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community notebook

community pages

16 local luminary: Geddy Sveikauskas

48 Jimmy fallon was here: saugerties

Paul Smart talks with the pubilisher and founder of the Woodstock Times about the paper's humble beginnings and the mini-empire that Ulster Publishing has become.

news and politics 20 while you were sleeping This month's roundup includes a San Jose fire walk, wealthy Canadians, the Boy Scouts' ban of gays, and a rise in American atheism.

21 beinhart’s body politic: One-eyed moron in the land of the blind

What Ayn Rand can tell us about our newest Republican nominee.

home 24 The green engineering evangelist: thermal mass in accord

Joe Britt, Jr. on how thermal mass construction can improve American homes.

Michelle Sutton avoids the temptation to pull her garden's volunteer plants.

beauty and fashion

The sound of a train whistle sums up the modern yet old-fashioned communities of Millbrook, Millerton, and Amenia.

locally grown 94 a table at the farm: the new farm to table dining Hudson Valley farms set up tables on site for field-to-fork direct dining.

99 pick-your-own farm index Where to find farm-to-finger.

whole living guide 106 the way to brain health: could your thinker use a tune-up?

31 Save or destroy?: evaluating plant volunteers in your garden

From festivals to street fairs, Saugerties has a reputation for having fun.

82 whistle-stops towns no more

People don't get Alzheimer's in their forties, so what gives? Wendy Kagan discusses the connection between lifestyle choices and memory function.

108 flowers fall: the human way

Bethany Saltman considers parenting from her seat as an adult.

39 in vintage veritas: fall fashion goes retro

Community Resource Guide

100 tastings A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 102 business directory A compendium of advertiser services. 110 whole living Opportunities to nurture mind, body, and soul.

This month's photo shoot at Skatetime 209 by Kelly Merchant features models wearing vintage clothing from Hudson Valley shops. Local storeowners discuss the major appeals of clothes from the past.

Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off Party at BSP in Kingston on August 18. chronogram seen andrew macgregory


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FALL EVENTS AT BARD Carolina Chocolate Drops

Winner of the 2010 Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy, Carolina Chocolate Drops proves that old-time string music from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas can be an ever-evolving sound. Their latest release, Leaving Eden, illustrates their ability to grow and change as their new repertoire incorporates more blues, jazz, and folk balladry alongside brilliantly rendered string-band tunes.

Saturday, September 15 at 8 pm

Tickets: $15, 20, 30, 40

American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre is considered a living national treasure bringing the magic of dance-theater across the United States and abroad. Program includes The Moor’s Pavane by José Limón, In the Upper Room by Twyla Tharp, and The Leaves are Fading by Antony Tudor.

Friday, October 5 at 8 pm, Saturday, October 6 at 2 and 8 pm, and Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm

Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 50

American Symphony Orchestra

CONDUCTED BY LEON BOTSTEIN, MUSIC DIRECTOR Program includes Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F, Op. 75, and Andante and Rondo Ungarese, J. 158, Op. 35; Menachem Zur’s Tuba Concerto; and Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 8 pm

Tickets: $25, 30, 35, 40

The Soul’s Messenger

Composer/performer Meredith Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble will offer a quartet concert showcasing Monk’s range as a composer and her engagement with performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Presented by New Albion Records, The House Foundation for the Arts, and The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm

Tickets: $15, 25, 35, 45

John Cage: On & Off the Air!

On & Off the Air! celebrates Cage’s centennial year under the auspices of the John Cage Trust. In its theme, the performance means to spotlight Cage’s ever-prescient work with technology; in its design, it means to extend Cage’s devotion to multiplicity, creativity, and responsive living. Produced by the John Cage Trust and The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Saturday, November 17 at 8 pm

Tickets: $15, 25, 35, 45

Conservatory Sundays

Join us at the Sosnoff Theater for a series of delightful concerts performed by the talented students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, with faculty and special guests.

Chamber Concert Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm Conservatory Orchestra Sunday, October 21 and Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm Music Alive! Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm

Suggested donation: $15, 20

All performances take place in the Sosnoff Theater. Additional program information is available on our website.

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Images: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Photo by Crackerfarm; Herman Cornejo in In the Upper Room, Photo : Gene Schiavone; Leon Botstein conducting American Symphony Orchestra, ©Richard Termine; Bohdan Hilash, Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin, Katie Geissinger, © 2012 Musée du Louvre / Olivier Ouadah; John Cage, Photo by Ben Guthrie; Bard Conservatory students, photo by Karl Rabe

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60 portfolio: Portrait of a city

90 The fermentalist: sandor katz

Dmitri Kasterine's 43 large vinyl portraits of African-American Newburgh residents are on display at the Ritz Theater until November.

93 Food and drink events From garlic to wine to pie, don't miss this month's Hudson Valley food festivals.

62 Gallery & museum GUIDe 68 music: a tale of two chords Peter Aaron talks with Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby about their musical genesis. Previews of Tuba Skinny, Coheed and Cambria, Johnny Society, Tim Hecker, and Rory Block in Nightlife Highlights. Reviews of Never Give Up Study by David Greenberger with Jupiter Circle, The World of Color and Light by Mamalama, and Portrait of a Demolition by Shane Murphy.

74 books: balancing act Nina Shengold talks with poet and publisher George Quasha about balancing his artistic endeavors with Station Hill, the press he and his wife founded in 1977.

76 book reviews The 2012 poetry roundup includes work by Anne Gorrick, Stuart Bartow, Liu Xiabo, Marilyn McCabe, and Adam Lefevre. Robert Burke Warren reviews John Long's Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology.

80 Poetry Poems by Peter Bell, John Blandly, Carla Carlson, Christine DeAngelis, Deirdre Dowling, Melanie Hall, Sarah Heady, Amy Planthaber, Izaak Savett, Arjay Schmollinger, and Emma Stamm. Edited by Phillip X Levine.

136 parting shot Jeffrey Milstein gets intimate with 747s in his photography series "AirCraft: The Jet as Art" at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.


Sandor Katz teaches us to embrace the microbes that live in our food.

the forecast 116 daily Calendar Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates at PREVIEWS 115 Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra bring gritty rock to Bard's Fisher Center on September 5 and 6 to promote their new record, Theatre is Evil. 117 Peekskill Project V brings art from 75 contemporary artists into the community. 119 "The Dangers of Electric Lighting," at Shadowland Theater from September 14 through 30, dramatizes the debate over the true father of scientific invention. 120 Celebrity chef Ted Allen comes to bluecashew in Rhinebeck for a book signing. 123 Items from Chinese tombs on display at the Clark Art Institute's "Unearthed." 124 Scenic Hudson's Farmland Cycling Tour starts at Poets' Walk Park in Red Hook. 126 The Athens Animation Festival will take place at Crossroads Brewery and Pub. 127 Godspeed You! Black Emperor plays Basilica Hudson on September 20. 128 Bon Iver's intricate melodies infiltrate Brewery Ommegang on September 17.

planet waves 130

The Folk Art of therapy Eric Francis Coppolino's how-to for choosing a therapist.


horoscopes What are the stars telling us? Eric Francis Coppolino has the answers.

Farmer Carol Clement prepares dessert at the Bee’s Knees CafÊ at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow.

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: Someone recently asked me, “You’re a literate person—aren’t you concerned that your son hasn’t learned to read?” My son is seven, almost eight, and has only begun to sound out words from letters on the page. Like most people, I began reading at five or six, so sometimes I wonder and worry. Even my son is feeling the pressure to keep up with his public-school educated peers. But my answer to the question was a resounding no—I am not concerned. Here’s why: The boy has heard, in his parents’ and teachers’ voices, some of the finest literature appropriate to his young mind. He soaks it up, and always begs for the next chapter of The Odyssey, the Narnia series, or the Greek myths. Recently he started begging for Harry Potter, which his friends are reading, and I told him we first have to read something at the level of philosophy or scripture before descending into that pabulum. Given choices between the Book of Genesis, the Gospel of John, the Tao Te Ching, and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, he chose Marcus Aurelius. Now, each evening, we read one of the brief, pithy passages from the volume, often discussing its contents for longer than it takes to read. In the past year, in first grade, my son performed a play. Rehearsing his part together, I was stunned to hear him perfectly render from memory every part in the play—including the narrator (our challenge was for him to learn to deliver only his own lines). He had learned it by reciting the 20-page play together with his class. There was no reading of the text or “homework.” And he had a deep appreciation and understanding of the complex drama. This is a capacity few children have an opportunity to develop. My hope is for him to acquire a taste and understanding of levels of writing and knowledge before he has the power to feed his mind independent of my curation. I remember when the plentitude of written words, available always and everywhere, suddenly stormed the gates of my young mind and forever changed my mode of thought and perception. At the time, I was thrilled by the newfound power. In retrospect, it was an eviction from a garden of innocence as the portals of my inner world were breached. A breach that made me forever prey to whatever written words appeared within my sight. The Waldorf school that my son attends emphasizes balanced learning, at the appropriate stages. For instance, there is the idea that children develop will first, which they don’t learn through their heads. Will is developed by imitation, repetition, and rhythm. Next, at around age seven, comes the creative, emotional development, conscience, and growth of being. This is a rare gift, as the reality of emotional intelligence is completely absent from conventional education. It is learned through music; through work in collaboration and harmony with the group; and through art, painting, myth, story, and theater. More thorough development of the intellectual only comes last, generally around the age of 14, when the foundation of the person is strong, and there is a readiness for and receptivity to behold the beauty and structure of abstraction and symbol. Learning occurs most effectively when there is a readiness to learn (for children and adults); when there is a real hunger for knowledge, and an enthusiasm to put it into practice. Without that yearning for knowledge, learning becomes forced feeding without hunger. It is not only unpleasant, it is harmful to the organism. Most would agree that knowing how to learn is a greater asset than amassing data. Data will always be available when it is needed. Particularly in this time when the old economic model is faltering, and a new one is yet to be formed, the best we can give our children and ourselves is the ability to perceive the needs before us, to learn what is needed to address those needs, and to take action. To wit: this magazine was started by two 20-somethings who had no training or experience in the business of publishing. we simply saw the need for a Hudson Valley magazine of arts and ideas, learned what we needed to know to create it, and Chronogram was born. The desire to learn is perhaps our most essential manifestation of real will. It needs to be protected and nurtured, not trampled with disjointed data and pedagogy. The will to learn is an outgrowth of our will to be, and our being, what we are, is all we really have in this world. —Jason Stern

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Clockwise from top: Starlight Swing Night with Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy at Bard's Spiegeltent on July 26. Photo by Cory Weaver. Raising money for future farmers at Hootenanny!, held at the Copake County Club on July 27. Photo by Metro Impact. DJ Jonathan Toubin and Chronogram music editor Peter Aaron at the Soul Clap and Dance-Off Party at BSP in Kingston on August 18. Photo by Andrew MacGregor. Dancers from the Japanese Folk Institute of New York with Youko Yamamoto of Gomen Kudasai (bottom right), at the Bon-Odori Dance Festival in New Paltz on August 5. Maria Todaro and Michelle Jennings opened the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice on August 2 with their "Divas Unleashed" performance. Photo by Bernard Handzel.

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Local Luminary Geddy Sveikauskas

Geddy Sveikauskas leading Ulster Publishing's weekly editorial meeting on August 9 in Kingston.

Geddy Sveikauskas founded the Woodstock Times 40 years ago. He moved up to the area

at that time and Woodstock didn’t have any that worked.

from New York City’s West Village in 1968 and was looking for a way to make a steady

PS: What were you reading at that time? How did you follow news at the time?

living. He felt his town could use a newspaper that covered what it was like to live there,

GS: I didn’t. I had been an office boy at the Columbia School of Journalism and seen how

and not just its meetings. And by 1972, when he was offered to front a start-up newspaper

journalism was taught. I guess I didn’t read much—the Wall Street Journal and the New

being funded by a Greenwich Village businessman and Woodstock second -homer who

York Times, and some New Age publications such as the East Village Other, the Voice

was looking to finance something newsy, he jumped at the chance. Sveikauskas thought

when it began. There was a place for writing that I wanted to do. Not so much to cover

the name Woodstock, buoyed by the massive 1969 festival of the same name, could

news as to write about places and people so they seemed familiar, so a reader could

end up supporting what he dreamed could be a rural version of the Village Voice. So he

say, "I know that." I wanted writing to capture scenes. I wanted a range of writing.

gathered some friends and started the Woodstock Times in his living room.

PS: How did you go about actualizing that dream?

Over the years, Geddy—as everyone knows Sveikauskas—acquired the Huguenot

GS: Since I hadn’t written before, I wanted to see if I could do it. For the first issue, I

Herald (now the New Paltz Times). He ran, and then suspended, the quarterly Ulster

interviewed Vern May, the just-elected town supervisor of Woodstock, and went out to

magazine and launched the still-thriving Almanac calendar and classifieds supplement

his house in Zena to talk to him. That was the first thing I had ever written for publication

to what became Ulster Publishing—a mini-empire that now includes weekly newspapers

and I found that people read it, were interested, and it was okay. So we just started

in Saugerties and Kingston.

doing it. Originally, we were in my living room in Mount Tremper, and then we were on

It sometimes seems that every writer for every publication in the Hudson Valley

the front porch of a business on Tinker Street.

has passed before, and been paid by, Geddy Sveikauskas. I’ve worked for him for 22

PS: Was it paying for itself right from the start?

years. We’ve had father-son and mentor-protégé battles involving internal issues and

GS: No, it never has. We have a lot of experience making it continue under such

my work for competing publications (including my attempts to start several, sometimes


successful, but more often not). For years we’d spend Super Bowl Sunday together at

PS: So when did the idea start hatching to expand beyond Woodstock?

Geddy’s simple farmhouse. I’ve watched his kids grow into adulthood. Geddy served

GS: It was the hope that the name Woodstock was influential enough that like-minded

as witness at my wedding a dozen years ago.

people elsewhere would start reading the paper, but it never happened. We realized that

We interviewed each other over lunch on a recent Thursday, following Ulster Publishing’s weekly editorial meeting.

the only way to reach other communities with like interests was to start another paper. I wish it wasn’t so; I would rather have everyone reading one newspaper.

—Paul Smart

Tom Geyer, who was the publisher of the Daily Freeman, was a great admirer of what we did, and at that time, he was trying to revive the Freeman by hiring some very talented

Paul Smart: Would you start a paper today?

people and expanding its vision. He had bought these weeklies in Ellenville, Walton [in

Geddy Sveikauskas: I don’t know. I have serious doubts. Maybe not. I started doing it

Delaware County], and New Paltz—and he said to me, "Would you like to take a look at

because there was no real newspaper in Woodstock.

them for us," because he basically wanted, I believe, to stop the Times Herald-Record

PS: How old were you at the time?

from making inroads on his market. But you couldn’t imagine three communities more

GS: Thirty-two.

different from each other. So I said, "There’s no commonality here." Ellenville was a dying

PS: What had you been doing between Harvard and then?

community, Walton was a dying community, and only New Paltz showed some hope.

GS: A variety of things—research, teaching courses at various colleges, working for the

So we had this negotiation, which took about three minutes, where he said, "Do you

ad agency Young & Rubicam. I went up with several friends and liked Woodstock right

want to run it for us"—meaning the New Paltz paper—and I said, "Well what would the

away because I recognized people from the West Village on the streets. So I bought a

relationship be?" And he said, "We’ll put all the money into it and you’ll manage it and

house without my having any real sense of what I would be doing.

we’ll own 60 percent and you’ll own 40 percent." I replied, "Thanks, Tom, this is very

PS: What were the other papers covering the area?

nice but I’m not used to working for anyone." So he said, "How about 50/50?" And I said

GS: There was the Townsman, but it largely covered Shandaken because Marian

"Deal" and that was it. That’s how I became publisher. [Sveikauskas later bought the

[Umhey, its publisher and editor] had a political career based there. The Freeman had

stake he did not own in the Huguenot Herald for $1.]

correspondents and there was this other paper, the Woodstock Review, that came

PS: It seems there was more of a sense of camaraderie, and less competition, in the

out for a while and was more of an entertainment thing. Editor & Publisher [the news

local newspaper industry back then.

industry trade magazine] had a little blurb when we started up wondering which one

GS: I’ve never found there to be much competition between the weeklies and the dailies.

of us would survive.

The dailies seem to think there’s an advantage to being a daily when it appears to be

PS: Was there any radio around then? That was before Jerry Gilman started WDST,

only a disadvantage; they have to come out every day. I still expect that the weeklies will


stay in business a lot longer and a number of the dailies will go out of business.

GS: There was radio but I didn’t pay attention to it.

PS: What about all these monthlies and quarterlies and guides? Has there always been

PS: Was there any television?

as many?

GS: There wasn’t any on a local level. Newspapers were the dominant form of media

GS: I’m not sure, but there seems to have always been a lot of people wanting to enter

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the market to compete and between 90 and 100 percent of them fail—you’re an expert at those things. PS: What about the idea of the free publication? Is there a life for that in communities as small as ours? GS: I don’t think so. It’s expensive and I don’t think there’s any way to have enough local advertising to do that. I don’t believe in the model, especially where there’s not a large enough advertising market. PS: What about something like Chronogram? Do you feel competitive with it? GS: Some within our company call it "eye candy." For me, there isn’t the content I’m used to. So we’re not competitive in the ways we want to cover a community, but we are in terms of advertisers’ limited dollars. I’m just not interested in putting something out like it. Because it’s expensive to produce, the aim seems to be for it to produce an illusion of a classier reality rather than that reality which reflects the communities it serves. My life is about finding the right way of expressing something; Chronogram’s view seems different. PS: When you were starting did you ever foresee anything like the Internet? GS: No, not at all. I think that inevitably, when you are doing what you are doing, you become fixed in time and space. You do what you do. You don’t say to yourself, "In 20 years something may come along and this will all be gone." PS: Has the Internet affected what you do? GS: So far, it doesn’t seem to have negatively affected my business. In terms of circulation, it hasn’t. In terms of advertising, it hasn’t. In fact, ironically, the biggest source in the loss of income is Craigslist because they do rentals fairly efficiently. I don’t anticipate the dollars we get from classifieds will ever go back to what they were two, three years ago. PS: How do you make up for that? GS: Our total gross has not changed. We’ve made up for our losses with slightly higher subscription rates, more classifieds in other areas. I see the local content as shielding us, along with more modest production costs aiding us. Eventually there are two scenarios—one is that as the old people who read die, there won’t be any readership any more. So far, that hasn’t happened, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. The other is that you have to find more ways, and different ways, to keep yourself solvent and do your job better by utilizing the Internet. We are playing with that, and we are working with that, using, say, our special sections as the basis to build a new service-focused business around. PS: Is there an underlying assumption that journalism isn’t doing its job as well? What is getting lost in this shuffle? What about that idea of reflecting one’s community through good writing? GS: It really depends on the editor—many of whom are now news whores. I still think it’s important that whatever you do works. I always look for immediacy in what we communicate to people, but I recognize that a lot of my editors no longer feel like I do, and the kudos for the sort of reflective pieces I enjoy are diminishing in comparison to meat and potatoes reporting. It’s just a difference of values. PS: But is that a cultural shift that we’re observing? Have the tastes changed out there? GS: I don’t believe so. In fact, I retain my personal commitment to new forms of communicating reality and thinking and writing. Are people reading novels, are people reading poetry? Maybe fewer are but the ones that communicate the most directly are still recognized by those pursuing the worthy goals. So the means may change and the media may change, but the need for one-to-one communication where a reader can feel "This is important and it’s written for me," remains. I believe we’d be able to do with less content, but better content. I wish we could run more longer, comprehensive stories. PS: What kind of legacy do you see leaving with all this? GS: I don’t care. PS: What sort of role do you see your newspapers having had in the communities they’ve served? GS: I think they’ve clearly been important but it doesn’t interest me. Basically, when I do a paper, it comes out and that’s what I had to say on that week. And then I start on the next week. PS: How has all this newspapering affected how you see the worlds you live in? GS: I don’t know. This is no "This is a fable that has a moral to it" kind of thing. It’s just a story. PS: Are there areas you want to explore and write about? GS: Every week. I start some and never finish them; I start others and do finish them. I’m so much in the present tense that I don’t have the kind of perspective on the past and the future that some have. PS: So there are no memoirs coming? GS: No. PS: Finally, going back to where we started: If you had it all to do again, would you? GS: I don’t know. I don’t have that choice.










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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note I Feel Pretty

We’ve curated a collection of pretty things for you once again this month. (In some ways, this can’t be helped—life is beautiful here. The region has built a reputation for being long on looks and has attracted aesthetes for at least two centuries, from the Hudson River School to Dia:Beacon to Marina’s Abramovic’s Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art, which is slated to open in Hudson in the next year.) Part of what you’ll see in these pages is insightful; much of it is useful, or what we deem Important; some of it exists solely to delight and entertain, but make no mistake—you are in the presence of beauty. We’re eye candy, and we feel just fizzy and funny and fine about that. While Chronogram doesn’t pursue an editorial philosophy based solely on aesthetics, we take pride in our appearance, accept compliments to that effect demurely and graciously, and we’re not afraid to be referred to as the coffee table magazine of the Hudson Valley. (Of course, when we doubled in size in 1999, we longer fit on the back of the toilet—much to the chagrin of some of you—so we could no longer be known as the back-of-the-toilet magazine of the Hudson Valley.) It’s clear: People want to be seen with us. We’re like the friend you call when you want someone eminently presentable and interesting to escort you to a party. It’s alarming how charming we are. Why beauty? I’m reminded of the Lenny Bruce bit about the grandiose nature of houses of worship. In it, Bruce explains why churches were built at such expense and with such opulently appointments centuries ago. For most of the Christian era, of course, the church or cathedral was the tallest, grandest, and most architecturally innovative structure in any town in Christendom. Considering the general squalor in which most people lived, Bruce made the point that poor people already lived in shitty houses; why would the tatterdemalion masses care to go worship a God who lived in a shitty house too? Any self-respecting God would make sure he had a really nice house for his worshippers to hang out in. (And pay for, but that’s a separate issue I’ll let Bruce hash out with God.) Which is as much to say: No one really knows why we slithered onto the beach hundreds of millions of years ago. Maybe there's a grand plan at work beyond human comprehension, maybe there isn’t. It’s not for us to know. But it seems a shame to have come this far to wallow in ugliness. We're 10,000 years into the grand experiment we call civilization and we still have not transcended basic human problems—insert your favorite of the seven deadly sins here; don’t forget those catastrophes caused by civilization itself like war and all manner of societal injustice—but our capacity to make and appreciate beauty is greater than ever. Surely this is no fluke.We’ve been beautifying our surroundings for at least 32,000 years, which is how old the artworks are in the Chauvet Cave in southern France. The world’s oldest cave paintings, discovered in 1994—documented with characteristic awe, wit, and artistry by Werner Herzog in his 2010 film Cave of Forgotten Dreams—clearly show artists working at a high level of accomplishment. The animals portrayed seem to leap and jump in the recesses and bulges on the walls of the cave. In flickering light, the figures almost move, as if in crude animation. Picasso was so impressed by the artistry he observed when he visited similar caves at Lascaux in the 1940s, he reportedly said, “They’ve invented everything.” What was the point of the cave paintings? No one’s sure, of course, but they don’t seem to be ceremonial, or a decorative element for a domestic space. The paintings seem to exist on their own terms, to document a culture as well as to take a stab toward beauty. And that’s really all we’re hoping for at Chronogram, in our small way, as well. In a world that projects endless varieties of ugliness, we’re willing to come down on the side of the gratuitously artful, the thoughtlessly gorgeous. We're not afraid to be pretty. Or witty. Or gay, for that matter. Department of Corrections In our profile of Crimson Sparrow in the August issue, “Flight of Fancy,” we incorrectly identified the maker of a (dare I say, beautiful?) trapezoidal wooden table in the restaurant’s private dining room. The table was made by Hudson-based woodworker Rob Williams, whose portfolio can be seen at his website, 9/12 ChronograM 19

8.2. The reason for the success of the North may rest on the repercussions of the 2008 housing market crash in the US. Currently, a Canadian home is worth $140,000 more than an American counterpart. While Canadians own twice as much real estate, they have fewer mortgages, and ultimately, when US housing values crashed, real estate in Canada rose.

Source: Slate

According to a series of economists interviewed by the Associated Press, additional research by the Brookings Institution, Economic Policy Institute, and Congressional Research Service, US poverty for 2011 will rise to 15.7 percent from 15.1 percent in 2010, resulting in the highest poverty level the US has experienced since 1965. Estimates are that 1 in 6 Americans—47 million people—lived in poverty in 2011. Suburban poverty, part-time work, underemployment, and child poverty rates will also increase according to the report. Cash income of $11,139 per individual or $22,314 for a family of four was the 2010 poverty level. The recession, globalization, automation, outsourcing, immigration, less unionization, and increase of low-wage jobs are considered likely causes for the continued poverty problem. Source: Associated Press

Feeling sleepy? A 10-minute nap is the key to peak performance. New research by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston shows that participants who slept for 10 minutes had marked improvement in sleep latency, subjective sleepiness, fatigue, vigor, and cognitive performance immediately after waking, and the some of the benefits lasted well over two hours. Participants who slept for 5, 20, or 30 minutes showed no, or seriously less, improvement compared to the 10-minute group. So the next time your fifth cup of coffee isn’t cutting it, trade it in for 600 seconds of snoozing—no guarantee your boss will approve it though. Source: Forbes Twenty participants in a walk on burning coals at the San Jose Convention Center, part of a four-day Tony Robbin’s “Unleash the Power Within” seminar held in July, reported second-and-third-degree burns. The walk consisted of 24 lanes, each about eight feet long, of hot coals reaching about 2,000 degrees. There were more than 6,000 participants in the event, and some reported that Robbins worked to prepare people for the walk the night before. Robbins Research International Inc., a coaching company based in San Diego, has been hosting the event under the supervision of medical personnel for more than three decades. According to Sgt. Jason Dwyer, the San Jose Police Department’s public information officer, there are no criminal implications since the participants were volunteers. People paid between $600 and $2,000 to attend the self-improvement seminar. Source: New York Times After an internal review in July, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their policy banning openly gay boys from their organization and gay or lesbian adults from leadership roles. According to the Boy Scouts, the decision “reflects the beliefs and perspectives” of their organization. Responding to a growing public demand, the Boy Scouts formed a committee in 2010 that consisted of 11 “volunteer and professional leaders to evaluate whether the policy was in the best interests of the organization,” according to their official statement. The Scouts refuse to reveal the committees members or methods. A 2000 Supreme Court ruling upheld the right of the Boy Scouts to expel a gay assistant scoutmaster on the basis that it is a private organization with a right to its own value system. The Girl Scouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the 4-H Clubs, and, most recently, the military all forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation. Two members of the Boy Scouts’ executive board said they would push to end the exclusion policy. Source: New York Times Canada is no longer superior only in geographic terms. Environics Analytics WealthScapes has reported that the average net value of a Canadian household is $363,202—more than $40,000 greater than the average American. In addition, unemployment rates in Canada have dropped to 7.2 percent, compared to America’s 20 ChronograM 9/12

Nearly half a million pop songs from 1955 to 2010 were analyzed algorithmically for harmonic complexity, timbral diversity, and loudness by the Spanish National Research Council. The study revealed a decrease in harmonic complexity, a decrease in the diversity of timbres—the sound of instruments playing the same note—and an increase in loudness; overall, supporting critiques that pop music has become noisily uncreative in the past half century. Rhythm was not an attribute of the study, however. If it had been, we may have found that while pop music can make us dull and deaf, at least it’s got a strong beat. Source: Slate After a wave of protest in Qidong, Jiangsu province, China, officials in China have agreed to cancel construction of a pipeline that would lead wastewater directly into Chinese waters. Thousands of people joined the protest, amassing crowds, overturning cars, and occupying a government building. Qidong is haloed by the Yellow Sea and Yangtze River, both of which meet the East Sea and Pacific Ocean. Oji Paper Co., the Japanese-owned paper mill for which the pipeline was proposed, denies that there are any carcinogenic substances in the wastewater it produces. Their purification system, Oji insists, meets China’s standards. Though many photos of the protest had already been posted to the Internet, later that evening, the phrase “Qidong” was blocked on a popular Chinese microblog. Qidong police officials urged residents against further protests, or rumorlike discussion of the event. Source: Wall Street Journal A new report by the former chief economist at McKinsey, James Henry, has found that $21 trillion from the world’s wealthiest has been moved offshore in an attempt to evade taxes. According to Henry, select banks help members to move their funds to locations such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, taking advantage of the lack of cross-border tax laws. The $21 trillion is more than the US and Japanese economies combined, and finding a way to tax it could solve the European debt crisis. Top banks participating in the movement include UBS, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs. The customers are an ultrawealthy 0.001 percent of the world’s population. Brendan Barber, general secretary for the Trades Union Congress—a group of 58 British trade unions—suggests eliminating tax loopholes is the best way to stop further offshore hoarding from occurring. Source: Guardian (UK) According to a recent poll released by WIN-Gallup International, one in 20 Americans identify themselves as atheists, a fivefold increase since 2005. The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism poll also shows a 13 percent decrease in Americans who identify as religious from 73 percent to 60 percent. Overall, 59 percent of people in the world identify themselves as religious, 23 percent as not religious, and 13 percent as convinced atheists, with China as the most concentrated atheist country at 47 percent and several European and North American countries with double-digit drops in religiosity in recent years. Source: Slate Compiled by Meghan Gallucci and Jennifer Gutman

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oe Britt Jr., stay-at-home father of three and autodidact engineer, is extremely frustrated, rather like the architect Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s breakthrough novel The Fountainhead, who ultimately chooses struggle over compromise. While Britt is convinced his ideas for creating extremely energy-efficient homes using thermal mass building techniques are the way forward, he’s constantly being shown the door politely by the rich or powerful rainmakers he approaches. The most important thing to know about thermal mass construction, or TMC, is that its ardent proponents get very excited describing why it’s so stupid to heat or cool air versus maintaining the temperature of hefty concrete and Styrofoam walls. Part of the problem is certainly Britt’s delivery. Deliciously nice, if decidedly immodest on the subject of energy retention, Britt’s so left-brained his possibly profound treatises on creating a postconsumerist America are painful to read. Here’s a sentence from a blog post titled “Saving Our Banks!” from April 12: “Trees that have been fallen due to storms from the past just littering the forest floors.” Nevertheless, “the public’s reluctance” to adopt Britt’s detailed vision for marching toward a carbon-neutral utopia is “at least irritating and lately depressing,” he admits. But Britt thinks there may be a conspiracy to keep America hostage to big oil wed to a construction industry determined not to evolve. “If we change residential architecture, we change everything about society as we know it. Right now, homes are built in this extremely inefficient tethered-to-the-grid way, and rethinking that poses a huge threat, it’s disruptive,” says Britt. “There are about 150 million houses in America. If we built thermal mass homes—they can’t burn down and can easily stand for hundreds of years—you’ve completely altered banking, because there goes demand for mortgage and construction loans.” 24 home ChronograM 9/12

Sixty tons of concrete Britt, a handsome, can-do Syracuse native, took leave a decade ago from membership in Local 417 Ironworkers, a labor union that’s notoriously difficult to penetrate. The steelworker’s union is known for a comprehensive five-year apprenticeship program that Britt managed to bypass. A born engineer, he’s worked in construction practically since he could walk. Britt says his atypical leap to foreman created resentment. “I had access to the big architects, the big engineers, so that’s where I gained the confidence to think at this scale,” says Britt, whose wife Meghan, whom he met in college, works for Central Hudson. She’s been there 23 years. The couple made $200,000 on the sale of their first home in Highland, a fixer-upper Britt essentially reinvented. When daughter Avery, their firstborn, was diagnosed as a toddler with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and given a grim mobility prognosis, the new parents investigated alternative therapies and eventually decided they needed an indoor pool. Joe figured out how to build a home in which that was not going to be a financial burden. In 2002, they paid $45,000 for five raw acres on the Rondout Creek in Accord with a view of Mohonk Mountain House. The family lived in a cramped, low-rent apartment while Britt built their three-bedroom, three-and-one-half bath house, practically solo. Including the separate pool room, it has a total living space of 4,400 square feet, counting the basement. It took two-and-a-half years and cost about $300,000 to build. There’s a long driveway, plus a huge goldfish pond. They keep chickens. Brownie, a Maltese-Yorkshire terrier mix, rules the roost. Britt figures there’s about 60 tons of concrete in his house. It cost 20 percent more per foot than conventional construction. There’s no furnace: A pellet stove, used only (Continued on page 28.)

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The Belle of the Skate Park Cassandra Hansen wearing a Herbert Sondheim 1950s black dress with a sheer scalloped yoke and a Gilbert Orcel 1950s velvet band hat trimmed with black sequins. She is holding a matching short jacket with rhinestone buttons. 1950s/1960s black satin clutch. Make up by Saadah Garbey. From Vintage Studio.

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oanne Klein’s shop is located in her Clinton Corners home, a converted Quaker meeting house. An unassuming yellow sign sits at the edge of her lawn: “Vintage Clothes 4 Sale.” The pink and orange chairs at the center of the main room and Klein’s own Rothkoesque color-block paintings that line the walls reflect her taste for the eye-catching and bright. While the range of clothing, from Moroccan gowns to Parisian scarves, might slow the pace of a visitor trying to take it all in, Klein buzzes among the racks and hangers. “Isn’t this wonderful?” she comments while pulling certain pieces out. “This is just incredible.” Even though she’s been collecting vintage clothing for 30 years, Klein’s wonder is sincere.You can tell by the way she lovingly touches the fabric as she talks about individual pieces, equally amazed by the industrial snaps on the inner lining of a Bonnie Cashin leopard coat as she is the unworn soles of a pair of 1950s black velvet slip-on dress sandals. Klein’s is one of many vintage shops in the Hudson Valley filled with things to admire. At first glance, Lisa Durfee’s Hudson shop, Five and Diamond Vintage, seems an overwhelming experience: From woven dresses to high-waisted bathing suits to yellow leather boots, you don’t know where to look first. Upon closer inspection, though, individual items come into focus. Durfee weaves around displays straightening shirt sleeves and correcting collars, making sure all her pieces look just right for the perfect buyer. “I’m constantly on the hunt,” she says. “Secret places, thrift stores.” Unlike thrift stores and consignment shops, where anyone can bring in old clothes to sell at a discount, everything at a vintage shop is filtered through the owner. Gabriel Constantine and Tarah Gay of outdated café in Kingston once bought 36 boxes of clothing from a sale, but only a small percentage of that would make it into their store. “We sorted it down to four or five [boxes],” Constantine says. Such selectivity is a defining quality of the Hudson Valley’s vintage shops. But why vintage? The word itself, originally used as a synonym for wine, refers to the ever-elusive idea of the past (it gets better with age, as the saying goes). What, then, is so special about old things? Durfee notes how vintage items were made with greater care, hand- rather than factory-made. “Women used to sew a lot,” she says. “Now, homemade clothing is much more expensive, but in the vintage market, it’s standard.” Laura Levine, owner of Mystery Spot in Phoenicia, credits the track record of vintage clothing as telling of its quality: “Why wear a cheap chain store schmatte that everyone else is wearing and falls apart after five 40 Beauty & fashion ChronograM 9/12

Above: Skee Ball Business Saadah Garbey wearing Franka, London 1970s mod pantsuit. Makeup by Saadah Garbey. From Joanne Klein Vintage. Opposite: Giddy in Gingham Samuela Rae wearing handmade gingham dress and red belt. Evan Clayton wearing workwear denim pants, red gingham buttercup shirt, and Kingston drum and bugle corps jacket. Makeup by Samuela Rae. From outdated café.

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Quilted Queen of the Rink Isabelle Leggat wearing a late 1960s / early 1970s blue and green quilted open skirt with matching shorts in taffeta and matching belt. Sleeveless turtleneck bodice with keyhole front. Makeup by Saadah Garbey. From Judy Go Vintage.

washings when you can find a killer outfit for less, one that’s lasted for 50 years and no doubt has another 50 left in it?” Vintage also allows people to cultivate singular styles through out-of-date pieces, like the 1930s red velvet opera coat that Samuela Rae wears left, or the 1960s hiphigh-slit maxi dress that Dawn Iler wears above left. Photographer Kelly Merchant says the vintage pieces inspired the models to get into character. “They were really trying to channel the era that the clothing was from.” Constantine first fell in love with the irreproducibility of vintage items: “When I was a kid, I had this vintage Hawaiian shirt. I loved it, and I knew no one else would have it.” Even though current fashion trends sometimes mimic vintage styles, he notes how an original piece is different: “The new one is just another thing in the world. Old things can tell a story.” Like the clothes that Durfee recently acquired from the estate of an original Rockette. “Being able to look her up, look through photo albums at pictures of her—there’s a history that goes with it,” she says. Vintage items take on value beyond money: They enter into the realm of nostalgia. Appropriately, our photo shoot was set in the nostalgic setting of Skate Time 209 in Accord, both a roller rink and skate park. “The space was ideal for this photo shoot in particular,” says Merchant. “It has a vintage feel, is colorful, and has a lot of different areas to shoot in.” Skate Time 209, open year round, hosts birthday parties, skateboard summer camp, lessons, and a battle of the bands. Make it a night with $3 rental skates, a bag of popcorn, and your favorite old pair of jeans. Resources Blackbird Attic, Beacon Five and Diamond Vintage, Hudson Joanne Klein Vintage, Clinton Corners Judy Go Vintage, Tillson Mystery Spot, Phoenicia outdated café, Kingston Vintage Studio, New Paltz

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fter years of being portrayed as Woodstock’s quaint and charming country cousin, the village of Saugerties has a new identity: vivacious. Though there’s still plenty of country charm, the village has attracted a score of new and varying businesses through recent years, including designer boutiques for men, women, and pets; eco-conscious shops; and eateries of all stripes. ’Cue, for instance, is a seasonal barbecue joint known just as much for its live music performances as it is for its fall-off-the-bone ribs. Find it on Partition Street during the warmer months—you can’t miss those fiery red umbrellas. And Dig Boutique, a popular women’s fashion retailer, has recently expanded to offer men’s apparel and a small but fabulous selection of brightly colored, high-end home goods. But what is drawing all this sudden attention? A big factor in Saugerties’ appeal is its community of residents and shop owners who love to have fun, finding almost any reason to have a street fair or festival. Some, like the Saugerties Bed Races, can get pretty weird (basically local businesses decorate hospital beds and race them), but others benefit historic buildings—such as the Saugerties Lighthouse’s Between the Tides Music Festival, and several just provide a safe place for the community to take in some gorgeous art work or hear some great music. 48 saugerties ChronograM 9/12

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Clockwise from top left: the gallery at the newly opened saugerties performing arts center; Bruce Snyder’s contribution to the “Horsin’ Around saugerties” exhibition; bbq at ‘Cue on partition street; Arm-of-the-Sea Theater

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Clockwise from top left: in the solarium at Dig; Bill yosh of Rock Star Rodeo; Inquiring Minds bookstore and cafe.

Café Mezzaluna, a Latin-themed bistro on the outskirts of town, is well known for its involvement with the local art and music scene (although best known for its creative take on the traditional Cubano sandwich and alwayshearty breakfasts—try the chili relleno omelet). Local artists display their works on the walls and live musicians—but not just Latin performers—take the stage Friday and Saturday nights. Owner Mery Rosado and her manager, Cherie, have also teamed up with local arts enthusiast Steve Massardo to create the Saugerties Sunset Series, which features performances by local musicians, overlooking the waterfront of either Glasco Mini Park or Tina Chorvas Park. “The series was developed when Cherie wanted to bring more attention to Saugerties’ park areas about five years ago,” Rosado says. “So we’ve collaborated with Steve and other musicians to set up shows every first Friday during the summers. We keep it very local, but occasionally we’ll invite people traveling through the area to stop by and play. And it’s at a beautiful location—some people kayak in for music when we do shows at Tina, while Glasco looks over at Dutchess County where you’ll see hot air balloons, eagles flying over the Hudson, and other incredible backgrounds.” The last show of the season is this month, Friday, September 7, featuring the Broad Band and B. Stern & Pop Nuve. Massardo, who does sound for the shows, also runs the John Street Jam with his wife, Terry. The Jam, which takes place in the Dutch Arms Chapel, is an informal concert during which local musicians play songs and explain their stories in an intimate setting (VH1 “Storytellers” style). In true Catskills-region form, there’s usually a potluck involved and in addition to a small cover fee, attendees will bring a batch of cupcakes, a casserole, or coffee to share with other guests. With this sort of small-town vibe, it’s hard to believe that one of the area’s most luxurious hotels recently opened just minutes away, but Diamond Mills

Hotel now sits at the top of the Esopus Falls (a waterfall in the center of the village—who knew?), and, without a doubt, has made a considerable impact on the village. “Not only has Diamond Mills brought nearly 100 jobs to Saugerties, but it also contributes to putting Saugerties on the map as a destination,” says spokesperson Emily Glass. “The hotel offers travelers luxury accommodations in the heart of the sleepy chic village, in addition to it being a dining destination.” The hotel, which offers 28 rooms and two deluxe suites—each of which overlooks the waterfall, sees a range of guests from couples on a romantic getaway, to exhibitors from the renowned HITS on the Hudson horse shows. The Tavern, a restaurant and pub located at the hotel, brings a blend of tourists and locals. “The Tavern attracts foodies looking for a true culinary experience, in addition to our local patrons who are looking for a neighborhood gathering place to relax with friends,” Glass explains. For a more casual approach to tavern digs, the Dutch Ale House on Main Street is a fine place to swig a pint or sip a microbrew with your buddies. This gastropub offers a full lunch and dinner menu daily with dishes that are both affordable and locally sourced whenever possible. Best known as a beer-lover’s bar, the Dutch features an evolving lineup of 15 craft brews on tap, ranging from famous brands—Guinness, Blue Moon, and others—to smaller New York-based breweries such as Ommegang or Saranac, plus ciders, barley wines, and other unique blends. But for true decadence, one just needs to step inside Lucky Chocolates on Partition Street—which isn’t your average chocolatier.Yes, their mouthwatering truffles are always fresh, often elegantly designed, and come in various unique flavors—try the slightly sweetened Paris Tea Truffle, the fruity blueberry parfait, or the smiling Buddha truffle with a gooey filling. But unlike others, the shop itself has a bright and festive interior; as if to say the art of chocolate 9/12 ChronograM saugerties 51



Hudson Valley Garlic Festival This annual celebration of all things garlic grows larger every year, with craft vendors, cooking demonstrations, handcrafted edibles (spices, hot sauce, jams), live music, performances for children, and much more. But the main attractions are the food vendors offering everything from roasted garlic dishes to snacks smothered in garlic sauces, and even garlic ice cream. If you haven’t tried a garlic cannoli, you haven’t lived. September 29-30.

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour What started in 2002 as a way to promote the town’s smaller studios has grown into a full-on art-lover’s weekend. This year, about 40 artists were a part of the tour, which snaked through the town and village, signs pointing the way. Works of varying media—from sculpture to paintings of abstract, contemporary, and other styles—are showcased as artists open their studio doors and invite the public in for a peek. An opening reception kicks off the event, and the works of many artists can be seen after the tour on display at local businesses.

HITS on the Hudson Horse Shows in the Sun (also known as HITS on the Hudson) is not only the region’s largest, most acclaimed series of horse show events, but it’s also quickly gaining national and international respect as well. Shows take place throughout the summer, but the largest prizes are awarded between September 7 and 9, including the Pfizer one million dollar grand prize. There are special events including food- and wine-tastings, dinners, and picnics throughout the summer, but the event is usually closed out by a performance from a top-name musician; this year, Michael McDonald croons amid the fields of Saugerties on September 9.

Holiday in the Village No matter what you celebrate come wintertime, this festive event is fun for all ages and denominations. Last year brought free craft demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, the fireman’s parade of lights—which includes prizes for the bestdecorated fire trucks and, of course, an appearance from Santa. There is a scheduled annual menorah lighting around the same time. Check the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce website for dates, still to be announced.

Sawyer Motors Annual Car Show This annual showcase of the coolest hot rod, classic, and antique cars has become one of the summer’s most anticipated events. The village streets are closed to traffic as more than 400 shiny, rumbling beauties compete for trophies and awards. To really get into the street festival spirit, there is live entertainment around almost every corner and shops remain open through the day. This free event attracts scores of people, so be sure to get there early.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Parade Ask around—most people who have lived in the Ulster County area long enough will agree that the Saugerties Independence Day events are the best in the area. The party starts early with a morning parade through town that ends in Cantine Field; kids love the parade because they’ll get to hear a marching band, wave to community groups, and see the fire trucks rolling along. The park usually has a great selection of food vendors, live music, and other fun activities for all ages. Fireworks take place at dusk and the display is always impressive.

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The village of Saugerties’ ever-evolving cultural scene has brought about several welcome attractions: more live music, unique foods, and a new approach to viewing art. Imogen Holloway Gallery owner Diane Dwyer has already found a cozy spot in the heart of it all to showcase the talent of local and international artists. A contemporary art gallery such as this might not have been as big of a hit in years past, when Saugerties was a village more often associated with horses and antiques, but she’s seen a great turnout in the months it’s been open. “I absolutely love this community, it’s really interesting and vibrant,” she says. “And people are enthusiastic about art here; we see a great mixed crowd at the gallery. There are plenty of Saugerties residents who are interested in art, but we also see a lot of weekenders up from New York City, designers of all types, and families. The ones who are interested in strong, solid paintings are the ones who keep coming back.” Dwyer, herself an artist, was always encouraged by her mother to pursue art as a lifestyle. Her mother’s maiden name was Imogen Holloway. “I came out of the womb making art,” Dwyer jokes. “My mother was a painter by hobby and thought it would be good to get me involved, so she enrolled me in classes when I was five and I had a natural affinity for it. Through the years I did create more and eventually became involved with the scene, but years later when I decided to open the gallery I knew I wanted to name it after her. Isn’t that just a great name?” While artists have thrived in the area—the Saugerties Artist Studio Tour wrapped up its 10th year this summer, larger than ever—there hasn’t been a showcase spot quite like the Imogen Holloway gallery. “We show mostly contemporary art that leans towards the abstract and unusual,” she explains. “Recently we featured an artist in our storefront window who created sculpture out of toothpicks. From far away you couldn’t tell that this beautiful, gorgeous, tall coral you were looking at was constructed of toothpicks. You’ll see the more quirky and experimental work in the windows.” What makes the gallery more unique is its size—“intimate” is an understatement. “People are often surprised at how small the gallery is,” Dwyer laughs. “But the work we feature is smaller, and more approachable; although it’s abstract, it’s affordable. I like showing work that you can sit up close to.” As part of the village’s monthly First Friday community celebration, Dwyer hosts a gallery reception for a new set of artists, answering questions and mingling with guests. “We always include a local artist. So far, every show has had one local and one international artist—from New York City, San Francisco, Barcelona, and other places.” This month’s upcoming shows feature contemporary works by Matthew Magee and abstract artist Margrit Lewczuk. “It just seems like the right time for Saugerties to have a gallery like this,” she says. “I remember there were seven empty storefronts in March—by June they were all filled. Something’s happening here and the community is very supportive.”

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doesn’t have to be so dramatic all the time. For further contrast, while the shop keeps up on the latest trends more typical of cafés—T-shirts for sale, free WiFi, and the like—there is also a wall of nostalgic toys for sale, featuring brands and styles from the era before anything was high-tech or began with a lower-case “i.” Find model racecars, tin pull-along toys, and more. Lucky presents a great metaphor for how the village as a whole has evolved—modern, hip, and updated, but with a humble appreciation for the past. Antiques shops still pop up every few doors down, offering dated furniture, art, and tchotchkes. Open since 1906, Montano’s Shoes is one of the country’s oldest family-owned shoe stores, providing multiple generations with the most comfortable shoes for the whole family. And while many people are aware of the Inquiring Minds bookstore—a great independently owned shop with its own café and occasional nighttime events—Our Bookshop is a lesser-known but very impressive bookseller offering old, used, and rare books just down the street. From the outside, Our Bookshop looks small and unassuming, but inside it’s like Narnia for book lovers. Upon opening the door, you’re hit with that old-book smell—weathered paper, crumbling glue, whatever that is—and shelves are lined top to bottom with more than 25,000 titles, snaking through the bottom floor, along the wall that leads to the second floor, and into a couple of categorized rooms upstairs. And when older establishments begin to fall into disrepair, there is usually someone there to help pick up the pieces. Gerard and Erica Price did this for a warehouse—technically, a former production facility for composition books (you know, those black-and-white bound notebooks)—built in the early 1900s. Its spacious interior spoke to them as a great performance and visual art space, and the building has become the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF), an indoor and outdoor arts complex that provides a space for music, graphic arts, stage, film, and video productions. On September 15, SPAF’s latest group show, “Blue,” opens with a reception from 5 to 8pm. Art and music seem to be ever-present themes throughout the village, and one of the newer additions to the scene is the community’s First Friday event. What started out as an idea for the Partition Street Wine Shop and Imogen Holloway Gallery to offer a night of wine and art quickly became another excuse for a village-wide party. Since the kickoff event July 6, shops and eateries have offered to stay open late, Dig Boutique held a fashion show, Lucky Chocolates brought out the chocolate fountain, and the Imogen Holloway has held opening receptions—gallery owner Diane Dwyer says she’s even heard word of “an impromptu fire juggler entertaining people in the streets.” It’s hard to believe that, at one point, the biggest thing going for Saugerties was that it’s comedian Jimmy Fallon’s hometown (okay, maybe it’s still kind of a big deal). But now, this mountain-bordered town is a cultural hot spot, where everything old is new again and everything new just keeps getting better.

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LOCAL NOTABLES Anna Berkheiser and Patrick Landewe

Once a protector of Hudson River passengers, the old Saugerties Lighthouse (est. 1869) now needs protection of its own. Thankfully, resident caretakers Patrick Landewe and Anna Berkheiser meticulously maintain this historic structure. Together, the pair—who are partners in life and in business—keep up with both simple fixes (a little paint here, some cleanup there) and major repairs. “A house in general takes regular maintenance, but when you’re living in the middle of a river, the weather takes more of a toll—wind and rain are always heavier,” says Berkheiser. “We’ve now installed our own weather station to track our unique weather patterns, and that should better prepare us, but there is always work to do.” Although she’s a North Carolina native, Berkheiser moved to the Valley after studying art and document restoration in London. She fell in love with the area, and has been here for almost two decades. “Patrick’s been at the lighthouse for about seven years, and I’ve been a resident a few years less,” she explains. Landewe, 41, has a background in sailing but became interested in sustainable living. “He’s from Missouri by way of Puget Sound, where he was working on an environmental-education vessel, much like the sloop Clearwater here. When he heard about the Clearwater organization’s plans and goals, he wanted to be a part of it and moved out here. When the lighthouse opportunity came up, it was really a matter of being in the right place at the right time—there was an opening at the lighthouse, he applied, and was accepted, given his professional background. And with my background in historical restoration, it was a great blend.” Since the building is also a bed-and-breakfast, a typical day depends on whether there are visitors to tend to. “When there are guests here, we’ll wake up early and make a big farm breakfast, locally sourced and as in-season as possible to support our local farms,” she says. “Then there’s cleaning, welcoming new guests, giving tours of the interior, and eventually it’s on to fixing the building and trails, including the peninsula we’re on—which, by the way, was created during a late-1800s dredging project and now grows diverse plant life from seeds that traveled downriver and settled here, including water chestnut, invasive purple loosestrife, and the Canada lily. And finally, off to bed early enough to repeat it all again the next day.” Although living in a lighthouse can be even less glamorous than it sounds, the pair feel good about their minimal-impact, sustainable lifestyle. Each room is like a mini museum, complete with period furniture, but the historical context goes way beyond decor. “We use a great 1920s stove, a 1930s fridge, and the original electrical system put in place in the 1940s— when the fridge goes on, all the lights flicker,” she laughs. “But, since we only use rainwater for drinking and washing, we need to travel into town for laundry and we use a compost toilet, saving water. There is no garbage pickup so all trash and recycling has to be brought all the way out. It’s not always easy, but it really helps us remember to be mindful of our waste and remember that we’re just visitors here. Again, there’s always work to do.”

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Stacked logs in Weyerhaeuser sort yard, Cosmopolis, Washington, 2007 Archival pigment print, Eirik Johnson, from the book Sawdust Mountain (Aperture, 2009) The exhibition “Sawdust Mountain,� curated by Elizabeth A. Brown, will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College from September 7 through December 9.

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Newburgh: Portrait of a City Photographs by Dmitri Kasterine

Dmitri Kasterine is a really good listener. And he’s got a good eye too: Kasterine won’t fail to notice the discrete changes, moment to moment, in the way you want yourself to look to others. He’ll pay attention to the way your eye darts left when you’re uncomfortable; right when you’re taken with something he said about you, and then as you settle into some calm he’ll shoot your portrait. All that is plenty evident in the 43 large, vinyl portraits of Newburgh on display until November on the wall of the historic Ritz Theater off Liberty Street in downtown Newburgh. The work, exhibited in collaboration between the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh and the community and arts advocacy organization Safe Harbors, is titled “Newburgh: Portrait of a City.” A companion volume of the same title is being published this month by The Quantuck Lane Press, the result of 16 years of documentation by Kasterine. Newburgh, once deemed “America’s Most Beautiful City,” is now in the unraveled throes of the Post-Great Recession, its public services reduced from an already barebones level to something skeletal. A few years ago, it was one of the most dangerous cities in America, dubiously distinguished by having one of the highest per capita murder rates in the country. The outdoor work on display, the scheme and product of Kasterine’s work from 1995 to 2011 both speaks to these concerns and shirks them. Speak, say, to Rodney Hardison, a Cooper Union trained artist who now calls Newburgh home and works at the Wherehouse, a bar/restaurant across the street and in full view of Kasterine’s work. Hardison will tell you the work represents a people disenfranchised from representation itself; the work makes visible that which has been invisible for decades. The pictured residents of Newburgh have had no opportunity to represent themselves as a people who live daily outside the mainstream representation of poverty and violence. Today, Newburgh is slowly turning itself into what many hope will be a sustainable, locally managed and developed community. Hardison will tell you that Kasterine’s work offers that representation: a rebounding city peopled by hopeful folk united in their diverse stories. And Hardison will tell you the neighborhood now owns that work. Still, the photographs are not a study guide to anything. They are narrowly focused particulars, pictures of proud, unbowed men and women, some couples, most alone, in the city. Some of the subjects are assertively beautiful: their dark skin bounces right off white highlights and grey architecture; Kasterine’s own view on beauty. —Faheem Haider 60 PORTFOLIO ChronograM 9/12

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69 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2650. “Matthew George Enger.” September 7-November 4. Opening Saturday, September 29, 5pm-8pm. “Ricky Powell Photography: Ricky at 50...A Zooted Retrospective.” Through September 3.

161 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7584. “Grey Zeien: Alchemy.” September 8-October 7. Opening Saturday, September 8, 6pm-9pm.

AKIN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM 378 OLD QUAKER HILL ROAD, PAWLING 855-5099. “Meet Past.” 49 contemporary artists find resonance between their work and historic artifacts. September 14-October 21. Opening Friday, September 14, 6pm-9pm.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART UPSTAIRS GALLERIES 22 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 505-6040. “The Luminous Landscape™ 2012: 15th Annual Invitational.” September 22-November 11. Opening Saturday, September 22, 5pm-8pm.

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

THE ARTS SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0331 “A Show of Color: Paintings by Stacie Flint.” Through September 29. “In the Drawing Room: A Member’s Exhibition.” Through September 29.

ARTS UPSTAIRS 60 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA 688-2142. “Abstract Realism Group Show.” Through September 9. “Works by Charles Chamot.” Through September 9. “Works by Rich Morris.” Through September 9.

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BEACON windows on main street MAIN STREET, BEACON “Windows on Main Street.” Sixty Beacon-area artists place their works of art—paintings, sculptures, photographs--in storefront windows of Beacon’s Main Street businesses. Through September 8.

BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO 54 ELIZABETH STREET, RED HOOK 758-9244. “Catching the Light.” Annual student show. September 8-October 7. Opening Saturday, September 15, 5pm-8pm.

BLACKBIRD ATTIC 442 MAIN STREET, BEACON 418-4840. “Zest.” Artwork by Stacie Bloomfield. Through September 6

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

Brik gallery 473 MAIN STREET, catskill “Cowgirls #4.” Group show. Through September 16.

CABANE STUDIOS FINE ART GALLERY AND PHOTOGRAPHY 38 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA 688-5490. “Dion Yannatos and April Warren: Individual Environments.” Through September 10.

Matt Enger Nationals and Skulls Show

Sept 7 - Nov 4, 2012 Ai Earthling Gallery at Ye Olde Hippie Shoppe of Woodstock

Please Try to Understand, Richard Saja, embroidery, toile, 2009, from “The Other, More Secret Garden,” work by Maria Kozak and Richard Saja at One Mile Gallery, September 1 through 30.

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

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GALLERY SPACE 1 NORTH FRONT STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4417. “Photographs of England and Italy.” A solo show by Alan Reich. Through September 15.

COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS 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. “The Postcard Game.” September 29-November 3. Opening Saturday, October 6, 5pm-8pm.

DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, Beacon 440-0100. “Jean-Luc Moulène: Opus + One.” Through December 31. “Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive.” Through September 24. “The Pure Awareness of the Absolute / Discussions.” September 15-October 20.

the doghouse gallery 429 phillips road, saugerties 246-0402. “glass paper sidewalk.” Solo and collaborative work by Loel Barr and Gay Leonhardt. September 8-30. Opening Saturday, October 6, 5pm-8pm.

DUCK POND GALLERY 128 CANAL STREET, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “In Medias Res.” Sean Lucas Willet, mixed media. September 1-29. Opening Saturday, September 1, 5pm-8pm.

FLAT IRON GALLERY 105 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 734-1894. “The Waxed Surface, A Journey in Encaustics.” Featuring recent works that are inspired by natural and manmade forms by Mitchell Visoky. September 6-30. Opening Sunday, September 9, 1pm-4pm.

FOVEA EXHIBITIONS 143 MAIN STREET, BEACON 765-2199. “One Earth.” Exploring our planet’s environmental conundrum. Through November 4. Opening Saturday, September 8, 5pm-9pm.

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THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5632. “Sawdust Mountain.” An exhibition of photographs that document the Pacific Northwest’s tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources and the communities they support by photographer Eirik Johnson. September 7-December 9. Opening Friday, September 7, 5:30pm.

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

GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “Fashion Photographs by Brian Nice.” Through September 2.

GERMANTOWN LIBRARY 31 PALATINE PARK ROAD, GERMANTOWN (518) 537-5800. “Reflections on Life: The KEEP Conservation Germantown Preserve, Spring 2012.” Amateur and professional photography exhibit. September 29-October 31. Opening Saturday, September 29, 5pm-7pm.

THE HARRISON GALLERY 39 SPRING STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 458-1700. “Paintings by Stanley Bielen.” September 1-30. Opening Saturday, September 1, 5pm-7pm.

HEALING ART GALLERY ELLENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL, ELLENVILLE 647-6400. “Barbara Gordon: New Paintings.” Through October 5.

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

IMOGEN HOLLOWAY GALLERY 81 PARTITION STREET, SAUGERTIES (347) 387-3212. “Wiggle Room.” Works by Margrit Lewczuk and Matthew Magee. September 7-30. Opening Friday, September 7, 6pm-9pm. “Yellow Makes a Sound.” New paintings by Meg Lipke and Jack Davidson. Through September 2.


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362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “Alison Fox: Paintings.” Through September 9. “Deirdre Swords.” Through September 9. “JJ Manford: Paintings.” Through September 9. “Maria Walker.” Through September 9. “Stephen Reynolds.” Through September 9. “Group Show.” Featuring Farrell Brickhouse, Andrew Dunnill, Bruce Gagnier, Laetitia Hussain, Georgia Elrod, Charlotta Janssen, Joseph Haske, and Katherine Bradford. September 13-October 7. Opening Saturday, September 15, 6pm-8pm.

KAATERSKILL FINE ARTS HUNTER VILLAGE SQUARE, HUNTER (518) 263-2060. “Them.” Paintings and Sculptures by Dave Channon. Through September 4.

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Three Points Determine a Circle.” Photographer Lucas Blalock; painter, James Hyde; sculptor Fabienne Lasserre. Through October 7.

LOCUST GROVE THE SAMUEL MORSE HISTORIC SITE, POUGHKEEPSIE 454-4500. “In and Out of Town.” Land and Cityscapes by Bruce Bundock. September 20-November 4. Opening Thursday, September 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

LOOK|ART GALLERY 988 SOUTH LAKE BOULEVARD, MAHOPAC “Bianco/Blake.” Exhibition of pastel works by Laura Bianco and paintings on silk by Jane Blake. September 29-October 21. Opening Saturday, September 29, 6pm-8pm. “Perfect ‘10’.” Exhibit and sale of works in 10x10” format. Many artists and all media. September 8-23. Opening Saturday, September 8, 6pm-8pm.

mcdaris fine art 623 warren street, hudson (212) 518-7551. “Secrets of Heaven/Counterparts.” Paintings by Timothy Ebneth and paintings by William Jensen. Through September 23.

MILL STREET LOFT’S GALLERY 45 45 PERSHING AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-7477. “Junior Art Institute Showcase.” Through September 7. “syn-co-pa-tion.” Long Reach Arts group show. September 14-October 20. Opening Friday, September 14, 5pm-7pm.

MONTGOMERY ROW SECOND LEVEL 6423 MONTGOMERY STREET, RHINEBECK 876-6670. “Studio Selects.” Paintings, sculptures and photographs by Robert Hite. Through September 26.

museum at bethel woods 200 hurd road, BEthel (866) 781-2922. “Across the Great Divide.” Through December 31.

one mile gallery 475 abeel street, kingston 338-2035. “The Other, More Secret Garden.” September 1-30. Opening Saturday, September 1, 6pm-8pm.

RED HOOK COMMUNITY ARTS NETWORK 7516 NORTH BROADWAY, RED HOOK “The Horses of San Marco.” Juliet R. Harrison photography. September 1-October 29. Opening Saturday, September 1, 5pm-7pm.

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RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “Safari.” Porcelain paintings by Paola Bari. Through September 3.

THE RONDOUT MUSIC LOUNGE 21 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 481-8250. “Artwork by Moya Marcelino.” September 1-October 31. Opening Saturday, September 1, 5pm-7pm.

ROOS ARTS 449 MAIN STREET, ROSENDALE “The Grey Seal and the Long Black Land.” Elisabeth Belliveau and Joshua Bonnetta. Through September 14.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ 257-3844. “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012.” Through November 4. “Russel Wright: The Nature of Design and Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York.” September 8-March 10. Opening Saturday, September 8, 5pm-7pm.

SAUNDERS FARM 853 OLD ALBANY POST ROAD, GARRISON 528-1797. “Collaborative Concepts.” Local and national artists place sculptures throughout 140 acres of a working historic farm. September 1-October 31. Opening Saturday, September 1, 2pm-6pm.

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

TEA FOR TWO 91 CLINTON STREET, MONTGOMERY 283-3921. “Love and Light; Multimedia Art.” Mavis Alexander. Through September 23.

TEAM LOVE RAVENHOUSE GALLERY 11 CHURCH STREET, NEW PALTZ “Every Player is a Star: Will Johnson’s Baseball Paintings.” Through September 7. “Flyaway Garden.” Paintings and drawings by Kaitlin Van Pelt. September 15-November 25. Opening Saturday, September 15, 6pm-8pm.

THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON “Convergence.” Paintings by Sunok Chun. September 8 through November 4. “Summer Blues.” Group show featuring 13 artists. Through September 2.

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

THOU ART GALLERY 77 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON “Work of Visionary Artist Randal Roberts.” September 1-30. Opening Saturday, September 1, 6pm-10pm.

TREMAINE GALLERY AT THE HOTCHKISS SCHOOL 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-3663. “Thanks for Sharing.” September 7-October 7. Opening Saturday, September 8, 4pm-6pm.

ULSTER SAVINGS BANK 2201 RT. 44/55, GARDINER 338-6322 ext. 3237. “Watercolor Paintings by Michael Mendel.” Through September 20.

UNISON ARTS & LEARNING CENTER 68 MOUNTAIN REST ROAD, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “14th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.” Through October 31. “Friends.” Longreach Group. September 9-30. Opening Sunday, September 9, 4pm-6pm.

UNISON GALLERY WATER STREET MARKET, NEW PALTZ 255-1559. “Whimsical Paintings.” Eileen Hedley. Through September 11.

WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. “As Time Goes By.” New paintings by Michael Piotrowski and George Hayes. September 8-30. Opening Saturday, September 8, 5pm-7pm.

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. Through September 28.

WILDERSTEIN PRESERVATION 330 MORTON ROAD, 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 #3.” Lorna Tychostup. 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. “Traveling the Countryside.” Nat Baines & Amy Wiley. September 5-October 5. Opening Saturday, September 22, 6pm-9pm.

WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388. “Woodstock Prints: Past and Present.” A survey of Woodstock printmaking, curated by Ron Netsky. September 8-November 3. Opening Saturday, September 8, 3pm-5pm.

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A Tale of Two Chords Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby By Peter Aaron Photograph by Fionn Reilly

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hen he and Amy Rigby were about to play “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World,” his scrappy, utterly perfect signature ditty about searching the globe for a soul mate, at Kingston’s BSP Lounge in July, Wreckless Eric introduced the song with a great story. “Amy and I met in 2000 when she was playing this song at the Bull Hotel in Hull [England], which was actually the first place I played it live myself,” he said. At the couple’s Catskill home the following month, the erstwhile Eric Goulden elaborates. “She’d asked me to play it with her before the gig and when we were going over it I told her, ‘It’s only two chords and you got them both wrong!’” he says with a laugh. “But, no, she had it right. I was just taking the piss.” Well, okay, given the tune’s sardonic bent, a little playfulness on the part of its author feels about right. As Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby the pair has been performing since 2006, touring Europe and the US and releasing critically adored albums “about once every two years,” according to Rigby. The music on those records is the kind of timeless, song-based pop that, in today’s Auto-Tuned apocalypse, seems like an endangered species. The duo’s newest effort, A Working Museum, which was funded by a recent Kickstarter campaign and comes out this month on Goulden’s own Southern Domestic imprint, is a classic in waiting that takes the pair’s already impeccable track record to the top shelf. Its 11 diamond tunes wrap Rigby’s sweet-honey tone and Goulden’s endearing whine in richly ringing ’60s melodies, glammy guitar hooks, and heartbreaking, country-twanged harmonies.The album’s title is a reference to another seemingly vanishing breed: the working musician. Gallows humor aside, however, it was recorded at home with guest Chris Butler of the Waitresses and Tin Huey and sure sounds like it was fun to make, what with all the twosome’s newfound psychedelic flourishes. More than anything, though, it sounds like the two truly love what they do, and know how to do it far better than most. Which makes sense, because each of them was already doing it very well long before they met. Goulden grew up in the seaport town of Newhaven, East Sussex, in 1954. “There were still bombsites around from World War II, an old Victorian railway bridge that had to be cranked open by hand to let ships into the harbor,” he says. “Besides the car ferry to France, the big thing was the Parker Pen Company, where my dad worked for 37 years.” An aunt gave him a Chubby Checker LP, but the first record Goulden remembers being truly fascinated with was “Globetrotter,” a 1963 hit single by the instrumental group the Tornados (of “Telstar” fame). The record’s compressed, futuristic production, by the troubled studio genius Joe Meek, sparked an ongoing interest in the recording process; Beatlemania and its attendant Beat boom came next for the young Goulden. But by 1976, between his studies at art school, the closet songwriter was trapped in a go-nowhere job as a quality control inspector at a lemonade factory. “I read about this new label that was just starting up called Stiff Records and then I heard [the label’s first release] Nick Lowe’s single of ‘Heart of the City’ and ‘So It Goes’ on the radio,” he recounts. “I quit my job and made a tape of me playing all of my songs into my girlfriend’s cassette recorder. I got the address for Stiff and it turned out to be this record shop. I was really nervous but I left the tape with this nice American guy working there, who I later found out was Huey Lewis [the ’80s MTV schlockster’s pre-News band, Clover, lived in London and backed Elvis Costello on his early Stiff sides]. Then I read that Stiff had signed the Damned, who at that time were fabulously entertaining live but just awful as musicians. I thought, ‘If they signed that lot, maybe they’d sign me.’” A few days later Goulden got a call on his hallway payphone from Stiff chief Jake Riviera asking him to come down for a chat, and he inked a deal with the soon-to-beseminal label. Where did the “Wreckless” moniker come from? “In those days everybody was using a different name every week,” he says with a shrug. “It’s just the one that stuck.”With Lowe as producer and another recent signee, Ian Dury, sitting in on drums, he cut “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World” and another original, “Semaphore Signals.” Released as catalog number BUY 16, the 45 became a UK hit and was followed by more great singles—“Reconnez Cherie,” “Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.),” “Broken Doll”— two similarly fine albums, The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric (1979) and Big Smash! (1980), and a slot alongside Costello, Dury, Lowe, and others on the infamously debauched Live Stiffs tour, which took place in the heady punk year of 1977. “At first, with Stiff it’d felt like we’d all gotten into the basement of this building called the music industry and were finally disassembling it,” says Goulden. “But on that tour things started to get nasty—fights, managers arguing, everybody doing lots of speed and drinking bottles and bottles of vodka.” In the early 1980s, after no bigger hits materialized and depression and disillusionment set in, Goulden dropped out. Born into the “American Dream” of suburban Pittsburgh as Amelia McMahon, Rigby had a dad in the steel industry and a stay-at-home mom. She took piano lessons while young but hated to practice, being much more interested in her Elton John records and her big brother’s Who and Led Zeppelin albums. “I talked my parents into letting me go to public high school instead of the Catholic school they wanted me to go to, ostensibly because [the former] had a good art program,” Rigby says. “But really it was because there were boys there.” Besides an emerging interest in art and the opposite sex, there was a budding obsession with all things New York. “Somehow, the [local chain supermarket] Giant Eagle started carrying [Gotham-oriented music magazine] Rock Scene,” she explains.

“So I’d read about all of these cool people and new bands in New York.” In 1976 she enrolled at the city’s Parsons School of Design, which was located, conveniently enough, mere blocks from CBGB, where she started going to see bands “almost every night.” It wasn’t too long before she at last had a band of her own: Stare Kits, a noisy No Wave outfit in which she played drums and her younger brother, Michael McMahon, played bass. Stare Kits never recorded and only performed twice (“a debut gig and a reunion gig”), but it was a start—and a good way to meet boys. One of them was dB’s drummer Will Rigby, who she married in the early 1980s. Later that decade she and Michael started the pioneering cow punk quartet Last Roundup, which put out one album before heading out to pasture. Next came folk-pop harmony trio the Shams, which released a single on Bob Mould’s S.O.L. label, an album produced by Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, and an EP for Matador Records before that band, as well as the singer and her first husband, split up. While Rigby was finding her footing Goulden was undergoing a renaissance that began with Captains of Industry and the garagier Len Bright Combo, which in 1986 bashed out two rollicking longplayers before imploding. After a move to France, he released two Wreckless Eric albums, Le Beat Group Electrique (1989, New Rose Records) and The Donovan of Trash (1991, Sympathy for the Record Industry), and a 1997 EP as good ol’ Eric Goulden. Meanwhile, back in the States, Rigby had waxed a stunning solo debut, 1996’s Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch Records), with Cars guitarist Elliot Easton in the producer’s chair. With its poignant, anguished, and humorous slice-of-life glimpses into single motherhood that pulled from ’60s pop and girl groups, country, and folk, the set elicited heaping praise from the press. 1999’s Middlescence (whose “All I Want” was covered by Ronnie Spector) and 2000’s The Sugar Tree (both Koch) were similarly well received; 18 Again, an anthology of cuts from the first three albums, appeared on Koch in 2000. Not long before the latter’s release, Rigby relocated to Nashville with the aim of becoming a professional songsmith, but after two years had had her fill of Music City business. She met Goulden around this time and the two, although both involved in other relationships, stayed in touch. In 2004, the two rockers shared the stage once again, this time at one of Yo La Tengo’s coveted Hanukkah bills at Hoboken, New Jersey, club Maxwell’s. Family developments, however, brought Rigby to Cleveland, from where she continued to tour and released Til the Wheels Fall Off (Koch, 2003), another collection of transcendently crafted tunes. But, as one lengthy late-night phone conversation lead to the next, the inevitable finally happened. Goulden came to Cleveland for a spell before the couple married and immigrated to France to live in the country house he owned there. Rigby unveiled 2005’s Little Fugitive on the Signature Sounds imprint—appropriately, it would turn out, as the typically superlative disc contains the composition that would become her signature song: “Dancing with Joey Ramone,” a handclapping, heartfelt, and dizzyingly sweet ode to the now-gone vocalist. “I pretty much wrote it in the morning, after a dream, just like it says [in the lyrics],” Rigby explains. If this were a just world, the irresistible pop gem would be blasting out of iPods everywhere. The husband-and-wife team unveiled its eponymously titled first album in 2008 for the revived Stiff Records, which was hailed as a masterpiece and a return to Goulden’s glory days with the label. Its follow-up, the sparkling covers collection Two-Way Family Favourites, came out, as per Rigby’s above observation, two years later on Southern Domestic. “I’ve been a fan of [both singers] for decades, but seeing them together brings out something new in their work,” says Phoenicia music book author Holly GeorgeWarren, who was profiled in the March 2011 issue of Chronogram. “Their voices really compliment each other—they’re like the Ian & Sylvia of punk rock!” Since its 1977 release “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World” has become something of a modern folk song, being performed by artists as divergent as the Monkees and the Proclaimers and even actor-comedian Will Farrell in the 2006 film Stranger Than Fiction. Is its author tired of the tune at this point? “No, it’s great,” he says. “People get all teary eyed and tell me how much the song has meant to them, which is really fantastic. My mum really did say [the song’s] opening line to me. I was a kid and I was depressed because I didn’t have a girlfriend and she said, ‘There’s only one girl in the world for you, and she probably lives in Tahiti.’ So I guess I owe her some royalties for that. Seriously, though, everyone in England thinks I’m rich because of ‘Whole Wide World,’ but the label just totally fucked up on the publishing stuff and I haven’t made nearly what I should’ve from it. But, then, think about ‘Gloria’ by Them, which is just three chords and played by almost every garage band, everywhere. Since ‘Whole Wide World’ is only two, maybe it’ll get played by even more bands someday.” “It’s definitely a special song,” says Rigby. “I’ve always thought that.” “Well, besides being the song that got me known it’s the song that got me my wife,” says Goulden. It’s a beautiful thing, the way music can bring people together. A Working Museum is out this month on Southern Domestic Records.Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby will play at Bowery Electric in NewYork on September 7 and the Take Me to River Festival in Hastings on Hudson on September 9/12 ChronograM music 69




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Tuba Skinny September 2. Semi-local old-timey jazz ’n’ blues band Tuba Skinny, which slides into the Colony Cafe this month, has certainly been making the rounds, honking and crooning its way around the East Coast and New England even down to the music’s source of New Orleans, where the Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer spied the seven vagabonds busking in the street and invited them to open for her band. The ensemble’s third and newest recording, Rag Band, once again casts singer Erika Lewis’s smoky voice over trumpet, washboard, tenor banjo, cornet, piano, trombone, clarinet, acoustic guitar, and, yes, tuba. Hot-cha! (Gus Mancini and the Clearlight Ensemble, Tim Moore, and others shine September 8; Salted Bones spice things up September 21.) Call for time and ticket price. Woodstock. (679) 684-7028;

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September 13. For sheer Dungeons and Dragons bombast, the Rockland County/Hudson Valley-conceived Coheed and Cambria tops the misty mountain. The current lineup of grand wizard Claudio Sanchez (vocals, guitar), Travis Stever (guitar), Josh Eppard (drums), and Zach Cooper (bass) sprang forth in 2001 from the remains of the trio Shabutie, and has since conquered the contemporary prog-metal universe with its five high-concept “Armory Wars” sci-fi-themed albums, novels, and comic books (a Mark Wahlberg-produced fantasy film is due out soon). Local outfit 3, featuring Josh’s brother, Joey Eppard, opens this show at the Bardavon. (Steve Earle strums September 30.) 8pm. $28. Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2072;

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September 14. Led by multi-instrumentalist Kenny Siegal, the Brooklyn-born band Johnny Society, which plays Club Helsinki this month, has been knocking out its timeless soulful ’60s- and ’70s-inspired rock since the mid ’90s. Free Society, the threesome’s sixth and newest album, was recorded with Siegal doing double duty in front of and behind the board at his Old Soul Studios in Catskill. With its classic rock sound, the disc makes it clear why Ray Davies and Robin Zander are fans. Glammy 1990s MTV one-hit act Spacehog (“In the Meantime”) opens. (Indie darlings Antlers appear September 21; Dar Williams weaves her web September 13.) 9pm. $18, $20. Hudson. (518) 828-4800;

Tim Hecker September 28. Montreal’s Tim Hecker is one of today’s leading figures in ambient and experimental electronic music. Described by the New York Times as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow-moving notes and chords, like fissures in the Earth waiting to swallow them whole,” Hecker’s recent music uses samples of prepared piano, organ, string synthesizer, and other instruments. This performance in EMPAC’s Concert Hall will utilize a site-specific, multiple-speaker arrangement designed by Hecker himself. (Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon hits September 15; guitarist Ronni Le Tekro performs for dance company Ella Fiskum Danz’s “Triptych0811” September 18.) 8pm. $18, $13. Troy. (518) 276-3921;

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Rory Block plays Rosendale Cafe on September 28.

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September 28. One of the leading living practitioners and students of authentic Delta and prewar blues guitar, the amazing Rory Block learned directly at the feet of such masters as Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and the Rev. Gary Davis. A favorite on the festival and coffeehouse circuits since the early 1970s, Block, who this month visits the Rosendale Cafe, has stacked up awards from pretty much every blues foundation under the sun and produced several popular instructional and performance videos for Happy Traum’s Homespun Tapes imprint. (The Lucky Timson/John Wirtz Band plays September 15; Eric Anderson returns October 6.) 8pm. $20. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048;

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Greenwich’s David Greenberger is an artist through and through, mining a singular, particular vision based on a neglected segment of society—the aging. Since 1979, Greenberger has been the driving force behind The Duplex Planet, a small-format magazine focusing on residents of the Duplex Nursing Home in Boston. While employed as activities director at the facility, Greenberger took to asking curious questions and jotting down the answers, often with surprising, insightful, and humorous results. As noted, though, Greenberger is not simply a documentarian, he is an artist. The material he gathered in Boston, and in many cities since, feeds a rich body of collaborative multimedia work. Whimsy is as much a tool as gravity in Greenberger’s world, and he always brings a child’s wonder to his recitations. He doesn’t treat each utterance as sage wisdom. He deeply gets that his subjects are simply humans, not seers, and sometimes they say very funny things. Never Give Up Study—one of a number of recent spoken word-with-music releases—pairs Greenberger with pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius’s band, Jupiter Circle. Kasius’s jazzy compositional sense and chamber-group sensitivity allows Greenberger to float above the dense yet breathy music. It’s as though the words to “Cowboy Spirituals” land on a pillow, yet there is also an angularity that occasionally, as in “I Fell Down,” jars in just the right way. Greenberger has been making art from age for over three decades. It will be very interesting to see where his journey takes him as he steps toward his own golden years. —Michael Eck

Mamalama The World of Color and Light (2012, Independent)

Envision a beckoning gate opening to an enchanted land full of magic and mystery. Because if you’re into that sort of thing, you’re going to cherish this recording. Cornball description? Fine. Guilty as charged. But it’s absolutely accurate, and better than the limp-noodle, generic label of “New Age.” Just open the gate, and you’ll see what I mean. Behind that gate you’ll find Saugerties’s Mamalama blending myriad genres—Renaissance, Anglo-European folk, classical, psychedelica, world music—to create a stunningly beautiful, intoxicating sound that may lull you to a place of peace, if only you allow it. In a voice strikingly and hauntingly reminiscent of Tori Amos, harpist and primary songwriter Elizabeth Clark-Jerez enlists a bevy of like-minded players for this recording, using instruments such as hammered dulcimer, music box, glockenspiel, cello, mandolin, frame drums, native flute, and djembe. Most tracks use minimalist strings and Clark-Jerez’s breathy poetic musings, and to listen feels like standing in a current of falling autumn leaves, or a dreamy night looking up at a velvet sky filled with stars. The recording picks up the pace on a few tracks, and you might wish there was a fire nearby to dance around. Mamalama performs often around the Hudson Valley, and the next performance to catch will be at the Vanderbilt Mansion gardens in Hyde Park on September 23. A gorgeous setting for such gorgeous music. —Sharon Nichols

Shane Murphy Portrait of a Demolition (2011, WildCat Records)

Contradictions offer opportunities for both confusion and illumination. In the hands of a skilled artist like Poughkeepsie’s Shane Murphy, the contradiction is fuel, and with the aid of producer Joe Phillips and a passel of instruments he plays himself, Murphy has concocted his third CD, Portrait of a Demolition. Among the 12 tunes you will find an infidel praising faith (“Bathtub Mary”), beautiful words exposing the emptiness of language (“Rosemary for Remembrance”), a very disturbedsounding narrator musing on domesticity (“A Mind at Rest”), and a tortured soul counseling a listener not to be a tortured soul (“Be Not a Tortured Soul”). The material is consistently compelling, though, due to Murphy’s bracing outsider confidence, a necessary ingredient if one is to create successful “musicalizations” of poems by W. B.Yeats (“The Lake Isle of Innisfree”) and e. e. cummings (“I am a little church”). Indeed, “shrinking violet” does not come to mind when one hears Murphy sing; his swooning, darkly expressive Tim Buckley-Scott Walker voice is surprising, here operatic, there a seething whisper, but always demanding attention. Since his last outing, Murphy has plugged in and gone more electric, and many of the tunes motor along on sparkly, melodic bass runs, swathes of distorted guitar texture, and an acoustic on which Murphy has the balls to put a very ’80s-sounding chorus. Such lyrical prowess (from “Recovery”: “small fingers in passing go swimming in a birdbath of quicklime”) and vocal chops, however, grant license to almost anything. —Robert Burke Warren


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The Many Arts of George Quasha and Station Hill Press By Nina Shengold Photograph by Roy Gumpel

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eorge Quasha spends a lot of time picking up stones. Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (North Atlantic, 2006) documents 39 sculptures in which one stone balances atop another at a single point, held by nothing but gravity and intention. Carter Ratcliff writes in his introduction, “Gathered into one another’s company, George Quasha’s axial stones establish a zone of riveting stillness.” They also offer an apt metaphor for Quasha’s literary career, his vocations as poet and publisher poised in a balance that seems both hard-won and wholly organic. One supports the other; together, the two are much more than the sum of their parts. George and his equally polymathic wife, Susan Quasha, are the founding publishers and lodestones of Station Hill of Barrytown, a distinguished literary press whose other principals include director Sam Truitt and contributing editor Charles Stein. Since 1977, Station Hill has released more than 200 volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (mostly on contemporary art, spirituality, and alternative health). A small sampling of Hudson Valley literati they’ve published includes Robert Kelly, Franz Kamin, Bernadette Mayer, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Susan Gillespie; SHP Archive Editions also reprints seminal works by Gertrude Stein, Federico Garcia Lorca, John Cage, and other explorers of language. “Station Hill was focused as a trade publisher from the beginning, as a publishing outlet for experimental writing which included trade distribution,” George explains, his graceful hands always in motion. “We never imposed a vision, but always invited people who were doing innovative work in the world. It’s a ‘like attracts like’ environment with a lot of really powerful people.” The press is housed in an eccentric cluster of buildings on a quiet spur off River Road, flanked by Bard College and Poets’ Walk. The air outside is flat and sultry; a major storm is supposed to strike later today and the air is heavy with portent. Inside the Quashas’ art-filled home, George, Susan, and Sam Truitt sit around a dining table piled with books and snacks (seaweed crisps, almonds, watermelon juice), recounting Station Hill’s origins. A spicy fragrance of incense floats in from the adjacent mandala room, a large yurtlike space ringed with windows, its floor painted in vibrant colors for Tibetan ceremonial dancing. George and Susan speak in a layered exchange of phrases—not simultaneously, but overlapping in synchronous patterns, like leaves falling onto a forest floor. The hipster-bespectacled Sam listens more than he speaks, but his carefully modeled sentences stand out like roots. Somehow it all works. The brain trust of Station Hill recalls Indra’s Erawan: three heads, one elephant. Asked how the press began, George gives a gnomic smile. “What are you calling the beginning?”  There are many possible answers. Susan’s starts with her poetry professor Charles Olson, a veteran of legendary avant-garde haven Black Mountain College, recommending Stony Brook: A Magazine of the Arts, an ambitious journal which published Ezra Pound’s Cantos and work by Objectivist poets. Unable to find a copy, Susan called its editor, George Quasha, who was then teaching at SUNY Stony Brook; they met at a reading by Jackson Mac Low. “Within a month we were together,” says Susan. “For me, it’s very connected to Black Mountain, that energy. I wanted to make something like that.” George cites another beginning. In 1973, he and Jerome Rothenberg coedited the Random House anthology America a Prophecy (just rereleased in a SHP Archive Edition), which includes, along with the usual suspects, translations from the Hopi and the Mayan Popol Vuh, Shaker songs and blues lyrics, and poems by women including Gertrude Stein, H.D., Sonia Sanchez. “We wanted to present the voice of the continent,” he says, noting that the book predates “the idea called multiculturalism.”  In George’s view, Station Hill Press evolved from America a Prophecy and the Arnolfini Arts Center in Rhinebeck, a performance series he and Susan produced in the former church that now houses Terrapin restaurant. Its name references the patron couple in Jan Van Eyck’s famous wedding portrait with a convex mirror. “We didn’t have enough money to be patrons,” says George, who solved that problem by launching a CETA job-training program that employed 42 working artists; participants included Meredith Monk, the Bread & Puppet Theatre, Jeanne Fleming, Gary Hill, and Paul Auster, who later became Station Hill’s first managing editor. The Arnolfini series was not a financial success. “We were a little early for Rhinebeck,” George concedes. “They thought we were from Mars.” But it helped make the Hudson Valley a magnet for cutting-edge artists.The Quashas had moved there in 1975, when poet Robert Kelly lured George to Bard College as a visiting professor. After George won an NEA fellowship, he and Susan decided to put down more permanent roots.

The property on Station Hill Road was “dirt-cheap”—$42,000 for five buildings, including an 1851 octagonal gatehouse, a former bordello once called The Hungry Pig, and several smaller buildings that now serve as studios and rental cabins. (Barrytown’s literary past may have added some luster: The late Gore Vidal owned the adjacent Edgewater Estate for decades.) “We’re very lucky,” says Susan. “Buying these buildings in the 1970s made all this possible.” Along with the Arnolfini Center, she and George ran the Open Studio press, which offered high-quality typesetting and printing for both literary and fine artists. Susan designed many event posters and books, which in turn helped to fund Station Hill. (She still does book design for such clients as North Atlantic and Performing Arts Journal Books.) Expanding from a press-for-hire to a publishing imprint was a natural progression. In 1977, Station Hill released its first two books, by Franz Kamin and Theodore Enslin. It has since published as many as ten books a year. Sam Truitt, a relative newcomer to Station Hill, met the Quashas in the 1990s via “literary andTibetan connections” (all are students of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu). His book Street Mete, a multimedia poetic collage incorporating site-specific photos and spoken-word recordings, was accepted for publication in 2010. At that time, George and Susan needed someone to manage the press, and Sam stepped forward. His first title was managing director; somewhere along the way, he simplified it. (“I liked the idea of being director,” he quips; George says, “As long as he does the work, he can call himself God if he wants.”) Sam is excited by Station Hill’s upcoming releases, which include Michael Ruby’s Memories, Dreams and InnerVoices; Susan Gillespie’s translation of Paul Celan’s poetry; George Quasha’s Scorned Beauty Comes Up from Behind; a compilation of seven early works by Bernadette Mayer; and In/Filtration: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Innovative Poetics, edited by Sam Truitt, Anne Gorrick, and Deborah Poe. He’s also drawn to new technologies. Street Mete includes a QR scanning code for smart phones, which links to additional text on Sam’s website. He envisions Station Hill evolving to include e-books and a website archive with “videos and access to a lot of free and important materials.”  George is also involved in multiple video projects, including his ongoing art is: Speaking Portraits series. To date he has interviewed more than a thousand artists, poets, and composers in 11 countries, asking each talking head to finish the sentence “Art is...,” “Poetry is...,” or “Music is....” The work has been exhibited internationally, and locally at SUNY New Paltz’s Samuel Dorsky Museum. George has also been videotaped while balancing axial stones, making his signature twohanded drawings, and performing in collaboration with Gary Hill and Charles Stein, or with composer David Arner. Asked how he would answer the classic cocktail party question “So what do you do?” he says without missing a beat, “That’s why I don’t go to cocktail parties.” When pressed, he responds, “Poet first. Artist. Publisher would be way down at the bottom of the list as far as my identity goes. I’ve also studied and practiced bodywork; I’m also a drummer.” (He cites William Blake as a “spiritual mentor” and “model for not stopping with one art form.”) Sam says, “It feels a little self-conscious or puffed-up to say ‘poet.’ I’d say, ‘I make things. I’m a maker.’” Susan concurs. “I’m with Sam. I make things. I work with words, but photography is my central focus.” She’s currently collaborating with Robert Kelly on a book that will include her photographs and his poems, and has worked as a ceramic and lapidary artist. “I’m very much into matter—the alchemical tradition held some play for me.” Unconsciously, she touches one of the 10 rings she wears on her fingers. A native New Yorker, Susan grew up in Queens. Sam’s family moved between Washington, DC and Japan, his father a Washington Post executive and his mother a sculptor. After deadpanning, “I was dropped from the air,” George admits he was born in White Plains and grew up in Florida, adding darkly, “I escaped at 16.” As state debate champion, he won a scholarship to travel with the International School of America for nine months, living with families around the world and meeting such dignitaries as Nehru and Eleanor Roosevelt. (“It blew my mind. I had never met such a powerful woman before.”) The vaunted storm has still not materialized. Sam excuses himself to pick up his kids from a swimming class while George and Susan offer a tour of their hisand-hers studios, separated from the house by a thriving bamboo grove. Pausing in front of an axial stone pairing that seems to defy gravity altogether, George muses, “It’s about relationship, when the relationship shows up in alignment. For me it’s all the same thing—how can you release in order to let things come into relationship?” He looks at his wife. “Real relationships happen. All the arts I practice are about staying in the open mode, listening, letting it speak.” 9/12 ChronograM books 75

2012 poetry ROUNDUP

A selection of outstanding books released during the past year by Hudson Valley poets and publishers, reviewed by Lee Gould, Djelloul Marbrook, and Nina Shengold.

End of American Magic

My Minnesota Boyhood

Christopher Locke

Cheryl A. Rice

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Post Traumatic Press, 2012, $8

In these austere lyrical poems the ordinary and the familiar, so dear to William Carlos Williams, rise on thermals of intellect: “…the sun / glimmering like the face of a bride / before the veil is lifted.” Locke, who lives in New Lebanon, is a poet of startling delicacy and epiphanies that ambush us. In “The Bomb” he writes, “I could smell flesh, / and then the flames grew, / because as we all know, / anything alive has to eat.” Few contemporary poets are as alive to the world. The genius of his title is how subtly each poem builds to its truth. —DM

Unfazed by “having had neither / a boyhood nor a Minnesota,” Kingston spoken-word diva Rice baits her ice-fishing hook and hauls an imaginary childhood from the murky depths where shards of her Long Island youth commingle with a friend’s “Midwestern fields in plaids of green and brown” and a dash of Frostbite Falls. Ice persists in Manhattan (“Rockefeller Center”) and upstate, yielding to warmer seasons (“The World Stood Still For Easter,” “Spring Thaw,” “Abundance”) and the drowning of inconstant love, “...his hollow bones / bear me up over these Catskill cliffs, watery moods. / How deeply can I hold my breath?” Rice’s plainspoken eloquence gives this chapbook a liquid grace. —NS

Ghost Light Adam LeFevre Finishing Line Press, 2012, $12

New Paltz actor/playwright/poet LeFevre presents bold, physical poems that tear away or “flense” pretense, while exploring pretense as an art form. “Who am I tonight?” an aging actor asks his reflection, “voice / whisky and rosewater wafting / from the gathering house.” The responding soliloquy attempts to reconcile pursuit of meaning with mature awareness: “…text is stone / But you must make it rise and walk.” As in stagecraft, contradiction rules; “right is left...left is right.” Yet “if you make music of the word,” there’s recompense: that worn harridan, the muse, slides onto the next barstool and “without a smile / caresses my face with a broken nail.” Ghost Light won the Starting Gate Chapbook Award. —LG I-Formation, Book 2 Anne Gorrick Shearsman Books, 2012, $17

Gorrick’s title, a tennis term, suggests the formation of a self, an “I” depicted in poems that riff musically on anagrams of people’s names. These poems’ seductive beauty, both visually and aurally, derives from play and interplay of language. Ample white space, suggesting a canvas, provides stillness in which lines resound: “Noun mimics matter / marrow.” The denser Hudson Valley Poems seem to radiate through landscape accumulating possibilities: The lines “We nurse frozen stars / The river returns to me an iodine sky…” spiral into “The river cannot contain the iodine skies…the end will remember itself as a constellation of words.” Uniquely vibrant poems. —LG June Fourth Elegies Liu Xiabo, translated by Jeffrey Yang

Perpetual Motion Marilyn McCabe The Word Works, 2012, $15

“How we parse this profane world” is the subject of this astonishing collection by Saratoga poet McCabe, whose free-range intellect channels Blake and Magritte, backhanding French puns and mathematical proofs without a shred of pretension. When cosmic thoughts induce ontological dizziness, her cure is an ice cream cone, “a great tongue moon / lapping the ice cream planet.” In “I’ll Take the #8: An Ars Poetica,” the poet orders up a blue-plate special of idiosyncratic imagery; “At Freeman’s Farm” conjures a vision of meadow as battlefield: “Men rise from the ranks of Joe Pye weed and loosestrife / ghostly as cow parsnip.” Leveling a wise, bemused gaze at the world, McCabe observes, “It’s not easy / / here. We’re ourselves in sheep’s / clothing.” —NS Questions for the Sphinx Stuart Bartow WordTech Editions, 2011, $18

Stuart Bartow’s third collection, Questions for the Sphinx, pursues ancient myth, the stars, the enigmas of the cosmos in widely ranging poems of wonder and mystery. The song of the Syrens, “the greatest girl group ever,” propels him toward poetry’s “mist-shrouded coast,” where, as Glaucus, fisherman turned sea-god, he “consorts with beings merely inconceivable.” A woodsman, Bartow finds the cosmos reflected in his Adirondack landscape: in the trout’s “streaks, hidden meteors,” upon moth wings, “a calculus / for counting nebulae.” These elegant poems tend toward tempered joy, “the substance of song throned in tissue and illusion.” —LG

Graywolf, 2012, $26

Blanched bones here are summoned to testify by this Nobel laureate and imprisoned activist. These 25 elegies to the fallen of the Tiananmen Square protests of June 4, 1989, resurrect the dead with a despair so pitilessly honest as to be a sort of alchemical elixir. Beacon poet-editor Jeffrey Yang brings us Liu Xiabo’s unflinching cri de coeur as a kind of preternatural stare: “Young soldiers / recently clothed in uniform / still haven’t felt / the drunkenness of a girl’s kiss / but now in an instant / experience the bloodthirsty pleasure / of murder, their youth’s beginnings.” Or, still more uncompromising, “Life is but continuous indifference.” —DM Logician of the Wind Lee Slonimsky

Straight’s Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O’Hara William Heyen Mayapple Press, 2012, $14.95

Sexuality is the energy for this most public poet’s intellectual beam as he probes the darkest crannies of the American psyche in this new release for Woodstock’s Mayapple Press. Addressing the late poet and art critic Frank O’Hara, he explores the quintessential question about art. What is it? “If a poem is not about thought but is thought, / then I won’t think to say how reading you, Frank, / sometimes feel as though your thought reads me.” Few poets today are capable of Heyen’s sustained and restless prosody, his well-humored timbre and meter. The alchemy of observation and inquiry in him is breathtaking. —DM

Orchises Press, 2012, $14.95

Both love of form and unpredictability are guiding principles in Slonimsky’s philosophical nature writing. In well-crafted poems, primarily sonnets, he celebrates the remnants of our evolutionary history embedded in natural forms: The shape of a horse head etched in a tree knot suggests prehistory before plants and animals differentiated. The poems delight in natural geometry: “Triangulate these platinum hot rays… / hypotenuse of breeze / to calculate gray hawk’s square root of glide.” Yet the chaos after a storm, the “tangle, bramble, wind-demented sprawl” also amazes. These poem-meditations, in their easy conversational style based in science and logic, arrive at wonder and transformation. —LG

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Traction Mary Makofske The Ashland Poetry Press, 2011, $15.95

The first poem here invokes Mary Makofske’s elegiac spell. It ends: “It still breathes / as in a meadow, waiting for the bees.” We’re the bees come to pollinate these meadows of splendid inquiries and contemplations. Each line-break of this Warwick poet falls like warm rain, each image summons an impossible olfactory familiarity. Whether it’s about prehistoric man’s wounds or the minds of dolphins, a profound contemplative sings to us. In “The Wound-Dresser,” an ode to Walt Whitman, we get not only his long sculling strokes but also the rapture that foreshadowed Hart Crane. A triumph of compass and skill. —DM


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Experience Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology John Long Basic Books, 2012, $16.96


magine standing shoulder to shoulder with the creators of the combustible engine, the electric light, or the microchip, witnessing firsthand each historic Eureka. What a thrill to observe the successes, failures, and most of all, the indomitable curiosity of the people who pushed the boundaries of what was then known, and, with fortitude and insight, ushered the world into a New Age. Darwin’s Devices, by John Long, professor of biology and cognitive science at Vassar, will place you as close to that process as you are likely to get (unless you are among Long’s students). The field in question is biorobotics—the intersection of engineering and biology— where scientists like Long are creating machines that can think, learn, and evolve. According to Long, we will not be seeing Philip K. Dick’s replicants or Arthur C. Clarke’s Hal 9000 anytime soon, but we are closer than you may realize. Interestingly, Darwin’s Devices, which ultimately broadens the reader’s vista of our technological future, begins with Long’s fascination with our most distant ancestors: the first vertebrates. Unlike most researchers, Long forgoes digital models and instead uses swimming robots to divine just how ancient spineless organisms evolved into vertebrates, and how and why they mastered swimming. “Like a clumsy criminal, adaptation leaves behind many clues in the DNA and anatomy of extinct and living species,� Long writes. “But adaptation never leaves behind witnesses or surveillance tape.� In devising Tadros (tadpole robots) and Evolvobots, then introducing external pressures like predators, the need for food, and the success or failure of reproduction, Long and his cohorts set themselves up for some surprises. When he, his students, and colleagues experience disappointment (their hypothesis is incorrect, but still interesting), Darwin’s Devices offers a candid look at the emotional investiture inherent in any scientific endeavor. Long also gives us a peek at the arduous task of applying for grants, and extols the thrills of discovery as a team effort. In these sections, he’s at his best; chatty, breezy, and jocular. And even when he delves into thickets of algorithms and waxes on in Mensa-level code, he is never far from a reference to Metallica, C. S. Lewis, or Grand Theft Auto. In the process of devising artificial intelligence, Long muses on the actual importance of a brain, asserting that “thinking� takes place as much in the body as in the tangle of neurons in a creature’s head. Finally, in a refreshingly brisk and entertaining bit of autobiography, he writes about the connection between his work and the military industrial complex. He finds abhorrent his childhood fascination with World War II, but knows the military keeps a watchful eye on his beloved marine biorobots. Apparently, 56 countries are developing military robots. He stresses the potential benefits: “Will a robotic fish become your best friend, save your life, or overthrow an evil dictator?� he asks. “Maybe.� Overall, Long maintains a wide-eyed optimism and tireless fascination with the mechanics of life, in all its unpredictability, messiness, and glory. If you’re interested in cutting-edge science, or eager for a behind-the-scenes look at the tireless minds who both decode our past and shape our future, fix yourself up with Darwin’s Devices.  John Long will read from Darwin’s Devices 9/28 at noon, at Olmstead Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. —Robert Burke Warren

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I was expecting fanfare, aurora borealis, attar of roses. It’s always one thing after another, Mother said. Things come in threes.

—John Blandly


Town Rules

A girl with uneasy eyes and thin lips stood waiting Among the sharp shapes and elegant words For a chance to dance and talk and twist and twirl With the throng, like the child she was.

Rhinebeck, NY remember some evergreens on the way out of town are taller because they belong to rich people if a big house has electric candles in each window of its façade those people will have a wellstocked fridge and at least two bathrooms when someone’s dad is basically divorced but it’s still pending you shouldn’t ask the kids about it if you see them at terrapin on a weekend with the mom if a friend’s mother desires the friend to stay home for penitential reasons but you want the friend to come out and play ugly foil to your burgeoning pretty you should still go to town by yourself but with fewer buttons buttoned

What am I looking for? Life is not an elegant dinner party, a holy man once told me. I got: laughter, rain, sweet apples. —Melanie Hall

Kant, Kierkegaard, and Marcuse fought gloomily Her beat of time, makeup and a miniskirt to Lead her to the overwhelming question. They left her there without an answer, of course. Now a woman, with eager eyes and white hair Opening her mouth to speak, she hesitates when They ask if she has anything worth saying. Yet, she sings her songs, though perhaps the dust cannot hear. —Deirdre Dowling

—Sarah Heady

Day-to-Day Thoughts in Abstract These aspirations, (long pause) this torn blanket has me all swallowed and black and scarlet whistlings, like a ghost rumbling, emerge around the vision gathered up and dance and then fade as I turn my back to it and walk, placing my head between two pages.

For A Place That Is Always Yellow

Now all the time I have to squelch back my pride, all those slashing and colorful lanterns bobbing in the wind, and distill to realize the slow pursuit of the mortal whistlings and hungry muffled music as I thought I heard all the city’s buildings hold their breath just so I could hear the river flow.

I met a girl and she had her hair laid into tangled gardens held back by a sun hat underneath an overcast sky and weeds that grew thick from her scalp threatened her eyes seafoam green wells of salt water that scoured me clean through and always looked two feet behind my head She said something about Kentucky and I don’t quite remember what I said in response but.

—Peter Bell

—Arjay Schmollinger

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Shitty election shitty poem I hate Monopoly. But as they claim you can’t lose if you don’t play. Remember that day in grade school when you learned about the electoral college and now you recognize the name as a staple “I slept through civics class” joke. My frustration streamed backwards then. “Why don’t they just count the votes and tally— How dare some outdated system stand between!” Oh, the slow ignorance of dial-up and the millennial generation. So toils another election year, dealing us the smack of television promotion (and by smack I do mean crack) like all junkie dealers to make ends meet. If I hear one more silver haired sassafras tout the progress of ’68… Remember 1992 you arrogant fuckers? And since? Suspenders and white collared shirts and unethical trading were never cool, you know. It was always illegal. But if you slept through civics class civic responsibility is a breeze. So let’s talk about the issues hunger health care jobs That’s it? I don’t want to talk about that. I live that. It hurts. Let’s talk about something else Like the silly tall tales of history Where knowledge is free (except in an election year) and certain subjects matter to me. Like how I am inevitably and supra-consciously affected by the suicides of soldiers the unfightable war the bleak tendency, to look and not see. So enraptured by the image I stopped looking near on ten years ago when war was war. And then my grandfather died speaking of inevitable and the personal void of a veteran’s mind that thins bloodlines and thickens the slow process of gravity, became clear. A sinkhole of guilt and murder and death and politics. Oh those politics of the greatest generation. But that was when war was good (especially in an election year). And now I know Great Grandma Emmy was an orphan who never voted. A child of the Bowery in 1883

whose daughter later married a man in the cavalry who still shook in 1923 tremors of gas and love and remnants of sheer inexperience. And here I sit the promulgate of their lives with intention to compose an anthem that only devolved to rhyme which might be the most apt analogy yet. But then I think of an elephant with no tusks reminder that all evolution is a serious mind-fuck. The future is not ours. But it could be. —Christine DeAngelis

Cake & Jameson I would like to, I would like to say, It would change your world the whole damn day, Everything would be better, better with a cake! And Jameson! So when you’re sittin’ there and lost your job, And you’re lookin’ like a slob in your Dirty bathrobe eating, eating Jujubes! And Jameson! Wouldn’t it be nice to hear a knock From a member of your flock with a Cake reading “Unemployment Please”? And Jameson! What about the friend that moved away? What about a cake that’d say “I really miss you and please enjoy the day!” And… And I would like to send with that cake a card saying, “I know that we’ve been far and I know I haven’t been around but I’d like to be again… come ’round!” And Jameson! What about the lover you once know? Wouldn’t it have been easy to make a cake-up At break-up? In the color blue! And say… Hey, I know we had good times, But there was also too much strife and Here’s a cake reading “Bachelor for Life!” And Jameson! So now you quit the band and nearly broke, Don’t sit around doing coke, say how can I improve another, Maybe, Maybe make a cake! And Jameson! Cakes are usually served at celebrations But I really need then for mental vacations like, “I really don’t like you but you’re still family!” And… And I would like to send with that cake a card saying, “I know that we’ve been far but, you try as you might…’cause… We’ll have cake and shots tonight… Of Jameson!” —Amy Planthaber

Channel Eight One might write or say, Grand Central always rumbles. Today, it was a defiant rumble that seemed to last, my body shaking as if an earthquake were passing through me. A woman in Japan, a week before, perhaps my twin, was writing the poem of her life. She had stumbled upon a great flow of language, as if she were a channel, meant to reach droves, when she felt a rumbling in her body shaking, as if an earthquake were passing through her. She stood up slowly from her chair, thinking suddenly of her husband, their home she wouldn’t see again, the poem she hadn’t finished. Her poem fluttered to the floor, dissolving with all but her last words— the first names of her children. Did I dream this? Was it a mirror? A cop shouted, it’s only drilling— The men and women at Grand Central left anyway, throbbing, sobbing, no longer telling ourselves, we are different in New York. Settled into my cozy train I wrote this for her. —Carla Carlson

Note: Reduced to their lowest-common, the words I whispered in his ear could be described only but in reproduction— The inflection altered here and there, but what does an “I love you” do— I’d say time is a river, but language is its own avalanche our coffin-envelope, signed—sealed—delivered, I love you. —Emma Stamm 9/12 ChronograM poetry 81

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whistle-stop towns no more Millerton, Amenia, Millbrook By Erik Ofgang Photogaphs by Roy Gumpel


f the communities of Millbrook, Millerton, and Amenia had a mantra, perhaps the most fitting one would be the wordless yet meaningful wail of an approaching train whistle. After all, the history of these communities were shaped by the railroad. Businesses and settlers sprouted up around the railroad and the proximity of the tracks allowed for a cultural exchange of people, workers, goods, and ideas between the village communities and the sprawling metropolis of New York City. Although the train has become less important in modern times, it still influences the communities and the sound of the train whistle seems to sum up, to a certain extent, the feeling, charm, and beauty of the area.There’s something both modern and old-fashioned about the approaching siren cry of a train’s whistle. It is the herald of a massive, modern piece of speeding machinery, but at the same time it calls with the strength of a voice from the past and conjures images of the pioneers streaking to the American west on a steam engine. In the same way, there’s something both modern and old-fashioned about the communities of Millbrook, Millerton, and Amenia. Here, people are proud of their rich history but are boldly looking to the future. You’ll find rolling hills and picturesque fields, quaint main streets with historic buildings that have stood the test of time. There are unique shops owned and operated by men and women with rich character, who care about far more than just profits. 82 millerton + amenia + millbrook ChronograM 9/12

Millbrook The heart of the Millbrook community is the village formed in 1869 after the railroad arrived. Though that railroad no longer exists, the village that grew around it is thriving. As you enter the village, you pass the green and Tribute Garden, a park that commemorates veterans from all of the US wars. The main street of the village is lined with flowers that are maintained by volunteers. Several historic buildings can be found downtown, including the brick bank building, white-pillared library, and 1895 Memorial School building. The village pays tribute to its 19th-century roots every Memorial Day, when “In Flanders Fields” and the “Gettysburg Address” are recited at the community band shell. Today, lovers of ecology and animals will find many kindred souls in Millbrook. The village is home to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Founded in 1983 by the eminent ecologist Dr. Gene E. Likens of the Cary Institute, it is one of the largest ecological programs in the world. The organization is dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, from the quantity and quality of freshwater resources to the health of forests. Books and articles authored by Cary Institute ecologists strive to influence scientists and policy makers. Millbrook is also home to Innisfree Garden, a 150-acre public garden that was constructed using the ancient art of Chinese landscape design. The gardens boast a 40-acre glacial lake and impressive stone formations stand out against the peaceful

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In Michael Arnoff’s office, there’s a large picture of row upon row of solar panels. The panels are black and have straight white lines crisscrossing them—the photo looks like a work of modern art or something from a science fiction novel. “That’s my favorite photo,” says Arnoff, and he has good reason to be proud of it. Arnoff is the president of Arnoff Moving & Storage, a specialty moving company that has gone all out for the environment in recent years. The photo in Arnoff’s office is of the solar farm located on the roof of the company’s Millerton warehouse. In May, the switch was flipped on the 96 kilowatt farm, which is one of the biggest solar farms in the region. Arnoff Moving & Storage is a family-run business, and Arnoff says the creation of the solar farm was fueled by family discussions. “We’re a five-generation family business, so our business was formed in 1924, 88 years ago, by my great-grandfather,” he says. “As a family business, we sit on holidays and at weekend dinners and things like that and business always seems to pop into the conversation and one of the things that we’ve been talking about over the last few years is the whole concept of carbon fuels and trying to cut down on our carbon footprint.” Arnoff adds that the first thing they looked at was the materials they use to pack and ship products. “Today, about 80 percent of our packing material is generated from recycled materials,” he says. The next step was reducing the fuel use of the company’s trucks. “We invested in newer-model trucks that have better fuel efficiency,” Arnoff says. When the company found that the roof on the Millerton warehouse was in need of repair, Arnoff recalls, “We started thinking, what else can we do with the roof? People are farming on roofs and using roofs for different processes. Then the idea of solar came up.” The company brought in Hudson Solar, a Rhinebeck solar company, to oversee the whole project. Hudson Solar also helped the company receive federal government tax credits for the project. With the tax credits, Arnoff says that the solar farm will pay for itself in the first few years and then will provide income for the business after that. Arnoff Moving & Storage is based primarily in the Hudson Valley but they also have facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida. The company specializes in moving and storing unusual and valuable items that need to be handled with extreme care. “We move things that most companies don’t move,” says Arnoff. “We just finished a 16-month project installing $3.8 billion of equipment in a brand-new semiconductor chip manufacturing facility.” Other recent projects include a two year storage of valuable museum items taken from a West Point building that was undergoing renovation. The company was started in 1918 in Lakeville, Connecticut, which is just across the state border from Millerton. Arnoff says that the company has always had deep ties to Millerton. “In the ’50s, the available manpower, people who could be trained to become professional movers came out of the nearest farm community, which was Millerton,” he says. He adds that Millerton’s direct train line to New York City played a large role in the company’s early shipping business. The company maintains strongly connected to the Millerton community. “We still find a very, very pride-driven workforce, and that’s really important to us as a five-generation family business,” Arnoff says. Arnoff is married with three children, the oldest of whom has joined the company as well. He says he would urge other business owners to take steps, whether they be large or small, to make their companies more environmentally friendly. “The big cry is that some of this is so expensive,” he says, “but if you put the effort in, there are [affordable] ways to figure out being more green and more conscious of our community and the greater world at large. We all have to take responsibility, it’s not just up to one person, it’s all of us and each person has to do as much as we can, whether that’s just sorting your household waste or, if you own a business, trying to find better products to use. Maybe it’s as simple as not using a Styrofoam coffee cup and using a paper coffee cup instead.”

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backdrop of the water. It is a place of tranquility and stunning natural beauty. For a less quiet encounter with nature, visitors can stop by Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School. The country’s only zoo located in a high school, the Trevor Zoo was founded in 1936 at Millbrook School, an independent high school in Millbrook. The zoo was started by Frank Trevor, Millbrook School’s first biology teacher. Today, the zoo is open to the public and houses more than 180 exotic and indigenous animals from 80 different species. The six-acre zoo is also home to seven endangered species. For those who don’t wish to take a walk on the wild side, downtown Millbrook offers a wide variety of shopping options.The Pumpkin House on Franklin Avenue is a charming consignment clothing shop that is rich with quirkiness, as the sign on the window boasts that the place features “a whimsical array of clothing, gifts and accessories.” “We do consignment and we also have some local vendors here,” says Cailin McAllister, the Pumpkin House owner. She adds, “We have everything from designer clothing and vintage clothing to housewares and home decorating.” She says that what makes the store unique is the combination of different local vendors that sell their wares at the store and the fact that the store sells consignment. “It’s so many different peoples’ styles coming together,” she says. Other unique Franklin Avenue stores include Punch, which specializes in home decor but includes a wide assortment of other items, including, but most certainly not limited to, jewelry, clothes, and footwear. Another Franklin Avenue store shoppers won’t want to miss is called Citrus. While the name might make you expect fresh-squeezed orange juice, Citrus is actually a clothing store that features a hip array of unique and stylish clothing and accessories. Before they leave Franklin Avenue, antique lovers will also want to check out the Millbrook Antique Center, a 6,000-square-foot space filled with period furniture, sterling silver, china, crystal, old maps, books, linens, dolls, paintings, estate jewelry, coins, and more. Outside of the downtown area visitors can feast their eyes on the majestic

fields of the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery.They can also treat themselves to the exquisite red and white wine creations of the vineyard. If you’re looking for dining options to help wash down the wines, Millbrook has restaurants aplenty. You can enjoy fine dining with style and substance at Charlotte’s Restaurant & Catering, or enjoy gourmet food to go from Slammin’ Salmon. Aurelia Restaurant features a Mediterranean cuisine-inspired menu and offers outdoor picturesque dining on the terrace during warm months. And a culinary tour of Millbrook would not be complete without sampling the French cuisine at Café Les Baux. Millbrook has many tourists and weekend residents as well as expatriate New Yorkers. McAllister, the Pumpkin House, owner says this adds to the diversity of the community without taking away from the spirit that makes the area special. “We have a lot of different people that come in from all over the place.We have a lot of weekenders and tourists. It’s nice to see there’s different aspects of the village, but it still keeps its small town charm.” MILLERTON The history of Millerton, like Millbrook, is linked to the railroad. Millerton sprouted up along the railroad line in the mid-1800s and was actually named for the civil engineer, Sidney Miller, who constructed the train line. Today Millerton’s Main Street is thriving with eclectic businesses and arts and culture. Saperstein’s clothing store on Church Street has offered clothing and footwear and has been family owned since 1946. The Moviehouse on Main Street shows mainstream blockbusters but also plays host to independent film screenings and is home to the Moviehouse Gallery Café, a coffee shop and art gallery that features the work of local artists. Millerton’s Main Street is also home to the Millerton Antiques Center, a 15,000-square-foot multidealer shop that features a large selection of antiques, art, and furnishings. One of the oldest stores in Millerton is Terni’s, an old-fashioned supply shop that was opened in 1919. The store has warm wooden floors and a marble soda fountain. It offers hunting gear and fishing tackle, outdoor clothing, hunting knives, guns, and ammunition. 9/12 ChronograM millerton + amenia + millbrook 85

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In a world of iPads, Kindles, and all manner of blinking, beeping, and Web surfing digital book readers, Scott Meyer, the owner of the Merritt Bookstore and Toys of Merritt in Millbrook, provides something that no digital device ever can—character, compassion, and true human warmth. “I laugh with customers, I have cried with them,” Meyer says. He’s watched customers’ children grow up, and they’ve seen his two sons grow up. “I have customers that have carried my children around with them.” The Merritt Bookstore has been nominated three times as Bookseller of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly. Since opening in the 1980s, the store has been a staple of the village and Meyer, his wife Alison, and their sons have been champions of the community, supporting other local business and spearheading fun, educational, and charitable events. Meyer grew up in the Millbrook area but moved to Massachusetts to teach grade school. Though he enjoyed teaching, the long hours proved difficult to handle. “I was teaching 24 hours a day, so I was tired,” he recalls. “I came back to Millbrook.” He started substitute teaching locally, but those who knew him urged him to consider opening a bookstore. “People said, you love books so much, why don’t you start a bookstore,” he recalls. Meyer took that advice and began selling books out of his house. In 1988, he moved into his current location at 57 Front Street. In 1990, after a local toy store closed, Meyer began carrying toys in his store, and Toys of Merritt was born. “In the beginning, I didn’t have enough books, so I would go to the library and check books out and put them in the window,” he says. If people asked about the book, he told them he could order it for them or they could check it out at the library after he returned it. He says that helped his business and promoted the library at the same time. In other instances, if he was selling a garden book, he’d go to the local hardware store and get a rake to put in his window next to the book. If people bought the book he’d recommend that they go to the hardware store and buy the rake as well. “I’d do anything of that nature to try to help other businesses as well as make my window look better,” he says. “That was our philosophy from the beginning, that our store was not just for selling books but also there to help the immediate community and beyond.” Meyer adds, “No man is an island—well, that’s true of a retail store in a small community. No store is an island—you can’t exist by yourself, you have to think of the community, it’s all about everybody.” Every year for the past 20 years, Merritt Books has hosted an annual art show in a gallery space above the bookstore that features the work of students in all grades from Millbrook’s schools. The bookstore has also hosted annual food drives and organizes regular talks and book signings by local and nationally known authors. New York Times bestselling author Da Chen, has spoken at the store in the past and will do so again at some point this fall to discuss the release of his latest novel, My Last Empress. Meyer says that Millbrook is a special community. “I’ve been here many years now and Millbrook is unique—there is no town or village like us,” he says. “There’s just so many things in a circle right around Millbrook, there is no community that has the richness of cultural ideas and scientific places that we have. The people we have in our community have so many wonderful stories to tell, whether they make something with their hands or something with their minds. It’s the people that make a community, and Millbrook has a very diverse community of thinkers and doers.” He adds that he could not be happier about his role in the community. “It’s a great feeling to be able to do this and we have joy doing it. I think that’s the key—to have joy. If you don’t have the joy and excitement, it just gets stale. I love what I do, I love the people that come in, and I have joy.”

Millerton once supplied New York City with country products and the community still produces a great deal of home-grown goods and wares. The McEnroe Organic Farm is a 1,000-acre farm located in Millerton that offers certified and truly delicious organic produce, meats and garden transplants. Irving Farm Coffee Company has its roasting facilities in Millerton. The company makes coffee for retail customers as well as several Irving Farm Coffee houses in New York City and the Irving Farm Coffeehouse on Main Street in Millerton. Dan Streetman, who purchases the raw coffee beans for the company and is involved with quality control during the roasting process, says the company specializes in lighter coffee roasts that are rich with flavor. “We do have one dark roast coffee but most of the coffees that we have are light roast or medium roast, so you can taste a lot of the intrinsic nuance that the coffee has,” he says. Millerton is also home to Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders, a gourmet tea shop that ships tea blends all over the country and also has a tasting room at Railroad Plaza in Millerton. The village produces more than just food products. Gilmor Glass Works is an artisan glass-making shop, where visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind glassware designs crafted with skill and imagination. Lovers of the finer things in life may also want to visit Eckert Fine Art, a gallery where art lovers can gaze at the work of Eric Forstmann, the sculpture of Boaz Vaadia, and Michael Kalish, along with 19th- through 21st-century American Masters in the art world.The gallery was founded by Jane Eckert, an accomplished art curator, author, and lecturer. Hungry travelers will want to stop by the No. 9 Restaurant and Catering company, where they can dine at a picturesque outdoor patio and enjoy a menu that features items and goods purchased primarily at local farms. Outside of downtown, visitors can visit the Rudd Pond area of the Taconic State Park.The park is located along 11 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range and shares a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut. There are extensive trail systems from easy to very challenging, and intrepid hikers are rewarded with spectacular views. With so much to do and see you might want to spend more than a day in Millerton and in that case you’ll definitely want to book a room at the Way Village Inn. This family-run operation is steeped in the grandeur of 1800s Victorian-style homes. Like the village of Millerton itself, the Way Village Inn is open and welcoming. AMENIA Amenia was founded around 1704, and today the town is a vibrant community. Among the historic buildings still standing in the town is the Lewis Mumford House—the one-time home of social philosopher, historian, and cultural critic Lewis Mumford. The Harlem Valley Rail trail cuts through Amenia and offers visitors the chance to walk for miles on mostly flat paved surface. At Serevan restaurant, diners can feast on menu items that combine flavors and ingredients from the Middle East and Mediterranean cooking traditions. You can enjoy more Mediterranean cuisine if you stop by Four Brothers Pizza Inn, where the Stefanopolous brothers share their family recipes and offer mouth-watering pizzas, salads, and other Mediterranean dishes. At the Cascade Mountain Winery visitors can enjoy some of the Hudson Valley’s best made wine while they spend a few hours savoring the pleasant views from atop the foothills of the Berkshires. The winery is also home to a wine and tapas bar, as well as an art gallery. In Wassaic, a hamlet in Amenia, a towering 105-foot historic mill by the side of the train tracks has been transformed into a multidisciplinary arts center known as the Wassaic Project. The organization has an artist residency program, where 10 artists at a time live in the community and produce art at the mill for a period lasting several months. The organization also runs an annual arts festival in August, that includes art exhibits, dance, live music, and film screenings. “This year we had 4,000 people come, which was a record for us. We had 100 artists, 23 bands, six different dance performances, a feature film, and we also do a shorts program,” says Jeff Barnett-Winsby, who is the co-director of the Wassaic Project along with his wife, Bowie Barnett-Zunino, and Eve Biddle. Barnett-Winsby says since the project started about six years ago, the community has embraced them and they’ve been influenced by the community as well as the old mill itself. “One of the things that we are inspired by, is this building,” he says. “The mill is not great for a lot of things other than art right now. It’s very, very raw. It’s very tall, there’s no elevator. It’s dark. However, there’re a lot of things [that are great about] it. There’s flexibility, the space itself is inspiring and interesting, and everybody who comes, on one level or another, gets excited.” 9/12 ChronograM millerton + amenia + millbrook 87

Events Music in Millerton The Northeast-Millerton Library hosts a concert series called Music in the Annex. On Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm. The Compact will perform. The band features guitarist and singer Erin Hobson and bassist Steven W. Ross. The group plays alternative pop, rock, Americana, funk, folk, and world music to create their sound. Other upcoming performances at the series include, the Joint Chiefs on Saturday, October 6, the Wickers Creek Band on Saturday, October 20, and the Wooden Nickel Encore on Saturday, October 27.

Rebecca Ffrench at Millbrook COMMUNITY DAY The Merritt Bookstore will host an appearance by author Rebecca Ffrench at the Millbrook Farmer’s market as part of Millbrook’s Community day on Saturday, September 8. Ffrench is the author of the cookbook Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas for Preserving Family Recipes. You can meet her and taste some of her delicious treats. Books will be available for purchase from the Merritt Bookstore.

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In June, the Millbrook Book Festival presents dozens of timely, thought-provoking, and entertaining authors to participate in panel discussions, readings, and signings throughout the day at the Millbrook Free Library on Franklin Street. The festival kicked off this summer and seeks to take part in the increasing popularity of literary festivals across the globe. There are more than 150 festivals in the United Kingdom that supporting tourism and literacy. Here in the United States, literary festivals are growing in numbers annually, and the festival organizers hope Millbrook can join the global and national movement and make books and reading an important part of people’s lives.

Harlem Valley Rail Trail Ride Every summer, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail association hosts the Harlem Valley Rail Ride. Bicycle enthusiasts can choose from 25-, 50-, 75-, or 100-mile rides. All the routes cut through Amenia and Millerton and include a four-mile stretch of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. There’s also snacks and rest stops available along the way. Not only will riders get to enjoy the sloping hills and natural beauty of the area but they’ll also help support the rail trail in the process—a portion of each riders entry fee goes to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association.

The Wassaic Project The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a free, annual, multidisciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community that takes place the first weekend in August. The event this past August featured over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more. The festival is housed within the unique buildings and property of the Wassaic Project. The festival strives to escape the white walls of traditional art spaces and focuses on site-sensitive installations and performances. The overall goal of the festival is to create a weekend-long opportunity for artists and performers of all mediums to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving community. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or to stay the weekend. There is on-site camping and programming is cutting-edge yet family friendly.

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Food & Drink

The Fermentalist Sandor Katz By Peter Barrett Photographs by Kelly Merchant


he vast majority of the cells in our bodies are not our own. The Human Microbiome Project has recently determined that our cells may be outnumbered as much as ten to one by hundreds of types of bacteria and other microorganisms that evolved along with us. The complex roles these play are only beginning to be understood, but we could not survive without them; everything from digestion to reproduction to protein synthesis and proper immune function rely on these teeming populations. Bacteria in our guts even regulate serotonin levels in our brains, influencing our moods and mental health. So why are we taught to fear bacteria? Teaching people to embrace microbes in their food is Sandor Katz’s mission, and his new book The Art of Fermentation (Chelsea Green, 2012) is the definitive book on the subject. The follow-up to his 2003 Wild Fermentation, the new book goes in depth into every aspect and type of food that is metabolized by microbes in some way before we eat it. “We have become used to purchasing these foods already prepared for us,” he explains. “Most of what I do is demystification so people can do it themselves without fear.” Besides health food and ethnic staples like kombucha, kimchi, miso, tempeh, and soy sauce (among many others), bread, cheese, yogurt, salami, and vinegar are also all fermented foods. By the time we get to alcohol, coffee, tea, chocolate, and vanilla, it’s pretty obvious that most of the best foods are fermented in one way or another, though many of these are no longer alive when we eat them. The living foods are the ones that Katz concerns himself with, since those are the foods that enrich our system with beneficial biodiversity. The book is comprehensive, detailed, and a must-have for anybody who ferments food or is keen to try. Divided into chapters based on the category of food to be fermented—vegetables, grains, milk, beverages, etc.—it includes descriptions of the tools, techniques, variations, and possible problems associated with both familiar standards and arcane versions from all corners and cultures of the world. If you have been searching for recipes for Smreka, Kishk, Tesgüino, or Pru,

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look no further. There’s also a section on non-food fermentation, like fertilizers, dyes, medicines, and fuels. While it is no substitute for an in-depth book on one specific discipline, especially a complicated one like wine or cheese making, it offers all the information required to begin confident exploration of every sort of fermentation. Katz held a book signing recently at his father’s farm stand in Gardiner. Though he grew up in New York City, Katz spent summers in Gardiner and speaks fondly of his time there. For the last 20 years he has lived in Tennessee, on a commune, though two years ago he moved into his own place down the road to have “more privacy and autonomy.” His own introduction to fermentation came when he moved to the rural commune and began tending the garden. “I became overwhelmed by the fleeting abundance of vegetables, so I opened up The Joy of Cooking and made their sauerkraut.” Katz speaks the way he writes: warmly, in long and eloquent sentences. Both in prose and in person he has a remarkable ability to make a complex subject simple and approachable. For novices, he recommends kraut or similar pickled vegetables as the easiest entrée into microbe ranching. “According to the USDA, there has never been a single case of food poisoning from fermented vegetables. It’s a strategy for safety.” Even if there are pathogens on the food, he explains, “The indigenous population of lactobacilli will overwhelm incidental contamination and eliminate it.” Since vegetables are already teeming with the desirable species, all we have to do is place them in a favorable environment—wet, saline, with a cool ambient temperature— and their metabolism of sugars in the plants will produce lactic acid, killing the competition and making the food pleasingly pickled. Katz says that now is a particularly good time to begin, since our gardens are full of food and summer’s heat (which can make fermentation happen too quickly) is fading. For those worried about contamination, or accidentally growing the wrong sorts of microbes, Katz is reassuring: “It’s important to be clean, but sterility is not

Opposite: Author and fermented food advocate Sandor Katz. Above: Katz with a forkful of kraut.

a big deal, unless you’re trying to propagate a specific culture. How can you sterilize something in your house? Even if you autoclave something, you still put it in your dish rack to dry.”The essence of fermenting foods is to create an environment in which the desired microbes can thrive. And there’s endless room for improvisation, once the basic techniques are mastered: “Tailor it to your own tastes, experiment. Make it fiery hot, or use smoked salt in your pickles. It’s experiential learning; you have to try it yourself.There are no hard and fast answers. Many processes are very temperature-dependent, and there’s a lot of environmental variability.” Unheated basements are an ideal temperature for many fermentation processes, and also have the advantage of using no precious fridge and counter space. It’s worth noting that many such foods use native bacteria and require no inoculation; besides the lactobacilli on vegetables, natto and tempeh are both fermented using bacillus subtilis, which is found on soybeans, and crème fraîche and sour cream were originally made by leaving raw cream near the stove overnight to ripen the naturally occurring cultures. Sourdough starter uses native yeast populations. Vinegar makes itself; just leave apple cider or wine out on the counter for six months. Other foods require cultures; in the case of yogurt, a spoonful of yogurt from a previous batch (or from the store) is added to milk that has been pasteurized and then cooled to about 110˚F. Then the cultured milk is incubated somewhere warm overnight. Easy household incubators include ovens with pilot lights, insulated thermoses, and heating pads inside foam coolers. For Greek yogurt, the result is strained through cloth to drain off the whey (which is useful in and of itself, like cheese whey, as a cooking liquid or for fermenting other foods). Other things, like cheeses, miso, and beer, require adding specific bacterial, mold, or yeast cultures to achieve predictable and reproducible results. Besides whey and other byproducts—soy sauce was originally a result of miso making—pickle brines are useful in the kitchen, though Katz does not recommend using them as starters for new batches of pickles. There are actually several different

types of bacteria responsible for making kraut or kimchi, and they thrive at different stages of the increasingly acidic environment. By adding mature brine to a fresh batch, you are actually adding the end product, unbalancing the natural order. As with so many of these processes, the best strategy is to let them take care of themselves. Kombucha, fermented sweet tea that has become popular in recent years, is easy to make (it’s very similar to vinegar) and can be flavored with just about anything. If one adds a bit of fruit juice to a fermented batch and then seals the jar up in the fridge for a few days, the secondary fermentation of the sugar in the juice adds a light effervescence. Katz remembers a version made with turnip juice as being the best he ever tasted. He has no time for faddishness, however: “There’s a huge amount of hype about kombucha, including lots of unsubstantiated health claims. It’s not a panacea. All of these foods that have live bacteria are immune system stimulating and help good digestion.” A recent Spanish study showed that people taking probiotic supplements did not achieve the same diversity of flora in their digestive tracts as people who ate a variety of fermented foods. This validates Katz’s assertion that the best health practice is to feed ourselves and our trillions of helpful passengers by eating and drinking all sorts of live fermented products. Asked what comes next, Katz replies that he’s taking a break: “I’m still recovering from writing this book. I’m doing some teaching, and I might do a children’s book about bacteria and fermentation.” This would be a good way of teaching the next generation something that most of the current one has forgotten: Most microbes are beneficial, even essential, to our health. “Expose your children to the flavors of fermented foods, and have them help you to do it,” he urges. “So many people have this memory of foods their grandparents used to make, but the knowledge didn’t always get transmitted.” Citing ubiquitous antibacterial soaps as a vivid example of our society’s rampant germophobia, he concludes: “I feel really strongly that we have to change our outlook on bacteria. We can’t afford to think about them as enemies.” 9/12 ChronograM food & drink 91

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Food & Drink Events Taste of Hudson Food Festival

September 8 Hudson has become a food mecca of the valley that shares its name. Crimson Sparrow, specializing in molecular cuisine, opened in June, and Zak Pelaccio of the Fatty Crab dynasty will open a restaurant on Warren Street in October. This event offers food samples from Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest restaurants and cafĂŠs, including perennial favorites like Vico and CafĂŠ Le Perche. BeLo 3rd hosts the event from 11am-2pm under the tents in the 200 block of Warren Street, rain or shine.

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest

September 8-9 Approximately 50 New York wineries will gather at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds with over 100 gourmet food and market vendors. A gourmet food showcase will offer $1 samples of signature dishes from Hudson Valley restaurants and caterers. Wine education seminars will be held as well as demonstrations by accomplished chefs like Vincent Tropepe. Market vendors will sell products from jewelry and cookware to oddities like cork fashion accessories and bean bags. Rain or shine.

Mushroom Walk with Kelly Sinclair

September 9 Kelly Sinclair from the Mid Hudson Mycological Association, a group of amateur mycophiles (people who hunt wild edible mushrooms for sport), leads an investigation into the natural world and the fungus that grows in it. The walk, which sets off from Byrdcliffe Theater at 1pm, will focus on gathering edible mushrooms and practicing mushroom identification techniques. Suggested $10 donation. RSVP required.

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

September 29-30 Silverskin, artichoke, porcelain, and purple stripeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;celebrate garlic in all of its varieties. In addition to garlic-based dishes and treats, there will be presentations from chefs and lecturers including experimental garlic farmer Ted Maczka and co-founder of the Garlic Seed Foundation David Stern. Entertainment includes music by the Mojo Myles Band and performances by the One World Puppetry and Performance. The Saugerties Art Lab and Teachers Association will help out in the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craft tent with pumpkin decorating and face painting. Tickets $7 in advance, $10 at the gate per day.


Jennie Bell Pie Festival

September 28-29 Kelderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yes, the one with mini golf and the giant gnomeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hosts the twoday event in honor of Bell, a Rochester founding family member and a phenomenal pie maker. There will be a Battle of the Bands on Friday, and on Saturday, berry, custard, and cream pie contests and a pie auction. A silent auction from local vendors, a youth talent show, a performance by Breakaway with Robin Baker, and fireworks to follow. Free admission and parking. Rain or shine.

Taste of New Paltz

September 16 Sample the best from local restaurants, farm markets, and wineries, including Neko Sushi, Moxie Cupcake, Tantilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Market, and Mohonk Mountain House. While savoring the tastes, mingle about the Antiques, Fine Art, Business, Craft, and Wellness Expos and enjoy live music from Peter Morrison, the Bernstein Bard Trio, and Big Joe Fitz. The eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd year will be held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds from 11am to 5pm, rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce and its community projects. Admission is $7, $5 if purchased before September 7, and free for kids under 12.


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September 16 Bivalves and bubbly are the cornerstones of Brasserie 292â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first annual festival. The bar, dining room, and private room of the French-inspired restaurant in Poughkeepsie will be set up with stations featuring oysters and clams served raw, roasted, and fried. Artisanal classic cocktails, wine, beer, and champagne will be available for pairings. A $50 pass includes 25 punches; each food and drink valued with a certain number of punches.

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September 23 Terrapin in Rhinebeck offers an experience of craft beer thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal. Walk a path through their dining room set up with tasting tables of 40 locally sourced beers from about 25 craft breweries, including Keegan Ales and Newburgh Brewing Company. Tasting will be arranged by style moving from the lightest ales to the darkest stouts. Chef Josh Kroner will prepare tapas pairings from locally sourced ingredients and craft beer professionals will lead discussions at each table. Tickets, $65, include tastings and a choice of a draft beer in Terrapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Bistro afterward.

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Locally Grown

Meet the Farmer/Chefs The New Farm-to-Table Dining By Karin Ursula Edmondson Photographs by Ulla Kjarval Farmer Carol Clement prepares lunch at the Bee’s Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow.


udson Valley farmers—lauded in recent years as leaders in the sustainable, local, organic food movement—are now progressing beyond merely supplying sustainable, local, and organic food. Several regional farmers have erected tables on farm, in barn, or in field (weather dependent, of course). They’re serving vegetables that they’ve grown, fruit they’ve harvested, animals they’ve raised and slaughtered, and value-added ingredients sourced from other area farms. Authentic field-to-fork food. The Menus Forget seasonal. Menus at farms with tables are of the day, in medias res. “In many instances,” says farmer Cheryl Rogowski, of Rogowski Farm in Pine Island, “I will have harvested the vegetables for the dinner myself that very morning. If the deer ate the carrots last night and carrots were on the menu, the chef needs to change the menu at a moment’s notice.” Denise Warren of Stone and Thistle Farm in East Meredith lets the farm talk to her when planning the menu for her restaurant, Fable, taking mental notes as she does farm chores. “I was weeding the cucumbers in the garden the other day, thinking about the feta cheese from Linda Smith [of Sherman Hill Farm] and the blueberry jam I had to make from the quarts of just-picked blueberries. By the time I got to the kitchen, I had already put together blueberry, cucumber, and feta salad.” At Soons Orchards in Middletown, Sharon Soons and her crew of teenaged staff close the farm market at 6pm and “transform the store into the dining venue in an hour and a half—quite a whirlwind, sometimes a bit chaotic but always fun,” says Soons. Most on-farm meals are seasonal—either weekly or monthly, in season from June through October or November although there are some on-farm dining options available throughout the year. At Fishkill Farms Farm Store, storage crops like potatoes and squash transform into white pizzas and soups during the winter months. At McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, greenhouses extend the growing season and livestock is a year-round operation that guarantees that the deli case always has McEnroe’s own roast beef and ham and fresh greens and vine ripened tomatoes (from May through January). In winter, “fresh greens and vine ripened tomatoes really make a difference in a sandwich or salad,” says McEnroe’s Suko Presseau. Most of the on-farm fare is regional American cuisine although some farms offer authentic ethnic dishes. The menu at Love Apple Farm in Ghent is Mexican, Cocina de Leticia made by an in-house Mexican chef. Offerings include tacos, hot tamales, tostadas, and cucumber soup alongside pies à la mode and ice cream sundaes. 94 locally grown ChronograM 9/12

Farm Assets Second-generation farmer Rogowski created Black Dirt Gourmet 15 years ago as a way to “educate folks as to what the produce from the farm tasted like, what was in season, and how the vegetables grow. Finished products help to extend and enhance the value of the vegetables of the farm.” Farmer Denise Warren cites cooking as one of her personal assets. “Customers were urging me to prepare the foods—bacon marmalade, blueberry-bacon barbecue sauce—that I was blogging about to sell at farmer’s markets.” Stone and Thistle Farm was already raising animals on pasture, selling at farmers markets, and at their on-farm store so preparing and serving food was the natural evolution of their business. Before opening the Bee’s Knees Café, Farmer Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow sold the ingredients at her farm store and hoped the buyer did a good job with them at home. “There is great satisfaction for me in presenting delicious finished dishes based on the products we have created here, showing off how good the products are.” The Harvest Grill at Pennings Farm Market in Warwick is an opportunity for the farm to support local farms by using their produce as well as Penning’s own in their menu.The Apple Grade Pub, open since 2010, is a craft beer bar. Seventy percent of the beer served is from New York State. Hard cider crafted from Pennings Orchard’s own apples is also served. For local orchards, apple cider is a seasonal asset that transforms into delicious value-added goodness—the apple cider doughnut. Education On-farm dinners inherently educate dinner guests and reconnect people with the natural rhythms of food. Although Rogowski was raised making pickles, freezing vegetables, using every bit of the harvest, she sees “the need and desire from folks who want to get more in touch with their roots, learn how to grow, prepare, and preserve their own food.” Since 2008, Rogowski Farm has served breakfast. In 2010, they initiated a monthly Supper Club. Supper Club chef Heather Kurosz believes that dining in situ is “farm-to-table eating in its purest form. During breakfast, diners are seated at tables in the barn and may actually see the field crew harvesting vegetables for dinner.” The farm dinners at Soons Orchards usually begin with farm updates, lessons on pruning, and other behind-the-scenes farm information. Chef Shawn Hubbell demonstrates each dinner course. On occasion, Hubbell’s wife Laura, a nutritionist,

Outdoor dining on Heather Ridge Farm at the Bee’s Knees Café.

shares information on foods that are included in the evening’s meal. Audience participation is encouraged. “One night,” says Soons, “we had a selection of possible new apple varieties and asked people to chose what they would plant and why.” Information exchanged and education goes both ways. Reservations at Rogowski Farm’s Supper Club are random but “the conversations produce the most amazing and strangest connections among the folks gathered at the table,” says Rogowski. “They ask questions about the land, seeds, and growing techniques. There is such a sharing of information between guests and farm staff—by the end of the evening the camaraderie is buzzing.” McEnroe Organic Farms features an educational demonstration garden and selfguided farm walk for people interested in farm practices or wanting to enjoy fresh air and the farmscape. Social Time Long hours and hard work are the hallmarks of farm work. For farms in more rural areas, the work can be isolating. Carol Clement farms in a remote corner of Greene County and while her customers travel a distance to the farm store, “the Bee’s Knees Café has created a casual social life for us here on the farm,” says Clement, “which has really been a plus for all of us who work here and don’t get off the farm much.” Guests at Fable sit at one long harvest table, providing ample opportunity for conversation. Warren enjoys “watching people make new friends and sharing their life stories and experiences.” Guests have keen interest in the food and its preparation. “I love the enthusiasm our guests have about the ingredients—the kind of beet I use, where the goat cheese was produced, and how I came up with combining flavors, textures, and colors.” Soons recollects how her dad, 79-year-old Art Soons, loves the fact that dinner guests seem truly interested in the orchard’s operation and challenges. “I think for a long time he felt very alone and unappreciated, but now, with the local food movement seemingly here to stay, it’s quite a refreshing change in attitude toward farmers and growers.” Saturday, September 29, Rogowski Farm hosts their second annual Harvest Festival. The origin of the initial festival in 2011 was “in many ways a celebration of the harvest that wasn’t, held on the eve of the Warwick Valley Farm Aid Benefit. After Hurricane Irene blew through here last year we were devastated. Eighty of 100 acres were destroyed. We so needed a reason to celebrate that we were here and alive and

well, that we were going to get through this and be fine. So there wasn’t a lot of produce in sight but there was a whole lot of heart. Our community rallied around us and showed that we had to so much to be grateful for. We were celebrating the harvest of the community.” Chef Kurosz adds, “So many people came out and ate and danced and laughed. It was really a heartfelt good time.” What’s Next? Farm to table is the latest trend for restaurants; chefs face tremendous pressure to provide local food. The financial reality of sourcing entirely from local farms is prohibitively expensive, unless chefs purchase a whole carcass or try partnering with a local grower. Warren hopes that “more restaurants partner with local farms—the farmer grows for the restaurant and the restaurant makes a financial commitment to the farmer.” A truly mutually beneficial relationship—the restaurant pays for the farmer’s seeds and the chef doesn’t have to scramble for the menu’s fresh peas and mint. Laura Pensiero of Gigi Hudson Valley opened Gigi Market in 2006 at Grieg’s Farm in Red Hook because she “loved this farmland and the enchanting interior space in this renovated barn. We had a need for space and a dream of getting even closer to the sourcing of our food.” In 2012, Pensiero and chef Mark Fredette introduced weekly Agriturismo Dinners, literally a taste of local agriculture done in Gigi’s Mediterranean Hudson Valley style. Produce originates in Grieg Farm’s fields and supplemental ingredients are sourced from Migliorelli Farms, Mead Orchards, Northwind Farms, Montgomery Place Orchards, Hearty Roots Farm, and Paisley Farm.  Farm-to-table dining on-farm offers sublime delights like dusk closing in on a field, direct access to farmers, ridiculously fresh delicious food, and, yes, occasionally flies too. Fishkill Farm Gigi Market Heather Ridge Farm Love Apple Farm McEnroe Farms Pennings Farm Market Rogowski Farm Soons Orchards Stone and Thistle Farm 9/12 ChronograM locally grown 95

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Pick-Your-Own Farm Index COLUMBIA COUNTY The Berry Farm 2309 Route 203, Chatham (518) 392-4609; Raspberries Fix Brothers Orchards 222 White Birch Road, Hudson (518) 828-4401; Apples, cherries, peaches, pears Golden Harvest Farms 3074 Route 9, Valatie (518) 758-7683 Apples Hellers Farm 48 Hover Avenue, Germantown (518) 537-6076; Grapes Love Apple Farms 1421 Route 9H, Ghent (518) 828-5048; Apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums Philips Orchards 270 Route 9H, Claverack (518) 851-6351; Apples, pears Samascott Orchards 5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook (518) 758-7224; Apples, beans, blueberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, squash, tomatoes Smith Farms 200 White Birch Road, Hudson (518) 828-1228 Apples, blackberries, cherries, nectarines, raspberries, peaches Thompson Finch Farm 750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram (518) 329-7578; Strawberries DUTCHESS COUNTY Barton Orchards 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag (845) 227-2306; Apples, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, squash Cedar Heights Orchard 7 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck (845) 876-3231; Apples, pumpkins Dykeman’s Farm West Dover Road, Pawling (845) 832-6068; Pumpkins

Grieg Farm 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook (845) 758-1234 Apples, asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peas, pumpkins Mead Orchards 15 Scism Road, Tivoli (845) 756-5641; Apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums, pumpkins, strawberries Meadowbrook Farm 29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls (845) 297-3002 Apples, pumpkins McEnroe Organic Farm Market 194 Coleman Station Road, Millerton (518) 789-3252 Berries Secor Stawberries 63 Robinson Lane, Wappinger Falls (845) 452-6883 Blueberries, strawberries, pumpkins ORANGE COUNTY Apple Ridge Orchards 101 Jessup Road, Warwick (845) 987-7717 Apples, peaches, pumpkins Applewood Orchards & Winery 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick (845) 986-1684 Apples Lawrence Farms Orchards 39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh (845) 562-4268 Apples, apricots, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cherries, currants, eggplants, gooseberries, gourds, grapes, greens, lettuce, peaches, peas, pears, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips Manza Family Farm 730 Route 211, Montgomery (845) 692-4363 Pumpkins Masker Orchards 45 Ball Road, Warwick (845) 986-1058; Apples

Fishkill Farms 9 Fishkill Farms Road, Hopewell Junction (845) 897-4377; Apples, black currants, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, pumpkins

Ochs Orchard 4 Ochs Lane, Warwick (845) 986-1591; Apples, apricots, beans, blackberries, blueberries, eggplant, melons, nectarines, peaches, peas, peppers, plums, raspberries, tomatoes

Fraleigh’s Rose Hill Farm 19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook (845) 758-4215; Apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, peaches

Overlook Farm 5417 Route 9W, Newburgh (800) 291-9137; Apples

Pennings’ Orchard 169 South Route 94, Warwick (845) 986-2708; Apples Scheuermann’s Farm & Greenhouses 73 Little York Road, Warwick (845)258-4221; Sweet corn Sleepy Hills Orchard 1328 Route 284, Johnson (845) 726-3797; Apples Soons Orchards 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton (845)374-5471; Apples Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery 114 Little York Road, Warwick (845) 258-4858; Apples, pears Wright Family Farm 325 Kings Highway, Warwick (845) 986-1345; Pumpkins ULSTER COUNTY The Apple Bin Farm Market 810 Broadway, Ulster Park (845) 339-7229; Apples Apple Hill Farm 124 Route 32 South, New Paltz (845) 255-1605; Apples, pumpkins Country Charm Farm 201 DuBois Road, New Paltz (845) 255-4321 Pumpkins Dolan Orchard 1166 Route 208, Wallkill (845) 895-2153; Apples, cherries, pumpkins Dressel Farms 271 Route 208, New Paltz (845) 255-0693; Apples, strawberries DuBois Farms 209 Perkinsville Road, Highland (845) 795-4037; Apples, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, pumpkins, tomatoes Hurd’s Family Farm 2187 Route 32, Modena (845) 883-8825; Apples, pumpkins Jenkins and Leuken Orchards 69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz (845) 255-0999; Apples, blackberries, pumpkins, raspberries Kelder’s Farm 5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson (845) 626-7137; Apples, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries

Maynard Farms 326 River Road, Ulster Park (845) 331-6908 Apples, pumpkins Minard Farm 317 Hurd Road, Clintondale (845) 632-7753 Apples, pumpkins Mr. Apples Low Spray Orchard 25 Orchard Street, High Falls (845) 687-0005 Apples Prospect Hill Orchards 40 Clarkes Lane, Milton (845) 795-2383; Apples, cherries, peaches Saunderskill Farm 5100 Route 209, Accord (845) 626-2676 Raspberries, strawberries, pumpkins Stone Ridge Orchard 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge (845) 687-2587 Apples Tantillo’s Farm 730 Route 208, Gardiner (845) 256-9109 Apples, cherries, pumpkins, tomatoes Very Berry Patch 300 Springtown Road, New Paltz (845) 255-5569 Raspberries Wallkill View Farm 15 Route 299W, New Paltz (845) 255-8050 Pumpkins Weed Orchard 43 Mount Zion Road, Marlboro (845) 236-2684 Apples, cabbage, cantaloupe, eggplant, nectarines, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini Westwind Orchard 215 Lower Whitefield Road, Accord (845) 626-0659 Apples, blackberries, pumpkins, raspberries Wilklow Orchards 341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland (845) 691-2339 Apples, pumpkins Wright Farms 699 Route 208, Gardiner (845) 255-5300 Apples, cherries Compiled by Meghan Gallucci 9/12 ChronograM locally grown 99

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Cafés Bistro-to-Go 948 Route 28, Kingston, NY (845) 340-9800,

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

Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill 91 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY (845) 265-5582,

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

Culinary Institute of America Restaurant 1946 Campus Drive (Route 9), Hyde Park (845) 452-9600, American Bounty Restaurant, imaginative cuisine celebrating the diversity of foods of the Americas; Apple Pie Bakery Cafe, sumptuous baked goods and cafe cuisine; Escoffier Restaurant, culinary traditions of France with a contemporary touch; Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, seasonal ingredients and authentic dishes of Italy; and St. Andrew's Cafe, menus highlighting locally and sustainably sourced ingredients.

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Osaka 22 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-7338 or (845) 876-7278 Foodies, consider yourselves warned and informed! Osaka Restaurant is Rhinebeck’s direct link to Japan’s finest cuisines! Enjoy the freshest sushi and delicious traditional Japanese small plates cooked with love by this family owned and operated treasure for over 17 years. For more information and menus, go to our website.

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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!

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

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

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

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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, The Wildfire Grill has been serving the Hudson Valley delicious, cooked to perfection meals and is ready to serve you and yours. Voted Best Rack of Lamb in the Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine.

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

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

Alternative Energy Hudson Solar (845) 876-3767

Animal Sanctuaries Catskill Animal Sanctuary

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316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 336-8447

Antiques Millbrook Antiques Center 3283 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-3921

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

Water Street Market (Antiques Center) 10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-1403

Architecture Balzer and Tuck Architecture 468 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 580-8818

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

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

Art Students League 241 Kings Highway, Sparkill, NY (845) 359-1263

Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-2079 The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a nonprofit arts organization serving the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our Kleinert/James Center for the Arts presents local and national performing, visual, and literary artists. Byrdcliffe offers a variety of classes and is steward of the Byrdcliffe Art

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Colony founded in 1903, now home to an international Artist in Residence program and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Williams College Museum of Art

Art Supplies

Center for Photography at Woodstock 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-9957

Beacon Art Emporium

Eckert Fine Art

Catskill Art & Office Supply

34 Main Street, Millerton, NY (518) 592-1330

Kingston, NY (845) 331-7780

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


Exposures Gallery 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.

Gray Owl Gallery Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY

Collaborative Concepts (845) 528-1797

Ingrained Woodworking, Inc. (845) 246-3444

North Park Woodcraft 1577 Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY (845) 229-2189

Pablo Glass 1 Sterling Street, Kingston, NY (646) 256-9688


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

Traffic and Criminally Related Matters

2779 Route 209, Kingston, NY (845) 338-1701

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

Mass MoCA 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA (413) MoCA-111

Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45 45 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 471-7477

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

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

Storm King Art Center (845) 534-3115

Team Love RavenHouse Gallery 11 Church Street, New Paltz, NY

Theo Ganz Studio 193 Main Street, Beacon, NY (917) 318-2239

Vassar College: The Frances Lehman Loeb Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 437-5632

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

SUNY Press

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.


Scott Bricher

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Hurley Motorsports Gallery

Choose Esotec to be your wholesale beverage provider. For 25 years 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!

Karen A. Friedman, Esq., President of the Association of Motor Vehicle Trial Attorneys, 30 East 33rd Street, 4th FL, New York, NY (212) 213-2145 fax (212) 779-3289 Representing companies and motorists throughout New York State

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

Trucking Summons and Misdemeanors

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

Aggravated Unlicensed Matters

Clove Valley Cabinetry

Speeding, Reckless Driving, DWI

Appeals, Article 78 Cases 27 Years of Trial Experience

Audio & Video Markertek Video Supply

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

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

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

Wallkill Valley Federal 23 Wallkill Avenue  Wallkill, NY

Beverages Esotec (845) 246-2411 ,

Kingston, NY (845) 338-3846

Granite Factory 27 Renwick Street, (845) 562-9204

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

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

Hitchcock & Company (845) 382-9943

Hudson Valley Contracting Group Inc. 2713 Route 17M, Goshen, NY (845) 294-8284

L Browe Asphalt Services (518) 479-1400

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

N & S Supply

Riverview Powerwashing Service PO Box 547, Marlboro, NY (845) 797-6967

Equestrian Services Horse Leap LLC 3315 Route 343, Amenia, NY (845) 789-1177


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

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

Clothing & Accessories Blackbird Attic Boutique 442 Main Street , Beacon, NY 89 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-3833

W Couture 250 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2595

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

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

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

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

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

(845) 247-3892

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

Film Columbia Chatham, NY (518) 392-3446

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Quail Hollow Events PO 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.

Woodstock Invitational LLC Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY

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

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

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Barn on the Pond LLC

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

Berkshire Co Op Market 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA (413) 528-9697

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7500 Mon - Sat 7:30 to 7, Sundays 9 to 5 A full-line natural foods store set on a 400-acre Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County with on-farm organic Bakery and Creamery. Farm-fresh foods include cheeses, yogurts, raw milk, breads, pastries, sauerkraut, and more. Two miles east of the Taconic Parkway at the Harlemville/Philmont exit. Farm tours can also be arranged by calling the Farm Learning Center at ex. 231.

Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp

Mother Earth’s Store House 1955 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 296-1069 249 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-9614 300 Kings Mall Court, Route 9W, Kingston, NY (845) 336-5541


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Founded in 1978, Mother Earth’s is committed to providing you with the best possible customer service as well as a grand selection of high quality organic and natural products. Visit one of our convenient locations and find out for yourself!

Pawling Farmers’ Market Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling, NY

Pennings Farm Market & Orchards 161 South Route 94, Warwick, NY (845) 986-1059

Soons Orchards 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton, NY (845) 374-5471

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

Wallkill View Farm Market 15 Route 299 West, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8050

Walter Rogowski Farm 329 Glenwood Road, Pine Island, NY (845) 258-4574

Farms Brookside Farm

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Gardiner, NY (845) 895-7433

Jones Farm 190 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY (845) 534-4445

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

Florists Country Gardeners Florist PO Box D, Millerton, NY (518) 789-6440 (888) 898-6002

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

Ravenswood 1160 Platte Clove Rd., Elka Park, NY (518) 580-5014

Graphic Design Annie Internicola, Illustrator

Hair Salons Joseph’s Hairstylists 257 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-5588

Love Hair Salon 460 Broadway, Kingston, NY (845) 340-4544

Sensational Nail Creations 9 Grand Street, Suite 5, Kingston, NY (845) 532-8784

Hardware Stores Herzog’s True Value Home Center Kingston Plaza, Kingston, NY

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(845) 338-6800

Smith Hardware 227 Main Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-4500

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

Lounge High Falls, NY (845) 687-9463

Bee Works (914) 330-7609

Evolve Design Gallery 88 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY

Hillsdale General Store 2642 Route 23, Hillsdale, NY (518) 325-3310

Lawyers & Mediators Desmond Dutcher, Esq. 132 Glasco Turnpike, Glasco, NY (845) 247-0220

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.

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

Wellspring (845) 534-7668


Light House 86 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-1000

Home Improvement Certapro Painters (845) 987-7561

William Wallace Construction (845) 750-7335

Interior Design Van Maassen Interiors 3304 Route 343, Suite 1, Amenia, NY (845) 373-8400

Internet Services DragonSearch (845) 383-0890

Jewelry, Fine Art & Gifts Broad Options Lawrence Farms Plaza, 1083 Route. 9, Fishkill NY

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

Kitchenwares Warren Kitchen & Cutlery 6934 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 895-2051

Landscaping Aurora Landscape (845) 742-2488

Coral Acres, Keith Buesing, Topiary, Landscape Design, Rock Art

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

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

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

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

JTD Productions, Inc.

Pet Country

(845) 679-8652

6830 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY (845) 876-9000


Music Lessons Jacobs Music Center

Corporate Image Studio

1 Milton Avenue, Highland, NY (845) 691-2701

1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-5255

For all your music needs! Retail Store, Music School, Band Rentals, Repairs.

Db Leonard

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

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

Wallkill Valley Writers New Paltz, NY (845) 750-2370

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

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY (800) 745-3000

Eisenhower Hall Theatre — USMA West Point, NY

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

Railroad Playhouse

(845) 514-8040

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

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

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

Red Hook Framing 7578 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY (845) 758-5554

(845) 255-6634

27 South Water Street, Newburgh, NY

Webster Landscape

Shadowland Theater

Aqua Jet

Sheffield, MA (413) 229-8124

157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY (845) 647-5511

1606 Ulster Avenue, Lake Katrine, NY (845) 336-8080

Pools & Spas

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

Real Estate

programs and events that strengthen connections with ourselves, others and the Earth while building ecological, social and cultural resilience. Our programs, which draw on a broad spectrum of teachings from indigenous cultures to modern natural sciences, offer adventure and fun, primitive skiils and crafts, awareness games, and story and song to boys and girls ages 4 to 104.


Arthur Lee of Red Rock East Chatham , NY (518)821-1119; (518) 392-9144

Catskill Farm Builders

Kingston’s Opera House Office Bldg. 275 Fair Street, Kingston, NY (845) 399-1212 Contact Bill Oderkirk (owner/manager)

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

River Management (845) 656-2226

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

Center for the Digital Arts / Westchester Community College

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY (518) 672-7092 Located in central Columbia County, NY and situated on a 400-acre working farm, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School supports the development of each child and provides students with the academic, social, and practical skills needed to live in today’s complex world. Also offering parent-child playgroups and High School boarding. Local busing and regional carpools. Nurturing living connections, from early childhood through grade 12.

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

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0033

New York Military Academy 78 Academy Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY (845) 534-3710

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

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

Wild Earth Wilderness School New Paltz / High Falls, (845) 256-9830 Wild Earth, a not-for-profit located in the Shawangunk Ridge region of the Hudson Valley, joins inspired leaders in offering multi -generational

77 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-4381

Specialty Food Shops Babette’s Kitchen Millbrook, NY (845) 677-8602

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

Stained Glass

Quality Service for People on the GO! • Vehicle Maintenence Services & Repairs • Manufacturers Mileage Services • Hybrid and Diesel Maintenence & repairs

Ellen Miret, Glass Artist

• Quick Drive Through Oil Change System

(845) 684-5060

• New Tires, Hunter Mounting & Alignment

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

Tattoos SkinFlower Tattoo Phoenicia, NY (845) 688-3166

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Tourism Ulster County Tourism 10 Westbrook Lane, Kingston, NY (845) 340-3566

Weddings Warwick Bridal Trail 58 Main Street, Warwick, NY (845) 986-7557

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Peekskill, NY (914) 606-7300

Montano’s Shoe Store


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

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

Town and Country Liquors Route 212, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-8931

Village Wine & Spirits 45 Front Street, Millbrook, NY (845) 677-3311

Workshops The Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St., Kingston, NY (845) 339-7834

Writing Services Peter Aaron

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Could your thinker use a tune-up? by wendy kagan illustration by annie internicola


guy walks into a neurologist’s office. “Doc,” he says, “I’m only 47 but I think I’m getting Alzheimer’s. I’m forgetting where I put my car keys, I can’t recall people’s names, and sometimes I can’t remember why I walked into a room. What’s happening to me?” It’s a common conversation and it’s no joke, according to Dr. David Ober of Rockland Neurological Associates in West Nyack, who says he hears complaints like these from patients on an almost daily basis. “They’ll insist, ‘There’s got to be something wrong with me,’” says Ober, who quickly reassures such patients that people don’t get Alzheimer’s disease in their forties. The doctor will then duly suggest running a few tests to check the thyroid, as well as vitamin B and D levels that, when low, can lead to memory loss or poor cognitive function—yet these are rarely the culprits. “They’re looking for a neurological reason for an inability to think, multitask, and remember things—but most of the time it’s just the stress of life. Kids, a demanding job, money worries, marriage issues. People are very stressed out.” Since the answers are not necessarily medical, Ober shifts temporarily into the role of a life coach or personal trainer, suggesting yoga and meditation, exercise, proper sleep, and the like. Most of the time, his patients are just looking for reassurance that everything is okay. But is it? Whether you call it attention deficit disorder, mommy brain, or mere forgetfulness, minor cognitive dysfunction is a commonplace problem. Why else would so many boldly titled self-help books promise to hold the secrets to building a better brain? There’s The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD; Use Your Brain to Change Your Age by Daniel G. Amen, MD; and the New York Times best-selling Brain Rules by Mark Medina, to name just a few—all waving the bright promise of mental clarity to hopeful readers. “Brain fog” may be the new normal, but a host of doctors and scientists is working hard to cut through the mist and restore the prowess of the softly folded gray matter that sets us apart—so we like to believe—from other creatures of the Earth. Why do so many of us struggle to concentrate and remember things? How does our lifestyle help or hurt cognitive function? Why is Alzheimer’s disease such an epidemic in this country, and what can we do about it? Questions like these propel the latest research on how to keep a healthy noggin. The Amazing, Shrinking Brain Understanding just what happens to the brain as we age is a key piece of the puzzle—but the view behind the aging cranium is not always a pretty picture. “The most prominent thing that occurs in the brain as we age is that it shrinks—we lose brain mass—and it atrophies over time, like many organs in the body,” says Ober. “If you compare the typical CAT or MRI scans of a 106 whole living ChronograM 9/12

20-year-old and an 80-year-old, you’ll see less brain tissue in the older person.” In the hippocampus, for example—the region of the brain related to memory and learning—most adults, starting in their late 20s, lose volume at the rate of about one percent per year. No wonder some of us can reach expectantly into our cerebral cortexes in search of the name of a person or place and pull out nothing but cobwebs. What’s to be done? According to researchers like Ruchika Prakash, an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University, the antidote to the aging brain is not necessarily crossword puzzles or other brain calisthenics. But it might well be calisthenics itself. Physical exercise—especially the aerobic sort that gets the heart pumping—is perhaps the best thing we can do to build not just muscle mass but brain mass too. In a study she completed with neuroscientist Arthur Kramer at the University of Illinois in 2010, Prakash and her co-researchers found that healthy adults in their sixties actually gained two percent of volume in their hippocampi (instead of losing it, as normally happens with age) after completing a program that involved walking 45 minutes a day, three days a week, for a year. “One of our main findings was that exercise training is associated with a much more efficient recruitment of the prefrontal cortex,” says Prakash. “The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain responsible for higherorder cognitive operations—such as your ability to organize and plan things. As humans we’re extremely reliant on this cortex. The interesting thing is that the prefrontal cortex is one of the last structures of the brain to develop—it isn’t complete until about age 14 or 15—but it’s also the first structure to start showing deterioration with age.” Not so for the 60-something-year-old participants in the study, who—just with walking three times a week—gained about two years of brain youth. (In contrast, a control group that completed a yearlong nonaerobic program of stretching and toning exercises did not exhibit increases in hippocampus mass or show more efficiency in the prefrontal cortex during brain scans.) Fit Body, Nimble Mind Why does exercise—even moderate exercise like walking—have such a powerfully positive effect on brain physiology and cognitive function? One theory is that it helps to increase what brain scientists call neurotropic factors, or nervegrowth factors. “These are responsible for brain development,” says Prakash. They’re a bit like the axle grease we need to keep neurons and synapses firing in the healthy, active brain. And the fact that we continue making these factors throughout our lives supports current theories about the adult brain’s plasticity; in other words, an old dog can learn new tricks.Yet if exercise can have such

remarkable effects on thinking, then why aren’t all high-level athletes Einsteins? “Exercise has a benefit for cognition, but on some level I do think that it plateaus out,” says Prakash. “If you’re exercising for 60 hours a week, I don’t think you’ll see a corresponding, linear benefit for cognition. But when you take a basically sedentary population of older adults and offer a one-year intervention with a program of walking, you’ll see that the benefits are phenomenal.” Aerobic exercise, it turns out, also contributes to neurogenesis—new brain cell formation—in the hippocampus. We might be losing millions of neurons every day like dead hair, but we’re making new brain cells all the time, and if we’re exercising we’re making even more.Yet the “use it or lose it” theory applies here: If we don’t put those new brain cells to work by learning something, or by performing another function that helps the new cells join the neural network, then they will go to waste. Researchers like Prakash are now observing the way this works by conducting studies that combine exercise training with a cognitive element. “It will be interesting to see the results we get,” she says. An Unthinkable Epidemic We all have absent-minded professor moments—but there’s a difference between age-appropriate memory loss and dementia, which is the progressive loss of higher-order cognitive functions. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, can start quietly wreaking its neurodegenerative havoc some 15 to 20 years before symptoms manifest. “The average patient comes to me around 72 years of age,” says neurologist Earl Zimmerman, MD, director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical Center. “But Alzheimer’s actually starts around age 50.” In the early stages, forgetfulness and mild depression can be the only signals of this silent yet precipitous loss of brain mass. It’s many years later when the higher-order brain functions are affected. With testing, Zimmerman can determine whether the patient has mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a term coined in the late 1990s to describe someone who has memory loss that is beyond what’s expected for one’s age. A certain percentage of MCI-diagnosed patients, but not all of them (the numbers have not yet been pinpointed by scientists), will go on to develop Alzheimer’s.Yet the longer we stay alive, the greater our chances become of falling prey to it. At age 65, 9 percent of the population is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; at age 75, it grows to 25 percent, and by age 85, a whopping 50 percent develop the disease. What causes Alzheimer’s and how to prevent it are the million dollar questions these days. Scientists know that certain proteins (amyloid and tau) are expressed

in the Alzheimer’s brain, leading to nerve cell death and an accumulation of toxins—but how and why this happens is not yet fully understood. Doctors like Zimmerman meet a lot of patients who see their own aged parents struggling with Alzheimer’s and wonder how they can sidestep the risk for it themselves. “I recommend two things primarily,” says Zimmerman. “Aerobic exercise for 45 minutes a day, four days a week. I do the stationary bicycle myself. I also recommend B-complex vitamins. In a small study last year with MCI subjects, those who took vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid for two years did better with their memory and showed in their MRI a reduction in the rate of atrophy by 50 percent.” Zimmerman adds that being socially active is also important, but unlike some other neurologists, he’s not a fan of cognitive games (“There’s no data behind it, and I hate crossword puzzles anyway,” he says). Controlling hypertension and type 2 diabetes is key as well, since both maladies are strongly linked to Alzheimer’s. Says Zimmerman, “It’s estimated that 20 percent of Alzheimer’s cases are related to or exacerbated by diabetes type 2. So these two epidemics are bumping into each other. It’s a major concern now because we have an obesity problem in this country. The data’s not complete yet, but we’re starting to believe that better control of diabetes will result in better cognitive function and a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in general.” Live Well to Stay Sharp Whether we’re dogged by minor forgetfulness or by fears of Alzheimer’s lurking in the distance, the best thing we can do to protect ourselves is live a healthy lifestyle. A wholesome diet—so crucial in avoiding type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s—should include “brain foods” like bananas, blueberries, avocadoes, nuts, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and flaxseeds. Says Ober, “All of these foods can help with not only brain health but also cardiovascular health.” Unlike Zimmerman, Ober does recommend keeping the brain stimulated with cognitive games (Sudoku or, yes, even crossword puzzles), or by taking up a new hobby or learning a foreign language. But mainly, the prescriptions that both doctors roll out resemble a modern blueprint for healthy living: Stay active, choose your foods wisely, get enough sleep, and keep stress at bay. Take that, brain fog. RESOURCES Dr. David Ober (845) 353-4344 Dr. Earl Zimmerman (518) 262-0800 9/12 ChronograM whole living 107


Flowers Fall By Bethany Saltman

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

The Human Way This was the hottest summer on record in the Northeast. Finally, after a lifetime of feeling like the grump on the sidelines, demanding that the dark side be taken into account, I am basking in the glory of this muggy madness, driving everyone crazy with my big smile and bring-it-on attitude. I can’t help it! This kind of soft, moist, close air soothes me. It’s like a hot box that helps me transition from reptile to human. Who knew evolution felt so good? Okay, maybe it’s not just the weather that has me feeling so human. Even though I have been almost completely absent from the monastery this summer, my practice feels strong. I am sitting a lot, working hard, learning to play tennis (my first attempt to play a sport…ever!), taking care of the steady stream of CSA veggies that we signed up for, running with T, hanging with friends, visiting family, figuring out the right amount of indulging in summer backyard fun. And in the middle of it all stands the most glorious 6.5-year-old girl. Like a tree in the valley, green arms reaching in every direction. Of course motherhood is shocking. What miracle isn’t? But wow. Never in a million years would I imagine I—me, selfish, mean-ish, impatient me—could care this much, or more to the point, this way. Which way? The human way. One of my Zen heroes, Charlotte Joke Beck, who died last year, had this to say about being truly human: “The natural state is what practice is about. To be a natural person doesn’t mean that one turns into some kind of a saint. Without a sense of separation from the world, however, there is always an innate goodness and appropriateness of action. For example, our two hands don’t behave inappropriately toward each other, because they are part of the same body.” The word appropriate reminds me a very significant interaction I had with another Buddhist teacher and mom, Judith Simmer Brown, in an interview in this column three years ago. “Me: I recently noticed that since my daughter turned three and became so much more verbal, I gave myself permission to be a little more liberal about what is appropriate, as if she wasn’t a baby anymore and could handle more of me. It’s been a hard year because of that. “JSB:You lost your seat as an adult.” Indeed. This idea of losing, then finding, my seat as an adult, of ever having a seat as adult, has been my guiding parenting principle ever since this conversation. More than any of the various shticks and perspectives that get me jazzed—simplicity parenting, French parenting, tiger parenting, mindfulness parenting—this notion of finding my seat as an adult has been so powerful because it points to a feeling (it’s slipping, it’s slipping…woops…there goes my chair!), asks a question (where did it go, and how can I get back on it?), and gives such clear feedback (aaaah, now that’s one comfy situation). This path of finding myself as I parent my daughter is mysterious, but also crystal clear. There is never any doubt when one hand starts grabbing at the other. For instance: Miss A (natural children aren’t saints either) has been really testing the waters of bratitude. When told it’s time to do one of her very few 108 whole living ChronograM 9/12

household tasks, such as set or clear the table, she makes a face, contorts into a tantrum mudra, whines, and delays. Unacceptable, of course. A friendly but stern encouragement is followed by a threat, which is followed by making good on the threat. Okay, Miss A, no superspecial downloaded Brady Bunch episode for you! Now finish setting the table so we can eat. Not so fast, she says. And spirals into despair, wailing over how much she wants to “sit on our yellow couch with both of my arms around you, watching something together that you watched when you were little and I love you so much and want you to be happy and please smile or feel sorry for me and let me tell you my feeeeeelingss!!!!!” I stay firmly in my adult-size seat, listen to the outpouring of everything wrong in a 6 year old life, comforting but clear. We move on. We eat. Clearing the table is not perfect but ok. Bath time: not okay. This kid has hair like there is no tomorrow, long, tendriled, thick hair that I would be pleased to cut into an Annie-style Jew-fro, but she really wants long hair, so…..when it’s hair wash and condition and comb night, the girl needs to chill. And not stand up and whine and complain and squeal. Which she did last night……so I yanked her (uh-oh) out of the bath and squeezed (Mommy, you’re hurting me!) her half-washed hair dry, and marched her into bed as she bawled, No mommy, no, I will be good, I promise! Actually having the thought that I should close the windows, lest the neighbors be alarmed, I pointed to her bed, yellow sun streaming onto the blue and white quilt and said, Go.To. Sleep, then closed her door and went and sat on the couch (where’s my chair, where’s my chair?), my heart racing, listening to her encore lament, which was, I must say, heartbreaking. So what did I lose? And why does it matter? I lost my seat because I lost track of myself. T and I have been talking a lot about this bubble that blows up in our heads as we wander into karmically rigged territory. I, for one, am terrified that Azalea, who is growing up with far more comfort and privilege than I did (jealous?), is being spoiled. There is some internal storm of ambivalence raging about this, and so when our perfectly earth-bound interactions slip into a realm where I get triggered, this bubble blows up and I am no longer connected to the moment, the girl, or myself. I lose my seat and act out of an idea of what might happen when…we all get catapulted into some future state where A is a miserable, entitled brat, it’s all my fault, and life totally sucks. Not only are we no longer present, we aren’t even human.We are an idea, some combination of a trip I am on about how unspoiled children ought to behave, combined with my ex-life as a horrible (and miserable) teenager, coupled with the humiliation of being here again, topped with a dose of garden-variety delusion. And then the bubble bursts and there is a human being who walked out of her room and is standing in front of me, gigantic see-through tears rolling down her face, illuminating her gray-blue eyes. It is me; it is not me. It doesn’t matter. All hands on deck to clean up the mess.

High Ridge Traditional Healing Arts

Acupuncture Herbal Medicine Allergies Women’s Health Weight Management

Carolyn Rabiner, L. Ac., Dipl. C.H. Board Certified (NCCAOM) NEW LOCATION! 7392 S. Broadway (Rt.9) North Wing of Red Hook Emporium Red Hook, NY 845-758-2424 Some insurances accepted Saturday hours available

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

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The Mother-Daughter Connection

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A support group for women raising teenage daughters

Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings • New Paltz, NY Facilitator: Amy Frisch, LCSW (845) 706-0229 for more information

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Rodney Wells, CFP 845-534-7668

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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.

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

Hoon J. Park, MD, PC “ John is an extraordinary healer whom I have been privileged to know all my life. Miracles still do happen.” —Richard Brown, MD Author Stop Depression Now “ John Carroll is a most capable, worthy, and excellent healer of high integrity, compassion, and love.” —Gerald Epstein, MD Author Healing Visualizations

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




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1772 South Road, Wappingers Falls, NY (845) 298-6060

Meg Coons, L Ac (512) 506-1720

New Paltz Community Acupuncture — Amy Benac, L Ac 21 S. Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-2145 $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

Aromatherapy Joan Apter (845) 679-0512 (845) 338-2965 See also Massage Therapy.

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

Body & Skin Care Hudson Valley Skincare

Lisa’s Skin Care 200 Market Street, Saugerties, NY (845) 532-0233

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

Pretty in Ink Permanent Makeup 15 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, NY (973) 214-0469

Dentistry & Orthodontics Dr. Rhoney Stanley, DDS, MPH, Cert. Acup, RD 107 Fish Creek Road, Saugerties, NY (845) 246-2729 or (212) 912-1212 I believe in expansion and gentle forces. Too much pressure squeezes out essential blood supply and there is no support for tooth movement. I do not recommend extraction of permanent teeth. When teeth are extracted, the bone that holds the teeth is lost and the skin of the face sags.  With aging, this is exaggerated. As a holistic practitioner, I consider the bones, teeth, and face, components of the whole. Dental treatment has an impact on whole health. The amount of plaque and calculus on the teeth is correlated with that in blood vessels.  Movement in orthodontics affects the balance of the cranium, the head, and the neck. To support holistic treatment, I am certified in acupuncture and a registered dietician, trained in homeopathy and cranial osteopathy.  At every visit, I do cranial treatments for balance. I offer functional appliances, fixed braces, invisible braces, and invisalign. I treat snoring and sleep apnea as well as joint and facial pain. We welcome children, teenagers, and adults. Insurance accepted. Payment plans available.

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

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.

Nathalie Jonas — Feldenkrais Practitioner (718) 813-8110

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (800) 944-1001

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

Donna Nisha Cohen— Guided Self-Inquiry Counseling

Health Quest Medical Practice

Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-4836

Northern Dutchess Hospital

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

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

Rhinebeck, NY

Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers (845) 483-5000

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

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

$25-$40 a session (You decide what you can afford) Now open Saturdays 10-1 with Yukiko Naoi, M.S., L.Ac. Private sessions and herbal consults available outside of clinic hours 5 free acupuncture sessions through Breast Cancer Options

Effective, affordable acupuncture in a beautiful community setting Please see Whole Living Directory listing for more info


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

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

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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.

New Paltz Community Acupuncture

Hypnosis • Holistic nurse consultant • coacHing

in a safe and supportive environment we create an individualized program tailored to Re-oRient • Re-balance • Re-eneRgize your mind • body • spirit • emotions • nutrition. contact me for a free 45 min. health history consultation.

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

Massage Therapy Joan Apter

Zweig Therapy Julie Zweig, MA

(845) 679-0512 Luxurious massage therapy with medicinal grade Essential Oils; Raindrop Technique, Emotional Release, Facials, Stones. Animal care, health consultations, spa consultant, classes and keynotes. Offering full line of Young Living Essential oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and non-toxic cleaning products.

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

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Mediators Pathways Mediation Center 239 Wall Street, Kingston, NY (845) 331-0100

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


(845) 626-3555

Kerhonkson, New York



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.


Licensed by NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse


CARF Accredited

Rivers Burke, RN, BSN (614) 593-5789

Judy Swallow MA, LCAT, TEP


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Rubenfeld Synergy® Psychodrama Training


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

Providing Exclusive Private Duty Skilled Nursing Services for Stroke Recovery,Cardiac Rehabilatation, Lymphadema,Chronic Diabetic Wound Care, Medication and Prevention Management. 20+yrs Diverse Hospital Experience Including Open Heart Recovery Supervisor, ICU,CCU and ER. Home Health Agency Director of Clinical Services; Clincal Professor. VIP References Available. Licensed and Insured in NY. FL. & OH. Free Consultation.

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

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

Radiology River Radiology 45 Pine Grove Avenue; 11 Mary’s Ave, Kingston, NY (845) 340-4500

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

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

Retreat Centers Garrison Institute Rt. 9D, Garrison, NY Retreats supporting positive personal and social change in a renovated monastery overlooking the Hudson River. Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Fr. Carl Arico: Death & Dying – On the Contemplative Christian Journey, September 14-20, The Joy of Teaching and Learning: A Workshop and Retreat for K-12 Educators, September 21-23 and Gelek Rimpoche: Melodies of an Echo - Searching for Truth, October 5-8.

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


Psychics Psychic Readings by Rose 40 Mill Hill, Woodstock, NY (845) 679-6801

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


Susan DeStefano

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

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

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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:

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 Rhinebeck and Catskill, NY (845) 876-2528

Yoga Nude in Albany Albany County, NY (518) 577-8172

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

70 Duck Pond Rd Stone Ridge NY 12484

Acupuncture by M.D.

Hoon J. Park, MD, P.C. Board Cer tified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Auto and Job Injuries • Arthritis • Strokes • Neck/Back and Joint Pain • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


1772 South Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 ½ mile south of Galleria Mall

most insurance accepted including medicare, no fault, and worker’s compensation

Very Beginner Series

Namasté Sacred Healing Center Personal Growth, Spiritual Healing

Sundays, Oct 21– Nov 11

Dianne WeiSSelberG, lMSW Owner/Director/Healer

Individual Sessions, Workshops, Group and Private Retreats

6400 Montgomery St. Rhinebeck 845.876.2528

Acupuncture at Home Why drive?

Relax in the comfort and privacy of your home or office. Group rates are available. Serving the Mid-Hudson Valley Region Meg Coons, L.Ac. Lose Weight Naturally in 6 Weeks with the Dragon’s Way®

WillOW, nY 845-688-7205 845-853-2310

Wholistic Health & Wellness Fair

School of the Golden Rosycross Lectorium Rosicrucianum

Sunday, September 9th, 1oam-5pm

ARE YOU A SEEKER? IF SO, PLEASE VISIT US •in New York City for presentations at TRS- Spanish Sept. 13th at 7 p.m. -- English Sept. 16th at noon

at Elting Memorial Library Free Admission!

Come, explore the rich wholistic health & wellness options our community has to offer!

40 Exchange Place, 3rd floor, NYC, NY 10005

•in Chatham at our Center, Sept. 18th at 6:30 p.m. Reading Room open Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music Raffle & Prizes

19 Bushnell Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037

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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra perform at Bard's Fisher Center on September 5 and 6.

Queen of Kickstarter She has, in the past, simply referred to herself as Amanda Fucking Palmer. But these days, the daring solo artist and half of the underground, alternative rock/punk/dark cabaret band Dresden Dolls is billed as Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra. It’s her new musical love affair, and she is stripped raw and relentless. The gritty rock ensemble launches a 35-date international tour this month to promote a new record, Theatre Is Evil (due out September 11), which is touted as a dauntless album that will surprise even Palmer’s most ardent admirers. It is heavily influenced by the sounds and rhythms Palmer grew up listening to—’80s synth rock and Brit pop, with vocals reminiscent of what might come from Aimee Mann’s most frayed nerves. It was written over the several years since the release of her last studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer. “The Killing Type,” an early release off Theatre Is Evil, is a brutal love song with wigged-out vocal delivery, and “Do It with a Rockstar” is a driving pop anthem more than fitting for a fresh rock musical. Palmer exposes a more vulnerable side in the heartbreaking ballad “Trout Heart Replica” and the melancholy breakup tale of “The Bed Song.” Highly recommended is the halt-and-pound “Want It Back,” which has a mesmerizing, uncensored video that can be found on YouTube. Palmer’s Kickstarter project to fund the album’s release is the largest music-related Kickstarter in history—25,000 fans pledged more than $1.1 million. Keyboardist and uke player Palmer and her adventurous musical cronies are now using new interactive technologies for their live shows which, somehow, “crowd source” audience members’ voices and bodies directly into the show, along with photos and

other personal artifacts. Producer, theater director, and drummer Michael McQuilken is a bit elusive in his explanation of this, though he defines Palmer’s hyperinclusive relationship with her audiences as “family.” “I’ve been working on ways to make the fans the primary motivation for production decisions,” he says. “Each new audience will have an experience unique to them. You’ll have to come to the show to find out more.” Palmer herself describes the show as Rocky Horror Picture Show meets scavenger hunt meets interactive art happening. “Everyone in the band has a superpower on stage,” says Palmer. “Our drummer is the director, our guitarist is the sound designer and horn arranger, and our bassist is the classical conductor. We’re all theater geeks, so the whole band is like a massive transformer robot that can be a slamming rock band, and also can be an emotional avant-garde musical.” Before heading off for that world tour, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra will kick off Bard’s autumn season of music, dance, and theater at Fisher Center on September 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm. Palmer is the inaugural visiting artist of Live Arts Bard, the college’s new commissioning and residency program for the performing arts. Bard student bands will open the concerts, and Palmer, a resident for three weeks, will work with students during her band rehearsals and a music video shoot. She will return to Bard next spring for an acoustic concert with her husband, author Neil Gaiman, and again in fall 2013, to develop a new musical with students in Bard’s Theater and Performance Program. (845) 758-7900; —Sharon Nichols 9/12 ChronograM forecast 115

SATURDAY 1 Art Crafts on John Street 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair 10am-6pm. $8/$7 seniors/children free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 679-8087. 5th Annual Art Studio Views 11am-5pm. A self-guided Open Studio Tour showcasing the talents of 30 local and nationally known artists. Many studios will have demonstrations and other exciting events. Call for location. Sketch the Model 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Collaborative Concepts 2pm-6pm. Local and national artists place sculptures throughout 140 acres of a working historic farm. Saunders Farm, Garrison. 528-1797. 3rd Open Studio 5pm. Tour studios and share a meal. Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock. 679-2079. Paintings by Stanley Bielen 5pm-7pm. The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-1700. The Horses of San Marco 5pm-7pm. Juliet R. Harrison photography. Red Hook Community Arts Network, Red Hook. Artwork by Moya Marcelino 5pm-7pm. Rondout Music Lounge, Kingston. 481-8250. A Show of Color: Paintings by Stacie Flint and In the Drawing Room: Drawings, Graphite, Pen, Ink, and Value Studies by our Members 5pm-8pm shared opening reception. Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331. Group Show 5pm-8pm. Stuart Bigley, Josh Finn, April Warren, Kathi Robinson Frank, Lynne Friedman, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Bobbi Esmark. Wired Gallery, High Falls. (682) 564-5613. In Medias Res 5pm-8pm. Sean Lucas Willet, mixed media. Duck Pond Gallery, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Work of Visionary Artist Randal Roberts 6pm-10pm. Thou Art Gallery, Kingston.

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. Full Moon Energy Healing with Sound of CrystalActivation of Our Crystalline Self 7:30pm-8:30pm. With Philippe Garnier. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Parsons Dance Master Class 11am-12:30pm. Workshop focuses on the contemporary style and movement. $20/$15. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Family and Friends CPR and First Aid for Children 1pm-3:30pm. $45. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Dance Parsons Dance Performance 8pm. $40/$35 members/$25 students. PS21, Chatham. (518) 392-6121. Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8pm-2am. $7/$3 teens and seniors. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8540. Outdoor Freestyle Frolic Dance 8pm-2am. $7/$3 teens and seniors. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8540. Club Light 10:30pm. With DJ Mr. Vince. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847.

Events Festival of Books Call for times. Annual extravaganza of all things literary. Giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children's program. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Pawling Farmers Market 9am-12pm. Pawling Green, Pawling. Kingston Farmers' Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston. 853-8512. Phantom Gardener's Homegrown Harvest Festival 9am. End of summer homegrown food celebration with music, workshops, local vendors, raffle to benefit the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Phantom Gardener, Rhinebeck. 876-8606. Labor Day Barn Sale 9am-4pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Yoga House Anniversary Celebration 9:30am-3pm. Free classes all day followed by an evening art opening of works by Mavis Harris. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-YOGA.

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Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio Open House 10am-12pm. Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio, Beacon. 831-1870. Public Swim 11am-Monday, September 3, 7pm. To benefit the Rosendale Pool Fund. $20/$10 children/under 4 free. Williams Lake, Rosendale. www.Facebook.Com/ RosendalePoolProject. Byrdcliffe A.i.R. Open Studio 5pm-8:30pm. Studio tours, potluck dinner, followed by short presentations by the writers and composers in residence. Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Kids The Great All-American Audience Participation Magic Show 11am. $9/$7. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Music Dorraine Scofield and Thunder Ridge 12:30pm. Barton Orchards, Poughquag. 227-2306. Marilyn Miller 1pm. Taste Budd's Chocolate and Coffee Café, Red Hook. 758-6500. Q-Ruption 2012 1pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Jazz Exhibition 6-8pm. Opening reception of works by Wilson McLean and Henk Mommaas. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. 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. Chamber Orchestra Concert 6pm. La Bonne Chanson: A Celebration of French Song. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Shanghai String Quartet 6:30pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Bryan Gordon 7pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Brad Mehldau Duo with Doug Weiss 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Violin Recital 8pm. Dmitri Berlinsky. $20/$15 seniors/$12 members. Grazhda Concert Hall, Jewett. (518) 989-6479. Jeffrey Gaines 8pm. Presented by Radio Woodstock 100.1. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Lucy Kaplansky 8pm. $30/$25. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The Music of Led Zeppelin: Rock Symphony 8pm. $25-$66. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904 ext. 406. Baby Gramps 8pm. Folk. The Black Swan, Tivoli. 757-3777. Bernie and Mike 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Richard Barone 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. The Chain Gang 9pm. Classic rock. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. 255-1000. Coyote Love 11pm. Indie. $5. Snug Harbor, New Paltz. 255-9800.

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

Spoken Word Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series 3:30pm. Featuring Ron (R. Dionysius) Whiteurs. Orange County Arts Council, Sugar Loaf. 294-8085. Hudson River Loft Reading Series 7pm. Featuring Daniel Nester, Sari Botton, Elisa Albert, Sean H. Doyle, Liza Monroy, Jenny Zhang and Zachary Lipez. 17 N. Fifth Street, Hudson.

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. Highlights from the Footlights 8pm. Presenting the greatest songs from Broadway, cabaret, movies and more. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Love's Labour Lost 8pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

Workshops Forging and Metal Fabrication 10am-1pm. With sculptor James Garvey. Discover your creativity as you work mainly with steel to learn the basics of forging. $130 series. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263.

SUNDAY 2 Art Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair 10am-6pm. $8/$7 seniors/children free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 679-8087. 5th Annual Art Studio Views 11am-5pm. A self-guided Open Studio Tour showcasing the talents of 30 local and nationally known artists. Many studios will have demonstrations and other exciting events.

Body / Mind / Spirit Sacred Chanting 10:30am-12pm. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-YOGA. Creating Happiness in Your Life 5:30pm-7pm. Poughkeepsie. 345-4831.

Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Labor Day Barn Sale 9am-4pm. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Featuring Rhinebeck Village Tree Commission Community Group, music from folk to rock by Jason Waters. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. Hooley on the Hudson 11:30am-9pm. Cultural exhibits, food and craft vendors, children's activities, music, storytelling stage. T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston. 83rd Season Anniversary Celebration Concert & Reception 3pm. The Shanghai String Quartet. $75. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Bacon Fest NY 2012 9pm-2pm. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson.

Music JB's Soul Jazz Brunch 10am-2pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Jupiter String Quartet with Ilya Yakushev 3pm. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. The Berkshire Ramblers 6pm. $25. Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Jason Mraz 7:30pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Hindenberg 7:30pm. Over 2 hours of Led Zeppelin. $25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Bob Dylan and his Band 8pm. Ben Harper opening. $31.50-$141.50. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

Theater Shout! The Mod Musical 2pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Highlights from the Footlights 3pm. Presenting the greatest songs from Broadway, cabaret, movies and more. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Measure for Measure 5pm. Bird-On-A-Cliff's Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. Comeau Property, Woodstock. 247-4007. Love's Labour Lost 7pm. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson.

MONDAY 3 Art Figure Drawing: Long Pose with Model 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair 10am-4pm. $8/$7 seniors/children free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 679-8087.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga with Anjila 10am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Private Energy Healings & Soul Readings 12pm-6pm. Psychic medium Adam Bernstein. $40/$75. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Classes Argentine Tango Tango Basics: 6pm-7pm, intermediate: 7pm-8pm. Hudson. (518) 537-2589.

Music The Freshbeat Band 2:30pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

Celtic Session 7:30pm. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

TUESDAY 4 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 Vipassana Meditation 1:30am-1:30am. $5. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Pilates: Mama with Baby 12:45pm-Sunday, September 30, 1:30pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:15pm-6:30pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Light Activation Under the Guidance of the Master Teachers 7:30pm-8:30pm. With Suzy Meszoly. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Intro to the Humanities 6pm-8pm. Philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing offered by Bard College. Tuesdays and Thursday until May. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Events Millerton Farmers' Market 9am-1pm. Hudson River HealthCare, Amenia.

Music Blues & Dance with Big Joe Fitz 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Open Mike with Chrissy Budzinski 7pm. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775. Rhinebeck Choral Club Open Rehearsal 7:30pm. All music-reading levels, from none to professional, may join. Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck. 527-7768. Bella Winds 8pm. Classical/jazz/world music trio performs works by composers Beethoven, Tomasi, Mellits, Shostakovich, and Gottschalk on flute, clarinet, and bassoon. McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Scott Barkan 8pm. Americana. The Rondout Music Lounge, Kingston. 235-7098.

Theater Auditions for Lust & Rust: the Trailer Park Musical 7:30pm. Coach House Players. Coach House Players, Kingston.

WEDNESDAY 5 Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65 6 weeks/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Kundalini Yoga 10:30am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Mommy & Me Yoga 10:30am-11:30am. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Gentle Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Warm Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm. 6 sessions. $72/$60. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348. A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Classes Basic & Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Eileen Sackman Call for times. Through October 3. $190/$170 members. Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie. 471-2550.

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

Music Mickey Hart Band Call for times. Presented by Radio Woodstock 100.1. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Chris Robinson Brotherhood Call for times. Presented by Radio Woodstock 100.1. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Theatre Is Evil: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra 7:30pm. $35/$20 faculty, students, staff. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Tom DePetris Trio 8pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424. Mickey Hart Band 8pm. $60/$50/$40. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

art peekskill project

Leon Reid IV, Pedestrian Shuffle, steel pole, aluminum signs, enamel, 10 ft x 9 ft x 1.5 inches, 2011

Beyond the Museum Walls The usual museum experience asks the viewer to enter an enclosed space and immerse himself or herself in an artist’s world. Peekskill Project V turns the tables and brings the art into the viewer’s world. “I think museum settings, as much as they’re often geared toward education, tend to be somewhat insular,” says Kerry Cox, associate project coordinator of “Peekskill Project V.” “When you bring art out into the community, it facilitates a culture of care, and that’s our goal. To bring different populations together and foster a sense of community through these creative actions.” An incredibly diverse group of more than 75 contemporary artists are taking part in this year’s celebration, and visitors to “Peekskill Project V” will be treated to a wide range of styles, from painting and sculpture to video, film, and sound, to performance art. “The theme is the landscape of the Hudson Valley,” says Adler. “Not only the natural landscape, but really the postindustrial urban landscape. Peekskill’s pretty unique because it has urban, rural, and suburban all in one.” Peekskill Project V is an ambitious experiment in contemporary art. Produced by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), it aims to stimulate Peekskill with site-specific, relevant, and provocative exhibitions in venues across the city. However, unlike with past Peekskill Projects, this year’s event encompasses more than a single weekend. “This year we have decided to expand it into a year’s worth of programming,” says Lead Coordinator Anna Adler. To help organize the yearlong festival, HVCCA has divided the work along seasonal lines, starting with fall, moving into winter, and ending with spring/summer. Each of these seasonal installments are then being broken down into areas of focus, with fall being more object based (photography, sculpture, painting), winter focusing on video and film, and

spring/summer highlighting live performances. However, these areas of focus are not meant to be absolute, and many different styles of art will be represented year-round. Some highlights of “Peekskill Project V” include a new Greg Haberny installation in the center of HVCCA’s main gallery space built around an airplane fuselage, a 10-foothigh steel ring sculpture from Basha Ruth Nelson that will be installed at the riverfront, a found object sculpture from Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha, a new mural from Brooklyn Graffiti artist Skewville, a mobile performative vehicle engaging with the community in downtown Peekskill by Australian artist Astra Howard, and a new installation from HVCCA artist-in-residence Daniel Phillips in an empty industrial space by the riverfront. “Peekskill Project V” kicks off on September 29 and 30. From 1pm to 7pm each day, exhibit openings will feature many of the artists themselves, who will be available to discuss their work. A dinner, live music, and other events round out the weekend. Thereafter, the second Sunday of each month from October 2012 to July 2013 will see new programming and events added to the Project. While much of the work will be featured at HVCC’s 1701 Main Street location, other venues include downtown Peekskill, the Peekskill waterfront, the Paramount Center for the Arts, local businesses, storefronts, vacant lots, and old industrial spaces. All of the events on opening weekend will be free, and HVCCA will endeavor to keep the entire festival free of charge as much as possible, though some venues may require a modest fee. “We’re really focused on bringing the museum out into the community,” says Adler. “Peekskill Project V” is online at —David Neilsen

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James Glossman and Andrew Sellon take on the roles of Edison and Tesla in "The Dangers of Electric Lighting," September 14-30 at the Shadowland Theater in Ellenville.

Battle of the Light Heavyweights Historic revisionism is a reliable trope when it comes to provocative theater. When the icon being slammed to the mat is scientific pioneer Thomas Edison, expect dramatic fireworks. Why impugn the father of the light bulb and film? What popular history has ignored is that in his zeal to protect his inventions, the Wizard of Menlo Park resorted to dirty tricks, mostly aimed to undermine an equally brilliant rival, Nikola Tesla, inventor of radar and the remote control. Thanks to the new play “The Dangers of Electric Lighting,” running September 14 through 30 at Shadowland Theater
in Ellenville, science buffs will learn the flipside of the Edison legend. “The more you research it, the more you find out that underneath the genius there was a flawed character,” said Brendan Burke, the play’s director and Producing Artistic Director of Shadowland. “This is a version of the great inventor that does not get an airing in the elementary school classroom.” The pitched battle between Edison and Tesla in 1884 centers on the debate over direct current or alternate current electricity. Edison identified and championed the former, launching what Burke calls “a propaganda campaign” to discredit Tesla’s discovery. In fact, Edison engineered a series of public electrocutions of animals, notably a Coney Island Zoo elephant named Topsy, to drive home the putative dangers of alternate current voltage. (The title of the play stems from a treatise published by Edison to further beat back his rival.) “Particularly in the geek world, the Edison-Tesla thing is pretty big,” Burke said. Initial word about the proposed staging has attracted Tesla buffs from near and far to buy tickets. “The Dangers of Electric Lighting” was originally staged last autumn by Luna Stage Theatre in West Orange, New Jersey. Luna had commissioned award-winning playwright

Ben Clawson to tackle the subject. (Edison’s museum sits a few miles away from Luna.) In an interview posted on YouTube, Clawson said that he accepted, yet camouflaged initial doubts about the offer. “But I have the rule that anytime I’m asked to write something,” he said, “my answer is yes, and then I figure out how in the world I’m gonna do it later.” The writer headed for Wikipedia to get a handle on the subject and was intrigued by the Tesla controversy. Ten books on the subject were purchased on Amazon, each mentioning the Tesla imbroglio and offering a different perspective on “this unknown corner of history. So that kind of gave me the opportunity to choose which version of the truth we’d put into this little fable I was making.” Burke was initially concerned that the play would sink under the weight of academia. Instead, Clawson emphasizes the human drama of scientific titans squaring off in a conflict that would eventually transform civilization. The play depicts imagined conversations between the inventors that are grounded in fact. Clawson injects humor into the proceedings, as well as a mystical element: Edison talks over his problems with the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, whose experiments with kites and keys laid the groundwork for Edison’s own research into harnessing electricity. We learn more about the charismatic Tesla. A compelling figure, if an increasingly eccentric one, Tesla discussed space travel decades before it became feasible and lived most of his adult life in a New York hotel room, surrounded by pet pigeons. “The Dangers of Electric Lighting” is not meant as outright character assassination, said Burke. “I don’t think it diminishes Edison’s accomplishments or work, but it does expose a more three-dimensional character than is probably in typical public lore.” “The Dangers of Electric Lighting” by Ben Clawson will be staged September 14 through 30 at Shadowland Theater in Ellenville. (845) 647-5511; —Jay Blotcher 9/12 ChronograM forecast 119



Auditions for Lust & Rust: the Trailer Park Musical 7:30pm. Coach House Players. Kingston.

Basilica Screenings 8pm. An evening with Albert Maysles. Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! along with rarely seen footage from Meet Marlon Brando (1966), With Love from Truman (1966), Dali’s Fantastic Dream (1966), Muhammad Ali: Zaire (1974), Grey Gardens (1976), and Late Night with David Letterman (1982). $5-$10. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

Art Fall for Art 6pm-9pm. Jewish Federation of Ulster County's annual fundraising art show, sale and cocktail reception. Wiltwyck Country Club, Kingston. 338-8131. 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 Healthy Aging Expo 10am-2pm. Manor at Woodside, Poughkeepsie. Violet Alchemy Dowsing 11:30am-6pm. Dona Ho Lightsey. $125/80 minutes. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Donation Yoga 1pm-2:15pm. By donation to local charity. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1pm: infant, 2pm: toddler. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Caregiver Support Group 3:30pm-5pm. This interactive group is meant to provide caregivers with the tools necessary for providing care for older family members. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 6 weeks. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music David Liebman Group 7pm. Opener, Mark Dziuba Trio. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The DMK Trio 8pm. Jazz. The Silver Spoon, Cold Spring. Sons of Daughters 8pm. Jazz trio. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Mary Chapin Carpenter 8pm. With special guest Tift Merritt. $49.50/$39.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Karaoke 9pm-2am. With DJ Spin Dr. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847. The New Lazy Boys 9pm. Roots. Harmony, Woodstock. 679-7760. BEN FINK


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

Music Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. John Simon and The Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Theatre Is Evil: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra 7:30pm. $35/$20 faculty, students, staff. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

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

FRIDAY 7 Sawdust Mountain 5:30pm. An exhibition of photographs that document the Pacific Northwest’s tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources and the communities they support by photographer Eirik Johnson. Frances Lehman Loeb Gallery, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632.

Body / Mind / Spirit Divine Healing Hands Healer Training Program 10am-Sunday, September 9, 10pm. Divine Channel, Master Elaine Ward. $625. Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Private Angelic Channeling 11:30am. Margaret Doner. $125/90 minutes. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Kids Yoga 4:30pm-5:30pm. Class will blend postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and creative play. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Maria Hickey and 4G 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Shadetree Mechanics 9:30pm. Blues, rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Spoken Word Discover How Birds Can Save the World 7pm. John Fitzpatrick. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Theater Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. The Endgame 8pm. Presented by the Woodstock Players. $15. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. The Threepenny Opera 8pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Classes Painting for Life 1pm-4pm. $140/4 weeks. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Events First Friday of the Fall Music, art, shopping, food and drink. Downtown Saugerties, Saugerties. Wine and Food Festival 12pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330. Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. Supper Club 6:30pm. Gourmet food from field to fork with live music. W. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 258-4574. Mid-Hudson Misfits Fundraiser for the UCSPCA 8pm. Entertainment includes DJ Ali and Daikon, BRAWL exhibition match, rollergirls, raffles, and auctions. Suggested donation, $5. BSP Lounge, Kingston. 481-5158.

Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 12:15pm. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

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One Earth 5pm-9pm. Exploring our planet's environmental conundrum. Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon. 765-2199. Perfect '10' 6pm-8pm. Exhibit and sale of works in 10x10" format. Many artists and all media. Look|Art Gallery, Mahopac. Convergence 6-9pm. Opening of an exhibition of paintings by Sunok Chun. Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. Grey Zeien: Alchemy 6pm-9pm. BAU, Beacon. 440-7584.

Body / Mind / Spirit Qi Gong Classes 10am-11am. $10. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Reflexology Days 11:30am-4:30pm. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Ted Allen at bluecashew For years, chef Ted Allen has been sharing his guidance as “Queer Eye” wine and food specialist, judge on “Top Chef” and “Iron Chef America,” and as host of “Chopped.” His secrets will now be available in his new book, In My Kitchen (Clarkson Potter), which Allen will be signing at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy in Rhinebeck. In My Kitchen strays from today’s timecrunch canons. Allen seeks out littleknown ingredients, lingering in the grocery, creating food in a passionate, artistic process, and savoring every moment along the way—as well as each sumptuous result. Recipes for Fresh Goat Cheese Tartlets, Heirloom Gaspacho Salad, Chicken and Merguez Tagine, and White Sangria Peach Compote make their way into In My Kitchen, just waiting, tempting, to be tried. The signing will run from 2 to 5pm on September 8.



As Time Goes By 5pm-7pm. New paintings by Michael Piotrowski and George Hayes. Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, Montgomery. 457-ARTS.

Art Fifth Annual Village of Catskill Artists Tour 11am-5pm. Featuring over 20 artists, galleries and museums throughout the Village of Catskill and area locations. Catskill, Catskill. Wunderkammer 12pm-2pm. Paintings by Scott Bricker. Stairwell Gallery, Washington, CT. (860) 868-7586. Sketch the Model 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Gallery Talk: Michael Lobel on Sol LeWitt 2pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 400-0100. Woodstock Prints: Past and Present 3pm-5pm. A survey of Woodstock printmaking, curated by Ron Netsky. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Thanks for Sharing 4pm-6pm. Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-3663. Reconstructions 5pm-7pm. Charles Grogg. Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027. Russel Wright: The Nature of Design and Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York 5pm-7pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844.

Classes Bread Baking Class 10am-1pm. Taught by Peter Barrett. $60. Woodstock.

Dance Contradance 8pm. Joe DePaolo calling, with music by Mooncoin. $10/$9/ 1/2 for children. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 246-2121. Club Light 10:30pm. With DJ Mr. Vince. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847.

Events Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest Call for times. Taste and buy hundreds of wines and sample specialty dishes from local restaurants. Wine seminars and cooking demos. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 658-7181. Hudson Valley Chefs Farm Fresh Dinner Call for times. $150. Bannerman Island, Beacon. 831-6346. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Pawling Farmers' Market 9am-12pm. Pawling Green, Pawling. Kingston Farmers' Market 9am-2pm. Kingston Farmers' Market, Uptown Kingston. 853-8512. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Annual Taste of Hudson Food Festival 11am-2pm. Warren Street, Hudson. Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Lighthouse Tours 11am-2pm. $20/$10 children. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. (518) 822-1014. Summer DIY Craft Fair 11am-5pm. Over 30 local craft and food vendors. Live music by Mister Oh! With DJ Skeye. Rain or shine. Cornell St. Studios, Kingston. 331-0191.

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society Lighthouse Tours 11:30am-2:30pm. $20/$10 children. Riverfront Park, Athens. (518) 822-1014. Poughkeepsie Farm Project's Soup-a-Bowl 12pm-2:30pm. Featuring local soup, pottery and live music. $25/$55. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Poughkeepsie. The Woodstock Food Pantry Music Festival 12pm-7pm. Live music, children's activities, food, games, bodyworks tent. Andy Lee Field, Woodstock. Walk-the-Walk for Recovery 12pm. Walk-a-thon to help the continuing efforts of the Villa Veritas Foundation. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 626-3555. Ulster Volunteers Day 2pm-6pm. Epworth Center, High Falls. 687-0215. Boat on the Bayou, Dinner in the Quarter 3:30pm. Champagne toast at the CIA, Hudson River cruise and reception, and a modern take on traditional New Orleans cuisine. Student scholarship and cancer research benefit. $110. Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. 471-6608. Catskill Cabaradio 7pm. Interviews, entertainment and audience participation. Potluck at 6pm. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Cornutopia 2012 7pm. BBQ, open bar, auction, and music by the New Zion Trio, Blue Food, Simi Stone and Gilbane Peck. $40/$35 members. Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes- Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 11:15am. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Lyric Piano Quartet Call for times. $25/$20 seniors/$15 contributors/$5 students. Windham Performing Arts Center, Windham. (518) 263-5165. PP Junior 1pm. Acoustic. Taste Budd's Chocolate and Coffee Café, Red Hook. 758-6500. Woodstock Concert on the Green 1pm. Featuring Richard Prans, Fancy Trash, David Kraai & Amy Laber, Marco Benevento Rat Boy Jr. and Les Bicyclettes Blanches. Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock. Taiko Drumming with Taiko Masala 3pm. A benefit for CHHS. $20. Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale. Stolen Heart 5pm. Country. Millbrook Village Green, Millbrook. Autumn in Paris: Jazz at the Maverick 6:30pm. Fred Hersch, piano. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Betsi Krisniski 7pm. Acoustic. The Parlor, Hudson. (518) 828-2210. Ed Palermo Big Band 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Eric Erickson 7pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Mark Raisch Trio 7pm. Jazz. Skytop Restaurant, Kingston. 340-4277. Soul Purpose 7pm. Motown, R&B. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Compact: Erin Hobson & Steven Ross 7:30pm. $5. Northeast-Millerton Library, Millerton. (518) 789-3340. Voices of Glory 7:30pm. Followed by open mike. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern. DMK Trio 8pm. Guitar/organ groove. The Silver Spoon, Cold Spring. Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools 8pm. Journey through the Great American Songbook. $40. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. West Point Chamber Ensemble 8pm. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869. Kelly Joe Phelps 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Steve Black 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Izzy and the Catastrophics 9pm. Rocking roots. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-2739. The Brooklyn Milite Brothers 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699.

The Outdoors The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program Explore two private gardens in Saugerties Ulster Park, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. $5/garden/children free. Call for location. Guided Tours of Esopus Meadows Lighthouse 1pm. Aboard The Lark. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 338-0071.




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SEPTEMBER 7 For Greater Glory AND LIVE SKYPE INTERVIEW WITH ANDY GARCIA $7 | 7:15 pm SEPTEMBER 8 FUNDRAISER: Rosendale Radio Live! 2 Radio Plays and dancing with live band Soul Purpose $20 | 7:30 pm SEPTEMBER 9 DANCE FILM SUNDAYS: First Position $10/$5 (12 & under) | 2 pm SEPTEMBER 11 DOCUMENTARY: Fixing the Future $7 | 7:15 pm SEPTEMBER 15 VIEWS FROM THE EDGE: Crumb $7 | 10 pm SEPTEMBER 16 OPERA IN CINEMA: Norma from Teatro Antico Taormina $20 | 2 pm SEPTEMBER 18 Ulster County Creek Week Film by donation | 7 pm SEPTEMBER 21 FUNDRAISER: Big Joe Fitz (performance) & All Jams On Deck (movie) $15 | 7:15 pm SEPTEMBER 23 NATIONAL THEATRE FROM LONDON: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time $12/$10 (members) | 2 pm PLUS NIGHTLY FILMS at 7:15: TO ROME WITH LOVE, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, SLEEPWALK WITH ME

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Spoken Word Author Rebecca French 9am-1pm. Part of Millbrook Community Day. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665. Book Signing with Ted Allen 2pm-5pm. Author of In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks. Bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Conversation with Angels Book III 2pm. Book talk & signing with Dror Ashuah. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Theater The Rosendale Theater Radio Plays 7:30pm. A fundraiser for the Rosendale Theatre Collective; two live radio plays: Double Concerto and Anatomy of Sound by Norman Corwin. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989. Shout! The Mod Musical 8pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. The Endgame 8pm. Presented by the Woodstock Players. $15. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. The Threepenny Opera 8pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops Forging and Metal Fabrication 10am-1pm. With sculptor James Garvey. Discover your creativity as you work mainly with steel to learn the basics of forging. $130 series. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Babywearing Bonanza 1pm-2pm. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

SUNDAY 9 Art Fifth Annual Village of Catskill Artists Tour 11am-5pm. Featuring over 20 artists, galleries and museums throughout the Village of Catskill and area locations. Catskill. The Waxed Surface, A Journey in Encaustic 1pm-4pm. Featuring recent works that are inspired by natural and manmade forms by Mitchell Visoky. Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill. (914) 734-1894. Friends 4pm-6pm. Longreach Group. Unison Arts Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Body / Mind / Spirit

The Farm Show 2012 @ Saunders Farm 853 Old Albany Post Rd Garrison, NY 10524

September 1 - October 28, 2012 Opening: Saturday, September 1, 2-6pm (rain date: Sunday, September 2) At each reception Performance Art 2pm curated by Marcy B. Freedman Music 3:30pm organized by Thom Joyce Mid Run Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2-6pm (rain date: Sunday, October 14) Arts in the Highlands September 15, 2pm, rain date: September 22 Dance Creative Outlet directed by Jamel Gaines Theatre Apple Tree Production directed by Judy Allen Opera Career Bridges directed by David Bender

90 + Artists 140 acre farm Visual Performance Music Theatre Dance Exhibition & Programs open to the public Free of charge open daily Info: 845-528-1797

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Sunday Mornings in Service of Sacred Unity 10:30am-1pm. Renew, restore and uplift within a musical community of song, gong, singing bowls, poetry and praise. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Wholistic Health & Wellness Fair 10am-5pm. Local wholistic health & wellness providers, music and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Elting Memorial Library. New Paltz. 255-5030. Sacred Chanting and Gong Meditation 10:30am-12pm. Guided by Amy McTear, Joseph Jastrab, Dahlia Bartz Cabe and other musical guests. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Mediation, Intention and the Zero Point Field 2pm-3:30pm. With Ricarda O'Conner. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-YOGA. Creating Happiness in Your Life 5:30pm-7pm. Poughkeepsie. 345-4831.

Events Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest Call for times. Taste and buy hundreds of wines and sample specialty dishes from local restaurants. Wine seminars and cooking demos. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 658-7181. Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby Call for times. Hyde Park Roller Magic, Hyde Park. Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Featuring book signing with Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables author Marie Ianotti, music by folk-rocker-poet Fred Gillen, Jr. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. www. Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Orthodox Jewish Girlfriend— My Life as a Feminist Artist 2pm. An afternoon with the visual, conceptual, and installation artist and eco-feminist Helène Aylon. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Dorraine Scofield and Thunder Ridge 12:30pm. Country. Barton Orchards, Poughquag. 227-2306. Daedalus String Quartet 3pm. Music Mountain, Falls Village. (860) 824-7126. Concert for the Friends of Maverick 4pm. Tim Fain, violin. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217. Jazz Workshop 4pm. Featuring local musicians and special guests. $15/$8 students. SPAF, Saugerties. Michael McDonald 5pm. $30/$25 in advance. HITS Show Grounds, Saugerties. 473-2072. Brent Barrett: Night Songs 7pm. Helsinki on Broadway. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Synergy 7:30pm. Featuring Chris Leske and Craig Vance. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300.

The Outdoors Mushroom Walk with Kelly Sinclair 1pm. $10. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. Magnificent Monarchs 2pm-4pm. After a talk about monarchs, we will capture, tag, and release monarchs. Greenport Conservation Area, Greenport. (518) 392-5252 ext. 210.

Theater Shout! The Mod Musical 2pm. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Scared Skinny 3pm. Written & performed by Mary Dimino. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. The Threepenny Opera 3pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Endgame 5pm. Presented by the Woodstock Players. $15. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

MONDAY 10 Art Figure Drawing: Long Pose with Model 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga with Anjila 10am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Stress Reduction Workshop 11:15am. $10. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Hula Hoop Class 5:30pm-6:30pm. 6 sessions. $72/$60. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Occupy Yourself: The Gurdjieff Expansion Series 7:30pm-9:30pm. With Jason Stern. $5. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Kate McGloughlin: September Landscape 9am-Wednesday, September 12, 4pm. $240. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Events Ulster-Greene ARC 2012 Roy A. Gonyea Jr. Fall Golf Classic Tournament 10am. 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, contests, raffles, cocktail hour, dinner, drinks. Wiltwyck Country Club, Kingston. 331-4300 ext. 281. Summer Undergraduate Research Presentations, Research Scholarship, and Creative Activities 1:45pm-4:30pm. Presentation of faculty mentored summer student research. Honors Center, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Volunteer Fair 5pm-7pm. For local high school and college students, families, and community members. Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College, Annandale-OnHudson. 758-7453.

Music Celtic Session 7:30pm. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

Workshops Placemaking in a Changing Climate 8:30am-4:30pm. Offers a framework and models for using climate adaptation as a springboard for revitalizing communities and engaging citizens. $75/$125 CEUs for architects, planners. Norrie Point, Staatsburg. 889-4745.

Film First Position 2pm. Documents the lives of 6 talented ballet dancers as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the most prestigious youth ballet competitions. $10/$5 children. Rosendale Theater, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Music Doug Weiss Group Jazz Brunch 10am-2pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

TUESDAY 11 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 Vipassana Meditation 1:30am-1:30am. $5. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

art unearthed

Top left: Sarcophagus, Northern Wei dynasty (386-535 CE), tomb dated 477 CE, sandstone, 240 x 348 x 338 cm, unearthed 2000, tomb of Song Shaozu (d. 477 CE), Caofulou Village, Datong, Shanxi Province, Shanxi Museum, Taiyuan

Right: Zhenmushou (Tomb Guardian Beast), Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), painted and gilt earthenware, 65.7 x 30 cm, unearthed 2009, Tomb M2, Fujiagou Village, Lingtai County, Gansu Province, Lingtai County Museum, Pingliang

Bottom left: Sitting Camel, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577 CE), tomb dated 570 CE, painted earthenware, 24.7 x 29.7 cm, unearthed 1979, tomb of Lou Rui (d. 570 CE), Wangguo Village, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, Shanxi Museum, Taiyuan

Tomb with a View As it rushes to modernize, China stumbles across the bones of its past. The show “Unearthed” at the Clark Art Institute displays items found in three tombs from the Shanxi and Gansu provinces. All three mausoleums were uncovered in the last 10 years by Chinese construction projects, a process known as “salvage archaeology.” “Unearthed”— the institute’s first archaeology exhibit—will remain at the Clark until October 21. Dating from the fifth to the 10th century, the pieces in the exhibit include earthenware images of smiling camels, cavalrymen, bug-eyed deities with lion’s paws, a Picassolike ox. None of the pieces have been seen outside China before. It’s rare to see 1500-year-old pottery that has never been broken. I find the animals more appealing than the people—as if humans were closer to camels and oxen then, and could see into their souls. The centerpiece of the show is a 10-ton sarcophagus pieced together from 108 pieces of stone—an auspicious number for the Chinese. The mausoleum, for a warrior duke named Song Shaozu who died in the year 477, was found within brick walls. (Yes, the fifth-century Chinese built with bricks!) Archaeologists estimate that 50 stonemasons worked 60 days on the sarcophagus. Mausoleums were serious business back then. “That second life, in death, is much longer than this life, on the other side of the ground,” observes Tom Loughman, assistant deputy director of the Clark. One hundred and seventy funerary objects accompanied Song Shaozu, including 90 clay soldiers with raised hands who seem to be playing musical instruments. We know the purposes of the funerary figures—to protect the dead from graverobbers and evil spirits, and to provide symbolic riches in the afterlife—but we can’t know the motivations of the artisans. (Loughman refers to “artisans” rather than artists. Artists as a professional class had not yet emerged in China by the fifth century.) “I don’t think

anyone who made these objects was seeking fame, or acclaim,” says Loughman. We are the afterlife these artifacts have reached, if not the one they were intended for. They are visible secrets, meant to be hidden. Viewing them is like eavesdropping on someone’s prayers. “Song’s everyday must have been out in the countryside, on horses, in tents, but for his tomb, he shows himself in a big ceremonial house surrounded by cavalrymen playing music on flutes—the warriors at their most peaceful and joyous time,” remarks Loughman. Many of our conceptions of ancient China are being shattered by these discoveries. During a period when the Chinese were supposedly all Confucian, Buddhist imagery surfaces in tombs. And there is more ethnic diversity in the vast Chinese empire than we realized. Two figurines greet visitors to “Unearthed”: a Chinese civil servant in a robe and scholars cap, and a long-nosed military leader with facial hair—plus trousers and boots, which were foreign to China. The second man cannot be ethnically Chinese, yet he is equal in rank to the first. Ultimately, these pieces are riddles. Here’s one of my questions: Is their humor intentional? Two ceramic portraits of camels have a Dr. Seuss-like elasticity. Loughman suggests that a life-size figure of a jovial, paunchy guard is a caricature of a long-dead beloved soldier. Though these works were not created as art, they are artworks to us. Even those ignorant of history will find the zhenmushou, a lionlike tomb guardian with flaming hair and billiard-ball eyes, magnificent and scary. “Unearthed” will remain at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, until October 21. (413) 458-2303; —Sparrow

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MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:15pm-6:30pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Coming Home: The Ancient Celtic Journey of the Soul 6pm-9pm. The current head of the Celtic Christian Order of the Céile Dé in Scotland, Sr. Fionn, will give a talk about her tradition’s beautiful blend of spirituality and nature. Episcopal Church of Christ the King, Stone Ridge. 687-9414.

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

Events Millerton Farmers' Market 9am-1pm. Hudson River HealthCare, Amenia.

Music Rhinebeck Choral Club Open Rehearsal 7:30pm. All music-reading levels, from none to professional, may join. Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck. 527-7768. Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Faculty Showcase 8pm. An introduction to the talents of the Department of Music faculty. From solos and chamber music to jazz combos, the evening will provide energy and variety. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-7869.

Donation Yoga 1pm-2:15pm. By donation to local charity. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 6 weeks. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Events Secondary Education Information Session 4pm-5:30pm. Old Main Building, New Paltz. Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Kids Hop-N-Healthy 11:45am-12:15pm. Sitters to waddlers. $60 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Hop-N-Healthy 12pm-12:30pm. Sitters to waddlers. $60 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Integrated Energy Healing 11:30am-6pm. $75 50 min./$95 80 min. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Kids Yoga 4:30pm-5:30pm. Class will blend postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques with story-telling and creative play. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls.

Classes Painting for Life 1pm-4pm. $140/4 weeks. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Dance Cajun Dance with Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew 8pm-11pm. Lesson at 7pm. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 255-7061.

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

Film Compassionate Cuisine: Movie Night at the Homestead 6pm. Reception and screening of May I be Frank. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.

Theater An Evening of Mystery and Music 7pm. Hosted by Edgar Allan Poe, presented by ASK and Murder Café. $15/$13 members. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 338-0331. Our Town 7:30pm. Play by Thorton Wilder presented by the Red Hook Performing Arts Club. $5. St. Paul's Parish Hall, Red Hook. The Threepenny Opera 8pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Endgame 8pm. Presented by the Woodstock Players. $15. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their “war of currents.” $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.



Color & Light Outdoor Painting Workshop Angela Manno. $210. School of Living Art, New Lebanon. TMI Page-to-Stage Monologue Workshop $240/$200 WKC members. West Kortright Centre, East Merideth. Gong Surrender: A Cosmic Sound Bath 7pm-9pm. $15/$20. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Woodstock Writing Workshops 6:30pm-8:30pm. Led by Iris Litt. $15/$60 4 sessions. Call for location. 679-8256.


Film Basilica Screenings 8pm. As a tribute to Chris Marker who passed away in July, Basilica presents his groundbreaking 1983 essay film Sans Soleil. $5-$10. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1050.

Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes- Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 12:15pm. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


WEDNESDAY 12 Art Open Critiques 10am-4pm. Get feedback on your artwork from League instructors. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65 6 weeks/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Kundalini Yoga 10:30am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Consultations / Reiki & Reflexology 11:30am-5pm. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Zumba with Cat Schoch 5:30pm-6:30pm. 6 sessions. $72/$60. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348. Breastfeeding Essentials 6pm-8pm. $55/couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Events Summer Undergraduate Research Presentations, Research Scholarship, and Creative Activities 11:30am-1:40pm. Presentation of faculty mentored summer student research. Honors Center, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Farmers' Market 11:30am-5:30pm. Cornwall Community Co-Op. Town Hall, Cornwall.

Music Unencumbered Voice/Community Choir 6:30pm-8:30pm. Singing as a natural state of being as well as a spiritual practice. $40. Call for location. (914) 388-0632. Tom DePetris Trio 8pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424. An Evening with Jorma Kaukonen 8pm. Acoustic. $45/$35/$25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Vetiver 8pm. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Spoken Word UC Photography Club Call for times. Cool New Photo Stuff by Todd Fitzgerald. Duck Pond Gallery, Port Ewan.

THURSDAY 13 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 Tai Chi with Martha Cheo Beginners: 5:30-6:30pm, advanced: 6:30-7:15pm. $12/$10 members/$130 series/$104 member series. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Holistic Practices in Lactation 1:30am-Friday, September 14, 4:30pm. An overview of holistic approaches to both common and complex breastfeeding problems such as plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush, normalizing milk supply, food allergies, adoptive nursing, and much more. $250. Business Resource Center, Stone Ridge. 339-2025. Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1pm: infant, 2pm: toddler. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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Scenic Hudson Farmland Cycling Tour Fuel up on doughnuts, cider, and apples from local farms at Poets’ Walk Park in Red Hook, and then choose your bike-tour length through Dutchess and Columbia counties. The 15-, 25-, and 40-mile options offer views of the Hudson River as you pass by working farms protected by Scenic Hudson. Water stations stocked with fresh produce will be set up along the route. After the ride, enjoy a complimentary lunch at Poets’ Walk Park and live local bluegrass music from Rich Hines and the Hillbilly Drifters. Staff from Wheel and Heel Bike Shop will be on site to answer questions and inspect bikes. Difficulty level is moderate as the route contains some hills and narrow shoulders, and the trip should take between one to three hours depending on the length you choose. Bring your own bike, helmet, appropriate clothing, and water. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, registration is from 8:30-9:45am on September 15. Music


Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Gil Parri 7pm. Opener, Scott Barkan. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. John Simon and The Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. C.J. Boyd 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Coheed and Cambria 8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088. Dar Williams 8pm. Singer/songwriter. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

False Peach 7:30pm. Work-in-progress presentation. Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend Vist website for times and locations Chakra 6:30pm. Acoustic. Wild Hive Farm Bakery, Clinton Corners. 266-5863. Jim Weider's PRoJECT PERCoLAToR 7pm. Opener, Dylan Doyle. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. AD2 7:30pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Mark Raisch and The Big Blue Big Band 8pm. Lazy Swan Golf Course, Saugerties. 247-0075. Jeff Entin & Bob Blum's 8pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Karaoke 9pm-12am. With DJ Spin Drx. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847. Badfish: Tribute to Sublime 9pm. $17/$15. The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie. 486-0223. Breakaway 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. The Geoff Hartwell Band 9:30pm. Rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.


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Doody Calls! 1pm-2pm. Cloth diapering information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Mingle and Munch with Mirza Iqbal Ashraf 6:30pm-7:45pm. Author of Rumi's Holistic Humanism: The Timeless Appeal of the Great Mystic Poet. Kleinert/ James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Reading by Bridget Boland Foley 7pm. Author of The Doula. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775. Thomm Quackenbush 7pm. Author of We Shadows and Danse Macabre. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300. Rumi's Poetry & Music 8pm-9:15pm. Acclaimed musician Amir Vahab & Rumi presenter Peter Rogen. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079. Book Signing with Mirza Iqbal Ashraf 9:15pm-10pm. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Spoken Word 6th Annual Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture 5pm. Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz.


FRIDAY 14 Art syn-co-pa-tion 5pm-7pm. Long Reach Arts group show. Mill Street Loft’s Gallery 45, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Meet Past 6pm-9pm. 49 contemporary artists find resonance between their work and historic artifacts. Akin Library and Museum, Pawling. 855-5099.

Body / Mind / Spirit Death and Dying: On The Contemplative Christian Journey Garrison Institute, Garrison. 424-4800.

Sketch the Model 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Gallery Talk 2pm. $5. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844. Dear Mother Nature: Demonstration 3:30pm. Barbara Bash in a spontaneous drawing and writing performance. $5. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844. Blue 5pm-8pm. Group show featuring over 20 artists. SPAF, Saugerties. Idiom 5pm-7pm. 5th Annual Miniworks Show. Unison Gallery, New Paltz. 255-1559. Mark Safan: Paintings 5pm-8pm. Art Students Leagues Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Catching the Light 5pm-8pm. Annual student show. Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Red Hook. 758-9244. Flyaway Garden 6pm-8pm. Paintings and drawings by Kaitlin Van Pelt. Team Love Ravenhouse Gallery, New Paltz. www. Group Show 6pm-8pm. Featuring Farrell Brickhouse, Andrew Dunnill, Bruce Gagnier, Laetitia Hussain, Georgia Elrod, Charlotta Janssen, Joseph Haske, and Katherine Bradford. John Davis Gallery, Hudson. (518) 828-5907.

Body / Mind / Spirit Qi Gong Classes 10am-11am. $10. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Free Classes to Celebrate National Yoga Month 1pm-6pm. 1pm Basics, 2:15pm Intermediate, 3:30pm advanced, 4:45pm meditation/restorative. Clear Yoga, Rhinebeck. Kate Anjahlia Loye Group: Healing with the Gong 7:30pm-9pm. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Classes Jenny Nelson: Exploring Abstraction 9am-Sunday, September 16, 4pm. $215. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Dance Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company 4pm. Show to incorporate visual and narrative delights inspired by children’s book authors and illustrators Maurice Sendak, Thomas Locker and Hudson Talbott. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-0135. Auditions for The Nutcracker 4pm. Ages 12+. $25 audition fee. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz. 255-0044. Freestyle Frolic Community Dance 8pm-2am. $7/$3 teens and seniors. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8540. Outdoor Freestyle Frolic Dance 8pm-2am. $7/$3 teens and seniors. Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz. 658-8540. Club Light 10:30pm. With DJ Mr. Vince. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847.

Events Indian Larry Day 10am-5pm. Members of Indian Larry’s crew from Brooklyn will honor his legacy. Memorabilia and magazines on display. Motorcyclepedia Museum, Newburgh. 569-9065. 16th Annual Craft Fair/Apple Festival 1am-4pm. Golden Hill Health Care Center, Kingston. 340-3868.

Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Kingston Farmers' Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston. 853-8512. Pawling Farmers Market 9am-12pm. Pawling Green, Pawling. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Ancram Farm Tour 10am-2pm. Enjoy a self-guided bike tour or driving tour of Ancram farms featuring tours, milking demonstrations, tastings, and more. Ancram. (518) 329-5252 ext. 214. Atlantic Custom Homes Open House 10am-5pm. Atlantic Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 558-2636. Biz Pics, Headshots for Business, Modeling and Fun 12pm-4pm. 30 minute sessions with Jen Kiaba. $100. Cornell St. Studios, Kingston. 331-0191. BrewFest on the Farm 2pm-6pm. Featuring live music. $55/$45 in advance. Pennings Farm Market & Orchards, Warwick. 986-1059. Dear Mother Nature: Performance 2:30pm. Jan Harrison will perform in "Animal Tongues." Using mask-like animal sculptures, the performance involves speaking and singing in animal tongues. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844.



Art Talk 2pm-3pm. Filmmaker Frank Vitale will discuss his new book, 'The Metropolis Organism'. Look|Art Gallery, Mahopac.

The Jester Jim Show 10:30am. Juggling and comedy. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507. Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 11:15am. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Call for times. $51/$31. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Diamond Opera Theater Art of Song 4pm. Baritone Peter Van Derick and Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Ciesinski perform. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Songs of Woody Guthrie 6pm. Italian dinner and concert to benefit Old Songs featuring: George Wilson, Bill Spence, Michael Eck, Roger Mock & Mark Shepard, Debra Burger. $25/$15 concert only. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197. Keith Newman & Robert Leitner 7pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Hugh Brodie & The Cosmic Ensemble 7pm. Opener, Ben Tyree. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show 7pm. $24.50-$49.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. The Lucky Timson/John Wirtz Band 7pm. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. The Acoustic Medicine Variety Show 7pm-10pm. $10. Elmendorph Inn, Red Hook. 758-5887. Prana 7:30pm. MaMa, Stone Ridge. 687-8890. Chakra 8pm. Acoustic. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424. Virgo Bash 8pm-11pm. A.i.r. Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. The Tony Trischka Trio 8pm. Banjo, bass and guitar. $22/$17/+$2 at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Carolina Chocolate Drops 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Reality Check's Anthony Nisi 8:30pm. Acoustic. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. The Kurt Henry Band 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. The Kane Bros. 9pm. $15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Hurley Mountain Highway 9:30pm. Pop, soft rock. The Trestle Restaurant, Cornwall. 534-2400.

The Outdoors Marsh Paddle Challenge 20 challengers will have an exclusive opportunity to conquer a 19-mile paddle through the Marsh and on the historic Hudson River. Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, Cold Spring. Guided Tours of Esopus Meadows Lighthouse 1pm. Aboard The Lark. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. 338-0071.

spoken word Will Hermes Reading and Booksigning 5pm. The music critic celebrates the paperback release of Love Goes to Buildings. outdated café, Kingston.é.

Our Town 7:30pm. Play by Thorton Wilder presented by the Red Hook Performing Arts Club. $5. St. Paul's Parish Hall, Red Hook. The Threepenny Opera 8pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Endgame 8pm. Presented by the Woodstock Players. $15. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465. Herb Marks Freelance: Time Wounds All Heals 8pm. Air Pirates Radio Theater. $20. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf. 469-7563. The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Workshops The Art of Writing and Publishing with K.L.Going 9am-12pm. Learn to enhance your writing capabilities and break into publishing. $75. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665. Forging and Metal Fabrication 10am-1pm. With sculptor James Garvey. Discover your creativity as you work mainly with steel to learn the basics of forging. $130 series. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Supply and Demand 1pm-2pm. Breast pumping information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.


Body / Mind / Spirit Sunday Mornings in Service of Sacred Unity 1:30am-1pm. Renew, restore and uplift within a musical community of song, gong, singing bowls, poetry and praise. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Toddler/Preschool Yoga 1:15pm-2:15pm. Through age 4. $16.50. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. Medical Intuitive Connection 2pm-3:30pm. Darlene Van De Grift. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Divine Healing Hands Free Healing Afternoon 3pm-5pm. Experience the power of Soul Healing Blessings offered by Divine Channel, Master Elaine. The Nurtured Spirit, Warwick. 849-1715. Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-YOGA. Creating Happiness in Your Life 5:30pm-7pm. Poughkeepsie. 345-4831.

Dance Auditions for The Nutcracker 12pm. Ages 7-9. $25 audition fee. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz. 255-0044. Auditions for The Nutcracker 1pm. Ages 9-13. $25 audition fee. New Paltz School of Ballet, New Paltz. 255-0044. West Coast Swing Dance 6:30pm-9pm. Beginner's lesson 5:30-6:30 and then dance to DJ'd music. $8/$6 FT students. Reformed Church of Port Ewen, Port Ewen. 255-1379. Milonga: Argentine Tango Dance Social 7pm-11pm. Ballroom, Hudson. (518) 537-2589.

Events Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Atlantic Custom Homes Open House 10am-5pm. Atlantic Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 558-2636. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Featuring Crafts at Rhinebeck Community Group, and Cajun music by Cleoma's Ghost. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck. Car Seat Safety Check and Installation Station 11am-3pm. Health Quest, Lagrangeville. 475-9742. Walking Tour to Explore Brewster History 2pm-3pm. $5/under 6 free. Southeast Museum, Brewster. Larry Hoppen Memorial 3pm-7pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Music Third Sundays Music Lunch Box Call for times. Featuring The Mattawan Winds. Bannerman Island, Beacon. 831-6346. Montana Skies 10am-2pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Rhythm and Song Circle 2pm-4pm. $40. Call for location. (914) 388-0632. Tokyo String Quartet 2pm. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 679-8217.

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Jazz Workshop 4pm. Featuring local musicians and special guests. $15/$8 students. SPAF, Saugerties. Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 4pm-6pm. $6/$5 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. 12th Annual Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic 5pm. Concert begins at 6pm. $16/children under 12 free. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson. The Sam Newsome/Ethan Iverson Duo 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band 7:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Florence and the Machine 7:30pm. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-9330.

David Kraai 7:30pm. Singer/songwriter. The Wherehouse Restaurant, Newburgh. 561-7240. Nick Lowe 7:30pm. British singer/songwriter. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Spoken Word The Dutchess County Holistic Moms Chapter Meeting 6:30pm-8:30pm. Join our community of moms, dads and supporters each month to discuss living healthy & living green. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Workshops La Mere Illuminee Workshop: Reflecting and Illuminating the Motherhood Experience 6pm-8pm. $20. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Theater The Dangers of Electric Lighting 2pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their "war of currents". $25/$23 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. The Threepenny Opera 3pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Endgame 5pm. Presented by the Woodstock Players. $15. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 810-0465.

WEDNESDAY 19 Art Open Critiques 10am-4pm. Get feedback on your artwork from League instructors. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65 6 weeks/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.


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Open Studio and Reception 5pm-7pm. Visit their studios and meet our resident artists who come from around the world on a monthly basis. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Life Drawing Sessions 7:30pm-9:30pm. $13/$10 members/$48/$36 series of 4. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Introduction to Soul Healing 7pm-9pm. $20. Traders of the Lost Art, Kingston. 849-1715.

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Does the President Matter? A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair 10:30am. Presented by The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. POW/MIA Day 2pm. A ceremony and offer recollections from former POWs. National Purple Heart Hall of Hono, New Windsor. 561-1765 ext. 28.

Donation Yoga 1pm-2:15pm. By donation to local charity. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1pm: infant, 2pm: toddler. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Caregiver Support Group 3:30pm-5pm. This interactive group is meant to provide caregivers with the tools necessary for providing care for older family members. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck. 876-3001. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:30pm. $90 6 weeks. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Prenatal Yoga 6:15pm-7:15pm. $100 8 weeks/$15 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Workshops Breathing Exercises for Love, Sex & Intimacy 2pm-4pm. $15/$20. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Introduction to Foot Reflexology Workshop 2pm-4pm. $30. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757.

MONDAY 17 Art Figure Drawing: Long Pose with Model 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga with Anjali 10am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. West Coast Swing with Mark 5:30pm-6:30pm. 6 sessions. $72/$60. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348. Occupy Yourself: The Gurdjieff Expansion Series 7:30pm-9:30pm. With Jason Stern. $5. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


Athens Animation Festival Cartoons can be serious. Filmmakers Lisa Thomas and Margo Pelletier prove it by showcasing animations that contain political, social, and personal themes in the debut Athens Animation Festival. Thirty short films from eight different countries will be screened including The Candy Tree by Somnath Pal from Bombay, which follows a child who tries to grow a tree out of his last piece of candy, and Mimmers by Nafisah Mohamed from the Republic of Singapore, a 3-D animation that uses miming to depict family values. Local filmmakers will present original work including New Project by Sam Sebren from Athens, an experimental animation using only preset images, sounds, and text from Mac programs iMovie and iLife, and Say Can You See by Tony Caio from Hudson, which tells the story of a person who witnesses 9/11 from atop the Empire State Building. The screenings and after party will be held at Crossroads Brewery and Pub, a former opera house that features a variety of craft beers including Outrage IPA, Black Rock Stout, and Brady’s Bay Cream Ale. September 15; 5pm-8:30pm; free to the public. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

Bon Iver Call for times. Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown. (800) 544-1809. Celtic Session 7:30pm. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

Kundalini Yoga 10:30am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

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Raising Healthier and Smarter Children 6pm. A nutritional approach with Dr. Allan Sachs. Woodstock Day School, Woodstock. 246-3744 ext. 103.

Seeing Satire in the Peepshow 5pm. 6th Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture. Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz. 257-3677.

TUESDAY 18 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 Vipassana Meditation 1:30am-1:30am. $5. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Rondout Valley Holistic Health Group 4pm-8pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:15pm-6:30pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Transformation Through Kinesiology 7pm-9pm. Explore a particular theme and use Transformational Kinesiology to access and clear subconscious blocks, stuck places and limiting beliefs that have been getting in your way. $20-$40. The Sanctuary, New Paltz.

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

Events Millerton Farmers' Market 9am-1pm. Hudson River HealthCare, Amenia.

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

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Pilates with Janet 5:30pm-6:30pm. 6 sessions. $72/$60. Cornell Street Studio, Kingston. 679-8348.

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

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

Music Leon Russell Call for times. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. 679-4101. Tom DePetris Trio 8pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

Spoken Word Impacts of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee on the Hudson River 9:30am-3:30pm. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343. 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.

Reflexology 7:15pm-8:45pm. Rondout Valley Holistic Health Group and Family Traditions. Family Traditions, Stone Ridge.

Events Dr. Eugene Oltz Lecture Oltz, from Washington University in St. Louis, presents “The Cancer Epigenome: Bugs in our Gene Expression Software.” Coykendall Science Building Auditorium, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Kids Hop-N-Healthy 11:45am-12:15pm. Sitters to waddlers. $60 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Hop-N-Healthy 12pm-12:30pm. Sitters to waddlers. $60 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. John Simon and The Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. Murali Coryell 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. An Evening with ALO 8pm. $35/$20. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Westchester Rock Jam & Band Showcase 8:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.


Gloria Steinem 7pm. Writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist, and Ms. magazine co-founder. Vassar Chapel, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their "war of currents". $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.



Evening of Clairvoyant Channeling 7pm. $25/$20. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.



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

Classes Painting for Life 1pm-4pm. $140/4 weeks. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.


Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 12:15pm. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival David Grisman, Trampled By Turtles, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. $36/$26 students. MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. Peter Prince "The Moon Boot Lover” 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Woodstock 2012 Summer of Peace 7pm. Part of a global grassroots movement for peace through music. $10. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. Bill's Toupee 8pm. Covers. Shadows, Poughkeepsie. 486-9500. Faun Fables 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. ASK for Music 8pm. Featuring The Railroad Boys, Seth Davis and PP Junior. $6. ASK Arts Center, Kingston. 338-0331. Defonics Revue 8pm. Motown, r&b. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Chain Gang 8pm. Classic rock. The Backyard Garden, Pine Plains. 489-1448. Acoustic Strawbs 8:30pm. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Karaoke 9pm-2am. With DJ Spin Drx. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847. An Evening with Jonathan Edwards 9pm. $30. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. The Bar Spies 9pm. Rock. Whistling Willies, Cold Spring. 265-2012. The Cagneys 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277.

Spoken Word Kingston’s Buried Treasure Lecture Series 5:30pm. General George Sharpe as presented by Walt Wiskowski. Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston. 338-2786. Readings by Greg Olear, Stephanie St. John, and Robin Antalek 7pm. Authors of The Beautiful Anthology. Inquiring Mind Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8300.

Theater The Threepenny Opera 8pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their "war of currents". $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

SATURDAY 22 Art Sketch the Model 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Conversations at Dia: Circa 1971: Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Tony Ramos, & Paul Ryan 2pm. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100. Gallery Talk: “Dear Mother Nature.” 2pm. Museum director Sara Pasti joins the artists in the “Dear Mother Nature” exhibition for a discussion about the work. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Demonstration and Workshop: Daniel Mack 3pm. Exhibiting artist in “Dear Mother Nature” hosts a demonstration and workshop “The Language of Natural Materials.” Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. The Luminous Landscape™ 2012: 15th Annual Invitational 5pm-8pm. Albert Shahinian Fine Art Gallery, Rhinebeck. 505-6040. Traveling the Countryside 6pm-9pm. Nat Baines & Amy Wiley. Wolfgang Gallery, Montgomery. 769-7446.

MUSIC GODSPEED YOU! black emperor image provided Godspeed You! Black Emperor will play at Basilica Hudson on September 20.

The Need for Godspeed Godspeed You! Black Emperor has always been something of an enigma, the band’s music a complex triumph of sonic, mind-melting exploration, haunting samples, and inspired composition. After a seven-year hiatus, GYBE reunited two years ago for a series of shows, and on Thursday, September 20, they’ll perform at Basilica Hudson, a venue ideally suited for the group’s epic vibe. GYBE has been hailed as champions of a genre called post-rock, but whatever postrock means is anyone’s guess; it’s an application most often bestowed on groups for whom no other location in a record shop’s filing system would make sense. There are traditional rock ‘n’ roll instruments in GYBE, though the guitars and drums are often used in a darkly classical milieu. And with albums like the stunning Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven unfolding like a film soundtrack, or movements in an epic symphonic piece, where the hell else other than the chin-stroking, intellectually stimulating post rock section would a record shop keep it? Rumors abound that GYBE has been recording new material, though at present their last album remains Yanqui U.X.O., the group’s politically charged 2002 full-length that featured a cover photograph of bombs tumbling out of a military plane, samples of thenPresident George W. Bush, and artwork linking major record labels to arms manufacturers. Heady stuff, but the music has always been grandiose and emotional, the stuff of fantasy and nightmares. Think the darkness and odd swathes of light in the music of the Velvet Underground, John Cage, and Swans. And, thanks to Karl Lemieux, a member of the group whose primary responsibility at live shows is bathing the stage in abstract experimental film projections, a GYBE performance is a totally immersive, singular affair. They may not have a new album on the way, but it’s not unusual to hear new

material at a GYBE show. Just don’t expect the crowd to sing along, whether they know the songs or not, because aside from the aforementioned samples, GYBE’s music is strictly instrumental. Since regrouping, GYBE have rekindled a relationship with All Tomorrow’s Parties, the UK-based promoter behind I’ll Be Your Mirror, a worldwide series of small festivals with days curated by musicians. The group’s date in Hudson was planned as something of a warm-up to an appearance at the annual US version of I’ll Be Your Mirror, originally planned to be held in Asbury Park, NJ. But last month it was announced that the festival had been moved to New York City, and, with the exception of a few artists, would keep its lineup intact. After performing in Hudson and New York City, GYBE will continue their tour through the South and Midwest until mid-October, when they’ll presumably steal away into the night refusing to confirm whether a new album will ever materialize. Basilica Hudson, a hollowed out 19th-century factory on Front Street, is a few dark turns off of Hudson’s main hub, Warren, on the waterfront next to the train station. The mammoth stone-faced industrial building, which has been the site of performances by such art-rock luminaries as Patti Smith and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, is dimly lit and unheated, giving it a sense of the medieval. The various anterooms and vaulted gothic ceilings with intricately laced beams provide the perfect acoustics for GYBE’s atmospheric ebbs and echoes. Basilica Hudson and Jean Deux present Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Basilica Hudson on Thursday, September 20 at 8pm. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15. (518) 822-1050; —Crispin Kott

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

Dance Club Light 10:30pm. With DJ Mr. Vince. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847.

Events Paula Poundstone Call for times. Stand-up comedy performance to benefit Fairview Hospital. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100. Fall Family Day & Bar-B-Que Call for times. Rotary Park, Kingston. www.kingston-ny. gov. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Pawling Farmers' Market 9am-12pm. Pawling Green, Pawling. Kingston Farmers' Market 9am-2pm. Kingston Farmers' Market, Uptown Kingston. 853-8512. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. FineHome Source Product Showcase 10am-5pm. Millbrook Community Bandshell, Millbrook. 677-8256. First Woodstock Transition Festival 11am-4:30pm. Pedal Power Pageant, booths demonstrating community involvement with innovative projects, town-wide discussion of next steps toward sustainability. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. 2012 Healthcare Forum 1pm. Fishkill Recreation, Fishkill. 831-3371. Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing 2pm. Author Robert Klitzman talks about his latest book and shares stories of individuals who have confronted these issues in their lives. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. A Blast from the Past 2pm-5pm. Military demonstration, fire a cannon followed by a gallery tour and tour the nearby 1754 Ellison house. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, New Windsor. 561-1765. Mid-Hudson Misfits Roller Derby Tryouts 4:30pm. Seeking strong-willed, dedicated women. No experience necessary. Skatetime 209, Accord. info@ Mirabai 25th Anniversary Celebration 5pm-7pm. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Bohemian Carnivale 8pm. Frenchy and the Punk (NY) and Hellblinki (NC). Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 11:15am. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Darrius Rucker Call for times. Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown. (800) 544-1809. Alumni Musicale 11am-4pm. Jazz musicians return for two special events during alumni weekend. McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Michi 1pm. Alternative. Taste Budd's Chocolate and Coffee Café, Red Hook. 758-6500. Four Nations Quartet 3:30pm. Vocal ensemble and solo music of Henry Purcell, Dowland and Campion. Germantown. (212) 928-5708. Dorraine Scofield and Co. 7pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. The Kurt Henry Band 7pm. Mezzaluna Café, Saugerties. 246-5306. Pete Levin Group 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Mark Raisch 7pm. Jazz. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. 896-8466. Club Cabaradio 7:30pm. $5. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Eric Johnson with Will Lee & Anton Figg 7:30pm. Rock and blues. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Spirit of Freedom: A Concert Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 7:30pm. Concert Con Brio music series. Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie. The Connor Kennedy Band 8pm. Acoustic. $19/$15 members/+$2 at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Coheed and Cambria 8pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. Guitarist Kenny Wessel 8pm. The Silver Spoon, Cold Spring.

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Honoring the Sea Goddess: Daughters of Cybele 8pm. Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni. $10. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Jim Malcolm 8pm. Songs of Scotland. $20. Old Songs, Inc., Voorheesville. (518) 356-3197. Jill Sobule 8:30pm. With special guest Don Lowe. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. Petey Hop: Solo 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Mr. Oh! 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Black Dirt Band 10:30pm. Blues. Oasis Café, New Paltz. 255-2400.

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

Spoken Word Staged Reading by Ina Claire Gabler 7pm. From her collection of short stories, Unexpected Return. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775.

Theater The Threepenny Opera 8pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Guided Walking Tour of Main Street 2pm. $3/children free. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.

Music Kitt Potter Trio 12pm. Jazz brunch. High Falls Café at Stone Dock, High Falls. www.highfallscafé.com. Chakra 1:30pm. Acoustic. American Glory BBQ, Hudson. (518) 822-1234. Keith Newman & Robert Leitner 2pm. Acoustic. Robibero Family Vineyards, New Paltz. 255-WINE. The John Arrucci Sextet 2pm. Original compositions. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 628-2009.

Events Mid-Hudson Misfits Roller Derby Tryouts 7:30pm. Seeking strong-willed, dedicated women. No experience necessary. Skatetime 209, Accord.

Music Celtic Session 7:30pm. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900. Celtic Thunder 7:30pm. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Rinus van Alebeek + Doug Van Nort 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006.


Jazz Workshop 4pm. Featuring local musicians and special guests. $15/$8 students. SPAF, Saugerties.

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

Greg Westhoff's Westchester Swing Band 5:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Vipassana Meditation 1:30am-1:30am. $5. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Qi Gong Classes 10am-11am. $10. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. Herbal Medicine & Nutrition Consultations / Reiki & Reflexology 11:30am-5pm. The Wellness Center of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 233-5757. MommyBWell Prenatal Yoga 5:15pm-6:30pm. $78/6 weeks. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805.

Dee Hoty: Special Material 7pm. Helsinki on Broadway. Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Bon Iver at Brewery Ommegang Attention “Skinny Love”-ers: Bon Iver is headed to Cooperstown. Justin Vernon’s 2011 Bon Iver, Bon Iver, a concept album with each song representing a place, builds from the strict acoustics of his 2008 For Emma, Forever Ago. The sound infuses smooth, synth-heavy '80spop with layered orchestral instrumentation. Vernon’s haunting vocals, which shift between deep, husky lows to falsetto highs, imitates the full emotional spectrum that his lyrics explore. Like Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 Bookends, Bon Iver’s music is at once timelessly transcendent while so perfectly capturing the feeling of a moment in the landscape of modern America. Brewery Ommegang’s outdoor venue is open but intimate, allowing room for the intricate melodies to reverberate without being lost. If you are one of many who gets weak in the knees at the opening chords of “Holocene,” consider bringing a chair or blanket. Doors open at 5:30 on September 17. Anais Mitchell will open.

Body / Mind / Spirit

Classes Science and Art: Walking the Tightrope: NanoArt2 11am. Master class by Carol and Phil Flaitz. Orange Hall Theater, Middletown. 341-4790. Mother/Daughter Belly Dancing Class 7:30pm. $20/4 weeks $69/mother daughter $118. Casperkill Rec Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 874-4541.

Events Millerton Farmers' Market 9am-1pm. Hudson River HealthCare, Amenia.

Music Gravikord Duo 7pm. An informal lecture/demonstration and general overview of the physics of sound and musical instruments. Orange County Arts Council, Sugar Loaf. 469-1856. Community Music Night 8pm-9:45pm. Six local singer-songwriters. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

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

Workshops The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their "war of currents."$30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Workshops Forging and Metal Fabrication 10am-1pm. With sculptor James Garvey. Discover your creativity as you work mainly with steel to learn the basics of forging. $130 series. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Doody Calls! 1pm-2pm. Cloth diapering information session. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

SUNDAY 23 Body / Mind / Spirit Sunday Mornings in Service of Sacred Unity 10:30am-1pm. Renew, restore and uplift within a musical community of song, gong, singing bowls, poetry and praise. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-YOGA. Creating Happiness in Your Life 5:30pm-7pm. Poughkeepsie. 345-4831.

Events New York State Craft Beer Experience Call for times. The event will guide tasters along a path of 40 New York State brews and creative culinary pairings. $65. Terrapin Restaurant, Rhinebeck. 876-3330. Beacon Flea Market 8am-3pm. 6 Henry Street, Beacon. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. New York Renaissance Faire 10am-7pm. $22/$11 children 5-12. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. Rhinebeck Farmers' Market 10am-2pm. Featuring Taste of the Market, the very best of the harvest tastings, and the jazzy strings of Perry Beekman. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck.

The Outdoors Forest Ecology Walk: Hudson Valley Ramble 10am. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Theater The Dangers of Electric Lighting 2pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their "war of currents." $25/$23 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. The Threepenny Opera 3pm. $26/$24. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

MONDAY 24 Art Figure Drawing: Long Pose with Model 9am-12pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga with Anjila 10am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Mama's Group with Breastfeeding Support 1:30pm-3pm. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Divine Healing Hands Free Soul Healing Afternoon 2pm-4pm. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. De-Stress Yoga 5:30pm-6:45pm. $30/month. SMYL Studio@Miriam's Well, Saugerties. 246-5805. Mindfulness Based Stress & Pain Reduction Program 7pm-9pm. Weekly through Nov. 26. $385. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-8500. Occupy Yourself: The Gurdjieff Expansion Series 7:30pm-9:30pm. With Jason Stern. $5. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Qigong with Zach Baker 7:30pm-8:30pm. $12/$10 members. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Woodstock Writing Workshops Call for location. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Led by Iris Litt. $15/$60 4 sessions. 679-8256.

WEDNESDAY 26 Body / Mind / Spirit Yoga for Mama with Baby 10am-11am. $65 6 weeks/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Community Style Acupuncture 10am-12pm. $30. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Kundalini Yoga 10:30am-11:30am. $10. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

Classes Newborn Essentials 7pm-8pm. Receive practical information on caring for a newborn. $55/couple. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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

Music Tom DePetris Trio 8pm. Jazz, blues. Dave's Coffee House, Saugerties. 246-8424.

THURSDAY 27 Art In and Out of Town 5:30pm-7:30pm. Land and Cityscapes by Bruce Bundock. Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie. 454-4500. 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 Donation Yoga 1pm-2:15pm. By donation to local charity. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. Mama’s Group with Breastfeeding Support 1pm-3pm. 1pm: infant, 2pm: toddler. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952.

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 6 weeks. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Message Circle: Delivering Messages From the Other Side 7:30pm-9pm. With Adam F. Bernstein. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Events Buy Local Business Expo 4pm-7pm. Sponsored by Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. MBA Information Session 5pm-6pm. An overview of the MBA program followed by academic advising. Bring transcripts. Van den Berg Hall Room 219, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Evening by the Hudson 2012 5pm-8pm. 30th anniversary with an 80s-themed celebration. Cocktail hour, full dinner, music, dancing and a fantastic view of the Hudson River at sunset. $130/$300. Grandview, Poughkeepsie. 454-5176. Trivia Night 8pm. 2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Kids Hop-N-Healthy 11:45am-12:15pm. Sitters to waddlers. $60 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Hop-N-Healthy 12pm-12:30pm. Sitters to waddlers. $60 series/$12 drop-in. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Jam Session 1pm-2pm. Bring an instrument to play with other musicians. New York State Museum, Albany. (518) 474-5877. Jim Campilongo Electric Trio 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Acoustic Thursdays with Kurt Henry 7pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. John Simon and The Greater Ellenville Jazz Trio 7pm. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000.

Spoken Word From Garden to Table 7:30pm. Lecture by Peter Rose. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 331-4852.

Theater The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their “war of currents.” $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511.

Workshops Babywearing Bonanza 1pm-2pm. $10. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952. Moroccan Cooking Workshop 6pm-8:30pm. $45. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.

FRIDAY 28 Body / Mind / Spirit Reconnective Healing 2:30pm-6:30pm. Margaret Doner. $75/50 min. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100. Experience the Power of Soul Language 7pm-10pm. $20. The Nurtured Spirit, Warwick. 849-1715.

Classes Painting for Life 1pm-4pm. $140/4 weeks. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Dance Swing Dance to The Big Blue Big Band 8:30pm-11:30pm. Lesson at 8pm. $15/$10 FT students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

Events Poughkeepsie Farmers' Market 1pm-6pm. Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie. Swing Away Stress 6pm-9:30pm. Mental Health America of Dutchess County fundraiser. Hors d'oeuvres, sit-down dinner, silent/live auction, and dancing to the Harvest Band. $100. Christos, Poughkeepsie. 473-2500 ext. 1305. Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary 19th Annual Card and Game Night 6:30pm. $7. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck.

Kids Kindermusik Family Style Classes— Zoom Buggy and Dream Pillow 12:15pm. $225 series. Waddle n Swaddle, Rhinebeck. 876-5952.

Music Alexis P. Suter Band 7pm. Live @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Avondale Airforce 8pm. The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson. (518) 671-6006. Rory Block 8pm. Blues. $20. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Karaoke 9pm-2am. With DJ Spin Drx. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams 9pm. With Mike+Ruthy. $35. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Reality Check 9:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. Far Beyond Gone 10pm. National Hotel Bar and Grill, Montgomery. 457-1123.

Spoken Word Gabriel Iglesias 8pm. Stand Up Revolution The Tour. $42. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Theater The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their “war of currents.” $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Doubt 8pm. John Patrick Shanley’s award-winning play about the conflict shrouded in uncertainty between a priest, a mother superior, a young nun, and a male student. Directed by Nicola Sheara. Pay what you will a the door, Friday night only. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops Swing Dance Workshops 6:30pm. Beginner followed by intermediate. $15/$20 both. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

SATURDAY 29 Art 12th Annual Tivoli Street Painting Festival 9am-5pm. A day-long paint-in by artists of all age. Tivoli. Cherished Art Recycled 10am-5pm. Paintings, prints, photographs & other media including some antiques & local scenes to benefit the 4th Methodists & Friends Build for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. Hudson Valley Christian Church, Newburgh. 446-2361. Crafts at Rhinebeck Fall Festival 10am-5pm. Juried art and craft show. $7. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Presentations on Modern Japanese Art 10:30am-12pm. Reiko Tomii, Hiroko Ikegami, and Michel Lobel present followed by a screening of Zachary Heinzerling’s documentary film on the artist Ushio Shinohara. Student Union 62/63, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Demonstration of Boxing Painting and Talk by Ushio Shinohara 12:15pm-1pm. The artist will demonstrate his version of true action with a talk to follow. Student Union Terrace, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Gallery Talk: Raquel Rabinovich and Gina Palmer 2pm. Two artists from the “Dear Mother Nature” exhibition join curator Linda Weintraub for a talk about their work in the show. Suggested donation, $5. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Workshop with Riva Weinstein 3:30pm. Found objects creative workshop hosted by “Dear Mother Nature” exhibiting artist. Bring objects for workshop. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Reflections on Life: The KEEP Conservation Germantown Preserve, Spring 2012 5pm-7pm. Amateur and professional photography exhibit. Germantown Library, Germantown. (518) 537-5800. Matthew George Enger 5pm-8pm. AI Earthling Gallery, Woodstock. 679-2650. Sketch the Model 1pm-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Opening Weekend of HVCCA's Peekskill Project: The New Hudson River School 1pm-7pm. Meet and mingle with artists, dinner, and music. Check website for specific events and times. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100. Bianco/Blake 6pm-9pm. Exhibition of pastel works by Laura Bianco and paintings on silk by Jane Blake. Look|Art Gallery, Mahopac.

Body / Mind / Spirit Qi Gong Classes 10am-11am. $10. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Reflexology Days 11:30am-4:30pm. InnerLight Health Spa, Poughkeepsie. 229-9998. Introductory Orientation Workshops 11:45am-1:45pm. $15. Yoga Way, Wappingers Falls. The Fundamental Principal and Practical Application of the Crystal Singing Bowl 3:30pm-5pm. With Philippe Garnier. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Sage Sound Healing Energy Studies 6:30pm-8pm. Full moon healing with the disappearing sound. Presented by Philippe Garnier. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650.

Dance Barn Dance Call for times. W. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 258-4574. Club Light 10:30pm. With DJ Mr. Vince. Steelhouse, Kingston. 338-7847.

Events Autumn Landscape Photography Conference 8am-1:30pm. Henry A. Wallace Educational and Visitors Center, Hyde Park. Orange County Antique Fair & Flea Market 8am-5pm. Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown. 282-4055. Pawling Farmers Market 9am-12pm. Pawling Green, Pawling. Kingston Farmers' Market 9am-2pm. Kingston Farmers' Market, Uptown Kingston. 853-8512. Community Yard Sale 9am-3:30pm. Pleasant Valley Library, Pleasant Valley. 635-8460. 1st Annual For Paws & Wright Naturals Family 5K Run/Walk 9am. $25. Field of Dreams, Libertyville. Meet the Animals Tour 10am-2pm. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447. Fall Harvest Festival 10:30am-4pm. Featuring a Children’s Harvest Run, pumpkin roll, build-your-own scarecrows, hayrides, bouncy castles, wildlife presentations, live border collie & sheep herding show, vendors and more. $5/children free/$10 activity pass. Green Chimneys, Brewster. 279-2995 ext. 107. All-Local Cookout 12pm-4pm. The cookout celebrates the end of NOFANY’s month-long New York Locavore Challenge.Local food prepared and served by chefs and students from the Culinary Institute of America. Live music from the Shoe String Band and a silent auction. $18 adults, $8 children ages 7-12. Phillies Bridge Farm Project, New Paltz. 256-9108. Dear Mother Nature: Poetry Slam and Open Mic 2:30pm. Leila Goldthwaite, exhibiting artist in “Dear Mother Nature,” will read from her poem, “Fish Tales and Cheese Torte.” Poets and writers invited to read and perform original poems or stories. Suggested donation, $5. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3245. Second Annual Harvest Festival 6pm. $10/$5 children. W. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 258-4574. Rhapsody in Blue: The Jazz Gala 6:30pm. The Hudson Opera House’s 19th annual fundraising event. Cocktail reception, catered dinner, live music, and dancing. Basilica Hudson, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Byrdcliffe Night at the Opera 8pm. An end of season gala featuring Louis Otey accompanied by Douglas Martin and the Woodstock Chorale. Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. 679-4529.

Film Sullivan's Travels 7pm. Movie-about-movies directed by Preston Sturges. Shandaken Theatrical Society Theater, Phoenicia. 688-2279.

Music Song Stage 1pm-3pm. Budding songwriters of all ages will have the chance to explore and improve their songwriting and performing skills. Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill. 254-5469. Artists for Autism Gala 7pm. Held to raise Autism awareness and to benefit and celebrate Center for Spectrum Services. Featuring Eugenia Zukerman, Inon Barnatan, Voxare String Quartet, and the 3 co-founders of Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. $30/$50/$100. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Keith Newman 7pm. Acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville. 647-3000. The Four Bitchin' Babes: Mid Life Vices 7:30pm. Humorous folk. $28. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845. An Evening with Steve Earle: Solo & Acoustic 8pm. $55. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922. Ben Allison 8pm. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. (518) 945-2136. Mike Hamel 8:30pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. BoDeans 9pm. $40/$25. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Soul City Motown Party 9pm. High Falls Café, High Falls. 687-2699. Fat City 9:30pm. Blues. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. The Police Files 9:30pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

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

Spoken Word Jo Pitkin 12pm-2pm. Presenting her new book of poetry: Cradle of the American Circus. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665. Patrick Kern 3pm. Author of Uncharted Journey: Our Decade Living With Breast Cancer. Inquiring Mind, Saugerties. 246-5775. Ballroom by Request with Joe Donato & Julie Martin 9pm-11pm. Lesson 8pm-9pm. $12. Snap Fitness, LaGrange. 227-2706.

Theater The Dangers of Electric Lighting 8pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their “war of currents.” $30/$28 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Doubt 8pm. John Patrick Shanley’s award-winning play about the conflict shrouded in uncertainty between a priest, a mother superior, a young nun, and a male student. Directed by Nicola Sheara. $22; $20. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Workshops Forging and Metal Fabrication 10am-1pm. With sculptor James Garvey. Discover your creativity as you work mainly with steel to learn the basics of forging. $130 series. The Art Students League Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill. 359-1263. Home Building/Green Building Seminar 11am-1pm. Atlantic Custom Homes, Cold Spring. 558-2636.

SUNDAY 30 Art Crafts at Rhinebeck Fall Festival 10am-5pm. Juried art and craft show. $7. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. Opening Weekend of HVCCA's Peekskill Project: The New Hudson River School 1pm-7pm. Meet and mingle with artists, dinner, and music. Check website for specific events and times. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100.

Body / Mind / Spirit One Day Intensive Labor 1am-4pm. Everything you need to know about childbirth. $155. Waddle n Swaddle, Poughkeepsie. 473-5952. Sunday Mornings in Service of Sacred Unity 10:30am-1pm. Renew, restore and uplift within a musical community of song, gong, singing bowls, poetry and praise. $10. Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Akashic Records Revealed 2pm-3:30pm. With June Brought. $20. Sage Center for the Healing Arts, Woodstock. 679-5650. Community Yoga 4:30pm. $5. The Yoga House, Kingston. 706-YOGA.

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. Featuring Rhinebeck Jewish Center Community Group and music by Todd Young. Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, Rhinebeck.

Music Jazz Workshop 4pm. Featuring local musicians and special guests. $15/$8 students. SPAF, Saugerties. Steve Earle 7pm. Singer/songwriter. $40/$35 members. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Brother Sun 7:30pm. Presented by Flying Cat Music. $20/$18 in advance. Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia. 688-9453. Punch Brothers 7:30pm. Acoustic. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Theater The Dangers of Electric Lighting 2pm. New play by Ben Clawson, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and their “war of currents.” $25/$23 seniors and students. Shadowland Theater, Ellenville. 647-5511. Doubt 3pm. John Patrick Shanley’s award-winning play about the conflict shrouded in uncertainty between a priest, a mother superior, a young nun, and a male student. Directed by Nicola Sheara. $22; $20. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

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Full Harvest Moon Walk Call for times. Greenport Conservation Area, Greenport. (518) 392-5252 ext. 210.

Herbs for Digestion 2pm-4:30pm. Author Susun Weed. $25/$30. Mirabai of Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-2100.

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The Folk Art of Therapy


or a few years I’ve been wanting to write an article about how to pick a therapist. I know that there are those for whom opening up a real discussion about their lives is burning in their soul. Others know they’ve been dealing with the same problems over and over for years. You may see the same patterns repeating in your relationships, your career, your family life, or other aspects of existence, and you decide that it’s time for that to change. Helping people get into therapy has been one of the themes of my astrological practice. I believe in therapy and I think that in American society, so obsessed with denial and immaturity, it’s the one thing that nearly everyone needs, if they want to grow up and be not just functional adults, but also people who live fully. Yet till now I haven’t felt comfortable writing the article. So in the interest of good therapy, I’ll start with my hesitancy. First issue is that I’ve heard a lot of stories of unhelpful or even hurtful experiences. I’ve had a few myself. I’m aware that there’s a lack of trust looming around the whole issue of therapy. There is also a belief that it’s superficial. Next issue is that when most people are choosing a therapist, they are in some kind of crisis, and that’s not necessarily the best time to be making such a critical decision. Yet it’s the time that it typically happens. Another issue is that there exist a diversity of misunderstandings about what therapy is and how it works. For many people there is the perception that it’s supposed to be a magic or at least deeply mysterious solution. Others treat therapy as if “going to talk to someone” is the ultimate admission of weakness—they are somehow not self-sufficient or intelligent enough to live their own lives. They want to go it alone. Lurking in the background here may be the idea that “I don’t want to go talk to someone because I’ll find out something I don’t want to know” or “They’re going to tell me I’m crazy.” (Often this translates to some form of “I don’t want to deal with my problems.”) Despite the existence of these reservations, I’m confident that good therapy is helpful and possible, though I am skeptical of how many people are actually qualified to do it. When I consider the diversity of innate and trained skills that it’s necessary to have, and the level of ethics required, and how bad the training can be, it doesn’t seem like there will be too many qualified candidates. When I knew that I needed therapy in my late 20s, I set just one firm guideline for who I worked with—that the person would not have a PhD. Twenty years later, I don’t believe that a PhD. is an automatic disqualification; I’ve met some fantastic psychologists who have actually earned their doctorates, and who are truly helpful, wise and compassionate souls. Yet I can see I was onto a significant distinction: I was looking for someone who practiced the folk art of therapy, rather than the institutional or academic kind. I’ll

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explain the difference in a moment, with a reminder that there are people who are part of both worlds. My reference to someone named Joe Trusso came from a guy named John, who was having a torrid affair with my then-lover Sabine. One night I went to have dinner with the two of them, and after a while John suggested that I call up Joe and talk to him. John was an illustrious (even notorious) character. I think what I may have trusted the most was that John understood something about me, and his recommendation was an outgrowth of that. I had nothing to lose by going in for a session. Now, you probably wouldn’t ask your partner’s lover for a reference to a therapist, or to anything for that matter. However, you might get the name of someone by some means that seems unusual. A synchronicity might be involved. In truth, references are a pretty good way to get started shopping around. Ask people you trust if they have heard of anyone, and ask what they heard. The key fact is this: However you may be feeling, you’re going to need to make an informed decision, you’re going to need to trust that decision for a while (say, for three sessions, till you have a feeling for how things are going), and then you’ll need to evaluate how you did. Even an informed decision is a roll of the dice, however there are common sense ways you can skew the odds in your favor. If you don’t have a reference from a friend or another practitioner to work with, then open up the local community newspaper and see who is advertising. Pay attention to how you feel reading the ad and dialing the phone. Is the person easy to reach? If you leave a message, do they call you back fairly soon? Do they answer your questions patiently? This is more than good business practice; therapists know that people often call them when in crisis, and they know that those first few minutes are a key time to cultivate trusting communication, and to offer a prospective client the chance to feel listened to and cared about. When you pick someone you want to have a first meeting with, you might be inclined to tell them your whole story, which would be a good sign. But sometime during that first visit (or before), make sure you ask for a copy of their CV (curriculum vitae, a long-form resume that all professionals should have available). In my opinion, you’re looking for two things on their CV—the first of which are educational and professional experiences that qualify them for the service that they are currently offering. Second, I suggest you look for diversity of interests. When I read Joe’s CV, it included therapy training in workshop format, educational experiences, teaching, educational consulting, plus some of his artistic and scientific endeavors. Among them was the fact that he’s a musical composer, with some of his notable performances listed. The topic of his master’s thesis was the magical powers associated with the shapes of musical instruments in indigenous cultures. This impressed me as intelligent and open-minded.

I think it’s far preferable to work with someone who is excited about life, and who challenges themselves to grow and explore existence. That’s the kind of example you want—and a therapist is very much an exemplar, not of a perfect person, but of an alive one. Such a person is more likely to relate to what you say and the unusual things you might want to do, and less likely to try to fit you into a box. The essence of therapy is to bring out the person you are inside, rather than have you be someone else. Most people will want to know the person’s credentials—you know, they went to Cornell or Harvard and have the following licenses, and that would be enough. However, whatever their credentials, I suggest you go with your feelings. Do they take an active interest in you and your life? Can you feel their empathy? What does your intuition tell you? These things are far more important than how many merit badges they have. Let’s make a distinction between the academic/institutional approach and the folk approach to therapy. To the extent that therapy exists these days, much of it takes the academic/institutional approach—coming with the need to make a diagnosis, for example. Many practitioners who use the diagnosis model will either prescribe mood-altering drugs, or refer you to someone who will. I find it stunning, shocking, and unbelievable that so many millions of people you see on the street are taking “antidepressants.” In my opinion, mood-altering prescription medications are only necessary in rare cases, not for everyday depression or anxiety. There is considerable evidence that they make matters worse. The purported goal of this kind of therapy is to cure the patient. Alternately, the folk art of therapy has a more down-to-earth approach. The therapy room is a place of refuge or sanctuary. That’s how it should feel when you sit down there—like a place off to the side of existence, protected from the demands of the world, and a place where you want to come back. If after the first session you feel better about your life and you want to come back, that’s a good sign. In this approach, the therapist is a witness and mentor. They maintain a loving presence, though one that’s not attached to your outcome. This is the crucial difference between a friend (or lover) and a therapist: Someone you’re involved with personally may have a diversity of biases and attachments to you; your therapist will see you more objectively, and when you walk out the door you’re free to live your life—and come back—without worrying about their opinion of you. One goal of this kind of therapy is accelerated maturation. It’s also about learning about yourself through an unusual kind of relationship that can become a model for other experiences. Your therapist should be the most supportive person in your life. This will teach you what a supportive person is. There’s a deeper layer, though. I believe that, ultimately, therapy is about the cultivation of trust. That is the thing learned; the missing experience had. This is saying a lot on a planet where trust is the rarest human element, and the thing most often abused when it’s found. There is an idea going around that “talk therapy” is superficial and can only go so far, particularly compared to “energy work.” Without commenting on “energy work,” I will say this: Trust is a core issue in life. Our cynical and self-judgmental attitudes are usually based on lack of trust, and this is almost always crippling. The therapy relationship becomes the vehicle for that experience of learning trust, not in theory but in actual practice. That takes time, though it will proceed from a point of contact. That point of contact leads to the conscious observation that your trust in someone is growing, that it exists at all, or that some benefit will come from it. The relationship becomes an active demonstration that trust really is possible. One of the deepest learning experiences of therapy is looking for that trust in other relationships— and if you discover it’s not there, taking that fact to heart. Trust leads to the ability to be vulnerable in a conscious and sincere way. Vulnerability without trust can have some catastrophic results. Most people struggle with trust and vulnerability. The therapy relationship becomes a place to experience those things that were largely missing, and to open up to the missing experiences, carrying what you learn over into other relationships. It’s a pretty powerful contrast if you sit in your therapist’s office and have an intelligent conversation about your life, then you go home and feel like you cannot say a word to your partner about anything you talked about. The best therapists have the flavor of part sage mentor and part peer. They become the authority in our lives that we aspire to be, and then get busy being. They can help supplant the negative or unsupportive influences of parents, whose authority we also aspired to, but who sometimes or often betrayed our trust. Your therapist must be someone who teaches you to respect and take care of yourself—by example, and through the relationship. Your insurance, if you have any, may not pay for the person you find who takes this approach. That means you will have to pay for it yourself, something I’ve always thought was worth the expense even when I could barely afford food and rent. Therapy is the place you will begin to heal your pain, let go of the past, and access your deepest potential. Once you find someone you’re willing to do that with, I suggest you not put a price on it. Do what you have to do to earn the money and write the check every week. You may discover that makes the experience all the more meaningful to you.

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Planet Waves Horoscopes ARIES (March 20-April 19) There are people who insist that the best sex happens after a huge fight with one’s partner, and this is one description of your charts right now. We could however apply it to many areas of your life, and many different kinds of partnerships. The way the astrology is describing it, your MO seems to be resist until you decide to submit. While this is helping maintain your reputation of someone who is not afraid to stand up to authority (in whatever form it may take), I don’t think it’s helping your peace of mind. If you’re looking for some dependable success and/ or a stable situation in a relationship, it would help if you expressed yourself in a way that invites collaboration. I’m aware of the sensation of giving up one’s individuality to do that. However, I would propose that it’s the best way to find your identity. Your astrology is configured in such a way that you are extremely, boldly, and assertively yourself, and then in equal measure (on a half-moment’s notice) you’re able to have your identity disappear into a relationship. You can consider your rebellious moments as attempts to define your identity within a partnership. This would be a lot simpler if you didn’t view this process as standing up to authority but rather an experience of meeting another person on level ground. The boring part of this is that it’s not as dramatic or brimming with pathos. The sensation is more like a conversation across a table, which can go anywhere you mutually decide.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20) You are seeking freedom, and it looks like you encounter the same obstacle over and over again. This is an attribute of your character, as it’s currently set up. Something has suddenly shifted over the past few weeks, where you’re aware of this obstacle in a new way, and more determined than ever to let it go. What you’re doing in these weeks of your life can serve as a foundation or entry point to the process. You have the potential to see and understand the issue in a new way. This will prove to be helpful if you remember what you’re learning. Unraveling whatever block, interference or past injury you’re working with may take a while—figure about 18 months from now, if you stay with yourself. What you’re working with goes back longer than you may recognize. To work it out in so short of a time will be a miracle, and your willingness is essential to that happening. I suggest one thing. What you think the problem is may be incorrect. What you think the solution is may not actually be the one. It’s essential that you consider your situation as a moving dynamic, and that you consider yourself a work in progress. I would share with you some lines of the poet T. S. Eliot, who understood a lot about the human condition. He wrote: “I have heard the key / Turn in the door once and turn once only / We think of the key, each in his prison / Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison.”

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You may have a tendency to be overly reactive with partners, loved ones or colleagues this month—and the closer you are to the person, the more reactive you might be. Lurking underneath this is an expectation that people will be like you, or perceive the world as you do. And there is something else with how powerfully you can identify with people close to you, and how self-conscious that can make you feel when the identification no longer works. Underneath all of this is something about identifying with your mom, and part of the reason there is some struggle here is that you’re not her. Yet there is some bond that I suggest you look at; that may be how you respond to her sense of loss that you’re now an adult, or how she responded to you in the years when you were becoming an adult. I suggest you ask yourself an honest question: Did she resist your becoming an adult? Did she strive to delay any aspect of your maturity? If so, I suggest you get inside this dynamic and understand how it still may be controlling your life. One angle to look at is the expectations you have on partners. Another is how you respond to drugs or alcohol in your environment. And there’s one last: Do you ever feel like you’re concealing an iron fist inside a velvet glove? It may work for some things, though it’s not that helpful where intimacy is concerned. And there is another approach.

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You’re figuring out that you need more room for yourself—both outer space and inner space. You may think it’s taken you a while to understand this, but really, not as long as you might imagine—and you’re really ready. Over the next couple of months, your creative aspirations are going to take a step forward. This strongly implies you’re getting serious about desires that may have only seemed like fancy ideas in the past. If you’re feeling like you have to rearrange your home or office, or get into something bigger, that’s probably a real signal. Then there is the more elusive concept of inner space. That’s another way of saying: Is there room in your life for you? If there is not, it’s time to start making some adjustments. This will begin with your positive priorities—not what you need to cut. I suggest you focus on getting clear what you want to do, and what your space needs will be. Then start clearing things out of the way. This will help you focus your efforts. If you start by clearing out your time, you may not quite know what to do first. So I suggest you set your agenda and then make room for what you know you want to do. The upsurge in your creative energy will have a way of displacing what’s not necessary, what’s redundant, and what’s no longer serving you. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling cramped, consider that a good sign—evidence that you’re about to molt, as crabs must often do, though this is a big one.

Planet Waves Horoscopes LEO (July 22-August 23) Your mind is getting bigger, and it’s likely that your physical space will soon need to accommodate your growth. This may not happen tomorrow, though if you’re feeling antsy or restless, consider whether your home environment actually accommodates who you have become in recent years. Yet there is also something here about outgrowing certain long-held emotional tendencies that have shaped your psyche. As a child, this may have led you to a kind of submissiveness that you seem ready to let go of. That letting go may come with the feeling of getting a grip on your emotions, taking charge of your space, and recognizing that you’re the only person who can make sure that you’re not manipulated by others. What may be useful for you to know is that the way that’s most likely to happen is when others pick up on your passion and use that against you. With Mars becoming more active in your chart for the next couple of months, you may be able to observe how this happens—and figure out what you can do about it. While you’re considering ways you can make more space, along the same theme, I suggest you create emotional space for yourself. Space translates to time and peace of mind, though in the event that you move locations, make sure that some part of that structure belongs to you and you alone. Create a sanctuary that’s free from the influences and ideas of others, and this will become a living metaphor for your emotions.

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VIRGO (August 23-September 22) During the past few years, you’ve learned a lot about what’s the most meaningful to you—and a lot about what you do with your money. The lessons and learning have come in many forms and have covered many topics, including the value that you place on relationships. Yet if you’ve been even vaguely responsive to some powerful astrology, the main thing you’ve gained is a new level of self-respect. You may not walk around every day humming about how good you feel about yourself, though you have built a foundation, and you’re standing on it. Think of that foundation as a conscious relationship to yourself. You may be noticing how many people around you seem to be standing on nothing at all, and who seem to lack any conscious relationship to who they are. If you’ve learned nothing else in the recent years, it’s that you must engage with yourself consciously, and that this inner encounter is the foundation of all your other relationships. It’s not merely the floor you walk on; it’s what holds up the floor. You’re embarking on a time in your life when your outer-world encounters with others are deeper, more provocative, and call on you to possess actual maturity. Not everyone has the integrity that you have, and not everyone is interested. Others are in a learning process, and some will be profound teachers. When in doubt, come back to yourself, and remember that everything stems from the value that you place on your own life.

LIBRA (September 22-October 23) Saturn is getting ready to make its exit from your sign. It’s been there since right around Halloween 2009, and its arrival may have been attended by all kinds of fanfare. Saturn’s exit is a time for a review not only of that two- to three-year phase of your life; it’s time for a life review, centered on the theme of coming to terms with yourself. If you’re familiar with astrology, Saturn in one’s own sign is a little like the Saturn return: It’s a get-serious point, and an opportunity to leverage yourself to a new point of maturity. The way the world is currently configured, that’s always a miracle; and it’s rarely easy. We’re conditioned regularly to deny who we are, and to pretend we’re someone else. As for maturity, in many places that concept seems to be a museum piece. To the extent you’ve progressed along these lines, count yourself fortunate—though first I suggest you take stock of everything that’s happened since this transit began. When Saturn changes signs to Scorpio in October, the theme shifts to self-esteem—another astounding deficit in our society, and where you will encounter a phase of enforced growth. These processes are always easier if you understand yourself, your agenda, and have a sense of what you need to accomplish. It’s always a bit more than you think—though today I would remind you that in the past few years you’ve come a lot further than you may believe.


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Be mindful of your tendency to expect disaster in matters of the heart. Nothing else would serve to create that more dependably than negative expectations. This works differently than superstition or ordinary paranoia. For example, the fear that your house might burn down is not particularly incendiary. You can check your extension cords, the stove and candles. But similar fears projected onto a relationship can have a profound effect on the emotional dynamic. Your fear will tend to increase as passion, interest and vulnerability become more real to you. This is a situation calling for mindfulness, and for honesty. Yet the one thing that is not called for is control, which will only stoke your fears. And nihilism—expectation that all is for naught, so what’s the point anyway—is a form of attempted control (mainly, of your own emotions). Your fear level will drop as you set yourself free to have the experience. If someone in your life means a lot to you, be willing to go where the situation takes you. Be willing to share yourself in a way that’s more generous than you might ordinarily, and by share, I mean generosity without expectation. Withholding is yet another form of attempted control that will serve only to strip you of your influence. I would remind you of this: we tend to love who and what we take care of. When you subtract that from the equation, you’re trying to limit your own vulnerability, which is like trying to have sex in a Tyvek suit.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 22) You may notice that people around you are especially reactive to what you say and do—as if it takes exceedingly little to set them off. Even stranger, you may notice that their reactions bear no resemblance to anything you said, or anything you consciously think or feel. So what’s going on? Well, often intense reactions are both powered and assigned their theme by the one having the reaction. You might serve as a catalyst and then as a projection screen, though it will be helpful if you keep an arm’s length on anything people close to you are experiencing, without disavowing your responsibility. It’s as if you’re in an extended training program of learning how not to take things personally, while remaining accountable. As a Sagittarius you’re supposed to be aloof. Yet you get as emotionally invested as anyone else, and you’re in particularly deep these days. You might also be wondering why it is that certain people respond or react to you the way that they do, if for no other reason than promoting peace and harmony in your life. This is a great time for an inquiry into your ethics and your boundaries, and that would start as an inner journey—and your ancestors are involved. I suggest you investigate the different sides of your family as individual projects, going back as many generations as you can. You may think you’re the union of all these different clans, though their influences tend to operate a lot more independently of one another than you may think.

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Just in time for the equinox, Uranus makes its second of seven squares to Pluto in your sign. Translated into plain English, this is about getting a fire lit under your ass. The sensation may be like a restless emotional stirring that you just have to act on. However, I suggest you concentrate your energy and not make any moves in a lurch. Saturn, your ruling planet, is getting ready to make one of its relatively rare changes of sign; it ingresses Scorpio in October. You may want to make some decisions before now and then—the kind of moves that will shape your life and help you create your future. Yet while Saturn is in Libra, you’re still working through unfinished business, and you’re still getting a sense of what you want. So I suggest you take this bit of astrological experience I am sharing to heart: Wait until Saturn changes signs before making any significant structural changes in your life. Focus on completion, and on getting clear about what agenda you want to create for the next two-and-a-half years. You have considerable potential to develop your income—particularly from business-related activities. You’re likely to see a return on what you’ve worked so hard on during the past few years. Remember that your single most valuable asset is your reputation. Your second most valuable asset is your adaptability. And your passion not just for what you’re doing but for who you are is a close third place.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) You’re getting ready for some big professional moves—or depending on how you think astrology works, the universe is preparing to unveil some of its plans. As this experience unfolds, I suggest you place a high value on the role of collaboration. There is a prevailing view (seen in many political ads these days) that the only way to succeed is to “go it alone” and succeed by the grit of your teeth. In fact, you always succeed by collaboration. This is more or less true for everyone, though it’s especially meaningful for you. As you engage in these collaborations, you have to walk a number of fine lines. Control is a theme, whether it refers to you seeking power over others or them seeking power over you. The other side of this is learning to engage energy in a meaningful and creative way, no matter who is the boss or who ultimately controls the resources. Then there is the question of who sets the agenda. Given certain facts of your chart, this has to be a transparent process, where the agenda—that is, the goals, and the values that inform them—are considered something of a sacred text. Most significant is that you have to be you in your partnerships. So make sure that as you enter into new ventures, there is room for who you are and who you’re becoming, and that you choose collaborators that you actually admire for their ethics and sensitivity, as well as for their achievements.

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PISCES (February 19-March 20) Who exactly is in your life, why are they there, and what do you exchange with them? These have become significant questions the past few years that Saturn has been in Libra. You’ve had little choice other than to look at them closely, and do the growth work necessary to get some actual answers. You may have been through a long phase of paring down who you think of as a friend. You may have decided at some point that it would make a lot of sense to consider carefully who you engage with sexually, because so much happens in those encounters. Now as Saturn gets ready to ingress Scorpio, you’re about to begin a new phase of your life. I suggest you take this month as a review phase, and write a summary of the important relationships in your life and what you’ve learned from them. This review could go back to mid-2009, when Saturn first ingressed Libra, or you could go back to 2007, when Saturn entered your relationship sign Virgo. I trust that you’ve figured out that you have a responsibility to yourself that you must be vigilant about all the time. If you don’t rate that need as a priority higher than your responsibility to others, you will be of little help to yourself or anyone else. It is high time that you stopped your tendency to share from being used against you, or interrupted the flow of situations where your loss is someone else’s gain.

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If Jeffrey Milstein isn’t in his Kingston studio, you might want to check John F. Kennedy International Airport. But he won’t be at baggage claim. Comb the nearby side streets. There, Milstein will be preparing to photograph an airplane on its landing at 200 miles per hour, 180 feet above the ground. Trimotor, Bell, Harrier, Bombardier, Raptor, Airbus, Boeing (747s are Milstein’s favorite)— the photographer has been dangerously intimate with them all. The images featured in Milstein’s solo show at the Smithsonian, “AirCraft: The Jet as Art,” were taken over a four-year period, mostly in at the edges of airports in New York and Milstein’s native Los Angeles. Various selections were exhibited in solo and group shows in Kansas, New York, California, Belgium, and Spain. Milstein’s goal in the AirCraft project was to emphasize the symmetry and shape of the aircraft, frozen in a moment of movement. “The photographs are like the butterflies pinned in photo boxes,” he explains. “[Each] catches a moment of time that would otherwise pass you by.” Milstein’s photos capture the absurd grace of a manmade metal mammoth in flight. “Airplanes are miraculous technology,” he says. “That something so heavy can take off the ground—it amazes me every time.” “AirCraft: The Jet as Art” is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, through N o v e m b e r 2 5 . Po r t f o l i o : —Meghan Gallucci


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September 2012 Chronogram  

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