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6 ON THE COVER Ken Polinskie’s King of Clubs. Video online at 7 DIGITAL TABLE OF CONTENTS A guide to exclusive content on 8 ESTEEMED READER Jason Stern is at sea with the Baal Shem Tov. 10 CHRONOGRAM SEEN A visual recap of what happend in January. 13 EDITOR’S NOTE Brian K. Mahoney reflects on what it means to be a neighbor.




Nicole Hitner surveys the summer camp opportunities in the Hudson Valley.

Erik Ofgang poses as a flaneur in a charming Northern Dutchess town.




Laughter may be harmful, kosher food isn’t just for Jews anymore, and more.


Larry Beinhart says that greed is good—except when it’s not.


Jennifer Farley visits the bachelor pad of lobbyist Ed Bergstraesser.

WEDDINGS AND CELEBRATIONS 24 MEET THE MINISTER Anne Roderique-Jones offers tips on choosing the right celebrant.

Wendy Kagan talks with anti-aging experts about what staying young really means.


Anne Pyburn Craig explores the powerful curative powers of canines.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE 63 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 64 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 74 WHOLE LIVING Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.




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50 MUSIC: GLORY DAYS Peter Aaron profiles multi-instrumentalist and composer Jamie Saft. Nightlife Highlights include Beth Orton; Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band; Patrick Brennan and Cooper-Moore; Peter Wolf; and the Pembles. Reviews of A Break in the Weather by the Charlie Watts Riots; Evening to Morning by Rozsa; and Love Makes Us Weird by Stephen Clair.

54 BOOKS: CAFÉ SOCIETY Nina Shengold drinks wine with Janet Hamill, author of Tales from the Eternal Café.

56 BOOK REVIEWS The Stranger in the Attic: Finding a Lost Brother in His Leters Home by John Kedzie Jacobs. Reviewed by Robert Burke Warren. Plus Short Takes.

58 POETRY Poems by Laurie Byro, Ruth Dinerman, Nina JeckerByrne, Hannah Kay, Brian Loatman, Will Nixon, Victoria Prashad, Izaak Savett, JLSchneider, Matthew J. Spireng, Clara Steinzor, Michael Vashen, and Irene Zimmerman. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

96 PARTING SHOT A still from You Make Me Iliad by Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley.

Peter Barrett talks with the naturopath about easy ways to transform your life.

THE FORECAST 82 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 79 Nature Theater of Oklahma explodes “Romeo and Juliet” at Bard’s Fisher Center. 80 Samantha Sapienza exhibits her pictures of barns at Grand Cru in Rhinebeck. 81 Burning Spear gets irie at MASS MoCA in North Adams on February 15. 82 One Billion Rising returns to Kingston with a screening of the concert doc Shelter. 83 Arthur Wood is honored with a retrospective at bau Gallery in Beacon. 84 Telefest celebrates telemark skiing at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury. 86 Judy Linn’s “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things” opens in at the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of St. Rose in Albany.

PLANET WAVES 90 AN EXPERT’S GUIDE TO MERCUY RETROGRADE Eric Francis Coppolino explains why things fall apart.


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PROOFREADER Lee Anne Albritton CONTRIBUTORS Peter Barrett, Larry Beinhart, Stephen Blauweiss, John Burdick, Eric Francis Coppolino, Anne Pyburn Craig, Jeff Crane, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Michael Eck, Jennifer Farley, Jennifer Gutman, Nicole Hitner, Annie Internicola, Anne Roderique Jones, Sharon Nichols, Erik Ofgang, Jeremy Schwartz, Thomas Smith, Sparrow, Robert Burke Warren

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King of Clubs ken polinskie | ink and watercolor on artist made paper | 26” x 22” | 2013

Twenty years ago, a short while after moving to Hudson, still-life artist Ken Polinskie realized he had a problem. It was a furry, four-legged problem that answered to the name Wilbur. “Wilbur was a little Jack Russell Terrier,” recounts Polinskie, “and he would sit on my work desk all day and stare at me.” The dog’s unwavering gaze proved prohibitively distracting, so one day, he called his friend Donald McKinney for advice. “Donald,” Polinskie said, “Wilbur’s driving me insane. He just stares at me all day.” And McKinney replied, significantly, “Well, why don’t you stare back?” This moment caused a sea change in Polinskie’s artistic career. He did as his friend suggested and, almost over night, went from drawing neo-expressionist botanical pieces to sketching small mammals. “I started to look at the things right in front of me,” he explains, with the goal of “clarifying their emotional context.” King of Clubs exemplifies Polinskie’s most recent period and will be on display at Greene County Council on the Arts’ “Playing with a Full Deck” exhibit in Catskill through March 1. Though the piece may look like a drawing, its lines are comprised of tiny brushstrokes. Polinskie created the pitaya-pink background, a look inspired by a French Renaissance technique called rosaille, by crafting and tinting the watercolor paper himself. Like Polinskie’s other animal paintings, King of Clubs arises from a study of symbolism in imagery. “The humor in the image is that this tiny Chihuahua is a very grand figure,” he says. “It’s symbolic of when we overvalue ourselves, and yet the Chihuahua remains endearing because he has a lot of pride in himself.” Polinskie claims his earlier work lacked this emotional depth. During the height of his career in the 1980s, he painted “muscular flowers” in sweeping strokes. The flowers had movement and drama but, according to Polinskie, little or no symbolic significance. The NewYork Times purportedly described his floral figures as “automatous.” Now, however, his artistic goals have shifted from mastering complex techniques such as pulp painting, in which paper itself serves as the medium, to arranging images with the power to “unhinge a literal emotionality” in viewers. The “Playing with a Full Deck” exhibition is a fundraiser for the Greene County Council on the Arts, featuring a limited-edition deck of playing cards designed by 52 artists. A charity Texas Hold `Em poker tournament will be held on February 8 at 6pm and a closing party and auction will be on March 1 at the GCCA Catskill Gallery. —Nicole Hitner CHRONOGRAM.COM

WATCH Filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss talks with Ken Polinskie about his artistic process.

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VIDEO: Ken Polinskie’s Paper Animals Hudson-based artist Ken Polinskie has spent the last 20 years making his own paper and painting small mammals— dogs, mostly, but also raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and beavers—on it. He talks with filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss about his fanciful menagerie.


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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: Opening my eyes, I saw a line drawing of some bearded Hasidim on the cover of a book on the shelf in the corner of the cabin. The cover was faded yellow and coming unglued. It was illuminated by a ray of early morning sunshine shining through the hatch. The waves slapped the side of the boat in a steady rhythm that sounded like a cat drinking milk. Why hadn’t I noticed this mysterious, ancient-looking book before, I wondered. I struggled to stir my mind from its sleepy torpor as if I were using a butter knife to mix back the separated oil in a jar of peanut butter that sat on the shelf too long. The low ceiling of the cabin bunk made movement inside as difficult as sitting up in a coffin, but I managed to reach over and grasp the fragile volume. It smelled musty and the pages were as thin and delicate as my grandmother’s skin. I began to read. “When God was about to create Adam, a number of souls, knowing that all the souls then living in heaven would share in the sin of created Adam, fled to a far place outside the boundaries of heaven, and hid themselves in a corner of chaos. There they waited until after the first sin was done….” “The soul of Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov, was one of that band of innocents who escaped the sin of Eden. And this is how he came to be born on earth…” Boat life is simple and elemental.Water in all directions heightens a sense that whatever one has, has been brought from elsewhere. This is true of objects, but also thoughts and ideas. After some days the unintentional meditation on water has the effect of washing away the messy mental detritus of life; the stuff of going places in cars, checking items off lists, making logistical decisions, and meeting deadlines. Cleansed of baggage, a sensitive emulsion remains in the mind, and what lands there can surprise like tasting a ripe raspberry just picked from the bush. That was the quality of reading about the life of the Baal Shem Tov, who, in his life, was an extraordinary teacher and guide among the Hasidim of 18th century Poland, and afterward, whose life and deeds became the subject of innumerable teaching stories. After some time my children awoke. I began to read aloud, and the two boys crawled onto my bunk and arranged their bodies alongside mine snuggling their heads into the crook of each arm. “When Israel was five years old, his father was dying…” the story began, and grew like a magical sheet of paper that keeps unfolding, endlessly revealing new folds to unfurl. After his father dies, the boy Israel retreats to the woods and makes himself a moss-bed in a cave, living on berries and wild plants. At 10, he appears in a town and begins to help the schoolmaster by rousing the children in the village and bringing them to school. It is the first appearance in his role as a shepherd of men. “Soon the people of the village began to feel that the children were changed...” “At dawn, the boy Israel went from house to house, calling to his followers. When he had gathered all his herd, he would lead them toward the fields, quite in the opposite way from the school. And then he would begin to sing. And the other children would also begin to sing; so they would go a long way through the fields and through the woods, going in a great circle until they came to the schoolhouse. In the late afternoon he would lead them again singing through the woods and fields, they would come carrying green branches in their hands, with flowers woven in their hair.” One of the boys on my arm asks what the title Baal Shem Tov means.The title means “Master of the Good Word,” I tell him. It refers to the unutterable name known only by the select who are prepared with the capacity to hold such powerful vibration. The Baal Shem Tov was one who knew and was able to speak this word, which is referred to in John’s gospel (which it could be argued arises from the same tradition), when he says “In the beginning was the Word…”. On a boat at sea, we taste the flavor of the life of a crazy-wise being, imbibing like medicine the image of a way of knowing, being, and doing that is at once illogical and shows another order of logic. The cabin is getting hot as the sun moves higher in the sky, and the wind is good, which means it’s time to sail. “We should be so free, to be able to draw on the known and the unknown alike, and as needed,” I say almost to myself. “Yes,” the children quietly agree, and we get ourselves to the breakfast table.

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note Neighbors


ee Anne and I moved into 27 Jarrold Street 10 years ago this month. Kingston wasn’t our first choice for where to buy our first home.We had lived in the rural hamlet of High Falls for a few years and imagined ourselves setting down roots “in the country.” But we found a 100-year-old brick house in a historically blue-collar Polish neighborhood, a short walk to the Hudson River and the restaurants of the Rondout. The place had three major things going for it: a cute wooden deck off the back of the house, being in move-in condition (I’m not handy, so a fixer-upper was out of the question), and we could afford it. Our new home also came with a hidden benefit, one we would only realize over time: Tom Rutledge lived next door. The first thing I remember Tom doing was gluing the head of Aphrodite back on. Lee Anne and I had gone away for a weekend soon after we moved in, and a foot-tall plaster statue of Aphrodite had broken in the move. Lee Anne had artfully placed the head and body—separately—in planters, liking the effect of the bodiless head and the headless body next to each other, like Aphrodite had just been guillotined. When we got back on Sunday afternoon, the head was glued back on. Aphrodite was whole again. We called around to our friends who might have played this odd prank on us, but no one confessed. The mystery lingered a few weeks until Tom, our new neighbor, poked his head around the corner of our deck one day and said, “So I see your statue is fixed.” That Lee Anne didn’t want the statue fixed was not discussed. The next thing I remember Tom doing was mowing our lawn. We had gone on vacation for a week in an unseasonably warm spring, and had left the grass high in the backyard. When we got back, the grass was cut. I wondered which of our friends had come over and done yard work. And there was Tom again. “Good looking lawn you got there,” he said. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The day we moved in, I had already developed misgivings about whether we would get along with our neighbors, the Rutledges—Tom and Jane—despite the fact that they were super-friendly when we met. (The welcome wagon award, however, went to Mrs. Rice, the widow who had lived on the other side of us. She baked us a Bundt cake.) It was the Rutledges’ car that put me off: a blue PT Cruiser painted with red and white stars and a bald eagle that looked like it had God on its side and was ready to kick ass and take names. A humorous, if darkly earnest “9/11 hunting permit for terrorists” sticker was affixed to the window. In February 2004, we were almost a year into the US occupation of Iraq, a war I had vehemently opposed and written against. I worried that Lee Anne and I wouldn’t get along with our new neighbors.

But I needn’t have fretted. Tom and I never did end up discussing politics. Instead, we talked about what all neighbors talk about: the weather, our dogs, what we were going to eat for dinner.We also talked about home repair; a lot about home repair. A typical conversation went like this: Me: Hey Tom, how you doing? Tom: What’s up, man? Me: I can’t seem to get the new gasket to set right on the toilet. Could you— Tom: Let me grab my toolbox, I’ll be right there. The apotheosis of Tom’s avuncular approach to my complete inability to fix anything on my own in my house occurred when our waste pipe—a hundred-year-old cast iron tube that ferried our bodily excretions out of our house like magic—cracked. When I told Tom that the plumber wanted almost two grand to do the job, he came over and gave the waste pipe a hard look and said, “You can do this for a hundred bucks in materials. I’ll show you how.” I was skeptical, but Tom said, “If you mess it up, you can always call the plumber later.” And I have no doubt that Tom would have done the job himself if he hadn’t torn his rotator cuff and had his arm in a sling. So he stood next to me for the better part of a day and taught not only how to do it, but to believe I was capable of doing it. Add to this my serial borrowing of Tom’s hedge clippers, his extension cord, and his pick-up truck. There was no favor you couldn’t ask Tom for. I saw him give one of his fishing poles to a skinny kid from up the street who couldn’t afford one. When that kid came back with a carp almost as big as him—and asked Tom to filet it—I couldn’t tell who was happier, Tom or the kid. Hell, everybody asked Tom for favors. The schoolteacher with three kids who moved in across the street asked Tom to give her away at her wedding. Today is the day we go to print, the morning I put the finishing touches (and sometimes the beginning and middle touches as well) on my column before I head in to the office. Tom should be out doing the favor he also does me on this day, walking our dog Shazam to the park and spoiling him with treats. But Tom couldn’t make it. He died last week, after being diagnosed with cancer four months ago. He was 63. Tom Rutledge was many things—one of 11 children, Vietnam veteran, husband, father, grandfather, exterminator, lover of history, birdhouse builder, friend, busybody, small-engine mechanic, gardener, fisherman, hunter, and mischief maker. And he was my neighbor, the best goddamned neighbor you could ever hope for.



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Kosher food isn’t just reserved for observant Jews—now even prison inmates are permitted to enjoy a hearty kosher meal. Florida is under court order to start serving kosher food to “eligible” inmates. The cost of the fresh and tasty meals, however, is four times the standard cost for food, a huge concern in a state prison system with a $58 million deficit. Florida, home to many Jews and the third-largest prison system in the country, put an end to kosher meals in 2007. The sunshine state was forced to change its ways after being charged with violating inmates’ religious freedom by the US Department of Justice. As long as an inmate claims to have a “sincere” belief in Judaism, they are able to ask for kosher meals. Kosher food is available in many prisons around the country. Source: New York Times The next time your great aunt forgets your birthday, you might want to cut her some slack. Scientists now believe that the minds of the elderly are not necessarily deteriorating—they just know too much for their own good. With age comes wisdom, and with all that stored-up knowledge, it takes longer for the elderly to recall facts simply because they have more information stored than young people. It’s just like when a computer hard drive gets filled up; there is so much data to compute that the reaction time is slower. Researchers say some cognitive tests “may inadvertently favor young people” in measuring mental capacity, such as asking for a “nonsense pair” of words. An old person’s inability to pair together two unrelated words actually “demonstrates older adults’ much better understanding of language.” The in-depth study was published in the Journal of Topics in Cognitive Science. Source: Telegraph (UK)

Is laughter really the best medicine? Probably not. In fact, it may do more harm than good. The British medical journal BMJ has published many negative effects caused by laughing compiled from around 5,000 medical studies. Apparently laughter can dislocate jaws, spark asthma attacks, make hernias protrude, and trigger losing control of your urinary tract. Dr. Ferner and Dr. Aronson, authors of the article, split the contents into three categories: benefits (85), harms (114), and conditions that cause pathological laughter (586). Though the harms of laughter have been dissected in the past, BMJ hasn’t poked holes in the subject since 1898. Amongst the many dooms that result from laughing, the act can lead to respiratory problems such as popping air sacs in the lungs; some breathing complications are even fatal. But don’t boycott Comedy Central just yet—laughing can also reduce anger, anxiety, stress, and even reduce arterial wall stiffness. Dr. Ferner concludes, “There’s probably a U-shaped curve: Laughter is good for you, but enormous amounts are bad, perhaps. It’s not a problem in England.” Source: New York Times Twenty years ago, $11 million dollars from the National Institute of Mental Health was provided to research treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study concluded that medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall, were cheaper and more effective than behavioral therapy. More than one in seven children in the United States suffer from ADHD and 70 percent are prescribed drugs. In retrospect, researchers realize that the study has led many doctors, drug companies, and schools to discourage the use of behavioral modification. However, while medication presents the fastest results, it’s not necessarily the best bet for long-term social and learning skills. Ruth Hughes, lead executive of the advocacy group Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, reminds parents that medication aids “learning new skills and behaviors. But those skills and behaviors don’t magically appear. They have to be taught.” Combination behavioral treatment has modified ADHD symptoms in 68 percent of children—medication alone helped 56 percent. Source: New York Times

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According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, emissions from China’s export industries are being carried across the Pacific Ocean, contributing to air pollution in the western US. While Western states are suffering from China’s pollutants, the eastern US is cleaner due to our country’s recent decrease in manufacturing. Because of Chinese factories, “Los Angeles experiences at least one extra day a year of smog that exceeds federal ozone limits.” Scholars concluded that Chinese coal-burning factories are the largest source of pollutants and greenhouse gases in China; these factories produce products we buy and use every day as Americans. According to a modeling system called GEOS-Chem, pollution increased as much as 2 percent in the western US because of China’s toxins in 2006 alone, yet still pales in comparison to our overall domestic pollution. Source: New York Times The Beacon Sloop Club is one of two local groups getting $1,000 checks from Chevron (an oil company that since merged with Texaco) for advising oil cleanup at a former Texaco establishment in Glenham. Members of the Sloop Club connected Texaco to environmental mishaps in Ecuador, leading to a heated debate. Octogenarian activist Connie Hogarth encouraged the club to donate $1,000 to a nonprofit group called the Pachamama Alliance to fight against oil companies in Ecuador. According to Hogarth, the Sloop Club’s goals include “cleaning the Hudson as a prototype for what should be happening all over the world.” According to a news release from the club, Chervon “has shown its readiness to resolve issues of environmental damage here in New York State.” The club is inspired by this progress and wishes to prompt the Chervon/Texaco oil company to make environmental changes in the Amazon, Ecuador, and elsewhere. Source: New York Times Dot Earth Blog According to Oxfam, the Netherlands is the easiest country in the world to get a balanced and nutritious diet. Out of the 125 countries considered, the US shares the 21st place with Japan, even though we have the most cheap food. The Oxfam ranking system was based upon the availability and affordability of fresh produce, nutritious proteins, and clean water. Oxfam’s Max Lawson discusses the faulty design of Earth’s overall food system, claiming, “There is enough food overall in the world to feed everyone. But 900 million people still don’t have enough to eat, and 1 billion people are obese.” In terms of obesity within the study, the US ranked 120th out of 125—though food is cheap overall, the fresh and healthy vegetables needed for a balanced diet are more expensive and not as easily accessible. Places like Chad, Ethiopia, and Angola ranked at the very bottom in terms of healthy and available diets, since food prices and malnutrition rates are exceptionally high. Lawson claims, “Even in countries with famines, there’s still often enough food. Someone is hoarding it, or it hasn’t been distributed.” Source: NPR Salt Blog Compiled by Melissa Nau


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n December, President Obama gave a speech in which he said that Some of my less-than-liberal friends may scoff and sneer. Oxfam and Obama: income inequality “is the defining challenge of our time.” Which makes it, What do you expect from a Lefty British charity group and a Kenyan socialist?!? probably, maybe, one hopes, part of our actual national dialogue. But once a year the people who own the world—the bankers, brokers, It’s about time. Bill Gates, the ghost of Steve Jobs, CEOs, and the like—get together to meet Income inequality was one of the defining issues of the Roaring Twenties, at the Swiss ski town Davos to schmooze, hold conferences, conspire, and which ended with the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.Then, with the publish lots of reports. Global Risks 2013, from the World Economic Forum, New Deal, the United States went into a long period of increasing equality. says that the danger “rated most likely to manifest over the next 10 years is Along with incredible growth. The conventional view used to be that the severe income disparity, while the risk rated as having the highest impact if it improvement in income and wealth distribution led to the growth. The egg were to manifest is major systemic financial failure.” that grew into the chicken. Nowadays, we’re more The liberal-versus-conservative debate in likely to hear that the growth has to come first. Let America is stuck in the quagmire of pseudomorality. The impulse to the chickens run free and they’ll lay enough eggs to The Left cries about fairness. The Right shouts about feed the masses. Or something like that. liberty. But the League of Billionaires gets to the become rich, to Until 1981, the rising tide lifted all boats. After heart of it: Too much money in too few hands is a speculate, to make 1981, the tide became selective, raising the yachts recipe for disaster. while leaving the barges and the tugs—the working Imagine there’s a great big pile of money—which money from money, boats—to get stuck in the mud. Which seems like there is. If it gets distributed into many, many hands, is useful to us all. In the sort of thing a tide wouldn’t, and couldn’t, do. then there are many, many people to buy things. But it’s just an inadequate metaphor. It was Ronald I give lots of credit to businesspeople. If there’s a excess, greed is as Reagan who stopped the progress of egalitarianism customer with a dollar in his hand or a ducat in his in modern America, like El Cid fighting the Moors pocket, an entrepreneur will find a way to get to dangerous as drug to a halt in medieval Spain, making him the all-time him if it means fording frozen rivers and creeping addiction, and the great hero of the Right. through battle zones. When people accumulate A few people on the Left noticed that the rich more than subsistence and basic indulgences, they addict will lie, cheat, and the rest were growing farther apart, some fewer want to invest, for their money to make money. The steal, rob, and ruin all said that it was a negative trend, and even fewer more they have, the more they invest. Which is the insisted it was a result of government policy. It was argument that conservatives and free marketeers those around him. dismissed, in the main, as a sort of artifact, collateral use in favor of income inequality. But as there’s less damage, from the sun rising on Morning in America. money spread out among the masses, they reach the The down trends, especially, were said to not be a result of policy. They were limit of their ability to buy. So there’s no point in investing in producing natural, actually acts of God, the very Lord who gave us Free Markets. As for things to sell them. As more money gets into the hands of the very few, they the losers in this Darwinian scramble for loot, it was their own fault. They continue to want to invest at a profit. It creates a classic, but narrow, form of were drug abusers, children of single mothers, who had failed to achieve inflation: too much money chasing too few goods, the goods being productive better educations and had lost their moral fiber through dependence on investments. Stocks become overvalued. Then the money flows into government handouts. nonproduct areas. Like tulips.Yes, there was once a tulip bubble. In Holland, Except for a brief correction during the Clinton administration, the ca. 1636-37. You can view the (simulated) Tulip Price Index on Wikipedia. accumulation at the top and the divergence became more and more dramatic. Nowadays, the money goes into the financial sector and real estate. Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality, a report from All human impulses—war, competition, envy, vanity, sex, drugs, and rock Oxfam released in January, details the split: ‘n’ roll—have real utility. Otherwise, evolution would have bred them out The richest 85 people in the world own as much as the bottom half of the of us. Yet in excess they can be dangerous. The impulse to become rich, to world’s population. speculate, to make money from money, is useful to us all. In excess, greed is as Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just 1 percent of the dangerous as drug addiction, and the addict will lie, cheat, steal, rob, and ruin population. all those around him, and believe that they’re only doing what must be done. The wealth of the 1 percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 There is one, and only one, remedy. The sanity that dare not speak its trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s name. Tax the rich. Really, it’s for their own benefit. More to the point, it’s population. for your own.


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wo years after his 25-year marriage ended, Ed Bergstraesser, director of external affairs for AT&T, decided to buy a house suited for his new life as an eligible bachelor with an empty nest. It’s a sweet little perch, utterly devoid of clutter, and enlivened by interesting collections. “F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. There are second acts in American lives,” says the Chicago native, the father of two daughters. The elder attends University of Michigan Law and the younger daughter is at Oberlin College in Ohio. After looking at about half a dozen properties around Rhinebeck, he settled on a two-bedroom, two-bath updated ranch-style on Rhinecliff Road. While not perfect, it was in move-in condition, and the work it needed could be accomplished without too much disruption and mess. Chicago Style “I loved the open layout of this place—built in 1952, it was substantially updated in the 1970s—and was particularly attracted to its perch on a hill. But the previous owner had [placed] a 10-foot decorative metal leaf in front—it was very distracting, so that was first thing to go,” says Bergstraesser. “I’m from Oak Park, a section of Chicago that is heavily influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, and that’s the spare, pared-down style to which I’m most attracted,” says the lobbyist. “I maintain membership in the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago, which was started by architect Louis Sullivan more than a century ago. Back in his heyday, Wright would attend club meetings.”

“Most of my furniture is dark wood, prairie style, Mission, with some midcentury modern. I commissioned the dining room table and chairs—they were made by a craftsman in Chicago. I’m probably not your typical Bulls fan. I like to shop for my house, and I’m also kind of a clotheshorse,” admits Bergstraesser, cheerfully showing me his new navy suede driving moccasins from the Kenneth Cole outlet at Woodbury Commons. Case in point: His upstairs guest bedroom is basically a walk-in closet. One of the only things he doesn’t like about his home is the laundry room—the ceiling is too low for his 6’3” stature. He kept bumping his head and finally padded the door jam. Previously Owned by Rhinebeck Royalty Bergstraesser “got a pretty good deal” on the 1,300-square-foot house, which also has a two-car garage and an 800-square-foot basement featuring a bar. He closed in June 2012, and has since invested about $25,000 in various improvements. Hapeman Contracting of Red Hook painted the entire interior a creamy vanilla, rebuilt a bowed beam in the garage, updated the electrical system, and replaced the downstairs windows. The kitchen, which features custom cabinets, brushed stainless-steel appliances, a propane burner/convection oven unit, and granite countertops, had been recently updated by the previous owners, the Kirwoods. Mari Kirwood has an interior design studio on Route 9.


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Making it Matter Why is the officiant so important? You may have been to a ceremony and thought, “Hey, this isn’t half-bad.” As in, this two-hour full mass hasn’t made me want to poke my eye out. It’s probably because the priest was actually pretty darn entertaining, right? On the contrary, you may have been lulled into an afternoon nap. Choosing the appropriate person to officiate your ceremony can take the day from ho-hum to completely enjoyable, all thanks to one person—many of whom choose this career simply because they get so much joy out marrying the couples who seek them out. According to Chernoff, who does approximately 50 to 70 weddings between the months of April and November, “I love marrying people. You can ask both of my ex-wives.” Joking aside, he explains that it’s the pinnacle of peoples’ lives and that, by officiating, he gets to be a part of it forever. Also, he’s not one to turn down a martini or two at the reception. From Traditional to Totally Wacky Just like any aspect of the wedding, from the ring to the dress, the officiant is not a “one size fits all” part of the day. Chernoff says that each couple comes to him with a different vision. “Some want the movie wedding, with the whole ‘dearly beloved’ bit.” And he happily gives them the traditional ceremony that they’ve always wanted, because those couples have waited their entire lives to hear “You may kiss the bride.” But he also gives an alternative: Some couples ask him to say, “You may kiss the groom.” Or even something more impromptu, like, “You wanna kiss? Well, what are you waiting for, already?” Many just leave it out altogether. Creating a Personal Experience Amy Benedict, life-cycle celebrant and ordained interfaith minister, works with couples to create a lasting memory—before their family and friends—that will inspire them for a lifetime. Most of her weddings take place in natural settings that often hold special meaning for the couple. This could run the gamut from a simple ceremony in a beloved uncle’s garden in the Berkshires to a flotilla ceremony on a sailboat surrounded by guests in canoes and kayaks. Benedict’s creative concepts have even inspired couples to reinvent a Buddhist water-blessing ceremony where they were married by candlelight on a New England farm. Whatever the concept may be, personal and specialized is a constant. Along the same vein, Reverend Puja Thompson, who was ordained as a Minister of Natural Health and Healing in the Healing Life Center Church, says that her ceremonies are unique for many different reasons: Some are humorous, while others may be sad. She listens carefully to what the couple hopes to express through their ceremony and talks with them about their values that will be reflected in the vows. During a same-sex wedding last fall, Scottish partners, who had family visiting from their homeland, came in wearing silly hats and sunglasses. And while the mood was light and full of laughs as they walked down the aisle, once the ceremony began, it was focused and heartfelt. Stepping Outside the (Religious) Box A Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project survey from October 2012 reveals that one-fifth of all adults and one-third of those under the age of 30 are religiously unaffiliated—the highest number today. Benedict notes that her clients are part


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HUDSON VALLEY SUMMER CAMPS By Nicole Hitner Building the perfect campfire at Wild Earth.

Helping Kids Find Their Way There are also programs like the Wayfinder Experience that focus on facilitating social adventures rather than physical ones. Wayfinder is themed around roleplaying, or theatrical gaming, wherein campers practice improvisation, spar with foam weaponry, develop characters for themselves, and act out fictional scenarios. 32 KIDS & FAMILY CHRONOGRAM 2/14

According to Co-director Corrine McDonald, Wayfinder creates a supportive environment for adolescents to practice navigating social situations: “Awkward, nervous, or shy kids get to find their footing and try on different hats. Here, it isn’t strange for them to be someone else.” The program actively works to help campers strengthen their communication skills and often guides them in discussions about respecting others despite their differences. For arts enthusiasts, there is always Mill Street Loft’s Dutchess Arts Camp, which has been touted as “the most comprehensive arts experience offered in the Hudson Valley.” With campuses in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Millbrook, and Red Hook, Dutchess Arts Camp provides professional-level instruction to budding artists of all ages. The program offers classes in a range of visual arts, including paper marbling, silkscreening, thrown pottery, weaving, stained glass, and photography as well as performing arts like African drumming, dance, and circus acts. “No craft kits, no prefab materials, no halfway measures,” Program Director Pat Sexton says, regarding Dutchess Arts Camp’s education standards. “Nothing but the real art process in making MICHELLE KOWALSKI


ith snow on the ground and frilly hearts filling storefront windows, it might seem a bit early to be thinking about summer vacation, but for many Hudson Valley camp programs, enrollment season is fast approaching. In fact, for Wild Earth, a nature and exploration camp based in New Paltz, it has already begun. “Last year,” says Associate Director Simon Abramson, “we opened enrollment at noon on February 1, and by one o’ clock, we were fully booked.” According to Abramson,Wild Earth’s camp program is about giving kids and adolescents the chance to “connect in nature”—both with the physical environment and with one another. Campers spend the day exploring natural habitats, learning basic survival skills, playing outdoor games, and getting gleefully dirty, ending with a discussion circle and stories of that day’s adventures. “Our instructors always set out in the morning with a plan,” explains Abramson, “but our best ones will throw it out in order to follow a fox” or indulge campers’ curiosities. But if analyzing bear scat isn’t your youngster’s idea of a good time, there are dozens (and dozens!) of other options—from swimming, singing, and practicing archery at traditional camps like Green Chimneys (locations in Carmel and Brewster) to writing fiction, exploring 3-D printing, playing jazz, or learning computer coding at Poughkeepsie Day School. For a blending of the arts and exploration, Manitoga Summer Nature & Design Camp (Garrison) turns the outdoors into a laboratory for design and creativity. Further north, Hawthorne Valley Farm (Ghent) introduces campers to life on an organic farm, where they learn about everything from animal husbandry to field-fresh cooking.Your kiddos could even join Tivoli Sailing Co. (Saugerties) for a week on the Hudson, during which they’d receive nautical instruction from Captain Jerome Hollick, design their own pirate flags, and fight in a staged naval battle.

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KYLE PERLER Dancing at the Wayfinder Experience

and performance.” With this kind of dedication to quality, it is no surprise that Dutchess Arts Camp has found success in building campers’ self-esteem through creativity and artistic expression. A World Beyond the Classroom For those interested in a more classic camp experience, the Hudson Valley is home to three thriving YMCA camp programs. Camp Wiltmeet (New Paltz) and Camp Seewackamano (Shokan) together host over 1,000 campers each summer and feature an array of traditional activities: daily swimming, crafts, sports, games, and music, with the addition of fishing, archery, skateboarding, dances, and rope climbing at Seekwackamano’s outdoor campus. The area’s most recent YMCA program, Camp Starfish (Kingston), is an innovative camp/summer school hybrid designed to prevent summer learning loss. “The program is only in its third year,” says YMCA Child Care Director Lee Anne Albritton, “but has had such success that even kids who don’t need summer school want to join.” More than 50 percent of Camp Starfish enrollees attend the six-week program on a full scholarship, which has granted dozens of economically disadvantaged youths access to academic instruction, daily swimming lessons, farming classes, cooking classes, community reading circles, and fitness counseling. Perhaps the greatest testament to Hudson Valley summer camps’ legacy is that campers keep coming back year after year. Kayleigh Buboltz became a YMCA camper at age five and will be back again this summer—this time, as the director of Camp Starfish. Camp, as a place for social and intellectual expansion, acts as a gateway through which children may begin to take their first tentative steps into a world beyond the classroom. Young people across the Valley have come to think of camp as “a home away from home,” and of their counselors and fellow campers as “a second family.” Sam Nye, age five, said this of his first camp experience, spent at Manitoga: “I want to live here. CHRONOGRAM.COM BROWSE a comprehensive index of summer camps, from academic to arts-based and beyond.


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Green Chimneys Summer Camps Green Chimneys blends great camp traditions with dynamic outdoor experiences to create exciting, educational summers for kids 4-15 years old. Outdoor exploration paired with unique farm and wildlife activities enriches the Hillside Summer Camp program. Over 160 acres include a sandy canoe launch along the Great Swamp and a Farm & Wildlife Center with over 300 animals. For teens, the “Hillside Adventure” features challenging day and overnight experiences in rock climbing, canoeing and camping. Clearpool Summer Camp is a nature

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Camp Seewackamano Camp Seewackamano is located on 37 acres, nestled on the side of Tice Ten Eyck Mountain on Peck Road in Shokan, NY. We offer two week and one week options throughout the summer and are excited to introduce a brand new mountain bike program in 2014! Campers are involved in 5 activity periods a day; 3 of these are scheduled with the counselor group and include teamwork, cooperative games, sports and group projects. Additional activities include; swim lessons, high/ lo ropes course, skateboarding, arts & crafts, kayaks, canoeing, overnights, hiking, archery, dance, percussion and more! Our goal is to

wonderland set on 350 acres of fields, forests, and streams. Campers

provide a positive learning experience, to keep your child safe, to pro-

discover diverse wildlife and environmental awareness and enjoy a

vide a caring staff that are positive role models, to teach the values of

natural lake with 30-foot waterfront for swimming and boating. Both

caring, honesty, respect and responsibility all while having fun!

camps also feature traditional sports, crafts and crazy theme days.

One & Two Week Sessions from June 30-August 29

Multiple Session Options: June 30 - August 29

Contact Althea Loglia, Camp Registrar

Hillside Summer Camp: 845.225.8226 x605

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Black Rock Forest Consortium Black Rock Forest Consortium welcomes middle and high school students this summer for authentic, week-long learning experiences in nature, working directly with scientists and artists. Our focus is on understanding nature through scientific observation and investigation. Our classes allow students to explore subjects of interest without the pressure of a grade. Classes are developed and taught by subject experts and provide an opportunity to explore college and career possibilities in the natural sciences while having fun in Black Rock Forest, a private 4,000 acre preserve in Cornwall, NY or on the Florida coast. Our offerings include classes on birds, turtles, insects, trees, writing, art and even marine biology.

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Summer Camps at Hawthorne Valley Hawthorne Valley offers a variety of residential and day camping experience for children ages 4 – 15. Our camps seek to build reverence for life and community awareness through living, playing and working together. Campers care for farm animals, spend time in our gardens, and explore the fields, forests, and streams on our beautiful 400-acre biodynamic farm in central Columbia County. KINDER CAMP: Your 4 to 6 year old child will delight in the daily, seasonal rhythm of songs, stories, nature crafts, and play. This day camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm with an extended day option to 2:30. Sessions begin June 23 and run weekly through August 8. MEADOWLARK ADVENTURE CAMP: Adventures through the fields, forests, meadows, streams, and ponds! This day camp for children ages 7 to 9 runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 2:30pm. Sessions begin June 23 and run weekly through August 8.

Camp Kindness Does your child love animals? Then Camp Kindness is the place to be! Set amidst the beautiful Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the largest farmed animal rescue and education organizations in the U.S., Camp Kindness is a unique program full of fun, creative, and enriching activities all geared towards teaching compassion. Whether your child is pampering a pig, feeding the friendly goats, grooming a horse, making an animal friendly craft, or being creative in the kitchen, Camp Kindness is an exciting

KIDS! CAN! COOK! Kids really can cook…and cooking opens doors to healthier lifestyles – connecting children to the wonder and beauty of nature while learning about nutrition, food, farming, and traditional crafts. This day camp is offered for children ages 8 to 13 in three 2-week sessions beginning June 30, and runs Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM CAMP: During this on-farm residential camp, children ages 8 to 15 live, play, and work on our farm while strengthening their bond to nature and to one another. Camp begins June 29 with one, two and three weeksessions available.

learning adventure. Your child will enjoy homemade, healthy vegan lunches each day, spend quality time with our rescued animals, and explore humane choices. Come see why children keep returning to Camp Kindness! Week long sessions run from July through mid-August and are open to children ages 9-14.

Ages 9-14. Multiple one week sessions: July 7-August 15. Call (845) 336-8447 x205 for details and registration. W W W. C A S A N T U A R Y. O R G ∙ (8 45) 336 - 8 4 47 ∙ S A U G E R T I E S

Education, Agriculture & the Arts Session dates and registration vary by camp. Visit our website for details. (518) 672- 479 0 ∙ G h e n t , N Y 2/14 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER CAMPS ALMANAC 35

Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts

ART IN THE DIGITAL AGE The Center for the Digital Arts of Westchester Community College is celebrating 20 years of innovation and service to Westchester and Putnam Counties. Established in 1994, this Center is an example of arts technology integration in higher education creating access to digital arts education in the 21st Century. The Center continues to support five industry-grade post-production studios that offer a full-range of robust computer graphics including: 2D/3D animation, digital filmmaking, game design, digital imaging, web design, and e-publishing. In addition, the Center offers prosumer production equipment and fine arts space. The Center for the Digital Arts also offers student services, General Education courses, ESL, and non-credit courses for students from 7 to 70+ years of age.

SPECIAL EVENTS Center for the Digital Arts Student Show: On view from January 21 - February 22, 2014.

Opening reception and 20th Anniversary party on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at the Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension.

[inter]sections, Curated by Claudia Jacques: On view from

March 24 - April 19, 2014. Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery. Opening reception to be announced.

STEM to STE(A)M: On view from May 8 - August 2, 2014. Opening reception

details to be determined. Arts + Technology Exhibition, curated by Patricia Miranda, The Arts Exchange, ArtsWestchester.

E.A.T. (Education Arts Technology) Symposium: Details to be determined. Westchester Community College in partnership with ArtsWestchester.

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Poughkeepsie Day School Poughkeepsie Day School is excited to announce its most comprehensive summer program ever with programs for children and young adults ages 3-18. For the youngest participants, ages 3 to 10, sessions will cover creative activities and academic enrichment that will also include sports and art. For preteens and young adults, we offer sessions on creative writing, as well as coding, game design, model making and 3-D printing. Young musicians study song-writing and jazz performance with professional musicians and guest artists. We also offer sports clinics in softball and soccer on our new athletic fields. For foreign language study, we offer a Spanish immersion program.

Multiple Sessions: June 16-August 22 Registration Information: W W W. P O U G H K E E P S I E D AY. O R G / C A M P

Camp Hillcroft A camp is where children can learn new skills, make new friends, experiment with ideas and grow in self-esteem. Camp Hillcroft, under the guidance of our mature and supportive staff, helps children achieve these goals. Camp Hillcroft prides itself on not only having a superior program but also in facilitating the growth of friendships, values and community awareness. Since 1950, Hillcroft has been a

Frost Valley YMCA Farm & Horse Camps You take great care to instill in your child healthy eating, getting plenty of exercise, and treating Mother Nature with respect. The experienced Farm and Horse Camp staff at Frost Valley YMCA partner with families to use our eight core values – Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship – to guide your children throughout a summer they will never forget. At Frost Valley YMCA’s Farm Camp, located on a working 515-acre farm, your child’s summer home includes a barn full of animals and an organic garden, both of which are tended to by our campers. Your son or daughter will cultivate and harvest vegetables, and then enjoy them for their meals. As they experience the power of community, they become interdependent, sociallyresponsible young leaders. Or perhaps your daughter has a passion for horses. Whether she already has experience with horses or is looking to begin a new pastime – one that is sure to enhance her confidence, leadership skills, and self-awareness–Frost Valley YMCA’s all-girls Horse Camp at East Valley Ranch is unlike any other. Led by female instructors who are more like role models, each girl cares for her own experienced and trained horse as she learns to ride and builds character she never imagined having. Ask about our advanced four-week session! Both Farm and Horse Camp incorporate traditional camp activities such as swimming, sports, campfires, and more. Other options include Teen Adventure Trips, traditional overnight camps, and Mustang Village–a horseback riding camp for younger girls age 7-10.

caring and nurturing family-run camp where children “learn by doing”. Children have the opportunity to experience a full range of

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theater, dance, farming and a full sports program. Camp Hillcroft, located on 165 acres, serving children pre-K through 9th grade in Dutchess County. Come see what everyone is talking about. Call to schedule a tour: (845) 223-5826.

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Oklahoma and Nicole Wiley at Southlands in Rhinebeck




he secret is out. Rodney Johnson, owner of Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market, says that after Chelsea Clinton got married at Astor Courts estate in 2010, a whole new batch of people discovered what many already knew— Rhinebeck is a special place. In this picturesque Hudson Valley community, agriculture, style, the arts, and culinary expertise all combine to create a feeling of country chic. It’s a small country town with lots of open spaces and areas to enjoy nature but it’s also home to one of the region’s most bustling restaurant scenes. With its rich mix of history and haute modernism, there’s plenty to attract newcomers to Rhinebeck; and with several new shops, restaurants, and development projects either recently opened or in development, there’s plenty of reasons for those who know Rhinebeck to take another look. History & Horses European settlers first came to Rhinebeck in 1686 and the community has a long tradition of tourism. It is home to the Beekman Arms, said to be America’s oldest continuously run hotel, and a place that has played host to heroes of American history like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Another longtime Rhinebeck attraction is the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, which has hosted the Dutchess County Fair since 1845. This summer, from August 19 to 24, the fair will celebrate its 169th anniversary. 40 RHINEBECK CHRONOGRAM 2/14

“The fair is about family, and having that destination each year for your family. It becomes part of the fabric of a family’s existence,” says Andy Imperati, general manager of Dutchess County Agricultural Society, which runs the fair. Imperati adds, “People start coming here as kids—they come with their grandparents or their parents. Then the kids end up bringing their kids and their grandchildren. It perpetuates through families.” Imperati took over as general manager last year but has been working at the fairgrounds in other capacities for 19 years. He says that at its heart the fair reflects the community’s connection with the land and its food source. “It’s an event where people can go learn about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. That is the basis for what we do and always will be,” he says. “When county fairs first started way back, it was about farmers coming together at the end of the season, showing off what they had grown or bred over the year. The fairs were friendly competitions and the fair morphed into what it is today. There’s entertainment, there’s the carnival, food, the whole bit, but a true county fair is still based on the agriculture element that brought it here.” In addition to the fair itself, the fairgrounds hosts a variety of events, including two new festivals. The Country Living Fair is an expo ran by Country Living magazine that made its Rhinebeck debut at the fairgrounds last year. It will return this summer from June 6 through June 8. The Hudson Valley Arts Festival also debuted last year, and will return the last weekend in September with a new name, the Rhinebeck Arts Festival.

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Another longtime Rhinebeck attraction is the Southlands Foundation, which has helped spur Rhinebeck’s equestrian culture since the late 1930s. The nonprofit is located on Route 9 on close to 200 acres overlooking the Hudson. Its mission is to provide an understanding of the environment and its creatures through outdoor activities, particularly through the instruction of horsemanship and other horse-related pursuits. The facility offers riding instructions for riders of all skill levels—from complete novice to seasoned pro. Allison King, executive director of the Southlands Foundation, says horses can teach us a lot about ourselves. “People can develop a lifelong affinity toward the horse and it really connects with their soul,” she says. “Horses are very large animals but, by nature, very gentle animals. We can talk to them all day long, but they understand how we feel on the inside, and they respond to our intent. A lot of people can get in touch with themselves better through riding ,and they learn different communication skills.” Horse lovers may also want to visit Old Stone Farm before they leave Rhinebeck. Billed as a “field of dreams for mind, body, and spirit,” Old Stone Farm is a bed-and-breakfast located on a 236-acre horse farm. The farm, opened last year, is the brainchild of Sherry Kahn and her late husband Stu Kahn. The facility includes 10 guest rooms, a library, yoga barn, pavilion, horse barn, and indoor and outdoor riding rings, as well as a full-service spa that includes massage, wet rooms, and steam cabinets.

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Sleeping Arrangements Because of Rhinebeck’s increasing tourist draw there is more demand for facilities like Old Stone Farm. To meet this demand there are several new hotel projects currently under way in Rhinebeck. Jonathan Mensch hopes to develop his family’s historic Grasmere Farm property on Mill Road just outside the village as a boutique hotel, spa, restaurant, and catering event space. The property encompasses about 500 acres and includes a 1600-square-foot 1700s estate house and two historic stone barns. Mensch plans to convert the estate house into a hotel and the barns into a restaurant, and build additional standalone cabins. Ultimately, the facility will be able to accommodate 110 guests. The hotel complex will take up about 40 acres, and much of the remainder of the property will be restored as farmland. Veteran Alfredo Delossantos at the Hopewell Junction Depot. Mensch’s father, Steven Mensch, first moved to Rhinebeck over 20 years ago and assembled the property piece by piece. Mensch says his father began purchasing the land to ensure the area was not subdivided into housing units. Mensch believes the current plans, which call for construction to begin next year, will honor the spirit of the land and bring more people to Rhinebeck. “There’s a lack of places to stay, not just in Rhinebeck, but in Dutchess County,” he says. “Hopefully we’ll be able to create something that is reflective of what is attracting people to the area now, in terms of the adaptive reuse component, the historic preservation of old property, and the open space preservation. And it will be beneficial in terms of bringing more people to the area and letting people experience Rhinebeck.” Once built, the facility will join longtime Rhinebeck attractions like the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Founded in 1977, the Omega Institute is a nonprofit educational retreat center located in Rhinebeck that offers a variety of educational workshops on its 190-acre campus. Country Chic Living Many of Rhinebeck’s boutique shops cater to a high-end clientele and the options for consumers are expanding. Hundred Mile Home, a lifestyle showroom, opened its doors last July. Owned by husband and wife Kristina Albaugh and Josh Ingmire, the showroom offers a curated selection of furniture, fashion, lighting, design objects, fragrance, jewelry, and art. In addition to furniture from design manufactures like Fritz Hansen, Anna Torfs, and many other celebrated designers, the showroom features art from New York City artist Roberto Dutesco as well as the French sculptor Emmanuelle Piquart. Ingmire and Albaugh opened Hundred Mile Home in part to spend more time in Rhinebeck. “Years ago, we bought an old farmhouse in Rhinebeck as a respite from Manhattan,” explains Ingmire. “Originally intended for weekends, it quickly became much more. We completely fell in love with the charms of Rhinebeck and the Hudson Valley. Before long, we were seeking a way to become fulltime residents. After 19 years together, it has been our longtime dream to be

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Wes Dier at Shelter in Rhinebeck. Miriam Palastra getting her hair styled by Kelly Tarttier at Xanadu.

able to work side-by-side in design. So we decided to take a leap of faith and open Hundred Mile.” The town also supports a thriving arts scene. It is home to Upstate Films, a nonprofit, member-supported movie theater. The theater (which also has a location in Woodstock), shows first-run art house films, has a classic film series, and hosts independent film screenings and guest speakers. Live-performance fans can stop by the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The intimate theater, which is housed inside a red barn, has a busy performance schedule. February’s offerings include productions of “Next to Normal” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Cocoon Theater, right downtown, hosts theatrical and dance performances, as well as classes and workshops for all ages. Rhinebeck is also home to a variety of talented artists and performance groups, including Solas An Lae, a professional Irish Dance Company. Formed in 2006, Solas An Lae Dance Company is directed by Deirdre Lowry and Patrick Brown. The dance company has performed at many notable dance competitions and theaters throughout the northeast. Culinary Destination “We have a disproportionate number of really good restaurants for a onestoplight town,” says Rodney Johnson, owner of Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market. Johnson’s bar and cheese shop has six rotating beers on tap and more than 300 different beers available in bottles. The place also sells beer bottles and growlers to go. In addition, it offers dozens of different types of cheeses and the staff provides expert suggestions on beer-and-cheese pairings. The business was opened in 2010 but Johnson purchased it in 2012. Most of the cheese featured at the bar is produced in the Hudson Valley or elsewhere in New York State. “About 80 percent of my cheese comes from within an hour and a half of my store,” Johnson says. “I’ve visited most of the farms personally at this point. Being an ex-farm boy, it’s important to me that the animals are being treated right.” The new kid on the restaurant block in Rhinebeck is the Shelter Wine Bar, which opened just after Christmas. However, its owners, husband and wife Wesley Dier and Bryn Bahnatka are culinary veterans of Rhinebeck. In addition to the Shelter Wine Bar the couple owns The Local, which is a favorite Rhinebeck dining spot that features an eclectic new American menu, which emphasizes local products and regional recipes. The Shelter Wine Bar features a tapas menu, an extensive wine list, and a variety of throwback craft cocktails, including The Last Word and an absinthe Sazerac. “We like to call it a bar for adults,” Dier says of his new place. He adds that he hopes to continue helping to power the restaurant revolution in Rhinebeck. “I’ve watched the culinary landscape of Rhinebeck expand and explode, if you will. There are so many notable restaurants now, and we really feel that we’re a big part of that.” Dier grew up in Rhinebeck and says it is a special community that he’s proud to live in. “It’s a place where you can leave your doors unlocked and enjoy how beautiful the trees are and the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. As you grow older, you realize more and more that this is really a great place to be and live and settle down.”

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Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos

Detail: Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from The Syphilis of Sisyphus, 2011, HD video, sound, 11 min. 2 sec.

JANUARY 22 – APRIL 13, 2014 Opening reception: Sat., February 8, 5–7pm

Michael Sibilia, 10/4/10 7:49am S2, 2010

On Time and Place:

Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s First 50 Years

February 7 - March 6 ; Reception: February 8, 4 - 6pm

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photographs by Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Jerry Freedner, Sandy Gellis, Chad Kleitsch, David La Spina, Eric Lindbloom, Tanya Marcuse, Greg Miller, Robert Rodriguez Jr., Michael Sibilia, Joseph Squillante, and Susan Wides curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with Scenic Hudson

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February 8th-March 2, 2014

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Tanya Marcuse Fallen Nº 457 2013 Detail of larger piece, 44” x 54” Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, NYC From the exhibition “On Time and Place: Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s First Fifty Years,” at the Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, February 7 to March 6.


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Gambler’s Choice, a painting by Jamian Juliano-Villani, at Retrospective Gallery in Hudson through February 14.


“Black, White, Dark & Light.” Works by Kate Knapp. Through February 23. ALBERT SHAHINAIN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578.

“17th Anniversary Exhibit & Winter Salon.” Paintings from the gallery’s collection. Through March 31. THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT (203) 438-4519.

Music. Exhibitions exploring the relationship between music and visual art by Simon Blackmore, Martin Creed, Sol LeWitt, James Mollison, and Xaveria Simmons. Through March 9. THE ART AND ZEN GALLERY 702 FREEDOM PLAINS ROAD, SUITE B6, POUGHKEEPSIE.

“Original Photographs by Dave King.” February 5-March 30. Opening reception February 15, 4pm-7pm. THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF NEW YORK VYTLACIL CAMPUS 241 KINGS HIGHWAY, SPARKILL 359-1263.

“Catherine Redmond: Painting on Paper and Canvas.” In her search for painting’s possibilities, Redmond continues the conversation between image and symbol in recent canvases and small cut paper gouaches. Through February 6. BARBARA PREY GALLERY 71 SPRING ST., WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSSETTS 413-884-6184.

“The Magic of the Night.” New series of night and snow paintings including a series of never before exhibited New England landscapes. Through February 28. BAU GALLERY 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 845 440 7584.

“Arthur Wood Retrospective.” Wood’s masterpiece— a towering structure that looks like a cathedral built out of salvaged junk is the building that was featured in the film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. Along with paintings and sculpture, there will be shown some of his fantastical architectural drawings. February 7-March 2. BERKSHIRE MUSEUM 39 SOUTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 413-443-7171.

“Berkshire Collects.” Berkshire Collects showcases Berkshire County residents’ passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object. More than 40 area collectors are sharing their treasures in this original exhibition. Through May 11. BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY 43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 516-4435.

“Rogue.” Featuring new watercolors from Betsy Jacaruso & the Cross River Artists. February 1-March 31. Opening reception February 15, 5pm-7pm. CAFFE A LA MODE 1 OAKLAND AVENUE, WARWICK 986-1223.

“Warwick Inspirations.” Works by Susan Hope Fogel. Landscape paintings completed in the artist’s backyard in Warwick. Through April 6. 48 ARTS & CULTURE CHRONOGRAM 2/14


137 MAIN STREET, BEACON 248-8678.

“Trees.” Paintings by Jeff Caramagna. February 8-28. Opening reception February 8, 6pm-9pm. COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS 209 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 671-6213.

“Nature Mort et Vivant.” Works expressing still life, florals/plants and botanicals in all media. Through March 14. CORNELL STREET STUDIO 168 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON 679-8348.

“Architectural Perspectives: Group Art Show.” Opening night features Local Architectural Business’ Information Booths, Architecture presentations (including RUPCO’s Lace Curtain Factory Project, a presentation on Kingston’s History of Architecture with William Rhoades, a discussion with Alan Strauber on Vaux’s work in the Hudson Valley), a classical guitar concert by David Temple, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. $15. February 8-February 28. Opening reception February 8, 6pm-9pm. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237.

“Malick Sidibé: Chemises.” Exhibit of works by celebrated West African photographer Malick Sidibé captures Mali’s cultural shift in the wake of independence. Through March 30. GALLERY 66 NY 66 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING 809-5838.

“All Fired Up.” Glass and ceramic group show. February 7-March 2. GARDINER LIBRARY 133 FARMER’S TURNPIKE, GARDINER 255-1255.

“Landscape Photography by Michael Neil O’Donnell.” Through February 6. GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960.

“Ivan Chermayeff: 50 Collages.” Through February 9. GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY 40 MAIN STREET, LEE, MA (413) 394-5045.

“One Man Show: Justin Canha.” Paintings and drawings. Through February 5. GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400.

“Quiet Space: Maria Katzman.” These oil paintings chronicle a six year residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe cabins, closely observing nature, framed by the cabin’s simple architectural features. Through March 1. THE HARRISON GALLERY 39 SPRING STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-1700.

“Paintings by Leslie Peck.” February 1-27. HUDSON OPERA HOUSE

327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-4181.

“Rebecca Allan: Ground/Water.” Rebecca Allan is a New York-based painter whose work centers on the landscape and themes of music. February 15-March 15.



“Driven to Abstraction.” Jerry Teters, Robert Ferguson, Eric Angeloch. Through February 22. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 464 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901.

“Elemental.” Works by Susan English, Winston Roeth, Greg Slick. February 8-March 1. Opening reception February 8, 6pm-9pm. MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL 6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-0543.

“Cross River Fine Art Watercolors.” Through February 28. NEUMANN FINE ART 65 COLD WATER STREET, HILLSDALE 413-246-5776.

“Group Show.” Paintings by Ron Goldfinger, Joel Griffith, Jeffrey L. Neumann, H.M. Saffer II and Ken Young. Through March 2. NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM 222 MADISON AVENUE, ALBANY (518) 574-5877.

“Weather Event.” Focuses on Charles E. Burchfield’s depictions of the. weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens. Through February 23. PALMER GALLERY VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE PALMERGALLERY.VASSAR.EDU.

“Teen Visions.” More than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by top participants ages 11-19 from the Junior Art Institute and Art Institute of Mill Street Loft programs. Through February 13. RED HOOK CAN NORTH BROADWAY, RED HOOK 758-6575.

Family Matters. An artistic interpretation of family relationships, portraits, dysfunctions, generations, and the psychology of home in all mediums. February 7-March 2. Opening reception February 8, 5pm-7pm. RETROSPECTIVE GALLERY 727 WARREN STREET, HUDSON RETROSPECTIVEGALLERY.COM.

Gambler’s Choice. Works by Jamian Juliano-Villani. Through February 14. Opening reception February 14, 6pm-8pm. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880.

Robert Ferrucci: Contemporary American Folk Art. Through February 2. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM.


Hope Springs, a painting byStanford Kay from the exhibition “Things Fall Apart” at Mad Dooley Gallery in Beacon, February 8 to March 2.

“Tim Rowan: Place.” Challenging our hyper-mediated information obsessed and perpetually distracted culture, Rowan works intuitively with simple processes to transform the very land under our feet. Through February 21. THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON (917) 318-2239.


“Jordan Rathus: Based On, If Any.” Through July 27. IMOGEN HOLLOWAY GALLERY


From the Vault. A group show featuring treasures from the gallery’s back room, greatest hits from previous shows. February 7-March 16. Opening reception February 7, 6pm-9pm. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907.

“Judith Simonian: Paintings.” These acrylic paintings begin with imagery culled from anything that passes the artist’s field of vision, from travel photos, found pieces of imagery in magazines, a gathering of colorful scraps of trash that look like they want to be a painting. Through February 23. KAPLAN HALL SUNY ORANGE, NEWBURGH 431-9386.

“60 Years of Seeing.” The exhibit is comprised of small-scale models of sculpture, images of large-scale sculpture, multi-piece digital assemblages, and drawings by modern artist, Colin Greenly. Through March 14. THE KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART 134 JAY STREET, KATONAH (914) 232-9555.

“Eye to I: 3,000 Years of Portraits.” This exhibition represents diverse cultures and span more than 3,000 years of history and art. Each of the 60 portraits on display will offer interpretive copy from a range of individuals—scholars, teachers, actors, doctors, politicians, art collectors, and community members—explicating the work from their personal perspective. Through February 16. KINGSTON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (KMOCA) 103 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON KMOCA.ORG.

“KMOCA 2nd Annual Fundraising Exhibition.” $25/$50 per piece. February 1-February 28. Opening reception February 1, 2:00-7:00pm. KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079.

“Bolton Brown: Strength and Solitude.” This exhibition examines the lithographs and paintings of one of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Bolton Coit Brown, renowned for his expertise in lithography and as a mountaineer. Through February 23. MAD DOOLEY GALLERY 197 MAIN STREET, BEACON 702-7045.

“Stanford Kay: Things Fall Apart.” February 8-March 2. MARIST COLLEGE 3399 NORTH ROAD, POUGHKEEPSIE 845.575.3000.

“Jacob Grossberg Retrospective.” February 6-March 7. Closing reception March 6, 5:00-7:00pm.

“My Face Lies.” An installation of over 50 auto portraits and a painting and sculpture by John Ebbert. Through February 2. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336.

“Big Shoes to Fill.” An installation by Kate Hamilton. Through March 9. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 845 757 2667.

“Ask Invitational & New Year/New Work.” The exhibit will feature ten artists from the Art Society of Kingston, showing paintings and sculpture, who have won the “People’s Choice” Award at ASK. Through February 2. TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-3663.

“On time and Place: Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s First 50 Years.” Group show curated by Kate Menconceri in collaboration with Scenic Hudson. undefined. Opening reception February 8, 4:00-6:00pm. UNISON 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559.

“11th Annual Life Drawing Exhibit.” February 2-23. Opening reception February 2, 4pm-6pm. VALLEY ARTISANS MARKET

25 EAST MAIN STREET, CAMBRIDGE (518) 677-2765.

“Art Underfoot.” February 7-March 4. Opening reception February 8, 2pm-4pm. THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART


“Zanele Muholi.” South African visual activist Zanele Muholi’s photographs and videos are intimate portrayals of black lesbians, queers, and transmen. Muholi’s work celebrates members of LGBTI communities and sheds light on the implications of being black and queer in Africa. February 1-April 27. Opening reception February 5, 5:30pm. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940.

“Anatomy of the Fight.” New paintings by Darin Cohen. February 8-March 2. Opening reception February 8, 4:00-6:00pm. THE WOODSTOCK JEWISH CONGREGATION 1682 GLASCO TURNPIKE, WOODSTOCK 399-3505.

“Winter Fine Arts Show.” The show features works by the members of the art committee and/or their spouses: Maxine Davidowitz, Charlotte Scherer, Helen Gold and Raymond J. Steiner. Through April 18. WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388.

“Student Exhibit I.” Class work from a selection of the school’s instructors, completed during the past year. February 1-March 8. 2/14 CHRONOGRAM ARTS & CULTURE 49

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“Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos.” Curated by Daniel Belasco. Through April 13. Opening reception February 8, 5pm-7pm. SUNY ULSTER


Glory Days Jamie Saft

By Peter Aaron Photograph by Fionn Reilly



oday is a triumphant day for Jamie Saft. “I finally sold this album I made with [bassist and drummer] Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte,” he beams, an infectious smile slicing through the thick nest of his impressive beard. “We recorded [the album, titled The New Standard] in my studio a while ago. It’s an amazing record, but it took a really long time to find the right label. And then I had to work out the deal. So I just signed off on that this morning, and it feels really, really great.” His phone vibrates with a text alert. “‘Bank transfer done,’ says the keyboardist. “Awesome!” And so it’s Saft who’s generously picking up the tab today, which is by no means the first successful day in the 43-year-old musician’s career. Saft was born in Flushing, Queens. Although his family wasn’t a musical one—his father is an attorney; his mother, a journalist, wrote for the New York Times—Saft’s earliest memories are those of being fascinated with music. “My folks like to tell this story about me when I was super young at my aunt’s wedding and me just being transfixed by the band,” he says. “I was totally obsessed with the piano, and I started learning the keyboard when I was, like, two-and-a-half or three years old. When I was four I played in front of almost 4,000 people, as part of a concert of music by [composer and educator] Elie Siegmeister.” Saft attended high school in nearby New Haven, Connecticut, and although jazz would come to form the foundation of his own music, it was hard rock that ruled his home speakers. “Black Sabbath, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Judas Priest—those were my bands,” says Saft. “I was playing classical as part of my lessons, but that wasn’t really what I was listening to. I kept things separated, and I was starting to get bored with learning all these written pieces. Even though jazz was also part of my studies, I guess I looked at it then more as just being part of the history of piano music. But I had this friend whose father was a really deep jazz fan who’d seen Miles, Charlie Parker, Coltrane, everybody. So we’d hang out over at his place and his dad would play us all these amazing progressive and spiritual jazz albums. That’s when I started improvising and finding my voice. I even ended up doing an arrangement of Pharaoh Sanders’s ‘Thembi’ for my high school jazz band.” For his higher learning, Saft went to Boston, double-majoring at Tufts and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with piano greats Paul Bley, Geri Allen, Cecil McBee, and Burton Hatheway, as well as saxophonist Joe Maneri. He also made a life-altering discovery in the music of revolutionary New York saxophonist, composer, and band leader John Zorn. “It was the peak time of [Zorn’s band] Naked City, and that stuff really blew me away,” says Saft. “In that band I heard all of these disparate threads of the music I’d been digging just coming together—out jazz, death metal, hardcore, experimental ambient and classical stuff. I lived right underneath Seth Putnam, who was the singer for Anal Cunt [grindcore legends; also known as, simply, A.C.], but I didn’t really know him and I’d never heard of his band. Naked City played in Boston and I went to see them, and instead of Yamatsuka Eye from the Boredoms, their usual singer back then, it turned out for that gig it was Seth who was the singer! Just this totally weird coincidence.” But it was only the first coincidence that would serve to pull Saft deeper into Zorn’s whirling musical vortex. In 1993 Saft moved to Brooklyn, falling in with a clutch of other young, open-eared improvisers raised on jazz, edgy rock, and more exotic sounds: drummers Jim Black and Ben Perowsky, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and saxophonist Chris Speed, all of whom he’d collaborate with in various settings. Expanding his instrumental arsenal, he increasingly began playing Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, synths, accordion, and bass, and hooked up with Previte, touring with the drummer’s Latin for Travelers outfit and as a soloist for the John Adams opera “I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky.” It was a circuitous twist of fate that came while Saft was shopping an album he made with future Pat Metheny trumpeter Cuong Vu that ultimately connected him straight to Zorn. “I’d given a copy of the record to my old teacher Joe Maneri, who was friends with [the late jazz critic and American Splendor star] Harvey Pekar,” recalls Saft. “Joe and Harvey were talking about music and Harvey asked him if there were any newer players he should check out, and Joe told him about this session I’d done with Cuong. So one day I get this message on my answering machine saying, ‘Hey, Jamie, this is Harvey

Pekar. Joe Maneri says this record you made is really good. Can you FedEx me a copy?’ So I did, and then a couple days later I get another message and it’s from Zorn, saying, ‘Hey, Harvey Pekar says this record you made is really good, can you FedEx me a copy?’ So then I did that, and a couple of days later there’s another message from Zorn: ‘Hey man, the record’s great. There’s a check in the mail. The graphics person will be in touch about the artwork.’” Titled Ragged Jack, the set appeared in 1997 on Zorn’s Avant Records label. And so began Saft’s long, ongoing association with New York’s dean of downtown. In addition to his work on various labels and with Zorn’s Electric Masada and Acoustic Masada bands and other projects, the keyboard maven has released dozens of albums as a leader on Zorn’s Tzadik imprint that investigate, among other styles, Arabic and Jewish music and electronica (2000’s Solvanut), the Bob Dylan songbook (2006’s Trouble, with guest vocals by Mike Patton and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons), dub (2006’s Merzdub, featuring Japanese noise artist Merzbow), heavy metal (2009’s Black Shabbis), and traditional Jewish sounds (2011’s Borscht Belt Studies); 2010’s A Bag of Shells compiles Saft’s work for Murderball and other indie film soundtracks. Parents of three, Saft and his wife Vanessa, a singer-songwriter and visual artist, decided they’d outgrown their Brooklyn apartment and in 2007 found a place Upstate, attracted by the region’s community as much as its vibrant music scene. “It’s great to be able to connect to the Earth, and be somewhere where there’s this great culture of sustainability and ethical living,” he says, adding, “but of course we all gotta work to keep it that way.” On his own Veal Records label, Saft has released titles by his and Vanessa’s children’s music duo, New Raspberry Bandits, and the reggae/jazz New Zion Trio, whose new album, Chaliwa, features vocalist H.R. of punk/reggae legends the Bad Brains on one cut. “Growing up in Queens, reggae was another kind of music that was always around. I was such a huge Bob Marley fan,” says Saft. “And the Bad Brains were such a key band in the evolution of heavy music. I got to know H.R. better when [departed Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch] asked me to play organ on the Brains album he produced [Build a Nation; 2007, Oscilloscope/Megaforce Records].” Chaliwa is the New Zion Trio’s second Veal release, and features new bassist Brad Jones stepping in for founding member Larry Grenadier. Also new on the label is Nowness, a set by Saft and drummer Jerry Granelli, best known for his playing with the Vince Guaraldi Trio of “Peanuts” fame. “What makes Jamie so exciting to play with is his absolute fearlessness, coupled with his dedication to serving the music,” says Granelli. “He provides constant challenge, in the best sense of that word. Jamie always comes to play, no holding back, beyond style. That is what all the great players bring, and Jamie is one of those.” The New Standard, a twinkling offering of sparse organ and piano jazz slated for release on RareNoise Records this spring, is rife with the reliably spacious and surprise-filled playing of Saft and his Hudson Valley neighbors Swallow and Previte. Also on the local horizon for the Kerhonkson keyboardist is KingstonYard, a new reggae duo with New Zion Trio drummer Craig Santiago that focuses on dub exclusively (the project will perform with a varying cast of special guests on the first Thursday of each month starting April 3 at BSP Lounge in Kingston). With an ever-burgeoning shelf of releases and a perpetually packed calendar of live dates for his myriad bands, what is it that drives Saft to keep up the pace while juggling family life—not to mention breathing and eating once in a while? “There’s a Hebrew phrase, tikkun olam, which means ‘repair the world,’” he says. “I get great personal satisfaction from creating music, but I also feel like I’m doing something that truly serves the world and helps repair it. To me, that’s what all true artists do.” And with such an outlook, there can only be more triumphant days ahead. The New Zion Trio’s Chaliwa and Jerry Granelli and Jamie Saft’s Nowness are out now onVeal Records. CHRONOGRAM.COM LISTEN to “Twelve Tribes” by the New Zion Trio, from their album Chaliwa.


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

BETH ORTON February 7. Few contemporary artists have done more to bring the British folk idiom into the modern era than Beth Orton. The singer, who plays Club Helsinki early this month, emerged in the 1990s with a sound that merged her homeland’s acoustic traditions with triphop and electronica. Central Reservation, her sparse 1999 sophomore breakthrough, however, hews closer to the roots, with its touches of Sandy Denny and Nick Drake and guest appearance by folk-jazz legend Terry Callier. After a six-year exile, Orton returned with 2012’s Sugaring Season, a magically redemptive disc that finds her backed by the inventive jazz players Marc Ribot, Brian Blade, and Eyvind Kang. (Steve Earle returns February 15; Taj Mahal tunes up February 20.) 9pm. $35, $40. Hudson. (518) 828-4800;



February 14. Lovers of Latin jazz will be swooning hard on Valentine’s Day when Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band (the outfit’s name is an acronym for “see you on the other side”) heats up Bard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Trombonist Washburne has led the group since 1992, which, at 20 years, has had the longest-running jazz gig in New York. With a lineup that includes star players from the ensembles of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto, the band fuses Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical styles and has been described as “Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!” (Ana Devere Smith speaks February 15; the American Symphony Orchestra appears February 21 and 22.) 7:30pm. $20. Annandale-onHudson. (845) 758-7900;

February 22. Before they found mainstream MTV success in the early ’80s with the hits “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame,” the J. Geils Band were purveyors of tough, Stonesy, bluesbased rock ’n’ roll. Fronted by Peter Wolf, the Boston band cut the classic studio LPs J. Geils Band (1970), The Morning After (1971), Sanctuary (1977), Bloodshot (1978), and the storming live sets Full House (1972) and Blow Your Face Out (1976). Artistic differences with his songwriting partner, keyboardist Seth Rudman, led Wolf to pursue a solo career in 1984, although the group has occasionally reunited over the years. For this date at the Bearsville Theater, it’s a cinch Wolf will revisit some of his Geils gems. (See the Blind Boys of Alabama with Nicole Atkins February 15; Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang noodles around February 28.) $55, $35, $25. (845) 679-4406;

PATRICK BRENNAN/COOPER-MOORE February 17. Jazz crusader James Keepnews has been doing good work with his Monday Night Jazz series at new venue Quinn’s. He’s been bringing in the cream of today’s free jazz crop, and this hit by New York’s searing alto saxophonist Patrick Brennan and fabled multi-instrumentalist and composer Cooper-Moore continues the trend. Brennan has found inspiration in other cultures, recording with Gnawa musicians for 2000’s Sudani. Primarily a pianist, Cooper-Moore is also known for his percussion playing and the innovative instruments he makes from trash and found objects. (The Andrea Wolper Trio visits February 3; the Kenny Wessel Trio sounds out February 24.) 8pm. Donation requested. Beacon. (845) 202-7447;


THE PEMBLES February 23. In the same neck of the woods as Quinn’s is another new nightspot, the Dogwood, which has been presenting a singer-songwriter series on the last Sunday of each month since January. “The series will spotlight the remarkable amount of talented artists in the Hudson Valley and beyond,” say the curators of the evening. To that end, this month’s installment features area acoustic-based folk rock unit the Pembles, whose wistful and autumnal style should play well in the bar, gallery, and eatery’s warm, inviting atmosphere. (Open Book holds forth March 30; KJ Denhert sings April 27.) 8pm. Donation requested. Beacon. (845) 202-7500;


Regulars at the soon-to-be shuttered Albany music mecca Valentines are familiar with hometown fixtures the Charlie Watts Riots. The trio is known for its matching black suitand-tie stage attire and supercaffeinated power pop sound. On this, its sophomore long-player, ear-candy hooks, sweet harmonies, and a brash attitude have a lot in common with the group’s 2010 debut, Long Story Short. This time out, though, the crystalline, echo-laden production, along with an infusion of hard boogie and power balladry, lend the set a distinctive hard rock dimension. Numbers like “Omaha,” “No Idea,” and “Caveman Town” boast a deliberate and crunchy sound that could match the rooster strut of any Sunset Strip outfit, past or present. Meanwhile, “The More that You Change” effectively puts across the tender/tough aesthetic with acoustic and electric guitar trading passages seamlessly before resolving into a Cheap Trick-like arena anthem that’s buoyed by flourishes of trumpet and saxophone. The expansive sound mix, courtesy of Nashville-based Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones), is a good showcase for the low-down rhythm section of Mike Pauley (bass, vocals) and Joe Putrock (drums, keyboards). Front man Seth Powell (guitar, vocals, keyboards) ably leads the sonic charge. The Charlie Watts Riots seem to have their sights set on invading mainstream rock radio, and this release might just capture that beachhead. —Jeremy Schwartz


Rosendale-based Rozsa (Hungarian for “rose”) transports listeners to another time and place through their exuberant and lamentable interpretations of the street music of Old Eastern Europe on this eclectic 13-track recording. A perfect mix of moody ballads and pieces that are spritely and danceable, Evening to Morning showcases the talents of three players: Czech Republic-born Mirko Gabler on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Hungarian Katalin Pazmandi on recorder, violin, and voice; and local favorite Fre Atlast (the force behind TRANSnDANCEnDRUM) on voice and percussion. The CD begins with “Fa Nye Mama,” a traditional, rollicking Romanian instrumental featuring Gabler’s perky guitar finger picking and Pazmandi’s spirited recorder. Another instrumental is the Jewish traditional ballad “Yismekhu,” which also utilizes guitar and recorder. Listeners are introduced to Pazmandi’s intuitive vocal gifts in “Libamaj, Kacsamaj—Nem Kell a Szoke,” a Hungarian gypsy tune that spotlights whistling, guitar, and percussion through various tempo changes. The gypsy trad “Mamo Dado” brings attention to the vocal harmonies of Gabler and Pazmandi, backed by rapid guitar stylings, as does another gypsy trad tune, “Sakorati,” which is heavily charged by Atlast’s skilled percussive beats. On “Beltz,” a pensive Yiddish ballad from Poland, Pazmandi’s vocals are highly charged and heartrending. “Dzav Me Dromeha—Sar Me Kere,” another exhilarting gypsy tune, picks up on lively vocal harmonies with jovial guitar and percussion. “Como la Rosa” is an affecting ballad hailing from the Ladino (or Sephardic/JudeoSpanish) tradition. —Sharon Nichols


It takes balls, literally and figuratively, to sing so knowingly about a vasectomy. But in the swaggering, amped-up title track to Love Makes Us Weird, Beacon’s own Stephen Clair does just that, turning a four-syllable word into a tight rhyme with the line “Who are we?” The 10 tracks of this unabashed rock album provide several open-ended answers to that question, shining light on folks walking with open arms into the second acts of their lives. Clair, a one-time childless, wayfaring troubadour, finds fascination in the domesticity that’s been the focus of his life since his last CD in 2008. His sharp, unwavering eye and well-honed rock-poet phrasing render the vicissitudes of adulthood— marital strife, urban fear, and dad lust—as song-worthy indeed. The epic “I Like the Way We Fight,” in particular, offers this self-aware gem: “You can get a lot of songs out of being lousy, when it comes to messing up those loving opportunities.” It takes lyrical chops to make resisting temptation interesting. Similarly, “At the Foot of the Mountain” reveals the wonder and power of morning light on human-defaced nature, offering hope in a punky guise. Bassist Jay Nicholas and drummer-vocalist Todd Giudice bring equal parts sensitivity and raw power to Clair’s electric riffage, while producer Al Hemberger expertly balances the rocking with Clair’s distinctive wordsmithery and conversational delivery. Clair rides it all with infectious gusto, brightening the corners of his life, and ours. He’ll play the Falcon in Marlboro on February 9. —Robert Burke Warren CHRONOGRAM.COM

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Janet Hamill Raises a Toast to La Vie Boheme By Nina Shengold Photograph by Roy Gumpel



think of myself as an escape artist. I like to take people away.” Janet Hamill leans over a table at Kingston’s Le Canard Enchaine, explaining why she’s never kept journals and doubts she’ll be writing a memoir anytime soon. The poet and spoken word artist continues, “I’m interested in creating worlds, not describing the one we live in.” Hamill’s just-published Tales from the Eternal Café (Three Rooms Press, 2014), attests to her skill at spiriting readers to faraway places. Its 17 stories unfold in locales ranging from 19th-century Brussels (“Baudelaire at the Prince of Wales”) to hippie Morocco (“Tangiers Dejoun”); “Novalis” takes place in a Times Square magicians’ supply shop and adjacent café. “Café” is the magic word that links these disparate worlds, as Hamill’s chameleon voice waves the silk over the hat. It’s tempting, in fact, to take her book on a literary pub crawl, reading each tale in a different café, between sips of something thematically apt. Though Tales From the Eternal Café is her first fiction collection, Hamill has published five books of poetry, most recently, Body of Water (Bowery Books, 2008), and recorded two spoken-word CDs. An ardent conversationalist, she has searching, intelligent eyes and a high forehead framed by a reddish corona of flyaway hair. Her speech has a distinctive New Jersey timbre; a Garden State Henry Higgins could peg her within a few turnpike exits of Palisades Park. (The vintage amusement park’s closing, she says, was “one of the great losses to humanity. Oh, oh!”) Hamill was born in Weehawken, across the Hudson from midtown Manhattan. She was the second of five children, and her family soon moved to suburban New Milford, still tantalizingly close to the city she calls “a magical place.” At 14, she was taking her younger brother and sister to Radio City Music Hall. Her father commuted to work at a Wall Street credit company; her mother kept house. “No one had ever gone to college. It wasn’t that kind of family,” she says. “The only reading material in the house was the World Book Encyclopedia and Golden Books.” But the Catholic Church fueled her imagination. “Angels, God—the ritual of it—incense, flowers, the pageantry! I’ve never been able to handle the real world. I just found it bland and gray.” Bland didn’t stand a chance. In high school, religion gave way to poetry, thanks to a “wonderful English teacher” who “looked like Greta Garbo; she’d been a floor model.” After a weekend assignment reading Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” Hamill says, “I remember sitting in the living room on a rainy day and being completely transformed.” Gray’s words—“If chance, by lonely contemplation led, / Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate”—may still have been ringing in her ears when she met another out-of-the-box Jersey girl at Glassboro State College. Patti Smith was a year ahead. She was majoring in art, Hamill in English. “We were part of a small beatnik coterie, both active on the literary magazine and in theater,” Hamill reports. They acted, designed sets, directed; they read and wrote with a passion. Smith writes in her foreword to Hamill’s Nostalgia of the Infinite (Ocean View Books, 1992), “In callow years we shared much trouble, much laughter and lavished our girlhood love on the likes of Byron and Rimbaud. Often, when not having the price for a proper supper, we would dine on one another’s work, concord in the desire to one day create, not without sacrifice, something fine.” Of course they both moved to New York, working at bookstores all over Manhattan. “I worked at the Strand; didn’t everyone?” Hamill says. “And at Scribner’s, right on Fifth Avenue—I got Patti a job there. Barnes & Noble when it was just a textbook store on Broadway, and Cinemabilia on 13th Street—that place I still dream of. The characters there!” By now, Smith was living with young Robert Mapplethorpe; Hamill appears many times in her award-winning memoir Just Kids. “Those are the best times. You can never go back to that,” Hamill says of their downtown apprenticeship. Despite the nostalgic glow, she adds, “I always felt I was slightly too wholesome. I couldn’t handle the suburbs, but I wasn’t quite wild enough for the Chelsea [Hotel] scene. I lived my own kind of bohemian life—I used recreational drugs, it was okay to have sex without being married, but that was about as radical as it got. I did acid, but only on weekends. I had to go to work. I think that kept the lid on it.” Nevertheless, Hamill moved to San Francisco in 1970. “I caught the tail end of the Summer of Love madness that was still in the air,” she reports. But

she dreamed of traveling to Africa. She and her boyfriend managed to save up $3,000, which seemed like a fortune at the time, and crossed the Atlantic on a Yugoslavian freighter. “That was the greatest thing in the world,” Hamill says of the ship, which sailed from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Casablanca. From there they went to Marrakesh by train—“the famous Marrakesh Express,” Hamill says. “I was finally someplace truly exotic, as exotic as NewYork City had seemed to me as a child growing up and looking at it across the river from Weehawken.” They spent nearly a year exploring North Africa and the Mediterranean. “My boyfriend wanted to stay in the Greek Islands, lie on the beach and get a tan, but I insisted, no, we have to go through with this.” Despite Hamill’s fear of air travel, they flew from Athens to Cairo, abetted by a tranquilizer from a one-armed Norwegian with a medicine pouch. They made it to the Serengeti, where they saw lions in their natural environment. Hamill pauses. “I’ve never been able to write about that,” she says quietly. “There are some things so spectacular you can’t put it in words.” Besides, she asserts, “I can’t write when I’m traveling. I have to be in my study, surrounded by my books. Much as I love to wander, I have to have a home base to come back to, where I can write it out.” By the mid-1970s, she was performing at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and other downtown venues. Her first book of poems, Troublante, was published in 1975, the same year her old friend released Horses. Long a champion of spoken-word performance, Hamill started adding music to the mix in the 1990s, after opening for Patti Smith at Summerstage. “I was thrilled,” she recalls. “There must have been 3000 people. I was in my glory that night.” Bass player and Feelies manager Bob Torsello saw that performance and sought her out, coaxing Hamill to perform with a band. In a short documentary about their collaboration, Hamill recalls, “I really had no interest. All I wanted to do was be a good poet.” Torsello wooed her with spoken-word/music recordings he liked, and eventually she agreed to a rehearsal session. It clicked. “I bring a poem I think is suitable to be adapted to music,” she explains. “Maybe have some kind of music in my head that I can reference. I love rock’n’roll… the Velvet Underground, the Doors. Sometimes we just improvise. We work it and work it till we get it right.” The band, now called Lost Ceilings, has joined her at such venues as Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, Pittsbugh’s Andy Warhol Museum, and NewYear’s Day at St. Mark’s Church; they’ve also played at Woodstock’s Wok’n’Roll. Throughout, she was writing poems, prose poems, and eventually stories. “I found I would come up with characters and situations I didn’t feel were suitable for poetry. They needed a different outlet,” Hamill says, adding, “Fiction is such a leap from poetry, which is such condensed, economical writing. You have to consider character and narrative.” She gravitates toward exotic locations and tales with “some kind of twist. I wouldn’t ever have started to write fiction if not for Borges. I love Italo Calvino, the fabulists. It’s not science fiction, it’s writing about the marvelous.” Indeed, in her café tales, statues smile and grieve, monks dream of trees flowered with birds, and a knowledge-starved girl leaves her body to commune with her grandfather’s ghost. Some are more earthbound, like the hilarious tale of a brazen publicist trying to con her Felliniesque uncle into casting her lox of a boyfriend. But by the book’s end, the stories have transubstantiated, leaving the physical realm of the café to pursue its mysterious spirit. Hamill left city life behind when her husband, musician and technical writer Joe Csida, inherited a townhouse in an “amorphous” corner of Orange County. “The life I lived in NewYork no longer exists,” she says bluntly. “It’s not possible to live the bohemian life anymore.” But you can still write about it. She plans to follow up Tales from the Eternal Café with another collection of poetry, and then to burrow back into more fiction. “I’ll write till I drop,” she says. And about that memoir? Janet Hamill shrugs. “Maybe 20 years from now, if I’m still ticking. If someone should ask.” Her ironic smile expands into a fullbodied laugh. “If I still have a memory.” Appearing 2/23 at 3pm with Donna Reis Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf; 3/7 at 7pm, Inquiring Minds, New Paltz; 4/4 at 8pm, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 2/14 CHRONOGRAM BOOKS 55


Long before the Trapps became a magnet for rock climbers, a cluster of hardy souls eked out a living on this rugged terrain, scratch farming, tanning, logging for charcoal and barrel staves, and gathering huckleberries. Like the stone walls that still crisscross Shawangunk forests, this meticulously researched tribute by Mohonk Preserve veterans Larsen and Josephson bears eloquent witness to bygone times.

The Stranger in the Attic: Finding a Lost Brother in His Letters Home John Kedzie Jacobs


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Town historian Heppner and author Fallon-Mower dig deep into the taproots of the world’s most famous small town in this idiosyncratic Who’s Who of founding fathers, mothers, and even a family dog named Teddy. Neither alphabetically nor chronologically organized (how Woodstock!), this browsable, photo-filled book sets Maverick founder Hervey White alongside rock impresario Albert Grossman. CONVERSATIONS ON THE HUDSON: AN ENGLISHMAN BICYCLES 500 MILES THROUGH THE HUDSON VALLEY, MEETING ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE ALONG THE WAY NICK HAND PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS, 2014, $24.99

A delightful paean to the handmade life, featuring (among others) an axemaker, a nanobrewer, a seed librarian, and Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter. “I’ve let them tell their own stories,” writes the aptly named Hand. A designer as well as a bicyclist, he’s an intrepid meanderer, an avid listener, and a grand observer of details; his eloquent photos add to the book’s artisanal appeal as a small, well-crafted object. FOOD LOVERS’ GUIDE TO THE HUDSON VALLEY: THE BEST RESTAURANTS, MARKETS & LOCAL CULINARY OFFERINGS SHEILA BUFF GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS, 2013, $16.95

Buff’s handy guide is stuffed with enticing descriptions of restaurants, coffeehouses, wineries, chocolatiers, bakeries, food festivals, CSAs, and farmers’ markets on both sides of the river. Despite some head-scratching omissions, like the whole town of Woodstock (was it the tofu?), this compact, well-organized book is a multicourse banquet for foodies of every stripe, perfect to tuck in the car for a Sunday drive. THE BIG APPLES OF NEW YORK: THE STORY OF HOW NEW YORK STATE BECAME THE BIG APPLE A.L. DUBOIS CREATESPACE, 2013, $30.99

Botanical illustrator and apple enthusiast DuBois traces the history of the beloved fruit and a nickname that may stem from the Underground Railroad, when former slaves found work in the “Big Apple’s” orchards. Though the book could use a copyeditor’s pruning, it’s charming, fact-filled, and beautifully illustrated with paintings of 25 heirloom varietals (Arkansas Black to Winesap); an appendix lists of local orchards that grow these and more. UNKNOWN MUSEUMS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK: A GUIDE TO 50 TREASURES CHUCK D’IMPERIO SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2013, $27.95

What’s your pleasure? Fly fishing, antique cars, cheese? There’s a museum for that. Celebrate the “Wow Factor” of such offbeat gems as Lucille Ball’s gold Mercedes (Lucy Desi Museum), Jell-O ads by Maxfield Parrish (Jell-O Museum), a well-endowed mummy (Museum of Oddities), or the Kazoo Museum’s DIY shop. This ebullient guide should launch countless daytrips; an ode to a museum swept under by Hurricane Irene reminds us there’s no time like now.



hen John Kedzie Jacobs, 95, discovered a forgotten trove of family letters in his Gardiner farmhouse attic, he was shocked. Turns out he didn’t know his closest relatives as well as he’d thought, particularly his charismatic, long-deceased artist brother Edward, aka “Deyo,” killed in 1938, aged 24, in the Spanish Civil War. “[We] knew each other,” Jacobs writes of his elder sibling, “the way Croatians and their next door neighbors, the Serbs, know each other.” Four years younger than Deyo, John remembered crucial facts: The mischievous Deyo had toiled alongside him on the family apple farm, later lighting out for Depression/New Deal-era Manhattan, where he studied alongside Jackson Pollock at the Art Students League, worked on WPA mural projects, rode the rails, and grew ever more into a “Quaker Communist.” Impulsive to the end, Deyo traveled to Spain to fight fascism, joining the doomed, all-volunteer Lincoln Brigade. Only 100 of the 500 volunteers made it home; Deyo was not among them. In the long shadow of the family’s grief, parents Edward Sr. and Bertha allowed Deyo’s image to darken, and John Jacobs’ recollections of his wayward older brother drifted into ever-deepening obscurity. Until now. Deyo’s luminous correspondence with parents and peers, some 200 missives in all, miraculously survived his itinerant lifestyle and years packed away. Why the Jacobs parents chose not to share their eldest son’s dispatches is a mystery, especially as the letters often read like literature, with vivid scenes both rural and urban; unforgettable characters struggle for artistic expression during a seismic time in American culture, as elders watch from afar, bursting with pride and worry. The Stranger in the Attic isn’t just Deyo’s letters, however. John Jacobs, retired from the US Information Agency, spent a decade assembling the writings and juxtaposing them alongside his own memories, illustrating the text with Deyo’s artwork and archival photos. In taut prose, Jacobs details the process of communing with his brother’s true character from beyond the grave, articulating the journey with grace and wonder. He reads the letters in the very farmhouse in which the Jacobs family lived, loved, and struggled to eke out a living during the Depression. Jacobs’ chronicle of astonishment, joy, and unsentimental grief is deeply moving. Ironically, Bertha, a fretful, compulsive critic, is likely responsible for the cache, as she threatened to cut off Deyo’s meager funds unless he wrote home with detailed accounts of expenses and experiences alike. While the letters begin as lists, they soon broaden into fascinating essays on art: “I have a feeling about composition,” Deyo writes his father, “that it should be like mercy, not strained.” Deyo knew he was in the thick of a cultural moment. In one letter, he watches as the Rockefellers dismiss Diego Rivera from the infamous Radio City mural commission: “He looked like a figure out of mythology.” Edward Sr. offers more encouragement than Bertha: “I like to think of you in your interesting world,” he writes. The distinctive good cop / bad cop parental dynamic shines through.  The Stranger in the Attic, thus, is a story within a story; Jacobs facilitates Deyo’s self-portrait, a timeless tale of a man searching, with great exuberance, for his individual artistic voice, aware of the world shifting around him and eager to please and impress parents who clearly loved him. At the same time, John Jacobs reevaluates his blood kin, seeing them through refreshed, often teary eyes, warming to them decades later. The power of the written word is rarely more apparent or inspiring. ­Appearing at 2/22 at 4pm, Golden Notebook, Woodstock. —Robert Burke Warren

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How do my ears fly away How do my toes slither away How do my heels walk away How do my hairs drive away

On My Daughter’s Piano Playing She hears the notes And knows where to find them. —p

How do my words fly away —Izaak Savett (11 years)

HANSEL TIES THE KNOT For my friend, Teresa White It never happened the way you imagined, celebrity was worth the loss of stuffed dogs. Sis and I made big news after our abduction, front page of People Magazine, that Oprah interview. Gretel was never entirely free of it, her maid-of-honor dress sized Zero, not an easy accomplishment for a girl with Teutonic eyes and tightly woven pig-tails. Still the old witch taught us the merits of binge and purge. For a time, I dated only women with cauldrons and warty noses, a chin-hair or a mole would start an itch deep in my hosen. Finally though, I fell in love, comforted by the stability of a baker’s daughter. Her perfume is yeasty, like the loaves her father bakes; pumpernickel, whenever we wanted. Auch, you should witness the skills she has with fondant. Our windows might melt with the first blast of a summer sun, but if living on love runs out, there is always the rush of sweet sugar. Did we turn out all right? Ja, there is no residual terror. Gretchen is expecting; already, there is a cake in the ovens. I cannot wait to diaper and spank the rump-roast hiney of our first-born child. Instead of bread crumbs, my Beloved tosses rose petals before us and they curl into sunbursts that lead the way out of a dark forest night. —Laurie Byro

CHRONOGRAM Consider yourself lucky not to be a Hellbender living a life in slimy skin stuck under a Rock in remotest Arkansas. Not that Oceans are better metaphors for intelligence. Nobody really knows anything anymore, but Original thinkers have gone back to opposable thumbs. Genius bars have two for one happy hours. You’re not as Random as your roaming calls suggest. You have Access to personality Makeovers unimagined by previous generations. Now download. —Will Nixon


GREETINGS FROM SHELTER ISLAND: Dear Water Ox, it seemed that everywhere on the long road by the empty golf course on the beach so bright that colors faded to black around the edges so perfect that the whole world seemed to be used up in one place at night where darkness is a static that sometimes looks green with the moon and the grasshoppers singing through the trees it seemed that everywhere were the bees they grazed my chest when I was naked on the side of the road they told the grasses where to kiss me taught them how I yearned to be touched and even when they became spiteful as bees are wont to do I needed only ask them to please go away and away they flew it seemed that everywhere were the osprey their telephone pole-top villas like great ships their hungry songs that caught me off guard like the unnamed roads or the warmth of the water in the chill autumn air or the pale, soft mouths of the conch that stretched themselves in timid desperation toward my hands in search of solid land the last thing, crossing the water again in the sun how lightness and darkness seemed to be everywhere touch everything ignite the smallest wavelet and blister my Romanian skin into a late-September tan how for the briefest moment I wished you could have been there with me lying naked and goose-pimpled with the bees and the birds in the sand —Fire Rabbit —Irene Zimmerman

BUT ALSO AND IN IOWA You looked at somewhere like no one else looks at it. And you did it near the pond. The one that turns to glass made from rain. Because it isn’t ice to you. And ice to you is also always clear. And it takes colors and holds them in the shape of floors that hold our feet only and just above them. And you are only and out near what is always far, always far, out beside the space above a tree in Iowa. —Brian Loatman

NOT YOU Girl-eyed dew flower, you hunger to swallow the fortuneteller whole. Receive, she incants, the clementine of me, peel, seed, and all. Taproot will take hold, unflag greatness, the leaf within. When the old woman reads horoscopes, she’ll do anything to be admired and paid. Anoint every girl a Cleopatra, promise empires, jewels, fire passion, all the same eggshell to her. Had you sat in a different chair, under new shading, would she have said: Some find—no, construct—love that lasts a lifetime, not you. Your heart will be severed from love multiple times, betrayed, & you will bear it. Not what you wanted but what you have. She has no idea what’s in that basket of yours, but child just stepping out on the city street, neither do you. A small hillside spring, minor eruptions of joy, fitful passivity. Had she told you any of this, you would not have listened. Two decades have taught us that. —Ruth Dinerman

THE SINGLE LIFE, DEGLORIFIED It’s not that he’s bothered by her body broken by childbirth but that he didn’t get to stretch that skin. In all relations where “I’ll give you X if you give me Y,” X and/or Y are always currency, love or their conglomerate: lust. On any given Thursday you could dig through his wallet and find the contents of at least three fortune cookies. He’s collected them, unofficially since the age of eighteen. Our fates are scribbled in pidgin English and rest on a shelf collecting dust and threats of dead men. In direct defiance of the Surgeon General’s warning he’s renouncing the curse of the Human Condition. “In what war has that officer earned his stars?” he asks. The standing answer follows. A cricket tunes its legs.

LIBERAL PAROUSIA OF A COLDER WAR During the first Cold War he looked for exits, and in ‘80 stuffed nuts and heirloom seeds and a 4-wheel drive into his cheeks and died quietly into the wilderness. For 20 years he was safe, tended his garden, waited for nuclear Parousia. At least I won’t die like a stockbroker he told the cold starry sky. And he waited. And the end didn’t come. And in the end he came off the mountain and died with the rest of us. —JLSchneider

DINNER WITH NICOLAS CAGE November 2001. Antoine’s in New Orleans. He arrived fashionably late, and, really, we weren’t expecting him, but when the door opened, there he was. He may not remember, but I do, though I couldn’t tell you what he ordered, and don’t recall one word he spoke that night. I do know I didn’t order the fifteen-hundred-dollar bottle of wine, and the bill for seven really wasn’t that bad, given it was Antoine’s in New Orleans. It would have been nice if he’d have joined us, but maybe he was a bit shy—not that one would expect that of Nicolas Cage. Of course, we didn’t get a chance to invite him to sit down before he disappeared into some other, farther room. Still, we ate under the same roof. That was dinner with Nicolas Cage. —Matthew J. Spireng



Once upon an ordinary morning, she kills again. The rabbit screams, and within seconds the torn form dangles from her powerful mouth. The best dog in the world unwillingly drops her prey. It’s a battle as I drag her away. I return to the crime scene. This bunny does not go gently. With guts exposed, it moves for the last time.

After ten weeks of waiting, you were able to take an ultrasound that confirmed what we already knew. You come from a lineage of twins.

—Clara Steinzor

POEM #4 Silvery white curtains Hang by your side Illuminating mist, cold As the day Your yellow tractor creeps Slower than you would I watch Time Through your eyes Moving —Hannah Kay

It is snowing; I hold your hand as you sit on the metallic chair, waiting for the two identical snowflakes in your uterus to melt. —Victoria Prashad

THE LONG STORY The creek is telling a long story By human standards, seemingly endless The trees are listening politely whispering to each other now and then under their boughs The telephone pole is a dead soldier The clouds are busy with the future The planet is humming at the kitchen window The sun—thank goodness it’s far away because it’s uncontrollable And light and everything is traveling at a steady pace away from an event 13.8 billion years ago. —Nina JeckerByrne

—Michael Vahsen 2/14 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 59

Food & Drink

The Moderator

Winnie Abramson’s One Simple Change Text and Photos by Peter Barrett


innie Abramson grew up in her parents’ storied and influential restaurant, The Quilted Giraffe, which opened in New Paltz in the mid-`70s and moved to Manhattan a few years later, bringing new levels of hip refinement and glitzy gastronomy to the glitterati of `80s Manhattan. She and her brother helped out in the coatroom and kitchen some, but were left to their own devices a lot since their parents often worked until after midnight. Now 43, married and with two children, Abramson lives outside New Paltz, less than a mile from her childhood home but a world away from the bold-face names and lavish four-star trappings of that scene. Because of her latchkey youth, Abramson made the decision to work from home so she could be with her children as much as possible. For the last five years, she has written Healthy Green Kitchen, a food and lifestyle blog that encourages readers to integrate scratch cooking and sound nutrition into their daily lives while encouraging pleasurable eating. Her new book, One Simple Change (Chronicle, 2013), originated in a year-long series of weekly blog posts she wrote to demystify her own journey towards health: bodily, but more importantly in her psychological relationship with food. In the introduction, Abramson addresses her serious eating issues that arose during high school, and having broached the subject feels that there’s more to say about it. “I say I dealt with disordered eating, but the reality is that I starved myself.There’s no way to talk about it gently. I was impressionable, and I read magazines and books [during the 1980s] that insisted on a low-fat diet, so I thought that no fat would be even better. The real tragedy is that I didn’t need to be on a diet to begin with, but I thought it was healthy.” As a result, her health became seriously impaired: acne, depression, no menstrual cycle, thyroid and adrenal issues. She worked with a holistic doctor, who repaired her diet, and after college she went back to school, receiving her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine so she could help others overcome similar issues.


A Journey of 50 Steps The 50 chapters—one per step—are short and dense with information, specifically the conclusions she has reached rather than the research that got her there. The writing throughout is accessible and encouraging, and her tone avoids the sort of hectoring that is all too common in the genre. The steps in the book are based on the changes that Abramson made to return herself to health. “I would never tell someone to do something I’m not doing.” Many of the steps will not be news to readers of this magazine: use green home cleaning products, shop at CSAs and farmers’ markets, grow a garden and compost, eschew soda, get outside and exercise. Others might be surprising, like drink a glass of water every morning before consuming anything else to get your body running smoothly before introducing food or caffeine, don’t skip meals, and reconsider your prohibition against meat if you have one. The first one, “Stop Dieting,” is in many ways the most central to her message; calorie counting, obsessive self-weighing, and avoiding whole categories of food all do more harm than good. Making the carrot soup recipe from the book in her sunny kitchen, which is both healthy and green (in the ecological sense: the cabinets, counters, and appliances all came from Green Demolitions), she expounds on her desire for balance. “We stress ourselves about our health, which negates the benefits. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” she says, stirring onions sizzling in the pot. “Teenage girls don’t eat because they want to look perfect, but perfection isn’t real.” Elimination diets, those calling for abolishing all carbohydrates, or all grains, or all dairy or sugar, make it extremely difficult to eat in a balanced way. “Some people won’t even eat fruit, because it has sugar in it. It has no basis in science at all.” She sees this phenomenon as being ironically similar to the oft-derided pill-popping approach to wellness, where there’s one easy solution to whatever ails you. What ultimately made her mentally

Opposite: Winnie Abramson in the garden with her favorite chicken, Po. This page, clockwise from top: Gluten-free crackers adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen; carrot soup with crème fraîche; Abramson puréeing the carrot soup.

and physically well was embracing variety. “It’s definitely true that you can feel better for a while on some of these diets, and it’s natural to proselytize when you feel good. The problem is that after six months or a year they can start to make you sick.” Wary of Homesteading Chic Lifestyle magnates have made vast fortunes preying upon people’s insecurities, and to Abramson the images they peddle are the same as models retouched to impossible proportions. The DIY homesteader life is made to look awfully glamorous in many of the rapidly proliferating blogs on the subject, and she believes that it’s important to be honest about the effort required to commit to that or any other health-oriented lifestyle, especially since it’s so easy to fake things online. “Having chickens is not so glamorous. It’s not hard, but my dog killed two of them in the first week. If you can keep bees, you should. But they’re really time-consuming. I worried that I was doing it wrong, and even paid somebody to come help, and they still all died. Eventually, I asked myself: ‘Am I doing this because I think I’m the person who’s supposed to have bees, or because I actually want to be a beekeeper?’ It was actually kind of a relief when they died.” Soup finished, she sets out lunch: superb homemade kimchi, lamb salami from Full Moon Farm down the road, some suspiciously imported-looking cheese, and a batch of crackers fresh from the oven which she describes almost apologetically. “They’re gluten free, actually, but I just made them because I like them.” Made from almond flour and olive oil, they have a pleasantly shortbready quality. She ladles the soup into bowls, and seeing that the crème fraîche she has fermenting on the counter is not yet thick enough, grabs some from Vermont Creamery out of the fridge to garnish the soup with. 2/14 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 61

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Because of its necessity and pleasure, Abramson sees eating as a complex nexus for people’s unhealthy tendencies and also a key means to wellness. “Food and eating are easy for people to grasp, and they think it will solve all their problems.” Correcting her diet fixed the problems her previous diet caused, but she cautions that it is all too easy, especially for people for whom food is intertwined with complex psychological issues, to go too far in the other direction. “Orthorexia [extreme avoidance of supposedly unhealthy foods] is a growing problem. When I was doing these things, it truly was socially isolating. Now there are whole communities; it’s become acceptable to eat in a disordered way. It’s OK to have food allergies, even if you made them up—it’s not only expected, it’s encouraged.” Recently, Abramson has been writing more outspoken posts, like one about how sugar in moderation is fine, or another saying that the Paelo diet didn’t work for her (Michael Pollan recently weighed in on the subject, debunking many of Paleo’s central tenets) and the responses have been revealing: scorn, fury, and personal attacks befitting indignant zealots, not healthy, happy people one would feel inspired to emulate. “People don’t think critically about this stuff; they see a meme on Facebook and glom onto it. It’s really hard to figure out what’s true or not,” especially when anyone on the Internet can publish an “article” that further validates a falsehood. It’s unfortunate collateral damage in the right-wing war on science and expertise when some ostensibly progressive people embrace increasingly crackpot nutritional theories, and the problem is only exacerbated by quacks and movie stars looking to sell books. She notes that the hysteria surrounding fads does a disservice to the positive aspects of some regimens; the fact that too much processed or refined food is unhealthy doesn’t mean that it must be purged altogether. “I’ll Eat Anything” Abramson’s biggest regret in the book is her favorable mention of William Davis’ Wheat Belly, a controversial bestselling diet book that at best cherrypicks evidence to support its weight loss claims and at worst misrepresents the science. Leaving aside people suffering from celiac disease, she now believes that a variety of whole grains, especially sprouted or fermented, can and should be eaten by anyone seeking nutritional balance. Making sourdough bread, for example, that ferments overnight increases its nutrition dramatically (and improves its taste) just as fermenting raw milk into cheese makes it easier for some people with lactose intolerance to enjoy it. Her stance on sugar has softened, as well, in keeping with her new one-word mantra: moderation. “People are shocked to find out that I’ll eat anything,” she explains, saying that she has no problem eating a burger and fries on a night out or some pizza at a kid’s birthday party. “I eat what I want, and I usually want something healthy.” A rough guideline of 85 percent healthy, 15 percent less healthy serves as her general rule, and allows for stress-free flexibility when eating out or socializing. “I used to be a pain in the ass, though. The root of the issue is that this craziness makes life harder instead of easier. I want my life to be easy.” Besides being a useful guide for anyone looking to integrate healthy practices into their life, Abramson hopes most of all that the book will help people with deeper problems related to food. Writing the book has been a big step for her, and as she ponders the future of her blog and formulates a plan for what comes next, she continues to practice and advocate incremental changes as the key to lifestyle modification: gradual, unintimidating steps to try out for a bit before moving on to the next one. And she’s walking the walk; her current focus is on maintaining the blog and promoting the book without having her virtual life eclipse her actual one to the extent that it did over the last year. “Can I have a blog and limit my social media time? Can I cook a meal and not take pictures? It’s hard to balance them with doing the things [cooking, gardening, CrossFit] I write about doing.” Remembering the militant anti-fat craze of her youth, she is quick to remind people that fad diets come and go, and every decade seemingly hatches a new prohibition against some food or another, which then goes on to be overturned by the next batch of profiteers and charlatans. “As if eating a bagel is going to make you fat. But I’m empathetic; I don’t like to make fun of people for their crazy thinking, because I used to be like that. It’s a sexy theory that not eating carbs is going to keep you alive for longer. It just doesn’t happen to be true.” She wonders what the point is in prolonging life if the supposed means to that end is neurotic self-deprivation. “What is everyone so afraid of? I’m not afraid any more. I’d rather have a bagel.”

tastings directory

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

Restaurants Another Fork in the Road 1215 Route 199, Milan, NY (845) 758-6676 www.anotherforkintheroadmilan.

Elephant 310 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 339-9310

Gaby’s Café 6423 Montcomery Street, Suite 7, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 516-4363, 150 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY 12428

Gilded Otter 3 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-1700 A warm and inviting dining room and pub overlooking beautiful sunsets over the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Cliffs. Mouthwatering dinners prepared by Executive Chef Larry Chu, and handcrafted beers brewed by GABF Gold Medal Winning Brewmaster Darren Currier. Chef driven and brewed locally!

Global Palate Restaurant 1746 Route 9W, Esopus, NY (845) 384-6590

LaBella Pizza Bistro 194 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2633

Osaka 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278

Seoul Kitchen 469 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 765-8596

Suruchi–A Fine Taste of India 5 Church Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2772 Homemade Indian cuisine served in a beautiful, serene setting in the heart of New Paltz. Includes Local, Organic, GlutenFree. Fine Wine, Craft Beer. Buffet Dinner Wednesdays (a la carte available). 10% Discounts for Seniors, Students, and Early Birds (1st hour weeknights). Monday/ Wednesday/Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-10pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, Sunday Noon-9pm.

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331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner (845) 255-4613

Terrapin Catering & Events 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 889-8831 Local. Organic. Authentic. At a Terrapin event, you can expect the same high quality, awardwinning cuisine and service that you know and love at Terrapin Restaurant. Terrapin’s professional event staff specializes in creating unique events to highlight your individuality, and will assist in every aspect of planning your Hudson Valley event.

Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3330 Voted “Best of the Hudson Valley” by Chronogram Magazine. From far-flung origins, the world’s most diverse flavors meet and mingle. Out of elements both historic and eclectic comes something surprising, fresh, and dynamic: dishes to delight both body and soul. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Local. Organic. Authentic.

The Hop at Beacon

Foodies, consider yourselves warned and informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy the freshest sushi and delicious traditional Japanese small plates cooked with love by this family owned and operated treasure for over 18 years. For more information and menus, go to

458 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Pizzeria Posto

20 Grist Mill Lane, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-4151

43 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3500


The Would Restaurant 120 North Road, Highland, NY (845) 691-9883

Tuthill House


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

Diamond Mills 25 South Partition Street Saugerties, NY (845) 247-0700

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Beekman Arms Antique Market 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY

Hyde Park Antiques Center 4192 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY (845) 229-8200

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

Rhinebeck Antique Emporium 5229 Albany Post Road, Staatsburg, NY (845) 876-8168

Architecture Richard Miller, AIA 28 Dug Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4480

Art Galleries & Centers Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery 43 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 516-4435

Dorsky Museum SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3844 64 BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 2/14

Mark Gruber Gallery

Kinderhook Toyota

John A Alvarez and Sons

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

1908 New York 9H, Hudson, NY (518) 822-9911

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

Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45 40 Railroad Avenue, Montgomery, NY (845) 769-7446

Neumann Fine Art 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale, NY (413) 246-5776

Beverages Binnewater/Leisure Time Spring Water 25 South Pine Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0237

Book Publishing Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston, NY: (845) 331-7780 Poughkeepsie, NY: (845) 452-1250 Woodstock, NY: (845) 679-2251

Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop Rhinebeck & New Paltz, NY

Attorneys Traffic and Criminally Related Matters Karen A. Friedman, Esq., President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys, 30 East 33rd Street, 4th FL, New York, NY (845) 266-4400 Representing companies and motorists throughout New York State. Speeding, Reckless Driving, DWI, Trucking Summons and Misdemeanors, Aggravated Unlicensed Matters, Appeals, Article 78 Cases. 27 Years of Trial Experience

Audio & Video Markertek Video Supply

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

Bookstores Mirabai of Woodstock 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100

Olde Warwick Booke Shoppe 31 Main Street, Warwick, NY (845) 544-7183

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

Building Services & Supplies Cabinet Designers 747 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200

Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704

Auto Sales & Services Fleet Service Center 185 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4812

Building Services & Supplies Ice B’Gone Magic

Millbrook Cabinetry & Design 2612 Route 44, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-3006

N & S Supply

Will III House Design 199 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0869

Cinemas Rosendale Theater Collective Route 32, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-7477

Upstate Films 6415 Montgomery St. (Route 9) Rhinebeck: (845) 876-2515 132 Tinker Street Woodstock: (845) 679-6608

Creative Enterprising Tracking Wonder Consulting Jeffrey Davis, Chief Tracker Accord, NY (845) 679-9441

We are a boutique team of 9 that helps business artists, changemakers, and other creatives thrive amidst challenge as well as catalyze their ideas into art, books, and story-based brands that matter. Online & live learning expeditions and services. Author’s mentorship. Brand-aligned website consulting, design, & programming. Clients include NYT best-sellers, breakthrough authors with the Big 5, & other creative thinkers.

Custom Home Designer Atlantic Custom Homes 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY (888) 558-2636 and www.

Dance Lessons Got2LINDY Dance Studios (845) 236-3939


Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY

Sunflower Natural Foods Market 75 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5361

The Green Space 73B Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 417-7178

Durants Tents & Events 1155 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-0011

Farm Markets & Natural Food Stores Adams Fairacre Farms

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

Brookside Farm 1278 Albany Post Road Gardiner, NY (845) 895-7433

Brookside Farm, organic grassfed beef, chicken, eggs and pork. We go beyond organic to bring gourmet quality, healthy food to the Hudson Valley. Visit our farm store and specialty shop for your gourmet needs.

Fashion Evoke Style 6404 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck, NY (845) 516-4150

Haldora 28 East Market Street Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6250

Financial Advisors Third Eye Associates, Ltd. 38 Spring Lake Road, Red Hook, NY (845) 752-2216 (212) 246-5087

Florists Flower Nest Florist Kingston Plaza, Kingston, NY (845) 331-4440

Gardening & Garden Supplies Mac’s Agway (845) 876-1559, 68 Firehouse Lane, Red Hook, (845) 255-0050

Graphic Design

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

Annie Internicola, Illustrator

327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500

A full-line natural foods store set on a 400-acre Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County with on-farm organic Bakery, Kraut Cellar and Creamery. Farm-fresh foods include cheeses, yogurts, raw milk, breads, pastries, sauerkraut, and more. Two miles east of the Taconic Parkway at the Harlemville/Philmont exit.


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Hair Salons 47 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7774

Marion Salon 1600 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-1626 2/14 CHRONOGRAM BUSINESS DIRECTORY 65

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Newburgh: (845) 569-0303 1240 Route 300 Lake Katrine: (845) 336-6300 1560 Ulster Avenue Poughkeepsie: (845) 454-4330 765 Dutchess Turnpike Wappingers Falls: (845) 632-9955 160 Old Post Rd

DIGITAL MARKETING Search Engine Optimization / Pay-per-Click Management / Social Media

Healing Centers Villa Veritas Foundation Kerhonkson, NY (845) 626-3555

Home Furnishings & Decor Lounge High Falls, NY: (845) 687-9463, Kingston, NY: (845) 336-4324

Home Improvement Gentech LTD 3017 US Route 9W, New Windsor, NY (845) 568-0500

William Wallace Construction (845) 750-7335

Interior Design

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Mercer Interior Warwick, and Brooklyn, NY (347) 853-4868 We provide refined, personalized interior concepts for clients wanting functional satisfaction in and emotional connection to every room—be it home or workspace. Led by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt, we design customized interiors and build enduring relationships.

New York Designer Fabric Outlet 3143 Route 9, Valatie, NY (518) 758-1555

Internet Services DragonSearch (845) 383-0890

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Dorrer Jewelers 54 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 516-4236

Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206 66 BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHRONOGRAM 2/14

Geoffrey Good Fine Jewelry

Eisenhower Hall Theatre

238 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (212) 625-1656

West Point Highway Highland Falls, NY (845) 282-3001

Hummingbird Jewelers

Falcon Music and Art Productions

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

Kitchenwares Warren Kitchen & Cutlery 6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6208 The Hudson Valley’s culinary emporium for anyone who loves to cook or entertain. A selection of fine cutlery, professional cookware, appliances, barware and serving pieces. An assortment of machines for fine coffee brewing.  Expert sharpening on premises. Open seven days. 

Landscaping Coral Acres, Keith Buesing, Topiary, Landscape Design, Rock Art (845) 255-6634

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

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY (845) 757-5106

148 North Main Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-0999

Schneider, Pfahl & Rahm, LLP Woodstock: (845) 679-9868, New York City: (212) 629-7744,

Music Mid-Hudson Music Together hudsonvalley

Musical Instruments Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Performing Arts Bard College Public Relations Bard College, Annandale-onHudson, NY (845) 758-7900

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

Amy Schrader 6423 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck, NY (917) 803-9056

Catskill Farm Builders (845) 557-3600

Paula Redmond Real Estate (845) 677-0505, (845) 876-6676

Schools Bard Master of Arts in

Vanaver Caravan

Teaching Program

10 Main Street, Suite 322 New Paltz, NY (845) 256-9300

(800) 460-3243

WAMC - Linda 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 465-5233

Pet Services & Supplies Brook Farm Veterinary Center Patterson, NY (845) 878-4833


Lawyers & Mediators Ranni Law Firm

Real Estate

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

Bishop Dunn Memorial School Comeau Drive, Woodstock, NY (845) 247-4007

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-5343

Columbia-Greene Community College 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY (518) 828-1481 ext.3344

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

Picture Framing Atelier Renee Fine Framing The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Suite 3, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-1004 A visit to Red Hook must include stopping at this unique workshop! Combining a beautiful selection of moulding styles and mats with conservation quality materials, expert design advice and skilled workmanship, Renee Burgevin, owner and CPF, has over 20 years experience. Special services include shadow-box and oversize framing as well as fabric-wrapped and French matting. Also offering mirrors.

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

330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7092

Located in central Columbia County, NY and situated on a 400-acre working farm, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School supports the development of each child and provides students with the academic, social, and practical skills needed to live in today’s complex world. Also offering parent-child playgroups and High School boarding. Local busing and regional carpools.  Nurturing living connections, from early childhood through grade 12.

High Meadow School 43 South Broadway, Nyack, NY (888) 646-7474

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

Poughkeepsie Day School 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 462-7600

SUNY New Paltz School of Fine and Performing Arts New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3860

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

Westchester Community College (914) 606-7300

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

Summer Camps

Cornwall, NY (845) 534-4517

Camp Hillcroft Lagrangeville, NY (845) 223-5826

Camp Seewackamano Shokan, NY (845) 338-3810 ext 115

Green Chimneys

The Belltower Venue Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8077

Marigold Ceremonies: LifeCycle Celebrant and Interfaith Minister Amy Benedict (603) 209-9117

ROOTS & WINGS Rev Puja Thomson P.O. Box 1081, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2278

The Thayer 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY (845) 446-4731

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

65 Broadway on the Rondout, Kingston, NY

Whitecliff Vineyard 331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-4613


SUNY New Paltz Saturday Arts Lab

Honeybee Lives

New Paltz, NY (845) 257-3850

Hudson Valley Photoshop Training, Stephen Blauweiss

400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY (845) 626-8888

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Kingston Wine Co.

44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-7550

Hudson Valley Sunrooms

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Wine & Liquor

1821 Route 376, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 452-4225



(413) 528-6633

Center for Metal Arts

New Paltz / High Falls area, (845) 256-9830


Divining Weddings

Renaissance Kids

Wild Earth Programs


(845) 339-7834

Writing Services Peter Aaron

Wallkill Valley Writers New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370 2/14 CHRONOGRAM BUSINESS DIRECTORY 67

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veryone has their “certain age.” For Deborah George Gold, it was 46. “What I noticed is, I started losing my memory. I was beside myself, because I would be sitting at my computer looking at a spreadsheet, and I would have no idea what I was working on.” Although she wasn’t having the classic menopause symptoms such as hot flashes or trouble sleeping, Gold was visited by mood dips, faint libido, and low energy—perhaps the handmaidens of perimenopause, the hormonal wind-down period that precedes the finale of the menstrual cycle. “I ended up at my gynecologist’s office, crying. I wasn’t leaving there without something.” The year was 2003, and the solution at the time—despite a massive $91 million Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002 linking it to a greater risk of heart attacks, breast and endometrial cancer, blood clots, and stroke—was synthetic hormone therapy (HT). Her doctor prescribed Premarin. “It helped a little at the beginning,” says Gold, “and then I felt like crap again.” She started researching on her own and found a hopeful answer: bio-identical hormones, touted as a “natural” therapy because their chemical makeup, derived from plants, is considered identical to the hormones that the human body manufactures. “It took a little time to get the mix right,” says Gold of the balancing act of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which she rubs onto her skin in the form of a transdermal cream. She doesn’t mind that, at 57, she still gets her period. “I’ve got my life back. I have energy, and I have my libido, which is great. I feel like a million bucks.” Wanted: A Fountain of Youth Despite our best efforts, we’re all aging. For some it’s a peaceful process, and for others it’s a life-changing affront—Mother Nature’s ultimate insult. As the baby-boomer generation rounds the corner toward more golden years, many want a cure for aging and they want it now—preferably in the quick-fix form of a pill or potion—and the need has given rise to a burgeoning field of health care. Anti-aging medicine quietly crept onto the medical scene about 15 years ago, and lately it’s making its way into more doctors’ offices and take-home brochures. Practitioners offer a mixed bag of treatments ranging from preventive care against aging-related diseases, to supplements and nutraceuticals purported to ward off aging, to bio-identical hormone therapy (BHT) for both men and women, à la Gold’s experience. Never mind the fact that anti-aging medicine is not recognized as a medical specialty by big-player organizations like the American Medical Association. The field finds a unifying body in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), which trains and accredits physicians to practice in the arena. Gaining popularity as a side-dish offering by integrative and functional medicine practitioners, endocrinologists, and a few OB-GYNs, anti-aging medicine is finding its niche, and its fans. It even has a celebrity spokesperson in the 1970s sitcom actress Suzanne Somers, newly incarnated as a “health expert” and looking eerily wrinklefree and dewy at 67. “Aging gracefully?” asks the back-cover copy on Somers’s book Bombshell (Harmony, 2012). “How about not aging at all!” 68 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 2/14

Naturally—or unnaturally, as the case may be—the anti-aging movement has attracted its share of controversy. While the field’s championing of preventive measures, like regular exercise and a healthy diet, is unassailable, its promotion of BHT, along with so-called youth-restoring nutraceuticals like adrenal extracts and red yeast rice, hasn’t earned widespread acceptance by the larger medical establishment. Many doctors hesitate to jump on the anti-aging train because the field has precious little clinical data behind it. Bio-identical hormones are a case in point: Since they’re formulated by small compounding pharmacies rather than by the large pharmaceutical corporations, Big Pharma has no reason to invest millions of dollars into their research and development. And since small compounding pharmacies don’t (as of yet) fall under FDA jurisdiction, the BHT products they produce are of varying quality; some experts say women are risking their health by taking them. “There’s a cohort of people who suggest that bio-identicals are safer than the pharmaceutical-brand estrogen and progesterone, but there are very little data to support that,” says Amy Novatt, MD, an OB-GYN with Mid-Hudson Medical Group in Rhinebeck and Kingston. “The idea that they are risk free, I don’t agree with that. I think they have the same potential risks as synthetic hormones. Not because I know that for sure, but because I don’t know—there aren’t enough data yet.” Novatt does prescribe the hormones, both synthetic and bio-identical, with a few caveats. “I think they’re a wonderful option for women who are really struggling, and who might have tried other approaches without success. But they’re not something that should be given across the board to all women.They’re not the panacea for aging.They should be used with caution like any other medication.” The Hormone Doctor Will See You Now Govind Gill, MD, an endocrinologist who practices anti-aging medicine in Poughkeepsie, and who prescribes bio-identical hormones to youth-seeking patients, thinks differently. “Gynecologists have a very myopic view of hormones. They think hormones are for the uterus, for reproduction, and that’s it. I call it a utero-centric view. But we have estrogen receptors in the brain, the bones, the skin, the heart,” says Gill. “The paradigm used to be that our hormones are coming down because we are aging. That paradigm is reversed now. We now believe we are aging because the hormones are coming down. If you believe this paradigm, then the obvious question is, by replacing the hormones can you prevent the aging or slow it down?” A lack of clinical data for BHT doesn’t deter Gill. “You have to define what is evidence-based medicine. As far as the pharmaceutical industry is concerned, their definition of evidence is a $91 million randomized, placebo-controlled study. I’m a biochemist by training and by practice. To me, evidence is based on biochemical pathways. If I can understand by a biochemical pathway that this is working, I don’t need a $91 million study.” Anti-aging medicine might be new in health care, but researchers have been looking into it since at least the 1970s. On a cellular level, what they’ve found


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is that aging happens with a decrease in the length of the telomeres—the compound structures at the end of a cell’s DNA. During a cell’s lifelong cycle of replicating and regenerating, it eventually starts to make errors; ultimately, the cell goes into senescence and breaks down. Hormones, among other things like anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, are one of several factors that some researchers believe can help prevent this cellular breakdown. So by restoring hormone levels back to the youthful state, can we bring back youth? “Well, not exactly,” says Gill. “But we can sort of mimic the effects we had in the youthful years when the hormones were raging.” Along with women, Gill treats men who are nostalgic for those hormone-raging days. “Men are as much interested as women in increasing their youthfulness, vitality, performance, and so forth. Men need testosterone and women need estrogen, though we each have the other’s hormones and we need both.” Like Viagra, bio-identical testosterone therapy can increase libido and virility, but it works differently than a pharmaceutical drug. Anti-aging doctors say that it’s more of a natural fit, making use of the hormones’ lock-and-key cellular mechanism. “Natural” is, of course, relative here. “Anti-aging is interventional medicine, I wouldn’t deny that,” says Gill. “You are intervening in a natural process. If you want to leave it alone, please leave it alone. The patients who come to me, they don’t want to leave it alone. They cannot accept that ‘I’m 55 or 65 and I can’t jog,’ or do this or that. I’m here to help those people.” In Defense of the Wisdom Years Susun Weed, herbalist and director of the Wise Woman Center in Saugerties, has been writing and speaking about aging—particularly women’s aging—since before 1992, when she wrote New MenopausalYears:TheWiseWomanWay (Ash Tree Publishing). Her teachings are all about staying fit, hale, and healthy at every stage of life, but she is not anti-aging. She’s pro. “If you eat well and have vigorous exercise in your life, you will live longer, and if you live longer, you will get old,” says Weed. “Getting old is the reward. I think what we need is different adjectives. Excitingly old. Deliciously old. Stunningly old. Sexily old.” Naturalists like Weed don’t agree that rubbing on a transdermal cream, taking a sublingual pill, or injecting a hormone are the right ways to intervene in the body’s sunset years. For menopausal women, she offers a gardenful of herbal remedies—such as motherwort tincture, nettle and oat straw infusions, and vitex tincture—to counteract the hot flashes, brain fog, and other difficult symptoms. “I’ve been telling women for over 20 years that bio-identical hormones are even worse than synthetic hormones,” says Weed. “These are experiments on women, and no one is tabulating the results.” Yet it’s not about sitting back and doing nothing while you slowly grow decrepit. It’s about being proactive. “I think it’s wise for us to not want to be senile or debilitated,” says Weed. “There are preventive things that we can all do to help us be vigorously healthy at any age. You can take steps—and when I say steps, I literally mean steps.” Weed, who is nearing 70, loves her Fitbit—a pedometer that runs on Wii technology. Her goal is 6,000 steps a day. Weed is also an outspoken proponent of herbal infusions made with plants like nettle and red clover, lavish with vitamins and minerals; she claims that drinking a quart a day can not only prevent many age-related diseases but also even reverse longstanding conditions like diabetes and osteoporosis.Without any clinical data to support this, she points to an online community, the Wise Woman Forum, for anecdotal evidence. But perhaps her juiciest advice centers around sexual health: “Did you know that the clitoris is the only part of the human body that never ages? So if you’re looking for anti-aging, it is literally at your fingertips, ladies.” Weed prescribes seven orgasms a week for all women. “You do that, and your body will make all the hormones it needs.You are never too old for this therapy, and it’s free!” Meanwhile, the anti-agers hold fast to their bio-identicals. Gold, who has been doing BHT for the last seven years, is evangelical about its benefits: better memory, great energy, healthy skin and hair, a flat stomach—the list goes on. And Gill walks his talk: He says that he, too, takes the hormones he believes in and prescribes. But you don’t have to balance your biochemistry, boil herbs, or buy a vibrator to agree with the preventive bottom line: To thrive through aging, we need to be more active, and more nourished. RESOURCES Govind Gill, MD Amy Novatt, MD, FACOG Susun Weed


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ogs and humans have been engaged in a dance of interdependence for over 10,000 years. There are a wide variety of theories about how the contact got started, but the benefits to both species have been massive. From half-wild scavengers cleaning up the streets in impoverished places to bomb-sniffing canine heroes, dogs have shown a remarkable ability to adapt themselves to our needs in ways we’re just beginning to understand. The value of dogs in healing was first formally articulated during World War II, when Corporal William Wynne took an abandoned terrier under his wing. Smoky went with the corporal into battle; when he was taken ill, his buddies knew Smoky would cheer him up. Smoky turned out to have such a calming and pleasing effect on the other soldiers on the ward that Dr. Charles Mayo, a descendant of the Mayo Clinic founders, hired him to make rounds. A nurse, Elaine Smith, watched the whole thing and decided to replicate it on the home front. These days, more is known about exactly what happens when human skin touches warm fur. Blood pressure drops, as do blood levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are anxiety-related neurotransmitters. Endorphins and oxytocin, the body’s happy highs, spike up. Anxiety and aggression fade. Scratching an Itch “There was an elderly lady who’d had a knee replacement and wasn’t doing well,” says Kevin Tait, a dog breeder and trainer in Bangor, Michigan who certifies therapy dogs for obedience through the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program. “She was anxious and depressed and they were concerned that her body was rejecting the replacement knee.They brought in this massive Great Pyrenees and as soon as she sank her fingers into his coat, her blood pressure went down. She started to heal pretty much right away. “The dog won, too,” says Tait. “She wore her fingernails long, and she could scratch him all the way down through that thick fur to his skin. She’d scratch all over his head and neck and shoulders. As soon as he got to that hospital, he’d head straight for her room.”


Therapy dogs are not to be confused with service dogs, the federally protected personal aides who accompany people with various disabilities and work oneon-one. A therapy dog is a canine with the common touch, able to relate well to pretty much anyone and keep his or her cool under almost any circumstances. And beginning in the last quarter of the twentieth century, with the formation of organizations like the Delta Society (rechristened Pet Partners) and Tender Loving Zoo, it’s been realized that dogs can help in an almost unlimited variety of stressful situations. “What we try to maintain is a core group of dogs and volunteers going to where they individually feel most comfortable,” says CJ Puotenin, a co-founder of the Rockland County-based Hudson Valley Visiting Pets. “One dog might love a school, another dog might prefer an assisted living facility. They’re versatile, but we try to match the animal with the right kind of clients in terms of activity level and so on.” Hudson Valley Visiting Pets works with many species of domestic animals, in a wide range of settings; they also provide dogs for the READ program, in which patient canines serve as uncritical audiences for children learning to read. “We look for animals who are calm, friendly, and quiet by nature. They need to travel well and recover easily from a distraction. They’re trained up to a certain level of obedience- nothing too elaborate. The qualities you look for are either in the dog or they’re not, although some just aren’t ready yet- they need to be at least a year old to even be considered.” Besides passing obedience certification from the canine Good Citizens folks, visiting dogs are given thorough physical checkups and tested for diseases before they’re sent in. More Anecdotes Than Hard Data Trained therapy dogs can participate in the healing process at two official levels: animal-assisted activities, which can be as simple as a visit and a cuddle, and animal-assisted therapy, which may involve specific occupational, physical, or other therapy exercises taking place with the supervision of a licensed human therapist.

“Animal-assisted activity is not automatically therapy,” says Michael Kaufmann, Director of Farm and Wildlife at Green Chimneys, a residential treatment facility in Patterson for children ages 5 to 18 who are coping with a variety of neuropsychiatric and emotional challenges. “In the field, we distinguish between formal therapy involving a person with a license who can layer an animal into the work with the client, and therapeutic activity, which is much broader. “At the same time, we’re not really claiming that formal therapy is automatically better,” says Kaufman. “Our teachers, dorm staff, and farm staff spend all kinds of time with the animals and the kids that can be therapeutic. Great things can happen when you get dogs into the classroom with teachers. Great things can happen in the barn. “It’s emerging science, not locked down by any means. There are a lot more encouraging anecdotes than hard data. But many of our children significantly improve—from physical issues like fine motor skills to learning to pick up on emotional cues. Many of our kids are on the autism spectrum and have a hard time with reading those signals—a dog can offer an invaluable introduction to the concept. Dogs have straightforward behavioral cues—tail wagging, ears back— and they’re never dishonest or hypercritical.” Green Chimneys, like Hudson Valley Visiting Pets, doesn’t limit its animal programming to canines; there are farm critters, reptiles and raptors involved. “We’re often asked which animal is best,” says Kaufmann, “and there is no absolute answer. You’ll see a dainty young girl and expect her to bond with a bunny and she goes for a big tough old cow. Some like emotional support, others empowerment—the animals offer both. And it’s not just petting them—walking with them, grooming, feeding, even cleaning stalls, helps our kids transition from a person with a problem to a caretaker.” Recent discoveries about canine intelligence offers clues to just why dogs may be so outstandingly good at working with humans. Dr. Brian Hare, director of Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center, generated headlines when he discovered—first by observing his own dog—that dogs pay attention and comprehend the human gesture of pointing to an object. Not even our closer genetic cousins like chimps will do that. Current theories suggest that when domestic dogs split off from their more wolfish ancestors, wolves got a lot of the speed and strength and predatory instinct almost as a consolation prize, while dogs frisked off with what may have been the most important species survival tool in evolutionary history to date: the ability to read mankind. “Animal welfare is a big concern for therapy dogs,” says Kaufmann. “Dragging around a hospital can be extremely stressful for the dog—they absorb a lot of emotional baggage. It has to be a win/win—they’re living creatures, not vitamin pills.You can’t, you know, ‘take a dog and call me in the morning.’” Dogged by Anger “There was this young kid who was locked in a juvenile facility for fighting,” recalls Tait, “and while he was in there the other kids beat him up and broke his ankle, so he was in custody at the hospital. They brought in a pair of Labradors and he bonded with them and it drained a lot of the aggression right out of him. He stopped obsessing over the fights and wanting revenge and being so angry with everybody. By the time he was ready to be discharged from the hospital, they saw such a change in his behavior that they let him go straight home. He told them he planned on getting a dog.” “We love to see the right raw material,” says Puotenin. “Surface manners can be taught; it’s the connection that’s important. An obedience-trained show dog is focused on the handler. These dogs need to be able to focus on the client they’re visiting—reach out to people. Our first Labrador, Samantha, was absolutely happiest visiting a locked psychiatric facility.” “It’s just the greatest thing,” says Trish Napolitano, volunteer coordinator at Northern Dutchess Hospital, who brought in a visiting dog program when she arrived there in 2003. “The human volunteer goes in first to make sure the patient would like a visit. Most people are delighted. They get tears in their eyes. People who’ve had a stroke, say, even if they can’t manage it themselves, you put their hand on the dog’s back and their face just lights up.” Nowadays Northern Dutchess, Vassar Brothers and Putnam Hospitals all enjoy canine assistance. “Among other things, the dog’s an icebreaker. Elderly people who barely speak will start reminiscing about the dogs they’ve had. People in a hospital are constantly being barged in on by someone taking their blood pressure, giving them meds, poking at them. Then the volunteer shows up and all of a sudden, something wonderful is going on...In my opinion, visiting dogs are the best thing you can have in a hospital. Everyone wins.” 2/14 CHRONOGRAM MEDICINE & HEALING 73


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Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat, February 28 – March 2, and Mindfulness at Work,

Join us for a screening of Emptying the Skies, a film about the widespread poaching of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean and the heroism of a team of Italian bird-lovers trying to stop the practice. A Q&A with director Roger Kass will follow the film. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Dan Fagin, Director of NYU’s Science, Health, and Environment Reporting Program, explores toxic dumping, water pollution, and childhood illness in a NJ town. Fagin reveals the chemical companies responsible for the pollution and the pioneers seeking justice. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Rashomon and Juliet Nature Theater of Oklahoma is not from Oklahoma. Founding directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska are from California and the former Czechoslovakia, respectively. They met at Columbia University, formed a theater collective in 2005, and named it after a chapter from Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel Amerika. After a long journey through an alienating turn-of-the-century America (think the first half of a Horatio Alger novel), Karl Rossmann, the protagonist, comes across a promising advertisement that ultimately leads him into a distinctively Kafkaesque experience: “The Great Nature Theater of Oklahoma is calling you! It’s calling today only! If you miss this opportunity, there will never be another!” While “surreal” may not be the most fitting word to describe Nature Theater of Oklahoma, there is an element of the unreal to their work—or, at least, an attempt to unsettle our ideas of the familiar. The idea for “Romeo and Juliet,” staged from February 21 to 23 at Bard’s Fisher Center, comes from an earlier Nature Theater play called “No Dice,” which features telephone conversations between Liska and people he randomly called and asked to tell a story, any story. After discovering people’s inability to tell a story on the spot, Liska applied the same approach to a story that everyone knows—or thinks they know. “The director called people and said, ‘Tell me the story of “Romeo and Juliet,”’ says company member Anne Gridley, a Bard alum who plays Juliet. “The performers say exactly what these people said over the telephone.” The resulting vague descriptions and gaps in logic are performed with traditional Shakespearean grandiosity, accents and all. “There’s one [retelling] that goes into 9/11,” says Gridley, “then one which talks about Romeo masturbating a lot.” The mangled script is not meant as an insult to the Bard himself, though. “It’s not ironic,” says Copper. “What was interesting to us was [how] people’s relationship to

Robert M. Johanson and Anne Gridley star in Nature Theater of Oklahoma's production of "Romeo and Juliet" at Bard College February 21 to 23.

a particular story may change over time.” Gridley adds, “Hopefully it just reveals the frailties of humans—you think you know the story, but you really don’t.” “Romeo and Juliet” does much more than investigate human frailty, though. In true medium-is-the-message spirit, Nature Theater uses telephone conversations as a way of making a statement about the purpose of art and the possibility in human collaboration. “We like to take material that other people think is garbage—sort of Marcel Duchamp inspired, I guess—and figure out how we can elevate it somehow to make it Shakespearean,” says Gridley. “There’s something more communal about gathering the text that way instead of a playwright sitting alone in an attic somewhere and sending down their grand text to the performers.” Nature Theater’s newest show-in-the-making, “Life and Times” (which the company will partially film while in residence at Bard this summer), also experiments with telephone conversations. “It’s a huge project that will ultimately be 24 hours long, and it’s one person’s life story told in 10 different telephone calls,” says Gridley. While Nature Theater’s style is perhaps not reducible to any single word (the New Yorker called “Romeo and Juliet” “ironic”; the New York Times “adorable”), the telephone conversation seems a fitting symbol of the company’s raison d’être: raising the fallible human experience to the level of art, and using the stage as a kind of call to action, encouraging each person in the audience to imagine that they were asked to recount the iconic play. In “Romeo and Juliet,” Gridley acknowledges, you get eight different versions of the classic story. “Maybe nine,” she adds, “because you’re telling yourself your own.” Live Arts Bard presents “Romeo and Juliet” from February 21 to 23 at Bard’s Fisher Center. (845) 758-7900; —Jennifer Gutman 2/14 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 79

SATURDAY 1 ART GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS Gambler’s Choice 6pm-8pm. Opening reception February 14. Retrospective Gallery, Hudson.

COMEDY Comedians Rich Vos, Gary Gulman and Bonnie McFarlane 8pm. $40. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

DANCE Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8:30pm-12:30am. $2-$10. Knights of Columbus, Kingston. Swing Dance 7:30-10:30pm. $10. Basic lesson at 7:30 with instructors Linda and Chester Freeman. Special performance at 9pm. MAC Fitness, Kingston. 236-3939. Western Swing Dance Party: The Brain Cloud 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Fishkill Farms Foodmaker Fair 11am-3pm. Nibble artisan cheeses, sample all-natural beef jerky, taste locally-fermented kimchi and more. Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction. 897-4377.

FILM The Passion of Miss Augusta 3pm. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Good Fight Herb Co. Seminar 5pm. $10. Herbalist and founder of Good Fight Herb Co., Lauren Giambrone, will be teaching a seminar on herbal medicines. Giambrone has studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and apprenticed with 7Song. Reservations are required. Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, Hudson. (518) 828-3139. Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am-3pm. Hudson Valley Farmers Market, Red Hook. Kingston Farmers’ Market 10am-2pm. First Saturday of every month. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.

Kersten Stevens Quintet 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Knightdreamer 9pm. 50s and 60s rock. 9pm. 50s and 60s rock. Daddy O’s, Hopewell Junction. Marji Zintz 7pm. Acoustic. Café Mezzaluna, Saugerties. 246-5306. Michale Graves, Revaholics, Two Fisted Law, and Hard Rock Zombies 6pm. $12-$15. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Nous: A Musical Rite 8pm. Nous is an experimental music project exploring ritual and spontaneity within music. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. Open Rehearsal: Mahagonny Ensembles 11am. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Peter Yarrow 1pm. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300. Reality Check 8:30pm. Classic rock. La Puerta Azul, Salt Point. 677-2985. Saturday Night Karaoke 8pm. Covers. The Quiet Man Pub, Peekskill. Tony Merando 8:30pm. Acoustic. Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. 896-8466.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Craft Supply Sale 10am-2pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Make a Colorful Walking Stick 2-4pm. Using found materials, paint and textiles make a beautiful walking stick. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100. New and Exciting Trees and Shrubs for the ForwardThinking Gardener 12:30-2pm. $30/$25 members. Vincent Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum, will share how to identify choice woody plants that offer superior flowers, foliage, fruit, superior vigor and cultural adaptability. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Sculpture: Forged Steel, Repoussé 10am-1pm. $137/month. Sculptor James Garvey offers rigorous engagement with the basic elements of ancient sculpture: fire, hammer, and anvil. The Art Students League of New York Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Shoveling Words in Winter 1-3pm. Robert Milby. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

SUNDAY 2 DANCE Swing Dance $10/$6 FT students. 6:00 Beginners Lesson; 6:30-9:00 to DJ’d music. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

FILM The Film Shorts of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle 2pm. $7. A selection of film shorts that illustrates the scope of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s film career and talent. With Live Accompaniment by Marta Waterman. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Clown Red 11am. Using a ‘How To’ book, unusual musical instruments, juggling, dance, and mime, Clown Red learns that if he can read and follow directions, he can accomplish anything along the road of life-and you can, too! Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Dr. Marmalade Puppet Show 11am. $9/$7 members. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. Kids’ Cabaret 2pm. $15. Join us as we highlight the talents of HMT School of the Arts students as well as other young talent across the region. Half Moon Theatre, Poughkeepsie. Puppet Show 3:30pm. Ronald Sopyla from the Storytelling Center of New York City, spinning folk tales from around the world using shadow and blacklight puppetry techniques. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030. Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 10:30am, 2 & 5:30pm. $13-$71. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Where Did All the Wild Things Go? 2pm. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Ghent. (518) 828-4386 ext. 3.

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



Author Jane Allen Petrick 2pm. Author of Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. Dharma Study Group 10am. 1st class free/$15. We are also a Buddhist Sangha which offers support for all who wish to be part of a sangha community. Call center for specific class topics. Greymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison. 235-5800. During and After the Ice: The First Americans: An Ice Age Mystery Story 4-5:30pm. A lecture by Eugene J. Boesch. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.


MUSIC Celtic Night with the Irish Mafia First Saturday of every month. Sean Griffin’s Irish Mafia and invited guests connect the Celtic tradition to Galicia, Spain. Elephant, Kingston. Concert by the Vassar Ensembles 8pm. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Dorraine Scofield and JB Hunt 8pm. Acoustic. Landmark Inn, Warwick. 986-5444. Ed Palermo Big Band CD Release Party 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. James McMurtry 8:30pm. $5. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300. Johnny Dell and Night Life 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

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OUTDOORS & RECREATION Groundhog Day Ecology Walk 1pm. Join Cary Institute educators for a family-friendly walk on our trails. Observe the weather conditions, look for shadows, and learn about winter adaptations. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-7600 ext. 121. Groundhog Day Prognostication 10am. $4-$8. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Summer Camp, Cornwall. 534-5506.

THEATER The Day I Met Nelson Mandella 4pm. A memoir of a Life changing meeting. A monologue. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Into the Woods 3pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Meet my Father the Stranger 5pm. A staged reading of e Family Drama. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Sam. Where you Been Baby? 8pm. American History Theater Festival 2014. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Toussaint Louveture: The Fire that never Dies! 6pm. American History Theater Festival 2014. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES 1st Aid and CPR/AED Course 9am-3pm. $100. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. A Healing Journey Through Sound & Meditation 2-4pm. $30/$25 in advance. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Intro to Blacksmithing Sunday Sampler 10am. $60 includes all materials. Four hours at the forge with a master blacksmith. Hands-on time at the forge and your own well-tooled anvil, learning the basics of blacksmithing techniques. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Understanding and Caring For Your Honeybees 10am-6pm. $100/$190 with previous days’ course. The second day of organic beekeeping with HoneybeeLives’ Chris Harp. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. 255-6113.


Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series 3:30pm. Featuring Tony Pena. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

and Susan Bialek ‘86, conductors, James Fitzwilliam, piano. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. Sunday Brunch with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 10am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Beer & Barns The second annual Beer and Barns event will feature images of Hudson Valley barns by lifestyle photographer Samantha Sapienza of Park Avenue Art & Photography, along with images from her “Scene in the Hudson Valley” series. The frameless, rustic images mounted on wood stray from traditional photographic art, and will be available for purchase. Those attending the free of charge Valentine’s Day event are also welcome to indulge in cheese and artisan beer from local (and far-flung) microbreweries. The opening reception is on Friday, February 14 from 4pm-8pm at Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market on 6384 Mill Street in Rhinebeck. (253) 380-8932;


FOOD & WINE The Souk Epicurean Farmers Market 10am-3pm. The Outside In, Piermont. 398-0706.

HEALTH & WELLNESS American Heart Association BLS Instructor Course 8am. $300. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742. American Heart Association Heartsaver 1st Aid CPR AED Course for Adult, Child & Infant $100. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 475-9742.


The Day I Met Nelson Mandella 4pm. A memoir of a Life changing meeting. A monologue. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723.

Kids’ Cabaret 2pm. $15. Join us as we highlight the talents of HMT School of the Arts students as well as other young talent across the region. Half Moon Theatre, Poughkeepsie.

Into the Woods 8pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 1 & 4:30pm. $13-$71. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

American History Theater Festival 2014 5pm. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723.



"Hands at Work: A Mother/Daughter Creation." 3pm. A marriage of words and images by artist Lois Linet and poet Valrie Linet. West Shokan. 657-2482.

Ask the Photographer 10am-1pm. Is there a nagging question on your mind regarding your digital camera or photo-editing program? When you register, submit up to 3 questions and/or images and photographer/ teacher, Lori Adams, will select at least one of your questions to answer in detail during the workshop. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.


Close Your Eyes to Open Them: Experimental Drawing 10am-1pm. Ages 10+. With Jaanika Peerna. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

10,000 Maniacs 8pm. $50. With special guest Jeff LeBlanc. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Grow More for Less 10am-noon. $30/$25 members. Join Director of Planting Fields Arboretum, Vincent Simeone, for an in-depth look at sustainable gardening. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring 10am-6pm. $100/$190 with Sunday course. Handson beekeeping workshop for beginners, with HoneybeeLives’ Chris Harp. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. 255-6113.

Hope Mauran 4pm. Author of Being the Miracle of Love, which invites us to tap into the power of “Divine Love” that is already present and perfect within us. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.


Jazz at the Falls with the Kitt Potter Trio Noon. $5. Kitt Potter is a gifted vocal stylist, actress, percussionist, and lyricist. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Kairos: A Consort of Singers 4pm. $10. Bach cantata concert. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 384-6660. Light in Winter 3pm. Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs present Kodaly’s Ave Maria, Chilcott’s Peace Mass, Roueché’s Lux Aeterna, and Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs. Christine Howlett, associate professor of music

Transgender & Queer Support Network Meetings First Monday of every month. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

DANCE Swing Dance Class Beginner at 6pm, intermediate and advance at 7pm. 4-week class. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 236-3939.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Healthy Living with Diabetes 10am. HRHCare and Vassar Brothers Medical Center are offering a series of workshops for people with diabetes. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (800) 844-3258.

KIDS & FAMILY Pediatric Support Group Programs First Monday of every month. Cub’s Place (dealing with family members’ illness), Ped. Chronic Illness, Autism, ADHD, and Juvenile Diabetes groups available. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500 ext. 72385.

LECTURES & TALKS WOW Factor with guest speaker Lorna Tychostup 5:30pm. $20 for Chamber members, $25 for notyet-members, Includes dinner, Women only, please. Barnaby’s, New Paltz. 255-0243.

LITERARY & BOOKS Meet the Author: Leslie Jasper 7pm. Author of Construction Tales: Volume 1- A Woman’s Journey to Become an Electrician. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145. Speaking of Books First Monday of every month, 7pm. Non-fiction book discussion group. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 471-6580.

MUSIC Andrea Wolper Trio 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon. Hudson Chorale Welcomes New Members 6:30pm. Singer-friendly auditions. May 17 concert featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ powerful and moving Dona Nobis Pacem, based on the Civil War Poetry of Walt Whitman, and Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Scarborough Presbyterian Church, Briarcliff Manor. (914) 478-0074.

NIGHTLIFE Monday Night Karaoke 9pm. Free. Come and Join us for a night of Singing, Laughing and Fun starting Nov. 18th Monday night at Rendezvous Lounge in Kingston. Starting at 9pm -? bring a lot friends and have fun! Rendezvous Lounge, Kingston. 331-5209.

THEATER Drama Reading: Beyond the Wall 7pm. Written by Jack Eubanks ‘17 with co-writers Alexandre Buffington and Alivia Tagliaferri. Based on the book Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home by Alivia Tagliaferri. Vassar College: Vogelstein Center, Poughkeepsie.


Burning Spear will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on February 15.

Dread-ful Weather The monumental cold wave that gripped much of the country last month saw the Northeast hovering well below zero for days on end. One might wonder how vocalist Burning Spear, who grew up in sun-splashed Jamaica, would be faring in such frigid climes. “Oh, I’ve gotten used to it, I started coming to America in the 1970s,” says the roots reggae icon, who has made his home in Queens since the mid `90s. “So I would say I’m properly seasoned to the weather now. [Laughs].” That seasoning—along with the singer’s torrid music—will come in handy when he ventures north to perform at MASS MoCA on February 15. Born Winston Rodney, Spear was raised in the city of Saint Ann, where he was transfixed by far-off US radio stations’ broadcasts of R&B, soul, and jazz; he’d later cite Curtis Mayfield and James Brown as major influences. Burning Spear, a reference to a Kenyan military medal, was originally the name of a duo Rodney had with singer Rupert Willington. It was a friend and fellow Saint Ann native, Bob Marley, who in 1969 suggested the pair audition for Studio One, the label that made Marley’s first records with his band, the Wailers. Backed by Studio One’s stellar house musicians and with legendary producer Coxsone Dodd at the controls, Rodney and Willington began cutting hit singles and albums, expanding to a trio with the addition of Delroy Hinds. “It was all very exciting then, we were so young,” Spear recalls. “You just wanted to sing, and it was like a family thing. You could still identify with the roots and the culture then. It was before the ‘business’ part began to interfere so much with reggae music.”

Thankfully, by its very nature Burning Spear’s insurgent music has been able to withstand the neutering efforts of label bean counters. Even on the act’s crucial third album, 1975’s Marcus Garvey, which was picked up by Island Records and given a comparatively tame remix for the outside market, the radical power of its seething, politically insurgent songs remains undimmed. After the following year’s haunting masterpiece Man in the Hills (Island), which features the playing of luminaries Sly and Robbie and Wailers bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Rodney went solo and adopted the Burning Spear moniker as his own. By the late ’70s he’d built a strong following in England, and his appearance in 1979’s Rockers is a highlight of that seminal film. Since that era he’s continued to record and tour, forming his own label and garnering Grammy nominations along the way. Currently, he’s at work on his 23rd studio album, No Destroyer (Burning Music), and a career documentary, I Man. “Reggae music is the people’s music,” explains Spear. “The people are the music and the music is the people. For my concerts, the people should prepare themselves to feel the music and be a part of it. A Burning Spear concert is something they will still talk about, years later.” Burning Spear will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on February 15 at 8pm. Tickets are $18 and $22 in advance and $27 day of show. (413) 662-2111; —Peter Aaron




Defensive Driving Course 6:30-9:30pm. $40. Second half of course held on Feb. 10. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Citizen CPR (Hands Only) 6pm. This brief program teaches the public a few easy ways to be better prepared in the event another community member or loved one is in need of CPR. It is a non-certificate program that teaches easy and effective compressions which could improve the chances of saving a life. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Cool Web Tools Computer Class 9:30-10:30am. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212. A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. Study group with Alice Broner at Unitarian Fellowship in Poughkeepsie. Call to Verify. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

TUESDAY 4 DANCE Dancing Our Dreams Awake with Lily Lewis 7:45pm. $15/$75 for 6-class series. Experience release, express the fullness of your being, feel your authentic power, liberate your spirit, integrate body and soul, join hearts in acceptance and support, celebrate the beauty of your life. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. (646) 872-8765.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Bariatric Support Group First Tuesday of every month. For those considering or who have had bariatric surgery. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-3026. Belly Dancing by Sarah Classes 7:40pm. $20/$69 4 sessions/$118 mother daughter. Mercury Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541. Better Breathers Support Group 7pm. First Tuesday of every month. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 489-5005. Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group 10am. First Tuesday of every month. Support Connection, Inc. offers a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group. Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. There are many common factors to any cancer diagnosis. Join other women who have been diagnosed as we discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Advance registration required. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 962-6402.

THURSDAY 6 ART GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS Jacob Grossberg 5-7pm. Closing reception. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 575-3000. Gambler’s Choice 5-7pm. Opening reception February 14. Retrospective Gallery, Hudson.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Book Club Meeting 3pm. The Circle by Dave Eggers. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Singer-Guitarist Murali Coryell Leads Blues Jam 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

SPIRITUALITY Mahatma Frequency Transmission for Ascension 7pm. First Thursday of every month. 20 Guided mediation and energy transmission. True Light Healing Center, Kingston. 332-0031. Private Raindrop Technique Sessions with Donna Carroll 11:30am-6pm. First Thursday of every month. $75/one hour. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

THEATER Auditions for Little Women 5pm. Seeking a cast of about 10 strong lead singers and a small ensemble, men and women, ages 16–70. Those auditioning for a leading or featured role should sing from the score and be prepared to dance. New Paltz High School, New Paltz. 256-9657.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Permaculture 6-9pm. $185. Weekly through Feb. 27. Students will learn the framework to design, build and maintain permaculture landscapes with specific focus on food systems such as gardens, orchards and edible forest gardens, water systems, strategies on steep slopes, soil building, productive conservation and restoration. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.

Donna The Buffalo 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300. GaiaWolf 8pm. Acoustic. Main Street Restaurant, Saugerties. 246-6222. Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan, Romero Lubambo 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. H.R. of Bad Brains, with the Dubb Agents 9pm. $15. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Huey Mack 6pm. $12. Hip hop. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Jukebox Junkies 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Maria Muldaur 8pm. $27-$38. In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria is coming to the Paramount! Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 9147390039. Salsa Night with Los Mas Valientes 8pm. $10. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Winter Hoot Enjoy world-class music, local food & beer, all-ages art & nature activities. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

SPIRITUALITY Private Past-Life Regression with Margaret Doner 11:30am & 3pm. First Friday of every month. $125/90 minute session. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

THEATER Into the Woods 8pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.




Mommy and Me Yoga with Mary Mashburn, RYT 11:15am. 6 weeks, $90. Attach deeply while finding balance with baby! Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 233-1213.

Science Olympiad 8:30am. SUNY Ulster hosts the New York Mid-Hudson Regional Division C Science Olympiad Competition featuring more than 25 high school teams from the region competing in 23 individual and team science events. Teams will vie to advance to the state championships. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Rhyme Time 10:30am. Song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver. Matrushka Toys and Gifts, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-6911.


MUSIC Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fi’s Blues & Dance Party 7pm. $5. Join Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fi’s for the best blues and dance party in the Valley. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

NIGHTLIFE Red Bistro Karoake 10pm. What’s your theme song? Come to sing or watch the Terraoke show-there will be plenty of food and drinks for all. Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro, Rhinebeck. 876-3330.

Shelter The premier of Shelter, a short concert film by Jon Bowermaster, includes performances by Natalie Merchant and Simi Stone, creating a balance between vocal performances and testimony readings by local women affected by domestic violence. The performances are drawn from a benefit concert performed by Merchant and others last June at Bard College to benefit local women’s shelters. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local politicians and women’s advocates. The free event, part of One Billion Rising, takes place Friday, February 14 at 9:30am at Old Dutch Church on Wall Street, Kingston. Donations can be made to the Washbourne House and Grace Smith House. (845) 383-1361.

SPIRITUALITY Channeled Guidance to Further Your Journey 6:30pm. First Tuesday of every month. $20/$15. We are all on a spiritual journey and need guidance on that journey. An excellent way to receive that guidance is from a spirit guide who has distance from our worldly cares and who is understanding, wise, loving, compassionate, supportive, and above all, empowering. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989. Private Spirit Guide Readings with Psychic Medium Adam Bernstein 12-6pm. First Tuesday of every month. $40 30 min/$75 hour. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

THEATER Drama Reading: Beyond the Wall 7pm. Written by Jack Eubanks ‘17 with co-writers Alexandre Buffington and Alivia Tagliaferri. Based on the book Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home by Alivia Tagliaferri. Vassar College: Vogelstein Center, Poughkeepsie.

WEDNESDAY 5 LITERARY & BOOKS Reading by Francine Prose 6pm. Author of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

MUSIC Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo 7:30pm. $34.50. Three master guitarists meet to perform an exquisite evening of classical, jazz and Latin music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Presentation: Music, Words and Images 3:30pm. Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by students from classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, Michael Joyce and Amitava Kumar, professors of English. A display organized by Alden Rose ’14, Emily Whicheloe ’14 and Oliver Tell ’14 will present work by students from Phocus, Vassar College’s photography club. Vassar Chapel, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

SPIRITUALITY Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

THEATER Auditions for Little Women 5pm. Seeking a cast of about 10 strong lead singers and a small ensemble, men and women, ages 16–70. Those auditioning for a leading or featured role should sing from the score and be prepared to dance. New Paltz High School, New Paltz. 256-9657.


Bill Engvall 5 & 8pm. $49.50- $69.50. Blue Collar Comedy star featuring Bill Engvall. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS WinterFest 2014 11am-2pm. Features the “Best of Fest” chili tasting contest along with tractor drawn wagon rides on the trail, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, a Children’s Tent featuring “kid-friendly” activities, a Chainsaw Expo, activities with special prizes and Lowe’s of Highland Children’s “Build a Project” tent. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, Highland.

FILM Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Beginning & Advanced Tai Chi with Martha Cheo $12/$10 members/$130 series/$104 series members. Beginners: 5:30-6:30pm; Advanced: 6:30-7:15pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Bereavement Support Group 5:30-6:30pm. This expressive support group is open to the community and led by Adrienne London, LCSW-R. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 4373101. Community Yoga Class 6-7:15pm. $5. Join us in our beautiful meditation hall and practice a variety of yoga styles (i.e. gentle hatha, vinyasa, restorative, partner and more) taught by local “guest” teachers. All levels welcome. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581. Laryngectomy Support Group 11am-noon. First Thursday of every month. The LaryngectomySupport Group offers opportunities for individuals facing laryngeal cancer and individuals treated for laryngeal cancer to share their experiences, learn about communication options (electrolarynxand/ or voice prosthesis) and participate in community awareness projects. This group is open to family members and caregivers. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 483-7391. Meridian Movement for Health and Healing 9:45-11am. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 399-8350. Pre-Operative Spine Education Sessions Noon. First Thursday of every month. Whether you are scheduled for spine surgery or are considering it, the spine education session is an opportunity for you and your loved ones to receive more information. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 204-4299. Yoga and the Art of Relaxation $325. Through Feb. 9. Come rest, relax, rejuvenate, and have FUN through the exploration of yoga, and experience yoga nidra (the art of deep relaxation). Linwood Spiritual Center, Rhinebeck. 876-4178.

MUSIC Chris Cubeta & The Liars’ Club 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Irish Band Clannad 8pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. JP Patrick & Friends 8:30pm. Blues, jazz, rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Melanie with guitarist Beau Jarred Schekeryk 7:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300.

Annual Erotic Arts Show 7pm-8pm. Opening reception February 8. $10. Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli. 757-2667.

Breastmilk: The Movie 3pm. $20/$15. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. The Little Freedom Church 6:30pm. Follows a small congregation in Beacon as members discuss their history and their faith. Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon. 765-2199.




HV: Create 8:30am. First Friday of every month. Designers, artists, writers, teachers, coaches, musicians, scholars, & other intellectually curious, creative-minded people gather for facilitated round-table conversations, riffs on creativity & work, Icarus Sessions, community announcements. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 679-9441.

DANCE Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 8pm. Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Poughkeepsie.

FILM Screening of Original Short Films 5:30pm. Vassar Filmmakers Club and the Film Majors’ Committee present a selection of student short films from the Vassar film community. Student filmmakers will be present for a Q&A afterward. Vassar College: Vogelstein Center, Poughkeepsie.

HEALTH & WELLNESS The Magic of The 7th Ray: Synthesis Esoteric Healing/Energy Medicine Class 9:30am. $450-550. Through Feb. 9. In Synthesis, the Magic of the 7th Ray, we will be doing continued esoteric healing/energy medicine work with the head centers. Discussions and practical work include esoteric aspects of the five senses, the vagus nerve, the trigeminal nerve, the Seven Rays, and personal ray assessment. Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. (239) 289-3744.

KIDS & FAMILY Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 10:30am & 6:30pm. $13-$58. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

MUSIC All You Need is Love Beatles’ Tribute 8pm. $71/$61. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Beth Orton 9pm. English folk-rock singer-songwriter. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Dar Williams 8pm. $28. Singer-songwriter in contemporary folk music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. The Dave Keyes Band 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am-3pm. Hudson Valley Farmers Market, Red Hook. Millerton Farmer’s Market 10am-2pm. The Annex @ NorthEast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 610-1331. The Pine Island Farmers Market 10am-2pm. W. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 258-4574.

HEALTH & WELLNESS American Heart Association Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course $100. This course is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 States. It teaches child care providers and others to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742. Introduction to Ayurveda 9am-1pm. $59. Create vibrant health by connecting to your true nature. Learn to determine one’s Prakruti or original constitution, which is expressed through the predominating dosha (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) or a combination of which make up one’s constitution. Dutchess Community College South, Wappingers Falls. 431-8910.

KIDS & FAMILY Dog on Fleas 11am. $9/$7 children. Children’s music. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. Make a Valentine’s Day Collage 2pm. $5/$2 children members/adults with children free. Inspired by Jon Pylypchuk’s work. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100. Mary Gianetto 3pm. Reading her children’s book, Baggy’s Valentine Story. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Sensory Story Times 10-11am. These story times allow children with a variety of special needs to enjoy a story time tailored to their sensitivities. Participants will listen to stories, play games, do an art project and experience all that a library story time has to offer. Parents will have an opportunity to meet other special needs community families. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.


Voyage of the Tin, Arthur Wood, 1960.

The Punishment, Arthur Wood, 1964.

Art Is the Drug for Me Barcelona reveres their visionary architects; New York City evicts theirs. Arthur Wood is an artist, inventor, and self-taught architect, best known for Broken Angel, an innovative house-as-sculpture in Brooklyn. He and his wife Cynthia bought the building at city auction in 1979 for $2,000 cash. Originally four stories and completely vandalized, the house was ultimately 10 stories high, the upper reaches a geometric tangle resembling a 1960s A-frame Episcopal church built by a penniless scavenger. Inside, Broken Angel was a single room, with stained-glass windows fashioned from broken soda bottles. It was featured in the film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. After a fire in 2006, Arthur and Cynthia were ordered to vacate the premises by the New York City Department of Buildings. Cynthia has since died; Arthur moved to Beacon early last year. Bau Gallery in Beacon is hosting Arthur Wood’s first retrospective, including paintings, drawings, architectural sketches, inventions, and sculptures. The show opens on February 8. Born in Saratoga Springs in 1931, Wood arrived in New York City on a steam train at the age of 20. After serving in the military during the Korean War, he attended college for 13 years on the GI Bill, studying at Pratt Institute, the American Institute, Columbia Teachers College, and Yuba College in California. Wood is a Renaissance man who paints in a Renaissance style. Some of his paintings could pass for obscure Botticellis if they were hung at the Frick. He has a poet’s love of the female form. One must remind oneself that his subjects are more likely to be 1960s flower children than 16th-century princesses. In his long career, Wood has explored numerous approaches to art. Some of his works employ a shifting, phantasmagoric technique, with images coming in and out of

focus like eerie shapes inside a bonfire. A series of portraits of Frida Kahlo began as silkscreens, and could almost be street art. For Wood, painting presents interesting technical challenges. His name is Wood and he paints on wood—on panels, rather than canvases. He builds his own frames and creates his own oil paint, which he claims will never crack or peel. (And, indeed, Wood showed me a 50-year-old painting that looked brand-new.) Once a painting is finished, the artist applies a custom-made varnish. Still a working artist at 83, Wood has more energy than most teenagers. He is a rare combination of mad scientist, streetwise New Yorker, and utopian visionary. In his Beacon studio, Wood showed me his model for a 1 3/4 mile-high building—large enough to contain a city. Elevators won’t work at such a height, Wood scoffed; that’s why he’ll build train tracks winding around the circumference of the cylindrical building, like the thread of a screw. The trains will use maglev technology, powered by magnetism. Also, the building will be hollow—inside is a 30-foot tube through which waste will freefall into a sewer. (This idea, which Wood pioneered, is already used in some skyscrapers, he explained.) He has also invented cameras, and a single-lens telescope. Looking at an untitled painting from the 1960s with swirling colors and subliminal imagery, I asked, “Were you taking drugs?” “I never took drugs,” Wood replied dismissively. “Art is a drug!” The Beacon Room, a smaller venue in the gallery, will feature Laura Gurton, whose bubbly abstract works were shown at the Venice Biannale in 2013. The Arthur Wood retrospective will appear at the bau Gallery in Beacon from February 7 to March 2. (845) 440-7584; —Sparrow


LECTURES & TALKS The Practice of Nada Yoga 2pm. A book reading/discussion/signing with author Baird Hersey. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

LITERARY & BOOKS Kingston’s Second Saturday Spoken Word 7pm. $5/$2.50 with open mike. Poet Timothy Brennan and poet, playwright and radio talk show host Victoria Sullivan followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884.

MUSIC The Bad Plus 8pm. $24. Original music as well as reshaped songs in the pop, rock, country and classical idioms. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Bryan Gordon 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Connor Kennedy Cover to Cover Blind Faith 9pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. An Evening of Music & Dance with the Bernstein Bard Quartet 7am. $10. Join one of the top acoustic groups in the Hudson Valley for an evening of music and dance. First set: “Restorative” relaxing, meditative music. Second set “Vinyasa”-Swing dance with instructor Ron Fields. Dessert/ snack potluck. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 256-0465. Gin Blossoms 8pm. $45. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Howard Fishman Quartet Call for time. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4423. James McMurtry 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300. The Jon Bates Band 9:30pm. R&B, soul. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. The Kurt Henry Parlour Band 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Matt Norris & INTZ 8pm. $10. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Melissa Ferrick 8pm. $20. Americana/alt-country singer and songwriter Melissa Ferrick plays a show at the Rosendale Cafe. Rosendale. 658-9048. The Met: Live in HD Dvorák’s Rusalka 1pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Mortified 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Mr. Ian and the BlueRays 8:30pm. A four piece harmonica and saxophone fronted traditional Blues band influenced and holding true to the originators of the real Blues of the 50’s and 60’s. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild Coffeehouse $6/$5 members. Featuring Frank Tetler. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New Windsor. Tom Brosseau 8pm. The Half Moon, Hudson. (518) 828-1562. Willow Blue 8:30pm. Acoustic. Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. 896-8466. Winter Hoot Enjoy world-class music, local food & beer, all-ages art & nature activities. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Giada Valenti Concert 6-9pm. To benefit The Children’s Home in Poughkeepsie. Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls. 297-8207. Spay-Ghetti Dinner 6-9pm. $30. Raffles, games, dinner & dessert, a small silent auction and a cash bar. Garden Plaza Hotel, Kingston.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Snowball Golf Tournament 11am. $100 for a foursome. Sign up is at 11 and lunch will be served from 11-12. Shotgun start is at noon. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

SPIRITUALITY Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

THEATER Auditions for Little Women 10am. Seeking a cast of about 10 strong lead singers and a small ensemble, men and women, ages 16–70. Those auditioning for a leading or featured role should sing from the score and be prepared to dance. New Paltz High School, New Paltz. 256-9657. Into the Woods 8pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: A Dinner to Die For 6:30pm. $50/$90 couple. “A Dinner to Die For” is an original, interactive Valentine murder mystery dinner show presented by Murder Cafe Theatre Company. Dinner includes choice of chicken francaise, pasta primavera or sliced steak. A fundraiser for Kingston Catholic School. The Steel House, Kingston. 331-9318. American History Theater Festival 4pm. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Light Writing for all Ages 10am-1pm. $25. You will help make images that you can’t see with your eyes until they have been captured by the camera. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.


Monotypes 10am-1pm. With Elana Goren. Here is a chance to try your hand at monotype printi ng, a colorful, unique and spontaneous process. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course 9am-3pm. $100. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500. Say Cheese: Making Cheddar 12-3pm. $65. Winter is “cheddar weather.” Join cheesemaker Peter Kindel for a day of hands-on cheesemaking. We’ll see the cheddaring process from start to finish and taste a number of cheddars for fun. Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent. (518) 672-7500. Teaching Artists Live Demonstration 5-7pm. Forty artists who teach classes at the Wallkill River School take part in a live demonstration. Montgomery. 457-ARTS.

SUNDAY 9 BUSINESS & NETWORKING American Heart Association PALS Renewal Course 8am-4pm. $150. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.

FOOD & WINE Hudson Valley Wine & Chocolate Festival 11am-6pm. $30. A benefit for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac. Rosendale Winter Farmers’ Market 10am. Lots of vendors, live acoustic music and children’s activities at every market, free coffee & tea. Rosendale Farmers’ Market, Rosendale. 658-8348.

La Catrina Quartet 3pm. $25/$20 seniors/students and children free. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. 331-6796. Madera Vox 3-6:30pm. $30. Private Residence, Annandale-onHudson.

MONDAY 10 FILM Roman Holiday 7pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.


Nuala Kennedy Trio 7:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 855-1300.

Healthy Living with Diabetes 10am. HRHCare and Vassar Brothers Medical Center are offering a series of workshops for people with diabetes. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (800) 844-3258.

Pianists Frederic Chiu and Andrew Russo $30/$10. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Robert Sirota’s Violin Sonata No. 2 3pm. Violinist Laurie Carney and pianist David Friend. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4891.


Ruthie Foster & Eric Bibb 7:30pm. $28. American roots music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Stephen Clair + The Millionaires and The Stacks 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Sunday Brunch with Bob Stump & The Blue Mountain Band 10am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Winter Hoot Enjoy world-class music, local food & beer, all-ages art & nature activities. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Clearwater Winter Open Boats 2-6pm. With potluck and open jam sessions. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 265-8080. 100 for $100 Annual Fundraiser 4-6pm. Entrance for two to gala reception and raffle ticket for a work of fine art. Benefits the Barrett Art Center. Poughkeepsie. 454-4500. Matt Lucas / NYSkiBlog

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 10:30am & 2pm. $13-$58. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Astrology & Romance 6pm. Local astrologer, Marian Tortorella, is going give an Astrology lecture. Our talk will be about the mystery of ‘how and why’ some of us fall head over heels in Love with a particular person and some do not. She will explain not just the Sun Signs, but the Chemistry needed in the Horoscopes to create that spark for a long lasting Love and Romance. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Conversations About Dementia 2:30pm. Tips to help with family conversations. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

MUSIC Daniel Levin and Juan Pablo Carletti 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon. Soul Clap with Jonathan Toubin & Mighty Fine 10pm. $10/$8. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

NIGHTLIFE Monday Night Karaoke 9pm. Free. Come and Join us for a night of Singing, Laughing and Fun starting Nov. 18th Monday night at Rendezvous Lounge in Kingston. Starting at 9pm -? bring a lot friends and have fun! Rendezvous Lounge, Kingston. 331-5209.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Kundalini Yoga 6:30pm. $15 or class card. Uses movement, sound current, breath & meditation to relax & heal your mind & body. Kundalini Yoga brings a feeling of well-being & happiness. SHUNIYA, kingston. 481-1183.


Telefest at Plattekill Mountain Telemark, or “freeheel” skiing traces its origins back to the Telemark region in Norway, where, in 1868, Sondre Norheim introduced the ski turn to the public. Unlike alpine skiing, the boots are bound only at the toe, allowing the heel to rise. This allows the skier to climb, tour and descend steep-and-deep terrain on the same equipment. The Telemark turn is fluid and graceful—and difficult to master. Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, which offers Telemark lessons and rentals, celebrates this ancient art with a two-day festival, Telefest, on February 27 and 28, featuring discounted tickets for Telemark skiers, clinics, films, and a race up and down the mountain. (607) 326-3500; The Souk Epicurean Farmers' Market 10am-3pm. The Outside In, Piermont. 398-0706.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Baby Yoga 4:30-5:15pm. $16.50. Non-walking babies —including newborns through crawlers, along with their care-givers, establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Meditation, Intention and Zero Point Healing 2-3:30pm. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Toddler-Preshcool Yoga 3:30-4:15pm. $16.50. Toddlers through age 4 and their care-givers establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

KIDS & FAMILY Babysitting Preparedness Course $45. The way we handle emergencies has changed often over the years and this course will make sure your essential skills are up-to-date with today’s most recent guidelines for care. The course is led by nationally certified instructors who also have experience as emergency responders in both professional and community environments. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 475-9742. Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 1 & 4:30pm. $13-$58. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

LECTURES & TALKS Scott MacDonald: Thomas Cole at the Movies 2pm. $9/$7 members. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. 518-943-7465.

LITERARY & BOOKS Second Sunday Salon Series: Speaking of Shakespeare, The Sonnets 2pm. $25/$20 members/$20 in advance/$15 advance members. Join Don Wildy as he performs and discusses some of his favorite Shakespearean sonnets. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

MUSIC Cibo Matto 9pm. $12/$9. Know your chicken. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. David Wilcox and Andy Revkin 7:30pm. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.

PETS Pet 1st Aid, CPR & Disaster Preparedness Course 10am. $45. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. 475-9742.


Dancing Our Dreams Awake with Lily Lewis 7:45pm. $15/$75 for 6-class series. Experience release, express the fullness of your being, feel your authentic power, liberate your spirit, integrate body and soul, join hearts in acceptance and support, celebrate the beauty of your life. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. (646) 872-8765.

FILM The Blue Angel 7:15pm. $7. The Blue Angel tells the story of a well respected and successful teacher ( Emil Jannings) who’s obession with a local caberet singer (Marlene Dietrich) leads to ruin and madness. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989 7:15pm. $7/$5 members. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

KIDS & FAMILY Mommy and Me Yoga with Mary Mashburn, RYT 11:15am. 6 weeks, $90. Attach deeply while finding balance with baby! Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 845.233.1213. Rhyme Time 10:30am. Song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver. Matrushka Toys and Gifts, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-6911.

The Day I Met Nelson Mandella 4pm. A memoir of a Life changing meeting. A monologue. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723.


Into the Woods 3pm. $26/$24 seniors and children. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Meet my Father the Stranger 5pm. A staged reading of e Family Drama. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Sam. Where you Been Baby? 8pm. American History Theater Festival 2014. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Tales and Recollections of Behind-the Scenes 2pm. Theatrical magic with Charles Cain. ColumbiaGreene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-1481. Toussaint Louveture: The Fire that never Dies! 6pm. American History Theater Festival 2014. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Babysitting Preparedness Course 9am-3pm. $45. Ages 12+. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Experiencing the Deeper Nature of Nature $250 - $500. Through Feb. 14. A course for farmers, gardeners, apprentices, and people who love the land with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116. Writing Class for Beginners 1pm. Learn to let go of your writing fears and get words on the page! This six-week class is open to writers of all levels, and includes craft lessons (how to build characters, showing vs. telling, what to write, and how to create plots), writing exercises (how to break through blocks and stay inspired), and information on how to get published. Botsford Arts, Beacon. 831-6099. Writing Class for Intermediates 3:30pm. Share your writing! In this six-week intermediate class, writers study craft by sharing their own 5 pages and learning through character building, pacing, authenticity, getting to the heart of the story, and world building. Writers learn how to give constructive criticism, and how to edit their own work. Botsford Arts, Beacon. 831-6099.

Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Red Bistro Karoake 10pm. What’s your theme song? Come to sing or watch the Terraoke show-there will be plenty of food and drinks for all. Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro, Rhinebeck. 876-3330.

WEDNESDAY 12 HEALTH & WELLNESS Breast Cancer Support Group Second Wednesday of every month, 2pm. Free support group for breast cancer patients and survivors. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Kundalini Express 1pm. $8 or class card. All levels. Instead of your afternoon coffee & cookie, get the healthy boost you need naturally. we will use movement, sound current, breath & meditation to relax & heal your mind & body. SHUNIYA, kingston. 481-1183. Stroke Support Group Second Wednesday of every month, 11am-noon. Is for patients and family members to share information, express concerns, and find support and friends. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 483-6319.

LECTURES & TALKS MAKOplasty Seminar 6pm. MAKOplasty® Hip Replacement & Knee Resurfacing is performed using the RIO® system, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that offers a new level of precision to restore your mobility and return you to an active lifestyle. Fishkill Ambulatory Surgery Center, Fishkill. 483-6088. STEM Success Story 1pm. TN Thompson, Owner, Millrock Technology Hear about Thompson’s entrepreneurial journey and entrepreneurship opportunities in the STEM fields. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

MUSIC Drew Bordeaux 8pm. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Jay Nash 7:30pm. $28. Singer/songwriter. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

SPIRITUALITY Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. Study group with Alice Broner at Unitarian Fellowship in Poughkeepsie. Call to Verify. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

THURSDAY 13 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640. New Paltz Regional Chamber February After-Hours Mixer 5:30pm. Free to Chamber members, $15 for not-yetmembers. Network to your heart’s content at this preValentine’s Day mixer at the new Barn at Buttermilk, their new “country chic” event space. Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, Milton. 255-0243.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Kingston-Rhinebeck Toastmasters Club Second Thursday of every month, 7-9pm. Practice public speaking skills. Ulster County Office Building, Kingston. 338-5184. Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300. The Relatives As Parents Program Support Group Second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30pm. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. 452-8440.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Beginning & Advanced Tai Chi with Martha Cheo $12/$10 members/$130 series/$104 series members. Beginners: 5:30-6:30pm; Advanced: 6:30-7:15pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Bereavement Support Group 5:30-6:30pm. This expressive support group is open to the community and led by Adrienne London, LCSW-R. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-3101. Community Sound Circle 6-7pm. Come join composer, singer and sound healer Cecilie Hafstad, from Oslo, Norway, for our monthly Community Sound Healing group. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Community Yoga Class 6-7:15pm. $5. Join us in our beautiful meditation hall and practice a variety of yoga styles (i.e. gentle hatha, vinyasa, restorative, partner and more) taught by local “guest” teachers. All levels welcome. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581. Meridian Movement for Health and Healing 9:45-11am. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 399-8350.

Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band 7:30pm. $20. Jazz. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Edlene Hart 9:30pm. Motown/R&B. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Keith Newman 6pm. Acoustic. Wildfire Grill, Montgomery. 457-3770. Robert Randolph & The Family Band 9pm. $45/$35. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Tony Jefferson & Groovocity 8pm. Jazz. 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Valentine’s Day 2nd Friday Jam: Beatles Tribute Night 8pm. $5. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

NIGHTLIFE Valentines Day Partner Yoga 5:30pm. $40 per couple. Interconnection, partner stretches, playful yoga poses massages, guided by Mary Mashburn, RYT. Fitness Fusion of the Hudson Valley, Red Hook. 845.233.1213.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Valentine’s Day Gala Fundraiser $130. Dessert reception, champagne, music by Cheap Trick. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 4385795.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Carload Day 8am. Carload Day-the more in your car, the cheaper the lift tickets! Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury. (607) 326-3500.

SPIRITUALITY Valentine’s Despacho Ceremony 7-9pm. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

THEATER Larry Parks’ Day in Court 8pm. $10. SUNY Ulster Theatre Program, Ulster County Community College Foundation, Inc., and SUNY Ulster’s office of Community Relations present our dearly departed friend and colleague Ron Marquette’s play. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Next to Normal 8pm. The Trinity Players the 2009 Broadway sensation, winner of the Tony award for Best Musical. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting; True Stories of Slips, Surprises and Happy Accidents 7pm. $20/$15 in advance. TMI Project. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Northeast regional C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop $30. Through Feb. 16. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) and dean of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the three-day workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.


KIDS & FAMILY I Have a Dream 10am & 12:30pm. $10. The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s struggles and dreams. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

LECTURES & TALKS Sean Hemingway: Ancient Greek Bronzes: From the Essence of Form to Hellenistic Realism 5pm. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

MUSIC Casey Erdmann Group 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

FRIDAY 14 FAIRS & FESTIVALS O+ Festival Kick Off 8pm. Join the O+ folks and musicians: Simi Stone, And the Kids, as well as the Old Double E, for a night of music, games, fun, and a silent auction to herald the call for artists and musicians to be part of the 2014 O+ Festival. The Anchor, Kingston.

FILM Frozen 4pm. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989. Moonstruck 7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088.

FOOD & WINE Valentine’s Day Dinner Comedy Show 7:30pm. $99/Couple. Includes dinner buffet, soft drinks, dessert, coffee station, and 3 comedians The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116.

KIDS & FAMILY Bill & Brian Robinson’s Wildlife Program 6pm. Bill and his animals have appeared on many TV shows and many of his trained animals have appeared in movies. Animal lovers of all ages are welcome. Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580.

MUSIC Alexis P. Suter Band’s Valentine to The Falcon 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret 9pm. $20/$15 clown make up or costume. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Buckweed Zydeco 8:30pm. $35 advance/$40 door. Grammy Award-Winning Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. and his band perform their latest release, Lay Your Burden Down. Beacon. 855-1300.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS HealthAlliance Oncology Support Memoir 7pm. Readings by members of the HealthAlliance Oncology Support Memoir writing group will be offered to the public. Red Hook Village Hall, Red Hook. 758-2667. Voices of Diversity Third Saturday of every month, 12-2:30pm. A social network for LGBTQ people of color. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

DANCE Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8:30pm-12:30am. $2-$10. Knights of Columbus, Kingston. West Coast Swing Dance Party 8pm. $10. West Coast Swing is the smoother, slower style of swing dancing. Lesson 8-8:30, dancing from 8:30 til 11:30. No partner necessary. With Denis Riley and Lee Mansfield. Blazin’ Dance and Fitness, Fishkill. 569-7192.

FILM Frozen 4pm. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE Farm to Glass Classroom 10am. $20. The Carey Institute is holding workshops for farmers, brewers and those interested in the growing local craft brewing movement. Topics include Hops Production, Business Planning & Design and Honey & Mead Making. Carey Center for Global Good, Rensselaerville. (518) 797-5100. Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am-3pm. Hudson Valley Farmers Market, Red Hook. Kingston Farmers’ Market Third Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Ladies Spa Party $80. Come and enjoy a 20 minute massage, a 20 minute facial and a hand/foot treatment. This will be a day to remember ladies. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998.

KIDS & FAMILY Create a Personal Flag 2pm. $5 child/$2 child member. Inspired by work from Costa Vece, each student will get to create their own flag out of fabric. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100. Kid to Kid 5pm. A film screening & pen pal event to benefit the I AM: International Foundation. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea 11am. $9/$7. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

LECTURES & TALKS Dharma Study Group 10am. 1st class free/$15. We are also a Buddhist Sangha which offers support for all who wish to be part of a sangha community. Call center for specific class topics. Greymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison. 235-5800. History of your House 1pm. Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? Town Historian, Audrey Klinkenberg, will show you how to get started in discovering history of your home or building. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Sanskrit Immersion with Pravrajika Gitaprana 3:30pm. $40/$75 two sessions. Session one: Roots and evolution of Sanskrit, An organized Universe of Sound, Written Sanskrit. Session Two: Learning to read Transliterated Sanskrit, A Sacred Language: Learning to Chant. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 256-0465.

LITERARY & BOOKS Friends of the Kingston Library Winter Used Book Sale 10am-3pm. Raises funds to support library programs, such as the popular children’s Super Saturday series. The Super Saturday program “Mad Science Up Up and Away” will be held on the day of the sale at 10:30. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

MUSIC Bernie and Mike 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Blind Boys of Alabama 9pm. $30-$60. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Bucky Pizzarelli 7pm. $30. Jzzz guitarist Bucky Pizarelli and guitarist/ vocalist Ed Laub perform, followed by a reception of Bucky's original artwork. Newburgh. 784-1199. Burning Spear 8pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111. Cellist Peter Wiley with Anna Polonsky 3pm. A marathon concert of Beethoven’s complete works for piano and cello. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. I Call Fives 6pm. $12. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Jazz Vespers 5:30-7pm. Featuring Rob Scheps. 1st Presbyterian Church of Philipstown, Cold Spring. Robert Randolph and The Family Band 8pm. American funk and soul. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Save The Cheerleader 8:30pm. Acoustic. Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. 896-8466. Songer-Songwriter Steve Earle 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Fab Faux 7:30pm. $60/$45/$35/$+$25 to meet the artist. Accompanied by the Crème Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Widowspeak 9pm. $12/$9. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

SPIRITUALITY Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

THEATER Larry Parks’ Day in Court 8pm. $10. SUNY Ulster Theatre Program, Ulster County Community College Foundation, Inc., and SUNY Ulster’s office of Community Relations present our dearly departed friend and colleague Ron Marquette’s play. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Brown Paper Tickets 7-8:20pm. The Crossroads Project fuses art and science to examine the Earth’s changing climate. A multi-media concert featuring the Fry Street Quartet performing a newly commissioned work by Laura Kaminsky as well as works by Haydn and Janacek, interwoven with live commentary by physicist Dr. Robert Davies to explore mankind’s impact on the climate and how society might respond. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-4181. An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith 7:30pm. $25. An evening in which she shares portraits of real people she has embodied over the past two decades. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Next to Normal 3 & 8pm. The Trinity Players the 2009 Broadway sensation, winner of the Tony award for Best Musical. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs 10am-2pm. $35/$30. Discover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Develop or enhance your ability to identify winter trees by twig and bud anatomy, bark features and plant architecture using tree dichotomous keys. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring 10am-6pm. $100/$190 with Sunday course. Handson beekeeping workshop for beginners, with HoneybeeLives’ Chris Harp. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. 255-6113. Introduction to Watercolors 10am-1pm. With Linda Barboni. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

KIDS YOGA 11:30am. $15 or class card. Set the foundation for bright minds. Children 3 years & up along with moms/dads will exercise, relax, & dance. an excellent way for mothers & fathers to rejuvenate. with the children by your side, you will move, breathe & strengthen the body, mind & spirit. the children will combine movement with songs, dancing & brain development exercises. this time together is fun for the whole family. SHUNIYA, kingston. 481-1183. Still Life Photography & Digital Camera Practice 10am-1pm. With Lori Adams. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

SUNDAY 16 DANCE The 9th Annual Black History Month Step Show 5pm. $15/$10 before January. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. West Coast Swing Dance $8/$6 FT students. Beginner’s lesson 5:30-6pm and Dance to DJ’d music 6-9pm. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 255-1379.

FILM Frozen 4pm. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

FOOD & WINE The Souk Epicuian Farmers Market 10am-3pm. The Outside In, Piermont. 398-0706.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Qi and Psoas Release 2-3:30pm. $20. With Amy Shoko Brown. Relieve back pain and chronic core postural issues. This workshop gives you a effective way to relieve lower back pain, neck, shoulder pain, GI disturbances, general tension and stress, and yes, it does relieve emotional stress and trauma as well. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

LECTURES & TALKS Sanskrit Immersion with Pravrajika Gitaprana 3:30pm. $40/$75 two sessions. Session one: Roots and evolution of Sanskrit, An organized Universe of Sound, Written Sanskrit. Session Two: Learning to read Transliterated Sanskrit, A Sacred Language: Learning to Chant. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 256-0465.

MUSIC Ben Flocks CD Release: Battle Mountain 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jane Monheit, Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo 7:30pm. $29.50. An evening of love songs, from jazz and pop standards to Brazilian and The Beatles. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Jazz at the Falls Valentine’s Singer Showcase Noon. $5. Bill Bannan hosts this special Jazz at the Falls Sunday brunch in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Just a few of the singers include Barbara Dempsey, Robin Baker, Fran Palmeri, and Terri Massardo. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Open Mike 4-6pm. $7/$5 members. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Sunday Brunch with Saints of Swing and Rene Bailey 10am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

THEATER Next to Normal 3pm. The Trinity Players the 2009 Broadway sensation, winner of the Tony award for Best Musical. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: National Theater from London 6:30pm. $45 prix-fixe dinner. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Homemade Patinas Sunday Sampler with Chip Schwartz 10am-2pm. $60 includes all materials. Homemade cold patina recipes, fuming, packing and wrapping to produce different results on silver and copper. Work with textured and folded copper pieces supplied, or bring your own pieces to patinate (silver and copper work best.) Learn patination techniques that you can easily and safely do at home. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. (834) 651-7550. Understanding and Caring For Your Honeybees 10am-6pm. $100/$190 with previous days’ course. The second day of organic beekeeping with HoneybeeLives’ Chris Harp. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Rosendale. 255-6113.

MONDAY 17 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Transgender & Queer Support Network Meetings Third Monday of every month. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Healthy Living with Diabetes 10am. HRHCare and Vassar Brothers Medical Center are offering a series of workshops for people with diabetes. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. (800) 844-3258.

KIDS & FAMILY Ashokan Mid-Winter Break Kids Day Camp Through Feb. 21. Ages 7-16. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

MUSIC Patrick Brennan and Cooper-Moore 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon.

NIGHTLIFE Monday Night Karaoke 9pm. Free. Come and Join us for a night of Singing, Laughing and Fun starting Nov. 18th Monday night at Rendezvous Lounge in Kingston. Starting at 9pm -? bring a lot friends and have fun! Rendezvous Lounge, Kingston. 331-5209.



Don’t Believe These Pictures In 2010, rocker Patti Smith tackled prose as she had poetry years before, winning the National Book Award with Just Kids, a memoir of youth and art in early `70s New York. It was a myth-building era for the city, and even more so for Smith, whose paramours of the day included future stars Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard. Photographer Judy Linn’s 2011 monograph, Patti Smith 1969-1976, tells much the same story, with images rather than words. Linn’s then boyfriend, painter Peter Barnowsky, knew Mapplethorpe, and a circle was formed. A student at Pratt, Linn learned to shoot literally as Smith learned to pose, with the pair sculpting the latter’s iconic Keith Richards cum Jeanne Moreau look in the process. Some snaps, like the unedited cover shot for Smith’s noisy 1976 opus Radio Ethiopia, are familiar. Others, a wide view of Smith as a pre-stardom boho queen (also featured in the Brooklyn Museum’s “Who Shot Rock & Roll” exhibit in 2009), are revelatory.


The pictures—at digs in Brooklyn, 23rd Street, and the Chelsea Hotel—are pretty and gritty. In the first images, Smith is a doe-eyed wisp of 22. But she’s also posed in a mess of a room, with hairy legs and stretch marks (from a teen pregnancy), clad in boy’s underwear and a torn shirt. Together, they are redefining beauty. Selections from Patti Smith 1969-1976 will be on display in Albany, at the College of Saint Rose’s Esther Massry Gallery, through February 28. Also included in “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things, Photographs by Judy Linn” will be a series of Detroit images from the same era. Linn will sign books and speak at the school on February 7. An adjunct professor of photography at Vassar College, Linn was frazzled when we talked on the phone, fresh off a drive through the industrial wilds of New Jersey, but her photos speak with a ragged eloquence. —Michael Eck


Clockwise from top left: Patti with Bolex-1, 1969; Prize Dog and Owner, Week of August 23, 1972; Robert Gets Dressed at the Chelsea #4, early 1970s. Opposite: Laundrobag (Patti as Bob Dylan), early 1970s.

Movies were a shared language for you and Patti Smith? I grew up more on movies than books because I wasn’t a very big reader. Patti was an enormous reader, but what we really had between us was the fact that we both loved movies. It was a rich repository of images that we could draw from. We both liked Georges Franju a lot. He was an interesting director. He didn’t get much attention because the New Wave was coming on, but he made some great movies—Les Yeux sans Visage, Therese Desqueyroux, Judex. And the thing about living in the city was that you could see them. The first time I saw Les Yeux sans Visage (Eyes without a Face) was on 42nd Street. Patti sat behind me. She went with a boyfriend and I went by myself. She screamed and pounded the chair through the whole movie. She got so excited and so into the movie that it was distracting. What made Smith and Mapplethorpe good models? They were both very beautiful and had a great sense of style. Patti was great because she would play with me and spend time. Robert was good for awhile, but he started taking pictures, and once he did that, he wasn’t really available. I didn’t take pictures of him after that.   In 1978, Stereo Review writer Steve Simels noted Smith’s almost feral awareness of the process, saying, “The minute she saw [the photographer’s] hands move anywhere near the camera, she immediately ‘became’ Patti Smith and stared the lens down.” Well, a lot of people had been taking pictures of her by that point, so I’m sure she was aware of what was going on. She was always in a moment of self-invention. She would say, “You have to take pictures of me in the morning. I can look really bad. I can look like [Swiss-born Modernist poet] Blaise Cendrars.” She’d smoke a cigarette and the smoke would get in her eyes and she’d get all squinty and greasy haired. It was fun. It was just another persona to play with. She wasn’t a girly girl. She could play with what being female was.   Did you feel like you were creating a specific look? I think you’re coming at it from the wrong direction. You’re looking back at it regarding a person who has a public persona, an image. I was coming from the other direction:

Here’s a friend who likes to play. We can dress up and we can pretend and we can have a good time. I didn’t see success on the horizon. I just thought it was fun in the moment. You use the term “imaginary past” in your essay for the book. It was a way to end that essay in a way that opened a door. It was also my way of saying “Don’t believe these pictures.” When I see a group of photos, I love the fact that it feels like this is a place you can go to; this is a real thing; this is something that happened. It’s like Eugene Atget’s Paris. It takes me a long time after I look at the photographs to realize, oh yeah, this isn’t real, you can’t go there—this is 1920s Paris and it’s not that way now. It’s the same thing with doing a book of Patti. I wanted it to be a place where you felt you could go, but in the end you have to realize it’s not real. The past is a story, the future’s a dream.   Mapplethorpe, as a subject, figures heavily in the book. Were you a fan of his work? Hmmm. When he first started, he was doing Polaroids. There was one I remember— shooting down into the center of a brown paper bag from above—that I thought was terrific. I love his picture of Jesse McBride as a little boy, sitting on the back of a chair, which actually got [him] into a lot of trouble because it became considered kiddie porn. He did a couple portraits of Marcus Leatherdale, who was his assistant for awhile—a naked, incredibly attractive young man with a dead rabbit strung across his back. So, yeah, Robert has some images I really love, but on the whole I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of his work.   Do you have a favorite shot in the show? There’s a portrait of Patti where you can see that her eyes are badly aligned, that she’s walleyed. I always loved that she could do that. One eye is going up and one is going down and she’s got her hands in front of her in kind of a Liz Taylor pose. I love it because I think it’s so funny.   Smith worked with you on the book, approving photos. Did she say no to anything? Yes, she did veto some stuff. They were a little too personal. I thought they were important, but it seems that the book can survive without them. 2/14 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 87

TUESDAY 18 DANCE Dancing Our Dreams Awake with Lily Lewis 7:45pm. $15/$75 for 6-class series. Experience release, express the fullness of your being, feel your authentic power, liberate your spirit, integrate body and soul, join hearts in acceptance and support, celebrate the beauty of your life. The Living Seed Yoga & Holistic Center, New Paltz. (646) 872-8765.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Belly Dancing by Sarah Classes 7:40pm. $20/$69 4 sessions/$118 mother daughter. Mercury Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541. Community Holistic Healthcare Day 4-7pm. Third Tuesday of every month. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners are available. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-served basis upon check-in. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

KIDS & FAMILY Rhyme Time 10:30am. Song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver. Matrushka Toys and Gifts, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-6911. Winter Art Camp 9am-3pm. $60/day. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) 6:30-8:30pm. Third Thursday of every month. A potluck dinner followed by a discussion or program. All lesbians 60 years old or older are welcome. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

COMEDY Rodney Carrington 7pm. $44/$39.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

FOOD & WINE Whiskey Dinner $95. The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, Beacon. 765-8369.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Beginning & Advanced Tai Chi with Martha Cheo $12/$10 members/$130 series/$104 series members. Beginners: 5:30-6:30pm; Advanced: 6:30-7:15pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Bereavement Support Group 5:30-6:30pm. This expressive support group is open to the community and led by Adrienne London, LCSW-R. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-3101.

LECTURES & TALKS Sara Eckel on Meditation for Writers 7pm. Author of It's Not About You talks about Buddhist teachings for writers. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556. Angelique Kidjo 8pm. $50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. KJ Denhert with Geoff Gallante 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Live Band Karaoke & Rock Jam 8:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Mark Mulcahy 8pm. $12/$10. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Taj Mahal 8pm. World-roots style. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

LITERARY & BOOKS Joe Bozlinksi 7pm. An author favoring noir-type thrillers and harsh social commentaires presents his novel, The Autumn Gray. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.


Fire/Police/EMS Days -21, 8am. Fire/Police/EMS Days-$10 off lift ticket with ID. Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury. (607) 326-3500.


Winter Hoot The second annual Winter Hoot features three days of music, local food and beer, a community farmers’ market, guided hikes, blacksmith classes, crafts, an environmental fair, and lots and lots of dancing! Musical guests include Deep Chatham, Rushad Eggleston (below), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Adrien Reju (above), and many more. The celebration will raise funds for the Ashokan Center’s Environmental Education programs for regional schools to support nature, history, music, and art programs for children. February 7 to 9 at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge.

Fire/Police/EMS Days 8am. Fire/Police/EMS Days-$10 off lift ticket with ID. Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury. (607) 326-3500.

Winter Art Camp 9am-3pm. $60/day. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

THEATER Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Romeo and Juliet 7:30pm. $20. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. A Streetcar Named Desire 8pm. $22/$20 seniors/$15 students with ID. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

LECTURES & TALKS Can the Subaltern Bark? Dogs, Japan and the Making of the Modern Imperial World 6pm. An expert on the cultural history of Japan, Aaron Skabelund. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500.




Black Violin 10am & noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Drew Bordeaux 8pm. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Farming Our Future Our 2014 conference focuses on strategies and ideas for ensuring farms will continue to be in our region for many years to come. Speakers and workshops will cover topics related to accessing locally produced food, attracting and getting youth interested in farming as an occupation, thoughts on farm transfer and tools to train beginning farmers. Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville.


Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES A Course in Miracles 7:30-9pm. Study group with Alice Broner at Unitarian Fellowship in Poughkeepsie. Call to Verify. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

THURSDAY 20 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.


American Symphony Orchestra 8pm. $25-$40. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. ASK for Music February 8pm. $6. Come out and listen to some of the best local music from Hudson Valley songwriters in a gallery setting. This month features Dorraine Scofield and Jim Gaudet and Bobby Ristau of The Railroad Boys. Event hosted by Michael and Emmy Clarke. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. The Fat Peace, Gridline, and Gent Treadly 7pm. $10. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Fred Gillen, Jr. and Matt Turk 8pm. Singer/songwriter. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Joe Caro & The Met Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Kenny Vance and The Planotones $45. Pop singer/songwriter with 50’s and 60’s influences. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The Music of the Beatle 8:30pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Singer-songwriter Holly Williams 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Surfer Blood 9pm. $15/$12. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. The Vito Band 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.




Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein 7:30pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Documentary: Emptying the Skies 7pm. Join the Cary Institute for a screening of Emptying the Skies, a documentary film about the widespread poaching of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean and the heroism of a team of Italian bird-lovers trying to stop the practice. Following the film will be a Q&A with director Roger Kass. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Bill Robinson’s World of Animals 6:30pm. Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook. 758-3241.


Fire/Police/EMS Days Through Feb 21. $10 off lift ticket with ID. Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury. (607) 326-3500.



Red Bistro Karoake 10pm. What’s your theme song? Come to sing or watch the Terraoke show-there will be plenty of food and drinks for all. Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro, Rhinebeck. 876-3330.

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group 7pm. Third Wednesday of every month. Support Connection, Inc. offers a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group. Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. There are many common factors to any cancer diagnosis. Join other women who have been diagnosed as we discuss all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Advance registration required. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel. (914) 962-6402.

No Such Convention 2014 5pm. The No Such Organization (NSO) is an all-around sci-fi/fantasy/comic book/video game/anime/etc. fan’s organization at Vassar College. Members host events such as TV and movie nights, workshops, and games. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course 6pm. $50. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.





Black Violin 10am. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Blues & Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fis 7pm. $5. Big Joe Fitz and the Lo-Fis host the best Blues & Dance party in the valley. Bring your dancing shoes for some turns on the dance floor. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.





Channeled Guidance to Further Your Journey 6:30pm. Third Tuesday of every month. $20/$15. We are all on a spiritual journey and need guidance on that journey. An excellent way to receive that guidance is from a spirit guide who has distance from our worldly cares and who is understanding, wise, loving, compassionate, supportive, and above all, empowering. Flowing Spirit Healing, Woodstock. 679-8989.

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

Community Yoga Class 6-7:15pm. $5. Join us in our beautiful meditation hall and practice a variety of yoga styles (i.e. gentle hatha, vinyasa, restorative, partner and more) taught by local “guest” teachers. All levels welcome. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581. Meridian Movement for Health and Healing 9:45-11am. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 399-8350. 483-6331.

KIDS & FAMILY Animal Tracks & Traces Snowshoe Hike 2pm. We will look for signs of wildlife and learn about the natural history of local animals. A limited number of snowshoes are available. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Ghent. (518) 828-4386 ext. 3. Winter Art Camp 9am-3pm. $60/day. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747.

When I Walk 7:30pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Fire/Police/EMS Days Through Feb 21. $10 off lift ticket with ID. Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury. (607) 326-3500.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES The Actors Workshop Program: 10 Minute Play Workshop 6pm. $250. 10-week course. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-7563. The Healing Garden: Spring Herbal Detox and Weight Loss 6-8pm. $20. Spring is the optimum time to clean out the closets and tend to your internal Healing Garden by utilizing the detoxing energy provided by the plants. This class will simplify the “Spring Cleanse” with practical dietary and herbal advice. Dutchess Community College South, Wappingers Falls. 431-8910.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS No Such Convention 2014 11:45am. The No Such Organization (NSO) is an allaround sci-fi/fantasy/comic book/video game/anime/ etc. fan’s organization at Vassar College. Members host events such as TV and movie nights, workshops, and games. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. SPAC’s Winter Ball: A Russian Whiteout 8pm. $80/$75. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-9330.

FILM The House of Fear 2pm. $10/$7 children. Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.

FOOD & WINE 17th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta 2-7pm. $5 early admission/free after 4pm. Every bowl you buy will come with a delicious scoop of pipping hot chili. Woman’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am-3pm. Hudson Valley Farmers Market, Red Hook. Millerton Farmer’s Market 10am-2pm. The Annex @ NorthEast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 610-1331. The Pine Island Farmers Market 10am-2pm. W. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 258-4574.

Zappa plays Zappa 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Learn and Serve Open House 10am-noon. Enjoy a light brunch while getting acquainted with Scenic Hudson’s education and volunteer programs. It’s a great opportunity to sign up your class or group for field trips, collaborative events or hands-on workdays. Long Dock Park, Beacon.

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR Course 9am. $75. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 475-9742.


OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Baby, It’s Cold Outside 7-9pm. Hudson Valley artists are joining forces to support the Starr Library by donating some of their work for a fundraising auction. There will be wine, cheese and music. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

Kids’ Art Workshop 10am-noon. $12/$20 for two. Ages 4.5-12. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4747. Magician Margaret Steele 11am. $9/$7. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Make a Seed Bomb 2pm. $5 child/$2 child member. Inspired by upcoming spring season and the Hudson Valley Seed Library, mix together both art and gardening and earth and seeds. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100. Pinocchio 11am & 2pm. $15. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Unity Jam! An Interactive Music Experience For Children and Families 2pm. Fourth Saturday of every month. Musical storytelling, group drumming, freestyle dancing, calland-response singing, listening and other interactive activities. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 867-8707. Weird Science 10:30am-12:30pm. 0-$20. Watch in amazement as your child makes raisins dance and creates their own “Slime” to take home, all through the science of chemical reactions. FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hudson. (518) 822-1875.




Fran Lebowitz 7:30pm. $47.50. Author, journalist, social observer, purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the ”me decade” and the cultural satirist. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Ginkgo, the Tree That Time Forgot 11am. $35/$30 members. Sir Peter Crane, Professor of Botany at Yale, will share insights on the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the important role of botanic gardens and his great love of trees. He will explore the history of the ginkgo, its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Intro to Adobe Lightroom 10am-1pm. $35. With Lori Adams This software program is from the makers of Photoshop. It is designed as a catalog and a powerful image-editing program for professionals and serious amateurs. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. SUNY Financial Aid Day 10am. SUNY Ulster will offer a Financial Aid workshop for prospective college students and their families as part of SUNY’s Statewide Financial Aid Days. Get questions answered and hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

LITERARY & BOOKS Laura Ludwig Presents Performance Art and Poetry 6:30pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Lauree Ostrofsky 3pm. Presenting her memoir about how her brain tumor helped her change her life, I’m Scared and Doing it Anyway. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

MUSIC American Symphony Orchestra 8pm. $25-$40. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Aoife O’Donovan 9pm. Rootsy folk-pop. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Donna Singer & the Doug Richards Trio 8pm. Jazz. 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Shaktipat 8pm. Fourth Saturday of every month. Donation.Chant meets funk meets tribal meets kirtan meets bliss. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-8707. An Evening with Peter Wolf 9pm. $55/$35/$25. 9pm. $25/$35/$55. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Fran Lebowitz 7:30pm. $47.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Frankie Joe Daigle and The Swamp Rats Mardi Gras Celebration 7pm. $20. The party includes Cajun dance lessons, beads, masks, and fun. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116. Greg McCullough & Friends 9:30pm. $10/$5 with dinner. Blues. 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Jeremy Baum 9pm. Blues. The Golden Rail Ale House, Newburgh. 565-2337. The Trapps 9pm. The Trapps return to the favorite hometown venue for a night of great music and good times. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Romeo and Juliet 2pm. $20. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. A Streetcar Named Desire 3pm. $22/$20 seniors/$15 students with ID. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Akashic Records Revealed 2pm. $20. With June Brought. The Akashic Record is the recording of one’s soul imprint since inception. Through accessing this field of energy, with the client’s consent, June works with individuals to translate information in response to questions or voiced perceptions. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Ancient2Future Sound Healing 7-8pm. $20. A sound healing experience with Thomas Workman is a journey of many dimensions, bringing balance and alignment to body, mind and spirit, from the cellular to astral. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Landkeepers & Bodhisattvas 2-4pm. $20/$15. A discussion and workshop with author Evan Pritchard. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Meditation Instruction 2pm. 60-minute class requires no previous meditation experience. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.




A Haunting at the Vanderbilt House 7pm. Based on stories in Haunted Catskills by Lisa LaMonica. Performance by the Murder Café Players. Dinner and atmosphere by the Vanderbilt House. Vanderbilt House, Philmont. (518) 672-9993. Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Romeo and Juliet 7:30pm. $20. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. A Streetcar Named Desire 8pm. $22/$20 seniors/$15 students with ID. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Forge Building Workshop with Jon Ledford 9am-4pm. $490. Build an efficient forge with rapidheating Gensheimer burner unit (as used at the Campbell Folk School), valves, hoses, and regulators, Kaowall insulation, firebrick, and built-in external material rest. Full forge kit provided. You will fit, weld, and construct your forge in this one-day workshop, and go home with a compact and efficient forge. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. Four Books in a Box 10am-1pm. $30. Spend the day folding papers to make 4 pop-up star books. With Tracy Strong. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Free ACT & SAT Preparation-Kaplan 10am-2pm. Field Library, Peekskill. (914) 737-1212. MADCaT Career Forum 10am. Speak to our talented and experienced faculty, currently enrolled students, successful alumni and arts professionals from the community about how our programs can be the gateway to future career opportunities within the arts. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

SUNDAY 23 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 7th Death Café 2-4pm. Circle of Friends for the Dying. As part of a global movement to increase the awareness of death to help people make the most of their finite lives, Death Cafes provide a safe and relaxed environment for conversation and sharing Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 802-0970.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS No Such Convention 2014 11:45am. The No Such Organization (NSO) is an allaround sci-fi/fantasy/comic book/video game/anime/ etc. fan’s organization at Vassar College. Members host events such as TV and movie nights, workshops, and games. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

FOOD & WINE Palisadss Park Conservancy Raise a Glass Event 11am-2pm. Fundraiser to restore the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters. Featuring live music. Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh. 786-2701. The Souk Epicurean Farmers' Market 10am-3pm. The Outside In, Piermont. 398-0706.

MUSIC Banjoist Noam Pikelny 8pm. Bluegrass. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Cyrille Aimee & the Guitar Heroes 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Gravikord Duo 3pm. Contemporary music. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3600. Juillard Trio An afternoon of romantic songs and duets from Germany and France. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. 876-3533. The Pembles 8pm. Singer/songwriter series. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Pianist Gilles Vonsattel $30/$10. Saint-Saens’ “Afrique”, the Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata, several works by Liszt, one by Messiaen, and Frederic Rzewski’s rollicking “ Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues.” Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988. Sunday Brunch with Akie Bermiss 10am-2pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.



MONDAY 24 Labyrinth 7pm. David Bowie loves sci-fi/fantasy. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Kenny Wessel Trio 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Men’s Group 7-8:30pm. Meetings rotate between group discussions, social evenings and special events. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc., Kingston. 331-5300.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Beginning & Advanced Tai Chi with Martha Cheo $12/$10 members/$130 series/$104 series members. Beginners: 5:30-6:30pm; Advanced: 6:30-7:15pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Bereavement Support Group 5:30-6:30pm. This expressive support group is open to the community and led by Adrienne London, LCSW-R. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-3101. Community Yoga Class 6-7:15pm. $5. Join us in our beautiful meditation hall and practice a variety of yoga styles (i.e. gentle hatha, vinyasa, restorative, partner and more) taught by local “guest” teachers. All levels welcome. Won Dharma Center, Claverack. (518) 851-2581. Meridian Movement for Health and Healing 9:45-11am. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 399-8350.

KIDS & FAMILY Crafty Kids: Finger Puppets 4-5pm. Howland Public Library, Beacon.


NIGHTLIFE Monday Night Karaoke 9pm. Free. Come and Join us for a night of Singing, Laughing and Fun starting Nov. 18th Monday night at Rendezvous Lounge in Kingston. Starting at 9pm -? bring a lot friends and have fun! Rendezvous Lounge, Kingston. 331-5209.


Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Woodstock Day School Open House 5:30pm. Learn more about WDS. Storytellers Music Series with Marco Benevento & Friends at 6:30pm. Woodstock Day School, Saugerties, NY. 246-3744.



Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream 10:30am & 12:30pm. $10. A historic drama set to music that is ideal for grades 3 – 8. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

2nd Annual Telefest Through February 28. Vendors, clinics, discounted tickets. Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury. (607) 326-3500.

Rhyme Time 10:30am. Song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver. Matrushka Toys and Gifts, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-6911.

MUSIC Chrissy Budzinski hosts Open Mike 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

NIGHTLIFE Red Bistro Karoake 10pm. What’s your theme song? Come to sing or watch the Terraoke show-there will be plenty of food and drinks for all. Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro, Rhinebeck. 876-3330.

WEDNESDAY 26 BUSINESS & NETWORKING February Business Luncheon: 3D Printing at SUNY New Paltz Noon. $20 for Chamber members, $25 for not-yetmembers. Join us at the Terrace Restaurant on the campus of SUNY new Paltz as University President Donald Christian and a panel of professors and business developers offer a discussion about 3D printing, it’s importance to industry, and specifically, the 3D printing program at SUNY New Paltz., New Paltz. 255-0243.

THEATER The Interview: A Play by Guillaume Leblon 6pm. MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. (413) 662-2111.

FRIDAY 28 DANCE Swing Dance to Gorden Au and the Grand Street Stompers $15/$10 FT students. Beginner’s lesson 8-8:30pm; Dance 8:30-11:30pm. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

FILM Numen 7pm. A 75 minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New Windsor.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Love and Wellness $180. Give the gift of pampering and wellness this Valentines day with a “Happy Couples” Massage! Blow kisses to each other while you each receive a one hour massage. Then finish up with a light spa lunch for two. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998.



Marge’s Knitting Circle for Women with Cancer 6:30pm. Fourth Wednesday of every month. In this monthly group for women with cancer, Support Connection provides the time and space for women to begin or finish a knitting or crocheting project. Leader is an experienced knitter who is happy to teach those who’ve never knitted before. Open to people living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Support Connection, Yorktown Heights. (914) 962-6402.

The Chain Gang Band 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

LITERARY & BOOKS Stories for Inquiring Minds With Janet Carter 7pm. Last Wednesday of every month. Rediscover the timeless world of story through the voice of the storyteller. Join Janet Carter, and guest storytellers, while they regale us with tales of fear, love, fantasy, humor and history. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties.

The Brian Collazo (Live Society) Trio 9pm. Motown/R&B. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Darren Read’s Solo Acoustic Sludge 8:30pm. Hopped Up Café, High Falls. 687-4750. Larry Campbell Quartet 7pm. With Teresa Williams, Byron Isaacs & Justin Guip. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang 9pm. $25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Start Making Sense 7pm. $12-$15. Talking Heads Tribute band. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Travel with Dewey 1pm. Discover what the library offers to become a lifelong learner. Enjoy fun activities exploring exciting subjects found throughout the Dewey Decimal System. Grades 1-6. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.



Into the Woods 7:30pm. $25/$20 children. The iconic musical of Stephen Sondheim. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

The Security Project 8pm. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

SPIRITUALITY Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Classes 7pm. 90-minute program includes 30 minutes of Quiet Sitting Meditation followed by one of eight lectures on the history, practices and principles of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Triyana Darmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906 ext. 1012.

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hree or four times a year, everyone who knows something about astrology goes through a ritual called Mercury retrograde. Everyone who doesn’t know about astrology gets to have the experience, not sure what it is though, perhaps suspecting that something weird is going on. We are now approaching the first of four Mercury retrogrades spanning between early February 2014 and early February 2015. The upcoming retrograde begins February 6 with Mercury in Pisces and ends on February 28 with Mercury in Aquarius. What I call the echo phase, and what other astrologers call the shadow phase, began January 22. The after-retrograde shadow phase begins when Mercury stations direct and runs through March 20. Typically, the retrograde itself lasts three weeks, but the whole process— wherein Mercury is dancing around the same approximately 15 degrees of the zodiac—lasts for two months. Hence, while Mercury is retrograde just 19 percent of the time, the retrograde effect can be felt about half the time. It’s the most concentrated around the days when Mercury changes direction. Associated with lost keys, late or lost payments, disk drive failures, and communication mishaps, Mercury retrograde does not have a very good reputation. Yet some people love it—if you’re the creative type, if you have a slightly tweaky mind, or if you like the feeling of swimming against the current, you might be one of the people who looks forward to Mercury retrograde with glee. Thanks to the Internet, more people than ever know about Mercury retrograde. The idea is now lodged in popular consciousness as what’s likely the most familiar technical astrological concept. I just searched Google and got 405,000 results for Mercury retrograde. Personally, I didn’t hear about it online. At my first journalism job I worked for the Echoes-Sentinel, a gritty weekly newspaper in New Jersey. Flo Higgins, my first editor as a professional writer, happened to be an astrologer. She was about 65 years old with long white hair and a fiery point of view, who had 90 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 2/14

probably read the chart of everyone for 100 miles around. The paper was part of a newspaper chain, the Recorder Publishing Co. Nobody believed in astrology, but we knew better when it came to Mercury retrograde. Flo could, and regularly did, terrify the entire company with this one, sending the vibrations throughout the central New Jersey countryside, even getting the stunned attention of nerdy newspaper reporters trained not to believe anything. Mercury meant everything was about to go wrong. Flo was so convincing that even Jim, who ran the production facility and could take apart and reassemble a printing press blindfolded, had a paragraph taped to his office door, copied from Debbi Kempton-Smith’s infamous Secret’s From a Stargazer’s Notebook, warning everyone who visited: Don’t Sign, Don’t Buy: Mercury is Retrograde. This was my introduction to astrology, the first paragraph of an astrology text I ever read. Soon, newcomers to Echoland took it for granted that the Full Moon had something do with how the mayor was acting, and when the production facility smelled like electrical smoke, it was clearly because Mercury was retrograde. But what is this event really about? And how does it work? Let’s start with Mercury, the planet. This fleeting little world, the one closest to the Sun, is associated with the mind, with ideas and with communication. Mercury is the messenger of the gods, and also the trickster. It’s associated with Gemini and Virgo. In modern astrology, Mercury picks up many of its ancient associations—for example, the messenger function translates to mail and telegraph. It’s associated with communication of all kinds: communication devices, computing devices, commerce and the flow of money (rather than acquiring wealth—that seems to be more about Mars). Surrounded as we are by all of these devices, and nonstop messaging, and by financial instruments (such as debit cards) that are

morphed with communication devices (such as the world wide web), we have given Mercury a lot of power in our lives. Hence, Mercury retrograde is probably more powerful than it ever was. We swim in an ocean of things ruled by Mercury. Our consciousness is fully immersed in them; in many ways, so is our identity. With the advent of handheld devices that go on the Internet, this seems to transcend economic barriers now more than ever. In English the word mercurial means “sprightly, volatile, quick,” associated with the speed with which the planet Mercury moves, and how fast and how frequently it seems to change directions (that is the retrograde). It can have a sharp wit and seem smarter than you—Bob Dylan has been described as mercurial and he’s also a Gemini, one sign that Mercury rules. Mercury is the Roman incarnation of the Greek god Hermes, and analogues of this figure show up throughout Western mythology. In Norse mythology, he gets the role as presiding officer of the gods rather than as messenger— though of course that supposed role as messenger is a disguise for a much more significant function. In Egyptian mythology he is the mighty Thoth, who was nobody’s messenger, or fool; he was responsible for the development of writing and science, maintained the state of the universe, and assisted with the judgment of the dead. Picking up on the ambivalence theme, Thoth was a mediator between good and evil, making sure that neither had a decisive victory in an ongoing struggle that continues to this day. There’s also an association to the element mercury, or quicksilver, the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature. Mercury’s androgynous and liquid quality hints at a certain ambivalence. The old atrsology books describe the planet’s nature as neither male nor female. Between metrosexuality and the LGBTQ movement, we have some clues that gender roles and relationships are coming under the increasing influence of Mercury. It’s interesting that mercury the metal is a persistent environmental contaminant, and one that is known to interact with and disrupt the normal action of sex hormones. The element mercury is known to artificially induce androgyny.

I agree with don’t sign, don’t buy. That is, when you can avoid doing so. I have experimented with making purchases during or near Mercury retrogrades. Most of the time, it turns out that I don’t need or don’t use what I purchased. Sometimes it does not work, works strangely or does not do what I intended it to do. So I divide my life into times when I buy things and times when I don’t. I will generally make major purchases with Mercury direct and out of echo phase. There are rare exceptions, but not so many. If you buy something during a retrograde, try not to be too attached to it, or expect a break-in period, while you work out the bugs. Really, most things can wait a week or two or three. If they cannot wait, be extra conscious, keep your paperwork, and make sure there is a good return policy. As for contracts, it’s not always possible to determine when you sign your lease or make the deposit, but I have been known to make landlords wait for weeks before even leaving a deposit. (Hi Stefan!) Plan ahead and use what flexibility you have. It’s worth finagling this when you can. The operative events are the first payment and the signature on the contract. The problem if you sign with Mercury retrograde, or about to retrograde, is that something is likely to reverse itself. Or, you will learn something you wish you had known sooner. Which leads to my second point. The truth comes out when Mercury stations, either retrograde or direct. Mercury has a way of shaking out information, especially right as it stations. You can count on this. If you’re working on a mystery, or a riddle, or an investigation, or research, or trying to solve any mental puzzle, keep it going till the next Mercury station retrograde. Just to be sure, wait for the second batch of information just as Mercury stations direct. This is one reason you want to wait before signing or buying. If communication is missed, don’t assume you’re being ignored. Many people shoot off one e-mail and expect a reply. With spam filters, busy people processing hundreds of emails a day and odd errors like e-mails not arriving, it’s better to give people the benefit of the doubt. Give people a day or two to respond, and if they don’t, send over a friendly one-liner to the effect of, “Hey I emailed you, just want to make sure you saw it.” If communication gets dicey, pick up the phone. We are getting better at communicating online, but still, it can be difficult to relay feelings or basic concepts, especially with Mercury retrograde. The moment things get weird, pick up the phone and clarify—before things get out of control or real misunderstandings happen. Resolve the past, plan the future. I have found that the best use for Mercury retrograde is to tidy up what you’ve left unresolved in the past. Clean your desk, organize your stuff, contact old friends, and go through your e-mail and see if you missed anything important. While you’re at it, collect your ideas and figure out what you’re going to do next. Plot and scheme. Use the various qualities of the retrograde to refine your plan over time, then plan a launch sometime after the station direct. It may not be broke—don’t fix it so fast. One phenomenon I’ve noticed during Mercury retrograde is that things seem like they’re broken or malfunctioning but aren’t really. Or, the problem is not as bad as you think. Therefore, before tearing everything apart, or spending a lot of money, or sending anything back to the factory, troubleshoot carefully and try simple solutions. Look for workarounds. The issue I’m suggesting you avoid is solving a problem that doesn’t exist, or worse, making a bigger problem than you thought you had. Always remember that Mercury is the trickster. That means he, she, or it can be tricky, and you need to use your mind—not have your mind be tricked. Mercury is a kind of a game. Be a good sportsman and keep your sense of humor.

Mercury retrograde is probably more powerful in our lives than it ever was.

Iron, Not Quicksilver: From Astronomy to Psychology Mercury retrograde happens when the planet Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun. Because Mercury’s orbit is about 84 days, this happens three times a year. While the retrogrades typically last about 22 days, there is a margin on either side of two to three weeks where the influences can be felt—I will get to that in the last section. Mercury is not made of mercury. It has a huge core with a very high density, leading astronomers to believe that it’s made mostly of iron. In fact Mercury is believed to have the highest iron content of any planet in the Solar System. This is all another way of saying Mercury retrograde means a huge magnet passes between the Earth and the Sun, making its closest pass to our planet at the same time. This may explain why devices act weird, but I think that it also helps explain why the mind gets wonky, tends to lose things, or perceives problems as being worse than they are—the nervous system runs on electricity. The mind is a device that is, at least on the physical plane, rooted in electricity and magnetism. In my view, the effects of the retrograde are evenly distributed between a perceptual event and one in the world outside the mind. The combined interaction is powerful, the more so for not being easily discernible either as reality or illusion. With the space remaining, I will pass along, in summary form, some of what I have learned about Mercury retrograde. I don’t mean what I have learned from books—I mean what I have observed tracking, experimenting with and doing consulting about every Mercury retrograde since 1994, and some going back to 1987.

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Give partners and loved ones extra time and wiggle room to hesitate. Give them extra space to be self-centered. While you’re at it, give yourself that space as well; once you figure out you need these things, you’ll be more understanding of why others do as well. Over the next few weeks, you will gain a better understanding of where both you and partners are coming from. Remember that a partner or loved one’s lack of confidence may be associated with a memory that long predates your association. People will often allow their own past impressions to influence or even dictate what happens in a present-time situation. Ideally we would not do this, however, it’s more likely that the first step is learning to notice when it’s happening. This is the theme of the year for you—to know and understand the nature of projection, perhaps the most common psychological phenomenon. Projection is when you see something about yourself existing exclusively outside of yourself. As a clever writer recently pointed out, projection can only happen in the dark. So the first step is to gradually turn up the lights so you can see what is happening. The second step is to keep asking yourself what belongs to you and what belongs to someone else, and not being satisfied with an answer till you have several points of documentation.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20)

Venus recently completed a rare retrograde (nothing of its kind has happened since 1803), which has taught you many things about the social conditioning that helped shape your character. One theme is the extent to which people who influenced you as a child were serving their own interests but tried to make it seem like they were doing you a favor. While this helped make you into the gritty and self-reliant person that you are, it’s taken a cost—and you seem determined to reclaim what you’ve given up. Since the retrograde ended on January 31, you may be left with the feeling that you’ve come close to some profound truth but could not break through to the core idea. The barrier between how far you’ve gone and what you want to actually possess is thin enough to push your hand through. Though it may not look that way, it will feel that way if you use your tactile senses. In practical terms, when you encounter a belief about yourself or about the world, notice how you feel. Anything involving guilt can be considered suspect. Same for obligation you feel that does not have something productive in it for everyone, or where you come out on the short end of the deal. Question any form of any equation that includes, “You should dislike yourself because...”

GEMINI (May 20-June 21)

Current aspects may have you rethinking a career or business plan. That’s actually a great idea. You seem to have a good idea, though what you need to do is balance your idealistic concept of what is possible against a diversity of practical concerns. Give yourself time for this—you seem to be involved in a thought process that will take about six weeks. My first question is not “is this thing too idealistic” but rather, are you reaching for what you know would be the very best goal? However, before you get there, I suggest you strip your plan down to its most basic elements—what you want and why, what you need and why, and what you want to accomplish. Consider how you manage your reputation. To what extent is your strategy defensive (laying low, protecting your supposed image) and to what extent is your strategy proactive (carefully cultivating the reputation you want, and deserve, for what you’ve accomplished)? Gradually, your logical mind will take over, and I suggest you run all your ideas through this particular mental filter. Keep reducing your idea till you’ve arrived at the bare essence, and understand every element of your plan or idea. Then toward the end of the month, you’re likely to rethink it yet again, only this time with greater clarity. Then you will find the missing piece, the creative gem, the love in the dream.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

I suggest you concern yourself less about how you are perceived by others and use that energy to focus on the substance of your goals. We live in a time when appearances are dangerously overtaking reality, and when glamour as a metric is prevailing over the quality of someone’s character. You could say this has been going on since the first motion picture was released, yet in truth it’s something that is happening from moment to moment. You continually get the choice of which to feed, appearance or reality. Meanwhile, in a similar vein, you seem ready to question a belief that until now you’ve taken for granted. This belief is influencing a relationship. It’s not showing up as definitively helpful or unhelpful, but rather as something that you need to understand thoroughly. The belief is influencing the way you make your agreements with others, in a sense, biasing you. It will indeed be helpful if you know what that bias is, and you will soon have the clarity and mental tools to do so. This is a matter calling for careful analysis, of your own thought patterns as well as the specific elements of your commitments. What do you expect of others and what do they expect of you? How realistic are those expectations and what are they grounded in? You will have happier relationships for knowing these things. 92 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 2/14

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LEO (July 22-August 23)

You seem to be seeking a compromise on a matter involving shared finances, or perhaps more accurately, a question about sexual values in an intimate relationship. The scenario seems to be going in the direction of someone’s fantasy of how things can be, though leaving out some of the more obvious practicalities. This is definitely a scenario that deserves to have logic, data or some form of science prevail, rather than any form of make-believe or let’s see what happens. And logic will indeed prevail, so I suggest you hold the line and be patient while the planets shuffle around in a pattern that describes the renegotiation of the relationship in a more holistic way. In other words, the discussion is likely to start on one topic, and then expand into other topics that are related on the level of shared values. This comes down to understanding the values you have in common, and those that you do not. I would remind you here that you’re in a somewhat vulnerable position when it comes to others overpowering you. It will not work so well to resist forcefully, so instead, I suggest you use persistence. Time is on your side. What is obvious to you will become obvious to others as the discussion moves along, and the result will be a new understanding of your relationship, built on level ground.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

If you’re hesitating about a relationship commitment, I would remind you that there is no rush. You may sense that you’re heading for deep water, or like you’re gradually being drawn into a situation that you don’t fully understand. When you are ready, this may be fully appropriate. Yet if you’re uncertain of yourself, slow down and observe your environment. The first thing to listen to is your intuition. If you suspect that you’re not being given full information, or if you have a hunch that you’re in any way being deceived, then pause and begin to look more deeply into the facts. You don’t need to do this in an accusatory way, but rather in a way that seeks grounding in objective information. Consciously seek the truth, and make sure that you actually understand what you learn. Address any denial factor that may be present; be mindful of what you “don’t want to know” or “refuse to believe.” This process will take a bit of scrupulous honesty with yourself, though there may be clues that get you closer to the heart of the matter. I suggest you investigate with extra care any situation involving alcohol, or the influence of moodaltering drugs, be they prescription or otherwise. The question to ask is: how is this influencing your relationship to reality? How is it influencing intimacy? You want to know.  

LIBRA (September 22-October 23)

The past five weeks of Venus retrograde seem to have been designed to help you understand the impact of your family history, and your complex emotions. The two are related; partly why your emotions are so complex is because you filter them through so many past impressions and memories. Yet many of those are not your own; they are habits and values you picked up from various people who influenced you. Take the time to sort out what belongs to you and what does not. Once you claim what is your own and let go of what belongs to others, you will feel a lot less lost, and be able to call yourself more fully present. This does not necessarily involve severing ties to anyone, though at times that is necessary. But it will help you immensely to know when someone else’s emotions became a point of orientation for you more important than your own feelings, and to see the distortion that created. That may go in two directions at once—being overly self-centered at times, and not being able to find your center at others. Understanding why you are the way you are is a theme that persists through most of the year. You’re likely to continue your review of the past, which is for the sole purpose of helping you know yourself better. That, in turn, will help you have clearer, more trusting relationships.

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It’s essential for your wellbeing to sort out what influences in your life are nourishing and which are depleting. This is not as easy as it seems in a society where it’s considered normal for people to eat unhealthy food for the sake of eating, have relationships for the sake of relationships, and purchase many things that they don’t need and barely even want. Since that is the cultural standard, it’s necessary to take the time to figure out whether something you take in—be it food, entertainment, information, family influences, or emotional contact—actually sustains you. It would be worthwhile to consider this question in the context of any sexual influence as well. I think the concept of “addiction” is overused and misunderstood, but it begins to have meaning when there is the quality of some influence potentially controlling your life. If during the next few weeks you find yourself at a full stop, or feel like you can no longer effectively negotiate with yourself, that’s the time to take some time and inquire about the issue of control. There is often an associated issue about whether you want the responsibility implied by self-determination. The most common reason I’ve seen people abandon their power is because it seems to offer liberation from the consequences of their own mistakes. That’s one form of liberation that will never serve you.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22)

You could have things be a lot easier than they currently are; you seem to have figured out that allowing yourself to be involved in complex situations is a way of learning about yourself. You seem to be in a scenario where your connection to someone else is like a personal development laboratory, or where you’re seeking self-actualization in the context of a relationship. You may have also figured out that such a thing does not work for you, and are resisting being so immersed in someone else, or anyone, with every cell in your being. There does seem to be a question lurking behind all of this, which is the extent to which you allow yourself to feel your feelings, and whether you need the assistance of someone else who resonates with you. This is a good question, with many implications—though the main theme is that of emotional independence. You would do well to ask, especially under your current astrology, whether that is possible, and if it is, what it means. At one extreme of the spectrum is the loner, with no emotional investments. At the other is someone codependent, whose emotional state is totally invested in what others think. The balancing point is healthy interdependence. That is built of mutual respect, self-reflection, communication and honoring for yourself and for everyone else what measure of freedom we have here on Earth.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Something seems to have happened to you over the past couple of months, involving coming into deeper contact with your creative gifts and your sexuality. You probably know or can guess that I consider these elements of humanity to be closely related, stemming right from the same source. To develop one, it’s essential to develop the other. Venus retrograde in your sign beginning at the solstice, spanning through the end of January, has done something magnificent for you: you have embodied something that was previously abstract or that existed in potential. You have taken steps to reclaim gifts that may have previously made you nervous, that you took for granted or considered something that only had relevance when you were younger. Here is the ongoing challenge: Devotion to artistry and the arts of erotic love requires self-focus. Even in our narcissistic culture, that can be considered suspect, and it can certainly be an irritant (or threatening) to people who have never considered any such quest. You need courage to persist on this mission, and you need to be willing to wrap your whole life around what will seem like a form of over-focus. Yet the idea is not to get lost in yourself—in order for your work or your discovery to have relevance, it’s necessary to find yourself. You are well on the way. Keep going.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19)

Something is shifting for you on a deep inward level, which may feel like the healing of a kind of isolation or loneliness that has followed you around for a while. This has taken you a step closer to your soul, just when you were wondering if such a thing was even possible. Pay attention and you’ll notice that this keeps happening, with a slightly different feeling each time, though each time feeling like you’ve seated yourself in your own existence a little more firmly. It helps to make peace with the solitary nature of existence, or at least the compelling sensation of that effect. It’s the feeling of being alone in the universe that is a step in the awakening of every spiritually conscious person. That sensation of isolation does two things—it can come with the choice to give up looking outside yourself for what you can only find within; and it’s what opens the space to have the awakening of how alone you are not. That awakening is the dawn of authentic selflove. Nearly everyone who arrives there has earned it. They have faced their own darkness, to some real extent, and the mystery of their own existence. You are not done, but if your charts mean anything, you’re working with many more resources than you had just a few short months ago.

PISCES (February 19-March 20)

You may feel like you’re dancing around the choice to immerse yourself totally in who you are—as if you’re playing a game of approach-avoid. Let’s assume that is true for a moment. When you feel any kind of approach-avoid, the first thing to check for is guilt. Fully soaking in your own reality implies that you will be yourself, and express yourself, without any reservations. Approach-avoid might show up as hesitancy with people knowing who you actually are, as if hiding it from yourself could in some way prevent them from finding out. That almost never works. People already recognize you and most are grateful for the example you provide. Some don’t seem that way, it’s true; you make some people nervous. I suggest, however, that you not underestimate the influence you have even on their lives. That said, it does not matter what anyone else thinks. Rather than avoiding anything, you actually seem to have come close to a discovery that you want to investigate, or have made an observation about yourself that you want to verify with some additional inner questing. I believe you’re about to discover how much sense you make; that is, that your seemingly most unworldly dreams, when subjected to logical analysis, actually make perfect sense. My saying this matters little, though—when you figure it out, it’ll rock your world and boost your confidence. 94 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM 2/14

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