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NEWS AND POLITICS
KIDS AND FAMILY
16 WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
Kathleen Murray talks with area parents and ministers about baby-blessing ceremonies customized to align with a family’s values. More parents are choosing to opt out of traditional rites and create their own ritual based on an eclectic mix of sources, from Korean 100-day ceremonies to Christian baptisms.
Owner’s scent makes dogs happy, dental dilemmas, farting is healthy, and more.
17 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC: BEYOND PIKETTY
Larry Beinhart on the French economist and his best-selling new book.
HOME 22 LIVING LARGE IN LAGRANGEVILLE
Jennifer Farley profiles a construction manager’s dream home.
29 HOME & GARDEN EVENTS
Country Living Fair, Great Plant Swap & Sale, and more.
31 SHRUBS THAT STAND UP TO STORMWATER (AND LOOK LOVELY WHILE DOING SO)
WHOLE LIVING 74 SLEEP OF THE YOGIS
Wendy Kagan explores the ancient Indian practice of Yoga Nidra. In the century we live in, chances are we’re feeling depleted. Yoga Nidra offers rest, peace, and a journey to a higher state of conscisousness.
Michelle Sutton highlights a new guide on stormwater retention practices.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
69 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 70 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 78 WHOLE LIVING Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.
36 HISTORY & CONTINUITY: ORANGE COUNTY RIVER TOWNS
Brian P. J. Cronin travels along the shores of the Hudson River.
Les Hauts et les Bas, Melita Greenleaf, ceramic installation, Galerie Cabanon, Vallauris, France. Greenleaf will be exhibiting a solo show at the Art Society of Kingston June 7 through June 30. GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
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JUNE 27 – AUGUST 17, 2014
Seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret 25th anniversary season
bard music festival
By Carl Maria von Weber American Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director Directed by Kevin Newbury July 25 – August 3
SCHUBERT AND HIS WORLD WEEKEND ONE August 8–10 The Making of a Romantic Legend WEEKEND TWO August 15–17 A New Aesthetics of Music
Proscenium Works: 1979–2011 June 27–28
July 3 – August 3
TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY theater World Premiere
LOVE IN THE WARS
A Version of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea By John Banville Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll July 10–20
SCHUBERT AND THE LONG 19TH CENTURY live music, cabaret, and more
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25 YEARS BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL REDISCOVERIES
SCHUBERT AND HIS WORLD
The Bard Music Festival presents two extraordinary weeks of concerts, panels, and other special events that will explore the musical world of Franz Schubert.
weekend one | August 8–10
weekend two | August 15–17
program one The Legacy of a Life Cut Short Works by Schubert
special events “Path toward a Grand Symphony”: Schubert’s Octet and Schubert’s Kosegarten Liederspiel
program two From “Boy” to Master: The Path to Erlkönig Works by Schubert, Gluck, Rossini, and others
program seven Beethoven’s Successor? Chamber works by Schubert
special event The Song Cycle as Drama: Winterreise
program eight The Music of Friendship Chamber works by Schubert, Schumann, and others
The Making of a Romantic Legend
program three Mythic Transformations Works by Schubert and orchestrated song program four Goethe and Music: The German Lied Songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and others
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program five Before Unspeakable Illness Chamber works by Schubert program six Schubert and Viennese Theater Operettas by Schubert and Franz von Suppé
A New Aesthetics of Music
program nine Late Ambitions Orchestral and choral works by Schubert and Berio program ten Fellowship of Men: The Male Choral Tradition Choral music by Schubert, Bruckner, and others program eleven The Final Months Chamber works by Schubert program twelve Schubert and Opera Semi-staged performance of Schubert’s Fierrabras 6/14 CHRONOGRAM 5
ARTS & CULTURE 50 GALLERY & MUSEUM GUIDE
FOOD & DRINK 66 PROG TAPAS: PANZUR
54 MUSIC: SOLAR VORTEX Peter Aaron’s guide to the area’s summer music festivals. Nightlife Highlights include John Abercrombie Trio; Zvuloon Dub System; Sloppy Seconds; Liv Carrow/Brandon Schmitt Record Release; and Bernard Purdie & Friends. Reviews of It’s Not That Far by The Matthew Finck Jonathan Ball Project; This is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Volume 1 by Various Artists; and We All Grow Toward the Sea by Snowflake.
Holly Tarson deliciously describes Tivoli’s tapas-style restuarant, Panzur, whose menu dances between rustic and refined cuisine.
THE FORECAST 82 DAILY CALENDAR
Poems by Louis Altman, Ronald Baatz, Howie Good, Cliff Henderson,
Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at Chronogram.com.) PREVIEWS 81 Steve Derrickson and Dennis Adams installations on display in Kingston June 7. 82 Unlikely pairings dance their way to SUNY New Paltz’s McKenna Theater on June 7. 85 Carl Andre’s strange sculpture variety on display at Dia:Beacon through 2015. 86 The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival kicks off at Boscobel on June 10. 87 Natalie Merchant takes UPAC’s stage in Kingston on July 3. 90 The 30th season of Powerhouse Theater begins June 20 at Vassar College. 92 Poughkeepsie houses the first-ever Queen City Pride Festival from June 5 to 8. 93 Trisha Brown Dance Company opens Bard SummerScape Festival on June 27. 94 Hudson Valley’s BRAWL arm wrestle to the top at Bearsville Theater on June 21. 97 New Jersey-bred Titus Andronicus play BSP Lounge in Kingston on June 11.
Timothy Perkins, D. Rush, Ernst Schoen-René, Carol Shank, Richard Shea, J. R. Solonche, Ned Tobin, and Michael Vahsen. Edited by Phillip X Levine.
60 BOOKS: RIDING IN CARS WITH GOD Nina Shengold talks with Woodstock-based memoirist Beverly Donofrio about her spiritual quest in her latest book, Astonished.
62 POETRY ROUNDUP 2014 Lee Gould, Nina Shengold, and Pauline Uchmanowicz review new books by Hudson Valley poets, including Michael Ruby, Gretchen Primack, and Will Nixon.
104 PARTING SHOT Illustrations by Edward Hopper will be exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts shows through October.
98 THE RADICAL NOTION THAT MEN ARE PEOPLE Eric Francis Coppolino suggestions for a male’s well-being.
Carving station with bread, meats, and cheeses at Panzur in Tivoli. FOOD & DRINK
What are the stars telling us? Eric Francis Coppolino knows.
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Atop Florence’s cobblestone streets, a man’s paintbrush mimics the lines of the distant Ponte Vecchio, creating a soft yet detailed version of the Arno beneath it, the colored houses, the silhouette of mountains. This is the process of Hudsonborn artist Michael Patterson. Since childhood, he has been driven to create art, heavily influenced by his grandfather Howard Ashman Patterson, whose paintings lined the walls of his home. His acrylic, oil, and watercolor works are figurative and abstract displays of nature’s lyricism, capturing light and movement. In translating the act of people watching into painting, Dappled Street is part of a series where Patterson studied clusters of people walking in the East Village. He visually depicts changing colors and light patterns. “There’s something poetic about the way light travels through space, and falls on the ground and people,” says Patterson. The artist’s career has taken him from the Hudson River to French beaches. “I painted every Hudson Riverthesunset,” recalls withchefs nostalgia, which Warren Kitchen & Cutlery provides HudsonPatterson Valley’s most inspired viewed from his professional window growing up.appliances In his 30s, moved to Euwithhetheir favorite cutlery, cookware, and Patterson kitchen tools. rope, where he lived in Paris for three-and-a-half years, traveling to places like Greece, Spain, Italy, and Ireland. On the Western coast of France he crafted thousands of drawings while watching people sunbathe, children play, and light wrap around the earth’s surface. Rather than drawing from a static photograph, he revels in the ever-changing nature of people and land while admiring nature’s geometry. During our conversation, he examined a dandelion seed while explaining, “God declares his touch through nature, so he’s speaking to us all day long.” The portability of watercolors aided his travels, making it possible to paint many places while in transit. Full-sized oil paintings like Dappled Street are made in his studio, inspired by the original, smaller watercolors created en plein air. In addition to painting, he produces stone carvings out of marble and granite, intrigued by the luscious look of the rocks and the permanence of altering stone. After his European adventures, Patterson lived in Croton-on-Hudson and Roxbury, Connecticut, where he currently resides with his wife. Through drawing inspiration from Picasso to Giotto, Patterson takes organic settings and interprets their beauty and movement through an abstract lens. In his work, we see light dancing, feel people move around us, and experience what our daily lives do not normally allow—to stop and enjoy. Patterson’s work will be featured in a number of shows this summer, including the Amagansett New York Fine Arts Festival, July 4-6. Visit his website for upcoming exhibitions and to view more art: Pattersongalleries.com. —Melissa Nau CHRONOGRAM.COM WATCH a video interview with painter Michael Patterson by Stephen Blauweiss.
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What’s Ahead at Omega June 13–15 Dina Falconi and Wendy Hollender teach foraging,
DAILY DOSE: The Latest & Greatest in the Hudson Valley Each morning we greet you with news of what to do, like the upcoming Stone Ridge Library Fair (above). Plus, every Monday, Vanessa Geneva Ahern of Hudson Valley Good Stuff posts on her recent discoveries across the region.
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India.Arie leads a SongVersation with inspired music, movement, and meditation
June 20–22 Dr. Richard Horowitz and other experts teach you how to live well with Lyme disease
June 27–29 Sharon Salzberg and friends guide you through forgiveness as a journey of liberation
MUSIC: Natalie Merchant The Hudson Valley musician and activist just released her sixth solo record, the eponymous Natalie Merchant, her first collection of all-originals since 2001’s Motherland. Merchant shared the inward-looking track “Ladybird” with us.
July 4–6 Peter Gold and Seana Lowe Steffen show you how to face
fears and take a leadership leap
July 4–6 J. Kim Wright and friends help you get through divorce with power and clarity
July 11–13 Work out with the creator of P90X®, Tony Horton, to learn how to get fit—and stay fit—for life
PODCAST: Chronogram Conversations Our weekly podcast pairs editor Brian K. Mahoney with the people who make the Hudson Valley tick. This month: A very special conversation with Josh Radnor, star of “How I Met Your Mother,” who will be performing at Powerhouse Theater this month in Richard Greenberg’s play “The Babylon Line.” THOMAS SMITH
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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: I was recently reading The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Inner Traditions, 2008) and came across a paragraph with remarkable pith and substance, and so I share it here. Jodorowsky, the Chilean-Freanch fillmamker best known for the cult hits El Topo and the Holy Mountain claims the paragraph encompasses a set of counsels—a code of conduct for people wishing to live a transformational life—given to him by one of his spiritual teachers. Though I cannot vouch for the counsels’ provenance, I do know that they appeared, in the form below, in the aforementioned book. I am certain that the counsels are meant to be tested in the fiery fountain of practice—not believed or disbelieved—and given special attention in the reading. It may be helpful to read the passage aloud, slowly, to oneself or others, with a pause between each sentence. Ready? Here you go: “Ground your attention on yourself. Be conscious at every moment of what you are thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing. Always finish what you have begun. Whatever you are doing, do it as well as possible. Do not become attached to anything that can destroy you in the course of time. Develop your generosity—but secretly. Treat everyone as if he or she was a close relative. Organize what you have disorganized. Learn to receive and give thanks for every gift. Stop defining yourself. Do not lie or steal, for you lie to yourself and steal from yourself. Help your neighbor, but do not make him dependent. Do not encourage others to imitate you. Make work plans and accomplish them. Do not take up too much space. Make no useless movements or sounds. If you lack faith, pretend to have it. Do not allow yourself to be impressed by strong personalities. Do not regard anyone or anything as your possession. Share fairly. Do not seduce. Sleep and eat only as much as necessary. Do not speak of your personal problems. Do not express judgment or criticism when you are ignorant of most of the factors involved. Do not establish useless friendships. Do not follow fashions. Do not sell yourself. Respect contracts you have signed. Be on time. Never envy the luck or success of anyone. Say no more than necessary. Do not think of the profits your work will engender. Never threaten anyone. Keep your promises. In any discussion, put yourself in the other person’s place. Admit that someone else may be superior to you. Do not eliminate, but transmute. Conquer your fears, for each of them represents a camouflaged desire. Help others to help themselves. Conquer your aversions and come closer to those who inspire rejection in you. Do not react to what others say about you, whether praise or blame. Transform your pride into dignity. Transform your anger into creativity. Transform your greed into respect for beauty. Transform your envy into admiration for the values of the other. Transform your hate into charity. Neither praise nor insult yourself. Regard what does not belong to you as if it did belong to you. Do not complain. Develop your imagination. Never give orders to gain the satisfaction of being obeyed. Pay for services performed for you. Do not proselytize your work or ideas. Do not try to make others feel for you emotions such as pity, admiration, sympathy, or complicity. Do not try to distinguish yourself by your appearance. Never contradict; instead, be silent. Do not contract debts; acquire and pay immediately. If you offend someone, ask his or her pardon; if you have offended a person publicly, apologize publicly. When you realize you have said something that is mistaken, do not persist in error through pride; instead, immediately retract it. Never defend your old ideas simply because you are the one who expressed them. Do not keep useless objects. Do not adorn yourself with exotic ideas. Do not have your photograph taken with famous people. Justify yourself to no one, and keep your own counsel. Never define yourself by what you possess. Never speak of yourself without considering that you might change. Accept that nothing belongs to you. When someone asks your opinion about something or someone, speak only of his or her qualities. When you become ill, regard your illness as your teacher, not as something to be hated. Look directly, and do not hide yourself. Do not forget your dead, but accord them a limited place and do not allow them to invade your life. Wherever you live, always find a space that you devote to the sacred. When you perform a service, make your effort inconspicuous. If you decide to work to help others, do it with pleasure. If you are hesitating between doing and not doing, take the risk of doing. Do not try to be everything to your spouse; accept that there are things that you cannot give him or her but which others can. When someone is speaking to an interested audience, do not contradict that person and steal his or her audience. Live on money you have earned. Never brag about amorous adventures. Never glorify your weaknesses. Never visit someone only to pass the time. Obtain things in order to share them. If you are meditating and a devil appears, make the devil meditate too.” —Jason Stern
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LETTERS Beacon: No Dice To the Editor: I’m writing to share my feeling of disappointment over one aspect of the article written by Brian Cronin titled “The New Face of Beacon” in the May issue. I am specifically referring to the line regarding accommodations. Cronin writes, “Finding a place to stay overnight in Beacon was a dicey proposition until 2011, when The Roundhouse in Beacon Falls opened on the east end of Main Street. The complex of restored factory buildings not only boasts a boutique hotel but also a spa, events space, lounge, fine-dining indoor restaurant, and seasonal patio dining overlooking Beacon Falls.” There were four other bed and breakfasts in full operation in 2011 before the Roundhouse came to “save” Beacon. The Botsford Briar just celebrated their 20-year anniversary as an inn, the Mt. Beacon Bed & Breakfast (our inn) was established in 2006, the Swann Inn was established in 2008, and the Chrystie House in approximately 2010. Each of these establishments boasts beautifully appointed rooms in historic, elegant homes for which we have paid a heavy price. We offer full breakfasts and fully participate in all aspects of our guest’s vacation experience—often including services far beyond making dinner reservations. The Swann Inn even picks people up from the train. We are all positively reviewed on Trip Advisor and Bedandbreakfast.com as well. I feel compelled to offer this litany of our attributes as well as highlighting our history and contribution to the increase of tourism that paved the way for businesses like the Roundhouse because Cronin did not. Surely an oversight on his part, although I’m not sure what he meant by the word “dicey,” a simple and more thoughtful inquiry would have revealed the full story and honored everyone’s contributions. Overall, I am grateful to Chronogram and Cronin for their support in covering many events and businesses in the Beacon area and commend them for producing an intelligent and artistic publication. LaurenV. Walling, Beacon More Than a Prophet To the Editor: In his very interesting May “Esteemed Reader” column the esteemed publisher, Jason Stern, deserves much credit for pursuing his cherished oneness theme— “There is only one body and the whole universe is part of that one”—in an age that seems to go overboard for diversity. But the oneness theme can also be pushed too far, especially if it ignores the basic duality of Creator and creation, or when it clumps Jesus in with “Mohammed, Buddha, Moses, Padmasambhava, Krishna,” as simply another prophet. In fact, Jesus was executed for blasphemy, claiming for himself attributes far beyond prophesy—identity with God. Thomas’s reaction in John’s Gospel on seeing Christ after the resurrection, “My Lord and My God,” captures the reality rather well. Moses and Abraham clearly knew better than to claim they wereYahweh. It would never have entered their minds. Mohammed for his part did not misunderstand Mohammed and say he was Allah. Buddha never said he was Brahma nor did any of the great spiritual leaders of the East. But Christ did claim equality and identity with God and it got him killed. If he was only a prophet he was the worst one ever, leading millions astray with lies or through destructive self-delusion but if not, if he was what he said, well I guess it’s Merry Christmas and Happy Easter every day. About 25 years after Christ’s death St. Paul wrote, “If Christ is not raised from the dead our faith is in vain.” All knew that everything hinged on the actuality of the resurrection. Every contemporary source, Roman, Jewish, and Christian admits Christ was killed, buried, and three days later his tomb was empty. Agreement breaks down as to how it came to be that way. Risen or stolen? If stolen, there’s a problem. The apostles, the prime suspects, were almost all killed for preaching the risen Christ when a simple coming clean would have saved their lives. People have been known to die for the truth, even for what they mistook for the truth but to die for what you know is a lie and hoax, unheard of! A form of mass suicide new in the annals of history. Dick Murphy, Beacon
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On April 26, Chronogram hosted a dance party in a vacant factory in Uptown Kingston, which is soon to become home to the offices of DragonSearch Digital Marketing. Over 500 people showed up and bogeyed to the sounds of DJs Dave Leonard and Carlos the Sun. Lighting design was by Kale Kaposhilin of Evolving Media Network and Joe Wheaton curated the psychedelic video installation and cool signage. Dancers captured their memories with hilarious props thanks to Broadway Photobooth and cooled off with craft beer from Chatham Brewing and wine from Benmarl Winery. Food was served by trucks from Yum Yum Noodle Bar and Pippy’s Hot Dogs. Rebekah Milne of Milne at Home Antiques staged the space with furniture from her gallery, and Kevin Freligh created a black light art installation. Glow-in-the-dark chairs courtesy of Durant’s Party Rental. This page, clockwise from top: Gail Ann Dorsey and Sara Lee; Owen O’Connor; DJ Carlos the Sun; Tim Lester and Bill Tubby; Kevin Patrick and Kimberley Carroll; Jen Donovan and Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiack; Mick Farrell and Luminary Publishing production manager Jaclyn Murray. Opposite page, clockwise from top: DJ Carlos the Sun ruling the dance floor; DJ Dave Leonard working his magic; Rebekah Milne and Seamus Mccance of Milne at Home Antiques, Evan Auerbach and Julie Goldman; an unidentified dancer getting a serious groove on.
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ummer is an especially sweet time in the Hudson Valley. The privations of winter are like a bad dream dimly remembered come June. The farmers’ market are up and running, the CSA shares have kicked in, vacations and weekend getaways are plotted. Evenings are bathed in a soft, dusky light that holds for hours past what seemed possible just weeks before. Summer sneaks up in the best possible way. June is also when the events season heats up, with nearly every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day boasting sometimes multiple not-to-be-missed events. This year, a number of long-running events are celebrating milestones of longevity— Powerhouse Theater turns 30, both the Bard Music Festival and the Mohonk Festival of the Arts turn 25, and Mountain Jam is a decade old—and a couple of new events have popped up, including The Hudson Project on Winston Farm in Saugerties and Reggae ‘Ting in the Delaware County hamlet of Bloomville. (For details, see Peter Aaron’s summer music festival preview on page 54.) A decade ago, if you had asked me what were the must-attend events, I would have invoked what was then (in my mind, at least) the holy trinity of summer culture: Powerhouse’s laboratory for theatrical incubation, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s inspired and surprising takes on the Bard, and Bard’s SummerScape, which links the classical music focus of the Bard Music Festival with the more popular (or lowbrow, perhaps) entertainments of the Speigeltent. These venerable institutions are still the gold standard, but some upstarts have staked a claim in recent years to prominence. I’m thinking here specifically of The Mount Tremper Arts Festival, The Wassaic Project, and the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. All three are in out-of-the-way places, and all three takes interesting chances with their programming, with Mount Tremper pushing the limits of the avant garde. It should come as no surprise that more festivals are popping up as the HudsonValley’s magnetic power to attract world-class talent to both work and live here is on the rise, and we continue in our evolution as a cultural superpower. What follows are my picks for what to do this summer. It’ll be over before you know it, so enjoy while you can. Trisha Brown Dance Company, June 27-28 Brown’s troupe opens Bard’s SummerScape with three works from the iconoclastic choreographer who upended the rules of modern dance in the 70s with her experimental bent and intellectual sensibility. Brown, 77, is now retired, and this will be the company’s last tour of Brown’s larger works. Maya Horowitz previews the performance on page 93. The intoxicating allure of the Spiegeltent is back again, hosted this year by legendary cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond. Highlights include Molly Ringwald singing jazz standards (July 5), the cabaret variety show Weimar New York (July 18-19), Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (July 25-26), and Amanda Palmer (August 15). Fishercenter.bard.edu Powerhouse Theater, June 20-July 27 Ninety miles removed from the critical pressure cooker of New York City theater, Powerhouse creates a space for actors, writers, and directors to experiment with new work. Nicole Hitner previews the 30th anniversary season on page 90. This year, fresh from his nine-year run as fool-for-love Ted Mosby on “How I Met Your Mother,” Josh Radnor stars in Richard Greenberg’s dark romantic comedy “The Babylon Line” as a creative writing instructor who gets more than he bargained for with a class of suburban housewives. Radnor, a former Powerhouse apprentice—he starred in an apprentice production of “Macbeth” when he was 19—talked to me for the Chronogram Conversations podcast about the foundational experience Powerhouse had in his acting career. (You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or find individual episodes on Chronogram.com.) Powerhouse.vassar.edu Hudson River Exchange, June 28-29 Every time I check my e-mail it seems as if there’s a new maker’s fair being announcement. (They’re almost as think on the ground as distilleries.) A venerable institution in
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its second year, Hudson River Exchange brings the makers’ movement to the waterfront in Hudson, with 100 vendors selling their own creations in a destination gathering for the creative community. Hudsonriverexchange.com The Wassaic Project, August 1-3 This multi-disciplinary artistic be-in has the sprightly creative spirit of youth behind it, and is not hidebound by boundaries or borders. Over 70 artists are participating in this year’s extravaganza, including Breanne Trammell, who will give you a manicure as part of her “Nails Across America” project. More than a dozen bands and DJs perform, along with film screenings and dance performances. There’s even on-site camping— it’s like Woodstock for the skinny jeans set. Wassaicproject.org Lionel Richie at Bethel Woods, August 2 I can’t help it, sorry. Between the video for “Hello” with the blind girl who sculpts an amazing clay bust of Richie’s head and the African gibberish of “All Night Long,” Lionel Richie’s music is trapped in my adolescent head as surely as Han Solo was encased in carbonite. It’s not cool or hip—not even in that anti-hip ironically detached way that the seemingly impossibly square becomes hip again. The music is just in there. We all have that nostalgia act we pine for, whether its James Taylor, The Temptations, Journey, or The Goo Goo Dolls. Luckily, they’ll all be at Bethel Woods this summer. Instead of going to your class reunion, just head over to Sullivan County—the same music will be playing, except it’ll be live. Bethelwoodscenter.org Chronogram Events We’re rolling out a slew of events this year. Here’s what we’ve got planned this summer: Night of the Living Basques, June 25 In partnership with Elephant Wine Bar and Kingston Wine Co., we’re offering an exclusive Spanish wine dinner—featuring Rich Reeve’s revelatory tapas and Michael Drapkin’s natural wines from the Basque region—at Elephant in Uptown Kingston. Chronogram.com/winedinner Chronogram Poets, June 28 To coincide with this month’s poetry-themed Books section (page 60), we’re hosting a poetry reading at the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock. Will Nixon emcees, and the featured poets are Celia Bland, Shira Dentz, Sarah Heady, Kasey Jueds, David Kherdian, Michael Perkins, Gretchen Primack, Michael Ruby, and Rebecca Schumedja. Chronogram.com Full Moon Bocce, Saturday, July 12 A bocce tournament under the full moon in Beacon’s Waterfront Park. There’ll be pendulous balls to throw, a Frank Sinatra-style swing band for dancing, food from Beacon eateries, Italian wine, and local beer. Just the thing for a summer night. Chronogram.com/bocce 2nd Annual Chronogram Block Party, August 16 You asked for it, so we’re doing it again. We’re expecting 5,000 attendees this year, so we’ve signed up more food trucks and made the beer and wine garden bigger. We’re still lining up the bands currently, but rest assured they’ll be top-notch. The dunking booth will be back, as will the DIY art tent, and Chronogram cover cut outs. Expect some surprises this year as we up the ante on the block party experience. ChronogramBlockParty.com You can follow the dedicated Twitter feed of our marketing and events coordinator Samm Henkin for live updates from Chronogram events and behind-the-scenes scoops: @ChronoSamm.
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h, what’s a Piketty?” “I didn’t know we got to one.” “And if we did, why can’t we stop there?” Piketty is a French economist. First name Thomas. If you’ve heard of wealth and income inequality, in the academic sense, not in the viscerally outraged sense, you are hearing echoes of his endeavors. Whenever I’ve tried to research the subject almost everything I’ve found came from him (often co-authored with Emmanuel Saez of Berkeley). His new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is selling so fast that you can’t get a copy. A hot book in economics? Yes, it happens every 50 years or so. It’s something of a tome, 575 pages, plus 80 pages of footnotes. Piketty collected 200 years worth of data from multiple countries, much of it difficult to find, some of it even more to difficult to evaluate, and never put together. So many numbers were crunched, it was so overwhelmingly documented, that it forced economists to do something they never do: accept material that was fact based. Changing how economics is practiced, even to a small degree, is not an unconscious by-product. It’s part of Piketty’s intent. He has almost as much contempt for his profession—at least its American legions—as they deserve. He writes that the discipline “has yet to get over its childish passion for mathematics and for purely theoretical and often highly ideological speculation, at the expense of historical research.” Because historical research is the only way to find out how real economies actually function. Formulas derived from imagined economies in simplistic pseudo-worlds assembled from virtual Legos can only describe how short plastic people with only three moving parts will behave. The real purpose of all those abstruse equations is ego-centric, to give themselves “the appearance of scientificity.” They should give up “their absurd claim to greater scientific legitimacy, despite the fact that they know almost nothing about anything.” Piketty proposes one formula of his own: r>g. If “r,” the rate of return on capital, is greater than economic growth, “g,” then wealth inequality must increase. For example, if investments are returning 4 percent, a modest amount, and the growth rate is 3 percent, then investors—capital—must be acquiring a larger share of the whole. The historical facts are that the rate of return on capital is greater than the growth of the economy except when interrupted by random, but very large events, like crashes, successful revolutions, and world wars. Only people with capital to start with have capital to invest. This process tends be cumulative, like compound interest, each increase producing more capital to invest. So wealth normally concentrates producing class societies with hereditary wealth. The United States has escaped that—to some degree—but Piketty predicts that if the current trends are left interrupted we will develop an aristocracy of wealth by birth like those in Europe, even as the countries of the EU become more egalitarian. If you read or watch American media, you know that executive compensation has exploded. Especially at the very top. Actually, only at the very top. The income share of the 90th to 99th percentile has been flat for the last 25 years. All the
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increases have been to the last 1 percent, and especially to the 1/10th, and even more to the 1/100th of the 1 percent. No one seems to quite know why. That is, no economists and no one in the media. The true believers are its market based. An accurate reflection of value. But that’s absurd on the face of it since CEOs who lead their companies into bankruptcy still receive bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Piketty points out—and by then—page 51—everyone understands that everything he says is backed by the statistics, that “the US economy was much more innovative in 1950-1970,” when executive compensation was in the sensible range, than after the lid came off, “in 1990-2010, to judge by the fact that productivity growth was nearly twice as high in the former period as in the latter.” The answer should be obvious. Imagine a top marginal rate of 90 percent. Not every dollar of a high earner was taxed at that rate, the bottom layers were taxed the same as a street sweepers. But everything after the equivalent, roughly, of a million took a big hit. If a CEO making a million asked for a second million, that meant giving the taxman $900,000 just so he could make an extra $100,000. If that didn’t make the CEO hesitate, it would certainly make his board of directors scream. But obvious isn’t enough. And human behavior doesn’t exist in economics. Piketty, however, has the data. This allows him to not only grasp the obvious with a firm hand, it allows him to speak of the squirmy thing: the “two phenomena are perfectly correlated: the countries with the largest decreases in their top tax rates are also the countries where the top earners’ share of national income has increased the most…conversely, the countries that didn’t reduce their top tax rates very much saw much more moderate increases.” The one serious proposal that Piketty makes for trying to find balance and slow down the growth in inequality is a world wide tax on wealth. So Piketty sounds very sensible. Very well documented. Plus he’s witty and well read, and he writes with clarity and simplicity. So why go beyond Piketty? And where? Power. Yes, income inequality followed tax cuts. But tax cuts were created by intellectual power. Bought and paid for. To justify and legitimize them. Even when the results went against the facts. Part of the increase in income inequality was reinvested in more intellectual and political power to bring additional policy changes which would result in even more income and wealth inequality. Like compound interest, that process, wealth to buy political power, to increase wealth, would feed itself and it continues to feed itself. There is no stopping point. The super-wealthy, and perhaps even more, the people who serve the rich, will continue to fight for bigger and bigger shares of the pie. There is no point where they will say, “We have enough.We have too much. Let’s cut back. Let’s spread the wealth. And the power.” Some individuals, like Warren Buffett, may say it. But not as a class, not as an institutional force. Piketty offers the facts. And much of the theory. But if anything is going to change, it requires power. Where will that come from?
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Living Large in Lagrangeville A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER TRIPLES THE FAMILY HOME By Jennifer Farley Photographs by Deborah DeGraffenreid
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“Over the years, I’ve changed almost everything about our home, except the fireplace. The original two-car garage is now our dining room, mud room, and walk-in pantry, and in total we now have almost 4,000 square feet. I updated the exterior, too, adding an Owens Corning manufactured ledgestone product. That’s one thing about being a construction manager. I know all the materials, and when we’re making a really big purchase for a client, which warrants a favorable volume price, I add my order to whatever they’re buying, and use it here.” He also ripped off the original back of the house, extended the foundation, and installed floor-to-ceiling windows, framed with furniture-grade mahogany sashes. The family spends a lot of time in the 18-by-30-foot oversize living room, kept intimate by the central arrangement of two overstuffed Thomasville couches that face one another. There’s a piano, played by one of their sons, and a small desk from The Bombay Company, which Marie uses as her office. They burn wood in the freestanding central fireplace almost year-round. Scampering around the house in an ever-jubilant tumble are two tiny Shih Tzus, Casey and Tommy. “A woman who had the chance to get to know Carl a little bit once said to me, ‘Marie, how is it that Carl’s first wife let him get away?’” says Marie. “I just laughed. My luck, to be sure. He’s wonderful, a very positive person, a great father and husband.” The combined family consists of four children; only one still lives full-time at home. The only thing they don’t do together almost all the time is go to Planet Fitness, just a few blocks away. Marie goes five times a week, but Carl, since he still carries a tool bag most weekdays—although he doesn’t book himself any longer for physically completing any construction—only makes it there about four or five times a month. Marie also likes to bird-watch; Carl built her a few birdhouse for the backyard. The Dream Kitchen Walking through the front door of the Forestieri’s home, which they bought in 1996 for $154,000, takes you into a vast open space with an oversized living room on the right, a luxurious kitchen on the left, and an informal eating area. The fundamentally traditional look is kept fresh by the bold use of color and proportion. Ample storage space conceals everything unsightly, so the home appears almost preternaturally photogenic. It’s such an appealing residence that their dog sitter contacted Chronogram and recommended it for inclusion; the Forestieris are too private and too modest to have come up with idea on their own. “It really is my dream house, but back in the beginning, I thought we would someday have a very conventional blue-and-white kitchen with splashes of yellow,” says Marie. “But somehow we ended up with a lot of red; I joke that’s because when we finally did the total upgrade, I was going through menopause.” The Benjamin Moore “Million Dollar Red” walls of the kitchen and living room pick up the crimson tones in the brilliant Brazilian cherry floors, one of Carl’s key volume-discount purchases. “Brazilian cherry is much harder than regular cherry,” explains Marie. “I know it looks almost too perfect for a busy family, but it’s really tough.” The kitchen cabinets are custom-made by Honey Brook Custom Cabinets, handfabricated in Pennsylvania by skilled Amish and Mennonite craftsmen. Known for their sumptuous molding and trims, Honey Brook also provided cabinets used in the kitchens of former Vice President Dick Cheney and AOL founder Jim Kimsey.
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Shrubs that Stand up to Stormwater (and Look Lovely while Doing So) By Michelle Sutton When Stormwater Runs Amok On May Day this spring my husband and I went to down to our community garden plot by the Wallkill River; we found it—and even the parking lot— under water. This is not uncommon for this location—it is a floodplain, after all—but some of the little seedlings that gardeners had already planted were going to be unhappy. We felt chagrined by that, but we once again admired the stalwart trees and shrubs between the gardens and the river. They keep the aftereffects of storms from being much, much worse. These trees and shrubs were planted in 2004-05, when the Ulster Soil and Water Conservation District, with other partners, put in a marvelous 35-foot-wide riparian buffer of woody plants along 1,200 feet of the Wallkill. The project, according to their signage, was meant to “slow down the erosion process and keep this special place from dissolving into the river.” For the buffer, the District and its partners used trees and shrubs that could withstand periodic flooding, like river birches, willows, button bushes, and elderberry. Here in the Hudson Valley, flooding is a hazard for many people. Even those who don’t live on floodplains will often have parts of their properties affected, or even overwhelmed by, inadequate channels for stormwater. This could lead to simply an area of lawn that stays persistently wet and won’t support grass, all the way up to stormwater that runs catastrophically off into the basement.
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Key Points in the Guide: The shrub rationale. Why not rely on herbaceous plants, like the floodtolerant perennial Joe-Pye weed, or swamp milkweed, or rushes? Perennials have to be cut back every year and thus require more maintenance than shrubs. Also, a shrub generally fills more space than a perennial, which can be desirable for planting large areas. However, depending on your willingness to perform maintenance, you could always integrate shrubs and herbaceous plants; that tends to be more ornamentally pleasing. Plants must be wet and dry tolerant. Wetland plants would seem to be the likely choice when picking out shrubs for stormwater retention systems. However, whereas wetlands are permanently or semi-permanently wet, the majority of planted stormwater retention systems are only inundated for a few minutes up to a few days. They can be quite dry for most of the season. For this reason, plants that can handle both temporary inundation and relatively protracted drought are the best choices.
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