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7-14 Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely 7-15 Meow Meow

8-11 Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan

7-21 Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton – A Dance Party 7-22 Susanne Bartsch presents BARTSCHLAND at the Spiegeltent 2017 SummerScape Gala After Party

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25 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Is There a There There? Russian relations—conspiracy or kindergarten bullying?

ART OF BUSINESS 26 This month: Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens, Northern Dutchess Realty, Colony in Woodstock, Woodstock Healing Arts, and Allure.


Hillary Harvey compares European attitudes toward schooling and vacation.


From the black dirt to the music and arts scenes, Warwick Valley is rich and bountiful.

Sailor and shipwright Emily Cichon has made a floating tiny home on the Hudson River aboard her 31-foot sailboat Sea Lion.


Michelle Sutton shares rules of thumb for standard garden calculations.

FOOD & DRINK 70 A SEAT IN THE BARN Summer farm dinners offer the pinnacle of fresh and local fare in a bucolic setting.


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COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE 75 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 76 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 82 WHOLE LIVING Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

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Peter Aaron talks with Connor Kenedy, a 23-year-old rising rock star who came of age playing with Woodstock musicians and attending the Midnight Ramble. Nightlife Highlights includes shows by The Church and Yidstock.

87 Frank Boyd’s one-man play “The Holler Sessions” defends jazz’s value and relevancy.

Reviews of Anything Could Happen by Bash & Pop, Silly Girl by The Big Takeover,

89 “The Secret Life of Bees” will be workshopped for the stage at Powerhouse Theater.

and King of Xhosa by the Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet.

91 “A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)” honors Polish artist Tadeusz Kantor.

64 BOOKS: JEN BEAGIN Late-blooming author Jen Beagin hits a home run with her semi-autobiographical first novel Pretend I’m Dead, a tale of duality and tension.


PREVIEWS 85 Mama’s Broke, the itinerant Canadian duo, plays the Rosendale Cafe this month.

92 Voice Theater performs the witty classic American drama “The Skin of our Teeth.” 93 Upstate Films screens Story of a Girl, a coming-of-age story for the digital age. 94 Community-style art worship event Secret City returns to Woodstock. 95 The Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial returns with 18 new installations. 97 The world's largest obstacle course returns with the Insane Inflatable 5K.

Linda Codega reviews Spill Zone, a graphic novel set in Poughkeepsie. Anne Pyburn Craig reviews Scott Spencer’s novel River Under the Road about a young Midwestern couple that finds unlikely success in the New York arts scene.

68 POETRY Poems by Anne Babson, Beth Boylan, Robert Brunner, Wade and Brante Clemente, Esther Cohen, Ken Craft, Richard Donnelly, Mitch Ditkoff, Anwer Ghani, Clifford Henderson, Z Willy Neumann, normal,




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

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Author Jen Beagin at home in Hudson.




Fun Slide, a photo of the Colombia County fair by Hillsdale resident Lonny Kalfus.



BARDSUMMERSCAPE 2017 Seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret set to the theme of the 28th Bard Music Festival, Chopin and His World.



Dances at a Gathering and other works by Robbins, Balanchine and Peck. Accompanied by live music.



A PINK CHAIR (IN PLACE OF A FAKE ANTIQUE) World Premiere Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte Engaging the work of visionary Polish artist and stage director Tadeusz Kantor.



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By Antonín Dvoˇrák American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein Directed by Anne Bogart Acclaimed for its original melodies and masterful choral writing, Dimitrij vividly depicts the intrigue and struggles for power in Russian society.


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ome painters sole purpose is place—take the Hudson River School artists—while others use their art to dream up entirely new realities. Julia Whitney Barnes falls squarely in the second category. “There are several places and several experiences in each painting,” Whitney Barnes says of her work. When she was in her early 30s, she was a “travel buddy” to an airlineemployed friend. “For two years, at any point, I could just hop on a flight and go anywhere that airline flew. I would be sitting in my studio and think, ‘I could be in Barcelona!’ and just go.” Travel has always inspired her art, and on these impulse voyages, Whitney Barnes snapped thousands of photographs and made hundreds of sketches. This intense bout of traveling left her with a stockpile of raw material. “Now that I have a little bit of distance, it’s like I am reliving the experiences, but by creating something that never existed.” After receiving her MFA from Hunter College in 2006, Whitney Barnes rented studio space in an industrial building in Gowanus. “There were always lots of other people around. I really loved all that camaraderie. It was really easy to get people in and out and see each other’s art.” In August 2015, a pregnant Whitney Barnes and her husband left the city. “We realized life wasn’t going to work in our tiny Williamsburg apartment,” she says. So, they bought a 100-year-old house in Poughkeepsie. Upon moving upstate, she found the solitude of her attic studio startling. “At first, I really missed having a studio with so many other artists. Then I suddenly got really into being alone,” she says, adding, “When I was younger, I needed the input. Now, I come into studio and just work. I’ve been incredibly productive in last two years.” Whitney Barnes’ pieces are compositional collages. Blending scenes from her travel photographs with everyday settings, she imbues the canvas with its own state of being, creating scenes that are fictive yet honest, familiar yet new. Her recent series focuses on home, an exploration prompted by her new surroundings. The cover image, May Day/Domestic Bliss, is a scene of Whitney Barnes’ dining room table. Atop it sits the vase from her wedding, filled with pink dogwoods from the tree in her backyard (a clincher for the house), all beneath a vast and pink (Danish) sky. “It was the first painting I made where I didn’t care if I was flirting with being sweet or sentimental,” she says. “I don’t know if it as a woman or what, but I felt this pressure, telling myself: ‘I couldn’t possibly just paint flowers. I am a serious artist. I paint serious things.’ I had to give myself permission and tell myself, ‘No, this is serious work.” Julia Whitney Barnes’ artwork will be on display at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, as part of the group exhibit “Super Natural,” July 8 through August 21. Portfolio: –Marie Doyon

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: It was the day after the 2016 presidential election and people in the streets had a vacant gaze, like they had just witnessed something terrible. I ran into a friend and stopped to chat. “How are you?” I asked, in that significant way one asks after a death in the family, getting laid off, or a similar tragic event. My friend, who’s smart and spiritual, an active member of her community, a psychotherapist and mom of young children, looked at me and began to weep. We hugged and neither of us said anything as we made our way to a nearby cafe. Finding a table, we started to talk. “What are we going to do?” she asked. “This is unimaginable. He’s an ignorant bigot, a unrepentant rapist, a pig. I’m very afraid the country is about to become radically more fascist than it already is.” My disposition that morning was philosophical. I thought that, in a deeper way, the placement of the one-who-must-not-be-named in the presidency was an embodiment of a societal id; that his prominence made visible the part of us that simply wants what it wants and has no compunction about exploiting any situation for maximum personal gain; it exposed that part of us that takes simply because it can take and takes without any inconvenient pangs of conscience. In other words, at some level, we are repulsed by the-one-who-must-not-be-named because we see his mode of grabbing the world by the crotch in ourselves. As I looked at my friend, I knew that expressing my musings would not help her in the least, so I just listened. “So what are you going to do?” I asked, after the frustration was mostly exhausted. She paused and thought. “I’m going to use this grief and frustration to fuel my focus on the things that I know matter, the places I can make a difference. I’m going to be there for my children, my clients, my friends, and community. I’m going to give my best,” she said. I was left inspired, with a sense of the value of the collective shock as a source of energy to focus on what I see matters most. It became clear that I can transform myself and the world in the ways and places that I can actually influence and use the disturbing presence of a dissolute political system to fuel my efforts. I saw that I can be free to nominate and elect myself to do meaningful work in the ways I can be effective. This is a view that sees the general and particular circumstances of my life as the field of transformation. Each interaction and exchange becomes a chance to struggle with my greedy and grabbing impulses, to make contact between the inner and the outer, to engage with my particular life as an arena of activism. This being-as-I-am is not a resigned navel-gazing that neglects responsibilities. It is not separate from the world. Rather it is a striving that balances inner and outer effort—a striving to bring my multifaceted inner self into the same focus as my outer life, like two images that overlay and complete one another. When I am able to struggle with my weaknesses, and strive for something more true in the presence of others, others are effected. It is not “me who knows” fixing something that’s wrong “out there.” Rather, this unabridged effort brings my whole, imperfect self onto the ground of transformation. The result is that I not only work to address a problem, but I also demonstrate and share the effect of a means of reconciliation. Can I strive to be kind and at the same time recognize resistance or anger, and rather than expressing or repressing the anger, bear witness to it in the context of being together with others? Can I strive to be attentive to the person in front of me, and at the same time be attentive in myself, acknowledging that my attention is imperfect and distracted? Can I strive to have integrity—to be where I say I’ll be and do what I promise—and at the same time honestly include the myriad pulls to break my promises? As a culture, we are conditioned to prefer positive, pleasant, and affirming experiences, but this prejudice ignores the reality that every positive is accompanied by a negative. More important, the approach ignores the fertility of bringing opposites and contradictions into contact. This marriage of yes and no, of “I must” and “I will not,” gives birth to a third and reconciling possibility—“I can.” —Jason Stern


Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note The Cave of Secrets

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”—Mark Twain


emember when people read novels? I suspect some of you still do. We review them in this magazine, for goodness sake, so I personally know a few people who do. And yes, it’s true that copies of 1984 and A Handmaid’s Tale started flying off the shelves last fall. (I wonder how many were actually read.) But who has the time and inclination to read complex narratives in 2017, when a cauldron of digital distractions sings its siren song on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? When the newspaper headlines would be entirely implausible if they appeared as plot lines on “House of Cards”— from the front page of the June 23 NewYork Times: “Shifting Funds From Poor to Rich Is Key for the Health Bill.” It’s hard to look away from the twisted reality, the emergence of a new normal that’s anything but, unless you consider grown men behaving like power-mad kindergartners normal. But this spring, I started reading novels again anyway. Out of desperation, really. How many times a day could I refresh my feed to check the latest outrage from Washington and maintain my sanity? And besides, Lee Anne and I had finished season two of Aziz Ansari’s brilliant “Master of None” on Netflix. I needed distraction. I longed to read about people with some subtlety, depth of character, and trace of human feeling. Luckily, there was a pile of unread books on my desk, many sent by publishers looking for reviews for their authors. Over the course of a month, I tore through a dozen books. Funny ones (Nathan Hill’s The Nix), sweet and hopeful ones (Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin), goofy postmodern ones (Jonathan Lethem’s A Gambler’s Anatomy), epic histories (Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall) and sprawling critical darlings (A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan). They were all lovely in their way, ferrying me across the expanse of a quiet afternoon or a midnight’s insomnia (with only a few manic interludes of device checking, as per the new normal of our always on, always hungry digital consumption patterns). The book that grabbed me though, was Paul La Farge’s The Night Ocean. (Jennifer Gutman reviewed it in the March issue.) The book is ostensibly a historical mystery about an acolyte and sometime collaborator of horror author H. P. Lovecraft, R. H. Barlow, who may or may not have been Lovecraft’s teenage lover for a brief period in the 1930s. The novel is a wild ride through a series of false narratives that ultimately yield a larger truth. (We can only hope for such an outcome from our current political moment.) In one of The Night Ocean’s plot threads, Lovecraft, in his mid-40s, visits the teenaged Barlow at his parents’ home in Deland, Florida. The pair have bonded over their shared love of weird tales, which were published in pulp magazines, and Barlow shows Lovecraft his collection of books and magazines, kept in a closet he calls Yoh-Vohombis. (The name comes from a sci-fi horror story by Clark Ashton Smith, “The Vaults of Yoh-Vohombis” that’s an Alien

precursor.) Let’s put aside for a moment the too-neat symbolism of the closet and Barlow and Lovecraft, doubly marginalized for their literary taste and sexual orientation. And don’t let our minds wander toward what a terribly apt euphemism Barlow’s Yoh-Vohombis might be for Lovecraft. I mentioned earlier that the novel grabbed me. Here’s why: I’ve spent time in a room very similar toYoh-Vohombis. La Farge’s novel sent me spinning back through time to my grammar school days and my friends Don and Jack. Don and Jack were brothers (and still are, presumably), two years apart in age. Don was the older one, and wore glasses. Jack tagged along after Don mostly. Don and Jack (never Jack and Don; always Don first) lived around the corner, on 211th Street, and they went to public school. Curiously, all the rest of my friends, like literally a dozen of them, lived on 210th Street and all went to Catholic school. (Our house faced 28th Avenue, bridging the blocks.) My 210th Street friends—Tommy Reagan and his six older brothers, John Barbagallo, Christian Mueller, Joey Di Simone, Jeff Donahue, Joey DiPietro— were all sports nuts and we played every version of every ball game and variant of run-around grab-assery we could think of. On rainy days, we’d start a board game that would invariably never get finished because of a physical altercation due to a perceived slight or real instance of cheating. Cheating was just another part of the game on 210th Street. Don and Jack never played on 210th Street. If I wanted to hang out with them, I’d ride my Green Machine (a much cooler version of a Big Wheel that had stick shift controls) around the corner and we’d play at their house. We wouldn’t play sports—Don and Jack weren’t sporting types. (I once tried to teach Don how to play golf and accidentally brained him on my back swing, sending him running inside crying. It seems like somebody was always running inside crying in those days.) We playacted from movies and TV a lot, pretending we were Han Solo and Luke Duke and the Six Million Dollar Man in some odd cross-dimensional fictional mash-up.We constructed elaborate battle scenes with army men in the backyard and then blew them up with firecrackers. We made sci-fi movies with a Super-8 camera, simulating the turbulence of re-entering Earth’s atmosphere by violently shaking the chairs we were sitting on in the cockpit of our spaceship. But most of the time, we read Don and Jack’s comic books in a walk-in closet that the brothers converted into a clubhouse filled with all manner of creepy stuff: glow-in-the-dark monster figurines; a furry hand from a gorilla suit; diorama kits based on horror movies like Creature from the Black Lagoon; and comic books with titles like Tales from the Crypt, Creepy, Eerie, Haunted Horror, and Weird Tales. We called it The Cave of Secrets. It wasn’t particularly scary, and nothing much happened there except kids exploring the strangeness of the world outside our insulated childhood. The strangeness was allowed to expand and fill the room. Of course, in childhood, it was easier to keep the horror stories bottled up in The Cave of Secrets. Now they’re printed on the front pages of newspapers. 7/17 CHRONOGRAM 21

stringent drug laws, and electronic ankle tags that enable prisoners convicted of minor offenses to go back to work and society. Source: Good News Network In light of evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, it’s illuminating to remember that the US has a history of meddling in the elections of other countries. The interference goes beyond just hacking into e-mails. According to Dov Levin, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher and political scientist, the US and the USSR/Russia have intervened at least 117 times in the elections of other countries between 1946 and 2000. One example of US intervention in a foreign election: In 2000, Slobodan Milosevic was running for reelection as president of Serbia. The US supported the opposing candidate, Yojislav Kostunica, by sending funding and offering other training and campaign support. “That assistance was crucial in enabling the opposition to win,” said Levin. Source: Guardian, NPR

The Svalbard Global Seed Trust—a biodiversity vault located in the Arctic— houses the world’s largest collection of seeds. Recently, high temperatures and heavy rain lead to melting permafrost which caused a flood, threatening the vault. “A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, spokesperson for the Norwegian government. The concrete vault houses 4.5 million varieties of crops stored at -0.4 degrees Fahrenheit. “The seed vault is a biological Library of Alexandria, a priceless asset whose importance will only grow. It’s valuable not only as a resource for any sort of doomsday scenario, but also as a record of one of humanity’s most consequential achievements: agriculture,” says Jamie Henn, co-founder and strategy and communications director at the nonprofit Source: Good In late May, a noose was found at the Smithsonian Institute. The exhibit—displayed by the National Museum of African American History—features Civil War-era artifacts, including the metal coffin of a 14-year-old Mississippi boy who was lynched in 1955. The noose was the second one found that week at the Institute—the other was discovered hanging from a tree in front of Hirshhorn Museum, a contemporary art museum. Source: New York Times Trump’s use of language is causing chaos for translators across the globe. Many interpreters have struggled while trying to convey the president’s incoherency in ways that are clear in other countries—Trump lacks style (and logic, at times) with his diction and overuses many words (such as great, big, and beautiful). After reports circulated worldwide about Trump’s firing of Comey, interpreters struggled with translating “nut job” into Japanese. Eventually they used henjin, a word used to describe someone who is eccentric or an oddball. “It isn’t just his colloquialisms, but the demeaning way in which he talked about women, especially during the campaign,” said Chikako Tsuruta, who interprets broadcasts by CNN, ABC, and CBS. “Our job now entails reading dictionaries of cultural expressions rather than conventional ones.” The biggest problem, according to Tsruta, is the “occasional absence of logic from Trump’s streams of consciousness. With simultaneous interpretation, the trick is to anticipate the speaker’s intentions and tell a story, to be slightly ahead of the game. But when the logic is not clear or a sentence is just left hanging in the air, then we have a problem. You’re interpreting, and then suddenly the sentence stops making sense, and we risk ending up sound stupid.” Source: Guardian Five Dutch prisons are slated to be closed by the fall due to low crime rates. In 2013, the Dutch government closed 19 prisons—officials say the government doesn’t have the means to fund such large, unoccupied facilities. (The Dutch rate of incarceration is roughly 69 incarcerations for every 100,000 people, while the US rate— the world’s highest—is 716 per 100,000 people.) Studies reveal that decreased crime rates are due to the government’s investment in rehabilitation services, less 22 CHRONOGRAM 7/17

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hy do all the people around Trump get agitated whenever the word Russia pops up? Commentators are baffled. What’s there to hide? They ask: “Is there any there there?” In real journalism, you can’t deduce what’s inside the black box of the White House. An insider has to speak or a paper must be leaked. Yet in physics, chemistry, and biology it’s quite normal not to have testimony from inside. Scientists look at what’s going in and what comes out, then make up a story about what’s happening unseen. If it sounds good, it’s treated as the truth until some new facts are observed that don’t fit. Let us look at the Universe of Trump and the collection of cronies that swirl around him. Most notorious is Michael Flynn. Trump appointed him National Security Advisor in spite of knowing he was being paid by Russia and Turkey. Trump tried to keep him even when it became public. Then Trump tried to stop the investigation. Trump advisor Paul Manafort received millions from the astonishingly corrupt, Putin-puppet, ex-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Some of that money was laundered through the Bank of Cyprus, a favorite of Russian oligarchs. Wilbur Ross, with a stake in Bank of Cyprus, is now Secretary of Commerce. Trump’s son-in-law and most trusted henchman, Jared Kushner, wanted a back channel with Russia. That might be okay, except he wanted it constructed in a way that would be open to Russia and secret from US intelligence. Trump has stridently sworn he has no businesses in Russia. Probably not, but Donald Jr., aka the Truth Blurter, said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia [to Trump interests].” Trump’s buddy Roger Stone knew ahead of time which anti-Hillary material Russia was putting out through WikiLeaks. Felix Slater, a Russian-American who did real estate deals with Trump brought a Russian plan for Ukraine to Michael Gordon, a Trump Organization lawyer, who brought it to the White House. Trump claims to have no memory of Felix Slater. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was once awarded the “Order of Friendship” by Vladimir Putin. He was head of Exxon’s subsidiary in Russia before becoming CEO of ExxonMobil, which has a major project in Russia stalled by US sanctions. There are more connections: J. D. Gordon, Erik Prince (founder of Blackwater) and several others. Why did Attorney General Jefferson “Jeff ” Beauregard Sessions III lie, repeatedly, under oath, about meetings with the Russian Ambassador? Now, let’s look at what’s coming out. Donald Trump went to Europe. He insulted European leaders. Got beaten in a hand-squeeze contest by the president of France. Made an enemy of Angela Merkel. Then weakened NATO as a deterrent to Russia by refusing to endorse Article 5—the promise of mutual defense, that an attack on one would be an attack on all. It made the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, feel vulnerable. Perhaps not open to reconquest, but more likely to bend to Russian interests out of fear. It weakened America’s influence with Europe and hurt

trade relations. It signaled, again, less commitment to Ukraine’s efforts to be free of Russian interference and change the culture of corruption that they feel comes with it. Trump not only tweeted it was “a great success,” he said, “We hit a home run.” Yeah, sure, if you’re batting for the Moscow Moles. NATO has been the military bulwark. The EU has been the political and economic competitor. The EU has been successful in that after the fall of the USSR, all the Eastern European countries directly in it or in its sphere of influence moved to join EU. The most important members are England, France, and Germany. Donald Trump was all for Brexit, the UK leaving the EU. He supported Marine Le Pen, who wanted to leave the EU, and he’s verbally attacked Germany. Even before being elected, the Trump team tried to make the Russian invasion of Ukraine a nonissue by tweaking the Republican platform. Bashar al-Assad is the most murderous and destructive ruler in the world today. He is also Russia’s sole ally in the Middle East. Trump’s policy—on which he has since waffled—was to join with Russia and Assad to fight ISIS. All the Gulf States—Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar are close allies of the United States. After Trump visited, they broke into a public quarrel, verbally attacking and blockading Qatar. As monarchies, sheikdoms, and emirates go, Qatar is very progressive, the Arab state rated highest in human development by the UN, and founder of Al Jazeera (for whom I’ve worked) the first genuine news service in the Arab world. Trump was on the other side. Trump supports any authoritarian he hears about. He admires Putin and the way he rules. He supports Recep Erdogan, who’s jailed 70,000 political opponents and effectively ended freedom of the press in Turkey; Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who’s returned Egypt to Mubarak’s type of rule; Nursultan Nazarbayev, president for life of Kazakhstan; and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has the police murdering people and who has publically endorsed rapes committed by the police. Trump discredits democracy. Simply by being elected. By showing that American democracy can be subverted. By constantly claiming that there are illegal voters and fixed elections and that judges in our democracy can’t be trusted. He’s undermined the free press. And truth itself. Sure, there’s no “evidence” that Donald Trump is doing Putin’s bidding. Just because his whole crew freaks out when Russia is mentioned. That there’s no reason for someone like Flynn to be there unless an old KGB officer thinks Trump needs a handler. That virtually all of Trump’s foreign policies—and some of his domestic ones—benefit Russia and harm America. The other alternative is a two-fold theory. That Trump fell into a crew of money-hungry bottom-feeders who, like himself, could only get money from Russia. A sort of kinship and camaraderie. While Trump himself is like a kindergarten kid, who’s large, because he’s been left back, and who, when he walks into the classroom, just has to kick over anything any of the other kids have made out of blocks. Your choice: Conspiracy or kindergarten.

In real journalism, you can’t deduce what’s inside the black box of the White House. An insider has to speak or a paper must be leaked.




Every now and then the New York Times real estate section sees fit to report on the “new” trend of city expats finding dream homes in the Hudson Valley. To Adele George of Northern Dutchess Realty, it’s not only a familiar story but one she and her colleagues help write every day. “All of our top-producing agents are former New York City residents who moved up here to make a Hudson Valley life and bring that experience of the transition to the table when they’re helping city people find the right second or retirement home,” George says. “I lived in Murray Hill and worked in advertising and marketing. We have people from fields as diverse as publishing and social work. Rhinebeck’s become an increasingly sophisticated town—I used to have to run to the city for my sushi fix—and our office reflects that change. We get what people are looking for, and clients become our friends. Most everyone was a professional and is bringing that expertise, along with their best selves—they’re here to mellow out.”


with Neil Howard of Colony in Woodstock


After a painstaking restoration, Neil and Alexia Howard opened Colony in Woodstock (formerly the Colony Hotel and then the Colony Cafe) in May, with pub fare and a series of sold-out music events. We talked to Neil about stewarding a legend. It seems as though you’ve sought to transcend hippie-era marketing and anchor your look in another era entirely. An era that suits me perfectly—I’ve always felt born in the wrong time. My passion for rockabilly in high school led me to early blues and jazz, film noir, and black and white films from the 1930s and `40s. So it wasn’t so much a conscious decision not to market the `60’s aesthetic as a hope to predate that moment, just as the physical building does. Give folks a taste of what the town was before 1969—an internationally known artist colony, home to Byrdcliffe and Maverick. The theater that happened and still happens, the visual art, writers, photographers, filmmakers, craftspeople, jewelry makers. I like to think that the restoration of a 1929 classic can help bring that awareness back, and balance out the marketing of the town around the festival iconography, where visitors get out of their cars, see a tie-dye shirt, smell some incense, and think they’ve “done” Woodstock. I want to add context. Michael Lang insisted on keeping the name “Woodstock” for his festival for a reason. Your recipe for a great community venue? Accessibility for local musicians and artists, welcoming vibe, good energy, creative spirit. We’ll host screenings, readings, comedy, kids shows, benefits. Open mike Mondays seem to be bringing folks in from all over who are getting to know each other, jamming together—as it should be. We’ll be pushing forward with that kind of thing and seeing what resonates. Have you found yourself adapting your vision to meet with any unexpected discoveries? And what can we expect in the future? The best discovery is realizing how many people wished the Colony was open and are becoming regulars. It’s very encouraging and beautiful to see people’s effusive reactions to the refurbishment and the fact that we are open all the time now. We’re hoping to have outdoor seating by next summer; maybe gallery space on the third floor for art openings and smaller events. We have high hopes of becoming a regional Catskills destination, not just a top-notch local music hall.


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Lois DiDonna, owner of Allure in Rhinebeck, an Aveda Concept Salon, studies portrait painting on the side. “I’m studying with someone rather famous right now and working on some oils,” she says. “My father painted portraits, so it came naturally. There are a lot of common elements—to do haircolor really well, you need an artist’s grasp of the color wheel. They didn’t used to teach that in beauty school 40 years ago; they do now. It’s the foundation for everything.” “And giving a good cut is a lot like sculpture,” says DiDonna. “That’s the difference between an exceptional haircut and just a haircut.


Woodstock Healing Arts practitioners offer modalities from holistic gynecology, integrative psychotherapy, and acupuncture to cooling chair massages with peppermint oil administered by a second-generation masseuse who trained at the Swedish Institute. Services are made as available as possible to all income levels—the massages are by donation, community acupuncture sessions are held at greatly reduced rates; various workshops, such as “Eat Your Invasives,” holistic addiction and recovery, “What is Tiredness?,” and financial wellness with “Moolah Doula” Joanne Leffeld, are moderately priced. “A lot of us are people who grew up here or have been here a long time and have practices downstate, love Woodstock, and wanted to practice here, too. Just like artists want out of the city, so do healers. But we couldn’t base a community center around $500-an-hour sessions,” says acupuncturist and founder Ben Fleisher. “Many local teachers have insurance that covers acupuncture, which is great. And we offer as much to the community as we possibly can.”

Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens in Rhinebeck takes pride in offering its fan base of “plant nuts and garden meisters” a vast selection of familiar and obscure annuals, perennials, heirloom and hybrid varieties, a niche that founder Doug Santini says has evolved over more than three decades from a New York City-based mail order snake plant business. “We were doing well; we had over 100 varieties of snake plants that we shipped all over the world,” he recalls. “We moved up here, the fuel crisis hit, and we couldn’t afford to run greenhouses at 75 degrees year round so we needed a niche and found it in seasonal plants. “Part of our draw is that we grow everything ourselves, and people come from all over to fill car trunks with things they can’t find elsewhere. Nowadays, there are a lot of asexually propagated varieties that you have to buy from hybridizers and pay a royalty. The bean counters have found a way into agriculture and found a way to make a way to make a living without actually growing anything—but the products are excellent. The plant patenting and royalty system motivates a lot of creativity, and we take it and run with it.”


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ara Jansson has 15 weeks of paid vacation every year, so she never works during her children’s school breaks. Instead, she preps and cleans a lot of meals for her brood of five, and hangs out at the beach in their hometown of Stockholm. Jansson says Swedish parents don’t tend to stress out about summer activities for their kids because they can always go to fritids, an afterschool program that costs about $80/month. “Here, we have a much bigger social net that will catch you if you’re having a hard time,” she explains. “Vacation and time to rest is for everyone, and it is very important to our health.” Jansson and her partner, musician Eric Fallope, take turns making jaunts with one or two kids to the mountains in north Sweden, or to Copenhagen, Berlin, or Paris. In Sweden, employers in all industries have to provide at least five weeks paid leave. Jansson knows only one person who works more than 40 hours a week—a heart surgeon. “Swedes love vacation and summer,” Jansson says. “That’s what they live for the rest of the year.” After midsummer on June 20, most people start their holiday, and go back to work in August. For a couple weeks every summer, the Jansson-Fallopes rent a house in Gotland, Sweden’s biggest island, where they lounge beside the Baltic Sea together. For many cultures, taking time off to rest and recharge is the counterpart to productivity. “In Finland, and in many other countries, children receive


frequent recesses throughout the school day,” writes Timothy Walker on his blog, Taught by Finland. Walker is an American who teaches fifth grade in Helsinki and a contributing writer for The Atlantic, who just published the book Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms. “Students typically enjoy a 15-minute break for every 45 minutes of classroom instruction. The younger pupils head outside for free play while older children get to decide where they spend their free time.” Rather than being seen as a waste of time, breaks are considered an integral ingredient of productivity and focus. Outside, the kids process, through free play and chatting, the information and concepts they’ve been shown, and in the teachers’ lounge, there’s collaboration and discussion around teaching methodologies and shared administrative tasks. The need for downtime in order to integrate experience into a person’s internal landscape is considered vital. Yet in America, the message is decidedly different. With a focus on the summer slide—the idea that kids lose ground in reading and math skills without continuous formal practice—our productivity seems to center on constancy. Primarily a concern for low-income kids who often lack resources and adult supervision, the summer slide is frequently referenced to encourage middle class families to get a leg up on college resumes. Summer programs are offered

Left: The Fallope family walks along the outskirts of the Middle Age town of Visby in Gotland, Sweden. Right: The Fallopes make a stone sculpture on the shore of the Baltic Sea in Gotland, Sweden.

for academic enrichment, as much as to solve the childcare needs of working parents, many of whom are lucky to get two weeks paid vacation. However, when one investigates the summer slide messaging, it seems most touted by tutoring franchises. They maintain that the current 180-day school calendar is an outdated model from pre-Industrial times when rural children were needed for family farms, and urban children needed to escape the heat of the city. “In terms of the brain, learning runs 24/7, all year round,” the Oxford Learning website states. The result is a pressure to engage in summer enrichment programming. In fact, it’s been successful. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that teens who work a summer job are not only on the decline but have dropped drastically since 2005. In February 2017, they wrote, “The [teen labor] participation rate declined during [the] recession and immediately after, falling to 34.1 percent in 2011. It has changed little since 2011.” Instead, kids opt for more school. “More teens attend school during the summer now than in previous years. The proportion of teenagers enrolled in July 2016 was more than 4 times higher than it was in July 1985.” “Unstructured down time is one of the greatest gifts (and challenges) we can offer our kids over the summer,” writes Michele Kambolis, a child and family

therapist and parent educator in Canada. “It’s when they discover new passions, talents, and learn to structure and regulate themselves,” Kambolis told the blog Spit Up is the New Black. “Their imagination flourishes and relaxation comes naturally as they find their authentic voice, unimposed by adult expectations and agendas. It’s a time when children can be in control, relax, and maybe even uncover their dreams.” Going Dutch In two books on the happiness of the Dutch, expats Michele Hutchison and Rina Mae Acosta write about raising their kids in the Netherlands. They paint an idealistic picture of children free ranging on bicycles, and looking forward to papadag, the day they spend each week with their dads—a facet of Dutch egalitarian society, since Dutch parents generally equally work fewer than 40 hours per week and Dutch children enjoy unstructured learning until the age of six. Both books are titled, in part, The Happiest Kids in the World, a reference to UNICEF’s Child Well Being in Rich Countries survey of 2013, where Dutch children were found to be top of the list. When it comes to education, Dutch kids enjoy little academic pressure. “In the Netherlands, it isn’t all about getting straight As and getting into the right 7/17 CHRONOGRAM KIDS & FAMILY 29

The Fallope girls hiking with their grandfather in the woods near Öland, Sweden.

university,” they write. “Education has a different purpose. It is traditionally seen as the route to a child’s well-being and their development as an individual.” So it might be surprising to learn that Dutch children are given only five to six weeks of summer break as opposed to our ten to eleven. But in a recent post on their blog, Finding Dutchland, American-bred Acosta explains why that works. “There’s this unspoken, often self-imposed pressure to give our children an amazing, magical summer experience,” she writes. “But for the Dutch, summer is something that they all seem to look forward to without that emotional or financial baggage.” They go camping, play tourist at home, and embrace boredom and gezelligheid, which loosely translates to a feeling of enjoying life’s simple pleasures in relationship with others. The Dutch fully recharge during their summer break, and return to their work feeling engaged. With a focus on connection and family time, the Dutch seem to feel that a child’s happiness begins at home. “It shouldn’t be surprising that the happiest kids in the world also have parents who are also among the happiest people in the world,” Acosta writes in another blog post. She cites an emphasis for women on pursuits beyond appearance, financial supports for families, and little homework for kids as the reasons why the Dutch are so blissed out. It’s because of all this that Acosta hopes “going Dutch” will be the next big parenting trend. Model Behavior Doree Lipson is driving and on speaker phone as I ask her about the mindfulness techniques at the heart of Wellness Embodied in New Paltz, a center for psychotherapy and healing, which she founded and directs. “I have to name how ironic this is,” she laughs, pulling into a parking spot. Lipson acknowledges that so much of the work we do as human beings centers around scheduling. She admits she’s so much better about it with her kids, ages 9 and 5. “I might schedule myself to the edge of the universe but, with my kids, I’m very protective of their down time,” she says. “If children don’t learn the executive functioning that allows them to be comfortable in themselves, the reading and math skills are irrelevant.We need to pay attention to the entire being, not just the part that does math problems. Having time to figure out what direction you want to go in, or what book you want to read, 30 KIDS & FAMILY CHRONOGRAM 7/17

what tree to lay under and look up at the sky, it’s a different kind of learning. It may not be as mainstream acceptable but it’s essential.” Wellness Embodied hosts one-on-one sessions with psychotherapists and healing practitioners, who use mindfulness techniques and alternative modalities. They also offer classes and workshops for teens and adults, which focus reflection inward. “That can be a beautiful companion for therapeutic work, or enough on its own, depending on who the person is,” Lipson explains. This summer, they will offer lectures and workshops for healing professionals to deepen their practice. “Our culture really runs in opposition to the very real human needs of rest, processing, and understanding the pursuits we engage in on a regular basis. So there are increased levels of anxiety, depression, and overwhelm in this country,” Lipson says. “Often what I work on with people in the therapy office is slowing down.” Sabine Sonnentag, a researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Konstanz, Germany, studied psychological detachment, or the individual’s experience of disengaging from work: “to make a pause in thinking about work-related issues, thus to ‘switch off.’” One study looked at a sample of 148 school teachers, and the other 159 employees from various industries, and found that both engagement while at work and disengagement when away from work provide more productivity and satisfaction. The key is a healthy balance between the two and intentional focus in each realm. Lipson finds the constant stream of input from our many technological devices creates overwhelm and disconnect. “The importance of mindfulness and spaciousness is that it can help with differentiation. ‘I don’t need to plug in now; I want to stretch or go for a walk instead.’ When any of us are in a state of overwhelm, we’re not going to make good choices.” Adults model the engagement, happiness, and balance they want for their kids. Lipson says it can be really helpful to create symbolic gestures: a mantra on the ride home from the office; leaving work items in the car; changing out of work clothes when arriving at home. “How do you leave work at work?” she asks. The answer to that might even inform American attitudes around a child’s ability to learn while at rest.

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he Warwick Valley area may be one of the most perfectly realized blends of urban and rural cultural wealth in the entire Hudson Valley, if not the world. That’s a strong statement, but just look what goes on around here.Want music? Start with the summertime concert series on the Railroad Green in Warwick; July alone features the Jennys, Free Shrimp Band, Uncle Shoehorn, Nailed Shutt, E’lissa Jones, and the Petty Young Dylans. Or the concert series on the beach at Greenwood Lake’s Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, which also brings film and live theater to the water’s edge (not to mention Zumba and yoga on weekend mornings.) Want more music? There’s live music every weekend at the Warwick Valley Winery, where you can sample fine local wines, ciders, and harder stuff. There’s live music every weekend at Pennings Farm, with an ice cream stand and beer garden handy. And what began as the Warwick Jazz Festival has quite naturally evolved into the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, a world-class event happening August 17 to 20. To understand the Warwick Valley’s immense fecundity, start with the black dirt. An ancient glacial lake lived here and left behind the largest stretch of rich, fertile mud-bottom on the North American continent outside of the Everglades. The first few Europeans didn’t know quite what to do with the bogland; even livestock pastured there was apt to drown when things got wet. 32 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 7/17

Above: Backward sommersaults by the Escada crew at Greenwood Lake beach in Warwick. Right, from top: John F. Simon, Jr., artist, and Olivia Baldwin, director, at the Seligmann Center at the Citizens Foundation in Sugar Loaf; Patricia Gillotin at Shalimar Alpacas in Warwick.



In the mid-19th century, some folks from the Eastern European lowlands around Germany and Poland who’d had experience with this kind of topography back home showed up. They knew what to do with a big sea of compost, and the onetime “Drowned Lands of the Wallkill” stepped into a new starring role in the area’s agriculture.The land wasn’t, and still isn’t, suitable for development—meaning that around 26,000 acres a scant 50 miles from Manhattan Island would remain open, lush farmland, surrounded by mountains. Onions grown here have been ravedup in the New York Times Dining section as “unquestionably superior for cooking.” The higher ground within the valley, meanwhile, is home to some of the finest human community to be found anywhere, smart and compassionate and wildly creative. Online, Warwick Valley’s denizens meet and mingle at Warwick Valley CommonPlace, a community maintained by the Albert Wisner Public Library where nearly 700 active members post classifieds, announcements, and discussion items in a range of topical forums. On the ground, they volunteer to check in on the elderly and homebound as Friendly Visitors and gather at Wickham Works, a nonprofit makers space that incorporates a materials exchange, a learning center with workshops on everything from tech to arts to farming, and studio space for members.They organize stuff like the Farm to Fork Fondo, which brought together over 500 cyclists last month for a party on wheels on the black dirt, and the Black Dirt Feast at Scheuermann Farms, which raises money for food pantries and scholarships—the ninth annual edition this August is already sold out. All that activity makes folks powerfully hungry and thirsty, so it’s a fine thing that they live surrounded by such amazing farmland. The bounty gets brought together at the Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market downtown each Sunday, where you’ll find not just produce but a vast array of artisanal delights served with side dishes of top-notch entertainments and activities. It inspires the menus at local restaurants like the 239-year-old Landmark Inn as well as thematic celebrations like Applefest, one of the Hudson Valley’s premier celebrations and Orange County’s largest, and Pine Island’s

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annual Onion Festival and Onion Eating Contest, featuring the musical accompaniment of Grammy-winning polka king Jimmy Sturr. (This month in Pine Island, the Drowned Lands Historical Society is sponsoring their Annual Indian Artifact Hunt on the evening of August 20.) And on any Sunday afternoon, you can tour the seventh-generation dairy farm at Bellvale Farms Creamery and finish the experience with a truly superb helping of handcrafted small-batch ice cream. On any hungry evening, people in Warwick can choose from Thai, fine Italian and Mexican, new and classic American, or simply slammin’ pub fare or mouthwatering pizza. On the beverage front, as well, the Warwick Valley is a fountain of diverse pleasures; you’ll find brew houses, vineyards, wineries, cideries, and distilleries. As you’d expect, creative passion runs hot and diverse in local retail as well; a shopping day in the Warwick Valley is a treasure hunting opportunity not to be missed. Check out the array of home furnishings, accessories, and gifts at Frazzleberries, and marvel at the fact that the lush array started with the dreams of a talented local folk artist. Or visit Newhard’s for more fine home goods and a carefully curated array of toys, jewelry, stationery, and gourmet foods. Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, with its Victorian-inspired brass fixtures and dark wood, has become a community cultural center. And there’s much, much more From top:to discover when you get there: fashion and antiques and art created and marketed by and for folks who could easily swim in the vast sea an hour to the south but choose instead to offer their wares in the Warwick Valley. Balance your Warwick shopping day with your choice of piano music and wine or beer and billiards, or just chill at one of the town’s From top: Mason and Samantha at the petting zoo at Pennings Farm in Warwick; Leila (sunglasses), Zachary, and family at Fetch Bar & Grill in Warwick. fine selection of parks. It’s all right here. 36 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 7/17

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Speaking of art, it’s as plentiful as the fine food and beverages. You’ll find sleek contemporary shows at Playa, “lovingly rethought” vintage farm equipment at Agrisculpture, and beyond-hip, locally grown creations at Love Life Gallery, to name just the tip of a much bigger iceberg.Then there’s Sugar Loaf, an entire village devoted to fine art and crafts, where a couple of dozen makers throw their doors open Wednesday through Sunday each week with a dazzling array of everything from herbs and soaps to fine designer jewelry, pottery, and woodcarving. Sugar Loaf has stuff you just can’t find: Merrily Paper, where the boutique offerings include Kat’s original line of greeting cards and prints (“Carpe the hell out of that diem”) alongside every sort of paper good, eclectic day and evening wear at My Sister’s Closet, and all manner of treats for the metaphysically minded at Practical Magick. Milkweed, down Romer’s Alley, is a “locus of opportunity for the curious of all ages to explore ideas particular, peculiar, and profound”; last month, they were teaching people to make soul collages. In fact, the Warwick Valley is packed with wildly original opportunities to get your own art game on and kick it up a notch. Workshops abound, uncommon ones like repousse and blacksmithing at the Center for Metal Arts and customizable sip-n-paint good times at Wine and Design. Need more reasons to visit the Warwick Valley? How about the chance to check out current popular movies at an old-school cash-only drive in theater? The opportunity to snuggle up close with exquisite alpacas, then see (and feel) the original creations woven and knitted from their soft wool at Shalimar? A boating expedition starting at one of the half-dozen marinas on Greenwood Lake, Orange County’s largest body of water, where they’ve had two centuries of experience welcoming visitors? That black dirt has turned out to be fertile soil for a lot more than just onions. With three villages and eight hamlets to explore, you could weekend in Warwick all summer long and not run out of new things to try. From top: Yaron Rosner at Rosner Soap in Sugar Loaf; Hannah Maxwell at Milkweed in Sugar Loaf. 38 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 7/17


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ong before there were houses, long before the trees that made the houses, long before the roads and highways, long before a country called America, there was this river. Our river. Flowing from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks 315 miles southward to the Atlantic, flooding tidal marshes and mudflats and carving basalt palisades as it widens. The Hudson, quite simply, is lifeblood to this valley. The river and intricate net of waterways that feed it, are habitat not just for humans, but for sturgeon, cormorants, ospreys, otters, bald eagles, and all the other myriad wildlife that harmonize, cacophonize, and make this ecosystem home. It is also the current address of Emily Cichon. A sailor and shipwright, Cichon lives aboard the Sea Lion, her 31-foot sailboat, anchored, most nights, on the Rondout Creek in Kingston. Her passion for sailing brought her to the Hudson Valley, and now is giving her the opportunity to learn about the river—its terrain and its traditions—intimately. Lion’s Roar “She’s a really great, solid boat,” says Cichon of the Sea Lion. (Sailors, she tells me, tend to be superstitious and also refer to their boats as “she.”) Seven feet wide at its broadest, her tiny traveling house may have less than 400 square feet of living space above and below deck, but it’s enough to traverse an ocean. The decor is simple. A compact kitchen, located in the starboard midsection, has an icebox, sink, and an alcohol-fueled stove all underneath a hanging net full of simple provisions. Portside midsection, there is a padded bench along a wall of hideaway cubbies spilling charts, batteries, navigational plotters, postcards, and other accouterments of nautical life. Past a tiny bathroom, a triangular sleeping berth covered with a thick, red-and-yellow-striped blanket fills the space under the bow. However nothing—not the cabin wall with ship to shore radio and GPS, or the extra yardage of rope and rolled canvas stowed in the corners, or the 2016 calendar fixed on the bathroom door depicting the slowly rotating constellations of the night’s sky—detracts from the view. Along the top edge of the cabin, a row of rectangular deadlights (windows that don’t open) flood the interior with light and frame the ever-changing horizon. Above board, there is seating for four people around the wheel and compass, and additional deck space over the bow. On top of that sits the Sea Lion’s “rig”—the set of sails that Cichon expertly wields to regularly take herself out onto the river. The Sea Lion has three sails—a smaller mizzen over the back, a large main sail over the center, and a jib in front. When unfurled, they easily triple the stature of the sailboat (known technically as a yawl) and draw all attention upward and outward. Filled with wind, the sails jump to life. With the blue-and-white jib sweeping across the bow and the Sea Lion pitching into the Hudson River tide, I finally understand why Cichon talks about the Sea Lion as if the boat were listening: She is.

Emily Cichon and a fellow sailor aboard the Sea Lion. Cichon came to the Hudson Valley as second mate to the Clearwater. The beauty of the area and the community of sailors, boat builders, and conservationists she’s found here have inspired her to stay awhile. “It’s amazing how a river can rejuvenate itself,” she says of the Hudson. Left: “Mostly it’s pretty quiet,” Cichon says of the Rondout neighborhood where the Sea Lion docks. Cichon counts a few other live aboard sailors as neighbors and has access to the marina’s laundry facilities and extra bathroom. 



The marina’s location gives Cichon easy access to the Hudson, which she takes to whenever she can. “I love waking up in the morning and poking my head out the hatch. You can’t beat the view.” Bottom left: From the Lenape to the English and the Dutch, early settlers quickly realized the rich array of resources the Hudson Valley offered and the power of the tide to transport. This history is carefully preserved at the Hudson Maritime Museum, which is also the center for the Riverport Wooden Boat School and the winter port of the Clearwater.

Born to the Waves People have been crafting boats to explore the Hudson and the adjacent Atlantic Coast almost as long as they’ve been living beside it. Cichon came by these traditions early. Born and raised in Groton, Connecticut, she was taught to sail by her parents and at 14 Cichon was hired as a deckhand on the 81-foot schooner Argia. It was the influence of her fellow sailors, and particularly the Argia’s captain, Paige Marolda, who served as role models for Cichon and sparked her passion. “[Marolda] had this charisma,” remembers Cichon. “I wanted to be just like her.”The camaraderie of her fellow sailors also boosted Cichon’s confidence. “They showed me that I could do anything: I could sail an 80-foot boat, I could be a woodworker. It took a village to raise me, and they taught me to be strong.” Cichon also took to the long days working on the water and the variety of people who would come aboard. She spent her summers on the Argia, helping with daysails and its environmental education program. After graduating high school, Cichon decided to pursue sailing as a serious venture. “The more I did it, the more I enjoyed it,” she says. “Then I realized I was pretty good at it, too.” Cichon’s experiences led her to a job as second mate on the Clearwater. Beginning in 2013, she worked, lived, and slept aboard the Clearwater as it spent summers educating passengers about the beauty, history, and ecology of the waterway. Learning to sail the river tested her navigational skills and expanded her sailing knowledge. “There’s so much movement of water here—it can create shoals that weren’t there the summer before,” she explains, showing me a map of the Hudson with names like Hogs Back and Saddle Bags demarcating underwater terrain Valley residents regularly glide over on a bridge. Her experience on the traditional wooden sloop also gave her an appreciation for the effect a boat like the Clearwater could have on the surrounding community. “When I first started working on the boat and had a day off,” she explains, “I went to an ice cream parlor in Schoharie County. I was chatting to the server, who told me he had been on the Clearwater in fifth grade and what an impression it had made on him. We were an hour inland. It is really special how the Clearwater helps people become cognizant of the river again.” 44 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 7/17

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Fair Tide Cichon was so inspired, she decided to add shipbuilding to her resume. She now has an enviable commute: Just along the Rondout Creek, within walking distance from the Sea Lion’s slip, is the Hudson Maritime Museum, where she is learning the craft of traditional wooden boat building. Her first project was helping with the Clearwater’s stern restoration. After that, she began her contract to help restore the Woodie Guthrie—another sloop, smaller than the Clearwater but inspired by Pete Seeger’s same grand vision of impressing the beauty and tradition of the Hudson on its passengers. It was just a natural step, to apply that knowledge to her own living arrangement. More than most homes, the Sea Lion requires constant upkeep against the daily onslaught of elements. “There’s always one more project,” Cichon says. Cichon bought the boat, built in 1974, in 2016 after it had been dry docked for two years. “She needed a lot of work before she could get back on the water,” Cichon explains. Since then, Cichon has been steadily restoring the Sea Lion to traveling condition. After fully sanding and painting the hull, she waxed and buffed the topside. She also replaced the fuel tank, which required pulling out the engine, tearing up the old tank, and replacing both the tank and engine. Cichon plans to add solar panels to the boat’s sides to power the electronics and the icebox. (There is also a rechargeable battery, similar to a car’s, and a 15-gallon holding tank for water.) Cichon is currently crafting new wooden frames for the boat’s deadlights during her “off ” hours at the Museum. Her coworkers, expert builder Jim Cricker and his team of seasoned shipwrights, have been a great resource. “Collectively they have so much knowledge,” she says. “I have a great support group here.” This will all come in handy for her next plan: When her contract with the Woodie Guthrie is done, Cichon hopes to unfurl the Sea Lion’s sails, catch a favorable wind, and then sail southward, down the Atlantic coast to the Bahamas. Another thing sailing the Hudson has taught Cichon is the importance of timing. “With the river, you don’t want to fight the current; wait for the fair tide, then go,” Cichon explains. “A boat is meant to be sailed.”

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Garden by Numbers by Michelle Sutton photos by Larry Decker


ome of the most useful techniques I’ve learned in the realm of horticulture involve making simple calculations and interpreting measurements. Here are the ones I’ve used the most.

❀ Some daffodil or other bulbs have come into your life. Absent planting directions, you can use the general guideline to plant the bulbs at a depth twice their height. For example, if it’s a daffodil bulb that’s 2 inches tall, plant it so that the top of the bulb is 4 inches under the earth.What about spacing between bulbs? I prefer a naturalistic look, so I don’t follow spacing directions. I bounce those bulbs into the air and plant them where they land. ❀ Most plants require at least an inch of water a week via rain and/or handwatering. If you’re watering by hand and don’t know how much you are actually applying (it’s often not as much as you think), put a can out and see how long it takes to sprinkle your way to an inch of water (it’s often longer than you think). ❀ Two vs. three in design: With trees and shrubs especially, a pair of plants of the same variety is pleasing to the eye when it’s flanking an entrance to a building or garden. In that case, the viewer experiences the two plants plus the central focal point as a pleasing symmetry. However, if you put a pair of specimen plants of the same variety together in a garden bed, this will not be visually pleasing, so go for three. Three proximate specimens are perceived as an agreeable, unified whole, while two is something that the eye wants to divide.

This is also true for neighboring showy garden pots—three’s better than two. ❀ A soil pH test looks at the relative acidity or alkalinity of your soil. Most plants thrive in the 6.0 to 7.0 (slightly acid to neutral) range of soil pH, but some plants prefer more acidic conditions, like blueberries (4.0 to 5.0), rhododendrons (4.0 to 5.5), mountain laurels (5.0 to 5.5), and azaleas (4.5 to 6.0). ❀ Calculating how many groundcover plants you need for a given area: Let’s say you are putting in native pachysandra and read that it should be planted 12 inches on center. Enter that figure and the area of your planting bed in an online “plant calculator” to find out how many seedlings you will need. ❀ You’re putting in a new garden and wonder how much compost you need to have delivered, or you’re mulching an existing garden with bark mulch. There are “mulch calculators” online in which you enter the area of your garden bed(s) and the depth of material that you desire, and the calculator spits out how many cubic yards (for larger jobs) or how many bags of product (smaller jobs) you will need. What depth measurement should you use? Unless the existing soil is already loamy and agreeable, when I create new gardens I order enough compost to provide a depth of at least 4 to 6 inches. For mulching existing beds with bark mulch, figure no more than 3 to 4 inches in depth—you don’t want to starve roots of oxygen. 7/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 49

The eye perceives three specimen plants, pots, or other features as a pleasing whole, whereas pairs of the same thing (without a focal point in between), tend to be split by the eye in a disharmonious way.

❀ How do you interpret the number 10-10-10 on a bag of synthetic fertilizer, or 2-6-4 on a bottle of kelp and fish meal fertilizer? The three numbers together are called the fertilizer analysis or N-P-K Analysis and show you the content of three macronutrients. The first number tells you what percentage of the product by weight is elemental nitrogen (N); the second number tells you the percentage by weight of phosphate (P2O5, which yields phosphorus: P); and the third number indicates the amount of potash (K2O, which yields potassium: K). Nitrogen is important for healthy and rapidly growing stems and foliage; phosphorus is needed for robust root growth and for prolific flower and fruit formation; and potassium performs a variety of functions, including contributing to good root formation and fruit development and helping plants fend off disease. The N-P-K Analysis you choose depends on what kind of crop you are growing and/or what phase of growth your crop is in. If your goal is abundant lettuce growth, a higher N-content fertilizer, such as 10-5-5, is in order. This is also true for young tomato plants when they are shooting up stems and putting out foliage early in the season. However, when your tomato plants are about to flower and set fruit, switch to a fertilizer with a higher middle (phosphate) number, such as 2-6-4. That will help the plant successfully redirect its energy away from foliage and toward flowers and fruit. I have an in-house source of macronutrients for my garden. Our house bunnies, Graham and Dani, produce “bunure” in a litter box; the N-P-K Analysis for rabbit manure is 2.4-1.4-.60. That’s more nitrogen and phosphorus than chicken manure (1.1-.80-.50), cow manure (.25-.15-.25), or horse manure (.70-.30-.60). ❀ Planting a tree is a big investment on many levels, so it should be done thoughtfully. Say you wish to plant an oak tree but want to make sure the oak is going to have adequate above- and below-ground space. The above-ground part is easy: Find out the potential mature height and width of your tree spe50 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 7/17

cies to make sure the tree’s canopy will have room to mature without growing into your house or into overhead utility wires. For the below-ground assessment, make sure there will be adequate soil volume available to the tree’s roots. The proximity of asphalt, sidewalk, buildings, and underground utilities—these are the kinds of factors that limit space for tree roots to explore. (Keep in mind that for trees, critical fine roots extend laterally, well beyond the canopy’s edge.) Here’s how you calculate adequate soil volume/below-ground space. Look up the potential mature spread of the tree you are considering. Estimate that your tree will reach 75 percent of the optimum, then take half of that number. This is your radius, r. Calculate 3.14 x r2 to get the “crown projection,” the area of the circle within the dripline of the tree. For every square foot of crown projection, make sure there will be 2 cubic feet of soil available for your tree at maturity. Example: You read that the beautiful swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), a very tough oak that withstands both wet and dry conditions and spreads up to 60 feet at maturity. Seventy-five percent of 60 is 45. Half of that is 22.5, so r = 22.5 and r2 = 506. The crown projection would be (3.14)(506) = app. 1590 square feet. For every square foot of crown projection, make sure there’s 2 cubic feet of soil available. Thus, 1590 x 2 = 3180 cubic feet of soil volume is needed. Since roots are rarely found deeper than 3 feet (because of decreasing levels of oxygen), use 3 feet as your depth dimension, unless you know your planting site to be shallower—like if you know that you hit bedrock at 1.5 feet. To continue with our example, 3180/3 = 1060, so the footprint of usable soil in your site must be at least 1060 square feet. This is equivalent to a belowground volume of soil that’s about 33 feet wide, 33 feet long, and 3 feet deep. Another permutation could be 20 feet wide, 53 feet long, and 3 feet deep; for those with shallow bedrock, a permutation could be 46 feet wide, 46 feet long, and 1.5 feet deep.

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JULY 15 Ricky Gordon Quintet with Blues Maneuver

JULY 22 Pedrito Martinez Group with Ian Flanigan

AUGUST 19 Nancy Kamen

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AUGUST 26 Priscilla Baskerville with Bowery Creek

SEPTEMBER 2 Brianna Thomas

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Julie Wilkinson’s Circling, made from iridescent paper and black card, one of the works in the exhibition “PaperWorks 2017,” running through July 23 at Upstream Gallery on Main Street in Hastings-On-Hudson.


Courtesy of the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

galleries & museums

Milton Avery’s, Grey Rocks, Black Sea, an oil on canvas painting from 1956, part of the exhibition “Composition: The Abstract Landscape,” at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Kleinart/James Center through August 20. ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK (845) 876-7578. Jorge Hernandez: “Photographs.” Through July 30. THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN ST., RIDGEFIELD, CT (203) 438-4519. “My Potential Future Past.” This exhibition presents three interrelated bodies of work by Beth Campbell. Through September 4. AMITY GALLERY 110 NEWPORT BRIDGE ROAD, WARWICK (845) 258-0818. “Far and Near: Plein Air Paintings by Susan Sciarretta, Phyllis Lehman and Pat Foxx.” Three artists, three mediums. July 30. ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH (845) 784-1146. “Bon Marché: Affordable Print Exhibition.” Curated by Virginia Walsh. Through July 29. ART SCHOOL OF COLUMBIA COUNTY 1198 ROUTE 21C, HARLEMVILLE (518) 672-7140. “words || woods.” This summer exhibit explores how words and woods can be a place where we become lost, and in the process, find clarity and new understanding. July 28-September 14. Opening reception July 29, 5pm-7pm. ART SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON (845) 338-0333. “Underwater Photography.” This collection of photographs by Larry Arvidson features many of the colorful invertebrates that populate the environs of Nigei Island British Columbia. Also showing “About Blue,” members’ exhibition. July 1-22. ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER 24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS (518) 945-2136. “A Declaration of Sentiments.” This women’s suffrage centenial exhibit juxtaposes the art of 18 contemporary women with artifacts and images of the 1840s. Through August 20. BARD COLLEGE: CCS BARD GALLERIES PO BOX 5000, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON (845) 758-7598. “Picture Industry.” This exhibit reflects upon transformations in the production and distribution of photographic images. Through December 15. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE (845) 471-2550. “We the People: Political Art in an Age of Discord.” The exhibition explores a variety of political themes and viewpoints, from the local to the global. July 8-August 12. Opening reception July 8, 5-8pm. BASILICA HUDSON 110 FRONT STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1050. “The Bright Future Group Show.” Jack Walls, David Aron, Simeon Amstutz. Through July 10. BCB ART 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539. “To Find a Form That Accommodates the Mess.” Richard Finkelstein’s work features miniature tableaux, installations, drawings and photographs, with a common thread of cinematic isolation. Through August 6. BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS 200 HURD RD, BETHEL (866) 781-2922. “Love For Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture.” This exhibit examines the pervasive influence of counterculture on American popular culture and commerce. $5. Through December 31. BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY 43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK (845) 516-4435. “Summer Salon.” Watercolor works by Betsy Jacaruso & Cross River Fine Artists. Through July 30. BLUE HILL GALLERY COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HUDSON. “The Bird’s Nest.” An exploration in watercolor & oil paint by Dea Archbold. July 10-August 27. Opening reception July 13, 6-8pm. BOSCOBEL 1601 ROUTE 9D (BEAR MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY), GARRISON BOSCOBEL.ORG. “Make-Dos: Curiously Repaired Antiques.” Through October 1. BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK (845) 679-2079. “Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape.” An outdoor exhibition of sculpture by Stuart Farmery. Through September 4.


CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. Group Summer Exhibit. Mark Beard, Corinne Robbins, Claire Lofrese, Anne Francey, Sue Bryan, David Seiler, and the duo Kahn & Selesnick. Through August 6. CLARK ART INSTITUTE 225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-2303. “An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting.” The exhibition focuses on the representation of figures in interior spaces. Through September 17. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK (845) 452-9430. “Sweet & Salty: Tastes of Cultural History.” This exhibit explores themes such as production and technology, religion, economics, medicine, food preservation, and physiology. Through July 19. DARREN WINSTON BOOKSTORE 81 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT (860) 364-1890. “Garden of My Mind.” New works by artist Marilla Palmer. Through July 8. DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON (845) 440-0100. Michelle Stuart. The installation expands Dia’s presentation of pioneering land art practices, by introducing the archeological concerns of Stuart’s drawings. Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL ST. TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN (845) 38-5580. “Through the Years.” Acrylic, pencil and pastel works by Vicky Gore. July 7-29. Opening reception July 7, 5:30-7pm. ECKERT FINE ART 1394 ROUTE 83, PINE PLAINS (518) 592-1330. “Domestic.” Curated by Jennifer Terzian. Through July 15. ELTING MEMORIAL LIBRARY 93 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ (845) 255-5030. “Flower Show: Our Valley.” Participation by all New Paltz Garden Club members. July 7-July 9. EMERGE GALLERY & ART SPACE 228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES (845) 247-7515. “Abstrakt.” This exhibit includes over 40 pieces of abstract art of various mediums. Free. June 24-July 31. FLETCHER GALLERY 40 MILL HILL ROAD, WOODSTOCK (845) 679-4411 Paintings by Gareth Crispell. Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm. Through July 16. Opening reception July 1, 5-8pm. FRG OBJECTS & DESIGN / ART 217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. “Abstract Universe.” While modern, Jaro’s paintings easily transport you back to the time museums were first being built to show such work, without appearing contrived or nostalgic. Through July 31. FRIENDS OF HISTORIC KINGSTON 63 MAIN STREET, KINGSTON (845) 339-0720. “Treasures.” A new exhibit featuring portraits of John Vanderlyn and a commemoration of Kingston’s part in World War I. Through October 28. FRONT STREET GALLERY 21 FRONT STREET, PATTERSON (917) 880-5307. “Solitude & Refuge.” Contrasting the solitude of Jane Black’s urban landscapes are Kingston resident Mark Delluomo’s works on the timely and timeless theme of Refuge. Through July 14. GALLERY 66 NY 66 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING (845) 809-5838. Bob Madden, Karen Madden, and Colleen Kavana. July 7-30. HILO CATSKILL 365 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (802) 989-2749. “Arktikaantarktika.” Ieva Mediodia’s paintings achieve a sense of grandiose activity and change, flitting between the ethereal and the digital. Through July 23. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WOODSTOCK 20 COMEAU DRIVE, WOODSTOCK (845) 679-2256. “Gathering Woodstock Women: A Celebration of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial.” Through September 3. HUDSON AREA LIBRARY 51 NORTH 5TH STREET, HUDSON 518.828.1792. “The Artistry of Lucy Swope.” Through July 31.

2017 piano Concert series

Boris Berman ~ July 16, 4 p.m.

luiz de moura Castro ~ July 19, 7:30 p.m. 5th anniversary Gala: Fabio & Gisele Witkowski with the Fine arts Quartet ~ July 22, 7:30 p.m. Yuri Bogdanov ~ July 25, 7:30 p.m. oxana Yablonskaya ~ July 27, 7:30 p.m. Young artist Concerts ~ July 22, 23, 26*, 28 *Concert takes place at Fairfield Farm, weather permitting

Grand Finale Concert ~ July 29, 7:30 p.m. Katherine m. elfers Hall, esther eastman music Center is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible.

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Nichole van Beek’s From Rise to Set, acrylic and glass on dyed canvas, part of the exhibition “The Longest Day,” through August 6 at Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson. THE GALLERY AT KENT 21 SOUTH MAIN STREET, KENT, CT (860) 927-3989 “Presidents’ Show.” Both representational and non-representational works in every medium contend in this juried Kent Art Association show of amateur and professional artists. July 1-August 6. Awards reception: July 1, 2-4pm THE RE INSTITUTE 1395 BOSTON CORNERS ROAD, MILLERTON (518) 567-5359. Group Exhibit. Featuring works by KK Kozik, Megan Berk, Sara Nesbitt, Colleen McGuire, Terri Moore, and Tom Goldenberg. Through July 8. THE WASSAIC PROJECT 37 FURNACE BANK ROAD, WASSAIC (347) 815-0783. Open Studios. July 29, 3-5pm. THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON (917) 318-2239. “Persistent Song: 5th Anniversary Exhibition.” Through July 9. THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL 518-943-7465. “Parlors.” An immersive installation that combines technology and meticulous historic restoration, featuring the earliest-known, interior decorative painting by an American artist. Through October 29. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Figure 2: The Sense of Being.” Works by Spencer Hall and David Paulson. Through July 9. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 845 757 2667. “Flora and Fauna.” Multimedia Art of the works of TAG artists. Through July 23. UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM.

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Manifested Destiny Connor Kennedy

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raigslist is congested with castoff guitars made by First Act, the budget first band, Depot Street. “Even when I was just starting to play on my own I brand whose very name makes no secret of its products’ purpose as knew wanted to have a band at some point,” he says. “And I knew that, since I learner’s models for kids. It’s not hard to imagine the typical scenario wanted things to be a certain way, I had to be the leader. I was lucky back then that leads most of these crude instruments to their penultimate places in the to play with a lot of older people, like [organist] Jeremy Baum and [bassist] Kyle virtual junk store: Kid sees pop star playing guitar on TV; kid begs parent for Esposito, which made me a better player than I would’ve been if I’d only played guitar; parent buys kid guitar; kid takes a few lessons; kid gets bored and moves with people closer to my age.” His road baptism came in 2013, when Amy Helm onto something else; guitar goes up for grabs, ready for the next young would-be invited him to tour that summer with her band. “I’d never been west of Pennsylrocker to repeat the cycle. But then there are those rare cases where something vania, so just to go to places like Montana and Colorado was pretty incredible,” sticks.Where the gifted meets the gift, and the music world is all the better for it. says Kennedy. “I think I started playing guitar accidentally, just to feed my obsessive nature,” Under his own name, he debuted with 2013’s Nothing Lasts: Nothing’s Over besays Connor Kennedy, whose first axe was, incidentally, an Ibanez. “It gave me fore forming his next outfit, Connor Kennedy and Minstrel, with drummer Lee something to do every day for three to five hours after school. I’m not into Falco, bassist Brandon Morrison, and organist Will Bryant. The unit recorded sports, which is what most of the other kids were into.” If that’s really the case, 2015’s Live in Utopia at Todd Rundgren’s former Bearsville soundstage and, soon it was a happy accident indeed: Kennedy, who turns 23 this month, is one of the enough, another fortuitous connection came along. most in-demand guitar players on the Hudson Valley scene, a promising singer“Mike Scott from the Waterboys had asked Amy to tour with his band but she songwriter, and the leader of one of the area’s hardest-gigging bands. And it all wasn’t able to do it so she suggested us,” he says.Thus, he and Minstrel ended up started in Saugerties. doing opening slots on North American tours with the Waterboys as well as the Kennedy hails from the town’s working-class neighborhood of Barclay Gipsy Kings, who were handled by Helm’s booking agency. “[The tours were] Heights, which lines the sides of Route 9W southeast of the village, on the amazing, we spent two solid months on the road,” he remembers. “Drove the opposite side of the Rondout Creek. “It’s kinda dumpy and there wasn’t much van, like, 15,000 miles. Loading the Hammond B3 and Leslie speaker in and out there—a bowling alley, a McDonald’s, and a few other things,” says the guitarist, by ourselves every night wasn’t exactly fun, but the audiences really loved us.We who was subsumed by classic and hard rock (Alice totally sold out of CDs, too.” Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC) beThe tours and constant dates around their “No one can show me how home fore he’d even picked up the instrument at age 10. region as both headliners and openers for As luck would have it, just couple of years after national and international acts have led to Kenneto make my own music. he’d started lessons, there turned out to be a perdy’s accompanying such luminaries as, Kate Pierfect incubator for his budding talent right in town. son, Donald Fagen, and Deborah Harry. AdditionAt 13, Kennedy began frequenting the open ally, he, Falco, Morrison, and Bryant have become I have to learn that by mic night at the town’s Inquiring Mind bookstore, a formidable band for hire, backing Little Feat’s where he was able to try out his chops outside Bill Payne and, next month, Fagen, with whom listening and doing it on the solitude of his bedroom. “That was really the they will tour as the Nightflyers in the US and first time I’d ever been aware of any kind of scene Japan. The latter coupling is especially precious my own.” happening in Saugerties,” he recalls. “And it was to Kennedy, a devout Steely Dan fan, who, in ada great thing for a while, this weekly gathering dition to Fagen counts as his favorite songwriters —Connor Kennedy of outcasts and weirdos and friends. It definitely Roger Waters,Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, helped me a lot early on.” He next began playing Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits. “Evout as a solo blues performer, but rather quickly saw the limitations of the “blues eryone just thought I was a blues player when I was younger, but even then I was prodigy” novelty tag. “That would’ve been easy, to keep doing that,” he says. “But focused more on songwriting than playing,” Kennedy says. “Donald offered to ultimately I realized that if I did I’d never really be taken seriously as an artist. help me with writing, and for a while I’d bring lyrics and riffs over to his place to When I got to be 15 or 16, I refused to have posters that advertised my age.” work on. That was great, but nothing really came out of it—except that it made It being Saugerties, there was, of course, a legacy looming just up Route 212: me realize no one can show me how to make my own music. I have to learn that that of Bob Dylan, Big Pink, Woodstock, and the Band. Kennedy, though, was by listening and doing it on my own.” only vaguely aware of it. “My family had moved here from North Jersey and they Kennedy and his band’s soulful, rootsy style has seen them filed in the never went to the festival,” he explains. “We had the DVD of Hendrix playing at brown-suede bag of new Americana, and much of reason for this also is simthat, but the actual town of Woodstock? I had no idea it had ever been this big ply down to their Woodstock-area heritage. The bandleader, though, chafes thing. It was just a place where there were stores that sold T-shirts of the bands at the lazy association. “There’s this retromania about the whole Americana I liked and had all this pot stuff in the windows.” Eventually, though, he found thing that’s pretty closed-minded, I think,” he offers. “I call it ‘dry rot Amerihimself patched into to the region’s hallowed history when he began attending cana’—this feeling that I can’t like certain kinds of music and still make the Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, earning his free admission in exchange for kind of music I want to make. I think the Flaming Lips deserve to be called an emptying the trash after each event at the percussionist’s famous Barn studio Americana band as much as anyone. I’ve been influenced by them as much as in Woodstock. “I’d gone there with my parents a couple times before I started I have the Band and Gram Parsons.” working there, and that’s when I started to put two and two together as to who Somewhere, Kennedy’s new album under his name (he and his band have Levon was and what made him and the Band so great and important,” Kennedy dropped the Minstrel moniker), will be released this month. Financed via crowd says. “In the parking lot I’d meet people who came there from Kenya or Europe funding and coproduced by Kenny Siegel (Langhorne Slim, Chris Whitley), it or Japan just to come to the Ramble and see Levon. I’d sit right behind him every features guest appearances by John Sebastian and Amy Helm and shows the night and watch him play. That whole experience taught me so much, it was an songwriter and guitarist’s craft marked equally by his innate skills and stageamazing opportunity.” honed maturity. When Amy Helm caught his first proper performance, a set at the town’s “I’m not into religion, but I think everyone’s got a track they can follow,” he farmers’ market, the singer and daughter of the late Band drummer instantly muses. “You just have to keep your mind open and stay on it.” took notice. “I’d met Connor at the Ramble but I’d never seen him play before that,” she says. “I think anybody who sees him sees something very special there. Somewhere is out July 14. Connor Kennedy will headline a record release event atVicar Besides being such an incredible talent as a player, he has an intuitive under- Street in Kingston on July 15. Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers, featuring Kennedy, Lee Falco, Brendan Morrison, and Will Bryant, will kick off their 2017 tour at the Capitol standing of how to work with other musicians that’s way beyond his age.” It wasn’t long after his live debut that the singer and guitarist assembled his Theater in Port Chester on August 3 and 4. 7/17 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 61

NIGHTLIFE HIGHLIGHTS Handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.

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Breakfast in Fur will perform at BSP in Kingston on July 29.

BEN PEROWSKY RESIDENCY July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Ben Perowsky has long been one of the most diverse and forwardthinking percussionists on the New York scene. The drummer and occasional Woodstock resident has performed and/or recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, James Moody, Roy Ayers, John Cale, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Zorn, David Liebman, the Lounge Lizards, Elysian Fields, and others, and leads his own groups. During this month-long residency of trios at the Falcon he’ll be joined by the likes of Steven Bernstein and John Medeski (July 3), Scott Colley and Adam Rogers (July 10), Cyro Baptista and Billy Martin (July 17), Matt Munisteri and Danton Boller (July 24), and Jamie Saft and Brad Jones (July 31). (Omar Hakim and Rachel Z jam July 2; Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover and Reeves Gabrels rip July 22.) 7pm. Donation requested. Marlborough. (845) 236-7970;

THE CHURCH July 8. Staples of alternative radio thanks to their worldwide 1988 hit “Under the Milky Way,” Australian quartet the Church have been plying their idiosyncratic blend of chiming, neopsychedelic rock since 1980. Despite the departure of lead guitarist Marty Willson-Piper (he was replaced by Ian Haug in 2014), the band, led by singer-songwriter and bassist Steve Kilbey, continues to religiously release records that please critics as well as their devoted followers; at this point the group has 25 albums under their collective belt. For this first-time date at Daryl’s House, they’re offering a special fan-delighting package that includes an exclusive pre-show meet and greet and personal photo with the band, soundcheck access, autographed tour poster, Church tote bag, and official laminate. (Dale Watson and Ray Benson pair up July 12; Fastball flies in July 29.) 8pm. $35, $99 for meet-and-greet package. Palwing. (845) 289-0185;

MAVI DIAZ & LAS FOLKIES/MARIA VOLONTÉ: BLUE TANGO PROJECT July 16. The saying goes that it takes two to tango, and here the Bearsville Theater welcomes a pair of award-winning, female-led acts from the homeland of tango itself, Argentina. Rather than focusing on the country’s best-known musical export, though, Mavi Diaz & Las Folkies instead specialize in its likewise deep rural folk music (Mavi is the daughter of harmonica 62 MUSIC CHRONOGRAM 7/17

virtuoso Hugo Diaz and founded the group Viuda e Hijas de Roque Enroll). Although, as one might guess from their name, the Latin Grammy-nominated Maria Volonté: Blue Tango Project is all about the sensuous urban-born dance music that comes to mind when one thinks of the South American nation, they also add a strong element of a similarly emotional style, the blues, to their sultry mix. (Feast of Friends pay tribute to the Doors on July 1; reggae singer Jesse Royal blesses up July 7.) 7pm. $20, $25. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406;

YIDSTOCK July 13-16. Now in its sixth year at the Yiddish Book Center under the artistic direction of Chronogram contributor Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock brings together musicians who fuse klezmer with elements of traditional Yiddish music, jazz, Americana, and other styles. In addition to performances by Eleanor Reissa and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, the Andy Statman Trio, the Alicia Svigals and Lauren Brody Duo, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, and the Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer Duo, the three-day festival will feature a reprise of London’s multimedia oratorio “A Night at the Old Marketplace,” which is based on I.L. Peretz’s 1907 play of the same name, as well as related talks and workshops. See website for set times and ticket prices. Amherst, Massachusetts. (413) 256-4900;

BREAKFAST IN FUR July 29. After taking a whole two years off, New Paltz’s acclaimed indie pop outfit Breakfast in Fur are back for this, to say the least, long-awaited show at BSP. Profiled in the February 2015 issue of Chronogram, the shoegaze-y band was founded as a lo-fi bedroom-recording project by singer and guitarist Dan Wolfe and released their eponymous debut in 2011. Before their self-imposed hiatus, the foursome had already buzzed the blogscape hard with 2015’s Flyaway Garden (second guitarist Michael Hollis, however, has kept busy in the interim with his own Blue Museum; see Ron Hart’s review in our March issue). But now, at long last the Fur is flying again, and this hotly anticipated Hudson Valley return should be packed. With Shana Falana and Gilt Mountain. (Kyle and the Pity Party cries out July 8; Como Zoo reunites after a 21-year hiatus on July 9; Palm, Palberta, and Parlor Walls play July 27.) 7:30pm. $8. Kingston. (845) 554-3809;




Prior to this one, Bash & Pop, the band founding Replacements member Tommy Stinson formed in the immediate aftermath of the Replacements’ breakup, hadn’t released an album since 1993’s Friday Night is Killing Me, a near-perfect collection of power pop tunes that, frankly, should have received more attention than it did upon its release. In the interim, Stinson moved to Hudson and has been busy playing bass in bands such as Guns N’ Roses and Soul Asylum. He also spent over a year in a Replacements reunion while quietly recording solo material in his down time. Anything Could Happen is Stinson’s loudest, clearest, most individual personal statement to date. Songs such as “On the Rocks” and the title track have choruses so catchy that you’re humming along to them by the second refrain. The album is full of fast and loose themes expressed through scrappy melodicism, and its sweet-tuned moments are followed by brash, middle-finger-in-the-face attitude: textbook Tommy. —Mike Campbell

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While competition may be scarce, the Big Takeover are undoubtedly the region’s hometown kings (and queens) of reggae. But this is certainly not a case of damning with faint praise: The New Paltz sextet, led by powerhouse vocalist Neenee Rushie, has worked the local music scene for 10 solid years. Silly Girl is their fourth full-length recording and easily their most confident and diverse. “Sizzlin’ Bacon II” is exactly what the title implies; fatback bass thumping courtesy of Rob Kissner abetted by the gritty funk guitar of Kerry Shaw. The skittering beat of early Jamaican ska is front and center on the opener, “Rubber Biscuit,” with the horn section charging out of the gate and exploring some jazzy and energetic terrain. The Jamaican-born Rushie injects a world of charisma, stretching her chops and acting teasingly playful. —Jeremy Schwartz


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Jen Beagin’s Pretend I’m Dead By Jennifer Gutman photo by Franco Vogt



en Beagin’s room is a special kind of clean that only comes with not having a lot of stuff. “All of my books are in storage,” she says, as I peruse the handful of colorful spines that have made their way out of boxes: Annie DeWitt, Joy Williams, Ottessa Moshfegh. “I have to be careful about what I read while I’m writing,” Beagin says, handing me a copy of Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper. “She’s doing what I’m doing but way better.” Beagin is endearingly modest. This is perhaps in part due to the fact that, at age 46, her writing career has only just begun. In March, Beagin won the prestigious Whiting Award for her debut novel Pretend I’m Dead (Northwestern University Press, 2015), which tells the story of Mona, a 24-year-old house cleaner and amateur photographer who volunteers at a needle exchange in her spare time. “Mona’s a ballsier version of myself,” Beagin admits. From my view, though, Beagin seems plenty ballsy. Between swigs from a bottle of beer and drags from a cigarette, she emanates the punk rock cool of Patti Smith, and looks a bit like her too, with dark, layered hair, white button-down shirt, and black choker necklace. There seems an incongruity between her and the Hudson home she’s been living in since October: a mazelike 18th-century Dutch farmhouse that she shares with a young family. In the backyard, an infant sleeps on a quilt in the afternoon sun, a copy of Goodnight Moon nearby. A few feet away, Beagin’s donkeys—Ellington and Pantaloon—munch on the grass. While the bucolic homestead feels rooted in time and space, Beagin seems delightfully untethered. “I was living in Boston after Switzerland and dating a guy from Hudson,” she explains, retracing the steps that brought her to New York. Like her leading lady, Mona, Beagin was kicked out of her childhood home in Torrance, California, for “being bad” and ended up in Lowell, Massachusetts. “I call it Hole,” she says. “It’s a bit depressing there.” In Lowell, Beagin says, “I was a failed visual artist and cleaning houses and taking pictures of myself in people’s houses.” One such self-portrait is used as the cover of Pretend I’m Dead, which features Beagin standing half-obscured by an arched doorway, wearing a vintage cleaning smock, and holding a French maid-style feather duster with one eye peeking out disconcertingly at the camera. Beagin felt her house-cleaning photographs were too weird and creepy to stand alone in an art show, and so in her mid-30s she enrolled in a creative writing course at UMass-Boston in order to develop some fictional contexts for them. Out of this class, her first “Mona” stories were born, and soon after, she used these early shorts to get into an MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. Five years and 43 drafts later, Pretend I’m Dead was complete. “I just realized life was short and I could die at any time, so I might as well tell some stories,” Beagin says about her late entry into authorship. “What the hell. I might not be the best, you know, but I can write a sentence.” It’s difficult to swallow Beagin’s skepticism about her abilities as a writer, as Pretend I’m Dead’s (nearly) 200 pages are airtight with punchy, earmark-worthy prose. Beagin’s voice in conversation is much like the one found in the pages of her book: wry, subtle, unpretentious, as in her explanation for why Mona keeps company with junkies: “No do-gooders, no show-offs, no save-the-children types. They chain-smoked and ate nachos and hot dogs from 7-Eleven—she admired that.” As the range of topics explored in Pretend I’m Dead may suggest—from substance abuse and sexual violence to self-harm and suicide—Beagin projects a raw honesty. “I’m not very imaginative, actually,” she says, which is a bit surprising, since the thrill of Pretend I’m Dead largely resides in its main character’s active imagination.While cleaning houses, Mona invents stories about her clients, unearthing biographies from their household ephemera as she dutifully dusts and polishes them. “You learn a lot about a person by cleaning their house,” Mona says. “What they eat, what they read on the toilet, what pills they swallow at night. What they hold onto, what they hide, what they throw away. I know about the booze, the porn,

the stupid dildo under the bed. I know how empty their lives are.” Perhaps what Beagin means by not being imaginative is that many of her characters are based on real people, many of the stories on real experiences. Beagin projects that 60 percent of the book (“OK, 62 percent,” she says) is autobiographical. “I cleaned house for a guy who I thought was molesting his daughter, and it turned out he had stomach cancer,” says Beagin. “It’s very fictionalized [in the book], but I became aware of the ways I projected my own story onto these random people. Cleaning houses, you’re so isolated.Your mind wanders because it’s very monotonous work.” Pretend I’m Dead is filled with rich characters and layered storylines that have more modest—and often humorous—origins in Beagin’s reallife wanderings. Mona’s name, for example, means “alone” in Sanskrit, a fitting epithet for a reclusive outsider. But Beagin admits that this thematic resonance only came into view after she had decided upon the name, an alias she used while dating online in the `90s. Other characters in the book that feel like they could only be the product of deep, symbolic musings actually have roots in Beagin’s stranger-than-fiction experiences. Case in point: Jesus (pronounced like the son of God himself), who figures prominently in the novel’s cathartic ending. “I hired movers for the first time in my life,” Beagin says. “This guy showed up, this Puerto Rican guy, and I was like, ‘Hey man, what’s your name?’ And he was like, ‘Jesus.’ And I was like, ‘I can call you Jesús,’ and he was like, ‘No my name is Jesus. My mother is white.’ I never forgot it.” Perhaps Beagin’s inability to forget is what makes Pretend I’m Dead feel so true-to-life. One of the book’s most memorable characters is Mona’s boyfriend, Mr. Disgusting, a heroin-addicted, dumpster-diving poet who reads Chekov to Mona after impotency-beleaguered sex. “He’s a composite of a bunch of dudes I dated,” Beagin says. Even a poem hanging in Mr. Disgusting’s bathroom was something Beagin saw tagged on a wall years ago and never forgot: “If we had beans, / we could make beans and rice, / if we had rice.” The poem gets at something essential to the spirit of Pretend I’m Dead, a book that is both bleak and hopeful. Mona’s is a story of duality and tension: Depending on the light, Mr. Disgusting is either an “aging hipster” or a “total creature”;Valdez, New Mexico, where Mona lives after Lowell, is a place that’s both dirty and clean; the book’s title is a reference to both Mona’s creative ingenuity and her childhood trauma. This coin-flip opposition is perhaps most acutely felt in Mona’s struggle with presence and absence. The threat of absence, of aloneness, looms large for Mona. She even avoids including white-spined books on her bookshelf, which would break up the “blocks of red, pink, and green with some negative space.” These holes threaten the possibility for feeling whole, an elusive state of being that fuels Mona’s modern odyssey. After learning that Jesus has a chest tattoo of his parents’ names (not as a posthumous tribute but simply because he loves them), Mona realizes, “He was one of the fortunate ones: He’d emerged from childhood a whole person, and his past wasn’t some vast, immovable mass with its own weather system.” Sometimes, as in Jesus’s case, feeling whole is a matter of luck, circumstance. Or, as in Mr. Disgusting’s, it’s a matter of finding a temporary fill for the holes. But Mona’s challenge is figuring out how to be the author of her own happiness. “Feelings are just stories,” Mona is advised by her New Age neighbors. “They have a beginning and an end.” This maxim sounds appealing, but in practice Mona struggles with saying “the end” to her pangs of existential dread. Fittingly, Beagin also finds closure difficult as a writer. “Endings are so horrible,” she says. “I would say probably eight out of 10 books I won’t read the ending.” So it is appropriate, then, that her second novel (currently in the works) is not a new beginning, but rather a sequel to Pretend I’m Dead. She warns the second one will be longer and darker. “I’m not afraid to be dark now,” Beagin says. “It took a long time.” But if Pretend I’m Dead is any indication, the darkness will be softened by some light. 7/17 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 65

SHORT TAKES Learn about New York’s history and scandalous Prohibition-age murders while lounging by the pool with this month’s selection of titles. By Leah Habib


This short book explores the gory side of the Hudson Valley, examining some of the region’s most notorious crimes. Separated into three sections, 11 stories of murder and deception in the Capitol Region, Mid-Hudson Valley, and the Lower Hudson Valley are featured. Opening with the gruesome account of Albert Devine killing his wife and hiding her under his front porch, only to beg his son to keep his secret, a whirlwind of Prohibition-era characters are finally given the chance to plead their cases from the grave.


A compilation of some of the most popular articles by Pulitzer Prize winners and bestselling authors found in the New York Archives magazine, the Empire state’s vast history is explored within this collection. Articles profiled include writings on New York’s first constitution, slavery, women’s suffrage, and much more—pieces in this 506-page book cover research from the 1600s to the 1900s. Thirty-seven color and 79 black and white archival photographs are included as well.


Cottekill-based author Steve Hamilton’s second entry in his new series chronicles protagonist Nick Mason in prison. Mason succumbs to criminal mastermind Darius Cole in order to expedite his release and is forced to fill whatever role Cole asks of him—be it assassin or thief—in order to win his freedom. Tasked with the job of locating the men responsible for placing Cole behind bars, Nick must infiltrate the federal witness protection program to murder Cole’s enemies. This thriller follows Mason from a highly guarded military institution in the Appalachian Mountains to an underground bunker beneath New York City as he attempts to win his freedom—and stay alive.


In 1805, fugitive Jesse Hawley began envisioning a way to connect Lake Erie to the Hudson river. While many believed it impossible to construct such a transport system, in 1817 individuals began building the 360-mile Erie Canal by hand. Hudson Valley-based author Jack Kelly explores the excitement and drama that came along with the opening of one of the most important historical catalysts. From the birth of Mormonism to the economic advantages the canal offered New York, this historical read brings 19thcentury zealots and their tribulations to life.


Wells College History Professor Michael Groth examines slavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley in his latest book. With a focus on Dutchess County’s African American population prior to the Civil War, the oppressions of the black community, and their struggle for freedom are highlighted in this short historical read. Groth shows the beginning of the struggles slaves faced from the Revolution to Antebellum, exemplifying little-known tidbits about Hudson Valley heritage.


Spill Zone Scott Westerfield (writer), Alex Puvilland (illustrator), Hilary Sycamore (colorist) First Second, 2017, $22.99


hree years ago, an unexplained event turned Poughkeepsie into a contaminated nuclear site of monumental proportions. The government fenced off the entire city and placed troopers along Route 9D to keep everyone out of the meltdown area. No entry, no photos, no survivors. Spill Zone is a graphic novel that follows Addison and Lexa Merrit, a pair of sisters orphaned by the accident, as Addison makes secret, nocturnal trips into the spill zone to take pictures. These pictures eventually land in the hands of a collector, who sets out to find the daredevil willing to break into the contaminated city. The collector offers Addison a million dollars if she’s willing to go into the spill zone and retrieve a device from a hospital deep in the meltdown. Initially hesitant, Addison does what any struggling millennial will do when faced with a ridiculous sum of money; she says “screw it,” accepts the offer, and bikes into the heart of the spill, going inside the very building where her parents were working the night of the accident. There’s another mystery surrounding Addison’s younger sister, Lexa, and her Raggedy Anne doll that has, quite literally, a life of her own. While Lexa managed to escape the spill, she hasn’t spoken since the day of the accident. It may come as no surprise that her doll, Vespertine, has a lot to say. Addison’s clandestine visits to this Lovecraftian city are chillingly familiar. The creators of this dystopian Poughkeepsie know what the city looks like (Westerfield is a Vassar grad), and readers will recognize signs for the Ice House, the exterior of the Hudson River State Hospital, the facade of Poughkeepsie Elementary, and the Hoe Bowl off the Dutchess Turnpike. Even New Paltz dive bar Snug Harbor is recognizable in a few flashback panels, where Addison is shooting pool as the spill occurs across the river. There are a few noticeable changes to the landscape. Poughkeepsie is suddenly as mountainous as Beacon, and something that could be the Indian Point nuclear reactor is moved within view of Mid-Hudson Bridge. The Hudson River State Hospital is a working medical hospital, and no longer a decrepit, abandoned asylum. The mix of the familiar and unfamiliar is even more obvious once we’re in the zone itself—a strange place where birds fly in figure eight patterns and the swings on the playground never stop. One of the best reasons to read a graphic novel is also the most obvious—you get to see exactly what the characters see. In a sci-fi/fantasy story, the reader can easily get bogged down in intricate descriptions of supernatural events, chimeric creatures, and split-second emotions. Spill Zone does not allow the audience time to slow down. The action is not mired in explanation of monsters, and we see them instantly, bizarrely made and strangely formed. While the reader can pause to look over the vibrant, acid-colored illustrations, it’s not until you’ve gone a few pages forward first, just to make sure Addison has escaped from the spill zone safely. We are allowed to listen in on Addison’s internal narrative without forcing a character who is portrayed as serious and introverted to indulge in cheesy “Dear Diary” dialogue. The incredible visuals also give the reader spooky hints without pushing Addison to see these clues herself. Spill Zone is an intimate look into Addison’s mind, while still keeping the mystery of the accident intact. In the beginning, she warns the reader not to look into the eyes of the reanimated floating corpses that hang in streets and delis. While Addison looks away, we get static panels that render glowing eyes and slack-jawed expressions clearly. Spill Zone is the first installment in a series of graphic novels, and at the end of the story we are left with more questions than answers, but eager for the next episode. The writing is effective, and benefits from not being laden with descriptions of otherworldly surroundings, instead leaving tight action sequences and nuanced environmental detail in the hands of a talented illustrator. Addison is a heroine we can invest in, who goes for the shot even when faced with demons. Even when the demons seem to know her name. —Linda Codega

River Under the Road Scott Spencer

Ecco, 2017, $27.99


he Hudson Valley, like every corner of the United States, is rife with class division. In its extreme, those who inhabit the mansions along the river coexist with those who long for the days when industry along the shoreline obstructed those expensive views. Perhaps upstate New York is even more of a class quagmire, as not only do the established working families clash with the long-time landed gentry, but new, big-city money perpetually arrives to discover hostility from both the old money who sell them their estates and the locals who work in their homes. This is the canvas that Scott Spencer has painted his remarkable 11th novel, River Under the Road, upon and where wealth and the lack thereof dictate every brushstroke of his characters’ marriages, friendships, and careers. Grace and Thaddeus fall in love and leave their rather humble upbringings in the Midwest for 1970s New York, where she hopes to succeed as an artist and he as a writer. When Thaddeus basically wins the lottery by writing a script about Iranian hostages the moment before the actual hostage crisis, the newlyweds trade in their urban walkup for a palatial estate upriver, never imagining how extreme the spoils of success can destroy everything in its wake. Not only does their new home afford those priceless river views the locals literally hope to obliterate with a concrete plant to gain the jobs that go with it, it also comes with an elderly caretaker and his son and new wife; the couple are similar in age to Grace and Thaddeus but have nothing else in common with them. The occasion for each chapter is always a party: Thaddeus’s graduation, a New York City drug-and-sex-filled-night out, Thaddeus and Grace’s wedding, a political fundraiser, an LA industry schmooze-fest, etc. This device culminates in one epic day where two parties literally attack each other, as the haves and have-nots have it out over the economics of the river. Grace and Thaddeus, representing the new money, must pick sides or get out of the way, though it becomes more and more apparent that neither side really wants them anyway, ironically providing their troubled marriage one last hope for common ground. The novel is populated by increasingly unhappy people—even the children are miserable: too thin, too fat, tragically blind. But Spencer’s gift is to make you read deeply into their desperate relationships and to generate an understanding of how, where, and why things just fall apart. Fortunately, such tough insights come on a sumptuous platter of prose. Here, for example, buried in the middle of a scene, a character realizes her husband has potentially stumbled upon an old lover: “Muriel’s face colored deeply; stained glass in the church of putting two and two together.” Eventually the “river under the road” is explained to Thaddeus by a fellow self-important screenwriter at a disastrous Hollywood party. She compares the feeling of this hidden river to how a species has an awareness of what’s going on within their environment, specifically describing how bald eagles break open their own eggs when they sense an upcoming food shortage. It’s a brutal image for how these characters navigate their lives and loves, but it’s still a tool for survival and hope in the worst of circumstances. And like that tremble of water beneath your feet, Spencer’s powerful novel will reverberate with you long after you leave it behind. —James Conrad

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MY UBER DRIVER My Uber driver, I just found out, sings in a Mexican rock band. `80s covers. Spanish only. That’s why he asks me to sit in the front seat with him. If I sit in the back, he explains, the State Police will impound his grey Toyota and he’ll never get to gig again. They will keep his car for two months behind a barbed wire fence next to a field where many dogs bark. 35,000 pesos it will cost him if he ever wants to see his vehiculo. You see, the Regional Governor, owns the local taxi company —100 shiny green and white cabs. That’s why the State Police, in leather boots, stop Uber drivers in my little town, but only if their passengers are sitting in the back seat. Not today, however. I am sitting in the front. Like his best friend. —Mitch Ditkoff

INTO THE URBAN At 10, I kind of liked the horns and the sirens of Hartford on a Saturday afternoon, the way roots pushed weedy shoots between cracks in sidewalks, how dimly-lit the long carpeted apartment hallway was, the creaking of floorboards underfoot, the sleepy brass pendulum of the grandfather clock in my great-grandparents’ parlor, how Babcia smoked Parliaments and cheated at cards, only laughing if you caught her, that a Shirley Temple movie with the sound off blinked on the black and white TV in the corner. Then there was the back porch, like a poop deck to the building’s stern with its great wicker basket, damp bed sheets smelling of city winds and distant ports billowing from the mast of the clothesline. I could lean over the rails, touch the dirty brick walls of two neighbors’ apartment houses, pull the cold iron handle of the garbage chute to peer down the funk of its black throat. When Dziadek asked if I wanted to play a game and all it meant was rolling an empty Maxwell House coffee tin across the rug to each other, I said yes every time, spellbound by the strange simplicity. Back and forth, back and forth, til there was no going back. —Ken Craft 68 POETRY CHRONOGRAM 7/17

Cypress knees sit like little buddhas by the river’s edge, watching as the water slides by; still, unperturbed, conscious. —Lyla Yastion


I am one of the wisest kids in my classroom. Oh, how this will be my doom! I have been chosen to talk to you, Oh please, whatever you do don’t boo! I need to be brave for my family and friends. Oh, this might just be my end! I feel so hot turn off the lights! I hope I don’t make mistakes on this night! I must overcome this fear of mine. Oh no! I am afraid. I am out of time! I open my mouth but I won’t talk, My mouth feels like it is made of chalk! I look in the crowd, and see my mom and dad. Oh I hope I don’t do too bad! I must fear no more, Oh I hope I don’t get a bad score! It worked and I can finally speak. Oh, I feel like I am at my peak. I know I am making so many mistakes. Oh, please! Just give me a little break! I am finally done and I feel like a winner. Now to go home and eat my dinner! —Brendan Rizzo

WOMAN SHOT ON FONTAINEBLEAU DRIVE “A woman was shot Tuesday night... Police were looking at the intersection of Fontainebleau and Versailles Boulevard, where a small kitchen knife, a pack of cigarettes, and scissors were lying next to the sidewalk.” —The Times Picayune, May 11, 2016 Next to the chalk outline: a paring knife; Next to the casement: fourteen lucky strikes; Curbside, where the blood spattered: sewing shears; In the gutter: a crushed pepperoni; In the grass crack in the asphalt: a brooch; From the window above: double dutch ropes; Hanging from power lines: scuffed Air Jordans; Across the street, where one witness screamed: grits; Under a truck parked nearby: torn gingham; Three doors down: an old tabasco bottle; In the storefront church: moldy carpet tiles; At the Shell station: Cartons of moon pies; On Fontainebleau Drive: the woman shot; the Uniforms; the gloves; the bags; the questions. —Anne Babson

A FARMER FROM THE SOUTH I am a farmer from the South; nothing in my pocket but oranges. Look at my face, it is brown and look at my hands, they are white. I am from here, from the south, an Eastern man with a dreamy soul. Yes, I am a dreamer from the South; my heart bears nothing but simple love and my mouth smiles without cause. —Anwer Ghani

BOOKS When our lives are shelved somewhere between our children’s toasts to our memory and some Dewey Decimal account of our faults and our finer stumblings toward grace, let us be books beside each other. Our bindings will rib each other’s until our leather bound covers wear away in flakes of laughter, while that little wine we left behind is now full-chilled and breathing well. Let those who then raise their glasses recall us. They step up the stairs to see the reading lamps’ glow on a children’s book on those young ones’ chests. And all breathe in the hug of a story where we live in its retelling. —Robert Brunner


“in the wind time walks” —Nanao Sakaki

1 i am building soft nets for death by pounding poems into the void feeling much i suppose like a carpenter with the understanding that his nails will outlast his bones. 2 as an old man i’ll find myself walking along the river considering the same goddamned garbage & dead carp drifting by as it did when i was very young. in spite of myself there is comfort to be found in the few remaining things that are too stubborn to change. 3 the chitter of morning birds it is early, barely sunlit. the earth for the moment perfect. soon man will awaken. 4 this footnote to my personal history says this morning my pen passed over this white piece of paper which at first looked like fresh fallen snow. then came my inky footprints. they wandered off into the distance. 5 i have yet to use a computer i am a dying breed i take limited solace in this small & insignificant victory. —normal

ICONOCLAST You purchase her art since it’s all you can have of her, for now. Her skin thick with sea salt can’t be shared and you’d be lying to say you remember enough of her laugh to make hymns of it in your head but her photography can be hung on your wall as a reminder of what it is to pray. The caller of seers grinning and skinning has but one chair preferring to sit alone until the tides are right at Montauk and Moses enjoys his beach. —Mike Vahsen



On the road to New Paltz we stuff our mouths with sandwiches from the deli that seconds as a drum shop, laugh hard, drink up the wild air that rushes in from 287 and takes our breath away. You shriek when Bowie comes on the mix I’ve made; between your squeezing my hand and the sign for the Tappan Zee, my favorite childhood bridge, I am a kid pinned in blue ribbons. You point out the Gunks, the white-faced mountains that have just peaked from our horizon, and squeal how we will hike them one day, swim like fishes in their shale-bottomed lake, pick their wildflowers for our hair. In town we buy records and notebooks, you lose me in a bookshop I find you barefoot against a cracking wall and take your picture, too beautiful for earth let alone a photograph. We sit by the river and unbox our new compass, you point it North and tell me a story of being lost in the woods. You kiss me hard, and I promise you will never lose your way again, that between me and the compass it’s impossible. On the way home we are tired, the mountains and water fade within the red blur of taillights our conversation quiets our laughter stills; my forehead on the window, I peer down into the dark, steep embankments flashing by and wonder if some promises are impossible and what they would look like broken on the rocks below.

I want boots cowboy boots why can’t I have them I don’t understand it it’s never been fair if you want that or this no one commands you to forget about it I don’t care if they’re out of style I want boots cowboy boots and if you’re so concerned I won’t go out I’ll stay home and prop my feet on a rail and admire them alone —Richard Donnelly

WED This little place is large with life. Your grace has made the morning light. The curve of joy is at your hip awaiting night wherein I slip to soothe all sorrows and to sip the fragrant nectar of your lips. I dream the dream you make each day. And when I rise, your brimming overflows my eyes. -Clifford Henderson

—Beth Boylan

COUNTY ROUTE 20 This porch is the yellow of words, one green story after another. Then you. Texas neighbor Trump supporter nothing on this earth is simple. He plants lilacs. Hairdresser mother with her children live behind the post office. She reads Eudora Welty. Post Office the only public space. We meet there every day. Doesn’t matter about letters. This summer begins. We are all of us here. What will grow besides asparagus? —Esther Cohen

THIS LITTLE POEM WAS IN MY HEAD WHEN I WOKE UP The war was won The war was lost The war was fought at such a cost. -Alan Silverman

NEIGHBORS He flushes I hear I flush he hears He snores I hear I cough he hears We’re neighbors by ear. —Z Willy Neumann 7/17 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 69

Food & Drink


A farm dinner at Ravenwood in Kerhonkson.



t’s that time of year again in the Hudson Valley, when the sun is out, everyone is outdoors, and farmers markets are in peak form. It’s also the time of year when farms open up their doors, welcoming visitors in to sample their fare and be a part of the variety of collaborations and ideas for farm dinners that happen throughout the valley over the next few months. Here are some of the upcoming ones for you to check out. One option is Glynwood in Cold Spring, which will be hosting their second annual Burger Night, as part of Food + Farm Day on July 15.  The guest chefs will be the owners of Grazin’ in Hudson, who bring their delicious burgers to the farm. While Burger Night is a ticketed event, Food + Farm Day is free. Tickets for Burger Night are $25, and the event is BYOB. If you are buying a ticket to any dinner and don’t feel like leaving, you can also book overnight stays at Glynwood. For those who are comfortable paying a bit more, the next few are for you. Taliaferro Farms, a CSA, is just a five-minute drive from downtown New Paltz. Their first farm dinner, hosted by Robin and Pete Taliaferro, is July 15, with an additional one on August 19. They will also host two dinners in September and two in October, though the dates are yet to be determined. Each month, they choose a local chef who creates a five-course menu based on which vegetables are available on the farm. They source all meats, sustainably caught Atlantic seafood, and organic dairy products from the New Paltz region. The evenings begin with a glass of sparkling wine or cider and a walking tour of the farm, before guests are seated overlooking the fields and greenhouses, with the Shawangunk Ridge setting the background scenery. “The dinners facilitate transparency and honesty between the people that grow the food and those

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who eat it, highlighting the methods and respect that small farms and organic growers have for their land and crops. There is something quite fundamentally pure and genuine about people coming together and breaking bread and enjoying fine conversation while knowing exactly where, when and how their meal was produced,” says Pete Taliaferro. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30pm. Dinners are $75 per person or $65 per person without alcohol. Located in Accord, Arrowood Farms is also offering the chance to dine on local food, in the form of a partnership with Graze Farm to Table to host their mobile kitchen. The kitchen will be open every weekend featuring Arrowood’s signature brews, which you can enjoy under their outdoor pavilion. Some of the menu items include local lamb sliders with New York feta, red onion, and herbed mayo for $16 and goat cheese polenta cakes with pea tendrils, tomatoes, and portobello with romesco for $18. On July 22, Arrowood will be having their 2nd Annual Grand Open where the Big Takeover will be playing and then August 19 they’ll be having their Hop Festival where attendees can join in and help harvest hops for Arrowood’s brews. The event will also feature vendors such as Diego’s Taqueria from Kingston, as well as live music and other food. Their final event for the summer is on September 22, called “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall.” It’s a chance for them to “celebrate the end of a busy summer and kick off the beginning of fall with everyone”, says Blake Arrowood, one of the owners of Arrowood farms. Goodbye Summer Hello Fall will feature Graze Farm to Table, and New Deal BBQ from Rosendale. At this event, attendees will get a chance to drink the IPAs brewed from the hops they harvested during the August Hops Festival. 7/17 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 71

Le’ Express, the modern French American Bistro in Poughkeepsie, will also be hosting farm dinners around the valley this summer. They have one dinner on August 12, at Fishkill farms, featuring the farms local ingredients. Tickets can be had for $75 a person.While the final menu is still being decided you can count on hors d’oeuvres such as chilled pea soup shooters with crème fraiche, bite size Caesar salad, Fishkill Farm deviled eggs, roasted shishito peppers, and beer batter fried artichokes with garlic aioli and Hungarian paprika. Le’ Express will also be hosting another event at Angry Orchards on August 24, using ingredients from local farms of the area. “The goal is for us to help represent the area with local ingredients and to pair it with cider that Angry Orchard produces,” says John Lecik, owner of Le’ Express. Heather Ridge Farm, located in Preston Hollow, will also host a Supper Club on July 15 from 7 to 10pm, featuring their five-course tasting menu, which includes farmed and foraged items. These events continue throughout the summer and fall, with the additional Supper Clubs happening on August 12, September 9, and October 14. The menus feature Heather Ridge Farm’s own meat and poultry. The menu isn’t set and posted on the website until the week before, when chef Rob Handel is “certain what best ingredients are available at the farm stands and through foraging,” says Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm. “The Supper Club is really a chance for Rob to wow our guests with dishes beyond the scope of our brunch/lunch cafe.” Additionally, on July 22, they’ll be hosting a Fried Chicken Picnic from 4 to 8pm. A casual supper of fried chicken (marinated in Handel’s koji marinade), along with seasonal sides, dessert, and beverages from Helderberg Brewery, the event will feature live music from Jumbo Bungalow. The Fried Chicken Picnic is $24 for adults while kids under 15 pay their age. If you don’t make these events their on-site cafe, Bees Knees Cafe is open regularly throughout the week. For those looking for a more luxurious experience, the next couple may be exactly what you’re looking for. Bradley Farms in New Paltz has a dinner scheduled for July 23 featuring the Michelin-starred guest chef Saul Bolton from the Norm Restaurant at the Brooklyn Museum. Seats are $110, which includes a five course meal, with optional wine pairings. This is now Bradley Farm’s 7th year of doing dinners. “The farm-to-table dinners serve many purposes. First and foremost, Ray, the farmer, was a chef for 25 years prior to farming and he has always wanted to combine both of his passions. He often taps into old chef friends to come up to the farm to cook. It is also a perfect way to showcase what he grows,” says Iris Kimberg of Bradley Farms. Ravenwood, a relatively new outfit located in Kerhonkson, is hosting farm dinners this summer as part of their mission to help bring people together around the exploration of agriculture, culinary arts and the local makers movement. Their upcoming dinners are August 25 and 26, September 22 and 23, and October 6 and 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and costs $150 a seat. While dinner prepared on an open fire grill, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a drink and mingle with guests before the dinner starts. The dinner consists of a series of savory courses that use Ravenwood’s home-grown produce as guests sit around a long table in their newly renovated 1850s barn. After dinner, guests will be served coffee, tea, and dessert and invited to stay seated or gather around a bonfire outside.

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Pennings Farm Market What: Clam N’ Jam Free Concert Series When: Friday evenings in August, 6pm-9:30pm. Why: Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the beer garden and enjoy a family-friendly night out of live music and a special seafood dinner menu, a raw bar of fresh clams, oysters and shrimp, and Oscar’s Crazy Corn on the Cob.   Crown Maple/Madava Farms Pancake Breakfast What: Maple-inspired breakfast buffet. When: July 30 at 9:30 and 11am. Why: A menu of Maple Sugar pancakes with a toppings bar, Crown Maple bacon, homefried potatoes, frittata, fruit salad, and assorted baked goods. After breakfast, stick around for their 1pm tour, explore their hiking trails or roast a complimentary marshmallow over the firepit! How Much: $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12.   Westwind Orchard What: Serving thin crust wood fired pizza. When: 12 pm to 6 pm every Saturday and Sunday through October. Why: Chicco, the master pizzaiolo, has perfected Nonna’s pizza dough recipe and used her secrets handed down through generations. Westwind Orchard will be using their own fresh organic toppings, such as basil, zucchini, squash blossom, tomatoes, prosciutto and more.

Finally, Empire Farm in Copake, New York and the FarmOn! Foundation are teaming up to host the seventh annual HOOT! on July 29th from 6pm-12am. The dinner takes place overlooking the Victory Garden at Empire Farm (including an opening ceremony with Alice Waters) and features locally sourced ingredients from the farmers sitting at your table and prepared by celebrated chef Terrance Brennan, now executive chef at the Roundhouse. Brennan has won multiple awards and accolades and is one of America’s most renowned and imaginative chefs and restaurateurs. Before dinner you can shop local at the farmers’ market cocktail hour, which has live music, vendors, and a silent auction. One hundred farmers from the surrounding area will join you at a family-style dinner. Following the dinner, guests enjoy live music and dancing under the stars with a barn party to follow dessert. Tickets for the dinner and cocktail party are $325, while tickets for just the cocktail party are $165. The summer is here and it’s time to make the most of it while it lasts! So go explore the Hudson Valley, eat some good food, and connect with farmers along the way. 72 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 7/17

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Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY (800) 772-6646

Warwick Valley B&B 24 Maple Avenue, Warwick, NY (845) 987-7255

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


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

Attorneys Jacobowitz & Gubits (845) 778-2121

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Books Monkfish Publishing

22 East Market Street, Suite 304, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4861


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

Eckert Fine Art 1394 Route 83 Unit 3, Pine Plains, NY (518) 771-3300

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40 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-4411

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21 South Main Street, Kent, CT (860) 927-3989


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Turn Park Art Space 2 Moscow Road, West Stockbridge, MA

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Pennings Farm Market & Orchards 161 South Route 94, Warwick, NY (845) 986-1059

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

Musical Instruments Francis Morris Violins Great Barrington, NY (413) 528-0165

Magic Fluke Co. 292 South Main Street, Sheffield, MA (413) 229-8536

Stamell String Instruments 7 Garden Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 337-3030

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

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Merrily Paper Boutique Sugar Loaf, NY (845) 469-5595

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o have a body is to experience physical pain one day: There is no getting around that pesky inevitability. The longer we have our bodies, the greater the chances are that aches and pains will begin to inhabit our limbs and joints like unwelcome guests. Blame it on wear and tear. Blame it on entropy. Blame it in on the curses and blessings of having a physical body. For Katiellen Madden of High Falls, the time came two years ago when she could no longer manage the neck pain that had dogged her for a good part of her adult life. She had been a gymnast as a kid, and in her grownup career as a special education teacher she had trucked a few 10-pound teacher’s manuals back and forth to school each day, tugging on her shoulders. The long-term effect was pain that intruded into daily activities like driving or gardening, or making art at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, where she worked in printmaking and papermaking. It also interrupted a good night’s sleep. “I was constantly in and out of physical therapy,” says Madden, 66. “It would help for a little while and then the pain would come back. One year, I looked at how much money I had spent on Advil and I was shocked. I also kept hearing about the bad effect that Advil can have on the kidneys.” Around this time, Madden stumbled upon an article that recommended either acupuncture or the Alexander Technique as a way to find freedom from pain. “I’m terrified of needles, so acupuncture was out,” she says. Through a center in New York City, she found Alexander Technique instructor Allyna Steinberg, who teaches private and group lessons in Manhattan and Stone Ridge. Steinberg met with her for one-on-one sessions, gently guiding Madden through ways to realign her body and release tension in her neck. “After the first session, my range of motion increased dramatically and a lot of the pain was gone,” she marvels. Through subtle tweaks to her everyday movements, and the occasional hands-on adjustment from Steinberg, she was teaching her body to let go of old patterns and to move as it was meant to do. “After less than six sessions with Allyna, I wasn’t having any more pain in my neck at all.” Without popping an Advil, she was able to sleep through the night, and she enjoyed the bonus effect of feeling more relaxed in general. “I’m not a great student,” she demurs. “I just really love the process and I love the results. I keep telling my friends all about it.” A Movement Modality with Ripple Effects If there’s one thing you might have noticed about the Alexander Technique—a century-old practice that teaches people to release muscular tension and adverse habits of movement and thinking—it’s that those who have benefited from the method are downright evangelical about it. Research studies to prove (or disprove) its effectiveness are not robust, although a systematic review of 18 clinical trials, published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice in 2012, found strong evidence that the Alexander Technique can relieve chronic back pain, moderate evidence that it helps with Parkinson’sassociated disability, and preliminary evidence that it may be effective for


general chronic pain, posture, speech impediments, respiratory function, and improvements in balance for the elderly. Many of the technique’s most ardent fans are performing artists and musicians; its Australian founder, Fredrick Matthias Alexander, was a Shakespearean actor himself. A little over 100 years ago, Alexander developed the technique as a way to cure himself of a problem that was ruining his career: He kept losing his voice onstage. With no medical reason for his intermittent voiceless episodes, Alexander found that he could get his speech back by recognizing and releasing habitual reactions in his movements, and eventually in his thoughts as well. Using multiple mirrors (Alexander was a patient man), he observed himself speaking and noticed a habit of drawing his head back and down when he spoke. He recognized this as a startle response, common in most animals when faced with negative stimuli. Through practice, Alexander learned to release that startle response, inviting his neck to be free and his head to balance in alignment with his spine. In the process he freed his voice to emerge fullthrottle on the stage. In essence, he developed a mind-body healing modality before such an approach came into vogue. Today, with mind-body therapies everywhere, the Alexander Technique is having its moment in the sun. The kind of positional change that Alexander explored is not about forcing the body to do something new, which only creates more tension. Rather, it’s “an invitation or a wish for the body,” explains Steinberg. “You’re focusing on the ease of your neck and your whole body, and the relationship of the skull on top of the spine. So you’re focusing on good posture and good alignment throughout your body. The Alexander Technique offers a very integrative approach to movement. The idea is to invite peak performance by moving with awareness of the whole body.” Like Madden, Steinberg also came to the practice seeking relief from constant pain. When she was in graduate school for public health in 2000, she developed a debilitating repetitive strain injury; the culprit was a bad computer workstation. Typing had become so painful that she was looking into voice recognition software to write her papers. Then she discovered the Alexander Technique. After taking private lessons twice a week over the course of a few months, the pain lessened and eventually resolved completely. “It was something I continued to do on occasion, even after my pain went away, because it felt so good and my posture improved,” she says. “People would comment on it, which was exciting. I also felt less anxious.” After she returned to the Alexander Technique a few years later to solve a new problem—foot pain that couldn’t be managed with orthotics—Steinberg delved more deeply into the method and trained to become a teacher. “I hear from a lot of people that they come to the Alexander Technique for one thing, and then they discover a lot of unexpected benefits. So they stick with it,” she says. The same was true for herself: One bonus was that the Alexander Technique helped her with a new passion: salsa dancing. “My body could start to move in that whole-body Cuban way, so it allowed me







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to be a much better dancer.” Steinberg even credits the practice for helping her blossom at her day job in public health. “I got a promotion at work, and I think that’s partly due to the change in my posture, presence, and vocal clarity. It also helps you regulate your emotions, so you come across as more confident.” Letting Go as a Path to Health Musicians use it to prevent or treat repetitive strain injuries from hunching over an instrument. Singers call on it to free the breath and unleash the natural power of the voice. But Elizabeth Castagna, an Alexander Technique teacher based in Beacon, came to the method for an unusual reason: She wanted to get pregnant. “It was taking a long time, and I was scared. I was very frustrated and confused,” she says. “A friend of mine who’s a dancer in NewYork City said, ‘Go to Chloe Wing. She teaches the Alexander Technique, and she’ll help you.’” From her first session with the illustrious teacher (Wing passed away in 2013), Castagna was hooked, and she soon started the threeyear training to become a teacher herself. She believes that the Alexander Technique, along with nutrition therapy and acupuncture, helped her finally get pregnant during her last year of training. “There was nothing medically wrong with me, just as there was nothing medically wrong with Alexander when he lost his voice onstage,” she says. “There was just something getting in the way. The Alexander Technique is this very subtractive process where you do less, and you begin to feel better.” As Castagna got more in touch with her body and with movement, things began to shift. “It took me out of my fight-or-flight response. That’s the Alexander Technique at its essence: It helps you find your neutral. My nervous system was feeling clearer; I became happier and freer, and I was able to make better decisions. All the worry I had and the fear—all of that impacts the health of your body and how you feel.” Today Castagna teaches both adults and children, with a mission of bringing the Alexander Technique into the classroom. Along with a colleague, Sophia Jackson, she teaches kids at the Randolph School in Wappingers Falls, which her son attends. “[Jackson and I] have children the same age, and we kept hearing people say, ‘Gosh, I wish I knew this stuff when I was a kid.’” Their classes at the Randolph School, for kids ages 5 through 11, teach body awareness through movement games, body traces, and experiential anatomy. “The younger children learn about the skeleton and spine, and how their body is designed to move. The older kids keep a body awareness journal. It’s really fun and interactive, and the kids learn to talk about their bodies in a new way.” The mind-body aspect enters into the lessons too, as the children begin to connect their emotions and thoughts to the way their bodies feel. “If you help a child or anybody to pause, count to five, and ask their bodies to feel a little less tense, then as their body tone changes, their emotions start to change too.” The technique also speaks to the current trend of neuroplasticity in medical research today. “Alexander said that underneath every habit there is a belief,” says Castagna. “You can look at the belief and ask, ‘Is that still serving me?’ If the answer is no, then you’ve already begun to weaken your habit.You don’t have to break the habit; you just don’t do it. As soon as you don’t do it, you’re in a new place, and a new neural pathway is being formed in your brain for a new choice.” Recently, Madden had been driving back and forth to Connecticut to care for her dying mother, and her neck pain suddenly returned. Remembering the tools that Steinberg had given her, she was able to release the caught tension in her neck. “I focus on relaxing the front of my neck whenever I start feeling stressed or am in a potentially conflicting situation,” she says. Not only did her neck pain resolve quickly, but she was able to handle a difficult situation with greater presence and ease. “We don’t have a choice about what happens in life,” says Castagna, “but we do have a choice about how we respond to it.We can move through challenges in a more embodied way. With less trying and more trust.”

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Mama's Broke performs at the Rosendale Cafe on July 8.

High and Lonesome, Sweet and Lowdown As today’s Auto-Tuned youth pop grows slicker and more cyborg-sounding with every synth fill and bpm, there still can be found those who reject such soulless robotics and the whole consumer mindset that goes along with them. There’s a scrappy, scruffy crop of young musicians who get their kicks digging in the dirt. These dumpster-diving, DIY think-for-yourselfers have discovered the timeless truths of authentic folk music and are out there living the dream, in all its freight-hopping, Woody Guthrie-esque glory. Canadian duo Mama’s Broke—Lisa Maria, vocals, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar; Amy Lou, vocals, banjo, guitar, and mandolin—stands out among these itinerant songsters, and on July 8 they’ll once again return to the Rosendale Cafe. Maybe Mama’s Broke love the road because Mama’s Broke was literally born on the road. “I was hitchhiking from Montreal to Halifax in 2014 and Amy, who was driving along on the way to Halifax herself, in this beat-up old Mercedes, stopped to give me a lift,” recalls Maria. “We both loved the traveling lifestyle and music, and we became really great friends right away. So just we stayed together and kept on traveling and playing music. Just a little after we first met, we went to Ireland and Europe and toured over there.” Both musicians are 26 and have folk music in their blood, thanks in large part to their fathers. “I grew up as a step dancer,” Maria says. “My dad would always take me to folk festivals and I heard a lot of fiddle music at those. Amy’s dad is a big music fan in general but he really likes folk, so that’s where she first heard a lot of folk music.” Which is not to say that the acoustic twosome is puritanical when it comes to their chosen idiom. In addition to the traditional old-time, blues, Americana, and Quebecois,

Celtic, and Balkan styles that weave their way through their songs, Mama’s Broke, who self-released an eponymous EP in 2014 and this year’s album Count the Wicked, also cite doom metal and punk as being influential on their sound. “We’ve both played in electric bands as well, so I think we have the attitude from that kind of playing in what we do—those kinds of [rock] chord changes and melodies,” muses Maria. “But there’s also a connection with punk and doom metal because they’re also very passionate types of music. Also there’s a rawness there, like there is in folk music.” Along with, one might add, a deep sense of darkness that dovetails well with that of the bleak ballads so common to Anglo-derived folksong. And, of course, the road itself continues to shape the perambulatory pair’s music as well. “To us, traveling around and finding out about the music in the different places we visit is true to the folk tradition,” says Maria via cell phone, her breathing brisk as she walks along a highway outside Stratford, Ontario. Despite their urge for going, however, she and Lou are aiming to slow down a bit for the occasion of their Hudson Valley return. “We’re very excited to be coming back to the Rosendale Cafe,” she says. “It’s a great venue and we’re lucky enough to have some friends who live locally, so we’re staying with them. We purposely planned to have a couple of days off there, to do some hiking and exploring.” And, as both locals and fellow visitors will agree, who can blame them? Mama’s Broke will perform at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale on July 8 at 8pm. Admission is $10. (845) 658-9048; —Peter Aaron 7/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 85

SATURDAY 1 DANCE New York City Ballet MOVES 7:30pm. $25. Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering and works by Balanchine and Peck. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS 2nd Annual Gathering of Peace, Love, Music and Community Festivities will include live music, museum tours, talks, activities, games, and an array of arts and educational programs, plus a fireworks display. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. Celebrate Roxbury Summer Festival 9:30am-4pm. This festival continues Roxbury's tradition of live music and entertainment; children’s games, crafts, and activities; and BBQs. Main Street, Roxbury. (347) 241-0411. Hudson Valley Market 10am-5pm. Check out great local food, drink, and craft vendors; play lawn games such as cornhole and bocce, and enjoy live music by local artist Liv Waters. Crown Maple Estate, Dover Plains. Independence Day Celebration 11am-3pm. Senate House and Museum, Kingston. Rhinebeck Antique Motorcycle Show Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-4001.

FOOD & WINE Artists Bake Sale 1pm. All proceeds support WAAM’s Educational Outreach and programming with Habitat for Artists. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. (845) 679-2940. Declaration of Interdependence 6-9pm. $125. Please join us for a farm-fresh organic, and biodynamic dinner honoring Fred Kirschenmann, President of the Board. Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent. (518) 672-4465 wxt. 231.


Jazz at the Maverick: Arturo O’Farrill Quintet 8pm. $30/$55 reserved seating/$5 students. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Piranha Brothers 8pm. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Pops, Patriots & Fireworks 8-10pm. $30-$85. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Soñando 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. Swingtime Big Band 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126. Third Eye Blind 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330. West Point Band’s Benny Havens Band 7:30pm. Join West Point’s official party band for some carefree summer fun as they perform the best of rock, hip-hop, R&B, and country. West Point Military Academy, West Point.

NIGHTLIFE Paint & Sip with Roost 5:30-7:30pm. $45. Join us for a Paint & Sip event with Roost Studios. We will be celebrating an early Fourth of July with a festive painting, ‘Orchard Fireworks. Twin Star Orchards, New Paltz. (845) 568-7540

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS First Saturday Reception 5-8pm. ASK’s openings are elegant affairs with wine, hors d’oeuvres and art enthusiasts. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Distance Swimming Tests 12-2pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz.

THEATER Green Day’s American Idiot 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Early Roads To and Through Pine Plains 3-4pm. Bill Jeffway will take us through the newly restored1802 Salisbury Turnpike Map. The Turnpike was built to connect the mines at Salisbury to the Susquehanna River and helped create a “center” of Pine Plains. Pine Plains Community Room, Pine Plains. (914) 474-1963.

"This Ain’t No Disco" Musical Workshop July 2. "This Ain’t No Disco" is a Powerhouse musical workshop. The musical tells the story of drifters and dreamers who search for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

Artist Talk with Elin Menzies 2:30pm. Menzies will discuss her current exhibition "Wolf Crossing" in WAAM’s Solo Gallery. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. (845) 679-2940.

Kid’s Fairy Lantern Workshop 9:30-10:30am. $20. Students will use recycled jars and their choice of supplies to create beautiful illuminated lanterns. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz.

Byrdcliffe Artist Spotight 12-6pm. Meet ceramic artists Meredith Nichols and Harry Kunhardt of 28A Clay Studio. The Byrdcliffe Shop, Woodstock. (845) 679-2079.

MUSIC The BBoyz 9-11pm. This Hudson Valley seven-piece band features a boogie-down horn section that gets everyone out on the dance floor. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. (845) 687-2699. Black Eagle Dixieland Band 8pm. $23-$43. Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. (800) 942-6904. Bluegrass Brunch: Blue Plate Special 12pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Brandy Clark with Matthew Szlachetka 8pm. $20/$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. The Compact 9pm. Max’s on Main, Beacon. Dead on the Tracks 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. Derek Gripper 8pm. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Ginetta’s Vendetta 6:30-8pm. Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. (800) 942-6904.

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SUNDAY 2 DANCE New York City Ballet MOVES 7:30pm. $25. Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering and works by Balanchine and Peck. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.


Brunch: Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. Escher String Quartet 4pm. $30/$55 reserved seating/$5 students. Classical. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. (845) 679-8217. An Evening With Gillian Welch 7:30pm. $38.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Ivo Perelman, Taran Singh, and Michael Bisio 4pm. $10. Jazz. The Lace Mill, Kingston. (845) 331-2140. Krakauer/Tagg Duo 7pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Orchestra of St. Luke’s, All-Mozrt 4-6pm. $25-$80. Mozart’s joyful genius infuses this Sunday afternoon concert featuring the elegant Concerto for Flute and Harp. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

LECTURES & TALKS A Reading of the Declaration of Independence 9:30am. Twenty readers have been selected in acknowledgement of their exemplary service to our community. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. (845) 658-8989.

MUSIC Fourth of July Celebration with Breakaway with Robin Baker 6-8pm. This local band has a devout following and will have you on the dance floor in no time. Reservations suggested. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Independence Day 10am-5pm. Enjoy tours and cannon firings as well. New Windsor Cantonment, New Windsor. (845) 561-1765 ext. 22. Walkway Fireworks Spectacular 6:30-11pm. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie.

“OZ Experience”: Omar Hakim & Rachel Z 7pm. Jazz fusion. The Falcon, Marlboro.


Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu 3pm. $60. Beethoven: The Grosse Fuge, Opus 133 (1825); Arranged for Piano 4 hands. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.


Peter Serkin with Anna Polonsky 3pm. Performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert for Piano 4 Hands. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.


The Will Smith Duo 6pm. Jazzy blues. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. (845) 853-8049.

Qi Gong with Mark Pukmel 7-9pm. $20/package available. Qi Gong is based on repetitions of very precise sets of movements, specifically designed to benefit health on many levels. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

SPIRITUALITY Dharma Sunday School 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist oriented class for children ages 5 and up and their families. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. (845) 265-4444.

THEATER Green Day’s American Idiot 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "This Ain’t No Disco" Musical Workshop July 2. "This Ain’t No Disco" is a Powerhouse musical workshop. The musical tells the story of drifters and dreamers who search for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5599.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Mindful Movement Class 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to build awareness of your body in order to notice and release habits of movement and thinking that are not serving you. Good for all ability levels. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 917-373-6151.


New York City Ballet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Alzheimer’s Support Group 11am-12:30pm. Open to the public. Vassar Warner Home, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900.

KIDS & FAMILY Dancing at Dusk: Hoedown in the USA 5-7pm. $10/$5 child. What better way to wrap up the July 4th holiday than with square and line dancing? Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

LECTURES & TALKS Traveling Talks: Silent Sparks of Fireflies 7-9pm. $10/$5 members. Learn about fireflies' communication, behavior, and role in our ecosystem. Catch and release. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson.

MUSIC Adam Ezra Group 12pm. Contemporary indie-folk-rock band. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. Tim Reynolds and TR3 7pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Weather Vest 7pm. Jazz fusion. The Falcon, Marlboro.

InnerJourney Yoga with Linda Freeman 10:45-11:30am. $10. Studio87: The Wellness House, Newburgh.


Just Dance 2:30-4:30pm. $10 suggested. Unguided open dance party for all ages with live DJ. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. (845) 265-4444.

Tedeschi Trucks Band 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Water Ceremony on the Hudson 10-10:30am. Join in this prayer ceremony for the healing of the waters, of Mother Earth and all of our Relations. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

Full Tilt Bookbinding with Susan Mills: Session One 9am-4pm. $750/$700 members. Through July 7. This class condenses lectures and demonstrations to cover material quickly. There will be time to work on independent binding projects. All levels welcome. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. (845) 658-9133.

Wild Gather presents Herbal Lube and Sexual Health 5pm. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

Painting with Pastels 9am-12pm. $150/four consecutive classes. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. (845) 679-2388.

New York City Ballet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

LITERARY & BOOKS Hudson Valley Murder and Mayhem 11am-1pm. Writer and artist Andrew K. F. Amelinckx will be onsite signing copies of his newest historical true crime book, Hudson Valley Murder & Mayhem. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-0500.

Ben Perowsky’s “3 is a Magic Number” Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro.


MUSIC The Americana Music Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. (845) Bad Finger 7pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House, Pawling. Bluegrass Brunch: Grass Routes noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

TUESDAY 4 HEALTH & WELLNESS Reiki Practitioner Healing Share 6:30-7:30pm. Gathering of Reiki practitioners to replenish your reserves. This is open only to those who have received a minimum of Reiki l training. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Insurance Help 1-5:30pm. New York State of Health Navigator Jennifer Galarza will be available to meet with you to register or change your health insurance. Reserve in advance. Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia. (800) 453-4666.


FILM Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series 8pm. $5-$10. T Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

FOOD & WINE Pay What You Can Day. All day. Enjoy a meal, drink, dessert at Outdated Café, and pay what you can. The restaurant serves organic, local, and fair trade breakfast and lunch. Outdated Café, Kingston.


Maria Baranova Frank Boyd stars in "The Holler Sessions" this month at the Ancram Opera House.

The Cry of Jazz Jazz has been called America’s greatest cultural invention. With the blues at its core, it's characterized by improvisation and passion. Unfortunately, it may also be America’s least understood artform—a situation Seattle actor Frank Boyd is on a mission to right with his one-man play “The Holler Sessions,” which comes to the Ancram Opera House this month. “I think probably the biggest misconception about jazz is that it’s background music,” says Boyd. “That and that it's ‘intellectual’ music—that you have to be in on some secret in order to ‘get it’—and that it’s not emotional music. I mean, there’s certainly a lot of pop music these days that’s not exactly what I’d call ‘emotional’ music.” Written, directed, and performed by Boyd, “The Holler Sessions” depicts a live radio show hosted by a crazed, cigar-chomping DJ named Ray. An evangelical jazz obsessive, Ray holds forth from his dingy garret/studio, championing with irresistible passion the music he sees as being marginalized. Free-riffing amid audio clips of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, and other immortals, Boyd’s character not only pays tribute to the greatness of key jazz figures and their music; he also presents the music as a character itself, a portal to dealing with the human condition and other timeless truths. Think Philip Seymour Hoffman’s depiction of rock critic Lester Bangs in Almost Famous—but talking about jazz instead of rock ’n’ roll. “There’s some truth in that, although [Hoffman’s character] was more worn down from the business and mine is very animated,” posits Boyd. “I’m a big fan of [sports radio personality] Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, which got me thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a DJ who talked about jazz with the same passion as Russo and some of these other sportscasters talk about sports?’”

“The Holler Sessions,” a collaboration with Brooklyn experimental theater group the TEAM, premiered in 2015 and evolved out of a character Boyd played in another play the ensemble was workshopping in Kansas City, which, besides being Ray’s fictional home and birthplace, is the birthplace of bebop icon Charlie Parker and the hard-swinging big-band style developed there in the 1930s by the bands led by Count Basie, Jay McShann, Andy Kirk, and others—an irony not lost on Boyd. “In that earlier play, I was playing this sort of political, talking-head character,” he recalls. “But when I was there I started soaking up all of this Kansas City jazz history, and I reworked the idea [of the character] into a jazz DJ.” Going into the role, Boyd was, perhaps surprisingly, largely unfamiliar with jazz. “At first, I was afraid that would be a problem,” he admits. “Even though I had gotten really into the music and was learning a lot as I got deeper into it, I had these nightmares of Wynton Marsalis or someone being pissed off and calling me out. [Laughs.] But it turned out to be helpful, because it ended up bringing a sense of discovery to what Ray does, which is something that’s missing from a lot of jazz radio now. The best comments I’ve heard from people who’ve seen the play have been from the ones who say they literally started getting into jazz after seeing it. Right now, a lot of people in America are asking themselves, ‘What are we?’ To me, jazz represents the best version of what we are as Americans.” “The Holler Sessions” will run at the Ancram Opera House in Ancram on July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $25. (518) 329-0114; —Peter Aaron 7/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 87



Urban Zen Restorative Class with MaryBeth Charno 7-8:30pm. The class will instruct you in simple movements designed to focus the mind and energize the body. Bring any yoga mats, blankets, blocks that you have. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge.

Tivoli Summer Chess Club 4-5pm. Come play chess with Library Clerk, Patrick. All skills levels and ages welcome. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. (845) 757-3771.

MUSIC Doug Munro & La Pompe Attack $72. Enjoy an outdoor lobster bake and barbecue at the Mohonk Granary, followed by an evening of jazz in a Gypsy Swing style. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (834) 859-6716. First Thursday Singer Songwriter Series hosted by Maureen and Don Black 6-8:30pm. Maureen and Don welcome Thomas Earl, Sharon White, and Ron Renninger. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. (845) 687-2699. Fémina 7pm. Rap fusion. The Falcon, Marlboro. Kasey Chambers with Garrett Kato 8pm. $30-$40. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Mr. Roper 7pm. Americana roots. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Concert 7-9pm. Free public performance presented by the City of Middletown. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. (845) 346-4195. The Westleries 7-9pm. $15/$24/$32/$40. This “accidental brass quartet” is known for its adventurous explorations with jazz, roots, and chamber music influences. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

THEATER The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents Soundpainting 6-8pm. Members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Company perform a site-specific dance theater work. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907. Saturday Night Fever 2 & 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154. "The Great Leap" Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team. Susan Stein Shiva Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. (845) 437-5907.

FRIDAY 7 DANCE Ballroom Dance with Pete Redmond & Crazy Feet 8-11:30pm. $15. After a lesson, the band provides a mix of dance-able ballroom, swing and Latin standards. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. (845) 204-9833. New York City Ballet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Summertide 2017 $75/$90. Food and music festival to raise money for the North East Community Center and High Watch Farm. Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant, Amenia. (845) 373-9021.

FILM Sing Along with The Muppet Movie 11am. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

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LECTURES & TALKS Artist on Art Tour: Carrie Bradley 4:30-6:30pm. $20/$15 members. During this series artists use many mediums and “poetic license” to talk about Olana and the exhibition with concepts and connections that inspire them. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

MUSIC Aston Magna: Paganini, The 24 Caprices for Violin 8-10pm. $40-$45. Featuring Edson Scheid, baroque violin. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. (888) 492-1283. Dayna Kurtz & Robert Maché 7pm. Folk rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. Gabriel Kahane & yMusic 8-10pm. $15-$40. This concert features the world premiere of Kahane’s new work, cocommissioned by Caramoor. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Graceland 30th Anniversary Tribute featuring Bakithi Kumalo 8pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Ike Willis with Paul Green Rock Academy 7pm. BSP, Kingston. (845) 481-5158. Joan Osborne 8pm. Singing the songs of Bob Dylan. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. John Mellencamp 7:30pm. $66.50-$147.50 Reserved. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour. With special guests Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Maverick Prodigies, The Ladles 8pm. $10/$5 students/under 16 free. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. (845) 679-8217. Zach Davi: Rocking the Gazebo 6-7pm. Original acoustic, pop-rock music. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. (845) 757-3771.

THEATER The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Green Day’s American Idiot 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. The Jag. 8pm. 'Bone’ Chicarella comes home to convince his aging father to restore and sell the family’s prized possession—a 1967 Jaguar sedan. Family secrets and the real power of the Jaguar, are revealed. Shadowland Stages, Ellenville. (845) 647-5511. Pride and Prejudice 7:30pm. $20/$18 seniors and children under 12. The Coach House Theater, Kingston. (845) 331-2476. Saturday Night Fever 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154. "The Great Leap" Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team. Susan Stein Shiva Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. (845) 437-5907.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Wood Duck Kayak Build $2600/$2400 members/helper builders $400$500. In this week-long course, students will build from start to finish their own, lightweight wooden kayak. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. (845) 265-8080.

SATURDAY 8 COMEDY "Magically Hysterical" 8-10pm. $25/$35. Master illusionist Elliot Zimet and award-winning comedian Judy Gold bring a brand new evening of magic and laughter. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

DANCE New York City Ballet 2 & 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518)584-9330.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday is a city-wide celebration of the arts where galleries and shops stay open until 9pm, most of which are right along Main Street. Downtown Beacon. Chatham’s 41st Annual Summerfest 10am-4pm. Village of Chatham, NY, Chatham. High Falls Fair Day & 213 Bridge Grand Opening 10am-6pm. In celebration of the bridge opening, local merchants are holding a hamlet-wide Open House and will offer specials and activities all day. High Falls. (845) 514-3425. Summertide 2017 $75/$90. Food and music festival to raise money for The North East Community Center and High Watch Farm. Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant, Amenia. (845) 373-9021.

FILM Movies Under the Walkway 7-11pm. The Wizard of Oz. Upper Landing Park, Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-1775.

Kyle & The Pity Party, Overlake, The Foxfires 7:30pm. BSP, Kingston. (845) 481-5158. Magnets 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Mama’s Broke 8pm. $10. A unique folk duo that interweaves age-old music form and traditions with original modern compositions. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. (845) 658-9048. Marshall Crenshaw and Friends 8pm. $35. Acoustic rock. The Barn at Egremont Inn, South Egremont, MA. (413) 528-9580. The Peter and Will Anderson Trio 6:30pm. Playing Gershwin. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126. Reelin’ In The Years: An AllStar Tribute to Steely Dan 7pm. 13-piece rock ensemble. The Falcon, Marlboro. Spektral Quartet 8pm. $45/$25/$5 students. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Pop-up Flea Market 9am-3pm. Antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, housewares, books, children’s items. UUCC, Kingston. (845) 706-4318. Woodstock Area Garden Tour 10am-3pm. $30/$25 in advance. Eight private gardens in the Woodstock area will be open for viewing. The tour is a benefit for the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival this summer. Rain date: July 9. Outdoor Elizabethan Theater, Woodstock. (845) 247-4007.

Rikers: An American Jail 6-9pm. Through the stories of the inmates, this film the culture of violence among prisoners and their brutal mistreatment by the guards who go unpunished. Old Chatham Quaker Meeting, Old Chatham. (518) 766-2992.


Summer Movies on King Street 8:30-10:30pm. King Street Walkway, Middletown. (845) 343-8075.

Foraging Walk, Talk, and Tasting at Thorn Preserve 3-5pm. $20. Learn more about early summer flora with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Thorn Preserve, Woodstock. 586-2611 ext. 112.

LECTURES & TALKS DiaTalks: Anna Lovatt on Michelle Stuart 2:30-3:30pm. Free with museum admission. DiaTalks is a new series that brings together leading scholars, curators, and writers to consider the work of a single artist currently on view at Dia. Dia:Beacon, Beacon. (845) 440-0100. Funny, but True! 11am-1pm. Join us for a youth workshop series to shows you how to craft true and entertaining stories from your life! Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. (845) 757-3771. Traveling Talks: Artist Keri Smith and The Wander Society 4-6pm. $15/$10 members/$30 family. Keri Smith is a Canadian conceptual artist and author whose work spans a broad range of media. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

MUSIC An Evening with Ann Hampton Callaway 8pm. $47-$77 Reserved. Bradstan Cabaret Series. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Bel Canto at Caramoor presents Il pirata by Bellini 7:30-10pm. $20-$110. This season’s operatic centerpiece is a semi-staged production of Bellini’s 1827 breakthrough opera "Il pirata" (“The Pirate”). Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Berkshire Beatles Bash with Classical Mystery Tour 3-8pm. $45/$35 in advance. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2000. Bluegrass Brunch: Dead Grass 12pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. The Church 8pm. $35-$99. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. David Kraai with Chris Macchia 8:45-9:45pm. David Kraai doles out a concert of the finest country folk music with the help of Chris Macchia slapping that upright country bass. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (855) 883-3798. Dylan Doyle Band 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro.

7th Annual “Racing to Save Lives” 5K/10K Run/Walk in Memory of Andrea Markoe 8am. $20/$25. Sponsored by MOST Physical Therapy. Tymor Park, Union Vale.

Full Moon Hike 8pm. Enjoy the moonlit fields and forests on a guided full moon trek. Hear lunar and celestial stories and learn about the stars. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. (845) 534-7781. Hit the Trail: Schunnemunk Mountain 9am-1pm. $10/$7 members. Adult adventure. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. (845) 534-7781. Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Distance Swimming Tests 12-2pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz. Summer Hike on Byrdcliffe’s Mt. Guardian Trails 9:30am. $15. With DEC-licensed Hiking Guide David Holden. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-2079.

THEATER The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Green Day’s American Idiot 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. The Jag. 8pm. 'Bone’ Chicarella comes home to convince his aging father to restore and sell the family’s prized possession—a 1967 Jaguar sedan. Family secrets and the real power of the Jaguar, are revealed. Shadowland Stages, Ellenville. (845) 647-5511. Pride and Prejudice 7:30pm. $20/$18 seniors and children under 12. The Coach House Theater, Kingston. 331-2476. Saturday Night Fever 4 & 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154. Storybook Tales 11am. $7. This show is played by Bright Star Theater. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080.

THEATER "The Secret Life of Bees"

caption tk Lynn Nottage and Duncan Sheik collaborated on an adaptation of "The Secret Life of Bees" at the Powerhouse Theater this month.

Building a Buzz “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here” Sue Monk Kidd writes in her novel The Secret Life of Bees. This summer, a group of Pulitzer, Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk winners and nominees will ensure this story is remembered in word and song. “The Secret Life of Bees,” will be workshopped at Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater from July 27 through 29. The original musical, which will be staged for the first time, was written by Lynn Nottage, composed by Duncan Sheik with lyrics by Susan Birkenhead and directed by Sam Gold. (Previous musical theater workshop pieces include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” and Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.”) Set, against the backdrop of the civil rights movement in South Carolina, the story centers around a young white girl named Lily Owens who is trying to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death. When her black housekeeper and surrogate mother Rosaleen is arrested while attempting to vote, Lily sees this as the chance for her and Rosaleen to escape. In their attempt to flee the past, they find themselves on a bee farm owned by the Boatwright sisters, who welcome them into their magical, eccentric, and surprisingly familiar world. In his third project at Powerhouse Theater, Tony Award winner Sam Gold (“Fun Home”) was the last to join the creative team. “Three of my favorite people working in musical theater were embarking on adapting this very special book,” Gold says. “It’s a group of collaborators who I have been around and wanted to work with but hadn’t quite found the right thing for.” In addition to the meaningful story and relatable characters, Gold says he wanted to be a part of the cultural dialogue by exploring the book’s political backdrop. “I really wanted to be involved in a conversation about race relations and civil rights,” he says. “I think that it’s important that theater gets into the heart of the cultural conversation.”

Unlike plays, which typically include just the director and playwright, musicals involve many collaborators working at their own pace. “My job has a lot to do with bringing everyone together,” Gold says. “I love the team and I love that everyone is coming from really different perspectives. As a director, it’s my job to find common ground with everyone and find the vocabulary that we’re all going to work on together.” Gold, who rarely works in the world of musical theater, says musicals demand more from more people. “Developing a musical is a very muscular, long, and challenging process,” he says. “It takes a lot of time, energy, cooks in the kitchen, songs that get tossed in the garbage along the way. It’s a brutal process, making a new musical, and you have to love the people you’re doing it with, you have to have a lot of fun doing it, and you really have to believe the material is important to people.” The workshop will mark the first time all members of the creative team will be in one place with what they’ve been collaborating on remotely. “We’ll be hearing [the musical] for the first time, making really big changes, and presenting something at the end that will be brand new material heard for the very first time,” Gold says. Gold believes having response from the community will be useful to the team as they continue refining the work. As far as post-Powerhouse plans for “The Secret Life of Bees,” there is nothing set in stone. “It’s a really good opportunity to figure out what the correct home will be for it and what the next step should be,” Gold says. Powerhouse Theater stages “The Secret Life of Bees” in the Martel Theater at Vassar College from July 27 through 29. The Powerhouse season continues through July 30. (845) 437-5599; —Carolyn Quimby 7/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 89

"The Great Leap" Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team. Susan Stein Shiva Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. (845) 437-5907.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Botanical Cyanotype with Caitlin Parker 10am-1pm. $80. In this workshop we will use sunshine to make botanical images on paper and fabric. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. Dismantling Racism: Building Capacity for White People to Understand Racial Injustice 7-8:30pm. The Quaker Intentional Village/ Canaan will host a series of 6 free workshops using a curriculum to create a space for white people interested in being effective allies with people of color in the work of dismantling racism and undoing white privilege. QIVC, East Chatham. (518) 392-0289. Fan Your Talents Workshop 6-8pm. Participants will decorate a traditional Chinese fan in their own creative way. New Paltz Community Center, New Paltz. Printing with Pressed Flowers with Caitlin Parker 2-5pm. $85. Learn how plants can be pressed and then used as stamps to print on paper and fabric. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson.

SUNDAY 9 DANCE New York City Ballet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Hot-Air Balloon Festival The festival will see over 80 launches , plus a petting zoo, hayrides, food trucks, taproom, ball toss, fire pits, and live music. Barton Orchards, Poughquag. Summertide 2017 $75/$90. Food and music festival to benefit the North East Community Center and High Watch Farm. Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant, Amenia. (845) 373-9021. Teddy Bear Picnic Festival 12-4pm. Bring your picnic basket, blanket and favorite teddy bear and have a picnic at the farm with music, vendors, games, and alpacas. Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley. (845) 605-7002.

FILM George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Performed by the Paris Opera Ballet 2pm. $12/$10 members/$6 children 12 and under. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. (845) 658-8989.


LECTURES & TALKS More Than a Hat: Religious Head Coverings in Everyday Life 1-3pm. An interactive program on religious head coverings within the Sikh, Muslim, and Orthodox Jewish communities. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. (845) 454-3222.

LITERARY & BOOKS Hudson Valley YA Society: Summer Reads with Adele Griffin, Morgan Matson, and Jenny Han 4-6pm. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-0500. Arianna String Quartet 3pm. Featuring Victoria Schwartzman, piano. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126. Chiara String Quartet 4pm. $45/$25/$5 students. Classical. Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. (845) 679-8217. Daniil Trifonov 4-6pm. $20-$75/Garden Listening $10. Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has astounded audiences around the world. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Family Concert with Ratboy, Dog on Fleas Uncle Rock and Story Laurie 12-3pm. $8/$5 children 1-4. Benefit for Khusi Hona. We are bringing 11 students to Nepal in August to do work with an orphanage and a school. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625. Jamie Baum & Short Stories 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. Kimberly 12-2pm. Singer/songwriter Kimberly brings her unique style to the Cafe stage. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. (845) 687-2699. Marshall Crenshaw and Friends 8pm. $35. Acoustic rock. The Barn at Egremont Inn, South Egremont, MA. (413) 528-9580. Open Mike 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kinds welcome. Sign-ups: 4-4:30pm, performances: 4:30-6pm and on. No full bands please. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. (845) 452-8010. Randy Newman 7pm. $58-$138. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. Japanese Drumming in the Widow Jane Mine 3-5pm. $20. Taiko Masala has thrilled audiences throughout the US with performances of Japan’s traditional drumming-Taiko. Century House Historical Society, Rosendale. (845) 658-9900. Walter Trout 7pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.


Women’s Full Moon Gathering 7-9pm. $10. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Tim Kubart and The Space Cadets 1 & 4pm. $23. Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets put on a highly interactive and musically rich show that always speaks to kids at top of their intelligence. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

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Sew a Fabric Bucket with Cal Patch 10am-1pm. $65. Use it as a basket, a bag, a hold-all. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson.

MONDAY 10 DANCE New York City Ballet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

KIDS & FAMILY Arts Collaboration Summer Theatre Camp 9am-3pm. $290/sibling discounts available. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154.

MUSIC Ben Perowsky’s “3 is a Magic Number” Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. Markus Noisternig: Spatial Audio Performance 8-10pm. $18. As part of EMPAC’s Spatial Audio Summer Workshop, audio researcher Markus Noisternig will present an evening of multichannel audio works. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Nickelback 6pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES The Family Tree: Narrative & Art 6-9pm. Second part on July 17. With Nancy Kohler. Art School of Columbia County, Harlemville. (518) 672-7140. Letterpress Toolkit with Sarah McDermott 9am-4pm. $750/$700 members. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. (845) 658-9133. Living with Alzheimer’s for the MiddleStage Caregiver 6-8pm. Three-part series. A free educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter. The Avalon Assisted Living, Wappingers Falls. (800) 272-3900. Painting with Pastels 9am-noon. $150/four consecutive classes. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. (845) 679-2388. We’ve Got the Blues: Indigo Dyeing for Paper & Cloth 9am-4pm. $750/$700 members. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. (845) 658-9133.

SPIRITUALITY Celebration of Spirit 1-5pm. World-renowned Sister Shivani speaking on “Awakening our Golden Future”. Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

PLAY: Music 9am-4pm. $350. For ages 9-15 years old, this three-week program at Bethel Woods provides opportunities for exploration in songwriting, instrumental music, and vocals. Through July 29. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.



2nd Sunday Session 12pm. Live Irish music with brunch made of fiercely local ingredients. Panoramic views of the Catskills. Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow. (518) 239-6234. Sound Bath Meditative Healing Sessions 10-11am. $13. Come spend Sunday morning with us for a Sound Bath meditative healing session with Jenni Love. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

"The Great Leap" Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team. Susan Stein Shiva Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. (845) 437-5907.

THEATER The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Green Day’s American Idiot 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Jag. 8pm. 'Bone’ Chicarella comes home to convince his aging father to restore and sell the family’s prized possession—a 1967 Jaguar sedan. Family secrets and the real power of the Jaguar, are revealed. Shadowland Stages, Ellenville. (845) 647-5511. Pride and Prejudice 2pm. $20/$18 seniors and children under 12. The Coach House Theater, Kingston. 331-2476. Saturday Night Fever 2 & 7pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 2pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154.


Tea & Stones: A Monthly Gathering of Stone Minds 6:30-7:30pm. Each month we’ll explore a different stone from our vast collection. You’ll learn about their healing qualities, history, folklore, and ways to incorporate them into our daily life. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

MUSIC Djam Gong Gamelan Quintet 6pm. Come hear cosmic sounds from ancient and future eras with Djam Gong. They will perform original music on Balinese Gamelan instruments such as: gongs, flutes, drums, and metal percussion. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. (845) 757-3771. Pink Martini 8pm. $36-$101. A stylish and sophisticated blend of jazz, classical, and old-fashioned pop, this eclectic “little orchestra” draws inspiration from around the world. 8pm. $35$101. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Kid’s Watercolor Pencil Workshop 4:30-5:30pm. $20/$75 8-part series. During the event, participants will explore watercolor pencils and use them to create an underwater octopus scene. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. (845) 518-0195.

WEDNESDAY 12 FILM Met Live: Summer Encores: Nabucco 7-9:30pm. $26/$21 Gold Member. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Verdi’s early drama of ancient Babylon, Nabucco. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Qi Gong with Mark Pukmel 7-9pm. $20/package available. Qi Gong is based on repetitions of very precise sets of movements, specifically designed to benefit health on many levels. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

MUSIC Dale Watson and Ray Benson 7pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro.

THEATER Saturday Night Fever 2pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Conversations on Color $550. Through July 14. Participants will learn how to understand colors by their hue, chroma, and value. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. (845) 331-3112.

BUSINESS & NETWORKING Alternative Lending: Your Access to Capital 2 6-8pm. Please join us for a panel discussion of resources to finance your small business. RThink Dutchess Alliance for Business, Poughkeepsie. (845) 363-6432.

DANCE New York City Ballet 2 & 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

FILM Danny Says 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. Q&A with director. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 6:30-8:30pm. $475. 8-session program series with Stephanie Speer. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute, Rhinebeck. (945) 332-9936.

LECTURES & TALKS Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk 6pm. Free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety of topics at our Open House, after community meditation practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. (845) 658-8556.

THURSDAY 13 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. (845) 418-3640.

DANCE New York City Ballet 2pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Monthly Sacred Singing & Chanting Circle 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Singing has numerous emotional and spiritual benefits. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2206.

LECTURES & TALKS Artist Talk by Susan Slotnick 6-8pm. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. (845) 675-1217.

LITERARY & BOOKS David Daley: Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count 6-8pm. Editor in Chief of Salon David Daley’s account uncovers the fundamental rigging of our House of Representatives and state legislatures nationwide. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-0500.

THEATER A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)

Matthew Dipple The Wooster Group presents "A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)" at Bard's Fisher Center.

Pretty in Pink “We’re trying to channel the spirit of a man a lot of people aren’t familiar with,” explains Ari Fliakos of the Wooster Group. Their play “A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)” will have its world premiere at the Bard SummerScape Festival on July 13. Fliakos is referring to Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990), an Polish avant-garde artist, set designer, writer, and director. His theatrical company, Cricot 2, was centered in Krakow. Cricot’s most notable piece, “The Dead Class,” which includes both living actors and mannequins in a shabby classroom, has been performed over 1,500 times, and was named the world’s best play by Newsweek magazine in 1976. Living through two world wars and the Holocaust (much of which took place on Polish soil), Kantor became a student of death. He wrote The Theatre of Death—A Manifesto in 1975. In particular, the Wooster Group focuses on Kantor’s play “I Shall Never Return” (1989), fragments of which will be shown on a large screen at center stage. Produced the year before Kantor died, it features the playwright himself lodging at a spooky inn, where he encounters characters from his previous works and bids them farewell. “We’re most interested in ‘I Shall Never Return’ because it has to do with coming back, or coming home,” reveals Fliakos. “And there’s a sense of: ‘Are we bringing Kantor back? Can we make him return?’” The theater group is collaborating with Kantor’s daughter Dorota Krakowska, who lives in Poland. “A Pink Chair” includes video interviews with Krakowska called “Sugar High Episodes,” in which she and Wooster Group actors drink tequila, eat sweets, and discuss Kantor’s work. (These may be seen on the Wooster Group Facebook page.) On one level, “A Pink Chair” is a documentary, combining video and live actors. But it’s more than that.

Theater takes place in the present tense. Once a theater troupe is disbanded, very little remains—just a few videos, which often look stilted and unconvincing—because the magic of live performance perishes in a digital medium. Someday the Wooster Group, too, will dissolve. In “A Pink Chair,” the renowned theater company performs an elegy to itself. The play’s title derives from an essay by Kantor about theater entitled “A Kitchen Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique).” This production changes “Kitchen Chair” to “Pink Chair” in honor of a particular prop they have used since the 1970s. Several of Kantor’s songs will be in the piece, including one in Polish. Coincidentally, “A Pink Chair” will use Chopin music—a lullaby adapted from one of his scherzos. (Chopin is the featured composer this summer at the Bard Music Festival.) In the early `80s, I saw Spalding Gray perform two of his first monologues at the Wooster Group’s theater, the Performing Garage. Gray had been a member of the company since 1969. Its other most famous alum is Willem Dafoe, who moved from experimental theater to the role of the Green Goblin in Spiderman 2. Wooster Group director Elizabeth LeCompte has received a MacArthur Fellowship—the so-called “genius grant”—plus a National Endowment for the Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The troupe is still in its original home, on Wooster Street in Soho. They work slowly and collaboratively, feeling their way toward a structure of their theatrical pieces. “After however many months or years we work on it, we’re creating a world that we end up inhabiting, that you are lifted into as a performer—and it’s incredibly freeing,” says Fliakos. The Wooster Group’s “A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)” will be performed at Bard’s Fisher Center from July 13 to July 23. (845) 758-7900; —Sparrow 7/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 91

MUSIC 20th Blues Pro Jam 8pm. The core band will feature Bruce Katz, Randy Ciarlante, Jay Collins, Chris Vitarello, Rick Knapp, and Sonny Rock. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Gary Hoey 8pm. $15-$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Hans Tutschku: Spatial Audio Performance 7-9pm. $18. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. The Intimate Bellini: Bel Canto Young Artists 7-9pm. $15-$40/students 18 and under free. The Bel Canto Young Artists join Director of Opera Will Crutchfield in this tribute to the father of modern melody. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Luke Bryan with special guests Brett Eldredge & Lauren Alaina 7pm. $96.25 Reserved Pavilion/$39.50 Lawn , VIP packages starting at $139. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Blood Drive 10:30am-5pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3001. Thresholds: Retreats for Deep Cleansing and Transformation $790/$735 early reg. Includes room and board. This three-day retreat will include daily colon hydrotherapy with nutritional support, yoga, meditation, craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care and and mores. Yamuna Healing Arts, Stone Ridge. (518) 837-1729.

KIDS & FAMILY Dinner Date, Kids Create! 6:30-8:30pm. $20-$25. Drop off the kids at Roost Studios & Art Gallery, pick up your restaurant discount coupon, and zip off to dinner and enjoy a wonderful meal and peace of mind. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. (516) 652-0229.


THEATER The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Green Day’s American Idiot" 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. "The Jag" 8pm. 'Bone’ Chicarella comes home to convince his aging father to restore and sell the family’s prized possession—a 1967 Jaguar sedan. Family secrets and the real power of the Jaguar, are revealed. Shadowland Stages, Ellenville. (845) 647-5511. "A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)" 7:30pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900.

Myles Mancuso Band 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

DANCE Dances of Universal Peace 7-9pm. Using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many different spiritual traditions, we cultivate joy, peace, and integration. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034. New York City Ballet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Zydeco Dance with Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe 7-11pm. $15. Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe turns any event into a full-fledged Mardi Gras party. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. (914) 388-7048.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Shandaken Art Studio Tour 6-9pm. Visit art studios all over Shandaken on a self-guided tour. Pick up free guidebook with maps at The Arts Upstairs and shops all over Shandaken, Woodstock & Kingston. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. (845) 688-2977.

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Smorgasburg Third Saturday of every month, 11am-6pm. 50+ food and lifestyle vendors. Hutton Brickyards, Kingston. Supper Club 7pm. Five-course dinner made with fiercly local ingredients. Panoramic views of the Catskills. Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow. (518) 239-6234.

Found Object Art and Collage Workshop with Artist Marc Switko 11am-4pm. Project Identity: Sessions at the Downtown Barn in Liberty is a FREE program for teens to come together to explore their interest and do something positive. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.




Creature Feature Weekend: Reptile Roundup 1 & 2:30pm. $3. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

Wild Adriatic and Me Like Bees 8pm. BSP, Kingston. (845) 481-5158.

The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154.

Summer Movies on King Street 8:30-10pm. The Downtown Middletown BID, The Middletown Recreation & Parks Department and The Middletown Cares Coalition present Summer Movies on King Street. King Street Walkway, Middletown. 343-8075.


Vickie Russell 6pm. Acoustic. Water Street Market (Antiques Center), New Paltz. (845) 255-1403.

Saturday Night Fever 2 & 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292.


Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey - A SixMonth Intensive 11am-5pm. $675. A six-month ntensive to connect deeply with the sacred medicine plants for healing and spiritually transformative evolution. The World Peace Prayer Sanctuary, Wassaic. 592-4609.

Open Mike Night with Jeff Entin 7-9:30pm. Bring your instrument and talent to the stage or enjoy a tasty dinner listening to the music. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. (845) 687-2699.

"Soundpainting" 6-8pm. Members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Company perform a site-specific dance theater work. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.

Rosendale Street Festival 12-10pm. Dozens of bands, live theater, thousands of people. Downtown Rosendale.


Open Mike at the Gallery 7-9:30pm. $5 donation. Musicians, spoken word artists, others, all welcome. Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. (914) 456-6700.

"A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)" 7:30pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900.

Shandaken Art Studio Tour 9am-10pm. Visit art studios all over Shandaken on a self-guided tour. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2977.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” On November 18, 1942, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Skin of Our Teeth” opened at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway. Ahead of its time, the play transports audience members into the lives of the Antrobus family—George and Maggie, their children, Gladys and Henry, and Sabina, the maid/George’s mistress—who face the contemporary challenges of an election, drastic changes in climate, trying to stay faithful in a marriage, and the end of the world. A witty classic American drama from the author of “Our Town,” the play is being staged by Voice Theater at the Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock July 6 to 23 with performances Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm and a matinee Sundays at 2pm. Tickets: $25, students and seniors $20. (845) 679-0154;

MUSIC A Benefit for Family of Woodstock and the Why Can't We Serve Documentary Project 8-10pm. $25. 22 This concert is to support Marty Klein, a disabled Veteran, to complete the documentary film Why Can’t We Serve on veteran suicide..Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. David Kraai 5&8pm. Angry Orchard Ciderie, Walden. Two sets of country folk, free tours & tasting flights. Angry Orchard, Walden. (888) 845-3311. Deslondes 9pm. Their music blends together influences from folk, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, R&B, American roots music, blues, gospel, country, and zydeco. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour 7pm. $53.45-$131.50 Reserved. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. María Volonté and Mavi Díaz & Las Folkies 7:30pm. $25. Join us for a night of tango orchestra with María Volonté and Mavi Díaz & Las Folkies. National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-2225.

"Pride and Prejudice" 7:30pm. $20/$18 seniors and children under 12. The Coach House Theater, Kingston. (845) 331-2476. "Saturday Night Fever" 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. "The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder" 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154. "Hamlet" 7-9pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Poughkeepsie. (845) 437-5907.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Blessing Our Glands Workshop $50-$200, sliding scale. Lunch at 12pm, introduction at 2 pm, dinner at 7pm. Bring clothing of one color from the chakras of your choice. Please be prepared for all types of weather. Rosekill Farm, Rosendale. (646) 578-3402.

Summer Front Porch Concerts 5-8pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. (845) 758-3241. Tribute to Gregg Allman featuring the Allman Pitchell Band 8pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Willa & Co. Quartet 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro.


A Pig Toast 11am-3pm. $0-$25. Pigs: If you knew them, you’d love them. Bright and impish, they’re a lot like you. Discover how wonderful they are at this special day celebrating the pigs of Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Join us as we toast the pigs — with watermelon! Then you’ll enjoy your own sumptuous feast: a generous vegan BBQ prepared by our chefs. Live music will be playing throughout the day and there will be fun activities for the kids. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Storyteller Karen Pillsworth 11am-noon. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771. Turtles 10am. Learn about native turtles and their amazing adaptations and meet some turtles up close. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

LECTURES & TALKS Inspiring Art: Tour du Monde.” This presentation follows Posie Strenz and her family trajector around the globe as they “world-schooled” their son, including glimpes of the international art scene and Strenz’s own photograms. Art Upstairs, Phoenicia. (845) 688-2142. Recent Trends in ECO Art with Amy Lipton 2pm. Led by Amy Lipton, director/curator ecoartspace, a nonprofit organization providing opportunities for artists who address environmental issues. Panelists include: Linda Weintraub, Christy Rupp, and Riva Weinstein. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

LITERARY & BOOKS Build a Better World One Story at a Time with storyteller Karen Pillsworth 11am-noon. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.



Alexis Cuadrado Group 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.

New England Square Dance and Contra Dance Party 6-9pm. $30. Featuring Wild Asparagus, with callers George Marshall and David Kaynor and special guests Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. (631) 897-7435.

Ricky Gordon Quintet with Blues Maneuver 6:30-8pm. Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. (800) 942-6904.

Bluegrass Brunch: The Feinberg Brothers noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

Piano Summer: Faculty Gala 7pm. Treat yourself to an aesthetic adventure in dynamic classical music featuring five pianists. The Faculty Gala features showpieces of celebrated composers, and a rare chance to hear them all on one night! McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz.

Repair Cafe: Warwick 10am-2pm. Bring your beloved but broken item to our volunteer “repair coaches”: electricians, seamstresses, mechanics and all-purpose fix-it pros with superior technical skills. Senior Center at Warwick Town Hall, Warwick.

David Kraai & The Saddle Tramps 3-3:45pm. Country rock. Rosendale Street Festival, Rosendale. 943-6497. Imagination Movers 3-5pm. $23. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Jazz at the Maverick: Bill Charlap Trio 8pm. $30/$55 reserved seating/$5 students. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Jazz Festival: Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center 10am-10pm. $30-$110 /Day Only $25. Curated by our friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. PS21 Opening Night Celebration with Alicia Svigals Klezmer Fiddle Express 8-10pm. $35/$30 members/$18 students with school ID. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Jason Vieaux: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla 4-6pm. $25-$80/Garden Listening $10. Vivald’s Four Seasons has enchanted generations of music lovers with its vivid musical images of the natural world. Vieaux has chosen Vivaldi’s beloved Guitar Concerto in D Major to open this program. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

Shandaken Art Studio Tour 9am-5pm. Visit art studios all over Shandaken on a self-guided tour.. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2977.

Parker Quartet 4pm. $45/$25/$5 students. Classical. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Rosendale Street Festival 12-10pm. Dozens of bands, live theater, thousands of people. Downtown Rosendale.

Penderecki String Quartet 3pm. Featuring Leopoldo Erice, piano. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.



Smorgasburg Third Sunday of every month, 11am-6pm. 50+ food and lifestyle vendors. Hutton Brickyards, Kingston.

Auditions for Dark of the Moon 7pm. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers 8pm. $20-$30. With Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION The Lenox Garden Club 2017 House and Garden Tour 10am-4pm. $60. The 2017 House and Garden Tour features five rarely seen properties in the Great Barrington countryside. (413) 528-4611. Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Distance Swimming Tests 12-2pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 7:30-9:30pm. $25/$10 for students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Green Day’s American Idiot 8pm and 11pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Jag. The Jag. 8pm. 'Bone’ Chicarella comes home to convince his aging father to restore and sell the family’s prized possession—a 1967 Jaguar sedan. Family secrets and the real power of the Jaguar, are revealed. Shadowland Stages, Ellenville. (845) 647-5511.. Annie, Kids 11am. $7. The heartwarming story of little orphan Annie as she seeks to find the parents who abandoned her, performed by the Center's musical theater group. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 7:30pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Pride and Prejudice 7:30pm. $20/$18 seniors and children under 12. The Coach House Theater, Kingston. 331-2476. Saturday Night Fever 4 & 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. (845) 679-0154. Hamlet July 16, 7-9pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Adapted and Directed by Emily Mendelsohn. Performed outdoors at the Vassar Barns on the Vassar Farm. Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Explore & Create: Botanical Drawing 10am-noon. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

Stones and Stories Workshop 11am-1pm. Native Hawaiian choreographer Christopher K. Morgan shares stories about the role of stones in traditional Hawaiian culture and his own life. POpen to all ages. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


Pot Luck Dinner Third Monday of every month, 6:15-7:30pm. Cantine’s Island Cohousing, a familyfriendly community welcomes visitors to a pot luck dinner on the 3rd Monday of every month. Cantine’s Island Cohousing, Saugerties. 246-3271.


Moonlit Movie Mondays: O Brother, Where Art Thou? 7:30pm. $8/$6 members/$5 kids. Bring a blanket and some snacks, buy some popcorn, and hang out under the stars while watching one of your favorite films. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Week 2: Paper Art 9am-3pm. In the ever-growing digitization of culture, paper becomes increasingly of a sidelined material in our youths’ lives. In Frederic Church’s lifetime paper was the form of all communication; it was exotic, precious, incredible, and a material that drove so much childhood play and adventure. We will delve deeply into the history of paper, take a field trip, borrow from the 19th century and from many cultures around the world to make decorative pulp papers, paper dolls, paper cutouts, papiermâché, pop-up books, kites, decoupage, and so much more. This week-long program will turn paper into magic and create marvelous skills. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

Ricky Gordon Sextet 8pm. $23-$43. Jazz and blues. Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. (800) 942-6904.



Story of a Girl In Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, the life of 13-year-old Deanna is forever changed when a video of her having sex with her older brother’s friend goes viral. Three years later, Deanna continues to deal with slut-shaming and a tarnished reputation. Her homelife is no escape. Her brother and his girlfriend Stacy (played by Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon’s daughter, Sosie Bacon) live in the basement with their baby. Her father hasn’t been able to look her in the eye since watching the video. Desperate to save enough money to get out of her small Oregon town as soon as possible, Deanna lands a job at a run-of-the-mill pizza place owned by Kevin Bacon. Story of a Girl is a nostalgic coming-of-age-story for the digital age. Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of Story of a Girl at Upstate Films in Woodstock on July 15 at 2pm. After the showing, Kyra Sedgwick will hold a Q&A. Tickets: $10. Story of a Girl premieres on Lifetime on July 23.

KIDS & FAMILY Creature Feature Weekend: Reptile Roundup 1 & 2:30pm. $3. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

LITERARY & BOOKS Zak Pelaccio & Peter BarrettL Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game 11am-1pm. Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

MUSIC Boris Berman 4pm. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-3775. Incubus with Jimmy Eat World 6:30pm. $75.95 - $105.95 Reserved/$38 Lawn. With special guests Jimmy Eat World & Atlas Genius. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Lincoln Mayorga: Chopin & Candlelight 2pm. A musical and dramatic presentation. Pianist Lincoln Mayorga performs Chopin’s Twenty-six Preludes. Actors Nancy Rothman and Martin Anderson read selected Chopin diary entries and letters between Chopin and his lover, George Sand. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121.

Kid’s Watercolor Resist Art Workshop 9:30-10:30am. $20/$75 series. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 518-0195.

Los Lonely Boys 8pm. $40. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

Portraits & Caricatures with Maj Kalfus 9am-noon. Art School of Columbia County, Harlemville. (518) 672-7140.

The Moody Blues 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds 2-4pm. $25/$10 for students. A mother’s bitterness colors the lives of her two high school-aged daughters, one rebellious and emotionally unstable, one painfully shy. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Green Day’s American Idiot 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Jag. 8pm. 'Bone’ Chicarella comes home to convince his aging father to restore and sell the family’s prized possession—a 1967 Jaguar sedan. Family secrets and the real power of the Jaguar, are revealed. Shadowland Stages, Ellenville. (845) 647-5511. A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 2pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900. Pride and Prejudice 2pm. $20/$18 seniors and children under 12. The Coach House Theater, Kingston. 331-2476. Saturday Night Fever 2 & 7pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 2pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 8456790154. Hamlet 7-9pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Adapted and Directed by Emily Mendelsohn. Performed outdoors at the Vassar Barns on the Vassar Farm. Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.

Zip Zap Summer Circus Program 9am-5pm. Join us as Zip Zap Circus USA brings its circus magic to Newburgh in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh and Safe Harbors of the Hudson. Free and open to 25 middle school students. Work with a team of experienced circus coaches to play together, learn new skills and create a spectacular show. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Through July 28. Safe Harbors Green, Newburgh. 561-4936.


Ben Perowsky’s “3 is a Magic Number” Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro.


Auditions for Dark of the Moon 7pm. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Botanical Intaglio: Drawing, Mark-Making & Incising from the Ground Up with Roxanne Faber Savage 9am-4pm. $750/$700 members. Through July 21. T ArtFarm plantings and nearby plant life. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133. The Calligraphic Line: Joining Brush, Mind, and Hand with Barbara Bash 9am-4pm. $750/$700 members. Through July 21. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133. CaravanKids Summer Workshop 9am-noon. $225 half day/$350 full day. Through July 21. The camp will expose children to the wonderful world of dance in an inspiring fun-filled way. Also included are theater games, nature hikes, storytelling and arts & crafts. Center For Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 256-9300. Form and Content: Landscape Painting Intensive 9am-4pm. $318. Three-day workshop with Christie Scheele. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Investigating Huatou Intensive Retreat Through July 26. Led by Chi Chern Fashi. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114. Painting with Pastels 9am-noon. $150/four consecutive classes. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Pulptypes: Hybrid Print & Papermaking with May Babcock 9am-4pm. $750/$700 members. Through July 21. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133.


TUESDAY 18 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 5th Annual David Fletcher Luncheon 11:30am. $50. Jewish Family Services of Ulster County. Honoring Ward Todd. Best Western Hotel, Kingston. 338-0400.

MUSIC Foreigner 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330. Robert Earl Keen 7:30pm. $34.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

THEATER Auditions for Dark of the Moon 7pm. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES World's Deadliest Animal: The Mosquito Cary Institute disease ecologist Shannon LaDeau will talk about Zika, est Nile, and Other mosquito-borne diseases. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. (845) 677-5343.


LITERARY & BOOKS Alexandra Silber : After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof 6-8pm. Alexandra Silber is the Grammynominated actress and singer who starred most recently as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. “After Anatevka” is her sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

MUSIC Joe Louis Walker noon. The powerhouse guitar virtuoso and boundary-pushing icon of modern blues, Joe Louis Walker performs with his band. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Luiz de Moura Castro 7:30pm. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-3775. Petey Hop Hosts Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. Robert Early Keene 7pm. $30-$50. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

COMEDY Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour 8-10pm. $35/$50/$60/$75. Critically acclaimed actor and comedian. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Che Malambo 8pm. The explosive, foot-stomping all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo lights up the night with percussion, singing and whirling boleadoras. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330. Parsons Dance Open Rehearsal 6:30-8pm. The Barn Studio at PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

FILM Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series 8pm. $5-$10. Basilica Hudson’s annual series highlighting unconventional independent non-fiction films and visiting directors. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

From Scratch: Scrimshaw for Beginners 6-9pm. $185/$145 members. Three Tuesdays. Students will learn the American maritime art of scrimshaw, from start to finish. They’ll explore a brief history of the craft and its place in nautical history, then learn to etch a one-of- a-kind design into a bone-handled marlin spike pocket knife to take home. Techniques will include preparing the surface for etching, developing a design to fit the space, etching lines with a scribe, and sealing the carved surface. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.

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David Kraai 9:30pm. Singer-songwriter. 9:30pm. Country folk music. Birdsall House, Peekskill. (914) 930-1880. Jack Ingram 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Sarah Rommel, Cello and Xiaohui Yang, Piano 7-9pm. $15-$30/under 18 free. A varied program that pairs cello works from neighboring Germany and Czechoslovakia, including Martin’s brooding variations on a Slovak theme and Beethoven’s delightful variations on Papageno’s aria from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents Soundpainting 6-8pm. Members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Company perform a site-specific dance theater work created for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The performance is created in part of the language of Soundpainting, the multidisciplinary sign language used for live composition, Composed and Directed by Max Reuben. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.


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

Dan Bern 7pm. Folk rock, pop. The Falcon, Marlboro.

A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 7:30pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Met Live: Summer Encores: Carmen 7-10pm. $26 /$21 Gold Members. Sir Richard Eyre’s gritty production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as the ill-fated gypsy temptress. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.


bigBANG 7pm. Large ensemble jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro.

Copenhagen 7:30-9:30pm. $20/$10 students. Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents Michael Frayn’s ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and explosive re-imagining of the 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Two Nobel Prize-winning physicists on opposite sides of WWII debate the dire implications of imminent creation of the atomic bomb with the fate of the entire world hanging in the balance. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.


Wild Mountain Birds: Get Wild with Some Raptors 2-3pm. Annie Mardiney of Wild Mountain Birds, a wild bird rescue, rehabilitation, and educational programmer based in the Hudson Valley, will bring 8-10 native raptor species to the library for this exciting event. Viewers will get to see: a barred owl, a barn owl, screech owls, a red-tailed hawk, a red-shouldered hawk, a broad-winged hawk, and an American kestrel. She will also have a collection of wings that people can pick up, examine, and match with photos of the species. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.




Dancing at Dusk: Celebrating Mexico 5-7pm. $10/$5 child. The Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage. With an evening that will explore traditional dances from a 100-year-old wedding dance of Veracruz to the popular “La Bamba,” this fun, interactive event will transport children and their families to a colorful world of inspiring music and movement. Artists Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

Baumgartner. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. summer/lucy-raven-low-relief.

The Secret City Art Revival The community-style art worship event Secret City returns to Woodstock for its fourth annual high-intensity service. This year, The Secret City will also host a weekendlong “Revival” festival throughout the town of Woodstock featuring performances and presentations by singer/songwriter Sandy Bell, theater troupe Dzieci, dancer Clyde Fusei Forth and her company Lokaspura, Liv Hardy, Pamela Parker and Matteo Farirella, Connie Hall and Alanna Medlock, Jeff Stark, Viv Corringham, Cindy Hoose, and pranksters Julie Novak and Michael Wilcock as well as other artists. The theme of the weekend is Harmony—inspired by the communal singing that regularly occurs at Secret City events. The hope is to build an annual week-long festival in Woodstock. Artistic director and Secret City founder and service MC Chris Wells describes Secret City events as “sincere and fabulous community celebrations of the everyday creative life. With outfits.” The Secret City Art Revival begins July 27 and culminates with the annual Secret City gathering at the Bearsville Theater on Sunday, July 30 at noon. $20 suggested donation.; (845) 679-4406.

Saturday Night Fever 2 & 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 8456790154.

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


THEATER A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 2pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900. Saturday Night Fever 2pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES #HandcraftNight Third Wednesday of every month, 5-8pm. $5. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. Fan Your Talents Workshop 6-8pm. This program is designed for artists of all ages; bringing nature, people and art together in harmony. Workshops are free and open to the public. Participants will decorate a traditional Chinese fan in their own creative way. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 214-8579.

Lucy Raven and Phil Tippett: Starship Troopers 7-9pm. $6. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. spring/starship-troopers. National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part I “Millennium Approaches” 7-10pm. $21/$16 Gold Members. Directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

LITERARY & BOOKS Lucy Raven: Low Relief Book Launch 6-7pm. FREE. Low Relief combines artist Lucy Raven’s multi-year research into industrial image making, conducted in part through a series of EMPAC residencies, and the artworks that resulted—RP31 (2012), Curtains (2014), and the EMPAC-commissioned cinema event Tales of Love and Fear (2015)—into a monographic book designed by EMPAC graphic artist Eileen

Adam Weinert: Monument 7-8:30pm. $30. Combines beautifully revived works by legends of modern dance with original choreography by Hudson-based dance artist Adam H. Weinert. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 828-1438. Ballroom By Request Lesson & Practice Time Third Friday of every month, 8-11pm. $15 for both lessons/$10 one lesson. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Rally in the Valley A weekend of art and activism to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. Warren Street, Hudson.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls 7:30-8:30pm. $25. Everything in the universe vibrates at its own frequency. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

KIDS & FAMILY Kidz Bop 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

Stories from the Longhouse told by Stephanie Marie Fox 1pm. Stories shared from the rich oral tradition of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Foundations of Woodworking: Basic Hand Joinery 6-10pm. $220/$175 HRMM members. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.




Bill’s Toupee 8:30pm. Covers. Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505.


Fred Zepplin 7pm. Classic rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro.

Adam Weinert: Monument 7-8:30pm. $30. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 828-1438.

John Fullbright 8-10pm. $40-$75. Singer/songwriter. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.


The Kurt Henry Band CD Release Party with The Dharma Bums 8-11pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Lara Hope & the Arktones 8pm. $15. Roots, rock n roll, rockabilly, and R&B. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 866-781-2922.

Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Rally in the Valley A weekend of art and activism to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. Warren Street, Hudson. SuperTone Music Festival 1pm-midnight. $35-$48. Roeliff Jansen Park Event Barn, Hillsdale. (646) 269-9216.

FILM Movies Under the Walkway 7-11pm. A family-friendly movie. Upper Landing Park, Poughkeepsie. 471-1775.

Annual Rosendale Library Book Sale 10am-3pm. Lightly used books and media, including collectibles, cookbooks, first editions, best sellers, teen & children’s books will be for available. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013. Flower Power: Poetry of War & Healing Write poetry and read significant war poets at this workshop. Poetry Barn, West Hurley.

MUSIC Hotchkiss Summer Portals Anniverary Gala The 5th anniversary gala will be played by Fabio & Gisele Witkowski and the Fine Arts Quartet. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-3775.

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 866-781-2922. Emmylou Harris 8-10pm. $30-$110. A true music legend, 13-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris brings her unique blend of folk, country, and roots music. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Eric Person Trio 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Glenn Miller Orchestra 7:30pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Ian Flanigan 6:30-8pm. Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. (800) 942-6904. Ilya Rashkovskiy Recital 7pm. Over the past decade, pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy has won first price in numerous international competitions. McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz. Let Us be Heard Musical Showcase 8pm. $15/$10 for students. Safe Harbors and ParkSound Music present Let Us Be Heard Musical Showcase. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. 784-1199. Maria Sebastian and Perry Nicholas 8pm. Music and poetry, with 5 open mike slots. Green Kill, Kingston.

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Rod Stewart with special guest Cyndi Lauper 8pm. $75.50-$202.50 reserved/$48 lawn. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Ken Polinskie Artist’s Talk 2-3:30pm. Master paper maker Ken Polinskie. Ken Polinskie: Infinite Paper, Hudson. (518) 929-1958.

Pedrito Martinez Group 8pm. $23-$43. Latin jazz. Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. (800) 942-6904.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase Third Friday of every month, 8pm. $6. Acoustic Music by three outstanding singer-songwriters and musicians at ASK GALLERY, 97 Broadway, Kingston 8-10:30 pm Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0311.

The Rob Scheps, Francesca Tanksley Quaret with Eliot Zigmund, David Kingsnorth 8-11pm. Saxophonist Scheps & pianist Tanksley return to Rosendale after a sold out show last winter. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale.

Soul Asylum and Cracker 8-10pm. $35/$45/$60. 8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.

Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper 7:30pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

Split Bill: Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro.

Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes 8pm. $30-$85. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Split Bill: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends 7pm. Alt-rock. The Falcon, Marlboro.

Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute 8pm. $15-$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio 8pm. $20. Sylvie Courvoisier: piano; Drew Gress: bass; Tomas Fujiwara: drums. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

The Weight Band 8pm. $40-$60. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Western Centuries 9pm. Roots, rock and roll. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mike Night Poet Edition Third Friday of every month, 6:30-9pm. TThe Dream Center, Newburgh. 234-8716. Washingtonville Date Night 6-10pm. Live music, outdoor movie. L Vern Allen Park, Washingtonville. 418-5347.

THEATER Comedy Center 8pm. $10. A hilarious night of stand-up. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. Copenhagen 7:30-9:30pm. $20/$10 students. Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 7:30pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Saturday Night Fever 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 8456790154. Staged Reading: Dishwasher Dreams 8pm. Aladdin Ullah’s one man show draws from his father’s immigrant experience and his own childhood. Accompanied by a tabla player. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121. Cymbeline -23, 7-9pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward. Performed outdoors at the Vassar Barns on the Vassar Farm. Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Poughkeepsie. 437-3604.

Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial Normally, the 19th-century Queen Anne style country house that the Suckleys (cousins to the Roosevelts) built on their Hudson River estate in Rhinecliff is the main attraction at Wilderstein. Every summer for the past three years, however, sculpture has taken over the grounds, eclipsing the house’s grandeur with an array of traditional and unorthodox art. The fourth annual Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, which opened in June, features 18 sculptures and installations from Hudson Valley and regional artists including Michael Asbill, Carl Grieco, Alex Kveton, Jodi Carlson, Michael Ciccone, Joe Chirchirillo, David Nyzio, Peter Schlemowitz, Naomi Teppich, Tom Holmes, Jeff Johnson, Bernard Klevickas, Norm Magnusson, Shelley Parriott, Herman Roggeson, Suprina and Mimi Czajka Graminski. “Many of the works address environmental themes such as use of recycled and found objects, auto parts, a bicycle, tree logs, and historic signage, and one conceptual piece grows mushrooms,” says curator Franc Palaia. Free tours with the curator are offered on August 6, September 10, and October 8 at 1pm. The exhibit closes on October 31.

FOOD & WINE Fried Chicken Picnic 4pm. Fried chicken dinner made with fiercely local ingredients. Music by Jumbo Bungalow, Helderberg Brewery beers, panoramic views of the Catskills. By reservation. Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow. (518) 239-6234.

GALAS The OLANA Summer Party | Olana '67 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Olana as art a public work of art. Top regional chefs will create 1967-inspired hors d’oeuvres and a DJ will spin tunes from this era on Olana’s East Lawn. Host committee reception: 5-6pm, main cocktail event: 6-8pm. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson.

KIDS & FAMILY Family Art Day 1-4pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

LECTURES & TALKS Author Event: Leslie Sharpe, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills 1-3pm. Catskill Interpretive Center, Mount Tremper. 688-3369.

Barnival $72. Enjoy this outdoor carnival at the historic Mohonk Barn Museum, featuring magicians, live music, popcorn, a bounce castle, local artisans, and tastings from hudson Valley breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (834) 859-6716. Ben Allison and the Easy Way 6:30pm. Jazz. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126. Bill’s Toupee 9pm. Orange County Choppers, Newburgh. 522-5222. Booker T. Jones 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Brady Rymer 11am-1pm & 3-5pm. $23. Brady Rymer makes infectious, high-energy rock & roll for kids and families. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Brian Kastan Jazz Fusion Improv Group 8-10pm. $15. Jazz/Fusion by accomplished musicians including Brian Kastan, Mitch Schecter, Chris Sullivan, and Karl Latham. Amity Gallery, Warwick. 258-0818.

Talking Fire Reggae Dance Party 8:30-11:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. The Twelfth Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: Simone Dinnerstein performs the Goldberg Variations 8pm. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121. West Point Band’s Quintette 7 6:30pm. Annual Kids Night concert, titled “Road Trip Across America.” More than just a concert, Kids Night is an immersive musical experience where children get to sing, dance, march, and move along with the members of the band. West Point Military Academy, West Point.


Chicago and The Doobie Brothers 7:30pm. $63.45-$126.95 Reserved/$45 lawn/$137 Lawn 4-Pack/VIP packages starting at $250. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.


Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Distance Swimming Tests 12-2pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz.


Actors and Writers 7pm. A staged reading of the 1938 Paul Osbourne play “Mornings At Seven.” Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Copenhagen 7:30-9:30pm. $20/$10 students. Rhinebeck Theatre Society Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. No Tune Like A Show Tune: The Great American Songbook 3 & 8pm. $24/$22. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 2 & 7:30pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Saturday Night Fever 4 & 8pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292. The Lion King, Jr. 11am. $7. Kids are welcome on state for this performance of the classic musical. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 7:30pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 8456790154. Vassar College and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents Cymbeline July 23, 7-9pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward. Performed outdoors at the Vassar Barns on the Vassar Farm. Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Poughkeepsie. 437-3604.


Repair Cafe: New Paltz 10am-2pm. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Seeing with an Artist’s Eye: Principles of Design with Gary Finelli 9am-noon. Art School of Columbia County, Harlemville. (518) 672-7140.


Adam Weinert: Monument 5-6:30pm. $30. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 828-1438.


Rally in the Valley A weekend of art and activism to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. Warren Street, Hudson. Read and Feed 12-5pm. $15/$10 students and seniors. Basilica Hudson’s festival of literature and food. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.


Gallery Talk on Entire Chen Et Loup with Gregory Amenoff 2pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson 7pm. $40-$55. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

THEATER Copenhagen 2-4pm. $20/$10 students. Rhinebeck Theatre Society Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) 2pm. $25-$65. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900. Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents 12 Ophelias 7:30-9:30pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature 12 Ophelias (A play with broken songs). Adapted from the novel by Caridad Svich. Directed by Heidi Handelsman. The Mug at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.

Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini 4-6pm. $20-$65. The final concert celebrating Bel Canto at Caramoor features a choral gem from one of opera’s greatest composers. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Bluegrass Brunch: Bob Stump Band noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. The Fabulous Hackers 1-3pm. A group of golf buddies get together and play favorites ranging from folk to classic rock to country intersperse with a growing list of original songs. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Florida Georgia Line 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330. Guitarists David Temple and Steve Gravino 3pm. $20. Classical music and all that jazz. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Jasper String Quartet 4pm. $45/$25/$5 students. Classical. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Joe Benjamin and a Mighty Handful 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. Maria Sebastian and Perry Nicholas 6pm. Music and poetry with open mike spots. Poetry Barn, West Hurley. 6465150919. Open Mike Night Fourth Sunday of every month, 7:3010pm. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Kids Card/Printmaking Workshop 4:30-5:30pm. $20/$75 series. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 518-0195.

Jeremy Baum’s JB3 Trio 7pm. Soul jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro.

WEDNESDAY 26 DANCE Ajkun Ballet Theatre noon. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

HEALTH & WELLNESS The Sitting Solution with Dr. Russell Charno, DC 7-8:30pm. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. (516) 316-4589.

KIDS & FAMILY Dancing at Dusk: Traditional Russia 5-7pm. $10/$5 child. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

The Lion King, Jr. 11am. $7. Kids are welcome on state for this performance of the classic musical. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080.


The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 2pm. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 8456790154. Jim Farrell’s The Velocity of Geography 2pm. This new play explores the complexities of a father/daughter immigrant experience from Romania to NY. Directed by Robert Zukerman. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Vassar College and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents Cymbeline 7-9pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward. Performed outdoors at the Vassar Barns on the Vassar Farm. Vassar Barns in the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Poughkeepsie. 437-3604.

MONDAY 24 MUSIC Ben Perowsky’s “3 is a Magic Number” Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro.

THEATER Classical...And All That Jazz 3pm. $20. Guitarists David Temple and Steve Gravino join forces to create an innovative mix of classical, jazz, and popular styles. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents 12 Ophelias 7:30-9:30pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company will feature 12 Ophelias (A play with broken songs). Adapted from the novel by Caridad Svich. Directed by Heidi Handelsman. The Mug at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Famous Artist’s Summer Camp 9am-noon. $175. Through July 28. Castle Point Park, Wappingers Falls. 518-0195.

Poetry Slam & Jam with Live Music 6-10pm. $5/$10 competitor fee. Pennings Farm Market & Orchards, Warwick. 986-1059; (845) 986-7080.

MUSIC Kimberly Dahme 7pm. $15-$20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Kings of Leon 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Poet Gold’s POELODIES 7pm. Spoken word, hiphop & new music. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS 3rd Annual St. Mary’s Golf Outing & Barbecue 9am-5pm. The event will raise funds to support New York’s most critically ill and injured children through St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, one of the region’s only pediatric postacute care hospitals. Morefar Back O’Beyond, Brewster. 279-5086.

THEATER Mettawee River Theatre 8-9:30pm. $15/$5 children. Master puppeteer Ralph Lee incorporates masks, puppets and other visual elements to tell the story of Before the Sun and Moon, a magical Korean folktale in which a husband and wife discover the power of love through many unexpected wild adventures. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Mettawee River Theatre: Before the Sun and Moon 8pm. Drawn from an ancient Korean folktale, this magical story incorporates masks, puppets and other visual elements created by master puppeteer Ralph Lee. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Encaustic Comprehensive with Laura Moriarty 9am-5pm. $400. Three-day intensive. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.


Mad Science: Fire and Ice 1-2pm. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.


Painting with Pastels 9am-noon. $150/four consecutive classes. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

John Mulaney 7 & 9:30pm. $25/$35/$45. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

TUESDAY 25 HEALTH & WELLNESS Monthly Meditation Gathering with Cheryl Sprague 6:30-7:30pm. $15. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206. Pathways to Prevention: Nutrition and Brain Health 5:30-6:30pm. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

MUSIC Chicago and The Doobie Brothers 7:30pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

MUSIC Guitar in the Garden: Jason Vieaux 7-8:30pm. $25. Classical guitarist. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

Saturday Night Fever 2 & 7pm. $8-$36. The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. (518) 392-9292.


Ariel Quartet 3pm. Featuring Soyeon Kate Lee, piano. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.

Yuri Bogdanov 7:30pm. Part of the 2017 Piano Concert Series. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-3775.

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

FILM Chopin and the Image of Romanticism $10. Ottaway Film Center, Annandale-onHudson. Natonal Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 2 “Perestroika” 7-10pm. $21/$16 Gold Members. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. Warwick Summer Arts Festival: Film Festival 8-10pm. $10/$20 family. A line-up of shorts and a feature film from Hudson Valley filmmakers, including a documentary of the Warwick Valley Cross Country Track and Field. Warwick Drive-In Theater, Warwick. 986-4440.

Oxana Yablonskaya. 7:30pm. Part of the 2017 Piano Concert Series. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeview, CT. (860) 435-3775.

NIGHTLIFE Trivia Night hosted by Paul Tully and Eric Stamberg 7:30-9:30pm. Come test your knowledge against other teams. Prizes awarded for first and second place. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

THEATER Cashore Marionettes Life's most precious, poignant, and light-hearted moments are illuminated through the vision and craft of master puppeteer Josheph Cashore. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (834) 859-6716. Powerhouse Theater Training Company presents Soundpainting 6-8pm. Members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Company perform a site-specific dance theater work created for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The performance is created in part of the language of Soundpainting, the multidisciplinary sign language used for live composition, Composed and Directed by Max Reuben. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907. Secret City Art Revival Site specific performance and installations throughout the town of Woodstock. Woodstock.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Exploring Fiber Art with K. Velis Turan 6-9pm. Second class on Aug. 3. Art School of Columbia County, Harlemville. (518) 672-7140.

FRIDAY 28 DANCE Warwick Summer Arts Festival: Dance & Musical Performance 6-9pm. $10/$20 family. Wickham Woodlands Manor, Warwick. 492-1935.

FILM Peekskill Film Festival 10am-7pm. The Peekskill Film Festival (PFF) screens a first-rate mix of features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and more. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

KIDS & FAMILY Songs and Sounds of Freedom 1pm. Sheri Bauer Mayorga. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

LECTURES & TALKS Artist on Art Tour: Catherine Lord 4:30-6:30pm. $20/$15 members. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

MUSIC All-Star Lineup to Pay Tribute to Greg Allman 9pm. . Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Antonín Dvorák: Dimitrij 7:30pm. $25. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson. Brantley Gilbert 7pm. $39.95-$189. With special guests Tyler Farr & Luke Combs. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 8-10pm. $40-$75. The Big Easy comes to Caramoor. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. The Donna Singer Quartet 5pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. PianoSummer Flier Comeptition Gala Participate in an exciting evening of performances by the 2016 Jacob Flier Piano Competition winners: 1st place: Soyoung Choe, Lim Angela Tchoi, Mi Ou Lee. McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz.

Jim Weider’s PRoJECT PerCoLATOR 7pm. Power groove guitar. The Falcon, Marlboro.

Ameranouche 8pm. $10. Gypsy Flamenco swing. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Joe Lovano: In the Moment of Now 8pm. $20. Jazz. Atlas Industries, Newburgh. 391-8855.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

John Prine 8pm. $38-$102.05. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Berkshire Blues Bash with Roomful of Blues 3-8pm. $45/$35 in advance. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2000.

Mike Clip Payne’s 420 Funk Mob/Rx 9pm. Funk. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625. The Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend 8pm. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121. Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend: The Campbell Brothers 8-10pm. $25/$20 members/$12 students (current school ID required for college students). African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Trio Fascination: The Moment of Now $20. Jazz. Atlas Industries, Newburgh. 391-8855.

Blondie & Garbage Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 866-781-2922. Bluegrass Brunch Featuring Too Blue noon. $20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Chris Rubino & The Newburgh Soul 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. The Dylan Doyle Band 8:30-11:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Hotchkiss Grand Finale Concert 7:30pm. This marks the end of the 2017 Piano Concert Series. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeview, CT. (860) 435-3775.

THEATER Beauty & the Beast 11am. $7. The Hampstead Stage Company performs this classic musical. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3080. Secret City Art Revival Site specific perfomance and installations throughout the town of Woodstock. Woodstock. Thoroughly Modern Millie 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Photography: Post-Processing Techniques 10am-4pm. Art School of Columbia County, Harlemville. (518) 672-7140. Repair Cafe: Kingston 11am-3pm. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston. Repair Cafe: Poughkeepsie 9am-noon. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie. Slide Guitar Workshop with Rory Block 10-11:30am. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121.

Washingtonville Date Night 6-10pm. Live music, outdoor movie. L Vern Allen Park, Washingtonville. 418-5347. Stargazing Party 8-10pm. View the night sky. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram. Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Enough Oxygen 7:30-9:30pm. Powerhouse Theater Training Company. The Mug at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5907.


Art4TheEnd Gala 5pm. $15 suggested donation. Artbar Galley, Kingston.

FILM Peekskill Film Festival July 30, 10am-7pm. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Pilates 11am. $15. All levels welcome. Reservations recommended. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. 784-1199.

KIDS & FAMILY Museum Storytelling: Family Tours 9-10am. Master storyteller Tom Lee. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872

MUSIC Alan Ferber Nonet 6:30pm. Jazz. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.

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E.C. Lorick 11am. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Fastball 7pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

Orchestra of St. Luke’s 4-6pm. $25-$90/Garden Listening $10. French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Theo Hill Promethean 7pm. Piano jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro.

Thoroughly Modern Millie 8pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Bluegrass Brunch: Old Salt Union noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling.

Saratoga Choral Festival 3-5pm. Free. National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. 518-791-0185.

Secret City Art Revival Site specific perfomance and installations throughout the town of Woodstock. Woodstock.

DUSKLIT Interactive Art Bazaar 6pm-midnight. $10. DUSKLIT is an annual one night art bazaar. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

Antonín Dvořák: Dimitrij 2pm. $25. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.

The Rory Block: A Gospel Choir Fest 2pm. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121.



Ameranouche 4-6pm. $10. Gypsy-jazz. Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel. 583-8569.

Open Mike Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010.


Mise En Dance 6-9pm. Mise en Dance is a dance rehearsal and choreographic workshop. Safe Harbors Green, Newburgh. 562-6940.


Harlem String Quartet 3pm. Featuring Fei-Fei Dong, piano. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.


Bridge Street Belly Dance 7:30-9pm. $25/$22 in advance. Hosted by Francesca Avani. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

PLAY: Theater 9am-4pm. $350 per participant. For ages 8-18 years old, a three-week immersive exploration of devised theatre technique and creative writing. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Insane Inflatable 5K The idea for the Insane Inflatable 5K was born in an Orlando bar—sketched out on a napkin, natch. The world’s largest obstacle course features several giant bouncy inflatables. Although considered a race, the event is untimed and suitable for all ages—with fun being the main event. After the race, participants are invited to celebrate in the Midway section with games, food, beverages, and music. The Insane Inflatable 5K will be at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck on July 29. The first wave starts at 8:30am. General admission tickets are $60 until July 14 and then $65 until July 28. Day of admission costs $75. All access passes (with more perks than regular tickets) are available for $100. Jazz at the Maverick: Eldar Djangirov Trio 8pm. $25/$45 reserved seating/$5 students. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Wild Gather presents Indigo Dyeing 6pm. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

An Evening with Sutton Foster 8-10pm. $30/$40/$50/$60/$75/$90/$100. Twotime Tony Award-winner. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.


The Kurt Henry Parlour Band 7:30pm. Singer-songwriter. American Glory BBQ, Hudson. (518) 822-1234.

Chopin and the Image of Romanticism $10. Ottaway Film Center, Annandale-onHudson.

The Rory Block: Sisters of Slide 8pm. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham. 5183926121.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman 1-3pm. Hosted by Oblong Books. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

Sonny Landreth 8pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. Tom Freund & Friends 7pm. West Coast alt-punk-surf. The Falcon, Marlboro.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION The Insane Inflatable 5K Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association Distance Swimming Tests 12-2pm. Moriello Pool, New Paltz. Special Nature Play Event: International Mud Day 10am-2pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

Peekskill Film Festival 10am-7pm. The Peekskill Film Festival (PFF) screens a first-rate mix of features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and more. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

FOOD & WINE 7th Annual Chef & Farmer Brunch 11am-2pm. North East Community Center hosts. Silo Ridge Field Club, Amenia. (518) 789-4259.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Alexander Technique Mindful Movement Class with Allyna Steinberg 12-1pm. $15-$20. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-6090.

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen 4pm. $45/$25/$5 students. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 7pm. $80-$150. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

THEATER Secret City Gathering $20 suggested donation. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Thoroughly Modern Millie 3pm. $27/$25. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Bundle Dye + Remedy Making with Medicinal Herbs 10am-noon. $70. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson.

MONDAY 31 KIDS & FAMILY Moonlit Movie Mondays: Monterey Pop 7:30pm. $8/$6 members/$5 kids. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

MUSIC Ben Perowsky’s “3 is a Magic Number” Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Advanced Encaustic Teaching $720. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. Painting with Pastels 9am-noon. $150/four consecutive classes. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.



Those Little Gaps of Silence


ithin the past year or two, I received a comment from a listener to Planet Waves FM, who complained that I pause too much when I’m speaking. He said that he would be running my program through a “truncate silence” filter, in order to condense my language. He wanted to speed up the pacing of my thought process. Apparently I think too slowly for him; if he only knew. This is the perfect example of how electric media affects people: we come to expect being overwhelmed. By electric media, I mean the whole story arc of an electrically powered environment, from telegraph to electric light to digital. They all have one thing in common, which is electricity. (Technically, the word electronic refers to the presence of transistors, which are little electric switches.) The telegraph made it possible for information to reach from the White House to Buckingham Palace at the speed of light (it used to take a month), or for people to play chess in real time, between New York and Baltimore. It was equally good for both purposes. The electric light blended night and day, which in turn messed with our natural rhythms and our relationship to the natural world, and to the cosmos. Radio, television, and digital media overwhelm us with information, opinions, options, and images, to the point where it’s nearly impossible to breathe. They scramble sensory balance to the point where it’s difficult to perceive one’s relationship to one’s body. There was one really strange week in mid-May, where everything seemed to have happened at once—and it deserves to be remembered. Within a few days, someone opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon on a group of US representatives and senators who were practicing for a charity baseball game, critically wounding one; the attorney general of the United States had to deny publicly that he was involved in espionage and treason, and on live television refused to answer many questions from senators; a 24-story affordable housing 98 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 7/17

tower burned down in London, killing many people. The president of the United States is under investigation by the special counsel (an independent federal prosecutor) for obstruction of justice; he is also considering firing the guy who is investigating him; the jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial were deadlocked, and the judge declared a mistrial; the president is trying to roll back normalization of relations with Cuba (apparently Russia is okay, when Cuba being friends with Russia was our original excuse for blockading Cuba). A woman in Maine drowned a rabid raccoon in a puddle. Donald Trump turned 71 years old. We have not heard much from Mike Pence lately. I suspect he’s already president, doing the job quietly, while his boss takes the country for a ride on a train wreck. Does anyone really want things to go faster? Where do we think we’re going? Lakota Shaman Lame Deer wrote many years ago that Americans are on “the road to nowhere—a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that [humans] can get faster to the big empty hole which they’ll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up.” He may as well have been referring to the “information superhighway,” which is an early term for the Internet. It’s definitely starting to feel like a road to nowhere. Mercury Square Neptune: Crisis of Reason That crazy week was kind of typical, as we race along at the speed of light. What all those news events that ripped through consciousness that week have in common is that not only did we hear about them via Internet or digital cable news, they are all emerging from a society dominated by that environment. The hyperbolic speed of events, and their rapid delivery, are all properties of electric media. When you get a week of events like this, it’s natural for both astrologers and astrology fans to wonder what the heck was going on in the sky. While there

are always many little things going on, the main event of the week I described was Mercury square Neptune. Mercury is, on one level, about mind and communications. Let’s start there. Mercury square Neptune has some difficulty discerning the truth. It blurs the differences between “true” and “untrue” in a kind of irrational haze. People who have this aspect in their natal chart must work for intellectual integrity. It does not come naturally or as a birthright. If they don’t do the work of cultivating that integrity, they will remain in that fog, and typically pay for it somehow. That’s where our whole society stands at the moment. One thing about Mercury is that it can represent the mentality of young people, such as children and adolescents. And you might say that society is in the thrall of immature thinking and behavior. Neptune in this equation is the influence of fantasy, delusion and the media haze. Mercury is mind and mentality. Kasia Urbaniak, who was recently my guest on PlanetWaves.FM, said to me the other night, “People seek enlightenment, but what they really want is to be adults.” It’s fair to say that the child aspect of the psyche is running out of control right now. The child aspect of self will try to lure others into coming from parent mode. This is not productive. What we really need are people who can relate to one another from adult mode. Yet at the moment, there are very few people who can do that. We live in what Robert Bly described as a “sibling society.” I recently heard the word “kidult” for the first time, used by a “millennial” to describe herself and, presumably, her generation. —Kasia “I use the phrase ‘sibling society’ to suggest a culture fundamentally without fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, or ancestors. The thinking is horizontal,” Bly writes in his 1996 book of that title. He later comments, “The distance between the adolescent and the true adult is about five thousand miles, but the distance between the adult and the elder is almost as large,” adding later, “In the sibling society, both the adult and the elder get lost, and no one knows where they are.” Note, this was first published 21 years ago, long before the Internet had even become a mainstream thing.

rationality. The problems we have are not going to be solved in the continuous state of being triggered. One irrational thought or action leads to the next, and we keep waiting for something to change. Andrew continued, “Objectivity and rationality by their nature call for distance. If you’re letting emotions run the day, you’re not giving yourself room to think and consider.” So where does that leave us? In a PS, Andrew suggested that we could recover the loss of interior space, and thus, of rationality, that’s been taken from us—if we want to, as a society. His father Eric McLuhan said in another conversation that this would take several generations of people who learn how to read. The teachings of Lame Deer suggest that people need to remember “the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams.” We need to use “the knowledge the spirit has put into every one of them.” What we are experiencing is ultimately a spiritual problem, not one of rationality and reason. There is no going back. Even if we learn how to reason in a way taught by true literacy, we will still be doing so in this light-speed mash-up of digital conditions. We have experienced what I call an induced ascension. We are on another level, though it’s not a particularly enlightened one, and it’s extremely unstable—most people did not work to get here, as we can see. They were pushed out of their bodies by electric technology. Learning how to read, patiently, from a book, and how to write, patiently, in pencil or pen, are necessary as initial steps. Learning how to get back into our bodies is even more important. That will help guide us to some other form of awareness that Urbaniak supersedes what has been done to us by electric and digital conditions. Different spiritual traditions have given this many names. Seen one way, the whole problem we face exists on the level of the ego. There’s a lot more to awareness, and to life, than that.

“People seek enlightenment, but what they really want is to be adults.”

Of Reason and Rationality Mercury square Neptune also describes a loss of reason and rationality, which you could describe as the inner kid losing its bearings and taking over the whole psyche. This is one of the roots of the integrity issue that surrounds this aspect. If there’s no reasoning process, or if reasoning is distorted, there’s no objective way to establish right and wrong. Looking for some fresh ideas, I called up Andrew McLuhan, my media studies study-buddy and the grandson of my favorite philosopher, Marshall McLuhan. I mentioned the guy who wanted me to talk faster, and who was filtering out the silence in my broadcasts. He recognized this as part of the overwhelm effect of electric media, which leaves you no time to think—the very time I’m taking in those interminable three-second pauses in my spoken-word presentations. The electric media onslaught has supplanted the thoughtful reasoning process that was cultivated over long centuries by print media, especially by books. Particularly under digital conditions, everyone seems triggered, all the time. There’s no ‘safe space’ in the world that will protect anyone from this. The safe space is something that we as individuals cultivate in our minds, and much of how we do that is through reading books, and learning how to think and reason for ourselves. Under current conditions, Andrew said, “There is too much to process. With print, you have the luxury of taking your time and weighing things. With electric media, there is less and less time to take.” What we’re experiencing is a society that desperately needs objectivity and

Clarification: McDonald’s French Fries and Gluten In the Chronogram edition before last, I wrote a feature on gluten-free living, wherein I said that McDonald’s French fries were safe from a gluten standpoint. We got a letter from a reader asserting that was not true, so with the help of my ace fact-checking team on Facebook (which you can join), I dug into the matter. It’s fun when you fact-check something and you get back the “yes and no” kind of answer. That’s what we got. It seems true, as our correspondent suggested, that gluten is added to the fries via the beef flavoring. However, when tested, McDonald’s fries test under 20-parts-per-million gluten, which technically makes them gluten-free (from what I could tell, they come in at 3ppm). That’s a typical level of infiltration, for example, in a certified gluten-free product. Some very sensitive people might experience an effect. However, McDonald’s fries also have 18 ingredients (19 by some counts). That’s disgusting. And per the suggestion in my article, if something has too many ingredients, forget it. I also read that some McDonald’s stores share deep fryers between various products, like apple pie and Chicken McNuggets. That is both bad food practice and a potential source of cross-contamination, and it contradicts my prior research, which says that McDonald’s uses segregated fryers. McDonald’s has a gluten-free menu. That may hold the biggest clue, as its French fries are not listed. I’m not sure why that is—though my hunch is, the risk of cross-contamination from the various deep-fry units is too great, particularly in an age where mindfulness is stretched so thin. The gluten issue is truly an environmental issue. It’s part of a much bigger story, which is the story of our lives. CHRONOGRAM.COM READ Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column.


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ARIES (March 20-April 19) The world is in a fragile state at the moment. You are currently doing pretty well and, by all indications, are on an upswing. Yet you’re in a somewhat odd position of noticing all the cracks in consciousness and the fear that’s seeping through them. This is especially true if you’re any kind of boss or manager; the people who work for you seem to need constant care and are struggling to adapt to the world. It will be noticeable if you’re a parent or someone who looks after children. They all need extra care now. People around you, people you feel responsibility toward, are experiencing the stress directly; you have a deeper capacity to handle it, you’re stronger and you know more. As you focus on who and what needs immediate assistance, something interesting happens this month, which is that the aperture of your mind is widening. You are beginning to see and experience yourself in a bigger world; both geographically, and the potential of your own life. You cannot let yourself be fooled into thinking that there’s no use aspiring to better things, or having more fun, or exploring your abundant creative desires. You must keep your awareness on high and refuse to cut off or be deterred by the absurd and painful struggles of the world. You must have faith in yourself.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) You’re in an unusual phase of making deep personal progress on your inner growth, without having too many trappings of success. You don’t have to impress anyone. What you’re doing is more important than whether you’re succeeding at it. What you’re learning is more important than any formal educational qualifications. Therefore, you can abandon all pretense, all desire to have the right image, and stick to the substance of what you’re doing and who you are becoming. Yes, there will be phases of resistance, where it may seem too difficult or pointless, and that’s part of the learning process. Just keep moving, keep exploring and pushing yourself to do better work. Over the next two months, a series of unusual events, in particular potent New Moon aspects in Leo, will help you settle into the person you’re becoming. But don’t get too settled. Your relationship to life is about your relationship to the society around you. Unlike a yogi sitting in a cave in the Himalayas, you are a person of the world. Your life and your growth become relevant as you extend yourself into actual circumstances: creative endeavors, your community, and the people with whom you share some political affinity. Above all else, you seem destined to discover that you are not alone, as an artist, an activist, or one in the position of caring for the world.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) Do you have some message that you need to focus on? You could start with a clear statement to yourself about what you want from life. That translates to what you want from your own existence. And as it turns out, you’re the only one who can consciously and willingly shape your existence and give yourself anything. Even what you get from others, you give to yourself (which is called receiving). So, let the first message be a statement of your desire. Include what’s important to you and why. When you know your priorities and you are aware of what you want, you then have the rare opportunity to live a principled life: a life ordered by your conscious intentions. Given the state of the world—the strife and the pain that so many people are in, often below the level of full awareness—something like focusing your intentions can seem pointless. Yet there’s never been a time when focusing your mind not only had a point, but was the most relevant thing you can do with your energy. The end of the chaos of the world begins with you: your thought process, your willingness to learn, your dependency on actual reasoning to guide your life. It may seem trendy to act like a total moron, or to act against your own interests. Your life is worth more than that.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) You can make great strides on the financial front this month, if you cast aside all vestiges of status seeking. You have a mission; you have a purpose; you are fortunate, as such. And financial success is indeed part of that. Yet it cannot be the first thing on your mind. There’s something I keep telling young people: something is not worth doing if it’s not worth doing for free. This may seem outrageous, but only to someone who had never experienced getting paid handsomely for something that violates their principles, that lacks integrity, or that they simply hate doing. This is the trap of working for money, and sooner or later, everyone who works for money falls into it. Therefore, pay attention to what you know is actually relevant. Focus on the quality of your work, and most of all, on the pleasure of being active and productive. Take all of your relationships to the human level; there are no “professional relationships,” there are merely encounters where the primary seeming purpose is related to one’s mission in life. Certain developments over the next seven weeks will guide you into seeking deeper connection to what matters to you the very most. You will not be able to ignore this; there’s no point even trying. Go right into the question. When you discover the truth, hold it gently, live it boldly, and keep searching. 100 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 7/17


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LEO (July 22-August 23)

Be mindful any time you seem to be doing something useless or futile; pause and ask yourself why you’re involved and what outcome you want. If you feel like you’re working off karma, stop and question that. Be even more mindful if you feel tempted to tout your own accomplishments in a way that is even vaguely inappropriate. Aspects this month and into August demand humility, sensitivity, and awareness of your environment. You must focus on correct action, and reaching for a sense of ease and flow, and a mutually supportive approach to all people and all projects. You are approaching an unusual birthday season, with two New Moons in your sign, on July 23 and August 21. The second of these is one of the most noteworthy solar eclipses of our lifetimes, and it represents a potentially beautiful turning point in your life. Yet you must not lose your way in the glare of ambition. The most suitable approach to any task is to do it for its own sake, because it’s the right thing. Rather than taking a clever approach, take a sensible one. Rather than being competitive, be cooperative. Most of these things are likely to be lurking beneath consciousness until you find yourself in a situation where they become a concern. For that reason, it will help if you proceed with full awareness and caution.

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VIRGO (August 23-September 23) You want to succeed. You feel like you’re going places. You know it’s time to be more visible and move up in the world. Yet this is a delicate moment, surrounded by uncertainty. And that calls for special care, and living by a clear code of ethics. Be transparent about your motives. You’re likely to experience the temptation to be a bit subversive, particularly later in the month; this will not help you or anyone. You might subject yourself to a standard: anything you can’t openly discuss is in some way unwholesome. If you state one reason for taking an action or making a decision when you’re really driven by something else, ask yourself why that is. It may be related to a matter of trust; you may be trying to deal yourself an unfair advantage; you may have some concerns or questions that you need to address. If you proceed openly, honestly, and with one agenda, you’ll keep your life simpler, and be more likely to succeed at what you’re doing. However, that entirely depends upon your definition of success. You can define it by how much influence you have, how much money you make, the quality of your work, or how many people you help. It would be prudent to guide yourself in the direction of altruism. Feed your soul, and help the world through this troubled time.

LIBRA (September 22-October 23) You’re increasingly being drawn into a position of leadership, and, like many before you, you may be noticing that this can be a lonely place. If you discover that, you might pause and direct your leadership toward bringing people together. The world is awash with bosses, board members, directors, executive directors, chairmen, big chiefs, bigger chiefs, and even bigger chiefs. Look where it’s getting us. Rare to find are those who are tuned into human needs and responding to the absurd fear level on the planet. Commit yourself to being a reassuring presence. Devote yourself to holding space for people to be themselves, which means being different. If you’re in a position of authority, be conscious of fairness and respect; err on the side of those with disadvantages. This is the perfect remedy to any mood or feeling that you are left out or that the world is in some way being unfair to you. That may or may not be true, though even if you’re feeling it, that’s true enough. Respond with empathy, compassion, and mercy. If any such scenario is happening in your household or family of origin, you will indeed need to rise above past conditioning and forgive prior transgressions. But you have no need or duty to subject yourself to any further crisis or pain.

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SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) You may have an idea that it’s time to move up in life, make a splash, or get your message out. If you’re feeling that, do it in subtle ways, and pay attention to how you feel. What you want to avoid, with the full strength of your soul, is proceeding through life with a conquering spirit. That may become a real temptation later this month and into August, as Mars enters your 10th house of power and reputation. While the world seems to thrive on this lately, you’re in a position where ambition can easily turn to hubris. Therefore, erase all traces of self-importance from your personality. Don’t let yourself be haughty even for a moment. Recognize the existence and the contributions of others, to your life and to the community. If you must reach upward, do so through sincere aspiration, which would mostly be about aspiring to serve. Recognize that your contribution is but a small part of what will help, and modestly seek to help others make their contribution. All of this will call forth your more sensitive side, precisely when your astrology is enticing you to be less sensitive and less caring. Remember that you’re not merely going against the grain of your current transits; you’re bucking the tide of a world that’s drunk with power and is going mad with the stuff.


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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22) You know that you must do what’s right, even if it’s the more difficult option. This might involve a financial decision. It might involve making some kind of seeming sacrifice for a partner. It might be a spiritual matter that’s compelling you to be true to your own ethics and values, rather than those of someone else. The emotions and challenges at the outset are unlikely to last long; the first few steps will require the most effort and care, until you figure out that you’ve made the right decision. This means the right decision for you and, potentially, someone you care about dearly. Said another way, your loyalty must be to the future and not to the past. You are faced with doing what is right now, not what might have counted as right at some point long ago. One of the deepest inborn traits of Sagittarius is the ability to go against what is trendy. At the moment, it’s just wildly popular to throw one’s most deeply held values to the four winds, do what will make a person seem cool, and claim to have integrity. Thankfully for everyone, you have a much higher standard. You are now being confronted with the importance of honoring your own values. This is a genuine transition for you; it’s also an investment in your future.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) During the next seven weeks, there will be two New Moon events in the sign Leo, which is one of the most sensitive areas in your solar chart. This is called the 8th solar house: a profound zone of transformation, rebirth, merging and separating from others, and losing and finding yourself. In classical astrology, the themes of death, inheritance, and dowry come up. In modern astrology, the 8th stands for profoundly transformative events. And you have Leo there, which suggests that your pride interferes with your ability to be honest; your self-concept makes it difficult to let go of your self-concept, and you can be stuck wondering whether your hair is done up right for the big ayahuasca ceremony. One of these two New Moons is a profound total eclipse of the Sun in Leo, which takes place August 21, and the other is a potent Leo New Moon conjunct Mars on July 23. This is some serious transformational mojo. If you have jealous tendencies, or are into control dramas, you can expect these things to be crushed to powder. You might just give them up in advance and save all the energy. The overarching message of these events is to remind you that no relationship is a trophy; no profession bestows status; no person is your property; you are the property of no person. That’s cause for celebration.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) This summer will have a “before and after” quality to it: your life before and your life after. It’s time to focus on some relationship issues, which really means how you think about the people in your life. This won’t all happen at once; there’s a gradual phase-in of both the review process and the necessity to make important decisions that you may discover were long overdue. The thing you want to be mindful of is aggression in any form, no matter where it’s coming from: from you, from someone close to you, or from your environment generally. Violence can include pushing your agenda on others. You will be called upon to make some adjustments: in particular, to go with the flow of what others want and need. This may feel submissive, though actually, by helping others, you’re the one who is learning, and you’ll receive some deep nutrients through the experience of shared purpose. Aquarius is a social sign, and we live in distinctly anti-social times. You of all people face a profound necessity to actually participate with the world in a meaningful way, which in part means experiencing the meaning of others as something directly relevant to you. There can be no pretending here. There is no “using relationships” for some other purpose. Everything must stand on its own virtue, its own necessity and its own relevance. Including you.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) You’re heading into a busy couple of months. Remember to get out into the sunshine every few days, because your efforts at work are going to keep you focused, productive, and fully engaged in what you’re doing. You will discover that, whatever that may be, you’re part of something much larger than yourself. This sensation may increase exponentially as these weeks progress and the August 21 total solar eclipse approaches. This is your chance to do your very best work and have some unusual impact in the process. Here is the key, however: Take a laid-back approach. I don’t mean slacking. I mean using understated language, emphasis on consistency and quality, and never, ever bragging about what you do. If there was ever astrology cautioning that modesty is essential, it’s your solar charts for the next two months. Remember that you’re not working for money (I explain the pitfalls of that in the Cancer horoscope). You’re working to get the job done, and, thankfully, you will have abundant energy and ability to focus. While things rarely go perfectly every day on our particular planet, you’re likely to have the feeling that you’re making progress and that your work is relevant and helpful to others. You can guide that gently into paying the bills, which in turn will reveal a good few methods for how to do so even better in the future.



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Fun Slide, Lonny Kalfus, cross-process photograph, 2013 Hillsdale resident Lonny Kalfus has spent the past several years photographing the Dutchess and Columbia County fairs. (Fun Slide was taken at the Columbia County Fair, which is held every year in late summer in Chatham.) As Fun Slide attests, Kalfus is drawn to stranger emotional corners of the county festivals, where kitsch and Americana and melancholy meet. “I find the [fair] atmosphere both bizarre and intriguing,” says Kalfus. “The range of emotions on display runs the length of the emotional spectrum. I like to explore the dark side of things.” Kalfus’s work appears in the group show “Awakenings” at Spencertown Academy through July 18. Portfolio: 104 CHRONOGRAM 7/17

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