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David Maisel’s aerial photos capture the evolving landscape of the American West.



FEMA fails, flamethrowers, Scott Pruit vs. global warming, and other juicy tidbits.



Beinhart analyzes conflicting economic indicators: wage growth and the stock market.


Entrepreneur and artist Stephanie Diamond, of the Listings Project, throws open the doors to her earth-friendly, modernist home in Phillipstown.




Hillary Harvey plunges into Newburgh’s contaminated water problem and the protection movement that arose from it.

Jeff Crane dishes on the tastiest dining destinations in Delaware County.





This month: Angry Orchard, B Side Ballroom, The Vinyl Room, Bronte Uccellini of Berkshire Hathaway, Lockwood Skincare, and Stuff.

From new screening tests to targeted, molecular therapies, innovations in breast cancer treatment are lifting survival rates and vasting improving quality of life.



A tour of the Hudson Valley’s wide-ranging senior residences.

Nestled in the scenic Rondout Valley, between the Catskill peaks and the Shawangunk Ridge, lies a charming trifecta of towns: Rosendale, High Falls, and Stone Ridge.


69 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 70 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 74 WHOLE LIVING Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

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Peter Aaron talks with one of free jazz’s leading drummers, Filipino-American Susie Ibarra about her monolithic musical career.

77 Virtuosic pop sensation Andrew Bird alights at UPAC on March 7.

Nightlife Highlights include Ellen Arkbro, NEQ, The Zombies, Peter Buffett, and

79 Kinks’ guitarist Dave Davies unravels the mystery of rock at Infinity Hall on April 6.

Bon Iver & Tu Dance.

81 The annual Woodstock Bookfest opens a new chapter on March 22–25.

Reviews of North Mountain Rambling by David Kraai; Peccadillo’s Arm by Mike

83 “King of All Media” Andy Warhol pops up on the local art radar with five exhibits.

Dopazo; and Bring Me the Head of John the Baptist by The Templars of Doom.

84 Abby Z and the New Utility stomp onto the scene with athletic choreography. 85 TSL pulls strings to present Bread & Puppet Theatre’s “The Basic Bye-Bye Show.”


86 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns with renewed appetite.

88 SUNY New Paltz’s “Water by the Spoonful” will leave you thirsty for more.

An excerpt of Gail Straub’s forthcoming book, The Ashokan Way: Landscape’s Path to Consciousness. 60 Plus six short book reviews, from riveting memoirs to historical accounts. 61 James Conrads reviews If I Die Tonight, Alison Gaylin’s latest suspense novel.

62 POETRY Poems by Steve Clark, Brant Clemente, Paul Clemente, Alida Falkena, Janet Hamill, Frank Inello, Yana Kane, Ernest S. Klepeis, Nathaniel Krenkel,




Eric Francis reflects on national security and the culture of American carnage.



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

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R. Dionysius Whiteurs, and Audrey Wojciechowski. Edited by Phillip X. Levine.


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Trisha McLaughlin’s “Fun and War Games” exhibit dissects political structures.

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hroughout his 20s, David Maisel was caught in a love triangle with architecture and art. While assisting his Princeton art professor Emmet Gowin on a photography project at the volcano Mount St. Helens, Maisel found the perfect solution to his internal lovers’ quarrel—aerial photography. Leaving behind the view cameras and the tripods, he climbed into a Cessna to capture the scene from above. “Aerial work is the antithesis of static photography.You are always in motion; everything is shifting—I loved that immediacy,” Maisel says. “Also because of my training in architecture looking down on things in a plane, from the bird’s-eye view, made sense to me.” Inspired by sculptor Robert Smithson (1938-1973), Maisel turned his focus on landscapes impacted by human activity. Soon after his trip to Mount St. Helens, Maisel was jetting off to photograph sand quarries along the Delaware River and coal mines in Pennsylvania, funded by a NEA grant. “Aerial photography has been a really important way to show places hidden from normal day-to-day view, places that we don’t really understand as being part of American landscape,” he says. That said, Maisel is careful not to classify himself a documentary photographer. “I don’t know how objective these pictures are; that’s not really their primary purpose,” he says. “They are aesthetic responses to sites that are damaged. I think it’s more of a collective portrait of where we are as a society. We are all complicit.” The Fall (Borox 2) is less a study of environmental demise than it is an exercise in pure abstraction. The aerial photo is of a region in Spain where the soil, laden with the mineral borax, takes on a metallic color palette aura. “The fields that have been harvested are this golden color, which contrasts with this ashy silvery graphite color of the surrounding land. The contemporary activity of agriculture is interlaced with ancient geologic activity which turns the soil that color,” Maisel says. “There is something so complex about shapes and forms—it’s like a Cubist landscape. I totally fell in love with that place.” Maisel’s visually arresting photography has been exhibited in the US and internationally, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to the Carré d’Art in France. He’s also published five books of photography, including History’s Shadow (2011) and Black Maps (2013). “The beauty and horror are interlinked for me. Beauty is kind of a tool—a device that helps activate our attention span,” he says. “I want to make an image that has staying power, in your mind’s eye, so that you get to have an aesthetic response to it. I’m all for beauty. ” After a moment’s reflection he adds, “But maybe it’s a bit of a trap too.” A selection of Maisel’s work will be displayed at Rockland Center for the Arts beginning later this month as part of the exhibition, “The Tipping Point: Artists Address Climate Change.” The show is on display March 25 through May 25, with an opening reception on March 25 from 1 to 4pm. A panel discussion on climate change with thought leaders from science, art and the humanities will take place on May 12. (845) 358- 0877; —Marie Doyon



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Saturday March 17 at 2pm - Bardavon

Saturday March 24 at 2pm - Bardavon

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Jewish Renewal A spiritual phenomenon for modern times

“Judaism is a millennia-old sacred conversation that can help us navigate the unprecedented complexity of information and communication in this modern global village,” says Shir Yaakov Feit, founder of Kol Hai, Hudson Valley Jewish Renewal spiritual community. Kol Hai, which means “all life”, supports the journey of the Jewish community through services, lifecycle celebrations, educational experiences, and spiritual practices that are multigenerational, ecological, and embodied. Services include a mixture of meditation, prayer, music, and study. They have always been open to the LGBTQ community, and women are invited to participate in previously male-only rituals. “We need to see the unity and interconnectedness of all life,” Feit says. “It is more urgent than ever that we fix our hearts in service of repairing the world.” The Jewish Renewal movement was started by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a Hasidic refugee who arrived in New York after fleeing Nazi persecution. After living through the transformations of the ’60s in America, including the New Age movement and second-wave feminism, Zalman struggled to find a framework that could reconcile his cherished root tradition with the awakening and equality of the modern era. What emerged was a syncretic, mystical movement of Judaism that was open to everyone. “Reb Zalman took the best of what Judaism has to offer and saw it in global and universalistic light, while never jettisoning specific cultures and traditions,” Feit said. Kol Hai’s music-filled Shabbat and holiday services are held in New Paltz, and are open to all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and faiths. Kol Hai’s annual Second Night Community Passover Seder will be held on March 31 in New Paltz. Reserve your seat online. —Marie Doyon

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The Politics of Early Christianity with Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton of Bard College presented by The Rhinebeck Reformed Church

Jesus said, “Caesar’s repay to Caesar, and God’s to God!” But how do you tell the difference between what human authorities are owed and what God is owed? In the case of conflict between them, what is the best way to adjudicate claims? These and related questions were explored by early Christian thinkers, culminating in the work of Saint Augustine. He developed a complete political science for the Church of his time. Augustine’s analysis, the basis of Christianity’s political theology, will provide the center of our interest. Contact church to register (845) 876-3727 or email:

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: Speaking of heroes, on rare occasions I’ve met an exceptional person. These meetings transmitted something extraordinary, call it an energetic pattern, and not by hearsay or an inspiring story but in direct experience. I am not knocking mythology. In fact, I love well-constructed stories conveying the experience of heroic beings though an integral narrative. An example is the stories of the 18th-century founder of the Chassidic movement, the Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Name). These stories convey a heroism that, for me, cuts to the quick. Here’s one short example: The voices of opponents were raised against the Baal Shem’s teaching, for many rabbis could not understand his ways. Some said of him that he dishonored the Sabbath with singing and freedom, some said that his ways and the ways of those who followed him and called themselves Chassidim were truly the ways of madmen. One of the scholars asked of the Baal Shem,“What of the learned rabbis who call this teaching false?” The Baal Shem Tov replied,“Once, in a house, there was a wedding festival.The musicians sat in a corner and played upon their instruments, the guests danced to the music, and were merry, and the house was filled with joy. But a deaf man passed outside the house; he looked in through the window and saw the people whirling about the room, leaping, and throwing about their arms.‘See how they fling themselves about!’ he cried, ‘it is a house filled with madmen!’ For he could not hear the music to which they danced.” Herein is the image of one who is free from the constraints of convention. Relieved of the constraints of doing the “right thing” and considerations of one’s appearance, only a joyous and praising recognition of an abiding abundance remains. What makes this story remarkable and raises Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov to the status of hero, for me, is my encounters with Chassidim in his lineage. Many generations later, some of the people practicing in the tradition he began still possess the palpable quality of joyous warmth and insight grounded in essential discipline ascribed to him. In other words, the force of his life created a pattern and channel with the resilience to transmit a quality of joyful freedom into the future, from generation to generation (L’dor va’dor). When an inception has sufficient power, the myth of the hero is itself a vessel for the force of the life of its subject. This is why, I think, there is such a fascination with stories of heroes, not the least of which are in religious traditions, in which believers studiously absorb the stories of prophets and saints. The stories themselves are vessels for something material—the force and pattern of the life of the subject. Back to heroes one knows personally. This is a really special thing, for when the results of selfless heroism touch a person’s being, a cycle is complete in the transmission. The numbers of heroic beings I have encountered I can count on one or two hands. One such hero is the person of John Anthony West, who died at his home in Saugerties in February. He was 85. John was an individual in the truest sense. A writer and lecturer by profession, an honorary doctor of Egyptology, he used his gift of wit and tenacious interest in facts to illuminate the dogmatic ignorance of academic orthodoxy. John with his colleague, Boston University professor Robert Schoch, proved that the enclosure and body of the Great Sphinx on the Giza Plateau had been eroded by water. As there has been virtually no water in Egypt since the end of the last ice age, his work showed that the Sphinx is at least 6,000 years older than conventional archeologists believe. In a lecture to a conference of geologists, John mocked the archeological orthodoxy and their unwillingness to reevaluate dogma when presented with new evidence saying, “This concerns weathering patterns on rock, and when it comes to this, an Egyptologist’s opinion is no better than a proctologist’s.” When an academic Egyptologist took offense, John didn’t miss a beat. “You gotta understand,” he said, “the proctologists didn’t like my comment either. They say that their job is to cure sick assholes; they don’t like being compared to them.” Perhaps in spite of his biting wit, John had a powerful presence of being, which I experienced most directly walking together in a state of hushed awe through the unfathomable temples and monuments of ancient Egypt. There is much more I can and will say about a recently living hero, the remarkable John Anthony West. For now, I send good wishes his spirit and gratitude for his life and work. —Jason Stern

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Some Guidelines “I hate it. It’s impossible to get the right voice when you speak for a publication. Whatever you do turns into eight hundred chirpy words reeking of clichés about a ‘telling narrative’ or an ‘insightful profile.’ I have made various attempts to reinvent the form, which have defeated me.” —Tina Brown, on writing Editor’s Notes, from The Vanity Fair Diaries When I onboard editorial interns each semester, they’re given a list of guidelines. They’re writing tips mostly, as interns spend the majority of their time here frantically tapping away at their keyboards till their fingernails bleed, attempting to feed the gaping content maw of a 21st-century multichannel publication such as this one. Some of the guidelines carry over into everyday life however. Like Rule #11: Beginnings are most important. Or Rule #5: Avoid cliché. Seek connections others won’t make. Or, most especially, Rule #15: Don’t fuck it up. But the rule I stress above all others is Rule #2: Delight. Educate. Entertain. Never simply inform. I underscore this point because novice writers often don’t see the vein of gold in the rock they’re hacking away at. (Bleeding fingernails image, slight return.) While a writer must satisfy the five Ws—who, what, where when, why—of what she’s writing about, the magic happens in the spaces in-between those data points. That act of writerly prestidigitation is what I’m trying to teach the kids. I do love the facts, however, and one of the signature perks of editorial work is being able to really dig in on topics I might not normally immerse myself in. Working on the magazine this month, I learned a few things I’d like to share with you:

undergirding Bitcoin. Or, I could just say it’s a distributed digital ledger. Suffice to say it does a fancy peer-to-peer recording thing on the internet. Blockchain is being promoted as the panacea to a host of ills, from the decline of journalism to the banking industry. But it looks like UNICEF is the first international aid agency to use it as a way to cut out the middleman in financial transactions. Coming soon:Your salary in Bitcoin. (While You Were Sleeping, page 20.) The richest of the 1% require the economic suppression of the 90%. That’s a direct quote from Larry Beinhart’s column this month (Beinhart’s Body Politic, page 21). Larry is dropping knowledge on us here about how the Federal Reserve raises interest rates when wages start to go up for ordinary workers—even if it’s as little as 3%. When interest rates go up, it’s more expensive to make money from buying and selling money itself. (On a related note, I also found out what the “real economy” was from Larry, via the Financial Times: “The part of the economy that is concerned with actually producing goods and services, as opposed to the part of the  economy  that is concerned with buying and selling on the financial markets.” The financial markets make up the part of the economy known as the fake economy, presumably.)

While a writer must satisfy the five Ws of what she’s writing about, the magic happens in the spaces inbetween those data points.

Record store bars may be the next big thing in the drinking retail sector. Remember when Spotty Dog opened in Hudson back in 2005, how genius of an idea it seemed to pair beer with books? The region got its second paper-and-pints outlet with the opening of Rough Draft in Uptown Kingston last fall. And now comes The Vinyl Room in Wappingers Falls (see our profile on page 26, Art of Business). While not quite rare, record store bars are not common either. (Brooklyn is home to the closest other venue of its type, Rough Trade Records.) From a retail point of view, the beer-and-record concept seems like a no-brainer: Not only are vinyl and craft brews the intersection of two passions of the millennial cognoscenti, but three or four drinks in at The Vinyl Room and all inhibitions about buying Kenny G’s Christmas album are out the window. I wouldn’t be surprised to if this craze took off like an Elon Musk rocket (or flamethrower marketing campaign).You heard it here first. Blockchain technology is helping to cut the cost of bringing aid to Syrian refugees. “What’s blockchain,” you ask? Why, it’s the nifty technology

Rolling Stone commissioned Andy Warhol to create a portrait of Bella Abzug for the cover of the magazine during Abzug’s run for mayor of New York City in 1977. Two kids of Eastern European immigrants who made good, Abzug (1920-98) and Warhol (1928-87) were both bomb-throwers of a sort: Andy in art, Bella in politics. Though not nearly as well-known as Warhol (a dirty, low-down shame), Abzug served two terms in Congress (more or less, it’s complicated), pissed off Norman Mailer to no end, and presaged the current movement of women running for office in 1970 when she said, “This woman’s place is in the House—the House of Representatives.” Warhol gets the retrospective treatment beginning this month at five museums across the region. Sparrow, our indefatigable art critic, previews the shows (“Pop Goes the Easel,” page 83). 100,000 people in the region rely on the Hudson River for their drinking water. Seven communities draw their primary drinking water from the Hudson: the Towns of Esopus, Hyde Park, Lloyd, the City and Town of Poughkeepsie, and the Town and Village of Rhinebeck. As Hillary Harvey reports in “You Are What You Drink” (page 20), until quite recently, there was no broader policy agenda to protect the source water that flowed into the river. On February 22, Riverkeeper released a report with 43 recommendations for improving source water protection. There’s clearly still a lot of work to do before we all enjoy the pure and delicious H2O like the stuff NewYorkers get from the Catskills, which the NewYork Times calls “the champagne of drinking water.” 3/18 CHRONOGRAM 15

Chronogram Conversations

The Reckoning Work, Sex, Power, and #MeToo On January 26, Chronogram, in partnership with Radio Kingston, hosted a panel discussion on the #MeToo movement, sexual assault, gender identity, and female empowerment at Aaron Rezny Studios at 76 Print Street Studios LLC in Kingston. The panel was moderated by Hillary Harvey, editor-at-large at Chronogram and host of Radio Kingston’s weekly news program “The Source.” Panelists included Sharone Wellington-deAnda, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Board member and internship and project coordinator with the school of professional programs at Marist College; Assemblymember Didi Barrett (District 106); Dr. Eve Waltermaurer Director of Research and Evaluation at the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz; finance and tech industry veteran Tameka Ramsey;


Woodstock Film Festival executive director Meira Blaustein; and Susan Zimet, executive director of Hunger Action Network of New York and author of Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote. The event, which was broadcast live on Radio Kingston and Facebook, was a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. Special thanks to Jimmy Buff and Kale Kaposhilin of Radio Woodstock, Aaron Rezny for hosting the event in his studio, and Chronogram reader Jude Asphar, who suggested the theme for the event. 1. The panel: Moderator Hillary Harvey, Dr. Eve Waltermaurer, Sharone Wellington-deAnda, Meira Blaustein, Susan Zimet, Tameka Ramsey, and Assemblymember Didi Barrett. 2. Chronogram editor Brian K. Mahoney talking with Jimmy Buff of Radio Kingston. Also pictured, producer Kale Kaposhilin. 3. Aaron Rezny welcoming attendees to his studio. 4. The panel sparked lively post-event conversations. 5. The Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley street team. 6. Moderator Hillary Harvey and Dr. Eve Waltermaurer.


7. There were many salient comments from attendees. 8. Megumi Naganoma asks a question of the panel.






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with FEMA has since been terminated. This follows a similar incident in which the administration awarded a massive $300 million contract to restore electricity to Puerto Rico to a small Montana business with ties to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Some critics are drawing connections between the Trump Administration’s handling of Puerto Rico recovery to the Bush Administration’s inept Katrina recovery effort. Source: New York Times The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is harnessing the growing and increasingly mainstream world of cryptocurrencies to cut the costs of bringing aid to Syrian refugees. UNICEF is recruiting gamers to mine for Ethereum, the second most widely circulated cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, which will be used to fund aid for children displaced by the Syrian Civil War. The primary value of this strategy is the ability of Ethereum’s underlying technology, blockchain, to cut out the middleman costs of financial services companies. However, this does not mean that there is global consensus on the mainstream use of cryptocurrencies. In early February, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim stated that he believes cryptocurrencies are “Ponzi schemes” shortly after Bitcoin lost two thirds of its peak value. Source: Guardian, Bloomberg News

Elon Musk has now found the answer to an age-old question: Can you make $10 million in just a few days by selling roofing torches attached to airsoft guns? The answer is yes. Musk’s Boring Company sold 20,000 flamethrowers for $500 a piece over four days in late January. One state lawmaker tried to introduce legislation blocking these sales after Musk confirmed that the devices’ flames do not have the 10-foot range that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says constitutes an illegal flamethrower. Musk brushed off questions of safety saying the flamethrowers are “max fun for least danger” and that he would be “way more scared of a steak knife,” but he is including a free fire extinguisher with each order just in case. Source: The Verge While the flu has ravaged the US this winter, with as many as 4,000 fatalities reported each week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were being rocked by scandal. It was reported that CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald invested in Japan Tobacco shortly after she took the job leading the government agency charged with, among other things, combating tobacco use. Fitzgerald resigned on January 31. This is not the first scandal of this kind to have hit the Trump administration: Back in 2017 former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was found to have invested nearly $100,000 in various drug companies whose profits could be directly impacted by his actions as secretary. Source: Time Canada has seen a recent series of news stories regarding how best to accommodate the complex and nuanced spectrum of gender identity in the government’s language. The first came when lawmakers in Parliament voted to change the second line of their national anthem “O Canada,” from “in all thy sons,” to “in all of us.” This ends a nearly 40-year debate over whether the anthem should be more gender-inclusive. This story was followed by a controversy in which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau corrected a woman who used the phrase “mankind” at a town hall, saying “We like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily ‘mankind.’ It’s more inclusive.” Trudeau received pointed criticism on social media, but the woman reportedly responded, “There you go, exactly. Yes. Thank you,” in response to his joke. Source: NPR, New York Times Tribute Contracting LLC was given a FEMA contract to deliver 30 million units of much-needed food to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. Just 50,000 meals arrived. Tribute, a one-woman operation based in Atlanta, has repeatedly bungled federal contracts and is banned from taking any contracts from the Government Publishing Office until 2019 after it failed to meet the instructions of a contract. Tribute’s contract 18 CHRONOGRAM 3/18

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has made headlines for having sued the EPA 13 times as Oklahoma’s Attorney General and for his rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change, spent early February once again mired in controversy. However, in something of a reversal of his previous denial that the climate is warming, Pruitt argued that rising global temperatures will benefit society stating, “Humans have most flourished during times of warming trends,” and has suggested that we don’t know what the “ideal temperature should be in the year 2100.” Pruitt is most likely referring to research suggesting that the melting of the Arctic would open up new agricultural and trade opportunities in that region, leading to economic growth. However, his argument ignores the droughts, inundated land, and flooding that would be caused by rising global temperatures, as well as the fact that human civilization has developed in a relatively stable climate until recently. Source: Guardian Though he rejects the label of “Nazi,” Arthur Jones is a self-described “white racialist,” unabashed Holocaust denier, and former member of the American Nazi Party. He is also a Republican candidate for Illinois’s 3rd congressional district, challenging incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski. Like President Trump, Arthur firmly opposes illegal immigration (believing it to be a Mexican plot to conquer the US) and believes China is slowly taking over the United States through comparative trade advantages. Unlike Trump, he opposes foreign wars and the US-Israel alliance, believing that the Israelis have undue control of US foreign policy. Jones is running unopposed and is expected to win the GOP nomination due to the district’s lack of enthusiastic Republicans, but state GOP leaders have offered only denunciations of his candidacy. Source: Economist The capital cities of the US and Russia have been exchanging diplomatic barbs in recent months. However, rather than using speeches or policy documents, Washington and Moscow are utilizing their municipal resources to make more symbolic attacks. The city of Moscow is proposing changing the name of an alley near the US Embassy to “1 North American Dead End.” This is likely in retaliation to the Washington, DC, City Council changing the name of the street of the Russian Embassy to “1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza,” in honor of the Russian opposition leader who was killed outside the Kremlin in 2015. That name change was viewed as a response to Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 election. This isn’t the first time street names have been weaponized in feuds between cities; DC had similar exchanges with Moscow in the 1980s, and, more recently, with Beijing and Istanbul. Source: New York Times Compiled by Andrew Solender


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ast month, there was genuinely good news for the economy. On February 2, the Labor Department released its job report. It said, “200,000 jobs were added to the economy...which was stronger than expected, and the unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent—the lowest since 2000.” Even better than that, “average hourly wages grew 2.9 percent from a year ago—the largest increase since June 2009.” At last, finally, the long, slow, dragging recovery was finally reaching ordinary people. The reaction of the stock market was instant! There was a mini-crash. The very same day. Dow plunges 666 points—worst day since Brexit —CNN Stocks swoon, sending Dow down 600 points —WRDW-TV S&P 500, Dow suffer biggest weekly decline in more than 2 years —Market Watch The crash that began on February 2, Groundhog Day, moved in a wave around the world, and continued, down, up, down, into the following week. If you read, listened to, or watched the financial or popular media, it was made to seem like an abstract financial affair. As was reported and analyzed as happening in the narrow band width of stocks, investors, data points, and central bankers. Those events—though transitory—should tell us something far more radical. 1. The richest of the 1% require the economic suppression of the 90%. It’s practically an equation. A gain by the 90% = a decline for the 1% (or 0.1% or 0.01%). 2. Great gains for the top—as manifested in the financial sector—are at odds with growth of the “real economy.” The Financial Times Lexicon defines the “real economy” as “the part of the economy  that is concerned with actually producing goods and services, as opposed to the part of the economy that is concerned with buying and selling on the financial markets.” 3. Economists and commentators in the financial press see any gains for normal people as an instant and genuine threat that should be countered. 4. Bubbles that benefit the financial sector and the super-rich are invisible to those same commentators. Even if they look just like the last bubble, except much bigger. A 2.9% improvement in wages averages out as just nine cents an hour. That sounds quite moderate. Especially after a decade and a half of stagnation for everyone but the very top. Nonetheless, investors reacted like plantation owners getting news of a slave revolt over in the next county. Barron’s, the business magazine, asked the obvious question, “Why would wage growth, which is clearly a good thing for workers and the overall economy, be such a bummer for investors?” Then Barron’s gave the answer. Wage growth could mean inflation is back. “Once again, this is ‘good news’ for workers, but it hints that wage inflation is taking hold, and that can be ‘bad news’ for the stock market,” wrote Gorilla Trades market strategist Ken Berman. Larry Hatheway,

chief economist at GAM Investments and head of GAM Investment Solutions, called inflation “the biggest risk for markets in 2018.” Economists and everyone in finance believes that inflation is to be desperately feared. Even more specifically, they’re all certain that the Federal Reserve believes the same thing. Any sign of rising prices or salaries—as slight as the shadow of Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrity groundhog—can be a harbinger that inflation is coming. If the Fed reads it that way, they will hike up interest rates to “cool off the economy.” There is something very weird about this. The Federal Funds Rate had been less than 1% for almost nine years, from 2008 to 2017. At the start of February 2018, it had only gone up to 1.42%. Short of an allowance from your parents, that’s as close to free money as you can get. The rates were kept low because of a belief in “monetarism.” It’s best described as the Three Bears Theory. If there’s too little money in the economy, there’s recession, too much and there’s inflation, but if it’s just right, everyone gets their porridge. It comes from Milton Friedman. He said the Crash of 1929 only turned into the Great Depression because the of the failure of the Fed to pump money into the system. Lesson learned. The Feds opened the gates and let the money flow. The theory said that the flood of cheap money to the banks would have them making low-cost loans for investments, which would create jobs. The actuality was the bankers were saved, Wall Street boomed, the rest of America got the Great Recession. Just two days before the mini-slump, Donald Trump bragged about how the Dow Jones Average had gone over 26,000 for the first time.That really was huge. To understand how big, back in 2009, when the crash hit bottom, the Dow Jones Average was 6,547. It’s gone up 400%. It’s possible to argue that it’s misleading to measure from valley to peak. Before the Crash, in April 2008, when the market was at highest, the Dow was just short of 13,000. In relation to that, the market of January 2018, had slightly more than doubled. Had the “real economy,” the one where people work and make things, doubled? Or quadrupled? If the “real economy” had not quadrupled or even doubled, how did the stock markets grow that much? The answer is simple. Inflation. Virtually unlimited funds were made available to a very small sector of society. As a group, they primarily wanted a single thing: investment products. More money chasing an unchanged number of goods is a classic definition of inflation. This kind of inflation is extremely dangerous. It led to the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, to the Crash of 1987 and the ReaganBush Recession, to the Dot.Com Bubble and Crash and the first Bush recession, and most recently the Crash of 2008 and the Great Recession. Yet it is, apparently, invisible. There appears to be zero inclination to stop it. Indeed, the Trump tax cuts are guaranteed to exacerbate it and after this hiccup, they will. At the same time, an increase in employment, and especially a wage hike, is something to be feared. That kind of inflation hurts bankers. It’s noticed instantly. It is expected that something has to be done to keep the 90 percent doing better. Even if it means slowing down the stock speculators, too. Which essentially puts finance in permanent opposition to the real economy doing well. Our economy has moved to a place in which top-down class war, the rich against the rest, has become silently institutionalized, treated as normal, and even necessary. 3/18 CHRONOGRAM 19




The Green Line Trail along the Hudson River at Kingston Point Park.


hile we’re all well aware that nine and a half million NewYork City residents drink from the vigilantly protected, pristine reservoirs of the Catskills (what the New York Times calls “the champagne of drinking water”), many people aren’t sure where those communities in the Catskills get their own drinking water. The Hudson Valley sips from a variety of sources: municipal reservoirs, lakes, and the Hudson River—a body of water which 100,000 people in the region rely on for everyday consumption. The river also has a storied history of contamination: Over 30 years, General Electric discharged polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into it, sparking a second wave of the Hudson Valley’s environmental movement. Award-winning author Fran Dunwell grew up getting inoculated before her family’s boat outings, in case she fell in the polluted Hudson River. Two books later, when she encouraged local watershed alliances to advocate for the health of the Hudson River’s tributaries, the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance took to the woods. They call themselves a gang. “There are some people who have nicknamed us the COGs, which has a double meaning. Like, cogs in the wheel, but it’s really an acronym for Crusty Old Geezers,” the Alliance’s Peter Smith says with a mischievous laugh. Actually, they’re all hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, kayakers, and canoers, and they began to trace the streams

and lakes that feed the City of Newburgh’s drinking water. “We knew that identifying the watershed was the first critical thing to do.” Within the Hudson Valley, there are about 25 watersheds—land that feeds rain, snowmelt, rivers, and streams into a single body of water. Watersheds connect with each other to create a network that drains into progressively larger water bodies. Within the Hudson Valley, they all fit within what’s called, overall, the Hudson River Estuary watershed, which eventually feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. What Smith and other members of the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance discovered in the woods, and, later, in Newburgh’s historical archives, was that the city’s primary water source, Washington Lake, had been misidentified. So, assumptions and characterizations for building projects had resulted in the land around Newburgh’s source drinking water to become overdeveloped with shopping malls, fast food restaurants, and parking lots. The New York State Thruway was built through Newburgh’s watershed. Tracking the limits of the watershed on topographic maps, the COGs were shocked to learn that the Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB)—the joint civil-military airport also known as Stewart International Airport—was within the Washington Lake Basin. 3/18 CHRONOGRAM FEATURE 21

Rhinebeck Mayor Gary Barrett and Riverkeeper’s Dan Shapley near the Rhinebeck water treatment plant’s intake line in the Hudson River.

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That’s where the group’s connection with Riverkeeper started to inform a broader policy agenda. Riverkeeper is an environmental organization that has been protecting the Hudson for 50 years. One of their core programs is community science and water quality monitoring. Individuals go into Hudson River tributaries to gather water samples for a program designed with scientist partners. “One of the places we did that for a couple of years was in the Quassaick Creek, which runs through Newburgh and forms the southern border of the city,” explains Dan Shapley, water quality program director at Riverkeeper. “And part of what we learned from the local advocates, the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance, was just how vulnerable Washington Lake was to contamination.” When Stewart ANGB sought a renewal of its pollution discharge permit, Riverkeeper knew to take a closer look. “We sort of painted the picture that this facility, particularly in this place, is of concern, and what’s coming off the base is putting at risk the drinking water downstream. And in fact, that’s exactly what happened.” Superfund The state identified Stewart ANGB as a source for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) contamination in the City of Newburgh’s public drinking water. PFOS is a key ingredient in firefighting foam. The contamination was first reported to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014, and the city began to collect samples. When Governor Cuomo launched his Water Quality Rapid Response Team in February 2016, the New York State Department of Health reviewed EPA data and, in May, dropped the advisory level for PFOS presence from 200 parts per trillion (ppt) to 70. Newburgh’s samples ranged between 140 and 170 ppt, so the new advisory level put Newburgh’s drinking water well above the limit. Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino declared a state of emergency, and the DEC swiftly worked with the city to transition to Newburgh’s alternative drinking water supply, Brown’s Pond, in early May, and then to New York City’s Catskill Aqueduct in early June. The Stewart ANGB site was investigated and listed as a state Superfund site in August, which means the US Department of Defense is now responsible for full site clean-up. In November 22 FEATURE CHRONOGRAM 3/18

2017, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) demanded that the Department of Defense and the Air Force put Stewart Air National Guard Base at the top of their priority list for new funding awarded for the cleanup of contaminated military facilities. In April 2017, Governor Cuomo signed the Clean Water Infrastructure Act—a $2.5 billion investment in New York’s drinking water infrastructure and water quality protection. Lake Washington was pumped and filtered, fish were sampled, and the source water assessment for the watershed was updated. Residents of Newburgh were invited to take free blood tests to determine their exposure levels, and so the state could study the health effects of PFOS contact, which are largely unknown. For the 34 years that Peter Smith has lived in Newburgh, there were only a few years when he wasn’t drinking and cooking with the tap water. He started using bottled water even before Newburgh declared a state of emergency in 2016. Smith was concerned about the overdevelopment of the watershed. Still, according to Smith, when his blood was tested, his PFOS level was 48. The US average is 2 micrograms per liter. A lot of people in Newburgh are now frightened about their drinking water. “Listening to the comments that are made at some of the public meetings, people are frustrated, number one,” Smith says. “They hear these numbers but they don’t know what they mean. There doesn’t seem to be a baseline of real information that would help people know what to do.” The Motion of the Ocean After the crisis in Newburgh, Riverkeeper set about analyzing what happened to put the drinking supply for 30,000 people at such risk. The result of that inquiry is Riverkeeper’s Drinking Source Water Protection Score Card, an online tool for citizens and municipalities to assess their source water. For Riverkeeper, it’s about catalyzing local efforts. “They will be the best situated to really make the improvements to water quality in the next 50 years,” says Riverkeeper’s Shapley. New York City is notoriously careful about protecting its five reservoirs and developing action plans and backup systems in the event of contamina-

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Kids hiking along the Hudson River at Esopus Meadows Park to signage that explains distances to various Hudson Valley communities.

tion. Shapley’s assumption is that most communities north of New York City their voice. “We have 5,500 customers on our water supply system,” Barrett are more like Newburgh: vulnerable. “Even if they haven’t suffered the conse- explains. “Where, if you put us all together, there’s 100,000 customers.” quences yet, we don’t have coordinated protection programs in place for most The seven municipalities are all using Riverkeeper’s Score Card to analyze of our public drinking water supplies around the state,” Shapley says. their protection programs, and on February 22nd, they collaboratively released In offering the Score Card to other communities, one of Shapley’s first stops a report that found that while the Hudson and its tributaries have been studied was the office of Mayor Gary Barrett in Rhinequite extensively, there are several data gaps beck. It was March of 2017, during conversaregarding source water protection: at Hudson tions around the US Coast Guard’s request to River intakes, at watershed planning, in focusestablish additional anchorages on the Hudson ing on treatment technologies rather than adRiver for barges. Barrett was concerned about dressing issues happening at the source, among oil transport on the Hudson River in general. others. This spring, the seven municipalities coRhinebeck uses the Hudson River as a prialition will be considering whether to become mary source of drinking water, pumping water a formal inter-municipal group. If they do, each through a treatment process with chlorination would pass a resolution and become part of a and sand filters into a million-gallon tank reslong-term source water protection initiative. ervoir on a high point in the village, and then Aside from contamination and overdevelgravity-feeding it back into the distribution sysopment issues, there are other elements that tem. “Our intake water line is about 700 feet could pose a water quality threat to any comout,” Barrett explains. “And one of the tankers’ munity: harmful algae blooms, or too much parking zones was immediately north of our phosphorus—a common pollutant associated intake line. To us, that’s a threat of contaminawith everything from sewage, dog waste, or tion.” Barrett and Shapley agreed to identify —Dan Shapley, water quality program other urban runoff. Shapley says, a typical other municipalities who draw drinking water drinking water plant will look for about a hunfrom the Hudson, and organize a collaboration. dred, at most, of the 85,000 chemicals in use director at Riverkeeper As it turns out, there are seven municipaliin our society in its regular testing. “We don’t ties that drink from the Hudson: Rhinebeck know which of those 85,000 is going to be a (village and town), Hyde Park, Lloyd, Esopus, and Poughkeepsie (city and concern tomorrow or next year or ten years from now.” Shapley says. “So, town). So, about six months ago, an informal group with a representative from the best way to protect drinking water is to protect the source.” A big issue in each municipality began to meet. “We thought, not only should we share infor- Newburgh, and for the communities which drink from the Hudson, is the fact mation, but also get a collective voice,” says Barrett. These communities have that one jurisdiction may control the land that drains into the primary drinking only as much water as they can store. By and large, they don’t have backup water source for another community. That’s why land conservation is imporsupplies. While the US Coast Guard runs a study of their anchorage proposal, tant. Shapley says that nature (the natural processes occurring in a watershed the coalition of municipalities who drink from the Hudson prepares to unify ecosystem) is really the best filter.

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place for most of our public drinking water supplies around the state.”



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


It’s not often that a brand catapults to national fame within its first year, but it was kismet for Lockwood, a natural skincare line that launched in January 2017. Later that year, Lockwood won a GQ magazine Grooming Award for their Ginger Basil Body Lotion. The business was born out of practicality—owner Carina Liebeknecht was having trouble finding products that didn’t irritate her sensitive skin. “There is quite a lot of crap in products. That’s nothing new, but I was surprised to find it was the case even with expensive, high-end products,” she says. “I realized that ‘luxury’ and ‘natural’ didn’t need to be at odds. An amazing natural product is the ultimate luxury.” So she set out to create simple, everyday maintenance products. The family-run business is based on Liebeknecht’s 170-acre farm in Dutchess County, where all of the bottled products are made in a small lab. Lockwood sells body wash, lotion, hair-and-body wash, candles, and soaps in gender-neutral scents that can be used by the whole family. Liebeknecht has worked hard to seek out local manufacturers and producers; 75 percent of the raw materials come from within a 200-mile radius of the farm. Lockwood’s commitment to sustainability also includes selling their products in larger volume bottles to reduce packaging waste and planting a tree for every product purchased online.

John Scarpulla, Wayne Carrington, Randy Miritello Robert Sarazin Blake, Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison


“Great fruit has always been the cornerstone of the brand,” says Ryan Burk, head cider maker for Angry Orchard. Since the company launched in 2011, the craft beer and hard cider industries have boomed around it, propelling the brand to the national prominence. “After a few years of record growth, we decided we needed to have a home base where people could experience our brand and where we could develop new ciders in orchard context,” Burk says. In 2015, Angry Orchard opened the Innovation Cider House on the site of the former Crist orchard in Walden. “People often think cider is a singular thing, but it’s a broad category,” Burk says. “There is a cider for every taste and every meal.” Part of the goal of the Walden facility is to educate the public about where cider comes from, how it’s made, and the range of flavor profiles possible. In the taproom, guests can sample limited-run specialty ciders made onsite. Angry Orchard also hosts regular cider-pairing suppers where guests can enjoy local food and learn how to bring cider to the table. The brand continues to source much of their fruit from Europe, but they are partnering with the Crist family to transition the orchard from culinary varieties to classic heirloom cider varieties for future production. Stay tuned: In April, Angry orchard will unveil Maple Wooden Sleeper, a seasonal, maple-infused bourbon barrel-aged cider, made in collaboration with Crown Maple. 24 ART OF BUSINESS CHRONOGRAM 3/18


After leaving the corporate world, Wayne Carrington decided he needed a life change. He and his wife Rebecca, both seasoned musicians, nursed a secret dream of opening a music venue. When the Clinton General Pub came on the market in 2011, the Oneonta natives’ bluff was called. “There’s no time like the present,” Carrington says. After a year of renovation, they opened B-Side Ballroom, with the goal of providing a quality venue for touring musicians looking to fill their schedule between major cities. “Having been a musician and record studio owner and understanding how the business works, we made a great stage, with a great PA and great acoustics,” Carrington says. “We wanted to cater to the wildly talented artists that are out grinding pavement everyday, looking for a venue that treats them right, with good food, accommodations, and a great music space.” With their Rolodex of industry contacts, the Carringtons hit the ground running in 2012. Last year alone they held 165 shows, including nine by Grammy-winning artists. “Commitment to the artist—that is our whole philosophy,” Carrington says. Upcoming shows include The Currys (March 10), Kyle Cook (March 14), John Scarpulla Band (April 14), and The Novel Ideas (May 9).

BRONTÉ UCCELLINI, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY “I like communicating with people and helping them achieve something that is theirs,” says Bronté Uccellini of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate. “I thought real estate might be a good way to do what I love and build on it.” The lifelong Red Hook resident got her real estate license in 2016 and has been steadily building her clientele over the past two years out of Berkshire Hathaway’s Rhinebeck office. What she lacks in institutional experience, Uccellini makes up for with millennial marketing savvy, attentive service, and local intel. “You have to know when and where and who. I’m good at paying attention to clients and what they need and keeping track of all the details that can get missed,” she says. Uccellini often stays in touch with clients after closing, checking in to see how things are going, giving restaurant recommendations, and suggesting outings for newcomers to the area. “Seeing people happy is my goal,” she says. Uccellini encourages young potential buyers to reach out with questions about the purchasing process or the financial feasibility of buying. “I tell people not to be intimidated. That’s what we are here for,” she says. “Even if I don’t have 30 years’ experience, I’m relatable and I want to help.”


A lifelong music aficionado, John Kihlmire has been collecting vinyl since he was 17. Several years ago, on a 20-day trip out West, Kihlmire stopped off in a cafe in Colorado that had records, books, and vintage pinball machines, and he fell in love with the intimate, retro feel. “The only thing missing was beer,” Kihlmire says. This started the wheels turning, and in September 2017, the seasoned entrepreneur opened The Vinyl Room in Wappingers Falls. The record store-meets-bar has a selection of turntables, cassettes, CDs, and over 8,000 records of every genre. “I do have a lot of rare stuff, but this shop is also really good for someone just getting into vinyl or looking to broaden their horizon,” Kilhmire says. He plays into the nostalgic vibe with retro arcade games like Miss Pacman and an interior pizza window, where you can order from Wagon Wheel Pizza next door. There are six craft beers on tap, plus a selection of local wines, so you can sip while you browse. In case you weren’t sold, The Vinyl Room live music every weekend, a killer lineup of renowned DJs like Pete Rock and DJ Scratch, and soon-coming outdoor seating.


“You don’t have to be a wealthy person to have a beautiful home,” says Monik Geisel, co-owner of Stuff, a new vintage furniture and art boutique in Rosendale. “People think if something is beautiful, there is no way they can have it. So they substitute a poorly made Ikea product. If you come to us we can help your home be beautiful and your wallet be happy.” Geisel and her husband Daniel Goodwin have been hunting bargain antiques, art, and oddities for years, decorating their home, selling to people in the film industry, and amassing a storeroom of treasures. After a successful booth at Kingston’s final Smorgasburg in October 2017, they began contemplating the idea of a storefront in the Hudson Valley. Serendipitously, a space opened up on Main Street, Rosendale, and they moved decisively. By December, Stuff had opened its doors in the former location of Trans-n-Dancen-Drum. The couple works the estate sale circuit, traveling out of state on picking trips with a van and trailer. “We specialize in Mid-Century Modern, a lot of Danish furniture,” Goodwin says. “But we also collect anything really interesting—textiles, lighting, rugs, tchotchkes, art—outsider art specifically and oversized stuff.” Geisel chimes in, “Basically if it has character and we can have it in our shop affordably, we are totally into it.”



South Kent, CT

Education Spotlight Hudson

Kite’s Nest

South Kent School

Learning Liberation in Hudson

Excellence for Boys

Drop by Kite’s Nest in Hudson on any given day and you may find a group of children constructing a biogas digester, producing a radio show or learning the mathematics of music. You may find a group of teenagers engaged in a deep discussion about gender, or cooking a meal for their community. Kite’s Nest is a center for liberatory education: a learning environment for young people to engage in meaningful critical inquiry and creative expression. Their innovative programs include full-day classes for children (ages 8-14) registered as homeschoolers, after school programs for all ages, week-long school break camps, and a summer leadership academy for teens. Their programs are open to all regardless of income, with sliding-scale fees and payment plans.

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.

108 S. Front Street, Hudson, NY (518) 945-8445

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! 26 EDUCATION CHRONOGRAM 3/18


40 Bulls Bridge Rd, South Kent, CT, (860) 927-3539,

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Laurie and Eddie Kawalski at the Rosendale Cafe.


Ruth McKinney Burket and Breana Hendricks at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale.


ROSENDALE, STONE RIDGE, HIGH FALLS BY ANNE PYBURN CRAIG PHOTOS BY JOHN GARAY Rosendale Past the northern end of the Shawangunk Mountains, Route 213 cuts off west along the Rondout Creek and becomes Rosendale’s Main Street. The magic kicks in immediately: you’re passing a splendid library housed in a former chapel, celebrating the 60th anniversary of its love affair with the community this year. At the other end of the hamlet, you’ll find the historic Rosendale Trestle, the crown jewel of the 22-mile-long Wallkill Valley Rail Trail running from Kingston to Wallkill. The 940-foot-long span soars 150 feet above the creek, offering postcard-gorgeous views. In between lies a walkable, sweet stretch packed with food, entertainment, and shopping. Seekers after nifty decor will be over the moon amid the (mostly) 20th-century pieces, from major furniture to curios, to be found at the newly opened Stuff. And don’t miss Soiled Doves, the vintage/antique treasure trove curated by a quirky former designer. Postmark Books is a bookstore/florist’s shop, succor for the eyes, nose, and mind in one bright and airy package. Stop for a coffee or kombucha at the People’s Cauldron, an herbal apothecary and vibrant community gathering spot. And you don’t want to skip The Big Cheese, dedicated to the divinity of cheese. Not a believer? They’ll happily convert you. Nor do you want to miss The Alternative Baker, where everything is handmade and classic sweet stuff awaits beside organic, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free selections.

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When the sun goes down, Rosendale lights up. The landmark Rosendale Cafe has been offering eclectic live performances and delicious vegetarian eats for over two decades. People plan visits around who’s playing there. The Rosendale Theatre, family-owned for decades and now operated by a community collective, specializes in quirky indie films and live performances. Across the street, The 1850 House Inn and Tavern combines luxe boutique lodging with a hearty neighborhood pub. (During warmer the weather, guests can sit on the expansive back deck and look out on the creek.) It’s a combo that might not work just anywhere, but this is Rosendale—funky, smart, and deep. Heading west on Route 213, you’ll snake along the creek through sinuous S-curves and see a sign for the Century House Historical Society. Rosendale cement put this town on the map—used to build the Brooklyn Bridge—and the society celebrates that, holding poetry festivals and Taiko drumming performances in its Widow Jane Mine. Up the hill in Binnewater, the Women’s Studio Workshop is an arts education landmark with a global reach and over four decades of history.


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High Falls Continue west on 213 and you’ll find yourself in High Falls, a wee hamlet with a fierce community spirit and gobs of history. The D&H Canal was a formative influence; you can time-travel back to the brawlin’ canawlin’ era along the D&H Canal Historical Society’s Five Locks Walk and in their museum, opening for the season in May. Other key pieces of the High Falls history mosaic: artist Marc Chagall, visionary Father Divine, Natalie Wood, and the television writer who crafted Rudolph the “Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Present-day High Falls is a great place to be hungry. Great restaurants here go on and on and just keep getting better. George and Brigitte Nagle tried to retire from the Northern Spy a couple of years ago but their neighbors simply weren’t having it, so the icon was reborn as The Spy Social Eatery and Bar to resounding sighs of relief. Cries of joy arose when Richard G. Murphy, the joyful eccentric who began the Egg’s Nest in 1973, found Cristina and Eric Silver to carry on his legacy.The

Clockwise from top left: SUNY Ulster Senators baseball team members in Stone Ridge; Corinne McDonald and Meghan Spoth of The Applestone Meat Co. in Stone Ridge; Teresa Lepore at Postmark Books in Rosendale; Christina and Eric Silver at The Egg’s Nest in High Falls; Essel Hoenshell-Watson and Barbara Scott at The Alternative Baker in Rosendale; Monik M. Geisel at Stuff in Rosendale, with Zombie Sun Bathers, a painting by Headley Harper; Galen Green at the Green Cottage in High Falls. Opposite: The Bell Tower, an event venue in a renovated church, in Rosendale. 3/18 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 33

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couple took over from Murphy last summer. “We treated this like an art restoration or museum curation,” says Cristina.” It’s like a quilt; we like to imagine we’re adding to the fabric that he started. It’s really great when people can’t tell what was here, where the old and new end and begin. Ultimately it’s about creating a feeling, an atmosphere that is playful, creative and fun.We want people to feel like they are able to escape, if just for a brief moment in time, into another world leaving their worries aside. And the icing on the cake is that we have great food. Flavors and creative expression on the plate never play second fiddle.” She’s not kidding. You don’t keep a destination restaurant running in this neighborhood with so-so food; you do it with fresh local ingredients, geniuslevel chefs and fine beverage. Try Kitchenette to see how this plays out over brunch; their hallmark is “classy comfort food.” And while in High Falls, do check out the Green Cottage, a renowned florist’s shop with handmade jewelry and nifty gifts. Stone Ridge Head west from High Falls and you’re in yet another hamlet of distinction, Stone Ridge. The geographic center of Ulster County, it’s the home of SUNY Ulster, which draws folks smart enough to find a great bargain on topflight education. Stone Ridge has a beautiful historic district and MaMa (Marbletown Multi-Arts) a place to relish world music or get your yoga on. Here too, you’ll find great food and plenty of it: sushi and hibachi at Momiji, fresh creative American at Butterfield, fresh specialty blends and roasts at Carthaigh Coffee, free-range organic meats out of 24/7 vending machines at Applestone Meat Company. “You’d think this is the sticks, but it’s not. It’s top end up here,” says Page Moll, proprietor of Hash Food NY, where he and partner Shala offer goat cheese omelets, Moroccan lamb burgers, free-range bone broth, and much more. “There a lot of foodies here, and phenomenal ingredients to work with,” says Moll. “We have so much fun creating things. ” Indeed, “we have so much fun creating things” might serve as an apt motto for this trio of lovely hamlets, girding the middle of Ulster County like the stars of Orion’s belt. From here, you’re a stone’s throw (or a bike ride) from the Gunks and the bigger towns, yet enveloped in a lively, soulful, social cocoon of multifaceted excellence.


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he Hudson Valley, with all its wooded beauty and flourishing riverside communities, is a wonderful place to grow old. Upstate senior residences range from full care assisted living communities to the more independent ranch-style condominiums, all of which are nestled in Hudson Valley wilderness and its pastoral peace. Along with lively historic towns, these Upstate communities have easy access to phenomenal medical care. Though New York City is just a train ride away, senior residents have everything they need right here. Hudson Valley Senior Residence The Hudson Valley Senior Residence provides assisted living services to 48 seniors at its facility in Kingston. It does not provide nursing care, but instead assists with personal care, safety, and comfort while allowing its residents to maintain a level of independent living. The Residence includes recreational areas, gardens, a barber, and a beauty shop. They will also help coordinate services with healthcare companies and personal physicians for their residents. 80Washington Avenue, Kingston; (845) 331-6093; The Fountains at Millbrook The Fountains at Millbrook house 176 seniors, with 138 in independent living and 38 in assisted living. The Foundations offer spacious luxury apartments equipped with all modern amenities for independent living, as well as bright, cheerful, and safe apartments for assisted living all of which meet a high standard of comfort. Residents dine on delicious food at the Millbrook Market & Café and Bistro 79, both catered by a French Culinary Institute-educated chef. 79 Flint Road, Millbrook; (845) 605-4457; Senior Horizons at Newburgh Senior Horizons at Newburgh is a community of apartments with 70 active rental units for independent residents including units for those with disabilities. They boast high quality, affordable apartments in a friendly environment that is in close proximity to shopping areas. The community also features a social hub, a fitness center, a library, and programming activities ranging from movie nights to lectures. Apartments feature kitchens for cooking, and nearby restaurants offer alternative dining options. 353 South Plank Road, Newburgh; (845) 566-9290; 36 RETIREMENT CHRONOGRAM 3/18

Woodland Pond Woodland Pond is a picturesque retirement community with 177 apartment homes and 24 private cottages, which offers a wide array of services including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation services. Apartments have everything a resident needs to live in comfort and freedom, while the two–room cottages have the added amenity of beautiful scenic views of the Hudson Valley. Woodland Pond’s dining boasts a vast menu with daily variation, prepared by a Culinary Institute of Americatrained executive chef. 100Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz; (877) 505-9800; Mountain Valley Manor Mountain Valley Manor offers a unique opportunity to its 51 residents—to be close to their friends and family living in the Kingston community while getting the care they need. They offer a wide range of health services and close proximity to the local hospital, which makes them an ideal adult care facility for seniors looking for safe and comfortable assisted living while also remaining near their community. Mountain Valley takes pride in their activities, such as water aerobics and trivia, which are aimed at maximizing wellness while prioritizing fun. 397Wilbur Ave, Kingston; (845) 331-1254; Home Sweet Home on the Hudson Home Sweet Home on the Hudson offers a tranquil, resort-like assisted living environment for seniors right on the scenic western bank of the Hudson River. They offer lovely single rooms and couples suites with cheerful decor and a wide array of services and a dedicated staff.They also have many opportunities for transportation to local dining and activities as well as on-site home-cooked meals. 38 Prospect Avenue, Catskill; (518) 943-5701; Drum Hill Senior Living Community Drum Hill is a secure senior living environment that optimizes independent living for its residents in 120 apartments. They offer fully functional and affordable apartments featuring amenities that allow for a large degree of independence, such as a washer and dryer. They have a compassionate staff, competitive prices, and a large variety of daily activities. Drum hill also offers

chef-prepared meals at their restaurant–style atrium dining room. 90 Ringgold Street, Peekskill; (914) 788-8860; Atria Senior Living Located close to bustling downtown Poughkeepsie, Atria Senior living offers fully serviced apartments in a functional community. With Vassar College and other cultural sites just a few miles away, Atria is the perfect place for seniors who want to engage with the local community. Atria also offers 24-hour assisted living as well as memory care for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 251 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie; (845) 867-4331; Ivy Lodge Assisted Living Ivy Lodge Assisted Living offers a secure environment in beautiful colonialstyle lodging, while also giving residents the respect and independence they deserve. They have a mission dedicated to transparency, professionalism, and good management that emphasizes the comfort and well-being of their residents above all else. Ivy Lodge offers various levels of care including enhanced and special needs care (such as memory care). 108 Main Street, Saugerties;; (845) 246-4646 The Community at Brookmeade Situated just outside the beautiful and charming Village of Rhinebeck which has great local eateries, a movie theater, and lots of community events, the Community at Brookmeade offers 54 luxurious apartments and an assisted living facility on a sprawling 75-acre campus. They are committed to creating a positive lifestyle for active seniors. They have a restaurant-style dining experience with Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs and various other amenities including an art studio and a heated pool. 11 Mountain Laurel Lane, Rhinebeck; (845) 876-3344; Valley Vista Located in the apple orchards of Highland, and the beautiful communities of Poughkeepsie and Monticello, Valley Vista boasts a quality experience for their residents at all locations. They offer a dedicated personal care staff which will assist residents with all their needs, while providing plenty of amenities to keep residents comfortable including social areas, large screen televisions, and live entertainment. 141 North Road, Highland, NewYork (845) 691-7400; Horizons at Fishkill Horizons at Fishkill offers a dynamic and modern living space for seniors in the upscale neighborhood of the Town of Fishkill. Horizons features 90 luxury residences with a large community room, exercise facility, and library. Seniors are encouraged to contribute to the lively social scene, even the everyday activities, like getting coffee or having meetings. Horizons is also located near Route 9D, a corridor to the rest of the Hudson Valley, making it a great facility for local engagement. 14 Dogwood Lane, Beacon; (845) 440-7678; The Eliot at Catskill The Eliot at Catskill, situated in the peaceful, relaxing environment of the Catskill Mountains, provides nursing and personal care in a home–like environment. The facility emphasizes an individualized style of care for all its

residents. The Eliot has several amenities including various sunrooms and outdoor patios, lounges, as well as a full-sized theater. The Eliot has a dedicated staff who are committed to serving residents as best as possible. 122 Jefferson Heights, Catskill; (518) 943-7100; Avalon Assisted Living Avalon Assisted living offers a program that is both high quality and affordable. Avalon has a passionate and well-meaning staff that is meticulous in caring for its residents and prides itself on its great service for such a low price. They also have a big variety of life–enriching events for seniors each day, such as yoga and trivia, which keep them entertained and happy. 1629 Route 376,Wappinger Falls; (845) 463-0500; New Windsor Country Inn The New Windsor Country Inn is a beautiful four-acre campus in historic New Windsor. They are very community-minded with a staff that wants nothing more than to make residents comfortable, while encouraging them to participate in the social scene. With a lot of fun activities every day, such as exercise classes and arts and crafts, the New Windsor Country Inn has plenty of opportunities for community building. 450 Temple Hill Road; NewWindsor; (845) 565-8110; Camphill Ghent On the pastoral land of a former 110-acre dairy farm, Camphill Ghent cultivates an immersive senior community that celebrates “cultural and festival life” with engaging activities, such as choir, lectures, and art exhibits. This senior living community nurtures the mind and body of the individual to foster meaningful friendships. They offer both independent and assisted living. Camphill Ghent is the only assisted living home in New York State that is integrated with residents with developmental disabilities. 2542 Route 66, Chatham; (518) 392-2760; Threefold Community Tucked deep among 140 wooded acres, the Threefold Education Center fosters spiritual values through arts, agriculture, education, and community life. The mission of its educational foundation is to use natural, practical means to support physical and mental health. Threefold’s beautiful environment is a testament to the community’s physical and spiritual nourishment. 260 Hungry Hollow Road; Chestnut Ridge; (845) 352-5020; Echo Cottages Echo Cottages provides elderly independence with personal family care by installing a comfortable cottage right on your own property. Along with the warm familiarity of their own furniture, elderly parents have a fully equipped cottage with the amenities they need to maintain their independence, such as a washing and drying machine.Your elderly parents can enjoy the privacy and comfort of their own cottage, while being “close, but not too close.” (877)WHY-ECHO; The Gardens at Rhinebeck Nestled in between meadows and ponds, The Gardens at Rhinebeck offers stylish ranch and townhouse style condominiums just outside the historic village. While The Gardens is not an official senior living facility, aging couples settle here for a smaller, more manageable living space. These accessible

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condominiums often feature single–floor living options and provide peaceful country living close to the food, shops, and events of the village. 2 Sunflower Place, Rhinebeck; (845) 516-4261;



Green Meadows Green Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides everything from short-term rehabilitation to long-term nursing care. Located among beautiful Catskill landscape, Green Meadows prides itself on its immediate access to local hospitals and specialists in nearly every area of medicine. There are also a range of specialty programs to assist patients with complex primary or secondary condition, like dementia and Alzheimers. 161 Jefferson Heights; Catskill; (518) 943-9380; Pine Haven Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides a resident-centered approach to care that is tailored for the needs of the individual. They offer various short-term rehabilitation programs and long-term nursing care, as well as immediate access to local hospitals and specialists in practically every area of medicine. Pine Haven works to prevent rehospitalization and, in doing so, cultivates an active and healthy lifestyle for its patients.     201 Main Street, Philmont;; (518) 672-7408

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Space Enough to Share MODERNIST AND EARTH-FRIENDLY IN PHILLIPSTOWN by Mary Angeles Armstrong photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


ifteen years ago, Stephanie Diamond went looking for an apartment. A graduate student at the time, the artist, dancer, and entrepreneur was living in Queens but wanted to be closer to the NYU campus in Manhattan, where she was studying art education. “I emailed my friends, like all of us do before we start casting a bigger net, and said, “Hey, I need a space.” Diamond, a native New Yorker, had already built a substantial contact list, first as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design and then working as an educator and community coordinator for MoMA PS1. “People sent me great listings,” she recalls, and although she actually found a place through another avenue, what happened next was unexpected. “People kept sending me great listings,” she remembers. All were for unique apartments and too good to keep


to herself, so Diamond passed them along to her network of artists and healers. She didn’t think too much of her tendency to share. “I just did it, I didn’t mean to make it anything, I was just helping people out,” she recalls. Then she received an email from a fellow artist: “I’m renting my space, can you send it out to your great list?” it asked. “I thought, ‘Great list? What are you talking about? What great list?’” A light bulb went on. Diamond connected the dots and her ingenious combination of social art practice and high-tech entrepreneurship, the Listings Project, was born. The daughter of a landlord and an artist with “a photographic memory for every space she’s ever lived in,” it was natural for her to combine her love of photography with her love of shelter and her talent for creating community. Curated and updated weekly, her emailed “list”

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AMY LEVINE - Amy has been designing custom buying and selling strategies at Westwood for 39 years and is the “go-to” company resource for navigating historic Real Estate trends. With broad experience in home renovation, property investment and management, she brings an extensive skill-set to any transaction. Renowned for her culinary and entertaining skills, Amy also loves to travel, read on the beach and get away to her coastal Maine farmhouse.

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HAYES CLEMENT - Drawn to the unique natural beauty and cultural vitality of Ulster County, Hayes left a long career in TV and publishing for a historic river view home in Kingston. With a marketing mind-set begun in a leading MBA program and honed at HBO, Hayes is a savvy guide through the nuances of the area’s various marketplaces. His extensive community involvement includes board positions on Friends of Historic Kingston, Kingston Local Development Corp and Ulster Performing Arts Center. DONNA BROOKS - Donna relocated from the NYC

Diamond’s 3,000-square-foot house was built from New York state lumber and stone on the site of a former sleepaway camp. The home’s modernist design complements the abundant natural surroundings. “We consider ourselves stewards of this land,” she says.

features “every type of space situation available”—including art studios, apartment shares and swaps, lease-takeovers, exhibition and rehearsal spaces—sharing them with members all over the world. More than just dwelling spaces, the Listings Project is a place to make meaningful connections and grow community creatively. True to her talent for connecting people with places, Diamond and her growing family have found a space especially suited to themselves in the rolling landscape of the Hudson Valley. A modernist house of glass, wood, and stone with an earth-friendly design, it honors the surrounding landscape’s respective history. And, while it took Diamond time to find her place, she quickly forged a deep connection to the land and her newly adopted Hudson Valley community.

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From top: The home’s two-story main room is open to the upstairs loft. The bare floors are intentional. “We are a dancing family,” explains Diamond. “We dance every day or we are in here making art.” The home’s barrel-vaulted ceiling and multiple interior and exterior windows enhance the bright, boundless space. A mix of the couple’s own artwork, friends’ pieces, and family photos line the walls. Diamond in the home’s open kitchen. With only one previous owner, it didn’t need much improvement. She did refurbish the kitchen’s wood look linoleum counters and island.

Finding her way home Both the road to Phillipstown and the road to running a successful start-up had their twists. After that first explicit emailed request, Diamond partnered with an internet provider and established a website where friends could sign up to receive listings. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, the number of submissions grew, all of them vetted by Diamond and then shared with an expanding roster of members. When her professional situation changed, Diamond realized she had to monetize the service but was hesitant to ask for money. She didn’t want to lose her community but couldn’t afford to keep working pro bono. So she wrote a letter to listers explaining her decision to charge on a sliding scale. Instead of rejections she received thank you notes. The overwhelming positive response —that she should continue, and that many members had already been looking for a way to repay her—challenged her notion that being an artist meant constant financial struggle. “Artists are not nonprofits,” she realized. “We can make money.” With the blessings of her community, Diamond hired her first employees and began adding new features and categories to the site. Diamond’s personal life added a few categories as well. She discovered the “5 Rhythms,” a movement meditation and dance practice, and trained as a teacher. At one of the dances Diamond met her partner, an educator with a background in holistic youth development, equity, and inclusion work. They had a daughter, and after living in New York City for many years, decided to try life on the West Coast, relocating to Berkeley, where they lived for two years. It was a rather circuitous route, but this cross-country move helped Diamond realize where her true home lay. She found herself missing the East Coast attitude and people as well as the brood’s extended families in NewYork and New England. However, their connection to the natural world was equally important—returning to New York City wouldn’t do. 42 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 3/18

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Top: The dining area looks over the main room to the surrounding landscape. “I am obsessed with homes,” says Diamond. “There is something so special about having the right place to come home to, to center and ground and not have anything else to worry about.” Below: Diamond decorated the walls of the second bedroom with “Birds on a Wire” decals she found on Etsy. She bought two sets, painted the separate birds, and then arranged them at varying heights to give the illusion of wallpaper.

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No. 5, a knitted print by Jef Bourgeau, part of the exhibition “Edition,” at BCB Art in Hudson March 10 through April 15. 510 WARREN ST GALLERY 510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510. “The Deployment Project and Other Works.” Paintings by Marilyn Orner. March 2-April 1. Opening reception March 3, 3-6pm. ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. “Margaret Crenson (1934-2011): Delving A Sense Of Place.” March 10-April 29. Opening reception March 10, 5-8pm. ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146. “Anthropocene.” A creative response to climate change issues. Through April 7. Opening reception March 24, 6:30-8:30pm. ARTS MID HUDSON 696 DUTCHESS TURNPIKE, SUITE 5, POUGHKEEPSIE 454-3222. “Catalytics II.” Group show. March 2-18. Opening reception March 2, 5-7pm. BANNERMAN ISLAND GALLERY 150 MAIN STREET, BEACON 416-8342. “Small Works: New Paintings by Amanda Brown Stephanie Del Carpio and Kate Manire.” Through April 8. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550. “Changing Spaces.” This joint exhibit features artwork by members of Barrett Art Center and Tivoli Artists’ Gallery. Through April 28. BCB ART 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539. “Edition.” A group show highlighting the multiple-edition artwork in various media. March 10-April 15. BEACON ARTIST UNION 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177. “Elizabeth Arnold: Some Memories Fade.” Through March 4. BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Members’ Show for 2018: Salon Style.” Through April 1. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Peculiar Rarities.” The exhibition will include media from porcelain to Play-Doh. March 7-April 22. Opening reception March 10, 5-7pm. CATALYST GALLERY 137 MAIN ST, BEACON 204-3844. “Catherine Welshman, Margot Kingon, Andrea Moreau Perform Feats of Derring-Do.” Opening reception March 10, 6-9pm. CLINTON STREET STUDIO 4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE (917) 333 3333. “Home Is Where You Dwell At.” An exhibit of photos by Christian Gallo, documenting his travels in Detroit, N.C and the Hudson Valley. Through March 30. COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON (518) 828-1481. “The Earth from Above.” Recent wax and oil paintings by Joy Wolf. Through March 30.


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Paola Ochoa’s Ariadne’s Thread, an ink, gouache, and graphite on mylar work, part of the exhibition “What the Thunder Said,” at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, March 10 through April 8.

HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. “Walks of Life: Sculptures by George B. Davison.” March 10-April 7. HUDSON HALL 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON 5188221438. “The BlkQueer Romantics.” Hudson Valley landscape through a contemporary queer lens of color. Through March 18. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN ST, PEEKSKILL 914-788-0100. “Earth, Sky, and In-Between: Gathering the Threads.” Fiber artist Leslie Pelino. Through December. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Betsy Crowell: Platinum/Palladium.” Photo exhibit. March 3-25. LABSPACE 2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE LABSPACEART.BLOGSPOT.COM/. “The Nature Lab.” An exhibition of contemporary work by 92 artists, describing and presenting nature in widely varying ways. Through March 17. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241. “Flowers in February: A Group Show.” Lush oils, watercolors, and pastels. Through March 18. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. “Meredith Heuer: Colorfields.” Abstract photographs and drawings. Through March 4. MORTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 82 KELLY STREET, RHINECLIFF 876-2903. Morton Community Talent Art Opening. Through March 30. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVE., POUGHKEEPSIE PALMERGALLERY.VASSAR.EDU. “The First Comes Love Project.” Through March 5. PLACE 3 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON (347) 622-3084. “Works by James Meyer.” Through April 29. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Hudson Valley Bounty.” Photos by Mark Rosengarten. Through March 4. ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS 27 SOUTH GREENBUSH ROAD, WEST NYACK 358-0877. “12 Nights x Dreams: Liliane Tomasko.” Through March 11. ROSENDALE CAFE 434 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE 658-9048 “Music Sheet Nudes.” Fifteen live nude studies on sheet music by J. Howard. March 2-30. Opening reception March 4, 2-4pm. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. “Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists.” Through April 15. “Steven Holl Making Architecture.” A curated portfolio of Holl’s work in architecture and watercolor. Through July 15.

SIMON’S ROCK COLLEGE: DANIEL ARTS CENTER 84 ALFORD ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA (413) 644-4400. “James Weldon Johnson Foundation Artists-in-Residence Exhibition.” Through March 9. STANDARD SPACE 147 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT (917) 627-3261. “Rachel Frank: Landscapes of the Future Past.” An exploration of humans’ relationship to the environment and to other species in the epoch of the Anthropocene.Through March 4. STONE RIDGE LIBRARY 3700 MAIN STREET, STONE RIDGE 687-7023. “Paintings by Judy Stanger.” Through March 16. SUNY ULSTER 491 COTTEKILL RD, STONE RIDGE 339-2025. “Kerhonkson Fashions; The Collection of Verna Gillis.” March 9-April 13. Opening reception March 9, 5-7pm. THE CHATHAM BOOKSTORE 27 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3005. “Mary Anne Davis: Women and Power.”Ceramic work inspired by Mary Beard. Through April 6. THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON (917) 318-2239. “Studio at the Studio/Plants and Trees Galore And So Much More.” A recreation of Lori Adams’s Hopewell Junction studio, including botanical prints and specimans. Through March 4. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Katrina Hude: Harmonic Cognizance.” Through March 25. UNISON 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Contemporary Realism.” Through March 27. VASSAR COLLEGE: THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5632. “People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol.” Through April 18. THE WESTCHESTER GALLERY WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE PEEKSKILL EXTENSION 27 NORTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 606-7321. “Fun and War Games: Works by Tricia McLaughlin.” Through May 4. WIRED GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. “Lines Let Loose.” A curated group show featuring works by 40 artists. Through April 1. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “Abstract Heart.” A curated group show. March 17-April 29. Opening reception March 24, 4-6pm.



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ne of jazz’s most romanticized scenes is that of the solitary saxophonist blowing his battered horn on a NewYork bridge in the early hours. Based on real events, it comes from the fabled period when the great Sonny Rollins, not wanting to disturb a pregnant neighbor in his Brooklyn tenement, would practice on the Williamsburg Bridge. And now perhaps now it’s time to add another iconic image to jazz lore: That of the lone drummer beating her traps along the West Side Highway. “I lived in the West Village then, so it was close by,” recalls Susie Ibarra about her early days as a musician in New York. “I actually was fortunate enough to be able to practice in my apartment, but it was so beautiful by the Hudson River and it was nice to be able to play outside. So I’d take my drums over there and set up. If the weather was bad, I had a compact kit that I’d bring to the subway and play down there. Sometimes I was playing four or five shows a week on top of that, so I was really playing a lot.” Playing a lot is exactly what Ibarra, an adventurous contemporary composer and one of today’s leading free jazz drummers, has seemingly been doing nonstop since she appeared on the NewYork scene at the dawn of the 1990s.With her storming style, she first seized the attention of many avant-garde aficionados as a member of the pivotal David S. Ware Quartet and Matthew Shipp Trio and has performed with John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Derek Bailey, Thurston Moore, Arto Lindsay, Yo La Tengo, and others in addition to leading her own bands. Named “Best Percussionist” in numerous Downbeat critics’ and readers’ polls and regularly featured on the covers of drum magazines, Ibarra, the recipient of a 2010 TED fellowship, continues to receive key commissions and has performed her works at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and other internationally prestigious venues and events. “I was lucky to grow up in an environment where I got to experience a lot of music and didn’t have to move around a lot,” she says. “Music is definitely a gift.” The gift arrived at a very young age. Born in California to a pair of music-loving Filipino-American physicians, Ibarra, 47, started piano lessons when she was four, the same year her family moved to Houston, Texas. “My older siblings had records, so a lot of the first music I heard was through them,” she recalls. “I remember being really drawn to Michael Jackson’s [1979 album] Off the Wall when I was little, because of the rhythms.” Although she played organ in the family church and sang in the choir there and in school, the regional styles grabbed her hard as well. “I heard a lot of blues music in Houston, which was really interesting, filtered through experiences of the Filipino-American community there,” Ibarra says. “Then, around the time I was in my early teens, I saw a zydeco band at an outdoor concert and I was really focused on the drummer. I said, ‘I wanna do that.’ It was innate.” She got her first set of drums in high school and began playing in a punk band with classmates. “I had drums and I could keep a beat, so they asked me to be in the band,” she says, adding, “I wasn’t allowed to play shows on school nights, though.” The big bomb, however, was her discovery of a local jazz radio station, where she fell in love with the classics. “I remember hearing [Thelonious Monk’s] ‘Monk’s Dream’ and just being, ‘Wow, what is this?’” Ibarra recounts. “They played a lot of big band music, too, like Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. That’s also where I first heard Sun Ra—his version of ‘Pink Elephants on Parade,’ from the Walt Disney Dumbo cartoon, which was a piece I really loved.” And it would be seeing Sun Ra live at New York club Sweet Basil in 1989, while she was studying language and visual art at Sarah Lawrence College, that would most inspire Ibarra to become a jazz musician herself. Amid switching to the New School’s Mannes College of Music and then to Goddard College, from where she received her B.A. in music, Ibarra studied with Sun Ra saxophonist Earl “Buster” Smith and the influential drummers Milford Graves, Vernel Fournier, and Dennis Charles, eventually performing a weekly residency and recording an album with the latter. By the mid-’90s she was regularly making her way Downtown to startle the scene from behind the kit in bassist William Parker’s Little Huey Creative Orchestra at venues like CBGB’s Gallery. In 1996, when Whit Dickey vacated the drum stool of saxophonist David S. Ware’s quartet, with whom Parker also performed, Ibarra’s highly physical style made her the perfect percussive match for the leader’s fiery attack. “David had a big sound,” recalls Ibarra about the horn man, who died in 2012 and with whom she recorded three incredible studio albums. “Playing with him was an amazing experience. Even then I was writing my own music, but the nature of the drums means that you’ll often find yourself in situations where you’re playing other people’s music.” Among those other people was another Ware sideman, pianist Matthew Shipp, who briefly featured her in his trio; saxophonist John Zorn, with whom she recorded a live duo set; guitar giant Derek Bailey; saxophonist Assif Tshar; and bandleader and cornetist Butch Morris. By the end of the decade, Ibarra was ready to step out as a leader. She formed her own trio, which has at times included pianists Cooper-Moore and Craig Taborn and violinists Charles Burnham and Jennifer Choi, and started a label, Hopscotch, which

released her first album as a leader, Radiance, in 1999; the acclaimed Flower After Flower, which features an eight-piece ensemble, followed on Zorn’s Tzadik imprint that year. While continuing to compose and record her own music and work with dozens of other artists in the early 2000s, Ibarra also reconnected with her ethnic heritage via a newfound fascination with the kulintang gong-chime music of the Philippines. “I’d heard Filipino choral music when I was growing up in the Filipino community in Houston, and sometimes my family would host gatherings where people sang,” she explains. “But I didn’t really get to hear real kulintang music until later.” Related to the gamelan and pi phat traditions of, respectively, Indonesia and Thailand, kulintang originates from the Southern Philippines and is commonly played and composed on the row of tuned kettle gongs for which the music is named. Ibarra and Cuban-born percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez began filming and making field recordings of tribal kulintang musicians in the Philippines in 2004, the same year she released Folklorico, a cycle of 11 kulintang-based pieces inspired by the daily life of a Filipino laborer. (A film of her travels with Rodriguez, The Cotabato Sessions, premiered in 2017.) She and Rodriguez also cofounded the organization Song of the Bird King, which focuses on the preservation of indigenous music and ecology, and Mundo Niños, a group that performs and teaches music to underserved children; additionally, they’ve collaborated on the revealingly named musical project Electric Kulintang. “I definitely see myself as a contemporary artist,” she says. “But I also love a lot of older indigenous music and I’m very influenced by it. I feel like it brings me closer to the actual environments it comes from.” Two environments Ibarra has been getting to know intimately in recent years are Ulster County, where she has lived since 2008, and the area around Bennington College in Vermont, where she has been a faculty member since 2012 and teaches percussion and performance at the college’s Center for Advancement in Public Action, a program focused on human rights advocacy for women and girls and rebuilding cities with the arts. One of her star students from her days of giving private lessons in NewYork—and her recent substitute at Bennington while she worked on a commission—is Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase. “I first heard Susie play in 1996 or ’97,” says Chase. “As a young, impressionable drummer I was looking for influence, and she had a particular melodic sense to her drumming, which isn’t a quality typically associated with drums. She made playing the drums look so effortless and fluid while at the same time exhibiting a virtuosic command of the instrument. Since then, I’ve regarded her as my drum mentor.” It would take far more space than this mere page to track Ibarra’s monolithic CV and unrelenting stream of musical activities. Her latest releases are 2017’s Perception, by her Dream Time Ensemble, and Flower of Sulphur, a collaboration with multiinstrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Boredoms drummer YoshimiO, which came out last month. Other recent projects include the multimedia work “Fragility— An Exploration of Polyrhythms” and commissions for the PRISM Saxophone Quartet (it premieres in New York and Philadelphia this June) and the Kronos Quartet (a piece for the revered group’s ongoing Fifty for the Future series, which this year also includes contributions from Terry Riley, Henry Threadgill, and the National’s Bryce Dessner and will debut as part of the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall). Now a New Paltz resident, Ibarra is SUNY New Paltz’s Kenneth Davenport Composer in Residence for spring 2018 and looks forward to world premiere of her newest work, “Talking Gong,” on March 10 at Studley Theater. Written to be a collaborative performance with pianist and SUNY Department of Music assistant professor Alex Peh and flutist Claire Chase (no relation to Brian), a 2012 MacArthur “Genius” award recipient and 2017 Avery Fisher Career Prize winner, the piece references “the rhythms and language of the Philippine Maguindanaon talking gongs, the gandingan, which were originally used not only to play music but also to speak language.” “It’s the first time I’m performing locally, so of course I’m very excited about that,” she says. “Alex and I have been talking with the SUNY music department about ways to build the contemporary music scene here and make it more inclusive. Maybe we’ll find a space in the area to hold similar events on a regular basis. I’m hoping the concert helps lead to something along those lines.” Ibarra also hopes, despite her unyielding routine, that the intermediate interludes of music and life don’t get lost in the creative frenzy, for her or her audience. “I’m always wanting to learn, to hear something new, and I see music as a way for people to connect and learn,” she says. “When I play and compose I’m inviting people to stop and just listen. Sometimes the things that are the most powerful happen when other things are in transition—those in-between moments.” Susie Ibarra will perform “Talking Gong” and other works with Alex Peh and Claire Chase at the Julien J. Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz on March 10 at 8pm. The Cotabato Sessions will screen at the college’s Max and Nadia Shepard Recital Hall on March 8 at 12:30pm and 2pm.; 3/18 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 55

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Ellen Arkbro plays EMPAC in Troy March 8.

ELLEN ARKBRO March 8. Stockholm-based musician and composer Ellen Arkbro has worked primarily as a guitarist, performing with the electronic bands Hästköttskandalen and Radio Slow Pop. Her 2017 solo debut, For Organ and Brass, however, was written for and recorded on a 400-year-old church organ in Germany accompanied by horn, tuba, and trombone. Intriguingly, Arkbro, who studied with La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and Marc Sabat, describes the album as “a very slow and reduced blues music.” For this concert at the ever-forward-looking EMPAC, where she’s currently in residence, Arkbro will debut a new work for electric guitar and algorithmic synthesis. (Composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon presents his new choral work, Anonymous Man, March 22.) 7:30pm. $6-$18. Troy. (518) 276-3921;

NEQ March 10. It’s been a while since there’s been a mention of any of the many worthy events at Columbia County’s Spencertown Academy Arts Center here in the Highlights, so it’s nice to have something to tout at the historic 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse. Visiting in March is the genre-spanning Hudson Valley band NEQ, whose originals and covers morph between rock, Americana, Afro-Cuban, classical, funk, and ethnic styles. Led by Albany guitarist Todd Nelson (Fear of Strangers, Aimee Mann, Terry Adams, Lonesome Val, Jules Shear), the group also features Nelson and his fellow area music veterans: bassist Kyle Esposito, drummer Manuel Quintana, keyboardist Mike Kelley, and percussionist Carlos Valdez. 7:30pm $20; $10 for students. Spencertown. (518) 392-3693;

THE ZOMBIES March 9. With Rod Argent’s moody keyboards and Colin Blunstone’s breathy vocals, the Zombies greatly stand out among their British Invasion brethren. The group, founded in 1962, draws more from the jazz end of black American sounds than the blues and R&B that informed the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, and the rest. Classical music also shaped the quintet’s


sophisticated style, which is marked by the minor-key shadings and Baroque-tinged chamber pop flavors of their immortal ’60s hits “Time of the Season,” “Tell Her No,” and “She’s Not There.” Nearly 60 years since their inception, the Zombies live on and linger into Levon Helm Studios for this rare local appearance. (Jorma Kaukonen returns March 10; Lucius lands March 18.) 7:30pm. $70 standing room only. Woodstock. (845) 679-2744;

PETER BUFFETT March 13, 14, and 15. The son of billionaire Warren Buffet, Peter Buffet has followed in his father’s philanthropic footsteps by colaunching female rights advocacy nonprofit the Novo Foundation. But besides being a benefactor, Peter is an Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist known for his soundtrack work in Dances with Wolves and other films. For three days this month at Bard College’s LUMA Theater (inside the Fisher Center), he’ll perform the autobiographical “Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation.” All proceeds will benefit the Center for Creative Education. (The Bard Conservancy presents “An Opera Triple Bill” March 9 and 11.) March 13 and 15: 7:30pm. March 14: 11am and 7:30pm. $20 (free for high school and college students). Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900;

BON IVER & TU DANCE March 24 and 25. You can’t escape Bon Iver. Headed by Wisconsin singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, the omnipresent, Grammy-winning indie folk outfit’s sparse sound began blowing up with the 2008 debut For Emma, Forever Ago and has since wormed its way into Kanye collaborations and copycat acts used for car commercials. Here, Vernon and band make their way to Mass MoCA for a work-in-progress performance with revered, innovative Minneapolis dance company TU Dance. The piece sees TU founder Uri Sands guiding the dancers through Bon Iver’s spacious music. (Godspeed You! Black Emperor rules March 10.) March 24: 8pm. March 25: 2pm. $20; $18 veterans and seniors; $12 students, $8 children 6 to 16; free for children 5 and under. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 662-2111;




North Mountain Rambling is the first album to be recorded at Big Pink since the bootleg Basement Tapes were made there 50 years ago.This legendary abode in Saugerties was home to members of The Band and became known for the hundreds of songs recorded there with Bob Dylan while he recovered from a debilitating motorcycle accident. David Kraai’s music continues in a similar tradition of feel over formality, rawness over refinement—as he croons in “Shotgun Rider”: “Let’s roll the dice sister and let it ride.” Due in no small part to the accompaniment of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle, Chris Ragucci on drums, and Amy Laber on backing vocals, Kraai’s catchy tunes and down-on-his-luck antics have a way of sticking in your head for days. Dylan alumni Rob Stoner, on bass, and Eric Weissberg, on banjo, complete the historical music circle. —Jason Broome

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Alto saxophonist Mike Dopazo’s first date as a leader, recorded over the course of one day at Beacon’s Cassandra Studio, is a revelation. It’s a classic. From the opening thrum of “Tomahawk,” pushed along by Bryan Ponton’s relentlessly gorgeous piano, to the final trumpet-less take of “Milestones,” Peccadillo’s Arm does all a jazz record needs to do. It swings, it squalls, and it sings. Dopazo, as strong a composer as he is a player, has a throaty, vocal tone on his horn, and for the lone soprano track, “Shannanigans,” he all but namechecks the John Coltrane Quartet (right down to Ponton’s McCoy Tyner block chords). The title track, driven with a subdued pulse by drummer Dave Berger and bassist John Merritt, refers, according to Dopazo’s notes, to a scorpion’s tail. It’s got the right sting. If this is a first taste, we’ll want to hear more in the future. —Michael Eck


Ulster County Celtic punk band the Templars of Doom have a rowdy sound that would surely appeal to fans of snarky stuff like Flogging Molly as well as old timers still bumpin’ the Sex Pistols on a regular basis. They describe their sound as “1977 meets 1916” and combine traditional Irish folk thrown through a speed-punk blender. “Saint Patrick Saved Ireland” is a celebration of the title figure, and pretty good, if not my cup of tea as a Pagan metal-loving Welshman. The band are great at what they do, however. “Eyes” is a lovely ballad about a loved one’s peepers. The chemistry is strong in these gritty, fun, bar-friendly songs. The band plays BSP in Kingston on March 10, the Wherehouse in Newburgh on March 16, and Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon on March 17. —MorganY. Evans CHRONOGRAM.COM LISTEN to tracks by the artists reviewed in this issue.







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Ashokan Reservoir with the peaks of the Burroughs Range in the distance.

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ehold another splendid day as the mural of spring spreads out right before my eyes. The multiple subtle shades of green are dizzying, climbing their way up the mountains like a multicolored staircase as they replace the mauve of red buds. At the junctures where the red bleeds into the green, the ridges appear indigo, sharply defined lines suggesting deep crevices. All week I have been green drunk, intoxicated by the sensual colors and birdsong bursting from the trees. The rare dogwood appears as delicate white lace woven into the vast emerald forest. It’s been a long time since we have had such a string of stunning days, like heaven come down to earth. This makes me ponder how I can conduct my life as if heaven were indeed here on earth.


Oh, how the personality of these mountains changes in the spring! In the winter, the Catskills appear distant and detached, bedecked in their formal white attire. But now they appear closer and more intimate. Exuberant in gowns of chartreuse silk and yellow brocade, these peaks appear ready to go dancing right across the cornflower blue sky. The mountains and I, we are both green drunk! I see that it’s not just the mountains whose personality changes with the seasons. I, too, undergo a shift when spring arrives. Leaving behind my quieter, more internally focused rhythms until next winter, I become more extroverted. The Woodstock astronomer and author Bob Berman writes about how the sky, too, undergoes a radical personality transformation in the month of May. “The brilliant but heavy-handed winter constellations now plummet into the west, consumed by the crepuscular fires of dusk. The giant planet Jupiter is sinking lower each evening. With the sunsets getting later, and the stars marching eternally into the west, it was forever destined that the two opposing

armies—twilight and winter stars—would meet headlong each spring.” While the night skies are in their darkest dormancy in the spring, the earth is bursting with vitality and color. This cosmic juxtaposition strikes me as the perfect unification of opposites. Perhaps it is this planetary changing of the guard that leaves me feeling like heaven is now on the ground where I walk. Another of this season’s iconic symbols announces itself as I come upon a family of geese with four tiny goslings tucked around their mama’s ample sides. Fluffy balls of mustard-and-mocha-colored feathers, the babies are sunning themselves on this fine day. As I pass by, the papa goose hisses loudly and protectively. On my return, the little family is just entering the water, and as I watch, the goslings’ impossibly tiny webbed feet begin to kick as they glide into the reservoir. The water is calm today and I am relieved for these creatures small enough to fit into the palm of my hand. The mother and father float languidly, but keep an eye on their offspring. Earlier this week, though, I watched as another family of geese entered these waters on a day so rough that the turbulent waves tossed the babies mercilessly. Mesmerized, I stood by helplessly as the family with five little ones left behind a gosling when he couldn’t keep up. The tiny ball of fluff struggled mightily, heaved up and down by the powerful current. All I could do was shout at the geese, imploring them to wait. But drown the gosling did, and I was left to ponder. When the composed rhythm of the natural world calms and steadies me, it’s a balm to my soul. But nature’s dispassionate stance can be utterly terrifying. I will never forget my walks along the Ashokan Way after Hurricane Irene devastated the Hudson Valley in August of 2011. I found myself dazed by the sheer scale of the storm’s massive path of destruction. Thousands of toppled trees lay in these woods like dead soldiers on a battlefield, their giant roots reaching up to heaven in a last desperate gesture. With wide swathes of felled trees cut into the forest, my familiar skyline vanished and a strange, wounded one took its place. The sky itself, in the immediate aftermath of the storm, was an eerie tarnished-pewter color; the air smelled burnt. For months following the hurricane the reservoir remained the color of dried blood, with immense carcasses of wood—trunks and massive limbs— floating on the surface. Out on the mudflats, flocks of displaced birds landed like refugees from a war zone. For days washouts created rushing rivers along our roads and power lines lay downed at every turn, leaving thousands without power for long periods of time; our generator ran for twelve days. At the height of the flooding our neighbors were forced to abandon their car and walk home in knee-deep water, while other friends living directly on the Rondout creek evacuated their home carrying their most precious belongings, fearing they would never return. Hurricane Irene rendered everything—earth, sky, water, forests, creatures, and humans—helpless. This force of nature paraded her celebrated indifference. Yes, nature can cure, and it can also be brutally destructive. As a master teacher of paradox, the earth is clearly trying to show me that I cannot have one without the other. These mountains are both distant and intimate; the sky is bright in the dark of winter and somber in the light of spring; the reservoir is calm and comforting as well as rough and unforgiving; the geese are both protective of and merciless to their offspring; this valley’s storms can bring replenishing rains and terrifying devastation; and all year the seasons are dying and then being reborn. And I, too, am compassionate and cruel, nurturing and destructive, warm and cold, light and dark. I, too, am dying and being reborn throughout my seasons. At every turn since my youth in the Brandywine River Valley, the natural world has been patiently teaching me about the reconciliation of opposites, but I think it is only now, after a lifetime of paying close attention to the landscape, that I am finally beginning to grasp the lesson it has been offering me. I am finally able to understand that only by living between the opposites that naturally exist in the world, by respecting and learning equally from both sides, will I be able to find a state of true equanimity. It is when I neither cling to the part of the opposite I desire nor push away the part I fear that I conduct my life as if heaven were right here on earth. Gail Straub, the executive director of the Empowerment Institute, will read at the Woodstock Book Fest on March 24 and at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on April 5.

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SHORT TAKES From riveting memoirs to historical accounts, dive into the drug-addled seventies and climb out of a dark, traumatic childhood this month. —Briana Bonfiglio


An Inspired Home & Decor Quarterly

Ladybug Girl is onto her next adventure: holding a pet parade. When she discovers rescue dogs at an adoption fair, she becomes inspired to get others to adopt them. Rosendale writer-illustrator duo Jacky Davis and David Soman tell the series’ tenth story of beloved Ladybug Girl and her superhero friends. Davis, a former Chronogram staffer, and her husband, Soman, co-write the New York Times bestselling series, now with almost four million books sold.


Painter Duncan Hannah saw it all in 1970s New York City—from struggling as an artist and appearing in movies to attending parties alongside celebrities like David Bowie. He chronicled his “sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll”-lifestyle in journal entries throughout the decade, which now compose his debut book release. The rip-roaring account includes stories of his time attending Bard College from 1971-1973. Reading at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, on March 22 at 6pm.


The progressive movement of the 20th century would not have transpired without visionaries. Hudson Valley author Andrea Barnet tells the tales of four influential activists who broke convention and sparked action for animal rights, environmental justice, urban planning, and food sustainability. The women’s careers are not directly related, but Barnet frames their powerful lives as all shaping history in their own way. Reading at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, on April 19 at 6pm.


She was the first woman to be elected New Paltz Town Supervisor, and now she’s looking back on woman suffragists’ invaluable achievements. Susan Zimet, who now lives in Athens, writes that as a student, she was sick of history books ridden with only white men and “wanted a history of people like me, ordinary women who changed the world.” Roses and Radicals offers an easily digestible, educational tool for young women—and men—who may feel the same.


Historian Vernon Benjamin has been researching, writing about, and lecturing on Hudson Valley history for decades. He recounts the region’s rich, storied past in The History of the Hudson River Valley. Previously published separately, the two volumes, From Wilderness to Civil War and From Civil War to Modern Times, can now be purchased as a boxed set. From colonization all the way through post-9/11, it’s the most extensive look at Valley history to date.


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Hudson Valley author Larry Ruhl has called publishing his life story “one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make.” As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Ruhl had been taught to keep quiet about the family’s shameful secrets. Now as an adult, and as the tongue-in-cheek title suggests, Ruhl tell his story of trauma, addiction, sexual confusion, and ultimately, recovery and healing, in hopes of helping other survivors. Reading at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock on March 17.


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faded pop star who has retired to Woodstock shows up late one night at the Hudson Valley town of Havenkill’s police station to report her Jaguar stolen and a teenager boy run over while attempting to help her. Though Amy Nathanson, stage name “Aimee En,” may not be a main character in Alison Gaylin’s latest mystery If I Die Tonight, she’s one of the many unique parts of a terrific whole. And like any past-her-prime, B-list celebrity in a small town, she remains an A-list star in her own mind. The tragic carjacking is a catalyst for a topical storyline that explores the struggles of single-parenthood and teenage angst both navigating the tricky currents of social and cyber bullying. Real estate agent Jackie Reed is the single mother who defiantly stands by her secretive, loner son Wade as the walls literally close in on him due to his dubious whereabouts on that fateful night. To further complicate his reputation, a past incident with his father’s new wife reveals a potentially darker personality, something his peers at school are all too happy to jump on. As both mother and son are more and more ostracized by their friends and community they manage to pull even further apart from each other, creating a perfect storm of conflict and guilt. Gaylin, author of the acclaimed Brenna Spector series and Edgar Award Finalist for What Remains of Me, is truly at home here drawing on her familiar environments of Dutchess and Ulster counties. Hudson Valley readers will appreciate her descriptions of bedroom communities reminiscent of Rhinebeck or Red Hook, cultural melting-pot crowds gathered in industrial nightclubs that could be found off any side street of Hudson or Kingston, and, of course, musicians of yesteryear that are as common as the deer crossing the back roads of Woodstock. Gaylin has always specialized in charting the complex connections between parent and child, and with this novel she may have perfected her skills. There is no sugar-coating the silences in the home of a mother and her two teenage sons. And just as the two boys disappear into their coded and consuming worlds of social media, Gaylin deftly weaves these texts, threads, chats and posts into her own prose (the novel actually opens with Wade’s suicide note posted on his mother’s Facebook page). It’s a risky trick to capture the genuine feel of such youthful new-tech communication, but Gaylin aces it and the result not only gives depth to the young characters, but adds dimension to the many plot twists. Officer Pearl Maze is caught up in the middle of this struggling mother and her troubled son, as well as the other boy clinging to life from his bad encounter with the washed-up pop star who’s more worried about the whereabouts of her missing car than the fate of the victim who tried to help. Maze comes with her own baggage of a troubled family past and current intimacy issues, but Gaylin smartly gives us a solid character to lead us through the mounting lies, innuendoes and accusations. When all of Havenkill seems about to implode, Officer Maze alone maintains a pursuit of truth without rushing to judgement. The Golden Notebook hosts a reading and signing with Alison Gaylin on March 7, 7pm, at the Colony in Woodstock. She will be in conversation with Abigail Thomas and joined by musical guest the Xtractions. —James Conrad


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Distant lights on dark mountain-sides look like stars —Brant Clemente (13 years old)

ADAM’S DREAM First there was this strange sensation. It felt like a finger running along my ribs. It was quick, firm, with neither pleasure nor pain. Then I was lying on my back. A great tree took root between my legs. In a moment it grew to its full height, swaying in the wind. Then it exploded into a glorious crown of fruit. An angel of the Lord came with a flaming sword. The angel of the Lord burned the tree to ashes. I scooped the ashes up into the cup of my hands. I rubbed the ashes into the skin of my chest and shoulders. I rubbed the ashes into the skin of my arms and legs. I found myself in a new place. There was not a tree nor a bush nor any green thing. The earth was red and hard beneath my feet. But I was not alone in that new place. Behind me I heard laughter and weeping. I heard laughter and weeping behind me. —JR Solonche

TUCSON The last time I saw my good friend the codger, he was as alert as I had ever known him, his poetry as Existential, but his knuckles were red with arthritis. They were inflamed, I supposed, by the dropping barometric pressure of an approaching late-season snow storm. In gravely Brooklynese, he told me that the Irish Navy had eight ships and that they were all named after writers. He added that one ship was permanently stationed in the Mediterranean to help save Syrian refugees. Toasting life, and its struggles, we dismissed ex-pat New Yorkers who move to Florida or Arizona in search of paradise. He told me he didn’t keep a notebook anymore. He said that if an idea is valuable enough, “it’ll be back.” He also said that thoughts can haunt you. He said that he’d been to Tucson once, back in 1956, back before snowbirds and the sprawl. He had known a girl there. She was living in a trailer on the outskirts of town; right in the desert, surrounded by a saguaro cactus forest. Her estranged husband had mental problems and had been institutionalized, but was released for “good behavior.” While out, he beat her to death. My old friend said, some thoughts haunt you your whole life “and they aren’t worth a dime.” —Paul Clemente


The day. The day is light. And the day is long and has many rooms between the hours. —p excerpt “Soon”

THE WOMAN WITH A LIVE COCKROACH IN HER SKULL felt a tingling crawling in her nostril a burning in her eyes when it moved Alive in there full grown nestled at the base of the skull How did it get in? reading online keeping her awake at night How to get it out? The experts flummoxed warn of infection spreading She wakes screaming each morning at the news Can this be true or just some parable Don’t you feel it now too —Barbara Ungar

A QUIBBLE WITH THE HIGHLY EDUCATED They know nothing of madness and are therefore susceptible. Seek madness and you shall find it. Avoid madness and it shall seek you. Sanity is a narrow path, neither seeking nor avoiding. What does narrow mean? What if the birds stopped vectoring and scrawled cursive s’s in the folds of the sky? What you can say for the highly and badly educated is that they don’t lack for a creed, a buzzword, a game on a court of their own making, who don’t make anything. If you seek madness scrawl in the folds of the sky. Avoid the highly educated who are merely crazy, dragging agendas off a precipice that doesn’t exist. —Steve Clark

PARABOLIC SKIS I called my friend I didn’t call him, I sent him A Text But he was my friend I said Dear Greg, I hate these new skis They bow out, like I’m not capable of Handling straight lines You understand, don’t you? My friend called me back He didn’t call me, he sent me A Text He said, Embrace it, you’ll be fine. And we should talk soon, He asked, how is your mom And how is your dad? I didn’t think it okay To say back, That she only talks about Death, And he has had to hide All the knives in the house. Not in a text. I would save that, for later. (the funny part is) I didn’t take his advice I said no to the parabolics No to the little bumps that they call mountains No to the man who said, just get new shit. Instead I bought a 400-dollar watch That turns the words I say Into A Text. —Nathaniel Krenkel Birds never question Their ability to fly They simply jump Out of the nest and Believe In the morning, I’m pulled to the east. In the evening, to the west. My gaze is always being drawn To what is beautiful and true. I would never turn my back on the sky, When it’s showing me its soul. Pick an idea when it’s ripe Set the magic free Give it time Give it soul Shine light on it A masterpiece will soon Emerge —Audrey Wojciechowski



Do not bury me: Set my body beside the tree on the hill Where fireflies light summer nights Wherever that might be—turn my head let my eyes look east on the rising sun That reaches us from Europe.

Miss Dickinson, Your garden is lovely in the twilight. The oak tree by your house Is larger and shadier Than it was in your day. Much has changed: The view from your window, The world beyond, the language.

Burn my cabin down with all of my books Because I know they do not hold anything If I have not given you peace now Or some other lasting thought It is not worth it to try harder When I can rest and sleep.

Still, the feeling of longing Remains the same: a long line of silk That the soul pulls out of itself, Like a spider spinning her thread in the autumn, Hoping to catch not food, but the wind, Hoping to travel far Without knowing the destination.

The birds should sing as the sun sets— Leave me there to enjoy the night I will wander under the starlight And I will rise when the sun touches my body And warmth will hold me maybe more Then warmth ever held me in life

—Yana Kane

Trust my soul to the land give my body to the scavengers And every morning I will see yellow light And every evening I will see the reds and purples My breadth will be the breeze or gale force winds blowing blowing through me.


Lie my body on a stone and don’t think of me Don’t think of my work or my spent time Or consider yourself a steward of me No one else will because memory is lonely And lonely thoughts have no place in you— Not while I rest under my tree and on our hill.

This periscopic gaze, a gift to me As a toddler, slowly bleached, as I aged, Into the gray of the everyday Unfocused haze, when I perceive only

All the beauty singing in the background, The ubiquitous breastwork of loveliness Encompassed me, if I would but open my mind, At least as wide as I could open my eyes.

The drudgery of the trivial. God’s outstretched hand faded from me, Back, and smaller, and, as in a rear-view mirror, Out of sight. Covering my trail of sad

—Ernest S. Klepeis

SPARKS Two sparks approach in the high grass. The meeting of their eyes ignites a flame. The mingling of blood in their cut palms set off a brilliant conflagration, seen for miles. Their friendship scorches the earth. –Every new adventure leaves a burning cross. –Every new idea leaves a tree split by lightning.

Abandonment; I, a fallen Adam, was tempted To name my forsakenness Sophistication; But no, I am a man alone, slung in an agony wild, As I pub crawl to any fugitive and flitting bliss, Yearning to see again what I once saw, and So foolishly ignored, when a child. —Robert Phelps

For years, they climb mountains together. They build castles, moats, and forests. They cross continents, rivers, seas, and oceans. Then a wave comes. An unexpected wave dowses the fire first stoked in the high grass. —Janet Hamill

LATE AFTERNOON As I watch the night approach Somewhere a newborn takes a first breath While an elder takes his last —Frank Inello

Down here, I know the lord has gained some weight His heavy footsteps strain Heaven’s hardwood floors More and more I think the sky is going to fall Up there, I know the lord is comfortable I can hear him take dehumidified breaths Opening his shades To let sunlight flood his smile Down here, the lord’s toilet flushes Washed dishes and candlelight baths Drain through the pipes Where adorable little mice With midnight eyes Startle me Startling them Up there, the lord’s three dogs Stampede through paradise With their untrimmed paw nails Scraping against heaven’s hardwood floors When they lay down Wagging their tails I can hear my time running out Down here, the lord forgets I exist Except on the 1st of the month When he opens the gates of heaven And heavy foots it to my door Requesting another month’s rent —Joseph Olsen

ARMCHAIR RECITAL (Loosely inspired by the opening and closing cello passage to Andante of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto) Vieux vielle vielle; Back, breast, rib, and spine Of classic pine and staving; Broad boards of shoulder rounded, Neck arched like a shepherd’s crook, Or a gaffer’s hook, Stooped with mild pangs And with steep pains That only oils and kneading Can assuage. Fingers across the string board Where bow strings double-stop.

ENTROPY Rust gnaws on a dilapidated Toyota pickup while water licks the shell of a ship reclined on the shallows and the gulls fret on the froth of the ocean’s churning deep. The child shrieks when a wave surges up and chomps down on her grainy castle, dragging its walls and battlements asunder. The dreamer on the sand knows better. —Alida Falkena


Plucking through paunchy innards, Our armchair cellist, Pausing for rhythmic accents; Then sull tastiera, Or sull ponticello: From varnished, harnessed, Honest chambers, Now threading Through transient hour Both his and our Wizened bones with song. —R. Dionysius Whiteurs


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eography and topography affect our experience of the world and the ways we interact with the environment and with each other. Urban terrain is smooth, fluid, dynamic, technologically and mechanically networked, and integrated at multiple levels. The city is a model of the synaptic connections of our minds projected onto the world, and, like it or not, we become enmeshed within its matrix. Capital is king; natural systems are confined, managed, and suppressed. Actual connections between people in real space and time are rare and fragile. Communities nestled in the mountains emerge under very different conditions. Our mechanical and technological connectivity is blunted by the barriers of high peaks and climatic extremes; mountain communities retain some of the primal isolation imposed by the Earth’s contours. We spend more time outside, whether for work or play, and nature’s forces are experienced directly. We barter and trade. Combine aspects of the two habitats, urban and mountain, and hybrid communities with distinct sensibilities emerge. I’ve lived in Ulster County since I left New York City in 2004. My life in Delaware County began in 2009 when I first visited Plattekill Mountain, where I am now director of the Snowsports School. My first visit there was like stepping back into time; I grew up in Colorado, and Plattekill evoked childhood memories of places like Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin. Originally a logging operation, Plattekill’s hemlocks were clear-cut in the 19th century for the tanning industry (a familiar story throughout the region). Skiing began in 1958, and Plattekill became known for the longest and steepest terrain in the Catskills at a time when ski operations were popping up all over the region (the Catskills have been home to as many as 24 ski areas). The first floor of the now three-story lodge was built in 1961, after the first lodge burned down. Plattekill is not a resort—it’s a true ski area, nestled in bucolic Meeker Hollow,

Above: One of the rooms for rent and a wood-fired fennel pizza at Table on Ten. Photos by Paola + Murray. Opposite: A feast at Brushland Eating House. Photo by Christian Harder.

surrounded by farms. Telemark skiing is big here, and it’s one of the few places that offers rentals and lessons in freeheel skiing. Owners Laszlo and Danielle Vajtay have kept this mom-and-pop operation open against all odds since 1993. Alan Cumming is a regular, and can often be found après-ski in the third-floor bar heated by a large woodstove. A hidden gem, Plattekill is the ski area you remember from your childhood, even if you never went there as a child. I gave my very first Telemark lesson to Rob Howard, a photographer who lives in nearby Hobart, where my partner Kate and I have a repurposed construction trailer with a woodstove and composting outhouse on five acres with a spring and spectacular views, all for less than the cost of a semester at the college I attended. Fresh Air and Foraging Rob introduced me to Table on Ten in Bloomville in the summer of 2012. The intimate restaurant in a restored 1860s Italianate house is known for artisanal, wood-fired pizzas topped with ingredients sourced locally and seasonally. Dutch-born owner Inez Valk, a former model, sums up the restaurant using pizza as a metaphor: “It serves as the perfect platform for whatever is at hand, foraged, found, brought to us. Drawing a circle, gathering, finding ways to make it all come together, serving it up (often to the people who provided it); a little sourdough circle, emblematic of the overall narrative.” Table has been featured in stories in Conde Nast Traveller, the New York Times, and Bon Appetit, but you still feel like you’ve stumbled onto a best-kept-secret each time you visit. Of particular note are the mushroom pizzas, with shiitakes, creminis, mozzarella, garlic, sage, and parmesan; and the marinated fennel, preserved meyer lemon, feta, and parsley pizza. Understatement and simplicity, where farm-fresh ingredients are foregrounded and flavors are complex (often enhanced by processes of curing

and fermentation), but preparation is uncomplicated, are characteristics also shared by Brushland in Bovina.When owners Sara Mae Elbert and Sohail Zandi met in the summer of 2012 in New York City, they were both questioning the sustainability of their lives there. As Elbert tells it, “it’s an oft-heard story that begins and ends with two kids caught up in the service industry, hoping for something more than late nights closing down other people’s restaurants, wondering if spending just as much on rent as you make every month is sustainable (it’s not) and assuming that making a big change—shaking up what you know as ‘the good life’—is impossible.” Shortly after meeting, Zandi left the city to work on a farm, milking a Dutch Belted herd and making washedrind cheese. A few weeks in—lungs full of fresh air, the simple act of shopping farmers markets and making dinner at home every night—it was clear to both that there was no going back. Before it was Bovina—aptly named for the many herds of meat and dairy cattle raised there—the town was called “Brushland.” “Finding Bovina was a happy accident,” says Elbert. “Our desire to be upstate was strong, but which little town we’d settle into wasn’t as important in the beginning. Selfpreservation is what drove us out of the city, so calculating risk and punching numbers constantly to find the right place to land was not our style. Instead, we drove up and down rural highways with our eyes peeled. When we pulled into Bovina, discovering that this commercial space was for sale on Main Street, it just seemed like where we needed to be.” “Being slapped in the face with the beauty of our surroundings keeps us humble. I wouldn’t say that our lives are any slower or less stressful than they were in the city, because, back then, we didn’t run our own restaurant and responsibilities were counted on one hand. These days it’s a bit ‘go-go-go’, so I’d be lying if I told you that we take a bunch of time for ourselves that we didn’t before. Even if you’re not going on a three-hour hike or lazily fishing the river, 3/18 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 65

Hangar steak and ceasar salad from Bull & Garland.

the wide views and clean air, the pace of your neighbors and even the traffic, the low light and noise pollution, the quality of friends and community, the quantity of fresh produce and protein—all of that lends itself, whether you’re paying full attention or not, to what we know as quality of life. That in itself is fodder for menu creation.” On a recent visit, Kate and I shared the Cabbage Caesar Salad, a winterappropriate version of the classic, and Hanger Steak with Endive, Blue Cheese, and Anchovies.The steak was tender and prepared to medium-rare perfection; the briny tang of the fermented and cured accompaniments formed a perfect chord of flavors held together by the bass line of locally raised beef. My sevenyear-old son Henry had his favorite, the One-Flip Burger, served with some of the best fries I’ve ever eaten (and a bargain at $10). “We wanted it to be more like a fast-food burger; too often, burgers you get at ‘upscale’ restaurants are so oversized you can’t even pick them up,” says Elbert, who is always there to greet guests and offer insight to the menu. “What inspires us is thoughtful, lovingly made comfort food that tastes good, which also reflects the season we are in.” Breakfast, Burgers, and Books One of the many farms that supplies Table on Ten and Brushland is Star Route Farm, led by Tianna Kennedy, another transplant from Brooklyn whom I met briefly in the early 2000s when I was still a painter with a studio in Greenpoint and she was living in Bushwick and doing a bit of modeling to help make rent. Her story is woven together with those of the restaurants her farm supplies with spectacular produce; it is a complex tapestry woven of people who yearn for a life of unalienated labor. “We all grew up together,” says Kennedy. She leases 12 acres outside Bovina, and supplies 17 restaurants and a 200-person CSA from 12 locations in New York City. Kennedy moved to the Catskills at the same time as Madalyn Warren.Working out of her kitchen in Roxbury on her farm, Straight from the Ground, Madalyn crafts “farmstead” kimchee, for which she grows all of the ingredients. She is a firm believer in the value of probiotics: “We have probably underestimated the degree to which poor digestion is a root cause of many common health problems,” says Warren. Her kimchee can be found at the farmers’ markets around the region in season. Yet another mom-and-pop story begins with Oliver and Melissa Pycroft meeting in London in 2013. In 2014, they quit their jobs to move to a hunting cabin in Shandaken built by Melissa’s great-grandfather. After two decades between them of traveling, working, and living in New York, Paris, London, Costa Rica, Budapest, and Seville, they were ready to escape to the countryside and begin a new, more rural life together. They settled on the idea of starting an English-style country pub and inn, 66 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 3/18

and started searching for a suitable property. After looking at places around the Catskills for nearly a year, they chose the MacArthur house in Hobart, where they now operate Bull & Garland. “The rambling 1830s interior, with its quirky rooms and cozy nooks, felt like the country pubs we loved to frequent in England,” says Melissa, “and we imagined the grounds backing onto the West Branch of the Delaware River as the perfect space for a summer beer garden. A local historian told us that the property had been a coach house in its early days along the main road through town. We were also excited to discover that Hobart—a town of fewer than 500 people—has a book village community with five bookstores, modeled after Hay-on-Wye in the UK, and the proximity of the Catskills Scenic Trail just behind the property was also an added bonus for visitors and guests of the inn.” True to form, the pub menu features such savory, comforting staples as Fish and Chips and Scotch Egg (a hardboiled egg enshrouded in sausage, breaded and fried). For dessert, the Maple Sticky Toffee Pudding is a must, but be warned: Share it with at least one person, or it will send you into a sugar coma. Henry and I always fight for the last bite. Table on Ten, Brushland, Bull & Garland, and Straight from the Ground Farm all offer rooms for rent. Another thread in this narrative was sewn by Rob Howard when he introduced me to Cay Sophie Rabinowitz at Plattekill Mountain several years ago. Now an instructor on my Snowsports School staff, Rabinowitz publishes Osmos, an art magazine specializing in photography, and runs an eponymous Lower East Side gallery that specializes in obscure, under-recognized artists. She and her husband, Christian Rattemeyer, a curator of drawings at MoMA, are opening Osmos Station in a renovated garage in the town of Stamford—known as “the Queen of the Catskills”—this spring. They envision a space for visiting artists, curated exhibitions, gatherings, and professional workshops. They will also soon have cross-country skis and bikes for visitors to use on the adjacent Catskills Scenic Trail. Just down the road from Osmos Station, T.P.’s Cafe serves one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. Frequented primarily by locals, T.P.’s also draws transplants and visitors to the region. At a time when political division and online vitriol can be disheartening, to say the least, it’s the kind of place that folks with very different world views can at least agree on some of the more important aspects of life: The pancakes are thin and light; the potatoes are crispy and can be ordered with or without onions; the burgers, made from house-ground beef, are mouthwatering, and they are generous with the bacon. It is a weird and scary time in these Divided States of America. But living, eating, skiing, and just being in the Catskill Mountains of Delaware County reminds me that we remain woven together. We’re connected to each other, to the earth, to water, to the sun, and to the stars. There is some solace there.


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Astor Galleries Anitique Appraisal Day 3 Mulberry Street, Rhinebeck, NY (800) 784-7876

Steven Holl: Making Architecture Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

Events Woodstock Writer’s Festival

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores Adam’s Fairacre Farms 1240 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-0303, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-6300, 765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-4330

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

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

Graphic Design & Illustration Luminary Media

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

Hair Salons Salune Hudson Hudson, NY

Home Furnishings and Décor Finch 555 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

Stuff. Hudson Valley 415 Main Street, Rosendale, NY

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

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

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

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206 At the Dreaming Goddess, we offer unique gifts, ranging from stunning sterling silver jewelry, artful cards, to a vast array of crystals and gemstones. With a selection of therapeutic grade essential oils, candles and herbs, we have everything for your magical needs. Workshops, classes, and tarot & psychic readings are available, and we also offer rental space for practitioners and healers.

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

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

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

Lawyers & Mediators Karen A. Friedman Esq. 30 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY (212) 213-2145 | (845) 266-4400 Representing motorists for a variety of traffic and criminally-related matters throughout NY State, including speeding, trucking violations, misdemeanors, and appeals. .


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YMCA of Kingston

Aqua Jet

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

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

Performing Arts

Real Estate

Bard College Public Relations

Bronte’ Uccellini - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (845) 758-7900

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

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

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

Organizations The Nature Institute Ghent, NY

Toastmasters International

Wallkill Valley Writers New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370 Write with WVW. Creative writing workshops held weekly and on some Saturdays. Con-

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Columbia County Real Estate Specialists (800) 290-4235, (518) 697-9865

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

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

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The Linda WAMCs Performing Arts Studio


339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233 The Linda provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personnel with world-renowned artists, academy award winning directors, headliner comedians and local, regional, and national artists on the verge of national recognition. An intimate, affordable venue, serving beer and wine, The Linda is a night out you won’t forget.

Time and Space Limited

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

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

434 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY

Veterinarian All Creatures Veterinary Hospital

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

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

Pools & Spas

14 North Chestnut, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1890

Hopewell Animal Hospital 2611 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY (845) 221-PETS (7387)

Weddings Rev. Puja A. J. Thomson, Roots & Wings

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

Picture Framing 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

New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2278 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award 2016, 2017 & 2018 In the spirit of your tradition or beliefs, Rev. Puja Thomson will help you create a heartfelt ceremony that reflects the uniqueness of your commitment to each other. Puja welcomes inquiries from couples blending different spiritual, religious, or ethnic backgrounds as well as those with a common heritage. Her presence and lovely Scottish voice add a special touch.

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whole living guide

2017 Miles of Hope Community Walk for Breast Cancer.



s a dancer, Mary Ritter has always been in close conversation with her body. So, in the fall of 2010, when a lump developed in her right breast, she knew something was wrong. “I wear leotards and tights and all kinds of things that are close to my body,” says Ritter, a dance instructor at Yanarella School of Dance in Beacon. “I was always very conscious of what was going on, so I knew this thing was happening. It just happened to be two weeks before my dance recital.”Yet even her keener-than-average body awareness couldn’t keep up with the speed of the tumor that was growing inside her. As recently as January, she’d had a clean mammogram—but in the space of ten months, a tumor had taken root and quickly claimed her entire right breast. “They brought me in and did another mammogram, and basically had the technician read it immediately because they suspected something,” she says. “They did a biopsy, I had my dance recital, and two days later they called me with the news.” It was Stage 3 cancer and very aggressive, so the doctors had to work quickly. To get the tumor to stop growing, Ritter went through five rounds of chemotherapy. “I lost my hair right after Christmas,” she recalls. “At one point I was hospitalized because I was so weak.” By April she was ready for surgery, electing for a double mastectomy because even though her left breast was cancer-free, she knew she was susceptible. “I was close to 50 and didn’t need my breasts anymore,” says the mother of grown children. A plastic surgeon performed reconstruction the same day as her mastectomy. “I wanted to be able to put on a leotard and not have people say, ‘Oh my god, what happened to that woman?’”


Ritter also started radiation about a month after the surgery, because the doctors couldn’t say for sure whether her lymph nodes were clear. She wasn’t going to take any chances. Today she is a seven-year breast cancer survivor, a grandmother of two with a third on the way, and she’s never stopped dancing. The Rise of Tumor-Melting Smart Bombs Going from Stage 3 to cancer-free is not always a given, but success stories like Ritter’s are becoming more prevalent these days. What’s more amazing: Sometimes these stories don’t include aggressive chemotherapy anymore, and the hair loss and sickness that come with it. Over the last 10 to 15 years, modern medicine has made tremendous strides with breast cancer, and an arsenal of new, less toxic medications is stripping many diagnoses of their lethal edge. New-to-the-market treatments are even giving Stage 4 metastatic breast cancers, which currently have a 22-percent five-year survival rate, a run for the money. “Surgery has made some improvements, but it’s the systemic treatments, the chemotherapies and targeted therapies, that are the reason why women are doing so much better with breast cancer now,” says Julia SchaeferCutillo, MD, a medical oncologist with Hudson Valley Cancer Center. “It’s been such an exciting ride for me since I began my career 12 years ago, with all the changes we’ve seen and the new drugs that we have.” Gone are the days when a one-centimeter tumor automatically meant a total mastectomy. Gone as well is the assumption that a breast cancer patient will need chemotherapy in all scenarios. “Now we send a molecular test in

most cases where we determine whether or not the patient will actually benefit from getting chemo,” says Schaefer-Cutillo. With a test like Oncotype or MammaPrint, doctors can figure out what makes a tumor tick and match it with a medication designed to kick it where it counts. The de-escalation of chemotherapy, once considered unthinkable, is a new line of discussion that’s only made possible by recent advances and new pharmaceuticals. “The science has advanced, and we’re using more molecular, targeted treatments than ever before. This allows some patients to avoid a lot of the toxicity of chemotherapy, and also get them to the treatment they need faster. We do have to use chemotherapy in some situations, but we really try to use more targeted, less toxic drugs so we can help people maintain their quality of life and treat their cancer more effectively.” The transformation in breast cancer treatment started in the early 2000s with the FDA approval of a drug called Herceptin to treat HER2-positive breast cancer (that is, breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2). While HER2-positive accounts for just 25 to 30 percent of all breast cancers, historically it has had very poor outcomes with a high risk of the cancer coming back after surgery. Researchers found that adding Herceptin to chemotherapy resulted in a 50-percent reduction in the rate of the cancer’s recurrence.Yet since the Herceptinchemotherapy combo also increased the risk of heart failure, they took it one step further by reducing the amount of chemotherapy that patients needed—and in so doing, reducing the heart-failure risk. As exciting as it is effective, the fine-tuned Herceptin treatment is the first in what is becoming a long line of game-changing therapies for breast cancer. New medications like Perjeta and Nerlynx also specifically target the HER2 molecule. “It actually gives me goose bumps to talk about Perjeta, because when it’s combined with Herceptin, the tumors just melt away,” says SchaeferCutillo. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” For estrogen-positive cancers, which make up close to 75 percent of all breast cancers, research has found that combining an anti-estrogen drug such as Faslodex with a CDK4/6 inhibitor medication like Ibrance can yield better outcomes compared to using antiestrogens alone, even in Stage 4 patients.The CDK4/6 pathway acts like an escape mechanism in estrogen-resistant tumors, explains Schaefer-Cutillo. “The women don’t lose their hair, they don’t get sick. They are able to live totally normal lives and go to work and take care of their kids and grandkids. It’s been quite an amazing advance for estrogen-positive cancer.” There’s even new hope for very hard-to-treat populations, such as triplenegative and BRCA-positive patients (like Angelina Jolie, who carries the BRCA gene mutation for breast cancer and opted for a prophylactic double mastectomy in 2013). Researchers are looking at androgen receptors as a possible new treatment for triple-negative disease (that is, breast cancer that is neither HER2-positive nor estrogen-receptor positive). Immunotherapy drugs, while not yet approved for breast cancer, have shown some promise for triple-negative patients in early trials, so it’s an area to watch. And for BRCA patients, a brand-new drug called Lynparza offers a pill-form treatment that’s much less toxic than chemotherapy. Trailblazing medications like these are coming to market faster, fueled by patient-driven need and fast-track approvals from the FDA.

executive director of Miles of Hope. “We wanted to help people, families, and communities affected by breast cancer, and our mission is exactly that.” One of Miles of Hope’s signature programs is its Medical Gap Fund, which puts money directly into the pockets of patients. “We want to help pay your bills when you’re going through breast cancer treatment, whether it’s your rent, mortgage, medical copays, cellphone, or summer camp for your kids,” says Forood. “If you have a bill that you can’t pay and you’re in treatment for breast cancer, we’re going to help you with it.” Miles of Hope has partnered with six social service organizations in nine counties to help find and identify people who need them most, and also to help manage and augment the support they give. “A woman called the other day and said, ‘I don’t have a proper winter coat and boots, and I’m going back and forth to Vassar Brothers hospital,’ and I said, ‘Call LL Bean and send me the bill!’ Another gal once called and said, ‘My mother is in a wheelchair and in treatment for breast cancer, and we can’t afford to have a ramp built to get her in and out of the house.’ I said, ‘Get a carpenter and start building—we’ll pay for it!’” It’s easy for Miles of Hope to get overwhelmed with requests, which is why they cap the amount of monetary help at $1,000 in most cases. “We’re trying to help you in the emergency part of your treatment, so you can get over that hump,” says Forood. “We cap it because there are so many people out there who need our help.” Meanwhile, several other programs allow the organization to keep giving—including a scholarship program for college-bound students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, and a peer-to-peer hotline that’s manned by trained survivors who offer help and support to breast cancer patients. Miles of Hope raises money for its programs from individual and corporate donations, as well as through annual sporting events such as the Hoops for Hope women’s basketball tournament (March 11), a Goals for Hope soccer tournament (August 4), and the Community Walk for Breast Cancer (September 30). “Our events are not just fundraising,” explains Forood. “It’s a giant support group, a solidarity movement. Our walks get 800 to 900 people, all there to honor someone who has breast cancer. Everybody feels that collective love and support.” The events also inspire people to get out and exercise, which plays a role in keeping cancer at bay and in improving the outcomes of those already affected. “Just three years ago, researchers said you can reduce your breast cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle. This is new—no one ever said that before,” says Forood. “We used to think, if one in eight women get breast cancer, then we’re sitting ducks. But we can do something about it. I’m begging everybody to eat more fruits and vegetables.” Also essential: getting regular mammograms. If you can catch breast cancer at Stage 1 or 2, the survival rate is well over 90 percent. Ritter, the seven-year survivor who is a runner as well as a dancer, feels certain that her active, healthy lifestyle translated into a better outcome from her Stage 3 cancer. “I believe that’s why I stayed so strong,” she says. Ritter also found a buoy in the outpouring of support from family and friends. “I had people coming out of the woodwork to call me and text me, make food for me, and just be with me when I couldn’t physically leave the house. It was totally uplifting and the best part of what happened.” Her life these days is back to normal, and her trials with breast cancer are a receding dream. “I like to say there was a before and after, and the after is just as good as the before.”

The de-escalation of chemotherapy is a new line of discussion that’s only made possible by recent advances and new pharmaceuticals.

A Support Net Woven from Pink Ribbons Local breast cancer patients not only have the new treatments available to them at regional hospitals and community oncology practices; they also have access to an incredible organization dedicated to easing the burden of breast cancer on people’s lives. Created in 2004, Miles of Hope has given away over $2 million in support programs for people affected by breast cancer in the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. “I emphasize ‘programs’ because we don’t give money to research; there are enough organizations for that,” says Pari Forood,

Miles of Hope’s “Hoops for Hope” basketball tournament will take place on March 11 in the McCann Recreation Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. RESOURCES Miles of Hope Julia Schaefer-Cutillo, MD 3/18 CHRONOGRAM WHOLE LIVING 73

whole living guide Acupuncture Transpersonal Acupuncture

(845) 340-8625

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

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

Aromatherapy Joan Apter, Aromacologist

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

Astrology Planet Waves

Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

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

Transcend Dental

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

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

Collaborative Medical Arts

2542 Route 66, Chatham, NY (518) 721-8417 Collaborative Medical Arts is a group of physicians and therapists offering: Conventional and Anthroposophic family medicine, Osteopathic cranial treatments, Neurology, holistic anthroposophic nursing, therapeutic eurythmy, painting therapy and rhythmical massage therapy. Kathleen DeRosa-Lazare, D.O.: Family Medicine, Anthroposophic 74 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 3/18


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

John M. Carroll

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

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

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

Hospitals MidHudson Regional Hospital

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

Northern Dutchess Hospital

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

Putnam Hospital Center

670 Stoneleigh Avenue, Carmel, NY (845) 279-5711 putnam-hospital-center For more than 50 years, Putnam Hospital Center has been the community’s resource for advanced and compassionate care.

With a reputation for high patient satisfaction, our caring teams offer advanced orthopedic, robotic and bariatric surgical services. Discover the comfortable, private rooms and complimentary valet parking, all close to home.

Sharon Hospital

50 Hospital Hill, Sharon, CT (860) 364-4000 sharon-hospital Sharon Hospital is now part of Health Quest. Offering the same warm and personalized care, Sharon Hospital now provides the benefits of an entire system including direct access to more advanced medical offerings, the latest technologies and a network of leading specialists. For residents of the

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-8500 vassar-brothers-medical-center.aspx Since 1887, Vassar Brothers Medical Center has been committed to delivering sophisticated medical care with a personal touch in the Mid-Hudson Valley. As a regional medical center, Vassar is recognized for stroke and cardiac care, and has the area’s first and only cardiothoracic surgery center in the Mid-Hudson Valley. For women’s and children’s health services, we offer the first and only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the region for premature and critically ill infants. Vassar Brothers Medical Center recently became a Level II Trauma Center, further advancing our vision to provide the community with local access to state-ofthe-art medical care.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Chista Safajou, MD, FACOG 68 West Cedar Street, 1st Floor, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 433-0101

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts

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

Pain Management Medical Marijuana Certification and Consulting

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

Pilates Ulster Pilates

32 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 658-2239

Resorts & Spas Bodhi Holistic Spa

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

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

Serenity Wellness Medical Day Spa 968 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY (518) 671-6700

Retirement Living Echo Cottages Ltd

25 Clove Hollow Road, Hopewell Junction, NY (877) 949-3246

Woodland Pond at New Paltz

100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz, NY (845) 883-9800

Retreat Centers Garrison Institute

Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Madeline Klyne, La Sarmiento, and Gavin Harrison teaching our annual LGBTIQ retreat, April 5-8; Search Inside Yourself, a program designed by Google to increase self-awareness, empathy, communication, and resilience, May 4-6; and John Tarrant teaching Attention Is the Most Basic Form of Love: A Workshop on the Creative Stories of Zen, May 25-27.

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

Sacred Heart Parish

Stamford, NY (607) 652-7170

Workshops Rhinebeck Reformed Church

6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3727

Yoga A Mindful Healing Yoga Retreat Sky Lake, Retreat Center, 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY (845) 303-9729 or






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Winner of 9 Tony Awards this sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. Book: Terrence McNally, lyrics: Lynn Ahrens, music: Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Kevin Archambault.

March 24 & 25 3pm Sat 6:30pm Sat 3pm Sun Tickets: $20 Within the sands of the Sonora Desert there lies the sun-bleached bones of a wolf, and a seeker of truths lost but not forgotten. Join us as Vibe Dance Studio presents, The Soul of aWoman. Inspired by the timeless Mexican oral traditions of La Loba, this lively stage adaptation beautifully blends choreography and aritstry into a stirring journey of self-discovery.


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Andrew Bird plays UPAC in Kingston on March 7.

Bird on a Wire “Twenty years, wow that’s a trip,” reacted Andrew Bird when the master violinist was reminded that this coming April 7 will mark the 20th anniversary of Thrills, the debut LP from his prewar swing band Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, an album he recorded while he was still a member of the celebrated retro-swing group The Squirrel Nut Zippers. “We just did a reunion in December, and I was kinda dreading it but it turned out to be a blast. When I hear those songs, I wanna tell my former self to just relax a little bit. I forgot how restless that stuff is; it’s just very ‘pack-it-all-in’ and the energy would get the best of us sometimes. I had more of an appetite for complexity than I do now back then.” When you follow Bird’s creative trajectory from his halcyon days at the bleeding edge of the pre-WWII hot jazz revival up through to the present tense, the jumpy nature of his work with both Bowl of Fire and the Squirrel Nut Zippers seem like an eternity away. Yet it’s the 44-year-old’s unshakable propensity for pushing the limits of his instrument in new and exciting ways with each new LP that keeps him on the forefront of modern pop. And his latest work is no exception. River is the second volume of his Echolocations audio/ visual series of field recordings that bring together the musician’s distinctive penchant for sound looping with the natural environments that surround us. The first volume, 2015’s Echolocations: Canyon, was situated in the Coyote Gulch canyons of Utah, while future volumes promise similar experiences in the contexts of lakes, forests, and cities. But for River, released this past October, Bird opted to aurally wade in the fresh waters of the LA River near his home, capturing the atmosphere of the space through his characteristic method of recording.

“The river is in my neighborhood,” Bird says. “I ride my bike down there. It’s a really underrated part of LA; there are these bridges that cross the I-5 that go over it, and it’s made a cool shape down there. Then I got into the water and started playing, and I would try to respond to what was bouncing off the walls of the bridges and try to create this sort of sonic map of that space. The idea was just to go in without a plan and respond to the environment and improvise.” And when Bird comes to UPAC on March 7, he promises to bring the audience right back to where he was the day he recorded River through a concert experience that both showcases his new work while reflecting upon the two decades he’s spent juxtaposing the slipstream connecting indie rock and classical music through such classic albums as Weather Systems, The Mysterious Production of Eggs, Armchair Apocrypha, and Noble Beast. “The first part is me with the Echolocations films,” he describes. “So, I’m playing with the field recordings with the projections, improvising the same way I made those records for about 25 minutes. Then the band comes on, and I have a new piano player I’m playing with along with bass and drums. It’s awesome. We’re doing stuff from my whole catalog, but the take on the songs will be a little looser, like a jazz/gospel early 60’s vibe. It’s going to be a good time.” Andrew Bird plays UPAC in Kingston on March 7 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40-$50. (845) 339-6088; —Ron Hart 3/18 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 77

Strong Women Strong Coffee: So Why Should I Buy From You? 8:30-10:30am. $10. This workshop will prepare you to communicate the benefits of your product, service or idea, simply and clearly. Women’s Enterprise Development Center, White Plains. (914) 948-6098 ext 13.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 8pm. $11/$9 students and senior. Eleven studentchoreographed pieces, exciting faculty work, iconic excerpts from the classical ballet repertoire, and Marksman, a modern dance by award-winning guest choreographer Kate Weare. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.



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

Clowning, Comedy, and Other Absurdities 8-10pm. Ed Smyth and Lovejoy the Clown share the ARTBAR stage to bring absurdity, playfulness, and humor with concepts, words, music, art, and toys. Immediately follows the ARTBAR open stage. ARTBar Gallery, Kingston. 338-2789.




THURSDAY 1 DANCE Uptown Lowdown Vintage Jazz Dance Classes 8-9:15pm. $72 for 6 weeks, $20 drop in. Join the chorus line! We’ll learn an original solo jazz choreography in a classic, 1920s chorus girl style. BSP Dance Studio, Kingston. $72 for 6 weeks, $20 drop in.


Holistic Self-Care: Mark Grossman-How To Keep Your Eyes Healthy 7-8:30pm. Marc Grossman, O.D., will teach how the eyes are intimately connected to our brains and bodies, to our attitudes and beliefs. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge.

MUSIC The Amish Outlaws 8pm. 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Andy Stack’s American Soup 7pm. American classics. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Decades Rewind 7:30-9:30pm. $35, $45. Decades Rewind is a national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up into one blockbuster show celebrating the hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – America’s most prominent decades in music history. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. 914-739-0039 (ext. 2). A Little Night Music 7:30-8:30pm. Presented by the Experimental Theater and Music Department of Vassar. Martel Theater, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. Faculty Recital 7:30-9pm. Members of the SUNY Ulster Music Faculty present solo and chamber music to the community. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5261. First Thursday Singer Songwriter Series 6-9:30pm. Hosts Maureen and Don welcome Sharon Klein, Deb Martin and Lauren Tully, and Tom Holland and Marty McDermott to the Cafe stage. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Mark Donato 8pm. CD release. The Trapps play at 9pm. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625. Open Mike for the People, By the People 7:30pm. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188. Robbie Fulks 8pm. The LInda, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Shannon McNally 8pm. Country rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

SPIRITUALITY The Science of Meditation 7-8:30pm. $10. There is no better way to start the year than learning to meditate. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 856-9000.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Drawing Better: Vince Natale 9am-noon. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition with Eric Angeloch 1-4pm. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Middle-Stage Music Social 2-3:30pm. Middle-Stage Music Socials with Certified Music Therapist Melinda Burgard are offered around the Hudson Valley. Preregistration is required. Wingate at Ulster, Highland. (800) 272-3900.

FRIDAY 2 BUSINESS & NETWORKING New Paltz Chamber Monthly Membership Coffee 8-9am. Join the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce for their Membership Coffee. Registration is required. Beyond Wealth Management, New Paltz. 255-0243. Nonprofits TALK First Friday of every month, 8:30-10am. Nonprofits TALK is a monthly facilitated conversation on selected nonprofit topics with the nonprofit community. Hosted by the Hudson Valley Sustainable Leadership Organization (HV SLO). The Pivot Ground Cafe & Work Space, Kingston. 481-0459.

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Echo/archive by Elena Demyanenko and Erika Mijlin 8pm. The world premiere of echo/archive, choreographer Elena Demyanenko and filmmaker Erika Mijlin’s EMPAC-commissioned collaboration. Developed over the past year in residence in Studio 1, echo/archive brings dance, film, and light together in a three-part live performance featuring performers Dana Reitz, Eva Karczag, and Jodi Melnick. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Empac.rpi. edu/events/2018/spring/echoarchive.


Darkest Hour 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Weekend Meditation Class Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.


All Abilities Kids: Music & Movement 1pm. Rhythm and movement for children with special needs. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. All Abilities Kids: Storytime 10:30am. Inspired by sensory storytimes at libraries and schools across the country, All Abilities Kids Storytime features stories told through multiple modalities with optional interactive elements. Using a visual schedule, we will have a story and craft, as well as movement and song activities. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Family Art Night 5-6:30pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Americana Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Andy Cooney’s Enchanted Music of Ireland8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039. The Big Takeover 8pm. Neo-reggae. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Chris Vitarello & Matt Raymond Duo 8pm. Blues jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. David Kraai with Chris Macchia 10pm-1am. David Kraai swings by to dole out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Chris Macchia slapping that upright country bass. Birdsall House, Peekskill. (914) 930-1880. Drew Bordeaux 9pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Lost Women of Song 7pm. $10. New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled uncovers folk music’s forgotten treasures, exploring the songs and mysterious stories behind influential yet underground female artists who wrote music that was ahead of their time. Mountain Top Library, Tannersville. (518) 589-5023. Marji Zintz 5pm. Acoustic. Bear Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5555. Moondance 8pm. The ultimate Van Morrison tribute band. The LInda, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Morton’s 9th Community Talent Show 7pm. Everyone has a talent for something, and we have a festive night where everyone shares and shines. Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff. 876-2903. Ragtime 8pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Salsa Night with Anaïsa 8pm. 8pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Salsa Night with Los Mas Valientes 8pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


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


Country Line Dance Night 7:30-10:30pm. $10. With Alan Kohn of Premiere Entertainment. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.

Chili Night at the Elmendorph 6-8pm. $10/$6 children under age 10. Enjoy an evening at Red Hook’s cozy historic tavern, with tasty homemade chili and bluegrass music by GrassFed (led by Red Hook’s own Dan Budd). Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook. 758-5887. Magic! Magic! 2-3:15 & 7:30-8:45pm. $5 $15. Catch some mindboggling magic from “Conjunctionist” Chris Wheel and Windham’s own Sean “The Prankster” Doolan. Two big shows–a family-friendly 2:00pm matinee of prestidigitation and sleight-of-hand and an 7:30pm evening show featuring a more sophisticated display of magic and incredible acts of mentalism. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.


The Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies “The Enlightenment and America’s Founders” 6:30-8pm. Dr. Khalil Habib specializes in modern political philosophy including Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and the philosophical foundations of liberalism. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5261. Mad Gardeners Symposium 8:30am-3pm. $85/$75 members. The Mad Gardeners will hold their annual symposium; Gardening with Wildlife: The Balancing Act. Mad Gardeners, HVRHS, Falls Village, Connecticut. (860) 355-1547.


Talk and Book Signing with author Andrew Rowen 1:30-2:30pm. Travel back in time as historical novel, Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold dramatizes Columbus’ journey with meaningful layers of culture and fiction. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665.


3D Rhythm of Life 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Abbie Gardner 8pm. $15. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Bluegrass Brunch with Deadgrass noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Blues Traveler 8pm. $49-$89. Mahawie Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Breaking Barriers: A Tribute to Betty Jean Hagen 7:30pm. $25/$20 seniors/$5 students. Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Works include Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with soloist Madalyn Parnas Moller. Olin Auditorium at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7003. CJ Field 8pm. 8-10pm. $5-$22. Field carved out a place for himself on the Nashville scene as a frontman of the edgy rock-and-roots collaborative Delta Riot and as a chart-topping songwriter. He’s back in his hometown for a show of spirited, gritty guitar that’s sure to please all you fans of Sam Cooke, Levon Helm, or Ryan Adams. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. David Archuleta 8pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. David Kraai with Josh Roy Brown 8-11pm. David Kraai doles out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Josh Roy Brown on lap steel. The New York Resturant, Catskill. (518) 943-5500. Emily Mure 8pm. $15. Singer-songwriter. The Barn at Egremont Inn, South Egremont, MA. (413) 528-9580. Fred Zepplin 8pm. Classic rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Guitarist Stephanie Wremble 8:30pm. $25. Specialized in the Django Reinhardt style. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Tramell 8pm. Delta blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Mala Waldron Quartet 8pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Members’ Open Mike Night 8pm. Singers, poets, banjo-players, comedians, story-tellers, actors, pontificators, and variants thereof are invited to take the mike. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079. New York Festival of Song: Protest 7pm. An evening of defiant, passionate, and ironic songs that touch on some of the hot-button issues in today’s news: the rights of Latinos, Latinas, Muslims, Jews, and the Queer community; the plights of exiles and refugees; and the survival of the earth itself. Hudson Hall, Hudson. 5188221438.

Ragtime 8pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Slambovian Circus of Dreams 7:30pm. $26-$50. Eighth Step @ Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 434-1703.


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


Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple-flavored syrup and the real thing. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.


"We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay" 8pm. $12. A side-splitting satire involving a consumer backlash against high prices, the play concerns the human spirit’s desire to meet the basic need of hunger with dignity. Written by Dario Fo. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock.


The Art of Pysanky 10am-4pm. $55/$45. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222. Brewing with Botanicals 11am-2pm. $45/$35 members. A beginner level class, we introduce you to the art and science of homebrewing. We lead you through a full brew day as we discuss the four main components of beer: malt, yeast, hops, and water; the brewing process; and how to avoid and troubleshoot the most common problems. This class includes complimentary samples of Beerology’s homebrewed beer! Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Drawing and Painting with Les Castellanos 9am-noon. $200/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Hands On: Cake Decorating 10:30am-noon. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Kingston Clay Day First Saturday of every month, 2-4pm. $25. Guests of all ages/abilities can play with clay on Kingston’s First Saturday! Try out the wheel, learn basic handbuilding techniques, and have fun making something from your imagination! Finished pieces will be ready for pick up at the following Kingston Clay Day. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Kingston Ceramics Studio, Kingston. 331-2078. Pressure Canning 10am-1pm. $65. Janie Greenwald, Cornell Cooperative Extension. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Repair Cafe: Esopus 10am-1pm. Fixing stuff & creating community. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 340-1293. Wok This Way 1pm. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Wok This Way: Stir Fry 2-4pm. $85. Corrine Trang, chef/author. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.


Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 8pm. $11/$9 students and senior. Eleven studentchoreographed pieces, exciting faculty work, iconic excerpts from the classical ballet repertoire, and Marksman, a modern dance by award-winning guest choreographer Kate Weare. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Cold Spring, NY Film Society 1st Annual Oscar Party 6pm-midnight. A ballot will be given to all who would like to participate; a prize will be given to person with most correct answers. Old VFW Hall, Cold Spring. (347) 551-1875. Darkest Hour 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Murnau’s Faust 2-5pm. $8. Emil Jannings stars in Murnau’s silent masterpiece with live accompaniment by Marta Waterman. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Journey into Self Awareness 10:30am. $15. Join Theo Meth for a morning filled with music, humor, divine celebration and laughter, howling, dancing, shaking, gibberish, chanting, guided self inquiry and silent meditation. Milkweed, Sugar Loaf.


Dave Davies plays at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, on April 6.

Kink in Konnecticut It’s one of the most iconic guitar riffs in rock ’n’ roll: the distorted power-chord attack of the Kinks’ 1964 smash “You Really Got Me,” the very phrase that forged the iron-anvil crunch of heavy metal and punk rock. Yet the tune itself actually originated on piano, says Dave Davies, the British band’s legendary lead guitarist, who will perform at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, on April 6. “Ray was playing around with the riff on the piano in the front room of our family’s house,” says Dave, who at 16 cofounded the Kinks in 1963 with his big brother, lead singer and guitarist Ray Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife; drummer Mick Avory joined in 1964. “I had a little green Elpico amp I bought from up the road, and I’d sliced up the speaker cone in it with a razor blade to get it to sound distorted. I started playing the barre chords to what Ray was doing on the piano, and that was it.” Besides being known for his work on that and other Kinks proto-hard rock bangers like “All Day and All of the Night” and “Till the End of the Day” and pop gems like “Tired of Waiting for You,” “Lola,” and “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” Davies is behind some of the most wistful tracks in the Kinks canon; see his transcendent 1967 solo single “Death of a Clown” b/w “Love Me Till the Sun Shines” (both tracks also appear on the Kinks album Something Else by the Kinks). Raised in the Muswell Hill suburb of London—the tile of the Kinks’ 1971 album Muswell Hillbillies is a nod to the neighborhood—Dave and Ray absorbed their parents’ fondness for English music hall and their six older sisters’ taste in jazz and early rock ’n’ roll, and began playing when the skiffle craze was sweeping the UK. Signed to Pye Records (first Cameo and then Reprise in America), the Kinks, along with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Animals, and others, were a leading act of the British

Invasion, racking up nine Top Forty US hits between 1964 and 1970. The group’s popularity and stability took a dip in the early 1970s, mirroring the Davies brothers’ famously fractious rivalry. But by the end of that decade and the start of the next, the Kinks were being acknowledged as punk and heavy metal forefathers and covered by bands like the Pretenders, the Jam, and Van Halen. They rode the renewed interest back into the charts via the hit albums Low Budget (1979), One for the Road (1980), Give the People What They Want (1981), and State of Confusion (1983), which bore the MTV hit “Come Dancing.” Attention came their way again in the early 1990s when Britpop bands like Blur and Oasis cited them as influential, but the group nonetheless split in 1996. Since 1980, Davies has released seven solo studio albums and, presenting a different family dynamic than the famously rocky one with his brother, three collaborations with his son Russ Davies, the most recent being 2017’s Open Road. A Kinks stage musical, “Sunny Afternoon,” has played to huge success in England and has its sights set on America, and the recurring rumbles of a Kinks reunion have resumed. “Ray and I have been talking about it, yeah,” says the guitarist and singer, who lives part time in New Jersey. “We’re just waiting ’til we both get back to England, so we can talk about it some more.” Davies has bounced back considerably since being sidelined by a stroke in 2004. “I’ve had to readjust my lifestyle and rethink some things, do some exercises,” he says. “I enjoy being able to play for people, and they still seem to enjoy it too. But, you know, you go on. That’s what you do. It’s rock ’n’ roll.” Dave Davies will perform at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, on April 6 at 8pm. Tickets are $60-$80. (866) 666-6306; —Peter Aaron 3/18 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 79

LECTURES & TALKS Digging Deeper: Finding Design-Landscape Architecture and the Creative Process 11am-1pm. $35. In a series of vignettes chosen from her book, award-winning Connecticut landscape architect and author Susan Cohen reveals the specific—and often unexpected— design inspirations of landscape architects now working around the world, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. (888) 842-2442. Frederic Church in Thomas Cole’s Catskills 2pm. Jennifer Raab, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History of Art, Yale University. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. 518-943-7465.

MUSIC Aaron Carter and Amy Guess 7pm. $15-$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin 7-9pm. $60/$75/$90/$110. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Alan Broadbent Trio 8pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 11am. Swing, blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Charles & Bernard 1pm. Acoustic. Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band 4pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. James Weidman Spiritual Impressions 7:30pm. $25. Jazz. The Senate Garage, Kingston. 802 0029. Jon Bon Jovi 7pm. $175-$1000. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. March Forth: West Point Band Concert 3pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Piano Festival: Inon Barnatan 4pm. Presented by Howland Chamber Music Circle. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Ragtime 2pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Interactive Fiction Workshop 3:30pm. “Interactive fiction” is a wide genre that blurs the line between literature and video games, encompassing any piece of text fiction where the reader is able to influence the story. Visual novels, HTML fiction, and “choose your own adventure” playbooks all count. The IF Workshop will feature a selection of short IF pieces each session for participants to engage with and draw inspiration from, then provide a space for them discuss the medium and work on projects of their own. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Saving Snow: The Fight to Save Winter 5:30-7pm. Documentary on how ski towns are coping with warmer winters. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.


Alzheimer’s Support Group First Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30pm. Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? You don’t have to face it alone. Sharing with others who understand can bring relief and help everyone who participates. Our groups are open to the public. All Sport Fishkill Health and Fitness Club, Fishkill. (800) 272-3900.


All Abilities Kids: Science 10:30am. This program is designed to make scientific experimentation and discovery accessible to children with neurodevelopmental difficulty and/ or cognitive or intellectual disabilities; the material is presented at a mid-elementary-school level, but simple adaptations can make the content accessible for lower levels as well. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Bombay Rickey 7:30pm. $20. A five-piece band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. The Whispering Tree 8pm. Acoustic. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500.


Four-Week Beginner Swing Dance Class 7-8pm. $85. With Linda and Chester Freeman. Elks Lodge, Beacon. 8458319746.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple-flavored syrup and the real thing. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Mindful Movement Class (monthly) First Sunday of every month, 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to. Good for all ability levels. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 917-373-6151.


Darkest Hour 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Health & Wellness

Mindful Fun Meditation 2-3pm. $10/family. Please join us, bring yourself and your kids to engage in one hour of activities to help facilitate mindfulness. Activities include but are not limited to movement, music, and guided meditation. All sessions are designed to increase joy, laughter and fun. Hudson Valley Midwifery, Kingston. 383-1298.

MUSIC Andrew Bird 7:30pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Four-Week Swing Dance Class 6-7pm. $85. With Linda and Chester Freeman. Intermediate and advanced lessons also available. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 236-3939.

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Darkest Hour 1pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Alzheimer’s Support Group First Wednesday of every month, 11am-12:30pm. Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? You don’t have to face it alone. Sharing with others who understand can bring relief and help everyone who participates. Our groups are open to the public. Vassar Warner Home, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900.


Make a Rainbow Connection 3pm. Teens are welcome for snacks and conversation with Farrell Brenner from the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center. Learn about the Center, its programs, and its services. Build community and talk with fellow teens about gender & sexual identity. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Cameron Rowland, Artist 5-7pm. Bard College : CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7598. The Tet Offensive Revisited 5:30-6:30pm. Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia at Columbia University. Taylor Hall Room 203 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.


Andrew Bird 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. The Benjamins 7pm. $15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Common Tongue’s First Wednesdays 8pm. Tribute to Jeffery Beck. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Eric Johnson: Ah Via Musicom Tour 8pm. $62/$52/$42. With original band members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000. Harpist and Singer Benjamin Bagby: Beowulf 7-8pm. Taylor Hall Room 102 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


DIY Herbal Body Care: The Complete Herbal Facial 6:30-8:30pm. $25/$15 members. Dive into the sensory world of herbal body care products. Bring a small towel. Supply Fee: $20. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Four-Week Beginner Swing Dance Class 6-7pm. $85. With Linda and Chester Freeman. Boughton Place, Highland. 236-3939.


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

Drawing Better: Vince Natale 9am-noon. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition with Eric Angeloch 1-4pm. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

FRIDAY 9 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Boy Scouts of Troop 8 5-8pm. Sawkill Firehouse, Kingston. 750-9924.



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

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.



Uptown Lowdown Vintage Jazz Dance Classes 8-9:15pm. $72 for 6 weeks, $20 drop in. Join the chorus line! We’ll learn an original solo jazz choreography in a classic, 1920s chorus girl style. BSP Dance Studio, 323 Wall Street, Kingston (upstairs) $72 for 6 weeks, $20 drop in BSP, Kingston.


Darkest Hour 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Breast Cancer Support Group Second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30pm. Peer led support group by Breast Cancer Options, a local non-profit organization serving the Hudson Valley with free support and education services. The organization is committed to providing people with the information, support and advocacy they need to make informed health choices. 84 Greene Street, Hudson. 339-4673.


The Early Bird Gets the Worm: How Planning for College Sooner Rather Than Later Helps Students Achieve their Dreams 6-7pm. The college search and admission and financial aid application processes need not be stressful and disappointing! Former college admission director and founder of Next Step College Counseling Sandra M. Moore, MA will share tried-and-true strategies that will help families save time, energy and money and produce positive outcomes. Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. 485-3445.


An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin 7:30pm. $29-$69. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Anita Rein featuring Anthony Gach 8pm. Soul. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Diamond Collection: Neil Diamond Tribute 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Ellen Arkbro 7:30pm. Stockholm-based composer Ellen Arkbro performs a new work for electric guitar and algorithmic synthesis. Arkbro is a musical alchemist whose work oscillates between the pop music of the ’90s and the American minimalism of the ’60s, while exploring microtonal realms that blur the standard tunings and harmonies of Western music. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. JB3 Trio 7-10pm. $10. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Lorkin O’Reilly 8pm. Indie folk Scottish style. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Lyle Lovettand Shawn Colvin 7:30pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Open Mike Night with Jeff Entin 7-9:30pm. Jeff Entin welcomes musicians from all around the Hudson Valley to Open Mike night. Bring your instrument and talent to the stage or enjoy a tasty dinner listening to the music. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Open Mike for the People, By the People 7:30pm. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188.


Creative Coding in Informal Settings 10am-4pm. Hosted by Red Hook Public Library with generous help from Bard College and the Red Hook Central School District, the event is free and open to informal teachers and library workers who want to add coding activities to their repertoires. Topics will include unplugged coding, Scratch, HTML, and robotics such as Spheroes. Bard College Bertelsmann Campus Center. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.

The Big Lebowski 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. The Post 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. The Sacred Run 7pm. Documentary film by Andrea Sadler. The evening will honor Dennis Banks (April 12, 1937– October 29, 2017), who with First Nation people from North America and Japan, were joined by volunteers from thirteen countries on a ceremonial run finishing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the film showing there will be a Q & A and Circle ceremony to share prayers and gratitude. Refreshments will be served. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.


Happy Hour Yoga 7-8pm. $20. Fun an.d energetic Vinyasa class set to varying musical playlists Cold Spring Yoga Studio, Cold Spring. 265-4444.


Adoptive Families Group 5:30pm. With games and art projects for the children, parents can talk with each other and/or join in the mess-making mayhem. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Predicting the Future of Infectious Disease 7pm. Disease ecologist Dr. Barbara Han will discuss how, with the help of AI and machine learning, her team analyzes data on animals, disease, and geography to pinpoint areas at risk of future disease outbreaks.Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. (888) 842-2442.


Bard Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program: An Opera Triple Bill 8pm. $25-$35. A luminous triple bill of operatic rarities, exploring the rites and rituals of marriage. Celebrate modernism and romance, imagined through the lens of impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his revolutionary company the Ballet Russes. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Cuboricua Salsa Band 8pm. Salsa, Latin dance. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. David Kraai with Josh Roy Brown 8pm. 8-11pm. David Kraai doles out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Josh Roy Brown on lap steel. The New York Resturant, Catskill. (518) 943-5500. The Edgar Winter Band 8-10pm. $37/$47/ $62.90. Edgar Holland Winter is an American rock and blues musician. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2 8pm. Classic rock. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039. Hudson Valley Folk Guild’s Friend’s of Fiddlers Green Concert 8pm. $12/$10 seniors/$8 HVFG members. Featuring Betty and the Baby Boomers, followed by open mike. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Hyde Park. 758-2681. John Basile Trio 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Johnny Nicholas & Hellbent 8pm. Texas blues. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ragtime 8pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute 8pm. $15-$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


"Murder Me Always" 7pm. 3-course dinner and show presented by Murder Cafe. Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck. 876-7077.


Ann M. Martin

Cornelius Eady

Colm Toibin

Martha Frankel

John Elder Robison

Ann Hood

Marie Howe

By the Book As a self-described voracious reader, Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, says it’s been “an exhausting year.” “I know more about my government than I ever did, and I know I’m not alone,” she says. “I know what I need to do, which is quiet my mind and make a conscious effort to learn more, in order to do more. The Bookfest is a great opportunity for that.” “Read to Resist” is the theme of the ninth annual Woodstock Bookfest. It all kicks off on Thursday, March 22 with the annual Story Slam. The live storytelling contest is the weekend’s loudest, largest event. This year, participants need to include the phrase “How could I resist?” in a story no longer than three-and-a-half minutes. “Who knows where it could go?” Frankel says. “It’s so great to see how people approach it. It opens up the festival, and it’s a great way for people to get to know each other.” On Sunday, the festival will hold “A Day Celebrating Women.” It will feature two of the weekend’s most powerful panel discussions. The first panel will be led by Amye Archer, author of Fat Girl, Skinny. Archer is co-editor of My Body, My Words: A Collection of Bodies, which was published on March 1. Frankel wrote the foreword to this new book of short essays, and other local authors contributed essays to the work. The panel, titled “My Body, My Words” will address issues of body image and gender. Closing out the weekend, Frankel will moderate an allwoman panel discussion on memoir writing. “I decided all the people on the panel are going to be women,” Frankel says. “We deserve it this year more than ever. I wanted to reach out and do something.” The Bookfest is packed with even more panels, as

well as writing workshops and speeches from over 20 notable authors. Woodstock resident and New York Times bestselling author Abigail Thomas has been a part of the festival every year since it launched in 2009. “A few local authors and I had an idea that what we needed here was a book festival—it was the only thing that Woodstock lacked,” she says. “[Frankel] has run everything ever since. She’s really remarkable. People come from everywhere, and the audience is so deeply passionate and involved. I just love the faces of people wandering through town with a love of reading.” Thomas is nationally recognized for her two memoirs, A Three Dog Life and What Comes Next and How to Like It. She has been leading writing workshops for 30 years, and currently hosts one every Monday at her home in Woodstock. She’ll lead a sold-out, intensive memoir workshop, “Just Get Some Work Done,” as part of the Bookfest. “I give three assignments, and very often, there’s something that can lead to a project, which is very thrilling,” she says. “Sometimes you get something that can unstick you.” Additional all-day workshops will be held by authors Beverly Donofrio, Kaylie Jones, Kitty Sheehan, and Lynn Johnston. All take place on Friday, March 23 from 9am to 5pm. There will also be three mini-workshops on Friday, including haiku-making and bookbinding classes. “I’m very excited for the mini-intensives to bring in more people who don’t want to do the whole day,” Frankel says. “And for the poetry panel, which we haven’t done in a while.” The Woodstock Bookfest runs from Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25. Events will be held at various locations in and around Woodstock. —Briana Bonfiglio

Kate McGloughlin



Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Saltzman and Unidentified Woman, ca. 1985, gelatin silver print, collection Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008.019.127 


Andy Warhol, Brooklyn Bridge, 1983, screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, extra, out of the edition, designated for research and educational purposes only, collection of University Art Museum, State University of New York on behalf of the University at Albany Foundation, gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., 2013:2451 

Andy Warhol, Plate from FLASH—NOVEMBER 22, 1963, 1968,” lithograph and silkscreen on paper, collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, gift of Alexander E. Racolin, 1992.07.77.01-.11 

Pop Goes the Easel “What is Art?” Andy Warhol once asked. “Isn’t it a man’s name?” Rocketing to celebrity in 1962 with his daringly mundane paintings of Campbell’s soup cans—32 of them in the first show—Warhol quickly became a “King of All Media,” with films, books, silkscreens, a band (the Velvet Underground), a traveling multimedia show (The Exploding Plastic Inevitable) and his own magazine—Interview, which still exists. Andy’s dictum, “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” entered the language. The Andy Warhol Foundation has been gifting museums and universities with the artist’s work since its inception after Warhol's death. In all, they have given way 52,000 works of art, to institutions in 11 countries. Five local colleges have pooled their works to create “Warhol x 5,” five separate exhibitions in the Hudson Valley. “I tried to bring out the dimension of Warhol that is unfamiliar,” remarked Reva Wolf, curator at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. Her show, “Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries,” reveals that Andy had a soft spot for yearly observances. Flash—November 22, 1963 was a series of 11 silkscreens honoring the fifth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Untitled 12 was in a portfolio of prints honoring the art critic Meyer Schapiro’s 70th birthday. Warhol designed the poster for the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1983. Three black-on-black pieces steal the show. Untitled 12 (1974) combines several famous Warhol tropes: a Campbell’s soup can, a Brillo box, a purple cow—all layered over each other. (In fact, the cow is poking her head into the spectral soup can.) Cologne Cathedral (1985) is a silkscreened image of the German church, celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its completion. The image is outlined in diamond dust, a stirring admixture of the vulgar and the spiritual. A silkscreen of John F. Kennedy from Flash is a square view of JFK’s face, in tight close-up, smiling out of a velvety abyss. Ten Polaroids of Bella Abzug document her historic campaign for mayor of New York in 1977—she was the first woman to run for this office. Rolling Stone commissioned a Warhol portrait of Bella for their cover; these photos were Warhol’s “sketches.” Abzug poses in her trademark hat, holding a rose in two pictures. She is playful, warm, flattered by the attention of a celebrated artist. One doesn’t picture Warhol a feminist, but these Polaroids prove otherwise. “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus, and of a famous person doing something unfamous,” Warhol said. “People Are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol” at the Loeb Center of Vassar College illustrates this thesis. There are 11 “screen tests”—an experiment in silent black and white film that Warhol conducted between 1964 and 1966. A volunteer would sit motionless while a camera ran for about three minutes. This collection includes Dennis Hopper, poet John Giorno, and socialite Edie Sedgwick. The “Ladies and Gentlemen” series (1975) comprised 10 screenprints of AfricanAmerican and Latino drag queens. A Polaroid study for that project shows Helen/Henry Morales with a brave expression, false eyelashes, and a massive wig. The centerpiece

of “People Are Beautiful” is Marilyn (1967) a portrait of Marilyn Monroe with blue skin and fake-looking yellow hair. For Warhol, beauty is always combined with the grotesque. With “Warhol: Unidentified” the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will explore an unusual corner of the Warhol oeuvre: photographs of unknown people. The show, which opens April 8, includes over 80 pieces: some color Polaroids, others black and white 35mm prints. All the Polaroids are staged portraits, against a neutral background. In some cases, the subject is wearing white makeup, to increase the color contrast. One technical problem is how to title these pictures. The Andy Warhol Foundation came up with descriptive phrases like Unidentified Man (young blonde mole over lip) and Unidentified Woman (short curly hair). One can imagine stories behind these faces. Unidentified Man (glasses, no glasses) looks like a suave insurance adjuster from Roslyn, Long Island, with two girlfriends who don’t know about each other. For the nameless individuals in these pictures, their 15 minutes have finally arrived— even if they don’t know it. “Warhol: Unidentified” exemplifies that rare oxymoron: anonymous fame. “The more I looked at the Polaroids, the more the images of the children stood out,” explains Corinna Ripps Schaming, curator of the SUNY Albany Art Museum. “Younger Than Today: Photographs of Children (…and sometimes their mothers)” will open on June 30. Some of the portraits are of famous children: Jade Jagger sadly clutching a teddy bear, Tracee Ross (Diana Ross’s daughter) smiling hopefully, Sean Lennon with a secret gleam. But the unidentified kids are even more affecting. Warhol captures the loneliness, and distrust, in the eyes of an unguarded child. “There’s this conception that Warhol didn’t really relate to children, that he was very cold and distant, and in reality, the more that I’ve explored the subject, the more it comes out that he had, for example, very close relationships with his nephews,” Schaming reports. “Younger Than Today” includes all three screen tests Warhol took of children, including two of Bibbe Hansen, who was 13 when she sat for her first one. Hansen was the daughter of Fluxist artist Al Hansen, and later the mother of Beck, the rock musician. The Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase will present “Subject and Seriality” on July 22. One standout will be Portraits of the Artists (1967), a screenprint on 100 tiny colored polystyrene boxes, made for the 10th anniversary of the Leo Castelli Gallery. Ten artists participated in a celebratory art show, including Warhol, and all nine men—and one woman—are shown, with 10 images of each, making a perfect square. These are serious artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella. Warhol’s decision to reduce them to little portraits suggests that he really did see Art as a person’s name. (This piece is currently on view at the Dorsky.) “Warhol x 5” is at five colleges in the Hudson Valley until November 18. Currently, shows are open at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz and the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. —Sparrow 3/18 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 83


Come Back Strong: Wellnes After Surgical Menopause 5-6pm. Comeback Strong author Lori Ann King will share tips and tools to manage menopause, both surgical and natural in regard to nutrition, exercise, complementary medicine, and lifestyle changes. King is a bestselling author, speaker, blogger, certified sports nutritionist, and wellness coach. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311.


Abby Z and the New Utility at the Fisher Center Close your eyes and imagine you’re at a volleyball game—hear the sneakers squeaking, the players grunting. It is this gymnasium soundtrack that accompanies Abby Zbikowski’s modern dance “Abandoned Playground,”—nine athletically clothed performers move with frenetic, synchronized intensity to the sound of their own stomping and shouting. Tension rises as dancers run, tumble, and kick their way on and off stage. Through them you understand dancing as a sport as well as an art form. Zbikowski won the 2017 Juried Bessie Award for her works in contemporary dance, which focus more on physical rigor than a pristine finished product. Catch the daring performance on March 31 at 7:30pm or April 1 at 2pm at Bard College’s Fisher Center. Tickets are $25. (845) 758-6822. —Briana Bonfiglio WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Happy Hour Yoga Second Friday of every month, 7-8pm. $20. Happy Hour with Ali Verdicchio is a fun and energetic Vinyasa flow class set to varying musical playlists each month. It is great for all levels, with simple modifications for beginner yogis and plenty of variations for those with a more advanced practice. Be prepared to build heat through Asana and Pranayama in this invigorating, musically inspired workout. Cold Spring Yoga Studio, Cold Spring. 265-4444.


Swing Dance with Live Band 7:30-10:30pm. $15. Includes basic lesson at 7:308pm with instructors Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 236-3939.


Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday of every month. Second Saturday is a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month where galleries and shops stay open until 9pm, most of which are right along Main Street. Downtown Beacon, Beacon. Randolph School Maple Fest 11am-4pm. $10/$5 children/$25 family. Tour the maple-sugaring process of tapping, collecting and boiling sap to make maple syrup. Join musicians Jordan Shapiro, Emily Ellias and Stephen Clair as we celebrate the joys of maple sugaring. Additional activities include live music, story-telling, face painting, crafts, and hikes on Randolph’s lovely, forested property. A pancake lunch will be available from 11am-1pm. The Randolph School, Wappingers Falls. 297-5600.


Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? Q&A with Travis Wilkerson 7:30-9pm. $9/$7 member and student. Q&A with Director and Vassar Film Professor Travis Wilkerson after screening of his documentary “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8100. The Post 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

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Roman Holiday 1:30-3:30pm. $6. With live pre-show organ music starting 30 minutes before the feature. Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. 346-4195. Steamboat Bill Jr. 2pm. This classic silent comedy is an infectious combination of satire and sight gags that climaxes with one of the most hilarious typhoons to hit the screen. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

HEALTH & WELLNESS First Person: The Transformative Art of Memoir Writing with Lorraine Ash 10:30am-6pm. $225. 2-day course. Memoir is a search for deeper identity and, at its best, reveals some hard-won truth about the human experience. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. (201) 248-2146. Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group Second Saturday of every month, 12-1:30pm. Peer led support group by Breast Cancer Options, a local non-profit organization serving the Hudson Valley with free support and education services. The organization is committed to providing people with the information, support and advocacy they need to make informed health choices. Christ the King Church, New Paltz. 339-4673.

KIDS & FAMILY Cultural Traditions Related of Easter, Passover, and Now Ruz 10am-noon. The family friendly event will include display and information tables for each celebration. There will be make and take activities related to each holiday as well as food samples representative of those eaten in various cultures during those holidays. Presented by The Folk Arts Program at Arts Mid-Hudson and Millbrook Library. Millbrook Free Library, Millbrook. 677-3611.

LECTURES & TALKS Life in Antarctica 11:30am-12:30pm. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in the coldest place on earth? Come hear Clinton resident Melissa Coggeshall tell youshe has been to Antarctica three times and will be here at the library talking about her experience and showing off some of the gear necessary for human survival in this extreme climate. Clinton Community Library, Rhinebeck. 266-5530. Poets Bertha Rogers and Richard Levine 7pm. $5. Featured reading followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.

The BBoyz 8:30-11pm. Featuring Tom, Benni, Barry, Mark, Peter, Mike, and Barry the Boys play Soul, funk, R&B, and all flavors in between. Originating in the Hudson Valley this seven piece band features a boogie-down horn section that brings everyone out on the dance floor. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Beacon Record and CD Fest 9am-5pm. New & used record, LP 45 CD, DVD, posters & memorabilia dealers from New York, New Jersey & Connecticut. Beacon Winter Farmers’ Market at the VFW, Beacon. Facebook. com/events/410158669406628/. Brian Dunne with Girl Blue 8pm. The LInda, Albany. (518) 465-5233. Catskill Cabaradio 6-9pm. Pot luck dinner at 6pm, show at 7pm.$5 Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. David Bryne 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Deadgrass 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Dumpstaphunk 9pm. Funk jam. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Early Music 4pm. $15. The Hudson Valley Consort performs music of the 17 th and 18 th centuries by Handel, Telemann, Corelli and Couperin. Dongmyung Ahn & Scot Moore, violins; Christine Gummere, cello; Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord. Includes refreshments. Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook. 758-5887. Feast of Friends: Performing the Music of the Doors 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Godspeed You! Black Emperor 8-10pm. $45 preferred/$35/$26 students and advance. Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s newest album, “Luciferian Towers,” offers a transcendent, melodic maturity even as it rumbles through an apocalyptic contemporary landscape. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. com/search?q=mass+moca+box+office+phone +number&rlz=1C1PRFC_enUS748US748&oq=m assmoca+bo&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l3j69i60l2.30 24j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8. Gypsy Swing Brunch: La Pompe Attack noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Singer/Guitarist Maggie Rothwell 1-3pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Marji Zintz 5pm. Acoustic. Bear Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5555. The Met Live:Rossini’s Semiramide 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. NEQ 7:30pm. $20/$15/$5. The Hudson Valley-based band plays rock, Americana, Afro-Cuban, classical, funk, and ethnic grooves, engaging the listener with a dynamic sound and a collision of musical styles. Cabaret-style seating. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. Ragtime 8pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Sudbury Open House 1-4pm. HVSS Open Houses are the best way to begin to get to know the school. Students, parents, alumni, and staff members will be in attendance to give tours of the campus, discuss the school, and answer questions. Panel discussion at 2:00. Hudson Valley Sudbury School, Kingston. 679-1002.


Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple-flavored syrup and the real thing. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.


Murder Me Always 7pm. Buffet dinner, wine and desserts and show presented by Murder Cafe. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Murder Me Always: A Night of Comedy Dinner Theater 6:30-9pm. $35/$30 for Unison Members. Make reservations for a one-of-a-kind dinner theater experience at Unison. Doors open at 6:30pm, Dinner and Show begin at 7pm. Ticket includes dinner and show. Wine will be available. A hardboiled mystery set in the 1940s. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Day of Stillness Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114. Drawing and Painting with Les Castellanos 9am-noon. $200/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Repair Cafe: Rosendale 10am-2pm. Free repairs courtesy of experts who are also your neighbors. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Rosendale. Vegetable and Annual Flower Seed Starting 10am-noon. $25/$15 members. This workshop will focus on indoor sowing and growing-on practices, including preparation of an effective seed-sowing schedule, techniques for successful germination of challenging seeds, and management of plants at various stages of growth. Workshop participants will practice seed sowing and transplanting a variety of plants to take home for the spring and summer growing season. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Yakitori: Japanese Grilling 1-4pm. $85. Corrine Trang, chef/ author. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.


Dance Film Sunday Presents The Bolshoi Ballet in "Romeo and Juliet" 2pm. $12/$10 members/$6 children. Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Sergei Prokofiev’s romantic score in this live HD capture from Moscow. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Swing Dance to Crazy Feet 3-6pm. $15/$10 FT students. Beginners’ swing lesson 3:00-3:30. Dance from 3:30 to 6:00. No partner necessary. Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.


The Post 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Journey into Self Awareness 10:30am. $15. Join Theo Meth for a morning filled with music, humor, divine celebration and laughter, howling, dancing, shaking, gibberish, chanting, guided self inquiry and silent meditation. Milkweed, Sugar Loaf.


Emerson & Thoreau: the Transcendentalists & India Fireside Talk 4-5:30pm. Matagiri and the Emerson Resort & Spa host the 2nd in a series of lectures, this one entitled “Emerson and Thoreau: the Transcendentalists and India,” presented by Richard Davis, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies Programs at Bard College. Emerson Resort & Spa Great Room, Mount Tremper. 688-2828. Slavery & the Palatines: A Lecture by Travis Bowman 1-2:30pm. $5. Usually considered a “Southern” issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Mr. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.


Bard Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program: An Opera Triple Bill 3pm. $25-$35. A luminous triple bill of operatic rarities, exploring the rites and rituals of marriage. Celebrate modernism and romance, imagined through the lens of impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his revolutionary company the Ballet Russes. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Bernstein Bard Trio 2-3pm. The Bernstein Bard Trio (featuring Mark Bernstain, Steve Bernstein, and Robert Bard) will bring their imaginative arrangements and “infectious grooves”. You’ve seen them perform at o.u Summer Concerts--now they’re going to help you beat the winter blues with toe-tapping tunes. Clinton Community Library, Rhinebeck. 266-5530. Bluegrass Brunch: Moonshine Creek Bluegrass Band noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Dave Keyes Solo 11am. Gospel blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Low Lily, John Whelan & Katie McNally 7:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 2pm. String and vocal trio Low Lily, along with Irish accordionist John Whelan and Scottish fiddler Katie McNally, will explore the influences and connections between Irish, Scottish and American roots music. Then—in the evening—they’ll present an extraordinary concert of traditional and original music. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Marc Von Em 6pm. Aocustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Metropolitan Opera’s performance in HD of Rossini’s Semiramide noon. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Michael Feinberg Quartet “Whatever Possessed Me” 8pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ragtime 2pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Schwab Vocal Rising Stars 3-5pm. $15/$35/free for students 18 and under!. Join us as we travel the British Isles! Artistic Director Steven Blier selects four young voices and a pianist for a week-long residency which includes daily coaching, rehearsals, and workshops, culminating in a Music Room performance to bring these songs to life. Assisted by Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and developed in conjunction with NYFOS, this bracing survey of British song will offer four centuries of musical elegance, razor-sharp wit, and refined sentiment. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Tab Benoit's Whisky Bayou Records Revue 7pm. $10-$20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Tower Music Series presents Trio la Bella 3:30-5pm. $15. An organ concert. The Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, poughkeepsie. 452-8110.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple-flavored syrup and the real thing. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

THEATER Bindlestiff Cirkus Monthly Winter Cabaret 9pm. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Mystical Magical Musical Maple Sugaring 1-4pm. sliding scale $10-$25 families/$5-$15 adults. Let the sweetest treat of the forest awaken your senses into springtime. Step into the woods to identify and tap a sugar maple tree, collect the dripping sap in buckets, and gather around the fire in the sweet steam of the sap boiler. You’ll learn everything you need to make maple syrup yourself. We’ll end with some music and a delicious maple treat. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 902-8154. New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s Spring Master Class Series $30. With Contemporary Dancer Bradley Beakes. All dancers welcome. Ages 8-11, 1-2:30pm. Ages 12+, 3-4:30pm. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz. 255-0044. Practices of Jewish Mystical Life: Exploring the Inner Landscape 2-4:30pm. $30/$20 members. With Cantor Micha’el Esformes. Meets four Sundays: Mar. 11, April 29, May 13, and June 17. In these workshops, Cantor Micha’el Esformes shares his decades of study and practice of Jewish mysticism and leads participants in a “hands-on” exploration of the inner landscape. The Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock. 399-3505.


The Post 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Mindful Fun Meditation 2-3pm. $10/family. Please join us, bring yourself and your kids to engage in one hour of activities to help facilitate mindfulness. Activities include but are not limited to movement, music, and guided meditation. All sessions are designed to increase joy, laughter and fun. Hudson Valley Midwifery, Kingston. 383-1298.

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


Bindlestiff Cirkus Monthly Winter Cabaret 3pm. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.


Interactive Fiction Workshop 3:30pm. “Interactive fiction” is a wide genre that blurs the line between literature and video games, encompassing any piece of text fiction where the reader is able to influence the story. Visual novels, HTML fiction, and “choose your own adventure” playbooks all count. The IF Workshop will feature a selection of short IF pieces each session for participants to engage with and draw inspiration from, then provide a space for them discuss the medium and work on projects of their own. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Find Peace: Learn to Meditate Series 7:30-9pm. Free workshop series introducing the practice of meditation that is designed to: offer simple, powerful meditation techniques to reduce stress, improve focus and cultivate positive attitudes as well as help you build and maintain a daily meditation practice while creating an opportunity for weekly group meditation and discussion. Woodstock Reformed Church, Woodstock. 797-1218.


Fiance For The Female Mind 6-7:30pm. What kind of investor you are, why diversification is important, how to analyze mutual funds and ETFs, how to allocate your investment portfolio, how to be more confident in making investment decisions. Presented by: Maria Sciuto, Certified Financial Planner Fort Capital LLC. Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, Poughkeepsie. 363-6432.


Homeschool Studio 10:30am-noon. This recurring series is not project oriented, but rather provides hands-on opportunities for experimenting with various forms and media of artistic expression. This program is recommended for children aged 7 years and older. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation 7:30-9pm. $20/free for high school and college students. In an intimate concert and candid conversation with the audience, Peter Buffett aims to redefine success and privilege by sharing the story of his life growing up in Omaha- how it set the course for him to follow his passion for music, and how that passion was transformed through philanthropy. The multimedia performance features Buffett on piano and Michael Kott on cello. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Cognitive Science Colloquium Series 5-6:15pm. “Productive Struggle: Using Cognitive Science to Enhance Learning.” Taking the easy way today can be a bad way to prepare for tomorrow. Dr. Nate Kornell’s (Williams College) talk will focus on strategies that succeed in the long term by making students to do worse in the short term. Lecture Center, New Paltz. 257-3872. Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk Second Tuesday of every month, 7pm. free. Shambhala Buddhist teachers talk on a variety of topics at our Open House. Second Tuesday of every month, after community meditation practice. Meditation: 6-7pm, Talk 7pm, followed by tea, cookies, and converation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.


Singer-Songwriter John Ondrasik 8pm. $54.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Bread and Puppet Theater: “The Basic Bye-Bye Show” On March 30, for one night only, Bread and Puppet Theater is performing “The Basic ByeBye Show,” a politically charged puppet show at Time & Space Limited in Hudson. Since its beginning in the radical counterculture of the 1960s in New York City, the nonprofit and self-sustaining theater company has been puppeteers for political activism, tackling topics like ecology, capitalism, and militarism. “'The Basic Bye-Bye Show,'” says founder Peter Shumann, “is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet.” Known for combining avant-garde theater with conventional modes of storytelling, B&P’s “The Basic Bye-Bye Show” features puppets surrounded by a small stage embroidered with words like “Resist,” while an eclectic ensemble of instruments play. In Schumann’s own words, Bread and Puppet Theater helps people “overcome the established order and the obsessive submission to its politics and consequent brutalities.” (518) 822-8100; —Kurt Karlson Do You Love What You Do? 6-8pm. $15/$10. David Jurdyla, blacksmith. Pennings Farm, Warwick. 986-1059. Relatives As Parents Program Introductory Information Session 6-7pm. The Family and Consumer Education Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. Rhinebeck Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

MUSIC Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde 7pm. $25-$40. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Daymark 7pm. $15-$20/$7-$15 children. Mettabee Farm, Hillsdale. (518) 567-5123. Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation 11am-12:30pm & 7:30-9pm. $20/free for high school and college students. In an intimate concert and candid conversation with the audience, Peter Buffett aims to redefine success and privilege by sharing the story of his life growing up in Omaha- how it set the course for him to follow his passion for music, and how that passion was transformed through philanthropy. The multimedia performance features Buffett on piano and Michael Kott on cello. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Cooking Demo and Dinner $54 minimum. A fundraiser in support of the PJ Library program. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County. Bowery Dugout, Kingston. 338-8131.

The Post 1pm. $6. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Breast Cancer Support Group Second Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm. Peer led support group by Breast Cancer Options, a local non-profit organization serving the Hudson Valley with free support and education services. The organization is committed to providing people with the information, support and advocacy they need to make informed health choices. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 339-4673.


Scrabble Club Second Wednesday of every month, 5-6pm. For youth from third to eighth grades. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


AA Bronson, Artist 5-7pm. Bard College : CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7598.



Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation 7:30-9pm. $20/free for high school and college students. In an intimate concert and candid conversation with the audience, Peter Buffett aims to redefine success and privilege by sharing the story of his life growing up in Omaha- how it set the course for him to follow his passion for music, and how that passion was transformed through philanthropy. The multimedia performance features Buffett on piano and Michael Kott on cello. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Non-Fiction Book Group Third Thursday of every month, 6-7:30pm. A new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today. All persons are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792.


bigBANG 8pm. Large ensemble jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Desert Highway: A Tribute to the Eagles 8pm. $20-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Irish Band: Lunasa 7:30pm. $34.50. With special guest vocalist Natalie Merchant. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Open Mike for the People, By the People 7:30pm. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas 8pm. $67. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Stu Hamm “Songs & Stories” 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Thunderhead Organ Trio 8pm. Jazz. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240.



The Big Lebowski 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm. A screening of the cult classic followed by trivia.The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233. The Post 7:15pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


HEALTH & WELLNESS Canasta, Coffee and Camaraderie Third Thursday of every month. Open to people living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Join us for a morning of card-playing, companionship and coffee. Relax while spending time with others who are living with cancer. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Support Connection, Yorktown Heights. (914) 962-6402.

"Into the Woods" 7pm. $12/$10 in advance/$9 students, seniors and children/$7 in advance. Marlboro Central High School, Marlboro. Marlboroschools.schoolwires. com/domain/78. Craft & Create Jewelry Making Workshop 6-8pm. $40. With Rachel Bertoni of Bertoni Gallery Warwick- jewelry workshop is a lesson in accessorizing your jewelry with just the right beer. While designing a choice of a necklace, bracelet or anklet in your signature style, you’ll enjoy a flight of Glenmere’s hand-crafted beer or a pint to compliment your new trinkets. Glenmere Brewing Co., Florida. 651-1939. Drawing Better: Vince Natale 9am-noon. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Michael Golden & The Outsiders 8pm. 60s-inspired rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ragtime 8pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Red Hot Chili Pipers 8pm. $28-$48. Unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band 8pm. Roots and blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. 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. Song of the Soul: Sensual and Spiritual Renaissance Voices 6-8pm. $35/$60 premium/$10 under 18. The Crescendo Vocal Ensemble will perform Renaissance and Baroque works. Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA. (860) 435-4866.


Radish salad from Butterfield in Stone Ridge. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week The twice-yearly Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns March 12 through 25, featuring over 200 participating eateries. Restaurants will provide inexpensive, three-course meals, and are encouraged to use locally sourced products and ingredients. During this twoweek event, restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $32.95 and lunch menus for $22.95. Restaurant Week is all about making connections between farmers, chefs, and consumers. No matter where you are in the Hudson Valley, Restaurant Week is cooking in every county, from Canterbury Brook Inn in Cornwall to The Village Tearoom in New Paltz to Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring to the newly reopened Troutbeck in Amenia. Local from the ground up, Restaurant Week is organized by Valley Table magazine. Publisher Janet Crawshaw says that the mission of HVRW, one of the largest events of its kind in the country, “is to support the local economy and showcase the culinary talent and abundance in the Hudson Valley.” —Kurt Karlson Drawing, Painting and Composition with Eric Angeloch 1-4pm. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails 6-7:30pm. Paul Maloney, Stockade Tavern. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.


High Mud Comedy Fest with Mike Birbiglia 8-10pm. $20-$75. Mike Birbiglia headlines MASS MoCA’s High Mud Comedy Festival, the museum’s annual mud season yuk-fest, which returns to North Adams stacked with comedy-club kings and queens, funny film, uncommon workshops, halfbrewed beer tastings, and more. Storytelling funny man and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia is joined by comedic songstress Nellie McKay, with more comedic talent to be announced soon. High Mud will deliver a thousand laughs a minute during two nights of stand-up in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Come early for an afternoon of comedy adventures. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Irish Comedy Tour 8-10pm. $27/$32/$42. The Irish Comedy Tour takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2.


Small Plates Choreography Festival 8-10pm. $15/$10 student rate at the door. A curated dance performance series advancing the work of emerging and established choreographers. . Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. (703) 321-6957.


Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls 7:30-8:30pm. $30/$25 in advance. Michelle Clifton will play the singing bowls and awaken our bodies’ own innate healing abilities and re-tune our bodies. Cold Spring Yoga Studio, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

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Mummenschanz 2pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. All Abilities Kids: Storytime 10:30am. Inspired by sensory storytimes at libraries and schools across the country, All Abilities Kids Storytime features stories told through multiple modalities with optional interactive elements. Using a visual schedule, we will have a story and craft, as well as movement and song activities. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Cookie Céilí 4:30-5:30pm. Listen to Irish/Celtic music CDs and decorate sugar cookies fresh from Tivoli Bread and Baking. Cookies and icing/sprinkles provided. (While supplies last.) All ages. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.


An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler 8pm. $25. Join a public conversation between Neil Gaiman, Bard Professor in the Arts, and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), bestselling author of the beloved A Series Of Unfortunate Events and noted literary critic. Handler and Gaiman will discuss adaptation, collaboration, and the role of the writer as giver of advice.This event includes an audience Q&A. Signed copies of the authors’ work will be available for sale. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. An Evening with the Celebrity Housewives 8pm. $75/$175 with VIP meet and greet. Featuring Teresa Giudice, Brandi Glanville, and Carole Radziwill. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Hudson Valley Latino Forum Dutchess Community College, Fairview.


Altan 8pm. $29. Traditional Irish band. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. Ang ‘n Ed Acoustic Duo 8pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. David Kraai with Hector Becerra 7:30-10:30pm. David Kraai swings by to dole out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Hector Becerra stirring up those cool beats on drums. Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills. 928-5384. Desert Highway: A Tribute to the Eagles 8pm. $20-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Folk/Rock Duo Roger and Lenny 5pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 8:30pm. $40/$37.50 in advance. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Introductory Session for Prospective Parents 9-11am. Join us to learn more about Waldorf Education. The morning includes a short video, a campus tour, and a Q&A with our Administrator and several faculty members. Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge. 356-2514 ext. 302.

THEATER "Into the Woods" 7pm. $12/$10 in advance/$9 students, seniors and children/$7 in advance. Marlboro Central High School, Marlboro. Marlboroschools.schoolwires. com/domain/78.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Demystifying Detoxification 6pm. $85. Andrea Lubrano Goldstein, chef/ owner Black Flamingo Williamsburg. All you need to know as we move from winter to spring (vegan). bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Sound Healing with Michelle Clifton Third Friday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm. $30/$25 in advance. Sound Healing is one blissful and nurturing evening. Cold Spring Yoga Studio, Cold Spring. 265-4444. Weekend Intensive Weekend-long retreat. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.

SATURDAY 17 COMEDY High Mud Comedy Fest with Mike Birbiglia 8-10pm. $20-$75. Mike Birbiglia headlines MASS MoCA’s High Mud Comedy Festival, the museum’s annual mud season yuk-fest, which returns to North Adams stacked with comedy-club kings and queens, funny film, uncommon workshops, halfbrewed beer tastings, and more. Storytelling funny man and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia is joined by comedic songstress Nellie McKay, with more comedic talent to be announced soon. High Mud will deliver a thousand laughs a minute during two nights of stand-up in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Come early for an afternoon of comedy adventures. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

DANCE Frolic All-Ages Ecstatic Dance Party 6:30-10:30pm. $2-$15. The Frolic is an all-ages dance party for dance lovers: a not-for-profit allvolunteer freestyle dance event in the Mid-Hudson Valley. 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. 687-6090. Small Plates Choreography Festival 8-10pm. $15/$10 student rate at the door. A curated dance performance series advancing the work of emerging and established choreographers. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. (703) 321-6957.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Mother Turtle (Marisa Shuron Harris) 1-4:30pm. Free. Mother Turtle (Marisa Shuron Harris) helps people to redefine their future, letting go of what they hold in their past and moving forward through inspiration and symbolic experiential work. Bring pen and paper. Marbletown Community Center. Sponsors: The Morty and Gloria Wolosoff Foundaton and the Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community. Free. www.rvhhc. org Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge.

LECTURES & TALKS Understanding Islam 4pm. Dive into Islam’s tenets and practices with Aida Mansoor of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah. (914) 232-9555. Why There are Dysfunctional Systems with Nick Costanzo 5-6pm. No matter whether it’s a family system, a workplace, or a group of friends, many systems today are affected by dysfunctional behavior. This behavior has a negative effect on all the members of the system and all those they come in contact with. If this behavior is not corrected the long term effects can be devastating. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311.

LITERARY & BOOKS Science Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm. Join us for exciting measuring of pH level. The acidity or alkalinity of substances will amaze you. Testing led by High School Science teacher and faculty advisor of Science Olympiad team, Marika Janums. Clinton Community Library, Rhinebeck. 266-5530.

MUSIC The Ariel String Quartet: Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Shostakovich 6-8pm. $50 orchestra/$27 balcony/$15 students. Three 19th and 20th century Russian works create a trajectory through recent Russian history. Mahawie Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Blonde Ambition 9pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Charlie Daniels Band 8-10pm. $55/$65/$85/$105. Country. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Dixie Dregs 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Kool Keith 8pm. American rapper and founding member of Ultramagnetic MC’s. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625. Locust Honey 8pm. $15. Old-time, bluegrass, and pre-war blues blended with original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. The Mighty Ploughboys 8pm. $10-$20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Mummenschanz 2pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Ragtime 8pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Rob Scheps B3 Organ Quartet 7-10pm. B3 Organ jazz, .soul, funk, blues. With Bud Burridge, Alex Smith, Jesse Simpson Denning’s Point Distillery, Beacon. Sarah Potenza 8pm. Nashville blues. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. St. Patrick’s Day with The Dylan Doyle Band 8:30-11pm. Come get your Irish on and bring your dancing shoes. A unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the Delta of Rock, Blues, and Funk. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Steely Dan’s Roger Rosenberg with The Rob Scheps B3 Organ Band 7-10pm. Donation. Baritone saxman Roger Rosenberg has been with Steely Dan for over 12 years. He appears in a very rare Hudson Valley show playing jazz & soul with Rob Scheps’s B3 Organ Band. Also featuring Alex Smith, Bud Burridge & Jesse Simpson. Denning’s Point Distillery, Beacon. Todd Londagin Band 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Upstate Rubdown 8pm. Americana. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Young Irelanders 7:30-9pm. $27. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. 346-4195.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple-flavored syrup and the real thing. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

SPIRITUALITY Meditation 101 11am-1pm. $50/. Open up pathways to begin or resume a meditation practice. The Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.




"Into the Woods" 2 & 7pm. $12/$10 in advance/$9 students, seniors and children/$7 in advance. Marlboro Central High School, Marlboro. Marlboroschools.schoolwires. com/domain/78.

Maple Sugar Tour $6-$10. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in our taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple-flavored syrup and the real thing. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

Coloring Night with Hudson Valley Tattoo Co Third Tuesday of every month, 6-9pm. Join us for a free night of relaxation, zen, fun all through the magic of some coloring. Add some color to exclusive artwork and illustrations from the artists over at Hudson Valley Tattoo Company, including Mike Shishmanian Jason Carpino Diego Martin, Rick Lohm and more. We’ll have some crayons, markers and more on-hand but you are welcome to bring your own crayons/markers/whatever as well. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010. International Day of Happiness 4-7pm. March 20th marks International Day of Happiness. In response to the complex challenges faced by humankind, the United Nations created International Day of Happiness in 2012 to promote, celebrate and preserve happines- a universal human right and goal. Enjoy food, music, joketelling, karaoke, Zumba, hoola hoops, a drum circle, and more. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. 784-1199.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Drawing and Painting with Les Castellanos 9am-noon. $200/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. The Fearless Baker Erin Jeanne McDowell, book signing, demo & class. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves 1-4:30pm. With Mother Turtle. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge. 8456870880. Repair Cafe: New Paltz 10am-2pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. Plus kids take-apart-table. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Repair Cafe: Warwick 10am-2pm. A community initiative to promote repair as an alternative to tossing things out.​Senior Center at Warwick Town Hall, Warwick. 544-1056.

SUNDAY 18 COMEDY Louie Anderson 7pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Volunteer on Joppenbergh Mountain 4-5pm. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT), a local land conservation organization, will be holding orientation sessions for individuals who want to help manage invasive plant species on the much-loved Joppenbergh Mountain. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 255 2761.

THEATER "Into the Woods" 2pm. $12/$10 in advance/$9 students, seniors and children/$7 in advance. Marlboro Central High School, Marlboro. Marlboroschools.schoolwires. com/domain/78. Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 7pm. $25/$20 seniors/$15 students/under 18 free. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Tea and Cheese Pairing 1-4pm. $85. Corrine Trang, chef/author. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.


DANCE Small Plates Choreography Festival 4-10pm. $15/$10 student rate at the door. A curated dance performance series advancing the work of emerging and established choreographers. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. (703) 321-6957.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Journey into Self Awareness 10:30am. $15. Join Theo Meth for a morning filled with music, humor, divine celebration and laughter, howling, dancing, shaking, gibberish, chanting, guided self inquiry and silent meditation. Milkweed, Sugar Loaf.

LECTURES & TALKS The Politics of Early Christianity 1-1:45pm. Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton of Bard College will explore Saint Augustine's analysis, the basis of Christian political theology. The Rhinebeck Reformed Church, Rhinebeck. 876-3727.

MUSIC Andy Milne & Unison with John Hébert & Clarence Penn 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Beach Boys 3pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 11am. Swing, blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Casey Abrams 7pm. $15-$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Celtic Brunch: The McKrells noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Fabulous Hackers 1-3pm. A group of golf buddies get together and play favorites ranging from folk to classic rock to country intersperse with a growing list of original songs. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Five for Fighting with String Quartet 7:30pm. $39.50. Singer, songwriter and pianist John Ondrasik. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition 10am-6pm. This annual competition now in it’s 46th year features the top young violin, viola and cello players, ages 18-25, from major national and international conservatories playing before a panel of judges . Prized are awarded on Sunday evening following a concert of the 3 finalists at 3 pm. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 473-4776. Jason Vieaux, Guitar 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. Music Fan Film Series Presents Concert for George 2pm. $8/$6 members. One year after George Harrison’s death, an all-star cast of friends, family, and bandmates unite for a tribute concert (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar, etc.) The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Ragtime 2pm. $27/$25 seniors. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Mindful Fun Meditation 2-3pm. $10/family. Please join us, bring yourself and your kids to engage in one hour of activities to help facilitate mindfulness. Activities include but are not limited to movement, music, and guided meditation. All sessions are designed to increase joy, laughter and fun. Hudson Valley Midwifery, Kingston. 383-1298.

MUSIC Corey Dandridge’s World of Gospel Residency 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. This Was the End: Opening Performance with G. Lucas Crane 7:30pm. This Was The End is a multimedia performance inspired by canonical Russian playwright Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Director Mallory Catlett is in residence at EMPAC to develop the theatrical production into a multimedia installation. On the opening night, G. Lucas Crane, of the band Woods, will perform live sound inside the space. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. spring/was-end.

LECTURES & TALKS Writers in the House: A Conversation with the 2018 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence 4pm. A moderated discussion with The Mount’s 2018 Writers-in-Residence: Elif Batuman, Buzzy Jackson and Kate Reed Petty, moderated by 2017 Writer-in-Residence Christene Barberich. Elif Batuman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Idiot, Buzzy Jackson is the award-winning nonfiction author of Shaking the Family Tree, and Kate Reed Petty is the author of the forthcoming children’s graphic novel Chasma Knights. Christene Barberich was a 2017 Writer-inResidence at The Mount and is the global editor-inchief & co-founder of Refinery29. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5100.

MUSIC Calidore String Quartet 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. Chamber Concert 7:30-9pm. SUNY Ulster music ensembles present chamber works for wind and strings. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5261. Stomp 7:30pm. $39-$65. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

THEATER "This Was the End: Installation" 1-5pm. This multimedia performance was inspired by canonical Russian playwright Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. In the play, Vanya asks, “What if I live to be 60?” This Was The End answers that question through a story told by four actors in their 60s. Director Mallory Catlett is in residence at EMPAC with sound designer G. Lucas Crane and video designer Keith Skretch to develop their theatrical production into a multimedia installation about memory and time. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. events/2018/spring/was-end.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Interactive Fiction Workshop 3:30pm. “Interactive fiction” is a wide genre that blurs the line between literature and video games, encompassing any piece of text fiction where the reader is able to influence the story. Visual novels, HTML fiction, and “choose your own adventure” playbooks all count. The IF Workshop will feature a selection of short IF pieces each session for participants to engage with and draw inspiration from, then provide a space for them discuss the medium and work on projects of their own. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241. Find Peace: Learn to Meditate Series 7:30-9pm. Free workshop series introducing the practice of meditation that is designed to: offer simple, powerful meditation techniques to reduce stress, improve focus and cultivate positive attitudes as well as help you build and maintain a daily meditation practice while creating an opportunity for weekly group meditation and discussion. Woodstock Reformed Church, Woodstock. 797-1218.

TUESDAY 20 HEALTH & WELLNESS Alzheimer’s Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 1-2:30pm. Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? You don’t have to face it alone. Sharing with others who understand can bring relief and help everyone who participates. Our groups are open to the public. Hopewell Reform Church, Hopewell Junction. (800) 272-3900 Third Tuesday of every month, 2-3:30pm. Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? You don’t have to face it alone. Sharing with others who understand can bring relief and help everyone who participates. Our groups are open to the public. Christ’s Lutheran Church, woodstock. (800) 272-3900.

WEDNESDAY 21 HEALTH & WELLNESS Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Putnam Third Wednesday of every month, 7pm. Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, offers a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY. Registration required. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. (800) 532-4290. Breast Cancer Support Group Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30pm. Peer led support group with chair massage provided by Breast Cancer Options, a local non-profit organization serving the Hudson Valley with free support and education services. The organization is committed to providing people with the information, support and advocacy they need to make informed health choices. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall. 339-4673.

LECTURES & TALKS The Basics of Dynamic Digital Marketing 12-1:30pm. Deborah Garry, BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations There’s more to digital marketing than just uploading a DIY website. A smart, strategic digital marketing plan utilizes several tools that work cohesively to spread your message. The team at BBG&G will describe how you can incorporate and get started with emails and newsletters, social media, mobile apps, digital advertising, and more. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinebeck. 876-0509.

MUSIC Daisycutter 7pm. Downtown-upstate roots rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The English Beat 8pm. $45. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Music Fan Film Series Presents Concert for George 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. One year after George Harrison’s death, an all-star cast of friends, family, and bandmates unite for a tribute concert (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar, etc.) The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Porgy and Bess Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone brothers Peter and Will Anderson present this re-conceptualized vocal suite of the music from Gershwin’s operatic folk masterpiece Porgy & Bess. Featuring “the best straight-ahead jazz vocalist of her generation,” Brianna Thomas. 6pm dinner, 7:30pm music. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. 452-9430. Shovels & Rope 7:30pm. $34. Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst combine threads of traditional folk, country and rock. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Stu Hamm 7pm. $15-$20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


Encaustic: A Process of Natural Wonder 9am-5pm. $550. Three-day workshop. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.


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


Peep-o-Rama 4:30pm. Construct a home for those squishy, sugary treats called Peeps at Red Hook Public Library’s annual Peep-O-Rama making event. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Duncan Hannah: 20th Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies 6pm. The White Hart Inn, Salisbury, CT. (860) 435-0030.


Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock.


An Intimate Evening with Langhorne Slim 8pm. $25/$30. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625. Marji Zintz 5pm. Acoustic. Bear Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5555. Michael Gordon’s: Anonymous Man 7:30pm. Composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon presents his new choral work, EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Open Mike for the People, By the People 7:30pm. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188. Singer and Guitarist Mark Farner 8pm. $55. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Zakir Hussain with Rakesh Chaurasia 7:30pm. $36/#29/$25 students. One of the finest Indian tabla players in the world, Zakir Hussain, and renowned santoor player Rahul Sharma team up for one legendary night. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390.


Trivia Night with Paul Tully and Eric Stamberg 7-9:30pm. Teams test their knowledge in this fun game. First place and second place prizes awarded. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.


Drawing Better: Vince Natale 9am-noon. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition with Eric Angeloch 1-4pm. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Spring Wreath Decoration 5:30-7pm. Arts Mid Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222.


Spring Awakening: A Dance Party! 8pm. $15. Titillation of spring? Celebrate new beginnings, new connections, and fever in the air by letting that shock of fresh sun jolt your body with dance at Purpl! Whatever kind of music you’re into, get ready shake off the cold and shimmy in the season of rebirth. DJ Marvilous will be spinning all your favorites. Purpl, Hastings-On-Hudson. (914) 231-9077.


Family Movie Night: Ferdinand 5pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


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FOOD & WINE A Cut Above: Classic Steakhouse Cuisine & Sawkill Creek Wine Pairing 5-8pm. $125. Brooke Vosika, Sawkill Creek. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.

LECTURES & TALKS Digging Deeper: I Plant, Therefore I Am– Stories from a Connecticut Kitchen Garden 2pm. $35. At her private “Ho Hum Hollow Farm,” Pamela Page maintains a 10,000 square foot kitchen garden where she grows almost 200 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, everything from the usual farmer’s market produce to rare or heirloom varieties such as Chinese watermelon radish, purple carrots, multi-colored cucumbers, white beets, and black tomatoes. . Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. (888) 842-2442.

LITERARY & BOOKS Backstage Ball honoring Michele Vennard 6pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock.

“Water by the Spoonful” The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents Quiara Alegria Hudes’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Water by the Spoonful,” about a disturbed Iraq veteran’s return to a civilian life. The ex-marine’s injuries follow him home to Philadelphia’s crumbling buildings and alley graffiti, where he limps around and suffers from nightmares of his tour. In the struggle to find a stable place in the world, birth families break apart and online families come together. Although dark, the play radiates humorous and empathetic warmth. The decrepit, abandoned buildings in need of repair and support, represent the communities who live in urban blight. “Water by the Spoonful” will be performed by student actors and runs March 1-4 and 8-11 at Parker Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus. (845) 257-3880; —Kurt Karlson LITERARY & BOOKS

Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Book Reading with John Leland 7-8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8100. Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock.


Air Supply 8pm. $49-$79. Australian rockers Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet 8pm. $37.50. Jazz. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The D-Major Project 8pm. Classic rock. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Felice Brothers 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Jesse Harris 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Oak Ridge Boys 8-9:30pm. $42-$57. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. 346-4195. The Piranha Brothers 9pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Rock N’ Roll Resort v8: The Grateful Escape The lineup includes two nights of double headers (two sets). First from Golden Gate Wingmen on Friday (Feat members of Dead & Co, Ratdog, Furthur & more!), followed on Saturday by two sets of Melvin Seals and JGB. Fans will also get multiple sets from “lethal-funk” pioneers Kung Fu throughout the weekend, and can catch a rare performance from psychedelic funk-rockers The Breakfast. Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson. WAR 8-10pm. $30/$40/$47.50/$65. WAR, from the very beginning, in 1969 was a concept and musical laboratory to experiment with the blending of many musical styles and influences. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson 8pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Willie Nile 8pm. Renaissance singer songwriter. Opener: Ali Handal. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox Through March 25. A special retreat on how to meditate. Garrison Institute, Garrison. 424-4800.

SATURDAY 24 COMEDY Comedian Nick Di Paolo: The Nick is Right Tour 8pm. $32/$27. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000.

DANCE The 35th Annual Festival of Dance 7pm. $25/$22 seniors and members/$18 children under 12. the Ulster Ballet Company will proudly present The 35th Annual Festival of Dance. Since 1984, the festival has showcased both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers, with a diverse range of styles and techniques. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Elks Lounge Dance Night 7-11pm. $10. Dance to a rich mix of R&B, Latin, Soul, Disco, Rock, Reggae & more. Requests welcome. Admission includes a variety of snacks. Full bar is available. Elks Lodge, Beacon. 765-0667. March Uptown Swing with the Piggly Wigglies 7:30-11pm. $10. 8pm Beginner’s swing dance lesson (included with cover, no partner needed), 9pm open dance, 2 sets). Performance by the Uptown Lowdown vintage jazz dance troupe at the band break. BSP, Kingston. Uptownswingkingston. com/events.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Makers. Music. Film. Vintage & Hudson Valley Sweets Festival $5. Explore the best of what our Hudson Valley makers, bakers, farmers, vintage collectors, performers and innovators have to offer. Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. 569-9065.


Mary and the Witch's Flower 2pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Why Can’t We Serve: A Documentary Film 5-6pm. “Why We Can’t Serve” explores ways to decrease the number of veteran suicides. Veterans are not getting the help they need when they return to civilian life after having been in harm’s way. Following the film, Marty Klein the producer and director, will lead a discussion. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311. Meet John Doe 2pm. Frank Capra’s classic socio-political comedy “Meet John Doe”. It’s the story of a drifter who is talked into being the front man for a populist movement that is, in reality, a scheme by a fascist mogul in his quest for the White House. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

MUSIC Acoustic Brunch: Miss Leading the Blind noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Breakaway with Robin Baker 8:30-11pm. This band is rocking and has everybody dancing the whole night. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Fyrn: Bowed Guitar Ensemble 7:30-9:30pm. $15/$12 seniors, students, military. FYRN is a bowed guitar ensemble that performs ambient compositions by ensemble leader Geoff Gersh. Using metal files to bow the guitars, the sounds produced are ghostly, yet beautiful, and create lush soundscapes that engulf the audience as the ensemble sets up in a large circle around the audience in unique spaces. Audiences will watch the piece come alive around them as Gersh conducts the piece from the center of the room fully immersing audiences. GARNER Arts Center, Garnerville. 947-7108. Hudson Valley Philharmonic: PDQ Bach 2pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Jay and The Americans 8pm. $50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Jazz at Atlas: New Standard Trio 8pm. Including Jamie Saft on piano and keyboards, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass guitar and Bobby Previte on drums. Atlas Studios, Newburgh. 391-8855. Jeremy Baum’s Go Go Boogaloo Dance Party 8pm. Vintage R&B dance. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Joey Eppard & Friends with Still Alive 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Kirk Knuffke, Fred Longberg-Holm and Michael Bisio 4pm. $10. Jazz. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 331-2140. Lost Leaders 8pm. $10-$15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Microtonal Festival 10am-9pm. $10 materials fee and require prior registration. SUNY Ulster is offering a special day of new sounds in its first Microtonal Festival. This event is for musicians and non-musicians, children and adults alike, hands-on activities, performances, and lectures. Among the workshops, Skip La Plante will build musical instruments from scratch with both kids and adults. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 688-1949. Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine 8pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Rock N’ Roll Resort v8: The Grateful Escape The lineup includes two nights of double headers (two sets). First from Golden Gate Wingmen on Friday (Feat members of Dead & Co, Ratdog, Furthur & more!), followed on Saturday by two sets of Melvin Seals and JGB. Fans will also get multiple sets from “lethal-funk” pioneers Kung Fu throughout the weekend, and can catch a rare performance from psychedelic funk-rockers The Breakfast. Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson.

THEATER Play Reading: “Seven Nights” by Alice Jankell 7:30-10pm. $10 suggested donation. What happens when a seemingly stable, middle-aged, over-worked married couple with children embarks on an experiment to have sex every night for seven nights, whether they want to or not? “Seven Nights” explores the complex scaffolding we erect to protect ourselves, and examines our basic trepidation around total intimacy. A Q&A will follow the reading, with audience feedback encouraged. Refreshments will be served. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.

"The Soul of a Woman" 3pm & 6pm. Within the sands of the Sonora Desert there lies the sun-bleached bones of a wolf, and a seeker of truths lost but not forgotten. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Congee 1-4pm. $85. Corrine Trang, chef/ author. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Container Gardening 10am-1pm. $35/$25 members. Jenna O’Brien uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and create an authentic sense of place. Learn how Jenna carries out her container designs from functional and conceptual design to pot, plant and soil selection while viewing a slideshow of her latest designs followed by a hands-on demonstration. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Drawing and Painting with Les Castellanos 9am-noon. $200/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Repair Cafe: Kingston 11am-3pm. Get your stuff fixed for free in Midtown. Bike-Friendly Kingston will be fixing up & tuning up bikes (also free) until 2PM. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston.


Makers. Music. Film. Vintage & Hudson Valley Sweets Festival $5. Explore the best of what our Hudson Valley makers, bakers, farmers, vintage collectors, performers and innovators have to offer. Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. 569-9065.


Journey into Self Awareness 10:30am. $15. Join Theo Meth for a morning filled with music, humor, divine celebration and laughter, howling, dancing, shaking, gibberish, chanting, guided self inquiry and silent meditation. Milkweed, Sugar Loaf.


Comedy Pet Theatre 3pm. $20. Comedy Pet Theatre is a blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his pets performing a variety of stunts and skits- an extravaganza of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and very talented dogs, cats, mice and more. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.


Living with Bears 11am-1pm. The Roaring Brook Lake Garden Club, the Roaring Brook Lake Property Owners Association and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center invite you to a presentation on living with bears. Budd Veverka, Director of Land Management at Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY, will share findings from his research on black bears, their biology, habitat and habits. As bears prepare to come out of hibernation in spring, find out how to co-exist peacefully with these curious and playful animals. Discover the research being conducted to map black bear sightings and movement in the area. Find out where black bears are moving in and why. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.


Bookstore Book Club 10:30am-noon. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665. Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock.


Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project 7:30pm. $34. Widely regarded as one of the world’s great drummers and revered for his musical ingenuity, jazz fusion virtuoso Billy Cobham has contributed seminally as a master percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and tireless musical explorer. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Bluegrass Brunch: Too Blue noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. John Stowell/Rob Scheps Duo 8-11pm. Globe trotting jazz guitarist Stowell makes a Hudson Valley stop at this hipster Beacon hang, with longtime duo cohort Scheps on soprano saxophone & flute. Quinn’s, Beacon. John Stowell/ Rob Scheps Duo 8-11pm. Donation. Globetrotting jazz guitar whiz John Stowell joins frequent duo partner Rob Scheps for an evening of jazz at Beacon’s stalwart music venue Quinn’s. Quinn’s, Beacon. The Kitt Potter Trio 12-3pm. Vocal stylist Kitt Potter is backed by Vinnie Martucci on piano, Steve Rust on bass, and Joe Giardullo on sax. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Monthly Open Mike Night Fourth Sunday of every month, 7:30-9:30pm. Do you sing? Play an instrument? Write and read your own poetry? Dance? Sign up on arrival. Food is potluck-style. Bring a snack to share if you like. There’s always leftovers from the previous night’s party. Sound system includes a guitar, some music stands, and/or vocal amp, two microphones, and a weighted 88 Korg keyboard. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. The Musical Box performs Genesis’ “The Black Show” 8pm. $60. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Rock N’ Roll Resort v8: The Grateful Escape The lineup includes two nights of double headers (two sets). First from Golden Gate Wingmen on Friday (Feat members of Dead & Co, Ratdog, Furthur & more!), followed on Saturday by two sets of Melvin Seals and JGB. Fans will also get multiple sets from “lethal-funk” pioneers Kung Fu throughout the weekend, and can catch a rare performance from psychedelic funk-rockers The Breakfast. Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson. Saints of Swing 11am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Strata Piano Trio 3pm. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. Tisziji Munoz Quartet featuring Marilyn Crispell 8pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Barrett Art Center: 100 for 100 Gala 3-5pm. Locust Grove, Samuel Morse Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500.

THEATER National Theatre Presents "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" 2pm. $12/$10 members. Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece is captured live on stage and screened in cinemas around the world. Age Guidance: 15+. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. "The Soul of a Woman" 3pm. Within the sands of the Sonora Desert there lies the sun-bleached bones of a wolf, and a seeker of truths lost but not forgotten. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080

TUESDAY 27 Children’s Tea & Easter Egg Hunt 12-2pm. One of Mount Gulian’s most popular events, the Spring Tea combines genteel fun, good manners and education about a bygone era, in an authentic setting where social teas were once standard fare. New this year is the introduction of an Easter Egg Hunt on our grounds. Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon. 831-8172. Farm Spring Break Day Camp 8am-4pm. Seeds and Sprouts, Cooking, Nature’s Plants, Native American skills. Multi-arts activities. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 902-8154.

An Evening of Discovery: A Night on the Red Carpet 5:30pm. The Arc of Dutchess is proud to present the movie, “The Sassy Chef,” created, performed and filmed by people supported by The Arc of Dutchess, in collaboration with The Art Effect. Join us for this premiere event at the Bardavon with a red carpet event and “After Party” at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel for ticket holders. Honoring Steven Chickery President of Hudson Valley Office Furniture with the Catherine Seeberger Citizenship Award. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Mary and the Witch's Flower 1pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.




Michelle Kuo 5-7pm. Independent Scholar and Curator, and the Editor in Chief of Artforum 2010-2017. Bard College : CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7598. My Place: Storytelling with Gregor Wynnyczuk 5-7pm. An open-mike storytelling event hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk and centered on the theme of finding one’s place– whether it be geographically, or in relation to others. Potential storytellers will be asked to consider the following prompt: Places can resonate with us. We may feel we belong in some places, and don’t in others. But ‘our place’ is also a societal construct. We often serve a role or function that is determined by others. We may have something we want to contribute, but may feel it is not our place to do so. University Art Museum, UAlbany, Albany. (518) 442-4035. Solar Smart Hudson Valley 8:30am-4pm. $25. Scenic Hudson will host a daylong symposium to provide critical insight into how we can navigate the tough issues surrounding the rapid development of solar energy projects in the region in support of meeting New York State’s ambitious carbon emissions-reduction goals. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park. 473-4440.


Book Launch: Carol Goodman - "The Other Mother" 6pm. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.


The National Theatre of London’s William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar" in HD 6:30pm. $25/$20 seniors/$15 students/under 18 free. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Mary and the Witch's Flower 1pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Other Uses Film Series with Ulysses Jenkins 7pm. The fifth screening in the Other Uses film series features the work of Ulysses Jenkins, whose videos examine television’s power to shape current events and historical episodes. Ulysses Jenkins is an artist who has given particular consideration to the portrayal of Black men in America. This installment features documentary and performance videos Jenkins made from the 1970s to the present, beginning with the artist’s filming of the Watts Festival. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. other-uses/05.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Congestive Heart Failure Support Group for Patients and Caregivers Last Monday of every month, 12-1pm. At each meeting, participants will learn how to optimally manage this disease and improve their quality of life through educational, social and emotional support. Participants will have also the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, engage in question and answer forums, and connect with others living with congestive heart failure. VBMC Center for Cardiac Rehab, Poughkeepsie. 471-4643. Mindful Fun Meditation 2-3pm. $10/family. Please join us, bring yourself and your kids to engage in one hour of activities to help facilitate mindfulness. Activities include but are not limited to movement, music, and guided meditation. All sessions are designed to increase joy, laughter and fun. Hudson Valley Midwifery, Kingston. 383-1298.

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

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Interactive Fiction Workshop 3:30pm. “Interactive fiction” is a wide genre that blurs the line between literature and video games, encompassing any piece of text fiction where the reader is able to influence the story. Visual novels, HTML fiction, and “choose your own adventure” playbooks all count. The IF Workshop will feature a selection of short IF pieces each session for participants to engage with and draw inspiration from, then provide a space for them discuss the medium and work on projects of their own. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 6-7pm. This program provides basic information everyone needs to know about memory-loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program covers topics such as warning signs of dementia, differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, how to get a diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research and Alzheimer’s Association services to help. LaGrange Library, Poughkeepsie. 452-3141.


Farm Spring Break Day Camp 8am-4pm. Seeds and Sprouts, Cooking, Nature’s Plants, Native American skills. Multi-arts activities. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 902-8154.


Winning More First Time Visitors 12-1:30pm. Josiah Brown, New York’s Best Experiences First time visitors are 11 times harder to win than a repeat visitor but they are necessary for growth. After talking to 10,000 travelers per year for 5 years, Brown, known as the “New York Sherpa”, has learned what draws people to trying something for the first time. Find out what words, images and stories travelers respond to and how to position your brand to attract and benefit from first time customers. Canvas + The Artist’s Palate, Poughkeepsie. 483.8074.


Josh Gracin 8pm. $40. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Poet Gold’s Poelodies 7pm. Spoken word hip hop. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Stephen Friedland’s Brute Force & Daughter of Force 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Towne Crier Dance Jam 7-10:30pm. $10. Dance to a rich mix of R&B, Latin, Soul, Disco, Rock, Reggae & more. Request welcome. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.


Ask the Sexpert 8pm. Part of a documentary film series. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

Farm Spring Break Day Camp 8am-4pm. Seeds and Sprouts, Cooking, Nature’s Plants, Native American skills. Multi-arts activities. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 902-8154.

MUSIC Aubrey Haddard & Not My Sister 8pm. Neo-R&B. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. British Blues Guitarist Robin Trower 8pm. $70. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Colin Jacobsen, Violin; Nicholas Cords, Viola; Edward Arron, Cello 7:30-9:30pm. $20/$35/$50/$65. Caramoor favorites Colin Jacobsen, Nicolas Cords and Edward Arron join forces for a special performance of Bach’s iconic and beloved Goldberg Variations, arranged for string trio. Opening the program will be Biber’s haunting Passacaglia from his Mystery Sonatas, for solo violin. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Dave Davies of The Kinks 8-10pm. $37.50/$45/$60. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies is the pioneering rock guitarist who single-handedly changed rock-n-roll with his unique writing style. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Jim Pospisil 7-9:30pm. Jim Pospisil is a singer songwriter who has been performing since the 1970’s, as a soloist and with various bands. His style has ranged 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. Open Mike for the People, By the People 7:30pm. Copperfield’s, Millbrook. 677-8188.

SPIRITUALITY The Living Last Supper 7:30-8:30pm. DaVinci’s painting comes to life on Holy Thursday. Come and join us as the Apostles wrestle with Christ’s fate and their lingering questions of the Messiah’s purpose. The Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, poughkeepsie. 452-8110.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Drawing Better: Vince Natale 9am-noon. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Drawing, Painting and Composition with Eric Angeloch 1-4pm. $160/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. The Most Important Ingredients in your Holistic Pantry 6pm. Andrea Lubrano Goldstein, chef/owner Black Flamingo Williamsburg. Vegan. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.


Mary and the Witch's Flower 4pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

KIDS & FAMILY Farm Spring Break Day Camp 8am-4pm. Seeds and Sprouts, Cooking, Nature’s Plants, Native American skills. Multi-arts activities. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 902-8154.

MUSIC Alva Nelson’s Stevie Wonder Project 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

THEATER Bread and Puppet Theater Presents: "The Basic Bye-Bye Show" 7:30pm. $15/$12.50 member/$10 child. In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words – “Resist,” “Bread,” “Yes,” “Sky,” “Riot,” “Byebye.” Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A 6:30pm benefit dinner available. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Auditions for "Fun Home" 7-11pm. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Ana Maria Lucaciu & Nathan Griswold 7:30pm. $10. An UpStream ® Showcase Performance. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2 or 10.


Mary and the Witch's Flower 2pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Book Signing with Duncan Hannah 6-8pm. Author of Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies. Darren Winston Bookstore, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-1890.


Abby Z and The New Utility: abandoned playground 7:30pm. $25. A hyper-kinetic contest of physical daring and extreme virtuosity, abandoned playground is the latest exhilarating performance by Abby Zbikowksi, winner of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award and a major new force in contemporary dance. Her high-adrenaline choreography combines elements of hip-hop, punk, West African, and street dance. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900. Blues and Beyond with Frenchie Davis 8pm. Musical history review. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein and Michael Cicone 8pm. $20-$30/$8-$20 children. Singing workshops: 3-4:30pm Mettabee Farm, Hillsdale. (518) 567-5123. Lindsey Webster 8pm. Neo R&B. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Matt Booth 8:30pm. Covers. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. (909) 547-4266. The Met Live: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. The Metropolitan Opera’s performance in HDof Così Fan Tutte 12:55pm. $25/$20 seniors/$15 students/under 18 free. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Satisfaction: International Rolling Stones Show 8pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Sylvan Esso 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Talking Fire Reggae Night 8:30-11pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Tenor Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and Drummer-percussionist Chad Taylor 8pm. $20. Elysium Furnace Works concert series. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.


Auditions for "Fun Home" 1-4pm. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Drawing and Painting with Les Castellanos 9am-noon. $200/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Meat and Balls 6pm. $85. FoodTV’s Chef Michelle Ragussis. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Kingston. 876-1117. Responsible Backyard Beekeeping Series: Spring Hive Management 10am-noon. $10/$5 members. An in-depth lecture on spring management of honey bee hives. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.


Journey into Self Awareness 10:30am. $15. Join Theo Meth for a morning filled with music, humor, divine celebration and laughter, howling, dancing, shaking, gibberish, chanting, guided self inquiry and silent meditation. Milkweed, Sugar Loaf.


Abby Z and The New Utility 2pm. $25. A hyper-kinetic contest of physical daring and extreme virtuosity, abandoned playground is the latest exhilarating performance by Abby Zbikowksi, winner of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


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 in order to notice and release habits of movement and thinking that are not serving you. Good for all ability levels. MaMa, Stone Ridge. (913)73-6151.



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The Mother of All Freedoms


n Valentine’s Day, I was eagerly waiting for the White House press briefing to begin. It was delayed several times, hour by hour, and finally the 4pm scheduled event was canceled. That day’s press briefing would have focused on a newly revealed debacle in the White House, which started as the revelation that Rob Porter, a top staff member accused of beating two of his wives, had been denied security clearance, but was still handling the president’s most highly classified documents. The White House was claiming that the security clearance process was still in motion, though the FBI director, a Trump appointee, said in a congressional hearing earlier that week that the security clearance report had been turned over last July. Security clearance is an elaborate, detailed (but routine) character check, going back to one’s teenage years, to make sure that people who work at the top levels of governments are qualified to be handling the nation’s most sensitive secrets—such as the names of American spies working in the Kremlin, pending military plans, and anti-terrorist strategies. This has been turned into a scandal over the White House hiring a wife-beater (who according to press reports was also involved romantically with Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest advisors), and the president’s position on domestic violence (he’s opposed to it, thank goodness). Yet the actual theme of this incident is how many top White House officials don’t have security clearance or, said another way, have “interim clearance,” which as I understand it means they were denied, but are still doing their jobs. According to current press reports, there are 47 who report to the president on “interim” clearance (meaning no clearance but we’ll let it slide), more than one year into his administration. Why exactly is that? Is this about many people around the president having dodgy, potentially criminal elements in their past? That would fit the picture, wouldn’t it? One focus here is Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who is one of those “interim” clearance people. Could this involve his father, Charles 90 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 3/18

Kushner, who was convicted of 18 federal counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering? (Tampering is putting it mildly—it was more like vicious intimidation.) The wider context is that the president, his campaign, and his administration are being investigated by federal prosecutors in many matters related to involvement with Russia in the tipping of the 2016 election. As of late 2016, there was no doubt, according to US intelligence agencies, that this actually occurred. Campaign and administration officials have denied, again and again, contact with Russians, and were found, again and again, to have had repeated meetings and communications. What’s known as the “Russia probe” is piecing together exactly what happened. Was there any cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin? While this is happening, many people at the top echelon of the Trump administration are not properly qualified to be handling top-secret documents, yet they may have ties to the Russians. This matters for every reason, but especially because, once again, all US intelligence agencies say they believe that Russia is currently messing with the 2018 congressional election. Under better conditions, that election might tip the balance of Congress and make it possible for there to be an impeachment of an obscenely corrupt and incompetent president. And hey, loads of people think he’s doing a great job, and lots of others are rooting for him because he’s not part of the crooked Clinton clan or the Democratic National Committee. The Mother of All Freedoms As it turned out, the press briefing was canceled due to the Valentine’s Day Massacre, the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a former student has been charged with killing 17 students with an AR-15 rifle. This one seems like the same old story: mentally disturbed, gun-obsessed teenager, posting all kinds of disturbing messages to Instagram, who wanted to

be a professional school shooter, does just that. Everybody dropped the ball: Then there’s the issue of SSRI-type medications. These meds come with a Rhe school expelled him instead of referring him for a psychological evaluation; suicide warning for teenagers, and there is a correlation between mass shootthe FBI couldn’t figure out who he was (for real?)—and the other students ings and perps who are on these meds. There’s a movement to compel drug were expecting it to happen. companies to package these products with a murder and suicide warning, since So, all at once, the media mind—the collective mind described by the content they’re so often involved with both. of TV and social media—transforms from a serious national security issue to “SSRIs push people inward, and when they get there, there’s a vacuum,” a mass shooting. This was the first widely reported school shooting of 2018, Professor McLuhan said. “Being pushed inward is not the same as private identhough it was the 18th in the first six weeks of the year. tity.” A private identity has the capability of relating rather than merely being And with that, the gun debate begins again. The debate that, according to isolated or trapped inside oneself. Teenagers often live with the feeling of being the NRA, is never appropriate right after a mass killing, but which never hap- isolated, so this does not offer any help. pens any other time. Notably, a society full of people who are not really living on the physical “We have collectively decided this is the way we wish to live. This perverse plane might find it challenging to do something as tangible, and as challenging, form of American carnage is not our scourge but our brand,” the Daily News as to restrict access to weapons. wrote in its editorial the day after the shooting (published online February 14). “In this, our country, we force our children The Mother of the United States to learn how to shelter in place, to endure active In true “conservative” logic, Valentine’s Day was the eve of a solar eclipse, shooter drills, to practice lockdowns, engaging in a so the buildup to the press briefing that never horrifying modern version of Cold War duck-andhappened, and the Parkland, Florida, massacre freedom is used against cover exercises. In this, our country, the enemies were right in the run-up to that event. the people who would be are the killers in our midst. But the enemy, in a The eclipse, which took place at 4:05pm larger sense, is us. This is the world we created.” EST on February 15, was in Aquarius. It was free, whether in the form It’s always interesting to listen to gun rights the corresponding event to the Great American of what amounts to a civil Eclipse that happened last August, and which advocates make the case for weapons being generally available. unleashed the furies. If you recall, that was war waged by amateurs/ Under the prevailing twisted, paranoid, and the eclipse where the path of totality—of total politically naive concept of the 2nd Amendment, darkness—spanned the United States from freelancers acting under it’s the mother of all freedoms, without which there Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, government policy, or a would be no others. with its peak over the continental US—the first In true “conservative” logic, freedom is used in American history. twisted interpretation of the suchTheevent against the people who would be free, whether in February 15 eclipse was conjunct the the form of what amounts to a civil war waged by Moon in the primary chart for the United States, First Amendment: Money amateurs/freelancers acting under government sometimes called the Sibly Chart. The United is speech, religion is a policy, or a twisted interpretation of the First States has its Moon in Aquarius. In astrology, the Amendment: Money is speech, religion is a weapon, weapon, and people have a Moon represents the mother. In a national chart, and people have a right to lie to us. it provides a description of the nature of what we This translates to: The 1st Amendment is the call “the public.” right to lie to us. freedom to be lied to, and the 2nd Amendment is The Aquarius Moon is a good Moon, if someone the freedom to be shot. They go together. has cultivated their senses and their capacity for feeling and emotion. It has In logic more suited to the satires of J. P. Sears (of the “Ultra Spiritual” You- a friendly, affable quality, and a kind of charm that comes from being a little Tube series), the equation is, “My freedom means I am free to have you be dead.” detached. However, the drawback of this Moon is that it can be a head trip. That is to The Discarnate Condition: Death and Immortality say, it can possess its own “out-of-body experience”—and it has a susceptibility Many times in this column, I’ve quoted Professor Eric McLuhan, the son of to fascination with technology. Aquarius Moon people need to squish their Marshall McLuhan, the pioneer of media studies. McLuhan describes the way toes in moss, walk around in the woods, cook food, and spend time naked. that media powered by electricity (from the light bulb to Twitter) pushes people That’s currently not what the United States’ population is doing. out of their bodies. Under full digital conditions, this is like the experience of The US Moon is conjunct Pallas Athene, which is the asteroid related living on the astral plane. As he sees it, this is the main factor driving the world to politics. American people have a fascination with politics, though it’s into its current state of social, intellectual, and political instability. a naive one. Though the same could be said about humans everywhere, He believes mass shooting incidents are increasing in frequency due to what Americans seem to love hucksters, con artists, and anyone who evokes he calls the “discarnate condition,” which imitates the condition of death. “You’re the good old days. It often amazes me that just six years after Nixon was out of the body. You’ve left the body behind, so that prepares the ground for toppled in the web of crime known as Watergate, Ronald Reagan became all kinds of things. But for the kids, it’s particularly disorienting because they’re the next great Republican hero—who got into office by making an armsjust growing into their bodies.” for-hostages deal with Iranian militants (who today we would call radical Many have pointed out the connection between violent video games and Islamic terrorists) violent actions. Professor McLuhan says this is as much about the structure of An eclipse conjunct such a sensitive point as the Moon is a wakeup call. the game as it is about the content. The United States is swimming in an ocean of toxic sludge: Whether we’re “The technology is discarnating, and the video game itself gives them a role talking about a universe of sex equaling sexual assault, thinking tax cuts for instead of an identity. And they play the role. When they play the role, they the wealthiest people is a great idea for the poor and working class, spending think they are this person, or this character. The violence is to establish and more than $600 billion each year on the military, or whatever, we are a maintain that identity. It’s no surprise that when you pull the plug, they’re country with problems still in the role.” And right now, one of the biggest of those problems is that our electoral He added: “Roles are corporate, not private, so it prohibits private aware- system is a sham, and we need congressional representatives who will actually ness and private identity, and that’s not very good for teenagers because they’re do their job. trying to find out who they are. Violence is almost always a response to a loss The mother of all freedoms is the ability to reason, and the willingness to of identity or a need to forge an identity or recapture an identity, and the vio- take on the responsibility of making decisions. At the moment, we are defining lence can be slight, or it could be huge, like this. The kid says, ‘I’ll show them,’ the American Dream as being a deer staring into oncoming headlights. Everyone meaning ‘I’m going to assert myself.’” knows this. I guess that’s fine, as long as the foam on your latte is just right. Notably, the condition of being “discarnate” might also lead one to feel like CHRONOGRAM.COM they’re immortal, which is how one might have the ambition to be a “professional school shooter.” READ Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column. 3/18 CHRONOGRAM PLANET WAVES 91

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ARIES (March 20–April 19) Events this month build toward an unusual unleashing of energy in the professional, career, reputation or mission aspect of your life (however you may think of it). You have the power to initiate ideas that take root quickly, though it would be wise to start only what you think you can sustain. Work with ideas that are sufficiently interesting that you’ll want to stay connected and committed in the long run, and which you value enough to develop even in the face of resistance, challenges or obstacles. This will call for a design scheme, which you could base on nature. One of the ways that humans and, ostensibly, other species are perpetuated is because sex is so appealing. This makes reproduction inevitable. It’s this level of motivation that must be soaked into what you’re doing: drive that is rooted in biology, and that taps into existence with the sensation of insatiable curiosity, and the need to connect. More than the desire to do something, you might let yourself be driven by the need to discover something, using your mind, your senses, your body, and your feelings. While this might feel like throwing your body and soul into what you want, remember that relatively minor adjustments can have a significant influence. Pay attention to what may seem too small to even matter. That’s what might matter most.

TAURUS (April 19–May 20) The story arc of the coming weeks appears to be a gradual moving inward, after a phase of being actively and outwardly involved in the world. You’ll feel better as you incrementally reduce your exposure to the outer world, and pull in for a little while. Yet you’re not there yet. The cluster of planets traversing Pisces through late February and into the first week of March is about being open and available to people—not an intuitive thing to do these days. We live in an era when shutting down is supposedly the answer to everything. But it’s not, and you know it, and so do other sensitive people. A strategy of being closed and unavailable turns life into an excuse for existence. You have strength, self-awareness, and a spiritual connection that many people struggle for, or wish they had. This makes your involvement with those you care about even more meaningful. What you say, and how you respond to events that everyone is struggling to understand, can help keep many people aware. March 3–4 looks like a particularly significant moment when you can do just that. And, at a certain point, you will need to pull in and assess your innermost reality. A new solar year is about to begin, and you’ve learned a lot since your last birthday. Take the time to quietly distill that knowledge.

GEMINI (May 20–June 21) Your ruling planet Mercury turns to retrograde motion just after the equinox, on March 22, lasting through April 15. This occurs in Aries, the most social and extraverted region of your chart. Yet you’ll want to keep some distance between what you say outwardly and what happens within the most intimate spaces of your life. This is not so much about being secretive as it is about giving your relationships space to be themselves, minimizing interference and judgment from your wider environment. It seems as if you’re renegotiating an arrangement within a long-term partnership. It could be strictly business, though this is unlikely—it’s more likely to be an erotic partnership that’s undergoing some change and is not revealing its inner workings easily. It will help if you don’t think of it as a relationship but rather as a discussion between two people’s individual lives. The best approach is to make a commitment to holding space for whatever the other is going through, and whatever needs they may have. This calls for some detachment; but mostly, it’s respect that will get the results. Stand back from the idea that anyone belongs to anyone else, or owes anyone anything, and take up the lives involved as individual experiences. This is a test of faith and of commitment. Hold this space for a while, listen patiently, and what to do next will flow naturally.

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CANCER (June 21–July 22) You can do anything you want, as long as you leave out any thoughts of revenge, and don’t treat jealousy as a right. This applies to personal as well as professional situations. I know this isn’t really your style; you’re usually too busy taking care of people to let them bother you too much. I suggest that you keep your focus on more exciting, positive, and productive things—and they’re available to you in an especially bold way. It will help if you defuse tense situations before they get contentious, and do what you can to convert friction into some form of positive energy. Keep making your own decisions, and don’t try to assert your will on others; figure out what they want, or notice what they’re doing, and do your best to go with that. Looking after your own agenda will help rather than hinder, as long as you ensure that you’re good for your basic commitments. If you can do that, you’ll find yourself exploring new possibilities, new goals and some expanded role in the world as Chiron, the planet of healing and awareness, gets ready to enter your 10th house of profession, responsibility, and reputation. A new era of your life is gradually dawning, where you experience more direct recognition not just for what you do but for who you are.

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LEO (July 22–August 23) If you tend to your emotional needs, you will find it much easier to get along with people. If you project those needs outwardly, it may seem like others are not so willing to meet them. Yet this is not so much about their willingness as it is about how you’re the only person who actually understands what you’ve got going on. You are more cryptic than you think, even to yourself. You might find it an excellent investment to explain what you think, what you’re doing, and what you want. It appears you have some work-related projects that have a life of their own, and you want to devote yourself to them. There may be a place in your workshop for someone you care about. Not all projects can include others, though you may find a mutual meeting-place if a friend or partner is interested in participating. Most people have relationships for their own sake. It’s also worth considering the philosophy that relationships benefit from having a mutually agreed purpose. The problem is that when such is lacking, nefarious agendas can slip in, which is why so many relationships go so badly. This phase of your life is calling for you to live with meaning from day to day, to have clear agreements with people, and to make sure those agreements align with your goals.

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VIRGO (August 23–September 23) This is an unusual and potentially extraordinarily positive time for your relationships. Yet if you’re caught in a narrow idea of what a relationship is supposed to be, or have to follow strict rules with a partner, you might not be noticing. You’d be well served to relax your ideas about connecting with people, and to encourage partners to do the same. Remember how much of your identity you invest into your primary partnership, which seen one way provides you with an opportunity to find yourself. Yet it also necessitates that the relationship be extremely stable, so that you maintain your sense of identity. Often it seems that the greater the challenges in the relationship, the more you invest, to maintain the structure; in part, because your self-concept is so invested in it. There’s another way to do this, which is to use your evolved individuality to be independent within your relationships. And there’s yet a third way, which is to honestly assess the role that primary partners have served in your life. Are they more like a necessity, or more like a desire? If they’re a necessity, do they deliver the goods, and if they’re a desire, do they leave you feeling satisfied? In April, Chiron changes signs for the first time since 2010, which will focus this line of inquiry in a way that few developments can.

LIBRA (September 23–October 23) From now through the equinox on March 20, the energy shifts from Pisces to Aries. That’s another way of saying that before long, a whole bunch of planets get in your face—one way to think of your opposite sign (Libra and Aries face one another). While yours is one of the least confrontational signs, you’ll need to rise to the occasion of these transits, and meet the world with some energy—and with some faith in your ability to make decisions. You have your options open, which means the necessity to choose from among them, and that’s where you might have a potential concern. First, embrace the possibility that when you make decisions, you also make some mistakes. If you set a policy of always being right (or worse, perfect), that translates to being paralyzed. Also, it’s time to confront some unresolved family matters that are influencing your intimate relationships. While you cannot live like it’s 1950 where your mating rituals are concerned, our current context gives us very little to go by in terms of guidance or wisdom. Much that’s considered cool and modern is connected to marketing and political agendas. Your intimate life is about neither. These agendas drive wedges between people, and emphasize differences. You need contact, which is about embracing similarity. We are not so different after all.

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SCORPIO (October 23–November 2) You may have that feeling of being psychologically on edge, though unsure whether it’s you, or whether it’s everyone and everything. The vibe you’re feeling is in the environment, and it’s a mix of paranoia and uncertainty. Those are understandable responses to life at the moment, though they don’t serve you well. You have plenty of protection around you right now. You’re also at a peak of creativity and sensuality these days, so you have both reasons and opportunities to celebrate life. Yet to have the benefit of any of this, you will need to be open, flexible, and willing to explore and experiment. The edgy feeling you’re picking up on is rooted in the rigidity that our environment is pushing on us at nearly every turn. Our devices make us rigid. Our schedules make us rigid. Fear is a stiffening agent, and you can’t take three steps without someone telling you the next thing to be terrified of. To go against this requires courage: to keep your heart open; to engage with what you don’t understand, rather than immediately dissing it; the willingness to have a conversation with someone you don’t agree with; these will all help you feel better, and live better. You want more from life than paying the bills, and to succeed at that requires a sense of adventure, and being open to life.


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Financial decisions you make this month will count for a lot. The first thing to be cautious of is being motivated by any form of making fast cash. Ideally, your business plan is a long-term endeavor, which (at least following astrological guidance) should extend out about two years. You can, however, make some small moves this month that have a long-term effect. Most of those will involve how you direct your energy, and how you tap into your resources to get things done. You’ll also benefit from limiting your spending. If there are a few people who think they depend on you in some way, make sure those relationships are in balance, and that you’re not over-extended. You take family loyalty seriously, which extends to your household; it’s one of the most meaningful things in your life. Yet that has to work for everyone to work at all. Under one reading of your chart for the next four or five weeks, you’ll spend money till you run out. Now that we see this possibility, you can invoke others, which include taking care of the basics, setting some cash aside for luxuries defined as such, and making sure you maintain a policy of saving on a regular basis. You have a lot going for you financially these days, though working with that long-range vision is essential.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20) Your chart is like a pressurized reactor at the moment, and you must vent some of that steam and heat. This pressure will only increase, along with your drive, determination, and energy level when Mars enters your sign on March 17. Mars joins a newly arrived long-term visitor to your sign, Pholus, as well as Saturn and Pluto. That adds up to so much mojo you might not know what to do with it all. So what exactly does it mean to vent pressure? First, it helps to stay productive rather than just busy. Notice how much you’ve got going on at any time, and how you’re responding emotionally. Saturn in your sign suggests that you’re handling a lot of responsibility, and you must manage that consciously if you’re going to manage it at all. It’s essential that you pace yourself, though you have to do better than taking things one day at a time. You need a clear sense of the past, the present and the future. Mostly, though, Mars is about getting what you want. In our world, you can only get some of that, so choose what is most important. And let’s remember that Mars specifically describes sexual desire, in the focused form rather than the take-it-or-leave-it form. Get that cork out of the bottle, and honor what nature has bestowed upon you.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19) Yours is already one of the signs most inclined to experience life primarily on the mental level, though this month’s aspects are encouraging you to bring your whole being into whatever you do. For nearly everyone, there are two factors provoking life as a head-trip: one is technology, and the other is fear. One is so pervasive that it’s invisible, and the other is pervasive and unspeakable. It would be helpful if you had someone you could discuss your fears with, whether it’s a therapist or an older friend (you want someone with experience). You need to understand what you’re concerned about and why, which will take you deep into your psychological nature. One of the prevailing themes of your chart, for the far-foreseeable future, is self-understanding, which is a special form of selfawareness. And much of this involves unraveling the internal causes of anxiety, while doing what you can about the external ones. It would seem, though, that the single most helpful thing you can do is stay in your body, and connected to your senses. You will feel better the more you live in the physical world—of human contact, critters, making your own food, tuning in to your senses, and making art, music, and love. And it will help greatly if you express your mental restlessness in a tangible way rather than letting your mind feed on itself.

PISCES (February 19-March 20)

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You’re probably getting the message to up your game on the financial front, though the first thing to remember about finances is that they’re connected to everything. In astrology, there are two houses connected to the money that you earn, rather than what comes to you through inheritance, and both are in the spotlight. Saturn in Capricorn is encouraging you to make a structural review of where your money comes from. By structural, I mean your sources of income and how they connect to your skills and talents; and then determine what happens to the money once it enters your bank account. Also, where Saturn in Cap is concerned, make sure that you’re converting your visibility and participation in your community into revenue in as few steps as possible. The next stage, which heats up radically in March and April, is about respecting your abilities, your resources, and your contribution to the degree that you feel good about being paid for them. You must have no hesitation here, though this demands that you invest yourself fully in who you are and what you do. Pisces is one of the signs best equipped to succeed financially in relevant ways—that is, in ways that are meaningful to you—though that in itself is the prerequisite for success. Stay close to your purpose, and let your purpose lead the way.

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Inspired by anarchist Emma Goldman’s 1908 speech “Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty,” a denouncement of patriotism as propaganda, New York City-based visual artist Tricia McLaughlin’s “Fun and War Games” examines the political structure of war as a manipulation of the masses for political and monetary gain. McLaughlin’s subjects are anthropomorphized apes, serving as human surrogates. They are all based on the same generic ape figure, garbed in differing uniforms and brandishing rifles and knives. While McLaughlin’s “Fun and War Games” plainly dissects the social structures around us, it also captures the emotion in the individual. The apes’ expressions could be those of any soldier, either cowering in the shadow of war or grimacing with bloodlust. The exhibition features 3D design, animation, and painting. “Fun and War Games” is on view at The Westchester Gallery of the Peekskill Extension Center of Westchester Community College through May 4. An opening reception will be held on March 5, from 5:30-7:30pm. (914) 606-7300; —Kurt Karlson

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