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A preview of our monthly video series. This month: Catherine Sebastian.

21 STARMAN: A CONVERSATION WITH ERIC FRANCIS COPPOLINO Our in-house astrologer talks about 20 years of searching the sky for signs.

24 WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING The global cost of mental illness, tax inversions, and more you may have missed.

25 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart appreciates the ideological rigidity of the Republican Party.


Educators across the region have adopted nature-based programs.

ART OF BUSINESS 34 The stories behind local business. This month: Pet Country, Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, Wm. Farmer & Sons, Milne’s at Home Antiques and Gallery, Hunt Country Furniture, and Berkshire Hathaway Nutshell Realty.


Parenting isn’t what it used to be: Even Dads can do it now.


Elizabeth Crane photographed in Newburgh on April 16 by Franco Vogt.



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SushiMakio is a direct link to a centuries-old Japanese sushi tradition.


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The acclaimed record producer debuts new material in Woodstock. Nightlife Highlights include U.S. Girls, Gary “Nesta” Pine, Strawbs, “Looking at Sound,” and Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom. Reviews of Hasta La Bye Bye by The Oswalds; Changing Same by Numinous; Music from Hurley Mountain by Professor Louie and the Crowmatix.


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Reviews of Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemmings by Stephen O’Connor and Hystopia by David Means. Plus Short Takes.

74 POETRY Poems by Gary Barkman, Vernon Benjamin, James Diaz, Christine Fahnestock, Gabriel Scott Freeman, Jacob Internicola, Nina JeckerByrne, Branda C. Maholtz, Christine McCartney, Jack Robert Miles, Bruce Robinson, Shawn Nacona Stroud, Leo Vanderpot, and Mike Vashen.

VIDEO: ARTSCENE TV Our monthly video series highlights the Hudson Valley artscene.



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Comprehensive listings of local events. (Updated daily at PREVIEWS 91 Ira Glass of “This American Life” appears at UPAC in Kingston on May 21. 93 The Big Takeover opens for Gary “Nesta” Pine on May 14 at the Bearsville Theater. 94 Andrew Solomon reads and signs his new book, Far and Away, in Rhinebeck. 95 Basilica Farm and Flea returns to Hudson on May 7 & 8. 97 Stephen Jenkinson, author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, hosts a workshop on conscious dying at HealthAlliance Hospital on June 4. 98 Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring hosts the second annual MAYFest. 99 There’s over 30,000 cupcakes to choose from at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival. 100 Gallerist Carrie Haddad celebrates 25 in years in Hudson this month. 102 The second annual Short Play Festival takes the stage in Rhinebeck this month.



Eric Francis Coppolino on the conflicting forces of advertising and religion.


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ach month, filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss produces “ArtScene,” a monthly video web series with short segments on artists, galleries, and museums in the Hudson Valley. Here, Stephen gives an outline of this month’s film. Check out the film and others from the “ArtScene” series at Catherine Sebastian has been taking photographs for over 45 years. Her career photographing musicians in performance and candid settings has allowed her access to legends such as the Everly Brothers and Taj Mahal. “I’m always waiting for just the right moment, and when I see it, I grab it,” she says. (Sebastian’s photo of Levon Helm appeared on the cover of the May 2012 issue of this magazine.) Sebastian also photographs anything that engages her. There is a category of shots she calls “It’s just there.” The shot presents itself as complete, with perfect light and color. “I come across something, and I just need to put myself in exactly the right spot,” she says. Sometimes the process is the opposite, and Sebastian delves into highly manipulated graphic imagery. She explains, “I might make blatantly ‘false’ purplecolored trees for the sense of twilight. In another image, I captured a dawn shot of New York City rooftop water tanks. When I developed the film I had soft tans and grays—I worked with that image until I got the fairy pastels that I swear I saw in the first place.” Sebastian uses photo manipulation for several distinct purposes. “Sometimes I manipulate photos to create graphic art effects. Is it a painting or a photograph? It doesn’t matter to me—we’re way beyond that. I’m just having fun in my digital darkroom,” she says.  Sebastian also uses photo manipulation to create abstract images. Composition is especially important in her abstract work. She explains, “Sometimes the abstract flows from only using a small part of the original image, sometimes the whole thing goes that way.When I venture into the abstract, the main thing I want to convey is emotion.” In all of her photography, Sebastian seeks to not only convey her interpretation of an imagebut also elicit an emotional response from her viewers. And it’s okay with her if the viewers interpretation is different from her intent. She equates it to a song one might hear on the radio: “How a song affects you, and the memories one associates with it, is uniquely yours and belongs to you. It might not have anything to do with the author’s intent.”  “I feel there are always two of us working on the images…me and the image itself,” explains Sebastian. She continues, “Ultimately, my biggest satisfaction is knowing that one of my images touches someone and engages them. If you feel something, I’m happy. If art didn’t add to our lives and make us feel, we wouldn’t take the trouble to make it.” Portfolio: Sponsored by:

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How DoYou Love Me mac conner | gouache on illustration board | 1950


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s a child in his father’s grocery store in New Jersey, McCauley (“Mac”) Conner eagerly awaited the arrival each week of The Saturday Evening Post with Norman Rockwell’s images. “You just sit on your thumbs and wait,” reflects Conner, whose raspy voice resonates through the phone as we FaceTime. At a young age, he was also inspired by influential mid-20th century illustrator Al Parker. Conner spent a lot of time at the store, drawing people’s faces and interacting with customers. “I grew up in a grocery store. Every evening, the wives came, and we just sat around and talked.” When he was a young man, he moved to New York City to work on wartime Navy publications. At the end of World War II, Conner went to Lawrence Studios where he met salesman Bill Neeley and artist Wilson Scruggs. The three decided to open their own studio, Neeley Associates. He soon became a prolific commercial illustrator, his work appearing in various magazines, including Woman’s Day, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping. Typically portraying housewives in relation to men, his work represents the 1940s and ’50s era in America leading into the 1960s. “Conner was working at a time when magazines had influence over the American psyche and really had a lot to do with reinforcing gender roles,” says Stephanie Plunkett, the chief curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts. His images depict women in various scenes—with their husbands and children, in their romantic longing for and swooning over men, and in their elegant, seductive innocence. Conner’s exhibit, “Mac Conner: A New York Life,” is on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, through June 5. Lately, Conner has been mostly out of the business. He is now 102 years old. Napping, going to the park, and talking to his cat Willy—who briefly made an appearance on our video call—are some of his hobbies. His most recent project—illustrating a children’s book—had to be stopped short. “My eyesight let me down halfway through the book,” he says. Conner is meeting with another illustrator who he hopes can carry out the rest of his vision. Plunkett describes Conner’s defining characteristics as “his great design sensibility, his striking perspectives, and his dramatic cropping.” His use of shapes, angles, lines, and depth creates a contrast of space that is somewhat geometric. She comments, “Mac Conner has a keen eye for composition and uses strong areas of color and contrast to create images that have a lot of visual punch.” His exhibit “Mac Conner: A New York Life” is on display at the Normal Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, through Sunday, June 5. The exhibit features Conner’s original hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns, magazines, and book jackets, including the cover image, which originally appeared in the August 1950 issue of Woman’s Home Companion. (413) 298-4100; —DianaWaldron CHRONOGRAM.COM WATCH a short film by Stephen Blauweiss about the work of illustrator Mac Conner.






Eric Francis Coppolino’s 20 Years with Chronogram

e looks like the 1960s hippie Jerry Rubin, practices advocacy journalism with articles that carry headlines like “Another Fine Mess,” and has a hunger for government documents that rivals that of Seymour Hersh,” wrote Michael Winerip of Eric Francis Coppolino in the NewYork Times circa 1994. Eric’s horoscopes began appearing in Chronogram two years later, beginning a still-unbroken 20-year alliance. Since we began together, his warm and lucid words have been translated into five languages. He’s official astrologer to the Omega Institute, lauded in the competitive world of British tabloid horoscopes, and founder/editor at Planet Waves, a project that calls “one of the best sites on the Internet, period.” Or as happy subscribers put it, “I don’t how I lived without you all these years” and “You guys simply throw a wonderful party!” Happy third decade, old friend. May our stars continue to rise—providential, instructive, and full of heart. —Anne Pyburn Craig It’s unusual for an astrologer to flatly state, as you do in Planet Waves’ terms of service, that “astrology is not the truth.” You describe astrology as an “analytical framework rather than as an exposition of objective reality.” Could you elaborate on that? Astrology is interpretation. Let’s start there. People wonder why there are such considerable differences between the views of different horoscope writers, and that is why. The simple, accurate explanation is that astrology is an interpretive art, just like any other—dance, painting, or photography, for example. In our society we have a faux definition of what is true, which is what’s supposedly proven by science. I think subjecting astrology to that standard, or pretending that it meets some scientific qualifications, is misleading. We don’t need astrology to be objectively true in order for it to be meaningful. Poetry and music are interpretations, and they touch people deeply. Soon after I was fluent enough in astrology to write about it, I started doing charts for news events.The structure of the astrological chart, in particular the houses and the longer planetary cycles, provides an excellent framework for asking questions and seeking understanding. Combining research and reporting with astrology you can get a deeper sense of what’s developing than you might otherwise.  Planet Waves, your daily magazine, covers public affairs, offering astrology-infused takes on  environmental, political, and gender issues. What’s your guiding philosophy in that area? Over the 22 years I’ve been doing astrology, I’ve come to view it as a branch of environmental studies. Astrology is taking something that is usually invisible—one of Marshall McLuhan’s concepts of what an environment is—and making it apparent, and looking at it, and thinking about it. Astrology provides a view into the background, and in order to understand anything you must understand the context. My viewpoint is that astrology must reflect society rather than making so-

ciety somehow conform to astrological ideas. That was a natural progression given that I came to astrology having covered many facets of life as a journalist, photographer, and editor. If you take a light touch and don’t get caught in dogma, astrology is marvelously adaptable. It’s truly a holistic art form. My choice to cover gender issues, ecological issues, and politics is about giving people something real to think about. The problem with most astrology is that it’s about astrology, and gets lost in its own sauce. I choose to write a narrative of astrology that’s about people and about the world. You have a long resume as a facilitator in the polyamory and tantra movements, according to one description, helping people heal jealousy through self-love. In the 1990s, your Chronogram series on poly touched off quite a controversy. Almost two decades later, do you feel that polyamory is better understood? Most people still don’t recognize the word polyamory, which means conscious, honest relationships that are not bound by monogamy.There is a word for that; it’s now in the Oxford English Dictionary. Two decades after that somewhat infamous, rather simple series of articles, polyamory has been covered by every major media outlet. Seen that way, we were way ahead of the times, so to say. Polyamory is better understood by some people—those who are curious. The block is that there’s still a huge gag reflex around jealousy, and people still invest nearly all of their self-esteem into whether this other person seems to care about them. If that is vaguely threatened, most people still have a meltdown. And most people are judgmental about what they perceive as promiscuity. It takes courage to grant the people in your life the space to actually be themselves, which means giving them the space to love you, and to love as they want to love. This requires cultivating communication tools, and maturity, and I think those are the things we need to focus on now. There’s a lot more talk about being real and open than there is actually doing it, but we can change that if we want. As I read your horoscopes, I see you advocating for authenticity on all levels. Would it be fair to call that the core value that runs through all of your work? I am suspicious of the term authenticity, and it’s a word I rarely use. I’m just as suspicious of integrity as it’s currently used. In practice, both concepts are about seeming to be that thing rather than actually doing it, which defeats the point. The difference is courage. When you’re being real, there’s that moment when your heart is pounding in your chest, and you know you’re taking a chance: an actual personal risk of some kind. That’s what I encourage people to do. This is an excerpt from a longer interview with Eric Francis Coppolino about his 20 years with Chronogram. The full transcript can be found at and 5/16 CHRONOGRAM 21

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When we conceived Chronogram 24 years ago, we had a clear intention: The magazine was to be an example, or paradigm, of the creative work and the community brought to light within its fold. The medium was to be seamless with the message; the means congruent with the end. We were inspired by T. S. Eliot’s concept of the objective correlative. He spoke of poetry when he defined the phrase as “a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion.” Extending this sensibility to magazines, we had an image of an object—the magazine with its format, content structure, voice, and design—itself evoking the experience of the art and artists, writing and writers, the events and communities described in its pages. The first decision we faced in testing this intention was in designing Chronogram’s cover.We knew we wanted to dedicate the cover to featuring the work of local artists, but we were dismayed when we tried to overlay the art with text flaunting the contents of an issue. The type over the artwork was clearly a distraction from the work. Placing type on the cover is, of course, common practice for magazines, and it seemed necessary for us—until we realized it wasn’t. The clarity that we would not cover the art with type was liberating. It was, for us, a step toward creating a medium that was genuinely representative of its message. More deeply, we had in mind a personal valuation of parity between inner and outer; that packaging should be a clear representation of its contents, like the edible rice paper wrappers on some Chinese candies. The best design, we thought, is nearly invisible to the untrained eye—a translucent form-giving to the meaning it conveys. One image of a human being is like an ancient Greek actor—a being behind a mask (called a persona). The mask had a built-in megaphone meant to amplify the voice of the actor behind the mask. Practically, a person has two distinct but related parts—an intrinsic, essential part that’s the natural result of genetics and larger forces, and a conditioned part comprised of all that’s learned from and for interacting with the world. The outer piece is meant to amplify the voice of the inner, though it tends to speak for itself. The question for a human being is the same as the one we had for the magazine: How can a person’s outer form, appearance, and presentation—personality—align with what we she is at an essential level? Herein is a perennial dilemma, the paradox that shows up in every sphere—it’s the struggle between noumena and phenomena, form and function, sign and signified, relative and absolute. Whatever the formulation of the dyad, there’s a distinct feeling of tension in the opposites. And yet in this tension is the possibility of reconciliation. Indeed without such tension there is no energy for development. A late snowfall came in the early days of spring. Many fledglings were knocked from their nests, and a young but almost mature Robin redbreast showed up in front of our porch, attempting to bury itself in some exposed leaves. Our two house cats stood on each side of the young bird, with tails twitching. My son rescued the Robin just before both cats pounced. We put the Robin in what seemed like the only suitable place—the bird cage with our house parakeet, Sirius—to wait out the storm. They eyed each other warily. We gave the Robin some cat food in a dish, and soon the birds were eating together, speaking in their respective tongues. Nature is a good place to see form very naturally following function. A Robin’s form precisely expresses a Robin’s nature, as does that of a maple tree, or a patch of lichen. Human beings are more variable creatures, seeming to embody a whole range of qualities. A meditating monk can show a mineral quality like some kind of stone. A group of musicians playing together can seem to embody a grove of trees blowing together in the wind. An overblown narcissist politician spouting hateful rhetoric fully embodies the quality of a squealing pig interrupted while eating compost at his trough. A really balanced person can emanate the quality of perfect humanness, and can even broadcast angelic vibrations. The balance of inner and outer is not a dyad, but a triad—with the third element being consciousness itself.Within the context of consciousness the inner impulse is active, to which the outer expressive part is passive and serves the content. Meanwhile, the outer part is active in relation to the world. Every stick has two ends, and the dog retrieves the whole bit of wood. —Jason Stern


Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note The Past Is Back “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” —William Faulkner, from Requiem for a Nun


ast month, I touched a bit upon Barney Hoskyns’s recent book Small Town Talk, about the musical heyday of Woodstock in the Sixties and Seventies when the likes of Bob Dylan, The Band, and all of the rest of the characters in uber-manager Albert Grossman’s orbit were gallivanting around the town. When I finished the book, I marveled at how far removed we are from those crazy days of folk turning into rock and then pot turning into coke. It had an air of ancient history about it. I placed Small Town Talk on the shelf next to I, Claudius and Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar. No sooner had I put the book down than I got an e-mail from Peter Aaron, our music editor, reminding me that he was going to profile John Simon for the May issue (“We Can Talk About It Now,” page 67). This is the same John Simon who pops up all over Small Town Talk, mostly in connection with The Band, whose first two albums he produced. Simon has enviable list of productions credits. The first hit he produced was The Cyrkle’s “Red Rubber Ball” in 1965. Leonard Cohen’s debut, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, was produced by Simon. So was Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends1 and Big Brother and Holding Company’s breakthrough Cheap Thrills—and the list goes on. Simon, now 75, is preparing a new show, “Truth, Lies, and Hearsay”—part monologue, part musical revue—set to premiere in Woodstock this month. Now, I thought I was done with this Woodstock business, but the past has a way of creeping up and biting you on the ass, doesn’t it? I bring this up because I’m focused mainly on looking forward: staying abreast of evolving stories and prognosticating about where we’re headed. And there is no doubt that we are in the midst of a cultural shift here in the Hudson Valley that has been over 20 years in the making. The sense of newness, freshness, and revitalization can be seen in every city and town across the region (even Newburgh and Poughkeepsie!), and we’re bursting at the seams trying to tell that story in Chronogram, as well as in our other publications: Upstater, Upstate House, and Explore the HudsonValley.2 And so a simple thing like a record producer (whom I’d only been marginally aware of until I read a book on the musical history of Woodstock) per-

forming new music makes me see all sorts of connections with the past—in a Baader-Meinhof phenomenon3 kind of way. For instance, I was recently walking Shazam the Wonder Dog down at Kingston Point near my house. Across from the beach is the rundown industrial site that was once home to the long-derelict Hutton Brickyard. The site is the future home of Smorgasburg, the Upstate outpost of the eating extravaganza that draws upwards of 10,000 visitors a day to its home site in Williamsburg. Think of it like a food truck festival on steroids; The NewYorks Times has dubbed Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating.” 4 (Smorgasburg is not only expanding into the Hudson Valley this year, but also into another rural backwater you may have heard of: Los Angeles.) As Shazam terrorized the gulls along the waterfront, I pondered the potential transformative impact Smorgasburg could have on the region as a whole (planting another Hudson Valley flag on the foodie map) and on the Kingston waterfront in particular, which has needed economic development for some time. Walking out to Kingston Point from the beach, I spied the trolley tracks along the water that were first laid in 1896 by minions of Samuel Decker Coykendall, and it hit me—here comes the past to bite me in the ass again. Coykendall was president of both the Cornell Steamboat Company and the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. The Hudson River Day Line had been bringing passengers to Albany from New York City since 1863 but it didn’t stop at Kingston. Seizing an opportunity to put travelers to the Catskills on his railroad, Coykendall constructed a passenger boat wharf at Kingston Point with a rail connection. Simultaneously, the robber baron developed Kingston Point Park, turning what had been a swamp into a leisure oasis kitted out with a dance hall, amusement park, nightly fireworks, and a big hotel (quaintly named The Oriental). Everything went swimmingly, more or less, until the hotel burned down in 1922 and the site fell into greater and greater neglect. It wasn’t until the early `90s that the site was reclaimed from its disordered state by the Rotary Club of Kingston. The past is never dead, as Faulkner wrote. Most of those who will travel to Kingston Point to sample the stalls of Smorgasburg won’t know that a century ago revelers flocked to the same site seeking similar diversion. Perhaps that’s as it should be. A hundred years hence, who will remember Smorgasburg? We are haunted by ghosts that we don’t even know exist.

Bookends is worth another listen if only for track #5, “Voices of Old People,” the sound collage that Art Garfunkel recorded at a couple of senior citizens’ homes. A man declaring “I have little in this world” with the flat affect of a sandwich order will always haunt me.



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You know when you hear a word for the first time and then it seems to crop up everywhere? That’s called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. It’s caused by two psychological processes. The first, selective attention, kicks in when you become aware of a new word, thing, or idea; after that, you unconsciously keep an eye out for it, and as a result find it surprisingly often. The second, confirmation bias, reaffirms that each sighting is further proof that the thing has gained overnight omnipresence. The name Baader-Meinhof phenomenon was coined by a commenter on the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ online discussion board in the early `90s, who came up with it after hearing the name of the ultra-left-wing German terrorist group twice in 24 hours.



How fitting. Smorgasburg’s Kingston site is almost as far from the village of Woodstock as the original festival on Yasgur’s farm. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM 23

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13. The George Mason University in Virginia renamed its law school the Antonin Scalia School of Law (ASSoL) in his honor shortly thereafter. In late March, after realizing the acronym blunder, the university released a statement to students and alumni, indicating that changing the school’s name to the Antonin Scalia Law School would be more suitable than the initial name that “caused some acronym controversy on social media.” Source: BBC News In early April, the US Treasury Department announced new guidelines for companies looking to move outside of the country in search of lower tax rates. The new regulations seek to limit internal corporate borrowing that shifts profits out of the United States. The department intends to make these “tax inversions” less appealing for large firms. Along with the proposed bills to make it more difficult for US companies to invert, President Obama has proposed measures to reform corporate taxes. Last November, the New York-based Pfizer company made a deal with the Ireland-based Allergan in an attempt to move its core offices overseas for tax purposes. Due to the tightening of US regulations, their $160 billion merger agreement was terminated. Charles Schumer (D-NY) stated, “The only way to slam the door on inversions for good is to pass tough, strong legislation and reform our tax laws.” Source: Times Union, Reuters

According to a report published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in April, less than 3 percent of Americans live a healthy lifestyle. The authors of the study define a “healthy lifestyle” as one that involves exercise for a minimum of 150 minutes per week, a diet score in the top 40 percent of the Healthy Eating Index, a body fat percentage under 20 percent for men and 30 percent for women, and not smoking. The study used data from a group of 4,745 people who participated in the 2003 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The participants wore accelerometers to track their physical activity for one week and also recorded their food intake over the course of 24 hours. The results: 71.5 percent of the adults were nonsmokers; 46.5 percent achieved at least 150 minutes of exercise; 37.9 percent consumed a healthy diet; 9.6 percent had “a normal body-fat percentage.” Only 2.7 percent of the participants met all four health criteria. Source: Atlantic Global military spending amounted to nearly $1.7 trillion in 2015. In a study conducted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States, the top spender, spent $596 billion in 2015. China spent $215 billion, and Saudi Arabia spent $87.2 billion. Venezuela and Angola decreased their military spending by 64 and 40 percent, respectively. Asia’s spending increased by 5.4 percent in 2015, mostly due to China’s economic and military growth and increasing fear from neighbors like Vietnam and the Philippines. According to Sam Perlo-Freeman, head of SIPRI’s military expenditure project, “Spending trends reflect the escalating conflict and tension in many parts of the world; on the other hand, they show a clear break from the oil-fueled surge in military spending of the past decade.” Source: Washington Post The Knesset Finance Committee has capped the total compensation for executives at banks and insurance companies in Israel at 2.5 million shekels, or $640,000 per year. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon had asked the committee to approve the proposal to reduce the high wages, calling it “a moral and ethical failure.” The highest-paid worker at this bank cannot earn more than 44 times the lowest-paid worker. According to the 2015 financial reports released by Israel’s five biggest banks, the average total compensation for a CEO at the banks was 5.85 million shekels, or roughly $1,550,000. (US bank CEO total compensation runs from $9.5 million to $19.3 million.) Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni said, “This will finally end the outrageous salaries. This is a first step toward fixing social inequality. Times have changed, and from this point, we’ll examine imposing salary caps on all publicly-held companies.” Sources: Haaretz, American Banker, Guardian 24 CHRONOGRAM 5/16

The global negligence of treating mental illnesses results in $925 billion per year lost in economic productivity. According to the World Health Organization, 12 billion working days—or 50 million years—will be lost to anxiety and depression each year through 2030. The WHO states that governments only spend 3 percent of their health budgets on battling mental illness. The cost of increasing counseling and antidepressant medication over the next 15 years is estimated to be $147 billion. The investment would create a 5 percent increase in the labor force—a $399 billion increase—and it would also result in $310 billion in health returns. The study, published in April in Lancet Psychiatry, stated that every dollar invested in improving mental health treatment options means a $4 return in better health and the ability to work. Source: Guardian Voters don’t choose the GOP nominee—it is an illusion created by the media, according to Curly Haughland, a member of the Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee. The delegates’ votes are what determine the party’s nominee. In a recent interview with CNBC, Haughland was asked what the point of the primaries is if the party can disregard voters, to which he replied, “That’s a very good question.” He continued, stating that the party can block Trump at the convention even if he accrues the requisite delegates through the primaries (1,237), to “win” the nomination. Source: The Hill A 2008 study done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory revealed that 664 gigawatts of energy could be generated from solar panels. A current report released by the same group reveals that if all suitable roofs were covered in solar panels, 1,118 gigawatts of solar energy would be generated. This amounts to nearly half of the power used by Americans every year. The new statistic only accounts for rooftop panels—not including ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems, which would increase the amount of potential solar energy. The increase is attributed to a greater number of estimated suitable rooftops, better methods of calculating PV systems, and improved module performance. If module efficiency continues to increase, which seems likely, the overall energy production would rise by 25 percent. Source: Good A new scientific study confirms Freddy Mercury had an incomparable singing voice. A group of Austrian, Czech, and Swedish researchers examined the Queen singer’s vocals and published a report in Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology in April. The team invited professional rock zinger Daniel Zangger-Borch in to imitate Mercury’s voice. They found that Mercury most likely used subharmonics when singing. This style of singing employs the ventricular folds that vibrate along with the vocal folds—a style that is common for Tuvan throat singers but difficult for most people to perform. Mercury’s vocal chords were also found to vibrate at a fast rate: The average vibrato ranges from 5.4 Hz to 6.9 Hz; Mercury’s vibrato was 7.04 Hz. Source: Consequence of Sound Compiled by Diana Waldron


Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic



he Hillary-Bernie contest raises a significant issue. Which is better: pragmatism or idealism? “Getting things done” or ideology? Hillary’s position, her entire orientation, comes out of a specific historical moment. From Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson, and even with Eisenhower and Nixon, government was the solution. Bank failures? Government rules and government insurance. Poisonous air and rivers on fire? The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Old people living—and dying—in abject poverty? Social Security. They needed medical care, too. So, Medicare. Higher Education? City and state universities—among the best in the world—mostly free or nearly so, plus the GI Bill, educational support at time when national service was almost universal for males. Scientific and technical competition with the Soviet Union? Cape Canaveral, the man on the moon, all sorts of research programs. Then, in 1980, Ronald Reagan swept into office with a whole new view. One that turned it all inside out. The attitude, the idea, his revolution, was expressed a single pithy provocative line, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Now, all the progress that had been made by government was suspect, and much of it, like the EPA, the IRS, the Federal Reserve, and most of all, welfare and taxes, were bad. Whether Reagan led the charge or caught the wave didn’t matter. It was evident that a change had come. The liberal idea of the state moving ever forward from problem to problem was now an “old” idea. The War on Poverty appeared to have failed and, in doing so, had become a symbol of government’s overreach and wasted effort on the undeserving. There were failures and scandals. Reagan himself routinely confused reality with old movies. Nonetheless, his popularity soared, his movement conquered the hill, and he planted the flag of anti-government government. Then along came Bill Clinton. Bill had been governor of Arkansas. When he got beaten in his bid for reelection, he turned around and hired Dick Morris, the cunning Republican political consultant who had defeated him. Morris taught him how to embrace issues that resonated to the right: cut taxes, attack welfare, and execute people. Clinton took those lessons with him when he ran for president. Abandoning the Roosevelt-Johnson mission to save us all, he moved toward the center, embracing big business and big fundraising. It worked. He was elected. However, in the very next midterm election, the Democrats lost control of congress for the first time in 40 years. Clinton proved himself able to work with Republicans. He won re-election. Whatever faults, flaws, and errors he made, the nation had eight years of peace and prosperity, including the only period since Reagan in which the great majority of the population—as measured by median income—actually participated in the profits of the time. Like Roosevelt before him and Obama after him, Clinton tried to create a national health system. Hillary was in charge of the project. The big profiteers launched a virulent, and successful campaign against it. The great lesson appeared to be that it was better—necessary—to have the camels—the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies—inside the tent pissing out, rather than outside the tent pissing in. That’s how Obamacare was designed and that’s how it passed.

Is the get along to go along the way to go? Well, yes. And no. In order to rebuild their party, Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, followed the Clinton model and recruited Republicans-lite to run as Democrats in mixed districts and states.They became the senators who blocked the public option in Obama Care. And while Obama Care is an achievement and a way forward, the camels who have taken up residence in the tent are devouring ever more of the sustenance, and it is clear that the limits and problems of the program come precisely from the compromises that invited them in. In the meantime, the Republican were doubling down on ideology. Cultural issues—that interesting euphemism for sexophobia—became their rallying flag. The interests of the financial elites—cutting taxes, cutting government spending except for the military-intelligence-security complex, deregulations and privatization, became matter of absolute orthodoxy. Heretics were ruthlessly excommunicated and expelled. It was a choice that, beyond the presidency, has brought great success. They have taken control of Congress and the Senate. They have what’s called the trifecta—the governor and control of both houses—in 23 states. The Democrats are down to 7. They had 14, but in 2014 they lost the Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts governors, both houses of the legislature in Minnesota and West Virginia, and the Colorado and NewYork state senates. Republicans, running on ideology, can win with Rick Scott in Florida, even though he’d been CEO of a health care company that set a record for Medicare and Medicaid frauds. They can also win with the aptly named Governor Deal of Georgia, after he’d been named one of the most corrupt members of Congress. Sam Brownback of Kansas got to implement all the Republican ideas. They failed. They’ve virtually bankrupted the state. He’s won re-election. The case for ideology is that you can make strong and certain statements. If you believe, stick to them, invest in them, find the buzzwords and catch phrases that people respond to, they will have power. Even if they have no relation to reality. Imagine how powerful an ideology attached to facts could be. Fact: The increase in wealth inequality was not created by “natural” economic forces. It was created by changes in tax policy. Ideological Proposition: Greater prosperity for us all will be created by higher taxes on the rich. That’s the way it was when America was “great” and the middle class was strong and optimistic. Fact: State and city universities once were free! Or nearly so. If we could do that 50 years ago, we can do it now! Fact: The rich can’t be trusted with too much money. They use it to manipulate and bribe. They distort the culture. They bring instability, chaos, and ruin, forcing ordinary people to pick up the pieces. Save the rich—and the rest of us—from their addiction to ever more filthy lucre! Also, as the Republicans have shown, if you start by hunkering down in a hardened ideological bunker, anyone who wants to do business must come to you. As Obama, and Clinton, have shown, if you start out by saying we want to work together, where’s the middle ground, let’s find our mutual interest— you’ve given away your best stuff before you even start. If you doubt that, just ask Donald Trump, it’s the key part of the art of the art of the deal. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM 25



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ften, school-aged children led by the organization Wild Earth will be directed to split up and find their “sit spots,” places to rely solely on their senses to feel closer to nature. They’ll sit alone, then return to a central location and share with the group what they experienced. And something happens then: the students will listen to each other. “They’re cultivating a sense of being alive and paying attention to what’s around us, and giving permission to be a part of people’s lives,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth, the New Paltz nonprofit that facilitates programs that expose people, both young and old, to nature. This work is part of place-based education, a pedagogy built around immersing students in their community to enrich development in a range of subjects, while also building character and creativity. Some schools may use place-based education as a sliver of their overall curriculum, while other schools make it a primary tenet of their mission statement. By removing students from the classroom, schools—including a growing number in the Hudson Valley— hope to enable students to understand local issues such as conservation and sustainability. Place as a Context for Learning The idea of taking learning from the indoor classroom structure and into nature, fields and farms has been around for decades. Shaping this idea into a pedagogy that could be introduced in schools across the world was, in the early 1990s, the job of the Orion Society, a community of educators, writers and scientists involved with Orion magazine, based in Great Barrington, MA.

Laurie Lane-Zucker was among those at Orion developing “programs that explored ‘place’ as the context for learning,” says Lane-Zucker. They established a series of books about place-based learning, organized summer institutes, and toured the country, introducing the concepts to college campuses and communities. But, as Lane-Zucker notes, the ideas behind placebased education—farming, growing and making food, caring for animals and nature—are simply historical educational tools, just recently brought back to life. “It has put earlier experiential education efforts into a late 20th century/early 21st century context, and linked it to a wide range of social, environmental, and economic reform challenges,” Lane-Zucker says. Education and Renewal Through the Hands Founded in 1972, the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Ghent was an early adopter of what is now known as place-based education. It’s part of the larger Hawthorne Valley Organization, which sits on a 500-acre biodynamic farm and also includes a CSA, research facility, publishing company, art program and theater. The Waldorf school was founded on the Rudolf Steiner philosophy, which focuses on structuring curriculum for child development stages. And while curriculum is relatively consistent across the Waldorf network, individual schools are asked to structure their lessons to match their locations so students can take advantage of their natural environments. Thus, being on a 500-acre farm means vast place-based opportunities for Hawthorne Valley students. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM EDUCATION 27



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“It certainly provides us with a lot of latitude for building our curriculum,” says John Cronin, the school’s faculty chairperson. “Columbia County is unique in a lot of ways.We have a wide variety of animals, plants, landforms— the geology is just amazing.” How they learn the geology varies by year. Ninth-grade students this year are working with soil experts to enhance and revamp the local composting program. Meanwhile, kindergartners explore the forest and bring compost to pigs, and third-graders live on the farm for a full week. They awaken at 5 a.m. to retrieve chicken eggs and milk the cows. Part of this is to understand the rhythm of land work, but another part is to simply work practically with their hands. That’s the central tenet of Hawthorne Valley’s EARTH program, short for Education and Renewal Through the Hands. The program, which embeds several students in nature for prolonged periods of time, doing such tasks as farming and construction, is one of a few reasons Hawthorne Valley is a local leader of the place-based education movement. The program also serves to develop Hawthorne Valley students who “are very capable but need something different than is in the classroom,” says Stu Summer, co-founder and lead teacher of EARTH. Students may either attend EARTH part-time—while receiving their morning lesson at the main school—or be full-day participants in EARTH. A typical session at EARTH is the Cow Block: for three or four weeks, students will clean stalls, feed and milk the cows, and cook with the milk. And they’ll curry the cows—rubbing them repeatedly to break up detritus and dirt—which may lead to an eyeopening realization: the cow reacts to your care. Rachel Schneider, director of the Hawthorne Valley Farm Place-Based Learning Center, had her realization with place-based education in the late 1970s, when she was a teacher bringing schoolchildren to the farm. “I couldn’t believe what happened to me in the weeks we were there,” she says. “The sense of waking up to this beautiful, natural world that surrounded me, and the incredible need that we all felt to do physical work, wanting to sweep in the cows. I couldn’t believe the difference in the children I was teaching.”

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Inner-City Springboard Some students, however, don’t have immediate access to farmland. But local organizations and institutions are doing the legwork to ensure children continue having life-altering experiences through nature. When Fr. Mark Connell became principal of San Miguel Academy in Newburgh in 2009, he noticed that some students in his all-boys school for underserved youth were having difficulty retaining information and engaging in the indoor classroom environment. Fr. Connell and San Miguel leadership soon began pilot programs with outside organizations like the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall and Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Garrison. Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie came next. At Sprout Creek fifth-graders—some of whom had never before crossed the Hudson River on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge—milk goats and cows, then with assistance from an expert, make cheese. In the fall the fifth graders learn how to artificially inseminate a goat. Then, in February of the next year, the students are present to watch the goats give birth. For many of these students, every experience on a farm is a unique, new experience. “We’re serving a demographic that, for the most part, is underrepresented in the ecology movement and in the conservation movement,” Fr. Connell says, speaking specifically about the school’s high African-American and Latino population. “There’s an overarching emphasis in education and beyond to expose the children that we serve at San Miguel to expose them to this arena of ecology and conservation.” The emphasis has spread to American public schools: in 2012 the federal Department of Education released a study recommending place-based education for underserved urban areas, focusing on bridging local organizations to supply year-round education in and out of the classroom setting. Local public schools have taken note. Kingston City Public Schools, for example, partnered with Wild Earth to give middle-school students a weeklong wilderness adventure last fall. They’ll do everything from building shelters with leaves and branches to discovering their “sit spots.” The kids, especially in those quiet moments, feel a connection with nature they’ve never before experienced. “It was incredible,” Wild Earth’s Abramson says of the middle school students from Kingston. “I think we’ve all experienced it. There’s something about being out in nature that just awakens this curiosity, and there’s a perspective that comes from being out in the woods.” To Abramson, and to many teachers and organizers devoted to place-based education, putting children outdoors, and putting their hands and brains to work, helps tear down the social dynamics of the typical classroom and helps foster a devotion to the natural world. Caroline Geisler, administrative chair and director of college guidance at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, says her students become curious about their food, their environment, and their community dynamics. “A lot of things become a lot more real when you’re observing nature on a daily basis,” says Geisler.


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Art of Business

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“Truth, tradition, and family” are the touchstone at Wm. Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom. “People are helping us from all dimensions,” says co-owner Kristan Keck. “We named the rooms after our grandparents. Sasha Petraske [who kicked off the current craft cocktail craze at Milk and Honey in Manhattan] designed our bar program, and when he died, there was a worldwide toast to what he did to bring back the meaning of the word ‘cocktail’—a word used for the first time right here in Hudson.”


Milne’s at Home Antiques and Gallery is a 6,000-square-foot restored factory filled with fine found objects of all ages in Kingston’s Rondout. Rebekah Milne, who grew up among antiques at her parents’ Manhattan store, is currently serving as president of the Kingston Waterfront Business Association and goes all out for events like the monthly Kingston Night Markets (in season) and the annual Sinterklaas event.   But her passion for Kingston doesn’t stop at the top of the hill. Besides designing the historically accurate interior of the Lace Mill artists’ residence, Milne chose Midtown for the factory where she builds her own new furniture line. “We purchased the old Eden’s Grocery on Franklin and Furnace, right across from the library, and that’s where we build high-end custom and production furniture. I hire locally—there are 11 people working there. And I let artists paint it for the O+ Festival, so I think we may have the first mural in Midtown too.” 34 ART OF BUSINESS CHRONOGRAM 5/16


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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Thomas G. Roberts and Joseph John Justin had an immediate hit on their hands with Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe when they opened in 2012. It is Orange County’s only independent bookstore; beyond that, with its Victorian style, welcoming vibe, community spirit, and mix of new, used, and rare volumes as well as collectibles, it seems to be just the bookstore Orange County had been waiting for. By last summer, they were creating a second outpost in Greenwood Lake managed by Maria Stasolla.

ON THE HUNT “The Hunt family lived in what’s now our Wingdale showroom,” says Hunt Country Furniture Showroom Manager Gail Keating. “They made furniture in the carriage barn and sold it a few pieces at a time by the side of the road; people loved it, word spread, and they built their first factory in the `50s.” The 90-year-old firm has crafted heirloom-quality furnishings for Mohonk Mountain House, Cornell University, and a long list of national chains—never sacrificing their devotion to joinery, box shaving, and other painstaking methods as well as a fondness for seasoned native hardwood. Readymade pieces are sold at their Dover Plains factory store, custom designs are showcased in the 1792 home with “seven fireplaces and great vibes” at Wingdale. “People sometimes find us by accident,” says Keating. “The ones who know woodworking are stunned that someone still does this. ‘How long have you been here?’ ‘Oh, 90 years.’ It’s a celebration every time.”

Is this your dream job? Maria Stasolla: Absolutely! I was working at a clothing store and designing couture millinery—I’ve done a lot of things, mostly art and design—and as soon as the bookstore opened I was a regular. Someone told me they were looking for part-time help.... It was mutual love. When Tom offered me the manager’s job at the new location, I cried. What’s different at the new location? MS: Warwick is more nook-y and darker, with books heaped floor to ceiling. Here there’s an open loft, seating, a dedicated children’s room. It’s perfect for events. Story hour this Sunday is [about] planting, and Stacy Lawrence from the Garden Center is bringing in seeds. The plants will ultimately be in our backyard garden; kids can come back and watch their plants grow. Tuesdays we do vision books, art with kids over 10. We have adult coloring night every Wednesday; last week we played `70s disco and drank wine; that started when a customer was looking for a coloring book. It’s all crazy women; crazy men would be welcome. Fridays are open house nights, for just about anything revolving around literature, art, music, and food. It sounds like you’re having a blast. MS: I’m in love. The store is my new baby; my new sweetheart. The community is leading the way. We have our own Love Doctor, Sheila Pearl, who wrote Ageless and Sexy; she’s a 74-year-old therapist who had her life begin again at 69; she comes in and we talk about relationships. We bring in local wine and food; French butter cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries from Zagat-rated Jean Claude’s.

OUT OF A NUTSHELL Tim and Laurel Sweeney, owners of Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, started selling homes around Marbletown as Nutshell Realty in 2001. In 2004, wanting a national alliance, Nutshell became Prudential Nutshell, and now it’s becoming Berkshire Hathaway. “They’re a strong brand,” says Laurel, “They do fun things like the ‘Love Your Home” sweepstakes on HGTV. They’re high profile in the metro area.” There’s little danger of confusion over the name change. The Sweeneys, who won a 2014 “Signs of Sustainability” award for a long list of volunteer activities, have a profile of their own. “The liquor store has just always been great for us,” says Tim, “and it never ceases to amaze me how much real estate business starts there. Between both of them and the town board work, I probably end up talking to more people than any other individual in town in any given week.” 5/16 CHRONOGRAM ART OF BUSINESS 35

Kids & Family

Michael Hunt collaborating with Devon and Kieran on an art piece at home in Woodstock.


THE RISE OF THE STAY-AT-HOME DAD Text and photo by Hillary Harvey


n the cold, snowy winter of 2007, Michael Hunt was darting between New York City and a little house in Mt. Tremper. He was freelancing with a production company as much as he could before his wife, Suzanna Cramer, gave birth to their first baby. When their daughter, Devon, arrived, Cramer’s work as a sales-training writer was steady, and she could do it in between breastfeeding. Cramer would hand Devon off to Hunt and return to her home office. Hunt is from a big Irish Catholic family and great with kids, so he was comfortable with and enjoyed the role of caregiver. “The situation found us, and we grabbed it, gratefully,” he says. “She’s the breadwinner, and I’m proud of that. She really likes her work, and she’s great at her job.” While the stay-at-home parent population is still dominated by moms, Hunt is among a growing faction of stay-at-home dads. Stats from the Pew Research Center and the US Census Bureau differ vastly, depending on definitions, whether the children live with dad full-time, and whether dad works at all. (It’s not clear how the rising number of two-dad families contributes to these statistics.) But what is certain is that the numbers of fathers taking on caregiving roles has more than doubled in recent years. Because Cramer works from home, there are benefits to their arrangement. Hunt can run errands during naptime, and Cramer has the flexibility to alternate nights and weekends if there’s a daytime school event to attend. They both enjoy adult conversation when Cramer takes a break from work and Hunt’s been in kid-zone all day, chasing their new toddler, Kieran. Being primary parent at home, Hunt has a lot of freedom. He devotes time to the community through his volunteer position as Friends of the Woodstock


Library’s vice president, where he helps to support children’s programming, the library annex building project, and spends about half his life. And he maintains his art career. His work was auctioned at in 2002 and shown at Art Basel in Miami 2004, 2014, and 2015. He’s working with local business proprietors now on art installations at Oriole 9 in Woodstock, Yum Yum in Kingston, and Lekker in Stone Ridge. At home, Cramer does the laundry, they split the cooking, and they check in with each other every day. “A family member (who is also a mom and the primary breadwinner) once told me that it’s a lot of responsibility to be the primary breadwinner and a mom and a wife,” says Cramer. “She said, on a regular basis, check in with yourself and separately check in with your spouse on how you’re feeling about your arrangement. That advice is invaluable. I do ask myself if I’m happy with this arrangement. If there is ever something that either one of us isn’t okay with, we talk about it and try to change whatever it is, if we can.” Equating their rise in numbers with the Great Recession—especially since male-dominated industries were the hardest hit while female-dominated industries saw growth—feels untrue to dads. Their reasons for staying home are changing with their increase. While stay-at-home moms overwhelmingly report that they’re home specifically to care for family, the majority of dads cite illness or disability as a major impetus. Only a quarter of fathers say unemployment is why they’re home, and an equal number name caregiving (preferring parent childcare over daycare) as their motive—something only 5 percent of stay-at-home fathers would have admitted in 1989.

According to stay-at-home dad Jeremy Adam Smith in his 2009 book The Daddy Shift, the Industrial Revolution was a turning point for men. It called them in from the family farm, where they worked side-by-side with their wives and children, an integral part of their lives, to undertake manufacturing work that took them elsewhere for much of each day, leaving women to play all gender roles at home. This division of labor hit its peak in the 1950s, when men and women inhabited separate worlds. He writes, “The brand new suburbs built a Great Wall of highway between the places where a man worked and where his family lived—reifying a divide that was a century in the making.” But an undercurrent was also running through 1950s America. Women were resentful of being laid off after the men returned from World War II, and men’s awareness of a developmental concept of parenthood— one that was less authoritarian and more concerned with emotional wellbeing—was growing. The American family was ripe to be claimed by the cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Down with Mr. Mom When Hunt says, “We’re reversing social norms left and right at our house,” he’s talking about breaking down the conservative utopian vision of heterosexual marriage. But in doing so, Hunt and Cramer are realizing a feminist utopian vision where people, no matter their gender, play whichever family role suits them. Home management, child care, and breadwinning have to get done every day inside American homes, regardless of who does them. That Cramer and Hunt’s decision was organic represents a cultural shift in our understanding of a father’s role. “Looking back,” Smith writes, “it is remarkable to me how little preparation I received for one day becoming a father, which is easily the single biggest event in my (and many another guy’s) life.” Smith believes that feminism is a liberation of men as much as it is of women. He writes that the story of the stay-at-home dad is also the story of women in the workplace, and in order for women to achieve economic equality, men must achieve cultural equality. We need to expand a man’s value beyond his paycheck. Throughout their relationship, Chris and Jaime Parent focused on Jaime’s career, relocating for her jobs. “The work that goes into becoming a doctor, the time you put into it,” Chris explains, “it’s hard to drop it after all that.” Chris says there was never an idea that she would be the one to stay home with their kids. Now a radiologist in Kingston, Jaime works while Chris is the parent on call. In the four years since Chris was home with their first son, Miles, to now being home with their new baby, Simon, he’s seeing more dads around like him. For the Parents, it’s no big deal. They have family support, and Chris’s friends tell him he’s their idol. The challenges Chris faces in being a stay-at-home dad are the same as any stay-at-home parent’s: balancing the needs of different child developmental stages, relearning how to nurture a baby who is inevitably different from his older brother, and making time for everyone in the family. Knowing it’s easy to burn out while caregiving, Chris recently went to Vegas with some college buddies for the NCAA tournament. They meet up every year to bet on games and catch up on life. Most of his friends aren’t dads, and Chris spends the week away focused on recharging. It’s a fun and necessary aspect of his parenting, so he can return to his family refreshed. While intentional, Chris is also generally laid back about life and parenting. “The various parenting philosophies are fun to explore, but I don’t think there’s a huge difference in the end,” he says. “The most important thing is to keep kids safe and fed, and they’ll turn out okays.” This outlook flies in the face of the bumbling-at-home dad stereotype, established in the 1983 comedy Mr. Mom. In reality, our concept of fathers as nurturing and competent has been evolving since the 1990s, as has our concept of male and female relationships. “My closest friends in Woodstock are moms,” says Hunt. “But Suzanna and I are so tight in our relationship, it’s never been an issue. If the situation were reversed, and Suzanna spent a lot of time with other men, I think it would be a challenge for me not to be jealous. So I’m grateful for the maturity of my friends’ spouses.” For Hunt’s kids, every family is different. Devon and Kieran have friends with two dads or two moms, with two working parents or a stay-at-home mom, and their experience of a working mom and stay-at-home dad is just another example of a normal life. Their reality is that every family does what works best for them.

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n 1683, the Wappingers Indians who lived on the fertile patch of land inbetween the northern Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River agreed to sell to one Francis Rombout “all the land that Rombout could see.” Taking them up on this, Rombout led them up to the southern summit of the highest mountain in the range— today known as the spot of the Beacon Fire Tower— gestured to the lands splayed out before him, and thus claimed ownership of the site that became the towns of Fishkill Landing and Mattawan, which in 1913 merged into the city of Beacon. Native Beaconites have been suspicious of affluent outsiders ever since. The fortunes of the city have risen and fallen throughout its existence, bottoming out in the 1990s when Beacon was so run-down that it was able to play the part of the godforsaken fictional town of North Bath in the movie adaptation of Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool with minimal set dressing. But while the film captured Beacon at its worst, it also was the first step on a long road that led to the city’s current resurgence. Artists soon moved to the city, opened studios and galleries, and banded together to form the still-going “Second Saturdays” celebrations that take place every month. The Dia Art Foundation opened a light-filled, cavernous museum dedicated to large-scale works down at the waterfront. Suddenly, Beacon had actual tourists visiting. Most of them simply took Metro-North up from New York City, walked over to the Dia from the train station, and then took the train back, but it was a


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start. It took the city and the Dia a few more years to figure out how to get people up the hill to Main Street, but once the empty storefronts on Main Street started filling up, the traffic never stopped. Beacon today is unrecognizable from the run-down town of vacant buildings and broken dreams that Paul Newman sauntered through in Nobody’s Fool. In the blink of an eye, many of the businesses that opened up in Dia’s wake—Artisanal Wines, Beacon Bath & Bubble, Max’s on Main, Mountain Tops Outfitters, and Beacon Pilates among others—are suddenly celebrating their 10th anniversaries this year. Poppy’s Burgers and Fries has cemented its place as the Hudson Valley’s premier burger bar. Even longtime, infamous empty spaces on Main Street are now thriving. The old DMV office is now the home of the Towne Crier Cafe, bringing heralded food and heralded superstars like Rickie Lee Jones and Ani DiFranco to town. A block away, former breakfast hangout spot Quinn’s Restaurant has transformed into... Quinn’s Restaurant. The name and decor are the same, but instead of apple bread and pancakes, the place serves up authentic ramen, craft beers, and live performances by Thurston Moore and Marc Ribot long into the night. Even the eternally empty spot on the middle of Main that for years had nothing in it but a sign promising that a Chinese restaurant was coming “soon” is now Baja 328, a stylish Southwestern restaurant with over 100 Tequilas. One of the main reasons the city’s dining and bar scene have continued to improve is because the quality of local ingredients has continued to improve as well. Many restaurants get their produce from nearby Common Ground and Obercreek Farms. Hard liquors are made in town at the Denning’s Point Distillery, and the city is about to get its first craft brewery courtesy of the Hudson Valley Brewery, currently being constructed at 7 East Main Street. With Barb’s Butchery at the end of East Main Street, Marbled Meat Shop on Route 9D in Cold Spring, and Marbled’s new sandwich outpost Stock Up on Beacon’s Teller Avenue, the Hudson Highlands have become the meat capital of the Hudson Valley, with all three stores serving only meat from local, family farms and also making their own sausages, bacon, hot dogs, and other carnivoracious delights. And Beacon-based educational programs like the Green Teens and Hudson Valley Seed are teaching the next generations of Beaconites the importance of locally grown food and how to plant their own gardens. All this newfound cultural capital was too much for one city to hold, so it’s not surprising that some of it has flowed south to the villages of Cold Spring and Garrison, two formerly sleepy communities that are through being condescendingly described as “quaint,” thank you very much. Many a Beaconite, seeking refuge from the art-starved mobs that descend upon Beacon every Second Saturday, has fled for the day to relax in the equally excellent galleries on Main Street in Cold Spring, only to bump into scores of

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Morgan Taylor in the “hang-out room” where he often takes breaks from the family routine to record his inspiration and ideas. His voice memos have become an inadvertent family time capsule—over the years catching snippets of his children playing, crying, cooing, and growing up in the Hudson Valley.

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Harmony of Home A ROVING BAND OF MUSICIANS REIMAGINES LIFE IN THE RONDOUT by Mary Angeles Armstrong photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


f, on recent travels through Kingston, you heard a choir singing, it wasn’t your imagination. If you heard a dessert-inspired hard rock anthem or a melody asking “Have you never been yellow?” you weren’t dreaming. It was coming from the Rondout, where musicians Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak have made a home just as colorful and eclectic as their art. Reimagination is key here. A simple 1851 post-and-beam farmhouse was reimagined into an innovative, modern space. Classic 1970s rock and easy listening hits are continually reimagined into the musical saga of an alien (from the sun) relocated to Minnesota. A singer-songwriter is reimagining herself as a teacher. Two musicians are reimagining childhood and life. Gustafer Yellowgold, the aforementioned sun-alien and Taylor’s alter-ego, is the star of albums and DVDs growing in popularity here on Earth. So much so that his latest work, Dark Pie Concerns, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the children’s album category. Loshak, for a decade the manager of Gustafer Yellowgold, is better known for her melodious soprano and complex bass playing on albums So Bright, Mint, and Colors. She performs regularly at the Rail Trail Cafe in Rosendale and the Kingston Night Market. The Long Road Home The house—slate blue with orange trim, stone walls and steps, requisite covered porch, “dog house” dormer windows—sits on a hill overlooking a quiet neighborhood of mulberry trees and mixed 19th-century brick and wood homes. It’s a place for children to grow—where they can run back and forth between neighbors’ houses or to the nearby parks. Just the kind of

grounded, peaceful place the couple set out to find when a quest for “a little bit of land with some trees” originally brought them to the Hudson Valley. They just never expected to find it in Kingston. Backup to 2009 (and remember that verb): The couple, plus one child, were Brooklyn-based but constantly touring. Travel and city life had them longing for something “nature-centric.” Loshak grew up on her family’s apple farm in England, where she could “walk out the door and pull an apple off a tree”; Taylor is from the suburbs of Ohio. (“There was a lot of lying in the grass and playing at the creek in the woods,” Taylor says.) Traveling through the area piqued their curiosity and they found a rental they liked in Kerhonksen on Craigslist. A few years, one more child, and another move later, they were ready to put down roots in the area and buy a home. “We almost cancelled the appointment,” Taylor says. “We were like,‘Kingston—really?” Upon entering the house, however, they found themselves immediately squeezing each other’s hands. The interior—a whimsical blend of color and materials—had been artfully and intelligently redesigned by the previous owners, builder Brian Early (who also designed the restaurants Elephant and Boitson’s) and artist Anne Surprenant. Details—such as the vertical ceiling beams rebuilt from stacked slices of wood, recessed walls outfitted as firewood racks, and an upstairs hallway stripped down to its bare slatted frame to reveal the pipes behind—appealed to Loshak and Taylor’s creative sensibilities. Walls painted shades of brown, green and blue by Suprenant gracefully complemented each other. To them, the house itself was a work of art. “We had to give up our fantasy forest,” says Taylor, but they knew they’d come home. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 49

Above: The family’s open space living, dining and kitchen areas were a planned exercise in new ideas in finishes by designers Brian Early and Anne Surprenant. Below, top: the interior walls are painted in complementing hues; below: the kitchen has two dishwashers, ample cabinet space, and a pantry.

Designed for Life The family has since inhabited the house-cum-artwork completely. The large ground floor, which encompasses an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, is decorated with their collections of Swedish maps and diagrams (from Loshak’s Uppsala-based brother) and handmade God’s-eye weavings. Work spaces for their sons Harvey and Ridley have been carved out of nooks in the living room. A dining table is as much the base for jigsaw puzzles and art projects as it is meals. The kitchen includes a large pantry, butcher block counters, and abundant wired-glass-and-particleboard cabinets. Two small double-stacked dishwashers sit alongside a bright orange sink. Zoned radiant heat under wide-planked wood floors, and a small woodstove, keep the house toasty, and a humidifier, built into the side of a kitchen cabinet, adds an ingenious touch of convenience. Next to the kitchen, one of the home’s original beams hangs at the entrance of a long, sunny mudroom. Outside, a block-long backyard with concrete garden plots utilizes converted tree stumps as seating. Behind the dining area, a den with a high plaster ceiling and a colorful blocked carpet (Taylor calls it “the hang-out room”) displays an entire wall of vinyl records. Mostly Taylor’s, the collection includes classic rock and many of the K-Tel compilation albums that used to scroll down late night TV screens. A black slate tile bathroom includes a showerhead angled artfully over a corner of graded floor, foregoing the need for door or curtain. Leading upstairs, a red wooden staircase, worn down at the center of each step, suggests generations of family foot traffic. (“They remind me,”Taylor says, “of somebody’s lifelong guitar—like Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster, which is just worn away; or Willie Nelson’s—it has a hole in from where he’s strummed it for 50 years.”) Three bedrooms and another bathroom, with oversized tub and polished concrete surfaces, make up the second floor. A third floor attic converted to guest space has brought the family business full circle: Fellow musicians recording at Dean Jones’ No Parking Studios in Rosendale will often stay overnight. Loshak welcomes the opportunity to finally play host. “We made so many friends touring. So many people put us up all over the country. 50 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 5/16



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Above: The “deconstructed” upstairs hallway leading to an attic turned guest space. The home’s interior piping is visible through the purposely unfinished wall. Below: The uptight piano came with the house: A good omen for a family of musicians.

I love when people come to visit—it gives us the chance to continue being part of that wider community.” Where Work Is Child’s Play A modern addition to the back of the house, split into two studios, provides the couple with ample workspace. Upstairs, with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the room within light and frame views of Port Ewen, is Loshak’s studio. Family heirlooms—her grandfather’s piano and a desk built from his handcrafted mahogany cabinetry—are interspersed with a library of classics and Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy. For Loshak, the shift in address has coincided with a larger shift of purpose. Next fall, she’ll begin teaching first grade at the Mountain Laurel School in New Paltz. She looks forward to the new role and says studying Steiner’s works has helped her approach music, and life, holistically. Along with writing and performing her own music (against one wall sits the red couch where she films her intimate “couch concerts”that she posts on her website), Loshak gives voice lessons and leads three choirs. Downstairs, Taylor’s studio is lined with early Gustafer sketches and posters of his creative idols—the band KISS. It’s where Taylor composes and does the artwork for his series and where he’s building on the success afforded by the Grammy nomination. One small issue: The Ethan Allen bus terminal is close enough to break his reverie. “The only thing I didn’t take into account was that I sometimes have to wait to do a vocal take for—” Taylor breaks into a rhythmic, staccato whistle, the exact pitch and tempo of a bus backing up. It’s the kind of impersonation—dead-on, loud, and slightly manic—that not just children love. “I might one day have to work it in,” he admits. Then he quickly adds, “But I’m NOT recording ‘Wheels on the bus.’” Rachel Loshak’s children’s choir is performing at the Mountaintop School Music and Merriment Festival on May 7. She will be performing at the Rail Trail Cafe in Rosendale on June 19 and July 31. For more information:; 52 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 5/16

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Hudson Valley phenology volunteers collect data for Nature's Notebook. Photo by Kerissa Battle Opposite: Sweetshrub flower buds (top right) and crabapple flower buds (lower right) precede the “phenophase” of blooming. Photos by Larry Decker

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Pooling Observations The Hudson Valley is a place where creativity and ecology have always converged to make things happen, so it’s no surprise that this region is a hotbed for phenology. In fact, Hudson Valley citizen scientists are collecting the most phenology data in all of New York State. Phenology comes from the Latin root pheno, meaning “to appear” or “to bring to light,” and it describes the timing of seasonal changes and life-cycle events in the natural world. New York Phenology Project ( Founder and Project Manager Kerissa Battle says, “Gardeners are intuitive phenologists—even if they don’t know it! Skilled gardeners closely track seasonal change—their success in the garden depends on it.” “Phenophases” are distinct life cycle episodes such as budding, flowering, leafing out, fruiting, migrating, and hatching. “When gardeners start seeds, plant, harvest, or collect seeds, they are essentially tracking phenophases in order to grow what they want,” Battle says. “Gardeners also tend to keep records year to year of when things happen in their gardens. This is the essence of tracking phenology—paying close attention to seasonal change and keeping records.” Across the country, more than 15,000 citizen scientists are tracking phenological data for a proscribed set of plants and animals. Many of them are gardeners collecting data from plants in their own gardens; others are going to designated “phenology trails” and other sites in the community. Many of them are entering their data in an elegant national endeavor utilizing Nature’s Notebook, a data-collecting tool of the USA National Phenology Network (

In 2015, NewYork Phenology Project (NYPP) observers contributed more than 10 percent of the national dataset; nearly 70 percent of those NY observations came from Hudson Valley-based volunteers.The national total number of observations recorded in Nature’s Notebook in 2015 was 1.8 million! The mission of Nature’s Notebook is to encourage close observation of nature both for the joy of it and the data that result. Theresa Crimmins is assistant director at USA National Phenology Network. “As climate changes, the timing of these life-cycle events also changes for many species. However, not all species are exhibiting changes, and the changes that are occurring are not all in the same direction or of the same magnitude.” Crimmins says that the implications for this are wide-ranging and not yet completely realized, but include mismatches in the timing of open flowers and the arrival of pollinators depending on flower food sources, the spread of invasive species, and changes in species ranges. “Local observations of phenology can provide critical data for scientists studying the effects of changing phenology,” she says. When the Lilac Leaves Unfurl… One of those data collectors in the Hudson Valley is Lake Katrine-based garden writer, speaker, and photographer Marie Iannotti (, whose name may sound familiar because she is the gardening expert for She has written three books, including The Timber Press Guide toVegetable Gardening in the Northeast and The Gardener’s Guide to the Hudson Valley. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 55


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Iannotti remembers getting phenology-based planting advice from an older gardener who advised her to “plant your potatoes when you spot the first dandelion.” She says, “I started poking around to see if this kind of advice was just folklore or if there was some research behind it.When I found out the research on phenology is ongoing and anyone could participate in tracking, I jumped in, and I started collecting all the tips that had to do with gardening.” Iannotti takes part in the New York Phenology Project through Nature’s Notebook. She says, “Tracking phenology is a great way for gardeners to get to know the cycles of nature and which things tend to occur at the same point in time. I started by tracking lilacs, and know that when the lilac leaves first start to unfurl, I can plant lettuce and carrots, and when the lilac blooms, it’s safe to plant cucumbers and beans. When the forsythia blooms, I plant peas. It’s not an infallible system, but it’s a great tool for planning and for increasing your knowledge of natural phenomenon. And since weather can be so variable, it’s more accurate than counting backwards from your last expected frost date.” According to Iannotti, phenology makes us more aware of not just the changes, but also when something is wrong. For instance, why would we suddenly be seeing so many grasshoppers, or an increase in poison ivy? When should we be on the alert for Japanese beetles? When will cabbage worms be hatching, so we remember to go looking for them? “I’m also tracking my garden nemesis, the groundhog,” she says. NYPP It in the Bud Kerissa Battle says that one of the great things about the NYPP is that anyone— whether you have volumes of experience with plants or animals or not—can create a monitoring site almost anywhere. “Even if you only have space for a container garden outside of your house, or you just tag one red maple on the street in front of your house, or you get permission from the town to mark plants on your favorite local trail—you can join this effort,” she says. “Some of the most beloved nature preserves and institutions in the Hudson Valley are involved, and new monitoring sites pop up every year,” she goes on. “This past year a student at New Paltz High School even set up a monitoring site in the courtyard of his school.” Group monitoring sites in the Hudson Valley include Mohonk Preserve, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. Battle set up a phenology trail around her property (which includes her garden) and checks her plants nearly every day when she takes her dogs for a walk. “I get my exercise and slow down my mind while I take in everything I am observing,” she says. “It is meditative and enlivening all at the same time. What could be better?” “Beyond the pure pleasure of phenology monitoring, you can also craft your garden or yard within the larger context of the surrounding ecosystem,” Battle says. She goes on: You begin to notice the same pollinators on your tomatoes that you are observing on the milkweed in the field. You begin to notice that the red maples in your yard are flowering later than the red maples in town. You start wondering if the heavy fruit set on the mountain laurel near your garden is because your garden is so lush this year that native pollinators decided to nest nearby and are now pollinating everything in sight. What insects are arriving and when; what birds are hanging around your gardens; what else is in bloom near your garden that might be attracting pollinators? Suddenly you realize that the pollinators are not just servicing your garden—you are actually feeding them. And then they are moving from your garden to the patch of wild bergamot down the road that you are observing and the fertilized seeds of the wild bergamot are feeding the birds at the end of the summer, and bam! Your intentional watching has placed your garden in the center of a bustling play—with you as both actor and audience.

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he warm eyes of the piano player glance up to meet those of the customers shuffling into Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville. He smiles and nods to each as his sprightly fingers navigate the standard “(Back Home Again in) Indiana.” Once they’ve taken their seats, scanned the menu, and ordered drinks, dinner, and dessert, most of them barely look at him again. “Just some nice jazz on a Thursday night,” the diners think. But if someone were to whisper to them the names of some of the musical projects he’s overseen, the mood of the room might turn to stunned silence as mouths are suddenly shut, forks put down, and eyes and ears shifted toward the unassuming guy at the keyboard.The lanky maestro is John Simon, who’s worked with The Band, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, and Simon and Garfunkel, to name a few, producing some of the greatest records in music history. But being in the background doesn’t bother Simon. “I told the [restaurant] owners in 2002,‘If we got a piano in here I’d play for meals,’ and [in the warmer months] my trio has been there ever since,” says Simon. “For me, it’s just about the joy of playing music with other people. I call it my ‘jazz gym.’” Simon was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, to a country doctor who also happened to be a Julliard-schooled violinist. “My parents were always listening to classical records, but the first records I remember really grabbing me were their John Philip Sousa 78s,” he says. “I loved the brass and how rhythmic his music was. Then a relative gave me a copy of Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, which got me excited about jazz.” After starting piano at age four, he was soon learning stride, boogie-woogie, and improvisational techniques and began writing songs before reaching his teens.With some buddies he started a jazz band whose first job was, unbeknownst to the group (or their parents) beforehand, was backing a stripper during a “gentlemen’s night” at a local Italian restaurant. Even though he would later do much to 66 MUSIC CHRONOGRAM 5/16

shape rock ’n’ roll, when it first arrived in the 1950s it didn’t do much for him. “Coming from jazz, rock ’n’ roll seemed too simple to me then,” he admits. He composed stage musicals in high school and enrolled as a music major at Princeton, where he wrote more musicals and studied with composer Milton Babbitt. His reputation spread and corporate recruiters came calling. “I got two job offers,” he says. “One was to write commercials for the Ted Bates advertising agency, and the other was to be a trainee for Columbia Records. I wasn’t sure what a trainee did, but Columbia sounded more interesting.” At the label Simon worked on original Broadway cast recordings and historical projects before accepting an A&R/production position. After overseeing albums by polka king Frankie Yankovic and jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd (the latter’s 1965 Of Course, Of Course, which, coincidentally, featured future Band guitarist Robbie Robertson), he had his first hit with The Cyrkle’s 1966 single “Red Rubber Ball.” Now given carte blanche at Columbia, Simon produced The Medium Is the Massage, a surreal audio verite album by media theorist Marshall McLuhan, and Songs of Leonard Cohen, the 1967 debut by the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter. Later that year, the young producer was directed to help with (no relation) Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends, which became an immediate number one upon its April 1968 release. After hitting once again that year with Blood, Sweat and Tears’ Child Is Father to the Man, Simon, by then one of the business’s hottest rising producers, swapped his salaried staff position for the higher-paying status of a freelancer. At the Monterey Pop festival in 1967, he had met PeterYarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, who invited him to his hometown of Woodstock to create music for and help edit You Are WhatYou Eat, a countercultural film the folksinger was coproducing. One night, while Simon was editing rushes with filmmaker Howard Alk, the pair heard an awful racket outside the house.The noise turned out to be

“four guys dressed in a half-hearted gesture toward Halloween, playing instruSimon made the permanent move to Ulster County in 1969, buying the ments with which they were apparently unfamiliar.” The revelers were Robbie rustic, wood-frame house in Napanoch in which he still lives (for years, the Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson—Bob Dylan’s recordmaker also maintained digs in New York). In 1970 he finally made his band, the Hawks—who had recently moved to town own debut with the plainly titled John Simon’s Album, to be near their reclusive leader (drummer Levon an underrated gem featuring members of The Band, Helm would soon rejoin them, moving into the West Leon Russell, and others. He’s since released seven Saugerties house shared by Danko, Manuel, and more solo records that traverse rock, pop, jazz, and Hudson and known to locals as “Big Pink”). “Howhis unabiding love of the Great American Songbook ard had heard my zany Marshall McLuhan album and (2000’s Hoagyland:The Songs of Hoagy Carmichael is a he had heard a tape that Richard, Rick, and Garth standout example of the latter style). “I guess I’ve had recorded in their basement,” says Simon. “It was always been attracted to [Great American Songbook entitled ‘Even If It’s a Pig, Part Two.’ Like the McLustandards] because they’re the bedrock of most jazz han album, it was a crackpot production. So Howard players,” he offers. “Those songs tend to be a chalthought we all would be a good match. He was right.” lenge to play, because they usually have more than And how. When the Hawks slipped out from unthree chords. They also have melodies that are under Dylan’s wing in the fall of 1968 to make their failingly beautiful and work well in tandem with the own album, they felt Simon out about producing it. lyrics.” Simon has recorded as a session player with “It wasn’t until my third trip up to Woodstock that Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf, Jesse Ed Davis, Dave [Robertson] let me hear the songs that he and the Mason, and Taj Mahal (frequently touring with the others had taped on an old reel-to-reel in the baselatter), and produced other artists, including Bobby ment of Big Pink,” says Simon, then living in New Charles, Seals and Crofts, Gil Evans, David SanYork. “Of course I loved the material.” That material born, Hirth Martinez, Al Kooper, Michael Franks, was from the legendary Basement Tapes the group and Steve Forbert (1979’s Jackrabbit Slim, with the had recorded with Dylan, and the studio album the hit “Romeo’s Tune”). He’s also scored two ballets for quintet—eventually known as The Band—would famed choreographer Twyla Tharp, written circus soon make with Simon was that year’s magical Mumusic for high-wire walker Philippe Petit, and resic from Big Pink, home to “The Weight” and other kindled his high school love of Broadway musicals by timeless tracks. Simon and the five’s fruitful partproducing the original cast album of The Best Little nership continued with 1969’s The Band, on which Whorehouse in Texas (1978) and assembling and superhe was listed as a group member—even though de vising revues devoted to songwriter Johnny Mercer facto band leader Robbie Robertson had rejected and rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s through the 1980s. his overtures about formally joining. Recorded raw In recent years, Simon has spent far less time in and largely live in a Los Angeles pool house rented the producer’s chair and much more on the piano from Sammy Davis, Jr., the sophomore set contains bench, playing at Aroma Thyme between accompathe classics “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” nying his wife of 45 years, actor C. C. Loveheart, and “Up on Cripple Creek” and, arguably, surpasses in the 2010 touring cabaret show “Alone Together even Big Pink as The Band’s high-water mark and for the First Time Again.” But there are those who stands among rock’s most perfect albums. observe that he’s simply rechanneled his renowned Despite the success of The Band’s first two efacumen into another medium. “John’s a lot like a forts, however, the group next decided to produce producer when he’s involved in theatrical projects,” themselves, bringing in Todd Rundgren to engineer says Shadowland Stages’ Brendan Burke, who di1970’s Stage Fright (although Simon did get a “special rected Loveheart and Simon’s comedic play “Jackass thanks” on the album for providing light input). SiFlats” when it premiered at the Ellenville theater in mon and The Band wouldn’t work together again un2011. “He’s an incredibly creative guy, constantly til 1976, when the group tapped him to be music dicoming up with ideas. He’s also open to new ideas rector for their grand, star-studded farewell concert. from others and can let things happen while keepFor the show, famously immortalized in the film The ing to the original trajectory of his vision.” In 2012, Last Waltz, the classically trained New Englander reSimon, who currently sits on the Shadowland Stages hearsed and conducted the musically illiterate Band board of directors, began developing “Rock Talk,” members as they performed the songs of Van Mora lecture presentation on his life in rock ’n’ roll. Just a sampling of the many records John Simon has rison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and other guests. “Rock Talk” laid the tracks for “Truth, Lies, and produced: The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” 45; Between his work on the first two Band albums, Hearsay,” a production based on his unpublished Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen; Simon was paired in the studio with another act hanmemoir blending his reminisces with live music. It Gordon Lightfoot, Did She Mention My Name? dled by Bob Dylan/Band manager Albert Grossman: debuts this month. Big Brother and the Holding Company, which included a young vocalist named Not that he’s never felt he shouldn’t be rewarded for the commercial sucJanis Joplin. Simon produced the group’s 1968 breakthrough, Cheap Thrills. “Ja- cess of the records he’s worked on, but for Simon commercial success has never nis was a very strong force in the studio—she definitely didn’t keep quiet when been the prime objective. “I’ve always been interested in what records could she had opinions,” Simon says about the powerful, infamously tough-living do [artistically], rather than their commerciality,” says the 75-year-old. “If I hapsinger. “But [making the album with her] was hard. She’d been thrust into the pened to record something that did well commercially, that was all fun and world spotlight way before she was ready, and she was such a wild card because good. But I was never aiming for commercial success. I just wanted to make of her drinking and drug use. She’d suddenly lost any privacy she’d once had, records I enjoyed and hoped other people would enjoy in the same way.” until the day she died.” The year of the Cheap Thrills sessions, Simon also supervised Gordon Lightfoot’s Did She Mention My Name?, Mama Cass’s Dream a Little John Simon’s “Truth, Lies, and Hearsay” will premiere at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts inWoodstock on May 14 at 7:30pm. Dream of Me, and the Electric Flag’s An American Music Band. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 67

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

U.S. GIRLS May 14. The ongoing vehicle of Toronto-based vocalist and conceptualist Meg Remy, U.S. Girls has come across as a completely different beast every time the act has project rolled through the region: with Remy in her formative solo, lo-fi noise guise; the next time fronting a slamming, full rock band; and last appearing as a weird, electro Madonna sendup complete with voguing backup dancers. After releasing albums on such hip labels as Siltbreeze, Kraak, and FatCat, U.S. Girls signed to England’s seminal 4AD Records, which unveiled Half Free in September 2015. For this return to the Half Moon, the outfit arrives fresh from a run of dates opening for Iggy Pop in Europe. With the She-Devils. (Palm revisits May 2; Morgan O’Kane strums May 27.) 9pm. Call for ticket price. Hudson. (518) 828-1565;



May 5. Strawbs stood apart from the rest of the early 1970s British prog rock movement in that their roots were in folk music, rather than classical or jazz à la their peers like Yes (whose Rock Wakeman was once a member). Founded by singer and guitarist Dave Cousins, the band began as bluegrass trio the Strawberry Hill Boys and recorded their eponymous 1968 debut with vocalist Sandy Denny, who soon left to join Fairport Convention. From there on out their albums became increasingly electrified and epic, an acknowledged fan favorite being the prog-tastically titled Hero and Heroine. And it’s that entire 1974 opus that the full electric Strawbs will perform on this special night at the Towne Crier. (Alejandro Escovedo rocks May 12; Kathy Mattea croons May 13.) 7:30pm. $35. Beacon. (845) 855-1300;

May 7. One of today’s top drummers, the mind-blowing Allison Miller mainly operates in the jazz field, playing with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mike Stern, and John Medeski, but she’s also worked with pop folk artists like Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, and the Indigo Girls; you may have even seen her sitting in with the 8G Band on “Late Night with Seth Myers” last August. Miller’s own band, Boom Tic Boom, is likewise exceptional, featuring violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Todd Sickafoose, pianist Myra Melford, cornetist Kurt Knuffke, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. In support of her third and newest album, Otis Was a Polar Bear, the percussionist brings her group to Mass MoCA for this swinging May hit. (Performance artwork “Project Situ: The Round” occurs May 19 and 20.) 8pm. $16, $22, $28 ($10 students). North Adams, Massachusetts. (413) 662-2111;

“LOOKING AT SOUND” OPENING May 7. Billed as an exploration of the interaction between visual arts and sonic arts, “Looking at Sound” is an exhibit at the newly opened Artbar Gallery curated by local musician, artist, and educator Bill Brovold. Brovold arose in the early ’80s No Wave scene in New York, where he played guitar in the Rhys Chatham Ensemble before moving to Detroit and founding his own project, Larval. The visual/musical-crossover “Looking at Sound” features creative contributions by artist-musicians Pauline Oliveros, Ed Potaker, Chris Anderson, Brenda Hutchinson, Ken Butler, and Frank Pahl, as well as homemade instruments and graphic scores by the elementary school students from the “Soundclub” of Brooklyn’s PS 119, where Brovold teaches. The exhibition opens with this afternoon of impromptu performances by the students and other participants. 12pm. Free. Kingston. (845) 338-2789;


GARY “NESTA” PINE May 14. Before becoming the lead vocalist of the post-Bob Marley Wailers in 1998, Gary “Nesta” Pine fronted City Heat, a band that had emigrated from the singer’s native Jamaica to New York in 1992. After eight years with the Wailers, Pine branched out on his own, crossing over into the pop dance genre to work with French DJ and producer Bob Sinclair and rack up huge hits with “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom.” Pine, who plays the Bearsville Theater this month, was featured on Shaggy’s 2009 single “Fly High” and sang “Money” on the 2014 Pink Floyd reggae tribute album Dub Side of the Moon. His most recent solo studio album is 2013’s From Jahmaica to de World. The Big Takeover opens. (Feast of Friends pay tribute to the Doors May 6.) 9pm. $15, $20. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406;



Numinous is the handle of Hudson/Brooklyn composer Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. (not to be confused with the Cosby Show actor and conservative Christian commentator of almost the same name, if the Amiri Baraka quote on the back cover of this CD doesn’t make that clear enough). Changing Same, the third and latest Numinous release, comes from Brooklyn and is unabashedly of it: serious, midsize-ensemble compositions precisely synced to that borough’s conservatory-schooled, chamber-fusion moment. On “19,” the first of Changing Same’s six lengthy, hyperdetailed, and harmonically dense pieces, Phillips offers a cerebral abstraction of funk and uptown soul, an isolated, drumless and odd-meter groove crisscrossed by a darting, thoroughly modernist string, wind, vocal, and mallet percussion arrangement. It would be high/low fusion were there anything “low” about it. But “19” is a bit of red herring, as the remainder of this compelling and conceptually thoughtful disc is given to cyclic, post-Minimalist mood pieces with a patterned, cinematic quality. Phillips’s timbral pallet is wide but focused: electric piano and bass functioning as a rhythm section of sorts, Space Age bird choirs, and a fairly large chamber ensemble engaging in skewed and irresolute modernist canons and rounds, occasionally riven by madly distorted electric guitar lines that reference no particular school of rock at all. The rarefied gospel/jazz art song intro to “Miserere” offers one departure from that status quo, as does the Brazil-by-way-of-Kronos Quartet uplift of the album-closing “Unlimited.” This is very fine stuff. —John Burdick



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Reactivated after a 27-year recording hiatus, the Oswalds are acclaimed writer and songsmith Camden Joy (vocals, rhythm guitar) abetted by Hudson Valley music scene stalwarts Mark Donato (drums) and Mark Lerner (bass, multiinstruments). The fruit of this reunion is the 12-song cycle Hasta La Bye Bye. The songs are lyrically and musically adventurous vignettes of characters and consequences of the Mexican Drug wars—on both sides of the border. Joy aptly describes the project as “a mongrel sound; narcorridos as garage rock.” (Narcorridos is a drug outlaw-inspired subgenre of traditional romantic folk ballads from Northern Mexico known as norteno corrido.) The first track, “Rascacielo,” employs lilting rhythm, spare percussion, and plinking mandolin to open the album’s narrative at the end of its tragic cycle of narco-trafficking. “They shot the singer who sang about the singer they shot / This is nowhere near the place we thought was fun / Isn’t it sad when innocence finally gets it due,” croons Joy. Conversely, “Opium,” a jaunty, Tex-Mex rocker featuring Sweet Clementines guitarist and Chronogram contributor John Burdick, conveys the joyous sense of a trafficker finding his new cash crop or the false hope of a user coming to the final stop on the addiction train. The album’s layered production takes the songs in surprising directions: “Something Must Be Done” rolls out like a grainy Folkways field recording before breaking into a crystal-clear power pop toe-tapper. The Oswalds will perform on May 1 at BSP Kingston. —Jeremy Schwartz


Aaron Hurwitz’s roots with The Band go deep. Over a period of 15 years, he recorded and co-produced three albums for the seminal group and performed with a variety of members in offshoot combos. But never more has that shared sense of sound been born out than with Professor Louie and the Crowmatix’s latest effort. Music from Hurley Mountain is by turns rustic, rocking, and redemptive. A concept album of sorts, it runs from the accordion miniature “Golden Morning” to the gentle instrumental lullaby of “Goodnight Hurley Moon.” In between, in its mellowest moments (“Family Reunion,” a beautiful take on “Angel Band”) it recalls 1987’s similarly titled effort by the Woodstock Mountain Revue, Music from Mud Acres. In its rootsiest tumbles (“Ulster Outcry,” Jimmy Reed’s “You Got Me Dizzy”) it sounds like a hot, electric night at Levon Helm’s barn. The greasy, slide-driven “Crop Dustin’ Blues” cops its opening strains straight from the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” while “Four Farmers” is, literally, a whistling Irish fiddle tune. And things get very soulful with the Arthur Alexander croon of “Light in Your Eyes.” Accompanying the Professor and singer Miss Marie is a mean A-list of players including guitarists John Platania and Josh Colow, bassist Frank Campbell, session-king drummer Gary Burke, and ubiquitous fiddler Larry Packer. Music from Hurley Mountain is ambitious without overreaching. It’s also a lovely encapsulation of the multihued but solid groove of the Hudson Valley. —Michael Eck CHRONOGRAM.COM LISTEN to tracks by the bands reviewed in this issue.

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ELIZABETH CRANE’S GREAT THINGS By Nina Shengold Photo by Franco Vogt



ou’re meeting Elizabeth Crane for the first time at Newburgh’s Ms. Fairfax cafe. How will you know her? By the cardigan, of course. The acclaimed fiction writer has a jones for vintage cardigans: pearl-buttoned, beaded, floral, cashmere, lambswool, angora. “There was a point in Chicago about 20 years ago where a corner was turned,” she says with a mordant laugh; she now owns more than 60.Today’s model is ivory with vivid pink roses that bring out the strawberry blond in Crane’s hair. You also spot an orange cotton jacket draped over her chair, and a cool silver purse. A hipster jewel box with a craft-printed menu and specialty crepes, Ms. Fairfax sits on an upwardly mobile stretch of Liberty Street, between Dmitri Kasterine’s brick-wall installation of mural-size photographic portraits and Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. It’s within walking distance from the 120-year-old brick rowhouse Crane shares with her husband, sculptor and renovation carpenter Ben Brandt. You haven’t met Ben, but you’ve been to his wedding, sort of. “Ben” and struggling writer Betsy Crane are characters in Crane’s wig-flipping, justpublished novel The History of Great Things (Harper Perennial, 2016). They get married twice in its pages, once in a dreamy beach ceremony and once in their backyard, with Betsy’s dead mother inside the house, lobbing down comments from an upstairs window. “I have a tendency to lean toward projects that are a little off-balance,” Crane says cheerfully, digging into a smoked salmon crepe. Nobody does off-balance better than Elizabeth Crane. She burst onto the scene with the widely praised story collection When the Messenger Is Hot (Little, Brown, 2003), followed by two more books of stories, This Heavenly Glory (Little, Brown, 2005) and You Must Be This Happy to Enter (Akashic, 2007), and a debut novel, We Only Know So Much (Harper, 2012). Crane has a penchant for creating smart, scrappy, emotionally disheveled, hilarious women on the verge of...well, something. Her characters often remind you of someone you know, or possibly someone you are. The History of Great Things takes familiarity to the next level, spinning the tandem story of “Betsy Crane” and her mother Lola. Like Crane’s real-life late mother, Lola Crane, the novel’s Lola is an Iowa-born divorced opera singer of dizzying talent, charisma, and emotional turbulence. In a bravura feat of double-decker narration, daughter and mother tell each other’s stories (often with surreal variations) in the second person, setting the rules, inventing the details of what could have happened, and arguing over what actually did: —You don’t think we should try to be accurate? —Well, it’s not a memoir. It’s just a story. —But it’s a true story. —It’s not a true story, though.That’s not what we’re doing. Do you think you know my story? —Yes. I don’t know. Maybe. More than you think.   Besides exploring two singular lives—a willful, gifted woman who broke generational molds to pursue an artistic career, and a daughter both laid low and strengthened by her unconventional childhood—The History of Great Things is a potent exploration of fiction itself, of the myriad ways in which telling a story can transform What happened? into What if?  Plus it’s funny as hell. And it hurts, in a good way. (Anyone with a mother will know what this means. It’s impossible to read this novel without thinking about the woman who gave birth to you, whether or not you were “a giant bowling ball coming out of me. If bowling balls were square.”) “What interested me about doing it this way is that you start out with the known facts, the timeline, and see where it takes you, “ says Crane. “What did my mother think of me? What did she think my life was?”  Family relationships are a sort of Venn diagram, with shared information where two people’s lives overlap. But what happens outside those circles? Crane’s mother knew only the bare bones of her daughter’s college years; her Midwestern childhood and later love life were likewise outside of Crane’s sphere of knowledge. “I stuck to really simplistic facts, and then created stories from there. I have no knowledge of my mother having an affair, but it’s some-

thing that seems believable to me.” The real Lola Crane died at 63, when the real Betsy was still in her 30s. Crane wrote stories about her mother while she was alive, but the terrain was fraught. “She was larger than life, a very complex personality, and she was my mother,” the author explains. “By the time she died, I came around to understanding that life must have been very hard for her. Really through writing this novel, even though I’m imagining things, I reached a new level of empathy. I think it’s fair to say that her internal life was....” She pauses for some time, eyes searching. “It wasn’t easy to be in her head.” The History of Great Things includes an appendix of family photos and press clippings from Lola Crane’s operatic career, adding to the rich broth of fiction and fact Crane has brewed. Before writing the novel, she made two separate attempts at a memoir “about growing up in New York with this person as my mother. Manhattan had a profound effect on me. I came there in 1967 from a house with a yard and a two-parent family. That chapter about Betsy crying for a month? That’s basically true.” A promising singer, Crane sang in the New York City Opera children’s chorus, playing (among other things) a marketplace extra in “La Boheme” and a cherub. As an only child, she was often adrift in a world of adults. But she also shuttled back and forth to Baton Rouge to visit her father, now remarried and with a stepfamily. The two households could not have been more different. She went to college in Washington, DC, moving back to New York for a deadening series of short-term jobs in her 20s. “A lot of things sidetracked me,” she says. “My mother told me not to be a singer—a weird message to get from somebody whose entire life was about being an artist.” There was also a great deal of drinking, with brief stabs at writing. Ever since she read Harriet the Spy in third grade, Crane had longed to be a writer. But her early efforts didn’t take flight. “I was trying so hard,” she says now. “Letters were where I found my voice. I used to write rough drafts of my letters and work on them. People would tell me I should be a writer, and I’d say, ‘I do write, but not like this.’Then I started to read books by Rick Moody, Lydia Davis, and David Foster Wallace, people I felt were writing like themselves. It really cracked me open.” Eventually she found a job tutoring children on movie sets, including Macauley and Rory Culkin on Richie Rich.The production was based for six months in Chicago. “I really fell in love with Chicago,” says Crane. “I thought, ‘What do I have to do to move here?’” Two years later, a friend offered her an apartment she could afford. “It turned my life around in a weird way,” she says gratefully. She taught at a preschool and started to write more seriously. She also met her future husband. They spent several more years in Chicago, then moved to Austin, where Crane wrote and taught writing while Brandt completed an MFA program in sculpture. After a short stint in Brooklyn, they moved to Newburgh a year and a half ago. “Our friends said, ‘So you moved to the country?’ But we really didn’t. Newburgh really feels like a city—the landscape looks very familiar to me.” Newburgh’s scrappy resurgence, multiculturalism, and fine architecture excite them both. Brandt’s rehab company, Newburgh Sash and Restoration, specializes in period window treatments. From their own upstairs windows, they have a sidelong view of Mount Beacon and “a sliver” of the Hudson River. And there’s a fenced yard for a very important dog named Percy.  Crane currently teaches at UCR Palm Desert’s Low-Residency MFA program, which she calls “a dream job.” She supervises five to 13 students online, a relatively light workload compared to a recent semester when she was an adjunct professor at three different colleges. “Funnily enough, I was jamming out stories that semester. I get inspired by my students,” she says, adding, “Time has nothing to do with being neurotic. I’ve gone several months without writing. It’s not a good look on me.” She’s “closing in” on a new story collection called Turf. Is she done writing about her mother? It seems like a bottomless vein. “I still can’t listen to opera,” Crane admits. “It’s much too emotional. Any role for a coloratura soprano, I have heard hundreds of times. I’ve heard it rehearsed.” Elizabeth Crane will appear May 22 at 3pm at The Golden Notebook Bookstore,Woodstock, hosted by Nelly Reifler. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 71

SHORT TAKES Nonfiction books by Hudson Valley authors take on topics great and small.


Phoenicia’s reigning avian-appellated micropoet, bumper sticker maven, and erstwhile Chronogram columnist pens a survivalist manifesto like no other. Compact as tater tots, and less greasy, Sparrow’s aphorisms, one-word poems, and Fake Wisdom should see you through the End Times in fine fettle. Among his advice: HIDE MONEY IN PUBLIC PLACES. CELEBRATE THE DEATH OF OBJECTS. MILK A FERRET. Book party 5/21 at 6:30pm, The Golden Notebook, Woodstock.


Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings


Every household has a place where odds and ends accumulate, whether it’s a catchall kitchen drawer or floor-to-ceiling stacks. For award-winning TV journalist and Woodstock weekender Alison Stewart, the no-toss zone was her late parents’ basement. When she and her sister spent eight months on an epic cleanout, she put on her reporter hat and started asking questions. Lively, well-researched, and wincingly relatable, Junk is a jaunty ride through our national trash habit.


Just nominated for a Lambda Award, Vassar professor Perez examines the complex intersection of race and queer studies. Tracing the homoerotic archetypes of sailor, cowboy, and soldier, he offers close readings of Billy Budd and Brokeback Mountain and uses James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man to parse images from Abu Ghraib, prodding readers toward a deeper, sometimes uncomfortable understanding of cultural context, colonialism, and complicity.


The subtitle suggests the inclusive scope of this magisterial volume, co-edited by part-Chippewa Ulster County resident and TMI storyteller Flynn. Leading off with a “Historical Overview of Indian-White Relations in the United States,” its 600-plus pages are divided by region, each including a historical overview, tribal and linguistic maps, and brief biographies. Essential history of our First Peoples. Appearing 5/20 at 7pm, Inquiring Minds New Paltz; 5/21 at 3pm, Inquiring Minds Saugerties.


Rhinebeck resident and longtime New Yorker cartoonist Maslin pays homage to the founding father of the classic New Yorker cartoon. A larger-than-life bon vivant, Arno brought his signature visual flair and gin-dry humor to a flailing young magazine. “For 43 years, from 1925 to 1968, Arno’s art was as essential to The New Yorker as the Empire State Building is to the New York skyline,” Maslin writes. His lavish biography is filled with photos and (of course) Arno cartoons.


The more you examine “traditional” American burial practices, the stranger they seem. Why do we pump bodies full of toxic embalming fluids and bury millions of board feet of lumber and tons of metal in cemeteries? One hundred and fifty years ago, nobody did. Kelly traces the rise of a $15 billion industry from the Civil War to the present, debunks myths about contamination, and advocates for greener alternatives that “restore the possibility of restoring our relationship to the land.” Amen.


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hile penning the phrase “All men are created equal,” Thomas Jefferson may have devoted some contemplation to the fact that he happened to own hundreds of human beings. The outrageous hypocrisy of our most freethinking founding father has not been easy to reconcile. The walls of the Jefferson Memorial are inscribed with quotations that show the master of Monticello to have been more advanced in theory than in practice. “Commerce between master and slave is despotism,” he wrote. Compounding the irony, he had children and a 37-year relationship with Sally Hemings, a slave about whom history provides few facts. Stephen O’Connor’s boldly conceived novel Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings offers an entrancing portrait of this mysterious woman and her hard-to-fathom liaison with the famous revolutionary. Hemings is the halfsister of Jefferson’s deceased wife. They have the same white father. She has known Mr. Tom (who never lets the “servants” call him master) almost her entire life. Their intimate relations begin while he is a foreign envoy in Paris, spurred partly by his worries about the effects of masturbation. She becomes pregnant at 16. Although Jefferson’s jocular comrade, Lafayette, informs her that she is free under French law, she returns to Virginia. We learn, from one of the scraps of historical source material strategically interspersed throughout these 600-odd pages, that her bloodline would have made her legally white—a point her boss/in-law neglected to clarify. In this fictive slave narrative, Hemings’ place of relative privilege on the plantation does not come without torturous interior grappling. Bromides served up by her mother, such as “It’s good to have a baby with the master.... It’s only you got to keep your feelings out of it,” are little help. Though Hemings obtains a guarantee of freedom for their children, as her consciousness of the evil of slavery deepens, she grows to despise Jefferson, and herself. Going beyond fleshing out the known skeletal details, O’Connor attains a continuum of psychological plausibility and historicity that is ceaselessly startling. Hemings could simply be flattering herself when she imagines the importance Jefferson assigns to her political insights, but he is undoubtedly entertained when she likens Hamilton to a rattlesnake. “Something about the quality of Mr. Jefferson’s attention made me eloquent,” she confesses. He pushes her to learn to read and she aspires to consume his entire library. They cannot exchange letters during his years in office, he explains, because enemies steal his mail; yet “dusky Sally” is not unknown to the world. In any event, she believes that Jefferson could, if he chose, marry her as easily as sell her. She understands that he is above the reach of laws, someone truly free. After his death, when his gruesome utopia is folding from debt and the slaves are being auctioned off, probably going somewhere worse, one impertinent customer asks, “How much for old master’s whore?” This work is bound to offend many. It does not depict Jefferson as a brutal rapist, nor excoriate him for being a complacent racist. A suffusion of empathy lightens these charges. In fabulist strokes, O’Connor gives young Jefferson an anachronistic swirl on the subway, as an art student ruminating on color theory. He also stages a chilling dialogue on human rights from inside an Abu Ghraib cell. This vastly imagined novel is clearly more perfect than its dead white subject. —Marx Dorrity

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n the alternate universe of Vassar English professor David Means’s ambitious debut novel, Hystopia, the setting is late `60s USA, specifically a riot-ravaged Michigan. JFK has survived three assassination attempts and is in the middle of a third term. He’s hardly at his best, and his country is a shambles. In constant pain from bullet wounds and his PT-109-damaged back, he ingests many drugs, and escalates the Vietnam War. Plagued by guilt over his lobotomized sister Rosemary (a historical fact), he creates the federal Psych Corps to address a countrywide mental health crisis, aiming to cure veterans of their shell shock and to ease suffering—and placate increasing hordes of violent protestors—from the fallout of the long, inglorious war. The Psych Corps employs “enfolding,” a faulty, blunt procedure in which doctors dose soldiers with the amnesia-inducing drug Tripizoid, and stage reenactments of battle trauma, a process that somehow overwrites the horrors of combat (and often years of additional memory dating back to childhood). Only two things will bring the past back into consciousness: really cold water or really hot sex. Means places us in several different characters’ heads. Most important is veteran Eugene Allen, the “author” of Hystopia, who, upon finishing the book, killed himself. The narrative was Allen’s means of coping with his own war trauma, entangled with a difficult homecoming. (Hystopia is bookended with commentary from “actual people,” and addenda from Allen, including several suicide notes.) Allen creates characters based on his own life: Meg, the drug-addled hostage of rampaging, murderous “failed enfold” Rake; Singleton, an enfolded vet/rebellious Psych Corps officer on Rake’s trail; and Hank, a relatively well-adjusted vet (or is he?) who hopes to save Meg. In addition to the overarching, somewhat standard plots of damsel-in-distress and damaged-rogue-agent-working-outside-the-law, Means’s/Allen’s characters encounter their own enfolded stories (yes, through hot sex or cold water), producing tantalizing sub-sub-plots; as they face their traumatic truths, sometimes by degrees, sometimes all at once, they “unfold.” How will this reshape their personas, alter their goals? Crazy as all that may sound, Hystopia resonates as creepily familiar. It’s a one-ofa-kind work with traits historical, “future shock,” and timely. In modern discourse, we grapple on both personal and societal levels with how we tell our stories, how trauma shapes us, even how medication shapes us. We long to know how mutable we are. Hystopia boldly takes on those sharply relevant ideas. It’s a story about storytelling, a traumatic tale about trauma, and how those integral aspects of life interact with one another. Means’s impressive descriptive skill grounds the idea-thick passages in gorgeous language: “On the way over they had passed houses with melted siding, a yard with a cyclopean eye of an old dryer. Dirty and forlorn, a kid stood in the yard, chewing something.” A 2013 Guggenheim fellow, Means has already made his name as a master of short stories artfully encapsulating Big Ideas, and Hystopia extends that reach. The novel is, of course, more of a commitment, but surprisingly, even as Means expands this oft-hallucinatory work beyond conventional boundaries, asking the reader to process shifts in tone and voice, multiple plots, and excessive trippiness, Hystopia retains a brisk pace. In short, it is well worth enfolding, and then unfolding. —Robert Burke Warren


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When I’m eleven I so will still like playing on the playground. I’ll never change. Ever. —Jacob Internicola (6 years)

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I thought of you the other night just before my eyes went heavy around the edges, before my breath shallowed into its muscular un-having, until the window was the shape of your body and your body was the shape of every object in the room this isn’t about your body as much as your body’s inner lining all light and unexplored psychic rivers water from water forking into itself two bodies speaking a third how do I say something other than love, other than cliché, like if I didn’t know you & we passed as strangers in the night you would find me out place me into your hand like a talisman and search for my engraving “to whom it may concern” you move in me like rearranged molecules magnetized against the sun and the sum of this, the overflow is that I don’t have enough room for your shadows at this time of night that my eyelids can’t adjust that my heart can’t take it, and then something like sleep.

i. The hushed whispers of interlocking lips are woven into the stitches of your comforter now—I hope one day when you’re tossing it to the trash you stop for a moment and remember the sultry August night we combined ourselves into one being.

—James Diaz

GRAEAE For Jennifer Stroud Wirth My sister became our mother at twelve, screeching lessons onto the blackboard, lecturing letters and numbers, and prodding her fraying pull down map with a stick. She taught of better places than this must filled basement classroom with walls like a dungeon— peers’ spiders and beetles. Upstairs her predecessor creaks furies into the floorboards, each agony a puff of dust drifting down from the rafters. Mad Enyo, groping blindly for her lost eye; husbandless—she can no longer prophesy. —Shawn Nacona Stroud


ii. When your fingers rustle through the pages of that old black notebook, I hope you come across the tattered corners of love notes long forgotten, that the ink on the pages burns your skin. iii. As your lover’s fingers dance through your hair, I hope you are reminded of the summer nights we spent hiding from the world, the nights we used each other to get away. iv. I hope five years from now, small things send you back to me, that my name will tie itself around your tongue. —Christine Fahnestock

POINTING TOWARDS THE SUN “Who dreamed us here?” On the hill, kites flying above without strings. There was a whispered question in your voice, but you weren’t sitting behind me, breathing towards my ear as you always have in those moments. “Who left me here?” A voice returns—from a little boy with long legs. He bends forward with an unfurling fist to show me a dead bee. Quietly, pushing words on wind he says, “It can sting even though it can’t fly.” Yes, be careful. I, too, opened my hand to show him my findings. His eyes grew wide at the sight of my empty palm. “I know what that is—” he said. “What you have is much better than mine. You have a map of loneliness.” I nod slowly. He sits next to me and points to the sun. —Branda C. Maholtz

LEAP OF FAITH Black night’s moon sees right through me. I look at the sky feeling only the soft moon’s light. I am numb. I look out seeing the billowing smoke from the factory pipes. Dark clouds mimic how I feel. Down on the sidewalks I see the lights of cigarettes, reminding me of fireflies. One by one they disappear and reappear as the people relight. I look up at the stars for the last time. Eyes indulge in your last look, lungs take your last breath. The air is harsh, I am no longer numb I only feel pain. In my room with the midnight walls my lover lays where God falls. Standing on my balcony, I look down and take my leap of faith. No more pain. No more sadness. No more happiness. Nothing. —Gabriel Scott Freeman

WEEP HOLE Pain is just pane with a poem in your window. —Gary Barkman



Nostalgia doesn’t give a shit what you’re up to at this very moment. She lounges in the corner wrapped in a moss-colored afghan and comfortable silence, poised.

I want to be the wizard who keeps the trains on time. I want to be the only man she calls Sailor. I want to wear her father’s ring on a necklace. I want to be loud on the Western Front. I want to deny the continuous supply of female flesh. I want to be a gentleman of leisure with the roughest hands. I want to stall the morning commute in an early-model sedan. I want to tell the men I love exactly how I feel. I want to chew my tongue and wait for blood that isn’t coming. I want to be reminded that she’s poisoned if she’s fanged. I want to be entitled and always photogenic.

It’s sometimes hard not to catch her stare from the periphery as you go about the bustling business of existence. Always when you least expect it, she’s there: the scent of Murray’s hair pomade or Ken Parker’s voice echoing sweetly from a passing radio or the recognition of your mother’s hands as you casually gaze down at your own. Her hands are busy weaving the ever-present longing you cannot define yourself without, that helps you dig your heels in, grounds you in the now. But it is to no avail; the stronger she gets, the faster time hurls us all forward towards an imagined future, shapeless and unseen. —Christine McCartney

Honey, let us settle for waking up forgetful. —Mike Vahsen

HIDING PLACES There was one in the house on Post Street in the closet under the stairs. I hovelled out a cave behind the winter coats and boxes and listened to Cousin Brucie on ABC by the light of a candle I smuggled in from the kitchen. I read comics when I had them. My father got a notion to put a mural on the parlor wall and drew a couple of trees and some deer. Dickie hid behind the banister and shot them with his BB gun, ducking and rolling on the floor. He missed a lot.

The white foul lines waiting, restful, in a rain they’re not yet bent by. —Bruce Robinson

The hedge along Post Street was way over my head, and on the far end I could climb in and play shadow games with the branches. I became other bushes. Once, when I was a hedge, somebody passing by said oh, look at that, a hedge cocoon butterfly is emerging.

POIM, 10:30 A.M. All around girls with slat legs and lipstick heels and long hair sunglasses and frowns cradling iPods and empty solo cups

A good place to hide in the summer was the rendezvous on the ridge behind Elm Street. Sometimes I just went for the columbine, but I didn’t like to be alone there. When I went back last year it was like I had lost my youth. The rendezvous was gone.

—Jack Robert Miles



You know the numbers but there are pluses and minuses you are not at all acquainted with with your neat lines dates amounts and signatures so please don’t tell me my balance tonight I know the nights when there is no balance and this is it.

The sky is busy The earth is patient We are as ants, marching in lines, shouldering our burdens, being so small and amazing.

—Leo Vanderpot

—Nina JeckerByrne

The mulberry in the field below the hill behind the house made a tent with a dirt floor where we could play cards. We hid butts in holes we dug in the floor. I kept mine in a Kent pack because it had the microlite filter. Ronnie had the best card tricks. You could spear fine, long butts on Partition when the trucks came off the bridge and the drivers threw them out the windows when they shifted into third on the long pull up the hill. In the spring I floated styrofoam boats down the gutter when it rained. Once I hid a haiku on the little green sail. When we played tag with Mandy the day he ran under the wheels of the tractor-trailer and got killed I ran home and told Mom. She went over and tried to help. That evening we gathered at the parlor stove and prayed. I hid inside the mica’s red glow. —Vernon Benjamin 5/16 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 75

Food & Drink

The Master’s Hands SushiMakio

By Brian K. Mahoney Photographs by Roy Gumpel


here’s a longstanding question in cultural studies that can never be definitively answered: How important is knowing an artist’s biography to appreciating a piece of art? Think of Beethoven. His Symphony No. 9 is considered one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon. Does knowing that he was completely deaf when he wrote this monumental piece deepen our relation to it? And what about Van Gogh? Do his hypnotic swirls look swirlier because of his self-mutilation and suicide? While we’re at it, let’s consider Frida Kahlo too: Would her legions of fans be so ardent about her paintings if they didn’t know of her tempestuous backstory and protofeminism? Understanding the life is often inseparable from enjoying the work. But what about chefs? Even with the rise of the celebrity chef culture and tens, if not hundreds, of cooking competition TV programs, a chef’s backstory is usually not invoked. Who among us knows the personal history of Thomas Keller or David Chang? All I know is that I want to eat at the French Laundry and Momofuku—we don’t need to know where they grew up. It’s all about the preparation of the food and what ends up on the plate. And, with increasingly frequency, the provenance of the food itself is paramount, with chefs in farm-to-table restaurants seemingly wanting to disappear altogether in simple, refined preparations designed to highlight ingredients, be it carrots or wild boar. Given the way in which we typically experience restaurants—food is served without elaborate explanation; the kitchen staff is not seen, creating magic in the kitchen like the wizard in TheWizard of Oz—it’s not surprising that more emphasis is not placed on a chef’s biography. And let’s be honest, eating out isn’t cheap. If I’m paying $20 or more for an entrée (now standard Hudson Valley pricing), the meal better be tasty (sadly, not standard). No amount of backstory is going to save a plate of soggy risotto. 76 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 5/16

A Year Spent Cooking Rice Sometimes, however, context is everything. Meet Makio Idesako, chef/owner of SushiMakio, a sushi restaurant tucked away on Morton Boulevard in Kingston. Idesako grew up a self-described “country boy” from a fishing village in Kagoshima Prefecture, at Japan’s southern tip, an area famous for its tuna. Needing money while attending college, he took a job in a restaurant and spent the next 10 years training to be a sushi chef. According to Idesako, he only handled rice the first year of his apprenticeship; he wasn’t allowed to cut fish until much later. Arriving in New York City in 1972, Idesako worked in a few trend-setting Japanese restaurants like Tokubei 86 and Café Seiyoken (Warhol and Bowie were regulars) before decamping to Westchester to open his own place, Satsuma-Ya, in Mamaroneck in 1989. After a successful 15-year run, Idesako sold the business and did some consulting work. It wasn’t long before his old friend, John Novi, of Depuy Canal House fame, invited Idesako to set up a sushi bar in his subterranean wood-fired pizza restaurant, Chefs on Fire in High Falls. Asked why he asked Idesako to join him, Novi says, “His creations are just fantastic. Some of the dishes he produces you can’t get anyplace else. He really knows the art of sushi and sashimi.” After three years with Novi, then a stint at the illfated Bull and Buddha in Poughkeepsie, Idesako was back to consulting. What’s a restless 63-year-old sushi master to do? Open another restaurant, of course. A New Beginning In December 2013, Idesako opened SushiMakio, a small restaurant with seating for 30 and the feel of a hastily renovated tax preparer’s office. But don’t go for the interior design, go for the fish. And the place to sit is at the six-top bar. Sushi is the ultimate in watch-the-chef fetish cuisine, and to observe Idesako at work is to catch a glimpse of the mastery a lifetime’s work can amount to.

Opposite: Susmi master Makio Idesako presenting a Spider roll. This page, clockwise from top left: Spider roll, Chirashi (assorted sashimi over rice), Deadliest Catch roll, assorted sushi on the bar at SushiMakio.


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Behind the bar, Idesako presides over his domain with cool, efficient authority, composing almost every plate himself, assisted by his apprentice, Max Glausen. (Idesako’s wife,Taeko, runs the kitchen, preparing the hot food like gyoza, mussels, clams, and noodles.) We eat first with our eyes, as the saying goes, and the plates at SushiMakio emanate the spare, sculptural aesthetics associated with ikebana and bonsai. Let’s start with tamago, the traditional semi-sweet Japanese omelet made from several layers of cooked egg mixed with vinegar, sake, and soy sauce. It’s labor-intensive to produce. Sushi is big business in the US: total annual industry revenue is $2.25 billion. This has led to a rapidly expanding industry that often cuts corners—leading restaurants to import pre-made tamago. The tamago at SushiMakio does not have the perfectly bright yellow color and perfectly beveled corners of factory-made food. Idesako’s omelet has bumps and ridges—just enough to satisfy the yearning for wabi-sabi—but it tastes earthy and grounded, with a hint of sweetness, like the tiniest touch of ethereal sugar. Now let’s talk about the monkfish liver. It was served as part of the first dish in the nine-course omekase dinner I ate at SushiMakio recently. (Omekase is a Japanese-style chef’s choice tasting menu that usually consists of six or seven courses. I went a little overboard.) The monkfish liver was crumbly in texture and served in a ponzu sauce with broom corn seeds, also known as field caviar. The liver wasn’t fishy, almost recalling the umami-rich taste of shad roe, complemented by the tiny crunch of the broom corn seeds. Nothing I would ever order on my own, but an unexpected and balanced dish. A note about omekase: It’s mostly little bits of uncooked fish, but bring your appetite. It adds up. Here’s dishes two through nine in my omekase odyssey: 2) sunomono: lobster, clam, shrimp, and octopus served on a wakame, cucumber, and radish salad; 3) sashimi: pieces of tuna, cobia, cured salmon, skipjack, and yellowtail; 4) baigai: Japanese sea snails steamed in sake and soy sauce and served with the piping hot liquid in the shell; 5) broiled cod marinated in miso for four days and tasting silky like tofu; 6) Fried yum: a spider roll featuring crunchy shrimp; 7) Wagyu beef: thin slices of coddled cow hit with a blowtorch and served with a burnt chili glaze; 8) finally, the sushi: Bluefin tuna belly; dorado, salmon, cured mackerel; amberjack, eel, and uni (sea urchin); 9) mochi ice cream: pounded sticky rice around ice cream, like dumplings. When the sushi course (#8) was set down, I texted my colleague: “Makio is trying to kill me—in the best way.” Trying to decide what’s best at SushiMakio is a bit like choosing between your children: they’re all delicious. Wait, that’s not right. What I mean to say is: At SushiMakio, you are in the master’s hands. The fish is fresh and clear tasting and the prepared foods are made in-house according to time-honored methods. Idesako’s backstory says it all: Almost 50 years devoted to art form that we can eat five nights a week. Get it while you can. Sushi Makio 1088 Morton Boulevard, Kingston (845) 853-8078; Dinner, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 4pm to 9pm; dinner, Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm to 10pm. Omakase dinners are available by reservation only and served at the sushi bar, approximately $75 per person.

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ive years ago, fueled by heroin addiction, Kasandra Quednau pursued drugs the way a CEO chases a high-stakes business deal. The adrenaline flowed, and the thrill of the hunt had an aura of consequence and glamour to it. “As much as the drug itself, you also crave the lifestyle,” says Quednau, 26. “It’s fast, it’s fun. You’re getting in the car and going down to the city.You’re always getting phone calls, there’s action, there’s money. And you’re high, so you feel great.” In moments like these, a healthy, normal life seemed boring, hardly something to aspire to. Yet other moments were far less glamorous—the broke and evicted moments, the vomiting-all-over moments, the crushed-bydespair moments. “When it was good it was good, but when it was bad it was just so so so bad,” she intones. “The bad starts overshadowing the good.” Quednau always suspected that with heroin she’d end up either dead or in jail. Lucky for her, it was the latter. After 18 months of incarceration, six of them in a military prison boot camp, she knew she’d never go back to the lifestyle, or the drug. “If it wasn’t for that time in jail,” she says, “I might never have shaken it.”

rise in the abuse of opiates,” says Dean Scher, PhD, executive director at Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County. Catholic Charities has eight locations, ranging from community residences with crisis units for detox to day rehab services and residences for people in recovery. In the past, Catholic Charities has mainly served urban areas such as Newburgh affected by heroin addiction; these days, the scourge is more widespread. “We’re seeing it in all locations now,” says Kristin Jensen, director of communications and development for Catholic Charities. “People used to see [heroin] as an inner-city problem, but it’s not anymore. It’s a very middle-class and suburban problem now. It’s even in rural areas.” Communities locally and across the country are scrambling to catch up and get a handle on the crisis. They’re tackling it from all sides as if fighting Godzilla, with a growing number of interventions—from urgent police task forces and community coalitions to support groups and prevention councils. Some states are putting a cap on the number of painkiller pills that doctors can prescribe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued tough new guidelines last White Picket Fences and Opioids month on the use of prescription opiates The fast pace of addict culture matches such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet, the breakneck speed at which opiate use is advising doctors to try nonnarcotic options growing in this country. In 2014, more than for their patients’ chronic pain. It’s an im47,000 Americans died from drug overportant move, because heroin addiction ofdoses, a 14 percent leap from the previous ten begins with a dependence on painkillers Lt. Paul Arteta of the Orange County Drug Task Force year. With the nation in the grip of a heroin that can lead to their abuse, says Paul Arteta, epidemic imported mainly from the poppy fields of Afghanistan and shuttled the police lieutenant in charge of Orange County’s drug task force. “A lot through cartels in Mexico, we now have more deaths from overdoses than of people we’ve spoken to, most of them that had been arrested [on heroinfrom car accidents. “Over the last five to 10 years we’ve seen a dramatic related charges], stated that they’d had a sports injury or car accident, or they


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went to a party and someone who’d had one of these injuries or accidents provided them with a pill. And it filled some kind of hole, something missing in their life.” Whatever the hole is, a feeling of euphoria fills it up instantly when the drugs are snorted or injected, and opiate molecules flood the brain in a chemical reaction that mimics endorphin, the feel-good hormone naturally produced by the body. With long-term use, tolerance builds and users require larger doses or more frequent injections to achieve the same results. In extreme cases Arteta has encountered addicts who shoot up heroin 100 times a day, spending $1,000 daily on the drug. “We’re seeing a lot of research being done that shows people can be fully functional; they’re using heroin and going to work,” he says. For many hard-core users the euphoria begins to fade or vanishes completely. Yet they continue to take the drug to feel “normal” and avoid the onslaught of nausea, vomiting, shaking, and flu-like symptoms that are the hallmarks of the addict’s worst nightmare: withdrawal. Thinking Outside the 28-Day Detox Box It’s hardly simple to kick a heroin habit (indeed, the phrase “kick the habit” likely originated as a reference to the jerky, involuntary movements of the legs and feet that happen during opiate withdrawal). The traditional 28-day rehab model doesn’t work for everyone, and many insurance companies balk on covering it. “Detox is the main thing that addicts are doing these days,” says Quednau, who is now a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor and does community outreach through Rt. 212 Coalition, which she cofounded with 88 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 5/16

partner Shayna Micucci. “They’re scared about getting sick, and they know they can get their methadone or Suboxone to help taper them down.” Many addicts check themselves into a local hospital’s detox unit if they can; often, there aren’t enough beds, and the hospitals have stipulations requiring patients to be in active withdrawal. “Sometimes the person will go for a few days and then sign themselves out; they feel better and think they’re fine,” says Quednau. “Then it becomes a cycle; they might do it four or five times before they realize they have to stay in.” At Catholic Charities, the model is set up to try to avoid the revolving door; patients have access to holistic, individualized, and longer-term programs depending on their level of severity and need. “Someone could be in our crisis unit for detox for anywhere from five to 15 days, then they can be moved to our community residence for up to 60 days,” says Scher. “During that time they’d be receiving fairly extensive individual therapy, family and group therapy, and medication-assisted treatment. Those people who have severe addictions, they’re allowed to stay in our residences up to six months. Then we have community-based apartments that provide additional structure. We try to use as many of the evidence-based tools that are available to the field as we can.” Scher notes that 75 to 80 percent of Catholic Charities’ patients are mandated to treatment by the courts or social services; these are like “additional parents” that help the person try to stay in treatment. “In the populations we serve, we see the impact of factors like poverty, generational marginalization, and adverse childhood experiences—all these factors can play a role in addiction,” he says. A complex problem, addiction requires a complex set of solutions, and re-

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Nipping It in the (Poppy) Bud Sometimes addicts will hit bottom and ask for help, but just as often they will retreat deeper into the carefully insulated world of their addiction. “We know how hard it is to actually reach the addict directly,” says Quednau. “It’s extremely difficult unless they want to be reached or want help.” That’s why Rt. 212 Coalition puts the emphasis mainly on prevention and education. Quednau has started visiting local schools to tell her story and participate on panels with other experts, feeding her community’s need to understand and tackle the crisis. Parents need to know what to look for and how to keep their children safe; one way is to increase awareness about the evolving ways in which drug use—both prescription drugs and recreational drugs—are a part of modern teen culture. In some communities, teens participate in “pharming” or “bowling” parties in which they gather and trade prescription pills gathered from their families’ medicine cabinets. Discarding unused pills, or keeping them locked away, should become habitual. Curiosity, along with boredom and peer pressure, can lure kids down a path that’s a lot more dangerous than they imagine. To counter it, parents need to talk with their kids, denormalize drug use, and give them escape routes, suggesting ways they can decline drugs without sounding uncool (“No thanks, I’m not into it” or “Not today”). And schools need to host assemblies featuring from-the-trenches tales that put another angle on the subject. Quednau’s story, with its soaring highs and crashing lows, is deeply cautionary but also hopeful. “People say, ‘Once an addict, you’re always an addict.’ For me, I don’t think so,” she says. “I don’t miss it, I don’t want it. I’m over it. Recovery is possible. Once you start setting a foundation for yourself, and that foundation starts giving you a little more self-confidence and a better self-image and some responsibility, then you start gaining things that are too valuable to lose.”

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covery can be a long-haul process. Many former addicts say it takes being drugfree for six months or more before the craving for opiates subsides. “With medication-assisted treatments, the protocol is generally nine to 12 months before your brain normalizes with respect to the neurophysiology and pleasure-seeking,” says Scher. The medications available to help taper off addiction, whether it’s Suboxone, methadone, Vivitrol, or tranquilizers, are tools for therapists as well as patients. “Essentially, we’re asking someone with addiction to put their attention on the very things they have spent a lifetime not attending to, like adverse childhood experiences, painful feelings. The medications can help reduce the size of the emotional tidal waves.This gives an opportunity for talk therapy, and also reduces the probability of relapse,” Scher explains. Medication-assisted treatment is not without controversy; many people question the logic of treating heroin addiction with yet another addictive drug. “When you can’t get heroin, you freak out. And you get just as sick when you can’t get Suboxone,” says Quednau. “It’s a slippery slope because it can be beneficial. But is it really recovery? It’s supposed to be for tapering off, but I’ve seen people on Suboxone for years.” After trying “everything,” what finally did it for Quednau, who is now three years in recovery, was being physically removed from the entire world of her addiction—not just the drug itself, but all the people, places, and things that went with it. One goal of Rt. 212 Coalition is to establish in Woodstock a program called PAARI, the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative, which links up local addicts with detox and rehab facilities in other states or even across the country. Quednau would also like to see Ulster County set up a job position for a full-time, dedicated detox aftercare coordinator—someone who can make sure that outpatients stay on track, counseling them not to go back to the boyfriend who uses or back to their parents’ house if drug use is part of the family system. “It’s about getting out of your context,” says Quednau. “It’s extremely difficult for people who go to detox for three days and then come back to the same environment. It’s almost impossible to stay clean.”

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"This American Life" host Ira Glass appears at UPAC in Kingston on May 21.

Voice of America The voice on the other end of the phone is unmistakable. The reassuring patter of every NPR listener’s personal storyteller, “This American Life” host Ira Glass. He’s talking about, well, talking. To be specific, about vocal fry, the style of low, slightly growling speaking style seen as a recent phenomenon—and a habit he’s been identified with. He laughs in self-deprecating agreement when the topic comes up. “I’m an industry leader [of the mannerism],” admits the host and producer, who will present “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” at UPAC in Kingston on May 21. “NPR did a show where we talked to a linguist from Stanford University about vocal fry and upspeaking [the tendency of raising one’s voice at the end of a sentence],” says Glass. “Both of those things are mainly associated with young women, and some people find them annoying. And this linguist said that the way people speak is something that changes over time. So, basically, that means that if you find the way young people speak annoying, it just means you’re old. [Laughs.] For a while NPR was getting hate mail from listeners accusing some of our female correspondents of consciously talking like that. And we were, like, ‘No, this is how they really talk.’ When someone talks in their ‘announcer’s voice,’ it takes away any air of authority—there’s more of an air of authenticity when they speak like their authentic selves.” Speaking like his authentic self is something Glass has been doing since 1995 as the producer and host of “This American Life.” But the Baltimore-born on-air personality’s radio career actually started well before his current, phenomenally popular program began, when, at 19, he “talked his way into” an intern position at NPR’s Washington, DC,

headquarters. He eventually served as a reporter and host on “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” and “Talk of the Nation” and co-hosted “The Wild Room” on Chicago’s WBEZ, but the first NPR show he worked on was Joe Frank’s narrative-drama “NPR Playhouse.” “I remember watching Joe work in the studio and thinking how I’d never heard anyone tell a story on the radio like that before,” Glass reflects. “I would get caught up in it and think, ‘I want to make something like this.’ I wish I had some big, romantic story beyond that. Really, I got into this because I just wanted to make something that was good and would seem special.” The over 2.2 million listeners who tune into “This American Life” every week (with an equal amount of podcast downloads) across 500 stations, along with the show’s multiple awards and (unfortunately short-lived) Showtime series, would indicate that Glass’s riveting, real-life storytelling style is, indeed, special to many. After 20 years of “This American Life,” does its host ever find it difficult keeping the show fresh? “Yeah, it’s hard,” says Glass, whose live tour format features him manipulating sounds and music on stage in real time via iPad and includes content never heard on the program. “The most exciting shows are the ones where we do things we’ve never done before. So that’s what we’re always trying to do.” “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” will take place at UPAC in Kingston on May 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $45, $40 (members), $60 (Gold Circle), and $100 (VIP; includes reception with Glass). (845) 339-6088; —Peter Aaron 5/16 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 93

SUNDAY 1 DANCE Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance 4:40pm. $25/$10. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana 2:30-4:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Experience the music, the dance, the passion that is Flamenco! Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 10. John Jasperse’s Within between 2pm. A playful and complex dance exploring emptiness and in-between places. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Just Dance First Sunday of every month, 12:30-2pm. $10. DJ activated non-stop contagious expression. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS High Falls Flea Market 9am-4pm. Art, antiques, collectibles, crafts and unique treasures. Grady Park, high falls. 810-0471. Pete Seeger Fest 1-6pm. Donations accepted for Clearwater restoration. Celebrate the musical and humanitarian legacy of our neighbor, mentor and friend- and his birthday. Performers will include David and Jacob Bernz, Pat Lamanna, Mel and Vinnie, Melissa Ortquist and Karen Brooks, Andy Revkin, RJ Storm and Old School Bluegrass Band, Sarah Underhill, and Susan Wright. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280. Spring Crafts $4-$12. Over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. 10am-5pm. $12/$11 seniors/$4 children/under age 6 free. Over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country selling their exciting contemporary creations and is a celebration of all things handmade. A full day art and shopping experience for the entire family including live music, kids activities, delicious gourmet foods and concessions, a sculpture garden, hands-on demonstrations, an interactive musical experience. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 331-7900. Woodstock Story Festival 10am-5pm. $150 two days/$95 one day. The premiere of the Woodstock Story Festival celebrates story in all its forms and features guest presenters who have established themselves at the forefront of the national storytelling movement. The festival’s 11 presenters are as varied as their topics and perspectives. The Festival also showcases theatrical performances, myths, fables, fairytales, and interactive workshops. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 247-8839.

FILM Case of the Three-Sided Dream: Documentary Film 1:30pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. KIDS & FAMILY Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Tour 1:30 & 5pm. $37/$27/$52 with meet and greet. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Family Concert: Joakim Lartey, Percussionist Storyteller, Educator 3pm. $10/$5 children. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-4181.

LECTURES & TALKS Artist Talk with Christopher Albert 2-4pm. In conjunction with his current exhibit “Whimsy & Gesture”. Albert Shahinian Fine Art Gallery, Rhinebeck. 876-7578. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Healthcare i the Digital Age 5:30pm. $30. Internet guru and author of Health Attitude, John Patrick, introduces the latest mind blowing advances in technology that are revolutionizing healthcare during the Obamacare era! From smart phone apps to 3D printers our healthcare will never be the same. John Patrick will dissect our current healthcare policy and offer solutions that can change the course of your personal healthcare choices. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Saying No to the Israeli Army 2-4pm. A talk by two young people who have refused to serve in the Israeli military will be given. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-2113.

MUSIC Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas 3pm. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. College Youth Symphony 7pm. $8/$6/$3. Directed by Joël Evans, the orchestra will perform classic works by Mendelsson and Mozart and feature soloist winners from the annual College Youth Symphony Competition. Studley Theater, New Paltz. 257-7869. Frankie Joe Daigle Band 7pm. Cajun Americana. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Marji Zintz 8:30pm. Acoustic. Harmony Music, Woodstock. 679-7760. Mid Hudson Women’s Chorus Spring Concert: Life Cycles 3pm. $10/$8 students and seniors. St. James United Methodist Church, Kingston. Parker Millsap 8pm. Blend of blues, country, alt-country, gospel, and folk music. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes and The Kennedys 7:30-10pm. $25/$20 in advance. Falcon Ridge Most Wanted Artists & alternative folk powerhouse Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes are sharing the bill with folk darlings Pete and Maura Kennedy for an evening of folk/rock, pop and dynamic original songwriting. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. Shanghai Quartet 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Sunday Brunch with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Sip & Paint for a Cause with Vine Van Gogh 1-3:30pm. $45. Sip, Paint & Fundraise with Vine Van Gogh to support the Kingston Women’s Bowling Association. Proceeds go to the league awards, bowling tournaments, and scholarships. Our talented local artist will lead you through a step-by-step lesson on how to re-create this beautiful piece of art that you can call your own. Absolutely no artistic experience is necessary. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. sip-paint-for-a-cause-kingston-womensbowling-association/ 1-3:30pm. $45. Sip, Paint & Fundraise with Vine Van Gogh to support the Wawarsing Council of Agencies. For over 20 years, the Wawarsing Council of Agencies is a collaborative group of health and human service agencies serving Ulster County, whose mission is to provide opportunities to share information, conduct events and maximize resources to address the needs of our diverse community. Tony and Nick’s Italian Kitchen, Ellenville. OUTDOORS & RECREATION 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary 9am-noon. $25. Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary is one of the oldest and largest no kill sanctuaries in the North East. In 2015, Pets Alive saved 749 cats, dogs and farm animals from lifethreatening circumstances. Fancher Davidge Park, Middletown. 386-9738. Create Your Legacy: Unearth Your Luscious Legend 3pm. $635. Access your soul’s intuitive intelligence through nature’s wisdom aWeekend-long retrat Garrison Institute, Garrison. (914) 659-2219. Spring Sprint 5K Trail Run 10am-1pm. Lace up your sneakers for a challenging and technical race on the rugged trails of this spectacular preserve. While competing for medals on one of the toughest 5k courses in the Mid-Hudson Valley, runners will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Hudson River and Louisa Pond. Shaupeneak Ridge, Esopus. 473-4440 ext. 273.

SPIRITUALITY Blessing Our Sacred Places: An Interfaith Celebration 10:30am. Join leaders and members of various faith traditions for the celebration of spring with an interfaith celebration. The celebration will include music, readings, and a blessing of fields and seeds (people are welcome to bring packets of seeds to be blessed). The “Farms and Chef Food Truck” of Le Express Restaurant will have lunch available for purchase. Picnicking is also encouraged; picnic tables overlooking the Garden are available. Innisfree Garden, Millbrook. 845 677 8000. THEATER Aunt Nona 2-3:15pm. $15/$10 for patrons 21 and under. Bridge Street Theatre presents a hilarious evening with Anna Carol’s “Aunt Nona” from North Dakota. Through stand-up, improv, and storytelling, Aunt Nona leads audiences on a tour of her idiosyncratic world of true fears, jingle writing, cookies and bars, gay nephews, drag queens, meat raffles, and lady locker rooms. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Chicago The Musical 3-6pm. $20/$14 students and seniors/$12 families/groups. The Chicago musical is the kiss-and-tell story of chorus girl Roxie who kills her lover; Velma Kelly, the glamorous double-murderer and Billy Flynn, the slick and manipulative lawyer keeping them from death row while promising to make them stars, and has all the topicality of our celebrity-seeking times. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 758-1648. Circle Mirror Transformation 3pm. $25/$15 students. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 2-4pm. $15/$12 members. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield that parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them being performed (in comically shortened or amalgamated form) by only four actors. Directed by Christine Crawfis, with Jeffery Battersby, Michael Frohnhoefer, Brian Mathews, and Rick Meyer. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 8:30pm. $25-45. Written by Obie award winner Christopher Durang. This laugh out loud comedy featuring some Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885. West Side Story 3pm. $24/$22. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES First Sunday School 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist-oriented Class for children ages 5+ and their families. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444. Podcasting 101 Workshop with NPR Producer Susan Davis 10am-4pm. $150/$175 after April 1. Davis will introduce participants to the building blocks of a great podcast. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (413) 464-2851. EcoART Seed Sculpting Lab with Adam Zaretsky 2-5pm. Get your hands--and feet--dirty! Mix, mold and create seed sculptures made of clay, manure, soil and various nitrogen fixing seeds to be used as a medium to disseminate in a public, collaborative, live-art, sculpting studio. Re Seed Saugerties, Saugerties. (917) 312-7161.

MONDAY 2 FILM Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window 7pm. $5. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. HEALTH & WELLNESS Movement & Strength First Monday, Thursday of every month, 7-8:15pm. $20/bulk discounts available. For individuals that want to improve their balance, strength, and total overall body movement and range of motion. All strength and fitness levels welcome. Diamond Gymnastics, Poughkeepsie. 416-2222. LECTURES & TALKS Structuring Emotion: Renowned Composer Michael Torke Presents his Compositional Process 5pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

LITERARY & BOOKS Next Year’s Words First Monday of every month, 7:30-9:30pm. $2. Jewish Community Center, New Paltz. Speaking of Books 7-8:30pm. Non-fiction book group. We will be discussing Tracy Kidder’s book- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 471-6580.

MUSIC Horse Lords 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. Joe Fiedler Quintet 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon. Joe Louis Walker & Friends featuring Murali Coryell 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Sip & Paint with Vine Van Gogh 7-9:30pm. $45. Sip, Paint & make memories with Vine Van Gogh. Our talented local artist will lead you step-by-step through the recreation of this beautiful piece of art that you can call your own. TGI Friday’s Newburgh, Newburgh.

TUESDAY 3 HEALTH & WELLNESS Back to Life: Relief for Painful Chronic Back Conditions 5:30pm. Spine surgeon Dr. Richard Perkins will talk about treatment options for severe lower back problems, including herniated disks, sciatic and stenosis, and will provide insights on when surgery might be the best option. A question-and-answer period follows the presentation. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Reiki Share First Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8pm. For Reiki practitioners to replenish your reserves. Share and receive Reiki energy in front of the hearth fire with a loving community of Reiki practitioners. The evening begins with a centering meditation, connecting to our Reiki guides and an opportunity to share about reiki experiences. Only to those who have received at least Reiki l training. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

KIDS & FAMILY ADHD/Autism Support Group 6:30-8pm. This group, led by social worker Angela Perez, provides a supportive and educational environment where parents can share experiences that they have with their children living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and or autism spectrum disorder. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500. Cub’s Place 5-6pm. This group, led by social worker Angela Perez, is for children grades K-5 going through a difficult time at home, including a parent or sibling with a chronic illness, temporary placement in foster care and/ or divorce. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500.

LITERARY & BOOKS Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. MUSIC Adam Nussbaum’s Leadbelly Project 7pm. Blues jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fis Blues and Dance Party First Tuesday of every month, 7-10pm. Big Joe brings together some of the most highly regarded musicians on the northeast music scene. Their sound features a sophisticated blend of jazz and blues. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Blues and Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz and the LoFis 7pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Dweezil Zappa and the Zappa Plays Zappa Band 8pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. New Paltz College-Community Chorale 8pm. Mozart’s final, unfinished masterwork will be performed by the College-Community Chorale with soloists and orchestra directed by Edward Lundergan. St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz. 255-5635.


The Big Takeover open for Gary "Nesta" Pine at the Bearsville Theater on May 14.

Take the Controls The public art space that exists inside the old Beacon High School is one of the most progressive and promising community projects currently happening in America today, and a sight to behold upon a first visit to the building in its new purpose. “The Felice Brothers recorded their last album down the hall,” explains Beacon native Rob Kissner, bassist for the local reggae/ska outfit The Big Takeover, as he welcomes me to his own Cassandra Studio, located in an old art classroom. The band is in the process of recording a new album, the follow up to 2014’s Children of the Rhythm. And, like its predecessor, this still-untitled work is presently being beautifully produced by Kissner with a crispness and clarity that proves why he’s becoming one of the more in-demand producers in the Hudson Valley (just ask Real Estate, who are demoing songs for their next album at Cassandra). For those of us who’ve survived the ska invasion of the 1990s here in the Hudson Valley, we remember the days when groups like Perfect Thyroid, Como Zoo, and The Schematics reigned supreme and national acts like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Mephiskapheles would make regular stops at The Chance. But in 2016, The Big Takeover is pretty much the only game in town if you want your fix for “fine roots reggae from Upstate,” as the headline of their website testifies, that encapsulates both the classic riddims of both 2 Tone and VP Records in a way that’s never been heard before. “There’s always a strong third wave around here,” reminds frontwoman NeNe Rushie, in regards to the still-existent local ska scene. “But what we do is so hard to put in that category. Because some people will be like, ‘Oh, they’re a reggae band.’ But then we’ll play in front of an audience who is listening for reggae, and they won’t identify what we do as reggae reggae, because everything that we do has a weird

quirk to it that doesn’t exactly fit in the pocket of a specific genre.” Rushie, a native of Jamaica from the island’s more rural east coast, sings in a way that recalls Lady Saw if she recorded in the Joe Gibbs era, blessed with a voice seconded only by her stunning beauty. Beside her is a varied combination of musicians who have mastered the art of intuition in terms of their interplay, including guitarist Kerry Shaw, Andrew Vogt on the trombone, sax player Chas Montrose and the great Hector Becerra on drums. But in the grand tradition of Robbie Shakespeare, Bill Laswell, and Paul Simonon, it’s Kissner and his bass guitar which provides the rock solid foundation that makes The Big Takeover most worthy of sharing a name with Jack Rabid’s long-running music magazine and a crowd favorite from a certain Washington, DC, punk institution. “A lot of people think we got our name from the Bad Brains song,” he explains. “But it actually comes from the film Rockers.” “Well, because of the Rockers movie,” adds Rushie. “Rob and Sam—our original drummer—back in the college days they used to go to parties with their own music they wanted to play and they would stage the big takeover and get on the controls, because they saw it in the movie. So when it came time for them to form a reggae band, there was no other name.” On May 14 at the Bearsville Theater, the band will open for Gary "Nesta" Pine, the UK-born toaster who until recently fronted The Original Wailers but who is perhaps better known for his vocal performances on the work of French house producer Bob Sinclair. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 day of show. —Ron Hart 5/16 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 95

Open Mike 7-10pm. Join host Ben Rounds and take your shot at becoming the next Catskills Singing Sensation! Emerson Organic Spa, Mount Tremper. 688-2828.

Rediscover Ease: Let the Alexander Technique Lighten the Way 7-8:30pm. Allyna Steinberg. Marbletown Community Center, stone ridge.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Health & Wellness with Certified Acupressure Therapist Sally Smith 7-8:30pm. Instructor Sally Smith, certified Acupressure Therapist will share her expertise with participants on how to use acupressure on themselves and family. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040.

KIDS & FAMILY Cinco de Mayo Party 4:30pm. Ana Morris and Adriana Savo will perform a traditional Mexican Dance, and tell children about the history of the holiday. There will be music and refreshments and a whole lot of fun. All children can pick out a free book. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212. Juvenile Diabetes Support Group 7-8:30pm. This group, facilitated by social worker Katie Rapp, is for both parents and children affected by type 1 diabetes. Children will meet with a social worker while parents meet with a parent facilitator. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500.

WEDNESDAY 4 HEALTH & WELLNESS A Sound Meditation and Live Skype with Tom Kenyon 7:15pm. Bring you questions about Tom’s work and the effects of sound on mind, body and spirit to share with Tom during the live Skype Q and A. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. LECTURES & TALKS Deep Ocean, Deep Secrets: What Do the Oceans Mean to Us? 3pm. Oceanographer David Gallo. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 413-443-7171.

LECTURES & TALKS First Thursdays in the Archives First Thursday of every month, 12-2pm. Welcoming visitors to learn more about the library’s special collections. These tours provide an insider’s glimpse at rare menus and

SPIRITUALITY Yom Hashoah Yom Hashoah, candle-lighting Holocaust memorial and prayer service with art exhibit featuring children of survivors. Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock. 679-2218. THEATER Circle Mirror Transformation 8pm. $25/$15 students. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Advanced Encaustic with Lisa Pressman $375. 2-day intensive. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. Trade Show/Expo Bootcamp 6-9pm. $35. This is a two-part workshop. When you register you will be enrolled in both dates. Second date 5/19. Enjoy networking, knowledge and tips to increase your database, response rates & sales before you sign up or set up for your next event. Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, Poughkeepsie. 363-6432.

MUSIC David Kraai 7pm. David Kraai plays a set as part of The Falcon Underground’s wonderful Songwriter Sessions showcase. Some other singersongwriters will be on the bill to dole out great acoustic music as well and, as always, the evening is hosted by Casey Erdmann. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. Songwriter showcase. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Waifs 8pm. $37.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. NIGHTLIFE Sip & Paint with Vine Van Gogh 7-9:30pm. $45. Sip, Paint & make memories with Vine Van Gogh. Our talented local artist will lead you step-by-step through the re-creation of this beautiful piece of art that you can call your own. The Hop, Beacon. OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Orange County Citizens Foundation’s 22nd Annual Ottaway Medal Dinner on 5:30pm. $125. Honoring Crystal Run Healthcare Founder, Managing Partner, and CEO Hal Teitelbaum, MD, JD, MBA as its 2016 Ruth & James Ottaway Medal recipient. Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor. 469-9459. OUTDOORS & RECREATION Tai Chi at the Pavilion 7:30-8:30pm. $85/9 classes/both $120. Tai Chi Chuan, guided by Bobbi Esmark. Ages 15 and up. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

SPIRITUALITY A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. A study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Rock Painting 6:30-7:30pm. Bring an idea, a quote, anything that inspires you. We will be painting with acrylics on creek rocks. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580.

THURSDAY 5 DANCE Step Afrika! 10am & noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. HEALTH & WELLNESS Movement & Strength First Monday, Thursday of every month, 7-8:15pm. $20/bulk discounts available. For individuals that want to improve their balance, strength, and total overall body movement and range of motion. All strength and fitness levels welcome. Diamond Gymnastics, Poughkeepsie. 416-2222. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Greenville Drive-In Opens Beer Garden 5-11pm. $50. A festive opening party of the Projectionist’s Club (biergarten), ribbon cutting ceremony and screening of the romantic comedy classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Freshly shucked oysters, fine French champagne, and live music fill out the bill. Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. (518) 966-2177. Valentino’s Ghost 7-8:30pm. This documentary exposes the way America’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East influences Hollywood and mainstream media portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.

KIDS & FAMILY Annual Evening Frog Walk 7:30pm. $3-$7. Learn to recognize our local frogs by sight and sound, and then take a guided twilight wetland walk to test your frog identification skills. Bring a flashlight. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Mohonk Mountain House Mother’s Day Grand Luncheon Buffet and Special Events All Weekend Long 5/6-8. Inclusive overnight rates begin at $259* per person, per night based on double occupancy. Think beyond flowers and breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day! To help families celebrate the favorite lady in their lives, Mohonk Mountain House offers special holiday events the entire weekend of May 6-8. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 855.274.4020.

LECTURES & TALKS Cuba: Its Music & History 6-7pm. Musicologist and Tivoli resident Ken McCarthy recently spent 10 days in Cuba touring the island with a group of musicians, academics and music producers. In this talk, he’ll share what he saw and heard, describe the practical realitiesof visiting Cuba today, and reveal the enormous-and often hidden-impact Cuban music has had on American music and culture. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Andrew Solomon The Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author of 2012’s award-winning Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity discusses his new collection of essays Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change. The collection is an aggregate of Solomon’s writing on his experience journeying through regions across the world undergoing political, cultural, and spiritual shifts. His book covers seven continents and 25 years of travel—from Byzantium to Senegal to Romania. Oblong Books and Music presents this author at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff on Saturday, May 14, at 6pm. Tickets are $10 and are able to go toward the purchase of Solomon’s book.

documents, as well as sneak peeks of newly discovered materials. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. 452-9430.

LITERARY & BOOKS Word Cafe’s Thursday Author Series 6pm. $15/teens free. Featuring novelist Ashley Mayne with Thorneater Comics’ Will Lytle. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. MUSIC First Thursday Singer Songwriter Series 7-10pm. Maureen and Don Black host this series and welcome Vince Fisher, Frank Murasso, and Bob Barlow & The Band Upstairs to the Cafe stage. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Malcolm Bruce & Band 7pm. Brit rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile 8pm. $6-$18. Nik Bärtsch’s Swiss jazz quartet MOBILE uses a ritualistic performance framework to produce a sound that is sometimes funky, sometimes ambient, and always obsessively charged. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Empac. The Strawbs 7:30pm. $35. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Sip & Paint for a Cause: The Brookmeade Foundation 6-8:30pm. $45. Arbor Ridge, Rhinebeck.

FRIDAY 6 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 30th Annual Silver Needle Runway and Awards 3 & 7pm. The highly-anticipated event showcases the work of Marist student designers and merchandisers alike. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 575-3124. DANCE Fusion Dance 7:30-8:30pm. $60/6 sessions. Instructed by Anna Mayta, this course will blend elements of Latin, Caribbean, Africa, classical Indian, modern and Flamenco dances. Through June 10. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie. Step Afrika! 7pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072 10:30am. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. FILM The Armor of Light 6-9pm. Potluck at 6PM, film at 7PM. The Armor of Light, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Old Chatham Quaker Meeting, Old Chatham. (518) 766-2992.

LITERARY & BOOKS Amy Goldman Fowler 7:30pm. Author and heirloom gardener, speaking about her new book “Heirloom Harvest” and the history of her town of Clinton farm. A question and answer and book signing will follow. Creek Meeting House, Clinton Corners. Stefan Bolz presents The Traveler 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Susannah Appelbaum presents Divah 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

MUSIC Arlo Guthrie 7:30pm. $30.50-$59.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Bob Schneider 9am. Indie-pop. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800 9pm. Rock singer-songwriter. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with Ran Kan Kan 8:30pm. Latin. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman 8pm. $35-$40. Bluegrass. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Darkness Divided 7pm. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti 10pm. David Kraai swings by this excellent craft beer gastropub to dole out two sets of country folk with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle. Birdsall House, Peekskill. (914) 930-1880. Drew Bordeaux 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Hot Club of Saratoga 8pm. $18-$24. Gypsy swing ensemble. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. John Hiatt 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. KJ Denhert + The New York Unit 7pm. Folk jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

NIGHTLIFE Love Our Culture ft. TJR 9pm. $20. All proceeds to benefit the family of Ralphie “C”avarretta. 18+/21+. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. Https:// events/529287443918068/.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Sip & Paint for a Cause: Hospice Foundation of the Hudson Valley and the WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund 7-9:30pm. $45. VFW Kingston, Kingston. Sip & Paint for a Cause: The Emergency Animal Fund in memory of Marie Post 7-9:30pm. $45. Elks Lodge, Saugerties.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Astronomy: Stargazing 8:30-11pm. View the night sky away from the lights of the cities and towns of our area. Bring your own telescope or view the stars through one brought by our members. Open to the public but RSVP is required. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram. THEATER 2nd Annual Short Play Festival Check website for specific performances, times and prices. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

KIDS & FAMILY Mohonk Mountain House Mother’s Day Grand Luncheon Buffet and Special Events All Weekend Long May 8. Inclusive overnight rates begin at $259* per person, per night based on double occupancy. Think beyond flowers and breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day! To help families celebrate the favorite lady in their lives, Mohonk Mountain House offers special holiday events the entire weekend of May 6-8. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 855.274.4020. The Olate Dogs 2-4pm. $30/$70. The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Spring Celebration and Plant Sale 11am-3pm. Vegetables, herbs and houseplants for sale. Sheep shearing, kids crafts, baby animals, local vendors, wool demonstrations, music by The Howland Wolves. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls. 831-3800.

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom! 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Amy McTear Book Signing and Jam 1pm. Cafeteria Coffeehouse, New Paltz. 845.633.8287. Carlos Barbosa-Lima 8pm. Acoustic. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The English Beat 8pm. $34. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Fine Arts Quartet with Fabio and Gisele Witkowski 7pm. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-3775. Gaelic Storm 8pm. $30-$45. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown. (914) 631-3390. In The Pocket 8:30pm. Funk. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Chicago The Musical 7:30-10:30pm. $20/$14 students and seniors/$12 families/groups. The Chicago musical is the kiss-and-tell stTaconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 758-1648. Circle Mirror Transformation 8pm. $25/$15 students. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020.

Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls.

FOOD & WINE Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market 10am-6pm. $5. 2016 marks the inaugural Spring Market, featuring a diverse group of local vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. The event celebrates the long-awaited arrival of spring with vintage objects for home and garden, spring dresses, wild edibles and Mother’s Day treats. Presented in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. HEALTH & WELLNESS 16th Annual Women’s Health & Fitness Expo 8:30am-4pm. Over 100 booths and exhibits, over 20 free health screenings, seminars and workshops, Healthy Food Court with cooking demos and samples from area chefs, ongoing exercise and fitness demonstrations, “The Doctor is In” booth featuring private consultations with specialists, book signings by noted authors, spa treatments, complementary disciplines. Miller Middle School, Lake Katrine. 802-7025.

Solarize Saugerties Open House 1-4pm. See a residential solar installation, talk with the homeowner and the installer. New York State Solar Farm ice cream truck will provide refreshments! Herb Perr, Catskill.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Birding and Breakfast with the Bakers 8:30am. $3-$7. Learn the basics of this fascinating hobby from avid birding enthusiasts Sharon and David Baker. After a birding presentation and a hot or cold beverage and donut, venture out in search of spring migrants. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

SPIRITUALITY Spiritual Mediums James Van Praagh and Tony Stockwell 7pm. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335.


FAIRS & FESTIVALS The Flea Market 9am-4pm. Come check out our selection of vendors and maybe get some pizza. The Flea Market at Angela’s Pizza, Lake Katrine.

Sip & Paint for a Cause: Mountain Valley Jr. Flag Football 7-9:30pm. $45. Sip, paint & fundraise with Vine Van Gogh Boiceville Inn, Boiceville.

Scavenger Hunt: Maps, GPS, Compass Navigation 3-5pm. $20/$15 members. What can you find tucked away in Olana’s landscape? Ages 6+. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Workshops for Mothers & Teen or Preteen Daughters with Sil and Eliza Reynolds Three-day course. Mother-daughter team Sil and Eliza Reynolds teach mothers and daughters new ways of being together in mutual respect and love. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

DANCE Community Dance 7:30-9pm. $8/children 12 & under free. Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Desert potluck during intermission. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815.

Sip & Paint for a Cause with Vine Van Gogh 7-9:30pm. $45. Sip, paint & fundraise with Vine Van Gogh to support the John S. Burke Catholic H.S. Parent Club. John S. Burke Catholic High School, Goshen.

I Love My Park Day: Helping Hands Make Light Work 9-11am. Ages 12+. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 8:30pm. $25-45. Written by Obie award winner Christopher Durang. This laugh out loud comedy featuring some Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Hudson Valley Photography Network Spring Photo Concference 9am-4pm. $26/student discount available. Professional photographer David FitzSimmons, a “Sigma Pro” landscape, wildlife, wedding & commercial photographer. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh.

The Great Mountain Road Mud Dump noon. $20. We are challenging a few stalwart souls to pour a bucket of mud over their heads for Mountain Road School. Mountain Road School, New Lebanon.

Basilica Farm & Flea On Mother’s Day weekend, this spring market comes to Basilica Hudson, spreading out over 10,000 square feet of converted glue factory. The market will showcase artisans, collectors, and farmers offering various seasonal items—apparel, art, ceramics, home and gardenware, books, jewelry, textiles, local farm-fresh food, and much more. Swoon Kitchenbar will set up a pop-up restaurant, serving food and drinks. In collaboration with the Hudson River Exchange, Basilica Farm & Flea will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 10 am until 6 pm and on Sunday, May 8, from 11 am until 5 pm. $5 entry fee for the entire weekend. Children under 12 are free of charge. Two by Two Zoo 11am-noon. $12-$18. An event for kids and their families. Animals and their handlers educate young minds about many fascinating and endangered creatures. Two by Two Zoo is a hands-on conservation program with local and exotic animals. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

LECTURES & TALKS James Van Praagh & Tony Stockerwell 7pm. $99/$50/$40. At the Best of International Mediumship event, James and Tony will come together to help the audience achieve a deeper understanding of the spirit world. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5900. Joanne Leffeld: Straight Answers from the Moolah Doula to Your Money Questions 5pm. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693. Madness and Nudity: Women in Art 5-6pm. $5/$4 seniors and educators/$2 students. A provocative program of music, dance, video and performance art. T Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100. LITERARY & BOOKS Amy Goldman Fowler, Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures 11am-1pm. Discussion & book signing. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857. MUSIC The Akua Dixon Trio Presented by Jazz in GTown 7-8:30pm. $25. Dixon, an extraordinary cellist and composer, will be accompanied by guitarist Freddie Bryant and bassist Kenny Davis. Clermont Vineyards & Winery, Clermont. (518) 537-5668.

The Met: Live in HD Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Mister Roper 8pm. Americana. 8-11pm. Mister Roper is a roots-folk outfit headed up by singersongwriters Eric Squindo and Rick Schneider. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Mushroom Head 7:30pm. $15. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Allison Miller: Otis Was a Polar Bear MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Paul Green and Klezmer East 8pm. $20/$10 students. Traditional and contemporary klezmer favorites, including Freilachs, Horas, and hits from the Yiddish Theater. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693.

THEATER 2nd Annual Short Play Festival Check website for specific performances, times and prices. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Chicago The Musical 7:30-10:30pm. $20/$14 students and seniors/$12 families/groups. The Chicago musical is the kiss-and-tell stTaconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 758-1648. Circle Mirror Transformation 8pm. $25/$15 students. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. Cynthia Kraman “I Had to Kill Her” and “Sick Day: Clown Play” 8pm. $16-$22. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 8:30pm. $25-45. Written by Obie award winner Christopher Durang. This laugh out loud comedy featuring some Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Furry Friends Portrait Class 9:30am-12:30pm. $200. 4-weeks. With Leslie Bender. Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550. Repair Cafe: Rhinebeck 12-4pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. Mechanical & electrical items; electronic & digital; clothing & textiles; things made of wood. An expert level of repair and great place to meet your neighbors. This month, Raphael will be fixing watches, while Barbara tends to your jewelry. Rhinebeck Town Hall, Rhinebeck. 464-2245.

Tribute to Bob Dylan & THE BAND 8:30-11pm. $30/$25 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.

Solarize Northern Dutchess 10-11:30am. Ready to go solar? Join our educational community workshops to learn how you can save on your solar installation. Open to all in Dutchess County. Milan Town Hall, Milan. 758-5133.

Vetiver 9pm. Nom-de-bande of folk-rock singersongwriter Andy Cabic. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Spring “Plein Air” Outdoor Painting Class 9:30am-noon. $150 series/$30 class. 6-week class with Mira Fink. Location available, High Falls. 338-6503.

PS 119: Sound Club 2pm. ARTBar Gallery, Kingston. 430-4893.

The Waifs 8pm. $29. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS ASK First Saturday Reception 5-8pm. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.

SUNDAY 8 DANCE HD Presentation of the Paris Opera Ballet: Ballets Russes 3pm. $12/$10 members/$6 children. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


FAIRS & FESTIVALS High Falls Flea Market 9am-4pm. Art, antiques, collectibles, crafts and unique treasures. Grady Park, high falls. 810-0471. Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. FOOD & WINE Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market 11am-5pm. $5. 2016 marks the inaugural Spring Market, featuring a diverse group of local vendors selling their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh foods. The event celebrates the long-awaited arrival of spring with vintage objects for home and garden, spring dresses, wild edibles and Mother’s Day treats. Presented in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. Brunch & Brush with Vine Van Gogh 12-2:30pm. $45. Sip, paint & make memories with Vine Van Gogh for Mother’s Day. Take Me Back Gourmet Cafe, Newburgh. KIDS & FAMILY Mohonk Mountain House Offers Mother’s Day Grand Luncheon Buffet and Special Events All Weekend Long Inclusive overnight rates begin at $259* per person, per night based on double occupancy. Think beyond flowers and breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day! To help families celebrate the favorite lady in their lives, Mohonk Mountain House offers special holiday events the entire weekend of May 6-8. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 855.274.4020. LECTURES & TALKS Artist Talk with Lenny Kislin 2pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. MUSIC Amphion String Quartet 3pm. $25/$5 students. The concert is followed by a reception with the artists. St. George’s Church, Newburgh. 231-3592. Conservatory Sundays, Conducted by Leon Botstein 3pm. $15-$20. The Conservatory Orchestra and The Orchestra Now side-by-side in a Mother’s Day concert. The program will include Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs with Dawn Upshaw, soprano, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. Ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Fruit Bats and Horse Feathers Double Bill 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Horse Feathers Americana. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Quebe Sisters 8pm. $25/$20. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300. Sick Puppies 6pm. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. OUTDOORS & RECREATION Mother’s Day Nature Hike 10am. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. THEATER 2nd Annual Short Play Festival Check website for specific performances, times and prices. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Chicago The Musical 3-6pm. $20/$14 students and seniors/$12 families/groups. The Chicago musical is the kiss-and-tell story Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville. (518) 758-1648. Circle Mirror Transformation 3pm. $25/$15 students. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. Cynthia Kraman “I Had to Kill Her” and “Sick Day: Clown Play” 2pm. $16-$22. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 8:30pm. $25-45. Written by Obie award winner Christopher Durang. This laugh out loud comedy featuring some Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


MONDAY 9 MUSIC Joe Louis Walker & Friends! Featuring Chris O’Leary 7pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Nate Radley/Drew Gress/Mark Ferber 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers 3-5pm. A free, three-part educational series on May 9, 16 and 23 by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter with helpful strategies for providing safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. RSVP required. Always There Home Care, Kingston. Sculpture and Wax Intensive with Kelly McGrath 9am-5pm. $650. Through May 13. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

TUESDAY 10 LECTURES & TALKS Making the Transition from Home and School to College: Assisting the Student Who Learns Differently 6-7:30pm. How can parents of children experiencing difficulty in school be sure that they’re receiving the kind of assistance and support they need? Learning Insights, Highland. 532-1575. 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. MUSIC Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey 9pm. They will play two sets featuring their fiery brand of dramatic improvisation, wide-ranging in texture and virtuosic in expression. Quinn’s, Beacon. Open Mike 7-10pm. Join host Ben Rounds and take your shot at becoming the next Catskills Singing Sensation! Emerson Organic Spa, Mount Tremper. 688-2828. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Tea & Stones Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm. Each month we explore a different stone from our vast collection. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

WEDNESDAY 11 KIDS & FAMILY Oakwood Friends School Spring Information Session 9:30am. Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie. 462-4200. Teen Advisory Board Meeting Second Wednesday of every month, 4-5pm. Fre. Do you need to fulfill volunteer hours? Come to this monthly meeting to volunteer and advise the library on what teen programs, teen books, music and movies we should be looking at. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580 ext. 1003. LECTURES & TALKS Vladimir Nabokov and Insect Mimicry: The Artist as Scientist 7pm. Interactive lecture with scholar Victoria Alexander. Partly funded through the NY Council for the Humanities. 7pm. Victoria Alexander, scholar. In collaboration with the NY Council for the Humanities, the Rosendale Public Library presents a slide/ lecture presentation on the controversial novelist and lepidopterist, revealing his insights into the mysteries of mimicry and how the scientific community responded to his studies. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013. MUSIC Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. Hosted by Doug Weiss. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 8-10pm. $70/$80/$100/$130. A four-time Grammy winner, Pat Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. Neil “Spyder” James Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades, with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Yeasayer 7pm. $25/$20. Experimental rock. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

SPIRITUALITY A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. A study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391. Yom HaZikaron 6:30pm. Israel Memorial Day program to honor soldiers who have fallen in defense of Israel, and celebrate Yom HaAtzmout (Israeli Independence Day). Congregation Ahavath Israel, Kingston. 338-4409.

THURSDAY 12 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640. FILM On Screen/Sound: No. 15 7pm. $6. The final On Screen/Sound program of the spring season presents four films with sonic and visual elements constructed through complex tracking shots. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Empac. screensound-no-15. LECTURES & TALKS Loving Limits in a Digital Age with Kim John Payne 6:30pm. $20/$15 online. Wild Earth and Mountain Laurel are pleased to be hosting Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, for a public lecture. Studley Theater, New Paltz. 256-9830. Potluck Slideshow 6:30pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. MUSIC Open Mike Night with Jeff Entin 7-9pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Sam Baker 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Split Bill: Patti Rothberg (Pop Rock) and Susan Said (Indie Rock) 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. SPIRITUALITY The Inner Critic and The Four Immeasurables with Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi 5pm. $400 room and board included. This long weekend is a chance to study with one of the great Zen teachers of our time. Roshi will spend Friday offering tools to help t Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper. 688-2228. THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (800) 838-3006. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers 4:30-6:30pm. Caregivers and professionals will discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middlestage of Alzheimer’s. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. (800) 272-3900.

FRIDAY 13 DANCE Cajun Dance with Krewe de la Rue 7-11pm. $15/$10 FT student ID. The Krewe presents a heartfelt and punchy dance hall mix of Cajun and Creole music, capturing the style and energy of the festivals and clubs throughout Southwest Louisiana. Lesson at 7pm, 8pm-11pm dance, White Eagle Hall, Kingston. (914) 388-7048. Dutchess County Singles Dance 8-11:30pm. $20. Lesson at 7:30pm. Fabulous music by DJ Johnny Angel also a light dinner buffet with desert and coffee. Elks Lodge #275, Poughkeepsie. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. FILM Peekskill Film Festival Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill. HEALTH & WELLNESS Baby Magic Knitting, Crocheting & Meditation Circle Second Friday of every month, 7-9pm. This circle is for conscious, spiritual women who

want to conceive or who are pregnant, as well as their supportive sisters, girlfriends and mothers. Open to knitters and crocheters at all levels, even beginners. White Barn Farm, New Paltz. 259-1355. Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 8:30am-4pm. The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter’s Second Annual Hudson Valley Regional Dementia Conference featuring Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory Inc., featured in the documentary “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory.” Also featuring David Troxel, author of “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care.” There will be a research update and breakout sessions for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, caregivers and Spanish speakers. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Tarrytown. (800) 272-3900.

KIDS & FAMILY Storytime in the Museum 1:30-2:15pm. Art-related storytime program for preschool children ages 3-5. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5237. LECTURES & TALKS Conversation on Collecting Art 5-7pm. Come join a conversation about a piece of art from your house (or anyone else’s) that has been particularly meaningful to you in your life. Share your story or simply enjoy listening. Exhibit includes work from five local friends who will share their love for the art they live with. The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. 518-392-3005. Kindred Landscape 6:30pm. Gary Hilderbrand, landscape designer. Boscobel, Garrison. The Possibilities and Perils of Editing the Human Genome 7pm. $10/$5 students/members free. Michael Specter. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. LITERARY & BOOKS Stefan Bolz presents The Traveler 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. MUSIC The Acquaintances 8pm. Classic rock. Second Friday of every month, 8-11pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. An Evening for Ismail Shabazz 7pm. $5. An evening of entertainment in support of human rights activist Ismail Shabazz. Coming out to show their solidarity and captivate the audience will be noted comics Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine, renowned civil rights attorney Michael Sussman, and famous local actor/playwright Michael Monasterial. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 679-7420. David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti 8-11pm. David Kraai doles out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle. Pennings Farm, Warwick. 986-1059. Girls, Guns and Glory 8pm. Roots. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Howard Fishman 8pm. $10-$25. Jazz, country, blues. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 784-1199. Hudson Valley Philharmonic Fantastique! 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Jane Lee Hooker Band 7pm. Openers: Red Necromancer and Miles Jakob & Leah Anne Siegel. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Last Minute Jazz Ensemble 7:30-9:30pm. $15. Richard Green – guitar, Roger Suters – bass, Chris Ferrone – sax, Peter Skaller – piano, Peter Coombs – drums and Rob Fisch – trumpet, and delights in playing jazz: standards, latin, bebop and blues. Old Chatham Quaker Meeting, Old Chatham. (518) 766-2992. Denise Jordan Finley 6:30-7:30pm. A native of the Hudson Valley has been writing and playing her songs for over four decades. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Martin Sexton 8-10pm. $64. Sexton’s songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. Purpl, Hastings-On-Hudson. (914) 231-9077. Only Tangos by Tangoman: Milonga and Live Tangos 8pm. $20. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Peter Wolf 8pm. $39.50. American Roots & Branches concert series. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.


Death and dying guru Stephen Jenkinson leads a workshop in Kingston on June 4.

The Death Trade In a death-phobic culture where 80 percent of every health-care dollar is spent at the end of our lives on measures that essentially put us out of our misery before we actually die, the opportunity to do so with dignity and awareness is sorely missing. So says author/ teacher/farmer Stephen Jenkinson, whose book, Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, calls for a shift in the language we employ when we talk about death, and for a more honest approach to palliative care for the dying. The former program director of a major Canadian hospital, medical school assistant professor, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations holds master's degrees from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. With 15 years in what he refers to as the “death trade,” Jenkinson speaks in startling terms about how unprepared we are to confront the act of dying, either for a loved one or for ourselves. Jenkinson will be in Kingston on June 3 and 4 for a number of events sponsored by Circle of Friends for the Dying. Griefwalker, a documentary focusing on Jenkinson’s work with dying people, will be screened on Friday at 7 p.m. at HealthAlliance Hospital. A daylong workshop based on Die Wise will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the same location. (845) 802-0970; —Ann Hutton Talk about how you got involved with palliative care of dying patients. My understanding was I was there to help people die. The general enterprise was how can we be complicit in dying peoples’ intent not to die at all? I realized if I was going to do anything I could believe in, I’d have to assign myself a task that no one—dying people included—was asking of me, which was not to help them die, which they had no intention of doing, but to get them to die. To help people die in a death-phobic culture is a nonstarter. What was useful and compassionate in the circumstance was loaded in the direction of half-spoken subterfuge and euphemism. All of the collusion with the refusal to die happens on the tongue. Virtually no one in the palliative care field has any training in speaking about dying to people who are. How do people become qualified to “get someone to die”? We’re not trained to be responsible in that way for each other. Yes, I’ve heard, “What gives you the right to be so direct with people who are dying?” A psychotherapist asked me that. Nothing, nobody gives me the right to be so candid. Dying is not a piece of information. If you think your dying is a piece of information that somebody in a white coat has to give you, then you could be wrong. But if you think dying is a momentous cascade of meaning and consequence that your entire life has come to, then how could it possibly be [only] a piece of information? My responsibility became to challenge the idea one must earn the right to be faithful to dying people to the point where you visit upon them a degree of emotional and spiritual and cultural

candor that they themselves do not seek or ask of you. Did you say “faithful” or “fateful”? Either word applies. My understanding of fate is: human freedom. Surely how you die must be an exercise in human freedom, not just something that will inevitably occur regardless. [Freedom] to reconsider and reassign meaning to things which themselves do not change. So, if you’re waiting for the circumstance to change in order to choose differently, to behave or feel differently, you will wait in vain. On the other hand, if, as you are dying, you craft a meaning of your dying that leaves out the repertoire of fight or flight after a “long and courageous battle,” then you don’t come to the end of your days as some collapse of lifestyle options rightfully available to you. You come to it as a privilege of sorts in that you haven’t died suddenly. You actually get the opportunity to have your dying be the deepest incarnation of what you meant in the course of your days. What about sudden death? What you’re talking about has to emerge from a huge paradigm shift in the way we define meaning in our lives. What is sudden about dying? Of course there’s such a thing as a car accident.… But as a sentient being, one of your entitlements is that you get to proceed in your days not sheltered from the fact that they will end. Sudden death is a consequence of the unwillingness to know this. If you are sheltered, especially linguistically, from the idea that dying is what you do, not what happens to you, then your dying becomes more like an executioner’s visitation that you either submit to or fight to the bitter end. [My occupation is] to be troubled aloud in a way that’s informed, that doesn’t pitch from feeling tone to feeling tone with opinions and attitudes; I proceed in the presence of that. There’s nothing to wait for, no more opportune moment to consider these things than this one right now. What is the greatest challenge in learning to die wise? The conspiracy to keep people away from reality is fundamentally a linguistic one. How many euphemisms can you think of for the verb “to die” or the adjective “dead”? None are legitimate for the realities of dying. “I lost my father last year to cancer” means that’s what you did to your father because he died. This is not me riffing on the language; it’s what the language actually means. We deepen the unwillingness to know these things every time we exercise discretion. As a consequence of gentility and obfuscation, you come to your dying as a rank amateur. I’ve been introduced as the author of the book Die Wisely. Grammatically, "wisely" refers to your manner of dying. "Wise" refers to you, the dying person. People die much in the way that they live. How does one "die wise"? The question is: When should you start? You die wise as the consequence of the deep pursuit of wisdom, not by staying away from it. 5/16 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 99

The Rides with Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Rusted Root 9pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 866-781-2922. Sacred Harp Singing Concert featuring Tim Eriksen’s Tri 7:30pm. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280. Tarek Atoui: Within 2 8pm. free. The final EMPAC presentation of sound artist Tarek Atoui’s multi-year research and performance project to develop tools and techniques for performing sound to a hearingimpaired audience. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. events/2016/spring/within-2. Two Dollar Goat 8pm. Bluegrass. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Hollywood Ruby Jubilee In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Center for Spectrum Services, one of the area’s key providers of educational services for children with autism, will host its annual major fundraiser. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 336-2616 ext. 165.

Mammoth Auction 8am-5pm. Mammoth Auction - Need a handcranked apple corer, antique engine, maybe a rusty old Coke sign? The Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association is hosting their annual antique auction on Saturday, May 14. Auction starts promptly at 8 am until all items are sold - rain or shine - breakfast is available. Preview & Absentee biding available. 390 Fingar Road, Hudson, just off Routes 9/23, three miles south of Hudson. Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association, Hudson. Oldtimepower. Preparing For a New Year: An 18th Century Spring and Garden Fair 11am-3pm. Enjoy the magic of Levram the Great: The Colonial Conjurer, performing 18th century magic to dazzle one and all. Also, enjoy free hot dogs and beverages while they last. Get into the spirit of the season and make a kite to fly on a windy day and sample switchel, a thirst-quenching drink brought into the fields while planting. Senate House and Museum, Kingston.

for all. Neighbors getting to know neighbors, time to just sit and chat and watch things being taken apart and put together again. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston. (914) 263-7368.

Red Hot Mamas Revival 8-11pm. Featuring Meg Montgomery, Marji Zintz & Denise Jordan Finley. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662.

LECTURES & TALKS Preserving Your Local Spirits 4pm. Have you ever sensed the presence of another person in a place where, on the concrete level, it seems obvious that no one else is there? If so, than you may have encountered a spirit who, for some unexplained reason, needs to linger in that place. Investigating such experiences will be the subject of a presentation by Linda Zimmermann. Cragsmoor Historical Society, Cragsmoor. 647-6487.

Truth, Lies, and Hearsay 8pm. $20/$18. John Simon’s performance will include original songs from his albums and jazz versions of selections from the Great American Songbook. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079.

LITERARY & BOOKS Book Signing for Graphic Novel The Indistrialist 5-7pm. Story by heavy metal legend Burton C. Bell, illustrations by British illustrator Noel Guard, color by Vachel Shannon. All three artists will be at the book signing. Kirwan’s Game Store, Catskill. (518) 943-3400.

Sarcred Harp Singing with Tim Eriksen 5-6pm. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.


DANCE 10 Hairy Legs 7:30-8:30pm. $20/$10 student rush and children. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 10. Chicken Dancearama with Linda Mary Montano 1-3pm. All ages are invited to join us at each “mini-endurance” and walk/dance/bawk/eat eggs/step with love feet and improvise safely and beautifully so we can mentor peacefulflying despite our vestigial wings. Remember, Chickens were originally dinosaurs. Come costumed as a wild fowl. Seamon Park, Saugerties. (917) 312-7161.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday of every month. A citywide celebration of the arts. Downtown Beacon, Beacon. The Flea Market 9am-4pm. Come check out our selection of vendors and maybe get some pizza. The Flea Market at Angela’s Pizza, Lake Katrine. Https:// Hudson Valley Fair Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls.

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Information Session 10-midnight. Information sessions begin in the Walter Reade, Jr. Theater at 10:00 with brief welcoming remarks. During the tour, the group will learn about SKS’s academic, sports, arts, and service programs. Please wear comfortable shoes and outer wear. Storm King School, Cornwall-On-Hudson. 534-9860 ext. 210.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Tours of West Point Foundry Preserve 11am-12:30pm. Tours will focus on the foundry’s 100-year history, its operations and diverse workforce, and Scenic Hudson’s efforts to protect and interpret the remains of this industrial powerhouse while preserving the land’s natural beauty. West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold Spring. parks/westpointfoundrypreserve.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal Course 6-10pm. $65/$50. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Ashokan Community Work & Play Day 9am-4pm. Trail maintenance, creating and planting native species flower beds, and other tasks that will help Ashokan to continue to provide high quality programming and events. Includes food and music. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. Https:// events/201693270196631/.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS 9th Annual Custom and Classic Car and Truck Show noon. $15 enter a car/$5/$3 children. Arlington High School, LaGrangeville. 486-4860.

Sip & Paint for a Cause with Vine Van Gogh 6:30-8pm. $45. Sip, paint & fundraise with Vine Van Gogh to support the Roosevelt Engine Co. #2! . Weathervane Clubhouse, Washingtonville. sip-paint-for-a-cause-hoops-for-hayes/.

THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill.

Workshops for Mothers & Teen or Preteen Daughters with Sil and Eliza Reynolds Three-day course. Mother-daughter team Sil and Eliza Reynolds teach mothers and daughters new ways of being together in mutual respect and love. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

Stax of Soul 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques Sale 8am-3pm. $125 early admission and breakfast/$40. Lionrock Farm, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-5007.

MAYfest This two-day, three-night festival centered around Music, Art, and Yoga (MAY) takes place at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring. The festival offers over 40 classes, ranging from paddle board yoga to sound meditation to Pilates. Trevor Hall, Turkuaz, Primate Fiasco, and many other reggae, bluegrass, jazz, and funk artists will perform. There will also be art by yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman and other artists. The Garrison Art Center will be sponsoring drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking classes. On-site cabins are available, as well as free camping. This festival takes place on Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29. Tickets range from $40-$230. FILM The Game Changer: Film Screening and Discussion 7:30pm. $15-$21. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Peekskill Film Festival Downtown Peekskill, Peekskill. HEALTH & WELLNESS Women’s Health Symposium 9am-noon. The symposium will feature several physicians on the medical staff at Putnam Hospital Center who will discuss women’s health issues and treatment options from breast cancer to gynecological procedures to urinary problems. Question and answer session follow presentations. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. 279-5711. KIDS & FAMILY Creature Feature Weekend: A World of Frogs Learn all about frogs and their special attributes during the Meet the Animal Program at 1 p.m or 2:30 p.m. Meet a frog from the Museum’s collection! For adults and families with children ages 3 and up. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Nature Play- Welcome Back Birds 10am-noon. $3/members free. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Repair Cafe 11am-3pm. Fix-it experts fix anything for free! Coach fixers fix and show people how to fix appliances, electrical products, mechanical things, large and small wooden items like furniture and knick-knacks, clothes and soft toys, books, china and glass, even jewelry, you bring it, we will try to fix it! We have a break-itapart table for children as well as refreshments

Buddhist Studies Scholar C.W. Huntington presents his novel Maya 3pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

MUSIC The Art of the String Quartet: The Dover String Quartet 6pm. $45/$25. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. The Arts of the String Quartet 6pm. $25-$45. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Clifton Anderson Quartet 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Hudson Valley Piano Trio 2pm. $10. Haydn, Piazzolla and Mendelssohn. Warwick Reformed Church, Warwick. 544-5379. Ian Flanigan, Logan Callahan & James Hearne 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. 246-6328. Ian Flanigan, Logan Callahan & James Herne 8pm. Local singer-songwriters. Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. 246-6328. Justin Hayward: The Voice of the Moody Blues 8pm. $65/$55/$45. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5900. Pitchfork Militia 9pm-midnight. With a blend of country, blues, rock and punk, the band terms itself “Apocabilly”. This rockin’ three piece is in turns funny, raging, satirical and silly. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Wild, Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk 10am-12:30pm. $5. Join Orange County Land Trust as we explore Birnberg Preserve for greens, herbs, berries, nuts and wildflowers that grow in the wild! Birnberg Preserve, Chester.

PETS The Fast and the Furious: Falcon and Cheetah Meet and Greet 3-6:30pm. $25-$100. Spend an afternoon with a cheetah and birds of prey to benefit wildlife conservation efforts by Cheetah Conservation Fund. Tom Cullen, Goshen. 546-0845. THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Fiction and Personal Narrative Reading by Participants in Nancy Kline’s Library Workshop 5pm. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693. Forging the Double Calipers Two-day class. Make your own set of double calipers, plus the tooling you learn to make to construct it. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Leslie Giuliani: Paper Lithography with Encaustic and Pigment Sticks 9am-5pm. $130. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. Repair Cafe: Kingston 11am-3pm. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. Mechanical, electrical, electronic & digital; clothing & jewelry; things made of wood. You can even get a book repaired. An expert level of repair and great place to meet your neighbors. Coffee & tea free; baked goods & fruit in our Cafe. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston. 339-2526. Indoor Painting Class 9:30am-noon. $150 series/$30 class. 6-week class with Mira Fink. Location available, High Falls. 338-6503.

SUNDAY 15 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Windham Bridal Expo 11am-4pm. Windham Mountain Resort Bridal Expo welcomes Brides, Grooms and Families to meet and greet with local Bridal and Prom professionals. Windham Mountain Resort, Windham. (518) 734-4300. DANCE Swing Dance to Live Music Third Sunday of every month, 6:30-9pm. Beginners’ Lesson 6-6:30; band 6:30-9:00; sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Love It or Swap It 12-4pm. $25. Women’s clothing Swap and Sale to benefit Sinterklaas-Hudson Valley. Primrose Hill School, Rhinebeck.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION 10th Annual Safe Harbors Off-Broadway 5K 9am. $30/$40 day-of/$10 students. This event boasts stunning views of the Hudson River and the famous architecture of Newburgh’s historic district. Registration 7a.m. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-6940. Safe Harbors of the Hudson OffBroadway 5K 8am. $40/$30 in advance/$10 student K-12 grade. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-6940. SPAC Rock and Run 7:30am. Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, and Kids 50 Yard Dash. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

THEATER Gidion’s Knot 2-3:30pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try

HEALTH & WELLNESS Free Community Holistic Healthcare Day Third Tuesday of every month, 4-8pm. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-served basis upon check-in. Though no money/insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. Marbletown Community Center, Stone ridge. LECTURES & TALKS Pathways to Prevention: Healthy Hike 5:30-7pm. Join CMH Physical Therapist Corey Smith and get advice on how to stay active and use physical therapy to avoid or treat nagging injurie. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105.

FILM Life… One Song at a Time 8pm. Marc will bring his live, solo show, a rollicking multi-media confessional to Woodstock’s Upstate Films. Upstate Films, Woodstock. 679-6608.

Aum Chant 12:30-2pm. $10. We will chant the Aum fifty minutes, sit for a short while in silent meditation and then share our hearts and voices in sacred song. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Chamber Music Series: Opus One 3pm. $15/$25. Opus One brings together four of the leading musicians of our time, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5900. Chanting with the Spirit Brothers Band 10:30am-noon. $10. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Drew Bordeaux 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Festival Choir Spring Concert 7-9pm. All are welcome to enjoy this mostly Mozart program, performed by the Community Choir with guest soloists and an orchestra of accomplished musicians. Reception following. Lyall Memorial Federated Church, Millbrook. 677-3485. The Klezmatics 5pm. $40/$30 in advance/$20 students. Congregation Shir Chadash’s annual spring concert. Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie. 462-7600 ext. 201. Opus One 3pm. Hudson Valley Performing Arts Foundation Chamber Music Series. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 610-5335. Sloan Wainwright CD Release 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Soprano Julie Ziavras 3-5pm. Broadway show tunes and other fun music, accompanied by pianist/composer Steve Margoshes. Middletown Thrall Library, Middletown. 341-5454. Sunday Brunch: Willa McCarthy Band 10am-2pm. Blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

THURSDAY 19 COMEDY Rickey Smiley 8pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival Third Thursday of every month, 4:30-10pm. Local food trucks from the Hudson valley makes their most delicious dishes. There is live music, a great selection of microbrew beers & children entertainment. Bring your family, friends & anyone who might like to eat & drink. Cantine memorial field, Saugerties. 399-2222.

LECTURES & TALKS Artist Talk with John Kleinhans and Paula Nelson on “Working Together” 2pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.

Alan Broadbent Trio 7pm. Piano jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Lyme Wellness Workshop Series Third Wednesday of every month, 122pm. New Paltz Community Center, New Paltz. 255-3631.

Towne Crier Dance Jam 7pm. $10. Kick off the weekend dancing to a rich mix of familiar, much loved songs in a wide variety of genres, rhythms and moods, along with lesser known, but equally thrilling music by the masters. We feature R&B, soul, funk, reggae, blues, Latin (all styles), rock and much more. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 765-0667.

Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls.

MUSIC The Klezmatics 5-7:30pm. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and $20 for students. Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie. 232-1029.

SPIRITUALITY A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. A study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

DANCE Hip Hop Theater 7pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

High Falls Flea Market 9am-4pm. Art, antiques, collectibles, crafts and unique treasures. Grady Park, high falls. 810-0471.

Deep Air: Matthew Friday & Cara Benson 1-3pm. $10/members free. “Deep Air” is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Sip & Paint for a Cause with Vine Van Gogh 7-9:30pm. $45. Sip, paint & fundraise with Vine Van Gogh to support Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Umberto’s Mamma Marisa, Poughkeepsie.

Gardiner Cupcake Festival In 1796, Amelia Simmons alluded to the cupcake when she wrote a recipe calling for “a cake to be baked in small cups” in her American Cookery. The earliest known documentation of the use of the word cupcake can be traced back to Eliza Leslie’s cookbook written in 1828. Started in 2009, the Gardiner Cupcake Festival offers over 30,000 different cupcakes to choose from. The event, held at Wright’s Farm, will begin with the Gardiner 5K Cupcake Classic—a run winding through apple and pear orchards. There will also be food, live music, local vendors, and wine tasting. Cupcake enthusiasts can sign up beforehand to enter the amateur cupcake contest, which holds categories for the besttasting chocolate cupcake, the best-tasting candy-bar-inspired cupcake, the best animaldecorated cupcake, and the best Star Wars-themed cupcake. Among the vendors will be Woodstock’s Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, Deising’s Bakery from Kingston, Kupcake Kouture from New Jersey, and many others. This event will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 12 to 6pm at Wright’s Farm in Gardiner. to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. . 2pm. $20/$10 students. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill.

MONDAY 16 HEALTH & WELLNESS Grief: A Primer 2pm. Speakers: Clinical Social Worker Beth Alter and Dr. Ellen Marx, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. MUSIC Joe Louis Walker & Friends! Featuring Dylan Doyle 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Tani Tabal Trio 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Coaching for Transformation: A Sampler 7:30pm. Learn about this professional coaching program, designed for those who value diversity, inclusion, and positive social change. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

TUESDAY 17 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Mental Health America of Dutchess County 62nd Annual Meeting 11am-2pm. $35/$20 members/$15 students. Featuring keynote speaker, Wambuti Bahati, Broadway actress, public speaker, and authorgives a presention entitled, “What I Forgot to Remember” (My Life Before, During, After, Above and Beyond Mental Illness). Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie. 462-4600.

LITERARY & BOOKS Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. MUSIC Frenchy and the Punk 8pm-midnight. $8. Also performing: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. The Anchor, Kingston. 853-8124. Open Mike 7-10pm. Join host Ben Rounds and take your shot at becoming the next Catskills Singing Sensation! Emerson Organic Spa, Mount Tremper. 688-2828.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Path to Entrepreneurship Program 5:30-8pm. Do You Have What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur? Howland Public Library, Beacon. 363-6432.

WEDNESDAY 18 LECTURES & TALKS Puppetry and Politics in 1939 6:30-7:30pm. Screening of 19 minute documentary, Puppetry and Politics in 1939: The Vagabond Puppeteers involving interviews with Pete Seeger. Short presentation and Q & A with film’s director, Winifred Lambrecht. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. MUSIC Roots & Blues Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

FILM The Sunshine Boys 1pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. LECTURES & TALKS Invasive Species 7pm. Learn to spot, remove, and destroy non-native species that threaten the environment & human health. Presented by Mid-Hudson Sierra Club. Boughton Place, Highland. 679-2036. LITERARY & BOOKS William Stolzenburg presents Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. MUSIC The Acquaintances 7pm. Acoustic. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Connor Kennedy & Minstrel’s Third Thursdays 7pm. Roots rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Milk Carton Kids 7:30pm. Folk harmony duo. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Miranda Lambert 7:30pm. $39-$120. Country. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 866-781-2922.

NIGHTLIFE Sip & Paint with Vine Van Gogh 7-9pm. $45. Sip, paint & make memories with Vine Van Gogh. Tuthill House, Gardiner. THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers 4:30-6:30pm. Caregivers and professionals will discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middlestage of Alzheimer’s. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. (800) 272-3900. Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. Solarize Saugerties Commuity Information 7-9pm. Learn how going solar can be simple and affordable. Saugerties Senior Center, Saugerties.



Clockwise from top left: Art from the 25th anniversary show at Carrie Haddad Gallery: Dale Goffigon's Sphinx I; Leigh Palmer's Opening No. 54; Leon Smith's Tribal,;and Ginny Fox's C15-3; Carrie Haddad and artist Mark Beard.


Carrie Haddad (left) and two installation views of the gallery.

Carrie On When the Carrie Haddad Gallery opened in May 1991, it was the only art venue in Hudson. As of last year, there were 32 galleries in the city. “When we first started, probably the most expensive piece we had was $500; now it’s the least expensive piece we have!” Haddad laughs. She helped found the yearly ArtsWalk in 1992, which installed art in storefronts up and down Warren Street, many of which were empty. The festival would spill out into the street itself, where local kids would draw portraits of visitors for a dollar. “The ArtsWalk really helped dispel the fear that Hudson was dangerous,” Haddad remembers. Haddad reached the art world by a circuitous route. Born in San Francisco, she studied dance, touring with the Stanze Peterson Dance Theatre. Haddad arrived in New York City in 1973, “to become a famous dancer,” also working as a model and an actress. Then she married, had two children, and moved to Red Hook, her husband’s hometown. Her first commercial venture in Hudson was an electrical supply company, which she started with her brother-in-law. “It was definitely not for me,” she observes. Hudson has changed dramatically since the gallery opened. “In 1991 there were a lot of bars and whorehouses,” Haddad recalls. “When we first started sending out press releases, the Register-Star wouldn’t print them.” Luckily, interior designers shopping at the local antique shops were also looking for paintings. Hudson’s gay community expanded in the `90s, partially attracted by the historic architecture. “We call it ’a college town for old people’—except now we have a lot of young people, `cause they got kicked out of Brooklyn.” (Many of the newcomers, in fact, are artists.) When Haddad’s gallery opened, there were only two restaurants in Hudson; now there are 25. Ten years ago, Haddad herself moved to Hudson. About five years ago, she began opening her gallery seven days a week. “I think everybody here who has a business

should be open every day—not just CVS!” she remarks. Around the same time, Haddad became affiliated with the website, enabling her to sell to collectors in Russia, England, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Haddad has a genuine, informal style. Recently, she asked to see a price list in a gallery on 57th Street in Manhattan and was subjected to an interrogation by a gallery official. “We don’t do that,” she remarks. “If someone wants to use the bathroom, we let them!” Though Haddad is not actively seeking new artists, she makes a point of visiting the website of any artist who approaches her. “I owe it to them to look at their work, and respond with a comment. And sometimes I end up falling in love with their work, and I do show them.” The current exhibit “Point of Intersection,” celebrating the gallery’s 25th anniversary, features four artists working in different media. Scott Nelson Foster paints minimalist black-and-white watercolors of small-town streetscapes. Dai Ban makes angular offbalance sculptures. Christopher Engel produces colorful abstractions resembling aerial photography. Paul Chojnowski creates figurative “fire paintings” on plywood with a blowtorch. The gallery’s second floor displays a selection of photography. Most of Haddad’s artists live within 50 miles of the gallery. “I like the sensibility of Hudson Valley artists. I find an optimism in their work that I don’t necessarily see in someone living in Manhattan. You’re not going to find someone making Piss Christ here,” Haddad says, referring to Andres Serrano’s notorious photo of a crucifix in urine. “Point of Intersection” will be at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson until May 22. (518) 828-1915; —Sparrow


FRIDAY 20 FAIRS & FESTIVALS Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. LECTURES & TALKS Introductory Sessions 9-11am. Watch a short video about Waldorf Education, tour the school’s 11-acre campus, and speak to Administrators and faculty. Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge. 356-2514 ext. 311. LITERARY & BOOKS Authors Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder, and Shannon Rothenberger Flynn 7pm. Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples, Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Storytelling with Janet Carter 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

SATURDAY 21 BUSINESS & NETWORKING How to Become More Profitable Using QuickBooks 8:30am-3pm. $49.95. Ulster BOCES, Port Ewen. 363-6432. DANCE Beacon Fringe Festival: Anna Mayta Fusion Dance 9-10pm. A soulful, Fusion dance performance. New choreographies by Anna Mayta in collaboration with SolesBare Dance Collective, Laura Stokes and Musician Myael Simpkins. Including dances from The D’amby Project. Downtown Beacon, Beacon. 224-1509. Jennifer Muller: The Works at Kaatsbaan 7:30-9:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2. Soulful and Joyful Dance Celebration 8-9:30pm. $12. A soulful and joyful dance performance produced by Anna Mayta. Center for Creative Education, Beacon. 416-2605.

LECTURES & TALKS Amy Goodman 7:30pm. $10/$105 6:30pm dinner event. Join the producer and host of the daily independent news program Democracy Now!The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. (518) 272-2390. LITERARY & BOOKS Dana Katz and Mary Trish Cina: Restorative Justice in Practice 5pm. Working to keep juveniles out of family court and the juvenile justice system, the Juvenile Community Accountability Board (JCAB) is part of the One80 diversion program of Ulster County. The JCAB program is designed to help youth understand the impact of their actions in a non-judgmental, non-punitive manner based on restorative justice principles. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-4693. Used Book Sale 9am-4pm. Thousands of books are available, with low prices of $1 for hardbacks, CDs, and DVDs (3 for $2); 50¢ for paperbacks and LPs; 25¢ for all children’s items; and 10¢ for

MUSIC Abby Hollander Band 8pm. $10. Singer/songwriter Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. The Bar Spies 8:30pm. Classic rock. Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie. 471-7026. Bruce Katz Band with Chris Vitarello 7pm. Blues, soul, jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Esencia 8pm. Latin jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Figgs and The Upper Crust Double Bill 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Grand Funk Railroad 8pm. $60-$74. Classic rock. 8-9:30pm. $60/$64/$74. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel is singer Marx Carl, a rock veteran from 38 Special, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, keyboardist Tim “Dr. Tim”. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. 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. Unplugged Open Mike 7:30-9pm. $5. Are you a musician, poet, dancer, creator or a spontaneous unscripted performer looking to take the stage? Performers will have 10 minutes to display their talents on stage. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

NIGHTLIFE Vine Van Gogh 7-9pm. $45. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. SPIRITUALITY Angel Attunement Meditation 7-8:30pm. $15. Join Psychic Medium George Koury for a special introductory event. Crystal Essence, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2595. Shamanic Drum Circle 7-9pm. $20. Shamanic Journeying is an ancient technique used to deepen ones spiritual connections. TDreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Fusing Media 9am-5pm. $480/$85 materials fee. Photography & encaustic with Wayne Montecalvo. Three-day workshop. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Second Annual Short Play Festival Featuring plays expressing human social issues such as onlinedating, untimely teen death, and cross-dressing bus drivers, this event showcases the works written by eight Hudson Valley writers at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck. CENTERstage Productions hosts this Warrior Productions event from Friday, May 6, to Sunday, May 8. Some of the plays include “Caterpillars That Turn Into Birds” by Samantha Enright, “A Change in Climate” by Nadeen Currie, and “Voices” by Marcia Slatkin. Tickets are $10.

Third Saturday Contra Dance Party Third Saturday of every month, 7:30-10:30pm. $10/$5 full time students. Dances are taught, if you are new try to get there on time; the earlier dances are easier. Somewhat like square dance, but always with live music which sounds like jazzy Celtic music! A caller leads dancers through a variety of easily learned and fun dances. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie. 473-7050.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS The Flea Market 9am-4pm. Come check out our selection of vendors and maybe get some pizza. The Flea Market at Angela’s Pizza, Lake Katrine. Https:// Great Outdoors Sports Expo 10am-5pm. Sponsored by Thruway Sporting Goods. The event will have an emphasis on a variety of outdoor activities and sports. James Olley Community Park, Walden. 778-3535 ext. 172. Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. Hudson Valley Hullabaloo 10am-6pm. $10 premier/$2/kids under 12 free. The Hullabaloo is a design-focused, hip-andhappening, modern craft fair whose mission is to introduce local artists, craftspeople, and designers to a community experiencing a renaissance as a center for the arts. Cantine Memorial Field, Saugerties. 750-8801.

FILM The Graduate 7pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040.

magazines and VHS tapes. The sale helps raise funds to support library programs, such as the popular children’s Super Saturday series. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

MUSIC David Kraai 7-10pm. David Kraai swings by this excellent restaurant, bakery and beer & wine bar two sets of fine country folk music. Bread & Bottle, Red Hook. 758-3499. David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti live 6-9pm. No cover. Country folk music with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel. Orange County Distillery at Brown Barn Farms, New Hampton. 651-2929. Dead on the Tracks Grateful Dead Dance Party 8:30-11pm. Dead On the Tracks is a five piece tribute band to The Grateful Dead performing authentic sets of their music and related material from Bob Dylan,Phish, Neil Young, and more. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Hudson Valley Throwback Music Fest 7-11pm. $40-$75. Don’t miss your chance to see Method Man and Redman, two of the most prolific and highly-regarded rappers in the hiphop music scene since the ‘90s. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Indian Music Concert 7:30-9:30pm. $20. Shakir Khan is one of the most promising young products of the legendary Etawah Gharana, and is an 8th generational link in an unbroken chain of musical tradition poured exclusively into the sitar and surbahar. Woodstock Yoga Center, Woodstock. 679-8700. Payne’s Grey Sky 8pm. 8pm. Alternative. Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. 246-6328.

Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion 7pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Tara O’Grady & Her Black Velvet Band 8pm. $20-$24. A romantic vintage jazz and swing band that will transport you to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Spring Fling to Benefit Hudson Opera House 6pm. Cocktails and dinner followed by live music by The Ebony Hillbillies. Churchtown Dairy, Churchtown. OUTDOORS & RECREATION Heroes Bike Run 9am-3pm. $20/$30 doubles/$5 non-riders. Come show your support for our local veterans at BBG&G Advertising’s second annual Heroes Bike Run. Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery. 615-9084. Moonwalk at Moonbeams Preserve 8:30pm. $5. Orange County Land Trust volunteer guide and naturalist Gary Keeton will lead an evening stroll. Native Plant Sale 9am-1pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Pine Plains Garden Club Plant Sale 9am-noon. Annuals, perennials, herbs, flowers for a sunny or shady area and new this year “Tea Cup” planters will be on sale. Pine Plains Town Gazebo, Pine Plains. Skyscape Series: Blue Moon Hike 8-9pm. $10/$5 members. Join environmental educator Fran Martino for a night hike on the wide and gravel carriage roads. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext.105. SPIRITUALITY Learn to Channel: Receive Guidance For Yourself Or Others 10am-5pm. $150/$130 early reg. Two-day worshop. Channeling encompasses a variety of endeavors. “Intuition” is a form of channeling—you channel your inner knowing. You will learn to open to, and learn to trust, the higher guidance that is available to all of us all the time. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Women’s Full Moon Gathering 7pm. $10 exchange. Our Circle is a gathering of women, coming together to draw upon the powerful, rich energies of the full moon. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206. THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Community Clay Day Third Saturday of every month, 1-3pm. $6. Art Centro, Poughkeepsie. 454-4525. Repair Cafe: New Paltz 10am-2pm. The 3rd anniversary of this experiment in repair culture in New Paltz. Bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired for free. Mechanical & electrical items; electronic & digital; clothing & jewelry; things made of wood; dolls & stuffed animals. Plus a supervised Kids Take-Apart Area. Coffee & tea free; baked goods & fruit in our Cafe. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Small Metals Series: Stone Setting Two-day class. This Small Metals course for the home studio covers many stone setting techniques: making a bezel for a cabochon, tube setting for faceted stones, and prong settings. Instructor Darren Fisher will show you how to use sterling silver, fine silver, bronze and copper for your designs. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Spring “Plein Air” Outdoor Painting Class 9:30am-noon. $150 series/$30 class. 6-week class with Mira Fink. Location available, High Falls. 338-6503.

SUNDAY 22 FAIRS & FESTIVALS High Falls Flea Market 9am-4pm. Art, antiques, collectibles, crafts and unique treasures. Grady Park, high falls. 810-0471. Hudson Valley Fair 1-10pm. $7. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Full Day Tai Chi Workshop 9am-3:30pm. $12/$20/$35/$40. Join Martha Cheo for a partial or full day of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. LECTURES & TALKS Making Waves—Sounds of the Future 2pm. $15. Edgar Choueiri brings his binaural audio set-up to Time & Space Limited’s Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Brentano String Quartet 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. David Kraai & Amy Laber live 2-5pm. No cover. Country folk music. Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills. 928-5384. Making Waves: Sounds of the Future 2pm. $15. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. A Roots Music Celebration 3pm. $25/$22 seniors/$10 students. With the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Gwen Gould, featuring Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, and the Strawberry Hill Fiddlers. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 266-3517. Sunday Strings Music Series: Amaranthus String Quartet 2-3:30pm. $20. Music of Beethoven, Borodin, and Mozart. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. SPIRITUALITY Quaker Meeting Open for NY “Sacred Sites” Event 12:30-3pm. Quakers will host an informal open house and will guide tours of their 1790 Meeting House as part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual “Sacred Sites Open House.” Quaker Meeting House, Cornwall. (973) 868-3577. THEATER Gidion’s Knot 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 for patrons 21 and under. A grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher try to come to grips with a 5th-Grader’s tragic suicide. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Artful Hikes: Photographic Hike and Rice Paper Prints 3-5pm. $20/$15 members. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105. Block Printing on Fabric 10am-3:30pm. $135. Have you ever wanted to print your own fabric for your craft and DIY projects? Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. introduction-to-wooden-spoon-carving.

MONDAY 23 MUSIC Renku: Michael Attias/John Hebert/ Satoshi Takeshi 8pm. Jazz. Quinn’s, Beacon.

TUESDAY 24 MUSIC Open Mike 7-10pm. Join host Ben Rounds and take your shot at becoming the next Catskills Singing Sensation! Emerson Organic Spa, Mount Tremper. 688-2828. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Coaching for Transformation: A Sampler 7:30pm. Learn about this professional coaching program, designed for those who value diversity, inclusion, and positive social change. Gain valuable communication tools you can use right away. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

WEDNESDAY 25 KIDS & FAMILY Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Fruit & Veggie Prints 3-5pm. $10/child. Come anytime within the 2-hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch. Ages 3-5. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105. LECTURES & TALKS Local Author Talk with Carol Goodman 6:30-7:30pm. From the award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages comes River Road- a chilling new psychological thriller that takes place in upstate New York. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. MUSIC Anderson Ponty Band 7:30pm. $35/$45/$55. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

SPIRITUALITY A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. A study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

THURSDAY 26 MUSIC Gong Bath with David Karlberg 7-9pm. $15 suggested donation. Enjoy deep relaxation. Boughton Place, Highland. 325-0648. The High Falls Cafe 11th Anniversary BBQ & Pig Roast 2-6pm. Join us for a day of great food and live music! The music starts at 2:00 and the pig is ready at 4:00. Musical acts include Breakaway featuring Robin Baker, Jude Roberts, The Hackers, and more. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers 4:30-6:30pm. Caregivers and professionals will discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middlestage of Alzheimer’s. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. (800) 272-3900.

FRIDAY 27 FAIRS & FESTIVALS 4th Annual Uke Fest A family-friendly weekend of workshops and fun for every player level from beginners on up, with Gerald Ross, Ben Hassenger, Victoria Vox, Paul Hemmings, Del Rey and Rachel Manke. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. KIDS & FAMILY Toddlers on the Trail: Wildflowers and Critters 10am-noon. Explore the forest searching for wildflowers and critters. Bring water and snacks. Please leave your pets aParticipants should meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. LECTURES & TALKS The Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture: Author Joe Klein 6pm. Presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. LITERARY & BOOKS Craig Harris presents Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. MUSIC David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti 6-9pm. David Kraai doles out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle. Orange County Distillery at Brown Barn Farms, New Hampton. 651-2929. Don Felder 8pm. Classic rock. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039. An Evening At The Hotel California: Don Felder 8-10pm. $50/$60/$70. Don Felder is a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Hudson’s Crew 8pm. 8pm. Alternative. Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. 246-6328. JP Patrick & Friends 9:30pm. Blues, rock and jazz. 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Mark Raisch 6pm. Swing/big band. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park. 486-7770. Singer/Songwriter Richard McGraw 8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Soñando 7pm. Latin jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Sundad 8pm. Acoustic. Bean Runner Cafe, Peekskill, United States. 9147371701.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Art & Activism: A Workshop for AgentProvocateurs Through May 30. Spend an inspiring weekend with artists and fellow provocateurs to connect your creativity to action with Joe Raiola and Patty Goodwin. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.

MAYfest: Music, Art & Yoga Festival 3-11pm. MAYfest is a 2 day-3 night, familyfriendly festival centered around Music, Art, & Yoga. Festival goers can customize their experience & immerse themselves into their yoga practice, their love for music & explore their creative side with our art programs. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 254-4444.

SATURDAY 28 DANCE Jessica Lang Dance 7:30-9:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2. FAIRS & FESTIVALS 4th Annual Uke Fest A family-friendly weekend of workshops and fun for every player level from beginners on up, with Gerald Ross, Ben Hassenger, Victoria Vox, Paul Hemmings, Del Rey and Rachel Manke. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Brewfest on the Farm at Pennings Farm 2-6pm. $60/$20 DD. Connecting beer enthusiasts with the best in American craft beers on the farm, proudly bringing together more than 50 breweries and cideries for our 5th annual Brewfest on the Farm. An afternoon of beer tasting, live music and local food high up in the apple orchard-breathtaking views of the Warwick Valley. Pennings Farm Market & Orchards, Warwick. 986-1059. The Flea Market 9am-4pm. Come check out our selection of vendors and maybe get some pizza. The Flea Market at Angela’s Pizza, Lake Katrine. Https:// Rubber Duck & Crazy Boat Race & Festival 11am-4pm. 500 Rubber Ducks race down Gooseberry Creek. 11 am launch. Purchase a duck, 1st three winning ducks receive cash prize. Crazy Boat Race at 2pm on Rip Van Winkle Lake. Decorate a boat or anything that floats. Join the fun. Festival all day w/music & crafts. Downtown Tannersville, Tannersville. (518) 858-9094.

FOOD & WINE The Tasty History Series: 1872 3-5pm. $30/$25 members. This new threepart series will explore dining & drinking customs from three pivotal years in Olana’s history. Series continues on Saturday, June 25 celebrates 1966 & Saturday, July 23 celebrates 2016. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105. LITERARY & BOOKS Craig Harris presents Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow 1pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Laura Ludwig Presents Poetry and Performance Art 6:30pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

MUSIC David Kraai & the Saddle Tramps 8pm. Americana. 8-11pm. Country rock. 8pm. Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. 246-6328. Luna 8pm. Indie-rock. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Shadetree Mechanics: Blues for Peace 9:30pm. $10. “Blues for Peace” is a grass roots movement of musicians, music promoters and music venues, or anybody who wants to be involved to promote peace. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Sitar Concert 7-9pm. $15/10 students. It is always with great joy that we present an ev Sitar Concert by Partha Bose, accompanied on tabla by Indranil Mallick. Shanti Mandir, Walden. 778-1008. Uke Fest Concert 8pm. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Vaneese Thomas 7pm. Blues jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Wali Ali Band 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale 9am-4pm. Hundreds of plants on sale. Vanderbilt Garden Association Inc., Hyde Park. 229-6432.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Story Walk Opening Day 9am-1pm. The Story Walk allows families to read their way along the Meadow trail with beautiful illustrations and nature references. At 1 and 2:30 meet one of the animals from the book and at 1:30 and 3 take a guided walk along Story Walk Trail. Crafts and snacks for the kids throughout the afternoon. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. SPIRITUALITY Hudson Valley Psychic Saturday Meetup 3pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. THEATER Musical: Hubert’s Block 8pm. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES MAYfest: Music, Art & Yoga Festival 8am-11pm. MAYfest is a 2 day-3 night, family-friendly festival centered around Music, Art, & Yoga. Festival goers can customize their experience & immerse themselves into their yoga practice, their love for music & explore their creative side with our art programs. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 254-4444. Spring “Plein Air” Outdoor Painting Class 9:30am-noon. $150 series/$30 class. 6-week class with Mira Fink. Location available, High Falls. 338-6503.

SUNDAY 29 FAIRS & FESTIVALS 4th Annual Uke Fest A family-friendly weekend of workshops and fun for every player level from beginners on up, with Gerald Ross, Ben Hassenger, Victoria Vox, Paul Hemmings, Del Rey and Rachel Manke. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. High Falls Flea Market 9am-4pm. Art, antiques, collectibles, crafts and unique treasures. Grady Park, high falls. 810-0471. KIDS & FAMILY Sunday Art Studios: Sketch Like Church 10am-noon. These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 105. MUSIC Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express 3pm. Smokin’ Pony BBQ, Saugerties. 246-6328. OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS 8th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration A concert to benefit Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and John Herald Fund. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale 9am-4pm. Hundreds of plants on sale. Vanderbilt Garden Association Inc., Hyde Park. 229-6432. WORKSHOPS & CLASSES MAYfest: Music, Art & Yoga Festival 8am-11pm. MAYfest is a 2 day-3 night, family-friendly festival centered around Music, Art, & Yoga. Festival goers can customize their experience & immerse themselves into their yoga practice, their love for music & explore their creative side with our art programs. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 254-4444.

MONDAY 30 FAIRS & FESTIVALS 4th Annual Uke Fest A family-friendly weekend of workshops and fun for every player level from beginners on up, with Gerald Ross, Ben Hassenger, Victoria Vox, Paul Hemmings, Del Rey and Rachel Manke. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. MUSIC UHS Trio 8pm. Jazz. Quinn’s, Beacon. OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale 9am-4pm. Hundreds of plants on sale. Vanderbilt Garden Association Inc., Hyde Park. 229-6432.

TUESDAY 31 MUSIC Open Mike 7-10pm. Join host Ben Rounds and take your shot at becoming the next Catskills Singing Sensation! Emerson Organic Spa, Mount Tremper. 688-2828.


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Mars Retrograde: What Do You Want? “My definition of learning is discovering that something is possible.” —Fritz Perls


ur planet began its passage between Mars and the Sun recently, which astrologers call Mars retrograde. That started April 17 and ends June 29. Mars is rarely retrograde, so this qualifies as a special event. It will be retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio, and my horoscope will describe some of the particulars as they manifest by sign and rising sign. We inherit Mars from its Roman origins as the god of war. In contemporary astrology, Mars is the planet of desire, drive, and aspiration, and potentially of violence and domination. Without whatever Mars symbolically represents in the psyche, nothing would go anywhere. With healthy Mars, one is motivated, and connected to one’s motives, and acts on them, more or less appropriately (and concepts of appropriateness constitute a central problem with the expression of Mars). When Mars is working well, it’s about expressing the power of decision more than anything else. Mars can also represent curiosity, which is the intellect asserting itself into the environment (that of self, or that of the world around us). There are two other possibilities. One is that Mars is allowed to run wrangle, trampling over people and things. This might come as aggression, greed, or transgression, which we see plenty of in the world today. Toxic Mars can be found lots of places, especially here in the age of the suicide bomber, stop-andfrisk, and the preemptive strike. Another possibility is that Mars is turned against itself. An example of this is when a person has been pruned or transgressed (what we call “abused” in current parlance) and, naturally, they resent having been treated this way. Then, unable to push back, they turn that resentment onto themselves. This is really a form of self-directed attack, which usually manifests as guilt or depression. It can last a lifetime if not recognized and healed, and many people are walking around in this situation. The way I see it, one’s experience of Mars falls into one of three main camps: a conscious, mediated response to desire; attacking 106 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 5/16

One of many Mars rovers, sent up by curious Earthlings.

others; or attacking oneself. There can be some combination, but usually one of these states dominates. I would propose that most people fall into the third category, living lives of guilty pleasures, self-criticism, resentment, and restraint that block the ability to express creativity or desire. I cannot even count the number of clients who have told me they stayed in a relationship or marriage 15 years too long, knowing they were miserable. That’s one metric. You can also hear it in how people speak about the things they want to do or like to do. How many times have you been asked what you want, only to ask yourself what you’re allowed to want? Or to ponder what you will give yourself permission to want? For many, it seems like the moment desire is evoked, it provokes some form of self-regulation or guilt. Desires are often substituted. If sex is considered bad, then chocolate might seem to suffice. This whole game eclipses an honest expression of one’s existence. It’s no mystery that desire is a point of conflict, however. There seem to be two major forces working in society. One is advertising, which is stoking the fire of desire like sugar stokes the growth of cancer. Advertising is intended to drive desire out of control, fueled by the greed of the advertiser. It can be manipulative—you don’t sell Mountain Dew; you sell sex on the beach. You don’t sell beer; you sell the most interesting man in the world. The second, counteracting, force is typically some form of religion, which is supposedly all about restricting desire. Religion figured out that core desire is sexual on the level of biology, and so it has long sought to inflict a specific injury to erotic feelings, including erotic curiosity—to shut down all natural feelings and inquisitiveness. This is often coupled with a direct attack on the biological realm: brainwashing us that the body and all its feelings are bad. This process of injury is also used by seemingly secular society, which in the Western world closely tracks religious values. On what other grounds would a state legislature pass a law against sex toys? (That is the position of one of the leading presidential candidates.) Plenty of religious teaching comes through parents, school, the legal system, and various forms of peer enforcement.

When someone attempts to connect honestly with their desire, the result can be a seizure of guilt or conflict. And when advertising is designed—using all the power of psychology, art, music, and sexuality—to inflame desire, that desire typically swells into the thorns and barbs of guilt. That is an intentional formula for conflict—and that is one of the main contexts of our society, manifesting in countless, seemingly infinite ways. And now, Mars has just turned to retrograde motion; that is, it’s turning all of this into a question. The question—or perhaps the quest—begins in Sagittarius, a sign closely associated with “isms”; that is, with belief systems. True, that’s one of the less organic, culturally constructed manifestations of Sagittarius, which in its more natural forms is the sign of high adventure, aspiration, and exploration. But, calcified by religion and society at large, Sagittarius is more about what one is supposed to believe rather than what one actually, in fact, believes to be true. In its most honest form, Sagittarius is about a quest for that very experience of personal or universal truth, and Mars retrograde symbolizes precisely that. So we could say that the inner quest of Mars retrograde in Sagittarius is about an examination of every belief you hold, especially about yourself and your existence—a genuine inner quest for truth. Mars treads the astrological wheel of the zodiac backwards for 72 days. Approximately six weeks into that process, Mars retrogrades into Scorpio. Among the many ways to describe this sign are death and transformation, surrender, regeneration, and evolution. What most of that points to is sex. From ancient astrology, Scorpio is the sign that represents the genitals; and in modern astrology, the genetic process. That involves sexual reproduction and programmed cell death (called senescence). When we consider Scorpio as a biological function, we really do come back to sex and death. That alone is frightening; we often think about or want sex, and we often dread or obsess over death. Therefore, Scorpio also evokes all the feelings connected to these things. That is a complex world, and it’s directly related to profound feelings, deep mysteries, and deep attachments. After penetrating through the layers of constructed belief in search of some actual experience of faith, Mars is heading into what for most people is the murky, confused, and conflicted world of their response to their own biology. In doing so, my sense is that Mars is penetrating through layers of conditioning in search of the truth; and when it arrives there, that truth involves the most basic levels of existence, which are to be found in Scorpio. By existence I mean our relationship to existence and to the possibility of nonexistence. To go there directly is really a plunge. It’s going to require patience, awareness, and the willingness to let go of prejudices, especially about one’s own feelings. If you allow that to happen, the question that’s likely to come up is: What do you actually want from life? Recognizing the facts of existence (sex and death primary among them), what is your desire for your remaining time on Earth? If, for example, you recognize that you only get finite time in your body, what might you say that you want? Could you cut through some of the conflict and distraction? If you allow your biology to speak to you, what would it say? In this Mars retrograde, biology trumps belief. Mars ends up in Scorpio. Then it returns to Sagittarius, where belief can be reconsidered in light of biological bottom lines. You might consider desire outside the confines of what you believe is possible (that’s just more toxic Sagittarius). You might apply your curiosity to the experiment of what is possible—and consider learning as the discovery of what is possible. If you listen to your body, your desire, and your senses, you just might be surprised at what that includes.

In last month’s column, I compared the long-in-development, forthcoming Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries (first contact, June 9; last happened in 1928) to the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. That was the astrological or perhaps archetypal spark at the center of that thing we now call the Sixties. I wondered out loud whether astrologers at the time were aware of this event developing—however, I didn’t get it right. Based on the available information, I grossly underestimated how much astrologers knew in that era. Here’s how I found that out. Shortly after press time last month, Richard Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche, sent me a link to an article from 1965 written by the late, great Dane Rudhyar, wherein Rudhyar explains the conjunction that was about to change the world—or, by some metrics, already had, since by the time he was writing, JFK had been assassinated and the Beatles had already shown up in New York City. Both of these events were points of origination of the Sixties era, and are described by the UranusPluto conjunction that was then in the works. I mentioned Rudhyar, who was perhaps the most influential astrologer of the 20th century, helping to bring astrology out of medieval thinking and into a useful, contemporary context. He is best known for his book An Astrological Mandate. Writing about the first of three meetings of Uranus and Pluto that would take place later in 1965 and into 1966, he said in an article, “This should hardly be news to any person interested in astrology as the magazines have spoken for a long time of this aspect made more disquieting by an opposition to Saturn. So—now we have a direct reference to a discussion that was developing at the time. “We therefore are confronted with an extensive and prolonged situation, and it would be rather foolish to expect that this first Uranus-Pluto conjunction on October 9th, 1965 will end a process. It is more likely to begin one.” He refers back to the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 1821 and the immediately ensuing Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1850-51, which “paved the way, as it were, for what has slowly been unfolding until now.” Then Rudhyar wrote, adding his own emphasis in italics: “These two cycles were preludes; they marked critical states, the periods of transition between the old and the new. Now the real thing is about to happen, and obviously many people will not like it. “The institutionalized minds of political leaders, university regents, and boards of trustees or directors will fight against the change, just as classes and groups owning privileges and special positions have always fought against inevitable social, political, and cultural changes. But the new always wins in the end, tragic as may be the victory.” Yes indeed. He may as well have been browsing ahead into the next eight years of the New York Times.

How many times have you been asked what you want, only to ask yourself: What am I allowed to want?


••• This month’s column marks 20 years of consecutive monthly articles and horoscopes for Chronogram. I started writing horoscopes when the founders of this magazine, Jason Stern and Amara Projansky, were just getting their idea for a monthly events magazine going. My column in Chronogram has grown into something of an international phenomenon, and I’ve written your horoscopes and articles from many countries and regions of the US over the years. All during these years Chronogram has provided me with a steady place to publish, an educated audience, and the feeling of a solidly grounded home base for my work. Of note, this year is also the 20th anniversary of Chronogram’s editor, Brian Mahoney. CHRONOGRAM.COM READ Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column.


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No matter what you may think or feel about the progress you’re making, you are building toward an unusual breakthrough. By unusual I mean once-in-a-lifetime, though it may happen in slow motion, such that you don’t notice for a while. Astrology, however, can help align you with your moment. There is a process that’s helping you get there, which may lead you to feel as if you’re delaying or lagging behind, though that’s not true. Mars retrograde in Sagittarius is inviting, enticing or compelling you to question your deepest-held beliefs about existence, which means about yourself. The situation as I see it is that who you are becoming is bigger than your current beliefs can contain. When you cross the boundary of a belief, you can stir up conflict about “trying to do the impossible,” which can be self-limiting. Therefore, before you strive to exceed what you think of as your current limitations, you will need to investigate them. One relationship that you’re in the process of changing is how you coexist with time. It will help immensely if you remember the ways you’ve learned what is possible when you use time well. Part of your assignment is learning the personal discipline to do what must be done each day. Part is remaining connected to your long-term goal. When you put the two together, you are unstoppable.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) Your charts come back to one theme, which is connecting: with yourself, with someone (or more than one person) that you want to be closer to and, ultimately, with your purpose. Let’s take them one at a time. Connecting with yourself means going deeper into your own mind, led by curiosity. You are at the point where you can no longer stand being such a mystery to yourself. You may see aspects of yourself dramatized in your relationships, without recognizing it at first. Look for the parallels; allow the psychology of others and how they make decisions help you figure out what you actually want and need. As you do this, you’re likely to see the parallels between your approach to life and that of someone close to you. The term ‘absolute equality’ is coming to mind: I suggest you trust no concept of superiority, which also implies you living up to your end of any agreement as a matter both of honor and of dharma. This will be an exploration that’s likely to take you ever deeper into your feelings, your motives and your understanding of life. From this journey, you’re likely to get some information about purpose. Remember that, like the theme of a novel, purpose is usually implied rather than stated overtly. It’s something that you figure out, notice, and embrace in degrees, one day at a time.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) Once I wrote an article called “All Dogs Need Jobs.” Dogs want nothing more than to participate, which means having an assignment of some kind. This is an approach I suggest you apply to relationships as well. While the romantic notion of relationships is that they should exist for their own sake, I think that the lack of some agreed-upon purpose is where most relationships get lost. It could be a shared commitment to mutual happiness. It could be raising a family. It could be creating a business, or being missionaries in Zimbabwe. It could be giving one another the hottest sex ever. Whatever it is, I suggest that you define that thing as a tangible, observable purpose. You can proceed from this point with a commitment to explore, in what you might think of as a discovery process. First, notice what applying the concept of purpose does to your relationship and how you think about it. If you’re not currently in a partnership to which this applies, notice how it changes your thinking, or perhaps creates some apprehension. The reason I’m making this suggestion is that all relationships have a purpose, whether you’re aware of it or not, and whether you agree with your partner or not. The name of the game, in my view, is being fully connected to, devoted to, and responsive to a reason for being.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) Be conscious of how much effort you exert, and notice what energy gets what result or reward. There are two main approaches you might take for the next few weeks; one brings results with relatively little effort, and the other might lead you to work your buns off with few benefits. Since it so often happens that great effort leads to little return, you will need to pay attention, especially when something you do goes well. That is the direction in which to proceed. One distinction between easy and difficult probably involves cooperation. How you use the energy and brainpower provided by others, and made available to you, is a significant element in this story. How you feel when you try to go it alone will also be helpful. To put this simply, you would be wise to learn how to ask for assistance, to drum up some cooperation among your peers, and to offer yourself voluntarily when you notice you might be of service. Think of this as stimulating your local economy, of which you are part. Remember that little of any consequence or service to humanity was ever built or created by one person working independently. Let this be no affront to your pride, or to your sense of your self-worth. Indeed, the value you share and exchange with others is the one you can most vividly feel and relate to.

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LEO (July 22-August 23) You seem ready to take your professional life more seriously; your timing is good. You will make the greatest strides by using unconventional means. These days, unconventional (verging on really weird) involves actually calling someone on the phone, or showing up somewhere that you think might have an opportunity waiting or where you will gain experience or learn something new. Any error you make, or miscommunication you encounter, might contain an opportunity. Pause and look for what that might be; for example, if you get an email from someone by mistake, or dial the wrong company. Investigate what truth might exist within a misunderstanding. Notice whom you “just bump into.” You might also intentionally call up some old contacts and see what they have going on. All of this is predicated, of course, on you having some idea what you want to do and why you want to do it: some actual goal. I suggest, however, that this really be a top priority, something with substance and with lasting value. It’s likely to be something you’ve wanted to do for a long time, and are just connecting or reconnecting with. It will be worth every bit of your energy right now, though I suggest you aim high: consider your most important professional goal. And remember that you might get there in a way you were not expecting.





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VIRGO (August 23-September 23) You seem to be walking that fine line between idealistic and practical. They only conflict if they are disconnected from one another. If you align the two, you will tap some unusual alchemy. This in itself is a practical exercise. You might have something you’re dreaming of. Can you describe it in words? Can you sketch it? Can you put a price on it? How long might it take to create? If you can answer a few of those questions, you’re entering the realm of the pragmatic. You might subject any desire to that kind of test; consider that anything you cannot ground in some describable, physical coordinates merely to be wishful thinking. The sketch, the outline and the timeline mean more than you might imagine. Then of course there is the question of how you could pay for it all. Yet once you have a concrete plan that you can describe to another person, money takes second place to ingenuity and drive. It’s often said that the airplane was invented for about $1,000, though it’s more impressive if you remember that money came from the profits of a bicycle shop. As my Godmother used to say in all sincerity, where there is a will, there is a way. Yet the vital thing is the will: the focused mix of desire and intention that you consciously devote to a purpose. And yes, your friends might think that’s radical or weird.

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LIBRA (September 22-October 23) You can negotiate a better deal, though flexibility is a must. So, too, is a kind of optimism that you may not be feeling up to these days, though believe me when I tell you there is gold in them there hills. And not just gold: there is a potential meeting of the minds, on matters of real substance. Yet you must keep a positive frame of mind, and not allow frustration to get the best of you. Find reasons to rise above it; seek the ways to get hold of your mind and put your energy to work for you. You have plenty, if only you would tap into it creatively and constructively. If you find yourself blocked, look for workarounds. Slow your thoughts down; break complex tasks into steps; pause and ask yourself why you’re doing something. Most of all, use time as an ally rather than as an enemy. If you schedule things at a pace you can handle, and really ask yourself what has to be done by when, you will find your efforts easier to manage. But there is no substitute for understanding what you want, and what others want, and identifying the common ground between you. Those shared values are the basis of any real agreement, and you have plenty in common with key people in your life. They can easily be turned to mutual profit.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) A relationship seems to be changing shapes and sizes faster than you can keep up with it; this is an illusion. Beneath the top layer there is a solid foundation of consistency and stability. Yet you cannot deny that you need to take a fresh look at things, which could start with a few new ideas, and reviving a few old ones that have been left by the wayside. It will help to take a light-hearted approach and to remind yourself that if a relationship is not fun, then what is its real purpose? There’s another thing that might be coming up, which is what to do about attractions outside your primary relationship. These things happen to everyone, and they are real. You might face the question of whether to discuss them with a partner or love interest, or to keep them quiet. I think this conceals a deeper question: do you bring all of yourself, or just part of yourself, into your relationships? Do you experience yourself in sections or fragments, or do you experience yourself as one holistic entity? What you do attests to what you believe. It’s true that you may relate to different people different ways, though that’s a natural effect of when the energy fields of two unique beings meet. Give yourself space to be who you are at any moment.


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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22)

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You may be experiencing a side of yourself that you rarely admit to inwardly, much less talk about openly with others. You might, for example, be remembering desires that you left behind or forgot about long ago. You might feel drawn inward, and toward a form of self-discovery that you cannot explain to the people around you. There is no need to. You don’t have to distract yourself with the thought of what others might think. Within your own interior space, only your opinions and viewpoints count now. While you’re there, remember to be gentle. You don’t have to judge what you think, feel or want. You are free to assess and revise your most deeply held beliefs. In fact it’s the perfect time for that. Remember, though, that beliefs often serve as psychological stabilizing devices for what otherwise might be a shaky relationship to existence. You don’t have to worry about that. When you question your beliefs, you tend to build a stronger relationship to truth; that’s because what is untrue only interferes with what is true. You can, therefore, afford to be bold about this. Leave no stone unturned, no found scrap of paper unread, no door un-knocked upon. When you run into any difficulty, look for the belief that it’s not true, and notice whether what seemed to be a problem resolves, or turns to a gift.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) It’s often said that fear is misdirected creative energy—though have you ever experienced that discovery for yourself? Remember that theory is not experience, and rationalizing is not a substitute for understanding. If you want to actually prove something, you must actually experiment. What would it mean to choose something you’re afraid of, face it and dance with it? There seem to be two levels of fear operating in you right now. One you can use as an excuse. The other presents some kind of a block. It’s difficult to see the real block if you’re fixating on the excuse. So you might just pause the story-generation machine and ask yourself what it is you’re concerned might happen if you truly confront what you’re afraid of. I have an idea what that might be: you might have the fun and pleasure you want to have. You might, as in you would likely, experience the love you say you seek and so often search for. Yet if you did, you would have to rearrange your whole belief system. If you confronted one fear successfully, you would then naturally want to confront the rest of them, since you would then be certain they are a waste of precious time and energy. Now for the real question: why ever would you hesitate to do that?

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) It’s time to feather your own nest. You are doing much else besides: your chart in many ways describes what one might call public responsibilities, things that happen outside your own home and which are intended for the benefit or service of others. At the same time, you are advancing in society, or at least your chart describes that potential vividly. This comes with various ups and downs; peaks and lulls in effort; and greater or lesser results, depending on the day and the week. Make this work for you. For all its reputation as an android, the Aquarius solar chart is oriented with Taurus on your home angle, which is another way of saying solid, comfortable, and providing space for you, your friends and maybe a few critters. Living well, as you know, is the ultimate statement of your success. Planets are now gathered in Taurus, emphasizing the point. I suggest you make your home as beautiful as you feel inclined to. Invest resources there. Upgrade or replace what is worn. One large gesture in that regard (a new bed or bedding, for example) would remind you that you are, in reality, feathering your nest in the literal sense. Dig out your cupboards, clean them and replace what you don’t like with what you do like (all while praising the Goddess). The investment will come back to you manifold.


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(February 19-March 20)

Pause and assess the progress you’ve made the past year. Slow down on your quest to take new territory, and develop what you’ve already begun, and begun well. Mars and Saturn continue to emphasize the theme of leadership, which means taking responsibility for your own life. As part of this pattern, you are doing some challenging work of integrating who you are as a person with the mission you came here to fulfill. This is integration on the level of total synthesis: there can no longer be a distinction between “you” and “your mission” or you and your message. Yet to do this well requires a level of self-awareness for which there are few examples to follow. This is why I’m suggesting a review phase, which would include filling in some gaps you may have left in your development process, organizing your physical space, evaluating your resources and getting a little rest. You need enough distance on your situation to get a fresh perspective or two. Remember that the thing you’re doing now is combining long-range commitment with the knack for discipline in the moment. These are two of the most essential factors for success; the third is vision, which for you means revision. Mars retrograde through late June is taking that to a deep level: connecting emotionally with your deepest commitment to your chosen purpose.

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Noble Workers, Barbara Masterson, oil paint, 22” x 28”, 2016 Last May, plein air painter Barbara Masterson spent time painting in the fields of Hepworth Farms in Milton. Migrant workers on the farm captured her interest, and Masterson was drawn to portray them in her art. “I started including them in my landscapes. Gesturing them in, if you will. As the summer went on, I looked for them. I fell in love with them and got to know them. As winter came upon us and they left, they haunted me. In particular, one worker. So I started to paint him, large, in my studio,” says Masterson. Most of the Milton resident’s recent paintings document her surroundings and observations during that time. In Noble Workers, she uses oil paints with brushes; however, over the last two years, Masterson has challenged herself by not using any paintbrushes. Instead, she has used oil bars—blocks of paint—which she spreads with her fingers, and pieces of wood to create dense physical and emotional textures Masterson’s work is held in collections throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, and Guam. She lives with her partner on their certified organic farm B&L 4E Farms in Milton, raising cattle, beef, and chickens. Portfolio: —Diana Waldron



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