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Community pages

22 while you were sleeping

62 In with the old, in with the new: beacon and fishkill

The morning-after pill goes OTC—and more of what you may have missed.

23 beinhart’s body politic: TRILLION-DOLLAR LOVE

Larry Beinhart discusses income inequality and US economic policy.


Revivals in Dutchess County communities make them meccas of art, culture, and quaint, small-town charm.

88 the trip to beautiful: Northern Westchester

Towns and hamlets north of Route 287 are havens for community and creativity.

24 Saving Grace: Creating refuge from domestic violence

Kids and Family

54 Field notes: TO HAVE A HEART

Jon Bowermaster writes about two local agencies that help victims and survivors.

home 28 A Modern family home in milan

New York City transplants build the Lindal home of their dreams.

37 First-orchid confidence

Michelle Sutton breaks down how to care for the ethereal, beautiful plants.

Sil and Eliza Reynolds talk about forging strong mother-daughter relationships.

56 A PLACE AT THE FIRE RING: Hudson Valley Summer Camps

Gather around the campfire—the perfect summer camp is closer than you think.

58 kids and family events A listing of family-friendly, local happenings.

Whole Living

45 Garden events for may


A listing of fairs, workshops, and seedling sales for those with green thumbs.

Locally grown 48 Farm-Raised entrepreneurship Agritourism is helping sustain Hudson Valley Farms in innovative ways.

53 Community supported agriculture farms guide In recent years, there's been an explosion in the number of Hudson Valley community supported agriculture farms. Here's a list of 56 CSAs in the region.

In a messy, toxin-ridden world, detoxes leave you lighter, brighter, and healthier.

Community Resource Guide 60 Lodging A listing of resorts, inns, and other accommodations. 99 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 100 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 108 whole living Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

113 Phillip Patterson copying the King James bible by hand in his Philmont home. On

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BARDSUMMERSCAPE “Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival always unearth piles of buried treasures.” — The New Yorker

july 5 – august 18,


Bard SummerScape 2013 presents

seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The hub of these offerings is the 24th

annual Bard Music Festival, this year examining the life, work, and cultural milieu of the 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky. SummerScape takes

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and other venues on Bard College’s stunning Mid–Hudson Valley campus.


July 26 – August 4


Music by Sergey Taneyev American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger Russian composer Sergey Taneyev’s extraordinary but rarely staged opera conveys the searing drama of Aeschylus’ powerful trilogy about the cursed House of Atreus, from Agamemnon’s fateful return from Troy to the trial of his son Orestes.


July 6–7


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company Choreographer Bill T. Jones and theater director Anne Bogart ’74 join forces to create a new work celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Two of America’s leading dance and theater companies unite to explore the impact of one of the 20th century’s most explosive artistic moments.


July 11–21

World Premiere Adaptation

Twenty-fourth Season


Weekend One August 9–11 Becoming Stravinsky: From St. Petersburg to Paris will trace Stravinsky’s path from his early Russian years to his first great successes in Paris writing for Sergei Diaghilev’s legendary Ballets Russes, most notably the scandalous premiere of The Rite of Spring.

Weekend Two August 16–18 Stravinsky Reinvented: From Paris to Los Angeles will explore Stravinsky’s creative output during the interwar years and the music he composed in the United States, where he settled in 1939.

Film Festival

July 12 – August 3

STRAVINSKY’S LEGACY AND RUSSIAN ÉMIGRÉ CINEMA The SummerScape 2013 film festival will be in two parts: a retrospective of Russian exile filmmaking in France and a series of more contemporary films by such directors as Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol.


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Bard Music Festival

Directed by János Szász Adapted by János Szász and Gideon Lester after the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov Hungarian film and stage director János Szász applies his opulent theatrical vision to this adaptation of Bulgakov’s novel—at once a pungent political satire, a magical fantasy, and an unforgettable love story. Suitable for audiences 15 and older (contains nudity).

Bard’s Belgian “Mirror Tent” returns to SummerScape.

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The Bard Music Festival presents two extraordinary weeks of concerts, panels, and other special events that will explore the musical world of Igor Stravinsky.

weekend one Friday, August 9

Becoming Stravinsky: From St. Petersburg to Paris program one

Saturday, August 10 program two program three

Sunday, August 11

Works by Stravinsky

The Russian Context

Chamber works by Stravinsky, Glazunov, Rachmaninoff, and others

1913: Breakthrough to Fame and Notoriety

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor Orchestral works by Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others

program four

Modernist Conversations

program five

Sight and Sound: From Abstraction to Surrealism

weekend two Friday, August 16

The 20th Century’s Most Celebrated Composer

Chamber works by Stravinsky, Debussy, Schoenberg, and others Works by Stravinsky, Satie, Poulenc, and others

Stravinsky Reinvented: From Paris to Los Angeles program six

Against Interpretation and Expression: The Aesthetics of Mechanization

Works by Stravinsky, Bartók, Varèse, and others

Saturday, August 17 program seven

the bard music festival presents

Stravinsky and His World august 9–11 and 16–18

program eight

Sunday, August 18

Stravinsky in Paris

Chamber works by Stravinsky, Roussel, Martinu°, others

The Émigré in America

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Bostein, conductor Orchestral works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Eisler

program nine

Stravinsky, Spirituality, and the Choral Tradition

program ten

The Poetics of Music and After

Choral works by Stravinsky, Boulanger, Krenek, and others

Chamber works by Stravinsky, Copland, Carter, and others

program eleven The Classical Heritage

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor Orchestral works by Stravinsky

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74 Gallery & museum GUIDe

94 action!: new films about food make for passionate viewing Peter Barrett discusses three new independent films that stimulate the mind as well as the palate: A Place at the Table, Farmageddon, and Now, Forager.

78 music: HUDSON VALLEY HOT WAX Indie record labels Team Love and Fat Cat Records house local talent. Nightlife Highlights include Brian Dolzani, Brownbird Rudy Relic, Chelsea Light Moving, Richard Barone, and Ray Blue Quartet. Reviews of Country Dreamer by David Kraai; Textures by Sharon Ruchman; and Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln by Teri Roiger.

82 books: KIND WORDS Gretchen Primack's new book of poems, Kind, gives voices to the silent.

84 book reviews Pauline Uchmanowicz reviews Flora by Gail Godwin, and Susan Krawitz reviews The Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich and Women of Privilege: 100 Years of Love and Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley by Susan Gilloti. Plus Short Takes.

86 Poetry Poems by Louis Altman, Brant Clemente, Ja'Lisha Higgs, Wendy Kagan, Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Erin O'Connor, Vanessa Pavelock, Christopher Porpora, Thomas Rockwell, Rob Schackne, JLSchneider, George J. Searles, Meredith Summers, William Teets, Liam Watt, and Tom Weigel. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

136 parting shot Jeannie Laughing, a painting from Suzanne Bennett's 1970s sitcom-inspired series of work, feels both unsettling and familiar.


114 daily Calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 113 Sink your teeth into Ramp Fest at Basilica Hudson on May 4. 114 Opus 40 hosts a Hungry For Music benefit show and silent auction on May 4. 115 The Klezmatics perform at the Poughkeepsie Day School on May 11. 116 HVCCA exhibits "The Power of Place" group show through May 5 in Peekskill. 119 Cave Dogs brings "Sure-Minded Uncertainty" to BSP Lounge on May 17 and 18. 120 Saugerties Performing Arts Factory presents "Jarry" on May 17, 18, 24, and 25. 122 Tangent Theatre Company stages "Sight Unseen" from May 2 to 19. 123 Eclectic indie group Man Man performs at BSP Lounge in Kingston on May 24. 125 Kingston holds its first Rock 'n' Roll Flea Market on May 18.

planet waves 130 ONCE UPON A TIME IN BOSTON

Eric Francis Coppolino discusses astrology's role in understanding the Boston Marathon bombings.

132 horoscopes

What are the stars telling us? Eric Francis Coppolino knows.

A detail of Thunder Egg, a 2013 encaustic work by Laura Moriarty showing at Roos Arts. gallery & museum guide

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Sanford Biggers, “Cheshire,” 2008. Aluminum, Plexiglass, LEDs, timer: 67 x 33 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist.


FEATURED ARTISTS: Alison Bechdel, Sanford Biggers, Olaf Breuning, John Cage, Tim Davis, Kevin Frank, Mark Hogancamp, Nina Katchadourian, Ken Landauer, Young Jean Lee, Kalup Linzy, Lois Long, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Pat Oleszko, William Pachner, Liliana Porter, Lisa Sanditz, Ariel Schrag, Dana Schutz, Josh Shaddock, Ward Shelley, Cindy Sherman, Bob Snead, William Wegman and The Wooster Group.


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Kevin Frank, Museum Café, encaustic on panel, 20” x 24”, 2004 Light pours in through the large window in Kevin Frank’s attic studio space. Old coffee cans house paintbrushes, and boxes of oil paints sit on the rolling cart next to a large wooden easel. There’s a table filled with ceramic Norman Rockwell figurines that were bought on eBay. Rockwell reproductions and other famous paintings hang on the walls, as well as a plate featuring Rockwell’s iconic Triple Self Portrait hangs on the wall. The Kingston-based artist’s love of Rockwell isn’t new. After attending a 1972 Rockwell exhibition in Brooklyn, the 10-year-old Frank realized he wanted to be a painter. “It blew my mind—the amount of detail he put into the work,” he says. “When people hear his name, they dismiss him as an illustrator, sentimental, ‘White America.’ And those things might be true, but when I was 10 years old and standing in front of them—all the sentiment and corniness sometimes attributed to his work was lost on me. All I could see was someone who could paint the physical world in such a convincing way.” Often painting urban landscapes and still lifes, Frank was looking for a way to loosen up his tight painting style. Although currently his medium of choice is oil, he often uses encaustic, or beeswax mixed with pigment and resin. “It was a little strange, because [encaustic] didn’t blend as easily as oil does,” Frank says. “It has its limitations of pliability—it sets up very quickly. I figured out ways to blend it, melt it, carve away at it, to get the effects I was looking for.” Many abstract painters and mixed-media collage artists—like Frank’s inspiration, Jasper Johns—are drawn to the medium, which makes Frank’s representational, realist work—subway car interiors, building façades—a sort-of novelty in the field. Featured on the cover, Frank’s Museum Café is an example of his encaustic landscape painting, in which he captures the iconic white facade and round windows of the Guggenheim Museum. Inspired by pop culture and art history—specifically the Old Masters’ technique of underpainting, or rendering the form completely before painting—Frank recently started a new series centered around ceramic figurines based on Rockwell’s paintings, which includes setting these figurines against a seamless white background and mimicking the light of the original painting. Frank’s goal is to turn figurines based on paintings into paintings themselves while capturing—but not copying—Rockwell’s original sentiment. “The figurines have their limitations,” he says. “They’re pretty clumsy looking and they’re not elegant, but I enjoy the awkwardness of them.” The figurines project was born out of Frank’s desire to paint something familiar and comforting—emulating an early hero provided the perfect opportunity to do so. “It’s an homage to Rockwell, ultimately,” he says. “It’s nostalgia for a time I never even knew.” Frank’s work will be on view at two venues in May. One of his pieces, Reliquary, will be exhibited at UPAC’s “Serious Laughs: Art, Politics, Humor” exhibition through May 12. A group of his encaustic and oil paintings will also be on view at Catskill Art and Office Supply in Kingston throughout May. —Carolyn Quimby Watch a video interview with Kevin Frank by Stephen Blauweiss.

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Is it the one with the G. I. Joe minesweeping candy dots? Levon Helm waving from the stage? The psychedelic portrait of Homer Simpson? To celebrate Chronogram’s 20th anniversary this year, we’re commemorating the magazine’s iconic covers. We’ve scoured our archives and collected all of the nearly 200 covers featuring work by local artists from 1993 to now. Browse through a complete gallery on and vote for your favorite one. Polls will be open from May 1 through July 15. By voting, you’re qualified to win one of four $100 gift certificates to restaurants in the Hudson Valley, like Terrapin and Il Gallo Giallo. The most popular cover will be announced in Chronogram’s August issue. Slideshow: “How to Succeed as a Musician” with Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice How do you succeed as a musician in the age of the instantly downloadable and sharable mp3? How do you make enough money not only to continue doing what you love, but also to get by day-to-day? Justin Rice, a Kingston resident and member of indie-rock band Bishop Allen, leads a step-by-step investigation into the sometimes dark and often funny journey of a working musician—from living in squalor to playing corporate parties to writing jingles for commercials. Read more about the Hudson Valley’s independent music scene in Peter Aaron’s piece on local record labels Team Love and Fat Cat, "Hudson Valley Hot Wax". Podcast: Special Guest Natalie Merchant

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Our May 23 episode will have a very special guest. Natalie Merchant joins us to discuss the benefit concert for domestic violence victims in the Hudson Valley, “Shelter,” at Bard’s Fisher Center on June 2, which also features Amy Helm, Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Yungchen Lhamo. The executive directors of the Washbourne House of Ulster County and Grace Smith House of Dutchess County will also join the podcast to discuss the efforts of these domestic violence shelters, which you can read more about in Jon Bowermaster’s piece “Saving Grace.” A new episode of Chronogram’s 8-Day Week podcast is available every Thursday—find it on our website or subscribe to it via iTunes.



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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: Gnostics are fond of saying that the ordinary view sees things upside down. From this outlook, they tell us, we ascribe value to what is worthless, and that what has real value we denigrate or ignore. Often their characterizations seem illogical. For instance, they say, “freedom is the state of having no choice”. From one perspective this statement makes no sense, but on reflection, a certain logic can emerge. This poem from Rumi hints at the perspective of the gnostics, and even points to a means of penetrating its logic. Happy Spring, Jason Stern The Laziest Son A man on his deathbed left instructions For dividing up his goods among his three sons. He had devoted his entire spirit to those sons. They stood like cypress trees around him, Quiet and strong. He told the town judge, “Whichever of my sons is laziest, Give him all the inheritance.” Then he died, and the judge turned to the three, “Each of you must give some account of your laziness, so I can understand just how you are lazy.” Mystics are experts in laziness. They rely on it, Because they continuously see the Totality working all around them. The harvest keeps coming in, yet they Never even did the plowing! “Come on. Say something about the ways you are lazy.” Every spoken word is a covering for the inner self. A little curtain-flick no wider than a slice Of roast meat can reveal hundreds of exploding suns. Even if what is being said is trivial and wrong, The listener hears the source. One breeze comes From across a garden. Another from across the ash-heap. Think how different the voices of the fox And the lion, and what they tell you! Hearing someone is lifting the lid off the cooking pot. You learn what’s for supper. Though some people Can know just by the smell, a sweet stew From a sour soup cooked with vinegar. A man taps a clay pot before he buys it To know by the sound if it has a crack. The eldest of the three brothers told the judge, “I can know a man by his voice, and if he won’t speak, I wait three days, and then I know him intuitively.” The second brother, “I know him when he speaks, And if he won’t talk, I strike up a conversation.” “But what if he knows that trick?” asked the judge. Which reminds me of the mother who tells her child “When you’re walking through the graveyard at night and you see a boogeyman, run at it, and it will go away.” “But what,” replies the child, “if the boogeyman’s Mother has told it to do the same thing? Boogeymen have mothers too.” The second brother had no answer. “I sit in front of him in silence, And set up a ladder made of patience, And if in his presence a language from beyond joy And beyond grief begins to pour from my chest, I know that his soul is as deep and bright As the star Canopus rising over Yemen. And so when I start speaking a powerful right arm Of words sweeping down, I know him from what I say, And how I say it, because there’s a window open Between us, mixing the night air of our beings.” The youngest was, obviously, The laziest. He won. –Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (Rumi) (ca. 1265) (Coleman Barks transl.)

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A Community’s Character Ludwig Montesa, 1978-2013


he first time Ludwig Montesa performed at Creations Coffee House in New Paltz, he recited the entire schedule of the Metro-North Hudson line from memory. “Everyone thought it was strange and brilliant,” says Carl Welden, who hosted the poetry reading at the coffee shop that’s now Suruchi Indian Restaurant. Ludwig would become well known for his open mic performances in New Paltz, which often consisted of whole-hearted renditions of pop-ballads like “I Will Always Love You.” “At first they took getting used to if you were not accustomed, but then later you realized even the best of us on Earth couldn’t do a Ludwig performance,” says Welden. “It was something unto itself.” Such enigmatic awe is the tone many take when remembering Ludwig Montesa, who died on April 7 at the age of 34, from an apparent epileptic seizure. Ludwig was a fixture in downtown New Paltz for 20 years, frequenting its stoops and streets since he was about 14-years-old, when his parents opened Kon Tiki, a funky, international gift shop on Main Street. A loyal band of New Paltz downtowners looked after Ludwig, whose unconventionality, both mentally and physically, sometimes unsettled people who didn’t know him. “If people started telling him off, the townies would step in,” says Welden. But mostly, Welden remembers Ludwig as an inspiration. “He gave people courage on stage,” he says. “I know people who would be afraid to get up and do something, and there [Ludwig] would go—karaoke singing his guts out—and he wasn’t doing it for anyone. He would just get up there and put his heart into it.” Ludwig’s fearless individuality resonated profoundly in the small, tight-knit community of New Paltz.The Ludwig Montesa Fan Club Facebook page, started a few years ago after Ludwig had an on-stage seizure, now acts as a testament to his impact, with over 1,300 members and a regularly updated feed of stories, photos, and videos. Though I knew Ludwig in a manner many who live in New Paltz do—for his big smile, snappy wardrobe, and enthusiastic high fives—these stories gave me a fuller sense of the wonderfully distinctive person he really was. Ludwig defied categorization; he identified with a female alter ego named Gloria Flores, but also had a “fiancée”, his life-long friend Jen.Though he seemed a ubiquitous presence on the streets of New Paltz, he also loved taking trips to NewYork City (riding the 7 train to Flushing was something Ludwig loved to do since he was a little kid growing up in Elmhurst), or to the Philippines, where his family is from. More than being a figure of mystery and surprise, though, the stories speak overwhelmingly to Ludwig’s thoughtfulness, such as his penchant for writing quirky, imaginative letters to his friends.

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Since his death, Ludwig has been lauded an icon. He’s been called the ambassador, even the Dalai Lama, of New Paltz. On the fan page, people have expressed the desire to honor him in various ways: with a documentary, a music scholarship, a statue, a mural—people have even suggested renaming a road for him in the heart of New Paltz. One plan in the works is a town-wide Ludwig Day on May 25, which will consist of a memorial service at Hasbrouck Park, a parade-style march into the village, and music at nearly every venue downtown. The event already has over 750 confirmed attendees. To many, Ludwig represents something intangible at the heart of New Paltz. Despite the transient quality of the town—with new waves of students each semester and new tourists each season—Ludwig was a constant for two decades, a fixed point through many of the town’s permutations and transformations. Just as a town’s landmarks often ignite nostalgic musings, Ludwig represented a comforting familiarity, connecting generations of people and giving a face to New Paltz’s enduring timelessness. Pegging Ludwig as a symbol for the ephemeral town presents a danger, though. It’s risky to say that Ludwig, flitting about the neighborhood Peter Pan-like, was a symbol for a downtown community that feels at home in the idea of never growing up; or to say that he embodied the sense of wonder and possibility that seems to fuel New Paltz in all of its many iterations; or to say that he was a hero of sincerity in a town of slick college kids. To say these things would be risky not because they aren’t true, but because they seem to forget the most important thing that made Ludwig Ludwig—a human warmth so true it touched everyone who interacted with him. Every town has its iconic figures.Woodstock just lost a beloved local, Rocky, and Flo, an endearing Kingston figure known for her infectious joy, also died recently. Ludwig’s sister, Farah, left a comment on the fan club page that speaks to why these types of small, slightly off-beat communities are often home to such distinctive characters. “I know he was loved and protected by the entire community. As his sister, that means more than anything. Thank you, people of New Paltz, for not only allowing him to be who he is, but applauding him. Because of all of you, he had a happy, magical, and wonderful life.” The Ludwigs of the world aren’t always recognized, let alone celebrated; their ability to thrive depends on the openness of the people around them. Ludwig’s story presents the ideal version of such reciprocity: New Paltz allowed Ludwig to be who he was without question or judgment. In return, Ludwig left a lasting mark on his community, transforming it as it did him. —Jennifer Gutman



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hat is it that composes the character of our communities? How do we define the differences that separate us and the similarities that bring us together? I’ve been mulling this over recently as I’ve witnessed a particular town, New Paltz, react to the death of one of its oddball characters, Ludwig Montesa. (Jennifer Gutman has penned a thoughtful remembrance of Ludwig, as he was known to all, “A Community’s Character,” on page 18.) Allow me to oversimplify: New Paltz holds a vision of itself as an antidote to the blandness of a typical American town. It tolerates alternative lifestyles (viz. Mayor West’s prescient gay marriage activism in 2004). Main Street is narrow and twists and dips and jams traffic at the slightest provocation. It fosters lifestyle-based businesses like hole-in-the-wall wine bars and book and record stores. There are no chain stores downtown (except Starbucks, which everyone seems to like.) It cherishes funkiness and offbeat creativity, which Ludwig was emblematic of—so much so though that there is a town-wide event planned in his honor on May 25. The reaction to Ludwig’s death, and the desire to mark his passing with an outsized ceremony, is also a celebration of what the community values about itself—a place where a young man could live a gender-bending lifestyle and find universal acceptance. In grief, the town proclaims: We are a tribe. (This is not to say that everyone who lives in New Paltz sees the town this way. Surely there are people who fervently wish that perhaps we could go back to a time when a man would not be seen walking down Main Street in platform heels.) And then I witnessed a different kind of tribal activity watching the first game of the Knicks-Celtics playoff series on April 20, five days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Before the game at Madison Square Garden, star players from both teams briefly addressed the crowd, and then color guard units from the New York and Boston fire departments jointly presented the American flag. The playing of the natinal anthem was then followed by a chant of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” (Followed closely by the equally familiar chant: “Let’s Go Knicks!”) I understand why.The crowd at MSG was asserting its own tribal affiliation: To our country, which had just been attacked by men with exotic names from a part of the world unlike ours. (Of course, as Eric Francis Coppolino notes in “Once Upon a Time in Boston,” on page 130, this could just as easily describe US foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.) We invite people to the US—the poor, the huddled masses, the wretched refuse, all the hoo-hah engraved on the pedestal on the Statue Liberty—and this is how they repay us. And the reaction of the crowd at MSG: fear disguised as triumphalism. Here’s what I think: We are all in this tribe together—you, me, Ludwig Montesa, the Tsarnaev brothers, the crowd at MSG, all the US soldiers overseas and all the locals who hate that. And we don’t have to get along; conflict is seemingly hardwired into our combative DNA and we will always fight. But let’s be clear about what we’re fighting. Let’s fight for something, like openness and inclusion. Let’s not fight against something we hardly understand.

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Top 10 Quotes This Month 10. “What the heck just happened in Boston?” —Dominick Vanacore, from “Once Upon a Time in Boston” by Eric Francis Coppolino on page 130 9. “Like all good ideas, it came about while drinking wine with friends.” —Jeff Gimmel, from “Amped for Ramps” by Keri-Sue Lewis on page 113 8. “As far as albums going away, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.” —Nate Krenkel, from “Hudson Valley Hot Wax” by Peter Aaron on page 78 7. “If I can be vegan, anybody can be vegan.” —Gretchen Primack, from “Kind Words” by Nina Shengold on page 82 6. “[Ludwig] wasn’t doing it for anyone. He would just get up there and put his heart into it.” —Carl Welden, from “A Community’s Character” by Jennifer Gutman on page 18 5. “He said I once said the past is a brick / You can throw through a window / Or build a second floor.” —Louis Altman, from his poem “Sidewalk Cafe” on page 86 4. “People say, ‘Beacon has come a long way’—'I say, compared to what?'” —Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, from “In with the Old, In with the New,” by Gregory Schoenfeld on page 62 3. “On the wall in my office I have a note from a kid that says, ‘Thank you for taking Daddy away.’”—Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Culmone, from “Saving Grace” by Jon Bowermaster on page 24 2. “We pay sales taxes on salt and bread, but not on stocks and bonds.” —Larry Beinhart, from “Trillion-Dollar Love” on page 23 1. “Health to me, in a word, is freedom." —Hillary Thing, from “Spring Cleanse” by Wendy Kagan on page 104

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On April 5, a federal judge ordered that the most common morning-after pill— Plan B One-Step—be made available over the counter for women of all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. Judge Edward R. Korman accused the Obama administration of putting politics ahead of science and called their refusal to lift restrictions to the pill “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.” Scientists—including those at the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA), American Medical Association, and others—have been recommending unrestricted access for years. They believe these restrictions hinder adolescents and young teenagers from using the drug in a timely way to prevent pregnancy, which they believe carries greater safety risks than the morning-after pill. Korman also said that when Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, countermanded the FDA’s attempt to make the pill universally available in 2011, her actions were “politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.” Sebelius’s decision was seen as politically charged because the morning-after pill has become tangled in the abortion debate. Conservative and anti-abortion groups believe this will allow young girls to be given the pill without their consent, as well as removing the required doctors appointment for the prescription, which could let STDs go undiagnosed and untreated. Legal experts said Korman’s decision sends a strong signal to the White House, who will have to find scientific justification for these types of decisions, or the courts will begin to step in and stop them. Source: New York Times For the first time in more than four decades of polling, the majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana use. A national survey conducted by Pew Research Center—from March 13 to 17—found that 52 percent believed the use of marijuana should be legal while 45 percent said it should not be. The survey found that support for legalizing marijuana has risen 11 points since 2010, and Millennials—those born since 1980 and now between 18 and 32—are the most supportive with 65 percent in favor. As support for legalization rises, the attitudes toward the immorality of smoking marijuana as well as viewing it as a gateway drug have both declined. Since 1997, the number of people who believe marijuana has legitimate medical use increased from 58 to 77 percent. As far as enforcing marijuana laws, 72 percent believe enforcing these laws costs more than they are worth, and 60 percent believe the federal government should not use federal laws to prohibit marijuana use in states where it its legal. Although there is an increase in marijuana support, 51 percent of people say they would feel uncomfortable with people using it around them. Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press 22 ChronograM 5/13 10/12

The US government pays more than $40 billion annually to war veterans, their families, and their descendants for service in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the war in Afghanistan. Spouses of soldiers who die in wars can qualify for lifetime benefits, children who are under 18 can also receive payments, and kids who are disabled before the age of 18 may have those benefits extended for their entire life. The government is still paying $20 million annually to survivors of World War I and $5 billion to World War II veterans and their families. Vietnam payments cost around $22 billion a year and include compensations for ailments like diabetes, which may be linked with Agent Orange—a defoliant used by the US military. Benefit payments of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Gulf War survivors totals about $12 billion a year. Since the US and coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003, these payments have totaled more than $50 billion excluding medical expenses. Source: Los Angeles Times For US teens ages 15 to 19, nearly 20 percent of births were not their first child. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 67,000—or 18.3 percent—of the 365,000 teens who gave birth in 2010 had given birth at least once before—86 percent of the births were the mother’s second child. With 91 percent saying they used some form of contraception after giving birth, the use of birth control is up among teen mothers. However, only 22 percent of those used the “most effective” methods, such as tubal ligation, vasectomy, hormonal implant, or intrauterine device (IUD)—the study found that the risk of pregnancy when using these methods is one pregnancy in 100 users a year. Teen mothers were more likely than other sexually active teens to use a long-acting contraceptive method—21.5 percent versus 4.5 percent, respectively. The study found that the highest percentage of repeat teen births were among American Indian and Alaska natives with 21.6 percent and the lowest percentage was among whites with 14.8 percent. Source: USA Today The combination of employment growth and tax increases has boosted federal revenues 13 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the level of spending in the current fiscal year—fiscal 2013, which started last spring or summer for most states— has risen 2.2. percent from fiscal 2012, which is below the historical average of 5.6 percent growth per year. However, state revenues are growing more quickly than spending, which could see the decrease of state capital deficits. “It’s likely most states will end the year with a slight surplus,” said Brian Sigritz, NASBO’s director of state fiscal studies. For example, North Dakota’s projects a $1.6 billion surplus, Ohio expects a $1 billion surplus, and even coast states hit hardest by unemployment and the collapsing housing markets, like California, are on the mend due to spending cuts, higher taxes, and general recovery. However, due to slow growth and weather-related destruction, states in New England and the Northeast still need to make cuts in order to find fiscal balance. Researchers hope these surpluses will reverse the trend of governments and legislatures firing employees to find balance. For fiscal 2014, NASBO said almost every state is projecting a spending increase, and almost a dozen are cutting income taxes. Source: Daily Beast Research funded by the Institute for Market Transformation found that energy-efficient houses are 32 percent less likely to go into default when compared to equivalent homes without that rating. The group looked at 71,000 nationally representative owner-occupied single-family homes of which 21,000 had Energy Star certifications— control variables included size and age of the houses, neighborhood income, climate, home value, local unemployment rates, utility prices, and borrower credit scores. Looking at loans originating between 2002 and 2012, the group found the more energy-efficient the house, the lower its default risk was. Of the houses looked at, the homes had an average sale price of $218,461 for non-Energy Star homes and $221,919 for Energy Star homes. The homes also came from areas with an average income of $73,000 and an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent. Researchers also saw visible data differences— outside of efficiency—between the two groups that could explain the varying default rates, such as the happiness of energy-efficient homeowners, lower utility bills, and the tendency for green homes to be healthier, which could lower medical expenses. Source: The Atlantic Cities Compiled by Carolyn Quimby

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he president squabbles with Congress. Pundits pundify. Ads claim 10 or 40 or 100 economists agree with my candidate or your candidate or their candidate. Does our country have an economic policy? Believe it or not, beneath all the noise, there is one. Not only that, since the early 1980s it has been remarkably consistent, whether Democrats or Republicans are in office. It can be summed up in a single phrase: The economic policy of our country is to reestablish the difference between the rich and the all the rest of us. Nobody has actually said that. Columnists in Forbes, commentators in the Wall Street Journal, and propagandists at the Cato Institute will shout that income inequality is what makes America as grrreat as Tony the Tiger, and anyone who complains is advocating degenerate socialism. But none of them will say that it has been our government’s policy to make the rich richer, and to do so at the expense of everyone else. The buzz words are “individual liberty, free markets, and peace” (Cato Institute); “free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values” (Heritage Foundation); “security, prosperity, freedom” (Hudson Institute); “growth” (Club For Growth); “liberate” (National Center for Policy Analysis); and still “more freedom” (Freedom Works). But dressing up raw greed in Scarlett O’Hara gowns came in with the Founding Fathers. If you listened to Thomas Jefferson, to his followers, and to most of our historians, you’d hear about those yeoman farmers, “the most valuable citizens ... the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.” But the actual economic policies of his party did little to help those fellows with one hand on the plow, the other turning the pages of a book. If Jeffersonian economic policies are stripped of their rhetoric about “liberty,” and displayed as naked as slaves at auction, it becomes clear that they had a completely different purpose, to maintain the profitability and political power of that peculiar form of agribusiness that defined the American south—large plantations that depended on slave labor. In economics, as elsewhere, words can mislead both the listener and the speaker. There is greater truth in actions and in their results. Since 1980 we’ve had a massive distribution of wealth. From everyone else to the top. According to the CIA World Factbook, our income inequality is at true banana-republic levels. We rank between Uruguay and the Philippines. Income inequality in the United States today is greater than it was in 17thcentury England. Is this a case of a rising tide lifting all boats? The rich just getting a bit more, while everyone is getting their piece of the pie? No. From 1975 to 2009, per capita GDP—what all of us together produced, divided by the number of people in the country—went up by 80 percent. But the measure of how much average people shared in that increased production, median income, only went up about 19 percent. All the rest got snatched. “The top one percent captured 58 percent of income growth since 1976 and 65 percent since 2002,” according to Back in the day, from 1945 to about 1980, the more people produced, the more they got paid. Not anymore. The increase in wages stopped, as dead

in its tracks as a buck that took a bullet between the eyes. Productivity kept growing, pretty much at the same pace, but all the profits stayed at the top. How did this happen? Were the new rich super-Steve-Jobs clever? No, there were folks quite as bright in the 1950s and '60s who created entire new industries. Did they catch a magic moment, like the Russian oligarchs snatching up their nation’s wealth as Communism collapsed? There similar opportunities in post-World War II Europe. Did it happen “naturally”? By the working of “the market”? Through globalization? The maturation of emerging nations? International competition? The rise of importance of advanced education? It happened because of government policies. Most important, we cut taxes for the rich. Most obviously with the individual income tax rate. From 1944 to 1964 there was a tax rate of about 90 percent on the second million dollars of income (its equivalent, adjusted for inflation). From 1965 to 1981, it was 70 percent. It’s obvious that once you got past your first million, there wasn’t much incentive to go for 5, 10, or 300 million. Business owners and stockholders were downright reluctant to spend money in a way that just handed it over to the government. Once the top rate was cut, the lid came off, and executive compensation soared. There were lots of other tax cuts for the rich and for corporations. As a matter of morality, motivation, and human value, it would seem natural that earned income, money that you work for would be taxed less than unearned income, that’s inherited, or that arrives in the mail as dividends. But that’s not the case. Then there are loopholes. From 2008 to 2010, General Electric made $10 billion in profit (not revenues, not gross receipts: profit), and got a federal income tax refund of $4.7 billion. PGE&E had nearly $5 billion in profit, and got a rebate of $1 billion, giving them an income tax rate of minus 21 percent. It’s worth noting that we pay sales taxes on salt and bread, but not on stocks and bonds. In 1981, the air traffic controllers went on strike. Ronald Reagan fired them. And refused to rehire them. In terms of labor relations, it was a weapon of mass destruction. The threat of it has virtually disarmed unions. So when management snatches all the productivity gains, working people can’t fight back. No administration since has done anything to restore the balance of power. Even more important is free trade. Workers from around the world, making a little as a dollar a day, began clamoring at the factory gates for American jobs. Management could threaten to move their facilities, and often did, or claim they would go out of business, and often did. Then there’s deregulation, privatization, and even the definition of things. If labor costs go up, that would be considered inflationary, and our declared economic policy is that we would have to clamp down on it. When a bubble forms in real estate, the stock market, or derivatives, which is a classic form of inflation, too much money chasing too few goods, it’s not inflation. If you still have any doubt that America’s economic policy is to reestablish the supremacy of the very rich, and that rise of income inequality is the direct result of that policy, consider this: When the collapse came, US policy was to save the banks and screw everyone else. And it still is. 5/13 ChronograM 23


saving grace creating refuge from domestic violence by Jon Bowermaster In 2012 in Ulster County, there were 3,133 reports of domestic violence. In Dutchess County last year, 4,928 complaints were filed with police. Most cases of abuse are never reported, and many women never make the call for help. Two local agencies are leading the way in providing shelter for victims of domestic abuse and teaching nonviolence.


hambers of commerce love to share statistics on economic development and tourism, job growth and street festivals. Domestic violence numbers are not high on the list of such promotables. Yet in the Mid-Hudson Valley, like the rest of the country, the numbers of extreme violence meted out by members of the same household are quite impressive: Each year in Ulster and Dutchess Counties, thousands of women reach out for help. Many thousands more are too scared, and never make the call. Each year hundreds of abusive men are arrested and dozens go to prison. And each year in our region women are killed by socalled “intimate partners.” The numbers, sadly, are growing. In Dutchess in the past 15 months, six deaths have been attributed to domestic violence. In the past decade 10 women in Ulster have paid the ultimate price for having committed to the wrong kind of man. Kathy Welby-Moretti has directed Washbourne House, Family of Woodstock’s domestic violence shelter, since 1995. Prior to running the place, she volunteered as a bookkeeper and then worked as a case manager. In those early days, she was also a statistic, married to a chronic abuser. Welby-Moretti’s final straw came on a violent January night in 1983. She remembers fleeing her house with her two kids, running barefoot down the street. When she went looking for protection, her reception by Saugerties police was sadly typical of the time. “When I reported my abuse the policeman called my husband on the phone,” Welby-Moretti says. “When he hung up he started yelling at me, telling me he’d gone to high school with my husband, that he was a nice guy and that he said he’s going to leave me alone.” When Welby-Moretti went back to the station to press charges, the officer started yelling at her again, and stating that she “reminded him of his ex-wife.” When she asked to file a complaint, the officer directed Welby-Moretti to a man sitting in a chair across the room, laughing at the scene: the chief of police. Welby-Moretti reported both her husband and the local constulary to the State Police. 24 ChronograM 5/13

Not Just Statistics Sitting in a Kingston coffee shop with Welby-Moretti and Renee Fillette, executive director of Poughkeepsie’s Grace Smith House, I listened to horrific stories of violence and abuse among our neighbors. Despite the awfulness of the subject, there are smiles. If you’re going to commit your life to helping some of the most desperate people in your community, you have to somehow maintain a degree of optimism or the work will take you down, too. But the real life dramas these women witness every day are hard to hear, many of them testing the limits of believability for a modern society. And there are thousands of stories. In 2012 in Ulster County, there were 3,133 reports of domestic violence, resulting in 567 arrests. In Dutchess County last year, 4,928 complaints were filed with police, resulting in 909 arrests and X prison sentences. At the most extreme end of the problem are names and faces that will forever haunt the two social workers: Tracy Lee Ingrassia, Jamie Lee Paisley, Juanita Allen, Alma Cox, Jaquan Cox, Maria de la Pas Alvarez, Kodi Doumbia, Tiffany Georges, Rudy Gulbrandsen, Alicia Lewis, Maureen Minor, Jasmine Nunez, Linda Riccardulli, Justice Santiago, Maria Schewtschenko, Tyrese Storms, Reese Tate, Jessica Welch, Anna Jones, Isol Cotto, Irma Vega Soto, Elena Hielberger, Amelia King, Marcelina Gonzalez, and more. Each killed by someone they had once loved. Violence Is Violence Why are the incidents of domestic violence increasing? “A lot of people want to point to the economy,” says Fillette, a native of New Paltz who first volunteered at the Grace Smith House 20 years ago and three years ago was named its director. “Do people stress out more when they’re economically deprived, when they’ve lost their jobs, are unemployed? Yes, those are certainly risk factors for domestic violence, even homicide. But none of those things cause the violence. Violence is violence.” Fillette laments that despite an increased focus on women’s rights going back 30 years, the root problem can be defined in one word: misogyny.

A Prosecutor’s Perspective Assistant District Attorney in Ulster County Elizabeth Culmone, 34, moved to Kingston six years ago to prosecute domestic violence cases. She is one of four attorneys in the Ulster County District Attorney’s office working on domestic violence. Long Island native Culmone and another lawyer handle all of the felony cases. In 2012 they prosecuted 41 cases, sending 26 abusers to prison; another 13 were given probation.

The photos accompanying this article are of houses where domestic violence occurred. Top: Robin Conroy was murdered in New Paltz in 2005. Bottom: Isol Cotto was murdered in Stone Ridge in 2008.

“It’s sugar coated, it’s glossed over, it’s packaged differently, but that’s what domestic violence is all about,” she says. “When we’re talking about women making the decision to come into shelter, to leave everything, someone who has been victimized, beaten, threatened, who’s been degraded to such an extent that the onus has been put on them that they have to leave their home—it’s just wrong.” Both women have spent long weeks in courtrooms at the trials of abusers, too often murderers, trying to make sure that justice is done for the abused. Welby-Moretti insists it is not a class issue. She’s counseled wives of doctors, bankers, and captains of industry. “I have seen heads of corporations, very wealthy women, and they don’t know where to turn. They don’t come to us for shelter, but they come for counseling and they are in the same family court waiting room trying to get away from their abusers.” Different life experiences and a generation separate Fillette and WelbyMoretti, who are friends and colleagues (though Fillette had not heard her compatriot’s story of abuse until this afternoon). Fillette’s shelter has beds for 30 (soon to grow to 40) and another 40 in transitional apartments. WelbyMoretti can only house 17 women and kids at any one time. Each must turn away two-thirds of the 2,000 calls for help each receives annually. (There are four domestic violence shelters in Ulster and Dutchess Counties.) “Remember that 55 to 95 percent of women being abused never make that call,” says Fillette. We talk with everyone who calls, spending an hour or more on the phone with them and give them what we call a ‘warm hand-off,’ referring them to someplace else. It’s heartbreaking that we can’t help more.” On average, an abused woman attempts to leave her abuser six times before successfully making a break. Leaving the last time is the most dangerous. “Think about it,” says Welby-Moretti. “If you make that call and there is a shelter bed available, you have to leave everything you know.Your home. Everything that’s familiar.Your kid’s school.Your friends. And your abuser is not going to be happy. “What I advise women who are trying to make that decision is to go home, stand in the doorway, and look around. Look at what’s important to you. Family photographs, your mother’s ring, china. And to think that you’re going

When we say “domestic violence,” we’re talking about people who are either members of the same family or household. Girlfriend/boyfriend qualifies, though they don’t necessarily have to live together; they might be related by blood or marriage, have a child together, or might have been married to each other previously. The frequency of the contact is considered, as are duration of the relationship and the level of intimacy. Same-sex partners now fall under the definition, so the laws that protect heterosexual couples now protect homosexual couples, which is really important. The question is: Was the assault made against someone you have an intimate relationship with? Six years ago there were about 1,900 domestic incident reports filed in Ulster County. Last year there were 3,200. In the city of Kingston alone in 2012 there were 650 reports. That’s only what is reported. The 3,200 domestic incidence reports [DIRs] last year were just reports. That doesn’t necessarily mean there was an arrest made each and every time. If there isn’t an arrest, there isn’t a case. Part of my responsibility is to review every one of those DIRs to make sure we’re not missing something. Often victims of domestic violence do not want to cooperate in a trial. It is very important in terms of felony prosecutions to address the reasons why a victim is not being cooperative. Is it emotional? Is it economic? Is it because she grew up in a household where this is what went on—that she thinks this is what love and a relationship are? Identifying those issues, and then dealing with them, helps a victim go through with the prosecution. Even without a cooperating witness we still will try and prosecute these cases, calling them “evidence-based prosecutions.” The one thing you often hear from the victims is that they want to go to “couples counseling.” My response: Fine, but couples counseling is not where you start off. You have to start off separately. Let him deal with his issues, you deal with yours, and maybe down the road you can go to couples counseling. We have started to go out and do teen-dating violence programs in schools. Holley [Carnwright, Ulster County DA] and I went into a couple of the high schools in the last year or two, and during one of them we spoke about Chris Brown and Rhianna. The negative reaction we got from the students was amazing to me. Even after we read them the police reports and showed them photographs of her bruised face, even though he pled guilty, many of the students felt like Rhianna was at fault. That mindset of the kids was very shocking to me. Do we win the cases? Absolutely. Do we get convictions? Absolutely. But I don’t think we ever really win. There are families that walk out of that courtroom—the kids raised in an abusive environment, their father going to prison, their mother struggling to survive, it’s all so sad. How can there be a win in these cases? What keeps me going is trying to help change the environment for the children. Because they don’t have a choice. They don’t have an option of saying, “Hey, Mom and Dad, this isn’t really working for me, I’m out of here.” What we don’t want is them falling into the trap of repeating what they’ve witnessed as children. On the wall in my office I have a note from a kid that says “Thank you for taking Daddy away.” I hang it there as a reminder that these kids are deeply affected and to keep me focused on why we do this work. As told to Jon Bowermaster. 5/13 ChronograM 25





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to close that door behind you and you’re never going to see any of that again, that you’re leaving it all there, because if you come back—if the abuser hasn’t destroyed it—it will be gone. You have to start your whole life over again. These are the most courageous women I have ever known in my life.” Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Both agree that the biggest challenge for the community is how to try and help change young lives so that patterns of abuse are not repeated. Each has stories of having worked with three generations of the abused and abusers. They are hopeful that in-school seminars preaching a language of nonviolence and introducing the subject as teens begin to date will help. “I overheard an eight-year-old boy the other day,” says Welby-Moretti, “saying he’d been in a fight on the bus and that another kid had ‘bitch-slapped’ him.” “Was he wearing a ‘wife-beater’ T-shirt?” wonders Fillette, mocking alltoo-familiar popular jargon. Welby-Moretti: “I said, ‘What did you say?’ He was so innocent; he didn’t know what he was saying. But I almost had a heart attack. This is third grade in America.” Given the realities of their workdays, counseling and sheltering desperate women and families on the run, I wonder how they continue to smile, to go home to their own children and families with any sense of comfort. “I get really good response from businesses and government in my community,” says Fillette. “But it requires more than just saturating schools. We need to reach out to employers so they have policies in their systems to support victims. We need to reach out to the medical community because doctors are seeing women all the time who are hiding their victimization because they don’t have a safe place to go. The education is needed community wide.” Welby-Moretti says she gets her satisfaction in short bursts, like when a previous shelter resident successfully starts life anew and comes back to volunteer. She’s seen kids, who arrived with their mothers, come back as adults to help counsel. Remember the Saugerties chief of police who laughed at her initial complaint back in 1983? “Some years later I was director of the shelter and was on a stage where he was given an award for the departmental policy he had developed for domestic violence. His hand had been forced to do it, but he did the right thing. “I went right up to him and congratulated him. He knew exactly who I was. Believe me, he remembered.” "Shelter," a benefit concert on behalf of the victims of domestic violence, organized by and starring Natalie Merchant and the Kalmia String Quartet and featuring guest appearances by Amy Helm, Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Yungchen Lhamo, will be held on June 2 at Bard College’s Fisher Center at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Fisher Center Box Office. (845) 758-7928; Subscribe to Chronogram’s weekly podcast on iTunes (it’s free!) to hear an interview with Natalie Merchant, Kathy Welby-Moretti, and Renee Fillette on our May 23 episode.

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technology investment banker and an emerging-markets specialist, together for 13 years, traded an architect-designed loft in Chelsea for new construction in the Dutchess County town of Milan. They thought it would be a more wholesome and nature-centered environment in which to raise their two daughters, now ages seven and four. The financiers, who asked that their names not be published, love NewYork City and all that it has to offer, but found it “a little too sophisticated, perhaps too early” for their daughters. One of the men is a lanky distance runner who grew up in North Carolina and the other is a children’s soccer coach of Cuban heritage, born in Puerto Rico. They imagined childhoods for their girls that more closely resembled their own. After some investigation, they rented a house in Milan a couple of years ago because the schools had a good reputation. They put their loft on the market, where it sat for a while. One of the fathers commuted into the city a couple of days a week, while the other worked at home and took care of the kids with the help of a nanny. Then someone who had looked at their loft a while back made a surprise offer. “At that point we were ready to commit to the Hudson Valley,” says the tech banker. “We’d been looking at property, and now we were able to buy what we really wanted, which was a 90-acre tract with a large man-made lake, a beautiful piece of land that had been owned by a city doctor since 1961, and an improvement project that I expect will keep me busy clearing brush for the rest of my life.” 28 home ChronograM 5/13

They Asked Their Architect to Design a Lindal They closed on the land in August 2011. Because they’d had plenty of time to contemplate their dream digs, and possess discriminating taste coupled with in-depth knowledge of modern construction methods, they knew they wanted to build a custom-designed Lindal post-and-beam home. Founded in 1945, Seattle-based Lindal Cedar Homes Inc. is the world’s largest provider of prefabricated cedar homes. While best known for a characteristic prow design with large walls of glass, not all Lindal homes look like ski lodges, although the clean lines and abundance of light do tend to lend them a we’re-on-vacation-everyday vibe. The company is known for its precision engineering, great quality, and customer service. Lindal sells its homes through independently owned dealerships. Atlantic Custom Homes, owned by Greg and Jan Buhl, sold the bankers theirs; the dealership owns a large model home in Cold Spring where prospective clients can check out all the different styles, features, and finishes Lindal offers in a relaxed and scenic setting. In recent years, as post-and-beam construction has snowballed in popularity, Lindal’s construction and design processes have kept pace. Each piece of a Lindal home is preengineered; it has an assigned place in the structure. The components are built in a centralized manufacturing facility and then delivered by train and truck to the construction site. Every aspect of reducing materials waste and enhancing thermal and aesthetic attributes has been refined. Not only is this prefabrication very green and cost-effective, but it also mightily

Clockwise from top left: The dining area and great room’s two-story walls of glass overlook the private pond. The post-and-beam construction emphasizes the strength of the home. View through dining room window onto one of the back decks. The modern kitchen is open to the dining area and great room, but separated by the island with its eating area. The master bath’s simplicity is accented by the ceramic tile walls. One of two colorful children’s rooms, which, like all the rooms in the home, features large windows.

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reg and Jan Buhl met through a sportscar racing club and will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary in September. For most of their marriage, she’s been a homemaker, and he was a highpowered aviation attorney with a big Manhattan firm. After raising their two daughters on Long Island, they began hunting upstate for property with a Hudson River view, eventually building a 4,200-square-foot customdesigned Lindal on a sloped lot in Garrison. Jan general-contracted the project. During the happy design collaboration with Atlantic Custom Homes, the Buhls discovered the couple who owned the Lindal dealership were looking to retire. Then 9/11 happened, the same day the foundation was poured. Greg began to reconsider his two-hour commute. “When the planes hit, I was literally in a ‘run-for-mylife’ situation, and afterward, time took on new meaning for me,” says the attorney. “Also, Jan did such a phenomenal job with our place, frankly it was killing me a little each day to leave.” The retiring owners of Atlantic Custom Homes had bought the dealership in 1983 and built it into one of the top Lindal dealerships in the world. Most clients work in Manhattan and build in the Hudson Valley, but Atlantic’s built homes as far away as Lebanon and the Caribbean. The Buhls bought the dealership in 2006 for an undisclosed sum and have since built 36 homes in four states. They typically have six to eight projects under way in various stages of completion. This year, Atlantic was honored as the top Lindal dealership in North America and the number two in the world. Founded 65 years ago by Sir Walter Lindal, a Canadian who survived a Dickensian childhood to build the world’s biggest maker of prefabricated cedar houses, Lindal’s come a long way from its original $195 basic package. There are now thousands of Lindal house plans in computer banks. Most people can find exactly what they want, or a design requiring only minor changes. This saves time and money. “Our clients come from all walks of life,” says Greg. “When we bought the dealership, we anticipated that most of our clients would be baby boomers, but that’s not actually what has happened. We’re seeing more young professionals lately, because the baby boomers are still having trouble selling their homes and their retirement savings may have taken a large hit if they took anything out before the market’s recent recovery.” Buhl says the smallest home Atlantic Custom Homes has “birthed” is 900 square feet, at a cost of about $185 per square foot, but there are plans available for Lindals as small as 700 square feet. The more modern, architect-designed styles, such as the ones commissioned by Dwell magazine, cost about $240 to $280 per square foot, fully finished but not including the cost of land. “Almost anyone can afford a Lindal,” says Greg. “But because the designs are designed to make the most of a view, people typically build them in places like the Hudson Valley, and not so much in suburban Long Island.” How’s owning the dealership been for their marriage? “Really good. Greg and I have different skills, and this is such a fun business,” says Jan. “Of course, being together all the time was initially quite an adjustment.” “I still do a little legal work,” says Greg. “But this really is the life. We do work hard, though; we’re constantly hosting open houses and greenbuilding seminars.” Atlantic Custom Homes: —Jennifer Farley 5/13 chronogram home 35

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It is a bit dicey to generalize, though, because there are more than 25,000 species of orchids, reflecting the most diversity of any plant family (along with asters). There are terrestrial orchids like ladyslippers and those outliers that evolved to tolerate drought and direct sun. Three Noble Genera Let’s look at the three types of orchids one encounters most often for sale in plant nurseries—the genus Cattleya (Cat-a-LAY-Ah), genus Phalaenopsis (Foul-ah-NOP-sis), and genus Dendrobium (Den-DRO-bee-um). It’s important to know which kind you have, as their cultural needs vary. For advice on cultivating orchids as houseplants, I turned to the plantsman with the most well-cared-for home collection of orchids I know, Rick Foster, a Kingston social worker who has been growing orchids for 30 years. Foster got started when he was living in apartments and had to find plants he could grow and collect in small spaces. “I was intimidated with my first one,” he admits, “and it took a couple of years for me to get the rebloom I wanted.” Then he learned that orchids are like any other plant: They just need consistent care that mimics the conditions of their native environment. The Cattleyas, the first group in the Noble Three, are Foster’s favorites. He says, “They can be intensely fragrant in a way that is thrilling to me. They are the large blooms in a corsage.” He says that Cattleyas require the most light of the three groups. They can take a sunny indoor spot and they get the biggest, so you have to divide and repot them more frequently.Their bloom time varies greatly because they are so highly hybridized. Cattleya orchid roots come off of rhizomes (swollen, “running” stems). When the rhizomes go over the sides of the pot, you know it’s time to repot. For all three kinds, Foster recommends repotting as soon as the orchid you

bring home is done with its original blooming. The pot is probably plastic, and you want to get the plant into a terra-cotta orchid pot (readily available) as soon as possible, because terra cotta is more porous, allowing roots to breathe and water to evaporate more freely. The Phalaenopsis, the next group, are also known as “moth orchids” and are the ones most commonly encountered in stores. Foster says they are the easiest to grow because they need only low light levels, so can be grown on a windowsill where indirect sun or gentle morning sun is all they get. “They are good for people with space considerations,” he says, “because they grow upright with just two or three leaves at a time.” They tend to bloom in spring for three months. The third group is the Dendrobiums (“living on trees”), which require more light than Phalaenopsis but less than Cattleya. Indirect sun and early morning sun are best. Foster says they are easy to grow and somewhat fragrant but have a less consistent bloom time. Their flower stalks can sometimes bear “sprays” of smaller flowers rather than one or two big showy ones. “The leaves on all three types grow a lot in the summer,” Foster says. “There’s some growth in winter and spring, but then everybody rests in the fall. So in the fall I back off the fertilizing and watering.” The amount of watering depends on how dry your domicile is. Foster says, “If your house is dry, you may have to water the roots in the bark mix three times a week. Don’t put your orchid on a radiator!” Instead, put the pot on a simple “humidity tray.” With a collection of orchids as extensive as his, it’s worth buying a humidifier. But for one orchid, just mist the lovely creature heavily every day when it’s actively growing. Foster’s orchids go outside under a deck for summer vacation, where they get misted by rain and morning dew, so he gets a break from daily misting then. 5/13 chronogram home 39

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May 18, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge Divide and conquer at SUNY Ulster’s award-winning Xeriscape Garden. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Master Gardeners host a perennial division workshop, offering tips for the best methods for dividing perennials and ornamental grasses. This is a hands-on learning experience, so bring gardening gloves and tools if you have them, as well as pots to take home some divisions from the Xeriscape Garden to integrate into your own home landscape. (845) 340-3990;

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May 11, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has teamed up with the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County to present a four-part children’s gardening series at the museum. In the second of the four workshops, children will build simple nesting boxes for birds and colorful butterflies for garden display, and learn about how these creatures benefit plants, and how to attract them to the garden. (845) 471-0589;

May 18, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Poughkeepsie The name “Iris” comes from the Greek word for rainbow, referring to the colorful variety of the flower species. A showroom seems almost like a natural habitat for these dramatic, geometric blooms. The American Iris Societyjudged varietals show will accept entries that have been grown, groomed, and entered by a single Iris-auteur, and each entry will be judged according to the standards of its classification and variety. (845) 454-6415;

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May 18, Millbrook; Hyde Park An icon of 20th-century landscape design, Lester Collins’s Innisfree Garden fuses modernism and traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. Take a guided tour of the 185 acres in Millbrook, which surround a glacial lake. At Vanderbilt National Historic Site, interpreters will discuss the history of the gardens and the efforts to restore the grounds as they were in the 1930s. They will also discuss current renovation projects, including “Cherry Walk” and the rose garden terraces. The 1875 Toolhouse building will house photographs of the gardens during the Vanderbilt era. (845) 677-8000; (845) 229-6432;

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Plant Sale, Swap, and Garden Yard Sale May 18, Deyo Hall, New Paltz Gardening should be a way to save money by growing your own food rather than spend it on expensive plants and tools. The New Paltz Garden Club’s sale and swap is set up yard-sale style so you can find great deals on plants and gardening ephemera. Better yet, if you have plants or items to swap, money doesn’t even have to enter the equation. Drop off is from 8-9am, so bring your plants, bulbs, seedlings, seeds, books, tools, pots, vases, and any other gardening-related to swap with other green thumbs. (845) 255-8856;

May 18, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA A clinic that focuses on the big-picture questions for homeowners interested in landscape design. Walter Cudnohufsky, founder and director of the Conway School of Landscape Design, presents on common design principles, focusing on problem solving, conceptualizing, and designing a landscape master plan. Selected homes of workshop participants will be used for on-site demonstrations. (413) 298-3926;

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Liz and Oren on Liberty View Farm in Highland. Photo courtesy Maggie Heinzel-Neel.

Farm Stays Despite the difficult work involved, farming is a romanticized job, and for good reason. Anyone who has watched a flower or vegetable grow from a tiny seed knows the simultaneous practicality and magic of growing your own food. This is a way of life that people want to know more intimately— especially people who spend their days in crowded cities. “My idea for the farm stay was that people could experience the same kind of experience that I had just getting out at night,” says Renee Iacone, co-owner of Kinderhook Farm in Ghent. “Having a cocktail, looking at the animals, the sunset, the pastures, smelling the smells in a really relaxed way.” Kinderhook offers a loft-style barn on its property that accommodates up to four adults and two children. During a stay, people can just enjoy the ambiance of the grounds or they can get involved with the daily chores of running a farm, like picking vegetables, milking cows, herding sheep, and making cheese and butter. A popular resource being used by other regional farmers is Airbnb, a website for booking unconventional accommodations. Van Roestenberg uses Airbnb to book his farm-stay options at Liberty View Farm, which includes a wooden yurt with no electricity or water. Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie also uses the website to book its three-bedroom cottage with a working fireplace and garden. According to Johnny Sottile of Elmartin Farm in Cheshire, Massachusetts—which will offer accommodations for the first time this year—farm stays are an easier way for farmers to generate income. “It also gets people back in touch with something they’ve been separated from,” says Sottile, who feels the prepackaged state of the industrialized food market distances people from the realities of food production.

Educational Offerings Such educational values are at the heart of Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, which was the brainchild of three teachers at an independent school for girls. For 31 years, Sprout Creek Farm has been offering classes, workshops, programs, and camps that give people the chance to experience farm life firsthand, including how to make their international award-winning cheeses. “We tried to make our farm totally accessible in that way so that people could have a chance to really get on the farm, and more than that, to learn what it means to do the work of farming,” says Margo Morris, executive director of the nonprofit. Sprout Creek’s programs are sometimes booked more than a year in advance, and their year-round offerings include summer camps, cooking classes (with CIA-trained chefs), service-based programs, parent-child weekends, and social and environmental awareness programs. Many of these programs involve a hands-on farm-stay experience. “We offer comprehensive overnight programs where people are able to go out and milk the cows, milk goats, and do the actual work of the farm.” Sprout Creek also offers instruction on preparing meals from whole foods, and comparative tastings with store-bought versus farm-grown foods. Special Events While many people visit local farms because they’re interested in learning about sustainable agriculture, there are also options for those just looking for a fun, different way to spend the weekend.The not-even-one-year-old Madava Farms, home of Crown Maple syrup in Dover Plains, opened their facilities with agritourism activities in mind, like their year-round maple tours, which have been selling out every weekend. “That is a behind-the-scenes 30-minute 5/13 ChronograM locally grown 49

The Homegrown Mini Golf course at Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson is surrounded by edible plants.

tour that takes you through the path that the sap takes from when it enters the building to when it goes to the barrel,” says Sherri Darocha, director of tourism and programming. “It ends with a five-stage culinary tasting.” Many of the events offered at Madava Farms are centered around the culinary arts, spicing up the informative tours. Responding to the region’s popularity as a destination for rustic, outdoor, DIY-style weddings, Liberty View Farms doubles as a celebration venue. The weddings held there bring in anywhere between 100 and 300 guests, which means the whole local economy benefits. “All these people not only come into my farm, but are staying in local B&Bs, hotels, and motels, and eating out for dinner and lunch,” says van Roestenberg. “Some rent the farm for four or five days and go out to parks, restaurants, and museums while using the farm as a base. It goes throughout the whole economic foundation of the Hudson Valley,” he says. Attractions When visitors don’t have time to stay on a farm, take a tour, or plan a special event, many Hudson Valley farms offer roadside attractions for people just passing through. Such attractions range from a device that launches pumpkins into the sky at Gill Corn Farms in Hurley to a good old-fashioned corn maze, like the 22-acre maze at Kettle Farms in Hoosick. Kelder’s Farm in Kerhonkson is home to a couple of one-of-a-kind attractions in addition to their traditional farm offerings. Gnome Chomsky, as he’s lovingly referred to, was once the world’s largest garden gnome at 13½ feet tall. The gnome is just one half of Maria Reidelbach’s goal of creating a roadside attraction that promotes sustainable food and local farming. Her mini-golf course is 50 locally grown ChronograM 5/13

the other. “It’s entirely landscaped with edible plants,” says Reidelbach. “The whole thing is annotated with little signs that identify the plants and share some tidbits of fascinating information—folklore, etymology, cooking tips— and people are invited to nibble on anything that’s ripe.” Reidelbach notes how the golf course raises awareness and interest in locally grown food in people who may not have otherwise been exposed to it. “The kids love it,” she says. “They get so surprised and take little samples and put it in their pockets to take home.” Whether through farm stays, classes, special events, or surprising attractions, agritourism is helping farmers in the Hudson Valley meet their bottom line. Not only does this mean there are more exciting opportunities for engaging with local agriculture, but that the region’s fertile lands can continue to provide good, wholesome food to the communities of the Hudson Valley. Resources Elmartin Farm (413) 743-9154 Gill Corn Farms (845) 338-0788 Kelder’s Farm Kettle Farms Kinderhook Farm Liberty View Farm Madava Farms/Crown Maple Sprout Creek Farm Watch a slideshow of the Homegrown Mini-Golf course at Kelder’s Farm.

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Columbia County

Dutchess County

Greene County

Common Hands Farm CSA Hudson

Creekside Acres Fiber Farm Pleasant Valley

Rexcroft Farm Athens

Fishkill Farms Hopewell Junction

Stoneledge Farm South Cairo

The Farm at Miller’s Crossing Hudson

Full Field Farm North Chatham

Hawk Dance Farm Hillsdale (518) 325-1430

Great Song Farm Red Hook

Putnam County

Second Wind CSA at the Four Winds Farm Gardiner

B & C Christ Farms & Greenhouse Kent

Slow Roots Farm Kingston

Greig Farm Red Hook

Healthy Harvest CSA at Johnson’s Farm Hopewell Junction

Hearty Roots Community Farm Germantown

Herondale Farm Ancramdale

Katchkie Farm Kinderhook

Lineage Farm Hudson

Little Seed Garden Chatham

Red Oak Farm Stuyvesant

R’Eisen Shine Farm Copake

Roxbury Farm Kinderhook

Sheltie Meadow Farm Market Ghent (518) 880-7866

Threshold Farm Philmont (518) 672-5509

Rondout Valley Organics Ellenville

Hawthorne Valley Farm Ghent

Phillies Bridge Farm Project New Paltz

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Glynwood Center Cold Spring

Stone Ridge Orchard CSA Stone Ridge

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Ryder Farm Cottage Industries Brewster

Taliaferro Farms New Paltz

Northwind Farms Tivoli

Obercreek Farm Hughsonville

Poughkeepsie Farm Project Poughkeepsie

Pri HaEmek Bounty of the Valley CSA Poughkeepsie

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Bialas Farms New Hampton

Brook Farm Project New Paltz

Clove Valley CSA High Falls

Shoving Leopard Farm Barrytown

Farmers Table at Stone Mountain Farm Rosendale

Sol Flower Farm Millerton

Hepworth Farms Milton

Huguenot Street Farm New Paltz

Upstate Farms & Paisley Farm CSA Red Hook

Old Ford Farm New Paltz

Orange County

Sisters Hill Farm Stanfordville

Veritas Farms New Paltz

Binnewater Farm Project Rosendale

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Partners Trace Farm New Paltz

Blooming Hill Farm Blooming Grove

Fresh Meadow Farm Middletown

Hesperides Organica Warwick

J&A Farm Goshen

Midsummer Farm Warwick

Pine Hill Farm Chester

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Kids & Family Field Notes

To Have a Heart

Sil and Eliza Reynolds on the Best-Kept Countercultural Secret of Mothering and Daughtering by Bethany Saltman Photograph by Michael Weisbrot


t a seder last month, a woman I had just met remarked that my seven-year-old daughter, all gussied up and minding her Ps and Qs, was lovely, and so well behaved. And, of course, I beamed with pride. And then she added, “Just wait until she’s a teenager.” Images of my own Freddy Krueger-like teen years rose up through the little boost I felt in the moment, sitting there next to my decently mannered, connected, happy kid. Since my daughter was born, I have lived in fear of the time when she will morph into a version of myself—the anger; the boys; the deathdefying acts of experimentation, rebellion, and addiction; the brutal cut-off from my poor mom. Good God. I get it. And yet, Dear Reader, please remind me, when A. and I are in the thick of whatever her teenage years may bring, to keep my cautionary tales to myself and resist the urge to harsh on the mellow of happy moms of young girls. I, for one, am getting tired of the “Just you wait!” refrain. So when a colleague showed me the book Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong through the Teen Years (2013 Sounds True) by Sil and 54 kids & family ChronograM 5/13

Eliza Reynolds, a mother-daughter team from Stone Ridge, I was, frankly, a bit resistant. However, after opening the book, half written by Sil, the mom, and the other by Eliza, the (now) 22-year-old daughter, I was relieved to see that this was a book about hope, and not sappy hope, but real nutsand-bolts hope that I trusted. As Eliza says, “The best-kept secret of teenage girls is that they actually really want to be close to their moms.” Thinking back to my own sad teen years, this rang true for me, even amidst of all the contemporary noise about how teenage girls are biologically and culturally determined to leave the home front, and eviscerate their mothers on their way out. I mean, really? Has this always been so? Is it necessary? Lucky me, I got to ask Sil and Eliza face to face. More Than Peers Required Grounded in the work of Gordon Neufield who wrote Hold on to Your Kids, the seminal text on attachment and the dangers of so-called “peer orienta-

tion,” Sil and Eliza are convinced that teenagers and their parents belong together, and offer ways to foster that connection. This is a countercultural message, to be sure, when the rest of the world seems to be encouraging parents to just let “nature” take its course, and kiss our kids good-bye after puberty, trusting/hoping/praying they will come back later. Of course, Sil and Eliza recognize that the ever-shifting ground of adolescence is a challenging time for even the closest mothers and daughters, but they don’t believe the hype that teenagers must shuffle off into the darkness with other teens. And these ladies know what they are talking about. Between the two of them, they have decades of experience talking to young girls and their moms, so they are deeply familiar with the many varieties of mom/daughter angst, including their own. For over 30 years, Sil has been working with women and families in the Hudson Valley as a nurse practitioner and psychotherapist. Eliza is currently a junior at Brown University (Sil’s alma mater). Her major is women’s studies, with a focus on body image in young girls. Theirs is one of those onething-led-to-another success stories. Sil’s workshop experience began under the tutelage of bestselling writer and speaker Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God, as well as several other books on emotional eating. Once Eliza was born, Sil wanted to teach workshops locally. She began afternoon workshops for mothers and daughters during Family Week at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. One weekend Sil’s co-teacher couldn’t make it, so Sil asked Eliza, who was then 15, to fill in. Eliza said, “Sure. I don’t have any other plans.” The participants loved it. And Eliza was hooked. “Is there anything so awesome?” she exclaimed over Earl Grey tea, “than being plugged into this pulse of energy—emotion, sassiness, intensity, changethe-world, self-experimenting, tender fierceness?” Indeed. Teenage girls have a lot going on, which, when held and supported, and understood, can fuel a tremendous fire of positive growth (which, as in the case of Eliza, can lead to books co-written with their moms!). But when left untended, we know all too well who gets burned: everyone. Battleground No More Any sideline observer can espouse the importance of harnessing all that raw energy. Spending time with Eliza and Sil, however, it’s obvious that their insight is truly hard won. They clearly have a real relationship (when we met they were on their way to get haircuts, and then to the city for “meetings”), and they don’t gloss over the terrifying dangers of growing up, or of mothering. Sil writes, “I caused my mother anguish on a regular basis, I am sorry to say, and she watched helplessly as I pushed her away,” and when we talked, she made it clear that this battleground was serious and painful, and led her to the same hand-wringing anxiety many of us feel about raising girls. Eliza shared details with me about her much older high school boyfriend, and her need for privacy, and the ways she found her mother’s rules frustrating. While Sil and Eliza had their share of conflicts, their basic connection remained intact. One of the barriers to this kind of stability through the teen years is the entirely reasonable but perhaps unhelpful tendency for mothers to resist the changes the relationship must move through. Daughters do need to

take risks, individuate, explore their identities—and then there are all those hormones. However, mothers make a mistake when the take their daughter’s “attitude” personally, get defensive, and distance themselves. Daughters, for their part, shut down and even feel deserted, though they probably won’t say that. It is natural, as we know, for teenagers to test boundaries. What Sil and Eliza suggest is that mothers (dads, too, but that is a different story) need to stand firm, respectfully, and not abandon their post as parents. And this is the main thing, and the hardest thing. Sil writes, “Eliza’s adolescence forced me to face my own unfinished adolescence and to actually grow up, so that I could be the adult she needed in our relationship.” Right. Tips from Sil & Eliza Doesn’t it all make so much sense, and sound so good? As every parent knows, talk is cheap, especially when it comes to raising kids. And so I asked Sil and Eliza to help me see how this all plays out in real time, and they gave me some great tips, some of which I have already begun enlisting. Instead of punishing, grounding, etc., bring your daughter closer. As Eliza suggests: “If your daughter makes a big mistake, tell her, okay, that was bad. We’re going camping for the weekend.” Start early with establishing Auntie connections. Sil says, “By the time Eliza was three I was creating what Gordon Neufeld calls an ‘attachment village,’ giving Eliza lots of chances to develop real relationships with other adults who I trusted.” Be flexible. When Eliza says, “Sometimes I was annoyed that we didn’t have juice or sugar, but I got used to it,” Sil pipes in and adds, “but we did have some treats in the house—I wasn’t too rigid about it,” and Eliza agrees. Apparently, Sil’s flexibility worked, as Eliza now eats according to her childhood “restraints,” and, contrary to popular belief, never “rebelled” against them. Don’t give in to the pervading suspicion of so-called “hovering,” or “helicopter parenting.” Sil and Eliza agree: “Teenage girls need their moms!” Directness is not always best. Instead of overwhelming your girl with questions like “How’s it going with your friends?” you might get better results by holding your tongue and asking, as Sil suggested, “Hey, do you want a cup of tea?” Satisfied that I had gathered the gist of what Sil and Eliza were telling me, we started wrapping up. We all felt like we could have sat and chatted for hours, but they had things to do, people to see, and I had my own day ahead. Just as I was about to shift my orientation toward my own to-do list, I felt overwhelmed by an avalanche of questions, like, What do you do when your girl refuses to do this, or that, or the other thing?What then?What do you do when your consequences, even the camping trip, just don’t touch her?What happens then? I pleaded with Sil. The proverbial cool mom, she firmly, but gently told me, “You have to have her heart,” she said, “from the beginning.” “Wow,” I said, “but isn’t that selfish, or pushy, or narcissistic, or something?” “No.” Sil smiled, as Eliza—her tall, beautiful, strong daughter who was no longer listening to us—got up from the table, readying herself to meet the world. And I knew she was right. 5/13 ChronograM kids & Family 55

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Scenes from a Wayfinder Experience Adventure Game at Omega’s Family Week.

A Place At the Fire Ring Hudson Valley Summer Camps By Amanda Schmidt


or summer camp memories that include sunburns, semifreedom blowing in the breeze, campfire smoke, ghost stories, and unsupervised (and unscheduled) visits by moonlight to the other camp across the river, you can send your kids pretty much anywhere in the country. But here, in the Hudson Valley, whether you seek a sleepaway or day camp, the experience has been transformed from simply getting outside (and away from parents) to a genuine exploration of who our kids are, and what truly captivates them. Our proximity to mountains, rivers, history, and art combined with the very cool people that live here give our camps both depth and diversity. And so, if your youngster longs to develop a complex fantasy world, or learn organic farming, or make a documentary film, you will find your kid’s place around the proverbial fire in these parts. As Livingston Manor ninth-grade camper Leif Johansen puts it, camp is a place to “work with other people side by side, creating something together and having a conversation not through words.” Here is just a small sample of what your campers can not talk about together this summer. A more complete listing is available at

and July 22 to August 2 for $550. One weeklong session is available for kids ages 7-11 from August 5 to 9 for $295. Third to fifth graders are invited for six Tuesday afternoons from July 9 to August 13 for $150. (845) 485-4480;

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Working With the Masters Have you ever been aghast to hear your nine-year-old suddenly belt out “Call Me Maybe” from the living room and worried about the cultural fate of humankind? There is hope. Housed on the grounds of the Emerson Spa in Mount Tremper, this five-day intensive music program for youngsters will provide a gateway through time and place as they sing and perform an international sampler, ranging from early medieval to contemporary pop songs, from Japanese folk to African rock. The program philosophy is based on the concepts of composers Zoltan Kodaly and Karl Orff, who worked to bring music learning to all children, not just the musically endowed. When campers need a break, they can try their hand at Hula-Hoops and badminton, and take strolls along the Esopus Creek. This camp offers one weeklong session for kids 8-12 from July 22 to 26 for $125.The day starts at 8:30am and goes until 3pm. Call Justin Kolb to register. (845) 586-3588;

Performing in the school production of Peter Pan, free-writing in an English journal, or creating a photo-essay in art class are standard forms of artistic expression for students, however, the Children’s Media Project elevates youth art to a new level. The nonprofit arts and education organization gives kids the tools to participate in shaping our perception of the world through media. CMP is offering experiential camp workshops for students to learn film and video making, as well as storytelling, radio recording, and stop-motion animation. Camps happen on both sides of the river at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, and the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale, and at the Gardiner Library. They offer two 2-week sessions for children ages 11-15 from July 8 to 19 56 kids & family ChronograM 5/13

Mad Science Camp Remember when the flour volcano project that smelled like yeasty paint and half-heartedly gurgled vinegar, baking soda, and cherry Jell-O—seemed, well, interesting? Mad Science Camp has left that volcano in the dust with camp sessions like “Secret Agent Lab,” “Mad Myth-Conceptions,” “Nature Adventure,” and “Red Hot Robots.” Mid-Hudson Mad Science brings real-world science to life with exciting activities, demonstrations, and discussions in Ultser, Dutchess, Orange, Putnum, and Rockland Counties. The bonus is not just serious fun for your budding innovator, but Mad Science makes the hot fields of science, technology, engineering, and math cool.Weeklong sessions for kids in grades K-6 are available for halfdays for $165-$175. Full days are also available for $295-$315. (845) 294-5434;

Camp Dunnabeck at Kildonan Do you ever wish that you could go on a sabbatical in order to improve your skills and self-esteem, and kickstart your success? You may not be able to, but your kids can. Established in 1955, Dunnabeck at Kildonan in Amenia is the oldest residential program to address the specialized needs of students with dyslexia or language-based learning differences. Dunnabeck’s teaching techniques are grounded in the Orton-Gillingham approach of multisensory, kinesthetic, and phonemic instruction. In addition to daily classroom sessions, every camper receives one-on-one tutoring for one hour each day. Mindful that summer is about fun, the camp incorporates daily activities from flag-football to archery, water-skiing to mountain biking, and woodworking to photography. Camp runs from June 28 to August 9. A full day costs $7,500; halfday is $5,000; and overnight is $10,000. (845) 373-2012;

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Since it’s impossible to drive through our neck of the woods without seeing at least one bumper sticker reading “Eat Local” or “No Farms No Food,” why not actually help our kids understand what it all means? Since 1972, Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent has been producing biodynamic and organic foods on its 400-acres that include vegetables, dairy cows, and an organic bakery. Facilitating the connection between communities and food, they also offer camps for kids. Depending on age, activities range from songs, stories, nature crafts, making healthy snacks, and free play to healthy cooking, gardening, animal care, spinning, weaving, claymolding, woodworking, and working side by side with the farmers. Day and residential options are available.Various two-week sessions are available for different age groups, from July 7 to August 16 for kids ages 4-15. The cost ranges from $400-$500. (518) 672-7500; Manitoga Summer Nature and Design Camp If you are not from these parts, a camp offering something called “Picnic Design” might be a head-scratcher, but in the Hudson Valley, we like to think outside of the…basket. Located on the 75-acre grounds of the Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, Manitoga Camp helps your reflective youngster continue the investigation of the industrial designer responsible for bringing modernism design to household objects. Here, the great outdoors is the classroom for teaching campers how to incorporate nature and design into their daily learning experience. Sessions include “All Creatures Great and Small,” “Appetite for Design,” and “Sticks and Stones,” among others. Weeklong sessions are available from July 8 to August 9 for kids ages 5-12 for $275. (845) 424-3812; Wayfinder Experience If you would like to steer your science-fiction fan away from the Twilight idols stamped all over Teen magazine, and toward a serious exploration of the classic Tolkien world, look no further. For devotees of light versus dark, warriors and sorceresses versus evil lords and vile creatures, Wayfinder in New Paltz, Holmes, Stone Ridge, and Woodstock is the stuff of legend. Costumes, sets, props, improvisational acting, and swordplay all help the campers channel their own heroes to play out a real adventure game. Weeklong day sessions are available from July 1 to August 16 for kids ages 8 and up for $350-$385. Overnight weeklong sessions are from August 11 to 31 for kids 12 and up for $775-$875. (845) 481-0776; Rock Sports Park In the Hudson Valley, not all movement must be conducted while singing or farming or holding a camera or sword, because we love our sporty-sports, too. And what can be better for kids who love summer sports than a sports camp that doubles as a water park? The Rock Sports Park in Chester offers everything from baseball and soccer to sports yoga and karate. Fun water sports include a baseball-field-turned-rainforest-water-park with slip and slide, rain tag, water dodge ball, and rain-delay baseball. Weeklong day sessions are available from July 8 to August 2 for $99-$250, and halfday sessions for $99-$150. (845) 469-9507; View a complete guide of summer camps in the Hudson Valley.

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In With the Old Beacon + Fishkill In With the New By Gregory Schoenfeld

Photographs by Rob Penner


2009 New York Times article proclaimed Beacon “a city reborn as a haven for art”—finally taking note of the city’s blossoming as a cultural mecca. Those in the know, however, are aware of a far more expansive renaissance in Beacon, one steeped in a pervasive, living history. Beacon—and Fishkill, it’s complementary and bucolic neighboring town—has its palpable past on display: The simple charm of Fishkill’s Trinity Church has held its place on Main Street since 1760, Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center still harkens to the 19th-century library built by a Civil War general, and the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry marks a Native American river crossing which predates Henry Hudson’s arrival. Along with an abiding community dynamic, the area’s recent influx of fresh energy has only served to strengthen a character that has never left. Centennial, Reimagined “People say, ‘Beacon has come a long way’—I say, ‘Compared to what?’ I’ve been here since the beginning,” quips Beacon Mayor Randy Casale. “It’s a revival—hopefully we can keep that going. I know we can.” Lifetime denizen Casale’s fierce pride mirrors that of the community; and, on the eve of Beacon’s 100th birthday, he and the city at large plan to put that pride on display. May 15 marks the day in 1913 when the port of Fishkill Landing and the industrial center of Matteawan agreed to consolidate as Beacon. (This was after the original approved name, Melzingah, was lampooned in the New York press.) Though centennial festivities will begin the day of the anniversary, Saturday, 62 beacon + fishkill ChronograM 5/13

Clockwise from top left: Angela Hastings at Vintage Beacon, Rick Rogers at X on Main in Beacon, hanging art by ryan cronin, michelle caves at blackbird attic in beacon, chris karas at tito santana taqueria in beacon.

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May 18 is when the celebration begins in earnest. A parade will march down Main Street, and the Beacon Rocks 100 free concert will be an all day festival in the city’s Memorial Park, featuring a wide swath of music—from local favorites to rocker Southside Johnny, and led by Beacon resident and folk legend Pete Seeger (if you get a chance, don’t forget to thank Pete for the vastly improved water quality his Clearwater organization has helped to promote.) The harmony of the two communities is perhaps best exemplified in the area’s most visible feature: the high point of the Hudson Highlands, Mount Beacon. Its signature heights share a prominent place in the commemoration festivities, beginning with The Beacon Re-Imagined exhibition, taking place in Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park June 1 through July 6. Along with promoting Beacon’s Greenway efforts, Beacon Re-Imagined heralds the restoration of what was once touted as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”: the 2200-foot Mount Beacon Incline Railway. “Climbing up to the summit ties everyone together in an even more profound way—nearly everyone I know in Beacon has at least one photograph looking down on the city,” says exhibition organizer Jeff McHugh. “It’s a way to connect ourselves to our home and community.” Mount Beacon’s legacy will be further restored on June 22, with the reopening ceremony of the Mount Beacon Fire Tower. Led by the efforts of noted local advocate David Rocco, the 1931 structure offers unmatched vista views that span from the Manhattan Skyline and past Poughkeepsie’s Walkway on the Hudson, which Rocco was also instrumental in making a reality. “The kind of effort that people have put in has been utterly incredible,” says Rocco.

clockwise from top left: nazmi berisha at trattoria locanda in fishkill, jon miles at peoples bicycle in beacon, john kelly and chris kavanaugh at the hop in beacon, linda t. hubbard at river winds gallery in beacon.

Cultural Celebration Beacon’s jubilee wouldn’t be complete without a grand stage for the art that augured the city’s reinvention as a cultural destination. At the very heart of Beacon’s resurgence, the 2003 opening of Dia:Beacon transformed a dilapidated Nabisco factory on the Hudson River shorefront into a premier art museum, and put Beacon permanently on the art world map. Dia adds it’s own flavor to 5/13 ChronograM beacon + fishkill 65

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New-School Vibrance, Old-School Charm With the spark of Dia leading the way, the eastern end of Beacon’s Main Street began to emerge—leaving an economically challenged west end of town desperately in need of its own lifeline. Into that breach stepped the visionary efforts of Roundhouse developer Bob McAlpine, taking a page from Dia’s inspiration playbook and transforming 12 acres of downtrodden industrial wasteland into a picture of sophisticated simplicity. Last year, McAlpine opened captivating restaurant triumvirate Swift,The Patio, and 2EM, where breathtaking views of the Fishkill Creek—and craft decor featuring work from local artisans—creates an environment that must be experienced to be appreciated. “I just always saw it

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the mix on May 18, kicking off a year-long 10th anniversary schedule with a Community Free Day. The admission-free opening will showcase a full gamut of artistic delights: visitors are invited to a public reading of On Kawara’s One Million Years, a multimedia program for children, and the debut of a new collection room dedicated to the works of Alighiero e Boetti. Not to be outdone, Beacon Artists Union (bau) Gallery fetes a centennial of their own on May 18: their “bau 100+1” show marks the Beacon Artist Union’s 100th consecutive monthly exhibition. The expansive new Main Street gallery will display 100 works from 100 artists, and features a solo show from bau founding member Kathy Feighery. According to Gallery Director Carla Goldberg, the thrill is being a part of the comprehensive, sustainable art movement. “It’s wonderful to see residents and businesses really embracing art,” she says. “It has driven this transformation in Beacon.” The multifaceted cultural appeal of Beacon is hardly limited to just visual art, and for musician and promoter Stephen Clair, a Brooklyn transplant who hit the Beacon music scene running six years ago, every year is opportunity to celebrate. His Local 845 company offers its fourth Beacon Riverfest in Riverfront Park on June 30, and May 25 marks the third year of Clair’s In The Pines concert series, bringing rock and roll to an old Beacon campground with a family-friendly, laid-back feel (yes, with a beer and wine license as well!) Clair has also taken guitar back in hand to open his new Beacon Music Factory school, proffering a one-of-a-kind curriculum that ranges from classical strings to Rock Band Boot Camp. Of course, for a complete change of pace, there is Fishkill’s Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team, as well as a music and event site that has hosted legends like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. The fun and frolic of the Hudson Valley Fair comes to “The Dutch” May 3 through May 19.

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that way,” explains McAlpine, “and we brought it to life.What it’s done after that is kind of remarkable.” Indeed, what had once been the hub of Matteawan now bustles with new development. Instant-landmark spots like craft-beer haven The Hop and the community warmth of George Mansfield and Tom Schmitz’s Dogwood set the tone of a new Brooklyn-meets-Main-Street happening scene, and boutique shops like Vintage Beacon and Reservoir & Wood make sure that neighborhood locals stay on the fashion pulse. And, with East and West ends of the city blossoming, they are now beginning to meet in the middle—case and point is Dutchess County favorite folk/rock music venue The Towne Crier, reopening this summer in its new central Main Street location. Fishkill, too, has assimilated some New York City-style appeal in with its old-town charm. In the shadow of the Trinity Church, Fishkill’s own Main Street offers a litany of accommodating options. Recently joining the relaxing fray with a decidedly Manhattanite edge, Piano Piano Wine Bar expands upon the town’s selection, which already featured local dining favorites like Il Barilotto’s eclectic Italian cuisine and the Eleven 11 Grille’s inviting upscalepub atmosphere. After years of intent planning, owners Rich and Anne Corbo finally realized their own version of the classic bar alternative. Fueled by a tastefully relaxing atmosphere and an ever-evolving wine menu, the Corbos have found their love for the community reciprocated, enjoying a loyal following that spans from twenty-somethings to octogenarians. “We’re thrilled to be a part of what’s happening,” says Anne Corbo. “Beacon is doing a fantastic job, and it partners very well with Fishkill—maintaining that quaint, Main Street atmosphere. It’s great for both areas.”

LOCAL NOTABLES George Mansfield and Tom Schmitz

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“George has more friends than anyone in this town,” testifies Beacon resident and local music driving force, Stephen Clair, about George Mansfield. To walk with Mansfield in the neighborhood around Dogwood, the new Beacon east-end pub and music venue that Mansfield and partner Tom Schmitz have created, one gets the sense that Clair is not exaggerating. No one, whether on foot or at the wheel, passes without extending a wave, a word, and smile. To say that George Mansfield is just another Beacon transplant is a lot like...well, a lot like oversimplifying the unique explosion of culture taking hold in Beacon with a moniker like “Brooklyn North,”—a notion that lightly bristles Dogwood’s owners. Both are former Williamsburg, Brooklyn pioneers—now charting new territory on the banks of the Fishkill Creek, and fiercely committed to furthering the unique character of their adopted community. Mansfield can be said to be somewhat “oldguard” in the Beacon landscape: he and his wife came from Brooklyn 14 years ago, after hearing that the Dia Art Foundation would be creating the seminal Dia:Beacon. “There really wasn’t much happening yet, but there was a lot of possibility,” Mansfield recalls. “I went to talk to these people, and they said, ‘Oh, an artist from Brooklyn? That’s exactly who were trying to get up here.’ It’s only grown exponentially from there.” Mansfield’s easy, accepting approach to community quickly made him an integral part of it, both among longtime residents and the influx of new arrivals. In time, Mansfield felt he could help successfully bridge that gap, and decided to shape both the physical and relational landscape of his newfound home via public office—first joining the city Planning Board, and then as a Beacon City Councilman. Schmitz, who had discussed creating Dogwood with Mansfield for years, brings a wealth of applicable experience: artist, music aficionado, and founder of Earwax Records and Spike Hill music club in Williamsburg. “I came up here for similar reasons as I went to Brooklyn in the first place,” says Schmitz, explaining the deep community connection he brings with him. “I’m not saying let’s bring Brooklyn here, but let’s bring the spirit of Brooklyn here.” Schmitz has certainly put his dedication where his mouth is, arriving only a year ago and immediately joining Mansfield in building Dogwood with their own hands. Music plays an essential role in the makeup of Dogwood, as does a unique approach to making a true neighborhood bar—it helps that the building the Dogwood owners chose has housed a pub since 1939, and that welcoming, “Cheers”-like energy is already very much in evidence after only six months in operation. Both men also point to the significance of a new brand of Beaconite: twenty-somethings, graduates from local schools like Vassar and SUNY New Paltz who have begun to find an alternative in Beacon—Dogwood is meant to be something of community center for them, too. “It’s a scene,” explains Mansfield, “and without a place like this there’s no focus, no core for them to meet.” Rubbing elbows with established artists and old-timers alike just seems the natural thing to do, and a new/old brand of hipness is reborn. Both partners have spent much of their lives creating art, but now their primary focus is creating the possibility of what Dogwood can be. Mansfield invokes the sentiments of artist and social philosopher Joseph Beuys, whose provocative work is part of Dia’s collection. “It’s like the theory of Social Sculpture, where everyone is an artist, and everything you do is art,” Mansfield explains. “There is absolutely a creative element in being actively involved in community. This is my art, now,” he adds with a laugh, gesturing around the empty but soon-to-be bustling barroom. The sense is, perhaps, there is a bit of a masterpiece in the works.

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RIVERSIDE ART AUCTION Benefiting Hudson Valley Artists & Garrison Art Center

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Down by the Riverside on Garrison’s Landing Viewing & refreshments 3:30 to 5:00 Live Auction 5:00 Featuring 40 HV artists Silent Auction 3:30 to 8:00 Kevin Kearns Hudson River Summer Acrylic on panel 28 x 48 Value $5000 Starting bid $500

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FIELDS OF VISION: WORK BY SUNY NEW PALTZ ART FACULTY Curated by Carl van Brunt April 13 – June 23, 2013 Detail, Andrea Frank, Plant #1, 2012 Laser-cut sandwich mounted archival pigment print

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Cedar, snowdrop, spruce, bells of Ireland, chestnut, and juniper, a photograph from Kelly’s Merchant’s “The Secret Language of Flowers” series, which is being exhibited at Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham through May 18. Merchant will also speak about the series at ArtsWave Arts Center Ellenville on May 25 from 2 to 4 pm.

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510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510. “Bob Crimi Paintings”. Crimi’s work offers the viewer a window into a meditation. May 3-26. Opening reception May 4, 3pm-6pm.


737 ALBANY-SHAKER ROAD, ALBANY (518) 242-2241. “Robert Gulle: Where the Boundaries Fade”. Through May 31.


22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. “Collections Salon”. A retrospective recognizing 15 Years of gallery exhibitions. May 1-June 2.


104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146. “Ole!” Works by Mexican American artists in recognition of Cinco de Mayo. May 4-June 8. Opening reception May 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm.


241 KINGS HIGHWAY, SPARKILL 359-1263. “Visual Forensics”. James Garvey’s ink drawings and hand-forged metalworks. Through June 2.


60 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA 688-2142. “It’s Not Just Black and White”. Through May 12.

FOVEA EXHIBITIONS 143 MAIN STreet, BEACON 765-2199. “Falling Into Place: Self-Portriats”. Patricia Lay-Dorsey. Through July 7.

FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237. “The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation”. Through June 30.

FRIENDS OF HISTORIC KINGSTON 63 MAIN STREET, KINGSTON 339-0720. “Greetings From Kingston: A Story in Postcards”. 100 vintage Kingston postcards. May 3-October 26.

GALERIE BMG 12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027. “Gallery Selections 2013”. Group Show. Through June 3.

GALERIE Gris 621 Warren Street, Hudson (518) 828-1677. “Marina Adams”. Through May 27.

THE GALLERY AT R&F 84 TEN BROECK AVENUE, KINGSTON 331-3112. “Alan Goldstein: The Trees are Dying”. Through May 18.



66 MAIN STREET, COLD SPRING 809-5838. “Abstract Visions, Formed and Found”. Featuring Cindy Booth and Jane Soodalter. May 2-May 27. Opening reception, May 3, 6pm-9pm.





477 BEAVERKILL ROAD, OLIVEBRIDGE 657-8333. “Catskill Waterscapes”. Group show. Through August 20. 6400 MONTGOMERY STreet, RHINEBECK 876-0330. “Light Effects”. Paintings. Group show. May 18-June 15.

344 MAIN STREET, LAKEVILLE “Poetry in Motion”. Through May 12.

ROUTE 9G BARD COLLEGE, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON 758-7598. “Less Like an Object More Like the Weather”. By CCS Bard master’s candidates. Through May 26. “Monogamy”. By Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce. Curated by Tirdad Zolghadr. Through May 26.

23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “Romanticism”. Curated by Sean Scully. Work by Andrea Hanak and Frank Hutter. Through May 25.


10 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 518-2237. “Emanations With the Debut of The Huguenot Street Collection”. By Kevin Cook. May 18-June 30. Opening reception May 18, 5pm-7pm.

506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440 7584. “bau 100+1”. 100 works by Beacon and regional artists. May 11-June 2. Opening reception May 18, 6pm-9pm.


116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539. “Visionaries-Outsider Portraits”. Works by Fred Scruton. May 11-June 9.

BEARSVILLE GRAPHICS FINE ART GALLERY 68 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 684-5476. “Bill Murphy: Prints 1987-2013”. Through May 13.


6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-1117. “Flavor and Flow”. Salt & pepper shakers by SUNY New Paltz ceramics students. Through May 15.


2649 EAST MAIN STREET, WAPPINGERS FALLS 297-0430. “Michael McNamara’s Hudson Valley Spring Photo Exhibit”. Through June 20.


318 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Color Panel”. New color theory paintings by Paul Schuchman. Through May 26.

THE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957. “Jeff Jacobson: The Last Roll”. Through June 16.

CENTER FOR THE DIGITAL ARTS / WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE 27 North DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 606-7300. “David Ostro: Penteracts”. Video installation. Through May 18.


225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (413) 458-2303. “Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!” Through September 8.


209 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 671-6213. “Well Put Together: The Art of Collage & Assemblage”. Curated by Lynne Perrella. Through May 17.


114 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 697-0266. “Night Photography: DiRado & Avakian”. Through May 12.



GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400. “Outside the Lines”. Annual youth art show. Through May 4.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Peekskill Project V: Irina Arnaut, Sean Carroll, Nadja Marcin”. Presenting three multimedia artists.

HUDSON VALLEY LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER, INC. 300 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 331-5300. “Works by Barbara Masterson”. Contemporary plein-air painter. Through June 8.

HURLEY MOTORSPORTS GALLERY 2779 ROUTE 209, KINGSTON 338-1701. “Spring Floral Paintings”. By Robert Alan Pentelovitch. Through June 14.

IMOGEN HOLLOWAY GALLERY 81 PARTITION STreet, SAUGERTIES (347) 387-3212. “Silent Partner”. Works by Vincent Pomilio, Rimi Yang, Sally Egbert, and Mary Schiliro. May 3-25. Opening Reception May 3, 6pm-10pm.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Works on Paper, The Enamel Drawings”. New work by Jake Berthot. Through May 19.

JOYCE GOLDSTEIN GALLERY 16 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-2250. “The Secret Language of Flowers”. Photographs by Kelly Merchant. Through May 18.

KAPLAN HALL SUNY ORANGE, NEWBURGH 431-9386. “Memento Mori”. A digital photography exhibition by James Luciana. Through June 14.

THE KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART 134 JAY STREET, KATONAH (914) 232-9555. “Elements”. Katonah Museum Artists Association juried show. May 15-June 8.

LOOK | ART GALLERY 988 SOUTH LAKE BouLeVarD, MAHOPAC 276-5090. “New Duo Exhibit: Arctander/Nakazato”. Through May 20.

177 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Vivid Beginning”. New works by Bonnie Durham. May 11-June 6. Opening reception May 11, 6pm-9pm.




5142 NEW YORK 22, AMENIA 373-9511. “Kentucky Derby Art Show and Sale”. With work by Ronnie Wood and David Bowie. May 4-June 1.

128 CANAL STreet TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Donna Rutlin: Watercolor”. May 4-25. Opening Reception May 4, 5pm-8pm.

502 MAIN STreet, BEACON 765-8421. “Maria Lago: Entre Abedules/Between Birches”. New paintings. Through May 11.


17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241. “Ron Schaefer: Retrospective”. Paintings. Through May 11.

253 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES 247-BEER. “Kristy Bishop Studio 23rd Annual Show”. Monet-Inspired work featuring 25 artists. May 1-June 30. Opening Reception May 19, 4:30pm-6:30pm.


1357 KINGS HighWaY, SUGAR LOAF 469-9382. “Light in the Valley”. Color panoramas of the Hudson Valley by Nick Zungoli. Through May 19.


1008 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 402 5065. “Fifth Dimension”. Fashion Moda addresses other dimensionality and related realities. May 2-June 2. Opening Reception May 2, 6pm.


105 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-1894. “Long Looks and Parting Glances”. Exhibit of cut paper collage by Susan MacMurdy. May 2-28. Opening reception May 5, 1pm-5pm.

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NEUMANN FINE ART 65 COLD WATER STreet, HILLSDALE (413) 246-5776. “Bob Crimi: Paintings and Joel Mark: Museum Quality Furniture”. Through June 2.

NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM 222 MADISON AVENUE, ALBANY (518) 574-5877. “Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist”. Through May 12.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 ROUTE 183, STOCKBRIDGE, MA (413) 298-4100. “Istvan Banyai: Stranger in a Strange Land”. Through May 5.

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Art Along the Hudson

1405 COUNTY ROAD 22, GHENT (518) 392-4747. “Skyline Adrift”. Cuban art and architecture in a site-specific installation. Through May 13.

ONE MILE GALLERY 475 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON 338-2035. “Tomorrow Fores”. Featuring the work of visual artist Aliene de Souza Howell. June 1-29. Opening Reception June 1, 6pm-8pm.

PS 209 3670 MAIN STreet, STONE RIDGE “Secret Garden”. Group show. May 3-June 16.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Signs of Spring: Photographs by Lori Adams”. Through May 5.

ROOS ARTS 449 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE (718) 755-4726. “Laura Moriarty: Quiet Catastrophes”. Sculptural paintings, installations, and prints. May 5-26. Opening reception May 11, 6pm-8pm.

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SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ “BFA II Thesis Exhibition”. Through May 21. Opening reception May 3, 5pm. “MFA Thesis Exhibition I & II”. May 10-14 and May 17-21. Opening receptions May 10, 5pm-7pm and May 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm.

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STOREFRONT GALLERY 93 BROADWAY, KINGSTON “Keum Won Chang: Monotypes”. May 4-25. Opening reception May 4, 5pm-8pm.

STORM KING ART CENTER OLD PLEASANT HILL ROAD, MOUNTAINVILLE 534-3115. “Thomas Houseago: As I Went Out One Morning”. May 4-November 11. Opening reception May 4, 3pm

TASTE BUDD’S CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE CAFÉ 40 WEST MARKET STREET, RED HOOK 758-6500. “Man”. A sculpture by Andres San Millan made from gathered driftwood. Through December 31.

THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON (917) 318-2239. “Archives: from Villa de Garcia to Beacon”. Work by Kirsten Kucer. Through May 5.


TIVOLI ARTISTS CO-OP 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342. “Animal Fare”. Work by Marc Sacerdote and Julia Aneshansley. May 3-25. Opening reception May 4, 6pm-8pm. “No Constraints”. May 31-June 23.

TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOLL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, Connecticut, USA (860) 435-4423. “Bryan Nash Gill: Sculpture & Prints”. Through May 5.

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ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (UPAC) 601 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 339-6088. “Serious Laughs: Art, Politics, Humor”. Visual art exhibition. Through May 12.

UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482 “Words & Images”. 20 artists explore the relationships of images and words. Through June 1.

UNISON 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Embodiment”. Work by Dandelyon Holmes, Carmen Lizardo, and Megan Porpeglia. Through May 19.

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UPSTATE ARTIST COLLECTIVE 47 East MARKET STREET 2ND FLOOR, RHINEBECK (914) 388-2435. “Color and Form”. Paintings by Carol Lieberman. Through June 1.

WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. “Emerging Artist Judi Silvano”. May 1-30. Opening reception May 4, 5pm-7pm.

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57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Slow Down Make Space”. Through May 5.

Beacon Garrison/Cold Spring Greater New Paltz Kingston Newburgh Ossining Peekskill Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park Rhinebeck/Red Hook Saugerties Woodstock

WARWICK VALLEY FINE ART GALLERY 65 MAIN STREET, WARWICK “Sublime Aspirations”. Featuring local artist Sarah McHugh. May 10-June 28. Opening reception May 10, 5pm-7pm.

WIRED GALLERY 1415 ROUTE 213, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. “Group Show #5: Mostly 3D”. Featuring 11 local contemporary artists. Through May 5. “Robert Hite”. May 18-June 30. Opening reception May 18, 5pm-7pm.


WOODSTOCK FRAMING GALLERY 31 MILL HILL ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-6003. “Anne Crowley: The Urban and Country Landscape”. May 25-September 15.

WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 RouTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388. “Black and White Exhibit”. More than 400 images provided by 153 artists. May 18-July 6.

WOODSTOK GOLF CLUB 114 MILL HILL ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-2914. “Art of Golf”. Featured artists: Instructors from the Woodstock School of Art. May 4-31. Opening reception May 4, 6pm-8pm.

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Hudson Valley Hot Wax Team Love Records / Fat Cat Records By Peter Aaron Photographs by Fionn Reilly


here are those who’ve sounded the death knell of the record label with escalating volume in recent years. They mainly blame the Internet and its attendant streaming and file sharing—or, more specifically, a generation that, arguably, views recorded music as little more than free, fleetingly interesting, and ultimately disposable bundles of intangible data. As evidence, these pessimists point to the decimation of the traditional commercial model for releasing and marketing music that’s been in place since Edison pioneered the wax cylinder over a century ago. The fat lady has sung, they say, and labels are done. Not so fast, doomsayers. Yes, it’s undeniable that the Internet Age has delivered a considerable blow to the established infrastructure of the industry—and it’s the majors who’ve been crying the loudest about it, as they make desperate moves like repackaging their back catalogs into pricey box sets aimed at last-gasping baby boomers and putting in place the controversial “360” deals that take a piece of what artists make from live performances, merchandise, and other sources of income not directly related to record sales. And while theory might posit that the Internet’s direct-to-fan marketing mechanisms mean that artists can bypass having to be on a “real” label in order to sell their music, the truth is that many who operate below a certain profile are finding out they have neither the time nor the business acumen needed to run a record label effectively. Thus, after a dip of about a decade, the number of indie labels is on the rise, a phenomenon fueled in part by the renewed interest in vinyl and better systems for managing download sales. And two of today’s most vital and respected indies are based in the Hudson Valley: Team Love Records and Fat Cat Records. In the face of file sharing and record store closures, both have been able to hold their own, delivering steady streams of high-quality product by some of the cutting edge’s most critically fêted artists. Which in today’s downsized reality translates to outright success. “In the time Team Love’s been around, the record industry’s only known bad times,” muses label head Nate Krenkel, indicating that success is a relative term. “Right now, the business is basically a three-tiered situation. At the top are the majors, who can’t really even poach off indie labels anymore because they can’t offer artists anything better and still make the money they need to operate; in the middle you’ve got the big indie labels like Matador and Merge; and below them are all the smaller labels.” One could say Team Love and Fat Cat lie just beneath the second echelon; while neither are at the level of recognized indie powerhouses like the two Krenkel cites, both nevertheless have burgeoning catalogs and international followings that regard them as sage, ear-to-theunderground tastemakers.

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Nate Krenkel in the Team Love Ravenhouse Gallery in New Paltz.

Krenkel grew up in Utah and worked as an A&R rep at Sony/ATV Publishing in New York for several years before co-founding Team Love in 2003 with singer-songwriter Connor Oberst, whose career he manages. The label’s big opening move was a novel one at the time, a “Why fight it?” approach to the file-sharing issue that offered free downloads as a promotional tool to generate interest in its releases. Along with recordings by Oberst’s guises as Bright Eyes and Connor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, the highly eclectic label encompasses styles ranging from sugary pop to acoustic folk, rock, and rap, and has released, among many others, acclaimed albums by Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis,Tilly and the Wall, Simon Joyner, Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys, and sets by both vocalist Craig Wedren and his venerated band, Shudder to Think. Krenkel ran Team Love out of his Lower East Side apartment until he and his family relocated in 2009 to New Paltz, where he set up operations in the Church Street storefront the label shares with artist management firm Ravenhouse Ltd. Called the Team Love Ravenhouse Gallery, in addition to housing the offices of both companies the site functions as a retail shop, an art gallery, an occasional performance space, and the physical manifestation of Team Love’s colorful, homespun aesthetic. Krenkel was drawn to the Hudson Valley by way of Oberst’s sometime tour mates, the locally grown Felice Brothers, who have made two megaselling albums for the imprint, 2008’s The Felice Brothers and 2009’s Yonder Is the Clock. But that internationally popular folk-country crew isn’t the only area act Team Love, which works with artists via one-record-at-a-time contracts, has taken an interest in. In 2012 it released Die Pfalz, a compilation featuring the New Paltz-associated Breakfast in Fur, Bloodletters, Shana Falana, and Cycad, as well as ex-Felice Brother Simon Felice’s self-titled debut; more recent signings include a pair of Hudson-based acts, the haunting-voiced folk singer Andrea Tomasi and the alt-Americana band Last Good Tooth. “I found out about Team Love through Willy Mason’s second album, Where the Humans Eat [released on the label in 2004],” says Last Good Tooth singer and guitarist Penn Sultan. “I played the hell out of that album, and I was also really into the albums Team Love put out by [Texas singer-songwriter] David Dondero. My band met Nate when we played in New Paltz a year ago. We dropped off a demo at the office and he called us up to say he dug it, and we ended up crashing at his family’s place. We’ve gotten to be good friends.” Fat Cat Records was started by record store owners Alex Knight and Dave Cawley in England in 1989, and released dance and electronica 12-inches before rising to worldwide prominence with early albums by Icelandic postrock outfit Sigur Rós (1999’s smash Ágætis byrjun) and Brooklyn neopsych unit Animal Collective. Like Team Love, it sports a dizzyingly diverse roster, and has released big-sellers by folk legend Vashti Bunyan and Scottish rock bands We Were Promised Jetpacks and Fright-

Fat Cat Records US manager Adam Pierce in his home studio in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

ened Rabbit, as well as a wealth of titles by acts working in experimental music (U.S. Girls, Merzbow, Psychedelic Horseshit), electronic sounds (Matmos, HiM), noise rock (the Dead C, Transient Waves), folk rock (Vetiver), singer-songwriter styles (Nina Nastasia, Tom Brosseau), and, through its 103701 subsidiary, the “postclassical” sphere (Hauschka, Max Richter, Sylvian Chaveau). The label’s US wing is run by Adam Pierce, who splits his time between an apartment in Hudson and a house-cumrecording studio in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Raised in a musical household (his father performed as a jazz pianist and his brother works with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) in the Westchester County village of Port Chester, Pierce is also the leader and percussionist of Fat Cat act Mice Parade and discovered music via “classic rock and metal, then punk, Fugazi, the Pixies—the same way most people my age got into it.” While still in high school he started Bubble Core Records, initially a cassette label and inspired by Fugazi’s Dischord Records. By the 1990s he was drumming for noise poppers the Swirlies, had set up a Bubble Core office in Brooklyn, and was releasing music that got the attention of Knight and Cawley, who were looking for American distribution for the fledgling Fat Cat. After a period of running Bubble Core and overseeing distribution for a clutch of labels that included Fat Cat, in 2005 Pierce jettisoned his other interests to focus exclusively on running the latter as Sigur Rós’s jump to the majors saw its back catalog began to blow up Stateside. Given the challenges that he’s faced and has seen others face in his chosen field, what’s Pierce’s assessment of the business these days? “Well, after doing this for more than 15 years I’d say it’s good—and at least semipredictable, compared to how it was during the first few years the Internet was coming into play,” he says. “But I’d tell anyone thinking of starting a label not to do it unless they’re seriously ready to sink their teeth into it and know what they’re doing. You wouldn’t start a pizza shop if you don’t know how to make pizza. You have to understand that you’re guiding bands’ careers and that ‘breaking through’ nowadays means a smaller piece of the pie.” In addition to the post-rocking Mice Parade, Fat Cat’s locally based artists include the New Paltz-area four-piece Brakesbrakesbrakes (fronted by UK expatriate and exBritish Sea Power member Eamon Hamilton; for legal reasons the band is known outside the US as, simply, Brakes) and Beacon singer-songwriter Curtis Harvey, whose second album of roots-leaning music for the label is due out this summer. “I was really stoked to sign to Fat Cat because I’d become a fan of a lot of the bands on their roster,” says Harvey, who previously performed with NewYork band Rex and Tortoise offshoot Pullman. “As far as I’m concerned, the role of a label, to help me get my music out there, is the same as it was when I was playing with my other bands back in

the ’90s. I’ve never liked the business end of things or been interested in ‘becoming’ a label, though I know that works for some artists. The way most people buy music, though, is of course different now. Since a lot of people just buy one or two tunes off an album, a lot of artists now will consciously shape their albums by front-loading them with the stronger tracks because they figure people will only buy the first one or two tunes they hear.” Interesting point, that. Although consumers are, indeed, increasingly purchasing tracks individually and/or listening to them one at a time via taste-targeted streaming aggregator sites like Pandora and Spotify, it’s still full-length releases that remain the stock in trade of both Team Love and Fat Cat. But as a format, is the album dying? “There are two realities for listening to music now,” says Krenkel. “And as a listener, streaming services are certainly not the only reality I’d want to have access to. But as far as albums going away, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Besides being a format that gets you to take an artist’s work more seriously, an album is expressive unto itself, with the way the songs are sequenced and presented to the listener. And even though being assaulted with endless suggestions of other songs by other artists you may like based on whatever you’re listening to at that moment might sound like a good idea at first, where’s the feeling that comes with discovering an artist or record on your own? That’s one of the most enjoyable experiences of being a music fan, and the labels that are known for releasing new and interesting music are still a key part of that experience. So to say record labels are no longer relevant is bullshit. Actually, it seems like there are new labels starting all the time now.” Pierce’s outlook is similarly undimmed as he points out that great indie labels can be artistic filters, with passionate music lovers who follow their outputs in much the same way they follow their favorite bands. “In the clubs in Brooklyn, or wherever, the ‘cool factor’ of the music changes all the time,” he observes. “You need labels to be there, at the street level, following it and releasing it. So however the music ends up being marketed and distributed, there’ll always be a need for record labels to do that.” Last Good Tooth’s Not Without Work and Rest is out now on Team Love Records.Team-love. com. Mice Parade’s Candela is out now on Fat Cat Records. Listen to “This River Has a Tide” by Mice Parade and “What’s What I Do” by Last Good Tooth. Watch “How to Be Successful as a Musician” with Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice.

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May 11. Singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani’s tender tunes and reassuring voice have won him comparisons to Neil Young, Freedy Johnston, and Woodstock’s own Jules Shear. Dolzani describes his new album, If I Don’t Speak a Word, as “very much a relationship record, the story of a ‘seeker’ coming to terms with where they are in life, what they have, what they want to be different; someone who is learning to find their strong voice and find themselves in relation to others.” Now touring in support of the disc, he brings his trusty guitar to the venerated John Street Jam and shares the night with Cosby Gibson, Annalise Emerick, Kira Velella, Stuart Kabak, Bill Kelly, and other folk songsmiths in the round. 7pm. $5. Saugerties. (845) 943-6720;

Chelsea Light Moving May 15. With the seeming demise of Sonic Youth last year, founder Thurston Moore has put together a new noisy outfit, Chelsea Light Moving, which makes its area debut at Club Helsinki debut with this date. The quartet released its self-titled first album on Matador Records in March, and in addition to Moore on guitar and lead vocals also includes bassist Samara Lubelski, who played violin on Moore’s two most recent solo albums, Demolished Thoughts and Trees Outside the Academy, guitarist Keith Wood (Hush Arbors), and drummer John Moloney. The sound? Let’s just say fans of Moore’s old band likely won’t complain. (Golem reappears May 5; the Feelies return May 17.) 8:30pm. $18, $20. Hudson. (518) 848-4800;

Brownbird Rudy Relic May 17. When New York’s Brownbird Rudy Relic quit the biz in 2010, it was heartbreaking. In a world of finishing-school phonies (that means you, Joe Bonamassa), Relic’s brand of high-energy, “acoustic holler” punk blues was exactly the kind of kick in the ass needed to remind us all what the raw essence of the music was always meant to feel like. But, lo, out of nowhere it’s once again time to rejoice, as the recently reemerged Brownbird bombs the Rondout Music Lounge this month. So take a seat, local bluesmen, hold on to your hat, and come see how it’s really done. With Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. (Analise appears May 10; Tristan Omand strums May 23.) 9:30pm. $5. Kingston. (845) 481-8250;

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May 18. A student of free jazz legends Ornette Coleman and Sonny Sharrock, Hudson Valley tenor saxophonist Ray Blue has traveled the space ways with Sun Ra’s Arkestra and performed with Steve Turre, Gary Bartz, Kirk Lightsey, Eddie Henderson, T. K. Blue, Benny Powell, the Ray Charles Show, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Spirit of Life Ensemble. This gig at the Bean Runner Cafe, which continues to lead the region when it comes to consistently booking vital jazz artists, finds Blue in the company of his quartet of pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Beldon Bullock, and drummer Alvin Atkinson Jr. (The Chip White Ensemble jams May 11; the Legendary Delfonics Revue, featuring latter-day Delfonics member Greg Hill, sings May 19.) 7:30pm. $10. Peekskill. (914) 737-1701;

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May 18. The leader of 1980s Hoboken, New Jersey, indie stalwarts the Bongos, Richard Barone is truly a jack-of-all-trades. The singer, guitarist, and songwriter, who here visits Valentine’s, is also the author of the 2007 memoir Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth, as well as a professor at New York University’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music. Barone’s most recent studio album, Glow, was produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex), and of late he’s collaborated with the likes of Pete Seeger, Donovan, and Lou Reed. A deluxe live CD/DVD set was recently released to commemorate his acclaimed 1987 solo album, Cool Blue Halo. With Blue Factory. (Peter Case croons May 10; the Spampinato Brothers bring it May 17.). 9pm. $9. Albany. (518) 432-6572;

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cd reviews David Kraai Country Dreamer (2013, Fine Country Folk Recordings)

For nearly a decade, New Paltz’s hard-core troubadour, David Kraai, has honed his own brand of “Cosmic American Music,” a blend of country, rock, folk, and soul originally distilled by artists like Gram Parsons, The Band, and Leon Russell. After incessant gigging, writing, and globetrotting, Kraai now shares stages and makes recordings with standard-bearers of the genre: Country Dreamer, his third and finest CD, features contributions from members of the Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, and Emmylou Harris’s band. While these guests add stellar musicianship, Kraai’s own Saddle Tramps are no slouches, either; of particular note is frequent duet partner and banjoist Amy Laber, Country Dreamer’s not-so-secret weapon. When Laber’s barefoot-angel harmonies entwine with Kraai’s sad-’n’-sexy twang—especially on the rollicking “Old Oak and Chicory” and the country-soul nugget “Home Sweet Home”—the vocal combo goes down like overproof whisky on a cold Catskill night. Lyrically, Kraai’s got some potent neo-hippie zingers: “Cigarettes and prescription pills can’t keep you from going crazy / You’ll find out just who you are when you get the chance to be lazy.” Country Dreamer offers a wide range of lean, hooky, honky-tonk-friendly fare; raunch-rock on “Gettin’ Dirty,” Memphis balladry on “Dreamin’ With You,” and Allmans-y raving on “That’s Just the Way We Roll.” Whether he’s bending those blue notes or shouting to the cheap seats, this Catskill-billy delivers deeply refreshing exuberance, awakening the unashamed flower child in us all. —Robert Burke Warren

Sharon Ruchman Textures (2012, Independent)

Prolific Connecticut pianist Sharon Ruchman has released four CDs of chamber music in four years’ time, and Textures is a switch from her usual trio and quartet pieces—she’s now focusing on duets and solo piano. Ruchman extracts prime classical performances from cellist Mary Costanza, violinist Janet Boughton, and flutist Kim Collins as they weave through her sophisticated, original compositions. A former music teacher who earned a master of music degree from Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s from New England Conservatory of Music, Ruchman has stated that her greatest desire is to have an audience emotionally connect with her compositions. She delivers such an array of feeling on this recording that she’s sure to gratify lovers of classical melodies and harmonies. Most of the six pieces on Textures are in two or three movements that are separated onto different tracks. “Meditation,” the only piece claiming a single, lengthy track, is Ruchman immersed alone in her keystrokes in a melody so fluid and ever-changing that it almost sounds improvised. Her Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Sharp Minor, Op. 8, is in three movements that progress from passionate to tender to exuberant, while the Duet for Flute and Cello in D Minor, Op. 11, oscillates between pensive and lively. Her Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, Op. 10, is a gorgeously poignant piece in three parts that finds Ruchman solitary again on her instrument. Staying true to her fertile creativity, Ruchman has just released yet another CD this past March; this time it’s music for weddings. —Sharon Nichols

Teri Roiger Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln (2012, Inner Circle Music)

On first listen to”Wholly Earth” from Dear Abbey:The Music of Abbey Lincoln, you’ll say “I don’t think I have this version by Abbey!” You don’t have it, because this one’s by vocalist Teri Roiger. She performs songs that Ms. Lincoln lived through in many ways.With Frank Kimbrough on piano, John Menegon on bass (who did the arrangements), and Steve Williams on drums, Roiger’s third CD is an effortless homage to the late singer. Abbey Lincoln sure had a way of nudging words into speaking her truth.Within her sphere, they became troublesome, mystical, comforting, and hostile. Lincoln’s life, activism, and music were woven together, as Roiger expresses in “The World Is Falling Down” and “Throw It Away.” In her storytelling in “First Song” and in the up-tempo “Bird Alone” (both featuring guest saxophonist Greg Osby), Roiger’s admiration for Lincoln feels and sounds genuine (this is also due in part to Roiger’s similar vocal timbre). The romantic “When Love Was You and Me” will leave you softened with emotion. The release ends with the reflective “When I’m Called Home.” Roiger, an Ulster County resident who teaches at SUNY New Paltz, will appear in Rosendale, New Paltz, and Kingston this month. In June, she performs at the Falcon in Marlboro for her “Celebrating Juneteenth” performance in remembrance of the end of slavery in the US and the release of Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln. —Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson Listen to tracks by the artists reviewed in this issue.



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Gretchen Primack’s Poems Honor the Voiceless By Nina Shengold Photographs by Deborah DeGraffenreid


retchen Primack bites into a Vegan Delight sandwich at Sissy’s Café in uptown Kingston. “So good,” she sighs in reverie. Readers may feel the same way about Primack’s book Kind (Post Traumatic Press, 2013). Poem after poem lands with that satisfied moan heard at poetry readings: Mmm, she got that said. Though many of Kind’s 40 poems explore animal rights, there’s nothing tendentious about them, no preaching to choirs. These are kick-ass-good poems with a conscience. “It’s about the dynamic between humans and other animals in our time, and it’s about what it’s like to be the kind of person who cares about that,” explains Primack, who’s clear-eyed and forthright, frequently flashing a warm, gap-toothed smile. She speaks with the measured clarity of an experienced teacher—unless there’s a dog within earshot. When a dog walker swings the door open to greet a friend, Primack’s voice shoots up an octave, melting in unbridled coos. She and husband Gus Mueller share their Shokan home with two rescued pit mixes and five cats. Primack’s passion for animals led Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary founder Jenny Brown to choose her to co-author The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin, 2012). “I was flattered and delighted,” the poet recalls. “And nervous, because I’d never written book-length prose.”

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The Lucky Ones was a hit, but Primack is glad to return to her roots. “My natural urge of expression manifests in poetry. I love sloughing off the chaff, bringing writing to its most crystalline.” And though she loves reading fiction, “I’m not very interested in writing stories. I like to write moments, ideas, characters. I don’t want to string those all together into a narrative.” Primack’s poems begin with a line that comes into her head and sticks. “I’m usually alone and I’m often walking, and I’ll click into a zone. It’s a word zone, where ideas meet syntax.” She writes many drafts, paring down to essentials. Her poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and other prestigious journals. Her chapbook The Slow Creaking of Planets was published by Finishing Line in 2007; a new collection, Doris’ Red Spaces, is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2014.  Kind launched at a Manhattan book party hosted by yogini/animal activist Sharon Gannon at Jivamukti Center. Published by Woodstockers Dayl Wise and Alison Koffler, it features a cover painting and drawings by Susan Siegel, whose work Primack first saw at the Hudson Valley Seed Library art show. “It was a beautiful rococo goat with a hat made of peas. I stood in front of that painting and just adored it,” says Primack. “Her work plays with the whole idea of kind, of what kind we are.”  

Primack grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her father was a doctor; her mother an attorney for nonprofit groups. Though they weren’t religious— “Jewishness was more of a cultural phenomenon in our house”—they kept what she calls “semikosher.” “You’re supposed to wait six hours between milk and meat? We’d wait an hour,” she explains. “And we’d eat in non-kosher restaurants. The biggest way we were kosher—I’ve never had shellfish or anything from a pig.” She stopped eating other meats at 13, after reading a story in “a geeky summer class at Dickinson College” in which a lamb’s throat is cut, soaking a wall with blood. Primack found the image disturbing, prompting one of her classmates to ask, “Well, are you a vegetarian?” She wasn’t. “I’d hardly heard the word ‘vegetarian.’ But it got me thinking: If I was disturbed by that image, I should not be contributing to that image. A month later, I looked at my plate, and instead of chicken, I saw a chicken. I put my fork down and told my parents I’d never eat meat again.” Her parents didn’t object—“probably because they didn’t think I’d stick to it. I had no willpower,” Primack says, laughing. “But on this issue I did.” This wasn’t the end of her food education. “I continued to joyfully eat cheese and eggs, having no idea there were ethical concerns with those foods. They were the staple of my vegetarian diet.” (To her chagrin, Primack dislikes such meatless-meal staples as eggplant, zucchini, and avocado—“If I can be vegan, anybody can be vegan.”) She attended Oberlin College, where she majored in English, anthropology, and Jewish studies. (She also met her future husband, though they fell out of touch for a decade years before reuniting in Brooklyn.) Primack worked at a farm and wilderness preserve outside Santa Cruz, trained as a union organizer in DC, and moved to Milwaukee, where she fell in love with dog-shelter worker named Barbara. “Ever since college I’ve known that I like the ladies as well as the gentlemen. That orientation didn’t change when I lived with Barbara, and it didn’t change when I married Gus. It’s hard for some gay women to understand and it’s hard for some straight men to understand, but to me it’s very simple: I fall in love with the person, who can be male or female.” And vegan? Barbara became vegetarian while living with Primack. Gus is vegan. Gus was still eating Kentucky Fried Chicken when we met, but he’s a thoughtful, compassionate person. People influence each other. The kind of person I’d fall in love with would be open to how we can be kinder.” In Brooklyn, Primack worked at a sexual harassment prevention and education center. Throughout, she wrote poems. “I took workshops in California, in Milwaukee, at NYU,” she reports. Poet Ruth Danon encouraged her to go to grad school; she started an MFA program at Brooklyn College, then transferred to Sarah Lawrence. After graduating in 2001, she and Mueller visited friends in Saugerties and “totally fell in love with the area.” On impulse, they bought the house in Hurley. “We didn’t even have jobs,” Primack says with a laugh. “We just moved.” Mueller’s work as a database developer was portable, and Primack started teaching at SUNY Ulster and Bard, first on campus and then with the Bard Prison Initiative at Eastern Correctional. “Those were the most motivated students I’ve ever taught,” she says. “Education mattered to them in a way I have never experienced.” “Most of my work life has been spent doing social justice work,” she observes. “I was also interested in social justice for other species. But I didn’t begin to combine those interests with writing till Kind.” She started this cycle of poems at a writers residency in Vermont, when her colleagues killed a mouse in the house they shared. “The thought that they felt entitled to end a life for their own reasons made me heartbroken,” says Primack, whose poem “God’s Glory” examines “that feeling of having dominion. What we don’t see is that we’re also very small. As an atheist, I yearned for a god that could show us that we are mice.“ “I don’t have a line between our species and other sentient beings,” she explains. “I don’t think children have that line; somewhere along the line we’re taught it. I find that separation very artificial, and I don’t think it leads us to healthy lives. It leads to profound problems in our world. It contributes to environmental disaster, to world hunger, to public health nightmares, to a breakdown of morality.” She started learning about vegan issues when she met Jenny Brown in 2005. “I was shocked by what I found out about dairy and eggs, both for the animals,

and for the changes I knew I was going to have to make. I thought dairy cows were just full of milk all the time, and were happy when humans milked them. A cow becomes full of milk when ready to give birth. We have to make her pregnant and carry the baby to term, and then we kill that baby so we can have that breast milk. I find that horrifying, and I haven’t given birth.” Her poem “Love This” bears witness to this brutal cycle. Primack’s empathy extends from farm animals to slaughterhouse workers stuck in nightmarish jobs. The opening lines of “The Workers” sound like the setup for a Borscht Belt comic: “An undocumented immigrant, / an illiterate mother, / a hungry thirteen-year-old, / and a sadist / walk into a slaughterhouse.” But what transpires is no joke: injuries, trauma, abuse. “Workers’ rights are a significant issue in animal agriculture,” Primack says. “I boycotted grapes in the ’80s; I’m definitely going to boycott meat now. Not participating at all gives me a real peace and joy. It feels good. And it’s easy.” Well, now it is—she admits there’s a learning curve. “What’s my favorite veggie sausage, can I make brownies without eggs, what do I put in my coffee? I mentor a lot of people who are thinking vegan thoughts.” Kind will reach many more, but Primack emphasizes that she didn’t write it for vegans. “This is a book of poems. It’s not a pamphlet, it’s not a diatribe. It’s not propaganda, any more than Wilfred Owen’s poems about World War I or Adrienne Rich’s poems about feminism are propaganda. I use the same attention to craft as I do with any poem.” She pauses. “I think poets take a step back, cock our heads and look, really look, at what other people might not see or take for granted.” That’s an apt job description for any poet. But when certain poets look, really look, at what others might miss, their vision goes past the appearance of things to the heart of the matter. Gretchen Primack urges her readers to see, really see, a world in which kindness is central. And when she addresses her fellow animals–mice, bees, dogs, pigs, hens, humans— “You cannot forget / Hell for even a day, and so I cannot / either,” she means every word. Gretchen Primack will appear on May 11 at 6:30pm at Woodstock’s Kleinert/James Arts Center, sponsored by Golden Notebook.

The Absence of Unnecessary Hurting This is the press of the earth. One star hanging there, honking like a goose. The lake a smudge of black juice, the hill a draped pancake. Frogs singing, sharp and gutty. Night! Clean air, clear water, five baby mink in a pile, snoring. Overwhelm can be dig from sludge below dock, on either side fruits slung over branches, glued to their seeds. Here in the slurry live the things I consider, here in the hills. What do people think of? What do they think of me in my carings? Ripples lunch on each other, heavenly body lights flicker, too cool for moths. I don’t want to hurt things. The fine brown eye of an animal, the broad slick leaf of a wing. I’d like to be gentle here. I want to be worthy of you, lovely ground, bury my face in your tired broken bread. From Kind (Post Traumatic Press, 2013), by Gretchen Primack 5/13 ChronograM books 83

SHORT TAKES Nonfiction gets up close and personal in six new books by Hudson Valley writers.

The incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science Akiko Busch, illustrations by Debby Cotter Kaspari Yale University Press, 2013, $25

Duchess County essayist Busch writes in an outbuilding between tended backyard and rambling woods, an elegant metaphor for her focus on the interconnection of human study and natural cycles. Weeding a riverbed, monitoring fish populations, or scanning the sky for bald eagles, this thoughtful and eloquent “citizen scientist” explores the true meaning of local habitation. Appearing 5/5 at 4pm, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck.

The Astor Orphan Alexandra Aldrich

Ecco Books, 2013, $24.99

Women of Privilege: 100 Years of Love and Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley Susan Gillotti Academy Chicago Publishers, 2013, $24.50

The Last Roll Jeff Jacobson Daylight Books, 2013, $39.95

These haunting, impressionistic photographs were taken after Jacobson’s 2004 lymphoma diagnosis, as he recovered from chemotherapy and worked his way through his personal stash of Kodak’s discontinued Kodachrome film, which shaped his distinctive vision. “I have outlived my film,” he proclaims, and these striking images bear triumphant witness. Appearing 5/4 at 3pm, Center of Photography, Woodstock. American Phoenix Sarah S. Kilborne Free Press, 2012, $27

William Skinner left the slums of London in 1845, doggedly reinventing himself as a Massachusetts silk tycoon. Three decades later, a burst dam flooded his empire and leveled the town that housed his workers. Against all odds, he rebuilt, and regained his fortune. Great-great-granddaughter Kilborne spins this rags-to-riches double play with a historian’s precision and a storyteller’s grace. Appearing 5/11 at Hudson Opera House. Life on a Rocky Farm: Rural Life near New York City in the Late Nineteenth Century Lucas C. Barger Excelsior Editions, 2013, $19.95

In the 1930s, a Putnam County native created a collection of witty anecdotes about his hardscrabble farming childhood. 70 years later, a relative on a genealogy hunt turned his writings into a book that reads like an afternoon chat with a favorite great uncle. Who knew people used to send mean valentines, or plant pole beans only on the new moon? Barger’s tales are a treat and a treasure. Get Out of My Crotch!: 21 Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights & Reproductive Health Edited by Kim Wyatt & Sari Botton, illustrations by Shelley Hocknell Zentner Cherry Bomb Books, 2013, $18

Righteous rage fuels this essential anthology of personal stories, political essays, and even a comic (“Binders Full of Women”). Tackling rape culture, domestic violence, and reproductive rights from diverse perspectives, these dispatches from the front lines of the War on Women are an urgent call to action. Sari Botton & Betty MacDonald will appear 5/24 at 7pm, Inquiring Minds Saugerties, and 6/9 at 7pm, Inquiring Minds New Paltz. Moving In Bruce Littlefield CreateSpace, 2013, $12.95

Fans of the long-running Blue Stone Press column by Ulster County’s preeminent “lifestyle authority” are sure to recognize the very local cast of characters in this rollicking collection of boy-meets-boy-meets-country-house essays. Please buy this book. Bruce needs a shirt. Appearing 5/11 at 4pm, Golden Notebook, Woodstock.

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or centuries, America’s lions of industry erected fabulous estates on the Hudson River’s pastoral east bank. Built to showcase wealth and influence, some have remained with their original families, even though the money to maintain them did not. Who are the wealthy without their wealth? Memoirists Alexandra Aldrich and Susan Gillotti know the answer firsthand. Aldrich was aware from an early age that the branch she occupied on her storied family tree was not very green. Instead of working at a job, her Harvard-educated father devoted his life to caretaking Rokeby, the 450-acre estate of his illustrious ancestors, including Astors and Livingstons. Located in Barrytown, Aldrich’s childhood home was shared by her parents, her uncle’s family, her grandmother, and—strewn among the outbuildings and woods—a collection of oddball freeloaders and tenants. As this memoir starts, Aldrich is ten, and the sprawling mansion is crumbling fast. There’s alcoholism, marital infidelity, and irresponsible bohemianism among its inner circle. But most potently, there’s a pervasive sense of disorientation and displacement, brought to sharp relief by her parents’ tenancy in three rooms of the servant’s quarters. An overachiever, Aldrich “genuinely idealized a respectable and disciplined life,” longing for simple things like parents with jobs, a fridge full of food, a set bedtime. Rokeby is stuffed with the art, possessions, and stories of generations past. Abandonment is a recurring theme in this family, including a tale of a great-grandmother and her 10 siblings who were orphaned by their parents’ near-simultaneous death from pneumonia. As the title implies and this poignant, sharply felt book illuminates, Aldrich is indeed the 12th orphan, left to raise herself at the intersection of tattered opulence and gritty reality. Susan Gillotti’s ancestors, the Shieffelin Crosbys, were the Aldriches’ downstream neighbors. Grasmere, an 898-acre Rhinebeck estate built by the Livingston family, was purchased by Gillotti’s great-great-grandmother in the 1890s, but sold by her mother Helen, who had inherited its debt and decay while still in college. When cleaning Helen’s house after her death, Gillotti discovered a closet stuffed with papers, and with them, a note: “For my daughters to read after I am gone. In these papers you will find answers to questions I know you have had.” The trove included a century’s worth of letters, journals, stories, and diaries written by Helen’s female ancestors. There were indeed answers, alongside questions Gillotti had never thought to ask, about emotional neglect, sexual identity, and mental illness. The papers offered a window into the lives of privileged women, minus any trace of gilded veneer. Not surprisingly, abundant money was no compensation for deficits in other areas, including intellectual and emotional freedom. Gillotti, a psychotherapist, found that creating this book led to understanding herself as well as her ancestors. Helen decorated every home she lived in with furnishings and photos from Grasmere, but she also carried less tangible baggage from the great house, and as her daughter reveals in the book’s preface, passed them on to her children as well. “The worlds of my forebears have gone forever,” she writes. “But I am their legacy, a woman who more than once has wondered how I acquired the sense of entitlement that sometimes gets in my way.“ Susan Gillotti will appear 6/9 at 4pm, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. —Susan Krawitz


.” Experience What will you experience at Mirabai?

Flora Gail Godwin

Bloomsbury, 2013, $26


uring the final months of World War II, high-school principal Harry Anstruther encamps to Tennessee to do secret war work, leaving 10-year-old daughter Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, isolated together in a decaying house in Mountain City, North Carolina, where a polio scare looms. Motherless since age three, Helen clings to the former grandeur of her mountaintop family home, haunted by memories of her doting paternal grandmother, Nonie, who has recently died. Given to confusing snobbery for gentility, the young “lady of the house,” by turns precocious and acerbic, believes herself superior to 22-year-old Flora, her late mother’s cousin. Though overly emotional, the sincere caretaker unwittingly will transform Helen, who henceforth will question the meaning of “simplemindedness” versus “simpleheartedness”—of sorrow versus remorse. Fleet and engrossing, bestselling author Gail Godwin’s fourteenth novel hinges on multigenerational intrigues, divulged piecemeal by retrospective narrator Helen, destined to become a writer of “elegiac tales.” The opening chapters establish that her mother and Flora—also born 12 years apart—were reared in the same Alabama household by two uncles and “the Negro woman who lived with them.” By the time of her arrival in Mountain City to serve as Helen’s companion, Flora has “just finished her training to become a teacher.” She likewise has absorbed womanly advice via a five-year letter-writing correspondence with Nonie, whose own crisscrossed youth had involved “running away from the family farm and her greedy new stepmother and menacing stepbrother.” Culled from flashbacks and the cache of letters, broader versions of family lore expand against the backdrop of Flora and Helen’s interactions. Godwin also aims for historical veracity—men wear suits to dinner and women Easter hats to church; townsfolk share telephone party lines and tolerate war rations. For Flora and Helen, there’s little escaping each other at erstwhile Anstruther’s Lodge, at one time directed by Nonie’s doctor-husband and catering to “wellpaying convalescent tuberculars or inebriates” called “Recoverers.” Now known as Old One Thousand (after its street address at the crest of Sunset Drive), the manse smothers the mismatched pair, ordered quarantined by Helen’s father, himself once afflicted with polio due to a misbegotten youthful romance. But Recoverers of a different sort still appear on the scene. Housecleaner Mrs. Jones clings to thoughts of a daughter who died young, sharing her communiqués from beyond the grave with Helen, who herself has been hearing Nonie’s voice. When Finn, dishonorably discharged and still shell-shocked from the war, shows up on a three-wheeled motorcycle to deliver groceries, jealous rivalry ensues. The mindset of imaginative Helen is particularly affecting throughout. About Flora, the younger cousin ruminates: “my goal was to get along with her on the surface for the rest of the summer while keeping my serious schemes to myself.” Retreating to the privacy of Nonie’s garaged Oldsmobile, she indulges a particularly favored fantasy: “I went...on with my story of how it would be when Finn came to live with us. Any branch of the story would lead to satisfying little branchlets. Finn’s driving lessons could turn into the first time he lets me drive to school and how everyone sees me with him the passenger seat...” Veering toward inevitable fatality, Flora makes a vivid impression.  A masterful novelist, Woodstock resident Godwin reminds readers how the derailments of youth can change the direction of adult life. Appearing 5/12 at 4pm, Golden Notebook, Woodstock. —Pauline Uchmanowicz

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the trip to beautiful Northern Westchester By Anne Pyburn Craig Photographs by Anne Cecille Meadows


estchester’s a rock star of a county. Towns like Scarsdale and Larchmont are synonymous with privilege and suburbia, populated by those who consider a half-hour a long commute. Then there’s the other Westchester, north of Route 287—a Westchester of rolling green spaces and rocking towns and hamlets. Northern Westchester partakes of the Hudson Valley and of New England as much as it does of the great metropolis to the south, blending savoir faire and careful development with joyous collective creativity. The meticulous curation and fierce love of place that have shaped this area might be exemplified by the Bedford Oak. With a branch-spread of about 120 feet, estimated to be five centuries old, it was already good-sized when a group of 22 Puritans purchased what would become Bedford in 1680. When land ownership changes appeared to threaten the oak in the 1970s, preservationists hastily arranged to buy the surrounding land. The oak stands preserved for the foreseeable future, as do the buildings around the village green, the over 100 linear miles of trails that make up the Bedford Riding Lanes, and much else that Bedford folks find good. 88 northern westchester ChronograM 5/13

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Bedford This doesn’t equate to being mired in the past. Bedford may be impeccable and serene, yet it’s also the first municipality in New York to have incorporated a Climate Action Plan into its comprehensive plan. In Bedford, as in all of north Westchester County, they just cherish what they’ve got—green space, fine arts, local grub and one another all being high on the list. The liveliest of Bedford Town’s three hamlets is named for Chief Katonah, from whom the place was purchased all those years ago. When Katonah’s original location was commandeered by New York City in the 1890s so that the Cross River Reservoir could be born, citizens picked up 50 buildings, put them on logs, and rolled them out of the way. Martha Stewart served her house arrest in Katonah and was still fond enough of the place to attempt to use the name as part of a trademark, homage that the Village Improvement Society and the Ramapough Mountain Indians joined together to decline. Katonah Katonah’s already a Good Thing. The nationally recognized Katonah Museum of Art began in a room over the library and now mounts six major exhibitions a year; there’s a sculpture garden, an interactive children’s zone, and a packed schedule of festivities. The meticulously restored John Jay Homestead State Historic Site has state-of-the-art digital interactive exhibits in its visitors’ center and maintains its own farm market and beekeeping school. Caramoor, the musical heart of Katonah, is a lush, vast estate built by a family with the express intention of eventually leaving it to the public, to which end they stuffed it with art; their evenings in the music room have evolved into a world class festival that presents everything from Verdi to the Amy Helm Band with tender loving joy. The Katonah Library’s poetry series has hosted 14 Pulitzer winners and six national Poets Laureate; one such, Billy Collins, directed the program for years and still advises. Even the retail gleams. Charles Department Store, family-run for 88 years now, thrives with a combination of solid quality and diversity— they’ve got your Wigwam socks, your Klean Kanteen drinkware, and your Dizzy Pig Barbecue Rub. They can sharpen your knives, resole your shoes, stretch your hat, and perform a “white-glove” installation of your new barbecue grill. For sustenance, you can bliss out on fine Italian at the Blue Dolphin Ristorante, a former diner that kept its laid-back feel whilst transitioning to Italian food that sends reviewers soaring to joyous heights of praise and threatening to drink the sauces. Jimmy’s Pub Bar is beloved for American and Irish pub classics, and the Katonah Restaurant serves breakfast all day long a block from the train station. opposite, clockwise from top left: Hilary Cosgriff at ebba in katonah, The Elephant Hotel, currently serving as Town Hall in Somers, Brad Burdick at Bedford Wine Merchants, Sabrina Vicente at Douro Cafe in Ossining, Kathleen Aguzzi at Bedford Free Library, Viktoria Fisch at Ebba in Katonah.

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Mount Kisco and Somers And that’s just one hamlet in a region generously dotted with an individualistic mix of communities. Mount Kisco is the retail zone, flush with boutiques, home design outlets, and exotic curios and gifts.You’ve got your choice of 40 restaurants, from fast food to French, Pan-Asian, seafood and Thai. If Mount Kisco is the region’s “metropolis in the heart of horse country,” as per Westchester magazine, then bucolic Somers might be the other end of the spectrum. Somers cherishes the memory of its circus era—watch for a pervasive yet tasteful elephant theme when you visit Somers, which you will want to do to experience Muscoot Farm. Begun in 1880 as a gentleman’s country paradise, forcibly relocated like Katonah at the turn of the century, and a working dairy for decades after that, the 770 acres of Muscoot Farm were taken over by Westchester County in 1967 and re-visioned into a living history museum. There are cattle, sheep, goats, fowl, and ponies, as well as a vegetable garden that serves the local food bank. Visitors are invited to enjoy bird walks, story times, demonstration, workshops, and permanent exhibits that bring farming history to life; admission is free, and they’re open year round.

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Peekskill and Ossining There’s more to the Northern Westchester zone than hamlets and horse country. The two good-sized river towns of Peekskill and Ossining, walkable from the Metro-North line, each have their own brilliance. Peekskill, faced with decline in the 1990s, had a Common Council sensible enough to realize that the important thing about a downtown is humans. Which humans? Artists, it was decided, tend to make great neighbors; among other things, they’re home a lot and pretty up the place. Peekskill poured resources into making itself a good place for artists to live and work, from targeted affordable live/work space to ardent support for core institutions like the Paramount Center for the Arts, a lovingly restored 1930s theatre.When the city-owned Paramount encountered a rough patch, the council reviewed three proposals before settling on a lease agreement with Red House Entertainment, run by a Peekskill native. Red House plans a blend of profit and nonprofit activities; look for a joyous grand-reopening in summer 2013. Meanwhile, all over town, you can view the works of the New Hudson River School as part of Peekskill Project V, a year-long orgy of exhibits, performances, and screenings presented by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. At the south end of the North Westchester coastline you’ll find Ossining, site of the storied Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Once one of the most repressive institutions in the US, Sing Sing is now known as the birthplace of Rehabilitation Through The Arts. which has drawn in high-powered teaching in some seven different art forms and is proving itself that rare thing, a rehabilitative program that actually connects participants with their better selves and decreases their anger levels. Back in 1998, when tough-on-crime policy ended higher education in state prison, Sing Sing inmates found private-sector allies and the Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison was born. Northern Westchester even does incarceration right. And you needn’t commit a felony to partake of great art in Ossining.There’s a village-wide, summer-long sculpture installation kicking off May 5, part of the exuberant bicentennial of this history-rich gem of a town where, faced with the decline of industry, the powers that be aimed not just for mere survival but for what mayor William R. Hanauer calls an “expansive Renaissance.” And in classic Northern Westchester style, you can dine there on anything from pizza and diner fare to Portuguese, Swiss, Japanese, or Caribbean specialties—just another aspect of this region of life lived large with good taste at the helm.

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Food & Drink

Lucien (Jason Cortlund, right) selling foraged mushrooms to Duncan (Eric Dean Scott) in a scene from Now, Forager


New films About Food Make For Passionate Viewing By Peter Barrett


ilms about food have a long history, ranging from sensual pleasures like Tampopo or Babette’s Feast to sobering documentaries like Food, Inc. or Supersize Me. There are some worthy new additions to the genre, all independent, that merit watching for anyone interested in the subject, and all three are watchable in your very own home (or will be soon). Farmageddon It? A few years ago, Kristin Canty, a stay-at-home mother of four from Massachusetts, became outraged that the raw milk she gave her son to cure his allergies was so hard to get, and that many of the farmers she met as she educated herself about her food supply were having legal issues. Eventually, not finding anybody willing to make a film on the subject, she took out a loan and made it herself. Farmageddon (on DVD and Netflix) illustrates the many ways in which legislation (mostly Federal) is designed by big agribusinesses to exempt themselves from scrutiny and food safety standards, all the while using those laws as weapons against small farmers who practice the sort of agriculture that actually looks like agriculture. Joel Salatin, featured prominently in Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, offers perspective, as do other experts and the affected farmers. The film is a vivid reminder that the kind of farming we want is under attack from the kind we don’t. One-size-fits-all regulations are a disaster; the big companies whose products actually kill people—like ground beef, peanut butter, and spinach in recent memory—escape any consequences while small family operations can be bullied out of business, allowing for still more consolidation of the industry. Organic farmers have to fill out mountains

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of paperwork, while “conventional” growers (meaning they use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides) do not. We witness the dismal sight of a Georgia buying club’s members forced to pour out their weekly delivery of milk—milk they have paid for; it’s their property—while inspectors look on. We meet the Faillace family, who raised sheep in Vermont, only to have their entire herd confiscated and destroyed by the USDA due to a stated concern about mad cow disease in the animals. A prolonged legal battle resulted in the release of information proving that there was never any evidence of any disease or contamination.We learn about similar raids, often involving armed law enforcement, around the country, amid much worry that this will become the rule rather than the exception. The film is especially troubling because it shows how Big Government, that supposed bugbear of the Right, is actually brought to bear on practitioners of organic, sustainable agriculture rather than industrial corporations. Raw milk is more regulated than guns. Hunger and Obesity Meet in the Processed Food Aisle It’s important, when discussing issues surrounding our food supply, to talk about hunger, now epidemic in the world’s richest country. A Place at the Table is a new documentary (in theaters, on demand, iTunes) by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush that addresses hunger in America and is unequivocal about its causes. One in six Americans is food insecure, meaning they are not sure where their next meal is coming from, and half of all children in this country will be on some form of food assistance in their lives. The arguments are presented clearly, with accessible graphics, and the conclusion is inescapable: The many billions in subsidies given to huge commodity growers make

Scenes from A Place at the Table, clockwise from top left: Jeff Bridges, Barbie Izquierdo and kids, Tom Colicchio, Leslie Nichols.

unhealthy processed food cheaper and fruits and vegetables more expensive. The national explosion of obesity since 1980 tracks almost exactly with the decrease in the cost of processed foods. The film makes it easy to see how obesity and hunger go hand in hand; when money is tight, people opt for cheap calories like soda, chips, and fast food. People living in food deserts—areas without access to a proper supermarket—often have no other options anyway. The film makes it clear that charities and food banks, while important, are just bandages; the cure is a change in Federal law that cuts subsidies for commodity crops and provides assistance to hungry people. We’re treated to a synopsis of the grisly legislative sausage making that resulted in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a school lunch program reform (half of which, with depressing irony, was paid for with cuts to food stamps). The increase in funding for this muchtouted improvement to an essential program? Six cents per child per meal. The actor Jeff Bridges, also an anti-hunger activist, has the best line of the film: “If another country was doing this to our kids, we would be at war.” We see one young mother, who finally gets a full-time job after a year of searching, only to find that the modest salary disqualifies her from getting food stamps, making it even harder to feed her children.We meet Rosie, a sweet fifthgrader in Colorado, who cheerfully explains that it’s hard for her to concentrate at school because all she can think about is food. A cattle rancher—a real cowboy, that most American of icons—takes a second job as a school janitor to feed his family. We watch a police officer who uses a local food bank correct his initial use of the word “humiliating” by changing it to “grounding.” These documentaries, though disheartening, are also galvanizing. There is work to be done: elected officials to call, farmers’ markets to support, buyers’

clubs to start, processed and GMO foods to boycott. While it’s hard to expect much legislative change any time soon, a lot can happen if enough people make a fuss. And it’s important to remember that eating, besides being a biological necessity, is also sublimely pleasurable. The simple act of growing and cooking real food for oneself can be seen as a form of political activism, and one with persuasive power, since people can taste the difference: A Place at the Table shows a moving scene of young children ecstatically eating their first honeydew melon, and shouting unanimously that they would prefer it to chips as a snack. Fungus Hunting While documentaries take a didactic approach to their subject, fiction can ask questions without answering them. Art changes consciousness differently, but no less powerfully when it’s well done. Now, Forager is an independent drama co-directed by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, who also wrote the screenplay and acts in one of the lead roles.The film follows Cortlund’s Lucien Echevarría and his wife Regina (Tiffany Esteb) as they forage mushrooms for New York City restaurants, and it explores the tension that grows between their diverging desires: Lucien is highly idealistic and uncompromising, which causes tension in their relationship; he only wants to forage, following the mushroom season all the way down to Central America in winter rather than working in restaurants to support themselves in the off-season, while Regina, craving more stability, is keen to take a steady cooking job. Both paths prove to be difficult: Lucien is robbed of his haul in the woods, and Regina goes all the way to Rhode Island to take a job at a “Basque” restaurant that turns out to be a dire greasy spoon where the specialty is something called “meat babies.” A wealthy and hilariously horrible housewife, 5/13 ChronograM food & drink 95

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for whom money offers the only meaningful measure of food’s quality, hires Lucien to cater an event at her house, and their scenes show the exact point at which his professionalism and need for the job are trumped by his visceral disdain for his employer. The fact that both Lucien and Regina are Basque-Americans connects them to a tradition of fierce independence and deep culinary tradition, as well as the cutting edge, since Basque cooking is among the most influential roots of the new globally aware yet locally sourced cuisine. The film celebrates supply, not demand. There are none of the lavish feasts or lingering food-porn closeups that many films about food traffic in; instead we watch Lucien, alone in the woods, make himself an omelet with ramps, morels, and wild turkey eggs on his truck’s tailgate with a camping stove. The movie unfolds gradually, rewarding patience—paced to match the Slow Food movement that it quietly explores a slice of. Halperin describes the similarity between their observational style of filmmaking and mushrooms: “They can’t be cultivated, they grow in their own time.” (The directors had a plan B script ready in the event the weather was dry and there was nothing growing in the woods. The film was filmed, in part, in the Hudson Valley.) As a study in the friction between ideals and the real world, in the context of sourcing food, it’s not so far from the documentaries: What we eat and where it comes from says a lot about who we are.

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Crafted Kup 44 Raymond Avenue #1, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 483-7070

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The Tomato Café 1123 Main Street, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-7779 www.tomatocafé

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


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

Leo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 1433 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 564-3446

Osaka 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278 Foodies, consider yourselves warned and informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy the freshest sushi and delicious traditional Japanese small plates cooked with love by this family owned and operated treasure for over 18 years. For more information and menus, go to

Pleasant Ridge II 208 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 831-3444

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

Stella’s Italian Restaurant 44 North Front Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-2210

Sushi Village 26 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-5245

465 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-3300

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152 Church Street, Millbrook, NY (845) 67-.8166

Caribbean Cuisine 271 Main Street, # 23, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2900

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

Eleven 11 1111 Main Street, Fishkill, NY (845) 896-0011

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

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

Goshen Gourmet 134 West Main Street, Goshen, NY (845) 294-2800 www.goshengourmetcafé.com

il Gallo Giallo Wine Bar & Restaurant 36 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3636

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

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The Ice House 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 232-5783

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Back Room Gallery

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Bear Mountain Inn (845) 786-2731

Diamond Mills

Beacon Institute For Rivers and Estuaries 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1600

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

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Minnewaska Lodge

Exposures Gallery

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

Sky Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-8556

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

Gallery 66 66 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 809-5838

Garrison Art Center 23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3960 Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY

James Cox Gallery

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

Lighthouse Solar (845) 417-3485

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

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

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

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

Architecture Richard Miller, AIA (845) 255-4480

Kate Johns, AIA 8 Park Row, Chatham, NY (518) 392-7909

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

Artisans Peaslee Design 82 Rocky Hill Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 594-1352

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

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


Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss School 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT (860) 435-3663

Wired Gallery 1415 State Route 213, (682) 564-5613

Northshire Bookstore Manchester Center, VT (800) 437-3700

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

Cabinet Designers

Staatsburg, NY (845) 889-4747

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

Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704

Granite Factory

Sawyer Savings

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

Ulster Savings Bank (866) 440-0391


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Storm King Art Center

Mirabai of Woodstock

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Neumann Fine Art

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

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River Winds Gallery

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

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H. Houst & Son Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2115

Herrington’s Hillsdale, NY: (518) 325-3131 Hudson, NY: (518) 828-9431

L Browe Asphalt Services (518) 479-1400

Marbletown Hardware True Value 3606 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-2098

MarkJames & Co. 199 Rt. 299, Suite 103, Highland, NY (845) 834-3047

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1557 Main Street, Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-3161

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Book Publishers ALVA Press, Inc. 214 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-5200 (919) 239-3791 Cell

Cinemas Rosendale Theater Collective Rosendale, NY

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Clothing & Accessories Lea’s Boutique 33 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY (518) 392-4666

Cooking Classes Kelly Miller Cooks Hudson Valley, NY (203) 858-5042

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

Craft Galleries Crafts People 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY (845) 331-3859 Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts; the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including: sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained glass, etc.

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

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

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

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.

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

Arch River Farm Millbrook, NY (845) 988-6468

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

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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

TheGreenSpace 73B Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 417-7178

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

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

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

Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens 389 Salisbury Turnpike, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-2953

Village of Ossining Village Hall, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY


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Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

Graphic Design Annie Internicola, Illustrator

Historic Sites Motorcyclepedia Museum 250 Lake Street (Route 32), Newburgh, NY (845) 569-9065

Home Furnishings & Decor Ethan Allen Route 32, 94 North Plank Road, Newburgh, NY (845) 565-6000


Lounge High Falls, NY (845) 687-9463

Home Improvement Certapro Painters (845) 987-7561 (212) 246-5087

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

H.G. Page Home & Hardware 360 Manchester Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

John A. Alvarez and Sons 3572 US 9, Hudson, NY (518) 851-9917

Terra Tile of Dutchess 1115 Route 9, Plant Depot Plaza, (845) 298-7737

William Wallace Construction (845) 750-7335

Insurance Wall Street Abstract 321 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 338-3584

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

Internet Services DragonSearch (845) 383-0890

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Marine Creative (888) 305-6800 ext. 1

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 473-2206

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

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

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

Eden Design Hudson Valley, NY (845) 389-1270

The Crafted Garden (917) 701-2478

Webster Landscape Sheffield, MA (413) 229-8124

Lawyers & Mediators Pathways Mediation Center

Fionn Reilly Photography

239 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0100

Saugerties, NY (845) 802-6109

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.

Ulster County Photography Club

Schneider, Pfahl & Rahme, LLP

Atelier Renee Fine Framing

(212) 629-7744

Wellspring (845) 534-7668

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

Organizations Columbia Land Conservancy (518) 392-5252

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Outfitters Mountain Tops Beacon, NY

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

Dogwood 47 East Main Street, Beacon, NY (845) 202-7500

Falcon Music & Art Productions 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY (845) 236 7970

Ridgefield Playhouse 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT (203) 438-5795

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

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (845) 758-7900

Pet Services & Supplies

Zimmer Gardens

Pet Country

(201) 280-2167

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

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128 Canal Street, Port Ewen, NY (845) 338-5580 The Ulster County Photography club meets the 2n Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm. Meet at the Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal Street, Port Ewen, NY. 845-338-5580. www. All interested are welcome.

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

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

Ne Jame Pools, Ltd. (845) 677-7665

Printing Services Fast Signs 1830 South Rd Suite 101, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-5600

Real Estate Catskill Farm Builders

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

The Gardens at Rhinebeck (845) 516-4261

Recreation New Paltz BMX Clearwater Road PO Box 1131, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1BMX

Schools Bishop Dunn Memorial School (845) 569-3496

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

Center for the Digital Arts / Westchester Community College Peekskill, NY (914) 606-7300

Harvey School 260 Jay Street, Katonah, NY (914) 232-3161

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7092

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

High Meadow School Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4855

Next Step College Counseling 15 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY (845) 242-8336

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

Trinity - Pawling School 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY (845) 855-4825

Wild Earth Wilderness School New Paltz / High Falls area, (845) 256-9830

Sunrooms Hudson Valley Sunrooms Route 9W, Beacon, NY (845) 838-1235

Weddings ROOTS & WINGS / Rev Puja Thomson P.O. Box 1081, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2278 Rev. Puja A. J. Thomson will help you create a heartfelt ceremony that uniquely expresses your commitment, whether you are blending different spiritual, religious, or ethnic traditions, are forging your own or share a common heritage. Puja’s calm presence and lovely Scottish voice add a special touch. “Positive, professional, loving, focused and experienced.”

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

Wine & Liquor Merchant Wine and Liquor, the 730 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 331-1923

Miron Wine and Spirits 15 Boices Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5155

Workshops The Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell Street, Kingston (845) 339-7834

Writing Services Peter Aaron

Tracking Wonder Consulting Jeffrey Davis, Chief Tracker, Accord, NY (845) 679-9441 See listing under creative enterprising.

Lea’ s clothing • jewelry • gifts

Fantastic clothing for fabulous people. We are delighted to announce the opening of the expanded Lea’s boutique with over 2000 square feet of retail space. Treat yourself to a unique shopping experience and exceptional customer service. Featuring Bryn Walker, Cut loose, Comfy USA, Chalet and more. Spring/Summer clothing arriving daily.

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33 Hudson Ave, Chatham, NY 518 392 4666

Is For Brides... High Definition Airbrush Make-up, Traditional Make-Up, Flawless Bridal Updos & Blowouts, Spa Packages, Massages, Facials, Body Wraps, Scrubs & Muds, Awe Inspiring Hair Cuts & Colors, Manicures, Pedicures, Health Consultations, and Specialty Waxing GIF T CERT IF I C AT E S AVAI L AB L E

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System overload got you down? A detox can reboot body, mind, and spirit.

by wendy kagan

illustration by annie internicola


t’s a messy world. Farmers wear hazmat suits in pesticide-drenched potato fields.The fish we eat is laden with mercury.Weed killer seeps into our drinking water. Invisible pollutants, like sinister fairies, lace the air we breathe. Even the breast milk we drink as babies, if we are lucky enough to get it, turns out to be afloat with trace toxins; some tests have revealed flame retardants and jet fuel ingredients. “Basically, we’ve been on a journey of accumulation since conception,” says Hillary Thing, owner of Accord Acupuncture & Herb Shoppe, who recently added cleansing and detox programs to her holistic healing offerings. “We each have more than 700 chemical contaminants on average inside our bodies. So it’s not such a surprise that as a species we’re experiencing declining fertility and declining immunity, that we’re overweight yet undernourished, and that cancer rates are soaring.” What’s a 21st-century Earth dweller to do? We can’t go live in a bubble. Nor can we accept our fate as the New Normal—its consequences are too lethal. One thing we can do, say some alternative experts, is cleanse. The words “cleanse” and “detox” might raise eyebrows as New Age healer marketing speak—bright and hopeful but potentially short on delivering their outsize promises, like sudden weight loss and vibrant, unassailable well-being. Regimes like these are also seasonally faddish, and when the daffodils raise their sweet heads in April we start to hear more about spring cleaning that extends beyond our hearths and into our very health. But when you take the average coffee-guzzling and processed-food-eating American and put him on a nutrientrich detox diet, the potential for amazing things can happen. And there might be something to it beyond hype when a cleanse has thoughtful expertise and research behind it. Two programs debuting this spring—Thing’s “Radical Radiance” course begins May 15, and Tom Francescott, ND’s “Natural Detox & Weight Loss Cleanse” starts at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck on May 31—offer just that kind of reassurance and guidance. While a background in traditional Chinese medicine informs Thing’s work, Francescott, who owns Dr. Tom’s Tonics in Rhinebeck, brings a naturopathic approach. “We give our cars an oil change every few months,” says Francescott, or Dr. Tom, as he’s known to patients. “We should do the same thing for our bodies.” Gentle Yet Powerful When most people think of a cleanse, it’s a juice fast or some other liquid menu accompanied by a strong laxative—but that’s not the recommended approach, especially for first-timers. “I definitely don’t suggest a water fast,” says Francescott. “People are too toxic. If it’s too much for your system, you’re going to get sick.” Instead of a spartan regime, Francescott prescribes a diet of thick shakes and green smoothies, fresh juices and whole fruits, soups, lean proteins, and bushels of vegetables both raw and cooked. Frequent grazing on fruits and veggies is encouraged, and good-fat accompaniments like coconut and flax oils, guacamole, 104 whole living ChronograM 5/13

and tahini get a thumb’s up. What’s missing from a cleanse diet, among other things, are common allergens and pro-inflammatory foods like dairy, corn, eggs, soy, and gluten (bread and pasta are verboten), as well as sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and soda; the elimination of the last three gives our overworked detox organ—the liver—a break. “People are surprised that they can be totally content with a diet of mostly vegetables and fruits,” says Francescott, “but a nutrient-dense diet will fill you up.” On a weeklong cleanse, the first three days are often the toughest, and the body and mind call out for their common crutches and comfort foods. “Just coming off caffeine can be hard,” says Veronica Domingo of Catskill, who took Francescott’s cleanse retreat at Omega, where she works as the curriculum developer, in 2010. But after those first few days, things shifted. “I realized that I didn’t need the caffeine after being so dependent on it. I thought, wow, I have energy now.” And by the end of day three, Domingo recalls a wave of epiphanies and aha moments passing through the retreat group. Someone’s blood sugar had never been so low, and another person’s blood pressure had dropped. Moderate exercise like walks and yoga, along with steam sessions in the sauna, were encouraged to egg on the detox process. By the end of the cleanse week, some retreaters noted improvements in things like mood, sleep, digestion, and mental clarity. An arthritis sufferer noticed that his pain and swelling had vanished and a range of motion had returned. “Even by just removing common allergens from the group’s diet, chances are you’re going to impact someone’s health,” says Francescott. “People learn what their body doesn’t need, and they let go of what no longer serves them.” A Cleansing Lifestyle In order to effect lasting change, cleanse practitioners need to keep the momentum going. While some incorporate a few simple practices into their lives post-cleanse, others radically restructure their relationship to food and their bodies. “I see cleansing as a daily practice, not as a short-term regimen after which you turn back to a life of reclogging your system,” says Thing. Her cleansing-as-a-lifestyle method consists of daily rituals and practices that allow practitioners to process, loosen, and remove waste, toxins, and other obstructions to the life force known in Chinese medicine as chi. “Alcohol, medications, the processed food we ate as children—our body holds onto and stores all of this, and it does so at a cost. Our life force energy can’t flow as well anymore and we have a kind of blah experience in life. It looks a little different from person to person, but the trend is very much the same. Once I began to see this, the more I saw it everywhere. When I began to do this work with the people I treat and with myself, then I really saw the benefits.” She also noticed that acupuncture and herbs worked better during cleansing, and patients who had reached a stubborn plateau in their healing journey were having breakthroughs. “It has really proven itself to me clinically.”

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At Kripalu, we invite you to breathe—to intentionally pause the ongoing demands of life, bring your attention inward, and rediscover your authentic nature. Conscious engagement with the breath connects you with the intelligence and power of the life force within and around you. Whenever you are faced with a challenge— on the yoga mat, in a relationship, at work, or with your health—you can draw on a deep sense of ease, purpose, and mastery to create positive change. We call it the yoga of life. read join the conversation

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High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts

Acupuncture Herbal Medicine

Qigong and Meditation Classes Allergies Women’s Health Weight Management

Namasté Sacred Healing Center Personal Growth, Spiritual Healing

Chakra Therapy

Individual Sessions, Workshops, Group and Private Retreats

UPCOMING EVENTS Chakra of the Month: In-depth, Embodied Exploration One Chakra at a Time 1st Chakra - 5/18; 2nd Chakra - 6/15; 3rd Chakra - 7/13; 4th Chakra - 8/10; 5th Chakra- 9/21; 6th Chakra - 10/19; 7th Chakra - 11/23 (Come for the series or individual sessions) The Story Is The Journey: Connect with Your Inner Process through Myth and Story 6/20 - 6/23 Black Class Sound Healing Event (led by Robert Deeter) 6/29 Dancing With the Goddess: A Women’s Gathering 7/19 - 7/21 Standing In My Life: Uncovering, Embracing and Living Your Empowered Self 8/22 - 8/25

Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac., Dipl. C.H. Board Certified (NCCAOM)

Please call or email for pricing and further information

7392 S. Broadway (Rt.9) North Wing of Red Hook Emporium

Red Hook, NY 845-758-2424

Some insurances accepted Saturday hours available

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A typical day of the cleansing lifestyle looks something like this. Upon rising, a glass of lemon water followed by two to four cups of fresh vegetable juice help the body do its natural job of elimination and self-cleansing in the morning, when it’s meant to happen. Practitioners are encouraged to move from light, raw fare to more dense, cooked foods throughout the day and during any given meal. Foods that sustain the body’s naturally alkaline state, including generous amounts of vegetables and fruits, take precedence over acidic foods like breads and meats. Certain principles of food combining also govern meals to enable more efficient, easier digestion (a big no-no is putting carbs and animal products together, like pizza, hamburgers, and almost every meal the average American eats). Regular exercise and other practices help the body along its detox path, from sweating to elimination. “You have to do this stuff gradually,” says Thing. “If you’re jumping in so fast that you feel like you’re denying yourself, it’s not going to last. Eating this way also has to become pleasurable because if it’s not, that’s not a sustainable lifestyle. A big part has to do with the learning curve of eating in a new way— learning how to make really delicious raw vegetable salads and side dishes so that it becomes an easy and desirable part of your everyday diet. The beneficial effects are very motivating to people because they start to feel better and have more energy almost immediately.” The Art of Letting Go In an in-depth cleanse, practitioners eventually find that it’s not just physical toxins they are clearing; it’s emotional toxins too. “Sometimes during a cleanse you can let go of something that you were holding onto and that you were not aware of before,” says Francescott. He’s seen people release things like long-held grief or anger during a cleanse. Others have had life epiphanies, like one client who realized that she needed to leave her job. It’s as if through cleansing we are hitting the reset button on our lives, which can catalyze change on many levels. One client of Thing’s was inspired to do a massive decluttering and reorganization of her home. “The physical cleansing goes hand in hand with emotional and mental processes of letting go, of releasing patterns and beliefs that are no longer life-generating for you,” says Thing. Recognizing the mind-body-spirit connection, Francescott weaves mindfulness practices into his detox retreat program. With awareness-building exercises, journaling, meditation, and visualization, participants find new tools for dissolving stress—one of the most pervasive toxins in our culture today. And during a food cleanse is the perfect time to also take a media break, cutting out television, movies, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, and radio to limit our intake of emotionally disturbing information. “Cleansing is a way in to make our patterns shift,” says Francescott. “It’s as old as the ages. The Native Americans had sweat lodges; in Finland they have saunas. Shamans fast before special events and ceremonies to get clear. It can take many forms—there are endless ways to cleanse.” For a successful detox, Francescott adds, preparation is key. He gives individual clients a shopping list heavy on vegetables and fruits, as well as recipes for smoothies, soups, and other staples to gather before day one. Once the cleanse is under way, it’s a good idea to have support and guidance through a group, retreat, or holistic health-care provider. Highly customizable, a cleanse can mean different things to different people depending on their starting point. “Cleansing doesn’t have to be severe, stressful, or challenging,” says Francescott. “It can be as simple as drinking more water and less coffee.You can do an easy, natural detox.” Toxins, Be Gone Since we can’t exactly measure the contaminant levels in our bodies without complex lab tests, how can we know that we’ve reduced them? Cleansing is successful, says Thing, when we notice that we have more energy, joy, and flow. When there’s less blockage in our system we have better digestion, easier breathing, and less brain fog, among other benchmarks. “Across the board, there’s nobody who engages in this who doesn’t feel lighter and more energetic, and who doesn’t lose weight if that’s what they need,” says Thing. “As human beings we’re meant to conduct vitality and have energy all the time. We’re naturally joyful and creative, and we’re able to heal. Ultimately, we want to be in charge of our bodies and not have to rely on doctors or even alternative people to tell us what’s best. Health, to me, in a word, is freedom.” RESOURCES

 Tom Francescott, ND (845) 876-5556; Hillary Thing, LAC (845) 626-1228;

holistic ORTHODONTICS In a Magical Setting

ALF Appliance Fixed Braces Functional Appliances Invisalign Snoring & Sleep Apnea Appliances Cranial Adjustments Flexible Payment Plans Insurance Accepted Welcoming Children and Adults Rhoney Stanley, DDS, MPH, RD, CertAcup 107 Fish Creek Rd, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2729 or (212) 912-1212 cell •

Hansen Healing Carolyn E Hansen

Brennan Healing Science Practitioner Certified Hands of Light ™ Workshop Leader Brennan Integration Practitioner E X P E R I E N C E E N E R G Y H E A L I N G A S TA U G H T AT THE PREMIER HEALING SCHOOL IN THE WORLD Give me a call! (845) 687-8440

View cleansing meal and recipe ideas from Tom Francescott of Doctor Tom’s Tonics.

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Bluestone Acupuncture,PLLC

Joan Apter

44 West Street, Warwick, NY (845) 986-7860

(845) 679-0512 (845) 338-2965

Creekside Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Stephanie Ellis, L Ac

See also Massage Therapy

371A Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 546-5358

Helping the alcoholic and addict find the gift of sobriety for over 4 decades and 4 generations. MEN’S PROGRAM


(845) 626-3555

Kerhonkson, New York




Licensed by NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

CARF Accredited

The Sedona Method‰ Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy Discover how to effortlessly turn fear, loss, grief, stress, trauma, addiction, spiritual crisis, and any other life challenge into courage, joy, peace, love, creativity, abundance, self mastery, life mastery and flow. The Sedona Method is an elegantly simple yet remarkably profound and effective way to effortlessly dissolve any obstacle to having the life that we all desire. For the only certified and authorized Sedona Method coaching in the Hudson Valley call The Accord Center, 845 626 3191. Phone sessions are available. Find more information and testimonials at


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Private treatment rooms, attentive one-onone care, affordable rates, many insurances, sliding scale. Stephanie Ellis graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in pre-medical studies. She completed her acupuncture and Chinese medicine degree in 2001 as valedictorian of her class and started her acupuncture practice in Rosendale that same year. Ms. Ellis uses a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine, Japanese-style acupuncture and trigger-point acupuncture. Creekside Acupuncture is located in a building constructed of non-toxic, ecofriendly materials.

High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts, Oriental Medicine, Carolyn Rabiner, L Ac 87 East Market Street, Suite 102, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-2424

Hoon J. Park, MD, PC 1772 South Road, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-6060

Astrology Planet Waves Kingston, NY (845) 797-3458

Body & Skin Care Hudson Valley Skincare

Counseling Julie Zweig, MA, Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Imago Relationship Therapist and NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor 66 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-3566

Marian E. Dunn, Phd (914) 646-5349

Transpersonal Acupuncture

The Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy

(845) 340-8625

(845) 646-3191

The Rite Brane 69 Main Street, 3rd Floor, New Paltz, NY (845) 625-7591

Dentistry & Orthodontics Holistic Orthodontics ‚Dr. Rhoney Stanley, DDS, MPH, Cert. Acup, RD

John is a spiritual counselor, healer, and teacher. He uses guided imagery, morphology, and healing energy to help facilitate life changes. He has successfully helped his clients to heal themselves from a broad spectrum of conditions, spanning terminal cancer to depression. The Center also offers hypnosis, and Raindrop Technique.

107 Fish Creek Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2729 and (212) 912-1212

Kary Broffman, RN, CH

The Center For Advanced Dentistry‚ Bruce D. Kurek, DDS, FAGD

15 plus years of helping people find their balance. As a holistic nurse consultant, she weaves her own healing journey and education in psychology, nursing, hypnosis and integrative nutrition to help you take control of your life and to find True North. She also assists pregnant couples with hypnosis and birthing.

494 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-5600

Fitness Trainers Primal Life Training New paltz, NY (845) 380-2314

Healing Centers Namaste Sacred Healing Center Willow, NY (845) 688-7205; (845) 853-2310

Villa Veritas Foundation

Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Empowered By Nature (845) 416-4598

Lorraine Hughes, Registered Herbalist (AHG) and ARCB Certified Reflexologist offers Wellness Consultations that therapeutically integrate Asian and Western Herbal Medicine and Nutrition with their holistic philosophies to health. This approach is grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine with focus placed on an individual’s specific constitutional profile and imbalances. Please visit the website for more information and upcoming events.



Rubenfeld Synergy® Psychodrama Training


25 Harrington St, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-7502

Zweig Therapy

Nancy Plumer, Energy Healing and Mystery School

Julie Zweig, MA, LMHC

Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-2252

Energy Healing and Mystery School with One Light Healing Touch in Stone Ridge begins January 11, 2013. The School is based in Shamanic, Esoteric and Holistic teachings. Learn to increase your intuition, psychic abilities; release old programming - hurt, grief, sadness, pain; become empowered, grounded, and heart-centered; access Source energy and increase spiritual awareness and more. Call for information and registration.

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (800) 944-1001

Stone Ridge Healing Arts

Imago Relationship Therapy New Paltz, New York • (845) 255-3566 • (845) 594-3366 •

John M. Carroll H ,T ,S C EALER

3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-7589

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

Hansen Healing (845) 687-8440

Hudson Valley Center for Neurofeedback 12 Davis Avenue, Vassar Professional Building, Poughkeepsie (845) 473-4939

John M. Carroll 715 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8420



“ John is an extraordinary healer whom I have been privileged to know all my life. Miracles still do happen.” —Richard Brown, MD Author Stop Depression Now


“ John Carroll is a most capable, worthy, and excellent healer of high integrity, compassion, and love.” —Gerald Epstein, MD Author Healing Visualizations

Health Alliance 396 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 334-4248

See John’s website for schedules of upcoming classes and events. or call 845-338-8420

Health Quest Medical Practice

Holistic Health


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Kerhonkson, NY (845) 626-3555

(845) 876-6753

Judy Swallow

Sharon Hospital 50 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon, CT (860) 364-4000

Massage Therapy Joan Apter (845) 679-0512

Luxurious massage therapy with medicinal grade Essential Oils; Raindrop Technique, Emotional Release, Facials, Stones. Animal care, health consultations, spa consultant, classes and keynotes. Offering full line of Young Living Essential oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and non-toxic cleaning products.

Medication-free treatment for ADD / ADHD Spring icing Special pr OFFer. call TODaY!

Left: Barbara Monaco, LSCW-R, BCN, Executive Director Center: Dan Meyer, PhD, BCB-N. Clinical Director Right: Alyssa Montgomery, BA,BCN, Associate

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive intervention to help retrain the brain related to ADHD, Learning Challenges, PDD/Autism, Migraines and other headaches, OCD, Anxiety, Panic and TBI.

12 Davis Avenue, Vassar Professional Building, Poughkeepsie, NY 845.473.4939 IBM Employee SCCAP Reimbursement Available Neurofeedback now recognized as a best practice by the American Academy of Pediatrics 5/13 ChronograM whole living directory 109

Mediators Billy Blanks Jr, Creator Sharon Catherine Blanks, Creator

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.

A total body, high-energy, cardio dance workout infused with all styles of dance including hip hop, bollywood, line dancing, ballroom, disco, broadway, African, Russian, Irish, Hula, and so much more. THE MASTER CLASS AT THE YMCA Taught by Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blanks June 1, 2013: 10am-11am For more information, call the YMCA June 2, 2013: 10am-11am at (845) 338-3810 or visit us at $5 Members/$10 Non-Members Limited Capacity. 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY Register at the YMCA membership Office

Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts


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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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Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO, 3457 Main Street, Stone Ridge; 138 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 687-7589

Design Your Own Future Nurture Your Children Preserve Your Assets


Rodney Wells, CFP 845-534-7668

Judy Swallow, MA, LCAT, TEP 25 Harrington Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-7502

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

Giannetta Salon and Spa 1158 North Avenue, Beacon, NY (845) 831-2421

Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-4800

Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Featuring Gelek Rimpoche: Jewel Heart Annual Spring Retreat, May 24-27, and Sharon Salzberg and Rachel Cowan: Celebrate Independence with Us - Loving Kindness as a Path to Inner Freedom, July 5-7.

FirstCare Walk-In Medical Center 222 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-3773

Psychics Psychic Readings by Rose

Spirituality AIM Group 6 Deming Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-5650

40 Mill Hill, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6801

Psychically Speaking (845) 626-4895 or (212) 714-8125

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

Beth Woogen, LCSW

Overeating and Food Addiction Accord Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy While sometimes endlessly alluring, overeating doesn’t actually satisfy any of our true and deepest hungers. These deep hungers are messages from the soul. We need to listen deeply to hear those messages. Learn how to deeply listen to your soul by being deeply listened to and discover how to gently and effectively unravel the pattern of overeating and food addiction. The Accord Center has been successfully helping people to dissolve the pattern of overeating and food addiction since 1986. 845 626 3191 • Both in-person and phone sessions are available.

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Tarot Rosa Torres, formely of The Owl and The Serpent 614 North Elting Corners Road, Highland, NY (845) 417-4738

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

(914) 528-1420

Janne Dooley, LCSW, Brigid’s Well New Paltz, NY (347) 834-5081

Brigid’s Well is a psychotherapy, coaching and supervision practice. Janne specializes in childhood trauma, addictions, codependency, relationship issues, and inner child work. Coaching for Life Transitions and Practice Building for Health Professionals. Starting in 2013 monthly Trauma Training Workshops for therapists and healers and Circle of Women Workshop Series. Call for information or consultation. FB page: www. Sign up for Newsletter on Website.

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

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Stockbridge, MA (800) 741-7353

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


Often your retirement plan does not benefit when it JOANNE “sits” or E. “stays” SECKY – but what you do with your Financial Consultant, Registered Principal “rollover” can make a difference to your future. P.O. Box 27, New Paltz, NY 12561 Tel: (845) 255-8680

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event PREVIEWS & listings for may 2013 Foraging for ramps in Ulster County. Ramp Fest will take place at Basilica Hudson on May 4.

Amped for Ramps 15,000 years ago humans existed solely on the food they hunted and gathered. Now the average American may never eat a foraged fruit or vegetable. But does this primitive instinct from our ancestors, to find our own food in the landscape rather than aisle 9 at ShopRite, lie dormant just waiting to be revived? The primordial practice of foraging food has, ironically, become a sophisticated trend. Primitive and trendy both describe the foraging of ramps—one of spring’s first vegetables in North America. This veggie’s distinction is that it’s not only local and seasonal—it’s wild, too. Ramps are the namesake of Chicago (“shikaakwa” was the name given to ramps by native tribes), and have a funky flavor that is reminiscent of both onion and garlic. The ramp is widely celebrated in the Northeast during April and May. “It’s become a boom,” says Chef Jeff Gimmel of Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson, who founded Hudson’s Ramp Fest. For its third year, the event will feature the ramp-based culinary creations of 21 chefs from restaurants in the Hudson Valley and New York City at Basilica Hudson on May 4. “Like all good ideas, it came about while drinking wine with friends,” says Gimmel on his notion to begin Ramp Fest. The event more than doubled in its second year and about 500 people attended. This year Ramp Fest should have its greatest outcome yet. Most of the participating chefs forage for ramps on their own, or coworkers trek into the wilderness for them. The plants live in the woods alongside streams and creeks, but don’t expect a forager to show you where to find them. “Foraging is historically known to be very secretive,” says Gimmel, who walks about 10 minutes through hilly terrain to reach his foraging destination and would rather not share where that location is.

The plants have broad, smooth, light green leaves and generally grow in patches that you’ll begin to find in mid-April. Their short-lived season ends in just six weeks or so. Participating chefs are given instructions on how to find the vegetable and remove it from the ground properly. The ramp will not grow back if you rip the bulb out of the ground, which can be a problem, as amateurs are not aware of the proper removal technique. Between the ground and the plate, chefs get creative with the ramp. One of the most fun dishes served at last year’s Ramp Fest was prepared by Zak Pelaccio, whose new restaurant, Fish & Game, is set to open in Hudson this month. The dish paired ramps with roast lamb, as well as a shot of Four Roses bourbon and a follow-up shot of ramp pickle juice. “It loosened everybody right up,” says Gimmel. Whether it’s the primitive experience of foraging or just plain fun, Ramp Fest doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Or maybe it’s just the changing of the seasons. “We’ve been cooking with root vegetables and braised meat all winter. It’s time for asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, and ramps,” says participating Chef Jamie Parry of Another Fork in the Road in Milan. Ramp Fest will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 12-4pm at Basilica Hudson, a renovated 19th-century factory. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and $10 for kids ages 5-12. Metropolitan Hot Club will perform gypsy jazz of the '30s and '40s. And there will be drinks. —Keri-Sue Lewis 5/13 ChronograM forecast 113

WEDNESDAY 1 Clubs & Organizations International Workers’ March in Poughkeepsie 2-7pm. March, rally, and celebrate. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

Film Before & After Dinner 7:30pm. Presented by the Beacon Film Society. Andre Gregory will present the film. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. The People Speak 7pm. Presented by The Social Justice Committee. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998.

Health & Wellness Hope After Neonatal Death through Sharing 6:30pm. First Wednesday of every month. Open to all who have suffered the loss of a child, before, during, or after birth. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie.

Kids & Family May Day Celebration 11am. Maypole dancing, flower crowns, games, and other traditional festivities. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-4015 ext. 106. Tie Dye T-Shirts for Teens 7pm. Bring your own shirt. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Music Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom 7pm. Jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Eliza Gilkyson 8pm. $20. Singer/songwriter. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. English Beat 8pm. $60/$40. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Hugh Pool 8:30pm. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Keller Williams 8pm. $37.50. Singer/songwriter jam. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Student Composers Concert 8pm. $8/$6/$3. Studley Theatre, New Paltz. 257-7869.

Theater Sight Unseen 8pm. $20. By Donald Margulies. Featuring Audrey Rapoport and Greg Skura. Directed by Michael Rhodes. Presented by Tangent Theatre. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020.

Monday Men 8:30pm. Americana. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Old Songs Acoustic Open Mike 7:30pm. First Wednesday of every month. $3. Local performer Kate Blain hosts. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815.

Workshops & Classes Baby Sign, Say & Play 10am. $120/6 weeks. Using signs as a means of communication through puppetry, stories, music, and more (ages six months to two years). Inner Light Heath Spa, Poughkeepsie. 891-5821.

Film Film Night: Sacred Science 7pm. Eight brave souls leave their homes in the developed world to seek a second opinion for their illnesses in the Amazon Jungle. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. Herman’s House 6pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. In Bed with Ulysses 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Live 8pm. $20. Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, and Tom Bodett to play the quiz in front of a live audience. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Health & Wellness Integrated Energy Healing 11:30am. First Thursday of every month. $75 for 50 minutes/$95 for 80 minutes. With "Heart Whisperer" Kristine Flones. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 750-9484. Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

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Open Mike Night 10pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Eliza Gilkyson 8pm. $25. Folk singer-songwriter. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 784-1199.

Workshops & Classes Mastering the Palette Knife 10am-5pm. Through May 5. $290. With Mary Anna Goetz. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

SATURDAY 4 Art Galleries and Exhibits May 2013 Invitational 3pm-6pm. Opening reception. 510 Warren St Gallery, Hudson. (518) 822-0510. New Works by David Goldin, Norm Magnusson, and Molly Rausch. 5-7pm. Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston.

Business & Networking Vendor Blender 12-4pm. Hosted by the Gardiner Auxiliary. Gardiner Fire House, Gardiner. 255-1689.

Clubs & Organizations 3rd Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair 11am-3pm. Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh. 562-1195.

Dance Swing Dance 8pm. First Saturday of every month. $10. Workshop at 7:30pm with Linda and Chester Freeman. MAC Fitness, Kingston. 853-7377.

Fairs & Festivals Hudson Valley Garden Association Garden Fair 10am. $12/$8 in advance. A celebration of gardening in the Hudson Valley featuring specialty garden vendors, lectures, free demonstrations, guided arboretum tours and local garden exhibitors. Orange County Arboretum, Montgomery. 418-3640. Lady Fest Upstate 6pm. A music and arts festival featuring women, trans, and gender nonconforming artists. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4. Ramp Fest Hudson 2013 12-4pm. Original ramp-based dishes by top chefs and restaurants from upstate and the city. Food, drinks, and live music. Basilica Industria, Hudson. Sing In the Seedlings Sale & Celebration 8am. Music, seedling sale, worksongs, family farm activities and traditional games, theatrical revels, and barn dance. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 255-1052.

Film CinemaLUX event: Mothers of Bedford 5:30pm. $10/$7.50 members. Q&A with filmmaker Jenifer McShane and guest Mona Graves, one of the mothers of Bedford. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. In Bed with Ulysses 8:15pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Precious Metal Clay: Bronze 6-9pm. $150. Create your own original jewelry designs with this amazing material that begins as clay and ends as metal. Two-part workshop, 2nd day May 8. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

Hooks & Needles, Yarns & Threads 10am-2pm. First Thursday of every month. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

The New Creek People CD Release Celebration 8pm. $5. A collection of five songs. Part of Saugerties First Friday. Dave’s Coffee and Wine House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

Hungry for Music Benefit Transverse earthwork sculptures, enjoy live music, and admire found-object artwork for a musical cause. Opus 40, Harvey Fite’s six-and-a-half acre bluestone labyrinth, hosts a benefit for Hungry for Music—a nonprofit that provides free instruments to underprivileged children throughout the United States. The oneof-a-kind sculpture park and museum holds “Musical Visions: Live Music & Art Auction” on Saturday, May 4 from 4 to 7pm. More than 30 local artists, including bricolage artist Polly Law, transformed old musical instruments into paintings, sculptures, and assemblages—which will be sold during a silent auction. Admission to the event is by donation, including worn but functional musical instruments. (845) 246-3400;

Lauren DiNardo’s Rock 'n' Roll Couture Fashion Show 7:30pm. $25. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Gardiner Library Book Club 3-4pm. First Thursday of every month. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Lorelei Smith 7pm. 15 -year-old musician and singer-songwriter. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Shorty King’s Clubhouse 9:30pm. Roots. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Josephine Foster 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Clubs & Organizations

Ikebe Shakedown & Oobleck 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Josh Mayfield Exhibit 5-8pm. Weathervane Clubhouse, Washingtonville. 614-4066.

big BANG: Mostly Mingus 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


The Howlin' Brothers 8pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

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Teen Tech Tutors 5-7:30pm. First Wednesday of every month. One-onone computer help. By appointment only. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Dennis Newberg 7pm. An evening of solo acoustic. Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel. 583-3141.

Roots Music with Max Godfrey 7:30pm. $10. Delta Blues, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, spirituals, and prison worksongs. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 902-8154.


WDS Book Fair and Open House 9am. Book fair through May 3. Books for all ages, author visits, and more. Woodstock Day School, Saugerties. 246-3744.

Swing Dance Class 6pm. Beginner at 6pm. Intermediate at 7pm. Performance class at 8pm. Four-week class with Linda & Chester Freeman. Boughton Place, Highland. 236-3939.

Dave Mason 5:30pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277.

Nevermore, Polly M. Law

Clubs & Organizations HV: CREATE 8:30am. First Friday of every month. An informal meetup space for creatives to meet, connect, and inspire each other with instigator Jeffrey Davis. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 679-9441. Star Nations Sacred Circle 7pm. First Friday of every month. $5. A positive, not for skeptics discussion group for experiencers of the paranormal. Center For Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8083.

Film Herman’s House 6pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. In Bed with Ulysses 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Private 7pm. Films of Palestine Series. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884.

Kids & Family The Ramapo Salamander­—A New York Legend 7pm. A large mask and puppet show with shape note hymns. For all ages. Performed by the Free Columbia Puppet Troupe. Philmont Village Green, Philmont. (518) 672-4090.

Lectures & Talks Fred J. Johnston House Tour 1-4pm. $5. Guided tour of c.1812 Federal-style house featuring the Fred J. Johnston collection of 18th and early 19th-century American furnishings and decorative arts. Friends of Historic Kingston, Kingston. 339-0720. Image & Word 1pm. Ask about process, materials, inspiration, or just peruse the many ways 28 artists see interactions of words with images. Unframed Artist Gallery, New Paltz. 255-5482. The Incidental Steward 7pm. With Akiko Busch and Stuart Findlay. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Literary & Books Sharon Rosen Presents Crazy World, Peaceful Heart 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music Alexis P. Suter Band 7pm. Coyote Campus opens. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

TriBeCaStan 8:30pm. $20adv./$25door. Contemporary group that combines jazz, world, and bluegrass elements. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Vassar College Orchestra 8pm. Eduardo Navega, conductor. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319.

Nightlife Voyage: Celebrating the Music of Journey 8pm. $50/$35. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Food & Wine 2013 CSA Sign-Ups $295+. Features specialty salad greens, veggies, heritage fruit and berries, culinary herbs, cut flowers, and eggs. Stonegate Farm, Balmville. A Martha Washington Tea 2pm. $20. Music of Martha’s time by Salmagundi Consort & Abigail Adams. "First American Feminist?" by Dr. Susan Ingalls-Lewis. Old Dutch Church, Kingston. 338-6759.

Health & Wellness 13th Annual Women’s Health & Fitness Expo 8:30am-4pm. Speakers, workshops, booths, health screenings. Miller Middle School, Lake Katrine.

Saugerties’ First Friday 6-10pm. Live music, bright art, pink wine, tango lessons, and dinner under the stars. Saugerties. (347) 387-3212.

Introductory Workshop 11am-1pm. $15. Workshop covers postures, breath, and relaxation techniques, along with an overview and approach to classical yoga. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Woodstock Commons: An Integrated Campus 11am. Ribbon cutting, dedication, lunch, and tour in celebration of the completion of the LEED certified, intergenerational housing campus. Woodstock Commons, Woodstock. 331-2140 ext. 263.

Kids & Family

Theater Couples 8pm. A collection of acclaimed short two-character comedies and dramas about love, lust, and relationships by Rich Orloff. Parker Theater, New Paltz. Dog Meets God 7:30pm. $1/$5 students and seniors. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4423. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida 8pm. $20/$17 seniors and children under 12. A contemporary musical take on a classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Othello 11am. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival children’s performance. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. Sight Unseen 8pm. $20. By Donald Margulies. Featuring Audrey Rapoport and Greg Skura. Directed by Michael Rhodes. Presented by Tangent Theatre. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020.

Primordial Qi Gong Weekend Workshop 2pm. Through May 5. $60. Two-day class on the ceremony of Wu Ji. Pre-registration is required. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, Beacon. 742-8494. Free Comic Book Day Comic book stores around the country will be giving away free comic books to celebrate this art form. Dragon’s Den, Poughkeepsie. 471-1401. The Ramapo Salamander – A New York Legend 4 & 7pm. A large mask and puppet show with shape note hymns. Show for all ages. Performed by the Free Columbia Puppet Troupe. Philmont Village Green, Philmont. (518) 672-4090.

Lectures & Talks Fred J. Johnston House Tour 1-4pm. $5. Guided tour of c.1812 Federal-style house featuring the Fred J. Johnston collection of 18th and early 19th-century American furnishings and decorative arts. Friends of Historic Kingston, Kingston. 339-0720. Jeff Jacobson: The Last Roll 3-5pm. Artist talk and book signing. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-9957. Flood Management Forum 9am-1pm. New strategies in a changing environment. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Literary & Books Moving to Completion with John Fitzpatrick 1-2pm. A presentation by the nature and animal poet. Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 297-3428.

music the klezmatics Joshua Kessler The Klezmatics, (l-r): Frank London, Lisa Gutkin, Boo Reiners, Lorin Sklamberg, Matt Darriau, Susan McKeown, Paul Morrissett.

Jammin’ the Freilach Writers often play up the parallels between jazz and klezmer, the traditional clarinetand-violin-dominated Jewish folk music of Eastern Europe. They mention how the conservative Jews of earlier generations would’ve balked at the idea of a dialogue between the music they brought with them from the Old World and the radical jazz of their new, African American neighbors (think of the conflict in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer between Al Jolson’s character, the aspiring jazz vocalist Jakie Rabinowitz, and his father, a strict cantor played by Walter Oland). True, to 2013 ears, untainted by traditions, the sonic similarities are indeed hard to miss. Klezmer’s mournful “blue” modes and interludes of joyous polyphony, called freilach, echo jazz stylistically, and its solos, played tight and fast to fit one on side of a 78, much like those of early jazz bands, led some labels to market the music as “Jewish jazz.” And of course Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, and other Jewish American songwriters famously blended the two styles; jazz icons like Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman soaked up the music of their Jewish upbringings; and later players like Don Byron and John Zorn have either performed or referenced klezmer. Yet at the same time there are those modern klezmer practitioners who feel this critical haymaking about the links between jazz and their own music is somewhat overplayed. Vocalist Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics, who will perform on May 11 at the Poughkeepsie Day School, is among them. “Yes, there are elements that jazz and klezmer share, but to me the comparison is facile,” says Sklamberg, who also plays accordion, piano, and guitar for the New York group. “There’s improvisation [in klezmer], but it’s not quite the same as in jazz, not so

free. Because it doesn’t exist so much in Europe anymore, at this point klezmer is really just Jewish American music, in the way that Tex-Mex is Mexican American music and zydeco is Creole American music.” Founded in 1986 by Sklamberg, trumpeter Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett, the Klezmatics, who also currently feature violinist Lisa Gutkin and saxophonist Matt Darriau, have toured the world and appeared on TV’s “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Sex and the City” and radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The John Peel Show.” Across their numerous recordings, which include 10 albums thus far, they’ve explored not only the deep well of Yiddish music, but also Jamaican ska, and through the Grammy-winning 2006 album Wonder Wheel (Shout! Factory Records), the songs of folk legend Woody Guthrie. In a sense, this month’s concert is a musical homecoming for the quintet. The Catskills were once the stomping grounds of klezmer kings like the great clarinetist Dave Tarras, who drew beboppers like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis up from Manhattan to study his technique. (That pesky jazz connection strikes again!) “Whenever we visit areas that historically have had a Jewish culture, like Poland, the audience seems to identify with the music,” Sklamberg says. “So it’s always good to play for the home team.” The Klezmatics will perform on May 11 at 8pm at the Poughkeepsie Day School’s James Earl Jones Theater in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $30 in advance, $36 at the door, and $20 for students. (845) 462-7600; —Peter Aaron

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Art The Power of Place at the hudson valley center for contemporary arts

In da Club “They needed a place to just talk art,” says Livia Straus, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She’s speaking of the Peekskill Artist Club, which began May 2010. Participating artists—all 40 years old or younger— meet monthly to critique each other’s work. At first, the group consisted of Peekskill locals, but now it draws from New Haven, Rhinebeck, and Brooklyn. “The Power of Place,” which closes May 5, is the club’s first exhibition, and apparently the first group show of young art-immigrants to the Hudson Valley. The pieces were chosen by Livia and Marc Straus. Youth is always anxious to prove itself. One senses the desire in this show to create the visual equivalent of a “hit” in pop music. Several works succeed—including Geoff Feder’s Crippled Yeti, a 1950s-style fishing lure blown up to eight feet in length. Another is Cristina Alvarez Arnold’s untitled painting resembling a wheat-colored hand-woven potholder. Both works have the catchy simplicity of “Who Let the Dogs Out?” The group is aesthetically diverse. “The Power of Place” shows the influence of Marcel Duchamp, Kiki Smith, Andy Warhol, Matisse, Donald Judd. And for young artists today, the undulant shapes of graffiti art are as inspiring as the Great Masters. Wall writing surfaces in several works: in the neon-colored abstractions of Matthew Arnold, in Andrew Barthelmes’ painting of the defunct Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn, now thoroughly “tagged” on its river-facing side. Marvin by Timothy Smith, a close-up of a shouting World War II-era soldier, was executed in spray paint. There is a theme of obscured faces in “The Power of Place”—perhaps because people under 40 spend much of their time gazing at their cell phones. Rarely do they see each other’s eyes. The only unobscured face, ironically, is in The Singularity by Ken Vallario, a surrealist parable about computers replacing humans. Several pieces trick the eye. Sleep by Emil Alzamora is a cement sculpture of an androgynous curled figure. The piece is painted with an iron pigment that oxidizes, fooling the viewer into believing the sculpture is metal. James Mulvaney creates distressed-looking signs, in a series called “Standards for Personal Responsibilities.” “He fabricates old objects,” Katrina Ellis, communications director for the museum, remarks. “He makes them, then just beats them up.” The results look like trash from the 1970s found beside a railroad track. Mulvaney also invents the signs’ messages, such as: “Because it’s better this way.” Shara Shisheboran’s untitled photograph shows her young daughter, surrounded by darkness, sprinkled by some unidentified powder. (I guessed cornstarch; the answer is glitter.) Mr. Speaker by Michael Zelehoski is the speaker cabinet of a public address system dismantled and mounted flat on plywood. From a distance, Mr. Speaker looks three-dimensional. Mulvaney also has a sculptural work downstairs in a larger show, “The New Hudson River School.” Open House is an ice house, used a century ago to store ice, deconstructed and laid out on a wall, 30 feet long. It’s a contemporary tour de force, combining historical research, subtle craft, and Cubism. “The New Hudson River School” is raucous and mazelike, like a carnival funhouse. Will Ryman presents Signature, a Byzantine tower built from paintbrushes, and Greg Haberny contributes a large and messy installation, In Case of Emergency, Break Everything (The Money Pit), including the salvaged fuselage of a private airplane, upside down and painted gold. “The Power of Place” will be at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill through May 5. “The New Hudson River School” will be up through July 28. (914) 788-0100; —Sparrow 116 forecast ChronograM 5/13

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Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series 3:30pm. Featuring Christi Shannon Kline. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459. Villians in Literature and Plays 5pm. A reading and discussion with Dan Logan. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-2213.

Music Bach and His Predecessors 7pm. Tenet choral group with Director Jolle Greenleaf. First Congregational Church, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2740. Bohemian Slackers 9pm. Four-piece band from Columbia/Greene County. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. The Boot Heel Drag 8pm. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Bryan Gordon 10pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Greg Osby 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Hudson Valley Philharmonic 8pm. $31-$53. Premiere of Avner Dorman’s Cell Concerto featuring cellist Inbal Segev. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. John Keller 7pm. Blues, jazz, country. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Kal David & The Real Deal 8pm. $45/$30. Blues singer/guitarist. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Larry Moses & The Latin Jazz Explosion 9pm. Southern Dutchess Bowl, Beacon. 831-3220. Malcolm Holcombe 7:30pm. $18/$15 in advance. Presented by Flying Cat Music. Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia. 688-7501. Michael Powers Frequency 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Mike + Ruthy and The Wiyos 9pm. $20. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Petra Glynt and Fin 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Piano: King of Instruments 7pm. $10/$8 students and seniors. Concert featuring Vladimir Pleshakov. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-1481. Reality Check 9:30pm. Modern rock. The Quiet Man Pub, Peekskill. Roots Music with Max Godfrey 7:30pm. $10. Delta Blues, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, spirituals, and prison worksongs. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 902-8154. Somerville Brothers 8pm. Blends contemporary country with rock and roots, spanning a spectrum of influence from Vince Gill and Restless Heart to the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel. 583-3141. Special Consensus 7:30pm. $20 HVBA member/ $25 non-members/+$5 at the door. Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. Steve Black 6:30pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277. Sweet Clementines 9pm. Hopped Up Café, High Falls. 687-4750. Tanager 8pm. Country. Krazy Kate’s Landmark Inn, Boiceville. 657-8777. The Tenors 8pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Vito Petroccitto & Friends 8pm. $17-$25. Acoustic. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits 2nd Annual World Record Attempt on the Walkway 9:30-10:30am. 3,000 enthusiastic people of all ages will stretch more than a mile across the length of Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park to set a world record for the largest chorus line. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. Fly Me to the Moon: A Celestial Celebration 6-10pm. Fifth-annual benefit to support hands-on learning in the Rhinebeck schools. Drinks, delicacies, and dancing. The Barns at Grasmere, Rhinebeck. First Saturday Reception 5-8pm. First Saturday of every month. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. KeepSafe Project Endangered Species Race for Survival Presentation and Auction 4pm. $20. Animal conservationist Dr. Laurie Marker will discuss the plight of the Cheetah. Silent auction of “keepsafe” boxes, original works by US and Italian artists, benefits Trevor Zoo and Cheetah Conservation Fund. Millbrook School, Millbrook. 677-8261. Musical Visions: Live Music Art Auction 4-7pm. A fundraiser for Hungry for Music, featuring an exhibition and auction of old musical instruments that have been turned into art pieces by area artists. Opus 40, Saugerties. Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

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Textile Recycling Drive 9am-4pm. Bring clean and bagged clothes, linens, curtains, shoes, leather goods, stuffed animals, etc. Funds raised benefit school fieldtrips. Sargent Elementary School, Beacon. (917) 846-1022.

Outdoors & Recreation I Love My Park Day 9am. Statewide event for park users of all ages to help improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites. Taconic State Park Copake Falls Area, Copake Falls. (518) 329-3993. Plant Swap 9:30am. Swap plants and gardening-related items with fellow green thumbs. Registration begins at 9:30. Swapping starts at 10am. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Spirituality Viewing of Jesus & Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions 7:30pm. $10. Refreshments and discussion with the filmmaker, John Ankele, a member of our sangha at Sky Lake. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Theater Couples 8pm. A collection of acclaimed short two-character comedies and dramas about love, lust, and relationships by Rich Orloff. Parker Theater, New Paltz. Dog Meets God 8:30pm. $1/$5 students and seniors. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4423. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida 8pm. $20/$17 seniors and children under 12. A contemporary musical take on a classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Sight Unseen 8pm. $20. By Donald Margulies. Featuring Audrey Rapoport and Greg Skura. Directed by Michael Rhodes. Presented by Tangent Theatre. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020.


Music Karen Gomyo, Violin and Dina Vainshtein, Piano 3pm. Chamber Music Series. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. Arum Rae 12:15pm. $15/$10. Compared to Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, and Patty Smith. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. College-Youth Symphony 7pm. $8/$6/$3. Studley Theatre, New Paltz. 257-7869. Farm Music Round Robin and Potluck 4-9pm. First Sunday of every month. Potluck at 6:30pm. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 255-1052. Fourplay $95/$70. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Golem 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Jazz at the Falls: The CBC Trio 12pm. Charlie Kniceley, Bob Shaut, and Chris Bowman. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. JB’s Soul Jazz Trio 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Marji Zintz 5pm. Folk, traditional. American Glory BBQ, Hudson. (518) 822-1234. The Met: Live in HD with Handel’s Giulio Cesare 12pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Open Mic Night 9:30pm. First Sunday of every month. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779. Organist Anthony Rispo 3:30pm. Tower Music Series. Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. Salsa Night with Conjunto Sazon 7:30pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Steve March-Tormé 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Clubs & Organizations New Paltz Chamber of Commerce After-Hours Mixer 5:30-7:30pm. $15 for non-members. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 255-0243.

Dance Dance Me A Story 10:15am. $89. Ages 3-5. Using storybooks, props, and other creative methods to cultivate movement and dance skills. Inner Light Heath Spa, Poughkeepsie. 891-5281.

Film Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Live 7:30pm. $20. Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett to play the quiz in front of a live audience. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022.

Kids & Family Gettysburg 10am. Performance to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Literary & Books Author Series: Abigail Thomas 6pm. Local author discusses her work. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Music Choral Concert 8pm. $8/$6/$3. Studley Theatre, New Paltz. 257-7869. Songs in the Attic 9:30pm. Pop, soft rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Spirituality Public Meditation and Monthly Open House 6pm. Steve Clorfeine talks on “Being & Doing: Joining Heaven and Earth." Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

WEDNESDAY 8 Clubs & Organizations

Bark for Life of Ulster County A noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, Ulster Park.

59th Annual Meeting of Mental Health America of Dutchess County 11am-2pm. $25/$19 members. Featuring a performance of "You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me: A Dance With Diversity" by Michael Fowlin. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie. 473-2500 ext. 1305.



Workshops & Classes

Dog Meets God 2:30pm. $1/$5 students and seniors. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-4423.

Film Night: The Dynamiter 6pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

The Fundamental Principles and Practical Application of Sound Healing 3pm. $35/$30 in advance. Learn how Philippe Pascal Garnier uses and implements the tuning forks as a modality for healing. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida 8pm. $20/$17 seniors and children under 12. A contemporary musical take on a classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. County Players, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

In-Depth Exploration of Issues in the 1960s 8:30am-6pm. $35. Workshop for teachers. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388.

Sight Unseen 3pm. $20. By Donald Margulies. Featuring Audrey Rapoport and Greg Skura. Directed by Michael Rhodes. Presented by Tangent Theatre. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020.

Wit 7:30pm. Performed by the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company, sponsored by the Linda Young Ovarian Cancer Support Program of the HealthAlliance. Meet the cast and discussion with social workers of the oncology support program and ovarian cancer survivors. McKenna Theatre, New Paltz. 380-0155.

Precious Metal Clay: Fine Silver 2-5pm. $190. Join Christina Brady to create your own silver jewelry. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132. Twist Again—Or for the First Time 9:30am-4:30pm. $120 includes materials. Learn the art of twisting metal. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550. What is Poetry? 1-3pm. With William Seaton. Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf. 469-9459.

SUNDAY 5 Clubs & Organizations Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In 1-5pm. Bring yarn and needles to knit or crochet 7” x 9” acrylic yarn blocks to be assembled into afghans and donated to the troops, VA hospitals, battered women’s shelters, and those in need. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park. 486-7770.

Dance Company XIV: UpStream Residency Showcase Performance 2:30pm. $10. Co-winner of Kaatsbaan’s UpStream Residency grant presents “La Fete”, a piece that takes place at a decadent masquerade ball. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2.

Traces 3pm. Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point. 938-4159.

Workshops & Classes Needle-felting: Spring Birds 12-2:30pm. $40. Ages 7+. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

MONDAY 6 Business & Networking Dutchess Peace 5:30-7pm. First Monday of every month. All those interested in peace, social justice, and the revolution of the 99% are invited. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 876-7906.

Clubs & Organizations Knitting/Crocheting Club 1:30pm. First Monday of every month. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Health & Wellness Shamanic Doctoring Sessions 11:30am. First Monday of every month. $75 for one hour session. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Kids & Family Plant Project for Mom for Teens Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Literary & Books The Glaring Omissions Themed Reading Series 7pm. Presents three Hudson Valley authors reading from their recent work. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Music The Dan Brother Band 7pm. Modern jazz. Jeremy Langdale opens. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Justin Whittingham 8:30pm. El cúnado. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Special Benefit Concert with Rod MacDonald 7:30pm. $25. Folk artist Rod MacDonald accompanied by bassist Mark Dann. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-9667. Todd Rundgren 8pm. $80/$65. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

THURSDAY 9 Business & Networking Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640.

Food & Wine Cheers! 6pm. A specially designated keg of Newburgh Cream Ale will be featured, and proceeds from each draft poured will benefit Safe Harbors. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 562-6940.

Health & Wellness

Swing Dance 6-9pm. $10/$6 FT students. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Kids & Family Plants for Mom 6:30pm. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

The Radical Investigation 7:15pm. Join Deena Wade to learn more about The Living Inquiries (created by non-duality teacher Scott Kiloby). Family Traditions, Stone Ridge. 332-7522.



Lectures & Talks

In Bed with Ulysses 5pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Todd Rundgren 8pm. $40. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Screening: Dear Governor Cuomo 6pm. Potluck dinner at 6. Screening at 6:30pm with Jon Bowermaster. Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon. (917) 658-4492.


Lectures & Talks Art Talk—Arctander/Nakazato 3pm. Eric Arctander and Sharon Nakazato discuss their current exhibition. Look|Art Gallery, Mahopac. 276-5090.

Literary & Books I’m Scared and Doing it Anyway Book Party 3pm. Hear local author Lauree Ostrofsky’s story of being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004 and the amazing turns her life took as a result. Poughkeepsie Yacht Club, Staatsburg. 889-4742.

Private Spirit Guide Readings 12pm. First Monday of every month. $40 for half hour/$75 for one hour. With psychic medium Adam Bernstein. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Workshops & Classes Learn to Meditate with Raja Yoga Meditation 6pm. First Monday of every month. Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center, Haines Falls, Hunter Mt. (528) 589-5000. Sparks Inspiration Monthly Class 6:30pm. First Monday of every month. $25. Learn to transform life challenges into opportunities. Maria Blon, Middletown. 313-2853.

Safe Harbors Informational Tour 4pm. Join us to learn about how supportive housing, our art gallery, and the Ritz Theater are helping to revitalize Newburgh. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-6940.

Music Dave Mason 6:30pm. Jazz. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277. Johnny “B. Goode” Winter and his Band 8pm. $47. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Leroy Justice 8:30pm. Guitar-driven grooves and powerhouse rhythm. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Mary Halvorson & Stephan Crump—Secret Keeper 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Theater Cave Dogs

James Fossett/Cave Dogs A scene from "Sure-minded Uncertainty," which Cave Dogs will perform at BSP Lounge on May 17.

The Shadow Knows When the multimedia performance troupe Cave Dogs titles a stage work “Sure-minded Uncertainty,” this is not a glib, oxymoronic turn of phrase; it describes how the company views the world and dramatizes it in their pieces: a stew of skewed, personal observations, each containing a kernel of truth. Like the blind men and the elephant, each of us is right…a little. This philosophy is rooted in the Ulster County-based theater group’s origins in 1991, explains Cave Dogs founding member Jim Fossett. Co-founder and wife Suzanne Stokes based the work of Cave Dogs on her MFA thesis: the history of shadow puppet theater. The resulting body of stage work—Cave Dogs has created eight pieces since 1991—explores the power of storytelling through shadows. Behind this approach lurk our prehistoric traditions of handing down legends around the campfire, but also heady ramifications on reality versus perception and how misconceptions plague and power our world. The group’s first performance, which sparked its name, was an environmental piece held in the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale. The current piece, “Sure-minded Uncertainty,” will be performed at BSP Lounge in Kingston May 17 and 18. Cave Dogs performances embrace “political, humanistic causes, social causes—all of the above,” Fossett says. But whipping up onstage broadsides is not their primary goal. For those who come simply for a visual feast, the group will happily oblige. Each show employs a multilayered experience of front and rear video projection, computergenerated imagery and audio montages with sampled sounds. (In the low-tech early days, images emanated from a 35mm slide projector and utilized black slides that were etched to create the alternately seductive and jarring designs.) These combined effects provide the environment for a series of shadow plays, featuring actors in silhouette,

puppets, and an array of props. The result is a fever dream with redeeming social value. “People might just enjoy the visual and audio experience and say it is great to watch,” Fossett says. For those who seek a message to take home, they are usually hiding in plain sight. “Archaeology of a Storm” used natural disasters from the 1920s to 1990s to examine the human condition and the strength that comes from adversity. But it was also—shades of Katrina—a parable on government that falls short in its duty of serving the poor. “We take inspiration from things that keep us going in the world,” Fossett says, “rather than being blatantly anarchistic.” “Sure-minded Uncertainty,” which Cave Dogs first staged in 2011 (and performed last summer at Sweden’s Malmo Festival), depicts a storyteller reading from a book on her lap. As she spins yarns, scenes and characters spring in shadows from the book. We meet a scientist, a tailor, and a technology expert, among other Everymen. The piece examines the role that each person plays in this world, how we interact and the impact each of us has on the environment. People expecting a Luddite screed or a manifesto on global warming, however, may leave disappointed. “We’re not getting up on a soapbox to say technology is bad,” Fossett says. “It’s more of a matter of asking people to consider things.” Despite the expansive use of high-tech media, Fossett finds low-tech effects most effective in bringing to life Cave Dogs stories. The tools most frequently employed onstage to cast their spells? Cardboard and flashlights. “Sure-minded Uncertainty,” a multimedia performance by Cave Dogs, will be staged on May 17 at 7.30pm and May 18 at 2pm at BSP Lounge in Kingston. (845) 481-5158; —Jay Blotcher 5/13 ChronograM forecast 119

Matinees & Music: Kingston Swings 2pm. Featuring the Aaron Diehl Ensemble. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Open Mike Night 8:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Reggae in Residence 8pm. $10. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Rubblebucket 8pm. $45/$33. Blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock and upbeat dance. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Salute to the Palace: The Rat Pack Show 7:30pm. $20-$49.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Stephanie Wrembel 9pm. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits 27th Annual Silver Needle Fashion Show 3-7pm. $15-$100. Showcases the work of Marist student designers and merchandisers. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.

Theater Beyond the Fringe 8pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900.

True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 7pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667.

True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 8pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667.

Workshops & Classes

Workshops & Classes

Doody Calls 1-2pm. Second Thursday of every month. $10 nonmembers. Cloth diapering info sessions. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Fostering Empathy in our Schools Symposium II $50. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.


FRIDAY 10 Dance

Sustainable Happiness Three-day retreat with Joe Loizzo and Mary Reilly Nichols. Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center, Phoenicia. 688-6897.

Zydeco Dance 7pm. $15. With Preston Frank and Big Daddy Zydeco. Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community Dances. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 255-7061. Barbara Hammer: Incorporating "The Lesbian Museum" and "The Hidden Hammer" 7pm. $12/$8 for WAAM members. The acclaimed pioneer of queer cinema will be talking, performing, and showing slides and film clips from the body of work that has made her an internationally celebrated artist and feminist. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940. Where the Trail Ends 7:15pm. A film following the world’s top freeride mountain bikers as they search for untraveled terrain around the globe. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale.

Kids & Family Celebrate Mother’s Day with Flowers 5pm. $115/$150 double occupancy/moms 1/2 price. Ikebana is the contemplative art of traditional Japanese flower arranging. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556. Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power! 6pm. $28.50-$42.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Literary & Books

A Poetry Reading 7pm. By Finishing Line poets David Appelbaum, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Jeanne Stauffer Merle, Amy Washburn, and Jan Zlotnik Schmidt. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl 8pm. $35/$24. The best hits of the 80’s done note for note. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Bill’s Toupee 8pm. Covers. Shadows On the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 486-9500. Celtic Harp & Story: Patrick Ball 8pm. $20. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 765-2815. Drew Bordeaux 9:30pm. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Gabriel Kelley 8pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4. Johnny A! 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Swami Sarvadevananda: Hints on Practical Spirituality 7pm. Three-day program. Vivekananda Retreat, Stone Ridge. 687-4574.

SATURDAY 11 Art Galleries and Exhibits 2nd Annual 1/2 Your Age 4-6pm. Artists collaborate on one work, or a set of works, with an artist half their age or twice their age. All media. Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550. Making Waves: Nautical Art Show & Summer Fashion Show 6pm. 40 artists, including the Robert Selkowitz's show "Spirit O' the Sea." Fashion show with local handmade lines, including one vintage line, starts at 7pm. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348. Riverside Art Auction 5pm. Benefiting Hudson Valley Artists and Garrison Art Center. Sunset picnic and live music from 6:308:30pm. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

Clubs & Organizations

Lipbone Redding and the LipBone Orchestra 8:30pm. $25/$20 in advance. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

16th Annual Auction: Saugerties Boys & Girls Club 6pm. $30. Saugerties Unit of the Boys and Girls Club, Saugerties. 246-5197.

Lucie Arnaz: Latin Roots 8pm. $55. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

The Garden Club of Kinderhook Plant and Baked Goods Sale 8:30am-12:30pm. Village Square, Kinderhook. (518) 758-2944.

Opera Workshop 8pm. With Director Drew Minter and Music Director Miriam Charney. Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7319. The Outpatients 9:30pm. Psycho blues, funk. Nellie Kelly’s, Poughkeepsie. 485-5050. Phil Paladino 6pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277. Second Friday Jam with Jeff Entin & Bob Blum 8pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Shannon McNally 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

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Kingston’s Second Saturday Spoken Word 7pm. $5/$2.50 with open mike. Featuring Susan Sindall and Abigail Thomas, followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884.

Fairs & Festivals

Nick Brink 3pm. Presenting "The Power of Ecstatic Trance: Practices for Healing, Spiritual Growth, and Accessing the Universal Mind". Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Preparing for New Year 11am-3pm. $4/$3 seniors. Demonstrations include sheep shearing, beekeeping, spinning, weaving, and basket weaving; 18th-century style vegetable garden; kite-making; period clothing; and 18th-century music. Senate House and Museum, Kingston. 338-2786.

Film Reel Voices 6:30-8:30pm. $5. A family-friendly evening of stopmotion animation and short films created at Flick Book Studios, and tunes by Tofu Decoy and the Lighthouse, two local youth bands. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132. Where the Trail Ends 7:15pm. A film following the world’s top freeride mountain bikers as they search for untraveled terrain around the globe. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale.

Food & Wine Hudson Valley Wine Market Grand Opening 1-4pm. Tastings from local wineries, including Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, and Whitecliff Vineyard. A portion of sales will benefit Scenic Hudson. Hudson Valley Wine Market, Gardiner. 633-0600.

“Jarry” Often regarded as the forerunner to 1920s and ‘30s surrealism, Alfred Jarry’s most well-known play, “Ubu Roi” (1896), was only performed twice during his lifetime. The French writer’s play caused pandemonium and controversy on its opening night with the utterance of a single curse—merdre. Based on Jarry’s life, “Jarry: A Spectacle by John Anthony West” captures and emulates the writer’s penchant for carefully crafted satire and orchestrated anarchy. First produced off-off Broadway in 1981, the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory hosts four interactive staged readings of West’s play. Directed by Andrea Cunliffe, the shows feature extensive audience participation. Performers include local Saugerties talent, including Mik Horowitz, Zoe West, and Chris Bailey, among others. “Jarry” will be performed at 7:30pm on May 17 and 18, and May 24 and 25. (518) 678-2160;


Brent Buell 7pm. Presents his surreal and comic novel, Rapturous. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Woodstock Contradance 8pm. $10/$9 members/kids 1/2 price. Fern Bradley calling, with music by The Russet Trio. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 679-7420.

Volunteer Training 10am. Learn to assist people with special needs through equine-assisted activities. Age 14+. High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, Ghent. (518) 672-4202.

Dance Isis to Isdora: The Ancient and Eternal Ideals in Art 7:30pm. $30/$10 student rush and children. Kaatsbaan presents Jeanne Bresciani and the Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers with special guest artist, Mary DiSanto-Rose. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2 or 10. Sacred Circle Ritual Dance: Honoring the Web of Life 4pm. Second Saturday of every month. $20. Community-traditional Balkan, Greek, Rome, Armenian, Near Eastern, and modern sacred circle dances. Beacon Yoga Center, Beacon. (646) 633-8052.

Health & Wellness Reiki & Lunch 12pm. Second Saturday of every month. 20-minute Reiki sessions in the private workshop/sanctuary. Gomen Kudasai, New Paltz. 255-8811.

Poetry Reading: Tad Richards 7pm. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7578. Poetry Reading: Steve Clorfeine 5pm. Poet, performer, and director reads from two new poetry collections. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-2213. Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival Reading 2pm. Featuring Paul R. Clemente and Robert Milby. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock.

Music Arnold Steinhardt and Lincoln Mayorga 8pm. Presented by Claverack Landing. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Biggy & Itchy 8pm. Classic rock. Krazy Kate’s Landmark Inn, Boiceville. 657-8777. Chimps in Tuxedos 8pm. A wide variety of styles from early standards of the '40s and '50s to classic rock and Motown. Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel. 583-3141. An Evening with Joe Bonamassa 8pm. $92/$82/$72. Blues, singer/songwriter. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Groovy Tuesday and The Funk Junkies 7pm. $15. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116. Guggenheim Grotto and Still Saffire 7:30pm. $25. Irish alt-folk/rock duo performing with rare full backup band. Still Saffire, all-girl indie-rock band, opens. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 784-1199. In Concert: Robbie Dupree and Friends 8:30pm. $20. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Joe Louis Walker Band 8:30pm. $30/$25 in advance. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Keith Newman 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Klezmatics 8pm. $36/$30 in advance/$20 students. Presented by Congregation Shir Chadash. Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie. 462-7600 ext. 201. Lara Hope and the Arktones 9pm. Rockabilly, rhythm and blues, rock and roll outfit. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. The McKrells 8pm. $21 advance/$17 for members/$25 at the door/$21 members. An evening of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Paul Geremia 8pm. A blend of acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica and sometimes piano. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Peter Tork 8pm. $50/$35. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Spring Cleanse to Come Home 10am. $80-$100. Includes live and recorded Detox Yoga classes, intro to cleansing, mindful eating and living, community potluck, recipe book, and our body-balance protocol. Canaltown Alley, Rosendale. 979-4429.

Phil Ochs Song Night 8pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Kids & Family

Rock Tavern Chapter Hudson Valley Folk Guild Coffehouse 7:30pm. $6/$5 members. Featuring Amy Frandon. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New Windsor.

Beneficial Garden Visitors: Birds and Butterflies 9:30-11:30am. Build simple nesting boxes for birds and make colorful butterflies to display in garden. Learn about how birds and butterflies help plants, and how to attract them to the garden. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589. Japanese Flower Arranging for Children 1pm. $25 child and adult/$15 child only. Ikebana is the art of flower arrangement. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix 7pm. RoseAnn Fino opens. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Steve Black 6:30pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277. Ted Vigil’s John Denver Tribute Show 8pm. $30. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Puppet Plays for Children 10am. Full-length marionette play of "The Frog Prince" for children up to seven years old, followed by an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-4015.

Tom Rush 7:30pm. $28/$50 package with reception. Folk, blues musician, singer-songwriter and environmental activist. Eighth Step @ Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

Lectures & Talks

Backyard Fruit Simplified with Lee Reich 11am. $20-$40. Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls. (518) 329-3251.

Gallery Talk: Jonathan T. D. Neil on Richard Serra 2pm. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon. 440-0100. Spring Birding 8am. Join guest leader, local birder, and avian biologist, Chad Witko, for a morning of birding. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Ghent. (518) 828-4386 ext. 3.

Literary & Books Book Party: Gretchen Primack Reads from Kind 6:30pm. Gretchen Primack will read from her new collection of poems about animals. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Completion of Hand-Copied Bible Project 6pm. Phillip Patterson, who began hand-writting the King James 1611 version of the bible nearly six years ago, will finish it surrounded by family, friends, and the public. Photographs of the project by Laura Glazer on display. St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, Spencertown. (518) 229-9244.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Outdoors & Recreation ACA Kayak Instructor Certification Exam: Level 1-2 8am. $390. The River Connection, Inc., Hyde Park. 229-0595. Beacon Riverfront and Park Cleanup and Riverkeeper Sweep 7:45am-3pm. Madam Brett Park, Beacon. Hands-on Grafting Workshop with Lee Reich 2pm. $50. Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls. (518) 329-3251. Tivoli North Bay Shoreline Cleanup 12pm. Part of the 2nd annual Riverkeeper Sweep. Tivoli North Bay, Tivoli. Turkey Point and Ulster Landing Shoreline Cleanup 9am. Part of the 2nd annual Riverkeeper Sweep. Sojourner Truth/Ulster Landing Park, Saugerties. (914) 478-4501 ext. 226.

Spirituality Sacred Chant and Groove Dance Party with Shaktipat—A Mind Body and Spirit Revolution 8pm. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 687-8707.

Theater Beauty and the Beast 11am, 2pm. $15. American Family Theater’s Broadway for Kids. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Beyond the Fringe 8pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900. True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 8pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667.

Workshops & Classes Three Essentials Every Woman Needs to Live Healthy, Feel Beautiful, and Express Herself 2pm. $15/ $10 with a friend. Inner Light Heath Spa, Poughkeepsie. (917) 374-4690. Babywearing Bonanza 1-2pm. Second Saturday of every month. $10 nonmembers. Baby carrier workshop. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. Bard Math Circle 1pm. Second Saturday of every month. Math puzzles, logic games, problem solving, and a hands-on math project led by Bard College math professor Japheth Wood and undergraduate math majors. Middle school and upper-elementary aged students welcome. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

SUNDAY 12 Clubs & Organizations Help Stomp out Stigma 8:15am. First Annual MHA walk to raise awareness and to stomp out the stigma associated with having mental health conditions. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie.

Comedy Brian Miller: Magician, Comedian, Musician, Mind Reader 2pm. $35/$20. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Dance Dance Across China 2:30pm. $15. Performed by students of Grace Reddy’s Tang Yun Dance School Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Third Rail Projects: Site Specific Performance 4:30pm. A new dance/theater/installation piece housed in and around a vintage 1977 Coleman popup camper created by this innovative Bessie-Award winning company. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2.

Food & Wine Mother’s Day Bunch Buffet 10am-4pm. $42.95. Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 876-0590.

Kids & Family Mother’s Day Tea 1pm. $12. Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont’s gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love. Tea is served within view of the gardens and Hudson River. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.

True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 2pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667.

Indigenous 8pm. $40/$25. Blues tinged rock and spiritual vibe. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Workshops & Classes


Meditation, Intention, and the Zero Point Field 2pm. $20. With Ricarda O'Conner. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

James Van Praag, Ghost Whisperer 7:30pm. $90/$75. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

MONDAY 13 Health & Wellness Meet the Doulas 6pm. Hosted by the Doulas of the Hudson Valley. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Think Your Drink 6pm. How much sugar is in your drinks? Taste test some other options! Presented by the Ulster County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Kids & Family Story Time 6:30pm. Five Little Monkeys and monkey craft. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Literary & Books Gilded Age: A Talk with Author Claire McMillan 4pm. Reading and book-signing. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5100.

Workshops & Classes Reclaiming the Place of the Elder Through May 15. A three-day Wild Earth retreat and workshop for adults 50+. Lifebridge Sanctuary, High Falls. 256-9830.

TUESDAY 14 Clubs & Organizations Transition Marbletown Classic Pot Luck 6pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

Comedy Aziz Ansari 8pm. $32/$27. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Film Nazimova’s “Salome” 7:15pm. $7. A telling of Oscar Wilde’s play of the biblical tale in Art Deco, Beardsley-esque images that are at once stark and opulent. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Food & Wine Bistro Boot Camp 2pm. $1,750. Four-day class featuring the best of casual American-style and French bistro cooking. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. (800) 888-7850. Wines of Germany and Spain 6-7:30pm. $60. With award-winning wine educator and sommelier Rick Schofield. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 383-1165.

Music Al Weiwei: Never Sorry 7pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4. Dougie MacLean 7pm. $28/$35 Gold Circle. Scottish songwriter, storyteller, guitarist, and fiddler. Eighth Step @ Proctors, Schenectady. (528) 346-6204.

Workshops & Classes Celestial Expressions: The Many Moods of Light 9am-4pm. $290. Through May 16. With Robert Carsten. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Music Chico Pinheiro Quintet 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Chris Walsh 11am. Singer/songwrier. Café Mezzaluna, Saugerties. 246-5306. Dan Stokes 1:30pm. Second Sunday of every month. Acoustic Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh. 561-2327. Iris DeMent $45/$30. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Kairos: A Consort of Singers 3pm. $20/$5 students. St. George’s Church, Newburgh. 231-3592. Peggy & Pete Seeger 7:30pm. $24/$34/$54. In honor of their late brother John Seeger, Peggy & Pete dedicate concert proceeds to Camp Killooleet, a traditional summer camp for children ages 7-16 in the Green Mountain National Forest, Hancock. Eighth Step @ Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

Outdoors & Recreation Plant a Tree with your Mother Day 10am-1pm. Esopus Meadows Preserve, Esopus. 473-4440 ext. 273.

Theater Beyond the Fringe 2pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900.

Clubs & Organizations New Paltz Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon 12-1:30pm. $20/$25 for non-members. Featuring Michael Treanor, CEO of Nevele Resort owner Claremont Partners, Ltd. Gilded Otter Brewing Company, New Paltz. 255-0243.

Health & Wellness Able Together 6:30-8:30pm. Third Wednesday of every month. A support group for mothers with disabilities and families who have children with disabilities. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie.

Kids & Family Make Crafts From Recycled Materials 7pm. For teens. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Lectures & Talks Facing Creative Blocks? Learn the Creative Breakthroughs Third Wednesday of every month. $15. Presentation by Shaqe Kalaj. Shaqe’s A&I Studio, Beacon. 440-6802.

Literary & Books Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Lloyd Sederer 6pm. Co-sponsored by Safe Harbors and Independent Living Inc. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 784-1199.

Music Ben Neill 8:30pm. Dance jazz. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Chelsea Light Moving 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Songwriters’ Workshop with Bill Pfleging 7pm. An open forum for all songwriters looking for feedback and/or inspiration. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Workshops & Classes Dirty Girls: A Crafty Night Out 6:30-8:30pm. Surround yourself with women, make a mess, get those creative juices flowing, and emerge with something beautiful. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

THURSDAY 16 Clubs & Organizations Hooks & Needles, Yarns & Threads Third Thursday of every month, 10am-2pm. Drop-in for an informal social gathering Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Fairs & Festivals Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival 3pm. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 399-2222.

Film Food for Thought: The Revisionaries 6pm. Reception at 6pm, film at 7pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Health & Wellness The Healing Garden: Spring Detox & Weight Loss 7pm. $22.00. With Lorraine Hughes, RH (AHG). Preregistration for this workshop is required. Workshop fee includes materials. 742-8494.

Kids & Family Bubblemania: The Science of Bubbles 10am & 12:30pm. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795.

Literary & Books Best Book Discussion 6pm. Readers share some of their favorite books with one another. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Music Asleep At The Wheel 8pm. $50/$40. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. California Guitar Trio 7pm. Acoustic. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. Country Mice 8:30pm. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Hip Hop Theater 7pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Outdoors & Recreation Spring Migratory Bird Walk with Audubon New York 7:30am. $5. Join Audubon NY Education Coordinator Larry Federman on a bird walk during one of the most exciting times of the year to observe birds. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext. 109.

Theater True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 7pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts.The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667. National Theatre Live: This House 7pm. $20. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. National Theatre of London: NT Live Live Simulcast: This House 7pm. $22/$15 children. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Workshops & Classes Library Knitters Third Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. Sit and knit in the beautiful Gardiner Library. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. Supply and Demand Third Thursday of every month, 1-2pm. Breast pump info sessions. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

FRIDAY 17 Clubs & Organizations Let’s Dance, Woodstock 8pm. $10. Music, from the 60s to present, is selected for creative compositions, exciting rhythms, and great performances in many genres. The Colony Café, Woodstock. 765-0667.

Health & Wellness Peace of Mind Weekend Retreat $75. 3-day retreat. This beginning group retreat offers you an opportunity to learn how to meditate and immerse yourself in it. Leaving behind the hectic pace and distractions of everyday life, it is easy to discover a deep happiness that arises naturally from within. Kadampa Meditation Center New York, Glen Spey. 856-9000.

Literary & Books James Van Praagh 8pm. $31.50-$76.50. Medium, clairvoyant, teacher, producer, and best-selling author Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Patricia Murphy 7pm. Presents her book, Kingston, part of the Images of America series. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Sil and Eliza Reynolds 7pm. Presenting Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music Albany Spring Fest 8pm. $32-$48. Featuring Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte & Doug E. Fresh Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. ASK for Music May 8pm. $6. This month features Scott Barkin, James Krueger, PP Junior, hosted by Michael and Emmy Clarke. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331. The Feelies 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Jim Weider’s PRoJECT PERCoLAToR 7pm. Funk and jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Kurt Henry Band 9pm. Americana. Shea O’Brien’s, New Paltz. 255-1438. Local Cajun Band Krewe de la Rue 8pm. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Lucky House Duo 5:30pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277. Marji Zintz 7pm. Acoustic Joma Café, West Shokan. 251-1114. Matt Wertz 8pm. $35/$25. Singer/songwriter. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Soul Purpose 8:30pm. Motown, R&B. Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-4505. Spero Plays Nyro 9pm. A celebration of the music of Laura Nyro. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Bardavon Gala 2013 8pm. $225/$175/$125. Fundraiser featuring Liza Minnelli.

Theater The 25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee 8pm. $18/$15 members. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264. Beyond the Fringe 8pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900. Jarry 7:30pm. A spectacle by John Anthony West. Based upon the life of Alfred Jarry. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 8pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667. Shiva Arms 8pm. $18/$15 in advance. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. Sure-Minded Uncertainties 7:30pm. $12. Cave Dogs’ performances consist of innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast onto a screen from sculptures, props, costumes, and the human body. Dynamic cast shadows move in concert with projected video imagery, spoken narrative, and an original soundtrack to create multiple, richly layered imagery. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Workshops & Classes Master Class with Tao Porchon Lynch 6-8pm. $50/$40 members. Master Yoga teacher, 94 years young, synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. Yoga at The Roundhouse, Beacon. 440-3327 ext. 309. Portrait Demonstration in Pastels by Alain Picard 5pm. $30. Presented by Housatonic Valley Art League Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield, MA. (413) 528-6505.

SATURDAY 18 Art Galleries and Exhibits Community Free Day at DIA: Beacon Featuring a special reading of On Kawara's One Million Years, opening of works by Alighiero e Boetti, and a program for children and families. Free admission to begin the celebration of Dia's 100th year. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100.

Clubs & Organizations Ninth Annual Community-Wide Plant Sale, Swap, and Garden Yard Sale. 8am. New Paltz Garden Club, New Paltz. 255-8856.

Fairs & Festivals 5th Annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival 12-6pm. Cupcakes, music, wine tastings, vendors, children's activities, and the Gardiner Cupcake Classic 5K run. Wrights Farm, Gardiner. 255-5300.

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MidAmerica Auction, Spring Festival, and Pet Adoptathon 9am-4pm. $11/$5 children 4-12/under 3 free. Come support our museum, see the vendors and animal shelters, and watch MidAmerica Auction put over 100 anqitue motorcycles up for auction, food, live music. Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. 569-9065. Queen City Arts Festival 1-7pm. Queen City Arts Festival brings food, music, and art to Poughkeepsie’s Main Street. Sample local restaurants' foods, hear live music from a variety of regional musicians, exhibited art in pop-up tents and galleries, and local makers of prepared gourmet food. Dutchess County Arts Council, Poughkeepsie. 454-3222. Trade Secrets Antique and Rare Plant Sale 8am-3pm. $100 early birds/$35. A benefit for Women’s Support Services for domestic violence, is celebrating its 13th annual garden weekend. 60 of the regions finest antique and plant vendors. Lionrock Farm, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-1080.

Film Hudson Valley UFO Documentary & Book Signing 8pm. $5. Film screening & book signing with Linda & Felix onboard for some Q&A afterwards. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662.

Food & Wine Wine, Woman, and Song: A Spring Wine Tasting and Musical Gala 5pm. $40 per person, $75 per couple. In this pairing of fine wines with fine music, wine expert, David G. Howell is joined by Lynne Kerr and Jay Kerr, who blend their acclaimed cabaret performance with the wines he presents. This gala fundraiser will benefit the CHS Building Restoration Fund. Cragsmoor Historical Society, Cragsmoor. 647-6384.

Grand Piano Trios II 6pm. $32-$42. Close Encounters with Music presents Mozart, Beethoven, and Ravel. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-9040. Jim Weider and Garth Hudson 7:30pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Linda Draper and Kath Bloom 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Mark Raisch Trio Swing into Spring 6pm. Coppola’s Ristorante, Hyde Park. Olivia Cipolla and Arie Dixon 8pm. $10. Singer/songwriters. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. O’Solo Vito! 7pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277.

Beyond the Fringe 8pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900. Jarry 7:30pm. A spectacle by John Anthony West. Based upon the life of Alfred Jarry. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 8pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts. The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667.

Ray Blue Quartet 7:30pm. Jazz BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

3rd Annual 24hr Berkshire/Capital Region Theatre Project 8pm. Over 50 theater artists from the Berkshire and Capital Region areas to produce the 24hr Theatre Project. Together, these artists will mount five short works; all written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. (518) 346-6204.

Rev. Thunderbear Traveling Road Show 8pm. Roots. Krazy Kate’s Landmark Inn, Boiceville. 657-8777.

Shiva Arms 8pm. $18/$15 in advance. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale.

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines 8pm. $21 advance/$17 members/$25 at the door/$21 members. Blues wizards Paul Rishell & Annie Raines will bring their authentic country blues magic. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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Spring Detox Yoga Class 10:15am. $20. Colby will guide you through a detox yoga class based on internationally renowned yoga teacher Seane Corns sequence focusing on compression, decompression, twisting, pranayama, and kriya. Gaia’s Garden Retreat, Warwick. 544-7085.

Kids & Family Henry Lappen: Defying the Laws of Gravity 10:30am. Experience excitement, thrills, and laughter with Henry the Juggler’s amazing skill. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Intro to Babysitting 10am-2pm. $10. Interested in becoming a babysitter? Denise Schirmer, who has had more than 30 years experience teaching babysitting skills, returns to the library to instruct this introductory babysitting course. Ages 12-17. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Literary & Books Reading by Bobbi Katz 4pm. Pocket Poems, an anthology of short and easy poems, perfect for kids. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music The Bar Spies 9pm. Classic rock. Shea O’Brien’s, New Paltz. 255-1438. Bodles Opera House Open Mike Reunion 7pm. $5. Benefit for the Bill Perry Scholarship Fund. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116. The Burrito Brothers 8pm. $59/$39. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. The Chris O’Leary Band 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Coryell at the Distillery 8pm. Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel. 583-3141. David Jacobs-Strain 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

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Knitting Club Third Saturday of every month, 2pm. This informal group welcomes all skill level knitters. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Open House for Prospective Families 10am. Includes a tour of our campus and description of our programs Storm King School, Cornwall-OnHudson. 534-9860. Repair Café: New Paltz 10am. A meeting place that is all about fixing things (together). You will find tools and materials to help you make the repair you need: on small appliances and houseware items; on clothes, furniture, jewelry, dolls, and stuffed animals. You will also find Repair Coaches with the special skills to help. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. (646) 302-5835. Supply and Demand Third Saturday of every month, 1-2pm. $10 nonmembers. Breast pump info sessions. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie.

SUNDAY 19 Art Galleries and Exhibits Artists in Conversation 2pm. Mark Dion and David Brooks. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.

Health & Wellness

Cupping Workshop 1-4pm. $75 includes cupping kit. Do you need to release stress & tension in the neck, shoulders, or low back? Cupping is an ancient technique of relieving spasm and tension in the shoulders, along the spine and the chest. with Pat Holtz, L.Ac. Inner Light Heath Spa, Poughkeepsie. 518-4542.

Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapped Pendants 12-3pm. $50. Come learn wire wrapping techniques, practice basic wire wrapping skills, and design oneof-a-kind pendants and charms. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

True Nature: Writing and Drawing your Life 9am. $240/$216 members/$295 lodgers. Through Sunday. With Barbara Bash. Using the drawing exercises in the expanded edition of her book, “True Nature,” Barbara will guide in the alive and insightful creation of illustrated journal pages, drawing and writing together. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Winter Green Market 11:30am-2:30pm. Third Saturday of every month. Indoor farmers’ market. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. Ayurveda and Aromatherapy with Linda Lauretta 2-4pm. $45. Learn about your individual Ayurvedic constitution and how you can help balance physical, emotional, and mental attributes through the use of aromatherapy. Mudita Yoga Center, Kingston. 750-6605.

Iron Work for the Garden 9:30am. $120 includes materials. Make your own hand-forged ironwork plant hanger for house or garden. Learn some basic blacksmithing and experience the dramatic and ancient sights and sounds of the smithy. Or, make a scrolled ironwork element for the garden. Center for Metal Arts, Florida. 651-7550.

“Sight Unseen” Jonathan Waxman, a Brooklyn Jew and critically acclaimed artist, seems to have everything—money, a happy marriage, and a baby on the way—until an impulsive decision to visit his former lover and model, Patricia, reveals all he could have had. Waxman is the protagonist of Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Donald Margulies’s nonlinear play “Sight Unseen,” which has been chosen as Tangent Theatre Company’s spring 2013 production. Directed by Tangent’s Artistic Director Michael Rhodes, the play stars Summe Corrie, Laurence Lowry, Audrey Rapoport, and Greg Skura. “Sight Unseen” will run from May 2 to 19 in the company’s Carpenter Shop Theater in Tivoli. (845) 230-7020;

Kristy Bishop Studio 23rd Annual Show 4:30-6:30pm. Opening reception. The Dutch Ale House, Saugerties. 247-2337.

Dance West Coast Swing Dance 6-9pm. $8/$6 FT students. Dance to DJ’d music. Lesson at 5:30pm. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen.

Food & Wine Taste of Boscobel 2013 1pm. $30-$35. Bringing together some of the finest caterers, breweries and wineries located in the Hudson Valley and beyond for an afternoon of deliciousness. Boscobel, Garrison. 265-3638.

Kids & Family Rob Paparozzi & The Hudson River Rats 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Rock and Roll Flea Market 10am-3pm. $3/children free. A variety of vendors will be on hand offering vintage and new vinyl records, cds, memorabilia, vintage toys, collectibles, outsider art, handmade jewelry, guitars, T-shirts, and more. There will be a DJ all day. Andy Murphy Rec Center, Kingston. 380-3127. Roots Music with Hudson Valley Sally Through May 19, 7:30pm. $20. A roots/folk quartet. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 902-8154. The Trapps 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Wine, Woman and Song: A Spring Wine Tasting and Music Gala 5pm. $40/$75 couple. Proceeds benefit the Building Restoration Fund. Wine expert David G. Howell is joined by Lynne Kerr and Jay Kerr, who blend their acclaimed cabaret performance with the wines presented by him. Cragsmoor Historical Society, Cragsmoor. 647-6487. Kingston YMCA Farm Project Fundraising Kickoff Party 8pm. $10-$20. Help us raise money to break ground on a 1/4 acre Educational Urban Farm. With Pocatllo, Rosendale Brass Band, and local beer. The Shirt Factory, Kingston. 332-2927. Annual Volunteer Party 5pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The annual party to honour library volunteers. Woodstock Library, Woodstock. 679-2213.

Outdoors & Recreation Four Seasons Hike 2: Spring 10am-1pm. Challenging 4-mile hike. Shaupeneak Ridge, Esopus. 473-4440 ext. 273. Spring Wildflower Walk 2-5pm. Forest and ridge hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz.

Theater The 25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee 8pm. $18/$15 members. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

Sure-Minded Uncertainties 2pm. $12. Cave Dogs’ performances consist of innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast onto a screen from sculptures, props, costumes, and the human body. Dynamic cast shadows move in concert with projected video imagery, spoken narrative, and an original soundtrack to create multiple, richly layered imagery. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158.

Children & Families: Kite-Making at Storm King Art Center 1pm. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.

Urban Guerilla Theatre 9pm. Doors open at 8pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Guest Lecture Series: Diana Cooper 4pm. $5/$4 seniors/$2 students, HVCCA Members and children free. Diana Cooper will discuss her work, placing special emphasis on “Swarm” and its genesis. A Q&A with the artist will follow. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100.

Workshops & Classes Blueprinting the Face: Cyanotype Portraits 12-3pm. $45. Ages 9-15. Learn to create one-of-a-kind self portraits with the power of sunlight. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132. Contained: The Art of Planting Pots 1-3pm. $30/$25 members. This program covers all aspects of container gardening, including soil preparation, plant and pot selection, fertilization and seasonal maintenance for a wide variety of annuals and tender perennials. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Defensive Driving 10am. $19/$17 AARP members. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Full Moon Water Sound Healing 8pm. $20-$40. By activating “structured water” with heart frequencies and crystal sound. With Philippe Pascal Garnier. This experimental workshop will focus on working with water and the medicinal proprieties of this holy living element. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. The Fundamental Principle and Practical Application of Sound Healing with the Crystal Singing Bowls 4pm. $35/$30 in advance. In this unique workshop, discover the optimal use of the Crystal Singing Bowl. Everybody will have a hands on opportunity to create and merge with the crystal sound. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Homeowners’ Landscape Design Clinic 9:30am-4:30pm. $145/$125 members. Focus on selected homes of workshop participants for either an in-class presentation or site visit. An active discussion format will focus on conceptualizing a landscape master plan, common design principles and problemsolving. Instructor: Walter Cudnohufsky. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926.

Lectures & Talks Artists in Conversation: Mark Dion and David Brooks 2pm. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.

Literary & Books Animal Word Surround 2pm. Come share poems and stories about all species co-habiting our Earth. Featured Reader: Marcia Slatkin, followed by open mike. Tivoli Artists Co-op, Tivoli. 758-4342. Bobbi Katz Reads from Pocket Poems 3pm. An anthology of short and easy poems, perfect for kids. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775. Nick Brink 3pm. The Power of Ecstatic Trance: Practices for Healing, Spiritual Growth and Accessing the Universal Mind. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Music Bob Stump & The Blue Mountain Band 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Bruce Hornsby 8pm. $80. Singer/songwriter. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Dawn Landes and Richard Buckner 2pm. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115. Eva Cortes 7pm. Latin jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Gran Teatre del Liceu’s Il Trovatore 2pm. $20. Opera film in four acts sung in Italian with English subtitles. Starring Fiorenza Cedolins and Vittorio Vitelli. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. Jazz at the Falls: Eddie Diehl & Lou Pappas Noon. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

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Man Man plays BSP Lounge in Kingston on May 24.

Junkyard Jubilation To the uninitiated, Man Man is a bit of a tough sell. The Philadelphia group’s odd, To the uninitiated, Man Man is a bit of a tough sell. The Philadelphia group’s odd, alliterative name is easy to mishear, like something you should understand but still don’t alliterative name is easy to mishear, like something you should understand but still don’t quite. Their albums—just as bizarrely titled, with names like Man in a Blue Turban with quite. Their albums—just as bizarrely titled, with names like Man in a Blue Turban with a Face and Six Demon Bag—feature music wholly removed from any of the dominant a Face and Six Demon Bag—feature music wholly removed from any of the dominant sonic threads in contemporary American indie. It’s a sound assembled of alien parts sonic threads in contemporary American indie. It’s a sound assembled of alien parts imported from far and wide—lusty sea shanties, primal chants, dark and passionate imported from far and wide—lusty sea shanties, primal chants, dark and passionate Mediterranean jigs, bits of doo-wop. There’s a lot of yelping, swearing, and waltzing, Mediterranean jigs, bits of doo-wop. There’s a lot of yelping, swearing, and waltzing, and much more xylophone than electric guitar. and much more xylophone than electric guitar. Indeed, Man Man is one of American indie’s most distinctive acts, and their live Indeed, Man Man is one of American indie’s most distinctive acts, and their live show—coming to Kingston’s BSP Lounge on Friday, May 24—is among its most show—coming to Kingston’s BSP Lounge on Friday, May 24—is among its most intense and exhilarating. “We don’t care if we look crazy, or if we look foolish, or if we intense and exhilarating. “We don’t care if we look crazy, or if we look foolish, or if we sweat too much,” insists lead man Ryan Kattner. “We’re just trying to get down in the sweat too much,” insists lead man Ryan Kattner. “We’re just trying to get down in the dirt, to connect.” Assuming the nom de guerre Honus Honus, Kattner cuts a stage dirt, to connect.” Assuming the nom-de-guerre Honus Honus, Kattner cuts a stage presence of Freddy Mercury-as-carnival barker, a flamboyant, mugging front man who presence of Freddy Mercury-as-carnival barker, a flamboyant, mugging front man who sings like his guts are on fire and pounds at his keyboard with a child’s animal glee. sings like his guts are on fire and pounds at his keyboard with a child’s animal glee. “I learned a lot about keyboards from playing with drummers,” says Kattner. “I started “I learned a lot about keyboards from playing with drummers,” says Kattner. “I started out on a Rhodes, which is a very physical thing. I can really just dig in.” Man Man’s out on a Rhodes, which is a very physical thing. I can really just dig in.” Man Man’s sound reflects this hunger for visceral connection, and while their music is too eclectic sound reflects this hunger for visceral connection, and while their music is too eclectic to safely pigeon-hole, the live material is largely culled from the caterwauling junkyard to safely pigeon-hole, the live material is largely culled from the caterwauling junkyard skronk—part Tom Waits circa Bone Machine, part Captain Beefheart circa Trout Mask skronk—part Tom Waits circa Bone Machine, part Captain Beefheart circa Trout Mask Replica—that is their go-to mode. Replica—that is their go-to mode. Physicality is Man Man’s calling card, in their sound, in their frenetic live shows, and Physicality is Man Man’s calling card, in their sound, in their frenetic live shows, and in Kattner’s lyrical preoccupations. Man Man is one of the few American indie groups in Kattner’s lyrical preoccupations. Man Man is one of the few American indie groups who seem richly, un-ironically sexualized. “Sex is dirty, and it’s ugly, and it’s wonderful,” who seem richly, un-ironically sexualized. “Sex is dirty, and it’s ugly, and it’s wonderful,”

says Kattner. “(Man Man) tries to express all that, no holds barred.” “Knuckle Down,” says Kattner. “(Man Man) tries to express all that, no holds barred.” “Knuckle Down”, the opener on 2011’s Life Fantastic, nakedly recounts a relationship vexed by sexual the opener on 2011’s Life Fantastic, nakedly recounts a relationship vexed by sexual dependence: “What the hell can I do when you whisper ‘punish me’?/ Snap me like a tiger dependence: “What the hell can I do when you whisper ‘punish me’?/ Snap me like a tiger trap, harvest all my honey.” There’s also a playfulness to Man Man’s unfettered raunch, trap, harvest all my honey”. There’s also a playfulness to Man Man’s unfettered raunch, as on 2008’s fittingly titled Rabbit Habits, where Kattner admonishes a promiscuous as on 2008’s fittingly titled Rabbit Habits, where Kattner admonishes a promiscuous leech named Butter Beans for the “lipstick across [his] dipstick,” only to later play the leach named Butter Beans for the “lipstick across [his] dipstick”, only to later play the villain himself, tempting an unhappily married woman: “You wonder where the true love villain himself, tempting an unhappily married woman: “You wonder where the true love went / cause the breeder in your bed don’t butter your bread / I’m top dog, hot dog.” went / cause the breeder in your bed don’t butter your bread / I’m top dog, hot dog.” The dark and dirty stuff aside, Man Man’s true strength is in tempering pain and The dark and dirty stuff aside, Man Man’s true strength is in tempering pain and sadness with merriment and play. “(We try) to handle dark subject matter without it sadness with merriment and play. “(We try) to handle dark subject matter without it being being all doom and gloom,” says Kattner. “It’s important to maintain levity…and to all doom and gloom,” says Kattner. “It’s important to maintain levity…and to celebrate.” celebrate.” Man Man’s live show is a testament to this mood of redemptive, cathartic Man Man’s live show is a testament to this mood of redemptive, cathartic celebration. On celebration. On stage the band members all smile incessantly, donning war paint and stage the band members all smile incessantly, donning war paint and quasi-ritualistic quasi-ritualistic headgear, bopping along to the collective rattle. Kattner’s lyrics are headgear, bopping along to the collective rattle. Kattner’s lyrics are brilliant, but for the brilliant, but for the in-person Man Man experience, truly meaning boils down to truly in-person Man Man experience, truly meaning boils down to truly feeling: “You go see feeling: “You go see a show, and you’re probably not going to understand anything a show, and you’re probably not going to understand anything that the singer’s saying. that the singer’s saying. But if they mean it, that translates regardless. If you believe in But if they mean it, that translates regardless. If you believe in what you’re doing, it what you’re doing, it should register some emotion.” should register some emotion.” The group recently finished work on its as-yet-unnamed fifth studio album, set to be The group recently finished work on its as-yet-unnamed fifth studio album, set to be released via ANTI- later this year, with an extensive tour to follow. released via ANTI- later this year, with an extensive tour to follow. Man Man will appear at BSP Lounge in Kingston on May 24 at 8:30pm. Man Man will appear at BSP Lounge in Kingston on May 24 at 8:30pm. Advance Advance tickets, sold through the BSP website, are $8. Tickets at the door are $12. tickets, sold through the BSP website, are $8. Tickets at the door are $12. (845) 481(845) 481-4158; 4158; —Tom Whalen —Tom Whalen 5/13 ChronograM forecast 123


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Karla Bonoff 7:30pm. $50/$35. Singer/songwriter. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Music at The Olive 2:30pm. $15. The kick-off gala for the Music at The Olive salon concert series, a new classical music series featuring world class musicians. Kate Johnson, soprano, Craig Ketter, piano, amongst others, performing works by Kurt Weill, Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakov, and more. Olive Free Library, West Shokan. 657-2482. Roots Music with Hudson Valley Sally 7:30pm. $20. A roots/folk quartet. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 902-8154. Tift Merritt 2pm. $25/$20. Americana, country. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 4-6pm. $7/$5 members. Performers sign up at 3:30pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Nightlife Music Cottage Showcase 1pm. $10. A showcase of students from The Music Cottage, a musical training facility in Brewster, New York, offering instruction in all instruments. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School 10th Annual Golf Outing $125. Copake Country Club, Copake Lake. (518) 325-4338.

Food & Wine Wines of North and South America 6-7:30pm. $60. With award-winning wine educator and sommelier Rick Schofield. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 383-1165.

Health & Wellness Community Holistic Healthcare Day 4-8pm. The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community offers free holistic healthcare. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

Literary & Books Author Series: Steve Hamilton 6pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Book Talk and Signing Eleanor Kuhns 7pm. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Music The Chain Gang 6pm. Classic rock crave, Poughkeepsie.

Theater The Price is Right Live 7:30pm. The interactive game show. Albany Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Until It’s Over Over There: The Road to Victory 1:30pm. Monthly Coffee and Culture presents this WWII radio show. Arbor Ridge, Hopewell Junction. 226-8714.

Town of Rosendale Youth Program Car Show 8am-4pm. $10/$8. All classics and imports welcome in separate viewing and judging areas. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-9347. Safe Harbors Off-Broadway Run: Race for a Strong Community 9am. $25/$10 students K-12. Enjoy a day of exercise, refreshments, prizes, and the chance to raise money for a wonderful cause. The Off-Broadway Run is a participant in the Hudson Valley Grand Prix 5K Series. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 784-1110.

Beyond the Fringe 2pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook,Dudley Moore and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900. True Love Lies by Brad Fraser 2pm. $20-$25. Presented by Kaliyuga Arts.The Sawatsky family’s comfortable, stable life is turned upside down when David McMillan comes back to town, and the kids find out that he and their dad were once a couple. Stageworks Hudson, Hudson. (581) 822-9667. National Theatre of London: NT Live Live Simulcast: This House 1pm. $22/$15 children. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Workshops & Classes Collage your Imagination: Diana Cooper 2pm. $5. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100.


Clubs & Organizations Gardiner Library Board Meeting 7-9pm. Third Monday of every month. Open to the public. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Kingston Rock n’ Roll Flea Market Jam out and buy local at Kingston’s counterculture marketplace. On Saturday, May 18, Kingston holds their first Rock n’ Roll Flea Market at the Murphy Center from 10am to 5pm. Featuring over 75 tables, Hudson Valley vendors include Kingston’s Pop’s Tattoo Emporium, Fishkill-based Pulp Sushi, and Poughkeepsie’s Darkside Records and Gallery. Although the market places a large emphasis on local artists and businesses, non-Hudson Valley vendors—such as Chicago-based horror moguls Lix Online—will also be selling their merchandise. Peruse tables full of handmade jewelry, T-shirts, memorabilia, artwork, and vinyl records, while a DJ spins music all day. Part of the door proceeds will benefit the Kingston Police Athletic League Boxing program—a recreation-based juvenile crime prevention program. (845) 380-3127; Workshops & Classes Impressionist Approach to Landscape Painting 9am-4pm. $290. Through May 23. With Joan Jardine. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Knowledge and Attention for Prevention and Early Detection of Tick-Borne Illnesses 7pm. Stacy Kraft is the Public Health Education Coordinator at the Ulster County Department of Health. New Paltz Garden Club, New Paltz. 255-8856.


Food & Wine

Jaws 7pm. $5/$3 children. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Hors d’Oeuvre Boot Camp 2pm. $895. Two-day course. Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. (800) 888-7850.

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Kids & Family

Daddy and Me Pajama Night 6:30pm. Stories and a small snack. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Card Making workshop 7pm. For teens. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Workshops & Classes

Nature Poems on the Meditation Trail for Children 3:30-5:30pm. $25 adult and child/$15 child only. With Dana Fulmer. Walk outside on the meditation trail and learn about the art of Haiku writing. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

TUESDAY 21 Clubs & Organizations Friends of the Gardiner Library Meeting Third Tuesday of every month, 7-8pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

Self-care Class: Holistic Health Plan 7pm. Six Pointed Star with Karen Holtslag. Family Traditions, Stone Ridge. Sleep Divine Yoga Nidra 6:30pm. Fourth Thursday of every month. $10 nonmembers. Presented by Jean Wolfersteig. YMCA, Kingston. (338) 3810 ext. 110.

Music The Chris O’Leary Band 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jon Cobert 8pm. Singer/songwriter. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Paul Taylor Dance Company 7pm. Performing Kith and Kin,Scudorama, and Brandenburgs. Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville. 518-263-2063.

Outdoors & Recreation Learn to Row Information Night 6:30pm. Rondout Rowing Club, Kingston.

Workshops & Classes Facebook Basics Class 3pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Todd Boyle 5:30pm. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277.

Theater Beyond the Fringe 8pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook,Dudley Moore and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn with actors: Donald Kimmel, George Kimmel, Andre Herzogovitch, and Joe Dunn Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900. Jarry 7:30pm. A spectacle by John Anthony West. Based upon the life of Alfred Jarry. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew 7pm. $10/$5 children. New Genesis Productions Youth Theatre. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 7:30pm. $8/$5 children. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.


The Music of Garcia-Saunders 40th Anniversary of “Live At Keystone” 8pm. $60/$40. Featuring original drummer Bill Vitt, Tony Saunders, Steve Abramson and “special guest” Jeff Pevar. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.


Teri Roiger & John Menegon 6pm. Jazz. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277.

Flamenco Vivo 7:30pm. $45/$30. Under the artistic direction of Carlota Santana, brings to life the tradition, passion and dynamics that define this universal Spanish artform. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 10.

Workshops & Classes


CMS 40th Anniversary Intensive Workshop Through May 24. Workshop features intensive master classes, presentations, and exciting jam sessions with an all-star roster of guiding artists. Full Moon Resort, Big Indian. 254-3302.

Health & Wellness

What Are You Waiting For? 8pm. $10/$8 students/seniors. Let’s talk about what we’re waiting for and why. Hudson River Playback Theatre’s talented improvisors will act out your stories on the spot, along with improvisational music. Deyo Hall, New Paltz.

Art Galleries and Exhibits Works by Eric Arctander and Sharon Nakazato 6pm-8pm. Opening reception. Look|Art Gallery, Mahopac. 276-5090.

Five Ingredient Vegan 6pm. $50. Create vegan meals using only five ingredients per dish. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.


Watershed Bird Walk 8am. With behavioral ecologist Ken Schmidt. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343. The 25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee 2pm. $18/$15 members. Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. (518) 392-6264.

THURSDAY 23 Food & Wine

Toots and the Maytals 8pm. $60/$50/$40. With Anders Osborne. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Outdoors & Recreation


Online Catalog Class 2pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Babywearing Bonanza 1-2pm. Fourth Thursday of every month. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 473-5952.

FRIDAY 24 Dance Swing Dance to Live Music 8:30-11:30pm. Fourth Friday of every month. $15/$10 FT students. No experience or partner needed. Beginners’ lesson from 8pm-8:30. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Literary & Books Poet Jim Thatcher 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Sari Botton 7pm. Presents pieces from Get Out of My Crotch:Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Ballroom by Request 9-11pm. $12. Lesson 8pm-9pm. With Joe Donato and Julie Martin. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, Poughkeepsie. 204-9833.

Sacred Circle Ritual Dance: Body Chanting, Moving Mandala, Sacred Geometry Dances 4pm. Fourth Saturday of every month. $20. Community-traditional Balkan, Greek, Rome, Armenian, Near Eastern and modern sacred circle dances. MaMa, Stone Ridge. (646) 633-8052.

Fairs & Festivals Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 10am-5pm. $10. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Vanderbilt Plant Sale 9am. Fundraiser for Vanderbilt Garden Association. Perennials, annuals, water lilies, tomatoes, vegetables, and more. Funds raised will go towards the “Cherry Walk” restoration. Vanderbilt Garden Association Inc., Hyde Park. 229-6432.

Food & Wine Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival 10am. $25. Features NY & MA regional wineries, distilleries, cideries & craft breweries, gourmet cheeses, creameries, baked goods, and grass-fed meats, artisans book signings, seminars on wine pairing, home brewing, gardening & cheese making. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 732-7317. Opening Day of the Saugerties Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Kiersted House, Saugerties. 246-0167.


Lectures & Talks

Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun 9pm. $20. With special guest, Billy Rogan. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Why Goethean Science? 7:30pm. A talk by Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege in celebration of the Nature Institute’s new building. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116.

Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Chain Gang 8pm. Classic rock. La Puerta Azul, Salt Point. 677-2985. Man Man 9pm. $12/$9. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Montana Skies 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Nailed Shutt 8pm. Unique mixture of jam band, reggae and classic rock songs. Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel. 583-3141. Nicki Parrott Trio 7pm. Guitars. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Ray Wylie Hubbard 8pm. $44/$29. Singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard has been a leading figure of the progressive country movement since the 1970s. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Shadetree Mechanics 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Sister Sparrow Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Skye Jazz Trio 8pm. Wildfire Grill, Montgomery. 457-3770. Spring Folk Music Weekend Through May 27. By the Folk Music Society of New York. Featuring John Kirk and Trish Miller playing the traditional music of the Adirondacks; Danny Spooner, singing the folk songs of the U.K. and Australia; and Chris Koldeway and Joy Bennett singing sea chanteys and ballads. Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson. (212) 957-8386. The Sultan of Sonic Soul Gud Mancini 8pm. Contemporary. Krazy Kate’s Landmark Inn, Boiceville. 657-8777.

Literary & Books Laura Ludwig Presents Performance Art and Poetry 7pm. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Music The Cagneys 9pm. Classic rock from the '50s and '60s. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Co., Kingston. 340-4277. Esopus Chamber Orchestra An American Adventure 8pm. $30/$25/$15 students. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263. In The Pines 6pm. $15/$10 in advance. Multi-band concert. The Theater at University Settlement Camp, Beacon. (917) 806-1348. In The Pines Music Festival 5pm. $15/$10 in advance. Featuring Babe The Blue Ox, Higher Animals, Monski, Stephen Clair Trio, Knock Yourself Out. The Theater at University Settlement Camp, Beacon. The Joe Gattuso Band 7:30pm. $20/$15 in advance. Debut album release concert featuring special guest, Emma Bilyou. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. (914) 475-7588. Joe Gattuso CD Release Party with Emma Bilyou 7:30pm. $15. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116. Joey D’s 50’s Night 8pm. Krazy Kate’s Landmark Inn, Boiceville. 657-8777. Visit for additional calendar listings and staff recommendations.

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A Mind, Body, and Spirit Revolution: Sing, Drum, and Dance Party with Shaktipat 8pm. Fourth Saturday of every month. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-8707.

meats, artisans book signings, seminars on wine pairing, home brewing, gardening, and cheese making. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. (518) 732-7317.

Paperhaus 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006.


Tannery Concert with Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz 6pm. $30 balcony/$35 1st floor. Prokofiev (Sonata in C major. Op. 119); Stravinsky (Suite Italienne); Rachmaninov (Sonata in G minor, Op. 19). Tannery Pond, New Lebanon. (888) 820-1696. Teacher Appreciation Concert 7pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Soundout 8pm. $100 Gold Circle/$40 reserved seating/$25 general admission. Happy Traum will be the host and guest artists include Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Tracy Bonham, Jay Collins, Jerry Marotta, Marco Benevento with Dave Dreiwitz, A. C. Newman, Tim Moore, Connor Kennedy, Doug Yoel, and more. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Willy Amrod Band 9pm. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Dawn Landes and Richard Buckner 2pm. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115.

Windham Chamber Music Festival 2013 16th Anniversary 8pm. $25/$22 seniros/$20 contributors/$5 students cash or check only. Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor, Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, Chopin: Four Scherzos. Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center, Windham. (518) 734-3868.

Erik Lawrence Quartet 10am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Festive Opening 11am. Festive Opening of The Nature Institute’s new building. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116.

Unforgettable Fire 8pm. $45/$30. U2 tribute band. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Outdoors & Recreation Birds of Storm King Art Center 8am. Observe Storm King’s birds with the Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club. Beginners and experts welcome. Bring binoculars. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115. Memorial Day Weekend Barn Sale 9am-4pm. Early birds $10. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Volunteer Restoration Day 10am-2pm. Learn to identify local flora and proper techniques for removing invasive plants that wreak havoc on the valley’s fragile ecosystem. Franny Reese State Park, Highland. 473-4440 ext. 273.

Theater Beyond the Fringe 8pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900. Jarry 7:30pm. A spectacle by John Anthony West. Based upon the life of Alfred Jarry. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-7723. Olive and the Bitter Herbs 8pm. Reading by Half Moon Theater. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kingston. 331-2884. William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew 2 & 7pm. $10/$5 children. New Genesis Productions Youth Theatre. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 2 & 7:30pm. $8/$5 children. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

Workshops & Classes Language of Flowers: Kelly Merchant 2pm. Lecture and demonstration. Kelly Merchant will talk about her photography portrait project inspired by a long-neglected 19th century. ArtsWAVE Center, Ellenville. 443-5319. Doody Calls Fourth Saturday of every month, 1-2pm. $10 nonmembers. Cloth diapering info sessions. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. Sewing 102 2-5pm. $35/$30 with own machine. Expand your knowledge of the machine and learn to sew your own pillows. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

SUNDAY 26 Art Galleries and Exhibits Birds, Barns, and More 5-7pm. Paintings by Karuna McLaughlin. Caffe a la Mode, Warwick. 986-1223.

Fairs & Festivals Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 11am-4pm. $10. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Vanderbilt Plant Sale 9am. Fundraiser for Vanderbilt Garden Association. Perennials, annuals, water lilies, tomatoes, vegetables, and more. Funds raised will go towards the “Cherry Walk” restoration. Vanderbilt Garden Association Inc., Hyde Park. 229-6432.


Old Crow Medicine Show Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. (607) 544-1800. Soñando 7pm. Latin. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits

Food Pantry Benefit Dance Party with DJ Michael Wilcock 7pm. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

June 19-August 25 “ the dance center of the nation ” – The New York Times

Tickets start at $22!

Art and Nature Hike 1pm. Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 534-3115. High Falls Café Golf Tournament & 8th Anniversary BBQ 12pm. $40 includes a light lunch, 9 holes of golf with cart, and dinner with tournament prizes awarded. The BBQ and live music starts at 3pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Memorial Day Weekend Barn Sale 9am-4pm. Early birds $10. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Erica’s Monthly Spiritual Pregnancy & Adoption Circle 6pm. Fourth Sunday of every month. Gathering of currently pregnant or adoptive mothers-to-be to help awaken the relationship between you and your child. Together we will explore and practice ways to intuitively connect with this being. Reservations required. Wyld Acres, New Paltz. 255-5896.

Theater Beyond the Fringe 2pm. $22/$18 seniors and students. A comedy by Alan Bennet, Peter Cook,Dudley Moore and Jonathon Miller. Directed by Joe Dunn. Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison. 424-3900.

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National Theatre Live: This House noon. $20. The Moviehouse, Millerton. (518) 789-0022. William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew 4pm. $10/$5 children. New Genesis Productions Youth Theatre. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. 679-2079. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 3pm. $8/$5 children. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

MONDAY 27 Fairs & Festivals Vanderbilt Plant Sale 9am. Fundraiser for Vanderbilt Garden Association. Perennials, annuals, water lilies, tomatoes, vegetables, and more. Funds raised will go towards the “Cherry Walk” restoration. Vanderbilt Garden Association Inc., Hyde Park. 229-6432.

TUESDAY 28 Food & Wine Wines and Food Pairing 6-8pm. $90. With award-winning wine educator and sommelier Rick Schofield. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 383-1165.

Health & Wellness Healing Steps Support Group Last Tuesday of every month, 5pm. Join in to encourage patients, family members, and caregivers emotionally and spiritually through all steps of wound healing. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Introductory Workshop 11am-1pm. $15. Workshop covers postures, breath, and relaxation techniques, along with an overview and approach to classical yoga. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Literary & Books Author Series: Martha Frankel 6pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Food & Wine

Sound Healing: Divine Light Activation with Himalayan Bowls played by Suzy Meszoly 7:30pm. Last Tuesday of every month. $15-$25. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 616-0860.

Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival 10am. $25. Features NY & MA regional wineries, distilleries, cideries & craft breweries, gourmet cheeses, creameries, baked goods, and grass-fed


Outdoors & Recreation

Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! 7:15pm. Rebroadcast of the live event. Rosendale Theatre Collective, Rosendale. Country Barbecue 4:30-8pm. Children’s activities, live entertainment, local food, and beverages. Hosted by the Columbia Land Conservancy. Rockefeller’s Clum and Patchen Farm, Livingston.


Rachel Meyer of Ballet BC; photo Michael Slobodian.

Poundcake 7pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Baby Boomer Comedy 7:30pm. $35/$25. Featuring comedians Kent Radar and Jan Mcinnis, this show will present good, clean humor. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.


She Loves Me: Broadway Comes to Caramoor! June 22–23 / Venetian Theater

Caramoor opens its 68th summer season with a revival of the Broadway classic, She Loves Me, Me, written by the celebrated composer/lyricist team, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick ((Fiddler Fiddler on the Roof ); book by Joe Masteroff. Starring critically-acclaimed actress Alexandra Silber, Drama Desk Award-winner Santino Fontana, Tony® Award-winner John Cullum, and Drama Desk Award-winner Montego Glover. One of the most beautiful scores in American theater will be performed by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Tony® Award-winner Ted Sperling, who will also direct the performance. Experience the glamour and excitement of Broadway at Caramoor. For tickets and information visit or 914.232.1252

Workshops & Classes Powered by Dreaming Through May 31. Singer/songwriter Sarah Fimm has put together a three-day collaborative arts, science, and music camp. Full Moon Resort, Big Indian.

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1-866-500-FAIR • Show Hours: 10-5 each day - rain or shine. Admission: One day $16/$13 advance; Weekend pass $20/$15 advance; Early bird $40 advance only - early birds can enter at 8:30 a.m. on Fri. and/or Sat. for 90 minutes of priority shopping. Address for GPS - 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds at any time except for service/guide animals.

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Special museum hours/days for thesis exhibitions Friday – Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition II May 3 – 7 Opening reception: May 3, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. First Sunday Free Gallery Tour May 5 at 2:00 p.m. Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition I & II May 10 – 14 and May 17 – 21 Opening receptions: May 10, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and May 17, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

A ART 845.257.3830 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design Senior Projects+Portfolios May 10, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Terrace (off Southside Loop), Free

Visit www.newpaltz/music for additional events. 845-257-2700 Student Composers Concert May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Julien J. Studley Theatre Tickets: $8, $6, $3 at the door College-Youth Symphony May 5 at 7:00 p.m. Julien J. Studley Theatre Tickets: $8 $6, $3 at the door Choral Concert May 7 at 8:00 p.m. Julien J. Studley Theatre Tickets $8, $6, $3 at the door Recital Hour 2 May 8 at 10:30 a.m. Nadia & Max Shepard Recital Hall, Free


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Teen Movie Night 7pm. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Alice, The Looking Glass Dances 2pm, 5:30pm. $15/$12 children 12 & under/$10 for groups of 10+. Ballet Arts/Dance Beacon. Features students performing dance pieces within a narrative framework based on “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 8311870.

Literary & Books Edith Real and Imagined 4pm. Join us as a panel of authors and scholars discuss their muse and share their thoughts on why Wharton is timeless. The Mount, Lenox, MA. (413) 551-5100. Storytelling with Janet Carter 7pm. Karen Pillsworth and Janet Carter will present “Family Stories,” building on a three-year tradition of warm-hearted tales for all ages. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Music Carmine and Vinny Appice Drum Wars 8pm. $32.50$27.50 in advance/$125 VIP. With salute to Eric Carr, former drummer of KISS. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116. Loren Stillman 7pm. Modern jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Paul Kelly 8pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Workshops & Classes Introduction to Computers 2pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317. Introduction to the Internet 3pm. Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

THURSDAY 30 Film 5 Broken Cameras 7pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Literary & Books Adult Summer Book Discussion Group 7-8pm. Discussion of World War Z by Max Brooks. Fallsburg Library, South Fallsburg. 434-6067.

Music Bill Sims Jr. 8:30pm. Blues, soul, gospel, and zydeco. Dogwood, Beacon. 202-7500. Della Mae 8pm. $30/$20. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

FRIDAY 31 Clubs & Organizations Minecraft Club 6-8pm. $10. Join your friends, bring your laptop and enter the world of minecraft on our huge flat screen. Fiberflame Studio, Saugerties. 679-6132.

Dance. Fifth Friday Dance Meet Up 7:30pm. $15/$10 member. Blues & west coast swing with Big Joe Fitz & the Lo-Fis. Dance lesson at 7:30 with Evan MacDonald Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.

New Paltz School of Ballet Spring Recital 3pm. Through March 2. $15. “Dancing Through Time” featuring special guest performers from Ballet West and the television show "Breaking Pointe." Wallkill High School, Wallkill. 255-0044. Swing Dance 8pm. First Saturday of every month. $10. Workshop at 7:30pm with Linda and Chester Freeman. MAC Fitness, Kingston. 853-7377.

Lectures & Talks Booksigning: The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age: A Geological History and Tour 3pm. Talk and book signing by professors Robert and Johanna Titus. Readers will explore the Hudson Valley with new eyes-from a geological perspective. A short walk around the lake will follow the presentation. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872 ext.109.

Music Bryan Gordon 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. The Castle’s 20th Anniversary Celebration 5-10pm. Featuring Nuts in a Blender and The Tall Boys. The Castle Fun Center, Chester. 469-2116. The Maestrosities 8pm. $21 advance/$17 members/$25 at the door/$21 members. A clown troupe that provides an entertaining goofball concert laced with sight gags and verbal quips. One woman and four men on accordion, clarinet, ukulele, tuba, trumpet, and New Paltz local Glen Heroy on steel spoons. Ages 7+. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Mark Raisch Duo 8:30pm. Jazz Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. 896-8466. Toots and the Maytals 8pm. $70/$50. Reggae. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306. Willie Nile 8pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Open Houses/Parties/Benefits Bridge to the Future Auction and Benefit 6-11pm. $50. Benefit in support of children with Autism in the Hudson Valley who attend the Center for Spectrum Services. Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston. 331-0700. First Saturday Reception 5-8pm. First Saturday of every month. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), Kingston. 338-0331.

SUNDAY 2 Comedy Kevin James 7pm. $28-$78. Stand up comedy Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.


Fairs & Festivals

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 9pm. The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

24th Annual Old Fashioned Day 11am-5pm. Games, demos, exhibitions, entertainment, refreshments. Walker Valley Fire Co., Walker Valley. 744-3119.

Literary & Books Author Christine Wade 7pm. Presenting Seven Locks. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Legendary Locals of Woodstock 7pm. Book presented by Richard Heppner and Janine Fallon-Mower. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Lectures & Talks Mohonk Preserve Cries "Wolf!" 6:30-8pm. Meet Atka, an Arctic gray wolf, and learn the history of wolves in the US, the importance of wolves to a healthy ecosystem, and the efforts to save these creatures for future generations. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz.

Music Bad Touch 8pm. $15/$10 students and seniors. Contemporary jazz Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

Kids & Family Yoga Stories for Families First Sunday of every month, 10:30am-noon. Taught by Kim Ellis. Ages five-10. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Rick Darke’s The Wild Garden 2pm. $35/$30. The 7th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture. Garden reception, book signing, and heirloom plant sale to follow. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park.

Music The Bacon Brothers 8pm. $65. Rock, soul, folk. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Farm Music Round Robin and Potluck 4-9pm. First Sunday of every month. Potluck at 6:30pm. Brook Farm, New Paltz. 255-1052. Open Mic Night 9:30pm. First Sunday of every month. Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti 6pm. Fine country folk music with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle. The Andes Hotel, Andes. 676-3980.

Shelter 7pm. A concert to benefit victims of domestic violence in the Hudson Valley. Featuring Natalie Merchant with faculty members of the Bard Conservatory of Music. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7900.

Studio Stu 10pm. Alternative. Market Market Café, Rosendale. 658-3164.

Workshops & Classes


Introduction to Floral Scanner Photography 10am. $20. A lecture/demonstration by botanical photographer Ellen Hoverkamp whose exhibition “Beauty and the Feast” is on display. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693.

Baam Bada House Music Parties 8pm-12am. Last Friday of every month. $5. includes a drink. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240.

Seeds to Supper: Vegetable Gardening in a Small Space 10am. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469.

Tica Douglas 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006.


Lectures & Talks

Dave Davies of The Kinks 8pm. $70/$50. Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT. (866) 666-6306.

Keith Newman 6pm. Acoustic. Wildfire Grill, Montgomery. 457-3770.



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by eric francis coppolino

Once Upon a Time in Boston


walked into Dominick’s Cafe in Uptown Kingston to buy some newspapers on Saturday, April 20, and owner Dominick Vanacore asked me: “What the heck just happened in Boston?” That’s the question, isn’t it. And it’s a good one. The fairytale version goes like this: Terrifying, mysterious bombers attacked the crowd at a great athletic event. The nation spared no expense, used its best technology and figured out who might have done the terrible deed, then sent its bravest fighters in to catch them. Everyone helped with this effort. One suspect was killed; the other took flight, was hunted down, and caught. Then all the people of the kingdom came out in the streets and cheered the brave warriors who had saved the day, joyful that they were now safe again. Alternate versions go like this: It was a vast overreaction by public officials; or it was a planned event designed to insure the budgets of federal agencies against sequestration; or it was an event designed to destabilize society in some way, complete with a martial law drill/mass psychology experiment conducted in the virgin target of Boston. I heard about the bombing of the Boston Marathon shortly after it happened on a flight from Portland, Oregon to Chicago. Fortunately, it was a flight with WiFi. However, the first thing I did before reading any of the news reports was to cast the chart. In doing forensic astrology, I prefer to see the chart before I know the facts, then make some observations and perhaps come up with a theory. Then I study the facts to either dismiss or support my hunches. What I noticed first about the chart was that Neptune is looming on the western horizon. Also called the 7th house or descendant (opposite the ascendant, which is to the east), that angle of a chart gives a picture of the environment and describes one’s relationship to one’s environment. Neptune’s themes cover illusions, delusions, denial and deception. Neptune also includes inspiration, a talent for fantasy, music and photography and in a natal chart, it can point to one’s taste for drink and drugs. Neptune in the 7th is a warning to be especially discerning. My sense was that everything we were about to be told would be wrong or made up. Moments after seeing the chart, I posted to Planet Waves: “Nothing says ‘don’t trust the story’ like Neptune on the 7th. It’s like looking into a fog, and you need special vision to see through it.” So began a week of misreported facts, conflicting versions of the story, photos circulating around the Internet featuring scenes that could have come out movie studios, plus all the usual stories of selfless heroism, love of country and determination to go on. The bombing happened not just at the Boston Marathon but also on a day venerated in Boston—Patriot’s Day, commemorating the start of the American Revolution in 1775. It was a perfectly strange week in every other way. Just 48 hours after the 200 people were hurt in a domestic bombing incident, the Senate voted down a series of measures designed to keep assault rifles out of the hands of known felons and terrorists. Letters laced with the poison ricin were allegedly sent to the president and a senator, and a suspect was arrested. There was a massive explosion in a fertilizer plant in West, 130 planet waves ChronograM 5/13

Texas, close to the anniversary of another fertilizer explosion in 1947 that killed nearly 600 people. There were many, many other horrid anniversaries in American history the week of the bombing. Then on Thursday, April 18, the FBI released photos of its proposed suspects, beginning one of the strangest days in modern American history—the 7-Eleven robbery that may or may not have been part of the scenario, the security guard shot for no special reason, the carjacking and the midnight firefight that allegedly killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. These developments are what we’re told turned Watertown, MA into war zone. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, after casually going to school the day after the bombing, allegedly went on the run. Boston metro area was put under martial law; Harvard, Brandeis, Boston University, MIT, and other campuses were shut down. We witnessed the most impressive show of force aimed at a civilian population on domestic soil ever, as the new Homeland Security militarized police apparatus was rolled out before our eyes, with its robots and X-ray vision. A terrifying door-to-door search ensued. I have a friend in Watertown who was horrified as eight “heavily armed men” searched her condo without a warrant or any actual reason, as she and her kids watched. The suspect was then discovered outside the police perimeter thanks to a neighbor who noticed blood on the white tarp covering their boat, looked inside and thought he saw a dead body. The reason that didn’t happen sooner? Everyone had been ordered indoors. That person, we’re told, was Dzhokhar, who was bleeding so badly he was barely alive. He had, by some miracle, allegedly engaged hundreds of military police in a prolonged firefight—and there’s no reference to his even having been found with a gun or enough ammo to fight an army. Through the week, many rumors surfaced. Working with my collaborators, I debunked various conspiracy theories and attempted to assemble valid facts. The FEMA event in town that day turned out to be a previously scheduled class at Harvard. The athletic coach running in the marathon who heard an announcement that “this is a drill” was the only person who described that; a second witness would have made his account more plausible. The Boston Globe tweet allegedly predicting the incident was published an hour after the fact, not in advance, and referred to something else. Yet as we went through the reported details, no part of the story came out intact. It was like adding a list of numbers from the bottom and the top getting different results every time. All of these major crime scenes have an element of chaos, and there are always unresolved issues, but it’s not usually like this. Then we learned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, was the subject of an international terrorism inquiry in 2011. The Russian government asked the FBI to look into him, investigated and interviewed him, and said it had no reason to suspect him of anything. This is at best bad police work and at worst a cover story. What is true and what is not? Neptune indeed. The chart for the Boston Marathon bombing has several plot lines that unfold

simultaneously. Charts often have that attribute, and it’s necessary to sort out the significators as carefully as possible—that is, to have a clear sense what planet represents whom, or what. This chart has Virgo rising, and right in the exact degree rising was a newly discovered planet called Orcus. Essentially the twin of Pluto, located in the same region of space, Orcus was named for an early European prototype from the Hades/Pluto cycle of myths. He’s an underworld god, and he has a famous namesake in modern literature—J. R. R. Tolkien named his monstrous, smelly orcs after Orcus. Orcus in the ascendant is an image of the troll under the bridge; the lurking factor of which we must be very afraid. Virgo rising suggests something meticulously planned by intelligent people. The bombs went off less than 15 seconds apart, and they performed as designed. When Virgo is rising, the next place to look is the planet that rules Virgo—Mercury, and that turned out to be an influential planet as the event unfolded. Mercury in a world chart like this can represent a person, and it can represent an idea or a message—whatever message comes out of the incident, whatever is taken by the public. Mercury was newly in Aries, after months in Pisces. In the bombing chart it was on the Aries Point, indicating the intersection of something deeply personal with something widely collective. And it was about to make a conjunction to Uranus in Aries—and pass through the Uranus-Pluto square that defines what I call the 2012 era—approximately 2011-2016, with a few years on either side as a warm-up and cool-down. Early on, I also saw Mercury as representing a young person. My take is that Mercury represents Dzhokhar, the younger brother, in the capacity of one who seems to have been haplessly drawn into this plot. As of press time, he was being kept alive—and we’re being told he may never speak. Mercury, as ruler of the Virgo ascendant, also represents the issue itself, and the inquiry into it. Planets can get two or three meanings. In a terrorism plot, there’s also the matter of a secret enemy—the behind-the-scenes perpetrator. We find information that in the sign and planet that rule the 12th house. Leo is on the 12th house cusp—and that says to look at the Sun (the ruler of Leo). This character in the story is dramatic and important-seeming. The Aries Sun is about to make a conjunction to Mars, which has the image of dying violently. I believe this represents Tamerlan, the older brother. We don’t know his actual involvement in this, and the chart portrays him more as a victim, that is, as a scapegoat, than as a perpetrator. Now he’s dead in the style of Lee Harvey Oswald, and we won’t ever hear from him. There’s one last plot line to cover. The 7th house, where Neptune is looming, is also the house of open enemies (as contrasted with secret ones). We know that Neptune is sitting there in Pisces, warning us that nothing in the official version of events may be true. Pisces also has a traditional ruler—Jupiter. Where is it, and what story does it tell? Jupiter is in Gemini, and also the 10th house of government. It’s in a strange condition—called intercepted, which means that Gemini has no house cusp running through it (this doesn’t happen in every chart, and it can happen anywhere when it does). Intercepted Gemini is like a house hidden within the 10th house, which you can think of as the inner sanctum of government, the intelligence establishment or black operations of some kind. I will leave that angle alone for now. In closing I will say this. If you’re thinking that two bombs justified the house arrest of more than a million people, please think more slowly. These ideas would best be phrased as questions rather than as statements. Was that governmental response justified? What was the emotional cost, and the price we paid in our freedom? Many people who lived through having their homes searched are emotionally traumatized. They may never think of the concept of “home” the same way again. Our social contract in the US is clear. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” Was the response we witnessed reasonable, in the moral and legal sense of the word? We need to have a long conversation with our neighbors about this. We also need a national conversation. What we witnessed in Boston, from the improvised explosive devices to the firefights in urban areas to the door-to-door searches, are what the American government has been experiencing, or doing, in Afghanistan and Iraq for more than 10 years. The war literally came home to Boston and its suburbs. We don’t like bombs going off in our public places and I hope we don’t like armored vehicles, SWAT teams in our homes and high-powered rifles going off in the streets. It’s time to ask when we’re going to stop doing this to other countries. It’s also time for “nonpolitical” people to raise questions about the conduct of our leaders, both at home and abroad. It’s time to learn how to not feel like an asshole for actually caring— and for being willing to speak up, including when it’s considered socially inappropriate. Which is usually. Read Eric Francis Coppolino’s weekly Planet Waves column.


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Planet Waves Horoscopes Aries (March 20-April 19) Just the concept that something is or even that it may be valuable is enough to make it so. It works the same way in how we feel about ourselves. Consider the effects of the value you put on yourself. I don’t mean your monetary value, though that will come up eventually; I mean whether you think you matter to others, or whether what you do and offer to the world makes a difference. You’ve had a way of thinking about this theme for a long time. You’ve tried to work out the equation a number of times before, with only limited success. It’s as if you know your own value intuitively but cannot quite articulate it to yourself. Yet there’s a vital piece to the puzzle: values are only valuable to the extent that we act on them. Once acted upon, there’s greater tangibility to what is, in essence, an idea. The dividing line I see in your chart seems to involve making an actual decision about what you say is the most important to you, and then sizing up the effects based upon what happens. We do a lot of jabbering to ourselves about what is so important, though rarely put ourselves through this simple test. Well, it may not be so simple, and you may need to persevere through what seems like an inordinately long time to get your results, though it’s only long in your perception. Assuming you keep at it, you may not have your answer until six months from now.


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You are surrounded on all sides by potential, and by people who believe in you. Yet you may have an ominous feeling, as if something is brewing that you don’t understand and cannot discern clearly. Yet consider all that you’ve learned about yourself the past few weeks—how many things you would not necessarily have considered, and were probably not expecting. These have worked out well, and many situations are still developing. The ominous feeling is an eclipse of the Sun in your sign on May 9. This is profoundly meaningful astrology that will deliver a clear message to you. You may not be certain if it’s a sign from the distant past or something entirely new; in a way, both are true. What this eclipse signals is a kind of growth checkpoint. There are two questions that I see. One is: What do you “take on” when you engage with someone in an intimate relationship? There’s something suggesting that you become like that person, at least a little, and I suggest that you decide consciously the extent you want to do this. Another image in the chart involves your father, and your tendency to want to live up to what you perceived as his expectations of you, or his image of you. It’s more likely that your highest vision of yourself would take you in another direction entirely. It will help if you notice this negotiation process with full awareness rather than having it run in the background.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)

Have you ever heard someone say they don’t want to go to an astrologer or a therapist because they might find out something about themselves they don’t want to know? Please don’t let that be you. No matter how much you may have to discover about yourself, you have nothing to fear in those discoveries. If you resist potential self-awareness, though, that’s likely to have the effect of echoing around your mind and seeming “worse” than it is. I suggest you go right for clear information as soon as you have a question, and then make sure you persist and work through three or four layers of inquiry before you pause. The idea here is not to go through the motions, but rather to bravely seek self-understanding. If you do that with sincerity and an open mind, you will learn something about yourself and about existence that you’re unlikely to ever forget. This is likely to be something that you already knew but went to some length to deny, for reasons that you might not want to know. In other words, part of the story is why you might have denied this thing that you’re discovering or rediscovering. By “why,” I mean your actual motives for doing so, since this doesn’t seem to be mere happenstance. There is intent at work on every level, and that’s the thing to track: what is driving the story in any particular direction that it might go, and what is driving you to go any direction you might go.

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You’re about to seem like a “different person” or a “changed person” to many people. This is due to an eclipse in Taurus, your 11th house. From the size and shape of the chart, it looks like you have many options for “different,” and I suggest you figure out what they are and see if they are viable options. One reason many people refuse to change or resist change is because they don’t want to be perceived as having done so by their friends. Sadly, most people feel a need to live up to who people think they are. You now have a moment of cover where you can make a significant adjustment not just to how you project yourself but to who you actually are, in substance. People will either not notice or not care, or they will forget that anything was different; or who you’ve developed into will seem natural in the context of so much else that’s changing. The way this looks is something like, you manifest in a revised form as one determined to succeed at what you feel the most called upon to do. You can be much more assertive than you usually are, and you can count on being supported in that, if you remember your charm and charisma and your natural magnetism. Establish your goals, align with your collaborators, then align yourself with the resources that you need to get the job done—and you will.

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Leo (July 22-August 23)

You remain in a position of leadership, and it looks like you’re collecting some valuable skills as you mature into your calling. There’s a skill I’ve noticed that’s largely missing from the population around us—that of politics. The dysfunction and cruelty we see career politicians dramatizing is not really political—it’s more like anarchy. What I’m describing is the ability to help facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes; to make sure that collective resources are used in a way that benefits everyone; and to stand guard over what is right and true. You’re refining these skills and you may be feeling a calling to put them to use. Yet there is an essential idea contained in your chart: What you’re doing is not about power; it’s about benefiting people as a kind of public servant, in a way that is also supportive of you. By one reading of this astrology (using only traditional planets), you might be super ambitious to the point of not caring whose head you step on. When we add the influence of the asteroid Pallas Athene exactly conjunct the May 9 solar eclipse, you show up as someone deeply concerned about fairness, and proceeding in a way that is honest and grounded in your real values. The world needs more examples of this, and you are setting such an example in your local world. A Course in Miracles reminds us that “everyone teaches, and teaches all the time,” and you are being called to be a teacher of integrity by example.


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Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Your charts are calling for you to develop a long-term strategy—and to let go of a set of plans that are no longer valid based on your new goals. You may have a specific goal that keeps slipping out of your mind, something you know you want to dedicate yourself to, then you go back to an old scenario. You probably know exactly what this is; the challenge is that it would lead you to make many other changes, which you don’t necessarily know how to make, or have the energy to initiate. In order to slip out of the gravity of the past, begin with your mind. Begin with the idea. Then take some step to bring the idea into form. Then, size up your life and your environment and begin to sketch out your plan. Overall, you need a slow, steady, and extremely persistent approach. Yet the key factor is remembering what you want to do, and then doing it, and remembering what you no longer want to do and not doing that. Getting out of old patterns and into new ones takes some persistence, and fortunately you have that going for you. The sooner you start—no matter how modestly or slowly—the more time you will have to establish the new pattern. Then when the coming eclipses do their work, events will help you not just focus and develop that pattern, but also cultivate the essential ingredient of faith in yourself. That’s the thing; that’s the skill you want.

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Libra (September 22-October 23)

You’ve likely been through an unsettling or perhaps tumultuous month or two. Events have challenged you to be flexible, tolerant, and to make some peace with the fact that many people are different than you. This also means that you are different than they are. However you look at it, you’re in a position where you have to find common ground with others. You cannot set the agenda exclusively, and obviously you cannot have others set the agenda for you. Without some form of negotiating your way into territory you can share with others, you’ll find yourself at an impasse. This happens when people have intractable values. I suggest you look at your values and decide which are flexible and which you cannot compromise on. Then see if you can encourage partners to do the same thing. You are in a situation where something has to give, and where your flexibility will be called on as a bottom line. That’s why I suggest you decide what you’re willing to give, though while you’re at it, you may want to assess your concepts of “mutual,” “reciprocity,” “exchange,” and “understanding.” In the end you will need to reach a consensus. And any honest consensus always starts on the level of values, which are the fundamental elements of who a person really is. So, said another way, this is about you revealing who you truly are—which implies admitting to yourself who you truly are. And yes, that might be a little intimidating.

Scorpio (October 23-November 22)

To what extent are you invested in a close partner, and have you considered whether you might be overinvested? This isn’t necessarily an easy question, though you may be getting some new information on this topic in the near future. This is, however, not a new story. Indeed, it’s the latest step in the process of your rewriting what may be a very old story, and that relates to certain fixed patterns of how you tend to think of yourself, your relationship partners and your mutual role in one another’s lives. This question is valid whether or not you currently are with a partner. The underlying material remains the same. The question gets more relevance if you tend to repeat patterns in your relationships. It gets even more relevance if you tend to come up against certain emotional issues and then skip them over, expecting a different result than last time. The current astrology is, to use a strong word, demanding that you be real with yourself. You know it’s also time for you to be relating to others on real terms, and call nothing less than that intimacy. I know there is a temptation to have the pleasure, security and emotional contact of relationships without taking the risk of vulnerability. Yet it’s never long before this runs out. If you’re someone who does value depth and intimacy and who takes emotional risks, the next few weeks promise to be a daring, meaningful, and beautiful time in your life.

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Isn’t it time to get over the feeling that if you get close to someone, or allow yourself to connect to them deeply, that your life is going to run out of control? Imagine that the “out of control” factor is really an unknown. That’s not what it literally is, it’s just your equivalent of X. You could, under that scenario, revise the story: “If I connect to someone deeply, something of which I’m not sure may happen.” That is another way of saying that if you make contact, something will change—and it will. Both people will change. That is what happens when humans interact: they learn from one another, influence one another, and often become a little (or a lot) like one another. I suggest you list the reasons you have to trust and not trust the situation; to trust and not trust yourself. From the look of the astrology, you’re the person who is the most likely to have a profound or life-changing influence on someone you respect or admire, though you may not be up to believing how that’s possible. Well, it is possible; making friends with a kitten is enough to have a life-changing influence on many people. This isn’t something you have to try to do, plan on, or expect. The most helpful thing you can do is trust, which means not throwing your fear in front of your path as a stumbling block. Said another way, you can use your power for or against your own best interests.



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Sometimes I get the feeling that some people are finally figuring out that sex is a form of play, and sometimes I get the feeling that there’s so much fear that most people are totally in the dark. So I’ll put the question to you: How do you relate to sex as a form of play? Don’t answer too fast—I suggest you ponder it. If you don’t come up with sex as a form of play, then what is it? What kind of activity is it, or what does it represent? If you answer yes to the play question, how does it contrast with other forms of play (music, golf, paintball, finger painting, ultimate Frisbee)? The “serious cast” that sexuality gets is almost always based on a moral trip of some kind. It’s also based on possessiveness and attachment. The play aspect is often drowned out by the fear of what might happen if the attachment is in some way threatened. The current aspects are calling on you to do a few things. One is to relax the sensation that you possess someone. Another is to allow your curiosity to come to the front of your awareness. Yet another is to allow yourself to change. Yes, it’s time to change. If you resist what you know are necessary, timely, and even overdue changes, that’s likely to manifest as the sensation of pressure, anxiety, and tension. You could just as well invest your passion into something or someone creative.  


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You seem to be trying to balance concerns about your home against professional matters that you know are just as significant. You’re more likely to work them out together than separately, as the two are directly related. Yet there seems to be another factor, which is a relationship on which you suspect much will hinge. Well, it could be a relationship or it could be your idea about a relationship—I suggest you sort that out, on your own and if possible with anyone who might be involved. If you leave the matter hanging below the surface of your awareness, it may have a way of running your life from the back seat. If you raise the question consciously, you will take away the negative manifestations of its power and begin to engage the more constructive ones. There’s one theme that comes right back to you: How in contact with your needs and desires are you? How well are you able to articulate them to yourself? By articulate, I mean the kind of thing you can put into sentences that another person could understand. That’s how clear you want to be, starting within your own mind and then extending out to a real discussion with others. One word comes to mind: marriage. What does that word mean to you? What is it about? What did you believe when you were younger and what has life taught you? What would it truly mean to be a partner, and to have one? How flexible is this idea for you?

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

A storm of change and progress passed through your life recently, which changed your orientation and seemed to redirect the course of your life. All the fast-moving planets have come and gone; you’re now left with the slow movers, the deeper influences, remaining in your sign. The changes you make from here on out are less about circumstances and more about the deeper alchemy of your consciousness: that is to say, what you do with your mind. You will get what you tune into. You will make more of what you are aware of, so I suggest you make conscious choices where to focus that awareness; remember that it’s a magnifier. Though Pisces is often described as being dreamy and ethereal, you have a mind that is capable of handling practical, tangible material—and of persisting with an idea or thought process for a long time. You’re about to see some unusual results, which combine many different factors into a focused moment of evolution. It’s as if your whole perspective suddenly changes, and in hindsight, you see all the factors that led up to this. One thing that would help you immensely now is to practice making decisions. It doesn’t matter the scale, though attention to the smallest choices means a lot right now, because you’re in a situation where many seemingly innocuous factors will add up to something unexpectedly significant. I don’t suggest you practice rosy-eyed optimism as much as remain faithful of your ability to guide your life competently.

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Did Jeannie just get hit with the vase that’s on the ground? Did the approaching man do it, or is he trying to help? Is she happy or in shock? Suzanne Bennett’s oil painting Jeannie Laughing immediately thrusts you into an open-ended moment, all the more jarring because of the familiar subject matter—“I Dream of Jeannie’s” iconic leading lady. Jeannie Laughing, part of a series based on stills from 1970s sitcoms and game shows, is a departure from Bennett’s past work, which largely consists of dream-like paintings made up of multiple images spliced together. The slightly unhinging effect, though, is similar. “I love the idea that you’re coming in on a moment in this story and you don’t know what’s happening,” says Bennett. “It feels loaded.” Rather than overtly yoking together disparate images, Bennett’s sitcom series examines the slippery nature of perception through an emotional lens. “I realized I had deep connections to the characters and the places from these television shows in my childhood,” says Bennett. By portraying ambiguous moments from these 136 ChronograM 5/13

nostalgia-laden sitcoms, though, Bennett simultaneously evokes a sense of familiarity and displacement. As paintings, Bennett says, the decontextualized televised moments take on new layers of meaning. “You can see the duality of a state of mind that you’ve taken for granted,” she says. “[I’m] taking something familiar and putting it in a different light to show another side of the human experience.” Though Bennett currently lives in Brooklyn, she lived in Beacon for three years. Jeannie Laughing will be part of the bau 100+1 exhibit, a celebration of bau Gallery’s 100th-consecutive monthly exhibition milestone, up from May 11 through June 2. An opening reception will be held on May 18, from 6 to 9pm.; —Jennifer Gutman View a slideshow of more paintings from Suzanne Bennett’s sitcom series at

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