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news and politics

community pages

23 while you were sleeping

52 beacon & fishkill: shining examples

Conservatives distrust in science has increased, maternal obesity is linked to autism in children, and neonicotinoid pesticides are killing off honey bees.

25 beinhart’s body politic

In the debut of our new fracking column Tod Westlake interviews reporter Tom Wilber, author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale.

portfolio 30 levon helm by catherine sebastian

Woodstock-based photographer Catherine Sebastian shares 35 years of photographs.

HOME 32 house profile: Living wright on lake mahopac

Joe Massaro's Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home on Petra Island in Lake Mahopac.

39 the garden: Till You never...Weed again

The benefits of giving your garden the no-till treatment.

45 the question: Why buy vinyl replacement windows?

Vinyl replacement windows are a high-tech upgrade from the typical glass.

47 the craft: Up On the (Living) Roof

Kingston native Shawn McCloskey converts ordinary shingled roofs into blooming, sustainable homes for vegetation to flourish.


Joe Massaro on the rooftop helipad of his Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home on Petra Island in Lake Mahopac. HOME

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Peter Aaron visits the thriving communities of Beacon and Fishkill.

82 peekskill & northern westchester county

A poetic ode to spring and the Republican's view sexual rights.

27 frack watch

The scenic towns in Northern Westchester are abundant with eateries and parks, while Peekskill is emerging with a strong, artful culture. David Nielson reports.

Locally Grown 97 Wake of the flood Spring marks a rebirth for farms, starting anew after Irene's destruction.

100 Community Supported agriculture farms

Support Hudson Valley farmers. A listing of local farms that provide CSA shares.

whole living guide 106 what is good sex?

Two experts explore the pathways—and roadblocks—to sexual satisfaction.

108 flowers fall: Right Effort

Bethany Saltman adopts the French parenting discipline technique—cadre.

Community Resource Guide 70 Mother's day How to show mom she's special. 94 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 104 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 110 whole living directory For the positive lifestyle.

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A “hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure.” — New York Times

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Bard SummerScape 2012 presents seven weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, films, and cabaret. The season’s focal point is the 23rd annual Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrates the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, whose remarkable career shaped not only the history of music, but also the ways in which that history was transmitted and communicated to the public. SummerScape takes place in the extraordinary Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s stunning Mid-Hudson Valley campus.

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THE KING IN SPITE OF HIMSELF (Le roi malgré lui)

Twenty-third Season

Music by Emmanuel Chabrier American Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Leon Botstein Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

A brilliant opéra-comique, scored by a master of harmony, about a 16th-century French noble elected by the people of Poland to be their king. SOSNOFF THEATER July 27 – August 5


COMPAGNIE FÊTES GALANTES Choreography by Béatrice Massin

Taking baroque dance into the 21st century SOSNOFF THEATER July 6 – 8


Two weekends of concerts, panels, and other events bring the musical world of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns vividly to life. Weekend One Paris and the Culture of Cosmopolitanism Weekend Two Confronting Modernism August 10–12 and 17–19

Film Festival


The legacy of French rule in Africa and Southeast Asia Thursdays and Sundays, July 12 – August 12




Cabaret, music, fine dining, and more

THE IMAGINARY INVALID (Le malade imaginaire)

July 6 – August 19

By Molière Directed by Erica Schmidt Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

The last play by a comic master

Photo: ©Scott Barrow

THEATER TWO July 13 –22

The Bard Music Festival presents two extraordinary weeks of concerts, panels, and other special events that will explore the musical world of Camille Saint-Saëns. weekend one Friday, August 10

Paris and the Culture of Cosmopolitanism program one

Saturday, August 11 program two program three

Sunday, August 12

program four program five program six

weekend two Friday, August 17

Saint-Saëns and His World

program seven

program nine

AUGUST 10–12 AND 17–19 Photo: Camille Saint-Saëns, c. 1875. Adoc-photos/Art Resouce, NY

program ten Sunday, August 19

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns

Performing, Composing, and Arranging for Concert Life

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Liszt, and others

Saint-Saëns, a French Beethoven?

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor. Orchestral works by Saint-Saëns

The Organ, King of Instruments

Works for organ by Saint-Saëns, Adam, Widor, Franck, and others

Art Gallica and French National Sentiment

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Chausson, Magnard, Duparc, and others

Zoological Fantasies: Carnival of the Animals Revisited

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc and others

Sibelius: Conservative or Modernist?

Saturday, August 18 program eight

the bard music festival presents

Saint-Saëns and the Cultivation of Taste

program eleven

Proust and Music

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns, Franck, Fauré, Debussy, and Hahn

La musique ancienne et moderne

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns, Rameau, d’Indy, Dukas, and others

The Spiritual Sensibility

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor Orchestral works by Saint-Saëns, Schmitt, Boulanger, and others

From Melodrama to Film

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns and Berlioz

Unexpected Correspondences: Saint-Saëns and the New Generation

Chamber works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Stravinsky

program twelve Out of the Shadow of Samson and Delilah:

Saint-Saëns’s Other Grand Opera

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor. Performance of Saint-Saëns’s opera Henry VIII

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arts & culture 64 Gallery & museum GUIDe 72 music Shana Falana's former major in abnormal psych translates to her pyschedelic pop.

75 cd reviews Robert B. Warren reviews Ballads For the End Times by Apocolypse Five and Dime. Jeremy Schwartz reviews East of the Sun and West of the Moon by It's Not Night: It's Space. Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews The Art of Aging by Richard Kimball.

76 books Nina Shengold profiles Meg Wolitzer, novelist, young-adult author, and essayist.

78 book reviews Jay Blotcher reviews My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls with Bruce Littlefield. Anne Pyburn reviews The Comedy is Finished by Donald E. Westlake.

80 Poetry Poems by Avery Anderson, Paige Cerulli, Andrew Chmielowiec, William Dodd, Bonnie Jill Emanuel, Dean Goldberg, Michele Karas, Sandra Ketcham, Anne Kiely, Rosalinda McGovern, Checko Miller, Nina Pick, Dahl Quarray, Brendan M. Regan, J. D. Szalla, Tom Weigel, and Irene Zimmerman.

136 parting shot

90 A Drunkard's Dream: Hudson Valley Cocktails

Paul Maloney channels his creativity into artfully crafted, locally sourced cocktails.

93 where we're eating now: A few of Chronogram's favorite local eateries.

the forecast 114 daily Calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 115 Richard Edelman and Keiko Hiromi at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson. 117 Mapping Gothic France is on display at the Loeb Art Center. 119 BP oil spill doc The Big Fix will be screened at the Rosendale Theatre. 120 David Rees showcases his pencil sharpening techniques in Beacon and Hudson. 123 Hunter Mountain hosts the eighth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival. 124 An anti-fracking concert and rally at Empire State Plaza Albany. 126 Ramp Fest honors the ramp, an early spring veggie at Basilica Hudson. 128 A Taste of Greater Newburgh joins Artists on Campus at Mount St. Mary College.

planet waves 130

Spring 2012: the deep background Eric Francis Coppolino comtemplates the Eclipse-like events to come.


horoscopes What do the stars have in store for us this month? Eric Francis Coppolino knows.

Jennifer konig

James Grashow's Corrugated Fountain at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT.

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"Beacons of Music" co-organizer Joe Bertolozzi in front of photographs of Beacon musicians by Rob Penner at the opening of the installation on April 14. BEACON & Fishkill

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Esteemed Reader Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: We piled into the car for the short ride to school one morning. As I started the engine the radio came on. It was the news, reporting something important-sounding about the Secret Service. I hastily turned it off, as I registered it wasn’t material my five- and seven-year-old boys needed to hear. But it was too late. “What’s the Secret Service, dad?” one piped up from the back seat as we drove. Thinking about the possible answers for a moment, I knew I didn’t want to get into the meaningless mythology of presidents and their protectors. No, a deeper, actually meaningful mythology was needed. “Secret Service is when you do something really nice for someone, and don’t tell anyone about it. You know, like going to your grandma’s when she isn’t home and fixing the broken fence in her yard.” Silence. Then, “Wow… that’s cool. We should do that!” For a moment I felt fortunate—to have been graced with an opportunity to turn something so banal as a scandalous news headline into actual meaning for my children. It was like a little bud of lotus flower sprouting up from the mud. And then I realized that what I was suggesting is something I know almost nothing about. Humbled, I couldn’t think of a single example of doing secret service for someone. Sure I try to do helpful things for others like the rest of us, but I was pretty sure I always somehow let them know it’s me, and get that special hit of recognition as I behold the look of appreciation in their eyes. So it was clever talk, but not backed up by much experience. Alas, the seed of an intention to approach anonymous assistance took root. What was also clear is the difference between influences that have intrinsic meaning, and those that don’t. This is why I turn off the radio when my kids get in the car, when what they would get is random noise masquerading as music, meaningless opinionating, commercials, and news about the results of the mass psychosis under which collective humanity exists (at least at the level which is reported). Imbibing that stuff into their tender minds (let alone our own) is like serving up wine coolers and TV dinners with Twinkies® for dinner. But is it true that there are levels of influences? My instinct and intuition have always said yes, some influences are finer, more reflective of the real world, showing not just random, isolated parts, but expressing more about living systems. This, I think, is why we are drawn into nature. For in all its multifarious fecundity of living and adapting the forest can’t not feel of a perfect piece. There is a harmony resounding in the woods—in the singing of peepers, the creaking of bowing oaks, the wind blowing through leaves—that awakens our own nature, and allows our being to sing more sweetly for itself. It is why we are more nourished by a living sunset than one on a television screen, more deeply fed by the impression of a starry sky than an iPhone screen. In the same way, it is from artists and architects, writers and engineers, musicians and scientists whose efforts flow from a connection with their own being that the best work comes. Which is not to say that their work resembles nature (though it might) for we are human, with a unique mode of expression that often defies the patterns of the wild. No, it is that a connection with the totality of our own nature, our essence, that gives rise to creations that reflect the integral microcosmoses that we are. Consider masterpieces—the David, the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame, the Great Pyramid—for example—that evoke an almost identical feeling of awe in everyone with any sensitivity. They reflect and enliven a space that is already present within us. It is not a pouring from the empty into the void, but from wholeness to fulfillment. Recently, my seven-year-old, who has a keen interest in the meaning of words, asked, “what is truth, really? It’s not just the correct answer, right?” (He has a habit of saying “right?” at the end of every statement, with a charming soprano lilt at the end.) Feeling the importance of the question, I told him the story of the blind men who encounter an elephant, and grope around trying to understand what it is. The one who feels the elephant’s leg is sure the animal resembles a tree trunk; another, who touches the tail argues that it is like a rope; a third, grasping the ear insists it’s an undulating sheet of leather; and yet another, fondling the trunk, argues that the creature is, in fact, a long hose. “Which one is telling the truth?” “None of them. They all think they are correct, but not one of the answers is true,” he said. “What’s the truth?” “The truth is, it’s an elephant.” —Jason Stern 12 ChronograM 5/12

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Local Luminaries Jonathan & Diana Rose Jonathon and Diana Rose founded the Garrison Institute as a place where contemplation and action might intersect to affect our most pressing social and environmental problems. The Institute hosts meetings for people engaged in three major program initiatives— Contemplation and Education, Transforming Trauma, and Transformational Ecology. In addition, a diverse retreat program invites people to explore a range of wisdom traditions and practices. As a center of the cross-fertilization of ideas, the onetime Capuchin monastery on a bluff above the Hudson River now serves to link great thinkers and experts in a variety of fields for the purpose of nothing less than transforming the world we live in. It is the monastery of the 21st century—a place for the thoughtful contemplation of our interdependence with all living things. As its caretakers, the Roses direct an expanding network of individuals and groups committed to just that. In May, the Garrison Institute invites the public to participate in a Personal Retreat Weekend, the Open Gate Sangha Retreat, and the Self-Realization Fellowship NY Regional Retreat. Visit for a full description of these and other events. —Ann Hutton

Diana and Jonathan Rose in the bamboo grove behind the main building at the Garrison Institute

What led you to make the leap from a path of personal transformation to one of social transformation? Jonathan Rose: As a teenager, volunteer work was something I was committed to, and I’ve worked with not-for-profits all my life. When the monastery became available, we brought together wise and thoughtful people to think about its best use. What emerged was a collective answer that the best use would be an institute that connected personal transformation to social transformation. Diana Rose: It was through the urging of my teacher, Gelek Rimpoche, who said, “This could be a moment when you could serve and take the inner work you do to find a way to make a bridge for many people.” Talk about the types of symposiums and retreats the Institute hosts. Jonathan: The Garrison Institute hosts retreats led by great teachers of all different faith traditions. We hold many events that people in the community can come to. Sometimes they will be closed retreats. For example, a group of politicians and social activists asked us to help organize a retreat on how to transform politics to make it more compassionate, courageous, and connected. The most important thing that grows out of all this work is a set of ideas. We actively seek to figure out how ideas can be applied. We gestate and disseminate ideas. For example, how can we improve classroom performance through contemplation, or how can we reduce trauma and the effects of vicarious trauma, trauma transference, in the workplace? How have you attracted these leaders and chosen the subjects the Institute addresses? Diana: People attract people, especially when they have an opportunity to do something that’s near and dear to their hearts, and maybe they cannot do it in their other environments. It has grown organically. And there’s continuity. We don’t jump from one subject to another as an organization. We made a commitment to education, and that program has been growing steadily for eight years. There’s a continuity to a program with the staff;

the program director, who’s an expert in the field; and the leadership council of people who are experts in that field, who gather here two or three times a year and have done so for eight years. How you would take, for example, the education component and measure “changes at systems level,” as stated on the website? Diana: We started by mapping the field. Where are the most interesting and innovative programs being piloted? Primarily we looked at public schools, but also looked at charter schools. We looked at research around early childhood development. Who’s doing the research? Who is setting policy? It was a combination of mapping to identify what was an emerging field, then bringing together those people to spend two or three days in a series of workshops, panels, and presentations, to share best practices and ideas, and to connect with one another. Out of that grew a program, and we constantly review where the research is going, where new pilot innovations are taking hold, and put it up on our website for people who are part of this larger network of educators so they can access all the information. The contemplation part of it—when you invite people in who might not be familiar or have the background of a meditative retreat, is there a baseline that people should have? Diana: In the Climate, Mind, and Behavior program, many new people come in because they’re behavioral scientists or economists or environmentalists, who are not so exposed. But once they’re here and they begin to integrate the ideas, they become more open and interested in it. Jonathan: We have designed a series of reflective practices. Somebody speaks, and afterward instead of people running up, raising their hands, and getting into a debate, we’ll have five minutes of silence. We ask them to reflect on what they’ve heard and to write in their journals their ideas. When the discussion begins, it’s much more centered, grounded, and thoughtful. By the end of the symposium we’re asking them to take those five or 10

minutes of thought and think about how to apply them. We are very skillful at using this reflective technology toward idea development. Diana: When Jonathan is saying “we” it’s not him and me necessarily. There’s a very large "we" here. There’s a very large group that creates the education program that I almost have nothing to do with anymore, except sit there and learn from them. Jonathan: For example, in the education field, the Garrison Institute identified a variety of people around the world doing interesting work who didn’t know each other. We brought them together—that’s the convening. They formed a network for field development, for collaboration. Then we became a neutral hub where all this work can happen. That really is our role. We form networks of networks, self-reinforcing. What makes them thrive is not an individual leader, rather the amazing collaboration. On a personal level, given the process of evolution wherein nothing is guaranteed, how do you generate your own continued hope and enthusiasm for the evolution of human consciousness? Diana: It’s a deep, abiding belief in the ultimate goodness inherent in all of us. My practice is what keeps me grounded and open and fluid, and, I’d like to think, caring. Jonathan: I’m an optimist and a realist. The realist in me sees populations growing, enormous resource depletion, climate change, biodiversity loss—every indicator that we’re on a dangerous path of growth that could lead to a systems collapse. Within that, our greater resolve is to insert into this evolutionary process the DNA of the right ideas and the right approaches that might lead toward shifting the trajectory that we’re on. Diana: At the heart of all contemplative practices is this deep connection to understanding that all life is interdependent. When you take the time—a moment of silence to be open and receptive to that—that’s really important. Whether it’s through prayer in church or in a meditation hall or sitting in your own living room chair—it’s the letting go of the constant grasping at “me” to recognize we’re all interconnected. We cannot survive independently.

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he music on The Band’s 1968 debut, Music from Big Pink, feels like history itself. The players look like they’ve stepped out of a Matthew Brady daguerreotype—living ghosts who’ve materialized out of the dust to reveal the unmined depth and vast panorama of American music (although, oddly, most of them happened to be Canadian). And The Band’s most majestically weathered voice and, quite literally, its beating heart, was Levon Helm. For Levon the old time-Americana deal was no pose. Born Mark Lavon Helm and raised in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, he might just as well have sprouted from the soil he tilled as a boy on his music-loving family’s cotton farm. The region was a crossroads for the strains that converged to become rock ’n’ roll— folk, blues, R&B, country, gospel, bluegrass, jazz— and Helm soaked them all up. He learned guitar at eight but soon switched to drums (mandolin would come later) and, at 17, after catching early tour stops by Elvis Presley, Bo Diddley, and other rock ’n’ roll pioneers, Helm relocated to Memphis and joined singer Ronnie Hawkins’s band, the Hawks. With the Hawks, the drummer developed the instantly recognizable, irresistibly funky, and uncluttered style that would later flow like a mountain brook through The Band’s music. The Hawks moved to Toronto, adding locals Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, and Rick Danko before parting ways

with Hawkins. Redubbed Levon and the Hawks, the group was tapped by Bob Dylan in 1965 as his new “electric” touring band, but Helm soon quit, frustrated by Dylan’s often hostile, folk-purist audiences. By 1967 he’d rejoined the Hawks, since renamed The Band, in the Woodstock area, where the quintet was woodshedding in the West Saugerties house that gave Music from Big Pink its name, writing that album’s songs and recording The Basement Tapes with Dylan. Big Pink’s down-home stance changed popular music, making superstars like the Beatles and Eric Clapton rethink their own art. The Band’s self-titled follow-up (1969) and subsequent classics like Stage Fright (1970), Rock of Ages (1972), and Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975) brought further fame, and the group’s final, 1976 concert was movingly documented for Martin Scorcese’s film The LastWaltz. Over the years The Band periodically reunited, sans Robertson, but ceased to be after the 1999 death of Danko (Manuel committed suicide in 1986). Helm went on to make solo albums, lead his own great bands (the RCO All-Stars, the Barnburners, the Levon Helm Band), and act in Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Right Stuff, and other movies. The twin tragedies of the 1991 fire that destroyed the Barn, his beloved home and studio, and a 1996 throat cancer diagnosis would have felled a lesser being, but the way Helm came rocketing back from both remains inspirational. Referencing the rent

parties and medicine shows of his youth, he began holding the now legendary Midnight Ramble sessions in the rebuilt Barn, magical evenings that drew artists and audiences from around the world. And his final, Grammy-winning “comeback” albums, 2007’s Dirt Farmer and 2009’s Electric Dirt, are outrageously great, arguably the best post-Band work by any of the group’s members. With his being such an inseparable Hudson Valley fixture for so long, some lucky locals seemed not fully aware that Helm was one of the most renowned and influential musicians of his generation—perhaps just the way the smiling, humble drummer liked it. After the original Band’s demise he could have gone elsewhere, but he stayed here. The Catskills were his home and we were his people, and whenever and wherever we saw him, he always got us feeling good and dancing, treated us like family, and filled us with light and love. Light and love we couldn’t help but shine right back on him. “It’s been said that music is the language of heaven,” Helm said when I interviewed him in 2008. “And I believe that’s right.” And so Levon Helm has left us now, his spirit going back into the soil, dust, and sepia tones it seemingly arose from, threading itself into the rich tapestry of American culture with the great artists who so inspired him. But the music, the light, and the love he gave us are still here. —Peter Aaron

ON THE COVER Catherine Sebastian Onteora High School, Woodstock, New York, December 2010 "This was taken at end of the concert Levon and his band performed to celebrate the completion of the Onteora High School's auditorium renovation. Levon had worked tirelessly to see that the kids had a fresh place. My hubby saw this and said 'Aw, Levon is waving hello to say goodbye. Yeah.'"

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According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt is not only affecting recent graduating classes but America’s seniors as well. The data indicate that Americans age 60 and over collectively owe $36,000 in student loans. Some seniors are still in debt from loans they took out for their own schooling in their 20s, while others are still paying off loans they co-signed for their children or grandchildren. Students who graduated in 2010 had the highest-ever average of $25,250 in student debt. Seniors and recent graduates are similar in the way that they both face challenging job markets and higher rates of unemployment, which makes it more difficult to pay off loans. Source: Time

Native Saugertisian Jimmy Fallon tweeted on March 30 that his childhood home in the Hudson Valley is up for sale. Fallon’s post read: “My childhood home in Saugerties, NY is for sale. Please someone cool buy it! Great place to grow up.” The comedian’s former home is currently vacant. In Fallon’s March 16 “Tonight Show” appearance, he spoke about recently helping his parents to move out. Source: Twitter, Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty A study released in the April issue of American Sociological Review revealed that distrust in science by conservatives has increased dramatically. A Gallup poll showed that in 2012 only 30 percent of conservatives believed global warming is occurring versus 50 percent two years earlier. In contrast, there was almost no change shown in the opinions of liberals on the believing in global warming, with 74 percent in 2010 versus 72 percent in 2008. The study also found that Americans with moderate political views are even more skeptical of science. Moderates tend to be less educated than liberals or conservatives and are therefore more alienated from science. Source: Los Angeles Times Findings from a Virginia Tech study show that seven-and eight-year-old football players collect more than 750 hits to the head over the course of a season. Researchers placed instrumented helmets on the peewee players, providing the first quantitative assessment of the risk that young brains are exposed to in youth football. Lead researcher Stefan Duma, who has been studying head impacts among college players at Virginia Tech for nine seasons, notes that some of the impacts seen in youth football are equal in force to some of the bigger hits at the college level. Source: Stone Phillips Reports According to the annual community-powered eel census conducted by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the number of American eels migrating in the Hudson River this year is likely to break records. Every spring, juvenile eels—just two inches in length—migrate 1000 miles from the Sargasso Sea to the Hudson River. On March 23, Scenic Hudson staff counted more than 2,700 baby eels in a single night’s migration. Once migrated, the eels live in upstate rivers and streams for decades before returning to the sea. Source: Watershed Post On March 26, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens announced that Entergy will pay a $1.2 million civil penalty for violations of the Clean Water Act, Chemical Bulk Storage Regulations, and Navigation Laws at Indian Point. The violations occurred in November 2010, when the main transformer at Indian Point failed, resulting in an explosion and fire, causing the petroleum used to cool the transformer to be released into the Hudson River. Source: Read Media

A recent study suggests a link between maternal obesity and a heightened risk of autism in children. The research studied over 1,000 children aged two to five and found that mothers who are obese prior to pregnancy have a 1 in 53 chance of having an autistic child. According to associated press, that is a 67 percent increase from the 1 in 88 children diagnosed with autism normally. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic conditions may present a heightened risk for developmental disorders for the child, researchers from the University of California, Davis, and Vanderbilt University revealed. The reason for the link is still unexplained but theories include improper insulin production may affect the transportation of blood sugar to the fetus, which would harm its brain development. The study also indicated a doubled risk of autism for mothers living close to a freeway during the last trimester. Source: Slate Scientists are calling for cuts in commercial fishing to protect populations of forage fish such as sardines and herring, and the natural predators who depend on them. According to the report “Little Fish, Big Impact,” the fishing of these species has increased, and now accounts for 37 percent of all fish harvested worldwide, up from about 8 percent 50 years ago. These fish are mainly ground and processed for use as animal feed or nutritional supplements and as feed for the aquaculture industry, which produces about half of human-consumed fish and shellfish. Forage fish prove to be an important link on the food chain, as they feed on plankton and then are consumed by larger fish like tuna and cod, as well as by seabirds and dolphins. The report suggests that they are worth more than $11 billion as a wild source of feed for larger, commercially valuable fish. Source: New York Times US honeybees remain in a dire state of health, with large annual die-offs that have become known as Colony Collapse Disorder. The deaths are related to corn crops that are planted with seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides produced by the German chemical company Bayer. Neonics have also been used in significant portions of the soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, and peanut seed markets. This year’s corn crop is expected to cover over 94 million acres—the most in 68 years. The bees are affected by the pesticides in two ways: in large doses that occur at the time of seed planting, when neonic dust is spread in growing areas—killing the bees immediately—and in tiny doses of neonic-infused pollen that bees bring back into hives, which slowly attacks the bees’ immune systems and disrupts their nesting abilities. Source: Mother Jones A recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that the food stamp program, one of the largest antipoverty efforts in the country, reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8 percent in 2009. According to USDA figures, enrollment in the program grew substantially during the recession and immediately after, rising by 45 percent from January 2009 to January of this year. The stimulus package urged by President Obama created a significant rise in funding for the program. With the elections this year food stamps have come under increased scrutiny by Republican candidates, who see the program as creating an entitlement society. In response to seeing a “food stamps accepted here” sign outside a gas station, Congressman Allen West (R-FL) called the increase in food stamp use a “highly disturbing trend,” and said, “This is not something we should be proud to promote.” The program has lifted the average poor person’s income about six percent closer to the poverty line. Source: New York Times —Compiled by Molly Lindsay

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is spring, ’tis spring, and ’tis of sex we sing! But why a political column about such a thing? This could be the last of the great erotic seasons and this verse will reveal how demented the reasons. The Republican message grows ever more polished About the things that must soon be abolished They’re making up laws, measure by measure To stop anything that brings people pleasure.   "Right to life" is a phrase for the moral high ground but the cognitive dissonance gets very profound. To stop abortion as the result of a sexual relation you’d offer contraception and real sex education.   “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that!” is a direct quote from the Cat Without a Hat, the candidate-select on the Republican side, who was pro-choice before his rationality died.   "Abstinence only" is convincing logic for fools. It’s what the fools want to be taught in our schools. If children are taught only “No!” and just “Don’t” Republicans think that they actually won’t.   They think knowing nothing is the sure way to bliss, that kids are so dumb that they’ll stop with a kiss,  that they’ll only be prompted to try something more if they get their instructions from a high school brochure.   Santorum let the truth out unto the whole nation, that sex should be preserved just for procreation. Why this obsession with the sex lives of others? Why must every sex act be the making of mothers?   No chance to get jiggy, no chance to run wild, if each time you do it, you come down with a child. Maybe five times a lifetime, say, double for misses, and nothing but labor down there where the bliss is.   They want the consequences of sex to be very severe as if the good stuff will stop if there’s just enough fear. One slip, you’re pregnant with nowhere to turn, That’s a lesson that they want every good girl to learn.

These are the same people who love cavity searches. Is it something they learn in the grand Catholic churches? Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Roberts, and Alito made strip searching part of our nation’s new credo. Republican and Catholic, they are one and all, those black-robed men who made the strange call, that you can be strip searched just for illegal parking, for a dog off its leash, without biting or barking.   Bare all and bend over, that’s the Republican way, but just for the cops, never do it for play. Maybe that’s the reason they love prisons so much, Places, at last, where it’s all right to touch. Why do they hate all that’s sane and humane? New research has shown it’s the Republican brain. They’re immune to argument and especially to reason, if facts don’t agree then they charge ’em with treason.  Here’s my ode to spring, as it gets warm and sunny. The birds start to sing and the bees make their honey. Understanding how it works makes it even more magic, embracing blind ignorance is how it turns tragic.   Here’s my ode to spring, when politicians look funny, running around like the squirrels, collecting their money. It’s a time for quips, word play, humor, and jokes, while free speech stays free for ordinary folks.   Ahead is the summer, to be followed by fall, when another election will call out to us all. It’s actually simple, it’s really quite clear, what we must do and what we must fear.   Take it from your humble rhymer and verser, whatever Obama, Romney’s very much worser. When you woe, moan, and whine over his failins Imagine those of McCain’s and of Palin’s.   Think of the millennium, back to twenty aught-aught, and to the election that was then being fought. I heard many folks say with a very loud voice that Gore versus Bush was a meaningless choice.

The Court gave us Bush, since we didn’t care. He looted the treasury until the cupboard was bare, then he led us into wars that he couldn’t win, so let’s pay attention, and let’s not do it again. Pay attention to what they have agended. The things they’ll tear down that can’t be mended. Public education, public parks, public recreation, clean air, clean water, and all other regulation.   They think private corporations should own it all, They’ll sell off our schools like shoes at the mall, give Social Security to the brokers on Wall Street and turn Medicare over to the big-business elite.   Remember oh-eight, remember the Crash? It’s not long ago, not very far in our past. Republicans assume your memory is totally gone, they want the same policies that brought the crash on.   Evolution is blasphemy, tax cuts are sacred, take a look and you’ll see their emperor is naked. If teachers make a living, that makes them sore, while bankers should keep every million they score.   Unions will be busted, corporations made strong because a choice made for profit can never be wrong. Obama was not the messiah, my, what a surprise! But if he loses, who is it that gets crucified?   ’Tis spring, ’tis spring, and ’tis of sex we sing! Go have some even if you don’t have a ring. Do one for Santorum and one for Romney, too. Don’t ever let ’em take away your right to screw.   A note of apology to my Republican friends.Yes, I have several. Of course, in Woodstock, a conservative Republican is to the left of Barack Obama. I am using the word “Republican” here to refer to a set of policies espoused by the leaders of that party, if you’re a Republican and don’t mind other people having sex, please don’t take this personally. If you’re a Republican and you still think you’re in the party of Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, John Lindsey, and even Richard Nixon, you’re out of touch, but you we understand.  

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Editor's Note The Marcellus Shale natural gas field extends from New York through West Virginia, and, if reports are correct, contains 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, making it one of the biggest gas depositories in the US and a much needed new energy source. Recent advances in drilling techniques—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling among them—have made it economically feasible to extract the gas from the hard-to-reach Marcellus Shale. These drilling techniques are controversial, especiallly as the chemicals used to extract the gas are held as proprietary material by gas companies and communities where fracking is underway in other states are experiencing water contamination. As the debate over if, when, and how fracking comes to New York continues, we'll be reporting on it every month.

Tom Wilber didn’t set out to develop a broad knowledge in the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracture drilling in New York and Pennsylvania. But he has nevertheless done so, primarily through his work as a reporter for Binghamton’s Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper. For the past half-dozen years or so, Wilber has produced dozens of articles on the subject, with virtually every aspect of the fracking business in the Twin Tiers falling under his scrutiny. Now, Wilber has collated this knowledge into Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale (Cornell University Press), which will be published later this month. Wilber looks at the fortunes of the different families involved: Some have struck it rich, others have seen their water and land ruined. If you’re new to the fracking debate, and even if you have a strong working knowledge of this issue, you will come away having learned something new. Wilber provides a thoughtful, and carefully researched, look at the upsides, as well as the potentially catastrophic downsides, of the impact this new form of gas drilling could have on one of the world’s most pristine watersheds. In Under the Surface, you mention how the expansion of drilling (in Pennsylvania, especially) has outpaced regulators' ability to keep up with it. How big an issue is this? There has always been some natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania (and in western New York), but shale gas is an order of magnitude larger than we’ve seen, in terms of the number of square miles that it covers, in terms of the well density, in terms of the number of wells, and all of the related operations that go with it—pipelines, infrastructure, compressor stations. And it’s pretty much a matter of public record that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection didn’t just add a number of staff when this issue came up. They were behind; there was a lag time. And these types of agencies are frequently understaffed to begin with, are they not? Yes, especially now with state budgets the way they are. It’s a chronic problem across the board in government. So, you have this huge operational surge on the one hand, and you have the limitations on staffing on the other. It’s really a pretty simple equation. Many readers of your book will be surprised at the sheer volume of liquid waste a single well produces. Just how big a problem is this? You have all this water and fracking solution going down into the ground, and this is two to five million gallons per well. This is done initially; it’s called well stimulation (to get the gas flowing). So, that’s one well, and each drilling pad can sustain up to six wells (with up to one pad per square mile). Now, a lot of this comes back up out of the ground. Some of this is brine

Under the Surface: An Interview with Tom Wilber By Tod Westlake

[saltwater] contaminated with various other constituents, heavy metals, and chemicals. One of the things that got me really interested in this was the industry’s denial, all along, that there were problems, and that they characterized this stuff as being harmless household products. They would try to obscure the fact that salt, if you have a lot of it and no place to put it, can cause ecological problems. They were misleading along those lines, all the way. As to what we do with all of this waste, and how much there is (and where it ends up going), no one has a really good feel for that. The regulators, as I talk about in the book, especially in New York State, will say, “It’s all regulated. Don’t worry about it.” And in Pennsylvania they’d say much the same thing. But one of the important things to remember is that the industry is exempt from hazardous waste regulations; so, if this stuff was produced by another industry—microelectronics, for example—it would be classified as hazardous waste. So the industry doesn’t have the same limits when it comes to disposing of it. In Pennsylvania there has been some movement to say, we can’t just run this stuff through municipal treatment plants anymore, because we don’t know what’s in it. To treat something, you have to know what’s in it. Gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has been likened to a gold rush. And, at the same time, the industry is saying that it will leave the Marcellus Shale if regulations become too stringent. How serious is their threat? That’s a company line, and it’s something they use to their advantage. But, if there’s gold in the ground, they’ll get it. If the gold is too hard to get, or it’s not really gold after all, or the type of gold they thought it was and it doesn’t have the value, then they’re not going to get it. Just how worried should New Yorkers be when it comes to the potential negative impacts of drilling? Given the level of awareness now, I think that they should be less worried than they were a couple of years ago. I really think this is one of the biggest [environmental] issues now, since Love Canal, or No Nukes, or PCBs in the Hudson River. It’s on everybody’s radar screen. I have a lot of faith in open government to do the right thing. And if there’s true transparency, and people really understand the dynamics of everything involved, I’m not too worried about it over the long haul. If there’s a lack of transparency, regulation, and oversight, then I think people should be worried about it. But I also think we’re moving in a very positive direction now. We’re not there yet, but in terms of transparency, and how shale drilling is much different from a lot of other economic development, I think we’re moving in the right direction—primarily because of the work that activists do to raise our awareness of it.

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Portfolio Catherine Sebastian

Shangri La Studios, Malibu, California, April 1975 We were hanging out with Henry Glover, the producer. It was a beautiful spring day." That big expanse of blue sky—who could resist?’

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"I first met Levon in 1970, at a music festival near Minneapolis,” recalls Woodstock photographer Catherine Sebastian. “My husband [singer-songwriter John Sebastian] was playing there, and The Band was also on the bill. I already knew and loved their music, the songs were just so totally amazing. But what really struck me about seeing them play for the first time was how they played musical chairs and switched instruments so easily. Even when he was sitting still, though, Levon was always so full of kinetic energy.” In the mid ’70s Catherine, John, and the couple’s young son, Ben, left the photographer’s native Los Angeles and rented a house in Woodstock, where they were warmly and immediately welcomed as new members of the extended family that was the area’s music community. It was during her early years as a Woodstocker that Sebastian and Helm first became friends. “We both had kids around the same age,” she recalls. “It seemed like we were all together all the time back then.” Naturally, when the drummervocalist needed photos it was usually Sebastian who got the call. “Levon had recently started his own label, Record Company of Our Own, and put together a new band, the RCO All-Stars,” says Sebastian. “That was such an amazing band, with Dr. John on keyboards, [guitarist] Steve Cropper and [bassist] ‘Duck’ Dunn organist Booker T. of Booker T. and the MGs, [singer and mouth harpist] Paul Butterfield, and [Roy Orbison/Simon & Garfunkel guitarist] Fred Carter, Jr. Levon came to me and said. ‘Will you work for really little money if I give you exclusive rights to photograph our shows?’ I said, ‘Yeah!’ I was really shooting for the awe of it at that point, anyway. So he had me shoot the RCO All-Stars’ 1977 New Year’s Eve concert at the Palladium in New York. What an incredible night. Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher were dancing and jumping up and down right next to me, and I remember having to ask them to stop because my camera was shaking so much.” Offstage, Helm made a fine subject as well. “He looked wonderful, just this really natural, handsome, wiry guy,” the photographer says. “As a person he was very warm and had this great impish, playful thing about him. That’s the overarching part of his personality that I’ll remember the most: This conspiratorial way he had of talking to whomever he was with. He’d give you this little smile and say ‘Okay, let me tell ya what you and I are gonna do here.’ These shots are just a few of the hundreds I took during those wonderful years. It gives me great pleasure to share them here in the pages of Chronogram, for our friends and neighbors.” —Peter Aaron

Levon Helm 1940-2012 Eddy Cotton’s Fabulous Ribs, Los Angeles, California, April 1975 “Levon took the whole crew out to eat at this barbeque place. The menu was great: Eddy’s Own Dippin’ Sauce, chitlins, greens, corn bread…That’s Eddy himself in the kitchen shots. The customers were watching me take photos and everyone was making jokes. Right at this moment Levon turned toward the camera and gave me that ‘You getting this?’ look.”

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Above: RCO Picnic Rehersal, Summer 1977 "Amy watching her dad rehearse. The entire crew at the barn was gearing up for a big summer picnic Levon was throwing for RCA records. On stage from the far left is Mac Rebennack [aka Dr. John], Steve Cropper, Elizabeth Barraclough, Fred Carter, Jr., Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Paul Butterfield, and Levon. I was charmed by the sight of this allstar band playing their hearts out for an audience of Amy and her friends." Left: Woodstock, Spring 1977 [Back row, left to right.] "That girl was one of the seamstress/designers who worked flatout to sew all of these flags in time for the picnic; ‘Fast Back’ Eddy, a roadie famous for his speed getting back from gigs; producer/songwriter Henry Glover; all the way on the right is a fellow who was either music crew or a musician. In the front is Paul Butterfield, making a break for it, and Levon.” Opposite top: Onteora High School, Woodstock, December 2010 “I think it'd be fair to say Larry Campbell's face reflects the joy every single musician who ever played with Levon felt. [Helm's manager] Barbara O' Brien had asked to see a proof of this show, she and Levon wanted to make a card to thank everyone who helped with the Onteora benefits. That says so much to me about how they gave back.” Opposite bottom: Palladium, NYC, New Year’s Eve, 1977 “The RCO All-Stars were using pyrotechnics for the show and I remember really worrying about getting shots of that, because it was all set to go off sequentially. I sometimes would move right in front of the lip of the stage and then pop up to take shots. Levon really got a kick out of that—he used to call me ‘bunny rabbit.’” 30 portfolio ChronograM 5/12

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The House

The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Massaro House on Petra Island in Lake Mahopac. Built in 2008, the structure is based on plans drawn up by Wright in 1951.

Living Wright in Lake Mahopac The Ultimate Man Cave

By Jennifer Farley Photographs by Deborah DeGraffenreid


hen sheet-metal mogul Joe Massaro bought Petra Island in Lake Mahopac for $700,000 in 1991, it came with an exquisite 1,200-squarefoot Frank Lloyd Wright guest cottage designed in 1950. Decades later, the American Institute of Architects named Wright “the greatest American architect of all time.” The cottage was ancillary to Wright’s plans for a spectacular 5,000-square-foot master residence fabricated from structurally reinforced concrete around a giant rock outcropping, which was never built. Well, at least not until Massaro sold his business and found himself with plenty of money, time, and a proven ability to cultivate asset value. “I have a real good batting average,” says Massaro, now the principal investor in a Boston software company he claims will revolutionize commercial construction. In the 1950s, Lake Mahopac was a middle-class summer community, convenient to NewYork. At age 83,Wright, a lifelong Midwesterner, was basking in the chatter of Manhattan success, buoyed by the fame surrounding his commission for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The rocky 11 acres of heart-shaped Petra Island inspired Wright precisely when he could most afford to be choosy. After decades of emotional and financial turbulence, Wright’s life finally seemed balanced. Many believe the prolific artist and educator was peaking creatively. An engineer named A. K. Chahroudi commissioned Wright to design a dramatic cantilevered cliff residence envisioned to surpass Fallingwater (1935) as his crowning achievement.The guest cottage was merely the companion structure. Allegedly due to lack of funds, Chahroudi never built the great house, and eventually sold Petra Island, but copies of the drawings remained in the engineer’s family.

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According to Massaro, Chahroudi’s widow confided that her husband “never intended to build the big house.” But the client challenge of creating—for an engineer!—a higher-tech masterpiece in Wright’s signature “late organic style” was the only way to court the notoriously fussy genius into drafting the stunning, smallish cottage, built in 1952. Lovers & Loathers “I think me and Frank, we would get along,” says Massaro, a poker enthusiast and grandfather of four who also owns a conventional home in the town of Mahopac, where his wife of 45 years, Barbara, prefers to live. They meet for lunch. The Massaros also have a condominium in Florida. “Barbara says the spiders need saddles out there, so it’s really mostly just Joe’s,” says family friend Jim Libby. Libby’s the executive director of Petra Production Ltd., soon to release Building Wright Today. The documentary, eight years in the making, covers every aspect of the construction and controversy surrounding Massaro’s decision to build what he considers Wright’s residential masterpiece. Actor John Amos, whose television work includes “Good Times,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and a recurring role in “The West Wing,” recently completed the film’s voice over. At press time, Libby was interviewing musicians to compose the score.The golf buddies-turned-filmmakers had hoped to debut the documentary on PBS, but their marketing fee of $15,000 “is just too high,” says Massaro. Libby now plans to pitch the documentary to various cable networks and sell dvds directly to consumers.

Top: A 28-foot cantilevered slab extends southward over Lake Mahopac. The furniture and rugs are based on designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. Bottom left: Joe Massaro in front of a mural he commissioned for the house, based on a mural in Wright’s Socrates Zaferiou House in Blauvelt, NY. (Note the Massaro House in the mural.) Bottom right: A guest bathroom with protruding boulders and skylight.

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Top: The original cottage built by Frank Lloyd Wright for A. K. Chahroudi on Petra Island in 1952. Bottom: The entryway to the main house, with 26 triangular skylights set in a concrete grid and a massive boulder extending outward adjacent to the front door.

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An aggressive negotiator with a gift for making snap decisions, Massaro knew little about Wright when he bought Petra Island. Today he’s an aficionado. He collects related books and art. The colorful den mural pays homage to Wright’s Socrates Zaferiou House in Blauvelt, designed in 1956 and built in 1961. But one organization for which Massaro has no love is the venerable Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Chicago. Pursuant a cashless legal settlement, Massaro may only claim the big house on Petra Island is “inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.” Consequently, Massaro House, finished in 2008, attracts both fawning lovers and fanatical loathers. While duly faithful to Wright’s plans, the headstrong tycoon made a mere handful of alterations he describes as “field-expedient.” Purists castigate Massaro for using curved skylights instead of flat, capping the chimneys to keep out snow and rain, but most especially, for altering the way rubble stones extrude from the home’s walls. Massaro staunchly defends all his choices. “The small bedrooms and baths, the built-in furniture—they’re all exactly as Wright designed.” What’s not disputed is that Massaro House is the only Wright house erected in the site for which it was designed since the architect’s death in 1959. “I finally built the big house, and no matter what anyone says, this is a Frank Lloyd Wright house,” says Massaro. Massaro says the Foundation initially demanded $450,000 for blueprints and posthumous construction-authenticity supervision. He countered with $200,000. A bitter dispute ensued. Massaro, who had run a union shop and was on its national labor relations board, finally had enough of pedantic academics telling him what to do. He’d made his fortune making metal for duct work, and by golly, Massaro House was going to have air conditioning, which Joe installed himself. Furthermore, building permits were now more complicated than they were 60 years ago, when New York had no energy code. There have also been significant improvements in concrete technology. Massaro attends the annual concrete manufacturer’s trade show in Las Vegas to stay informed and also play a little Texas Hold’Em. “See, nobody handed me anything,” says Massaro. “I worked 16-hour days for 15 years, so I didn’t really see my family grow up, I had no business education, and one day I was working for them and the next day they was working for me.” Architect of Record “Hon, there’s a man trying to get onto the island!” One summer afternoon in the late 90s, Massaro received an urgent telephone call from his wife. “She said, hon, there’s a man trying to rent a boat from Mahopac Marina to get onto the island!,’” says Massaro. Barbara quickly nixed that. “She’s very private, very protective,” he says. A week later, the thwarted boat renter contacted Massaro directly, identifying himself as Thomas A. Heinz, AIA, an architect from Illinois and author of many books on “Mr. Wright.” Heinz explained that he’d photographed every existing Wright house except the Chahroudi cottage. Heinz politely asked Massaro to grant him the privilege of a tour. Massaro agreed.The men became friends.When the rift with the foundation blew up, Massaro immediately hired Heinz to execute Wright’s plans and be the architect of record for its construction. Attaching the respected Wright scholar to the project lent Massaro’s dream much credibility. They’ve remained close. Heinz visits Petra Island every summer with his wife. “Being inside Massaro House is like being on a ship that is docked, “ says Heinz. “You see water on all sides, it’s very quiet, and the air is clear and refreshing.” And That’s The Way It Is Joe mostly uses Massaro house as the ultimate man cave. He cleans the windows and floors and maintains the grounds himself. His family visits by invitation only. But Massaro makes the space available for several fundraisers a year, raising thousands of dollars for charitable causes. He thinks he pays the highest property tax assessment in Putnam County, without benefit of police or fire services. “When Walter Cronkite came to see it, he walked in and said, “I feel Frank here,’” says Massaro with pride. The late anchorman knew Wright personally. Massaro keeps several photos of the “most trusted man in America” on a particularly Wrightian African mahogany bookshelf alongside family pictures. And that’s the way it is.

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Jay and Polly Armour of Four Winds Farm in Gardiner grow vegetables in four acres of permanent no-till beds.

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or a few years in my early 20s, I ran a small organic truck farm operation. I sunk $2,000 into a fancy rototiller, because the gospel of tillage had been drilled into me by advertising and convention. It was a beautiful royal blue tiller, and it was a joy to operate. The soil looked so nice and fluffy after I tilled, and all that organic matter just kind of melted into the soil particles like magic. I get why people are wedded to their rototillers. But tillage has its downsides. Tillage stirs up weed seeds, it can break down your soil structure, it can contribute to erosion, and it releases carbon dioxide from the soil (not to mention, from the tiller) into the atmosphere. (Soil, like trees, “sequesters” carbon if left alone.) Land-grant schools like the Agriculture College at Cornell conduct research on conventional tillage versus conservation tillage. For a lot of farmers, reduced tillage, a form of conservation tillage, is proving to be optimum. But for home gardeners, no-till, the ultimate form of conservation tillage, is a really intriguing—and practical—possibility. Farmer-Mentors Jay and Polly Armour of Four Winds Farm in Gardiner practice no-till exclusively on the four acres of vegetables they grow on their 24-acre certified organic farm.The vegetable beds have been formed permanently over the last 17 years without the use of expensive and polluting equipment. Their weed pressure has gone so far down that the Armours spend much more time in the summer harvesting than dealing with weeds. Some weed seeds, like those of dandelion and thistle, can blow in, but the farm’s raised beds are so friable and loose that what few weeds pop up can be pulled out with little effort. Jay Armour advises home gardeners who want to get into no-till to start with a small area and expand each year. He says, “You can overwhelm yourself if you to start with too big an area because there will be weeds like quack grass that will get through the first year; you’ll have to dig them up.” But after a few years of putting more and more compost down—basically, using compost as your mulch—eventually, you don’t have weeds. By contrast, Armour says, “If you were to till every year, you’re constantly gonna get weeds.”

by Michelle Sutton Photographs by Larry Decker To create that first no-till bed, Armour recommends beating down the vegetation with a weed whacker, then laying down a single layer of cardboard (he gets big pieces from the recycling center). He says that it’s a lot less hassle to remove the plastic tape before you lay the plastic down rather than remove stray plastic from the soil for years thereafter.You can use newspaper, too, but it tends to blow away before you get it situated; cardboard is more cooperative. Then over the cardboard, put down three inches of compost (for garden beds) or a layer of woodchips (for paths). You’ll be planting seedlings like broccoli, peppers, and tomatoes through the cardboard and into the underlying soil. “If you planted them into the compost above the cardboard, the seedlings would dry out,” he says. Armour suggests preparing the beds at least two weeks before planting so the cardboard has time to soften a bit. Things like lettuce, carrots, beans and beets that can be direct-seeded, however, you seed right into the compost above the cardboard. Armour says that the roots of those direct-seeded plants will make their way through the cardboard on their own as the plants grow. Every year the Armours add an inch of compost to their four acres of permanent raised beds. The compost the Armours use is manure-based from their own cows mixed with a hotter horse manure from a neighbor’s farm. Armour checks the compost pile daily to make sure it is adequately cooking so that weed seeds are burned up. To help further control weeds and keep moisture in the soil, the Armours mulch with straw for some crops, like tomatoes. The next year, they simply leave the mulch in place and cover it with the annual top-dress of compost. Starting Up For further reading on the subject, Armour recommends Weedless Gardening by New Paltz garden guru Lee Reich. That book has also been helpful to Armour’s yoga teacher, Tricia Scott, who is also a chef and teaches seasonal whole foods cooking and living classes at the home she shares with her partner, Upashant, in Hurley. “Our first year of no-till gardening went really well, much better than we expected,” Scott says. “We installed 900 square feet of raised beds, and so the initial work was substantial, and labor intensive. But last year’s work made this year easy.”  5/12 chronogram home 39

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Jay Armour wishes more farmers and gardeners would give no-till a try.

I asked Scott if there were any snafus in getting started. “Last year,” she says, “because we started a month late, some of the matted leaves that we used as a base layer were not composted enough, stalling the plants’ growth for two or three weeks. But soon thereafter, they were growing beyond our expectations. The garden was also pretty much weedless. If Upashant would go out before me to the garden, I’d ask him to leave me a weed or two to pull, if there were any!” In the fall, Scott and her partner added a 12-by-40-foot unheated hoop greenhouse over part of the raised beds so that they could eat cold-hardy greens all through the winter. They are currently adding another 600 square feet of no-till beds.    The Lineage In addition to studying the Armours’ approach and reading Lee Reich’s Weedless Gardening, here are some recommended sources for no-till inspiration and guidance. Ruth Stout (1884-1980) believed in gardening under a permanent thick layer of mulch to suppress weeds. She wrote numerous books on the subject, including The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book, Gardening Without Work for the Aging, the Busy & the Indolent, and How to Have a Green Thumb without an Aching Back. There is also an excellent short documentary about her, called Ruth Stout’s Garden. In 1975, the plant pathologist and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) wrote the classic, The One-Straw Revolution. In his approach to what he called “natural farming,” he eschewed plowing, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers yet enjoyed unusually high yields in his rice fields. According to, “Fukuoka observed that when he ceased plowing, his weed population declined sharply. Weeds need not be wholly eliminated; they can be successfully suppressed by spreading straw over freshly sown ground and by planting ground cover. Eliminating intervals between one crop and another through carefully timed seeding is essential.” Patricia Lanza’s Lasagna Gardening (1998) came about after her years of experimentation with gardening on poor, rocky soils in the Catskills. Building the garden up became a necessity of site but also she didn’t have time to do a lot of weeding. Her lively book using the analogy of creating lasagna makes this method of layering organic matter to suppress weeds very appealing and accessible.


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Shining Examples Beacon and Fishkill by Peter Aaron photos by David Morris Cunningham

an arial photograph of Denning’s Point by Patricia Dunne, provided by the beacon institute for rivers and estuaries.


t’s become a model story for so many formerly thriving American cities as they strive to prosper in the face of economic adversity: Set the scene with assistance incentives to attract artists and entrepreneurs, and then sit back and watch as your shattered and shuttered community reinvents itself as a mecca for tourists, new businesses, and transplanted residents. Of course, not every town can be successful in such efforts, and there are dozens of crumbling municipalities going to seed as they wait for a resurgence that may never come. The story of Beacon and its neighboring town of Fishkill, however, is one of the good ones. In fact, the once mostly vacant postindustrial area’s reemergence as an arts destination has been nothing short of meteoric. “[The Beacon-Fishkill area] is unique in that it borders the Hudson River and the Hudson Highlands, as well as being a very diversified place when it comes to amenities,” says Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, who grew up locally and served as the town’s highway superintendent for 24 years before taking office in 2011. “With the way things are laid out geographically, you can go kayaking on the river and then hiking on Mount Beacon, both in the same day. The historic buildings and all of the new businesses also make it a very attractive place to visit and live in.” Artistic Arrival Settled in the early 16th century as Fishkill Landing and Matteawan, the two villages, along with part of nearby Glenham, would eventually incorporate as the City of Beacon in 1913. During the American Revolution, the city acquired its name from the signal fires that burned atop its namesake mountain to warn Washington’s troops of enemy movements. Beacon experienced explosive growth during the 1800s Industrial Revolution, and was for several decades known as “The Hat-Making Capital of the US,” thanks to the dozens of such 52 beacon + fishkill ChronograM 5/12

factories that set up shop in the area.When American industry started to decline in the early 1970s, Beacon’s plight took a parallel path, and its numerous plants began shutting their doors; the subsequent closings of the nearby Dutchess Ski area and IBM facilities were further devastating blows. By the late 1990s, a staggering 80 percent of the city’s commercial business spaces and factories were boarded up. What finally got the ball rolling for the region’s recent renaissance was the 2003 arrival of Dia:Beacon, the sprawling, internationally renowned museum of contemporary art housed in a former Nabisco box-printing factory. From the moment it opened the museum has been a consistent magnet for daytripping New Yorkers, who arrive at Metro-North’s Beacon station, which is in easy walking distance to the museum and the Lower Main Street Historic District. Artists have also flocked in to take advantage of the area’s wealth of raw loft space. “I opened my studio in 2008, and I’m just constantly amazed by the range of artistic talent here—as well as the community itself,” says woodworker Jessica Wickham, whose handcrafted furniture is made using sustainable materials culled from spots near the so-called Tree City. “There’s a tremendous sense of optimism and goodwill about Beacon’s remaking itself.” To accommodate Dia’s culture-loving visitors and local residents, an abundance of exciting galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, performance spaces, and other businesses has sprung up along Main Street and its environs. “We saw the potential of the revival on Lower Main and knew we wanted to be a part of it,” says Bonnie Stewart, who co-owns The Hop, a newly opened craft beer retailer and tasting room, with two Culinary Institute of America-certified chefs. “Being beer lovers ourselves and knowing enough others like us in town, we also saw the need for a place that has really great, locally brewed beers. We have six draft lines that we rotate daily—sometimes multiple times per

jessica diaz at Tas Kafe

Wayne Homsi at il Barilotto

Kitty Sherpa at Beacon Natural Market

David Meltzer at All You Knead Artisan Bakery

Bill Perre at William Anthony Salon

Carley Hughes at Ella’s Bellas Bakery

Amber Wallace at Farm to Table

Kathleen Andersen at Hudson Beach Glass

Makenzie Melley at Tito Santana

Brian Murnane at The Coffee Shoppe

Ariel Shatz at Homespun Foods

Libby Faison at Beacon Barkery

Janette M. Burgess at La Bella Rosa

Clary Garcet and Christina Rocco at Cafe Mayo

Schwartzberg at The Golden Buddha

Leah Quinn at Beacon Art Emporium

Tom Karamintzas at Beacon Cycles

Katy Behney at MTN Tops

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day—and over 100 different bottled beers.” The Hop pairs its fine beverages with dishes made using area-harvested ingredients (charcuterie is a specialty), and boasts a micromarket offering locally made products. Other dining hot spots are Tito Santana Taqueria (Mexican fare), Poppy’s Burgers (grass-fed and vegetarian farm-to-table burgers and fries), Sukhothai (Thai cuisine), Homespun Foods (a café with an accent on sandwiches and freshly baked desserts), and, to take the edge off on a warm day, Zora Dora’s, for microbatch ice cream and traditional Mexican paletas (fruit-filled ice pops). Community grocer Beacon Natural Market sells a complete selection of quality organic and natural products, and the tellingly named Coffee Shoppe is a top hang for java, tea, and espresso. One of Beacon’s most beloved and longest running shops is Hudson Beach Glass, a multigenerational glass studio founded in 1987 and located in a former ice house. Hudson Beach offers handmade sculptural and functional drink ware, bowls, and plates, and its gallery/glass-blowing demonstration studio is a popular stop. Nearby and also stocking items made with hand-blown glass is Niche Modern, purveyor of sleek designer chandeliers and architectural lighting. Blackbird Attic maintains a specially curated mix of modern and vintage men’s and women’s fashions (consignments taken). Of course, a new ’do is the perfect compliment for those freshly acquired duds, and for that, Moxie Salon & Beauty Hub is the place to bring your head to. Lighting the Way In addition to enjoying a healthy retail scene, Beacon is certainly not a town wanting for entertainment. The architecturally jaw-dropping Howland Cultural Center, a Norwegian-inspired, inlaid-brick Victorian wonder built in 1872, presents world-class music, dance, and theater productions. Another visually wondrous and historic venue is the 800-seat Beacon Theater, an Art Deco performance hall constructed in 1934 and recently acquired, renovated, and reopened by its resident theater group, 4th Wall Productions. Training the stars of tomorrow is Beacon Music Factory, an all-ages grassroots music school located in the basement of Beacon First Presbyterian Church and organized by a collective of professional teacher-musicians founded by tireless local music

booster Stephen Clair (he also heads up kids music program Rock Band Boot Camp and events promotion group Local 845). Yet another artistic space is the Beahive, a shared, socially conscious work environment for entrepreneurs, the creative class, microbusinesses, and consultants that began locally and now operates two other Hudson Valley locations. And when Beaconites need a break from their work environment they often head to, well, the environment. The 4.8-square-mile city encompasses and is adjacent to several verdant, hikeable parks, such as Fishkill Ridge, Madam Brett Park, riverside Long Dock Park, and the aforementioned Mount Beacon Park. The last site was once home to the Mount Beacon Incline Railway, which from 1902 to 1978 shuttled sightseers to the summit to enjoy its spectacular views; interestingly, a group called the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society is working to relaunch the attraction as “a living museum.” Headquartered in town is the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, an environmental advocacy and preservation organization with two facilities, the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point and a Main Street site with administrative offices and a gallery. “The Institute officially became part of Clarkson University in late 2011, although Clarkson has been our research partner since 2008 on the River and Estuary Observatory Network,” says Chief Communications Officer Kathleen Hickey. “Our REON research team is working to develop and improve a variety of environmental sensors so we can have a better understanding of what is happening in the river, when it happens.” What’s in a Name The Town of Fishkill is to Beacon’s immediate northeast, and includes the Village of Fishkill. That story you may have heard about overzealous PETA members proposing the town swap its name for something that doesn’t suggest “violent imagery” against fish actually happened, in 1996. Perhaps not so surprisingly, the burg declined changing its name, which derives from the Dutch vis kill and translates as “fish creek.” Called Tioranda (“the place where two waters meet”) by its original Native American inhabitants in reference to the intersection of the Hudson and Fishkill Creek, the land was purchased in 1683 by a pair of New York merchants and during the Revolution served as a 5/12 ChronograM beacon + fishkill 55

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New Summer Menu Housemade Drinks Lunch and Dinner Box Tues - Sun 11am - 8pm Closed Mondays 469 Main St Beacon, NY (845) 765-8596

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supply depot for the Continental Army. In the 19th century textile mills fueled Fishkill’s economy, but these days the town is mainly residential, with a leaning toward technology-based businesses. Nevertheless, Fishkill also has its share of exceptional destination eateries. Ranking high among these are Farm to Table Bistro (locally raised organic meats and produce), Maya Café & Cantina (traditional and vegetarian Mexican), Golden Buddha (Thai cuisine, weekly cooking classes), and Il Barrilotto Enoteca (Italian/French/Spanish fusion with a formidable arsenal of imported wines). Fans of America’s Greatest Pastime take note: Fishkill is the stomping ground of Minor League Baseball team the Hudson Valley Renegades, who make their home at Dutchess Stadium. Constructed in 1994, the 4,500capacity ballpark is also the site of outdoor concerts and has hosted Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, and other big-name acts. “This is definitely an up-and-coming area, with a lot of great things to do and a lot of opportunities for small businesses like ours,” says Bill Perre, who opened A William Anthony Salon in December 2007. “What would I say to someone who’s visiting the area for the first time? Get set for a great day and a great night out!”


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Art Along the Hudson Artisan Wine Shop Back Room Gallery (845) 838-1838 Beacon Art Emporium Beacon Barkery Beacon Music Factory Beacon Natural Market Beacon Rivers and Estuaries Center Beacon River Fest Brothers Trattoria (845) 838-3300 Caitlin Mahar Daniels Photography Cup and Saucer Restaurant & Tea Room (845) 831-6287 Clutter Dazzles Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital Echo Eleven 11 Restaurant & Bar Ella’s Bellas Four Seasons Sunrooms Giannetta Salon & Spa Golden Buddha Homespun Foods The Hop Hudson Beach Glass Jane McElduff, DDS La Bella Rosa Leo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Mad Dooley Gallery Maria Lago Studio 502 Mountain Tops Moxie Salon Piano Piano Wine Bar Pleasant Ridge II Restaurant (845) 831-3444 Rafeal Delgado River Pool at Beacon River Winds Gallery The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls Russell Cusick Gallery Salon Arje Seed to Fruit Seoul Kitchen (845) 765-8596 Sukothai Tas Kafé The Tomato Cafe The Vintage Cafe

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Combining Holistic And Conventional Medicine For A Least Invasive/Least Toxic Approach To Veterinary Healthcare That Will Enhance Your Pet’s Quality Of Life. FEATURING: Chiropractic & Acupuncture • Laser Therapy Alternative Cancer Therapies • Nutritional Support Routine & Specialized Surgeries • Phone Consults All-Natural Flea & Tick Prevention Digital Radiology • Complete In-House Lab • Ultrasound Premium Raw & Freeze-Dried Foods • Supplements

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ince 1981, Leo’s Italian Restaurants have been serving authentic Italian food in the Orange County area. We invite you to join us for lunch or dinner daily. We have a full menu, including pizza, hot & cold subs, pasta, seafood, veal, chicken, appetizers, salads, beer and wine. In addition to a full menu, Leo’s caters for all occasions, whether in our location or yours. Eat in or take out. Delivery is also available. Full bar at the Wappingers Falls and Cornwall locations. Desserts made by CIA graduate.

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Our Chefs are Culinary School Trained in Thailand Sun & tues-Thurs 11:30am-9:30pm Fri & Sat 11:30am-10:30pm “Golden Buddha Gets Rave Reviews!” Poughkeepsie Journal, July 2010 “Find Exquisite Thai Food at Golden Buddha!” ★ ★ ★ ★ Poughkeepsie Journal, Oct 2011

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LOCAL NOTABLE Developer Robert McAlpine

EVENTS Chrystie House Tour May 9. Tour this historic Federal-style home (now a B&B), which was built in 1821 for wealthy New York banker Albert Chrystie (a relative of Founding Father William Few Jr.) and moved to landscape architect Henry Winthrop Sargent’s estate in 1927.

Forest Walk with Paul Blaszak May 12. Sponsored by the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries’ Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, this walk led by forester Paul Blaszak focuses on tree identification and a discussion of the human impact on historic Denning’s Point.

Fishkill Craft Fair Like the Victorian craze for fancy fur and felt hats that for decades fed its reputation as “the hat-making capital of the US”—as well as its economy—Beacon’s time in the Industrial Age limelight was not to last. As fashions changed, and women, especially, stopped sporting the ostentatious headwear they’d worn for generations, one by one the formerly thriving milliners left the region, taking the better part of the city’s wealth with them. During the early 1960s urban renewal claimed many of the historic factories, and in the early ’70s Beacon’s economic blight began its 30-year reign. The surviving, once-proud structures fell ever more deeply into decay, becoming unstable eyesores, easy targets for vandals, and nests of nefarious activity. With the town’s recent renaissance, however, has come the refurbishing and repurposing of many of these sites, the latest and perhaps most ambitious such project being the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, which opens this month. “When I originally moved to Beacon five years ago, it was with the intention of retiring,” says the property’s owner, builder, and developer Robert McAlpine, who purchased the site with his retirement funds. “But when I saw the Roundhouse property I fell in love with it, and we’ve worked very hard ever since to bring this site back to life.” McAlpine, who has partnered on the project with architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, is working to transform the nine-acre site straddling Fishkill Creek into a 54-room destination hotel with a luxury spa; a 175-seat restaurant and bar called Swift, which also features indoor and outdoor dining; and a 250-seat catering and event space overlooking the rushing Beacon Falls. Home to four existing brick 19th-century mill buildings, the site also contains a former hydroelectric plant, which will be restored to provide green electricity to the property, and plans also include turning one former mill building into five work/live artist loft spaces. Swift will be housed in the Roundhouse itself, which will additionally boast 2EM, a 40-seat lounge with an adjoining outdoor terrace that can accommodate up to 100 people, along with 12 boutique hotel rooms on the second floor offering views of the falls. The drumshaped building will be connected by a bridge to two other nearby boutique hotels, as well as the spa and a full-service fitness center. McAlpine started McAlpine Construction Company, Inc., as a sole proprietorship in 1987, and the firm now employs more than 20 workers. In addition to the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls project, the company currently has several other hospitality and health care facility projects underway in the tri-state area. Based in New York, with a satellite office in Madrid, the award-winning Rockwell Group was founded in 1984 and is a cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm specializing in cultural, hospitality, retail, product, and set-design projects. Owner David Rockwell’s interest in theater has informed much of his company’s work, which has included Nobu restaurants worldwide, the W Hotel in New York’s Union Square, the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Maialino trattoria, the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, the central marketplace of the JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, set designs for the 2009 and 2010 Academy Awards ceremonies, the Broadway productions “Hairspray” and “Catch Me If You Can,” and other prestigious undertakings. “The support we’ve received from the people of Beacon, from the city administration to the local artisans and the public at large has been extraordinary,” says McAlpine. “It’s been rewarding to breathe new life into a site that holds an important place in so many Beaconites’ hearts, and we’re looking forward to introducing Beacon to a larger audience.”

June 3. Now in its 19th year, this popular celebration of local artisans is organized by the Fishkill Business Association. This time around, the FBA is hosting the Hudson Valley Etsy Team, and the event will run rain or shine.

Beacon Sloop Club Strawberry Festival June 10. Sample the revered shortcake and other delicacies made from local strawberries, peruse the farmers market, take a ride on the sailing vessel the Woody Guthrie, and enjoy live music by event co-founder Pete Seeger and others.

Beacon Riverfest June 30. A three-years-young event presenting music from six bands across two stages, a kids tent, and food and crafts galore in the city’s Riverfront Park. 2012’s lineup boasts Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Bing Ji Ling, the Figgs, the M Shanghai String Band, and more.

Beacons of Music Through August 26. Another arts-oriented happening, this exhibit trumpets the celebrated musicians who live and perform in Beacon via striking, giant black-and-white portraits by photographer Rob Penner displayed on the walls of the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls.

Second Saturday Beacon Ongoing. Part of the Art Along the Hudson series that takes place in several area towns, this citywide soiree has Beacon galleries and shops staying open late for artist openings and receptions, music, and special events.

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Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist Curated by Susana Leval

Through July 12, 2012

Passage of Time by Kevin Cook (20 x 30) Oil

Kevin Cook May 1 - June 14 Artist Reception May 19 5pm to 7pm Eugene Ludins, Pastoral, 1965, Oil on Canvas


galleries & museums Open Wed. – Sun. 11 am – 5 pm 845/257-3844

Sites Unseen photography by Brooke Singer

May 2 - June 17, 2012 Opening Reception: May 5, 4 - 6 p.m.

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Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, Connecticut Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday 10 - 4 ; Sunday, 12 - 4 (860) 435 - 3663 ~

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Eileen Polk’s photograph of Joey Ramone was taken outside CBGB late one night. The Hells Angels had parked their bikes out front and she convinced a slightly tipsy Joey to jump on the bike. He later asked her not to publish the photos so the Angels wouldn’t beat him up. Polk saved the negative unpublished for 30 years. From the exhibition “Eileen Polk: On the Scene, Max’s Kansas City Photography and Beyond,” running May 4-June 30. Opening Friday, May 4, 6-8pm at AI Earthling Gallery in Woodstock.

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galleries & museums

Amapolas Azules, Maria Lago, mixed media Studio 502 502 Main Street, Beacon Studio hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11am-6pm

291 WALL STREET KINGSTON 340-8625. “Children’s Mixed Media Art Show.” Through May 14.

510 warren STREET GALLERY 510 Warren St., Hudson (518) 822-0510 “May Invitational.” Group show. May 4-June 3. Opening Saturday, May 5.

768 MAIN STREET MARGARETVILLE 586-6166. “A Spring Celebration Exhibition: George Ballantine & Robert Selkowitz.” Through May 31.

ADAMS HORSE STABLE WEST BRIDGE STREET, SAUGERTIES 246-1618. “Photographs by Jeanne C. Hildenbrand, Jeannie Bachor, and Keith Kopycinski.” Through May 31.

AI EARTHLING GALLERY 69 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2650. “Eileen Polk: On the Scene, Max’s Kansas City Photography and Beyond.” May 4-June 30. Opening Friday, May 4, 6pm-8pm.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART UPSTAIRS GALLERIES 22 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 505-6040. “15 Ulster County Artists.” A two-gallery showcase of new and recent work. Through May 31.

ANN STREET GALLERY 140 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146 “Gendered Object: Barbie as Art.” May 19-June 30. Opening Saturday, May 19, 6-9pm

AROMA THYME BISTRO 162 MAIN STREET, ELLENVILLE 647-3000. “A Visual Feast.” Virginia Giordano, Jennifer W Leighton, Lois Linet; paintings, drawings, photographs. May 6-29. Opening Sunday, May 6, 1pm-3pm.

THE ART AND ZEN GALLERY 702 FREEDOM PLAINS ROAD, POUGHKEEPSIE 473-3334. “Paintings by Grace E. Diehl.” Through June 30.

ARTS UPSTAIRS 60 MAIN ST., PHOENICIA 688-2142. “Harper Blanchet Solo Show.” Paintings and photographs. May 19-July 14. Opening Saturday, May 19, 6pm-9pm. “Nobody’s Fool.” A group show with Valerie Owen in the solo room. Through May 13.

BAU 161 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7584. “I Remember Thought Bubbles.” New works by Carla Goldberg. Through May 6.

BEARSVILLE GRAPHICS SUDIO GALLERY 68 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 684-5476. “The Unstill Still Life: Mezzotint Engravings by Carol Wax.” Through May 6.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Photography: New Work.” Through May 27.


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“Surface Tension.” Marisa Baumgartner, Matthew Brandt, Christopher Colville, Megan Flaherty, Joseph Heidecker, Mark Lyon, Aspen Mays, Klea McKenna, Alison Rossiter, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Brea Souders. May 5-June 24. Opening Saturday, May 5, 5pm-7pm.

CLOCKTOWER 65 MAIN STREET, WARWICK “Signs of Spring.” A group show of over 15 artists. May 4-31. Opening Friday, May 4, 5pm-8pm.

COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 209 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 671-6213. “My America: America the Way it Used to be.” A solo exhibition by Herb Rogoff. Through May 21.


DAVIS ORTON GALLERY 114 WARREN STREET, HUDSON “Drag Queens / Jacques Cabaret.” Keiko Hiromi. Through May 13. “The Liminal Portrait.” Richard Edelman. Through May 13. Mark Haven and Remi Thornton. May 18-June 24. Opening Saturday, May 19, 6-8pm.

DIA: BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON. 440-0100. “Jean-Luc Moulène: Opus + One.” Through December 31. “Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive.” Through September 24.

ELENA ZANG GALLERY 3671 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-5432. “Photographic.” Through May 13.

THE FIELDS SCULPTURE PARK OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER, GHENT (518) 392-4568. “Stanley Whitney: Six Paintings.” Through June 3.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5632. “Space, Time and Narrative: Mapping Gothic France.” Through May 20.

GALERIE BMG 12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027. “In a Big World Wandering.” Bryan David Griffith. May 25-July 9. Opening Saturday, May 26, 5pm-7pm. “Susanna Briselli: Still Life, Photo-Paintings.” Through May 21.

GALLERY ON THE GREEN 7 ARCH STREET, PAWLING 855-3900. “Raw Art: The Pedestal Series.” Photographer Lynn Karlin. May 19-June 16. Opening Saturday, May 19, 5pm-7pm.

GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “Inside Out.” Paintings by Deborah Buck. Through May 6. “Rain Kiss on Me Back.” Paintings/prints by Marthe Keller. Through May 6.

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Catch the Vibes Apple Orchard, Donald Alter, acrylic on canvas “Chromatic Tales” by Donald Alter is on display at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon. discussions developed in collaboration with Occupy Wall Street artists. Through May 31. “Transmittal.” Exhibition with experimental artists using radio waves as a visual arts medium. Through June 2.

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362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Autistic’s Card: Ben La Rocco.” Through May 20. “Rosanna Bruno: Paintings.” May 24-June 26. Opening Saturday, May 26, 6pm-8pm.

JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY 16 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-2250. “Works by Mimi Graminski and Bibian Matheis.” Two artists work in their separate studios during the same hour each week. At the end of each session they compare notes on the work produced. Through May 19.

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KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER AVE, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Micromorphic.” All-female show curated by Laura Gurton. May 4-June 17. Opening Saturday, May 5, 4pm-6pm.

LOOK|ART GALLERY 988 SOUTH LAKE BLVD., MAHOPAC “New Look Part 2.” Original works of eight member artists: Jane Blake, Augustine Della Vecchia, Frank Gimpaya, Sharon Nakazato, Christopher Staples, Alice Walsh, Elizabeth Winchester, and Susan Zoon. Through May 6.

MAPLEBROOK SCHOOL ROUTE 22, AMENIA 373-8557 ext. 246. “Kentucky Derby Art Show and Sale.” May 5-June 2. Opening Saturday, May 5, 4pm-7:30pm.

MCDARIS FINE ART 623 WARREN STREET (518) 822-9866 “Enough.” New work by Dawn Breeze. Through May 27.

MILL STREET LOFT 45 PERSHING AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-7477. “Exposure.” 9th Annual National Juried High School Photography Exhibition. Through May 5.

THE OLD CHATHAM COUNTRY STORE CAFE GALLERY VILLAGE SQUARE, OLD CHATHAM (518) 794-6227. “Boundaries and Openings.” An abstract photography installation by Carl Berg. Through May 2.

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ORANGE HALL GALLERY ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4790. “Dreams, Stories & Allegories: 8th Annual SUNY Orange Student Art Exhibition.” Through May 4.

POP-UP GALLERY 41 NORTH FRONT STREET, KINGSTON 679-7851. “Works by Elise Pittman and Jack Stewart.” May 5-31.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 5pm-8pm. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART SUNY NEW PALTZ, NEW PALTZ 257-3858. “BFA/MFA Thesis Exhibition I.” Through May 1. Opening Friday, May 4, 5pm-7pm.

SAUGERTIES LIBRARY 91 WASHINGTON AVENUE, SAUGERTIES 246-4317. “Ashokan Paintings and Prints.” Through June 15.

THE SMALL GALLERY AT VALLEY ARTISANS MARKET 25 EAST MAIN STREET, CAMBRIDGE (518) 677-2765. “Cheryl Gutmacher and Cecily Callahan-Spaulding: Glass and Paper Art.” May 25-June 19. Opening Friday, June 1, 6pm-8:30pm. “People, Places and Things.” Paintings by Carolyn Kibbe and Kate Torpey. Through May 22.

STOREFRONT GALLERY 93 BROADWAY, KINGSTON “Beyond the Real.” Small evocative landscapes by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams. May 5-26. Opening Saturday, May 5, 5pm-8pm.

STORM KING ART CENTER OLD PLEASANT HILL ROAD, MOUNTAINVILLE 534-3115. “Light and Landscape.” Through November 25. Opening Saturday, May 12, 10am-12pm.

SUNY ORANGE KAPLAN HALL, NEWBURGH 341-9386. “Energy Recital.” Group exhibit featuring the works of Martha Zola, Stuart Sachs and Meadow. Through May 4.

THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-7465. “Worlds Between: Landscapes of Louis Remy Mignot.” Through October 28.


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60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “Two Perspectives.” Works by long-time member Karl and Richard. June 1-24. Opening Saturday, June 2, 2:30pm-12am.

TREMAINE GALLERY HOTCHKISS SCHOOL, LAKEVILLE, CONNECTICUT (860) 435-4423. “Sites Unseen.” Photography by Brooke Singer. May 2-June 7. Opening Saturday, May 5, 4pm-6pm.

UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Abstract Paintings by David Skillicorn and Jerry Teters.” May 4-27. Opening Friday, May 4, 5pm-7pm.

UNISON GALLERY WATER STREET MARKET, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Paintings by Alex Spinney.” Through May 14.

VARGA GALLERY 130 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-4005. “Birds of a Feather.” Through May 20.

WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. “Moments of Creation: New Paintings by Marilyn Richter and Sandy Faland Spitzer.” May 5-31. Opening Saturday, May 5, 5pm-7pm.

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WARNER GALLERY 131 MILLBROOK SCHOOL ROAD, MILLBROOK 677-8261 ext. 130. “With Noble Hands: Necessity Made Beautiful.” May 5-June 12. Opening Saturday, May 5, 3pm-8pm.


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WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “Case Studies from the WAAM Permanent Collection.” George Alt, Marion Greenwood and Ezio Martinelli; Recent Work by WAAM Members. Juror: Ed Smith; Solo Show: Landscape Photography by Thomas Teich; Active Member Wall: Painting and Sculpture by Franz Heigemeir; Small Works Show. Juror: Nancy Azara; Youth Exhibition Space: Works by local High School Students. Through June 10.

THE YOGA HOUSE 57 CROWN STREET, KINGSTON 706-YOGA “Maggie Sheehan: Paintings.” May 5-June 30. Opening Saturday, May 5, 6-8pm.

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Psych Major Shana Falana By Peter Aaron Photograph by Fionn Reilly

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y its very nature, the psychedelic experience is an ineffable phenomenon. Roughly, though, an attempt can be made to define it as an occurrence in which the participant, whether via some form of natural meditation or the use of certain organic or artificial mind-altering substances, attains a detached state of inner and/or outer awareness that transcends all regular levels of consciousness. The essence of this untethered condition has been mirrored in the work of musicians and other artists since ancient times, and is often marked with a free-associative, out-there, dreamlike feel. To Sigmund Freud dreams were the key to unlocking the mysteries of the unconscious mind. “Dreams,” said the father of psychoanalysis, “are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” “I idolized crazy people,” says Shana Falana. “That’s why I majored in abnormal psychology at Montana State University. Originally I wanted to run a mental institution where I took all the patients off their meds, just to see what would happen.” Alas, Falana’s grand social experiment was not to be: After only a year at MSU, she dropped out. But what may have been modern psychology’s loss (we’ll never know) has turned out to be music’s gain, as Falana has become the creator of the most beguilingly entrancing—and the most dreamy—modern psychedelic pop now being made in the Hudson Valley.With only her effects-smothered guitar, keyboard, and voice, and her boyfriend Michael Amari on drums, the statuesque area singer-songwriter whisks up waves of watery atmospherics that envelop the mind and ears like the faraway beckonings of a raft of deep-space sirens. “Tonally, I like big,” Falana explains. “I love an oversaturation of sound. I like to challenge myself and see how much I can do in a live setting.With the songs, I like a combination of darkness and light; dark lyrics over light music, light lyrics over dark music.” Falana grew up in the San Francisco area, and the city’s famously kaleidoscope-like creative vibes are palpable in her equally colorful stage presentation and personality. As with other only children of divorced parents, she was free to invent her own fairytale world, and music helped to fuel her pretend time. “I had an old record player and after school I would daydream while I listened to [Tchaikovsky’s] The Nutcracker Suite or Mozart or West Side Story,” she says. Her mother sang and played guitar in Bootleg, a locally popular country rock band, and her father, an active record collector, exposed her to jazz along with Liz Story and other meditative artists on the Windham Hill label. Falana briefly studied interior design in Long Beach before transferring to MSU in Bozeman, which, however unlikely, was where her career as a musician really began. “I worked in this coffeehouse in town that used to have open mikes and one night I got up and just sang a cappella,” recalls Falana. “Everybody told me I sounded really good, which I guess was just what I needed to hear. Bozeman was great. I was there when [the 1992 movie] A River Runs Through It was being filmed in town, and one night my friends and I gave acid to Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer when they were at the coffeehouse.” After her aborted studies in Montana the would-be singer was back in the Bay Area, helping her mother recover from brain surgery and managing Muddy Waters, a coffeehouse and musicians’ hangout in the Mission district. While at the café she met the organizer of a Bulgarian women’s choir and ended up joining. “I was listening to Kate Bush and a lot of her songs have that style of singing, that rising choral sound,” Falana says. “[Being in the choir] definitely influenced the feel of what I try to do now with my music. Like how when you put two different notes next to each other it can sound like much more.” She next became involved with the vital DIY performance space Star Cleaners, where her involvement with the music scene grew deeper as she picked up tips that still informed her style, like the technique of using duct tape to create a drone by holding down organ keys, a trick shown to her by the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe. She worked at another club, the Make-Out Room, and for a time had a band called Full ON! (the name an admitted reference to her exuberant personality), and via an odd crossing of fates became linked to acclaimed singersongwriter Kelley Stoltz. “When it came out I was really into Antique Glow [2003, Beautiful Happiness Records; Stoltz’s second album] and I had started learning the drums by playing along to it,” says Falana. “It turned out [Stoltz] lived in the apartment next to mine, and when he heard me playing along to his record he knocked on my door.” The pair soon became a couple and Falana played in Stoltz’s live band for two years. When they split up, Falana decided it was time to move on, not only from her ex but from her hometown as well. So in 2003 she made her way east to Brooklyn. After a year in Williamsburg she settled into a Bushwick loft, doing catering work while she tried to find her place amid the unforgiving tempo of the Gotham music world. “It was really competitive,” says the singer. “It felt like I’d gone from everyone just loving me back in San Francisco to being thrown in the fire.” Life took a more tangibly painful turn, though, when a freak accident during a film-catering job resulted in the loss of the tip of her right index finger. The mishap, however, pointed the way toward a tremendous creative surge. “My landlord took a lien against the lawsuit from the accident, which meant I didn’t have to pay

any rent for two years,” Falana says. “So, with all the free time I suddenly had I ended up writing and recording a ton of music.” Much of it was released across several smallrun CD-Rs like Velvet Pop (Independent), which documents five years (2003-2008) of Falana working out her sound, with tracks ranging from punky, four-track bubblegum to airy, free-floating trip-hop. Unfortunately, the productive free time would soon be eclipsed by destructive dark time as she became increasingly enmeshed in drugs. Once again, it was time to move on. After visiting to cut two tracks that appear on Velvet Pop at Jimmy Goodman’s Leopard Recording Studio in Stone Ridge, she explored other areas of the Hudson Valley— and very much liked what she saw. In 2008 she left her Brooklyn loft and addictions behind for a spot in New Paltz, where she revived the Full ON! moniker for a heavy/ ambient rock project that played locally and issued one self-distributed CD-R. Eventually, though, Full ON! was switched off when Falana grew weary of the sound. “People loved that band, but for me the music was starting to feel too dramatic,” she says. “I’ll revisit that side of myself later in my career, but at that time I decided I wanted to do something else.” That “something else” would be the sparse, angelic, blissed-out solo project that bears her name. More or less concurrent with a short move to neighboring, musiciannurturing Rosendale, Falana devised the act’s minimal, her-and-a-percussionist format (there were two drummers prior to Amari), along with another of its key elements: the surreal, trip-a-delic visuals she films and edits for the backdrop projections at live gigs. The lazily morphing eye candy dovetails beautifully with the duo’s colorful sounds, and has proven to be a rare and unexpected bonus at cozy area venues like Rosendale’s Market Market Café, Hudson’s Spotty Dog Books & Ale, and Kingston’s Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), where Amari does the booking. “People tell me [the projections] make them experience otherworldly spiritual feelings during my sets,” Falana maintains. “To me today it’s like we’re back in the 1940s and it’s wartime, so when we go out to a show we need to escape ourselves and get fed another world. We need to feel our feelings, explore ourselves through music and dance, and then go home and create. Be transformed, even just a little bit.” Falana’s former ’hood has also been getting a dose of her transformative powers, thanks to her frequent performances in NewYork. One of theses shows left a deep impression on Jen Turner, the bassist of Brooklyn indie pop quintet Here We Go Magic. “Shana and I have a mutual friend [erstwhile New Paltz musician], Erica Quitzow,” says Turner. “Erica was always bugging me to check out Shana when she played in town, and I’d never gotten around to it. But one night I was at [Brooklyn venue] Pete’s Candy Store to see some friends who were playing there and I heard this great music coming from the other room. I didn’t even know there was anyone else on the bill. I went in and there’s just this chick and a drummer up there making this perfect sound, just allencompassing. All these great rising and falling melodies, like tidal waves. I couldn’t believe all the sound that was coming out.” Determined to get her newfound sound down on tape, Falana booked time with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans,Titus Andronicus) at Marcata Recording in Gardiner and emerged with this year’s “official” debut, the six-song In the Light (Independent). Mixed by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Interpol) and featuring cellist Jane Scarpantoni (R.E.M., Lou Reed), the EP is easily the songstress’s most fully realized effort, both sonically and compositionally. For evidence, listeners have only to open their lobes to the swelling, near-cantorial “Light the Fire” or the title track, which hijacks the featherweight ’70s AM fare of 10CC and Alan Parsons and somehow, impossibly, remakes it into a soaring anthem for the post-lo-fi generation. As far as 2010’s local releases go, the bright-shining In the Light hovers high toward the top. One of the disc’s, and Falana’s, latest fans is producer John Agnello (the Breeders, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr.). “We got in contact through Facebook and she sent me some mp3s, and I just loved the way her voice floats over this beautiful pillow of ethereal, shoegazey music,” says Agnello. “It’s pleasing to the ear, but not what you’d call ‘light’ stuff at all. When I was visiting New Paltz I saw [the CD] in a record store and right away I bought it. Shana’s got a great sense of melody, and I think what she’s doing is wonderful.We’ve stayed in touch, maybe we’ll work together at some point.” Should it take some time before that happens, though, Falana has a substantial backlog of material in the can (“about six or seven CDs worth”) to consider releasing. While she and Amari are currently in the middle of packing for a move to Kingston, the couple is also busy preparing for a month-long national tour to kick off in late June. Isn’t that kind of a drag, splitting for the road before you even have the chance to get settled into your new place? “No way, I’m excited to dig in to what I do and to be traveling,” says Falana. “I want my home to be the van and the stage. Really, though, home is anywhere you are.” Shana Falana will perform with the Tins and Lovesick at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston on May 11. In the Light is out now. 5/12 ChronograM music 73

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May 5. Until a fire closed it in 1982, J. B. Scott’s was the hub of Albany’s underground rock scene. The nightclub hosted early area appearances by U2, the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Go-Go’s, the Specials, the Tourists (starring a pre-Eurythmics Annie Lennox), and others, and gave local acts a place to kick out the home-grown jams. Co-headlining this new wave nostalgia night at Michael’s Banquet House are reunited punk pranksters Blotto and pop-wavers Fear of Strangers, both prefaced by the Penny Knight Band, the Lazers, the Last Conspirators (with Tim Livingston of pioneering Capital punks the Morons), an Ernie Williams tribute, and more. Proceeds aid animal rescue group Noah’s Kingdom. 6pm. $33, $40. Cohoes. (518) 785-8524.

Oliveros at 80 May 10. One of the most important figures of the contemporary avant-garde, composer, musician, and Deep Listening Institute founder Pauline Oliveros turns 80 this month. To celebrate the Kingston resident’s birth and inestimable contributions to new music, this free performance at EMPAC features an on-site-recreation of the Fort Worden Cistern, a two-million-gallon underground water tank used as the venue for her live 1988 Deep Listening album. Along with Oliveros’s treated accordion, instrumentation includes Tibetan dungchen, didgeridoo, and meditative percussion. A musicians’ open studio runs 11:30am-2pm. (Lisa Cartwright and Christina Lammer’s multimedia “Empathography: The Art of Clinical Intimacy” happens May 2; Germany’s musikFabrik makes music May 13.) 7:30pm. Free. Troy. (518) 276-3921;

Billy McLaughlin Film and Performance May 11. Fingerstyle guitarist Billy McLaughlin’s story moves from artistic heights to heartbreaking depths, before rising once again to soaring platitudes of inspiration. Not long after stunning the acoustic guitar world with his hit 1995 album Fingerdance, the virtuoso was diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neuromuscular disorder that looked to put an end to his playing. Struggling but unwilling to give up, McLaughlin, a natural right-hander, relearned to play using a left-handed technique and hasn’t looked back since. This program at the Rosendale Theater screens the documentary Changing Keys, which chronicles McLaughlin’s triumphant tale, and is followed by a performance from the guitarist himself. 8pm. $18, $20. Rosendale. (845) 658-8989;

Young Berkshires Composers Sunday May 13. Arts organization Close Encounters with Music has worked with some of today’s most distinguished composers to help them create important new works, and continues to promote Western Massachusetts events highlighting the best in classical, jazz, and world music. The group’s much-heralded “Conversations With…” series allows artists the chance to perform and discuss the creative process and related topics. This afternoon installment at the LichtensteinCenter for the Arts presents emerging musicians Simon Brown, Brian Simalchik, and “12-year-old wunderkind” Graham Cohen in an intimate setting. (CEWM presents the Daedalus Quartet at Great Barrington’s Mahawie Theater May 19; and “The Roaring Twenties-Berlin, Paris, New York,” a Jazz Age cabaret revue at Tanglewood in Lenox, June 2.) 4pm. Free. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (800) 843-0778;

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5/26 Jason walTers @ 10 PM

Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble

5/11 Black DirT

6/1 Joey ePParD $5 cover

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May 19. Hudson hits Hudson! New York pianist and composer Steve Hudson’s improvheavy style embraces jazz, blues, folk, tango, and modern classical. The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble, which here visits the Hudson Opera House, is composed of violin, cello, piano, and drums. On its acclaimed recent album, Galatic Diamonds, the band explores lengthy, through-composed works as well as sparser, more minimal pieces that at times recall the sounds of fellow world/jazz/contemporary classical travelers Tin Hat Trio. (“Alone Together” features works for piano and voice May 5; the Chris Tarry Trio jams May 26.) 8pm. $18, $20. Hudson. (518) 822-1438; vinciane verguethen

5/13 Brunch with THe coMPacT

Pauline Oliveros plays EMPAC in Troy on May 10.

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cd reviews Apocalypse Five and Dime Ballads for the End Times (2011, Independent)

It takes primal chops and serious chutzpah to inspire dancing without the aid of amplifiers, guitars, bass, or a standard drum kit. But that is exactly what Brooklyn/Hudson Valley-based ragtime punk septet Apocalypse Five and Dime accomplishes on its debut, Ballads for the End Times. This is an unplugged, joyous romp, both sweetly nostalgic and bracingly current, redolent of gypsy caravans, candlelit squats, righteous urban street preaching, even postmodern bedroom boasting. In an increasingly synthetic age, there is a refreshing novelty, even an erotic undercurrent, to AFD’s sweaty hands, spit-slick lips, frayed horsehair bows, dented horns, and duct-taped wood and wire. These are the folks you want by your side during the next power outage. The unfussy, roomy production by the Emmy-nominated Oscar Owens serves AFD well. Vocals—shared by ukulele-ist Michele Lee, percussionist Rebecca Heinegg, and banjoist Phil Andrews—veer from old-school crooning to exuberant soul shouting, often in one song. With ace tuba man Adam Katzman laying down some serious funk, Naomi P and Quince Marcum bringing the saxes, and violinist Heather Cole threading Eastern flourishes throughout, these mischief makers can come on lusty (an inspired cover of Justin Timberlake’s “My Love�), N’awlins street parade herky-jerky (“Mississippi Ghost Rag�), or blue and tender hearted (“You�). All of it carries a scrappy, defiant vibe. Let’s hope the End Times are far enough away to allow a few more collections from Apocalypse Five and Dime. —Robert Burke Warren

It’s Not Night: It’s Space East of the Sun & West of the Moon (2011, Independent)

The loose collection of subgenres flying under the space rock banner varies widely, and could be as whimsical and exploratory as early Pink Floyd or as hypnotic as the finely honed legendary German ensemble Can. Often though, the best space rock demands a meditative concentration and focus, rewarding the listener with a wonderfully interactive music that is very spiritual in a courageous way. This is a rough and ragged whirlwind of repetitive sound that pulls off the accomplishment of sounding incredibly heavy and nimble at the same time. The sometimes illusive dichotomy came to mind while listening to the New Paltz trio It’s Not Night: It’s Space. The band’s debut EP is a deep recording that often brings up the rise and fall of tones and emotions common to meditative sittings. Guitar player Kevin Halcott, drummer Michael Lutomski, and bassist Tommy Guerrero play with a truly unified intensity. The opening track, “I Amness,â€? is an undulating sound collage inhabited by thunderstorms, tribal chanting, and disembodied quotes from the psychedelic philosopher Terrence Kemp McKenna, former World Wrestling Champion Hulk Hogan, and the polymath Robert Anton Wilson’s quote “We’re trapped in linguistic constructs‌all that is metaphor.â€? The band goes on to spend the rest of the CD proving that last assertion wrong, though, as the wordless compositions speak volumes over tribal-bass drumbeats, an armada of distortion effects, unexpectedly funky break beats, and the concise focus of what the band terms its “heavy raga-roll drone journeys to the depths of inner & outer space.â€? —Jeremy Schwartz

Richard Kimball The Art of Aging (2004, Richard Kimball Publishing)

Becoming dead just isn’t enough anymore, now is it? The final scene is clouded with the burden of writing a will and fretting over flowers at your funeral. Can’t someone else do it if you’re busy getting ready to become dead? But what we go through before death is life; filled with, at times, life-affirming moments and music.Warwick pianist Richard Kimball’s 10 original compositions (five scored for the PBS documentary Grow Old Along with Me) on The Art of Aging combine whimsy with poise and ask one hovering question: When does aging begin? Depending on what mood you’re in will dictate what solo piano piece moves you. Like, if you’re ready to move onto the Great Beyond, “I’ll Be Somewhereâ€? may strike your fancy. But if you’re one not to take any guff from life, you may be inspired by the pith in the title tune. Have tasks to accomplish before that last call? “Make Hay While the Sun Shinesâ€? would be your mantra. But let’s put life before death for a bit. “Patricia’s Themeâ€? opens gently into a midtempo tune with some lift. The same feel is within “Blackout in Bolivia,â€? having an underlying riff like a moving train with a dancing melodic line on top. Hurray for life before death! Back to Kimball’s question on when aging begins: He answers, “When we start to notice that we need to make some changes in the way we live.â€? Those changes rest with the individual to tackle during their lifetime‌so don’t become dead just yet. —Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

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Novelist, Young Adult Author, and Essayist Meg Wolitzer Hits the Jackpot By Nina Shengold Photograph by Roy Gumpel

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eg Wolitzer’s novel The Ten-Year Nap (Riverhead, 2008) begins with a throwdown sentence: “All around the country, the women were waking up.” She goes on to describe a remarkable assortment of alarms going off in suburban and urban bedrooms: “Voltage stuttered through the curls of wire, and if you put your ear to one of the complicated clocks in any of the bedrooms, you could hear the burble of industry deep inside its cavity. Something was quietly happening.” A similar wake-up call sounded on March 30 as women in bathrobes and sleep tees opened the New York Times Book Review to read Wolitzer’s essay “The Second Shelf.” Pulling no punches, the bestselling author of The Uncoupling (2011), The Position (2005), and a half-dozen more deftly parses the distance between the bold-faced “event” novels of her male peers and “‘Women’s Fiction,’ that close-quartered lower shelf where books emphasizing relationships and the interior lives of women are often relegated.” Citing VIDA statistics on gender inequality in reviews and the subliminal role of cover design in ensuring an all-female readership for many books, Wolitzer acknowledges such heartening exceptions as Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad and Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’sWife. Still, she concludes, “The top tier of literary fiction—where the air is rich and the view is great and where a book enters the public imagination and the current conversation— tends to feel peculiarly, disproportionately male.” The essay struck a nerve: 88 published female authors signed Meredith Maran’s letter of support in the next week’s Book Review, and the internet buzzed with “right on, sister” comments. Wolitzer was gratified by the reception, but sounds just a bit battle-weary. “It isn’t new news,” she says, citing a 1998 Harper’s essay by Francine Prose that sounded a similar call. “Most of my friends are writers, and there’s a feeling among the women—fabulous, wonderful writers with a wide variety of success in their careers—we’re aware of the disparities. I wanted it said in public. If not now, when? Which is kind of my feeling about most things now.” This is vintage Wolitzer—direct, down-to-earth, with a touch of rueful humor. She’s enjoying a cherry Coke at a Yorkville coffee shop with clanking flatware and piped-in Sinatra, near the apartment she shares with her husband, science writer Richard Panek, and their two sons. Her parents live in the neighborhood, as does her sister; tonight they’re all gathering for a family seder. Who’s doing the cooking? “My mother,” says Wolitzer, wryly amending, “She ordered.” Her mother is esteemed novelist Hilma Wolitzer (An Available Man, Hearts); her father is a psychologist, her sister an editor. Raised on Long Island’s North Shore, Meg Wolitzer has vivid memories of playing Scrabble with her mother, toting the sunscreen-stained maroon box to the beach and swimming pool. “We didn’t know lists of two-letter words and all that, but we were good for bad players,” she says. Scrabble remains a family tradition: Wolitzer likes playing online, as described in another Times essay (“Words With Strangers”), and her younger son Charlie was a tournament player in middle school. Her latest book, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman (Dutton Children’s Books, 2011), was inspired by accompanying him to the NationalYouth Scrabble Tournament. “It’s very different from chess tournaments or the National Spelling Bee, that very neurotic-parent world of kids’ competitions,” she says, noting the sense of fun and enjoyment among the contestants, a very diverse group that includes Christian evangelical homeschoolers, public and private school kids from all over the country. With its Prussian-blue background, yellow Scrabble-tile letters, and cartoon illustration of an alligator chasing two boys and a front-running girl, Duncan Dorfman’s cover art avoids Second Shelf stereotyping. This is a rare thing in a genre ruled by glittery romance on one side of the aisle and exploding trucks on the other. The story is equally unisex, with a full cast of well-rounded male and female characters surrounding its quirky and likeable hero. “As the mother of sons, it’s been good to think about books for boys. I grew up in a matriarchy; I didn’t know much about young boys. I wanted them to read the books I read and loved: Harriet the Spy, all these great girl books,” says Wolitzer. “I wanted to write a book that was coed, very inclusive, presexual; at that age when boys and girls can still be friends without it being weird.” If Duncan Dorfman’s characters are presexual, The Uncoupling’s are suddenly and uncomfortably post-sexual.The novel unfolds in the new Jersey sub-

urbs. As the new high school drama teacher rehearses a production of Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ comedy about women boycotting sex to protest a war, a chilly spell makes its way through the community, giving women of all ages—aging teachers, a polyamorous young guidance counselor, even teen girls in the throes of first love—an instantaneous disinterest in sex. Relationships flounder and longstanding marriages slump, offering potent insights into the fluctuations of intimacy, alongside hilarious social satire; anyone who’s ever attended a faculty potluck will wince in recognition at the hummus and screw-top wine. “The Uncoupling was the first time I had the slightest hint of magic realism,” Wolitzer notes. She’s been writing and publishing fiction since she was in college—her debut novel, Sleepwalking (1982), was sold before she graduated from Brown—and waxes eloquent about the importance of fiction. “It’s a tribal thing. Books are a passport.They allow you to feel that you’re not alone in your culture. Think of how happy you feel when you see someone reading a book on the train, or when someone you’ve just met mentions an obscure book you love,”Wolizer says. “When you read a novel you love, there’s a kind of intimacy. It’s like an enclosure. The rest of the world falls away. A novel is a solo trek, a by-hand experience. It allows you to steep in that world for a long time.” Can fiction survive in an age of memoir and “reality” shows? Absolutely, says Wolitzer. She describes a scientist’s study of young children looking at microscope slides of amoebae. “They say, ‘That one’s the mommy;’ they’re making up stories.We crave narrative.” As technology keeps evolving, “We may crave and seek it in different places. People say hardcover fiction will become a niche market; e-books gratify on so many levels. But the delivery system is what they’re arguing about. I believe the content will out.” In a recent blog post, she writes, “I don’t know what people’s relationship to reading will be in the future. I have no idea how brainy young people will fall in love. Perhaps it will only be about pheromones, buffness or banter, and never ever involve the sexual stimulants known as Cormac McCarthy or David Foster Wallace or Virginia Woolf.” Passionate readers won’t have to wait long for the next Meg Wolitzer novel. Next month, she’ll turn in a manuscript called The Interestings. “I’m going into final lockdown mode,” she says. “Publishers really mean it when they give you a deadline.” The new novel is “about friendship, talent and envy. It takes place 35 years after the characters met at a performing arts camp.” Wolitzer went to such a camp, the now-defunct Indian Hill, when she was fifteen. “It changed my life,” she asserts. The camp produced the requisite Broadway musicals, plus artier fare such as a stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men. “I was a hollow man,” Wolitzer says, grinning. The experience inspired a scene in her 1988 novel, This IsYour Life, which was later adapted as a film by Nora Ephron. The Interestings digs deeper into the same fertile turf. “I wondered what happens to early talent,” says Wolitzer, who still performs on occasion–she can be heard on NPR and YouTube singing deadpan literary duets with singer and Wayward Saints novelist Suzzy Roche. (“She’s the singer, I’m the schmo,” Wolitzer tells an appreciative audience before they launch into close-harmony texts by Colette and James Joyce.) She and Roche are teaching at Princeton next year, and plan to collaborate on a musical based on the premise of Wolitzer’s next YA novel. “It’s a dark YA girl book,” is all she’ll disclose. “I like to do as many kinds of writing as I can that interest me. I like to entertain myself.” Is there anything she can’t imagine writing? “I don’t think I’d ever write a seafaring novel,” she says with impeccably dry comic timing. “That’s not going to happen.” “I’m proud to be able to live and work as a writer. I think it’s a hard, hard thing to do. It requires constant reinvention. When I’m feeling especially overwhelmed, I remind myself that I chose this. Every writer I know who’s successful writes all the time. It’s what Malcolm Gladwell said about the ten thousand hours–if you do it enough, you start thinking about it in different ways, it has a depth about it. I appreciate the time I work. I’ve worked for a very long time. It’s imperative.” Wolitzer takes a deep breath. “I write the book that I want to find on the shelf.” Booksellers and critics, please note: that’s the top shelf, not the second. Meg Wolitzer will read with Kate Klimo and Sarah Darer Littman at Hudson Valley YA Society at Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, May 9 at 7 p.m. Reservations required. 5/12 ChronograM books 77

SHORT TAKES Hasidic vampires, Irish infielders, Russian emigres, and Belgian fish are among the colorful strands adorning this month’s literary maypole. Interview with a Jewish Vampire

My Two Moms: Everything I Need to Know About Gay Marriage I Learned in Boy Scouts

Erica Manfred

Zach Wahls with Bruce Littlefield

Fredonia Communications, 2011, $12.99

Rhoda barely blinks at learning her hottie date is undead—a zaftig divorcee could do worse on JDate. Undercover as Hasidic (pale, covers mirrors, shuns others’ food? No problem!), Sheldon loves late-night shopping and tantric sex. When Rhoda persuades him to turn her ailing mother and her retiree pals into vampires, the “goils” go wild. A snortingly funny page-turner. Reading at Woodstock Library Forum, 5/12 at 5pm. The Emerald Diamond: How the Irish Transformed America’s Greatest Pastime Charley Rosen Harper, 2012, $25.99

This lively history sprints from “No Irish Need Apply” prejudice to the “Emerald Age” of the late 1800s, when Irishmen ruled the sport, to the steroid-fueled downfall of Roger McGwire. Ulsterman Rosen spotlights legendary manager Connie Mack, Mike “King” Kelly, the five Delehanty brothers, and hundreds of groundbreaking Irishmen (first NL grand slam; first AL nohitter)—even “Casey at the Bat” poet Ernest L. Thayer. A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind Christien Gholson Parthian, 2011, $14.95

On the morning of St. Woelfred’s festival, the inhabitants of a Belgian factory town find their streets covered with dead fish. Is it a freak of nature, a protest installation by ecoterrorist performers, or something more mysterious? Threading together six diverse characters and Rimbaud’s rumored lost poems, Gholson’s lyrical magic-realist novel has big fish to fry. Reading at COW, Beahive, Kingston, 6/2 at 7pm. The Russian Writer’s Daughter: Stories of Growing Up American Lydia S. Rosner Mayapple Press, 2012, $15.95

Rosner’s graceful memoir-in-stories evokes a singular New York childhood, full of larger-than-life Russian relatives, neighborhood dramas, and intellectual ferment in the shadow of McCarthyism. Details abound: the acrid smell of papers burned in fear, the gardenia cologne of an exiled aristocrat, campfire songs with Paul Robeson. Readings 5/5 at 7pm, Family Traditions, Stone Ridge; 5/6 at 5pm, Kleinert/James, Woodstock, cosponsored by Golden Notebook. A Very Funny Fellow Donald Lev NYQ Books, 2012, $14.95

The nonpareil Home Planet News founder offers nearly 100 brief, wry observations of everyday life (“the nothingness / the All, the All-in-All”), leavened by wine and good company, scuttled by loneliness. Even readers who have never heard Lev perform may hear a distinctive New York-cabbie cadence in their mind’s ear, reciting “the poem / so real it scratches.” Reading at Kleinert/James Arts Center, sponsored by Golden Notebook, Woodstock, 5/20 at 5pm. The First Warm Evening of the Year Jamie M. Saul William Morrow, 2012, $24.99

In the opening pages of Saul’s luminous second novel, voiceover actor Geoffrey Tremont learns that an old friend has died, asking him to be her executor. Dutifully heading upstate to her sleepy hometown, he meets her friend Marian, looking “like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches in her bright red coat and orange scarf.” Will love take root? It’s complicated. Reading at Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, 5/6 at 4pm.

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Gotham Books, 2012; $26


acharia Wahls is conservative America’s dream: A sixth-generation Iowan and Eagle Scout. A high school athlete, debate club star, and top student. A University of Iowa student, churchgoer, and small business owner. Tall, Caucasian, handsome, and heterosexual. Or is he conservative America’s nightmare? Zach Wahls is also the test-tube son of two lesbian mothers—one of two million children of same-sex parents. Among that growing group, Wahls stands out: In January, 2011, at age 19, he addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee, asking them not to repeal the law allowing same-sex couples to marry, enacted less than two years before. The testimony on behalf of his mothers is brief, but brims with dynamic eloquence. Posted on YouTube, the plea was viewed more than 18 million times, providing the marriage equality movement with an unlikely, but effective, spokesperson. But Wahls’s day in court was not a fluke. In his inspiring and engaging memoir, My Two Moms—written with Ulster County resident Bruce Littlefield—Wahls recounts how being raised by two mothers prepared him for that landmark day in a Des Moines courtroom. My Two Moms is ostensibly targeted at those who disagree with the notion of two mothers, two fathers, and the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Respectfully building his argument, Wahls introduces us to Terry Wahls, an internal medicine physician, and Jackie Reger, a nurse. Terry is a tall woman with a black belt in karate, a blind spot for recalling birthdays, and an obsession with healthy eating. Jackie is the shorter mother, who enjoys playing den mother to Zach’s Cub Scout pack and insists on her daily can of Diet Mountain Dew. Both instill in Zach and his sister Zebby a sense of values, imparted over family dinners. In school, Wahls is caught off-guard by a common query from classmates: What do your mom and dad do? For years, he dissembles. (Alluding to the dilemma, Wahls observes, “I’m not gay, but I know how it feels to be in the closet.”) When his peers discover his unique domestic arrangement, some taunt him. But Wahls eventually stands up to them, channeling his convictions into a series of school newspaper columns that win people over. When Terry is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, even hardhearted readers will see why marriage equality is just. Jackie cares for her wife through harrowing chemotherapy treatments, but without spousal status, she lacks the authority to approve Terry’s hospital care. Wahls recounts these dark moments without histrionics, crafting a powerful portrait of a family united in adversity. Youthful idealism abounds here. Each chapter is titled according to the Boy Scout law: Obedient, trustworthy, kind, friendly, reverent, and so on. Life-coach platitudes are scattered throughout the book (“Running from the truth leaves it chasing you.”) as are quotations by Martin Luther King, Elie Wiesel, Voltaire, and Kurt Vonnegut. Yet Wahls’ sunny demeanor is never naïve, but bolstered by a formidable command of human nature and law. In an addendum, he takes on every argument against marriage equality and calmly topples them. My Two Moms augurs Zach Wahls’ inevitable career in politics. America will be the better for it. Zach Wahls and Bruce Littlefield will read from My Two Moms  on Saturday, 5/12 at Spruce Design and Decor in High Falls. Twenty percent of every item sold at Spruce that weekend will be donated to the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. (845) 687-4481. —Jay Blotcher

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The Comedy Is Finished Donald E. Westlake Titan, 2012, $25.99


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health and wellness for life expo rhinebeck area chamber of commerce presents

Saturday, June 2, 2012 Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Building E 1:00-4:00 p.m. Featuring Gene Stone, New York Times best-selling author of The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its second annual Health and Wellness For Life Expo at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Our goal is to give attendees a few hours to meet with professionals in our area who can help them get healthy! Consultations, demonstrations, door prizes and much more! or 845-876-5904 for more information. 5/12 ChronograM books 79


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

We are a family! We have to stick together like magnets and glue. —Avery Anderson (3 years)

either i misread her signals … or she miswrote them —p

Prison Sangha

Undaunted Daffodils

Truck Cinquain

The paring knife slips under the skin. Eases under black-purple wrinkles, loosens the dry casing. Slices into lush musculature. Cuts through miniscule juice-bearing veins.

Triumphant! Hold high your golden crown Oh my wondrous harbinger of spring. Don’t bow your head to snow covered ground.

My truck speaks to me in rattles, like bones and claws in a smudged, Detroit shaman dance. Run me.

The knife runs around the scalp, removing the final brittle tuft of hair, and then descends to the belly. Amputates the shriveled umbilical, the last lick of the mother tongue. In beets up to our elbows, we are talking about death row. I say, Kogen once told me that, when convicted for murder, he spent eight months in solitude counting the breath. The irony is not lost on me: I too am here to learn about impermanence. Before the meal, I bow at the altar. My clasped hands, stained with juice, rise like a low red moon.

Though buried in earth far deep and down, Still, you promised me a springtime fling. Triumphant! Hold high your golden crown. Gilded trumpets wave and blast no sound, Your seductive scents keep bees buzzing. Don’t bow you head to snow covered ground. What a welcome feast my eyes have found; Unwelcomed deer find you foul tasting. Triumphant! Hold high your golden crown. Late winter snow vexes. You wear a frown, Your gold resists, you’re everlasting. Don’t bow your head to snow covered ground. My hillside’s a waving lemony mound. You kept your vow of spring rebirthing. Triumphant! Hold high your golden crown Don’t bow your head to snow covered ground.

—Nina Pick

—Anne Kiely

Drum Solo


Say it in a whisper, whisper it, say, you will be heard above the words,

I cling to my books, talk to myself and a cab driver, find him out of the blue, white plum wine, his unhasty grin, sashimi, we drink, I spin at him, we cross the city, summer’s unsteady, we look at art, I make up words, East 4th is uneven, I lean, the heat, the

you will be whispered, created in breath, a little sigh, a little death of sigh, a heartbeat, stronger Does the heart whisper? No, it beats—the big lub dub, kettledrum not timpani, at the core the beat is tectonic at the beat the core is canonic You want a chest like that, a boom box not a whisper chest, little secret hushes, no Bang on the lid, throw it overboard, it beats strong, the sea whispers —Rosalinda McGovern

sidewalks break, my hair twirls, his eyebrows connect, I whirl, he takes me home, I pretend, he asks me to sign my name on the horizontal hair across his forehead, I write all over his square face with sake, warm haiku, he asks me again, he’s sure, the line is so straight that I do. —Bonnie Jill Emanuel We met and you were gone Thought we’d touched But I was wrong While I was falling hard You were already moving on —William Dodd

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—Brendan M. Regan

Which Where or What We fret over facts, dally over the tally to get sure about certain, and thinking we know, the proof on our pages. We fall into faith, heed as we need to give all allegiance, and feeling we believe, the Word in our Books. Knowing and believing, posed and opposed, to which is one and not the other, as if poring into either of each, reveals any real difference between. We fool over folly, and duel as if duals, to grasp one side or another, no wonder we wonder whether which where or what. —Checko Miller

In Utero When I think of you my stomach fills with butterflies Brushing their frantic powdered wings against my rib cage Stealing my breath in hushed flutter Rapid and afraid of the motion I touch you through skin and fluid Envisioning your toes and hands Imagining my fingers skiing the slope of your nose Outlining the “O” of your mouth Pressing sloppy-slobber kisses on your square belly We search each other’s eyes for recognition Seeing our ancestors reflected in shades of hazel Gracefully clumsy we fumble en route to bliss Taking awkward timid step toward unconditional love To know you is to know myself gently Patiently pacing away moments until we meet —Michelle Williams

To Convince Myself You Were Gone

Wednesday 8am.


I canceled your subscription to Writer’s Digest and when asked of the reason for the cancellation, told the woman with the overly-patient voice that words weren’t cutting it anymore.

Early morning run in Brooklyn Heights Dreaming of school, Hunter College First film class. A whole new world bursting like a firecracker lit by a couple of kids fooling around on Mott Street just after dusk.

snow caves keep secrets that melt away come the spring no one ever knows

Then came my children And my indulgences And my betrayals

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I stopped driving your car around the block every weekend to keep it turning over smoothly. I placed an ad in the paper and sold it to a man in his twenties who needed something cheap but solid for grad school. And when I’d given your clothes (most) to Goodwill, and donated your books (most) to the library, and paid off the last of the bills, no longer sang along to your CDs on repeat, had managed to stop listening for your footsteps on the stairs, for your whistle, the phone rang and before I could reach it, you came flooding back to me: Hello, you’ve reached… We’re not here… But we’ll get back to you. —Paige Cerulli

For Bradley: On Taoism and the Company We Keep: I had never noticed the colour of your eyes. I found this amusing, watching your nose crinkle in a spontaneous combustion of genius, of joy, of light, of wanting or giving or very hot coffee. Have we been too nearsighted to find our own hands? I could confuse mine with yours, get lost in hunting down the dragons in the valleys of our palms. Is this all we have been searching for? Is it really that simple? Always, as if time existed; even then, we can choose what to believe. I wouldn’t trade a breath for more words. I wouldn’t put on my boots if I didn’t plan to get them dirty. —Irene Zimmerman

Tin Pan 5 It must have been a very large bird for me to see it so far away in the sky. Then I lost sight of it completely as it was now out of view of our apartment window. I went back to reading Catcher on and off. “There was this record I wanted to get for Phoebe, called ‘Little Shirley Beans.’ It was a hard record to get. It was about a little kid that wouldn’t go out of the house because two of her front teeth were out and she was ashamed to.” This is really boring shit. Some moments later I looked out the window again. I was content to just sit with Miranda in the kitchen feeding little Valencia. Then I thought I saw the bird again, but it wasn’t. Floating away, higher and higher, were three balloons, red, white and blue. They were not as interesting or graceful as the white bird. They were probably let go by some child from the local Brooklyn festival. Then they were gone. Their time was over I thought. I am sure no one from the festival cared. I imagined the child’s stare didn’t last long either, I am sure. I soon forgot too. I went back to boring myself with Salinger’s classic. I was content.

I slow down a little (or perhaps I’m simply slowing down) I check my pulse. Sixty-two. Not bad after two miles. I feel neither sadness nor guilt It’s just the facts Ma’am. Life is good now; I’m a better man for being worse. A beautiful bitter irony I guess. Sometimes I feel that I live in two separate worlds Never quite knowing if my memories Are whispering in my ear Or breathing down my neck. —Dean Goldberg

Ashes Once I was a daughter now a doll two wooden legs black wiry hair collecting dust My dress is old in the sun it turns to paper & crumbles the ashes blow away —Sandra Ketcham

—Dahl Quarray

i would have kissed you hard, the first time, when i got the chance: the park bench behind the elementary school, on soft lips, wet with the last few drops of dew stained on the afternoon grass— thought of your smile, saw your face from across the room, sitting in the back row, when you had an itch, but couldn’t get it underneath your cast, and the victory when you realized you could reach it with your pen. —Andrew Chmielowiec

Rough morning I do not have to be happy. I do not have to skip on tippy toes for all eight blocks to the subway, whistling. I only have to get from point A to point B with eyes pried open, feeling cracked cement rise up to meet my boot heel, keeping vigilant for random signs of life— preferably mine. —Michele Karas

Strict Accounting stars demand we work in harness tote that bale remember travail cherish the hearth fan the flame —Tom Weigel

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Art and Nature Intertwined Peekskill and Northern Westchester County by David Neilsen photos by David Morris Cunningham


orthern Westchester County is blessed with visually stunning geography that has given rise to bucolic hamlets and villages nestled among swaths of green. Parks and farms sit alongside artist communities, iconic visions of small-town America, and historic sites from early American life as one drives Route 35 east from the Hudson River to the Connecticut border. The largest city in Northern Westchester, which also serves as the cultural hub of the area, is Peekskill, which was first incorporated in 1816. But the history of Peekskill predates its incorporation by centuries. The Ryck’s Patent Deed of 1684 between the local Native Americans who lived in the area and some of the first Dutch settlers in the region actually gave Peekskill its unique name, as the area in question was referred to as Peeck’s Kil (kil means “stream” in Dutch), referring to Jan Peeck, the New Amsterdam resident who made the first recorded contact with the Native Americans in the early 1600s. The location also found itself in the middle of the American Revolutionary War, with the Continental Army using Peekskill as its headquarters before moving to West Point, and was an important stop on the Underground Railroad helping bring escaped African-American slaves to freedom in the 1800s. Today, Peekskill and Northern Westchester compose a calm world of natural beauty, artistic creativity, and friendly people living in a series of tightly knit communities.Visiting the area, it’s hard to believe you’re less than an hour away from New York City. 82 peekskill + northern westchester ChronograM 5/12

clockwise from top left: Hilltop Hanover Farm in yorktown heights; The Paramount Theatre in peekskill; Croton Gorge Park in cortlandt; Jeff Greenwald trout fishing in katonah.

Riverfront Paradise Any journey across Northern Westchester begins on the Peekskill riverfront, specifically at Riverfront Green Park. Sandwiched between the Hudson River and the Metro-North train tracks, this expanse of green is the perfect place for a family to relax on a warm spring or summer afternoon. Parents will enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the Hudson as their children play on the elaborate and imaginative playground. Riverfront Green also plays host to a number of concerts and children’s events throughout the summer as well as larger festivals such as the yearly Open Arts Festival and the annual Peekskill Celebration, which attracts upward of 30,000 people in August. Fully aware of the value of taking advantage of such pristine riverfront property, Peekskill is in the processes of opening Peekskill Landing, a four-acre park adjacent to Riverfront Green Park on the north, which would make this stretch of riverfront open space one of the largest along the Hudson. Just on the other side of the tracks is the Peekskill Brewery, a popular brew pub that prides itself on its selection of craft beers and its reputation as a locavore hotspot. Another can’t-miss destination on the riverfront is Dylan’s Wine Cellar, which aside from a large and varied selection of wines, boasts a rather unique attraction just outside its back door. “We actually have the yellow brick road right behind our location, which supposedly was the inspiration for the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz,” says Dylan’s Wine Cellar owner Ste-

Inge Dube at the Driftwood Gallery Studio

Kyra Scally at the Peekskill Coffee Shop

Croton Point Park

Pasquale Sarwar & Arne Paglia Peter Pratt’s Inn Fine Dining

at the Division Street Grill

Alana Rivers at Black Cow

The Rosen House at Caramoor Tom Antonecchia at Tom’s

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Jeff Kendall at Blue Bus Music

Julia Wike at the Katonah Arts Center

Shannon Savva at Umami

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ven Zwick. “Frank L Baum, the author, went to the military academy for two years, which was right up the road.” Local legend says that when young Frank L. Baum got off the boat in Peekskill and asked how to get to the military academy, he was told to “follow the yellow brick road” that led directly from the riverfront to the academy. A Rising Scene Take a walk up the hill from the riverfront along Central Avenue and you will find yourself in an amazingly diverse and compact downtown that serves as an area hub for entertainment, great food, art galleries, and culture. Within a couple of square blocks, centered on Division Street between Main and Brown, you’ll find great restaurants like Division Street Grill, The Quiet Man Irish Pub, 12 Grapes, Birdsall House,The Bean Runner Café, Ruben’s Mexican Café, and more. “It’s eclectic,” says Division Street Grill owner Arne Paglia. “There’s everything from fine dining to a gastro pub, cafés and coffee houses. There’s something for everyone down here.” The town has been revitalized over the past decade, becoming an artists’ mecca with galleries sprouting up all over town, and especially up and down Division Street. The entertainment anchor of the town is the Paramount Center for the Arts, a historic movie house built in 1930 that today hosts top live acts from all over the country. Also, a number of local spots such

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as 12 Grapes and The Peekskill Coffee House feature live entertainment on multiple nights each week, all of which has helped make Peekskill an entertainment destination. “I’d come home [to Peekskill] from college and go to White Plains to go out,” says lifelong Peekskill resident Lauren Brady. “Now I don’t go anywhere but here. I have friends who come here now instead of going to other cities.” A Walk in the Parks Drive seven and a half miles south from Peekskill along Route 9 and you come to the village of Croton-on-Hudson. This culturally close-knit community is spread out geographically, with two main commercial regions: The Upper Village on Maple and Grand Streets and The Harmon District down by the train station. Popular spots include The Black Cow Coffee Company, The Green Growler (a craft beer grocery that supports “local breweries, home brews, and the craft beer revolution in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley), and The Blue Pig Ice Cream Factory, which uses locally-sourced milk and makes all their ice cream from scratch on the premises. Anyone hunting for a great meal will want to check out Umami Café, a fusion restaurant that has won multiple Best of Westchester awards (twice for Best Mac and Cheese), or the Ocean House, which has become a destination restaurant for seafood lovers in the area. 5/12 ChronograM peekskill + northern westchester 83


LOCAL NOTABLE Caramoor Center for Music and Art General Director Michael Barrett

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“Inscapes” Paintings by Elaine Galen May 3-June 3, 2012 Artist Reception: May 12th 1-5 pm

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HUdson Valley Center for Contemporary art

‘A Veteran Master of Gothic Angst’

1701 main st peekskill ny 10566 914-788-0100 saturdays & sundays noon-6pm

S. O. S., 2009, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 46 in.

Circa 1986 Redux: Rick Prol, A Retrospective Look May 19 – June 17, 2012

In 1946, Caramoor Center for Music and Art opened the doors of its music room to the public for three summer concerts. Sixty-six years later, Caramoor is home to the seven-week-long International Music Festival, with concerts in venues all over its 90 acres of gardens, grounds, and woodlands. For the past 10 years, Caramoor has been guided by the steady hand of Michael Barrett, chief executive and general director, who has expanded the programming beyond the wildest dreams of its founders. “Ten years ago, Caramoor was strictly classical music,” says Barrett. “I’ve established all kinds of different programs. We now have an American Roots day, which is all about traditional American music, which could mean bluegrass, folk music, jazz—we go in a rather broad direction. Also, this is now the fifth or sixth year that we’ve been doing Sonidos Latinos, Latin sounds.” In addition to introducing different musical styles to the festival, Barrett has also worked to make Caramoor more family friendly. “We have close to 10 events a year that are appropriate for young children,” he says. “It’s great for young families to come here and enjoy live music.” Bringing music to a younger generation is a core objective of Caramoor’s work. They entertain over 5,000 students, usually in the third or fourth grades, from schools up and down the Hudson River Valley, from South Yonkers up to Orange and Putnam Counties. “They jump on the bus and they come here for the entire day. It’s very exciting,” says Barrett. Caramoor also strives to mentor young musicians, running a series of mentoring programs for everything from string instruments to opera. For Barrett, the hope is to foster a lifelong love of music in all who come through Caramoor’s gates. “I’m a huge champion of experiencing life in real time without amplification,” he says. “It’s about having an authentic experience where you use all of your senses. To be in a place like this, in nature, and to experience live, acoustic music—there’s no substitute for this.” “The thing about music is, it is an emotional language,” explains Barrett. “It might be a trite language, depending on what type of music you’re listening to, or it might be a very sophisticated language. But it’s a language that we don’t have words for.” Caramoor encourages people to unplug from their iPods and truly experience this wordless language. “When you go to a concert, you’ve paid your money. You sit up and you pay attention. It’s a live event; you can’t zone out. This is not disposable, popular culture that we’ve all become so used to,” says Barrett. “This is like having a real relationship and not just a bunch of Facebook friends.” Taking the reins at Caramoor allowed Barrett, a conductor, pianist, and former protégé of Leonard Bernstein, to stop traveling and create something special in his own backyard. “It gave me a chance to not only be here in this community but also to really try and improve something which I think is a staggeringly fantastic and below-the-radar kind of place,” he says. “I don’t understand why this place is not more popular than Tanglewood. The experience here is superior to anything that goes on at Tanglewood. I’ll stand by that.” Caramoor’s 67th International Music Festival runs from June 23 to August 8. For tickets, schedule, and information:

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Outside of the main commercial districts lies Croton’s true claim to fame. “Croton is known for its parks,” says Lisa Moir, owner of The Blue Pig. “The park system in our town is great.” The Village maintains a number of beautiful, natural parks and open spaces, including Silver Lake, Senasqua Park, Black Rock Park, and Croton Landing which was voted to have the best view in all of Westchester last year by Westchester magazine. There’s also the Croton Arboretum, which is 20 acres of protected wetlands. Just past the train station and jutting out into the river is the Westchester County-run Croton Point Park, a 508-acre park that also houses the Croton Point Nature Center and is home to what is believed to be the oldest wine cellars in NewYork State. A few twisting miles inland from Croton-on-Hudson is the 875-acre Teatown Lake Reservation. Teatown boasts a Nature Center, 15 miles of hiking trails, and the unique Wildflower Island—a sanctuary to over 230 endangered species of wildflowers. Perhaps the most unique attraction in Croton-on-Hudson is Van Cortlandt Manor, part of Historic Hudson Valley. Eighteenth-century America comes alive as costumed guides lead tours through the estate and grounds and let you try your hand at blacksmithing, weaving, and other crafts from the time of the American Revolution. History and Nature Heading east on Route 35 from Peekskill will bring you to the historic town of Yorktown. This area saw a lot of action during America’s struggle for independence, and you can visit Revolutionary War sites such as the Davenport House (which served as an American Army outpost), the site of French General Rochambeau’s headquarters and encampment, Pines Bridge (a pivotal crossing controlled by American forces during the war), and more. A complete map of Revolutionary War-era sites is available at the Yorktown Museum on Commerce Street. Once you’ve had your fill of history, Yorktown offers a number of great places for you to fill your stomach, from the regional American cuisine of Peter Pratt’s Inn to the Italian fusion of The Piatto Grill to contemporary American at Thyme and to local favorites Somers 202 and Murphy’s. Yorktown is also home to a large number of parks, farms, preserves, and trailways.The largest is Franklin D. Roosevelt, State Park right off Route 35, but equally worthwhile are Sylvan Glen Park Preserve, Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve, Kitchawan Preserve, and Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center. On your way out of Yorktown, you can swing down and visit Muscoot Farm, an educational farm originally built in 1880 where you can hike through its 777 acres, visit the animals (including newborns), take a hayride around the property, or just visit the original farm structures, many still in use today.




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at Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts

Do you have a child from 7 years old to 17 who has an interest in creating artwork on the computer? The Center for the Digital Arts offers access to cutting-edge post-production studios including software packages such as Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Maya, and Final Cut Pro. Don’t miss out on building your portfolio with us this summer. At the end of each session students take away a portfolio piece and have a gallery exhibition.

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Our programming includes studio art courses in drawing, painting, cartooning, and multimedia storytelling (mixed media). We also offer game design!

SUMMER 2012 OPEN HOUSE DATES 5/10, 6/19, 5:30-7:30 pm Westchester Community College

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The Inn on the Hudson (formerly the Peekskill Inn) is less than one hour away from Manhattan, offering a quiet setting,welcoming atmosphere and the best view of the Hudson River.


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Events Hudson River EagleFest Headquartered at Croton Point Park, this Teatown-sponsored yearly event takes advantage of the winter arrival of the bald eagle population to the lower Hudson Valley to celebrate this amazing raptor with shows, activities, children’s programs, and, of course, one-of-a-kind eagle viewing! Satellite sites joining in the celebration include Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill and The New Croton Dam.

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Peekskill Celebration The town of Peekskill throws a huge party every year by the river featuring fireworks, food, entertainment, artisans, hot air balloon rides, dragon boat races, and more. Events take place over a weekend at Riverfront Green Park and Peekskill Landing.

The Idyllic Hamlet Continue traveling east on Route 35 and just before you hit Interstate 684 you will come to the hamlet of Katonah, part of the City of Bedford. Park your car on Katonah Avenue in downtown Katonah and you will feel as though you have stepped onto a movie set featuring Main Street USA. Running all of three blocks, this is a jewel of small-town shopping, with family-owned stores such as specialty food store Wm. Nicholas & Co., Weinstein Pharmacy, The Eclectic Collector, and Charles Department Store, which has been the anchor of the Katonah commercial district since 1939. “Katonah has everything you need in the town itself,” says resident Rae Ballard. “It’s not like living in a suburb where you have to drive for what you want to get.” If you’re hungry, you can satisfy just about any culinary urge within a few short blocks. “We have some nice eateries here, we’re very fortunate,” says David Raneri, vice-president and third-generation owner of Charles Department Store. “Each has their own little niche.” Standouts include Willie Nick’s Restaurant & Bar, a popular American Bistro; NoKa Joe’s, specializing in fair trade and organic coffee along with baked goods and soups; and The Blue Dolphin, which is reputed to have the best pasta in the area. A few blocks south of downtown is the Katonah Art Center, which offers a wide range of walk-in classes in visual arts, digital arts, music, and more on the weekends. On the other side of the parkway on Route 22 lies the Katonah Museum of Art, an eclectic museum featuring provocative, ever-changing exhibits and a terrific focus on introducing art to children. Travel south from the museum on Route 22 and you will find the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, while the Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts is just a bit further.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Every October, over 4,000 hand-carved pumpkins take roost on the grounds of Historic Hudson Valley’s Van Cortlandt Manor. The intricate designs carved into the pumpkins have to be seen to be believed! Tickets sell out for this incredible evening activity every year, so get yours early.

Peekskill Jazz and Blues Fest The streets of Peekskill come alive with some of the best jazz and blues music in the state during this late-July festival. Over 3,000 were on hand in 2011 and 2012 is shaping up to be even bigger.

Yorktown Heights Fireman’s Carnival & Parade This five-day annual tradition brings old-time carnival rides and games to the streets of Yorktown. It’s fun for the whole family!

Caramoor International Music Festival This year marks the 67th year for this incredible series of concerts. Sponsored by the Caramoor Center for Music and Art and located at a variety of locations on the lush grounds of Caramoor, the festival runs for seven weeks from late June to early August.

Peekskill Open Studios Each year, over 100 artists and entertainers open their doors to the public with special exhibitions in galleries, museums, and other venues all over the town. Visitors can meet the artists in their studios during the day and enjoy live music at night. Open Studios 2012 is being held on June 2- 3.

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Located in the heart of Downtown Peekskill’s Artist District, The Division Street Grill offers Contemporary American cuisine, with Piano/live entertainment Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Evenings.

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Twenty years ago, Wendie Garber was an art teacher and painter in search of a community. Then she found Peekskill. “I felt a little isolated as an artist because I didn’t belong to a community,” Garber says. “I think that’s what attracted a lot of artists [to Peekskill]. That they could be a part of an intimate art community where people can work together, have shows together, advertise together, even exhibit together. The artists get along well, they know each other. They’re more like a family now.” She rented a space in a traditional flat iron building in Peekskill across the street from the Paramount Center for the Arts at a time when town leaders were working with businesses to rent empty spaces to artists for lower rents. Four years later she went from painter to gallery owner when she opened the Flat Iron Gallery. “We specialize in contemporary fine art and handcrafted jewelry,” she says. “We are located in the heart of downtown, in the art district of Peekskill.” Sixteen years later, the Flat Iron Gallery takes up two whole floors of the building, and Garber now represents over 100 artists. “Some of the artists that I represent are local, from the community,” she says. “Some are even in my building. The Flat Iron Building has seven art studios in addition to the gallery spaces. I have keys to all those studios and I represent those people, so even if they’re not in their studios working, I can open them up and show their work to other people and sell their work. But the artists are often there themselves, and people can go in any time their doors are open and see what they’re working on and meet the artists.” At any given time, visitors to the Flat Iron Gallery may see exhibits of painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, glass blowers, or any combination thereof. “We put up a new show every single month,” says Garber. Putting the years of work into her gallery has allowed Garber to become something of a maven of the Peekskill art scene, and she has seamlessly slipped into the role with ease. When visitors come to her gallery, she sees them as not just her customers, but customers of the entire Peekskill art community and will often send them to other local galleries if she feels they would be interested in the work being shown. “All the artists support all the other artists,” she explains. “I think if it was a bigger city that may not work as well. But Peekskill is small enough that it is more like an intimate family where everybody works together.” Located directly above the Peekskill Coffee House at 105 South Division Street, Garber sees her gallery as one stop on a leisurely night on the town. Visitors will come to Peekskill, perhaps for a show at the Paramount, visit one of the many restaurants downtown, and have a relaxing evening. “After they have a little relaxation, they’ll come in and say what’s new at the Flat Iron Gallery,” she says. In the past 20 years, Garber has seen Peekskill go through a tremendous revitalization, and she has been at the center of that transformation as the city found new life by embracing the arts. “The city’s very successful in more recent years because it is now a center for the arts,” she says. “It really is known as an artist’s community.” The Flat Iron Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information and to see the featured artwork, visit

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A Drunkard’s Dream Hudson Valley Cocktails Text and photographs by Peter Barrett


aul Maloney trained as a painter, and for three years he ran the Core Gallery in New Paltz in addition to maintaining a successful art career. But then the lease ran out, and the economy tanked, and he needed something else to do. Serendipity struck: “Our friend Don Johnson owns this building [the former Singer Sewing building in Kingston] and wanted to open an Irish pub.” Around that time, Maloney took the prestigious Bar Smarts mixology course in New York City, so the vision evolved to become the Stockade Tavern, which Maloney opened with his wife, Giovanna (Jenny) Vis, in May 2010. It has been a consuming endeavor, and his art has suffered: “The last thing I painted was the ceiling, and that was two years ago,” Maloney says wistfully, looking up at the beautifully two-toned tin. But he clearly enjoys his new vocation. The Stockade specializes in old, classic cocktails from around the turn of the last century, made with top-shelf ingredients and a great deal of care and pride. Syrups (honey, cinnamon, demerara sugar) are made in-house and accurately reflect what a barkeep would have had on hand a hundred years ago. Even the ice is just so; the perfect cubes are clear and rock hard. Maloney is generous with his encyclopedic knowledge, making suggestions and weaving in some of the history behind the drinks he serves, which are sharply focused and never bigfoot the character of the spirits with cloying sweetness: “They rhyme,” he explains. “They amplify the qualities of the main liquor.” There’s not a twee –tini suffix to be found on the menu. His authentic blend of warm conviviality and exacting craft made him the perfect choice for collaborating on an idea I had recently: some deep local Hudson Valley cocktails. 90 food & drink ChronograM 5/12

The variety and quality of locally distilled spirits (see December 2009 issue) continues to increase; Warwick now makes a gin, Berkshire Mountain Distillers make two (their Ethereal, which changes aromatics with each batch, lives up to its name), and Tuthilltown will have one for sale soon. Lovers of cassis have four versions to choose from:Warwick, Clinton, Tousey, and Tuthilltown all offer excellent expressions of the blackcurrant. Harvest Spirits makes superlative apple vodka (Tuthilltown makes two) and applejack, as well as pear brandy (both clear and barrel-aged, and a peach-infused aged applejack is on the way).Warwick’s American Fruit line of brandies and liqueurs make for fine sipping and mixing.And Delaware Phoenix now offers rye, bourbon, and corn whiskeys in addition to two varieties of absinthe. Beyond booze, Fee Brothers up in Rochester produces a wide range of authentic and original bitters, as well as flavored syrups. Royal Rose in Brooklyn also makes excellent syrups.There has never been a better time to try your hand at local mixology. Citrus is a problem, since it’s ubiquitous in drinks and does not grow here, but we’re lucky to have the superb vinegars of Brother VictorAntoine d’Avila-Latourrette (see July 2010 issue; available at the monastery or the Red Devon store) to use in their place.Vinegars have a long history in drinks, especially combined with sugar and alcohol in shrubs, which were made for long sea voyages where preservation was required. D’Avila-Latourrette’s vinegars are extraordinary, vital liquids, but they’re still vinegar. If that assertiveness is too much for you, feel free to use lemon or lime instead. “Inventing cocktails is fun,” says Maloney. “Start by taking one you like and swapping out one ingredient, then switch another. It can be a great social event: Have some friends over and get hammered” (in the name of science, of course). Mismatched, funky vintage glasses from a thrift store will also make your cocktails taste better.

Above: Paul Maloney, owner/master mixologist at the Stockade Tavern, behind the bar. “You can’t be shy with the shaking,” says Maloney. Opposite: Three drinks from our Chronogram cocktail brainstorming at the Stockade Tavern: The Whiskey Sour, the Chocktail, and the New Jack Rose.

To begin, here’s a standard we tweaked to make it entirely from Hudson Valley ingredients. Maloney makes his own honey syrup from a 1:1 mixture of local honey and water: “Honey has a strong flavor, so the water dilutes it a bit and helps it dissolve much more easily.” The apricot vinegar adds a lovely fruit note and good sourness. Whiskey Sour 2 oz. Tuthilltown Baby Bourbon 1 egg white ¾ oz. apricot vinegar ½ oz. honey syrup (1:1 with water) or use ¼ oz. for more sourness Combine everything in a shaker and “dry shake” for 30 seconds to froth the egg white. Add ice and shake another 30, then strain into a chilled glass with more ice. Garnish with a flag of local fruit, either preserved or fresh. We talked some about cider, and a cider-based drink called a Jersey Cocktail, and he pulled out an excellent example from Farnum Hill in New Hampshire that’s made in the English style: bone-dry, unfiltered, and delightfully sour and tannic. By happy coincidence, I recently became aware of a cider being made down in Wurtsboro by the Aaron Burr Cidery where they use a high percentage of wild and ancient varieties to achieve a similar profile. Sweet table apples alone don’t make great hard cider; they generally lack the structure and complexity one looks for in a sophisticated adult beverage. Cideries throughout the region are now hip to this, and are enthusiastically planting old cider varieties. Hudson Valley hard cider looks to become a Thing in the near future.

This drink has an almost candied, slightly rootbeery nose, but the finish is dry and clean. The walnut bitters and brown sugar or maple really burnish the apple to a high shine. The result is very refreshing, and low alcohol to boot. Hudson Cocktail 4 oz. dry hard cider (Aaron Burr, available at Tuthilltown’s store) 2 dashes walnut bitters ½ oz. demerara sugar or maple syrup apple slices for garnish Fill a double rocks glass with crushed ice. Add the cider, bitters, and syrup, then stir gently to combine. Maloney reminds us: “If you stir too hard, you knock down the cider’s effervescence.” The Jack Rose is one of those drinks whose origin is clouded in myth; there are at least five plausible stories explaining its origin. Made from apple brandy, grenadine, lemon, sugar syrup, and bitters, it seemed an excellent candidate for localization. Warwick’s sour cherry cordial is a great grenadine substitute. New Jack Rose 2 oz. applejack ½ oz. American Fruit Sour Cherry Cordial ½ oz. spruce* or cider vinegar ¼ oz. cinnamon syrup Shake, strain, and serve up in a chilled coupe glass with a rose petal for a garnish. The spruce and cinnamon are an odd and volatile combination, but they work together. Alternatively, use honey cider vinegar and substitute rose syrup for the cinnamon. 5/12 ChronograM food & drink 91

There’s a drink called an Old Vermont, made with gin, maple syrup, orange juice, and bitters.We swapped in pear brandy and cider vinegar for the OJ, but kept the bitters for depth and balance. Old New York 2 oz. Warwick or Ethereal gin ¼ oz. maple syrup ¼ oz. pear brandy (Warwick or Harvest Spirits) ½ oz. honey cider vinegar 3 dashes Angostura bitters Combine in shaker with ice, shake, and serve in a chilled martini glass. Maloney mentioned a drink called a “Spring Feeling,” which is gin with lemon and green Chartreuse. We thought that swapping in some Delaware County absinthe for the chartreuse might be interesting, and used the Monk’s honey cider vinegar in place of lemon. It’s a very clean, elegant, and gulpable beverage, ideal for a hot day. This was our favorite of the bunch we invented. Because we are both from the Boston area, we renamed it in honor of a Jonathan Richman song. That Summer Feeling 2 oz. gin (Ethereal or Warwick) ¼ oz. Walton Waters absinthe ¼ oz. honey syrup (1:1 with water) ¼ oz. honey cider vinegar (or lime juice) Combine everything with ice in a pitcher and stir for 30 seconds. Take a chilled martini glass or coupe and rub the rim with spruce or pine needles (or citrus peel) and strain drink into glass. Garnish with pine needles or a twist. Our hours are 11AM to 6PM, Friday - Sunday 10 Ann Kaley Lane, Marlboro, NY 12542 Phone: (845) 236-7620.

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Tuthilltown makes a good rum from blackstrap molasses, and we put together a drink that uses desserty flavors that play well with the sugar notes but still remains light and crisp. There’s an almost chocolatey note in the result, hence the name. Chocktail 2 oz. Roggen’s Rum (Tuthilltown) ¼ oz. blackcurrant vinegar* (alt: cider vinegar and a few drops of cassis) ½ oz. demerara sugar syrup (or maple syrup) 2 dashes walnut bitters mint leaves Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher. (“Kind of bang on them; don’t be too rough or they’ll get bitter,” advises Maloney). Add other ingredients, then ice. Stir thoroughly and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf. It is now possible to have a well-stocked bar filled with entirely regional products. Avail yourselves. Invent. Contribute to our growing culinary identity. And if you come up with a winner, be sure to stop in at the Stockade and tell Paul about it. *I make the spruce and blackcurrant vinegars at home. For spruce, put fresh spruce tips (they come out this month) in cider vinegar to infuse. For blackcurrant, use fresh juice and add a glug of live cider vinegar “with the mother,” found at health food stores. Ferment six months at room temperature out of direct sunlight in an open glass jar with cheesecloth over the top. Experiment! RESOURCES Delaware Phoenix Distillery Fee Brothers Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery Tuthilltown Spirits Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

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Market Market It wasn’t just an ordinary avocado sandwich. It was so huge and savory that I uttered an expletive. The creative, diverse menu at the Brooklyn-esque Market Market is small, but for good reason—the goal is to provide the freshest ingredients possible. Meat and produce are local, organic and free-range, and daily specials change according to season. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or carnivore, there’s amazing food for all—Vietnamese Bahn Mi hero, Korean style BiBimBop, turkey cobb salad, fried batterless jalapenos, and huevos rancheros are just a start. The eatery is also a venue for eclectic performances, from music to kiddie programs to the popular karaoke “Tribution” series—Michael Jackson is the tributee on May 5. 1 Madeline Lane on Route 32N, Rosendale. —Sharon Nichols Duo Bistro/Bar The former Gabriel’s Café space on John Street in Uptown Kingston is the site of a dynamic pairing via Saugerties: Juan Romero, former chef at Love Bites, and Niels Nielson, chef/owner of Fez Café, opened their breakfast and lunch spot in mid-April. Call it dressed-up comfort food: steak and eggs with “smashies” (an elevation of humble home fries), and turkey confit hash for breakfast; sausage and brie sandwich (prepared with house-made chicken and fig sausage) and Cullen Skink (from Scotland: smoked cod and potato chowder) for lunch. The Chronogram staff favorite thus far (Duo is around the corner from our office) is the vegetarian bahn mi, a well-executed take on the Vietnamese sandwich. With marinated tofu and spicy pickles and greens, it almost approximates the texture of the original, made with pâté. The menu is small, but done well. Duo is expected to open for dinner this summer once they receive their liquor license. (845) 383-1198. —Brian K. Mahoney Holy Cow The weather is warmer. The days are longer. Get out of my way, I’m going to Holy Cow. It’s the Ice Cream Mecca of Red Hook—always crowded with familiar faces—in soccer jerseys and work clothes. Kids walk out wide-eyed and giddy, their tongues tracing brightly colored flavor burst gel that clings to the mountain of soft-serve. Crisp cookie sandwiches. Fantastic floats. For me, vanilla with gooey hot fudge is perfection in a cup. It’s a simple place. A simple pleasure. And one you can afford just by digging change out from under the seat of your car. (845) 758.5959. —Holly Tarson Gomen Kudasai Youko Yamamoto’s Japanese noodle house, which shuttered suddenly last summer, has been back up and running for a couple months. Now established in the former Main Course space in New Paltz, Gomen Kudasai is back to setting exacting standards for Japanese fare in the Hudson Valley. By all means go for the noodles—authentic soba and udon in nourishing broth chockfull of fresh veggies—but don’t skip the silken, ethereal madofu tofu topped with minced scallion, ginger, and dried shrimp and dressed with soy sauce and roasted sesame oil. Or the katsu-don for that matter—breaded pork cutlet delicately fried and served with egg over rice. A host of hard-to-find sakes have also been added to the menu. Forget California rolls for an evening and treat yourself to some other wonders of Japanese cuisine. —Brian K. Mahoney

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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.

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Flood By Peter Barrett

Photos by Roy Gumpel Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused massive flooding last fall, wiping out some farmer's crops entirely, seriously damaging the harvest for others. At the time, it looked as if some farms might not make it. We follow up with some of the affected growers to see how they are faring this season. Clockwise from top left: Chris Kelder overlooking the creek that flooded his fields in Accord last fall; Kelder's Farm high water sign; garlic at Taliaferro Farm; Kira Kinney gathering eggs at Evolutionary Organics in New Paltz.


fter a positively Biblical finale to the summer, we were graced with an extraordinarily mild winter and a stunningly beautiful spring (though drought begins to loom into view as this year’s possible plague). With weather thus on my mind, now that the new growing season has begun I checked in with some of the farmers and officials I spoke with last summer (see the September 2011 issue) in the aftermath of the floods to see how their recovery is proceeding. In general, their moods are positive, and they all speak warmly about the generous and essential help they received from their neighbors, customers, and CSA members throughout the fall and winter. The State of New York also gets widespread plaudits for its prompt, effective, and ongoing response to the disaster. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has been working earnestly on recovery since the storms. “It was the worst disaster in [the county’s] history, but it brought out the best in people. We’ve never seen a faster declaration and response at the state level.” This help is much needed, and will make a big difference to communities impacted by the storms, but it is not sufficient to address the underlying problem of continued vulnerability to flooding in many communities. Hein has been waging a very public struggle against the NewYork City Department of Environmental Protection, referring

to their attitude toward the communities that reside downstream from the Ashokan Reservoir (owned by NewYork City) as akin to “an occupying nation.” After the storms, the reservoir released billions of gallons of water so turbid that it exceeded the criteria for pollution. “Their priorities are entirely focused on providing cheap water to the city," says Hein. “They don’t care what the cost might be up here.” Damage to the region was of two different types; in the higher elevations raging water savagely eroded roads and stream banks, taking more than a few bridges, houses, and vehicles with them. Hein recalls taking Senator Schumer to visit a spot on Route 47 south of Oliverea where what had been a culvert under a country road became a yawning chasm 35’ deep and 50’ across. Farther downstream, where most of the farms are, high water inundated thousands of acres of fields, destroying crops at the exact point in the season where farmers begin recouping all the money they invest in seeds, labor, and fuel. Scenes from the bottomland were less graphic—vast expanses of placid water hid all the produce they drowned—but just as devastating economically. Now the infrastructure is largely back; roads and bridges have been repaired so agriculture and tourism (two major sectors of the State’s economy) can function normally in time for the new growing season. 5/12 ChronograM locally grown 97

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Planting garlic at Taliaferro Farm in New Paltz.

Chris Kelder, of Kelder’s Farm in Accord, is upbeat: “We took a big financial hit, but we’re optimistic. In farming, there are good years and bad years.” And the weird weather has had an upside: “The dryer winter allowed us to get our ditches and irrigation system repaired before planting.” Pete Taliaferro of the eponymous farm in New Paltz is sanguine: “The hardest part was losing both the investment and the profit on it. We got some recovery money and grants, but there’s much less in the coffers than there should be, and I’m worried about payroll later on. The CSA has really helped; I get paid up front and pay them back in vegetables with no interest. People have been so generous; we received over $20,000 in donations.” The mild winter was a curse for him, though: “Normally I make thirteen to sixteen thousand from snow plowing. This year I made a fraction of that.” Deborah Kavakos of Stoneledge Farm in Cairo also feels the pinch. “We used our savings to make repairs. We did $40,000 worth of creek bank repair [they have about a thousand feet of frontage]. Ag and Markets gave us $12,500. We were glad to get it, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough. The irony is that we applied for a permit to dredge the creek, but it took two years to get it; it was approved one week before the storm. It’s so frustrating, and it’s a bigger problem than that, because the whole waterway needs to be managed.” Even if the Kavakos’ keep their stretch of creek clear, it only takes one neighbor downstream neglecting it to cause another flood when high water backs up behind obstacles. This brings us to the two issues that kept coming up in these conversations, both of which require Federal action to accomplish.The first issue is that our farmers remain unjustly vulnerable to the next natural disaster. Crop insurance programs are currently configured to favor huge row crop monoculture operations in the Midwest, not the smaller and more diverse vegetable farms in our region, most of which fall under the designation of “specialty crops,” as opposed to commodity crops like corn, soy, and wheat.The insurance is expensive to buy and the payout is often a pittance, when it arrives; Pete Taliaferro says that he received nine and a half cents on the dollar for his losses. Kavakos still hasn’t received her indemnity, and doesn’t know how much it will be. The other major issue is waterway management. The flooding left massive erosion and stream bank and bed disruption in its wake.Trees, boulders, gravel banks, and other obstacles will become flood-exacerbating dams in the next torrential downpour. Some government money has helped; the USDA recently gave affected areas a total of $41 million, and the State recently allocated $50 million for flood relief, including flood control and dam repair projects. Normally, FEMA reimburses towns and cities for 75 percent of the cost of repairs to roads, bridges, and equipment lost or damaged in floods, and the State splits the remaining 25 percent evenly with the municipalities. But local budgets have been so overstretched by the bad economy and the disaster that the state is covering their 12.5 percent obligation, thanks to language that State Senator Bonacic wrote into recent budget legislation. Bonacic also secured money to buy out flood-damaged homes in Wawarsing and for flood prevention work in Ulster and Orange Counties. But $40-50 million is the estimated cost just to dredge the Wallkill and Rondout; New York State does not have that kind of money for just one project, so the Army Corps of Engineers would have to do it. Matt Nelligan is Manager of Public Affairs at the New York Farm Bureau, a principal interface between individual farmers and the powers that be at various levels of government. “There’s a huge sense of urgency, and we’re very active in Albany and

Washington. Our top priority is a catastrophic crop loss program. We think people are open to the idea; after all, a lot of Republicans come from agricultural states and everyone understands the importance of farming. There’s a big push to get crop insurance reform included in the Farm Bill.The State deserves a lot of credit for the response to the storms, but we need to keep working. So-called ‘hundred-year storms’ are now happening every few years.” Mike Morosi, communications director for Congressman Maurice Hinchey, does not share Nelligan’s optimism that legislation to address these two priorities will be forthcoming any time soon. “There hasn’t been any movement on the Farm Bill. Since the Republicans became the majority in the House, there has been consistent gridlock, delay, and no willingness to compromise. In this case, it’s the farmers who get the short end of the stick.” On the subject of the Corps and dredging, Morosi explains that “there’s a huge backlog of work, but the budget that Republicans just passed in the House cuts Corps funding by $190 million compared to last year, which will only slow it down further.” After much theater, late last year Congress allocated $1.7 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers for disaster aid. In 1983, the Corps did a study of the Wallkill River (which flooded severely last summer, ruining crops and property in three counties) that recommended dredging as part of a flood reduction program. Two years later, they did what is called “clearing and snagging:” removing trees, rocks, and other obstacles that can impede flow but without any digging. According to Chris Pawelski, an onion farmer in Goshen, “they described it as a ’20-year solution’ and like clockwork, 20 years later we started having floods. The $40 million for dredging the Walkill and Esopus “sounds like a lot of money, but it’s a fraction of what the damage from just one storm can be.” (The damage from Irene and Lee in Orange County alone will likely exceed one hundred million dollars, not including private insurance claims). Pawelski is irate that his Congresswoman, Nan Hayworth, did nothing to try to get some of the Corps money for dredging the Wallkill and its tributaries, especially since she is in the majority party in the House. “It’s a huge failure on her part. Other districts around the country got similar projects funded. This river needs to be taken care of.” In the face of the earmarks ban, which House Republicans passed upon taking power, many members have been using “lettermarks” instead, writing to agencies to request funding and expediting of specific projects in their districts. Both of NewYork’s Senators and Congressmen Tonko, Gibson, and Hinchey have all gone on the record supporting disaster relief and crop insurance reform, but Hayworth voted against relief money. She was unable to respond to several requests for a comment. Pawelski is over $300,000 in debt due to the floods, and recently tried to sell a 50-pound bag of onions on Ebay for $150,000 to draw attention to his plight. The bag did not sell—though it did get him some publicity—and he is selling onion seeds for $15 a bag. “We’re hoping to have a good year,” he concludes. “One more disaster will wipe us out.” The resilient and positive attitudes nearly across the board are remarkable, especially given the legislative gridlock on the most pressing issues. Kavakos concludes our conversation by emphasizing the positive: “We truly are so happy to be part of a CSA, and we have a beautiful farm with wonderful soil. I love being a farmer. If people go to farm markets and buy local, they can really make a difference.” Nelligan agrees. “Everyone is still recovering; people need to come buy produce. It helps the economy, which helps everything.” 5/12 ChronograM locally grown 99


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Locally Grown Community-Supported Agriculture Farms B & C Christ Farms & Greenhouse 90 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancramdale Binnewater Farm Project PO Box 166, Rosendale (518) 945-8880 Blooming Hill Farm 1251 Route 208, Blooming Grove (845) 782-7310 Brook Farm Project 60 Gatehouse Road, New Paltz (845) 255-1052 Carter Farm 17 Hurds Corner Road, Pawling (845) 855-5782 Cascade Farm 124 Harmony Road, Patterson (845) 878-3258 Clove Valley CSA 81 Clove Valley Road, High Falls (845) 687-0535 Common Ground Farm 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls (845) 231-4424 Common Hands Farm CSA 389 Route 23B, Hudson (518) 929-7544

Full Field Farm PO Box 66, North Chatham (518) 766-0155

Katchkie Farm 34 Fischer Road Ext., Kinderhook (518) 758-2166

Royal Acres 621 Scotchtown Collabar Road, Middletown (845) 692-6719

Glynwood Center 1 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring (845) 265-3338

Lineage Farm 492 Route 217, Hudson (518) 755-3391

Ryder Farm Cottage Industries 400 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster (845) 279-4161

Gray Horse Farm 286 Hobbs Lane, Clinton Corners (845) 266-8991

Little Seed Garden PO Box 195, Chatham (518) 392-0063

Second Wind CSA at the Four Winds Farm 158 Marabac Road, Gardiner (845) 417-5624

Great Song Farm 475 Milan Hill Road, Red Hook (908) 227-0004

Loose Caboose Farm (518) 537-777

Sheltie Meadow Farm 15 Pulcher Avenue, Hudson (518) 828-7803

Greig Farm 225 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook (845) 758-1234

Midsummer Farm 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick (845) 986-9699

Shoving Leopard Farm 845 River Road, Barrytown (845) 758-9961

Hand Hollow Farm 402 Hand Hollow Road, East Chatham (518) 794-0176

Northwind Farms 185 West Kerley Corners Road, Tivoli (845)757-5591

Sisters Hill Farm 127 Sisters Hill Road, Stanfordville (845) 868-7048

Old Ford Farm Old Ford Road, New Paltz (845) 220-7819

Slow Roots Farm Jacob Diaz 205 Hidden Valley Road, Kingston (845) 339-2731

Hawk Dance Farm 362 Rodman Road, Hillsdale (518) 325-1430 Hawthorne Valley Farm 327 Route 21C, Ghent (Harlemville) (518) 672-7500 x105 Healthy Harvest CSA at Johnson’s Farm 180 Carpenter Road, Hopewell Junction (845) 226-8877

Cowberry Crossing Farm 55 Wenzels Lane, Hudson (518) 828-2682

Hearty Roots Farm 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook (845) 943-8699

Creekside Acres Fiber Farm 14 Creekside Place, Pleasant Valley (845) 518-1239,

Hepworth Farms CSA 506 South Road, Milton (845) 795-2007

Eats Village Farm 677 Sawkill Road, Kingston (845) 532-2448

Herondale Farm 90 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancramdale (518) 329-3769

Escot Valley Farm 1158 Berme Road, Kerhonkson (845) 480-4428

Hesperides Organica 397 Big Island Road, Warwick (845) 216-1282

The Farm at Miller’s Crossing 81 Roxbury Road, Hudson (518) 851-2331 Farmers Table at Stone Mountain Farm PO Box 389, Rosendale (845) 399-4800 Fishkill Farms 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction (845) 897-5194 Fresh Meadow Farm 407 Ingrassia Road, Middletown (845) 800-8135

Hollengold Farm 222 Lower Whitefield Road, Accord (413) 687-4286 Hudson Valley Fiber Farm 641 Hortontown Road, Hopewell Junction (845) 592-4349 Huguenot Street Farm 205 Huguenot Street, New Paltz (845) 810-0033 J&A Farm Indiana Road, Goshen (845) 360-5380

Partners Trace Farm 32 B Rousner Lane, New Paltz (718) 877-2602; (347) 334-4734 Phillies Bridge Farm Project 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz (845) 256-9108 Pine Hill Farm 3298 State Route 94, Chester (845) 325-1115 Poughkeepsie Farm Project Corner of Raymond and Hooker Avenues, Poughkeepsie (845) 473-1415

Sol Flower Farm 90 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancramdale (518) 329-1004 Smyler’s Farm 70 Van Deusen Road, Hudson (845) 750-5252 Stone Ridge Orchard CSA 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge (845) 266-3979 Taliaferro Farms 187 Plains Road, New Paltz (845) 256-1592

Red Oak Farm 1921 Route 9, Stuyvesant (518) 799-2052

Threshold Farm 16 Summit Street, Philmont (518) 672-5509

Rexcroft Farm 389 Leeds-athens Road, Athens (518) 821-8709

Veritas Farms 32 Rousner Lane, New Paltz (845) 384-6888

R’Eisen Shine Farm 133 Under Mountain Road, Copake (518) 329-0448

W. Rogowski Farm 327-329 Glenwood Road, Pine Island (845) 258-4574

Rondout Valley Organics Wawarsing (845) 647-6911

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business directory Accommodations Aspects Gallery Inn Woodstock, NY (917) 412-5646 The new Aspects Inn resides in the heart of the historic artists’ colony of Woodstock, NY, nestled in the famed Catskill Mountains ski and summer resort region. Aspects provides a unique and exclusive sensual retreat with two private luxury two-bedroom apartments joined to a 2,000 square-foot cathedral ceiling, cedar-and-glass enclosed, climate-controlled spa with 40’ saline pool, Jacuzzi and therapeutic infrared sauna.

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

Minnewaska Lodge 3116 Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY (845) 255-1110

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Sky Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8556 On the northern crest of the Shawangunk Ridge, Sky Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast offers a unique setting of natural beauty and comtemplation. Sky Lake Lodge is a Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center with spacious grounds, pond, indoor and outdoor meditation areas, and sumptuous organic breakfasts from local farmers. Rest and Renewal.

Elmrock Inn B & B 4496 Route 209 , Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4492

Inn at Silver Maple Farm 1871 State Route 295, Chatham, NY (518) 781-3600

Inn on the Hudson 634 Main Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 739-1500

Red Lion Inn 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-1604

The 1850 House Inn & Tavern Rosendale, NY

Alternative Energy Hudson Solar (845) 876-3767

Animal Sanctuaries Catskill Animal Sanctuary 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 336-8447

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Willow, NY (845) 679-5955


Water Street Market (Antiques Center)

Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45

10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1403

45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-7477

Architecture North River Architecture 3650 Main Street, PO Box 720, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-6242

Art Galleries & Centers Ai Earthling Gallery

172 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845)838-2880

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY

Stefan Findel Studio

Esotec (845) 246-2411 www.thirstcomesfirst. com

Book Publishers Monkfish Publishing 22 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-4861

69 Tinker Street , Woodstock, NY (845) 679 -2650

40 West Mark Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 891-6629

Ann Street Gallery

White Gallery

Mirabai of Woodstock

342 Main Street, Lakeville, CT (860) 435-1029

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

104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY (845) 784-1146 Gendered Object: Barbie as Art. May 19, 2012–June 30, 2012

Back Room Gallery 475 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079 Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12-5pm. May 4 - June 17 Micromorphic Exhibition. Opening Reception: May 5, 4-6pm. Gallery Talk May 12, 3pm May 25 Esopus Chamber Orchestra, 8pm

Elena Zang Gallery 3671 Route 202, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5432

Exposures Gallery 1357 Kings Hwy, Sugar Loaf, NY (845) 469-9382

Art Supplies Beacon Art Emporium 500 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 765-1535

Catskill Art & Office Supply Kingston, NY (845) 331-7780

Attorneys Traffic and Criminally Related Matters Karen A. Friedman, Esq. President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys 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 30 East 33rd Street, 4th FL, New York, NY (212) 213-2145 fax (212) 779-3289

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Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 to 5 Internationally recognized and the Hudson Valley’s pre-eminent landscape photographer, Nick Zungoli’s work has been widely collected since 1979 when he opened Exposures Gallery. To date he has sold over 50,000 prints to corporations and celebrities such as Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones. Along with images from the Hudson Valley, his new special exhibit “Mekong Journal” can be viewed this season. Visit online at for Photo Workshops in Sugar Loaf and Italy.

Markertek Video Supply

Flat Iron Gallery

Wheels of Time

105 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 734-1894

Auto Sales & Services Arlington Auto & Tire


The Hudson Valley’s oldest and most comprehensive spiritual/metaphysical bookstore, providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts for inspiration, transformation and healing. Exquisite jewelry, crystals, statuary and other treasures from Bali, India, Brazil, Nepal, Tibet. Expert Tarot reading.

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

Building Services & Supplies Associated Lightning Rod Co. (518) 789-4603 (845) 373-8309 (860) 364-1498

Cabinet Designers 747 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2200

Ghent Wood Products 483 Route 217, Hudson, NY (518) 672-7021

Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 525-54704

H. Houst & Son

678 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-2800

Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2115

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2694 Route 199, Pine Plains, NY (518) 398-7493

Garrison Art Center


N & S Supply

Will III House Design

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

Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Gray Owl Gallery

(800) 451-8373

Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY

Wood Trades

Rhinebeck Savings Bank

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

(845) 454-8555

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1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY (914) 788-0100

Sawyer Savings

Orange County Flea Market

Mario Lago Studio 502

100 Carpenter Avenue, Middletown, NY (845) 282-4055

502 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 765-8421

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RverWinds Gallery


87 Market Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-7000

Ulster Savings Bank (866) 440-0391

199 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0869

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

Cleaning Services American Cleaners (845) 594-1505

Sanitall Serving New York City and the Hudson Valley (845) 657-7283

Clothing NYC Flair Fashions, Inc.

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

Beacon Natural Market

190 South Plank Road, Newburgh, New York (845) 561-3550

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

NYC Flair is known for “Bridging the Gap in Fashion”. We have a unique mix of the latest trends and the classics. We offer formal, business and casual wear; petite, tall and plus sizes. Complete your look with beautiful accessories including slimmers and shoes. We also offer makeup and makeovers.

42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-9697

Clothing & Accessories Christina Faraj: The Bra Fit Expert

Lauren and Riley 462 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 831-3862

Sierra Lily 1955 South Road Square, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 297-1684

Woodstock Design

Consignment Shops What’s New Again 1177 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 462-2085

Cooking Classes Natural Gourmet Cookery School 48 West 21st Street, New York, NY (212) 645-5170, Fax (212) 989-1493

Country Clubs Copake Country Club 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake, NY (518) 325-4338

Custom Home Design and Materials Atlantic Custom Homes 2785 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY

Events Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Inc Katonah, NY (914) 232-1252

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center WWW.KAATSBAAN.ORG

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

West Point Band (845) 938-2617

Field Goods (888) 887-3848

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 518-672-7500 Mon - Sat 7:30 to 7, Sundays 9 to 5 A full-line natural foods store set on a 400-acre Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County with on-farm organic Bakery 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. Farm tours can also be arranged by calling the Farm Learning Center: 518-672-7500 x 231.

Mother Earth’s Store House 1955 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 296-1069, 249 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-9614, 300 Kings Mall Court, Route 9W, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5541 Founded in 1978, Mother Earth’s is committed to providing you with the best possible customer service as well as a grand selection of high quality organic and natural products. Visit one of our convenient locations and find out for yourself!

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

Thompson-Finch Farm 750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram, NY (518) 329-7578

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Each Carving is conceived and produced uniquely for each event, no molds or cnc machines. Use the easy online order form to get pricing and availability. 845-567-9792

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

Florists Good Old Days Eco Florist 270 Walsh Avenue, New Windsor, NY (845) 562-2820

Countryside Car Service Professional, reliable and luxurious transportation throughout the Hudson Valley

La bella Rosa Speciality Florist 474 Main Street, Beacon, NY 845-765-8660

Gardening & Garden Supplies Catskill Native Nursery 607 Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson, NY (845) 626-2758

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

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Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Awakenings 215 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY (914) 232-0382

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

Kitchenwares Warren Kitchen & Cutlery 6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6208

Hair Salons

Sweet Pea’s Groceries

A William Anthony Salon

Augustine Landscaping & Nursery

29 Elm Street, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-4950

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


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


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Moxie 544 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 440-6653

Hardware Stores Herzog’s True Value Home Center Kingston Plaza, Kingston, NY (845) 338-6800

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Evolve Design Gallery 88 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY

Home Improvement Certapro Painters (845) 987-7561

Hudson Valley Contracting Group Inc. 2713 Route 17M, New Hampton, NY (845) 294-8242

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Tommy Topcoat

(845) 255-6634

CSI North Landscaping P.O. Box 708, Claverack, NY (518) 851-9339

Lawn Doctor of Ulster & N.W. Dutchess Counties (845) 339-6788

Woodland Landscapes (917) 239-8644

Lawyers & Mediators Jane Cottrell (917) 575-4424 Mediation is the best opportunity for the disputing parties, not courts or juries, to control the outcome of a dispute. Experienced lawyer and mediator certified in US and UK. Choice of mediation techniques. Landlord/ tenant, debtor/creditor, commercial/business, wills/trusts, arts/creative, employment. Free consultation.

Pathways Mediation Center 239 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0100 A unique mediation practice for couples going through divorce or families in conflict with the innovative, combined services of 2 professionals. Josh Koplovitz has 30 years as a matrimonial & family law attorney and Myra Schwartz has 30 years as a guidance counselor. This male.female team can effectively address all your legal and family issues. Use our one-hour free consultation to find out about us.

Wellspring (845) 534-7668

Music JTD Productions, Inc

(845) 337-9947

(845) 679-8652

William Wallace Construction

Rondout Music Lounge

(845) 750-7335

Kingston, NY

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Music Lessons

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Helena Baillie

(914) 213-1598

Tivoli, NY (646) 724-0840

Jacobs Music Center 1 Milton Avenue, Highland, NY (845)691-2701 For all your music needs! Retail Store, Music School, Band Rentals, Repairs.

The Beacon Music Factory 50 Liberty Street, Beacon, NY (845) 202-3555

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Pet Services & Supplies Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital 8 Nancy Court, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 227-7297

Hurley Veterinary Hospital 509 Hurley Avenue, Hurley, NY (845) 331-7100

Pet Country 6830 Rt. 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-9000


Imperial Guitar & Soundworks 99 Route 17K, Newburgh, NY (845) 567-0111


Photosensualis 15 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-7995

Picture Framing

Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce 23F East Market Street, P.O. Box 42, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5904

Organizations Columbia Land Conservancy (518) 392-5252

Country Wisdom News (845) 616-7834

Outfitters Mountain Tops Beacon, NY

Performing Arts Bardavon Opera House

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WHAT IS GOOD SEX? Two experts explore the pathways—

and roadblocks—to sexual satisfaction. by wendy kagan illustration by annie internicola


juicy three-way was what I had in mind—conversation, that is— when I heard about the diverging perspectives of two Hudson Valley sex experts. Erotic educator Sheri Winston is founder and director of The Center for the Intimate Arts in Kingston and the author of Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure. Sex therapist and professor Marian Dunn sees clients in Garrison as well as in New York City and Brooklyn, where she serves as director of the Center for Human Sexuality at SUNY Downstate Medical School. Here they agree and disagree on how we can realize our best sexual selves. Before we jump into anything between the sheets, let’s take a look at desire itself. How does it work? What if low libido is a problem? Marian Dunn: First of all, spontaneous desire may not be so common in women after a relationship has begun. Many women instead have responsive desire. Affection and cuddling might fill their needs, or it might make them feel aroused. Once they feel aroused they’ll start to feel the desire for more arousal. That leads to good things happening for a sense of sexual satisfaction, and the circle of intimacy and closeness is completed. This is the circle theory of Dr. Rosemary Basson, from Canada, and it makes sense to a lot of women. If women are waiting to feel desire, they may be waiting a long time. In fact, the less affection and sex that a woman is having, the less she may be wanting to have. If women don’t have sex, their bodies go to sleep. If men don’t have sex, there might be a craving. Maintenance sex is a good thing because it keeps the juices flowing. You don’t have the problem of “we haven’t had sex in six weeks,” when every sexual occasion becomes full of pressure and demand and has to be perfect. Sheri Winston: Wanting to want it—that’s the first step. Not feeling like you have to want it also is important. Our culture says we should always want to have a lot of sex. There are times in your life when you don’t, and that’s normal. After you have babies, when you’re ill, or if you’re really consumed by your work. Sometimes sexual energy is going into something else. We also have this idea that our sexuality is supposed to be the same throughout our lives, always robust, but it isn’t. For men it’s a life arc; it’s different in their 20s than in their 50s. For women, we have our menstrual cycle, so we’re always in flux.Yet at any time, we can make the conscious choice to cultivate our sexual energy, and notice when it requires more cultivation. How do we cultivate it, once desire kicks in? SW: We can train ourselves, just like musicians. For both men and women, once we recognize how trainable we are, the sky’s the limit to what we can

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learn to do.There are people paralyzed from the waist down who learn to have orgasms by having their hand stimulated. We can learn how to expand arousal and get turned on by more things. Arousal is a trance state. To get good at this, to gain mastery, is to learn how to enhance the trance. We can use our breath as one tool to get ourselves more aroused and excited. Notice how you breathe at all stages of arousal, and then notice what happens when you change the breath. When something good happens, practice that. Like a musician, you try different things.When you get something and say, “Ooh, that’s nice, I like that,” then you practice it and incorporate it.The more you do that, the more you are able to play an absolutely inspired improvisation. To really become a virtuoso you have to start with yourself, with solo sex or self-pleasure. If you’re not able to play your own instrument, it’s harder to play duets with your partner. Marian, I can hear your eyebrows raising when Sheri says things like “virtuoso” and “mastery.” MD: Words like that make me a little uncomfortable because they set up an expectation that I think is unrealistic over the course of a lifetime. The way sex works is that sometimes it feels wonderful, sometimes it’s soothing, sometimes it’s just okay, and sometimes it’s mediocre or poor.That’s fine, that’s part of life. Not every instance has to be glorious. In fact, high expectations kill desire, arousal, and the ability to have orgasm. What I’m saying is based on a lot of clinical experience. In a certain sense, when you want people to have a better sex life you want to lower expectations and not create them. Ultimately what you want to be able to say is, “we had pleasant sexual relations that made me feel good about myself and more connected to my partner.” SW: I totally agree that pressure and performance anxiety are not the friend of anyone in the bedroom. Everything I teach is optional. If you’re satisfied and feel connected to your partner, then that is good sex. Or if you feel connected to yourself, if you don’t have a partner. What I’m putting out there is also the idea that since all sexual capacity is learnable, then if we choose to, we can learn how to expand what turns us on, to enhance our experience of arousal, and to expand our experience of orgasm. If someone has trouble getting aroused, if they want to experience more pleasure, there are things they can do about it. It’s not a matter of settling for “it’s just okay” if what you want is more than that. How can we experience more pleasure without laying on too much pressure? MD: Masters and Johnson found that most people, both men and women, get more aroused giving pleasure than passively receiving it. It’s good to focus on

sensation in the nonerogenous zones: the warmth of your partner’s hands on your back or neck, the softness of the kissing. You can think, Where are the muscular areas that I like to touch, where are the smooth areas, what does it feel like when I run my hands down his spine? (My husband is getting turned on as we speak!) For women, all of these things are more apt to create arousal than passively lying there, monitoring things. SW: Women need their whole system activated, not just one part; they need to connect their genitals and their heart.We sometimes don’t know the whole system or have the right maps. When we understand the whole body we can say, “Let’s play with this part of the system.” First we learn how to get into our arousal trance by ourselves. Once we’re proficient in getting to orgasm through our solo trance, the next step is learning how to do that in the presence of another person. You can take turns: I help you go into your trance, then you help me get into mine. Ultimately, we can learn how to get into a conjoined trance with someone. At that point it doesn’t matter who does what to whom. I heard a saying once that a man’s biggest sex organ is his eyes and a woman’s is between her ears. But I think there’s more to it psychologically for men as well. I feel like that’s downplayed in our culture. MD: Oh, yes. The image of the male as this insatiable creature who gets turned on by any woman he sees, and is able to perform in any situation, is a myth. Most men need to feel safe; they need to feel a certain degree of trust and attraction; they need to feel the partner isn’t going to criticize them and withdraw if anything goes wrong. They need the same kinds of emotional situations that many women need. Part of the definition of male sexuality since the sexual revolution is being a good lover.That’s important to men but creates the pressure to perform. So his distracting thoughts might be, Will I be able to keep hard? Will I disappoint my partner? Will I come too soon? All of these thoughts diminish arousal. Masters said if you had a film of a man’s penis from the time he first becomes aroused to the end of intercourse, you would see that the erection waxes and wanes. For some men, the minute it starts to lose a little bit they panic. I say the blood is flowing in the wrong direction: It’s going to the brain with worry instead of to the genitals.

What about the elusive female orgasm? MD: It’s amazing how many younger women have orgasms and don’t know they’re having them. They think they should be having these intense, explosive moaning and groaning kinds of things they see in the movies. They’re having a pleasant contraction or tingling in the lower part of their body and they don’t identify that as an orgasm—until you let them know, and then it becomes more pleasurable. Most studies show about 15 percent of women never have orgasms. Another 20 to 30 percent can have an orgasm from manual or oral stimulation but not from intercourse alone. Only about a third of women can have an orgasm from intercourse alone, but not every time. I think women should learn to bring themselves to orgasm with their hands and not a vibrator because no partner can duplicate vibratory stimulation, and it’s much easier to transfer that to the partner situation. Then you begin to learn, what are the triggers in me? A light touch, a fast touch, a soft touch? What gets me most turned on? There are some great books, The Elusive Orgasm and Becoming Orgasmic. If a woman practices the steps in these books she will learn to have orgasms. Sheri, you say you want to save the world one orgasm at a time. How can sex save us? SW: Sexual energy is our life force energy. When we connect with our sexual energy and the power, beauty, and joy of it, it makes us whole, healthy, and functional human beings. One of the challenges of the planet right now is understanding how connected we are. How we are in our sexuality is pretty much how we are in the rest of our lives too. All of these things are connected and part of the web of life. I’m talking about it on the level of, I want you to have amazing sex. Knowing that we have different tools to use can make it better, more fun. I agree that our culture is way too goal focused—orgasm, or sex should last a certain amount of time. I want to get people away from these goals and into “Is it working? Is it feeling connected?” Mastery is optional, but I think it creates an empowered person who can live life in a more positive way. RESOURCES Sheri Winston Marian Dunn 5/12 ChronograM whole living 107


Flowers Fall By Bethany Saltman

Yet, though it is like this, simply, flowers fall amid our longing, and weeds spring up amid our antipathy. — Dogen Zenji, Genjokoan

Right Effort When A. was born, Daido Roshi, my beloved, Italian-American, tattooed, tough, but total softie Zen teacher who has since died, gave me a bit of parenting advice: “You should always,” he said, “always be able to give your kids the look [which he then demonstrated, his soft brown eyes widening, bulging, bearing down], to get them to stop whatever bullshit they’re about to do.” I liked that. It made sense to me. As someone who grew up without a lot of boundary setting or comforting adult authority, I knew that I wanted to provide what the French (I’m still reading and loving Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman) call the cadre, or frame, which they strictly enforce, and within which kids are given a lot of freedom. Not unlike, as I pointed out a couple columns ago, Zen training. The French, apparently, even have a thing called “the big eyes,” which one person referred to as “a facial expression that was stern and annoyed and not happy.” It indicates a kid is on thin ice. I guess this is something both the French and the Italians do. Maybe it’s just a human thing. We all get annoyed, right? But using our irritation as a way to keep our kids in line? Is that really ok? Isn’t it…mean? A is six years old. I have been giving her the look, harping on the details, telling her what time it is, for a while now. She is, by all accounts, a “good girl.” God bless her. She loves rules, for their own sake, following them, and ushering others into the light of total compliance. Or maybe she’s just terrified of the proverbial hammer-drop? At the same time, though, she is a total nut job whose home life is dominated by roving, solitary, antiperformance theater (we aren’t supposed to watch or even listen), a near-constant narration of intricate story lines in a cast of pretty hilarious imitated voices, most inspired by listening to the Ramona the Pest series in the car (told by none other than Rizzo, aka Stockard Channing). I love nonlistening to her. Not only does she crack me up and give me a window into the zaniness of her mind, but I also get to feel pretty good, like, OK, so I am kind of up her ass a lot, but apparently, she is working it out. She’s going to be all right. There’s freedom there, in that big human heart of hers. At least for now. And yet, I get nervous sometimes, like yesterday when I picked her up from school, happily, as I feel I usually am, and once she got all settled into her booster seat in the back, and I started driving to Kingston for our Panerathen-gymnastics Tuesday, all primed for fun and connection, feeling pretty darn good, I must say, about her, about the world, about me...and from the back I hear: Hey, look, we aren’t arguing! Do you think we argue a lot? Pretty much all the time. About what? Just you being annoyed at me. With a little more probing, and just a wee bit of sulking on my part (better than the alternative!), turns out she feels like I always rush to leave school, and 108 whole living ChronograM 5/12

she doesn’t like that. Fair enough. And the accusation that I am always annoyed, well, OK, I can take that in, the gestalt of it at least, since of course I am not always annoyed. But I can imagine that, in a way, the big eyes loom larger than all the sweetness in the world. I can only hope (pray) that, in fact, it is the more consistent experience of love and affection that will take root in her body and mind and she will know she is welcome here on Earth, in my field of attention. But maybe not. In any case, this whole thing of French vs. American; authoritative vs. authoritarian; being in charge vs. being a bully; am I OK or am I just this, that, and the other thing—oh, it’s exhausting. While I love learning about being human by reading about parents and kids in all contexts, and what I read definitely helps me appreciate my own situation more deeply, investigating all this stuff in hopes of finding the perfect path is a lost cause. This is samsara, after all. It is imperfect.We suffer. All of us. And we can practice. But how? And how hard should we try? The Buddha said: “Over-aroused persistence leads to restlessness, overly slack persistence leads to laziness. Thus you should determine the right pitch for your persistence, and attune the pitch of the five faculties [senses] to that.” This is called Right Effort. Indeed, there is trying, and then there is trying. Hopefully I will never stop taking steps to meet my daughter, and take stock and shift gears as needed. For instance, I do wonder if A is “good” because she is afraid of my wrath. A question worth investigating, for sure. But to do so in the pitch of Right Effort is to wonder, yet simultaneously accept the mystery that I may never know, while continuing to trust myself, and do what feels right in the moment, including being pretty strict. I feel an impulse, in myself and in the fraught world of public conversations about “parenting,” to check myself, as if some terrible motive or consequence lurks just around the bend all the time. In fact, that kind of determined hypervigilance and sensitivity to my own internal ticking has served me well. It carried me into dharma practice in the first place; it has helped heal me from some pretty gaping old wounds; it has allowed me to notice the momentto-moment manifestations of my karma as I inadvertently oozed it all over my daughter, at least enough so that my interactions now feel cleaner. Not mess-free of course, but more true. That high-strung persistence that comes so naturally has served its purpose, but I’m restless. I long for the Middle Way, for the perfect-pitch of real, big, intimate trust, for Right Effort. And I feel so grateful to Daido, for his tireless effort to empower me, from the moment I flung myself into his realm when I was in my 20s, up until my terrifying transition into motherhood. In my mind I can see him clearly, standing there, all thin and tan and slouched, in his baggy green coat, leaning one elbow on the altar in the dining hall, the place where students left notes and gifts for him. He is so totally flawed. And so totally relaxed. And he’s giving me the look.

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Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO, 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge; 138 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 687-7589 Drs. Tieri and Rosen are NY State Licensed Osteopathic Physicians specializing in Osteopathic Manipulation and Cranial Osteopathy. Please visit our website for articles, links, books, and much more information. Treatment of newborns, children, and adults. By appointment.

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PHOENIX COUNSELING SERVICES Now located in New Paltz Village 243 Main Street

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Psychic Readings by Maria 40 Mill Hill, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6261

Psychotherapy Amy R. Frisch, LCSW New Paltz, NY (845) 706-0229

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New Paltz, NY (347) 834-5081 Brigid’s Well is a psychotherapy and coaching practice. Janne specializes in childhood trauma, addictions, codependency, relationship issues, inner child work, EMDR and Brainspotting. Janne’s work is also informed by Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Coaching for all life transitions as well as Mindful Parenting, Mindful Eating and Circle of Women. Call for information or consultation. FB page:

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Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Rt. 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800 Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Gelek Rimpoche: Heart Sutra - The Freedom of Understanding Reality As It Is, May 25-28, and Garrison Institute Foundations of Contemplative Practice Retreat with Sharon Salzberg and Rachel Cowan, June 8-10.

Tarot Tarot-on-the-Hudson‚ Rachel Pollack Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5797

Yoga Clear Yoga: Iyengar Yoga in Rhinebeck Suite 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 845 876 6129

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Satya Yoga Center Rhinebeck and Catskill, NY (845) 876-2528

Yoga Nude in Albany Albany County, NY (518) 577-8172 yoganudeinalbany@yahoo.como

Yoga on Duck Pond (845) 687-4836 A dynamic yet subtle approach to yoga based on the premise that we develop habitual patterns of movement that can effectively be changed by bringing unconscious movement into conscious awareness. Only then can we explore new combinations of ways to move. Learn how to experience yoga poses comfortably and beneficially, from the inside out, without strain or struggle. When we slow down, we can sense and feel more clearly and comfortably how we move. Experience a style of yoga that is dynamic, rejuvenating, empowering and transformational. Donna Nisha Cohen, RYT, with over 30 years experience. Classes daily. Privates available.

Yoga on the Wallkill 100 Ward Street, Suite B, Montgomery, NY (845) 457-1117

Yoga Society of New York — Ananda Ashram 13 Sapphire Road, Monroe, NY (845) 782-5575

Yoga Way 985 Route 376 at Brookmeade Plaza, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 227-3223 Yoga Way is celebrating its 10th year of Service! Offering Classical Yoga, taught in a way that is both practical and accessible, for every phase of life. Ongoing classes offered for adults and special short-series programs offered for meditation, prenatal, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kids. May Introductory Workshops will be held on Saturday the 5th and again on the 19st. Call to reserve your space and visit our website for more information. Yoga Way is an affiliate of Lakulish Yoga LLC. Jahnvi Formisano, Director.

MICHAEL J. KORTBUS, MD, FACS announces the opening of his Otolaryngology practice at 810 Union Street, Hudson, NY Combining old fashioned, personable care with the latest technological advances. Board Certified, Otolaryngology. Full range of pediatric and adult sinus, throat and ear care. Expertise in surgical care of ENT diseases. Specialized in-office services include: • Hearing & balance testing • Hearing aid evaluations • Speech Language Pathologist • Oral appliance fitting for sleep breathing disorders (with board-certified sleep dentist) • High-tech diagnostic evaluations using micro-otoscopy, nasal endoscopy, laryngoscopy, videostroboscopy

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Liminal Portrait, Zoe, #3, Richard Edelman, 2011 Edelman's photographs are on display through May 13 at David Orton Gallery in Hudson.

Hide and Seek The Davis Orton Gallery’s two-person exhibition of photographs by Richard Edelman and Keiko Hiromi is an engaging and compact study of concealment. In turns theatrical and confrontational, the photographs in the exhibition suggest concealment is just a vehicle for unconcealing oneself, as photographer and as subject. Each photographer’s work offers a view on that conceit and does an admirable job of showing us what each project—and contemporary photography in general—is all about. As you walk into the comfortable gallery space in Hudson, first up is a series of photographs by Richard Edelman titled “The Liminal Portrait.” A former faculty member at the New School and a long-time photographer of urban, architectural spaces, a post’80s Eugene Atget trawling New York’s concrete and social detritus, Edelman recently turned to portraiture. But he did so while holding firm to his familiar roots in photography. In short: His portraiture has the backdrop of architectural spaces; strong, lithe forms jut in and out of large hand-built polymer pin screens that function as rectangles of stretched canvas or pliable plaster. Edelman’s work manages to shy away from the exuberant theatricality of the Baroque; his near-geometric compositions and deft touch (digitally touched!) makes the work lyrical. Bodies first look as if struck by light within paintings and, through the custom pin screens built by Edelman’s collaborator Ward Fleming, materialize with gusto in and out of the polymer curtain like Greek bas-reliefs. It is in the ways that the subjects in Edelman’s photographs confrontationally unconceal themselves (reveal is too strong a word here) that their concealment is made apparent. And then you walk into the other half of the gallery, where Keiko Hiromi’s work, “Drag Queen,” presents itself. You might note that there’s a touch of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus in it. The work, photographs taken in 2007 and 2011 of drag queens whose job it is to reveal themselves by concealing sexual facts about themselves, is mostly

composed of tightly cropped portraits of performers at the Jacques Cabaret in Boston. The earlier work seems distant while the 2011 color pieces announce themselves. Hiromi’s approach to her work and her subjects plays on concealment through her moves from anthropological documentarian to admitted participant. She reveals herself in her photographs of her subjects. Hiromi’s earlier black and white photographs shot in 2007 suggest she was taken by the documentary ethic of mid-twentieth-century street photographers: hiding beyond sight, a neutral observer. Hiromi’s later, vibrant color photos frame her turn as an actor in the behind-the-scenes and on-site theatrics of her subjects. Her transition from neutrality and concealment to a more performative photography mirrors the made-up gendered transitions of her subjects. When you’ve taken in Edelman’s and Hiromi’s work, do spend some time with the self-portrait portfolios of Moira Barrett and Michael Darough. Their work, as different as can be— the former about turning 60, the latter ostensibly about imagined doubles—nevertheless coheres as a meditation about what we all want, fail to want, and fail to be. You could turn all these works into a sociological critique of our post/current Great Recession days. We are all concealing ourselves behind some excuse, some fear, some fact. Or not. But when you go see the work, do look at it for a good long while, for I’ve left a lot about this work concealed, hidden from your eyes. Watch as it unfolds itself over you and, in so revealing itself, charms you. “The Liminal Portrait” by Richard Edelman and “Drag Queen” by Keiko Hiromi will be exhibited at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson through May 13. (518) 697-0266; —Faheem Haider 5/12 ChronograM forecast 115

TUESDAY 1 Art Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Body / Mind / Spirit Private Spirit Guide Readings 12pm-6pm. $75/$40. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Hatha Yoga 1pm-2pm. $2.50. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Music Jazz Wednesdays 7:30pm. Guitarist Tom DePetris, Jody Sumber on drums and Allen Murphy on upright bass. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

The Outdoors Guided Garden Tour: Alpines 6pm-7pm. $10/members free. Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring. 265-2000.


Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-7745.

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

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


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Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Dance Blues & Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Events Solopreneurs Sounding Board 6:30pm. Ad hoc advisory board meets group therapy for your work. Beahive, Beacon. 418-3731. Firkin Trivia Night 7pm-9pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Film Pushing the Elephant 7pm. Documentary with panel discussion with the film maker. $10. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Kids Together: Book Talk for Kids and Parents Ages 9-11. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107.

Music Ches Smith + Travis Laplante + C. Lavender 7pm. $7. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. DCC Guitar Consort and DCC Jazz Ensemble 7pm. Dutchess Hall Theater, Poughkeepsie. Chicago 8pm. $46/$66/$76. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Symphonic Band 8pm. $8/$6 seniors/$3 faculty and students. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz.

Workshops Diabetes Self-Management Workshop 3:30pm-6pm. How to effectively use nutrition, medications, and activity to manage their diabetes. Kingston Family Practice, Kingston. 338-6400 ext. 3314. West African Drum 5:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051. West African Dance 6:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051.

WEDNESDAY 2 Art Empathography: The Art of Clinical Intimacy 6pm. A multimedia screening, performance, and lecture exploring what the senses experience in the austere environment of surgery. EMPAC at Rensselaer, Troy. (518) 276-3921. Art Play Class 6:30pm-8:30pm. For adults. Through May 2. $160. Canaltown Alley, Rosendale. 338-6503.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124. Caregiver Support for Total Joint Replacement Patients 12:30pm-1:30pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 871-4101. Hypnobabies 5:30pm-8:30pm. Hypnobabies supports the belief that childbirth is a natural event. $375. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. De-Stress Yoga 7pm-8:15pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Events 2nd Annual Newburgh Community Cleanup 9am-1pm. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-6940.

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Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Beginning Tai Chi with Martha Cheo 5:30pm-6:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90/series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Introduction to Classical Tantra 7pm-8:30pm. $20. Beacon, Beacon.

Classes Euro Dance with Helvi & Richard Impola 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Drawing & Painting 3pm-4:30pm. Ages 7-11. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Zumba with Jennifer 6pm. $10. Skate Time 209, Accord. 626-7971.

Events MBA Information Session 5pm-6pm. SUNY New Paltz School of Business, New Paltz.

Film Food Inc. 7 pm. Global food industry doc. The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, Kingston. (845) 331-7188. Wisdom's Way DVD Series 7pm-8:30pm. Author Guy Finley. New Windsor Community Center, New Windsor. 764-6892. Capitalism: A Love Story 7pm. The Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie. 483-7070.

Kids Hop-N-Healthy 11:30am-12:15pm. $50/ 6-week series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


BFA/MFA Thesis Exhibition I 5pm-7pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3858.

Treasa Levasseur 8pm. $15/$12 in advance. Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia. 688-9453.

Signs of Spring 5pm-8pm. A group show of over 15 artists. Clocktower, Warwick. www.

Fat City 8pm. Blues. Skytop Restaurant, Kingston. 340-4277.

Eileen Polk: On the Scene, Max's Kansas City Photography and Beyond 6pm-8pm. Ai Earthling Gallery, Woodstock. 679-2650.

Body / Mind / Spirit Private Angelic Channeling 11:30am. Margaret Doner. $125/90 minutes. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Kids Yoga 4:30pm-5:30pm. Class will blend postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and creative play. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Classes Monotype Projects with Kate McGloughlin 9am-4pm. Weekly through May 24. $370. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Events Book Sale 9am-4pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884. 26th Annual Silver Needle Fashion Show 2pm. Presented by Fashion Program at Marist College. $15-$25. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Celebration of Writing Day 3pm-5pm. Celebration of Writing Day highlights student excellence in writing across the disciplines. Students will read from their work, and awards will be presented. Student Union Building, New Paltz. Student Research Symposium 4pm-6:30pm. Student Union Building, New Paltz. www. First Fridays @ Beahive 5pm-9pm. George Guarino and Thomasina Winslow. 418 Broadway, Albany. Annual Spring Penny Social 6pm. Shawangunk Valley Ladies Auxiliary, Wallkill. 895-3673. 26th Annual Silver Needle Fashion Show 8pm. Presented by Fashion Program at Marist College. $25-$100. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Film Spellbound 7pm. $8/$6 members. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

BCD Music & Me 10am-10:45am. Circle time, music period, story time and a different age-appropriate theme each week. Berkshire Country Day School, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 637-0755.


Mark Raisch 7pm. Jazz. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. 896-8466.

Kindermusik Development through Music: Birth to 24 months 12:30pm-1:15pm. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Jon Cobert 8:30pm. Singer/songwriter. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Waddle n Swaddle Play Group-Dance Party 2pm-3:30pm. Ages 0-5. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Workshops Euro Dance for Seniors & Others 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couples. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Music Patrick Murphy McDowell 12:30pm. Rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30pm-8:30pm. $350 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. The Magic of Handel's Magic Operas 8pm. Opera workshop. Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie. 437-7294.

SATURDAY 5 Art With Noble Hands: Necessity Made Beautiful 3pm-8pm. Warner Gallery, Millbrook. 677-8261 ext. 130. Sites Unseen 4pm-6pm. Photography by Brooke Singer. Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4423. Art Along the Hudson 6pm-8pm. Opening reception. The Yoga House, Uptown Kingston. (845) 706-yoga. Micromorphic 4pm-6pm. All-female show curated by Laura Gurton. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Kentucky Derby Art Show and Sale 4pm-7:30pm. Maplebrook School, Amenia. 373-8557 ext. 246. Moments of Creation: New Paintings by Marilyn Richter and Sandy Faland Spitzer 5pm-7pm. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. 457-ARTS. Surface Tension 5pm-7pm. Marisa Baumgartner, Matthew Brandt, Christopher Colville, Megan Flaherty, Joseph Heidecker, Mark Lyon, Aspen Mays, Klea McKenna, Alison Rossiter, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Brea Souders. Center for Photography, Woodstock. 679-9957. Works by Leslie Peck 5pm-7pm. The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-1700. Beyond the Real 5pm-8pm. Small evocative landscapes by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams. Storefront Gallery, Kingston. Karmabee First Saturday Reception 5pm-8pm. Karmabee, Kingston. 443-3358. Works by Elise Pittman and Jack Stewart 5pm-8pm. Pop-Up Gallery, Kingston. 679-7851.

Body / Mind / Spirit Intro to Open Your Spiritual Channels 10am-5pm. Learn how to open your spiritual channels and receive powerful divine blessings to accelerate their opening with Master Elaine. $60. Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Introductory Orientation Workshop 11:45am-1:45pm. Workshop will cover postures, breath, and relaxation techniques, along with an overview and approach to yoga practice. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

The Saints of Swing 7pm. $5. Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop, New Paltz. 255-8811.

Intro to Chair Yoga 2pm-4pm. Roxie Newberry. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Purchase Jazz Orchestra 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro.

Be Your Own Oracle 7pm-9pm. With Voyager Deck creator James Wanless. $25/$20. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

As Wide As the Sky 8pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

Abstract Paintings by David Skillicorn and Jerry Teters 5pm-7pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Fiddler on the Roof 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Yoga Trance Dance with Jaycee Gossett 1:30pm-3:30pm. $20. The Living Seed, New Paltz. 255-8212.

Orlando Marin, The Last Mambo King 7:30pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


City of Angels 8pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

Battle Of The Bands 6pm. Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh. 563-5400.

West African Dance 6pm. $15. M*Power Studios, Poughkeepsie. 399-6488.


Chess 8pm. Trinity Players. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.


1st Friday International Folk Dance with Isabel Miller 8pm-9:30pm. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 706-3024.

Music Together Babies Only: Birth - 9mo 10am-10:45am. $145 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. With Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

An All Star Jazz Aggregate 9pm-11pm. Featuring Rob Scheps, Rich Syracuse, and Marvin "Bugalu" Smith. Bull and Buddha, Poughkeepsie. 337-4848.

Patrick Murphy McDowell 9:30pm. Rock. 12 Grape Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Jane Eyre—the Musical 7pm. $15, general admission; seniors, students, and pre-sale $12; 90 Miles Members $10. 90 Miles Off Broadway, New Paltz. (845) 256-9657.

Asbury Shorts' New York Film Concert 7:30pm. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

The Rites of Spring 7pm. $8/$6. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-2700.

The Guggenheim Grotto 9pm. Waltzing Alone, Philosophia, Universe is Laughing" and featuring their newly-released 4th album. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

Turning Memories into Memoir Writing Class 1pm. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107.

Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

Akie B. & The Falcons 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro.

The Blue in Green Jazz Quartet 9pm. Babycakes Café, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters 8pm. $28. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Why I Must Be Careful 8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Paul Kogut Trio 8pm. Jazz. The Silver Spoon, Cold Spring.

Classes Critical Writing as Creative Practice Call for times. With Frances Richard. Millay Colony, Austerlitz. (518) 392-4144.

Dance Snow Queen 8pm. Catskill Ballet Theater. $27/$20 students and seniors. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8:30pm-2am. $5/$2 teens and seniors/volunteers and children free. Knights of Columbus, Kingston.

art mapping gothic france Andrew J. Tallon The choir vaults of the Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais in Paris, part of the archive at and on display this month at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

Fields of Glowing Glass “Architecture doesn’t fit tidily into the pages of a book,” Andrew Tallon explains. That’s why he and his mentor Stephen Murray created the website and launched an exhibition of the same name at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, which runs until May 20. The website, which has been five years in development, considers French Gothic churches from numerous viewpoints, including the political. Maps of France reveal that the cathedrals asserted a new French nationalism. Tallon, an art professor at Vassar, speaks of cathedrals being “deployed” like chess pieces to guard the borders of the Capetian monarchy. “They were big French flags being waved across the borders,” he observes. Parallel to the churches was a ring of castles. The intersection of nationalism and religion is strange to us today. We don’t think of ourselves as “American Presbyterians,” just Presbyterians. But early nationalism shaped religious belief. (One example: Joan of Arc.) In the 13th century, God spoke with a French accent. The exhibition at the Loeb Center is like a website come to life. The entrance to the museum becomes the ambulatory of a cathedral (the passageway behind the altar), complete with stained-glass window. Next, the alcove has been “painted” with projections of noted churches, using the high ceiling to mimic the vertiginous walls of a cathedral’s nave. Along the stairway are images of 500 years in the life of the Notre Dame Cathedral. On the rarely used mezzanine of the Loeb, high-tech exhibits allow the viewer to experience medieval architecture spatially. One stall employs 3-D glasses; an alcove hosts a spherical projection of Saint-Leu-D’Esserent, a cathedral in Picardy. Also on display are pieces from the original bequest that began the Vassar art collection in 1864, when Charles Magoon sold his personal artifacts to Matthew Vassar for $20,000. A rare volume from the Voyages Pittoresque series, published in 1829, employed the

most up-to-date method for presenting architecture: the new art of lithography. Gothic architecture began in the mid-12th century in Île-de-France, the region around Paris, spread swiftly throughout Europe and persisted until the Renaissance, in the 16th century. This style had not been dead long when its revival began—including at Vassar, where Taylor Hall is a fine example of neo-Gothic. (The term “Gothic” was only used later, to insult the style. Contemporaries called it “French architecture.”) Sadly, most of the original gargoyles crumbled, the victims of water damage. “The gargoyles that we know are more often than not 19th-century gargoyles,” Tallon remarks. Cathedrals were the discotheques of their age—multimedia hallucinatory palaces. If you have ever attended mass in one, you’ve had the experience of hearing colored light. “Mapping Gothic Cathedrals” translates the mystical overkill of medieval architecture into modern technological wizardry. Professor Tallon studies the structural secrets of Gothic buildings. He developed new techniques for viewing architecture with three-dimensional laser technology and robotic cameras. I asked Tallon why Gothic architecture is so beautiful. “These people were trying to build an image of the heavenly Jerusalem, which is an extraordinary idea. The Gothic builders had a way with space that allowed them to communicate this idea better than any previous architects—and, you may say, any subsequent architects. They were trying to do something that was technically impossible: to utterly void the walls. They didn’t want stone; they wanted huge fields of glowing glass.” “Space, Time, and Narrative: Mapping Gothic France” will be at the Loeb Art Center of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie until May 20. (845) 437-5237; exhibitions; —Sparrow 5/12 ChronograM forecast 117

Events An Evening at the Academy Awards Call for times. The Rhinebeck Science Foundation's 4th annual spring celebration. Grasmere, Rhinebeck. 876-0748.

Keith Newman 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Mary Gauthier 8pm. $15. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055.

Country Joe McDonald's Tribute to Woody Guthrie 8pm. $55. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-6pm. Old fashioned antique fair featuring over 200 dealers specializing in antiques, collectibles, crafts and flea market items. A wide variety of food, porter service. $3/$2 seniors/children free. Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich. (518) 331-5004.

Mary Fahl 8:30pm. $30/$25. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

Look Back in Time: Founders Time 9am. Tours, lectures, re-enactments. $15. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4121. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. 20th Annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk 10am-1pm. Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland. (914) 785-8283. Walking Tours of Vassar College History 10am. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7400. New Paltz Bike Swap 10am-2pm. New Paltz Middle School, New Paltz. Hawthorne Valley Spring Fair 11:30am-3:30pm. Maypole, music, food, nature walk. Ghent. (518) 672-5808. Newburgh Volunteer Fair 11am-3pm. Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh. 562-1195. Ramp Fest Hudson 2012 12pm-4pm. $20/$10 children. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Rosendale Cinco de Mayo Celebration 12pm-9pm. Parade, Mariachi music, cookout, film: Like Water for Chocolate. Rosendale. Book Sale 1pm-4pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884. All the Rage 2pm-4pm. A Duncan Phyfe lecture & tour at Boscobel with Peter M. Kenny of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. $75. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. Cinco De Mayo Party 9:30pm. Elsie's Place, Wallkill. 895-8975.

Kids Kindermusik Development through Music: Birth to 24 months 11am-11:45am. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Carlos Colina & Straight Up 9pm. Blues. Turning Point Café, Piermont. 359-1089. Connor Kennedy Band 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Kristen Capolino 10pm. Rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

The Outdoors Omi's Nature and Art Walk 12pm. Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.

Spoken Word Pencil Sharpening Workshop and Book Signing with David Rees Call for times. Author of How To Sharpen Pencils. Hudson Valley Auctioneers, Beacon. (845) 831-6800. Hydrofracking Forum 9am-12pm. Exploring impacts to water resources, human health, and socio-dynamics. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343. Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series 4pm. Featuring Alyta Adams. College of Poetry, Warwick. 294-8085. Comedy for the Causes featuring Comedian Bobby Collins 8pm. $37/$55. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.

Theater A Murder Mystery Dinner 6:30pm. $20. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern. 496-6749. Jane Eyre—the Musical 7pm. 90 Miles Off Broadway. $15 general admission; students, seniors, and pre-sale, $12; 90 Miles Member, $10. 90 Miles Off Broadway, New Paltz. 256-9657. Chess 8pm. Trinity Players. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.



Snow Queen 2pm. Catskill Ballet Theater. $27/$20 students and seniors. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

Argentine Tango Tango Basics: 6pm-7pm Intermediate: 7pm-8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Swing Dance to The Big Blue Big Band 6:30pm-9pm. Beginner's lesson 6:00-6:30. $10/$6 FT students. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Events Clean Water Act at 40: Facing the Future 8:30am-6pm. Student's Building at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. (518) 402-9216.


Events Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055. Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Antique Fair & Flea Market 9am-4pm. Old fashioned antique fair featuring over 200 dealers specializing in antiques, collectibles, crafts and flea market items. A wide variety of food, porter service. $3/$2 seniors/children free. Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich. (518) 331-5004. Pre-Mother's Day Vendor Extravaganza 11am-3pm. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Third Annual Flowers to Power the Park Luncheon 11:30am-2:30pm. To benefit Hillsdale park projects. Hillsdale Fire House, Hillsdale. (518) 325-9891.

Dance Works by Yvonne Rainer 1pm/3pm. We Shall Run (1963), Trio A (1966), Chair/ Pillow (1969), Assisted Living: Good Sports 2 (2011). Dia: Beacon. 440-0100.

Music Daedalus Quartet-Beethoven, Schubert & Berg 6pm. Presented by Close Encounters With Music. $40/$30. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. Boxcar 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Spoken Word The Singularity and the Human Condition 4:45pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.


Saugerties Wacky Ramble 12:30pm-4pm. Teams perform wacky tasks throughout the village to benefit For the Love of Zack. SPAF, Saugerties.



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Bob Stump & The Blue Mountain Band 11am. Fat Joe's Café, Peekskill. (914) 739-9447.

Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

JB's Soul Jazz Brunch with Connor Kennedy & Lee Falco 11am. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro.

Angelic Group Channeling 7pm-9pm. Margaret Doner. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Jazz at the Falls Sunday Brunch 12pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

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

Simon's Funtime Band 1pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. Fundraiser for the Westchester Striders 4pm. Ska. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Best of 12 Grapes: Our 1,000th Live Music Performance 5pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. College-Youth Symphony 7pm. $8/$6/$3. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz.

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Classes Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Events Firkin Trivia Night 7pm-9pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Kids Together: Book Talk for Kids and Parents Ages 9-11. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107.

City of Angels 8pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

Nicole Henry Band 7pm. Featuring Steve Cardenas & Kevin Hays. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Reading by Jacky Davis and David Soman 11am. Authors of Ladybug Girl and Bingo. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.

Fiddler on the Roof 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Dan Lavoie 7:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

Little Painters 10am-11am. $94 series/$18 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

The Little Farm Show 1pm. Musical about dirt, farming and the environment. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


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Reading by Rebecca Miller French 2pm. Authors of Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.

Music Einat & Hakim Call for times. Acoustic urban soul. Mezzaluna Café, Saugerties. 246-5306. Jazz Mentors and New Voices Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136.

Installing Drip Irrigation 10am-12pm. $40. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Raku Workshop 10am. $60. Hudson Valley Pottery, Rhinebeck. 876-3190. Taking the Magic Out of Forecasting the Weather 10am-12pm. $27/$22. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926. Understanding Drinking Water in Berkshire County 1pm-3pm. $27/$22. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926.

Bob Stump & The Blue Mountain Band 11am. Fat Joe's Café, Peekskill. (914) 739-9447. Terry Blaine, Mark Shane and Matt Hoffman 5pm. St. John's Episcopal Church, Kingston. 331-2252. J.B. Scotts Reunion 6pm-12am. Michael's Banquet House, Cohoes. (518) 785-8524. Howard Fishman Group 7pm. Opening act: Vikki Russel. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Jennifer Muller/The Works 7:30pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107. Albany Symphony Orchestra: Simply Sinatra 7:30pm. $20-$60. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. The Conigliaro Trio 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Trio Candela: A Cinco de Mayo Celebration 7:30pm. Acoustic. $5. Northeast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 789-3340.

SUNDAY 6 Art Life Drawing with a Model 11am-2pm. $15. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. A Visual Feast 1pm-3pm. Virginia Giordano, Jennifer W Leighton, Lois Linet; paintings, drawings, photographs. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Feast of the Arts Art Auction 2:30pm. Live auction, silent auction and Chinese auction. Presented by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. $30/$25 in advance. Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh. 561-2585.

Body / Mind / Spirit Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. (845) 255-1559.

Coke Weed + Micah Blue Smaldone 8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006.

Couples Birthing Yoga Boost Your Energy, Stamina, Vitality, and Immunity with the Power of Soul. 1-3pm. $15. Master Elaine Ward. One Big Roof, Saratoga Springs. (518) 450-1654. 2pm-4:15pm. $60. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

The Greyhounds 8pm. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

Reiki for Animals 3pm-4pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic Three for Brubeck 8pm. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Jammin' Divas 8pm. International folk trio. $19/$14 members +$2 at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Jane Monheit 8pm. Jazz. $40. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Classes Permaculture: Ecology and Biodynamics 10am-4pm. Design ideas for gardens and homes. $75/$100. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

David Rees Call for times. Author of How To Sharpen Pencils. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Brett L. Markhan 2pm. Discusses his book Mini-Farming, Self Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Gallery, Beacon. Vintage Photo Slideshow & Talk on Old Egremont 3pm. Hosted by Egremont Historical Commission. South Egremont Congregational Church, Egremont, Massachusetts. Poet Marie Howe 4pm. Sunset Reading Series, followed by a wine and cheese reception. The Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, Cold Spring.

Theater Chess 2pm. Trinity Players. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Jane Eyre—the Musical 2pm. 90 Miles off Broadway. $15 general admission; students and presales $12; 90 Miles Members, $10. 90 Miles off Broadway, New Paltz. (845) 256-9657. Fiddler on the Roof 3pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops Mini Farming, Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre 2pm. With Brett L. Markham. The Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Beacon. 838-1600.

MONDAY 7 Body / Mind / Spirit Private Soul Readings 12pm-6pm. $75/$40. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. New Mother's Adjustment Support Group 6pm. $100/8 sessions/$80 members. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Find Peace: Learn to Meditate 7:30pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Combined Choirs: Mozart's Grand Mass 8pm. $8/$6/$3. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz.

Workshops Diabetes Self-Management Workshop 3:30pm-6pm. How to effectively use nutrition, medications, and activity to manage their diabetes. Kingston Family Practice, Kingston. 338-6400 ext. 3314. West African Drum 5:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051. West African Dance 6:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051.

WEDNESDAY 9 Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124. Pilates Playtime? 8 week program designed for Mom or Dad and Child. $42 Members, $84 Non-Members. YMCA, Kingston. 338-3810. Caregiver Support for Total Joint Replacement Patients 12:30pm-1:30pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 871-4101. Hypnobabies 5:30pm-8:30pm. Hypnobabies supports the belief that childbirth is a natural event. $375. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. De-Stress Yoga 7pm-8:15pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Classes Holistic Eye Care 7:30pm-9pm. With Marc Grossman. $15/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

film the big fix image provided A demonstration organized by Rebecca and Josh Tickell at Jackson Square in New Orleans and documented in The Big Fix.

The Fix Is In The Big Fix, a new film by Josh and Rebecca Tickell about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, documents the widespread cover-up of environmental destruction and corruption that continues to this day. The Big Fix sounds the warning of the scale of environmental cover up that will likely be repeated with deepwater drilling, fracking, and oil from tar sands—unless we act now. The filmmakers didn’t plan on making The Big Fix. However, while working on Freedom, a film about renewable energy, the massive BP Gulf oil spill occurred. They traveled immediately to Josh’s home town of New Orleans to see what was going on. Josh and Rebecca are the independent forces behind the 2008 Sundance-awardwinning documentary Fuel, which captures Josh’s mission to break America’s oil addiction while driving cross-country in an old Winnebago van powered by waste grease from restaurants. Fuel recounts the history of US energy use and features interviews with notable policymakers, environmentalists, scientists, and renewable-energy experts. The following interview is excerpted from conversations with the Tickells during filming in 2010. The Big Fix will be screened on May 23 at 7:15pm at the Rosendale Theater.; —Paul E. McGinniss You just got back from Louisiana? Rebecca Tickell: We’ve spent the last four months down in the Gulf. We were really just going down there to see what was happening and to do a march. We organized a big protest, a rally for clean energy. The musician Jason Mraz came with his guitar and led the parade. Peter Fonda came. The actress Amy Smart came. We organized this giant think tank and big political social action and we went to the front lines of the oil spill. When we got there, what we witnessed was so different from what we saw on the news and it was so much more devastating than we imagined that we literally dropped everything we were doing and started filming. From that moment until now, we’ve donated 100 percent of our energy to creating a documentary about the oil spill. You would not believe what we’ve seen. It’s just so shocking! What we’re living is a metaphor for the movie The Matrix. And, we’re all in this kind of matrix. Josh Tickell: Our life is caught in some weird matrix. Unfortunately, we have a broken government, a broken economy. And, an environment that’s going rapidly into collapse. You know, the oil spill is horrific, but it’s an example of where we are. Look, if you’re really honest, where we are as a society and as a government, the oil spill is not a shock. It

should be expected. It shouldn’t be a surprise for anybody. The fact that it’s a surprise means we are disconnected from reality. We tend to live in a Pollyanna-esque, whitepicket-fence, “Leave It to Beaver” version of America. And, that never really existed. Can you explain the chemical dispersant Corexit used to “clean up” the spill? Rebecca: What they are doing is adding an even more toxic substance into the water. It doesn’t make the oil disappear. It just makes it so we can’t see or smell it. It hides evidence of how much oil is spilling. The dispersant and oil combined is more toxic than the oil. People are getting chemically dosed just by being near the water and breathing the air. I got really sick from being there just a short period of time. Despite your anger about the oil spill, you’re still hopeful and inspiring. Do you have a secret source of hope? Where can we all get some? Josh: Where is a source of hope? It’s less a source of hope than pragmatism. What do we want to build? That’s a very different question than just reacting to the truth, which is always there, but just waking up and realizing it. OK, have a reaction, but then get your feet on the ground and become part of the army for building a better tomorrow. Look, it’s all doable. The US can turn every single major environmental problem we have around. We can be completely energy independent, we can be completely solar dependent. There’s no technological barrier. It’s just a psychological barrier. Hope starts with looking beyond the initial knee-jerk reaction into a deeper philosophy: How do we design today for tomorrow? That’s a good one, designing today for tomorrow. Rebecca: What’s required is for everyone not to say, oh, the greenies are going to save us, or Al Gore and his PowerPoint are going to save us, but each person in each community to start looking at solutions that have been available for a long time to be implemented right now, because there’s no better time. Fuel had a really powerful message in it. It certainly changed my life. When I saw the footage of Fuel Josh originally showed me, it made me drop everything in my life. Quit my job, sell my house, sell my car, and just jump completely on board with spreading the message of clean energy. Despite the seriousness, Fuel is light compared to The Big Fix. Unfortunately, we did not want to have to tell the story of The Big Fix. But now, more than ever, the truth is so important. We can’t let this oil spill be in vain.

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Jazz Performance Class 8pm-9:30pm. Chester's Cool Cats and Kittens. 8-week series. Boughton Place, Highland. 236-3939.

Steve Chizmadia's Open Mike 8:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.


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Swing Dance Lesson Series Call for times. 4-week series with Linda & Chester Freeman. Beginner at 6pm, intermediate at 7pm. Boughton Place, Highland. 236-3939.

Artists of the Harlem Renaissance 7pm. Marcie Woodruff. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Events The Blue Economy by Land: Economic Development Opportunities in Urban Water Restoration 6pm-7:30pm. Part of a series presented by Sustainable Hudson Valley and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to explore cutting-edge urban sustainability issues and build community. Beahive, Beacon. 418-3731.

Workshops Doody Calls! 1pm-2pm. Cloth diapering info session. $20/$10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Euro Dance for Seniors & Others 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couples. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Big Drum/Small World Presented by JazzReach 11am. Immersive, globally themed multi-media program features performances by prominent, internationally recognized jazz composers. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Tantra In Beacon...a Seminar Exploring Classical Tantra 11am-4pm. With Arabella Champaq. $45. Beacon, Beacon. events/55794522.

Ed Palermo Big Band Plays Butterfield & Bloomfield 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Curtis Winchester & Twisted Soul 8pm. Motown/R&B. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Second Friday Jams with Jeff Entin and Bob Blum 8pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Intro to Reiki 2pm-4pm. This class will help you understand Reiki from a scientific viewpoint as well as a spiritual viewpoint. $20. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998.

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8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. &0-6<0-5)44-<0-),+766-+<;?1<0<0-;0):8-6-: (518) 671-6006. West African Dance Gordon Lightfoot 6pm. $15. M*Power Studios, Poughkeepsie. 399-6488. Music 8pm. Folk. $65 Gold circle/$49/$44 members. Ulster A7=:158=4;-5)A*-<7*41637:,=+3A7=:0-),"-5-5 Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Tom DePetris Trio FRIDAY 11 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX 246-8424.*-:<0)<A7=0)>-67<016/<7.-):D/7//4-;):-8:7<-+<16/ 8pm. $29.50-$59.50. Palace Theater, Albany. Body / Mind / Spirit (518) 465-3334. Jazz Wednesdays Kids Yoga 7:30pm. Guitarist Tom DePetris, Jody Sumber on In The Pocket Classmaintain will blend postures, breathing your eyes — and endeavor visual contact with drums and Allen Murphy on upright bass. Dave's 8:30pm. Covers. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985. exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424. creative play. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Theater Guitar'd & Feather'd: The Postage Inn Open Jamas a piece of it may break off and come the sharpener, Prenatal Yoga The Day They Stole Mother's Day 8pm. Postage Inn, Tillson. 658-3434. 6pm-7:15pm. Practice safely throughout your 7pm. Historical docu-drama with audience participation. $7/$5 seniors and students. The Colony pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for 0=:<416/)<A7= THURSDAY 10 Café, Woodstock. 679-5342.


the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Pencil Sharpening Workshop with David Rees David Rees relinquished his career as a political cartoonist for a more obscure profession— artisanal pencil sharpening. Rees takes pencil sharpening to new dimensions, crafting each point using classic manual sharpeners, aiming to fit the needs of writers, artists, contractors, and standardized test takers. Rees shares his secrets in his extensive new book How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening (Melville House). This month, Rees, a Beacon resident, returns to the Hudson Valley on his nationwide tour to lead a “How to Sharpen Pencils” workshop and book signing. Bring along a dull pencil when Rees comes to Hudson Valley Auctioneers in Beacon on May 5 and The Spotty Dog in Hudson on May 6. Call for times. To discover more information on the art of pencil sharpening and how to have your pencil hand-sharpened by David Rees, visit (845) 831 6800,; (518) 671-6006,

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-7745. 9th Annual Art Along the Hudson Kick Off 6:30pm-9:30pm. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Body / Mind / Spirit Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Beginning Tai Chi with Martha Cheo 5:30pm-6:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90/series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Wisdom's Way 6:30pm-8pm. Event presentations with best-selling author, Guy Finley. Cornwall Public Library, Cornwallon-Hudson. 725-7666.

Classes Euro Dance with Helvi & Richard Impola 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Drawing & Painting 3pm-4:30pm. Ages 7-11. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Divine Healing Hands Free Healing Evening 7pm-9pm. Experience the power of Soul Healing Blessings offered by a Divine Channel, Master Elaine Ward. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Fiddle on the Roof 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Some people prefer to use electric sharpeners while City of Angels Zumba with Jennifer 8pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers 6pm. $10.;1<<16/76<0-I77:?1<04-/;)8):<6),,1<176<7/:-)<-: Skate Time 209, Accord. 626-7971. Falls. 298-1491. Classes Events Chess Turning Memories into Memoir Writing Class Open Hive/Game ;<)*141<A<01;87;1<176)447?;A7=<7+76<)16IA16/,-*:1; 8pm. Trinity Players. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 1pm. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie . 7:30pm. Socialize, laugh, think, play. Beahive, Beacon. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107. Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. 418-3731. The First Annual Railroad Playhouse One Act ?1<0A7=:<01/0; Dance Pauline Oliveros: Oliveros at 80 Festival 7:30pm. Celebrating the 80th birthday of Pauline Zydeco Dance 8pm. $15-$25. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh. Oliveros, complete with a musical performance in a re8pm-11pm. Music of Riverthe City Slim sharpener(7=;07=4, and the Zydeco Continue making use of creation of the two-million-gallon Fort Worden Cistern. Hogs. Lesson at 7pm. $15. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. Workshops EMPAC at Rensselaer, Troy. (518) 276-3921. (914) 388-7048. The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth ?7:316;14-6+-$0-158=4;-<707?416-+;<);A,-41>-:) Film 6:30pm-8:30pm. $350 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Events Wisdom's Way DVD Series Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Happy in their Habitats: Choosing the Right Plant 7pm-8:30pm. Author Guy Finley. New Windsor .=44<0:7)<-,576747/=-)*7=<<0-,1/61<A7.0)6,4)*7: for the Right Place Community Center, New Windsor. 764-6892. SATURDAY 12 11am-5pm. 35th Annual Plant Sale. Berkshire Botanical The Power of Community, How Cuba Survived Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926. )6, <0- ,-+),-6+- 7. 5-+0)61B)<176 7: ;1584A ;+:-)5 Art Peak Oil Film 7pm. A documentary followed by a discussion Light and Landscape sponsored by Saugerties: A Transition Town. Inquiring West Side Story 10am-12pm. however Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. “DIE! DIE! MY DARLING!” should be resisted, Minds Bookstore, Saugerities. (845) 246-5775. 7pm. $8/$6 members. Bethel Woods Center for the 534-3115. Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Kids Isolation Theater: Looking Up <-58<16/#=+07=<*=:;<;?144764A,:)?)<<-6<176.:75 Changing Keys: Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries 4pm-6pm. Lynn Herring. Woodstock Artists Association Hop-N-Healthy 11:30am-12:15pm. $50/ 6-week series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Music Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. With Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Blue in Green Jazz Quartet 7pm. Babycakes Café, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411.

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Music Together Babies Only: Birth - 9mo 10am-10:45am. $145 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. BCD Music & Me 10am-10:45am. Circle time, music period, story time and a different age-appropriate theme each week. Berkshire Country Day School, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 637-0755.

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion 8pm. $12/$10. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Kindermusik Development through Music: Birth to 24 months 12:30pm-1:15pm. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Todd Nelson's TN3 8pm. $10. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

Waddle n Swaddle Play Group-Dance Party 2pm-3:30pm. Ages 0-5. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

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and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. Segue 6pm-8pm. Opening rectption. Sculptures by Insun Kim and paintings by Anders Knutsson. Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. (917) 318-2239. Mikey Teutul: Tying the Room Together 6pm-8pm. Wolfgang Gallery, Montgomery. 769-7446. Donald Alter: Chromatic Tales 6pm-9pm. Paintings, drawings, prints. Hudson Beach Glass Gallery, Beacon. 440-0068. Kate McLoughlin RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon. 838-2880. Photowork '12 4pm-Saturday, July 7, 6pm. Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550. Passion for Fashion Art Show 6pm-10pm. Featuring Helen Schofield alongside 40 other fine artists/designers of the Hudson Valley region. Cornell St. Studios, Kingston. 331-0191.

Photographing the Nude in Nature and the Studio 10am-4pm. With Dan McCormack. $120/$100. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Dance Spring into Fitness Zumba Party and More 11:30am-3:30pm. Sample many different movement classes. $30/$20. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 380-7345. Isis to Isadora: The Ancient and Eternal Ideal in Art 7:30pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107. Swing Dance 7:30pm-10:30pm. Lesson at 7:30pm. $15. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 236-3939. Contradance 8pm. Peter Blue calling, music by Tunescape. $10/$9/ children half price. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 246-2121.

Events Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Open House, Open Mind 10am-4pm. The Center for Deep Healing, Poughkeepsie. Walking Tours of Vassar College History 10am. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7400. Acorn School Open House. Open house at a Waldorf school. Accord. 626-3103. Happy in their Habitats: Choosing the Right Plant for the Right Place 11am-5pm. 35th Annual Plant Sale. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926. Celebrating the Yesteryear of Saugerties: Historic Flatbush House Tour 11am-5pm. $25/$15 in advance. Saugerties, Saugerties. The Fifth Annual Rip Van Winkle Wine and Cheese Festival 1pm-6pm. $20. Historic Catskill Point, Catskill. (518) 965-5208. Blackbird Attic 2nd Anniversary 6pm-9pm. Second-year anniversary celebration of the vintage, handmade, and consignment boutique. Blackbird Attic, Beacon. (845) 418-4840. Open Hive/3rd Anniversary Party + Fundraiser 7pm-12am. BEAHIVE celebrates its anniversary and includes a fundraiser for Sustainable Hudson Valley. Live music, DJs, food and drink. Beahive, Beacon. 418-3731.

Kids Kindermusik Development through Music: Birth to 24 months 11am-11:45am. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Greg Osby 5 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Darius Jones Trio 7:30pm. Contemporary jazz. The Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, Cold Spring. Cappella Festiva Treble Choir 7:30pm. Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. 452-8220. High Meadow School Fundraiser 7:30pm. John Medeski, Jamie Saft, The Silver Hollers with Amy Helm, Dan Littleton, Elizabeth Mitchell and special guests. $25-$85. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855. CJ Boyd + Alexander Turnquist 8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Keith Newman 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Kelleigh McKenzie and Sean Schenker 8pm. $19/$14 members +$2 at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Roy Book Binder 8pm. Country blues. $15. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Reality Check 8pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985. 4onthefloor 9pm. Blues. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Coyote Love 9pm. Indie. Andes Hotel, Andes. 676-4408. Ray Blue Quartet 9pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.






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The Mahavishnu Project 9pm. $20. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance 2pm. $10/$6 children. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Blues & Dance Party with Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fi's 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

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Forestry Walk with Forester Paul Blaszek 10am. Tree identification, discussion of the human impact on forest succession. Denning's Point, Beacon. (845) 765-2721.

Jazz at the Falls Sunday Brunch 12pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

The Dutchess County Holistic Moms Chapter Meeting 6:30pm-8:30pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

The Erin Hobson Compact 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

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Reading and Book Signing with Iza Trapani 1pm-3pm. Author of The Bear Went Over the Mountain. The Book Cove, Pawling. 855-9590. Gravestones of Revolutionary War Patriots 2:30pm. Presented by the Enoch Crosby Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. Southeast Museum, Brewster. Mervyn Taylor and Margo Stever 3pm. Poetry reading and book signing. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Book Signing with David C. Wickers 4pm-7pm. Author of The Uruguayan Women's Walking Club. Notions-N-Potions, Beacon. 765-2410. DL Hughley 8pm. Comedy. $29.50-$59.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Theater The Day They Stole Mother's Day 1pm/7pm. Historical docu-drama with audience participation. $7/$5 seniors and students. The Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. The Little Foxes 7:30pm. Benefit to raise money for the theater's Go Green initiative. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. 679-4101. Fiddle on the Roof 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. City of Angels 8pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Chess 8pm. Trinity Players. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. The First Annual Railroad Playhouse One Act Festival 8pm. $15-$25. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

Workshops Backyard Beehive Workshop 10am-5pm. $190/$170 members. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (800) 817-1137. Backyard Beehive Workshop with Joe Moncecchi 10am-5pm. Learn about the benefits and inner workings of beekeeping, and go home with your very own hive. $190/$170. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (800) 817-1137. Babywearing Bonanza 1pm-2pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Journey & Journal Your Way to Prosperity 2pm-4pm. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

SUNDAY 13 Art Life Drawing with a Model 11am-2pm. $15. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Body / Mind / Spirit Kore's Kids Club 9am-12pm. For all children ages 5-12 who wish to learn more about Eclectic Paganism. Akasha's Journey, Wassiac. 729-8999. Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Joel Evans and the Newburgh Chamber Music Ensemble 3pm. Mother's Day concert featuring works for oboe and strings by Mozart, J.C. Bach, Malcolm Arnold and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. $20/$5 student. St. George's Church, Newburgh. An Afternoon with Young Composers 4pm. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (413) 499-9348. Noo Moves Entertainment's Artist Appreciation Showcase 4pm. Gospel. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. musikFabrik 6pm. $18. EMPAC at Rensselaer, Troy. (518) 276-3921. Willie Nelson and the Family 7pm. $55-$90. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Folk Music Songwriter Suzanne Vega 7:30pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Suzanne Vega 7:30pm. $49.75. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Music Anti-Fracking Concert 7pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Workshops West African Drum 5:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051. West African Dance 6:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051.

WEDNESDAY 16 Chair Yoga 10am-11am. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Chess 2pm. Trinity Players. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

City of Angels 2pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Fiddle on the Roof 3pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Caregiver Support for Total Joint Replacement Patients 12:30pm-1:30pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 871-4101.

MONDAY 14 Body / Mind / Spirit Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. New Mother's Adjustment Support Group 6pm. $100/8 sessions/$80 members. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Find Peace: Learn to Meditate 7:30pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

Classes Argentine Tango Tango Basics: 6pm-7pm Intermediate: 7pm-8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Music Arrington de Dionyso & Thollem McDonas 7pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Grease Sing-Along 7pm. $7. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Willy Amrod CD Release Party 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.



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Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055.

Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon.

Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

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Together: Book Talk for Kids and Parents Ages 9-11. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107.

Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


Transformation Through Kinesiology 7pm-9pm. Explore a particular theme and use Transformational Kinesiology to access and clear subconscious blocks. $20-$40. The Sanctuary, New Paltz.

Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Classes Euro Dance with Helvi & Richard Impola 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Drawing & Painting 3pm-4:30pm. Ages 7-11. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Zumba with Jennifer 6pm. $10. Skate Time 209, Accord. 626-7971.



Poetry Reading and Book Signing by Kay Ryan 4pm. $10. Katonah Village Library, Katonah.

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Fight Night 7pm. A benefit for the Kingston PAL. $10-$25. Midtown Center: Billy Costello Gymnasium, Kingston. 338-3100.

Vegucated 7:15pm. Proceeds will benefit the Ulster County SPCA and the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. $10/$5. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

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Mother's Day Cream Tea on the Terrace 3pm-5pm. $40. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-onHudson. 265-3638.


Gallery Talk on the Exhibit Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist 2pm-3pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844.

Isis to Isadora: The Ancient and Eternal Ideal in Art 2:30pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Mothers' Day Brunch 11am. KJ Denhert. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Firkin Trivia Night 7pm-9pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Spoken Word


A Parisian Escape 11am. Mother's Day lunch to benefit the CIA scholarship and the Grace Smith House. $65/$35 children. Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. 905-4675.


Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90/series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Peace Work 1pm-4:30pm. Utilizes experiential exercises in specific ways, to grow personal insight, interpersonal skill & community. Queens Gallery, Kingston. 853-4023. Hypnobabies 5:30pm-8:30pm. Hypnobabies supports the belief that childbirth is a natural event. $375. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. De-Stress Yoga 7pm-8:15pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124. Divine Healing Hands Free Healing Evening 7pm-9pm. Experience the power of Soul Healing Blessings offered by a Divine Channel, Master Elaine Ward. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

Music Tom DePetris Trio 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424. Jazz Wednesdays 7:30pm. Guitarist Tom DePetris, Jody Sumber on drums and Allen Murphy on upright bass. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

The Outdoors Guided Garden Tour: Woodland Garden 6pm-7pm. $10/members free. Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring. 265-2000.

Spoken Word The Writers Circle 6:30pm-8:30pm. Writers meet-up group. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Workshops Comfort Measures 6pm-9pm. This class will give you practical hands on tools to help during labor and birth. $65. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

THURSDAY 17 Art Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-7745.

CC&H (Cunningham, Crigler & Hill) 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Inner Knitters 7pm. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Dr. Tom Langen 7pm. Associate Professor of biology and psychology at Clarkson University. A disscussion on animals decision making process when at risk. Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, Beacon. (845) 765-2721.


Wisdom's Way DVD Series 7pm-8:30pm. Author Guy Finley. New Windsor Community Center, New Windsor. 764-6892.

Kids Hop-N-Healthy 11:30am-12:15pm. $50/ 6-week series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Music Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. With Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Briars of North America 7pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Gravikord Duo 7pm. Contemporary. Orange County Arts Council, Sugar Loaf. 469-1856.

Workshops Supply and Demand! 1pm-2pm. Pumping info session. $20/$10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Euro Dance for Seniors & Others 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couples. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. West African Dance 6pm. $15. M*Power Studios, Poughkeepsie. 399-6488.

FRIDAY 18 Art Mark Haven and Remi Thorton 6pm-8pm. Opening reception. Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. (518) 697-0266.

Body / Mind / Spirit Kids Yoga 4:30pm-5:30pm. Class will blend postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and creative play. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Classes Turning Memories into Memoir Writing Class 1pm. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107.

Events Third Annual YMCA Bike to Work Breakfast Energizer 7am-9am. YMCA, Kingston. 338-3810 ext.102. Cameron Brown's Dannie's Calypso 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Film The Sting 7pm. $8/$6 members. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.


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BCD Music & Me 10am-10:45am. Circle time, music period, story time and a different age-appropriate theme each week. Berkshire Country Day School, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 637-0755.


Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Music Together Babies Only: Birth - 9mo 10am-10:45am. $145 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Beginning Tai Chi with Martha Cheo 5:30pm-6:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Waddle n Swaddle Play Group-Dance Party 2pm-3:30pm. Ages 0-5. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Eating for Energy 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444. A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

music mountain jam dino perrucci The eighth annual Mountain Jam kicks off at Hunter Mountain on May 31.

Back on Top Music festivals come and music festivals go. Over the course of the last decade dozens of such events have started up with lofty aspirations of being perennial yearly happenings, only to disappear from the calendar after one or two disastrous seasons. Most bigdreaming promoters simply had no idea what lay ahead, especially in these times of tightened audience wallets, when they set out to launch a festival that attracts big acts and big crowds every spring or summer and remains profitable. Thus, one could easily call Mountain Jam, which from May 31 to June 3 looks to head into its eighth successful run at Hunter Mountain, a triumph on many levels. “We always learn a lot from our experiences running things, and we try hard to improve what we do every year,” says Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, who cofounded the outdoor affair with local multimedia firm Radio Woodstock in 2004. (Called the 23rd Greatest Guitarist of All Time by Rolling Stone, the Grammy-winning Haynes is also revered for his work with the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead.) “We put a lot of work into creating a festival that’s audience and artist friendly, and we also put a lot of time into hand selecting the acts on the roster, which is diverse but not scattered all over the map too much, thematically.” The effort shows. In addition to headlining slots by Gov’t Mule on two nights, this year’s lineup of over 50 acts presents appearances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steve Winwood, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Roots, the reunited Ben Folds Five, a

DJ set by LCD Sound System’s James Murphy, the Word (featuring Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and the North Mississippi Allstars), returning favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead, electronic jam band Lotus, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, soul genius Charles Bradley, Dawes, the Travelin’ McCourys with Keller Williams, Zach Deputy, and many more across four stages. This year the camper-friendly festival ups the accommodations ante by unveiling a limited number of luxury prepitched tents adjacent to its main concert field. A signature Mountain Jam component is the Awareness Village, a section that features an acoustic music stage, an interactive children’s entertainment area with music and other fun, a beer and wine garden, not-for-profit exhibitor tables, performance and sculpture art, physical and spiritual healing, and other attractions. In keeping with its continued green commitment, the wind-powered festival touts an on-site recycling program and free water refills to reduce the usage of plastic water bottles. “Hunter Mountain is a great location and we’re really excited to be doing it there again,” says Haynes. “[The festival] keeps getting better every year while sticking to our original vision—which is to offer something great for people who just really love music.” Mountain Jam takes place May 31 to June 3 at Hunter Mountain in Hunter. Ticket prices, a full schedule, and more details are available at —Peter Aaron 5/12 ChronograM forecast 123

Music 3rd Annual WDS Soundout: Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Call for times. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Scott Barkan 1pm. Americana. Taste Budd's Chocolate and Coffee Café, Red Hook. 758-6500. Chris Talio Trio 7:30pm. Jazz. $7. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Organ Recital 7:30pm. Performed by members of the Central Hudson Valley. Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. 452-8220. The Andy Polay Quintet 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Karen Savoca with Pete Heitzman 8pm. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Sam Moss + Owen's Checkered Past 8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. The Cupcakes 8pm. Acoustic. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

Spoken Word Organic Gardening in Cuba 7pm. Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon. 463-4660.

Electronics Recycling Day 9am-3pm. Brought to you by Zero to Go and WeRecycle. City Hall, Beacon. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. 4th Annual Hudson Valley Pet Palooza 11am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-8083. 7th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival 11am-4pm. Daylong festival celebrating literature and literary publishing. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438 New York Heritage Weekend 1pm. Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh. 562-1195.

Kids Domino the Great: Just for Fun Show 10:30am. Magic and comedy with lots of participation. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Music Jason Waters 1pm. Folk rock. Taste Budd's Chocolate and Coffee Café, Red Hook. 758-6500. Duo Lontano 2pm. Pianists Jargen Appell and Babette Hierholzer. $40. Tailings, Germantown.


Fiddle on the Roof 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The First Annual Railroad Playhouse One Act Festival 8pm. $15-$25. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

Workshops The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30pm-8:30pm. $350 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

SATURDAY 19 Art Phools Parade 2pm. Art parade featuring floats costumes and more. New Paltz Middle School, New Paltz. Raw Art: The Pedestal Series 5pm-7pm. Photographer Lynn Karlin. Gallery on the Green, Pawling. 855-3900. Paintings and Drawings by April Warren 5pm-7pm. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559. Harper Blanchet Solo Show 6pm-9pm. Paintings and photographs. Arts Upstairs, Phoenicia. 688-2142. Women's Health and Fitness Expo Exhibitions, health screenings, and workshps. Miller Middle School, Lake Katrine. (845) 802-7025. Reflexology Day 10am-4:30pm. $45/45 minutes. Inner Light Health Spa, Hyde Park. 229-9998. Hudson Valley Community Reiki Session 11am-1pm. Town of New Paltz Community Center, New Paltz. 616-1219. Introductory Orientation Workshop 11:45am-1:45pm. Workshop will cover postures, breath, and relaxation techniques, along with an overview and approach to yoga practice. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Arm Balancing Workshop 2:30pm-4:30pm. $30/$25 in advance. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-9642. Awakening to 2012 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ancient2Future Sound Healing. Hosted by Thomas Workman, multi-instrumentalist and certified sound healer, with special guest Nacho Arimany, multi-percussionist and sound healer. $20. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-8890.

Dance Joanna Teters Experiment 8pm. Brazilian dance party. $20/$15 members +$2 at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8:30pm-2am. $5/$2 teens and seniors/volunteers and children free. Knights of Columbus, Kingston.

Events Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby Hyde Park Roller Magic, Hyde Park. First Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Call for times. Benefiting Faith Christian Academy. $140. Casperkill Golf Club, Poughkeepsie. 452-5335. Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055. 12th Annual Women's Health & Fitness Expo 8:30am-5pm. Miller School, Lake Katrine.

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Fiddle on the Roof 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. City of Angels 8pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Herb Marks Freelance: Make Me an Offer I Can Refuse 8pm. The Air Pirates Radio Theater. $20. Lycian Centre, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Workshops Build a Cob Oven 9am-Sunday, May 20, 4pm. $90/$80. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926. Shaker Sustainable Gardening Workshop 10am-2pm. $75/$68 members. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (800) 817-1137. The Essentials of Spring Garden Maintenance 10am-12pm. $27/$22. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926. Mad for Lilacs 1pm-3pm. $37/$27. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926. Supply and Demand! 1pm-2pm. Pumping info session. $20/$10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

New Yorkers Against Fracking: An Urgent Call to Action in Albany Following a rally with New Yorkers Against Hydrofracking, a concert will be held to speak out against the threat of drilling in New York. Performers include Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Tracy Bonham, Joan Osborne, The Felice Brothers, The Horseflies, and Ida. The acts will be interspersed between speakers and projected film and photographs. Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant, who will also be performing says, “I’m a life-long resident of rural New York and I’m terrified of what may happen to my home state if hydraulic fracturing begins.” Additionally, there will be speakers including scientists, journalists, politicians, and activists. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Client No. 9, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room) will be capturing footage. The rally will take place May 15 4:30 to 6 pm on the West Capitol Lawn in Albany and the concert will begin at 7 pm at The Egg. (518) 473-1845,;

City of Angels 8pm. $20/$17 seniors. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

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The First Annual Railroad Playhouse One Act Festival 8pm. $15-$25. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

Commencement Concert for the Class of 2012 3pm. Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie. 437-7294. Daedalus Quartet-Beethoven, Schubert & Berg 6pm. Presented by Close Encounters With Music. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. Chris Bergson Band 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Hummingbird 7:30pm. Acoustic. $5. Northeast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 789-3340. Annette A. Aguilar and the Stringbean 4Tet 7:30pm. Latin. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble 8pm. $20/$18. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Daisy Jopling Band 8pm. Classical/opera. Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill. (877) 840-0457. Gordon Lightfoot 8pm. Singer/songwriter. $38-$68. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. An Evening With Gordon Lightfoot 8pm. $38-$68. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. David Lindley 8:30pm. $35/$30. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. The Bush Brothers 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Vonda Shepard 9pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. The Fuzzy Flow 9:30pm. Jazz. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Spoken Word Reading by Mighty Xee 2pm. Author of The Silly Book of Divorce and Separation. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.

Reclaim Your Brain: Nourish Your Neurons 2pm-4pm. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

SUNDAY 20 Art Life Drawing with a Model 11am-2pm. $15. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. 36th Annual Artists on the Campus Outdoor Art Show and Sale 11am-4pm. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 569-3337.

Body / Mind / Spirit Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Baby Yoga 12pm-1pm. Non-walking babies including newborns through crawlers, along with their care-givers, establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Toddler/Preschooler Yoga 1:15pm-2:15pm. Toddlers through age 4 and their care-givers establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Discover Your Best Self 2pm-4pm. Put your best self-front and center and discover how to live each day to its fullest. $35/$50 for two. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Contemplative Reading in the Temple of the School of the Golden Rosycross 4pm. Lectorium Rosicrucianum Conference Center, Chatham. (518) 392-2799. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055. 6th Annual Off Broadway Run 9am. Raise money towards benefiting Safe Harbors of the Hudson's mission of transforming live and building communities through housing and the arts. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 562-6940. 6th Annual Off-Broadway Run 9am. Sponsored by Safe Harbors of the Hudson. Newburgh, Newburgh. 8th Annual Rosendale Youth Program Car Show 10am-4pm. Pre-1986 hot rods, classics, motorcycles, trucks. $10/$8 in advance. Rosendale Earthfest and Expo, Rosendale. 658-8982. Car Seat Safety Check 11am-3pm. Health Quest, Lagrangeville. 483-6789. 9th Annual Golf Outing 11am. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School benefit. $125. Copake Country Club, Copake Lake. (413) 528-4015 ext. 104. Taste of Boscobel 2012 1pm-4pm. Exclusive food & wine tasting. $30/$20. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. 265-3638. New York Heritage Weekend 1pm. Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh. 562-1195. 8th Annual Taste of the Town 1pm-6pm. $5/$4 in advance +Taste Tickets. St. Stephen's School and Parish, Warwick. Dream Studio presents "I Love NY" 2pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Guided Walking Tour of Main Street 2pm. $3/children free. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253. Resurrecting the Revolutionary War 2pm. New York State Heritage Weekend. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, New Windsor. 561-1765.

Music Jazz at the Falls Sunday Brunch 12pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Opera Film Sunday 2pm. Puccini's Il trittico in HD from the Royal Opera House, London, England. Starring Lucio Gallo, EvaMaria Westbroek, Anja Harteros, Anna Larsson & Elena Zilio. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. $20. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Triform Camphill Community Hosts 10th Annual Benefit Concert 2pm. Featuring The Triform Student Bell Choir and The Hudson Valley Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet Performing "Peter and the Wolf" with Special Performance by New York Soprano, Adele Wilson. $75. Triform Camphill Community, Hudson. (518) 851-9320 ext. 11. Yihan Chen 2pm. Playing an ancient four-stringed Chinese lute. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Thomas Sheehan: Organ Concert 3:30pm. $10. Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 452-8110. Building Bridges Concert 4pm-6pm. With host Wanda Fischer, Kim and Reggie Harris, Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, Magpie, Betty and the Baby Boomers. $20. Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock. 246-1671. The Legendary Delphonics Revue 5pm. Motown/R&B. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Greg Westhoff's Westchester Swing Band 5:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Danielle Miraglia 7:30pm. $12. Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia. 688-7501. Delfonics Revue 8pm. Motown. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Preservation Hall Jazz Band 8pm. $50/$45. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Theater Fiddle on the Roof 3pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Workshops One Day Labor and Birth Essential 1pm-6:30pm. $150. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.



Body / Mind / Spirit

Wizard of Oz 11am. Lycian Centre, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Spartacus 6pm. State Moscow Theatre Ballet. $38-$68. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Wildflower Walk 2pm-3pm. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Ghent. (518) 828-4386 ext. 3.

West Coast Swing Dance 6:30pm-9pm. Lesson 5:30-6:30. $8/$6 FT students. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 255-1379.

New Mother's Adjustment Support Group 6pm. $100/8 sessions/$80 members. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.



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Father’s Day Half Marathon and Family 5K

Sunday, June 17

THe 3Rd aNNual New PalTz cHalleNGe, a Half marathon and Family 5K. Both races begin at the corner of main St. and Huguenot Street, New Paltz and will trace a loop north on the wallkill Valley Rail Trail to Rosendale and south again to finish at The Gilded Otter.

• Time: Registration from 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. Half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. Family 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. • Place: Register at The Gilded Otter, 3 main St., New Paltz • cOST: Family 5K, $25 early-bird registration; $30 after June 1 Half marathon, $45 early-bird registration; $50 after June 1 • ReGiSTRaTiON RequiRed. call the chamber at 845-255-0243 or email to learn more or visit to register online


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Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Find Peace: Learn to Meditate 7:30pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

Euro Dance for Seniors & Others 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couples. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Body / Mind / Spirit

West African Dance 6pm. $15. M*Power Studios, Poughkeepsie. 399-6488.


In The Caravan of Rumi: An Introduction To Sufi Poetry & Practices Call for times. Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 901-9301.

Argentine Tango Tango Basics: 6pm-7pm Intermediate: 7pm-8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


Beginning Tai Chi with Martha Cheo 5:30pm-6:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

GI Blythe 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Workshops Plant Division 101 6pm. Speaker Diane Watt master gardener and owner of Watt's Bloomin. Deyo Hall, New Paltz. 255-1660.

TUESDAY 22 Art Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90/series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Meditation Workshop 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Euro Dance with Helvi & Richard Impola 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Drawing & Painting 3pm-4:30pm. Ages 7-11. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Classes Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Events Firkin Trivia Night 7pm-9pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Kids Together: Book Talk for Kids and Parents Ages 9-11. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107. Little Painters 10am-11am. $94 series/$18 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Workshops West African Drum 5:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051.

Basics in Ayurveda 7pm-9pm. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.


Zumba with Jennifer 6pm. $10. Skate Time 209, Accord. 626-7971.

Dance Open Rehearsal: Ben Kimitch 2pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

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Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Wisdom's Way DVD Series 7pm-8:30pm. Author Guy Finley. New Windsor Community Center, New Windsor. 764-6892.

Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Open Hive/Film 7pm. A film with a message, each month at this intimate, informal gathering at the hive. Beahive, Beacon. 418-3731.

Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.


Caregiver Support for Total Joint Replacement Patients 12:30pm-1:30pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 871-4101.

Hop-N-Healthy 11:30am-12:15pm. $50/ 6-week series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Hypnobabies 5:30pm-8:30pm. Hypnobabies supports the belief that childbirth is a natural event. $375. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


De-Stress Yoga 7pm-8:15pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124. Power of Soul Workshop 7pm-9pm. Learn what the soul can do for your life and how to empower your soul and advance your spiritual journey. $15. Whispered Dreams, Kingston. 849-1715.

Music Jazz Wednesdays 7:30pm. Guitarist Tom DePetris, Jody Sumber on drums and Allen Murphy on upright bass. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

Workshops Breastfeeding Essentials 6pm-8pm. $55. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Art A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA 5pm-7pm. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA. (800) 817-1137.

Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. With Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Tillery 7pm. With Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato & Becca Stevens. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Glen Campbell 7:30pm. Country. $49.50-$64.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Mobile Deathcamp 8pm. Metal. $10/$8. The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie. 486-0223.

The Outdoors

Rosanna Bruno: Paintings 6pm-8pm. John Davis Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-5907.

Body / Mind / Spirit

Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Practice safely throughout your pregnancy using a curriculum designed specifically for the expectant mother. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Dance Swing Dance Workshops with Joe & Julie 6:30-7:15 Intro to Waltz & 7:15-8:00 Waltz Variations. $15/$20 both. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Swing Dance to The Boiler Makers 8:30pm-11:30pm. Beginner's lesson 8-8:30. $15/$10 FT students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Kids BCD Music & Me 10am-10:45am. Circle time, music period, story time and a different age-appropriate theme each week. Berkshire Country Day School, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 637-0755. Music Together Babies Only: Birth - 9mo 10am-10:45am. $145 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Waddle n Swaddle Play Group-Dance Party 2pm-3:30pm. Ages 0-5. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Traditional Folk/Roots Music Weekend Call for times. Sing, jam, relax, and listen to concerts and workshops. Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson. 626-8888. The Tres Amigos Spring Extravaganza 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Chris Talio Trio 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Tony Trischka Band 8pm. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Ghost Flute & Dice 8pm. $5. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. The Blue in Green Jazz Quartet 9pm. Babycakes Café, Poughkeepsie. 485-8411.

Theater William Shakespeare’s Macbeth 7pm. New Genesis Youth Theater group. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.


Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-7745.

Babywearing Bonanza 1pm-2pm. $20/$10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

The Wedding Singer 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

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In a Big World Wandering 5pm-7pm. Bryan David Griffith. Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027.

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Evolve Design Gallery Grand Opening. Opening celebration of the interior design showroom and gallery. Woodstock. (845) 679-9979.

Box Car Play Series Presents the 7-7 Playmaking Festival 7pm. Actors, writers and directors will sign in at the Playhouse at 7PM on May 24th and write and rehearse plays all to premiere at 7PM on May 25th. $10. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

Plant Obsessions: Berkshire Botanical Garden's Annual Garden Tour 8am-6:30pm. $120/$95. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926.

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30pm-8:30pm. $350 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

A Little Space for Artists 6:30pm-7:30pm. Artists meet-up group. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Ramp Fest Abundant in the Hudson Valley, the ramp is an early spring vegetable that has long been celebrated by Appalachian Mountain folk who believe it to have a powerful ability to ward off the diseases of winter. Known for its strong, garlicky odor and onion-like flavor, it's a favorite among locavore chefs. Ramp Fest features original dishes with the ramp as the central ingredient crafted by chefs hailing from the Hudson Valley and New York City. Last year's dishes include ramp-mint ice cream, ramp sausages, and shots of whiskey with pickle ramp chasers. Participating restaurants include: Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson, The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale, The Red Onion in Saugerties, Café Le Perche in Hudson, and New York City’s Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue, Sfoglia, and Cookshop. The second annual Ramp Fest will be held at the Basilica Hudson on May 5 from 12–4 pm.

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

West African Dance 6:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051.



Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Dance Ballroom by Request with Joe Donato & Julie Martin 9pm-11pm. Lesson 8-9. Snap Fitness, LaGrange. 227-2706.

Events Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055. The Kingston Farmers' Market Opening Day 9am-2pm. Kingston Farmers' Market, Uptown Kingston. 853-8512. Pow Wow on the Hudson: The River That Flows Both Ways 10am-6pm. Native American festival. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. (917) 415-5139. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Walking Tours of Vassar College History 10am. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7400. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 10am-5pm. $10. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Comedy Night- An Evening of Drinks, Jokes and Storytelling 8pm. $25/$20 in advance. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

Music A Jazz Evening with Charles Neville 6:30pm. $15/$35 with dinner/$20 children with dinner. Knox Trail Inn, Otis. (413) 269-4400. Jean Michel Pilc - Moutin - Hoenig 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Pete McCann 8pm. Jazz. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Mi Generacion 8pm. Presented by Noche Flamenca. $25-$65. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. Seth Walker and The Wood Brothers 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Theater William Shakespeare’s Macbeth 7pm. New Genesis Youth Theater group. $10/$5 children. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. The Wedding Singer 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops The Right-Brain Business Plan Workshop 10am-Sunday, May 27, 5pm. A visual business planning workshop for creative entrepreneurs. $150-$200. Positive Energies, Saugerties. (607) 227-0555. Doody Calls! 1pm-2pm. Cloth diapering info session. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Family and Friends CPR and First Aid for Children 1pm-3:30pm. $45. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

SUNDAY 27 Art Life Drawing with a Model 11am-2pm. $15. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Body / Mind / Spirit Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Dance Swing Dance 7pm-10pm. With the Saints of Swing. $15. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

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Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair and Flea Market 8am-6pm. Weather permitting. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. (845) 282-4055. Pow Wow on the Hudson: The River That Flows Both Ways 10am-6pm. Native American festival. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. (917) 415-5139. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 11am-4pm. $10. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Seventh Anniversary/Grand Reopening Party 12pm-6pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. The Yes Man 2pm-5pm. Join Kraig with a K as he takes you on a journey through the Hudson valley by foot. Don't forget to bring your cameras because this journey is a walking, jogging, snapshot taking hike. $10-$20. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Honor our Nation's Fallen Soldiers 2pm. Continental Army soldiers will perform an 18th century graveside mourning ceremony. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, New Windsor. 561-1765. Columbia Land Conservancy's Country Barbeque 4:30pm-8pm. Clum and Patchen Farm, Livingston.

Firkin Trivia Night 7pm-9pm. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739.

Kids Together: Book Talk for Kids and Parents Ages 9-11. Canajoharie Library, Canajoharie. (518) 673-2314 ext. 107.

Workshops West African Drum 5:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051. West African Dance 6:30pm. $15. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 255-0051.

WEDNESDAY 30 Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90/series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Classes Euro Dance with Helvi & Richard Impola 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couple. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Drawing & Painting 3pm-4:30pm. Ages 7-11. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Zumba with Jennifer 6pm. $10. Skate Time 209, Accord. 626-7971.

Film Wisdom's Way DVD Series 7pm-8:30pm. Author Guy Finley. New Windsor Community Center, New Windsor. 764-6892.


Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Hop-N-Healthy 11:30am-12:15pm. $50/ 6-week series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Caregiver Support for Total Joint Replacement Patients 12:30pm-1:30pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 871-4101.

Music Mountain Jam Music Festival Call for times. Hunter Mountain, Hunter.

4th Annual Pride Preview Party 5pm-12am. Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie. Jazz at the Falls Sunday Brunch 12pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth 4pm. New Genesis Youth Theater group. $10/$5 children. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.


New Mother's Adjustment Support Group 6pm. $100/8 sessions/$80 members. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Classes Argentine Tango Tango Basics: 6pm-7pm Intermediate: 7pm-8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Events Pow Wow on the Hudson: The River That Flows Both Ways 10am-5pm. Native American festival. Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls. (917) 415-5139. 80th Anniversary of Temple Hill Day 2pm. A musical performance by the U.S Army Hellcats, presentations and a Purple Heart award ceremony are all parts of the program. National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor. 561-1765 ext. 28.

A Taste of Greater Newburgh To celebrate the eateries of Newburgh and its neighboring towns, A Taste of Newburgh invites local restaurants to prepare their best dishes for a day of indulgence. Participants include: Adams Fairacre Farms, Avocado, Back Yard Bistro, Beebs, Commodore Chocolatier, Hudson Street Cafe, Macchu Picchu, Mid Valley Wine and Liquor, The River Grill, and Zora Dora’s. Samplings from each vendor will be available, accompanied by live jazz. In conjunction with A Taste of Newburgh, Artists on Campus, an outdoor fine art show and sale will hold their 37th exhibition. Both events will take place at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh on May 20. Artists on Campus will be held from 11 am-4 pm (free admission) and A Taste of Greater Newburgh from 12:30-2:30 pm, $30. (845) 5611706, Hypnobabies 5:30pm-8:30pm. Hypnobabies supports the belief that childbirth is a natural event. $375. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877.

De-Stress Yoga 7pm-8:15pm. $10/$14 2 classes per week. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124.

Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 6pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Classes Basic & Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Eileen Sackman Call for times. Through June 27. $190/$170 members. Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550. The Beauty of the Image with Carole Maso Call for times. Millay Colony, Austerlitz. (518) 392-4144.

Film Before Sunrise 7:30pm. A film that tracks a conversation between two people through the streets of Vienna as they reflect on topics such as time and eternity. $6. EMPAC at Rensselaer, Troy. (518) 276-3921.



Tad Robinson 7pm. $10. St. John's Episcopal Church, Kingston. 331-2252.

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Jazz Wednesdays 7:30pm. Guitarist Tom DePetris, Jody Sumber on drums and Allen Murphy on upright bass. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.


Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. MommyBwell, Saugerties. 514-4124. A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Classes Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Events Dutchess Doulas 10am-11am. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

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SATURDAY 2 ARt Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. The Artful Living Show House Artists and designers complete a home. Glassbury Court, Cold Spring.

Body / Mind / Spirit Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Events Hudson Valley Outdoor Adventure Expo Set Call for times. Races, demos, vendors. Visit website for specific times and information. Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie.

The Psychedelic Furs Call for times. $28. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Body / Mind / Spirit Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

The Wedding Singer 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


The CKS Band 8pm. Blues, soul, rock. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

The Wedding Singer 3pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Jay Mankita: Wild Songs and Nature Stories 10:30am. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Jack Grace 8pm-2:45pm. $20/$15 in advance. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.


Eilen Jewell and Los Straitjackets 9pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.


Steve Lewis 4pm. Acoustic. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Storyteller David Gonzalez: Aesop Bops! 3pm. $10. Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh.

An Acappella Extravaganza 9pm. Presented by The Phantoms. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.


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The Revelers 8pm. $15. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.


Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. With Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Jim Campilongo Electric Trio 7pm. Opening act: Kyle Miller. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Leon Redbone 7:30pm. $28. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Workshops Euro Dance for Seniors & Others 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8 couples. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. West African Dance 6pm. $15. M*Power Studios, Poughkeepsie. 399-6488. Clear the Clutter: Releasing Energy Blocks 7pm-9pm. $20/$15. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

FRIDAY 1 ART Architectural Art Photo Exhibit The highlights of the existing show at 1133 Ave of the Americas. Bank of America, Woodstock. 679-2466.


Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-7745.

BCD Music & Me 10am-10:45am. Circle time, music period, story time and a different age-appropriate theme each week. Berkshire Country Day School, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 637-0755.

Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Music Together Babies Only: Birth - 9mo 10am-10:45am. $145 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Mountain Jam Music Festival Call for times. Hunter Mountain, Hunter.

Beginning Tai Chi with Martha Cheo 5:30pm-6:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Tony Velez 7:30pm. Latin. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


Mountain Jam Music Festival Call for times. Hunter Mountain, Hunter. The Roaring Twenties: Berlin, Paris, New York 6pm. Cabaret. Close Encounters With Music season finale. $50/$40. Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts. (413) 637-1600. Indian Summer 7:30pm. Acoustic. $5. Northeast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 789-3340. Annual Spring Concert 8pm. Joshua Nelson singing traditional Jewish liturgical texts in the gospel style of the late Mahalia Jackson. $25/$20/$15 students. Congregation Shir Chadash, LaGrange. 227-3327. Folk Legend Melanie 9pm. $25-$50. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Theater The Wedding Singer 8pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

SUNDAY 3 Body / Mind / Spirit Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Events Hudson Valley Outdoor Adventure Expo Set Call for times. Races, demos, vendors. Visit website for specific times and information. Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie. Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Rosendale Earthfest and Expo 2012 11am-4pm. Exhibits, kids’ activities, demos. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-8967. The Hudson Valley Etsy Team 11am-4pm. Craft fair. Fishkill Village Square, Fishkill. (343) 727-2256

Music Mountain Jam Music Festival Call for times. Hunter Mountain, Hunter. Charles & Bernard 1pm. Acoustic. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. Newburgh Symphonic Chorale 3pm. Americana. St George's Episcopal Church, Newburgh.

Theater The Wedding Singer 3pm. $26/$22 seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.




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Planet Waves by eric francis coppolino

Spring 2012: The Deep Background


y now you may be familiar with some elements of the astrology of the (Northern Hemisphere) spring of 2012—a pair of eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius, Venus stationing retrograde, and the Venus transit of the Sun on June 5. These events lead us into the first exact meeting of Uranus and Pluto in a square aspect—the Uranus-Pluto square, just past the solstice on June 24. These all arrive in a close sequence, and when that happens, the pace of existence picks up. Most of these are eclipse-like events, which emphasizes that sense of acceleration. Here is a basic rundown of things you’re most likely to read about on the Internet or, who knows, maybe even in a magazine. Venus stations retrograde in Gemini on May 15. Venus is retrograde least of all the planets; this is pretty special. Five days later, the Sun enters Gemini and there’s an annular eclipse of the Sun on May 20. Two weeks later, we experience a partial eclipse of the Moon; that’s on June 4. Then within hours, the Moon makes an eclipse to Pluto (one of many this year). Very little has been written about this series of Moon-Pluto events—called occultations. Few astrologers are even aware of the data. You have to go looking for it (and thanks to a close friend of mine in Wales, Tracy Delaney, there is a research tool for that at I will come back to the Moon’s eclipses of Pluto in a few moments in the discussion of Pluto. As mentioned, on the heels of a lunar eclipse and Pluto eclipse, on June 5 Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun. This is called a transit of Venus, which is visible with some basic equipment anywhere you can see the Sun when it’s happening (unfortunately, not most of the continental US). It’s a rare event; they come in pairs. This will be the second of the current pair, and then there won’t be another one until 2117. Eclipse-like events typically arrive with a sense of acceleration of time and our movement in time. There’s an increase in this thing described as “intensity.” Events can have a karmic feeling: Everything seems more meaningful, but we don’t necessarily know what that meaning is, or where it comes from. This, in turn, can come with the sensation that you are at a crux point in your life. “Crux” is an interesting word. It has its origins in the idea of “a point in a text that is impossible to interpret,” which you can take as something like a “crossroads of interpretations”—or something that has many meanings, with an accompanying sensation of importance. The modern meaning is “central point,” and we are indeed at the central point of 2012, when we will start to see why this year has received so much emphasis and prediction. 130 planet waves ChronograM 5/12

Once we get past the eclipses and the transit of Venus, we go right into the Uranus-Pluto square. This has been developing for years. It’s part of the “cycles of revolution” series of aspects. This particular cycle has its roots in an event in 196566, which sparked what we call The Sixties. That was a conjunction between Uranus and Pluto. Now, 47 years later, the planets are at 90 degrees to one another, which is called a square. Aspects between influential, slow-moving planets take many years to develop, and influence everyone in some way. We’ve been feeling the effects since late 2008, and they have been undeniable beginning with Arab Spring, the Wisconsin protests and the Occupy movement. Activism is often one manifestation of Uranus-Pluto events, and astro-historians have documented that it can go as far as revolution. When we talk about a ‘power to the people’ kind of event, that has a liberal/liberationist flavor (à la Stephen Colbert’s definition, that reality has an inherently liberal bias—which is why there are so many conservatives). What we’re seeing under this square, though, is a heck of a lot of conservative activism, meaning antiwoman, antisex and every new policy designed to cut taxes for the rich even more. Laws are being passed routinely that curtail civil rights; both “liberals” and “conservatives” should be equally concerned. This activism has a ghoulish, militant quality, and there is no way to reckon it with the increasingly elusive concept of “ethics.” Much of it is being done as a show of force, and also an unchecked indulgence in narcissism. Currently, much of politics is “all about me,” and this kind of self-obsession feeds right into the hands of the darker forces that are once again trying to consolidate their grip on what they think of as reality. The militant quality of the equation comes from the Uranus in Aries side of the square. Aries is the ancient Roman god of war, associated with Mars (whose Greek name is Ares). Uranus in this sign is flashy, impressive and extremely distracting. It’s the “big show” aspect of the news right now, and there are indeed some people who are quite adept at screaming into the echo chamber. Watch them as they start to get cranked up on the astrology of the next eight weeks; you’ll recognize them by the slightly electrified look in their eyes, their hair standing up, and this odd feeling that they want to serve you as the main course at a pro-life banquet. All of this flashy stuff is a kind of cover-up for something else—and that something can be described as Pluto in Capricorn. This is the other side of the Uranus-Pluto square. Pluto in Capricorn is a long transit—spanning from 2008 through 2024. We’re

less than four years into this event, though it’s been long enough that we should be seeing some patterns. Pluto is a potent, nearly invisible force. We feel it as obsession, inevitability, enforced growth, and the deep, urgent need to grow and become. Pluto is associated with Scorpio, and is a prime mover of sexual energy, which spans from the most instinctual level to the most spiritually evolved. It all depends on where you tune in (it’s a good idea to scan the full frequency range that Pluto represents, so you’re familiar with all of the different expressions; themes include sex, death, power, and fear). Nothing can stop the movement of Pluto, or its influences in the world. Anyone who has consciously gone through a Pluto transit can tell you this. It’s the kind of thing you have to work with, like a natural force. It’s not possible to stop an earthquake, though it is possible to plan for it. Speaking of Earth, Pluto is in Capricorn. Capricorn contains the patterns of the past. It represents the structure of society, describing business and government, and the relationship between the two. It represents all things old. It’s a fiery earth sign, since it is cardinal—a tense dynamic which helps explain the energy of many people with strong chart elements in this sign. In consciousness, Capricorn represents what we carry from the past—including with our ancestors (beginning with our parents) and going back for many generations. We rarely notice much of this material; however, it’s often what we feel trapped by. If you have strong Capricorn in your chart, you may be able to notice and work with it a little better; however, much of humanity is trapped in some version of the past. Now, Pluto is in Capricorn, which is like a herd of goats getting into a museum. They’re going to take the place apart, munch on the exhibits, and lick the dinosaur bones. Well, it really goes deeper than that. This sense of the Earth shaking that we live with every day—that is Pluto in Capricorn. The feeling that civilization is being crushed under its own weight: Pluto in Capricorn. And the burning sense of urgency, coming from inside and not from any external excitement: also Pluto in Capricorn. We can look at this transit a few ways. One way is as a subversive movement inside the halls of power. Since not much productive happens there, we can trust that Pluto is helping to free energy. Pluto is a kind of core vital force, working to rejuvenate all that has become too old, brittle, and useless. The movement to ban contraception and even outlaw premarital sex can be seen as reactions to the liberating nature of Pluto in Capricorn—these things are inherently reactions against vitality, as are all anti-sex movements. Yet deep beneath everything, something primal and natural is trying to set itself free in the human experience. Now, I mentioned the occultation of Pluto by the Moon that happens just before the transit of Venus. This is the third of 19 events that started in April. The Moon passes directly over the disk of Pluto, blocking it out. Pluto is invisible unless you have a very good telescope, but we still feel the effects. The last time anything like this happened was between 1919 and 1934, when Pluto was in Cancer. So this series of events gets props for being both weird and rare. Pluto is strong in Capricorn for many reasons. He is feeling good. But the Moon— the more she tries to resist, the more she finds herself giving in. She tries to deny (occult) him but in that moment they fuse; literally come together. When denying sexual feelings, the more you try the more you are overcome, and inevitably must let go into the beautiful surrender. The Moon occulting Pluto feels like she’s trying to hide Pluto, which is fine with him. He wears the helmet of invisibility and functions quite well in the underworld— the unconscious, which is the source of all dreams and desires. But hide with what? The Capricorn Moon is trying to put a veil of propriety over what is coming from the most instinctual, hormonal level. She thinks it’s better not to admit any of that stuff, and maintain her image as a good girl. At the same time, the relentless quality of the exact conjunction, repeating so many times, feels like something deep is trying to work out and work through one’s emotional body. Perhaps that includes your mother’s emotional body that was imparted into you—as if some ancient emotional and sexual blockage is finally being softened and released. The Moon has to be “out of her element” (in the sign opposite her native Cancer) in order to experience this. It’s similar to a Chiron effect, where discomfort or inconvenience is used to foster something healing and positive. In letting go, the pleasure of resistance (which we’re trained to love and worship) is released to another, deeper pleasure. The pleasure of resistance is (if you believe Freud) a product of pleasing other people with our self-control. Now, that whole thought form is being dissolved, or burned through, again and again. Finally there is penetration, and that is another way of saying transformation— the thing that Pluto is most famous for. This is acting on emotional resistance, or the burden of overstructure, something that humans are most famous for. This can be terrifying to those whose whole notion of existence is about rigid personality armor, but the time is arriving to let it go. This may even seem to happen overnight, but if it does, you can be sure you were working at it for a long time. 5/12 ChronograM planet waves 131

Planet Waves Horoscopes Aries (March 20-April 19) If you’ve been through a crisis recently, I suggest you look at where it enabled you to go, which is someplace you might not have gone without it. Mercury has been in your sign for a few weeks, stirring things up. Yet this has clearly been a project with a purpose. Recent events have conspired to bring you up to date with the times we’re living in. Even for an Aries, it’s too easy for the human brain to live in the past, and to get wound up in familiar patterns. Your mind is doing its best to burst free for you; it would be fantastic if you would consciously help with the process. If you feel that anything is blocking you, the chances are it’s a kind of mental block based on an attachment to something that is no longer valid in your life. Said another way, you may be turning an attachment (to someone or something) into an element of your identity, and confusing it with who you are. People do this all the time—but you have much better options. You have, over the past few weeks, seen some glimpses of the future. You may have wondered whether the best potentials were really possible—and I assure you that they are. You tend to become what you identify with, and if you want to become something new, I suggest you identify with that. You will distract yourself from the past, and crystallize what is real and valid in this moment.


(April 19-May 20)

Now would be a good time to realize that you cannot proceed through life with two competing sets of values. What seems like superficial confusion often masks this very issue—that you’re trying to make decisions based on deeper principles that conflict with one another. As long as you’re wondering whether you want to do this or that, you’re still hanging out on the surface. When you find yourself asking why you want to explore one particular option, and why you want to explore some other particular option, and how you feel about those reasons, then you’re getting closer to the heart of the matter. Yet the real discovery comes when you find out that you have several programs running at the same time, which guide you in different directions. These conflicting programs will be problematic only if the conflict is “unconscious”—that is, if you’re not aware of the roots of the debate, or even that the debate has roots. Those can reach into many places, but the one thing they have in common will be the past. You now have the opportunity to decide what values are truly your own, and you have a bold moment to allow your life to be guided by them and nothing else. Between where you stand today and the confidence that this will give you, there’s a process you’ll undergo—and it will take you into some forgotten places. You will benefit from learning, and from using what you learn to make conscious choices. This way, you will be one person, guided by what is actually meaningful to you.


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(May 20-June 21)

An eclipse of the Sun takes place in your sign on May 20, then two weeks later is the Venus transit of the Sun, also in your sign. This is a truly rare conjunction of the Sun and Venus, so precise that you can actually watch it happen (with eye protection, and if the Sun is visible where you are). Visible translates to visionary, and a personal turning of the eras. Let’s begin with a question: What would your life be like if you resolved much of the nagging tension that you carry around, year after year? What if your mind were a quieter place? How much more confident would you be? To understand the influence of this event, I suggest you look back to this time of year in 2004. What is the story of May and June of that year? This is one of the key “before and after” points of your life. Venus transits come in pairs, separated by eight years, and 2004 was the first of the current pair. Think of ’04 as a time when you initiated changes that you didn’t necessarily recognize were part of a total self-reinvention. You embarked on “another way of looking at the world.” This comes to full fruition during the next six weeks. You may find yourself making long-delayed decisions, finding the courage to express yourself in ways you’ve always hesitated to, or being released into a total rebirth. Look around and remind yourself: the end of the past is near.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) In astrology, the 12th house is like a hidden dimension, a vast psychic closet where we keep everything we think we’ve forgotten, or that we were never quite aware of. Often things disappear into this realm, and sometimes they emerge—for example, as unusually potent dream imagery, or as discoveries about ourselves we make in therapy or on a vision quest. Sometimes revelations can be precipitated by astrology itself, and that’s what it looks like is happening to you now. The highly unusual sequence of events of the next six weeks is concentrated in this area of your chart, as if you’re being granted access to the hidden dimension of yourself. Given that this is the place most people avoid (because it’s too strange, or they would “rather not know”), I suggest you open up your mind to self-discovery. Certain ideas you have about yourself may suddenly reverse; but mostly the theme I see is self-reconciliation. It’s as if a split you’ve lived with all your life, but were barely aware of, is finally going to make itself known, or resolve itself. In the process, you can make peace with many things that you’ve denied, including the split itself. This may include divisions between your male and female sides; rational versus intuitive approaches to existence; and other competing forces in your psyche. There is a point of resolution, and you’re approaching it quickly. One result will be freeing the energy that it takes to maintain the division—energy that you will have good creative use for.

Planet Waves Horoscopes Leo (July 22-August 23) You are only as successful as you feel. I’m sure you’ve noticed that many are driven by hunger and accomplish many things, only to feel like they’re failures. This is in a sense the story of Western civilization; it’s all about an empty kind of desire, and when the desired thing is attained, it goes into the abyss. I suggest you monitor this issue carefully this month. You are at what could rightly be one of the most fulfilling times in your life, in whatever you consider your core mission to be. Yet it seems as if there’s a shadow you keep encountering. Sometimes it feels like a question. Other times it feels like your most cherished goal keeps slipping out of reach. The most meaningful thing you can do is not be distracted by what amount to mental illusions, distractions or what you might think of as self-defeating programs. Stick to your goals; stick to what you want and let any doubts you have serve to make your plan and work method stronger. One theme that comes up is what it’s like to have the reputation that you do. Any public presence, even a moment in the spotlight, can cause weird feedback inside the ego. Wondering how you’re perceived by others can be a strange experience. You don’t need to worry what people think; trust that they respect you, and know that you’ve earned that respect by your dedication to service and your ability to walk in the strength of your true principles.


Virgo (August 23-September 22)

You’re blessed to exist within two worlds, as far as your professional goals come. You have two distinctly different sets of talents, missions in life, and leadership skills. Often these worlds seem far apart, and each seems to exclude the other. You might feel that your work or creative life would be perfect if you could only get these two different aspects of yourself working together for one goal. I would propose that they have more in common than you may think. At some point in the past, they may have existed as one body of thought or even a single goal. But the way the world divides and categorizes things, they became two seemingly separate realities. Yet they have one important thing in common: you. Over the next few weeks, you will have an opportunity to travel back into the origins of your most meaningful goals. If you follow this adventure, you may arrive at the spot before they differentiated. You’re about to discover the many things they have in common, and how they support one another, mainly by allowing you the more full use of your brain. This is likely to reach the level of full synthesis, where you have the experience of being more than the sum of your parts. You have many talents, intellectual skills, and perceptive abilities, and they all support one another. Yet when you encounter this as a direct experience, whether in subtle or obvious ways, your life can truly shift.



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(September 22-October 23)

Beliefs interfere with perceiving existence as it is. This is one reason why so much that’s not even vaguely true is accepted on a mass scale; the test of whether something is valid is belief, which favors those who are more convincing. Your astrology this month vividly describes your process of testing every belief that you come across. The question is, how do you know something is a belief? First you have to be curious about the nature of your own thoughts. In a sense, you have to fact-check yourself. When you “know” something and have no basis for that knowledge, or you discover that someone told you but offered you no proof, then you’re dealing with a belief. Another hint will be when you step into a world of multiple viewpoints on the same, something that you’re a bit famous for. Looked at one way, this indicates that you’re working in the realm of beliefs rather than of concrete knowledge. Yet if you are able to look at something enough ways, you will eventually begin to understand its deeper nature—including yourself. It’s time to penetrate through these things into something tangible. You may feel this involves making a commitment to something that you’re uncertain of. Really, the commitment is to finding out; to admitting that uncertainty and finding out what’s on the other side. This won’t undermine your faith in yourself, or in life, or in the cosmos; a commitment to seeking actual knowledge will only strengthen your faith.

Scorpio (October 23-November 22) Someone you love is serving as a powerful mirror. By powerful I mean emotional, intellectual, and spiritual: They’re offering a full-spectrum image. You may not understand what you see, but somehow you recognize it as your reflection. It’s revealing many aspects of yourself that until now have existed outside of your ability to see them, or notice their significance. In relationships, we often seek our “other half,” and desire self-completion in sexual experiences. The experience you’re having is showing you the way that you’re already complete, or at least pointing you to the compelling idea that you can seek all aspects of yourself from within. The thing about being whole is that this necessarily includes the darker shades of your emotions, including your fears, and those moments when you notice you’re disgusted with yourself. There’s no point blaming others for those feelings—and the more you claim them as your own, the more you integrate the cast-off parts of yourself, and heal the insults and injuries that create the situation in the first place. Far from making your relationships less fulfilling, this will put you in a position to relate to others as a whole person (which is a lot more fun than thinking you’re a fraction of a person). There is confidence that emerges from self-acceptance and self-understanding that you cannot fake and that nothing can substitute for. When you are solid with yourself, you will draw solid and aware people to you—which I am sure you’ll appreciate.

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Planet Waves Horoscopes Eric Francis Coppolino


(November 22-December 22)

I feel like the Sagittarius horoscope has been the Career Adviser as far back as I can remember, so I’ll keep that part short: Whatever has happened the past three months has helped you work out the bugs in a plan that will work a lot better debugged. One of the reasons people respect you is because you can admit an error and are aware that there’s strength in admitting imperfection. Moving on to the more interesting relationship angle of your solar chart, I see the cosmos offering you an opportunity and a challenge, and in order to embrace them you will need to do your best to stay in the present moment. There are forces that will try to trick you into finding some retreat in nostalgia, or past relationships, or fantasies about what is possible; stick to grounded, tangible reality. Notice when others are lost in the past, which is a way of defending against intimacy that’s available right now. You may be surprised to notice how many people fit this description, and how few are willing to see eye-to-eye in the present moment. Yet they exist and if your perception is clear, you will see them. You will see a lot else. Without trying too hard to nudge you into hobbies that might not be your true devotion, what do you think about photography? I don’t mean snapshots, which are more about passive observation. I mean creating pictures that express a personal vision of the world that is obviously burning like fire inside of you.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20)

Disease process is about fragmentation, and healing process is about making whole. You can also say that disease process often involves lack of awareness, and that healing process begins with raising awareness. For you in particular (though this works for many), healing starts with the mind: with soothing your mental state. Chaos is not good for you. When your mind competes within itself, or is divided somehow, or when the dialog gets out of hand, the stress can lead to your feeling physically ill. You have one of the most sensitive charts this way and, incidentally, you have to take good care of your lungs. Events of the next two months will teach you not only how you can take better care of yourself, but also demonstrate the direct benefits of doing so. Meanwhile, I suggest you take the time to go over your health history, as well as studying your track record of health-improvement campaigns. Now for the truly useful part: Track this against your work history. During which jobs have you felt healthier, and which have come with phases where you were less healthy? Did the relationship involve stress, or some other environmental factor? Do you feel better when you have more or less responsibility? Knowing these things will help you adjust your plans and design your life in a way that is fully supportive of your natural state of being. That natural state is integrity—and you seem determined to cultivate that in yourself with a deep determination right now. If so, you’re on the right track.

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When you arrive at a crossroads, how do you decide which way to go? Though you’re a devoted student of psychology, when it comes to your own self-guidance, intuition is the first and last word. Your mental process can help at times, and get in the way at others. To figure out which is in effect, I suggest you evaluate how you make your decisions. This experience will come in handy when you encounter a significant opportunity or option that is on the way. Understanding a little more about your decision-making process will help you decide what to do, especially if you discover you don’t like how you tend to make decisions. Past disappointment gets too many votes; it deserves just one—knowing what you don’t want. That information is worth a lot more when you have a constructive, positive option in mind. Making a decision in the moment usually involves letting go of something in the past. Here’s the point where you tend to overthink, without realizing that your thought pattern is covering up an emotional attachment. What you want is to think enough—just enough. Once you wake up and pay attention, events this month will proceed quickly, and come on with the slight sensation of disorientation. This is evidence that you’re letting go of your usual moorings—that means keep going. You know what you want, and you know what is possible; now for the matter of trusting yourself, which is not as grandiose as it might seem some days.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Some days it seems you need a thicker skin than you have, given the state of the world. Remember that your sensitivity is your most dependable asset. If people don’t respect that, it may be inconvenient for you but in truth, it’s their problem. Part of that problem is using aggression (active, “passive,” or otherwise) as opposed to intelligence. That’s not going to work with you. Your most appropriate response, if transgressed in any way, is to allow others to feel the effects of their own energy. You’re sensitive to this as well; sometimes when you refuse to take on something that’s being dished out in your direction, you feel like you’re doing something to someone—and this is a key piece of the game you need to master and, in a sense, subvert. You can go a long way to avoid needless confrontation (which includes nearly all of it), but if you smell it in the air, acknowledge that at the first moment. Stay alert to the fact, and lightly step out of the way. There are, however, many more creative expressions of the same astrology—in particular, Mars opposite Chiron in your sign. In its most positive form, you’ll experience this aspect as a point of creative and intellectual contact. You’ll be able to tell what’s going on from the sensation of either authentic passion or devotion to healing. Still, expect to use your power of refinement and the benefits of age and experience to work with a situation that may seem a bit crude at first, but which may develop beautifully over time.

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Cardboard and water don’t mix. Inspired by Bernini’s Trevi Fountain, James Grashow wanted to create something heroic out of corrugated board. After seeing one of his cardboard works decayed when it was left outside the home of his art dealer Allan Stone, he decided to construct an intricate piece ultimately to be destroyed by the elements of nature. After building Corrugated Fountain for five years and traveling with the exhibit across the US, the installation has returned to his home state of Connecticut, and Grashow will watch as it slowly decomposes. Grashow has worked with cardboard since childhood and created large-scale installations, including a corrugated underwater sea scene, a mob of corrugated monkeys, and replicas of cities, primarily out of paper-mache and cardboard. He feels as if cardboard mimics the human condition and the undeniable fact of mortality. “Cardboard knows it’s going to be garbage; it’s grateful to have a chance to become something,” Grashow says. 136 ChronograM 5/12

The Corrugated Fountain is now on display at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Like the Trevi, Grashow’s fountain has accumulated wishes, which visitors write on coins provided by the museum. Wishes ranging from the Mets winning the World Series to justice and world peace to having more money and a new husband, have been found in the fountain by Grashow. Filmmaker Olympia Stone is creating The Cardboard Bernini, a documentary chronicling Grashow’s project. A camera is placed on-sight to take footage of the fountain every half-hour. Grashow is still unsure of his feelings toward the fountain’s slow death, but he often drives by to see its progression. “It’s thrilling and terrifying,” he says. “Everything has an end. We all disintegrate.” Corrugated Fountain will remain outdoors at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT until May 12. —Molly Lindsay

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