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23 local luminary: susan grove

48 up-to-date upstate: Rhinebeck, Redhook, and tivoli

Executive director Susan Grove ensures that the bounty of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project continues to grow.

news and politics 26 while you were sleeping From the Fukushima disaster to statutes of limitation, contraception, and killer carrots, health and safety reports are this month's highlights.

27 beinhart’s body politic: the un is coming for your guns .

In a search for information, Beinhart gets tangled up in the propaganda mill.

continuing education 43 Elective Education: Learning Beyond the Classroom .

Blacksmithing, astrology, the art of memoir, and more—the classes taught close to home with rewards that know no boundaries.

HOME 28 an Artist bounces back: Retiring in a Saugerties landmark .

Jacquie Roland finds empowerment in her bold Saugerties home renovation.

35 Gardening Saves on the produce bills (With a question mark) Michelle Sutton crunches the numbers on the benefits of garden over grocery.

Traditional and modern, these communities have found the balance.

82 three-way win: new windsor, washingtonville, and chester .

"Leave it to Beaver" in real life—the picturesque in Orange County.

money & investing 59 Dollar for dollar: saving for retirement in a recession Is it possible to save money when no one is making any? Jeff Alexander reports.

whole living guide 104 touched by feldenkrais .

The movement therapy based in neuroplasticity and the lives it is changing.

106 flowers fall: Looking at Humans is fun .

Bethany Saltman and Anthony Graesch discuss the concept of the happy family.

Community Resource Guide 43 education Opportunities to broaden the mind. 96 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 98 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 102 weddings Offerings for the potential bride and groom. 108 whole living directory For the positive lifestyle.

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The Center for Robotic Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital Saint Francis Hospital offers patients the latest in minimally-invasive surgical approaches through the use of the da Vinci surgical system.

Cornelius R.Verhoest, MD

Dr. Verhoest is the only fellowship trained urogynecologist in NY between Manhattan and Albany. He trained at NYU in Surgery and gynecology then University of Toronto in Urogynecology. Dr. Verhoest is an approved robotic proctor for Intuitive Surgical who teaches other surgeons how to do robotic surgery. He had been named as 1 in 100 of robotic surgeons able to perform hysterectomies on extremely large uterus, i.e. greater than 3 lbs., and is recognized as a Top OB/GYN by “Leading Physicians of the World.”


Darren I. Rohan, MD

Dr. Rohan is a fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive robotic thoracic surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons of the American College of Surgeons and was a Fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Rohan received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency and internship at Boston Medical Center. He is the only surgeon north of NYC using the da Vinci robot for lung surgeries.

Paul K. Pietrow, MD

Dr. Pietrow is a board certified urologist. He received his medical training at the University of Virginia, completed his urology residency at Vanderbilt University, and his laparoscopic fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Pietrow was Assistant Professor of Urology at the Univeristy of Kansas before joining Hudson Valley Urology (Premier Medical Group) and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has a special interest in treating kidney stones and urologic cancers, and is a specialist in minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Saint Francis rated #1 in New York State

Saint Francis Hospital is ranked first in New York State for how well it meets national standards for the care of patients with heart failure, pneumonia, heart attack and certain aspects of the care of patients who undergo surgery. The report was provided by the Healthcare Association of

New York State (HANYS) based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In the recently released data, Saint Francis ranked first in the state out of 155 hospitals and 49th nationally out of 3,061 hospitals.

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63 portfolio: wassaic project

90 Flight of fancy: Crimson Sparrow

Music, art, dance and film all at the Wassaic Project starting August 3.

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The Crimson Sparrow lives up to the coolness expectations of its Hudson setting.

95 Food and drink events Blueberries, ribs, and sangria are among this month's tasty culinary encounters.

70 music: rust never sleeps Peter Aaron makes noise with artist Kris Perry of the "Machines" project. Previews include East of Venus, Jack DeJohnette, the Women's Music Summit, and others in Nightlife Highlights. Reviews of All Around Us by Brian Patneaude, Life in a Blender by Homewrecker Spoon, and Everybody Wins! by Tigeriss.

76 books: father knows worst Author Greg Olear discusses writing, family, and the advantages of "not snotty" New Paltz with Nina Shengold.

78 book reviews New releases from Jenny Brown with Gretchen Primack and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya,plus Short Takes.

80 Poetry Poems by Burrill Crohn, Mitchell Flanagan, Lucy Bluestone Gilbertson, Julia Hickey, Peishan Huang, Maureen A. Hunt, Kate Larson, Will Nixon and Bruce Weber, Christopher Porpora, Michael Timothy Rose, Christina Turczyn, Peter Spengeman, Matthew J. Spireng, Mark Stambovsky, J.D. Szalla, Diane Webster. Edited by Phillip Levine.

the forecast 114 daily Calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 113 The outside comes in for "Dear Mother Nature" at the Dorsky. 115 Husband-and-wife pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes perform together at the Maverick. 116 Zakary Pelaccio balances realism with out-of-this-world delicacies. 118 Bird-on-a-Cliff selects "Measure for Measure" for the Shakespeare Festival. 121 The Fringe Festival from Woodstock Fringe offers promising performances. 122 Experience local art in a new way in the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour. 124 Poets head to the cave at Widow Jane Mine for Spoken Aggregate. 125 Jason O'Connell embraces his inner superhero nerd in "The Dork Knight." 128 Music takes on Wall Street for the ninth annual Wall Street Jazz Festival.

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136 parting shot Dark Clouds Over Olana, a photograph by Peter Aaron.




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The Unforgettable fire Eric Francis Coppolino considers the possibility of nuclear pollution in the region and remembers Fukushima. horoscopes What are the stars telling us? Eric Francis Coppolino has the answers.

The Beastie Boys photographed by Ricky Powell. Part of the exhibit "Ricky Powell Photography: Ricky at 50...A Zooted Retrospective" at AI Earthling Gallery in Woodstock. Through September 3. galleries & museums

EDITORIAL WK&C will be hosting an excluisve hand forging and engraving demostration presented by Kikuich and J-CAN (Japanese-Culinary Arts Network) with master craftsmen from Sakai City, Japan. Friday August 17th, 4–8pm. Call the store for times and details.

creative Director David Perry Books editor Nina Shengold health & wellness editor Wendy Kagan Poetry Editor Phillip Levine music Editor Peter Aaron food & drink Editor Peter Barrett proofreader Lee Anne Albritton EDITORIAL internS Meghan Gallucci, Jennifer Gutman contributors Jeff Alexander, Larry Beinhart, Eric Francis Coppolino, David Morris Cunningham, Larry Decker, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Michael Eck, Jennifer Farley, Roy Gumpel, Faheem Haider, Annie Internicola, Djelloul Marbrook, Kelly Merchant, Erik Ofgang, Lindsay Pietroluongo, Anne Pyburn, Rich Reeve, Fionn Reilly, Bethany Saltman, Greg Schoenfeld, Jeremy Schwartz, Sparrow, Michelle Sutton, Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: The irony of quoting a statement disparaging quotations aside, I’ve recently been astounded by how few of the words coming out of my mouth reflect anything I actually know. This came to my attention recently in a conversation with someone who proudly informed me that he leaves work at lunch time to listen to his buddy Rush. I found myself madly criticizing the right-wing talk show host, and expounding on the benefits of more “enlightened” media. Mid-sentence, I suddenly realized I have, in fact, never listened to Rush! To my credit, I stopped talking. The conversation naturally changed course to something we both had some direct experience with—splitting firewood. This self-observation has stayed with me, like a thorn digging deeper. The insight has made me a person of fewer words. After inspecting the words I’m preparing to speak, I frequently choose to say nothing at all. Perhaps it’s age, but I’m tired of hearing myself spout conjectures and opinions. It could even be, I realized, that speaking from mere opinion is a subtle form of lying. Modern humans have become experts at quantifying data. It fills books and harddrives. It crams cloud stores with measurable gigabytes and terabytes of material. Data is so valued in our society that we fill our minds with all sorts of ideas, opinions, theories, and “facts,” mostly trivial and meaningless, mostly divorced from any practical application or real understanding. But still, data seems to be what is most valued, its accumulation being the basis of all the testing and achievement measurements of the educational system. Nevertheless, data, or what is generously termed “knowledge,” has a counterpart of equal or greater significance, though completely overshadowed in the western paradigm. For want of a better term, it is called being. If knowledge is something a person has, being is what she is. It is her ability to put knowledge into practice, and it is the inner resilience to assimilate the suffering inherent to the process of learning and development. The images of being in popular culture are examples divorced from their knowledge counterpart. We see bodybuilders with more muscle tissue on their bodies than they could ever know what to do with. They have the knowledge of how to cultivate said tissue, but for what purpose besides vanity and domination? The US’s national fixation on and construction of military might, out of all proportion to what is needed to defend its shores, is a macro-image of the bodybuilder’s freakish profile. Knowledge can only be relevant and alive in a person when it meets with a balanced level of being. And correspondingly, being only has value when it is informed and guided by the requisite knowledge. Otherwise there’s an imbalance, and a person or group is doomed to a deluded and lopsided existence. Looking at the state of humanity, and its preoccupation with mastering specialized and partial knowledge, we see an uneven development in all areas. We are trained to be so fixated on irrelevant data that we have lost the ability to discern real value from abstract, empty value with the effect that what is truly valuable is smashed and destroyed beneath the wheels of progress. Paradise is paved so that the conscience-deadened few who wield specialized knowledge of resource development and financial manipulation can add a few zeros to the balance of their accounts. When knowledge is truly balanced with being, a third factor is born.That factor is called understanding. Understanding cannot be given or taken away. It can only be earned through practice and application of sound principles. But once understanding has been earned, it is ours. It represents insight that is always available—what we “stand under.” Understanding forms the intelligent matrix of our person and informs all we do. It doesn’t require defense or argument because we are not identified with it—we simply understand that it is so. A true understanding is complete, and reflects completeness. It informs relevant action because it is an organic part of a larger world. The prize of understanding is a natural formation, of a piece and harmonious with the rest of the real world. Living in the light of understanding enables a person, a society, humanity, to begin to harmonize with the concentric cosmoses that nourish and support each individual existence. The promise of real understanding is fulfilled when I shift my sense of value from meaningless to data to practical knowledge—and proceed, day by day, moment by moment, to put that knowledge into practice. This, I know! —Jason Stern

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Ice Machine ERICA HAUSER | OIL ON PANEL | 11” X 14” | 2012 “It doesn’t oscillate, but it doesn’t really matter.” Erica Hauser, 34, sits in her sun-washed studio in the former Beacon High School. From the corner, a little vintage Eskimo fan blows cool air directly at her. Hauser bought the fan a few years ago at an antique store. “It’s very old, but it works and works well,” she notes. “I like that. Now, people have to fix their phones every couple of months.” Drawn to moments of contemplation and stillness amid the din of a buzzing technological world, it is no wonder that Hauser surrounds herself with relics of a bygone age. Glass milk bottles hold paint brushes, rulers, and hand-picked daisies. A wooden easel features a painting of a gray wheelbarrow, the same one she uses to stack wood for her father’s firewood business. A baseball mitt lies folded beneath a desk, as if still clutching a ball. The objects that make their way onto her canvases are a rare breed in our pixel-and-gigabyte era: They’re built to last. Like Frank O’Hara’s observational poems about the small details of life in New York City, Hauser’s paintings celebrate the seemingly ordinary things that often go unnoticed. “Like the ice machine,” Hauser says, and points, as if to something in the room. “It’s right there in Beacon at the corner store.” The painting was inspired by a photograph that she took after a snow storm. The machine, with iconic snow-capped letters, is painted with formal accuracy. The fact that the machine itself was snowcapped inspired Hauser to push it a bit further. “I was feeling the chilliness of it,” she says. “It felt right to put it in a snowy field.” Though she mostly paints from her own photographs, Hauser’s goal isn’t photorealism. “It’s a holding on to a moment or an experience,” she says. Hauser offers unusual perspectives of ordinary objects through subtle alterations, like cropping a movie marquee to frame a few decontextualized letters over an angular edge, or bleaching out colors to create soft vintage static. Such stylistic choices imbue the early-Americana objects with a dreaminess akin to flashbacks in old movies. Classic Ford trucks and antique gas station pumps are real things, but seem part of an intangible past—one only accessible through memory, or, it seems, one of Hauser’s paintings. Just before our meeting, Hauser sold her painting Ice Machine. When I arrived in her studio, it was hanging on the wall. She borrowed it back from the buyer so that I could see the actual object—the one unduplicable original. Looking at the painting, Hauser’s interest in the rusty ice machine became clearer, less because of a personal nostalgic connection than for appreciating a thing in its own right. “The glorious tactility of oil,” Hauser says, musing on what she used to paint it. “It’s buttery, stays wet.”The painting was more than just an image. It was a testament to the power of things—a sense experience first, a portal for the imagination second. Hauser will exhibit recent paintings at Hudson Beach Glass from September 8 to October 7. An opening reception will be held on September 8 from 6-9pm. Portfolio: —Jennifer Gutman 14 ChronograM 8/12

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All 2012 Passat Gas Models

2012 VW 2 door and 4 door Golf

0% APR for 60 months2

2013 CC

0% APR for 60 months2

Offer ends 08/31/2012.

0% APR for 60 months2

Offer ends 08/31/2012.

Offer ends 08/31/2012.

Lease the 2012 Passat S w/Appearance for $155*/Month. 36-mo Lease. $1,999 due at signing

(Excludes tax, title, options, acquisition and dealer fees. Excludes TDIÂŽ models. Offer ends 8/31/2012)

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Volkswagen of Kingston FORMERLY HEART VW

0% for 60 months

1249 Ulster Ave (across from Hudson Valley Mall on 9W) Kingston, NY Volkswagen of Kingston, | (845) formerly 336-5300Heart VW

on all 2012 Gas Models & 2013 CC

1249 Ulster Ave (across from Hudson Valley Mall on 9W) Kingston, NY | (845) 336-5300

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All 2012 Passat Gas Models

0% APR for 60 months2 Offer ends 08/31/2012.

2012 VW 2 door and 4 door Golf

2013 CC

0% APR for 60 months2

0% APR for 60 months2

Offer ends 08/31/2012.

Offer ends 08/31/2012.



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SAVE THE DATE: Fun for all ages! Free admission. Explore 400-acres of fields, meadows, and working farmland. Attempt the hay maze. Press apples into cider. Enjoy farm-fresh foods and delicious pies. Meet local artisans. Watch a puppet show. Listen to live music. Relax on a wagon ride. Interested in lending a hand? Visit to volunteer, enter a pie, or design this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t-shirt! ASSOCIATION | 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 | 518-672-4465

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Composer Pauline Oliveros and artist Ione share an iPod and listen to Arrivals, a self-guided soundwork by Viv Corringham for the Deep Listening Institute, while walking along the Rondout Creek in Kingston. Mayor Shayne Gallo, composer Peter Wetzler, and artist Julie Hedrick are also pictured. Harijiwan, Simrit Kaur, and Anthony Molina performing at Harijiwan's Gathering Intent workshop at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck on July 7. Photo: D. B. Leonard.

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Clockwise from top left: Peter Dinklage as Toinette in the Bard SummerScape production of "The Imaginary Invalid." Photo: Cory Weaver. Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Westfeldt in rehearsal for "The Power of Duff" at Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College. Photo: Buck Lewis. Philip Glass performing at the Garrison Institute on July 19. Photo: Max Maksimik. Crowds gathered at the New Paltz Chalk Art Festival at Water Street Market on July 21. Photo: Alex Lipstein. Tracy Bonham and Joey Eppard performing as Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ in a performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar," part of the Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts, on July 13. Photo: Laurie Osmond.

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Walking the well-ordered rows on the Vassar College Farm and Ecological Preserve grounds, the abundant food and flowers distract from a compelling detail—the city of Poughkeepsie. Since 1999, the increasing bounty of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP), a community supported agriculture project, has been integrating fresh, locally grown food into the community—the only such farm of its kind in its area. In early 2008, looking to expand upon its impact, the PFP brought in Susan Grove to be executive director. Grove brought a background in international affairs, economic development, and poverty alleviation strategy to Poughkeepsie, as well a deep regard for the value of fresh local food—an appreciation gained during her time in Romania with the Peace Corps. Beyond the valuable work of the Farm Project, Grove sought to create a more inclusive, impactful outreach program, one that would change the nature of food awareness within the community. In 2010, Grove and the PFP identified a longshot possibility that would get them nearer to achieving their goals, in the form a Federal program allotting $100,000 grants to support a hunger-free community action plan. Grove led an impressive communal effort, joined by like-minded community groups such as Dutchess Outreach, Hudson River Housing, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County. The PFP set to a comprehensive study of hunger issues in Poughkeepsie, collecting alarming statistics, as well as the coveted grant. The numbers called for immediate action: over 26 percent “food insecurity” within the community, 11 percent classified as “hungry” and another 15 suffering from a reduced quality of diet due to financial pressures. What is now known as the Poughkeepsie Plenty program boasts an increasing amount of community members, businesses, and community outreach groups on board, and is in the process of implementing a strategy that will make Poughkeepsie a “Food City,” providing the true plenty that gives the movement its name. For more information: —Greg Schoenfeld What is your role in the Poughkeepsie Farm Project? At the heart of everything we’re trying to do today is to build a just and sustainable food system. I came in to carry out that strategic plan, and work toward fulfilling that mission. And that has been a big learning and growing process for me: to try to figure out what our role is in that big and oh-so-important idea of a food system that is just and sustainable. The way in which I think about that is a food system in which people are at the center—that the food system is creating health for people. It’s not harming our natural resources, our land, our bodies—it’s organized in a way that really upholds positive outcomes for people.

When I came, there was this great, 10-acre farm—productive, with skilled farm managers [10-year veterans Asher and Wendy Burkhart-Spiegel.] The things most closely tied to the farm, like the training of future farmers, was very robust. We have a national reputation for people who want to come here to learn to farm. Also, the fact that we’re connected into an urban center with a lot of community involvement is a unique aspect of what we do. I was really tasked with trying to bring up and strengthen things like our education programs—things that helped us be more robust in fulfilling our mission. How has the PFP succeeded in achieving its goals? In 2008 we saw maybe 200 kids a year on the farm; now we see 1,000. And we worked hard to make sure—and this is a big piece of the justice equation—to involve people who might not otherwise get these experiences. That’s who we focus on. We are open to everybody, but we have a special focus on the kids in the Poughkeepsie City School District. It’s very likely they’re never really going to have those opportunities to connect to the source of their food, have the positive fresh-food learning experiences that can really support them in choosing to eat well. We center our education programs on making sure that those kids get those opportunities. On the food justice side, one of the big things that we do is make 25 percent of the food that we harvest available to low-income folks in our community—through subsidized CSA shares, through donations to soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters. At our Poughkeepsie Farmers Market, we very intentionally make sure that we can accept all the different public assistance programs. It’s complex, and a lot of extra work to do that, but a third of the produce sold at our market is purchased using public assistance—so that’s a really important source of fresh food for our community. How has Poughkeepsie Plenty evolved? We set out to make an action plan, and put in place an ongoing food policy council. The direction was toward creating awareness, energy, movement toward change. We held 19 community food forums, with a wide variety of stakeholders from all over the community. We said to each one: What if Poughkeepsie was a food city? What if everyone could secure, prepare, enjoy and benefit from healthy food, what would that look like? We’ve taken those ideas and are applying them. An exciting example of it: Hudson River Housing is renovating a new building here, and they’re working to make the first floor into a food hub, with community cafe, community kitchen, and coop. I’m inspired by what my great partner Brian Riddell of Dutchess Outreach says: Just like air and water, food should be a basic right that all of us enjoy. We all have the right to know how to nourish ourselves, and to have access to what nourishes us. 8/12 ChronograM 23



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ne of my first jobs at Chronogram was as the event listings organizer. At a time in the not-so-distant past when e-mail was not yet a signature technological burden, the position consisted mostly of whittling down press releases (which arrived via the US Postal Service) to terse, pithy listings fit for quick scanning by readers looking for that elusive thing to do. It was good training for an editor-to-be, the act of making the maximal minimal while retaining the necessary information and summing up the event in just a few words. It was good and useful work, too. Each month I knew that readers were counting on me for help. Not help like in a how-do-you-perform-an-emergency-tracheotomy way, but a certain type of aid nonetheless—a calendar concierge, if you will. The idea of service informed the name change we gave to the utilitarian Calendar of Events when we blew up to our current small tabloid size in 1999. Televised weather reports have narrowed the connotation of the word “forecast” to mean something strictly meteorological, yet we boldly (and blindly and blithely) changed the name of the listings to the Forecast anyway. The concept of seeing into the future and reporting back what we saw, like the Oracle at Delphi, fueled our ambition. We’ve kept the name—the Forecast begins on page 113 this month—and the editorial strategy intact ever since. Our coverage, throughout the sections of the magazine, tends toward stories that have some connection with an event, something to do. Giving readers options for enjoying this earthly paradise we call the Hudson Valley has always been our marching order. (Re earthly paradise: Just now, a little before 7am in late July, the sun creates a house-sized shadow on the trees in the backyard surrounded by a halo of Crayola yellow. The red-winged blackbirds chatter and clean their wings in the highest branches.) As we pass the point of midsummer each year, I develop a neurotic mania that might be thought of as the distantly related diagnostic cousin to seasonal affective disorder. Right around August 1, I realize that summer is again slipping away and there’s so much left to check off the summer bucket list. (Thankfully, I already made it to the ocean and caught some performances—incredible as always, thank you Chloe Sevigny, Greg Kinnear, and the cast of “Fortress of Solitude”—at Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater.) So here are a dozen things I still hope to do, or have already done, and recommend for you before summer is over. I am your calendar concierge, at your service.

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes Jonathan Schwartz, who hosts two brilliant weekly shows devoted to the American Songbook on New York City’s NPR affiliate, WNYC, calls Bill Charlap one of the best jazz pianists working today. That’s enough of an endorsement for me. Charlap and his wife, Renee Rosnes, will play music for two pianos at Maverick Concerts on August 25. Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson previews the show on page 115. Hike Mount Beacon It’s only a mile to the top from the trailhead off Route 9D, yet I’ve still not taken in the panoramic splendor that is the summit of Mount Beacon, once home to a dancehall and the early 20th century’s steepest funicular railroad, remnants of which still can be seen. Take Me to the River I don’t own a boat, so each year I must plot how I’m going to get out onto the waterway that gives this place its name. Being on the river is fundamentally different than being on shore. Time slows and perspective shifts, whether you’re on a 100-person booze cruise or paddling in a kayak.You can’t help but be changed by the water. Cinema Al Fresco Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie have drive-ins, Kingston and New Paltz have movies under the stars. (Richard Donner’s soft-focus Superman screens on August 17 at the former King’s Inn site in Midtown Kingston.) Bring a picnic, a blanket, and a loved one. Maybe you’ll work some movie magic of your own. Bon Iver at Brewery Ommegang Ommegang upped the ante on its programming this year when it partnered with Ithaca-based promoter Dan Smalls to bring serious contemporary musical acts like Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie to the brewery’s expansive grounds outside Cooperstown. Indie darling and 2012 Grammy winner Bon Iver plays on September 17. “Dear Mother Nature” Exhibit Curator Linda Weintraub has put together an exhibit of work by over 40 local artists at the Dorsky Museum that's as close to a regional biennial as we are likely to get. Through November 4. Faheem Haider reviews on page 113.

Nostalgia Rock At this point, with the Rolling Stones still touring into their 70s, it’s difficult to separate the nostalgia from the rock `n’ roll in many cases. Luckily, for those of us who like our nostalgia pure, three shows will capture our memories of former musical relevance: Stone Temple Pilots on August 22 at Bethel Woods, Def Leppard at SPAC on August 21, and Asia on October 14 at UPAC in Kingston.

Woodstock Fringe Festival of Theater and Song They had me at “tiny ninja.” In 2006 Tiny Ninja Theater staged its abridged version of “Hamlet” at the Woodstock Fringe. Audience members were handed binoculars to follow the action of the one-inch plastic ninjas as the dithering prince charted his existential dilemma. This year, Rain Pryor, daughter to the comedian, performs her one-woman multiculti coming-of-age-show “Fried Chicken and Latkes.” Plus much else. August 11-September 2. Anne Pyburn previews on page 121.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival The setting doesn’t get more enchanted than inside the big tent on the grounds of Boscobel in Garrison. A summertime tradition you need to take up if you haven’t already, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival never disappoints. This year, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and an adaptation of Hitchcok’s “The 39 Steps” are staged in repertory. Through September 2.

Dinner at Crimson Sparrow The reason to go during the warm weather is to get a table in the interior courtyard, a quiet, leafy retreat off Warren Street in Hudson. Two protégés of chef wunderkind Wylie Dufresne are running the kitchen, which can be seen from the courtyard through large plate-glass windows. Peter Barrett reviews the chic new eatery on page 90.

Walkway Over the Hudson Full Moon Walk If you haven’t been on the Walkway yet, I just don’t know what to say. If you have, what you most likely have not done is walk the bridge at night. On the night of the full moon during the clement months, Walkway hosts a late-night gathering for members. This month it’s August 30. A basic membership is just $40. John Williams's 80th Birthday Concert at Tanglewood Despite the tragic death of a man felled by a tree limb while leaving the James Taylor concert in early July, Tanglewood is still the most bucolic large venue around to enjoy classical music. The Boston Pops Orchestra is joined by Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma on August 18 to celebrate the beloved composer’s birthday.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS In a preview of a number of farm dinners in our July issue, “Feasts of the Field,” we incorrectly identified the chef preparing the Seat at the Table banquet at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. This year, the dinner was prepared by Ed Kowalski of Lola’s Café, not Sara Lukasiewecz of Red Devon. Also in our July issue, in a profile of the communities of New Paltz and Gardiner, “Delicious and Daring,” we erroneously identified the now-defunct sweet shop Sweet. It was never located in the Water Street Market. Sweet, during its existence, was located on North Front Street. (Rumor has it that Sweet is reopening in August on Main Street, though this could not be confirmed.) There is a candy shop currently in the Water Street Market called Candy Candy. We regret the confusion this undoubtedly caused. 8/12 ChronograM 25

“Statutes of limitation exist because witnesses die and memories fade,” says Patrick Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference. Brannigan’s testimony before the New Jersey State Legislature in January presented one side of a controversial debate about proposals to loosen limits that impose deadlines on when victims can file civil suits or prosecutors can press charges against people who are accussed of child abuse. The Catholic Church argues that proposals to abolish such limits, which are set state by state, will encourage accusations, made decades later, motivated by a desire to bankrupt the Church. These limits, though, eliminate the possibility for victims who are unable to confront the abuse until much later in their lives to receive justice. In New York, age 23 is the limit for reporting most serious sexual crimes besides rape committed while the victim was a minor. But problems have arisen in states that have lifted statutes of limitation, such as California, the first state to pass a one-year window law to report abuse, who received 550 lawsuits at one time. Source: New York Times

“Carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime.” So says Bugs Bunny. But the classic carrot-chomping cartoon character is not a credible source on a rabbit’s dietary needs. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), carrots and other root vegetables are actually bad for rabbits because they are high in sugar. Only eight percent of pet owners know what to feed rabbits. As a result, 11 percent of rabbits suffer from tooth decay and another 11 percent have digestive problems when fed the iconic bunny snack. Hay Fever, a campaign launched by the RSPCA, works to spread the word on how to properly feed rabbits, which should include diets heavy in hay, grass, and dark greens such as cabbage, kale, and broccoli. Though it’s missing the flashy bright orange and cool side-of-the-mouth nibbling capabilities, a bundle of hay will keep your rabbit from having to say, “What’s up, doc?” Source: Telegraph (UK) From 1996 to 2008, Countrywide Financial Corp. offered their VIP loan program, which promised lower interest rates and fees and faster service to members of Congress, government officials, and Fannie Mae executives. The former subprime lender acted in response to complaints from legislators and staffers about their loans, and the outreach aimed to boost Congressional influence and deter government regulation of Fannie Mae. According to Slate, “dozens of pieces of legislation that would have reformed Fannie” were overlooked by members of Congress after accepting the VIP program. The company’s subprime lending activities acted as an important case in understanding the causes of the 2008 financial crisis. The cut-rate loan program was stopped after Countrywide was purchased by Bank of America in 2008. Source: Slate The federal government recovered three billion dollars from GlaxoSmithKline on July 2 in the largest settlement involving a pharmaceutical company. Prosecuters claimed that the company bribed doctors with paid vacations, made attempts to target children in their marketing, claimed that pills would aid in weight loss and sexual dysfunction without approval, and failed to report heart risks associated with Avandia to the FDA. According to data group IMS Health, the British drugmaker made $10.4 billion in sales from Avandia, $11.6 billion from Paxil, and $5.9 billion from Wellbutrin, their three best-selling antidepressants, between the late 1990s to the mid-2000s, the years covered by the settlement. The settlement still requires court approval. Glaxo has changed some of its policies in response to the fraud settlement such as reducing sales incentives related to prescription drugs, and it has agreed to withdraw bonuses from top executives if it is revealed that they engaged in or supervised illegal behavior. Some worry that large fines aren’t enough to deter illegal behavior because profit margins are so high. Source: New York Times

A report published by an an expert panel in Japan, one of three looking into the 2011 Fukushima disaster, accused the government, regulators, and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) of collusion in one of the worst nuclear accidents in 25 years. The report notes a reluctance by regulators to adopt global safety standards, lobbying by nuclear power companies, a pervading mentality that nuclear power is safe, and putting cost-cutting steps ahead of safety as causes for the nuclear disaster. The report also noted current safety issues such as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approving the restarts of electricity-supplying units to avoid a power shortage—even though an active fault may lie under Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Ohi plant in western Japan. The panel urged strict checks on all reactors against guidelines set in 2006 including 21 of Japan’s oldest reactors whose construction was approved before guidelines set in 1981. TEPCO admitted being insufficiently prepared, but placed blame on the tsunami for the disaster. In response to the report, an independent nuclear watchdog group is being set up by the government that will draft new safety rules. Source: Reuters A Mexican vacation: beaches, margaritas, and anesthesia? Cheap medical care in Mexicali, in Baja California, has made it a primary tourist attraction for the uninsured in California and other neighboring states. Last year, more than 150,000 Americans crossed the border looking for affordable health care. This includes low-wage workers who simply cannot afford health care in the US and those looking for care that falls outside of their insurance plans, such as cosmetic surgery and dental work. The influx of tourists is a major economic boost, and Mexicali has responded accordingly by setting up shuttle services across the border and even creating a special lane for medical patients. Health care is not only more affordable in Mexico, but also more accessible. While many patients are required to wait weeks to see doctors in the US, Mexicali doctors are often directly available through text messages. Mexicali hospitals are not certified by American medical accreditation teams, however, and no studies have been published on infection rates or other health statistics. Source: New York Times Researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins University have found that maternal mortality could decrease by a third globally if contraception demands by women were fully met. According to the study, financed by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, contraception can boost women’s health by decreasing the frequency of risky first pregnancies, closely spaced pregnancies, and unsafe abortions. Contraception has reduced maternal mortalities by 50 percent in the past, but the study asserts that an additional 29 percent of mothers’ deaths could have been prevented if every appeal for contraception was fulfilled. Insufficient provision is likely due to a shift in funding in the past two decades from a focus on contraception to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. (In 1995, 55 percent of international population assistance funds were devoted to providing contraception and nine percent on the fight against HIV/AIDS. In 2008, allocations changed to six percent and 74 percent, respectively.) Previous to the release of the study results, the British government and the Gates Foundation had already planned for a London conference, hoping to raise $4 billion for contraception for 120 million women through 2020. Source: New York Times Compiled by Meghan Gallucci and Jennifer Gutman

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Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic


Did you know that? That the United Nations is plotting with the Obama administration to take away your guns? You would if you read the Washington Times! Alright, the Washington Times is loony. And moony, founded, supported, and controlled in fluctuating degrees by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Moon is the founder of the Unification Church because Jesus appeared to him when he was 15 and asked Moon to finish the work he’d left undone. I would never have known about this dire threat to our very constitutional survival if I had not been doing the Google search of the top 10 or 50 or whatever conservative websites.We have become a bifurcated nation with a bifurcated mind. My top news source is the “The Daily Show.” I read the NewYork Times every morning. (Did you know that many people consider the New York Times to be liberal? Only en extremis, when they figure conservative ideas are so out of whack that they threaten the very existence of advertising revenue.) Then there’s Huffington Post, an aggregator, and Alternet for actual liberalism. Since I live in a car culture and I need noise in my automobile, I listen to NPR, which I find to be excellent, since, as Stephen Colbert has pointed out, facts have a liberal bias. I admit it, I never watch Fox News. If I had Jon Stewart’s staff and his platform, so I could tear into them phrase by phrase, sure, watching Fox News would be fun. But as regular person, I just have to sit there and take it. Which is intolerable. I don’t go to the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, or any of the other right-wing think tank sites, except for research. I’m guessing that many of you have the same tastes and instincts that I do. But there’s a whole half a loaf out there that listens to Limbaugh and Michael Savage, watches Glenn Beck, gets what they call news from Fox, who go to the right web sites, and who are on e-mail lists that send them urgent flashes about the threats to the freedom of oil companies and such. They have a completely different reality. Here are some snapshots from their world. It’s not fair or balanced, it’s not in depth, it’s just what I found in a few webbed hours. In case you’ve forgotten, your president is: COMMIE OBAMA—Radical Communist, Islamic Terrorist-Supporting, POTUS Usurper. That’s from Commieblaster. com. It can also be found on,, and Teaparty. org. If you’re wondering who gives the orders, a headline across from it that says, Obama’s Boss’ Boss? Vladimir Putin, with no actual article. Headlines below announce Obama’s Not Kenyan, He’s KGB, Poland Shaken by Soviet Agent Obama’s Words, and USURPER OBAMA, SOVIET AGENT. Over at the Heritage Foundation, there’s a featured book review of The Communist—Frank Marshall Davis:The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. “Davis was indisputably a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China communist. A card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, he is cited by the Associated Press as an ‘important influence’ on Barack Obama, one whom he ‘looked to’ not merely for ‘advice on living’ but also as a ‘father’ figure.’” The Heritage Foundation is one of the Cadillacs (whoops! can’t say that, GM was saved by Obama) a Lincoln Navigator among right-wing propa-

ganda mills. It’s been around since 1973, it is well funded, failed Republican candidates go there to collect a salary, and calling yourself a senior scholar there can get you on a reputable op-ed page. There are some on the right that disagree with the portrayal of Obama as a Communist. Joseph Farah, founder, editor and CEO of WND, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author or co-author of 13 books, doesn’t think BHO is a commie. Uh-uh. “We have a modern day practitioner of fascism in Barack Obama.” When we fought them in WWII and for 50 years thereafter we thought fascists were on the right. Uh-uh. “Liberals delude themselves into believing fascism is a ‘right-wing ideology.’ It isn’t and it never was. Mussolini was a leftist. So was Hitler. They were both socialists.” Therefore, “We should really call him Benito Obama—or maybe just Obamalini.” Michelle Bachmann writes “Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating Obama administration.” Michael Savage calls “Obama most evil president ever. Any doubt Americans may have had that Barack Obama is a Marxist should be alleviated.” Which is fairly mild by Michael Savage standards. It leaves me wondering if there is a most- and least-evil presidential ranking somewhere. Maine Governor Calls Obamacare’s IRS Agents the “New Gestapo.” That’s Paul LePage, the guy who took the murals out of Maine’s Department of Labor because they depicted people working. He perceived that as hostile to business. (Hey, before you sneer, remember, genuine Americans elected him.) Another warning. Obama preparing for citizen uprising? Exclusive: Andrea Shea King sounds warning over White House power grab. Actual Republican presidential candidates have mentioned that Obama has a “Kenyan anti-colonial mindset” and is the “most radical president in American history” (Newt Gingrich). He has “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible,” which is why he’s “systematically trying to crush the traditional Judeo-Christian values of America” (Rick Santorum). He associates with people who have “fought against religion…we have a president who doesn’t understand America” (Mitt Romney). And, no, he was not born in America. Hawaii official now swears: No Obama birth certificate. Signs affidavit declaring long-form, hospital-generated document absent. That’s from Rush himself. This showed up in an e-mail: “An intensive investigation has revealed” that Obama is using a fake social security number. It actually belongs to “Jean Paul Ludwig, who was born in France in 1890, immigrated to the United States in 1924.” That’s fraud! If it brings “this lying, deceitful, cheating, corrupt, impostor to justice it will be the biggest and best news in decades for our country and the world.” Fortunately, space prevents me from repeating the jokes about watermelons and food stamps. Or the one where the punch line is that Obama’s mother had sex with a dog. This was sent around by Montana Chief US District Judge Richard Cebull. When it came out, the judge defended himself by saying that he didn’t send it because it was racist, though he knew it was, he sent it because it was anti-Obama. 8/12 ChronograM 27

The House

Above: Jacquie Roland stands behind her assemblage Mother Courage in her dining room. Opposite: The exterior of the former Wales Tea Room, now Roland’s home.

An Artist Bounces Back Retiring in a Saugerties Landmark By Jennifer Farley Photographs by Deborah DeGraffenreid


rtist Jacquie Roland thought she’d “screwed the pooch” when she badly broke her left knee and right foot two years after buying a ramshackle 1795 Saugerties three-story. After the accident the childless widow hit personal bottom. “I was in a nursing home for seven months,” says Roland. “Money was tight, and all I could think of was, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ living alone in that work-in-progress house, with just an open toilet on the middle floor.” Roland’s house is built into a rocky hillside on one of Saugerties’ oldest roads. The front entrance and current kitchen are on the second floor. The house is an exact copy of a Brooklyn farmhouse. There’s a little stream and scenic waterfall off the bluestone patio. With beamed ceilings and wideplank floors, it’s drenched with authentic period charm. Roland’s brother, Jim, came up from Baltimore to help care for his sister. A bohemian known for sense of her humor, Roland thought she could barter housing to mitigate the immediate costs of altering the house for someone who could barely walk. A carpenter acquaintance moved in downstairs. She had to ask him to leave when he didn’t get much done and seemed intent on living in her house rent-free forever. A fellow artist suggested she hire Peter Osterhoudt, a contractor who descends from one of Saugerties’ founding families, but he was busy with another job, so he hooked Roland up with Denis Argueta, owner of Alcon Construction in Glasco. That was Roland’s lucky break. Thanks to 28 home ChronograM 8/12

the caring nature and professional integrity of Argueta’s team, who will soon make Roland’s house wheelchair accessible, the artist now expects to live in her house for the rest of her life. “Although I can today use the stairs again, I can also live completely on the middle floor, where there’s a daybed in the living room,” says Roland. “Later, if necessary, I can have a caregiver on the bottom floor—it has a full bath. But I’m using that space as an art studio right now because it’s really the best part of this house.” Five years after the accident, Roland’s finally accepted the tough reality that she’s no longer able to drive—she relies on friends, taxis, and mailorder to get by. This June, she finally gave the Saab 955 Turbo she’d bought new two months before the accident to her brother as a thank you gift. Roland says that although she’s now effectively housebound, she still leads a very full life, courtesy of the many friends she’s made in the Hudson Valley since retiring to the area in 1987, at age 47, with a comfortable government pension. This August marks her 10th year as a participant on the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour. A painting of Roland’s plays a key role in the 2007 thriller The Life Before Her Eyes starring Uma Thurman. Last October her paintings were exhibited in a solo show at the Storefront Gallery in Kingston. A frequent winner of highly competitive greeting card contests—more prestigious than lucrative—Roland recently sold Hallmark a poem and an essay for a forthcoming book, Thanks Mom.

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Above: The artist’s new sunroom replaces a 6’ x 6’ dark and antiquated closet-like kitchen. Left: Nightsweeper, created in 2009, is inspired by a food-gathering character in Frank Herbert’s novel Hellstrom’s Hive.

Downsizing from a mansion to a tea room Roland bought the former Wales Tea Room, once an important warming-up stop on the road to Woodstock from Saugerties’ Exchange Hotel, in 2004 for $220,000. Ready to downsize, she had purchased the Forst Mansion on Abeel Street in Kingston’s Rondout area for $150,000 in the 1980s. Though she describes it as “a 10-room money pit,” Roland nevertheless realized a tidy profit by selling into the real estate boom. Fresh out of a long-term relationship, she wanted a new start. Like the period mansion Roland was selling, the Wales Tea Room had loads of interesting features (including an 18th-century beehive oven), augmented by moody spaces in which to both make and display art. Partially renovated by some “shady real estate speculators” who had bought the falling-down historic site in 2002 for $30,000, it still needed “a tremendous amount of work,” says Roland. Abandoned for 40 years, it had structural problems. But the would-be house flippers had run out of money, and didn’t bother to attend the sales closing. The first thing Roland did was install a generator. Then she began to work on the house decoratively, while also making art for local and regional shows. She wrote a couple of children’s books, one entirely in palindromes. Single, energetic, and mobile, Roland didn’t care much initially about the cramped, outdated kitchen. The house was comfortable enough, with three bedrooms and two full baths. Building a “powder room” around the middle floor’s peculiar open-air toilet simply wasn’t a priority. All that changed with a fall in a local cinema. 30 home ChronograM 8/12




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After the Fall Initially, Roland’s friends rallied around her. But as time passed, she realized she’d become a burden. Finding a new romantic partner seemed out, because “Let’s face it, most of the men in my age bracket are looking for someone to take care of them,” says Roland. She thought seriously about moving back to Baltimore, where she’d spent most of her life and had the strongest support group. And that’s what she would have done if her home-renovation plan bombed and her health failed further. “For four years after the accident, I lived with severe seasonal affective disorder, too,” says Roland. “There wasn’t a single window on the north side of this house—it was built to keep out the cold, of course—but the southern exposure was also dark, because it’s so old, with very small windows.” While confined post-accident to the middle floor, the artist decided that if she was going to update the kitchen, she’d also add a sunroom. Roland had researched conservatory options for her previous residence. She bought a Four Seasons Sunroom from Hudson Valley Sunrooms in Port Ewen. Although the sunroom could be installed in three days, since it was a second-floor addition, it needed substantial preparatory construction, meticulously executed by Argueta and his crew. The total cost for the addition was about $50,000. “The sunroom arrived at 2am on a huge truck from Florida, and the owner of Hudson Valley Sunrooms, whose last name is actually Smiley, was here to receive it, which I thought went above and beyond the call of duty,” says Roland. “He stayed for two hours, until all the pieces were unwrapped.” That was in March 2010. Since then, Roland’s life has become much more enjoyable. Seated comfortably in her sparkling sunroom, surrounded by art and her favorite colors of black and green, Roland looks out on a car driving past slowly. The driver is clearly distracted by her macabre yard sculptures, death angels in gas masks from Roland’s “Welcome to My Nightmare” series. “My neighbors call me ‘the artist lady,’ and these days, I’m almost always in the sunroom.The renovations took the very last of my Kingston house money, but I’m just so glad I did it,” says Roland. “Also, a magazine feature that’s partly about my flair for decorating was on my bucket list.” 8/12 chronogram home 33



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ith the onset of recession in recent years, applications for community vegetable plots in the New Paltz Gardens for Nutrition went up. Folks like me were looking to save money on their produce bills. I like to think I save money on my produce bills from growing many of my summer veggies in my plot and at home. But do I? A little analysis is warranted. My suspicion going into this budgetary breakdown is that I don’t save money when I take into account all the various inputs, and I sure as heck don’t save money if I consider the value of my labor. Let’s have a look. This year’s 20-x-30-foot vegetable garden has been my most successful in 25 years of having vegetable gardens. I credit this to the no-till technique as taught me by Jay and Polly Armour (see my piece in the May 2012 issue of Chronogram), to the sturdy flower and vegetable seedlings I bought from them (vegetables) and from Wallkill Farms (flowers), and to a long spring with a decent amount of rainfall supplemented by hand watering on my part (thank you, Greg and other garden board members, for putting in the new water system) and good cultural practices like weeding and mulching. A Little Calculation Here’s what I spent on my garden going in. You can see I’m not profligate. I don’t go in for garden gadgets or little gnomes or other tchotchkes. I really just buy what I think is essential. And some stuff I already had, like tomato cages, hand pruners, and a knee pad, so they’re not figured in here. $40 plot fee for garden $56 seeds for things that can be direct-seeded into the ground, like winter squash, cukes, and okra $23 leek and onion “sets” (small plants) $71 kale, collards, swiss chard, brussel sprouts, and tomato seedlings $15 disposable nitrile gloves (to save my hands)

$57 three flats of snapdragons, for color and cut flowers $11 bale of straw for paths $75 garlic planted last fall for harvest this summer $8 organic fertilizer (dried chicken manure-based) Total inputs: $356 Figuring the value of the organic produce and flowers coming out of my garden is a little trickier, because I haven’t yet harvested some things, like the onions, leeks, or winter squashes. But I will do my best estimate here based on past harvest experience. $80 ten flower bouquets at $8/each if purchased at a farmer’s market $125 value of the organic garlic I harvested $60 for 40 pounds of onions $36 for 36 leeks $75 for 25 bundles of kale $15 for five bundles of collards $21 for seven bundles of swiss chard $80 for 40 pounds of tomatoes $10 for 10 pounds of cucumbers $12 for four stalks of brussel sprouts $30 for 30 pounds of winter squash $5 for a quart of red okra Total value: $549 So by my figuring, I saved about $200 on produce and flowers by growing them myself in my most successful gardening year ever. Note that I didn’t figure my labor into the inputs. If I figured in the labor value of the average of five hours per week I spend on my garden throughout the growing season, this is definitely not a money-saving endeavor. 8/12 chronogram home 35

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Norb Lazar, owner of the Phantom Gardener in Rhinebeck (where you can see a fabulous demo vegetable garden) says he tells his customers they can save money if they don’t count their labor. He tells them, “If you have the time to garden, and you’re an efficient gardener, and let’s say you’re doing canning and freezing, sure—you can save money. But if you can make $20/hour doing something else, well, the tradeoff is probably not worth it in strict financial terms.” (At this point in our conversation, Lazar’s wife, Pamela Neimeth, is overhead saying, “But you save money on a therapist!”) The Hudson Valley Seed Library’s Ken Greene says, “You can save money— especially if you start from seed. But you can also spend more; it all depends on how frugal you are. Many of our tools are from garage sales or free tools we found and fixed. Making some of your own compost helps cut down the cost of soil amendments. Going in on bulk supplies with friends and neighbors helps, too. But what is the true value of home-grown food? There is the quantifiable cost of the inputs, and the qualitative value of joy, learning, flavor, convenience, staying fit, and beauty.” Greene also is interested in nutrient density studies and how nutrient-rich fresh food grown in good soil is value-added over trucked-in produce. This value add is difficult to quantify, but we surely reap its benefits. 
 Lazar recommends that his customers actually hold off on trying to grow their own seedlings in year one. He says that folks set themselves up for disappointment because seed starting is actually kind of challenging, and you can’t skip a day of watering if you go out of town. He recommends folks buy plants the first couple of years, but also they can direct sow things that are easy to grow from direct seeding, like zucchini and winter squash. For my part, I have found that using seedlings for kale and other greens, I’ve gotten much bigger yields than I did when I direct sowed seed into the earth. The plants just get a quicker jump on things. My kale plants are little trees.


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Above: The author’s garden at New Paltz’s Gardens for Nutrition. Below: The author’s Dino kale has been much more robust since she switched from direct seeding to planting seedlings.

Pick Your Produce Priorities Certain crops are generally cheaper to buy. Lazar says, “Corn takes a large amount of space to grow properly and is a ‘heavy feeder’ in terms of its nitrogen needs. It used to be that you had to race home and put your homegrown corn in boiling water right away, but now the varieties are super sweet, so you can buy corn from a farmer’s market and it tastes sweet even a couple of days later. For the amount of space corn takes up, it’s not cost effective, but it’s still cool to grow it.” I asked Lazar about root crops, which I find notoriously difficult to grow. He says, “Onions and carrots and beets: If you do raised beds, they’re great. But you need really good loose soil for all root crops, and onions require a long season and extra-vigilant weeding. I steer beginners away from the root crops.” Lazar thinks the work-to-yield ratio is most favorable for the following crops: zucchini, tomatoes, kohlrabi, and greens of all kinds. Greene says, “I would say one of the biggest cost savings is growing an asparagus patch. You only have to plant once, the patch needs minimal care, and you get asparagus for years and years!” 
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ou may eventually fail to remember the correct spelling of Shawangunk, or neglect Kingston’s title as the first capital of New York, but the Hudson Valley backdrop is impossible to forget. The violet, peacock blue, fire-kiln hues of the sky, the commanding presence of the Hudson River, the rise of Smiley tower over Mohonk’s staggering foliage—these experiences are imperishable because they are inspirational. In a surrounding that fuels our imagination long after we’ve gone, how could we not, as curious beings, desire to investigate every microcosm while we’re here? The many continuing education opportunities allow you to further develop a current interest or delve into something unexplored. Every class offers something more than a greater breadth of knowledge. “People come out of class feeling more in tune with All That Is,” says Philippe Garnier, who teaches sound healing workshops at the Sage Center for the Healing Arts in Woodstock. Interaction, both personal and social, will continuously prove to be rewarding. “While we are providing an educational venue for people, the other side of our purpose involves providing a community,” says Arzi McKeown, curriculum coordinator of Lifespring, an adult learning community in Saugerties. These are the days that will develop into memories—let’s expend all the inspiration we can. Alpha to Omega The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck is a global meeting place. The workshops attract learners from around the corner and across the country. Bobby McFerrin, Ani DiFranco, and Rick Jarow (author of Creating the Work You Love), are a few of the famous names to host workshops this year. The most attractive attribute of Omega remains its interest in your personal awareness. More than 200 workshops, conferences, and training courses will be offered in the next three months alone. Options include the Secrets of Kabbalah (August 10-12), Rain Garden Design (September 30-October 5), the August Memoir Festival with Malachy and Alphie McCourt (August 10-12), the Being Yoga Conference Retreat (August 17-19) with 20 instructors, and a two- or seven-day retreat titled the Art of Peace and Happiness (August 1012, 10-17). The Women and Power conference series (September 21-23) will celebrate its 10th year with over 30 leading women including Eve Ensler, Sally Field, and Majora Carter to honor and further educate, as the Omega Institute explains, “women who are breaking leadership molds, boldly demonstrating that the way it’s always been is not the way it has to be.” The New School Art has been a pivotal piece of Hudson Valley life since the Hudson River School’s promotion of the area’s landscape in the 1800s. The Center for Photography at Woodstock offers tutorials in Photoshop, reviews for completed

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The Tune Up Hudson Valley musicians weild significant influence in their respective genres: Pete Seeger and folk music, Sonny Rollins’s jazz saxophone, Natalie Merchant’s variation of pop. Workshops offered at Beacon Music Factory and Full Moon Resort aim to add to the impact. “It’s surprising and just plain awesome to discover how many adults make a concerted effort to have music making be part of their everyday lives,” says Stephen Clair, guitar expert, songwriter, founder of music website Local 845, and teacher at the Beacon Music Factory. In addition to workshops for children and private lessons, the Beacon Music Factory offers Jazz Ensemble with trumpet-player Larry Moses, Chamber Group for Strings with Kathleen Patrick, the new Community Choir for Adults led by Tina Cody, Group Harmonica for the People with Michael Farkas, and Group Guitar for the People. In greatest demand, however, is Rock Band Boot Camp for Adults. “People try out instruments that are completely new to them. Everyone sings, everyone plays,” Clair explains. “I have never seen such ear-to-ear smiles. It’s difficult for me to interrupt them when class time is up, so I often let them keep going. They’re having so much fun.” On the other side of the river, Full Moon Resort in Big Indian offers multiple large music workshops throughout the summer in what Full Moon hopes “bridges the gap between the artist and their audience.” Musicians from Umphrey’s McGee (August 6-10) and King Crimson (August 20-24), as well as Kaki King (August 27-31) and Mickey Hart (September 3-6) are scheduled to appear.; Between the Lines Discussions of contemporary Hudson Valley art are incomplete without mentioning the community of writers. Here, writers meet; while publication isn’t guaranteed, solidarity is. “We don’t believe anyone can tell you how to write,” says Marta Szabo of Authentic Writing Workshops (AWW). “We think of our workshops as a place where artists come together, where anyone who has the sincere interest to discover themselves as a writer has the freedom and support to do so.” Like AWW, Wallkill Valley Writers, Albany Poets, and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild offer writing workshops and readings throughout the year in retreat centers, bookstores, and living rooms—an act of the deep trust between area writers. The Millay Colony for the Arts, in the former Austerlitz residence of Pulitzer-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, houses workshops and residencies for writers. In August it will host the Generating Sound in Poetry retreat with Tracie Morris. Lifespring of Saugerties will offer a course on local authors such as Tony Robinson and Sandy Gardner in the fall.;;;;; Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral The Hudson Valley boasts fields of crops and plump orchards. Surrounded by such plentiful and delicious eats, it’s no wonder Hyde Park was selected as home to one of the four stunning campuses of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). “Much of the produce from our classes is regionally sourced,” says Jay Blotcher of the CIA. “People enjoy working with food that comes from our farmers in the Valley.” The CIA hosts Boot Camps, Culinary Weekends, and smaller cooking classes. Artisan Breads at Home, Bistros and Brasseries, and Under the Sea are just a few of the options, in addition to vegetarian and gluten-free instruction. At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, vegan cooking is the only option; the Compassionate Cuisine series aims to educate about how the vegan lifestyle can be maintained and enjoyed. Classes are ongoing and include special features in Mediterranean cuisine. For private classes, Jennifer Clair of Home Cooking New York offers two-hour sessions in Beacon and Manhattan. “Manhattan loves the Basics classes while the more comforting classes, like Winter Soups, are popular up here,” Clair says. Clair’s menu is expansive, from regional (Cooking from the Fall Farmers’ Market) to global (Thai Cooking) and basic (How to Cook Fish) to classic (French Bistro). Clair will also instruct the Indian Cooking Class and Spice Workshop at the gorgeous Olana State Historic Site in Hudson (November 3). If you’re not yet set to sauté, Olana also plans to offer canning classes this month. A savory instructive (August 12) will use boiling water to preserve seasonal vegetables, while a sweet canning class (August 19) will focus on utilizing pectin to minimize sugar amounts in jam. Canning techniques are also taught by the Cornell University Cooperative Ex-

tension in Kingston; pressure canning (August 16, October 25, 27), vegetable canning (September 20), and chutney and fruit butter canning (November 15, 17) are scheduled this season.;;;; No Strings Attached While the Hudson Valley may not be dominated by smog or skyscrapers, it is hardly immune from the technological revolution that has us tied up in wireless and rapid-fire communication. “The need is for people to disengage from the very loud, very fast-paced world all around them,” says Brother James Michael Dowd of Holy Cross Monastery. Holy Cross is an Anglican Benedictine community in West Park that offers numerous retreats throughout the year. One of its special opportunities is the Deep Silence Retreat—24 hours of complete silence on the Guest House grounds. Six Deep Silence Retreats will be held through December. “We have been adding more because of the many requests we have for them,” Brother James says. “The listening we need to do in order to have any type of spiritual life is becoming almost impossible in a world that is cluttered with so much noise.” If you’re not ready to face the silence alone just yet, Rhinebeck’s Linwood Spiritual Center holds Eight-Day Directed Retreats (August 3-10, 17-24) in the Catholic tradition, as well as personal retreats and labyrinth walks. The Garrison Institute hosts personal retreats (August 3-5, October 19-21), the annual Focusing Institute Summer School (August 18-23) for developing “emotional muscle,” and an exploration of the Four Boundless States (November 29-December 2). Upcoming retreats such as Living Unto Death: Dying into Life (August 24-26), the Cosmic Love of Christ & Buddha (August 28-September 2), and Occupy Wellness (October 11-14) will take place at the Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Phoenicia. Zen Mountain Monastery offers its own expansive catalog in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Introductory retreats to Zen training are offered, as are Kyudo: Zen Archery Intensive (August 7-12) and Being the Bowl: One Total Activity in Clay with Raku Firing (August 8-12). At Zen Mountain Monastery, the Zen tradition informs daily life as well as spiritual practice.;;;; Listening for Wellness As new studies dictate different habits for health nearly every day, we search for true paths to wellness. The Sage Center for the Healing Arts in Saugerties focuses mainly on sound energy and the cellular level. “The pure tone of crystal reveals barely audible frequencies,” explains Philippe Garnier, co-founder of the Sage Center. “Because the sound is attached to a healing intention, we are encoding thought and heart frequencies. People come out of the class feeling more balanced and in alignment with their true self.” Wurtsboro’s Crystals and Well-Being Center offers instruction on cleansing and healing in a fivehour Master Crystals Intensive workshop (August 19). Mirabai of Woodstock holds private energy healing and soul readings through August, in addition to the workshops Manifest with the Spirit (August 4) and Picking up the Pieces Through Soul Retrieval (August 19).;; Into Pandora’s Box Many shops offer classes to help with demystification of the beautiful ambiguity of the skies. For stargazers, the Awareness Shop in New Paltz offers a six-week astrology course (August 2-September 6). The class will cover the basics of planets, signs, houses, decadants, natal charts, astrological vocabulary, transits, chart reading, and horoscope writing. The Awareness Shop also offers a three-series course in shamanism (September 13-27) to contact empowering guides, and online consultation for a single question or full reading. Tarot classes are taught once per season in Rhinebeck by Rachel Pollack, whose expertise has given her the honor of key speaker from the United States at the United Kingdom Tarot Conference in London this October. The Dreaming Goddess of Poughkeepsie offers courses in Reiki for healing (August 7), Frame Drum Making (August 26), Munay-Ki Rites to learn about personal divinity (September 5) and Shamanism (September 9).;; 8/12 ChronograM continuing education 45

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hinebeck is half opulent and the other half agrarian, and it pulls off both personas oh-so-well. This versatile town has tall, blooming flowers and fresh-squeezed lemonade during the summer; hand-knit sweaters, creamy hot chocolate, and caroling in the winter; piping hot coffee and fluffy croissants early in the morning; after-hours shopping, late-night dining, and indie movies once the sun goes down. The Rhinebeck Department Store is the smallest of its kind, which is just another part of its charm. The space is packed with well-made clothing, Life is Good wear for babies, coffee mugs, and a quaint men’s section. A moose head hangs over the mirrors, seemingly judging whatever you’re trying on. Staff members quietly whisper to each other, a welcome change from noisy stores where teen workers loudly gossip. At nearby Oblong Books & Music, you won’t find any dogeared pages or water rings ruining front covers.The shop holds regular readings by authors and stocks a lot of music from local musicians. Pure Mountain Olive Oil opened over Memorial Day weekend, and owner Zak Cassady-Dorion is still beaming. Along with his cousin and fellow store owner, Charlie Ruehr, the two men have created a one-of-a-kind shop in the heart of Rhinebeck. Flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and sea salts are all available for tasting before you buy. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, the brainchild of Sean B. Nutley and Gregory F. Triana, is the perfect recipe for anyone who likes to cook, bake, entertain, or just shake up a good martini. Once located in High Falls, bluecashew made the move to Rhinebeck in 2009. “To 48 rhinebeck + red hook + tivoli ChronograM 8/12

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LOCAL NOTABLE Rei Peraza, Panzur

Panzur Restaurant and Wine Bar is still a baby, having just opened in May of last year. If you don’t understand the restaurant’s name, it’s not because you’re uncultured—it’s a combination of Chef Rei Peraza’s grandfather’s last name, Manzur, and the Spanish word for “belly,” panza. While Peraza never got the chance to cook with his grandfather, his restaurant honors his memory. After working as a chef for prominent companies like Microsoft, Peraza slowed down with Panzur. The menu is modified almost every day, partly because local produce is ever-changing. Seasonality is one of the main reasons why Peraza chose the Hudson Valley. Every well-defined time of the year brings with it new products, flavors, and dishes. This is every chef’s dream, to cook what they want, when they want, and still run a booming business. “Here, you do what you want and people show up if they like it,” bartender Curtis Hancock says. He explains that since Tivoli is such a small town, Panzur’s clients aren’t exactly stumbling upon the establishment. Instead, they’re seeking it out and purposefully making reservations. Hancock mixes up the day’s specialty cocktail, a Honeydew Cobble, combining Fino sherry with muddled honeydew and an orange slice. Proving that he’s a true mixologist, he gives a little history as he pours. In the 1800s, cobbles required just two components: ice and a straw, both of which were rare novelties. It seems that you can ask this guy anything about what’s behind his bar, and he’ll have an answer. Patrons even seem to test this theory out, putting their own knowledge on display and daring him to keep up (which he does, flawlessly). Panzur’s wine list is mostly Spanish, with some French and Latin varietals thrown in. Beer drinkers won’t find Bud on tap. Instead, there are brews like Narragansett Summer Ale from Providence and Greenflash IPA from San Diego. Sticking to the theme of a traditional Spanish tapas bar, there’s a carving station with bread, cheese, and meat set up near the back wall. Manager Jeffrey Boyle confidently says that even though Panzur is a bit out of the way, it still blows most Manhattan restaurants out of the water. He would know, too, since he works at one such city joint during the week. Servers strongly recommend the crispy pig belly tapas plate, served with a sherry-cherry glaze. There are lists of cheese, ham, and charcuterie choices, as well as small plates like spring garlic soup and marinated octopus. Steak frites are served with malaby pepper butter, bacon pearl onion confit, and a red wine reduction. Lemon-thyme flan is accompanied by French press coffee. The dessert menu has two pages full of recommendations for cheese, sherry, dessert wine, and digestives. Four square orange panels display graffiti art along the wall. Several small, pastoral tables and chairs line up to create one long table down the center of the main dining room. Seats by the window that look out on Broadway have cushy gray pillows that I suspect patrons never want to get up from. What you have to admire most about Peraza is his honest approach to Epicureanism. Pleasure is front and center. You can eat when you’re not hungry, drink when you’re not thirsty. He encourages everyone to enjoy cuisine simply because it tastes good.

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further expand the business, the move was evident,” Nutley says. “Rhinebeck takes pride in its Dutch history, scenic beauty, and support for the arts.” Celebrity chefs and authors frequent bluecashew for book signings and tastings. (Zakary Pelaccio of Fatty Crab fame will read from his new book, Eat WithYour Hands, on August 4. An interview with Pelaccio appears on page 116.) For an all-inclusive kitchenware emporium, head to Warren Kitchen and Cutlery a few minutes up the road. Culinary students rely on Warren when they need to stock up on supplies. Shopping for cookware is bound to make your stomach growl. Foster’s Coach House, Rhinebeck’s second-ever restaurant, serves various seafood dishes, old favorites like the French Dip sandwich or roast turkey dinner, and sugary desserts like berry mascarpone cake. When Wally Foster bought the establishment prior to World War II, he remodeled it to look like a horse stable. The dining booths are designed as horse stalls, trophies are displayed in the tack room, and a faux mare greets you at the door. Gigi Hudson Valley, which runs both the Trattoria in Rhinebeck and the market and catering center at Greig Farm in Red Hook, focuses on the healthy side of Italian cuisine. “As a chef, restaurateur, and registered dietitian, I see all of these initiatives intertwined,” manager Laura Pensiero says. Next door, the old First Baptist Church houses Terrapin. For the Red Bistro side of the restaurant (the more formal dining room is adjacent), chef Josh Kroner whips up shredded duck confit sandwiches, maple-bacon roasted almonds with sea salt, and macadamia nut tempura calamari. Matchbox Cafe and its friendly owners Sam and Joann Cohen offer a faster dining experience. Visitors ask themselves, “How does a baker grill a burger so well?” Or, on the other hand, “How does a chef learn to bake like this?” While the cafe’s burger (recommended rare) is the main draw, the desserts (namely the Oprah-recommended red velvet cake) are a close second. Once you’ve exercised your wallet, visit Ferncliff Forest for a real workout. The green haven is quieter than quiet, other than the deep ribbits from undetectable frogs. Stand close to the water by the murky pond to be surrounded by colorful dragonflies—they bring good luck, you know. Grab your best buds and fishing poles or lace up your hiking boots and head to the fire tower for an expansive view of the valley from above the canopy of trees. The eclectic Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck offers another type of entertainment, with shows ranging from the lighthearted “Legally Blonde: the Musical” (through August 19) to the dramatic, tense “Doubt” (September 28 to October 14).The center was built to resemble a barn, enhancing the rural setting while also paying tribute to summer stock’s roots. Locals are familiar with the 30-year-old Rhinebeck Animal Hospital, which also runs the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital Helping Hands Fund to help compensate for the cost of treating wild animals. For your domesticated furry friends, the hospital also offers grooming and boarding. The Rhinebeck Bank, one of the oldest in New York State, is seriously dedicated to its community and puts local needs first. Rusty’s Farm Fresh Eatery in Red Hook has light wood tables and burnt orange walls, creating an airy, bright atmosphere.The small restaurant is louder than normal, but in a good way. Parents laugh as kids happily shriek, staff members chat with customers and dishes bang in the semi-open kitchen. Order fresh-squeezed juice from organic produce like purple carrots, elephant garlic, and Thai basil. Try the avocado and roast corn chilled soup or the vegan coconut ice cream. Healthy, green wheat grass is displayed next to Boston Creme cupcakes in the cooler. At Flatiron Restaurant, everything is made in-house. Shaved Brussels sprouts with butter-roasted walnuts, caramelized sea scallops, and lamb burgers are on the menu. The family-friendly Mercato Osteria Enoteca serves bruschetta with chicken livers, pan-seared quail saltimbocca, and a pine nut honey tart with vanilla gelato for dessert. Loyal patrons dream all winter of the West Coast-style vegetarian burritos and cheese quesadillas from the seasonal Bubby’s Burrito Stand. Both Red Hook and Tivoli are carbon copies of what New York City dwellers typically envision when they think of upstate New York—even though Dutchess County residents know that the area isn’t technically “upstate.” Sprawling, freshly mowed fields lead to rows of swaying corn husks. Dirt ana gravel roads kick up a dusty film that coats your car. Unpretentious eateries have coolers filled with milk in glass bottles. Once you turn onto Broadway in Tivoli, though, you come across some of Dutchess County’s best kept se-

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crets, like the Madalin Hotel. The boutique hotel, which dates back to the early 1900s, was first a hotel, then a bar, and now both. After buying the building nine years ago, owner Jose Cicileo spent two years renovating it to its original state. Eleven rooms accommodate travelers and the wraparound patio serves as the dining area in balmy weather. The flat-screen TV in the tavern-style bar is the only reminder that you’re in the 21st century. Otherwise, the setting is a throwback to simpler days. Order Japanese dishes and sushi rolls at Osaka. Aside from its laughably long tequila list, Santa Fe’s menu also includes sweet gold plantains and pulled pork tacos. When nothing but a cold beer at a simple bar will do, make your way over to the Black Swan Pub, the resident hangout for Bard students. If there’s not a college kid in sight, they may be grabbing a slice at the brand new Two Boots Pizza (of New York City fame), located directly across from Bard’s main entrance. The contemporary Tangent Theater Company, which was created in 2000 and produces character-driven plays, moved from New York City to Tivoli three years ago in an effort to tap into local talent and the area’s rich arts environment. Before packing up, Artistic Director Michael Rhodes jotted down some notes concerning the relocation. “To go where the doors are open, the phones are answered, the possibilities are tangible…Show that talents don’t always lead to the ‘cultural nerve center,’ sometimes they migrate away from the congestion,” Rhodes wrote in 2006. Once situated at their new address, the owners knew they were exactly where they belonged. Today, Tangent produces both contemporary works and revivals of old classics, always examining the hidden corners of relationships and human behavior. Kaatsbaan, the international dance center that was founded by professional dancers, gives choreographers a place to train, experiment, and perform. Visitors can browse the retail shops and exhibition galleries. Bard College’s vast, easy-to-get-lost-on campus is home to the imaginative and dominant Richard B. Fisher Center, designed by Frank Gehry. The centers hosts Bard SummerScape, with events ranging from opera and dance to film and cabaret. The whimsical Spiegeltent holds events through August 18, including acrobats, salsa music, and DJ sets. As you pass through Rhinebeck and into Red Hook, finally making your way to Tivoli, you’ll notice that the pace gets slower by the mile. This gait is probably why so many people love spending their free time off the beaten path. Business owners will tell you the same thing: That while they have plenty of local regulars, so many customers are weekend travelers escaping the city. All three unrushed towns have figured out how to run thriving businesses without being in too much of a hurry. Everyone could use the same lesson in how to succeed and exhale simultaneously.

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EVENTS Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

LOCAL NOTABLE Mike DiGiacomio, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Air shows are every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, from mid-June to mid-October. Every weekend air show is preceded by a vintage fashion show and an old-time auto parade. On Saturdays, the show emphasizes planes from the pioneer days. On Sundays, there’s a mock-World War I dogfight in the sky.

Oblong Books & Music The Montgomery Row retailer hosts author events throughout the year. On August 11, from 4 to 6pm, Linda Hirschman will read from Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. John Kelly will give a reading from The Graves are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People on August 30.

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival Every third weekend in October (this year October 20 and 21) fiber fanatics take over the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck for two days of livestock, yarn, woven objects, spinning wheels, and all things knit and spun.

Bard SummerScape The annual SummerScape festival in July and August offers seven weeks of theater, film, opera, dance, classical music, discussions and cabaret—the latter in the glittering temple of vaudeville sin, the Spiegeltent. In addition, each year Bard selects an avatar of the classical music world, honors him or her by reviving his or her works and then builds out the schedule from there, citing the works of contemporaries, mentors, and influences. (This years features Camille Saint-Saëns.)

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck Legally Blonde: The Musical is playing through August 19 at The Center for Perming Arts at Rhinebeck. The Best of Doo Wop will be held from August 24 to the 26. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be held on August 4. Magician Derrin Berger performs on August 11. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be performed on August 18 and 25. For shows and events from September through November, visit them online at

Sinterklaas The first Saturday in December, Rhinebeckers celebrate their Dutch heritage by recreating customs that the settlers from Holland brought to the Hudson Valley 300 years ago. Enter Sinterklaas, a gent much like Father Christmas elegantly garbed in a bishop’s tall hat, red cape, shiny ring, and jeweled staff. Mounted on a white steed, Sinterklaas rides through town distributing goodies. The Sinterklaas Festival is a pageant of epic proportions, complete with parade, elaborate costumes, and music, dancing, and a hint of Old World magic.

Dutchess County Fair The Dutchess County Fair is New York’s second-largest county fair, a showplace for agriculture over 160 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass featuring thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits, and horticultural displays. This year’s fair will take place August 21 through August 26 and highlights include performances by Chubby Checker and Starship. The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival is on September 8 and 9 at the fairgrounds.

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Strapping on a leather Snoopy cap, flat flying goggles and a scarf to guide your biplane expertly over a rushing river are what dreams— or movie sets—are made of. For those who live in the Hudson Valley, though, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has made the fantasy come to life. Don’t worry—you’ll be given a more dependable helmet than a thin piece of leather, an experienced pilot will be doing the flying, and the Hudson River doesn’t exactly “rush.” The rest, though, is imagination come to life. The Aerodrome, instituted in 1959, is Cole Palen’s opus. After spending his life savings on six WWI aircrafts that were up for sale when Roosevelt Field closed in 1951, Palen laboriously moved his new treasures upstate. By the time Palen passed in 1993, his collection had grown to over 60 vehicles. Today, museum president Mike DiGiacomio is in charge of the Aerodrome’s airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, engines and memorabilia. Four buildings display aircraft from aviation’s golden years: the pioneer and barnstorming eras and WWI. Growing up with a father in the US Air Force, DiGiacomio has been around planes all his life. “Aviation’s always been one of my biggest passions,” he says. The world-renowned Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is in the vocabulary of most aviation and history buffs. The collection is truly rare—several of the planes are the last of their kind, and others are the world’s sole reproductions. As donations are made, the exhibit grows and changes. Recently, a 1940s Jeep was given to the museum. On the weekend, two distinct air shows delight all ages. Every Saturday, the History of Flight displays aircrafts from the early 1900s up to WWI, as well as ribbon cuts, acrobatics, and mock bomb drops. Sunday air shows include fireworks and pyrotechnics, dogfight simulations, and WWI replica aircraft. Aside from pure entertainment, the Aerodrome’s museum, air shows and biplane rides help people understand old time aviation and industry. “[The Aerodrome] shows the struggles of mankind and how men and women worked hard at problems and solved those problems in different ways,” DiGiacomio says. “It shows how people can persevere. Without all those struggles and all the work people did in the early 1900s, we wouldn’t have jets that fly across the country.” While it’s not an easy task to compete with iPads, iPhones, and other technology, historic aviation is fairly easy to understand. “My favorite part [of this job] is passing on the joy of flight and the excitement of it all to the younger generations,” DiGiacomio says. “Aviation back then was much more accessible and existent to the common person. A biplane could land in your backyard and take you for a ride.” Teenagers don’t have to leave all their handheld devices in the car, though. Even history-based museums have to keep up with changing times. For example, some of the displays have QR codes that you can scan with your smartphone to get a description of what you’re looking at. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Airshows and biplane rides are held every weekend through October, weather permitting. Bring along a few friends—the plane can fit up to four people.

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Dollar for Dollar Saving for Retirement in a Recession


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ith New York’s unemployment rate standing at 8.6 percent and a workforce continuing to experience stagnant wages, many individuals are forced to work for right now, as opposed to planning and saving for tomorrow. Retirement savings is not something the younger work force focuses on, but today’s financial experts opine that today’s worker must independently plan for their future. “Gone are the days of the goodbye handshake, a gold watch, and a fat pension check,” says Richard Spriggs, a financial services planner with Ulster Financial Group at Ulster Savings Bank. Spriggs said it’s never easy to convince people to save, and even harder when everyday expenses and debt accrue. Spriggs cites rising education costs as one of the main culprits causing young people to suffer debt. “The cost of education is crippling, but there is a way to start saving today through your employer’s 401(k) plan. Companies that offer a match—if you put in an amount your employer will match it—is something that people should absolutely take advantage of. A match is a 100-percent return of your money. These plans are managed by a third party and there is a lot of research available to ensure your money is safe.” Spriggs believes forming individual relationships with a financial advisors is key. “You should absolutely work with someone that wants to form a trusting relationship. A lot of companies that make big promises of financial gain view you as a depositor and not a person. In 2000, it was easy for me to help people make money, then in 2008 a lot of people’s trust got taken with regards to deceptive practices from big banks.” Dollars amd Discipline Beth Jones serves as president of Third Eye Associates, an independent firm in Red Hook specializing in individualized financial plans. She stresses the

importance of facilitating trusting relationships with clients and supported Spriggs, believing deceptive practices eroded trust within the financial world and contributed to the 2008 economic collapse. A recently published New York Times article revealed the US is building criminal cases against big banks that knowingly manipulated high-interest rates. This action followed recent inquires launched by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, an independent agency launched in 1974 with the mandate to regulate markets in the US. Jones offers her view on the 2008 collapse. “I absolutely believe the big banks knew what they were doing and I do blame the big banks for the financial collapse. I see young people today are freaked out, and I recognize this, but I reassure them they do have time to plan for retirement,” she says. Jones notes crippling education debt and predatory credit companies as financial trends she sees preoccupying today’s young work force. “Loan companies and credit card companies were knowingly being deceitful and were permitted to charge outrageous fees,” she says. “They targeted poor communities with their 45-percent interest rates. They targeted people who had no business having credit and manipulated loan rates.” Jones says that certain jobs have strict educational requirements, but many careers can be obtained without having to pursue a costly university degree and thus an individual can avoid the burdens of obtaining a loan. “When someone wants to pursue an education, I ask specific questions, like, 'How will it boost their income?', or 'What plan they have to pay for it in a long-term way?' Some loan agreements can force someone to pay back double what they borrowed when all the fees and interest rates are added in. I fully believe that the loan business in itself is a racket, and I urge people to be cautious when entering a loan agreement. Loan companies knew the large amounts of borrowed money were basically guaranteed by the federal 8/12 ChronograM money & investing 59

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401 O-K As banks seek to rebuild from the financial collapse, many if not all offer virtual banking with options to begin a high-yield savings account. On the surface, this may offer a young saver the chance to start a hassle-free retirement account, but Jones and Spriggs agreed that initial interest rates are a tease, with many offers coming with stipulations that can be detrimental to a client. “Read the fine print, the devil is in the details,” says Jones. “One client brought me an offer from American Express and the fine print only offered the rate for one month and many were not FDIC insured.You have to have FDIC insurance. If they don’t, it is not guaranteed and you don’t know what they’re doing with your money.” The restoration of trust within the financial world is compounded by pressures to keep expenses and bills current, while also maintaining basic needs. Michael Passante, a certified financial planner with Focused Wealth Management agrees that trust is something that takes a great deal of time to build, and a financial plan’s success is totally reliant on the strength of it. “Rebuilding confidence takes a great deal of hands on interaction with clients.The Certified Financial Planner Board [CFP] has gone to considerable lengths in attempting to educate investors on red flags that could indicate fraudulent activities. In the CFP Board’s consumer guide to financial selfdefense, which I make available to clients, it states that 60 percent of CFP certificates know a victim of fraud or abuse at the hands of another advisor. Educating clients on how to spot these red flags promotes trust and helps them move forward with their financial lives.” Sharing the views of Jones and Spriggs, Passante praises 401(k) savings plans and equated them to a pay raise. “Anyone who has an employer match in their 401k should be taking advantage of it. Ignoring a match simply for the sake of not contributing to a 401(k) is essentially the same as ignoring a pay raise. This is money paid to you by an employer, the only difference is that it’s not taxed if it goes into a 401(k).” All agreed that a 401(k) is a smart option for an individual looking to begin saving, but what recourse would a low-income worker have if he or she has severe financial constraints? “That can be a difficult situation to handle. Obviously, lower wages can cause individuals and families to go through stressful periods in life. Saving for retirement is growing more and more important. Sometimes you can find ways to change spending habits, but in today’s difficult economy that isn’t always the case,” says Passante. Jones agrees that the current economy is “sluggish” but remained optimistic that with careful research and discipline, a young individual can start saving today. “You have to be able to adapt when things change. The young people that do come to me for advice, they want to have some kind of idea how things will go in the future and I applaud that. Once you start training yourself to save, you find out that you can do it and I encourage them to start small,” she says. RESOURCES Focused Wealth Management Third Eye Associates Ulster Financial Group



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Top: Installation view of “Return To Rattle Snake Mountain,” including work by Robin Williams, Lucy Davis Phillips, and Amanda Lechner Above: Hope Soap, Nic Rad and Adam Wissing, 2012 Left: Truth (Hand Mirror, 21 colors), Moza Saracho, 2011 Opposite top: Three, Jason Mitcham, 2011 Opposite middle: Impossible Cloud, Alex Yudzon, 2011 Opposite lower left: Custom Canes, Fisher/Leonard, 2011 Opposite lower right: Beckoning Side to Side and Turned Away, Karl LaRocca aka Kayrock, 2012

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Run of the Mill “I am an omnivore when it comes to art,” says Eve Biddle—and she proves it. The Wassaic Project, which she co-founded, offers a free weekend festival of dance, film, music, and visual art from August 3 to 5—inside a seven-story grain elevator! “Return to Rattlesnake Mountain” is the title of the art show, which includes painting, video, sculpture, and drawings, plus interactive work like Man Bartlett’s “#RunOfTheMill,” which plans to create an “invented history” of the festival while it occurs. Each year, the Wassaic Project features at least two guest-curated shows. “Clean Up,” selected by Anne Huntington, includes Hope Soap, a sculpture of the word “hope” in large white letters, leaning against two contiguous walls by Nic Rad and Adam Wissing. An outdoor installation, with sculpture, video, and interactive art, will be unveiled at the summer festival. Over 100 visual artists in all will participate, including more than 50 former artistsin-residence at Wassaic. Twenty-five hundred visitors attended the festival last year. The walls of Maxon Mills (the former grain elevator) are exposed wood, not the blank whiteness of a typical gallery, which means a white object is highly visible, like Ghost by Kelly Goff, a cone-shaped papier-mâché tent whose apex appears to have been eaten by moths. The mill—which once manufactured animal feed—has room for extremely large work, but the gallery spaces also allow small pieces to be shown. The porch of Maxon Mills is the stage for six dance performances, including one by the sinuous Maré Hieronimus. Nearby, Luther Barn, once an auction house, now hosts the film festival, which offers selections of contemporary shorts. “We’re trying to catch bands on their way up,” says music director Scott Anderson. One of last year’s performers, Elle King, was just named to Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List.” This year’s future stars may include Falu, a fluent Indian singer who performed at a state dinner for President Obama, and Victoire, a Brooklyn-based female quintet which plays triumphant opera-techno. At night, the music is performed in a natural grassy amphitheater centered on the Luther Barn. The backdrop of the stage is the barn’s classic slate roof, installed in 1875. All the arts reflect each other. Dancers “draw” shapes with their legs. Films are composed of thousands of sequential photographs. Musicians playing their instruments perform minute dances. At a festival like Wassaic’s, one can see the hidden connections between artforms. Eve Biddle and Bowie Barnett-Zunino met at Williams College in 2000 and began collaborating on art. In 2005, Bowie’s father bought the Maxon Mills building, which had been condemned, and began restoring it. After the work was finished, Bowie and Eve suggested a music and art fair. Tony Zunino agreed, and the first Wassaic Festival took place in 2008 for one weekend. The next year, the art exhibit was extended for the entire summer. In 2010, a residency program was added for artists, writers, and musicians. The history of the Wassaic Project has overlapped with the recession, which forced young artists to jettison their dreams of instant glory. Most of the money for unknown contemporary art dried up. Installation artists began using cheaper materials, and the need for community was greater than ever. “Because our buildings are spread out through the town, the town really plays host to the festival,” observes Biddle. “To us, our community is like gold.” The food at the festival is all local, sourced within 25 miles. The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is free, and will take place August 3-5 at Maxon Mills in Wassaic. Camping is available on-site. (347) 815-0783; —Sparrow

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An untitled photograph of a kaolin mine in central Georgia by Robin Dana, from “Watershed: How Industry Has Changed the Water of the World,” at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, August 4 through September 2.



475 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON 338-2035. “Philip Hardy Recent Paintings.” Through August 25.

1601 ROUTE 9D, GARRISON-ON-HUDSON 424-3960. “Current.” Summer sculpture exhibition. Through October 8.



69 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2650. “Ricky Powell Photography: Ricky at 50...A Zooted Retrospective.” Through September 3.

38 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA 688-5490. “Lucinda Knaus: New Paintings.” Through August 12.



47 E. MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 876-7774. “Lynn Margileth: Encaustic Works.” Through September 7.

622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Avedisian: Paintings and Drawings.” Featuring works by the late Edward Avedisian. Through August 12.

ANN STREET GALLERY 104 ANN STREET, NEWBURGH 784-1146. “Dmitri Kasterine: People and Places 1955-2011.” Through September 8.

THE ART AND ZEN GALLERY 702 FREEDOM PLAINS ROAD, POUGHKEEPSIE 473-3334. “Works by Ilga Ziemins-Kurens.” Through August 31.


CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STreet, WOODSTOCK 679-9957. “Doubles, Dualities, and Doppelgangers.” Through September 9.

clark art institute 225 south street, williamstown, massachusetts (413) 458-2303. “Unearthed: Recent Archeological Discoveries from Northrn China.” Through October 21.

60 MAIN STreet, PHOENICIA 688-2142. “Abstract Realism.” Solo room shows: Charles Chamot and Rich Morris. August 18-September 9. “Visual History: A Group Show.” Solo room shows: Lynn Fliegel, Liz Smith and Robert Ricard. Through August 12.




442 MAIN STREET, BEACON 418-4840. “Roots.” Works by Leah Duncan. Through August 9.

1 NORTH FRONT STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4417. “Photographs of England and Italy.” Solo show by Alan Reich. Through September 15.

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209 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 671-6213. “Poets and Painters.” A visual and literary exhibition that will showcase poems that were the inspiration for artwork. Through September 14.

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Civil Official and Military Official, three-colored lead glazed earthenware, Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). Unearthed 1965, tomb at Yejiabao, Qin’an County, Gansu Province, courtesy of the Gansu Provincial Museum, Lanzhou. “Unearthed: Recent Archeological Discoveries from Northern China” is on display at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts through October 21.

CR10 283 COUNTY ROUTE 10, LINLITHGO “Enter.” Inaugural group show. Through August 19.

davis orton GALLERY 114 Warren street, hudson (518) 697-0266. Photographs by Karen Halverson, Stephen Strom, and Robin Dana. August 4-September 2. Opening Saturday, August 14, 6pm-8pm.

DOG HOUSE GALLERY 429 PHILLIPS ROAD, SAUGERTIES 246-0402. “Meredith Rosier Presents: The Drawing Galaxy.” Through August 5.

DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STREET, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Journeys, Near and Far.” Anita DeFina-Hadley, photography. August 4-25. Opening Saturday, August 4, 5pm-7pm.

EMERSON RESORT PHOENIX RESTAURANT AND BANQUET ROOM 5340 RouTe 28, Mount TREMPER (877) 688-2828. “Mercedes Cecilia Art Exhibition: The Color of Water.” Thursday-Sunday, 4pm-10pm through September.


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105 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-1894. “Moved By Summer.” New watercolors by Doreen Pagano Halsall and Wendie Garber. Through August 26.

GALERIE BMG 12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027. “The Liminal Portrait.” Richard Edelman. August 11-October 8. Opening Saturday, August 11, 5pm-7pm “Reconstructions.” Charles Grogg. August 24-October 8. Opening Saturday, September 8, 5pm-7pm

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621 warren STREET, hudson (518) 828-1677. “Electric Blossom.” Torkil Gudnason. Through August 24.

GALLERY ARTS GUILD 342 MAIN STREET, LAKEVILLE, ConnecticuT (860) 596-4298. “Landscapes, Landscapes, Landscapes.” David Dunlop, Carolyn Edlund, Victor Leger. Through September 9.

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (800) 817-1137. “A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA.” Through October 28.


HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART BARD COLLEGE, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON 758-7598. “From 199A to 199B: Liam Gillick.” Through December 21.

HUDSON BEACH GLASS 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. “Works by Alison Palmer and Gail Cunningham.” Sculpture, paper works, and cyanotypes. Through August 5.


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288 WALL STREET, KINGSTON 338-1300. “A Summer Feast.” Paintings by Virginia Giordano and Jennifer Leighton. Through August 31.

IMOGEN HOLLOWAY GALLERY 81 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES (347) 387-3212. “Yellow Makes a Sound.” New paintings by Meg Lipke and Jack Davidson. August 3-September 2. Opening Friday, August 3, 6pm-9pm

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. A group show with Linnea Paskow, Priscilla Derven, Lisa Sanders, Brenda Goodman, Leonid Lerman, and Louise Fishman. Through August 12. A group show with Alison Fox, Deirdre Swords, JJ Manford, Maria Walker, and Stephen Reynolds. August 16-September 9. Opening Saturday, August 18, 6pm-8pm

KIERSTED HOUSE 119 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES 246-9529. “Tenth Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Anniversary Exhibit.” August 4-26. Opening Saturday, August 4, 5pm-7pm

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Beautiful Garbage.” Art made out of or directly inspired by garbage by Josh Blackwell, Tasha Depp, Amy Mahnick, Shari Mendelson, Christy Rupp, Ilene Sunshine and Kristen Wicklund. Through August 12. “Three Points Determine a Circle.” Photographer Lucas Blalock; painter, James Hyde; sculptor Fabienne Lasserre. August 17-October 7. Opening Saturday, August 18, 4pm-6pm

LOOK|ART GALLERY 988 SOUTH LAKE BouleVarD, MAHOPAC . “Works by Dina Herrmann and Sherry Mayo.” August 1-26. Opening Saturday, August 4, 6pm-8pm

MARK GRUBER GALLERY NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241 “Hudson Valley Views.” Through September 4.

MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL 6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-6670. “Studio Selects.” Paintings, sculptures and photographs by Robert Hite. August 6-September 26. Opening Saturday, August 18, 5pm-7pm

MOUNT TREMPER ARTS 647 South PLANK ROAD, MOUNT TREMPER 688-9893. “Meeting Point.” A multi-disciplinary collaboration between sound artists, photographers, writers and visual artists. Curated by Boru O’Brien O’Connell. Through August 12.

ORIOLE 9 17 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-5763. “Ellen Miret: Glass Artist.” Through August 14.

THE PAINTERS ART GALLERY 1109 MAIN STREET, FLEISCHMANNS (347) 204-5833. “Discreet Aspects of the Whole.” Photography by Paul Savage. Through August 5.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Inflections: Looking Beyond Color.” Paintings by Ellen Lewis. Through August 5.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ 257-3844. “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012.” Through November 4. “Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York.” August 29-December 16. “Russel Wright: The Nature of Design.” August 29-March 10.

THE SMALL GALLERY AT VALLEY ARTISANS MARKET 25 EAST MAIN STREET, CAMBRIDGE (518) 677-2765. “Beauty’s Where You Find It.” Photographs by Diana Spencer. Through August 14. “Studies and Contemplations: Oil Paintings by Berta Burr.” August 24-September 18. Opening Saturday, August 25, 3pm-5pm

STANMEYER GALLERY 1286 MONTEREY ROAD, WEST OTIS, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 854-3799. “Fragile Landscapes.” Photographs by John Stanmeyer and carvings by Ken Packie . Through September 3.

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STORM KING ART CENTER OLD PLEASANT HILL ROAD, MOUNTAINVILLE 534-3115. “Light and Landscape.” Through November 25.

TEAM LOVE RAVENHOUSE GALLERY 11 CHURCH STREET, NEW PALTZ “Every Player is a Star: Will Johnson’s Baseball Paintings.” Through September 7.

THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Summer Blues.” Group show featuring 13 artists. Through September 2.

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

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UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482. “Evening Song: Dusk to Dawn.” Through August 18.

UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “14th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.” Through October 31.

WARWICK VALLEY FINANCIAL ADVISORS 65 MAIN STREET, WARWICK 981-7300. “High Note.” A music themed art exhibit featuring Hal Gaylor’s Jazz Portraits and other local artists. August 15-September 28. Opening Wednesday, August 15, 6pm-9pm

WILDERSTEIN PRESERVATION RHINEBECK 876-4818. “Modern Sculpture & the Romantic Landscape.” Contemporary outdoor sculptures. Through October 31.

WIRED GALLERY 103 MAIN STREET, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. “Group Show.” Stuart Bigley, Josh Finn, April Warren, Kathi Robinson Frank, Lynne Friedman, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Bobbi Esmark. September 1-October 28. Opening Saturday, September 1, 5pm-8pm

WOLFGANG GALLERY 40 RAILROAD AVENUE, MONTGOMERY 769-7446. “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Featuring Bernard Carver. Through August 4.

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Here’s What You Do, Jack Davidson, oil on linen. Davidson’s paintings will be on display at the Imogen Holloway Gallery in Saugerties August 3 through September 2.

Music Rust Never Sleeps Kris Perry’s “Machines” Project By Peter Aaron Photographs by Fionn Reilly

Top: One of Kris Perry’s unnamed “Machines,” which uses an embedded speaker to rattle loose ball bearings over its steel surface. Lower left: Perry stands in front of an instrument/sculpture that features a massive mounted bass drum. Lower right: “The Inspection Tank” is outfitted with interior contact mikes to amplify its bubbling sounds.

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lank! Boing! Clang! Your music editor and a handful of others are standing in a cavernous furniture factory building on the City of Hudson’s waterfront.We’re pushing buttons. We’re flipping switches. We’re operating giant machinery. Hulking, heavy apparatuses that definitely mean business. Bing! Bong! Grrrind! The din of production is loud. But we’re not making tables and chairs. We’re making music. The imposing equipment in here was built from cast-off industrial gear by artist Kris Perry, and forms a series of motorized and pneumatically and hydraulically powered sound-producing sculptures. Besides the two of us, tonight’s crew of controllers includes singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins, performer-inventor Brian Dewan, and musicians John Rosenthal and Gideon Crevoshay. Transparently titled “Machines,” the project encompasses 15 fully operational pieces that use booming percussion, lowfrequency vibration, and vacuum-blown pipes to fill the space with a sturm und drang not heard since the years when American plants were in ’round-the-clock overdrive as they cranked out tanks and battleships used to fight the Axis.There’s “The Comparator,” a waist-high cylinder originally used in a precision parts-measuring system and now outfitted with a speaker that vibrates attached bass guitar strings. “The Inspection Tank” is topped with a large, red-lit glass globe that came from a local dairy purification operation; filled with air-churned water, it uses contact mikes to amplify its bubbling sounds. “Major Tom” is comprised of three drums fashioned from propane tanks, with individual robotic beaters attached just above the drumheads. (“Two of the heads are steel, but one was too tinny,” says Perry. “So I covered it with hide from a goat that had been raised and slaughtered by a farmer friend.”) Looming supreme over the whole arsenal is one of its several unnamed members, a colossal, rust-covered burial oil tank suspended by chains from a tripod of 12-foot I-beams. With an internally mounted microphone it acts as a hanging reverb chamber, relaying the echoes of sounds piped in from outside. Obviously there’s been quite a bit of thought, sweat, time, and muscle put into these crazed retro-futuristic monoliths. What the heck inspired such ambitious madness? “A lot of it comes from being here, in this industrial neighborhood,” Perry explains, referencing the surrounding landscape; once a busy port and manufacturing center, the majority of its massive brick structures and commercial engines have long stood silent and decaying. “This building used to be one of the biggest furniture factories in the world, the L.B. Empire company. I liked the idea of doing something that references America’s industrial past and also brings a new, whole other life into all this junk that’s just been lying around, some of it left over from more than 100 years ago. And there’s definitely a rhythm to this environment. Down here it can seem like it’s deserted and nothing’s happening anymore, but you have the trains running by every 20 or 30 minutes, ‘Clickity-clack, clickity-clack.’” Perry, 29, comes from “a big, complicated family” in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he bounced between his textile artist mother’s home in Petaluma and his carpenter father’s place in the East Bay. “It was good in that I had this duality of environments,” recalls the artist, whose wiry frame and weathered fedora give him the look of a 1930s roustabout. “My mom’s house was in farmland, pretty much, and where my dad lived was more densely populated.” His father got him working with his hands from a young age, and his mechanical inclinations came early as well. “I’ve always been interested in finding out how things work,” he says. “I’d take my remote control cars apart and then put them back together. Even now, if I pick up a pen or something I’ll take it apart, just to see how it’s made.” At 13, these interests and one in bicycle motocross got Perry a job at a bike shop that produced high-end custom frames, where he was introduced to the art of metalworking. He entered trade school initially for electrical training (“I worked as an electrician for a while, but that was boring.”), and eventually enrolled in welding and metallurgy classes. Next came the California College of Arts, where he studied printmaking and drawing under illustrator Charles “Chuck” Pyle and focused heavily on metal sculpture. He worked at Don Rich’s famed foundry and studio in Berkely before starting his own studio, Artistic Metalworks, which specialized in assembling pieces for other artists. By 2007, though, his gears were pulling him East. “I really wanted to get out of Oakland at that point, and I came out to visit some friends who run a CSA near Hudson,” Perry says. “I fell in love with the area and decided to move here. I figured the train access to New York would be good for marketing my work down there, but actually I’ve gotten more caught up in being Upstate than I’d expected.” In 2010 Perry opened his current studio, Fantastic Fabrication, in a space he shares with a vegetable fuel oil-processing business, and has since done custom work for such clients as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Oberlin College. Part of what drew Perry to Hudson was its strong community of artists and galleries, a scene that also includes many musicians. And it was his interactions with the latter that, along with his studio’s location, sparked the idea for “Machines.” “I’ve always loved music, even though I have no musical background myself whatsoever,” says Perry. “But a lot of my friends here are musicians, so I wanted to do something that would create a dialogue between what they do and what I do.” Initially, however, he was unsure about undertaking such a laborious, large-scale project. It was one of his Hudson musician friends, bassist Tommy Stinson, who encouraged him to go for it. “What Kris is doing is mixing art in several different formats together,” says Stinson, a founder of alt-rock legends the Replacements and a current member of both Guns ’N

Roses and Soul Asylum. “It’s something I think is really exciting.” (Stinson was profiled in the February 2012 issue of Chronogram.) So the wheels were in motion.To raise the considerable funds needed for the project, Perry launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and procured grants from several arts organizations and private donors. What followed were months of scouring scrap yards and auctions for components, an effort that culminated with an expedition early this year to an Ohio company specializing in marketing the disused equipment of now-closed auto plants and other factories. (It’s interesting to note that the exodus of so many older industries from the Rust Belt has given rise to another type of industry, one run by those who deal in selling off the tons of manufacturing jetsam left behind when American jobs began to go overseas in the 1980s.) As influences on “Machines” Perry cites the work of French Dadaist and Surrealist Marcel Duchamp and Swiss kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely, as well as two San Francisco-area artists, trailblazing composer and instrument maker Harry Partch and Mark Pauline, whose industrial performance art group Survival Research Laboratories has been terrorizing the art world via its flame-shooting robots and similar “dangerous and disturbing mechanical presentations since 1979.” “I met Mark when I lived Oakland,” Perry says. “I went to shake hands with him and it startled me—I didn’t know he’d had most of his right hand blown off in a rocket fuel experiment in 1982.” With an August 10 performance at his studio’s neighboring Basilica Hudson arts center as the target date, Perry began assembling the pieces for “Machines.” “There’s a dialogue that coincides with the machines,” explains the artist. “The project has an aesthetic that speaks to early inventions of the Industrial Revolution, but the machines themselves are made possible by the decline of industrialism from this country. I never have any preconceived designs before I go out looking for the parts, I more or less let the stuff I find inspire what it becomes.” As he toiled to perfect his creations Perry took input from musicians, holding open jams on Tuesday nights (like the one described at the beginning of this article) to try out his work. At the early sessions the machines were accompanied with electric guitar and bass and a traditional drum kit, but those instruments were gradually phased out as more and more of Perry’s pieces took their places. Along with Stinson and the other names above, one of the long-time road-testers at the sessions has been Catskill’s Brian Dewan, an accomplished maker of offbeat instruments himself. “It’s always exciting trying to get to know and tune into the properties of any instrument, whether it’s a standardized instrument or not,” says Dewan, who was profiled in the January 2009 issue of Chronogram and with his cousin, Leon Dewan, designs, assembles, and markets the pair’s Dewanatron analog synthesizers. “I like that Kris’s machines are so minimal in what they’re built to do, it sort of forces you to be more creative when you’re playing them. Mostly they’re percussive, or about certain noises being dispatched at particular times. There are some that are more melodic, though, like the organ-like instrument he built that uses shop vacs to blow air through these thin vertical pipes. Right now, he’s making a much bigger organ using some actual church organ pipes he got from a salvage place.” The Basilica performance will open “Metal Machine Music,” the first evening of the two-night Basilica Music Festival, which is being co-sponsored by indie arbiter Pitchfork magazine and will culminate with a headlining set from the acclaimed Brooklyn black metal band Liturgy. Plans include the recording of the “Machines” performance for a CD awarded to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. “[The performance] should last about an hour,” says Perry. “The [compositional] pieces we’ll be playing are about five to ten minutes each, and aren’t really defined or song-like. Generally speaking, each one is kind of loosely structured to highlight a particular machine. The whole aspect of me as a non-musician collaborating with these professional musicians has ended up creating this great exchange. I’ve gotten a bit of a feel for how music is made, and they’ve really gotten interested in metalwork. Some of the guys have come down to learn about what I do and have even helped with the fabrication.” So what happens after the Hudson gig? The sheer logistics of taking a show of this edificial scale on the road would seem to present a problem. After all, one can’t really stuff everything in the back of a van a la your average touring band. “It’s not that easy, but it’s definitely still doable,” Perry maintains. “All I’d need is a semi, and a forklift on each end of the move.What I’d like to do is take it to other regional places for a performance and extended exhibit. I think MassMOCA [in North Adams, Massachusetts] would be the perfect venue. It’s a reappropriated factory site, so the concept of these reclaimed machines coming from old factories would fit right in there.” But right about now it’s quittin’ time. We exit Perry’s yawning space as the five o’clock whistle blows. A train nearby answers with its own shrill whistle, as it rolls out of the station and heads down the track. Clickity-clack, clickity-clack… The Basilica Music Festival, in association with Pitchfork, features Kris Perry’s “Machines” followed by Liturgy and solo performances by Mick Barr, C. Lavender, and Brian Dewan and DJ sets from Rainbow in the Dark on August 10 at 9pm. Starting at 9pm on August 11, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, and other acts will perform in conjunction with an afternoon DJ chillout set by Blazer S.S. and “Suggested Destination,” a visual art show with work by William Stone, Pia Dehne, Jim Krewson, and others.Tickets are $15 each night or $25 for a full weekend package. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit 8/12 ChronograM music 71

nightlife highlights Handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.

East of Venus/the Million Pities August 4. East of Venus’s lineup reads like a Hoboken post-punk all-star team: singer and guitarist Glenn Mercer and drummer Stan Demeski of the Feelies, bassist (and Accord resident) Rob Norris of the Bongos, and guitarist Michael Carlucci of Winter Hours. The foursome shares Carlucci with fellow Jersey outfit the Million Pities, which also has ex-members of ’80s folk-rockers the Vestrymen. In a rare Upstate double-header, the two bands make a visit to Market Market. (Tributon night covers Talking Heads and David Byrne August 11; the Bongos’ Richard Barone beats it out August 24.) 8pm. $10. Rosendale. (845) 658-3164;

Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Celebration August 12. Woodstock’s legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette was proudly profiled in the December 2010 issue of Chronogram. As the former Miles Davis sideman hits his seventh decade, the Bearsville Theater honors his invaluable contributions to jazz with an evening headlined by his one-time student and Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington’s quartet and features such well wishers as Don Byron, Sheila Jordan, Greg Osby, and others. Prior to the concert is a benefit dinner for food-relief organization the Queens Galley with music by vocalist Teri Roiger, bassist John Menegon, and guitarist Mike DiMicco. (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood crows August 24; the Smithereens explode August 25.) Dinner 6pm; concert 7:30pm. Dinner and concert: $55; concert only $30. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406;

Jonathan Toubin’s New York Night Train Soul Clap Dance Party August 18. It’s been a hell of a year for Jonathan Toubin. In December 2011, the DJ who’d rescued the city from techno/house music hell by spinning tough vintage soul and garage rock 45s at his popular New York Night Train happenings, was asleep in a Portland, Oregon, motel room when a taxicab crashed through the wall, pinning him underneath. But after several operations, numerous benefit events, and much physical therapy, Toubin returned to the decks in May, and now he’s bringing his Soul Clap Dance Party, featuring a live set by Five Dollar Priest (with Grasshopper of Mercury Rev) and a dance contest judged by yours truly and others, to BSP Lounge. (It’s Not Night: It’s Space rocks August 2; Team Love Records’ New Paltz compilation album release gets celebrated August 24.) 8pm. $5. Kingston. (845) 481-5158;

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Free Concerts Year-round Music Under The Stars: West Point’s Trophy Point Amphitheatre Jazz Knights: Dancing Under the Stars Sunday, August 5 — 7:30 p.m. Free Dance Lesson: 7:00 p.m. Concert Band: Night at the Movies Sunday, August 12 — 7:30 p.m. Jazz Knights: Beatles Legacy Sunday, August 19 — 7:30 p.m. Concert Band: Super Heroes featuring members of the Japan Ground Forces Band Sunday, August 26 — 7:30 p.m. Labor Day Celebration & Fireworks Display The Hellcats: Retreat Ceremony Jazz Knights: “Latin Night” feat. Claudio Roditi Concert Band: 150th Anniv. of the Civil War Sunday, Sept. 2 — 6:00 p.m. Rain Date: Sept. 3

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Personal World Music August 18. Guitar whiz and SUNY New Paltz professor Mark Dziuba has studied and worked with greats like Pat Matino, Tal Farlow, George Garzone, John Scofield, and many others. One of the area’s top talents, Dziuba is a versatile player who dabbles in many styles but shines brightest in his main medium of jazz. Here, his newest project, the trio Personal World Music, plays cafe and jazz hot spot Jack and Luna’s. The band also includes bassist Jim Donica (Maynard Ferguson, John Handy, Joe Strummer) and the venue’s owner, drummer Chris Bowman (Jane Ira Bloom, Badal Roy, Bern Nix). (Donica and Bowman also perform August 4 with saxophonist Woody Witt and guitarist Eric Wollman.) 7:30pm. $10. Stone Ridge. (845) 687-9794;

Women’s Music Summit August 27-31. Part of Full Moon Resort’s ongoing Music Masters Camps series, the inaugural Women’s Music Summit offers master classes, workshops, discussions, seminars, Q&A and jam sessions, and performances by bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, guitarist Kaki King, bassist and vocalist Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole), guitarist Marnie Stern, singer-songwriter and guitarist Malina Moye, and guitarist Bibi McGill (Pink, Beyonce). With a focus on guitar, bass, voice, keyboards, drums, songwriting, business and promotion, health and yoga, and more, packages include on-site camping or room accommodations. (Three of a Perfect Pair Music Camp, with King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Pat Mastelotto, runs August 20-24; Mickey Hart’s Camp Mysterium happens September 3-6.) See website for rates and schedule. Big Indian. (845) 254-5771;

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David Crone Group

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The New York Swing Exchange 7:00 PM - 9 PM on the Village Green

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The Gabriele Tranchina Quintet with Bobby Sanabria and Joe Vincent Tranchina


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2 SHOWS at 8 PM and 9:30 PM $15 at Coquito, Julius Pastorious and Friends Call 845.544.2790 11 PM at Eddies Roadhouse for reservations

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cd reviews Brian Patneaude All Around Us (2012, WEPA Records)

It takes moxie for an artist to negotiate between what work of his will sell for its convention and what will be celebrated for its originality and meaning. Brian Patneaude composed six of the eight pieces for All Around Us and takes his chances by not following the prescription to cling too hard to standards (for fear of little to no radio airplay). Pshaw! Recorded at Cotton Hill Studios in Albany with keyboardist David CaldwellMason, acoustic bassist Mike Delprete, and percussionist Danny Whelchel, Patneaude has produced a most relaxed yet adventurous release, tempered all the while to his robust sound on tenor saxophone. The opener, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lake Timeless,â&#x20AC;? feels weightless and free as the melodic line is levitated by the rhythm section. The quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool version of saxophonist Wayne Shorterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jujuâ&#x20AC;? is ripe with delight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aimless Antithesisâ&#x20AC;? has an edgy yet rollicking appeal to it, as Caldwell-Mason keeps up with Patneaude by laying down one soulful line after another. The odd-metered â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invitationâ&#x20AC;? has an off-kilter sensation, but sit with it long enough and it swings into place, especially with Caldwell-Mason on a Fender Rhodes keyboard. Look and listen no further for your summertime aural fixation: All Around Us is it. This month Patneaude will perform with his quartet, duo, trio, and other ensembles at spots close to his home in Scotia, like the Van Dyck in Schenectady and Athos in Albany. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

Life in a Blender Homewrecker Spoon (2012, Fang Records)

Do you remember Dirk Hamilton? Chances are, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re old enough to recall the Indiana-born songwriter youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of him or of his brilliant, unjustly obscure albums like Alias I and Meet Me at the Crux. Hamilton specialized in smart, smart-ass records peppered with ethnic grooves, sweet horn charts, and his own chameleonic voice. Life in A Blenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Don Ralph has a similarly nimble instrument, and he also shares a bent for satire and street corner soul. The band also includes Phoenicia bassist Mark Lerner, and its latest album, Homewrecker Spoon, finds Ralph hinting at Hamilton, as well as Tom Waits, Danny Elfman, and even Gang of Fourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jon King. Unfortunately, for every joy like the title track or â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Juiciest Plumâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;which rides by on a kissable Detroit arrangement by the Colony Collapse Hornsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there is a misstep like the melodically bland, mem-ish â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sean Connery.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rain Makes Me Thirstyâ&#x20AC;? starts like an outtake from Waitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Years, before inexplicably segueing into the Bee Gees and Yvonne Elliman by way of Ralph Stanley. (Don Ralph actually sings â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Have You.â&#x20AC;?) The good news is that his voice often makes him sound smarter than the lyrics, with the lightweight â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Goes Too Fastâ&#x20AC;? being a prime example. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend too much time worrying over the words, Homewrecker Spoon will sound just fine sparking out of your car speakers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Michael Ec

Tigeriss Everybody Wins! (2011, Independent)

Even though this collection of 12 eclectic, layered, danceable rock tunes was released in October, it sounds as though it was made to be the soundtrack to the summer of 2012. The New Paltz-Rosendale band, formerly known as Tiger Piss, has managed to execute a consistently exciting debut full length that is both steak and sizzle. The power trio plays off multiple sonic strengths while delivering music that grabs you off the couch while you shake your fists and hips. As she does with rockabilly quartet the Champtones and her myriad other projects, singer and bassist Lara Hope has an undeniable presence. The full range of her vocal talents are on display on Everybody Wins!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the menacing tommy gun delivery on the opener, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Full Moon,â&#x20AC;? and the R&B/country vulnerability of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Able to Sleepâ&#x20AC;? are notable. Danny Mark Asisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitars are razor sharp, with short, furious riffs that are by turns anthemic and angular. Drummer Rev Kev co-powers the constant motion of the attack. Special kudos to the joint production of Tigeriss and Paul Caraballo. The sound is clean and immediate while yielding plenty of nuances, like the multi-tracked vocals and echoes of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Murders Tango,â&#x20AC;? a particular standout. No one can accuse the band of relying on cliched material either, not when Tigeriss is charging through â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle of Anne Bonny,â&#x20AC;? about a colorful 18th-century Irish pirate. Tigeriss has spread the word on several DIY-style tours, and is hitting the Midwest this month. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jeremy Schwartz


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FATHER KNOWS WORST Greg Olear Puts New Paltz on the Literary Map By Nina Shengold Photograph by Roy Gumpel

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lert the blogosphere: Greg Olear has been seen outside New Paltz with no kids in tow. The author of Fathermucker (Harper, 2011), a snortingly funny paean to the trials of stay-at-home parenting, is enjoying a midday beer, Palais Burger, and fries at Rosendale’s Market Market. “They have ketchup to die for,” he says, dredging a French fry. “I’m usually a Heinz guy, but this is homemade.” His cell phone rings, and he picks it up, checking the screen. It’s his agent. “I’ll call back later,” he says with a cryptic smile. This is a heady time for Olear (whose surname, he hastens to clarify, is not Irish and has no apostrophe). His 2009 debut novel Totally Killer, a black-comic take on the cutthroat capitalism of the ‘90s, has been optioned for a TV series; Bret Easton Ellis, whose novel American Psycho epitomized Bush-era rapacity, is writing the pilot. “I’m completely not involved, but he’s the one person on earth I trust to do it,” Olear beams, adding that his personal fantasy cast would include Sharon Stone as the head of a murderous personnel agency. “That would totally make my head explode.” Olear is wearing a gray t-shirt with a faded Los Angeles logo, cargo shorts, and brown sneakers.With his side-parted hair, retro glasses, and bemused expression, he seems caught in a time-warp where East Village hipster meets stay-at-home dad. The same could be said for Fathermucker’s hyper-observant, wry narrator. The novel unspools on a single, high-pressure day in the life of Josh Lansky, sometime screenwriter and full-time dad of two high-maintenance preschoolers. At a morning playdate in somebody’s New Paltz McMansion, one of the mothers suggests that Josh’s wife (who’s away on a business trip) may be cheating on him. Before he can ask for details, he’s embroiled in a series of crises familiar to anybody who’s ever changed Pampers. As the long day lurches from meltdown to babysitting disaster to pumpkin patch field trip, Josh tortures himself by imagining screenplay scenes in which every available male becomes her possible lover. It’s the most writing he’s done in months. Recently, there’s been interest in optioning Fathermucker for television (might this have something to do with the mysterious call from the agent?) Olear says a fantasy cast for this project “may be a bit close to home. Though for Josh, if it’s me, I would want to get the best-looking actor around.” Is it him? Yes and no. “The novel is a novel—it enables you, by stretching facts and changing things dramatically, to arrive at a different place.” At the same time, he admits, “It’s very close to me. Not the infidelity, but the kids.” Though most of its characters (including a libidinous mommy who functions as an X-rated Cat in the Hat) are fictional—Olear’s real-life wife, rock singer turned grad student Stephanie St. John, doesn’t crisscross the country on business trips—the Lansky kids are closely based on Olear’s son and daughter. “Often in books the kids are not real. What I was hoping to achieve was to make the kids fully realized characters.” They certainly are. Three-year-old Maude is “a 30-pound freight train,” strongwilled and prone to theatrics. Roland, the “pre-K sphinx,” is obsessed with architecture, poring over The Field Guide to American Houses and lighting websites; he can rattle off all 50 states in alphabetical order. “There are people who just make good characters, you know?” Olear says. “You meet someone and think, that guy belongs in a book. My son is one of those people. Not because he has Asperger’s, he just is.” The compassionate insider view of a child on the autism spectrum is one of Fathermucker’s particular strengths. From the novel: “Head in the clouds is the Asperger’s cliche, but with Roland, a better analogy is that he’s underwater, swimming contentedly around the fishbowl of his mind, like one of those large aquatic mammals that only has to come up for air every two hours or so, but does not try to engage, any more than a dolphin would interpose in a conversation between two Sea World employees.” Olear observes of his “Aspie” son Dominick, “There will be a point at which he knows he has this. Maybe he already does, but we’ve never discussed it. So I’m sensitive to his privacy. But I also want to shed light.” He bristles at misconceptions stemming from Mark Haddon’s 2003 bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: “He helped establish and perpetuate an extremely negative stereotype about Asperger’s. He calls this ‘writing fiction.’ I call it ‘being an asshole.’” Olear hopes that his children, now six and eight, will read Fathermucker when they have kids of their own. “It’s like a time capsule. It’s fiction to some degree, but these are the shows they watched, things they said.” Writing it made him feel closer to his own father, an insurance adjuster who was just 23 when his first son was born. A second followed four years later; their mom taught fifth grade. The Olear family lived in Madison, New Jersey, surrounded by Slovak and Italian relatives. “New Jersey is the Ireland of the United States—it produces all these people who do great things and then leave,” he says. “Springsteen and Bon Jovi are big in New Jersey because they didn’t leave.”

Olear reports that his parents “love the book, are you kidding?,” though “My mom wasn’t thrilled that I made the mother so naggy.” Although it won national acclaim and became an Los Angeles Times bestseller, Fathermucker has an extra appeal for Hudson Valley readers. Olear gives good local, and he names names: the Lanskys fled New York for “bluer-than-blue New Paltz, home of Mohonk Mountain House, historic Huguenot Street, and more massage therapists, per capita, than anyplace else on the planet.” They drive a pre-owned Outback from Colonial Subaru, bring their kids to the Hasbrouck Park playground, eat out at The Would. As for the local adulterers, rocker/model couple, and cocky pest control man—well, talk amongst yourselves. Along with his two published novels, Olear has a formidable web presence. He’s written pieces for the Huffington Post,, The Rumpus, The Millions, and Psychology Today online, among others. For the past three years, he’s been a frequent contributor and senior editor at online literary hub The Nervous Breakdown, and he and co-editors Jennifer Kabat and Sean Beaudoin recently launched a new site called The Weeklings. “There’s one piece a day, with a different author each day of the week,” explains Olear, who blogs every Tuesday. “Some sites have so much content it’s impossible to read it all.” Along with Margaretville writer Kabat (Saturday) and Seattle-based novelist Beaudoin (Wednesday),the starting lineup of Weeklings included Tin House cofounder Elisa Schappell, former Details and Time Out NewYork editor Janet Steen, Lux Lotus blogger Lauren Cerand, and Booker Prize judge Alex Clark (whose hilarious chapter-by-chapter takedown of Fifty Shades of Grey deserves to go viral). Why would such high-flying writers commit to a weekly gig that won’t pay the rent? The answer, Olear says, is high visibility. The Weeklings’ readership has increased every month since its April 17 launch, and Salon has just started to syndicate pieces. “People need to know who you are to sell books,” Olear explains, noting that current economics mandate self-promotion. “In our culture there’s a persistent desire to destroy every artistic endeavor by making it virtually impossible for more than a few people to earn a living. The 99 percent-slash-one-percent model holds across the art world.“ He also loves the immediacy of online writing. “I like to write; I don’t like to pitch. If Tom Cruise gets divorced, I need to write about it that minute. Two hours after that, it’s on Salon. Do I get paid? No. It’s an advertisement for yourself.You’re trying to build a following, carve out your share of audience. Publishers used to take out an ad in the NewYork Times Book Review. That model doesn’t hold anymore. Now the ad is my blog.” Websites like The Weeklings and The Nervous Breakdown also create a community. “You meet people. It’s a form of networking that’s amenable to me,” says Olear. “We help each other. It’s socialistic, communistic, it’s a collective. I’m creating and building a platform that others can use.” He expects The Weeklings will get more overtly political as the presidential debates begin, cheerfully asserting that “Romney doesn’t have a prayer. He’s the Republican version of John Kerry, the consensus candidate no one actually likes. He’s a gazillionaire, he’s totally tone-deaf to people who aren’t, and the Mormon thing is going to hurt him. The Christian Right won’t support him, women won’t support him, Hispanics and blacks won’t support him. That’s the election. Demographically, he’s fucked.” Olear’s cell rings again. From the look on his face—something about cats and cream—it’s the agent again. But he isn’t telling. Instead, he pulls out a copy of The Beautiful Anthology, a diverse collection of musings on beauty just released by The Nervous Breakdown’s print publishing wing, TNB Books. Olear is a contributor, as are fellow upstaters Stephanie St. John and Robin Antalek. He’s also at work on a new novel, about which all he will say is that “It’s very different from the other two. There’s a first-person male narrator, but the tone’s very dark, more erotic.” Olear usually writes at home, on a living room table surrounded by books, cats, and “of course the toys.” Though his family recently spent a year in the New Jersey suburbs, he’s glad to be back in his chosen hometown. “The nicest thing about New Paltz is there’s a whole class of people that just doesn’t exist—high-profile lawyers, CEOs, hedge fund managers. Living in the constant shadow of money—in New York, LA, South Beach, anywhere rich people congregate—I just think it’s bad for the soul. If you make $200K anywhere else, it’s a shitload of money. In New York, it’s just ‘eh.’ I didn’t want my kids to grow up thinking they had to have shirts by the right designer. New Paltz is not snotty at all. That’s the best thing about it.” Greg Olear, Stephanie St. John, and Robin Antalek will read from The Beautiful Anthology at Inquiring Minds in New Paltz on September 21 at 7pm.. 8/12 ChronograM books 77

SHORT TAKES Attention backyard gardeners and farmstand fans: A local bookshelf completes your farm-to-table kitchen set. The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making Alana Chernila, photographs by Jennifer May Clarkson Potter, 2011, $24.99

After outing herself as a messy-kitchen, both-hands-full mom, Berkshires resident Chernila details the reasons to make staples yourself (healthier, tastes better, saves money and packaging waste, raises consciousness). Don’t think you have the energy to pickle, make cheese, reinvent the dreaded Pop-Tart? This photogenic family makes the DIY lifestyle look irresistible. Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes Nava Atlas, photographs by Susan Voisin Sterling Epicure, 2012, $24.95

Summer is all about bounty. If your garden overproduces Swiss chard, your CSA share bulges with pounds of collards, mizuna, and escarole, and you don’t have a clue how to massage kale, here’s delicious help. Vegan maven Atlas offers recipes for salads, side dishes, soups, stews, and green smoothies, along with tips for choosing, cleaning, and freezing the supremely healthful leafy greens. Herbs: A Global History Gary Allen Reaktion Books Edible, 2012, $17.00

The Herbalist in the Kitchen author explores the culinary, medicinal, and cultural history of fragrant weeds, including the one made famous by Alice B. Toklas. Lively essays on familiar and exotic herbs and on food migration (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants”) are followed by a sprinkling of intriguing recipes: Blackberry-Rosemary Kir, Cucumber-Shiso Pickles, Basil-Scented Strawberries. Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes Rebecca Miller Ffrench, photographs by Philip Ficks Kyle Books, 2012, $24.95

Woodland Valley’s Ffrench celebrates the nostalgic appeal of homemade desserts with several generations of family favorites. Mixing Scandinavian delights such as cloudberry krumkaker cones and skoleboller with the Easter Bunny-shaped coconut cake her dad invented for his granddaughters and her mom’s Wacky Cakes-in-a-Cone, she urges home cooks to “Create Your Own Food Story.” People’s Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice, and Boozy Pops Nathalie Jordi, David Carrell & Joel Horowitz, photographs by Jennifer May Ten Speed Spress, 2012, $16.99

If you don’t live within walking distance of “Brooklyn’s coolest pop shop,” this guide to mixing and freezing such seasonal flavors as rhubarb and jasmine, blueberry moonshine, watermelon and lemongrass, roasted yellow peach, and apple and salted caramel will put your freezer into the running. Woodstocker May’s photos of farmstand ingredients, frosty pops, and happy consumers will make your mouth water. Babushkin’s Catalogue of Jewish Inventions Lawrence Bush & Richard Codor Loose Line Productions/, 2011, $9.95

Okay, so it’s not all food, but Jewish Currents editor Bush and cartoonist Codor do celebrate such hilarious bogus inventions as “The Grossingers” Substitute Stomach, Live Gefilte Fish, and Reversible Plates (“Trying to keep kosher in a studio apartment?”) alongside such classics as Yenta, the Jewish GPS (“Where are you going at this hour?”). Take two, they’re small.

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The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals Jenny Brown with Gretchen Primack Penguin, 2012, $25.00


enny Brown opens her memoir with the view from her office at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, which she calls “Mission Control,” and a brief slice of daily life among the furred, hoofed, and feathered, and the humans who come to meet them. Her camaraderie with the critters and zest for the mission ring clear and true; it’s hard to imagine even an agribusiness exec faulting her sincerity. The farm animal sanctuary movement faces an uphill slog. The opposing forces are entrenched and well-funded enough to mount slick, ubiquitous advertising campaigns. In many demographics, the consumption of meat and dairy are as unquestioned as the breathing of air, and animal rights activists are written off as kooks and fanatics. Brown herself had never heard of vegetarianism until she got to college. The story of her transformation from scrappy Louisville teen (“Cruise and flirt, eat burgers, smoke cigarettes...and pummel each other when necessary”) to ardent protector of the voiceless is well told and engaging. The loss of her leg to cancer at the age of 10, recounted without self-pity, led her to bond intensely with a kitten she named Boogie, deepened her comprehension of suffering, and helped her develop a reserve of strength and an awareness of differences that would blaze like a wildfire through that mainstream American teen culture as soon as she was exposed to other ways of thinking. The Lucky Ones clearly traces the events and realizations that led Brown to become first an ethical vegetarian, then a vegan, as part and parcel of the opening of her young mind; anyone whose default assumption is that vegans are humorless and fanatical will be hard pressed to classify her that way. Humorless fanatics don’t usually mine their own scarier moments for hilarity, and generally don’t laugh at themselves well. Brown does both, and the result is a book that avoids the pitfalls of priggishness and rage, offering insight into the mindset and growth process that create an effective advocate instead of—well, a raging prig. As a film student, she worked extensively with PETA, after passing a loyalty test of sorts that involved being tackled by hotel security guards while wearing a “horrible-looking” rabbit suit to protest animal testing. She soon observed that, no matter the depth of one’s passion, returning vitriol for vitriol was bad strategy. (“Not only did it wreck me physically and mentally, it made people stand taller in their positions, since it gave them something to legitimately have a problem with: the angry, screaming protesters themselves.”) Indeed, Brown’s informed critique of animal industries and the relations between humans and other species is achieved with a compelling lack of snideness. But let no one mistake her kindness for weakness. She’s clear-eyed and definite about the many evils of the situation, and describes the ordeals faced by food animals in stomach-turning detail, juxtaposing them with anecdotes about how the more fortunate individuals at her sanctuary charm the socks off their human visitors, all framed within the story of an adventurous life well lived. Society may well deserve to be scolded for its many crimes against the less fortunate, but strident lectures only increase the polarization that’s doing us all in. Brown and co-author Primack take the high road, showing rather than telling, and the results engage and challenge on a level that no amount of dramatic bluster ever will. And should readers want to learn more about Jenny Brown and her work—or perhaps simply to meet a turkey named Alphonso in person—the drama continues to unfold right here in our own backyard. Book launch 8/26 at 5pm, Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock, sponsored by the Golden Notebook. —Anne Pyburn

Experience The Watch Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya Hogarth, 2012, $25

Therefore we must maintain authority And yield no title to a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will. Better, if needs be, men should cast us out Than hear it said, a woman proved his match. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sophocles, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antigoneâ&#x20AC;?


ith these lines at the end of The Watch, three great tragedies conjoin to stun us into silence: the familiar tragedy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antigoneâ&#x20AC;?;  the tragedy of our enigmatic presence in Afghanistan, where the book is set; andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent or notâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the tragedy of our endless oppression of the female half of humanity. This jewel of a novel thus speaks to two great American calamities: a nation unable to stop making war, and a nation at war with women. The Watch is the story of a desolate outpost in Kandahar, its dogmatic commander, his more contemplative officers, their baffled soldiers, a murderous firefight, and finally the appearance of a legless Pashtun girl (the Antigone figure), who arrives outside the post to claim the body of her older brother, slain in the fight. The soldiers insist he was a Taliban leader. She insists he was merely a Pashtun warrior fighting invaders. Her presence unnerves the soldiers. She plays a lute at night and kills a sheep as a gift, unnerving them further. The post unravels. Her implacable will, as Sophocles warns, proves their match; to reveal more would be to spoil the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience. The prosody of this indelible fable is the tension between what alienates and what binds us. We are hopelessly alien to each other, savage in our misunderstanding, and yet we understand that we have been recruited to a common tragedyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;? being the soldiers, the girl, humankind. In Tarsandan Outpost diverse Americans confront both the impossibility of understanding each other and the Afghans, and the impossibility of not trying. At times a kind of lucid dreaming settles on the camp like fog.  Women back home abandon their men. Men become unmoored from their histories. The most thoughtful canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fathom their purpose; they struggle to reconcile patriotism with decency. The seemingly least thoughtful arrive at horrendous questions: Pratt the sniper, notorious for his silence, suddenly asks what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing in Afghanistan. Nothing will end well, as the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence signifiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so does the fog, the wind, the breathtaking bravery of the Taliban. Bullets, dust, questions, and doubts pelt the soldiers. The Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stupefying technological superiority hardly avails them against 50-year-old Kalashnikovs and 100-year-old bolt-action Enfields. These young Americans remind us of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;booted and buckled fool with his assortment of variously propelled junkâ&#x20AC;? in Vladimir Nabokovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s That In Aleppo Onceâ&#x20AC;Ś. They are beautiful in their argot, their moments of near-mutiny, their openness to the one thing the politicians who sent them most fearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;inquiry. These soldiers become the intellectual heroes their country least wants them to be.  The Watch is, among its many rewards, a feat of language. Rhinebeck author Roy-Bhattacharya has researched with a Joycean ear not only the way Americans from different places speak, but also the jargon of this new Sparta. The legless girl, who incredibly has wheeled herself in a primitive cart with bloody hands over miles of jagged terrain, captures our admiration and the soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. But we also admire these soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unremitting effort to behave humanely despite a by-the-book captain.  The Watch becomes far more than it purports to be. The author unerringly detects a profound, buzzing, stinging connection between a nation that cannot wage peace and its renewed oppression of women. What a triumph. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Djelloul Marbrook

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On Being the Being An analysis on the establishment of Being and the non-existent self by David Sutherland



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

(foggy afternoon) It’s like 100 ghosts hugging and I’m not afraid.

Hanging on. Your every. Word.

—Lucy Bluestone Gilbertson (5½ years)


Royal Beef Burger



“Royal beef burger, well done, no tomato,” she said, as her hand swung pendulum-like emphasizing the “no.”

is the color of alone, of a home reduced to broken wood, of rainwater on a clean face. I found it on the ground, fallen pigment from a careless sky. It sang for days.

slovenly intravenous steroids, saline the spinal tap made my blood pressure too small so they tip me back make me scalene pump it all in at 10 drips a minute i counted patiently held onto the doctor’s hand as he told me what they had found in my brain this holiday weekend some poor sap in north carolina gets called in to spot lesions on an m.r.i. then goes home and coils up i don’t go home for five days and when i do i can barely stand up i don’t want to tell anyone anything but i have no other excuse for disappearing

He mocked her gesture. She coyly recoiled. “Fine then. I won’t talk with my hands anymore,” she said with a playful pout and motioned her arms to her sides, parking her hands on the booth’s bench. “Oh, no, don’t,” he comically cried. “Why?” she laughingly asked. “It’s too charming,” he gallantly replied. The waitress wandered over with their Royal Beef Burgers. He looked at hers and, with a pendulum-like hand, said, “No tomato.” —Maureen A. Hunt

Witness My grandmother gathered bread for sparrows. At the end of the week, she scattered dry crumbs in the yard. Was she waiting for something unnamed to return? A brother, a prisoner, a storm? Some shy angel, freed from duty at the bar? Or was this the road home— word after word thrown out to the cold, bones laid bare for witness.

—Peishan Huang

All Who Enter While pruning the bush near the church door, the gardener left a branch knocking to want in. —Diane Webster

—Kate Larson

The birds have thieved the bread The birds have thieved the bread, after the morning rain and lovemaking. Leave a table unattended; long have birds on lovemaking depended. —Christopher Porpora

The gull that fell to earth Far from sea, gull falls under car, bounces, once, twice, rises, wobbles, flies!

a silhouette flickering in the porch light. while everything bends by the highway. —Julia Hickey

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The harvest is over, corn stubble and weeds in the field. The sky is soft blue, a few clouds in the distance. I will close my eyes, nap for a while. Perhaps when I wake all will seem the same. Sleep plays tricks in many ways. —Matthew J. Spireng

dear friends I wish I knew who you were

For Love of the Night

i come home late high as a bird and stinking slipping through fuchsias and tall grass.

A slight breeze stirs tree branches so shadow patterns play on the curtains like candlelight in a drafty room.

—Burrill Crohn

—Christina Turczyn

Sneaking In

Late August, Lying down to Nap at Noon

—Mitchell Flanagan

When the night feels, it feels first the setting of the sun; it feels first vulnerable. Night, lost lover. She watches the moon and pines for the flesh of dawn, for the tumbling of heatthe crashing photons of sun to the cool earth, like the passionate crashing of bones to passionate meat, the friction of abrading souls. —Michael Timothy Rose


San Francisco Sanderson

I sip a café Americano, my elbow at a perfect right angle to my body. I strike my best, “inscrutable, yet approachable,” pose. At adjacent tables, younger women chat. Each one ignores me more than the next.

Ken Sanderson is from San Francisco. And those who know him like to call him “San Francisco Sam.” Ken likes this nickname, but he prefers “Sanderson.” So, those THAT KNOW San Francisco Sam or (San Francisco Sanderson) if you prefer, Also BELIEVE Sam is the future. Sam believes this too, being the future. Sam is manufactured under license and his “future,” being himself, is also patented.

I open my laptop to a gobble-throated reflection. ”Who the hell are you?” sneers my inner 30-year-old. A younger man with John Wayne’s chin walks by. If I could just be him… Then, I’d go find Francoise, the French girl I followed into the post office in Salta, Argentina. I queued behind her, needing nothing, wanting only to catch her scent. She asked whether I’d like to cross the Chaco with her. I was committed to Karen and Utte, the German girls. We were heading north in a rented red Ford. I suddenly preferred France over Germany. In La Paz, a note, “To Mark,” hung crookedly on the hotel bulletin board. Francois had dumped Paraguay for me. But Paris called her home. Or, I’d look for Michelle, the American girl with devouring eyes. We first kissed in the reptile house of the London zoo. Later, we locked ourselves in the bathroom of the Carter Lane Youth Hostel. We lay still whenever someone knocked. She headed south with a friend. I left her messages in the visitor logs of Europe’s best museums and cathedrals. Or, I’d look for Rachel, the Kiwi who thumped down beside me as I dozed in that sunny hillside depression. Her ears were whisper magnets. Her laughter confirmed my immortality. After, we ran down, propelled by Himalayan wind, her hand slipping in and out of mine. She said I’d enjoy the South Island. I said India couldn’t wait. Hell, if I could be him, I’d even take the unheated short bus, in winter, from Golmud out over the Tibetan Plateau. It’ll boast an impressive melancholy-chicken to freezing-passenger ratio of 2:1. It’ll stall repeatedly crossing 5000-meter passes. It’ll roll into Lhasa after 44 bottomless hours. Then again, I might just skip the bus ride. —Mark Stambovsky

Ghazal Our mouths dance dangerously, soaked and spiked without words. We attack each other’s tongues like spines in the break. We’re lying in bed, evaporating out the window and into the sun like mud. I can’t tell if you’re enjoying the moment or enjoying the wait. How does one person fold over so much in so short a time? I don’t think I’d recognize you if I had just met you now. As seagulls float over the super market parking lot I hold your hand, Put it on the stick shift. White darts afraid to leave the A&P. Our lust might be hiding something: a voided heart, an endless drive. What is it? I won’t say anything about it if you don’t. Aside: I always realize my mistakes three years too late. My purpose is To find the truths that do not trap. I lie to you most when we lay, our mouths close, magnetic, lidless. Are we kissing now, or just eating each other’s breath?

San Francisco Sanderson© Pretty damn cool, huh?! Well, I think so and so does everyone who knows Sam. Sam is having an art show at the department of motor vehicles on Friday. I really don’t know how-the-hell he managed that, but that’s Sam for you. HoweverThose officials in charge would not let Sam have a live acoustic set to accompany his show. We all thought this was a little sad, but not too sad, because— There would be complementary wine to drink. Why the department of motor vehicles would allow that And not a live set is beyond me, but Okie dokey I thought. Sam’s paintings, if they can be called paintings, contain A minimum of 30% post-consumer fiber. Sam considers this fiber to be “moral” in nature. Sam really IS the future! Pretty damn cool, huh? Sometimes I wish I could be an artist like Sam. Sometimes, those that know him, think this too, But no one mentions this to Sam. They usually just drink the wine And stand around the white walls smiling a lot, if they could be called “smilings.” Smilings? I just made that up, like paintings. Sam might like that too, but back to Sam. Sam does not charge anyone to see his work. He only asks that you call him Sanderson, More often than Sam. He would greatly appreciate it, Respectfully. —J. D. Szalla

Lines Never Written by e.e. cummings under a gray sky epiphanies linger like frost on the tongue sparrows taste best when swallowed by the sea moose live long lives without reading Leaves of Grass schoolyard sandboxes never forget their tragedies kerouac’s mother refused to suckle him while drinking brandy e.e. cummings loved the way vowels shimmy their hips walt whitman placed dancing girls on his dope scale congress has outlawed house plants that grow the color of money many people have tried to ruin the alphabet but no one can stop us from writing with shadows —Will Nixon and Bruce Weber

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Community Pages

Three-way win

Eric Keyes at Duffers Driving range

New Windsor, Washingtonville, and Chester By Erik Ofgang Photogaphs by David Morris Cunningham


ew Windsor, Washingtonville, and Chester are Hudson Valley communities that have picturesque scenery, a deep history, and an old time sensibility. The New Windsor summer concert series has a “Leave It to Beaver” feel—kids play in the back as parents watch the concert and the parks and recreation department gives out free hot dogs and popcorn, along with other snacks and drinks. In Chester, residents say the historic downtown seems in some ways like it has been untouched by the passage of time since the 1800s. And Washingtonville is home to the nation’s oldest winery, the Brotherhood Winery, which helped launch vineyard tourism when it started offering tours of its facilities after Prohibition. NEW WINDSOR New Windsor played a key role in the Revolutionary War. It was here that the Continental Army under General George Washington spent the last winter and spring of the war in 1782 and 1783 and Washington made his headquarters a few miles away in Newburgh. It was at the New Windsor Cantonment that the cease-fire orders were issued by Washington, ending the eight-year War of Independence. Today, the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site at 374 Temple Hill Road is a must for history buffs. The park is over 150 acres and offers hiking in addition to historic exhibits. From mid-April through October there are reenactors demonstrating musket drills, blacksmithing, military medicine and other 18th-century skills. The park is also home to several historic structures including the reconstructed Temple of Virtue, which served as a chapel and office, and the Mountainville Hut, which may be the only surviving example of original timber construction by the Continental Army. In addition to its link to the Revolutionary War, New Windsor also has a connection to show business history. Legendary crooner Tony Bennett got one of his earliest singing 82 new windsor + washingtonville + chester ChronograM 8/12

Cyara Kamp and Jackie Planker at New York Performing Arts Center

Tania Comerford at Hot Pots Ceramic Cafe

Billy Morales at MoPrintz

Noreen Marchesani at GVG Creations

Juliet Borden at Touch Base

Lynn Mehl at Good Old Days Eco Florist

John Jennings at JRT Cycling and Active Apparel

Michaela Luedke, Anthony Bartelini, and Roe Smith Jake Krymowski at American House Ice Cream

at Kokopelli Cookie Company

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LOCAL NOTABLE Cesar Baeza, Brotherhood Winery

When winemaster Cesar Baeza first took over the Brotherhood Winery, he says he felt like a missionary. “Sometimes the last thing people think about is local wines, but little by little we started coming in with quality wines and converting people,” says Baeza, who purchased the Washingtonville based winery with several partners in 1987. Brotherhood Winery is the oldest winery in America and was opened in 1839. After almost 60 years in existence, the winery changed hands and was renamed the Brotherhood Winery. It was named after the Brotherhood of New Life—an experiment in utopian communal living in the Hudson Valley. A native of Chile, Baeza has always had a passion for wine making. He attended the University of Chile, earning a degree in viticulture and enology. He was awarded a scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree in viticulture and enology at the University of Madrid. He also studied at the University of California, Davis and at California State University, Fresno. After graduating, he worked briefly at the Brotherhood Winery in the 1970s and then PepsiCo hired him for its research and technical service division in Valhalla. As part of his job, Baeza gave technical assistance to suppliers and company-owned wineries worldwide. PepsiCo owned brands included Yago, Stolichnaya, and Roland Thevenin of Burgundy. In the late ’80s when Baeza heard the Brotherhood Winery was for sale, he decided to leave PepsiCo and purchase it. “It’s the oldest winery in America. It has a lot of mystique, it has so much charm, so much history,” he says. He adds that he thought a vineyard in New York was an ideal location because one of the largest markets for wine in the world is New York City. Since he has taken over, Baeza has steadily expanded Brotherhood Winery’s business. “New York has started giving us some respect which is something that we didn’t have many years ago,” he says. Beyond the wine, Brotherhood Winery has picturesque grounds and is home to a catering facility and restaurant called Vinum Cafe. The winery’s specialties are Riesling, a white wine and Pinot Noir, a red wine. Both types of grapes grow very well in the Hudson Valley. “Wine is fashion,” says Baeza. “The movie Sideways made Pinot Noir very trendy, very fashionable and luckily we were one of the top producers of Pinot Noir. So we were at the right place at the right time—for once, we were lucky.” He adds Pinot Noir is “one of the wines that I love to make because it’s one of the most challenging wines, and New York happens to have the right climate for growing Pinot Noir and making one of the best Pinot Noirs in the country.” Baeza says that the Hudson River plays an important role in grape growing in the Hudson Valley. “The river is very important for growing grapes because like the Rhine River in Germany (where the Riesling grape originated), the Hudson River also allows the temperature to be temperate, not to have the large variation between day and night, it’s not too cold not too warm. So it’s always a good thing to be next to the river for a winery.”

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Bill Gambino and Eben York at Devitt’s Nursery

Ted Doering at Motorcyclepedia

Mariel Platas at Moroney’s Cycle

Francesca Munoz and Frank Carillo at F&J Pizza

gigs performing at the the Meadowbrook, a catering facility that was then a resort. “I gave Tony Bennett his first singing job and he wasn’t Tony Bennett, at the time he performed as Joe Bari,” recalls Frank Cavalari, who has owned the Meadowbrook with his family since the 1930s. He adds that Bennett “worked for me for a whole summer when we had the resort and he sang for my guests, then he went on to become very famous and the rest is history.” Bennett is not the only famous face who has been spotted at the Meadowbrook over its long history. “We’ve catered to many celebrities,” says Cavalari. “Gerald Ford was here one time. We’ve had three cardinals and also three New York governors.” The picturesque facilities at Meadowbrook are now used for weddings and other gatherings and celebrations. At the Mid-Hudson School of Yoga, a unique system of yoga called traditional yoga is taught. The style was developed by the school’s founder and director James Caruso. On the website, Caruso explains that in most yoga systems there is “too much competition, perfection, and potential for injury without enough fundamentals, fitness, safety, and recognition of progress.” He also writes that he “learned that most yoga systems do not teach the complete science of yoga, which was originally designed to guide people to reach their highest levels of health and happiness, not to bend and twist themselves into human pretzels.” Good Old Days Florist is an eco-green florist in New Windsor.The company offers eco-friendly flowers, green gifts, green wedding flowers, event flowers, chemical-free floral arrangements, and a preserved flowers service. New Windsor is home to Stewart International Airport (a portion of the airport also falls within Newburgh’s boundaries). Stewart Airport was built in the 1930s by the US Military Academy at West Point for cadet aviation. Today it’s a major passenger airport. Visitors heading to New Windsor will also want to check out Moroney’s Cycle at 833 Union Avenue. This motorcycle super-store is one of the country’s oldest HarleyDavidson dealerships and was opened in the 1950s. The store now sells a variety of different motorcycle brands in addition to Harleys. Although the store’s founder, Jim Moroney, has retired, he can still be found at the store on most days. Moroney’s son,

Patrick, now owns the place and Moroney’s grandson works there as well. Mariel Platas, the director of marketing and advertising for the store, says the place has a long history with the community and the staff works hard to cater to customers. “We have very highly trained technicians and we cater to all of our clients as if they were family,” she says. “We do a lot of charities and we donate to a lot of different causes.” At the Sportsplex at 2902 Route 9W, visitors to New Windsor can enjoy a 120,000-square-foot multi-sport health and fitness complex. “We have seven tennis courts, an aquatic center, a fitness center, and classrooms for our pre-school program,” says Cathy Vaughn, who is the general manager of the complex. She adds, “We really gear our business to families. Our summer camp program is going on now, and there are 800 kids enrolled between the ages of six and fifteen. We also have a swim team. Families are a very important component for us.” WASHINGTONVILLE If you head from New Windsor to Washingtonville, some new adventures await. Washingtonville is home to the Kokopelli Cookie Company, which sells mouthwatering cookies to retailers and has a storefront in town. Fran Fumo, the owner and baker for the company, says that in addition to cookies she also bakes cupcakes and even wedding cakes. She says that no matter what she bakes, she tries to create something like the old timers in your family used to make. “We have Italian cookies, Greek cookies, things that your grandma made. A lot of my recipes are from my grandparents,” she says. In the heart of Washingtonville, the Corner Candle Store is located at the intersection of route 94 and 208. The store has been in business for more than 35 years and features an assortment of crafts and hand-picked gifts beautifully displayed on antique furniture.There are bath and soap products, stationery and frames, jewelry, decorative and personal accessories, and a baby and toy section. At Shop Around Insurance, at 25 South Street, owner John Luongo says his roots in the area make it easier to do his job. “It’s a tightknit community, we do a lot of business on referral,” he says. “I’m from here, so I know the houses, I know the market, I know the neighborhoods, I know the streets, so it makes it nice and easy.” The New York Performing Arts Center in Washingtonville is one of the largest

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LOCAL NOTABLE Matt Veronesi, New Windsor Recreation Dept.




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When life threw Matt Veronesi curveballs, he hit them out of the park. Veronesi is the director of parks, recreation, buildings, and grounds for the Town of New Windsor, but his career took an unusual trajectory. In college, scouts from Major League Baseball teams were looking at him, but he sustained a career-ending knee injury in his sophomore year. The injury ended his dream of playing professional baseball but his love of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite pastime led him to work with the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays and coach college baseball. His knowledge of baseball also landed him a job as a producer for a production company that needed help creating baseball-themed menus for baseball DVDs. Later on, Veronesi ended up working as director of instruction and general manager at a baseball and softball training center when another injury forced a change of careers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a lot of trouble with my arm, I ended up having two shoulder surgeries. I taught a lot of lessons and clinics and was throwing a lot. My doctor said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You got to find something else, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep doing this, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to be able to lift up your arm,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Veronesi recalls. As a result, he applied for a parks and recreation job in New Windsor. Veronesi prepared for the interview like it was a big game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of just coming and doing a normal interview, I came up with a whole presentation of a video and fliers and everything showing what I wanted to do to make New Windsor recreation better.â&#x20AC;? He got the job six years ago and it has been a perfect fit for him and the town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since I took over, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve raised revenue by a thousand percent and activities by so much,â&#x20AC;? he says. He adds that he enjoys what he does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love coming to work everyday.â&#x20AC;? New Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recreation department organizes camps, youth sports, a free summer concert series that also features free food and drinks, and an annual community day that will take place this year on August 25 and feature fireworks and a performance by â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;? finalist Tim Urban. (See Events section for more details). Born in Poughkeepsie, Veronesi grew up in Dutchess County. He attended college at Nova Southeastern College in South Florida and stayed in the South after graduating, but decided to move back to this to area to be closer to his family after September 11, 2001. Veronesi has a 21-year-old stepson, Brendan, and he and his wife Jenn have an 11-month old baby boy named Mattingly, after New York Yankees great and Veronesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all time favorite player, Don Mattingly. Veronesi says his job is always changing and never ever dull. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much variety, you never get bored. We do concerts, we do a community event, we do sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a soccer program, basketball program, tennis, we do summer camps. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding, in that you get to see a final product, you get to see a concert, get to see a camp that ran successfully.â&#x20AC;?

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dance studios in Orange County. It was founded and is run by cousins Cyara Kamp and Jacquelyn Planker, who are celebrating their company’s fifth anniversary this year. Kamp says that when she and her cousin opened the studio they were in their early twenties and were surprised by the way the place’s popularity spread. “We started out in a small one-room studio and in two years we had grown so much that we bought the building that we’re in right now,” she recalls. Today, the studio has more than 500 students that range from two-year-olds to high school students. The school has a performance group that has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In addition to dancing, acting and singing are also taught at the school. Kamp says they choose Washingtonville for the studio because they live in nearby Warwick and thought Washingtonville would be a great location. “It has a really great arts program in the school, which really helps to support the dance program. It all goes hand in hand with what we do,” she says. CHESTER Outdoors lovers will want to check out the Orange Heritage Trailway, which is a 12.4mile rail trail that runs through Chester and surrounding towns. It’s a great destination for walkers, bikers, and skaters. Barry Adelman has owned Outdoors, a footwear and clothing store at 6 Howland Street, since the 1970s and says there is something unique and special about Chester. “The downtown area in general will give you the feel of going a hundred years back in time,” he says. He adds this is thanks to the historic “buildings and just the way it feels down here.” Adelman is also the co-founder of Music for Humanity, a nonprofit organization based in Chester. The website for the organization states that the goal is to use “the international language of music and its emotional and spiritual power to bring together musicians, music enthusiasts, and music professionals to positively impact the world.” This year, the organization gave out close to $10,000 in scholarships to musicians attending music schools. Musicians who are attending college next year and studying music can apply for a scholarship by visiting Husband and wife Linda and Alan Ross both have their own businesses in Chester. Linda Ross is the owner of Linda Ross Realty and her husband owns AJ Ross Creative Media, an advertising agency. Linda Ross says her customers are very loyal. “Many of my costumers go back 20 years. They’ve bought and sold multiple times. Their

children are buying now,” she says. She and her husband originally moved to the area from New York because they wanted a quieter environment. “We wanted to leave New York City. Our son at the time was three years old and was hailing cabs on West End Avenue,” she says. “That’s why I think the majority of the buyers move here, for their children,” Ross adds. “They want a swingset, they want a pool, they want good schools, they want to see some trees and then still work in the city.” Alan Ross adds that the area “is just a beautiful place to live.”

RESOURCES Encore Inc. Horizon Family Medical Group Medicine Chest Pharmacy (845) 561-5555 Schlesinger’s Motorcyclepedia Museum Steakhouse Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (845) 838-5660 Yobo

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Events New Windsor Idol Competition Wednesday, August 8, at 7pm New Windsor Parks and Recreation will host the New Windsor Idol competition outside at the Town Hall bandshell. Guests at the event will get to listen as talented local singers via for a chance to advance to the next round of the competition and ultimately win a $1,000 cash prize.

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The next week on August 15 at the same time and place Jason Casterlin will perform. Casterlin is an upstart country artist from the Hudson Valley who plays catchy original songs that stick in your head long after you hear them. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been steadily building an audience over the years.

New Windsor Community Day

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The fourth annual New Windsor Community Day will be held on Saturday, August 25, from 10am to 9pm at the Mount Airy Sports Complex. The event will feature a free kids area with bounce houses and three matches of professional wrestling from Northeast Wrestling. There will also be live music performed all day. The New Windsor Idol Finals will take place at the event. Tim Urban, a finalist from Season 9 of â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;?, will perform and Nuts in a Blender, a party band that is an area favorite, will also take the stage. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities will draw to a close with a firework display at 8:30pm.

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The Chester-based nonprofit Music for Humanity will host a fund raiser on Saturday, October 6, at 7:30pm at the Montgomery Senior Citizen Center at 36 Bridge Street, Montgomery. The concert features two world-class musicians: Gary Schocker on flute and Hugh Sung on piano. This is the main fundraiser for Music for Humanity and will include a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for reserved seating.

Bill Perry Day Music for Humanity is also involved in hosting the annual Bill Perry Day. The fifth Bill Perry Day took place on Sunday, July 29. The event is held every year on the last Sunday in July at the Bertoni Sculpture Garden in Sugar Loaf. The event was organized to honor the legacy of Bill Perry, a Chester born musician who died at the age of 49 in 2007. Perry became a world class blues guitarist and had thousands of fans and 5 CDs to his credit when he died. This is a free event, from 11:30am to 6pm and features performances from an assortment of musicians including several members of Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band.

The Nutcracker


Every December the New York Performing Arts Center stages an elaborate production of the classic ballet â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? at Washingtonville High School. Dates have not been set for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances, but lovers of ballet will not want to miss this holiday classic come December.

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The Lycian Centre for The Performing Arts in Sugar Loaf hosts a variety of events throughout the year. During the Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance season the events range from childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plays to rock concerts. Performers who have performed at the theater in the past include Jerry Stiller, the Bacon Brothers, and Arlo Guthrie.


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hat is it about Hudson? I feel like every other article I write lately is about how much cooler Hudson is than wherever the rest of us live. Restaurateurs and proprietors along Warren Street all offer variations on the same answers: it’s the architecture, the easy train ride from the city, the gorgeous Columbia County landscape dotted with posh second homes, the artists who turned a run-down county seat into “Williamsburg North,” and the talented people who have steadily flowed in to continue the transformation. It’s probably the most interesting place to eat in the Hudson Valley, and the most recent restaurant to open there has only further cemented that status. The Crimson Sparrow opened on June 20 at 746Warren Street in a lovely old building that had been an antiques store, and a bakery before that.The new owners, John McCarthy and Ben Freemole, bought it last fall and spent six months renovating it. They also bought the adjoining building, which is currently being renovated by Loaf, the bakery down the street, for use as their new location.The two met and worked together at WD-50,Wylie Dufresne’s legendary outpost of cutting-edge molecular cuisine on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A chef’s chef, Dufresne is cited as an influence and inspiration by many of the current generation of cooks, and his innovations often appear on menus around the world. McCarthy left WD-50 last October, moved into his former weekend house in Claverack, and worked as the general contractor all winter with Freemole coming up on weekends to help. “The number of decisions that needed to be made every day during construction was mind-numbing. When Ben moved up full time, it was so much easier.” “The nice part about the stress is that we developed some really good cocktails,” Freemole adds. He now lives in an apartment above the restaurant. 90 food & drink ChronograM 8/12

The décor, though eclectic, harmonizes well and straddles the line between industrial roughness and comfortable chic that defines today’s Hudson. The bar is riveted steel with a granite top, but there is plenty of warm wood as well. McCarthy explains that the furniture was sourced as diligently as the produce: “We purchased pretty much everything locally. Hudson is known for artists and talented artisans. Many of them came to us; it was a cool relationship.” Woodworker David Wright made a custom table for the former oven, which is now a private dining room; the dark wood trapezoid almost looks like it grew there.Wright also put beefy legs on a huge louvered wooden door with a crackled patina–bought from the antiques store formerly housed in the building–which, topped with glass, dominates the central dining room. Ornate antique ironwork behind the bar and under the stairs also came from the previous store, and four old iron radiators have been turned into benches for the large communal table outside. At the back of the large courtyard sits the carriage house, now transformed into a big, beautiful kitchen (easily the size of many city restaurants) with a huge window allowing al fresco diners to watch the cooks at work. There is a row of counter seats in front of the glass for people who want an intimate view of the kitchen in action while they eat. The menu is divided into small and large plates, with some cheese courses and desserts listed separately. All the dishes are invented. “We’re not French or Italian; the dishes we come up with are things we like to eat,” says Freemole. “I’d eat this for breakfast—I did, in fact.” (There can be advantages to living above the store). The additives and devices that revolutionized cooking in recent years are now commonplace, and most of them are really just refinements of age-old methods, anyway: If you have ever cooked flour in chicken

Top: John McCarthy, Ben Freemole, and Andrew Speilberg plating a dish of steelhead trout with squid ink, yogurt, lentils, garlic scape, and sorrel. Middle right: The front bar area at Crimson Sparrow. Bottom right: A salad of avocado, grapefruit, pistachio, tatsoi, and bonito. Bottom left: Morgan van Alstyne bringing food to table from the kitchen.

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drippings before stirring in some stock for gravy, you have gelatinized the starch in a hydrocolloid to make an emulsion. On how the techniques they learned at their last job factor into their new venture, Freemole says, “They’re all just tools. [Using the vacuum chamber] you can make a pickle in 20 minutes instead of 3 weeks.” “We’re not trying to be gimmicky,” McCarthy continues. “It has to taste good. We can gel or stabilize or aerate something, but if it’s better raw, we leave it alone.” Freemole summarizes their approach: “If you start out with a good product and don’t fuck it up, you’re pretty well on your way to a good dish.” Freemole is younger, taller, more profane, and has heavily inked arms. McCarthy, who is married, speaks slowly, softly, and thoughtfully. The closeness of their collaboration is obvious; they answer questions in turns, riffing on a theme like jazz musicians trading fours. It’s easy to imagine the same dynamic in the kitchen, where they begin with an idea or an ingredient and free-associate until they arrive at something that works. Asked how the partnership is working out, McCarthy says: “We’ve become friends,” and Freemole interrupts him: “Very close friends.” McCarthy continues: “We’re together 16 hours a day” and Freemole jumps in again: “And then we come to work.” They both laugh. “We started working on a dessert with dandelions, and eight days later we had a deconstructed peach cobbler,” recounts Freemole, who then describes the genesis of a trout dish on the menu. “We had a surplus of rhubarb, we had squid ink and garlic scapes, and it just kind of turned into a dish. It’s fun to do.” The resulting plate features cured smoked trout with squid ink yogurt, lentils and rhubarb, pickled wasabi cherries, pickled scapes, and sorrel. “We came up with that dish in fifteen minutes in my kitchen at 9:30 on a Sunday night,” says McCarthy. He explains how a halibut dish began with a melon baller. “We started talking about a cold dashi broth and beets: ‘If we melon ball them they’ll look like fruity pebbles, which will look like the ocean, so halibut would be great in it…’ and we’re still working on it, so it will probably end up being a lamb dish.” “Or fried chicken,” Freemole adds, grinning. Hugh Horner, chef at Club Helsinki, whom they credit with being a huge help, gave them a bunch of rattail radishes, an Asian variety that produces large, edible seedpods instead of the fat root we recognize as a radish. Tender yet crunchy, they’re the brassicaceous version of a green bean, but with the peppery bite of a radish. Freemole and McCarthy pickled them and used them on several dishes as a compelling garnish. One such dish is the octopus with kimchi romesco and pea “risotto.” The peas—a combination of fresh, frozen, and puréed—are cooked with coconut milk to make a thick, vivid green mixture that plays beautifully with the gently spicy sauce and the tender, oil-poached meat. Tiny cubes of lime gel add some citrusy zing and illustrate how modernist techniques are used to stealthily enhance the food. A notable dessert consists of a freeform composition of soft-serve hibiscus ice cream piped directly from the machine onto a chilled disc of slate and studded with pickled blueberries, hunks of black sesame brittle, and shards of cookie crust. A candied hibiscus flower sits on top. Even inside the comfortably air-conditioned dining room, the humid summer air made the plate sweat and added an element of urgency; without a bowl to contain it, this dish is literally a limited time offer. The drama is heightened by the pleasure of simply dragging a spoon laterally through the mound and enjoying whatever combinations arrive at one’s mouth. And while the texture is all childish comfort, the tastes are pure adult refinement with a refreshingly modest sweetness. Despite the fact that they haven’t had a day off since they opened, they are both clearly thrilled with the endeavor. “It’s the most fun I’ve had in my life. You can’t even call it work,” says McCarthy. “I can’t think of a major decision that we disagreed on.” They’re hoping to develop some signature dishes, the kind that they’ll never be able to take off the menu, but they’re patient; three and a half weeks is not a long time by any measure, let alone the many years the two have spent arriving at this point. “If something doesn’t quite work, we don’t try to force it. We pick those notes that ring out, put them together, and hope they sing,” says Freemole, leaning back in his chair. Then, in a change of tone that perfectly illustrates both the detailed refinement of their execution and the soulful, homemade vibe they strive for, he leans forward and adds: “At the end of the day, we’re just cooking some food.” Crimson Sparrow 746Warren Street, Hudson (518) 671-6565;


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Food & Drink Events Curing Meat with Peter Barrett August 4

Learn about the simple beauty of meat curing with Chronogram Food and Drink Editor Peter Barrett. The class, part of a series held in his Woodstock home, will cover how salt works to cure meat, how water is drawn out to add flavor, and how different cultural traditions handle different cuts. Demonstrations include duck prosciutto, guanciale (pig jowl), gravlax (salmon), bresaola (beef eye round), and discussions will be held about smoking techniques for making pastrami and bacon. Tastings of meats that Barrett prepares ahead of time are available during and after demonstrations. Classes are $60 per person.10am1pm.

Sangria Fest August 4

Hudson-Chatham Winery presents its fifth annual festival dedicated to the fruit-infused summer favorite. The winery will feature five sangrias, including a traditional red and white as well as strawberry blush, watermelon sparkling white, and a blueberry merlot. To complement the festive cocktail, flamenco guitar players Maria Zemantauski and Jose Miralles will play through the day, and Block Factory Tamales will provide southwestern specialties made with local ingredients. Admission is free. Tasting the sangrias is $5, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $5 for a glass of your favorite kind.

Taste of the Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner August 6

The Taste of the Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham pairs chefs from local restaurants with ingredients from Hudson Valley Bounty member farms to create over 30 dishes, including crab and watermelon tostada by Chef Brian Albert of the Old Chatham Country Store and pulled pork sliders with cajun slaw from Arturoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef Steven McKay, as well as local wine and cheese. Tickets are $75 and include a year-long membership to the Hudson Valley Bounty. Tickets for children 12 and under are $25.

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Celebrate the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild summer fruits. Sponsored by the Ellenville Chamber of Commerce, the festival kicks off with a blueberry pancake breakfast from 7:30-11am hosted by Pioneer Engine Co. 1 at Norbury Hall. Later, put your best fruit forward at the blueberry pie judging contest. Two stages will offer live music from the Carl Richards Band, Mailbox 06, Bob Lusk, and Mark Fried. There will be over 200 vendors from local businesses and organizations. Kids can enjoy face painting, rock wall climbing, Macaroni the Clown, and the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tallest pinball machine.

Putnam County International Wine & Food Fest August 11-12

The second annual festival will take place at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel. Wine tastings will be available from 15 local and international wineries, as well as a beer garden, food, retailers, and arts and crafts vendors. Live music includes performances by Reignjah Band, The Pony Tails, Albert Del Rio, and the Jim Marone Trio. Blow-up houses and games will be available in a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity area. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Feed the Children â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans Feeding Americansâ&#x20AC;? campaign and Putnam Community Action Program.

Hudson Valley Ribfest August 18-19

The carnivoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream festival returns to the Ulster County Fairgrounds for its eighth year as the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest barbecue event. Rib vendors will come from all over the country, including Eliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas Connection from Highland and Hickory BBQ from Kingston, and teams will participate in various grilling contests. There will be live music from Exit 19, Thunder Ridge, and Chain Gang. A demonstration tent runs each day to reveal the secrets of the grill, and suppliers will sell sauces, rubs, grills, and BBQ tools, and other nonbarbecuerelated items.

Bacon Fest New York September 2

Live Local, Inc. presents a festival dedicated to the surprisingly versatile meat. The festival, at the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, will feature products, crafts, and bacon dishes, including paella, ice cream, and tamales, from eastern New York and the Berkshires, as well as the first ever Best Bacon Dish of New York competition. Live honky-tonk will be performed on the main stage by Red Haired Strangers, Eastbound Jesus, and Unexplained Bacon. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. 9am-6pm. $8 online, $10 at the gate.

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

Bistro Lilly 134 West Main Street, Goshen, NY (845) 294-2810

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CrossRoads Food Shop 2642 Route 23, Hillsdale, NY (518) 325-1461

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Dermot Mahoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub 40 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 853-8620

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

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

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

Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 1433 Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 564-3446

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Mexicali Blue 87 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5551

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Schlesingers Steak House 75 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, NY (845) 561-1762

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

Tavern 955 Route 9D, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3254

Terrapin Catering & Events 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 889-8831 Local. Organic. Authentic. At a Terrapin event, you can expect the same high quality, awardwinning cuisine and service that you know and love at Terrapin Restaurant. Terrapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Toad Holly Pub 713 Route 32, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-2097

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

Wildfire Grill 74 Clinton Street, Montgomery, NY (845)457-3770

Yobo Restaurant Route 300, Newburgh, NY (845) 564-3848

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Balzer and Tuck Architecture

435 Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 658-7800 or (855) 658-1805

468 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 580-8818

Aspects Gallery Inn

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

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

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Art Galleries & Centers Ai Earthling Gallery 69 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679 -2650

Art et Industrie 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA

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Diamond Mills

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

Artist Richard F. Lisle Studio & Gallery

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WhistleWood Farm B&B

10 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY (845) 835-8197

Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts

52 Pells Road, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-6838

36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079

Windham Mountain Ski Resort

Exposures Gallery

Windham, NY (518) 734-4300 edewi

Alternative Energy Hudson Solar (845) 876-3767

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

Antiques Beekman Arms Antique Market Beekman Arms Hotel, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3477

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

Louis J Dianni Antiques & Auctions

1357 Kings Hwy, Sugar Loaf, NY (845) 469-9382 Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 to 5 Internationally recognized and the Hudson Valley’s pre-eminent landscape photographer, Nick Zungoli’s work has been widely collected since 1979 when he opened Exposures Gallery. To date he has sold over 50,000 prints to corporations and celebrities such as Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones. Along with images from the Hudson Valley, his new special exhibit “Mekong Journal” can be viewed this season. Visit online at for Photo Workshops in Sugar Loaf and Italy.

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

Gray Owl Gallery Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY

Mark Gruber Gallery New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1241

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Orange County Flea Market

1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY

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


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

Time and Space Limited 434 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY

Art Supplies Catskill Art & Office Supply

Artisans Ingrained Woodworking, Inc. (845) 246-3444

Attorneys Traffic and Criminally Related Matters Karen A. Friedman, Esq. 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 President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys 30 East 33rd Street, 4th FL, NY, NY (212) 213-2145 (845) 266-4400 fax (212) 779-3289

Audio & Video Ballantine Communications Key Foods Plaza, Rt. 44, Pleasant Valley, NY (845) 635-8606

Markertek Video Supply

Auto Sales & Services Arlington Auto & Tire 678 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-2800

6 Lagrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-1909

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

Bookstores Mirabai of Woodstock 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2100 The Hudson Valley’s oldest and most comprehensive spiritual/metaphysical bookstore, providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts for inspiration, transformation and healing. Exquisite jewelry, crystals, statuary and other treasures from Bali, India, Brazil, Nepal, Tibet. Expert Tarot reading.

Broadcasting WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock, NY

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

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

Glenn’s Wood Sheds (845) 255-4704

Fleet Service Center


185 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4812

Hillsdale, NY, (518) 325-3131 Hudson, NY, (518) 828-9431

James J. Parkhurst Kingston, NY (845) 336-6600, ext. 336

Hitchcock & Company

Jenkinstown Motors, Inc.

Hudson Valley Contracting Group Inc.

37 South Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2500

Beverages Esotec (845) 246-2411 Choose Esotec to be your wholesale beverage provider. For 25 year,s we’ve carried a complete line of natural, organic, and unusual juices, spritzers, waters, sodas, iced teas, and coconut water. If you are a store owner, call for details or a catalog of our full line. We’re back in Saugerties now!

Storm King Art Center

Water Street Market (Antiques Center)

Studio 303

pv Bicycle Shop

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

307 wynkoop lane, Rhinebeck, NY (914) 456-9983

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

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Maureen DiCorcia Aesthetics

Book Publishers

Kingston, NY (845) 331-7780

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

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Body & Skin Care

Bicycle Sales, Rentals & Service

(845) 382-9943 2713 Route 17M, Goshen, NY (845) 294-8284

L Browe Asphalt Services (518) 479-1400

N & S Supply

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

Woodstock Roofing Company (845) 616-7546

Cinemas Rosendale Theater Collective Rosendale, NY

Upstate Films

Dan Smalls Presents

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

656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY (607) 544-1800

Clothing & Accessories Rhinebeck Department Store 1 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-5500

Woodstock Design 9 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-8776

Consignment Shops Encore Inc. Consign for a Cause Cornwall Plaza, 45 Quaker Avenue, Suite 100, Cornwall, NY (845) 458-8313 www.encoreconsign4acause.cmo

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

Craft Galleries Crafts People

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.

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

Education Bard College Center for Environmental Policy (845) 758-7071,

Center for Metal Arts 44 Jayne Street, Florida, NY (845) 651-7550

Kingston Catholic School 159 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 331-9318

Little Explorers Nursery and Daycare Center 304 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY (845) 256-2299

SUNY New Paltz (845) 257-7869

Events Bacon Fest

Collaborative Concepts 853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison , NY (845) 528-1797

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Quail Hollow Events P.O. Box 825, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-8087 or (845) 246-3414 At the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair you can experience one of America’s largest variety of art & craft demonstrations, be entertained by the best regionally based musicians, as well as experience the very best the Hudson Valley has to offer in both New York State wines and locally produced handcrafted specialty foods. The Hudson Valley’s premier art & crafts show takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, NY.

Wall Street Jazz Festival Kingston, NY

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TOUCHED BY FELDENKRAIS A program of therapeutic movement can treat mobility issues and pain— and change the life of one little girl. by wendy kagan illustration by annie internicola


n 2004, a four-month-old baby named Ruby entered the office of West Hurley physical therapist Zahava Wilson. Wilson’s new patient had cinnamon hair and doll-like beauty, yet the way she held her tiny body revealed the deep physical effects of a traumatic birth. During labor, Ruby suffered a brain injury that burdened her with a litany of medical diagnoses under the broad umbrella of cerebral palsy. Cortical visual impairment left her unable to see. She endured seizures and feeding disorders. And, most apparent to Wilson, Ruby’s arms were twisted and her spine was arched and rigid with spastic quadriplegia. Early-intervention physical therapy was the goal of Ruby’s parents, Rhonda and Todd Olinsky-Paul. Yet after about six weeks of sessions with Ruby, Wilson saw little if any improvement in the baby’s mobility. “I was at a loss from my physical therapy bag of tricks because Ruby’s case was so involved—she was so limited in what she could do,” says Wilson. Also trained in the Feldenkrais Method, Wilson decided to shift gears with this alternative approach. “I’m going to try something new and see what happens,” she said to Rhonda. After a few minutes of this work—which involves gentle touch and a series of guided movements—both therapist and mother noticed a change. The baby’s breathing became more relaxed and she started moving differently. “I still get chills when I think about it,” says Wilson, who recalls Rhonda stopping time with an emphatic directive. “‘Zahava,’ she told me, ‘From now on, I only want you to do this work with Ruby.’” The Feldenkrais Method is a program of therapeutic movement named after its originator, a Russian-born Israeli physicist named Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). The story goes that upon learning that he was facing surgery after a serious knee injury, Feldenkrais developed this system—based on the principles of physics, biomechanics, human physiology, and brain science—to effectively cure himself. A Judo expert, mechanical engineer, and apparent Renaissance man, Feldenkrais turned his vigor toward educating others in a program that has broad applications. Today, practitioners use the Feldenkrais Method to treat back, knee, and shoulder problems; children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental delays; and those with mobility issues due to multiple sclerosis, scoliosis, stroke, brain tumors, head trauma, cerebral palsy, and other neurological complaints. Athletes and even musicians who wish to enhance performance have turned to Feldenkrais work for its potential to increase range of motion and improve flexibility and coordination. Chronic pain can also find a powerful foil in the Feldenkrais Method. One client of Wilson’s, a contractor, came in with back pain so severe that it had thrown him into a morbid depression. “Now he has a business as a stoneworker,” she says. Another was a woman in her sixties with debilitating 104 whole living ChronograM 8/12

pain who said after one session, “This is the first time I have felt hope.” Says Wilson, “Usually Feldenkrais is the last stop. They’ve tried so many things that didn’t work, and then one day someone convinces them, ‘Why don’t you try this thing with the weird name?’” The Ever-Changing Brain If the Feldenkrais Method sounds like a miracle cure for an eyebrow-raising array of ailments and complaints, practitioners like Wilson will be the first to qualify that it’s not the right modality for everyone. Yet its potential to be effective in treating a diverse range of cases takes root in a science that has seen vast growth in recent years: neuroplasticity. Feldenkrais based his method on brain plasticity—the ability of the brain to change and optimize itself—long before the term even existed. Until relatively recently, mainstream science regarded the brain (specifically, the adult brain) as a static, fixed organ, yet recent research has literally turned that theory on its head. Neuroplasticity has been shown to occur on a variety of levels ranging from new habit formation and learning to the cortical remapping that can occur when an injured brain repairs itself. “Feldenkrais work is all about the brain reorganizing itself,” says Wilson. “There are certain criteria that the brain needs to do that. As practitioners, we use variation, slowness, and lack of force when working with the body. The brain responds to those things. When we touch and move a person’s body, we’re giving input to the brain to enable it to make a change. Ultimately it’s about changing the habit patterns of a person.” After Ruby’s first Feldenkrais experience, Rhonda was amazed. Only recently had doctors given the baby a grim prognosis, telling her parents that she would probably never learn to walk or talk. “I was trying all sorts of therapies to help Ruby, and if something wasn’t making a difference, I would drop it,” says Rhonda. “When I first saw it, I didn’t understand how Feldenkrais worked. I thought, ‘What is this, voodoo?’ I didn’t get it, but I knew we had to do it again.” Eager for more, the Olinksy-Pauls took Ruby to see Marcy Lindheimer, director of the Feldenkrais Learning Center in NewYork City. It was here that, when Ruby was six months old, she raised her arms above her head for the first time. “It was magic,” recalls Rhonda.The next step was to take Ruby across the country to see Anat Baniel, creator of the Anat Baniel Method, which elaborates on Feldenkrais work for special-needs children. Wilson, Lindheimer, and Baniel stayed in touch about Ruby’s case, forming a therapeutic triumvirate. Meanwhile, inspired by Ruby’s progress, Wilson went on to attain advanced training and ultimately phased out her physical therapy practice so she could focus exclusively on offering the Feldenkrais Method to clients.

Moving Beyond the Habitual Wanting to experience Feldenkrais for myself to better wrap my mind (and body) around its principles of neuroplasticity, I arranged a session with Woodstock practitioner Christine Becker. “All movement starts in the brain,” says Becker in a spare, comfortable treatment room above her Pilates studio, The Moving Body. “Feldenkrais called muscles ‘hinges of habit.’ If you think about it, we develop a movement pattern or strategy for something as simple as holding our head up. As practitioners, we try to present with our hands the opportunity for moving differently.” Before we begin, Becker explains that the Feldenkrais Method offers two ways of working with people. One is through a group lesson called Awareness Through Movement. The other is with one-onone work called Functional Integration, which is what I am about to receive. As I lie on the padded treatment table, Becker starts by cradling my head and letting it turn from side to side. She doesn’t manipulate my body but rather gives it space to do something. She seems to suggest things with her hands. Presenting my head an opportunity to turn, she discovers that it revolves easily to the left but not so easily to the right. Like everyone, I am a bundle of habits, some of them learned as early as infancy, when I perhaps started sleeping with my head turned to the left. After a few minutes, the movements Becker suggests become more complex. She guides my upper body to turn first to the left, my easy side, and then to the right, where it feels more rigid. Ultimately my muscles learn to make that rightward turn more fluid and graceful. Winding up her brief sample lesson, Becker explains that the movements can build to greater intricacy and become yet more therapeutic. I leave with a deeper understanding of my body’s habits and why Feldenkrais called his work “somatic re-education.” Another takeaway from my session with Becker is a gooey, relaxed feeling similar to a post-massage state. As I float out of the studio to my car, I’m reminded of a conversation with another practitioner down in Cold Spring, Tara Vamos. “Feldenkrais offers a great way to bring the body into a state of relaxation,” she says. “Sometimes that shift can realign your system so that it’s able to get out of pain.” Vamos discovered Feldenkrais when a ballet teacher offered an impromptu Awareness Through Movement lesson during a dance class about 15 years ago. At the time, she had a nagging shoulder injury, yet after about 10 minutes of gentle ATM exercises, the pain had abated. In an hour, it was gone. Vamos has seen many clients experience quick changes like the one she experienced. “You’re sending the brain and nervous system a message

that everything is okay, and that it’s all right for muscles to loosen up,” she says. “The ability to let go—to let all the muscles that aren’t working be loose and ready to act—is core to Feldenkrais.You can take this in so many directions— some practitioners even work with writer’s block and creative issues. If you’re trying to accomplish something and it’s not working, you need to step back and discover different ways that you could do it. If you keep banging against a wall, you might not notice that there’s a door over there. Instead of a dead end, you can discover a sense of options.” A Brighter Beginning Ruby’s story offers no better example of Feldenkrais’ uncanny manner of opening up possibilities—of giving hope where there was little hope before. In Wilson’s office one recent afternoon, I meet a bright-eyed eight-year-old with an infectious smile. Ruby is not strapped to a wheelchair, as some doctors had predicted: she can walk, and she talks with a combination of spoken English and American Sign Language. Her vision, gone at birth when she lost all use of her brain’s occipital lobe, has returned (though not 100 percent) thanks to neuroplasticity: Another area of her brain took over the task of interpreting input from her eyes. “We have a neurologist who says, ‘I’ve seen the MRI and I don’t understand how she can do these things,’” says Rhonda. “She comes into his office and makes him laugh.” Watching her with Wilson, I can see how she would do that: Ruby is a mischievous, curious patient, asking questions, prompting her therapist to sing, and glancing at me to make sure I’m enjoying the show. The Olinsky-Pauls are moving to Vermont in August yet will return to West Hurley monthly for Ruby’s Feldenkrais sessions with Wilson. “Ruby has cerebral palsy and she’s going to have challenges for the rest of her life,” says Rhonda. “But there is no way she’d have the same quality of life that she has now without Feldenkrais. My first job is to protect her spirit, but beyond that to help her live her life to its fullest potential. I don’t think Ruby would have come close to that without this work. She’s on her way.” Visit to learn more about Ruby’s story and to make a donation to cover the cost of her therapies. RESOURCES Zahava Wilson (845) 679-5226 Christine Becker (845) 688-1369 Tara Vamos (845) 265-2166 8/12 ChronograM whole living 105


Flowers Fall By Bethany Saltman

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

Looking at Humans is Fun: An Interview with Anthony Graesch, co-author of Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century If you are looking for a juicy bit of social science to peruse during your kids’ swim lesson, look no further. Life at Home in the Twenty-first Century: 32 Families Open their Doors, part of a long-running study at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families, is the perfect way to gear up for the porch-party chit chat later in the day. You can surprise your hosts with educated factoids about how much time it actually takes to make a from-scratch meal vs. a packaged one (12 minutes), and then tell them all kinds of things they already know, like the fact that by measuring cortisol levels, researchers found that women’s stress-levels spike when showing researchers around particularly cluttered areas. And men’s? Not so much. The book is by Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony P. Graesch, Enzo Ragazzini, and Elinor Ochs, and is published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. I had the pleasure of chatting with Professor Graesch about the book. It was a hoot talking to such a neutral science guy about the stuff that gets me all worked up. He says, for instance, that “It’s hard to moralize about any individual way of being human.” Of course he’s right, but hey, you can’t blame a girl for trying! I understand you were childless and recently married when you did this work. Did this foray into family life freak you out? Anthony Graesch: [Laughs.] Definitely. Having been enjoying all the freedoms of being a married adult without children—which I vaguely remember—it was sort of a slap in the face.You never can really empathize with parenting in a dual-income household until you’re confronted with it on a daily basis. As I told a reporter at the NewYork Times, this is a very potent form of birth control. You have two small children now. So what changed? I think learning how to parse out information.While sitting around in our weekly meetings when the full research team got together, 20 to 30 people from different disciplines, [and ] we would watch video clips of families, and we would look for patterns. It was a way for me to begin to parse out otherwise complex behavior and to really understand what was going on. So at the surface one might see some pretty stressed families, and sometimes very tense interactions, but once I started to get a handle on what was unfolding and maybe why it was unfolding, I think it sort of made it—less freaky, if you will. While the tone of the book is generous, it is also quite damning. It is quite damning, but there’s [also] an incredible amount of warmth in these families, and positive and loving interactions. I am personally very intrigued by the choices we make, and where they come from. We so often take our so-called “busy lives” as an assumption. After spending all this time with these families, do you think it could be different? It could always be different, but breaking out of these patterns is difficult. Not only are we busier, and living in this culture of “busy-ness,” but we’re further away from loved ones as well, physically, from our social networks, the village that would otherwise help raise those children. To some extent, the “busy household” is also a marker of middleclass success. We are in an era where we place extraordinarily high value on children gaining higher education. To some extent, children are working harder now than when 106 whole living ChronograM 8/12

they were working in factories. In the pursuit of more and more selective colleges, they have to do more music, more sports, more everything. We place children as representing the success of our household, and as markers of our own status, and it all creates busy-ness. Right, and all the stuff we buy is certainly not necessary. Exactly. When my son turned one year old, and we were in the heart of this project, I put him on the floor and surrounded him with all his possessions and enumerated them. It was maybe 85 to 100 things. And then when he turned two, the number had nearly quadrupled. Very little of it was our purchases. Stuff just comes in. My wife and I have come to think of different rituals for getting rid of stuff. From my point of view, much of what you point to in the book is part of the massive suffering in our culture—the lack of time, the stuff, eating super processed foods, being plugged in—I look at it all and see a largescale spiritual crisis. Which is certainly possible. But that requires us to elevate what came before as a more enlightened way of living. Okay, here’s a quote from the book: “Children choose indoor activities for about 90 percent of their leisure time at home, dominated by TV, video games, play with toys and puzzles, and general play with siblings and friends. Much of this play is sedentary and solitary. Outdoor pools, sports equipment, and expansive grassy yards are rarely used. Some families keep blinds and curtains perpetually closed.” Can this possibly be a good thing? It’s tough for me to moralize about this. The reality of the data is we don’t know the effects of, say, television with respect to, for instance, social cohesion or cognitive development. There are a lot of interesting suggestions out there, but it’s a moving target, which I think is neat. But do you really buy that, I mean, come on. I think Americans have come to internalize the belief that television rots the brain. We found that when families came together around the TV there was actually a lot more social interaction. Did people seem happy? A lot of variability there. I am trying not to be that guy who avoids committing to anything, but sometimes it varies by the day and the family. There were a lot of warm moments out there, incredibly loving moments and socially cohesive moments, and a lot of incredibly tense moments as well, as you would expect. All of these things, we were there for just this little slice of time. I am happier this month that I was last month. Why is that? Right. Being human is a quite a ride. There are fundamentally different ways of being human. It’s hard to moralize about any individual way of being human, but it is fun to look at them in all their variability. Check out Bethany’s latest writing adventure, “Is This My Chair? Notes on Being,” a blog at


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The Mother-Daughter Connection a parenting support group

A support group for women raising teenage daughters

Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings â&#x20AC;˘ New Paltz, NY Facilitator: Amy Frisch, LCSW (845) 706-0229 for more information

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

Active Release Techniques (ARTÂŽ) is a patented soft tissue treatment system that heals injured muscles, tendons, fascia (covers muscle), ligaments, and nerves. It is used to treat acute or chronic injuries, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries and nerve entrapments like carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. ARTÂŽ is also used before and after surgery to reduce scar tissue formation and build up. ARTÂŽ works to break up and remove scar tissue deep within and around injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The injured muscle, joint, ligament, and nerves are moved through a range of motion while a contact is held over the injured structure. This breaks up the scar tissue and heals the tissue faster than traditional treatments. ARTÂŽ doctors are trained in over 500 hands-on protocols and must undergo rigorous written and practical examination to become certified. In order to maintain their certification in ARTÂŽ doctors attend yearly continuing education and recertification by ARTÂŽ.

Acupuncture Creekside Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Stephanie Ellis, LAc 371A Main Street, Rosendale, NY (845) 546-5358 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, eco-friendly materials.

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Relax in the comfort and privacy of your home or ofďŹ ce. Group rates are available. Serving the Mid-Hudson Valley Region Meg Coons, L.Ac.

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$25-$40 sliding scale (you decide what you can afford within that range). As a community-style practice, treatments occur in a semi-private, soothing space with several people receiving treatment at the same time. This allows for frequent, affordable sessions while providing high quality care. Also available: massage after acupuncture sessions during certain clinic hours, and 5 free acupuncture clinic sessions through Breast Cancer Options. Private sessions and herbal consults available outside of clinic hours.

Transpersonal Acupuncture (845) 340-8625

See also Massage Therapy.

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

Body & Skin Care Medical Aesthetics of the Hudson Valley 166 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY (845) 339-LASER (5273)

Chiropractic Dr. David Ness (845) 255-1200 Dr. David Ness is a Certified Sports Chiropractor, Certified Master Active Release Techniques (ARTÂŽ) Provider, Certified Kennedy Spinal Decompression Specialist, and Certified Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor. In addition to traditional chiropractic care, Dr. Ness utilizes ARTÂŽ to remove scar tissue and adhesions from injured muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Dr. Ness uses Selective Functional Movement Assessments to reveal the underlying biomechanical stresses that cause injuries and pain. Dr. Ness also uses non surgical chiropractic traction to alleviate pain from disc herniations in the spine, spinal stenosis, and sciatica. Dr. Ness practices in New Paltz, and Poughkeepsie, and serves as the official chiropractor, and ART provider for the Vassar College Athletic Dept, and the Hudson Valley Triathlon Club.

Dentistry & Orthodontics Dr. Robert Danz 5 McKinstry Place, Hudson, NY (518) 828-0115

The Center For Advanced Dentistryâ&#x20AC;&#x161; Bruce D. Kurek, DDS, FAGD 494 Route 299, Highland, NY (845) 691-5600

Fitness Centers YMCA of Kingston 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 338-3810

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

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

Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Empowered By Nature (845) 416-4598 Lorraine Hughes, Registered Herbalist (AHG), 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.

Holistic Health Donna Nisha Cohen, Guided Self-Inquiry Counseling Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4836 If you are looking for a way to transform the pain and suffering in your life into ease and freedom, consider learning the process of deeply listening to yourself by being deeply listened to. Learn to bring a warm, caring presence to your body, mind and emotions. Donna offers gentle, insightful guidance using a unique blend of healing modalities that connect body, mind and spirit. She combines 30 years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher with studies in various therapeutic/spiritual modalities which include The Embodied Life Certification, Body Centered Therapy, The Sedona Method, and Focusing.

Vitality Cleanse

Hospitals Health Alliance 369 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 334-4248

Health Quest Medical Practice

Northern Dutchess Hospital Rhinebeck, NY

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

Vassar Brothers Medical Center 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 454-8500

Kary Broffman, RN, CH (845) 876-6753 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.

Master Elaine Ward, Worldwide Representative of Master Sha Hyde Park, NY (845) 849-1715

Nancy Plumer, Energy Healing and Mystery School Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-2252 Energy Healing and Mystery School with One Light Healing Touch in Stone Ridge begins September 14, 2012. 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

$25-$40 a session       Saturdays 10-1Yukiko Naoi, M.S., L.Ac. Private sessions herbal consults       5 free acupuncture sessions Breast Cancer Options

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Zweig Therapy Julie Zweig, MA

Susan Spiegel Solovay Hudson Valley, and Great Barrington, MA (917) 881-0072

Imago Relationship Therapy

Martial Arts New Paltz Karate Academy, Inc. 22 North Front Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-4523

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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, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and non-toxic cleaning products.

Massage Therapy Mid-Hudson Rebirthing Center (845) 255-6482


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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.

Amy Benac, M.S., L.Ac.


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

New Paltz Community Acupuncture

(845) 246-2073 or (845) 518-7700

â&#x20AC;&#x153; John is an extraordinary healer whom I have been privileged to know all my life. Miracles still do happen.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Brown, MD Author Stop Depression Now â&#x20AC;&#x153; John Carroll is a most capable, worthy, and excellent healer of high integrity, compassion, and love.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gerald Epstein, MD Author Healing Visualizations

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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.

Optometrists Rhinebeck Eye Care 454 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (845) 828-0215 6805 Route 9, Rhinebeck NY (845) 876-2222







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Osteopathy Stone Ridge Healing Arts — Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO

The Edelweiss Soap Company Handmade Artisanal Soaps & Bath Products

Edelweiss Soap Company carries awesome artisanal soaps and lotions, bath products, and accessories. We have four basic types of soap – goat milk, hemp seed oil, oatmeal, and olive oil – all concocted in historic uptown Kingston! In addition, we have a wide selection of natural shampoos, massage oils, incense, body scrubs and lip balms and many fun and useful accessories.

Our products are all paraben and dye-free! 38 1/2 John St, Kingston, NY 845-282-3001

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

Pharmacies Dermasave Labs, Inc. 3 Charles Street, Suite 4, Pleasant Valley, NY (800) 277-7099

Physicians Horizon Family Medical 90 East Main Street, Washingtonville, NY (845) 496-2400

John L Zboinski DPM 91 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-TOES (8637)

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Valley Endovascular Associates One Webster Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 483-5352

WILLOW, NY 845-688-7205 845-853-2310

Psychic Readings by Rose

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

70 Duck Pond Rd Stone Ridge NY 12484

Consultations by Gail Petronio Internationally Renowned Psychic Over 30 years Experience Sessions In-Person or By Phone

845.626.4895 212.714.8125

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370 Violet Avenue., Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-1807

Residential Care Always There Home Care (845) 339-6683

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

Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Rt. 9D, Garrison, NY Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. CARE for Teachers: Fifth Annual Garrison Institute Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education SummerRetreat, August 10-15 and Living in the Light of Divine Sanity: A Retreat for People of Color, with Gina Sharpe, August 31- September 2.

Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center Phoenicia, NY (845) 688-6897 ext. 0

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

Classes, Workshops, Private Sessions, Guided Self-Inquiry Healing Sessions

Riverview Psychiatric Medicine and TMS Center

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

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

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

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

Church of the Messiah 6439 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-3533

Jewish Federation of Ulster County Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston, NY (845) 338-8131

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

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

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

Satya Yoga Center

Julie Zweig, MA, Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Imago Relationship Therapist and NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Rhinebeck and Catskill, NY (845) 876-2528

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event PREVIEWS & listings for august 2012 image provided An installation view of "Dear Mother Nature" at the Dorsky Museum with works by Paul Stewart, Jim Holl, Joan Bankemper, Meadow, Claire Lambe, Ellen Levy, Sherry Williams, Leila Goldthwaite, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, and Susan Quasha.

Listen to Your Mother Ask yourself: “When was the last time I saw nature inside a white-walled gallery?” No, not paintings of nature—Mother Nature herself with her many faces and moods. “When did I have a rich conversation about nature and ecology as art (call it eco art) without coming up only with some outdoor, far-flung 70’s Land Art?” Ask: “Though Mother Nature is beleaguered, can I still celebrate her?” Well, you’ll soon find out. “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012,” the group show exhibiting through November 4 curated by artist and environmentalist Linda Weintraub at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, is a sincere expression of the answers you might allow yourself. The work on view by 42 Hudson Valley artists is an offering that both problematizes and celebrates our commitments to our mother. It invites many questions, without requiring that any one answer dominate any other. So if you suppose that the story on view at the Dorsky is the story of Mother Nature herself—concern and celebration—the art here invites an open-ended, life-affirming, and endearing conversation, one that won’t end when you walk out of the museum doors. In effect, the museum and gallery context, here, has been reformatted to suit contemporary eco art. We’re not being lectured by seemingly heroic “land artists” like Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer; we’re chatting at eye level. Take for instance, Portia Munson’s installation as reliquary, a house to hold all our mistakes. Jim Holl’s piece suggests we’re one turn, maybe one mistake away from Mother’s wrath; our fortunes swing by her strings. Christy Rupp’s sculptures of microscopic filter feeders suggest that though Mother’s looking out for us, there’s only so much she can do. Eventually the filter feeders that have helped clean the detritus of the Gulf oil spill will show up in our food supply. Leila Goldthwaithe offers up a trophied feast of handmade creatures you can’t find in any local body of water. This, because we’ve destroyed the ecosystems that until recently sustained what are now near-extinct populations. We carry much of the blame for our mother’s condition.

Yet we should celebrate our mother. And how better to celebrate her than to consider ways to revitalize her constitution? Consider, then, Daniel Mack’s installation of detrital driftwood that suggests idols in twilight, that one gesture or a few marks the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Polly Giragosian’s earthcaked clothes for Mother’s wrathful children might just calm their rage. (I hope so; especially during this drought-ridden summer.) Khem Caigan’s careful alchemical turns refine our mother’s hidden bounties in a way I, in my slapdash painter ways, can’t fathom; though I suspect I’d be a better person if I did. Paul G. Stewart’s precariously balanced sculpture makes material mother’s balancing act and suggests we must balance our own priorities better if we are to save her. Kathleen Anderson’s tribute—or better, pilgrimage—traces the contours of her body along the Hudson River. Angela Basile offers a view of technology on life support, infected and about to be undone by nature’s stealthy shoots. You might wonder, is this an aspiration or ironic commentary, or both? Now, there are still 32 other discrete bodies of work I haven’t even touched on and a few are one-shot only performances. Each visit to the show can throw open a new view on the world, if you’ll allow it. So let us go then you and I and reconstitute mother to her working glory so that we need no longer defame our virtue nor dilute our commitments to the significant ends we’ve each proposed for our lives. “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012” will be exhibited through November 4 at the Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. On August 25, at 2pm, curator Linda Weintraub will give a gallery talk. At 3pm, artist Mary Anne Davis will prepare a ceremonial meal with local food, part of her ongoing Mala Meal Project. (845) 257-3844; —Faheem Haider

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

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

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

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Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Classes Intensive Watercolor Call for times. With Richard Segalman. $290. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Ukrainian Embroidery Call for times. $65. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479. Ukrainian Folk Singing Call for times. Ages 4-10. $130. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479. Dances for a Variable Population Performance Workshop 11am-Friday, August 3, 12:30pm. Community members will create a dance to be performed with the Dances for a Variable Population Company. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Dance Folk Dance 6:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Maximizing Your Body’s Potential to Heal Itself 1pm-3pm. 4-week class. $65. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Dance Les Caractres de l'Amour 6:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Events The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Check website for specific events and times. Festival Stage, Phoenicia. Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices Coffee House, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-4717.

Miracle Mile 7pm. An apocalyptic cult film that is both thrilling and funny. The Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie. 483-7070.

Children’s Media Project: Summer Media Camp Call for times. Youth participants will get a hands-on experience in media-making as they try out a variety of media including animation, radio, and video. $235. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989. Mega Media 10am-Thursday, August 2, 4pm. Children's Media Project summer program for ages 7-11. $250. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

Music Caramoor International Music Festival Call for times. See website for specific performances and times. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Inc, Katonah. (914) 232-1252. The Uncle Brothers 6:30pm. Family-friendly music, ages 4+. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272 ext. 15. Tom DePetris Trio 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424. Guitar'd & Feather'd: The Postage Inn Open Jam 8pm. Postage Inn, Tillson. 658-3434. Great Lake Swimmers 8pm. Folk rock. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Philadelphia Orchestra 8pm. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Spoken Word The Sound of Work: Work Songs of the Hudson Valley 7pm. $5. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 338-0071.

Kids Hop-N-Healthy 10:45am-11:15am. $30 3 sessions/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Monarch Butterflies 1pm. Observe and examine all stages of the monarch life cycle up close with Betty Boomer. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Pet Dragons: A Family Craft Workshop 6:30pm-8pm. $2. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Music Matuto 5:30pm-7:30pm. Long Dock Park, Beacon. Rhythm on the Riverfront Concert Series 6pm-8pm. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon. 471-7477. Jazz with Tom DePetris Trio 6:30pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985. Dan Brother Band 6:30pm-8:30pm. Sugar Loaf Crossing, Sugar Loaf. Innis, Ancient Sky, & Rice Cultivation Society 7pm. Experimental bands. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. Georgie Wonders Orchestra Big Band 7pm-9pm. Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill. Akie B. & The Falcons 7pm. Jazz. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. The Lure of Paris 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Loudon Wainwright III 8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Jon Cobert 8:30pm. Singer/songwriter. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble 9pm. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

The Outdoors

Readings by Woodstock Mayapple Writers Retreat 8pm. Featuring Helen Ruggieri, Maril Nowak and Li Tien. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

Pitch in for Parks: Monitor and Maintain 6pm-8pm. Observe the progress of our new trees and help maintain our new structures, paths and plantings. Scenic Hudson's Madam Brett Park, Beacon.


Spoken Word

Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Reading by Eugene Mirabelli 7pm. Author of Renato, the Painter. The Golden Notebook, Woodstock. 679-8000. Readings by Woodstock Mayapple Writers Retreat 8pm. Patricia Harkins-Pierre, Linda Melick, Robert McDonough and Carol Henrickson. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

Workshops Mindful Discipline: A Workshop for Conscientious Parents 6:30pm-8pm. $120 8-week class/$160 couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Guitar Camp Call for times. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

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Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007.


Festival of the Arts Call for times. 8-week long festival of music, theater, and dance. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (800) 772-6646.

Caravan Kids Week Check web for times. Ages 4-8 will celebrate Woody Guthrie’s Centennial with traditional Americana dance set to Guthrie music. Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz.

Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Yoga at the Pavilion 6pm-7:15pm. $10/$75 series members/$12/$100 series. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.



Body / Mind / Spirit


The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 6:30pm-8:30pm. 4-week natural childbirth class. $350. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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

Theater Romeo and Juliet 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Spoken Word Pork and Poetry! With Brooklyn Arts Press and Friends 7pm. Mount Tremper Arts Festival; dynamic reading by poets-in-residence followed by a pig roast and Q&A with small press publishers and editors. $15. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1-2pm under 1 year, 2-3pm toddler all ages contact. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


Farmers’ Market 11:30am-5:30pm. Cornwall Community Co-Op. Town Hall, Cornwall.

Fuddy Meers 8pm. River Valley Rep. $30/$25 students and seniors. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133.

Swing and Other Dances 7:30pm. Dance swing, foxtrot, lindy, and Latin to live music including jazz standards and old favorites. $11/$9 memebrs. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. International Folk Dancing with Isabel Miller & friends 8-10pm. Learn Traditional dances from around the world. Bring clean soled shoes. $12/10, $5. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 706-3024.

Events Saugerties First Friday Call for times. Music, libation, shopping and art. Downtown Saugerties, Saugerties. (347) 387-3212. The Wassaic Project 5th Annual Summer Festival Multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more. The Wassaic Project, Wassaic. 815-0783. Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. 16th Sharon Summer Book Signing 6pm-8pm. More than 30 noteworthy authors and illustrators. $25. Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Sharon, Connecticut. (860) 364-1919. SpiegelClub 10:30pm-1am. Late night bar and dance party with DJ'd music. $7. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Film Mr. Popper's Penguins 7pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Little Miss Sunshine 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 8:30pm. Loughran Park, Kingston.

Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Creatures of the Ocean Call for times. $96/$40 additional children. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Kindermusik Development through Music: Birth to 20 months 11:30am-12:15pm. $93 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Symphony Gala with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Call for time. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. Songwriters Showcase 7pm. Featuring Eddie Fingerhut and John Pinder. Crossroads Brewing, Athens. (518) 945-2337. TN3, Mamalama, & Anais Wolf 7pm. Indie/atmospheric bands. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. New Riders of the Purple Sage 8pm. Psychedelic country rock. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Ed Palermo's Frank Zappa Little Big Band 8pm. $26. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406. Cirque de la Symphonie 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Tuba Skinny 8:30pm. With Dan Lavoie. $22.50-$17.50. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Mandingo Ambassadors: The Real Sound of Guinea in America 8:30pm. $25. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson. Sonny Landreth and Trio 9pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Tim Grimm 9pm. $20/$18. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Tom Chapin 9pm. $25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Reality Check 9:30pm. Rock. Quiet Man Pub, Wappingers Falls. 298-1724.

Revival of the Fittest 7pm. Diata Diata 11th Annual Spring/Summer Theater Project. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. Beauty and the Beast 7pm. Presented by the 19th annual Young Actors Summer Workshop. $15. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. 19th Annual Young Actors Summer Workshop Performance 7pm. Performed by ages 6-18. $15. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. The Bingo Murders 8pm. Murder mystery. $18/$15 students and seniors. The New Rose Theatre, Walden. 778-2478. Fuddy Meers 8pm. River Valley Rep. $30/$25 students and seniors. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133. Taxi Tales 8pm. District 212 Productions. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. The 39 Steps 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Genealogy Basics 1pm-4pm. $20. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

SATURDAY 4 Art Artists and Nature in Harmony 5pm-7pm. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. 457-ARTS Nancy Natale: Of Cabbages and Queens 5pm-7pm. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112. Dmitri Kasterine: People and Places 1955-2011 6pm-9pm. Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh. 784-1146 Philip Hardy Recent Paintings 7-9pm. 1 Mile Gallery, Kingston. 338-2035.

Body / Mind / Spirit Qi Gong Classes 10am-11am. $10. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Yoga in the Park 10am-11am. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263. Reflexology Day 11:30am-4:30pm. $45/45 min. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Yoga in the Park 4pm-5pm. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263. Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Group 4pm-6pm. $20. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Soul Masters Film Screening & Divine Healing Hands Blessings 7pm-9pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Sound Healing 7:30pm-9pm. Exploring the boundaries between sound and silence. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Photographing the Nude in Nature 10am-4pm. With Dan McCormack. $120/$110 members/$350 series/$300 series member. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Curing Meat with Chronogram Food Editor Peter Barrett 10am-1pm. Duck prosciutto, gravlax, guanciale, bresaola, pastrami, bacon. Woodstock.

Dance Dances for a Variable Population Performance 8pm. $25/$20 members/$15 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. IRUKA and July 13, 1987 8pm. Choreographer Kota Yamazaki explores ying and yang and violence in these spellbinding pieces which are heavily influenced by butoh. $15. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8:30pm-2am. Bare-foot, smoke, drug and alcohol free. $7/$3. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz.

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Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap will perform at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock on Saturday, August 25 at 6:30pm.

Making Beautiful Music Together It says something about a couple that can sit across from each other—wordlessly, yet saying something—and intermittently cast their eyes upon one another for an hour or so. This will be the duo debut performance by pianists Renee Rosnes and her husband, Bill Charlap, at the Maverick Concert Hall’s Jazz at the Maverick series Two Pianos at the Maverick on August 25. Alexander Platt, music director of the Maverick Concerts, is a long-time admirer of Charlap’s work. “I’m at heart a classical musician through and through, but the classic jazz piano—George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Marian McPartland, Bill Evans—has long been a part of my life, and let’s just say I know when someone can get their way around a piano.” Charlap performed last summer at the Maverick “and he was a hit in every way,” beams Platt. After the concert, Platt says that “Bill suggested that he and Renee come back this year. I immediately was interested.” Both Rosnes and Charlap were seated at pianos as toddlers. Since their early tutelage, they’ve garnered much acclaim and admiration for their recorded output and their ensemble work (Rosnes as a co-founder of the San Francisco Jazz Collective and Charlap with drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington.) Charlap, who comes from a musical family (Broadway composer Moose Charlap was his father and singer Sandy Stewart is his mother), married Rosnes five years ago, and they’ve tailored their musical schedules to accommodate a family schedule that includes their three children. Charlap wrapped up another year as Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival in New York last month and Rosnes will have just come from playing with bassist Ron Carter in Brazil and at the famed Birdland in New York by

concert time at the Maverick. Their 2010 duo release is titled Double Portrait on EMI’s Blue Note records. It’s anyone’s guess what will be performed by them at the concert. “Honestly, I don’t know,” says Platt. “This season we are celebrating things French, due to the landmark anniversaries of Debussy and Ravel. As the French Impressionists have always been close to jazz’s heart, I am sure they’ll make more than a nod to Paris.” Pianist Andrew Russo and Frederic Chui perform the next afternoon at 4pm with “music of or inspired by Paris—from Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun to Gershwin’s An American in Paris to Ravel’s La Valse. It’s all part of a truly fabulous Two-Piano Weekend at the Maverick.” This season shows off the newly renovated 230-seat hall to music lovers. Built in 1916, it began to show its age (leaks and cracks) through its oak, pine, and chestnut structure. With grants from Save America’s Treasures and New York State Council for the Arts and federal, private, and state arts funding grants and donations, the renovations are (for) now complete. Platt is truly excited to hear Rosnes and Charlap perform. “[I] have never heard them play together in the flesh—and I can’t wait for that to happen at the Maverick, where we’ll have two mint-condition Yamaha grands at their disposal.” Two sets of hands wedded together for an evening of music and for a lifetime of creative passion. Pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes will perform as part of the Maverick Concert Hall’s Jazz at the Maverick series Two Pianos at the Maverick on Saturday, August 25 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $40 (adults), $5 (students with ID) and free for children under 12. (845) 679-8217; —Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

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didn’t want to have to go through a general manager or tasting panels. I was like—you know what I got this at the store today? I’m going to cook it this way. ZP: It’s always a trade-off, right? I’m going to be working harder, Jori’s going to be working harder, we’re both going to be working harder than we have in a while. I mean in the cooking sense. I’ve been working hard doing other stuff. And I realize it’s not OK, so-and-so is the chef cooking tonight, Jori and I are going to scoot out of here and go out to dinner somewhere else and get drunk and have a fun night in the city. No, I’m going to be working until the last table is fed. It’s a shift back into that life, but it’s a deliberate one. It’s one on our own terms, it’s one that we’re choosing to do. It’s exciting. RR: Is there a style of food you’re going to do there or is it going to be more open-ended? You’re not doing Fatty Crab type food? ZP: No. It won’t be thematic. It won’t be Southeast Asian or Asian or Italian. There will be elements of everything that’s influenced me. RR: What makes sense to you that day. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a taco, so that’ll be on the menu. ZP: It’s the idea, that, hey, we can cook whatever we want. I think one thing Jori and I agree on is the way we’re going to shape the menu. We want to give the whole thing some sense of balance. I don’t like my food as heavy as I used to like it. Not that I don’t like heavy food and intense flavors, but it used to hit him over the head. Now it’s sort of simplified. I’m not thinking more refined. It’s not going to be a fussy over-manicured presentation. What I took from the years in Malaysia and Thailand is thinking about the balance of the food. The sweet and the salty and the savory and the spicy and the bitter and how these balance each other. How you play with them. Why wouldn’t we continue to think in that vein? RR: Why does it only have to apply to Asian food? Why can’t it apply to the greens you find at the Farmers' Market?

How Small is Now?

An Interview with Zakary Pelaccio By Rich Reeve Zakary Pelaccio, innovative chef/owner of the Fatty Crab and Fatty Cue restaurants in New York City (there is also one in St. John), is on his way to being a celebrity chef along the lines of a Bobby Flay or Mario Batali. Or, rather, Pelaccio was, until he recently decided to dial back his involvement with his growing Fatty empire and spend more time at his weekend retreat in Chatham. In October, Pelaccio, along with his partner Jori Jayne Emde, will open an as-yet-to-be-named restaurant just off Warren Street on South 3rd Street in Hudson. In a fit of editorial inspiration, I dispatched the equally iconoclastic chef Rich Reeve of Elephant Wine Bar in Kingston to talk with Pelaccio at his home in Chatham in late June. What follows is an edited transcript of their wide-ranging conversation. Pelaccio is a gastronome’s gastronome. It doesn’t have to be fussy to be delicious. As he writes in the foreword to his book, “You can be a serious cook without being too serious about cooking. You want the pork belly you’re braising to be fucking tasty, but come on, you’re making dinner, not performing a triple bypass.” Zakary Pelaccio will be reading from Eat with Your Hands at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy in Rhinebeck on August 4 at 2pm. (845) 876-1117; —Brian K. Mahoney Rich Reeve: Where did the idea to open a restaurant in Hudson come from? Zakary Pelaccio: I didn’t want to continue with the Fatty Crab and Fatty Cue expansion. Not because I don’t love it, I do, but I’m interested in cooking at a slower pace of life. What the expansion is calling for is flying to different cities and making deals, and doing all that sort of stuff that I started to learn is not really my interest. Jori and I kept talking about collaborating together, talking about our different ideas for food, things we like to cook. Just things we started cooking as we hung out together [in Chatham]. And we want to flesh it out, have some fun, be creative again—raw creative as opposed to calculated creative. "Hey, we’re going to introduce a new recipe, we’re going to have 5 people sit around a table, taste this, determine if it’s right, tweak it again, taste it again, and then we’ll teach it to the five other cooks in the other restaurants." That sort of tier thing. The idea of raw creativity is, "Hey, today we’re going to do this and it’s going on the menu tonight." RR: That’s why I opened Elephant. I didn’t want to be in charge of 10 guys anymore. I 116 forecast ChronograM 8/12

ZP: Jori made this beautiful kimchi from rhubarb. It’s so brilliant, and so tasty. And it’s not Korean. It’s not Asian. It’s adapting a local product to a type of fermentation that’s typical in a lot of different pickles. It’s global. It’s now. A lot of people are also obsessively local. This idea informs everything that they buy. Jori made a great rhubarb kimchi, but she used fish sauce from Asia. We’re not going to be rigorously local in that sense. RR: The question of authentic... I heard what Anthony Bourdain or David Chang think of authentic, and they’re like, “Screw it.” I’m going to cook how it makes sense to me, using those techniques or that philosophy. Did you consider Fatty Crab authentic Malaysian food? ZP: I never considered it Malaysian food. I considered it more inspired. The initial menu was more Malaysian-inspired than any other identifiable cuisine. RR: The Fatty Crab, I think I’ve been there a 100 times. I’ve gotta be honest with you. I remember explaining to someone it’s like an ex-GI landed in Malaysia, opened this bar and started cooking with an American sensibility ZP: It’s not authentic. What I was able to do was confidently use those flavors because I lived and cooked there. I didn’t just pass through Malaysia. I didn’t go there on a holiday for two weeks, but I lived there and I worked there to understand those flavors and that gave me the ability to play around with them with more confidence and more understanding than maybe somebody who is just saying “I like Thai food so I’m going to cook it.” The idea is that I actually understood the flavors so they became my own. RR: That’s when I think you really learn something. If you’re just copying a cuisine, then you’re not using your own head. ZP: And you’re not being creative. To me, that’s the turn-on about the whole thing. RR: Why’d you do a cookbook? ZP: Because a buddy of mine, who ended up being my literary agent, asked me to do one. RR: In the beginning of your book you write: “I never want to cook anything twice.” And the premise is you’re writing a cook book. ZP: I don’t really like the idea of cooking things. It’s funny because I love to cook, but I don’t love routine. And there’s so much routine to cooking. There’s so much making stocks. I don’t mind repetition. I like cutting. I love precision cutting and butchering. I guess the idea is, if I had to go into a restaurant and execute the same dishes every single day, I would go out of my mind. I need to cook new things. RR: That’s why you like this new concept. You can say, “I’m tired of that dish, I’m done, I’m moving on.”


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Two dishes from Zakary Pellacio's Eat With Your Hands: Asparagus kerabu (above) and pork and watermelon salad (below)


ZP: I tried that with Fatty a couple times and people would get upset. RR: That was the next thing I was going to ask. There are a few iconic dishes like the Fatty Duck, the Fatty Crab, and the Pork Belly and Watermelon. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen so many chefs copy that dish, myself included. Did you ever try to take any of those off the menu? People would try to kill you. ZP: Yeah, we literally got some death threats. It was fucking funny. RR: One thing that made Fatty iconic, at least to me, and something I thought was really cool in the cookbook, was the idea of matching music with the food. You walk into Fatty, it is banging. You put the music in the book, obviously itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an important issue with you. ZP: I love music. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the simplest answer, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole thing. When we started Fatty we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thinking: Is this a restaurant that will be successful? Is this a restaurant thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work? Is this what people want? We were thinking that this is where we are now, this is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cooking, this is our party. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to have everyone join. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our party and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inclusive. Come and join in and dig it, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excuse me can you turn the music down?â&#x20AC;? No, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn it down. Why does every restaurant have to sound look and taste the same? Our age group didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow up listening to jazz. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like going to a dentist office when you go to a restaurant. A lot of people try to corporatize something so it will appeal to the masses. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one restaurant that will appeal to all people. Guys have tried to do that over and over again, very successful guys, and guys that I respect who own multiple restaurants. They write these really long menus and they do it because they are running a business and see it as a business. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always felt, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve conducted things, is that people are rejecting the idea of the big menu. Big is out. Small is in. RR: When did you know you wanted to be a chef? Was there a moment? Was it by happenstance? Was it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out of college and need to pay off some loans?" ZP: No, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that. I think that I just sort of kept going back to cooking while I was dealing with my general disenchantment of the world. It was just something I could do while dealing with an existential dilemma.

Put New Paltz on your Calendar 845.257.3860 THE DORSKY MUSEUM 845.257.3844

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design Shinohara Pops! The AvantGarde Road, Tokyo/New York Opening receptions September 8, 5-7:00 p.m. Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012 Thru November 4 MUSIC

McKenna Theatre Tickets available at the door.

West Point Chamber Ensemble September 4 at 8:00 p.m. Faculty Showcase September 11 at 8:00 p.m. Alumni Musicale September 22 at 11:00 a.m. September 22 at 4:00 p.m.


Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley October 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21 Macbeth by William Shakespeare November 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December 9


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The Wassaic Project 5th Annual Summer Festival Call for times. Multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more. The Wassaic Project, Wassaic. 815-0783.

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Antique Fair and Flea Market Call for times. $3/$2 65+/under 16 free. Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich. 331-5004.


Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Garden Conservancy Garden Tours 10am-4pm. Tours of two private gardens: Gayle Burbank Garden, Bearsville; Rooney Garden, Port Ewen.

The Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat Showcase 2pm. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775. Chronogram Open Word 7:30pm. Outdated, Kingston.

Disney's 101 Dalmations 11am. By Kids on Stage. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Revival of the Fittest 7pm. Diata Diata 11th Annual Spring/Summer Theater Project. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

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

Beauty and the Beast 7pm. Presented by the 19th annual Young Actors Summer Workshop. $15. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470.

Friends of the Rosendale Library Annual Used Book Sale 10am-3pm. Rosendale Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.

The Bingo Murders 8pm. Murder mystery. $18/$15 students and seniors. The New Rose Theatre, Walden. 778-2478.

Ann Street Market 12pm-6pm. Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh. 562-6940.

Fuddy Meers 8pm. River Valley Rep. $30/$25 students and seniors. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133.

Guided Tours of Esopus Meadows Lighthouse Aboard The Lark 1pm. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 338-0071.

Love's Labour’s Lost 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

2nd Annual Hudson Valley Young Artist Talent Search 12:30pm. Ages 17 and under. $15/$8 students and seniors. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300. Historic Walking Tour of Brewster Village 2pm. $5/children under 6 free. Southeast Museum, Brewster. The Art of Fermentation with Sandor Katz 4pm. Fermentation revivalist speaks. Bruynswick Farmstand, Gardiner. 255-5693.

Kids The Little Farm Show 3:30pm. An original musical theater performance. $15/$5 children. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Music An Afternoon with Johannes Moser 2:15pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Hausmann String Quartet 3pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Amernet String Quartet 4pm. Pre-concert talk at 3pm. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Paula Poundstone 7:30pm. Comedy. $32. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Amernet String Quartet 6:30pm. $35/$30. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Shady Ril 7pm. Folk. Millbrook Band Shell, Millbrook. Madama Butterfly 7:30pm. Opera. $20. Festival Stage, Phoenicia. 586-3588. Miami Mo Jazz 7:30pm. Acoustic. $5. Northeast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 789-3340. Tuba Skinny 8pm. Blues and jazz. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 8pm. $25/$22. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Jason Marsalis & Dianne Schuur 8pm. $25-$66. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406. Barbara Cook and John Pizzarelli 8pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. David Kraai & Amy Laber 8:30pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Lunasa 8:30pm. Quintet from Ireland. $35/$30. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Sandra Bernhard 9pm. Comedian. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Murali & Larry Coryell 9pm. $30. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. The Rashaan Langley Project 10pm. Motown. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

The Outdoors Silence Walk in the Woods 3:30pm-5pm. Explore the hidden acres. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

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Dance Swing Dance Class 6/7pm. 4-week class with Linda & Chester Freeman. Beginners at 6, intermediate at 7pm. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 236-3939.

Events Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner 5pm-8pm. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham.

Film Hugo Movie Night 7pm. Fantastical Scorcese flick. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

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

Spoken Word

Richard Thorne Call for time. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-4717.

Larchmere String Quartet 4pm. Hayden Op. 77, Beethoven Op. 50, Bartok No. 5. $15/$12 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Watercolors 1pm-4pm. 4-week class. $75. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Hallow Dog 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.


Woodstock Concert on the Green 1pm-6pm. Interface, Native Tongue Dance, Ras T Asheber, Justin Love, Jeremy Bernstein, The Red Lions. Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock.



The Little Farm Show 3:30pm. An original musical theater performance. $15/$5 children. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Young People's Concert: Elizabeth Mitchell and Family 11am. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Occupy Yourself: An Approach to Inner Work 7:30pm-9pm. The Gurdjieff expansion series with Jason Stern. $5 donation. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Children’s History Week Call for times. Week of special activities for ages 8-12. $90. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786.


Farmageddon 2012 12pm. Music and art festival feat. Spin Cycle Lava, Voodelic, food vendors, more. 110 Lauren Tice Rd., Saugerties. 514-8400.

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


SpiegelClub 10:30pm-1am. Late night bar and dance party with DJ'd music. $7. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Kuumba Dance and Drum 11am-1pm. $5/children free. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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

Injury Prevention for Dancers 6:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Measure for Measure For nearly two decades, the Bird-on-a-Cliff Theater has been producing the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival, transporting modern New York to 17th-century England via the outdoor Elizabethan stage on the pastoral Comeau Property, dubbed “Woodstock’s Central Park.” This year’s feature is “Measure for Measure,” directed by Gordon W. Brown. Claudio and Juliet’s budding family is brought to a halt in this dramatic comedy, interrupted by politics, religion, family, and friends. Shakespeare’s problem play balances suspense and humor throughout the chaos. Performances run through September 2 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5pm. Blankets, chairs, and picnics are encouraged. Taxi Tales 8pm. District 212 Productions. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

SUNDAY 5 Body / Mind / Spirit Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Uncovering the Brilliance of Your Soul Shadow 2pm-3:30pm. A Jungian archetypal soul journey. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650. Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-9642. De-Stress Mixed Level Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Dance Bon-Odori New Paltz Dance Festival 1pm-9pm. Food, crafts, games, Japanese martial arts, music and dance. Water Street Market, New Paltz. 255-8811.

Events The Wassaic Project 5th Annual Summer Festival Multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more. The Wassaic Project, Wassaic. 815-0783. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Annual Walk for Peace 9am. Woodstock, Woodstock. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. 876-3847.

Theater Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Newborn Essentials 6pm-8pm. Practical information on caring for a newborn. $55/couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


A Tribute to Peter Schickele 4:30pm. One hundred singers and a Nine Foot Concert Grand will celebrate the accomplishments of local resident, national treasure and American composer, satirist and performer, Peter Schickele. $25 VIP/$15. Parish Park, Phoenicia. 586-3588. Jazz Knights: Dancing Under the Stars 7:30pm. West Point Band. Dance lesson at 7pm. West Point Academy, West Point. Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News 7:30pm. $26.50-$127. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.


The Outdoors

MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Sunset Paddle to Greenport Conservation Area 6pm-8pm. Hudson Boat Launch, Hudson. (518) 392-5252 ext. 207.

Theater Fuddy Meers 2pm. River Valley Rep. $30/$25 students and seniors. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133. The Bingo Murders 3pm. Murder mystery. $18/$15 students and seniors. The New Rose Theatre, Walden. 778-2478. Beauty and the Beast 3pm. Presented by the 19th annual Young Actors Summer Workshop. $15. Cocoon Theater, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. Taxi Tales 4pm. District 212 Productions. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Revival of the Fittest 7pm. Diata Diata 11th Annual Spring/Summer Theater Project. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050. Romeo and Juliet: Caught in the Act 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

MONDAY 6 Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates Plus 9am-10:15am. $38. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

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

Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Hatha Yoga 1pm-2pm. $2.50. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Gentle Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

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

Dance Modern Mover and Shaker: A Guide through Martha Graham 6:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Events Purple Heart Appreciation Day 11am. 2012 theme: to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the landings on Guadalcanal, the 1st major U.S. land Campaign of the War in the Pacific. National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor. 561-1765 ext. 28.

Film The Company 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Kids Kids Summer Yoga Camp 9:30am-Wednesday, August 8, 1:30pm. Ages 4-12. Yoga-themed activities outside in nature through hiking, water play, crafts, storytelling, music. Bowdoin Park, Poughkeepsie.


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Body / Mind / Spirit

Big Time Rush 7pm. $26.50-$81.50. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1-2pm under 1 year, 2-3pm toddler all ages contact. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Blues & Dance with Big Joe Fitz 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Zumba Rock n Roll 4pm-5pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Open Mike Night 7pm-10pm. Catamount Banquet Center, Mount Tremper. 688-2444. Wister Quartet and Friends 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Spoken Word Early on Tuesdays with Andre-Michel Schub 7pm. Pre-concert lecture. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


Theater Romeo and Juliet 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Chef and Farmer Brunch 11am. $50/$40. No. 9, Millerton. (518) 789-4259. Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-4717.



Green Energy Presentation 6pm-7pm. Learn how to get Greener Energy & offset carbon emissions. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

Billy the Kid Part of Hudson Music Fest. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

WEDNESDAY 8 Body / Mind / Spirit Foot Reflexology Sessions 9:30am-12:30pm. $45. Inner Light Health Spa, Hyde Park. 229-9998.

Orchestra of Exiles 7:30pm. Benefit screening of this documentary film about the genesis of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. $36. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.


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

Butterfly Beauties: Knee-High Naturalist Summer Program 10am-11am. Ages 3-6. Schor Conservation Area, Canaan. (518) 392-5252 ext. 207.

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

Hop-N-Healthy 10:45am-11:15am. $30 3 sessions/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Zumba Toning 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Dance Swing Dance Class 6pm/7pm. 4-week class with Linda & Chester Freeman. Beginners at 6, intermediate at 7pm. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 236-3939.

Professor PBJ Quacksalver’s Miracle Elixir Old Tyme Medicine Show 1pm. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Music Tin Pan 5:30pm-7:30pm. Jazz, blues and American popular song. Long Dock Park, Beacon. Rhythm on the Riverfront Concert Series 6pm-8pm. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon. 471-7477.


Jazz with Tom DePetris Trio 6:30pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985.

Farmers’ Market 11:30am-5:30pm. Cornwall Community Co-Op. Town Hall, Cornwall.

Love Assassin 6:30pm-8:30pm. Rock. Sugar Loaf Crossing, Sugar Loaf.


Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Go For the Stars 7pm-8pm. Aerospace educator, Gary Pozzato will introduce you to Robo, the friendly robot, and teach us about orbits, rockets, and living in space. Ages 6+. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272 ext. 15.

Music Ben Rounds Band 6pm. Academy Green Park, Kingston. 334-3915. Duke McVinnie Band 7pm. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

Steppin’ Out Rock 7pm-9pm. Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill. Macoshine Collective 7pm. Indie. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. John Winton Plays Bruce Springsteen 7pm-9pm. Pop/soft rock. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

Tom DePetris Trio 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

Date Night 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Laura Joy 7:30pm. Folk. $5 suggested. New World Home Cooking Co., Saugerties. 246-0900.

Inner Visions 8pm. Reggae. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

GrandMothers Of Invention 8pm. $30/$25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Buckwheat Zydeco 8:30pm. $20. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Lang Lang 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

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

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Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life 6:45pm-8pm. A lecture by Peter Rose. Aquinas Theater, Newburgh. 569-3179.

Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.



Berkshire Playwrights Lab 7:30pm. Staged reading of a new play. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.

Student Jazz Workshop 12pm-Friday, August 10, 5pm. Ages 12-17. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. 254-5600 ext. 1411.

Workshops Mindful Discipline: A Workshop for Conscientious Parents 6:30pm-8pm. $120 8-week class/$160 couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

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

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Yoga at the Pavilion 6pm-7:15pm. $10/$75 series members/$12/$100 series. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Doody Calls 1pm-2pm. Cloth diapering information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

FRIDAY 10 Art Opening Reception: Saugerties Artists Studio Tour 5pm-7pm. Opus 40, Saugerties. 246-3400.

Body / Mind / Spirit Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

arts & culture woodstock fringe festival

ANITA BARBOUR The Woodstock Fringe Festival kicks off on August 11 and continues through September 2. Left: Rain Pryor will perform her one-woman show "Fried Chicken and Latkes." Top right: Mikhail Horowitz and Giles Malkine will perform "Poor, Obscure, and Pushing 64." Bottom rght: Malcolm Gordon will perform in "Cocktails with Coward."

Beyond the Fringe Back around the turn of this century, recent Woodstock emigre Wallace Norman decided to investigate the then-unused Byrdcliffe Theatre. “I found the stage covered in acorns and dust. I stepped onto it and said, ‘Wow, I would love to work here.’ It was so full of debris and magic.” Thus was born Woodstock Fringe, a performance company and festival that has been injecting a bracing blast of vigor and delight into the local performance scene ever since its birth. Various reviewers from a laundry list of local papers have investigated various performances—the festival is an eclectic blend of music, theater, comedy, and poetry—and come away exultant. Words like “brilliant” and “gem” and “knockout” and “tour-de-force” have been applied, and publications from New York to Albany have taken notice. For Norman, it is still and has always been about the joy. Fringe is founded on certain ideals—honesty, integrity, excellence, mutual support, and respect—and that overarching ethos seems to sanctify a space in which creative sparks fly and catch tinder. “Every year is a whole new blend of voices and psyches and visions, by design,” Norman says. “We’ve had chamber opera, voice recitals, Tiny Ninja puppet theater, a genius clown. If there’s a unifying element, it’s that the works are literate, intelligent, and speak to humanity in some individual way. We tend to go for offbeat pieces. The main criteria is, does it make our hearts beat faster? “And there’s always the new work. We do a series of free staged readings of brand new stuff, and it really packs people in—some come back year after year. I find it very moving—it’s the first time the words have been heard by an audience, and their reactions become very much a part of the process. Those laughs or gasps inform the play in both clear and unconscious ways.” Highlights this year include “No Fracking Way!”, a fracking awareness evening

with Marc Black and Amy Fradon (August 10), internationally acclaimed actor Malcolm Gordon in “Cocktails with Coward” (August 25 and 31), the indefatigable and twisted team of Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine bringing you “Poor, Obscure, and Pushing 64” (August 18 and 19), and the Goat Hill Poets (August 22). Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard Pryor, is performing her one-woman show “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” on growing up multicultural in the sixties and seventies. Pryor is a diversity educator as well as an acclaimed performer—expect to laugh 'til you cry while learning things that may make you want to weep (August 24, 25, 31, and September 1). Also on the bill of fare is the world premiere of “It Can’t Happen Here,” a play that begins in the aftermath of a horrific community tragedy and transports its characters a year back in time to trace the trickling streams that ultimately join to form a river of misery. It’s Norman’s own work, a first for the Fringe Fest. “In rehearsal, I have to keep pinching myself,” says Norman. “I have a dream cast—it’s hard to believe they could really be this good. I’m always happiest in rehearsal, and I’m very, very happy these days—I find myself getting swept up in it. I think it’s going to pack a bit of a wallop—it says a lot about who we are in community, and the people being created by these stunning performers are good company for the audience.” Come find yourself in good company, hearing works that will make your heart beat faster and wring out your soul. The Fringe’s 10th Annual Festival of Theater and Song will kick off with an anniversary celebration and fundraiser (unlike other Fringe-titled events, performers and creators receive a stipend instead of having to pay an entry fee) on August 11 and continue throughout September 2. A Fringe pass gets you into every event for $85. (845) 810-0123; —Anne Pyburn

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Dance 3rd Rail Projects Community Dance Intensive 1pm-6pm. Contemporary dance/theater workshop with a performance at 7pm. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. (518) 828-1030. Swing Dance 7:30pm-10:30pm. With beginner lesson. $10. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 236-3939. Take Dance Performance 8pm. A performance of excerpts from the criticallyacclaimed Salaryman and the world premiere of new work. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Events CARE for Teachers Call for times. Fifth Annual Garrison Institute Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education Summer Retreat. Garrison Institute, Garrison. 424-4800. Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. SpiegelClub 10:30pm-1am. Late night bar and dance party with DJ'd music. $7. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Film Kris Perry and the Machines Part of Hudson Music Fest. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

Art 10th Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour 10am-6pm. 40 artists, working in a variety of media and styles, will open their doors to the public. Saugerties, Saugerties. Small Works 12pm-4pm. Anonymous paintings exhibition and sale. M Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-0380. Spills 6pm-8pm. Paintings by Fred Duignan. The Pizza Gallery, Woodstock. 383-1051.

Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Group 4pm-6pm. $20. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757.

SpiegelClub 10:30pm-1am. Late night bar and dance party with DJ'd music. $7. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour Grab your walking shoes, map, and passion for Hudson Valley art for the 10th anniversary of the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour. Approximately 40 artists, including Ruth Edwy, Polly Law, Michael Nelson, and Isaac Abrams will welcome you into

Kindermusik Development through Music: Birth to 20 months 11:30am-12:15pm. $93 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

40, Saugerties Historical Society at Kiersted House and Cafe Mezzaluna will feature additional work from the artists throughout the

Stefon Harris & Blackout 8pm. Jazz. $26. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406. Saint-Saens and the Cultivation of Taste 8pm. Pre-concert talk at 7:30pm. $25-$55. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Debbie Davies Blues Band 8:30pm. $27.50/$22.50. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Dorraine Scofield and ThunderRidge 9pm. Country. Sidelines Restaurant and Sportsbar, Red Hook. 758-4545. The Greg Douglas Band 9pm-1am. Billy Bobs, Poughkeepsie. 471-7870. The Dave Keyes Band 9:30pm. Blues. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Theater Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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Secrets of the Soul Journey, 7pm-9:30pm. $20. Whispered Dreams, Saugerties. 849-1715. The Sound of the Spheres 7:30pm-9pm. Sound and Astrology with Beth Ylvisaker. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Take Dance Master Class 11am-12:30pm. Explore Take Dance’s unique approach to dance which incorporates Asian and western dance traditions. $20/$15 members and students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Family and Friends CPR and First Aid for Children 1pm-3:30pm. $45. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Dance Self Made Man Man Made Land 8pm. $15. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893. Southern Week Dance 8pm. Cajun, squares & contras. $15/$5 children. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Take Dance Performance 8pm. A performance of excerpts from the critically acclaimed Salaryman and the world premiere of new work. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Events Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. The 9th Annual Antique Fire Engine Muster 9am-3pm. Display of antique fire engines from the Northeast concluding with a parade. Stockade District, Kingston. 331-0866. 7th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow 10am-7pm. Check website for specific events and times. $8/$6 seniors and children. Mount Greylock, Lanesboro, Massachusetts. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.

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

The Outdoors Incredible Insects 10:30am-12pm. Learn about insect characteristics and life cycles by observing insects in their natural habitat. Roe-Jan Park, Hillsdale. (518) 325-4101.

Spoken Word Prodigy, Polymath, Globetrotter, and Reactionary 10am-12pm. Panel discussion. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival 2pm. Featuring India Radfar and Lee Gould. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342.

The Magic of Derrin Berger 11am. $9/$7. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Society of Kingston, gallery show at Opus

Yoga in the Park 4pm-5pm. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263.

Mr. Roper 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.


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C'Mon and Hear 2:15pm. The songs of Irving Berlin starring Steve Ross. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Fat City 9pm. Blues. Snug Harbor, New Paltz. 255-9800.

10am and 6pm. An opening reception at day evening celebrates another year of this

2012 Hudson Music Festival Call for times. Over 150 musicians playing throughout Hudson. Hudson, Hudson.

The "The Band" Band 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

their studios on August 11 and 12 between stone sculpture wonderland Opus 40 on Fri-


Tom Paxton 8pm. $60/$50. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Wizard of Oz 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Pousette-Dart Band 9pm. $25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Yoga in the Park 10am-11am. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263.

Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Creatures of the Ocean Call for times. $96/$40 additional children. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Jeff Entin & Bob Blum's Second Friday Jam 8pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Tom Paxton 8pm. $60/$50. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

A Revolutionary Camp at Night 7pm-9pm. Experience by candlelight military drills, musket firings and other period activities done at the encampment. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, New Windsor. 561-1765.

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Family Night 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

2012 Blues, Brews, and BBQ 1pm. Food, music, and more. Warren Street, Hudson.

Rilet Baugus 8pm. American banjo and song. $12. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Pat Metheny Unity Band 8pm. Jazz. $25-$66. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406.

Up 8:30pm. A widower floats his house. Hasbrouck Park, Kingston.

Elegy for Graveyards 7pm. Collaborative composer and sound artist Kohji Setoh performs solo works as well as works by con season, his trio with drummer Kohzo Komori and bassist Takashi Yuasa. $15. Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper. 688-9893.

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Lighthouse Tours 11am. $20/$10 children/members 1/2 price. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. (518) 822-1014.

Chris Smither 8pm. Folk. WAMC’s The Linda, Albany. (518) 465-5233 ext. 4.

Woodstock Fringe 10th Anniversary Season Kick-Off Party 4pm. Meal by Chef Deanna Marie D'Angelo of Woodstock Hidden Kitchen, Cabaret Sampler, performances by Gilles Malkine, Gus Mancini and others, champagne and dessert buffet. $50. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock.

Lisa Zukowski—New Works 6pm-9pm. Opening reception. Beacon Artist Union, Beacon. 440-7584.

Independence Day 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Brad Paisley 7pm-8pm. With the band Perry. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

9th Annual West Stockbridge Zucchini Festival 10am-9:30pm. Activities for kids & adults: a pet parade, rides & races, Zucchini recipe contest, Zucchini decorating/weigh-off contests, music and entertainment, games, food booths, arts and crafts booths. Town Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. The 39 Steps 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

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Origami Kingston Call for times. Ages 5+. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Film Bands, Art, and DJs Part of Hudson Music Fest. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.


Babywearing Bonanza 1pm-2pm. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Music, Movement and Dance 1pm-3:30pm. Workshop with belly dancer Alarah and Neon. Followed by a performance at 4pm. $50/$40 in advance/$10 performance only. All Sport Fishkill, Fishkill. 519-7058.

Aesop Bops 3:30pm. A zoo comes alive in this fast-paced, funny, and packed with-audience-participation production. $15/$5 children. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Women’s Self-Defense 2pm-5pm. $25. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.



2012 Hudson Music Festival Over 150 musicians playing throughout Hudson. Hudson. Vacation + Sticklips + Lovesick Call for times. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006.

SUNDAY 12 10th Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour 10am-6pm. 40 artists, working in a variety of media and styles, will open their doors to the public. Saugerties.

Body / Mind / Spirit

Young People's Concert: Jon Klibonof 11am. Piano concert. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Performing, Composing, and Arranging for Concert Life 1:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 1pm. $35. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Small Works 12pm-4pm. Anonymous paintings exhibition and sale. M Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-0380.

Voxare String Quartet 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126. Children's Recital 7pm. Performance of pupils of the two-week Ukrainian folk singing course for children, age 4-10. $5. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479.

Meditation, Intention, and the Zero Point Field 2pm-3:30pm. Ricarda O’Conner leads an exploration of consciousness and intention. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650. Soul Healing for Balancing Emotions 2pm-4pm. $20. Inner Light Health Spa, Hyde Park. 229-9998.

Mimi Goese and Jonathan Donahue 7pm. Indie. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

Theresa Caputo: Long Island Medium 3pm. $128/$62/$52/$42. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Zan Strumfeld 7pm. Singer/songwriter. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-9642.

Music in the Annex: Open Mike & Jam 7:30pm. Acoustic. Northeast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 789-3340.

De-Stress Mixed Level Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Woodstock Reggae Jamrock 8pm. Presented by Radio Woodstock. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342.


Eric Erickson 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055.

Car Seat Safety Check and Installation 11am-3pm. Health Quest, Lagrangeville. 475-9742.

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

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

7th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow 10am-6pm. Check website for specific events and times. $8/$6 seniors and children. Mount Greylock, Lanesboro, Massachusetts.

Occupy Yourself: An Approach to Inner Work 7:30pm-9pm. The Gurdjieff expansion series with Jason Stern. $5 donation. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. 876-3847.


Art in Motion Car and Cycle Show 10am-3pm. Featuring classic cars from 1987 and older, along with food, music, art, vendors and family-friendly activities. Warwick Drive-In, Warwick. 469-9168. 2nd Annual Hudson Valley Young Artist Talent Search 12:30pm. Ages 17 and under. $15/$8 students and seniors. Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. 855-1300.

Film Thinking on Their Feet: The Women of the Tap Renaissance 2pm. A documentary film about the women who revolutionized the art of American percussive dance. $10/$6 children 12 and under. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

French Language ABC123 Camp 9:30am-Friday, August 17, 10:30am. $125. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Film The Iron Lady 2pm-4:30pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Kids SummerDance on Tour! Performance intensive class for ages 9-teen. Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz.

Music Dirty Blind 8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.


Kids Aesop Bops 3:30pm. A zoo comes alive in this fast-paced, funny, and packed with-audience-participation production. $15/$5 children. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Music 2012 Hudson Music Festival Over 150 musicians playing throughout Hudson. Southern Week Camp Call for times. Workshops, jams, song swaps and more. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. The Organ, King of Instruments 10am. Performance with commentary. $35. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Ars Gallica and French National Sentiment 1:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 1pm. $35. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Featuring David Kim 2:15pm. Violin. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Armen Donelian & Marc Mommaas 3pm. With special guest Joe Locke. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Romeo and Juliet 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Lecture/Workshop on Isadora Duncan 6:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

TUESDAY 14 Art Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Hatha Yoga 1pm-2pm. $2.50. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Avalon String Quartet 3pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126.

MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Trio Solisti 4pm. Pre-concert talk at 3pm. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Gentle Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Noo Moves Entertainment's Artist Appreciation Showcase 4:30pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


Zoological Fantasies: Carnival of the Animals Revisited 5:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 5pm. $25-$55. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Kids' Open Mike Night 6pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Concert Band: Night at the Movies 7:30pm. West Point Academy, West Point. Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet 7:30pm. Celebrate the 70th birthday of Jack Dejohnette. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Craig Bickhardt 7:30pm. $15/$12 in advance. Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia. 688-9453. Saint-Saens, a French Beethoven? 8pm. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. American Symphony Orchestra. $35-$75. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

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

Dance Swing and Other Dances 7:30pm. Dance swing, foxtrot, lindy, and Latin to live music including jazz standards and old favorites. $11/$9 members. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Film Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin’ 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Music Big Time Rush 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Cowboy Junkies 8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

The Outdoors

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

Butterfly Garden Tour & Talk 10am-12pm. Maraleen Manos-Jones. $10. Butterfly Gardens, Shokan. 657-8073.

Ebene Quartet 8pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.


The Outdoors

Shout! The Mod Musical 2pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Birds of Mud Creek 10:30am-11:30am. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Ghent. (518) 828-4386 ext. 3.

Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

MONDAY 13 Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates Plus 9am-10:15am. $38. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

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Theater The 39 Steps 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Introduction to Kayaking 5:30pm-7:30pm. Learn the ABCs of kayaking while paddling to Denning's Point and back. Long Dock Park, Beacon.

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

Genealogy Basics 6:30pm-8pm. $20. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Zumba Gold 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Lecture/Workshop on Isadora Duncan 6:45pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

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WEDNESDAY 15 Art High Note 6pm-9pm. A music themed art exhibit featuring Hal Gaylor’s Jazz Portraits and other local artists. WVFA Gallery, Warwick. 981-7300.



Hop-N-Healthy 10:45am-11:15am. $30 3 sessions/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Check website for specific performances and times. Warwick.

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

The Big Takeover 5:30pm-7:30pm. Roots and reggae. Long Dock Park, Beacon.

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

Rhythm on the Riverfront Concert Series 6pm-8pm. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon. 471-7477.

Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Jazz with Tom DePetris Trio 6:30pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985.

Zumba Toning 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Classes Swing Dance with Nathan Bugh of The Vanaver Caravan 6:15pm-7:15pm. $40/$35 members/$15 one class. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


Excelsior Burlesque 7pm. Live burlesque show. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. SpiegelClub 10:30pm-1am. Late night bar and dance party with DJ'd music. $7. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Film Mr. Popper's Penguins 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Pamela Moore & the Blackberry Blues Band 6:30pm-8:30pm. Sugar Loaf Crossing, Sugar Loaf.

Superman 8:30pm. Ending celebration with music, food vendors, and family fun. Kings Inn Site, Kingston.

Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.


Between the Arctic, Free Henry, & Dirty River 7pm. Indie. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Check website for specific performances and times. Warwick.

Preachers Blues 7pm-9pm. Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill.

ASK for Music 8pm. Melinda DiMaio, Vince Sauter, Pawn Shop Saints. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

Farmers' Market 11:30am-5:30pm. Cornwall Community Co-Op. Town Hall, Cornwall.

Theater Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Mindful Discipline: A Workshop for Conscientious Parents 6:30pm-8pm. $120 8-week class/$160 couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


Spoken Aggregate at the Widow Jane Mine Spoken Aggregate, formerly Subterranean Poetry, celebrates its 22nd year with an event to shake the underground. Glenn Warner and Adrianna Delgado arranged collaborative performances from 12 fellow poets, including Donald Lev, editor of Home Planet News, Will Nixon, co-author of the new The Pocket Guide to Woodstock, and Janet Hamill, a Pushcart Prize nominee who has performed spoken word at well-touted venues both local and abroad. It is unlikely, even for a traveler such as Hamill, to have performed in a cave; that is, the former limestone mine—the Widow Jane Mine on the Snyder Estate. This primitive venue, the entrance to a former limestone mine, hosts the poets on August 25. Admission is $5 for the 12pm to 4pm performance. Books, CDs, food, and refreshments will be for sale between performances. Yo Yo Ma Date Night 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Summer Salsa Night 8:30pm. $20. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson. Westchester Rock Jam & Band Showcase 8:30pm. Rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.


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

Romeo and Juliet 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1-2pm under 1 year, 2-3pm toddler all ages contact. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Zumba Rock n Roll 4pm-5pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076. Yoga at the Pavilion 6pm-7:15pm. $10/$75 series members/$12/$100 series. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Workshops Excel Boot Camp 10am-3pm. $40. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076. Supply and Demand 1pm-2pm. Breast pumping information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Genealogy Basics 6:30pm-8pm. $20. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.


Meditation with Maria Polhemus 7pm-8pm. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Body / Mind / Spirit

Kate Anjahlia Loye Group Healing with the Gong 7:30pm-9pm. Sound healing for ascension: gong song for the soul. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Being 2012 Call for times. Yoga conference retreat. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001.


Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

The Economics of Education: Literacy, Pedagogy, Funding Call for times. Economics conference. Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, Ghent. (518) 672-7092 ext. 103. Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-4717.

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Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Introductory Orientation Workshop 11:45am-1:30pm. Workshop will cover postures, breath, and relaxation techniques, along with an overview and approach to yoga practice. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Yoga in the Park 4pm-5pm. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263. Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Group 4pm-6pm. $20. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Soul Masters Film Screening & Divine Healing Hands Blessings 7pm-9pm. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

Encampment of the Third Regiment of the Ulster County Militia Call for times. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.


Body / Mind / Spirit

Yoga in the Park 10am-11am. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263.

28th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. (800) 342-5826.

An Evening with Joshua Bell 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

The Writers Circle 7pm-8:30pm. Writers meet-up group. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Body / Mind / Spirit


Tom DePetris Trio 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

Able Together 6:30pm-8:30pm. A support group focusing on helping to support mothers with disabilities and families who have children with disabilities. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Abstract Realism 6pm-9pm. The Arts Upstairs Gallery, Phoenicia. 688-2142

Extreme Ballet Showcase Session III 12pm. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5107.

Peter Wexler 6pm. T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston. 334-3915.

Spoken Word

Artist Talk: Lynn Margileth 6pm-7:30pm. The Allure Gallery, Rhinebeck. 876-7774.



Open Mic Night 9:30pm. Sign up at 8:30 p.m. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779.

Fine Crafts Fair 10am-5pm. $10/$5 seniors. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Vance Gilbert 8pm. $20/$15. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Black 47 8:30pm. Irish rock and roll. $30/$25. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Proust and Music 8:30pm. Pre-concert panel 7pm. $25-$55. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Chatham County Line 9pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Johnny Fedz & da Bluez Boyz 9:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Spoken Word Crossing Over: Bridging the Classical and Popular 7:30pm-9pm. An informal talk with Michael Chertock, pianist of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Christman’s Windham House, Windham.

Theater Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Love's Labours Lost 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. You Can’t Cheat 8pm. Murder mystery. $18/$15 students and seniors. The New Rose Theatre, Walden. 778-2478.


Divine Healing Hands Free Healing Evening 7pm-9pm. Traders of the Lost Art, Kingston. 849-1715.

3rd Annual West Point Antiques Auction Call for times. Thayer Hotel, West Point. (914) 474-7710.

Equine, Canine, Feline Jin Shin Jyutsu Healing 7pm. Julianne Dow. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Annual Pottery Seconds and Art & Crafts Sale 10am-5pm. The Small Gallery at Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge. (518) 677-2765.

Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Hurley Corn Festival 10am-4pm. Crafts vendors, specialty food, demos, kids' activities, cooking contest. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253. Atlantic Custom Homes Open House 10am-5pm. Atlantic Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 265-2636. Hudson Valley Ribfest 11am-10pm. Food festival and sanctioned barbecue contest. $5/children free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. Belleayre Car Show 12pm-6pm. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406. Gardening Organically & Community Gardens Registration 7pm-8:30pm. $6/$5. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, Massachusetts. (413) 637-0320. SpiegelClub 10:30pm-1am. Late night bar and dance party with DJ'd music. $7. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Film Winnie the Pooh 7pm. Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff. 876-2903.

Kids Baby Yoga 2:15pm-3:15pm. Non-walking babies, including newborns through crawlers, along with their caregivers, establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awarenes. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Toddler / Preschool Yoga 3:30pm-4:30pm. Toddlers through age 4 and their care-givers establish early connections to yoga, body movement, and breath awareness. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Music Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Check website for specific performances and times. Warwick. Sontag Shogun + Liam Singer + Silent Isle Call for times. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. La Musique Ancienne et Moderne 1:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 1pm. $35. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216. Jazz in the Valley 12pm. The Cookers, We Four, Luther Francois, Lou Donaldson. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. Keith Newman: Music and Wine 2pm. Bashakill Vineyards, Wurtsboro. 888-5858. Uncle Rock 4pm. Children's music. Rhinebeck Town Hall, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

comedy the dork knight William Marsh Jason O'Connell will perform "The Dork Knight" at the Philipstown Depot Theater in Garrison on August 2, 16, 18, 24, and 30.

Bat to the Bone “This is going to suck,” thought actor and comedian Jason O’Connell before his first reading of “The Dork Knight.” “No one but a nerd like me would be interested in this.” A year later, his one-man show is making its production debut at the Philipstown Depot Theater in Garrison as part of the “In Process” performance series presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. The show chronicles O’Connell’s obsession with Batman, which started with Tim Burton’s cheeky 1989 adaptation starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. In addition to his two favorite actors in the leading roles, the film came out just as O’Connell decided to embark on an acting career. “It was the perfect storm of things I had been obsessed with,” he says. Though O’Connell was interested in comics as a child, the show is more focused on “how intensely I identified with these films as an adult.” “The thing I embraced about Batman is that he is a human being,” says O’Connell. “He’s not born with magical powers, nothing is poured on him. He just set out on this mission and he became something more than himself.” He adds, “I can’t even drag myself to the gym more than a couple of times a week.” The narrative arc of the show is structured by O’Connell’s personal reactions to Batman films. The format consists of characters breaking the fourth wall of the films to talk with the Batman-obsessed O’Connell at different --es of his life. A dialogue written from the point of view of Heath Ledger’s Joker picking on O’Connell in deeply personal ways inspired the idea. “That became the heart of the whole thing,” he says. “And it wasn’t funny. It was serious.” In his fifth year as a member of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company, O’Connell has a background in serious drama. He’s played King Claudius in “Hamlet,” and this

season, he plays the lovelorn Berowne in “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” The show also calls on his background as a comedian, his first passion that started in high school with sketch comedy and impersonation stand-up. The result is a show that is both humorous and dark. “It can and probably should be both if it’s going to be honest,” he says. This binary does not only stem from O’Connell’s acting background, but also from the dichotomous Batman mythology. “Batman villains are as potent as Batman himself,” O’Connell says. “The characters capture the imagination because they are so ambiguous. It’s more complicated than here’s the good guy, here’s the bad guy.” The recent Colorado tragedy has shrouded the Batman story in an added layer of darkness. "A theater is a sacred space," says O'Connell. "Any place where people are coming together to watch art, have some sort of cathartic experience. To prey on people at that moment is truly evil." As for the show, O'Connell knows he will address it. "I'm gauging right now how explicit or how subtle to make the reference." After his first few readings of “The Dork Knight,” O’Connell was surprised by how many people identified with the concept. “People would come up to me and say, ‘That’s how I was with Star Wars,’ or Hook,” he says. One friend admitted to a private obsession with the 1994 version of The Shadow starring Alec Baldwin. “I realized it’s universal. We all have something that we’re into that everyone else shakes their head at.” Though obsessed, O’Connell is not delusional. “I don’t dream about running around being Batman,” he says. “I’m not crazy. I’m an actor. That’s as crazy as it gets.” Performances of “The Dork Knight,” directed by Terry O’Brien, will take place at the Philipstown Depot Theater in Garrison on August 2, 16, and 30 at 7:30pm and August 18 and 24 at 8pm. 845-424-3900; —Jennifer Gutman 8/12 ChronograM forecast 125

Classical and Jazz with Ebene Quartet 6:30pm. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Darlene Van de Grift and Medical Intuitive Connection 2pm-3:30pm. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

The Galvanized Jazz Band 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-7126.

A Contemplative Reading in the Temple 4pm. Short readings interspersed with music. Lectorium Rosicrucianum, Chatham. (518) 392-2799.

Peter Muir, Steve Fabrizio and David Pearl 7pm. Singer/songwriter. Millbrook Band Shell, Millbrook.

Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-9642.

Personal World Music 7:30pm. Jack and Luna's, Stone Ridge. 687-9794. The Vanaver Caravan Performance: Pastures of Plenty, A Tribute to Woody Guthrie 8pm. Full concert work, created by Bill and Livia Vanaver, is a celebration in music, song, and dance of Guthrie the balladeer and the man. $25/$20 members/$15 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Indian Music Concert 8pm. With Jay Gandhi-bansuri flute and Ray Spiegel-tabla. $20. YURT at Sacred Mountain, Woodstock. 679-8865. John Gorka 8pm. $25/$20. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The Texas Tenors 8pm. $25-$66. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406. Next Gen with Eli Marzano 8pm-11pm. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662.


Jewish Federation of Ulster County


presents its 16th Annual Fundraiser

Fall forArt

A Juried Art Show & Sale Cocktail Reception

featuring 28 Hudson Valley Artists Thursday, September 6th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston, NY $40 in advance or $45 at the door tJOGP!

Piano Recital: Volodymyr Vynnytsky 8pm. Works by Frederick Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Lev Revutsky, Myroslav Skoryk, Franz Liszt and Serge Prokofieff. $20/$15 seniors/$12 members. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479. Tchaikovsky Spectacular 8pm. Philadelphia Orchestra. With pre-performance talk at 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. The Spiritual Sensibility 8pm. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. American Symphony Orchestra. $30-$70. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Keith Newman 8pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Le Chat Lunatique 8:30pm. $25. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson. Poppa Chubby Band 8:30pm. Towne Crier CafĂŠ, Pawling. 855-1300.

Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. 876-3847. Hudson Valley Ribfest 11am-5pm. Food festival and sanctioned barbecue contest. $5/children free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 2nd Annual Hudson Valley Young Artist Talent Search 12:30pm. Ages 17 and under. $15/$8 students and seniors. Towne Crier CafĂŠ, Pawling. 855-1300. Guthrie the balladeer and the man $25/$20 members/$12 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation 7pm. Hal Gaylor. Lycian Centre, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287.

Mustard Seed Magic 9:30pm. Motown. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

17th Annual Artist Soap Box Derby In the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, Kingston. (800) 342-5826.

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Exporting Western Music Past and Present 10am-12pm. Panel discussion. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Call for times. Check website for specific performances and times. Warwick.


Third Sundays Music Lunch Box Call for times. Featuring Pawling singer-songwriter Dan Lavoie. $42. Bannerman Island, Beacon. 831-6346. Jazz in the Valley 12pm. Zon Del Barrio, Roy Ayers, Swiss Movement Revisited, Helen Sung. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie.

Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Charles & Bernard 1pm. Acoustic. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287.

Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Unexpected Correspondences: Saint-Saens and the New Generation 1:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 1pm. $30. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Cheat 8pm. Murder mystery. $18/$15 students and seniors. The New Rose Theatre, Walden. 778-2478.

Eric Erickson 1:30pm. Singer/songwriter. American Glory BBQ, Hudson. (518) 822-1234.

Supply and Demand 1pm-2pm. Breast pumping information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

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

28th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. (800) 342-5826.

Stone Carving Workshop 9am-Sunday, August 19, 6pm. With Kevin Vanhentenryck. Opus 40, Saugerties. 246-3400.


Leo & the Lizards 9:30pm. Rock. The Trestle Restaurant, Cornwall. 534-2400.


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New Moon Energy Healing with the Sound of Crystal 7:30pm-8:30pm. With Philippe Garnier. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

SummerScape Closing Night Dance Party 8:30pm. Spiegeltent, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007.

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De-Stress Mixed Level Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Bohemian Slackers 9pm. High Falls CafĂŠ, High Falls. 687-2699.

Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast 11am. By Kids on Stage . $9/$7. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

AUGUST 4 CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PROGRAMMING: Fantastic Mr. Fox $3.50 | 4 pm AUGUST 5 DANCE FILM SUNDAYS: Thinking on Their Feet: The Women of the Tap Renaissance $10 | 2 pm AUGUST 5 DOCUMENTARY: Salute $7 | 7:15 pm AUGUST 11 DOCUMENTARY: Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome $10 | 7 pm AUGUST 12 OPERA IN CINEMA: Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Abduction from the Seraglio $20 | 2 pm AUGUST 18 CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PROGRAMMING: The Princess Bride $3.50 | 4 pm AUGUST 21 DOCUMENTARY: Race Across America $10 | 7:00 pm AUGUST 26 NATIONAL THEATRE FROM LONDON: One Man Two Guvnors $12 | 2 pm AUGUST 28 DOCUMENTARY: Bill W. $7 | 7:15 pm AUGUST 30 DOCUMENTARY: Bill W. $7 | 7:15 pm PLUS NIGHTLY FILMS at 7:15 unless otherwise specified.

The Festival of Raksha Bandhan 5pm. The Bond of Protection, celebration and class followed by world meditation hour. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

SUNDAY 19 Art 3rd Annual West Point Antiques Auction Call for times. Thayer Hotel, West Point. (914) 474-7710. Annual Pottery Seconds and Art & Crafts Sale 10am-5pm. The Small Gallery at Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge. (518) 677-2765. Fine Crafts Fair 10am-5pm. $10/$5 seniors. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

Body / Mind / Spirit Breath-Body-Mind Training for Stress an Trauma Transformation Call for times. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (800) 741-7353. Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

The Vanaver Caravan Performance: Pastures of Plenty, A Tribute to Woody Guthrie 2pm. Full concert work, created by Bill and Livia Vanaver, is a celebration in music, song and dance of Guthrie the balladeer and the man. $25/$20 members/$15 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Classical Hollywood: Cinematic Piano 2pm. Doctorow Center, Hunter. (518) 263-2063. The Old City String Quartet 3pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. The Ebene Quartet 4pm. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Out of the Shadow of Samson and Delilah: Saint-SaĂŤns's Other Grand Opera 4:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 3:30pm. $30-$75. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Tom Benton School of Music Geez Louise Show 5:30pm. $5. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Andy Ezrin Group with Adam Nussbaum 6:30pm. Lycian Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-2287. Kelly Clarkson and The Fray 7pm. $31.50-$97. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Sally-Jane Heit 7pm. $25. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Toby Keith 7pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

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From Melodrama to Film 10am. $30. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7216.

Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley 11am-12:30pm. $15. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

The Double-Crested Cormorant: Symbol of Ecological Conflict 2pm. Dennis Wild. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Round Table Discussion Group 6:30pm. Lectorium Rosicrucianum Conference Center, Chatham.

Shout! The Mod Musical 2pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Cheat 3pm. Murder mystery. $18/$15 students and seniors. The New Rose Theatre, Walden. 778-2478. Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway 7pm. Starring Betty Buckley. $50-$150. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. Love's Labourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

MONDAY 20 Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates Plus 9am-10:15am. $38. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076. Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Zumba Gold 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Film Taking Woodstock 1pm-3pm. Mountain Cinema, Hunter. (518) 263-4702.

The 39 Steps 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Green Energy Presentation 6pm-7pm. Learn how to get Greener Energy & offset carbon emissions. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.


Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Zumba Toning 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Events Farmers Market 11:30am-5:30pm. Cornwall Community Co-Op. Town Hall, Cornwall.


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Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Romeo and Juliet 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

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

Music Blues & Dance with Big Joe Fitz 7pm. High Falls CafĂŠ, High Falls. 687-2699. Chicago and the Doobie Brothers 7:30pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. C'Mon and Hear 8pm. The songs of Irving Berlin starring Steve Ross. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330




Berkshire Playwrights Lab 7:30pm. Staged reading of a new play. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. Berkshire Playwrights Lab Staged Readings 7:30pm. $10. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.

Workshops Mindful Discipline: A Workshop for Conscientious Parents 6:30pm-8pm. $120 8-week class/$160 couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


Getting Started in Kayaking 6:30pm. Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 226-2145.



Film Like Water for Chocolate 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


Stone Temple Pilots 8pm. Grunge rockers. $49.50-$125. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Storytelling with Janet Carter 7pm. Followed by open mike. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Transformation Through Kinesiology 7pm-9pm. $20-$40. The Sanctuary, New Paltz.


Tom DePetris Trio 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

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MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.



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

Gentle Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and pioneer of citizen science, will discuss the role birds play in fostering the conservation of biodiversity. Sensitive indicators, birds provide a window into the health of the environment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served.

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


Hatha Yoga 1pm-2pm. $2.50. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.


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

Tampopo 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Freshwater ecologist Dave Strayer will discuss the Hudson River, including the Cary Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research program, the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental recovery, and challenges that need to be met. Copies of Strayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book, The Hudson River Primer, will be available for sale. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served.

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Foot Reflexology Sessions 9:30am-12:30pm. $45. Inner Light Health Spa, Hyde Park. 229-9998.




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1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival Documentary 1pm-3pm. Mountain Cinema, Hunter. (518) 263-4702.

Mojo Myles Mancuso 8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

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Ratatouille 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Def Leppard 7pm. No serenade, no fire brigade, just Pyromania! Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.


Evolution of Violin Showpieces 7pm-8:30pm. An informal lecture/demonstration by Stefan Milenkovich. Doctorow Center for the Performing Arts and Film, Catskill. (518) 263-2066.

Workshops The Vanaver Caravan Youth Workshop 11am-12:30pm. A chance for teens ages 14 to 18 to discover the music of Woody Guthrie through dance taught by dancers from The Vanaver Caravan. $12. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


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

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

Body / Mind / Spirit Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1-2pm under 1 year, 2-3pm toddler all ages contact. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Zumba Rock n Roll 4pm-5pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.



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Yoga at the Pavilion 6pm-7:15pm. $10/$75 series members/$12/$100 series. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Classes Journaling to Memoir 10am-12pm. With Barbara Apoian. Weekly through September 27. $60/$50. Fairview Library, Margaretville. (607) 326-4802.

Events Peace Education Event 6pm-7pm. Featuring a DVD talk by Prem Rawat, a global Ambassador of Peace. Saugerties Library, Saugerties. 246-4317.

Music Celebrating John Lennon with Nu-Utopians 8pm. $35/$30. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Fever 8pm. The Peggy Lee Songbook starring Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Chris Robinson Brotherhood 9pm. Presented by Radio Woodstock. $50/$40/$30. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Phelonious Phunk 9pm. $10. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

The Outdoors Sunset Hike 7:30pm-8:30pm. Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, Ghent. (518) 828-4386 ext. 3.


Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-4717.

Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007.


The Variety Show 7:30pm. Coach House Players, Kingston. 331-2476.

Mostly Martha 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.


Doo Wop 8pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


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

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 11am. By Kids on Stage. $9/$7. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour 11am. $5/$2. Friends of Historic Kingston Museum, Kingston. 339-0720.

Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007.

Guided Tours of Esopus Meadows Lighthouse Aboard The Lark 1pm. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 338-0071.

The Variety Show 7:30pm. Coach House Players, Kingston. 331-2476. An Enemy of the People 7:30pm. A drama in which expediency and truth clash. Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures, Round Top. (518) 622-0070.

Kites Over the Hudson 2pm-4pm. Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh. 562-1195.

Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Comedy in the Catskills 8pm. Benefit presented by Susie Essman. $25-$66/$200. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 1344.

Doo Wop 8pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Love's Labour’s Lost 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Film Big Night 8pm. Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub as struggling restaurateurs. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Workshops Origami Kingston Call for times. Ages 5+. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Music Clear Light Ensemble Call for times. Featuring John Dubberstein on sitar. The Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. Will Gamble

Rhythm on the Riverfront Concert Series 6pm-8pm. Scenic Hudson’s River Center, Beacon. 471-7477. Jazz with Tom DePetris Trio 6:30pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985. Thunder Ridge Country 7pm-9pm. Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill.

Akashic Records Revealed 2pm-3:30pm. Entering and learning to access the akashic realms. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

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The 39 Steps 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

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

FRIDAY 24 Art ArtESOPUS 2012: Preview night. 5-7pm. Benefit art sale. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-2047. A Little Space for Artists 6:30pm-7:30pm. Artists meet-up group. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Body / Mind / Spirit Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223. Hara: The Body's Energetic Powerhouse 7pm. An evening of Reiki with Diane Anderson. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775. Sound Healing Concert with Paradiso and Rasamayi 7:30pm. Channeled sound experience. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Dance Swing Dance 8:30pm-11:30pm. Beginners' lesson at 8pm. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Events The City of Kingston Senior Picnic 11am-2pm. Rotary Park, Kingston. 334-3924. Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. Guided History Walk 9pm-12pm. Led by Carol and David White. Catskill Mountain House, Catskill.

Film The Lorax 7pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Babette’s Feast 8pm. Best movie ever made about food. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Glee: Concert Movie 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

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SUNDAY 26 Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

The Crimson ProjeKct 8pm. $30/$25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.


Doody Calls 1pm-2pm. Cloth diapering information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Readnex Poetry Squad and the Rivertown Kids 5:30pm-7:30pm. Long Dock Park, Beacon.

Write Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm. Workshop with Wallkill Valley Writers. $90. Mid Hudson Professional Offices, Highland.

Wall Street Jazz Festival The tagline of the Wall Street Jazz Festival boasts its intention to combine traditional and progressive jazz but fails to mention its ability to seize the absolute best women at the moment for the two-day festival. The Friday August 31 performance at Backstage Productions, “The Art of the Duo,” is the first place to see acclaimed singer-pianist Dena DeRose and bassist Rich Syracuse alongside Ingrid Jensen, a world-traveling trumpeter, and Natalie Cressman, whose resume includes performances with Carlos Santana and Shiela E. in famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, and a soon-to-be released album with her Secret Garden quartet—all staggering accomplishments, particularly when considering that Cressman is 20. Free performances on Saturday take place on the corner of Wall and North Front Street with the additions of Chris McNulty and the Estrella Salsa Band. Romeo and Juliet 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Swing Dance Workshops 6:30pm-7:15pm/7:15pm-8pm. $15/$20 both. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

SATURDAY 25 Art ArtESOPUS 2012: Sale night. 5-7pm. Benefit art sale. Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties. 246-2047.

Body / Mind / Spirit Qi Gong Classes 10am-11am. $10. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Yoga in the Park 10am-11am. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263. Reflexology Day 11:30am-4:30pm. $45/45 min. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. The Fundamental Principle and Practical Application of the Crystal Singing Bowl 2pm-3:30pm. With Philippe Garnier. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650. Yoga in the Park 4pm-5pm. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263. Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Group 4pm-6pm. $20. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. The Yoga of Sound and Restorative Poses 7pm-9pm. With Lea and Philippe Garnier. $35. Woodstock Yoga, Woodstock. 679-8700.

Events Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055.

Woodstock Concert on the Green 1pm-6pm. Free Radicals, Sarah Fimm, DB Leonard, Two Dark Birds, Trummors, Sean Schenker. Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock. The Whiskey Boys with Dancing 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Mike + Ruthy and Members of the Levon Helm Band 7pm. Americana. Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. The Meetles 7pm. Beatles tribute band. Millbrook Band Shell, Millbrook. A Jazz Evening with Charles Neville 8pm. Buffet at 6pm. $35/$20 children/$15 concert only. Knox Trail Inn, Otis, Massachusetts. (413) 269-4400. Celebrating John Lennon with Nu-Utopians 8pm. $35/$30. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Mostly Cello Recital 8pm. $20/$15 seniors/$12 members. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479. Fascinatin' Rhythm 8pm. Part of High Peaks Music Festival. Orpheum Theater, Tannersville. Fever 8pm. The Peggy Lee Songbook starring Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Charles Neville 8pm. Jazz. $35 with buffet/$20 children with buffet/$15 concert only. Knox Trail Inn, Otis, Massachusetts. (413) 269-4400.

Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-9642. De-Stress Mixed Level Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. 876-3847. 2nd Annual Hudson Valley Young Artist Talent Search 12:30pm. Ages 17 and under. $15/$8 students and seniors. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Guided Walking Tour of Main Street 2pm. $3/children free. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.

Film The Trip 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Music The Art of Bel Canto 2pm. Chopin pre-concert & "I Pagliacci" with Anton Coppola, conductor & Mika Nisula, Tenor, winner of Altamura/Caruso Competition. Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures, Round Top. (518) 622-0070. Fever 2:15pm. The Peggy Lee Songbook starring Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. The Juilliard String Quartet 3pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Putnam Chorale 3pm. Summer sing and open house, Vivaldi and Schubert. $10. First United Methodist Church, Brewster. 279-7265. Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes 4pm. Music for two pianos. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Frederic Chiu and Andrew Russo 4pm. Piano concert. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

Red Baraat 9pm. 9 piece powerhouse Bhangra. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Judy Collins with Songwriter Jimmy Webb 7pm. $45-$70. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.

The Trapps 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Back To The Garden 1969 7:30pm. $25/$20. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

The Sundown Band 9:30pm. Southern rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Jason Aldean 7:30pm. With special guest Luke Bryan. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

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Performance Art and Poetry by Zero Gravity 6:30pm. Tone Bellizzi and Mike Jurkovic, then open mike hosted by Laura Ludwig for other artists, writers, and musicians. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Spoken Aggregate 12pm-4pm. New kind of spoken word performance by Glenn Werner and Adrianna Delgado. $5. Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale.

Words Words Words: 5th Annual Author Readings 3pm. Myra Armstead, author of Freedom's Gardener James F. Brown; Susan Rogers, author of My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir; and Paul Russell, author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabakov. $5. Maple Grove Restoration, Poughkeepsie. 471-9651.

Theater The Variety Show 2pm. Coach House Players, Kingston. 331-2476. Shout! The Mod Musical 2pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. I Pagliacci 2pm. Opera. Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures, Round Top. (518) 622-0070. Doo Wop 3pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Romeo and Juliet: Caught in the Act 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Overcoming Anger 2pm-4pm. Peace Village Learning and Retreat, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

MONDAY 27 Body / Mind / Spirit Pilates Plus 9am-10:15am. $38. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076. Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Zumba Gold 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076. Sound and Voice Meditation 7pm. Vallerie Legeay uses her voice and various crystal and Tibetan bowls to relax and rejuvenate . $10. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Film Monday Matinee: War Horse 2pm-4:30pm. Free movie for seniors. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444.

Music The Women’s Music Summit Offers players of all instruments/levels the chance to learn, practice, perform and connect through various workshops, panels and more focusing on female musicians. Full Moon Resort, Big Indian.




Downtown Express 8pm. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Wall Street Jazz Festival 6pm-10pm. Featuring the Chris McNulty Band, The Natalie Cressman Band, the Ingrid Jenson Band, and the Estrella Salsa Band. Uptown Kingston, Kingston.

Music The Great American Songbook 2:15pm. Starring Broadway legend, Bob Stillman. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Marji Zintz 6pm. Acoustic. Quarter Note Café, Walden. 778-6683. Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Spoken Word Dutchess Doulas 10am-11am. Doulas get together to discuss upcoming events and all things birth related. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Theater Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

WEDNESDAY 29 Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:45am. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Zumba Toning 5:30pm-6:30pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

Events Farmers Market 11:30am-5:30pm. Cornwall Community Co-Op. Town Hall, Cornwall.

Music Tom DePetris Trio 7:30pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

Theater The 39 Steps 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Mindful Discipline: A Workshop for Conscientious Parents 6:30pm-8pm. $120 8-week class/$160 couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


The Putnam Chorale Open Rehearsal 7:15pm. Carmel High School, Carmel. 279-7265. The Reverberators 8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Theater The 39 Steps 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.


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

Body / Mind / Spirit Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1-2pm under 1 year, 2-3pm toddler all ages contact. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


Zumba Rock n Roll 4pm-5pm. $33. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh. 565-2076.

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

Yoga at the Pavilion 6pm-7:15pm. $10/$75 series members/$12/$100 series. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

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Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Qi Gong Class 10am-11am. $10. Inner Light Health Spa, Hyde Park. 229-9998. Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Consultations/ Reiki & Reflexology 11:30am-4:30pm. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-1:30pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Hatha Yoga 1pm-2pm. $2.50. Pawling Free Library, Pawling. 855-3444. MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Gentle Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Message Circle: Delivering Messages from the Other Side 7:30pm-9:30pm. With Adam F. Bernstein. $20. Sage Center, Woodstock. 679-5650.

The 39 Steps 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

FRIDAY 31 Body / Mind / Spirit Prenatal Yoga 6pm-7:15pm. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. 227-3223.

Dance Parsons Dance Performance 8pm. $40/$35 members/$25 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Events Living in the Light of Divine Sanity: A Retreat for People of Color Call for times. With Gina Sharpe. Garrison Institute, Garrison. 424-4800. Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie.

Film Avatar 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

Violin Recital 8pm. Dmitri Berlinsky. $20/$15 seniors/$12 members. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479.

Theater Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Love's Labour’s Lost 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

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Trevor Wilson Vocal Ensemble Call for times. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006.

Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Bill's Toupee 8pm. Covers. Shadows, Poughkeepsie. 486-9500.

Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-9642.

Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Espirit Creole 8pm. $18/$15. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The Art of the Duo 8pm. Part of the Wall Street Jazz Festival. $15. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. Heather Fisch Presents Blue Venice 8pm. Opera. $19-$29. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. The Slam Allen Band 9pm. $20. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Y La Bamb 9pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

The Outdoors Once in a Blue Moon Walk 8pm-9:30pm. Schor Conservation Area, Canaan. (518) 392-5252 ext. 202.

Theater Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. The 39 Steps 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Art Dean Vallas: Art Studio Views Art studios in the Northern Dutchess County area offer free, self-guided tours. Studio 303, Rhinebeck. (914) 456-9983.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga in the Park 10am-11am. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263. Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Yoga in the Park 4pm-5pm. Adult yoga. Academy Green, Kingston. 877-5263.


Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-4717.



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

Parsons Dance Performance 8pm. $40/$35 members/$25 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.

Jazz with Tom DePetris Trio 6:30pm. La Puerta Azul, Millbrook. 677-2985.

Lucy Kaplansky 8pm. $30/$25. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


Parsons Dance Master Class 11am-12:30pm. Workshop focuses on the contemporary style and movement. $20/$15. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121.


The Music of Led Zeppelin: Rock Symphony 8pm. $25-$66. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406.



Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055.

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

Lex Grey & The Urban Pioneers Blues 7pm-9pm. Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill.

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

Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Bacon Fest NY 9am-6pm. A celebration of sizzling food and musical talent, supporting the Region Food Bank of Northeastern NY. $8 online, $10 at gate. Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, Water St., Hudson. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. 876-3847. Hooley on the Hudson 12pm-9pm. A Celtic festival. T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston. (800) 342-5826.

Music The Berkshire Ramblers 6pm. $25. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Bob Dylan and his Band plus Ben Harper 8pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble 9pm. Tess' Lark Tavern, Albany. (518) 463-9779. Wall Street Jazz Festival 6pm-9pm. On the corner of Wall and North Front Streets, Uptown Kingston.

Theater Shout! The Mod Musical 2pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Love's Labour’s Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Art The Farm Show 2012. 2-6pm. 90+ artists, 140 acre farm. Saunders Farm, Garrison. 528-1797.

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

Film Kingston Film Festival Celebrating the art and entertainment of film in all forms. Various venues, Kingston. (800) 342-5826.

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Planet Waves by eric francis coppolino

The Unforgettable Fire The sloop Clearwater sails past the Indian Point nuclear facility during a “power sail,” an action on behalf of the organization to call attention to the need to replace nuclear energy with renewable sources.


ecently, a friend suggested that I visit Youko Yamomoto at the GomenKudasai noodle restaurant in New Paltz. She told me that Yamomoto was organizing a traditional Japanese dance event called Bon-Odori, and that the event had an anti-nuclear theme. It was one of those “you have to know this person” conversations, with the suggestion I try to speak at her event on Sunday, August 5. On a rainy Saturday in mid-July I was in New Paltz and stopped in to meet her in her restaurant. I learned that she had emigrated from Japan after spending part of her childhood living in Hiroshima, which was the first city struck by the United States with an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, toward the end of World War II. Then, three days later, Nagasaki was bombed. Between the two cities, 300,000 people were killed instantly. These were the only times that atomic weapons have been used in warfare— and it was at the hands of the United States of America. This is a topic that most people would prefer not to talk about. They’re days on the calendar typically remembered only if there’s a mention on TV or the newspaper, otherwise they pass like any other day. I am one of the people who remembers; my online publication, Planet Waves, publishes some commemoration every year, reminding our readers of what, though they may not consider it consciously, they definitely don’t want to happen. In the course of her life, Yamomoto had become an anti-nuclear activist, and her concerns include nuclear power. She was one of the few people I’ve ever spoken to who understands that atomic bombs and nuclear energy are the same thing. Both are based on splitting uranium and plutonium atoms, and both emerged from the same program—the Manhattan Project, which evolved into the Atomic Energy Commission, which we now know as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “We all grew up in fear of the nuclear bomb,” she says, “and now we live with fear of a nuclear meltdown.” Then she changed the topic to Indian Point, a nuclear power generator located just up the Hudson River from New York City. She expressed her commitment to closing down the plant, something that many activists have been trying to do for years. There’s a joke that nuclear power plants are extremely sophisticated devices for finding earthquake fault lines. That would be true of Indian Point—it’s situated on two fault lines, one of which was just discovered. One is the well-known Ramapo Fault, which passes less then a mile north of the plant. The other was discovered by researchers from Columbia University in 2008, running from Stamford, Connecticut, to Peekskill, close to where the plant is located. This combination of fault lines, the age of the facility and its proximity to New York City, make the most dangerous nuclear power plant in the United States. It’s also extremely profitable, generating profits ranging from $1 million to $1.5 million per day, per reactor—potentially up to $1 billion a year, selling energy at high 130 planet waves ChronograM 8/12

rates to many customers in New York City and the surrounding region. There’s a problem, however: There’s nowhere to run if there’s a meltdown. If you listen to people in the nuclear industry, that’s never going to happen—which is the whole problem with that industry. Journalism professor Karl Grossman from SUNY Westbury, the author of many books on nuclear weapons and power, calls executives of the industry “nuclear Pinnochios” who cannot open their mouths without lying, exaggerating about safety or denying any dangers at all. Speaking of dangers, it’s emerged recently that the disaster at Fukushima Daicchi was caused not by the tsunami but by the earthquake that preceded it. There will probably never be a tsunami in Westchester, but sooner or later there will be an earthquake. And when that happens, there’s a lot that can go wrong. When a nuclear power plant is not generating power, it consumes power to keep both the fuel core and the spent fuel ponds cool. If outside power to the plant is cut, there’s a limited amount of time that backup cooling systems will work. Those systems could be damaged in the quake, and if roads are also damaged, extra diesel fuel may not be available to keep the generators running. An earthquake is not the only thing that can cause such a problem. We live in a time with a lot of solar flare activity, and a burst of energy from the sun can take out a huge swath of the power grid. Such an incident could cut many nuclear power plants off from outside power, damage computer equipment that runs the plant, and create a multi-site problem. Here in New York State, we have a special issue—we’re the most densely populated region in the United States. More than 8 million people live in New York City and an additional 10 million live in the surrounding areas. While evacuation plans have been described as “inadequate,” I think that “nonexistent” would be a better way to put it. All of Westchester would have to be evacuated, and the prevailing winds would likely carry the radiation right over New York City and Long Island. Manna Jo Greene, who works with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater on its project to close down the plant, points out that many of the evacuees would head straight for our neck of the woods. “If people think we live far enough away, remember that this is the most likely area where people will flee,” Greene says. “We’ll be receiving vehicles that are coming from the hottest part of the hot zone, plus the drift that could come in this direction. The wind is more likely to go south and east with the prevailing wind, but you will have millions of people fleeing in our direction. That’s something that hasn’t been thought about very much—how serious the impacts are on the receiving areas.” Clearwater is using several strategies to get the two remaining units of Indian Point shut down when their licenses expire in 2013 and 2016, each after an approximately 40-year run. One problem that Greene is concerned about is how the spent fuel ponds are kept dangerously over-filled, “far beyond the design basis. These overcrowded fuel ponds can go into criticality and cause a spontaneous fire.” Criticality means that

a self-sustaining reaction can start, but there’s no way to stop it. If the cooling water boils off, the rods can burst into flames, spreading many isotopes that concentrate in the spent fuel. This is a real problem. Over in Japan, thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel are dangling in pools above the melted-down reactors, with severely damaged Unit 4 being in the worst shape. In the event of even a modest earthquake, the fuel could fall or the water could leak out of the pool, and the whole disaster scenario could repeat itself. As for preventing this at Indian Point, Greene wonders: “What the heck is stopping them from doing something that would make an extremely unsafe condition a little less unsafe?” Once you’ve been subjected to nuclear logic for a while, you might notice that no risk is too enormous to ignore. Nuclear logic resembles a religious cult more than what you think of as a scientific institution. It’s a world where the dangers are either considered imaginary or the product of hysterical people. It’s a world where nothing can go wrong, and when it does, it was a freak accident where nobody got exposed to more than a few dental X-rays worth of radiation. I recently spent a few hours with Grossman, one of the most prolific anti-nuclear authors, in his home in Sag Harbor. He explained that, for a while, public policy makers used to consider the potential for low-probability, high impact events in their risk assessments. Now, he says, those potential worst-case scenarios are ignored as if they don’t exist. That’s pretty crazy—putting the most dangerous machines ever created into the hands of people who spend their lives denying that anything can go wrong. And, as we know, things do go wrong. Indian Point has had a litany of problems, and the place is starting to fall apart. At the end of our conversation, I asked Grossman the story of how New Yorkers got rid of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant in the 1980s, after the plant had been built for $6 billion. It was completed in 1984, though public opposition to its operation surged after the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Still, it’s difficult to get rid of such a massively expensive project once it’s completed and tested (making it more expensive to decommission). “Essentially, it was stopped by any means possible,” Grossman says, requiring the cooperation of politicians, the media, citizens, and lawyers. The local private power company, LILCO, had problems running back to the 1970s, in the wake of Three Mile Island, when new federal rules required that operators of nuclear plants have evacuation in cooperation with state and local governments. That was just the beginning, however. “People worked to defeat pro-nuclear politicians. Shoreham was defeated by massive demonstrations and civil disobedience. In one action, 600 people were arrested and thousands participated. It was defeated by an end-run around the federal nuclear juggernaut” using the state’s power of eminent domain to take control of the property. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has never denied an operating license anytime, anywhere for a nuclear plant in the US,” Grossman says, and this was the challenge (as it’s likely to be for Indian Point). Some clever local attorneys worked within the political system and created the Long Island Power Authority, which would eliminate pro-nuclear LILCO if it persisted with its plans for Shoreham. “Ultimately, LILCO gave up, turned Shoreham over to LIPA for a dollar for decommissioning as a nuclear facility. And it was decommissioned.”   Grossman says that getting rid of Shoreham also prevented the use of Long Island as a “nuclear park” that would have placed 11 nuclear power plants on Long Island. That is a miracle. In the nuclear dilemma we face, we see some of the best attributes of human thinking: Our ingenuity and industriousness combined with our inability to consider actual dangers or future consequences. Most of us don’t dare to look at this nightmare or the its potential to burst into physical reality. To solve this problem we will need to summon the very best in the human spirit: foresight and the ability to stand up to authority. Clearwater is a party to the Indian Point relicensing procedure, having filed what’s called an intervention in the process, stating its objections as part of the legal record. They are a small organization up against a corporate giant—Entergy, which owns the plant and operates many other power stations of every kind. Clearwater is also working on educating first-responders—firefighters, EMS workers, and hospital staff. They’ve distributed thousands of copies of a DVD about the dangers and the lack of evacuation procedures to first-responders. And Youko Yamomoto, who runs a Japanese noodle restaurant in New Paltz, does her work every day as if her actions have the ability to make a change—and they do. She knows that having a traditional Japanese dance festival with an anti-nuclear theme is a modest effort, but she’s doing what she can do. That event, called Bon-Odori, starts at 1 pm on August 5 in New Paltz, on the Blueberry Patch along Water Street. I will be speaking, and I look forward to meeting you there. Go to to listen to Eric Francis Coppolino’s interview with nuclear activist Karl Grossman. 8/12 ChronograM planet waves 131

Planet Waves Horoscopes Aries (March 20-April 19) There’s this concept from psychology that everyone would benefit from knowing about: projection. Projection is when you see your qualities, issues or challenges in another person. It’s called “projection” because it’s like having a light on your forehead that shines your material onto them, rather than being anything that comes inherently from them. This kind of transaction makes relationships difficult because when it’s happening, it verges on impossible for anyone to take responsibility for what is really their own, and thus open the way to have two people make their way through the world as conscious adults. This month, I suggest you listen to any accusation or claim you might make about another person and ask whether it has something to say about you. If you find yourself in any form of conflict, pause and do what’s called “withdrawing your projections.” Start with taking full responsibility for being in the situation, and take ownership of your responses to it. Give others the opportunity to do the same thing, without pushing them in any way to do so; your example is enough. You’re likely to discover that this reveals the conflict for what it is, and puts everyone in a position where it can be resolved. The problem with identifying projection is that it can be psychologically uncomfortable and vulnerable. It can feel weird to observe what you’re doing, much less admit it. It’s easier to go on projecting, which only pushes the conflict deeper.

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Love is a gentle experience and needs to be handled delicately. When we say love and really feel it, I believe that most of the time what we really mean is trust. Trust is about being on level ground with someone, and sharing mutual respect. Much of what we call love exploits inequities between people. Though we’re told these are economic issues, I’ve observed that most of them are emotionally rooted. Whose needs are “more important” than the other’s? Who is an inherently more supportive or generous person? Who can handle crisis better? I suggest that as August progresses, in matters of the heart, you go for the slow, conscious evolution process. Make sure that you’re proceeding with trust first and affection second. When your affection runs ahead of your ability to trust someone, that’s the moment to pause, because it’s the moment when you’re most likely to feel like you’re out of control, and thus respond in ways that don’t make sense (to you or to anyone). If your life emphasis is currently on a relationship, I suggest you take a couple of weeks and focus on your own inner emotional needs—the ones that can only be met by growth, not by the presence of another person. Be aware of the unusual intensity that may be gathering around resolving a childhood issue centered on the theme of trust (particularly in communication). This will be far easier to resolve as apart from a relationship than as the focus of one—for example, I suggest you address it with a therapist or counselor, rather than a lover or partner.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) You may be inclined to push your luck in a relationship situation. This could translate a few ways, and will apply equally to established situations, new ones or ones that you are reaching for. You may want the situation to develop faster than it’s currently moving, which could involve wanting someone to change or grow. You might be emphasizing the sexual aspect of a relationship when you’re not quite ready for that. You may be feeling frustrated and experiencing an impulse to break free, wishing it could be with someone rather than from someone. I suggest you get clear what you’re experiencing, then proceed to investigate the source of the feeling. The first question is, who is stuck? Who is experiencing inhibition? The chances are it’s equally distributed among the people involved. Take ownership of your part. I also suggest you account for anger. What might look like desire is more likely to be a form of resentment, and it’s likely to predate this situation—all the more reason for you to be well-versed in the deeper roots of what you’re experiencing. Last, I suggest you do a review of your relationship to risk. Go back about two years, and consider the kinds of chances you’ve taken, and why you’ve taken them. Do a little audit of how each of these has worked out, and why you think that is. The game of life is easier to play when you understand yourself, and when you stack the cards in your favor. What you learn this month will help you do both.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) You seem to be outgrowing something—your physical space, your emotional orientation, a job, a relationship. You may be stoked and impulsive to make a sudden change, though I suggest you take a balanced approach to your situation. The change you make has to be the right change, and at the same time, it’s essential to use a moment when you’re really aware of what you want to change. This is the balance that you must reach, which comes down to knowing your priorities and keeping a focus on matters of timing. You may not be able to act at a moment of frustration, and it would be unwise to do so. Yet a mature person can keep a focus on what they need to shift or rearrange in their lives, and look for an opportunity to do so. At the same time, the world is changing around you, and events that take place a bit later in the year, especially in October, may provide the ideal circumstances—or arrive with even greater changes that obviate the things you want to adjust now. That may seem like a long way off, though in truth it’s right around the corner, and you may be able to get a sense of the trajectory of your life when Mars enters Scorpio later this month. You will, at least, get a taste of the territory you’re going to be entering, and if you’re paying attention you will learn enough to see, and address, certain obstacles well in advance of when you actually encounter them.

Planet Waves Horoscopes Leo (July 22-August 23) The past few weeks have been an introspective time for you, and you may have gotten to know yourself in a whole new way. It seems youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made some deep commitments for how to proceed with your life; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to make adjustments. Flexibility is an excellent property for you to develop, yet itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to have these experiences and then forget them. To remember, I suggest you begin making decisions based on what you have discovered to be true about yourself. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best way to reinforce learning: to use values and self-discovery as a practical tool. This will come in handy mid-month, around the time of the New Moon in your sign, when you face what seems to be an especially significant choice. If you have the feeling that this is about a relationship, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re correct, though really there are a lot more than two people involved. There is a family or a metaphorical family in the picture, and you have to be clear about how much emphasis to give their needs or their opinions. You might use Mr. Spockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analysisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Or you might decide that whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for you is best for everyone by default, because you have to be happy. In any event, this seems bigger than it really is. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling pressure, weigh and balance the two sides of the equation for a while and you will have the clarity you need. Trust that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re well-aligned with your truth.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) Your solar chart looks like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having a beautiful experience of admitting to yourself what you really want, moving through oftenimpossible-to-access territory, as if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to enter a dream consciously and ask all of the characters in that dream what they really think, and what they have to say about you. If your dream activity happens to be more prolific than normal or even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had one of those â&#x20AC;&#x153;big dreams,â&#x20AC;? make sure you write it down. It seems to me like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing some of the deepest exploration of self-acceptance in many years. There is, however, a chance that this has felt like facing all kinds of unpleasant truths about yourself or your past: things that happened do you that continue to stress you out or knock you off balance, if even in subtle ways. The solution set remains the same: This material is coming up for review and awareness, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re situated perfectly to go into those places that you may have never accessed. If you seem to be stalking â&#x20AC;&#x153;the truthâ&#x20AC;? or if it seems to be stalking you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as dangerous or disturbing in reality as it may be in your imagination. In any event, to resolve the material, or even to find out what it is, you have to bring awareness there. I will say this: What happened to you in the past matters, and it influences your life more than you may think. That is, until you do something about it.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 22) Commitment is a dance, rather than a fixed entity. In our quest for permanence in a world that seems to change ever faster every day, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an idea that commitment is about grafting yourself to someone or something in a way that will never change. When you dance with someone, you hold them intentionally but gently, and with enough flexibility to move, and to let go and rejoin in another configuration. I suggest that this is the way to think of your relationships. Remember too that there are two things happening: one is the relationship or arrangement, and then there are your ideas about it. Your ideas will tend to dominate your reality, often obscuring the actual experience theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be describing. The good news is that your ideas are flexible, as are youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your most useful asset this month. Probing a bit deeper, you seem to be unraveling a question: What is your point of contact with another person? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the basis of the relationship? Is it a conscious healing process, or is it an obsession with wounding? Is it an experience of emotional exchange, or is it more like a projection? Often one of these will masquerade for the other. This phenomenon is something worth investigating, even if you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone down that road before. Your ability to take command of your life, something you now seem determined to do, depends on your knowing and understanding the differenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and using the information consciously.

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Sagittarius (November 22-December 22) Your relationships are like seeing your reflection in one of those mirrors that magnifies whatever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at, which in this case is yourself. Relationships tend to reveal our inner nature to both parties. However, what we see reflected is usually mistaken for some property of the other person involved. Though this may have an element of truth, I suggest you do an experiment where you take full ownership of whatever personal material youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re presented with. Mainly, I mean your responses to someone, the choices you make, the words you say, and the ways you feel about yourselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the context of the relationship. I am proposing that you assume this is all about youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not about anyone else. In case youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inclined to be self-critical (a quality of your sign thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s described only in the fine print), remember that who you truly are is a lot more than the tally of your faults and your assets. Who you are exists alongside those qualities, though you are not them, no matter how much you may feel like it. One of the happier challenges you have now is to relate to others as that â&#x20AC;&#x153;who you really areâ&#x20AC;? factor, rather than all of the detailsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and when you do that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you will feel mirrored back to you. The key to this is not to get distracted by judgment of any kind. This may seem like walking across coals, though at the moment, you have plenty of support.



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Handle issues involving authority like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the bomb squad. Rule one is: Assume the thing is real. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to provoke any conflicts with anyone who has authority over you, such as traffic cops, the IRS, or your boss. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a position of authority, carefully mind your ethics, your sense of fairness, and, most of all, your boundaries. If you practice a policy of holding the line, you will know where the line is. This is vital information if you find yourself arriving at a situation where you have to cross a boundary of some kind, exceed your authority, or stand up to someone because the ethics of the situation demand that you do so. Do not do this casually or unconsciously. Rather, hold off on using this particular expression of power for when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your best (but not your only) option. That may happen once, and once only, in the next month. Meanwhile, if you feel anything like this brewing, I have one other suggestion. Additional information that may influence your thinking will emerge after Mercury stations direct on August 8, and a second revelation is coming with the New Moon of August 17. In the situation youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in, knowledge is power, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to impress anyone in order for that power to work. Your primary job is to know the facts, and to see the patterns develop as more information becomes availableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which it will. Until then, bide your time.


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Pay attention to everything in your life that seems to be running in a cycle. There are two kinds of cycles to watch for. One is when something keeps happening repeatedly, such as the sensation that you keep having a similar kind of experience because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;get the lesson.â&#x20AC;? The second is when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re involved in a series of events wherein one thing leads to anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the buck stops with you. When you have experiences like this, it can be frustrating and distracting, though apropos of your current astrology, and it can shake your faith in your ability to make long-term plans and carry them out. You might feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re involved in a pattern that specifically makes believe that something you can envision and want to work for is unavailable to you. This is the time to challenge your beliefs, rather than feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re limited by them. One indication that you might be up against a belief that you want to challenge is that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re angry, though the anger isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t directed at any one person. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like being â&#x20AC;&#x153;angry at God.â&#x20AC;? This is another way of saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;angry at existence,â&#x20AC;? which I would say is a fertile state of mindâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the kind of mental or emotional space where you know you want to make a change, but you may not be sure what change you want to make. Perhaps this question will help. You are someone who lives with a purpose, but do you have a mission?

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Many have commented on the dualistic nature of Piscesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you know, the two fish swimming in opposite directions, though connected to one another. This property runs deep in you, though it has its origins in the angle of your chart occupied by Gemini, the angle involving security and your emotionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which aligns with the sign of the twins. For the past 18 months or so, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been making special progress resolving various splits within your emotional body. As youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done this, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve encountered those inner divisions in a more direct way, with the purpose for this being recognizing your situation and doing something about it. Now, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to see that these divisions that dominated your life for so long, are beginning to heal. Elements of your nature that seemed to oppose one another are now more harmonious. Your living spaces are starting to feel more like you want them to feel, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more at home thereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the most significant living space being your presence within your own skin. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real gift here for you, as you embark on a time when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much more likely to be in harmony with yourself than at odds with yourself. You will save time and energy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be easier to determine what you wantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to pursue that specific thing. And there is most certainly something that you want, which is the feeling of a settled life and a true home. The more you feed your passion for this, the more realistic it will seem as a creative goal.

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There’s a piece of Persia in your Hudson Valley landscape. Frederic Church, the Hudson River School painter who designed Olana, adapted details from an 1860s venture through the Middle East into his idealized Hudson estate—the Iwan-style windows and doorways, repetition of images, and attention to symmetry are architectural mirrors of ancient Persia. The home is filled with the art of ancient civilizations. It was Church’s experience as a landscape artist, however, that was essential in deciding where to site his home on the 250-acre grounds. Olana is precisely positioned to possess foreground, middleground, and background like any landscape painting. The villa faces west from a bluff outside of the city of Hudson, looking out over the river to the Catskills and beyond, to the entrepreneurial West—an area not developed in Church’s time and representative of the future of America. When photographing Church’s estate, Peter Aaron—not to be confused with Chronogram’s similarly named music editor— relies upon an infra-red setting to create varying gray saturations so the photograph appears similar to a negative—a style that is ideal, the architectural photographer says, for landscapes like Dark Clouds over Olana. The result is an image of a geometrically precise monolith, nearly swallowed by coarse trees and plush clouds. From his studies with renowned photographer Ezra Stoller, Aaron learned, “It is best to be mindful that a sequence of photos, a mixture of details, tells a story.” Though surreal, curious, and haunting, Aaron’s photographs of Olana remain at the core Hudson Valley landscapes told through small observations. Aaron is a 21st-century Church, capturing demanding architecture among the historic hovering hills and yawning fields of the Hudson Valley with modern techniques. And so Olana continues, after more than 150 years, as a piece that has not taken from the area’s landscape, but added enlightened history. “Olana’s Dynamic Landscape: Photographs by Peter Aaron” is now on display at the Coachman’s House Gallery at Olana in Hudson through October 31.; Portfolio: —Meghan Gallucci

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