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16 while you were sleeping

30 kingston: capital of culture

The Dutch will be counting election ballots by hand, and other news.

With event spaces, retailers, and music clubs aplenty, Kingston is a cultural juggernaut.

17 beinhart’s body politic

A report on the February 8 event we hosted at the Lace Mill in Kingston.

Art of business 18 This month: Harney and Sons Teas, Equis Fine Art Gallery, Next Boutique, Center for Advanced Dentistry, and Francis Morris Violins.

SPECIAL REPORT 20 aging in place: a promise or a prison? The silver tsunami of baby boomers is forcing us to ask hard questions about aging.

kids & family 24 creating a cooperative spirit

Joanna Farber talks with Hillary Harvey about letting go of being a perfect parent.

education guide 26 chronogram’s guide to regional offerings.


Christian Ortega emceeing the Mind Train Poetry Sessions at Green Kill in Kingston.

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home & Garden 38 full circle: carbon neutral in warwick

A tour of the home of Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons, author of Deep Living.

Food & Drink 56 what does this place taste like? An excerpt from the forthcoming book Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game.

whole living 64 bury me green

A new movment is bringing us back to the Earth at the end of life. Wendy Kagan talks green burial with advocates Suzanne Kelly and Katrina Spade.

Community Resource Guide 61 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 64 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 66 whole living Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

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Larry Beinhart weighs in on Trump-appointed EPA director Scott Pruitt.

23 chronogram conversations

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62 Gallery & museum GUIDe

88 daily Calendar

64 MUSIC: Laura stevenson

Peter Aaron talks with the granddaughter of swing-era singer Margaret Mcrae, rising indie rocker Laura Stevenson, who performs at BSP Kingston this month. Nightlife Highlights includes shows by March of the Punx and James McMurty. Reviews of Chiaroscuro by Baird Hersey & Prana with Nexus, Blue Museum by Blue Museum, and Fill Yer Boots, Man! by The Wild Irish Roses.

68 BOOKS: susan krawitz Nina Shengold profiles young adult author Susan Krawitz, whose forthcoming novel, Viva Rose! won the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

70 book reviews

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge, reviewed by Jennifer Gutman; The Widow’s House, A Novel by Carol Goodman, reviewed by James Conrad.

72 Poetry Poems by Stuart Bartow, Jessica Lynn Carter, Tina Lynn Dickerson, Mary Louise Kiernan Hagerdon, Jacqueline Hess, Leonora Holler, A. J. Huffman, Robert Bernard Hurwitz, James Lichtenberg, Courtney McNamara,

Comprehensive listings of local events. (Updated daily at PREVIEWS 71 “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II” will be exhibited at the FDR Library in Hyde Park through December 31. 73 Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary about artist and traumatic brain injury survivor Mark Hogancamp screens at Upstate Films in Woodstock. 75 Arthur Migliazza performs boogie-woogie piano at SPAF in Saugerties on March 4. 77 Beacon of controversy Andres Serrano gets the retrospective treatment at Jack Shainman’s The School gallery in Kinderhook through April 30. 78 Kim John Payne talks Simplicity Parenting at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. 79 Engaging Lectures with Everyday Experts is a homegrown Ted Talk-style event held monthly at the Rosendale Theatre. 80 TMI Project presents #BlackStoriesMatter this month in Kingston. 81 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks on his environmental legacy at SUNY New Paltz.

planet waves 82 indivisible: the relationship within

The spiritual question of how to convey unrest in the contemporary moment.

84 horoscopes

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

Angelina Joline Peone, J. R. Solonche, John Sullivan, Grace Tytus-Vought,

88 parting shot

and Patrick Walsh. Edited by Phillip X. Levine.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, a diorama within a watchface by Matthew Pleva.



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Growing up Catholic, Gabriel Garcia Roman had a difficult time paying attention in church. He was distracted, mesmerized by the pictures of saints that hung on the pews with their gaudy, gilded frames. “Even though they were always suffering, they were full of dignity and pride,” says the Mexico-born, Chicago-raised artist. Something about their strength shining through pain spoke to Roman. Now, three decades later, he reimagines those religious Renaissance paintings in his own artwork by showcasing underrepresented LGBTQ activists as the icons. But before he could put them in the spotlight, he first had to find his own. At 26, he was “just existing” without a clear life purpose. So, he went where many to start over—NewYork. Before leaving, he was given a camera to document his path. “I turned [the camera] around, and started taking self portraits. Am I gay man? Am I a Mexican? Am I a slacker? All of these different identities were thrown at me, and I wanted to figure out who I was.” Surrounded by a community that was stimulated by similar desires helped him connect toward a sense of existence of pride—and a new passion. From there, his artistic floodgates opened. By 33, he’d enrolled in art school, exploring several mediums until falling in love with screenprinting. Fueled by the freedom of combining techniques and textures, he practiced the multi-layering of printmaking like a meditative pattern. Each step—echoing his own journey to self discovery—was necessary to create one complete piece. When marriage equality dominated the mass media in 2014, Roman found that queer and trans people of color were marginalized, even in the art world. Compelled to focus on the “outsiders”—the contemporary heroes of his ongoing series, Queer Icons—he photographed his friends, activists, poets, and community organizers devoted to bettering the world, illuminating the variety of the gender and queer spectrum. Using a Chine-colle technique to the photogravure process, Roman applied textured collage with photography, mastering visually stunning, unique prints.With the depth of light, vibrant colors, and Ramon’s addition of a protective halo, each figure exudes an influential glow of grace and strength. Most recently, Roman invited his subjects to collaborate with the project by writing directly on the photograph about their identities, a deeper layer to elevate these proud, multidimensional figures. “Mi gorda” as mi mami calls me de carino.When did this body become an insult? These words are embedded in this month’s cover image of LA-based Laura Luna, who beams with a fierce gaze and confident stance. “Someone who is beautiful, confident in their body, not ashamed using the word ‘fat.’ These are the examples that we need out in the world,” says Roman. To the artist, these are the real saints. “Visceral Notions,” featuring works by Gabriel Garcia Roman, Bennie Flores Ansell, and Elsa Mora will be exhibited through March 26 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. 9845) 679-9957; Portfolio: —Zan Strumfeld

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: The lawn was overgrown and beginning to resemble a pasture. I was 15 and mowing was my job in the household. I strategically avoided my mother, anticipating she would take me to task. I skipped breakfast, and stayed out late, but finally it came to a head. I was in the kitchen late at night, thinking she was asleep, but when she came through in her nightgown I prepared myself for a tirade. I braced and waited, but it didn’t come. “How are you?” she said. “I haven’t seen you much lately. Is everything okay?” She was holding a glass of water. “Um, yeah,” I muttered, waiting for the other shoe to drop. “Good, see you in the morning,” she said, and began to walk back upstairs. “Um, goodnight,” a pause. “Oh, Mom, sorry I haven’t mowed the lawn. I’ll do it tomorrow when I get home from school.” She looked at me quietly and intently for a moment. Then she said, “I know you’ve been busy, and that you’ll get to it as soon as you can.” And she walked out. This was the first moment that I experienced a real change in my mother. She had begun to seem more patient, more attentive, more perceptive of what was actually going on with me. The next afternoon, after I mowed the lawn, I found her at the kitchen table drinking tea and reading a book. It was Meditations by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. “Hey, we’re reading that in school!” I blurted out. “It’s really good.” “Yes, it has a lot of wisdom in it—here’s one,” she said, and she read from the text. Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one. “It’s crazy how much energy we put into telling other people how they should be different,” she mused, “when we could use that energy working on ourselves.” This was going too far. My mom had also been the angry activist, battling what she saw as flaws and injustices in the world. “Mom, have you been smoking crack? What’s up with you?” She laughed. “Believe it or not, I started meditating,” she said. “I’ve been taking a class where we learn about attention. Did you know that most of the time our attention is just captured by things, as though we’re hypnotized?” “You mean like watching TV, when I lose track of everything else going on in the room?” “Yes, but it happens all the time, like when we get lost in thought, or attached to some point of view.” More than my mother’s words, what struck me in that moment was her state. She seemed to select her words carefully, and her voice had an uncharacteristic resonance that drew my interest. When I spoke she seemed to be trying to listen. I recognized an inner effort, an exercising of some kind of psychic muscle, which I later came to understand as the hallmark of inner work. It was in that moment that something shifted in me, and I wanted to know what she was doing, what her practice was about. I asked and her answer was a single word: “Gurdjieff.” Her pronunciation sounded something like a sneeze and I was tempted to respond with a gesundheit, but I was too interested to indulge in our habitual wordplay. Inquiring further, I discovered there was a group of people that gathered in town to study and practice this teaching. There was an open meeting coming up, which I attended, and so began a 30-year journey. I learned that until a person makes an effort to wake up, we remain in a state very similar to sleep, hypnotized by fantasies and opinions, and always prey to suggestibility. The effort to be awake, I learned, can only be made in the moment. At the same time this simple effort must be repeated and sustained for longer periods of time. The effort to wake up depends not at all on believing in anything or subscribing to any dogma. It shows up as exercising attention, precisely in each moment, to make contact with the instrument of one’s nature; with the thought, feeling, and sensation of our mind, heart, and body; to be a witness in the midst of activity; to have solitude in the crowd. Thus began an almost 30-year peregrination, which has been a kind of parallel inner journey with all the events of my outer life. In this process, I have aspired to the heights of realization, and in the end have achieved nothing. At the same time, this nothing is a something which shows up in special, precious moments. For this treasure, and for many other things, I have my mother to thank. —Jason Stern Chronogram founder Jason Stern will give a series of introductions to the Gurdjieff teaching, known as the Fourth Way, in March and April at the Wellness Embodied Center in New Paltz. See for more information.

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Welcome to NoPo


e weren’t looking to live in Kingston when Lee Anne and I moved here in 2004. For almost 10 years, we had lived in the New Paltz/Rosendale/High Falls corridor, moving from rental to rental. When it finally came time to buy a house, we searched for a suitable dwelling in that area but couldn’t find anything in our price range. So we started looking where the houses were less expensive. We landed in Kingston, in a 100-year-old brick house (covered in asphalt/asbestos siding) in a historically blue collar Polish neighborhood, a short walk to the Hudson River and the restaurants of the Rondout. Not the actual Rondout mind you—which has some cachet, both cultural and monetary, associated with it—but across Route 9W from it, on a street that’s one block long that looks down upon the apartments of the Kingston Housing Authority. When people ask me where I live in Kingston, I struggle to describe it, as it’s not the Rondout and it’s not Ponckhockhie, the neighborhood that stretches between the Rondout Creek estuary and the Hudson River, where Kingston Point Beach is. If you went to Smorgasburg, you were in Ponckhockhie. When Lee Anne and I moved into our little house, it seemed like we would be the gentrifying edge on our block. (Re the no-name bit: we’re trying to rebrand our no-name neighborhood as North Ponckhockie, or NoPo. Stay tuned for more info on the branded softball T-shirts and trucker hats.) The people who lived on our block were mostly blue collar folks like my neighbor Tom (whom I’ve written about at length before), who worked as an exterminator. While we were hardly pioneers, we suspected that we were the foam darts of the creative class hitting the beach before the larger wave of middlebrow gentrification itself. (For the creative class is the bellwether of neighborhood change. When creatives arrive, developers often take it as a signal that an area is ripe for investment.) This wave hit Kingston—my how you’ve changed in a dozen years, fair city (“Capital of Culture,” page 30)—but it just hasn’t reached our block. A couple people have died or moved out, or suffered foreclosures, and more working class people moved in. The techpreneurs and erstwhile Brooklynites have not flooded in. There are no upscale coffee shops or artisanal pickle retailers. A new bar did open recently, run by a retired police officer who lives next door and wears a gun on his hip.The bar’s logo prominently features a policeman’s tin star. To be clear, I’m not knocking this place. The burgers are fine and they’re not $14, like those at many places Uptown. If I want artisanal pickles, I can get them Uptown, which has become a hub of things of this nature; and I can drink well-curated wines at the cute wine bar that opened up a couple years ago in the Rondout. I don’t necessarily need to live around the corner from a mustache wax emporium. But, like all homeowners, I would like to see the value of my house increase over time. A couple of relocating Google executives would be the just thing! (I made up a joke about my neighborhood. Did you know that Ponckhockie is a Native American word? It means: “land where the housing prices never rise.”) But a few words about this term, gentrification. Sociologist Ruth Glass introduced the term in 1964 to describe “working class quarters [that] have been

invaded by the middle class.” It’s largely been abandoned by academics and policy wonks because it’s an imprecise and politically loaded shorthand term that’s not proven useful in conversations about community growth and change. A hilarious example of the quicksilver nature of the term, from a comment in an article about gentrification online: “White people leaving the city in the 1960s = racist ‘white flight.’ White people moving to the city in the 2000s = racist ‘gentrification.’ Oh, those whites. Always moving around and ruining everything.” And our block has been predominantly white for a long time, though methinks the race issue has very little to do with what’s happening in NoPo. (See, it’s catching on already.) As John Buntin pointed out in Slate in 2015, the more serious issue is the erosion of the middle and working classes, not displacement of black neighborhoods by white. “The problem isn’t so much that gentrification hurts black neighborhoods; it’s that it too often bypasses them. While critics of gentrification decry a process that is largely imaginary, they’ve missed a far more serious problem—the spread of extreme poverty.” And, if I’m being honest, what makes my block special is that it’s affordable here. People who are not wealthy can buy a house in NoPo. (Sounds better every time!) That’s why we didn’t buy a farmhouse in the country and moved to Kingston—because our personal economics demanded it. But how long will this affordability last? What happens when there’s nowhere left in Kingston to buy a low-cost home? On February 8, Chronogram engaged in a community discussion at the Lace Mill, a long-vacant factory that was turned into an affordable housing complex for artists by the housing agency RUPCO in 2015. I spoke with O+ Festival cofounder Joe Concra and other community members about the concerns of those who aren’t necessarily surfing the city’s current wave of prosperity. Many in the room, who didn’t live in subsidized housing, feared displacement in the coming years as the city continues to attract emigres from Brooklyn and elsewhere, themselves often displaced. We didn’t untie any Gordian knots that afternoon, but we engaged in a discussion about a housing problem that’s only going to get exacerbated in Kingston and in other Hudson Valley locales as our cities continue to grow. (An edited video of the Ferbuary 8 Lace Mill conversation can be viewed at Of course, in terms of weighty political discussions, we undoubtedly have bigger fish to fry. As my friend Tracy, a recent Kingston transplant herself, wrote me in response to my invitation to the event: “Remember when gentrification was the pressing problem of the day, and not the fascist dismantling of our democracy?” Which is not to say that we can ignore any particular issue despite the fact of our ongoing struggle to cope with the policy directives of the erratic-plutocrat-in-chief. “Second-tier” concerns, like gentrification, green burial (“Bury Me Green,” page 66), the silver tsunami (“Aging in Place: A Promise or a Prison?” page 20), or even understanding where our food comes from (“What Does This Place Taste Like” page 58), each still have their place in the hierarchy of societal needs. Just like the need for us to really examine how neighborhoods change and why some don’t. PS: The house next door to us is coming on the market this month. Don’t you want to live in NoPo? 3/17 ChronograM 15

Mural depicting a wolly mammoth herd walking near the Somme River, by Charles R. Knight, 1916, American Museum of Natural History The woolly mammoth vanished from Earth 4,000 years ago, but scientists said are to be on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. “Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant—actually it would be more like an elephant with a number of mammoth traits,” Professor George Church said. “We’re not there yet, but it could happen in a couple of years.” The creature would be partly elephant with features such as small ears, subcutaneous fat, long, shaggy hair, and cold-adapted blood. Scientists intend to engineer elephant skin cells to produce the embryo, or multiple embryos, using cloning techniques. Source: Guardian (UK) Despite suffering a diesel emissions scandal, German manufacturer Volkswagen became the bestselling automaker in the world for the first time in 2016, knocking off Toyota. A Professor of industrial strategy at Aston University, David Bailey, said: “It may seem odd that they’ve taken the number-one spot now, but they may have been further ahead; market share in Europe and sales in the US have dropped for VW. But its Audi brand is very powerful in China, selling more than half a million a year, and dieselgate is a nonissue there.” Source: Guardian (UK) The Dutch government will have all ballots counted by hand in the March general election, in response to the role of hackers and false news in the United States election. This stark response, eschewing electronic counting is due to warnings of outside forces, including Russia, of potentially tampering with pivotal elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. Upon review of the election software in the Netherlands, it was found that there were flaws that could lead to the tampering of votes. In response, Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said, “Voters will use red pencils to mark paper ballots, which will be hand-counted in each voting precinct and then tallied across the nation’s 20 voting districts.” Source: New York Times With a vote of 235 to 180, the House voted to repeal an Obama administration regulation that prohibited gun ownership to disabled social security recipients judged mentally incapable of managing their own affairs. The vote helped President Trump strengthen gun rights. Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Actions said that, “Congress’s decision to review the Obama administration’s back-door gun grab is a significant step forward in protecting a fundamental constitutional right for law-abiding gun owners.” Cox continued in saying that “the NRA has been fighting this unconstitutional government overreach since it was first discussed.” Source: Guardian (UK) 16 ChronograM 3/17

A Nielsen report finds that Generation X is more addicted to social media than millennials. The report showed that adults 35 to 49 on average spent an additional 40 minutes on social media networks more than millennials. It also showed that 42 percent of Generation X would use their smartphones to post on Facebook or Twitter in regards to what they were watching on television, compared to only 40 percent of millennials. Source: New York Times UPS delivery van drivers are given a route that may not always be the shortest due to a policy stating that drivers should never turn through oncoming traffic unless absolutely necessary. For those who wouldn’t know, that means no left turns in countries where drivers drive on the right and vice versa. By following this policy, UPS drivers reduce their chances of getting in an accident and cut delays caused by waiting for a gap in traffic, which also would waste fuel. By only having 10 percent of the turns being left turns, UPS claims it uses 10 million gallons less fuel, emits 22,000 tons less carbon dioxide, and delivers 350,000 more packages every year. “MythBusters” took on the responsibility to test these findings and were not able to prove UPS wrong. Source: Quartz The nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education was one vote shy of failing in the Republican-controlled Senate. One thing that came to her aid was that she and her entire family were massive Republican Party donors who helped fund the election of the remaining senators who decided her fate. More than $950,000 had been received by Republican senators from the full DeVos clan since 1980; $8.3 million had been donated to Republican Party super PACs by her family over the course of the past two election cycles. Source: Huffington Post A new study of global air pollution showed that India’s rapidly worsening air pollution caused about 1.1 million people to die prematurely last year and has surpassed China’s as the deadliest in the world. India had registered an alarming increase of nearly 50 percent in premature deaths from particulate matter between 1990 and 2015. Robert O’Keefe, vice president at the Health Effects Institute said, “China’s trajectory on deaths from air pollution had stabilized as a result of the country’s efforts to reduce air pollution.” Gopal Sankaranarayanan, an advocate at the Supreme Court of India said, “India, on the other had, had yet to undertake sustained public policy initiatives to reduce pollution.” Source: New York Times Compiled by Anthony Krueger

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Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic



cott Pruitt is the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Power Plan is aimed at slowing climate change. Pruitt does He’s the most perfect choice imaginable to symbolize the Republican not believe in climate change. He sued to block the plan four times. He even Party’s relationship to the environment. sued to overturn the science behind it, the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gas Pruitt’s last job was attorney general for Oklahoma. pollution endangers the environment and health. His predecessor, Drew Edmondson, had sued 14 poultry companies in Getting back to the chicken sh*t, Pruitt sued the EPA over the Clean Arkansas and Oklahoma for dumping their waste into the Illinois River Water Rule. (which, in spite of its name, flows through Arkansas and Oklahoma). There is no reason to doubt Pruitt’s sincerity. Today’s Republicans Environmental laws in Arkansas are weaker than universally express hate for the EPA. Ted Cruz Oklahoma. Some of the companies are over called it “unbelievably abusive,” accusing it, of The Clean Power Plan the state border, some of them operate in both course, of “killing jobs.” Mitch McConnell said is aimed at slowing states. The case went to court in 2005 and lasted his top priority is to “get the EPA reined in.” Jeb until 2009. Bush, who’s looked at as the closest thing to a climate change. Scott When Pruitt took office, in January 2011, live, semisane, semimoderate, establishmentthe judge still had not ruled. He’d been type Republican, took the positions that“the Pruitt does not believe scratching his head and ruminating for two Clean Power Plan, we ought to repeal that,” and and a half years. That’s fascinating in and of “the Waters of the United States Act…repeal in climate change. He itself, but it’s a black box because judges don’t that.” Rand Paul wrote, “Since EPA regulations have to explain themselves and this one hasn’t. have expanded, unemployment in America has sued to block the plan Edmondson thought his successor should have increased by 33 percent,” clearly implying a kept pushing for a ruling. Instead, Pruitt came four times. He even sued cause and effect, and he thinks it “infringes upon up with a deal with Arkansas to do a threeour basic constitutional rights.” Mike Huckabee year study to determine the “best science” that expressed the fear that “the Baptist won’t be to overturn the science should be applied. It took the problem out of able to immerse”—have a full-body dunk—for the court, then reestablished the status quo. A behind it, the EPA’s finding his baptism, “because the EPA will determine complete victory for chicken sh*t. that’s using too much water.” Mitt Romney said that greenhouse gas The case goes to the very heart of what “regulations function as a hidden tax,” and the environmental regulations are about. Should worst regulator is “the EPA… [which] drives up pollution endangers the your neighbor be allowed to dump his sh*t in costs, hinders investments, and destroys jobs.” your yard? While there is no reason to doubt that Pruitt environment and health. As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt is a true believer, it is reasonable to note that sued the EPA 14 times. he has received money from Murray Energy, He challenged the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. It’s exactly what it Peabody Energy, the Southern Power Company, the National Mining sounds like. Power companies in states with weak regulations put a lot of Association, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Oklahoma toxic sh*t in the air. The air doesn’t stay in their state. It blows into other Gas and Electric, corporate members of the American Petroleum Institute, states, including ours. Alpha Natural Resources, the US Chamber of Commerce, the American He challenged the rule placing limits on mercury pollution. Remember Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, and the Tri-state Generation and the Mad Hatter? Mercury was once used in making hats. It’s a neurotoxin. Hat Transmission Association, all of whom are coparties to one or more of the makers went mad. Nowadays it mostly affects fish and birds. Also pregnant lawsuits filed by Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, against the EPA. women and children. Coal-fired power plants are the main cause of mercury This is not about the guy in the White House who chose him. This is about pollution. Pruitt sued the EPA over this rule twice. the Republican Party. Somehow, they find it completely outrageous that a He challenged the EPA rule on ozone. There’s good ozone, which is high regulation would get in the way of a money-making corporation dumping up, and shields us from ultraviolet rays. It can be destroyed by manmade their sh*t on other people’s land, in other people’s water, or in the air that chemicals. The word is also used in a way that’s roughly synonymous with we breath. smog, in which low-lying air filled with pollutants reacts with sunlight to Swap out this Republican president for another, you’ll get the same become even more toxic. Breathing it is like putting sh*t in your lungs. thing. Jeb Bush just wrote that he “cannot think of a person more suited to He challenged the EPA rules limiting pollution during power plant startups run the Environmental Protection Agency than Pruitt,” the man who loves and shutdowns, the carbon pollution standards for new power plants, and the chicken sh*t so much that he’ll fight and connive so that you can have it in clean air standards for oil and gas drilling and production sites. your water. 3/17 ChronograM 17

Art of Business


“This is the only gallery on the planet focusing on fine equine art from around the world,” says Juliet Harrison, creator of Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook. “We don’t do the typical horse-and-hounds prints. First and foremost, it’s fine art. Whether or not you’re ‘horsey,’ you’ll feel the higher connection captured between horse and human, the physical, emotional, and spiritual essence of the animals. I like to say a white horse is not just white, a black horse is not just black, and a beautiful horse is not just pretty.”

Of Tea and Terroir “At the beginning, it was just me and a few teas,” Harney and Sons founder John Harney told a reporter for the Tea House Times on the occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2013. He’d started blending in his basement, testing the results on guests at his White Hart Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut. Today, Harney teas can be sipped at tasting lounge shops in Millerton and Soho as well as at the British government’s historical palace properties. John Harney passed in 2014. His sons Paul and Michael are preserving their father’s legacy while expanding the business in new directions with their own children. “Michael had a wine background,” says Brigitte Harney of her husband, “so he brought that understanding of the relationship between soil, climate, topography, and flavor to bear on tea. The first time Michael went to China, he knew nothing. Now, our sons Emeric and Alexander have been to Africa, Japan, Korea. We source carefully and globally.” And give back. The company has donated well over half a million dollars to environmental causes via 1% For The Planet, and has been celebrated as a “Force of Nature” by the Columbia Land Conservancy.

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with Francis Morris of Francis Morris Violins

Q&A MUSICMAKER’S MAKER How exactly did the Berkshires come to be blessed with a full-service stringed instrument shop? Not every town has one, after all. So we asked Francis Morris of Francis Morris Violins about his journey and his craft. So how did you grow up to be a violin maker, anyway? I’d wanted to be a cellist. I was studying with the Curtis String Quartet and someone came to the Putney School in Vermont with a harpsichord he’d built from a kit. I heard the words in my head: This is what I’ve always wanted to do, make something beautiful with my hands and music. I studied at Marlboro College for 18 months, and a professor told me, “Build something that you actually play.” I read a book on how to make your own Stradivari, and went for it. I heard about a state-run school in Mittenwald, Germany and wrote them; when I heard back they said, “You need to learn German and we’ll have a place for you in 18 months.” Somebody said, they think you’re so far away you’ll never show, so my wife and I just went there with the instrument I’d just finished. They told me it was nice but I still had to wait nine months, so we toured Europe.


At the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Highland, Dr. Bruce Kurek specializes in what he calls “Dentistry by Design.” Much of it, of course, is hard science. “A lot of what I do is highly technical work, reconstructive dentistry,” Kurek says. “There’s a lot of bioengineering involved. Everything has to be done by very clear, deliberate intention; it’s a process of analysis and synthesis.” Then there’s the equally important human factor. “Fear is the number one reason people get to be badly in need of dental work,” says Kurek. “So we offer several options for sedation for people who want to take care of their mouths but can’t get past the fear and anxiety. And for many people, getting them past the initial phobia and into the chair builds the confidence that allows us to complete the later phases of treatment without the sedation, sometimes without anesthesia. They’ve whipped the phobia.”

And it was worth the wait? It was all free, so was health care—they pay higher taxes, but they definitely get value. It was three and a half years of intensely technical training, and when I left there I had a career. I worked in Switzerland for 10 years and then in LA; then we were offered a free 1740s house in Great Barrington. People just started coming in, and pretty soon we needed an Albany office. Would Stradivari recognize your technique today? Much of it. I’ve studied the late-17th-century Cremonese drawing and building techniques—how the proportions lead to this beautiful flow, how all the dimensions are derived from and depend upon each other. Some of the techniques, informed by CT imaging and dendrochronology, are brand-new—but the essence is still that symmetry that affects the sound like a great cathedral does. There’s nothing more satisfying than getting wood to sing. For that moment of perfection and beauty, it’s like God has arrived—everything comes alive. And when a player likes it, that’s where we get our bliss.


When Beth Petramale took over Next Boutique in Kingston’s Rondout district in 2011, she felt she had some big fashion shoes to fill. “The previous owner did a great job, so I inherited an outstanding reputation and great customers—loyal, savvy fashionistas.” The art of boutiquery? “You have to stay on trend,” says Petramale. “We follow all the magazines and industry news. I go to shows four times a year—this year the color is a beautiful grass green that anyone can wear. We’re seeing a lot of cardigan sweaters and pleated skirts, a lot of flowy bohemian comfort clothing.” Petramale says you also have to develop a sense of what each customer needs. “Some people like to shop with no input,” she says. “Other people like to call ahead and have us fill a dressing room with what we think they’ll love. It’s so much fun when somebody tries on something new and looks in the mirror and you see her whole face light up.” 3/17 ChronograM art of business 19

Special Report

Aging in place

A promise or a prison? By Jim Gordon Illustration by Jason Cring


here will you spend your senior citizenship? If you are like the vast majority of us, you want to stay in your own home as long as possible. This popular notion even has a quaint official phrase, “aging in place.” It sounds idyllic, passing the golden years among the familiar comforts of home. But for aging in place to be a healthy way to live, society must create infrastructure to bring people together. There is a dark side to aging in place—primarily, loneliness, a severe social isolation leading to depression, contributing to the onset of Alzheimer’s, and resulting in increased mortality. Social isolation has been found to have a mortality rate approaching that of heavy smoking. As cofounder of Edible Independence, a Kingston-based nonprofit that delivers frozen dinners to senior citizens in their homes each week, there is a sad scenario too often played out. “My weekly visitor,” one elderly woman muttered sadly, as I delivered food to her comfortable apartment in Kingston. Of sound mind and with elderly health accoutrements such as a walker and almost always alone, she has over time grown depressed and barely expressive. During these deliveries I see a dismaying pattern of isolation, pharmacology, and television. Dystopic as that sounds, it is already daily life for many elders, and may become the common reality as the number of senior citizens swells nationally and globally. It is clear the system is already straining. Nursing homes and senior care facilities are full, and there is no way society can build enough residential facilities to meet the ongoing growth in senior citizenship. Paradoxically, the future is potentially bright for senior citizens. There are encouraging findings about relatively easy methods people may use to help them age well, and promising ways to assist aging in place psychologically and physically. Recent science on 20 special report ChronograM 3/17

brain plasticity and the capabilities of seniors strongly posit that aging well is a matter of trying to do so, exercising mind, body, and social skills. While easily arranged for the small percentage of seniors in nursing homes, the challenges are unmet for those aging in place. Simply put, seniors aging in place need someplace to go to see people and some way to get there. But if society doesn’t embrace the responsibility to pay for what is needed, the future for many elders amounts to house arrest, sometimes even a sentence of solitary confinement, long stretches of isolation with only Andy Griffith on television for company, as overworked family visit only occasionally, so one’s main link with the outside world becomes deliveries, especially from pharmacies. 21st-Century Aging Nation and Valley The problem is already serious and will grow severe. Demographics showing the silver tsunami throughout the 21st century are clear. As of the 2010 Census, 11 million American senior citizens lived alone, and that number is growing rapidly. Our silver tsunami will have several waves.The first of some 75 million baby boomers turned 70 in 2016, 55 million Gen-Xers started turning 50 in 2015, and the first of 82 million millennials turn 40 in 2020. And on average, people are expected to live longer, and perhaps much longer, then ever before. A stark example of how we are aging is seen in the Census data, which as recently as 1980 categorized its oldest count of elders as age “75 plus.” By 2010, categories had to be updated for persons aged 75 to 79, persons aged 80 to 84 and persons attaining 85 plus. These trends are reflected globally. The Hudson Valley is on the high end of current demographics. Data compiled on the website show that in all Mid-Hud-

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son counties the fastest growing segment of our population is the oldest-old know it,” says Robert DiBella, director of Ulster County Area Transit. He estiamong us: “Since 2000, the 85 and over age group grew the fastest, at 53% for mates providing “demand-response” transit to pick up by appointment would Dutchess, 50 percent for Ulster and 44 percent for the region overall. Orange double the agency’s $5 million annual budget. was the only county in the region where the 60 to 84 group had the greatest There is a lower-cost option, sidewalks, as the foundation for stringing toincrease (46 percent) followed by the 85 and over group (33 percent).” gether attractions. Hudson Valley’s dense riverside cities like Kingston have an The Hudson Valley is older on average than the nation. Fourteen-point-nine advantage toward becoming age friendly. In their very compactness, they fopercent of the USA was 65 or older in 2015 using Census data. In Westchester, ment opportunity for NORCs to develop.These are naturally occurring retirethat figure was 15.8 percent, Putnam, 15.2 percent; Rockland 15.1 percent. ment communities, where long-time neighbors are facing the same challenges Only Orange County was under the national average, with 12.9 percent of its as they age together. But NORCs don’t happen automatically; they develop people aged 65 or more. best where seeds of infrastructure and assistance are designed to develop a Further north in the Hudson Valley, things look even greyer. Sixteen per- community. cent of Dutchess’s population is over 65, a 2.5 British gerontologist Dr. Sheila Peace depercent leap in just five years from the 2010 Censcribes the work as a process, not a policy, sayThere is a dark side to sus. Ulster County has an over-65 population of ing those creating NORCs must work toward 17.9 percent, an increase of over 3 percent in five “Neighborhood as a goal to be achieved, rather aging in place—primarily, than a starting point.” years. Sullivan County is at 17.3 percent, Greene County at 20.5 percent, and Columbia County at Like most Hudson Valley cities, Kingston is loneliness, a severe 21.5 percent. All four of those final counties have full of surprise vistas and historic pocket parks, a notable counterpoint, their overall populations which are ideal to start stringing together stagsocial isolation leading to ing posts to facilitate seniors. One theoretical are shrinking even as their senior population increases rapidly. opportunity exists behind the Governor Clinton A business factoid perhaps best suggests the depression, contributing to apartments: Off Albany Avenue there is a peaceprospective isolation facing seniors aging in place. ful oasis garden boasting a splendid vista of the Companies including Toyota and IBM are workthe onset of Alzheimer’s, Catskill Mountains. It hints at NORCs that could ing perfecting care-bots programmed to tend to be created, regionally, using neighborhood asseniors living alone. Merrill Lynch estimates the and resulting in increased sets around an existing senior building, and personal-care robot market could exceed $15 bilalso illustrates the complications of upgrading lion annually by 2020. facilities, using imagination and public privatemortality. Social isolation There are, of course, more human-friendly oppartnerships. tions. European studies show seniors universally The garden is on private property and not has been found to have a visible seek to get out more but feel they lack safe opfrom the street, so insurance arrangetions. The researchers advocate creating low-cost, ments and signs would be necessary to take full mortality rate approaching advantage. The garden abuts a large but little low-tech “short distances strung together with staging posts,” such as safe sidewalks, benches, and used dining space that could be a thriving café, that of heavy smoking. bathrooms. Though this sounds simplistic, it is a perhaps under public-private partnership. starting point for elder health. Ordolono, the building manager, says the The discipline of gerontology cites the concept of “lifespace”: The further a complications of senior citizenship require more than a building manager’s person travels from their bed every day, the stronger their health correlations. help. Society, she says, will have to begin investing if aging in place is actually A smattering of so-called “age-friendly cities” seek to build on these findings, to benefit society. “It would be really helpful to have a social worker assigned highlighting ways for improving mobility and inclusion through universal de- here,” she said, a combination ombudsman, social director and senior advocate. sign initiatives for public spaces and public transport. While garnering strong theoretical support, age-friendly cities remain largely unfunded. “Gerontechnology” in the Country Meanwhile social isolation suffered by many seniors, besides being deadly, Further afield are the suburbs and hamlets, the dense developments or lone is enormously expensive. With Alzheimer’s alone projected to cost $1 trillion historic houses spread among far-flung Valley environs. Seniors aging in our annually by 2050, the choices and outcomes are already stark, and the stakes rugged region may have vistas galore, but no way to get groceries, let alone are only going to grow. Fortunately, low-cost initiatives are available. kick up one’s heels among other humans. But the principle of stringing together attractions is applicable, although on a larger playing field. Kingston as Template For example, with a little imagination, but a large investment, one could Kingston, with 15 percent of its current population 65 or older, is emblematic imagine a future of self-driving cars assigned as chauffeurs for seniors living of challenges facing small cities. What do seniors need to live well here? alone in suburbs and hamlets, taking them out to socialize. Routine doctor’s “Transportation is number one. The most important piece for seniors visits could occur at home, over two-way screens. Far-flung families can right now is getting to and from places,” says Francesca Ordolono, operations monitor their parents aging in place in the old family home, using smart manager of two privately owned buildings in Kingston, the Governor Clinton technology to control lights, thermostats, and even entertainment. They can building and Yosman Towers, that provide publicly subsidized apartments for have face time and visit via Skype on big screens, which, research shows, is senior citizens. effective at relieving isolation. Public officials are aware of the problem. “We have a very active senior popSuch technology, termed gerontechnology, is a growing facet of aging in ulation who struggle with our poor sidewalks and inadequate public transpor- place. Products to service the market are beginning to cascade from companies tation system,” says Kingston Mayor Steven Noble. The Broadway Streetscape realizing where the money is. Seniors may soon face a bewildering selection of Project, an infrastructure initiative by the city to be started this year will install options for living in their own home, but the nexus will always be that humans ADA-compliant sidewalks and benches in adition to other safety features. need company to be healthy. Kingston has plenty of company in confronting such problems. The NaWill we develop ways to keep each other company as we age? So far, the tional Association of Area Offices on Aging says transportation is the number answer is no, but as pressures of demographics and economics grow, then, one reason seniors call their national Eldercare hotline. pardon the pun, time will tell whether aging in place is where seniors still want “There is no doubt we are going to need better services for seniors, and we to be. 22 special report ChronograM 3/17

Chronogram Conversations

Clockwise from top left: Luminary Media Account Manager Bartek Starodaj with Ulster County Legislator Jennifer Schwartz Berky; O+ Cofounder Joe Concra with Chronogram editor Brian K. Mahoney; the crowd at the Lace Mill; Leigha Butler and Jacqui Nash of the Yoga House with Chronogram Kids & Family Editor Hillary Harvey; Will Soter from Upstate Adventure Guides with Jesse Brown and Eric Archer of Engaging Lectures with Everyday Experts; designer and community activist Micah Blumenthal, Jesse Brown and Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr. On February 8, Luminary Media launched the first in a monthly series of community events, titled Chronogram Conversations. Nearly 100 invited guests—community leaders, influencers, and creatives—filled the Lace Mill in Midtown Kingston. They sipped custom vodka cocktails from Barber’s Farm Distillery, beer from Great Life Brewing, and snacked on more than a dozen items provided by Peace Nation Cafe. Bassist Michael Bisio provided musical accompaniment. Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram’s Editorial Director, then launched the salon series by conversing in the public forum with Joe Concra, artist and cofounder of the O+ Festival. Mahoney and Concra were seated on custom “Hot Seats”—stunning wooden chairs—made by Kingston artist Christopher Kurtz. They delved into the subject “Gentrification and the Creative Class,” which drew conversation among attendees, including Kingston urban planners, artists, long time residents, nonprofit leaders, and many Kingston business owners. Each month, Chronogram Conversations will travel around the Hudson Valley, to pair with the “Community Pages” section in this magazine (page 30). This month, we’ll travel to Atlas Industries in Newburgh for our “What’s Next, Newburgh?” conversation. Follow the Luminary Media’s Linkedin page to receive invites to future Chronogram Conversation events. 3/17 ChronograM chronogram conversations 23

Kids & Family

Creating a Cooperative Spirit: Q&A with Joanna Faber Text and photos by Hillary Harvey “Fury is not a useful, everyday seasoning for a relationship.” —Joanna Faber in How to Talk So LITTLE Kids Will Listen


s the well-raised daughter of a parenting expert, Joanna Faber felt confident about her own parenting skills—until she had kids. Then she decided to go incognito among friends about the fact that her mother, Adele Faber, co authored the classic best sellers Siblings without Rivalry and How to Talk So KidsWill Listen & Listen So KidsWill Talk, among others. Upon discovery of the truth, a friend invited Joanna Faber to speak about her mother’s work, and Faber felt the pressure of the “parenting expert” label. However, as the talk drew nearer, Faber realized that she didn’t have to be a perfect parent; she could just share the skills she used every day to parent her three boys. That’s when she began to walk in her mother’s footsteps. Faber has contributed heavily to her mother’s award-winning book, How to Talk So Kids Can Learn, drawing upon her experience as a bilingual special education teacher in a New York City public school. Her own book, How to Talk So LITTLE KidsWill Listen, builds upon her mother’s work. Faber lectures and hosts workshops on parenting and education around her home in the Hudson Valley, as well as across the country. I recently caught up with Faber to get the inside scoop on what it takes to create an intentional, loving, and disciplined family culture when there are little kids around. How did the experience of growing up with a parenting expert mom affect you? It’s pretty wonderful to grow up in a family where feelings are respected, emotions are accepted. If we had a conflict, my parents would turn to problem solving instead of punishment. To me, that was the norm. My mother’s mentor, Dr. Haim Ginott, used to say to the parents he taught, “For you, this will always be a second language. You will always speak with an accent. But for your children, it will be their native tongue.

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We deliberately wanted our book’s title to echo my mother’s work because that’s our foundation, and we hope that we’ve built even more on that with the chapter on kids who are wired differently, and by having chapters on specific challenges. We find that people need specific examples and stories. They may know the theory: accept feelings, give choices, encourage autonomy. But it’s hard to translate theory into action when you’re under pressure. You’ve got to get a kid into the car seat, get those shoes on, stop him from pinching the baby. There’s a wonderful tone in your book that’s both humorous and relatable. You write, “There’s a certain 24-hours-a-day relentlessness to caring for young children that makes it hard to think straight.” And you point out that parents have the opportunity to relive certain scenarios—often several hundred times. Sure. There’s always the second chance, and the third and the fourth and the fifth. Parents say, “I blew it! I blew it!”You don’t have to worry. Kids are going to do it again. They’re going to pull the dog’s tail again. They’re going to spill the milk again.You’ll have another chance. And we can practice our reactions to things. I find that reassuring because, as parents, we often judge ourselves harshly. We do. We hold ourselves to a high standard, and many of the parenting books that I’ve read also hold us to a high standard—that we should always be calm; we should never be angry, we should never show frustration or irritation. It’s not human to never be irritated, frustrated, and angry. We don’t need to feel bad about ourselves on top of everything that’s involved in raising these young humans. If you’re relating to your child with playfulness and choices, there’s a general good feeling and strong connection between the two of you. If you get Judah and Iggy flexing frustrated and yell, it’ll be okay. All those positive interactions make for a solid relationship that can withstand a little bad temper.

One of the themes of your book is the idea of cultivating a relationship with our children. As parents, we sometimes treat that relationship more like ownership when we discipline our children. The more kids feel connected, the more kids feel liked, the more they feel like part of the solution rather than part of the problem, the more cooperative in general they’re going to feel. I had someone on the radio a couple of weeks ago suggest to me that these skills were just manipulating children into being cooperative. In fact, what we’re doing by accepting feelings, being playful, giving choices, putting the child in charge is, we’re creating a connection; we’re creating a cooperative spirit. Parenting advice often centers around one-on-one discipline tactics. In my own family, my two younger children are just two years apart, so I’m often disciplining while I’m outnumbered. You walk in and you’re trying to say, “Okay, it’s time to separate, it’s time to calm down.” And you have to yell because they can’t hear you from all the noise that they’re making. To me, there’s nothing wrong with being loud. If kids are running and jumping and yelling and tearing apart the couch, you’re going to have to be loud. But instead of being loud attacking the child—“What is the matter with you? I told you to stop that.You’re going to break things.”—which does not create that feeling of cooperation (it just creates resentment and bad feelings), you’re going to be loud about your own feelings. Be loud using “I” instead of “you.” So instead of “You’re going to break things,” “You don’t listen,” I’m going to say, “I see children jumping up and down on the couch. I don’t like it.That’s my good couch.” “I see children with a lot of energy.What can we do?” Then you can put the kids to work coming up with ideas: Do jumping jacks, jump from the step to the beanbag chair, dance to their favorite music, run three times around the outside of the house. And resist the temptation to lock the door! [Laughs.]

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In the book, you point out how ineffective punishment is as a parenting tool, and the alternatives you offer are time in versus time out, planning ahead, troubleshooting situations to problem solve together rather than waiting for problems to occur. You really seem to be talking about teaching social skills. Sure. I think the chapter on alternatives to punishment is the most radical in our book because most parenting books don’t suggest that we do away with punishment altogether. But looking at the research, and looking at our own families and at families we work with, punishment is an ineffective tool. It doesn’t solve the problem. As you pointed out, it’s about developing a social skill, a skill for life. How do you approach conflict? Do you approach conflict by thinking, what can I do to hurt the other person? What can I do to make the other person suffer? Or do you approach conflict by thinking, what can we do to solve this problem? How can I make amends? How can I fix this problem? The problem with punishment is that it causes children to think selfishly: What’s going to happen to me? Whereas problem solving causes them to think: How can I fix this? What should we do next? It’s a whole different mindset. Research shows us that older kids who are punished severely and often do not mend their ways. They become more and more alienated from adult authorities, and they may become sneakier in their actions, and better at not being caught.You can’t punish a person into good behavior. It just doesn’t work. As adults, we notice when kids constantly do something that we’ve asked them not to, but we don’t notice our behavior and response is mostly the same also. What does it take to master these skills so that we can respond the way we want to rather than reacting and regretting all the time? Well, reacting and regretting is part of the process. You think about it, and you say, “Boy, I wish I said this. That would have been more helpful.” And then the next time, you get a chance to say that. Or you can always come back and problem solve.You can say, “That must have been really upsetting to be yelled at like that. I wish I hadn’t. Let’s talk about what to do next time?” The more you practice something, the better you get at it. It takes constant renewal and constant refreshing, because when you’re a parent of young children, you don’t have a lot of time to think. We’re never going to be perfect. Parents need to give themselves as much forgiveness as they give their children, and as many chances.

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Education guide Schools and other educational programming in the Hudson Valley offer our young citizens a quality education in a great setting. From writing workshops and college prep to experiences outside of the classroom, the region’s educational offerings set your children up for success.

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Huguenot Street School Programs Historic Huguenot Street

Green Meadow Waldorf School Developing Curiosity, Creativity, and Confidence

We would love to accommodate your group! We can run many of our school programs with a group of eight or more. Come and immerse your students in the lives of children who lived on Huguenot Street 300 years ago. Enjoy hands-on experiences through historically-inspired activities (adaptations and modifications can be made for the needs of your class depending on age and ability). Our school programs have been recognized by the NYS Cultural Education Department for adhering to the leading NYS standards and Common Core standards. Homeschoolers are welcome! There is a playground close by for younger siblings if needed and a picnic grove on site if your group wants to have lunch on our historic grounds. 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz (845) 255-1660

Recognized internationally as a leading Waldorf school, Green Meadow Waldorf School is one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with about 350 students from Nursery through 12th grade, a popular Parent & Child Program, and wonderful summer programs. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Through an academically challenging curriculum, infused by the arts and informed by a unique understanding of a child’s developmental needs, Green Meadow Waldorf School educates its students to become well-rounded adults capable of bringing purpose and direction to their lives. They emerge ready to think on their own, stand for themselves, and act with empathy toward others. Our beautiful 11-acre wooded campus draws diverse students from 13 counties and approximately 90 towns in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as from several countries around the world. 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge (845) 356-2514 ext.302,

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Sandra M. Moore, M.A., a former college admission director and life-long educator, provides expert assistance with all aspects of the college search and admission and financial aid application processes. Member: HECA, IECA, NACAC. Don’t just dream. Achieve.

We offer after-school and in-school enrichment classes as well as library programming. Your favorite book characters come to life with our literary adventure scavenger hunt! Learn to think on your feet with our unique brand of Improv theater, or how to sword fight with our play-safe weapons! We also offer magical summer camps and year round weekend events.

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Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Nurturing Living Connections “… one of the things that I value so deeply about being here is that my children have this incredible sense of wonder and joy at very small things in life; at the natural world; at a flower blossoming; at the leaves turning...I think that is a very special thing about this place.” ~ Christina Lowery, HVS Parent Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is an early childhood through grade 12 independent school in Ghent, NY. Join us at our Spring Open House, Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take a tour, see student work, enjoy student performances, take a tour of our Biodynamic® farm, meet some of our teachers and learn about the Waldorf curriculum. Tours are also available by appointment. 330 County Rte 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7092 x 111

South Kent School Excellence for Boys

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

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WHY BOYS? South Kent School embraces unique learning styles of boys to create a boys centered curriculum that leads to success. South Kent School’s education program stresses rigorous academics and personal transformation to foster develop knowledge, courage and strength of character. We call this the Hero Path and it serves as the fundamental building block towards future success in college, one’s career and family. South Kent encourages students to discover, improve upon and showcase new creative talents through a variety of outlets. Dramatic performances, art, musical theater, dance, and multi-media programs enable students to explore and develop talents in a productive and nurturing environment. One South Kent signature program, the Center for Innovation, has the mission of teaching students sustainability, resilience, and wholeness through the spheres of Sustainable Earth, Sustainable Design, and Sustainable Community. The CFI shows students how to promote change in their lives while simultaneously ensuring that they have a positive impact on the world around them. Programming includes a farm-to-table organic food program, bee keeping, entrepreneurship classes, 3D printing, drone technology, robotics, and more. Special programs: College Level Courses through Syracuse University iPad Program, Advanced Media Group, Affinity Program— Adventure: Rock Climbing, Hiking & Snowshoeing, Overnight Camping; Service: On-campus Service, Habitat for Humanity, Helping the elderly; Explore: Plays, Musical performance, Video production. GRADE 6 - GRADE 12 & PG

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Using the Outdoor Classroom Every Day Call 845-297-5600 for a Tour

Primrose Hill School Primrose Hill School follows the Waldorf philosophy of teaching, which holds the individual child at the center of the curriculum. Our Waldorf trained teachers have the freedom to meet each student’s particular needs and respond to each developmental stage. This dynamic approach empowers the school to stay true to its mission of nourishing and cultivating children to become their most capable, creative, and individuated selves. Early Childhood The nursery and kindergarten rooms have soft, peach-colored walls and handmade wooden tables. A sweet scent of apple crisp baking in the oven fills the room. The visitor is drawn into a sphere of intentional simplicity. Classrooms use only natural materials, incorporating the pine cones, stones, and leaves that the children collect on their daily walks. Grades The main subjects, such as history, language arts, science, and mathematics are taught in blocks of two hours per day, called the Main Lesson during which the children study one subject intensively for 3 or 4 weeks. The Waldorf curriculum has been likened to an ascending spiral: subjects are revisited several times, and each new exposure affords greater depth and new insights into the subject. Specialty subjects include handwork, foreign language, movement, music and orchestra. Agriculture The farm at Primrose Hill School allows children the opportunity to work with animals, learn about vegetable gardening, and experience hands on what it means to be in relationship to the land. Our Community Supported Education (CSE) program works to make our school accessible to all.

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

Cary Institute freshwater ecologist Dave Strayer will provide insight into life in the world’s inland waters. Lake, rivers, streams, ponds, and wetlands cover less than 1% of Earth’s surface, yet they support a diversity of plants and animals. Seating is first come first served.

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This Earth Day, join us for a special lecture by writer and scholar Terry Tempest Williams. Her new book is both a personal journey and celebration of America’s national parks, delving into their history, politics, activism, and ecological threats. Books will be available for purchase.

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Community Pages

Leighann Kowalsky at the Dance Studio at BSP.

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erhaps not since the British came blazing through town during Revolutionary War days has Kingston felt quite so on fire. Thankfully, a good 240 years later, Kingston’s strictly metaphorically “hot” these days, as it’s firmly transitioned from its former role as New York State’s 18th-century political capital to its 21st-century one of a cutting-edge cultural center, oozing buzz and newfound potential. Indeed, ask just about anybody with a creative inkling, and they’ll surely tell you that Kingston rocks. That it does. But it also paints, dances, acts, films, and otherwise creates. The small city-that-could—a neo-Bohemian waypoint between New York City and Albany—is in the midst of a full-fledged, synergistic, arts-driven urban revitalization and reinvention. It’s been bolstered by a burgeoning creative-class citizenry, with newcomers drawn by the flourishing arts-and-music scene, paired with the city’s historic sites, diverse architectural inventory, outstanding dining, natural beauty (with a location wedged between the Catskills and Hudson River), and overall affordability. “Kingston’s art scene has exploded in the past year,” said Linda MarstonReid, executive director of regional arts organization Arts Mid-Hudson. “Many innovative new galleries and events have joined the vibrant scene, creating a buzz around the entire city of Kingston,” she added. Ward Mintz, chairman of the just-over-a-year-old, City of Kingston-backed Kingston Arts Commission, expressed that the arts renaissance here has not only been a magnet for cultural tourism and community building, but that it also serves as an important economic generator. “I believe that a reason that the economy is doing so well is because of the arts,” he offered. While the fast-evolving city encompasses a patchwork of three distinct yet collaborating creative communities—Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown (or, the Rondout)—it’s Midtown that’s in the midst of the most palpable and rapidfire transformation. 30 community pages ChronograM 3/17

Midtown Rising Launched in fall, the Midtown Arts District (MAD)—an organization of more than 200 art-based businesses spread out across 40 Midtown buildings—was formed “as a platform for revitalization, economic investment, and community enrichment” in the Midtown area, the city’s former industrial epicenter and its historically economically depressed core. A series of old vacant and underutilized industrial buildings are now being inventively reimagined by artists and entrepreneurs alike. Some of MAD’s current initiatives include forming a citywide gallery coalition, launching a Midtown-based community arts program, and backing the development of the Broadway Commons community space, a seasonal Spiegeltent-inspired special events venue that will overtake an abandoned lot on Broadway in late April. The most transformative Midtown projects to date have involved the artsoriented repurposing of several old factories, including three century-old buildings transformed by real estate developer Mike Piazza over the last 15 years. Piazza’s artist loft/studio space-friendly trio includes the Brush Factory and Pajama Factory, and his flagship Shirt Factory; the latter includes 60 commercial and residential units, including the new Hudson Valley Silverworks school (offering jewelry and silversmithing classes), as well as studio spaces for artists like ceramist Robert Hessler, painter Leslie Bender, and visual and performance artist Nina Isabelle. Kingston-based affordable housing advocate and provider RUPCO has likewise backed a trio of major Midtown revitalization projects, including the highly lauded, July 2015-debuted The Lace Mill, which reimagined a former curtain factory as an affordable 55-unit artist live/work space complex, including several public galleries. Other upcoming RUPCO projects include the Energy Square development at the site of Midtown’s soon-to-be demolished bowling

Clockwise from top left: Outside Outdated Cafe in Uptown Kingston; Saker Guitar Works; The B-Boyz at Alley Cat Blues & Jazz Club.

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Clockwise from top: Buffalo Stack at BSP; Alisha Mai McNamara at Hudson Valley Circus Arts; Maggie Newman’s sculpture The Rescue, on exhibit at Uncanny Gallery. Opposite, clockwise from top: R&F Handmade Paints; Robert Hessler at the Shirt Factory; Pivot Ground Cafe; Pop-Up Gallery Group (PUGG); Nina Isabelle at the Shirt Factory.

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Uptown Rhythm The heartbeat of Kingston’s music scene, though, emanates from the landmarked buildings littered throughout Uptown’s historic Stockade District. BSP Kingston (Backstage Studio Productions), set within an early-1900s vaudeville theater/movie house on Wall Street, is one of the Hudson Valley’s top spots for live music, DJ-helmed dance parties, and special events. More music venues line Wall Street: Alley Cat Blues & Jazz Club opened over the summer with live blues and jazz bands most weekend nights. The LGBTQ a cappella chorus Key of Q frequently performs at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center; the center also runs art openings, Latin dance nights, and film screenings. The 1852 Old Dutch Church hosts a regular series of concerts, as well as occasional theatrical productions. Around the corner, year-old event space Senate Garage recently introduced a series of Thursdaynight jazz performances. Diego’s pairs Mexican fare with live music on Fridays; Two Ravens Tavern features an Irish band the first Sunday of the month; and Stockade Tavern hosts occasional jazz nights. Uncle Willy’s and Snapper Magee’s, two North Front Street dive bars, tout active live music calendars for touring and local bands. North Front Street proposes one-stop-shopping for musicians and connoisseurs alike, with music/bookshop Rhino Records and vinyl-specialized Rocket Number Nine Records (around the corner, on Wall Street, Blue-Byrd’s Haberdashery & Music sells new and used CDs), along with two guitar shops: Saker Guitar Works and Stockade Guitars. Naturally, where there’s music, there’s movement. At the BSP complex, the Dance Studio at BSP hosts weekly scheduled dance classes; Uptown Swing runs a monthly night of live jazz and swing dancing; and the 2016-debuted

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alley; at least two years out, it will bring together mixed-income housing, the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup headquarters, and a new location for the Center for Creative Education, offering arts, wellness, and cultural programming geared toward underserved youth. RUPCO’s The Metro complex on Greenkill Avenue (about 20 months out from its anticipated opening date)—set within the former Pilgrim Furniture factory—is slated to house maker spaces, as well as the Stockade Works film and production studios (the brainchild of director-actor Mary Stuart Masterson). Stockade Works will surely catapult Kingston’s budding TV and film industry, boosted by recent film production tax credits in the Mid-Hudson Valley: Already established businesses include turnkey media production facility Seven21 Media Center, and prop and set developer American Made Monster Studios. Broadway has proven fertile ground for a slate of newish galleries: the July-debuted Broadway Arts; the September-launched (P)optimism Shoppe; and the 2.5-year-old ARTBAR Gallery. The Pop-Up Gallery Group (PUGG) debuted in December in conjunction with a two-year-old arts management training program at Kingston High School, giving participating students hands-on experience in running a gallery. Opening in June, the Kingston Pop Museum will show monthly exhibitions curating works from international and local artists. Midtown restaurants are melding cuisine with the arts scene. Peace Nation Café, serving Latin farm-to-table fare, and southern eatery Pakt have both recently launched monthly art openings, while gastropub/cocktail bar The Beverly presents events like film screenings and burlesque shows. Several more multi-use Midtown cultural institutions combine gallery showings with regular cultural programming, like Cornell Street Studios, A.I.R. Studio Gallery, and the year-old Green Kill Gallery. Look out for neighborhood arts stores hosting classes and workshops, like R&F Handmade Paints and Bailey Pottery, along with artists-and-musicians supply shops, Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop, and Barcone’s Music. Longstanding cultural anchor Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) – a 1,500-seat historic show palace on Broadway, dating to 1927—programs a slate of year-round entertainment spanning concerts, comedy, theater, dance, and film. Run by the Poughkeepsie-based Bardavon since 2007, the venue is gearing up for a major $4.7 million renovation, which will see it close for six months starting in June. For live music, bands regularly play at craft-beer-and-burger joint The Anchor and microbrewery Keegan Ales.

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Clockwise from top: Lady Pink mural Native Americans Discover Columbus; Rocket Number Nine Records; Eryn Stutts at Pakt; Ted Lawrence at Stockade Guitars.

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JAZZ & BLUES VENUE Hudson Valley Circus Arts school leads circus and aerial arts instruction. Beyond beats in Uptown, check out bibliophile haven Half Moon Books; bi level arts-and-crafts emporium Catskill Art & Office Supply; bazaar-style shop Bop to Tottom; upscale home design boutique Exit Nineteen; the Junedebuted doll artists showcase Uncanny Gallery; the street-level studio of Kingstonian artist and diorama fanatic Matthew Pleva; and The Yoga House, for its original mandala mural and artsy yogic community. Downtown Arts Kingston’s maritime-flavored Downtown area—dubbed the Strand or the Rondout (thanks to its waterfront location on the Rondout Creek)—touts more traditional art galleries. The nabe’s cultural heavyweight is the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) on Broadway, which puts on two visual arts gallery shows per month; upstairs, a performing arts space was added on in 2015 to host a range of concerts and events. More notable neighborhood galleries beckon: the One Mile Gallery, Donskoj & Co., and The Storefront Gallery. On Broadway, the May-debuted Clove and Creek boutique vends a selection of handmade crafts and housewares from local makers; two-year-old Brunette wine bar hosts author book readings, art shows, and a monthly vinyl music night; and Pivot Ground Cafe & Workspace—a coffee shop/coworking space—likewise puts on music events and art shows. Nearby, the nearly 70-year-old theater troupe Coach House Players is billed as the longestoperating community theater company in Ulster County. The Rondout’s culturally flavored festivals and events include the 2016debuted, Brooklyn-transplanted foodie fest Smorgasburg Upstate, featuring grub and live music at the historic Hutton Brickyards; Broadway’s Kingston Night Market, matching live music with 40-plus artsy vendors; and the quirky Artist Soapbox Derby, a “parade of kinetic sculptures” held on Broadway each August. Festival Frenzied Beyond Downtown, more citywide arts-and-music fests and events abound, like First Saturdays, first-Saturday-of-the-month evening gallery receptions held throughout the city, and the two-day ArtWalk Kingston (September 23–24, 2017), which showcased over 70 local artists and galleries in its inaugural 2016 edition. (And save the date for the fifth annual Chronogram Block Party on August 19.) The king of local festivals is the annual weekend-long arts-and-musicpacked O+ Festival, which matches participating artists and musicians with free health-care and wellness services. In its seventh year in 2017 (October 6-8), the fest has more than doubled in size since its 2010 debut, spawning nationwide spin-offs, and leaving a permanent legacy in Kingston via the 22 murals that it’s commissioned across city walls.

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The House

Susan Meyer-Fitzsimmons in her living room. She and husband Brian Fitzsimmons designed and built their carbon neutral home in Warwick. “My life is my art, my art is my life; my convictions are my profession and my profession informs how I live—it’s all one in the same.”

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Situated on a south-facing slope, the home was built to take full advantage of seasonal light and is powered by solar panels. A geothermal heating and cooling system regulates the home’s temperature throughout the year.

Full Circle Carbon Neutral in Warwick by Mary Angeles Armstrong photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


ature’s abundance is mind boggling,” says author and designer Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons. “Look at an apple tree—one tree produces hundreds of apples, and each apple has a handful of seeds out of which can grow thousands more apples.”We are sitting in the living room of the contemporary, passive solar-hybrid house that she shares with her husband, Brian Fitzsimmons, and their two teenaged children. She is explaining the research and philosophy that inspired both her home’s design and her forthcoming book, Deep Living: HealingYourself to Heal the Planet (Full Court Press), which is out this month. “It’s a quandary of our culture—we’ve created an economics of scarcity where we always feel guilty about using or doing or making when in reality, that’s often in our thinking. Our economic paradigm, which is built on credit and borrowing from the future, also makes us believe that there’s never enough.” On one hand Deep Living is an exploration of the philosophy of sustainability and the cultural choices that have led us to our current environmental crisis; on the other, it’s also an invitation to reexamine our values and reimagine how they can be reflected in our daily lives. “We need to get off the hamster wheel,” Meyer-Fitzsimmons declares. “Then we can really ask ourselves ‘What do I stand for?’ We’ve lost our connection with the Earth and with other people. But in reality those are the things that make us happiest:We need community, we need other people in our lives, we need nature.”

Philosophy of Light and Space Everything about the room we are sitting in echoes Meyer-Fitzsimmons’s ideals. The mid-January sun floods the space with light, spilling across the Auburn wood floorboards, illuminating the open-plan dining and sitting areas, and reaching back into an adjacent kitchen. Twenty-foot ceilings add to the living room’s airy, expansive atmosphere of abundant light and space. Oriented to the south and perfectly calibrated to accommodate the seasonally changing arc of the sun, the room’s southern wall is a combination of sliding glass doors topped by rows of windows of triple-paned glass. To the east, a wall of white, built in bookshelves—is topped with another bank of windows, this one calibrated to catch the morning sun in the summer months. Louvered panels, hanging over the south-facing windows, are angled to block the midday sun in June, July and August. This, along with the home’s metal siding and roof, allows the structure to remain remarkably cool in the summer months. But now, as we sit enjoying homemade artichoke spread and spinach pie, the room is cozy and warm. “The thermostat is set to 68, but often when it’s 20 degrees outside and sunny, the thermostat rises to 72 or 73 degrees,” Meyer-Fitzsimmons explains. This seemingly effortless comfort is achieved through a harmonious hybrid of cutting-edge technology and sustainable construction methods. The home’s passive solar architecture is complemented by 10-inch-thick open-cell, foam-insulated walls. At night LED track light3/17 chronogram home & Garden 39

ing consumes a fraction of the energy incandescent or even compact florescent bulbs would. Three photovoltaic solar panels on the roof provide for the majority of the home’s energy needs, as well as power a geothermal pump and furnace to heat and cool the home. At the end of the solar year—March 21—the house has broken even, energy-wise, and effectively has a “net zero” carbon footprint since May 2016.

Top Left: The living room’s triple-paned windows offer dynamic views of Bellvale Mountain and the rolling landscape of the Warwick Valley. “It’s always beautiful and changes so completely, depending on the weather and the time of day. The mountain disappears behind the greenery, and in the fall it reappears. In the summer it’s like a leaf curtain.” Right Top and Bottom: Meyer-Fitzsimmon’s teenage children have identical, mirrored bedrooms with ample closet space and a shared bathroom. The home’s European style windows were imported from France. They can open inwards (like a door) or be adjusted to open on an upwards slant— making them both very efficient and easy to clean. Bottom Left: Meyer-Fitzsimmons in the stairwell leading to her home office. She began her research for her Master’s degree—which was to become her book Deep Living—in the `90s and found she really enjoyed the writing process. “It’s sort of like constructing a puzzle out of pieces of information.”

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Free Associative Design Originally from Berlin, Meyer-Fitzsimmons spent much of her childhood in France and then began college in Belgium. However, after two years of studying interior design there, she was finished with European university life. “I was so sick of the system—it was too hierarchical and restrictive. I was under the impression that art should teach you to be creative, whether its fine arts or the decorative ones.” She had a deep desire to “free associate and be creative—not to regurgitate.” “I had to get out of there,” she explains. So she took a chance and picked up for NewYork where she finished her bachelor’s degree. “College education is more liberated here, it makes you a freer thinker,” she says. Eventually Meyer-Fitzsimmons began a master’s degree in Liberal Studies at Empire State College and the research and writing of her master’s thesis became the basis for Deep Living. She met her husband, Brian Fitzsimmons, in NewYork and, after a stint in Hong Kong, the couple moved to Warwick in 1993. They and their two young children lived for many years in a 200-year-old house that was so drafty “the weather came with you whenever you opened a door—we were definitely close to nature.” In 2005 Fitzsimmons stumbled onto an eight-acre parcel of land, with a For Sale sign, right around the corner from their former house. With a protected ridge line at the back of the property and a view over the woods toward Bellvale Mountain, the couple realized it would be the ideal place to build a home based on their shared environmental values.They purchased the land, took some time to pay it off, and then began the three-year planning process that would result in their current abode. “It was a very creative, complex effort,” Meyer-Fitzsimmons explains. Brian Fitzsimmons, a manufacturers’ representative for lighting and energy controls, did all of the mechanical research. Meyer-Fitzsimmons

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The eight-acre property features a dramatic rock ridge line with five acres of protected land above. The ridge, which sits to the north of the house and towers above it, protects the home from the elements. “The wind sweeps up above and you can see it hit the tops of the trees around us but it completely avoids the house.”

roughed out the design concept and then architect Jeff DeGraw, of DeGraw & DeHaan, pulled it all together.The actual construction took 14 months and was completed by Kevin Gremli Construction in August of 2014. Beyond the Great Indoors The 2,900-square-foot house was designed to be a combination of three “bubbles”—a section for the couple’s two teenaged children, a master bedroom wing for the adults, and the central community space shared by family and guests alike. “Because I have a design background and because we lived for 20 years in a space that didn’t shift and move with us, I had the opportunity to rethink the whole way we interact with our living space.” The children’s rooms mirror each other and are separated by deep closets that allow for both acoustical privacy and clutter control. (“I told the architect the rooms had to be the exact same size,” she tells me.) Large south-facing windows lend a light, airy feeling similar to the main living space, making each bedroom seem much larger than their 110 square feet.The family loves to entertain, so a large kitchen pantry was designed to store multiple folding chairs. Now, dinner parties can easily accommodate one or two extra guests at a moment’s notice. The home’s master wing, built in the sunny eastern end of the house, has a full bathroom and walk-in closet, as well as two home offices. Meyer-Fitzsimmons’s north-facing desk overlooks the wooded ridge line where she occasionally sees foxes, bears and deer. The ground floor basement has a garage, a recreation room, and a large laundry area—inspired by the German washkuche (“wash kitchen”) of Meyer-Fitzsimmon’s homeland—with plenty of space to line dry clothing, even in the winter months. Even though technology has allowed the home to be “heavenly comfortable” while keeping its carbon footprint light, Meyer-Fitzsimmons understands that even technological advancement has its limits. The family is mindful not to let its use dominate their shared space—relegating the home’s only television to a shared den/guest room and computers to their respective workspaces. Without a television or computer in the main living room, the ever-changing view of the woods becomes the room’s focal point and the quiet encourages conversation. This was a lesson in mindfulness Meyer-Fitzsimmons learned from a friend of her son. “When Hurricane Sandy hit, we were out of electricity for days,” she says. “My son’s friend pointed out that while we had no power, friends—adults and kids, family, and neighbors—were sitting around the table playing board games or just talking.” We were always doing things together. The minute the power came back on, everyone retreated to their electronic devices. For a brief amount of time we had no electricity, but we rediscovered our community.”

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Only Mark the Bright Hours #1, Susan Walsh, wood panel, paint, thread, graphite, 2017. Walsh’s work is on view at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon through April 2.

510 WARREN ST GALLERY 510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510 “Sean Sullivan: Ubbe and Sacco.” Drawings and sculptures. March 3-26. Opening reception March 4, 3pm-6pm.

ARTS SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0333 “Marty Carey: Impermanence: 100 Years of Cooper Lake.” March 4-25. Opening receptino March 4, 5pm-8pm.

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 737 ALBANY-SHAKER ROAD, ALBANY (518) 242-2241 “Cloudlands.” Through July 31.

ATLAS INDUSTRIES 11 SPRING STREET, NEWBURGH 391-8855 “Hadza: The Roots of Equality Documentary Exhibition.” March 25-April 21. Opening reception March 25, 6:30-8:30pm.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578 “Gallery: Studio-—A Symbiosis.” Paintings by Christie Scheele. Through April 16. Artist’s reception March 25, 5pm-7pm.

BEACON ARTIST UNION 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177 “4x4 A Beacon Artists Union Members Show.” Through April 4.

ALBERT WISNER PUBLIC LIBRARY MCFARLAND DRIVE, WARWICK Photography exhibit by St James Camera Club. March 1-31. Opening reception March 5, 1pm-3pm.

BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY 43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 516-4435 “Winter Salon. Watercolors by Betsy Jacaruso & Cross River Fine Artists.” Through March 31.

AMITY GALLERY 110 NEWPORT BRIDGE ROAD, WARWICK 258-0818 “Wild Realm: Paintings by Rebecca Pry, Zoe Cone, Julia Rosso.” March 4-26. Opening reception March 4, 5pm-8pm.

BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079 “Selections: Woodstock Arts Today.” Curated by Tom Wolf. Through April 9. “Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape.” Through September 4.

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

CAFFE A LA MODE 1 OAKLAND AVENUE, WARWICK 986-1223 “Three Themes: Hudson Valley-State Parks of New York-National Parks of Utah.” Photography by Angelo Marcialis. Through April 14.

ART SCHOOL OF COLUMBIA COUNTY 1198 ROUTE 21C, HARLEMVILLE (518) 672-7140 “Space: Form & Void.” Featuring the work of ASCC faculty members Sayzie Carr and Gary Finelli. Through March 23. 46 arts & culture ChronograM 3/17

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915 “Americana.” Group exhibit. Through March 12.

CATALYST GALLERY 137 MAIN STreet, BEACON 204-3844 “Adam Lister: New Paintings.” 8-bit inspired watercolor paintings based on iconic images from history and pop culture. Through March 26. Opening reception March 4, 6pm-8pm. THE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957 “Visceral Notions.” Featuring Bennie Flores Ansell, Elsa Horberg, and Gabriel García Román. Through March 26. CHRIS DAVISON GALLERY 302 NORTH WATER STREET, NEWBURGH (917) 825-5709 “The Nude.” Group exhibition. Through March 11. CLARK ART INSTITUTE 225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-2303 “Japanese Impressions.” Features 48 woodblock prints. Through April 2. COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON (518) 828-1481 “The Earth from Above.” Paintings by Joy Wolf. March 1-30. Opening reception March 9, 5pm-7pm. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK 452-9430 “Fire in the Belly: Cultural Moments Around the Hearth and Table.” Through April 4. Cross contemporary art 81 partition street, saugerties 399-9751 “All the Living Things.” Jim Holl. March 4-26. Opening reception March 4, 5pm-8pm. DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 440-0100 New Installation: Walter De Maria. This exhibition—drawn primarily from Dia’s collection— presents small-scale objects by De Maria produced between 1961 and 1966. Ongoing. DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STreet TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580 Ulster County Photographers Exhibit. March 3-April 1.

EMPIRE STATE PLAZA CORNING TOWER 100 S MALL ARTERIAL, ALBANY (518) 473-7521 “Works by Phil Frost.” Through August 18. ERPF GALLERY 43355 ROUTE 28, ARKVILLE (8450 586-2611 “Catskill Fly Tying the Art of Artifice.” Through March 15. THE FALCON 1348 ROUTE 9W, MARLBORO 236-7970 “Rock Photo Retrospective.” Roman Iwasiwka photos. Through March 31. FIELD LIBRARY 4 NELSON AVENUE, PEEKSKILL (914) 737-1212 “Marching On: Leonard Freed and the March on Washington.” Through April 2. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237 “The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War.” Through April 9. FRG OBJECTS / DESIGN 217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON (646) 483-9109 “Future Now.” Michael Richison and Joseph Conrad-Ferm. Through March 7. GALLERY 66 NY 66 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING 809-5838 “Duality of Feminine and Feminist.” Curated by Karen Gutfruend. Fridays-Sundays. Opening reception March 3, 6pm-9pm. GALLERY LEV SHALEM, WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 679-2218 “Other Places.” Allison Constant, juror. Through April 24. HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-4181 “Chloe Zerwick: Inside the Box.” Through March 26. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100 Remy Jungerman, HVCCA Winter 2017 Artist in Residence. Through April 26. JEFF BAILEY GALLERY 127 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-6680 Will Duty, Cody Hoyt, Fabienne Lasserre. Through March 26. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907 “Melinda Stickney-Gibson: Thinkings.” Paintings. March 4-26. Opening reception March 4, 6pm-8pm. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM 94 BROADWAY, NEWBURGH 569-4997 “The History of Baseball.” Documents from the early days of baseball. Through April 30.

mark gruber gallery new paltz plaza, new paltz 255-1241 “Art Squared: All Art.” Grou show. Through April 1. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901 “Susan Walsh: Only Mark the Bright Hours.” Walsh explores light, time, place, and memory through a variety of mediums. Through April 2. MILLBROOK FREE LIBRARY 3 FRIENDLY LANE, MILLBROOK 677-3611. “Paintings by Jeffrey Neumann.” Paintings. Through March 15. OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROUTE 22, GHENT “5x5: Participatory Provocations.” 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects. Through March 12. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVE., POUGHKEEPSIE Palmergallery. “The Joy in Detail: The Incised Paintings of Elayne Seaman.” Through March 16. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880 “David R. Clark: Fantasy Worlds.” Through March 6. ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS 27 SOUTH GREENBUSH ROAD, WEST NYACK 358-0877 “Activism in Art: Art Changes Things.” Through April 23. ROOST STUDIOS & ART GALLERY 69 MAIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, NEW PALTZ 255-5532 “Rising Artists.” Curated by Jasmin Mitchel. March 9-April 2. Opening reception March 18, 7pm-10pm. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ “Intimately Unfamiliar: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty.” Through April 9. “Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts.” Through May 21. “Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off.” Through May 21. “Text/ures of Iraq: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Oded Halahmy.” Through May 21. SELIGMANN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 23 WHITE OAK DRIVE, SUGAR LOAF 469-9459 “Louisa Waber: Recent Painting & Drawing.” Abstract art. Through March 19. SEPTEMBER 449 WARREN STREET #3, HUDSON (518) 822-1333 “Post-Election Show.” Through March 25. SEVEN21 MEDIA CENTER 721 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 331-0551 “People of The Fields.” Barbara Masterson works inspired by local migrant workers and the agricultural landscape of the Hudson Valley. Through March 20. SUNY ULSTER 491 COTTREKILL ROAD, STONE RIDGE 687-5262 “The Illustrator’s Show. Spring 2017 Visiting Artist Exhibition.” Through April 7. THE CHATHAM BOOKSTORE 27 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3005 “Reflecting on Race Photography Exhibit.” Photos exhibited have been submitted by the local community and reflect personal experiences with African American history and race. Curators are Wesley Brown, Karen Halverson, and Wendy Noyes. Through March 31. THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON (917) 318-2239 “Icelandic Sketches.” Paintings by Emma Tapley. March 11-April 2. Opening reception March 11, 6pm-8pm. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336 Peter Acheson: Recent Work. Through March 26. THOMPSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE “Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures From Steepletop.” Through June 11. TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-3663 “Dear John.” Installation by Christopher K. Ho ’92 focused on love. Through April 22. WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS Teaching Artist’s Exhibit. March 1-25. WIRED GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613 “Patterns.” Group show. Through April 2. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940 “Recent Acquisitions 2009-2016.” Through May 28. 3/17 ChronograM arts & culture 47

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EMERGE GALLERY & ART SPACE 228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES 247-7515 “Exit 20: A Group Exhibition of Saugerties Artists.” Through March 27.

LACE MILL MAIN GALLERY 165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON 399-4437 Solo Shows by James Martin and Kazuma Oshita. March 4-31. Opening reception March 4, 5pm-8pm.


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The Genetic Method Laura Stevenson

By Peter Aaron Photo by Fionn Reilly


t’s certainly not unheard of for the offspring of celebrated professional musicians to follow in their parents’ footsteps. A few famous instances that come to mind include Sean and Julian Lennon, Justin Townes Earle, John Pizzarelli, and—OMG—Miley Cyrus. But sometimes the serious musical gene skips a generation. Such is the case with with rising indie rocker Laura Stevenson, whose maternal grandfather, pianist and arranger Harry Simeone, led the Harry Simeone Chorale, which recorded the enduring holiday hits “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958) and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (1962); Simeone’s wife (Stevenson’s grandmother), Margaret McCrae, aka Margaret McCravy, sang with swing-era band leaders Benny Goodman and Fred Waring. “They divorced and ended up remarrying when they were both in their 80s—they went through some tough times, but they were always in love,” Stevenson says. “My grandfather was this very serious, stern person. He’d try to get me to play for him, and I’d be a little afraid. His parents were Italian immigrants and he was from Newark, so he had a really different upbringing than I did.” Stevenson’s upbringing happened in Nassau County, Long Island, where her mother, a dental ceramist and casual pianist, played Chopin and show tunes on the stereo; her father, a maritime broker, was a rock fan who passed down his extra Beatles, Neil Young, and Led Zeppelin records to his two daughters. “My parents separated when my sister and I were really young, and my dad lived on a houseboat,” says the singer-songwriter, who took piano lessons from her grandmother. “He got me a guitar when I was 15, but I didn’t really start to play it until I was 17.” In high school, the shy, bookish Stevenson found her tribe in Long Island’s youthful and famously hopping ska scene. “It was crazy and goofy, and it was really accessible,” she remembers. “It definitely wasn’t ‘cool’ in the usual sense—it was this very nerdy scene that was full of socially awkward misfits where it was easy to be yourself. So it was perfect for me.” One of the big local draws was the six-piece ska punk outfit the Arrogant Sons of Bitches. Led by front man Jeff Rosenstock, the band was a formative inspiration for Stevenson, who could consistently be found skanking it up at their gigs. When the ASOBs broke up in 2005, Rosenstock didn’t have to look farther than the front of the stage to find the keyboardist for his next project, Bomb the Music Industry!. With the collective, Stevenson toured the US and made several recordings between working toward a master’s degree in art history at Queens College. While in school she also began earnestly writing her own songs, which were largely more reflective and worlds away from the boisterous material of Rosenstock’s group. “I was listening to indie rock stuff like Built to Spill and Weezer, but I’d also discovered Leonard Cohen and Elliott Smith,” she says. “One of the first songs I wrote was about my best friend, who was in a difficult spot and needed a little moral support. I remember being really nervous when I played it for her—I wouldn’t let her look at me when I was singing! [Laughs.]” The introspective influence of tender brooders Cohen and Smith is predominant on A Record, the 2010 debut by Laura Stevenson and the Cans, although the album is nevertheless leavened by the occasional scrappy pop punk eruption. “I didn’t think I was gonna start my own band— Mike [Campbell, her bassist and husband] pushed me into it,” recalls Stevenson, who toured on the release in North America and Europe for much of that year. Even further afield from the brassy blare of Bomb the Music Industry! are the songs on 2011’s Sit Resist, which feature a country element not often identified with her native Long Island. “I had my Gram Parsons phase, like most singer-songwriters do these days, I guess,” says Stevenson. “My dad also had some Flying Burrito Brothers records, so I’d actually heard [Parsons] when I was younger. There’s such a tragicromantic story with him, which of course really attracted me. And even though his voice isn’t perfect, it’s still beautiful, which was something I identified with.”

While there can be no doubt as to the heart-melting majesty of Parsons’s vocals, such inward-looking critique is perplexing to hear from Stevenson, whose own soaring voice and achingly melodic songwriting style are gifts many of her peers would die for. But, then again, personal doubt is an essential part of any worthwhile artist’s existence, and so it has been with Stevenson, whose art is peppered with palpable self-deprecation. “I have a tendency toward being emotionally overwrought, I think,” she says with characteristic humility. “I’m a little bit of a people pleaser—I find myself a lot of the time trying to make people happy. There’s a general sunniness in the sound of a lot of my songs, but it tends to leave me a little exhausted.” Stevenson kicked the Cans moniker aside (“It was funny at first, but it didn’t feel right anymore”) for 2013’s Wheel, which rolls between the folk/ country vibe that reigned on her earlier efforts and her subsequent rockleaning direction. The making of the album, which was done with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus) at Marcata Recording in Gardiner, also marked the beginning of the singer and her band’s love affair with the Hudson Valley. “I’d visited the area before, but I’d never really spent that much time here,” says Stevenson. “I was living in Brooklyn in an apartment with no windows, and I was becoming a hermit because just going out anywhere had gotten to be too insane. Mike and I started coming up just to decompress, then the whole band rented a house on Main Street in Rosendale. That was fun, but also pretty crazy. When Mike and I got engaged we decided we needed our own space and moved up the street. Alex Billig, our accordion and trumpet player, recently bought a house in Kingston and our guitarist, Peter Nadeo, lives in Saugerties. And now Mike and I are looking to buy a place.” The former cement-mining town of Rosendale is where Stevenson struck the mother lode of material that forms the foundation of her latest album, 2015’s Cocksure. Produced by her old friend Jeff Rosenstock, it’s the first record to feature her band’s new drummer, the formidable former Frankie and His Fingers pounder Samantha Niss, and is easily Stevenson’s most rocking disc to date. “Laura’s a genius as songwriter,” Rosenstock enthuses. “There’s a lot going on in her songs lyrically, but it’s never what I’d call overpowering.To me, it’s clear that when you listen to her records you’re listening to someone who really loves music and knows how to write great songs.” Fruitfully pitting the leader’s lilting vocal against crashing electric guitars, the set is laden with such irresistibly crunchy, ear-worming pop gems as “Torch Song” and the single “Jellyfish,” whose lyrics harken back to Stevenson’s hermetic Brooklyn garret: “Blaming everyone but myself / I’ll be home indoors / because I’m wasting away my life and gifts on being a jellyfish.” But, on the heels of Cocksure, holing up and hiding out is exactly not what Stevenson has been doing. Since its release, she’s been touring like a demon, both with her full electric band and in an acoustic duo with Campbell (a digital-only live album recorded at the legendary Vera Club in Groningen, Holland, was released last year on Rosenstock’s Quote Unquote label, with 100 percent of its sales proceeds going to Planned Parenthood). “Lately, off the road, I’ve been writing songs really consistently,” says Stevenson, who over her still-unfolding career has shared stages with the likes of the Gaslight Anthem, the Go-Go’s, and Against Me! and at the time of this interview was prepping to perform in Australia and again across the US. “But I don’t ever seek songs out. I’ve learned just to go with whatever’s happening.” Somewhere, stern, old Harry Simeone has lightened up—and he’s smiling. In that way that only a proud grandpa would smile. Laura Stevenson will perform at BSP Kingston with Nightmares for a Week and Guilt Mtn on March 31 at 8pm. 3/17 ChronograM music 49

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

James McMurtry

March 30. Literate country-folk singer James McMurtry is the son of noted novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry (James’s mother, an English professor, taught him how to play the guitar). A songwriter of conscience as well as evocative stories and vivid imagery, James is one whose narrative voice is strongly needed in these desperate days and, arguably, Steve Earle’s closest contemporary; for proof, take a listen to his excoriating 2005 rumination of the death of the American Dream, “We Can’t Make It Here Anymore.” The Texas troubadour traipses into Infinity Hall for this intimate evening. (Sarah Jarosz sings March 18; Poco pops in April 1.) 8pm. $30, $45. Norfolk, Connecticut. (866) 666-6306;

March of the Punx

Close Encounters with Music: Beethoven Journey

March 8. It’s the month of March and people across the country and around the world are exercising their right to free speech by, well, marching. This 10-band bill taps into the theme by stomping its way into the Chance Theater for an extended blast of punk rock uproar. Topping the ticket are California surf-punk legends Agent Orange, who will be forever known for the high-octane anthem “Bloodstains.” Coheadlining are two of that trio’s leading West Coast cohorts, the Queers and Guttermouth. Also appearing are the Atom Age, Two Fisted Law, the Jukebox Romantics, Entropy, Babe Patrol, Ate Bit, and Pom Pom Girls. (Carnifex crushes it March 1; Uli John Roth shreds March 11.) 4:40pm. $25. Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-1966;

March 18. How about a bit of the old Ludwig Van? Transparently subtitled “Early, Middle, and Late,” this program at the Mahawie Performing Arts Center features three pieces from as many phases of Beethoven’s formidable oeuvre. Performing are pianist and 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Michael Brown; violinist Rachel Lee Priday, who has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle; and revered Israeli-American cellist Yehuda Hanani, who studied with no less than Pablo Casals. (The Steep Canyon Rangers and Noam Pikelny ride in March 26.) 6pm. $25-$45. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100;

John Abercrombie/Rob Schepps Quartet

March 18. Another installment of the ongoing French Connection series at Bard College’s Fisher Center, this concert brings together French jazz vocalist Camille Bertault and FrancoAmerican piano master Dan Tepfer for an enchanting exploration of the best of the French songbook—Edith Piaf, Jaques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and others. Barely 30 years old, Bertault is a staggering talent who has become an Internet sensation thanks to her mind-blowing scat interpretations of tunes by John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Hermeto Pascoal, and others. Another young phenomenon, the Paris-born Tepfer has played with the likes of Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, and Pharoah Sanders, and won both the first and audience prizes at the Montreaux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition. (Under conductor Marcelo Lehninger, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra performs Obadiah Wright, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky on March 12.) 7:30pm. $25. Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900;

March 25. Upstate icon John Abercrombie is a giant of jazz guitar and the possessor of one of the instrument’s most innovative and instantly recognizable styles. He’s been recording for the seminal ECM label for almost 50 years and has worked with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette in the amazing trio Gateway as well as with McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Ralph Towner, and others. For this date at the Rosendale Cafe he co leads a quartet with hard-working Hudson Valley saxophonist Rob Schepps; the group also features Bill Evans Trio drummer Eliot Zigmund and bassist David Kingsworth. (The Levin Brothers jam March 4; DÜM Turkish Rhythm Celebration stirs it up April 1.) 8pm. $15. Rosendale. (845) 658-4406;

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French Connection: Les Belles Chanson Francais

cd reviews Baird Hersey & Prana with Nexus Chiaroscuro (2016, Bent Records)

Chiaroscuro finds two venerable experimental ensembles—the Woodstock-area vocal quintet Baird Hersey & Prana and Garry Kvistad’s modernist percussion quartet Nexus—collaborating on two sequences composed by Hersey, the seven-section “Chiaroscuro” and the threesection “Vox Pulsatio.” Hersey’s ensemble—equally at home with Eastern vocal disciplines and with pop standards—includes two harmonic vocalists: Timothy Hill and Hersey himself. The mysterious, reedy, and enriched timbre associated in the popular mind with Tuvan throat singing is in effect all over Chiaroscuro. Nexus employs a large arsenal of instruments, but on this effort, the tuned and metallic kind prevails. All four members of Nexus do some time on the vistaphone, a set of chimes, invented by Kvistad, that is tuned to the harmonic overtone series. It thus features one strikingly undomesticated interval, the 11th partial, which falls somewhere between the fourth and the tritone. Between the shimmer produced by a pair of harmonic vocalists and the decidedly non-Western wild card intervals of the vistaphone, you’d expect a fair amount of alien, Harry Partch-like dissonance on Chiaroscuro. In fact, this is predominantly tonal, minimalist music, colored by its subtle, non-Western tonalities but not defined by them. “A Splinter of Dawn” introduces a simple, meditative motif that returns in variations in each of the odd-numbered sections of “Chiaroscuro.” The even-numbered pieces—notably the wonderfully active and discomfiting “The Dance of Shining Darkness”— are where these two ensembles with otherworldly timbres really engage in pattern and dialogue. —John Burdick

Blue Museum Blue Museum (2016, Independent)

One of the best bands to have emerged from New Paltz in the new millennium is Breakfast in Fur, whose combination of freak folk headiness and dreampop sensibilities earned them a deal with legendary Hoboken imprint Bar/None Records and accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Paste, and Wondering Sound. The Fur will be returning from a brief hiatus with new music later this year. But in the meantime, founding member Mike Hollis has been keeping busy with his grittier, groovier side project, Blue Museum. On the surface, it’s quite easy to recognize the group’s five-song eponymous EP as a direct descendent of the Furniverse. But with a deeper listen one can clearly ascertain Hollis’s tremendous growth as a formidable singer and songwriter, channeling his influences in Chutes Too Narrow-era Shins on the opening track, “Leaving,” while exhibiting an earthier, bar-born boogie on “Oblivion.” There’s even a cool trace of Fisherman’s Blues-era Waterboys on the EP’s centerpiece, “Song for the Day.” A Blue Museum full-length is promised in the coming months, and when you take into account the gorgeous solo EP Hollis quietly released in January, 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for this extraordinary talent. —Ron Hart

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The Wild Irish Roses Fill Yer Boots, Man! (2016, Poe Records)

You can’t judge a book by its cover, and the same evidently goes for the Wild Irish Roses’ new CD, Fill Yer Boots, Man! If the front photo looks like a family affair, it is. But instead of the meager Celtic fare suggested by the image, the disc leaps open with a snort of acoustic rawk called “Margaret Thatcher’s Death Song.” If you’re concerned about the kilt-sporting Michael X. and Kristina Rose having their eight children participate in such shenanigans, don’t be: We need all the punks we can breed right about now. Sonically, the Pogues are the obvious touchstone, but Boiled in Lead, Flogging Molly, and the Clancy Brothers are in the mix too. The New Paltz-based Roses’ kids are featured plenty, on everything from lead vocals to banjo and pennywhistle. And the disc, wobbly in spots but rarely shaky, grabs a nice blend of new snarl and vintage folk. “Santiago,” for example, is reborn as a yawp rather than a shanty, and “Fields of Athenry” has a lovely pulse. Like any genre release, Boots hits certain points to make its point, but while it hews close to the rules of Celtic punk, it does so with such an inspiring blast of family energy that it feels like a revolution rather than a reiteration. —Michael Eck Listen to tracks by the artists reviewed in this issue.

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coming up roses Susan Krawitz Takes a Victory Ride

by Nina Shengold photo by Franco Vogt


he success story formula skews toward those who gallop, but sometimes the long, steady trot gets the gold. “This story has been in my saddlebag my whole life,” says Susan Krawitz, whose forthcoming middle-grade novel Viva, Rose! (Holiday House, 2017) won the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award. Her family spent holidays at the Bensonhurst home of larger-than-life greataunts Hannah and Edie. Theatrical Hannah dressed the girls up and paraded them down the staircase like debutantes, playing “Fiddler on the Roof ” tunes on the piano. Uncle Sheldon told stories about Texan cousins Abe and Rose, including one about Abe riding with Pancho Villa. Could it be true? Nobody knew, but Edie’s bedroom had a sombrero on the wall, and a colorful serape. Flash forward a few decades. Krawitz’s historian sister moved to Texas and decided to do some research. Sure enough, she unearthed a microfiche account of Abraham Solomon’s exploits with Villa, including the line, “Every once in a while you come across a life story that, in its color and action, seems almost fictional.” Cue Viva, Rose! “I was mindblown,” says Krawitz. The 1932 article “confirmed all our legends and gave us some new ones.” To tailor the tale for young readers, she shifted focus from Abe to his kid sister Rose. Did she know what her brother was doing? Were they in touch? The historical record was blank, so the author was free to invent. Viva, Rose! opens in El Paso’s Pickens Mercantile, where 13-year-old Rose spots a newspaper photo of her brother among the Villistas. Abe has spun many lies—is he a Brooklyn fishmonger with older sib Eli, or a cowboy?—but this is 52 books ChronograM 3/17

the wildest. Rose’s Russian-born parents (Papa’s a kosher butcher and cantor; Momma hopes to matchmake her rebel daughter with gap-toothed Shmuley Schnitzler) must never find out. And she must contact Abe, pronto. Rose’s scheme goes awry, and she winds up in Pancho Villa’s encampment, where the “Mexican Robin Hood” drafts her as a playmate for his imperious daughter.Will Rose get home safely? Will she find her mysterious brother? Will lessons be learned? Expect many middle-school book reports to pose the same questions: Viva, Rose! was an early librarian favorite at the ALA Conference, and the NewYork Observer called it “the next big book about Jews in the west.” It all seems a little surreal to Krawitz, a journalist and freelance editor who’s had more than her share of near-misses over the past three decades. “It’s been a long, strange trip,” she admits as two mismatched tomcats, Tiger and Harry, patrol braided rugs. She brings tea and home-baked shortbread made with oats, Irish butter, almonds, and chia. Krawitz has chronic Lyme from a flare-up two years ago, and says sardonically, “Very low sugar. I’m all about the healthy.” Dry humor with a pinch of kvetch is her native key.Though her conversation is peppered with riffs on persistence and bravery, she refuses to wax sentimental. How did it feel to see her book for the very first time? “The galley arrived the same day I sent off the page proofs, so all I could think was, ‘Oh great, this has all the mistakes I just corrected.’” Krawitz lives in the Marbletown hamlet known as The Vly. A couple of hardy hens strut through snowdrifts in front of her rambling 19th- century farmhouse, fronted by a rocking chair porch and dormant gardens. There’s a former horse barn to one side and a hayloft and woodpile across the street. If the lay of the land sounds familiar, you may be one of many readers addicted to her long-running Blue Stone Press column. “Most of the essays take place within a mile of my house,” she explains. Like Seinfeld’s “show about nothing,” they often riff on some detail you’ve never quite noticed, spinning out into something much larger. Krawitz moved into the “bigtime fixer-upper” with college boyfriend Jim Munson in 1984. The farmhouse was full, its outbuildings packed with a century’s worth of accumulation. “I learned so much about the former residents, flipping through the card catalogue of their lives,” Krawitz says. Munson worked as a carpenter and rock-climbing guide, while Krawitz did construction cleanup and taught at Learning Arts preschool. Her colleague Fred Burstein published a book called Rebecca’s Nap. His carton of author copies arrived while he was at school, and his wife drove it over. “So I got to watch him unpack it in front of all these kids,” Krawitz recalls. “I was blown away.” She wanted in. From second grade onward, teachers had praised her writing, but she never stayed in one school long enough to gain any traction. “My father was a migrant stockbroker,” she says drily. The family zigzagged from Long Island to Chicago to Florida, where Krawitz attended three different schools in Tampa alone. A selfproclaimed introvert, she hated moving. “I raised myself with books. I lived in my bedroom.” She also rode horses “like crazy, whenever I could,” and loved to draw. When her first creative writing teacher collected submissions for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, she banged out a story on a borrowed typewriter. Though she was her school’s only finalist, Miss Sumner wasn’t impressed. “She was the tennis team coach, and curried favor with the popular girls,” Krawitz recalls tartly. “She was mad that none of them made the cut.” She won third place in the national contest, with 60,000 entrants. “I was so excited. I went to Miss Sumner and asked, ‘Do you think I can actually write? Could I be a writer someday?’ And she looked at me and said, ‘No.’” Krawitz still seethes at the memory—and her lack of defiance. “Why did I listen?” Shot down, she entered SUNY New Paltz as an art major. Eventually

she switched to English, and “squirted out some poems,” but avoided fiction, afraid to fail. She met Munson in David Appelbaum’s Zen class. After they moved to The Vly, “we did every hippie thing ever done anywhere by anybody. Maple syrup, milking our Nubian dairy goats, chickens, geese, firewood—we didn’t have a furnace for seven years.” This sparked a children’s book idea about nature in cities: what kinds of plants grow through cracks in the sidewalk, urban birds. Overlook Press took an interest, but the project dead-ended after a year. Meanwhile, the couple started a climbing school called Mountain Skills. They employed five guides, and Munson took clients climbing all over the world. Krawitz gave birth to a redheaded daughter named Hannah.Two months later, Munson was setting an anchor for a client in Utah when a fridge-size block cracked loose. He fell, breaking three vertebrae. “So I flew out to Salt Lake with an eight-week-old,” Krawitz says. Partially paralyzed, Munson was transferred to a Nyack rehab. “He and Hannah started to walk at about the same time.” The tragedy shattered the family; Munson sold the business, and they split up when Hannah was 18 months old. “I’ve been a single mom ever since,” Krawitz says. “The rug got pulled out from under me, and I got brave. I get brave sometimes, and stuff actually happens.” She sold a children’s story to Highlights magazine, winning a $1,000 contest. Blue Stone Press publisher Lori Childers hired her as a reporter, often on agricultural stories. One of these was reprinted in Practical Horseman; Krawitz freelanced for them, Cricket, Chronogram, Roll, and Upstate House, and collaborated with Fabia Wargin on a column about local farms. Interviewing farmers had an unexpected perk: Davenport Farms’ Bruce Davenport has been Krawitz’s partner for the past nine years. “Bruce has been super supportive,” she says gratefully. Another support was writers’ groups. Newbery Honor Medalist Audrey Couloumbis urged her to diagram screenplays to study plot structure. “I really needed a clothesline from the house to the barn,” says Krawitz. She wrote an original screenplay, What You Wish For, and got hired to write a second, Almost Never. Couloumbis also spurred her to start Viva, Rose! Krawitz completed a first draft in 2002. “It got pushed aside nine zillion times,” she says. “Life, life, life, life.” After several dances with agents, the novel went back in the drawer until Krawitz saw an announcement for the Sydney Taylor Award, honoring children’s literature with Jewish themes. She polished the manuscript, sent it, and won. Agent Emma Parry brought it to Holiday House, which is giving the book a big launch. The award-winning author watches flames leap in the woodstove, allowing herself a moment to bask. “It brings me back to Miss Sumner, who said no. I always wanted to prove her wrong. You don’t need someone else’s permission to be a writer. I gave myself permission.” In the words of Viva, Rose! cowgirl Audie, “You need a helping hand, there’s a couple of them swinging on the ends of your arms.” This seems an especially serendipitous time to publish a book about immigrant Jews and oppressed Mexicans. Krawitz deftly weaves them together with an improvised seder in the desert, with bitter herbs plucked from a stream and a cloth-wrapped tortilla standing in for matzoh. “There’s a common thread of ‘May we all be free,’” she explains. “Rose goes from the myopic view of a child to seeing the world in shades of gray, not black and white. With that comes the ability to empathize. It’s not just you and your problem, or your people’s problem. It’s humanity. One little ship. We’re all on it.” Susan Krawitz will appear with Carol Goodman on Saturday, April 22 at 3pm at the Golden Notebook Bookstore, Woodstock. 3/17 ChronograM books 53

SHORT TAKES For those who would rather skipout on March Madness, dive into this month’s eclectic selection of books for some intellectual stimulation. Compiled by Leah Habib.

THE ADIRONDACKS: SEASON BY SEASON Photography: Carl Heilman II ForEWARD: Bill McKibben Rizzoli, 2017, $29.95

Inspired by the turning of seasons, Adirondack-based photographer Carl Heilman has spent the last 40 years exploring and documenting the vivid hues in one of New York’s largest parks. In this coffee-table book of photos, each chapter is set in two month increments and focuses on a different area of the park—beginning with white-painted winter scenes in Lake George for January and February and continuing to showcase delicate natural moments from each time of the year.


The Night Ocean

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016, $29.95

This unconventional how-to pays homage to Hudson Valley public servants by compiling their insights and experiences. Designed to help those interested in running for office, this witty book is packed with original photos from author Michael Gold—including over 100 American flag photos. Gold will be speaking at the New Paltz Elting Memorial Library on 3/9 and the Gardiner Library on 3/18.


Rhinebeck Reformed Church pastor and former journalist Luis R. Perez explores the implications of repressing grief in his new novel. The driving force behind protagonist William Maldonado’s criminal behavior, his unresolved feelings of loss cause him to commit a series of illegal activities eventually leading him to prison and then a halfway house. When attempting to sabotage a former business partner who is now a Pentecostal minister, Maldonado discovers the world of church politics, and is finally offered the chance to confront his demons.

HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD Kelly Jensen Algonquin Young Readers, 2017, $16.95

This collection of essays, prose, and drawings from 44 different voices features everything a young adult would want to know about modernday feminism jam-packed into one conversationally stylish guidebook. Subjects range from sexuality to pop culture. “This is a chance to dive in and out of the different experiences, ideas, and beliefs that underlie feminism,” editor Kelly Jensen writes in the introduction. Jensen will read at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on 3/26 at 4pm.

IN DEFIANCE: RUNAWAYS FROM SLAVERY IN NEW YORK’S HUDSON RIVER VALLEY Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagin Black Dome Press, 2016, $25.95

This book compiles years of extensive research into 18th- and 19thcentury newspaper slavery advertisements from across the Hudson River Valley, from coauthors Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurburt-Biagin. Featuring the reproduction and transcription of 512 archival newspaper notices from enslavers and agents, this historical text sheds light on the lives of local self-emancipated blacks, personifying their struggles and stories. Hurburt-Biagin and Stessin-Cohn will read at the Chatham Bookstore on 3/5 at 2pm.

BARNEY: GROVE PRESS AND BARNEY ROSSET Michael Rosenthal Arcade Publishing, 2017, $24.99

Barney Rosset, a little rich kid who bought the nearly defunct Grove Press on a whim, ended up publishing three books that changed the course of American publishing: D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover (1960), Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer (1964), and William Burrough’s Naked Lunch (1964). Rosset spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending these books in court, ultimately establishing that all books were entitled to constitutional protection. Rosset believed his mission as publisher was to serve as protector and guardian, opposing anything that might restrict the liberty of writers. Rosenthal will read at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock on 3/18 at 4pm.

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Paul La Farge

Penguin Press, 2017, $27


s Paul La Farge’s The Night Ocean a love story or a horror story? At various points throughout the book’s kaleidoscopic trajectory, characters claim that their own stories are one or the other. But as we traverse a shifting narrative web that spans continents, decades, and spiritual dimensions, La Farge’s inventive and absorbing fifth novel reveals that questions relating to love and horror are not always mutually exclusive. The Night Ocean’s title is borrowed from a story cowritten by horror icon H. P. Lovecraft and his teenage fan-turned-collaborator Robert H. Barlow. This story, about an artist haunted by figures in the ocean while on a beach vacation, lends a sinister backdrop to La Farge’s novel. But rather than just repurpose the strange allure of Lovecraft’s writing, The Night Ocean delves into the secretive and contradiction-filled life of Lovecraft himself, specifically the myth of his homosexuality and whether he and Barlow were lovers. This question of Lovecraft and Barlow’s relationship imbues The Night Ocean’s intricate narrative with the nimble play of an unsolved mystery, one that is originally pursued by fledgling journalist Charlie Willett and later picked up by his wife—the book’s narrator—psychotherapist Marina Willett. At the story’s opening, Marina sets out to investigate Charlie’s disappearance from a psychiatric hospital in the Berkshires, but can only do so by navigating a nesting-doll-style progression of subnarratives, all of which revolve around a diary supposedly authored by Lovecraft called The Erotonomicon. This record of Lovecraft’s sexual exploits with teenage boys is not only a key to The Night Ocean’s larger mystery but also a portal into some of its lasting themes: identity, ethnocentrism, fanaticism, creativity, empathy, and human fallibility. The Night Ocean is a book of manifold histories and fictions. And if it were only that, it would still be quite a feat. But the novel achieves greater depths by complicating the line between history and fiction—a tension that motivates its characters and leaves them searching for something just beyond their grasp. And by juxtaposing historically accurate details with fictional ones, The Night Ocean invites readers to research the facts, too. Does Lovecraft’s Erotonomicon exist? (No.) Did Barlow teach at Mexico City College? (Yes.) In this way, The Night Ocean makes the reader complicit in the act of truth seeking that drives its protagonists on their impassioned quests. While Lovecraft’s fiction is celebrated for its sublime weirdness, The Night Ocean tackles what’s alien in the everyday, especially the problem of trying to comprehend people who are, innately, incomprehensible. La Farge’s multimodal, boundary-pushing novel seems a response to the anthropologic goal cited within its pages: “to know your subject. To know it as if it were your own life.” The Night Ocean illustrates the impossibility of such an endeavor while offering a consolation: that through stories, we can come closer to understanding one another. Charlie Willett wonders “if stories are our way of taking these imperfect humans we’re stuck with on Earth, and making them into people who love us, and whom we can love in return.” But what if the stories that stir our deepest sympathies aren’t based in reality? What if their tellers are disingenuous or evil? These questions may stir answers that affect whether The Night Ocean is read as a love story or a horror story. Or, they may help bring to light that it is both. La Farge will read from The Night Ocean at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on March 8 at 6pm. —Jennifer Gutman

The Widow’s House Carol Goodman

William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017, $15.99


here’s a burgeoning genre of fiction about Brooklyn couples who make the leap to live in the wilds of the Hudson Valley. Recent books by Robert Burke Warren (Perfectly Broken) and Bill Braine (Bone Hollow) come to mind, and now Carol Goodman’s latest proves just how well a mystery mixed with a good old-fashioned ghost story can succeed in this field. Jess and Clare are frustrated writers who originally met at a Bard-like college where Clare was a townie and Jess was one of the more worldly students a school like this attracts. But there’s nothing happy about their return to the area as Jess’s writing career has stalled out after one big book and Clare’s has never really taken off. By becoming caretakers at their old professor Monty’s river mansion, Riven House, they hope to turn all of this around, and possibly save their troubled marriage. One of the best things Goodman does in this novel is to show how truly awful writers can be. Both Jess and Monty dramatically cut themselves off from the world to work (literally leaving Clare stranded in broken down cars unable to get help calling their cells), and Jess’s petty jealousies and bitter rivalries make you swear you’d never want to read a word he writes. But while the two men in her house battle for privacy, Clare reconnects with an old high school boyfriend and researches the history of the Apple Blossom Festival, an annual celebration that crowns a young girl its queen. One previous festival in particular becomes Clare’s obsession. A hundred years ago things ended in tragedy when the Apple Blossom Queen ran off with the rich heir to Riven House only to be returned to her family with an unwanted baby. Her resulting death set off other tragic events back at Riven House, creating the mystery Clair once wrote about as a college student and now hopes to solve. It’s at this point that ghosts, visions, and things that go bump in the night begin to appear. For those who love a good ghost story, especially one that takes place in familiar Hudson Valley locations, something Goodman is a pro at capturing, you’re in for an excellent read. For the rest of us who might not find the supernatural to be a part of your usual literary diet, Goodman is an expert guide. The actual spirits Clare sees dissolve into explained reflections or shadow play, blood is actually red ink, and wet footprints on stairs are mistakenly Clare’s own. Or were they? “None of it was real” becomes the book’s mantra, but by the end, after all the plot lines collide in an unexpectedly thrilling parade of twists, Clare, as well as the reader, cannot really be sure of anything. Like the protagonists of some recent best-selling mysteries such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkin’s Girl on a Train, Clare is an unreliable narrator. But where those other characters’ unreliability was due to alcohol, drugs, or criminality, Goodman’s heroine reveals a history of mental issues—she was, in fact, born in a mental hospital—presenting a somewhat paranoid personality that is at least partially involved in her own personal conflicts and the mansion’s unexplained events. Or is she? Goodman’s real achievement is to tease you early on that you’ve already connected the dots of an old legend, a haunted mansion, and a spurned woman, three things that are never what they initially appear to be. —James Conrad

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Edited by Phillip X Levine. Deadline for our April issue is March 5. Send up to three poems or three pages (whichever comes first). Full submission guidelines:

Trump is a poop

These are not ordinary words There are no ordinary words Only ordinary ways of speaking Like with your mouth closed Around a piece of gum With a tongue that twists Through teeth that wobble —p

—anonymous (4 years) Woman’s March sign, January 21, Woodstock

Dialogue with a Dead Beaver


Sonnet no. 1

I did not know what you were in the tall weeds until I saw the incisors in your jaw and what remained of your paddle of tail. Black, all black, even your bones. In my weeds by the road I am black. I wanted to believe that a hundred yards down the road from the spot where you were hit, a car swerved straight into a deep ditch, felled by a gash in one of the tires. You want to believe I kill what kills me. I wanted to say that your smell was the smell of rich, black earth from which a miraculous tree would grow someday, a tree that would grow again and again endlessly as it was endlessly felled. My smell is black. My flies are black.

Gone to fetch my fly rod, the kayak floated off without me, an ordeal to bring it back, Samaritan swimmers helping, and in the struggle lost my clamshell cell to the sea. How on earth does anyone ever find anything in an ocean that prefers to strew gifts on the beach? For weeks I imagined the phone, vagrant in the sea like any other shell. The fella at the phone store searched for my lost calls and as he looked I daydreamed messages, songs, from Amatheia, Muirgen, Iaira, Melusine, Triteia, Barbara, Where are you?

Shall I compare thee to a shooting star? While a summer’s day may seem the fitter, Your unparalleled grace to it would mar, And in your presence would its charm wither. For one can always find a summer’s day. Summertide is not fleeting nor chary. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, But you, my dear, need not be weary. A shooting star is an uncommon sight. Generations come and go, they see none. You, my dear, have shown me that holy light, The moment I met you, my heart strings came undone. So long as I am capable of love, I love you in the name of God above.

—Stuart Bartow

—Grace Tytus-Vought

—J. R. Solonche

The Irony of Arrival Adventure always knocks when you’re in the middle of cooking a complicated dish and about to burn the sauce. You wipe your hands hurriedly on an old towel, not caring if you stain it ruby red, because she won’t knock again for another five years. You fling open the door, expectant, slightly afraid, pull her into your arms, and remember to keep breathing. She is awake, alive, and always slightly trembling. You can seek her out, but her face will never be the same if she doesn’t come to you herself. The last time I saw her, she was asleep on a lawn, under a tarp on a rainy Tennessee morning in April, and she didn’t care that her socks and jeans were wet. She ignored the sound of the coyotes calling, and she only half listened to me, her mind already careening towards the future. —Jacqueline Hesse

Basho’s Frog Is Gone Basho’s frog is gone No more water splashing sound Winter froze the pond. —Robert Bernard Hurwitz

Tragedy Beautiful flowers were in a basket, the tears rolled down my face they closed the casket. The family cried in confusion and agony, the death was such a terrible tragedy. I couldn’t believe it as I rave, that he is not in that grave. I miss him like crazy, the thought of him will never get hazy. The whole family in disarray, we were wishing he could always stay. The death a nightmare—a horror, that couldn’t stand daylights glare. My emotions change like a roller coaster, sometimes upset, sometimes angry, sometimes confused.

I think I thought today However, I’m unsure I think I thought But I don’t recall My thoughts are muddled Perhaps I remembered a time I didn’t remember likely caused By a weeklong bender My speech is vague Often I know who I am But fear the rest of you And that you haven’t a clue I know I do I’m shamelessly ashamed My eyes drift left and right Never on anyone’s eyes But his, and sometimes hers When they are genuinely mine God! I’m kind, I know I’m kind

I couldn’t wrap my head around it, I can’t believe it.

—Lenora Holler

The loss took time to understand, the event was so terribly unplanned.

Pretty Anger

As the time passed I’m numb, I hope the pain will eventually succumb. —Jessica Lynn Carter (14 years)

Pretty anger is thorns on the long stems you bring petals have fallen —Tina Lynn Dickerson

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Advice to Failures

Sometimes I Think

APB (All Points Bulletin)

Begin again beginning, Start afresh anew, Ditch those weary down-at-the-heels, But bring the road with you.

Sometimes I think my mind Is still four-year-old me, Tracing, with irrepressible glee, The room in circles

Back your back to windward. Need a star? Take one, they’re free. And remember: every loss Moves you closer to victory.

He was last seen driving a burnt sienna 1985 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham. I am forever looking for him.

Because I have just Discovered… Me. Yes! I, je, io, ich, ahni, yo Have discovered something.

—Patrick Walsh

And I keep on wheeling Around, joyfully singing. This will continue Until I think of something Else, become distracted, Or just get tired…

Halloween at Dawn You sat outside On a well-worn couch Placed on a splintered deck Looking for answers in the trees Wet with the night air Your touch made its way Through windows and plaster walls To the lobes of my ears. And you ran yourself slowly Along my neck As you always do Leaving a trail of molecules Set on fire Swarming porous skin Soaked with sweat like morning dew I can still smell the autumn cigarettes Clinging to my clothes Like the last parcels of fabric Hugging the metal frame of a couch That’s seen children grow old. I cannot recall the fall leaves’ colors Quite as clearly as I can remember Frantically pulling apart your costume Threads in my palms As if you were hiding the sunlight from us all. —John Sullivan

Mappa Mundi Echoes After hearing Joe Giardullo Underground in the abandoned Widow Jane Mine, a jazzman in a porkpie hat ambles on stage between lime pillars chiseled like blocks of bittersweet chocolate. From thick-wicked vanilla candles, flames flicker along the gully wall while creamy fresh notes flow from the bell of his soprano sax. The room of rock claimed, the goateed player slowly closes his eyes and airily caresses his lips over and around that lucky mouthpiece. —Mary Louise Kiernan Hagerdon

A period of time which, To my parents, seemed like Two weeks. —James Lichtenberg

Library They send me up into The Stacks To scan the shelves for rogue books out of order “It’s tedious, I know, but it’s part of the job”

He always sports clean New Balance sneakers. He loves clean shoes, a clean car, a clean cut. When he dresses up he wears a classic English Ascot cap. When he dresses down, a Dallas Cowboy hat. He was last seen wearing a handlebar mustache and looks a lot like Otto von Bismarck or King Mark (Matti Salminen) from Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde. He has a perfect basso profundo voice and a thunderous laugh. He could have been an opera singer, but chose the art of plumbing instead. You will know him by his whistling songs, leisurely yet confident stride, Winston in hand, and a smiling compliment on his lips. If you see him in your travels buy him a beer or glass of chardonnay.

My eyes ride from left to right to left to right to left to right from up & down

Whatever he prefers. They were the last drinks he ordered before his departure.

The sequence quickly becomes meaningless and I just read the digits letters number decimal configurations as a continuous code from deep within the Universal Soul

He was last heard saying, “I love you baby! Pray for the whole world!”

Our Home for Stories is an elaborate progression of dreams and secrets and questions from the human experience and I get lost in the stacks half the time

Frozen face. Perfect portrait: the exact moment of death. Soundless bauble. Broken, reduced to just another auxiliary bracelet.

Today I started out in Cave Geology and ended in the Folklore section.

Then challenge him to a game of chess, the game he loves best.

—Debora Susan Shon

Unwound Watch

—A. J. Huffman

—Angelina Joline Peone

Action The gargantuan bed of pleasure Awaits the right person To join in the revelry —Courtney McNamara 3/17 ChronograM poetry 57

Food & Drink

This page: SautĂŠed young carrots with lamb pancetta, spinach-watercress purĂŠe, and pickled carrots and watermelon radish. Opposite: Zak Pelaccio gathering pine needles near his home in Old Chatham.

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What Does This Place Taste Like?

Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game Text and photos by Peter Barrett

On the coattails of his success with Fatty Crab, New York City’s former casual Asian-fusion restaurant mini-empire, chef Zakary Pelaccio relocated upstate to a farm in Old Chatham with his wife and business partner, chef Jori Jayne Emde. In 2013, together with co-chef Kevin Pomplun, they opened Fish & Game restaurant in an antique blacksmith shop in Hudson. A slightly downscale version of Fish & Game, Backbar, hearkening back to the Malyaisan street food served at Fatty Crab, opened in the back of an antique shop in Hudson in 2015. For Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game, Pelaccio partnered with former Chronogram food editor Peter Barrett on a kaleidoscopic tour of the restaurant’s recipes, principles, and practices.The following is an excerpt from Project 258, due out this month from University of Texas Press.—The Editor


ur main goal [with this book] is to elucidate the processes—both intellectual and culinary—behind the food. All these methods and techniques will apply to the food that grows where you live. More importantly, the approach—engaging intimately with nature, both wild and domestic, building relationships with farmers, nurturing a wide variety of fermenting condiments—is one that applies to anyone, anywhere, who yearns to cook and eat better food.

In large part, the key to cooking this way is to invert the conventional contemporary relationship between cook and ingredient. In the standard model, we say “I feel like Mexican tonight” and go buy avocados, jalapenos, cilantro, tortillas, and beans. It’s the same mindset as choosing a restaurant: Our desire for particular flavors or a specific dish governs where we spend our money. Recipe-centered books presuppose a standardization of ingredients (an egg, an onion, a lamb chop) but, more insidiously, they assume that your cooking process begins with you choosing what you’ll make for dinner. When handmade food is an integral part of your lifestyle, however, the forest, farm, and pantry tell you what’s for dinner; the food chooses you and you can rejoice in your anointment as the vehicle through which the raw materials become cooked. Part of the fun is that those building blocks will not be limited to what’s perfectly mature; young sprouts or baby roots will need thinning, and other plants will have flowered or gone to seed. The Japanese Kaiseki tradition features, in addition to a given course’s main ingredient, garnishes a little before and after their seasons, celebrating a fleeting moment by saluting the days that precede and follow it, stretching time so that one meal on one day can encapsulate a larger swath of experience, flatteringly illuminated from both the past and future. This kind of food is only available to cooks attuned to the daily progress of plants and who have those plants available at different stages of growth. 3/17 ChronograM FOOD & DRINK 59

But there aren’t any shortcuts to this understanding. At Fish & Game, Zak and his co-chef/partners, Jori Jayne Emde and Kevin Pomplun, while masterfully advanced in their respective culinary practices, are nonetheless fairly new to this holistic, deeply place-based cuisine. As a result, they’re all climbing the steepest slope of the learning curve together, open to experimenting in all sorts of directions, making mistakes, and steadily expanding the scope of their operation as they continue to serve splendid menus to their customers. Changing the restaurant’s menu most weeks—it works out to over 40 unique menus a year—presents a challenge, but it also reflects the reality of the region, climate, and farming, all informed by the passage of time. If you sincerely want an answer to the question “What does this place taste like?” In a climate with four seasons, then your menu must constantly shift to reflect the nature of what’s available. It’s also an excellent way to keep from getting bored in the kitchen and ensuring that your family or customers never become tired of your food. Most great cooks work intuitively, so delineating that process can be a challenge. Building that instinctive response to ingredients can be the work of many years. Rewarding years, though. Tasty years. The goal is to motivate you, to help you listen to the food you grow or buy, and urge you to meet the people you buy from so the product speaks to you with their voices. We all respond to stories. Seasonal Rebirth Spring takes its sweet time arriving. Although winter weather fluctuates— very cold/not that cold, lots of snow/no snow—the land in the Hudson Valley remains largely unworkable, frozen, and unproductive. Spring, when it comes, transforms the earth from barren to verdant in short order. Columbia County springs tend to look a lot like winter until midApril, so when it finally begins to thaw, months of planning and longing for sun and fresh produce shift quickly to production; the restaurant’s expansive plans, pent up for so long, burst forth in several directions. As the sun creeps higher in the sky and a slow-motion wave of green breaks over the landscape, the crew eagerly rides it forward, building, planting, and foraging. Because Fish & Game opened in May of 2013, that season was mostly taken up with final preparations. The following spring, though, saw Fish & Game Farm take shape. Over the course of the next 18 months, it mushroomed into a small farm: chickens, bees, rabbits, goats, and cows all joined the party, each with their own space, shelter, and requisite fencing.

Top to bottom: Pelaccio with Sue Decker of Blue Star Farm in Stuyvesant, whose greenhouses provide the restaurant with early spring vegetables; Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare) leaves; Pelaccio and crew in the Fish & Game kitchen.

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The Gathering Garden May marks the beginning of serious foraging. Wild onions and ground ivy appear earlier, but the warm sun and regular rain bring forth a proliferation of ramps, marsh marigolds, angelica, garlic mustard, dandelions, yarrow, mint, and spruce tips, among many others. Zak and Jori’s place and Zak’s parents’ adjoining property comprise a diverse mixture of terrains: meadow, forest, stream, and wetland. Most of the land slopes fairly steeply down to the stream that wends through the valley. Zak spends each morning before service walking the fields and the woods, digging and snipping roots, stems, and leaves for the week’s menu. This daily perambulation, largely on their land, allows him to connect with the granular details of the season: what’s popping up, what’s peaking, what’s past prime. Besides the sheer pleasure of the endeavor—seasoned with occasional tedium in the form of pouring rain or poison ivy—his ongoing interaction with the wild land informs the menu by providing both rich sensory stimulation and extended quiet for thinking. All of these wild delicacies, many with unusual and slightly feral flavors, appear on the menu as soon as they arrive: marsh marigold bud “capers,” grilled ramps, wild onion broth for poaching halibut, angelica ice cream, pepperwort roots pureed into creme fraiche for anointing braised beef, and plenty of delicate leaves and flowers used as garnishes. The most elegant of these, spear-shaped trout lily leaves mottled like patinated bronze, gracefully adorn prestigious dishes like halibut and spit-roasted duck. Most precious of all, elusive morels begin to appear in April, marking the beginning of a long mushroom season.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hudson Hil’s 129-131 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-9471

Landmark Inn 566 Route 94, Warwick, NY (845) 986-5444

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Attorneys Jacobowitz & Gubits (845) 778-2121

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

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

Next Step College Counseling

15 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY (845) 242-8336 Next Step College Counseling helps students navigate all aspects of the college search and admission and financial aid application processes, and skillfully guides them in discovering, becoming viable candidates for and applying to “best-fit” (and affordable!) colleges and universities where they are likely to thrive. Member: HECA IECA NACAC NYSACAC

Randolph School

Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 297-5600

South Kent School 40 Bulls Bridge Road, South Kent, CT (860) 927-3539 x201

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

Wayfinder Experience 61 O’Neil Street, Kingston, NY

Woodstock Day School 1430 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-3744 x103

Events 8 Day Week

Columbia-Greene Community College 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY (518) 828-4181 A local History Colloquium will be held at Columbia-Greene Community College, as part of the college’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Admission is free and open to the public. The event will include local historians, featuring Dr.Thomas Wermuth, Director, Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College; Vernon Benjamin, author; and Ted Hilscher, moderator and C-GCC history professor.

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores

Locks That Rock 1552 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 227-4021 28 County Rt. 78, Middletown (845) 342-3989

Home Care Products The Good Home Store

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

Interior Design & Home Furnishings Cabinet Designers 747 State Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200 Here at Cabinet Designers, we’re not your typical kitchen and bath company. We’re a design firm with great passion and attention to detail. Our kitchen and bath designs speak for themselves because we take pride in what we do. We donÕt hesitate to think outside the box and create custom designs to fit your specific Kitchen & Bathroom needs. We work with high quality finishes and reliable materials from the most reputable vendors. We leverage the latest techniques and styles from around the world because we research our field constantly. We’re a kitchen and bath design firm like no other. We never settle for less, and neither should you.

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Bop to Tottom

1240 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-0303,

299 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8100

1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY

Dreaming Goddess

(845) 336-6300, NY (845) 454-4330

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

Hudson Valley Goldsmith

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500

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

Graphic Design & Illustration Annie Internicola, Illustrator

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

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

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

Music Lessons with Evan Bishop (845) 750 0701

Picture Framing

Musical Instruments

Atelier Renee Fine Framing The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004 A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and CPF, has over 25 years experience. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French matting. Also offering mirrors.

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

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

Woodstock Music Shop 6 Rock City Road, Woodstock (845) 679-3224 1300 Ulster Avenue, Kingston (845) 383-173

Pools & Spas


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

Hudson Valley Current (845) 658-2302

Real Estate

Walkway Over the Hudson Poughkeepsie, NY

Kingston’s Opera House Office Bldg. 275 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 399-1212 Contact Bill Oderkirk (owner/manager)

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

Upstate House

Performing Arts

Upstater Bardavon 1869 Opera House

Adam’s Fairacre Farms

765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie,


The Falcon

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

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

Music Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-4406

35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2072

Record Stores Rocket Number Nine Records

Center for Performing Arts

50 N Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-8217

661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 232-2320

Specialty Foods

Half Moon Theatre

Harney & Sons Fine Teas

2515 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

13 Main Street, Millerton, NY

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Sunrooms Hudson Valley Sunrooms

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

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


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

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

Writing Services Peter Aaron

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Hair Salons

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bury me green A new movement is bringing us back to the earth at the end of life.

by wendy k agan illustr ation by annie internicola


n the young hardwood forest that is the Natural Burial Ground in Rhinebeck, Warren Reiss lies buried next to a tree with a hanging vine. Nothing like a conventional cemetery with its manicured plots, Reiss’s final resting place is more like Bambi’s woods, spiked with ferns and carpeted with moss, the stuff of verdant fairytale. Shortly before his death last May from lung cancer at 61, Reiss chose this last pit stop for himself—and his family carried out his wishes, selecting a spot in the back corner near a beautiful tree, “so my dad, always the life of the party, could look out over everyone,” says his daughter Taylor Reiss Gouge. It was a drizzly, cool spring day when his close family and friends lowered him into the ground on a simple wood plank, his body wrapped in muslin and a tattered wool Hudson Bay blanket that had warmed him most of his life. About 50 people gathered in a circle under the trees for an intimate ceremony with music and poetry, laying flowers, stones, and other natural objects into the grave, and placing small candles in a basket of soil at the foot of the site. “The basket ended up catching on fire, which was strangely appropriate since my dad really loved campfires,” says Gouge. “He ended up getting one at his grave.” Just five years ago, an organic, free-range burial like this one would not have been possible in the Hudson Valley; the Natural Burial Ground in Rhinebeck, and many other green cemeteries that have sprouted up since, did not yet exist. But the standard American entombment with a treated-wood casket, concrete or asphalt vault, and chemical embalming would hardly have suited Reiss, an environmental lawyer and avid outdoorsman who felt most at home in nature. (Reiss was the general counsel for Scenic Hudson and worked on conservation projects ranging from the Hudson River PCB cleanup to the creation of Poet’s Walk Park in Red Hook.) Even cremation, which saves land and is considered the second-most environmentally sound way to dispose of the dead, emits particulates of mercury and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, spewing out some 600 million pounds of CO2 annually in the US alone. Rhinebeck’s Natural Burial Ground came into being in 2014, dovetailing with a growing movement toward “green death”—sustainable solutions that not only reduce our final footprint on this earth but also affirm our connection to nature and our place as living creatures in the cycle of life. Doing Death Differently “Green burial, with its focus on conservation, preservation, and restoration of land, is new. These dust-to-dust practices are old,” says Suzanne Kelly, the Rhinebeckbased author of Greening Death: Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring Our Tie to the Earth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and the chair of Rhinebeck’s Natural Burial Ground committee. “Over 150 years ago, this was the way that the majority of our dead were interred.” Kelly explains that chemical embalming came into mainstream use during the Civil War, when the bodies of soldiers needed to make their way home before decomposition set in. In the late 1800s, the rise of the sanitation movement literally pushed our cemeteries to the edges of town, as the dead body was seen as a locus of contamination. Yet the raw material of our human form— 66 whole living ChronograM 3/17

nitrogen, phosphorous, and calcium—is the very stuff that enriches our soil. There is nothing dirty or polluting about natural burial, except for the good, clean dirt that results from it months later in an act of transformation that is as old as time. “The development of the funeral industry is the very thing that has enabled us to become as distanced as we are from the process of death care. We’ve handed our dead over essentially to professionals,” says Kelly. Even in Jewish and Muslim funeral practices that hold to natural burial rites, the American way of death still asserts itself through a mandate to use caskets and vaults. “At a conventional burial, typically what happens is you arrive at the cemetery and there’s faux draped grass around the hole.You don’t see inside the hole at all.There’s a lowering device that’s set over the hole, and the casket is already there, too, when you arrive because the funeral director has brought it there.You don’t see inside the hole at all. It’s almost as if you’re supposed to forget that the body is really going into the ground.” Kelly’s interest in finding alternative ways to bury people was piqued when her own father died in 2000. In the Irish-Catholic style, he was embalmed, laid out in a modern casket, and buried in a small church cemetery. “He had the conventional way out,” she says, but the experience got her wondering if there was another way. She Googled “no embalming” and discovered Ramsey Creek in Westminster, South Carolina—the only green burial ground in the US at that time. “I thought, wow, this is really interesting, but that’s all there was. I wanted to find other people who were interested in changing our death practices and who wanted to sort of do death differently.” As she pursued the topic academically, making it part of the focus of her PhD, Kelly discovered that a community of likeminded people was gaining ground. She found others who wanted to care for the dead with minimal impact to the earth, in a way that did not deny the realities of subsidence. “It’s a way of tying the fact of human death to caring for the land, and a way of recognizing that we do indeed belong to the earth—that we do indeed belong to nature.” Rebirth in the City Green burial grounds in rural settings are growing: Kelly estimates that more than 125 earth-friendly cemeteries of varying styles have opened in the US in the last 15 years.Yet with more than 50 percent of the world’s population now living in urban centers, we need solutions for cities, too. That’s where Katrina Spade comes in. The founder and designer of the Urban Death Project, based in Seattle, Spade has a plan for a vertical burial system based on the idea of “recomposing” the human body into life-giving soil. The idea came to her around 2010, when having two young children got her thinking about her own mortality, and about how today’s funeral practices don’t always support us in a holistic way. “I was just not interested in having the last thing I do be toxic to the Earth that supported me my whole life long,” says Spade. “I started designing a model for a place that would be right in our city, where the staff would be trained more like death or middle-life celebrants, instead of like funeral directors currently are. We’d give families more participation, not less, over the death care experience.”

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Funeral Homes

Transpersonal Acupuncture

Copeland Funeral Home Inc.

(845) 340-8625

162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1212

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

Art Instruction Center for Metal Arts 44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-7550

Astrology Planet Waves Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

Body Work Patrice Heber 275 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 399-8350

Dentistry & Orthodontics Dental Office of Drs. Jeffrey & Maureen Viglielmo 56 Lucas Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 339-1619

Dentistry & Orthodontics Tischler Dental Woodstock, NY (845) 679-3706 68 whole living ChronograM 3/17

Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Empowered By Nature 1129 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Fishkill, NY (845) 416-4598 Lorraine Hughes, Registered Herbalist (AHG) and ARCB Certified Reflexologist offers Wellness Consultations that therapeutically integrate Asian and Western Herbal Medicine and Nutrition with their holistic philosophies to health. This approach is grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine with focus placed on an individual’s specific constitutional profile and imbalances. Please visit the website for more information and upcoming events.

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

embodyperiod 439 Union Street, Hudson, NY (415) 686-8722

John M. Carroll 715 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420

Kary Broffman, RN, CH (845) 876-6753

One Light Healing Touch Energy Healing School Lagrangeville, NY (845) 878-5165 Learn 33 advanced Holistic, Shamanic and Esoteric techniques to heal yourself and others in our acclaimed 18-day training. $3,200. Ideal for those seeking personal growth and all healthcare practitioners. Lagrangeville School with Penny and Ron Lavin meets June 9 to Nov. Intro work-

shops: April & May. Rhinebeck School with Karen Ransom & Sharon Johnston meets Sept. to March.


overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Sharon Salzberg and the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation teaching People Who Care for People, March 10-12 (for teachers, social workers, therapists,

Health Quest

healthcare providers, and caregivers);

45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-8500

and Practice Mindfulness on the Spring

MidHudson Regional Hospital


Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 483-5000

Massage Therapy Gentle Mountain Massage Therapy 7545 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY (845) 702-6751

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

Psychic Psychic Readings by Rose 40 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6801

Resorts & Spas Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa 220 North Road, Milton, NY (877) 7-INN-SPA (845) 795-1310

Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery

Equinox: Learn How to Meditate.

AIM Group 6 Deming Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5650

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

Thermography Breast Thermography Full Body Thermography Susan Willson, RN, CNM, CCT Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4807 ACCT approved clinic, offering non-invasive Breast and Full Body thermography in a warm, personal environment, since 2003. Full Body Thermography highlights areas of chronic inflammation and organ dysfunction before they become established disease. Breast thermography shows abnormalities 8-10 years before tumors will show on a mammogram, allowing for much gentler options to rebalance the body and prevent a tumor becoming established. Susan was the first to offer Thermography in the Hudson Valley. She uses the latest medically calibrated camera and Board Certified Thermologists for interpretation.

Weight Loss Hudson Endocrinology Medical Weight Loss (845) 293-0402

The idea quickly grew from an alternative funeral home to a full-fledged green burial facility. “A friend of mine called me one day and asked if I’d heard about these farmers and researchers who do livestock composting. It was one of those moments where it just clicked, and I thought, ‘What if, in addition to building beautiful spaces where the staff helps families participate, we also designed a main system that would turn bodies into soil after death?’” Spade designed what she calls a recomposition core—a vertical structure at the center of a city building that’s two to three stories high and filled with wood chips, which are a main component in livestock composting and can be sustainably sourced from city parks departments. It also lends itself well to a framework for a ritual that has meaning for mourners. “You’d invite friends and family to bring the body to the top of the core, which becomes a kind of journey or procession where you’re saying good-bye to the person you’ve lost. Then friends and family lay the body into the top of the core, and it’s a way for the living to participate in the exciting transformation that’s about to happen.” In the weeks or months that follow, family and friends can return to the site to retrieve compost, which they can either scatter like cremains, or use to plant a tree or a garden. While still in the prototype stage, the Urban Death Project is taking shape thanks to an Echoing Green Fellowship that Spade received in 2014, a Kickstarter campaign that raised $91,000, and various donations from individuals and foundations. With a growing staff of advisors and researchers, Spade is hoping to kick off a pilot program at Washington State University—and Seattle seems well cast for a flagship facility. “The people here are environmentally minded and progressive,” she says. “But even more than that, I think there’s an appreciation for things that are a little bit dark, or a little bit different.” Long-term, she hopes to take the project to many cities. Public response has been largely positive, bolstered by shifting views about death and a new willingness to face one of our most taboo subjects. “If I had tried to do this project 10 years ago, I’m pretty sure it would have fallen flat on its face,” says Spade. “But there’s such a wonderful community of people and organizations working toward the same goal, which is more participation, more transparency for consumers, more conversations around death that are honest and open.” A Garden of Possibilities Indeed, the green burial movement is developing in concert with other death awareness movements that are happening right now—including the rise of death cafés, where people gather over tea and cake to talk about life’s final act, and a growing trend toward home funerals, which allow family and friends to take a more active role in caring for the dead and preparing loved ones’ bodies for burial. Companies are developing new products such as Coeio’s Infinity Burial Suit, which is made out of mushrooms that help detoxify the body as it decomposes, and the Bios Urn, marketed as the world’s first biodegradable urn, that’s designed to convert your cremains into a tree (you can choose between maple, pine, gingko, beech, and ash). Yet people like Kelly are wary of commercializing the trend (a mushroom suit will cost you $1,500; the Bios Urn is $145). In her work helping to create Rhinebeck’s Natural Burial Ground—which became the second municipal green burial ground in New York State—she received second-level certification for the project from the Green Burial Council, so that people can be assured of what they’re getting without being greenwashed. The burial ground abides by certain rules—chiefly, no embalming, no burial vaults, and only burial containers that are biodegradable. Accessible by a carriage road, the 10-acre woods makes for a magical setting for last good-byes, which can take any shape. “Preplanning is key, which means letting your loved ones know what you want. Which is hard for a lot of folks,” says Kelly. “My dad was not a religious person, but you could almost say that nature was his religion,” says Gouge about Reiss. “He found peace being among the trees.” And he still does. RESOURCES Natural Burial Ground at the Town of Rhinebeck Cemetery Urban Death Project




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Japanese-Americans arrive under guard at the Santa Anita Assembly Center, April 5, 1942. Photo by Clem Albers.

Only What They Could Carry Facing pressure from both the American people and military leaders, President Franklin D. Roosevelt uprooted and imprisoned 120,000 Japanese Americans with one stroke of his pen on February 19, 1942. Largely seen as one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history, the victims of Executive Order 9066 are commemorated in the new special exhibit at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park: “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.” Following a 2016 exhibit about Pearl Harbor, “Images of Internment” is part of a larger series to mark major moments in America’s involvement leading up to and through World War II scheduled through 2020. The exhibition features work from photographers like Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers, Ansel Adams, and Hikaru Iwasaki. Most of the images come from the War Relocation Authority (WRA) photo collection—the wartime agency that operated the remote government camps where Japanese Americans were imprisoned. The WRA hired photographers—like Lange, Albers, and Iwasaki—to document life in the camps. Before deciding on the final works of art for the exhibit, Museum Curator Herman Eberhardt sifted through nearly 15,000 photographs. Chosen for their historical importance as well as their aesthetic beauty, Eberhardt wanted to display work from both “legendary” and relatively unknown artists—like Albers and Iwasaki. Iwasaki was the only Japanese American working as a full-time WRA photographer. “[Albers] shot some of the iconic images we now associate with the story of relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during the war,” he says. “[And Iwasaki’s] photos documenting the closing of the camps are especially powerful.” The exhibit shines a light on a moment in history that has long been swept into the shadows. Paul Sparrow, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, says the Japanese internment is something on the “edge of people’s

awareness”—they know it happened but they are fuzzy on the details. “This exhibit really brings you inside the camps and provides a powerful visual lesson on the brutal reality of forced relocation,” Sparrow says. Both Sparrow and Eberhardt hope that the exhibit will help the public gain a greater understanding of what the Japanese Americans went through. “We hope that people will put themselves in the place of innocent American citizens who were forced to leave their homes, their businesses, [and] their communities behind even though they did nothing wrong,” Sparrow says. “They were loyal Americans who were subjected to this relocation because of their race.” While not meant to directly invoke the current political climate surrounding immigration, Sparrow says it is “critically important” to examine both the successes and the failures of our leaders—including the president. “President Roosevelt led America through two of its worst crises, and his extraordinary leadership helped create the modern world we enjoy today,” he says. “Executive Order 9066 reminds us that even our greatest leaders can make mistakes when the voice of the people drowns out the voice of reason.” Though the exhibit is primarily photographs, “Images of Internment” also provides historical context through documents, oral histories of interned Japanese Americans, and a video of President Ronald Reagan giving a public apology and providing reparations to the surviving victims on behalf of the nation. “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II” will be on display in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery through December 31. Regular hours and admission apply. (800) 337-8474; —Carolyn Quimby 3/17 ChronograM forecast 71


Daughters of the Dust 7:15pm. Award-winning film that tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989. Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz 7-9pm. Berlin-based artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz are in residence at EMPACt. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. pauline-boudry-and-renate-lorenz.

Literary & Books

Author Event Celebrating Women’s History Month 6pm. Julie Scelfo, “The Women Who Made New York.” Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.


The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Los Lobos 8pm. $60. Los Lobos brings their eclectic sound, blending rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, Zydeco, R&B, blues, as well as traditional Spanish and Mexican music. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Marc Maron 8pm. $55/$47.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Health & Wellness

Gut Health and Managing the Toxic Load with Sigrid D’Aleo 7-8:30pm. In our high stress modern life where many demands are put on us, we find more and more people are suffering from anxiety, depression, weight issues, eating disorders, leaky gut, auto immune diseases, sleep disorders, etc. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge. 8456870880.

Literary & Books

Poetry Feature & Reading 7-10pm. Karen Corinne Herceg reads from her poetry collection Out From Calaboose newly released from Nirala Publications. Noble Roasters Café, Campbell Hall. 294-8090. Visiting Author: Vernon Benjamin 7-8:15pm. Notable women in Hudson Valley history. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272.


The Big Takeover 8pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. Boxcar 7pm. Acoustic. Cafeteria Coffeehouse, New Paltz. 845.633.8287. Boxcar at the Cafeteria 7-9pm. Saugerties by way of San Diego folk rock band “Boxcar” is bringing their unique and catchy acoustic songs to New Paltz. Full band. Cafeteria Coffeehouse, New Paltz. Facebook. com/events/143410876151543/. David Kraai 7-10pm. David Kraai swings by this excellent brewery to dole out two sets of fine country folk music. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Decora 8pm. Hip hop. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. First Thursday Singer Songwriter Series 6-9pm. Host Maureen and Don Black welcome Mike & Emmy Clarke, Piedmont Bluz, and The Whispering Tree. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Lucky Peterson 8pm. Blues. Opener: Nalani & Sarina. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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Michael Attanasio 7pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Drew Bordeaux 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Nalani & Sarina 8pm. Soul rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

First Friday with Boxcar 6-8pm. Come enjoy Wine tasting and music with Boxcar. Partition Street Wine Shop, Saugerties. Https:// events/233320403781382/.

SUNY Ulster Faculty Recital 7:30pm. Members of the SUNY Ulster Music Faculty present this annual concert. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Mystery Dinner Theater 7-9:45pm. $45 dinner and performance. Audiences are invited to solve the mystery and even take part in the show. Prizes are always given for the best answers. Mahoney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Poughkeepsie. 471-7026.

Mahammad Reza Mortazavi 8pm. Iranian hand drummer in rare US performance. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. spring/mohammad-reza-mortazavi. Musae 8:30pm. A Capella. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Piff the Magic Dragon 8-10pm. $37. When it comes to Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit (with a trademark Chihuahua named Mr. Piffles) who performs jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Pablito y su Latin Band 8pm. Latin music. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Shadow of a Gunman 8pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz.

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes 8:30pm. Folk, traditional. Turning Point Cafe, Piermont. 359-1089.

Workshops & Classes

Basics of Zentangle 3-4:30pm. $38. Introductory first session. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222.

FRIDAY 3 Dance

Ballroom Dance with Pete Redmond & Crazy Feet First Friday of every month, 8-11:30pm. $15. After the lesson: the band provides a mix of dance-able ballroom, swing and Latin standards. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. Zydeco Dance with Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys 7-11pm. $15/$10 with FT student ID. 7 pm free beginners’ lesson, 8-11 pm dance. No partner necessary. Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. (914) 388-7048.


When Pigs Have Wings 7-9pm. One day Jaafar, a hapless Palestinian fisherman, catches a Vietnamese pig in his net. His adventures are outrageous and enteCosponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS and Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-2113.

Kids & Family

Math Circle 4-5:30pm. Bard College math students are back to do fun math games and activities with us. For families with children in grades 1 and up. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell 9pm. Country blues. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Sons of Pitches 8pm. Country jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Upstate Rubdown 7pm. Neo Americana. Opener: Smalltalker The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Myles Mancuso Band 7:30-11:30pm. $15/$20 reserve seating. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Outdoors & Recreation

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


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


Shadow of a Gunman 8pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz. Long Day's Journey Into Night 8pm. Eugene O'Neill classic. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend! -5, 10:30am-1pm. $18/$25/$35 Gold Circle/$65. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.


Lectures & Talks


Screenwriter and Playwright Marcus Gardley 5:15-7:15pm. Acclaimed screenwriter, TV writer, and playwright Marcus Gardley will give the inaugural Capotorto and Mulas Family Lecture in Drama, Film, and the Medicine Related Sciencesm. Martel Theater, Vassar College. 437-5599. The Development of Motorcycles by Keith Jones 7:30pm. Keith Jones of Motorcyclepedia will describe the development of motorcycles displayed in the 85,000-square-foot motorcycle museum in Newburgh. Creek Meeting House, Clinton Corners.

Literary & Books

Pushing the Limits Group for Adults 6pm. Focused on the concept of Connection and especially its depiction in Erik Larson’s novel Thunderstruck. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Arc Iris and Duke McVinnie Band 7:30pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Australian Bee Gee’s 8-10pm. $45.75/$57.19. It’s Saturday Night Fever every night with the Australian Bee Gee’s Show - Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Boxcar 6pm. Americana. Partition Street Wine Shop, Saugerties. 246-WINE.

Mayhem and Madness Comedy with an Irish Theme 7:45pm. Elsie’s Place, Wallkill. 895-8975. Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Gala Show 8-10pm. $11. The show will include a variety of dance genres, such as modern, ballet, and jazz, and will feature student-choreographed pieces, faculty work, an extended excerpt from Swan Lake, and the world premiere of a modern dance choreographed by David Dorfman. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 437-7832.

Health & Wellness

The MELT Method with Karden 1-2:30pm. $30. This all-levels workshop will use specialized soft body rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Balls to simulate the results of massage therapy. Bodhi Spa, Yoga & Salon, Hudson. (518) 828-2233.

Kids & Family

Celtic Heels 11am. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Mystwood at Wild Earth First Saturday of every month, 10am-3:30pm. Mystwood is a nature connection program for 6-9 year olds that uses elves, fairies, wizards and magic as storytelling and teaching tools. Wild Earth, New Paltz. 256-9830. Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend! March 5, 10:30am-1pm. $18/$25/$35 Gold Circle/$65. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Lectures & Talks

Helping the Hudson Valley: Where Are We Headed? 3pm. $20/$15 members/$10 studnets. This community discussion will explore the current economic state of the region and those bent on improving it for all. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. Reawakening of Montgomery Place 5:30-7:30pm. Join the Red Hook Education Foundation and Historic Red Hook for an evening of history and community. Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook. 758-5887.


The Acquaintances 8-11pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. The Chip White Sextet 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Alexis P. Suter Band 7pm. Opener: New York School of Music AllStars. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Bryan Gordon 8pm. Jazz. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Chris Parker Jazz Septet 8pm. $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni; free—students. New compositions and old favorites. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891. Cover Girl: Cabaret at the CIA 7:30-9:30pm. $75. Denise Summerford in a show stopping evening of live music and delicious food. Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885. An Evening with Arthur Migliazza 7:30pm. $25/$40 with after party. Blues. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Jay and The Americans 8pm. $50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Jeremy Baum Trio 7pm. Blues. Brothers Barbecue, New Windsor. 534-4227. The Levin Brothers 8pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Pat O’Shea 7pm. Roots rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ulster County Music Educators All County Choral Music Festival 4pm. $6/$3 students/seniors. Young musicians from Ulster County’s elementary, junior, and senior high school choruses at this annual concert. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Ultraam, Xaddax, Skryptor 8pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

First Saturday Reception First Saturday of every month, 5-8pm. Part of Kingston’s First Saturday art events. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.

Outdoors & Recreation

A Sugaring Off Celebration Kick-Off Event 11am-3pm. Visitors can experience expanded maple festivities. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.


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


Playwrights Reading at the Library featuring John Pielmeier 7-9pm. Playwrights Reading at the Library featuring short works by John Pielmeier on the theme of “Reunions”. John will be joined by fellow actor and playwright Michael Heintzman. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040. Shadow of a Gunman 8pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz. Long Day's Journey Into Night 8pm. Eugene O'Neill classic. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Mark Hogancamp staging figures for his alternative world Marwencol. Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary about Hogancamp, Marwencol, screens at Upstate Films in Woodstock on March 18.

A Fine Belgian Fantasy On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked by five men outside a bar in Kingston; he remained in a coma for nine days. After reawakening, Hogancamp had to relearn basic skills, such as walking. Previously, he’d been an alcoholic—by his own admission—but when he reawakened he lost all interest in alcohol. To improve his dexterity, Hogancamp began collecting 1:6 scale World War II action figures and Barbie dolls. Over time, these diminutive characters took on a dynamic life of their own. One of them, which he calls Hogie, became his alter ego. Others were named after his friends. Hogancamp built a Belgian town called Marwencol for these figures. “I needed Marwencol to heal myself,” Hogancamp explains. He began staging scenes with his characters and photographing them, modifying the “body language” of his small actors like a film director. Marwencol, a documentary about Hogancamp directed by Jeff Malmberg, will be shown at Upstate Films in Woodstock on March 18. Hogancamp’s fantasy world is not static; he creates an evolving storyline. At one point his avatar is captured by five SS officers, tortured, nearly murdered—until three of his female friends (all Barbie dolls) burst in brandishing weapons, shoot the German soldiers, and liberate him. Hogancamp’s characters play out stories of sacrifice and heroism that represent “Good War” nostalgia and are also parables of ethical action. The five SS soldiers personify the five men who jumped the artist outside the bar in Kingston. I asked Hogancamp about the powerful women in his fantasies. “I’ve always dreamed of having an all-female security team around my doll Scrunchie and I,” he answered, referring to the Deja Thoris doll that Hogie wed in 2009. “If we ever get invited to something big in the future, our security ladies will encircle Scrunchie and I and the little folks, and protect us from evil. It’s just a dream.” When you play with toy soldiers as a child, you kill a man and he soon hops back to life again, but Hogancamp luridly murders his characters—perhaps influenced by

horror movies. He will stave in an SS guard’s head, cover it with copious amounts of fake blood, then photograph the carnage. But the dolls are not purely an art form. Three of his “girlfriends” sleep in a little bed next to him at night. Just before he turns out the light, he whispers, “I love you.” But is he speaking to them or for them? It’s not clear. In any case, this phrase reveals a subtext of Hogancamp’s art—a love that is erotic, selfless, drunken, military, all mixed together. I was reminded of the movie Crumb, where R. Crumb admits that he masturbates to the women he draws. Hogancamp walks the local roads near Kingston, pulling his figures behind him in a diminutive jeep, to wear down the wheels of the vehicle so it appears more authentic in photographs. He resembles a boy in the 1940s with a red wagon. David Naugle, a local photographer, spied Hogancamp pulling his jeep, and stopped to speak with him. Later, the shy artist showed Naugle his piles of photographs. Recognizing the visionary power of this art, Naugle contacted Esopus magazine, which led to a show for Hogancamp at the prestigious White Columns gallery in the West Village. The movie Marwencol, which debuted in 2010, has won over 25 awards. Why was Hogancamp originally beaten up? This becomes the central mystery of the film— which I’m not going to ruin for you. Marwencol will be shown at Upstate Films in Woodstock on March 18 at 1:30pm. The screening is part of the Reel Talk Film Series, a collaboration between Upstate Films and the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. The film series is supported by a grant from Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund. Mark Hogancamp will be on hand to answer questions. (845) 679-6608; —Sparrow 3/17 ChronograM forecast 73

Tech Art Anniversary Performance 12-6pm. Showcasing a nod to the Japanese art of kintsugi, or “golden joinery” this live art performance will represent the first manifestation of the 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens project to take place away from the Whitney Museum proper. Tech World, Newburgh.

Workshops & Classes

Clone It! Make a Pattern from Your Favorite Clothes Sat 3/4 11am-4:30pm. $130. Who doesn’t have a beloved T-shirt, skirt or dress they’ve worn to shreds and wish they had 10 more of? Most of our favorite clothes are actually super simple and easily replicated. You’ll learn how to “rub off” a pattern from an existing garment. Then we’ll stitch up a quick muslin (fit sample) to test the pattern and tweak it if necessary. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. workshops-list/clone-it. Cooking Class: Chinese Take Out Food 11am-2pm. Guided by recipes from “The Chinese Takeout Cookbook” by Diane Kuan and “Stir-frying to the Sky’s Edge” by Grace Young we will prepare Scallion Pancakes, Kung Pao Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Soy Sauce Chicken Wings and Steamed Rice. Ulster BOCES, Port Ewen. 331-5050. Encaustic Mini Workshop by Cynthia Winika $65. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. Intermediate Forging: Double Callipers 9am-4pm. 2-day class. This class covers basic tool making through a hand held ¼” round punch, and a hot cut chisel, which will be put directly to use making a set of double calipers. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Large Scale Contemporary Drawing & Abstraction 9am-4pm. $237. 2-day workshop. With Meredith Rosier. Beginners and seasoned artists alike, we commence by observing books which present drawings on the large scale. We examine and discuss tiny 1inch drawings to 13-mile outdoor environmental drawings. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Living Library 3-5pm. During this event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792. Overnight Beginner’s Meditation Class Through March 5. Led by Abbot Guo Yuan. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.

SUNDAY 5 Dance

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Gala Show 3-5pm. $11. The show will include a variety of dance genres, such as modern, ballet, and jazz, and will feature student-choreographed pieces, faculty work, an extended excerpt from Swan Lake, and the world premiere of a modern dance choreographed by David Dorfman. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 437-7832.


Diary of a Lost Girl 3-5pm. $7. Louise Brooks, in a delicately restrained and strikingly modern performance, plays the naïve daughter of a prosperous pharmacist who is disowned and forced to face a cruel and indifferent world. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Health & Wellness

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

Kids & Family

Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend! 10:30am-1pm. $18/$25/$35 Gold Circle/$65. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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Lectures & Talks

A Chance for Land and Fresh Air: Russian Jewish Immigrants in Ellsworth and Amenia, 1907-1940 4pm. Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-5041.

Literary & Books

Reading by Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini 2-4pm. Authors of In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley, 1735-1831. The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. 518-392-3005.


Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Dionne Warwick 7-9pm. $60/$75/$85. Scintillating, soothing, and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary voice of Dionne Warwick. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Ethel: Family Concert 3-5pm. Bring your little clowns, tiny fire-breathers and ringmasters-in-training for an afternoon of music inspired by the heroes behind the magic of the Big Top with string quartet Ethel, who will play excerpts from their new original work, Circus! Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. The Musical Box: Selling England By The Pound 8pm. $60. Relive Genesis. 8pm. $60. Relive Genesis. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Open Mike Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kinds: Sign-ups are until 4:30pm, performances start at 4:30pm and on. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010. St. Paul and The Broken Bones 8pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.


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


Workshops & Classes

All About Surface with Rachel Dubicki 7-9pm. $220 members/$245. Are your pots looking tired and bored? Give your work a new look for the new year. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133. Homebuyer Orientation Workshop 6-7pm. This workshop allows future homebuyers to learn about grants, tools, savings programs and the overall benefits of homeownership. Hosted by RUPCO. Kirkland Building, Kingston. 331-9860. Learn it, Grow it, Eat it! Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 6:30-8:30pm. $40. The Dutchess County Master Gardener volunteers will walk you through step-by-step instructions in four, two-hour sessions. Arlington High School, LaGrangeville.

TUESDAY 7 Clubs & Organizations

Hooks & Needles 12-3pm. Informal social gathering for rug hookers, knitters, crocheters, and all other fiber crafters. Drop in between 12 and 3pm. Bring whatever project you’re working on, as well as a snack to share if you’d like. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1927.


Film Screening: Screenagers 7:30pm. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Co-sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School and The Nature Place Day Camp. Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge. 356-2514 ext. 311. Gimme Danger 7:15pm. $7/$5 members. Documentary film about The Stooges whose powerful and aggressive style of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1960s planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Health & Wellness


Music Fan Film Series Presents Gimme Danger 7:15pm. $7/$5 members. Documentary film about The Stooges whose powerful and aggressive style of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1960s planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Literary & Books

Paul LaFarge: The Night Ocean 6-8pm. From the award-winning author and New Yorker contributor, a riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 576-0500.


Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298.

THURSDAY 9 Business & Networking

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


Stand Up at The Underground with Mikael Gregg & Mike Spiers 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


March Uptown Swing: Soulia & the Sultans 7-10:30pm. $10. Uptown Swing Kingston presents an evening of jazz, standards, and dancing with this month’s house band: Soulia and the Sultans. 7:30 Beginner’s Lesson, 8:30 Open-Dance with house band (2 sets). BSP, Kingston. 481-5158.

Learning to be Human: Fourth Way Mindfulness 1-3pm. $75. An introduction to the Fourth Way of GI Gurdjieff, its history and place in the spectrum of inner work traditions. This is a work of bringing presence, self-study, and inner work to our relationships, roles, and endeavors where life is a reflection of our being. We will study basic techniques and practice Fourth Way Mindfulness Meditation together. Continues on March 19 (Deepening Our Practice) and April 2 (Navigating with Presence). Led by Jason Stern. Educational Annex of Wellness Embodied: A Center for Psychotherapy and Healing, New Paltz.

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

Lectures & Talks

Lectures & Talks

Saving Our Trees from Forest Pests 4-5:30pm. Join DEC Lands and Forests Educator Erin Brady and Dr. Gary Lovett from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a workshop on the invasive beetles that are killing our trees. The Environmental Cooperative, Poughkeepsie. 437-7435.


WPN Women’s Professional Network: Celebration of International Women’s Day 5:30-8pm. $15 before March 1/$20. Our Keynote Speaker is Jennifer Iannolo, a global speaker, growth strategist and business advisor, successful author, and women’s empowerment advocate. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 797-0412.

RSC Live: The Tempest 1-3:30pm. $21/$16 Gold members. On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. Shadow of a Gunman 2pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz. Long Day's Journey Into Night 3pm. Eugene O'Neill classic. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops & Classes

Mindful Movement Class (monthly) First Sunday of every month, 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to build awareness of your body. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 917-373-6151.

MONDAY 6 Lectures & Talks

Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America 7pm. free and open to the public. Lecture by Louis P. Masur, PhD Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Middletown. 341-4891.


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Enhancing Climate Change Resilience Along Our Waterfronts 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about ways to develop our waterfronts so they can better adapt to one of climate change’s most severe impacts—sea level rise. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon.


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


Mary Louise Wilson: SUNY Ulster Artist in Residence 2pm. In a stellar theatrical career that has combined plays and musicals, Mary Louise Wilson has been awarded a Tony for Grey Gardens and a Tony nomination for Cabaret. Meet Mary Louise and gain insight into her incredible career as a performer and teacher. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Workshops & Classes

Bodystorm Women’s Council 6:30-8:30pm. An embodyperiod. take on traditional talking circles, Bodystorm is like a guided brainstorming session with intuitive, interactive, and embodied exploration. This is a space of expression, deep listening, collective visioning, and movement. Bodystorm is known to encourage and empower women in their daily lives. Bodystorm is led by Jungian depth psychologist Dr. Roxanne Partridge. Aletis House, Hudson. (415) 686-8722.

“You’re the Expert” 7pm. ILive recording of podcast game show. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319.

Literary & Books

Author Michael Gold: Earn the Vote 7pm. Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz. 255.5030. Poetry Feature & Reading 7:30-10pm. Karen Corinne Herceg reads from her poetry collection Out From Calaboose newly released from Nirala Publications. ARTBar Gallery, Kingston. 430-4893.


John Menegon’s Quartet East CD Release Party 7:30pm. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357. March Uptown Swing! 7pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Mbongwana Star 7pm. Afrobeat. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Neko Case 8-10pm. $45/$65/$80/$100. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Open Mike at the Gallery Second Thursday of every month, 7-9:30pm. $5 donation. From the newcomer to the experienced club musician, everyone loves our welcoming and enthusiastic gathering. Musicians, spoken word artists, others, all welcome. Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. (914) 456-6700. Open Mike Night with Jeff Entin 7-9:30pm. Jeff Entin welcomes musicians from all around the Hudson Valley to Open Mike night. Bring your instrument and talent to the stage or enjoy a tasty dinner listening to the music. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-299.


Arthur Migliazza performs at SPAF in Saugerties on March 4.

The Boogie Man Boogie-woogie is the speed metal of traditional blues and jazz piano. The roots of the rolling, rapid-fire style—also called barrelhouse; its origins are in honky-tonks, gin mills, and rent parties—stretch back to the turn of the last century and are intertwined with its comparatively sophisticated cousin, ragtime. One of boogie-woogie’s greatest living young practitioners is New York piano man Arthur Migliazza, who will perform early this month at Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF). Pioneered by pianists in Texas, Chicago, and New York, boogie-woogie was popular with dancers largely because by their keeping up a repetitive, walking bass line on the keyboard with their left hand while adding rhythmic, percussive decoration with their right, its solo players could create the aural illusion of a full dance band. Boogie-woogie peaked in the 1940s when it was adopted and expanded by the big bands (see the Andrew Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”); it in the 1950s became a building block of early rock ’n’ roll. Migliazza, who grew up near Washington, DC, conferred with Chronogram via e-mail and will appear at SPAF in Saugerties on March 4 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 ($40 for VIP seating and champagne afterparty). Chronogram readers can receive a 25-percent discount by using the code CHRON25 when purchasing tickets at (search for events in Saugerties). (845) 246-7723;—Peter Aaron You’re in your mid-30s and started playing piano when you were nine. What made you want to play the blues? I started with regular old “kid piano lessons,” where I was learning how to read notes and develop practice regimens. Luckily, I had a teacher that was really hip, and she exposed her students to all kinds of different music. The blues was one of the styles that she exposed us to. I took to it immediately. It called to me. My teacher encouraged my mom to get me lessons with a local blues piano player, too, so I started taking blues lessons biweekly. I loved listening to the old blues recordings my teacher gave me to study. The sound was so soulful and the rhythms so infectious. I would stay in the basement for hours, trying to copy what I heard on those old recordings.

You’re considered a boogie-woogie specialist. What about this particular strain of the blues so fascinates you? I love the rhythms and the groove. When it’s played correctly, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s so full of joy and emotion. It’s also a very physical, almost an athletic kind of piano playing. So, for a hot-blooded Italian like myself it’s perfect. Who were some of the pianists that inspired you when you were starting out, and what made each of their styles interesting to you? I was lucky enough to learn how to play directly from talented musicians who were playing boogie and blues piano as a profession. Therefore, my teachers were also people whose recordings I listened to and loved. People like Ann Rabson, Mr. B (aka Mark Braun), and Henry Butler. Mr. B taught me many of his original tunes, as well as some killer boogie-woogie and blues bass patterns and licks. He lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I lived in Tucson, Arizona, at the time and used to call him up and we would have piano lessons over the phone. Aside from these direct teachers, I learned a lot by listening to Professor Longhair, James Booker, Champion Jack Dupree, Jimmy Yancey, Otis Spann, Albert Ammons, Amos Milburn, Blind John Davis, and Big Maceo Merriweather. Many people seem to view the blues and boogie-woogie as quaint, museum-piece music. What would you say to them to make them understand that the music is still vibrant and relevant? Boogie-woogie is a big part of the backbone of all American pop music that came after it. Many elements developed for boogie-woogie and blues music are still present today. Everything from the “backbeat” to the technique of “dropping the bass” came from the blues and boogie. It’s a shame more people don’t know about it, but I do my best to bring an educational element into all my concerts, so that people understand where this music came from and how it played a part in developing today’s music. 3/17 ChronograM forecast 75


NT Live: Hedda Gabler 7-10pm. $21/$16 Gold members. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. Shadow of a Gunman 8pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz.

Workshops & Classes

Advanced Encaustic with Lisa Pressmen 9am-5pm. $550. Through March 11. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how to refine encaustic paintings. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

FRIDAY 10 Comedy

The Hudson Valley Jazz Trio 7pm. With Steve Rubin, J. Brunka and special guest, Jeff Ciampa. Rustic Wheelhouse, Chester. 610-5266.


Ronald Reggae 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.


Tab Benoit 8pm. Cajun blues. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra 8pm. Rock looping. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Dave Leonard’s Pisces Party 8pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.


Shadow of a Gunman 8pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz.

Rob Schneider 8pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Long Day's Journey Into Night 8pm. Eugene O'Neill classic. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Workshops & Classes

Dances of Universal Peace Second Friday of every month, 7-9pm. Come join us in these challenging times. Using sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from many different spiritual traditions, we cultivate joy, peace, and integration within ourselves, in our communities, and in the greater world. Dances taught by certified leaders. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034. Irish Dance Workshop: The D’amby Project 5:30-6:30pm. Irish Dance workshop & demonstration! All ages & abilities welcome. Brush up on your jigs and reels in true St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Join dancers and teachers from The D’amby Project in an exciting dance lesson and demonstration. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Food & Wine

Playing It Forward - R&B and Funk 8-10:30pm. $15. Playing it Forward includes an all star group of musicians with Chiara Fasi on violin, Yayoi Ikawa on keys, Endia Owens on bass, and featuring Sheila Baptista and the Brotherz in the Band (with Dana Byrd, Richard Dixon, Joe Boykin) on vocals. Playing it Forward brings us the best in R&B, Jazz and Funk. $15 admission BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737 - 1701.

Kids & Family

Afternoon STEAM Camp 1-2:30pm. There will be no worksheets or word problems. Rather, kids will play games and try activities that utilize the principles of math in creative ways. The event will consist of two parallel programs serving kids in grades K-2 and 3-5 separately. Activities will include tangram puzzles, probability games, and more. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Build Your Own Sea Chest Fridays through March 31. Build your own sea chest from scratch, learning to scale up designs, prep and glue wood, and basic joinery techniques. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.

SATURDAY 11 Comedy

Mayhem & Madness Comedy Invades ASK 8-10pm. $15. A night of stand-up comedy hosted by Bob Greenberg; featuring local legend Jared Whiteford and Headliner Rich Schultis. Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0333.


Congolese Cultural Celebration 2-4pm. Pamela Badila, the Badila family, and Perfect Ten teens will present traditional music, songs, dances and folk life stories of the Congo. A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by DIATA DIATA International Folkloric Theatre. The ensemble will share history, imagery, and contemporary music. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792.

Fairs & Festivals

Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday of every month. Second Saturday is a city-wide celebration of the arts. Downtown Beacon, Beacon.

Monster Intelligence Puppet Show 11am. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Ang and Ed 8:30pm. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. (909) 547-4266. Ceesar: Classic R&R Show 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Dylan Doyle Band 8:30-11:30pm. A unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the Delta of Rock, blues, and funk. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. A History of American Women in Song 4-6pm. $22.50-$25. A performance by Linda Russell illuminating the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century to the 19th Amendment, . Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660. Hudson Valley Philharmonic: Cliburn Silver 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang 8pm. Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay has almost single-handedly revived the ancient tradition of Bubu, updating a form with 500-yearold roots in magic-infused folk ceremony into frenetic, hypnotic dance music with flourishes of electronica. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Keith Newman 8pm. Jazz. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Patti Rothberg 8-11pm. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. Ray Blue Quartet 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Red Baraat 7:30pm. $25. Concert to benefit the Albany Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Rhythm in the Night 11am-1pm & 7-9pm. $30/$40. Thunderous world-class dance troupe display Irish dance like never before seen. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Rick Fire and The Ricktones 8pm. $10. Rooted in bluegrass, Celtic and funk music; elements of jazz, rock, classical, blues, and gospel are also present throughout. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Soñando 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Our Other Blue Planet 7pm. Dave Strayer provides insight into inland waterways. Cary Institutue of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Maple Fest 11am-4pm. $10/$5 kids/$25 family from 11am1pm. After 1pm, free. Hudson Valley residents are invited to tour the maple-sugaring process of tapping, collecting, and boiling sap to make maple syrup. Additional activities include music, sing-a-longs, storytelling, face painting, crafts, and hikes on the Randolph School’s lovely forested property. A pancake lunch will be included from 11-1 and after that chili and snacks are available for sale. The Randolph School, Wappingers Falls. 297-5600.


Food & Wine


Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio 7:30pm. $75/$70/$65. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

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

Acoustic Sludge 5:30pm. The Golden Rail Ale House, Newburgh. 565-2337.

Fleur Seule Call for time. Dinner and swing dancing with 1940s-style jazz band. . Mohonk Moutain House, New Paltz.



Bagpipes with Catskill Mountain Pipes and Drums 6pm. Did you ever wonder how bagpipes worked? These mysteries will be explained, and music will be played. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Bill’s Toupee 8:30pm. Covers. Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. Charlie Hunter Jazz Blues Fusion 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Hudson Valley Folk Guild’s Friends of Fiddler’s Green Chapter Concert 8pm. $12/$10 seniors/$8 HVFG members. Featuring David Roth. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Hyde Park. 758-2681. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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Lectures & Talks

Eve Baer & Dr. Ed Friedman: Safe, Clean and Green Atomic Energy 5pm. A “conversation” between two leading members of the Woodstock community that may change your mind about the positive value of Thorium-powered atomic energy. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693. HikeSafe 1-3pm. With Will Soter. The HikeSafe program, and the Hiker Responsibility Code were developed by the NH Fish & Game, and USDA Forest Service, in an effort to reduce the need for rescue, or recovery efforts. Catskill Interpretive Center, Mount Tremper. 688-3369. Lisa Sandagotoa, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapy 1-3pm. $10. Lisa uses music to guide clients through a process of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. She will demonstrate how music provides concrete, multi-sensory stimulation (audio, visual and tactile) that helps organize sensory systems including fine and gross motor coordination and auditory processing. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.

Soul Purpose 8pm. 8pm. Motown, R&B. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Ulster County Music Educators All County Band Festival 4pm. $6/$3 students/seniors. Listen to popular and classical music played by students from Ulster County school bands and orchestras at this annual concert. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. The Search for Meaning in the Midst of Life 2-4pm. Free. A short film about William Segal (painter and spiritual teacher) created by Ken Burns, followed by discussion. Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. Shadow of a Gunman 8pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz. Long Day's Journey Into Night 8pm. Eugene O'Neill classic. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops & Classes

Carborundum Aquatint with Anthony Kirk 9am-4pm. $255. Two-day workshop. Carborundum aquatint is a painterly intaglio process achieving a wide tonal range without acid, rosin or toxic chemicals usually associated with traditional aquatint. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Country Quilters Workshop and Lecture 9am. Hosted by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works entitled “Proud Mary” will include instruction on how to make a curved piecing block using black and white and splashes of color, a variation of a Drunkard’s Path. Walker Valley Schoolhouse Community Center, Walker Valley. 527-2145. Creative Completion 12-2pm. $20/$15 without a journal. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222.

Crochet Rag Rug 11am-3:30pm. $85. With the most basic of crochet skills (chain and single crochet stitches) you can make your own fabric rugs out of any textile you like! You will learn how to wield a jumbo hook, join your strips, and make a variety of shapes of rugs. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. Drawing for Better Painting 9am-4pm. $255. Two-day workshop with Jenny Nelson. Taking the focus off rendering objects exactly, we will follow a path of experimentation. To improve drawing language skills, students will focus on trusting their hand/ eye coordination, extending their vocabulary of marks and using new materials. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Repair Cafe: Rhinebeck 12-4pm. A community meeting place to get stuff fixed for free. Including but not limited to metal welding by Vince Murray, jewelry repair by Barbara Eichen and chair massage courtesy of Valerie Legeay. Rhinebeck Town Hall, Rhinebeck.

SUNDAY 12 Dance

Bryn Cohn + Artists Workshop and Showcase 2:30-3:30pm. $10. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 10. Swing Dance to La Famillia Swing & Blues Band 3-6:30pm. $12/$8 FT students. Beginners’ lesson at 3pm, dance 3:30pm-6:30pm Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571. Swing Dance to Shorty King’s Rhythm Review 3:30-6:30pm. $12/$8 FT students. Beginners’ lesson at 3pm. No partner or experience needed. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.


Dance Film Sundays: Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love & Dance 3pm. $12/$10 members/$6 children. Tomer Heymann’s MR. GAGA is a unique documentary experience that tells the story of the internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin, who created the daring form of dance and “movement language” called Gaga. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989..

Lectures & Talks

Buried Treasure: Thomas Cole’s Decoration of Cedar Grove 1 & 3pm. Salon and tours with Jean Dunbar, Matthew Mosca, Margaret Saliske. Meet the trio of historic interiors experts as they reveal the story behind Cole’s decorative paintings on the walls of his home. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. 518-943-7465. Beyond Nadja: Women Surrealist Poets in Latin America 2-4pm. $5. Bard College Professors Melanie Nicholson (Latin American Literature) and Susan Aberth (Art History) will lead a group of their advanced students in a performative reading of key women Surrealist poets and writers of Latin America. Among those to be shared are Frida Kahlo (Mexico), María Martins (Brazil), Alice Rahon (France/Mexico), Alejandra Pizarnik (Argentina), Leonora Carrington (England/Mexico), Olga Orozco (Argentina), and Remedios Varo (Spain/Mexico). Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

Literary & Books

Hudson Valley YA Society: Jennifer Donnelly, Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book! 4-6pm. Book launch party. YA Society favorite Jennifer Donnelly’s new novel tells an original story set in the world seen in the new Walt Disney Studios’ film, Beauty and the Beast. a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 576-0500.


Celtic Crossings 3-5pm. $37/$47/$62.91. Celtic Crossings promises an evening of Celtic tranquility with the great songs of Phil Coulter sung by the magnificent voice of Andy Cooney, with special guests Geraldine Branagan, and the Irish Pop Ensemble. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Four Nations Ensemble 3pm. Performing Bach and the Italians. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck.


Infectious Pneumonia (The Morgue), Andres Serrano, cibachrome, 1992. A retrospective of Serrano's work is on view at The School in Kinderhook .

Andres Serrano Goes Back to School The Andres Serrano retrospective at The School, the spectacular exhibition space established by Chelsea gallery owner Jack Shainman in Kinderhook, is a rare event, given that the artist’s work is shown far more frequently overseas than in the US. “I’m persona non grata in my own country,” said Serrano, who attracted instant fame in 1987 for Piss Christ, a photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in urine, which fueled the fire of the culture wars in the late ‘80s. Serrano’s work has provoked boycotts, demonstrations, and violence, as evidenced by the large-scale pornographic photographs on display that were patched with red tape after being attacked by neo-Nazis in Sweden. “I thought the tape looked good, so I decided to leave it,” Serrano says. “Whenever someone destroys my work it becomes something else. The work is open to interpretation, and sometimes it says more about the viewer than me.” Serrano, who was born in 1950 in New York City, is matter of fact about his use of bodily fluids, which are depicted in slick, large-scale photographs that reflect the influence of his work in advertising before he became an artist. He studied painting and sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum of Art as a teenager, and he first picked up the camera as an abstract artist: in 1985 he photographed two side-by-side tanks, one filled with blood and the other milk, for a show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art titled “Fake,” a minimalist, formalist treatment inspired by Mondrian. What followed was his notorious “Immersibles” series, represented in the exhibition by photographs depicting religious statuettes of the Madonna and child, Rodin’s The Thinker and twin busts of the Pope blurrily submerged in a thick, yellow-orange light. The images of the classically elegant statuary are elegiac, suggesting intense sunsets on a particularly smoggy day, and it’s only by reading the label that you learn the immersive substance is urine. Similarly, the silky, veil-like trail of white shooting across a black backdrop suggests cosmic phenomena, an association belied by the title, Ejaculate in Trajectory. (Serrano explained that it took him 30 tries and the use of a motorized camera before he was able to capture the image.) “The provocation is in the title, not the image,” he said, noting that the title itself is “not offensive, but descriptive.” In the “Red River” series, his strategy is more poetic, as the title emphasizes the landscape associations of the strange, textured substance resembling sumac berries that is actually wads of menstrual blood. But other works are straight portraits that reflect his patriotism. In the “America” series,

made in response to 9/11, the artist depicts a postal worker, firefighter, airline pilot and other personages connected to the attack on a heroic scale. (Not looking so heroic is a discombobulated-looking Donald Trump, from 2004.) Other images incorporate incongruities—for example, a black man posed as a Klansman and grown Siamese twins attached at the head who, dressed in Renaissance finery, are portrayed as genuflecting, courtly figures. (Serrano admits that he didn’t see how he could transform the twins’ squalid conditions into something beautiful at first, but with the help of a makeup artist, the Rembrandt-like costumes, and sensitive lighting he pulled it off.) “The camera lies and tells the truth at the same time,” Serrano writes in the wall text. “There’s confusion between reality and fabrication—sometimes I don’t even know the difference.” A depiction of a person praying, from the “Nomad” series, which focuses on homeless people, was made after Serrano observed the person and asked her to re-create the pose. “I don’t know if she was really praying,” he said. There’s less ambiguity in the “Torture” series, theatrical-style setups of models posed in a former foundry in France, which he likened to classical painting. Conversely, the three photographs from “Morgue” are unnervingly real. Serrano avoided identifying the dead person by focusing on a portion of the body, a discretion that results in surprisingly moving images. In Fatal Meningitis, for example, which depicts a pair of tiny feet, a pink ribbon tied around one ankle and the skin still bearing the impress of socks point to the child’s recent life. Upstairs, The School is exhibiting “Home Room,” a group show of international artists. Turiya Magadelela, who is South African, stretches ripped and sewn pantyhose over white canvases, creating translucent, grid-like patterns in which squares of intense magenta and pink or washes of pale gray and green protest the sexist patriarchy while being anchored in an abstract, Modernist vocabulary. Huma Bhabha’s room-size assemblage crafted from industrial detritus, entitled Thot and Scribe, commemorates the war-torn landscape of her native Pakistan while also referencing destroyed monuments and ancient Egyptian mythology. The School is noted for its multicultural roster of artists, and now, more than ever, such an exhilarating diversity of work is essential viewing. “Andres Serrano: Selected Works 1984-2015” will be exhibited through April 30. (518) 758-1628; —Lynn Woods

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The Hamilton Wood Duo 2-3:30pm. $10. Join us for a fun afternoon of flute and classical guitar repertoire by South American composers Astor Piazzolla, Máximo Diego Pujol, and Heitor Villa Lobos. We’ll also present a classical guitar Sonata by Anton Diabelli, as well as works by Paganini, J. S. Bach, and others. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-7727. The History of the Violin 3pm. $15/$10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni/students free. Selections by Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Kreisler, Sarasate, and more. Peter Winograd, violinist, American String Quartet, Caterina Szepes, violinist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Klibonoff, pianist. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891. Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express 2pm. Ellenville Public Library, Ellenville. 647-1497. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars: Four Islands 3-4:30pm. $15/$35/free students. From Ireland to the West Indies and Madagascar to Manhattan, this musical excursion will bring these distinctive cultures to life with the songs of Bantock, Ravel, Simóns, Bernstein, and many others. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

TUESDAY 14 Clubs & Organizations

Hooks & Needles 12-3pm. Informal social gathering for rug hookers, knitters, crocheters, and all other fiber crafters. Drop in between 12 and 3pm. Bring whatever project you’re working on, as well as a snack to share if you’d like. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1927.

Literary & Books

Reading with Writer-inResidence Owen King 5-6:30pm. Award-winning author and SUNY New Paltz writer-in-residence Owen King reads from his recent fiction. A book signing follows. Honors Center at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-2755.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Second Tuesday of every month, 10:15am. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. (914) 962-6402.

The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298.

Lectures & Talks

Workshops & Classes

Health & Wellness

Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk Second Tuesday of every month, 7pm. free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety of topics at our Open House. Second Tuesday of every month, after community meditation

#HandcraftNight Third Wednesday of every month, 5-8pm. $5. The return of our monthly community series, when we all need it most. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, and enjoy some good crafty

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: A Lincoln Center Concert Screening 7pm. Screening of concert performed ar Damrosch Park Bandshell on August 6, 2015. Popcorn will be provided. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580.


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Petey Hop Hosts Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Shana Falana and H. Hawkline 7:30pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator, and a private family counselor for over 20 years. Author of Simplicity Parenting: Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst (2009) Payne regularly holds trainings to help simplify four realms. He advocates for parents to declutter, schedule, unplug, and increase the rhythm in the home. On Thursday, March 16, Payne will hold a Simplicity Parenting training at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance. Advance ticket sale ends March 10. (845) 255-0033. practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

company, snacks and beverages. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. events/2017/2/15/handcraftnight.


Water Based Monotype with Kisa Mackey 9am-4pm. $255. Two-day workshop. We will explore the possibilities of working with waterbased inks, markers, and crayons. Using a thin Gum Arabic coating on a slightly frosted transparent surface the image can be painted or rolled from light to dark or dark to light. Create exotic reticulating washes and resists. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

The High Kings 7:30pm. $34. Ireland’s Folk Band of the year, The High Kings perform traditional and original Celtic music, showcasing their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Workshops & Classes

Introduction to Irish Language 5pm. The first installment of a four week series exploring Irish language, culture, and history. The four week course will explore Ireland’s linguistic evolution and provide an introduction to Irish conversation. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

Workshops & Classes

Virtual Dementia Tour 12-4pm. A hands-on activity simulating dementia symptoms to help caregivers identify and cope with the behaviors and needs of someone with dementia. Appointments are required for 25-minute sessions. Adelphi University Hudson Valley Campus, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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

Bella’s Bartok, JK Vanderbilt 8pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Long Day's Journey Into Night 3pm. Eugene O'Neill classic. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Beign at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst 6:30pm. $20/$15 in advance. With Kim Payne. Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, New Paltz. 255-0033 ext. 101.


Shadow of a Gunman 2pm. $18/$16 seniors/$10 NP studnets. A tragicomedy of Irish Independence. Parker Theater, New Paltz.

Reading by Robert Olen Butler 2:30pm. Author of Perfume River. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading (ICFR) series, will be followed by a Q&A. Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Workshops & Classes

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


Literary & Books

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


Bardavon Gala: An Evening with Aretha Franklin 7pm. $275/$225 no post-party. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Our Environmental Destiny 7:30pm. Lecture Center, New Paltz. 257-3872.

Sammy Wags & Friends 8:30pm. Jazz. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Comedian Brian Regan 8pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Lectures & Talks

bigBANG 7pm. Large jazz ensemble. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Willa & Co. 10am. Blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

National Diabetes Prevention Program 4:30-5:30 & 6-7pm. To help adults reduce their diabetes risk, Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program for 16 consecutive weeks and bi-monthly follow-ups. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 871–4380.



The Trio of OZ with Omar Hakim & Rachel Z 7pm. Jazz rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Health & Wellness

The White Hart Speaker Series: Min Jin Lee, Pachinko 6-8pm. Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations. The White Hart Inn, Salisbury, CT. (518) 789-3797.


Born in Flames 7:15pm. $7/$5 members. Born in Flames is a 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Lectures & Talks

Tarot Wisdom Gathering Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8pm. $10. Bring your own Tarot deck to enjoy this guided exploration. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


Island Head Reggae 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Marc Cohn 8-10pm. $35/$45/$50. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Mister Oh! St. Patrick’s Day Party 7-10:30pm. Mr. Oh will be rocking out all night and a gunktastic time will be had by all! Fronted by young buck P.J. Klym, Mr. Oh! specializes in high energy, full throttle Gunk Rock. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. 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. Whiskey Treaty Roadshow 8pm. The five Massachusetts singer-songwriters of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow- Greg Smith, David Tanklefsky, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, Tory Hanna, and Bill Chapman — ring in St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a celebration of brotherhood, spirits, and foot-stomping folk rock. Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) MoCA-111.



Health & Wellness

Outdoors & Recreation

Reel Talk Film Series Screening: Marwencol 1:30pm. $12/$10 seniors/$8 WAAM and Upstate Film members. Documentary about the fantasy world of artist Mark Hogancamp. Followed by a discussion with the artist and Janet Hicks. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Third Thursday of every month, 7pm. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. (914) 962-6402.

Lectures & Talks

Min Jin Lee in Conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue The White Hart Inn, Salisbury, CT. (860) 435-0030.

Literary & Books

PageTurners: The Association of Small Bombs 7-8pm. Monthly meeting of our PageTurners Book Club. This month we will be discussing “The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Open Mike Night Poet Edition Third Friday of every month, 6:30-9pm. The Dream Center would like to create a space where the artist can come express themselves. We want all poets or aspiring writers to come out and share their pieces with an energetic crowd. Jovan O’Neal and Candace Nicholas hosting the event. The Dream Center, Newburgh. 234-8716. St. Patrick’s Day Snakes 6-7:30pm. Legend says that, Ireland has no snakes because St. Patrick chased them into the sea and banished them from the island forever. Come separate fact from fiction about this story and everything “snake.” Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of our favorite snake friends and make a fun craft. For adults and families with children ages 5 and up. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.


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


Mothers and Sons 8pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

Workshops & Classes

Micro-Greens for St. Patty’s Day 5:30pm. Microgreens are tiny edible plants with mighty nutritional impact. Superfoods Collective will be presenting a workshop on growing microgreens. Participants will receive kits, plant their first seeds in class, and learn everything they need to know to be successful growing indoor microgreens at home. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Eventide: The Shape of Sunset- The River Flows Two Ways 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Eventide is a quartet between two moving bodies, a musician and the setting sun. Through the performance, viewers experience the sunset in a state of heightened awareness to their senses and their environment. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

Les Belles Chanson Françaises 7:30pm. French Jazz series. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Leslie West of Mountain 8pm. $45. Rock. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Lúnasa 8pm. $34. Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles). Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. MET Live: La Traviata 1pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Middle Blue 7pm. Jazz funk. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Piano Karaoke with pianist Paul Leschen 9pm. $10. Market Market Café, Rosendale. 658-3164.

Repair Cafe: New Paltz 10am-2pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. Plus Kids Take Apart Activity and New Paltz ReUse Center’s “Crafting Table of Wonders.” New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Repair Cafe: Warwick 10am-2pm. Free repairs courtesy of experts who are also your neighbors. Plus, a free Healthy Heart Screening and the Kids Take-Apart Table. Senior Center at Warwick Town Hall, Warwick. 544-1056.

SUNDAY 19 Dance

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet Workshop and Showcase 2:30-3:30pm. $10. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2.

Lectures & Talks

Community Educational Forums: An EightPart Series. 1-4pm. Part II: On Climate Change, Energy, and Infrastructure. A conversation on climate change, energy, and infrastructure as it

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Social 12-3pm. Diamond Mills, Saugerties. 247-0700.


Mothers and Sons 2pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Lotus 3pm.Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops & Classes

Write Your Life: A Memoir Writing Workshop 1-5pm. $120. Two day intensive workshop with author/teacher Roselee Blooston on the art of memoir. Class limited to 10 participants to ensure individual attention. Each writer will explore the requirements of the genre through prompts, exercises and readings, and will begin the first draft of a memoir. 2nd class Mar. 26. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 835-8397.

MONDAY 20 Music

Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Frolic All-Ages Ecstatic Dance Party 6:30-10:30pm. $2-$10. Frolic dances are alcohol free, smoke free, and drug free which keeps the focus on dancing. Dancers of all kinds attend, ranging from people who are serious about dance and want to expand their experience and learn from other dancers, to people who just want to get down in a fun, open atmosphere. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 750-6488.

Workshops & Classes

Advanced Encaustic Teaching $720. The goal of this 5-day workshop is to help participants design a workshop format unique to you. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.



Reel Talk Film Series screening: Marwencol 1:30-4:30pm. $12/$10 seniors/$8 Upstate and WAAM members and students. A documentary about the fantasy world of artist Mark Hogancamp. Followed by a discussion with the artist and Janet Hicks. Upstate Films, Woodstock. 679-2940.


Lectures & Talks

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

Lee Reich: My Weedless Garden 5pm. Introducing a novel way of caring for the soil, one that results in fewer weeds. This 4-part system emulates rather than fights Mother Nature, keeping plants healthier and minimizing weed problems. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.

Literary & Books

Author Michael Gold: Earn the Vote 1pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. Heyday Poetry Fest and Open Mike 4-7pm. Heyday Magazine Poetry Festival and Open Mike to celebrate the release of Volume 6. Hudson Valley poets share their work, and come share yours. Poetry and music open mike. Lace Mill Main Gallery, Kingston. (919) 308-5034.


Berger & Frank's Magic Show 11am. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Beethoven Journey 6pm. Close Encounters With Music presents three stops along Ludwig’s journey, from disciple of Haydn to Olympian master and from historical time and place to transcending earthly connections: the early cello sonata No. 2 in G minor, a middle-period violin sonata No. 7 in C minor, and the glorious “Archduke” Trio Opus 97. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Chamber Concert 7:30pm. SUNY Ulster music ensembles present chamber works for wind and strings. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Engaging Lectures with Everyday Experts (ELEE) Last fall, a homegrown Ted Talk-style lecture series launched at the Rosendale Theater, showcasing local experts offering 15-minute presentations followed by a panel discussions. Participants included calligrapher Barbara Bash, distiller Joel Elder, and Wild Earth founder David Brownstein. The series, geared toward inspiration, creativity, conscious living, and community building, returns on March 19. At the inaugural spring event, Micah Blumenthal, social architect, artist, and the driving force behind Day 1, will discuss “I Manifest—Expanding the Vision of Self”; former SNL cast member and teacher Denny Dillon will present “Mission Improvable”; and business consultant and food systems entrepreneur Ben Giardullo will give a talk entitled “Modern Food Systems and the Future of the Local Market.” There will be additional ELEE events on April 16, May 21, and June 11. (845) 658-8989; The Jason Gisser Band 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

The March Party 6pm. Join us as we kiss the dark days of winter goodbye and anticipate the coming spring with food, drink, and a soul-stirring performance by Jomama Jones. LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, Catskill. (212) 587-3003.


Beethoven Journey--Early, Middle and Late 6pm. $45/$25/$15 students. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

Mothers and Sons 8pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie & Friends 7pm. Funk rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Romeo and Juliet 2-4pm. $12. Embroiled in a feud ignited by their own families, Romeo and Juliet find their world at odds between an unwavering devotion to each other and the pressure from others to pull them apart. This 90 –minute production also features a talkback with the actors. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Big Mean Sound Machine 7:30pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Frenchy and the Punk 7pm. Folk punk cabaret. Station Bar & Curio, Woodstock. 810-0203. Hudson Valley Philharmonic 45th annual String Competiton 10am-6pm. Three finalists will play their full concertos at 3 pm on Sunday March 19 at 3pm. Immediately following awards, all are invited to a reception to meet the artists. This annual competition honors the top young violin, viola and cello players, ages 18-25, from major national and international conservatories. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Krewe de la Rue 8pm. $10. Mix of Cajun and Creole music. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Lotus 3pm/6pm.Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops & Classes

Color Mechanics $65. Wit Richard Frumess. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. Cornell Cooperative Extension Pruning Workshop 1pm. Hosted b the Pine Plains Garden Club. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. 5183981927.

pertains to President Donald Trump’s proposed initiatives. With special guest Kate Hudson, Esq. Waterkeeper Alliance. Church De Artistes, Kingston. 331-1031.

Engaging Lectures with Everyday Experts Series 4-6:30pm. Featuring: Micah Blumenthal, Social Architect and Artist, “I Manifest - Expanding the Vision of Self.” Denny Dillon, Improv Actress and Instructor, “Mission Improvable.” Ben Giardullo, Business Developer, “Modern Food Systems and the Future of the Local Market.” The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Dave Liebman’s Expansions Honors Coltrane 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles 8pm. $40. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Hudson Valley Philharmonic 45th annual String Competiton 10am-7pm. Three finalists will play their full concertos at 3 pm on Sunday March 19 at 3pm. Immediately following awards, all are invited to a reception to meet the artists. This annual competition honors the top young violin, viola and cello players, ages 18-25, from major national and international conservatories. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Saugerties Pro Musica Ani Kalayjian & Friends Concert 3-4:30pm. $12/$10 seniors/students free. The extraordinary cellist Ani Kalayjian along with the incisive and compelling violinist Siwoo Kimm, to charm us again with her virtuoso playing and commanding control of the music. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Saugerties. 679-5733.

WEDNESDAY 22 Literary & Books

The History of the Hudson River Valley From the Civil War to Modern Times 7-8:30pm. Combining historical records with anecdotes from the colorful people who lived it, this concluding volume of the Hudson River Valley’s history shows how the great estates, political strength and population growth transformed the region into a vibrant cultural powerhouse. Benjamin presents a fascinating story. Book signing. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. (945) 658-9013. Interview with Author & Poet Karen Corinne Herceg 11am-noon. Host Joe Dans interviews poet and author Karen Corinne Herceg about her work and new book Out For Calaboose. WTBQ, Warwick. 651-1110.


The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Poet Gold’s Poelodies 7pm. Spoken word hip hop and new music. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Workshops & Classes

Homebuyer Orientation Workshop 6-7pm. This workshop allows future homebuyers to learn about grants, tools, savings programs and the overall benefits of homeownership. Hosted by RUPCO. Kirkland Building, Kingston. 331-9860.

THURSDAY 23 Comedy

Stand Up with Shannon Cooke & Vinny Mark 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Isabelle Pauwels 7pm. Canadian artist Isabelle Pauwels is in residence at EMPAC to complete the pre-production and cast the actors for her major new moving-image work. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Empac. isabelle-pauwels.

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Health & Wellness

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Fourth Thursday of every month, 7pm. Registration required. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 962-6402.


Jazz Vocalist Giacomo Gates with the Don Miller Trio 7:30pm. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357. Women of Folk: the New Revival with Sloan Wainwright & Nicole Zuraitis 7pm. Neo funk. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

open houses

BardMAT Info Session 6pm. Earn a Master's degree and NYS Teacher's certification in one year. Bard College. Bard. edu/mat/ny

FRIDAY 24 Comedy

Ralphie May 8-10pm. $35/$40. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. ralphiemay/.

SATURDAY 25 Fairs & Festivals

Hudson Valley Farm and Flea 10am-5pm. $5/under 10 free. Innovation and talent of our spirited community of artisans, vintage collectors and local farmers. Added to this unique mix are films created for kids and by kids, our Riverside Theatre Arts youth performers and locally crafted food. Businesses, community and visitors together at this event will foster connectedness and encourage awareness about our local Hudson Valley region, commerce and the Made-in-America movement. Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. (201) 966-3663. Ulster Ballet Company’s 34th Annual Festival of Dance 8pm. $25/$22 seniors and Bardavon/UPAC members/$18/children under 12. Showcasing both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers, with a diverse range of styles and techniques. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.


ASK for Music 8-10:30pm. $8. Come out to hear the finest Hudson Valley singer-songwriters in a listening space surrounded by art. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. The Bush Brothers 9-11:30pm. A combination of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music fused with contemporary acoustic sounds delivered with great vocals and instrumental solos. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Chris Jackson 8pm. Jazz. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Herman’s Hermits 8-10pm. $57.19/$68.63. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. The John Abercrombie/Rob Scheps Quartet 8pm. Jazz. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Mavis Staples 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

Dinosaur Zoo Live 7pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


National Theatre: Saint Joan 3pm. $12/$10 members. Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. This electrifying production of Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Women’s History Slam 7-9pm. For Women’s History Month, the Red Hook Public Library in collaboration with Taste Budds Café will host a talented lineup of women writers and poets reading from their own work as well as selections from historic and contemporary writers and poets who have inspired their writing. Come enjoy an evening of outstanding stories, poetry and conversation in celebration of Women’s History Month. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, Red Hook. 758-6500.

Health & Wellness

Mindful Yoga 11am-noon. $10. Yoga practice a time to be present, aware, and practice controlling attention to move dreams, goals, aspirations forward. Music, mantras, sing along. The Dream Center, Newburgh. 234-8716.

Lectures & Talks


TMI Project Presents: #BlackStoriesMatter The TMI Project offers storytelling workshops to cultivate change in participants and inspire audience members. Partnering with Citizen Action of New York in the Hudson Valley, TMI Project will stage its latest performance, #BlackStoriesMatter, to bring to light part of the contemporary black experience. “#BlackStoriesMatter is our way of participating as an organization in the national outcry of injustice that has been amplified as a result of senseless killings at the hands of law enforcement, frequent racial profiling, and the history of racism in this nation,” says TMI Project Executive Director Eva Tenuto. In addition to numerous storytellers, the event will feature performances by Brooklyn Tech’s Step Team, The Lady Dragons, and the social justice dance team from Center for Creative Education. Saturday, March 25, 7:30pm at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center in Kingston.

Workshops & Classes

Ink on Paper: The ABCs of Arts Management for Artists 6-7:30pm. With Jeremy Adams and Derin Tanyol of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Writing artists’ statements, finances and tax information for artists, and other elements of managing the business aspects of your art career. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079. These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at

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The Art and Sport of Fly Fishing in the Hudson Valley: 3-4:30pm. Join Red Hook High School history teacher Jen Huber for a brief, illustrated history of fly fishing in the Hudson Valley complemented by a display of hand-cut woodblock prints of intricately-tied flies by local artist Kevin Rifenburg. Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook. 758-5887.

Literary & Books

Poetry Feature & Special Event 3-5pm. Karen Corinne Herceg reads from her poetry collection Out From Calaboose newly released from Nirala Publications, along with guest poets, music, refreshments and reception. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.



Ziggy Stardust 8. The best of Bowie.Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Repair Cafe: Kingston 11am-3pm. Bring an item to be repaired for free & join our experiment in repair culture. Plus this month, Bike Friendly Kingston’s free bicycle clinic: tune-ups and repairs to get you ready for Spring. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston.

New York Theatre Ballet: Sleeping Beauty 3pm. $18/adult free with child. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Literary & Books

Mothers and Sons 8pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

Painting as a Meditation 1:30-3:30pm. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222.


Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II 6-7pm. Join us and Jeff Urbin, the Education Specialist at the FDR Presidential Library, as we learn about the history of Japanese Internment through photos. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1927.

Feast of Friends Late Show 10pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Workshops & Classes

Hypno Hype 5-7pm. $25/$30. Master hypnotist Asad Mecci stars in Hypno Hype, a hilarious comedy/hypnosis show. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2.

Lectures & Talks

Elise Testone 9pm. American Idol contestant and powerhouse vocalist. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Yours, Anne 3 & 8pm. $8-$35. This hauntingly powerful retelling of Anne Frank’s story features a moving, lyrical score. Talks/panels on the resonance of this story today. Student matinees are available for school groups. Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885.


Swing Dance to Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles 8-11:30pm. $15/$10 FT students. Beginners’ lesson at 8pm. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 471-1120.

David Torn 8pm. $20. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

Ziggy Stardust 8. The best of Bowie.Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.



Augie Meyers with Cindy Cashdollar & Frank Carillo 7pm. Soul rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Mothers and Sons 8pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

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

Kids & Family

MET Live :Idomen 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Scarlet Sails, Luis Mojica 8pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Story Time & Book Signing: Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, Triangle 11am-12:30pm. Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 576-0500.

Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering 8pm. $30/$25 seniors/$7 students. Performed by baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire. Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. 518 263 2000.

Barefoot Dance 11am. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

#BlackStoriesMatter 7:30pm. TMI Project will debut #BlackStoriesMatter--Live!, a performance featuring true stories from people of color about the experience of being black in America, Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, Kingston. 758-9270.

Literary & Books The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer 5pm. A reading by Bonnie Anderson. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693.


Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Jesus Christ Superstar: The Rock Opera 2 & 8pm. $75. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

The Bernstein Bard Trio 12-3pm. The Bernstein Bard Trio has become an acoustic music phenomenon in the Hudson Valley, known for their imaginative arrangements, eclectic repertoire, and infectious groove. The Trio features brothers Mark Bernstein on guitar and vocals, Steve Bernstein on mandolin and vocals, and Robert Bard on upright bass and vocals. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Edward Arron & Friends in Spring 3-4:45pm. $10/$15/$25/$35/$45/$55/free for students under 18. Edward Arron, recognized worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances and creative programming, returns to Caramoor. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. The Moonlights 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Open Mike Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kindsSign-ups are until 4:30pm, performances start at 4:30pm and on. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010. Singer-songwriter and Guitarist Raul Midón 8pm. $35. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Kairos: A Consort of Singers 4pm. A program of flower songs for unaccompanied chorus. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 256-9114. Steep Canyon Rangers with Special Guest Noam Pikelny 7pm. Bluegrass. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Wolff & Clark Expedition 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Mothers and Sons 2pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. National Theatre Presents Saint Joan 3pm. $12/$10. Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. This electrifying production of Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Six Ways to Clay with Alexis Feldheim 6-8pm. $220 members/$245. Six Ways to Clay covers six ceramics forming techniques in six weeks: pinching, coiling, throwing, trimming, and assembling thrown and handbuilt parts together. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133.


I Am Cuba 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. I Am Cuba, a 1964 Soviet-Cuban film, captures the island just before it transitioned to a post-revolutionary society, examining the various problems caused by political oppression and big discrepancies in wealth and power. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Lectures & Talks

The Hudson: River at Risk Documentary Screening 5:30pm. Jon Bowermaster’s documentary Hudson: River at Risk, The Environmental Cooperative, Poughkeepsie. 437-7435.

THURSDAY 30 Clubs & Organizations

Come Grow with RDAC: Legacy Luncheon 12-2pm. $15. Colden Manor Spruce Lodge, Montgomery. 713-4568..

food & drink

The Art of Chocolate Call for time. Baking demo and tasting with chef Frank Costigan. Mohonk Moutain House, New Paltz.


Dylan Doyle Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Jeremy Baum Trio 7pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Jim Pospisil 7-9:30pm. His style has ranges from folk, rock and blues to jazz, classical, electronic and ambient. Though his main instrument is guitar, he also plays keyboards, harmonicas, flute, mandolin, and dulcimer. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.


Around the World in 80 Days 7:30pm. $6. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Health & Wellness

Foundation Retreat Harmonize your body and mind, by engaging in healthy living and meditation, balancing all of the five aspects of diet, sleep, body, breath, and mind. Either in stillness or in motion, cultivate a clear and stable mind amidst all that you do. 3-day retreat led by Rebecca Li. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.

Drawing the Portrait From Life Emilie Houssart 9am-4pm. $465. Through March 28. We will work on life-sized portrait drawings using a naturalistic, sculptural approach that would have been central to the practice of great painters for centuries, including Titian, Velazquez and John Singer Sargent. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Celeste Fleurival 9:30pm. $10/$5 with dinner. R&B, motown. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

MONDAY 27 Film

Fred Zepplin 7pm. Rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Some Kind of Joy: The Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings 6pm. Directed by Sam Hobkinson, this revisits key projects from the history of this renowned architectural practice. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. events/2017/spring/some-kind-joy-inside-storygrimshaw-twelve-buildings.

The Funk Junkies 7pm. Funk classics. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Health & Wellness


Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Electoral Dysfunction with Mo Rocca 7:15-9:30pm. After making the eye-opening discovery that the right to vote is missing from the Constitution, political humorist Mo Rocca sets out on a road trip to see how voting works (and doesn’t work) in America. Post-film discussion on the Electoral College by Prof Joel Lefkowitz of SUNY New Paltz. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Lectures & Talks

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Environmentalist, attorney, and professor Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has consistently fought to protect our planet. As chief prosecuting attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper, he led the fight to help restore the Hudson River, resulting in the spawning of over 100 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe and Time magazine recognizing him as one of their “Heroes for the Planet” in 2010. On March 13 Kennedy will give a speech at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center on the role that natural resources play in our work, health, and identity as Americans. Part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, the lecture begins at 7:30pm and will be followed by a dessert reception and book signing. Tickets are $10. Susan Kozel: When Performance and Philosophy Become Design Materials 7pm. Can we re-enact the experiences and histories of others? EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. events/2017/spring/performance-andphilosophy.

Rocktopia 7:30pm. A revolutionary performance celebrating the fusion of classical music with classic rock. The live concert features five worldclass vocalists, five top notch rock musicians, an orchestra and choir. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.


Stephen Clair & Co. 7pm. Rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298.

Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome 7pm. $25/$20 Garden Conservancy members. Landscape architect and historian CeCe Haydock. Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Mark Hummel’s Golden State Lone Star Revue 7pm. Blues harmonica. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Workshops & Classes

Petey Hop Hosts Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Ceramics Class: Wheel Throwing 10am-1pm & 5:30-8:30pm. $260/240 members +$30 materials fee. Instructor Rich Conti. All levels, Tuesdays for seven weeks. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079.

The Altered Vessel with Cheyenne Mallo 7-9pm. $220 members/$245 non-members. Through May 4. Take your pots to the next level by altering form on and off the wheel. In this class, we’ll discuss how to cut, push, pull, and add clay to wheel-thrown forms. A cylinder can be your blank canvas. Begin to express your personal style by creating patterned, angular, and organic vessels. This class offers group demonstrations, as well as individual work time and personalized instruction. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133.

High Mud Comedy Festival The High Mud Comedy Festival, a two-day laugh-fest. Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) MoCA-111.

Ballet Master Class $30. Classes are open to boys and girls. The Intermediate Level session, for ages 8-11, runs 1:00 - 2:30. The Advanced Level class, for ages 12 and up (ladies on pointe), runs 3:30-5:00. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz. 255-0044.

Fan of Fiction: Star Wars 6:30pm. Submerge yourself in the world of Star Wars and meet with the fan community to discuss your ideas, memories, fanfiction, and more! Come in costume if you’d like. For ages 16 and up. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580.

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Literary & Books

Andrew Schneider: FIELD 8pm. Performer, writer, and interactiveelectronics artist Andrew Schneider completes a series of three development residencies at EMPAC EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. spring/field.


Yours, Anne: Book by Enid Futterman, Music by Michael Cohen 2pm. $8-$35. This hauntingly powerful re-telling of Anne Frank’s story features a moving, lyrical score. Talks/panels on the resonance of this story today. Student matinees are available for school groups. Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885.

Know the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s 4:30pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Sarah Jarosz 7:30pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

The Zombies 8pm. $75/$100 with meet and greet. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Spirituality Gong Bath with David Karlberg Last Thursday of every month, 7-9pm. Suggested donation $15. David Karlberg returns to bring his unique form of sound therapy. Enjoy deep relaxation with the low tones and complex harmonics of multiple gongs. Combined with singing bowls, didgeridoo, flute and voice, listeners will experience an energetic journey through vibration and sound. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7578.

Laura Stevenson, Nightmares For A Week, Guilt Mtn 8pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. The McCartney Years 8pm. $25. Paul McCartny Tribute experience. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis and Original Compositions 7:30pm. $34. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Outdoors & Recreation

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


Mothers and Sons 8pm. A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Yours, Anne 8pm. $8-$35. This hauntingly powerful re-telling of Anne Frank’s story features a moving, lyrical score. Talks/panels on the resonance of this story today. Student matinees are available for school groups. Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 8pm. Tom Stoppard's hilarious farce. Center for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

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Indivisible: The Relationship Within


here’s a question going around: How do we convey the social unrest in our nascent era of protest into a sustained movement? Both the United States and the world have a lot of problems that need addressing—and it would seem the powers that be are not so interested. It’s up to us. I want to take this up as a spiritual question: that is, as a question of the inner life. When I was studying 20th-century women poets in graduate school at Rutgers, I was introduced to the idea from the Redstockings feminist collective that “the personal is political.” In the same class, I learned that poet and essayist Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) expanded this into the idea that there’s no private life that is not in some way dictated by the wider public life that surrounds us. For feminists and for all who are seeking liberation in some form, that relationship must be made obvious. But how did this situation come to be? The seemingly different inner and outer lives (one’s personal reality and world events, for example) have one thing in common, which is you. There’s no denying that you see the world you see because you exist. You think the thoughts you think because you are here now. You experience life because you are alive. In this article, my intention is to offer you a few ideas, which I think of as tools, to help you get a grasp on your inner reality, such that you can navigate the current political environment—which is mostly a media environment. We live in an environment of ideas and images that move at the speed of light. Let’s use astrology for our first metaphor, and keep this idea in the background of everything that follows. Then I’ll move on to more familiar spiritual and psychological metaphors—and finally I’ll return to astrology, describing Venus retrograde, which begins on March 5. 82 planet waves ChronograM 3/17

Uranus Conjunct Eris in Aries This aspect is a rarity, and what it represents is the backdrop of the times we’re in. Note that the third and last exact conjunction for this cluster happens on March 17. After that, the next one is in 2106, about 99 years from now. When the slow-moving outer planets get together, big things happen. Society changes, there are revolutions and upheavals, and often the map and the economy are totally rearranged. Major outer-planet events happened in 1965-66, 1971-72, and 1989-1993—any of which might ring a bell. Remember they last a while, setting off chains of events that feel like a point of no return. As this happens, people’s self-concept changes with the times, and with history—and this in turn influences the flow of events. I don’t think any of this is caused by astrology; rather, astrology provides metaphors and time frames where we can look for ourselves and for pictures of what we’re experiencing, and why. Uranus conjunct Eris is a rare aspect: It can only happen once per century. Because Eris moves so slowly, and is spending more than 120 years in Aries, the prior conjunction (in 1927-28) happened in very early Aries; the current one is in late Aries. Notably, at the same time, Saturn was in Sagittarius, as it is today. This happened at the dawn of the broadcast era: The first commercial radio station was licensed, TV was in development and a crude version of the transistor (leading the way to the computer) was patented. Skip ahead one cycle and we are now inundated with this same technology, drowning in images and data. Have you considered that the current personal and political crises are the result of being overwhelmed by ideas, words, pictures, opinions, and advertising? Have you considered the impact, on you and on society, of nearly everything we do being run through some extrinsic technology?

When you try to imagine why someone would vote against their own interests, and why a teenage girl would slice her skin with a razor blade, consider that they are part of the same situation. This situation is what’s running in the background of everything that we currently witness, feel, think, and experience. I read the Internet constantly, and I watch hours of cable news a day, and I rarely ever see this mentioned, much less discussed. Prof. Eric McLuhan, the son of Marshall McLuhan, summed it up succinctly: “The body is everywhere assaulted by all of our new media, a state which has resulted in deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture throughout the world. In the age of disembodied communication, the meaning and significance and experience of the body is utterly transformed and distorted.”

Hold yourself to the standard of truth. If you try this and notice that you really can’t, see the web you’re caught in. A fellow named Adolf Hitler pointed out in his book that people believe the big lies of politics because they are constantly lying. This is one place where the personal-political connection is especially poignant. Nobody who is a habitual liar has a right to call out a politician for lying. This is a genuine question of integrity. You cannot hold people to what you’re not willing to do; this is an energy equation and a moral one as well.

So You Want a Movement One question going around is, how do we have a sustained political movement? I would ask: What would it take to move you? We tend to think of large numbers of people when we think of a moveObsession with Politics; How About Service? ment. Yet it’s really a bunch of individuals, and you are one of them. What At the moment, many people are obsessed with politics. Opinions are flying would it take to move you, not just to action, around, subscription rates to newspapers are inbut to change your mind, to open your heart, or creasing, and Facebook and Twitter are flooded in Have you considered to make some important personal decision and the latest news about that Huckster guy. take action on it? that the current personal While this is happening, I have a question: What People who feel paralyzed are, in a sense, have you done today to help a neighbor, or your and political crises unmovable. Paralysis involves a numbing-out of community? I know that talking seems like action, are the result of being feeling. The opposite of that would be tuning into but posting to Facebook does not count as service. your senses, and wiggling your fingers and your Opinions about fair and unfair, right and wrong, overwhelmed by ideas, toes. Then you get up and walk. What would it and what to do about “illegals” are entirely vapid words, pictures, opinions take for you to actually feel the struggle of what without personal action to back them up. People and advertising? Have you is going on in society? What would it take to get are struggling, and it’s not with opinions. you to respond? If you can fix cars, have you helped anyone desconsidered the impact, One thing that seems to have had a jump-start perately in need of transportation get their vehicle is the women’s movement. We all have a right on you and on society, of on the road? If you can build websites, have you to be angry about the Huckster’s treatment of helped someone just getting started to get their nearly everything we do women, his bragging about sexual assault, how he work onto the Internet? If you believe in helping being run through some talks about female people, and what he’s teachanimals, have you done anything to take care of ing the young ones about right and wrong. The extrinsic technology? an actual critter (donating to the ASPCA does not parallel question is, how do you treat women? count for this purpose). If you have extra food, Do you have any inherent bias, and can you talk about it? have you helped a hungry person eat? If you have some knowledge or a skill, Can you admit your struggle? If you’re a woman, I would ask: How do have you made it available lately to anyone free of charge? Are you looking for you treat men, as a matter of personal policy? Have you detected any sexism places where you can help, or do you look for how to avoid helping? in yourself? Do you consider it okay because you’re “correct” or because you If you are concerned about how society is being run, you’re the one who think the patriarchy is a bad thing? Does that make men bad? needs to do some sustained work on a problem that your community is facing. Once you start to ask yourself these questions, you might notice how self- Your Inner Lover serving all that we call politics is. It’s as stimulating and as spiritually empty Venus is about to be retrograde in Aries. This is an image of the inner lover. as pornography. Since we get most of both in little videos on the Internet, it’s The concept of being one’s own lover, and one’s own friend and partner, is arguable that they are the same thing, with the same impact. negated by the obsession that our society places on the “special relationship.” If you think the world needs to be a better place, go get your tools and start The special relationship is based on the idea that someone else can complete building, fixing, helping, or at least tidying things up. you. Even if you were incomplete, nobody outside yourself would be able to make you whole. You have to do that for yourself. One of the main reasons Of Truth and Lies that people find relationships so unfulfilling is that they are coming from a Politics has long been the purview of lies and deception, but we’ve reached a place of emptiness inside. new peak of that. The Huckster held a now-famous press conference on February This emptiness leads people to do all kinds of insane, mean, desperate things, 16, wherein a reporter called him out on the lie that his Electoral College was including resenting those who would help them. To some extent we all have the biggest since Reagan. In fact, the Huckster got fewer electoral votes than a touch of this. Buddhism calls it the hungry ghost. Yet you’re not doomed to any president of any electoral cycle going back to Reagan: Bush 41, Clinton, be a victim of this problem. Bush 44, and Obama all got more Electoral College votes. Venus retrograde is a reminder to take the concept of relationship into The reporter persisted with his line of questioning. The Huckster would not yourself. You must be the source of love that you want. You must be able to relent. In the end, when the math failed, we were all supposed to agree that his receive your own love, or you won’t be able to receive that of anyone else. victory was huge; he thinks so. He is still angry that Hillary Clinton got more How could you? And if you don’t genuinely love and respect yourself, how actual votes. Clearly, this kind of lying is intended as a maddening distraction from can you love and respect another person? many other problems that are going unaddressed and getting worse by the day. To not love oneself is to be divided against oneself. This makes a person Lately, it seems like many personal conversations between individuals have vulnerable to attack. A society of people divided against themselves is easy to the tone of a reporter calling out a deceitful politician. Deceit is a form of divide against one another. If we want to unite against darkness, greed, anger, posturing: taking a position and holding it until one crushes one’s opponent. and misery, this is where we must begin. The work of politics and the quest If lies make you angry, I suggest you respond by being a more truthful person. for personal wholeness are the same thing. Sometimes it seems like all of society and all of social life are based on casual deception that ruins our faith in one another: making excuses, saying what you Read Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column. don’t mean, not meaning what you say, and so on. 3/17 ChronograM planet waves 83

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ARIES (March 20-April 19) Venus retrograde in your sign is encouraging you to see the world from another point of view, such as that of a relationship partner. How often do you have one of those revelations where you suddenly get that you really understand another person’s perspective, or feel the world the way they feel it? Rarely enough that it’s a special occasion when you do. It’s also a reminder that your actual primary relationship is within yourself. Love in any form is inherently introspective: It comes from inside you, and involves your feelings. If you’re not grounded within yourself, intimacy can feel dangerous; and in many ways it is. Venus retrograde is your encouragement to find your inner lover, or what you might call your best friend within. This is different from being narcissistic, self-important or egotistical, so different in fact that it’s the polar opposite. Coming from a self-loving place brings a subtle form of confidence. When you get there, a kind of neediness dissolves and gives way to authentic generosity. You recognize and hold gently the fact that everyone is an individual with their own needs, their own spiritual quest and their own healing process. If you want to cultivate deeper contact, listen to what people close to you have to say. At the moment, it’s more important that you understand them than that they understand you.

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It’s time to show others the real you. That means sharing your dreams, your desires, your feelings, and your passion. We might pause and ask why you or anyone would hide these things. In the past there seemed to be good reasons: Many people have a habit of talking others out of their dreams and desires, or using this knowledge against them. Yet you know there is only so long you can hide in your shell. There’s only so long you can put any energy at all into concealing your own beauty, or being afraid of yourself, or worrying about the judgments of others. These thoughts waste precious creative energy, and they don’t benefit you in any way. It would help if you accept that you’re more transparent to others than you think. It may be for this reason that you avoid being seen or recognized, though you might take the approach of assuming that everyone knows everything about you. There’s absolutely nothing to hide or to conceal. You can, therefore, give yourself much more room to say what you feel and to reveal your inner life. Yes, this seems radical; but does that make sense? It seems to make you vulnerable, but you might ask: vulnerable to what? There is only so far that self-protective efforts can actually protect you. Fear does not prevent danger; but thankfully awareness does.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) It’s necessary to take your relationships seriously, but what exactly does that mean? First, it means having the right people in your life, and making sure that people who don’t belong in your life are not there. Perhaps this sounds harsh, but Saturn in your opposite sign has been encouraging you to use your discernment for at least a year—and to act on what you observe. People who crowd your space, or who box you into their idea of you, are not helpful. You need room to maneuver, and you need the freedom to make up your mind about who you are; this, your relationship partners must know and respect. Speaking affirmatively, the most significant qualification for anyone being in your life must be that you share similar spiritual goals. Now we’re getting deep: For that to happen, you need to have spiritual goals, as well as to understand them somewhat. Then you would need to select others who also have spiritual goals, and find a meeting space. All sex and intimacy lead to procreation, which means a lot more than making babies: There is an exchange, karma is created, and people become like one another. Therefore, choose carefully whom you relate to. Embrace people you respect and admire. This is a high standard, but no other will work for you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’re at a high point in your visibility as a professional and as a contributor to society. People see you, and they are following your example. Therefore, you must live impeccably, as if you’re being followed around by a television crew or as if your calls are being followed by a live audience. There is indeed such a thing as a reputation, and you’re at the point where you can make genuine progress on establishing yours. In this moment, it’s essential that you know your goals. Remember that a true career ambition is both about accomplishing something and becoming someone. So think in terms of both what you do and who you are growing into. Don’t be deceived by the seeming chaos of the world. You are perfectly suited to be the person who both benefits from, and offers something useful in, this wild moment of history. Many, many people are confused about who they are, though you cannot afford that luxury. You have an advantage because you’ve been experimenting longer, you’ve made mistakes you’ve learned from and, most meaningfully, you’re willing to try things you haven’t tried before. You therefore need to persist in your experiment when necessary, and know when to change your plans so you can adapt to your environment and your personal needs. That said, be as consistent as you can be, and write the words “follow through” on your bathroom mirror.

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LEO (July 22-August 23) Belief has become the new standard of proof. This is causing chaos in the world, and it will cause chaos in your life: with one exception only. You must believe in yourself, and have faith in yourself. To an extent, this must transcend the known facts. You cannot base your idea of the future on what you’ve accomplished in the past, or where your results have fallen short of your goals. You simply must see beyond your history, while taking with you everything you’ve learned. Then, you can embrace your potential as if it’s real, and keep that thought at the front of your mind. There’s one more step to this process, however, and it’s especially meaningful today. To get anywhere, you need discipline. That means focused effort, sustained over time. You are in the process of manifesting something, of turning an idea into a physical reality. While creation is the whole purpose of the human experiment, it’s not usually so easy. Things go wrong, life is busy, and plans have a way of being set aside. It’s time to go past these common human foibles. The kind of sustained and applied focus that gets things done is the factor that you need to work with the most often and the most consciously. Apply yourself with devotion and without expectations, and then note the results that you get.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) To keep your life manageable, pay attention to finances, to sex and, in particular, to the place where the two meet. This may be the single most complicated place in all of Western society, and you have a lot going on there now. There seem to be a few good people involved, and it would make sense to either focus on the ones who really have some influence, or clear out as many as you can. You simply do not need so many people involved in your business. Simplifying your life would make an excellent start. There’s one necessity that stands tall among all other goals: It’s up to you to make sure that people pay you what they owe you. To do this, either make polite requests, try friendly persuasion, or use insistence. Whichever, you must persist and make sure that you’re given your due. The main factor determining whether this is successful is your own commitment. You seem to be heavily invested in someone else’s affairs, and you must show some spine and demonstrate your independence. Ultimately, if someone balks at their obligation, treat the commitment as being in default, and move on. Nobody owns you, or holds a lease on you; you are not a commodity; and your value is not assessable in dollars and cents. You are your own person, and ideally that’s where true respect begins.


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Most relationships are an exercise in seeking oneself in others. As part of that, they can become a hall of mirrors, with people projecting on one another and only a vague sense of who is who, and whose feelings belong to whom. If this seemed to work in the past, it didn’t work very well. You’re now experiencing a rare astrological condition: Venus, the planet associated with your sign, is in your opposite sign, Aries. It’s about to go retrograde (March 4 through April 15). This looks like an unusual encounter, experience, or confrontation involving another person. Yet you are the main actor. This is an opportunity to learn something about yourself, and to get a rare perspective on who you are. The first thing you’ll need to do is call in the projections you’ve put onto anyone else who seems to be involved. For the true message to come through, you’ll need to see yourself for who you really are, see a partner for who they really are, and be able to discern the difference. This is where most people get lost in relationships most of the time. And if you focus this experience, and go through it with your full attention, you will learn something that prevents this confusion from happening again. Then your relationships will take a giant, welcome step from the imaginary to the real.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) Be mindful of the work-relationship boundary. Most people feel it’s out of the question to work with a partner. I have a different theory, which is that all relationships need jobs. They need some creative purpose, whether it’s raising children, building houses, hosting parties, making movies, or feathering the nest. And in parallel to this, all jobs come with relationships: whether as part of a command structure, or as colleagues, comrades, collaborators, or lovers. Often there is overlap among these, and you’re the one who must be mindful of the commitments and the feelings involved. Americans and people in many other cultures spend so much time at work, it’s often the only place they can meet and get to know one another. And each and every one of those people, whether you like them or not, counts for a relationship. Each one deserves your attention, because some measure of your success depends on that partnership being sane and productive. The coming two months will present you with many experiences that shine a light on where love, work, creativity, and collaboration intersect. If you notice that you have any especially beautiful or productive relationships, do your best to nourish them. Let everyone emphasize their strongest attributes. Offer your devotion with love, and receive the devotion of others with love. I would propose that where business and friendship are mixed, commitment to work is the first priority.

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Walt Whitman, the father of American poetry, wrote, “There was never any more inception than there is now, / Nor any more youth or age than there is now.” Translation: We’re always at the beginning of our lives; we’re as young and as old today as we’ll ever be. In recent years, you’ve been feeling the passage of time. And more lately, you’re starting to feel the benefits of time and of experience, which is a sign of maturity. Something in your astrology is leading you to take a wider perspective, and to see yourself as part of a much larger context than you ever have. Your growth process has brought you close to the inner core of your spirituality, and this is providing you with information about how to use your time wisely. Your current solar chart describes the meeting of your inner child with your inner parent. It’s time to reconcile the two, and to emerge into your life as an independent and autonomous adult. You are done parenting yourself. You don’t need to parent anyone who is not actually your own child, and even that has its limits. This means guiding yourself based on your own values and principles. It means making decisions based on what you know matters to you, rather than the influence others try to have on you. Commitment begins with honoring your promises to yourself.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) How much time do you spend thinking about your family of origin? And what do you think about? Next, how much time do you spend on your self-development? And for the real question: Can you share all facets of your personal growth with your family? Do they know the nuances or even the broad strokes of how you live and grow, of your spiritual, emotional, relational, and sexual quest? Where do you hold back? And what if you were to share everything with them? Your response to this question will reveal much about your inner relationship. Those “withholds”—the things you don’t want certain people to know—are part of an inner reality that you’re experiencing through other people. There is actually something to be said for having no secrets, particularly on those things that are absolutely central to your existence. You would not be concerned that anyone would think you’re weird or inappropriate if you did not have any reservations of your own. Where you have those reservations are likely to be places you’re holding back from yourself, or not fully comfortable with who you are. Whatever you may choose to share with others, recognize that full acceptance of yourself means having no secrets from others, nor veiling your motives, or your desires. This is not nearly as radical as it may seem.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) Most humans resist learning as if their lives depended on doing so. You must embrace learning as if your life depends on doing so. This is because the opportunities you have in this very moment are unlike any other, by which I mean once-in-a-lifetime potential for gaining knowledge that feeds your spiritual development. As a prerequisite of this, you must cultivate your flexibility. Mostly I mean mental flexibility (though physical flexibility is equally important), and learning how to stretch your mind so that you can encompass new ideas. You might begin with how little you know, rather than the usual Aquarian approach of how much you know. When you acquire real knowledge, it changes you. You become a different person as you adapt to what you’ve learned, and change your life to accommodate what you previously did not know. This is no small feat, particularly for contemporary people, who already think they’re the smartest people who ever walked the planet. Bring your humility to this equation. Bring your willingness to be shown what is true. Fritz Perls, the father of Gestalt therapy, once said that learning is the discovery that something is possible. If you take that as your guiding principle this month and this year, you will make many such discoveries: about yourself, about existence and about the place where the two meet.

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Your sense of self-worth is the only thing you need to concern yourself with. That’s because it’s the one thing that determines how you experience life, and by which you set your expectations. It’s easy to slough this off onto others: that is, to decide that how others feel about you (or how you think they feel about you) sets the limits on your potential. And in this one place you must wage a revolution. That means taking possession of yourself, your capabilities, your talents and, most of all, your precious time. As you do this, you will begin to find your confidence like you never have before. Count yourself into any game you want to play. Push your limits, and bring the very best of your talents to all that you do. Self-esteem is not such a great mystery once you stop sending yourself the messages that support it. Taking leadership within your own life is the order of the day. You will know you’re doing this when you take control of your schedule and the flow of your energy. You will have confirmation when you’re no longer seeking the approval of people in positions of power or authority. There’s something about your charts that describes you as divinely guided. Trust the information you’re receiving, and make your decisions from that informed and aware place.



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