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Pierre Omidyar fights fake news, ice core meltdown, and other juicy tidbits.

23 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart compares Trump’s military forays to a certain movie from the ‘90s.

Susan Coleman cultivates a peaceful abode in Garrison.


This month, Diane Greenberg talks deer, lawns, and opossums.


ART OF BUSINESS 24 This month: Hawthorne Valley Association, Aqua Jet Pools and Spas, Hallenbeck Real Estate, Woodstock Music Shop, and Lighthouse Solar.

FOOD & DRINK 72 PLATES OF FATE Jenn and Seth Branitz moved from Long Island to New Paltz in 2006, bringing their dream of opening an organic cafe with them. Karma Road is now 10.


Peter D. Martin finds a hidden business sector in the region’s manufacturing base.


Hillary Harvey examines the policy agenda of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.



In a yang world, we can all use a little yin. Yin Yoga is a slow, meditative practice that encourages students to turn their focus inward.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE 77 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 78 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 80 WHOLE LIVING Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.


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Peter Aaron asks the boys from Geezer, a heavy trio composed of men of a certain age, the musical question: Is it true you’re never too old to rock `n’ roll?

PREVIEWS 87 Real Estate brings their mellow indie sounds to BSP Kingston on May 20.

Nightlife Highlights includes shows by The Super 400 and Locust Honey.

89 Hudson Opera House (now Hudson Hall) reopens after a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Reviews of Shoulda Known Better by Big Joe Fitz, Mountainside Wildflower by

91 Tobe Carey premieres his film on painter John Vanderlyn at SUNY Ulster on May 7.

Amy Laber, and Sun Killer by Shadow Witch.

92 The Chase Brock Experience is in residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

66 BOOKS: JOAN JULIET BUCK The former editor of Paris Vogue talks with Sari Botton about her career triumphs and humiliations, all laid bare in her recently published memoir, The Price of Illusion.

93 MAY Fest (Music, Art, Yoga) runs May 26-28 at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring. 94 On May 20, thousands of cupcakes will be eaten at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival. 95 Artists in Beacon invite the public in May 13-14 for Beacon Open Studios. 96 Known as the Woodstock of Eating, Smorgasburg returns to Kingston on May 20-21.


Leah Habib reviews Edie Meidav’s latest collection of short stories, Kingdom of the Young. Anne Pyburn Craig reviews Donald E. Westlake’s posthumously published Bond novel, Forever and a Death.



70 POETRY Poems by Evelyn Augusto, Elena Botts, Katie Cahill, Frank Inello,


What we talk about when we talk about overcoming the patriarchy. HOROSCOPES

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

Mary Kathryn Jablonski, James Croal Jackson, Kate Larson, Senna Levy,


Christine McCartney, Perry Nicholas, D. Rush, George J. Searles,


Regina Simmons, and Matthew Lyndon Wells. Edited by Phillip X. Levine.


Burst, a mixed media collage of recycled materials, by Linda Stillman.

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



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



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



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


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August 11–13 Chopin, the Piano, and Musical Culture of the 19th Century August 17–20 Originality and Influence An illuminating series of orchestral, choral, opera, and chamber concerts—as well as pre-concert talks and panel discussions—devoted to examining the life and times of the supreme “poet” of the piano, Fryderyk Chopin.

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EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Brian K. Mahoney CREATIVE DIRECTOR David Perry HEALTH & WELLNESS EDITOR Wendy Kagan POETRY EDITOR Phillip X Levine MUSIC EDITOR Peter Aaron KIDS & FAMILY EDITOR Hillary Harvey CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Anne Pyburn Craig HOME EDITOR Mary Angeles Armstrong INTERN Anthony Krueger CONTRIBUTORS Mary Angeles Armstrong, Larry Beinhart, Sari Botton, John Burdick, Eric Francis Coppolino, Brian PJ Cronin, Larry Decker, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Marie Doyon, Morgan Y. Evans, John Garay, Leah Habib, Carolyn Quimby, Fionn Reilly, Seth Rogovoy, Zan Strumfeld, Michelle Sutton, Franco Vogt, Diana Waldron

PUBLISHING FOUNDERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky CEO Amara Projansky PUBLISHER Jason Stern CHAIRMAN David Dell Chronogram is a project of Luminary Media ADVERTISING & MARKETING (845) 334-8600x106 DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & SALES Julian Lesser ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Ralph Jenkins ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Anne Wygal SALES COORDINATOR Alana Sawchuk MARKETING DIRECTOR Brian Berusch ADMINISTRATION BUSINESS MANAGER Phylicia Chartier; (845) 334-8600x107 DIRECTOR OF EVENTS & SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER Samantha Liotta MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO Peter Martin PRODUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER Sean Hansen; (845) 334-8600x108 PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Marie Doyon, Kerry Tinger OFFICE 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 | (845) 334-8600; fax (845) 334-8610

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hree months after Margot Kingon married, she and her husband bought a house in the Beacon area and moved upstate in 2004. The abrupt change was hard for the lifelong New Yorker. Kingon recalls the sensation of being “ripped out of [the city] and delivered here to this place where I didn’t know anybody and I didn’t drive.” Though moving was an emotional trigger, being upstate is what gave Kingon the “mental and the psychic space” to make art part of her daily life. “When my son was born, I would put him to bed every night. I had a solid hour of time where all I was doing was thinking. A lot of my ideas born out of those daily moments; they gave me peace of mind that I wasn’t getting in the city.” Growing up in Manhattan in the 1970s, Margot Kingon was constantly aware of the danger around her. “The city was not a safe place to be. I didn’t have those moments of innocent wandering like my son does. I see his relaxed posture, his joy in jumping off things, and I think, ‘What an amazing way to walk through world: to be curious without fear.’” Kingon’s paintings are an attempt to reconcile her admiration for this wideeyed openness with her nagging fear of the unknown. The self-proclaimed thread of her work is: “What does the monster look like?” Her pieces, made on wood off-cuts from a friend’s furniture warehouse, are compositions of matte latex paint, intricately handdrawn elements, and a boy. The boy is Kingon’s son, Jameson, whom she photographs and pastes onto the paintings. In Kingon’s paintings, Jameson serves as an anonymous embodiment of innocence. The drawn elements represent Kingon’s monster, “the nebulous, unnameable creature, the entanglement or chaos that may look like friendly or fun, but also has an element of foreboding or discomfort,” says Kingon. Eleven years into this artistic exploration, Jameson is no longer a baby. Wistfully, Kingon explains, “When [your child is] really little, there is this sense that they are just an extension of you.You have full access to their body.You feed them and clothe them.You have this ownership because you are responsible for them in every way. As they get older that starts to separate. In last year or so, I’ve started to have this realization that his body is not mine anymore.” Kingon must deal with the reality of Jameson’s aging both as a mother and an artist. “In terms of my art, he doesn’t serve same function for me,” she says. “I am at a crossroads. I may have to stop using him and either go in completely different direction, or start using me. “I’ve been using him as a mask for me for years,” says Kingon. “Maybe it’s time to stop fucking around. It feels like it’s been a long time coming, like the moment of reckoning almost.” Portfolio: —Marie Doyon

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On what turned out to be the first stunningly sun-soaked day of spring, the Chronogram Conversations series welcomed guests and a rousing panel to the Roundhouse at Beacon. Inside the Gallery event space—overlooking the waterfalls and creek opposite the hotel’s restaurant—120 attendees sipped Hudson Valley Brewery beer and tastes of Denning’s Point Distillery provided by the Beacon-based whiskey, vodka, and gin maker. The Roundhouse’s acclaimed executive chef Terrance Brennan plated small bites. As you’ve likely read in previous issues of Chronogram, our (new in 2017) salon-style series brings together community leaders (thank you Mayor Randy Casale for attending and joining the conversation!) and influencers with creative types to discuss pertinent issues. We begin the chat with a panel of influencers and then opened the floor to attendees to participate with comments and questions. The Beacon Conversation was moderated by Luminary Media’s Director of Business Development & Strategy, Julian Lesser. The panel included Beaconites Scott Tillitt (Beahive, Re-Think Local), Ava Bynum (Hudson Valley Seed and Showing Up For Racial Justice, Beacon), Kelly Ellenwood (artist, president of Beacon Arts Community Association) and Daniel Aubry (artist, realtor). The talk wound through subjects like real estate development, multiracial inclusion in municipal decision making, support for the art and maker communities, and more. To view a video from our Beacon Conversation, visit Chronogram. com/beaconconversation, as well as on our YouTube and Vimeo pages. The series parallels our Community Pages features, which you can read more about on page 34. This month, we will be in Rhinebeck for another lively chat. If you’re interested in attending, contact To spotlight your company and/or brand in the Rhinebeck Community Pages section in our June issue, reach out to Ralph.Jenkins@ Thank you to Kate Amato at Viridescent Floral, Footage Films, Dave Leonard at JTD Productions, Katie Guerra and Corinne Van Arsdale at Roundhouse Beacon.

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Spring Gleaning

Yoga works better than a sleeping pill. In a yang world, we can all use a little yin. Enter Yin Yoga. As Mary Angeles Armstrong reports (“Turning Inward WithYinYoga,” page 80), the constant sensory bombardment of the technological innovations of 21st-century existence has our mental chatter at an all-time high.We jump from one excited state to the next like the agitated primates we are. (It’s called “monkey mind” for good reason.) Unlike the more active styles of yoga like Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga, Yin was developed as a preparation for meditation. Think of Yin as the middle ground between active and restorative yoga, balancing long, gentle poses with tuning in to the intuitive wisdom of the body—a state difficult to explain on an intellectual level. Practitioners describe being able to access a “whole-body consciousness” through Yin that helps recalibrate the mind/body equation. Next time you can’t sleep, try a few forward folds instead of an Ambien. Simone de Beauvoir’s insights into misogyny are more relevant than ever. “No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than a man who is anxious about his virility.” —Simone de Beauvoir. Despite great advances toward gender equality, there’s still a general environment of hostility toward women in our society, personified by high status sexual predators like Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and President Trump. The words of French philosopher and social critic Simone de Beauvoir from her groundbreaking study of sexual repression, The Second Sex, ring as true today as they did in 1949, as Eric Francis Coppolino reminds us (“Beltane: In Search of Venus,” page 99). Don’t take a job as a postal worker in Flushing. The US Postal Service released its annual report on dog attacks on mail carriers in April and noted a slight uptick over 2015 (“While You Were Sleeping,” page 20). Here’s the interesting bit: The Queens community of Flushing (population 72,000) ranked 27th in the country with 22 attacks, beating medium-sized cities in the top 30 list like San Jose, California (population 1 million) and Las Vegas (population 600,000), each with 21 reported attacks. It’s puzzling to think that a less-than-two-square-mile patch of Queens would have more attacks than an entire city. But lest we forget, our combative commander in chief is from Queens.Which reminds me of a joke from the old neighborhood: Q: What do you think of Flushing, Queens? A: I think it’s a good idea. Betsy DeVos is unqualified to be secretary of education. Okay, I/we knew this already. This month, Hillary Harvey explains how the avowed opponent of public schools seeks to shift funding into charter and private schools (“The Myth of Our Failing Public Schools: Betsy DeVos v. Public Education,” page 30). The Hudson Valley is at the forefront of cutting-edge manufacturing. Unless you’re in the business, you probably don’t know that there are over 1,000 manufacturing operations in the Hudson Valley. Every day we drive right by nondescript commercial buildings housing some of the region’s most innovative businesses, making everything from pharmaceuticals to aerospace products. Manufacturers in the Hudson Valley, like elsewhere in the US, are on the cutting-edge by necessity:

Simple manufacturing can be done much more inexpensively elsewhere. What’s left? Small-scale, cutting-edge, advanced manufacturing outfits serving clients that demand high precision and incredibly low tolerances. Peter D. Martin speaks with local manufacturers about what’s taking shape in the sector this month (“Fabricated Reality: The Hudson Valley’s Hidden Manufacturing Industry,” page 26). Grand, seemingly quixotic dreams are worth pursuing. “When the Hudson Opera House first reopened in 1998, people said the small cadre of volunteers restoring it were crazy,” writes our Hudson correspondent, Zan Strumfeld (“Hall of Change,” page 89). The historic building, once the site of lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Susan B. Anthony, had sat empty for over 30 years, and renovation on any scale was a daunting task, especially given the disheveled state of Hudson in the `90s. And yet, and yet. Dreamers dream, and put dreams into action. As went the Opera House, so did the city, riding a wave of change over the past two decades. As HOH Executive Director Gary Schiro notes, “This building has helped transform the city.” On April 22, the Hudson Opera House celebrated its grand reopening with hundreds of supporters decked out in ball gowns and top hats cheering on the multimilliondollar rehabilitation project and the theater’s renaming as Hudson Hall. Concerts are planned throughout the month and beyond. Don’t write profiles of dictators’ wives. In the February 2012 issue of Vogue, Joan Juliet Buck wrote an admiring profile of Asma al-Assad, Syria’s first lady, titled “A Rose in the Desert.” The article lauded the Assads as a “wildly democratic” couple who made Syria the “safest country in the Middle East.” The piece was published right as Bashar al-Assad was launching a murderous campaign against his own restive citizens, who were inspired by the Arab Spring that was sweeping across the region. (According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over 400,000 people have died in Syria between March 2011 and March 2017.) Buck gets her own profile in our pages this month (“Moral Tales from the World of Chic,” page 66). She talks with Sari Botton about her memoir, The Price of Illusion, which details Buck’s triumphs, humiliations, and her resilience. Worried about Lyme disease? Get a pet opossum. In her interview with Diane Greenberg of Catskill Native Nursery, our gardening expert, Michelle Sutton, discovered an interesting benefit to having opossums in your backyard (“Our Gardens as Ecosystems,” page 51). Unlike deer, which can spread Lyme disease, opossums love eating ticks, and can consume up to a few thousand a week. Greenberg suggests leaving dead trees in place for opossum habitat. So class, what did we learn? Here’s a three-question quiz to test your knowledge. What’s the best cure for “monkey mind”? A. The writings of Dian Fossey B. The dances of Bob Fosse C. Yin Yoga What are postal workers most afraid of? A. Rain, hail, sleet, and snow B. Dogs from Flushing, Queens C. Plantar fasciitis Why shouldn’t you write about dictators and their families? A. Career suicide B. They cheat at board games C. Just like Tom Cruise, they demand copy approval before publication Answers: 1C, 2B, 3A


ere are a few things I found out this month while putting this issue of Chronogram together. They run the gamut from tips on how to get a better night’s sleep to the Lyme disease-fighting power of opossums. Even in issue 286 of my editorship of the great enterprise that is Chronogram, there is still plenty to learn: about the Hudson Valley, about the world, about myself. (A few years ago we toyed with the idea of changing our tagline from “Arts. Culture. Spirit” to “Local. Global. Cosmic.”)


better off by the age of 35, leading them to be more patient with their children and less likely to raise their voice, causing the children to be raised in a healthier environment. Source: New York Times Amnesty International reported on April 11 that death penalty sentences fell to a historic low in the US in 2015 and executions also dropped sharply, which added to a worldwide slump of over a third from 2015. The US had 32 death sentences handed down in 2015, which was the lowest number recorded since 1973; 20 executions meant the country is now no longer amongst the world’s five biggest executioners. The report from AI also reported that Iran was down 42 percent with 567 and Pakistan down to 73 percent with 87 executions. Overall, Amnesty recorded 1,032 executions worldwide last year—a 37 percent decline from 2015. The statistics exclude China, which “executes more people than the rest of the world combined but keeps the precise numbers secret,” according to Amnesty. Source: Yahoo News The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 and killed 1.7 million people during that time. According to BBC News, “under the Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge tried to take Cambodia back to the Middle Ages, forcing millions of people from the cities to work on communal farms in the countryside.” A tribunal to seek convictions came together with the help of the United Nations in 2006; however, 11 years later, after $300 million was spent on the tribunal, only three convictions have been passed down. Cambodian expert Professor Alexander Hilton said of the trial, “The Cambodian government had a very different idea about how many people would be tried, and their view appears to [have prevailed].” Prime Minister Hun Sen had opposed further indictments, suggesting that an expanded trial would lead Cambodia into a civil war. Source: New York Times

It’s no surprise that dogs and postal workers don’t get along. In 2016, there were 6,755 reported attacks on postal workers by dogs. This number increased by 200 compared to the number of attacks reported in 2015. In a list of 40 cities ranked as the top 30 for dog attacks, three New York localities made the list: Buffalo at number 21 with 28 attacks, Brooklyn at number 22 with 27 attacks, and Flushing at number 27 with 22 attacks. Source: US Postal Service In early April, Pierre Omidyar, billionaire founder of eBay pledged to fund investigative journalism and to combat the spread of misinformation online. The funds will be dispersed over the next three years through the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm started by Omidyar and his wife in 2004. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will receive $4.5 million, and the Anti-Defamation League will also receive a grant to build a new base to combat the growing threat of online trolls. Steve King, a partner at Omidyar Network said, “What we’ve seen over the last 12 months particularly has been an increase in distrust—distrust in government institutions, in the media, and social media.” King continued, “This new commitment is to provide funding for organizations that are trying to restore trust; the $100 million will be dedicated to supporting independent media, tackling misinformation and hate speech, and looking at ways in which technology can help repair relationships between citizens and the government.” Source: Telegraph (UK) The first two longitudinal studies that looked at the association between maternal age at children’s birth in relation to their cognitive ability conducted in Britain during 1958 and 1970 found that children born to older women had lower cognitive scores, but the most recent study (2000-2002), reversed that association. Researchers found they could explain this reversal by correcting for the social and economic characteristics of the mothers. Mothers today are more likely to be educated and 20 CHRONOGRAM 5/17

A freezer failure at a cold storage facility in Edmonton run by the University of Alberta caused 180 ice cores to melt. The thawing robbed scientists of some of the oldest records of climate change in Canada’s far north. Glaciologist Martin Sharp said that the failure on April 2 left “pools of water all over the floor and steam in the room. It was like a changing room in a swimming pool.” The melted cores represented 12.8 percent of the university’s collection, which held 1,408 samples taken from across the Canadian Artic. Among the losses were some of the oldest ice cores from Mount Logan, which Sharp said was, “15 meters [of core], but because it was from the bottom of the core, that’s 16,000 years out of the 17,700 years that was originally represented.” Source: Science Magazine On April 9, East Palestine, Ohio, Patrolman Jacob Koehler responded to a McDonald’s franchise after several witnesses reported seeing a young boy driving a van into the parking lot. The eight-year-old East Palestine boy waited for his parents to fall asleep to go get a cheeseburger from McDonald’s because he was hungry. The boy had learned how to drive from watching videos on YouTube. According to witnesses, the boy obeyed all traffic laws, stopping properly at red lights and waiting for traffic to pass before making a left turn into the parking lot. The boy’s parents picked him and his sister up at the police station. No charges were filed. Source: Morning Journal Highlights from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Data Bank found that in 2016, Americans spent more than $15 billion on combined plastic surgery, up from $13.5 billion in 2015. The data bank also showed the top five surgical procedures for both men and women. For the women it was liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast lift, and eyelid surgery. For men it was liposuction, breast reduction, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and facelift. Source: 2016 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics Compiled by Anthony Krueger



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Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic



onald Trump orders missiles launched at Syria. Is it a Wag the Dog 10 times the length of this one to enumerate them. His divestitures are rather moment? obvious fictions. His claim to have handed off control to his sons, or any other Since others were quick to use the phrase, and now I’ve used it, party, are the sort of casual falsehoods for which he has become famous. As I’ll allow myself to point out that I wrote the book and, immodestly, that it Trump has proclaimed, loudly and publicly, the president is exempt from most was listed as one of the 7 Best Modern Political Novels by the Christian Science conflict of interest laws and is proceeding as if he is totally shielded from any Monitor, 5 Best Books on Public Relations by the Wall Street Journal, the 1,000 prosecution. However, his children are not exempt. His daughter, Ivanka, and Great Books of the Millennium by Capital magazine, and the 15 Best American son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are now among his chief advisors. Technically, if Political Novels by Men’s Journal. they participate in discussions about areas where they have financial interests, The essence of the novel was that war is a solution to domestic political those are criminal violations. These would include banking regulations, federal problems. The essence of the film of the same title, starring Robert DeNiro tax law, and trade with China, among other things. None of them, including and Dustin Hoffman, was that even the illusion of war is a solution to domestic Donald Trump, are exempt from the emoluments clause of the Constitution, political problems. which bars anyone in government from accepting “any present, emolument, It doesn’t fix a bad economy, stop the revelations of corruption, cure the office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” ineptitude, fix the screw-ups, or eliminate the sex Many of Trump’s other appointees already have scandals. But it sure as hell changes the politics. histories of conflicts of interest. Granted, most Trump’s conflicts of After less than 100 days in office Trump was of these won’t become criminal prosecutions or leading the short list for Worst President Ever! for impeachment so long as Republicans interest are so numerous causes Then he launched the Tomahawks. The crew on hold an unassailable majority in both houses. But Fox and Friends reacted with the glee of six-yearthat might change. But even short of that, they olds allowed to have ice cream for breakfast. That that it would take an article will be subject matter for the media. was to be expected. But the “mainstream” media The great danger is the applause. Trump loves ate it up as well. Fareed Zakaria who had called 10 times the length of this applause, responds to it, and once he gets it, goes Trump a “bullsh*t artist” over and over again just back for encores. a week earlier now gushed that “Donald Trump one to enumerate them. Which he’s already doing. Hence, the dropbecame president of the United States.” USA Toping of the largest non-nuclear bomb in history day printed “Trump hits high mark” and tweeted His divestitures are rather in Afghanistan. It will, of course, have zero effect “It was a successful week for the president. Will on the war the US has been fighting there since his #winning ways continue?” The New York Times 2001. But wow, bow-wow, it made for big TV! obvious fictions. wrote, “an emotional President Trump took the That was followed by bellicose threats against greatest risk of his young presidency. It was an emotional act by a man suddenly aware that the world’s problems were now North Korea and sending an aircraft carrier accompanied by guided-missile his—and that turning away, to him, was not an option.” Matt Lewis of the Daily cruisers and destroyers toward the Korean peninsula. (It later turned out that Beast wrote “very different Donald Trump. More serious—and clearly moved the warships were actually going in the other direction. Sailing on waves of emotionally. Frequently invoked the Almighty.” An op-ed piece by Walter Rus- ineptitude.) Look forward to many, mini-mighty, military adventures—mostly theatrisell Mead in the Wall Street Journal declared that “President Trump faced his first cal, like firing voluntary contestants, except for the fact that real people will serious foreign-policy test this the surprise and perhaps frustration die—but some of them truly dangerous. of his critics, he passed with flying colors.” Will it bring him long term success? Wow! Even bow-wow! No. That’s my guess. Is it a real transformation? Wag the Dog, the novel, was about George H.W. Bush and Gulf War One. The missiles did virtually no damage. They had no military consequences. The multi-sided Syrian civil wars, with their atrocities, civilian casualties, and That war was impeccably produced. He had a Hitler guy for the villain. Bush horrors remain. If it escalates into a real attack on Assad, however righteous, it was victorious. He pre-sold the foreign rights (this is true, he got various other will still help ISIL, their main opponent, and the Kurds, which makes the Turks countries to put up the money for it before a single shot was fired). And then— and then he failed to win re-election. fearful and probably pushes them further toward autocracy. Why? The timing was off. The war 21 was months before the next election. Immediately before the missile launch, the investigation into the Trump This attack on Syria is way too soon. Trump has a full three years and nine team’s connection to Russia and Russian meddling with the election dominated the news. The explosion of the missiles did, indeed, throw up a cloud of debris months—barring impeachment or death by obesity—for all the issues that and obfuscation that obliterated them from view. But that dust will settle—and already exist to grow worse and for him to make entirely new missteps. even if it doesn’t—those connections are already the subject of formal investiSo yes. It’s a Wag the Dog moment. It’s great theater. The audience loves it. gations by the FBI, Congress, and probably others, which won’t stop. But it’s just reality TV. It can only run a few seasons. Then reality—actual jobs, Trump’s conflicts of interest are so numerous that it would take an article actual economics, the impact of truly horrible policies—reasserts itself. 5/17 CHRONOGRAM 23

Art of Business



No matter what happens on the national political scene, the Lighthouse Solar team— custom home builder Jordan Mills, systems engineer Bryan McGunn, and real estate expert Jason Iahn—say their industry is here to stay. “The last cabinet enabled solar to get a strong foothold and it’s all systems go,” says Iahn. “Government matters, state by state and town by town; Colorado and California were early adopters and wrote it into legislation and building codes. The penetration here in Ulster County is pretty impressive—I just came back from a visit to Atlanta, where there’s almost no rooftop solar, and it’s great to be back here and see panels on every fifth roof.”


You’d expect special things at the Woodstock Music Shop, and you’d be right. Beyond guitars and drumsticks, you’ll find dobros, mandolins, ukuleles, and all that goes with them. There’s a “lifestyle” section that includes musicthemed barbecue tools and the Chill Baby line of teethers and pacifiers designed to soothe your rugrat while making him or her appear to have a moustache, goatee, or panic button. There are professional-grade mikes and turntables and the Vinyl Vault which houses thousands of selections— but what to do with old vinyl records too battered for resale? Art, of course. “We price a lot of vinyl and we see a lot that’s scratched or warped, so we bought a CNC [computer numerical control] router, and we make all kinds of images and cut whatever we want,” says co-owner Jenn Harrigfeld. “We make peace symbols, Volkswagens, butterflies. I love the reuse aspect, and people are loving it. We just had an order last night for 21 rockets for a rocketthemed car club.”



with Andreas

Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Association


Since 1972, the Hawthorne Valley Association in Ghent has reached thousands of with its Waldorf school, biodynamic farm, social research center, and arts programs. These initiatives are all rooted in helping humanity rediscover its connection to nature. The biodynamic farm at the center of it all would be impossible without millions of undocumented microscopic creatures, so we asked Farm Production Manager Andreas Schneider to tell us a bit about the bugs. You say the farm “runs on microbes.” Could you expand on that? It seems like every day we learn a little more about the human microbiome and how it influences overall health. We believe there’s just as much to learn about the biome of our farm. We take every opportunity to work with the microbes rather than against them—to take lessons from the planetary biosphere and incorporate them into our practices. Untreated animal waste can be a pollutant—dangerous to people, farmland, and groundwater. But when that “black gold” is composted by humans working together with a strong microbial community, it becomes a soil-building and life-sustaining fertilizer to support plant growth. It’s almost like alchemy; it most certainly is a value-adding process. Is the “fermented farm” an extension of the human/microbe collaborative process into artisanal food-crafting? Is the principle similar when you’re making compost and kimchi? Composting is an aerobic process, while most kimchi or sauerkraut ferments are anaerobic, but it’s all part of the consciously harnessed interplay of “earth” (manure or cabbage), water, air, and warmth/fire. The interesting part for us is how to optimize the connection of a fermentation for soil health to human health, looking for new ways to understand the transfer and connection points between our natural surroundings and our bodies. For kimchi, for instance, we want to know which beneficial bacteria are on a head of Napa cabbage, how they ferment, and, when fermented, how they impact human digestion and immune system performance. To close the loop, we want to know how the composting and fertility practices of the farm that grew the cabbage impact the type of bacteria present on the leaves. Just like each individual has a unique microbiome, we want to find out how the farm organism is supported and expressed through the microbial and fungal communities.


Since 1969, when John Turck (then a state trooper) put a pool in his backyard, he inspired family and friends to do likewise and started selling chemicals and accessories out of his garage, Aqua Jet Pools, Spas, and Patio Furniture has grown like the family that began it. (All four of John’s daughters worked there growing up, as did his grandkids, and the company now has two retail locations, in Lake Katrine and Highland.) And pool ownership isn’t the same as it used to be, either. “A lot of the filtration and maintenance functions are fully automated these days,” says Turck’s daughter Carlene Hummel. “We do computerized water analysis for free. We have specialized saline systems and ozonators. The spas have custom seating, built-in stereos, and remote controls. We have an underwater light show that can be synced with your Bluetooth. The whole idea is still time outdoors with your loved ones, off the screens, but the tech makes it much easier. One of our biggest sellers is somewhat new, but not automated—we sell a ton of Paddle Paws floats for dogs.”


Before he became the top-selling realtor in the Rhinebeck/Red Hook area and the single most productive in all of Dutchess County, Paul Hallenbeck was a middle school guidance counselor for a quarter century—and he sees a lot of parallels between helping tweens navigate life and helping adults find a home. “Real estate is not like ordinary retail, there are a lot of parts that go together to make it work,” Hallenbeck says. “And both jobs require someone with a sense of possibilities and the idea to look beyond the surface. There’s the same need for listening skills and helping people resolve problems and conflicts. Either job requires you to let go of the illusion that everyone thinks the way you do and pay attention to who they really are. At the same time, you gently encourage flexibility. Then the problem’s resolved, the right house is found. And there’s enormous joy in that.”


Special Report



n a quiet, dead-end road in Kingston sits a nondescript, nearwindowless commercial building. Its demure exterior belies the developments within its beige, industrial aluminum walls. The building is the home of Fala Technologies, sought out internationally for its expertise and capability in high-tech manufacturing and machining. Designing and building custom parts for aerospace and automotive applications, their handiwork shows up in everything from Sikorsky’s next-generation helicopters to Tesla’s electric cars. Fala is one of over a thousand other manufacturers in the Hudson Valley who comprise a network of innovative operations fabricating cutting-edge technology for a global market. Though the days of massive, monolithic operations are long gone, manufacturing is still an important part of the Hudson Valley’s economy. For the last several decades, the story of manufacturing in the Hudson Valley has been one of decline. Many communities are still recovering from the loss of IBM, GE, and other large-scale, traditional manufacturers, but there remains a vibrant, innovative ecosystem unfamiliar to many of the region’s residents. Small operations of 25 to 150 employees are making everything from pharmaceuticals to packaging to machined parts, for a diverse range of industry sectors including aerospace, automotive, medical, and even nanotechnology. Manufacturing currently constitutes 10 percent of the HudsonValley’s economy, or approximately $10 billion annually. It employs over 40,000 people, with half of them in high-tech manufacturing. Regeneron, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Westchester, employs more than 5,000 people globally and is worth over $40 billion alone. Ten percent may not seem significant at first, but there’s a multiplier effect unique to the industry, because of its complexity and the intricacy of its supply chains. For every manufacturing job, 2.5 support jobs are created,


either in transportation, repair, installation, or a wide swath of other fields. Manufacturing jobs also offer a higher standard of living than many other industries, especially in the Hudson Valley. The national average salary is about $44,000 (compared to $47,294 in the Hudson Valley). For manufacturers across the country, it’s $55,000. For manufacturers in the Hudson Valley, the average salary is $68,000. The New Manufacturing Industry While the Hudson River continues its recovery from PCB contamination and Superfund and brownfield sites are slowly revitalized, many critics aren’t shedding any tears over the decline of large-scale manufacturing in the region. Today’s manufacturers, however, are a far cry from the dirty, dark, and dangerous manufacturers of the past. “One of the bigger shifts in manufacturing is that as time has gone by, we’re not dealing with the old smokestack industries. Manufacturing has become much cleaner and very, very high tech,” explains Christy Caridi, associate professor of economics at Marist College and an expert on the local economy. Today’s advanced manufacturers do a lot of their work in front of a computer terminal, programming machines for high-precision components. Sustainability is a byword, as manufacturers invest in reducing energy expenditure and wasted materials, with all of the expected benefits to the environment. The factory floor of the future is efficient, near sterile, and sophisticated, and operations in the Hudson Valley are no exception. Although manufacturers in the region make a wide variety of different products, there’s a common thread that ties them together. Like many other parts of the country, our manufacturers will never be able to compete with cheap labor overseas, and those that have survived have found niches in highprecision, high-value-added production, leveraging the region’s intellectual

Frank Falatyn is the second-generation owner of FALA Technologies in Kingston, developing and making high-precision components for clients like Tesla and Sikorsky. Opposite: A technician at MPI Systems in Poughkeepsie prepares the painting room for the next batch of equipment.

capital for applications that require incredibly low tolerances and exacting specifications. Harold King is the head of the region’s Council of Industry, a private advocacy group comprised of 160 stakeholders in the industry. He paraphrased a speech by Mike Molnar, the founder of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Office of Advanced Manufacturing. “If you’re still in business, you’re in advanced manufacturing.” King’s point is that because of the unique challenges to manufacturers in the region, the ones that have survived did so through rapid adaptation to a shifting landscape. But the biggest challenge to manufacturers in the Hudson Valley isn’t competition from overseas, government regulation, or high taxes. It’s simply finding the right people to fill jobs. “We’re going to be in business forever if we have the staff,” says Frank Falatyn at Fala Technologies. But a lack of skilled workers is what keeps him up at night. “We have no ready pool to pull from. No knowledge base of making things with your hands.” Bruce Phipps is the CEO of MPI Systems in Poughkeepsie. MPI is one of the global leaders in wax injection molding, frequently contracted by Rolls Royce and Pratt and Whitney for jet engine components. “The workforce in the Hudson Valley is holding us back,” he says. In the past, says Falatyn, there was ready access to a quality workforce. “In my father’s day, he used to hire highschool kids that worked under their cars,” Falatyn says. “Nobody works under their cars anymore. It’s all electronics.” For decades, children and students were dissuaded from going into manufacturing because of the perception of it being dirty, dark, and dangerous. While that is no longer the case locally, many students simply aren’t aware of the opportunities available to them through manufacturing. The average age of a worker in the industry is pushing 60, and Falatyn explains “There’s a narrow window of five to ten years before our older staff retires. We need to transfer that knowledge base.”

Investing in Human Capital Frank Falatyn, Harold King, and many others are investing heavily in the education of tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce. Through the Council of Industry, companies are working with educators throughout the Hudson Valley to train the next generation of workers. “We’re not just supporting education because we’re nice guys. We’re doing it to survive,” says Falatyn. One of the most successful programs is the Pathways in Technology Early High School and College program or P-TECH. It’s a collaboration between local manufacturers and Ulster BOCES to train high school students in manufacturing, allowing them to graduate with an associate’s degree. Now in its second year, the program is popular and has become a model for similar programs throughout the state. Though it’s just begun and is relatively small at just over 50 students, it holds a lot of promise. “Summer vacation came and these kids wanted to keep coming to school,” says Frank Falatyn. “We can’t keep them away.” There’s also the Certified Technician Program at SUNY Ulster and Dutchess Community College, an intensive course offering students the basic skills they need (such as operating and caring for milling machines and lathes) to become self-sufficient employees at local manufacturers. “Generally speaking, anyone who has come out of the program has a job if they want one,” says King. This year, the first enrollees of SUNY New Paltz’s mechanical engineering program are graduating. Since 2014, the program has rapidly expanded and now includes 150 students, ready to meet the high demand for educated workers among local manufacturers. The program began as a direct response to the needs of industry for more qualified engineers, and many students work directly with local companies during the course of their college careers. 5/17 CHRONOGRAM FEATURE 27


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Broad Support The economic benefits of advanced manufacturing are increasingly being recognized, and government is working with regional economic development agencies to bolster the industry. One of the nation’s most useful programs to support small manufacturers is the network of manufacturing extension partnerships, or MEPs. MEPs receive support at the state and federal level to provide expertise in engineering and business practices to small-to-medium size manufacturers.

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The Hudson Valley’s MEP is the Manufacturing Technology and Enterprise Center, or MTEC. For over 20 years, MTEC has helped support local manufacturers with engineering expertise, best business practices, and collaboration with educational institutions. Recently, they worked with VistaLab, a laboratory equipment manufacturer, to streamline inventory management and implement green initiatives. MTEC maintains a close relationship with SUNY New Paltz and helps train engineers through an internship program. Executive Director Tom Phillips explains “for every dollar spent on MEPs, nine dollars return to the economy” through increased sales, job creation, and additional income tax. Everton Henriques, regional technology specialist at MTEC, explains “Manufacturing is still very strong in New York. It gets overshadowed by the financial market, where money is concentrated in the hands of the few. In manufacturing it reaches a broader base.” In many ways, MEPs like MTEC are one of the key components to the health and vibrancy of small-to-medium manufacturers. One of the most significant organizations in the region is the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, or HVEDC, which has seen a large degree of success targeting industry sectors in “clusters” for economic advancement. HVEDC was instrumental, for instance, in supporting Regeneron through efforts in the regional biotech industry. Their latest focus is in 3D printing, implemented at the Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are mostly synonymous, and refer to technologies that enable small-scale rapid prototyping in a wide variety of applications. Larry Gotlieb, the head of the HVEDC, says, “On the day of the launch we had an event with about 200 people. Out of 200 people, maybe 195 had no clue what 3D printing was.” Just a short time later, he says, “We have Ivy League colleges from across the country visiting to see if they can replicate it.” The key to the Additive Manufacturing Center’s success has been its inclusivity. It was structured as a resource to manufacturers and makers throughout the Hudson Valley. “3D Printing is likely to be relevant to anybody who makes something. It provided the perfect venue to just meet a lot of businesses,” says Dan Freedman, the dean of the science and engineering department at SUNY New Paltz, and head of the center. This summer, they’re offering a five-day intensive course to members of the public looking to learn

more about the technology’s applications. Freedman has also already worked with a variety of local industries, from helping New Paltz-based chocolatier Lagusta’s Luscious 3D-print molds for chocolate skulls to prototyping new products for lighting giant Zumtobel in Highland. The center also 3D-printed a prosthetic “robo-hand” for six-year-old Joseph Gilbert, born without fingers on his left hand. One of the most exciting projects is with a startup called Mediprint, which 3D prints models of organs from CAT scans and MRIs to better prepare doctors before surgery. Founder Brent Chanin says “in one complex maxillofacial surgery, there was a one-in-three chance of complications. By using 3D models, they’ve reduced it to one in 50.” While much of the focus in economic development is in supporting existing manufacturers, there are a handful of forward-thinking operations aimed at creating new ones. Perhaps the most important is the Orange County Accelerator, which has adopted an incubator model for small manufacturers while offering existing businesses consulting and expertise. Incubator models have seen success in heavily concentrated industrial areas elsewhere in the United States. Silicon Valley, for instance, is rife with them in the tech sector, and many are seeing success in the medical industry around MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern University in Boston. Vincent Cozzalino, the Accelerator’s managing director, explains that a core part of the Accelerator’s mission is to offer subsidized rent, expertise, and equipment to entrepreneurs and manufacturers with a solid business plan. Cozzalino says they’ve already made an impact. “We’ve only been at this about 16 months,” he says. But in that time, “We’ve had one company graduate out and a start a factory in Dutchess County. We’re totally full right now, and have a waiting list.” Larry Fryer, CEO of Fryer Machine Systems, has been in the business for 31 years.While others may be wary of increased competition, he welcomes the possibility of new businesses coming to the area. “There are so many things that small shops of three to four people can make. They benefit everybody. More jobs are created by small business than any other way of doing it.” Since starting his company in the spare bedroom of a two-bedroom apartment, he’s now making state-of-the-art milling equipment that other manufacturers are using to produce everything from guitars to bicycles and aerospace components. Joseph Gilbert shows off his prosthetic “robo hand” that was 3D printed at SUNY New Palt’z Additive Manufacturing Center.

“Our business is good,” he says. “We continue to grow every year.” Though the industry is often unpublicized, it’s an important aspect of the economy. Nondescript warehouses throughout the Hudson Valley are hubs of innovation, talent, and next-generation technology, supporting workers with challenging but lucrative careers. The reach of Hudson Valley manufacturers extends into jet liners, automobiles, medicine, electronics, and other goods that drive the technology we depend on in the modern age. They just may not look like it from the outside. Mediprint’s Brent Chanin says, “I am very optimistic about my company’s success in the Hudson Valley. We all have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge.” 5/17 CHRONOGRAM FEATURE 29


The Myth of our Failing Public Schools

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he night before Betsy DeVos was confirmed as United States Secretary of Education, Democratic Senators took shifts speaking nonstop for 24 hours in protest. The Minority Leader, New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer, stated, “The Senate has the responsibility to reject the nomination because she is so uniquely unqualified.” The next day, two Republican Senators voted against DeVos for the position. Citing conversations with numerous constituents, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski stated, “I have serious concerns about this nominee to be Secretary of Education, who has been so involved in one side of the equation, so immersed in the push for vouchers, that she may be unaware of what is successful in the public schools, and also what is broken and how to fix them.”The Senate was in a stalemate, and when Mike Pence was called in to cast the tie-breaking vote (which he did in favor of DeVos), it was the first time in history that a Vice President was needed to cast a tie-breaking vote for a Cabinet nominee. Both two previous education secretaries under President Obama, Arne Duncan and John King, were moving in a pro-charter school, pro-voucher direction. However, DeVos is seen by those in education as more extreme. Her confirmation was contentious because of her background. A professional lobbyist in her home state of Michigan, she and her husband successfully worked to pass legislation in 1993 to welcome and direct public money toward charter schools. Eighty percent of the ensuing flood was found to be run by for-profit management companies unbound by financial transparency requirements, and the charter schools were performing little better on standardized tests than public schools. Yet DeVos continued to push for privatization, this time encouraging Michigan voters to amend the state constitution and adopt a voucher system. When the ballot measure failed, DeVos established the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP), an advocacy organization for school choice, which helped the legislature lift the cap on charter schools in Michigan, reducing restrictions on their numbers and locations. Charter schools are K-12 educational institutions, which are funded by taxpayers but managed privately. They operate independent of the nation’s public school system and aren’t beholden to the same standards. They don’t have school report cards or state testing. Their teachers don’t have to be state certified or union represented. They can select students for enrollment, unlike public schools, which must serve every student in their district. Last summer, DeVos and her husband spent $1.45 million to defeat legislation that would provide oversight of charter schools, allowing them to operate regardless of performance or student success. The Rationale for an Outsider “Charter schools in New York are basically funded by the local school district,” explains Kingston City School District (KCSD) Superintendent Paul Padalino. “When the student goes to a charter school, there’s a dollar figure attached by the State Education Department, and we give that money to the charter school on an ap30 EDUCATION CHRONOGRAM 5/17

propriate per-pupil basis.” With charter and Catholic schools, the school district is required to provide transportation, textbooks, and services like special education and ESL, and health services. The money, however, doesn’t always reflect the true cost of education. Certain students, such as those with disabilities, require services other students might not, and so could cost significantly more to educate. “When we calculate our per-pupil expenditures, it’s about the plant, the custodial staff, the health services—all these other things that we do,” Padalino clarifies, pointing out that infrastructure expenses remain when students matriculate elsewhere. “The charter school movement actually sometimes draws so much money out of the public system—this has happened in the city of Detroit—and the kids who are left in the public district are the kids who are at-risk or are receiving special ed services and then you’re comparing apples and oranges. Because we’re not talking about the same public school we would have.” The rationale for an outsider heading the nation’s education system is that public schools are failing. “[DeVos has] been very critical of public schools,” agrees KCSD Board of Education (BOE) President Nora Scherer. “We have to be a little more vocal about the good things that are happening in schools, because there is a negative counter message and we have to act to refute that.” Five years ago, when Padalino took his desk in the corner office, KCSD was facing a continued loss of school aid and a 2012-13 budget crunched by a new tax levy cap law, which required local governments and school districts to limit tax increases. Duncan was Secretary of Education and pushed states to adopt Common Core standards by threatened by funding cuts. KCSD hired teachers and consultants during that implementation to rewrite all the curricula so it aligned with the Common Core. The governor was pushing to consolidate services and merge districts. It all came to a head in Kingston. Under capacity in several buildings and with projected student populations in decline, post the 9/11-baby boom, Padalino made the painful choice to close four elementary schools and move fifth graders into the middle schools. The numbers in Kingston were serendipitous, in that the whole community of one school could be picked up and moved into another. For example, the remaining students and teachers at Sophie Finn fit neatly into the under-capacity Edson. Now, those downtown kids ride their school buses uptown, and many of their teachers moved with them. As a result, the district consolidated resources, reduced expenses relating to traveling specialty teachers, and realized significant savings. “Most of our money is spent because we are obligated, based on regulations and legislation that we must follow as public schools,” Padalino says. “If you look at the changes that have come down over the last seven to 10 years, and how quickly we’ve adapted and still found success, we’re surprisingly nimble for the size of our organizations.” of the things that I value so deeply


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At KCSD, graduation rates have increased. They’re currently considering ways to implement restorative justice practices, and a proposition to reopen one elementary school as a universal pre-kindergarten is on the ballot for this month’s school budget vote. Padalino would like to see the Secretary of Education properly fund and lead public education at the federal level. “And use that position as a vehicle to do something within an institution that already exists,” he says. A Failing School Is Easy to Find In January, the KCSD BOE passed a resolution expressing opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. “In writing the resolution,” says Board Member Robin Jacobowitz, “I wanted the KCSD community to be aware that the officials they have entrusted to oversee their public schools are deeply committed to that purpose, and that we oppose efforts that threaten the vibrancy of the public education system.” They weren’t alone. School boards in 25 districts around New York State were doing the same thing—nine of them in the Hudson Valley. The New Paltz Central School District was one of them. “The opposition had to do with the feeling that there’s been a huge assault on public education throughout this country,” says Superintendent Maria Rice, intimating that the DeVos confirmation flies in the face of public education. “A lot of people say the system is failing,” says NPCSD BOE Vice President Michael O’Donnell. “It’s fairly easy to make that argument because you can always find a failing school, and there’s always a belief that the free market could fix it. It’s a perfect relationship between poverty and outcome.There is nothing different in the overall system between that affluent area and the area in poverty. What is failing is the community that the school is located in. It’s the context in which those kids go to school, where they have a great deal of food insecurity, insecurity in the stability of their household. Many pervasive problems find their way into the classroom.” Her first day on the job, DeVos made a joke on Twitter: “Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started. Now where do I find the pencils? :)” Public school teachers responded with a Twitter storm, listing the classroom supplies they buy out of pocket and letting her know that working all day without pencils is a materials infraction at many schools. “I see it as a social justice issue,” says Cynthia Clisort, a teacher’s union rep and reading teacher for KCSD. “We shouldn’t be making fun.We see kids every day who need free lunch. I spend a lot of money on my classroom. To be joking about where the pencils are seems callous and enormously out of touch.” During her confirmation hearing, DeVos revealed a lack of understanding about issues in education, for instance, confusing the terms growth and proficiency in a conversation around measuring student progress. In discussing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures the equality of those students, DeVos was apparently unaware that it was a federal law. “The complete and total disregard for the conversation around public education, and the thought, or the lack of thought, that she should be prepared to discuss and know it is most telling,” says NPCSD BOE President Aimee Hemminger. “She has a motive and a clear idea of what she thinks should happen.” A Federal Voucher Program It’s anticipated that DeVos has the intention of implementing a federal voucher program, so parents can subsidize private and religious school tuition. There are two common ways that can be done: state-funded scholarships withdrawn from public school budgets would offer tuition assistance; tax credits would allow families to write off tuition expenses on their personal taxes. In New Paltz, about three-quarters of the budget is funded through local property taxes. Title I funds, a federal program that subsidizes support for students at risk, offset their elementary remedial reading programs. Even the NPCSD, which doesn’t have anyTitle I schools, meaning a certain percentage of students are deemed low income, feels concern. “Even though others may lose half or three-quarters of their funding, even losing a quarter would be devastating,” explains Hemminger. However they’re funded, vouchers pose problems for the low-income families they promise to serve. They won’t cover private school tuition 100 percent, so for families who can’t make up whatever the difference, their choices are limited. “If you wanted to really invest money in improving education,” says O’Donnell, “there are a lot of other areas which would come well ahead of a voucher program. Some of those, ironically, like teacher training, early childhood education, preschool, and afterschool activities (the things that have been researched and do have real effects), are those that are getting cut by the proposed budget.” But the good news is that funding our local public schools is predominantly the responsibility of the states. According to the US Department of Education, only eight percent of elementary and secondary school budgets come from federal sources. “The great thing for us in New York State is that we’re a little bit insulated. We tend to be more progressive and more aggressive. We tend to spend more on education, and we tend to be on the cutting edge,” muses Padalino. “Education is expensive, but not educating kids is a lot more expensive.”

In the Light of Naples

Francesco de Mura (1696-1782) could be termed the last great painter of the Baroque and Rococo periods. Active in Naples, his work included elaborate illusionistic palace and church decorations depicted in bursts of confectionary colors as well as smaller portraits, biblical, and historical paintings. De Mura was the court painter of the Bourbon King Charles VII of Naples who presided over the Kingdom’s Golden Age. This exhibition, organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, is the first monographic presentation of de Mura’s art and includes over forty loans from Italian collections as well as those from the United States including the Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art. In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura is underwritten by Christie’s.

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et me tell you a story about a newspaper. One which, amazingly in this day and age, has a happy ending. For over 100 years the Village of Cold Spring had a town newspaper that delivered the important goings on: notable passings, village board meetings, pictures of apple-cheeked children holding up freshly caught fish of unusual size. The paper was good and the people were happy. Then one day in 2008 Roger Ailes, then chief of Fox News (now a disgraced sexual predator), moved to town and bought the local newspaper, the Putnam County News and Recorder. The locals scratched their heads and shrugged their shoulders. What harm could he do? The harm came swiftly and with staggering intensity. Suddenly the paper was publishing partisan editorials, quoting Ayn Rand, and recapping the day’s events with a particularly one-sided and vindictive point of view. The locals were outraged. So they got together, rented an office across the street, and started putting out their own damn newspaper. To date, that paper, now known has the Highlands Current, has won 20 awards from the New York Press Association and covers not just the Village of Cold Spring and the sprawling estates of Garrison, but now the City of Beacon as well. I’m telling this story not to draw attention to the Current which, full disclosure, I write for, even though I came onboard long after the fireworks. But because the saga illustrates two important truths about life here in the Hudson Highlands. 34 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 5/17

From top: Jack and Vera Grady at The Garrison; Cold Spring Apothecary on Main Street. Opposite: Patrick Reilly, Jessica Wickham, and Gabor Ruzsan at Wickham Solid Wood Studio; Nicole Jones at Hudson Hil’s Cafe and Market.


From top: Jose De Los Santos and Chico at the Mount Beacon trailhead; Mark Pisanelli tending bar at Denning’s Point Distillery; Taylor Kurrle and Alex Demmerle at Niche Modern.

The first is that Beacon, Cold Spring, and Garrison are linked by, and defined by, the landscape of the Hudson Highlands more so than any lines on a map. Technically, Beacon shouldn’t be lumped in with Cold Spring and Garrison because it’s not in the same county. Breakneck Ridge, the most popular hiking trail east of the Mississippi according to, serves as the dividing line between Dutchess County to the north and Putnam to the south. But the mountains don’t care about the border, and neither do the locals.We’re defined by swimming in the Hudson at Little Stony Point (PCBs and other pollutants be damned); hiking and riding ATVs up Mount Beacon (theoretically the latter is illegal, but if a law is never enforced, is it even a law?); and first kisses by the tree atop Sugarloaf Mountain (if you’ve been there, you know which tree I mean). We are blown down by the same winds, enshrouded by the same spring fog, navigate our canoes and kayaks through the treacherous stretch of the Hudson from West Point to mysterious Bannerman’s Island (known to the first European sailors plying these waters as World’s End and Martyr’s Reach.) Now we enjoy these views while serenely eating ice cream on the porch at Moo Moo’s Creamery or polishing off a pizza at the Riverview Restaurant. The second truth is that we do not wait for someone else to come and fix our problems. We fix them ourselves. This is where the American environmental movement was born, when Con Ed tried to hollow out Storm King Mountain for a power plant and the locals raised hell for 17 years until the plan died. When a crazy old man who lived up in the mountains thought the Hudson was too dirty, he decided to build a couple of old-fashioned boats to save it. That crazy old man was the folk icon Pete Seeger, and those boats were the Clearwater and the Woody Guthrie. Both are still sailing (the Woody is in the final stages of an extensive renovation) both are still run by the environmental organization Clearwater and the Beacon Sloop Club, respectively. Both of those organizations are still based in Beacon, and both would be delighted to have you join as members. 36 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 5/17

BEACON, NY Beacon began with a love story between a glamorous Civil War general, Joseph Howland and his socialite wife, Elizabeth. They built themselves a gothic revival mansion with it’s own pipe organ. It sits on sixty four gorgeously landscaped acres. Today it can be yours what you’d pay for a nice Fifth Avenue apartment!

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The new Beacon hotel was one of our listings. Given a Zillow median house price of $257,000 ! buying a home in Beacon is still remarkably affordable.

In 2004, DIA Beacon, the largest contemporary art museum in the country opened its doors and put Beacon on the map. Today DIA draws over a hundred thousand yearly visitors. And with half a dozen art galleries, we are arguably the Arts Capital of the Hudson Valley. The Beacon Renaissance is in full swing! We have three live music venues, three bakeries; even three yoga studios as well as three new hotels and a slew of great new restaurants, bars and eateries. Plus 71 acres of public parks including two right on the Hudson, one with a dock for kayaking and loads of hiking trails. A third of our population are ex Brooklynites, mostly young families, who have given the town a whole new vibe. It’s this vibrant mix that gives Beacon its enviable quality of life.

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Richard Serra, Torqued Ellipse, 1996; Torqued Ellipses II, 1996, Double Torqued Ellipse, 1997. Dia Art Foundation; gift of Louise and Leonard Riggio. 2000, 2000. Dia Art Foundation. From top: Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses installation at Dia:Beacon; Dogwood in Beacon; BEAHIVE co-working space in Beacon (paintings by Ryan Cronin).

Cold Spring and Beacon have ridden out their share of hardscrabble times and rebounded. When the West Point Foundry, most famous for producing cannons and other munitions during the Civil War, closed in 1911, Cold Spring’s population crashed. Today the foundry is a gorgeous new park, and it’s hard to imagine the village any bigger than it is now when you walk up its perfectly proportioned Main Street.Venerable standbys like Hudson Hil’s Cafe and Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill are still going strong. The wave of recent bespoke shops like the outdoors store Old Souls, groceries and provisions provider Cold Spring General Store, and the beauty products maker and day spa Cold Spring Apothecary have settled into a nice groove. And if you head up a couple of blocks past Route 9D, you’ll find Juanita’s Kitchen. Serving some of the greatest Mexican food in the Hudson Valley, it remains the village’s best-kept secret. (Until now. Whoops.) Both Cold Spring and Beacon have the geography of the Highlands to thank for their sense of scale. Hemmed in by the mountains one one side, the river on the other, and preserved land all around, neither of them succumbed to the disease of sprawl that has adversely impacted other towns over the last 30 years. As Jonathan Rose, author of last year’s The Well-Tempered City, explained to me, the scale and relative density of the Highlands towns and their rings of protected, open spaces and farmland can serve as a model for sustainable development in the 21st Century. Rose is more than just a fan of the area: He lives in Garrison and is the co-founder of the Garrison Institute, a combination mediation center and think tank that focuses on turning inward peace into outward change. Along with the Russel Wright Design Center at Manitoga, and the estate at Boscobel where the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival makes its summer home, it forms a ring of hidden cultural treasures that most daytrippers to the area make the mistake of driving right by. That ring is about to get a little bigger in June with the opening of Magazzino on Route 9 in Cold Spring. Magazzino is Italian for warehouse, and the name is appropriate on numerous levels: The space is a renovated former warehouse that will specialize in displaying works from the Arte Povera movement that blossomed in Italy in the late 1960s and `70s as a European twist on both American pop art and minimalism. Just as Arte Povera artists sought to redefine the 38 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 5/17



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relationship between a work of art and its audience, Magazzino will not be a museum. Instead, it will serve as a sort of combination research center and library for those curious about this little-known movement. The center will be free and open to the public, but only through advance appointments. But no discussion of the Highlands’ cultural centers can omit Dia:Beacon, which took over an old Nabisco box factory in 2002 and turned it into an international pilgrimage site for lovers of large-scale modern art. While many lifelong Beaconites will argue that Dia gets maybe a bit too much credit for the city’s resurgence at the expense of the locals’ own tireless efforts, it’s also possible to argue that it still doesn’t get enough credit. As one native Beaconite and local business owner recently said to me, “They took an abandoned, shuttered, corporate factory, a symbol of everything that’s wrong with America, and turned it into the perfect example of why we’re fucking dope.” That owner was Paul Yeaple, who won national acclaim with his farm-totable burger restaurant Poppy’s but recently decided to sell the shop and take a break. Beacon has come a long way since the days when tourists would simply hit up Dia, grab a sandwich at Homespun Foods, and leave. An innovative crop of small business owners transformed a shuttered Main Street into one of New York State’s liveliest throughways. Now that Beacon is back, those same owners have to figure out how to keep a good thing going. Sometimes that means taking yourself out of the game for your own sanity and letting someone else have a go. So Poppy’s is closed, but the team behind Beacon’s Kitchen Sink Food & Drink will be opening up a similar burger bar in its space, Meyer’s Olde Dutch, this month. The breakfast spot Quinn’s shuts down and turns into a Japanese restaurant/live music club with the same name and decor. The Hop may have unexpectedly closed last fall because of, as they say in rock ‘n’ roll, “creative differences,” but the chef has already moved around the corner to take over the kitchen of the new Beacon Hotel, one of two new hotels opening this spring in the city. Another former Hop owner is now across the street and running Hudson Valley Brewery, one of the city’s two craft breweries (the other one, 2 Way Brewing, is down by the train station.) Beacon Barks and the Beacon

Bagel recently changed hands. 4th Wall Theater is out at the Beacon Theater and Beacon’s own gang of roving cinematic gypsies known as Story Screen are moving in to build Beacon’s first movie theater. It’s a lot to keep track of, which keeps the city’s unofficial blog, A Little Beacon Blog, so busy that head blogger Katie Hellmuth Martin recently set up a Main Street office for the effort, in the same building as the coworking space Beahive. But the frantic pace of transitions speak to a city that’s trying to figure out how to be in this for the long haul, drawing inspiration from longtime Main Street stalwarts like BJ’s Restaurant (over 35 years in business) and the Yankee Clipper Diner (open since 1946.) Both BJ’s and the Clipper have been taking care of Beaconites for generations and continue to get better with age. Their resiliency speaks to one more thing about the Highlands that is demonstrated down on the Beacon waterfront, at the recently rehabilitated Long Dock Park. Long an industrial waste site, the land has been slowly transformed by Scenic Hudson into a park. Originally, the plans called for an enormous hotel and convention center to be built there, with all the eco-friendly bells and whistles. Then hurricanes Irene and Sandy arrived in 2011 and 2012. Both storms flooded the park under several feet of water for days. Putting a hotel there no longer seemed like such a great idea. So Scenic Hudson scrapped the hotel, went back to the drawing board, and came up with a plan for a park that could accommodate floods. Today, the park is filled with wide-open floodplains, tall native grasses, and a rental kayak storage shed operated by Mountain Tops Outfitters that’s built entirely out of grates, so that floodwaters can pass straight through it instead of knocking it down. Sure, an eco-friendly riverside convention center probably would have been a great economic boost for the region. But you can’t win `em all. Sometimes the factories close, the greedy developers win, and the devil rides into town and steals your newspaper. The revamped “park that floods” down at Long Dock stands as an example of what the Highlands teach all of us who live in its shadows: How to make space in our lives to accommodate hardship as it flows in, and how to build the strength to remain steadfast until it recedes. 5/17 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 43

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The bluestone-tiled entrance to Susan Coleman’s 4,000-squarefoot Colonial. Coleman, a mediator who focuses on international conflict resolution, regularly travels the world to help large groups and small negotiate their way towards peace. Her home is decorated with mementos from her journeys. “I’m all about integration,” she explains, “and helping people with difficult conversations. When handled in the right way, those difficult conversations can be transformative.”

Susan Coleman in her kitchen. Once the home’s former den, she added a kitchen island, ceramic tiles and French doors leading to a bluestone patio—all of it looking out over the property’s lake and woods. “I recently heard a historian explain that men finally stopped dueling when women started laughing when they dueled. Women have a lot of power. Empowering women, especially, leads to more peace.”

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ike the ladies of medieval legend who encouraged knights and kings away from “might makes right” toward a code of chivalry, Susan Coleman believes in the power of women to create a more just and peaceful world. She believes that men and women can collaborate on even the most polarizing issues—from ancient territorial disputes to reproductive rights— influencing their communities for the better. There is nothing fanciful about the way Coleman implements these beliefs, however. “I’m a lawyer, mediator, large-group facilitator, team and systems coach,” she explains, adding: “And now a podcaster.” Over her three-decadlong career Coleman has developed and utilized communication tools, people skills and team-building exercises to find common ground; helping communities, corporate teams, and even warring factions to come together, resolve issues, and grow from their conflicts. It’s a career that’s taken her across the globe from Colombia to Uganda to, most recently, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. While her work involves the stuff of nightly news reports, the home she’s returned to in the Hudson Highlands could be the setting for an Arthurian legend. The light grey colonial, surrounded by gardens, flowering trees, and 38 acres of forever wild woods, abuts a small lake, views of which permeant almost every room in her house. It’s a place of peace. It’s a place where the day-to-day business of the world recedes for a moment, leaving time to row across the misty water or walk through the deep, seemingly endless woods. (From her hiking trails, Coleman even knows a shortcut to the Appalachian Trail.) It’s the place from which she’s built a career facing some of the world’s most recalcitrant issues, and the nexus of her newest venture: “The Peace Building Podcast.”

Working with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Coleman placed a conservation easement on the 38 acres of woods surrounding her home— ensuring they would be preserved in perpetuity.


The Right Container “We never changed the footprint” Coleman tells me as she guides me though the 3,000-plus-square-foot home. “When we moved here, however, the layout was very idiosyncratic“ At that time, the front door opened straight into the large living room. At the back of the house, the original kitchen was small, and a stairway, tucked in the corner, lead to the four upstairs bedrooms—all dating from circa 100 years ago. A 1940s split-level addition, led down to a den (“It was so dark—you couldn’t see outside at all,” she recalls) and up to another sitting area. Originally from Long Island, Coleman had begun her career as an attorney in Manhattan, but left when she found practicing law too impersonal and competitive. After enrolling in Harvard’s Kennedy School for Government, she discovered their program on negotiation. “It just grabbed me,” Coleman remembers, “I am forever interested in groups and the way they operate.” She liked how it combined her interest in Gestalt therapy with organizational design and found it an antidote to the litigation system, which she realized had its limits in actually resolving issues. “The key to mediation comes down to creating a good container for conversation. With that, you can have really wonderful conversations with people who think very differently than you.” The move to Garrison from New York was propelled by her need for a more peaceful lifestyle and open space for her young family to grow into. While the interior needed upgrading, Coleman loved the surrounding woods and lake. Her children, two and five at the time, first questioned and then delighted in the landscape they were suddenly free to roam. “I remember them looking at us, questioning ‘can we really go more than 10 feet away?’” Soon, they were scrambling over rocks and exploring the woods—getting to know every inch of the new terrain.

Top: Coleman in her “do-jo” (industry lingo for a sound proof booth) set up in her office. The Peace Building Podcast features interviews with coaches, mediators, and all types of negotiators involved in peace-building initiatives across the globe. In the past few years Coleman has become especially interested in “bringing the feminine into the field of international relations.” Middle: A lemon tree add a colorful accent to Coleman’s home. Bottom: The light-filled dining area offers sumptuous views of the lake and woods surrounding the house.


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Nexus of Peace From the home’s entrance, another stairwell leads to Coleman’s office space. It’s where Coleman runs her mediation, coaching, and team-building business Susan Coleman Global and where she’s launched her latest endeavor: “The PeaceBuilding Podcast.” From a small recording booth built in one corner, Coleman interviews peace builders from all over the world. “It’s a mediator’s lens,” she says, exploring ways in which people across the globe are building and sustaining collaboration. Downloaded and listened to in 36 countries and counting and drawing on her connections throughout the world, it’s quickly becoming a nexus of peace builders—especially women—who are working against fierce odds to shape a more equitable world. “My focus now is on women and peace building,” Coleman explains. Through her podcast, Coleman has connected her new Afghani friends to women involved in the Colombian peace process and women integral to the peace process in Northern Ireland. “So many of us are fierce mothers,” she explains, “and we have a tremendous power to change our communities. Peace is within our grasp.”

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ast issue, Diane Greenberg, co-owner of Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson, introduced us to concepts and definitions around ecological landscaping and native plants. Let’s dig deeper.

When clients have invasive plants or underperforming gardens, what do you tell them? Frequently, when people buy a house, they feel obligated to keep the existing plants, especially if they’re fairly mature. I tell homeowners not to feel guilty about editing, or even starting over. Sometimes it’s easier to get rid of everything and start over with a blank canvas; other times, an older landscape plant can be happily incorporated. We like to remove old-fashioned landscape standards like Bradford pears because they are not beneficial to wildlife and are prone to disease and storm damage. We like to replace the endless suburban rows of sterile forsythia with plants that have pollen and berries. Shrubs like barberry and burning bush are in almost every landscape and over time they’ve invaded our woodlands and damaged the biodiversity of our environment. Studies show they also harbor more ticks than native shrubs and should be eliminated whenever possible.  What’s your reaction to seeing things like weeping Japanese maples in Hudson Valley landscapes? I have done Japanese-style gardens using a mix of native and non-native plants, but I tell people that a weeping Japanese maple next to their 19th-century farmhouse is going to look like a kimono at a square dance. My feeling is that I don’t want to go to Japan or France and see an American style landscape—yet most Americans have acquired their garden aesthetic from Europe or Asia. We

have this beautiful Catskill landscape to work with as our backdrop and we should celebrate that through our gardens. I feel we should enhance our sense of place by using native maples, oaks, winterberry hollies, red twig dogwoods, mountain laurels, and wildflowers. Our gardens should complement our region and look like they belong in the larger landscape. What do native plants want? As with any plant, you want to learn about the environment  the plant has evolved in and then match it up to the conditions you have on your property. Ferns want rich soil in shade and huckleberries want acidic dry soil in the sun. We have a lot of high water tables in Ulster County, so we have a bog walk in the back of the nursery to show people how to create bog gardens with plants that want those seasonally wet conditions. Rocky outcroppings can be turned into alpine gardens and large swashes of former grazing lands can be biodiverse meadows, instead of something that takes hours to mow. Learn your property, embrace your site as it is, and work with nature—and you’ll have a lower-maintenance garden. One thing native plants do not want is earthworms; this is especially true for woodland wildflowers. Most indigenous worms were wiped out here during the last ice age. The common nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris, is now ubiquitous in America but was previously a European species never found as a native species in North America. These large worms were brought here by the settlers, who used them as bait for fishing and to add fertility to their vegetable gardens. The problem is that these worms eat what native plants thrive on— rotted leaves. Worms eat fast, while plants have to absorb nutrients slowly, so you end up with the worms beating out the plants for food. When you have 5/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 51

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large saturations of earthworms, like around lakes where people fish a lot and cast off leftover bait, you see a steep decline in the population of native woodland plants like trillium. If your soil has a heavy worm population (common on former farms) you can counteract their presence by using a lot of shredded leaf mulch. What you should not add to your native gardens is manure in any form, manure is like steroids for worm populations.  We rarely use fertilizer, as most native plants don’t need it. A common mistake when putting in a meadow is fertilizing it or using a rich soil; meadow plants are evolved to less fertile soils and thrive with some hardship. Sometimes we’ll apply a little acidifier to blueberries if the soil is not acidic enough or we’ll put some specific organic fertilizer around fruit trees, but for ornamentals I never use fertilizer other than that provided by the slow breakdown of leaf mulch.   Thoughts on lawns? Typical lawn grasses do not like our acidic soil, which was once forest floor covered with ferns and moss. I usually tell people if it’s green, just mow it. In shady areas, I encourage people to let mosses, fungi, and sedges take over and then you don’t have to do anything. Whenever possible, I encourage meadow plantings and garden islands to replace lawn.  Thoughts on deer?  People tend to have a very romantic view about deer. The problem is they are out of balance with our local ecology. White-tailed deer are more a Midwestern species, but populations were encouraged in the Northeast for hunting, and venison farms were promoted during the 1930s as an economic industry. It was not uncommon for deer to escape. These deer discovered the local corn fields and happily ate themselves into a population boom because they breed based on food supply. We have also lost our predator populations that keep the herd healthy by targeting the weak. The only real predator of deer nowadays is the SUV, especially as hunting declines. Deer are a threat to our region’s biodiversity. They devastate the forest understory by eating saplings. Without new healthy saplings to replace older trees, we will not have future forests. Deer eat the flowers that the pollinators need and the berry shrubs the birds rely upon. Unfortunately, deer rarely eat invasive plants, which helps those plants spread even faster because they are left to thrive in the environment, and also because people sometimes resort to mostly using invasive plants in desperation to have a deer-resistant garden. For these and other reasons, I don’t recommend the “deer-resistant” school of gardening to my clients. Deer are very adaptable, and when people keep using deer-resistant plants, the deer just learn to eat them—or at least damage them. Plus, for every deer-resistant plant we put in our gardens that is one less plant that would have added to the biodiversity and strength of our environment. To deter deer, we advocate various forms of fencing, either beautiful or invisible. The nursery is completely fenced with a type of wire fencing you can’t see unless you are close up. If you can’t fence the full perimeter of a property, you can make a smaller fence that becomes a beautiful part of your garden. Even a small enclosure can be make a difference when it’s planted with a diverse selection of beneficial plants that might be hard to grow in competition  with deer. The deer just need to see some height; you don’t need the Alamo. At the very least, do not encourage the presence of deer in your gardens. Chase them off when you see them. Make their habitual trails unappealing. You can detour deer with a well-designed hedgerow or by creating spaces they can’t see into. Use the deer repellent sprays; they all work and it’s good to rotate them. Once they’re diverted to a new trail they are not as likely to pester you.

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Luna, a pigment print by Carol March, part of the “Flora” exhibition at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson through May 14.

510 WARREN ST GALLERY 510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510. “Carl Grauer: Cells: Two Hour Portrait.” During the opening the artist will be painting several two hour portraits from life. May 5-28. Opening reception May 6, 3pm-6pm. ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. “Jorge Hernandez: Phototgraphs.” Through June 30. THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN ST., RIDGEFIELD, CT (203) 438-4519. “Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past.” Through September 4. ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146. “Mythology.” Through May 6. ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER 24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS (518) 945-2136. “14th Annual Members Exhibition.” Through May 7. CCS BARD GALLERIES ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON 758-7598. “The Filament and the Bulb: 2017 Spring Exhibitions and Projects.” Through May 28. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550. “Juried Members’ Show.” Through May 20. BEACON ARTIST UNION 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177. “Pamela Zeremba & Joel Werring: Short Stories.” Also showing “Thrown” by Brett Phares in the Beacon Room. Through May 7. 58 ARTS & CULTURE CHRONOGRAM 5/17

BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY 43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 516-4435. “On the Horizon.” Recycled material with rudimentary printmaking techniques by Roxie Johnson. Through May 7. BROADWAY ARTS 694 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 417-6825. “The Art Kid.” 5 year old Giuseppe LaLima of Kingston NY, will be exhibiting his first solo art exhibition. Mondays-Sundays. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Gathering Ground.” May 3-June 18. Opening reception May 6, 5pm-7pm. CATALYST GALLERY 137 MAIN ST, BEACON 204-3844. “Scott Lerman: Tree Rings.” May 6-May 13. Opening reception May 6, 6pm-8:30pm. CLARK ART INSTITUTE 225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-2303. “An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting.” Through September 17. CLOVE AND CREEK 73 BROADWAY, KINGSTON CLOVEANDCREEK.COM. “I Caught All These Fish.” Works by Steven Weinberg. Through July 1. COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON (518) 828-1481. “The Earth from Above.” Through March 30. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK 452-9430. “Sweet & Salty: Tastes of Cultural History.” Through July 19.

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DARREN WINSTON BOOKSTORE 81 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT (860) 364-1890. “Here, There, Everywhere.” Works by artist Richard Roney-Dougal. Through May 6.

MID-HUDSON HERITAGE CENTER 317 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 485-8506. “Long Reach, Squared.” Through May 6.

DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 845 440 0100. “Robert Irwin, Excursus: Homage to the Square3.” Through May 31.

OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROAD 22, GHENT (518) 392-4747. “Windows: Lois Dodd.” Through May 7.

DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STREET, TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Ralley at the Duck Pond.” Works by Neil Ralley, photographer. May 5-27. Opening reception May 5, 5:30pm-7pm.

ORANGE HALL GALLERY SUNY ORANGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4790. “Art you kidding me? 13th Annual Student and Faculty Art Show.”

ELTING MEMORIAL LIBRARY 93 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255.5030. “Historic Preservation Commission - Art Show.” May 14-June 3. ERPF GALLERY 43355 ROUTE 28, ARKVILLE (845) 586-2611. “Catskill 360.” Immersive photographs by Alan Powell. Through May 20. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237. “In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura.” Featuring more than 40 paintings and drawings. Through July 2. FRG OBJECTS & DESIGN / ART 217 WARREN STREET 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. “Performance.” Paintings by John Fallon. Through May 31. GALLERY LEV SHALEM, WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 679-2218. “Inner Journeys.” Juried by Robert Langdon of Emerge Gallery. Through June 18. GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “Eleni LaSenna: Evolution of A Work.” Through May 7. GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. “Off the Walls: From Junk to Art.” Through May 27.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. Peter Bynum: Illumination of the Sacred Forms: Divine Light Mission and Sanctuary. An installation of illuminated paintings by Peter Bynum, with a multi-media component of video projections. Through December 17. INKY EDITIONS 112 S FRONT ST, HUDSON (518) 610-5549. “Terry James Conrad: Builder’s Alchemy.” May 6-June 25. Opening reception May 6, 5pm-7pm. JEFF BAILEY GALLERY 127 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-6680. “Seth Koen: Wayward.” An exhibition of new sculpture. Fridays-Sundays. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Joseph Haske, Paintings.” Through May 21. JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY 16 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-2250. “The Bedroom.” Created by The Women Artist Team. Through May 6. KENT ART ASSOCIATION 21 SOUTH MAIN STREET, KENT, CT (860) 927-3989. “Barbara Goodspeed: A Celebration of Life and Art.” Through May 14. KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “The Ritual of Construction.” May 19-July 2. Opening reeption May 20, 3pm-7pm. LABSPACE 2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE LABSPACEART.BLOGSPOT.COM/. “Taconic North.” An invitational exhibition of small works from regional artists, curated by Susan Jennings and Julie Torres. Through June 11. LIMNER GALLERY 123 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-2343. “Neoteric Abstract V.” Through May 30. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241. “Kevin Cook and Andrea McFarland: Recent Paintings.” Through May 20. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. “Post-Magic Symbiosis.” Through May 7.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Melissa Braggins: Secret Gardens.” Through May 7. ROBERT A. MCCAFFREY REALTY 140 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING 265-4113. “Hudson Valley Paintings by Daisy de Puthod.” Representational oil plein air landscape paintings of the Hudson Valley. May 5-30. Opening reception May 5, 5pm-8pm. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. “Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts.” A pioneer of modern ceramic art in America, Walters made functional objects and ceramic sculpted artefacts alike. The exhibition presents prime examples of his witty and original three-dimensional figures as well as his elegant plates and bowls. Through May 21. SEPTEMBER 449 WARREN STREET #3, HUDSON. “Witches.” Through May 7. SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY ARTS CENTER 790 ROUTE 203, SPENCERTOWN (518) 392-3693. “2nd Annual Members’ Art Show.” Through May 7. THE STOREFRONT GALLERY 93 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-8473. “Tom Dinchuk’s Spring Show.” May 6-30. SUNY ULSTER 491 COTTREKILL ROAD, STONE RIDGE 687-5262. “Student Works 2017.” This annual exhibition features work created by students in the Fine Art, Design, and Fashion Design programs, as selected by instructors. Through May 24. THE CHATHAM BOOKSTORE 27 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM 518-392-3005. “From a House on a Hill.” Juliet Teng oil paintings. Through May 31. THE LACE MILL 165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON 331-2140. “Unity Show”. May 6-13. Oening reception May 6, 5:30pm-9pm. THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL 518-943-7465. “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills.”May 2-October 29. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Time and Tide: Frank Curran.” Through May 21. THOMPSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE VASSAR.EDU. “Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures From Steepletop.” Through June 11. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 845 757 2667. “The Big Picture..and Small Details.” Featuring landscapes in different styles and medias. May 5-29. Opening reception May 6, 6pm-8pm. UNION ARTS CENTER 2 UNION STREET, SPARKILL 359-0258. “Sacred Environments: Susan Shanti Gibian.” May 21-December 31. Opening reception May 21, 2pm-4pm. WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. “Watercolor Floral Paintings: Juried Competition.” May 1-30. WILDERSTEIN PRESERVATION 330 MORTON ROAD, RHINEBECK 876-4818. “An American Family in World War I.” May 4-October 29. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. Sping Exhibitions. Through May 28.


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HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. “Impressions of Nature.” Waterscapes and landscapes by Hudson Valley artist Cheryl Vlachos. Through May 7.

PLACE. A UNIQUE GALLERY 3 MAIN STREET, MILLERTON 347-622-6084. Works by Tracy Helgeson. May 6-July 6.

Music Pat Harrington, Richie Tousell, and Chris Turco of Geezer photographed in Kingston on April 6.

Rock of Ages Geezer

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s it true, that you’re never too old to rock ’n’ roll? madness of New York and ended up in Kingston during the post-9/11 exodus For Kingston’s Pat Harrington (guitar, vocals, 44), Richie Touseull (bass, of the early 2000s. “My wife and I were just done with Brooklyn,” says Touseull. 48), and Chris Turco (drums, 44), the question is largely irrelevant. Rocking “We wanted some space and community, and I just didn’t get the scene there is, simply, what they do. In fact, the very name of their band, Geezer, not only anymore. I was feeling like everyone had their own agenda.” Even though acknowledges this, it celebrates it.Turco and Harrington met at a party in 2010 they’d hit it off when they met, at first Harrington and Turco had no plans for a and bonded over a shared love of the Bad Brains and Celtic Frost, joking that serious project; their initial collaboration was to record something for a well“kids today are more [millennial-beloved emo-poppers] ‘Weezer’ and we’re paying Jeremiah Weed whiskey ad campaign, which was looking for music in more ‘geezer.’” (Ironically, YouTube yields footage of a Weezer tribute band in the vein of ZZ Top. “We sent something in, but they actually just ended up California also called Geezer.) But besides being a sarcastic allusion to their getting ZZ Top to do it,” says Turco with a laugh. “But there was definitely ages, the moniker is also a cheeky nod to the band’s most obvious touchstone, something clicking with Pat and me, so we just kept it going.” Harrington had Black Sabbath, via the name of that influential outfit’s bassist, Geezer Butler. recently immersed himself in the blues and fallen especially hard for the raw, And, as with Butler’s band, Geezer’s sound is one of shuddering volume, dark growling sounds of Charley Patton and Son House, pairing those influences moods, thudding beats, and crushing heaviness. with the loud rock he’d been playing. Geezer’s rootsy tack was made plain The heaviness. As Harrington points out, the manner in which it was being with the title of their 2013 debut, Electrically Recorded Handmade Heavy Blues. put forth in rock music underwent a change in the early 1980s. “Bands like The following year, however, brought a psychedelic shift in the form of Gage, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden got big and it a five-track EP that opens with the spacey, became more about classically influenced guitar throbbing “Ancient Song.” “One of the things “One of the things I hated solos and operatic vocals,” says the wizardI hated about the metal scene on Long Island bearded singer in his gravel-and-sandpaper rasp. when I was growing up was that the music felt about the metal scene on so boxed-in,” Harrington says. “So it’s great to “When most people think of metal, it seems like those are the characteristics that come to mind be free of that and to improvise and try different first. Some people say that Geezer is metal, but stuff.” Villano, then living in Ithaca and wearying Long Island when I was I tell ’em we’re not—we’re a hard rock band. of the commute, soon bowed out to make way What we do is blues-based. It has deeper roots.” for Touseull and the band took the rock on the growing up was that the A key point. Hard rock, after all, was born in road, touring with Michigan quartet Bison the mid-1960s via blues-schooled legends like Machine and rolling down for New York gigs. music felt boxed in.” Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Jeff Beck and retained Of great help in spreading the word about much of its blues backbone in late ’60s/early the band among the stoner rock tribes has been ’70s followers like Mountain, Iron Butterfly, Led —Pat Harrington of Geezer the scene’s wide network of blogs and podcasts, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and the afore-mentioned which can be viewed as the digital update of the Black Sabbath. But with the rise of the so-called NWOBHM (New Wave of demo-trading cassette underground that was so crucial to the 1980s thrash British Heavy Metal) scene in the early ’80s and the hardcore-influenced thrash metal scene. One such successful outlet is Harrington’s podcast “Electric wave at the end of that decade, most of the blues marrow was wrung out of Beard of Doom,” which is now in its fifth year and recently clocked its 82nd heavy music—until bluesy “stoner rock” (so named for its practitioners’ slow- episode. “It kind of made sense for me to get into [podcasting], because I’m a nodding, bong-friendly beats) bands like Kyuss, Sleep, and Fu Manchu appeared stay-at-home dad and I do voiceover work, plus I’m always into checking out in the 1990s. It’s here, within the latter, ongoing movement, that Geezer lives. other bands,” says the singer about the show, which plays current and classic Harrington and Touseull (the latter replaced the group’s original bassist, heavy rock sounds. “And it’s definitely opened some doors for the band—I Freddy Villano, in 2015) grew up in a hard rock/heavy metal bastion: Long have a lot of listeners in Europe and other parts of the world.” (Harrington Island, home of genre pioneers Vanilla Fudge and Cactus and the clubs that posts new shows on Saturdays via Mixcloud, where past episodes are also famously nurtured Twisted Sister. “There was definitely a lot of big hair around, archived.) but even as a teenager to me something about that scene always felt pretty Given the band’s European interest, it’s appropriate, then, that a continental contrived,” grunts Harrington, the group’s main songwriter and driving force. label, Germany’s STB Records, recently released Geezer’s self-titled third “But, then again, like most white American males of a certain age, when I when album on double LP (it’s out on CD in America via Ripple Music). A monolithic I was really, really young I was totally into Kiss. I have a brother who’s 10 years masterpiece of the threesome’s chosen field, it’s an avalanche of pummeling older than me, and a little later he got me into Led Zeppelin, the Doors, all tempos, acid-injected explorations, and boulder-hurling caveman riffs. “Geezer that stuff. Now, when I look back at what I was into and compare it to what my have mastered the flow and groove of their own form of heavy and psychedelic friends were into, it’s, like, ‘Man, that was some pretty dark shit for a little kid blues rock,” raves JJ Koczan of critical blog The Obelisk. “Marked by classic to be listening to.’” instrumental chemistry and modern grit, their jams bridge a gap of decades By the late 1980s it had gotten even darker.With hardcore and metal merging easily and with fluidity. Pat’s slide guitar doesn’t hurt either.” Next month, the via crossover thrash acts like the Cro-Mags, Anthrax, and D.R.I., Harrington group floats on the fumes of their rising stoner status across the Atlantic to play was drawn across the East River to New York, with its all-ages matinees at the sold-out Freak Valley Festival in Germany and other dates. CBGB and other venues; by the ’90s he’d moved to town and was playing in a Until then, they’re hanging tight at home and doing the occasional regional band called Gaggle of Cocks, which was followed by Slunt, a major-indie outfit gig. “I’m lucky to have an extremely supportive wife, who sees how playing that toured with Motörhead, Marilyn Manson, and Paul Stanley. Turco comes music keeps me sane,” says Harrington, whose second child was born in originally from farther north: Oswego, the home of a surprisingly vibrant 1980s February. “Sometimes I think it’d be easier if I was into something else. But you hardcore scene, and has Geezer’s longest rap sheet. Bouncing between West know how it is, man. I didn’t choose to do this stuff. It chose me.” Virginia, the Baltimore/DC area, and Brooklyn, he drummed in indie units Trans Am, Les Savy Fav, White Hills, and Scene Creamers, performs with area Geezer will perform with ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist ZakkWylde at the GrammercyTheater in NewYork on May 18. improv rockers Ultraam, and intermittently fronts his own Chron Turbine. Prior to meeting, all three had jettisoned the high rents and claustrophobic


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

ROBERT SARAZIN BLAKE May 11-13. As befits his surname, Washingtonbased singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake also happens to be one of today’s greatest working wordsmiths; like William Blake, his story-poems pulse with rich, tangible imagery. Yet Sarazin Blake’s songs are literally songs of innocence and experience, seasoned from years of playing pubs and coffeehouses across the US and the British Isles. His new double album, Recitative, was recorded locally with the unit he calls “the Hudson Valley’s own Wrecking Crew”: guitar slinger Connor Kennedy and his band Minstrel, who join him and other guests at the Colony Cafe for this three-night residency. (Tom Pacheco and Joseph McNulty serve up and swap songs May 27.) 7pm. $12, $15. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625;



May 6. Hailing and wailing from New Hampshire, the duo Yankee Cockfights claim as their influences R.L. Burnside, GG Allin, Hasil Adkins, Eyehategod, Antiseen, Jelly Roll Kings, Misfits, Scissorfight, Wu Tang Clan, Motörhead, Melvins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Black Sabbath, and Howlin’ Wolf—which gives a fair enough indication of their brand of grimy punk blues. Comprised of the Mighty Junior (vocals, harmonica) and Scrimmy the Dirtbag (guitar, kick drum), the twosome has been touring hard on their lo-fi debut, Keep Bangin’, and sullies the stage of the Anchor this month. With Kiel Grove and Zach Slik. (Lara Hope and the ArkTones celebrate their new CD May 5; Dyspell and others rock May 27.) 9:30pm. $5. Kingston. (845) 853-8124;

May 13. Troy trio the Super 400 have been blasting out the hard rock for more than 20 years and are recognized as hometown heroes; 1996 saw the city’s mayor declare a day in their honor (the local love is mutual; the group often does regional shows in support of area charities). Signed briefly to Island Records, the band has been releasing their own albums since the early 2000s and remains a top draw on the European festival circuit. Their long history, however, has been hard-wrought: Bassist Lori Friday was sidelined for a spell by a chronic-pain condition. The group hits home-base haunt the Hangar on the Hudson for this predictably hot-ticket blowout. With Cloud Lifter. (Sean Rowe returns May 13; Ray Wylie Hubbard sings June 3.) 8pm. $10. Troy. (518) 272-9740;

LOCUST HONEY May 6. Locust Honey makes just the right kind of sweet, old-timey sound to welcome in the warmer months as we look forward to the upcoming outdoor music festival season. The bluegrass duo of Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson (joined by upright bassist John Miller) utilizes fiddle, banjos, and acoustic and resonator guitars to complement their signature harmonies. The North Carolina pair has landed tunes on the soundtracks of the Oren Moverman films Time Out of Mind and The Dinner and their 2014 debut Never Let Me Cross Your Mind placed highly in the alt-country charts of the US, Ireland, and the UK. (Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine yuk it up May 13; the Woodsheep get wooly June 2.) 8pm. $10. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048;


LUISI CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS May 28. Grammy-winning conductor Fabio Luisi debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and took over as its principal conductor in 2011 when the Met’s music director, James Levine, stepped aside due to health issues. For this afternoon at Bard College’s Fisher Center, Luisi will lead the Bard-affiliated Orchestra Now and guest violinist David Chan through Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. Fun fact: Outside of his musical career, the maestro pursues perfumery and has his own fragrance line. Take that, Kanye. (The Bard College Community Orchestra delivers Dvorak May 15; the Red Hook High School Concert Choir and Symphonic Band play May 19.) 1pm. $25, $35 (free for Bard Students). Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900;



The intrigue of the blues exists in its paradoxes: familiarity and idiosyncrasy, convention and variation, raw emotion in inherited forms. In its instrumental gestures, its lyrical tropes, and its lexicon of grooves and changes, the blues is all about finding new angles into the old verities. In this regard, blues, soul, and R&B interpreter Big Joe Fitz has a huge advantage. It’s called repertoire. Fitz is a scholar of his genres. This curation—every bit as much as Fitz’s rich, stylish, and tremulous delivery—makes Shoulda Known Better a subtle treat across its 10 tracks. Featuring songs by Larry Addison, Stix Hooper, Merle Haggard, and country-soul iconoclast Arthur Alexander, the material is first-rate and an expansive musical revelation if the modern guitar blues has gotten a little too one-four-fivey for you. Fitz is accompanied by his longtime band, the Lo-Fi’s: guitarist and featured soloist Mark Dziuba, drummer Chris Bowman, and bassist and recording engineer Robert Bard. First-call regional keyboardist Jeremy Baum sits in on nearly half the tracks, and Fitz’s harp playing is nothing to sneeze at. Players with wide-open ears and plentiful chops, their blues are stylistically fluid, often broaching jazz (“Don’t Mess Around with Love”). Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away” is reimagined as wispy funk. They go in for some cheese-Latin horseplay on the delightful “You Better Move On,” and there are plenty of reverent traditional blues here as well. Big Joe sure does love his work. —John Burdick

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This is an organic, roots-music effort I can get behind on many levels. New Paltz-based singer-songwriter Amy Laber’s vision of country music digs deep beyond superficialities of form and twang to the bedrock of soul music with a lower-case “s”—which, if you think about it, is what powers great music of any kind. Laber displays plenty of soul here, in her haunting vocals, which connect Loretta Lynn to Patti Smith; in her reliance on modal drones—the essence of blues and the DNA common to so much global folk-roots music, from Ireland to India to China and back again; and in her resonant writing about life and love and nature and music itself (“From New Orleans to the Moon” pays tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash.) It also helps to have on hand a veritable supergroup of roots talent, including guitarist Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Van Morrison), Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Neil Flanz (Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris), and bassist Byron Isaacs (Lumineers, Amy Helm). “I Got No Place to Go” and “Rose of Sharon” boast an ancient, timeless quality, while Flanz’s pedal steel snaking around the melody on “Downstream” gives it a classic Patsy Cline-era/jukebox-country feel. Kudos to producer Stephen George, who also plays drums, for stretching a canvas that allows these disparate elements to fuse into a seven-song celebration of a very personal brand of Americana. —Seth Rogovoy


Since they unapologetically lumbered onto the scene, the gentlemen in Kingston stoner rock unit Shadow Witch have made quite a splash. Having already shared the stage with legends Corrosion of Conformity and been granted high praise by tastemaking hard rock site The Obelisk, the band recently released their formidable debut, Sunkiller. Since the recording of the album, the band has acquired ex-Murphy’s Law and Mearth drummer Doug Beans. Sunkiller features the somewhat more behind-the-beat and John Bonham-esque Anton Van Kleek on drums, and the record packs a real wallop. Fans of everything from Alice in Chains to Kyuss will dig the twists and turns of the band’s sound. Also lurking somewhere between Sabbath’s more upbeat rock ’n’ roll side (think “Gypsy” or “Never Say Die”) and “Slaves and Bulldozers”-era Soundgarden slog, Shadow Witch manages to evoke familiar greats while finding their own path. Vocalist Earl Walker Lundy is one of the best shamanic hard rock types in the region, a true-blue versatile mountain hippie who can wail the bluesy side of hard rock with the best of them. Engineer Matthew Cullen (Mercury Rev, Sean Lennon, Geezer) helped the band realize their vision and capture some lightning in a bottle. “Wreckage,” in particular, stands out, a song Wino of Spirit Caravan and the Obsessed could be proud of. Whether you’re nursing heartache or aim to expand your mind, Sun Killer has got you covered. One of the region’s finest acts, for certain. —Morgan Y. Evans CHRONOGRAM.COM LISTEN to tracks by the artists reviewed in this issue.

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n my way to meet The Price of Illusion author Joan Juliet Buck, I suddenly become self-conscious about what I’m wearing, a version of my freelance writer uniform: ratty old jeans, a turtleneck sweater, and beat-up suede Mary Jane flats I bought in 1996. I mean, I’m about to interview someone who was editor of Paris Vogue from 1994 through 2001; who began her brief marriage to British journalist John Heilpern in a dress made for her by hand by her pal Karl Lagerfeld; who as a young woman had an affair with Donald Sutherland, and flirtations with Tom Wolfe and Leonard Cohen; who considers Anjelica Huston a surrogate sister, and counts Tina Brown, Charlotte Rampling, and Paloma Picasso as friends. What was I thinking? But then Buck, 68, arrives to meet me at Rhinecliff’s Morton Library, where for the past three years she’s rented an office in the basement while living in a small apartment in Rhinebeck.To my great relief, she’s dressed even more casually than I am—sweats, a long-sleeve T-shirt, rubber Wellies, and a simple black knit cap atop her signature gamine haircut. On her, the effect is effortless chic. “Hello!” she calls from across the street in her trans-Atlantic accent, not fully American, but neither fully British or European. “I think you might be looking for me? Joan?” From the minute we meet, Buck is warm, accessible, and completely downto-earth, and I’m reminded that her book, although chock full of anecdotes of her brushes with the rich and famous, is all about cutting through the glittering illusions of fame to what really matters. I’m meeting the real Joan, the one who, after spending six years making sense of her life through writing her memoir, has come to consider airs of grandeur hazardous to one’s health. This is the no-bullshit Joan, who has taken as a cautionary tale her actress mother’s affliction with trigeminal neuralgia—a condition that caused excruciating pain in her cheekbones—after smiling relentlessly through her unhappy marriage and other regrets. Buck leads me into her writing space. It’s a cozy, bohemian den, filled with rare books, journals, and artifacts from a life that has taken her to many rarefied places, filled with boldfaced names.Take the sepia photographic portrait of Clark Gable sitting on her desk, for example. “That,” she says, pointing, “was taken by my father,” Jules Buck, a movie producer who for much of his life considered army buddy John Huston his best friend. He also pretty much discovered Peter O’Toole, with whom he’d later partner in a film production company. Buck’s star-studded childhood began in Los Angeles, but was rerouted to Paris during the McCarthy Hearings, when she was three. Soon after, Joan, Jules, and her mother, Joyce—who considered Lauren Bacall her best friend— moved to London, and also spent a fair amount of time in Galway, Ireland, in Huston’s home, St. Clerans. She naturally grew up to become a nomad and jet-setter, briefly touching down at Sarah Lawrence College; the Malibu beach house her best friend, Anjelica Huston, shared with Jack Nicholson; Santa Fe; Milan; the South of France; and back and forth to Paris, where she ultimately landed at Vogue. She never really wanted the magazine job. “I only took it because I was blocked on my third novel,” she recalls. Before Paris Vogue, there were stints at Glamour and Women’s Wear Daily, but fashion wasn’t really her thing. “This guy I was going out with had ended things with me, it was snowing out, the kitty litter stank, I owed a tax bill, and so I thought, alright, I’ll do it.” Although it’s been argued that Buck revolutionized the magazine, adding depth to it in various ways, over time she fell out of favor with the powers that be at Conde Nast, Vogue’s publisher. They asked her to take a “sabbatical,” and curiously ordered her to check into a rehab facility back in the US. Buck knew the break wasn’t temporary. This phase of her life was over.

••• The subterranean office at the Morton Library is a long way from the tony Paris arrondissements Buck used to inhabit, but it’s a comfortable, fitting refuge for the period of her life she categorizes as “post-multiple-shipwreck.” Indeed, Buck is living in the wake of some major career calamities. First there was that ouster from Paris Vogue, and the very public false claim that she had a drug addiction, for which she needed to attend rehab. (People at Paris Vogue thought they saw syringes in Buck’s bag and assumed she was on drugs, but they were actually vials of sea water she carried in her bag to balance her electrolytes.) That didn’t stop her from going to Cottonwood, on Vogue’s dime. One of the funniest and most endearing passages of The Price of Illusion takes place at

the rehab, where instead of protesting that she doesn’t need to be there—and blood tests absolutely confirm she doesn’t—she decides to make the best of the situation. “When I was told, ‘You have to take a sabbatical,’ I thought, Okay, it’s over. Here was her chance to get back to writing. “I thought,‘Shit, I’ve got to write again. But what am I going to write about?’ For me the experience of being the editor in chief of Paris Vogue hadn’t been an experience. There had been no real moment, there had been no true connection at any point. There would be these moments of effervescence during the meetings where I would get people to make the ideas come together, and that was fabulous. But that was from a small part of my brain. It wasn’t engaging all of me. And none of it had felt real.” When she realized Cottonwood was a rehab, rather than a spa, she actually became excited. “I thought, I’m going to go somewhere I would never go.” She would have access to another world, a new world, where she could have real experiences, with other people who were also having real experiences. “Everyone in Paris was on tranquilizers or drunk. I thought, Nobody there is going to be drunk or high, and I can cry.” In a Twelve Step meeting there, she hears a woman, a poodle groomer, share her story about cocaine addiction and suddenly identifies. “She was talking about me,” Buck writes. “Me and Vogue. The spell of Vogue... This woman and her coke were me and Vogue, me buying the clothes, buying the parties and the famous names and the access to everything that glittered and shone and was superior and wonderful, and it cost me so much that I didn’t have time to write anything except more pieces about the clothes and the glamour and the parties and the famous names and everything that glittered and shone and was superior and wonderful…” She jumps up and yells, “That’s me! You’re me!” to the applause of everyone in the room. Translation: Hi, I’m Joan, and I’m an illusion addict. After rehab, Buck began dabbling in acting. In 2009, she landed a small role in Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, playing Madame Elisabeth Brassart, head of the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. She also was able to reconstruct something of a career freelancing for magazines. But then, in 2011, came shipwreck number two. American Vogue assigned her a profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad. Buck didn’t really want to do it. “I hate writing profiles,” she says. “How do you impose a narrative on someone else’s life?” But she needed the work. “And I thought, if Vogue wants this profile, there must be a reason.” The result was essentially a puff piece highlighting Asma al-Assad’s flair for style and her work with the Louvre to curate museums in Syria, and painting her husband, Bashar al-Assad, the son of a dictator, as a potential reformer. Cue the Assad regime’s warfare against its own people just weeks after the profile ran. Vogue took no responsibility for the series of editorial choices that led to the creation and publication of that piece. Instead, the magazine hung Buck out to dry, canceling her longstanding freelance contract, and deleting the piece from the archives on its website. “No one would touch me after that,” Buck recalls. In a way, although it hurt, Buck saw it as a blessing. Now she could step away from the superficial profile writing she hated. Now she could really write. She landed a contract for her memoir and set to work. “I crawled into the book,” she recalls, “and I allowed my nostalgia and my love and my longing to rebuild everything that was lost, and to spend time in my mind with the people I had loved. It was a refuge. I got to hide and remake all that.” Writing the book helped her make sense of everything. “The reason for writing this book was to figure out what had happened,” she recalls “How did I accumulate all of this incident and drama? I didn’t come into the book with an attitude about my life except that it seemed to be a series of failures and catastrophes and things that I had tried to repair. First I thought, These are ‘moral tales from the world of chic.’ Here’s this gorgeous world, but this sort of karmic shit keeps happening.” What stood out to her was what she had discovered at the rehab: She’d lived under the influence of illusion. “Illusion cost me everything,” Buck says. The book—heartfelt, candid, humorous—has helped her regain her footing, but in unexpected ways. “Strangers are opening up to me,” she says “I didn’t know that if you opened your heart, people would open theirs.” She’s now writing personal essays for Harper’s Bazaar and working on a collection of them, in her office in the library. Although she still has the soul of a nomad, she says she’s enjoying life in the Hudson Valley. “I had this longing to be outside of New York City in a village, in beauty, on a train line,” she says. “I have no idea where home is. But one thing I know:When I’m coming back here from the city in a car with somebody, on the train just after Poughkeepsie, I get this feeling of aaaahhh…” 5/17 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 67

SHORT TAKES Slide into spring with new twists on old tales or fresh ideas for outdoor adventures.


Following the success of Love Where You Live, design specialist and owner of the Hudson Valley Hammertown stores Joan Osofsky and author Abby Adams have joined forces once again to create Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat. Packed with festive party ideas and menus with easy-to-prepare dishes to accompany them, the book showcases a variety of entertaining options, like how to plan a potluck for 40 people and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Dana Cowin’s “Cocktails on the Terrace,” with recipes including falafel, tea-infused punch with whiskey, and more.


Three-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated playwright John Leonard Pielmeier’s debut novel offers a new perspective on the classic children’s tale Peter Pan. Told from the point of view of Captain James Cook, Pielmeier (a Garrison resident) offers the ruthless pirate the chance to tell his own story. After losing his mom at just 13, Cook is kidnapped by pirates and eventually abandoned at “Never Isles.” From there he falls in love, confronts inner and outer demons, and eventually meets an idealistic boy named Peter.


Upstate New York by definition is far and wide. Weekenders and casual travelers often miss some of the quintessential Hudson Valley towns and sights. Oneonta radio personality Chuck D’Imperio’s translates his love for upstate New York into this witty guidebook, designed to take you off the beaten trail. Separated by regions, this travel-journal features must-sees in Western New York, the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Catskills, Hudson Valley, Capital District, and the North Country (Adirondacks).


On their journey back to Ireland, protagonist Maeve and her family discover the hidden truth behind their exile. Norse Gaels, a clan of Viking/Scots, used black magic to annihilate the chief leaders of Maeve’s clan. Upon returning to Ireland, Maeve must use her powers to confront three leaders of the Norse Gaels, based on Celtic goddesses (but with a dark twist, of course). The last work of the late Rosendale-based author Douglas Nicholas’s fantasy series, this novel combines Irish and Celtic history with fantasy.


Most Hudson Valley residents are familiar with the rich history surrounding New Paltz. In his book, former curator of education at the Huguenot Historical Society and current Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Kenneth Shefsiek explores the challenges the Walloon families (immigrants from the Spanish part of the Netherlands) faced. Shefsiek begins by explaining how “difficult material circumstances, brought out by war, as well as the attraction of economic opportunities abroad,” as opposed to religious reasons, inspired the Walloons to settle and create a community in the New World. Eventually, the Walloon culture began to shift and became absorbed with the community favoring Dutch and English culture.


Jennifer Donnelly explores the inner workings of the intellectual Disney princess Belle’s mind in her latest New York Times bestseller Lost in a Book. When Belle discovers a book entitled Nevermore in her new residence, she is thrust into a world of Parisian adventure. But then her intuition is truly put to the test when she is forced to wonder whether she can trust this new reality the book has brought her to. Donnelly will be at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on May 6, signing copies.


Kingdom of the Young Edie Meidav

Sarabande Books, 2017, $15.95


die Meidav’s collection of short stories Kingdom of the Young transports readers to unconventional experiences and submerged feelings of the past. Divided into three sections “Believers,” “Knaves,” and “Dreamers” and culminating in a nonfiction coda of two essays, these stories take the Samuel Ullman quote “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind” to heart. In a stream of conscious-style narrative similar to Jonathan Safran Foer, Meidav’s stories range in subject matter from fallen friendships in “Quincenera” to a royal father’s letter in offering parenting advice to his estranged pregnant daughter in “I Never Had Any Problem With You.” With delicate and poignant prose, the first sentence of the eponymous story has you hooked: “He is marching but losing the point, the rest of us falling behind the leader who can’t help the slightly affected pointing lift of his left foot as he marches.” As the pages unfold, Meidav transports you to a dystopian-like child army whose commander is now 30—the wrong age. Speaking to the inner fear we all have of growing up, this narrative questions the true weight of time and such numbers. Throughout this collection, the idea of the ticking clock is brought up again and again. In “The Golden Rule; Or, I Am Only Trying to Do the Right Thing” we meet a man suffering from dementia. His now unrepressed sexual desires earn him the nickname the Groper at the hospital. While he is in the final stages of his life, his wife, Hummingbird, watches him live out his own personal hell—finding herself in a purgatory state between the past and present, wondering what her own inferno will be like. The passing of time is further examined in “Koi,” where children Pint and Shayna develop a friendship only to eventually lose contact. Years later, when Shayna sends Pint a birthday present, the two reconnect, a wish Pint’s been praying to come true her entire life. However, “on the train ride home, one girl will keep asking herself whether even that moment mattered.” And then, in the last 50-or-so pages, the compilation’s “Coda,” we get a peek into some of the moments that mattered in Meidav’s life herself. As she so delicately declares in her first essay “Questions of Travel,” “who knows what youth is really looking for?” We learn of romanticized and revisited trips to Barcelona and estranged lovers from Granada—perhaps the basis to her earlier story “Romance; or Blind in Granada.” This essay leaves you in a dream-like sequence wondering, as Meidav does “to travel well, must you live behind the self you thought you were coming to see?” The Barcelona she experienced in her youth is not nearly comparable to the Barcelona she shares with her family, years later, questioning as her other stories have, the correlation between perception and memory and time and love. With a book so focused on unfolding snippets—moments—from the lives of others, it is only fitting that Meidav’s final essay “Daughter of California” is an elegy to her father. In the final pages of a compilation that takes you through reflections in hospital wards, bittersweet-friendship endings and the streets of Havana, a penultimate goodbye is cherished: “And until that moment I had not realized that every person has stored within, some finite amount of goodbyes for each person who matters and that right now, despite all brink moments and prior goodbyes, I was about to use up the last goodbye, tagged for him alone.” While Meidav reflects upon her father’s dying days, she is transported back to memories of California—her own kingdom of youth. —Leah Habib

Forever and a Death by Donald Westlake

Hard Case Crime, 2017, $22.99


n the early 1990s, mystery writer Donald Westlake was approached by the producers of the James Bond franchise about writing a story as a follow-up to GoldenEye. Meetings were taken, ideas tossed around, and draft treatments produced, but a combination of movie-business realities led to the idea’s being abandoned. Westlake—Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, three-time Edgar winner, Academy Award nominee for The Grifters, author of over 100 novels—decided that if Hollywood wasn’t going to use his idea, he’d base a novel on it. It remained unpublished when he died in 2008, but now his fans—for whom this is like discovering another chocolate truffle in a box thought empty—and the rest of the world can dive in and devour another helping of his vivid storytelling. Forever and a Death opens off the coast of Australia, as a wealthy businessman’s helicopter touches down aboard the deck of his yacht. He’s about to demonstrate to his venture-capitalist guests a new method of paving the way for redevelopment of an island—ostensibly, all he means to do with the new technology his engineer has developed. Nearby is the Planetwatch III, a ship belonging to volunteer environmental protectors. Westlake tosses us back and forth from one ship to the other as suspense builds about whether the technological breakthrough, “solition,” will work as expected, liquidating the landfill that makes up much of Kanowit Island so that it will dry into a flat, smooth surface perfect for casino-building. We’re already certain that businessman John Curtis will be deaf to the pleas and demands of the Planetwatchers that the test be postponed. Desperate to stop the series of powerful explosions that the Planetwatchers fear will doom Kanowit’s coral reef, 23-year-old Kim Baldur dives into the sea scant minutes before it happens, thinking her action will force a halt to the proceedings. Nope. Her fellow eco-warriors assume she’s died, but she’s fished out of the water by Curtis and his crew, just alive enough to be a major nuisance. Fortunately for her, not every living soul on board is evil. George Manville, the engineer who developed the solition, takes it upon himself to watch over her and she begins, much to Curtis’s annoyance, to heal. He’d far rather she quietly pass away; when that doesn’t happen he hires killers, and it’s then that Manville finds the inner Bond he never knew existed. There’s much more peril ahead. Curtis, whose rage against the Chinese government for nationalizing his Hong Kong assets knows no bounds, has other plans for the solition process; Kim and George face an uphill battle in evading his goons while seeking to get anyone to listen to them. Westlake masterfully snakes the plot through turn after twist, through richly rendered locales in Australia and the Far East, as Curtis pursues his intention of turning the entire city of Hong Kong to soupy slop (after, of course, making off with all available gold). His status as a respectable one-percenter and the singular nature of the threat make it hard for the good guys to get any help and when they finally do, it may be too late. This isn’t a James Bond tale; aside from the solition, there’s no mind-bending tech involved, and good guys and bad are very human. But there’s no lack of gripping action, and Westlake fans—while wondering what the master might have done for 007—won’t regret having this book instead. —Anne Pyburn Craig

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My Grandmother’s Tree


Minds are like trees. They grow and grow With leaves like thoughts And branches like memories All clinging to the strength of the trunk.

To this infirmary of your understanding I bleed what I need and bandage what is left. These gauzy cloths of rhythms. —p

Every thought wants to grow Longing to fly But some never soar Just drift down to the ground To be buried in the snowfall of another year. My grandmother’s tree is old. So many leaves have fallen The memories fading As the trunk is infested by the insects of old age. My grandmother reaches and claws Trying to grab all the memories and thoughts That slip through her fingers As if she knows That this is her final autumn Almost gone now My grandmother’s tree is barren. Her final leaves are waiting to fall Last tattered remnants Of the sapling she once was. Soon, the snow will come. —Senna Levy (11 years)


Birthday 2017

When Loren first told me there was such a thing as ageless, it seemed like a concept so far away, unthinkable and untouchable. Now I mount the stairs with the timidity of a mouse, unable to satisfy anyone, including myself, and these days I find life fits together like nesting boxes, tucked inside one another, too small to carry anything of substance, a little too snug to slip away and fall. Dear, I worry you need to find someone who might suit you more tightly, filling emptiness only youth can fill, perhaps a couple boxes short of ageless. —Perry Nicholas



I asked her to tell me if she remembered her first kiss. Of course, of course, she said. I was five and he was six; we were always together after school. We’d hide beneath the stairs or under lilac trees behind the garage. As far back as memory goes he was my best friend, and when we were together he would ask me: Do you want to play Married or In Love? What’s the difference? I would ask. Well, Married you just hold hands, but In Love you get to kiss too, he smiled.

the best thing is on a hot day with no money in your pocket in a strange college town after a fairly stupendous evening of whiskey drinking finding a water fountain which spouts a cool and delicious water right next to a gently sloping shady hillside so you can drink plenty of fluids and doze off admiring the clouds while waiting to go to court feeling like the freest of men

—Mary Kathryn Jablonski

BEDTIME, AGE 3.5 What is a wake? When you are dead, what is a wake? (It’s a time for people to say goodbye) Will you be at my wake when I die? Before they bury me and the worms crawl all over my body Because I will decompose to go back into the earth (No, I won’t be at your wake when you die, because since you will be ancient when you die, I will be even more ancient, and I will already be dead) Well, you might still be there Like a piece of dust, or a cloud, you might be there (That’s true. I am always all around you) Do you remember me before I was born? When I was a star? Will I become a star again after I decompose? Do all ancient things become stars? (Yes, yes, yes, yes, but you have to sleep now, rest your whole body, even your mouth) But, my mouth... My mouth is so full of questions

—Matthew Lyndon Wells

THE FUNERAL After Band of Horses After my sister’s morning call broke our father’s death, the first thing I did was listen to Everything All the Time, sobbing into unrequited guitar and an ethereal voice soaring into some great beyond. Seven years later, I drink Bordeaux with my roommate in the kitchen, cyclical tones filling the room. The guitar is a coffin for us both, lowering Dad’s corpse into dirt. Her grandpa died when this song released. We rake our past leaves under burnt-out bulbs. We agree: The Funeral was written for both of us

—Katie Cahill

to pass the billion-each-insignificant day. Dead leaves own the lawn each season



of our funerals. The same deaths in autumn chill still dropping the needle

What goes around comes around,

Walking in the dark I stepped on your toes Again and again.

if it’s lucky enough to still be moving at all. —George J. Searles

Thank you For teaching me How to dance. —Regina Simmons


into memory’s vinyl—to come up only to pull us under, show us wrong. —James Croal Jackson



i am unsure of this weather if only there were something beautiful before it is gone is there snow on the ground where you are everything is loss but this is just a house of ghosts. don’t your scars itch don’t you want to be known, don’t you ever go looking for bodies in the snow so you can dress them in warm clothes. i am inconsolable, i want to know the beautiful thing even as i lose it. aren’t we all dying soon, give me real words tell me what i don’t want to hear is that love there buried in the snow?

She is the flour. He is the water. She brings the yeast and a touch of sugar. He brings a dash of salt.

i would lie down upon the chapel floor in a moonlit hour until the angels summon me up shortly before they flew off into the waking night singing in a confusion of what are you in your being and i’d say i’d like to love someone or someplace or something until i am gone and they’d say well truly that is a ruining thing and there is no longer purgatory, a worse hell or deeper heaven. and ourselves we were held in everlasting light.

Soon, they aren’t sure who is the flour and who is the water, and they both bring the yeast and salt and sugar.

you were the last creature that i have seen that i understand and know, of course i will act as though i were in love with you though indeed i am not. i have a special care for your entirety. and an impossible need to cry. where is the light of you

They make bread side by side. Sometimes talking. Sometimes laughing. Sometimes in silence. * One time she was kneading the dough And said, “It’s not working.” She put it on top of the oven And gave it a chance to swell. Just in case.

—Elena Botts

She covered it with a towel.

SEVENLING (THE DAY BEFORE HIS LEAVING) The day before his leaving the sky grieved—weeping in fits, a mallard paced the pond in her watery way, a crowd of cattails milled about wagging velvet fingers. Wistful at his leaving I planned my amnesia: Forcing myself to forget the shape of his feet in my hands, the sound they made crossing the floor toward me, the weight of his foot resting on mine as we slept.

He agreed, they should give it time. He said “The worst that can happen is we go without bread, tonight.” “No.” She said. “The worst thing that can happen is there is an empty space on the table where warm bead should be sitting.” He was puzzled. “That’s what I said.” She replied, “That’s not at all what you said.”

Not able to get warm, I will wear his socks to bed.

It would take him a couple of years to learn the difference.

—Evelyn Augusto




“i can’t make you love me if you don’t” the last time at choir practice years ago now this song bashing me up like a hammer or worse why do i only write poetry when i’ve broken everything suddenly a segment no glue no comforts, no punctuation as a sad raft bonnie raitt, i had no idea you are housing such a hell i want to yell at you for this and also shake your hand painted anthem for the sucked dry end of the rope lovesick and empty masses the most tragic song i’ve ever sung badly as an alto in a choir i wasn’t alone i was full, okay i have to drive 5 hours north to feel it i’m a girl who goes to a planetarium once and vows to read all the books on black holes i lose focus the next morning wake up thinking leave black holes alone they don’t concern you beating myself up for wanting to know more about something that doesn’t care about me and that’s how it’s been and that’s what it is when you ask me how i’m doing i want to say “good”

I kiss her She bites me I feed her She bites me I walk her She bites me I pet her She bites me She loves me

—Kate Larson

Together they make bread. The smell of warm bread fills their house morning and night.

—Frank Inello

REMAINS Three hundred years from now when my teeth are all that’s left of me, having long since cracked and fallen to the back of my skull, I will no longer have an ear to lend. And nature, her back bent taut under man’s undiscerning hand will moan unheard. —Christine McCartney

Most of the time everything works out, but when it doesn’t, they simply try again. They don’t give up. Sometime the bread gets stale, so, they make toast. They add butter. They don’t throw it away. Sometimes the bread starts to grow mold, so they crumble it up and feed it to the birds, and watch the birds from the window. They don’t throw it away. * They make bread when they are poor, because it is cheap. They make bread when they are rich, because it is elegant. They make bread when they are happy. They make bread when they are sad. They have long forgotten who is the flour and who is the water, and when one forgets the yeast, the other remembers. The only time they take a break from making bread is when they are sitting at their child’s table and enjoying the bread their child’s family has made. It may need more salt; maybe it’s a bit doughy in the middle. That’s okay. All that’s important is that there isn’t an empty space on the table where warm bead should be sitting. —D. Rush 5/17 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 71

Food & Drink

Jenn and Seth Branitz with Oliver and Georgia outside Karma Road in New Paltz.


Blackened tofu, garlic broccolini, and a mixed veggie slaw with a carrot apple ginger juice.



Interview by Diana Waldron Photos by Franco Vogt


n 2006, two vegan chefs left Long Island with the idea of bringing healthy food to a new community. Seth and Jenn Branitz created Karma Road, a vegan cafe, and this year they celebrate its tenth anniversary. Before Karma Road, there was Jandi’s, a health food store in Oceanside where Jenn and Seth worked from 1994 through 2006. Jenn was a pioneer there, playing a large role in expanding the store’s small juice bar into the largest vegetarian kitchen on Long Island. The lead cook left, and Jenn became the new chef. Taking a two-thirds cut in his paycheck at a job doing kitchen prep work, Seth decided to help her out and join the team. It was there that their love of plant-based food flourished. Raw foods, wheat grass, juicing, fasting, cleansing—Jandi’s provided the knowledge that Jenn and Seth yearned for during their own transition into vegetarianism. After they had kids, Jenn and Seth decided to relocate. Their search for proximity to the greater New York area combined with a desire for beautiful natural surroundings and a community that would support their talents landed them in Woodstock, but three separate business deals fell through there. They also gave up on a plan to build a vegan bed and breakfast on the property of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, which was just getting started at the time. They ultimately purchased an ice cream parlor in New Paltz and converted it into Karma Road. The current Karma Road menu features items ranging from freshly made juices and smoothies, chocolate chip blueberry muffins and thumbprint cookies, curries and stews, sandwiches, wraps, breakfast burritos, and sweet potato biscuits. To view other menu items, visit Karma Road is located at 11 Main Street in New Paltz and is open seven days a week.

Where does the name Karma Road come from? Seth: I’m a songwriter, and a friend and I started a small record label and called it Karma Road Records. Since nothing came of it, I ran the name by Jenn, and she liked it. When I asked my friend, he also liked the idea. We feel like it represents an understanding that our choices—food and otherwise—secure our place on a path with immediate results. When did you open? Seth: We moved here on December 27, 2006, got the kids set up with day care, renovated the space, hired and trained a staff, got our permits and insurance, and opened the shop on February 22, 2007. It was interesting because we had to train a staff of people who had never worked here before, and we had never worked here before. So we kind of made it all up, and everybody came in here and just winged it. Instantly, people liked it, and the neighborhood liked it. So what is your background with food? Seth: I started working in a Jewish bakery when I was 15, and I worked there for five years. I was a bagel baker, and then I almost bought a cheese shop on the North Shore [of Long Island]. Then I started working with Jenn to help out temporarily. That was 25 years ago. I also interned at a couple of restaurants in Manhattan, including Quintessence, which is a raw food restaurant, and also at Angelica Kitchen. It was a seminal, world-famous vegan restaurant in the East Village that was there for 40 years or so, and they just closed due to obscene rent increases.They were paying $23,000 a month, and so they closed, which is very sad—we made a lot of good friends there. Karma Road is a combination of the best of both of those experiences—Jandi’s, Angelica, and more. 5/17 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 73

Jenn: After running the kitchen at Jandi’s for a couple of years, I went to the Natural Gourmet Cooking Institute in Manhattan. I learned a lot there and met some wonderful chefs. That led to a position as the specials chef at Angelica Kitchen and to helping facilitate their cooking classes. I was also a private chef, a caterer, had a vegan home delivery service, and co-taught a very popular series of cooking classes. Seth: It’s kind of a dead end, if you’re a chef, if you want to do anything different, you don’t have a whole lot of freedom, and we figured if we were going to work that hard, then we should do it for ourselves. We didn’t want to live on Long Island. We didn’t want to compete with Jandi’s. We couldn’t

And you moved here solely to open a restaurant? Jenn: Being vegan chefs—when that’s what you do—there aren’t endless options. We wanted to leave the Island and do our thing. Yes, we came to create the business, but have gotten so much more. It was definitely the right decision for our family, for our business, for us. What was the process of putting the idea of owning and operating a vegan cafe into action? What obstacles did you come up against?  Seth: We make fresh, delicious food without animal products. It’s the way we learned. We worked at some of the best restaurants in New York, and we knew that the combination of our strengths could be something valuable. The main obstacles we face are the high cost of organic ingredients and informing people that “animal-free,” “organic,” and “healthy” don’t mean deprivation. We help people to realize that our food is for everyone, and that it’s delicious and satisfying. Someone will occasionally walk in looking for “regular” food, and once we turn them on to our soup, a sandwich, or our mixed veggie slaw, they’re excited. Their whole paradigm shifts. That’s been our main obstacle—letting people know this is not food just for vegans: It’s for them and they will love it. Where do you source your food from? Jenn: We love the spring because during the next half year we’ll be getting more produce from local farms like Big Little Farm and Taliaferro Farm. We have been dealing with our wheatgrass supplier, Perfect Foods in Goshen, for decades. Our coffee is roasted by Catskill Mountain Organic Coffee Roasters. We have a couple of excellent organic and natural food distributors who are doing wonders to forward healthier eating trends. But one thing is for sure, organic ingredients still cost more. What ideas do you both hold about food and how it should be made, and how did that shape Karma Road as a business? Jenn: Preparing food should be a holistic experience. Understanding that our materials come from the Earth connects us deeply to nature. Being mindful while prepping and seasoning the food solidifies the intention of offering a good experience to whomever will consume it. It goes along with the way we like to eat—with intention, appreciation, and pleasure. What would you say your goal with Karma Road is? Seth: Our mission involves people enjoying the process of eating healthy and choosing their food choices with compassion. There’s abundant pleasure in eating excellent, fun, plant-based foods. Anyone who cares about the creatures we share the planet with can take this to heart, reduce suffering, and enrich their own lives. Did you both grow up being healthy eaters? Seth: No way. Each of us grew up on different versions of the standard American diet.We became vegetarians before we started working in food. It just was a very organic (no pun intended) evolution for us. Jenn: Jandi’s was a strong influence on shifting our views on health and awareness of what you put in and how it’s going to affect your body. And how you can heal your body through food, juicing, and supplements as well.

consider Manhattan. We just started thinking: Where could we go that’s really beautiful, where they could use us, and where we could still drive back because we’ve got family there? We were enchanted by Woodstock, but New Paltz really turned out to be home. You opened the restaurant quite soon after moving to New Paltz. How long was Karma Road an idea before it became a plan, and then, eventually, an establishment? Jenn: We’d discussed doing our own restaurant for a few years. Seth is a singer/songwriter (known as Seth Davis) and was too focused on music to make the commitment to a business. Once he committed to the idea of owning a restaurant, we began our search in earnest. 74 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM 5/17

Seth: Jandi’s was a really big part of our lives during the transition to vegetarianism and really has helped us here. For all these years, we’ve been helping people do the same thing. For some people, coming in and having a piece of vegan chocolate cake is healthy because, “It’s vegan, right?” There’s no butter in it; there’s no refined sugar, but for other people, they’re looking to really take care of themselves and so we’ll steer them toward more greens and juices, and show them how to do that. So what’s next for you guys? Jenn: Our grab-and-go line is in its infancy. We’ve been selling them at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s Visitors’ Center and have a few businesses inquiring about distribution. We’re also arranging to have some of it here to move things along for rushed customers on busy days.


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

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

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

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

Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill 91 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-5582

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62 Old Route 82, Millbrook, NY (845) 750-2669

Artists John T. Unger Studios Hudson, NY (231) 584-2710

Gatehouse Gardens B & B New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8817

Mohonk Mountain House

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

Antiques Barn Star Productions

7 Center Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-0616


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

Art Galleries & Centers Art Omi

Artists Studios Regal Bag Studios

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

Attorneys Jacobowitz & Gubits (845) 778-2121

Auto Sales Begnal Motors

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

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Buster Levi Gallery

121 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY

Daisy de Puthod

(914) 474-7815

Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-0100

Dorsky Museum

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

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

Garrison Art Center

23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3960

Mark Gruber Gallery

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

Turn Park Art Space

2 Moscow Road, West Stockbridge, MA

Woodstock Art Exchange

1398 Route 28, West Hurley, NY

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

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Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780, Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250 Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251 78 BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 5/17

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

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Building Services & Supplies Adirondack Design

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Associated Lightning Rod Co. (518) 789-4603, (845) 373-8309, (860) 364-1498

Berkshire Products, Inc.

884 Ashley Falls Road, Sheffield, NY

Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704


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Williams Lumber & Home Center 6760 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-WOOD

Carpets & Rugs Anatolia-Tribal Rugs & Weavings

54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5311 Open Mon. & Thurs. 12-5, Friday-Sunday 12-6, closed Tues. & Wed. Established in Woodstock 1981. Offering old, antique and contemporary handwoven carpets and kilims, from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, in a wide range of styles, colors, prices. Hundreds to choose from, in a regularly changing inventory. We are happy to share our knowledge about rugs, and try and simplify the sometimes overcomplicated world of handwoven rugs.

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Upstate Films

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

Clothing & Accessories OAK 42

34 John Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-0042

Pleasant Valley Department Store

1585 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY

Willow Wood

38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4141

Computer Services Tech Smiths

45 North Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 443-4866

Custom Home Design & Materials Atlantic Custom Homes

2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY


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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

3572 Route 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851-9917

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

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Hotchkiss School

(518) 479-1400

N & S Supply

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3 Cherry Hill Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2022 Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2002

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

Manitou School

1656 Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY

Maplebrook School Route 22, Amenia, NY (845) 373-9511

Montessori of New Paltz

130 Dubois Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-6668

Next Step College Counseling

Hyde Park, NY (845) 242-8336

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

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Birds of Prey Day

Green Chimneys, Brewster, NY

Clearwater Festival

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

County Living Fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY (866) 500-FAIR

Garnerville Arts Center Annual Arts Festival

55 W. Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Boscobel, Garrison, NY

Newburgh Illuminated Festival

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P.O. Box 825, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-8087 or (845) 246-3414

Saratoga Jazz Festival

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY

Shawangunk Wine Trail

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Word Café

The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY

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1240 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 569-0303, 1560 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-6300, 765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-4330

Beacon Natural Market

348 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1288

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

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1955 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 296-1069, 249 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-9614, 300 Kings Mall Court, Route 9W, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5541

23 A. East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4585

Wallkill View Farm Market

9W & Van Kleecks Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 338-4936

15 Route 299 West, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8050

Farms Poughkeepsie Farm Project 51 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 516-1100

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

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Landscaping Augustine Landscaping & Nursery

Hair Salons

(845) 255-2734

Poison Ivy Patrol

(845) 687-9528

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Museums Motorcyclepedia Museum

250 Lake Street (Route 32), Newburgh, NY (845) 569-9065


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Home Furnishings & Décor A & G Custom Made Furniture 4747 Route 209, Accord, NY (845) 626-0063

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

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

Bearsville Theater

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

The Falcon

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

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Francis Morris Violins

Great Barrington, NY (413) 528-0165

Woodstock Music Shop

6 Rock City Road, Woodstock (845) 679-3224 1300 Ulster Avenue, Kingston (845) 383-1734, ,

Organizations Hudson Valley Current

(845) 658-2302

Ulster County Office of Economic Development

New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370


Willow Realty 120 Main Street, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-7666

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

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Record Stores

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

The Linda WAMCs Performing Arts Studio

339 Central Ave, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233 The Linda provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with world renowned artists, academy award winning directors, headliner comedians, as well as local, regional, and national artists in an intimate affordable venue, serving beer and wine. A night at the Linda is a night out you won’t forget!

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Recreation Clearwater Sloop (845) 265-8080

Shoes Pegasus Comfort Footwear New Paltz (845) 256-0788 and Woodstock (845) 679-2373

Specialty Foods

Pet Country

Applestone Meat Co. Stone Ridge, Accord, NY

3244 NY-207, Campbell Hall, NY (914) 755-0159

Harney & Sons Fine Teas 13 Main Street, Millerton, NY



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

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

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

Wallkill Valley Writers

Center for Performing Arts

Stamell String Instruments

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

Upstate House

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

Musical Instruments

(917) 647-6823

140 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-4113

Bardavon 1869 Opera House

Sugar Loaf Koi

(845) 750 0701

Daniel Aubry Realty

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

Music Lessons with Evan Bishop

12 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-6800

18 Front Street, Beacon, NY (845) 202-7211

Bard College Public Relations

6830 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-9000

Berkshire Property Agents

The Lofts at Beacon

Performing Arts

(845) 679-8652

Real Estate

Pools & Spas Aqua Jet

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

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

Weddings The Garrison 2015 US 9, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3604

Wine, Liquor & Beer Denning’s Point Distillery 10 North Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY

Writing Services Peter Aaron 5/17 CHRONOGRAM BUSINESS DIRECTORY 79

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YMCA of Kingston

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TURNING INWARD WITH YIN YOGA AN ANCIENT PRACTICE TO BALANCE MODERN LIFE by mary angeles armstrong illustr ation by annie internicola


t was a friend’s stroke that originally brought Dawn Sinton to a Yin Yoga class. Sinton (not her real name), who turned 80 this year, had tried Feldenkrais movement classes and gone to the gym her whole life, but had never tried yoga before. “The stroke had left my friend very off-balance,” Sinton recalls, “but she had been steadily improving. One day she said to me,‘Dawn, you would really like thisYinYoga class I’m taking.’ So I tried it: Now I think I go more than she does.” For the first six months, Sinton found the classes very difficult.Working with Woodstock-basedYin instructor Will LeBlanc, Sinton began by focusing on special balancing postures. “I only see out of one eye,” she explains, “and over time that had affected my posture.When you’re blind in one eye it affects the muscles in your neck, it affects the muscles in your arms; your whole spine twists in a peculiar way that doesn’t help your balance.” Even though it was difficult, Sinton found that she loved the practice. She was sleeping better than she had in years. (“If I wake up in the middle of the night, I do a series of forward folds: It’s better than a pill,” she explains.) During allergy season, Yin classes helped clear out her sinuses, reducing her need for antihistamines. In her daily movements she felt much more supple and found she was less accidentprone. Most important,Yin’s internal focus helped her to develop a “whole body consciousness” that began to permeate throughout her life. She felt tuned into her body’s needs in a way she hadn’t before. “It’s almost like a pendulum telling me what and what not to eat and when to eat.To get enough sleep. It acts as a monitor. When I don’t take care of my body, I feel it when I show up in yoga class.” About a year ago, Sinton broke her kneecap. The adaptable nature of her Yin classes made it possible for her to continue practicing with just her upper body and uninjured leg. “I healed quite quickly,” Sinton explains. Recently, having her gall bladder removed waylaid her practice, but only for a month. “I was back at it,” she recalls, “as soon as the doctor would allow it.” Yin for a Yang World Yin Yoga is a slow, meditative practice that encourages students to shift their focus inward, not just toward their mental state, but to begin a specific inquiry into the body’s inner landscape. All poses are on the floor (no standing poses or headstands here) and most are held for a minimum of two minutes, and some for up to 20. Like other forms of yoga,Yin brings increased flexibility and decreased stress, contributing to a general state of wellbeing. “The health benefit I hear students describe most often is that they sleep better,” says LeBlanc. The growing popularity of Yin Yoga is no surprise considering the “yang” nature of most people’s daily lives. (Since LeBlanc began teaching in 2003, he’s recorded a steady uptick in class attendance and interest, and has noticed “a very definite emerging of Yin back into the popular yoga consciousness.”) The sensory bombardment most people experience on a daily basis, coupled with the need in Western culture to look for logic and meaning in every situation, sets our minds into constant, often repetitive, chatter. The ubiquitous nature of electronics has only amplified and intensified our “monkey minds.” Yin Yoga provides the perfect antidote to this overstimulation rampant in modern life.


Originating in ancient India, a broad variety of yoga schools formed, principally with the intent of preparing practitioners to sit for meditation. “As yoga migrated to the West,” explains LeBlanc, “it was taught and then incorporated by teachers who standardized their own style of teaching.” What is now commonly thought of as yoga in modern practice is often one of the more yang or activestyle yogas that have become popular in the West—Hatha,Vinyasa, or Ashtanga, to name a few. “However,” explains LeBlanc, “no one person came up with Yin Yoga.” It’s more of a blanket term describing a process of slowing down and sinking into one’s body. “This is originally what yoga was for,” he explains, “tuning into the wisdom of the body.” However,YinYoga shouldn’t be mistaken for RestorativeYoga either. RestorativeYoga, which focuses on deep relaxation and healing, is often utilized to help students recover from injuries or excessive stress and relies heavily on props like straps and bolsters. It was exactly the search for a middle ground between active and restorative yoga traditions that brought teacher Bobbie Manchard to study Yin Yoga. A Manhattan-based yoga instructor, who often leads workshops helping other teachers incorporate Yin postures and philosophy into their classes, she wanted to find a space between the two extremes. “Life in the city is all about work, work, work and then flaking out in front of the TV,” she explains. Similarly, she found the yoga classes she led were either all yang-style striving or completely restive. “I felt there had to be a way to dial down, without just flaking out on a bolster.” “I discovered Yin,” she adds, “and it was beautiful balance between the two.” Freeing the Body from Within On a physical level, the emphasis of Yin Yoga poses is not on stretching the muscles but on stressing the ligaments and opening the joints, pressing underneath the musculature of the body. It’s a subtle but very powerful change of focus. During practice, the muscles remain relatively inactive in order to focus on the myofascia, the body’s underlying system of connective tissue, just below and intertwined with the muscular system. The myofascia, sometimes simply called the fascia, is a system of collagen, elastin, and reticular fibers holding the body together anatomically, connecting our various tissues to bone, joints, muscles, and internal organs, and holding our blood vessels and nerves in place, in a kind of mesh-like net. “Think of shrink wrapping,” explains LeBlanc. The fascia is not something we can necessarily feel directly, but as we naturally go about our daily lives executing repetitive movements—walking, sitting, driving, or even sleeping—the fascia tightens and holds the body in habitual patterns. When the body experiences the stress of even a minor injury, the fascia holds onto this stress as well. This fascial tightening can have a wide range of effects on our physical wellbeing, causing stiffness and pain in the joints and muscles, disturbing our sleep, and even affecting our mental and emotional health. Classic Yin poses such as Dragon (a long, low lunge with the back knee on the floor) or Butterfly (a forward fold over legs held in a diamond shape with





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Suburban Properties Albums can’t help but mirror the environments that shaped their makers. Think of the clatter of Detroit auto plants and urban unrest in Kick Out the Jams, the pastoral Woodstock solitude of Moondance, the down-in-the-'hood, shit’s-about-to-get-real rage of Straight Outta Compton. And then there’s, well, pretty much any of the albums by Real Estate, which perfectly capture—revel in, one might even say—the manicured lawns and sedate monotony of leader Martin Courtney’s serene suburban upbringing. In the painfully understated tracks of their fourth and newest disc, In Mind (“Saturday,” “Same Sun,” “Holding Pattern”), one vividly senses the hissing of summer sprinklers, the chirps and titters of crickets and birds, and the rare, delicately tinkling chimes of distant ice cream trucks. On May 20, the quietude of the quintet will be in full effect when they visit BSP’s Back Room Theater. Actually, says band leader Martin Courtney, Real Estate is a bit more animated in live performance than fans who are only familiar with them via their records may anticipate. “People might expect us to be mellow live, but we’re not, really,” he assures by phone before a show in Portland, Oregon. “And we’re on tour now, so by the time we get [to Kingston] we’ll be a well-oiled machine.” The machine, as it were, was minted in 2008 in the affluent New Jersey town of Ridgewood. When it came to naming his band, the apple of inspiration didn’t fall far from the tree: Courtney’s parents run a real estate firm. Before starting his current group, the singer and guitarist served as the bassist of Library of Congress (nee Seizing Elian), which also included Patrick Stickles and Andrew Cedermark, later of acclaimed punk outfit Titus Andronicus. “Titus really inspired us,” says Courtney, who contributed upright

bass to the latter band’s first release. “They were these guys we had known since high school and they were out there really doing it, making records and going on tour.” Real Estate set off on a similar path with their eponymous 2009 debut, which clicked hard with critics thanks to its light guitars, hazy vocals, and lyrics that had Courtney seeking the hidden poetry in the dreamy days in the ’burbs and trips to the beach of his youth. Days, the band’s breezy breakthrough, arrived in 2011 and was taped at Marcata Recording in Gardiner with producer Kevin McMahon, who also worked with, among many others, Courtney’s old friends Titus Andronicus and whose ongoing project, Pelican Movement, will perform with Real Estate at BSP. (Pelican Movement also includes drummer Sammi Niss and guitarist Jesse Alexander of Battle Ave and Sweet Clementines guitarist/Chronogram contributor John Burdick.) 2014’s Atlas repeated the relaxed routine, and, once again, topped many an indie poll. Before drifting into our neck of the woods, Real Estate will have completed shows on the West Coast and in the Midwest and appeared at Coachella and the Dominican Republic’s Isle of Light Music Festival. Tight travel time made the latter event a tiring one, but the band nevertheless connected with the crowd. “Yeah, people there are very into indie rock, or whatever you want to call it,” says Courtney, who’s lived in Beacon since 2014. “People really are the same everywhere, we’ve found.” Real Estate will perform in the Back Room Theater of BSP in Kingston on May 20 at 7:30pm. Pelican Movement will open. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. (845) 481-5158; —Peter Aaron 5/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 87


Speaking of Books. May 2017 7-9pm. Free. Non-fiction book club discussing: “The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker” by Mike Rose RSVP 845-471-6580 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie. 471-6580.


Song to Song Rosendale Theater. 658.8989.


Chef’s Night Out 6:30-9:30pm. $125. Get an exclusive chance to taste what happens when six of the Hudson Valley’s hottest chefs get together on their night off to prepare and serve a six-course tasting meal for you. Clock Tower Grill, Brewster. (914) 374-0633.


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


K-2 After School Art Program 4-6pm. 5-week program. The Art Program will introduce children to a variety of mediums and creative techniques as well as learning about the different styles of well-known artists. All supplies included. Sunflower Art Studios, Gardiner. 419-5219.


College Wind and Percussion Ensembles 7:30pm. Attend a concert of outstanding wind ensemble selections performed by the SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble under the direction of Victor Izzo, Jr. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Film and Discussion Series with Katie Cokinos 6pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


Victoria St George presents The Rainbow Book 3pm. With accompanying noodle craft. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


The Incline Railway of Mount Beacon: Past, Present and Future 7pm. Lecture by Frank DiLorenzo, Senior Project Manager, Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society. Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Middletown. 341-4891.


Kris Jansma presents Why We Came to the City 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


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


Orange County Citizens Foundation’s 22nd Annual Ottaway Medal Dinner on 5pm. $150. Honoring Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor. 469-9459.


Kevin Nealon 8pm. $55/$45. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Belly Dance Series with Ayleeza 6-8pm. $48 per series/$90 for both. EDreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


Natural Pet Care with Dr. Michele Yasson 7-8:30pm. Did you know you can help your pet to have extraordinary health and longer life by following a few simple rules. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

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Stefan Bolz presents Six Strin 7pm. With musical accompaniment by Sean Schenker of The Trapps. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


B-Boyz 7:30pm. Funk. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Dana Fuchs Band 8pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Fly or Die 8pm. $15. Featuring Jaimie “Breezy” Branch and the core quartet. St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Beacon. 831-1369.

Hurley Mountain Highway 8:30pm. Pop, soft rock. 8:30pm. Pop, soft rock. Whistling Willie’s, Cold Spring. 265-2012.

La Voz De Tres 7:30pm. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357. Lost Leaders/Hollis Brown 8pm. $10-$15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Wailin Jennys 7:30pm. $29/$32/$39. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Art and Soul Gala 5:30-8pm. This event supports the operation of a clinic in rural Haiti for one year. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 229-0425.


Thursday Tantra Class 7-9pm. $10. Imagine a living practice. Tantra Gateway, Beacon. (518) 929-8575.


Curtain Rising on Writing 6:30-8pm. A writing workshop inspired by some approaches actors use for their arts of theater, film and television. Writers and actors both develop characters, dialogues and scenes and many of the same preparations can be utilized in advancing our writing. The four, free writing workshops will be held on Thursday evenings. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136. Pigment Stick Fundamentals 9am-5pm. $400. Through May 6. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.



Garry Tallent 7pm. $20-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

An Evening with Eamon Grennan 8-11pm. $5. Calling All Poets, the Hudson Valley’s longest running poetry performance program, presents Grennan followed by open mike. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 741-9702.

Andy Stack’s American Soup 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Johnny Nicholas & Hellbent with Cindy Cashdollar 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Potluck Supper, Meeting and a Song Circle 6:30pm. Everyone welcomed. The BSC is an all volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating the Hudson River. Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon. (914) 879-1082.


Ballroom Dance with Pete Redmond & Crazy Feet First Friday of every month, 8-11:30pm. $15. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.


Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet Car collectors can search for lost treasures among the many swap meet vendors that have engulfed the grounds and spend hours strolling through the endless field of impeccable antique cars. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. Spring Crafts 10am-5pm. $12/$11 seniors/$4 ages 6-16. A celebration of all things handmade. Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481.


T2 Trainspotting Rosendale Theater. 658.8989.


Everyday Will Be Sunday When the Town Goes Dry 7:30pm. The focus will be on the Hudson Valley’s role in production, distribution and sale of illegal liquor during prohibition. A PowerPoint presentation will accompany her talk. Creek Meeting House, Clinton Corners. Holistic Conservation by Brian Badger 7:30pm. $10. The lecture will embrace the broader aspects of conservation. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon.



Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones Album Release Event 9:30pm. $7. Ages 21+. The Anchor, Kingston. 901-9991. Salsa Night! With Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with Ran Kan Kan 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Santoor Concert by Vinay Desai 7:30-9pm. $20. Accompanied on Tabla by Vivek Pandya. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255.8212. SUNY Ulster Chorus and Guitar Ensemble 7:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. The Vibe Theory 7pm. Soul. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Zmed Brothers 8pm. $35. Playing the Everly Brothers. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


Annual Evening Frog Walk 7:30pm. $5-$10. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Ropes: Wilderness Program for Teens at Wild Earth 5:30-11pm. Friday evenings: 5:30pm–11pm Friday evening programs plus 2, 2-night overnights. Come to Ropes to play epic night games, have deep conversations, cook over the fire, and hang out in the woods. The teens describe it as a place where they can come to remember who they are. Wild Earth, New Paltz. 256-9830.


Red Tent Gathering: Cacao Ceremony with Diana Egizi 7:30-9:30pm. $25. Together we will work with meditations, sound and visualizations to invoke the light of the highest good. Join us in a journey of creating magical, safe, loving, supportive encouraging space for women to gather. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


Chipandgus -6, 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 students. Two oddball buddies meet in the back room of a rundown sports bar in Schenectady for their weekly ping pong game. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Cul-de-sac 7-9pm. By John Cariani. Meet the Smiths, the Johnsons and the Joneses. They live in a nice little cul-de-sac in a nice little suburb in a nice little state in a nice big country. And they’re happy. Or—trying to be. The lengths to which they go to be happy—or at least seem, or feel happy—are hilarious and heartbreaking. Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, United States. 235-9885. Kiss Me Kate 8pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Language Archive $20/discounts available. Presented by Theatre on the Road. Arts at the Chocolate Factory, Red Hook. Prelude to a Kiss 8pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279. Staged Readings by Star Mountainville Group 8-9:30pm. $10. Works by Tennessee Williams. Green Kill, Kingston. 657-4146.


Gathering Ground Opening reception May 6, 5pm-7pm Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-1915.


Hudson Valley English Dance 7:30-10:30pm. $10/$5 students. Orly Krasner will teach and call. Music by Tiddley Pom. Potluck refreshments at the break. Workshop at 7pm. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 679-8587. Saturday Swing Dance 7:30-10:30pm. $15. 1st Saturday Swing Dance with lesson and live band. Admission includes beginner lesson 7:30-8pm and dancing till 10:30pm. No experience or partner needed to attend. Brought to you by Linda & Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios. Ulster Community Center, Kingston. 236-3939.


The Annual Wassail/Balkan Dance Party 2-11pm. $25/$20/$15 children. Live Balkan music, dancing, feasting, hard cider tastings. Breezy Hill Orchard, Staatsburg. 266-3979. Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet Car collectors can search for lost treasures among the many swap meet vendors that have engulfed the grounds and spend hours strolling through the endless field of impeccable antique cars. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. Self Made: A Makers Collective 10am-6pm. The contemporary market features artisanal and handcrafted goods, workshops, music, food and craft beer by Catskill Brewery. The Theater at University Settlement Camp, Beacon. Spring Craft Fair 10am-4pm. Showcasing local crafters, artisans, and vendors. The Salvation Army Newburgh Corps, Newburgh. Spring Crafts 10am-5pm. $12/$11 seniors/$4 ages 6-16. A celebration of all things handmade. Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown. 914-631-4481.


ENGAGE Film Series Presents: Care 10am. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.


Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market 10am-6pm. $5/under age 12 free. 2nd annual Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market, in time for Mother’s Day gifts and the end of hibernation season celebration! With such a variety of makers, collectors and farmers harnessing the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley in their own way, Spring Market will create a dynamic weekend of celebration and renewal. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. farmandflea/.


Mystwood at Wild Earth First Saturday of every month, 10am-3:30pm. Mystwood is a nature connection program for 6-9 year olds that uses elves, fairies, wizards and magic as storytelling and teaching tools. Through play, mystery and wonder, Wild Earth instructors will guide young Seekers into the ever growing world of Mystwood. Instructors will create a safe, nurturing container in which children can follow their curiosities and explore, each at their own authentic pace. Wild Earth, New Paltz. 256-9830.


Artist Talk with Padma Rajendran 2pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.


Bluegrass Brunch: Hurricane Hoss noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Brighton Beat 9:30pm. Afrobeat, jazz and funk. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Cabaret in the Music Room with Melissa Errico: A Benefit Event 8:30-10:30pm. $75/$150/$225. The American Songbook opens up on the Music Room stage for this annual Benefit Concert, welcoming New York City-born actress, singer, recording artist and writer Melissa Errico. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. Commander Cody Band 8pm. $15-$25. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. David Kraai & Amy Laber 8:30-10:30pm. Country harmonies, sweet banjo, tasty mandolin, twangy guitars, beautiful autoharp and soulful harmonica. Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market, Rhinebeck. 876-6992.



Above: The renovated Hudson Hall (formerly Hudson Opera House) kicks off its grand reopening with a series of classical music concerts this month Below: Three views of the Hudson Opera House prior to its renovation.

Hall of Change When the Hudson Opera House first reopened in 1998, people said the small cadre of volunteers restoring it were crazy. The massive building rested like a towering mausoleum at the center of then-sleepy Warren Street. Built in 1855 as Hudson’s City Hall, its second floor operated as a theater space, presenting boldface names of the late 19th and early 20th century like Frederic Church, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B. Anthony, and Teddy Roosevelt. But no one had touched the building since 1962, when it was sold to an out-of-town developer. It sat empty for 30 years. To say it needed a lot of work was an understatement. “This building has helped transform the city,” says Executive Director Gary Schiro, who boasts that the restoration of the hall helped create a catalyst for the regeneration of downtown Hudson. The preservation of this extraordinary landmark—New York State’s oldest surviving theater—couldn’t be accomplished in one fell swoop. While the goal from the beginning had been to rehabilitate the building to its full use for community access, financial strains turned the quick fix into a gradual journey. Through 12 capital projects, the first floor— with offices, a small gallery, and workshop space—was opened one room at a time; the second floor, which held a decaying performance space, begged to be brought back to life. And while over the past 20 years the hall has promoted the arts, serving more than 50,000 people annually with performances, exhibits, and free community programs, lack of useable space was holding back its potential. Maximum capacity for a concert in the small first floor gallery space was only 80 people, and events were limited to acoustic acts, with no room for dance or theater. With public and private support, the hall raised an $8.5 million Next Stage Capital Project budget last year, paving the way for an (almost) complete interior and exterior rehabilitation. Now, for the first time in 55 years, the second floor is open to the public. And it surely breathes new life—restored 27-feet-high ceilings, freshly painted walls, a shiny wooden floor, a stage outlined with gold trim. With 300 moveable seats, dressing rooms, a green room, a lighting and sound booth, and a projector, the hall has a fully functioning space that calls not only for larger, higher-caliber theatrical performances, but a dance floor, galas, and film screenings. Plus, for the first time in the building’s history, the addition of an elevator tower and handicap bathrooms makes the hall accessible

to everyone. The first floor had a bit of a facelift, too—with the addition of a new gallery space, reception room, lobby, concession stand, and offices. A new roof, fire stairs, and restored cornice were added to the exterior. Even with a massive restoration and building rename—now the Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House—retaining the space’s character was vital to the project. Though that was no easy feat, says Schiro. Adding new electrical and an HVAC system to a historic building with almost no mechanical systems was a huge challenge. The proscenium arch and raked wooden floor stage (both late 19th-century additions) were preserved, as well as the historic fabric. “The character is alive and strong, but transformed,” says Schiro. The iconic 23-foot original windows that dominate both the inside and out of the building were carefully removed and completely restored, returning to their home looking brand new. To celebrate its reopening, the hall has top-notch events lined up. The third season of Classics on Hudson will feature a series of evenings through the summer of classical performers redefining the genre. From May 13 through July 30, renowned visual artist Michael St. John will exhibit “Bouquet,” 23 “flower” paintings named after each of the notable speakers, artists, and performers who appeared at the opera house over the generations with proceeds from the show going to to the hall. “With this high caliber of events we can host in this building, it’ll continue to bring people from near and far to Hudson,” says Schiro. “Not only will we be the anchor that we’ve been all this time, but a real beacon that shines in the region.” While there’s still some work to be done—including rehabbing the mezzanine— Hudson Hall can finally be called the first-class venue space that has been waiting to blossom. “It still feels like itself—the historic hall we know and loved.” Just with a touch of an upgrade. Classics on Hudson kicks off the grand opening of Hudson Hall. Brooklyn Rider appears on May 7 at 5pm; Tim Fain performs with Roman Rabinovich and Eugenia Zukerman on May 20 at 7pm; and Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz perform on June 2 at 7pm. $40 premium; $25 general. (518) 822-1438; —Zan Strumfeld



Enter The Haggis 8pm. $34. Celtic-rock The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Garland Jeffreys 8pm. The Linda. Albany. (518)-465-5233. Johnny A 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Locust Honey 8pm. $100. Bluegrass and blues. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 6pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. My Bubba 8pm. Captivating nordic duo. Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. my-bubba/. Paul Shaffer and the Most Dangerous Band 8pm. $85. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Piranha Brothers 8pm. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. WaliJazz 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


Paint & Sip 7-9pm. $40. Each month, a talented local artist will guide the class through the recreation of a beautiful painting while enjoying a few cocktails with friends. Artist, Nicole Saunders, will be teaching ‘Midnight Cherry Blossom’. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 568-7540.

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


I Love My Park Day 9am-1pm. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. Open Farm & Plant Sale 9am-2pm. 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie. 473-1415.


Chipandgus -6, 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 students. Two oddball buddies meet in the back room of a rundown sports bar in Schenectady for their weekly ping pong game. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Kiss Me Kate 8pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Language Archive $20/discounts available. Presented by Theatre on the Road. Arts at the Chocolate Factory, Red Hook. Prelude to a Kiss 8pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279. Staged Readings by Star Mountainville Group 8-10pm. $10. Works by Tennessee Williams. Green Kill, Kingston. 657-4146.


Beginner’s Mind Retreat 4pm. $260. Through May 8. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114. Repair Cafe: Rhinebeck 12-4pm. Free repairs courtesy of experts who are also your neighbors. Rhinebeck Town Hall, Rhinebeck. Rustic River Woodworking 9:30am-3:30pm. Venture out as a class to collect driftwood from the Hudson River, then return to RWBS to construct sculpture, furniture, or something else! What you make is guided by your materials and your desire. Students are also welcome to bring found natural materials from home. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.

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Dance4TheEnd for Rainbird 12-6pm. $25/$20 in advance/$10 youth. This event is for dance lovers, professional dancers, wannabe dancers, playful dancers, and anyone who loves listening to music and watching people dance. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. Https:// Dance4TheEnd/.


Apple Blossom Festival 10am-3pm. Wagon rides, farm animals, live music, spring activities, and food. Fishkill Farms, Fishkill. 897-4377. Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet Car collectors can search for lost treasures among the many swap meet vendors that have engulfed the grounds and spend hours strolling through the endless field of impeccable antique cars. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001.


The First Artist In America 2pm. The story of John Vanderlyn, the celebrated artist who portrayed seven American presidents, rose to fame as a 19th century neoclassical history painter, and died penniless and alone in his home-town of Kingston, New York. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.


Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market 11am-5pm. $5/under age 12 free. 2nd annual Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market, in time for Mother’s Day gifts and the end of hibernation season celebration! With such a variety of makers, collectors and farmers harnessing the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley in their own way, Spring Market will create a dynamic weekend of celebration and renewal. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. farmandflea/.


Classics on Hudson: Brooklyn Rider 5-7:30pm. $40 premium section/$25 general. A ‘post-classical’ string quartet with “dazzling fingers-in-every-pie versatility” (Los Angeles Times), Brooklyn Rider’s Hudson debut features works by Beethoven, Glass, Janáček, plus an original piece by violinist Colin Jacobsen. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. David Kraai 1-4pm. Two sets of fine country folk music. Angry Orchard, Walden. (888) 845-3311. Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones 7pm. $10-$15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. NYC Broadway Voices on the Hudson 3pm. $50/$35 seniors/$25/children under 13 free/$25 reception. An encore of tunes from shows past and present. Temple Emanuel of Kingston, Kingston. 338-4271. Poets Steve Dalachinsky/Yuko Otomo, Altoist Adam Siegel and Bassist Michael Bisio 4pm. $10. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 331-2140. Second Annual Pete Seeger Festival 2-5pm. Performers include Betty and the Baby Boomers, Lydia Adams Davis, Dan Einbender, Cat Guthrie’s Dream Choir, Karen Hinderstein, Pat Lamanna, Rick Nestler, Melissa Ortquist and Karen Brooks, Andy Revkin, RJ Storm and Old School Bluegrass Band, Sarah Underhill, and Susan Wright with Steve Kirkman. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280. Tower Music Series presents Guitarist Peter Griggs 3:30-5pm. $15. The Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, poughkeepsie. 452-8110.


RoCA’s 70th Anniversary Legacy Gala 6-10pm. $175. RoCA will be celebrating this milestone anniversary and its commitment to the arts, education and the cultural enrichment of our community with its Legacy Gala with music, and art to commemorate its’ 70th Anniversary. Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack. 358-0877.

Detox for Energy & Vitality 9:30am-1pm. $65. With Skip Paynter, Jessie Lee Montague & Claudia Gukeisen. Join three of Izlind’s talented yoga teachers for a half-day of exploring three different yoga practices that will help detox your system and bring energy and vitality to your body and mind. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck. 845.516.4713.


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


Reiki 12-2pm. Members of the Hudson Valley Community (HVC) Reiki group will offer 20-minute individual Reiki sessions, free of charge, Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Birding a Cary 8-10am. Join the Cary Institute and the Waterman Bird Club for the first of a series of three walks. Gifford House. Millbrook, NY. 677-5343


Wesley Brown Reads from Short Stories 2-4pm. Novelist and playwright Wesley Brown discusses his new short story collection “Dance of the Infidels.” Published by Concord Free Press. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow a brief reading. The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham.


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas 3-5pm. $23. An inspiring concert by Scottish fiddle and cello virtuosos Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Come for the concert only, or the three-day Trad String Fling weekend with workshops, dances, and jam sessions. Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 246-2121. Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Choral Sunday 3pm. $5/students and children free. Choirs from Newburgh churches present gospel music. Kaplan Hall, Orange County Trust Company Great Room, Newburgh. 341-4891.

Annual Spring Sprint 5K 9am. Shaupeneak Ridge, Esopus. 845 473 4440.


Dharma Sunday School First Sunday of every month, 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist-oriented class for children 5+ and their families. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444. Chipandgus 7:30-9pm. $20/$10 students. Two oddball buddies meet in the back room of a rundown sports bar in Schenectady for their weekly ping pong game. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. Kiss Me Kate 3pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Language Archive $20/discounts available. Presented by Theatre on the Road. Arts at the Chocolate Factory, Red Hook. Prelude to a Kiss 2pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279.


Learn the Art of Reiki - Level One 4-6:30pm. $250. Learn the Japanese healing art of Reiki energy medicine. The Water Oracle - Mystical Teas & Provisions, Rhinebeck. 876-8327. Mindful Movement Class (monthly) First Sunday of every month, 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique Good for all ability levels. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 917-373-6151.


SUNY Ulster String Ensemble 7:30pm. The College String Ensemble performs its spring concert under the direction of Anastasia Solberg. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.


Painting the Portrait in Pastel with Ellen Eagle 9am-4pm. $485. Through May 11. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Adult Improv Class 6-7:30pm. $185. This is a 4-week course. This class is the very first class all of our students take when they first start learning improv comedy. No experience necessary. Hudson Valley Improv, ulster park. (917) 306-9642.


Music Fan Film Series: Chasing Trane, John Coltrane Documentary 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. Definitive documentary film about John Coltrane, an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Tea & Stones 6:30-8pm. Each month we explore a different stone from our vast collection. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206. When Diets Don’t Work: A Look at WeightLoss Surgery 5:30-7:30pm. Dinner with the Doc series. Hear from Dr. Brian Binetti, a bariatric surgeon with Health Quest Medical Practice, along with others who will give an overview of the program’s comprehensive offerings. If you have tried lifestyle changes with no success, surgery may be your pathway to a healthier life. Frank Guido’s Little Italy, Kingston. 554-1734.


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.


Social Justice Book Group- Rhinebeck: City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence 6-7pm. TOblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.


The Tenors 8pm. $60. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.


New Member Orientation & Farm Tours 3, 4 & 5pm. This orientation is required for all new members, though returning members are welcome to join in too. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie. 473-1415.


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


Music Fan Film Series: Chasing Trane, John Coltrane Documentary 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. Definitive documentary film about John Coltrane, an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Energize Red Hook Second Wednesday of every month, 10amnoon. Free energy coaching. Speak to a coach about how you can save money while making your home more comfortable. The organization aims to reduce home energy use and its cost through education and free New York State home energy assessments. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Susan Gingerich, The Herb Lady, Tells it Likes it Is 7-8:30pm. Drawing from the rich history of herbal lore from Europe, Native America and China, Susan spins tales as she recalls old beliefs about plants, sharing what she’s been out gathering in her basket.You’ll laugh at some of the old beliefs as she unravels history, and gives new perspective to “modern” medicine. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.


Clockwise from left: A self-portrait by John Vanderlyn; The Landing of Columbus, a painting by Vanderlyn that hangs in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC; Tobe Carey filming in Rome's Vatican Square. Tobe Carey's film The First Artist in America screens at SUNY Ulster on May 7.

The First Artist in America In a world where “Hamilton” is an unmitigated phenomenon, documentary filmmaker Tobe Carey found his own connection to Aaron Burr—a local one. Burr, who was a benefactor of the arts, was a patron and friend to John Vanderlyn—a Kingston native—who died as he lived: ambitious and penniless. Carey’s documentary on Vanderlyn, The First Artist in America: The Life and Times of John Vanderlyn, opens with the following words spoken by historian John Thorn: “the model of the misunderstood, underappreciated American artist going unhonored, unrecognized, [and] uncompensated in your native land starts with John Vanderlyn.” Thorn sets the tone for the tale of a man unable to reach his full potential at home or abroad. Carey began working on his documentary three years ago after reading Alf Evers’s Kingston: City on the Hudson. Like his other films (Deep Water: The Building of the Catskill Water System and Stanley’s House, about the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stanley Kunitz), Carey did not seek out Vanderlyn. The painter seemed to find him. “I’m interested in local history, particularly histories that are amazing or not many people know about,” he says. “You don’t know where subjects will find you or where they will lead you.” Just after the Revolutionary War began in 1775, John Vanderlyn was born in Kingston into a family of painters. Though Vanderlyn’s family was not affluent, he was educated with the children of prominent New York families. When he moved to New York, he met Burr, who introduced him to Gilbert Stewart, one of America’s most famous portraitists. After he studied with Stewart, Burr sent him to Paris to study neoclassical painting. There, Vanderlyn fell in love with historical painting. While his contemporaries trained in England, Vanderlyn became the first American painter formally trained in Paris. This apprenticeship would inform his work and sometimes put him at odds with puritanical American audiences. When he returned to America to show his painting Ariadne Asleep on the Island of Naxos, arguably his most famous work,

the nudity caused a minor scandal and resulted in separate viewings for men and women. Carey felt it was important to try to place Vanderlyn in context with what was going on at the time—the Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic era, and the shaky start of the United States of America. “He ran in some pretty big circles—he knew Burr, Robert Fulton, and Napoleon,” he says. “I wanted to show the politics of the art world, which always seems to exist.” Vanderlyn had huge artistic ambitions and he often fell short of them. Carey says that Vanderlyn often allowed his narcissistic nature to get in the way of his success. “If he wasn’t picking fights, he was paranoid in a way,” he says. “There was a real world of politics [especially in New York] and he often felt slighted.” Toward the end of Vanderlyn’s life, as the quality of his work diminished, he was awarded a commission for the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, The Landing of Columbus (1837-1847). The painting, which took Vanderlyn 10 years to complete with the help of French artists (who supposedly did most of the work), still hangs in the Rotunda today. Less than five years later, in 1852, Vanderlyn returned to Kingston and died alone in poverty. Carey hopes there will be interest among local viewers, and that they will feel compelled to research resources in Kingston like the Senate House Museum, which houses the largest collection of Vanderlyn’s work. “He always considered Kingston home, and it’s the local-boy-made-good story,” he says. “He didn’t really grow up in Kingston—he spent a lot of time in Europe—but he always came back home.” The First Artist in America: The Life and Times of John Vanderlyn will premiere on May 7 at 2pm in Vanderlyn Hall at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge. A Q&A with filmmaker Tobe Carey will follow the film. —Carolyn Quimby 5/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 91


Community Band/Jazz Ensemble 7:30pm. Members of the SUNY Ulster Community Band under the direction of Victor Izzo, Jr. join members of the SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Chris Earley in this invigorating annual concert. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Songwriter and Guitar Player Robben Ford 8pm. $38. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298.

François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea 3-5pm. Over two weekends from May 12–14 and May 19–21, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea’s program at Dia:Beacon traces the trajectory of the artists’ twelve-year creative partnership. Each performance includes three consecutive episodes, transitioning through the layered references that inform their collaborative work—from the musical structures of polyphonic singing, through the transcendent dance of Sylphides (2009), to the recent ensemble work Dub Love (2014). Dia:Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.

Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Larry Del Casale 10-10:30pm. $10. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Kingston Trio 7:30pm. $37/$29. American folk music. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Manhattan Transfer 8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039 8-10pm. $55/$65. Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2.

XEB: Third Eye Blind’s Debut Album 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Zydeco Dance with Zydeco Connection 7-11pm. $15/$10 w. FT student ID. Zydeco Connection brings the irresistible sounds and infectious rhythms of Zydeco from Southwestern Louisiana to the Northeast. 7 pm free beginners’ lesson, 8-11 pm dance. No partner necessary. Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances White Eagle Hall, Kingston. (914) 388-7048.



Robert Sarazin Blake and Adrien Reju 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.


Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters + Adrien Reju 8-10pm. $15. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-7625.

Encaustic Comprehensive with Laura Moriarty $400. Through May 12. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.


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

The Sense of an Ending Rosendale Theater. 658.8989. Dinner Date, Kids Create! Second Friday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. $20-$25. Just drop off the kids at Roost Studios & Art Gallery, and pick up your discount coupon, valid at many of our local New Paltz restaurant partners. Then you can zip off to dinner and enjoy a wonderful meal and peace of mind. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. (516) 652-0229.

Popa Chubby 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


Sylvia 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Presented by 90 Miles Theatre Company. A comedy by A.R. Gurney. This event will help support local animal rescues in the Hudson Valley. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-6340.


Dances of Universal Peace Second Friday of every month, 7-9pm. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034.



Flamenco Vivo: Jardín Andaluz 7:30-11pm. $75/$1000 Sponsor’s table for 6. Join us at Kaatsban for “Jardín Andaluz”, a very special event with Flamenco Vivo/ Carlota Santana. A full Flamenco performance followed by wine, supper, classical guitar with David Temple plus a special presentation of The Kaatsbaan Playing Field Award. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2. Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday of every month. Second Saturday is a city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month Downtown Beacon, Beacon. Family Fest and Pet Expo 11am-3pm. 8th annual Family Fest and Pet Expo. Kids games and activities, vendors, food. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. 838-0094.


Carol Goodman presents The Widow’s House 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Open Mike at the Gallery Second Thursday of every month, 7-9:30pm. $5 donation. From the newcomer to the experienced club musician, everyone loves our welcoming and enthusiastic gathering. Musicians, spoken word artists, others, all welcome. Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. (914) 456-6700.

Riverside Art Auction 3:30pm. Benefiting Hudson Valley artisits and arts education. Silent Auction open thu May 21. Garrison Arts Center. 424-3960.



Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 10:30am. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.



Trifecta Approach to Better Health 6:45-8:30pm. The guest speaker will be Jeanne Schumacher, Ed. D., a whole food plant based coach. What we put in and on our bodies affects how we function. Join us to learn about the trifecta approach to better living, how restore your body back to optimal health and last, but not least, how to become an empowered, educated, and healthier consumer. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272.

Greetings From Asbury Park 8pm. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.


T.I. Presents : The Hustle Gang Tour 7:30-11:45pm. $40-$250. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800 ext. 1207.


The Everly Brothers Experience 8pm. $20-$30. Featuring the Zmed Brothers. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Know the 10 Signs & Healthy Living for the Brain & Body 11am-3pm. Potluck and Learn- an educational program by the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter with information on how to recognize the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s and information about research in diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and use hands-on tools to develop a plan for healthy aging. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. (800) 272-3900.

Brian Regan 8-10pm. $50/$60/$75. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Belly Dance Series with Ayleeza 6-8pm. $48 per series/$90 for both. Exciting tunes from Bollywood, Middle Eastern, Oldies and even some Hip Hop music to help you shake, shimmy and shine. Beginners and Intermediate series available. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Greetings from Asbury Park with Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters + Connor Kennedy 8-10pm. $15. First set: music from Robt Sarazin Blake’s new double album, Recitative. Second set, along with Connor Kennedy & The Package: Bruce Springsteen’s Greetings from Asbury Park—start to finish. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-7625.


Singer/Songwriter Christopher Cross 8pm. $65. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.



Sylvia 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Presented by 90 Miles Theatre Company. A comedy by A.R. Gurney. This event will help support local animal rescues in the Hudson Valley. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-6340.

The Chase Brock Experience Best known for his choreography for “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” Chase Brock brings a his “stylized showbiz mayhem” (New York Times) and his talented troupe to Tannersville for a residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation from May 8-20. The residency culminates with a performance on May 20 at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center. (518) 263-2063;


Homage: Contemporary Artists in Conversation 7-8:30pm. Please join us for an evening with writer and editor Faye Hirsch, who will moderate a roundtable discussion between exhibiting Aldrich artist Suzanne McClelland and artists Michael St. John and Erica Baum. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.


Marina Antropow Cramer presents Roads: A Novel 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


Acoustic Music with Chris Barron 8pm. $25. The Barn, Middletown. 697-4291. AKA Hank 9pm. Songs from the Bad and Beautiful. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240. David Bromberg Quintet 8pm. $52/$47/$42. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000. Dylan Doyle Band 7:30pm. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston. Electric Beef 9:30pm. Pop and rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble 10am & noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

The Big Takeover 8pm. Reggae. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Beacon Open Studios Kickoff Party 6-9pm. Oak Vino Wine Bar, Beacon. 8457652400.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Annual Southern Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament 8:30am-1pm. $75. Annual Southern Ulster County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. Enjoy a continental breakfast before tee off and a BBQ lunch. New Paltz Golf Course, New Paltz. 591-4658.

THEATER Kiss Me Kate 8pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Reel Talk Film Series Screening: Fully Awake: Black Mountain College 1:30pm. $12/$10 seniors/$8 members and students. Panel discussion following screening with Mary Emma Harris, author of The Arts at Black Mountain College and Jacqueline Gourevitch, painter and student at BMC. Reception at WAAM following discussion. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.


Hudson Valley Distillery Tour 1-2pm. $12.50. Walk through the distillery with an owner. Three samples of their award-winning spirits. An etched rocks glass to take home. Hudson Valley Distillers, Germantown. 757-3771.


The Borscht Belt 4:30-6pm. Catskills photographer, Marisa Scheinfeld, uncovers the forgotten world of this once vibrant vacation destination in her dramatic and evocative photographs. The Cragsmoor Historical Society will host her book talk and signing. Cragsmoor Historical Society, Cragsmoor. (845 647-6487. DiaTalk: Alexandra Truitt and James Meyer on Anne Truitt 2-3pm. Alexandra Truitt is the daughter of noted American journalist James Truitt and artist Anne Truitt. She manages the Estate of Anne Truitt. James Meyer is a curator in the department of modern art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and a curatorial and academic advisor at Dia Art Foundation in New York. Dia:Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.

Prelude to a Kiss 8pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

The Hidden Catskills-Off the Beaten Path to Seldom Seen Terrain 4-6pm. Alan Via promises interesting slides that will include scenery, flora, animals, birds on around seldom visited terrain with stories and tales, mostly true. Catskill Interpretive Center, Mount Tremper. 688-3369.

Staged Readings by Star Mountainville Group 8-9:30pm. $10. Works by Tennessee Williams. Green Kill, Kingston. 657-4146.

Hudson Valley Photography Network Spring Conference 2017 8am-1pm. $25. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park.

Tour: Gallery Takeover with Artist Cecilia Moy Fradet 11am-noon. Join Connecticut painter and mixed-media artist Cecilia Moy Fradet on a guided exploration of the current exhibitions. Fradet will bring her own perspectives as a practicing artist to a lively discussion about the exhibiting artists’ ideas and processes. Enjoy an in-depth investigation of voice, visual language, and text. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519.


Book Reading by Leslie T. Sharpe 1pm. Author of The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills. Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville. Katonah Poetry Series: 50th Anniversary All-Star Reading 4-9pm. $150 eading and reception/$40 reading only. The Katonah Poetry Series will host a gala event to celebrate fifty years of bringing the finest voices in contemporary poetry to northern Westchester. An all-star panel of poets--Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Marie Howe and Vijay Seshadri--will read from their work and others’, followed by a lively panel discussion and a VIP cocktail reception with the poets and live jazz. The Harvey School, Katonah. (914) 271-1062.


Americana Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. BoDeans 8pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION 10th Annual New Paltz Bike Swap 10am-2pm. The New Paltz Bike swap is a community event where anyone can buy or sell used bikes or bike equipment. New Paltz High School, New Paltz. 256-4100. Car Tour: Cement Industry 10am. Have you ever been curious about the cement mines dotting the region? Here is your chance to learn more about this important historical industry! We’ll tour the Ponckhockie Congregational Church, Hasbrouck Park, and the Century House Museum & Widow Jane Mine. Tickets include optional pancake breakfast and lunch at the 1850 House. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080. Make Her Day Art Event 11am-4pm. Celebrate mom or grandmom on the Walkway-Over-The-Hudson. Hudson Valley Art Market (HVArtMarket) in collaboration with Walkway Over the Hudson proudly presents highly curated artist and artisans, musings and musicians, sippings and samplings in addition to multi-generational Make-Your-Own gifts. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. Open Farm & Plant Sale 9am-2pm. Join us for fun activities for fun activities for the whole family. We will be selling nearly 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs raised in our greenhouse, heirloom seeds, other PFP merchandise, as well as pottery from local artists. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie. 473-1415.

Hudson Valley Photography Network Spring Photography Conference 2017 8:30am-1pm. $25. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park. Indigo & Shibori Dye Workshop 1-4pm. $75. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson.


Contemporary Evening: The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2pm. $12/$10 members/$6 children. For the first time ever Bolshoi dancers perform The Cage by Academy Award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins. The program also includes Harald Lander’s Études, a homage to ballet training, and Alexei Ratmansky’s colorful Russian Seasons, which is set against the rituals of the Orthodox Church. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana 2:30pm. $45/$30/$10 children and student rush. Flamenco performance. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2 or 10.


Sound Bath Meditative Healing Sessions with Jenni Love 10-11am. $13. An experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation and an acceleration of their inward journey. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Caitlin Caporale 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Red Hot Mamas Bene 8pm. Featuring Denise Jordan Finley & Marji Zintz. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters 9-11pm. $20. With The Mammals featuring Mike + Ruthy. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-7625. Slaid Cleaves 8pm. The Linda. Albany. (518)-465-5233. Soñando 7pm. Latin salsa. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Todd Rundgren 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. What You Don’t Know About Women 7:30-8:45pm. $20/$10 students. Broadway actress and chanteuse Lynn Kearney and former Fosse dancer Sonja Stuart team up with musical director Dan Furman for an evening of stories and songs dedicated to teaching the rest of us just how much we still need to learn about the female sex. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.


Bill’s Toupee 9pm. Dance music. Ramada Inn, Newburgh.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Benefit Brunch: Habitat for Humanity Newburgh 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz: French Jazz Series Gala 8pm. $25/$50/$100. Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Times Square: Classic A Cappella Doo Wop 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Mother’s Day Geology Walk with Steve Schimmrich 1pm. $5 non-members. Join SUNY Ulster County Community College geology professor and Century House Board of Trustees member Steven Schimmrich for a leisurely walk to the Widow Jane Mine where he will discuss the unique and fascinating geology of this area, point out the location of some interesting fossils, and teach you how the rocks allow geologists to visualize ancient seas teeming with life. Century House Historical Society, Rosendale. 845/658-9900.

Prelude to a Kiss 2pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

Jason Gisser Band 8pm. Rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

North Mississippi Allstars 8pm. $20-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Sound Bath Meditative Healing Session 10-11am. $13. A Sound Bath can be an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation and an acceleration of their inward journey. Time is suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience. Physical injuries can be healed and old emotional traumas released. Great insights can be accessed. You feel truly, vibrantly alive. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Kiss Me Kate 3pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Gerry Malkin Quintet 8-10:30pm. $10. Leader and tenor saxophonist Gerry Malkin is joined by Chris Morrison (guitar), Jeff Pittson (piano), Mike McGuirk (bass), Bobby Leonard (drums). BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine 8pm. $15. Literary lampoons, forgettable folk anthems, and comedy. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Parker and Parker 6pm. Acoustic blues. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston.


Emerson String Quartet 7pm. The quartet will perform a program including Mozart’s Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”, Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, and Dvořák’s Quartet in C Major, op. 61. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4423.

MET Live: Der Rosenkavalier 12:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

The Kingston Trio 5-7pm. $25/$35/$45. The Kingston Trio is one of the few groups today that has survived the many changes in the world of music. The Kingston Trio consists of George Grove, Bill Zorn, and Rick Doughtery. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

MAYfest Centered on its acronym: Music, Art, and Yoga (MAY), MAYfest runs May 26 through May 28 at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring. This marks year two for the festival, and there are opportunities to immerse yourself in a yoga practice, your love of music, and explore your creative side with a variety of art programs. The structure of MAYfest allows people to stay for the whole weekend or just visit for a day based on their interest and availability. On site at, there will be cabins available to rent for lodging or there will also be a space for on-site camping. When resgitering online, the festival’s program will allow you to create a customized schedule with choice of from the wide variety of classes, workshops, and lectures. At night, the main stage will light up and the parting continues with music and performance. Three Sisters Gardening 7pm. $3-$8. Explore the benefits of companion planting Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.


Kiss Me Kate 8pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Prelude to a Kiss 8pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279. Staged Readings by Star Mountainville Group 8-9:30pm. $10. Works by Tennessee Williams. Green Kill, Kingston. 657-4146. Sylvia 2:30 & 8pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Presented by 90 Miles Theatre Company. A comedy by A.R. Gurney. This event will help support local animal rescues in the Hudson Valley. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-6340.


Bundle Dye Workshop 10am-noon. $55. In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of bundle dyeing with natural materials. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. workshops-list/bundle-dye-workshop-sat-513.

Women’s Full Moon Gathering 7-8:30pm. $10. 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.

LECTURES & TALKS Activist Story Hour with Special Guest Reader 10:30am. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

LITERARY & BOOKS Author Linda Hirshman and the Feminine Mystique 3pm. $15. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5111.

MUSIC Celebratory Concert 3pm. $20/$18 seniors/$5 students. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra is pleased to introduce Jonathan Handman as its new Music Director. The Celebration Concert programming includes America-themed music by composers Gould, Copland, Gershwin, Chadwick, Ellisor and Dvorak. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. 679-6900. Evening with Timothy B. Schmit 8pm. $55. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Firefall 7pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Sylvia 2:30pm. $20/$15 students and seniors. Presented by 90 Miles Theatre Company. A comedy by A.R. Gurney. This event will help support local animal rescues in the Hudson Valley. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-6340.


Dividing and Propagating Garden Plants & Planting Containers 7pm. Presented by the New Paltz Garden Cub. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz.


Pour for More with Rachel Dubicki 7-9pm. $220 members/$245 non-members. In this six week class we’ll focus on the fundamental aspects of the pouring vessel. Students will learn several ways to make spouts, including thrown spouts, hand built spouts, and spouts of the pot. Along with spout construction, this class will cover the hand thrown form, handle making, and proper glazing techniques. While students are encouraged to work freely, each class will provide instructor demonstration, personal work time, and one on one instructor assistance. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133.


“What the Health” screening 7:15-9:30pm. $8 general admission. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary will host a screening of the newly released documentary “What the Health.” The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 247-5700.


A Better Way To Deal with Death and Dying 6-8pm. In ‘Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death’, Henry Fersko-Weiss describes a whole new way to approach death and dying, and explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life. ‘Last Things’ is the true and intensely personal story of how author Marissa Moss coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.



Little Folk Farm Day 10am-2pm. $10/free under age 2. A full schedule of exciting and educational activities designed for pre-schoolers to 3rd graders. Green Chimneys, Brewster. 279-2995 ext. 307.


How Superman Sees the Stars 8-9pm. Our eyes are poor instruments for studying the Universe. They detect only a single portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. X-Rays give us a completely different picture than the visible light our eyes detect. Using the X-ray eyes of telescopes orbiting the Earth, Columbia University Professor David Helfand will reveal how Superman would see the stars. Coykendall Science Building, New Paltz. Publicity@


The Met Opera: Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier 2pm. $25/$20/$15. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Wrekmeister Harmonies: JR Robinson and Esther Shaw 9pm. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

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

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Classes 10-11am. 6 classes/$75 or $17 drop in. Shift your alignment/shift your frame of mind. 60 minutes of mindful movement that will change how you feel and how you move. CREATE Community, Cold Spring. 264-9565.



Irish Artist Daniel O’Donnell 7:30pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Mokoomba! From Zimbabwe to Marlboro 7pm. Afrobeat. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

THURSDAY 18 Woodstock Chimes Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale 9am-5pm. Woodstock Chimes opens its doors to the public for this four-day event. Huge selection of chimes, gongs, drums, garden bells, fountains, kid’s instruments and more. Dollar bamboo chimes too. Woodstock Chimes, Shokan. 657-0445.


Belly Dance Series with Ayleeza 6-8pm. $48 per series/$90 for both. Exciting tunes from Bollywood, Middle Eastern, Oldies

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

Food as Medicine: How Nutrition Impacts Your Health 6-8pm. Dinner with the Doc series. Learn how food can be a powerful prescription for health and well-being. Cardiologist Dr. Lawrence Schek, Putnam Hospital Center’s vice president of medical affairs, and Jenna Godfrey, a registered dietitian at Health Quest who works at Putnam Hospital Center, will discuss how the foods we eat have a beneficial impact on our physical and mental health. Centennial Grille at Centennial Golf Club, Carmel. 554-1734.


Advanced Workshop Series for 4th-6th Grade 4-6pm. $150 5 weeks/$35 class. The Advanced Workshop Series includes a more in-depth project covering advanced creative techniques for students. All supplies included. Sunflower Art Studios, Gardiner. 419-5219.


Dani Shapiro in Conversation with Elisha Cooper: Memoir and More 7-8:30pm. As the kick off event for the Millbrook Literary Festival Merritt Bookstore will be hosting Dani Shapiro and Elisha Cooper, two modern memoirists, to meet and talk about the incredibly intimate and honest literature they produce. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857.

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Brad Paisley 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

Shannon McNally 8pm. Memphis blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Munay-Ki Rites Series: The Nine Great Rites of Enlightenment 6:30-8:30pm. $150 in advance/$180. This four part series: May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, Aug 15th. Rhianna Mirabello will be facilitating this indepth four evening series. The series will include receiving of all nine Munay-Ki rites, receiving your own Pi stone through which your rites will be transmitted, along with fire ceremonies and other ways of strengthening the rites. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


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

Sean Rowe Band 8pm. Folk-rock singer-songwriter. Opening act: electro-pop singer-songwriter Girl Blue. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.



Big Head Todd & The Monsters 7:30pm. $39.50/$34.50/$29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Paul Anka 8pm. $150. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

New Member Orientation & Farm Tours 3, 4 & 5pm. This orientation is required for all new members, though returning members are welcome to join in too. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie. 473-1415.

Up on the Roof: Telescope Viewings of the Constellations 8-9:45pm. Gaze at the stars through telescopes during this fun and educational evening. Rowley Center for Science & Engineering: third floor east, SUNY Orange, Middletown. 341-4891.

Adam Ezra Group 8pm. $10-$15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Kurt Henry & Albee Groth 9:30pm. Original music. Birdsall House, Peekskill. (914) 930-1880.


Beginners Lamp Making 5:30-8:30pm. $95. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. beginners-lamp-making.


The Chuck Lamb Acoustic Fusion 7:30pm. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357.



The White Hart Speaker Series: Dani Shapiro, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage 6-8pm. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. The White Hart Inn, Salisbury, CT. (518) 789-3797.


Gardiner Cupcake Festival Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cupcake is an American invention—we love little sweet things, don’t we? The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a light cake to bake in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. But not until 2009, when the Gardiner Cupcake festival was launched, did the lowly cupcake gets it due in the Hudson Valley. Here’s what you can expect at Wright’s Farm on May 20: lots and lots of cupcakes!! Plus the 5K Cupcake Classic, a run through the orchards of Wright’s Farm, complete with stellar views of the Shawangunk Ridge—leading you right to some cupcakes. There’s loads of stuff for the kids (three bouncy houses), non-cupcake food, music, and craft vendors. Admission is $5 and kids under five get in free. Petey Hop Hosts Roots & Blues Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Seth Walker and Mister Roper 7pm. $10-$15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Under the Streetlamp 8pm. A concert celebration of classic hits of the American Radio Songbook from the 1950s-1970s. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Friend of the Arts Award 5:30-9pm. $135. Join us for our 20th Annual Friend of the Arts Award honoring the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie & Illustrator David Soman. The Grandview, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES #HandcraftNight Third Wednesday of every month, 5-8pm. $5. The return of our monthly community series. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. Dropforgeandtool. com/events/2017/2/15/handcraftnight. Tarot Wisdom Gathering: A Monthly Journey in the World of Tarot 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Bring your own Tarot deck to enjoy this guided exploration to learn & connect more deeply with your deck. Each month a card will be chosen that we will delve into with open minds and hearts. We will have a discussion and journey to gather and share our inner wisdom. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

and even some Hip Hop music to help you shake, shimmy and shine. Beginners and Intermediate series available. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

FOOD & WINE Third Thursday Luncheon 11:30am-1pm. $6/$7 take-out. As part of Messiah’s Outreach Programs, each luncheon benefits a local organization to support its ongoing programs. The May Luncheon will benefit the Dutchess County SPCA. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. 876-3533.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Meeting of the Minds 2017 8am-4pm. A full-day conference for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and their family members, caregivers and professionals who provide support and services. It will feature breakout sessions for people diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, family members, professional caregivers and Spanish-speaking caregivers. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Tarrytown. (800) 272-3900.

LITERARY & BOOKS Hudson Valley YA Society: Scott Westerfeld & Renée Ahdieh 6-8pm. Scott Westerfeld is the author a new graphic novel Spill Zone (illustrated by Alex Puvilland), that takes place in Poughkeepsie! Author Renée Ahdieh brings Flame in the Mist- a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan. Ages 12 to adult. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

Leveled-Up Ceramics with Cheyenne Mallo 7-9pm. $220/$245 non-members. Take your pots to the next level! Open to students of all levels, this course will focus on honing style both on and off the wheel. Turn a plate into a platter, master your rims, and brush up on trimming feet. Group demonstrations, tailored to students’ specific needs and desires, as well as individualized work time and personal instruction provide a fun and relaxed environment for developing skills and creativity on the potter’s wheel. Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale. 658-9133. Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Woodstock Chimes Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale 9am-5pm. Woodstock Chimes opens its doors to the public for this four-day event. Huge selection of chimes, gongs, drums, garden bells, fountains, kid’s instruments and more. Dollar bamboo chimes too. Woodstock Chimes, Shokan. 657-0445.


Ballroom By Request Lesson & Practice Time Third Friday of every month, 8-11pm. $15 for both lessons/$10 one lesson. Joe designed “Ballroom By Request” as a unique place where people can come and learn how for any social event/party/wedding reception where popular music is being played. Two lessons in 2 different dances, and practice/social time afterwards. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833. Salsa Under the Stars 7pm. Salsa Lessons, dancing, live performances, music vendors, refreshments available for sale. Safe Harbors Green, Newburgh.


A Quiet Passion Rosendale Theater. 658.8989.


3rd Friday Reggae with Ayaaso 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Ana Popovic 8pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. The Chain Gang 8pm. Classic rock. La Puerta Azul, Salt Point. 677-2985.

Fat City Rockers 9pm. Rock. Whistling Willie’s, Cold Spring. 265-2012. John Tropea Band 7pm. Jazz rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Oak Ridge Boys Celebration Tour 8pm. Country. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039. Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show 8pm. $35. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. 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. Soul Purpose 7:30pm. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston.

DANCE 10 Hairy Legs 7:30-9:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2. Chase Brock Experience This Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company will be in residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation throughout May and will end their residency with a public performance. Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville. (518) 263-4246.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS May Festival and Summer Exhibition 3-11pm. $10. This year, we will be expanding our programming to include 4 different daylong festivals. Building upon our commitment to the local and regional community as well as expanding opportunities for Wassaic Project artists to be seen and heard, we’re proud to continue to grow the Wassaic Project Summer Season as we celebrate our ten year anniversary. The Wassaic Project, Wassaic. (914) 960-7861.

Weekend Art Camp: Session 3: Toys and Sculpture from Recycled Materials 1-3pm. $35. Children are encouraged to experiment and exaggerate mystical animals from recycled stuff found around the house. Make toys and containers and have fun repurposing things you’d normally toss out. Sunflower Art Studios, Gardiner. 419-5219.

John Berenzy 8pm. $10. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.


The Levin Brothers 7pm. Cool jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Overlook: Katherine Manthorne on Landscapes Across the Americas 4-6pm. $20/$15 members. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872. Story Telling with Janet Carter 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

LITERARY & BOOKS Kingston Spoken Word 7pm. Featuring Teresa Costa and Mike Jurkovic, followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.


Cheetah, Stephanie Rivers, acrylic and oil on canvas

Open Mike Night Poet Edition Third Friday of every month, 6:30-9pm. The Dream Center would like to create a space where the artist can come express themselves. We want all poets or aspiring writers to come out and share their pieces with an energetic crowd. Jovan O’Neal and Candace Nicholas hosting the event. The Dream Center, Newburgh. 234-8716. Portfolio Review Weekend Q&A/Mixer The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957.


Plants and Answers 40th Annual Plant Sale at Berkshire Botanical Garden 11am-5pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. 413-298-3926.

Kiss Me Kate 8pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Murder Mystery Dinner and Show 6-9pm. $65. It’s mayhem on the menu at the Bykenhulle House! It’s 1890 and the Vanderbilt’s dominate Hudson Valley high society. Your evening begins when Frederick and Lady Vanderbilt host a garden party attended by John Jacob Astor and his unlikable wife Lady Astor. You’ll mingle with Percy Longfellow, a Vassar professor, Horace the loyal butler and fortune-hunting maid Charlene. Katherine Kerry, a reporter on the scene, observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder! Enjoy an evening of fine cuisine by H.V Trendsetters and mystery entertainment by Murder Cafe. Bykenhulle House B&B, Hopewell Jct. 235-3604. Prelude to a Kiss 8pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279. True West 8pm. $20/$17 members/$10 students. Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Woodstock Chimes Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale 9am-5pm. Woodstock Chimes opens its doors to the public for this four-day event. Huge selection of chimes, gongs, drums, garden bells, fountains, kid’s instruments and more. Dollar bamboo chimes too. Woodstock Chimes, Shokan. 657-0445.

Tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band featuring The THE BAND Band 8:30-11pm. $30/$25 in advance. While iconic roots-rock The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of the legendary repertoire. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.


A Masked Ball: Winnakee Land Trust Gala $175. Honoring Sally Mazzarella. The annual gala is expected to raise significant funds in support of the mission of Winnakee Land Trust, which is to protect and preserve the natural, agricultural, recreational, architectural, cultural, scenic, historical, and open space resources of northern Dutchess County. Astor Courts, Rhinebeck. 876-4213.


Cornwall Community Day of Play 12-4pm. Meet live wild animals at the Wildlife Education and romp in Grasshopper Grove, the Hudson Valley’s first Nature Play area. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.



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

A Night at the ASKars: Annual Gala 6-10pm. $75. The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) will host a dazzling Gala Evening, “A Night at the ASKars”. The evening includes a delectable buffet catered by Stone Soup, a silent auction, live musical entertainment and dancing, and the presentation of the three ASKar awards to the choral group Ars Choralis; comedy performance duo Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine; and visual artist Carol Pepper Cooper. Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0333.


Shamanic Journey Circle with Dave Beck 7-9pm. $20. Shamanic Journeying is an ancient technique used to deepen ones spiritual connections. Through his rhythmic drumming, David Beck will aid us in transcending our normal conscious state and journey to meet the many helping spirits that are always surrounding us. Join us at this twice monthly gathering to practice & delve into a deeper understanding of Shamanic Journeying with the support & guidance of David Beck. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Le Pompe Attack’s CD Release Party 8-10:30pm. $15. Critically acclaimed jazz guitarist, Doug Munro, brings his Gypsy Swing group, La Pompe Attack for a special CD Release Party. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Beacon Open Studios The ninth annual Beacon Open Studios tour features a self-guided tour of over 50 artist’s studios the weekend of May 13-14. The event is free, citywide, and coincides with Beacon’s monthly Second Saturday art gallery event. The kick-off is at Oak Vino Bar on Friday, May 12 and will feature work from all participating artists. On Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, artist studios will be open to the public from 12 to 6pm, with-easy-tofollow signs. For a full listing of participating artists and to pick up a free color catalog and map, stop by Hudson Beach Glass at 162 Main Street. MyKingstonKids Fest 2017 11am-4pm. MyKingstonKids Fest is a free event created to provide children of the Kingston area an exciting day of activities, engaging, fun-loving events and entertainment. Activities include a children’s art show, music, a tea party, INSPIRE awards, kids fun yoga, performances, dance classes, arts & crafts, games, and more. Kids who are interested in attending the Wonderland Tea Party must be registered in advance. Tea Party includes dress up, food, tea/ drink, games and entertainment. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 282-0182. The Northeast Outdoor Sports Show Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Camping, Cycling, Recreational Vehicles and Travel will be featured at this one of a kind show brought to the Hudson Valley. This event will also play host to various workshops, seminars, celebrities, children’s activities and more! Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001.

FILM Silent Film: The Sparrows (1926) 7-9pm. Mary Pickford stars in this southern gothic tale set in a Carolina swamp. With live musical accompaniment by Cary Brown. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040. True Princess Ball 12-2 & 3-5pm. $15/$35. There will be 30 minutes of performances by sever of our princesses, the grand reveal of our new Island Princess, along with arts and crafts, princess makeovers, singing and dancing, autographs, pictures, and so much more. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. We encourage the little ones to dress as their favorite princess. Bykenhulle House B&B, Hopewell Jct. 554-8640.

Marina Antropow Cramer presents Roads: A Novel 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Poetry Feature & Reading 6:15-9pm. Karen Corinne Herceg reads from her poetry collection Out From Calaboose newly released from Nirala Publications. Co-Feature with Walter Worden. Mudd Puddle Cafe, New Paltz. 255-3436.


ASK for Music 8-10:30pm. $8. Come out to hear the finest Hudson Valley singer-songwriters in a listening space surrounded by art. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. Beyond the Wall: Pink Floyd Tribute 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy 8pm. $38. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Classics on the Hudson Music Series 7pm. $40/$25. Violinist Tim Fain, Flautist Eugenia Zukerman, Pianist Roman Rabinovich. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-4181. English Songs by French Composers: Hudson Area Library Benefit 5-8pm. $40. THudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792 ext. 101. Jazz at Atlas 8pm. $20. Featuring bassist, composer and bandleader William Parker and the ensemble Evidence Of Everlasting Beauty. The band features Cooper Moore on piano, Daniel Carter on reeds, trumpet and flute, Steve Swell on trombone and Mr. Parker on stringed instruments. Atlas Industries, Newburgh. 391-8855.

Native Plant Sale 9am-1pm. Get advice from experienced gardeners, and purchase native plants to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Pine Plains Garden Club Plant Sale 9am-noon. All plants, vegetables and herbs are grown by club members. Pine Plains Town Gazebo, Pine Plains. Plant Swap 11am-noon. Bring all your extra plants: perennials, annual seedlings, shrubs, vines, houseplants, and vegetable/herb seedlings. Have plants divided in containers, labeled with name, and with basic planting instructions. Bring plants by 10:30am. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771. 13th Annual Community-Wide Plant Sale, Swap, & Garden Yard Sale 8am-noon. 8-9 AM Drop off plants & sale items. Bring identified plants, bulbs, seeds, books, tools, pots, vases, and all gardenrelated items, including furniture, for swap or sale. New Paltz Healing Arts, New Paltz. Walking Tour: Sleightsburgh 4:15pm. Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum for a guided walking tour of Sleightsburgh Spit in Port Ewen, NY. Learn about the 19th century barge graveyard, three Rondout lighthouses, and the construction of the breakwater at the mouth of the creek. In conjunction with the Shipwreck Symposium. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.


Akashic Records Reading with Anne Schmidt 10:30am-3:30pm. $80/hour. The Akashic Records, commonly referred to as the book of life, are the individual records of a soul from the instant it leaves its point of origin until the end of time. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


Charlotte’s Web 11am-noon & 3-4pm. $25. Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web is based off E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. charlottesweb11am/.


Hudson Valley Writers Resist 2-5pm.Performances by Actors & Writers, The Battering Ram Rosendale Theater Collective. Rosendale Theater. Kiss Me Kate 8pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Prelude to a Kiss 8pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279. True West 8pm. $20/$17 members/$10 students. Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Befriend Your Sewing Machine 10am-1pm. $65. Do you have a sewing machine in your closet, but have never used it? Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. Dismantling Racism: Building Capacity for White People to Understand Racial Injustice 7-8:30pm. The Quaker Intentional Village/ Canaan will host a series of 6 free workshops using a curriculum to create a space for white people interested in being effective allies with people of color in the work of dismantling racism and undoing white privilege. QIVC, East Chatham. (518) 392-0289.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS The Northeast Outdoor Sports Show Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Camping, Cycling, Recreational Vehicles and Travel will be featured at this one of a kind show brought to the Hudson Valley. This event will also play host to various workshops, seminars, celebrities, children’s activities and more! Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001.

FOOD & WINE 10th Annual Taste of Newburgh 12:30-2:30pm. $30. Proceeds to benefit many local community organizations. Sponsored by the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Off Broadway 5K 7am-noon. $40/$30 in advance/$10 grades k-12. Starting and finishing in historic downtown at 111 Broadway Newburgh, the 5K will take you on a great tour of this Hudson Valley city. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh.

Community Education Forum Part IV 1-4pm. Community Educational Forums: An Eight-Part Series presented by Kingston Citizens. A conversation on public education as it pertains to President Donald Trump’s proposed initiatives. Church Des Artistes Guest House, Kingston.

True West 2pm. $20/$17 members/$10 students. Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.



Ben Vereen 8pm. $75. Part of the Broadway and Cabaret Series. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Blues Farm 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. E.C. Lorick 11am. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Mario Rincon & Andreas Arnold 7pm. Flamenco jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Scott Stapp of Creed 7-10pm. $35/$45/$65. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.


Sculpture in the Woods 12-5pm. Rockland Center for the Arts, in partnership with Collaborative Concepts, have sited sculptures by 12 regional artists on RoCA’s

Designated Movement Company Workshop/Showcase 2:30-3:30pm. $10. Kaatsbaan is pleased to present Designated Movement Company (DMC) under the direction of Katie Rose McLaughlin. DMC is one of five companies chosen for Kaatsbaan acclaimed UpStream Residency Series. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2. Dream Studios presents: Across the Universe 2pm. An exploration of space through dance. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Swing Dance to the Chris DiFrancesco Swing & Blues Quartet $12/$8 FT students. Beginners’swing dance lesson at 6pm. Band plays from 6:30-9pm. No partner or experience necessary. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

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Harnessing Your Financial Power. Creating a Roadmap for Financial Success 6-8pm. Attendees will learn that women have financial power and face many financial challenges. Attendees will come away with knowledge of the fundamentals of financial planning and how it relates to them and their families. Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, Poughkeepsie. 363-6432.

Pathways to Prevention: Tips for New & Expecting Parents 5:30-6:30pm. Join Columbia Memorial Health Pediatrician Dr. Christine Lee as she gives advice on caring for a new baby and answers questions from parents. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.


Live Reading: We the People–Doug Motel Rosendale Theater. 658.8989.

Zip it! Sew your Own Pouch 2-5pm. $65. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to sew, or just need a refresher to get back in the saddle again, this is the class for you. We’ll cover the basics of stitching on a machine, and make some simple (or more complex if you like) zipper pouches, which are infinitely useful and make fantastic gifts. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. zip-it-sew-your-own-pouch.




Repair Cafe: New Paltz 10am-2pm. Repair Cafe celebrates its 4th anniversary in New Paltz. Free repairs courtesy of experts who are also your neighbors. Also, kids take-apart activity and New Paltz ReUse Center’s “Crafting Table of Wonders.” New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz.

Woodstock Chimes Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale 9am-5pm. Woodstock Chimes opens its doors to the public for this four-day event. Huge selection of chimes, gongs, drums, garden bells, fountains, kid’s instruments and more. Dollar bamboo chimes too. Woodstock Chimes, Shokan. 657-0445.


Garner Arts Center: An Evening of Outdoor Film 4 Unique Surfaces. 4 New York Films. 1 Historic District. Screenings at Industrial Arts Brewing Company.

Ins and Outs of Floral Painting Workshop 10am-5pm. $315. Through May 22. With Mary Anna Goetz. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Understanding DementiaRelated Behaviors 4:30-6:30pm. Behavior is one of the primary ways people with dementia communicate their needs and feelings once the ability to lose language is lost. Learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of dementia. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. (800) 272-3900.


Drawing Spring Flowers with Wendy Hollender 9am-4pm. $318. Through May 22. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.



New Paltz Permaculture Discussion Group with Andrew Faust 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


Ana Popovic 8pm. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000.

SPIRITUALITY Smorgasburg The Woodstock of eating returns for another season of exotic al fresco dining—with dogs and kids in tow—at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston May 20-21. This year, Smorgasburg will happen one weekend a month through October (June 17-18, July 15-16, August 19-20, September 16-17, October 21-22), instead of every Saturday as in 2016. The Smorgasburg folks are also mixing up the programming this year: in addition to the food and craft vendors, there’ll be a new cocktail program featuring local spirits and mixers, and extended Saturday bar hours will facilitate many a pleasant afternoon on the riverfront while listening to music from the Paul Green Rock Academy and playing lawn games.


Community Day 1-5pm. Explore our newly restored spaces at our Community Day, featuring a workshop and performance by Hudson’s own Bindlest. iff Family Cirkus Henry Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Run Like the Breeze 9am-1pm. 10. This is a fun-filled day featuring age group races for all children ages 3 - 10. This event is a fundraiser for the Ellenville Nursery School. 9am-1pm. $10. This is a fun-filled day featuring age group races for all children ages 3-10. This event is a fundraiser for the Ellenville Nursery School. Liberty Square, Ellenville. 647-6405.


Engaging Lectures with Everyday Experts’ Series 4-6:30pm. Julia Walsh, Social Activist and Water Rights Advocate, “The Future of New York’s Water;” Marc Grossman, Optometrist, “Windows to the Soul - Expanding your Inner and Outer Vision;” Linda Winnick, Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Practitioner, “Women Giving Good: My meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

new nature trails just off the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack. 358-0877.

SPIRITUALITY Blessing Our Sacred Places 10:30-11:30am. Join leaders and members of various faith traditions for 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). Innisfree Garden, Millbrook. 677-3064.

THEATER Kiss Me Kate 3pm. $27/$25. When a divorced couple is forced to play opposite each other in a production of Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew, the battle of the sexes continues on stage and off. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Prelude to a Kiss 2pm. $20/$18 seniors and students. A romantic comedy with a metaphysical twist. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

Monthly Meditation Gathering 6:30-8pm. $15. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


We the People 7:15pm. New solo show by award-winning actor and writer Doug Motel. Doug will be reading scenes from his work in progress before an audience to help aid him in the development process. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.


5th Annual Taste of Woodstock Featuring over 20 local businesses. Proceeds from the event will benefit the capital campaign for The Film Center. Village of Woodstock, Woodstock. tasteofwoodstock2017.php.


Energize Red Hook Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4-6pm. Free energy coaching. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Advanced Workshop Series for 4th-6th Grade 4-6pm. $150 5 weeks/$35 class. The Advanced Workshop Series includes a more in-depth project covering advanced creative techniques for students. All supplies included. Sunflower Art Studios, Gardiner. 419-5219.


Getting On With It 5-6:30pm. Book talk with Coach and Author, Peter Heymann. He will read from and sign copies of his new book, Get Out of Your Own Way. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.


The Levin Roiger Menegon Jazz Trio 6:30-9pm. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of live jazz every Wednesday. The talented Levin Roiger Menegon trio play and sing jazz standards. Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 247-7298. Poet Gold’s POELODIES 7pm. Spoken word, hiphop & new music. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Secret Sisters and Cheyenne Medders 7pm. $15-$20. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


New Moon Manifestation Gathering 7-8:30pm. $10. Apply the laws of attraction, and through visualization, affirmations, action steps and candle magic align ourselves with our manifestation. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


3rd-5th Grade After School Art Program 4-6pm. $150 5 weeks/$35 class. he Art Program will introduce children to a variety of mediums and creative techniques as well as learning about the different styles of well-known artists. All supplies included. Sunflower Art Studios, Gardiner. 419-5219.

The Gerry Cruz Band 8-10:30pm. $10. Neo Soulified R&B and Latin Swing. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


August West 8pm. Grateful Dead Tribute. Uncle Willy’s Tavern, Kingston.

Fabio Luisi Conducts Beethoven & Brahms 1-3pm. $25-$35. T The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Jason Kao Hwang Trio 8pm. $20. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

Defiant Ones 9pm. Rock. The Lodge, Woodstock. 8456792814.

Guillermo Klein Sextet 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Nick Fradiani 8pm. $37.50. Season 14 American Idol winner. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Magnets 7-10pm. A jazz/funk co-op band from NYC Making their Beacon debut. With Kim Clarke, Rob Scheps, Bryan Carrott. Denning’s Point Distillery, Beacon.


Stargazing Party 8-10pm. 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. Registration required. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram.


LGBTIQ Retreat Larry Yang, Madeline Klyne, and La Sarimento. Garrison Institute. 424.4800.


True West 8pm. $20/$17 members/$10 students. Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.



Naked Lunch Workshop 9am-4pm. $35. No instructor. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Timber Framing: Revisited 9am-5pm. Through May 28. This course is designed for students who want to get experience in building timber frame structures. Building upon the timber frame class from the fall of 2016, this course will construct a timber frame structure on HRMM property for use by the museum and the public. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080.

Touchstones at The Mount: Kate Bolick in Conversation with Ariel Levy 5-6:15pm. $18/$15 Mount members. Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick is back. Join Kate on May 25th for an intimate conversation with author Ariel Levy about her new work, The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5100. All About Elvis: Multi-Media Presentation & Live Concert featuring Rex and the Rockabilly Kings 7-9:30pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. David Kraai 9:30pm-12:30am. Fine country folk music. Birdsall House, Peekskill. (914) 930-1880.


Gong Bath with David Karlberg Last Thursday of every month, 7-9pm. Suggested donation $15. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7578.


Dance to Paula Bradley and the Twangbusters $15/$10 FT students. Beginner’s lesson 8pm-8:30pm, dance from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.


MAYfest: Music, Art and Yoga 2pm-midnight. Family-friendly festival produced in collaboration between Catskill Chill Music Festival and SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio, Cold Spring, NY. With musical headliners Rusted Root, Ozomatli, Dr. Williams, DJ Drez, and over 140 yoga and art classes. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.


Abbie Gardner 7pm. Americana. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Benefit: New Paltz Amphitheater 7pm. Featuring Rhett Miller, The Trapps, The Sweet Clementines. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Cocker Rocks: A Tribute to Joe Crocker 8pm. $20-$30. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. David Wax Museum 8pm. The Linda. Albany. (518)-465-5233. The Beatles Experience 8pm. $25. The Castaway Concert Series continues. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

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Jenniefer Muller/The Works 7:30-9:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Jennifer Muller/The Works will perform at Kaatsbaan. Artistic Director Jennifer Muller creates dances that are evocative, passionate and engaging. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2.


Barnstar f Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. MAYfest: Music, Art and Yoga 9-midnight. Family-friendly festival produced in collaboration between Catskill Chill Music Festival and SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio, Cold Spring, NY. With musical headliners Rusted Root, Ozomatli, Dr. Williams, DJ Drez, and over 140 yoga and art classes. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444. Spring Antiques Show 125 diverse exhibitors will fill three huge buildings with folk and fine art, American and European antiques, estate and vintage jewelry including watches, mid century modern, Native American, silver, art pottery, posters, quilts and vintage textiles, fantastic garden and architectural decorations, lighting, early toys and banks, stoneware plus so much more. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. SpringFest 12-9pm. Local beverages, knoshes, music, art, dining, dancing. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatrix 8:30pm. $20/$15 in advance. Rock, blues, Gospel and roots music. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. The Beatles Experience 8pm. $25. The Castaway Concert Series continues. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Big Takeover 8pm. The Linda. Albany. (518)-465-5233. The Smithereens 8pm. $40-$55. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Winard Harper & the Jeli Posse 8-10:30pm. $15. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


12th Annual Performance Celebration and Fundraiser 3pm. $25/$15 ages 14-18. Presented by Berkshire Pulse, the dance and performing arts education center. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0100. Starry, Starry Night Benefit for STS Playhouse 6pm. $125. Cocktail party, auction and performances. 6pm. $125. Cocktail party, auction, and performance at STS Playhouse with stars of stage and screen. Shandaken Theatrical Society, Phoenicia. 688-2279.


Book and Tag Sale 9am-2pm. Hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books, mysteries and tag sale treasures. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. (518) 398-6531. Poetry Evening 7pm. Annie Jacobs presents a community reading of I Want to Send a Message and other poetry. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Poetry Night with Robert Milby 6:30pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Open Mike Every third Sunday, 4-6pm. Open to performers of all kinds. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010. Saints of Swing 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Beatles Experience 3pm. $25. The Castaway Concert Series continues. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Creature Feature Weekend: Rascally Rabbits Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Hillsdale Flea Market 9am-3pm. $10 early admission at 8am. Downtown Hillsdale, Hillsdale. HillsdaleNYFlea.

SPIRITUALITY LGBTIQ Retreat Larry Yang, Madeline Klyne, and La Sarimento. Garrison Institute. 424.4800.

THEATER True West 2pm. $20/$17 members/$10 students. Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Creature Feature Weekend: Rascally Rabbits Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781. Hillsdale Flea Market 9am-3pm. $10 early admission at 8am. Downtown Hillsdale, Hillsdale. HillsdaleNYFlea.


Hudson Valley Saturday Psychic Meet Up 3-6pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. LGBTIQ Retreat Larry Yang, Madeline Klyne, and La Sarimento. Garrison Institute. 424.4800.


True West 8pm. $20/$17 members/$10 students. Dark comedy by Sam Shepard. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.


Lithography Workshop 9am-4pm. $245. Through May 28. With Ron Netsky. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Silent Illumination Retreat Through June 4. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114. Silent llumination Through June 4. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.

MONDAY 29 LITERARY & BOOKS Book and Tag Sale 9am-1pm. Hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books, mysteries and tag sale treasures. Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains. (518) 398-6531.

MUSIC Fleurine 7pm. Brazilian jazz vocals. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

SPIRITUALITY LGBTIQ Retreat Larry Yang, Madeline Klyne, and La Sarimento. Garrison Institute. 424.4800.

TUESDAY 30 MUSIC Dare to Dream Concert Featuring Svet 6:30-8:30pm. $20. Svet is one of the most profound and unique acts of today; A hip hop/ electro violinist. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Advanced Abstract Painting with Jenny Nelson 9am-4pm. $325. Through June 1. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.



Traveling Talks: The Science Behind the Traveler Artist 4-6pm. $20/$15 members. Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D, Professor in History of Science at Drexel University, will present the ways in which artists were inspired and informed by travel and the developing “natural sciences” in the 19th century. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

Lulu 8pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


Barnstar Antiques at Rhinebeck Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001.

WEDNESDAY 31 FILM Hardcore Chronicles Rosendale Theater. 658.8989.

MAYfest: Music, Art and Yoga 9-midnight. Family-friendly festival produced in collaboration between Catskill Chill Music Festival and SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio, Cold Spring, NY. With musical headliners Rusted Root, Ozomatli, Dr. Williams, DJ Drez, and over 140 yoga and art classes. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.



Acoustic: Marc Broussard with Ted Broussard 7pm. $25-$35. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

National Theatre: Twelfth Night 2pm. $12/$10 members. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.


Gospel Brunch: Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

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

Pink Martini 8pm. $67.50. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and art exhibit in the lobby at 7:15pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.




Beltane: In Search of Venus


trange to imagine, but we’re already at the mid-spring holiday. That’s called Beltane, the celebration of love, sex, and abundance. After April Fool’s Day, it’s my favorite “special” day of the year, as it makes such a lovely point: of honoring the Earth and women as part of the divine feminine, which is to say, the basis of all life. Some people are starting to figure out what this is about, and some always knew. Yet in Western civ, imagining the divine feminine as real is a little like trying to conjure sprites and faeries while you’re walking around midtown Manhattan. There’s a place and a time for everything, and in a forest or perhaps near the ocean is a natural place to feel how female the Earth and the cosmos are. As for the time, that would be Beltane. This old holiday is commemorated by Druids, Pagans, or us witchy types when the Sun reaches the midpoint of Taurus, one of two signs ruled by Venus, usually on May 5 (it’s usually celebrated on April 30 or May 1 and some traditions have the party all month, known as the May). The other Venus-ruled sign is Libra. All things related to Venus have one thing in common: producing people who are astonishingly diverse in their talents. There’s an inexplicable, multifaceted quality to Venus, and when she gets going, there’s a kind of fecundity that is nourishment, that’s dripping with erotic energy. Eros and creativity feed one another, especially when you get a positive cycle going. It would appear that humanity is far from that right now: We’re in a time when fear seems to be feeding on fear, and many people are caught in the cyclone and not seeing any easy way out. Venus has been one of the most active planets in the sky this spring. It was in retrograde motion from early March through mid-April, beginning in Aries and ending with a conjunction to Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is an agent of healing, or you might say, activation of potential. Chiron has a cathartic effect, and its


intensity leads to plenty of confusion about what it’s really about. Venus conjunct Chiron was a heart-opening, heart-rending, or heartwrenching experience. Chiron activates the full potential of the other planets. The word apathy means the inability to feel pain. When you tune into a VenusChiron blend, you feel; and what you feel will give you guidance on what you need to heal. Since we’re talking astrology, remember that in the background of everything happening is a great conjunction, one sign over, in Aries. That would be Uranus conjunct Eris. We’ve been getting a lot of messages to pay attention to this rare event, the one that I’ve been associating with what living underneath a digital ocean is doing to us: for the most part, numbing and shoving us out of body. The last time Uranus and Eris formed a conjunction was on the Aries Point in 1927-1928; at the dawn of radio and television, and when a pineapple-sized version of the transistor was patented. At the beginning of the last Uranus-Eris cycle, everything we now live with was set into motion. A Feminist Perspective Venus usually clips through the zodiac, often faster than the Sun. Chiron is a slow-mover, currently transiting at about the speed of Uranus. So a typical Venus-Chiron aspect will last a day or two. What we experienced through much of April was a conjunction that lasted for weeks. This seems to be emphasizing a message, in particular, about all things feminine and female, and raising those aspects of consciousness. It’s no coincidence that this is happening in a time when all things female and feminine (including the Earth) are under siege, be it psychic, economic, or physical. What comes to mind is the recent vindication of an avowed rapist by his ascension to the American presidency; and his politically expedient notions of destroying women’s health care, reproductive freedom, and legal abortion, not to mention eliminating all

government regulations that protect the Earth. Freedom demands responsibility and wisdom, and there’s always peril involved. Freedom calls forth full participation in existence. To the extent that any It’s easy and somewhat accurate to look back at the past 2,000 years of Christendom as one long war against the feminine aspect of consciousness, women, man, as in male-bodied person, has honest freedom, it’s an ongoing struggle, female autonomy, and sex. What we’re witnessing today is a pathetic wannabe and requires a risk. Anyone who lives in an independent way has, many times, retro aspiration to the times when women were not considered owners of their had to risk everything; often, his life. There is usually a fight or a long struggle involved, and the need to break free from the bonds that hold back everyone. own bodies, and did not even have names, which translates to being slaves. Today, in an era when women can vote, have bank accounts, own real That takes courage, which is usually in short supply. Yet as Fromm notes, “The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the property, possess and use passports, publish in their own names, serve as ministers and professors, practice as attorneys and hold public office, we cannot stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is exclusively blame men for this. It’s true that there exists an insidious culture the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.” of sexism and misogyny, though it’s perpetuated, supported, and tolerated by This counts for men and women. both men and women. I remain shocked that even one woman voted for a man who openly bragged Venus Conjunct Chiron: A Tantric Perspective about sexual assault, and who yesterday said he thinks that Bill O’Reilly of Fox Psychology and sociology only get us so far. To gain some additional perspective, let’s switch lenses to a pre-Christian view News did nothing wrong. of sexuality, which today we call tantra. I’m not When we talk about overcoming the patriarWhen we talk about referring to “spiritualized sex” or to pujas and chy, it’s critical to remember that this is not just rituals, nor to the Kama Sutra. I’m talking about a thing in the world. It’s a thing that exists in our overcoming the patriarchy, a cosmology that holds the feminine principle to minds: as various expectations, as a perspective, be the equivalent of what we call the universe. as cellular memory, and as a way of rearing both Consider that all people are conceived and gesit’s critical to remember boys and girls that results in the problem as it has tated inside the female body. Maleness contributes manifested over the centuries. cell and half the genetic code. (As Simone This was copiously documented by the exthat this is not just a thing one points out, this is not even necessary, since females istentialist philosopher and historian Simone de have most of what they need to clone themselves.) Beauvoir in what I consider to be the greatest work in the world. It’s a thing that Female provides the dwelling place of the womb, of feminist literature, The Second Sex. all the nourishment, the patience, and the dangers The author notes that it’s principally other exists in our minds. of childbirth (a near-death experience, even on a women who are responsible for initiating girls good day). Male and female are not equal, and are into accepting the world that men have created. not even equivalent. Just knowing this, we have all the information we might She does not let men off the hook, at all. She understands the problem of rape, a problem we need to understand better—and to admit that it will take the need to figure out what’s going on in the world, where there is so much raging cooperation of men and women together to end this problem. She understood against existence. In classical tantra, existence as we think of it—by which I mean the Earth sexual repression of the sexes, at one point writing, “No one is more arrogant and the cosmos—is a female phenomenon. The male principle provides a seed toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.” (We might note that fact, and figure out what to do about of energy that activates existence, which is inherently feminine. In the tantric cosmology, female, and by extension woman, is the center of all existence, it, because it’s relatively easy to address, and it will help.) She also reminds us what most people know well: “Women’s mutual un- and the source of all creation. If you’ve ever taken a moment to wonder what the heck is calling forth all derstanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.” And, “Without a doubt it is this anger and resentment and attack toward women, what the power source more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one’s liberation; is, it makes more sense in this context. All the effort to hold back women, and to exploit whatever is perceived as feminine—oceans, forests, and all the the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living.” And: “It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the resources of the Earth, for instance—is an attack on existence itself. Yet consider how much responsibility this places on women, and in particulimitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should lar, on women so long conditioned to think they are irrelevant and that their reject them; the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.” existence is wrong. It’s difficult enough to explain that voting matters or that a wife owns half of the property in a marriage. It verges on impossible to convey Escaping from Freedom to women the notion of sexual autonomy, largely because there’s so much guilt From a contemporary psychological perspective, it’s pretty easy to observe involved. If you’ve ever experienced group sex, you may have learned that one some of why this is. Yes, there is conditioning, though that comes as much from woman can take on a whole room full of men. the pope and the priest as it does from the mother who wants her daughter to Most men cannot hold a match to the power of fully expressed female sexualbe baptized and otherwise indoctrinated into the church. It’s true that all the ity. As Betty Dodson has joked about her own sex parties, the women were still Abrahamic religions, including Judaism and Islam, have an issue with women. going at it long after the men had retired to the living room to watch football. Christianity, though, essentially stole its cosmology from something called It would be just as difficult for men, conditioned for so long to think that Manichaeism, with its dark and light philosophy—and women and sex ended they are masters of the universe, endowed with the privileges of pillaging, rape, up on what was considered the dark side. and murder, to accept the fact that they play a very small role in a universe in The church is not merely against sex but is built on that idea as its foundawhich they are inherently aliens. It’s difficult for men to accept that female, or tion. And a great many mothers teach their daughters to be against sex and to what we call woman, is the giver, the nourisher, and the taker of life. hate, mistrust, or disclaim their own sexuality. It is possible, though, to touch this reality, and that’s enough to set a creative Anyone who does not claim and own their sexuality will be its victim. process in motion. Barbara Hand Clow described Venus conjunct Chiron as Feminism that does not embrace sexuality as natural, and sexual pleasure as a “orgasmic fusion with the cosmos.” But there’s more to it than that. One of birthright, is not just flawed but fraudulent. my clients yesterday paraphrased her teacher, Tamara Slayton, who quoted a In the book Escape From Freedom, Erich Fromm explains that “modern man much older source: “As long as the blood of women is not revered, the blood still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, of warfare will be glorified.” CHRONOGRAM.COM or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine, well fed, READ Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column. and well clothed, yet not a free man but an automaton.” 5/17 CHRONOGRAM PLANET WAVES 99

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ARIES (March 20-April 19) The world cannot run on the basis of anarchy. There must be a guiding principle, and if it does not come from inside of us, it will be imposed (far less pleasantly) from outside. Saturn in Sagittarius conjunct the Galactic Core is reminding you, in ways large and small, that you must have and live by actual ethical principles. Sagittarius is your house of spirituality and what you might think of as “higher being,” and what this translates to is how you run your life, how you treat people, and the code you live by. The stakes are high, because what you work out now will lay the foundation for your future success when Saturn enters Capricorn, your house of responsibility and success, later in the year. Now is the time to do your cleanup work; to make amends for any past transgressions; and to practice using the power that you have in a fair-minded way. Your current astrology is exciting and bursting with innovation. It could have you in a freewheeling mood, especially where your use of words or your attitude toward work are concerned. Yet now is the time to be precise, to be clear in your reasoning, and to honor your promises. The next few weeks will challenge your commitment to truth and to impeccability. This is not a test. It’s real life, with consequences.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) Venus was retrograde through much of the spring, and the process is still developing. The essence of this process, if we could call it that, is about determining where you begin and where the world ends. Normal human consciousness tends to exclude others. This thing we call the self perceives its being as the center of the universe, and to a point, that is true. Without your consciousness, the world would not exist, to you. Yet that’s a point of beginning, because were that all there is, life would be incredibly lonely—and it is, for many people. Venus retrograde, ending in a conjunction to Chiron in Pisces, brought some lesson about vulnerability and availability. To relate to others, you must be open and you must be vulnerable, or no exchange is possible. Now, Venus is back in Aries, pulling your focus back into yourself. The question is, can you center your awareness on yourself, and still be open to empathy, sharing and receiving what others offer you? You’ve had some practice shifting your point of view. That in itself contains information: Your perspective must be mobile in order to serve you. Hang loose and constantly challenge yourself to see the world from the viewpoint of others. Ask, rather than imagine, where people are coming from. If you are the center of the universe, then declare it a friendly and loving one.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) Mars in your sign is granting you powers of language, charisma, and moxie. There’s nothing like the god of war visiting one’s sign to pluck up one’s courage, and this you have. Yet there’s an important word of caution, and a balancing factor. Mars will be square Neptune for much of the month. This suggests that people will believe anything you say, whether it’s true or not—and that you might believe anything you say, whether it’s true or not. In fact the more you believe what you say, the more others will. So the message of this transit, which peaks on May 11 and then trails off for weeks, is that honesty is the only policy. You may get a thrill when your words are taken on authority. You have excellent ideas, particularly with your ruling planet Mercury so close to the great conjunction of our era, Uranus conjunct Eris. You are, as the expression goes, in tune with the times. However, one bit of the zeitgeist is that there’s no such thing as true; and that deception is as good as honesty. You are being held to a higher standard than that. Measure your words carefully, and check your facts before you speak. If you discover that you’re in error, or have played a little fast and loose with the truth, make the corrections yourself before you’re called out.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) Track your fear level carefully this month. That’s to say, before responding or reacting to any anxiety you may feel, notice that you’re feeling it. On our whole planet, the level of fear and aggression seems to be rising toward some nondescript boiling point. In a sense, it’s the essence of the times we’re living in, and an undisputable part of our environment. You have a useful periscope into this now, and what you learn about yourself and the methods that you develop can help you and many others. It would seem that this is part of your professional calling, which might mean that it’s an aspect of your current job, or something you want to do in the near future. In any such event, you seem to be a first-responder and on the front lines of making the world a better place. One thing to notice is that society is losing an important boundary, which is the difference between true and not-true. Even as we race ahead on advanced technology, we’re losing the one distinction that really matters, because implicit in it are all other boundaries. You might say that the whole message of your solar chart right now is about the cultivation of trust. You’re being called upon to live this lesson every day, all the time.

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LEO (July 22-August 23) Of the many, many things it’s possible for you to do, you must narrow your possibilities down—so that you can do any of them. Right now your mind is teeming with ideas, which are not just about what you can do, but also who you want to be. You might focus on the relationship between doing and being: what do you do that inspires you to live the way you want to live? If you were exactly who you wanted to be, what would you do? You might want to narrow the possibilities by choosing the one thing that feels most intuitively right, and do that for a while. One clue that you’re conducting a valid experiment is that you may feel like you’re too narrowly focused. It’s a little like new shoes: You need enough room to wiggle your toes, but you don’t want them to be loose. You want them just a little snug, so they have some space to break in. From there, you can stretch and expand. You can branch out and open up. Many of the “great possibilities” are a distraction and are based on image: that is, your concept of how you’re seen. That is The One Thing to forget. This is not about your image; you will build your reputation by the honest work of your heart, hands and mind.

VIRGO (August 23-September 23) Your life may be a maze of financial concerns, joint partnership issues, and you wanting to be free of the whole mess. Be assured that what is happening is indeed designed to liberate you from all that complexity, though this may take a radical solution of some kind. You simply must look at the numbers in an orderly way, such as in a spreadsheet that describes who is paying how much for what, and how often. Use your analytical mind to ascertain the most basic facts, and then you can decide how you feel and what you want to do. Your life is more solid than you may think, and any feeling of being on shaky ground is directly rooted in what information you’re lacking about your own reality. If things keep going a little crazy, who exactly is involved? There may be something in the relationship that you have to examine closely, first on the basis of truth, and second, on the basis of motive. Like a good reporter, you must be willing to question everything you see and hear, crosscheck everything, and get the facts and figures. Where none are forthcoming, then you know you have a suspect. As you do this, you’re likely to make a series of other discoveries that both enlighten you and lay out important tasks for the months ahead.

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LIBRA (September 22-October 23) Society puts enormous pressure on people to be in a certain kind of relationship, without which one does not feel like a person. Think of this as a kind of predatory lending: For example, sending someone a credit card with a high limit, and ensnaring them in debt. Like advertising, this drive to be in a certain kind of relationship plays on people’s insecurities and their deepest needs, which it then purports to fulfill. You don’t need that kind of relationship; you need the real thing. Any disruption or shakeup of your current partnership life is designed to help you distinguish the difference, and guide you closer to what you actually need. When you do all the calculus on what society calls relating, much of it turns out to be projection. That’s to say, we’re largely relating to images and feelings that are shining out of our own mind, showing us something about who we are. It can take considerable growth and discipline to actually see another person for who they are rather than who we want them to be, or dream them to be. Your solar chart describes one very useful way to get there, which is to know yourself, as you are. You need to be real with yourself before you can be real with anyone else. This is neither easy nor convenient, but it’s worth the effort.

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SCORPIO (October 23-November 22) This is good news for many Scorpios: The sex angles of your chart could power a major metropolitan area. The bad news is that in 2017, about half the population thinks that’s just a terrible thing; it’s just that sex is so real and challenging and makes you confront yourself and your feelings. And it’s risky and then things go crazy and nobody knows what to do. Two problems underlie all of this. Number one is, it verges on impossible for most people to speak honestly about desire. Number two is guilt. You have some beautiful potential open, for every kind of relating: emotional, erotic, experimental, and whatever else you might call it, though it’ll be impossible to get there unless you can be honest about desire and understand that guilt is merely a social control tool that has nothing whatsoever to do with being wrong. You might know that intellectually, though you need to actually take the risk of hellfire and brimstone and check it out for yourself, if you want to make it real to yourself. This is not a matter of scientific theory. It’s about your happiness and wellbeing. It’s about making contact with your potential, since how you feel about your body and what you do with it is the thing that defines your creativity. You came to this planet to express yourself and for no other reason.

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Saturn’s presence in your birth sign (or perhaps your Moon sign) describes this as one of the most important times in your life. This is the transit that’s about fundamentally coming to terms with yourself. It may seem like someone is imposing limits on you, but that’s the Saturn principle: What you don’t structure in your own life gets structured for you (i.e., criminals who cannot control themselves run the risk of prison, which is a rather structured life). Right now your chart is exploding with creativity and, thankfully, at the same time, Saturn is making itself known. These two things are not only happening conveniently at the right time: It’s a miracle of karma that they are; or, rather, a perfectly paired combination of factors to cultivate you into a fully functioning artist, musician, writer, healer, or whatever form of mature adult you want to be. Make no mistake: this is about maturity, something that’s in exceedingly short supply these days, and is not especially rewarded in our outlaw-loving culture. But this is not about them, it’s about you. “They” can break all the rules they want; “they” can lie, cheat, and fake their way to the world record or a big income or stroll down the red carpet. You have another mission. You’re here to do things the real way, which may indeed be the hard way. So be it.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20) From the look of your solar chart, family or household matters have recently come to a head—and you’re wondering what to do. The question is, whose business is this? Is it really yours? Or are you haplessly being drawn into someone else’s drama? And if this has happened before, how hapless can it be? I recognize that the notion of false security is alluring, especially if you think it’s the only security there is. Emotional independence may seem frightening. Closer to the point, though, is that craziness and chaos serves a purpose, which is to distract you from your purpose. Why would you want that? Well, to some, success is terrifying. After all, you can fail. But does that make any sense at all? You seem to be a hostage of a situation that’s nothing more than a distraction. Meanwhile, you have work to do. How do you feel when you do that work? Do you feel like you’re abandoning anyone? There’s fun you want to have. How do you feel when you aspire to recreation and pleasure? If the answer is guilty, it’s time to start snipping apron strings, and if they grow back, snip them again. If you need your own bed to sleep in, and your own fridge to eat from, then that’s the thing to do. Life, the real thing, is calling you.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) Your mind is on fire these days, and you might want to cool it off by a few degrees. Just a little air conditioning for the high-tech equipment that is your inner creative shop. Here’s the thing to remember: Your productivity and creativity are not actually mental. Or, rather, you would be more productive and creative if you diverted some of your energy into emotional intelligence. This has a distinction: It’s about listening and feeling rather than brainstorming. It’s a holistic and integrated approach to thought. It’s slower, it’s deeper, and it works better. The Sun moving through Taurus is summoning you to do this: to get in contact with the inner ground of your own being and approach life from that perspective. It’s difficult to do while you’re plugged into a computer, phone, or TV. You will think different thoughts and have different ideas when you’re sitting in the woods or even a park, or when you have a musical instrument or drawing pencils in your hand. If you’re trying to figure something out, put down the screen or the mouse, and try sketching or sculpting. You’re not a superficial person, but under the current astrology, you run the risk of losing access to your deepest levels of talent and sensitivity—and you have just as much potential to cultivate a whole new kind of depth and sensitivity.

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Planets are once again gathering in Aries, including fast movers Mercury and Venus, along with mighty slow movers Uranus and Eris. Then there’s Pallas Athene, the goddess of wisdom and strategy. This is the time to engineer your financial independence. You have everything you need: the talent, the motivation, and the ideas. The astrology is describing you pushed to the point of having momentary flashes of actual genius. You merely need to pluck up some confidence in yourself, and do a bold assessment of your talents and what you can do with them. This will partly be based on a review and evaluation of what you’ve done in the past, mostly to remind yourself what’s possible. And it will mostly be based on an entirely new concept that sparks your imagination, and takes advantage of an opening where your preparation meets an opportunity that few other people are looking at. However, confidence: that’s the thing. If we look closely at the semantic roots of that word, it means, “firmly trusting, bold” or “to have full trust and reliance.” This is about faith in yourself. You’ll have a lot more of that if you discard your habit of talking yourself out of your own goals. And if you’re younger, the habit of believing there’s no future. There is a future, and it includes you, if you include yourself.


Parting Shot

Burst, Linda Stillman, used coffee filters, acrylic medium, plastic cap, 9.25 x 19.25 x .5 inches, 2008-2016 Linda Stillman uses collages, installations, paintings, and sculptures to investigate the concepts of time, memory, and our interaction with nature. Stillman says that “everyday, often meaningless or overlooked objects and fleeing moments of experience, and the way in which they are collected, preserved, and remembered,” are of particular interest to her. Stillman’s work showcases her marvel of nature and materials world and not to take either for granted. The cycle of life is to change, grow, die, and disappear. Her pieces document this cycle as acts of remembrance. Stillman hopes her visuals will help us “hold on to our memories of the world around us.” Linda Stillman’s latest work can be seen as a part of the “Off the Walls: From Junk to Art,” an exhibit of recycled materials curated by sculptor Willie Cole. The group show runs through May 27 at the Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery in Catskill, as well as in other public spaces along Main Street in Catskill. (518) 943-3400; Portfolio: —Anthony Krueger


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