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At the Huichica Festival in 2018. Our Summer Arts Preview begins on page 65. Photo by Bryan Lasky

FRONT MATTER

HEALTH & WELLNESS

12 On the Cover 14 Esteemed Reader 17 Editor’s Note 18 Letters to the Editor 18 While You Were Sleeping 21 Larry Beinhart’s Body Politic 22 Q&A with Amy Wu

46 The India Connection

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52 Green Tech Grows in the Region

26 The Big Scoop A mouthwatering look at the Hudson Valley’s growing artisanal ice cream movement.

31 The Drink: Mary’s Lemon Phosphate At Crown, this light, tart cocktail balances earthy green tea with citrus and Japanese gin.

HOME & GARDEN 34 A Victorian Abloom Interior designer Marla Walker refreshes a historical home in Rhinebeck with her distinctive flair and love of wallpaper.

43 Planting Pioneer A celebration of the horticultural legacy of pioneering master gardener Beatrix Farrand.

Three spiritual retreat destinations bring the traditions of India to the Hudson Valley.

OUTDOORS 50 Cave People A beginner’s guide to spelunking.

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COMMUNITY PAGES 54 The Effortless Ideal: Rhinebeck Rhinebeck’s elegant, historic architecture enrobes a diverse array of restaurants and shops, and a vibrant, engaged community.

HOROSCOPES 108 Sergeant Joe Friday vs. Pontius Pilate Lorelai Kude scans the skies and plots our horoscopes for June.

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97 Downtown Manhattan art scene veteran Brice Marden exhibits his “Cold Mountain Studies” at ‘T’ Space.

From a riotously funny first-person novel set in a fictional Dutchess County prison to an apocalyptic survivor story to a canine-friendly kids book, here are seven short book reviews for June reading.

91 Music Album reviews of The Old Guys by Amy Rigby; Hyperchromatica by Kyle Gann; the self-titled Rechorduroys; and Every Day by Yard Sale.

92 Poetry Poems by Daniel Brown, Christian Chism, Christopher R. Cook, Holly Day, Jennifer Fiorile, William Joel, Mike Jurkovic, Ryan Alejandro Kraeher, James Lichtenberg, Quentin Mahoney, Steve Otlowski, Ed Pobuzhansky, Citrus Triplett, and Diane Webster. Edited by Philip X Levine.

99 A solo exhibition of Vivien Collens’ new sculpture contains over 30 works ranging from intimate studies to large-scale constructions. 101 “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man,” performed at Shadowland Stages, is based on a real case study of a Soviet reporter with perfect recall. 103 A gallery guide for June. 107 Six live music shows to pencil in, from Todd Rundgren to Mdou Moctar and Geezer.

112 Parting Shot Michael Scudder, a photographer and veteran of the informaiton technology field, captures the historic testing of a submarine decoy.

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on the cover

Lauren Post at the Noguchi Sculpture Garden in Orange County, CA ASHLEY BARRETT Photograph, 2017

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auren Post, who appears on this month’s cover, has been dancing with American Ballet Theater since 2008. She has also performed in Joshua Beamish’s “Surface Properties” in 2015, with Gemma Bond’s “Harvest” in the 2016/2017 season, and in Isabella Boylston’s Ballet Sun Valley festival in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Post tore her ACL on stage performing in “Sylvia” at The Met, but she was back at work nine months after surgery. With fresh energy and determination, Post created an off-season company called CoLab Dance to employ dancers year-round. The mission of the company, which had its first season last September, is to “utilize this off time to bring dancers and choreographers together, facilitating creative exploration and growth. In addition to new performance opportunities, dancers and choreographers will be given freedom to experiment and develop new works in a supportive atmosphere.” The intimate 160-seat black box theater at Kaatsbaan Culture Park for Dance in Tivoli will host Lauren Post and CoLab on August 31 at 7:30pm. The 153-acre complex houses three state-of-the-art dance studios and a black box theater with the same performance floor size as the Metropolitan Opera stage. The Dancers’ Inn holds 32 guests, and the gatehouse offers more accommodations and a kitchen facility. With a new executive director and a new phase of development, Katsbaan is firmly, yet gracefully, 12 CHRONOGRAM 6/19

charging into the future with Sonja Kostich at the helm. To her new role, Kostich brings 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and five years as a codirector at OtherShore, a dance company she cofounded. Kostich has a savvy business side as well, allowing for a poised, balanced approach to Kaatsbaan’s new era of growth. She was recently a member of the programming team for city center dance programs, and she has acted as Finance Manager at Mark Morris Dance Group and as an analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Finance Division. Kaatsbaan is growing along with the Hudson Valley. As the population of arts and culture supporters expands, Kaatsbaan plans to match it with a new 500-seat theater, additional accommodations at the Dancers’ Inn, and a lodge and dining hall complex. The historic 1895 Stanford White-designed “Music Barn” will be restored and adapted to house a visitors center, shops, and 10,000 square feet of exhibition space showcasing dance photography and visual arts. Aside from the CoLab performance on August 31, this summer’s programming at Kaatsbaan includes Nathan Griswold and Ana Maria Lucaciu’s performance of “Slightly Off Stage” on June 1; LaneCo Arts on June 9; and Ballet Next on June 15 and 16. Kaatsbaan.org. —Brian Turk


EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Brian K. Mahoney bmahoney@chronogram.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR David C. Perry dperry@chronogram.com DIGITAL EDITOR Marie Doyon mdoyon@chronogram.com HEALTH & WELLNESS EDITOR Wendy Kagan wholeliving@chronogram.com POETRY EDITOR Phillip X Levine poetry@chronogram.com ARTS EDITOR Peter Aaron music@chronogram.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Anne Pyburn Craig apcraig@chronogram.com HOME EDITOR Mary Angeles Armstrong home@chronogram.com

contributors Larry Beinhart, Jason Broome, John Burdick, Mike Campbell, Brian P. J. Cronin, Deborah DeGraffenreid, Melissa Dempsey, Carrie Dykes, Michael Eck, John Garay, Tony Huffman, Lorelai Kude, Lindsay Lennon, Bryan Miller, Phillip Pantuso, Karen Maserjian Shan, Sparrow, Brian Turk

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A unity, a pattern, an all-embracing meaning—if it exists—could only be discerned or experienced by a different kind of mind, in a different state of consciousness. It would only be realizable by a mind which had itself become unified. —Rodney Collin, Theory of Celestial Influence Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: This morning I was on the phone doing business and happened to look out the window at a field. All at once, the details came into focus. I could see the sunlight on each blade of green grass. I could see them waving, each in its own way, in the gentle wind. I saw the field and the grass together, and it was as though time stopped. “Hello? Are you there?” asked my colleague on the other end of the line. “Yes,” I replied as my attention came back to the work at hand. “I am here.” And I meant it. The experience gave me a clue to the physics of presence. It has to do with the relationship of the parts and the whole. By some capacity of adaptive engineering we perceive one or the other, rarely both, and rarer still do we experience a third thing—ourselves—in the picture. When attention is allowed to expand to perceive both the parts and the whole, the particular and the general, or, as the maxim expresses, the trees and the forest, a synergy of attention opens a door on a larger bandwidth of consciousness. It is in these moments that one can truly say “I am here.” The first astronauts had experiences illustrating this point. Viewing the Earth as a singular world and perceiving its smallness and fragility in space aroused radical new sensibilities. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell described it as a “spontaneous epiphany experience” and Earth as the “blue jewel-like home planet suspended in the velvety blackness from which we had come. What I saw out the window was all I had ever known, all I have ever loved and hated, longed for, all that I once thought had ever been and ever would be. From that moment on, my life was irrevocably altered.” The experience of cognizing the whole of something, when one is accustomed to perceiving only the parts, seems to open the spigot for meaning and meaningfulness to flow in. There is not only an intellectual but also an emotional cognition. We feel the significance at the same time as we know it. These two together may comprise an authentic definition of conscience. Significant life events can sometimes trigger this larger view even in people that aren’t seeking it. Why do we cry at births, weddings, funerals, graduations? At some level, we see the point in time relative to all that came before and will come after. In this sense, we experience the part and whole not just in space but also in time. We taste the delicate intersection between the temporal and eternal, giving rise to an expanded present moment and the simultaneity of particular moments in time. The perception of a longer view of time can enable us to discern and respond to the difference between the apparently urgent and the truly important. In a word, it arouses real conscience. A global example is the effect of human greed on the life of the biosphere and planet. If we could really feel what we know to be the effects of humanity’s unbridled consumption, and our pathological impulse to convert the actual life and materials of the natural world into an unreal and abstract currency, we would stop. We would just stop. Further, if we could both see and feel that we are, individually, part of the larger body of nature, we would behave differently. Absent this perception, we are enabled to persist in the morbid delusion that we are separate from one another, and separate from the larger body of Great Nature. To cognize that we and all living beings are precious parts of a greater whole would arouse genuine conscience and allow us to leave behind primitive and barbaric demarcations of difference like nationalism, racism, sexism, classism, and money. When we emerge from this dark age of individualist hallucination the world will turn right side up. People in contact with genuine conscience will be powerful, and sick sociopaths will be cared for with compassion. What has real value will be cherished, and the counterfeit will be set aside.


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by Brian K. Mahoney

Beauty and the Bureaucracy “Beauty and the bureaucracy have as much trouble coupling as all the rest of us.” —Lucy Lippard

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hen Chronogram pulled up stakes in New Paltz and moved to Kingston in 2004, it was a practical decision: Commercial space was cheaper in Kingston. Wall Street was a sleepy thoroughfare, with more storefronts empty than not and a handful of restaurants and retail businesses catering to professionals clustered around the county courthouse and office building. IBM had moved out of the area in ’95, taking with it the bedrock of good jobs that had served as a central pillar of the city’s economic prosperity for decades. It seemed like every time a new business would open, an existing one would close. I joked that the main leisure activity in Uptown was to watch the tumbleweeds as they rolled down Wall Street and bet on which one would reach the crumbling municipal parking structure first. A group of artists and health care professionals banded together to produce the first O+ Festival in 2010, thinking it would probably be a onetime only be-in. Each business opening, each cultural happening, felt like a community barn-raising. There was no coordinated plan and there was no coordinator. People tried stuff out: some of it felt immortal and true, and some if it fell flat and was forgotten. The city might not endorse your project, but it wouldn’t stand in your way. Fast-forward 15 years. The first floor of our building at 314 Wall Street, vacant for many years, is now home to Outdated Cafe, lauded for its chic intersection of vegetarian cuisine, idiosyncratic design, and community spirit by the New York Times, Vogue, and Japanese travel magazines. Kingston’s first boutique hotel, the Kinsley, is about to open. (There are others in the works.) A former factory is now a tony events space. Historic buildings have been repurposed as bookstore/ bars and cocktail lounges. The Kingston Green Line is about to open, transforming a long-disused railbed into a path of dreams for parents with kids in strollers. Multimillionaires and billionaires are buying up commercial properties in a reallife game of Monopoly. And a $62 million

mixed-use development is now slated to be built where that crumbling parking structure used to be. So much for tumbleweeds. What happened? As northward migration from New York City has increased, the region’s cities and towns have changed substantially. Beacon went from a city with shuttered storefronts on Main Street to one with new construction visible above the tree line from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Hudson’s mayor told me last year that his city was “attempting to manage its success” with regard to rising housing prices, housing shortages caused by the short-term rental market, and further development. Grassroots groups and ad hoc coalitions across the region are grappling with how to deal with rising housing prices, sometimes referred to by the politically loaded term gentrification. In Kingston, one of the biggest changes to the visual landscape in the past decade has been the painting of more than 30 large-scale murals across the city. They’re the work of artists operating under the aegis of the O+ Festival, a three-day art, music, and wellness celebration that takes place Columbus Day weekend. O+ is not just a series of concerts and art installations, but an attempt to empower a community to take control of its well-being. (O+ has also launched festivals like its Kingston flagship in other communities like North Adams, Massachusetts.) O+ brings artists of all stripes together with medical professionals: artists get free medical exams and wellness services; the public gets the art. Murals are year-round artistic legacy of the festival. For nine years, the O+ has worked with artists and property owners to put up murals across the city. The murals vary greatly from one another, in style and content, the output of a range of artists both local and international in renown. Regardless of what you think of them—the murals have their critics—these large-scale paintings have put the city on the map as a place where culture gets done. There’s no other place in the Hudson Valley that looks like Kingston. One entity that O+ has not worked

exceedingly closely with is the City of Kingston itself. As in the Wild West days of its birth, O+ continues to be the go-between connecting artists and property owners, with a rigorous internal vetting process, but no municipal oversight. Perhaps not for long. In late May, Kingston released a draft copy of its Art in Public policy, which would “establish guidelines and protocol for works of art that interact with the public way.” If adopted into law, the proposal would set up a five-member Art in Public Panel—appointed by the mayor—which would review applications, but not on the basis of content (just size, placement, and materials). According to Mayor Steve Noble, the impetus for the public art legislation arose after a mural, defaced by graffiti, was painted over the city in 2017. The mayor claims he did not know it was an O+ mural, nor did he know the location of the rest of the public art in the city. At the same time, the city was setting up, for the first time, an Arts Commission and the hiring of a municipal arts administrator. So why not draft legislation that codified a municipal public art process and offer assistance to artists in the process through its fledgling arts bureaucracy? Some however, see the public art legislation as a solution in search of a problem. Others hint darkly that a cabal of realtors and developers don’t want any more “edgy” art that might interfere with a bull market in real estate. Still others say that O+ itself is part of the gentrification problem, “artwashing” the city and making it ripe for speculation and development. At a recent public hearing on the matter, many in the community expressed their skepticism that any legislation was needed, and whether putting veto power over public art projects in the hands of a mayorappointed committee might stifle creativity. It might. Or it might not. The devil will be in the details of the Art in Public Panel, and whether it seeks to accrue power over time, like most government committees. But one thing seems clear: The Wild West days are over in Kingston. Beauty and bureaucracy will likely have to coexist, however uneasily.

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WHILEYOUWERESLEEPING An aquatic mammal may be Russia’s latest spy. In late April, Norwegian fishermen discovered a beluga whale gliding through the water with a GoPro fastened to its neck. The Russians became prime suspects after a label reading “Property of St. Petersburg,” was found attached to the whale’s harness. Martin Niuw, from the Institute of Marine Research, says there is “great reason to believe,” it belongs to the Russian Navy. This wouldn’t be Russia’s first aquatic agent either. During the height of the Cold War, the Soviets reportedly trained a number of sea animals—including beluga whales and dolphins—to detect mines. Despite speculation, Russia denied the existence of marine mammal intelligence programs. Source: Time

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Did President Trump violate the Constitution? After the president leased luxury condos at Trump Towers to seven foreign diplomats without Congress’ consent, legal experts worry just that. Critics say Trump’s actions violate the US emoluments clause, which forbids government officials from accepting gifts or payments without Congress’ permission. This review process is intended to weed out potential conflicts of interests and other Constitutional violations. In a letter to Reuters, Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten argued that Trump received no payment because the hotel is owned by a third-party. The rentals date back to Trump’s first months in office, adding to concerns about his business with foreign nations. The controversy also questions the power of the clause over a president’s personal affairs. Source: Reuters In India, a man elected to chop off his own finger after accidentally voting for the wrong political party. On April 18, during India’s general election, Pawan Kumar became confused by the symbols at the polls and was horrified to discover had made a mistake on his ballot. Left only with an indelible ink mark on his finger, meant to prevent double-voting, Kumar took a knife to his guilty appendage, unable to bear the reminder of his folly. The mutilation occurred on the second day of India’s marathon election, which ran from April 11 to May 19. Source:Guardian

DON’TPRESSREPEAT As Spain pushes paid paternity leave, families are having fewer children, according to economists. Beginning in 2007, the time off for new fathers has steadily expanded to five weeks with another extension on the horizon. As expected, parents returning to work were more involved in childcare and more likely to remain in the workforce. More interesting, however, was the Journal of Public Economics study suggesting that families who were eligible for paid family leave benefits were 7 to 15 percent less likely to have another child than parents who missed the cut off. Researcher Libertard Gonzalez suggests that the policy reinforces the sometimes-harsh realities of caring for a newborn, effectively discouraging repeat fatherhood. Source: Quartz at Work

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Facebook inadvertently celebrated the black jihadist flags, anti-Semitic plaques, and other extremist content in an automatically generated animation for the user that calls himself “Abdel-Rahim Moussa, the Caliphate.” While Facebook boasts its ability to censor such content, a confidential report to the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the social media giant often accidentally aids networking between militant extremists. In March, it took the company nearly an hour to take down a video capturing the bloody massacre of 51 people in a New Zealand mosque. By the time they did, the video had already spread across the internet. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, is developing artificial intelligence capable of eliminating such hateful posts. Source: Associated Press, New York Times

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With marijuana safely in the Congressional rearview since January 2014, Dever lawmakers garnered national attention by voting to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. On May 7, the Colorado city hosted the first ever US proposition on the matter, with Oregon and California looking to vote on the same issue in 2020. The measure narrowly passed with 50.6 percent of the votes. Some critics claim that the law causes more problems than it solves while others praise the mind-expanding possibilities of the psychedelic fungus. Source: Denver Post, Washington Post

BIGSISTER 1OOLBS Big Brother is watching, and her name is Alexa. Whether it’s a grocery list, a song request, or a personal conversation, Amazon’s artificial intelligence software hears it all— and records it too. Some critics condemn the privacy invasion citing judges who have subpoenaed the recordings and once case where a family accidentally sent their personal conversation to numerous random phone contacts. No one likes to be snooped on in their own home, and once recordings are stored, they could be subject to theft or misuse. Although Amazon argues that the recordings are used to improve the software, Bloomberg discovered Amazon employees listening to recordings to teach the artificial intelligence. Source: Washington Post

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In May, US officials dished about an advanced missile, nicknamed the “ninja bomb” or the “flying ginsu,” that they’ve been using for some time in hyper-targeted air strikes. Instead of exploding, the bladed missile is capable of rocketing 100 pounds of explosive metal through building and cars with deadly precision. Although the CIA and Pentagon have carried out missions with the meticulous missiles in the past, this weapon is still a well-guarded asset. The weapon is one of many lethal devices used in the war on terror, hoping to keep innocent casualties as low as possible. Source: Wall Street Journal —Compiled by Max Freebern

Let America Be America Again To the Editor: Eleni Brown’s harsh attack on Luis Martinez’s story in the April issue is titled “The Law Is the Law.” Whatever her feelings of outrage that Mr. Martinez failed “to pay his dues,” the fact is that he did pay them in accord with the 2000 U Visa program. He wasn’t trying to get into Disneyland without paying, as she derisively claims. Ms. Brown herself may be in some kind of perverse Disneyland. The U Visa program, as the New York Times reported (5/15/19), “offers undocumented immigrants temporary legal residency and a path to American citizenship if they cooperate with law enforcement officials after being a victim or a witness to violent crimes.” Mr. Martinez did just that after witnessing the death of his younger brother, Jesus, by a street gang in Newburgh in 1999. He became eligible for the visa in 2000 but learned of it only later and applied then. Under the current administration, ICE is picking up everyone it can regardless of pending asylum cases and appeals, in its war on immigrants. Luis is such a victim now. The US has a long history of nativist attacks on immigrants, beginning with the Irish and Germans in mid-19th century; the Chinese, who built the trans-continental railway, in 1882 with the Chinese Exclusion Act; and after 1890 refugees from the Russian Pale, Southern Italy, Greece, and Africa, leading to the Immigration Act of 1924, drastically reducing the quota of immigrants from those countries. Only in 1965 did the Immigration and Naturalization Act lift the quotas and give priority to reuniting families and attracting skilled labor. This history might seem odd, since the only native Americans are indigenous Indians. Those who made the laws were either settlers or immigrants themselves. What this brings to mind is not shrill obeisance to “the law” but rather this stanza from Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America Again”: O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (There’s never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”) Say who are you that mumbles in the dark? And who are you that draws your veil across the stars? I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars. I am the red man driven from his land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seekAnd finding only the same old stupid plan. Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak. I recommend that Ms. Brown contemplate a different view of patriotism and the “problem” of immigration. —Steve Leberstein, Willow


Bruce offers dental services such as implants, root canals, periodontal treatments, and Invisalign braces, but he also goes one step further. “Transcend means to go beyond normal limits. I also wanted to go beyond my limits in terms of different protocols,” he says. “I’ve invested in a lot of equipment that makes my job more interesting and help others.” State-of-the-art technology allows him to offer magical improvements in care like one-visit crowns and laser fillings.

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CoWork Space 8 N. Front St. (845) 802-5900 Coworkkingston.com A creative co-work space. Work in good company.

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Kingston Opera House 275 Fair St. (845) 331-0898 Potterrealtymanagement@gmail.com Commercial storefronts and 2 levels of handicap accessible offices. Leasing property to tenants. Call Potter Realty Management.

Yum Yum Noodle Bar 275 Fair St. (845) 338-1400 Yumyumnoodlebar.com Noodle bar and Asian street food with a twist. Every day 11:30am-10pm. New location: 7496 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

34 John St. (845) 339-0042 Oak42.com A clothing and lifestyle boutique offering fashion, home goods, and accessories.

334 Wall St. (845) 802-5900 Boptotottom.com The corner store that is a cornerstone.

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41 N. Front St. (845) 331-8600 Facebook.com/stockadeguitars New, used and vintage guitars and amps.

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Crown 10 Crown St. (845)-663-9003 10crownstreet.com Lounge featuring bespoke libations, seasonal cocktails, along with local beer and wines. This directory is a paid supplement.


body politic by Larry Beinhart

Poetic Parting This is farewell, sadly, this is goodbye. I’m not leaving town and not soon to die. I’m not taking off for somewhere on high, It’s just the end of the column, oh sigh and sigh.

But let’s give credit where credit’s due, he tries to mislead while being literally true. That’s not easy when it’s put to the test, forcing him to grapple “with the word ‘suggest.’”

Chronogram tells me that they are changing it’s time for new things and for rearranging It’s not that I’m tired or downed by old age. There’s a new editor and she wants a new page.

The Washington Post counts the president’s lies which is like tracking mosquitoes and flies. Wouldn’t the count be much better to do of things he says that are actually true? If he speaks the truth, is it just accidental, is it intended, or random and coincidental?

There’s nothing lascivious, sexy, or lewd that’s caught up to me, to get me me-too’d. There’s no investigation, looking for crimes, or condemning me for very bad rhymes. There’s no hidden scandal, don’t look for a clue. I know it’s boring, but it’s actually true. I had a great run, and I had a great time writing in prose and sometimes in rhyme. I wrote as I wanted and got coins in my purse with only one rule, that it had to be terse. There’s nothing better, and there’s lots that is worse. So I say thank you, in this doggerel verse. I had a great editor, and I ain’t lying so I’ll mention his name, Mahoney, Brian. It was a great time to write commentary, for the Chronogram company called Luminary. Thank you Jason Stern, whom I’ve so rarely seen, for publishing an artful and unique magazine. Nine hundred to a thousand words at the most, trying to be informative and not grandiose. Trying to make the complex, simple, and clear and entertaining enough that you’d want to hear. It’s been an era in which everything changed as we think it gets better, it gets more deranged. The Age of Spin turned into the Age of Lies, and that revolution has been televised. The creeping and crawling propaganda machines are tweeting and twisting all over our screens. Long ago, lying would get you the axe, now everyone’s entitled to “alternative facts.” So much is happening with all of this. Twists, tumbles, and turns, I’ll be sorry to miss. The elites keep failing, day after day. And the Clown King keeps on having his way with his crew of buffoons, scroungers, crooks determined to let us never look at the books. Our senators smirk with full-frontal hypocrisy, will the republic fall to become a kleptocracy? What me, worry? What’s there to fear? With a Supreme Court Justice that really likes beer. He’s in the new style and in the new fashion, he commits perjury with unrestrained passion. He’s not alone, there are many that do it, Mnuchin, Sessions, DeVos, and Scott Pruitt. The Attorney General in his suit of dark blue is out there in front of us doing perjury, too.

More vital than a porn star with really big hooters are 650 ex-fed prosecutors saying the evidence is good for obstruction of justice, if he weren’t the Prez, he would be busted. There’s more than enough to go and indict. It’s a feast, a treat, a prosecutor’s delight. Don’t you want to know why he’s always rootin’ for his special Russian friend, Vladimir Putin? It still makes no sense for so many lies if there aren’t some kind of special Russian ties. Far be it from me to make allegations, but what’s being said in his secret conversations? Trump said trade wars are easily won. Did anyone ask him to name just one? The actual wins came at the point of a gun as when Britain forced China to buy opium. Honduras, Nicaragua, those wars were a hoot for Chiquita Banana and for United Fruit. What’s the game, what’s the new plan— a Wag the Dog moment with Iran? Another John Bolton demented obsession? His mustache causing excessive aggression? Or will they launch a war as a public event to build support for a desperate president? Twenty-three Dems are already in the race, where will they ever find the time and space? There’s Bennet, Biden, Bullock, and Booker vying to get into the pressure cooker. There’s Gravel, Harris, and Hickenlooper competing to be our super-trooper. There’s Sanders, Warren, Ryan, and Yang all joining in with this impressive gang. There’s O’Rourke, Inslee, Moulton, and Castro each of them knowing the right way to go. The media will treat it mostly like a race who’s last, who’s first, who’s stuck in second place. They’ll count who’s raising the most money and call out the gaffes that seem really funny. But some genuine ideas will be in contention, Worthy of thought and some real attention. It may sound hackneyed, cliched, and trite: keep fighting the good fight and trying to do right. I’m sorry to go, but it’s not in a hearse. There’s no reason to complain, whine, moan, or curse. So I say my goodbye with this cheery verse. 6/19 CHRONOGRAM 21


Q&A

with Amy Wu

Director of From Farms to Incubators: Stories of Minority Women Entrepreneurs in AgTech

A still from the film From Farms to Incubators.

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hen journalist Amy Wu was assigned to report in Salinas, California—where 80% of the leafy greens we buy in our stores are grown, and agriculture is a nine-billion-dollar industry—she noticed the high percentage of female farmworkers. Salinas is also a prime site for the fast-growing AgTech industry. Wu’s documentary, Farms to Incubators, is an exploration of minority women entrepreneurs working on the forefront between farming and science. To inspire and encourage a new generation, her documentary tells the stories of women whose work deserves more visibility. Wu, currently the communications manager at Farm Hub in West Hurley, will screen Farms to Incubators on June 29 at 1pm at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, followed by a discussion with women at the forefront of science and farming. —Brian K. Mahoney What was your impetus to make Farms to Incubators? Amy Wu: The impetus was a little bit accidental in terms of the film itself. In early 2016, I was a newspaper reporter and journalist for many, many years, I was given the opportunity to be a reporter, cover the local government and local stories for The Salinas Californian in Salinas, Californi. I had never lived in Salinas before or even been there, but agriculture is a nine-billion dollar industry there and I later learned that 80% of the leafy greens we eat actually are produced there. I was kind of amazed by the scale of agriculture out there, literally just to be driving around and being surrounded, if not swallowed by it. Being based there and living there, I began to observe two things: Most people were white middle-aged men. Later, as I learned more about the ag 22 CHRONOGRAM 6/19

industry, I found out that it’s passed down generation to generation. At that time, Salinas also began to step up its agriculture technology game. There was an incubator that started there with agtech startups and I just started to ask the question: How many of these, just out of curiosity frankly, being a woman myself and an Asian-American, I just asked: How many of these companies are started by women? People kind of gave me this look, the deer in the headlights look. What was the central thrust of the narrative that you uncovered in the agtech space? The thrust of the narrative was really that agriculture is a sector that traditionally has been tough to break into. It’s mostly handed down to men and the boys in the family and not to women, in terms of the leadership at least. The beautiful thing about agtech is really any amazing person with an innovative, entrepreneurial background can break in. The question I often ask these women is: Why did you get into this? You have no history really in agriculture technology. What threw you out here to drive to move from New York to California to pursue this? The common thread that I ended up finding was that women see an opportunity in the agtech sector—it’s growing, and it’s growing because of lots of different reasons, including a severe labor shortage and land and water supply shortage, but also at the same time there’s this pressure to feed the world. The population is going to grow to about 9, 10 billion in 2050 so there’s also this feeling of wanting to do good, almost like they really wanted to contribute something to this world of wellness and health and food and sustainability.

Why are you so passionate about women and agtech? This is a huge, amazing industry. It’s more than just tractors and overalls. I’m profiling these women leaders because I’m hoping that younger people will hear their stories and consider that this is also an opportunity for them. I always feel maybe in sharing these stories there might be some more discussion about opportunities versus like it’s just boring, it’s just ag. Someone in the film mentions that there’s an aging farming population and that 50% of US farmland is going to change hands in the next 10 years. Do you feel like there’s an opening in the immediate future for more women and minorities to get into farming? That’s a really good question. I’m actually pretty hopeful now. When I first started the project, I was not certain about this. When I go to conferences, summits, and gatherings—I don’t see a lot of women frankly. But the latest ag census that came out two months ago is pretty hopeful. It’s actually showing a trend towards there are more female farmers now. There is a rising amount of land ownership amongst women. Is there a connection to the Hudson Valley in your film? I’m based here most of the time now and I’m also passionate about the agriculture sector here; I visit a lot of farms with my job at Farm Hub. There is a big farming ecosystem here. My hope is that there could be some women to talk to and profile out here and my dream would be to take their stories and add them to the book that I’m currently working on based on Farms to Incubators. And eventually, who knows, maybe there’ll be a second film.


A T N E W P A LT Z

JULY 8–26, 2019

Faculty Gala

Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in Studley Theatre

Vladimir Feltsman, Alexandre Moutouzkine, HaeSun Paik and the PianoSummer Faculty

Vadym Kholodenko Recital

Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in Studley Theatre

Flier Competition Gala

Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. in Studley Theatre Takeshi Nagayasu, Rixiang Huang and Hao Tian

Full Schedule & Tickets:

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Ralph Erenzo tasting product at Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery.

TUTHILLTOWN ON THE RISE New York State’s Pioneering Distillery Scales Up

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caling up is still in progress at Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in Gardiner. “Since William Grant & Sons took over the property in 2017, they’ve been working on making the facility actually capable of meeting the demand that’s been generated over the past several years,” says brand ambassador David Powell. “The old 500-gallon cooker has been replaced by a 3,000-gallon tank doing three cooks a day. There are eight fermentation tanks and new stills are crossing the ocean as we speak.” The collaboration between Tuthilltown Spirits cofounders Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee and the United Kingdom’s oldest familyowned distiller and distributor began in 2010, when William Grant & Sons offered to add Tuthilltown’s Hudson Whiskey to its spirituous global lineup, which includes world-renowned names The Balvenie, Sailor Jerry’s rum, and Hendrick’s gin. Beyond the award-winning bourbon, the Scottish whiskey dynasty was drawn to their new product’s backstory and happy to acquire its birthplace as their sole North American outpost. What won’t change, representatives say, is the commitment to local sourcing and intimate quality control. “The historical significance of the land and the brand is very special,” says Powell. “Ralph distilled New York’s first drops of liquor here after a 70-year gap. He’s the founding father of our state’s craft distillery movement, and we love having the creator of the brand on board as a resource. His commitment to quality got it to this level of high demand, where Hudson Whiskey is notorious for being out of stock. Scaling up is always a challenge, but by 2020, that won’t be a problem anymore.” Serving as brand ambassador is a dream job for Powell, whose resume includes nine years of craft mixology at Manhattan classics like the Red Rooster and Raines Law Room. “Like athletes, bartenders look for a life after the bar,” he says. “It feels like I’m in a charmed position here. There’s always something new in the pipeline. We have two master blenders working on the property. We’re extending the Hudson brand and revisiting the rest of the

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Tuthilltown line, and we have virtually infinite space for creation. The next 18 months will be phenomenal; we’re bringing out three new Hudson varieties and collaborating on really interesting things like peated Scotch.” You can stop by the distillery’s visitor center, which is open daily, take a walk on the nature trail by the creek, and sample a flight of five handcrafted spirits. If you visit on a weekend afternoon, tours of the distillery are offered every hour on the hour from 12-5pm. The experience pairs especially well, Powell says, with a visit to one of the farms or orchards where the distillers source their ingredients. “We buy entire crops from eight family farms within a 50-mile radius, which is what drove Ralph’s whole mission: giving those farmers a decent market. As a bartender, I knew every bottle had a story; as an ambassador, this is a great story to be able to tell. Come visit. We do modern-day alchemy here.” Tuthilltown.com


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food & drink

The Real Scoop

Artisanal Ice Cream in the Hudson Valley by Lindsay Lennon

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f you were to mark the passage of seasons in the Hudson Valley by their signature foods, fall would be all about cider doughnuts and pumpkin spice everything. Winter menus would be dominated by squash and root vegetables. And nothing screams summer like a line of people snaking around the block for ice cream. After a long, cold winter (and an endlessly rainy spring), there’s nothing sweeter than that first race finish an ice cream cone faster than the heat can melt it.

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“Ice cream makes people happy,” says Katie Ferris, owner of Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn in Lagrangeville. “I love the fact that it is often enjoyed together by friends and family. At my store you will see people connecting, chatting, and unwinding from their hectic schedules.” We practically trip over ice cream joints in every town, village, and city in the valley. But among the sea of Dairy Queens and roadside stands offering massproduced ice cream, cones, and toppings trucked in from who-knows-where, a niche yet fast-growing market for artisanal ice cream is drawing discerning sweet teeth from far and wide. But ice cream is ice cream, right? Not if you ask the proprietors of these small-batch, high-quality ice cream businesses that attract cult followings of locals, weekenders, and tourists alike. “It’s very creamy and very dense, which is the opposite of soft serve or a scooping store, where they’re pumping air into the product,” says Steven Astorino, chef and owner of Zora Dora’s Small Batch in Beacon, which specializes in paletas (or desserts on sticks). “We don’t pump any air into our product. It’s just straight up, which gives it a whole different characteristic.” When you listen to Kathryn Spata, co-owner of Nancy’s of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery, describe the process of cooking, blending, and pureeing three dozen bananas with brown sugar, butter, and rum to yield one three-gallon bucket of banana ice cream, the only words that come to mind are “labor of love.” “It might not necessarily be a unique flavor—it’s how we make it,” says Spata, who, with husband Sam, opened Nancy’s after permanently moving to Shandaken from New York City in 2015. “People recognize quality when they taste it.” The growing popularity of artisanal ice cream in the region can be directly tied to this surge in customer awareness, or what Amy Keller, co-owner of Jane’s Ice Cream, calls “the food revolution.” Consumers now, more than ever, care deeply about where their food comes from and how it’s made, and they prioritize supporting their communities’ micro-economies. “If it’s not fresh, then why bother?” says Astorino, a former pastry chef from Staten Island who moved to Beacon 17 years ago for the then-cheap rents. “If I wanted to open a scoop shop and order stuff from a commercial ice cream [company], stick a three-gallon tub into a frostbitten freezer, and scoop it onto a commercial cone, I think anyone could do that. But I’m anal about what I eat, so I want people to experience the same freshness—local dairy, local vegetables, and local fruits.” Indeed, across the board, the artisanal ice cream market in the Hudson Valley is centered on a common theme of keeping it local. With the abundance of local farms and robust selection of regional dairy, it’s become easier and more meaningful for customers to seek out products made with resources from their proverbial backyards. For Ferris, growing up on a farm in Dutchess County meant that the concept of local food was simply second nature—a way of life for her and her family. “My father and his family had a local dairy farm until the 1960s,” says Ferris, a Culinary Institute of America alumna who cut her teeth in the ice cream biz as an employee of now-defunct Heinchon Dairy in Pawling. “It was never an option to not use a local product.” Ferris says Zoe’s slogan, “From Cow to Cone in 3 Days,” draws people from all over the state. She makes all her ice cream with milk from Hudson Valley Fresh, a collective of family-run dairy farms in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, and Rensselaer counties, as does Zora Dora’s

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Above: Waffle cones are made fresh daily at Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn. Photo by Rob Karosis

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and Alleyway Ice Cream in Saugerties. Spata works with Farms2Tables of Rhinebeck, which sources thousands of local products from more than 100 farms in the region, to secure all her milk, heavy cream, eggs, and fruit. Kingston-based wholesalers Jane’s emphasize their use of New York State hormone-free milk. “It’s incredible how important local is to everybody,” says Keller, who started making ice cream as a restaurateur with a Kingston storefront in 1985 and, in 2005, switched gears to focus solely on wholesale with her husband and co-owner Bob Guidubaldi. “We got calls this year from two local theater companies saying, ‘We were selling novelties, but we really want to go local this year. We really want to up our game.’’ The attitude toward quality, artisanal—people are willing to pay for it.” Of course, ice cream isn’t just about dairy. From staples like strawberry to more idiosyncratic, offbeat varieties, local artisanal ice cream makers make painstaking strides to source not just local milk and cream, but nearby everything. Tapping into the flavors of the Hudson Valley makes for some adventurous, often out-there concoctions that range from smash hits to acquired tastes, like Nancy’s sour cream cherry, goat cheese beet ice cream at Alleyway Ice Cream, Zora Dora’s lavender honey ice cream with honey from Astorino’s own bees, or Jane’s currants and cream, made with berries from the Hudson Valley. “I almost always have chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, because I can just do them really well and everyone likes them,” says Julian Hom, owner of Alleyway. “But then I try to have one that is an elevated version of the normal spectrum, and two others that are more far out and intriguing.” Recent flavors at the Saugerties creamery include Earl Gray & Mom’s Scones, Lemon Poppyseed, and Wildfire, a blend of fresh wintermint, habanero, and smoked walnuts. “We take the basic ice cream and we step it up a notch,” Spata echoes. Of course, the major ingredients like cocoa and vanilla don’t grow here in the Hudson Valley. But for small-batch artisanal ice cream makers, if it’s not local, it’s still high-quality, like the Tahitian vanilla Spata uses for Nancy’s vanilla ice cream, the Belgian chocolate Hom sources, or the sesame seeds Keller roasts herself for Jane’s new Sesame Necessity flavor. Another distinct marker of artisanal ice cream makers in the valley


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is the offering of vegan options. Usually, dairy-free choices amount to sorbets—something offered at most ice cream shops these days, artisanal or not. And, hey, no hate for those—nothing cleanses the palate after dinner like a sorbet. But any vegan will tell you that while it is undoubtedly sweet and cold, it doesn’t quite scratch that ice cream itch. Prompted by her vegan dogwalker, Spata was inspired to experiment with vegan ice cream. And so, in addition to sorbets, Nancy’s vegan chocolate, vanilla, and mint chocolate chip flavors were born, all made from a coconut milk and coconut cream base. Over at Alleyway, Hom is working on perfecting his dairy-free vegan ice cream using a base of homemade cashew milk, to which he can add whatever flavor combination he chooses. And at Weir’s Ice Cream in Salisbury Mills, an Orange County staple since 1956, the dairy-averse can indulge in lowfat coconut milk chocolate chip. If gluten free is your jam, Zora Dora’s has you covered with gluten-free ice cream sandwiches, which, according to Astorino, fly off the shelves. The word “artisanal” as it applies to local ice cream goes beyond what’s in it and how it tastes; it also extends to the owners’ intensive approach to quality control. From the larger and more established Jane’s, which is distributed in four states, to Alleyway producing four quarts at a time in a repurposed linen closet of Hom’s father’s inn, these ice cream makers pride themselves on working on the front lines to ensure a quality product from farm to cone. Might all this extra love, and extra attention to quality, add just a bit to the price tag? Naturally. Keller says Jane’s could cost as much as “double the lowest brands,” and at Nancy’s, a single scoop in a cup will run you $3.75. The seasonal nature of ice cream also complicates the pricing structure, given the fact that many creameries close in the cold months. But, as Spata noted, the care that goes into small-batch, homemade ice cream makes it worth the price for the customers. “When you say ‘I made it myself,’ people just like that, instead of saying it came from the middle of the country,” says Spata. “I think people appreciate that more, and they’re willing to pay for it.”


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beer begins and ends with agriculture,” Arrowood says. “As brewers, we know these ingredients will express themselves in our beer.” To that end, the beer is made without synthetic ingredients, extracts, refined sugar, chemicals, or GMO products. The farm and flagship tasting room in Accord is a pastoral paradise at the end of a long gravel driveway, lined on one side by forest and on the other by a field of grain. You can see a square acre of hops towering in the distance and, beyond that, an orchard. There is a chicken yard, and deeper in the woods, pigs roam. “We’re off the beaten path, but for me, what we offer is the full 360-degree experience,” Arrowood says. “When you come to our farm, you are able to experience where ingredients come from, which is most likely from our backyard or a neighbor’s farm. That’s what I hope folks take away— that they understand what is in their glass and what was involved in making it, from the farmers to the malters to us brewers.” Like any viable modern agricultural enterprise, Arrowood is diversifying its offerings. The property is available for rental as a wedding venue and, this season, Arrowood will boast a stacked concert lineup, hoping to further establish itself as a beer and music destination. On August 3, Guster, Low Cut Connie, and friends will take the stage. The Dirt

Farmer Festival returns for the second year, and will span two days: September 6 and 7. With Jackson Browne and the Midnight Ramble Band headlining last year, the organizers from Levon Helm Studio’s are promising an even more impressive lineup, which will be announced soon. And on September 27, the Woodsist Festival will feature alt-pop darling Whitney along with Real Estate, Woods, and Kevin Morby. In addition to music programming, Arrowood will introduce more consistent food offerings this season. “We’ve had food trucks at the brewery on weekends, but we wanted to take it even further by opening on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the season,” Arrowood says. “We’ll be offering consistent meals and a familyfriendly atmosphere.” All season long, the Lekker food truck will be onsite serving up a rotating menu under Chef Juan Romero, owner of Duo in Kingston. Menu options range from corndogs and parmesan fries to seitan tacos and lobster rolls. “For us, bringing on food, programming, and concerts is the driver that will allow us to continue what we do year-round.” Arrowood Farm-Brewery is open Wednesday and Thursday, 4-9pm; Friday, 4-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; and Sunday, 12-8pm. Arrowoodfarms.com 6/19 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 33


Above: A hallway wall of the Walker family’s renovated Victorian. Marla Walker chose a floral printed wallpaper by Swedish Designer Josef Frank to cover the central hallway and stairwell up to the second floor. The paper cut silhouette portrait is by Catskills-based artist Jenny Lee Fowler.  Opposite, from top: Walker’s 1870 Victorian is located in the Rhinebeck’s historic district. After removing the exterior shingles, the family plans to paint the exterior walls and trim. “I think the house is going to tell me what color it wants to be when we remove the shingles,” Walker explains. “I don’t think it wants to be a dark color. I think it will be a lighter color and the sashes and trims want to be dark.” The teal blue door is a shade Walker employs often in her designs. Walker sitting at her desk. The geometric prints hung above are also by local artist Jenny Lee Fowler. “A lot of what I do is help people find their own style and inspire them to be more confident with their own design decisions,” explains Walker. “Every job is completely new. It has to do with that person, their space, and who they are. I love collaborating and find myself appreciating someone else’s idea that at first I might have disagreed with. That’s the fun part.”

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arla Walker has a wallpaper problem. “I’m a pusher,” she admits. “I think I’ve talked almost every single person I’ve worked with into using wallpaper. I’m dead set on it. I think it just immediately adds style, pattern, color, and personality. It’s a very easy way to take design up a notch.” The Rhinebeck-based interior designer makes an equally compelling case for fresh flowers, the use of bright colors, and buying and hanging original art, especially from the plethora of talented artists based in the Hudson Valley. Walker’s talent for creating beautiful interiors was bred into her by a design-centric family and honed over years of experience, and she loves helping others find their own personal decorating visions. “My mission is partly to demystify decorating,” she explains. “People tend not to trust what they like. They sometimes choose pieces or set things up in a way they think they’re supposed to, but then it doesn’t actually work with how they live. My mantra is: If you really love something, it will work.” In 2016, after building a business inspiring clients to find their own style, Walker got the opportunity to put her distinctive flair to work for herself. She and her family bought a three-bedroom, two-bath Victorian in need of a major spruce-up. Dating back to 1870 and part of an enclave of Victorians that make up the village of Rhinebeck’s historic district, the 3,000-square-foot home hadn’t been altered or updated in 40 years. With Walker’s deft touch and eye for color, as well as a little help from her architect husband, Brian Walker, she was able to preserve the historic Victorian’s classic beauty while fully modernizing the interior and transforming the vintage home into a comfortable and colorful, family-friendly space. 6/19 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 35


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Left: A corner nook of Walker’s downstairs living room was created by closing up an extra kitchen door. The sketch above the chair is a limited-edition print Walker bought in Brooklyn. One particular task she loves is helping clients hang art. “I think it’s something I’m very skilled at. People often don’t know how to hang work or the right space to hang it. Sometimes beautiful pieces are hidden away somewhere,” she says. Right: The back corner of Walker’s office/mudroom space looking into the central hallway and stairwell. One of her specialties is coming into a home for a single three-hour session where she helps with everything from rearranging furniture layouts to choosing pieces. “Interior design doesn’t have to be this expensive, fancy thing. A lot of what I do is helping people pull furniture out from the walls,” says Walker. “Anybody can hire someone to help them.”

A Bird in the Hand Walker’s journey to becoming a Hudson Valley interior design maven began in the South, where she spent her school years in Atlanta and Birmingham. “It’s sort of my family business,” Walker explains. “My mother does it and I’ve helped her my whole life.” Growing up, Walker accompanied her mother on design installations, helping with everything from moving furniture to finding art. After college, Walker moved to New York City where she landed a job at the Children’s Television Workshop, makers of “Sesame Street.” She loved the work, but ultimately a desk job wasn’t for her. That’s when she got the idea for Bird, a clothing store, which she founded with a friend in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 1999. “It just took off like total wildfire,” Walker remembers. “It was really, really needed at that time and in that place. We had no idea what we were doing, but it worked out really well. I think it’s good when you start a business and you don’t know what you’re doing, because then you’re not afraid to just try things.”

In 2008, Walker and her family decided to move upstate to Barrytown, prompting her to sell Bird. “We loved the natural beauty up here,” she explains. She and her husband thought the slower pace of life in the Hudson Valley would be more conducive to raising young children than the city, offering the chance for the family to spend more time outdoors. Walker’s professional evolution from “dressing Brooklyn to designing the Hudson Valley” was an organic one. “In the city, people are more into how they dress because they are on the street so much, but up here, people spend a lot more time at home and even entertain at home. Our homes nourish us and are a place to recharge.” She began Marla Walker Interiors by offering three-hour sessions helping clients with everything from rearranging furniture to choosing color schemes and hanging art. From there, her business grew by word of mouth to include whole house projects and even the recent redesign of a new restaurant in Tivoli slated to open this fall.

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Letting in the Light As both her children and her business grew, the family began to outgrow their rural Barrytown home. They also had a hankering to try village life and so began to search the quaint streets of Rhinebeck for something suitable. They found a Victorian that was a bit smaller than they’d hoped for and needed some work, but it was in walking distance to the village center, so in 2017, they bought it and began a major interior renovation. Downstairs, the home’s street-facing front section included a small entranceway and hall, as well as separate parlor and dining rooms. Walker and her husband removed the interior walls dividing the three spaces to create an open, light-filled dining and living room area and then painted the brick, loadbearing pillars white. The middle and the back spaces of the downstairs needed a major overhaul as well. Walker and her husband captured space from an awkwardly located closet at the back of the former hallway to expand the downstairs bathroom, incorporating a laundry area into its design. Opposite the bathroom, the first-floor pass-through kitchen was “too much of a warren,” explains Walker. “It just felt like there was a weird flow.” The couple 38 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 6/19

closed up a second door at one end of the space, creating a true galley kitchen with a breakfast nook overlooking the property’s extensive side yard. They then added stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and floating shelves for a modern look. At the back of the first floor, a former television room was reimagined as a home office. Walker added a large closet along a side wall. With a backdoor and path leading to a separate garage, the space doubles as a mudroom in the winter. The home’s central staircase leading to the second floor had to be completely rebuilt. “When our contractor came in he told us he was surprised no one had fallen through. They were that bad,” recalls Walker. The couple removed a wall separating the staircase from the central hallway and then rebuilt the stairs with wood treads. By adding a new door to one wing of the upstairs, they were able to transform a railroad-style configuration of bedrooms to create two bedrooms separated by a lounge area for their teenage sons. At the top of the stairs, a hallway leads to a shared bathroom and the master bedroom wing with vaulted ceilings and a skylight. Here, Walker is hoping to soon add a master bathroom and more closet space.

Left: Walker modernized the home’s galley kitchen adding new appliances, granite counters, and floating shelves. Right: A sitting area makes up a cozy corner of the home’s master bedroom. “I love pattern, and I’ve always collected textiles,” she explains. She bought the triptych photo of a mountain range hung above the chair from a thrift store in Brooklyn.


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Everywhere, Flowers With the interior of the home fully reconfigured, Walker was then able to unleash all her powers of design and decoration on the space. True to her love of wallpaper, she chose a black floral print by Swedish designer Josef Frank to line the walls of the home’s central downstairs hallway and staircase. Inspired by the various colors of the paper’s floral design, she then added splashes of bright color throughout the downstairs. The downstairs bathroom is finished in a bright shade of coral and is decorated with a framed rose print silk scarf—a gift from her husband. In the kitchen, she painted the bottom set of cabinets deep blue, offsetting the color with a scheme of white tiles, counters, and shelves. To match a favorite filing cabinet, Walker painted the back office/mudroom a shade of lime green. An avid collector of work by local artists, Walker hung two large canvases in the sitting area of her downstairs open-plan living and dining area. A large abstract piece she’d had for years matched the blue of the kitchen cabinetry perfectly and now hangs from a kitchen wall. Upstairs, Walker created a gallery wall of smaller artworks in her sons’ lounge room. The family moved in last spring. Walker has added an indoor garden—a menagerie of houseplants populates every room. She also makes a habit of having fresh flowers on display and beginning an outdoor flower garden is at the top of her to-do list for the property. “I believe flowers are a part of self-care and health,” she explains. “I had a revelation recently on a trip to Italy with my sons—there was beauty everywhere we looked.” The trip inspired her to find new ways to incorporate beauty into her daily life, which led her back to one of her first design inspirations. “It made me remember that my grandmother always had fresh flowers in her house—every room,” Walker recalls. “It always felt so good to go there. It just made you feel special, like someone was thinking of you.”

A view to the home’s dining table, adorned with flowers. In 2016, Walker joined with flower farmer Marina Michahelles to form the nonprofit Abloom, which specializes in flower recovery. Along with a group of volunteers, the two gather flowers after weddings and other events, retrim the stems, and then distribute the still fresh, seasonal flowers to women’s shelters and other institutional living spaces throughout the Hudson Valley. “It’s a very straightforward, noncontroversial thing to give people flowers. What’s not to love? Everyone deserves some beauty,” explains Walker. “What we didn’t realize was how powerful it was going to be for people to have something beautiful in their rooms. It reminds them of their value as humans.” 40 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 6/19


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and battery storage is still very costly. Natural gas for electric generation remains essential to balance variable clean energy resources and manage peaks in energy demand. It is also a cleaner alternative when converting from other fossil fuels, and has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions. A complete transition to green power depends upon future advances in costeffective technologies, significant investments by businesses and households, and changes in consumer behavior. Power generated from wind and solar is largely from a distributed generation network rather than a central power station, which requires different management approaches. Central Hudson is making improvements of its own by investing in technology to manage the local electric distribution system. As New Yorkers work toward the goal of living in a state where all electricity comes from a renewable source—slated for 2040 —it may also be appropriate to allow some of the large-scale solar facilities to be developed and managed by utility companies, for more consistent oversight and lower costs for residents.

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well-designed garden can contain a multiverse of plantings, pathways, and surprises. It’s living art—a dynamic canvas crafted with thought and purpose. Left unmanaged, it will redesign itself, and the original intent can all but disappear as Mother Nature, untamed, fulfills her deepest desire: to grow. When a relic garden is rediscovered, however, there’s a chance it can be restored. This was the case for the formal garden at Bellefield Mansion in Hyde Park, designed by master gardener Beatrix Farrand (18721959), a pioneering horticulturalist whose landscape design work in the late 1800s and early 1900s was groundbreaking. “Her passion for gardens and how important they are to the quality of our lives led to an extraordinary determination to make a career for herself against all odds,” explains Anne Cleves Symmes, former horticulturalist (1998-2017) and current garden educator at the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association (BFGA). “That energy served her well in breaking down the barriers that women of her era faced, and sustained her prolific life work of more than 200 commissions spanning 50 years.”

Located at the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Bellefield Mansion is the former abode of early 1900s State Senator Thomas Newbold and his family. He hired Farrand, his cousin, to design a garden in 1912. By the time she began work at Bellefield, she was a well-respected designer. She wasn’t even allowed to pursue design in college, as universities barred women from the field. Instead, she traveled to gardens in Europe and northern Africa, shadowing Charles Sprague Sargent, founder of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard. By the time she was 27, she was asked to be a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a rare honor for a young woman. A State of Suspended Animation The garden at Bellefield was designed so that the mansion’s French doors opened to a terrace leading into 3,000 square feet of hemlock hedges, walled perennial borders, seasonal blossoms, walking paths, and a wild garden beyond its gates. “Mr. Newbold wanted a strolling garden to take a daily perambulation through, out of the gate, and over to his neighbors—the Roosevelts,”

Symms says. “It was as an intimate family space, and there are wonderful archival photos of the Newbold children and grandchildren playing in the garden, showing off their pet chickens, riding tricycles on the terrace, and even having snowball fights.” The house was donated to the National Park Service in 1975 without a mandate to maintain the garden. “Park staff removed trellises and laid black plastic to discourage weeds,” Symms says. “The garden was in this state of suspended animation.” It wasn’t until the 1990s that the plot was recognized as a Farrand design, and in 1997 the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association was formed, in partnership with the Park Service, to preserve her legacy. Restoring a historic garden has come with its tribulations, including the search for rare plants Farrand used. “Many plants were no longer available,” Symms says. “We started before Google was around, so it was a lot of word of mouth. Maybe a little nursery in Idaho had one rare iris. It felt like a treasure hunt. We had to come up with modern substitutes, sometimes asking ourselves, ‘What would Beatrix do?’” 6/19 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 43


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The original design plans were lost, so they adapted a design from a similar garden. “While we use a number of Farrand’s signature plants like bulbs, iris, peonies, phlox, and asters, we know that our plantings are adapted to the realities of the modern garden,” Symms says. “Factors like limited time, scarce resources, unstable weather patterns, and entire families of woodchucks are at play.” The garden is in its peak early June, when lush peonies are in full bloom and colors abound. By August, you’ll see lilies and Japanese anemones. Some rich purple asters bloom in October, in beautiful contrast with the yellows and oranges of surrounding fall foliage. “There’s always something happening during the season, but it’s enjoyable even in the winter when the snow blankets everything,” Symms says. “It’s a garden to stroll and be, letting it all wash over you. It’s simple, contemplative, quieting, and serene. We all need a place like this we can go to.” According to Symms, Farrand did some additional design in the region, including the landscape at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tivoli and some residential work in Pocantico Hills, but they have been lost to time. The restored garden at Bellefield is the sole remaining project of hers in the area. Some of her greatest works live on around the country. Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, is said to be her masterwork. She also teamed with John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to beautify Maine’s Acadia National Park, even advocating for its designation as a national park. Maine is also home to a horticultural design educational center at her family’s former summer home, Reef Point, in Bar Harbor. As a child, Farrand would spend afternoons at Reef Point playing in the forest, digging up plants, and transferring them to a garden beside the house. More information about Farrand and the garden at Bellefield can be found at the Home of FDR’s Visitor’s Center. The BFGA also produced a documentary, Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes, featuring the work of both Farrand and famed modern-day garden designer Lynden B. Miller, a Farrand-devotee best known for her restoration of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park in 1982. The one-hour documentary premieres June 1-2 at the BFGA event Farrand/FORWARD: A Symposium on the Future of Beatrix Farrand’s Public Landscapes. The Association is actively working on additional local screenings. “Farrand was very outspoken about gardening being all of the arts in one. It’s like a sculpture, but dynamic over time. Form, line, color— everything changes,” says Symms. “The more you study her work, the more you can see the thought in it, the choreography. This garden is more than just a pretty spot. It’s about her life, history, and work. It’s her legacy being fulfilled.”

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THE INDIA CONNECTION THREE SEEKERS’ DESTINATIONS BRING THE SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS OF INDIA TO THE HUDSON VALLEY. By Wendy Kagan

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he drive to Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, perched atop the Catskills just above Kaaterskill Falls, seems to wind up into the stratosphere. Although the weather is clear below, you might find yourself steering through clouds into the guest parking lot, as I did one May afternoon, and then walking along an entry path that vanishes into mist. On days like this, the door to the reception hall appears out of nowhere, as if rolled in by stage hands. Inside, a few people move about quietly, dressed in flowing white clothes. Shrouded in a celestial microclimate and dedicated to the inner life, the place has an otherworldliness and calm that envelops you right away. And well it should: Peace Village is the Catskills outpost of the Brahma Kumaris—the largest spiritual organization in the world led by women. With a home base in Rajasthan, India, the Brahma Kumaris have satellite hubs around the globe—some 8,500 community centers and about 15 retreat centers offering an immersive experience like this one. Maybe it’s the lofty highlands or the labyrinth of waterways, but something about the Hudson Valley makes the terrain ideal for spiritual centers, many of them outposts of sister communities in India. There are

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places like Shanti Mandir—the 300-acre ashram in Walden that is the residence of Swami Nityananda (aka Gurudev) when he is in the US—which invites people to disconnect from their busy lives and immerse in chanting, meditation, vegetarian food, nature walks, hatha yoga, and philosophy talks, either through residential options or community sessions every Sunday. There is the Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely in Stone Ridge, a center for meditation and pilgrimage dedicated to Vedanta spiritual philosophy. From seekers’ destinations like Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center to luxe, food-centered havens such as newcomer Yoga Vida Farms, there is something for everyone. It’s as if, just north of the hectic swirl of New York City, we’ve cooked up a laboratory for the higher consciousness, and a chance to be nurtured by Indian spiritual traditions. Discovering Soul Consciousness At Peace Village, the focus is on experiencing your highest possible self. “It’s a knowledgebased path, based on spiritual learning,” says Judy Rodgers, a resident of Peace Village who works on international projects for the Brahma Kumaris. “We start every day in class, coming together to read and listen and talk. Then we

try to live according to the class.” Although the Brahma Kumaris organization is women-led, it’s not women-only: About 40 percent of its practitioners are men, and the group’s founder, Dada Lekraj (or Brahma Baba), was a man. “He felt that for a long time, feminine energy had been underplayed,” says Kala Iyengar, director at Peace Village. “He had a strong vision that it was time to reverse that balance, and passed the organization on to women”—a revolutionary idea at the time in 1930s India. Today, the Brahma Kumaris’ spiritual leader is 103-year-old Dadi Janki, who is still very active. (When I visited, the community was happily anticipating her arrival at Peace Village in late May.) “A big part of what we do is meditation,” explains Iyengar. “We do Raja Yoga meditation to practice something called Soul Consciousness, which is consciousness of the self as spirit or soul. We believe that each one of us has an individual connection with the supreme source of spiritual energy. It’s very important to reignite that connection at this time, when so much about the world is upside down.” Raja Yoga meditation is practiced with the eyes open, so that you can apply its benefits toward daily life, including the people and situations you need to face with clear sight and


a calm presence. You’re instructed to gently rest the eyes on a point in front of you, ideally on a point of light so that you can remember that you, too, are light. Although the Brahma Kumaris don’t focus strongly on the feminine aspect of the organization, there is a certain emphasis on the power and strength of mothers, as well as on the importance of the kitchen. “We consider the making of food to be a sacred process,” says Rodgers. Wandering about the center, you’ll periodically hear soft music begin to play, called “traffic control,” which signals a time to take a break. “This helps us to avoid haphazard ways of thinking or acting,” says Iyengar. Weekend retreatants soak up an atmosphere that is nurturing and grounding. Retreats are by-donation so people only pay what they can afford. Some are geared toward beginner or experienced practitioners, while others are designed for certain groups like healthcare workers or members of the media. “There are so many influences of fear, anxiety, and sorrow in the world, and people are becoming heavy as a result of that,” says Rodgers. “When they come here, they realize they can disconnect from the anxiety and fear and reconnect the soul to the supreme source—and to love, kindness, mercy, and peace, which strengthens the soul so that you can be in the world.” You don’t have to live on top of a mountain to do it. Visitors return home with a practice they can continue in daily life, even if it’s just a few minutes a day upon waking. “When we fill ourselves with spiritual energy, it makes a big difference,” says Iyengar. “There is a stark contrast in doing nothing and doing life, and in doing this and doing life. It’s beautiful to live that way.” A Seeker’s Destination: Matagiri Sometimes the Hudson Valley’s artistic and creative side merges with its love for Indian spiritual traditions. This is the case at Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center, a community haven in Mount Tremper dedicated to 20th-century gurus Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, the founders of Integral Yoga. The artist and actor Sam Spanier cofounded Matagiri with his life partner Eric Hughes after years of seeking and study—which led him to Pondicherry, India, and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The vision for Matagiri came from The Mother herself, who told Spanier that he would be a bridge between East and West. “[Spanier] took that very deeply within him,” says Julian Lines, who took over stewardship of Matagiri with his wife, Wendy, after Spanier died in 2008. “He came up to the Woodstock area in the late 1960s with the intention of fulfilling that destiny.” Once he found and purchased the property, Matagiri developed as a kind of miniature outpost of Auroville, the experimental community in India created by The Mother to realize the ideals of peace and human unity. Matagiri became the largest distributor of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s books in the US, and they distributed handmade paper, stationery, and incense from the ashram as a way to support the community. “About nine

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Luxury Ashram: Yoga Vida Farms Recently, a farm-focused retreat center sprung to life in Wawarsing—starting from the seed of an idea planted at an ashram in the Indian holy town of Vrindavan. The man with the idea was Michael Patton, a former Wall Street broker who cofounded Yoga Vida studios in Manhattan with Hillaria Baldwin (the yogini married to Alec Baldwin). “The ashram has a beautiful, open garden that feeds the majority of produce to the guests—and coming from a place with every convenience at your fingertips like New York City, it was shocking to see a lot of vegetables in the ground,” says Patton. “We were sitting there looking at the garden after a philosophy discussion on the Bhagavad Gita, when I had the idea of doing a small friends-and-family CSA back home.” The idea soon grew into a public-facing retreat center where wellness-oriented New Yorkers could go to learn more about their food and where it comes from, while ingesting a tidbit of yoga philosophy along the way. Set on 62 acres adjacent to a 30,000-acre state forest, Yoga Vida Farms opened its doors on Memorial Day Weekend. The site includes a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse and four-acre farm studded with vegetables that are about to pop. “We’re excited to show people more about the process of what local, sustainable, smaller-scale agriculture can look like and what types of opportunities it can create with the varieties you can offer,” says Patton, who notes that the organic farming movement actually started in India. Yet far from a traditional ashram where accommodations are simple and the living is monastic, Yoga Vida Farms is a luxury destination—offering a curated, artisan experience catered to upscale urban folk. The interior finishes in the guesthouse are super high-end, with ABC Carpet & Home furniture, custom reclaimed wood touches, and luxe bed linens. The food is haute vegetarian, masterminded by chef-farmer Davis Lindsey, who trained at Blue Hill in Greenwich Village. It’s an exclusive experience far removed from the pilgrim-friendly simplicity of Indian ashram life, but with New York City nearby, there’s a market for it. “Not everybody wants dorm-style housing and cafeteria food,” says Patton. “There’s nothing else like this in the Hudson Valley.” Yet little touches bring yoga philosophy to guests almost through the backdoor—such as putting a Bhagavad Gita in the night stand next to every bed. The Gita’s message of nonattachment—or performing work without attachment to results—is eye-opening for results-oriented New Yorkers. And rather than just pumping out more “yoga factories” in the city, Patton says the farm retreat center lets him touch people’s lives in a more meaningful way. “We do that through food, nature, philosophy, and just time and space, which are luxuries that many New Yorkers don’t really have these days.” RESOURCES Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center Peacevillageretreat.org Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center Matagiri.org Yoga Vida Farms Yogavidafarms.com

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CAVE PEOPLE NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND By Phillip Pantuso

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n 1842, in Schoharie County, a farmer named Lester Howe followed his cows to a cool breeze emanating from a hole in the ground. He tunneled deeper day after day until, about 156 feet down, the tunnel opened onto a damp, winding passageway about 30 feet wide and 1.5 miles long, the main path through what is now called Howe Caverns. The formation of Howe Caverns began some 360 million years ago, when continental collisions formed cracks in limestone that had been deposited on what was then a shallow tropical ocean floor. Water percolated down through the cracks, dissolving the rock and creating joints that widened over time. This went on for a couple hundred million years; then, during the most recent Ice Age, the glacial lake that filled the Hudson Valley flooded through the fractured limestone, causing extensive erosion and forming the series of vast natural caverns that Howe later happened upon. Howe was an early novice spelunker (a term derived from the ancient Greek for “cave” or “grotto”), and his rediscovery of the cave system that bears his name was, eventually, a catalyst in the development of a caving tourism industry. Howe Caverns remains an excellent place for the cavingcurious to get their feet wet, so to speak.

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The Cave House Museum of Mining and Geology, located at the original entrance to the caverns, provides equipment for its variety of tours of the largest cave in the Northeast open to the public. The other major commercial cave in New York, Secret Caverns, is just a couple miles down the road. Tours are led by the descendants of Roger Mallery, a civil engineer who discovered the cavern in 1928 after—in an incredible coincidence—following two lost cows. Spelunkers in New York can also explore “wild” caves, which do not offer guided tours, and which the novice should not explore without guidance. Many are on private land. Those interested in subterranean exploration would do well to start by joining a caving club, or “grotto.” The National Speleological Society has a list of groups, plus basic beginner tips. “A lot of people don’t realize there actually aren’t that many caves in this region,” says Cara Gentry, a geologist and the president of the Shawangunk-Catskill Area Grotto. At Sam’s Point in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, there are fissure ice caves accessible via trail, and elsewhere there are abandoned mines, like Widow Jane in Rosendale, that offer the thrills of spelunking. But unlike natural caves, which are formed over millennia by slow erosion, mines are much

less stable because they were blasted out by humans. “We do occasionally explore the mines,” Gentry says. “But most of them are not monitored regularly.” The standard caving equipment is a helmet, an extra layer of clothes, a first-aid kit, and three light sources. “Especially in a wet environment, you need a backup to your backup,” says Gentry. You can buy a headlamp at most outdoor or auto parts stores, or fashion a DIY one by duct-taping a flashlight to a helmet. Hiking boots are suitable for most caves. Some people wear knee and/or elbow pads to protect joints as they scoot through tighter areas. More advanced cavers use ropes, which also require gear like carabiners, bolts, and slings. Like Howe Caverns, most of the caves in eastern New York are formed in limestone, according to Paul Griggs, a geologist in Troy. In general, most caves are formed when an acid dissolves bedrock (usually limestone, but also marble, dolomite, and gypsum). That can be water seeping down through soluble rock and interacting with carbon dioxide to create fissures, or a compound like hydrogen sulfide rising upward and dissolving rock from below, which is how the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico were created. More exotic cavecreation methods include lava tubes, wavecut coastal caves, and glacier caves.


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A bat in Howe Cave. Bats hibernate in many caves in the winter and roost in the caves during the day in the spring. Photo by Paul Griggs

More than type, the shape and path each cave takes varies based on local geology. Younger and softer rock dissolves more easily, creating large, open caves that look like bubbles on a chain. The limestone in the Hudson Valley, on the other hand, is very old, nonporous, and brittle: Water tends to flow along the surface before finding a crack that allows it to penetrate into the rock, creating patterned fractures that eventually become jagged, asymmetrical caves. Furthermore, the local limestones have been heavily impacted by glaciation, the effects of which are still visible in the striations and sediment left behind. In Clarksville Cave, located in Clarksville, Albany County, you can see how far glacial meltwater flowed into the cavern by the rows of progressively sized pebbles left behind in the rock, a process known as imbrication. “There’s a lot to see inside a cave when you know what to look for,” Gentry says. And those cool breezes? Temperatures in caves are remarkably consistent, and are usually close to the average annual temperature for the region (50 to 52 degrees for the Hudson Valley). In the winter, the breeze emanating from the mouth of a cave will feel warm relative to the outside air temperature. Many cave environments are very fragile, so like campers, cavers embrace the “leave no trace” mantra. Caving can be physically taxing, but it’s a peaceful, exploratory pastime, and it attracts that type of participant. In addition to the National Speleological Society, beginners interested in exploring further can check out the Northeastern Cave Conservancy, or Bat Conservation International if they want to learn about the most (in)famous cave dwellers. The Schoharie County-based online bookstore Speleobooks has a comprehensive selection of books, gifts, and other cave-related ephemera. Or just follow some cows. If they lead you to some yet undiscovered cavern, take it as a sign.

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ccording to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s 2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report, the state rates as the third-highest in the country for energy efficiency and solar jobs, including a 6.1% increase in clean energy jobs in 2017— more than three percent higher than the figure, nationwide. More than 13 per every thousand jobs in the Mid-Hudson Valley (and Western New York) were in clean energy in 2017. Newburgh-based economist Michael Muyot has taken notice of the region’s growing interest in sustainability and sees green technology as a viable vehicle for economic growth in Newburgh and its outlying regions. “In terms of driving the economy, you’re looking at manufacturing some of these technologies here; these services, these products,” says Muyot. To that end, Muyot and writer-director Robert Fontaine joined forces for the ENE International Film+Music+Green Tech Festival at the Crossroads of the Future. The event includes a Green Tech Conference, June 17-21 at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh and the East Northeast International Film Festival, a celebration of independent film, music, and the green technology industry

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that will be held in Newburgh, August 23-September 2, and was created by Fontaine. The ENE Green Tech Conference’s presentations and panel talks on sustainable development (including food and agriculture), energy efficiency, investing, job training and career opportunities will be led by experts in sustainability and green technology, including business professionals, government officials, professors and investors to help energize ties between communities, entrepreneurs, government representatives, vendors, visionaries, and outside sources. Building Business Initiatives to combat climate change and build related jobs, like the Sunrise Movement, are helping to highlight issues around green technology and generate positive action, says Muyot. So is the need for careers in the installation, infrastructure, and maintenance of green technologies. “This it’s not just the policy, but it’s also the good jobs, so everyone who wants a job can have one in this industry,” saysMuyot. “So there’s a policy part of it, but there’s also an economic part.” Melissa Everett, executive director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, says New York State is taking leading steps toward sustainable development technologies, such as funding

opportunities that support clean energy and efficient water management. “The jobs in this sector are not just putting weather stripping on someone’s house or solar panels on a roof,” she says. “There’s development and energy, financing strategies, training workers, and management markets.” The region, Everett says, has plenty of solid, home-grown businesses in the energy sector that are stable and maturing. “For every Tesla-like factory, there are hundreds of little battery-making companies and sales and marketing firms,” she says. While climate change contributes to the planet’s growing instability, says Everett, it also is a catalyst for action. “The ‘positive’ side of climate change is the awakening renaissance of technology and development,” Everett says, including more human-, socialand innovative-driven solutions. Increasing Opportunities Ron Kamen is a principal of EarthKind Energy, a clean energy consulting company based in Rhinebeck, and Sustainable Westchester Program Director-Clean Transportation and HeatSmart Westchester. Often, he says, talk centers on the materials and manufacturing aspects of green technology, but there also are positons in


administration, equipment maintenance, sales and marketing. “There are a lot of opportunities,” Kamen says. “Different communities have different areas of expertise and abilities to tap. The Hudson Valley has a strong interest and growing desire and political will. It’s moving the economy.” Moreover, sustainability initiatives benefit ecosystems, communities, and residents. For instance, solar power is growing exponentially thanks to affordable options from changing policies and programs, like community solar power programs that allow homes within a designated area of the Hudson Valley and elsewhere to benefit from solar arrays installed at a community location. Because the energy produced from the solar panels is directed into the power grid that serves the community’s homes, the member residences access the solar power seamlessly, helping reduce electric costs. Such programs help maximize access to green energy, with solar energy rising 1,000% between December 2011 and December 2017, including an increase in the Mid-Hudson region from 1,353 solar projects in 2011 to 17,511 in 2017. Green tech is providing alternatives to conventional heating systems, such as geothermal systems that use underground heat for efficient heating and cooling, along with air-source heat pumps that efficiently move warm air inside and out to heat and cool a home. Thermal power and transportation are other important issues, says Kamen, with the Environmental Protection Agency reporting about 28% of greenhouse emissions stemmed from the transportation sector in 2016. Fortunately, Everett says, energy-specific classes and training programs offered through the area’s state colleges have risen in the last decade, in particular, at SUNY Ulster, including energy auditing, solar panel installation, geothermal drilling and more. “One of the hard problems around workforce development—we’re doing decently—is training to a career path,” she says. To that end, the ENE Green Tech conference will include end-of-day panel talks on careers in the industry, including apprenticeships and academic studies. Jeffrey Domanski is the director of Hudson Valley Energy, which serves as the local, boots-on-the-ground entity of Hudson Valley Community Power, the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program administered by Joule Assets in Westchester County. CCAs allow participating local governments to buy energy supply service and distributed energy resources (local renewable energy projects) for eligible customers in a designated community. Energy used by a jurisdiction’s participating residences and small business is purchased jointly, providing more options for clean energy and reduced energy costs, even while the energy’s delivery and associated processes are conducted by the municipality’s existing utility. Customers within a CCA in New York are automatically enrolled in the program, but can opt-out of it in favor of their municipality’s utility. New York is one of seven states in the nation that currently offers CCA, with 110,000 customers served through the Westchester Power CCA in 2016. Domanski says the program is about to launch for the City of Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Town of Fishkill, Philipstown, Cold Spring, Marbletown and the Town of Red Hook. Domanski says there’s a strong awareness of sustainability issues in the region, including a need to “change the grid to be what we need to be a stream for renewable energy.”The idea goes beyond educating the public about the issues, but also to engaging people through opportunities in the green tech field and related initiatives. Muyot says grassroots organizations are becoming less isolated and siloed, as through The Good Work Institute, a Hudson Valley nonprofit working to connect those involved in the region’s regeneration. As well, business and corporations are becoming more receptive to ideas centered on sustainability, including technologies and practices that heighten them. “There’s this potential for this industry to really grow in this area,” says Muyot. Eastxnortheast.com

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et to the task of forming the ideal Hudson Valley town, the end result would probably look and feel a lot like the Village of Rhinebeck. The elegant, historic beauty of its architecture enrobes excellent restaurants, shops, and a vibrant, engaged community. What really breaths life into Rhinebeck is that while it offers up the relaxed high-end experience tourists flock in for, it’s also unexpectedly egalitarian and commercially diverse. From food to shopping to entertainment, Rhinebeck feels open to all. “To me, what we are trying to do is character preservation,” says Village Mayor Gary Bassett. “What we strive to maintain, from historic buildings to new homes or new businesses, is our unique character. Add on top of that our streetscape, I just feel there’s no other place on the Route 9 corridor like Rhinebeck. It’s walkable, bikeable, and sustainable.”

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There has been a lot of growth and change over the past decade in Rhinebeck—more high-quality but also higher-priced businesses and restaurants have proliferated. A large new housing development and the soon to be completed, massive Mirbeau Inn and Spa are making their presence felt as well. The question presents itself: How has Rhinebeck grown without subverting the community feel that drew that growth in the first place? Fair Weather Friends What many people say has remained the great cultural equalizer in Rhinebeck over the past 100 years is the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, tucked into 147 acres at the north end of the village. A welcome reminder that here is still an agricultural society in practice and at heart, the Fairgrounds attracts folks of all stripes. All season long they come, not just for the Fair itself but for car shows, antique fairs, swap meets, culinary events, and community gatherings. Fair visitors also spill into the village and whether they’re getting comfort Americana at Pete’s Diner or refined comfort Italian at Market St., the fairground’s tide raises all boats.

“Our mission is the same after 100 years, and that’s to promote agriculture. We are still doing that, just on a grander scale,” says Andy Imperati, president of the fairgrounds. “Think of just the Sheep and Wool Festival. We get 20,000 to 40,000 people coming from everywhere in the country. We are happy to be able to expose Rhinebeck to people who’ve never seen it before.” Asked what other institutions exemplify Rhinebeck to him, Imperati, who started at the fairgrounds in the carpentry shop 25 years ago, pointed to Foster’s Coach House Tavern, opened in 1890, and the Beekman Arms, founded in 1766. The neighboring establishments have been feeding generations of visitors and locals alike. Offering both traditional roadhouse fair and fine dining, the establishments show that having a little something for everyone has always been a part of the village’s story. Rhinebeck is a restaurant town. While Foster’s and the Beekman Arms sit as historic icons at the intersection of Route 9 and Market Street, their modern equivalents, Terrpain and Gig Trattoria, are just down the block at the Livingston Street intersection. Both proffer thoughtfully sourced and crafted dishes and tailor the experience to your 6/19 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 55


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mood. At Terrapin, housed in a stately old church, you can get the full dining room treatment or take it easy in the jovial, cathedral ceilinged bar room. At Gigi’s, founder Laura Pensiero says while they are striving to offer perfectly executed Mediterranean dishes that highlight the best ingredients, she puts a huge focus on making sure diners get the individual attention they’re looking for. “We have an incredible service team and an environment where we hope people feel they’ve walked into a place run by a really professional family,” says Pensiero. “Food is very emotional, and however you’re feeling when you’re here, I think our staff is great at being in tune and connected to our guests.” A Global Palate Old and new, there are truly too many recommendable restaurants in Rhinebeck to mention, with 25 eateries within a radius of a few blocks. Everyone around here has a strongly held bagel opinion, but Rhinebeck Bagels is undeniably one of the best shops in the region. Along with the classics are inventive sandwiches and shockingly creative specials that can include a Cubano or even a fully appointed bowl of ramen. There’s a notable cultural diversity to your restaurant options here too. From Thai at Aroi to Indian at Cinnamon and Aba’s Falafel, whatever you’re in the mood for is available at a rewarding caliber. Since it opened in 2017, The Amsterdam has quickly become a new standout and kind of feels like the culmination of a culinary conversation the region has been having for two decades. Every ingredient that should be sourced locally is—not as a gimmick but because it’s the best. Preparations of dishes are thoughtful, considered and warmly modern. The feel of the menu and the well-appointed atmosphere takes stock in the past and present. “We wanted to deliver a menu that’s built on local, super fresh ingredients from small producers,” says Howard Jacobs, who owns The Amsterdam with wife Chris. “Lately, we’ve begun to bring a more international influence to our dishes as well, but always with a local feel.” The couple, along with the skill and zeal of Executive Chef Alex Burger, also recently launched Lucky Dragon. The upscale Chinese restaurant has received a lot of buzz since opening its doors in May. Dressed in the comforting and relatable trappings of the Chinese–American restaurant experience, Lucky Dragon is using local ingredients here as well to celebrate and enhance the Chinese flavors the Jacobs grew up with, eating in the restaurants of Toronto’s large Chinese community. They’re doing everything from an elevated General Tso’s Chicken to full service Peking Duck (call ahead).

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Quaint and Quirky The business landscape in Rhinebeck is composed of quality, quaint, and quirky retailers. Despite the village’s considerable economic scale, Rhinebeck shops confidently lean into their individuality. Events like Porchfest in the fall and Sinterklaas in December bring a bold and uncommon artistry to the village. During Porchfest, musicians play on the front porches of dozens of homes in the village’s historic district, promoting the walkability of the village and celebrating charming side streets one might not otherwise have the chance to appreciate. Later this year the Rhinebeck area Chamber of Commerce will host the second Bizarre Bazaar, further highlighting the creativity of the shopping district. “I think we are in the post-Amazon era and people are more interested in essentialism,” says Chamber Executive Director and business doula Kyra Bonanza. “They only buy the things they really want from places and business owners they want to support. We see that here.” As with the restaurants, there are a number of shops that have really become fixtures like Upstate Films independent movie theater, Paper Trail, Winter Sun and Summer Moon and Samuel’s Sweet Shop, which actors and local residents Paul Rudd and Jeffery Dean Morgan found so vital, they saved it from closing after its founder Ira Gutner passed away in 2014. They now run it the same way Gutner did, honoring his legacy. Another modern village institution is Oblong Books. Started in Millerton in 1975 by the Hermans family, the Rhinebeck shop opened way back in 2001. Suzanna Hermans runs the store with her father. “It will be 18 years here in September but I still feel like we’re the new kids on the block,” Suzanna Hermans says. “I continue to be dazzled by


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Mountain Jam (June 13-16) Concurrent with the notching of its 15th year, for 2019 the Northeast’s biggest jamcentric jubilee makes the move from Hunter Mountain to its new home at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts—the sacred site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. In addition to regular headliners Gov’t Mule (whose Warren Haynes is one of Mountain Jam’s organizers) and Michael Franti & Spearhead, the festival’s Sullivan County debut features Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Avett Brothers, Allison Krauss, Toots & the Maytals, Amy Helm, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and more. Mountainjam.com

Clearwater (June 15-16) This is a big year for the Clearwater Festival, aka the Great Hudson River Revival: Not only is 2019 the 100th anniversary of festival founder and patron saint Pete Seeger, it’s also the 50th anniversary of the sloop Clearwater, which the conservation-themed gathering was originally established to fund. As usual, the roster for the family-friendly fest at Croton Point Park in Croton is formidable: Mavis Staples, Ani DiFranco, Railroad Earth, the Wailers, the Lone Bellow, the Del McCoury Band, Immortal Technique, Chapin McCombs Chapin, the Mammals, David Amram, the Big Takeover, Tom Paxton, DeadGrass, and lots more. ClearwaterFestival.org

Solid Sound (June 28-30) This summer, as it does every other summer, the popular Wilco-sponsored music/ arts festival once again returns to MassMoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. And this year, as always, along with two headlining sets by Wilco themselves Solid Sound will feature performances by several of the members’ offshoots: Jeff Tweedy & Friends, Cup (with Nels Cline and Yuka C Honda), and the Autumn Defense (with John Stirrat and Pat Sansone). Also appearing: Courtney Barnett, Tortoise (two sets), the Feelies, Jonathan Richman, Cate Le Bon, the Minus 5, John Hodgman’s Comedy Cabaret, Milo, Mdou Moctar, Lonnie Holley, and more. Solidsoundfestival.com

Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival (July 27-28) Making its second go on the musical landscape is this Kingston blowout, which happens at Seed Song Farm. “The mission of the Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival is to celebrate brass music in a rural, accessible, and family-friendly environment,” say the organizers. “Brassroots 2019 will feature music from eight bands whose influences range from the Balkans to Latin America, New Orleans second line to brass punk and activist anthems.” Performing are Brasskill, Black Tie Brass, Drumadics, the Hungry March Band, Zlatne Uste, the Party Band, West Philly Orchestra, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Brass Queens, Fly Brass Band, and Desperate Measures Street Band. Brassrootsfestival.com

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (August 2-4) A highly unique and much-loved Hudson Valley music fest, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is back this August in its namesake town to fill the mountain air with the resounding sounds of vocal music in its many forms. The three-day soiree starts with a 10-year gala featuring a decade of opera favorites (August 2) and continues with “Lady Parts: Music of the Abolition Movement” (August 3), “Jesus Christ Superstar” performed by students of the Paul Green Rock Academy (August 4), the Florence Foster Jenkins bioplay “Souvenir” (August 3-4), “Music of the African Diaspora” (August 3-4), excerpts from Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha” (August 3), and more. Phoeniciavoicefest.org

Huichica Hudson Valley (August 9-10) An offshoot of Sonoma, California’s older Huichica festival is this extremely chill outdoor get-together at Chisolm Farm in Pine Plains, which promises camping, fine wine and other beverages, craft foods, vendors, and even activities to keep the kids out of your hair—all in the midst of live music by some exceptional artists. On the bill for 2019 are legendary Thirteenth Floor Elevators front man Roky Erickson, Destroyer, Purple Mountains, Mail the Horse, Howlin’ Rain, Shana Falana, Helado Negro, Garcia Peoples, the Mammals, Bill McKay, and Driftwood Soldier. The psychedelic visuals of the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show will augment the evening performances. Hudson.huichica.com

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ucked away in the forest of Hurley, just outside of Woodstock, is the rustic wooden Maverick Concert Hall, a National Register of Historic Places site and the home of America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music series. Hand built in 1915 by a small crew led by series founder and writer Hervey White (a cofounder of the nearby Byrdcliffe Arts Colony), the shed-like structure is perhaps most famously known as the venue where composer John Cage’s controversial 4’33” was premiered in 1952. Each summer, the Maverick presents concerts by some of the world’s top classical and contemporary soloists and chamber ensembles; performances by jazz, folk, and ethnic music artists; and, for children, the popular Young Mavericks Festival. This season—Maverick’s 104th—looks to be another stellar run for the magical series. Maverick 2019 opens with two concerts by the locally based choral ensemble Ars Choralis, who will collaborate with a group of chamber musicians to play music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, VillaLobos, and Pärt (June 22 and 23). Long-time Maverick favorites the Shanghai Quartet return to play works by Beethoven, Dvorak, and contemporary Chinese composer Tan Dun (June 30), while other standout picks include the Catalyst Quartet with pianist David Gortler (July 21), Jupiter Quartet (July 28), Pacifica Quartet (August 25), Trio Solisti (September 1), and Escher String Quartet, whose program includes Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 10 (July 7; Shostakovich will also be the subject of a lecture on July 11). Aficionados of modernism should mark their calendars for the concert by the Maverick Chamber Orchestra conducted by music director Alexander Platt of selected pieces by Glass, Berio, and Schoenberg (August 24). A concert celebrating the centenary of Pete Seeger’s birth features Woodstock folk legend Happy Traum, who will be joined by an all-star cast of players that includes Elizabeth Mitchell, Tony Trischka, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Simi Stone, and Adam Traum (July 6). Another special tribute event starring Steve Gorn and Friends honors the life and music of Ravi Shankar (August 10). Jazz offerings this year include recurring fave Bill Charlap with his trio (June 29), Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Jazz Quartet (July 13), the Christian Sands Trio (August 3; Sands will deliver a Young Mavericks concert that afternoon), and Karl Berger’s All-Star Sextet (August 31). The kid-friendly Young Mavericks concerts include those by Elizabeth Mitchell & Family (July 6) and Frederic Chu and David Gonzalez (July 20). Maverickconcerts.org.

Left column from top: The Harlem Quartet, Jasper String Quartet, Nilson Matta, Karl Berger, Elizabeth Mitchell and Family. Right column from top: Christian Sands, The Bill Charlap Trio, Shanghai Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Happy Traum, Trio Solisti.

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Elvis Costello plays Bethel Woods July 20.

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts home OF THE ORIGINAL 1969 WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

10 Big Concerts to Look Forward to in 2019 India.Arie June 2, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall The Grammy-winning, platinum-selling contemporary R&B diva graces the Capital Region on the tour for her new album, Worthy.

Dead & Company June 18, Saratoga Performing Arts Center Founding Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann—joined on guitar by John Mayer—keep on truckin’ with another long, strange trip.

Phish July 2-3, Saratoga Performing Arts Center The Burlington-born jam-band juggernaut lands at SPAC for these two epic, phan-pleasing days of outward-bound songs and sonic flights.

James Taylor 2019 Season

June 28 & 29 8:30 pm STAGED DIVES

July 3-4, Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts In a longstanding Tanglewood tradition, the sultan of sensitive singersongwriters returns to the glorious open-air Koussevitzky Music Shed for his always-anticipated summer engagement.

John Mayer

July 6 - 8:30 pm SALTY BRINE

An evening with Stew & Heidi

July 19, Times Union Center, Albany Around his being on the road with Dead & Company (see above), the hitmaking singer-songwriter and guitarist has lined up own tour—which includes this hot-ticket night in Albany.

Elvis Costello/Blondie July 20, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts In one of the season’s strongest bills, the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival welcomes two of the leading acts of the new wave era. Welcome to the Jungle

Steve Miller Band/Marty Stuart For tickets and information: www.ancramoperahouse.org

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July 28, Hutton Brickyards, Kingston Two summers after the repurposed outdoor waterfront venue’s legendmaking Bob Dylan concert, the former brickyard unites these titans of classic rock and country-roots music.

The Distillers/Death Valley Girls August 16, Upstate Concert Hall, Albany Capped by the gravel-gnashing voice of frontwoman Brody Dalle, the reunited-and-roaring Distillers storm the region with fellow LA punks Death Valley Girls in tow.

Graham Nash September 22, the Bardavon, Poughkeepsie One of the original Woodstock concert’s most famous veterans returns to our area for an intimate evening off songs and stories from throughout his fabled career.

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The Mystical Arts of Tibet October 13, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston In a sure-to-be-transcendental night at UPAC, Tibet’s colorfully costumed Loseling monks will perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing.


Ex Hex plays Supertone July 6 at Basilica Hudson. Photo by April Greer

Supertone (July 6) In clocking its third year, the Supertone festival, which began at a farm in Columbia County, is taking an urban turn with its 2019 installment. Now set to take place at the magnificent Basilica Hudson, the indie rock/roots offering has a tightly curated lineup in place for its debut at the waterfront venue: Washington, DC, punk trio Ex Hex; Nashville’s gritty Thelma and the Sleaze; New York honky tonker Zepaniah Ohora; Kingston punkers El Front; Hudson rockabillies Chops, Sauerkraut, and Krewson; Vermont country band Wild Leek River; North Carolina roots act Hoot & Holler; Nashville tunesmith Jon Hatchett; Southern troubador Riley Downing; and Brooklyn garage/surf outfit Habibi. Basilicahudson.org

Summer Season June 15 – July 28

Bau at Old Songs Festival in 2015.

Alisa Weilerstein, cello Tribu Baharú

Connect Through Live Music

Old Songs (June 28-30) Held at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Voorheesville, this three-day celebration of acoustic-based music and dance has been going since 1981. With three evening main-stage concerts and 100 daytime performances, Old Songs is beloved for its folksy, laid-back vibe, interactive sessions and workshops, and overall inclusive feeling. This year’s performers include Emma’s Revolution, Bill Staines, Mary Flower, John McCutcheon, Tommy Sands, Archie Fisher, Magpie, Rob van Sante and John Connolly, Lil Rev, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, Pete’s Posse, Beppe Gambeta, Bon Debarras, Musique a Bouches, Mulebone, Bruce Molsky, and many more. Camping options are available. Festival.oldsongs.org

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Clockwise from top left: John Cameron Mitchell in “The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig,” July 27 Photo by Matthew Placek Ausrine Stundyte in “The Miracle of Heliane,” July 26, 28 and August 2, 4 Photo by Schneider Photography Susanne Bartsch presents Spiegeltent Follies, July 20 Photo by Maria Baranova Ron K. Brown / EVIDENCE performs “Grace and Mercy,” July 5-7 Photo by Matt Karas

SUMMERSCAPE

Bard SummerScape The crown jewel of all discipline-spanning Hudson Valley summer arts festivals is, arguably, Bard SummerScape. Founded in 2002, the seven-week series takes place on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson and is held in tandem with the two-week classical music-oriented Bard Music Festival, which was itself established in 1990. Bard SummerScape 2019, which runs from June 29 through August 18, features performances and presentations in the genres of opera, theater, music, dance, film, and cabaret, as well as lectures and talks on related topics. Concerts, recitals, and screenings are mainly held in the college’s stunning, Frank Gehrydesigned Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, while cabaret and other intimate events occur in the whimsical Spiegeltent, which is erected on campus every year exclusively for the festival. For each season, SummerScape organizers select a single composer to be the festival’s core focus and offer panels and presentations that illustrate links to the literature, painting, theater, philosophy, and politics that would have influenced the featured composer’s life and works. This year’s core composer is the Austrian-born Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), whose epic, lavish compositions are the stuff of many a classic Hollywood soundtrack. The film series for SummerScape 2019, “Korngold and the Hollywood Score” (July 2-August 18), promises movies scored by Korngold and his contemporaries Bernard Hermann

and Max Steiner, along with films chosen for their Viennese connections. Opera this year includes Michael Gordon’s modern “Acquanetta” (July 11-21), an homage to camp 1940s horror films, and Korngold’s anti-dictatorship-themed “The Miracle of Heliane” (July 26 and 28; August 2 and 4); the latter will be accompanied by the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bard’s president, Leon Botstein. Dance is represented by the world premiere of choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s “Grace and Mercy” (July 5-7), which features an original score by Meshell Ndegeocello performed live by Peven Everett and others. The Speigeltent is once again packed to its peak with prime fare. Weekends boast headliners like drag artist Lady Bunny (July 6), funk diva Nona Hendryx (July 19), Dixieland band the Hot Sardines (July 26), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” creator John Cameron Mitchell (July 27), and cabaret great Mx. Justin Vivian Bond (August 2). The 30th annual Bard Music Festival happens on the consecutive weekends of August 9-11 and 16-18. Titled “Korngold and His World,” this “festival within a festival” surveys the composer’s life and art with concerts of some of his greatest orchestral works and film scores and music by several of his influential contemporaries performed by a host of ensembles that includes Bard’s renowned The Orchestra Now conducted by Leon Botstein or James Bagwell. Preconcert talks about Korngold and the musical selections enrich the experience. Fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape

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Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival It’s hard to beat the setting of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: beneath the sheltering canopy of an open-air tent overlooking the Hudson River on the grounds of the opulent, historic Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. Obviously, the accent here is on the best of the Bard, and this season’s roster does not disappoint: “Much Ado About Nothing” (June 9-August 31), “Cymbeline” (June 11-July 27), and “Julius Caesar” (July 6-August 6). Non-Shakespeare works complimenting the schedule are the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Into the Woods” (August 1-September 6) and an adaptation of Rostand’s immortal “Cyrano” (June 27-August 30). Hvshakespeare.org

Powerhouse Theater Famous as the facility at which “Hamilton” was developed, Poughkeepsie’s Powerhouse Theater, on the campus of Vassar University, is the place to catch that next big play or musical—without paying Broadway ticket prices. On the main stage are Harrison David Rivers’s “The Bandaged Place” (June 27July 7) and Beth Henley’s “Lightning (or The Unbuttoning)” (July 18-28), while the schedule of musical workshops has “Annie Salem: An American Tale” (July 5-7), “The Elementary Spacetime Show” (July 12-14), and “Goddess” (July 26-28). Inside Look workshops include “…and the Horse You Rode In On” (June 20-22) and “The Best We Could (A Family Tragedy)” (July 25-27). Powerhouse.vassar.edu

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Above: The Shakespeare and Co. production of “HIR” by Taylor Mack, with John Hadden and Adam Huff Photography by Emma Rothenberg-Ware Opposite from top: The cast of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 production of “The Heart Of Robin Hood.” Photo by T. Charles Erickson The Powerhouse Theater Training Program’s 2018 production of “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward Photo by Buck Lewis Below: Founder and host of The Secret City Chris Wells in 2018 Photo by Tim Geaney

THEATER

Williamstown Theater Festival

Shadowland Stages

This summer stock institution was founded in 1954 on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and focuses on world premieres and features big-name actors on its stages. This year boasts Uma Thruman in Ibsen’s “Ghosts” (July 31-August 18), Ellen Barkin in “Before the Meeting” (August 7-18), and Jane Kazmarek in “Tell Me I’m Not Crazy” (July 24-August 3). The festival celebrates the 60th anniversary of “A Raisin in the Sun” (June 25-July 27) and premieres “Grand Horizons” (July 17-28), Jonathan Payne’s “A Human Being, of a Sort” (June 26-July 7), and Sylvia Khoury’s “Selling Kabul” (July 10-20). Wtfestival.org

Since 1985, Shadowland Stages (formerly Shadowland Theater) has been offering live productions of classic, contemporary, and new plays within the welcoming walls of a restored, 179-seat 1920s Art Deco vaudeville theater in Ellenville. “Our focus,” say its founders, “remains on producing thought-provoking, socially relevant works with vision that will entertain, educate, and challenge our audience.” Shadowland’s current and upcoming calendar includes “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” (through June 16), “The Roommate” (June 21-July 14), “Shear Madness” (July 19-August 18), “Over the River and Through the Woods” (August 23-September 8), and the East Coast premiere of the Jeff Danielspenned “Flint” (September 13-29). Shadowlandstages.org

The Secret City Summer Art Revival Ministered by performance artist Chris Wells and based in Woodstock, the Secret City is a nationally touring “church of art” that lets loose its Summer Art Revival each July for a three-day, town-wide celebration highlighting Woodstock’s rich artistic culture. Along with local-hosted house events, there will be a kickoff party with the Secret City Band (July 25), a concert by members of the legendary Penguin Cafe Orchestra (July 26), a picnic (July 27), live band karaoke (July 27), and, finally, a fabulous processional through town to culminate in an ecstatic tent revival (July 28). Performers this year include Amanda Palmer, Jerry Marrotta, Leah Coloff, Viv Corringham, Riley Johndonnell, and others. See website for venues and schedule. Thesecretcity.org

Shakespeare & Company At this Berkshires mainstay much has long been ado about not only its namesake dramatist: The Lenox, Massachusetts, company is also about presenting newer and underserved original works to its dedicated and growing audience. Twenty-Nineteen promises “The Waverly Gallery” (through July 14), “The Children” (July 18-August 18), “Topdog/Underdog” (August 13-September 8), and, for the fall, “Time Stands Still” (September 13-October 13). And, of course, there are this season’s Shakespearean classics: “Twelfth Night” (July 2-August 4), “The Taming of the Shrew” (July 9-August 17), “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (August 8-September 1), and “Coriolanus” (August 21-25). Shakespeare.org

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From Stonewall 1969 to Poughkeepsie 2019

LGBTQ+ PRIDE is Coming to Poughkeepsie! Dutchess County Pride Center is extremely excited to announce that we are planning for our first annual Poughkeepsie Pride Parade and Festival to be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Pride Parade will begin at 1pm on Market Street, marching down Main Street, Poughkeepsie into Waryas Park, where we are holding a family-friendly LGBTQ+ Pride Festival.

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THEATER ANCRAM OPERA HOUSE

Uma Thurman stars in “Ghosts” at the Williamstown Theater Festival July 31-August 18.

Five Celebrities on Stage in the Region This Summer Patti LuPone in “Don’t Monkey Around with Broadway” at the Mahawie Performing Arts Center July 20. Great Barrington, Massachusetts Mahaiwe.org The two-time Tony Award winner explores classic Broadway show tunes and talks about her lifelong love affair with Broadway—and her concern for where the Great White Way is headed. John Cameron Mitchel in “The Origin of Love: Songs and Stories of Hedwig” at the Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent July 27. Annandale-on-Hudson Fishercenter.bard.edu “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” creator John Cameron Mitchell visits the Spiegeltent in this intimate, uproarious personal journey through his experiences across two decades of living with Hedwig. Jane Kazmarek in “Tell Me I’m Not Crazy” at the Williamstown Theater Festival July 24-August 3. Williamstown, Massachusetts Wtfestival.org Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Jane Kazmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) stars in Sharon Rothstein’s new, Williamstown Theater Festivalcommissioned comedy about one American family—and one gun. Uma Thurman in “Ghosts” at the Williamstown Theater Festival July 31-August 18. Williamstown, Massachusetts Wtfestival.org Big-screen icon Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) takes an exceedingly rare small-theater role in a production of Henrik Ibsen’s passionate, immortal drama of motherhood, duty, desire, and scandal. Ellen Barkin in “Before the Meeting” at the Williamstown Theater Festival August 7-18. Williamstown, Massachusetts Wtfestival.org Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin (Diner, The Adventure of Buckaroo Banzai) appears in the world premiere of Adam Bock’s (“A Small Fire”) drama that explores the dynamic of one woman’s journey on the road to recovery.

Founded shortly after the Civil War, the National Grange Order of Patrons of Husbandry—better known as the Grange movement—is a fraternal order that encourages the families and other members of American agricultural areas to come together to promote the economic, educational, and social wellbeing of their communities. In farming regions across the nation, grange halls were built to serve the needs of the residents and act as their community centers. One of these structures, Ancram Grange #955, was built in the Columbia County town of Ancram (about 25 minutes southeast of Hudson) in 1927 and continues to function as the town’s anchor—although perhaps not quite as its original builders envisioned. Rechristened the Ancram Opera House in 1972, for years the site focused mainly on staging light operatic fare. Today, the historic wood building hosts regular local theatrical productions and acting, voice, and yoga lessons, as well as performances by top national and international talent in the fields of theater, cabaret, music, film, and other artforms. The Ancram Opera House’s 2019 summer season begins with “Staged Dives: An Evening with Stew & Heidi” (June 28-29), which brings to the humble hall Stew (Mark Stewart) and Heidi Rodewald, the cocreators of the Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Obieaward-winning Broadway musical “Passing Strange.” For this special show, the duo will perform intimate versions of the songs they wrote for “Passing Strange” and tell the stories behind them. “Welcome to the Jungle” (July 6) stars New York cabaret performer Salty Brine in a show that somehow sets selections from Rudyard Kipling’s beloved The Jungle Book to the songs from Harry Nilsson’s hit album Nilsson Schmilsson. In the Obiewinning, one-man play “The Tricky Part” (July 12-14), its star and creator, Martin Moran, reflects on the true story of the sexual relationship he had with an older male counselor while he was an adolescent and teenager at a Catholic boys’ camp—making for “a riveting, often funny, and always surprising journey throughout the complexities of Catholicism, desire, and human trespass.” One of the house’s most popular ongoing events is its “Real People Real Stories” (July 27) series. Inspired by NPR’s “The Moth” and “The Moth Radio Hour,” the performances present local community members (five per show) sharing authentic personal tales. “The Brothers Size” (August 8-25) is a critically acclaimed drama written by Tarell Alvin McCraney that tells the tough-but-tender tale of two Lousiana bayou brothers. The play combines dialogue, poetry, music, dance, and West African mythology “in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong.” Ancramoperahouse.org

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Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial Taking place every other year on the grounds of the Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cousin and confidant Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, is this outdoor sculpture exhibit (June 2-October 31). The show features a collection of 25 pieces by a diverse group of regional Hudson Valley artists and is free to the public. Wilderstein is open daily from 9am to 4pm. Wilderstein.org

Wassaic Project

The year-round multi-arts complex at the reclaimed Maxon Mills in the Dutchess County hamlet of Wassaic fires it up annually with its Wassaic Project Summer Festival (August 3). Running from noon til late, the fest showcases emerging artists, bands, dancers, and filmmakers and promises lectures from artists taking part in the center’s summer art exhibition, “Ad Astra Per Aspera” (through September 12). Participating artists were to be announced at the time of this writing, so check the website for details. Wassaicproject.org

Maggazino Italian Art

This recently opened warehouse art center in Cold Spring is chiefly devoted to postwar and contemporary Italian art. Privately funded by Garrison/New York art collectors Giorgio Spanu and Nancy Olnick, the 20,000-square-foot space and among other works houses many of the more than 500 pieces the couple has collected over three decades. On view is a new solo exhibition and sitespecific installation by multimedia artist Renato Leotta (through June 12); ongoing is a group show of artists from the Arte Povera movement. Magazzino.art

Dusklit

Held at Sugar Loaf’s Seligmann Center every year is its Dusklit interactive art festival (July 20), which is presented as part of the Warwick Summer Art Festival. The one-night bazar at the 50-acre former homestead of Surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann brings together artists from the Hudson Valley and New York Metro areas to transform the site’s landscape with visual art, music, dance, acting, poetry, performance art, fire manipulation, and other artistic styles from 5 to 9pm. Dusklit.com

Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum

Created by sculptor Harvey Fite over 37 years beginning in 1939, this sprawling, six-and-a-halfacre outdoor stone environmental sculpture in Saugerties makes for an essential summer visit, whether you’re a permanent Hudson Valley resident or just visiting the area. Built by Fite using bluestone he quarried himself nearby, the site, which also includes the Quarryman Museum, is open daily for the season from 10:30am to 5pm and often features performances and other events. Check website for updated listings. Opus40.org

The Clark Art Institute

Head over to Williamstown, Massachusetts, to check out the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, commonly known as, simply, the Clark. Established in 1955, the museum is home to European and American art dating from the 14th to the early 20th century. On offer for summer 2019 are “The Forty Part Motet,” a sound installation by Janet Cardiff (through September 15), “Renoir: The Body, the Senses” (June 8-September 22), and “Ida O’Keefe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow” (July 4-October 6). Clarkart.edu

From top: Opening Day Parade in Wassaic. Photo by Anja Shutz Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe, Creation, oil on canvas Courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery Reb Ayse, Ali Feser, and Becky Riedman, Dusklist 2017. Photo by Argenis Apolinario

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Brian Tolle’s Eureka at Art Omi Photo by Bryan Zimmerman

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Art Omi

Without doubt, one of Columbia County’s A-list attractions is Art Omi, the contemporary art and sculpture park in Ghent. The free facility’s summer season is already underway and promises workshops and children’s activities, dance (July 20 and August 31), and live experimental music (August 24), in addition to the gloriously monolithic sculptures installed throughout its rambling landscape. Inside its Newmark Gallery are showings by artists David Shrigley (through July 21), Tschabalala Self (July 27-September 29), and others. Artomi.org.

Storm King Art Center

Part of the landscape, literally, since 1960, the 500-acre Storm King Art Center in Mountainville (a hamlet of Cornwall) boasts perhaps the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculpture in the entire country. Alongside its permanent collection of pieces by Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, David Smith, Isamu Noguchi, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Sol Lewitt, and others, this summer, the center is presenting work by Jean Shin (through November 24) and Mark Dion (through November 11). Storm King also offers special exhibition and highlights tours, yoga, and occasional events. Stormking.org

Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art

Until last year, Peekskill’s Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (or Hudson Valley MoCA) was known as the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. But while the name may have changed, the mission—to bring world-class art and ideas to the region— has not. The museum’s current exhibitions are “Greatest Love,” an overview of works by fiber artist Anne Samat (through September 8) and “Death is Irrelevant: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection, 1975-2018” (through September 8). Hudsonvalleymoca.org

A view of Jean Shin’s Outlooks installation at Storm King Art Center. Photo by Jerry L. Thompson

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Seven Defining Moments in Hudson Valley Art History

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1825: Hudson River School Founded

British painter Thomas Cole arrives in the region, falls in love its natural beauty, and creates a series of landscape paintings that inspire other painters to come to the area and do the same, thereby ushering in the Hudson River School, America’s first arts movement. Cole’s Catskill home and studio, now the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, sits directly across the Hudson from his student Frederic Church’s home, now the Olana State Historic Site.

1905: Maverick Art Colony Founded

English-born arts patron Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and American painter Bolton Brown and writer and social reformer Hervey White had established Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock in 1902 when, three years later, White, after falling out with Whitehead, opens his own Maverick colony on the other side of town. In 1915 he began the Maverick chamber music concert series, which since 1916 has been held in the wooden hall he built on the property

1960: Storm King Art Center Founded

On land donated by industrialists Ralph Ogden and Peter Stern, the Storm King Art Center opens as a museum dedicated to Hudson River School painters. By 1961 it changed its focus to modern sculpture and began expanding its footprint. Today, the 500-acre Mountainville museum has one of the world’s largest collections of contemporary outdoor sculpture, with works by Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi, and others.

1976: Opus 40 Creator Harvey Fite Dies

Sadly, seven years after retiring from 40 years of teaching at nearby Bard College and without completing Opus 40, the sprawling sculpture garden in Saugerties he began building in 1939, artist Harvey Fite is killed after accidentally driving his ride-on lawnmower over one of the artwork’s 12-foot ledges. Having named the sculpture for the number of years he expected he’d need to finish it, Fite was a mere three years from its completion when he died. Opus 40 remains a popular local destination today.

2003: Dia:Beacon Opens

In a 160,000-square-foot former Nabisco boxprinting facility, the nonprofit Dia Art Foundation opens Dia:Beacon, one of the biggest indoor modern and contemporary art exhibition spaces in the world. Easily reachable from New York via the Metro North Railway, the museum quickly becomes a popular tourist destination and fuels Beacon’s artistic and economic renaissance.

2010: 0+ Festival Founded

With the mission of bringing “complete physical, mental, and social well-being by connecting artists directly with a coalition of health care providers and health resources, in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community,” the inaugural 0+ Festival of music and art is held in Kingston. The splashy event takes over Kingston every October, attracting attendees from all parts of the globe while providing free health and wellness clinics to the participating musicians and artists whose sounds and creations light up the town, and has inspired the launch of 0+ festivals in other cities.

2019: The Gallery Scene Flourishes

With its long, rich tradition of art making and the environment that nurtures and inspires it—not to mention its easy accessibility to New York City— the region is in the midst of an artistic explosion. Its thriving network of galleries in population centers like Hudson, Kingston, Beacon, Newburgh, Albany, New Paltz, and Poughkeepsie; those tucked away in smaller towns like Woodstock, Catskill, Saugerties, Phoenicia, and Sugar Loaf; and the proximity of the cutting-edge Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, all add up to say one thing, loudly: The next moment for the Hudson Valley’s art scene is now

“Basquiat x Warhol” at The School It feels safe to say that no two modern artists are more emblematic of Downtown New York than Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Warhol was the Originator, the daddy of Downtown cool and the father of pop art; Basquiat was the nextgen upstart, the erstwhile graffiti writer whose jagged, colorful, neoexpressionist images smashed together the late 1970s/early 1980s Lower East Side mashup of rap, punk, and street art. Swirling about in the city’s club scene and edgier art world of the time, it seems natural, in retrospect, that the two maverick masters would find each other—and work together. The series of collaborative paintings the pair made circa 1984-1985 is the core of “Basquiat x Warhol,” an exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery’s the School in Kinderhook through September 7. On the surface, the union between the two—always platonic, according to those close around them— was also perplexing to many. By the time they met, Warhol, his ’60s Factory days long behind him, had slipped into becoming part of the Uptown high-art establishment. His street cred was diminished, and many of the rebels he’d first inspired saw him as staid and irrelevant. Basquiat, by contrast, was the disheveled enfant terrible, a street kid of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage who peddled his postcard-sized paintings on the sidewalk by day and tagged the walls by night. (The story of their friendship, depicted in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biopic Basquiat—with David Bowie playing Warhol—goes that it began when the audacious

Basquiat spied Warhol in a restaurant and sold the elder artist some of his miniature works.) “It was like some crazy-art world marriage and they were the odd couple,” Warhol’s studio assistant Ronnie Cutrone told Sleek magazine in 2017. “The relationship was symbiotic. Jean-Michel thought he needed Andy’s fame, and Andy thought he needed Jean-Michel’s new blood. Jean-Michel gave Andy a rebellious image again.” That new blood and its reciprocal rebelliousness is all over the works featured in “Basquiat x Warhol”— although at the time much of it was first shown, in 1985, the critical reception was mixed. “[T]he collaboration looks like one of Warhol’s manipulations,” said the New York Times. “Basquiat, meanwhile, comes across as the all too willing accessory.” Whatever the public’s perceptions were, though, in the end the team-up proved short-lived. After a falling out, Warhol died at 59 in 1987 from complications following gall bladder surgery; Basquiat fell to heroin at 27 in 1988. Along with the cream of their collaborations, “Basquiat x Warhol” features iconic and obscure works by both artists. The former grouping includes Warhol’s Last Supper (Camel/57) and several large-scale oil and acrylic paintings by Basquiat; among the show’s lesser-known items are Warhol’s torso paintings and Basquiat’s anatomy prints. Supplementing the exhibition are projections of Warhol films and a screening of the PBS American Masters documentary Basquiat: Rage to Riches. “Basquiat x Warhol” is on view June 1-September 7. Jackshainman.com/school-2-21

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, Untitled (Two Dogs), acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1984. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2019.

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Above: New York City Ballet performs Justin Peck’s “Principia”; appearing at SPAC July 16-20 Photo by Erin Baiano Opposite: Elevator Repair Service performs “The Select”; appearing August 10-11 at Lumberyard Photo by Rob Strong Pilobolus at the Five Senses Festival Photo by Brigid Pierce

Five Great Choreographers and Their Hudson Valley Area Connections Twyla Tharp (b. 1941) In 2016, the Emmy and Drama Desk award winner and her company were in residence at Hunter’s Catskill Mountain foundation, where they also performed.

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) The choreographies of this pioneering mother of modern American dance are enshrined in the archives of the Isadora Duncan International Institute in High Falls.

George Balanchine (1904-1983) A dedicated horse-racing fan, the Russian-born founder of the New York ballet led his company at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and in 1977 was honored with a local parade.

Ted Shawn (1891-1972) The erstwhile husband of fellow choreographer Ruth St. Denis founded the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and retreat in Beckett, Massachusetts, in 1931.

Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) Rosendale resident Margarite Meyendorf was the teenage lover of the Soviet dance luminary. She chronicles the relationship in her 2016 autobiography DP Displaced Person.

Lumberyard (July 6-September 1) This second summer season at Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts in Catskill offers “Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” by the New York Gay Men’s Chorus (July 6), “UnderScored” by Ephrat Asherie Dance (July 13), “Manmade Earth” by theatrical troupe 600 Highwaymen (July 20-21), “Treasure” by performance artist (and Taylor Mac costumer) Machine Dazzle (July 27-28), a new work by the ensemble Elevator Repair Service (August 10-11), “Reconstruction: Still Working But the Devil Might Be Inside” by the Team (August 17-18), and “On the Water” performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (August 31-September 1). Lumberyard.org

Jacob’s Pillow (June 19-August 25) The oldest internationally acclaimed dance festival in the US, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is traceable to the 1930s, when pioneering choreographer Ted Shawn purchased this former farm in Beckett, Massachusetts, and rebuilt it as a center for modern dance. Ticketed performances this summer include Ballet BC (June 19-23), Circa (June 19-23), Compania Irene Rodriguez (June 26-30), Abby Z and the New Utility (June 26-30), Compagnie CNDC-Angiers/Robert Swinston (July 3-7), Dance Theater of Harlem (July 1014), Mark Morris Dance Group (July 17-21), Paul Taylor Dance Company (July 24-28), Martha Graham Dance Company (August 14-17), and more. The Inside/Out series offers free outdoor dance performances. Jacobspillow.org

PS21 (June 29-August 24) Dance reigns at this performing arts center located in an apple orchard in Chatham. The Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Dance Heinbotham, and Parsons Dance are among the acts at its summer season’s Opening Night Revue (June 29). Among the music and theatrical events PS21 promises in the weeks to follow are “Odeon” by Ephrat Asherie Dance (August 2-3), the documentary Black Ballerina (August 6), Philandco Dance Company (August 9-10), Bridgman/Packer Dance (August 16-17), and Parsons Dance (August 2324). The free “Just for Fun” family series features a West African dance and drum performance (July 26), Ephrat Asherie (August 2), Philandco Dance (August 9), and Bridgman/Packer Dance (August 16). Ps21chatham.org

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New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (July 16-20) Cofounded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet has made its summer home at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center since the 1960s. The company’s 2019 SPAC residency leaps off with a tribute to Balanchine and Tchaikovsky (July 16, 18) and follows with an evening of premieres of works by 21st-century choreographers that includes a new creation by Justin Peck with a score by singersongwriter Sufjan Stevens (July 17). Revisited this year is the comedic ballet “Coppelia,” which debuted at SPAC in 1974 (July 18-20). The NYCB’s SPAC season closes with a gala and performance of Balanchine’s “Apollo” (July 20). Spac.org

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence at Bard SummerScape (July 5-7) For three dates only during Bard College’s annual SummerScape spectacular, this collaboration at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts’ Sosnoff Theater between the acclaimed choreographer Richard K. Brown and the dance company Evidence will present two arresting works. Making its world premiere is the SummerScape-commissioned “Mercy,” which features music composed by rock and soul great Meshell Ndegeocello, who will accompany the performance live. Up first each night is a newly interpreted version of Brown’s 1999 masterwork “Grace” that encompasses live music by celebrated R&B artist Peven Everett. Fishercenter.bard.edu

Pilobolus Five Senses Festival (July 21-August 4)

The venerated Pilobolus dance company’s name, in case you’ve ever wondered, comes from that of a phototropic fungus that cofounder Jonathan Wolken’s father was studying at the time of the organization’s 1971 inception. For three weekends every summer, the ever-mushrooming company sponsors its Five Senses Festival near its Washington Depot, Connecticut, headquarters. In response to the growing need for sensory and community connection, the fete features world-class performances, interactive art, local food, and activities for all ages and offers attendees the opportunity to engage with artists, speakers, writers, musicians, foodies, performers, scientists, and more. Fivesensesfestival.com 6/19 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 81


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Taylor Boyland, Mac Twining, and Tess Montoya in Stephen Petronio Company’s “American Landscapes” Photo by Sarah Silver

Stephen Petronio Company This year marks the centennial of the groundbreaking American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), whose work put him at the vanguard of modern dance for more than five decades. On July 12, 13, and 14, as part of a nationwide, six-week celebration of his life, art, and influence, Hudson Hall in Hudson will host New York’s acclaimed Stephen Petronio Company for a series of performances that includes two of Cunningham’s landmark pieces. Born and raised in New Jersey, Petronio began his dance career in 1974 and was initially inspired by Rudolf Nureyev and Cunningham disciple Steve Paxton, with whom he studied contact improvisation. He founded the Stephen Petronio Company in 1984, after several years as the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company. Since then, Petronio and his troupe have performed at prestigious venues in more than 40 countries and at New York’s Joyce Theater for a staggering 24 seasons. In 2018, the company opened Crow’s Nest, a 175-acre dance-study retreat in Greene County offering residencies to artists. Like Cunningham, who is known for his frequent collaborations with artists from other disciplines— John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol— Petronio is highly regarded for his work with figures

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from a varied list of other artistic worlds. These include those from the spheres of music (Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Wire, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood), visual art (Cindy Sherman, Janine Antoni, Anish Kapoor), and fashion design (Patricia Field, Narciso Rodriguez, John Bartlett). One of the three pieces to be performed by Petronio’s ensemble at the Hudson Hall series in July is his own American Landscapes (2019), which features original music composed by filmmaker and musician Jim Jarmusch and Josef Van Wissem with accompanying images by painter and sculptor Robert Longo and lighting by Ken Tabachnick. But, of course, it’s Cunningham’s creations that remain the larger focus of the engagement, which also includes the late choreographer’s Tread and Signals (both 1970). Tread was first performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and features music by avant-garde composer Christian Wolff; Signals debuted at the Theatre de France in Paris. Both stagings will include live music by the group Composers Inside Electronics, costumes designed by Cunningham, and lighting by Richard Nelson. Making up the current iteration of the Stephen Petronio Company are accomplished dancers Ryan Pliss, Taylor Boyland, Mac Twining, Bria Bacon, Ernesto Breton, Megan Wright, Jaqlin Medlock, Nicholas Scisione, and Tess Montoya. Hudsonhall.org. 6/19 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 83


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The Borscht Belt Say the two words “the Catskills” to many people of a certain age and three other words frequently come to mind: “the Borscht Belt.” Also called the Jewish Alps, the Borscht Belt was the slang term for the Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain region where from the early 20th century to the 1980s resorts catering to summering, working-class Jewish New Yorkers—who were often denied lodging by antisemitic local hoteliers—flourished. (“Borscht” alludes to the traditional beet soup associated with Eastern European immigrants; “Alps” is a reference to the mountains that have been a popular European vacation spot for centuries.) Once synonymous with relaxation and generous servings of kosher food and libations, the Borscht Belt hotels, bungalow colonies, and summer camps that dotted Ulster, Orange, Sullivan, Greene counties are more enduringly identified today with another attraction: entertainment. As Jews gravitated upstate from the city, they brought along with them the splashy style of theater and performance of the Lower East Side. Plays, magicians, acrobats, dancing, and live music (especially big-band swing in the 1930s, ’40s, and early ’50s) were nightlife staples, but most of the time comedy was king. Legendary laugh-makers like Henny Youngman, Shecky Greene, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hacket, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jerry Lewis (who as child performed with his vaudevillestar parents in the Catskills, where he also worked as a busboy) honed their acts at such hotspots as the Concord, the Nevele, Grossinger’s Resort, the Granit Hotel, Brown’s Hotel, Kutscher’s Resort and Hotel, and the Friar Tuck Inn. Although inexpensive air travel hastened the demise of the Borscht Belt and most of its now-demolished resorts and big hotels, its spirit and comedic connection lingers on in newer complexes like Sullivan County’s Resorts World Casino, which recently hosted the hilarious Sarah Silverman.

Paula Poundstone (June 15)

The regular panelist of NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” longtime guest on the network’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” host of the podcast “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone,” former host of NPR’s “Live from the Poundstone Institute,” and frequent late-night TV visitor of Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, David Letterman, and others pops into Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater for an evening of her patented brand of deliciously droll observational humor. Paramounthudsonvalley.com

Adam Sandler (June 23)

A “Saturday Night Live” writer and cast member from 1990 to 1995, Adam Sandler, who here makes a rare area stand-up stop at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, is, for many, forever identified with his role as Robbie Hart in 1998’s The Wedding Singer. His other hit films, both comedic and dramatic, include Punch Drunk Love, Mr. Deeds, The Waterboy, Billy Madison, Grown Ups, Spanglish, and The Meyerowitz Stories. Bethelwoodscenter.org

Tig Notaro (July 13)

Following her comedy special, documentary Tig, and roles in “First Ladies” and “Star Trek: Discovery,” the daring diva of dark deadpan drops by Northampton, Massachusetts, for this night at the Calvin Theater. Besides working live and releasing hit comedy album, the Grammy-nominated Notaro, a distant cousin of fellow feminist icon Gloria Steinem, is also a recurring guest on NPR, appearing on “This American Life,” “All Things Considered,” “The Moth,” and “Fresh Air.” Iheg.com

Patton Oswalt (July 25)

Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian, actor, and writer Patton Oswalt seems to be everywhere: on Netflix with specials like “Annihilation” and “Talking for Clapping” and guest slots on “Lady Dynamite”; on HBO’s “Veep”; on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”; on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”; in such films as “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Informant,” “Observe and Report,” and “Zoolander”; the list goes on. And add to that list this live show at the Palace Theater in Albany. Palacealbany.org

Tom Segura (August 8)

Best known for his hit Netflix specials “Disgraceful,” “Mostly Stories,” and “Completely Normal,” actor/ comedian/writer Tom Segura, who hits Albany’s Palace Theater this August, is also the cohost (with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitsky) of the hit podcast “Your Mom’s House.” When he’s not doing all that, Segura can be seen in the movie Instant Family and as a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan,” and other TV shows. Palacealbany.org 6/19 CHRONOGRAM SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW 85


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books Riots I Have Known Ryan Chapman Simon & Shuster, $24, 2019 Riots I Have Known is 119 pages of hilarious absurdity set in a fictional Dutchess County prison. The not-sofunny setting may not seem like an ideal foundation to build a story that forces the reader to laugh out loud every other page, but this first novel by Kingston-based author Ryan Chapman is, well, a riotous piece of fiction. Riots is narrated by an unnamed Sri Lankan inmate at Westbrook prison who has holed himself up in the Will and Edith Rosenberg Media Center for Journalistic Excellence in the Penal Arts. The media center, privately funded at an astronomical cost, houses the newest Macs and the most comfortable, ergonomic chairs. Why would a prison have a need for such a facility? Because it is the publisher of the world-renowned and award-winning publication The Holding Pen, which the barricaded unnamed prisoner edits. While typing out a stream-of-consciousness pre-death “official accounting of events as they happened” during a riot, the narrator tells a superlatively inventive tale, making for a delightfully original novelistic approach. The articulate inmate narrates with an academic tone tinged with airs of colonialism from his Sri Lankan roots. He is obviously knowledgeable, and his publication, The Holding Pen, is wildly popular in the story, as proven by the amount of Twitter followers, the remote staff of Oberlin interns, and the praise from the most revered magazines. But the absurdity of the situation makes you wonder if it was even real in the fictitious story. Or was this crazed inmate just penning a tall tale? It is all just that unbelievable. The creation of this character alone and the language he uses shows that Chapman is a compelling storyteller with an unbounded imagination. Westbrook Prison itself is fictitious. The fundraising warden has courted deep-pocket private donors to create a progressive prison environment­­—progressive enough to start a prison-based publication, widely distribute it, draw millions of visitors to its webpage; and deep-pocketed enough to build a multimillion-dollar media center. The outlandish comedy of the tale helps soften the raw themes that are addressed in the novel. Every prison situation you can think of: unwilling bathroom encounters, willing jail cell encounters, fights, homemade weapons, and the like, are all recounted in vivid detail. But the author’s sublime command of language presents these situations unlike any other prison novel. Riots I Have Known is truly one-of-a-kind: It can be read in one sitting, provides at least 50 laughs out loud, and keeps you in constant awe of the author’s writing abilities. It’s nothing short of outstanding. —Brian Turk

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What has no head or feet and is gray all over? It’s the latest victims in Laird Barron’s new murder mystery, Black Mountain. Former mob-muscle Isaiah Coleridge, now a private investigator in the Hudson Valley, is hired to investigate the gruesome execution of a low-level gangster chronie. One dead body is bad, but when two appear, Coleridge suspects the infamous and chilling hitman-turned-serial killer Morris Oestryk. This follow-up to Barron’s debut crime novel, Blood Standard, is packed with quippy dialogue and kick-ass action that drives the deadly narrative.

In Spiritual Rebel, author and multifaith reverend Sarah Bowen draws from numerous ideologies, including Taoism, Jediism, and science, to provide a weekly guide for exploring one’s own spirituality. Bowen rebels against the notion of singular faith, instead teaching readers how to draw their spirituality from everyday lessons and realize that there is no wrong path. She exudes her passionate and accepting tone through light and playful prose that is as enjoyable as it is enlightening. Her alternative methods to connect with your spiritual side range from bathing in the energy of the forest to catwatching and general mindfulness. Spiritual Rebel is an appealing read for atheists, agnostics, or spiritually seekers.

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The only life During-the-Event (DE) ever knew was the peaceful existence of his rural home in North Dakota. But when an environmental catastrophe ravages the US, his life changes forever. In a twisted conservation effort, the government attempts to eradicate the weak and undesirable survivors to preserve resources for the social elites. The sheltered population lives in constant a state of drug-induced bliss as genocide survivors scavenge the wasteland. This disaster leaves DE equipped with only his wilderness survival skills and will to endure as he embarks on the wildest adventure of his life. Winner of the 2018 Permafrost Book Prize, this dystopian novel offers a frightening glimpse at the ramifications of climate change and the degradation of morality in survival mode. During-The-Event is also an engaging coming-of-age tale, pitting youthful innocence against the forced maturity imposed by this harsh postapocalyptic landscape.

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When Alexander Stewart Scott stepped on a Canadian steamboat in 1826, he never imagined that his diary would still be read over a century later. Everything Worthy of Observation documents his meticulous notes from the journey, offering a glimpse at early 19th-century New York and lower Canada. History buffs will enjoy Scott’s detailed accounts ranging from the daily trials—enduring the dust kicked up by stagecoaches—to the fantastic—a first glimpse of the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. The narrative is aided by the expert editing of Paul G. Schneider, who decodes unfamiliar vocabulary and adds helpful footnotes. This historical book comes equipped with charts, maps, and sketches to illustrate the earliest iterations of our country.

This children’s book follows two canine companions, Olive and Pekoe, as they share four short walks through their town and forest. Pekoe, with a young and energetic golden retriever, is ever-curious, constantly looking to play. Olive is the elderly companion who shuffles behind the puppy as they set out on adventures. Based on the author Jess Davis and the illustrator Giselle Potter’s actual dogs, the two main characters have an endearing relationship where Olive serves as the wise old mentor and Pekoe is the cheerful company. Together the two chase chipmunks, get caught in a thunderstorm, and meet with other dogs. The tale is accompanied by Potter’s signature whimsical illustrations, which are sure to delight young readers.

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Brooklyn-born poet and novelist Catherine Gigante Brown explores female maturity and friendship in her latest novel, Better Than Sisters. The book follows Desi Ruiz and Cici Piccolo as they overcome the obstacles of growing up and blossoming into young women in New York City. Readers follow along as the two slowly, and sometimes painfully, emerge from their shy cocoons and evolve into beautiful and confident young women. Along the way, Ruiz and Piccolo deal with all the classic coming-of-age challenges such as first love, grief, and, of course, puberty. While their problems threaten to push them apart, they must fight to overcome their differences. Brown’s first-person and comical tone is reminiscent of a youthful tale from your parents, with all the lessons and honesty that come attached.

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music Amy Rigby The Old Guys 2018 Southern Domestic Recordings Amyrigby.com It’s been almost a quarter of a century since Amy Rigby released her debut solo album, Diary of a Mod Housewife. How does that happen? As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Rigby’s latest long player, The Old Guys, echoes Housewife in basic ways. She still draws hard on hooky melodies, ’60s jangle, and Kinksian power chords. And she’s still smart as the day is long. The disc actually starts out with a letter, from Philip Roth to Bob Dylan, on the event of the latter’s Nobel win. And, in the album’s best song, simply titled “Robert Altman,” Rigby asks the director—famous for splitting his stories into fragments, like the cracked pieces of a mirror—if it was “worth the hurt and hassles.” The thrumming genteel “Altman” contains the word “nabob.” Only Amy Rigby does that. “Are We Still There Yet” displays the singer’s crafty wordplay, often reserved for sexual innuendo on previous discs. And “Playing Pittsburgh” is a look back at roots that seems far more bitter than sweet. “I left at 16,” she sneers, “’cause I couldn’t take more / Nobody tried to hold me back / They helped me pack and held the door.” Ouch! Recorded with her husband, Wreckless Eric, Rigby’s voice—a little wiser, a little richer—is set off amidst the guitars. At her best, she recalls Albany legend Lonesome Val, another unsung underdog who cut her teeth in New York but found her true calling upstate. Great stuff. Amyrigby.com. —Michael Eck

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By way of explaining why he has spent much of his career championing the work of little-known composers not named Kyle Gann, composer/critic Kyle Gann wrote, “You can’t be a visible composer in an invisible scene, and no one else was writing well about the scene I came from.” That scene is experimental serious music, microtonal music in particular. In his stunning new two-CD sequence Hyperchromatica, the Bard professor extends the work of the ascendant American outsider composer Conlon Nancarrow, who found his ideal performer in the player piano. Gann composed Hyperchromatica for three computer-tuned Disklavier pianos strung together to become a single 243-key programmable microtonal instrument. “Hyperchromatica I: Andromeda Memories” begins with a chord euphonious enough to belong in a Satie Gymnopédie, but within seconds, departs the world of equal temperament for alien cascades and glissandos that will, if you let them, change everything. Be not afraid. Many pieces here, like “VII: Dark Forces Signify,” are lucid, approachable, and slippery in the most delightful way. —John Burdick

With a lush yet relentless sound, Troy’s Rechorduroys are the ideal soundtrack for a Hudson Valley summer. The six-player outfit features veterans from vital Capital Region combos Pony in the Pancake and Party Boat. Their self-titled debut has a tension between the wispy, melancholic vocals of singer Benjamin Garrett backed by a buoyant mix of surf rock, country undertones, and gently forceful indie rock musical palette. The opening track, “Two Stones,” begins with a twangy slide guitar line layered into a plush bed of reverb and eventually builds into a fuzz-toned march before dissolving into a skeletal resolution. “If It’s True” is a real vocal highlight for Garrett; on this ballad of unrequited love, he conjures up some of the whispery dissolution that made Big Star’s 3rd so compelling. Fans of dream pop, surf, power pop, and roots music will find lots to like here. —Jeremy Schwartz

New Paltz band Yard Sale’s newest release, Every Day, is a collection of nine whiskey-soaked roots and Americana tunes that inspire foot stompin’ and washboard scrapin’, and are tailor-made for either fightin’, cryin’, or drinkin’. Maybe even some combination of all three. The record kicks off with the ribald-but-timeless “It’s a Doggone Shame.” Sweetly sung harmonies sit behind lead vocal deliveries that at times feel like a spit in eye. The band plays a style of music that has been augmented, modified, co-opted, and in varying degrees, either perfected or butchered by several in the post-Dylan-and-the-Band-move-to-Woodstock era. But Yard Sale do the well-traversed genre much justice, and their live show does not disappoint (catch them at the Falcon in Marlboro on June 21). They’re the kind of band that barely needs electricity or amplification to translate to an audience. This writer highly encourages your attendance. —Mike Campbell

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poetry

EDITED BY Phillip X Levine

The Night The night is when trees blow in the Wind And owls swoop overhead. Creatures scurry on the ground, And in the air The night is when mysterious things happen. And in the morning, windows are opened to the bright sun. —Ryan Alejandro Kraeher (10 years)

He said I should listen to him more. I said I would if he talked less. —p

Spring Haiku

Marty’s 81

I Trees’ purple blossoms, Young women in fine clothing: Come, pollinate me.

and I walk out into the frigid day Chris Weisman my guide to the next nowhere, Spring is in the air.

Marty’s 81, has a parched, post-pneumonia cough and the shits from diverticulitis. A blood clot in his leg he can’t afford the apixaban for cos you can’t survive on a pension and social security. Lives w/ his daughter in a shit-lorn town in the Hudson Valley that everyone struggles to avoid lest you’re driving through in a funeral procession because his third wife Peg, a beautiful girl, a very smart girl, took to the booze and the old farm house they’d rehabbed somewhere in shit-lorn, Pennsylvania. 28 years. He counts. 28 years. Played Carnegie Hall as a child and sang doo-wop w/ the mafia boys back in Bensonhurst. Bought his first Vette in ’59. A turquoise baby that stole your breath while Sal The Snake stole your wallet. Shows me pictures on his cell phone. His whole life in his hands. In the hands of strangers. The old stone house he restored w/ Joan, his second wife who had five kids and took on my three. Plays piano for Saint Margaret’s down the road in shit-lorn at the intersection where the light don’t work. The ’62 Corvette. The ’65. People were worth something then he rasps, cold phlegm seizing his pipes. Shows me his cousin Maury’s place up in Saratoga. Raises horses and runs a marina on Manhasset Bay. Maury’s the smart one he swears scraping his lungs. More pictures of grandkids and horses, cars and pianos. His fix-it shop in shit-lorn where he still fixes vintage stereo equipment. I take in a piece here a piece there he says for pocket money. I tell him about my McIntosh w/ the fried left channel. Here’s my email, send me some pictures maybe I can help ya he says. Served in the service but that don’t mean shit. His son’s got his hunter green ’74 Vette until he can get a place of his own. Pictures of his daughter’s daughter who just turned four. Gonna start her on scales when the cough’s all gone. Any day now, he says.

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—Mike Jurkovic

II Forsythia fade. Dandelions, daffodils Fill the soft green lawns. III Like a slow sunrise Greening trees climb the mountains. An old man on a bench. —Jim Lichtenberg A poem called “Day Off” In a cafe, I’m trying to read about communes in Venezuela, and this just awful dude in Dog the Bounty Hunter shades is cocksplaining libertarianism to his date. My first instinct is sympathy for the girl but she may be even worse— flattering his verbal crescendo, some Yoo-Hoo sophism about how his homophobic grandfather isn’t technically “a bigot,” and their physiological excitement for each other is just crushing my spirit somehow, they can’t wait to finish this “both sides of the issue” foreplay before tumbling awkwardly between dorm room bed sheets while the Netflix hums some docu-banality into the unfilled space. I pretend like I’m mad at them as indicative of some Great Evil but, really am just ashamed of my own voyeurism,

I hold my wife’s Ceramic bowl Crafted with love Filled with onions for soup It overflows slightly. —Daniel Brown

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Boot Fence

Scenes from a coffee shop

The Gift

On metal fence posts stretching barbed wire across undulating hillsides worn cowboy boots hang upside down. Perhaps a reminder that trespassers will be prosecuted, perhaps a ranch’s totem of generations passed finished when all fence posts marking the family’s territory support footwear, the scent to stay out, leave us alone, boots required to enter.

Shift. She sits east, he sits west. She smiles first, then waits but lately he finds less to smile about. Shift. Momma settles daughter into her seat, but only just. She wiggles a little too much, leaving Momma unsettled. Shift. The page remains the same for several minutes, then slowly the head tilts back, mouth opens, and air flows to and fro. Shift.

putting an end to his waste of a life, I put down the gun watch the last

—Diane Webster Perseus I am the future, I have, I am far, far away from civilization, I treasure those who wish upon me, I hear rockets whizz by, light years away, I want, I pretend to shoot through space, I feel invincible, I am celestial, I eat, I touch the hearts of millions every night, I worry, I cry when dreams don’t come true, Perseus, Citrus Triplett, continued… I understand, I speak, I dream of being an alpha to a constellation, I try to make wishes come true, I hope to never burn out, I am infinite. —Citrus Triplett Consider A door solid Set plumb in a wall Lock latch and hinge Pregnant potential Lintel to sill It only takes One step

—William J. Joel Neighbor In the morning, cold, white light Blankets all like heavy snow. There’s my neighbor walking by; His tracks fill with drifting glow. “Neighbor!” I call loud and clear. But my neighbor does not hear. He is walking, white-haired, tired Further, further, Higher, higher… —Ed Pobuzhansky Translated from Russian by Yana Kane, edited by Bruce Esrig

tremors wrack his body as he dies. I open my eyes and he’s still alive, he sleeps so quiet he might as well be dead. I count off the minutes until he wakes up sees the gun in my hand and begs me to do it sees how special I am that I love him so much that I would even kill to bring him some peace. —Holly Day A Haiku I looked haikus up. They’re often about nature. Do they have to be? —Christopher Richard Cook

Michelle, I Take Poetry Classes and Think It’s Just Messing Around Because I Don’t Feel I Write Poetry So Well and I Asked The Professor What Is Not A Poem and He Shrugged Saying Everything Is, So, Here Ya Go

If I had prepared, things would have been different, but I can’t say just how.

Stepping out on the snow I feel the wet weeping into the holes in my Converse soles and running fast won’t reverse that, but I can at least get out of the cold, though your heat only works in defrost mode, my feet are steaming, and our cigarette smoke gets thrown up the windshield to join with that curling from the upholstery hanging under the ceiling which you are melting with the hot end of a Zippo and off to campus isn’t where we go but a visit with Will working retail who left school last year but won’t get off ‘til four so we head downtown to see Billy in the Jamaican record store who asks if you party to which you reply with a shrug and shy nod not knowing in our inexperience what he really means at the time and the sky is grey at noon and I say I’d like to hibernate inside a cocoon all winter and you’re now married with chickens a garden knitting a husband and kid and I’m still trying to pry myself uninvited into summer from this chrysalis shell.

—Jennifer Fiorile

—Christian Chism

—Steve Otlowski

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Annabelle Popa at Kingston Pop Museum This millennial illustrator brings her fantastic worlds and strange creatures to Kingston this month. Inspired by nature and folklore, Popa’s illustrations and murals meticulously depict otherworldly creatures that could be straight from the golden age of comic books. June 1-16 Fight, a pen and ink drawing by Annabelle Popa.

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June 24 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 June 1: “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” at Shadlowland Stages June 2: “The Trip to Bountiful” at PS21

June 7: Asbury Shorts Film Concert at Rosendale Theater June 10: Brice Marden at ‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck June 12: Hudson Valley Cider Week

June 15: Poughkeepsie Open Studios June 19: Rockland-Bergen Music Festival June 21: Jim Lauderdale at the Towne Crier June 23: Rhinebeck Crafts Festival at Dutchess County Fairgrounds June 25: Plastic Crimewave Syndicate at Tubby’s

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Brice Marden's Cold Mountain Studies 1, from the exhibition “Brice Marden: Cold Mountain Studies” at ‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck from June 9 to August 11.

Figurative artists draw inspiration from landscape; abstract artists are inspired by books. In the 1980s, artist Brice Marden discovered the Cold Mountain poems, classic Chinese verses composed by Han Shan, a semi-mythical hermit-poet who lived sometime between the 6th and 9th century AD (if he ever lived at all). Between 1988 and 1991, Marden produced a series of drawings based on these poems. The entire series, “Cold Mountain Studies,” will be on view at ‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck beginning June 9. Since I came to dwell up on Cold Mountain how many ten thousands of years have gone by… Accepting chance and change, I hid away by a spring in a grove; perched there, just watching, I was satisfied wrote Han Shan. The Cold Mountain translation Marden found, by Red Pine, was bilingual; on one side were Chinese characters, on the other side, English. Fascinated by both the poetry and the characters of the original writing, Marden began making drawings by dipping twigs in ink. (Most of the stems came from an ailanthus tree behind his studio on the Bowery.) There is no one-to-one correspondence between the drawings and the poems; each artwork “translates” all the poems at once. Though Marden does not practice Zen meditation, he approached these works with the daring spirit of a Zen calligrapher slashing at rice paper with an

ink-soaked brush. Sometimes in art, limitation can be freeing. Painting with twigs, rather than brushes, allowed unexpected flips and twists in the figures. These drawings have the happy, organic fluency of a collaboration between man and tree. “They’re very musical to me: the rhythm, the repetitions, all the changes,” remarks director/curator Susan Wides, of the 35 drawings. The “Cold Mountain Studies” are classic works of late 20th-century art, available for the first time in the Hudson Valley. Though Marden’s drawings are a series of performances, they also suggest visual imagery; I see mattresses, shirt collars, a bass drum, hats, seagulls, buttocks, arguing heads. Brice Marden was born in Bronxville, New York, in 1938. He received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1963, then went to work as a guard at the Jewish Museum. In 1966, Marden became the assistant to Robert Rauschenberg. That same year, he had his first solo exhibition. By the mid-’70s Marden’s reputation was well established. The artist has a home in Tivoli. ‘T’ Space is a nonprofit gallery founded in 2010, which includes a 30-acre nature preserve, dotted with art installations. The ‘T’ refers to the shape of the gallery, which was designed by architect Steven Holl. Using windows and skylights, the gallery is lit by natural light. ‘T’ Space is open to the public only on Sundays. —Sparrow

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Sustainability One Fair

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After outgrowing Basilica Hudson, the second annual One Fair sustainability conference will be held in Kingston’s Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center on June 8. Founded with the intention to inspire conscious connection, the fair boasts an impressive lineup of renewable energy businesses and advocates in areas like solar, passive home design, geothermal, electric vehicles, gardening and permaculture, and waste management. Industry experts will be on hand to educate and engage the community with hopes of catalyzing a larger systemic change. The fair also offers fun activities and art installations to keep the kids entertained while parents geek out over green energy. 10am-6pm. Free. Theonefair.com

Food & Drink Stormville Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

More than 15 food trucks will land on the tarmac of the Stormville Airport for the Stormville Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival on June 8, offering BBQ and American, Greek, Italian, and Mexican food. The festival will also have an artisan market with arts and crafts and specialty foods as well as a Car Show flaunting over 60 spiffy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The festival offers plenty of entertainment from bouncy houses and face painting for children to helicopter rides for big kids. Stop by for home brew competitions, food truck face-offs, and a horse show. The familyfriendly event will have a kids’ zone and corn hole tournament plus live music and plenty of outdoor space to lay out a blanket for a food truck picnic. 11am-5pm. $5. Stormvilleairportfleamarket.com

The "Vivien Collens: New Sculpture" exhibition at Holland Tunnel Gallery. Photo by Danielle Van Houten

Music Rockland-Bergen Music Festival

The sixth annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival returns, bringing a week of music that connects the local community with talented artists and charities like Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, WhyHunger, and Light of Day. From June 19 to June 23, the German Masonic Park, on the border of Rockland and Bergen counties, will rock out with high-profile country headliners like Steve Earle & The Dukes and John Prine, and a stacked lineup of other acts like the Willie Nile Band, Donna the Buffalo, and Joe Purdy. If you were born in the year of 1969, you will get in for free in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. $53-$81. Rocklandmusicfestival.com

Food & Drink Cider Week Hudson Valley

From northern Westchester to Albany, over 18 craft cideries will participate in Cider Week Hudson Valley, an initiative launched by Glynwood in 2010 to promote the burgeoning industry. Festivities will kick off on Friday, June 6 with a ’90s Dance Party at Pennings Cidery. Then through June 16, participate in on-farm cider tours, tastings, and events like Doc’s Cider Trivia Night and the Father’s Day Pig Roast Cider Party at Brooklyn Cider House, while you meet cider makers, learn about pairing cider and food, and hone your taste preferences. June 7-16. Ciderweekhv.com/hv

Art Mount Tremper Arts

This contemporary art lab space in the Catskills kicks off its 12th season on June 15 with a series of eight new experimental performances—deeply rooted in collaboration and activism. Over 25 artists working in a variety of disciplines including Stephanie Acosta, Hadar Ahuvia and Tatyana Tenenbaum, Ballez, and Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers. On June 15 at 8pm, David Thomson, Julie Tolentino, Mariana Valencia, Takahiro Yamamoto, and Mlondi Zondi perform “Marking the Occasion,” exploring the intersection of text and performance in a collaborative dance-writing event. Mounttremperarts.org

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On Saturday, May 4, the exhibition Vivien Collens: New Sculpture opened at Holland Tunnel Gallery in Newburgh. Paulien Lethen has curated a solo exhibition containing over 30 new works ranging from intimate studies to large-scale constructions. The sculptures are primarily rendered in painted wood and steel or welded and powder-coated aluminum. While the acclaimed artist has had many exhibitions of paintings and works on paper, this event marks the first presentation of her sculptural corpus. Through Collens’ whimsical assemblages, the exhibition explores a number of interrelated concepts. The undergirding themes of this show include childhood, domesticity, innocence, notions of play and a sense of discovery. With titles such as Little Squirt, Doll with Gray Skirt, and Skater, audiences are prompted to consider this assemblage of works through a sepia-tinted lens of nostalgia, memory, and imagination. Each work touches on a deeply personal aspect of Collens’ upbringing. Yet, every artwork is very much accessible because her masterful mining of the past involves excavating and examining elements that many viewers can easily recognize and relate to.  As spectators make their way around the gallery, it becomes more evident that Collens has developed a particular visual language of forms that she deploys. This sculptural vernacular is comprised of prong stool elements (what she describes as tripods); spinning tops; ribbed, rectilinear forms; planes tilted at various angles; and pegs or legs. Interestingly, both the forms and colors call to mind dice or game pieces. For instance, Summer Window is made up of four sheets of metal folded on top of themselves. This compressed wall sculpture is emblematic of one of the artist’s signature forms, resembling plastic punch-out elements from a board game or even the breadboard of a computer chip. In Doll with White Skirt and Doll on Soap Box, Collens makes use of

another one of her visual units, namely planes. Both are situated on bases fabricated by the artist, feature tilted or skewed planes, and directly reference toys, wooden blocks, nostalgia, and overall elements of play. Doll on Soap Box is further adorned with a spinning top. Repeatedly encountering these uneasy forms that appear to be buckling or faltering naturally encourages viewers to think about what forces are acting upon these structures to cause such stress and pressure. To my mind, Collens has constructed and arranged a series of works that thoughtfully probe memory, the crushing weight of time, the pressure to mature, and the construction of identity. There is a strong contrast between the heavy, industrial materials Collens utilizes and the whimsical nature of her art. All of her sculptures have a playful liveliness to them—particularly the smaller ones—as if brought to life by some magical, animating force. Visitors might interpret this contrast as the artist’s attempt to reconcile aspects of life that are normally separated: play and work; discovery and routine; emotion and logic. Gymnast’s Fantasy and Surprise Ball perhaps best embody this central theme of the exhibition. The former strongly resembles a pull-toy with ball, and the latter, with its metal ribbons and wires, seems to form a nest of tangled up trinkets and memories. Overall, it is as if Collens has excavated the heap bin of history, recovering and reconstructing the memories and objects of youth. She provides guests with an intriguing encounter between past and present, posing questions about personal evolution and examination of self through the colors, forms, and associations of another time period.  “Vivien Collens: New Sculpture” is on display at Holland Tunnel Gallery until June 23. Hollandtunnelgallery.com. —Tony Huffman 6/19 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 99


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Barbara Gittings Triptych, Carl Grauer, oil on board with gold leaf detail, 20" x 32", 2019.

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“Mortals, Saints, and Myths” at Carrie Haddad Gallery

stablished in 1991, before Hudson was a booming mecca for art and culture, Carrie Haddad Gallery organizes seven spectrum-spanning group exhibits per year in a 3,000-square-foot gallery space at 622 Warren Street. “Mortals, Saints, and Myths” will run from June 12-July 28. “We have a very special group of Hudson Valley artists who focus on the human figure as a subject,” says Linden Scheff, director at the gallery. “We like to dedicate at least one exhibit a year to the figure and the bizarre narratives that often tag along.” Poughkeepsie-based artist Carl Grauer will be paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion with “The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous.” This new series depicts iconic figures in the LGBTQ+ rights movement such as James Baldwin, Barbara Gittings, and Audre Lorde as saints. Not all the works are styled after the Catholic fashion; Harvey Milk gets a Hindu deity treatment, with a halo and six arms, each holding his modern weapons, like a megaphone. Grauer will convert one room at Carrie Haddad into a shrine-like space, with a moving-yet-ironic, sanctified atmosphere. “Religion has played such a strong role in my existence from birth and still does whether through faith or through rejection,” says Carl Grauer. “Because of this, I am choosing to use the very form of art that the church has used to honor and remember their saints and martyrs. People may not know some of these subjects, so it is important to me to depict our history so that these events and people are acknowledged with reverence and not forgotten.” Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick deliver a delightful break from the norm; enter a parade of colorful characters from the Truppe Fledermaus and the ongoing series “Madame Lulu’s Book of Fate.” This exhibit will showcase the many layers of the collaborative

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team’s imagination and talents with an installation of fantastical photographs and drawings. Highlights include an epic rendition of the Medieval Danse Macabre, styled in true Kahn and Selesnick carnivalesque fashion, uniting one and all on the ultimate march toward death. John T. Unger will show two large mosaics in his debut exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery. “Unger used hand-cut pieces of marble and precious stones to create two life-sized mosaic reproductions of the human anatomy based off of the 16th-century anatomical drawings of Bartholomeo Eustachi,” says Scheff. “I have never seen anything like it before.” At the series end, there will be 14 mosaics and a total of 14 miles of carved stone. Multiple artistic personas are required to handle the creative enthusiasm—and the volume of work—Mark Beard produces. Oil paintings. Life Drawings. Masculine bronzes. Beard is versed in a wide array of mediums, and he is a mainstay at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Other featured artists in “Mortals, Saints, and Myths” include Juan Garcia-Nunez’s watercolor depictions of Dionysus, the youthful Greek God of fertility, wine and religious ecstasy and David Sokosh who uses a 19th-century photographic process to produce tintypes. Carrie Haddad Gallery is a pillar of the Hudson arts community. Their long-standing presence has allowed them to work with countless artists. But this show seems to be exemplary. “This exhibit excites us because the artists are all so wildly imaginative,” says Scheff. “They are unbridled in their enthusiasm for the subject—and true masters in execution.” “Mortals, Saints, and Myths” will be at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson June 12–July 28, with an artists’ reception June 15, 5-7pm.


Theater The Trip to Bountiful

Comrade Remembered “MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN MAN” AT SHADOWLAND STAGES

A veteran screenwriter from the Golden Age of Television and the man responsible for adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for film, Horton Foote pocketed a Pulitzer Prize, two Academy Awards, and a laundry list of other recognitions before passing away in 2009. His teleplay, “The Trip to Bountiful,” aired on NBC in 1953 and was so well-received that a year later, the lead actors reprised their roles in a Broadway adaptation. “Bountiful” tells the story of Carrie Watts, who escapes an oppressive living situation with her meek son and hateful, controlling daughter-inlaw to visit her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time. Watts meets many people along the way, but must ultimately reckon with deep disappointment of a changed hometown. The Actors’ Ensemble will bring Foote’s play to life at PS21 in Chatham, in a production directed by Ted Pugh. June 1-9. $10-$25. Ps21chatham.org

Film Asbury Shorts Film Concert at Rosendale Theater

Asbury Shorts USA, New York City’s longest running short-film exhibition, celebrates the best in American and international film on the big screen once again in Rosendale. On June 7, the Rosendale Theater will host this popular event as it has done for the past nine consecutive years. The night will feature a collection of short movies including Oscar nominees, US Film Festival “Best of Show” winners, and revered international shorts from the past and present. While the festival features comedies, dramas, and animated films, organizers encourage attendees to be at least 16 years or older. This year’s special treat will be a rare viewing of the globally acclaimed documentary Food City: Feast of Five Boroughs, where New York filmmakers Lars Fuchs and Matthew Fleishman cook dinner only with food cultivated in New York City. 7:30pm. Rosendaletheatre.org

Sport Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS)

HITS, the nationally recognized leader in hunter/jumper horse shows, begins its season in Saugerties this month. After a successful winter season in Arizona, Florida, and California, HITS once again brings riders of all ages and experience to test their skills in world-class competition. The HITS Saugerties Spring Series will feature three consecutive weeks of Fédération Equestre Internationale CSI2 competitions and National Open Jumper classes. The series will showcase the top-tier horses in both the FEI and National categories for the entire tour. Additionally, those interested will have opportunities to sell and purchase competition horses on-site. HITSShows.com

Art Poughkeepsie Open Studios

The fifth annual Poughkeepsie Open Studios aims to bridge the gap between your favorite local artists and the public one again this June. This self-guided walking tour around the City of Poughkeepsie will expose you to the best in local literature, history, food and artistic performances: some even including audience participation. This free event will bring you to numerous art studios, both pop-up and permanent, within the city where you can explore and converse with artists about their inspiration, creative process and the media utilize. Some of the creatives featured at the event will include John Breiner, Lynne James, Sean Bowen, and Charles Geiger. Each artist involved lives in Poughkeepsie or have ties to the area. The event will take place on June 15 and 16, 1-5pm. Poughkeepsieopenstudios.org

Craft Rhinebeck Crafts Festival

Over 200 creative crafters will descend upon the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, in late June, to celebrate everything handmade. In the heart of the Hudson Valley, the Rhinebeck Crafts Festival serves as a shopping exposition for contemporary fine crafts and art. Enjoy number of gourmet foods and tastings from multiple distilleries and wineries while the kids watch a puppet show and the stilt-walkers. There will also be a number of crafting demonstrations, including interior design, and music from the top schools in the US courtesy of Classical Oasis. On June 22, the festival will take place from 10am to 6pm and on June 23 from 10am to 5pm. General admission tickets are on sale for $10, seniors pay $9, and children pay $6. Artrider.com

For comprehensive calendar listings visit Chronogram.com/events.

Clockwise from top left: Sean Cullen, Ben Paul Williams, and Kathy McCafferty, in rehersal for “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” running June 1-16 at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville.

Shadowland Stages got its start in 1985 when a group of New York City theater artists moved to Ellenville. They occupied a well-worn 1920s Art Deco vaudeville/movie theater. Eventually the renovated the space, which is 202now their main stage. The 179-seat venue has been presenting live theater to Ulster County audiences for 35 years, keeping tickets affordable and programming a mix of classic, contemporary, and new plays. Shadowland has recently joined the prestigious National New Play Network, dedicating themselves to developing new work alongside a diverse list of theaters around the country. “We are honored to join the membership of this important organization,” says Brendan Burke, Shadowland’s producing artistic director. “Shadowland Stages has a long history of embracing new works. The new resources that the Network provides us will be invaluable to our mission, and our being granted membership is a flattering recognition of our work.” The first National New Play Network production at Shadowlands will be D.W. Gregory’s, “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man.” June 1 is opening night, and the play will run through June 16. Based on an actual communist Russia case study, The Mind of a Mnemonist, by clinical psychologist A. R. Luri, the historically accurate play is set in both 1930s Leningrad and 1950s Moscow, offering a deep dive into the Stalin-shrouded darkness of the Soviet Union. The main character, Alexi, is a Soviet journalist who, much to his demise, has a vivid memory bank as a result of a condition called synesthesia.

Psychologist Natayla Berezina is intrigued by his affliction and conducts a series of interviews during the years leading up to Stalin’s purges. Once Stalin dies, Natalya attempts to revive her career by revisiting her notes on Alexi’s bizarre condition. Both Alexi and Natalya are deemed a threat by the propaganda police, and Soviet censor Kreplev steps in to review Natalya’s work before it can be shared with her peers. The days of Stalin and the wreckage he left behind weren’t that long ago, and the topic of “public truth,” in any form, is wildly relevant in our current times. As we currently decipher fake news and false truths under perpetual surveillance in our everyday life, the subject matter strikes an eerie chord. Since “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” is a historically accurate play set in early Soviet Russia, it may behoove theater patrons to brush up on the who’swho of the era, to keep pace with the material. Shadowland Stages has been an integral part of our areas arts scene for over 35 years, and their recent association with National New Play Network ushers them into the future. There are only six theaters in the state that are members of NNPN: three in the city, two in Rochester, and one in Buffalo. Shadowland’s new association with NNPN not only supports the development of new works and extends the life of new plays, it brings fresh theater to our doorstep. “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” runs June 1-16 at Shadowland Stages. Shadowlandstages.org —Brian Turk 6/19 CHRONOGRAM THE GUIDE 101


June 15, 2019

An exquisite evening of dinner, champagne, pastries, and glorious sounds from Mozart to Miles.

Join us at the beautiful Byrdcliffe Barn for this annual celebration of music across the ages. Cocktails, dinner, music, and champagne, with a raffle of amazing items. Proceeds support our arts programming.

5:30–9:00 PM Byrdcliffe Barn Tickets are available now at (845) 679-2079 or online at the link below. Tickets $150/each Benefactor $500/for 2 Patron $1,000/for 4

woodstockguild.org/operapops.html

Image: Charles Rosen (1878-1950), Firemen’s Hall, 1925, oil on canvas, Gift of Jean Rosen, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

Opera to pops

LECTURES

The Woodstock Art Colony: The Nascent Years 1900-1930 A lecture series with Dr. Bruce Weber JUNE 1 In Quest of Harmony: The Founding Years of the Woodstock Artists Association, 1919-1925

JULY 6 George Bellows and His Woodstock Circle, 1920-1930 AUG 3 The Roaring Twenties: The Woodstock Art Colony and the New Generation * This lecture will run from 2-4 pm with a 10 minute intermission

SEPT 7 Life on the Maverick: The Arrival of Visual Artists, 1920-1930 All lectures take place from 2 - 3 pm at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

ADMISSION

$20 general, $15 members/students $75/$55 series ticket book

Support is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation.

woodstockart.org

MADNESS IN VEGETABLES: HUDSON VALLEY ARTISTS 2019 CURATED BY ALYSON BAKER AND CANDICE MADEY

Scott Serrano, Professor Hitchcock’s Tentacled Jelly Mellon, 2018, courtesy the artist

JUNE 15 – NOVEMBER 10, 2019 Opening reception: Saturday, June 15, 5 – 7 p.m. SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT NEW PALTZ

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exhibits

Sara Cwynar’s Ultra Cosmetics (Nail Polish Forty Fabulous Shades), from the exhibition “Gilded Age” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 9 to November 10.

Sara Cwynar at the Aldrich Museum

David Hornung at Elena Zang Gallery

“The Art of Emily Cole”

Canadian-born Cwynar’s first solo museum exhibition on the East Coast, “Gilded Age,” spans photography, installation, bookmaking, and film. Her work deftly probes from all angles the methods by which images are constructed, pushed, recycled, and—since the advent of the Internet—never allowed to expire. Cwynar poses questions about entrenched stereotypes through appropriation and layering of both real and virtual material, from the curbside Dumpster to eBay. June 9-November 10

Throughout his career, David Hornung, the chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University, has been drawn to the flattened pictorial spaces of icon painting. His works feature an amalgam of landscapes, portraits, and still lifes that makes the viewer work to piece together a story from the seemingly disparate elements. Hornung’s work wrestles with the essential duality of painting: the simultaneous construction and presentation of image and object. June 15-July 2

The daughter of renowned artist Thomas Cole, who founded the Hudson River School, Emily Cole (18431913) was an accomplished artist in her own right. She created an extensive oeuvre of botanical illustrations, which includes over 100 watercolors on paper and painted porcelain objects that now reside in the collection of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill. This is the first solo exhibition of Cole’s artwork on both paper and porcelain, featuring 12 original sets of painted porcelain works and 13 works on paper. Through July 7

Wendy Hollender at Lifebridge Sanctuary

Andrew Neumann at 11 Jane Street

The internationally renowned botanical artist, perhaps best-known locally for her book project with forager Dina Falconi, Foraging and Feasting, shows her anatomically detailed illustrations at the Rosendale retreat center. Her illustrations have been published in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and the Observer. Hollender’s self-described technique is to “undress” the plant in her drawings, exploring plants and flowers on a micro level, the way an insect does, revealing the mystery within. June 2-July 31

For his first solo show in six years, Andrew Neumann will be presenting a series of video projections, text panels, photographs, and sculptures at this unconventional new art space in Saugerties. Neumann’s works reflect on issues concerning the uses of technology, language, and transmission of power. The video projections consist of multichannel loops that deconstruct iconic scenes from classic films—think bigbudget Hollywood musicals from the `30s and `40s. On June 15, Neumann will present a live, interactive video projection piece.  Through July 31

Anne Samat at HVMoCA Peekskill’s contemporary art powerhouse hosts Malaysian textile artist Anne Samat’s first solo exhibition in the United States. In her new body of iconic wall hangings “Greatest Love,” Samat blends intricate textiles and found objects into woven totems to her family, starting with her mother and continuing three generations to her first nephew. Samat, considered to be among the most important artists emerging in Asia, will be in residency at HVMoCA for three months. Through September 8

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exhibits

“Peter Bradley: New Work” at Emerge Gallery Abstract painter Peter Bradley has his first solo show in 1972 and in the four-and-a-half-decades since, the color field artist has exhibited across the world. His work is in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. Bradley continues to paint and make sculpture at his landmarked 18th century Dutch stone house. June 1-30 We Should Be Heros, one of the paintings featued in the exhibition “Peter Bradley: New Work,” at Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, June 1-30.

11 JANE STREET

CARLEY NIELSEN ART GALLERY

GREIG FARM

"Andrew Neumann." Boston-based performance artist. Through June 30.

"Second Annual Student Exhibit." June 15, 5-7pm.

"Farm Salon: Patti Hill Gordon." A retrospective exhibition of painting, collage, sculpture, and ceramic work that represents the full breadth of Gordon’s 40+ year career. June 1-July 1.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY

622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON

11 JANE STREET, SAUGERTIES

277 MAIN STREET, CORNWALL (914) 565-7223.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY

227 PITCHER LANE, RED HOOK

"Saints, Myths & Mortals." Group exhibit focusing on artists who explore the human figure. June 12-July 28. Opening reception June 15, 5-7pm.

HILO CATSKILL

258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CT

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK

HOTCHKISS LIBRARY

"Harmony Hammond: Material Witness, Five Decades of Art." Through September 15.

"Just Beyond the River. A FolkTale." Through June 16.

"Peter Steiner: Paintings." June 1-August 31.

THE ART AT LEEDS GALLERY

CLARK ART INSTITUTE

HUDSON HALL

"Shifting Light: Fresh Landscapes of the Hudson Valley." Group show. June 1-30.

"Renoir: The Body, The Senses" and "Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet." June 8-September 22.

BARD COLLEGE: HESSEL MUSEUM OF ART

CLINTON STREET STUDIO

"Hudson Athens Light." A group exhibition of paintings, photography and sculpture, illuminating and corroborating the ecological, historical, commercial and aesthetic splendors of our bend in the Hudson River. Through June 9.

"From Its Course into Channels." Through May 26, 2019.

"Charles Geiger—Quasibotanics: Smells Like Smoke." New oil paintings and drawings in charcoal and graphite of abstract cactuses. Through June 28.

22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK "Polly Law: Bricolage." Through June 23.

THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

1079 ROUTE 23B, LEEDS

ROUTE 9G, BARD COLLEGE, ANNANDALE-ONHUDSON

BCB ART

116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON "Distant Heights." New paintings by Sasha Chermayeff. Through June 30.

BEACON INSTITUTE FOR RIVERS & ESTUARIES 199 MAIN STREET, BEACON

"From Acid to Art." Through June 27-October 9.

225 SOUTH STREET, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA

4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE

DUCK POND GALLERY

50 RONDOUT LANDING, KINGSTON

"Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson Presented by Bank of America." Through January 1, 2021.

"Death is Irrelevant: Selections from the Marc and Livia Straus Collection, 1975–2018." Through August 2.

EAST FISHKILL COMMUNITY LIBRARY

HURLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY "Winslow Homer’s Hurley—An Artist’s View." The display includes vivid color reproductions of paintings as well as six original 19th century wood engravings from the pictorial press of the day. Through October 31.

"David Craig Ellis: Make Trump Dance." New paintings. Through June 15.

ELENA ZANG GALLERY 3671 ROUTE 212, SHADY

"Handmade Light: Recent Paintings by David Hornung." June 15-July 2. Opening reception June 15, 2-5pm.

EMERGE GALLERY & ART SPACE

BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS

228 MAIN STREET, SAUGERTIES

"Labyrinths of the Mind." Through June 30.

GARRISON ART CENTER

"Peter Bradley: New Work." June 1-30.

23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON "Miniature Dioramas." June 1-23.

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HUDSON RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM

1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL

"Works in Wood: Joann Vandecarr." June 1-30.

36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK

327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON

HUDSON VALLEY MOCA

201 SOUTH DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL

"Iconic Figures and Urban Perceptions." Paintings by Thomas Cale. June 1-30.

10 UPPER MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT

"All God’s Critters. Watercolors and acrylics by Claudia Engel and Mary Beliveau." June 7-29. Opening reception June 7, 5:30pm-7pm.

348 ROUTE 376, HOPEWELL JUNCTION

43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK

"Sculptures and Paintings by Susan Lisbin." Through July 21.

128 CANAL STREET, TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY, PORT EWEN 338-5580.

BEAN RUNNER CAFE

BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY

365 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL

52 MAIN STREET, HURLEY

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY

362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON "Love and Other Shadows." Jiang Weixian, Joseph Haske, Denise & Robert Oehl, Linnea Paskow and Pamela Blum. A group of artists will open the season with a medley of exhibitions for the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House. In celebration, the gallery will have solo shows (sculpture, painting, and photography). Through June 16.


exhibits

“Art of Everyday Objects” at Wired Gallery This show encapsulates a cross-section of goods by 25 local makers—from furniture and home goods to wearables—chosen by curator Erin von Holdt-Gilbert, a Woodstock-based fiber artist, teacher, and one of the exhibiting makers. Exhibiting artists include Danielle Bliss, Jacinta Bunnell, Aditi Chang, Jenny Lee Fowler, Cheyenne Mallo, Cal Patch, Jasmine Redfern, Emily Ritz, Lora Shelley, Victoria van der Laan, and Jenny Younge among others. Through June 23 A basket by Katie Grove, one of the works featured in the exhibition “Art of Everyday Objects,” at Wired Gallery in High Falls through June 23.

KAATERSKILL FINE ARTS

PALMER GALLERY

THE RE INSTITUTE

"History Lessons." Textile-based works of Ann C. Clarke, Associate Professor of Visual Art and Dean Emeritus at Syracuse University. Through June 29.

"Back to the Future: Andrew Tallon’s Vision." Through June 16.

"Threads." Works by Sayzie Carr, Kingsley Parker, Kate Hamilton, and Deena Lebow. June 1-July 13.

QUEEN CITY 15

THOMAS COLE HISTORIC SITE

"Drawn That Way Pop Up." Works on paper exhibition will explore the identity of and culture of the LGBTQ community. June 14-29. Opening reception June 22, 4-6pm.

"The Art of Emily Cole." The project marks the first solo exhibition of Emily’s artwork on both paper and porcelain, revealing her exquisitely painted botanicals. Through July 7.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY

THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY

"Waxing Eloquent: Mitchell Visoky’s Encaustics." Mitchell Visoky is a multidisciplinary visual artist. Through June 2.

"Frank, Margot & Tom." Featuring the artwork of Frank Curran, Margot Curran and Tom Curran. Through June 23.

"Unusual and Common." Plants that nourish our body and soul by Wendy Hollender. June 2-July 31. Opening reception June 2, 3-5pm.

ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE

LOCKWOOD ART GALLERY

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART

7970 MAIN STREET, HUNTER

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK

"Labyrinths of the Mind." The artists in the show are: Nancy Azara, Ford Crull, Greg Dunn, Jane Fine, Owen Gray, Nene Humphrey, Suejin Jo, Zachary Keeting, Ellen K. Levy, Sam Messenger, Paula Overbay, Pema Rinzin, David Sher, Barbara Takenaga, Dannielle Tegeder, and Sarah Walker. Through June 30.

LIFEBRIDGE SANCTUARY

333 MOUNTAIN ROAD, ROSENDALE

747 ROUTE 28, KINGSTON

"50 Years of Landscapes & People." Showcasing art by Ralph Moseley.June 22-July 29.

M GALLERY

350 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL "Contemporary Artists: A Group Show." Catskill artists. Through July 15.

MANITOGA/THE RUSSEL WRIGHT DESIGN CENTER 584 NY-9D, GARRISON

"Michele Oka Doner: Close Your Physical Eye." Through November 11.

MARK GRUBER GALLERY

17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ "Three Views—Carolyn H. Edlund, Linda Puiatti, Marlene Wiedenbaum." Through July 6.

OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE

5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON (518) 828-0135.

VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE

317 MAIN STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE

172 MAIN STREET, BEACON

27 SOUTH GREENBUSH ROAD, WEST NYACK "Rockland County Pride Exhibit." Through June 16.

1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ

218 SPRING STREET, CATSKILL

57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM

124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE

"An Era of Opportunity: Three Decades of Acquisitions." A tribute to James Mundy upon his retirement. Through September 8.

"In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer." An exhibition featuring 52 images by important 19th and 20th century photographers. Through July 14.

WILDERSTEIN PRESERVATION

SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY ARTS CENTER

WIRED GALLERY

"Gardens of Delight." This exhibit features artists Stephanie Anderson, Amy Bergeron, Marilyn Orner, Mary Ellen Riell, Laura Shore, Pamela Stoddart, and Marianne Van Lent. Spencertown Academy Gallery Committee member Norma Cohen curated the show and Moira O’Grady, also a member of the committee, assisted. Through June 16.

"Art of Everyday Objects." Featuring 28 local artists and artisans. Through June 23.

790 ROUTE 203, SPENCERTOWN

STANDARD SPACE

147 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT "Region One School Show." Through December 31.

330 MORTON ROAD, RHINEBECK

5th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial Exhibition. June 1-October 31.

11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS

WOMEN’S STUDIO WORKSHOP

722 BINNEWATER LANE, ROSENDALE "Activ/ist." Work by artist, athlete, and activator Laura Nova. Through June 7.

WOMENSWORK.ART

4 SOUTH CLINTON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE

STORYSTUDIO

"Unapologetic." Through June 8. Closing reception June 7, 5-8pm.

August 31.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM

5 CHERRY STREET, RED HOOK "Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner." Through

"In Frederic Churchs Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature." Multimedia design concepts and installations, developed by leading architects and select artists. Through November 3.

THE CHATHAM BOOKSTORE

ONE MILE GALLERY

"Quiet Light." Stella Elliston exhibit of oil paintings on canvas. Through June 17.

"Rise of the Blind Wombs: New work by Guy Maddin." Curated by Lisa Kehler. June 1-30.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

475 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON

1395 BOSTON CORNERS ROAD, MILLERTON

27 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM

28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK

"100 Years/100 Objects." Items from the WAAM’s archives. Through September 1.

1946 CAMPUS DRIVE, HYDE PARK

"Appetites for Change: Foodways in Post-War America." Through July 31.

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June 7. The Capital Region’s newest venue, Skyloft Restaurant, is housed within an unexpected site for a live music outlet: Crossgates Mall. Last month’s shows included X, the Wailers, and the New Mastersounds. And now here’s this heavy hit by the gods of thundering, lumbering stoner rock, Sleep. Praised for their evocation of the early Black Sabbath sound by no less than Ozzy Osbourne himself, the Chicago trio has caused many a head to bang via landmark LPs like 1999’s Jerusalem and 2003’s Dopesmoker, each of which is comprised of a single hour-long, slownodding track. Big Business features erstwhile Melvins members Jared Warren and Coady Willis. (The English Beat brings it June 1; Robby Krieger plays June 9.) 7pm. $30, $35. Albany. (518) 869-5638; Skyloftny.com.

TODD RUNDGREN

June 9. Rock legend Todd Rundgren stops in at the Mahawie Performing Arts Center while on a book tour for his recently published autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams and Dissertations. For this intimate evening, Rundgren—one of rock’s true renaissance men: a chameleonic, hitmaking singer-songwriter and recording artist, producer, video pioneer, software developer, and interactive artist, among other titles—will hold forth with selected songs and reminiscences about his storied career. (The Boston Early Music Festival presents “Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain” June 21 and 22; Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes jam June 29.) 7pm. $45$85. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100; Mahaiwe.org.

JIM LAUDERDALE

June 21. Two-time Grammy-winning North Carolina native Jim Lauderdale is a classic example of a “songwriter’s songwriter.” His durably crafted tunes speak loudest for him and have been sung by the Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, George Strait, Patty Loveless, and many others. But the honey-voiced Lauderdale, who visits the Towne Crier with his band this month, nonetheless remains a cult favorite among Americana fans. He’s a reliable festival fave and club headliner thanks to his winning blend of country, bluegrass, pop, rock, folk, and blues. In April, the troubadour—a collaborator of Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nick Lowe, Ralph Hunter, and Buddy Miller—released his newest album, From Another World. (Mulebone stomps June 22; Buffalo Stack stampedes June 28.) 8:30pm. $30. Beacon. (845) 855-1300; Townecrier.com.

RICHARD BARONE AND GLENN MERCER June 22. This plum pairing at Colony brings together the vocalists of the two top bands of the smallbut-influential early 1980s Hoboken, New Jersey, underground rock scene: Richard Barone, the leader of the Bongos, and Glenn Mercer, the frontman of the Feelies. For this specially curated night, Barone and Mercer will revisit tunes culled from the songbooks of their own bands, as well as glam rock classics by David Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and more. Backing them will be Feelies percussionist Dave Weckerman, Shrubs bassist Bob Torsello, and others. Tulula! opens. (John Gullo presents “British Punk at the Colony” June 8; the Bobby Lees, Top Nachos, Stuyedeyed, and Hairbag punk out June 14.) 7pm. $20. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625; Colonywoodstock.com.

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June 25. Chicago musician, DJ, illustrator, writer, music historian, and all-around guru Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow, leads Plastic Crimewave Syndicate (nee Plastic Crimewave Sound), which combines psychedelia, punk, and garage rock. This month, the trio takes over Tubby’s to crush tunes from their 2017 album Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom. “The effect is never ironic but always heartfelt,” says the Chicago Reader. “And it provides a wild timeand-dimension-warping ride through decades of psych- and space-rock styles, bringing the classic Blue Cheer/Hawkwind sound through the tones of Japanese high-wire artists and chill Teutonic rhythm drivers.” (Andy Human and the Reptoids rock June 7; Knock Yourself Out and the Fatalitees rage June 22.) 8pm. Donation requested. Kingston. (845) 943-4446; Tubbyskingston.com.

MDOU MOCTAR/GEEZER

June 27. Now right here’s an amazing double-dream bill. Nigerian Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar and his band have blown the minds of Hudson Valley locals during their previous visits to the area. Moctar’s incredible sound stirs the deeply mesmerizing “desert blues” of his birthright traditions together with fuzzy Hendrixisms into epic, undulating, please-don’t-everstop jams. Geezer, of course, are Kingston’s kings of outward-bound heavy psych, and their own brand of expansive, interplanetary exploration makes them the perfect, if unexpected, complement to their cosmic cousins from across the Atlantic. Bravo to BSP for this inspired booking. (Cate Le Bon croons June 25; Wand waves July 2.) 7:30pm. $12, $15. Kingston (845) 481-5158; Bspkingston.com.

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Horoscopes By Lorelai Kude

Sergeant Joe Friday vs. Pontius Pilate Gain insight and create change

Just the facts, ma’am! But are facts real? June is a battle between Sergeant Joe “Just the facts, ma’am!” Friday, and Pontius Pilate, who rhetorically asked Jesus, “What is truth?”

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A tremendous sense of doubt pervades our world, both public and private. Foundational structures we believed would never crumble are being stresstested, and society’s collective anxiety is reaching a fever pitch. It’s never as contagious as it is during this month, which begins with the Sun and Mercury in chatty, information-gathering Gemini. Emotional stakes are raised at the new moon in Gemini June 3 and relationship-oriented Venus in Gemini doubles-down after June 8. In both the private and public realm, information is the premium and the prize. But can we trust the data? How do we know what is true? Expansive Jupiter in blunt, truth-telling (exaggeration-prone) Sagittarius conjuncts the full moon June 16-17, squaring idealistic Neptune in dreamy (illusionary) Pisces. Possibilities of delusional perceptions are enlarged; the borders between idealism and fanaticism may dissolve. Mercury, Mars, and the North Node conjunct in protective, security-minded Cancer, opposite Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in cautious, practical Capricorn. Some may manifest personal courage protecting their homes, families, and communal institutions. Some will demonstrate zealotry with words and some with swords. The fighting is about the definition of reality, both personal and public. What is our reality check when the data is in question? What do we know to be true about ourselves without doubt? Do we recognize gaslighting when we see it? Neptune’s retrograde on the Summer Solstice, June 21, invites us to inventory our ideals and beliefs. Summon your inner Sergeant Joe Friday to gather just the facts, ma’am, and arrest your inner Pontius Pilate. Don’t let that cynical doubter or the noise of the crowd obscure your own inner truth.

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Your nice, cuddly, intimate status quo gets thrown into hyperspeed overdrive June 7 with a Mercury/Uranus trine, followed by ruling planet Venus in Gemini at the first quarter moon in Virgo June 8. Shocking and unexpected declarations lead to abrupt domestic changes and even the reconfiguration of living arrangements seemingly overnight. Words become actions and promises are exchanged. The phrase “I can’t live without you” takes on an urgent and literal meaning. It may be true, but is it healthy? Is it even sane? Avoid signing any apartment leases, loans, or mortgage papers until the stardust wears off next month. A practicing, professional astrologer for over 30 years, Lorelai Kude can be reached for questions and personal consultations via email (lorelaikude@yahoo.com) and her Kabbalah-flavored website is Astrolojew.com


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GEMINI (May 20–June 21)

new moon in Gemini on June 3 couples with communicative Mercury to make happy talk, which quickly escalates to supersized statements, snowballing superlatives, and expanding exclamations by June 9-10 at the Sun-Jupiter opposition. Your plate appears wide and accommodating, and everything seems so doable until it doesn’t. You won’t be able to tell if the load of commitments you’ve talked your way into is too heavy to carry until after the full moon in solar opposite Sagittarius on June 17. There’s nothing heroic about burnout, so bank the time and energy you’ll need to live on after the Summer Solstice June 21.

CANCER (June 21–July 22)

Mars in Cancer all month motivates you to put yourself forward, front-and-center, facing fears head-on only to discover what you thought were towering infernos are only tiny and easily extinguishable sparks. Confronting challenges to your value when Mercury, Mars, and the North Node in Cancer are opposed by Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node on June 16 raises the stakes in the game of chicken you’re playing with your career, but who blinks first? Not you! Lead by example: believe in yourself at the crucial and critical juncture of faith and fortitude, inspiring others to believe in themselves as well.

LEO You’re entering a two-month burst of activity on June 16 when Mercury enters Leo, where it will station retrograde next month, returning to its original departure point by mid-August. Conservatively estimate your ability to deliver results within a restricted timeframe. Don’t let office politics or other people’s personal problems distract you or derail you from your goals. Unless you are the office psychologist, people need to be paying rent for the time they spend crying on your shoulders. Balancing your naturally sunny, optimistic nature with gracious humility is key to avoiding grandiosity. Wisdom is knowing how to say “no.”

VIRGO (August 23–September 23)

First quarter moon in Virgo on June 9 sextiles Mercury, Mars, and the North Node in Cancer. Your metaphorical baby bump is beginning to show. Whatever you’ve been gestating since early March begins receiving the attention it deserves. Heed the words of an older and wiser mentor who imparts an important but potentially hard to swallow truth around June 16. Conditions around the Summer Solstice, June 21, reveal areas in which professional development and knowledge upgrade will become crucial sooner rather than later. Invest in your education and in honing your expertise today to keep yourself sharp and relevant tomorrow.

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Sun, Mercury, Mars, and the North Node in Cancer during some or all of June lends emotionally harmonious support, while sextiling Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn contribute stability. June 13-14 are decisive days during which an escape hatch or golden parachute may appear. If you’re inclined to jump, this is your chance. If you stay and stand your ground, you’ll be rewarded with the payoff of persistence: success wrested from the neardevouring jaws of doubt. You’ve already cleared many hurdles: belief in yourself is your ultimate lesson and fear of failure the biggest obstacle to overcome.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 22)

Your big-picture scenario needs reevaluation and a project management timeline before you’re too swamped with smallpicture details, keeping you from seeing the forest for the trees until the trees are about to fall on your head. Time to call in a consultant or at least let a trusted mentor peek at your plans. You are going in the right direction, but you want to get there all in one piece. Full moon in Sagittarius on June 17 illuminates the crossroads where you stand: Look down and see a lucky penny, look up and see the twinkling stars inspiring your dreams.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 20)

Ruling planet Saturn makes a tight conjunction with the Capricorn South Node during June, demanding an accounting of all your core capabilities and a close examination of the structures and vessels you’ve built to contain and manage your area of expertise. Mars/North Node opposition on June 13 energizes your vision of where all that competence and know-how is going to take you next. The moon’s mini eclipse at the Saturn occultation June 18 sextiles Neptune in compassionate Pisces. Forgiveness of self and others, both now and in the past, cleanses the soul and creates space for the new you you’re growing into.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 19)

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Moon in Aquarius at the Summer Solstice, June 21, blesses your intentionality towards the looming summer months with optimistic altruism. Though you prefer reforming others, the change you seek to see in this word must begin with you. Modern ruler Uranus in Taurus suggests an earth-based focus would benefit your health and your bottom line right now. Connect with nature to nurture and heal your body, your soul, and your mind. Mercury in solar opposite Leo after June 26 empowers you to be brave with your words. Choose them wisely, as you’ll be defending them during July’s Mercury retrograde.

PISCES (February 20-March 19)

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Modern ruler Neptune in Pisces squares classical ruler Jupiter in Sagittarius all month, presenting a challenge to your creativity and an opportunity to synthesize disparate but important energies between your personal and public selves. While you’ve tried to keep them separate, there comes a time when you can’t deny who you are. The stress of keeping up an ever-crumbling barrier isn’t good for you. Accept your inner pull towards integration, and understand that your resistance is based on a misconception of your own worth. The Sagittarius full moon on June 17 reveals your true light, and the glow is beautiful. Stop undervaluing yourself.


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1 Mile Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 11 Jane Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 A & P Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Adams Fairacre Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Albert Shahinian Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Ana Claudia Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Ancram Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Aqua Jet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ari Rosen - Stone Ridge Healing Arts . . . . . 48 Arrowood Farm Brewery . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Art at Leeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Art JuXtapose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Artrider Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Ashokan Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Aston Magna Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . 82 Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Augustine Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Bacchus Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Bard College at Simon’s Rock . . . . . . . . . 96 Bardavon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Beacon Institute For Rivers and Estuaries . . . 70 Beekman Arms Antique Market . . . . . . . . . 59 Benmarl Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Berkshire Hathaway & Hudson Valley . . . . . 39 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . 98 Binnewater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Bistro To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Bodhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 BSP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Buns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Cabinet Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Cafe Mio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts . . . . 69 Carrie Haddad Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Cassandra Currie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Catskill Art & Office Supply . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Catskill Mountain Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Center for Creative Education . . . . . . . . . 82 The Center for Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . 60 Central Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Clearwater Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 CO. Rhinebeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Colony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Culinary Institute of America . . . . . . . . 29 Custom Window Treatments . . . . . . . . . . 39 Daryls House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Dental Office of Drs. Jeffrey & Maureen Viglielmo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing . . . . . . . 87 Dreaming Goddess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Drum Boogie Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Dutchess Pride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Edward Tuck Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Elena Zang Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Ellis Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Fairground Shows NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 The Falcon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Fionn Reilly Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Fisher Center at Bard College . . . . . . . . . . 1 From Europe to You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Garrison Art Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Green Cottage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Green Mountain Minerals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Gunk Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Hales Hardware & Home Supplies . . . . . . . 42 Harney & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Hawthorne Valley Association . . . . . . . . . 98 Health Quest / VBMC . . . . . . . . . . back cover Henry’s at the Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Herrington’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Historic Huguenot Street . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Holistic Natural Medicine: Integrative Healing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Hudson Hills Montessori School . . . . . . . . 110 Hudson River Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 The Hudson Underground . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Hudson Valley Distillers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Hudson Valley Goldsmith . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Hudson Valley Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Hummingbird Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Hurleyville Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Inner Alchemy Peru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Interlake RV Park & Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Jack’s Meats & Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Jacobowitz & Gubits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 John A Alvarez and Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 John Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Kaatsbaan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kary Broffman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Kasuri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kingston Consignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Kol Hai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 L Browe Asphalt Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Le Petit Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Leaf Brands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Life Energy Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Liza Phillips Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Love Apple Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Lush Eco-Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Majestic Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Mariandale Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Mark Gruber Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Matchbox Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Maverick Concerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Maya Kaimal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Menla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Michael’s Appliance Center . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Mid Hudson Home Inspectors . . . . . . . . . 36 Mid Hudson Regional Hospital . . inside back cover Milan Case Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mohonk Mountain House . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Montgomery Veterinary Hospital . . . . . . . . 90 Mother Earth’s Storehouse . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Mountain Laurel Waldorf School . . . . . . . . . 6 Mundy’s Asia Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Newburgh Free Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Newburgh Vintage Emporium . . . . . . . . . . 45 Omega Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Pamela’s on the Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Pegasus Comfort Footwear . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Pet Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Peter Aaron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Phoenicia Festival of the Voice . . . . . . . . . 64

Phoenicia Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Pilobolus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Poughkeepsie Day School . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Powerhouse Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Primrose Hill School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88, 90 Ralph Moseley Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Red Hook Curry House . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Red Mannequin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Regal Bag Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Regent Tours, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Rhinebeck Animal Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Rhinebeck Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Rhinebeck Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Rhinebeck Yoga Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Rocket Number Nine Records . . . . . . . . . 106 The Rodney Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Rosendale Theater Collective . . . . . . . . . . 84 Ryan Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art . . . . . . . . . 102 Sapling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Saugerties Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Schatzi’s New Paltz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Schatzi’s Poughkeepsie . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Schneider’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Select Sotheby’s International . . . . . . . 36, 42 Shadowland Stages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Solar Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Stewart House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital . . . . . . . 88 Suffern Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . 51 Sunflower Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Sunshine Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 SUNY New Paltz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Third Eye Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Tiki Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Town Tinker Tube Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Transcend Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Transpersonal Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . 108 Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ulster County Office of Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . 2 Unison Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Upstate Chiropractic Care . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Upstate Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Uptown Kingston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Vitality Bowls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 WAAM - Woodstock Artists Association & Museum . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Wallace and Feldman Insurance . . . . . . . . 36 WAMC Performing Arts Studio . . . . . . . . . 68 Warren Kitchen & Cutlery . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock . . . . . . . 64, 68 Westwind Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Wild Earth Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Williams Lumber & Home Center . inside front cover Wimowe Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Woodland Pond at New Paltz . . . . . . . . . . 3 Woodstock Art Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild . . . . . . . . . . 102 YMCA of Kingston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Yoga on Duck Pond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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ichael Scudder has worked in the field of information technology for over 30 years, from the telecom industry to air traffic control. The Rhinebeck-based photographer sent us this photograph, which is featured in the “Far & Wide National” show though June 9 at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum with the following explanation: During the 1980s, I worked as a technical writer/contracts administrator for a public sector electronics contractor in Queens. One of the firm’s contracts was for a submarine (or torpedo) decoy—basically an audio player that generates a submarine or ship acoustic signature. The device attaches to a vehicle which might either be towed at some distance behind a vessel or released into the ocean. The purpose is to draw torpedo fire away from a defending target vessel. My employer developed a prototype of such a device in hopes of winning a production contract. The contracting agency required the developer to provide the actual, physical unit for evaluation. Even though my employer had engineering drawings, lack of a physical prototype would present a challenge for the firm when it came time to reproduce the device for production. Absent a physical prototype, their next best option was to document the device photographically. That was my job, which I did with a large format (4x5) camera. Between shots—as I waited for the engineers to set up the views they wanted documented—I captured this image with my 35mm camera. The short man in the foreground seen in silhouette from behind is the chief mechanical engineer. The bearded man in the background on the right is the chief electrical engineer. The metal cabinet in the center of the image is a hyperbaric chamber used to test devices at extreme pressures and temperatures, e.g., similar to those of the deep ocean. Michaelscudderimagery.com

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Submarine Decoy Test, Michael Scudder, March, 10 1980, at Telectro Systems Corp., Queens.


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