of Business section in Chronogram is to introduce the founders and creators, and tell the inspiring and instructive backstories of these local businesses.


The Watershed Center was founded just under four years ago as a retreat center for social justice organizations. “We work with people on the front lines of social change, fighting for change in immigration, racial justice, economic justice, climate change,” says cofounder Gregg Osofsky. The center, which is situated on a 73-acre farm at the foothills of the Taconic Mountains, hosts seminars, workshops, and organizational retreats, all aimed at helping activists align with their deepest sense of purpose and harness that in service of strategic, meaningful change. They have worked with, Housing Works, and the Good Work Institute, among other high-profile change-makers. One of Watershed’s offerings is the Relational Uprising Program, which works to facilitate a transition from the predominant individualistic culture to an interpersonal culture. “We try to reintroduce ways that we can cultivate compassion, support, and relationships as the foundation for work we do, and help people recognize where individualism creeps in as an obstacle,” Osofsky says. By working with different movements under the umbrella of social justice, Watershed hopes to build the sense of commonality in the fight for liberation. “By having a land-based site that can act as a center of gravity, we are hoping people start to recognize that they are part of something much bigger than their individual movements, and start to work in alignment and in collaboration.”


Innovation often flourishes in the absence of traditional training. Such is the case with Lune Wynyard of Salune Hudson, who had no intention of becoming a professional hair stylist when she began. In most salons, hair is washed before being cut, but Wynyard taught herself to cut dry, observing and responding to the hair’s natural habits, curls, and cowlicks. After five years building a client base in New York City, Wynyard attended the Aveda Institute, where she realized how unconventional her approach was. “In traditional cutting, abstract, geometric shapes are being imposed on someone’s head. It is admirable, but it seems to necessitate heat styling,” she says. “What I’ve learned is that each person has their own individual growth pattern, which wetting destroys,” she says. Her approach works with these patterns to create a cut that is “very lowmaintenance but also styled looking,” accommodating people who want to “get up and go” without worrying about their hair. After working at a salon in Park Slope for several years, Wynyard decided to move Upstate, where she detected a market for her method. At Salune Hudson, she is training three stylists in the technique she has trademarked as “Intuitive Dry Cutting.” The salon also offers a full range of services including coloring, styling, wedding hair, and makeup. 22 ART OF BUSINESS CHRONOGRAM 2/18

SUN & ENERGY GROUP In April 2016, New York’s Public Service Commission approved Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) statewide, a framework that allows municipalities the ability to opt out of the default energy supply and and procure their own supply service. Sun & Energy was established to support this transition. As a CCA program coordinator, the company works as an intermediary between municipalities and energy suppliers, bundling local demand to negotiate advantageous contracts. “When we pool demand, we have a very big mouth to feed,” explains cofounder Joel Santisteban. “When we approach energy suppliers, they have no acquisition cost. They are chomping at the bit to give us the best price, which we then pass on to our customers. It’s collective bargaining.” This pooled demand also creates leverage of incentivizing for local renewable power facilities. “If we have demand that merits the development of a local solar facility, as we do in Wappingers Falls, we will work with third-party developers to make that happen,” Santisteban says. With a background in green energy, he and his partners are well-poised to stimulate the renewable energy industry statewide, lowering power bills along the way.


For Pennings Farm in Warwick, like many family farms nationwide, survival has meant diversification. The original orchard is still in production, yielding a bounty of apples, apricots, nectarines, and peaches every fall, but this is only one facet of a larger operation, which now includes a farm market, pub and grill, beer garden, ice cream stand, and garden center. The Pennings Farm Cidery is the most recent edition to the complex, featuring a production facility and tap room, flanked on three sides by groves of apple trees. The diversification has paid off, according to Phyllis Emmerich, marketing and special events manager at the farm. “There is hardly any shoulder season anymore,” she says. “The number of visitors and types of visitors may change slightly, but it stays busy year-round.” Among the farm’s distinctive offerings are their monthly workshops, which tap into the farm’s diverse offerings. In the upcoming Culinary Wreath Workshops on February 7 and 21, guests will make edible wreaths using fresh herbs from the garden center. They will also get a bundle of recipes from the grill’s chef and a drink ticket for the pub, encouraging them to shop at the farm market and try the selection of brews on tap. Other upcoming events include the Gilded Growler craft beer tournament, which kicks off February 23, and the Henna & Hops workshop on March 7.

YOBO After Henry and Yung Jae (Mita) Raacke retired, they traveled extensively through Asia, enjoying the cuisine and culture. Upon their return, they decided to open an Asian restaurant in Newburgh. “The original idea was to open separate Japanese, Chinese, and Korean restaurants with a cocktail lounge in the center,” says their daughter Debbie Raacke, who now runs Yobo. After much consideration, they decided to band all three cuisines together under a single roof. “You hear the term ‘Asian fusion’ quite a bit these days, but they were the first to do it. They called it ‘pan-Asian’ cuisine,” Raacke says. Twenty-eight years later, the idea is still popular, and wonderfully executed at Yobo, where everything is made fresh onsite by their 10 chefs. The restaurant itself is designed to look like an Asian village with multilevel bamboo roofs, shoji screens, and a brook running through the dining room. The menu (and decor) changes seasonally, and local organic produce is used whenever possible. On February 17, Yobo will celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional dishes, like “long life noodles,” and professional dragon dances throughout the evening. Reservations are recommended.


The Vinyl Music Vault in Oneonta is a one-man labor of love. Meet owner Vincent Mashburn, who is every inch a native New Yorker. Fast-talking, no-nonsense, eccentric, and opinionated, he is as much a reason to visit as the more than 100,000 records that line the shelves of his music emporium. His selection runs the gamut—soul, rock, folk, jazz, classical, opera, salsa, hip hop, metal, country, easy listening, cuarteto, Gregorian chants, you name it. The store has every conceivable modern music format—8-tracks, 45s, 78s, tapes, CDs, LPs—and the vintage stereo equipment to listen to it. “It’s like a little museum where you see all the formats man has devised over the course of time—formats we attribute to technological advances, but really are due to laziness,” Mashburn says. He is a purist, preferring the sound quality of old-school formats like reel-to-reel tapes over digital, which he says sound like a “foghorn.” With 37 years’ experience as a junior high school band teacher, Mashburn’s instinct to educate is strong. He teaches customers about genres, artists, instruments, recording mediums, and equipment. “Most people don’t grow up with music anymore, so someone has to take their hand and show them,” he says. “Music has been my field since I was born. When it’s your business and it’s your passion, you do it better than anyone.”


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Marie Doyon displays her custom engagement ring by Hudson Valley Goldsmith.

OLD, NEW, BEQUEATHED, AND BLUE THE STORY OF A RING BY MARIE DOYON The Proposal It was a Sunday afternoon in early June; a lazy sort of rain was pattering on the metal roof, consistent but without conviction. We were on the landing of our stairs, struggling to hang an impossibly large mirror that we had just scored at a Memorial Day yard sale. At an impasse in our endeavor, Arthur turned to me and said, “I have to go get some tools I left in the car,” and darted away, leaving me mid-stair and mid-breath. I had an inkling of what was to come and felt a tingling in my chest, a premonition I have since chalked up to primordial female intuition. What felt like years later,Arthur returned seemingly empty-handed, mumbling something about being unable to find the right tools. I was leaning against the wall beneath the crooked mirror, trying to exude an aura of infinite calm and composure, while my insides tumbled like a troupe of Olympic gymnasts. He started up the stairs toward me and, stopping one step before the landing, took a wobbly knee and pulled out a small black box. “Will you marry me?” And the rain pitter-pattered above and time assented to stop its frenzied forward march, holding us suspended for one endless moment—before gushing forward like a dam breaking. Then suddenly it was laughter and tears, and I was pulling him up and saying “Yes, of course.” In all his nervousness he had never opened the box, so at this point he did, and there it was—big and bold and blue, not at all what I had expected, and more beautiful than I could ever have hoped. A ring for a queen—hefty yet delicate, classic yet original, and absolutely over the top. Sliding it on my finger I said sheepishly, “I don’t know if I can pull this off,” to which Arthur replied, “Sure you can.You’ll get used to it.” 2/18 CHRONOGRAM WEDDINGS 25


Irena and David Gillett on the summit of Mount Speke in Uganda in 1944. Irena was the first woman in history to reach the peak.

Storied Past “There was always a possibility in my mind that the ring would be an heirloom from my family’s past. I liked that idea—it didn’t seem overly consumerist and still felt connected and appropriate,” Arthur tells me recently. “But ultimately that comes down to the rings available in the family, and whether or not you like them.” Arthur’s late grandfather, David Gillett, was a renowned entomologist who travelled all over the world for the World Health Organization throughout his life, studying insect-borne diseases and speaking at conferences. “My father loved exotic things,” says Richard, Arthur’s dad. “When he traveled, he liked to buy stones from whatever country he was in, have them set, then give them as gifts to my mother.” In 1968, Richard’s father was sent to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for a project. It was there that he purchased the blue spinel that he later set in a customdesigned, platinum ring for his wife, Irena. “The ring was this fantastical thing—it looked like a mosquito,” says Sanchi, Arthur’s mother. “David and Irena used to go to all kinds of fancy events because of David’s work. At that time they had something called dinner rings—these huge rings that you would wear for the meal then take off. This was a dinner ring.” Decades of fancy dinners and special occasions later, Irena passed the ring on to Sanchi. “When Arthur was in his early 20s, I told him that if he ever wanted the ring, it would be his to have,” she says. A Hybrid Heirloom Finally the day came when he asked to see it. “I was really disappointed,” Arthur recalls. “I loved the stone, but not the setting.” He spent several days contemplating what to do, before deciding to go to Hudson Valley Goldsmith in New Paltz. After looking around at the available options, he struck up a conversation with the owner and head goldsmith, David Walton. “I was really nervous and uncomfortable about price, having never bought anything that expensive 26 WEDDINGS CHRONOGRAM 2/18

Hummingbird Jewelers has been specializing in custom design and repurposing of family heirlooms since 1978. Master goldsmith Bruce Anderson and owner and gemologist Bruce Lubman work directly with customers in a fun, stress-free design process. Bruce Lubman says, “Of all the things we do as jewelers, custom engagement rings and wedding bands are the most gratifying pieces we create. Being a part of that legacy is a great gift for us as jewelers and artists.” Lubman’s tips for custom designing an engagement ring: Built to Last. This ring will be worn every day, so design it with the recipient’s daily activities in mind, including considerations to setting style, number of prongs, etc. Also choose stones that will withstand the test of everyday wear and tear. Poor choices include soft stones like opals and tanzanites, or hard and brittle stones like emeralds. The First Flush. Engagement rings should be designed so that a wedding band can be worn flush and parallel. Alternatively, you can make a contour band to fit with it. Rings that don’t fit together will wear into each other over time, becoming a maintenance problem in the future. In Good Taste. If you are attempting to surprise your partner, make sure you have a good idea of their taste. Look at pictures together in magazines or on the internet, check out their Pinterest page, or go window shopping to make sure you create the ring that will make their heart sing. The more input the client can give, the more effective and rewarding the custom design process is. Everyone Loves a Complement. Look at the other jewelry the intended recipient wears so the metal color works with other pieces worn every day and the color is flattering to their skin tone. Perfect Fit. Get the ring size right. Covertly borrowing other rings or asking friends and family are good options for determining size. Some adjustments can be made after the ring is given.

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The original platinum ring setting, designed by Arthur’s grandfather, after the center stone was removed.

Marie’s engagement ring was designed using the spinel from the Gillett family ring and ethically sourced diamonds, set in rose gold.

except a car,” Arthur says. “I floated the idea of pulling a stone from another ring, and David said to me, ‘For us to have this discussion, you should bring whatever you have in and we can talk about it. Don’t worry about price; I’ll take care of you. Let’s just see the options.’” “I liked the idea of bringing the stones to him and designing a ring from scratch—it seemed like a no-brainer,” Arthur says, “I didn’t believe that someone else’s ready-made look would be viable or appropriate for something so personal,” Arthur says, adding with a laugh, “Granted, my exposure to ready-made rings was cheesy Zales commercials.”

After years of working on Madison Avenue studying under famous designers like Cartier and Harry Winston, Geoffrey Good moved to Hudson to open his own retail store and workshop. He specializes in made-to-order fine jewelry for clients around the world. Good says, “An engagement ring is intended to last forever, so it’s important to know the background and qualifications of the person making the ring for you. Many people don’t take the time to learn about craftsmanship, focusing only on the diamond(s) at the expense of the mounting.” Good’s tips for picking the right jeweler for your project:

A few days later, Arthur brought the ring in and Walton popped the stone out immediately. “For me, that triggered a sense of the ease and malleability of the process,” Arthur says. “It wasn’t this weird, intangible thing that didn’t make any sense. It was a physical object that, though on a different scale and format, was related to the sculpture and building work I had done.” Learning Curve A sneaky survey of my Pinterest boards had given Arthur some good intel on my taste—an obsession with rose gold, a preference for solitaire settings over three-stone rings. “There is something classic and refined about the way you dress—even your bold touches don’t reject or upend that,” Arthur tells me, demonstrating surprising insight into my sense of style. “With the design of the ring I asked myself, ‘How do I make this a statement piece, because that is the point, but make it refined so it can play a part in the overall look.’” That said, having never designed jewelry, Arthur was a bit out of his depth. “I wasn’t comfortable with my own jewelry design inclinations. I hadn’t really even developed a taste for jewelry at that point.” So Walton began educating Arthur. He showed him different gems, demonstrating the effect of cleaning a stone, explaining what creates value in a diamond or a ruby. “It was the first time in my life that I enjoyed cut stones,” Arthur says. “I finally understood the material aspirations of ancient kings, the magpie desire for something shiny. All my thinking before that was ‘De Beers is a monopoly, blood diamonds, slave labor, etc.’ But I was finally able to see them as this beautiful and rare and special thing that occurs naturally and can catch light and reflect it.” 28 WEDDINGS CHRONOGRAM 2/18

Listening Skills. Find a jeweler who listens to your needs and isn’t only trying to sell you something pre-existing from their inventory. Each couple is unique, and a qualified craftsperson should be able to create accordingly. Creative Chemistry. You should resonate with your jeweler and be welcomed into their creative process. It should be a positive, expansive experience for all parties. I never stop learning from my clients. Instagram-Approved. Ask to see photographs of other pieces the jeweler has made, and check out their social media accounts, to get a feel for their overall body of work and process. Sterling Track Record. Ask about their education in the trade and their experience in creating similar items for other couples. An engagement ring is a significant expense, and not all jewelers are equally skilled at both the designing and the making. You want the whole package. Budget Consciousness. Be prepared to pay for quality, but be upfront about your overall budget with your chosen jeweler. It shouldn’t be an adversarial process (like buying a car). Knowing what is comfortable for my clients lets me make the best ring possible for them, whether their budget is extravagant or modest. If the jeweler is helping you to select a diamond and your budget allows, ask for one with GIA certification; this is ironclad assurance of the quality of your stone.

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Arthur Gillett and Marie Doyon. Photo by Dear Alex & Jane.

Walton introduced him to settings, pointing out the different effect they have and how they can be used to show off the best parts of a stone. “As I learned component parts and names and how they joined together, it became easier to envision and interact with. Then I was actually able engage usefully and trust that I could communicate what was in my head,” Arthur says. “That was kind of the coolest part—David knew enough to guide me through what I wanted without stepping in and making it his design.” Triumph through Collaboration The principle tension in the design process was to create something that was graceful yet strong. Arthur wanted a sleek profile, with only four prongs, but when David heard that on a given day I might be found gardening, wielding a chainsaw, or chopping wood, he insisted on six. “We’d get to a place where I would worry about it being too heavy or too chunky, and he would offer the range of solutions he knew, and I would pick the one that appealed to me,” Arthur says. “We had that back and forth about everything—the basket, the side diamonds, the height. It was really nice, very collaborative. And if he felt very strongly about something, he would push back.” With the design phase completed, the ring went into production. Several months later, an associate at Hudson Valley Goldsmith called Arthur and said, “Hi Mr. Gillett. I just wanted you to know your ring is done. I’m actually staring at it now and it is beautiful.’” “I was terrified you wouldn’t like it,” Arthur says. “But I hated the idea of doing something prosaic or practical, like the process of you picking out the ring that I then used to propose to you at some unknown date in future. It just felt wrong and wussy and devoid of romance. Taking the risk was infinitely more attractive to me.” I have to agree.

Hudson Valley Goldsmith 71 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5872 Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sat 11-6, Fri 10-7, Closed Tues. Choose from our carefully curated selection of jewelry made in house and from many other artists from around the world. With the range of styles we carry you are sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone this year. We also specialize in custom designs and repairs done in our open studio where you can see us at work.

Storm King Art Center 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY (845) 534-3115 Enjoy time outdoors observing nature, making art, and exploring creative writing during week-long, day camps at Storm King Art Center. Campers receive exclusive access to the Art Center’s acclaimed collection of modern and contemporary sculpture and 500 acres of landscape. For information on dates, fees, registration, and more, visit Storm King’s website. Photo: Mark di Suvero, Pyramidian, 1987-98. Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation. © Mark di Suvero, courtesy of the artist and Spacetime C.C.


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s you explore the swath of beauty along Route 22, take a moment to recall that in Colonial times, this was some fraught turf: an international border between Dutch and British interests, both sides wanting control over the Oblong. During the Revolution, Washington strategized here,Tory lands were seized, and a 16-year-old girl from Patterson took a midnight ride over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. This southeastern corner of New York State has evolved into a peaceful, passionate playground of pleasures to explore, and it could hardly be easier to reach: Patterson, the southernmost town, is just off I-84 at exit 18; if you’d rather not be burdened by a car, there are five Harlem Line train stations between Patterson and Wingdale, one dedicated to the Appalachian Trail, and bus and cab service from there. From the Pawling stop, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Pawling House Bed and Breakfast. From end to end, you’ll find glorious swaths of protected wildlands. Patterson is the home of Wonder Lake State Park, with over eight miles of hiking trails, formerly bridle paths around the summer estate of Elizabeth Montgomery and still bewitching. There are old carriage roads to wander at Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, over 1,000 acres that have been managed for habitat for 50 years by the DEC. In Pawling, where the Nature Conservancy maintains the Pawling Nature Preserve, climb 1,053foot Hammersly Ridge to stunning views of the Great Swamp and the Harlem Valley. In Dover, you can explore the Roger Perry Wildlife Preserve, a land of striking white sands and rocky ridges; visit the Stone Church, a natural cavern 32 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 2/18

Clockwise from top left: Akin Free Library on Quaker Hill in Pawling; Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center in Pawling; Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson; Mark Soukup with daughter Molly at Soukup Farms in Dover Plains. Below: Dover Stone Church hiking trail in Dover Plains.

that according to legend sheltered the Pequots from the English in the 1600s; and explore Nellie Hill, featuring a rocky summit with a vista of grasslands and savannah, the first parcel in a planned six-state Great Thistle National Wildlife Refuge. And running through it all is the Great Swamp, about 97 square miles of glorious watershed where you can wander on foot or paddle to your heart’s content. Looking for a little more action? Patterson’s home to Liberty Paintball, 17 distinct playing fields for all skill levels and tastes with spaceships, tanks, towers, and indoor facilities. Patterson’s also got Thunder Ridge Ski Area, with 22 trails and a snowsports school for all ages and skill levels. You’re in the heart of year-round, best-in-class horse country. Patterson is where the NYC Polo Club makes its home at Haviland Hollow Farm, and you’re invited to come and watch or learn. Laura Parker teaches the “holistic approach to classical dressage,” which she has been refining for 40 years at Inner Circle. Riders rave about the lesson programs at Stage Barn and Windy Acres in Pawling, and at Kirby Hill you can book an elegant equestrian wedding weekend. Early spring is syrup-boiling time in the Dover Plains sugarbush, where you’ll find exquisite maple syrup being crafted at the Crown Maple Estate at Madava Farms, where the cafe’s open every weekend, and at Soukup Farms, where what started as a hobby three generations back has grown to over 2,000 taps and a wildly creative range of specialties (maple hot sauce, anyone?). And while you’re in Dover Plains, stop at the Brookby Farm Store for farm-fresh raw milk, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, milk-fed pork, and assorted goodies from other local farms. Speaking of rare flavor, restaurants are wildly creative and diverse. Want a unique picnic to take on your outdoor voyage of discovery? Patterson’s Iron and Wine has gastropub fare you can order online and pick up, and should you fancy crispy duck or salmon mango, Thai Elephant 2 offers the same convenience. Dover offers Big W’s, exceptional dry-rubbed and slow-smoked barbecue, Pawling’s offerings include McKinney & Doyle, “serious American cuisine in a not so serious atmosphere” with scratch bakery and cutting-edge cocktails. Throughout the Oblong, the essentials—fresh coffee, craft brews, mouth-watering pizza, pub grub, and diner fare—are prepared with expertise and enthusiasm. In planning your trip up the Oblong, you’ll want to check the bill of entertainment fare at Daryl’s House, where Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Daryl Hall has remodeled the venerable Towne Crier venue into a gushing wellspring of live performance: rock, jazz, bluegrass, and blues shake the rafters five nights a week, with no-cover weekend brunch sessions. Then there’s the 44-year-old Pawling Concert Series, which kicks off its season this April with chamber musicians from Lincoln Center playing Dvorak and Brahms and Cajun heat from Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet. People out this way don’t just appreciate culture, they practice it like a martial art form; there is a lively Pawling Shakespeare Club celebrating its 120th birthday this year, reading the Bard and giving scholarships to kids. James Earl Jones, a Pawling guy and an honorary club member, celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with them in 2016 by recording an intro to “The Wit, Wisdom, Wickedness and Woe of Shakespeare’s Women,” now archived at Pawling Public Radio. Pawling’s Akin Free Library, a magnificent stone Victorian atop Quaker Hill, features books on the first floor with a historical museum above and a natural history museum downstairs. These borderlands lend themselves to higher-order thinking. Quakers flourished here early on; you can still visit their Oblong Meeting House, which was commandeered as a hospital by Washington’s army, Down next to Patterson, in neighboring Brewster, Green Chimneys operates a spectrum of nature-based educational programming serving everyone from kids who need in-patient therapeutic activities to summer campers to future therapists and anyone else who would like to explore the human/animal/ environmental connection. The public is very much invited to come over for a free weekend tour. In Dover’s hamlet of Wingdale, the onetime Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center is being repurposed into Dover Greens, an educational, research and IT facility; project developers have proven willing and able to hang in through the rigors of hazardous waste removal. This is just a sampler. Go see the enchanted place where New England and New Netherlands met and ultimately embraced; it won’t be your last journey into the Oblong.

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CAMP GUIDE Claryville

Dutchess Arts Camp / Art Institutes (845) 471-7477 At Dutchess Arts Camp, children ages 4–12 will enjoy a fun-filled summer of art! At each of our three locations— Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, and Millbrook—your child will be surrounded by professional artist-educators to take them on a journey into creativity! From ceramics and painting to animation, young artists are empowered to tap into their imaginations. For more information or to register: visit or call Angela at 845.471.7477.

MANITOGA/The Russel Wright Design Center PO Box 249 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3812

Frost Valley YMCA A Summer That Lasts a Lifetime Frost Valley YMCA offers overnight summer camp, adventure trips, equestrian camps, farm camp–and the only Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp! But what’s the best part about Frost Valley? Every aspect of a Frost Valley experience integrates 8 signature core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship. Plus, a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event. Children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment, spending their first nights away from home, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on hikes through the mountains, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, ziplining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky, putting on music concerts for friends, singing silly songs, and more. Just 2.5 hours from NYC, Frost Valley offers 1- and 2-week programs from July to August for grades 2 through 10. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour of the 5,500-acre camp and its facilities. Camp may only take place for a matter of weeks, but Frost Valley is an experience that lasts a lifetime! To learn more, visit But hurry– sessions fill fast! Avoid the waitlist and call: 845-985-2291 or email today. 2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville, NY (845) 985-2291

MANITOGA 2 Week Summer Nature & Design Camp July 9 - July 20 Children ages 5 to 12. Online registration begins March 12. 40 spots available. Manitoga offers a summer day camp to cultivate an awareness and love of nature and design. Magical adventures await! For more information:

Storm King Art Center 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY (845) 534-3115 Enjoy time outdoors observing nature, making art, and exploring creative writing during week-long, day camps at Storm King Art Center. Campers receive exclusive access to the Art Center’s acclaimed collection of modern and contemporary sculpture and 500 acres of landscape. For information on dates, fees, registration, and more, visit Storm King’s website. Photo: Mark di Suvero, Pyramidian, 1987-98. Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation. © Mark di Suvero, courtesy of the artist and Spacetime C.C.

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps at The Ashokan Center

Livingston Street Early Childhood Community

477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY (845) 246-2121

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Produced by celebrated folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason since 1980, Ashokan’s camps offer exciting, immersive weekend and week-long workshops with world-class instructors. This year, Ashokan offers camps focusing on a range of music and dance styles, including swing, old-time, country, Cajun, bluegrass, clogging, contras, and squares, plus a ukulele camp, an acoustic guitar camp, and an all-ages family camp.


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!

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Mountain Laurel Waldorf School Inspired Learning in the Heart of New Paltz Waldorf Schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education, integrating the arts and academics. The aim of Waldorf education is to inspire lifelong learning in each student and enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. The Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive. At Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, each student receives a full introduction to the classics, foreign language, history, geography, mathematics, and science — the subjects today’s child needs to be prepared to meet the challenges of our world and the future — with clarity of thought, love of learning, a caring heart, and confidence to initiate change. We serve early childhood through eighth grade. We also offer Parent/Infant/ Child Play Groups that meet in a nurturing setting.

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Early Childhood through Grade 12

Monday-Thursday, June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12, and July 16-19. For ages 3-9

“There’s a relationship to the Earth at Hawthorne Valley that is palpable, and it infuses the school — its faculty, and its students — with a sense of place. They’re grounded, and I’m sure it’s part of the reason the children exude such confidence, such self-possession… As any good farmer knows, healthy, beautiful produce begins with the soil. And I think that’s Hawthorne Valley School — the fertile, nourishing soil that has enabled my children to grow and blossom into their true selves.” ~ Glen Berger, HVS Parent Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is an early childhood through grade 12 independent school in Ghent, NY. Join us at our Spring Open House, Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take a tour, see student work, meet some of our teachers, and learn about the Waldorf curriculum. Tours are also available by appointment.

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Black Rock Forest 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 outside in Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY. Offerings include classes on birds, reptiles, writing, photography, and computer science. Summer Science Camp is a Day Camp and operates from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm July 9-13 and July 16-20. Pick-up and Drop-off is available in Cornwall and Newburgh. Visit for more information or call 845-534-4517. 65 Reservoir Road, Cornwall , NY 12518 • (845) 534-4517

Camp Huntington A Special Camp for the Special Camper 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 2/18 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER CAMPS 35

Shakespeare Youth Theatre New Genesis Productions An engaging stage experience for young actors (7-17) West Shokan, NY (845) 657-5867 A highly respected youth theatre specializing in Shakespeare offers scene study workshops, master acting classes, fully-staged productions, and two-week full immersion summer day camps 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.

Journey Through the Grades FEBRUARY 28, 5:30-7PM

Waldorf Education is a cooperative, compassionate and inclusive pedagogy that nurtures creative thinking, emotional intelligence and social responsibility. Join us on February 28 to learn more about the Waldorf curriculum from Grades 1-6. Primrose Hill School is financially accessible to all. Learn more about Community Supported Education at:


CaravanKids Workshop July 16 -20, 2018 Ages 4-8 Dance, Adventure, Movement, Art and much more.

SUMMERDANCE on TOUR! July 23 – Aug. 12, 2018 Ages 9 – teen Ballet, Modern, Percussive/Tap, Flamenco, Bollywood/Indian, Swing, and much more… Register early as space is limited. (845) 256-9300


Joel Hanna photographed by Lois Greenfield.


The House Thompson began life as a musician and eventually became a geologist studying the effects of climate change on the oceans. The home didn’t need many improvements when the couple moved in three years ago. However, they added a geothermal heating system to help warm and cool the house.

Callan has written four books exploring and explaining French secrets for happiness. “We’ve lost the idea of charm in America. I think we could be a bit more oldfashioned and think about ‘What is polite?’ and ‘What is charming?’ when we interact. The well-received series has been translated into multiple languages.


A high back chair is a favorite of the couple’s two cats. After teaching writing for over thirty years, Callan published The Writer’s Toolkit. “Our personality comes out in the pen,” she explains. “The right word or the right phrase can bring order to the chaos.”

Jamie Cat Callan and Bill Thompson on their Valatie farm. The 19th-century federalist house features the original clapboard siding, and gabled roof with cornices. The original brick chimney and plain window surrounds are also classic features of the period.

Cultivating for Charm

A WRITER, A GENTLEMAN FARMER, AND THEIR 19TH-CENTURY FARMHOUSE IN VALATIE by Mary Angeles Armstrong photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


here’s a certain storyline that goes like this: A big city heroine, with a fast-paced career filled with wealth and success, feels her life has lost its charm. So she chucks it all away, and, in an attempt to recapture simplicity, pursues happiness in some bucolic, Old World setting. In some stories, the protagonist finds herself in Tuscany, in others on a Greek island, and in many it’s a tiny French village where she goes to reclaim her joie de vivre. Whatever the setting, there’s always a lovely old farmhouse, rich with history but often in need of restoration; there’s a garden that needs tending; and there’s a historic village where life is slow and the locals may be quirky, but always have something to teach. Somewhere in the course of the story the hero slows down. Somewhere along the way of restoring the old farmhouse, rediscovering the earth, and lingering over good meals shared with new friends, the hero gives up her endless pursuit of happiness, and pauses long enough to savor the moment. The twist on this tale, for author Jamie Cat Callan and her husband Dr. Bill Thompson, was that the life of simple pleasures and the lovely, old farmhouse in the historic village with lots of character wasn’t found abroad, but right in the Hudson Valley hamlet of Valatie. It wasn’t just a garden that needed

tending, but also an orchard, hay fields, and a barn. And instead of escaping to the Old World, they discovered some of the Old World’s secrets and brought them back to the States—to share with friends, readers, and now neighbors who stop by their booth at the Valatie farmers’ market. American Sweethearts Both Connecticut natives, Callan and Thompson left the countryside years ago to pursue their respective career paths.Thompson began as a musician and music store owner and then became a geologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod. Callan, a graduate of Bard College, has enjoyed a successful writing and teaching career for over 35 years. She started out in Manhattan writing “color stories” for the ad world and then published her first young adult novel, Over the Hill at 14 (1982). It was a success she could build on, and, after publishing two more young adult novels, she made her way to Hollywood, where she worked as a script reader for Paramount Pictures and then became an assistant to Meg Ryan during the actress’s reign as “America’s Sweetheart.” (“She is actually adorable and very, very kind,” Callan reveals.) 2/18 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 39

The home’s living room features an original working fireplace with an ornately carved mantle. The room’s paneled walls and detailed crown molding add further appeal. “The house has a lot of charm but no level surfaces,” says Thompson. Beow: “It’s a wonderful kitchen for entertaining,” explains Callan. “Bill is an amazing cook and it’s enjoyable to watch him when he cooks, he’s a little theatrical.”

It was the Northridge earthquake that sent Callan and her daughter back to the firmer shores of New England, where she began a job teaching creative writing at Fairfield University in Connecticut. (It’s also where she met Thompson—a romantic tale featured in a 2006 New York Times “Modern Love” column.) The relocation also spurred a deeper investigation into Callan’s French heritage—particularly the feminine side of French culture and specifically the story—and style—of her French grandmother. “For a long time, I was very much an American and I was out of balance,” Callan explains. “I would do everything to extreme—buy more stuff than I needed because it was cheap. I wanted more and more and more and it had to be fast, but it was never quite enough.” Callan went searching for a simpler, more meaningful way of life. This quest led her to her grandmother’s homeland, France where she returned on multiple occasions, exploring villages and cities and interviewing French women from all walks of life recording their take on French culture and social history. French Kisses She found herself in the 11th-century French village of Auvillar, in the south of Bordeaux, where she was granted a month-long residency. The slower pace of Auvillar and the time to immerse herself in small town French life revealed an important value that Callan believes we in America have lost as a culture: savoring simple, ordinary moments. “We have this pursuit of happiness,” Callan explains, “But the French don’t have that. Why does someone have to go chase after happiness? It’s right there in front of you.” This revelation, and the friendships she’d made over her many travels, lead to the first in Callan’s series of best-selling books exploring the French life-style, FrenchWomen Don’t Sleep Alone (2009). It was so successful she went on to write three more books, the most recent—Parisian Charm School—was published in December. It’s her deepest dive into French philosophy and culture yet. “I feel like I got to the core—it’s really about knowing who you are, and that begins with reading and appreciation for the intellect, then being aware of the world you live in,” Callan explains. After the series’ success, Callan decided to stop just writing about the Francophile philosophy of happiness and actually live it, here in the States. 40 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 2/18



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The property’s three red barns are the center of the farm’s operations. The couple keep turkeys and chickens and grow a variety of herbs and vegetables as well as fruit in an adjacent orchard. “You are more attached to your food if it’s coming from your own efforts,” Thompson explains. “You really appreciate it. You can’t gobble anything down because you know how much work went into it.” Below: The home’s decor is influenced by Callan’s time in France. Paint by number pictures of Parisian street scenes line one wall.

Thompson was all in—they both wanted a return to the simpler country lifestyle they’d enjoyed as children in Connecticut, but the Connecticut they’d loved as children had become too suburban. They began searching the wider East Coast for a rustic farmhouse with some land, but both were attracted to the Hudson Valley, which Callan knew well from her days at Bard. They loved the area’s bucolic landscape and its strong ties to arts and culture. They came across the farm in Valatie in 2015. Like many charming farmhouses, the home had a long, rich history.The Federalist-style main house first appeared in public records in 1856, but the couple suspects the property actually dates back to the 1820s. Once part of the much larger estate, the 50 acres include barns, a hay loft, corn crib, a granary, and a smoke house, as well as a Greek Revival carriage house across the road. At one time the 3,200-square-foot home had even been split for two families, with an extra kitchen added in the rear, southeast wing of the house. The farm’s most recent incarnation was as the center of a large homeschooling consortium with small classes and learning spaces throughout the house and barns. “We could feel the joy when we walked in,” recalls Callan. “The floors quivered.” La Belle Farm Although the farmhouse was romantic and rambling, it didn’t need too much restoration. The three-bedroom, three-bath home had been well preserved by previous owners. Eight foot ceilings throughout the house featured ornate crown molding and wainscoted walls. It also retained the original wide-plank heart pine floors, which stretch through both stories. “The floors are really what made us fall in love with the place,” says Callan. “You can’t get floors like this anymore.” Downstairs, the original entrance leads to a long hallway with doors on either side; one leads to a cheery parlor and the other to a formal dining room, both with working fireplaces. However, the couple and their guests more often enter the home through the kitchen door—it’s become the heart of their newly cultivated farm-to-table lives. Updated in the 1980s, the space includes a large, V-shaped island and the appropriate accoutrement for a modern chef. Another fireplace, this one closed, is hung with drying garlic and herbs. At 42 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 2/18

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the back of the house, a covered porch was converted into a solarium and the former second kitchen is now Callan’s office, filled with books, a long desk, and notes, as well as prototypes for her upcoming projects. Upstairs, the master bedroom includes a fireplace and an en suite bathroom. The two additional bedrooms are saved for guests, with one room especially outfitted for the couple’s grandchildren. It’s also an homage to Callan’s French grandmother, who worked in the family vaudeville act, playing music and sewing costumes. A rack of colorful clothing hangs along one wall, and Callan converted her grandmother’s original sewing table into a desk for her grandchildren. It’s the surrounding 50 acres of gardens, orchards, and fields that have really given both Callan and Thompson the chance at that life of simple happiness espoused in her books. “It’s the classic New England, three barn set-up,” explains Thompson, describing the large red barns at the edge of the property where the couple keep chickens and turkeys and have an adjacent fenced garden for vegetables and herbs. As a “gentleman farmer,” Thompson has enjoyed working with the seasons and says the slow process of nurturing seedlings has reconnected him with the cycles of nature. He begins with planting seeds in early spring in the solarium and then hardens the seedlings right outside on the porch. By summer, the garden is in full bloom and the couple sell part of their harvest at the Valatie farmers market on Saturdays. (Thompson also ferments his own hard cider from their apple orchards.) However, plenty of the farm’s bounty is set aside for Callan and Thompson to enjoy themselves or share with friends. This, more than anything, Callan discovered, is the crucial ingredient for a life well-lived. “There’s an old French saying,” she explains, “‘The sweetest happiness is the one that we share.’”

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galleries & museums

Black Cloud by Richard Friedberg. Part of the exhibition “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” at the Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center, through February 24.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. “20 Year Salon.” A celebratory exhibit highlighting many of the artists who have shown at the gallery since its opening in 1998. Through February 11. ART SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON (845)338-0333. “Bennett Horowitz: North American Travels” and “Members Exhibit: All Mixed Up.” February 3-24. Opening reception February 3, 5-8pm. THE BAKERY 13A NORTH FRONT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-8840. “Streets: An Ode to the Outcast.” This exhibit of photography by Kelin Long-Gaye is a three-part series of 27 documentary photography portraits from Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Through February 28. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550. “PhotoWork 2018.” Through March 24. BEACON ARTIST UNION 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177. “Elizabeth Arnold: Some Memories Fade.” February 10-March 4. Opening reception February 10, 6-9pm. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Painted Cities.” Featuring everything from paintings of the Empire State Building and Hudson Library to corner laundromats and takeout restaurants, this exhibition forms a compelling human portrait through the lens of urban landscapes. Through February 18. CATALYST GALLERY 137 MAIN STREET, BEACON 204-3844. “Celebration.” Works by over 35 local and international women artists. Through February 3. CLINTON STREET STUDIO 4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE (917) 333-3333. “Home Is Where You Dwell At.” Photography by Christian Gallo. February 2-March 30. COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON (518) 828-1481. “The Earth from Above.” Joy Wolf’s recent wax and oil paintings are direct representations of aerial photographs of landscapes altered by human intervention. Through March 30. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK 452-9430. “You Are What You [M]eat: The Culture of Meat in 19th–20th Century America.” Through March 30. CUNNEEN-HACKETT ARTS CENTER 12 VASSAR STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 486-4571. “Las Majas (Kill the Virgin) Photography Exhibition.” Elizabeth Ibarra’s solo photography exhibition, Las Majas (Kill the Virgin). This is the first installment of an ongoing documentary series which celebrates the dynamic shape the female form takes throughout women’s lives. Fri., February 2, 6-8pm. DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 440-0100. “Michelle Stuart’s Sayreville Strata Quartet (1976).” This installation expands Dia’s presentation of pioneering land art practices, introducing the archeological concerns of Stuart’s drawings. Ongoing.


DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL ST. TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Loman Eng & Students.” February 2-24. Opening reception February 2, 5:30-8pm. EMERGE GALLERY & ART SPACE 228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES 247-7515. “Loel Barr: Playing In the Dark.” Graphite drawing and oil paintings. February 3-26. Opening reception February 3, 5-8pm. FERROVIA STUDIOS 17 RAILROAD AVENUE, KINGSTON 331-2238. “Ferrovia Studios Open Studios.” Multimedia artists Jenny Shulkin/Oolaloom, Korina Brewer/ Eighth Bell, Noel Benson, Mackenzie Turck, Ali Palmatier, and Angela Rose Voulgarelis open their studios to the public. February 3, 5-7pm. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237. “People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol.” Through April 15. GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “Photographic and Painted Images by Michael Gavish”. Through February 18. GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. “Ginnie Gardiner & Martin Katzoff: Conversations in Color.” Through March 10. HILO CATSKILL 365 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (802) 989-2749. “Becca Van K: I Am Here For You.” February 9-March 18. HOTCHKISS LIBRARY 10 UPPER MAIN, SHARON, CT (860) 364-5041. “Color Changes: Art Works by John Carter.” Through February 28. HUDSON AREA LIBRARY 51 N. 5TH ST, HUDSON (518) 828-1792. “Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River.” A solo exhibition of the watercolor bridge paintings of artist Otto Miranda. Through February 28. HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. Ambi Work: Donna Mikkelsen. Through February 4. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Between I & Thou.” An exhibit of artists from around the globe exploring the interconnection between the personal, cultural, religious and national. Through December. Guided walkthrough of exhibit February 18, 1-6pm. “Earth, Sky, and In-Between: Gathering the Threads.” This exhibit features the playful, humorous work of fiber artist Leslie Pelino. Working with salvaged materials—loose thread, ribbon, beads, buttons, plastic tubing, metal, and flamboyant fabrics of silk, wool and chenille—Pelino creates a world steeped in memory and nostalgia. Each element has been handled and passed from person-to-person, generation-to-generation, interweaving memories, materials and space, down to the antique loom on which the artist shuttles and collapses time. Scraps evolve into visual stories, rich in imagination and tailored for individualization. Through March 18.





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Elizabeth Arnold’s Jawbone Necklace, from the exhibition “Elizabeth Arnold: Some Memories Fade,” in the main gellery at Beacon Artists Union, February 10–March 4.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Polina Barskaya: Paintings.” Recent paintings documenting immediate surroundings. February 3-25. Opening reception February 3, 6-8pm. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241 “Flowers in February.” Group show. February 3-March 17. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. “Meredith Heuer: Colorfields.” A solo exhibit of photographs and drawings that explore the abstract expressions of emotions through color.. February 10-March 4. OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROAD 22, GHENT (518) 392-4747. “On Site: Yolande Daniels.” The exhibition will feature a steel panel from a 2010 installation of an outdoor pavilion of folded waterjet cut sheet steel and cast concrete hemisphere seating for the Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins University. The project responds to the decorative exuberance of a demolished tearoom on the grounds of the former mansion and references tea fantasies from the tranquility of the Japanese tea ceremony to the psychedelia of Alice in Wonderland’s tea party. Through February 4. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVE., POUGHKEEPSIE PALMERGALLERY.VASSAR.EDU. T”he First Comes Love Project. Through March 5. PELHAM ART CENTER 155 5TH AVENUE, PELHAM (914) 738-2525. “Near to You: Curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Elizabeth Saperstein.” This exhibit includes painting and sculpture by six artists committed to the language and texture of paint and painting as well as challenging approaches to portraiture itself. “Near To You” features the work of Tim Doud, Jenny Dubnau, Donna Festa, John Mitchell, Heather Morgan, and Julia Schwartz and includes selfportraits and portrait subjects. Through March 24. PLACE 3 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON (347) 622-3084. “Works by James Meyer.” Through April 29. “Works by Kiyoshi Otsuka.” Through March 12. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Timeless Greece.” Photos by Mary Ann Glass and Christine Irvin. Through February 4. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. “Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists.” The artists in this exhibit, all born and/or raised in countries in Africa, produce work thematically or conceptually connected to the continent by using abstraction as a way of engaging in a broader conversation about art. Through April 15.

“Steven Holl: Making Architecture.” An exhibition examining the work of one of the world’s foremost architects. Steven Holl has realized numerous commissions from private houses to major urban projects. Despite the demands of a highly successful office, he has managed to maintain the integrity and quality of his work by resisting corporatization. His practice reveals an inextricable link between his art as a watercoloristand architecture. February 10-July 15. Opening reception February 10, 5-7pm. STANDARD SPACE 147 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT 917-627-3261. “Rachel Frank: Landscapes of the Future Past.” This exhibit explores man’s relationship to the environment and to other species in the epoch of the Anthropocene in the context of past ecosystems, ancient structures, and historical objects. Through March 4. STONE RIDGE LIBRARY 3700 MAIN STREET, STONE RIDGE 687-7023. “Paintings by Judy Stanger.” Through March 16. THE ART EFFECT 45 PERSHING AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 485-4480. “Teen Visions ‘18.” Work by high school students from The Art Effect’s 2017 Summer Art Intensive Program. Through February 13. THE GREAT STUDIO 196 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 345-9674. “Calculated: Artwork by Salvatore Carbone.” Through February 28. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 757-2667. “New Year/New Works Exhibit.” A multimedia group show of over 30 local artists. Through February 18. TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-4423 “INK: Create. Share. Inspire.” Artwork by current and former Hotchkiss students. Through February 18. “10 Artists / 10 Pieces.” Works created in response to objects. Through March 11. WIRED GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. “Lines Let Loose.” A curated group show featuring 40 artists. Through April 1. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “In Remembrance: Jane Axel, Lenny Kislin, Pia Oste-Alexander, Sandra Palmer Shaw.” Also showing: “Wilson McLean: A Decade in Paint;” “Active Members Show;” “Members Small Works;” “YES: Portrait Project: High Meadow School 2nd Grade.” February 10-March 11. Opening reception February 10, 6-8pm. WOODSTOCK BYRDCLIFFE GUILD AT KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079 “Salon Style: 2018 Annual Members’ Show.” February 9-April 1. Opening reception February 10, 4-6pm. WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388. “Works by Thompson Family Foundation Scholarship Recipients.” Through February 3. Closing reception February 3, 3-5pm.



Tear Down the Walls David Amram

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utside, the Beacon condominium blends right into the rest of the complex. It’s one indistinguishable segment of a white, multi-unit box. But inside it’s something unexpected: not the big-screen-and-a-Barcalounger end spot of a downsized retiree. Every inch of flat surface is given over to the tools, the raw material, the reminders, and the products and byproducts of a constantly creative state of existence. Tabletops, desks, dressers, and bookshelves tower and overflow with stacks of lead sheets, paperpacked manila folders, books, and CDs. A woodcut sits side-by-side with a sleek MacBook; a primitive wooden flute lays perched atop a modern electronic keyboard. It’s as if the walls of this place—randomly decorated with framed and unframed photos, award certificates, and concert posters—are all that’s keeping this entropic extension of what’s clearly an inventive mind from exploding into the world outside. But in the end mere walls, be they metaphorical, artistic, or, yes, physical, can’t contain the genius of the resident, David Amram. At 87, the inspirational polymath cited as “the Renaissance man of American music” continues to remind us of that wonderful fact. “When I was a little kid, it was hard to explain to people what my dad did because he was always doing so many different things,” says his daughter Alana Amram. “The other kids in school would say, ‘My dad’s a carpenter’ or ‘My dad’s a doctor,’ but I wasn’t sure what to say. So I asked him and he went into this typically long, deep explanation: [adopts deep voice] ‘Well, you can say I’m a composer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor, yada, yada, yada…’ And I was, like, ‘Dad! Can I just say musician?!’” Fair enough. But, then again, for this writer of over 100 orchestral and chamber works; scorer of feature films, Broadway productions, and operas; and collaborator of such icons as Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Dylan, Charlie Parker, Jackson Pollock, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Mingus, Langston Hughes, Pete Seeger, Franz Kline, Eugene Ormandy, Willie Nelson, Hunter S. Thompson, and Thelonius Monk, to “just say musician” would also mean leaving out many other titles. Like author, narrator, actor, and…farmer. “It was wonderful,” says Amram, who was born in New York in 1930, about growing up on his family’s dairy farm in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. “At that time, the population in Feasterville was about 200. I actually learned a lot about the discipline of playing an instrument from being on the farm. The cows have to be milked, even when you might not feel like doing it, and it’s the same with practicing: You might not feel like doing it sometimes, but you still have to do it if you want to be good.” There was music around Feasterville, mainly folk styles, it being a rural area. “My parents knew a lot of older local folk artists; I met Pete Seeger at a Henry Wallace rally in 1948 and I was just fascinated by the banjo,” he recalls about his future Beacon neighbor. “There was also a lot of traditional Jewish music in my family, and I had some uncles from Las Vegas who exposed me to Native American music. At one point we lived in an area where there was a lot Polish music and “cowboy music,” or what we now call country music. Folk music has what I also love about jazz: the spontaneity.” Although he loved music, initially he’d planned to follow his father into the field of agriculture. The elder Amram, who would soon take the family off the farm due to hard times, though, wasn’t having it. “My dad asked me what I wanted to be, and I told him I wanted to be a farmer,” says Amram. “He said, ‘Well, son, there’s no money it.’ So I told him, ‘Well, then I want to be a musician.’ And he said, ‘There’s no money in that, either!’ [Laughs.]” Nevertheless, Amram’s parents sensed the promise in his musical passion and nurtured it, especially after the nascent French hornist, at 14, met and was encouraged by New York Philharmonic conductor Dimitri Mitropoulis. He attended Oberlin College Conservatory in 1948 but ended up pursuing a degree in history at George Washington University, graduating in 1952. While in Washington, DC, he performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Latin jazz band of drummer Buddy Rowell, and hosted jam sessions and post-gig parties in his basement apartment that were attended by bebop greats Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Like Mitropoulis had, Parker—“Bird,” as the saxophonist was known to bop fans— took Amram under his wing. “His music made me aware that every sound is related to every other sound,” writes Amram in his 1968 memoir, Vibrations. “He was like an architect and a painter and a poet all at the same time. His attitude of an open mind and an open heart, of playing with anybody, listening to everything, trying to appreciate everything and then being able to distill all these experiences in his own way—all this affected me and a whole generation of people who were aware enough to get the message.” Gillespie’s forays into Pan-African music with Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo, as well as the general international climate of DC, also impacted Amram’s eventual work as a world-music pioneer. After a stint in the Army that saw him stationed near Paris and recording with Lionel Hampton, Amram landed in New York, where his uncommon choice of French horn as his first instrument helped him stand out in the crowded Gotham jazz scene. He performed with Charles Mingus’s Jazz Workshop and bassist Oscar Pettiford, coled a quartet with saxophonist George Barrow, and led his own bands. One of the regular attendees at his gigs was Jack Kerouac. “He used to come hear me at the Five

Spot,” Amram remembers. “We bumped into each other at a BYOB party and, besides knowing we both liked jazz and literature, learned that we both spoke French. Jack knew some French folk songs and sang them for me.” Their shared enthusiasm for music and words and wide-eyed worldview saw the pair become fast friends, bringing Amram into Kerouac’s circle of fellow Greenwich Village poets and writers—the architects of the Beat movement. In December 1957, at the Brata Gallery on East 10th Street, Amram accompanied Kerouac at the first jazz-poetry reading in New York, which was followed a few months later with similar events elsewhere. “Sometimes he’d sing while I was playing the horn, improvise verses,” Amram says. “He had a phenomenal ear. It was like playing duets with a great musician.” Kerouac and Amram starred alongside poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlvosky, artist Larry Rivers, and others in Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie’s landmark 1959 experimental film Pull My Daisy and cowrote its surreal theme song. “Jack was open, enthusiastic, and kind,” says Amram, who collaborated with the On the Road novelist for over 12 years. “The whole ‘Beatnik’ thing got big and people saw it as this gravy train they could jump on. Jack was the engine that pulled that train, and he didn’t dig it at all. He was never in it to be tabloid trash.” While he was working with the reluctant bard of the Beats, Amram was, indirectly, also working with the Bard: From 1956 to 1967 he composed the scores for Joseph Papp’s newly launched Shakespeare in the Park series (in 1968, Papp penned the libretto and Amram composed the music for an operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night). His music for Elia Kazan’s 1958 production of Archibald MacLeish’s play “J.B.” won a Pulitzer Prize, and further fame came when he scored the hit movies Splendor in the Grass (1961) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962); Arthur Miller’s play “After the Fall” (1964; during his stint as Lincoln Center Theater’s composer and music director); and TV’s The Final Ingredient: An Opera of the Holocaust (1965). In 1966, Leonard Bernstein appointed him as the New York Philharmonic’s first composer-in -residence. In Manhattan, it seemed, the Feasterville farm boy had found his fertile row. But instead of joining the Hollywood or Broadway establishments, he remained a restless artistic explorer, especially of the music and customs of other cultures. His mesmerizing 1971 double album No MoreWalls crosses jazz, classical, and South American, Middle Eastern, and Afro-Cuban music but found few takers upon its initial release. “People didn’t get it,” says Amram, a deep student of Native American music who has adapted those indigenous styles for classical chamber works. “It was too way out for the classical audience, and for the avant-garde jazz audience it wasn’t the set-the-pianoon-fire stuff they were looking for.” In time, though, the album would come to be seen a cornerstone of world-fusion music. Amram’s next major culture-spanning effort came in 1977, when a contingent including him, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Stan Getz, and other top jazzmen sailed to Havana to be among the first legally visiting US citizens in Cuba in 16 years and to perform with local musicians. The resulting album, Havana/New York, features trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and alto saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera of the legendary band Irakere. “At first nobody [among the American musicians] knew what the protocol was or how we should act around the Cuban players,” says Amram. “But that all went away really quickly. Being stuck, politically, between the US and Russia was hard on them.We learned that they appreciated a lot of things about American culture more than we did!” Last month, nearly 41 years after the milestone concert, Amram returned to Cuba to perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival. Throughout the remainder of the 1970s and into the ’80s and ’90s came more concerts, tours, commissions albums, theatrical scores, soundtracks, and perhaps his greatest creation of all: the three children he raised with his ex-wife. The period also saw a lengthy return to agrarianism with the stewardship of Peekskill Hollow Farm in Putnam Valley, where his family grew organic vegetables and kept Jersey cows until the kids flew the nest and it became too much for even the multitasking maestro to manage. Today, Alana is a solo singer-songwriter and the bassist of Los Angeles garage punks Death Valley Girls and her younger siblings are musical performers as well: Adam is the drummer of New York psychedelic band Psychic Ills and Adira has worked with DJ Kid Koala. The 2000s, however, may be the purplest patch yet for the octogenarian. His most recent opuses include 2002’s Giants of the Night, 2007’s This Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie, and 2009’s Three Songs: A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. As he looks forward to the next 80 years, does Amram have any plans to at last take some time off? “I’ll have to check with my girlfriend, she runs the schedule on my website,” the author of three books, former amateur boxer, and recent star of the Actors Studio’s production of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” says with a laugh. “Whenever I try to not do anything, I slide right back into doing something else. Someone recently asked me if was thinking of making a comeback—I said, ‘Man, I make three or four comebacks a week!’” David Amram’s So in America: Selected Chamber Music Compositions 1958-2017 is out March 2 on Affetto/Naxos Records. 2/18 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 53


Damien Sneed curates the three-concert series Classical, Jazz, and Soul: A Musical Offering, which kicks off February 9 at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts.

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CUPID PAINTED BLIND February 2. Part of the 23Arts Initiative’s Jazz in the Snow 2018 series, “Cupid Painted Blind” takes its title from a line in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” (“And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”). Staged at Mountain Top Library and starring soprano and Bard College faculty member Meredith Lustig (accompanied by vocalist and narrator Michael Axtell and pianist Steven Feifke), this theatrical love story draws from Shakespeare’s timeless texts and “follows two people grappling with the idea of love, discovering each other but also themselves.” Musical selections include pieces by Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, Korngold, and others. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! (“One Love: Jazz Through the Islands” floats in February 23; “The Lost Women of Song” is found March 2.) 7pm. $10 donation. Tannersville. (518) 589-5705;

CLASSICAL, JAZZ, AND SOUL: A MUSICAL OFFERING February 9. Presented by the productive Catskill Jazz Factory, Classical, Jazz, and Soul: A Musical Offering is a new series curated by pianist, conductor, composer, educator, and 2014 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient Damien Sneed. The three-concert run in the intimate LUMA Theater inside Bard College’s Fisher Center kicks off this month with “Music & Words,” which explores music from the 1860s through the 1930s, taking in the spirituals, art songs, and poems of Harry T. Burleigh and Laurence Hope, the haunting works of Samuel Barber, and the Tin Pan Alley hits of George and Ira Gershwin. Sneed will be joined for the performance by Metropolitan Opera soprano Brandie Sutton, actor/writer Karen Chilton, baritone Justin Michael Austin, and several chamber musicians. (“The Golden Age of Song” shines March 17; “Sanctified Soul: 1960s to Today” testifies April 21.) 7:30pm. $25-$45. Annandale-onHudson. (845) 758-7900;

EUGENE CHADBOURNE February 11. Musician, composer, author, and builder of outlandish instruments (the electric rake, the electric plunger, the electric toilet seat, etc.), North Carolina’s Dr. Eugene Chadbourne is a musical maverick whose iconic, mad-genius status approaches that of his heroes the Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart. Heavy on experimentalism and satire, his vast discography straddles free jazz, rock, country, noise, classical, and folk and has found him collaborating with artists ranging from Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra to area jazz great


Carla Bley to college radio faves Camper Van Beethoven; in the 1980s he performed in the outrageous trio Shockabilly. Here, the good doctor makes an unmissable house call at Quinn’s. (Saxophonist Eric Person blows in February 5; Common Tongue twists it up February 13.) 8pm. $10. Beacon. (845) 202-7447;

KEVIN DEVINE February 16. Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kevin Devine arose from the ranks of the early 2000s indie scene, launching his solo career on the side while fronting emo outfit Miracle of 86. The forlorn, confessional style of his key influence Elliott Smith is all over Devine’s albums, such as 2004’s Make the Clocks Move, 2006’s Put Your Ghosts to Rest (crafted with Smith producer Rob Schnapf), and 2011’s fan favorite, Between the Concrete and Clouds; his newly released ninth album, Instigator, was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth). In addition to touring and recording under his own name, Devine teamed up with members of Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra to form the project Bad Books and collaborated with Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and others for a series of seven-inch singles. He’s also toured with area songstress Laura Stephenson, who joins him and fellow openers Guilt Mountain for this night at Colony. (Loudon Wainwright III waxes February 15; Marty Willson-Piper and Edward Rogers converge February 23.) 7pm. $15-$18. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625;

HUDSON JAZZ FESTIVAL February 16-18. We can always use more jazz festivals in the Hudson Valley, and here comes another: the Hudson Jazz Festival, which makes its February 2018 debut by taking over the historic Hudson Hall for three dates of artful improvisation. Curated by pianist and town resident Armen Donelian, the summit begins with a set of Turkish, Armenian, and Macedonian Roma music by oud master Ara Dinkjian’s quartet featuring clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski and an opening set by Donelian’s own quartet; day two promises pianists Joanne Brackeen, Aaron Goldberg, and James Francie and legendary vocalist Sheila Jordan with bassist Cameron Brown, preceded by singer Dominique Eade accompanied by Donelian; the final night features Quarteto Moderno in a program combining Brazilian styles with contemporary jazz and chamber music. See website for set times and ticket prices. Hudson. (518) 822-1438;




By comparison to his more steadfastly retro peers, Ian Felice’s folk aesthetic is impure, pairing the old tropes with fragments from the grinder of pop culture, an act of meme-splicing and Jungian conflation. If Felice were a Nashville artist, his intent might have been to make the old truths seem “relevant” by the inclusion of the present. Being from around here, it’s the opposite: to coax the absurdities of contemporary life back into a meaningful continuum with the numinous, lost world that has seduced his entire generation of songwriters. Felice’s surrealism is permissive, not random. Guided by longing, his quietly spectacular way with hooks and simple refrains redeems even the most reaching of his metaphors. Voice to the fore, lyric sheet never required. Brother James, producer Simone, and Josh Rawson play with that stately “eternal beginners” commitment that makes the Felice Brothers such a fucking great band. Mysterious beauty abounds, and Ian flashes some new guitar moves as well. —John Burdick

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Guitarist and Rough Shapes main man Jeff Kadlic knows his way around an axe, both inside and out: Besides being a player of exquisite refinement, by day the former Lara Hope & the Champtones six-stringer is an accomplished luthier with his hand-built Champtone guitar line. Headquartered in Saugerties, the all-instrumental Shapes are rounded out by the veteran rhythm section of Colin Almquist (bass) and Dan Cartwright (drums) and use classic retro surf as the put-in point for a salty wave of tasty tangents: dreamy bachelor-pad exotica, noir-ish spy themes, twangy spaghetti Western soundtrack bait, and wordless rockabilly rumbles. Released digitally and on 180-gram vinyl, the trio’s debut, Frequency &Vibration, sports six tracks that tease the way for a full-length followup. “Time to Forget” and “Summer Ends” make for haunting mood music while the torrid twister “Buried Bones” will have you hangin’ ten on the Hudson. —Peter Aaron WALKING BOMBS BRAVE HOURS





Chronogram scribe and Kingston musician MorganY. Evans is the major domo, along with cosongwriter and engineer Jay Anderson, behind Walking Bombs. The 11 tracks on Brave Hours run the stylistic gamut from mainstream ’90s alternative rock to droning atmospherics to hardcore punk. Unifying the song cycle is the real sense of a songwriter fighting to survive physically and mentally in the high anxiety of modern America. The title track demonstrates how Evans is unafraid to explore such harrowing territory as his mother’s dementia; the pathos of his songwriting approach really gets across when the tempos slow down. “Dry Heaves” is carried along by a cold synth drone to showcase the passionate vocals, before dissolving into a redemptive wash of saxophones. Brave Hours was mixed by Seattle grunge legend Tad Doyle, and features a slew of guests, including members of the Felice Brothers, Beautiful Bastards, Shining, Spirit Adrift, and Surmiser, among others. —Jeremy Schwartz CHRONOGRAM.COM

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This multimedia oversized meditation from New Paltz-based publishing company combines poetry with visually striking black and white images. The 6” x 12” pages are aligned with bold typography spouting poignant verses which stimulate your mind. Reading almost as a collage of some sort, the Tomato collective founder’s latest publication is as aesthetically pleasing as it is mentally stimulating.


The first of four rediscovered novels from the late Donald E. Westlake—arguably his most funny tale—returns to bookstores after 30 years. Protagonist Harold Kunt’s prison sentence is almost as funny as the mispronunciation of his name. A practical joker jailed for a prank gone wrong (unfortunately leaving 20 cars wrecked on the highway and careers in shambles) once Kunt is behind bars he meets a selection of characters and gets wrapped up in yet another heist.


The daring first line of the inaugural book in the Wes Graham series will have readers laughing, flipping pages for more: “The reason I’m showin’ ya the door, is despite whatever great reputation you may believe you have, I think your writng’s crap.” So begins the saga of once crime reporter Wes Graham who returns to his familiar town of East Hastings for a childhood friend’s funeral, although locals and members of his past suspect a different intention. With most everyone thinking that Wes is there to investigate the murder surrounding his friend’s death, he soon must expose the culprits to save his own life.


Margaretville-based author Sandra Allen’s debut book offers a personalized account on paranoid schizophrenia. Inspired and created, in part, from the 60-page type-written error-prone manuscript she received from her paranoid schizophrenic uncle Bob narrating his life, Allen compiles interviews with her immediate family to portray both Bob’s story as he tells it himself alongside conceptualized background information from those closest to him as well. Part biography, part autobiography this informative read sheds a new light on a commonly misunderstood mental illness. Allen will read at Rough Draft Bar and Books in Kingston on February 13 at 7pm.


The ABC’s of CBD explains the “other” ingredient in pot— cannabidiol, which doesn’t get you high and can have positive health effects. Adler, a Ridgefield-based author and wellness advocate, posits herself as a CBD expert and offers a comprehensive guide that’s easy to digest, answering often-muddled questions like “Is it legal?,” “Is it safe?,” and “How can it help?”


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Doctor Epstein’s latest self-help book teaches how to tame the ego. The Woodstock author and psychotherapist marries Western practicality and Buddhist spirituality in a method that leads to personal growth. Taking mindfulness to a new level, he writes, “When we let the ego have free reign, we suffer. But when it learns to let go, we are free.”

The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace David B. Woolner Basic Books, $32, 2017


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fter launching his “First 100 days” initiative, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in coordination with Congress, passed 15 major pieces of legislation and created the benchmark by which every subsequent president’s success is measured against. In David B. Woolner’s The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace, the historian lays bare the final days of one of the most consequential presidents—if not politicians—of all time. Woolner, who is a senior fellow and resident historian of the Roosevelt Institute, has written a comprehensive and expansive account of FDR’s last 100 days. The final months of Roosevelt’s life and administration are among the most significant in securing both his legacy and peace after World War II. From the last Christmas at his beloved Hyde Park to Easter in Warm Springs, Georgia, the book follows Roosevelt as he attempts to tackle some of the largest tasks of his presidency: deliberations at the Yalta Conference; defeating Germany and Japan; the future of Poland; the creation of the United Nations; the continued suppression of the “America First” ideology; and the American government’s “first formal intrusion” into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s difficult to make history feel suspenseful, but Woolner effectively uses foreshadowing throughout the book to do just that. After the opening of the 79th Congress, he writes, the House and Senate could not have known that FDR “would fall victim to a massive cerebral hemorrhage exactly 100 days after the Speaker’s gavel brought the new session into being.” From that moment on, the reader is concretely aware of how much (or rather little) time the president has left. Woolner employs this technique in another emotional moment: the night of Roosevelt’s fourth inauguration. After celebrating with friends, family, and his 13 grandchildren, Roosevelt says goodbye to his son as “James was scheduled to depart...just after midnight—never to see his father again.” Despite knowing how Roosevelt’s story ends, the anticipation Woolner conjures up is a welcome surprise. While the book largely covers the physical deterioration of Roosevelt during his fourth term, Woolner makes the argument that mentally—and politically—the president was sharp until the day he died. For every mention of Roosevelt’s weight loss, ashen complexion, or fatigued look, there are passages about his reasoning, decisionmaking, and ability to stay “just far enough subtly lay the groundwork for future policy directives.” The presidency ages those who are lucky enough to survive it, and Roosevelt had survived three times over. Many were concerned for his health and its very apparent decline but, as the book points out multiple times, they were equally concerned for a nation (and world) where Roosevelt was not at the helm. It’s hard not to draw parallels between Roosevelt’s world and the contemporary one. The president believed that lasting peace could only be achieved if Americans were “citizens of the world community” without suspicion, mistrust, or fear of each other. As World War II came to a close, FDR feared the United States would once again “turn its back on the rest of the world”—a fear many share today as the current administration pushes an “America First” agenda. In the epilogue, Woolner provides a wonderful bit of wisdom for readers: “We should reflect on the price that Franklin Roosevelt and so many hundreds of thousands of other Americans paid to secure global peace.” This book serves as a reminder that peace is found between nations, not from an isolated perch. Along with being well-researched and carefully crafted, The Last 100 Days is a sweeping, illuminating, and thoughtful portrait of a man who gave everything he had—including his life—to the nation he loved. —Carolyn Quimby

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The clown at the chalkboard is writing He plays the metaphor game “Protect yourself, this dust can choke” —p

Snow Tree Snow falls on brown limbs, Brown limbs slowly sag. Snow covers thick roots, Roots slowly creep. Snow shines brightly in the night sky, Limbs slowly creak. The tree watches the night sky.

excerpt from “The Clown at the Chalkboard”

—Hudson Rowan (9 years)

CONSIDERABA It’s not like I read much Still trying to put words down And excel toward meaning Support is what I ask For this endeavor as small man’s dream Caught up in someone else’s Supposing it for naught Today is all I have left This sky of paper and letters Crying out for recognition Slowly dying to find a home —Michael Freeman

WHAT I AM SAYING NOW IS A LIE I am not seated at my kitchen table Pretending to be an ancient herbalist, who Beneath her hooded eyelids Conjures magic What she learns is taught by the stars Have you ever held the cosmos in the palm of your hand? Modern day pixie dust to be sprinkled Into the bowl of Lucky Charms I am not seated at my kitchen table Mortar and pestle in hand Mixing the opened Xanax capsule With Chilean wine Both of which my therapist recommended I am my own, drunk Modern medicine woman —Kate Hempfling




I. Buried in the dust of a dozen dreams— is the letter I never sent. Patched up with jagged corners /this love sits/ isolated, oblivious to the stamp /forever/ on its sleeve.

I ask now what you remember. For me: air raid sirens pierce arithmetic lessons as we practice for nuclear war. My classmates and I scramble under wooden desks: girls’ plaid skirts tenting pale knees scabbed at recess and even the boys are quiet. Spitballs at a ceasefire.

Trapped in discomfort and heavy— with anticipation— /her someday/ tears to two.

You say you don’t remember much. A hint: did you ask me what I learned in school that day and did I already know not to disturb you with my fears? I almost forgot: got a hundred per cent on a spelling test and Mike Clark ate a red crayon. And I can’t sleep at night.

II. Two sides. Two lives. Two fatalities forever /conjoined/ by their respective truths. Crystalline words scream from the /void/ yet rarely do I stop and listen to sounds of smothered speech breaking between the senders. Shells of script cut into our consciousness but /buckle/ under the pressure of these colorless cases. III. //post scriptum// Sealed with a kiss and stored with a shrug, the words I write await your return. —Megan Konikowski

TALKIN’ SHOP It’s cold out there! Keep warm! It’s February, that’s for sure!

You still kiss me in navy shadows painted on walls of empty halls, under strokes of cold white starlight peeking through pinholes of paned windows, opened to cleanse the air of you.

It’s all anyone’s talking about this morning. I burned my tongue on hot coffee. Purple skin wraps my fingers with its winter.

—Alyssa Bruno 58 POETRY CHRONOGRAM 2/18

—Sharon Watts

In the heart’s deep space The joy of breathing leaves me No alternatives —John Kiersten

ACCEPTANCE Beyond the cancer there is another world The monster has been destroyed Free at last, free at last. No feeling however No spark to ignite the fire No pills to swallow, to create a man-made sense of satisfaction Won’t do it. My choice

I built the eighth world wonder Out of cheerios and jelly packets At a diner booth for one.

Yet, you are still you. Your understanding remains Your passion still thrives You are now the spark that fills the void You still say, here I am, take me.

The window screen cut the trees Into uncountable pieces.

Our love making is a new creation

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—Bruce Groh

RAINY DAY AT THE GOLF COURSE (THANKS TO EZRA POUND) The rain, it raineth on the fairways It raineth on the greens, goddamn It raineth on the tees Goddamn, goddamn But It never raineth on the 19th hole. GODDAMN! —Anthony G. Herles

THE OXBOW It is a misconception of Man (in every sense of the word man) that rivers run straight to the sea; Rivers run crooked and mostly free They may arrive at the ocean eventually. Meanwhile they rush over mountain rocks... Rivers cruise a floodplain like a shopper At the library or grocery store: They peruse. My local bird preserve is a fortress with a moat carved by a river on a cruise; The river bent east then west It pinched the land like a drop of clay; It rejoined (and then abandoned) itself. The river disobeyed the straight lines of man Which slice the bends of the oxbow Like the line through a dollar sign. One looking for dollars may like the lines. Slicing and dicing the land like a knife. But where will offense lead us? The locals know the path of the oxbow: The humans, the hazel, the harrier, They don’t obey; they just go. —Tom O’Dowd



Living along the Hudson, I’ve shifted to keeping daily time by the geese, who fly east from the river’s marshes in the morning, to the fields and hills and then westing at dusk, when the day’s gleaning is done. That, and the slow passage of trains, tootling and grinding, north and south.

I am the Duchess of layering, a wizardess of wool. embracing winter with gusto Though I long for mittens to type I tire quickly of the moaning the whining and the gripe

—Stowe Boyd

Bring it on! I say Though even nighttime tunneling cannot prevent cold hair I will not lean to despair


—Fern Suess

She can because she believes she can My job is to get out of her way And sometimes push her When she forgets She can —C. Z. Heyward

FREE SPIRIT My horse kicked inside my soul, anxious: quiet storms raging in her blood. She remembered when the urgings of her body were sovereign, and how good it felt to run. —Diamonique Gurny

PERISH If you want a love to perish Spill it to the world If you long for a love to cherish Keep it to yourself True love waits for the trigger To become bulletproof

THE REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE OF DUST BUNNIES They especially proliferate in the winter months. Dust bunny mating seems to favor the dry warmth from baseboard heaters. Nesting pairs will find a dark and sheltered corner, then spit out babies nonstop, keeping me busy with my long-handled butler’s broom and dustpan on the hardwood floors. They’re very frisky, these dust bunny babies, skittering away whenever my broom comes near. Mornings, I attack the previous night’s crop, sweeping up the flighty new babies, and also what look to me like dust bunny corpses. They should be thankful that I don’t always have the time to haul out the vacuum cleaner— but what good would it do? By dinnertime there’s a whole new generation beneath the dining room table. Sometimes I go on safari with the vacuum, seeking the critters out in every corner, under every chair, behind every door. And that seems to help, for a day or two, though I get nasty emails from trolls who insist that dust bunnies have rights, too, and should be left to reproduce in peace. —Bettyann Lopate

—L. Abrams

HANDFUL OF ROSES Like taming wired whiskers down, Off the steamed snout of a raging bull. She was the wild idea of perfect, outside. Like sweet veins on the petal of a piercing bundle of rose. Unraveled. Now you see, She was just a thorn, Wedged between your toes. —Marina Elisa Caceres

Act like a wounded child all you want But, I’m the one that’s bleeding. —Stampie Dear

I KNOW NOT WHAT I AM, BUT I KNOW WHAT I AM NOT I’m not the water stained white washed wall or the dark spots in cheap carpet. I’m not the boogieman or the tapping on closet doors. I’m not the baggy shirts or the budding of soft places that make me squeamish. I’m not the pale scar below my hairline or the clammy palms. I’m not the splurging or the purging. I’m not the peanut butter filled plastic bag the little boy said my arms felt like in grade school. I’m not the talked at, the neglected, the misrepresented, the taken for granted, the reprimanded or the heavy handed. I’m not the quick wit or the stumbling of words or the knowing the right thing to do. I’m not the absence of a sister, of virtue, the glint in poppy’s eye I’m not the silent treatments or the cold shoulders or disappointed. I’m not the wondering where I went wrong or the silent car rides or the saying of goodbyes. I’m not the debating or the praying or the chasing or the erasing of your memory. I’m not the numbing or the too trusting. I’m not the makeup or making it up. I’m not that kind of girl. I’m not the only one. I’m not the “sorry” for what I’m not. —Jeanine Crook 2/18 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 59

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CHEAP EATS A SUBJEC E GUIDE TIV By Melissa Esposito It’s no surprise that our region is home to so many fine dining establishments serving garden-picked, sustainable, and flavor-rich foods—especially with the abundance of working farms and a culture supportive of the farm-totable movement. The proximity of the Culinary Institute of America, whose graduates sometimes stay to live and work here, certainly doesn’t hurt, either. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a big spender to enjoy farm-fresh, globally inspired, and award-winning dishes. Whether you’re looking for and quick and healthy bite, ethnic flavors of your heritage, or just a new café to try, these inexpensive eateries prove you can appease your appetite without breaking the bank.



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Meatballs with a Conscience

Outdated’s vegetarian-friendly dishes are reasonably priced to begin with, but on the first Thursday of each month cafe-goers can take advantage of a “pay what you can” special. Those who can pay full price often do, while others who need use a financial break are still able to enjoy hearty breakfast options like huevos rancheros or buckwheat waffles, or a salad and sandwich for lunch, at little cost. Outdated Antique Café, Kingston;

Sharkie’s from-scratch meatballs stand out thanks to the sustainable practices that go into them. At this Woodstock eater, you’ll get three tasty meatballs of your choice: turkey, chicken, or beef and pork blend— all pasture raised and cooked with locally sourced ingredients, topped with house-made sauce. Think ahead and order a dozen for later. Sharkie’s,Woodstock;

Coco Bowl - $10

3 Meatballs with Sauce & Parmesan - $9

Real-Deal Falafel

Slow Food Takeout

Aba’s, a go-to farmers’ market staple, recently developed roots with a storefront in Rhinebeck, much to the delight of falafel lovers near and far. Israeli-born owners Cathy and Roy Naor are committed to providing fresh, authentic flavors that patrons have grown to expect: Crisp falafel and fresh veggies tucked into a warm and soft pita, flavored with rich, homemade tahini sauce for only $8. Don’t forget to try the homemade baklava ($4.50), a treat not available at the farm stands. Aba’s Falafel, Rhinebeck;

Good to Go Takeout, a Delaware County farm-to-counter to-go restaurant is committed to using local, organic ingredients for offerings that transition with the seasons. Spicy Cajun gumbo with local grassofed beef chorizo, lamb sandwiches, filling burritos, soups (including a rotating bone broth served with fixings), and salads can be found on the evolving menu for under $11, along with organic smoothies and fair-trade coffee. Good to Go Takeout, CherryValley;

Combination Plate (salads, hummus, falafels, pita) - $12 Soup or Bowl Vegetarian café Karma Road has been pleasing herbivore palates for more than a decade, and their Afford-a-bowl deal satisfies wallets, as well. For just a few bucks, you’ll fill up with a bowl of grains, beans, and veggies. If you choose to add a hearty soup onto your order, don’t forget to ask for a punch card to earn your way to a free soup. Karma Road, New Paltz;

Afford-a-bowl - $6.99


Bone Broth - $7 Grandma’s Home Cooking Puerto Rican food that tastes just like abuela used to make can be found at JJ’s 2 Go, a hidden gem in the Poughkeepsie Plaza. Even with its short menu of traditional Caribbean favorites, it’s difficult to settle on one choice. A small order of this savory flavored rice (opt for the gandules) with tender chunks of chicken is just enough to hold you over for a quick lunch. JJ’s 2 Go, Poughkeepsie; (845) 337-8725

Rice, Gandules, and Pork - $8

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BRUNCH Bacon Dreams Cafe Mio is the sort of cozy spot that is welcoming to all: curious out-of-towners, local brunch dates, SUNY students looking to impress visiting parents, or Gunks enthusiasts in need of culinary fuel after a morning trail run. For a hearty brunch at a humble price, try the Banana Bacon French Toast ($11.50), Mojo Roasted Turkey Cubano ($11.50), or Blackened Catfish Sandwich ($11.50). Café Mio, Gardiner;

Brie & Poached Pear Panini - $10 Shrimp and Grits One of Newburgh’s greatest offerings is the diversity of its community, and that’s exactly what you’ll see new cafe Blacc Vanilla—people of various ages and backgrounds coming together for coffee and good eats. The menu is small (breakfast and lunch sandwiches, pastries, and more) but growing, with brunch specials on weekends. Get it to-go or grab a seat to enjoy the atmosphere’s hip vibe. BlaccVanilla, Newburgh;

Egg & cheese biscuit -$6 Breakfast and Nostalgia Cranberry’s Café in Hyde Park is an intimate eatery imbued with history. Situated in the Tilley Hall building (built 1884), this bistro and bakery offers plenty of house-made breakfast and lunch options—muffins and scones, bagels, soups, and quiche—and all breakfast items range from $1.99-$7.99. Stay and enjoy the Victorian-style décor, or take it to-go on your way to a nearby historic site (Vanderbilt Mansion and the Home of FDR are both just down the road). Cranberry’s Café at Tilley Hall, Hyde Park;

2 Eggs Any Style with Ham, Bacon, or Sausage - $6.69

Jamaican Flavor Authentic Jamaican food isn’t always easy to find in this region, but Calabash has brought affordable island flavor to Newburgh’s Liberty Street. Entrees range from $8 to $10 and include delicacies such as jerk chicken and curry goat, with sides. Pair it with a rum punch to up the Caribbean vibe. Calabash, Newburgh;

Oxtails - $8 Seasonal Local Fare Although the menu options change seasonally, the food at Caffe Macchiato, a longstanding Newburgh bistro, are robust, often locally sourced, and eclectic. Prices increase as the day goes on, but breakfast choices are in the $11 to $13 range. If you like sweet and savory treats, look for the King’s Oatmeal ($9) or the Amaretto French Toast and Bacon ($12.75). Caffe Macchiatto, Newburgh;

Eggs Cocotte - $13 Roadside Bargain Elsie’s Place in the hamlet of Wallkill is a no-frills eatery best known for their barbecue and burgers. Specialties include linguine with chef’s recipe meatballs simmered in house-made marinara, homemade mac and cheese with breadcrumb top, crispy quesadillas, and other pub-grub favorites. (If you decide to splurge, try the pit-smoked barbecue options for dinner.) Elsie’s Place,Wallkill;

Philly Cheese Steak $10 Fish Tacos Mexicali Blue, a small taco joint with locations on each side of the river, offers Mexican and Southwestern eats made with fresh ingredients. Nothing is frozen or reheated or reheated here. The Cali Catfish Taco ($6.50) is the signature dish made of Cajun catfish with Southwestern slaw, cheese, and seasonings. Mexicali Blue, New Paltz/Wappingers Falls;

Ahi Tuna Taco - $7.50

BAR FOOD Personal Pan Pot Pie Uptown Kingston’s new bookstore-bar Rough Draft is already well loved for its curated selection of beer, books, and controversial Instagram posts. But, their single-serve pies are a can’t-miss. These hot dishes make a great snack or light meal, with eight options ranging from $6-$7. Try the popular Thai Chicken Curry or a more traditional favorite like Shepherd’s Pie. Rough Draft Bar & Books, Kingston;

Chicken & Veggie Pie - $7 Quick Bites, Great Wine Hudson’s popular Warren Street is home to an array of high-end eateries, but sometimes after an afternoon of antiques shopping—and trekking up and down that long hill—a quick and affordable bite is exactly what you crave. At Backbar, nosh on small plates like eggplant nam prik (spicy eggplant dip); chicken wings with garlic, pepper, curry, and fish sauce glaze; or Trinidadian street food, each so inexpensive you’ll have no excuse not to splurge on a glass of wine while you’re there. Backbar, Hudson;

Northern Thai Pork Doubles - $9.50

MISCELLANEOUS Pierogi Paradise Who would have guessed that a tiny shop in Kerhonkson could make such authentic Old World pierogies that they’ve gained a near-cult following? At Helena’s Specialty Foods, across from Kelder’s Farm, they’ve set out a few tables to satiate craving customers, though most people prefer to buy by the dozen and head straight home. The handmade pierogies come in a range of flavors from classic potato and farmer’s cheese to sweet blueberry, and are sold frozen to-go or ready to eat. Helena’s Specialty Foods, Kerhonkson;

Potato & Sauteed Garlic Pierogies - $8 per dozen

Pho fo’ Life The owners of iPho, a relatively new restaurant, had been serving lauded Vitenamese cuisine at Saigon Pho in Wappingers Falls for years before deciding to open this small eatery on New Paltz’s main drag. The name is playful but the pho is serious—one large bowl of this spiced broth with noodles, veggies, and your choice of protein will fill you up for under $10. iPho, New Paltz;

Pho Tai - $9.50 Comfort Zone At Ruby Mae, you’ll find soul food served the way should be: large portions at family-friendly prices, with sweet cornbread deserving of a slow clap. Enjoy seasoned fried chicken so crispy it crunches while staying juicy on the inside, and decadent takes on your favorite sides—creamy mac n cheese, perfectly salted collards, seasoned corn on the cob, and more. Ruby Mae Soul Food, Kingston;

Lunch Box Special - $8.50 Sit-Down Street Food Twisted Soul Food Concepts has provided globally inspired street and comfort food to the community for more than 10 years. This roadside eatery near Vassar College offers inexpensive options for when you want “something different”—Korean, Mexican, and other traditional international dishes, often with a twist. Try the steamed buns with tofu, Argentine beef empanadas, or barbecued pulled pork over mac ‘n’ cheese—each under $10. Twisted Soul Food Concepts, Poughkeepsie;

Badass Rice & Braised Pork Belly - $10.50 Build-a-Burger Mama’s Boy’s menu offers a nod to nostalgic burger-and-shake joints, but with a sustainable, locavore twist. All burgers are made with grass-fed Black Angus beef from JJF Farm, less than two miles down the road, but top quality doesn’t always mean top price.You can put together a beef or turkey burger with classic or gourmet cheese, toppings, and sauces for about $8-$9. Or, choose from their readymade house favorites (served with a side) for $10-$12. Mama’s Boy Burgers,Tannersville;

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STONEHEDGE RESTAURANT Flowers and candy are nice, but you can make your Valentine’s Day special by taking your sweetheart out for dinner too.

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

Cafés 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. Redstart Coffee 1 West Strand, Kingston, NY (845) 331-4700

Catering Lobster Lagoon Catering 259 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY (518) 536-4500 www.lobsterlagoon,com Lobster Lagoon Catering provides full service catering for gatherings large and small from 10- 500 guests. For all events, wedding, corporate event, summer barbecue, graduation, or other party. Mary’s Cookin Again (607) 326-4191

Cooking Classes Natural Gourmet Institute 48 West 21 Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY (212) 645-5170 Natural Gourmet Institute’s interactive and dynamic hands-on classes cover a wide variety of topics including vegan and vegetarian cooking, gluten-free baking, basic culinary skills, and global cuisine. NGI also offers in-depth certificate programs in Food Therapy and Culinary Nutrition. Classes are available for all skill levels.

Restaurants Aba’s Falafel 54 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2324 Café Mio 2356 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-4949 Colony Woodstock 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-7625 Daryl’s House Club 130 NY-22, Pawling, NY (845) 289-0185 Daryl’s House Restaurant & Music Club serves up top-notch food along with amazing music Wednesday - Sunday. The weekends feature Free Music Brunch! Full calendar of shows, tickets + menus can be found on the website.

The premier Sushi restaurant in the Hudson Valley for over 22 years. Only the freshest sushi with an innovative flair.

Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Escape 232 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8811 Henry’s at the Farm 220 North Road, Milton, NY (845) 795-1500 Henry’s at the Farm is a jewel of a restaurant, tucked away in the Hudson Valley’s orchard and wine country, at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. At Henry’s, contemporary American cuisine and sublime craft cocktails are only steps away from Buttermilk’s own Millstone Farm. J&J’s Gourmet Café and Catering 1 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-9030 Osaka Restaurant 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7338 74 Broadway, Tivoli, NY (845) 757-5056 Foodies, consider yourselves warned and informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy the freshest sushi and delicious traditional Japanese small plates cooked with love by this family owned and operated treasure for over 22 years! For more information and menus, go to

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Red Hook Curry House 28 E Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2666 Mohammed and his wife, Maksuda, are the chefs for Red Hook Curry House. Their creations have received excellent reviews – Zagat rated! Home-cooked traditional Hundi cuisine. Monday night is Bard night! Students or faculty get 10% off on Monday’s. Enjoy a Hundi buffet on Tuesday’s & Sunday’s! It offers 4 vegetarian dishes and 4 non-vegetarian dishes. It includes appetizers, soup, salad bar, bread, dessert, tea, and coffee! Stonehedge Restaurant 1694 Route 9W, West Park, NY (845) 384-6555 Yobo Restaurant 1297 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 564-3848

Specialty Foods Applestone Meat Co. Stone Ridge, Accord, NY Lagusta’s Luscious 25 N Front Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 633-8615

Vineyard Milea Estate Vineyard Hollow Road, Staatsburg, NY (845) 264-0403

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1 East Market St Red Hook, NY (845) 758-9030 WWW.JANDJGOURMET.COM

Voted Best Indian Cuisine in the Hudson Valley

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



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business directory Accommodations Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel & Conference Center 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 338-1299

Antiques Outdated

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

Art & Music Guns Don’t Save People...Poets Do: Dueling with words to stop gun violence

71 Main Street, PO Box 284, Stamford, NY (845) 625-9190 A Facebook Group Using poetry to tell others about the legacy of gun violence. One can only imagine that if folks came to understand what happens after that shot is taken, how the horror only begins with the echo of that gun blast...then they... because they are logical and loving... would release their grip on that gun handle. Read: U R Not Your Gun at on Facebook

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Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House

327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 822-1438 Hudson Hall offers a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, youth and adult workshops, as well as community events such as Winter Walk. Housing New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in 2017 for the first time in over 55 years. Hudson Hall reflects Hudson’s rich history in a modern facility that welcomes visitors from our community, across the nation, and around the globe.

Art Galleries & Centers Berkshire Museum

39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (413) 443-7171

Dorsky Museum

SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3844

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Vassar College, Poughkeepsie (845) 437-5632

Mark Gruber Gallery

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

Artisans Fieldstone Artistry

Wurtsboro, NY (717) 368-3067 Fieldstone Artistry is a hand-crafted furniture studio located in upstate New York. We specialize in contemporary furniture pieces exhibiting function, quality and beauty. With a focus on locally harvested materials and solid wood construction. We combine the use of traditional techniques with unique modern designs.

Artists Studios Regal Bag Studios

302 North Water Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 444-8509

Attorneys Jacobowitz & Gubits (845) 778-2121

Auto Sales Begnal Motors

552 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (888) 439-9985

Beauty and Supply Columbia Wig and Beauty Supply

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply

Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780, Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250, Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251

Artisan CounterEV

473 Main Street, Catskill, NY (212) 647-7505


3572 US Route 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851 9917 “Let us make our house your home.” Our goal is to provide the best quality manufactured homes, to surpass our home owner’s expectation when purchasing a home, provide a high level of service to our customers, and to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our employees.

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 Thurs.-Mon., 12-5; closed Tues. & Wed. 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, kilim pillows, $45-55. We are happy to share our knowledge about rugs, and try and simplify the sometimes overcomplicated world of handwoven rugs.


56 North Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-4996 Columbia is back with a wide array of beauty products, including high end wigs, headscarves, hair dye, hair styling products, and makeup. They also carry costume rentals, costume wigs, and theatrical accessories. Now located in their new location just down the road from the old store!

Rosendale Theater Collective


Mikel Hunter Art and Apparel

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

Book Publishers Epigraph Publishing Service

22 East Market Street, Suite 304, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4861 Epigraph Publishing Service is a home for books where authors can find solutions to their many publishing needs including design, editing, printing, and distribution. Epigraph is a DBA of Monkfish Book Publishing Company, an award-winning traditional small press founded in 2002, specializing in books that combine literary and spiritual merits.

WAAM - Ulster Artists On-line 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2940

John A. Alvarez and Sons Custom Modular Homes

Books Green Toad Bookstore

198 Main Street, Oneonta, NY

Oblong Books

26 Main Street, Millerton, NY (518) 789-3797

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

Building Services & Supplies First Fuel & Propane

(518) 828-8700

Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704

Rosendale, NY

Upstate Films

6415 Montgomery St. Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2515 132 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6608

Clothing & Accessories 533 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

Out of the Closet Vintage Boutique 6017 Main Street, Tannersville, NY (518) 589-4133 @OutofClosetVintage

Computer Services Computing Solutions

(845) 687-9458 Are computers impossible? At your wit’s end? Alan Silverman – Computer Concierge, I’m here when you need me. Helping people on three continents stay sane with computers since 1986. Home users and small businesses. I help buy the best built PCs, then set them up for you.

Custom Home Design & Materials Atlantic Custom Homes

2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY

Frost Valley YMCA

2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY (845) 985-2291

Green Chimneys

Brewster, NY

Hotchkiss School

11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT (860) 435-3663

Livingston Street Early Childhood Community Kingston, NY (845) 340-9900

MANITOGA /The Russel Wright Design Center 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3812

Primrose Hill School - Elementary and Early Childhood Education inspired by the Waldorf Philosophy 23 Spring Brook Park, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-1226

Salisbury School

251 Canaan Road, Salisbury, CT (860) 435-5732

SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3860

Wild Earth Wilderness School New Paltz / High Falls area, (845) 256-9830

Environmental & Land Conservation Scenic Hudson

Hudson Valley, NY (845) 473-4440 We help valley citizens and communities preserve land and farms and create parks where people experience the outdoors and Hudson River. With new possibilities but also the impacts of climate change, we focus on maximizing the benefits all can enjoy from beautiful natural places and vibrant cities and town centers.

Event Services/Spaces Durants Tents & Events

1155 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-0011

Events 8 Day Week

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores Adam’s Fairacre Farms

Bard College (845) 758-7151

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

Black Rock Forest Consortium

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Mother Earth’s Store House

Education Bard MAT

65 Reservoir Road, Cornwall, NY (845) 534-4517 x18

2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-5343

Dutchess Arts Camp (845) 471-7477

327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500

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

Sunflower Natural Food Market 75 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5361

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

Graphic Design & Illustration Luminary Media 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 334-8600

Hair Salons Le Shag. 292 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-0191

Lush Eco-Salon & Spa 2 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 204-8319

SaLune Hair Studio

Home Furnishings & Décor exit nineteen 309 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 514-2485

Insurance Agency Curabba Agency 334 E Main Street, Middletown, NY (845) 343-0855

Interior Design & Home Furnishings Cabinet Designers 747 State Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200 Cabinet Designers, your Kitchen & Bath Design firm is known for its handcrafted approach to design. This 30-plus-year-old company helps homeowners think out-ofthe-box with an extensive selection of custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinets. Choose from traditional, transitional, and modern styles by leaders in the field to create the Kitchen or Bathroom of your dreams.

Internet Services Computer Hut 71 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 750-5279 At Computer Hut sales and repairs, our goal is to find you the right computer at the best price or fix the one you currently have for the best rate around. We fix Mac and PC Computers, iPhones and iPads as well. Large stock of used and refurbished electronics.

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206 At the Dreaming Goddess, we offer unique gifts, ranging from stunning sterling silver jewelry, artful cards, to a vast array of crystals and gemstones. With a selection of therapeu-

Geoffrey Good Fine Jewelry

238 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (212) 625-1656 Unusually fine jewelry fusing rebellious creativity with unbridled artistry and unparalleled craftsmanship. From custom engagement rings and wedding bands to one-of-a-kind couture pieces, the forgotten art of smallscale jewelry fabrication is reinvented at Geoffrey Good.

Green Cottage

1204 Route 213, High Falls, NY (845) 687-4810

Hummingbird Jewelers

23 A East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4585 Premier showcase for fine designer jewelry since 1978. Specializing in on premises custom goldsmithing, repairs, restoration and repurposing of your family heirlooms. Gemologists-Appraisers. Watchmakers. Best selection of unique wedding bands and engagement rings in the valley. Open Mon. 10:30-5:30,Tues. closed, Wed.-Sat. 10:30-5:30.

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

Music The Falcon

1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY (845) 236-7970

JTD Productions, Inc. (845) 679-8652

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

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

Performing Arts Bardavon 1869 Opera House 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2072 The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a nonprofit arts presenter that owns and operates a historic theater of the same name in Poughkeepsie, and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It offers affordable, world-class music, education programs, dance, theater, Met Live in HD broadcasts, and classic films for the diverse audiences of the Hudson Valley.

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

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 33 Kaatsbaan Road, Tivoli, NY (845) 757-5106

339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233 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.

Ulster Performing Arts Center 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 339-6088 The Broadway Theatre - Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) is a 1927 former vaudeville theatre that is on the National Historic Register. It seats 1500 and is the largest historic presenting house between New York City and Albany.


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18 Kellogg Avenue, Amhesrt, MA (413) 256 0936 Stamell Stringed Instruments is a shop devoted to the violin family of instruments and bows. Here we provide unique services for the players and owners of stringed instruments. As specialists in violin, viola, cello, and bass, we can assist our customers with appraisal information, insurance valuations, repair and restoration, rentals, sales, and helpful advice. We also sell all of the best cases and accessories currently on the market.

Organizations Hudson River Housing

313 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-5176

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center

300 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-5300

Wallkill Valley Writers

New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370 Write with WVW. Creative writing workshops held weekly and on some Saturdays. Consultations & Individual Conferences also available. Registration/Information: w w w.w a l l k i l l v a l l e y w r i te r s.c o m o r

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Picture Framing The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004 A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and 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.

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

Real Estate Bronte’ Uccellini - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties 6384 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 705-0887

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

Veterinarian All Creatures Veterinary Hospital 14 N. Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1890 Veterinary services including discounted wellness packages for puppies, kittens, adults and seniors. Boarding, daycare & physical rehabilitation services.

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6 Park Place, Hudson, NY (518) 267-9744 SaLune is a full service hair salon featuring Master, Senior, and Junior stylists who are trained in the art of Intuitive Dry Cutting as well as all types of coloring. Hair is typically cut prior to the wash, in order for the stylist to address each person’s individual hair growth pattern, allowing for low-maintenance hair that grows in attractively for longer. SaLune uses and sells all-natural and organic products. Ask us about wedding packages!

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he last thing you might expect a financial mentor to do is begin a meeting with meditation. Money doesn’t exactly feel like Zen territory. Or does it? My recent introductory session with financial wellness coach Joanne Leffeld starts with eyes closed, sitting tall in my chair, hands light on my lap. “Take a couple of deep, cleansing breaths and make sure both feet are grounded on the earth,” she says. “If there’s any tension, release it now.” The peaceful entrée seems antithetical to what is to come: a journey with money and finances, which can make any heart beat faster and more anxiously. Yet it’s the perfect place to begin. Leffeld, a self-titled “moola doula” who helps people give birth to a better relationship with money, is a former certified financial planner and erstwhile yoga teacher, and she draws from both backgrounds to help people create a new comfort level with finances. It is a terrain that often frightens people: Money almost always ranks as the top stressor for Americans in opinion polls—the number one thing that strains marriages and keeps people up at night. “Money is one of those subjects that gets people so agitated, so overwhelmed, so full of shame, fear—you name it,” says Leffeld, who is based in Rhinebeck and also offers sessions across the river at Woodstock Healing Arts. “It has such negative associations, yet it’s only an energy. It’s like the monster under the bed, but when you shine a flashlight on it you realize it’s just a tiny bug.” Rather than panic and flick the bug away, there are things you can do to create a relationship with money that is healthy and grounded instead of fearbased. Experts like Leffeld—as well as Beth Jones and Susan Simon of Third Eye Associates in Red Hook—offer a holistic level of finance coaching that 68 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 2/18

takes into account the whole person. Because they do not sell financial products and don’t earn money on commissions, they can give unbiased guidance that includes a fair amount of right-brain soul-searching—something you’re not likely to find with your number-crunching stockbroker or financial planner. It’s a mix of deep life exploration and practical financial advice, with the aim of educating, empowering, and taking the mystery out of money. Money and the Inner Child For Leffeld, the journey into money and finances must begin in a judgmentfree zone—a place that is free of the self-blame that many people feel regarding mistakes they’ve made with their wallets. “We can let go of the judgment. Because really, when in life does anyone sit us down to talk about money? We don’t learn it in school, and our parents are often dealing with their own issues about it,” she says.Yet a lot of the behaviors we have about money start in early childhood. We can sense when money is given instead of love, and we absorb any tension that’s in the air about money in our households. Early experiences create a template for the kinds of decisions we make about money when we get older. We might have formed a fearful template, becoming what Leffeld calls a Restrictor (someone who holds onto every penny and is righteous about not spending) or a Permitter (someone who needs that $2,000 pocketbook or a meal at that fancy new restaurant, yet panics when the credit card bill arrives). While the Restrictor ignores their inner child and cuts off possibilities, the Permitter gives their inner child free rein and lets it wreak havoc on their adult lives.

These are the extremes, but a sweet spot lies in the middle. “Once you realize that your inner child is alive and inside you, then you can bring a sense of conscious awareness to every financial decision that you make,” says Leffeld. “You can say, ‘Who’s calling the shots here? Is it my child because they’re not getting a more primal need met, or is it the adult saying, This is a good choice for me?’” To help clients gain awareness, Leffeld gives them a questionnaire about money and their inner child. “What makes you happy, what makes you giddy? What makes you want to crawl under the covers and not come out? These are the triggers that make people spend money in an unconscious way. A lot of people find, ‘Whoa, this is why I eat out so much or spend money that I don’t have.’ We need to get in touch with a deeper understanding of why we do the things we do, so that we don’t sabotage ourselves.” By the second or third meeting with a financial mentor, most people are clamoring for a budget, which gives them an idea of how much discretionary money is at their disposal. “It’s about being aware of the inflow and outflow.You see just how easy it is to spend money quickly. When you bring in that awareness, it’s no longer that monster in the corner.” Leffeld might ask clients or couples to create a circle of values, like a wreath, that enumerates five life values such as Health, Independence, Adventure, etc. “If you make purchases through the filter of your life values, then a budget doesn’t have to feel restrictive,” she suggests. Say that Adventure is one of your values; then instead of going out for a $70 meal, you can set that money aside for a trip. This is where the alchemy comes in: With so much awareness around spending, money becomes a mindfulness practice in itself.

which he ended up throwing out because he had purchased too much) as a way of compensating for growing up poor without enough food to eat. He was also overspending on books, hundreds of which he had never read, as another way of compensating for childhood scarcity. “In the end, he changed his entire spending habits. He brought a lot of consciousness to it and totally tracks his spending,” says Jones. About 13 years later, he’s put away close to $1 million in savings and lives full-time in Vermont, keeping his job but working remotely. “Now he’s building a community garden, restoring his 1800s house, and doing exactly what he always wanted to do,” says Jones. “It’s very satisfying to see people take the reins and completely turn that freight train around. It was going the wrong way.”

“Once you realize that your inner child is alive and inside you, then you can bring a sense of conscious awareness to every financial decision.”

Creating an Abundance Mindset You don’t have to be rich or have a top-paying job to successfully heal your relationship with money. Leffeld talks of one client who came to her in a state of extreme fear around finances. She loved her work but felt that she wasn’t contributing to her household. Leffeld asked her if she was getting her true worth. “Sometimes when I ask you to put on this jacket of ‘I am worth this,’ it’s going to feel like you’re wearing an overcoat that’s three sizes too large. But you have to put it on because in three or four weeks’ time, it’s going to fit you,” says Leffeld. The client decided to see what else was on the market; soon after, she not only found another job, but her current employer offered to match whatever she got. “She was ecstatic. She got this huge raise just because she put herself into this position psychologically of ‘I want and need more.’” Meeting clients where they are is a particular focus for Jones and Simon. As certified financial transitionists, one of their specialties is working with people who are going through major life transitions such as divorce, the death of a loved one, loss of a job, or inheriting money. The aim is to create a safe space where people can find guidance with finances while dealing with intense emotions. When someone is experiencing trauma, “we create a decision-free zone where they don’t make any decisions they don’t absolutely need to make,” says Jones. “We slow down the process and help them prioritize what needs to get handled, working toward the goal of helping them make only really good decisions.” Wherever you start on the path to financial wellness, it’s possible to shift your thinking away from scarcity or a sense of lacking and toward an abundance mindset. “I’ve seen clients that make $18,000 or $20,000 a year have very abundant lives and travel the globe. And I’ve had clients that make $250,000 who can’t balance a checkbook,” says Jones. “When you live authentically, are aligned, and have integrity, then you’ll have what you need from life.” “It’s the soul’s journey,” adds Leffeld. “We’re all here to try to reach our highest potential. If I can remove some of the fear and mystery that the Wall Streeters and newspapers have imposed on us, and at the same time encourage people to let their inner child say, ‘This is the way I want to be,’ then nothing is out of the realm of possibility.”

—Joanne Leffeld, aka the Moula Doula

Planning for Now, Rather Than Someday Designing a life around your passions is the goal when you work with Beth Jones and Susan Simon of Third Eye Associates. “We’re different from a traditional financial firm in that we do a very deep dive into people’s worlds: what they’re committed to, what their values are, and what they want to be doing in their world,” says Jones. “That gives us a baseline from which to look at their financial circumstances, and to get their finances to line up with what they want to be doing and what they’re passionate about.” Most clients contract with them for a year, which includes about seven life-planning sessions. After several in-depth conversations and take-home exercises, Jones and Simon design a formal, written financial plan based on what is most important to the individual client. “We’re not just taking your technical data and finances and throwing it into some software and then telling you, ‘Here’s your plan,’ which is how financial firms do it,” says Jones. “Life is about more than just numbers.” Instead they use a concrete process—borne out of their certifications in life planning and financial transition planning—to get to the heart of what motivates their clients. Third Eye Associates is also a registered investment advisory firm, so they offer wealth-planning and investment management services too. But it’s the client’s goals and dreams that drive the decisionmaking. “We look at how they can have [their dreams] happen sooner. People often think that when they retire, they’ll do this thing they love. We’re really passionate about people doing what they love now, rather than waiting.” Jones and Simon have many stories about people whom they’ve helped to do just that. One client made a very good living but was in debt and always felt behind the eight ball. Meanwhile, he had a dream of moving from New Jersey back to rural Vermont, where he had grown up, and starting a community garden. During his sessions with Jones and Simon, he realized that he was overspending on expensive groceries at Whole Foods (much of

Joanne Leffeld is giving a presentation at the Olive Free Library on Saturday, February 10, 11am–12pm and a workshop at Iris Retreat Center in Accord on Saturday, February 17, 3–5pm. RESOURCES Joanne Leffeld Third Eye Associates 2/18 CHRONOGRAM WHOLE LIVING 69

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Transpersonal Acupuncture

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Alexander Technique

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Institute for Music and Health Judith Muir M.M. M.Am.SAT

60 Eddy Road, Verbank, NY (845) 677-5871 Lessons in the Alexander Technique will teach you about the mechanisms of balance and posture that exist in each of us and organize our daily movements. You will learn how to recognize and switch off the mental and physical patterns that have a negative influence on how you think and move, as well as learning how to send “directions” to activate your postural mechanisms. Better Balance, Better Health.

Aromatherapy Joan Apter, Aromacologist

(845) 679-0512 Raindrop Technique, Emotional Release Raindrop, Neuro-Auricular Technique (NAT), Vitaflex for humans and Horses, dogs, birds and cats. Health consultations, natural wellness writer, spa consultant, classes, trainings and keynotes. Offering full line of Young Living Essential oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and non-toxic cleaning products. Consultant: Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster with healing statements for surgery and holistic approaches to heal faster!

Astrology Planet Waves

Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

Beauty Allure Salon

47 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7774 At Allure, we strive to exceed all of your expectations and provide you with an experience that is above and beyond the usual. Our team of highly trained Aveda Specialists and dedicated stylists will provide you with a personalized experience that is tailored to your specific needs. As experts in classic and modern cuts, color and styling, we guarantee an amazing experience for a look you’ll love. 70 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 2/18

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Transcend Dental

269 Route 375, West Hurley, NY (845) 679-4000

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

Collaborative Medical Arts

2542 Route 66, Chatham, NY (518) 721-8417 Collaborative Medical Arts is a group of physicians and therapists offering: Conventional and Anthroposophic family medicine, Osteopathic cranial treatments, Neurology, holistic anthroposophic nursing, therapeutic eurythmy, painting therapy and rhythmical massage therapy. Kathleen DeRosa-Lazare, D.O.: Family Medicine, Anthroposophic


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John M. Carroll

715 Rte 28, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420 John is a spiritual counselor, healer, and teacher. He uses guided imagery, morphology, and healing energy to help facilitate life changes. He has successfully helped his clients to heal themselves from a broad spectrum of conditions, spanning terminal cancer to depression. The Center also offers hypnosis, massage, and Raindrop Technique.

Kary Broffman, R.N.,C.H.

Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6753 New Year, New You. Integrate Your Life,-Its A Balancing Act. Mind /Body integration with hypnosis, nutritional coaching, stress management, visualization. Spiritual and intuitive readings. Utilize these modalities to help you find true north to a happier and more fulfilled life.

Hospitals MidHudson Regional Hospital

241 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 483-5000 MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is home to the mid-Hudson Valley’s most advanced healthcare services. This 243-bed facility features the area’s only ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center, the Redl Center for Cancer Care, Center for Robotic Surgery, and the WMC Heart & Vascular Institute.

Northern Dutchess Hospital

6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3001 northern-dutchess-hospital Northern Dutchess Hospital is a healing environment where modern medicine meets compassionate care. From spacious, private patient rooms to state-of-the-art operating rooms equipped with minimally invasive and robotic technology, you and your family no longer need to travel far for advanced medical care. The hospital offers a holistic birth center, an expanded emergency department, orthopedic needs from sports medicine and pain management to minimally invasive surgery, general and bariatric surgery, wound care, a full spectrum of rehabilitation therapies and much more. Thanks to convenient, seamless access, you can visit a primary or specialty care provider then have your lab work or radiology procedure without leaving the campus. Excellent care for you and your family has been our priority since the hospital’s founding more than a century ago.

Putnam Hospital Center

670 Stoneleigh Avenue, Carmel, NY (845) 279-5711 putnam-hospital-center For more than 50 years, Putnam Hospital Center has been the community’s resource for advanced and compassionate care. With a reputation for high patient satisfaction, our caring teams offer advanced orthopedic, robotic and bariatric surgical services. Discover the comfortable, private rooms and complimentary valet parking, all close to home.

Sharon Hospital

50 Hospital Hill, Sharon, CT (860) 364-4000 sharon-hospital Sharon Hospital is now part of Health Quest. Offering the same warm and personalized care, Sharon Hospital now provides the benefits of an entire system including direct access to more advanced

medical offerings, the latest technologies and a network of leading specialists. For residents of the Northwest Connecticut community, there’s no need to travel far for exceptional healthcare.

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts

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

Pain Management Medical Marijuana Certification and Consulting

(845) 430-4239 Consultation on approved use of medical marijuana in NY. With certification for patients who qualify under New York State law. Will help find a CBD/THC concentration that is most effective for you. Full evaluation of your medical history and lifestyle to find appropriate treatment for your medical condition. Now approved for patients with PTSD.

Resorts & Spas Bodhi Holistic Spa

543 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (518) 828-2233

Emerson Resort & Spa Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY (845) 688-2828

Spirituality Kol Hai: Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal (845) 477-5457

Sacred Heart Parish

Stamford, NY (607) 652-7170

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Feb. 2 - 18 8pm Fri & Sat 3pm Sun Tickets: $24 / $22 Rhinebeck Theatre Society kicks off its 2018 season, "A Year of Women," with this Ibsen classic. Presented through a 21st century lens, experience Nora's transcendence of traditional domestic roles in a riveting search for identity. MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FORYOUNG AUDIENCES.

Feb. 23 - 25 8pm Fri & Sat 3pm Sun Tickets: $23 CENTERstage Productions is pleased to present Club, a new play by Mark Burns. Spring of 2016 -- the cusp of a new American moment. Brice Garber, a down-on-his-luck salesman from Long Island, is invited by an old friend into a real estate deal to buy an aging 13-hole golf course in a depressed Catskills town, where “country club” may have sinister overtones. MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FORYOUNG AUDIENCES.

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Eugène Delacroix's Royal Tiger, a watercolor and graphite on paper work included in the exhibition “Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection,” opening February 3 at The Clark Institute in Williamstown.

A Big Draw “You have 500 years of great drawings—you can’t lose! Everybody is going to find something they really like,” remarks Jay A. Clarke, drawings curator of the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She’s speaking of “Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection,” which opens February 3 at the Clark: 150 works from the collection of Eugene V. Thaw, art dealer and philanthropist. What exactly constitutes a “drawing”? All these pieces are on paper, though some involve watercolor, matte paint, chalk, colored pencil, and glued-on scraps. Several of the works—including ones by Dégas and Gauguin—began as prints, with hand-painted additions by the artist. Most collectors focus on a particular time or place, but Thaw did not. Eventually this weakness became a strength; he acquired major European works from five centuries. As an introduction to European art, “Drawn to Greatness” is better than the best college textbook. “In drawing you see the artist thinking through ideas. It was perceived, historically, as an intellectual practice,” observes Clarke. The works are hung essentially chronologically, beginning with Two Lovers By a Fountain in a Landscape (circa 1510) by Albert Altdorfer, a pen-and-ink drawing of two androgynous figures under a large, spiky, Dr. Seussian tree. The most recent piece is White Curve (Radius: 12’) (1976), a striking, flag-like collage by Ellsworth Kelly. For some reason, drawings can be funnier than paintings. Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804) produced 104 humorous caricatures of the Italian clown Punchinello, two of which appear in this exhibition. Drunken Punchinello shows the jester supine on the floor, feet facing the viewer, his big belly rising like a hill. Honoré Daumier’s stinging wit is evident in The Schoolmaster and the Drowning Child (1856-57), based on a tale from La Fontaine in which a teacher lectures a floundering child rather than pulling him from a stream.

Drawings have an intimacy lacking in painting or sculpture. Van Gogh drew vivid sketches in his letters, in solemn brown ink. Two of them are included in “Drawn to Greatness.” Théodore Géricault’s Head of a Black Man (1818-19) has the surging dignity of a 1960s Black Power poster. I’d never seen Cézanne’s watercolors; they are among the best-kept secrets of 19th-century art. The radiant, transparent Still Life with Pears and Apples (1902-6) vibrates with sunlight. Odilon Redon’s The Spider (1902), an insect with an impassive human face, lurches out at the viewer like a drunk from a doorway. In the mid-20th century, Americans begin to appear in the chronicle. There are several drawings by Jackson Pollock, a chaste grid by Agnes Martin, two commanding bird profiles of Robert Motherwell’s, and an aerial-view abstraction by Richard Diebenkorn. Eugene V. Thaw was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, in 1927; he was named after Eugene V. Debs, the famous American socialist. After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, Thaw set up a gallery in the Algonquin Hotel in 1950 with a loan from his father. In 1954 he married his wife Clare, who suggested that they keep some art for their own personal use. Eventually, Thaw amassed several collections, including Native American art, bronzes from the Eurasian steppes, and medieval European ornaments. All of these works were donated to public institutions, including Thaw’s trove of over 400 drawings, which was recently gifted to the Morgan Library—and considered the most significant addition to the library in its 94-year history. Thaw died on January 3, at the age of 90. “Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection” will be on view February 3-April 22 at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. (413) 458-2303; —Sparrow 2/18 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 73

THURSDAY 1 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Path to Entrepreneurship Program: Newburgh 6-8pm. The Women’s Enterprise Development Center will host this 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-registration is required. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 363-6432.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Tarot Club Every other Thursday, 6-7pm. Join this fun, informal gathering to explore all aspects of tarot, be led by Sabra Margaret. Sabra is a Reiki Master and intuitive. All ages. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

FILM NT Live: Follies 1-3pm. $21/$16 Gold members. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Eat Your Multi-Vitamins: Food is Medicine 6:30-7:30pm. $20. This workshop will give you some crafty ideas and recipes to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals from your food. Hudson Valley Midwifery, Kingston. 256-5430. Free Narcan Training 6-8pm. Learn how to administer Narcan® to reduce an opiod overdose and identify risk factors. Narcan® (naloxone) kit provided to all participants. Registration required. Plattekill Library, Modena. 883-7286. Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn 12-1:30pm. Learn the facts about preventing, detecting, and treating many cardiac and vascular diseases. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500. The New Year, New You Wellness Workshop 7-8:30pm. $327/$247. Five life-changing sessions including a hands-on natural food cooking class to help you lose weight without dieting; prevent dips in concentration, mood swings, and diabetes; and identify the foods to eat for sustained vitality, led by Marika Blossfeldt. Marika’s Kitchen, Beacon. (646) 241-8478. Tea: A Tasting & Healing Art: Free Holistic Self-Care Class with Corrine Trang 7-8:30pm. Discover the health benefits of tea. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge.;.

LITERARY & BOOKS Jonathan Blunk & Anne Wright “James Wright: A Life in Poetry” 6-8pm. Biographer Jonathan Blunk will talk with James Wright’s widow, Anne Wright, about his new authorized and sweeping biography of her late husband—one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. Poetry Event: Jonathan Blunk & Anne Wright “James Wright: A Life in Poetry” 6pm. A talk by biographer Jonathan Blunk and James Wright’s widow, Anne Wright, about Blunk's new authorized and sweeping biography of James Wright­—one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

MUSIC Andy Stack’s American Soup 8pm. American classics from Duke Ellington to Hank Williams. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Avalon Archives’ Museum of Rock & Roll: Black History Month 5:30pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Latin Jazz Express: The Music of Tito Puente 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Mark Stein Project 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

SPIRITUALITY Transform Your Life Through Meditation 7-8:30pm. $10. Experience the practical benefits of Buddha’s teachings, learn to solve your problems and find profound meaning in your life through guided meditations and practical wisdom. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 856-9000.

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Creative Nonfiction 11am-1pm. $220. Thursdays through May 3. Classes will include free-writing, exploratory exercises, supportive feedback on students’ writing, along with discussions on short works by famous authors. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.


New Paltz Chamber Monthly Membership Coffee 8-9am. Enjoy delicious bagels and French press coffee while you mingle with other business owners and practice your elevator pitch. Registration is required. Beyond Wealth Management, New Paltz. 255-0243. Nonprofits TALK First Friday of every month, 8:30-10am. A facilitated conversation on selected nonprofit topics with executive directors, staff, and board members. The Pivot Ground Cafe & Work Space, Kingston. 481-0459.


Uptown Swing with La Familia 7:30-11pm. $10. A night of hot jazz, dance, and swing with La Familia Swinging Blues Band! 8pm Beginner’s Lesson, 9pm Open dance. BSP, Kingston.


All the Money in the World 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Economic Film Series: Black Wall Street 6-8pm. This documentary tracks the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, known as "Black Wall Street," through the oil boom, Tulsa race riot, and the years after. AJ Williams Myers African Roots Center, Kingston. 282-0182.


All Abilities Kids: Storytime 10:30am. This program features stories told through multiple modalities with optional interactive elements including a story and craft, as well as movement and song. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Non-Profits Talk First Friday of every month, 8:30-10am. Nonprofit executive directors, board members, staff, and volunteers come together around issues and seek ideas and advice in a facilitated conversation. Hosted by Susan J Ragusa. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 331-2140.


Ang ‘n Ed Acoustic Duo 8:30pm. Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. Chris O’Leary Band 8pm. Blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Cupid Painted Blind 7pm. $10. Vocalist Meredith Lustig, joined by pianist/ vocalist Michael Axtell and pianist Steven Feifke, draws from Shakespeare’s timeless anthology and presents an all-new theatrical and musical experience. Mountain Top Library, Tannersville. (518) 589-5023. Datura Road 9pm. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Decora 8pm. Hip hop. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Flash Band 9pm. Motown, R&B. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Hudson Dusters 9pm. Indie-folk. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Music, Words, and Images 7pm. This concert, part of Modfest 2018, will explore the theme of “adapting” with exciting and diverse collaborations between professionals, faculty, and students. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening 8-10pm. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Roots Rockers Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones 8pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. Salsa with Willy Torres 8-10:30pm. $20. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Winter Hoot Weekend pass $50/$75 with dinner. A down-home, down-to-earth festival of folk music and arts for all ages. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.


"A Doll's House" 8pm. Presented by Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Four-Week Swing Dance Class $85. With Linda and Chester Freeman. Beginner session 6pm-7pm, intermediate session 7pm-8pm. Maximum Fitness, Newburgh. 236-3939.


Mid-Hudson Regional Science Olympiad 8:15am-5pm. The Mid-Hudson Regional Division C Science Olympiad Competition features more than 25 high school teams competing in individual and team science events. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5169.


Swing Dance with Live Band 7:30-10:30pm. $15. Includes basic lesson with instructors Linda and Chester Freeman. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 236-3939.


Black History Month Kingston Kick Off 1-5pm. This event includes an interactive film exhibit by Frank Waters, recitations of poems by black poets, and an African Dance Performance. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 282-0182. Ice Harvest Festival 10am-3pm. Take part in a traditional ice harvest. The event includes ice carving, ice fishing, horsedrawn sleigh rides, snowman village, food trucks, and demos and exhibits by local artisans and farmers. Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. (607) 278-5744.


Hypnosis Certification Training with Jennifer Axinn-Weiss 10am-6pm. $1,850. Join five other participants in a dynamic 10-day program and learn the art of hypnosis in an intimate and supportive group setting. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. 242-7580. Intro to Fertility Awareness 3-5pm. $10. Learn about the Fertility Awareness Method, which can be used as a natural birth control and natural conception tool, with certified educator Dyami Soloviev. Hudson Valley Midwifery, Kingston. 383-1298.



Day of Stillness Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114. Hand-Pulled Chinese Noodles 1-3pm. $25/$20 members. Learn history and technique of hand-pulled noodles. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222. Kingston Clay Day 2-4pm. $25. Try out the wheel, learn basic handbuilding techniques, and have fun making something. Reservations recommended. Kingston Ceramics Studio, Kingston. 331-2078. Transparency and Radiance 9am-4pm. $252. Two-day workshop with Meredith Rosier. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Yarn/Fabric Sale 10am-1pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias 12:45-3:45pm. $21/$16 Gold members. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


"Ella Cinders” & “Cinderella” 2-4pm. $8/$6 children 12 and under. In Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989. Fiction into Film: Matilda by Roald Dahl 1-3pm. After the film, Oblong Books's Nicole Brinkley will lead a book discussion for all ages. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. (518) 789-0022.


The Moon and Your Feminine Cycle: A Yoga Workshop 9:30-11:30am. $52. For women over 18. Learn ways to honor your cycle each month and use herbs and the moon cycles to better balance your hormones and regain control over your life. Lilananda Yoga, Glenville. (518) 470-5240.

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt 10am. $3-$7. Families will receive a set of clues to solve nature riddles. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.




Black History Today: Silence is Not an Option 6-8pm. Roz Pelles will emphasize her work over the last few years in the growing people’s movements, Moral Mondays, in NC, and the national New Poor People’s Campaign. The AJ Williams Myers African Roots Center, Kingston. 282-0182. Climate Change and You 6-9pm. Fred Margulies, a capital region social studies teacher, will address all aspects of climate change. Old Chatham Quaker Meeting, Old Chatham. (518) 610-3735.


Hollywood Classics with MaryKay Messenger 8-10pm. $25/$20 seniors/$5 students. Premier vocalist Master Sargeant MaryKay Messenger and the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will perform Hollywood classics. The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. 635-0877. David Kraai 7:30pm. $5. 6pm community potluck, followed by 7:30pm country folk concert.Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. Gershwin’s An American in Paris 8pm. The Orchestra Now, conducted by James Bagwell, presents this Gershwin classic. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900. Get the Led Out 8pm. Led Zepplin tribute. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Holographic Principle 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood 8pm. Southern blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jimmy Lee Acoustic Duo 8:30pm. Classic rock. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. (909) 547-4266. Marji Zintz 5pm. Acoustic. Bear Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5555. 2nd Annual Adene and Richard Wilson Concert 7pm. This concert features faculty members and faculty emeritus, with music by Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, Sally Beamish, and Wilson. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Slink Moss & The Magic Stones 9pm. Pop, soft rock. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. The Winter Hoot Weekend pass $50/$75 with dinner. A down-home, down-to-earth festival of folk music and arts for all ages. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.


First Saturday Reception 5-8pm. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and art enthusiasts. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.


"A Doll's House" 8pm. Presented by Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

"Good Night Moon" & "The Runaway Bunny" 3pm. $15. Mermaid Theatre presents two performances adapted from Margaret Wise Brown's novel. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. In the Footsteps of Thomas Cole 2pm. A talk by Shannon Vittoria, Ph.D., Research Associate, American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. (518) 943-7465.


Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 11am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Gershwin’s An American in Paris 3pm. The Orchestra Now, conducted by James Bagwell, presents this Gershwin classic. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900. "West Side Story": The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein 3pm. Harvard-educated psychiatrist and Juilliardtrained concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan will present a lecture/recital that explores the psychological forces that influenced the creative life of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. The Winter Hoot Weekend pass $50/$75 with dinner. A down-home, down-to-earth festival of folk music and arts for all ages. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.


"A Doll's House" 3pm. Presented by Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Hudson Chorale Welcomes New Members 6-7pm. Hudson Chorale is welcoming new members in all voice parts (SATB) to join them for an exciting June 2018 concert that will appeal to choral singers of a wide range of musical preferences. Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, Pleasantville. (914) 478-0074.


Valentine’s Sip & Shop 4-8pm. Join the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce for an intimate evening with free hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and gift bags to the first 50 attendees. Novella’s, New Paltz. 255-0243.


All the Money in the World 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Speaking of Books 7-8:30pm. A discussion of Charles C. Mann's book 1493. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie. 471-6580.


Adventures with Color: A Color Theory 9am-4pm. $330. Three-day workshop with K.L. McKenna. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Four-Week Swing Dance Class 6-7pm. $85. With Linda and Chester Freeman. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 236-3939.

MUSIC BLUES TRAVELER Blues Traveler frontman John Popper. Blues Traveler plays the Mahawie Theater in Great Barrington on March 3.

Blowout in the Berkshires Few acts in rock history have regularly featured the harmonica as prominently as Blues Traveler, whose vocalist John Popper is a virtuoso on the instrument. Staples of 1990s pop radio thanks to their sunny, ubiquitous breakthrough smash “Run-Around”—the longest-charting in Billboard history—the Princeton, New Jersey-born band went on to find a devoted audience in the jam-band scene after they’d had their mainstream moment. To date, the group, which hits the Mahawie Theater on March 3, has released something in the neighborhood of 16 albums, several showcasing them in their fullflight live glory; additionally, Popper penned a 2016 biography, Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed to Tell (Da Capo Press). Tad Kinchla, who took over for Bobby Sheehan after the founding bassist died in 1999, answered a few questions for Chronogram via e-mail. Blues Traveler will perform at the Mahawie Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on March 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $49-$89. (413) 528-0100; —Peter Aaron Blues Traveler’s most recent studio album, 2015’s Blow Up the Moon, was one of the band’s most eclectic, thanks in part to the many guest artists who appear on it, such as Hanson, Jewel, and Bowling for Soup. What was it like to work with so many outside collaborators? Are there instances you can recall from the making of the album that have influenced the music you guys have made since then? Is the concept one you think you might try again, or are you focused on keeping it insular for the next album? Blow Up the Moon was a really great experience in many ways. There were definite high and low parts in the collaborations, but they were all great learning experiences. I’d say the that the process of working with [electronic duo] 3OH!3 has stuck with us. They were really efficient and creative in getting parts down as we worked. Instead of crafting all the parts of the song and tracking after all the edits, we just threw down sections and parts as we wrote, recording along the way. In the end, we had finished songs with most of the basic tracks done. We’ve applied that in the way we recorded the newest album as well. The same work-as-you-go process occurred with [reggae band] the Dirty Heads as well. Very fluid and creative. I’m sure time restraints helped force the issue, but it was a new way for us to look at writing. As far as collaborating, I think we’re pretty set on working as a band for the next couple of albums. If something organic comes our way, I think we’re open to it, of course. It’s been almost 20 years since you took over for original bassist Bobby Sheehan . Sheehan’s shoes are certainly big shoes to fill, but fans agree you’ve filled them more than well—along with bringing your own flavor to Blues Traveler’s music. What was it about the band’s music that made you a fan before you joined, and what is it that makes the group unique compared to other acts in the (so-called) jam band sphere? I guess I was pretty much a fan since the bands inception. Blues Band (the name at the time) was one of the only bands playing at our high school, so we were all fans.

They just happened to be really good and played like a lot of bands most of us loved. Obviously, having a brother in the band, I was a little biased [Tad’s brother Chan is Blues Traveler’s guitarist]. Filling Bobby’s shoes was really tough. He was a good friend of mine, aside from my really digging his bass playing. The process of joining the band was pretty emotional for everyone. We were all grieving over his loss while trying to go forward as almost a new band. I think in many ways it helped that I was “in family.” We were all able to bond over our time with Bob and all that made him and the band what it was. I’m a very different player than Bobby. I basically told the guys that when I joined. I said, “I have my voice in playing that is quite different than Bobby’s.” They all agreed that that was cool and wanted to see where things would go with a new sound. Ever since then, they’ve all been more than supportive in letting me play the way I do, and it’s been very encouraging and, more than anything, fun. I think what gives Blues Traveler its own voice is clearly the harmonica. Not that we’re the only band with a harp player, but we’re the only one with John Popper. Armed with that, and our ability to play with each other, gives us a very unique sound. We kind of slide in and out of genres and ranges, but you can always say it’s Blues Traveler. It’s pretty cool to be part of that, to be honest. You and your wife had twin boys in 2013—that must be a handful! How has becoming a father influenced you as a musician? (And are the boys playing any instruments yet?) Twins are the bomb. They truly test your limits, but you certainly are rewarded. I think, more than anything, having kids has put taking time away into perspective. You really want to maximize your use of time away from the family, whether it be touring or recording. It kind of boils over into your playing. It makes me want to work harder when I’m away, so that I can really enjoy my time at home. I also find I’m enjoying practicing again, too; kind of a bonus I didn’t expect. I think it’s now a mental break from parenting that lets me get into a different head space. I’m sure most parents can attest to that feeling. Currently, one of my sons is way into music. I got him an electronic drum kit that lets him knock the crap out of it with headphones on. Genius. It’s been three years since Blow Up the Moon. How soon can fans expect a new album? We’re dropping a new album this winter. We wrote and recorded it last spring in Nashville. It’s something we’re all really happy about. Its sound brings us back to the band’s roots in many ways. What do you most hope the people feel or experience when they hear Blues Traveler’s records or come to see you guys play? Anything about this tour you want to let the fans who haven’t caught you in a while know about? I hope they get a sense of the band’s history. Over 30 years ,there have been a lot of style changes and songs. I hope we do a good job conveying all those periods over the course of a show. We do our best to mix up sets and touch on songs off all our albums, as well as the more familiar tunes. On this tour, we’ve been hitting some new material, too, which has been a lot of fun. 2/18 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 75

FRIDAY 9 Francine Ciccarelli, Geneva Turner and Andrew Joffee in the Rhinebeck Theatre Society production of "A Doll's House."


Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Boy Scouts of Troop 8 5-8pm. Enjoy delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs provided by Angela’s in Lake Katrine and support Troop 8's outdoor program. Sawkill Firehouse, Kingston. 750-9924.


Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 7pm. Featuring world premieres by adjunct artist Leslie Partridge Sachs and Alaina Wilson’ 16, as well as works by faculty, students, and guest choreographers. Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Poughkeepsie.


A Weekend of Folk/Roots/Americana Music Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, Ellenville.


Molly's Game 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. North by Northwest 7:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

KIDS & FAMILY “A Doll’s House” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck In 2006, 100 years after the death of renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, “A Doll’s House” was the most performed play in the world. Set in the Victorian era, the work follows Nora, a young wife and mother, who ultimately leaves her husband in order to “know [herself] and [her] surroundings,” as she says in the final act. Recognized as one of the first feminist plays, this story of awakening caused great controversy when it debuted in Copenhagen in 1879. The story is especially poignant now, on the heels of #metoo movement and the second annual Women’s March, as the fight for women’s empowerment takes on greater urgency. Rhinebeck Theatre Society will stage a production of Ibsen’s play at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, kicking off their Season of Women, a yearlong series of productions written by or about women. “A Doll’s House” runs February 2–18. (845) 876-3080.



Adoptive Families Group 5pm. Games and art projects for the children and parents. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Albert Cummings 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Bernard Purdie & Friends 8pm. Funk and soul. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Big Takeover 8pm. Special guests TBA. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 158. Ceesar: Classic R&R Show 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Clouds 9pm. Classic rock. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Kristina Koller's Perception Album Release Show 8-10:30pm. $10. Fima Chupakhin (piano), Chris Talio (bass), Henry Conerway III (drums). Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Music and & Words 7:30pm. $25-$45. A debut exploration on the relationship between composer and librettist in music from 1860 to the 1930s for strings, piano, and voice. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Conversations for Success Join the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce a discussion with CEOs, business owners, and successful young professionals. One Epic Place, New Paltz. 255-0243. Intro to Social Media Marketing 9-11am. $30. This is the first of a series of four classes, exploring social media marketing in 2018, led by Chris Short, a Digital Marketing and Video Production Specialist. Hampton Inn New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-0243.

Common Tongue’s First Wednesdays 8pm. Interpreting the music of Jeff Beck. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. JB3 Residency 8:30-10:30pm. $10. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Willa and Company 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.





"Murder at the Speakeasy" 7pm. Three-course dinner and show presented by Murder Cafe. Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck. 876-7077.



Poughkeepsie Jazz Project 7pm. The Derby Bar & Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 452-3232. Adobe Lightroom Basics 7-9:30pm. $200/$180 members. 4 sessions. Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550.


Job Fair 11am-3pm. Bring your resume and plan to be interviewed for your next job. New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Offices, New Paltz. 255-0243. Monthly Mixer at La Charla 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and networking at this free event. La Charla Mexican Restaurant, New Paltz. 255-0243.


The Comedy Slam 6-9pm. Multiple acts from comedians such as Renee Stanko and Michael Maino. Also featuring the musical talents of Logan. Kingston Artist Collective, Kingston. 282-0182.


All the Money in the World 1pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Pornography’s Graphical Interface 7pm. University of Toronto researcher Patrick Keilty gives a talk on the impact that design and information systems in the pornography industry have on contemporary experiences and understandings of desire and sexuality. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921.


Nerd Jeopardy! 7-9pm. Literary trivia. Teams of three. Prizes include books, bar tabs, and temporary glory. Rough Draft Bar & Books, Kingston. 802-0027.

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Culinary Wreath Workshop 6-8pm. $22. Create a beautiful and edible culinary wreath using fresh herbs. Entry includes a drink ticket and recipes. Pennings Farm Market & Orchards, Warwick. 986-1059.

THURSDAY 8 COMEDY The Comics at The Underground 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

FILM All the Money in the World 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

HEALTH & WELLNESS The New Year, New You Wellness Workshop 7-8:30pm. $327/$247. Five life-changing sessions including a hands-on natural food cooking class to help you lose weight without dieting; prevent dips in concentration, mood swings, and diabetes; and identify the foods to eat for sustained vitality, led by Marika Blossfeldt. Marika’s Kitchen, Beacon. (646) 241-8478.

LECTURES & TALKS FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow 7pm. $15. Gallery at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. 876-1655. The History of the Black Community in Hudson 6-7:30pm. Local longtime Hudson residents will speak on their roots in and/or migration to Hudson, the city's changes over the years, and issues around education, criminal justice, health and human services. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792.

MUSIC 22nd Blues Pro Jam 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Parsonsfield 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Love and Chocolate 6-9pm. $15/$25 couple. Live music and an all-youcan-eat chocolate buffet. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884. "A Doll's House" 8pm. Presented by The Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.


Subzero Heroes 9:30am-12:30pm. Ice jump to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter. Berean Park, Highland. (914) 391-4161.


Elks Lounge Valentine Dance 7-11pm. $10. Enjoy a rich mix of musical styles: R&B, Latin, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Rock, Disco & much more. Full bar. Elks Lodge, Beacon. 765-0667.


Beacon Second Saturday A city-wide celebration of the arts where galleries and shops stay open until 9pm. Downtown Beacon, Beacon. A Weekend of Folk/Roots/Americana Music Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, Ellenville. Winter Makers' Market 10am-6pm. A showcase of locally handmade goods. Also featuring #TheVanderbiltRoom, a new pop-up cafe. Greenville Arms 1889 Inn, Greenville. (518) 966-5219.


Molly's Game 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Pros(e) of Pie 7:30-10:30pm. This popular monthly storytelling series moves to Peekskill for a night of true human tales on the evening’s theme: Slow Simmer. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. 914-788-0100.


Sam Graham-Felsen in conversation with Adelle Waldman 6-8pm. Chief blogger for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, Sam Graham-Felsen will talk with author Adelle Waldman about his highly acclaimed debut novel-Green. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.


Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi’s 8pm. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Cabaret Night 7pm. Students from the Music Department perform classics from the American Songbook and beyond. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Community Youth Concert 3pm. Cappella Festiva Cor Capriccio & Treble Choir, and Stringendo perform in a concert featuring the youngest musicians at Modfest. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. The Crossroads Band 8:30pm. Rock. Whistling Willie’s, Cold Spring. 265-2012. Deadgrass 8pm. Music of Jerry Garcia. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ed Palermo Big Band: A Narcissist’s Valentine 8pm. Rock orchestra. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. G3 7:30pm. $39.50-$95. Featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Phill Collen (Def Leppard). Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Lee Rocker 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Met Live: "L’Elisir d’Amore" 12-3:30pm. Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. The Ryan Leddick Band 9pm. New Age. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Soul Purpose 7:30pm. Motown and R&B. Alley Cat Blues and Jazz Club, Kingston. 339-1300.


New York Rangers Alumni Charity Hockey Game 3:30-5:30pm. $20-$50. Proceeds from the event will be benefit the Mid-Hudson Civic Center Inc. youth programs and help expand the offerings at each rink. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.


CCE’s Black Artivist Experience 1-2pm. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. The Library at the AJ Williams Myers African Roots Center, Kingston. 282-0182. "A Doll's House" 8pm. Presented by The Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "He Said/She Said: A Valentine Celebration with Dakota Lane and Friends" 5-6pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun, fast performance like no other. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311. Met Opera LIVE in HD: "L’Elisir D’Amore" noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.


Green Building Seminar 11am-1pm. This free seminar gives a realistic overview of designing and creating your own energy efficient custom home, from buying land through construction. Reservations required. Atlantic Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 265-2636. Intro to Tapestry Weaving 1-5pm. $100. Learn how to ‘paint with fiber,’ and develop the basic skills of tapestry weaving on a frame loom. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. (518) 545-4082. Introduction to Cut and Painted Paper 9am-4pm. $250. Through February 11. With Jenne M. Currie. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Sledding Party 12-3pm. Supervised sledding, bonfire, snowman building, hot chocolate, and treats. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.


A Decade in Paint: Gallery Talk with Painter Wilson McLean Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.


Matthew Bourne’s "Cinderella" 2pm. Choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with a lush score by Sergei Prokofiev, a classic work from the modern Russian ballet tradition but with a distinctly English flavor. Captured live in December 2017 from London. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

COMEDY EDDIE IZZARD Eddie Izzard performs at UPAC in Kingston on February 16.

Sorry,There Are No Jazz Chickens Comedian, actor, and activist Eddie Izzard has bushwhacked a singular path for himself through polite British society. With blatant disregard for social norms and biases, Izzard has always done exactly what he wants, shocking onlookers, ruffling feathers, and making people laugh along the way. In 1985, Izzard came out publicly as a transvestite, a move he spent years defending both through activism and comedy. On any given day, he is as likely take the stage wearing a tux with manicured red fingernails as he is to don a leather skirt and fishnet stockings. The heavy makeup and blonde pixie cut seem to be the only constants. “I’m really gender-fluid,” he recently told Chronogram in an e-mail interview. “If you try and really define the difference between masculinity and femininity, it’s almost impossible to do. Most people have some sort of a mix of genetics, and my mix is probably half boy, half girl.” He has riffed on this idea throughout the years, calling himself “a straight transvestite, or male lesbian.” Izzard is a habitual nonconformer—every time you think you’ve got him pinned, he turns around and does something totally shocking and impressive. In 2009, virtually out of nowhere, he completed 43 marathons in 51 days to benefit British advocacy nonprofit Sport Relief. Said differently, he ran 1,127 miles in just over seven weeks. “I thought if I managed to run these marathons, I could reclaim the fitness of my youth, help raise a bunch of money for people around the world, and also maybe do something adventurous,” he says casually. “You just need to decide to do it, and then have enormous determination.” No biggie. If physical vivacity weren’t enough, Izzard has also demonstrated incredible mental alacrity, learning enough German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Arabic to do stand-up routines. Comedy is notoriously idiomatic, requiring a comfort and dexterity far beyond basic conjugations and hotel lobby vocabulary. Yet Izzard shrugs it off nonchalantly. “If you perform in English in a country that speaks a different language, you will probably just play to expats. I really want to perform to people of those different counties,” he says. “Also I hope it sends out a positive message of what one can do in an increasingly negative world.” In 2017, to top off his list of wildly varied and impressive accomplishments, Izzard published his long-awaited first book, Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens. (Spolier alert: The jazz chickens of the title are a ruse.) Ironically given his verbal dexterity and highly literate social commentary, written language has always been a challenge for Izzard. “I am dyslexic so writing (and reading) happens really slowly for me,” he says. Finding a method to get his life’s stories on paper was a major hurdle for the book, until he began collaborating with Cambridge ghostwriter Laura Zigman. “I essentially dictated the book to her. She did all the heavy lifting,” Izzard says graciously. “She chose the chapter orders, which chapters should be included, and wrote the tail ends of nearly every chapter. I only wrote chapter one totally myself.” As the title indicates, the book is not all laughs, though those are there too. It covers topics like the death of his mother when he was six, boarding school, and alternative sexuality with the same sincerity and candor fans have come to expect from his standup, painting a vivid picture of the man behind the comedy routine. Bill Gates has named Believe Me as one of the “5 Amazing Books I Read This Year.” Izzard’s “Believe Me Tour: Comedy, Painted Nails, Politics, My Life,” which is already booked in 40 countries and four languages, combines stand-up, storytelling, and audience participation. It comes to UPAC in Kingston on February 16 at 8pm. (845) 339-6088; —Marie Doyon

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LECTURES & TALKS Art Reception & Slide Night at WSW 5-8pm. Ceramic tile work by Sarah Heitmeyer and Lyla Arenfeld. Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale. Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk Second Tuesday of every month, 7pm. free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety of topics at our Open House. Second Tuesday of every month, after community meditation practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556. Road Salt: Reducing Impacts to the Environment and Human Health 9am-12:30pm. A science and management forum exploring the impact of road salt on natural areas and drinking water supplies, with a focus on salt reduction strategies. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Brigitte Jouxtel

LITERARY & BOOKS A Kind of Miracuulas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia 7pm. Sandra Allen reads from her new book. Rough Draft Bar & Books, Kingston. 802-0027.

MUSIC Poughkeepsie Jazz Project 7pm. The Derby Bar & Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 452-3232.

WEDNESDAY 14 FILM Afternoon with Ali Stroker Ali Stroker shattered the glass ceiling when she became the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway, as Anna in Deaf West's 2015 production of “Spring Awakening.” The singer, actress, and activist has also appeared onscreen in “The Glee Project,” “Glee,” and Cotton, and has leveraged her success in the entertainment industry to build awareness around physical disability and bullying. This year, Stroker headlines Vassar’s 16th annual Modfest, a celebration of 20th- and 21st-Century art, which runs from February 1 through 11. After performing at the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film/Martel Theater, Stroker will be interviewed onstage by Leslie Dunn, Professor of English, about her acting and advocacy work. This event is free, but reservations are required. February 11, 3pm. (845) 437-5370. FAIRS & FESTIVALS

A Weekend of Folk/Roots/Americana Music Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, Ellenville. Winter Makers' Market 10am-6pm. A showcase of locally handmade goods. Also featuring #TheVanderbiltRoom, a new pop-up cafe. Greenville Arms 1889 Inn, Greenville. (518) 966-5219.


"Canaletto and the Art of Venice" 1-2:30pm. From The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. An immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. Molly's Game 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Family of Woodstock’s 7th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Social 12-3pm. $55/$500 table of ten. This social includes a silent auction, sumptuous foods, specialty chocolate cocktails & mimosas, a chocolate fountain, desserts, and wine. Diamond Mills, Saugerties. 331-7080 ext.155.


Snow Day 11am-3pm. Families will receive a set of clues to solve nature riddles and work as a team as they hike along the trails, complete the hunt, and receive a small prize. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.


"Al Stewart: Year of the Cat Tour" 7-9pm. $35/$45/$55. The legendary British folkrock star weaves together talks from the great characters and events from history. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Brad Shepik Organ Trio 8pm. Guitar-led jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Eugene Chadbourne 8pm. $10. Fusion of free jazz, bluegrass, noise, and folk. Quinn’s, Beacon. Gratefully Yours: Tribute to The Grateful Dead 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Piano Festical: Charlie Albright 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

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Uncommon Ground 11am. American roots. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Hairdressers Ball Charity Hair Show 6-9pm. $30. Local hair salons, spas, and beauty schools unite in a spectacular show featuring outrageous, wildly creative hairstyles and costumes to raise money for Safe Harbors. 6 pm cocktail hour, 7pm show. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. 784-1199.

THEATER "A Doll's House" 3pm. Presented by The Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Deerskin Leather Stitched Journal 10am-2:30pm. $140. Learn about the tools and materials traditionally used in bookbinding and make your own journal using locally sourced deerskins. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. (518) 545-4028.


Molly's Game 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

MUSIC Joe Louis Walker’s “Keys to the Kingdom” 8pm. Honoring blues keyboardists with Eric Finland. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

TUESDAY 13 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Tips for A Successful Loan Application Package 6-8pm. $10. Learn about what lenders are looking for and how to increase your chances of getting funding. Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, Poughkeepsie. 363-6432. WOW Dinner 5:30-7:30pm. $25. Guest speaker Susanrachel Condon, a.k.a. Birdie, is a sexual health counselor. In 2018 she will launch Midlife Midwife­— a specialty practice for women during the transformation of their middle years and beyond. Hudson Ale Works, Highland. 255-0243.

FILM 8x8: Black Culture In American Cinema 7-8:30pm. 8 minutes of 8 films screened and discussed in celebration of Black History Month Kingston 2018, presented by filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss. Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. 282-0182. Fargo 8pm. Small town, big crime, dead cold. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 158.

Molly's Game 1pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Glenmere Brewing Tap Takeover 7-10pm. Tavern 23, Poughkeepsie. 473-2323.

MUSIC Alexis P. Suter Band’s “Valentine” 8pm. Gospel blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Gabrielle Cacciola 6:30pm. Jazz. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. JB3 Residency 8:30-10:30pm. $10. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Marcia Ball 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Valentine’s Day with Alexis Cole 7-9:30pm. $15. Called “one of the great voices of today,” Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day. Her luxurious voice and innovative interpretations make her an instant favorite with audiences of all ages. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Ruby Mae Sweetheart Love & Soul Night 7-10pm. $25. Valentine’s Day will be done in style, great food and beautiful jazz to set the mood this year. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. Ruby Mae Soul Food Restaurant, Kingston. 282-0182.

THURSDAY 15 DANCE Towne Crier Dance Jam 7-10pm. $10. A rich mix of R&B, Latin, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Rock, Disco & much more is played in the rear performance room. Requests welcome. Farm-fresh dining, fine desserts, snacks and full bar service are available. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.

FILM Molly's Game 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Canasta, Coffee and Camaraderie Third Thursday of every month. Open to people living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Join us for a morning of card-playing, companionship and coffee. Relax while spending time with others who are living with cancer. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Support Connection, Yorktown Heights. (914) 962-6402. The New Year, New You Wellness Workshop 7-8:30pm. $327/$247. Five life-changing sessions including a hands-on natural food cooking class to help you lose weight without dieting; prevent dips in concentration, mood swings, and diabetes; and identify the foods to eat for sustained vitality, led by Marika Blossfeldt. Marika’s Kitchen, Beacon. (646) 241-8478.

LECTURES & TALKS Lunch&Learn: Love Stories of the Gilded Age 12:30-2pm. Curator of Staatsburg State Historic Site weaves tales of love and intrigue during the Gilded Age. Come with your Valentine. Lunch is at 12:30 followed by talk. Clinton Community Library, Rhinebeck. 266-5530.

Nubian Cafe Hosted By SB 6-9pm. This is the time that the ladies of Kingston will get a chance to hang out, talk and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea in a beautiful cafe setting, recreated in an art gallery. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 282-0182.


bigBANG 7pm. Large ensemble jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. An Evening With Singer/Songwriter Jedidiah Kaine 7-8pm. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212. Next Women of Country Concert: Sara Evans 8pm. $34.50-$69.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Poppa K & The Coasters 8pm. Country blues and folk. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Thunderhead Organ Trio 8pm. Jazz. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240.


CASA 101 Volunteer Training 5:30-8:30pm. 8-week class. CASA of Ulster County, Inc., Kingston. 339-7543. Craft & Create Jewelry Making Workshop 6-8pm. $40. With Rachel Bertoni of Bertoni Gallery Warwick- Glenmere Brewing Co., Florida. 651-1939. Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


30th Annual Dance Flurry Festival Through Feb. 18. American and International dancing, traditional music workshops, and performances for all ages. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Hudson Jazz Festival Headliners include Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade, The Ara Dinkjian Quartet, Quarterto Moderno, and features film, workshops and more. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.


Black Panther Movie Takeover 7-9pm. This is a celebration and showing of support using our dollars to show Hollywood that black actors can engage a following with high box office numbers as well as other cultures. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. Regal Hudson Valley Mall Theater, Kingston. 282-0182. The Shape of Water 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


All Abilities Kids: Storytime 10:30am. Inspired by sensory storytimes at libraries and schools across the country, All Abilities Kids Storytime features stories told through multiple modalities with optional interactive elements. Using a visual schedule, we will have a story and craft, as well as movement and song activities. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Bill’s Toupee 8:30pm. Covers. Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. The Chain Gang 9pm. Classic rock. Cafe International@Ramada Inn, Newburgh. 567-9429. Club d’Elf with John Medeski 8pm. Psychedelic new jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Eddie Izzard: Believe Me 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Fred Zepplin 8pm. Classic rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Gregory Porter 8pm. Soulful jazz singer/songwriter. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. The Julie Corbalis Band 9:30pm. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Marc Cohn 8-10pm. $35/$45/$55. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. The Outlaws 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Reggae with The Anthem Band 8-10:30pm. $15. Musical enchantment and diversity for lovers of all reggae from roots to dancehall. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Singer-Songwriter Showcase 8pm. $6. Acoustic music by three outstanding singer-songwriters. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0311.


Clockwise from top: Richard Britell's Six Windows 98 St Marks Place;Robert Goldstrom's Bond Street Panorama; Patty Neal's NY, NY; from the exhibition "Painted Cities," at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson through February 18.

Painted Cities How would you describe your city to a stranger? Would you talk about the wisps of music and chatter heard through your window at night? Your favorite pizza place? Perhaps the region’s politics and history? A key element of what gives a city personality and life is its aesthetic, and this notion is explored thoroughly by the 10 painters involved in “Painted Cities,” the colorful group show currently on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery through February 18. The gallery’s first "Painted Cities" exhibition took place in 1993 and, according to curator Linden Scheff, sought to “echo the charm and energy of our own historic city of Hudson with its mile-long main street, diverse architecture, and proximity to New York City." Since then, the group show has grown to become an annual and sometimes biannual tradition for Carrie Haddad, showcasing the work of artists represented by the gallery who continue to produce work concerned with capturing urban life in painting. This year’s “Painted Cities,” which will be on view at the gallery’s Hudson storefront through February 18, uses the recognizable and accessible theme of cityscape as a jumping-off point to showcase the wide variety of styles and techniques of each painter in the show, with some artists depicting familiar upstate scenes and others drawing from New York City for inspiration. Whether in the expressive, candy-colored landscapes of Dan Rupe or in Paul Chojnowski’s traffic scenes made entirely by burning and scorching paper, viewers will get a chance to see the inventive methods used by artists to describe the cities they call home. Entering the gallery, some of the first works one will encounter are Patty Neal and Eileen Murphy’s lifelike paintings of New York City, which play well off of one another. While Neal’s thickly painted skylines show city structures from afar (through a window, across a body of water, or looking up from the street), Murphy’s more delicately handled works bring the viewer into such spaces, capturing moments such as the space beneath an overpass from the perspective of a pedestrian looking up, as in Bedford Between S. 5th and 6th Streets. Both Edward Avedisian and Darshan Russell seem to share an affinity for simplicity.

Avedisian, the late New York painter best known for his color field paintings in the 1960s, uses abstracted Albany street scenes in these later-in-life works as blocky arrangements within which to place his hypersaturated color choices, whereas Russell, a self-taught painter, applies paint straight from the tube in thick, confident strokes to compose snapshots of urban life using extremely limited visual imagery. In her painting Long Distance Runners, for example, the story of four runners is told by simply showing us their legs and limiting the palette to six basic colors. While Avedisian abstracts his work in order to focus on more formal concerns, Russell’s blocky, often cartoonish forms serve to convey moments of city life unencumbered by any unnecessary detail. Another interesting contrast may be found between the works of Scott Nelson Foster, whose small-scale, black and white watercolor paintings feature old row homes, landmarks, and storefronts, and those of Richard Britell, who captures architectural details of zoomed-in classical buildings found in Manhattan. While Britell’s vision of the city comes down to its nitty-gritty details (he notices every brick, every Greco-Roman meander circling an apartment window), Foster generates interest by avoiding too much visual information. Foster’s paintings, in centering the buildings which are the focus of his work, create the sensation of reaching a destination point, of finding the one building out of many like it which one is looking for. For Britell, on the other hand, drama can be found in the minute architectural features that document the history of a city’s structures. Each of the artists in “Painted Cities” approaches the subject of cities differently by limiting their focus to a single facet of city life, from bustling traffic to natural beauty. With such a broad spectrum of methods and voices joining to convey this subject, one is left with the impression of the city as a sprawling, complex mixture of distinct experiences and identities. "Painted Cities" is exhibited at Carrie Haddad Gallery through February 18. (518) 828-1915; —Rowan Fulton 2/18 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 79

The James Montgomery Band 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. James Weidman Spiritual Impressions 7:30pm. $25. In celebration of Black History Month, Jazzstock presents this concert. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (845) 802-0029. Mahler’s Seventh Symphony 8pm. The Orchestra Now performs, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director of The Orchestra Now and the American Symphony Orchestra. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900. The Music of Traffic 8pm. Large Allstar Ensemble Tribute. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. RMA Winter Pops Concert 1pm. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921. Somerville 8pm. Contemporary country. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Steve Sandberg Quartet 8-10:30pm. $15. The Steve Sandberg Quartet masterfully blends classical and world music genres with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Rowan Willigan and Leighann Kowalsky of the D’Amby Project.


DanceFest! On February 10, distinguished dance and music troupe Vanaver Caravan will host their 27th annual DanceFest!, a celebration of dance in all its diverse expressions, from classical ballet to Flamenco and modern dance. The dynamic event will showcase performers of all ages from 11 of the Hudson Valley’s premiere dance studios, including the New York Academy of Ballet, Hudson River Performing Arts, the Dutchess Dance Company, and D’Amby Project. Dream Studio, a new addition to the DanceFest! roster, will perform “Interactions,” a contemporary work representing the push-and-pull of human relationships. DanceFest! takes place at Rondout Valley High School on February 10, with shows at 3pm and 7pm. Proceeds will support Vanaver Caravan’s arts education. (845) 256-9300. THEATER

"A Doll's House" 8pm. Presented by The Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "They Are Waiting For You" 8pm. $6-$18. Turner Prize-winning visual artist Laure Prouvost presents the premiere of her first major stage performance. EMPAC at RPI, Troy. (518) 276-3921. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.


The Shape of Water 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Yoga Nidra for Winter with Claudia Gukeisen 11am-12:30pm. $35. Join Claudia Gukeisen, MA, RYT & Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Guide for a special guided relaxation journey to warm you in the middle of winter. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. (914) 673-3313.


Owl Prowl 7-9pm. Meet an owl embassador and learn about the species of owls that are native to our region, before setting out on a guided after dark walk, during which an educator will use a calling device to try and coax owls into the area for you to hear. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

THEATER "A Doll's House" 8pm. Presented by The Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Illustration with Linoleum Printmaking 9am-4pm. $360. Through Feb. 19. With Carol Zaloom. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Improvisational Patchwork 1-4pm. $90. Basics of patchwork on a sewing machine Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. (518) 545-4028. James Bernard: Political Promise Of The Hip Hop Generation 1-4pm. Explore the hip hop culture and learn the truths about its future. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. The Library at the AJ Williams Myers African Roots Center, Kingston. 282-0182. Painting Flowers 9am-4pm. $260. Two-day workshop with John A. Varriano. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Charles Stein: Reading/Drawing 5-6:30pm. $8. Stein’s work comprises a complexly integrated field of poems, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations, and performances. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Housebreak Any Dog with Audrey Carr 5-6pm. A program for people attempting to house train their dog and for those anticipating bringing a new dog into their home. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311.



David B. Woolner: The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace 6pm. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. Used Book Sale 9am-4pm. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.




Second Annual 24-hr Zine Challenge 5-9pm. Zine-making workshop/open studio in the Sojourner Truth Library lobby, followed by zine readings/swaps and music performances. Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz. zinechallenge2018.

SATURDAY 17 Eddie Izzard: Believe Me 7:30pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. George Lopez 7pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Frolic All-Ages Ecstatic Dance Party 6:30-10:30pm. $2-$15. The Frolic is an all-ages dance party for dance lovers: a not-for-profit all-volunteer freestyle dance event in the MidHudson Valley. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-6090.


Chinese New Year at Yobo All night. Full menu plus traditional Chinese New Years dishes. Professional dragon dances throughout the event. Reservations recommended. Yobo, Newburgh. 564-3848.


Hudson Jazz Festival Headliners include Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade, The Ara Dinkjian Quartet, Quarterto Moderno, and features film, workshops and more. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Sweets on Main 10am-3pm. The lineup so far includes chocolate tastings at Catskill Candies and Confections, a wine tasting at Margaretville Liquor Store, selfie stations for pictures with your sweetie in several village locations and a snowman building contest (weather permitting). Downtown Margaretville, Margaretville. 586-4177.

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Acoustic Evening: Compositions of Piazzolla, Lennon & McCartney & Di Meola 8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Akie Bermiss 9pm. Soul. 9:30pm. Soul and funk. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Bindlestiff Cirkus Monthly Winter Cabaret 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Crossroads Band 8:30pm. Rock. Whistling Willie’s, Cold Spring. 265-2012. David Kraai with Chris Macchia 10pm. Country. Frank Vignola and Aaron Weinstein 8pm. $20. Violin and guitar duets in the style of, and reminiscent of, the great Venuti and Lang and Grappelli and Reinhardt. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. The Golden Age of Song 7:30pm. $25-$45. The post-war era of swing, bebop, and rock n’ roll come alive in this revitalized retrospective featuring the works of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Chet Baker. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900. Groovin' the Summers of Love 8pm. Recreating the great classic rock legends of 1967-1969. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Hot Rize 7:30pm. $36. Part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Hudson Jazz Festival Headliners include Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade, The Ara Dinkjian Quartet, Quarterto Moderno, and features film, workshops and more. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. The Shape of Water 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Master Yoga Class-Working with Props for All Shapes and Sizes 9-11am. $27. Master Class with Antoinette DiMascio. Yoga with props for all shapes and sizes. Lilananda Yoga, Glenville. (518) 470-5240.

KIDS & FAMILY MyKingstonKids Puzzle Party 1-4pm. Kids will learn about African-American heroes thru puzzles and games. The Library at the AJ Williams Myers African Roots Center, Kingston. 282-0182.

MUSIC Dave Stryker “Strykin’ Ahead” 8pm. Jazz guitar. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The James Hunter 6 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Mahler’s Seventh Symphony 8pm. The Orchestra Now performs, conducted by Leon Botstein. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Annual Bridal Show 12-3pm. Durants Party Rentals, Wappingers Falls. 298-0011.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Owl Prowl 7-9pm. 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.


"A Doll's House" 3pm. Presented by The Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.


The Shape of Water 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Alexander Technique Mindful Movement Class with Allyna Steinberg 10:15-11:15am. $15-$20. Explore movements on the floor and standing to build awareness of your mind-body and release habits of movement and thinking that are not serving you. Marbletown MultiArts, Stone Ridge. 687-6090.


Racial Justice Action Night 6:30-8:30pm. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. The Church House, Kingston. 282-0182.


Joe Louis Walker’s “Keys to the Kingdom” 8pm. Honoring keyboardists in Blues with Eric Finland. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Information Session for Prospective Families 8:30am-10:30pm. The Storm King School, Cornwall on Hudson. 458-7536.


Color and Energy with Karen O’Neil 9am-4pm. $250. Two-day workshop. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Exploring Abstraction with Jennie Nelson 9am-4pm. $270. Two-day workshop. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Poughkeepsie Jazz Project 7pm. The Derby Bar & Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 452-3232.


The Philadelphia Story 6:30-9pm. $14/$12 members. This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn 12-2pm. Learn the facts about preventing, detecting and treating many cardiac and vascular diseases. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. 279-5711.


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 7:30pm. $36. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues to revitalize the best of swing, classic jazz, ragtime and early rock and roll. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Gin Blossoms 8-10pm. $37/$45/$55. The Gin Blossoms have undoubtedly left their mark on the rock music map with their fusion of melodic rock, pop, folk, and country, which paved the modern rock landscape. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. JB3 Residency 8:30-10:30pm. $10. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Lee Herrington Scholarship Concert 7:30-9pm. $5/$3 students and seniors/$10 family. SUNY Ulster’s music ensembles perform a benefit concert to support music scholarships to honor the memory of Lee Herrington. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5261. Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Innertube Jewelry Workshop 6:30-8pm. With Midnight Zodiac’s Barbara Doherty. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212.


The State of SUNY Ulster 12-1:30pm. $24. Join us for lunch with guest speaker Alan Roberts, President of SUNY Ulster. He will be speaking about the State of SUNY Ulster, news, updates, and more. Novella’s, New Paltz. 255-0243.


The Comics at The Underground 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


NTLive: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" 7-9pm. $21/$16 Gold members. By Tennessee Williams. Directed by: Benedict Andrews. Starring: Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. Recommended for Ages 15+. Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


The New Year, New You Wellness Workshop 7-8:30pm. $327/$247. Five life-changing sessions including a hands-on natural food cooking class to help you lose weight without dieting, led by Marika Blossfeldt. Marika’s Kitchen, Beacon. (646) 241-8478. Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Lecture Series: Raptors on the Ridge 7-8:30pm. Learn local raptors species, key identification tips, observations over time, and recent trends observed throughout the region. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 255-0919 ext. 1243.


David Kraai 7-10pm. 6 Degrees of Separation, Ossining. (914) 432-5969. Tal National with Opener: Common Tongue 8pm. From Niger Africa to Marlboro-Afrobeat Dance. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Three Dog Night 8-10pm. $40/$50/$65/$80. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Tribute 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


"Heroes of the Underground Railraod" 10 & 11:30am. Join Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Henry “Box” Brown, John Parker and more in an empowering look at the figures behind America’s Underground Railroad. Grades 3-high school. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Call Me By Your Name 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn 12-2pm. Speaker: Dr. Douglas Kroll, The Heart Center, and Roufia Payman, Northern Dutchess Hospital’s nutrition counselor. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001.


What's Hidden Under the Greenland Ice Sheet? 7pm. The Greenland Ice Sheet is massive and melting. Join glaciologist Kristin Poinar to learn about this process and the forgotten land that lies beneath. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.


Dylan Doyle Band 8pm. Original blues rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina 8pm. $48-$68. Soft rock/pop. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. The Funk Junkies 8pm. Funk orchestra. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Idan Raichel 8pm. $39/$24/$20 students. World music concert. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. Jaimoe’s Jassz Band 8pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. moe. 7:30pm. $40/$35 in advance/$65 both shows. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. R&B with Soul Fusion 8-10:30pm. $10. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Nick Fradiani 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. One Love: Jazz Through The Islands 7pm. $10. Soul and jazz vocalist Shenel Johns leads this premiere exploration of the sounds of her Jamaican roots inspired by the old-school roots of reggae singer-songwriters. Mountain Top Library, Tannersville. (518) 589-5023. Shemekia Copeland Band 9pm. Blend of modern blues, funk, soul, and R&B. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Soul Fusion 8pm. Motown/R&B. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


"Club" 8pm. A new play by Mark Burns. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.


Cultivating Emotional Balance Through March 2. With B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. Garrison Institute, Garrison. 424-4800.

Weekend Intensive Weekend-long retreat. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.


Winter Weekends at Storm King Art Center 11am-4pm. Explore the grounds in the winter landscape. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.


Lewis Black: The Joke’s On Us Tour 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.


Call Me By Your Name 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Met Live: "La Bohème" 12:30-3:30pm. $26/$21 Gold members. The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


Women’s Studio Workshop 21st Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta 2-7pm. Guest may purchase handmade bowls, mugs, and tumblers created by staff, interns, resident artists, students, and local potters and eat chili donated by local chefs and home cooks.SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.


Amabou Diallo: West African Drumming 10:30am-12:30pm. Light snacks will be served. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. Kingston Library, Kingston. 282-0182.


Discover An Agro-ecological Farm for All with Creek Iverson 5-6pm. Seed Song Farm & Center creates a commons for food, farm experiences and cultural evolution. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311.


American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook 7:30pm. $40/$30/$25. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Ang ‘n Ed Acoustic Duo 3pm. Glenmere Brewing Co., Florida. 651-1939. Black Mountain Symphony 9pm. New Age. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Cash is King: Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. JB3 Trio 7-10:30pm. Brothers Barbecue, New Windsor. 534-4227. Katayoun Goudarzi 7:30-9:30pm. Iranian vocalist and acclaimed performer, Katayoun Goudarzi maximizes the musical qualities of classical Persian poetry using different styles of singing and recitation. GARNER Arts Center, Garnerville. 947-7108. Maeandros Duo 8pm. $10. Featuring Mavrothi Kontanis and Megan Gould. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. moe. 8pm. $40/$35 in advance/$65 both shows. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix 8pm. Americana. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Fred Smith Jazz Ensemble 8-10:30pm. $10. Tom Kohl (piano), Mark Hoven (bass), Napolean Revels Bey (drums). BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Shelby Lynne 8pm. $34.50. Shelby Lynne’s original songs and selected cover tunes range through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Tides and Phases: Switch Ensemble performs new music by Bard composers 7pm. $12/$8 members and Bard students. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. Uriah Heep 8-10pm. $45/$62. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Vito Petroccitto & Little Rock 8pm. Swam rock and blues. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Voice of the Baroque: A Close Encountertenor 6pm. Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor; Michele Levin, piano, Yehuda Hanani, cello. St. James Place, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-1996. West Point Band 2pm. West Point Military Academy, West Point. Willow Blue 8:30pm. Covers. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. (909) 547-4266.

10th Annual Robbie Burns Supper “Some hae meat an canna eat, / And some wad eat that want it; / But we hae meat, and we can eat, / And sae the Lord be thankit.” —Robert Burns Every year, come midwinter, the fair folk of the Rhinecliff Hotel join literary salons around the world in honoring the life and legacy of the Bard of Ayrshire with a supper. The annual feast offers a sampling of Scotland’s best with poetry recitations, storytelling, song, and traditional dishes like cock-a-leekie soup, “neeps and tatties,” and lemon curd shortbread. The whisky will flow as the piper plays in the haggis, Jonathan Kruk tells stories of ol’ Rabbie, and guests roast and toast each other in a witty battle of the sexes. The bacchanal concludes with a group singing of Burns’s best-known work, “Auld Lang Syne.” Reserve ahead to secure your place at the table, and don’t forget to bring your favorite Burns works to share. $42.95 per person, $32.95 bar seating. February 2, 6:30–9:30pm. (845) 876-0590. OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS

Grand Exposition Ball 7-10pm. A celebration of the launch of Paidia Event Design and an inter-dimensional expo of potentially useful inventions from other realms. Odd Fellows Temple Art and Theater Space, Saugerties. Harambee presents The Black History Month Kingston Gala 7-11pm. $50. Be apart of history as we present the first ever Ben Wigfall Legacy Award. Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. 282-0182.


"Club" 8pm. A new play by Mark Burns. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. MET live in HD: Puccini’s "La Boheme" 12:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088 12:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. "You Can’t Take it With You" County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.


HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping Class 10am-6pm. $200. This two-day class introduces students to Organic/Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. HoneybeeLives Apiary, New Paltz. 255-6113. Repair Cafe: Rhinebeck 12-4pm. Wide-ranging repairs offered for free by experts (who are also your neighbors). Rhinebeck Town Hall, Rhinebeck.


Winter Weekends at Storm King Art Center 11am-4pm. Explore the grounds in the winter landscape. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.

David Kraai 1-4pm. Free tours, and tasting flights of amazing drinks plus fine country folk music. Angry Orchard, Walden. (888) 845-3311.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

THEATER "Club" 3pm. A new play by Mark Burns. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Repair Cafe: Gardiner 12-4pm. Get it fixed for free and love your library on a Sunday afternoon. Gardiner Library, Gardiner.

MONDAY 26 FILM Call Me By Your Name 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

MUSIC HD Quintet 8pm. New jazz ensemble. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Joe Louis Walker’s “Keys to the Kingdom” 8pm. Honoring keyboardists in Blues with Eric Finland. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Rapid Notation 9am-4pm. $390. Three-day workshop with Keith Gunderson. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.



Jessica Lang Dance Open Rehearsal 2:30pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2 or 10.


Call Me By Your Name 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Giving Life: from Survival to LGBTQ, Black Excellence 3-5pm. An afternoon of interactive discussion and storytelling, highlighting LGBTQ and Black excellence. This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 282-0182.


Hudson Valley YA Society: Tamora Pierce, “Tempests and Slaughter” 4pm. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. Hudson Valley YA Society: Tamora Pierce 4-6pm. For ages 12-adult. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.


Chiara String Quartet 3pm. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston.

FILM Call Me By Your Name 1pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

MUSIC Benny Havens Band 7pm. The Benny Havens Band presents “Diaspora,” a performance and lecture highlighting the experiences of African Americans in the New World. West Point Military Academy, West Point.

WEDNESDAY 28 MUSIC JB3 Residency 8:30-10:30pm. $10. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Poet Gold’s Poelodies 7pm. Spoken word hip hop. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Journey Through the Grades 5:30-7pm. Learn about the Waldorf curriculum for Grades 1-6. Primrose Hill School, Rhinebeck. 876-1226.



Lucinda Abra, Communion, mixed media

Take a Step Back


t’s taken me a while to figure out what’s really going on with the #MeToo movement. I don’t accept as valid what I don’t understand, or what I see serious problems with. I might, when I gain an understanding and see past the problems. The #MeToo movement has been chaotic, and there are serious issues with it, which I’ll get into in a moment. Finally, about five drafts into this article and after consulting many women in my life, I spoke with an old friend named Megan O’Connor, who was well on her way to becoming a midwife when I knew her as a journalism colleague 20 years ago. Sometimes I need things put into language a kid can understand. She heard my frustration sorting out the issues and said in her calm and nonjudgmental style, “Think of it this way. The #MeToo movement has one purpose: To reveal the extent of sexual harassment in the workplace.” If I didn’t expect much more than that, then I would have it in context. That was all I needed to hear. Workplace sexual harassment is a real thing—so real that we’re discovering it’s apparently (still) the norm. #MeToo is intended as a pushback against that, calling attention to the issue and demanding change. That’s no guarantee of solving the problem. But real activism is always messy. And sometimes it’s necessary to break some rules and smash things to get the attention of people in power. Let’s see how things proceed from here—for example, let’s see if we can do anything about an admitted sexual abuser that a majority of white women helped elect president. We might be witnessing a correction, not just of abusive conduct, but also to complicity with that conduct. Scandals Are Not About Healing My concern with #MeToo began right before activist Tarana Burke’s political slogan was taken over by what I’m calling #Me2.0, the internet version. My concern began the moment Harvey Weinstein was taken down. 82 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 2/18

That was quite a scandal. We don’t know most of it, either. While it was satisfying to see such a monster tumble, scandal is never life-affirming. Rather, its effect is to repress sexual and loving feelings, spreading into our intimate relationships, contaminating healthy erotic desire and sowing mistrust. This is no way to run a free society; in fact, scandals are a good way to destroy one. Scandals terrify people, and most are already terrified. Ask any teenage boy who’s afraid to ask a girl on a date, fearing he will be deemed a sexual predator. That is a form of tyranny. Second, I, like many, am concerned this movement is often claimed for women only, sometimes aggressively. The purpose of #MeToo is supposedly ending sexism. Do we think we’re going to do that with more sexism? Many men and boys are routinely sexually abused, which we know, among other places, from the billions paid by the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades to settle lawsuits. The sex abuse situation in prisons is ugly, and most prisoners are men of color who don’t belong there. But what happens in prisons is easy to ignore, and is almost always is ignored. Solving the sexual assault problem for half the population—to the extent that’s even true—is not solving it at all, particularly since most perpetrators were once victims; many victims become perps. More young boys than you care to imagine are inappropriately touched by supposed caregivers and others charged with responsibility for them—both male and female. Three-Part Disharmony There seem to be three main aspects to the #MeToo trend. One has been celebrities taking out other celebrities, outing their alleged sexual misconduct, which leads to an epic fall from grace. The reported misconduct often turns out to be disgusting and persistent, and somehow it went unchallenged for years or decades. We don’t seem too curious about who all the enablers were, or what Human Resources had in its files. Other times, the alleged violation is immature but harmless behavior.

The second is that some noncelebrity women are finding a voice to express condemnation without a trial—it begins as a response to a lack of justice—either their previous experiences of workplace sexual harassment. This has expanded the system is corrupt, as in prerevolutionary France, or there isn’t one, as in the into coming out about other forms of abuse, ranging from catcalls to date rape to Wild West—so people take things into their own hands. “But understandable and temporary vigilante justice can morph into a issues within the family. One thing we’re learning is that, for many people, the entire sexual environment is one they associate with transgression and violation. culturally solidified lynch-mob habit, in which the available mode of justice is We really need to do some soul searching about how this came to be, how thrown out the window, and extralegal power structures are put into place and it’s persisted so long, and how we’re going to actually solve the problem. The maintained. The Cosa Nostra [the Mafia], for instance, began as a resistance to women’s liberation movement of the 1970s stopped far short of structural political tyranny.” She got in trouble with internet feminists for writing that. change. Lacking actual power, and seeking employment opportunities above all else, women went from one form of subservience to another. I recently asked my readers if they had experienced, or knew of, any positive Frail as Victorian Housewives? results from #MeToo—results in the real world, not on the internet, and not Writing earlier this year in the New York Times, Daphne Merkin published an op-ed called, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings.” involving famous people. There seemed to be some. She wrote, “Perhaps even more troubling is that we seem to be returning One of my readers wrote, “The ‘me too’ movement has had a most definite to a victimology paradigm for young women, in cleansing effect on me. Since then, I have now been particular, in which they are perceived to be—and able to work on my feelings and self judgments about ‘being weak’ with [a man in my life]. Have “We seem to be returning to perceive themselves to be—as frail as Victorian housewives.” also decided I am ‘not a slut or a whore’ or any other a victimology paradigm for She continued, “What happened to women’s nonsense. I had NO IDEA of the stored up hurt and agency? That’s what I find myself wondering as I shame and hurt I had in me all of these years.” Someone else wrote, “My manager, in a face- young women, in particular, hear story after story of adult women who helplessly acquiesce to sexual demands. I find it especially to-face meeting, asked me if any of his actions have ever made me feel uncomfortable in any way. They in which they are perceived curious given that a majority of women I know have been in situations in which men have come on to hadn’t, and I appreciated his proactive approach, to be—and perceive them—at work or otherwise. They have routinely though I doubt that I would have felt comfortable ‘I’m not interested’ or ‘Get your hands off sharing with him that they had, in the event that they themselves to be—as frail said, me right now.’ And they’ve taken the risk that had. It’s a challenging issue to deal with regardless of with it. how well-intentioned someone may be.” as Victorian housewives.” comes “The fact that such unwelcome advances persist, Hmm, that sounds like more of the same thing and often in the office, is, yes, evidence of sexism that got us here. Does someone need to tell wom—Daphne Merkin and the abusive power of the patriarchy. But I don’t en—even now—that nobody gives you a voice? believe that scattershot, life-destroying denunciaYou already have one, and you either use it, or you tions are the way to upend it. In our current climate, to be accused is to be don’t use it. Then there’s the third kind of response: concern from women about larger convicted. Due process is nowhere to be found.” Among many other excellent points, she asks, “And what exactly are men issues. One reader in the UK responded for herself and her friends, “This #MeToo being accused of? What is the difference between harassment and assault and thing is making us all very uncomfortable. Of course, it’s emotionally satisfying ‘inappropriate conduct’? There is a disturbing lack of clarity about the terms in many cases to see long-term sexually abusive predators like Weinstein get being thrown around and a lack of distinction regarding what the spectrum of called out and pulled down, but one thing we’ve noticed (and worry about) is objectionable behavior really is.” If this is some foreshadowing of the “the future is female,” no thanks—I’ll stick that: 1. Most of the pushback by Weinstein and other men has been against accusers who are women of color. 2. There’s been false equivalence made between to patriarchy. At least there, one has a right to face and question one’s accuser. The shrill, sick irony of this scenario is that we’ve purged ourselves of a making a pass/minor groping and violent abuse or sustained harassment. 3. It’s untrue that somehow everything will be okay if the film industry, Senate, or bunch of creepy entertainers and alleged newscasters, the Olympic gymnastics whatever is ‘purified’ without structural change. 4. The possibility of ‘kicking team doctor, and a bunch of other people whose behavior was well known, ’em in the balls’ (direct self-defense) has been absent. 5. The daily, sustained sometimes for decades. But someone who bragged about committing sexual abuse of women at the lower end of the pay scale, especially women working assault received a majority of white women’s votes and is still in power. That in hotels or more private domestic settings, or by the state in prisons/detention deserves a reckoning. I was gratified that the anti-workplace-harassment movement joined forces centers, has been completely out of the discussion. 6. Structural solutions like universal basic income, which would give every woman more power to refuse, with the nationwide protests by women on January 20 and 21. I have read that have been completely out of the discussion. Last, but certainly not least, we’re protest leaders then headed to Las Vegas to organize voter registration in swing also worried about the compete lack of any process to determine whether a states ahead of the 2018 congressional elections. That is called linking the issues. It should be clear to men that it’s time to take a step back and evaluate our claimed incident happened or not.” She concluded, “We’ve all seen others or actually been accused ourselves of ideas about who and what women are, and how to approach women in social being ‘rape apologists’ when we’ve tried to help abusive men stop abusing before and professional situations. It should also be clear that we all need to arrive at a this, and now are worried that if we try to have a more nuanced discussion in mutually acceptable concept of respect, which can only come through a dialog. Hashtags, protests, and taking out individual accusers is not structural public about #MeToo, then we’ll be accused of ‘rape apology’ all over again.” change—and, moreover, not about personal healing. Those things are much deeper. Tale of the Author of A Handmaid’s Tale Anyone who has experienced sexual transgression and is still in pain needs Margaret Atwood, author of A Handmaid’s Tale, which is taken as the morality story of our day, wrote recently in the Globe and Mail about times in history to speak up where it matters, and get help. The first place that must happen is when “the usual rules of evidence are bypassed.” Many have pointed out that the within their intimate relationships. Anyone who cannot share their history with men who have been taken out in the #MeToo trend have been “guilty because their partner is not in a safe place. A trend on the internet is not about actual healing and does not rise to the accused,” and that this is not a useful legal or moral standard. Atwood has a special place in the history of the women’s movement, as one level of claiming power. Power is not a mood or a feeling. It’s a state of being of its most articulate and inspiring authors and also as someone who has been focused in the present, where a situation can be sized up, and necessary decisions made. Power is about commitment. It’s about working together, toward tangible, repeatedly accused of being a bad feminist. “Such things are always done in the name of ushering in a better world,” At- productive goals, including working with one’s presumed adversaries. wood wrote. “Sometimes they do usher one in, for a time anyway. Sometimes CHRONOGRAM.COM they are used as an excuse for new forms of oppression. As for vigilante justice— READ Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column.


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ARIES (March 20–April 19) You’re working yourself to the edge of your comfort zone, which is exactly the place you will benefit from being. While you’re there, you can question a whole diversity of social expectations, starting with jealousy and competition in relationships, especially friendships. Navigating the social aspects of life is directly connected to your work-related aspirations, though it’s worth understanding that there are two different spheres of influence with two sets of rules. Those of the social world are usually informal and not structured on an organizational chart. Influence is gained though affinity and charm. In the professional sphere, influence is (in theory, anyway) structured and orderly. However, in our current time, this is reversed: formal structures are crumbling and losing their effectiveness, while informal influence, tribal organization and affinity are gaining momentum (part of a very long trend). If you remember the properties of both spheres, you’ll be able to work deftly within them—just know where you are and what rules you’re playing under at all times. Remember that custom usually trumps law, and the informal social guidelines typically win out over formal power structure. Among your friends, you can take the risk of opening communication; especially if you want to make a change. You have the gift of being an initiator, and you’re persuasive enough to make a difference.

TAURUS (April 19–May 20) Suddenly it may seem that everyone is figuring out what you already know. Get over any disappointment that it took them so long, and step into your leadership role, the same one you’ve been cultivating for a while. As part of this process, you’ve got some unlearning to do, which mostly involves unraveling thought patterns and seeing beyond the rules of society that people take for granted. Cultivate a keen sense of what works and what does not; of who works for what purpose, and who works well together with specific other people toward a concrete goal. You may be getting the message that the more flexible your thought patterns, the easier all this is. Relax your social expectations of what is proper and what is not, and give people space to experiment with their ideas. See if you can notice the feelings that exist underneath them, and address the feelings first. Then gently apply reason and logic, first to your own thought process as a kind of demonstration. Another dimension of leadership involves the back-room deal. This is not as sinister as it may seem, at least in your situation. It’s about a small group of committed people deciding that something is necessary, and taking the steps to make it happen; then consulting others and building support. Revise your plans where necessary.

GEMINI (May 20–June 21) It’s time to ease yourself out of survival mode. This can seem like a far-fetched notion when so many people are feeling so pushed to the edge. You can take not just solace but encouragement from the degree to which you’ve managed to get by (or do pretty well for yourself) all this time. While we hear reports of the glowing, growing economy and the stock market that knows no limits, fear, despair and a sense of injustice are soaked into nearly everything. To relax, you’ll be going against the prevailing feeling of our society, which calls for strength and faith. Your solar chart describes this as faith in humanity, though that can inform your greater trust in something more transcendent. You can tune into the “greater purpose” of all that you see going on, which will help you see beyond the struggle. Survival mode is a state of mind. It’s time to up your game. You need a definition of what it means to thrive. You don’t face the same kinds of threats or hardships that you adapted to when you were younger. It’s challenging, for whatever reason, to look at yourself and the world around you and to see both as they are today. Notice your friends. Notice your resources. Notice all the important work that needs to be done.

CANCER (June 21–July 22) At the moment, many factors are working collaboratively to shift your orientation on relationships. Certain influences are of the slow-but-steady variety; others are going increase the speed and reactivity of your environment. Certain things that took a long time in the past might happen quickly now. Other factors that previously moved fast will cool off and slow down. Two items are involved. One is the recent arrival of Saturn in your opposite sign, which describes a quest for stability. Don’t be content with the near miss or the close encounter. You want contact. This is not usually possible to create at will, though you can create conditions that will predispose it to happen. Work with structures, such as your time, your physical space, and where you choose to commit yourself. Saturn will help you thoughtfully make changes, and help you clear old baggage and inappropriate situations out of the way. The other factor is Pholus, a small, meaningful (and relatively new) discovery, from 1992, which is an accelerant. Under the influence of Pholus, seemingly small elements can have unusually potent effects. You can use this as a tool, and you must also guard against it. Be careful not to dismiss anyone or anything as meaningless. Take a moment and size that up consciously. Subtle factors can be profound. Watch and listen carefully. 84 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 2/18

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LEO (July 22–August 23) Two eclipses are on the horizon that influence your sign, and will do so for many months. These relate back to the astrology of last summer, and all the events that it precipitated. The first is a lunar eclipse in your sign on Jan. 31. The second is a partial solar eclipse in your opposite sign Aquarius on Feb. 15. Combined, these two events are a balancing process that will help you reorient your existence after an unusually eventful, even tumultuous, six months since midsummer. You will probably experience another rapid series of events, after which you’ll get a chance to settle down. The emphasis, initially, is on your relationships. You’re making a transition from primarily one-on-one encounters to circumstances where the group or family is the more significant level of reality. This is especially true where both work- and health-related matters are concerned. You’ll be happier and healthier if you organize support around you, and accept that support without making much of a fuss. For the foreseeable future, the theme of your chart is taking better care of yourself. You are a taskmaster; and, in that, efficiency and collaboration are now essential. The other prevailing message from your chart is food. There are things you should be eating, and other things that you should not be eating. Figure out the difference.

VIRGO (August 23–September 23) Expressing your need for emotional independence could get some unexpected results. Don’t let that stop you from taking the space you need, whether in your household, from your family or in an intimate relationship. The only way to understand or even document the existence of restrictions, boundaries and unspoken agreements is to test them, and to push their limits. Part of this experiment will involve understanding people’s motives and agendas, which you can try to suss out. Yet you’ll only be able to judge from assessing their words, their actions, and the emotional impact they have on you and others around you. Someone intimate with you may have a problem they are reluctant to discuss, which could include experiencing the effects of a situation in the distant past. This must be handled consciously, if the effects are going to be mitigated and the problem resolved. Left untended, it will get worse; if addressed in an alert and responsive way, the problem will become a gift and an important life lesson. One way to understand the situation is to consider everyone’s definition of WOODSTOCK commitment. What 845.679.6608 assumptions are being made? Who RHINEBECK 866.FilmNut has what expectations, and what are they grounded in? The overriding lesson of this situation is that all agreements must be conscious and out in the open if they are to be valid and meaningful.

LIBRA (September 23–October 23) Something related to your personal healing process has reached the point where you must address it, and you’ll be happy you did. Once you get into the issues, you’ll discover that they’re more tangible than you thought they were. The structure of the issue is “how one thing has led to another.” Events developed in a circular pattern, and one thing to be aware of is where you were at the point of origin. You may think you did something to someone, when it’s more likely someone did something to you. You’ll need to be gentle with that, and orient yourself on accounting for ascribing responsibility rather than placing blame. The difference may seem subtle at first, though it’s nothing of the kind. The emotion driving blame bears no resemblance to what is behind that of understanding responsibility. The first foggy gray area to penetrate is about whether everyone involved acted voluntarily. That may boil down to who knew what, and when. Then, figure out who had a plan, and who did not. Let’s call that the “agenda issue.” What were the different goals involved? If any question this month relates to a health matter, the emotional connection is essential to understand. One remedy here is for you to learn how to say, “This is how I feel,” and state the facts calmly.


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SCORPIO (October 23–November 2) When art and sexuality go deeper than typical everyday consciousness, one of the first things encountered is the ambiguous, shadowy aspect of existence. If you find yourself curious about what’s lurking in the reeds and coves by the remote shores of your mind, you can explore those places. You may also discover that a partner is ready to go to a new depth; and, if so, you must be gentle about this. It’s essential to proceed with caution where feelings, desires and ideas exist in low-contrast rather than in bold and vivid colors. Move ahead with the idea that it’s not only OK but helpful to advance with curiosity and pleasure where taboo experiences are involved. Engaging with emotional contradictions consciously will take away the power they seem to hold over you, and will reveal the pleasure aspects and release the spiritual gifts they contain. This is territory you’re usually well suited for, though you’ll have to make a conscious choice to hold space for anyone you’re intimate with. You don’t need to go all the way into anyone’s emotional body. Being present for whatever someone else is feeling would make an excellent start, and will remind them that there’s a stable and safe place to have their experience. Think of yourself as a kind of “trip guide,” and remember that you’re looking into a mirror.

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Your relationships may follow some unusual patterns this month. If you’re wondering about what is happening and why, ask yourself what you want. That’s the driving force behind everything you experience, and everyone’s response to you. The challenge you face is being emotionally honest with yourself. One way to do that is to notice where you actually devote your time and energy. You will reveal your commitment by what you do, rather than what you think you want. That said, this is an excellent time to throw yourself into the work that you want and need to do. This may seem to distract you from your intimate relationships, though in reality you will do exactly what you want to do; and the chances are, what you do is what you wanted. Make sure you spend enough time with close partners to have real conversations. That will take less time than you think. Show up and participate, mainly by listening. In particular, tune in and see if you can get a sense of their idea of commitment. Then, consider the extent to which it matches your own. There’s a way to cross any distance between the two viewpoints, and events will proceed at their own pace. You don’t need to push anything or anyone. There’s plenty of momentum that will carry you along.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20) As the old saying goes, your chart is all new players in a whole new ballgame. Yet so many factors describing your family constellation are active in your chart, you may not notice the difference. It will be excellent if you do. One way to verify things is to push sexual boundaries. You’ll notice by how people respond whether they’re part of “the family in your head,” or if you’ve expanded into new territory. Where your full-spectrum sexuality is not welcome, you probably don’t want to hang out. I don’t mean to suggest that you should show up to your job on the stock exchange in drag. I mean more in intimate, household and family environments. Everyone who is in some way queer understands the process of coming out as a means of claiming your identity. However, this applies to those whose sexuality is also on the straight side of the spectrum. You may be aware how much energy goes into cloaking your reality, once you discover you’re doing it. If you’re worried that you’re going to make others insecure, drop that load. Their alleged security is not your responsibility. You are, however, responsible for being true to your own values; and you’re not really the social conservative you sometimes portray yourself as being. Deep down, you’re rather saucy, and take some thrill in being inappropriate.

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You don’t need a conspiracy theory to understand your life. It’s a fact that the elements of your existence have come together by design, most of which was based on your own intentions, choices and actions. All you need to do is understand that plan, and if you want a different kind of life, you need to make a different plan, followed by different choices. With eclipses now happening along your axis of the zodiac (lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31, solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15), you have opportunities to make a number of significant changes. First, review what you’ve been saying you want to do for a long time. What have you resolved to begin, accomplish or change at least five times? That’s probably an inventory of two or three goals, which are the ones to prioritize. You may have been involved in a similar process six months ago—check back to this past August for additional details, and remember what you were striving to do. Notice how much progress you’ve made (probably more than you think). Spot a few things you no longer want to do, and consciously take those off your agenda, to save energy. One especially bold factor in your astrology is spending more time with other people, in person. That will make you happy.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) You are made up of all of who you are. To be yourself, you must be completely you, and draw on all of your experiences and all of your feelings, and count every need and desire as valid. Be aware of when you try to cast away or disown certain elements of your being. What you may really need to do is integrate those feelings and impulses rather than rid yourself of them. You might think of this as communicating with yourself rather than excommunicating yourself. This extends to the world around you: community is now more important than ever, both for you personally and for the world you inhabit. You can take a strong role in helping create this. What you’re likely to discover along the way is that your sincerity and willingness to be vulnerable will work in your favor. This applies to business and social scenarios, which for the foreseeable future are intimately linked. Do what you can to bring warmth and understanding to your place of work, and use community events and gatherings as opportunities to engage your dharma. We are living through a time in history where life must be lived with purpose. You will know you’re doing that when you connect with an underlying principle that starts to get results. This includes saying and doing things that people relate to.

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