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CONTENTS NEWS AND POLITICS 26 WHOSE LIE IS IT, ANYWAY?

The Bush administration purged US attorneys for failing to prosecute crimes that didn’t occur. Joel Bleifuss investigates the great voter fraud hoax.

30 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart documents the decline of the Bush administration’s agenda of corporatism, neo-conservative foreign policy, anti-government government, and right-wing religion.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 32 STEPHANIE SAYS Sarah Coleman profiles Hilary Brougher, whose film Stephanie Daley, shot locally and starring Amber Tamblyn and Tilda Swinton, will be screened this month at Upstate Films.

37 ART OF BUSINESS Ann Braybrooks gets a peak behind the curtain at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, where Chris Silva makes show business his business.

HOME AND GARDEN SUPPLEMENT 79 TAKE IT OUTSIDE Laurie Capps explains how to extend your living space with an outdoor room.

85 HOUSEHOLD HARMONY Architect and feng shui expert Janus Welton tells Laurie Capps how to invite luck inside.

WHOLE LIVING GUIDE 96 YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND Debbie Shapiro explores the relationships among physical, psychological, and emotional health. What are your symptoms and illnesses telling you about yourself?

100 INNER VISION: DON’T GET MAD, GET WISE Author and development coach Mike George explains the journey from anger to peace.

BUSINESS SERVICES 66 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 89 BUSINESS DIRECTORY

A compendium of advertiser services.

102 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY

For the positive lifestyle.

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ARTS & CULTURE 44 PORTFOLIO The photographs of Cannon Hersey at Gallery 384 in Catskill.

46 LUCID DREAMING Beth E. Wilson previews the Jeff Solfrian and Richard Wade exhibition at the Living Room in Kingston, and the photos of Jeri Eisenberg at Carrie Haddad in Hudson.

49 GALLERY DIRECTORY What's hanging in galleries and museums throughout the region.

52 MUSIC Peter Aaron profiles Warwick’s sci-fi death-rock quartet, The Casket Architects. Plus local scenester DJ Wavy Davy’s Nightlife Highlights and reviews of CDs by Neil Alexander & NAIL Tugging at the Infinite. Reviewed by DJ Wavy Davy. All the Tired Horses A Coastline and a Forest. Reviewed by Sharon Nichols. Holland, Thompson & Tooch Holland, Thompson & Tooch. Reviewed by Mike Jurkovic.

56 BOOKS Pauline Uchmanowicz reads into the rise of the graphic novel and talks to local authors Jim Starlin and Ron Marz.

58 BOOK REVIEWS Bri Johnson reviews The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner. Caitlin McDonnell reviews A Worldly Country by John Ashbery. Anne Pyburn reviews Bloodthirsty by Marshall Karp.

62 POETRY Poems by Daniel Blaustein-Rejto, Alan Catlin, Brent Fisk, Jeff Garrett, Nancy Graham, MaryJo Martin, Stephanie Minerley, Eric Mingus, Will Nixon, Cheryl A. Rice, and John Wosinski. JENNIFER MAY

64 FOOD & DRINK Sukey Pett examines the taste, science, and health of the raw-food diet and lifestyle.

152 PARTING SHOT Hat, a gouache on paper work by April Warren.

THE FORECAST 121 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at Chronogram.com.) PREVIEWS 119 Holly George-Warren reads from her Gene Autry biography Public Cowboy No. 1 at Joshua’s in Woodstock. Jay Blotcher previews. 120 The second annual Berkshire International Film Festival screens over 50 films in Great Barrington May 17-20. 129 Robert Burke Warren chats with ur-grrl folk-rocker Michelle Shocked prior to her May 12 concert at SUNY New Paltz. 130 Sharon Nichols sifts out the blarney about the Celebration of Celts at the Meadowgreens Golf Course in Ghent May 5-6. 133 Jeremy Schwartz previews WDST’s Mountain Jam, featuring performances by Gov’t Mule and Michael Franti and Spearhead, June 1-3. 136 Songwriter and pianist Dave Frishberg talks to Sparrow about his upcoming gig at the Chamber Arts Festival of Marbletown on June 2. 139 Fresh from the set of Racing Daylight, Jay Blotcher previews a May 5 screening, part of the Woodstock Film Festival’s summer series. 143 Jay Blotcher interviews legendary folk singer Odetta, who will play SUNY New Paltz’s McKenna Theater on June 2.

PLANET WAVES 146 FROM BLACKSBURG TO NEW PALTZ Eric Francis Coppolino connects the dots between the massacre at Virgina Tech and a lingering environmental problem at SUNY New Paltz. Plus horoscopes.

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LOCAL LUMINARIES

LEADING LIGHTS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY

Jeff Cohen is a writer, lecturer, and media critic who founded the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting in 1986. A former co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” (1996) and a pundit on Fox News Channel (1997-2002), Cohen was an on-air commentator (and “Donahue” senior producer) at MSNBC in 2002-03 before the show was cancelled in the run-up to the Iraq War. A Woodstock resident, Cohen is currently on tour behind his latest book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media. His columns have been published in dozens of dailies, including USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Newsday. Cohen is currently consulting for a variety of progressive groups and writing columns for the websites CommonDreams, Truthout, and Alternet. In 2003, he was the communications director of the “Kucinich for President” campaign. www.jeffcohen.org. —Brian K. Mahoney Why do you choose to live in the Hudson Valley? Gorgeous surroundings. Great place to raise kids. Progressive, literate, artistic culture, with institutions like Golden Notebook bookstore, Upstate Films, WDST, Chronogram, Woodstock Times, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mayor Jason West—to name just a few. (It’s a shame we lost Alternative Video.) Our community has more writers per capita than anywhere I know. And the winters aren’t too cold anymore—unfortunately, thanks to global warming. What’s the strangest thing in your fridge? Pasta from Venezuela that I purchased last year from one of the thousands of government-subsidized food stores set up by the administration of President Hugo Chavez. Can’t beat the price—or the political slogans on the package. Who are you in awe of? Steve Colbert, perhaps the most brilliant satirist in America today. Never leaving character as a flagwaving, conservative TV blowhard (I met many in my TV career), he can do more in a 22-minute “Colbert Report” to expose the contradictions of right-wing demagoguery than a dozen books can. And he’d be happy with me for putting down the utility of books! Also, the late Molly Ivins. A force of nature, now making the angels laugh. St. Molly, patron saint of column writers.

Jeff Cohen

What was the worst job you ever had? Selling toilet bowl cleaners door-to-door in New Orleans at age 19. Or the next year when I was a stock clerk at my dad’s clothing store in Detroit… until he fired me over my union activities. One of my

best jobs, ironically, was the five years I spent as a TV pundit on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel; it’s hard to beat a job where you get to denounce Darth Murdoch while getting paid by Darth Murdoch. What do you sing along to in the car? Elvis Costello. Van Morrison. Jackson Browne. When my daughters complain about my singing, I tell them, without any evidence at all, that Springsteen’s kids complain to him about his singing. What was the last thing that made you laugh uncontrollably? It happened at a recent reunion of national leaders of the 2004 “Kucinich for President” campaign. Back in 2003, I nearly cried when Letterman did his Top Ten list of “Worst Summer Jobs” and announced: “Number 4: Dennis Kucinich for President campaign manager.” Now I laugh my ass off. What takes your breath away? Being near ground zero in Lower Manhattan. Sunsets over the Ashokan Reservoir. Rickie Lee Jones singing “Company.” What must happen to give you the feeling that a day has been well lived? Output. As much as I hate to admit my internal colonization by the Puritans and their work ethic, there’s no better feeling than getting an article finished. Except for getting two finished. What ordinary thing is very hard for you to do? Cooking. Whistling. So I’m doubly challenged when I try to whistle in the kitchen.

CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07 The new Chronogram.com is brimming with exclusive content you won’t find in the print version—or anywhere else. Video features. Music clips. Short films by area filmmakers. Blogs. Trailers of locally screening films. Slides hows. And, of course, our continually updated events calendar. It’s all there at Chronogram.com.

BLOGS

Blogs on myriad topics by informed and valued members of the Chronogram community. Reasonable Doubts Libertarian and political pundit Jeffrey Shapiro takes on both sides of the aisle.

VIDEO Watch Breaking Up, a short film by Jeff Burns about unrequited love and bad cell phone reception.

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AUDIO

>Starlight Casts No Shadow Neil Alexander & NAIL >Distortion is a Sunbeam The Casket Architects >Television Light All the Tired Horses >Keep on Chippin’ Holland, Thompson & Tooch

Larry’s World Larry Beinhart’s ongoing expose of the fraud and secrecy in American politics. Chow Town The latest news on resturant openings and mini-reviews, gourmet shop finds, and farmers markets. Plus blogs on news and politics, music, family, sustainability, lifestyles, food, and more.


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EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Brian K. Mahoney bmahoney@chronogram.com ART DIRECTOR David Perry dperry@chronogram.com SENIOR POLITICAL EDITOR Lorna Tychostup tycho56@aol.com MUSIC EDITOR Peter Aaron music@chronogram.com BOOKS EDITOR Nina Shengold books@chronogram.com WHOLE LIVING EDITOR Lorrie Klosterman wholeliving@chronogram.com POETRY EDITOR Phillip Levine poetry@chronogram.com PROOFREADERS Christopher Hewitt, Laura McLaughlin CONTRIBUTORS Roberta Allen, Emil Alzamora, Larry Beinhart, Daniel Blaustein-Rejto, Jay Blotcher, Ann Braybrooks, Laurie Capps, Alan Catlin, Jason Cring, Sarah Coleman, Eric Francis Coppolino, DJ Wavy Davy, Brent Fisk, Jeff Garrett, Nancy Graham, Hillary Harvey, Thomas Hilton, Annie Internicola, Bri Johnson, Mike Jurkovic, MaryJo Martin, Jennifer May, Caitlin McDonnell, Stephanie Minerley, Eric Mingus, Sharon Nichols, Will Nixon, Sukey Pett, Anne Pyburn, Fionn Reilly, Cheryl A. Rice, Jeremy Schwartz, Debbie Shapiro, Andy Singer, Nina Shengold, Sparrow, Tom Tomorrow, Robert Burke Warren, Beth E. Wilson, John Wosinski

SUBMISSIONS CALENDAR To submit calendar listings, log in at www.chronogram.com, click on the "Events Producers" link, and fill out the form. E-mail: events@chronogram.com / Fax: (845) 334-8610 Mail: 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 Deadline: May 15

POETRY Submissions of up to three poems at a time can be sent to poetry@chronogram.com or our street address. See above.

FICTION/NONFICTION Fiction: Submissions can be sent to fiction@chronogram.com. Nonfiction: Succinct queries about stories of regional interest can be sent to bmahoney@chronogram.com.

CONTACT US Phone: (845) 334-8600 Mail: 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 E-mail: info@chronogram.com.

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PUBLISHING FOUNDERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky PUBLISHER Jason Stern jstern@chronogram.com ADVERTISING SALES Tania Amrod tamrod@chronogram.com, x121 Jamaine Bell jbell@chronogram.com, x112 Patrick Downes pdownes@chronogram.com Craig Wander (Capital Region) cwander@chronogram.com (518) 376-9462 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MANAGER Tracey Glover tglover@chronogram.com, x113 BUSINESS OFFICER Matthew Watzka mwatzka@chronogram.com, x120 PRODUCTION PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Teal Hutton thutton@chronogram.com, x108 PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Kiersten Miench kmiench@chronogram.com, x116 PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Jason Cring Thomas Hilton BUSINESS CONSULTANT Ajax Greene BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTCONSULTANT Mark Joseph Kelly SUBSCRIBE $36 for 12 issues www.chronogram.com/subscribe MISSION Chronogram is a regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley. CONTACT US Phone: (845) 334-8600 Fax: (845) 334-8610 Mail: 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 E-mail: sales@chronogram.com

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FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS

Caitlin McDonnell splits her time between Rosendale and Brooklyn and teaches writing and literature at SUNY New Paltz. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and the New York Times Foundation. Her poems have appeared in numerous online and text journals. A chapbook of her poems, Dreaming the Tree, was published by Belladonna Books in 2004. Her middle name is Grace. Her review of John Ashbery’s A Worldly Country appears on page 60. Sarah Coleman was born in London in the swinging sixties, and wrote her first novel at the age of nine. After studying English Literature at Cambridge University, she crossed the Atlantic to attend Columbia University, where she got an MFA in Writing. Over a 10-year career in journalism she has written about subjects as diverse as war in Sudan and orthodox Jewish computer programmers, but mostly she writes about art, books, and film for Salon, Photo District News, Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Sarah lives in Woodstock and New York with her husband and two children. Her profile of filmmaker Hilary Brougher appears on page 32. Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including the novel The Dreaming Girl; the story collections Certain People and The Traveling Woman; the novella-in-stories The Daughter; the travel memoir Amazon Dream; and three writing guides. Her stories have been translated into German and Japanese. Her articles have appeared in such magazines as the New York Times’ Sophisticated Traveler. She was also a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction. She teaches at the New School and in private workshops and has taught in the writing program at Columbia University. A visual artist as well, she has exhibited worldwide, and has work in major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Yale University Art Collection; Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. Roberta’s micro-short story, “Memory,” appears on page 20. Recently relocated to the area, Laurie Capps is a freelance writer, graduate student, and Pilates teacher. She is currently earning her MFA in creative writing through the low-residency program at Warren Wilson College. Her poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry and The Pedestal Magazine, and her freelance work has been featured in the Monterey County Coast Weekly. She recently began a writing job in the city, and is discovering the joys of waking at 4 am. When not writing, teaching, or commuting, she spends her time running up and down hills, discovering wine bars, and staring at the Catskill Mountains. Laurie’s exploration of feng shui and outdoor rooms in Home & Garden begins on page 79.

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Photographer Alberto Guglielmi splits his time between his home and studio in the Ulster County hamlet of Accord, the island of Sardinia, and his native Rome. A professional windsurfer and snowboarder prior to taking a degree in economics, Guglielmi worked as a management consultant and rose to vice president of a Manhattan-based design firm. After seven years in the corporate world, Guglielmi decided he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;finally ready to leave the tie in the closet and go back to my roots.â&#x20AC;? Passionate about photography since childhood, Guglielmi found the transition to professional photography an easy transition. Guglielmi now travels the world on assignment. Specializing in lifestyle and portraits, Guglielmi is also known for his extreme sports photography. He has shot covers for publications such as Surf, Windsurf, Surfers, and Wind. In 2006 one of his extreme-sport photos was chosen in the top 50 in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of 2006â&#x20AC;? worldwide contest. The photo is currently traveling the world as part of an exhibition sponsored by Red Bull. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover image, The Human, is an underwater portrait of Italian surfer Nicolo Violati diving through a wave in the Maldives, an island chain off the coast of India, last fall. The photo is part of a recent series by the artist created around, inside, and over the element of water, trying to explore it from different angles and capturing the sculptural forms it takes when frozen in time. Guglielmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work will be part of a three-person show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua & Terra,â&#x20AC;? with ceramicist Kaete Brittin-Shaw and nature photographer Hardie Truesdale. Brittin-Shaw and Truesdale have collaborated for the past several years on photo/ceramic mashups. Their process: Truesdale takes a few of BrittinShawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small-scale porcelain sculptures and integrates them into a landscape portrait. Truesdale then prints, on canvas, an enlargement of the section of the photograph focused on the sculpture. The detail on canvas is then exhibited with the actual sculpture and the original photo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Terraâ&#x20AC;? will be exhibited at Pearl Arts Gallery, 3572 Main Street, Stone Ridge, May 19 through June 23. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 19. Alberto Guglielmi Portfolio: www.pearlartsgallery.com www.mazma.com; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brian K. Mahoney 18 CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07


CHRONOGRAM SEEN PHOTOS: THOMAS HILTON

The events we sponsor, the people who make a difference, the Chronogram community. Here's some of what we saw in April: CAFE CHRONOGRAM AT MUDDY CUP IN BEACON FEATURING PAMELA PENTONY, DA CHEN, AND GREG MARTIN.

Clockwise from top left: At the April 14 Cafe Chronogram event at the Muddy Cup coffeehouse in Beacon, Pamela Pentony scats her way through a jazz standard. Backing Pentony were bassist Daniel Bieber and guitarist Steve Raleigh. Storyteller, author, and classical Chinese bamboo flutist Da Chen performs. The view form the rear of the Muddy Cup. A reader holding a copy of Da Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel Brothers, with exquisite, on-the-spot calligraphy added by the author. Da Chen talking with Chronogram publisher Jason Stern.

CHRONOGRAM SPONSORS IN MAY: CAFE CHRONOGRAM (5/19) WITH QUITZOW, ROBERTA ALLEN, AND FIONN REILLY; SUSTAINABLE SALON (5/11) WITH JANUS WELTON, AND THE COMMON FIRE FOUNDATION; CABARET MODERNE (5/19) WITH LES SANS CULOTTES, HALF NAKED, AND THE LIPSTICK LOVELIES.

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FIRST IMPRESSION Memory The traveler has come to the top of the cliff to see the precarious mud-brick villages of the Dogon people clinging to the sheer rock walls dropping hundreds of feet to the plain below, but while she tries to take in this unusual sight, barefoot children with protruding bellies and snot-smeared faces, their shorts and shirts in shreds, tug at her clothes, crying and screaming for gifts, reminding her of the children many years ago who, with legs deformed by rickets, followed her and her former husband through the poorest parts of Marrakesh. She remembers being torn by the same feelings of guilt, pity, and rage, and how she swore sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never go to Africa again, and how he, in exasperation, turned his pockets inside out, letting the loose change scatter on the street, and how the children threw themselves on top of one another, punching, hitting, hurting each other for coins worth less than a penny. Would he empty his pockets here? she wonders, as the shrill and urgent voices of the children threaten to drown her thoughts, and she takes from her backpack 20 or 30 Bic pens. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Roberta Allen

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Esteemed Reader Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: I have always had an â&#x20AC;&#x153;I-will-do-it-myselfâ&#x20AC;? streak. It must be congenital, for as a child, I was usually alone, attempting some feat of derring-do. Indeed it appears that the gene has been passed onâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my two-year-old, Asher, frequently yells, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help me!â&#x20AC;? Natural or nurtured, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter. But recently I have been struck by the power of working together with others as a team, or simply gathering and inviting the appearance of meaning. Three recent experiences have brought this lesson home: 1) The April Cafe Chronogram, at the Muddy Cup Coffeehouse in Beacon. The line-up was Greg Martin, the photographer responsible for the cover art for the March issue of Chronogram; Pamela Pentony, an amazing jazz singer and teacher; and Da Chen, the inimitable writer/flutist/ performance artist. When Da Chen stood up, he joked about how his publisher at first demanded that for marketing purposes he must do something other than write. He acknowledged then, and to those assembled for the Cafe, that he plays the flute. Producing a simple bamboo flute he began to play, and at that moment the place became still. Yes, the notes that emitted from his instrument were clear and precise, and the traditional Chinese melodies were beautiful. But there was something else that caught my attention about Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance: Despite his otherwise playful and light manner, he played (and perhaps that is the key word) his flute with great intensity. Eyes closed, but relaxed in concentration, shoulders hunched around his instrument, Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence created a sense that his entire body was involved in the playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is Kokopelli,â&#x20AC;? I said to myself. (Kokopelli is the humpbacked, flute-playing, Hopi god of fertility. His playing chases away the winter and brings about spring.) After his performance Chen signed his books with brush and ink, rhythmically rendering Chinese characters and hand-stamping his signatureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;different characters like prescriptions for the person who sat before him. I mentioned that his flute playing resembled the characters he drew on the pages. Like the characters, he became a conduit for something that could arguably be called an archetypal quality to be channeled into the room, and into the world. Of course for a quality to be brought in requires more than the conduit himself. It requires that there be some people present (and not just physically, but with their attention) to match the activity of the performer with an equal receptivity. The small group assembled at this event was ready to be brought into such a state of receptivity, and the effect was that for a few moments the event became an Event in the true sense of the word. I am reminded of an introduction to a Sufi parable by Idries Shah. He writes: When a number of people come together, and if these people are harmonized in a certain way, excluding some who make for disharmonyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we have what we call an event. This is by no means what is generally understood in contemporary cultures as an event. For them, something which takes place and which impresses people by means of subjective impactsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is called an event. This is what some term a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lesser event,â&#x20AC;? because it takes place in the lesser world, that of human relationships easily produced, synthesized, commemorated. The real event, of which the lesser event is a useful similitude (not more and no less) is that which belongs to the higher realm. We cannot accurately render a higher event in stilted terrestrial representations and retain accuracy. Something of surpassing importance in a higher realm could not entirely be put in terms of literature, science, or drama, without loss of essential value. But certain tales, providing that they contain elements from the high-event area which may seem absurd, unlikely, improbable, or even defective, can (together with the presence of certain people) communicate to the necessary area of the mind the higher event. 2) The evening before the Cafe Chronogram I had the privilege of hearing Al Gore speak at Omega Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Being Fearless Conference in Manhattan. If only he had been so candid when he was running for president, the votes in his favor would have been so numerous as to prevent the election from being swindled. Goreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message was clear: The problems of environmental distress and global human conflict are a direct result and reflection of the state of consciousness of humanity. We are afraidâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;afraid to give up the comforts we know, afraid to look at the results of our actions beyond the immediate personal gains we might enjoy, afraid to stop lying to and about ourselves. The talk was a brilliant tapestry of interwoven themes, all pointing back to the central theme of the conference: How to overcome fear and acknowledge the inherent unity of humanity and indeed all life. When Gore stepped down the group of several thousand stood and clapped, continuing long after he had left the stage. There was a palpable sense that something real had been touched in each and all. 3) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that noise?â&#x20AC;? Asher asked, as I pushed him on his swing in the back yard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, what is it, Asher?â&#x20AC;? I asked in return, for I knew he knew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A bird is talking to me!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What kind?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A woodpecker.â&#x20AC;? I stopped his swing and we looked in the direction of the sound. There, silhouetted against the darkening evening sky, was the outline of the long-beaked bird on a high tree branch. The birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knock-knock-knock resounded in the calm of dusk. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jason Stern

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Editor’s Note Some facts about health, cars, and cycling: • 80 percent of Americans do not get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate daily activity. • The average number of barrels of oil consumed daily in the US is 19 million. Driving is responsible for 43 percent of them. • Motorized vehicles are responsible for 70 percent of the carbon monoxide, 45 percent of the nitrogen dioxide, and 34 percent of the hydrocarbons we produce. • Nearly a third of the gas used in the US goes for trips of three miles or less, usually to transport a single passenger. • One hundred bicycles can be produced for the same energy and resources it takes to build one medium-sized automobile. • Owning a car for one year can cost more than $7,000. Operating a bicycle for one year can cost almost nothing, but maintenance will probably run you about $150. May is National Bike Month It’s time again for my annual sermonizing on the benefits of the bicycle as a salubrious form of alternative transit. Now I know that some people don’t like cycling in any form, be it road biking, mountain biking, tandem riding, unicycling, or Spinning class. To them, I wish to send a note of support and understanding—I, for one, don’t like skiing or snowboarding, despite my best efforts to enjoy them, and just because bicycle enthusiasts think we can save the world and have fun at the same time, that doesn’t mean we want to come off as bike fascists. However, I hope the non-bikers out there are strategizing another way to get to work while leaving the world-killer parked in the driveway. Walking, if feasible, is a good place to start. If not, round up some coworkers and try carpooling. Bike-to-Work Week is May 14–18, and Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 18. While we cannot all ride our bicycles to work (although sometime in the not-so-distant future we may all have to), if you live closer than 10 miles to your office, I urge you to oil up your chain, don your helmet, and pedal to work on that day. (Did you know that 54 percent of all commuters live within 10 miles of their worksite, and their commute time by bike or car just about the same?) Studies show that once people start bicycle commuting, they often stay bicycle commuters. Get your coworkers to join you! There are some great bike events in the coming months, too, including the Five-Borough Bike Tour in New York City on May 6, featuring 42 traffic-free miles of urban cycling. (Visit www.bikenewyork.org for details.) The High Meadow School in Stone Ridge is sponsoring a “Ride the Ridge” challenge on June 3 to benefit its new performing arts center and the Marbletown First Aid Unit. There will be three routes to choose from—5, 25, and 50 miles long—all touring through the rural Ulster County countryside. (Visit www.ridetheridge.com.) The park-advocacy group Parks and Trails New York also runs two multiday rides during the summer months: an eight-day, 400-mile ride from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal, July 8–15; and the Great Hudson Valley Pedal, a six-day, 200-mile tour from Albany to New York City, August 14–19. (For more information, visit www.ptny.org.) The League of American Bicyclists has put a list of 50 fun suggestions on their website (www.bikeleague.org) to promote cycling this month, one of which I’d like to mention. Plan a cycling vacation. Ten years ago, I took one of the best holidays of my life, riding with my friend Karl from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. We didn’t know the lay of the land, we didn’t ship our fancy bikes over with us—we just bought a couple of second-hand Schwinn 10speeds at a bike shop in Amsterdam and rolled out of the city with our packs on our backs and our pockets stuffed with maps. We suffered difficulties along the way—flat tires, poor map-reading skills, near-constant rain, our inability to communicate in either Dutch or Danish—but the vacation was unlike any I’ve experienced. We set our own pace, some days riding 40 miles, some days riding 75. We stopped wherever we wanted, engaged the locals whenever possible, and actually existed in a place instead of blasting through it, driving from one pocket of tourism to another with the landscape blurring by. When we got to Copenhagen, I left Karl to explore the anarchist’s quarter (where he subsequently had a mind-altering experience with a surfeit of “Space Cakes”), and I rode out to the airport to catch my plane back home. At the terminal, I parked my $50 bike at the bike rack (!), taped a “Free!” sign on it, changed my shirt, and boarded my plane home.

Remembering Amanda Last month I included a remembrance of Amanda Bader in this space, written by Wally Nichols. Amanda died tragically in February after an injury sustained competing in a horse-jumping event. In last month’s column, I noted the exemplary work Amanda had done for the magazine, writing a wide range of feature-length stories with depth and insight. One such article was a recounting of Tamela and Peri Rainbow-Sloan’s journey to adopt their daughter Cecilia. A lesbian couple, Tamela and Peri had to jump through numerous bureaucratic hurdles heterosexual couples do not face in the adoption process. After the April issue came out, I received the following remarkable letter from Peri andTamela, proving that Amanda’s work continues to inform, educate, and be a voice for social justice. Dear Brian, Thank you so much for bringing Amanda Bader into our lives. When Amanda arrived at our home that early fall evening in 2004, she immediately sensed our apprehension about an article that, while drawing much needed attention to the hardship families like ours endure, could also leave us vulnerable to further discrimination and hatred. With her journalist’s keen eye for detail and the passion of someone who cares deeply, Amanda strove to understand who we were and how hard we had to work to create our family. She was careful not to focus on that which might have been considered “sexy,” or “eye-catching,” instead documenting the truth about the obvious and ongoing violation of our civil rights, and about the love we share which has helped us to overcome many of the obstacles we faced in marrying each other and adopting our daughter. Amanda interviewed all who would comply and gained a good understanding of our complicated journey. Her article, “The Right to a Family” [Chronogram, 12/04], coupled with the beautiful photos taken by Roy Gumpel, produced a piece that continues to educate so many.This article is assigned reading in Gender Studies and Social Work courses at the university level. Many people are amazed at the legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people that still exists today. In fact, our legal marriage (Niagara Falls, Canada, 2005) is not recognized by the state of New York or by our federal government. Finally, Amanda’s piece helped many of our friends and family members to truly know us and understand why we keep fighting this good fight. Our family is indebted to Amanda Bader and to Chronogram for giving her voice a place to be heard. We will miss that voice. Sincerely, Tamela and Peri Rainbow-Sloan Capital Region Edition As many of you may already know, Chronogram is launching another edition in the Capital Region this summer. We’re bringing our unique blend of arts and cultural previews and profiles, political and environmental reportage, and wellness and spirituality coverage with our premier July issue. If you’re an arts venue, cultural organization, not-for-profit center, spiritual sanctuary, or other source of creativity and growth, please put us on your media map. Send us your press releases and your media alerts. We also invite you to put what’s on your schedule into our calendar. Please e-mail capitalevents@chronogram.com as soon as possible to make sure your listings appear in our inaugural July issue. —Brian K. Mahoney 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM EDITOR’S NOTE 23


   

       



   

            





 

    

             

  



    

             

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WHILE YOU WERE

SLEEPING The gist of what you may have missed.

At a White House press conference on April 16 following the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, the deadliest in US history, spokesperson Dana Perino expressed horror and sadness. When asked whether the incident might cause the president to rethink his views on gun control, Perino said: “As far as policy, the president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed. And certainly, bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting numbers—I don’t want to say numbers, because I know that they’re still trying to figure out how many people were wounded and possibly killed. But obviously, that would be against the law and something that someone should be held accountable for.” Source: Salon.com During a speech at the Daviess County, Indiana annual Lincoln Day Dinner on April 12, the state’s Republican Secretary of State Todd Rokita used an unusual reference to describe black voting trends. Rokita stated 90 percent of blacks vote Democrat and questioned why. “How can that be?” Rokita was quoted as saying by the Washington Times-Herald. “Ninety to ten. Who’s the master and who’s the slave in that relationship? How can that be healthy?” Rokita’s remarks, made on the same day that Don Imus was fired by CBS for referring to black college female basketball players as “nappy-headed hos,” were criticized by black lawmakers. Rokita, who apologized for his comments, explained that his intention was to encourage the Republican Party to continue its efforts to diversify its constituency. Source: Washington Times-Herald Rising shipping, transportation, and logistical costs have been cutting into the effectiveness of the $2 billion in food aid the US gives every year to developing countries, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on March 21. The US provides more than half of the world’s food aid, but in recent years, there’s been a 43-percent decline in the amount of food delivered. As a result, the US is feeding about 70 million people a year, instead of the more than 90 million it fed five years ago. The GAO reports noted that ocean shipping was eating up a larger share of the food-aid budget, as shipping costs had soared. The price of moving a metric ton of food had risen from $23 to $171 between 2002 and 2006. In contrast, the UN World Food Program, which is not subject to the same restrictions that the US law places on aid shipments, pays only $100 to ship a metric ton. The US aid restrictions include one that requires three-fourths of all aid to be shipped on US-flag vessels that employ American crews. These ships charge higher rates than foreign-flag ships. In addition, Canada, Australia, and Europe are moving away from shipping homegrown food to Africa and Asia, purchasing food from developing countries that are as near as possible to possible areas hit by hunger crises, thereby eliminating ocean-shipping charges. US law requires that all food given as aid be grown in America. In recent years, the US has bought more than half the food for its aid programs from just four agribusinesses and their subsidiaries: Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Bunge, and Cal Western Packaging. For the third year in a row, the Bush administration has asked Congress to amend the law, allowing up to a quarter of the food aid budget to be used to buy food in developing countries, thereby increasing the effectiveness of US food aid. On April 18 in Kansas City, US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns told the International Food Aid Conference that he was “guardedly optimistic” that Congress would agree to the local or regional purchase and distribution proposal. Congress has killed the proposal in each of the past two years, and many legislators see it as aiding America’s foodgrowing competitors overseas. “If you want to see a safe, affordable, and abundant food supply in the United States, somebody’s got to stand up for the growers,” said Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AK). Source: International Herald Tribune On April 12, 2006, an Iraqi Associated Press photographer, Bilal Hussein, was taken prisoner in the city of Ramadi by US forces. Over a year later, Hussein is still being held at a prison camp in Iraq by US military officials, who have neither formally charged him with a crime nor made public any evidence of wrongdoing. The US military claims it is justified in Hussein’s continued detention because it considers him a security threat. Dozens of journalists—mostly Iraqis—have been detained by US troops or Iraqi security forces during the war, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Most were released without trial after a short period. Paul Gardephe, a lawyer representing the jailed AP photographer, disputes assertions by US officials that Hussein aided insurgents. “The absence of evidence leads to the conclusion that Bilal is being held because of the photographs he took for AP—which were published around the world—and which were part of AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning

submission,” Gardephe said. “He hasn’t been interrogated since May 2006, so he clearly is not being held for intelligence value. He’s just held to be held.” Source: Editor & Publisher On April 4, British Home Secretary John Reid announced that the government had provided nearly $1 million to pay for new closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help fight crime. The new cameras are to be fitted with loudspeakers, allowing security staff to remotely berate people dropping litter, vandalizing property, or fighting. “Talking CCTV is another tool in creating safer communities,” Reid said. “It uses modern technology to allow camera operators to speak directly to people on the streets to stop or prevent them from acting antisocially.” Britain is the most watched country in the world, with an estimated 4.2 million CCTV cameras, or one for every 14 people. Source: Reuters In the United States, as well as in many European countries, when people renew their drivers licenses, they also decide whether they want to be organ donors. As a 2003 study in the journal Science found, more than 90 percent of Europeans are organ donors, while only about 25 percent of Americans are—even though most Americans approve of organ donation. In the US, to be an organ donor you have to sign a form. The reverse is true in Europe, where you are an organ donor unless you specifically indicate that you do not want to donate your organs. Source: New York Times On the eve of Passover in late March, Israel’s pro-marijuana Green Leaf Party told its followers that marijuana is not kosher and those who observe the holiday’s dietary rules should not smoke it or ingest it during the holiday. The Green Leaf Party said products of the cannabis plant, including hemp seeds, had been grouped by rabbis with foods like beans, which are off limits. The party assured its faithful that marijuana was kosher the rest of the year. Source: Reuters The Woodstock Town Board passed a resolution on March 13 committing the town to reduce the town’s net carbon emissions to zero in 10 years. According to the resolution, the town will create a task force to inventory its energy use and make recommendations for improvements by 2017. The resolution also seeks to promote the development of renewable energy sources, encourage homeowners to use solar power, converting town vehicles to biodiesel, and increase recycling. Included in the resolution are concrete suggestions for reaching the zero carbon goal, including green building, bike paths, and tree planting. Woodstock has already installed solar panels on top of its Town Hall, creating enough energy to meet all of the building’s heating needs and sell energy back into the grid. Source: CNN, Woodstock Times

On Monday, April 16, Fox News aired a short obituary of writer Kurt Vonnegut by correspondent John Rosen. A novelist whose work combined elements of satire, science fiction, and black comedy and sold in the millions, crossing over from postmodernism to pulp and back again, Vonnegut was variously described in Rosen’s obit as an “irrelevant” writer of “left-wing screeds” known for “his unique brand of despondent leftism.” Rosen ended his report on Vonnegut with this summary of the writer’s life: “Vonnegut, who failed at suicide 23 years ago, said 34 years ago, that he hoped his children wouldn’t say of him when he was gone, ‘He made wonderful jokes, but he was such an unhappy man.’ So I’ll say it for them.” Source: Fox News

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NEWS & POLITICS

WHOSE LIE IS IT, ANYWAY? The Fraudulence of Voter Fraud By Joel Bleifuss

On April 6, 2006, inWashington, DC, Karl Rove gave a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association and issued this dire warning: “We are, in some parts of the country, I’m afraid to say, beginning to look like we have elections like those run in countries where the guys in charge are, you know, colonels in mirrored sunglasses. I mean, it’s a real problem, and I appreciate all that you’re doing in those hot spots around the country to ensure that the ballot—the integrity of the ballot—is protected, because it’s important to our democracy.” When Rove talks about protecting “ballot integrity,” that is shorthand for disenfranchising Democratic Party voters. Over the last several years, the Justice Department, with the help of White House operatives, has sought to boost GOP electoral fortunes by orchestrating a national campaign against voter fraud. But the administration overreached on December 7, when eight US attorneys were fired, a political scandal that some say could become this president’s Watergate. When Republicans talk about voter fraud they are referring to illegal voting by individuals, as opposed to vote fraud—systematic attempts to steal an election by an organized group of partisans. This emphasis on voter fraud has convinced eight states to pass laws requiring voters to present official photo identification in order to cast a ballot—laws that studies have shown suppress Democratic turnout among voters who are poor, black, Latino, Asian-American, or disabled. Understanding that one way to win closely contested elections is to keep Democratic voters away from the polls, the Republican Party has tried to stoke public fears of voter fraud. On Feb. 15, 2005, the US Senate Republican Policy Committee issued a report, Putting an End toVoter Fraud, which said, “Voter fraud continues to plague our nation’s federal elections, diluting and canceling out the lawful votes of the vast majority of Americans.” To remedy the situation, the Senate Republicans advised Congress to “require that voters at the polls show photo identification.” 26 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

But voting experts maintain that voter fraud is not a national problem. In March, Lorraine C. Minnite, a professor of political science at Columbia University, released The Politics ofVoter Fraud, a report she prepared for Project Vote, an advocacy group based in Arkansas. She writes: “The claim that voter fraud threatens the integrity of American elections is itself a fraud. It is being used to persuade the public that deceitful and criminal voters are manipulating the electoral system.The exaggerated fear of voter fraud has a long history of scuttling efforts to make voting easier and more inclusive, especially for marginalized groups in American society.With renewed partisan vigor, fantasies of fraud are being spun again to undo some of the progress America has made lowering barriers to vote.” This is borne out by a study from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, which found that in the 2004 election, voters in states that required documentation of identity were 2.7 percent less likely to vote than voters in states where documentation was not required. Specifically, the study, commissioned by the US Election Assistance Commission, found that Latinos were 10 percent less likely to vote, Asian-Americans 8.5 percent less likely to vote, and blacks 5.7 percent less likely to vote. What’s more, despite GOP claims to the contrary, voter fraud is a very rare occurrence. In 2002 the Justice Department established the Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative to ferret out fraudulent voters. On October 4, 2005, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, with great fanfare, proclaimed, “We’ve made enforcement of election fraud and corrupting offenses a top priority.” Yet according to an April 12 NewYork Times article, only 120 people have been charged with the crime over the past five years, leading to 86 convictions. Furthermore, the Times noted, federal attorneys say that most of the transgressions have been mistakes by immigrants and felons who simply misunderstood eligibility requirements. The extent of voter fraud is further complicated by the fact that earlier this year the Election Assistance Commission changed the conclusions of a report it


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ABOVE: VOTERS AT THE THE GREAT FALLS, MONTANA CIVIC CENTER ON THE EVENING OF NOVEMBER 7, 2006. OPPOSITE: THE VOTE FRAUD HOAX TRIO: KARL ROVE, ALBERTO GONZALES, AND GEORGE BUSH.

had commissioned.The original report by outside election experts concluded, “There is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling-place fraud.” The commission deleted that sentence and replaced it with, “There is a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraud.” Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the commission, is disturbed by this apparently politically motivated substitution. “This possibly could be another Watergate,” he argued. “We have to ask the questions: ‘Why was this report doctored?’ and ‘How does this play into the larger picture of voter suppression and intimidation?’ By directing public attention to voter fraud, you divert attention from the fact that Americans in certain communities are not able to cast their votes properly and that their votes are not being counted. Is this something that this small, new agency thought of by themselves or did they get marching orders from somewhere else, perhaps as far up as the White House?” FIRING PROSECUTORS It appears that under Rove’s direction the White House has been planning to use US attorneys to fan national fears of voter fraud. In his speech to the GOP lawyers, Rove listed 11 states that would play a pivotal role in the 2008 elections. Since 2005, Bush has appointed new US attorneys in nine of those states: Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Arkansas, and New Mexico.

What’s more, the firings of US attorneys in New Mexico, Arkansas, and Washington appear directly related to this Republican plan to exploit the issue of voter fraud and suppress Democratic turnout. In Arkansas, Bush fired a sitting US attorney in order to appoint Rove protege Tim Griffin. In Washington, fired US Attorney John McKay had refused to prosecute alleged voter fraud in the 2004 Washington governor’s race, in which Democrat Chris Gregoire beat Republican Dino Rossi by 129 votes. On March 6, McKay testified before the Senate that after the election Republicans pressured him to open an investigation. He said his office had examined the allegations of voter fraud and decided there was not enough evidence to pursue a case. “Had anyone at the Justice Department or the White House ordered me to pursue any matter criminally in the 2004 governor’s election, I would have resigned,” McKay told the Seattle Times. “There was no evidence, and I am not going to drag innocent people in front of a grand jury.” In New Mexico, David C. Iglesias was equally suspect in the eyes of the GOP. Recall that in 2000, Gore beat Bush by 377 votes in New Mexico. Consequently, in 2004, Democrat-affiliated groups initiated voter registration campaigns in the state. As a result, two boys, age 13 and 15, received voter cards in the mail. Iglesias responded by setting up a bipartisan task force to investigate.This didn’t satisfy attorney Mickey D. Barnett, who represented the 2004 Bush-Cheney 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM NEWS & POLITICS 27


campaign in New Mexico. He told Iglesias he should bring federal charges against a canvasser who forged their signatures, which he refused to do. In a NewYork Times op-ed, Iglesias wrote: “What the critics, who don’t have any experience as prosecutors, have asserted is reprehensible—namely that I should have proceeded without having proof beyond a reasonable doubt.The public has a right to believe that prosecution decisions are made on legal, not political grounds.”

Rounding out the GOP operatives is Pat Rogers, who sits on the board of the ACVR. An attorney for the Republican Party in New Mexico, he has been a vocal critic of fired US Attorney Iglesias. According to the Albuquerque Tribune, Rogers is on the short list to replace Iglesias.

ROVE’S ROLE Minnite, who did the study on voter fraud, has read through the reports prepared by the ACVR and presented by Hearne at various official hearings. She noticed that the claims follow a predictable script. “It all starts to look the same,” she MANUFACTURING VOTER FRAUD The issue of fraudulent voters undermining American democracy did not spon- says. “There is a pattern in the way the documents that claim to show voter taneously erupt.To promote national concern about voter fraud, in March 2005 fraud are put together. It is usually a compilation of news reports on allegations. GOP operatives with ties to the White House established a 501(c)4 organiza- There is no follow-up, no research done, no analysis.” “As I delved into it, I was faced with the question called the American Center for Voting Rights tion, ‘Why do people think there is a lot of fraud (ACVR) Legislative Fund. The group went public On October 4, 2005, Attorney when there isn’t any real evidence?’. I think people by establishing a website, ac4vr.com. (The site has since been taken down for unknown reasons.) General Alberto Gonzales are being manipulated by politics, which takes the form of these reports that are dumped on the According to its 990 tax forms, ACVR is based in Midlothian,Virginia, and its executive director proclaimed, “We’ve made public. It is though as if you get a big enough pile, maybe you will convince people that the volume is Robin DeJarnette, who is also the founder and enforcement of election fraud of fraud is quite large and that we have a serious executive director of the Virginia Conservative problem.” Action political action committee. However, acand corrupting offenses a top Wisconsin provides a case in point. At a March cording to the registration form for its Internet 13 press conference, White House Counsel Dan domain name, the group’s address is a mailbox at priority.” Yet only 120 people Bartlett identified Wisconsin as one of the states a UPS Store in Dallas. The chairman of ACVR is Brian Lunde, a former Democratic National Comhave been charged with the crime from which the White House had “received complaints about US attorneys.” mittee official from Texas, who in 2004 was head over the past five years, leading In 2005, US Attorney Steve Biskup, who was of Democrats for Bush. appointed by Bush, investigated these allegations of ACVR specializes in issuing studies that purto 86 convictions. Most of these voter fraud and reported that he found no evidence port to document a host of voter fraud cases, like the one headlined “Democrat operatives far more transgressions were by immigrants on which to press charges. It turns out that early in 2005, Republican involved in voter intimidation and suppression in 2004 than Republicans.” and felons who misunderstood officials in Wisconsin prepared a report titled Fraud in Wisconsin 2004: A Timeline/Summary. The On March 21, 2005, four days after ACVR eligibility requirements. document, which was found in White House and went public, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), then chair Justice Department records released by the House of the Committee on House Administration, Judiciary Committee, was written by Chris Lato, opened hearings on 2004 election irregularities. One person who testified was ACVR National Counsel Mark “Thor” Hearne II, the former communications director for the state Republican Party, on orders who described himself as “a longtime advocate of voter rights and an attorney from Rick Wiley, the party’s executive director. The 30-page report, which experienced in election law.” In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential cam- covers August 31, 2004 to April 1, 2005, contains 65 entries detailing voter paign, Hearne was dispatched to Florida as a Republican observer in Broward fraud.The final example is titled: “RPW [Republican Party of Wisconsin] News County’s manual recount, and in 2004 he worked as the national general counsel Release: Evidence of Election Fraud Piles Up.” The information contained in this Wisconsin compilation, made its way into for Bush/Cheney ’04 Inc. In his testimony, Hearne described ACVR as “committed to defending the a 78-page report released on July 21, 2005 by the ACVR and titled Vote Fraud, rights of voters and working to increase public confidence in the fairness of the Intimidation & Suppression in the 2004 Presidential Election. In the introduction, outcome of elections.” And he submitted to the committee a copy of the ACVR’s the ACVR’s Hearne and Lunde write that the report “documents hundreds of Ohio Election Report, of which he was the lead author. That report read in part: incidents and allegations from around the country.Thousands of Americans were “This [Democratic] voter registration effort was not limited to registration disenfranchised by illegal votes cast on Election Day 2004. Paid Democrat operaof legal voters but, criminal investigations and news reports suggest, that this tives were far more involved in voter intimidation and suppression activities than voter registration effort also involved the registration of thousands of fictional were their Republican counterparts, requiring government-issued photo ID at voters such as the now infamous Jive F.Turkey, Sr., DickTracy, and Mary Poppins. the polls will help assure that no American is disenfranchised by illegal votes.” And who was behind this trail of misinformation? On April 7, Daniel Bice, Those individuals registering these fictional voters were reportedly paid not just money but were, in at least one instance, paid in crack cocaine. And in testimony a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported that a source familiar on December 7, 2006, the same day the prosecutors were fired, Hearne told with the document told him, “The report was prepared for Karl Rove. Rick the Election Assistance Commission, “Recent press reports suggest that voter [Wiley] wanted it so he could give it to Karl Rove.” On April 6, 2006, in Washington, at the aforementioned speech to Repubregistration fraud remains a significant issue in the recent mid-term elections.” The press contact for the ACVR is Jim Dyke, who was the communications lican Party attorneys, Rove began with a joke: “ I ran into [the AVCR’s] Thor director of the Republican National Committee during the 2004 election. Hearne as I was coming in. He was leaving; he was smart, and he was leaving In the fall of 2005 he was working in the White House trying to get Harriet to go out and enjoy the day.” Rove then told the assembled party lawyers, “We Miers on the Supreme Court, before moving on to work in Vice President Dick have, as you know, an enormous and growing problem with elections in certain Cheney’s office. Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com reported that, according to parts of America today.” Rove should know. He helped grow the problem. Internet records, Dyke registered the ACVR domain name, www.ac4vr.com, in December 2004. Those records have since disappeared from public view. (The source of the ACVR’s funding is also mysterious. According to the Pitts- Joel Bleifuss is the editor of In These Times, for which he has worked as an investigative burgh Tribune-Review, “When asked to name any contributors to his nonprofit, reporter, a columnist, and an editor since 1986.This article originally appeared in the Hearne claimed he did not know but said Lunde did. When Lunde was asked, April 18, 2007 issue of In These Times. Syndicated by Featurewell.com. he claimed he did not know but said Hearne did.”) Dyke is a good friend of his fellow Arkansan Tim Griffin, the new US attorney in Arkansas. In 2004, both worked at the Republican National Committee THERE’S MORE MUCKRAKING JOURNALISM ON OUR REDESIGNED WEBSITE. helping Bush get re-elected. Dyke has been a vocal defender of Griffin’s apVIEW PAST NEWS & POLITICS ARTICLES pointment as a US Attorney. “He has a real passion for the law,” Dyke told the AT WWW.CHRONOGRAM.COM. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 28 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07


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Commentary BY LARRY BEINHART

THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S POLITICAL RIGHT There is no real name for the movement that took over America six years ago and continues run it. That’s part of the reason for its success. Its very vagueness makes it hard to attack. In actuality, it is not a single entity. It is made up of three main parts. Corporatism, which is based on the belief that whatever makes money is good—and should not be restrained. Neo-con megalomania, which is the belief that American power is absolute, irresistible, and always good, and should therefore be used—without restraint. And right-wing religion, which is the certainty that this movement’s form of Christianity is God-commanded; therefore it should rule America and, through America, the world—and any restraint against it is opposition to God. To add to the confusion, this movement did not stand out on its own. Its proponents entered into the existing Republican Party and the old Goldwater-Reagan conservative movement. They brought those people along with them (roughly half the voting population) and ran for office under the guise of being Republicans and conservatives. Most of what they said they stood for was in the mainstream. Capitalism is good. Being strong is good. Education, financial security, and trade are good. America is a good, idealistic country. It’s good that America defeated its enemies in the past, like the Nazis and the Soviets, and it’s a good idea that we remain capable of doing it in the future. Faith and belief in a higher power is good. We should be careful about foreign military adventures, though once we are attacked we have to be vigorous in our response and fight them over there before we have to fight them over here. All that sounds reasonable, appealing, and familiar. What distinguishes Bushism from old-line Republicanism and reasonable conservatism is not the names on their beliefs, it’s the quality of their beliefs. The beliefs of Bushism are theological. Theological thinking creates powerful and convincing rhetoric. There are two reasons for this. People with theological beliefs don’t mind lying. It’s for the greater good. This has been combined with the corporate attitude toward truth: “Coke adds life!” It doesn’t matter if it’s true or false, or absolutely meaningless. If it moves the product, that’s what you say. The result is spinning, which is more effective than straight-out lying. For years, Bush was a master of spin. If you analyze his speeches, it is exceedingly rare to find an outright lie that you can nail to the table.Yet he was able to lead his listeners to conclusions that were absolutely false. The classic example is in his 2003 State of the Union address, in which he said, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”The substance was absolutely false. He had been told as much by the CIA. The consequences of creating a false impression were vast, tragic, and intensely stupid. Yet, by putting the opening clause on it, citing the British government—whose intelligence service did, at one time, think there was reason to believe it—it is not, technically, a lie. 30 NEWS & POLITICS CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

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People with theological beliefs routinely lie to themselves. In their theological minds, the theory is always true. Only reality is flawed. When the CIA stated that there was no substantive link between al-Qaeda and Iraq, Cheney disputed their claim and in effect said, “It must be true! Find intelligence that does agree, or if you’re too incompetent, I’ll find it myself.” Bush believes that cutting taxes always increases revenues and creates jobs.Yet year after year, when the numbers came back and it didn’t happen, the response was to insist on more tax cuts, because the theology says it has to happen. Listening to Bush—and Cheney and their supporters—is exactly like listening to a Marxist explaining away Stalin. And Mao, and the gulags, and the East German secret police, and the madness of Ceausescu. They were a new force. They believed completely in their cause and that they should have power. They arrived cloaked in old and familiar and reassuring rhetoric, so they encountered little resistance, and conquered rapidly and thoroughly. What is astonishing is how rapidly their ideas are being revealed as bankrupt. The war in Iraq has demolished the myth of America’s unlimited power. Iraq was the neo-cons’ great experiment in democracy and free-market capitalism.The true believers really believed that simply by having people vote for a democratic-style government and sweeping away all restrictions on free markets, a little America would instantly emerge—stable, friendly, prosperous, the envy of its neighbors. Instead, it created a hell on Earth. Anti-government government was exposed as bankrupt by Katrina. Prosecutor-gate is revealing, quite rapidly, how the quest for power, fueled by theological righteousness, tossed out all other virtues—like justice, fairness, and honesty. Economists and pundits are behind the curve, but ordinary Americans get that Bush economics do not work for them. And that what’s good for giant corporations is not necessarily what’s good for the USA. Religion has been a sacred cow. But the excesses of Christian power and the violent madness of Islamic fundamentalism have changed that. Now atheist books are on the best-seller list. Because it is necessary, it has become respectable to genuinely question why and how and what people believe. Theological thinking, itself, has been revealed as bankrupt. It is almost impossible to overstate how disastrous the eight years of Bush are going to turn out to be for the Republican Party and for the right. It is not entirely visible yet, but this tumble downhill is going to turn out to be a fall off a cliff. The Democrats, and the left, have a great opportunity here. I hope they make something out of it, because those other people are dangerous idiots. If they are going to, they can’t simply fall back on their old rhetoric. The world has changed. It always changes. It will keep changing. They have to come up with something new. Something that combines realism and good, hard-headed American pragmatism with ideals. Then make it sound exciting.


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STEPHANIE SAYS

Filmmaker Hilary Brougher’s Stephanie Daley by Sarah Coleman Photograph by Hillary Harvey

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cold, cold day in New York City. Sheets of icy wind whip around each street corner, and the puddles in the gutters have frozen solid. Reaching the amply heated East Village apartment of director and Catskills native Hilary Brougher is a huge relief. A warm smile lights up her face. “You made it!” she announces, ushering me into a cramped, cozy living room with yellow and purple walls. Finger paintings by Brougher’s five-year-old twins, Violet and Guthrie, decorate the doorways, and on the bookshelves, Dr. Seuss shares space with Sylvia Plath. “What can I get you? A cup of tea? Honey with that, or sugar?” Brougher’s manner is so nurturing, and the environment so snug, that it’s tempting to ask for hot chocolate with marshmallows and a bedtime story. Motherhood is a big part of Brougher’s identity; it’s also at the core of her new film, Stephanie Daley, which screens this month at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. But there’s nothing cozy or calm about the movie, which examines the fear and ambivalence that can haunt even the most wanted pregnancy. Filmed in the Hudson Valley, Stephanie Daley traces the relationship between Stephanie (Amber Tamblyn), a teenage girl who has concealed a pregnancy and stands accused of murdering her baby, and Lydie (Tilda Swinton), a forensic psychologist who’s hired to interview Stephanie for her competency hearing. Their interviews are complicated by the fact that Lydie is expecting a baby herself, and suffered a stillbirth the previous year. Lydie’s unresolved grief about the stillbirth is creating difficulties in her marriage to Paul (Timothy Hutton). With its ripped-from-the-headlines premise (“Teen Mom Accused of Baby’s Murder!”), Stephanie Daley could have been a one-note melodrama. Instead, it’s a subtle, delicate film that explores issues of guilt and responsibility, and the two lead actresses turn in powerful performances. Set partially in the Hudson Valley—with locations ranging from Hunter Mountain ski resort to Onteora Park—the movie captures a strong and distinct sense of place, particularly in the 32 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

bleak winter landscapes captured by cinematographer David Morrison, which infuse the film with an air of gentle melancholy. Exorcism I propose to Brougher that it’s unusual to see such a deep, insightful exploration of pregnancy on the big screen, where gravid women are usually either the but=t of jokes (Look Who’s Talking) or vessels for horror-movie monsters (Rosemary’s Baby). “Actually, one person told me that Stephanie Daley has the scariest childbirth scene since Alien,” she says, and laughs—a warm, throaty chuckle that makes her bobbed red hair dip up and down. Setting a steaming mug of peppermint tea in front of me, Brougher settles into place on a futon-sofa with a patchwork cover, wrapping her legs beneath her, yoga style. She’s dressed in jeans and a gray T-shirt, with a purple hooded sweatshirt on top—soccer mom meets East Village writer. She apologizes for the toys left strewn around by the twins, who are currently at the neighborhood preschool. Shiny tambourines, plastic animals, and boxes of rainbow-colored markers are strewn across the floor. “I really learned to stick to the point when those two kids came into my life,” she says, rolling her eyes in self-deprecation. “I’d be nursing them and typing with one finger. And it was like, whatever I typed with that one finger mattered a lot.” When she wrote Stephanie Daley, though, Brougher had never been pregnant. Her points of reference came from thirty-something friends who’d shifted gears from high-powered careers to pregnancy. “Their whole identity was going through a massive transformation,” she says. “It was fascinating to watch women who I consider, and who consider themselves, in control, go up against that which you can’t control and can’t know.” Working on the screenplay allowed her to explore her response to those friends, along with her own questions about


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motherhood. Years later, when she became pregnant, she “was able to let go of my anxieties quite quickly. Because I’d already worked through them—all of that stuff had been exorcised.” An Education at Upstate Films Brougher has a soft, musical voice that’s almost girlish—on first blush, she doesn’t seem like someone who’d write tough, surprisingly unorthodox screenplays. But as her films effectively point out, people are infinitely more complicated than they first appear. In her own case, there are obvious layers of complexity: She’s a shy girl turned confident filmmaker, a happy mother who can get into the head of a woman driven to commit infanticide. Tamblyn, the gifted 24-year-old actress who plays the title role, thinks that Brougher has a striking talent for delving into ambiguity. “I think the hardest thing to do in the world is write the gray areas, the areas of our lives where God lies, within the things we can’t explain,” she says. “Hilary attacks all of it with simplicity, truth, and danger.” Brougher started making films in adolescence, when shyness prevented her from relating well to her peers. In her parents’ house, just outside Woodstock, there was a large basement where she could construct cardboard sets for her Super-8 films. MTV was just taking off, and Brougher made her own surreal pop videos, conscripting other arty adolescents to be her actors. “Working with other awkward, arty kids was a big part of my meager self-development,” she says. Directing movies gave her a place in the social hierarchy; it was also fun. “We used a lot of hairspray and eye shadow,” she recalls. She also found refuge on weekends at Upstate Films, where her parents would take her to see almost every film on the calendar, “unless it was obviously, wildly inappropriate.” She loved the opening of Nosferatu, with its chilling images of

bones in a crypt. “I learned that powerful visual images, on their own, could speak volumes,” she says. The influence has played out in her own films—for example, in the opening moments of Stephanie Daley, where we see a girl stumbling across a snowy hillside, a trail of bloody footprints left in her wake. “It’s important to create connection and emotion using images,” Brougher says. Over the years, Brougher has tried her hand at writing science fiction, horror, and historical drama. “I love genre movies,” she says. “It’s difficult to get anything made, so you have to try a bit of everything.” This polyglot tendency developed after she graduated in filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts, where she met her husband, cinematographer Ethan Mass. The school emphasized production skills over screenwriting, so after graduating Brougher spent years teaching herself to write screenplays by trial and error, paying the rent by working occasional production jobs as a script supervisor and story editor. Eventually, the production company Good Machine picked up her screenplay The Sticky Fingers of Time, a time-travel fantasy involving a blocked writer, a lesbian love affair, and the H-bomb. Filmed in both black-and-white and color, Sticky is a provocative mixture of period drama, sci-fi speculation, and feminism. Brougher describes it as “a playful movie that’s trying to get people to use their imaginations.” Sticky achieved a cult following and was praised for its inventiveness, but Brougher felt she could do a better job of writing complex characters. “Sticky was more about plot twists,” she says. “After that, I wanted to do something more naturalistic, to challenge myself. I thought that I really needed to learn how to work with actors and to tell human stories in the moment.” With Stephanie Daley, she says, “I wanted to do a story about a person who was living one life on the outside, and another life on the inside. A concealed pregnancy seemed to me to be the ultimate secret—especially for an adolescent.” 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 33


      

         

 

 



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JIM GAFFIGAN AND MELISSA LEO PLAY THE PARENTS OF A TEENAGER (AMBER TAMBLYN) ACCUSED OF INFANTICIDE IN STEPHANIE DALEY.

Safe Haven As Brougher began to do research, she found many cases of teens who’d concealed pregnancies and been accused of killing or abandoning their babies. One of the most tragic is New Jersey’s Melissa Drexler, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1998 for disposing of her baby in a bathroom at her high school prom. More recently, teenage girls in Colorado and Maryland have been tried for murdering babies after concealed pregnancies. “These cases continue to happen, and a lot of them don’t make the headlines,” Brougher says. “You can’t put it down to race or economics, because it crosses all those lines.” Although recent changes in legislation have tried to address the problem— since 1999, many states have enacted “safe haven” laws, allowing parents to abandon a baby at a hospital, police station, or firehouse without any legal consequences—Brougher says they might not be getting to the root causes. New York passed a safe-haven law in 2001, but, despite this apparent advance, babies continue to be killed after concealed pregnancies. “In a lot of cases I read about, girls would go into these states of shock and dissociation,” says Brougher. “They can’t even admit to themselves that they’re pregnant. A heater doesn’t do a freezing person any good unless they can admit they’re cold and turn it on.” In the movie, Stephanie is a shy, church-going, middle-class teen. How much she’s aware of what’s happening in her body, and when, is left open to question. “These girls are sort of in dialogue with the universe,” says Brougher. “They’re in flux as to whether they think they’re pregnant or not. And I got really interested in [asking]: How do we talk ourselves into something? Or out of something? There’s a lot of superstitious thinking around it.” Tamblyn, who had her own anxieties during filming (between takes, she was on the phone, navigating a bitter breakup), says she understood Stephanie’s struggle. “Lots of personal tribulations happened for me while I was preparing for the role,” she recalls. “Plus, [there was] the lonely, very isolated environment where we shot the film, paired with an immense need to birth someone like Stephanie into the world.” Beeper Babies The film traverses some dark territory, but it isn’t all gloom and doom. Brougher has lightened the mood with humorous touches, like the sex education class where Stephanie and her classmates are given “beeper babies” and “beeper eggs” designed to teach them the responsibilities of parenting. The babies and eggs go off at inopportune times, creating absurd moments of tension. “Okay,

whoever has a baby or an egg, do what you need to do, but just make them be quiet,” says an exasperated English teacher in one scene. In fact, Brougher says, the set was surprisingly lighthearted and fun. “Tilda and Amber are extremely positive people,” she explains. “They’re also very funny, and I think that serves material that can go a little dark, because it doesn’t get so dark that the characters just start melting into dysfunctionality.” For Brougher, it was a particularly happy consequence that the script took years to hone and produce. In the process, she gave birth to her twins, who she credits with making the movie happen. “I link this script to my twins,” she says. “I feel as though their birth helped me get the movie made; they made me the person who was ready to direct it. To direct it from a place where I’d had my own happy ending, with these two great kids, was a blessing.” With Stephanie Daley, Brougher has proved that she has the chops to direct a delicate psychological drama. But, typically, she’s ready for another, completely different challenge. “One of my current projects is a script I’m writing that’s a contemporary retelling of Robin Hood,” she says. “It’s a sort of coming-of-age story that also involves Arthurian gymnastics.” She pauses for a moment, then deadpans, “It’s very different.” Next up, though, she’ll be directing a screenplay adapted by her friend Keith Reamer (Stephanie Daley’s editor) from a novel by Scots writer Margot Livesey. Set around World War I, Eva Moves the Furniture is “a story about a young girl who’s raised knowing two ghosts who are constantly in her life. It’s very beautiful; it really talks about our connection to our ancestors.” Perhaps, I suggest, the common thread in her movies is that there’s always some sort of barrier to connection between characters, whether it’s death, time travel, or pathological denial. “Well, yes, that’s basically me—struggling to connect across barriers,” Brougher says with a sigh. Then again, I point out, her vision is essentially optimistic: Barriers that seem insurmountable at the outset of her movies are broken down, slowly but surely. She tilts her head, considering this. “It’s true,” she says. “The films I love are the ones that provide a safe place to feel the dark stuff, and then help us let it go. So that we can focus on life, and growth.” She pauses a moment, and adds, “Filmmaking and mothering—they seem like similar animals to me.” Stephanie Daley will be screened at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck May 11 to 18. Hilary Brougher will appear for a question-and-answer session following the May 11 screening. www.upstatefilms.org. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 35


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THE ART OF BUSINESS

CHRIS SILVA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BARDAVON, OUTSIDE THE HISTORIC THEATER

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n 1869, in downtown Poughkeepsie, during the Collingwood Opera House’s inaugural season, Mark Twain delivered a lecture titled “Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands.” In March 2006, almost 140 years later, Bob Dylan—a songwriter also known for his social commentary and linguistic shenanigans—stepped into the same theater (renamed the Bardavon 1869 Opera House), not to perform, but to work on material for the recording which became the Grammy-winning Modern Times. The same artist returned in March of this year to rehearse behind closed doors for a European tour. “Mark Twain, Bob Dylan—there’s a relationship there,” says Chris Silva, executive director of the Bardavon, a nonprofit entity that brings performing arts (primarily theater, music, and dance) to residents of the Hudson Valley. Bardavon venues include the historic theater on Poughkeepsie’s Market Street, the restored Broadway Theater of the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, and parks, schools, and community spaces throughout the Mid-Hudson area. Besides Twain and Dylan, whom Silva calls “two of the great poets of America,” artists who have performed on the original Bardavon stage include Will Rogers, Sarah Bernhardt, Al Pacino, John Philip Sousa, Patti Smith, Isadora Duncan, and Martha Graham. During the theater’s history, other individuals have used the venue to address, enlighten, and influence audiences, among them, Julia Ward Howe, William Jennings Bryan, William McKinley, Jr., William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the late 1860s, coal and lumber magnate James Collingwood built the theater as a “palace of amusement” for the citizens of Poughkeepsie, on the former site of a coal yard he owned. When the facility opened in 1869, it seated 2,000 people, a quarter of them on benches on the third level, the “peanut gal-

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lery,” where peanuts were the snack of choice. In its current configuration, the Bardavon seats 944. In 1923, the theater was transformed into a combination performance and movie house (reflecting the popularity of talking pictures); and in 1975, the building was rescued from demolition by a committee of local citizens. The group bought the building, and, due to its efforts, in 1978 the theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1979, the Bardavon has been operated as a performance venue by the nonprofit corporation Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. “We’re very proud of what we do here,” says Silva. “It’s hard, though. Ninety percent [of it] boils down to fundraising. We do all of these shows, and all of these programs, but it’s always a hustle. Resources change. Politics change. Governors come, and governors go. Corporations take over other corporations. It all affects us, because we always have to ask, ‘Where are we going to get the funds for our programs?’” In addition to ticket sales, which contribute only a small percentage of the Bardavon’s income, funding comes from county, city, and state agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts, corporations, foundations, and individual members of the community. The Bardavon has 20 full-time employees and relies on 150 volunteers to help maintain operations. In 1994, Silva was hired as the Bardavon’s executive director, after having worked as a director and producer for more than 20 years in New York and California. While working in Manhattan, he was the associate director of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater during the US premiere of Sam Shepard’s “Curse of the Starving Class” and supervising director for Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” starring Ed Harris, Kathy Baker, and a pre-“Moonlighting” Bruce Willis. When Silva was the supervising director for Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind,” the play received the 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 37


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New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play of the year for the 1985-86 season. Four years later, and after serving as program director for New Dramatists, an organization for playwrights, Silva produced and directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Ways Home,â&#x20AC;? a play written by his wife, Casey Kurtti. When Columbia Pictures purchased the movie rights in 1989, Silva and Kurtti used the funds to move with their family to Ulster Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone Ridge, where they worked as freelancers in theater and film. After Sony bought Columbia Pictures, The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Ways Homeâ&#x20AC;? project went into limbo and has never been produced. Silva and Kurtti continued to freelance, though, and when Silva heard about the Bardavon position, he went for it. In 1994, soon after Silva accepted the job, a shooting occurred near the theater. The horrified reaction by the press, and the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subsequent drop in attendance, dismayed the former New Yorker. He says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had lived in [New York] City, and I was used to everything. That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case here. Things got magnified.â&#x20AC;? To counteract the negative press and dismal sales, Silva seized upon the time of year to turn things around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was approaching the winter solstice, so I asked people, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What does the city do during the holidays?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They answered: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nothing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put up lights or anything?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Silva went to the city authorities and offered to organize an event for Poughkeepsieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown. He went door-to-door, over a total of 14 blocks, he says, asking shopkeepers, business owners, and residents to purchase lights from him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get a cheap price for the lights,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get them for you. You pay. You put them up. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll deliver them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I organized a parade, the whole thing. People thought I was nuts. But it worked out beautifully.â&#x20AC;? Since then, the Celebration of Lights in downtown Poughkeepsie has become an annual event, taking place on the first Friday of December. Another free community event organized by the Bardavon is the Hudson Valley Arts Festival, which occurs every autumn in Waryas Park, along the Poughkeepsie waterfront. According to Silva, â&#x20AC;&#x153;tens of thousands of people come downâ&#x20AC;? to hear music and take boat trips on the Hudson. Past performers include Jimmy Cliff, Peter Seeger, and the Wailers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My whole thrust back then, in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;94, when I started all of this outreach,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is a great city. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize what a great city this is. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s give you excuses to go out and go down to the waterfront.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gorgeous waterfront down there. And now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finally being developed.â&#x20AC;? The festivals have increased awareness of the Bardavonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence, as have the other community-oriented projects that take place inside and beyond the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls. Every year, the organization provides educational daytime performances and school residencies, as well as the Young Playwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival, which Silva calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the most beautiful things we do.â&#x20AC;? For 20 weeks each year, Kurtti and actress Maggie Lowe work with 75 Poughkeepsie sixth-graders to develop the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing abilities. After each student completes a short piece, actors from New York City come up for a week and work with the children. Elaborate stage readings, with professional lighting, bits of costumes, and a few props, are developed and then performed for peers during the day and for families and the general public at night. Silva intends to duplicate this program, along with other programs for children and seniors, at UPAC in Kingston. In May 2006, the Bardavon began managing and operating the 1500-seat theater on Broadway, and by the end of this year, Silva expects that the two historic venues will have merged and be operating as a single nonprofit entity. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 39


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Another ambitious project undertaken by the Bardavon was the rescue from bankruptcy in 1999 of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. By mustering funds from the state, various organizations, and the Dyson Foundation, the Bardavon took over and began running the philharmonic like a “real business, which is unusual for an orchestra,” says Silva. Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell have performed with the orchestra; Yo-Yo Ma is slated to appear in March 2008. Other endeavors include consulting on Bethel Woods, the performance complex situated on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival; building a bandshell and organizing performances in Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls (a collaboration between the Bardavon, Dutchess County Government, and Cumulus Media); and acting as programming and marketing consultants for yet another historic theater, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. All of this is going on while the hub in Poughkeepsie, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, presents a full season of drama, dance, music, and film, with its minimal staff of mostly volunteers. Artists appearing soon include Joan Armatrading (June 3), the Roy Hargrove Big Band (June 8), and Jonny Lang (July 21). “Everything is possible,” says Silva. “It’s a very sixties notion, the way we operate. We think, ‘Hey, that would be fun. Let’s do it.’ Except that we also think about it in a business sense, saying, ‘All right, how much is it going to cost? What are we going to get paid?’ Given that each project is a huge effort, we have to have a return on that effort. That is what has allowed us to grow so dramatically. We’ve gone from an $800,000 operating budget to almost $4 million since 1994, because we look at things in a very businesslike way. But the motivation is almost always the art, the ‘This will be fun, let’s do this, it will be a blast.’ We want it to be fun, but we have to take care of ourselves, too.” 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 41


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HILLARY HARVEY

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PORTRAIT OF CANNON HERSEY BY HILLARY HARVEY

Portfolio CANNON HERSEY If the world is to be saved, it’s people like Cannon Hersey who will spearhead the effort. The grandson of writer John Hersey (of Hiroshima fame), the peripatetic Cannon has inherited his grandfather’s wanderlust and fascination with the human condition in far-flung places around the globe. At the age of 19, while still a student at Vassar College, he undertook a survey of the Tibetan Fulbright Scholarship program, working closely with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile as he interviewed program participants in the Chineseoccupied country. Since then, he’s been very active in organizing events and exhibitions promoting global community building through the arts, first by founding the Johannesburg-based nonprofit CrossPathCulture, and, more recently, by starting the independent media company Blackage Media (www.blackagemedia.com), which creates original music and television programming for BET, VH1, and the South African Broadcast Corporation. Using his camera to capture quotidian moments in the lives of people—whether in Asia, Africa, or Hell’s Kitchen—Hersey’s striking photography often locates unexpected points of commonality, like the visual rhyme of a monk’s saffron robe with the emergency yellow of an ambulance parked at a “Free Tibet” rally at the UN. At other moments, it’s the sheer beauty of a village seen through evanescent fog, as the morning light sifts through to illuminate the scene. In recent years, he’s collaborated extensively with South African artist Samson Mnisi, with whom he shares billing in an exhibition on view at Gallery 384 in Catskill through May 5. —Beth E. Wilson

Cannon Hersey at Gallery 384 in Catskill

CANNON HERSEY ON HIS WORK Nature or nurture? China really piqued my interest at a really young age. I think it had something to do with my grandfather being born in China, his expression of his history through the novels he wrote, something about China and his parents’ experience [as missionaries there]. I started learning Chinese at 15, and was quite committed to analyzing and looking at Asia, Asian religion, and Asian things. It was more an ambition to connect with people that took me there, to find people’s stories, and really looking at the individual depiction of society, to make some sense of spiritual concerns, humanist concerns, through the individual voice. It wasn’t just Asia, but also Africa; it was Hell’s Kitchen. Border crossings For me the process of photography has been one of taking risks, stepping outside of my comfortable environment, the environment that I know. It’s entering someone else’s life, someone else’s death, someone else’s spirituality. Walking across the line into a community that I might not have been

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expected to cross. A lot of my traveling through Southern Africa was really about breaking that mold of what was expected of me. My trip, hitchhiking through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, really shocked me. It’s up to people like myself, Americans, with a larger perspective, to step outside that box and explore the Africa that’s there, as opposed to the Africa that’s in the media.... That was what I tried to do in Tibet, walking across the line into “illegal territory,” which was why I was able to see so much. It creates a feeling of connection to the privilege or the pain or the spirituality of the people there, as opposed to seeing only difference. Often the media represents differences more than similarities, because it sells. That aggression, that intensity, that violence of separation is what keeps people comfortable [in their own experience], and that’s what I’m working to undo. I’m trying to look beyond that label that’s so easy for people to attach to each other, to separate us. Really exploring that larger spirituality is not just a Tibetan thing, or a Christian or Catholic thing, or a Jewish thing. It’s something that’s in all of us.

Finding new audiences I think that people across the board are interested in beauty and experience and pain and suffering. And art is often the best healer, the best communicator, the best way for people to understand something that is typically outside their realms of knowledge, because it’s experienced. You see, you feel, you experience. It gives you something. I think that the larger public is interested in just watching TV all the time, but I think they would be just as fascinated to see art if it were more accessible. You’re not going to learn everything on television. If you can commit your own time to go out there and explore, that’s where you find new places and new people, and a new sense of who you are. Samson and I did a show at Lincoln Center, [in conjunction with] an African film festival. It was in this area next to Julliard where everyone comes to watch films, and the audience was a very nontraditional kind of art audience, but a very large audience. A lot of the exhibitions I’ve presented have been about large-scale public work, whether it’s outdoors in public parks in South Africa, or in the Time-Life Building in New York. They’re about


Clockwise from top: Demonstration, 1998; Monk in NYC, 1998; Tibetan Musician, 1997; Young Monk, 1998. embracing the public. When you can put the art into that public sphere and allow people to enjoy it, it’s a way for art to create community. Encouraging a new audience is very important. It has to do with mass media also—part of the largest audience for my work was through the Trace magazine issue on South Africa. People still come up to me about the article. Our photo collaboration was on the inside cover, with a full page inside, and people saw that in the mass media, as opposed to just in a gallery. Collaborating with Samson Mnisi We really found each other through our work. Samson and I have become like family. He’s very much like a brother from another mother. A lot of that comes through—the connecting of inspiration and spirituality. He’s very much a freedom fighter and a revolutionary in his country, and I feel like I come from that stock myself. I believe in my country he believes in his country, we believe in each other. We believe in each other’s culture. The dialogue is between the

still image that I’m able to capture, and his interpretation, applying African culture to it. A lot of it’s about finding that spirituality within ourselves. It’s about finding that human thread that links people who are not South African to his work. Through that spiritualism is a sense of what I hope that people find in my work as well. He’s an incredible artist, in a very wide array of media— painting, printmaking, sculpture. From Johannesburg to New York The representation of South Africa is often as AIDS: disease and famine. But it’s so much more than that. As someone who’s been there 15 times over 12 years, there’s no city in the world that reminds me more of New York than Johannesburg. That’s very shocking to most people I tell. It’s incredibly beautiful, incredibly diverse, it runs 24 hours a day—just like New York. South Africa’s been such an inspiration due to the way that they’ve dealt with real, solid issues, like identity and economic inequality, lack of home ownership. Compared

to the same things here, in a lot of ways America still hasn’t begun to address them. That sensation of looking beyond the color is something that South Africa’s done incredibly well in terms of trying to create a new future. And in America, if we could try to look beyond color in how we live our lives, we could be a better society than we are today. We’ve been a role model for so many people by exporting our culture, but we have to now reanalyze our culture and understand that it is a mishmash of all these other places, and begin to respect those other places as well. My photography’s about trying to understand the fabric of American and world culture as my culture—not in the sense of capturing to own it, but trying to capture something to propagate, contribute, to make other people more aware of those connections. The joys of life are sharing a meal, and getting to know each other, breaking bread together. But you have to get to the table, and that’s what I hope the photographs encourage people to do. It’s a chance [for people] to connect to something that seems so different from themselves, but that also embodies something in themselves.

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Lucid Dreaming BY BETH E. WILSON

INTOXICATING ABSTRACTION Abstraction just ain’t what it used to be. Back in the (Bauhaus) day, the pursuit of pure form and color seemed to intellectually trump the dogged recording of reality engaged by representational artists—it symbolized the ascension of the human spirit to a previously unknown level of universal transcendence. Or so they would have liked you to believe. As laudable as that high-flown aspiration may have been, history has not been entirely kind to either its philosophical basis or to the actual products of such thought. My favorite case in point is the work of Russian avant-gardist Kasimir Malevich, whose sharp-edged Suprematist abstractions once epitomized the early 20th century’s desire to manufacture a magnificently rational new order out of whole cloth. Almost 100 years later, the paintings seem betrayed by the very materials they’re made of—what once represented the purest intellectual spirit now suffers cracking layers of paint and formerly pristine white backgrounds slowly yellow, as the strident energy that originally charged the paintings now gives way to the entropy of time. Of course, in the intervening years the simple joys of abstraction have only gotten more complicated themselves. The pure universality of form postulated by artists like Mondrian and Malevich was rather rudely unseated by the expressive Sturm und Drang of Abstract Expressionism, which in turn gave way to the mute, geometric forms of Minimalism. Things have been very different since the whole postmodern upheaval, however. Figuration made its return with a vengeance in the ’70s and ’80s, and in the anything-goes carnival of contemporary art, both abstraction and representational work have equal claims to validity. It’s not uncommon to see attempts to reconcile the two, or at least to make work that walks a tense line between them. A show opening this month at the Livingroom in Kingston presents two 46 LUCID DREAMING CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

painters who seem to be grappling with the fallout of these disruptions in the field of abstraction. The provocative title of the exhibition, “Dopamine,” refers to a key chemical in the brain related to the experience of pleasure. In this case, it’s a demand that art provide the equivalent of that chemical payoff, in the form of beauty—a notion that’s gotten some play in recent years, mostly as a counter to too much heavy-handed conceptualism in the art world. Here, however, painters Jeff Solfrian and Rich Wade seem to be operating on an entirely different wavelength than any of the historical examples I’ve mentioned. Neither of them pursues abstraction in the rarified, intellectual sense, instead emphasizing the physicality, the very real presence of the paintings themselves. Yet they’re not looking for some heroic, subjective expression, either. Solfrian makes often large-scale paintings in soft, mostly pastel colors, featuring built-up, roughly scumbled surfaces that are activated by—of all things—embedded bits of glitter. I first encountered his work when I juried the “Beyond Spirit” show at SUNY Ulster a few months ago, and selecting the work from slides was itself a major leap of faith on my part. I was enormously relieved—and better yet impressed—when I saw the paintings in the flesh, as they work on a very immediate, seductive level. Recalling his time in art school, when he was working in a directly representational mode, Solfrian remembers a professor who scoffed at one of his attempts to make an “erotic” painting. The professor scolded him by saying, “It’s not how provocatively you pose the model, it’s how you handle the metier.” The glitter paintings are plenty erotic, precisely because of the way he’s handled the material, presenting the viewer with a visually active, yet ambiguous, surface that hovers somewhere between a solid and a gas. But the handling isn’t about a personal “touch,” it’s about the negation of touch,


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eradicating not only recognizable imagery but also any concept of the gesture. According to Solfrian, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;a quest for an image that looks like I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it,â&#x20AC;? and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achieved that goal quite admirably. Richard Wade, on the other hand, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind if vague elements of figuration creep into his intensely colored, very large paintings. He builds up layers of oddly discordant colors (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things like pink and orange, and sometimes neon, that make it hard for the eye to focus,â&#x20AC;? he says), using shards of broken glass as formal templates, laid down on the canvas before he applies the color. When removed, they leave behind a sharp-edged, negative space, and then he repeats the process, until eventually the work is complete. As with Solfrian, Wade creates abstract painting thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been detached from both rationality and subjective emotion yet somehow still makes a blatant appeal to the idea of beauty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people will like it, and some wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? Wade allows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about having people figure it out for themselves.â&#x20AC;? The conundrum of desmaterializing the material takes place in the softly blurred, painterly photographs of Jeri Eisenberg, now represented by several prints at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devised a really interesting alternative format for her artfully de-focused images of trees and foliage, digitally printing them on beautiful Japanese paper. She slices the print vertically into three or more sections and infuses the paper with beeswax, giving it the organic translucence of human skin. The strips are secured to a Lucite bar on the wall with magnets, which allows them to hang freely, fluttering gently back and forth as the viewer enters the room and disturbs the air. Abstract yet representational, fixed yet flowing, Eisenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photography is charged with a unique, undeniable physicality that invests the medium with a concrete presence that has to be experienced in person to be fully understood. So can art induce a contact high? With work like this, it will be a good month to find out. Footnote: In a bit of April foolery last month, I described Peter Garfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elaborate process for hoisting entire houses several hundred feet off the ground, then photographing them as they crashed to earth. If it all sounded a bit far-fetched, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because it was. In actuality, he snaps models of houses, suspended by invisible fishing line, with a handheld 35mm camera. Having spoken to a few people who were mistakenly impressed with the enterprise since the magazine came out, I feel compelled to come clean nowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;although I continue to stand by all the critical sentiments expressed in the rest of the column!

                 

  

    

   

  

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galleries ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

COLUMBIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GALLERY

258 MAIN STREET, RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT (203) 438-4519.

209 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 671-6213.

“Arturo Herrera: Castles, Dwarfs, and Happychaps.” Through September 2.

“Drawing From Experience Exhibit.” Through May 2.

“Dario Robleto: Chrysanthemum Anthems.” Through June 10. “Elana Herzog and Michael Schumacher: W(E)AVE.” Through June 10. “Kysa Johnson: Blow Ups—Spores, Pollen, and Pollutants.” Through June 10. “David Abir: Tekrar.” Through June 10. “The Photograph as Canvas.” Featuring artists John Beech, Kim Jones, Rob Fischer, Judith Page, Saul Leiter and others. Through June 10.

3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 440-0100.

“An-My Le: Trap Rock, 2006.” Photography exhibit. Through September 10. “Drawing Series.” 14 key works from Sol LeWitt. Through September 10.

55 WEST RAILROAD AVENUE, GARNERVILLE 947-7108.

“Looking At The Big Picture Group Exhibit.” Large-scale photographic works. Through May 6. GCCA CATSKILL GALLERY 398 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-3400.

“About Face.” 6 artists not afraid of U-turns. May 5-June 12.

DONSKOJ & COMPANY

“Fallen Angels.” Works by Philip Chan. May 5-June 12.

93 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 331-8473.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 5-7pm

ART SOCIETY OF KINGSTON 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0331.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 6-8pm

Opening Saturday, May 5, 5-9pm

Opening Saturday, May 12, 4-8pm GARNERVILLE ARTS

DIA: BEACON

“MoonTime.” Exhibit of ceramics and drawings. May 5-26.

“Set the Stage.” Highlights the connection between fine art and the theatre. May 5-19.

“The Shadow of Babel.” New Work by John Mullen and Alexander Weiss. May 12-July 7.

GREYLOCK BUILDING 311 NORTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 623-8839.

EAST VILLAGE COLLECTIVE

“Artists on North Street Spring Exhibition.” May 5-31.

8 OLD FORGE ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-2174.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 3-7pm

“Stil.” Photographs by Bill Miles. May 5-24. ARTISTS ON NORTH 311 NORTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (413) 623-8395.

“Spring Art Exhibit.” May 5-31.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 5-7pm

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1438.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER

“Stage Sight.” Works by Bard photography students. Through May 5.

“Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints.” Prints by legendary 19th century Japanese artist. Through May 13.

“2 People 2 Visions - Moscow & St. Petersberg.” Photographs by Barbara Birmingham & Wendy Chan. May 12-June 10.

“Mind*Body*Spirit.” Through May 13.

“Utopian Mirage: Social Metaphors in Contemporary Photography and Film.” May 25-July 29.

Opening Saturday, May 12, 6-8pm

ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER

THE GALLERY AT R&F ENCAUSTIC

ARTS UPSTAIRS 60 MAIN STREET, PHOENICIA .

24 SECOND STREET, ATHENS (518) 945-2136.

84 TEN BROECK AVE, KINGSTON 331-3112.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100.

“First Look II.” Works by 16 art students from around the country. Through September 30.

“Spring Alive.” Paintings, works on paper, photography, and sculpture. Through May 27.

“Get Real.” Group show of contemporary realist painters. Through May 25.

BARD CCS/HESSEL MUSEUM

GALERIE BMG

BARD COLLEGE, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON 758-7484.

12 TANNERY BROOK ROAD, WOODSTOCK 679-0027.

362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON. (518) 828-5907.

“Wrestle.” More than 200 works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. Through May 27.

“Ordinary Magic.” Photographs by Keith Carter. May 18-June 18.

“Jennifer Mazza: New Paintings.” Jennifer Mazza opens a solo exhibition of her new paintings. Through May 20.

BAU

“Seen But Unseen Photography Exhibit.” Pinhole photographs by Bill DeLanney. Through May 14.

161 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7584.

“Encounters with Pablo Neruda.” Through May 8. “Printmaking Exhibition.” Featuring works by Anita Antonetty, Laura Cantor, Alejandra Delfin, and Amy Digi. Through May 6. “bau 29: Christopher Staples.” Large scale black and white photography and mixed media. May 12-June 3.

JOHN DAVIS GALLERY

Opening Friday, June 1, 6-8pm

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VASSAR COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-7745.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 3-7pm

“Sculpture by Trudy Solin & Renee Iacone Clearman.” May 26-June 30. Opening Saturday, May 26, 6-8pm

GALLERY 384 384 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 947-6732.

KIESENDAHL + CALHOUN FINE ART

“Here and There and Everywhere.” Solo and collaborative work by Cannon Hersey and Samson Mnisi. Through May 5.

NEXT LEVEL GALLERY, HUDSON (914) 844-6296.

“Two Painters, Two Centuries.” Through May 28.

Opening Saturday, May 12, 6-9pm BCB ART GALLERY 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539.

“The Void That Holds Pebbles and Stars in Their Place.” Mini paintings by Lucio Pozi. May 5-June 24. Opening Saturday, May 5, 6pm-8pm BE GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS 687-0660.

“Contemporary Mexican Art and Folk Art.” May 5-June 12. Opening Saturday, May 5, 6-8pm BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO 54 ELIZABETH STREET, RED HOOK 758-9244.

“Timeless Blossoms.” Botanicals in watercolor. Through May 26. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915.

“New Works.” Katherine Parker, Ragellah Rourke, Ben Veronis, Nestor Madalengoitia. Through May 21. CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-9957.

“Death Bizarre and A Sense of Departure.” Two photography exhibits. Through May 28.

DALI ON ROCKY’S STEPS, MICHAEL GOLD From a show of Gold’s recent photographs at Unison, May 13 through June 2.

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KIESENDAHL + CALHOUN FINE ART

PRITZKER GALLERY

NEXT LEVEL GALLERY, HUDSON (914) 844-6296.

SOUTH RIVERSIDE ROAD, HIGHLAND 691-5506.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Striking Accord.â&#x20AC;? Paintings and woodcuts by James Britton and Kate McGloughlin. Through May 28.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebration II.â&#x20AC;? Group exhibit celebrating 25 years of art and cooperation. May 6-28. Opening Sunday, May 6, 2pm

KINGSTON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 105 ABEEL STREET, KINGSTON. KMOCA.ORG.

RIVER STONE ARTS

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fionn Reilly: Photographs.â&#x20AC;? Scenes from his native England. Through May 4.

RIVER STONE ANTIQUES AND DESIGN CENTER, HAVERSTRAW (917) 532-3090.

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art Show in Haverstraw.â&#x20AC;? Group show of painting and sculpture . Through May 27.

34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans Who Tell the Truth.â&#x20AC;? Paintings by Robert Shetterly. May 26-June 24.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY

Opening Saturday, May 26, 5-8pm

â&#x20AC;&#x153;April Show.â&#x20AC;? Watercolors by Alix Travis. Through May 7.

KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER

172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contemplative Landscapes.â&#x20AC;? Oils by E. Virginia Donovan. May 12-June 4.

34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079.

Opening Saturday, May 12, 4-7pm

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evidence.â&#x20AC;? Sculptural chenille wall hangings, drawings & prints, paintings. Through May 20.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART SUNY NEW PALTZ, NEW PALTZ 257-3872.

M GALLERY 350 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 943-0380.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspired Eyes.â&#x20AC;? Works by Polly M. Law and Cathleen Toelke. Through May 15.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Form Radiating Life.â&#x20AC;? Paintings by Charles Rosen. Through May 23. SILENT SPACE GALLERY 596 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 331-7432.

MAIN STREET BISTRO

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phenom.â&#x20AC;? 30 years of selected works. May 5-31.

59 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-7766.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 5-7pm.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspired Eyes.â&#x20AC;? Works by Polly M. Law and Cathleen Toelke. Through May 15.

STORM KING ART CENTER OLD PLEASANT HILL RD., MOUNTAINVILLE 534-3115.

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NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241.

Outdoor sculpture park. Speical exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois. Through November 15.

The New Romantics.â&#x20AC;? Paintings by Kevin Cook and Danielle Wexler. May 19-July 11.

TERENCHIN FINE ART

Opening Saturday, May 19, 6-8pm

462 MAIN STREET, CATSKILL (518) 945-1808.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ether.â&#x20AC;? Explores strategies used to convey the notion â&#x20AC;&#x153;change is the only constant.â&#x20AC;? May 12-July 8. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 20 COUNTRY CLUB LANE, WOODSTOCK 679-3213.

Opening Saturday, May 12, 6-9pm

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Felt Fiber Art by Jennifer Boylan.â&#x20AC;? Works from felt fiber, wool and watercolor paintings. Through May 17.

TIVOLI ARTISTS CO-OP 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 758-4342.

MILDRED I. WASHINGTON ART GALLERY DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, POUGHKEEPSIE 431-8000 EXT. 3982.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Plain Sight.â&#x20AC;? Representation in contemporary drawings. Through May 4.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy of Nature.â&#x20AC;? Abstract works by Lara Chkhetiani. May 4-27. Opening Saturday, May 5, 6-8pm UNFRAMED ARTIST GALLERY 173 HUGUENOT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-5482.

MILL STREET LOFT GALLERY

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Love Not War Art Show.â&#x20AC;? Through May 31.

455 MAPLE STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-7477.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exposure.â&#x20AC;? Juried Exhibit of photos by high school students from around the nation. Through May 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Works.â&#x20AC;? Works by members of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chapter of the National Art Honor Society. May 19-June 9.

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Michael Gold. Photographs. May 13-June 2. Opening Sunday, May 13, 4-6pm THE UPSTAIRS GALLERY

NEW PALTZ CULTURAL COLLECTIVE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tadpoles.â&#x20AC;? Owen Harvey and Matt Palin. Through May 12.

5 NORTH FRONT STREET, NEW PALTZ 255-2610.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Color.â&#x20AC;? Landscape paintings by Mira Fink. Through May 21. VAN BRUNT GALLERY

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM

460 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2995.

9 GLENDALE RD., STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. (413) 298-4100.

Grace Knowlton, Stephen Spaccarelli, John Allen. May 5June 4.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration.â&#x20AC;? Images of health and well-being. Through May 28.

Opening Saturday, May 5, 6-9pm

THE OLD CHATHAM COUNTRY STORE CAFE GALLERY

VISITORS CENTER GALLERY

VILLAGE SQUARE, OLD CHATHAM (518) 794-6227.

DOWNING PARK, NEWBURGH 565-5559.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;William Case Constructivist Exhibit.â&#x20AC;? Painting and drawings. Through May 2.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Works by Florence Benzakein.â&#x20AC;? May 5-31.

ORANGE HALL GALLERY

WALLKILL RIVER ART GALLERY

ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MIDDLETOWN 341-4891.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Change of Art.â&#x20AC;? 3rd annual SUNY Orange Art & Honors studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art show. Through May 19.

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60 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ, 255-1901.

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Opening Saturday, May 5, 2-4pm

357 OLD FORGE HILL, NEW WINDSOR 689-0613.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plein Air Pleasures.â&#x20AC;? Works by Mary Sealfon. May 1-31. Opening Sunday, May 20, 2pm-5pm


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Music

BY PETER AARON

JON DUELKS, EVAN SCHLOMANN, MIKE SHAW, AND ANNIE TERROR OF THE CASKET ARCHITECTS

BLACK-DIRT BLOWOUT THE CASKET ARCHITECTS PHOTO BY FIONN REILLY

Orange County is one of New York’s most beautiful areas, home to lush Harriman Park, Sterling Forest, and the southern end of the Shawangunk Ridge. But under an ash-gray April sky, parts of the region can take on a sinister, otherworldly hue. Wend your way up through the mountains on Route 17A and you pass one creepy, craggy rock formation after another. The twisted trunks of still-leafless trees crouch above the roadway, their gnarled, spindly branches edging toward your windows as you descend into the village of Warwick. And just beyond the far edge of town is the hamlet of Pine Island, once called “the drowned lands” and home to the famously surreal black dirt tilled by the immigrant Polish onion farmers who settled here. “Yeah, the black dirt,” groans Evan Schlomann, the shaggy-haired, 26year-old bassist of Warwick’s explosive punk quartet, the Casket Architects. “In the summer, if it’s windy out, everyone has to keep their windows shut because it blows right in. Right through the screens.” In performance, Schlomann is an angst-seething dynamo, pounding the strings of his instrument and occasionally bellowing into the microphone. Off stage, however, his personality is largely that of a silent observer, a man of few words—and dry, sarcastic words, at that. But the story of the black dirt is clearly one that interests him. “There was a lake here, formed by glaciers that melted [12,000 years ago]. That hill with the pine trees over there actually was an island. The farmers drained the lake to make the fields but they kept the name Pine Island. It’s a weird place.” He’s right: The blackened soil 52 MUSIC CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

makes the valley look like an alien landscape. Perfect, then, that the locale should also be the breeding ground of a band whose music its members describe as “sci-fi death rock.” It’s a term that fits well. The Casket Architects—Schlomann, singer-guitarist Mike Shaw, drummer Annie Terror, and keyboardist Jon Duelks—play a futuristic, wildly abrasive brand of post-hardcore that takes the basic punk platform and bolts on elements ranging from thrash metal to art rock to industrial electronica. The final product is much akin to cramming Slayer, Frank Zappa, Devo, Black Flag, and Stockhausen into a trash compactor—with the controls cranked to loudly grind everything to a fine powder. The group’s lyrics, written mostly by Shaw and delivered in his corrosive, gravel-gargling shriek, are screen grabs of a bleak, postapocalyptic world, a realm in which half-homo sapiens/ half-machine cyborgs lock horns in a battle for whatever’s left of humanity; think Mad Max versus the Terminator in a fatality-strewn demolition derby. Welcome to the future. It’s hell. But what’s it like to be a punk band in Warwick, New York? “It can be hard at times,” says Shaw, 27, over chips and salsa in the kitchen of the twobedroom ranch Terror shares with her mom and two shy cats. “Other than the Tuscan Cafe, there aren’t many places to play,” the lanky front man continues. “But it’s a nice area, and there’s definitely a punk scene here. Though it’s hard to keep it going.” Thanks to their previous bands’ having shared bills at all-ages shows they


put on at nearby community centers, Shaw, Terror, and Schlomann had already known each other when the band formed as the Night Terrors in 2003. After undergoing some lineup changes (Terror was originally a guitarist) and learning that there were already several other Night Terrors in the world, the group pared down to a trio, taking its new name after â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casket Architecture,â&#x20AC;? an early tune. The outfitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut album, Dance on the Death Nerve, was released in March of 2005 on Poughkeepsieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glacial Records. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes, the volatile disc drew raves from the underground press for its adventurous balance of fast, hard rock and avant experimentalism. It was time to take the show on the road, an endeavor the threesome took to like sharks to a shipwreck. And on their own terms. Eschewing the standard grind of playing for one parasitic, non-all-ages-show-friendly club owner after another, the band plugged right into the burgeoning circuit of D.I.Y. house-party venues that has exploded in recent years. A natural outgrowth of MySpaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direct band-to-fan networking phenomenon, kids across the country have put together a viable, alternative system of performance spaces for below-the-radar acts like the Casket Architects. In most cases, the open-to-everyone gigs take place in the basements of private homes, where no alcohol is sold, and are promoted via e-mail lists and the bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MySpace pages. It all might sound iffy to musicians used to the more traditional touring route, but consider this: Through direct donations and formidable merch sales to fans who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paying high door or drink prices, the bands usually drive off with far more money than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d make at a â&#x20AC;&#x153;legitimateâ&#x20AC;? venue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At most clubs you play at, the money from the door has to first go to pay for the P.A. rental and, probably, the soundmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cocaine habit, before the bands get paid,â&#x20AC;? says the bespectacled Terror. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the house shows the sound-system situation can be sketchy, but the money goes right to us. Plus, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re way more fun because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only playing for people who are really into it.â&#x20AC;? Although each of the three had dabbled in contributing keyboard tracks to the first CD, after they recorded the synth-centric Electrical Skeletal, a six-song seven-inch EP on Warwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caterwaul imprint, it became clear that the eerie, monster-movie keyboard lines they were making were becoming an integral part of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound, one they wanted to recreate live. So Duelks came on board in March of 2006 for more touring and the recording of Skull Persuasion, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album for Altercation Records, an Austin, Texas, label with roots in the Kingston area. (Deulks left and was replaced by Justin Morrow, who appears on the album; Deulks returned to the lineup early this year.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I first saw them when they were still called the Night Terrors, on a bill in Poughkeepsie, and I really dug their energy,â&#x20AC;? says Altercation chief Justin Habersaat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, even then, there were hints of something really different there. Their music has a lot of weirdness to it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easily digestible compared to your typical, straightforward, one-two-three-four punk rock band. But the audiences that are into them are really into them, totally diehard. Plus [the band members are] hard working self-starters, absolute road dogs.â&#x20AC;? Its most recent excursion saw the group on the road with Kingston duo Dead Unicorn, blowing egress doors off their hinges all the way down to Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March South by Southwest industry showcase and back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Touring with the Casket Architects was great,â&#x20AC;? says Dead Unicorn drummer-vocalist Zack Shaw (no relation). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all really great people and each of them is insane in their own way, which is very cool. But theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reaching a point where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna have to play bigger venues. The crowds are getting bigger and crazier, and their sound is getting bigger than any living room or basement can hold.â&#x20AC;? Of course, outside of a live set, a spin of Skull Persuasion is the next best way to get your head in the middle of the Architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; massive, bludgeoning, and unpredictable ruckus. Tracks like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electroid Contortionâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Distortion is a Sunbeamâ&#x20AC;? brim with all-over-the-place tempo changes, while Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics are packed with enough cartoonish violence to make Sin City look like a Disney feature. A hard music for the harder days ahead? Damn straight: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a war on. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a teen or twenty-something with a brain, what do you want, The Cranberries? But what does the future hold for the Casket Architects? For the moment, more mileage. As this goes to print, the band is gearing up for a two-month headlining tourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;its longest yetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in support of the new record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After this tour, what we really want to do is get on some bigger tours, opening for bigger bands,â&#x20AC;? says Shaw. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From there, it would be cool to get our records released in Europe so we can tour over there.â&#x20AC;? Knowing how the eminently hip European audiences go crazy for similarly inventive American bands, the quartet should have no problem finding legions of new fans on the continent. True, their songs frequently depict the harsh, desolate future of their favorite science fiction films, stories that seem only to blur the lines between fantasy and reality ever more as the years elapse. But as the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members continue to work hard and to tear ferociously at the edges of the artistic envelope, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inventing a brighter future not only for their band and its swelling fan base, but for punk rock as a creative, vital genre. For the Casket Architects, the future is now. The Casket Architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Skull Persuasion is out now on Altercation Records. www.casketarchitects.com. The Casket Architects will perform at the Tuscan Cafe in Warwick on June 30.

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Handpicked by local scenemaker DJ WAVY DAVY for your listening pleasure. Old Blind Dogs May 4. Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Blind Dogs bring their cutting-edge Scottish roots-revival tunes to the Towne Crier, following Robert Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200-year-old model of applying original arrangements to traditional forms. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trademark sound mixes dynamic percussion and bluesy harmonica with the delicately phrased melodies of traditional Scottish songs. With everything from bagpipes to bouzouki to border (reel) pipes, and tin whistles, Old Blind Dogs are the common market of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new wave of alt-trad bands. 9pm. $22.50, $20. Pawling. (845) 855-1300. www.townecrier.com. (The Dogs also appear at Bodles Opera House in Chester on May 12.) John Hammond/John Sheehan May 4. Any opportunity to see and hear Hammond is worthwhile, as he continuously turns traditional blues/roots music on its ear. The multiple W.C. Handy and Grammy award winner (and four-time Grammy nominee) checks into Bodles Opera House this month. Hammond has also shared the stage and recorded with many of his own influences, including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, and Howlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wolf. For a special treat, check out his cover of Tom Waitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fish In the Jailhouse,â&#x20AC;? on The I-10 Chronicles, Volume 2 (Back Porch, 2001). Opener Sheehan is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter and a master of fingerstyle guitar. 6:30pm. $20. Chester. (845) 469-4595. www.bodles.com. Southern Drawl May 5, June 1. Band to watch, part one: Southern Drawl plays those classics you know you used to drink Dixie beer to, like Molly Hatchet, Mountain, .38 Special, Skynyrd, and the rest of the good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boys. Do these guys a favor and add them at myspace.com/southerndrawlband (the MP3s rock, but they only have 29 friends so far). Gas up your pickup and meet them this month at the fabulous Skytop Steakhouse in Kingston (love that beer!). May 5 at 9pm; (845) 340-4277. The Loft in Poughkeepsie, June 1, 7pm; (845) 471-1966. The Providers Band to watch, part two: This soul-blues dance unit plays everything from Chicago blues to Motown and is comprised of Mark Calkins (guitar/vocals/harp), Vincent Armanino (guitar), Bobby Lee (bass), and Doug Levey (drums). Their brand of â&#x20AC;&#x153;free-range boogieâ&#x20AC;? keeps them in demand throughout the Hudson Valley, and they have three local appearances this month: at Cozzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Pine Plains on May 5; the legendary St. Charles Hotel in Hudson on May 12; and the hot La Puerta Azul Mexican restaurant in Millbrook on May 25. Times and covers vary. www.theprovidersonline.com. PeachJam May 11. Tommy Boothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardest-working band in Ulster County brings new life to rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jams by the Allmans (for whom Booth once auditioned on bass), the Stones, and other faves to the dance floor at New World Home Cooking. Booth corners the market on excellent area musicians, and Chef Ric has been known to join the band on vocals. Go for some food that rocks, then roll to the back room and burn off that Purple Haze Shrimp. (Jimmy Eppardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crawdaddy returns on May 18 and Sonando spices things up on May 25.) 10pm. No cover. Saugerties. (845) 246-0900. www.ricorlando.com. Shemekia Copeland May 18. Despite the fact that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the daughter of legendary Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, Shemekia Copeland was actually born and raised in Harlem, where she started singing professionally at age 15. At www.ShemekiaCopeland.com, she recalls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad wanted me to think I was helping him out by opening his shows. But really, he was doing it all for me.â&#x20AC;? With a voice best described as a blast furnace, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll burn up the Bearsville Theater in support of her latest album, The Soul Truth (Alligator Records); her ace band includes New Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeremy Baum on Hammond B-3 organ. Put on those high-heeled sneakers, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going out tonight! (Try a different kind of dancing when Woodstock Tango presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Fury,â&#x20AC;? featuring tango and swing dancing, on May 26.) 8pm. $20. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406. www.bearsvilletheater.com.

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CD REVIEWS HOLLAND, THOMPSON & TOOCH HOLLAND, THOMPSON & TOOCH INDEPENDENT, 2006

Before getting to all the good things to be heard on this frequently stunning debut, there are two things that tweak me: First, I wish the respected Hudson Valley trio would let its collective hair down and stray beyond the quiet folk/ country margin. You can sense they want to swing but often hold themselves in check. Tweak number two: As accomplished as all three are at the craft of songwriting, you can sometimes feel the craft (i.e., the construction), and not the song (the feeling), at play. With that said, singer-guitarist LuAnne Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s countrified â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabin on the Hillâ&#x20AC;? is a resonant, meditative plea and the best song on this collection. I doubt if anyone is better at making the kind of simple yet eloquent life statements that multi-instrumentalist John Martucci does with the folk-jazzy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gratitudeâ&#x20AC;? and the sing-along, feel-good closer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep on Chippinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? Keyboardist-flutist Melissa Holland shakes the folk foundations with the spirited, finger-snapping, three-part a capella â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troubadourâ&#x20AC;? and the playfully martial â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbie 2000â&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bulimic Barbie, press her tummy â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Urpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; regurgitationâ&#x20AC;?). Though a few more instrumental dashes here and there wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have hurt, Vito Petroccittoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear, sparse production serves all 13 selections well, allowing each member a spotlight and the trio as a unit a chance to shine.

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day jobs and write that symphony theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to write. Last year keyboardist Neil Alexander finally did so, leaving Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine and spending six months writing and recording Tugging at the Infinite with his personal project, NAIL. Fans of supercharged synth funk will be glad he did, as these eight tracks deliver the goods with an army of heavy sidemen. Standout cuts include the stellar â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starlight Casts No Shadow,â&#x20AC;? dedicated to a late friend, musician Suzy Star. The song starts and ends as a twangy rock ballad, but funks out in the middle, and is led by Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ear-grabbing piano and the hot rhythm section of T. Xiques on drums and Charlie Knicely on bass. The album is primarily a studio effort but includes two live tracks; one of these, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The One That Got Away,â&#x20AC;? features the killer tenor sax of Norbert Stachel of Tower of Power. There are no electric guitars on this record, but even savvy listeners will be put to the test as Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keyboard mastery allows him to mimic some of the greatest six-string licks. The spectrum of styles across this instrumental CDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from synth waves to hectic drums and bass-style jamsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;keep the disc fresh on every spin. NAIL will hammer the Chthonic Clash coffeehouse in Beacon on June 16. www.NailMusic.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;DJ Wavy Davy

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GRAPHIC NOVEL GALAXY by Pauline Uchmanowicz

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he Golden Age of Comics arose in the 1930s with the creation of Superman, Batman, and DC Comics. Wonder Woman appeared in 1940, the year legendary graphic artist Will Eisner undertook a weekly newspaper comic series known as The Spirit, featuring a masked crime fighter. Experimenting with the medium beyond the superhero formula, by 1978 Eisner had drawn A Contract with God, four related stories about a single tenement in the Bronx. Hoping to entice a mainstream publisher for the book-length work, he called it a “graphic novel.” And thus a genre was born. Three decades later, the term graphic novel continues to mean a longish comic book that follows a single storyline, including superhero and cosmic adventure tales. It also refers to serious “literary” picture stories aimed at intelligent readership. Often produced by a lone author who draws, writes, inks, and letters the complete work, the standard bearer is Art Spiegelman’s 1986 Maus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Holocaust. According to Mark Siegel, editorial director at New York City’s avant-garde comic book press First Second, “More and more styles and possibilities are now available for graphic illustrators and writers whose works blur categories and span readership. In addition to fiction of all kinds, graphic novels have expanded into nonfiction categories, such as personal memoirs, biographies, history, comics journalism, and visual essays.”

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The field has increasingly has opened to women as well, with notable nonfiction titles including Marjane Satrapi’s Iranian-girlhood portrait Persepolis; Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s recovery memoir Cancer Vixen; and Alison Bechdel’s familial tragicomedy Fun Home. Helping pave the way for today’s gender inclusion, High Falls actor, playwright, and comic book writer Elaine Lee can remember “a time when a comic book convention was the only place in America where there was no line in the ladies room.” Co-creator of the Marvel space opera Starstruck, which introduced Brucilla the Muscle in skin-tight outfit, Lee’s work ushered in a new era of cartoon Amazons and femme fatales. She continued to cast strong and sexy females in edgy series she scripted for DC during the 1990s. Another pioneering comic book artist, Woodstock resident Jim Starlin, witnessed the graphic-novel big bang, having worked for DC, Marvel Comics, and others since the early 1970s. Creator of the cosmic villain Thanos, his titles include Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, and Incredible Hulk. Growing up in Detroit during the 1950s, Starlin discovered his vocation as a child. “It was not a cultural nirvana, but a bit of a wasteland,” he recalled, reached by phone in his home studio. “So I got into comics at age eight. My father was a draftsman for Chrysler and would bring home tracing paper. I started tracing comics and was self-taught.” Influenced by Golden and Silver Age (1950s and `60s) artists Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko, he first turned out imitative amateur fan-


zines, selling a few pages to DC editor Joe Orlando in 1972. “Around that time, the industry started to boom and Marvel went from 16 to 60 titles a month,” Starlin explained. “They hired anyone who could draw straight and hold a pencil.” Though the single anatomy class he took at the Art Students League in New York City would prove helpful, he noted, “In my generation, no one went to art school. Back then, comics was the poor people’s art, largely done by poor Jewish and Italian kids coming out of Brooklyn.” Characterized in the current issue of Comic Art as one of the genre’s first auteur artists, Starlin developed a personal aesthetic early on that departed from “house style” in reimaging a minor Lee/Kirby creation, Adam Warlock. The result is “a crazily dense, heady, philosophy-minded space opera,” according to writer Douglas Wolk. “Warlock was one of the first American metacomics—a story whose subtext had to do with the comics industry and the art of cartooning.” The meta-device remains a staple in graphic novels, artist-illustrators often depicting themselves hunched over drafting boards. Noting another of his landmark achievements, Starlin stated, “I did the first-ever graphic novel in this country in 1982, The Death of Captain Marvel—80 pages. The French had been doing single stories for years, but there wasn’t anything that long in the United States, where you had a 17- to 22-page story until a serialized annual.” Starlin’s Titan Thanos headlines in Marvel’s recently released, graphic novelformatted The Infinity Gauntlet, illustrated by George Perez and Ron Lim and named for a gem-encrusted magical glove that grants the wearer power to destroy a goodly chunk of the universe with a flick of the wrist. Thanos sets about on this very mission, hoping to woo Mistress Death, which results in a gathering of superheroes—including Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine—bent on reversing the Titan’s destructive course. While Starlin has also based comics around real-life themes, from cancer to incest, he admitted, “I’ve chosen to do superheroes because I like them. There’s also creativity versus the market; I need to make a living at this.” Straddling the comic galaxy between mainstream and auteurism, Starlin’s newest graphic novel, Kid Kosmos, features 144 pages of his original story and art. Set partly in the Hudson Valley, it stars slangtalking young orphan Ray Torres, an anointed cosmic guardian who tangles with nemesis Hyperion Mors and other galactic threats, combats terrorism (President Bush and cabinet members portrayed in ironic send-ups) and prevents everyday catastrophes. In the final chapter, Kid Kosmos comes to the rescue when “a safety railin’ doesn’t live up to its promise” and a New Paltz Day School bus skids off the KingstonRhinecliff Bridge into the Hudson River. Similar to the Cosmic Guard choosing Ray Torres as a protégé, their creator inducted reallife Ron Marz into the league of American comics writers. “It’s all Jim Starlin’s fault,” Marz quipped when asked by phone what led him to the industry. A Marist College graduate born and raised in

visualizing the whole project, so that an artist can essentially draw what’s in your head,” he explained. Crossing over into the realm of single-story graphic novels, Marz has released innovative titles for Dark Horse, including Samurai: Heaven and Earth, written in English and French and gorgeously drawn by Luke Ross, with artful, muted coloring by Jason Keith. Beginning in feudal Japan of 1704 and marching through time and space across China and Europe to the halls of King Louis XIV’s Versailles, it follows samurai warrior Shiro, who tracks the beautiful Lady Yoshiko, stolen by his enemies. “As the graphic novel market matures, you’re going to see a whole lot of diversity in style in how you tell a story,” Marz stated. As Samurai illustrates, globalization, both in terms of multicultural storylines and authorship, is another important development within the expanding graphic novel universe. “Comics have come so far, even in the time from when I started doing it, because of changes in production,” Marz said. In place of Xeroxed storyboard paste-ups delivered via fax or FedEx, writers and artists presently exchange work digitally and electronically. “Now nobody leaves their house,” admitted Marz, “which is how an American writer can script a story about a Japanese warrior, illustrated by a Brazilian artist [Ross].” Marz currently serves as an editor and consultant for Virgin, a comic book venture in India targeting the East Asian market. JIM STARLIN, KID KOSMOS. Likewise ascendant in the globalreadership stratosphere, canny editor Kingston, Marz lived in Woodstock while writing Mark Siegel’s First Second imprint has attracted for the Kingston Daily Freeman. Meeting several an international roster of author-artists, includHudson Valley comic book artists rekindled a ing Franco-Belgian comics movement luminary childhood interest in the genre. In the early 1990s, he co-wrote Silver Surfer storylines with mentor Joan Sfar (Vampire Loves) and Malaysian superstar Starlin, who convinced Marvel to turn the series cartoonist Lat (Kampung Boy). Raised in France and over to Ron. “It was kind of like jumping right into long accustomed to comics as broadly mainstream, the major leagues without doing the minors,” said Siegel observes, “It’s a perfect storm of convergence Marz. “And work has been steady ever since. I’ve for graphic novels. There’s a worldwide pool of taldanced with all the girls at the party—DC, Image, ent who feel this is their elected medium, this is Dark Horse, and other publishers.” Additionally, their chosen way of expression—like music was in he has provided expertise to film directors Guy the 1960s: a vital form. There’s also the wave of reviews, critical coverage and visibility in popular Ritchie and John Woo. Marz now lives in Duanesburg, outside of culture and film. All this means that every major Albany. He recently wrapped a seven-year stint publishing house is jumping on the bandwagon. In as main writer on DC’s Green Lantern. “I got to the next couple of years there will be wave after reinvent it from the ground floor,” the author wave of illustrated stories flooding the world.” The world seems extremely receptive. Graphic said. He likewise inherited Witchblade, a formerly novels have spawned recent movies (Sin City, V for “girlie, pinup-type series,” turning it into a suVendetta, 300) and turned up in college curricula; even pernatural-noir vehicle featuring New York City the New York Times Magazine has started to serialize police detective Sara Pezzini; “and the character graphic novels in its Funny Pages. As Marz summed it keeps her clothes on.” Witchblade: Awakenings (issues up, “More and better comics are being produced today 86-92 collected in graphic novel form by Top Cow than ever before, and there’s more of an audience than Press) includes compelling artwork by over a dozen ever before. Within the medium there’s a realization contributors, along with intelligent writing certain that you can tell any story—about the Holocaust, to hook traditional mystery-genre fans. Though the about someone with cancer—and that the marriage process of collaborative comic-book construction is between word and image can be more powerful than different for almost every project, Marz likens it to prose alone.” Make that super-powerful. producing a play or film. “As the writer you’re really 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM BOOKS 57


SHORT TAKES These five new releases offer sustenance to heart, mind, and body, including John Cuneo’s romp through the lowest of chakras.

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo Peter Orner Back Bay Books, May 2007, $13.99

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woman whirls in gray veils of the last rain anyone will see for months. A toddler is pulled behind his mother, skimming over sand like “an evil little water skier.” An entire town, upon hearing a radio broadcast, leaves its homes, cars, and businesses and sits as one in the dusty road. A piano burns to its stubborn ivory keys on a drunken desert night. A woman sits in the veldt with dying cows, reading to them from Genesis to give them hope. “‘And behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fat-fleshed and well favored; and they fed in a meadow.’ (Kine, she explained to them, means you.)” These are among the singular images—ironic, humorous, understatedly heartwrenching in their startling clarity—that unfold from flat pages and linger after the completion of Peter Orner’s first novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. Just reissued in paperback, this tale of American volunteer Larry Kaplanski’s time spent in a godforsaken place where “even the baboons feel sorry for us,” is told in a picaresque manner well suited to the 21st-century attention span. In chapters ranging from three pages to a single, muscular sentence, Goas, a school for farm boys in the middle of the drought-ridden South African veldt, shimmers and materializes before the eyes like a mirage. Bard Fiction Prize winner Orner, who is currently on leave from San Francisco State University, spent part of the early 1990s in Namibia, where the novel is set. Nestled between Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa on the Atlantic coast, Namibia consists of much of the former land of the much-documented bushmen, including a substantial chunk of the Kalahari Desert. Namibia’s economy relies mainly on mineral extraction and subsistence farming. After Mongolia, it is the least densely populated country on Earth. Along with Larry, the lone volunteer at Goas, are other instructors who were forced there by circumstance or simply because they had no other place to go. These include the orator, Obadiah, brilliant and drunk (“All we ever do is make speeches. Don’t you even understand that? You think anybody talks to each other? Ever? Talks to each other?”); Theofilus, the black albino jack-of-all-trades at Goas, who diverted the entire school’s drinking water to try to save the cows (“It was such a brazen act of love, he wasn’t even called to task for it by either the principal or the priest”); the practical and taciturn Antoinette (“Love? You want to know where love went? Easy. Same place as all the water. Now enough. I have stomachs to satisfy”); and, of course, Mavala Shikongo, a beautiful, mysterious young woman who fought in The Struggle, the war of just a few years earlier between the natives and the South African Defense Force that casts a shadow over all of the tale’s inhabitants. (A line going around Goas asks, “How do you know Mavala Shikongo’s war stories are true?,” The answer: “Because she never tells any.”) Although a strong, fine thread of narrative following Larry’s fascination with the enigmatic Mavala snakes through the novel, the life force of the book exists in the stories, lies, and observations used by those at Goas to populate the scorched and empty veldt. Even in this bleak place, a resilient wellspring of universally recognizable humanity asserts itself, made all the more luminous against the stark contrasts of the landscape. Orner also wrote the acclaimed Esther Stories. His writing style is smooth and engaging, with an accomplished sense of ironic timing. He possesses the rare ability to craft irreverent, pithy last sentences that make The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo nearly impossible to put down, although natural stopping places occur everywhere. Despite this, at no point does the narrative seem jarring or disjointed. The short, revealing chapters align themselves like sepiatoned photographs in the mind, each capturing a unique angle of the same subject: the age-old search for meaning and fulfillment in an almost uninhabitable place. —Bri Johnson

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A Worldly Country John Ashbery Ecco, February 2007, $23.95

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n his book of essays, Other Traditions (2000), John Ashbery speculates that he had been given the Charles Eliot Norton chair at Harvard because people secretly hoped he would finally explain his poetry: “There seems to be a feeling in the academic world that there’s something interesting about my poetry, though little agreement as to its ultimate worth and considerable confusion about what, if anything, it means.” Despite his reluctance to explicate his work, he does go on to say something about what poetry means to him: “For me, poetry has its beginnings and endings outside thought. Thought is certainly involved in the process. In fact, there are times when my work seems to me to be merely a recording of my thought processes without regard to what they are thinking about. If this is true, then I would also like to acknowledge my intention of somehow turning these processes into poetic objects.” Note that it is not Ashbery, but the processes that are doing the thinking. The poems in his 26th collection, A Worldly Country, are dazzling thinking machines. Deeply attentive to sound, the poems are playfully formal (the title poem rhymes “hovel” with “novel”; “Tweety Bird” with “occurred”). If they were music, they’d be jazz—improvisational, witty, whimsical, and uniquely American. Like many of his compatriots from the New York School, Ashbery’s poems are more concerned with tone than they are with subject, but the shifty nature of both forms a kind of theme. And like the country we live in, the poems in this collection are constantly reinventing themselves. Ashbery’s mind is manic the way cities are: flashing with slogans, full of crushed dreams and the unlikely beauty found in visual irony. If you’ve ever watched a baby’s face for any period of time, you know how quickly human mood can shift when not filtered through the self-consciousness of identity. The poems in this beguiling collection, while formal and full of urban sophistication, capture that lack of attachment. This prism of moodiness is evident in poems like “America the Lovely”: If it’s loveliness you want, here, take some, hissed the black fairy. Waiting for the string quartet, on the corner, denatured I wondered what the heck. I’ll have some too. They call it architecture, I was told. Anything to sift the discerning from the mob-capped mob, their stiffened fright wigs marching against the breeze improbably back into colonial dreams and days. While John Ashbery does not write about John Ashbery, the poet’s voice streams out radio waves like those of Cocteau’s Orphee, or like hisses out of angry nymphs and fairies, and, in the process, his ars poetica is revealed. Do not confuse detachment from self with lack of feeling; the poems are full of bitterness and loveliness and elation and he generously encourages us to take what we need. The only thing he won’t do is tell us how or when to feel. His poems teach us about the flimsiness of the ego’s need to attach to feeling and encapsulate experience in stories. Just when you think you’re following a thread, Ashbery exercises the verbal equivalent of a shrug or a tip of the hat, and leaves. He ends one stanza in “And Other Stories” with “The clock was on the verge of striking. And you know something?/ It never did! Not while I was there anyway.” Ashbery is currently Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages at Bard College. The academic world may go on looking for the key to understanding his poems, but, if we’re lucky, he’ll continue to take pleasure in evading it. Despite his resistance to narrative, the multifarious voices in the poems are gentle and patient with those of us who falter a few steps behind. He opens “Asides on the Theorbo” with “It’s OK they said, it’s all right not to know/ where any of this is coming from. Trust your judgment.” Assuaged, the reader can keep driving through A Worldly Country with the radio on search, picking up multiple frequencies to form what could actually be a truer story: fragmented, omniscient, and deeply evocative. —Caitlin McDonnell 60 BOOKS CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07


Bloodthirsty Marshall Karp MacAdam Cage, May 2007, $14

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ormer sitcom and ad writer Marshall Karp blasted holes through Hollywood hypocrisy in his 2006 debut, The Rabbit Factory. Now the Woodstock mystery maven brings his comical cops back for another round in Bloodthirsty. Once again, we open with a grisly and inexplicable murderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ending on an odd note, not entirely lacking in sympathy for the perpetrators. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a strange and gripping reading experience. Then Karp whisks us deftly off to rejoin detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs, as they stand poised on the brink of fame and fortune: the Disneyesque Familyland murder case they solved in The Rabbit Factory has captured the attention of some film industry money men, and Lomax and Biggs find their cop cynicism getting squeezed aside just the tiniest bit by visions of swimming pools full of cash. But of course, matters are not destined to go quite so smoothly as that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not long before people start turning up dramatically, gruesomely dead. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not awfully nice people, which complicates matters in terms of a list of likely suspects, but, all the same, nobody goes around draining the blood out of folks on this duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watch and gets away with it for long. Both men have significant others in this book. With heroes so likeable, one wishes them well, and with a writer with Karpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift for character development and dialogue, the new relationships just add to the fun. Then, too, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lomaxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dadâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;the size of a Hummer, loud as a Harley, and prone to bear hugs.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very good thing these unconventional cops have what might be called a support network, because not all of their colleagues and employers are notable for empathy, humor, or common sense. Naturally, Lomax and Biggs face relentless teasing over having â&#x20AC;&#x153;gone Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;? and achieved such a high profile that producers are after them. And while clearly on the side of the good guys, Karpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not afraid to point fingers at the biases of some of the boys in blue, who can hinder matters more than they help. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The garbage man Sauer had labeled as not too bright turned out to be the smartest, best-looking sanitation worker Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever met,â&#x20AC;? notes Lomax, in following up the investigation of an especially ornery patrolman.) And as the twists and turns of what gets labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Hollywood Bloodsucker Caseâ&#x20AC;? begin to heat up, our heroes find themselves constantly dancing on thin ice with their superiors, running headlong into political correctness and crashing through. Once again, Karp has assigned them to a case that requires a complete and blasĂŠ irreverence toward cultural icons and institutions, and, once again, Lomax and Biggs prove equal to the task, with steel-trap minds and a steady stream of one-liners. Naturally, the media fastens its collective self like a leech onto something as juicy as an apparent vampire on the loose, allowing for still more complications, false leads, aggravations, and comic schtick. And, as the confusion finally begins to clear, nothing turns out quite as expected in the land of illusion. Karpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light touch allows him to wrestle playfully with some serious questions about morality, murder, family loyalty, and vengeance. The despicable nature of the murder victims allows one to enjoy the ride without getting queasy at the gallows humor of the cops as the roller coaster of whodunnit soars, plunges, and loops upside down. Bloodthirsty has a slightly more straightforward plotline than The Rabbit Factory, and fans of Karpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hefty first novel (just out in paperback) might find themselves missing that labyrinthine quality just a little bit. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a rousing good read, and his irreverent heroes and their circle of friends are a joy to spend time with. One comes away hoping there will be still more adventures for Lomax and Biggs in the future, and wondering if they will ever reap the financial rewards of having been up to their necks in all this inspired lunacy, the brass ring that seemed so nearly within their grasp as the second book opened. Would success spoil Lomax and Biggs? Not bloody likely.

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POETRY

Edited by Phillip Levine. Submissions are accepted year-round. Deadline for our June issue is May 5. Send up to 3 poems or 3 pages (whichever comes first), by regular mail, to: Poetry, 314 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401, or via e-mail (preferred) to poetry@chronogram.com. Subject: Poetry Submission. Full submission guidelines at www.chronogram.com\submissions.

what would be the best thing? to sooth and be soothed by the soothing to caress and be caressed by the caressing to love and be loved by the loving —p

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What You Thought

Moby Dick Revisited

i think of him wet whiskered like a cat just out of a tuna can satisfied and unapologetic in his willingness to take what he can get and then walk away

Here I am in the woods and there is snow I crouch by a thicket I am low There is an opening branches and snow lines on white You can go but you must stay low

The metaphysics of madness

it seems he can just lie anywhere and drunkenly soak up the sun i am more choosey i mean—i will be —MaryJo Martin

Last Call The bar is stacked high with dead chairs, legs up. The neon signs are black. A train moans in from the north as a March flurry softens the streets. Into the halo of streetlamp light an old man chases his breath. His hair is gray and shines with sweat, his bony breast bare beneath his jacket. It’s as if he fell from a play, has Poor Tom’s muddy look, Prospero’s long nose, Hamlet’s heated gaze. As George, the bartender, locks up, the old man begs a beer. The blade of a knife slits through his pocket. George says, “It’s after two, come back tomorrow.” A long pause, the train again, a dog barking at the ghost of a rabbit. Then the old man is off down the alley, his knife dreaming in the bed of his coat, the snow swirling in circles like a dog looking for a place to sleep. —Brent Fisk

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You are on a cliff with a pier below a sky a sea a planet turning Things make crosses then come apart everything breathes and stops breathing I sit in a doorway I am low There is always a doorway Nowhere to go Nothing to guard keep in or out to silence shout overthrow What you thought was a place is really a thing a moon made of ice a sun on a spring beautiful circus trembling —Jeff Garrett

The Sky Sheds Our Violence

The silence of a hostile God Follow me the dead sea captain’s gesture said Then the awful whiteness of the whale —Alan Catlin

Plastic Glitter Each dusk she downs tacks from virgin wineglasses: (the room ripples) to the sound of one hand clapping the—splash—of pale toes in tangy imported water or the snort of expensive bottled air. Classic …. poised ….. (pristine-white) she masturbates To Vogue under a garbled iPod glow

On the Fourth of July we did our best: rockets climbed higher and higher until they burst into fireworks— no, cathedral domes, vaulting the blackness with sizzling streamers. But those streamers fell all the way down into monstrous smoke spider legs landing all around us. The stars burned, not even knowing our names.

Where fluid confidence is the market value (And subway jargon is the red hair stuck in the drain) The pearls on her necklace clatter to the beat of a stiletto heel clack; She saunters to the sound, sharp and flat, so pretty-princess-punk a gold mine in Central Park (feeding diamonds to pigeons)

—Will Nixon

—Stephanie Minerley


We Have All Been There

Old School

for Lisa Nowak Don’t act so superior, we have all been there, the festering anxiety, the sudden break-up, the “let’s still be friends” routine, the training together anyway for the spring regatta, already paid for,

Same scratchings made on the chalkboard each day, Thousand paths open, but only one way Teachers will school you and give you a dare, Follow your heart and you’ll sure have a scare.

the horrid discovery, notes in the e-mail, someone else’s lipstick on a beer can, moon boots not in your size drying in the garage,

The rich major medicine, the richer in business, Surviving on the streets, you’ll be asking what is this, A world with no change, except those made from money It’s no longer enough to have a heart made of honey.

the frantic journey, diapered either in body or spirit because you’re trying to save all the shit for the one who deserves it, not the Quickie-Mart cashier, highway toll taker, not your kids, the poor bastards, you’ll spend more time

These same scratchings on the chalkboard each day, Forcing your mind and guiding your way Only makes rebels, fighters who say Give up, give out. Let today be our day.

after all this, all this is settled, not the loving, earthbound spouse, you loved him once, but he has become boring, you can’t share anything about the stars with him, the clarity of the Milky Way when you’re RIGHT THERE, you just can’t explain it, there’s no going back.

—Daniel Blaustein-Rejto (age 16)

We’ve all had our showdowns, in false nose, fright wig, greasepaint moustache, needing to talk, needing to explain how he is the world to you, flawed and fragmented as it is, angry at how it has turned out, all your mixed up plans, your sacrifices, how it will feel for the rest of your life in Texas without him, how space will never be big enough for the three of you. We’ve all shone the steel mallet, the paper cutter, the National Geographics roped together with kitchen twine, the goosehorn, the channel changer, half a tuna sandwich wrapped in oily-smelling industrial saran, our teeth, bare to the pepper spray and all things unsafe. We have all been to this place we never imagined visiting, traveling the worst possible roads, in the worst direction we’d ever dreamed of, behaving so badly that we will never tell even our most faithful sympathizers. We will leave that to the tabloids, and they never get the whole story, his promises in the deep of weightless night, three years of hiding in starlight, letting yourself in, the smell of his cotton sheets. They take the isolated meltdown, reentry short circuit, and let it lead. Nobody cares what happens after, the stifled career, the kids, the quiet divorce. The moon remains steady, unphased in her old routine. We have all been there, and they don’t call lovers lunatics for nothing. —Cheryl A. Rice

The Death of Me You are my unspeakable torment, my rapturous bliss, my love that I would die to live for. —John Wosinski

7. Green You’re in a place, in a place I’m not sure, maybe a tree a certain tree. You have enough interest and ability— so does Verna, by the way— to move stuff into storage I’ve seen her father do that but you, you dye the inside of your mouth green, you want to experience St. Patty’s Day. Difficult to investigate isn’t it what with all this biomimicry yet you must know by now that you hold a moss raincoat and Verna one of softening lime. —Nancy Graham

Poet Cowboy Walt Whitman laying at the bottom of a box. Face down trapped by electronics. Electronics, no longer of use. Out dated. Deemed obsolete by an ever changing technology. This book words the poems twice. Left half English. Right Italian. A friends gesture... A gift to hasten further communication. One language I use. Limited and overwhelmed. The other sings beautifully without knowledge of meaning. Bits and pieces. Dabble. Beverages and facilities. Walt hand on hip. Looking like a poet cowboy. Seeing through to the plains, speaking from the seas with an understanding of wickedness and joy. The place of poetry. Saw those that follow to after. After, to now... To… This. Walt says it is we who identify the essential qualities or meaning of him. Us future poets and musicians... Artists... Covers his eyes as we pass by leaving his face for us to define. What an honor. Gift. Trust. I sing the body electric… Walt Whitman laying at the bottom of a box. Face down. The poet cowboy surpassing the hold of technology. —Eric Mingus

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You’ve Got Kale! RAW FOOD ON THE RISE by Sukey Pett photographs by Hillary Harvey

Truffled parsnip pasta with lemon-sage cream. Butter lettuce with baby arugula, radicchio, fine herbs, shallots, lemon, and olive oil. One is from a raw food restaurant, the other isn’t. Which is which? And what is raw food anyway? The raw food diet is an organic, vegan cuisine where nothing is processed, pasteurized, or heated above 104 to 118 degrees (depending upon whose philosophy you subscribe to). Also called live food, living cuisine, and sun food, the premise is that heat destroys the live, beneficial enzymes. Proponents of raw foods credit Ann Wigmore with pioneering the modern-day regime and bringing the benefits of wheatgrass juice into the public consciousness. Wigmore, a Lithuanian-born nutritionist, recounts in Why Suffer? How I Overcame Illness & Pain Naturally that Western eating habits had ruined her health by the age of 50. Once Wigmore developed what she calls the living foods lifestyle, it took her three years to regain her health—she claims to have healed herself of colon cancer—and ultimately change her life. In a nutshell, Wigmore’s thesis states that there are two main causes of illness—nutritional deficiency and toxicity. Nutritional deficiencies come from people’s inabilities to digest and draw nourishment from cooked foods, and toxicity is linked to improper elimination of cooked foods from the body. Wigmore was an energetic educator until her death in 1994 at the age of 83. RAW POWER Raw food can be as much—or as little—a part of one’s life as one chooses. It might mean eating more fresh fruits and salads. It might mean choosing to go one day a week without eating anything cooked. Though many raw foodists are vegans, Jennifer Cornbleet, author of Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People and a chef and instructor at the Natural Gourmet School in Manhattan, occasionally eats fish and a bit of goat cheese. She does this primarily when on the road or eating out. “Eating more natural, unprocessed fruits and vegetables is good,” she says. “But not everyone knows how to do it simply and make it tasty. That’s what I teach in my classes—not a philosophy.” Cornbleet stressed that eating raw is not the culinary equivalent of jumping off a cliff. “It’s important for people to realize that eating raw foods doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing thing,” she explains. “A small percentage of people do eat 100 percent or nearly 100 percent raw foods, and it is possible to be healthy 64 FOOD & DRINK CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

doing so, but this isn’t practical for most people. Eating even 50 to 75 percent raw can improve one’s health and vitality. Just because something is ‘raw’ doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest thing. Living on all the raw desserts out there certainly isn’t healthier than eating steamed vegetables.” MANNA FROM HEAVEN Some raw food preparation requires extensive planning, which can cut into the spontaneity, and practicality, of getting dinner on the table. It also requires rethinking of old recipes and procedures. For example: In a classic French toast recipe, you soak bread in an egg-milk mixture, fry it, and serve it in about 10 minutes from start to finish. Without direct heat, it takes much longer to prepare French toast the raw food way. Since nothing is heated above 118 degrees, a dehydrator is frequently used to “cook” foods. Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis’s recipe for Cinnamon-Date French Toast with Bananas, Walnuts, and Maple Syrup, from Raw Food, Real World, looks like this: Place cinnamon-date manna bread slices in a shallow baking dish. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together nut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour over the bread slices to cover. Seems straightforward enough. Except that manna bread isn’t something you can run to the corner deli and pick up. It’s a dense, slightly chewy bread that is risen at very low heat. It’s found in the freezer section at selected health food stores. Commercially made nut milks aren’t used, because heat is involved in their processing. To make raw-nut milk at home, one can soak raw nuts for four hours or more and put them in a high-speed blender like a Vita-Mix or a food processor with filtered water, agave nectar, and sea salt. Or you can try making 30-Second Nut Milk, using raw nut butter, water, agave, vanilla extract, sea salt, and coconut butter. Either way it’s another procedure, and if you’re doing the soaking, it adds at least four hours to the preparation time. After the nut milk is made, you soak the bread for an hour. Then you dehydrate it for about four to six hours on one side, flip it over, and dehydrate it for four more hours on the other side until it’s slightly crispy. That’s at least 10 hours of dehydration time and nut milk preparation. If you’re


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serving it with candied walnuts, those also need to be dehydrated, for at least 12 hours. In total, that’s 22 hours of dehydration time. The rest of the prep is generally blending different nut milks and soaking or chopping nuts. Many of the recipes in Kenney and Melngailis’s cookbook, as well as some of the other popular raw food books like Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein’s Raw and Matt Amsden’s RAWvolution call for long lists of exotic ingredients and expensive equipment. It does the home cook well to remember that these books feature five-star food that happens to be made at home. While it’s fun if you’re feeling ambitious, raw food need not be so complicated and not all recipes require such devotion; Raw Food, Real World includes an arugula salad with pear, spiced pumpkin seeds, and Meyer lemon dressing that can be prepared in a matter of minutes if you leave out the pumpkin seeds. FULL-THROTTLE JUICING If you’re interested in trying raw food, an excellent place to start is Sunfrost Farms in Woodstock. The market and eatery has an excellent juice bar and sells shots of wheatgrass juice to go. Matthew Ballister, the owner of Sunfrost, is the son of Barry Ballister, who founded the business in 1972. “We’ve had the juice bar the entire time,” says Matthew Ballister. “My father spent winters in the Yucatan and they had liquado stands there. He enjoyed the mangos, papayas, and avocados and wanted to sell them. He special-ordered mangos, and in the beginning could barely get through a case, so he created the Mango Crema [one of Sunfrost’s smoothies] to move excess product. The Papaya Maya was created the same way. We’re talking about live food, separating out the unnecessary part, the pulp. What remains is sweet, sipped, social, and pretty.” Supposing you want to try making raw food. You’ll need a blender. Devotees swear by the Vita-Mix. It’s the Harley-Davidson of blenders—goes forward, reverse, and vroom, vroom, vroom. You can crush ice, coffee beans, and probably beer cans with it. But you’ll never get as fine a puree with a home blender as you will at a juice bar, so you may not want to drop $400 on a Vita-Mix. And you’ll also need a juicer or access to fresh juice, plus a dehydrator if you’re really going full-throttle. One key raw juice ingredient is agave syrup, a natural sweetener extracted from the same munificent cactus that gives us tequila. Like maple syrup, agave comes in light and dark versions. It has a lower glycemic index than sugar or honey, which means you don’t have the blood sugar peaks and valleys.

Organic Nectars, started by former marketing consultant Lisa Protter and former TV sound engineer Steve Trecasse, sells both light and dark agave as well as raw cacao powder, dried goji berries, and chocoagave syrup, an unctuous, pure chocolate, one-way ticket to nirvana. It’s roughly 50 calories per tablespoon and full of antioxidants. Banana slices or strawberries dipped in chocoagave make an effortless dessert. Milk from young Thai coconuts, the kind with the pointy tops, are used to make smoothies and soups, while the flesh is used for noodles, “ice cream,” puddings, and other dishes. Nama Shoyu, an unpasteurized soy sauce, is also a staple. GOING GOJI A cold day in early February found me in a West Hurley kitchen with cayennecolored walls, massaging extra-virgin olive oil into kale. I did so at the behest of vegan and raw foods chef Roni Shapiro, in an attempt to learn more firsthand. Unbeknownst to her, kale, and its first cousin cauliflower, are the monsters under my culinary bed. I fear them. Deeply. Shapiro hands me a glass with water and goji berries in it. Goji berries resemble small, reddish prunes. The antioxidant darling of the Himalayas, goji berries are allegedly responsible for everything from eternal youth to high sperm count. Even Dole has jumped on the goji berry bandwagon, distributing Tibetan sun-dried goji berries. “No one food is everything,” Shapiro says. “But goji berries are one of the fun things that the raw foods movement has hooked into and found to have all of these neat benefits.” She hands me a plate of dessert treats: raw chocolate macaroons, candied walnuts, and dehydrated bananas. I ask her how long she’s been raw. (In raw food argot, you don’t eat raw, you are raw.) She tells me she had been so for about eight months, but then started eating cooked food in the cold weather. The dehydrated bananas are chewy, with a concentrated banana flavor. They’d make a great on-the-go snack. The macaroons are fudgy and dense. As I continue massaging the kale, I watch its silvery-green leaves soften and turn a vibrant dark green, as though it had been steamed. “Massaging the oil in starts the kale’s so-called ‘cooking,’” Shapiro explains. “It helps break down the cellulose. Slicing it really thin also does that.” While the kale is absorbing the oil and sea salt, we get to work on the main course, “Fettucine” Pomodoro with Pine Parmesan “Cheese.” Shapiro hands me a vegetable peeler and tells me to make zucchini noodles 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM FOOD & DRINK 65


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Claudia’s Kitchen Personalized celebrations and weddings, us-

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Scratch Bakery. Stickybuns, Scones, Muffins, Breads, Focaccia, Tartes, Tortes, Seasonal Desserts featuring local produce, plus Sugar-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Vegan, Gluten-free, and Organic Treats! Cakes and Wedding Cakes by Special Order. We

breads, Hudson Valley cheese, fabulous appetizers, meat and vegetarian entrees, out-ofthis-world desserts. Claudia works one on one to custom design your menu, your party, your

The Natural Gourmet Cookery School For more than 20 years people around the world have turned to Natural Gourmet’s avocational public classes to learn the basics of

healthy cooking. They come to the Chef’s Training Program to prepare for careers in the burgeoning Natural foods Industry.

wedding or special event. (845) 868-7338 or (914) 475-9695. www.claudiascatering.com.

ship our Lemon Cakes nationwide, $30 2-pound bundts. Open Thursday-Mon-

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day 8am-6pm; Sunday 8am-4pm. Closed

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gather great local and imported ingredients for events of all sizes and pocketbooks, from grand affairs to drop-off parties. True to our name, we emphasize the freshest, finest ingredients, because great food is the spark that ignites a convivial gathering. Our style is reflected in meals that encour-

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home by Chef & Owner Nuch Chaweewan. Please call for prices and information. (845) 687-2334.

CAFE Bread Alone Cafe Bread Alone cafés offer fresh breads, pastries,

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farm in a single-chamber, wood-fired oven designed by Alan Scott. Also available are free range eggs and pasture raised beef. Set on a 200-acre farm in the hills of Vernon, you can see pastured animals and taste food as it should be! Bobolink LLC, 42 Meadowburn Road, Vernon, NJ. For class schedule, directions, and mail order visit www.cowsoutside.com. (973) 764-4888.

Catamount Restaurant Located near Phoenicia and Woodstock, the Catamount Restaurant has been a locals and visitors favorite for years. Experience the pastoral beauty of the surrounding Hudson Valley as you dine creekside in the warm, inviting dining room. Enjoy the locally-inspired menu that features perfectly seasoned steaks and chops, creatively prepared fish and poultry and several vegetarian dishes.

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And don’t miss the house-made desserts. Available for private parties and business

Rhinebeck Farmers Market The Hudson Valley’s best farmers bringing you farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, wine, honey, bread, flowers, jam, pickles, herbs and much more. Free live music every week. Tastings and special events all season long. Municipal Parking Lot on East Market St. www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com.

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functions. 5368 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY. Call (845) 688-2828 for reservations. www.emersonresort.com. Gilded Otter A warm and inviting dining room and pub overlooking beautiful sunsets over the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Cliffs. Mouthwatering dinners prepared by Executive Chef Larry Chu, and handcrafted beers brewed by GABF Gold Medal Winning Brewmaster Darren Currier. Chef driven & brewed locally!. 3 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 256-1700

Beacon Natural Market

Hana Sushi

Lighting the Way for a Healthier

Best authentic sushi in the Hudson Valley!

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Superb Japanese sushi chefs serve the best

con at 348 Main Street. Featuring organic

authentic sushi with extended Dining Area.

prepared foods deli & juice bar as well as

Sit at the counter or tables and enjoy all your

organic and regional produce, meats and

favorites from Chicken Teriyaki and Udon to

cheeses. Newly opened in Aug. ‘05, propri-

Yellowtail and Special rolls. Eat-in, Take-out,

etors L.T. & Kitty Sherpa are dedicated to

and private room is available. 7270 South

serving the Hudson Valley with a complete

Broadway, Red Hook, NY. (845) 758-4333.

selection of products that are good for you

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and good for the planet, including an extensive alternative health dept.

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse

Nutritionist on staff. 348 Main Street,

Located on historic Route 28 between Kingston

Beacon, NY. (845) 838-1288.

and Woodstock, Hickory offers diners Hudson Valley’s finest barbecue and smokehouse cuisine such as ribs, pulled pork, smoked beef,

PASTA

fish and free-range chicken. Whether enjoying your meal by the fireplace in Hickory’s three-

La Bella Pasta Fresh pasta made locally. Large variety of ravioli, tortellini, pastas, and sauces at the factory outlet. We manufacture and deliver our excellent selection of pastas to fine restaurants, gourmet shops, and caterers throughout the Hudson Valley. Call for

star dining room or sipping a cocktail at the wood bar, Hickory’s staff is trained to make you feel as comfortable as you would at home. Hickory also features several vegetarian options, steaks, homemade desserts, happy hour specials, a complete take-out menu, and catering and special events in our private dining room. You can enjoy live music featuring the

our full product list and samples. Located

area’s hottest bands on Friday and Saturday

on Route 28W between Kingston and

night. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 743

Woodstock. Route 28W. (845) 331-9130.

Route 28 (3.5 miles from NYS Thruway Exit

www.labellapasta.com.

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VOTED “Best Sushi in the Hudson Valley” Chronogram & Hudson Valley Magazine Poughkeepsie Journal Rating EXCELLENT by Zagat’s Vegetarian dishes available • 2 great locations

www.osakasushi.net 18 Garden Street, Rhinebeck (845) 876-7338 (845) 876-7278

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74 Broadway, Tivoli (845)757-5055 (845)757-5056

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Joyous Café Is it any wonder that Joyous Café is the most exciting new eating experience in Kingston? Whether it’s Breakfast, Lunch, or Sunday Brunch, the wonderfully prepared food and attentive service are outstanding. Open Monday through Friday 8am-4pm. Sunday Brunch 9am-2pm. Serving Dinner evenings of UPAC events. 608 Broadway, in The Heart of Broadway Theater Square, Kingston, NY. (845) 334-9441. www.joyouscafe.com.

and free-range Hudson Valley products. Wednesday and Thursday nights, food and wine pairing menu available. Voted “Best Caterer in the Hudson Valley.” 232 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-2600. www .maincourserestaurant.com. Mariner’s Harbor Restaurant A casual waterfront dining at it’s best. Situated on the water in the historic Rondout district of Kingston, Mariner’s has for years taken regional awards for their high qual-

Mexican Radio Voted Best Mexican Restaurant in NYC and Best Margaritas in the Hudson Valley, Mexican Radio features fabulous, homemade dishes made fresh daily. Extensive vegetarian/vegan choices. A Great Place for Parties! Hudson, NY and 9 Cleveland Place, NYC; (212) 343-0140. 537 Warren Street, Hudson, New York. (518) 828-7770. pmljs@ecoipm.com. www.mexrad.com.

ity of cuisine and service at

Monster Taco

affordable prices. As ever

When you have a hunger that

Kyoto Sushi

you can find the freshest

only Mexican food can satisfy,

Kyoto Sushi. 337 Washington

seafood and raw bar, Angus

visit Monster Taco. With fresh

Ave., Kingston, NY.

steaks and a wide choice

food, reasonable prices, and

(845) 339-1128.

of fare in their time tested

a funky atmosphere. 260

classic menu. Now Mariner’s

North Road, Poughkeep-

is introducing new and even

sie, NY. (845) 452-3375.

more healthy menu choices

www.monster-taco.com.

Luna 61 “Best Vegetarian Restaurant.” Hudson Valley Magazine. stars.” Poughkeepsie Journal. “Imagine spicy Thai noodles, delicate spring rolls, and the best banana cream pie you’ve ever eaten. Join the Culinary Revolution.” Dutchess Magazine. Luna 61 is relaxed and funky, candlelit tables, cozy, and romantic. Organic wine

ganic wild salmon, grass-fed beef and vegetarian dishes to round out it’s award winning cuisine offerings. From intimate dinners for two to large gatherings, a meal at Mariner’s is more than just eating out, our friendly ambiance and recently refurbished décor, and our not to be outdone waterfront

and beer. 55 Broadway, Tivoli, location, makes dining at New York. (845) 758-0061. Mariner’s Harbor a treat for www.luna61.com

the palette and the senses. Party and In-House cater-

Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant

ing menu available. Open

The only authentic Peruvian

lunch and dinner, open on

Tuesdays – Sundays for

Neko Sushi & Restaurant Voted “Best Sushi” Restaurant by Chronogram readers and rated four stars by Poughkeepsie Journal. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Eat in or Take Out. We offer many selections of Sushi & Sashimi, an extensive variety of special Rolls and kitchen dishes. Live Lobster prepared daily. Parking in rear available. Major credit cards accepted. 49 Main Street, in the Village of New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-0162. Osaka Japanese Restaurant

restaurant in Orange County,

Monday’s at 4 pm for dinner.

NY. Family owned and oper-

Find our menu and schudle

ated since 1990. Serving the

of special events online at

Want to taste the best Sushi

community traditional dishes

www.marinersharbor.com.

in the Hudson Valley? Osaka

from the mountains and coast

Mariner’s Harbor,

Restaurant is the place.

of Peru. Trained in Peru, our

1 Broadway, Kingston, NY

Vegetarian dishes available.

chefs make authentic dishes

(845) 340 -8051.

Given four stars by the Daily

come alive. Wine list available. 301 Broadway, Newburgh, NY. (845) 562-6478. www.machupicchurest.com. Main Course

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE EXTEND YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH AN OUTDOOR ROOM by Laurie Capps With the promise of warmer weather in the air, many home owners are throwing open the windows and turning their attention to winter-neglected porches, patios, and gardens, only to become overwhelmed by the list of outdoor tasks that await. But wait—before you draw the curtains, let’s take a moment to consider the creative possibilities lying dormant in those outdoor spaces. See that lonely brick patio? With a little landscape design and decoration ingenuity, you can create an intimate reading nook, or the perfect place to enjoy a Sunday brunch. The shoe- and umbrella-filled back porch could become the outdoor dining space you’ve always dreamed of, protected from the elements and benefiting from the hospitality of the upcoming summer months. It’s the perfect time to think about extending your living space beyond the four walls of your home with an outdoor room. Porches, patios, gazebos, pool houses, and gardens can all fit the “outdoor room” bill. Although outside, these living spaces are actually extensions of your indoor spaces, and serve to create a connection between the inside of a home and the surrounding landscape. In addition to being places to entertain family and friends, they can also lend an air of rejuvenation and relaxation to your life, providing a space to reconnect with yourself. So how should you approach this project? First, determine your goals. Are you an avid gardener who wants plenty of space for garden beds, trellises, and arbors, all around a comfortable vantage point? Or do you envision your outdoor space as a way to extend your entertaining possibilities—a place to cook and serve guests outdoors for midweek luncheons, Friday-evening cocktail parties, and Sunday brunches? An excellent reference by landscape designer Martha Baker, The Outdoor

Living Room: Stylish Ideas for Porches, Patios, and Pools, is full of suggestions for homes and spaces of all designs, whether provincial, classic, modern, contemporary, or rustic. As you approach the project, expand your design and decorating reach beyond what’s “suburbanly” popular. Individuality is key here—this space is for you, so allow it to become a true reflection of your personality. Building Your Dream When Robert George, a local landscape and design specialist, meets with clients, he first determines their dream vision for the space. Then he works to relate those goals to the “architecture of the land and the home.” Consider the space your have to work within—it’s both your scene and your palate. Regardless of size, many of the same possibilities exist for any space, whether it’s an apartment patio or a tumbling backyard acre. And, given the elements in this area, it’s wise to consider working some shelter into your project. A more popular option in the South, screening- or glassing-in back porches provides protection from the weather and insects. Take the sun into account too, and make sure the space incorporates some shade. As both Baker and George suggest, keep the architectural style of the house in mind, and design with complementary elements to maximize the feeling of flow and connection between the home and outdoor room. Case in point: When George designed and built a patio cover for clients living in a converted historic barn, he wanted to create a structure that would reflect the heritage of the property. So he constructed it out of hand-hewn beams, reclaimed from a 19th-century barn in Delaware County. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM HOME & GARDEN 79


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Take a Look Around If you’re working with a blank slate—an unlandscaped backyard, for example— there are many ways to define the space. Railings, gates, and arbors can be designed with decorative metalwork. Steve Morris, of Steve Morris Designs, creates just such pieces, and says that the materials options are many. If you want the work to reflect the elements, steel is an ideal medium, since rust will give it a nice patina. Fences and low walls are always a possibility, and especially important for creating a sense of privacy, but keep them in scale with the rest of the project and the surroundings beyond. To create pathways to, from, and within your outdoor living space, Baker suggests placing steppingstones in the grass, or using cedar chips to create winding paths. Plantings are an important part of any design, and obviously so for outdoor rooms. For ideas, turn an eye toward what’s already growing around your property. “The region of the Hudson Valley is your feature,” says George. He suggests planting with indigenous wild ferns, azaleas, burning bush, and mountain laurel. The benefits are threefold: using local flora translates into lower maintenance issues; you’ll have fewer deer-chewed leaves; and it will blur the indoor/outdoor line by bringing the outdoors closer to home. Gardening in raised beds is also an option, says George. Cultivating fresh flowers and herbs will mean you’ll have vibrant centerpieces and abundant seasonings throughout the growing season. Baker suggests using wheeled containers to create mobile gardens with maximum decorating flexibility. Exterior Decorating When selecting furniture, keep several things in mind. Will the chairs, benches, and tables be in a covered or open area? Weatherproof upholstery will see you through the months with little worry, as will wrought iron. If you’re working within a covered space, consider using indoor furnishings and lighting. Baker’s book suggests decorating with club chairs, ottomans, and indoor lamps to create a true outdoor “living room.” Remember to keep the size of the space in mind. Overstuffed couches work well on a sprawling patio but may be too bulky for a

smaller screened porch. Keep those decorative accents—colors, pillows, picture frames, vases—scaled to the space and reflective of indoor decor. And if you just can’t seem to find the perfect style, consider working with an artisan to design your own furniture. Morris works with clients to design the perfect furniture for their outdoor living spaces. He is also launching a new furniture collection, the Hudson Line, this month. Constructed of found objects from the Hudson River, the tables, chairs, and other pieces combine bricks and driftwood with metal and glass to give the creations a modern edge. Many of the pieces can be used in outdoor living spaces, says Morris, such as his glass-and-metal coffee table with brick accents. Bringing the Inside Out What else should you consider? Since you’ll want to enjoy your outdoor room well into the evening, choose lighting and floor treatments to maximize comfort. Lighting options range from indoor lamps to hurricane lamps, paper lanterns, candles, and torches. Rugs and floor coverings can either be weathertough matting, plush chenille, or even wool. And since many people envision outdoor rooms as outdoor dining spaces, those outdoor grills, refrigerators, and sound systems can all make this the most popular room of the house. Ultimately, the most important element to remember when creating an outdoor living space is to keep it low-maintenance. This space, says George, “should be absolutely a pleasure. It should not be a headache, and you should not have to hire someone to care for it.” This sentiment is echoed in Baker’s book: “Another of the best things about al fresco living rooms,” she says, “is that they don’t need cleaning.” So as you consider that empty stretch of backyard or that unused patio this spring, think of how you might extend the warm and welcoming interior of your home to its exterior. Envision a place of escape and privacy, of connection and renewal; a place where you can commune with family and friends, and also with yourself. Create an outdoor room you’ll want to live in, this summer and beyond. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM HOME & GARDEN 81


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a mirror behind the stove, which works to “increase prosperity and allow the cook to see what is going on behind.” When cooking, it is important that the chef’s attention be focused on the food. So the mirror helps maintain a sense of awareness about the entire kitchen environment, without distracting the chef’s energy from the food-preparation process. Most importantly, make sure that ventilation is adequate, in order to let fresh air in and all those good cooking smells out (a surefire way of making any home more appealing!). And don’t forget plenty of natural lighting and to use nontoxic cleaning products. For the home office, desk placement is key. Always try to have your back toward a wall, your desk looking out over the room, with a clear view of the door. If back-to-the-door is the only option, place a mirror in front of you to avoid surprises (as in the kitchen scenario, above). Buy well-built, ergonomic chairs, and paint walls in calming shades of green and blue or rejuvenating tones of yellow. Of course, organization is especially important in this area, so find a system that works for you and strive to maintain an uncluttered space. Make sure the room has plenty of light and use air filters to keep things clean and moving. The office is an ideal place to use aromatherapy, Welton says, since it “can stimulate a fatigued mind and soothe frayed nerves.” What about the master bedroom? Several of the ideas mentioned above are echoed here. Again, no clutter: There’s nothing like a pile of stressful “to-do’s” to interfere with a good night’s sleep. Position the head of your bed against a wall, with a direct view of the doorway. Aromatherapy, natural fiber bedding, and air filters will all contribute positively in this room. Try using soothing shades of soft peach or pale for the walls and window treatments. If you’re just beginning to generate ideas for that dream house, consider the structural applications of feng shui. Ideally, says Welton, the best place to start is from the ground up, before construction even begins. As with the interior suggestions above, the same overall goals are in place—to encourage luck, harmony, health, and success—but the energy flow is chiefly considered from the geographical standpoint. When visiting a site before construction is to begin, Welton considers many factors, such as the best location for the house in that particular landscape and the placement of pools, ponds, and landforms like mountains and lakes. Where the home is placed along a road can have implications for positive energy attraction: Dead ends, forks, and T intersections are all to be avoided, and it’s best to have a “mountain form” behind the house, to impart a sense of protective energy. When creating architectural or design plans for a house, Welton suggests working in a little feng shui. For the kitchen, incorporate as much natural material into the design as possible; stone, wood, and tile are all good choices. The shape of the kitchen should be square, and the best placement is in the northeast direction. Offices should face towards the east, so as to benefit from the rising, fresh energy of the sun each morning, and to avoid the harshness of the afternoon light. Bedrooms should be placed at the back of the house, where they are furthest from the front door. And that brightly painted front door should face east. “Feng shui is a part of placemaking and making homes, and a deeper way of being green and ecological,” says Welton. So as you embark upon that kitchen renovation, weekend clean-up, landscaping project, or major home construction, remember to step back, take a deep breath, and make room for the positive energy to flow. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM HOME & GARDEN 85


    

    

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EcoArch DesignWorks Award winning design, harmonizing spirit, health and

Andes Antiques & Art 173 Main Street, Andes, NY. (845) 676-3420 PopperArtsy2@aol.com.

the environment, solar and â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? design. Licensed in New York, New Jersey and California, EcoArch DesignWorks specializes in planning, architecture and interiors for single family or multi-family homes, entertainment, retail or office environments. Recent

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harmony, prosperity, spirit, health, and ecological integrity. (845) 247-4620. ecoarchitect@hvc.rr.com. www.JanusWeltonDesignWorks.com.

Stoller Architecture Buildings that inspire and empower. (518) 392-2979. www.evanstoller.com.

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Featuring 10,000 square feet of elegant booths and showcases of fine antiques, mid century furniture and decorative accessories in the newly renovated historic Stone Building. In addition there is River Stone Arts, a spectacular 10,000 square feet gallery of sculpture, paintings and mixed media installations with new shows regularly. 37 West Broad Street, Haverstraw, NY. Hours 11-6 Fri-Sun. For information contact: (845) 786-8600 (River Stone Antiques), (917) 532-3090 (River Stone Arts).

ART CENTERS Garrison Art Center 23 Garrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing, Garrison NY. (845) 424.3960. www.garrisonartcenter.org.

ART GALLERIES Center for Photography at Woodstock

APPLIANCE

59 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-9957. Info@cpw.org.

Earl B. Feiden A full-service appliance store with a long history in the community and pioneers of the home-appliance industry. We provide premium products, premium service and stock name-brand appliances. Our commitment to customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of our business. Visit us when you decide to shop for your next appliance at 661 Broadway, Kingston, New York, (845) 331-2230 or 785 Route 9, Latham, New York, 12110 (518) 785-8555.

Mark Gruber Gallery New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-1241. www.markgrubergallery.com.

Van Brunt Gallery Exhibiting the work of contemporary artists. Featuring abstract painting, sculpture, digital art, photography, and video, the gallery has new shows each month. The innovative gallery Web site has online artist portfolios and videos of the artists discussing

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their work. 460 Main Street, Beacon, NY. (845) 838-2995. www.vanbruntgallery.com.

DiGuiseppe Architecture Inspired, sensitive, and luxurious. These are the words that describe the quintessential design work that is Diguiseppe. The firm, with design studios in Accord, New York City, and Boca Raton, provides personalized architecture and interiors for each and every client. Whether the project is a sensitive historic renovation, a Hudson Valley inspired home or luxurious interiors, each project receives the attention of the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal, Anthony J. Diguiseppe, AIA RIBA, an internationally published architect and award-winning furniture designer. Accord (845) 687-8989; New York City (212) 439-9611. diarcht@msn.com. www.diguiseppe.com.

ART SUPPLIES Beacon Art Supply A source for locals and tourists selling art and design-related gifts, specialty papers, kids stuff, note cards, books & journals in addition to art supplies. Papers. Paint. Gifts. Canvas. Crayons &Then Some. Create Something! Open daily 12-6, Thurs until 8 pm, closed Tues. 506 Main Street, Beacon, NY. (845) 440-7904. www.beaconartsupply.com. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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Catskill Art & Office Supply Traditional fine art materials, studio furnishings, office products, journals, cards, maps, and gifts. Creative services, too, at all three locations: photo processing, custom printing, rubber stamps, color copies, custom picture framing, and full-color digital output. Pushing the envelope and creative spirit for over 20 years. Woodstock (845) 679-2251; Kingston (845) 331-7780; Poughkeepsie (845) 452-1250.

Manny’s Since 1962, big city selection and small town service have made Manny’s special. We offer a full range of art materials, custom picture framing, bookmaking supplies, and the best selection of handmade and decorative papers north of Manhattan. Manny’s, it’s more than just an art store. 83 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-9902.

R & F Handmade Paints Internationally known manufacturer of Pigment Sticks and Encaustic paint right here in the Hudson Valley. Stop in for a tour of our factory, get paints at discounted prices, sign up for an Encaustic or Pigment Stick workshop, or check out bi-monthly exhibits in the Gallery. 84 Ten Broeck Ave, Kingston, NY. (845) 331-3112. www.rfpaints.com.

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Terenchin Fine Art “Ether.” Inaugural show explores the notion “change is the only constant.” International artist roster includes Hudson River painters of the 19th century, contemporary photographers, Formalist sculptors. May 12 - July 8. 462 Main St, Catskill, NY 518-943-5312. Opening Saturday, May 12, 6pm.

BANQUET CENTER

CAMP

Mount Tremper

Woodstock Day School Summer Adventure

The Catamount Banquet Center. Located at the Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28. For more than 10 years, weddings and special events have taken on a magical quality at the Catamount. A large pavilion lends itself to stunning outdoor weddings or parties, while the warm, comfortable interior of the Catamount dining room provides many flexible options for hosting a one-of-a-kind gathering. For your wedding or special event, call the Catamount’s in-house event planner at (845) 688-2828 or e-mail msmith@emersonresort.com.

CARPETS / RUGS

BED & BREAKFASTS / INNS Storm King Lodge Bed and Breakfast Come and enjoy our cozy lodge, converted from an early 1800’s post-and-beam barn, and guest cottage in a country setting with gardens, pool, and mountain views. The Great Room offers a comfortable place to relax, with a roaring fire on winter evenings; or enjoy those summer nights on the covered veranda. Choose from six comfortable guest rooms with private baths. Comforts include central AC, several fireplaces, spacious lawns, gardens, and the grand swimming pool. Located near Storm King Art Center, West Point, DIA: Beacon, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, and 1 hour from NYC. Great restaurants nearby. 100 Pleasant Hill Road, Mountainville (Cornwall), NY. (845) 534-9421.

BEVERAGES Leisure Time Spring Water Pure spring water from a natural artesian spring located

ATTORNEYS Law Offices of Andrea Lowenthal, PLLC Offices in Hudson and Manhattan, serving individuals and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City. Estate Planning (wills and trusts) and Elder Law (planning for you or your aging relatives), Domestic Partnerships (for GLBT families), Family Matters, Business Formations and Transactions, and Real Estate. Intelligent and sensitive approach to your personal and business legal matters. Hudson, NY. (518) 671-6200 or (917) 301-6524. Andrea@LowenthalLaw.com.

in the Catskill Mountains. The spring delivers water at 42 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The water is filtered under high pressure through fine white sand. Hot and cold dispensers available. Weekly delivery. (845) 331-0504.

Register at: www.woodstockdayschool.org, call (845) 246-3744 x120 or email us for more information at summer@woodstockdayschool.org.

Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings Direct importers since 1981. Natural-dyed Afghan carpets; Balouchi tribal kilims; Russian sumaks; antique Caucasian carpets; silk Persian sumaks; Turkish kilims. Hundreds to choose from, 2’x3’ to 9’x12’. Kilim pillows, $20-$55. We encourage customers to try our rugs in their homes, without obligation. MC/Visa/AmEx. 54G Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-5311.

CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES The School for Young Artists An Extraordinary Art Experience! The School for Young Artists provides you with the tools, materials, instruction and support to achieve your goals. Our studio is about the joy of learning and the power of making art. Classes and individual sessions for children and adults. Call Kathy Anderson. (845) 679-9541.

CINEMA Upstate Films Showing provocative international cinema, contemporary and classic, and hosting filmmakers since 1972 on two screens in the village of Rhinebeck, NY. 26 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-2515.

CLEANING BICYCLE SALES / RENTALS / SERVICE Overlook Mountain Bicycles 93 Tinker St. Woodstock, NY 12498. (845) 679-2122.

MerryMaids One thing you can count on when the rest of the afternoon has let you down. (845) 297-1009.

Open everyday except Tuesday, 10-6, 11-5 on Sunday. Brands: Kona, Giant, Marin, Scott, Seven Cycles, Intense Cycles, Vicious Cycles, Mondonico/Torelli. Friendly, Inte-

CLOTHING

gral sales repairs, and rentals. Professional bicycle fitting

Pegasus Footwear

on site. Come check out Woodstock for the day and see

Schneider, Pfahl & Rahme, LLP

for yourself why Overlook Mountain Bikes was voted Best

Manhattan law firm, with offices in Woodstock, provides legal services to individuals, institutions, professional firms, companies, and family businesses. Specific areas include: Real Estate, Estate Planning, Corporate, New Media and Arts, and Entertainment Law. Each matter is attended to by a senior attorney, who develops a comprehensive legal plan with the client. Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-9868 or (212) 629-7744. www.schneiderpfahl.com. www.nycrealestateattorneys.com.

Bicycle Shop in the Hudson Valley in 2006!

BOOKSTORES

Offering innovative comfort footwear by all your favorite brands. Merrell, Dansko, Keen, Clarks, Ecco and Uggs and lots more. Open 7 days a week - or shop online at PegasusShoes.com. 10 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock and New Paltz, NY. (845) 679-2373. www.PegasusShoes.com.

Mirabai of Woodstock The Hudson Valley’s oldest spiritual/holistic bookstore,

White Rice

providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts that trans-

Clothing & accessories for women & children. Furniture & home furnishings. With an Asian sensibility. 531 Warren Street Hudson, NY (518) 697-3500. Open 7 days.

form, renew, and elevate the spirit. Exquisite statuary and other art works from Nepal, Tibet, Bali. Expert Tarot reading, astrological charts/interpretation available. 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-2100. www.mirabai.com.

COLLEGES

AUTOMATED WATERING SYSTEMS H2O Sullivan Custom Automated Watering Systems for gardens and lawns. Gives you controlled watering where you want it and when you need it. Perfect for time saving and water savings that is more important that ever. These systems are ideal for weekend homeowners and people on the go. Designed, Installed, and maintainanced, fully insured. 845-626-2085. jerryo1317@hvc.rr.com 92

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BUILDING SUPPLIES WIlliams Lumber & Home Centers The name you know and the name you trust. Our Design Centers are located at our Rhinebeck and Millbrook locations. Come meet with our outstanding design team and start creating your perfect kitchen or bath today! www.williamslumber.com.

Mount Saint Mary College An independent liberal arts college offering more than 30 undergraduate programs; graduate programs in business (MBA), education, and nursing; and noncredit courses. 2,500 women and men. Its beautiful campus overlooks the Hudson River and is conveniently located off I-84 in Newburgh, NY. (845) 569-3222. www.msmc.edu.


CONSIGNMENT SHOPS.

DISTRIBUTION

The Present Perfect

Chronogram Is Everywhere!

Designer consignments of the utmost quality for men, women, and children. Current styles, jewelry accessories, and knickknacks. Featuring beautiful furs and leathers. 23G Village Plaza, Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-2939.

Have you ever noticed how wherever you go, Chronogram is there? That’s because our distribution is so damned good. We can distribute your flyer, brochure, business card, or publication to over 700 establishments in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Putnam and

CONSTRUCTION Phoenix Construction

Orange counties. Now in Westchester county with new stops in Peekskill. (845) 334-8600. distribution@chronogram.com.

Phoenix Construction and Contracting is a company dedicated to superior addition, remodeling, and renovation work through top quality materials installed by trained professionals. Along with a high standard of work, we pride ourselves on superior job site and budget management. Our close-knit network of subcontractors ensures the success of every project through proper delegation of its mechanical and specialist requirements. We deliver customer service coupled with quality assurance. Phoenix Construction professionally handles all details so that you don’t have to worry. (845) 266-5222. www.phoenix-b.com.

DOG BOARDING Dog Love Personal Hands-On Boarding and Daycare tailored to your dog’s individual needs. Your dog’s happiness is our goal. Indoor 5x10 matted kennels with classical music and windows overlooking our pond. Homemade food and healthy treats. New Paltz. 240 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-8254. www.dogloveplaygroups.com.

EDITING

PLASTIC SURGERY

Carol Rogovin Experienced editor will edit manuscripts with a focus on optimizing reader understanding. Will also

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Dr. Abraham is Double Board Certified and

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M. T. Abraham, MD, FACS Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery, PLLC

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a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic Surgery. He is an expert in the latest minimally invasive techniques (Botox, Restylane, Thermage, Thread Lifts, Lifestyle Lifts, IPL Laser Hair & Vein Treatments), and specializes in rhinoplasty. Offices in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck & NYC with affiliated MediSpas. Poughkeepsie, NY. (845) 454-8025.

ELECTRONICS Burts Electronics Over 30 years experience. Exclusive Authorized Dealer. 549 Albany Ave. Kingston, NY. (845) 331-5011.

www.NYfaceMD.com.

FARM CRAFTS Crafts People Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts, the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including: sterling silver & 14K gold jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained

Blackberry Hill Farm Blackberry Hill Farm is a small family farm. We raise llamas, alpacas, fine-fleeced sheep, and Angora rabbits, all for their luxurious fiber. We offer a variety of fleeces, roving, yarn, and fiber art as well as two Llama Garden programs. See our display ad and visit our website: www.blackberryhillfarm.org.

glass, etc. 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley, NY. (845) 331-3859. www.craftspeople.us.

FAUX FINISHES Faux Intentions

CUSTOM HOME DESIGNERS

Cat Quinn, professional decorative artist, setting the standard for excellence in Custom Faux

Atlantic Custom Homes

Finishes for your home and business. With infinite

Atlantic Custom Homes is an independent distribu-

possibilities, your walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces

tor of Lindal Cedar Homes, the world’s largest

and furniture can be transformed using my faux

manufacturer of quality cedar homes. Lindal is

finishing techniques. A full spectrum of decorative

known around the world for their signature post

finishes using plasters, glazes and many other

and beam home designs, quality building materials

mediums, help to fill your home full of your unique

and detailed craftsmanship. We believe that your

personality and spirit. Don’t miss the beauty and

home should be a realization of your wishes. We

exhiliration of transforming the rooms you live and

take the time to explore them with you, and to de-

work in every day into spaces that reflect your

velop your design in accordance with those wishes,

sense of style. Portfolio showing a phone call

your budget and your property. (845) 265-2636.

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Feldenkrais Method Training Program For more information or to request a free catalog of tapes and books call 800-482-3357. www.FeldenkraisTrainingPrograms.com.

LANDSCAPING

MUSIC

Robert George Design Group

Burt’s Electronics

Landscape, construction, consulting, design, masonry,

Good music deserves quality sound! Avoid the malls and shop

project management. woodstockbob@aol.com.

where quality and personal service are valued above all else.

(845) 679-1095.

Bring Burt and his staff your favorite album and let them teach you how to choose the right audio equipment for your listening needs. 549 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY. (845) 331-5011.

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LITERARY

Eco-arch Design Works

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Janus Welton, AIA, BBEI is an award-winning design architect, offering over 15 years of Traditional Chinese Feng Shui expertise to her Ecological and Healthy Building Design Practice: combining Building Biology, Solar Architecture, and Feng Shui to promote “Inspiring and Sustainable” environments for the 21st Century. Unlock the potentials of your site, home, or office to foster greater harmony, prosperity, spirit, health, and ecological integrity. Services include: Architecture, Planning, Commercial Interiors, Professional Seminars and Consultations. (845) 247-4620. Email:ecoarchitect@hvc.rr.com or www.JanusWeltonDesignWorks.com.

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS

Writing workshops and private instruction for writers.

Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. (845) 338-5984. www.deeplistening.org.

(845) 339-5776.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Submit to Chronogram Seeking submissions of poems, short stories, essays,

34 Tinker St. Woodstock NY. (845) 679-2079. wguild@ulster.net.

and article proposals. Accepting pieces of all sorts. With SASE, send submissions to Chronogram, 314 Wall Street, 1st floor, Kingston, NY. info@chronogram.com.

LUMBER & WOOD PRODUCTS Ghent Wood Products 483 Rte 217, Hudson, NY. (518) 672-7021. meltzlumber.com.

MUSIC LESSONS Center for Personal Development Through Music Piano Lessons for Thwarted Geniuses with Peter Muir (845) 677-5871. www.cpdmusic.com.

Burlock

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508 Main Street (845) 440-7904. Home accessories for the contemporary design lover, selling organic sheets and towels, funky textiles, exotic botanicals and fine art in addition to tableware, lighting and decorative items. Open daily 12-6, Thursday until 8pm, Closed Tuesday.

GARDENING & GARDEN SUPPLIES Mac’s Agway in Red Hook/ New Paltz Agway Specializing in all your lawn and garden needs. We carry topsoil, peat moss, fertilizers and organics, grass seed, shavings, straw, fencing, pet food, bird seed, bird houses, and more. Mac’s Agway, 68 Firehouse Lane, Red Hook, NY. (845) 876-1559; New Paltz Agway (845) 255-0050.

MAGAZINES

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Chronogram

McCoy’s Guitar Shop

The only complete arts and cultural events resource for

Is your guitar or bass performing up to its fullest potential?

the Hudson Valley. Subscribe and get the lowdown first.

Do you have fret buzz? Is your action too high/ too low?

Whether you live in the Hudson Valley or just visit, you’ll know what’s going on. Send $36 for yearly subscription to: Chronogram, 314 Wall Street, 1st floor, Kingston, NY 12401. info@chronogram.com.

Coys Guitar Shop: Expert repairs, restoration, guitars and

We are a unique mediation practice for couples going

Attorney and Myra Schwartz has over 30 years as a Guidance Counselor working with families and children. This male/female, counselor and attorney team can effectively address all your legal and family issues. Use our one hour

Webjogger Blazing fast broadband internet access. Featuring symmet-

basses bought, sold and traded. Give us a call; you’ll be glad you did! Rosendale, NY. (845) 658-7467.

PERFORMING ARTS Lehman Loeb Art Center/ Powerhouse Theater Season

www.PathwaysMediationCenter.com. (845) 331-0100.

(845) 437-5902. Vassar College Box 225, Poughkeepsie, NY. befargislanc@pop.vassar.edu.

Rodney Wells, CFP, Member AFM & NYSCDM If you’re separating, divorcing, or have issues with child support, custody, or visitation, choose mediation. On average, mediated agreements are fulfilled twice as often

PET SERVICES & SUPPLIES

as litigated court decisions and cost half as much. I draw

Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

on my experience as a Financial Planner, psychothera-

The Pioneer in Professional Pet Care! Full house-pet-

process of unraveling their entanglements, preserving their assets, and creating a satisfying future. Cornwall, New Paltz, and NYC. Cornwall, NY. (845) 534-7668. www.mediated-divorce.com.

rical bandwidth, superior personal attention and technical

plant sitting service, proudly serving three counties for 32 years. Experienced, dependable, thorough, and reasonable housesitting for your pets. (845) 687-0330. www.pussyfootlodge.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY China Jorrin Photography

support, rock-solid security and reliability, and flexible rates.

MOVING & STORAGE

A Hudson Valley based photographer dedicated to doc-

customized networking solutions. Webjogger is a locally

Always Moving & Storage

remaining unobtrusive she is able to capture key, quiet

grown company with offices in Tivoli and Kingston. Kings-

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and personal moments of the event. Please call for rates

ton, NY. (845) 757-4000. www.webjogger.net.

(845) 339-5676. www.allwaysmovingandstorage.com.

and availability. (917) 449-5020. www.chinajorrin.com.

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pist, and pro se litigant to guide couples in a responsible

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play as well, or better than, you ever thought possible.

Pathways Mediation Center

vitz has over 30 years as a Matrimonial and Family Law

687-2870, Rt. 213. High Falls. www.nectarimports.com.

McCoys Guitar Shop our aim is to make your instrument

perhaps neither are you! Come to McCoys Guitar Shop

At Phantom we provide everything you need to create and enjoy an organic, beautiful landscape. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will help you choose from an unbeatable selection of herbaceous or woody plants, garden products and books. We offer professional design, installation, and maintenance services. Visit us! Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-8606. www.thephantomgardener.com.

Fairtrade Items & Unique Gifts from Around the World. (845)

changes and tune ups to keep them running well. Here at

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The Phantom Gardener

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basses regularly need set ups, much like cars need oil

Remember, if your instrument isn’t playing up to par,

through divorce or for families in conflict. Josh Koplo-

HOME DECOR

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umenting weddings in a candid and creative style. While


Michael Gold

ety of complex relational circumstances. (650) 493-4430.

Also see ad. Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-5797.

Artistic headshots of actors, singers, models, musicians,

itpinfo@itp.edu. www.itp.edu.

rachel@rachelpollack.com.

Maria’s Garden

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performing artists, writers, and unusual, outlandish, off-thewall personalities. Complete studio facilities and lighting. Creative, warm, original, professional. Unconditionally guaranteed. The Corporate Image Studios, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-5255. www.michaelgoldsphotos.com and click on to the “Headshots” page.

Cultivating creativity, compassion and a lifelong love of learning. Serving children 3 years through 3rd Grade in a

Midavies Tree Service

country schoolhouse surrounded by gardens, woodlands

For all your tree care needs. We are a small personalized

and streams. (845) 256-1875.

business dedicated to our customers and their trees. Free

www.mariasgardenmontessori.com.

estimates and consultations. (845) 658-9507. www.midaviestreeservice.com.

PIANO Adam’s Piano Featuring Kawai and other fine brands. 75 pianos on display in our Germantown (just north of Rhinebeck) showroom. Open by appointment only. Inventory, prices, pictures, at adamspiano.com. A second showroom will be opening in New Paltz in November. Superb service, moving, storage, rentals; we buy pianos! (518) 537-2326 or (845) 343-2326. www.adamspiano.com.

Poughkeepsie Day School Bringing joy to learning since 1934. Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, college preparatory school serving 330 students

WEB DESIGN

from throughout the mid-Hudson Valley. We encourage

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independent, critical, and creative thinking through a challenging, interdisciplinary curriculum. 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 845-462-7600, ext. 201. or email admis sions@poughkeepsieday.org. www.poughkeepsieday.org.

For websites with a personal touch and a marketing focus, we offer face-to-face design and marketing support, with offices in Kingston and Red Hook. Call for a free consultation! Our new division, Game Face Web Design, specializes in sites for a competitive online marketplace. Game Face sites are designed for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and ROI

Piano Clearing House Piano Clearing House. 8 John Walsh Blvd. Suite 318A, Peekskill, NY. (914) 788-8090. www.pianoclearinghouse.com.

Woodstock Day School

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Curious Minds Media Inc.

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SPEAKS YOUR MIND THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

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n the West most people believe that the body is a thing: a machine that needs to be fueled (with food and water) and exercised in the hope that this will stop it from going wrong. We greatly enjoy the pleasure the body gives and work hard to keep it looking good. If something in this machine goes wrong then it can usually be mechanically repaired. Difficulties are cured with surgery, radiation, or drugs—the offending part is cut out or eliminated with chemicals—and life goes on as before. In this context, modern Western medicine has worked wonders. It is extraordinary when we consider the breakthroughs that have occurred: the development of antibiotics and vaccinations, laser surgery, and organ transplants, to name but a few. Medical science has saved millions of lives and dramatically reduced suffering. Modern understanding of the body machine and the ways in which it can go wrong is undeniably impressive. However, this approach does not always work. Sometimes the side effects of drugs cause worse complications. Other difficulties may emerge even if the original cause is cured. Or the problem might go beyond the bounds of medicine; there may simply be no available cure. For instance, illnesses related to stress are numerous, and their incidences are rapidly rising. Maladies directly caused by stress include migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle tension, and chronic fatigue. Modern medicine does not have a cure for stress, and, as it does not acknowledge the influence of a patient’s mental or emotional state on their physical well-being, no medical cures are available. Yet up to 70 percent of patient visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses.

REUNITING BODY AND MIND The last few years have seen a growing recognition of the direct relationship between the mind and the body with the emergence of a field now known as psychoneuroimmunology. This new understanding does not deny the organic causes of illness—such as germs, bacteria, or microorganisms—or that some illnesses are genetically inherited. At the same time, we all know that not everyone in the office falls sick when “the flu is doing the rounds,” and that a disease does not have the same effect on every afflicted person. 96 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

It appears that our emotional and psychological states do greatly influence the onset and passage of illness, as well as our ability to heal. “Medicine is beginning to see that the origin of disease cannot be spoken of without including lifestyle, diet, social milieu, the environment, and, perhaps most interestingly, consciousness and the emotions,” writes Marc Ian Barasch in The Healing Path.

THE STRESS FACTOR The clearest way to see how the mind directly affects the body is through stress. The cerebral cortex in the brain sounds the alarm whenever there is a form of perceived lifethreatening or stressful activity. This affects the limbic and hypothalamus organization, which in turn affect hormone secretion, the immune system, and the nervous system. This fight-or-flight response enables you to respond to danger if, for instance, you are on the front line of a battle or face to face with a large bear. However, seemingly unimportant events can also cause a stress reaction because the brain is unable to tell the difference between real and imagined threats. When you focus on your fear about what might happen, it plays as much havoc with your hormones and chemical balance as when you confront a dangerous situation in real life. For instance, try remembering a gruesome scene from a horror movie, and you will feel the muscles in your back, shoulders, or stomach contract. The images are just in your mind, yet they trigger an instant response in your body. More importantly, the fight-or-flight response built into your body was only intended to be temporary. Once the danger has passed, the body is meant to come back to normal functioning. When there is a consistent psychological and emotional pressure, the higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol that the stress response releases are sustained, leading to a compromised immune system and more likelihood of physical sickness. Some of the physical symptoms that result from excessive stress are headaches, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, muscle tension, heavy breathing, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite, nausea, dry mouth, gastritis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, backache,


excessive sweating, rashes, acne, and hives. The immune system becomes compromised, so it is much easier to catch a cold or other infectious illness. Alongside these, there may be psychological transformations such as depression, anger, rapid mood changes, and anxiety. You may also experience impaired concentration, memory loss, an inability to make decisions, confusion, irrational fears, self-consciousness, or marital and sexual problems. Behavioral changes may include sloppy dressing, fidgeting, sudden outbreaks of tears, overindulgence in habits such as smoking or drinking, phobias, and impaired sexual performance. This is quite a list, and many of these symptoms can easily lead to more serious states of ill health. The link between psychological stress and physical problems is perhaps best illustrated by research, cited by Dr. Larry Dossey in Healing Breakthroughs, which shows that more heart attacks occur on a Monday than on any other day of the week—and not only on a Monday, but most often around 9 am. No other animal dies more frequently on a particular day or time of the week.

SELF-PERCEPTION In itself, stress is neither good nor bad. Rather, it is how we respond or react to stresscreating factors that makes the difference. Some people will respond to pressure or crisis with an increased sense of purpose. Others will respond with panic, denial, or fear. Faced with a deadline, one may find it spurs him or her on to greater creativity, while another becomes frozen into inactivity. The difference is in our perception of our coping abilities. If you perceive a situation as one that you can deal with, one that excites your creativity and makes you feel empowered, then you will not have a negative stress response. But if you perceive yourself as being unable to cope, fearful of what is going to happen, and get yourself worked up into a sweat, then soon you will be displaying a variety of stress symptoms. This perception of yourself is based on your personal emotional history. It may be due to past childhood influences and conditioning, beliefs, religion, or your social environ-

ment, but it is your perception of your inability to cope that causes the stress response in your body, rather than any external factors. That perception results in shutting down the digestive system, speeding up the heart rate, and flooding your body with hormones, without any direct physical cause. However, the body-mind relationship obviously goes deeper than just how you perceive yourself in relation to stress-creating situations. What we find is that any emotion that is repressed, denied, or ignored will get stuck in the body. As Candace Pert defines it, “Your body is your subconscious mind.” And, as Caroline Myss says, “Your biology is your biography.” In other words, the thoughts and emotions you are not acknowledging, dealing with, resolving, or healing will simply make themselves known elsewhere. “If a woman smokes to relieve the stress of an intolerable marriage, what is the ‘cause’ of her lung cancer? Is it a genetic predisposition? The histology of oat-cell carcinoma? The smoking itself? Her relationship?” asks Barasch in The Healing Path. “How thorough is her cure if she has a lung removed but does not change her marital circumstances, let alone inquire into the personality patterns that permitted her to cling to her longtime unhappiness?” Such self-examination is not easy. You may prefer to believe that any illness you experience is entirely due to something external, rather than having anything to do with your own thoughts, feelings, or behavior. You may prefer to believe that it is inherited or due to a foreign substance such as a virus, bacteria, or pollution. Getting ill invariably feels like something over which you have no control, that you are simply the helpless victim. Despite living inside your body for so many years, when something goes wrong it can feel as if you are living inside a complete stranger. Illness can make you feel disconnected, unable to understand how this stranger works or why it has stopped working. However, the more deeply you look into the causal chain of illness, the further you go beyond the more obvious, physical reasons, to ever more subtle layers of nonphysical, psycho-emotional connections. To help you start this process within yourself, try doing this body awareness review. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM WHOLE LIVING 97


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BODY AWARENESS REVIEW Over the next week, practice watching the physical effects in your body of different situations, thoughts, or feelings. You may want to note these physical changes in a diary. Be aware of times when you are irritated or frustrated. Take note of where you are experiencing those feelings in your body. If you are stuck in a traffic jam, a client is late for an appointment, or the children keep interrupting your conversation, what happens to your breathing, shoulders, back, or stomach?

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OBSERVE ANXIETY REACTIONS What happens in your body when you are worried or anxious about something (perhaps a child is late coming home, you have to give a presentation, or you are about to receive the results of your partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood test)? Where do you hold the anxiety? What physical effect does it have? Do fears about the future create a pain in your stomach? Or in your legs?

WATCH YOUR REACTIONS If your boss or your partner shouts at you, what happens to your heart, your head, your insides? Is your headache because you were shouted at, or because you feel insecure or angry? What do you do with angry feelings? Do you express them, or is there somewhere you put them? Do you swallow hard, clench your muscles, or become constipated?

OBSERVE THE EFFECTS OF MEMORIES What happens if you recall past events? Do you feel warm and relaxed, or do you break out in a sweat and feel nervous? Pay particular attention to what happens when you recall unhappy memories, perhaps when a parent hit you or you were bullied at school. As you follow these memories, watch where in your body there is a reaction.

ANALYZE ILLNESS AND INJURIES Think back to past illnesses or times when you were hurt. Note the parts of your body that were involved. Have you always held your stomach muscles in tight? Have you always had recurring headaches? Have you always hurt on the same side of your body? Observe yourself, your reactions, and your body. As you do this, you will begin to see how closely all the different parts of your being, both physical and psycho-emotional, are interwoven.

WHO CREATES YOUR REALITY? There is one catch in all this: The more you understand the body-mind relationship, the easier it is to think that you must be responsible for everything that happens to you, that you are to blame for being ill, that you have brought this state upon yourself, even that you have â&#x20AC;&#x153;causedâ&#x20AC;? your own illness. There is a popular belief that you create your own reality and that you are 100 percent responsible for everything that happens in your life, that every thought you have determines your future, both good and bad. This idea can be helpful, as it enables you to see whether, often without being aware of it, you may be causing extra difficulties for yourself. It can teach you to stop blaming other people or external events for your problems and instead to take responsibility for your actions. It also shows you that you cannot really change other people or the world, but you can work with your attitudes toward them. However, the moment you start thinking you are responsible for your own reality in its entirety you develop an inflated sense of self, a belief that you are all-powerful. This generates egocentricity and selfcenteredness, both of which set the stage for guilt, shame, and failure. Blaming yourself for getting ill, you then blame yourself for not getting well. Feeling guilty for repressing your anger and subsequently developing an ulcer or a tumor, you then believe you must be a hopeless example of humankind. You are in charge of your own attitudes and feelings, of the way you treat yourself and your world, but you cannot determine the outcome of every circumstance, just as you do not make the sun rise or set, keep the earth in orbit, or make the rain fall. You are responsible for developing peace of mind, but you may still need to have chemotherapy. The resolution and healing of your inner being is within your control, and this may also bring a cure to the physical body. But if it does not, it is vital to remember that you are not guilty and you are not a failure.

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DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T GET MAD, GET WISE THE JOURNEY FROM ANGER, TO PEACE, TO FORGIVENESS BY MIKE GEORGE ILLUSTRATION BY JASON CRING

In a world where our education seeks to prepare us for the production/ consumption society, we learn how to make choices at the supermarket and in the holiday brochures. Unfortunately, we receive no education regarding how to choose and change our beliefs and our feelings. No one shows us how our thoughts and feelings are rooted in our beliefs and that there are more enlightened choices that can transform our lives, and therefore our destinies. Awareness leads to seeing, which leads to understanding, which leads to expansion of choice. And that leads to the self-created opportunity to change. Only when you cultivate self-awareness through self-reflection are you able to see exactly where and why you create your anger. It always begins with a disturbance within your consciousness and it is always because the world around you is not dancing to your tune. Whenever you become angry, it is because you have an image in your mind of how things should be, how people should behave, how events should unfold, and the external reality is not matching the image in your mind. Anger comes when you are not inwardly flexible enough to accept that outward reality is always going to be different from your preconceptions, expectations, and desires. Any time you sense irritation, frustration, or anger coming, be aware. You will notice you are waging war on one of three fronts: with the past, with 100 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07

another person, or with yourself. You are at war with the past because your anger is always toward something that has already happened, and your emotional reaction means you are trying to change it, which is impossible. To the rest of the world it looks as if you believe you can. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because you hold this belief subconsciously. Somewhere and sometime in the past, you picked up and assimilated the belief that the world, including all other people, should do exactly what you want it to, or what you think it should do. You are at war with another person because that person has done something that you judge to be wrong, and your anger is an attempt to change them or inflict revenge. Perhaps you have not yet realized that it is impossible to control others and make them change. The habit of anger is so deep that this truth, which will eventually become self-evident, has not yet killed the root of your illusion that anger is good. You are at war with yourself because you are failing to make the world dance to your tune, or you believe you have let yourself down. The old thought/ feeling pattern goes something like this: To fail is to lose; to lose is to be sad; to be sad is the precursor to being angry as you look for an external cause of your sadness. But deep inside you know it is you, yourself, that has made you sad.


Take a moment to reflect on the last time you became angry at someone. It can be hard to see that your anger is never created by anyone other than your self. Though it seems the other personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions are responsible for your emotional state, in truth it is simply your response to the person or the event. Every response you create can be a conscious choice. You simply forget that you have a choice and that you do not have to react angrily. This choice is easily obscured, as the anger seems to arise within you naturally and you probably even believe it is instinctive, and therefore something that is healthy and that you need do nothing about. Which is why many people argue for their anger and become easily irritated in any conversation with someone who disagrees! Anger is learned and it can therefore be unlearned. That means donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t repress, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suppress, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t express. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left? Transform. The transformation of anger requires insight into the root cause of your emotional pain. When you see the cause it gives you a choice A) to stop creating it; or B) continue creating it. Unfortunately, although many see why they cause their own anger and acknowledge responsibility for itscreation, they continue to do so. They find many ways of justifying their anger. They have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;anger addiction.â&#x20AC;? For some time, therapists have believed that anger is okayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in fact, many therapists still believe that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to get angry once in a while. Around 15 years ago, in Japan, it was discovered that around 10,000 executives were dying every year from overwork (an epidemic termed karoshi, literally meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;death from overworkâ&#x20AC;?). The cause was traced to excessive and suppressed anger. So Japanese firms created â&#x20AC;&#x153;anger roomsâ&#x20AC;? in the basements of their office blocks, padded the walls, and put a baseball bat in the room. They told executives that if they felt anger coming on they should go to the room and just hit the walls with the bat as hard and as much as they wanted, in order to get the anger out of their systems. Two years later, they measured the results. The amount of anger had increased. Why? After much head scratching, they eventually realized that people who were going to the rooms regularly were practicing getting angry and simply reinforcing the habit. The message: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suppress, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t repress, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;transform. In numerous studies, anger has been found to have a wholly detrimental effect on our physical well-being. In one such study, reported at a recent conference on forgiveness and peace in the US, it was demonstrated that letting go of the anger buried in a grudge relieved and reduced chronic back pain. Another study discovered that women fighting their own substance-abuse problems were able to reduce the length of relapses by practicing forgiveness. A Stanford University forgiveness project revealed how it is impossible to be happy and healthy while carrying bitterness and anger at how unjustly we feel we have been treated. In order to free yourself from the anger habit, you will need to take these significant steps: understand why anger is extremely unhealthy; accept responsibility for your anger, in whatever form it takes, at all times and in all situations; and be prepared to expose, challenge, and change the beliefs and perceptions you hold, which are creating your emotional pain. Be aware the next time you become angry. Interrupt the pattern of your anger by asking yourself two simple questions: What am I trying to do? (Answer: You are trying to control what you cannot controlâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the past and other people); and Who is suffering first and most? (Answer: Yourself!). And if your anger is directed at yourself for your own seeming failures, then repeat this short phrase: There is no such thing as a failure, only a different outcome from the one that I expected. And if you insist on staying angry, then ask yourself this question: How long is my anger going to last? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be surprised how fast it disappears. Mike George is an international management development consultant and coach based in London, a teacher at Albanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center, the editor of Heart and Soul magazine, and the author of several books, including Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Get Mad, Get Wise, from which the above was excerpted with permission. George will host a free talk and book launching at the Albany Public Library on May 25 from 12 to 1:30pm. The event is being sponsored by Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center. (518) 438-4180; www.bkwsu.org. Visit Mike Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.relax7.com.

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Treat yourself to a renewed sense of health and well-being with acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese bodywork, and nutritional counseling. My emphasis is on empowering patients by teaching them how to practice preventative medicine. Great for gynecological problems, chronic pain, and managing chronic illness. Two locations: Haven Spa, 6464 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, and Woodstock Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health, 1426 Route 28, West Hurley. Haven Spa, Rhinebeck, NY. (914) 388-7789.

For the past 18 years, Dr. Hoon J. Park has been practicing a natural and gentle approach to pain management for conditions such as arthritis, chronic and acute pain in neck, back, and legs, fibromyalgia, motor vehicle and workrelated injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and more by integrating physical therapy modalities along with acupuncture. Dr. Hoon Park is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and electrodiagnostic studies. His experienced, friendly staff offer the most comprehensive and individualized rehabilitative care available. Please call the office to arrange a consultation. New patients and most insurances are accepted. Half mile south of the Galleria Mall. 1772 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY. (845) 298-6060.

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Earthbound Apothecary & Acupuncture Center Creating health in partnership with nature. Our effective, informative natural healthcare services are based in the elegant and profound traditions of Chinese medicine. Apothecary specializes in Asian and native medicinal herbs (many local/organically - grown!), tinctures, teas, and more. Herbal Studies Classes begin in May. Main office, apothecary in Kingston; home office, gardens in Accord. (845) 339-5653. www.earthboundapothecary.com.

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turists. We combine traditional Asian acupuncture techniques with a modern understanding of acupuncture and oriental medicine to provide effective treatments of acute and chronic pain conditions, and other medical disorders. In addition to our general practice we also offer a Low Cost Acupuncture Clinic which is available for all people who meet our low income guidelines. 108 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-7178.

Three Treasures Acupuncture Specializing in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and teenage acne, Mindy Pickard, MS, LAc, utilizes a whole body approach to beauty by improving your overall health. Ms. Pickard


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Receive a clear introduction to the basics of Mantak Chia’s Healing Tao System and Chinese 5 Element Theory. Learn the Six Healing Sounds which transform stress into vital energy, the Inner Smile and Microcosmic Orbit Meditations. Ada also studies with Master Li Jun Feng, Michael Winn, Sifu Fong Ha, Robert Peng, and James Shaw, and offers a variety of their standing and gently moving practices. (845) 339-0589. www.adacitron.com.

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By integrating traditional and alternative therapy/healing approaches, including BodyCentered Psychotherapy, IMAGO Couples’ Counseling, and Kabbalistic Healing, I offer tools for self healing, to assist individuals and couples to open blocks to their softer heart energy. Ten-session psycho-spiritual group for women in recovery. Offices in Poughkeepsie and New Paltz, NY. (845) 485-5933.

Ada Citron, Taoist Counselor and Instructor

This practice offers a unique and exquisite opportunity for woman care in a powerfully compassionate and sacred manner. I offer complete prenatal care focused toward homebirth. For the nonpregnant woman, individualized gynecological care, counseling, and self-determination await you. Also offering school, work, and general physicals for all ages. Call for consultation. (845) 255-2096.

CHIROPRACTIC CAREER & LIFE COACHING David W. Basch, PCC, CPCC Transition Coach Get your life, business, or career unstuck and moving forward. You become clear about who you are, what you really want, and then get into action. Whatever you are up to in your career, business or key areas such as money and relationships, coaching can assist you in creating a fulfilling life and achieving goals. You’ll be more focused and present. I f you want to be responsible for creating extraordinary results, contact David for a free session. (845) 626-0444. dwbasch@aol.com. www.dwbcoaching.com. Change is inevitable; growth is optional.

Allie Roth - Center for Creativity and Work Career and Life Coaching for those seeking more creativity, fulfillment, balance and meaning in life and work. Offer a holistic approach to career and life transitions. Also specialize in

Dr. David Ness Dr. David Ness is a Certified Active Release Techniques (ART) Provider and Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner specializing in helping athletes and active people quickly relieve their pain and heal their injuries. In addition to providing traditional chiropractic care, Dr. Ness utilizes ART to remove scar tissue and adhesions in order to restore mobility, flexibility, and strength faster than standard treatments will allow. If you have an injury that has not responded to treatment, call Dr. Ness for an appointment today. (845) 255-1200. Nori Connell, RN, DC Nori combines 28 years as a registered nurse with 18 years of chiropractic experience to offer patients a knowledgeable approach to removing the interferences in the body that lead to disease. She combines accredited techniques such as Neuro-Emotional technique, kinesiology, and Network Chiropractic to work with the body’s innate intelligence and its ability for healing. Dr. 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY

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Connell also offers workshops on natural health care for the family and is also one of the directors of Alternatives Health Center of Tivoli (845) 757-5555. Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center, Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-5556.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Connie Schneider, Advanced Level I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

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Setting the standards for excellence in dentistry for more than 25 years, the Center for Advanced Dentistry attracts clients from throughout the northeast and abroad. Their client-centered approach to providing comprehensive dental services for adults and children includes “old school” care and concern combined with the latest technologies. The office is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the NYS Thruway, exit 18. 494 Route 299, Highland, NY. (845) 691-5600. www.thecenterforadvanceddentistry.com. Tischler Dental With over 35 years experience, Tischler Dental is the leading team of dental care experts in the area. Dr. Michael Tischler is currently one of only two Board Certified Implant Dentists in the Hudson Valley Region of NYS and one of only 300 dentists in the world to have achieved this honor. Sedation dentistry, acupuncture with dental treatment, dental implant surgery, cosmetic makeover procedures and gum surgery are just a few of the many unique services Tischler Dental offers. Their practice philosophy is that each modality of dental treatment is performed by the practitioner that is best trained in that area. Working as a team, they deliver ideal dental care. Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-3706. tischlerde ntal@hvc.rr.com. www.tischlerdental.com.

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Holly’s Cooking Classes have been inspiring people to cook since 1999, and will inspire you too! We use seasonal, organic ingredients including produce from local farms. At the end of each class we sit around the table to enjoy a delicious feast. So come on your own or grab a friend, and join us for a great class that is sure to spark creativity in your kitchen! Visit www.nourishingwisdom.com or call (845) 6879666 for a list of upcoming classes.

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dentistry (whitening, bonding), root canal, extractions, emergencies. Call for appointment. 1078 Rte. 217, Philmont, NY. (518) 672-4077. www.philmontfamilydentistry.com.

COUNSELING IONE - Healing Psyche IONE is psycho-spiritual therapist, Qi Healer and inter-faith minister, who is director of the Ministry of Maåt, Inc. Specializing in myth and heritage, dream phenomena and women’s issues, she facilitates writing workshops and Women’s Mysteries programs and leads retreats to sacred locations throughout the world. An author and playwright, her works include Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color and Listening in Dreams. Offices in Kingston and New York City. (845) 339-5776. Fax: (845) 3316624. www.ionedreams.org.

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ENERGY HEALING Nancy Plumer, MS - Energy/Spiritual Healing & Sacred Ceremony Nancy is an intuitive healer, teacher and guide. Integrates visualization, breath work and grounding with her hands on touch to support physical, emotional and spiritual healing. She has helped people with life threatening illnesses as well as those who have chosen the path of higher levels of consciousness. A certified One Light Healing Touch Instructor and Practitioner, a long time Kripalu yoga teacher and a gifted intuitive. Offices in New Paltz and Stone Ridge, distance healings or telephone consultations. She also facilitates sacred ceremonies. Call for a consultation, (845) 687-2252.

Philmont Family Dentistry Caring, modern dental practice for year-round and second-home owners in Upper Hudson Valley (Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, Albany, Rensselaer, Berkshire). A sophisticated urban practice in a beautiful rural setting, one mile from Taconic Parkway in Philmont. Restorations (crowns, bridges, veneers, implants), cosmetic

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is involved in later sessions. This year Ada will present an all day pre-conference workshop for Region 1 of NARHA, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, on Chi Kung as a tool for mounted equine facilitated healing work. She will also present, for the second time, her Chi Kung for Horse People at the conference itself. (845) 3390589. www.adacitron.com.

FENG SHUI Janus Welton, AIA, BBEC, IFSG Architect and Feng Shui & Ecological & Building Health Consultant

Earthbound Apothecary & Acupuncture Center Creating health in partnership with nature. Please see Acupuncture for full listing. (845) 339-5653. www.earthboundapothecary.com.. Monarda Herbal Apothecary In honoring the diversity, uniqueness, and strength of nature for nourishment and healing, we offer organic and ecologically wildcrafted herbs using tradition as our guide. Certified Organic Alcohol Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Essential Oils, and more. Product Catalog $1. Workshops and Internships. (845) 339-2562. www.monarda.net.

Aa pioneer of feng shui in the U.S. since the 1980’s, Janus incorporates the wisdom traditions of classical feng shui and advanced

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compass techniques as well as vastu shastra from India; and grounds these practices into the 21st century architecture & design combined with ecological and building health practices. Not confined to interiors, classical feng shui begins with good site planning &

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siting of a building, and follows through the design placement of important entries, rooms, and functions, and recommends the most appropriate directions, elements, colors and shapes and timing for the site, the clients, and for the building itself. Both new and existing

Specializing in women’s stress, emotional issues, and physical illness, including stress-related anxiety, depression, and physical burnout. Women in transition, businesswomen, mothers, all welcome. Experienced counselor. Faculty, Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Convenient offices in Kingston & New Paltz. Initial phone consultation no charge. Kingston, NY. (845) 688-7175.

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John Carroll is an intuitive healer, teacher, and spiritual counselor who integrates mental imagery with the God-given gift of his hands. John has helped individuals suffering from acute and chronic disorders, including back problems and cancer. Remote healings and telephone sessions. Call for consultation. Kingston, NY. (845) 338-8420.

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HEALTH & HEALING FACILITIES Guidance of Spirit, Wisdom of Heart Heart-based Intuitive Healing, Karma Release with Crystals, Space Clearings & Blessings, Long Distance Healings, End-of-Life Transitions, Guided Meditation/visualization. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Self healing is a process of self-discovery. Within the space of the heart discover what you need to heal. Kate DeChard M.Ed. The Soul Sanctuary, 6052 B Route 9, NY The Sanctuary: A Place for Healing A quaint healing center in a quiet part of downtown New Paltz. Offering Craniosacral Therapy, Massage, Psychotherapy, Reiki, Dr. Hauschka Facials, Counseling, Restorative Yoga and Kabbalistic Healing. Classes in Spontaneous Theater, Toning, NVC, Pathwork. Call for an appointment (845) 255-3337. 108

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Omega Institute for Holistic Studies Omega Institute celebrates 30 years of awakening the best in the human spirit with a spectacular season of conferences, workshops, and retreats. Study with world-class teachers like Deepak Chopra, Rodney Yee, Pema Chödrön, and Eckhart Tolle, or treat yourself to some R&R at our tranquil campus in Rhinebeck, New York. www.eomega.org or (800) 944-1001. Kimberly Woods C. HOM. With 25 years of experience and extensive training with world renowned master homeopaths and herbalists, she has helped 1000's of individuals suffering from acute and chronic disorders, from physical problems to psychological illnesses. Kimberly is truly gifted at educating the individual in natural approaches


to health and well-being. (845) 688-2976. www.naturalhealthsource.us.

HOMEOPATHY Kimberly Woods C. HOM. See extended directory listing under Holistic Health. (845) 688-2976. www.naturalhealthsource.us.

HYPNOSIS Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHt. Increase self-esteem and motivation; break bad habits; manage stress, stress-related illness and anger; alleviate pain (e.g. childbirth, headaches, chronic pain); overcome fears and despondency; relieve insomnia; improve learning, memory, public speaking and sports performance; enhance creativity. Other issues. Change your outlook. Gain Control. Make healthier choices. Certified Hypnotist, two years training; broad base in Psychology. New Paltz/Kingston, NY. (845) 389-2302.

NGH Certified Hypnotherapist in practice since 1994. Freddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revolutionary, three session, smoke ending program helps clients stop smoking for as long as they desire. Freddie asserts that smoking is a symptom, and that once the cause of the symptom is eliminated, the symptom, smoking, drops away. Kary Broffman, RN, CH A registered nurse with a BA in psychology since 1980, Kary is certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Hypnobirthing, and Complementary Medical Hypnotism, hypnocoaching with the National Guild. She has also studied interactive imagery for nurses. By weaving her own healing journey and education into her work, she helps to assist others in accessing their

One-Session Hypnosis with Frayda Kafka CHT Building on my success with smoking cessation in 1978, I have continued to help clients with weight loss, pain, childbirth, stress, insomnia, habits, phobias, confidence, and almost any behavior you can think of. Known for my easy, light manner and quick results, I have an intuitive knack for saying just the right thing at the right time so that a major shift can be initiated. Groups, home visits, gifts and phone sessions are available. Kingston, NY. (845) 336-4646. info@CallThe Hypnotist.com. www.CallTheHypnotist.com.

JEWISH MYSTICISM/KABBALAH Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC Kabbalistic Healing in person and long distance. 6 session Introduction to Kabbalistic Healing based on the work of Jason Shulman. See also Body-Centered Therapy directory. (845) 485-5933.

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inner resources and healing potential. Hyde Park, NY. (845) 876-6753.

LIFECOACHING Jeanne Asma Certified Life Coach & Psychotherapist. I specialize in helping people have more satisfaction in all areas of their lives. Life coaching is a dynamic and exciting process that can help you acheive the life you dream about. Free initial phone consultation. Poughkeepsie area office or phone appointments available. (845) 462-1182 or www.JeanneAsma.com . Shirley Stone, MBA, Certified Empowerment Life Coach Want to convert fear into courage, stress into power, depression into joy, worry into satisfac-

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tion? Consider empowerment life coaching. Get clarity on the life you want plus the tools and techniques to make your dreams a reality. Stop being a problem solver and become a vision creator. Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-2194. Shirley@findingthecourage.com. www.findingthecourage.com.

Stone, Swedish, Shiatsu. I also offer Aromatherapy massage using the purest grades of essential oils. Come enjoy a therapeutic touch tailored to your specific needs. Gift Certificates available. Appointment only. 286 Fair Street Kingston NY, (914) 388-5007. Violet Alchemy

MASSAGE THERAPY Ada Citron, LMT A licensed practitioner since 1988, Ada currently prefers the modalities of Chi Nei Tsang, Chinese internal organ massage, and Shiatsu, pressure point massage. Classes offered in CNT. House call fees are commensurate with travel time. Kingston. (845) 339-0589. www.adacitron.com. Affinity Healing Arts Alice Madhuri Velky LMT, RYT

Joan Apter Offering luxurious massage therapy, including Raindrop Technique, with therapeutic essential oils to relieve stress, boost the immune system, and address system imbalances. Natural animal care, individual consultations for a healthy home and personal concerns, spa consultant, classes, and keynotes. Essential Oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information, contact Joan Apter. (845) 679-0512. japter@ulster.net. www.apter aromatherapy.com. Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage Michele Tomasicchio, LMT, specializes in Integrative Massage - incorporation of various healing modalities: Swedish, Myofascial Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, and stretching to facilitate the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healing process. A session may include all or just one modality. No fault accepted. Gift certificates available. By appointment only. 243 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-4832.

MEDITATION Zen Mountain Monastery Offering year-round retreats geared to all levels of experience: introductions to Zen meditation and practice; programs exploring Zen arts, Buddhist studies, and social action; and intensive meditation retreats. South Plank Road, Mt. Tremper, NY. (845) 688-2228.

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A holistic approach to chronic pain, stress and imbalance. Deeply effective, intuitive and client-centered bodywork blends traditional Swedish/deep tissue massage with aromatherapy, crystal healing and Reiki energy balancing. Registered & certified Therapeutic & Integral Yoga instructor; workshops include Stress Management, Yogic Lifestyle, Reiki. Call (845) 797-4124 for an appointment or visit www.AffinityHealingArts.com for more info. Your path to wellness begins here.

Dona Ho Lightsey, LMT, IET Master Instructor. 44 S. Ohioville Rd. New Paltz. (845) 883-7899. www.violetalchemyhealing.com.

Catskill Mountain Midwifery Home Birth Services Give birth as you wish, in an environment in which you feel nurtured and secure; where your emotional well-being, privacy, and personal preferences are respected. Be supported by a tradition that trusts the natural process. Excellent MD consult, hospital backup. (845) 687-BABY.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Thomas J. Francescott, ND. Free Your Mind - Release Your Body - Energize Your Spirit! Solve health issues, enhance wellness, and gain awareness. Scientifically proven naturopathic solutions for challenging and/or chronic health concerns. I offer naturopathic expertise in a sacred space to help you feel better. Graduate of the prestigious Bastyr University. Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center, Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-5556. www.drfrancescott.com.

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Michelle Renar L.M.T Custom Massage therapy for all body types and conditions. Modalities include: Deep Tissue, Hot

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Psychic Consultations by Gail Petronio, internationally renowned psychic. Over 20 Drs. Tieri and Rosen are New York State years experience. It is my sincere hope to Licensed Osteopathic physicians specializing offer my intuitive abilities and insights as in Cranial Osteopathy. As specialists in Osteoa means to provide awareness of ones life pathic manipulation, we are dedicated to the and destiny. Sessions are conducted in traditional philosophy and hands-on treatment of person or by telephone. Visit our predecessors. We have studied with Robert www.pyshicallyspeaking.com. Fulford, DO, Viola Freyman, DO, James JealCall (845) 626-4895 or (212) 714-8125 or ous, DO, and Bonnie Gintis, DO, and completed email gail@psychicallyspeaking.com. a two-year residency in Osteopathic Manipulation. We treat newborns, children, and adults. 3457 Main St, Stone Ridge, (845) 687-7589. 138 Market Street, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-1700.

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257 Main Street, New Paltz, (845) 256-9884. By Appointment. For more information call or visit

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Licensed psychologist. Insight-oriented, culturally sensitive psychotherapy for adults and adolescents concerned with: relationship difficulties, codependency, depression, anxiety, sexual/ physical trauma, grief and bereavement, eating disorders, dealing with divorce, gay/lesbian issues. Free initial consult. 199 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (914) 262-8595.

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patients through the most up-to-date medical and surgical technologies available, combined with alternative therapies. Obstetrics - working with you to create the birth experience you desire. Many insurances accepted. Evening hours available. Rhinebeck (845) 876-2496; Kingston (845) 338-5575.

PILATES Beacon Pilates A fully equipped classical studio that tailors each workout to fit the individual. 181 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Beacon, NY. (845) 831-0360. www.beaconpilates.com. Pilates of New Paltz / Core Pilates Studio These studios offer caring, experienced and certified instruction with fully equipped facilities. Each student receives detailed attention to his/her needs while maintaining the energizing flow of the classical pilates system. Hours

Jeanne Asma, LCSWR Psychotherapist & Life Coach Individual, couples and group sessions for adults. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues groups now forming. Specializing in relationship issues, improving self-esteem, binge eating and body image, life transitions including divorce and grief issues, trauma and abuse. Many insurances accepted or sliding scale available. Office located in Poughkeepsie location. (845) 462-1182. www.JeanneAsma.com. Kent Babcock, MSW, LMSW Counseling & Psychotherapy Development of solutions through simple self-observation, reflection, and conversation. Short- or long-term work around difficult relationships; life or career transitions; ethical, spiritual, or psychic dilemmas; and creative blocks. Roots in yoga, dreamwork, spiritual psychology, and existential psychotherapy. Sliding scale. Offices in Woodstock and Uptown Kingston. (845) 679-5511 x4.

are flexible enough to accomodate any schedule. Pilates of New Paltz: (845) 255-0559; Core Pilates in Poughkeepsie: (845) 452-8018. The Moving Body www.themovingbody.com. 276 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-7715.

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with oneself and others. For individuals and couples. NY State licensed. Offices in Kingston, Willow and NYC. (845) 679-7005. www.realizationcenter.com. Debra Budnik, CSW-R Traditional insight-oriented psychotherapy for long- or short-term work. Aimed at identifying and changing self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, underlying anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Sliding scale, most insurances accepted, including Medicare/Medicaid. NYS-licensed. Experience working with trauma victims, including physical and sexual abuse. Educator on mental health topics. Located in New Paltz, one mile from SUNY. New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-4218. Change Your Outlook, Heal, and Grow - Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHt. With combination of "talk" therapy for self-knowledge and hypnotherapy to transform negative, self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Faster symptom relief. Feel better and make healthier choices. Sliding scale, Certified Hypnotherapist and Counselor. New Paltz, Kingston. See also Hypnosis. New Paltz, NY. (845) 389-2302.

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Deep Clay Michelle Rhodes LMSW ATR-BC. Short term counseling and in-depth psychoanalytic arts-based psychotherapy. Activates creative imagination to enhance healing and problem solving for life transitions, bereavement, trauma and dissociative disorders. Women’s group and individual studio sessions. Children, adults, teens. (845) 255-8039 deepclay@mac.com. www.deepclay.com.

Meg F. Schneider, MA, CSW Psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. Counseling and guidance for special parent issues: helping children through divorce, coping with a new single life and communicating with troubled teens. Long or short term therapy and EMDR. Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-8808. Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Energy Psychology – Beth Coons, LCSW - R Mind-Body, Experiential, as well as traditional talk therapy used to access inner resources for deep emotional healing. Adult and childhood trauma, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, PTSD, stress reduction, relationship issues and personal growth. Free initial consultation. (845) 702-4806. Dianne Weisselberg MSW, LMSW Individual Therapy, Grief Work and Personal Mythology. Stuck? Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Depressed? THERE IS ANOTHER WAY! Dianne Weisselberg has over 16 years experience in the field of Counseling and over 8 years of training in Depth Psychology. Sliding Scale fees. (845) 688-7570. dweisselberg@hvc.rr.com. Julie Zweig, M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor See also Body-Centered Therapy directory. Offices in Poughkeepsie and New Paltz. NY. (845) 255-3566.

REIKI Affinity Healing Arts Alice Madhuri Velky LMT, RYT

Rachael Diamond, LCSW, CHt Holistically-oriented therapist offering counseling, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy. Specializing in issues pertaining to relationships, personal growth, life transitions, alternative lifestyles, childhood abuse, codependency, addiction, recovery illness, and grief. Some insurances accepted. Office convenient to New Paltz and surrounding areas. Free half hour consultation. New Paltz, NY. (845) 883-9642. Amy R. Frisch, CSWR Psychotherapist. Individual, family, and group sessions for adolescents and adults. Currently accepting registration for It’s a Girl Thing: an expressive arts therapy group for adolescent girls and The Healing Circle: an adult bereavement group offering a safe place to begin the healing process after the death of a loved one. Most insurances accepted. New Paltz, NY. (914) 706-0229. Irene Humbach, LCSW, PC Body of Wisdom Counseling & Healing Services. See also Body-centered Therapy directory. (845) 485-5933. 114

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A holistic approach to chronic pain, stress and imbalance. Deeply effective, intuitive and client-centered bodywork blends traditional swedish/deep tissue massage with aromatherapy, crystal healing and Reiki energy balancing. Registered & certified Therapeutic & Integral Yoga instructor; workshops include Stress Management, Yogic Lifestyle, Reiki. Call (845) 797-4124 for an appointment or visit www.AffinityHealingArts.com for more info. Your path to wellness begins here.

ROSEN METHOD BODYWORK Julie Zweig, M.A., Certified Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner. Rosen Method is distinguished by its gentle, direct touch. Using hands that listen rather than manipulate, the practitioner focuses on chronic muscle tension. As relaxation occurs and the breath deepens, unconscious feelings, attitudes, and memories may emerge. The practitioner responds with touch and words that allow the client to begin to recognize what has been


held down by unconscious muscle tension. As this process unfolds, habitual tension and old patterns may be released, freeing the client to experience more aliveness, new choices in life, and a greater sense of well-being.

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the experienced therapists who are skilled at delivering virtually all the Emerson Spaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40+ treatments. Spend the day enjoying the Spaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot tubs, steam showers, sauna, resistance pool, cardio equipment, yoga/meditation room and relaxation area... all included with your Spa visit. Day spa appointments available. www.emersonresort.com. (845) 688-1000.

International Feng Shui Institute Workshops in Woodstock and Manhattan. Starting October 20, 2006 over 6 weekends /year. The IFSI is the only Institute of Professional Feng Shui Training to integrate Classical & Compass Chinese Feng Shui with BTB Tibetan Bhuddist Feng Shui techniques with a focus on Individual Coaching, Consultations, and Design Applications w/ a practicing architect. Brought to you by Director, Eric Shaffert, BTB Feng Shui Coach and author of Feng Shui and Money; Janus Welton, AIA, Architect, Classical & Compass Feng Shui & Ecology in The 21st Century; and Susanna Bastarrica, President, United Nations FSRC; BTB transcendental teacher and Universal Minister. Call for registration by Oct. 20. (845) 247-4620. ecoarchitect@hvc.rr.com. www.JanusWeltonDesignWorks.com.

SPIRITUAL Healing, Pathwork & Channeling by Flowing Spirit Guidance It is our birthright to experience the abundance of the universe, the deep love of God, and our own divinity! It is also our birthright to share our own unique gifts with the world. We long to do it. So why don't we? Our imperfections get in the way. As we purify, we experience more and more fully, the love and the abundance of God's universe. We can have it in any moment. We can learn to purify our imperfections AND experience heaven on earth. Jaffe Institute Spiritual Healing; Pathwork; and Channeling available. Contact Joel Walzer for sessions. (845) 6798989. www.flowingspirit.com.

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tional Energy Healing And Mystery School SPIRITUAL COUNSELING School Begins June 1, 2007 in Rhinebeck, NY. The OLHT Training is ideal for healthcare workers and those desiring transformational personal growth, physical and emotional healing, and spiritual development. Join us for an empowering, life-changing, six-month training. 50 selfhealing practices and 33 Professional Healing Techniques, Certification in OLHT Energy Healing and NYSNA CEUs. Free INTRO EVENINGS (May 1 & 2) SPECIAL INTRO WEEKEND (May 19-20) School schedule: June 1-3, July 20-22, Aug. 10-12, Sept. 7-9, Oct. 5-7, Nov. 2-4. OLHT Instructors/Practitioners: Penny Price Lavin (845-876-0239: pricemedia@aol.com): Nancy Plumer (845-687-2252: nplumer@hvi.net): www.OneLightHealingTouch.com.

SPAS & RESORTS Emerson Resort & Spa There is a Silk Road running through the Hudson Valley. Introducing the new Emerson Resort & Spa. A place just minutes from Woodstock offering the comforting sense that one is no longer part of the outside world. The new Spa, with 10 beautifully designed treatment rooms, celebrates the old world traditions of India and the Orients with Ayurvedic rituals and Japanese and Chinese therapies. Modern spa goers will also appreciate more well known treatment like Swedish, sports and deep tissue massage, manicures, facials and body wraps. Individually-tailored treatments are created by

Spirit Asked me to Tell You Spiritual channeling and guidance. Individuals and groups, will travel for groups. Native American spiritual teachings. I have spent ten years out West learning Native American teachings and rituals. Telephone sessions by appointment. All information in private sessions are confidential. (845) 679-0549.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION Hudson Valley Structural Integration Structural integration is a form of soft tissue manipulation based on the lifelong work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It is a process-oriented whole systems approach that seeks to improve one's health and vitality by balancing the body and reestablishing appropriate relationships. Benefits include feeling lighter, more energy, greater freedom of movement, relief from chronic pain, and positive psychological effects. We offer a safe place for exploration and work with sensitivity and compassion. Krisha Showalter and Ryan Flowers are certified practitioners of the KMI method. Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-4654.

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seared cornmeal crusted homemade seitan cutlets over rosemary smashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. From old-fashioned home cooking with a new healthful twist to live/raw foods and macrobiotics, HGTG has dishes to please every palate. Weekly Meal Delivery right to your door. Organic, vegan, kosher. Baby Registry. Gift Certificates. Catering. (845) 339-7171. www.carrottalk.com.

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VEGAN LIFESTYLES Andrew Glick - Vegan Lifestyle Coach The single most important step an individual can take to help save the planet's precious resources, improve and protect one's health, and to stop the senseless slaughter of over 50 billion animals a year...is to Go Vegan. What could make you feel better about yourself than knowing you are helping the planet, your own health, and the lives of countless animals all at the same time? If the idea is daunting and seems undoable to you, then let your personal Vegan Lifestyle Coach take you through steps A to Z. Whether you're a cattle rancher eating meat three times a day or a lacto-vegetarian wanting to give up dairy, it's a process that can be fun, easy and meaningful. You can do it easily with the proper support, guidance and encouragement from your Vegan Lifestyle Coach. (845) 679-7979. andy@meatfreezone.org. www.meatfreezone.org. Healthy Gourmet To Go Try our colossal coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate or our delectable pan-

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Offering a unique combination of techniques that integrate therapeutic goals and spiritual practice. The basic principles of Buddhism and psychotherapy are concerned with the goal of ending human suffering. Both paths to liberation are through greater self awareness, a broader view of one's world, the realization of the possibility of freedom and finding the means to achieve it. In essence, effective psychotherapy moves toward liberation and Buddhist practice is therapeutic in nature. Eidetic Image therapy is a unique and powerful method that encourages the liberation of the mind and spirit from obstacles that block the way to inner peace. Specializing in life improvement skills, habit cessation, career issues, women's issues, and blocked creativity. By phone, online, and in person. (845) 339-1684. www.eidetictherapy.com.

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EVENT LISTINGS FOR MAY 2007

FORECAST

GENE AUTRY WITH HIS MOVIE, RADIO, AND TELEVISION SIDEKICK PAT BUTTRAM, C.1953

A COWBOY’S WORK

Britney and mutant turtles aside, it’s hard to imagine American kids once hung their

and arcane equally may weary some readers, the book remains an impressive work

dreams on a sequin-costumed Hollywood cowpoke named Gene Autry. Adults, too,

of scholarship.

were charmed by The Singing Cowboy, making him a celebrity from the 1930s to the

At his peak, Autry was a cultural juggernaut. In addition to the piles of cash raked

1950s, through 650 recordings and 93 B-movie horse operas. Hardly a steady rider

in from records, movies, and rodeo appearances, he wisely licensed hundreds of

nor agile roper, Orvon Grover Autry would cash in mightily as America’s camera-ready

products, from comic books to bedspreads to breakfast cereal. But he also was

version of the mythic Western figure. Not bad for a dirt-poor Texan farmboy.

charitable, quietly sending checks for years to dissolute family members and washed-

Phoenicia resident Holly George-Warren has celebrated and deconstructed the

up western stars.

American western in a series of articles and books like How the West was Worn: A

Autry recognized the moral heft of his cornpone cowboy act. Describing the

History of Western Wear and Cowboy! How Hollywood Invented the Wild West. After

impact of his radio programs on young listeners, he told a reporter, “That’s the sort

five years of research, she recently completed the first full-length biography of Autry, a

of thing that will do more to knock any Communist, Nazi, or other such ideas out

book she calls “a dream project, because all my crazy obsessions were rolled into one

of their heads than anything else.” His music started out as earthy hillbilly odes to

package.” Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry rides into bookstores

drinking moonshine and flophouse floozies, detoured briefly to children’s songs like

this month, and into a reading at Joshua’s restaurant in Woodstock on May 12.

“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and ultimately took in anthems to God and

The genesis of Public Cowboy began a decade ago. George-Warren wrangled an interview with Autry, then 89 and ailing with cancer, for the New York Times to discuss a

country. Exploiting a faux-cowboy stance to manipulate mainstream values did not begin with our sitting president.

new CD repackaging of his signature “Back in the Saddle Again” and other hit songs.

But even rodeo saints inevitably betray feet of clay. George-Warren dutifully records

Starry-eyed but shrewd, George-Warren donned a cowgirl outfit for the interview. The

Autry’s ongoing battle with the bottle and his pursuit of co-star Gail Davis, resulting in

old man flirted up a storm, and expressed gratitude for his years of fame. The resulting

an affair of several years, to the chagrin of his wife. Yet Gene Autry remains an immense

article impressed Autry and his retinue. So much so that after he died, George-Warren

figure in 20th-century entertainment, not least because he embodied the fantasy of an

was tapped to tell his story.

untarnished hero. “He believed the myths,” George-Warren says. As Autry guilelessly

Given unprecedented access to personal letters, photos, newspaper clippings, and

told the author that afternoon in 1997, “I just want to be what people want me to be.”

business papers, George-Warren says she’s written an outsized tome in an effort to

Holly George-Warren will read and sign copies of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and

prove that “this guy was the original rock star. He set the template for Elvis.” Whether

Times of Gene Autry on May 12 from 5 to 7 pm upstairs at Joshua's in Woodstock.

holding forth on the record industry, the movie business, or rodeos, the author shows

(845) 679-5533; www.joshuascafe.com.

a sure command of her subject. While her penchant for illuminating the significant

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BIG-SCREEN BERKSHIRES The second annual Berkshire International Film Festival will screen 50 movies at a number of venues in Great Barrington May 17 through May 20. Films include Rocket Science by Jeffrey Blitz, Broken English by Zoe Cassavetes, and View from a Grain of Sand by Menna Nanji. The festival will also showcase the winners of the Berkshire Student Film Festival and a tribute to director Arthur Penn. A longtime Stockbridge resident, Penn will receive BIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award, and three of his films will be screened: Bonnie and Clyde, Four Friends, and Alice's Restaurant, the cinematic adaptation of Arlo's Guthrie's song saga centered around a Stockbridge restaurant. (413) 528-8030; www.biffma.com.

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EVENTS

Early Birds 8am. Catch the morning bird activity. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

Rosycross and Gnosis 6:30pm-7:30pm. 9-week course about the science of soul rebirth. $25. Lectorium Rosicrucianum Conference Center, Chatham. (518) 392-2799.

Dreamfigures 7pm. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clay art therapy group. Call for location. 255-8039.

King Lear

The Llama Garden Retreat

Call for times. Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragedy of immense scope and consuming force. $16/ $14 seniors, students, and staff. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3872.

7:45pm-9:30pm. Cooking, articles, recipes & more. $200. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 687-9666.

CLASSES

WED 2 CLASSES 10am-11:30am. Mt. Tremper School, Mt. Tremper. 688-5472.

Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

Magick for Beginners Class 7pm-9:30pm. $20. Call for location. 340-0220.

GamaLataki Rhythm/Music Mind Course

Pathfinders Session 2: Amazing Adaptations

7:45pm-9:15pm. Explore the elements governing the universal power of sound and music. $75. Call for location. 679-7532.

3:45pm- 5:15pm. Grades K-2. $80/$70. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwallon-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

DANCE Modern Dance

Explorers Session 2: Raccoon Circles 3:45pm-5:15pm. Grades 3-5. $80/$70. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwallon-Hudson. 534-5506.

Studio HOH: Photography Workshop

Fun Art Projects For Kids 4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning, & clay ages 6-8. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

MUSIC Piano Sing-Along 5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Acoustic Thursdays

Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

KIDS

Call for times. Experience life on the farm. Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson. (518) 851-7661.

3:30pm-5pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural

5:30pm-7pm. With the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

6pm. 3 different artists, hosted by Kurt Henry. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Chamber Jazz Ensemble IV 8pm-9:30pm. Features SUNY New Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student musicians. $6/$4 staff and seniors/$3 students - available at the door one half hour prior to performance. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3872.

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Nursing Information Sessions

Call for times. Grades 2-7. Call for location. 679-8172.

3pm. Information sessions about Nursing degree program that will cover the application process. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge. 687-5261.

Call for times. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7508.

Hike for Tykes

Discovering Animals Together Activities Studio HOH: Comic Art 3:30pm-5pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

MUSIC ASK Acoustic Open Mike 7pm-9pm. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

7:30pm. Didjeridu. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

Blues Jam and Dance Party 8pm. $5. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 6872699.

MUSIC College-Community Band

Open Mike Night 8:30pm. Hosted by Pete Laffin. Cubbyhole Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 483-7584.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Menopause But Were Too Hot to Ask 6:30pm-8pm. Dr Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tonics, Rhinebeck. 876-2900.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Funny? 7pm. David Alpher on Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s String Quartet Op. 33 #2 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jokeâ&#x20AC;?. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-2687.

10:30pm. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

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Songwriting Workshop for Teens 4pm-6pm. $35/$30 members. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079.

SPOKEN WORD Classics in Religion

FRI 4

10:30am. The Courage To Be. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

DANCE African Dance & Drumming

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6:30pm-8:30pm. Presented by Nzhinga Women. $5. Call for location. 380-9026.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

Swing Dance Jam

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6:30pm-9pm. Lesson at 6pm. $5. Call for location. 339-3032.

5:45pm. Healing chant and prayer. $5/$10. St. Gregoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-7215.

7pm-9pm. American Buddhist Nun Keisang Chogden. $8. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

     

       EVENTS Quilting Weekend Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

From Farm to Table 6:30pm. $39. Terrapin Catering, Staatsburg.

CLASSES Free Write: Creative Writing Studio 6:30pm-8pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

Adult Acting Classes

THE OUTDOORS

Call for times. A new play by Brel Froebe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;07. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7484.

 

 

WORKSHOPS

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7:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Chamber Jazz Ensemble III 8pm-9:30pm. Features SUNY New Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student jazz musicians. $6/$4 staff and seniors/$3 students. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3872.

10am. Short exploration walk for parents and young children up to age 6. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

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9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

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6pm-8pm. For K-12 teachers and librarians. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.

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One Light Healing Touch Introductory Night 7pm-9pm. Inspired Books and Gifts, Kingston. 876-0239.

Media Specialist Reception

7pm-9pm. $120. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

Stretch and Stride: Yoga And Hiking In The Catskills

Going Digital: Photography A to Z

Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

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Christopher Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Riley 7pm. Piano recital. $8. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

Acid House 8pm. Electronic techno acid. $10. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

John Hammond 8:30pm. Solo acoustic blues performer. $20. Bodies Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

David Kraai & The Saddle Tramps 11pm-1am. Country/rock. $3. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz.

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Symbols of New York 12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols . Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

     

              

 

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Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley 8pm. Poetry contest winners to read their work. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

THEATER Bard College Theater Performance Call for times. A new play by Brel Froebe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;07. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

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Hamlet Call for times. $15/$10 children. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Community Playback Theater 8pm. Stories told by audience members are brought to life by this improv troupe. $6. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7795.

WORKSHOPS Writing Workshops for Teachers Call for times. For secondary school and college teachers of all disciplines. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Orientation 1pm. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2164.

Quilting Weekend Learn quilting techniques from two of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier craftspeople. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2254.

SAT 5 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Access Your Healing Potential Call for times. Learn self-healing practices & techniques for healing others. Call for location. 876-0239.

Qigong for Seniors Call for times. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Pilates Day Open House 2007 11am-1pm. Pilates At The Bungalow, Accord. 626-5600.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program 1:30pm-2:30pm. Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston. 331-0541.

Tai Chi Chuan Classes 5:45pm-8:30pm. $120/$145/$12/$14. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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Good luck pigeonholing hardcore troubadour Michelle Shocked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a position to defeat stereotypes,â&#x20AC;? says the woman whose image has been described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;part Emma Goldman, part Betty Grable, dancing militant, and partisan pinup.â&#x20AC;? Shockedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whose name is a play on the term

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;shell-shockedâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;considers herself a party crasher to Jack Kerouacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s male-centric and mythologized Open Road: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here unwelcome and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to rewrite this history so I can be a part of it.â&#x20AC;? Lucky for area residents, that work-in-progress brings her to a concert sponsored by Unison Arts at SUNYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studley Theater in New Paltz on Saturday May 12. For the Studley show, Shocked will be backed by Uncle Moon, a band likened to "Kurt Weill at the Grand Ole Opry." There is no new CD to promote, although 2005â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Threesome is a characteristically ambitious threevolume series recorded in a blaze of mad productivity and released to critical praise, leaving listeners quite a lot on which to chew. Available individually or as a set, also called Threesome, the triptych is one-third eclectic break-up ode (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Ask Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell), one-third Spanglish-gospel-Texas blues travelogue (Mexican Standoff), and one third playful and very Texas swing-inflected interpretations of tunes from Walt Disney films (Got No Strings). After taking a well-deserved breather, Shockedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reemergence to the performing stage is certainly enticing. Michelle Shockedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story has all the makings of a compelling road movie. A child of divorce, she grew up poor in East Texas, spending summers with her atheist father, who introduced her to the likes of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Willie Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;songwriters she soon would emulate. Enamored of punk rock and aching for independence, she left her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundamentalist Mormon home at 16 and put herself through college, where she majored in oral interpretation of literature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the careerist `80s,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and that seemed like the least practical thing I could pursue.â&#x20AC;? After graduation and a brief stay in a mental hospital (she was committed by her mother), Shocked rambled the world, busking in Madrid, squatting in Paris, attending an anti-cruise missile peace camp in Sicily, and living by her estimable wits. Introduced to the world via The Texas Campfire Tapesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a quasi-bootleg recording of Shocked playing around a campfire at the 1986 Kerrville Folk Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Shocked signed to Mercury and released 1988â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Short, Sharp, Shocked, which featured a controversial cover photo of the singer in the chokehold of a San Francisco Police officer, taken at a demonstration at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Of joining the majors she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was as if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fallen into a new job at the circus getting shot out of a cannon.â&#x20AC;? After a series of dramatic David-and-Goliath-style battles, Shocked and Mercury parted ways and she wrested control of her catalog from the label, re-releasing everything on her own imprint, Mighty Sound. The road that opened up before her at that Texas folk festival campfire has been illuminated by a series of stellar releases of music at once earthy, punky, danceable, playful, and connected by an unusually strong thread of passion. To be a part of that same road, look no further than SUNY New Paltzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studley Theater on May 12 at 8pm. (845) 255-1559; www.unisonarts.org. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Robert Burke Warren

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ADVENTURE THEATER, WILL PERFORM AT THE CELEBRATION OF CELTS FESTIVAL IN GHENT MAY 5 AND 6.

THE CELTS ARE COMING

More than one-third of Americans descend from Celtic roots, tracing their ancestry back to one of

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the eight Celtic nations: Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Asturias, or Galicia. So, if you haven’t yet checked out the largest pan-Celtic festival in the Northeast, now’s the time. Currently in its fourth year, the Celebration of Celts has expanded into a two-day event (May 5-6) rejoicing in history, heritage, music, and dance. “The whole atmosphere is a total immersion into the Celtic world,” says event founder Anne Macpherson. “The Celtic world has always been something of romance and mystery and magic, with an undercurrent that’s very primal.” Of course, Celtic festivals are nothing new, but what sets this event apart is the pan-Celtic theme. “We honor all eight Celtic nations,” explains Macpherson. “The problem with Scottish Highland games and Irish festivals is that they tend to be discriminatory. Here, the entire Celtic world is right in your own backyard—the sights, the sounds, the smells, the touch, and the taste. You can visit eight nations in one day.” Macpherson acknowledges that the most important aspect of this festival is music and this is where the generation gap finds its bridge. “Music encompasses every aspect of Celtic life,” she says. “We bring in the very top names of Celtic fusion and Celtic world beat. Celtic rock ’n’ roll is going mainstream, and fusion bands take their ancestral music and push the envelope using traditional instruments. Music is a universal language that everybody can understand and it’s especially appealing to the young people. To keep the heritage and culture alive, and in order to catch the kids, you have to have something they want and like.” Headlining the many musical acts this year are Enter The Haggis, the Toronto-based Celtic rock band that has spawned legions of “Haggis Heads”; the explosive Scottish sextette Albannach, which features five drummers and a piper; and the McKrells, longstanding folk rockers from Albany. Also on the roster is an event called Piping Outside the Box, in which pipe bands create 30-minute compositions using not only pipes and drums, but cellos, fiddles, saxophones, and whatever other instruments they choose; the event is judged in American Idol fashion. Among the many other things to see and do, there will be jousting with real knights on real horses; a living Celtic timeline with over 100 reenactors set up chronologically; a British classic car show; a derby thoroughbred tent with off-track betting; a parade of Celts; birds of prey; goose herding; a kilted race (nothin’ under those kilts, either!); dragon slaying; a spoken-word tent with noted Scottish authors; Highland step dancing; an ancient Beltane fire festival with torch light parade and fire dancers; and the strange Scottish tradition of the Highland Games, or “heavy athletics,” in which men in kilts throw very heavy rocks and telephone poles. There will be plenty of Celtic foods, “and, most importantly, a lot of good beer,” Macpherson adds with a laugh. Celebration of Celts will be held at the Meadowgreens Golf Resort in Ghent on May 5 and 6. Gates open each morning at 11am. (518) 851-9670; www.celebrationofcelts.com. —Sharon Nichols

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Personal Growth Classes 7:15pm-8:30pm. $10/$12. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

students/children 12 and under Free. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kingston. 679-8172.

American Symphony Orchestra

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6:45pm. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Exploring Monoprinting Call for times. Yasuragi Center, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Drawing Nature 10:30am-2:30pm. Using en plein air atelier style. $50. Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Tarrytown. (914) 631-1470 ext. 14.

EVENTS 7th Annual Women’s Health and Fitness Expo 8am-4pm. Demos, lectures, screenings, refreshments. Tech City, Kingston. 338-2855.

Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 331-7517.

Circle Of Friends 7pm. Open mike night with hosts Nannyhagen Creek. $10. The Auracle, New Paltz. 255-6046.

Rena Strober 8pm. $16/$12 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul 8pm-12am. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 8766816.

An Evening with Bar Scott and Band 8pm. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079.

The Doc Marshalls Hudson Valley Mayfaire 10am-Sunday, May 6, 6pm. Living chess game, demonstrations, storytellers, performances. $10/$8 students and seniors. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 338-3468.

The Poughkeepsie Community Feast 12pm. Family-style meal shared in a community garden, jazz, crafts. Green Teen Community Garden, Poughkeepsie. 7058407.

Frost Valley YMCA Bowl-A-Thon 1pm-3pm. Raises money to send kids to camp. Liberty Lanes, Liberty. 985-2291 ext. 305.

Maypole Dance 2pm. Weave this sensual spring dance. Gnosis Magick Supply, Woodstock. 340-0220.

2pm-4pm. $10/$5 children. Friends of Historic Kingston Museum, Kingston. 339-0720.

4th Annual Art Auction 6:30pm. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and music. Performing Arts Center, Stone Ridge. 2561899.

Tirendi 9pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

The Screws 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

SPOKEN WORD Introduction to Birding 8:30am. $10/$7 members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Hudson Valley Literary Magazine & Small Press Fair 12pm-5pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour

9pm. Cajun dance party. Rosendale Cafe. Rosendale. 658-9048.

Symbols of New York 12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols . Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

Adult Peer Support Group Meeting 2pm-3pm. The Open Center for Autism, Hurley. (800) 661-1575.

KIDS Art Explorers Call for times. Grades K-2. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Fun With Art & Music Call for times. Ages 6-8. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

THE OUTDOORS Gertrude’s Nose Hike 10am-4pm. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Wildmere Lot, New Paltz. 255-7059.

Rhododendron Bridge and Beyond Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests 1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Creative Writing 1pm-3pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Call for times. Moderate hike. Call for location. 471-1168.

THEATER Bard College Theater Performance Call for times. A new play by Brel Froebe ‘07. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7484.

Lazer Vaudeville 1pm. High tech laser magic. $10/$8 children. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

WORKSHOPS

Meet the Animals

9am-12pm. $69. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.

2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

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Plant Dyeing for Parents and Children 9am-12pm. Ages 5-9. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055.

MUSIC Polygraph Lounge

Home Repairs for Dummies

Call for times. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

9:30am-11:30am. Mt. Tremper School, Mt. Tremper. 688-5472.

Southern Drawl

Living with Goats

Call for times. Performing Southern Rock with an edge. SkyTop Steak House, Kingston. 340-4277.

1pm-4pm. Herbal goat care and basic cheese making. $35. Shawangunk Ridge Farm, New Paltz. 256-1206.

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Contemporary Gypsy Dance

5pm-8pm. Show tunes and jazz. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

1pm-2pm. $60/$15 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Spring Sing and Silent Auction

Playwriting Workshop

6pm. The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale and silent auction to support their program. $8/$4

1pm-3pm. $150/$120 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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SUN 6 ART Studio Arts: Watercolor Painting In The Catskill Forest Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Parker String Quartet 4pm-6pm. $25/12. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

Bob Malone 7pm. Performs live with Carla Ulbrich. $15. Bodies Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

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The Artist’s Way Creative Cluster

Symbols of New York

Call for times. Self-help support group based on the books and seminars of Julia Cameron. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols . Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

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Euro Dance Classes for Seniors 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

African Drum 5:30pm-7:30pm. $12/$15/$40/$55. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 2551559.

Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. $8/$11/$28/$38. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS See America Travel Showcase Dutchess and Beyond 11am-5pm. Holiday Inn, Fishkill. (800) 3458082.

7pm-9pm. The U.S. peace movement. New Paltz Town Hall, New Paltz. 691-8289.

THE OUTDOORS Fly-Fishing: The Catskill Tradition Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

Take the Kids for a Hike Call for times. For guardians with 7-10 year olds. Call for location. 691-2310.

THEATER Bard College Theater Performance Call for times. A new play by Brel Froebe ‘07. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Book Release Party

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2pm. With Larry Winters, author of The Making and Unmaking of a Marine: One Man’s Struggle For Forgiveness. VFW Post 8645, New Paltz.

Plein Air Painting with Dan Rupe 1pm-4pm. $25 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Spring Photography Workshop

KIDS Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests

Call for times. Led by Susan Wides. Call for location. (518) 943-7465.

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1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Capture the Flag 1:45pm-3:15pm. $10. The Open Center for Autism, Hurley. (800) 661-1575.

Meet the Animals 2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

MUSIC Sunday Brunch 1:30am-2:30pm. Solo performance from Anthony Nisi. Silo Ridge Country Club, Amenia. 373-7000.

MON 7 CLASSES Developing the Artist Within 6:30pm-8pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

Dance Lesson Sampler 7pm-8:30pm. . $70/$85. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Learn to Meditate 8pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

FILM Sunday Brunch 11am. Music by Tirendi. Toscani’s, New Paltz. 255-6770.

Film and Screenwriting Workshops Call for times. Taught by Sundance filmmaker Enid Zentelis. $350. Downing Film Center, Newburgh. (866) 433-1625.

Songwriters Circle 2pm-4:30pm. Featuring Kat Mills, James Krueger, Krista Weaver, Elly Wininger and Elise Pittelman. $10/$8 ASK Members. ASK Arts Center, Kingston.

A Musical Interlude: Songs from the Bluestone Years 2pm-3pm. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.

KIDS Comic Book Art For Beginners 4pm-5:30pm. Ages 7-12. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

Fun Art Projects For Kids 4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning & clay ages 8-12. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

Kairos Spring Concert 3pm-4:30pm. A consort of singers. $12/$10 seniors and students. Old French Church, New Paltz. 256-9114.

Hot Diggity Dog Music 4pm-5pm. After-school program. $95/$85 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Chamber Music Concert 3pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Collegium Musicum: Music in the New World 3pm-4:30pm. $6/$4 staff and seniors/$3 students. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 2573872.

Vinny Valentino 3pm-6pm. Vinny Valentino & On 3 jazz trio. $22. SUNY Orange, Middletown. 341-4891.

MUSIC De Capo Chamber Players and The Colorado Quartet 7:30pm. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7484.

Students of the SUNY Ulster Music Department 7:30pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Open Mike Night Reenat Pinchas with Ruby Hyatt 4pm. First Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-1340.

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WDSTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MOUNTAIN JAM WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 1 THROUGH 3 ON HUNTER MOUNTAIN.

PEAK PERFORMANCES The sprawling, dexterous, and vibrant guitar interplay on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mountain Jamâ&#x20AC;? was the centerpiece of the Allman Brothers Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 opus, Eat a Peach. Those same adjectives could easily be applied to the third annual concert festival bearing the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. Sponsored by WDST and Govâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Mule

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virtuoso latter-day Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, the musical conclave will be hosted for the third year at Hunter Mountain June 1 through June 3. Ensconced in a natural amphitheater framed by the Catskill Mountains, the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two stages will again feature an accomplished, eclectic array of artists, including Govâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Mule, the New Orleans Social Club, G. Love and Special Sauce, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. Conceived in 2005 to celebrate WDSTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th anniversary, Mountain Jam has evolved from a single-day event into a weekend community of bands, artisans, and music lovers. Since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positioned one week after Memorial Day, WDSTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and general manager, Gary Chetkof, views the festival as both a gateway to the outdoor concert season and a return to the fundamental spirit of live music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something to be said about going back to the elementary roots of live entertainment and spending the weekend in a communal environment,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new reality in that you forget your problems, go away, meet new friends, and get away from your computer screen and the BlackBerry.â&#x20AC;? Contrasting the event with the experience of seeing a band in a nightclub, Chetkof adds that the more than 20 bands acts appearing at Mountain Jam have greater leeway in terms of their set times. Every year, Haynes and WDST carefully select the festival lineup and this year they had some help. More than 200 bands submitted demos for the Join the Jam contest. A panel of judges, including Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone, Allaire Studios Manager Mark McKenna, and WDST Music Director Dave Doud, whittled that number down to 15. From there, listeners are invited to visit the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website to cast their votes for the five competing acts they would like to see at the festival. The Bearsville Theater will host a battle of the bands event on May 12, from which one local and one national act will each emerge with a slot for the Mountain Jam stage. (Doud admitted to a couple personal early favorites, prior to the May 12 battle, including Frankie and His Fingers and the Meg Johnson Band.) Despite inclement weather at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, 2,000 people camped out at the festival, and the number is expected to be double that this year. Festival amenities also include an array of food and craft vendors, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tent with entertainment by Uncle Rock, and a climbing wall. Getting in tune with the Zeitgeist, the organizers have made environmental responsibility a central theme of the festival. Community Energy, Inc., a marketer of wind power, is donating wind energy

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TUE 8 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Herbal Medicine 101

Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30pm-8:30pm. $75 series/$15. Call for location. 679-8256.

6:30pm-8pm. Lecture series with Dr Thomas Francescott, ND. Call for location. 876-2900.

WED 9

Dreamfigures 7pm. Women’s clay art therapy group. Call for location. 255-8039.

ART Plein Air Paint Out

Guided Imagery and Reiki Healing Circle 7pm-9pm. $20. Spirit of Woodstock, Woodstock. 688-5672.

11am-5pm. Prospect Hill Orchard, Marlboro. 616-7824.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Women’s Nutrition Group 7:45pm-9:30pm. Cooking, articles, recipes & more . $200. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 687-9666.

CLASSES Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

It’s Not Just For Public Speaking 7pm-9pm. Ulster County Office Building-6th Floor, Kingston. 340-3900.

Intuitive Tarot for Beginners 7pm. $20/$15. Call for location. 340-0220.

Psychic Readings 6pm-10pm. From the Woodstock Wisdom Alliance. Oriole 9, Woodstock. 679-5763.

CLASSES Mom and Tot Spring Nature Discovery 10am-11:30am. Mt. Tremper School, Mt. Tremper. 688-5472.

Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

GamaLataki Rhythm/Music Mind Course 7:45pm-9:15pm. Explore the elements governing the universal power of sound and music. $75. Call for location. 679-7532.

EVENTS Dutchess Arts Camp Open House

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4pm-6pm. Dutchess Day School, Millbrook. 471-7477.

Modern Dance

Dinner and a Psychic 6pm-9pm. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

5:30pm-7pm. With the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Nursing Information Sessions

Auditions for the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale Call for times. Grades 2-7. Call for location. 679-8172.

Discovering Animals Together Activities 9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

Studio HOH: Comic Art 3:30pm-5pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

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

Messiah, Parts 2 and 3 8pm. Presented by the College-Community Chorale. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3872.

Open Mike Night 8:30pm. Hosted by Pete Laffin. Cubbyhole Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 483-7584.

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3pm. Information sessions about Nursing degree program that will cover the application process. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge. 687-5261.

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KIDS

KIDS Discovering Animals Together Activities 9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

The Game Guild 3:30pm-4:30pm. Stone Ridge Library, Stone Ridge. 687-7023.

MUSIC UCCC Choral Ensemble 12:15pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5262.

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra 8pm. Bizet’s Carmen. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 246-7045.

Open Mike Night 10:30pm. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

SPOKEN WORD The Spirit of Butterflies

Schubert’s Piano Trio in B Flat, Op. 99 7pm. With David Alpher. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-2687.

7pm. With Maraleen Manos-Jones. Rosendale Library, Rosendale. 658-9013.

THU 10

THE OUTDOORS Early Birds 8am. Catch the morning bird activity. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sufi Zikr 5:45pm. Healing chant and prayer. $5/$10. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-7215.

THEATER ASK Playwrights’ Lab

A Blissful Journey

6pm-8pm. New play readings. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

7pm-9pm. American Buddhist Nun Keisang Chogden. $8. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

WORKSHOPS Behavior-Based Interviewing 8:45am-10:45am. How to hire the right person the first time. $20/$10 JSEC members. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.

CLASSES Free Write: Creative Writing Studio 6:30pm-8pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

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Adult Acting Classes

MUSIC

EVENTS

7pm-9pm. $120. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra

Legacy Farm Cohousing

3pm. Bizet’s Carmen. Reformed Church, Saugerties. 246-7045.

Call for times. Open General Circle meeting followed by pot luck picnic. Benedictine Hospital, Kingston. 943-9005.

Going Digital: Photography A to Z 8pm-9:30pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

EVENTS The Huguenot Community Run 5K 6pm. $15/$12. Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School, New Paltz. 255-7966.

Hudson Valley Music Showcase 8pm. Acoustic. $15/$11 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Canal Walking/Bus Tour 9am. $5. Ellenville Public Library, Ellenville. 647-1497.

Guy Davis 8pm. Blues. $15. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 822-2027.

Kingston Farmers’ Market 9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 3317517.

The Jumpbeats

KIDS

9:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

The Rondout Shad Festival

SPOKEN WORD

11am-5pm. Music, kid’s activities, Trolley rides, Clearwater trips, boat parade, food. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston.

Symbols of New York

338-0071.

12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

KIDS

The Llama Garden Retreat Call for times. Experience life on the farm. Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson. (518) 851-7661.

Studio HOH: Photography Workshop 3:30pm-5pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Fun Art Projects For Kids 4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning, & clay ages 6-8. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

One Book, One Community Reading

Call for times. Grades K-2. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

6pm. Fierce Attatchments by Vivian Gornick. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.

Cartooning and Drawing Class

Copenhagen

Piano Sing-Along 5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

8pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

SAT 12

6pm. 3 different artists, hosted by Kurt Henry. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Studio Stu 6pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632.

Call for times. Ages 6-8. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

ART

Paper Bead Making

Closing of First Look II

2pm-4pm. Ages 5-11. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

4pm. Dialogue with the artists. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-0100.

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra

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Meet the Animals 2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

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MUSIC

Using Native Plants in the Landscape

Call for times. Learn self-healing practices & techniques for healing others. Call for location. 876-0239.

7:30pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Qigong for Seniors

Call for times. Tribute to the heritage of women’s music in the Hudson Valley. Call for location. 331-5300.

SPOKEN WORD

Call for times. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Music Festival

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8pm. Bizet’s Carmen. Point of Praise, Kingston. 246-7045.

Fun With Art & Music

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THEATER MUSIC

Art Explorers

Handel’s Israel in Egypt 1:30pm-2:30pm. Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston. 331-0541.

Call for times. Presented by the Berkshire Bach Society. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

Tai Chi Chuan Classes

Circle Of Friends

5:45pm-8:30pm. $120/$145/$12/$14. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

7pm. Open mike night with hosts Nannyhagen Creek. $10. The Auracle, New Paltz. 255-6046.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

African Dance & Drumming 6:30pm-8:30pm. Presented by Nzhinga Women. $5. Call for location. 380-9026.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company 8pm. $24/$20 seniors/$14 children. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

EVENTS Heart Ball

Personal Growth Classes 7:15pm-8:30pm. $10/$12. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES

Call for times. Benefits American Heart Association. Grandview, Poughkeepsie. 905-2121.

Basket Weaving

Berkshire Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale

Exploring Monoprinting

Call for times. Plants, advice, gifts, garden designs. Stockbridge, Massachusetts. (413) 298-3926.

Dinner and a Psychic 5pm-10pm. From the Woodstock Wisdom Alliance. Joshua’s Java Lounge, Woodstock. 679-5533.

Call for times. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Call for times. Yasuragi Center, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Watercolor Painting Call for times. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Zen of Line and Brush Call for times. Yasuragi Center, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Citron Green Tea Celebration 5:30pm-7:30pm. Benefits Prevent Blindness Tri-State. Harney Tea Factory, Millerton. (800) 850-2020 ext. 34.

The Art of Travel Photography

One Hot Firehouse Party

Going Digital: Photo Basics

7pm-10pm. Music, media making, drinks, and food to benefit the Children’s Media Project. $10-$50. Children’s Media Project, Poughkeepsie. 485-4480.

KIDS Kids’ Yoga 4pm-4:45pm. Ages 7-11. $12 per class/$50 series. Satya Yoga Center, Rhinebeck. 876-2528.

1pm-3pm. $35. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

4pm-7pm. $45. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

Cajun Music and Dance 7:30pm. $10/children free. Gardiner Firehouse, Gardiner. 255-1689.

Jonathan Brooke 8pm. American roots. $22. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Machan 8pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul 8pm-12am. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 8766816.

Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine 8pm. $20/$15 members. Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock. 679-2079.

Michelle Shocked 8pm. Urban tex-mex. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Old Blind Dogs 8:30pm. Scotland’s neo-traditional songs and tunes. $20. Bodies Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Neptune’s Daughters

DANCE

9pm. 60 Main, New Paltz. 255-1901.

Swing Dance Party 8pm. Lesson at 7:30, performance by Hudson Valley Swing Kids. $8. Reformed Church of the Comforter, Kingston. 236-3939.

Something Automatic 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

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MUSIC

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Symbols of New York

Sunday Brunch

12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

11am. Music by Tirendi. Toscaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, New Paltz. 255-6770.

Photography and the Alchemical Ancestor

Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival Meeting 2pm. Featuring poets Lee Gould and Dimitris Lyacos. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock.

THE OUTDOORS If You Care Leave Them There 10am. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Bard College Jazz Big and Vocal Jazz Concert

Call for times. Institute for Writing and Thinking, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Poetry Open Mike

7:30pm. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7484.

7pm. Featuring Sparrow and Philip Pardi. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

SPOKEN WORD

WORKSHOPS

Symbols of New York

Tarot-on-the-Hudson

12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

2pm-4:30pm. Monthly Tarot study and play with Rachel Pollack. $25. Call for location. 876-5797.

Book Reading and Signing with Vita Roth

THEATER Cave Dogs Call for times. Shadow projections from sculptures, props, costumes, and the human body. $12/$8 children, SUNY students, and seniors. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 3349918.

Copenhagen 8pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock . $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

Yiddish Theater Buffet 8pm. Odd Fellows Theater, Olivebridge. 657-9760.

WORKSHOPS Launch a Successful Freelance Career 9am-12pm. $69. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.

3pm. Author of Head in the Clouds. Oblong Books and Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500.

TUE 15 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wellness

Walk Through Geological Time

6:30pm-8pm. Connection between food, behavior and the immune system. Dr Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tonics, Rhinebeck. 876-2900.

Call for times. Difficult Catskill Mountains hike. Call for location. 255-1704.

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7pm. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clay art therapy group. Call for location. 255-8039.

THEATER Copenhagen 7pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

WORKSHOPS Plein Air Painting with Dan Rupe 1pm-4pm. $25 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nutrition Group 7:45pm-9:30pm. Cooking, articles, recipes & more. $200. Jai Ma Yoga Center, New Paltz. 687-9666.

CLASSES Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

Felting a Bag 9am-5pm. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055.

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Leave No Trace 10am-1pm. Review your impact on the outdoors. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

Contemporary Gypsy Dance 1pm-2pm. $60/$15 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Playwriting Workshop 1pm-3pm. $150/$120 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

SUN 13 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT The Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way Creative Cluster Call for times. Self-help support group based on the books and seminars of Julia Cameron. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

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Euro Dance Classes for Seniors 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Call for times. Grades 2-7. Call for location. 679-8172.

6:30pm-8pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

Discovering Animals Together Activities

Dance Lesson Sampler 7pm-8:30pm. $70/$85. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

5:30pm-7:30pm. $12/$15/$40/$55. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

8pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

FILM

7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. $8/$11/$28/$38. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

SPOKEN WORD The Offbeat Brahms

KIDS 9am-3pm. Featuring local artists of all genres, for ages 5-13. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

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7pm. Vanderlyn Hall, Stone Ridge. 687-2687.

THE OUTDOORS Early Birds 8am. Catch the morning bird activity. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

4pm-5pm. After-school program. $95/$85 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning & clay ages 8-12. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

4pm-5:30pm. Ages 7-12. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

WED 16 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT A Course in Miracles 7:30pm-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391.

CLASSES Mom and Tot Spring Nature Discovery

MUSIC

10am-11:30am. Mt. Tremper School, Mt. Tremper. 688-5472.

Divine Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Benefit Concert

1:45pm-3:15pm. $10. The Open Center for Autism, Hurley. (800) 661-1575.

1pm-4:30pm. Featuring Steve Gorn, Danielle Woerner, Robert Esformes, Cassia Berman, the Woodstock kirtan group. $15. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Meet the Animals

Open Mike Night

2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

8pm-12am. Hosted by singer-songwriter Bob Lachman. Rhinebeck Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

Capture the Flag

Open Mike Night

Call for times. Taught by Sundance filmmaker Enid Zentelis. $350. Downing Film Center, Newburgh. (866) 433-1625.

Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests 1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

8pm. $5. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 6872699.

8:30pm. Hosted by Pete Laffin. Cubbyhole Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 483-7584.

Comic Book Art For Beginners

KIDS

Blues Jam and Dance Party

Film and Screenwriting Workshops

Fun Art Projects For Kids Life Drawing Classes

9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

MUSIC Learn to Meditate

Hot Diggity Dog Music African Drum

Auditions for the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale

Developing the Artist Within

Summer Arts Camp Program

CLASSES

KIDS

Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

GamaLataki Rhythm/Music Mind Course 7:45pm-9:15pm. Explore the elements governing the universal power of sound and music. $75. Call for location. 679-7532.


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The premier screening of Racing Daylight, a slice of magic realism filmed in Ulster County and starring

executive director Meira Blaustein, acknowledges the income and prestige brought to his district by both the festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission. Cahill himself will introduce the screenings on May 5, May 12, and June 3. Filmed last July in Accord by local director Nicole Quinn, Racing Daylight is a lyrical but off-kilter Southern Gothic tale spanning two centuries and exploring the difficult task of finding love, honor, and redemption during the Civil War. Written by Quinn following the death of family members, Daylight was a labor of love; actors and crew either worked for scale or waived their fees. The impressive cast headed by Strathairn includes Ulster County residents Melissa Leo (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, 21 Grams) and Denny Dillon (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Live,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Onâ&#x20AC;?), and veteran stage and screen actor Giancarlo Esposito (Bob Roberts, Do the Right Thing). Boasting hypnotic cinematography and the scrappy spirit of an independent film, Racing Daylight also features Jason Downs, Leclanche Durand, and a haunted antique cupboard. The May 5 screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with cast and crew members, moderated by US Weekly film and DVD critic Thelma Adams. Before its mainstream release on June 1, Gracie will screen in Woodstock on May 12. The film examines sexism in high school soccer in the 1970s and a young underdog who fights for her right to play alongside the boys. The film stars Carly Schroeder, Dermot Mulroney, Andrew Shue, and Elisabeth Shue. The story was based on a Shue family incident. Following the screening, producer Lemore Syvan and cast and crew members will take questions, in a session hosted by Peter Bowen, senior editor of Filmmaker magazine. Comic filmmaker Mitchell Rose, whom the New York Times has likened to a cross between Woody Allen and Abbie Hoffman, has been churning out a series of shorts over the past few years. A sampling of his measuredinsanityanddeadpanneurosiscomprisesTheMitchShow,whichwillscreenonJune3atashowing co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Programmers Group. The Woodstock Film Festival presents Nicole Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Racing Daylight on May 5 at 1pm at the Rosendale Theater; Davis Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gracie on May 12 at 1pm at the Tinker Street Cinema; and Mitchell Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Mitch Show on June 3 at 7:30pm at the Bearsville Theater. All shows are free, but tickets are limited and reservations are required. (845) 679-4265; www.woodstockfilmfestival.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jay Blotcher

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DANCE Modern Dance 5:30pm-7pm. With the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Fun Art Projects For Kids

Songwriter’s Circle: An Open Mike

4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning, & clay ages 6-8. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

8pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

North Country Boys Advanced Comic Book Art 4pm-5:30pm. Ages 13-18. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

EVENTS Chamber Membership Breakfast 7:30am. Update on the Hudson Landings Project. $13/$16/$25. Holiday Inn, Kingston. 338-5100.

Nursing Information Sessions 3pm. Information sessions about Nursing degree program that will cover the application process. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge. 687-5261.

GALLERY Works by Louise Bourgeois Storm King Art Center, Mountainville. 5343115.

KIDS

Piano Sing-Along 5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

7:30pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

Bard College Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers

10:30pm. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

SPOKEN WORD

Studio Stu

12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

6pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632.

FORECAST

Mid-Hudson Sierra Speaker Social 7:30pm. Dan Shapley on environmental reporting. Jewish Community Center, New Paltz.

THEATER

8pm. Country folk. The Muddy Cup, Kingston. 338-3881.

Copenhagen

SPOKEN WORD Invasive Plants 7:30pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

THU 17 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Spring Juice Cleanse Call for times. Call for location. 231-2470.

Who’s Your Dada? 8pm. Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. $15/$11 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Copenhagen 8pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock . $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

SAT 19 BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Access Your Healing Potential

FRI 18

Call for times. Learn self-healing practices & techniques for healing others. Call for location. 876-0239.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Call for times. Instruments, voice, meditation and silence. Vinage Village, Highland. 6916000.

Access Your Healing Potential Call for times. With One Light One Touch . $250. Call for location. 876-0239.

Qigong for Seniors

DANCE 6:30pm-8:30pm. Presented by Nzhinga Women. $5. Call for location. 380-9026.

Babes in the Woods Hike 10am. Hikes for adults with babies. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

8pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

THEATER

African Dance & Drumming

THE OUTDOORS

Symbols of New York

David Kraai

Sounds of Peace

SPOKEN WORD

10pm-1am. Cajun, blues and vintage rock-nroll. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

6pm. 3 different artists, hosted by Kurt Henry. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

8pm. $5. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7900.

Open Mike Night

Crawdaddy

Acoustic Thursdays

MUSIC Ryan Adams

Big Kahuna 10pm. Marion’s, Woodstock. 679-3213.

MUSIC

Discovering Animals Together Activities 9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

9pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Silent Meditation Retreat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Themed “Back in the Day.” Bailey Middle Schoo, Kingston. 338-7664.

Zydeco Dance 7pm-11pm. Beginners’ lesson at 7 pm, dance 8pm. $12. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 255-7061.

May Dance

Sufi Zikr

8pm. Featuring senior projects and other choreography. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7484.

5:45pm. Healing chant and prayer. $5/$10. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-7215.

EVENTS

Call for times. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program 1:30pm-2:30pm. Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston. 331-0541.

Tai Chi Chuan Classes 5:45pm-8:30pm. $120/$145/$12/$14. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 2551559.

Personal Growth Classes 7:15pm-8:30pm. $10/$12. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Exploring Monoprinting Call for times. Yasuragi Center, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Goddess Festival A Blissful Journey 7pm-9pm. American Buddhist Nun Keisang Chogden. $8. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

CLASSES

Call for times. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Swans, Suites & Serenades Ribbon Cutting Event 1pm. Accent Custom Cabinetry 10 year anniversary. Accent Custom Cabinetry, Poughkeepsie. 485-1803.

Adult Acting Classes

Call for times. The Dutchess Ballet Company and Ballet Arts Studio. $15. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Silent Meditation Retreat

Free Write: Creative Writing Studio 6:30pm-8pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

DANCE

Evenings of Psychodrama 7:30pm. Featuring Ed Screiber. $6/$4 students and seniors. Boughton Place, Highland. 255-7502.

7pm-9pm. $120. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

FILM Going Digital: Photography A to Z

Berkshire International Film Festival

8pm-9:30pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

Call for times. Great Barrington, MA. www.biffma.com.

4pm-7pm. Themed “Back in the Day”. Bailey Middle School, Kingston. 338-6390.

May Dance 8pm. Featuring senior project and other choreography. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7484.

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GALLERY

Berkshire International Film Festival

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition II

Call for times. Great Barrington, MA. www.biffma.com.

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844.

KIDS

MUSIC

The Llama Garden Retreat

Bard Orchestra Concert

Call for times. Experience life on the farm. Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson. (518) 851-7661.

8pm. Works by Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Call for times. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Go Green Energy Fair 1am-5pm. $5. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

MHH Hike-A-Thon 8:30am-1pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.


Kingston Farmers’ Market

Fun With Art & Music

Jim Coyle Acoustic

9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 331-7517.

Call for times. Ages 6-8. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

7:30pm. Fundraising event for the Howland Cultural Center. $10. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

Ladies Auxiliary Yard Sale

Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests

9am-3pm. Presented by the Walker Valley Fire Department. Verkeerder Kill Park, Pine Bush. 744-3960.

Third Annual Beacon Hat Parade 9:30am-5pm. Pancake breakfast, parade, contests, music. Tompkins Hose Fire House, Beacon. 546-6222.

Fourth Annual Wildlife Sale 11am-3pm. Celebrate native plants. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-onHudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Raise the Roof 7pm-9pm. Fundraising gala. $75. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

8pm-12am. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

Super Saturdays for Kids

Hudson Valley Gamelan Spring Concert

10:30am. Featuring Roger the Jester. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Meet the Animals 2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

MUSIC Music From China 3pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Circle Of Friends

Call for times. Great Barrington, MA. www.biffma.com.

7pm. Open mike night with hosts Nannyhagen Creek. $10. The Auracle, New Paltz. 255-6046.

KIDS

Kairos Spring Concert

Art Explorers

7pm-9:30pm. A consort of singers. $12/$10 seniors and students. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Hyde Park. 256-9114.

Call for times. Grades K-2. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

8pm. Balinese music and dance . $10. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

Richardo Cobo 8pm. Classical guitar. $15/$11 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Herbal Skin Care

Symbols of New York 12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

Opening Words 3-5pm. Opening of bookstore with local authors. Inquiring Minds, 6 Church St., New Paltz.

Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra 8pm. Raman Ramakrishnan, violon/cello. Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh. 6250625.

Deanna Kirk, Peter Einhorn, Tim Givens 9pm. Jazz standards. Rosendale Cafe. Rosendale. 658-9048.

Pitchfork Militia

1pm-3pm. Using natural ingredients from your own kitchen. $25. Shawangunk Ridge Farm, New Paltz. 256-1206.

Playwriting Workshop 1pm-3pm. $150/$120 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Raising Children Compassionately Ledig House Writers Residency 5pm. Twenty-six writers from around the world share their work. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568.

1pm-5pm. Parenting with non-violent communication. Kingston. 246-5935.

SUN 20 THEATER

FILM Berkshire International Film Festival

Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul

1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

SPOKEN WORD

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

Copenhagen 3pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

The Artist’s Way Creative Cluster Call for times. Self-help support group based on the books and seminars of Julia Cameron. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

WORKSHOPS

CLASSES

Launch a Successful Freelance Career

Euro Dance Classes for Seniors

9:30pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 6872699.

9am-12pm. $69. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.

The Apple Pickers

Contemporary Gypsy Dance

African Drum

1pm-2pm. $60/$15 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

5:30pm-7:30pm. $12/$15/$40/$55. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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CLASSES

THE OUTDOORS

Learn to Meditate

Early Birds

8pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

8am. Catch the morning bird activity. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

DANCE

KIDS

May Dance

Women’s Circles: Rhinebeck Garden Party

Comic Book Art For Beginners

5:30pm-9pm. Experience edible flowers. $35/$50/$60. Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. 876-2194.

Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. $8/$11/$28/$38. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

3pm. Featuring senior projects and other choreography. Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7484.

4pm-5:30pm. Ages 7-12. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

Fun Art Projects For Kids

EVENTS Goddess Festival Call for times. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning & clay ages 8-12. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

THEATER ASK Playwrights’ Lab 6pm. New play readings. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

MUSIC The Annual Shad Festival and Hudson River Celebration 12pm-5pm. Boscobel Restoration, Garrisonon-Hudson. 265-3638.

Open Mike Night

WORKSHOPS

8pm-12am. Hosted by singer-songwriter Bob Lachman. Rhinebeck Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

Writing Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir or Creative Non-fiction (and Getting It Published) 6:30pm-8:30pm. $75 series/$15. Call for location. 679-8256.

KIDS

SPOKEN WORD

Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests

Chamber Ensembles: A Beautiful, If Unequal, World

1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

7pm. With David Alpher. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-2687.

Capture the Flag

Poetry Open Mike

1:45pm-3:15pm. $10. The Open Center for Autism, Hurley. (800) 661-1575.

7pm. Featuring Carey Harrison and Dimitris Lyacos. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

Meet the Animals 2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

MUSIC

7pm-9pm. With authors Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson. $15/$20. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

WED 23 CLASSES Mom and Tot Spring Nature Discovery

WORKSHOPS Slumber Party for Insomniacs 7pm-9pm. Workshop for everyone seeking a good night’s sleep. $20. Innerspace, Rhinebeck. (917) 232-4995.

Sunday Brunch 11am. Music by Tirendi. Toscani’s, New Paltz. 255-6770.

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The Essence of Tantric Sexuality

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Musicora

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

3pm. Wesley Hall, Montgomery. 457-9867.

Complementary Cancer Support

Young Artists Concert Series

6:30pm-8pm. Dr Tom’s Tonics, Rhinebeck. 876-2900.

3pm. Featuring violist Isabell Palacpac and violinist Isagani Palacpac. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-8800.

Guided Imagery and Reiki Healing Circle

10am-11:30am. Mt. Tremper School, Mt. Tremper. 688-5472.

Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

GamaLataki Rhythm/Music Mind Course 7:45pm-9:15pm. Explore the elements governing the universal power of sound and music. $75. Call for location. 679-7532.

DANCE Modern Dance

7pm-9pm. $20. Spirit of Woodstock, Woodstock. 688-5672.

5:30pm-7pm. With the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES

EVENTS

Tribal Dance Class

Nursing Information Sessions

SPOKEN WORD Symbols of New York 12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

Mala Hoffman Poetry Reading 4pm. From her new collection, Half Moon Over Midnight. La Ninnola, New Paltz. 255-6000.

THE OUTDOORS The Songs Of Spring: Birding Basics And Wildflower Studies Call for times. Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 205.

THEATER Copenhagen 7pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock . $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

WORKSHOPS Creating a Sustainable Society 1pm-4pm. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

Plein Air Painting with Dan Rupe 1pm-4pm. $25 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Swap & Sew 1pm-3pm. Reconstruct, re-invent and recycle your wardrobe. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

It’s Not Just For Public Speaking 7pm-9pm. Ulster County Office Building-6th Floor, Kingston. 340-3900.

3pm. Information sessions about Nursing degree program that will cover the application process. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge. 687-5261.

Spring Brochure Exchange 4pm-6pm. Presented by the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. Holiday Inn, Kingston. 338-0400.

EVENTS Dutchess Arts Camp Open House

Dinner and a Psychic

4pm-6pm. Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477.

6:30pm-9:30pm. $50. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

KIDS

KIDS

Auditions for the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale

Discovering Animals Together Activities

Call for times. Grades 2-7. Call for location. 679-8172.

9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

Discovering Animals Together Activities

The Chess Club

9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

3:30pm-4:30pm. Stone Ridge Library, Stone Ridge. 687-7023.

MUSIC MUSIC

Open Mike Night

Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike

10:30pm. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

4pm-6pm. $6/$5 members. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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

SPOKEN WORD Classics in Religion 10:30am. The Courage To Be. Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

Open Mike Night

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8:30pm. Hosted by Pete Laffin. Cubbyhole Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 483-7584.

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SPOKEN WORD

Holistic Eye Care

Words of War

7:30pm-9:30pm. $12/$10. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

7pm. Signing with author Don Bracken. Barnes & Noble, Kingston. 336-0590.

Sufi Zikr 5:45pm. Healing chant and prayer. $5/$10. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-7215.


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CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: ODETTA RECEIVES NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS’ MEDAL OF THE ARTS FROM PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IN 1999; ODETTA IN 2005; ODETTA AT MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL IN 1972; ODETTA IN 1963 AT THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON.

How far will you travel to touch the hem of the great Odetta? For the past 60 years, the Alabama-born folk singer and activist has traveled the world. Classically trained, Odetta wanted to sing opera like Marian Anderson, but the racism of the ’50s turned her to folk music. Odetta was there at the era’s creation, serenading the faithful at the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. called her the queen of American folk music, securing her iconic status. Whether playing benefit concerts for hundreds or strumming her guitar for a handful of protestors, the troubadour spreads light through songs of hope and defiance. In the 1988 film Hairspray, even a stoned beatnik played by Pia Zadora voices her Odetta envy. And what good white ’60s liberal didn’t? For mainstream households, this beautiful, fiercely eloquent woman represented black America. Her name became synonymous with the civil rights movement. Now in her 77th year, Odetta radiates the energy of an earth mother: regal, profound, and occasionally imperious. Between recording and touring, she pauses to accept countless honors. Just healing from a broken hip, Odetta will play SUNY New Paltz on June 2. —Jay Blotcher Jay Blotcher: Tomorrow night [April 5], you’ll take part in a concert to honor Bruce Springsteen at Carnegie Hall, sharing the stage with Jewel, Babyface, Steve Earle, Badly Drawn Boy, and The North Mississippi Allstars. Odetta: I think everybody will be singing a song of his. But it’s for amassing monies to get instruments for children in the schools. [Funds collected went to the organization Music for Youth.] JB: How did you get involved? Odetta: I was just asked. And I like the idea. It’s a scary time, and whatever we as civilians can do, at least for some few children, and get that done until the government can catch up with what the needs of the people are, then I'm right there, ready to serve. JB: Many people look to you for hope, encouragement, and strength. What happens when Odetta has a momentary crisis of faith? Who do you turn to? Odetta: My music. My music is really like my university. That’s what I’ve been learning through and from. I don't know how to translate that. And then there are

those times where, if we can get our minds together, we don’t [necessarily] solve anything but we help soothe ourselves. And we come away saying, “Well, I wasn't crazy after all. Each of us as individuals has our own way of dealing with getting ourselves balanced or keeping our balance.

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JB: When you have some rare quiet time, what music do you reach for? Odetta: I never remember to put on a CD or a tape. I have friends who, as soon as they walk in the door, they put on the music. It never occurs to me. Now, when I’m on the road, I carry a radio. And it seems that the kind of music that I can stand and is saying something to me across the country is country and western music. That's where I hear words that make sense. It's not just “Ooh, ahh, I’m having an orgasm.” [Laughs.] But, generally speaking, I don't know what I'd do without music. JB: Bob Dylan heard your music in 1956 and was inspired to play folk music. You returned the compliment in 1965 with an album of Dylan covers. I read that there are plans for a second volume. Odetta: I’m not too sure if I’m going to do a second one. I’m really in flux right now as to what next to do. I’m thinking it over. There are other things that might thrill me: children’s play songs and game songs of the South is one. JB: So often, the idealism of youth gives way to the disillusionment of older age. Have you seen this happen in your own heart? Odetta: I don’t think so. No. I’d lovingly say that I am a retard. As kids, we constantly talk about “that’s not fair.” We’re always looking for “fair.” Well, a lot of people, when you grow up after awhile, you see that “fair” does not exist. You stop looking for “fair.” Well, I’m still looking for “fair.” [Laughs.] JB: What performance plans do you have for the coming months—or the coming years? Odetta: Well, I want to get strong enough to be able to do a full concert again. And also to travel. I suppose that I will never retire. I’m supposing that at the end of my life, I might only have three notes that I can croak. But I’ll be on somebody’s stage, trying to croak ’em. Unison Arts presents Odetta on June 2 at 8pm at the McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz campus. (845) 255-1559; www.unisonarts.org.

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A Blissful Journey 7pm-9pm. American Buddhist Nun Keisang Chogden. $8. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Qigong for Seniors Call for times. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

CLASSES Free Write: Creative Writing Studio 6:30pm-8pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

Going Digital: Photography A to Z 8pm-9:30pm. $120. The Art Room, Beacon. 401-8798.

1:30pm-2:30pm. Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston. 331-0541.

The Maria Zemantauski Ensemble 8pm. Traditional flamenco puro and new flamenco. $15/$10 children. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Joe Medwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memphis Soul 8pm-12am. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 8766816.

Tai Chi Chuan Classes 5:45pm-8:30pm. $120/$145/$12/$14. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 2551559.

Personal Growth Classes 7:15pm-8:30pm. $10/$12. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

KIDS

8pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 6875263.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Adult Acting Classes 7pm-9pm. $120. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

Ferintosh Celtic Trio

Twist & Shout 9pm. Beatles Tribute Band. $15. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 469-4595.

Just Rock and the Jaiger Girls 10pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

The Llama Garden Retreat Call for times. Experience life on the farm. Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson. (518) 851-7661.

CLASSES

Fun Art Projects For Kids

Call for times. Yasuragi Center, Mahopac. 261-0636.

4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning, & clay ages 6-8. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

Exploring Monoprinting

Piano Sing-Along 5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Acoustic Thursdays

Symbols of New York 12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

DANCE Danse Du Ventre: The Wheel of Life

MUSIC

SPOKEN WORD

Local Authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day

8pm. Stylized look at a ritual wedding with drumming, singing and belly dancing. Cuneen Hackett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. (914) 319-9037.

1pm-3pm. Barnes and Noble, Poughkeepsie. 485-2224.

Tango, Swing & Salsa Stage Show

Wild Edibles Walk

THE OUTDOORS

8pm. Social dance begins at 10pm. $30/ $25/$15. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

1pm. Come forage with George Eisman, RD. $5. Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties. 336-8447.

6pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632.

EVENTS

THEATER

Kingston Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market

Copenhagen

Ring Up Rising Down Record Release

9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 3317517.

8pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

6pm. 3 different artists, hosted by Kurt Henry. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Studio Stu

9pm. Metal extravaganza. Rosendale Cafe. Rosendale. 658-9048.

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Rhinebeck Antiques Fair

WORKSHOPS

10am-5pm. $9. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-1989.

7pm-8:30pm. $15. The Beacon Healing Collective, Beacon. 231-2470.

WORKSHOPS Launch a Successful Freelance Career

Culturing and Fermentation #1 High Falls Town Wide Tag Sale 11am-3pm. Town Square, High Falls. 6872699.

9am-12pm. $69. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025.

Contemporary Gypsy Dance

FRI 25 DANCE African Dance & Drumming 6:30pm-8:30pm. Presented by Nzhinga Women. $5. Call for location. 380-9026.

Hudson Bush Plant Sale and Garden Exchange

1pm-2pm. $60/$15 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

11am-3pm. Locally grown plants and plant materials for gardeners, collectors, and horticulturists. $5/$20. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240.

Playwriting Workshop 1pm-3pm. $150/$120 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour

MUSIC Biava String Quartet 8pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 6875263.

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8pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

Jeff Entin 8pm. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Clubhouse 8:30pm. $10. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT KIDS Art Explorers Call for times. Grades K-2. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Fun With Art & Music Call for times. Ages 6-8. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests 1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Sonando 10pm. Latin band - come dance all night. New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. 246-0900.

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8pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock . $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

Meet the Animals 2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

The Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way Creative Cluster Call for times. Self-help support group based on the books and seminars of Julia Cameron. Art Society of Kingston, Kingston. 338-0331.

American Society of Dowsers 1pm. Guest speaker Don Spohr. $5/$3 members. Verkeerder Kill Park, Pine Bush. 744-3960.

CLASSES Euro Dance Classes for Seniors 1:30pm-2:30pm. $5/$8. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

African Drum 5:30pm-7:30pm. $12/$15/$40/$55. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 2551559.

MUSIC Music in a Heartbeat 6pm. Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amour toujours. $35/$10 students. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (413) 528-0100.

Denise Jordan Finley & Daniel Pagdon 7pm. Acoustic contemporary folk, vocals and guitars. Liaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mountain View, Pine Plains. (518) 398-7311.

WORKSHOPS

Circle Of Friends

Flamenco Guitar Techniques Workshop

7pm. Open mike night with hosts Nannyhagen Creek. $10. The Auracle, New Paltz. 255-6046.

4pm. $5. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

SUN 27

11am. $5/$2 children. Kingston Heritage Area Visitors Center, Kingston. 339-0720.

Life Drawing Classes 7:30pm-9:30pm. Studies in life drawing. $8/$11/$28/$38. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

EVENTS Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 1am-4pm. $9. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-1989.

Olde Hurley Guided Walking Tour 2pm. $3. Hurley Heritage Museum, Hurley. 338-5253.


High Falls Cafe Anniversary Party

MUSIC

KIDS

5pm. Outdoor BBQ and party with The Trapps. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

Open Mike Night

Discovering Animals Together Activities

8pm-12am. Hosted by singer-songwriter Bob Lachman. Rhinebeck Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

SPOKEN WORD

MUSIC

Poetry Open Mike

Open Mike Night

KIDS Museum of the Hudson Highlands Discovery Quests 1am-4pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext. 204.

Capture the Flag

7pm. Featuring resident poets from Northeast Center for Special Care and Nancy Sue Smith. $4. The Colony Cafe, Woodstock. 679-5342.

TUE 29

Meet the Animals 2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

10:30pm. Oasis Cafe, New Paltz. 255-2400.

7:30pm. Talk by Hiram Anthony Bingham. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 4250055.

THE OUTDOORS

The Bacon Brothers

Digestive Wellness

Call for times. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 339-6088.

6:30pm-8pm. A naturopathic discussion. Dr Tom’s Tonics, Rhinebeck. 876-2900.

5:30pm-7:30pm. Explore a wildlife topic at the Nature Center. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

9pm. W/Sarah Underhill & Ian Worpole. Rosendale. 658-9048.

Sunday Brunch 11am. Music by Tirendi. Toscani’s, New Paltz. 255-6770.

Wild Wednesdays

Tribal Dance Class Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

Spring Easy Menu #1 7pm-8:30pm. Cooking workshop. The Beacon Healing Collective, Beacon. 231-2470.

THU 31

4pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 6875263.

Auditions for the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale Call for times. Grades 2-7. Call for location. 679-8172.

Blue Coyote 7pm. Firebird Grill and Lounge, Rhinebeck. 876-8686.

John Hiatt

SPOKEN WORD Symbols of New York 12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

9:30am-10:30am. Ages 2-4. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Amma Sri Karunamayi 8am-6pm. Silent meditation retreat. $80/$100. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Copenhagen 7pm. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. $15/$12 students and seniors. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. 679-7900.

Open Mike Night 8:30pm. Hosted by Pete Laffin. Cubbyhole Cafe, Poughkeepsie. 483-7584.

WED 30

Adult Acting Classes

6:30pm-7:30pm. 9-week course about the science of soul rebirth. $25. Lectorium Rosicrucianum Conference Center, Chatham. (518) 392-2799.

Amma Sri Karunamayi

Call for times. Moves from the Middle East, India Africa and beyond. Catskill Cultural Center, Catskill. (518) 947-8046.

4pm-5:30pm. Drawing, painting, collage, cartooning, & clay ages 6-8. Children’s Art and Music Workshop, New Paltz. 255-7990.

9am-3pm. Featuring local artists of all genres, for ages 5-13. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

8pm. Stories told by audience members are brought to life by this improv troupe. $6. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118. 8pm. One-act plays by Ring Ladrner. Present Company. New Paltz. 255-9081.

5:30pm-7pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Acoustic Thursdays 6pm. 3 different artists, hosted by Kurt Henry. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.

7:45pm-9:15pm. Explore the elements governing the universal power of sound and music. $75. Call for location. 679-7532.

DANCE Modern Dance 5:30pm-7pm. With the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Studio Stu 6pm-9pm. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632.

Joan Armatrading 7:30pm. Rhythm international. $34.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

SPOKEN WORD

Nursing Information Sessions 3pm. Information sessions about Nursing degree program that will cover the application process. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge. 687-5261.

6:30pm-8pm. Magdalen Rising by Elizabeth Cunningham. Mirabai Books, Woodstock. 679-2100.

Sholem Aleichem Reading 9pm. Commemorating the great Yiddish writer. Rosendale Cafe. Rosendale. 658-9048.

THEATER For Your Love 8pm. Actors & Writers. Odd Fellows Theater, Olivebridge. 657-9760.

SAT 2

Ringamorale

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Qigong for Seniors

8pm. One-act plays by Ring Ladrner. Present Company. New Paltz. 255-9081.

WORKSHOPS

Reunion With Creation Through Imaging

The Role of the Horse in the Farm Organism 9am-5pm. Biodynamics and the Environment. A Peiffer Center Workshop. The Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge. 352-5020.

Playwriting Workshop 1pm-3pm. $150/$120 members. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

1:30pm-2:30pm. Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston. 331-0541.

Contemporary Gypsy Dance

Tai Chi Chuan Classes

1pm-2pm. $60/$15 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

5:45pm-8:30pm. $120/$145/$12/$14. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 2551559.

SUN 3

Personal Growth Classes

ART

MUSIC Piano Sing-Along

10:45am-4:45pm. Plum Point, New Windsor. 473-4172.

Ringamorale

7:15pm-8:30pm. $10/$12. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

GamaLataki Rhythm/Music Mind Course

EVENTS Summer Arts Camp Program

Sixth Annual MidHudson ADK PaddleFest

Community Playback Theatre

KIDS

Fun Art Projects For Kids

8pm. Blues and folk. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-1559.

THE OUTDOORS

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Book Talk and Dramatic Reading

KIDS

12pm-4pm. Learn interesting facts about our state symbols. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

10am-6pm. What images can do for mental & physical & environmental health. $85/$155 couple. No location specified. (914) 656-5323.

Call for times. Experience life on the farm. Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson. (518) 851-7661.

Tribal Dance Class

8pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218.

Symbols of New York

7pm-9pm. $120. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855.

Rosycross and Gnosis

8pm. Piano and vocals. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 687-5263.

Odetta

CLASSES

The Llama Garden Retreat

1pm-4pm. $25 per class. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Learn to Meditate

8:30pm. Southern rock with an edge. The Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

9am-4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

CLASSES

CLASSES

Dave Frishberg

Southern Drawl

Developing Your Creativity: A Yoga-Art Retreat

Plein Air Painting with Dan Rupe

MON 28

9pm. Gypsy and folk music. Rosendale Cafe. Rosendale. 658-9048.

8pm. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 6875263.

7pm-9pm. American Buddhist Nun Keisang Chogden. $8. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243.

WORKSHOPS

3pm-6:15pm. Followed by 2 hour practice. $45/$25. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 246-1122.

Mourka & The Russian Folk Ensemble

Amelia Piano Trio

Blues Jam and Dance Party

9am-12pm. Individual blessings. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Argentine Tango Dance Workshop

MUSIC

Call for times. $5. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Minnewaska History Walk and Talk

THEATER

8pm-12am. The Starr Bar, Rhinebeck. 8766816.

A Blissful Journey

8pm. $5. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 6872699.

Circle Of Friends

Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul

MUSIC

THE OUTDOORS 2pm-4pm. Minnewaska State Park and Preserve, New Paltz. 255-7059.

6:30pm-8:30pm. Presented by Nzhinga Women. $5. Call for location. 380-9026.

Sufi Zikr 5:45pm. Healing chant and prayer. $5/$10. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. 679-7215.

MUSIC

FORECAST

7:30pm. American roots. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845.

Discovering Animals Together Activities

DANCE

THEATER

KIDS Apple Hill Chamber Players

2:30pm. $3/free for members. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-7781.

7pm. Open mike night with hosts Nannyhagen Creek. $10. The Auracle, New Paltz. 255-6046.

SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOPS

CLASSES

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

The Power of Ethical Individualism

6:30pm-5pm. Spiritual discourse, meditation, chanting, darshan. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406.

Irish Song & Tune Session

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

African Dance & Drumming

Amma Sri Karunamayi

MUSIC

Meet the Animals

Call for times. Tradition effective tools for meditation. $95. Campus Arts Center, Albany. (518) 375-7041.

SPOKEN WORD

1:45pm-3:15pm. $10. The Open Center for Autism, Hurley. (800) 661-1575.

FRI 1

Artists on the Campus Show & Sales Call for time. Mount St. Mary College,

CLASSES

Newburgh. 569-3337.

Exploring Monoprinting Call for times. Yasuragi Center, Mahopac. 261-0636.

EVENTS Ride the Ridge Call for time. Benefit cycle for High Meadow

EVENTS

School and Marbletown First Aid. 687-4855.

Kingston Farmers’ Market

New Paltz Pride March & Rally

9am-2pm. Uptown Kingston, Kingston. 3317517.

12-5pm. Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz 331-5300.

MUSIC

KIDS

Steve Clorfeine & Steve Gorn

Art Explorers Call for times. Grades K-2. Mahopac Library, Mahopac. 261-0636.

Call for time. “Tales from the Road.” Short stories w/musical accompaniment. 658-9048.

Cinderella

Tempesta di Mare

11am. Presented by Tanglewood Marionettes. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

4pm. Baroque ensemble plays Vivaldi. Marbletown Chamber Festival. Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster. 687-5263.

Kid’s Day

THEATER

1pm-4pm. Flower tea party, plant walk, herbal crafts and games for ages 3-12. $20. Shawangunk Ridge Farm, New Paltz. 256-1206.

Ringamorale 3pm. 3 one-act plays by Ring Lardner. Present Company. New Paltz. 255-9081.

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Planet Waves BY ERIC FRANCIS COPPOLINO

FROM BLACKSBURG TO NEW PALTZ

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ow much money would we spend to prevent a catastrophe like the one that happened at Virginia Tech last month? Let’s say we knew in advance, for sure and for certain, that something like this was going to happen, let’s say some time in the next 10 years. Then let’s say that with an act of the legislature, or an expenditure by a government agency, we could—for sure—prevent it from manifesting; prevent all that loss of life, all the grief, all the tearing apart of families and communities. How much would it be worth? And would we do it? It’s a great question for a university ethics class, but it’s also a real question in our world. The day that Cho Seung-Hui opened fire on his fellow campus community members, killing 32 of them and injuring many more, I was preparing a special edition to be sent out just past the Aries New Moon addressing an environmental massacre that has been developing on the state college campus in New Paltz since 1991. At the time, it seemed little more than an odd synchronicity that a heartbreaking campus story would become the focus of world attention at the same time I was doing what I could, that same day, to call attention back to dioxins and PCBs in four dormitories at SUNY New Paltz. As the long hours of this week stretched out, however, I began to get the connection. Let’s look at the two situations individually, so we know what we’re comparing. In Virginia this week, a student lost control of his mind and shot several dozen people. This is shocking because mass death

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is always shocking; and also because people expect to be safe when they go away to college. My mom, Camille, put it succinctly in an e-mail to me this week: “It’s not just that this happened here at home. It’s the whole issue of where danger lies. That is not to say it’s okay for our kids to die and lose their feet in a ridiculous war, but it’s no surprise either. No one thinks they are going to French class and will get shot. Who is prepared to hit the floor? Or barricade the door? Or jump out of a window?” Contrast this with SUNY New Paltz. Imagine this scenario: Your kid dreams of being a schoolteacher, and was accepted there, planning an education major. The big day comes, a sunny afternoon in August, the first day of college. You and your family drive from Long Island up to the Hudson Valley turn right off of the Thruway and you’re in another world. The town is utterly charming, and the mountain setting is stunning enough to make Northern California a little envious. You follow the campus map to Bliss Residence Hall, go to the desk, check in. The roommate’s family is there, and they’re of course very nice. You unload the car, then go out for lunch at the Bistro and basically feel great. This is a major turning point: Your child is now a young adult, taking a tangible step toward independence. What you don’t know is this: You just moved your son or daughter into a building where an electrical explosion one cold morning in December 1991 sent levels of toxins spiking a million times the “safe limit.” You don’t know that the radiators and air vents in the building were contaminated when

thick, greasy PCB- and dioxin-tainted smoke literally soaked the place, rising rapidly because the smoke was so hot and the air was so cold. You don’t know that in just the first three years, more than $36 million was spent, supposedly to clean the campus, and that the cleanup effort was wracked with scandal, controversy and crisis from the first days. All you see is the surface layer: a nice, if somewhat old, dormitory on a fairly typical campus. You never planned for your child to die of leukemia six years later. And you are appalled that a basic Google search of “New Paltz + PCBs” warns of just this potential—but a little too late. Since the dorms were re-opened in 1992 and 1993, approximately 15,000 students have come through those very buildings, each of them being exposed to toxins that at best add significantly to what they carry in a polluted world (their body burden, or total lifetime exposure), and, at worst, send them over the edge toward a terminal or debilitating illness. The results might be immediate (such as getting mononucleosis) or long-term (such as fertility issues). They may be subtle (a compromised immune system, for no apparent reason) to violent (brain tumors). They may appear in the next generation (childhood vaginal cancer in your granddaughter). How does this happen? Cleanup levels used to re-open the dorms are outdated. They do something that is now unconscionable in science: They presume a “safe level” of exposure to dioxin and PCBs. Key areas in all four dormitories were never checked for toxins. There is no way to verify the truth of the


stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tests, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly impossible for anyone else to get in and take samples. Further, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what predispositions new students will be coming in with, but we do know that we live in an increasingly toxic world. There are a few notable differences between New Paltz and Virginia Tech. This week, the deaths were concentrated, and nobody can deny they happened. There was bloodshed and there are obituaries. We also know who the shooter was; he had a face, one we associate with that of a killer, which is in a strange way consoling. There were witnesses to the crime, and survivors to tell the story. We can explore the psychology of the young man who killed his peers and his teachers. We can trace and debate whether the administration was responsible for not acting to evacuate the campus during the two-hour gap between the shootings. And, most important, when we turn on the TV, we can see the faces of the dead. We see their grieving friends and families. More or less, we know what happened. It is real to us. As such, our moral sensibilities are alerted and we can make decisions about what we want in our lives and in our society. With students in New Paltz, the effects are scattered in space and time, and many of them will have no apparent connection to having lived in a particular dormitory for two semesters in the distant past. Most people who get sick will not get to tell their story, nor will they appear on the news. They will not have faces we can see. And, should a connection to the New Paltz toxins be made, the killersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names will not be known. We will not look into the tortured face of a Dr. John Hawley or Dean Palen or Alice Chandler and think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This person killed my son.â&#x20AC;? When bureaucrats kill, they usually do so anonymously, and legally, and are protected by the state if they happen to be sued. And of course, there is the element of plausible deniability. If you ask them, campus administrators and other state officials will hand you reams of documents supposedly proving how safe their buildings are; how clean the last round of tests was; how effective their methods are of assessing the risk. Most students and parents are unprepared to raise issues like endocrine disruption, synergistic effects, and dioxin-like PCBs. Most people will take the word of a smiling administrator in a tie who, after all, would never want to hurt their son or daughter. But these heartbreaks come home. It seems like yesterday, but it was in the fall of 2000 when I was talking to Jennifer Folster, interviewing her for articles in the Woodstock Times and Chronogram. At that point, Jennifer was desperate to get the word out about New Paltz. She had been exposed to toxins while living in the basement of one of the contaminated dorms, had gotten sick soon after but did not make the connection, andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;six years laterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was in the late stages of acute myelogenous leukemia. She was told by her doctors that a genetic predisposition, aggravated by an environmental exposure, probably led to her disease, which was of the M2 variety. She

had only one known exposure, in Capen Hall. She was suffering greatly and was also told by her doctors that her situation was terminal. Blood transfusions were keeping her alive, but barely, and she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it anymore. She told me that after Thanksgiving with her family, she would stop doing transfusions and probably die within two or three weeks. She did. We have no way to know how many scenarios like this have played out during the past 15 years, or how many will in the coming decades. But it is long established that SUNY New Paltz has a problem with its dormitories, and that the true extent of the problem remains unknown. Administrators know about these problems, but many forms of denial, both official and personal, keep the problem from being addressed. Nobody is studying the health of graduates and former studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;understandably enough, from a liability perspective. In the event of a future lawsuit, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the kind of thing you want to have in your files. Nobody is warning students at the point when they are moving in; everything is kept as quiet as possible, and even as late as 2004 I was threatened with arrest for even discussing the matter in one of the contaminated dormitories. Seen in this light, Cho Seung-Hui seems like an honest guy, because at least we know he is a killer; at least he admitted it. We can solve the New Paltz problem with some money, some community involvement, and some political will. Taking action now will surely prevent additional disaster on the scale of Virginia Techâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though sadly, it will do nothing for the students who have come and gone from New Paltz. But the future is longer than the past. How to do it is simple. The four dorms, Bliss, Capen, Gage, and Scudder halls, need to be tested for toxins, in the right placesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not the clean ones that are routinely checked. The testing must follow strict protocols for independence and community observation, with samples from each location handed over to FedEx with witnesses, and each analyzed by two labs (a procedure called split sampling). And if it turns out the buildings are indeed toxic, they need to be shut down. Then they need to be either permanently retired, or torn down and replaced. New York State knows that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get PCBs and dioxins out of a structure once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contaminated. They know it will be cheaper and much more effective to replace them than trying to renovate them. Many parts of the buildings will need to be put in hazardous waste landfills: all of the air vents, for example, all of the radiators, and all of the electrical conduits. It may turn out that everything needs to be put into a toxic waste landfill, and it would be prudent to cover them in large tents before the work begins so the contamination is not released to the outer environment. State bureaucrats will not be happy about any of this. But they have no right to be serial killers in suits, guarding their precious budgets, while the people who pay their salaries so much as worry about their health and safety for one minute.

  

     

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Horoscopes January 2007 Eric Francis Coppolino

ARIES

(Mar 21-Apr 20)

Your fear may finally be pushing you someplace you need to be, making you aware of something you need to be aware of. Fear is indeed one of those things we have to put to productive use because there is so much of it in the world and in our minds. It is a potent form of energy. We run into problems when we stuff it, deny it, or cloak it in other colors and pretend itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something else. In your chart at the moment, looking in the simplest context, there is a close relationship between the experience of having and the fear of loss. If we go deeper, there is a relationship between a radical idea, a push toward the future, and the surrender to the process of inevitable progress, all of which are bucking against values and priorities that seem fixed, refusing to move. But they are more mobile than you may be acknowledging; you are more flexible than you may recognize.

TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21)             

You are starting to know your own mind, and it is coming with an echo of knowing your soul. Like many things we apprehend in the world, this gift is born of learning to see and feel contrasts. Some kind of polarized situation now appears to be rising like the crest of a wave, and with it you are experiencing a full-on pulse of awareness that may seem like more than you can handle. Yet your own existence is clearly within your capacity to experience it. Your role in your world, your impact on your loved ones and your community, and the value of what you create, are all contained inside you, waiting to be expressed. You are bigger than all the things you do, the ideas you have, and the people you know. You would go a long way toward resolving your obvious insecurities by affirming that you are one person with one set of needs; that you have one life and are one self, not two, nor one divided.

GEMINI (May 22-June 22)

                

Breakthroughs such as you have just experienced require sustained effort to show their true and, in a sense, inevitable results. A revelation is a beginning, typically the easiest part of the process of change despite the long efforts and preparation that may have led to it. All that effort and imagining is now like compost from which the new growth in this new season of your life will draw its nourishment. The old structures are gone, as are many of the old agendas. Most of all, you can let go of the perspectives that, even as you cherished them, seemed to lead you nowhere and reveal very little that was true. If this breakthrough means anything, it is mainly that your awareness has shifted such that you can see a larger world around you and where you fit into it. Oddly, we rarely regard â&#x20AC;&#x153;the worldâ&#x20AC;? as a creative process, and our place in it as something we make with our imagination and feed every day not just with our dreams, but with our life force.

CANCER (June 23-July 23) At the heart of the matter is your heart. This heart of yours is an open book, an unfinished story, and an echo of the future. The challenge of your charts at the moment is just how distant that echo seems, and how far you must reach to get there. Yet today, you know something that you did not know just a little while ago. That information, while far from bestowing certainty and permanence in the onrush of time, can, if you allow it, add a feeling of sanity to your experience of life. Let it remind you that the world can reach back to you, despite distance, differences in values, and the seeming consequences of our most careful plans. You are a sensitive person, which is to say you are aware of your own sensitivity. If you will do your best to extend that to others, bearing in mind how fragile they feel to themselves, you will discover yourself living in a saner world, one more responsive to your needs, and more beautiful to look at. www.planetwaves.net 148 PLANET WAVES CHRONOGRAM.COM 5/07


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LEO (July 24-August 23) The stress of your current predicament is partially real but for the most part psychological. In other words, your perceptions are leading the way as a kind of mental trip, and just beneath that is the story of the turning point you’re now experiencing. That being said, your thoughts are offering a map; you can use them to assess what you want and do not want. You need look no further than your parents for clues about some of your missing emotional pieces, the ones you are putting so much effort into retrieving and arranging in their proper places. I suggest you work with their perceptions of what it meant to be secure, and what they insisted that you needed to do in order to have a piece of the rock. You do seem to be seeking safety above all else, but to be meaningful, that must be more than a feeling and deeper than an emotion. Safety requires faith, which often seems to be a rare talent distributed by cosmic lottery. But faith, as you know, takes practice.

VIRGO (August 24-September 23) Never give your love to a foolish heart. It’s just so hard to find any other kind, is it not? Well anyway, you are in demand, that is nice; there is just one of you, probably for the best; they love your soul, not just your body, usually a plus; and it would seem you’re at a loss for how to handle all the energy coming at you. Withholding seems ridiculous; giving yourself has its limits—that is to say, you have your limits. And they are getting a mighty push right now, even as you keep telling yourself which way is up, and even as you try to figure out what you want amidst so many influences by others which are doing quite a lot to influence what you’re supposed to want. Ignore all the chaos—the information is coming and it’s coming on strong. The genuinely strange constellation of events in your life points toward one truth, and though it may not be simple, you will know it when you see it.

LIBRA (September 24-October 23) This is not the most balanced time in the history of the cosmos. But the wild ride of the moment would appear to be largely a mental phenomenon, something in the realm of ideas and consciousness rather than say, for example, the Earth itself rumbling. But who knows, we may hear from her yet. Until then, you need to lose all your fear of the air, fear of breathing, of heights, of ideas, and of the seemingly contradictory nature of what you see and feel. In essence, you need to stop being so afraid of yourself and pick some other response. True enough, the events of the past couple of weeks have pushed you through a vortex you were neither expecting nor much appreciated. Yet somehow all that tension you were carrying was let go of in one astonishing rush of emotion, feeling, thought, and surrender. Okay, maybe it was subtler than that—but I trust you feel better, a little less driven, somewhat more at peace.

SCORPIO (October 24-November 22) No longer are there boundaries between sex, love, romance, fantasy, and reality. Not for you—not in that heart and soul of yours. This is a meltdown of the most astonishing kind; a loss of the borders and distinctions that prevent you from experiencing internal oneness and, as a result, oneness with others. These are just a few problems you may want to address cognitively. One affects you if you happen to wear a wedding band or engagement ring. The disappearance or momentary removal of the normal boundaries, combined with a deep ripple of creative energy, may place you in situations you don’t want to talk about. The good news is that you’re unlikely to be the only one facing this little dilemma. Just remember that if you live outside the law you must be honest. And, in any event, the code you live by must be your own, even if that code consists of a few simple agreements you have with yourself; for example, to take care of your body. www.planetwaves.net 5/07 CHRONOGRAM.COM PLANET WAVES 149


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SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21) It is true, most ordinary mortals would not be able to withstand the intensity that for you is like a cup of strong tea. But you are now in smokeable caffeine country, and though youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re far from ordinary, your trust is being pushed to an extreme degree right now. You are discovering what your foundations are made of, which, as it turns out, is the kind of absolute faith that people discover in those moments when they have no other choice. Be assured there is a purpose to all of what you are experiencing, one that goes beyond some kind of personal initiation. Your whole environment is changingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your family, your personal network, your idea of what you mean by â&#x20AC;&#x153;we.â&#x20AC;? The common thread that gathers you and your tribe together, difficult though it may be to see, is something you can feel and experience and which, as you move through the unusual events of these weeks and months, will prove to be the filament of truth that is lit up by your love of life.

CAPRICORN

(December 22-January 20)

Not exactly the perfect stormâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is next month. But storm enough to clean the land and flush the rivers and streams out to the sea; storm enough to make you appreciate the solid ground you stand on and the dry roof over your head, and, for that matter, the rain teeming down on it. Storm enough to remind you there is such a thing as Nature, and, moreover, that She is beautiful. Your entire sense of sanity and your cosmic orientation may be centered on one relationship, and that is likely, at this point, to be a relationship you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite understand. It is one that threatens to change you and, at the same time, one to which you are tuning the highest and most delicate strings of your spiritual instrument. Even as all your ideas about life, your beliefs, and your sense of what is true and false are being subjected to some unusual conditions and circumstances, the one you loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;indeed, the one you needâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will be the still point of the turning world. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to cling or clutch, merely to watch the dance of the many stars as one star holds perfectly still. 

         

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AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19) You cannot measure your worth or value by any conventional meansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that has now become apparent to you. Nor can you fear that you will be stolen from, taken advantage of, or otherwise have your energy compromised by anyone you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose to give yourself to. The fear alone that such may happen represents a form of theft; in the first instance, one perpetrated by yourself. Rather, trust in the infinite nature of your awareness; your ability to manifest out of clear ether, your strange gift of being able to turn a thought or an idea into something others would agree is real. That has no limits and it is a compelling force. You are, in truth, in the best position to negotiate, not (as you may fear) the worst. This remains true as long as you remember; as long as you maintain awareness that you have something to offer that can be provided by no other person, past or future. It is your destiny to possess yourself, and then, ultimately, to share all that you are.

PISCES (February 20-March 20) There are just some things you cannot argue with, inner changes, bolts of awareness, and alterations in relationships that you can only greet with respect; occurrences to which you can only say hello, with developments being so unpredictable, even for your impossible-to-grasp life. Still, you are now in the position of having to wield some unusual kind of strength, indeed, some power you have never quite held in your hands. For all your seeming instability and all the descriptions of Pisces as ethereal and caught in fantasy, you are actually solid as a great and ancient tree. You have seen as much, too, but some changes inside you are new to all the world. Of this I can assure you: Whatever responsibilities may come with your sense of your own power; whatever you may be called upon to do, you are protected and your mind is clear. Fear not the feelings of others; fear not the world; love this moment, because you have waited for it a long time, and the choices you make now will take you far from what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever known.


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A regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of New York's beautiful Hudson Valley.

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