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view from the top 11 ESTEEMED READER Jason Stern looks at the obvious absurdities in America.

news and politics 14 THE NEW IRAQ Lorna Tychostup reports from Amman, Jordan, the Iraqi refugee capital. 20 BLOOD MONEY The Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004. By the Center for Corporate Policy.

community notebook 26 VINTAGE ZRALY Jonathan D. King lunches with renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly.


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On the Cover

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elf-taught graphic designer, illustrator, and animator James Victore discovered the text featured in this month’s cover design at the bottom of a friend’s e-mail. Because he wanted to tell the story to his son Luca, now eight, Victore “threw it into a Quark document and forgot about it until Carla [Rozman, this magazine’s art director] called me. I opened the document, found the Chronogram masthead, relaxed, and followed my intuition. I like doing that.” A School of Visual Arts faculty member with a variety of clients—the New York Times, Moet & Chandon, MTV, Target, Shakespeare Project, and Portfolio Center—Victore has won several awards, including an Emmy for television animation, Gold and Silver Medals from the New York Art Directors Club, and the Grand Prix from the Czech Republic Design Biennale. His work is included in permanent collections at the Library of Congress, Zurich Poster Museum, and the Louvre. A book of his work was published in China in 1999. From 1998 to 2004, Victore lived and worked in Beacon in a “big old Victorian house.” Back when he made his move upstate, says Victore, “Beacon was a dumpy little town. I was surprised to find an Adam’s Fairacre Farms for my groceries, and to find Chronogram. I thought, ‘Oh, somebody else actually does live here.’ As a record of what’s going on in the Hudson Valley, it’s quite good.” Now, however, Victore and Luca are back in Brooklyn, NY. “I lived in Beacon before Dia came and made it all cool and groovy. Now my buddies are all leaving the city and buying houses upstate and asking my advice,” he says. “I tend to do things opposite to other people, but that’s okay.” James Victore’s extensive digital portfolio can be viewed at

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Editor’s Note “I do Coca-Cola and candy orders. I’m in the popcorn business. It’s all about getting as many people as you can into a giant junk-food room.” —Alexander Bulay, owner of the Independent Media Group, which operates the New Paltz Cinema, the Lyceum in Red Hook, and the Roosevelt in Hyde Park


ight as we launched headlong into the Christmas holidays, an interesting outbreak of media activism occurred in New Paltz. On December 23 a coalition of groups organized by Steve Greenfield of the New Paltz Green Party called for a boycott of the Independent Media Group’s theaters. The boycott call was in response to an ad that was running on WGHQ (920 AM), a Kingston-based Clear Channel station that features the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. The ad ran, in part: “Hollywood has gone insane, and our values are not often reflected on the silver screen. But three locally owned movie theaters in our area are looking out for you. While we can’t bring back the Hollywood of John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, or Ronald Reagan, the Lyceum Cinemas in Red Hook, the Roosevelt Cinemas in Hyde Park, and the New Paltz Cinemas all refused to play Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 this year.” A day before the boycott had even been called, Rush Limbaugh caught wind of it and on his nationally syndicated show preemptively railed against “liberal media” and the boycott, exhorting his listeners in the Mid-Hudson region to support Bulay’s theaters. Limbaugh also described what he thought a New Paltz boycott would look like: “three or four long-haired, maggot-infested, dopesmoking, FM-type protestors carrying their little placards.” As the rhetoric continued to overheat on both sides of the Bulay boycott, I received a mass email about the boycott from a prominent member of the New Paltz community with the curious cover statement, “Please forward this to those who are concerned about preserving our Constitutional Amendments.” [Emphasis added.] It seemed that the Independent Media Group’s refusal to screen Fahrenheit 9/11 was mounting to a constitutional crisis, and endangering the Bill of Rights. (Unfortunately, my reading of the constitution left me confused as to which amendment Bulay was targeting with his nostalgia for Ronald Reagan movies, or his Michael Moore hatred.) Now, as far as the rights issue goes, let me clear this up—it is Bulay’s right, protected by the First Amendment, to screen whatever film he wishes at his theaters. (In fairness, the boycott organizers never claimed otherwise, as their leaflets stated.) Indeed, those who patronize the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock or Upstate Films in Rhinebeck—both of which screened Fahrenheit 9/11—wouldn’t expect those theaters to air the anti-Kerry film Stolen Honor. So why expect Bulay to show a film that bashes Bush and cuts against his own values? The boycotters claim that it’s not just the combination of Bulay’s supposed family values (another issue in and of itself, especially for a theater owner who screened the recent remake of the gore fest Dawn of the Dead), and his decision not to screen Fahrenheit 9/11 that informs their protest, but that by spending your money with Bulay, you are underwriting hate speech. “Some portion of every dollar you spend at these movie theaters goes to finance the dissemination and profitability of repugnant and dangerous propaganda.” (From a pro-boycott leaflet.) Whether or not you agree or disagree with their assessment of Rush Limbaugh’s show as propaganda—I find it to be bile-spewing drivel that drags the level of civil discourse in this country lower by the minute—the boycott has performed a useful service. As a movie consumer, you are now able to align your money with your political allegiances. If you don’t want to support Bulay, Clear Channel, or Rush Limbaugh you can watch movies elsewhere. If you do, then carry on. But a boycott will take you only as far, as it reduces you to a walking wallet (consume! consume!), choosing from a number of finite choices by a media conglomerate. (And megaplexes like Loews or Hoyts don’t care about politics in the small-time, Bulay sense; they screened both Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ. Megaplex politics is about lobbying for tax breaks.) If you’re interested in moving beyond NIMBY boycotts of local businesses, you should think of becoming involved in the media reform movement. Citizen-activists have formed a national grassroots network that is working to change the corporate-friendly bias that currently drives national media policy. There are also opportunities to become involved locally, whether through protesting the renewal of a local broadcaster’s license (WGHQ?), demanding greater resources from cable companies for public access TV, or working with a local school board to implement media literacy curricula in schools. To learn more, visit: —Brian K. Mahoney 2/05

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To the Editor: am writing in response to your October story regarding Michael DiTullo and Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress [“Collaborative Regionalism,” 10/04]. I am a fan of Mike DiTullo’s, and think he has done a great job at Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress. There is a part of the story, however, that needs some gentle correction. The story says that the Hudson River Valley Greenway arose out of a Pattern Committee. In fact, the Greenway was the product of two different attempts at creating a sense of region within the Hudson River Valley. The first was the brainchild of Klara Sauer and Scenic Hudson and a series of meetings over several years among the Valley’s not-for-profit communities and state agencies to try and determine what kind of regional approach would best serve the Hudson Valley. The second was an effort by the late Laurance Rockefeller and Historic Hudson Valley to create a cultural tourism effort and economy within the Valley. Under the guidance of Henry L. Diamond, a former Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, the two efforts came together and produced a report calling for a Greenway that was presented to then-Governor Mario Cuomo. The governor created a Greenway Study Council and two years later the Greenway emerged from the Legislature with near unanimous support. Pattern has been a longtime friend of the Greenway effort and deserves credit for much of the progress being made today in advancing smart growth and regionalism. But the Greenway as a concept saw first light in the offices of Scenic Hudson and Historic Hudson Valley. —David S. Sampson


Sampson was the Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Council and the first director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council.

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To the Editor: dmirable as Ms. Mellor’s letter, “Searching for Dan,” [1/05] was, her attack on “organized religion” leaves one wondering whether she remembers 1989 and the key role that one “organized religion” and a Polish pope played in the downfall of Soviet Communism and its empire of gulags. An empire that took more lives in its 72-year history than even Hitler’s. Nor does she seem to remember that members of that same “organized religion” rescued more Jews from Hitler’s concentration camps than any other “organization,” according to respected Jewish historian Pinchas Lapide. He puts the number of those saved at 800,000. Not only that but a member of that same “organized religion,” Claus Von Stauffenberg, led the attempt on Hitler’s life and paid for it with his own. Ms. Mellor seems to have the same contempt for “organized religion” displayed by that anti-organized religion Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin when he rejected the British and American ...continued on page 13


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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: �� here’s a passage from a book by P.D. Ouspensky in which he relates a childhood �� �� memory of reading a book called Obvious Absurdities. In it were pictures of a man carrying a house on his back, a wagon with square wheels, and other such things. Ouspensky’s dilemma was that the depictions seemed no less absurd than the things he saw in the world around him. Talking politicians, newspapers, and television reports of what is going on in the world and their analysis of the “facts” confronts us with a similar paradox: Their interpretations differ from what ��������� our common sense indicates. For most, the absurdities are accepted out of convenience—they are ����������������� the fallacious glue that tenuously holds our world together. Without these lies we would be bereft ����������� of our illusions about ourselves and the world we live in. �������������� Let’s take a look at some of the lies and inconsistencies that go largely unnoticed: ���������� “We live in a democracy.” This statement was barely true before the presidential election was stolen in 2000. Since then it has become a total fallacy. Now stealing elections is commonplace �������������� and easy. For 2004 the Bush cabal needed only to get the corporations that manufacture the voting ����������������� machines—Diebold and ES&S (the CEOs of the two companies are brothers)—in their pockets, for ����������� as Joseph Stalin said “It’s not who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes.” Now there are no ������������ annoying hanging chads or recounts to contend with as there is no paper trail. There are only tens ������������ of thousands of registered (but ignored) irregularities of voter suppression, hundreds of anomalous ������������� results in which strongly Democratic-registered precincts came out Republican, and exit polls that ������������ showed a big victory for Kerry, only to have the areas delivered to Bush by a wide margin. ������������ The stolen elections coupled with the lies, deceit, and blatant criminality of the domestic and foreign policies of the current administration demonstrate that the US is governed by a fascist regime. But the mainstream media ignores the incriminating evidence and celebrates the recent ���������������� ���������������������������� coronation as though it’s valid. But how would we think and act differently in the recognition that ������������������� ����������������������������������� ���������� representational government in this country is a thing of the past? ������������������������������ ��������������������������� To place the Bush group on the ideological spectrum is this observation from Uri Avnery, a ������������������������������ columnist for the Jerusalem Post: “The ideologues who govern the thoughts and deeds of Bush are �������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� called ‘neo-conservatives,’ but that is a misleading appellation. Actually they are a revolutionary ������������������������������������������������������������������� group. Their aim is not to conserve but to overturn....They are the pupils of Leo Strauss, a Ger������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������� man-Jewish professor with a Trotskyite past who ended up developing semi-fascist theories and ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������� propagating them at the University of Chicago. He illustrated his attitude towards democracy by ��������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ citing the story of Gulliver: When a fire broke out in the city of the dwarfs, [Gulliver] put the fire out by urinating on them. This is the way, in his view, the small elite group of leaders must treat the ignorant and innocent public, which does not know what is good for them.” ������������������������������������������ Here’s another one: “The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere are to spread freedom and ������������������������ ����������������������������������� democracy.” In the second inaugural address prepared for him by his speechwriters, Bush read, “We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation: The moral choice between ����������������������� oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right.” And so I ask: Freedom for what, to die at the hands of the US military? Freedom to bear mutant children as a result of ����������������������������������������� � ����������������������� depleted-uranium poisoning? Freedom to live under a new US puppet dictator? Freedom to pump your country’s oil into the tanks of American gas-guzzlers? If the “freedom” the Neocon plotters are shaping on US soil (i.e. total control of the media, suppression of dissident voices, preference and privilege granted to the very-rich, corporatization of collectively owned fiscal, natural, and cultural resources) is any indication of what is in store for other countries, then we can be assured it is a freedom they will fight against—aptly demonstrated by the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, the most oppressive dictatorships remain US allies and therefore off the short list of upcoming conquests. Again Avnery: “George Bush is a very simple, very violent person with very extreme views, as ������� well as being very much an ignoramus. This is a very dangerous combination. Such people have �������� caused many disasters in human history. Maximilian Robespierre, the French revolutionary who �������������� invented the reign of terror, has been called ‘the Great Simplifier’ because of the terrible simplicity 315 Route 308, of his views, which he tried to impose with the guillotine.” Rhinebeck, NY 845 876 6032 It is because we accept the lies within and about ourselves that we so easily swallow the lies that are foisted on us by others. We fail to be skeptical and discerning about our own internal processes. We give ourselves the benefit of the doubt, justifying our own undermining and nefarious tendencies when we should view our thoughts and deeds more critically. Apply the dictum: Believe nothing, Wed-Sun 11-5 verify all. To do this we must be awake, and to be awake is everything. Located one mile east of the Beekman Arms on Route 308. —Jason Stern

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Letters cont. ...continued from page 10 suggestion that representatives of the Vatican sit in on the Yalta and other World War II conferences. He shot the suggestion down with the disparaging comment: “How many divisions has the Pope?” Apparently the saving work of the Church and the sacrifice of Von Stauffenberg don’t count as “divisions” with her. The sweet irony in all this is that 45 years later, that same displaced “organized religion” helped bring Stalin’s own Communist empire crumbling down and the sounds of sledgehammers on walls. Some record: two of the worst tyrannies in history, Nazism and Communism, and one “organized religion” had a hand in the demise of both. Not bad! “Organized religion has the same relationship to divinity as a blocked pipe has to water,” the forgetful Ms. Mellor wrote. Perhaps, in spite of Ms. Mellor’s opinion, “organized religion’s” pipeline to divinity is not as clogged as she thinks. —Dick Murphy, Beacon

Forging New Alliances To the Editor: len Scherer paints a frightening picture in his article on the capture of the right by religious fringe elements [“The Godly Must Be Crazy, 1/05]. This is a development that leaves the nation floating in a sea of war hysteria and threatens many of our basic freedoms as well as the health of the environment. The only way to counter this new theologically oriented right is for liberals to create new innovative political alliances. Foremost among these alliances would be one with moderates fleeing the extremism of the new right. These people can be referred to as Neo-Liberals. They are frightened by what they now see on the right and now seek sanctuary in the tenets of traditional liberalism. One cannot underestimate the impact of these voters, especially when one considers the impact the Neo-Conservatives had on the political landscape when they as former liberals defected to the right in the 1980s. Neo-Liberals and their adherents must be welcomed with open arms lest our civilization continue its downward spiral into a dark age of war and environmental catastrophe. —Michael Boyajian, Beacon


Meditation Moment Long Life Very few people live past one hundred Very few people live past one hundred Very few people live past one hundred Breathe Breathe Breathe This meditation from Be Generous by David Marell has been excerpted with permission. To order Be Generous, contact Red Wheel, Weiser and Conari Press at (800) 423-7087.


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THE NEW IRAQ COUNTDOWN TO THE IRAQI ELECTIONS With less than a week to go before the election, restive Iraqi expatriates in Jordan are preparing to vote. Will the election be a turning point for the new Iraq or a deepening of the present conflict? Senior editor Lorna Tychostup reports from Amman.


he final countdown has begun. On January 30, Iraqis will make their voices known for the first time since the pre-Saddam days of the late 1950s via a democratic process known as an election. They will be asked to vote to select a 275-seat National Assembly that will oversee formation of a new government and appoint a commission to write a new constitution; a Kurdish National Assembly; and provincial councils. Many of Iraq’s 230 political parties have formed coalitions, and candidates reportedly number approximately 7,000. Iraq’s instability and the pressure to hold the election by January 2005, both of which made the divisive task of drawing district lines via census virtually impossible, bring into question the Bush administration’s decision to hold one nationwide vote instead of regional elections—not to mention the hotly debated decision to allow expatriate voting. The UN argued against this, citing prohibitive costs, the huge task of planning, and the risk that out-of-country voting would raise questions of legitimacy and possibly invite fraud. But pressure brought by former exiles running for office instigated a last-minute decision by the Iraqi Electoral Commission to include Iraqi expatriate votes, giving the Commission only 70 days to prepare for a virtual worldwide election. While this decision made it easier for the




estimated four million Iraqis in 14 countries around the world to vote and ensured the interim Constitution’s requirement that 25 percent of legislators be women, certain drawbacks have become apparent. Jordan’s ambassador to Washington, Karim Kawar, recently warned that more than 40 percent of Iraqis living in Iraq will be unable to vote due to insurgent violence. “This,” he said, “raises questions about the authenticity of the elections.” If the expected seven or eight million out of 14 million eligible in-country voters actually do turn out, the one-million-plus votes expected to be cast from those living out-of-country would be incredibly influential—and possibly detrimental to Sunni representation in the final outcome. As Election Day approaches, the world’s breath is sour and everyone has an opinion. Samir al-Sumaidaie, Iraq’s Ambassador to the UN, insists that the vote must go forward. Although cautioning that elections will not end the violence, he believes that they will weaken the fighters. Others fear that under-representation of Sunnis in the electoral process will bring on a civil war and unimaginable levels of violence. As Brent Scowcroft, George Bush, Sr.’s former National Security Advisor, recently cautioned, “The Iraqi elections, rather than turning out to be a promising turning point, have the great potential for deepening the conflict.”


IRAQIS BURSTING JORDAN’S SEAMS Here in Amman, a city transformed and afflicted by its neighbor’s woes, the war-weary arrive daily. the Jordan Times reports that an estimated 400,000 Iraqi refugees currently live in Jordan, many for more than a decade. In Syria, Jordan’s northern neighbor, 500,000 displaced Iraqis reportedly live. On my second day in Amman, I meet with Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell, members of the American Friends Service Committee whose 15 years spent living in the region and working on Iraqi issues have connected them to a virtual Who’s Who of people with on-theground knowledge about Iraq. Since 2002 they have greeted fleeing Iraqis, international journalists, returning expatriates, and regional and foreign officials in their living room. Responding to my questions about the influx of Iraqis, Rick begins by saying, “We never use any hard figures because there aren’t any hard figures.” According to them, it is the opinion of many that over 100,000 Iraqis have been living in Jordan since the first Gulf War. They are not recognized as refugees but as “people in transit.” While Iraqis can come in, they don’t get any status and can’t legally hold jobs. Immediately after this last invasion, Iraqis were required to obtain a difficult-to-get visa to enter Jordan. Now they can get the regular tourist visa good for 14 days; but if they overstay without checking in with authorities, they must pay a “tax” of 1.5 dinars each extra day. It is stamped into their passport and they cannot return to Jordan until they pay the amount owed. With an exchange rate of 1.3 to the dollar, the amount owed can add up quickly. To obtain residency status, Mary and Rick’s Christian Iraqi landlord had to place nearly $150,000 in escrow to ensure that he had enough money to live on for one year. One rumor had the government selling citizenships for about a million dollars.

RUNAWAYS It is impossible to escape the reality of the Iraqi influx here. On my first visit to the Kaaza Internet Café, on Jabal al Hussein Street, I met Lemia. (For security reasons, all names

have been changed.) Lemia is in her thirties, intelligent, sporting mid-length reddish hair and modern dress. When we first meet she exudes vibrant and positive energy that, as the days pass, noticeably begins to fade. Leaving Iraq three days before, she drove the very dangerous 12-hour journey to Amman in a hired GMC taxi. In Iraq there are spies everywhere who will give or sell information regarding fellow Iraqis who commingle with Westerners to various entities that are part of the Iraqi killing machine. To take a photo of Lemia might cause her death. Indeed, this is the very reason she has left her family, her well-paying job, and her country. One month earlier, while entering the Green Zone where she worked as a secretary for Custer Battles [see “Blood Money,” page 20], she saw a man taking a photo of her with his cell phone. Her heightened sense of awareness—that had her leaving for work at different times and taking several taxis to several destinations each day before arriving home or at her place of employment—told her that this man meant her no good. “I came to Amman because of the dangerous living in Baghdad—from the election, from the resistance, from everything. When I saw this man take a picture of me in his mobile, I tried to turn my head. But I think he will kill me or kidnap me. These days they are trying to attack the Christian people, and I am Christian. No one knew of my work—just my family and two of my friends. All people who work like this, we lie.” Will she vote? “Yes, of course,” says Lemia. “I must.” The last time I saw her, Lemia had begun to take on the gaunt, weathered, exhausted look of my two Iraqi male friends—hardworking, honest interpreter/driver/fixers—who coincidentally were at my hotel when I arrived. Both were preparing to go to the American Embassy to undergo visa application interviews. One, who walks with crutches after an infantile bout with polio, has gotten offers from American doctors to be refitted for modern leg braces. He also hopes to receive training in the US that will enable him to work with handicapped people upon his return. The other has a degree in civil engineering, but has not been able to practice in his field 2/05

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for 10 years. Instead, he became a driver—one of the more lucrative jobs in Iraq for the disenfranchised. Making two or three weekly loops from Amman to Baghdad, he has driven hundreds, perhaps thousands of journalists, peace delegations, contractors and other brave souls willing to make the long traverse across the open desert. He plans to meet with engineers, contractors and builders in the US to talk with them about new techniques and further his education.

I came to Amman because of the danger of living in Baghdad—from the election, from the resistance, from everything. Whatever the reasons for their desired visits to the US, one stands out above the rest: Each simply needs a break, some respite from the madness their country has become. Each has lost friends and relatives to the violence. Both are shadows of their former selves. Yet each has a heart that beats strong despite all of the horror they have seen and exudes pride in knowing that their country will prosper again one day.

DISPLACED IRAQIS A few days later, yet another interpreter/driver/fixer shows up. Yasin has come to escape the pre-election violence. After visiting an uncle who has lived in Amman for over 13 years, he has chosen to stay at the hotel. The conditions his uncle lives under are too horrible for him to consider staying there, even though

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not doing so is a definite breach of cultural politeness. Yasin invites me to come with him on a visit. He has told his uncle that he is working with foreigners and his presence in the hotel is important. I tell Yasin that perhaps my coming with him as a journalist to interview his uncle will lessen the insult. The smell of urine as we get out of the taxi thickly permeates the air. The streets are slick with moisture, even though it has not rained this day. We are in

an Iraqi slum in the heart of Amman. A locked door greets us, so we sit at the restaurant where Yasin has been taking his meals, eating Iraqi food to keep his homesickness at bay. We are immediately served tiny glasses of delicious Iraqi tea with the requisite three-eighths inch of sugar coating the bottom. Yasin introduces me to the cook, who is willing to talk with me despite the fact that I am American. He came from Najaf four months ago during the uprising. He cannot wait for the day he will return, and will definitely vote in the elections. He even knows what party he will be voting for, but won’t say. Yasin’s uncle arrives and we go back to the unheated two-room apartment that he shares with two recently graduated Iraqi students who have been in Amman for two months, hoping to put their education


to good use. The contrast between the uncle’s room and that of the young men is startling. While the latter is clean and ordered—clothes hanging neatly on pegs and not a speck of dust to be found—the uncle’s side is threadbare, filthy, and cluttered with broken electrical equipment. Quick to smile, he offers Yasin and me the only seat in the room: his bed, covered with worn and stained coverings. The TV is on—a National Geographic special on animals in Africa.

The two roommates, childhood friends, tell their own tales of disenfranchisement and forced conscription. “My uncle was obliged to join the Ba’ath Party,” says Malik. “We survived by purposely failing our exams so we could stay in school longer and not be forced into the army. But even so, each moment we were not in school—each holiday, each day off—we were forced to train with the Kudus Army that was to liberate Jerusalem. They even forced kids

I didn't expect this sort of life. The Jordanians mistreat us, treat us as if we are slaves. We want to go back to Iraq. As we speak, his attention in constantly drawn to the visions of wild animals taking down their prey and eating them alive. A primary school graduate and eight-year veteran of Saddam’s army, the uncle left behind a wife and seven children in Karbala. He has seen them twice in the last 13 years. He says that he has worked as a backhoe driver, but illegal Iraqis get paid one-third of what Jordanians do for the same work. After not being paid for three months during his last stint, he quit and went back to repairing broken appliances. When I ask him if he will vote, he first answers no. When Yasin explains to him that he can vote in Amman, he says that in this case he will. He seems oblivious to issues surrounding the election, and perhaps even the war.

to go into the Ashba’al Army [translation: Lion Cubs]. My brother was once taken from us at the age of nine for three weeks to train with them. We were never told where he was or were allowed to communicate with him.” Both young men attempted to get work with the Iraqi election commission in Amman. They are instead employed at a cardboard factory, earning far less than they can survive on. “I didn’t expect this sort of life,” says Malik. “We escape from our country looking for peace, and we are shocked to live this way. For the first month we worked and were not paid; we had nothing to eat, no comforts. The Jordanians mistreat Iraqis, treat us as if we are slaves. We want to go back to Iraq to die there as free and proud in our country.”


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SPIRALING INTO BAGHDAD Each day more Iraqis and Americans I know arrive here at the hotel. I had postponed my flight to Baghdad when my original airport pickup plan didn’t feel tight enough; the road from Baghdad International is considered the most dangerous in all of Iraq, if not the world. After a huge sendoff party, I board a 7 am flight to Baghdad, coincidentally joined by a filmmaker I had met a few days before. It is his first visit to the region and he asks many questions, unable to hide his anxiety. Once in the airport, I wonder if my knees, still weak and shaking from the deep spiral descent, will support

to Amman and immediately send e-mails to every contact imaginable. It is the beginning of the Eid holiday and all official offices will be closed for four days—a delay I cannot afford, since the borders will close soon for the election. I am depressed, sad, exhausted, having only slept two of the last 36 hours; all hope seems to have fled. I creep off to sleep, only to be awakened by an 11 pm phone call. “Call this woman now,” the voice says. “She can help you.”

HOW WOMEN WORK The woman I call happens to be the Iraqi Minister of Immigration and Displacement. I laugh when I hear

Many of Iraq’s 230 political parties have formed coalitions, and candidates reportedly number approximately 7,000. me as the Immigration authority—a leftover Ba’ath Party control freak, an Iraqi-American businessman whispers in my ear—tells me that I do not have the proper papers to be issued a visa. The whisperer tells me to offer him a bribe. I do. He repeats that I must go. Disbelief that I have made it this far and cannot gain entry turns into resolve. The filmmaker promises to let my driver know that I will not be coming today but refuses to take the gift I have brought for him, saying, “You give it to him yourself when you get here tomorrow.” Tears are already falling as I accept this small act of faith and solidarity. I head back

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this, thinking that the one base I hadn’t covered before I left Amman was to complete my article about the refugee and displaced Iraqis. She tells me to come to her hotel in one hour, as she is leaving for Baghdad at 8 am after a week of meetings. I arrive exactly on time: one quarter past midnight. Her hotel’s lobby is larger than all the floors of my hotel put together. I recognize her room— the Presidential Suite—by the guard posted outside. She greets me warmly in what I have come to learn is Iraqi at-home comfortwear: matching sweatpants and top. She is 43, modern and has kind, gentle, very tired eyes that take in my every word. She asks for my


airport story. She then proceeds to hand-write me not one but two letters of entry—on her personal official stationery. I am so tired I miss the significance of the Gummi Bears and Barbie hair ties strewn across the coffee table, the sounds of “The Flintstones” coming from the bedroom TV, the tiny pairs of princess slippers and silver high-top sneakers. I tell her that she is courageous, and she tells me that she has no choice. After living abroad for some years, she has come back to Iraq to help her country become whole and healthy. She will not shirk from this responsibility. We discuss the fact that non-Iraqi fundamentalist extremists and Saddam-lovers would

take time until it’s time for the victory of one of the parties.” I would have to agree, wondering if the likes of al-Zarqawi—who blusters his angry rhetoric at the ears of the world while forcing himself into a country not his own, so like the Bush administration that he condemns for shoving an occupational force into this same country—understands what the world has always known: An outside occupational force cannot win a war against people who live on the land. Who will own the land of Iraq in the end? While many are willing to give their lives for “their” God’s plan, for her—a Minister in her government, a wife, a mother, a woman—there is no going back, no killing

In Jordan, Iraqis are not recognized as refugees but as “people in transit.” They have no official status and can't hold jobs. kill her in a heartbeat, even here in Amman. Not only is she working with the new government, she is Christian: a double whammy of sorts. She thanks me for my willingness to risk my life to help her people, and suddenly a little head pops out from the bedroom: a child of perhaps two or three years. If the minister were a man, this child would be tucked away at home with wifey or grandma. If she is attacked, this child will be killed with her. In a recent missive, Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said, “Ferocious wars are not determined by the outcome of days or weeks. They

of innocents from some hidden place in the name of a God who would never participate in such acts carried out by men. This woman represents millions who want democracy and freedom. They will take her place if she is taken down. We will see them go to the polls. If the vote is not perfect, they will vote again. And maybe someday the world will have to thank the Saddams, Bushes, and Zarqawis for creating a situation—however inadvertently and through the greatest of ignorance—that brought people to their feet and forced them to work, under the most adverse of situations, toward keeping themselves free.


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BLOOD MONEY THE TOP TEN WAR PROFITEERS OF 2004 At the start of the Iraq war, Andrew Natsios of USAID proclaimed that the reconstruction of Iraq would look like a modern-day Marshall plan. The grand designs of the Bush administration, however, have made a handful of companies serious money.


accountability that epitomizes what’s wrong with the corporate takeover of Iraq. PMCs fall outside the Military Code of Justice and possibly cannot be prosecuted by Iraq’s own laws, due to CPA order #17, which says foreign contractors, including private security firms, are granted full immunity from Iraq’s laws, even if they injure or kill an innocent party.

his list was compiled by the Center for Corporate Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable. More information is available at

AEGIS In June, the Pentagon’s Program Management Office in Iraq awarded a $293 million contract to coordinate security operations among thousands of private military contractors (PMCs) to Aegis, a UK firm whose founder was once investigated for illegal arms smuggling. An inquiry by the British parliament into Sandline, Aegis head Tim Spicer’s former firm, determined that the company had shipped guns to Sierra Leone in 1998 in violation of a UN arms embargo. Sandline’s position was that it had approval from the British government, although British ministers were cleared by the inquiry. Spicer resigned from Sandline in 2000 and incorporated Aegis in 2002. A protest brought by rival PMC bidder Dyncorp after its bid was deemed unacceptable by the Army, was dismissed by the General Accounting Office, which concluded that Dyncorp “lacked standing to challenge the integrity of the awardee (Aegis).” Critics say that’s just the problem. US and international law have failed to address the role of PMCs in Iraq, resulting in a near-total lack of

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Critics find it ironic that Bearing Point, the former consulting division of KPMG, received a $240 million contract in 2003 to help develop Iraq’s “competitive private sector,” since it had a hand in the development of the contract itself. According to a March 22 report by USAID’s assistant inspector general Bruce Crandlemire, “Bearing Point’s extensive involvement in the development of the Iraq economic reform program creates the appearance of unfair competitive advantage in the contract award process.” Bearing Point spent five months helping USAID write the job specifications and even sent some employees to Iraq to begin work before the contract was awarded, while its competitors had only a week to read the specifications and submit their own bids after final revisions were made. “No company who writes the specs for a contract should get the contract,” says Keith Ashdown, the vice president of Washington, DC-based Taxpayers for Common Sense.


Neither Crandlemire nor other critics claim BearingPoint broke the law. But the company’s ties to the Bush administration (according to the Center for Responsive Politics, BearingPoint employees gave $117,000 to the 2000 and 2004 Bush election campaigns, more than any other Iraq contractor) is an example of “crony contracting” that undermines the legitimacy of those who might claim to be working to establish competitive markets in the “newly liberated” country.

BECHTEL Bechtel was literally tasked with repairing much of Iraq’s infrastructure—schools, hospitals, bridges, airports, water treatment plants, power plants, railroad, irrigation, electricity, etc.—a job that was critical to winning hearts and minds after the war. To accomplish this, the company hired over 90 Iraqi subcontractors for at least 100 jobs. Most of these subcontracts involved rote maintenance and repair work, however, and for sophisticated work requiring considerable hands-on knowledge of the country’s infrastructure, the company bypassed Iraqi engineers and managers. The company has yet to meet virtually any of the major deadlines in its original contract. In October, according to USAID, the CPA had restored only 4,400 MW (mega-watts) of electrical generating capacity target, falling short of its goal of 6,000 MW by end of June (USAID’s goal was 9,000 MW, a level that existed in the country before the first gulf war). According to a June GAO report, “electrical service in the country as a whole has not shown a marked improvement over the immediate postwar levels of May 2003 and has worsened in some governorates.” Bechtel is not entirely to blame, as some of the delay is obviously due to the difficulties of getting employees and materials safely to project sites. [Editor’s note: Not to mention the tens of thousands of new electrical appliances shipped into an import-starved post-sanction Iraq, the potential impact of which was not included in the original electrical capacity generating goals.]

BKSH & ASSOCIATES Chairman Charlie Black is an old Bush family friend and prominent Republican lobbyist whose firm is affiliated with Burson Marsteller, the global public relations giant. Black was a key player in the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign and together with his wife raised $100,000 for this year’s reelection campaign. BKSH clients with contracts in Iraq include Fluor International (whose ex-chair Phillip Carroll was tapped to head Iraq’s oil ministry after the war, and whose board includes the wife of James Woolsey, the ex-CIA chief who was sent by Paul Wolfowitz before the war to convince European leaders of Saddam Hussein’s ties to al-Qaeda). Fluor has won joint contracts worth up to $1.6 billion. Another client is Cummins Engine, which has managed to sell its power generators thanks to the country’s broken infrastructure. Most prominent among BKSH’s clients, however, is the Iraqi National Congress, whose leader Ahmed Chalabi was called the “George Washington of Iraq” by certain Pentagon neoconservatives before his fall from grace. BKSH’s K. Riva Levinson was hired to handle the INC’s U.S. public relations strategy in 1999. Hired by US taxpayers, that is: Until July 2003, the company was paid $25,000 per month by the US State Department to support the INC.

CACI AND TITAN Although members of the military police face certain prosecution for the horrific treatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, so far the corporate contractors have avoided any charges. Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba reported in an internal Army report that two CACI employees “were either directly or indirectly responsible” for abuses at the prison, including the use of dogs to threaten detainees and forced sexual abuse and other threats of violence. Another internal Army report suggested that Steven Stefanowicz, one of 27 CACI interrogators working for the Army in Iraq, “clearly knew [that] his instructions” to soldiers interrogating Iraqi prisoners “equated to physical abuse.” 2/05

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“Titan’s role in Iraq is to serve as translators and interpreters for the US Army,” company CEO Gene Ray said, implying that news reports had inaccurately implied the employees’ involvement in torture. “The company’s contract is for linguists, not interrogators.” But according to Joseph A. Neurauter, a GSA suspension and debarment official, CACI’s role in designing its own Abu Ghraib contract “continues to be an open issue and a potential conflict of interest.” Nevertheless, the GSA and other agencies conducting their own investigations have yet to find a reason to suspend the company from any new contracts. As a result, in August the Army gave CACI another $15 million no-bid contract to continue providing interrogation services for intelligence gathering in Iraq; In September, the Army awarded Titan a contract worth up to $400 million for additional translators.

CUSTER BATTLES At the end of September, the Defense Department suspended Custer Battles (the name comes from the company’s two principle founders—Michael Battles and Scott Custer) and 13 associated individuals and affiliated corporations from all federal contracts for fraudulent billing practices involving the use of sham corporations set up in Lebanon and the Cayman Islands. The CPA caught the company after it left a spreadsheet behind at a meeting with CPA employees. The spreadsheet revealed that the company had marked up certain expenses associated with a currency exchange contract by 162 percent. Robert Isakson, a company employee, drew attention to the problem by filing a false claims action

against the company. Isakson also alleged that Custer’s “war profiteering...contributed to the deaths of at least four Custer Battles employees.” In a prepared statement, company attorneys suggested that the government’s decision to not participate in Isakson’s case is evidence that the charges are baseless, and that “the individuals [involved] filed this claim solely as a last ditch effort to achieve a competitive edge over CB.” The suspension was the first for any company in association with its work in Iraq. The FBI and the Pentagon inspector general’s Defense Criminal Investigative Services are both conducting ongoing investigations.

HALLIBURTON In December Congressman Waxman (D-CA), announced that “a growing list of concern’s about Halliburton’s performance” on contracts that total $10.8 billion have led to multiple criminal investigations into overcharging and kickbacks. In nine different reports, government auditors have found “widespread, systemic problems with almost every aspect of Halliburton’s work in Iraq, from cost estimation and billing systems to cost control and subcontract management.” Six former employees have come forward, corroborating the auditors’ concerns. Another “H-bomb” dropped just before the election, when a top contracting official responsible for ensuring that the Army Corps of Engineers follows competitive contracting rules accused top Pentagon officials of improperly favoring Halliburton in an early-contract before the occupation. Bunnatine Greenhouse says that

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when the Pentagon awarded the company a five-year oil-related contract worth up to $7 billion, it pressured her to withdraw her objections, actions that she said were unprecedented in her experience. Halliburton spokesperson Beverly Scippa says that while she cannot comment on the allegations until specific charges are filed, any suggestion that the company’s involvement made it difficult for other companies to fairly compete are “absolutely untrue,” pointing to a earlier GAO report that found that Halliburton/KBR was “the only contractor DOD had determined was in a position to provide the services within the required time frame given prewar planning requirements.” But others, including Waxman, believe that Greenhouse’s version of events corroborates existing evidence that the contracting process was biased toward Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company. Pentagon officials referred the matter to the Pentagon’s inspector general, a move that critics say effectively buried the issue. (For more information about Halliburton, visit

LOCKHEED MARTIN Lockheed Martin remains the king among war profiteers, raking in $21.9 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2003 alone. With satellites and planes, missiles and IT systems, the company has profited from just about every phase of the war except for the reconstruction. The company’s stock has tripled since 2000 to just over $60. Lockheed is also helping Donald Rumsfeld develop a new tech-heavy integrated global warfare system

that the company promises will transform the nature of war. In fact, the large defense conglomerate’s sophistication in areas as diverse as space systems, aeronautics, and IT will allow it to play a leading role in the development of new weapons systems for decades to come, including a planned highly-secure military Internet, a spaced-based missile defense system, and next-generation warplanes such as the F-22 (currently in production) and the Joint Strike Fighter F-35. When it comes to defense policy, Lockheed’s network of influence is virtually unmatched. E.C. Aldridge Jr., the former undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and procurement, gave final approval to begin building the F-35 in 2001, a decision potentially worth $200 billion to the company. Although he soon left the Pentagon to join Lockheed’s board, Aldridge continues to straddle the public-private divide: Rumsfeld appointed him to a blue-ribbon panel to study advanced weapons systems. Former Lockheed lobbyists and employees include the current secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, secretary of transportation Norm Mineta (a former Lockheed vice president) and Stephen J. Hadley, Bush’s proposed successor to Condoleeza Rice as his next national security advisor. Lockheed is not only represented on various Pentagon advisory boards, but is also tied to various influential think tanks. For example, Lockheed VP Bruce Jackson (who helped draft the Republican foreign policy platform in 2000) is a key player at the neo-conservative planning bastion known as the Project for a New American Century.


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In the buildup to the war the Pentagon bought up access to numerous commercial satellites to bolster its own orbiting space fleet. US armed forces needed the extra spaced-based capacity to be able to transmit huge amounts of data to planes (including unmanned Predator drones flown remotely by pilots who may be halfway around the world), and guided missiles and troops on the ground. Industry experts say the war on terror literally saved some satellite operators from bankruptcy. The Pentagon “is hoovering up all the available capacity” to supplement its three orbiting satellite fleets, Richard DalBello, president of the Satellite Industry Association explained to the Washington Post in 2003. The industry’s other customers—broadcast networks competing for satellite time—were left to scramble for the remaining bandwidth. Loral Space & Communications Chairman Bernard L. Schwartz is very tight with the neoconservative hawks in the Bush administration’s foreign policy ranks, and is the principal funder of Blueprint, the newsletter of the Democratic Leadership Council. In the end, the profits from the war in Iraq didn’t end up being as huge for the industry as expected, and certainly weren’t enough to compensate for a sharp downturn in the commercial market. But more help may be on its way. The Pentagon announced in November that it would create a new global Intranet for the military that would take two decades and hundreds of billions of dollars to build. Satellites, of course, will play a key part in that integrated global weapons system.

Two CPA officials resigned this year after claiming they were pressured by John Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for technology security to change an Iraqi police radio contract to favor Qualcomm’s patented cellular technology, a move that critics say was intended to lock the technology in as the standard for the entire country. Iraq’s cellular market is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues for the company, and potentially much more should it establish a standard for the region. Shaw’s efforts to override contracting officials delayed an emergency radio contract, depriving Iraqi police officers, firefighters, ambulance drivers and border guards of a joint communications system for months. Shaw says he was urged to push Qualcomm’s technology by Rep. Darrell E. Issa, a Republican whose San Diego County constituency includes numerous Qualcomm employees. Issa, who received $5,000 in campaign contributions from Qualcomm employees from 2003 to 2004, sits on the House Small Business Committee, and previously tried to help the company by sponsoring a bill that would have required the military to use its CDMA (code division multiple access) technology. “Hundreds of thousands of American jobs depend on the success of US-developed wireless technologies like CDMA,” Issa claimed in a letter to Donald Rumsfeld. But the Pentagon doesn’t seem to be buying the argument. The DoD’s inspector general has asked the FBI to investigate Shaw’s activities. (For an excellent, in-depth investigation of Qualcomm see Michael Scherer, “Crossing the Lines,” Mother Jones, Sept./Oct. 2004)


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at the wine list. “I’m going to take a bottle of number 68,” he said, ordering a bottle of Banfi Classico Reserva by the BIN, or bottle identification number. “Even though I know it’s a 1999, and not a ’97, which is on the list.” I was having lunch with Zraly, one of the most successful people in the wine industry, at La Stazione in New Paltz. When it turned out the bottle in question was a 2000, it was no longer okay. We ended up ordering a ’99 from the Antinori vineyard instead. Zraly informed me, “When I go Tuscan, they’re such great values, that if one of the better vintages is available then I go for it.” As anyone who has graduated from Windows on the World Wine School knows, looking for good values is how Zraly has sealed his reputation as one of the top wine personalities in the world. Flipping to the section on Italy in his book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, I noted that the best bets for exceptional vintages from Tuscany were 1997, 1999, and 2001, with the class of ’97 approaching legendary status. “This wine will go excellent with your fish,” Zraly said. “Oh, and this is perfect,” he chuckled as the bottle arrived, pointing to the 2005 edition of the book I was holding. The fruity red we were about to enjoy was one of the background bottles on the cover of his best-selling wine tome, which has sold over two million copies. “I taste about 3,000 wines a year. And that’s all got to go from here to here,” Zraly said, gesturing from his head to the book on the table in between us. “Not easy.” He had just returned home from a week at Mohonk Mountain House with his editors putting the finishing touches on the 20th anniversary edition of the book. As the wine industry is always changing with the weather, literally, the book that accompanies Zraly’s wine school must be re-edited every year to include the latest releases. “That’s where I first wrote the book 21 years ago. I dedicated the book to John Novi and all the people in my life who have helped me, but I also dedicated it to Mohonk Mountain House—where ideas come easy.” Over a two-hour lunch, Zraly reminisced about some defining life moments. He got his start in the business in 1970, managing the newly opened Depuy Canal House at the age of 20 while attending SUNY New Paltz. The first course he taught was a wine and cheese class with John Novi at Novi’s ambitious new restaurant in High Falls, which made waves by receiving a four-star review from Craig Claiborne in the New York Times soon after opening.


Zraly showed me a picture of a Time magazine cover from 1972 about Gallo’s attempt to put American wine on the map. “This is what did it for me.” A subsequent hitchhiking tour gave him a taste of the nascent California wine industry. Inspired by his California trip, the ambitious Zraly was able to convince Mohonk Mountain House to donate land and for Cornell University to donate the vines in one of the early attempts to produce high quality Hudson Valley grapes. With no farming equipment, using any local help he could find, he planted a one-acre selection of six varietals including Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. What happened to the vines? Zraly answered with a shrug. “They died.”

the World Trade Center towers fell, he watched in horror as his life’s work, and a building full of his friends, come crashing down to the ground. He sighed. “It still doesn’t make sense....There’s still that pain that will never end,” he said, shaking his head. In the aftermath of September 11, Zraly retreated back to his home in New Paltz to regroup before eventually reopening his Windows on the World Wine School at the Marriott Marquis.

Launching into his favorite topic other than

Figuring that getting to the next level was going to take a move to Manhattan, Zraly started selling wine in New York City in addition to his duties managing the Depuy Canal House. Someone told him to go down to the World Trade Center, which was still under construction there. In the right place at the right time, he was hired as the wine director at Windows on the World. He put in 80-hour weeks and helped build the restaurant with the best view in the world into an internationally renowned locale boasting a world-class wine list. By the year 2000, Windows was the top-grossing restaurant in the US, with reported revenues of $37.5 million. Through the restaurant, he launched his hugely successful Windows on the World Wine School. “I was the only one there for all 25 years, from beginning to end. I was there from the day the doors opened until the day that it ended on September 11.” As



wine–his family—Zraly talked animatedly about his wife and four children. He lives outside New Paltz in the shadow of Bonticou Crag with his wife, three sons, and daughter. He grew solemn as he informed me, “I don’t know if you know this, but my daughter has leukemia. She was four when she was diagnosed. It has been a traumatic experience for her and for the whole family, but she is recovering. It is in remission, but she still has to do the 26 weeks of chemotherapy.” He paused and took a breath. “So there have been many trips to New York City, to Sloan-Kettering, so we can get the best care possible. She is a fighter and she’s doing really great.” Zraly told me that 2004 was the busiest year of his life, and 2005 shows no signs of slowing down. In September of 2003 he was hired as the vice president overseeing wine operations for the posh restaurant group Smith & Wollensky that operates in cities across the US. In addition, he is currently working on a new book focused on American wines developed in conjunction with Smith & Wollensky, . . . C O N T I N U E D




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Lucid Dreaming BY BETH E. WILSON

Being There n February 12, the latest mega-project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be unveiled—or more accurately, unfurled—as panels of billowing saffron fabric are released on some 7,500 16-foot-high gates, spaced 12 feet apart, placed on 23 miles of walkways throughout Central Park. The bright orange-yellow fabric panels attached to the tops of these frames will hang to a height of approximately seven feet and be left to flap freely in the breeze. The concept for the New York Gates was first developed in 1979, but without approval by the city’s Parks Department it was not permitted until Mayor Bloomberg stepped in to expedite things in 2003. It has taken two years for the artists to arrange fabrication of the various components of the project and there’s a local angle to this, as the saffron-yellow, square vinyl posts on the sides of the gates were extruded by a plastics manufacturer located in Dutchess County. Bulgarian artist Christo and his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, have made a name for themselves since the 1970s with their large-scale public works. Christo began wrapping objects in his own conceptually driven sculptural work starting in the 1950s, but once he and Jeanne-Claude joined forces, the idea took on a much more ambitious scale. The piece that first brought them widespread attention in the US, Running Fence, consisted of an 18-foot-high curtain of fabric that stretched across more than 24 miles of rolling hills of Sonoma and Marin counties in Northern California, ending in the surf of the Pacific Ocean, thereby “wrapping” a piece of the landscape. Conceived by the artists as “a visual golden river” running through the park during the otherwise dull gray of winter, The Gates will stand only through February 27, when it will be dismantled and the various components recycled. But so far as the artists are concerned, the totality of the piece includes the years of meticulous planning, negotiations with land owners and governmental agencies, completion of environmental-impact statements, employment of workers, and every other aspect of the complex undertaking. In addition, they do not apply for or accept a penny of public money to realize their vision—the whole thing is paid for by the sale of Christo’s beautifully executed preparatory drawings of the work, which are sold to interested collectors directly by Jeanne-Claude, bypassing the


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metastasized. I subscribe to an e-mail art

admitted to me. A number of the works are

news list called e-flux, which consists largely

charged with some sort of implicit narrative,

of exhibition announcements, advertising

he said, without necessarily giving the

for contemporary art publications, and

whole thing away.

the like. (The posts can be seen at without subscribing.) Over the past two or three years, I’ve noticed a set

number of the works accomplish this

of peculiar similarities in many of these

by inferring a human or animal presence

notices, namely the pairing of a particularly

through various means. Dan Feldman’s 40

vacuous photographic image—an empty

Nights, #2 presents us with a real, twin-size

street, some non-descript interior with part

mattress, painted with the delicate, limp form

of a figure, or something that looks like an

of an empty woman’s nightgown. The reality

out-of-context frame from a home movie—

of the bed meshes impressively with the

with a text that tries to fill in the gaps like a

image to capture something of the texture

savant with a thesaurus. To wit (the artists’

of bittersweet memory, as though someone

names have been omitted to protect the

once beloved is no longer present. Marian I.

potentially innocent):

Schoetle’s untitled installation is a garment rack hung with four pieces of empty,

In the context of art, the works of the artists

diaphanous white clothing that converts

engage critically in different ways with the

the implied human form into a hauntingly

social and aesthetic function of film and

sculptural presence. In a more formalist

television. Both the repertoire of images and

vein, Armand Rusillon’s Fly’s Tongue looks

narratives of the classical cinematographic

at first like an Abstract Expressionist splash

medium and the communicative function

of black paint across blank canvas; the title



converts the image, like a Rorshach test,

investigated. The medium film serves the




into a close study of entomological form,

artists as a matrix for their critical analytical

wittily reversing Greenberg’s proscription


of representation.





contexts the history of media as well

Other works embrace a more literary

as to phenomena of representation in

approach. The painting I’m in a Tree… by

contemporary everyday life.

Tona Wilson (no relation) captures the stylized world of a dark children’s storybook,

Talk about the return of the repressed! I

while one of the more surprising entries,

think it’s an exhibition about how we watch

Laura Wilensky’s Past and Present Teapot,

television, or something. On the whole, I


think I’d rather stay home where I control

sensibility as she converts a normally

the clicker.

utilitarian object into an excuse for spinning

Coming off a steady diet of this sort of




an elaborate tale.

thing “in the context of art,” it’s refreshing

As should be apparent from even this

to come upon the annual juried exhibition

small selection, the exhibition features

at the Muroff-Kotler Gallery at UCCC that


opens on March 11. The exhibit’s curators

media—from painting to sculpture to digital

specifically solicited artists from the mid-

photography to collage to ceramics to

Hudson region to submit entries that

installation (it’s hard to think of a medium

openly embrace “The Narrative Impulse”

that’s been overlooked)—and they all share,

without having to apologize for it or over-

at some point, this embrace of narrative,

intellectualize it.

all in some way in direct contrast to the

The storytelling drive must be alive and well, because over 150 artists responded






centralized, absolutist proclamations of Greenberg’s 20th-century proclamations.

to the call. Sifting through this formidable

It’s reassuring to see artists “vote with

stack, juror (and Beacon gallerist) Carl van

their feet” in this way, and to see talented

Brunt selected work by 42 artists for the

work of “depth and sincerity,” as Carl van

show. “They’re all good at narrative, but

Brunt put it, finding a way to connect with its

I haven’t quite decrypted them all,” he

audience on such an utterly human basis.





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Life in the Balance BY SUSAN PIPERATO

Inform to Reform s with many environmentalists, it was “a sense of outrage over injustices” that spurred Peter Montague’s career as an environmental activist. But his outrage came, at least initially, from what he didn’t know—from hunches that America’s people and environment were Rob Zeiler

being wronged “way before there was any kind of environmental awareness.” Now approaching age 66, Montague is celebrating his 35th year as an activist, as well as 25 years at the helm of the Environmental Research Foundation at Princeton University, and almost 20 years of running Rachel’s Environmental and Health News (; 888-2RACHELS), an online environmental clearinghouse named in honor of Rachel Carson, author of the 1962 landmark book, Silent Spring, which warned that toxic industrial chemicals and pesticides would cause irreparable harm to the environment and human health. As befitting a man whose life is devoted to public disclosure of information on pollutants’ effects on human and environmental health, Montague states matter-of-factly: “I’ve been at this for a long time.” Yet, despite a life spent cataloging environmental and political wrongs, he also states, “Do I feel optimistic? Yes, I do.” Montague’s political views and future were shaped at Antioch College (1959-1960), where he met environmental scientist Sheldon Novick, who in turn introduced him to a colleague, Barry Commoner, who was starting a national scientific information movement based at Washington State University. “The idea was that, if you had a lot of education, then you had an obligation to explain complex problems so that the public could understand them and make intelligent decisions about them—in order to grease the wheels for democracy, so to speak,” Montague explains. But the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1960, and the confrontations between Castro, Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy, cemented Montague’s political leanings. “It became clear to me that the people who ran the US and USSR were willing to sacrifice thousands of people’s lives in this macho game of ‘my missile is bigger than yours,’” he says. “I decided I had to work the rest of my life against that sort of death wish.” Yet even in the face of discovering that “the power structure is corrupt and beyond salvaging,” Montague saw hope. Scientist and Citizen magazine (now published as Environment), for instance, collected baby teeth to

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prove to the government that radioactive

environmental destruction, caused by greed-

fallout is harmful to human health, lead-

based governmental policies : “We’re exceed-

ing to the Atmospheric Test Ban Treaty,

ing the capacity of the biosphere to sustain

signed by President Kennedy in 1961.

life, and it’s evident that we’ve reached

“This was a new kind of power for

the limit to growth. The Adam Smith idea

citizens,” says Montague. “They could influ-

that pursuing our own greed benefits the

ence intelligent decision-making and make

maximum amount of people doesn’t work

democracy stronger and more robust. This

anymore. We’ve grown so much that we’re

set the course of my life.”

going to kill the planet if we continue. We

Nader’s newly formed consumer advocacy

can’t have perpetual growth, so capitalism in its present form has an impossible future.”

group, returning to the University of New

Montague foresees Bush’s upcoming sec-

Mexico, where he completed a PhD in

ond term as a particularly trying—and tell-

American Studies in 1971, “all fired up with

ing—time: “Republicans are under the sway

the idea that people could spend their lives

of the dispensationalists, who believe the end

as citizen activists trying to make the govern-

of the world is imminent and everything will

ment responsible to the people.”

be better off after the apocalypse. Some

The fruit of Montague’s experience with

[Republican] legislators sit on their hands.

Nader was the formation of the public inter-

Others take active steps toward bringing on

est group, New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air

Armageddon—keep the Israeli war going,

and Water. The group created the template

heat up the attack on Iraq, spread nuclear

for grassroots environmentalist groups, as

weapons around. In the New York Times

well as Montague’s career. “Our goal was

[recently] a guy who lived through Hitler’s

to get hold of technical information and

Germany reminded us that Hitler came to

translate it into terms that anybody could

power partly on the coattails of the German

understand in a timely fashion,” he explains.

Christian Right. He sees the same potential

With that same goal in mind, he founded the

for a fascist takeover in this country. These

Environmental Research Foundation (ERF) at

people clearly have loose moorings, but be-

Princeton University in 1980, in order to pro-

cause they meet each other every week in

vide understandable scientific information

church, they have a political infrastructure

on human health and the environment.

that makes them hard to beat. Many of them abhor stewardship and think it's evidence of the Antichrist, and ripping up the earth is

he staff at ERF compiles information for

what good Christians should do.”

grassroots activist groups, environmental-

Despite the prevalence of doom-and-

ists, journalists, librarians, and individuals.

gloom scenarios, Montague sees signs of

(However, groups get first priority. “Working

hope for the environment triumphing in the

alone isn’t most effective,” says Montague.

end. “We’re much further ahead than we

“The Lone Ranger doesn’t always win.”) ERF’s

were 25 years ago. We’ve got a huge, suc-

free weekly newsletter, Rachel’s Environmen-

cessful movement to reform the economy

tal and Health News, founded in 1986, covers

of the Northern Hemisphere—the only thing

contemporary environmental and sustain-

preventing us from making those changes is

ability issues. (About 200 subscribers unable

that no one has stepped up and said, ‘Here’s

to access the Internet, including the disabled

another way of living.’”

and imprisoned, receive a printed version;

In the meantime, Montague advises doing

Rachel's e-mail subscription base is 15,000.)

as he does: “Don’t lose heart because the

Recent topics include rising cancer rates, the

news is bad. Inform yourself, inform your

precautionary principle, and Montague’s

loved ones; that’s the first part of fixing a

“favorite Rachel’s,” issues #792-795, entitled

problem. Envision other ways of being on

“Fiery Hell on Earth: GOD TOLD ME TO

the planet. Most people are rational; I believe

STRIKE,” an examination of “the reasons the

we’ll make the cultural changes needed to

US is pursuing contradictory and seemingly

prevent the scenario the dispensationalists

self-destructive nuclear policies.” Most of the

want to see, as jarring as those changes may

information in Rachel's “never appears in the

be. The question is, how bad will it get be-

mainstream media and can only be found in

fore that?” Remember, he says, “Nature bats

medical and scientific journals that most

last.” And nature has already begun sending

people never see,” says Montague, yet it is

us “profound messages”—droughts, floods,

always “translated” into plain language.

hurricanes, the tsunami—“that we have to

Our greatest problem, says Montague, is

change the way we live.”

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Frankly Speaking BY FRANK CROCITTO

Anger Management t’s the funniest thing, how people are expected to deal with negative emotions. Take anger, for example. People actually believe anger can be useful. People who feel angry are urged to express that anger. Punch a pillow. Write a letter to the editor. Blow something up, whether it’s Mike Dubisch

someone’s peace of mind or a bus station where the wives and children of your enemies are standing. And we wonder why things in this world never get any better. People must express themselves, or, more exactly, express the negative emotions that seize them and make monsters of them. We seem to accept this awful state as somehow normal. Whenever someone has come along and said not to act on negative emotions such as anger, they’re dismissed as kooks or cranks or flash-in-the-pan messiahs. People like St. Francis. Gandhi. Jesus Christ. It’s all too ludicrous to believe that containing one’s anger—turning the other cheek, in one famous formulation—could have the least effect on the human condition. We all know better. Turn the other cheek? Come on. It’s so much more . . . empowering to give in to the urge to pound the table, pound the point home, pound the hell out of your neighbor. Take the Christian approach as an example. A priest reads the New Testament with new eyes. He sees the message of peace in the words of Jesus. Yes, he will turn the other cheek. He will see that his parishioners do likewise. Together, they will spread the good news, even unto the infidels. The priest, enflamed with holy vision, will mount the charger of righteousness, and he will see that all who stand in the way of God’s wonderful message of peace and love will be persuaded to take the cross, or the stake. It’s a slippery thing, anger. As with all our emotions, it’s quick and intoxicating, a whirlwind that leaves in its wake its own set of wonderfully balanced intellectual justifications: It’s a holy war. A just war. A war to end all wars. You want an update, read the front pages. Read today’s, read yesterday’s. Go as far back as words or ink or letters carved in stone will take you. It’s the same story. But don’t get angry about any of this. It’s merely an example of the idiocy of the counsel everybody has gotten through the ages. Feeling angry? Let it out. Do a little venting. It’s good for you. Truth is, it’s not good for you or for anybody else. Give anger expression and it grows and so do its manifestations. That’s the beauty of Jesus’s view of the issue. Don’t give

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in to anger. Don’t return it. Break the chain

Which is, of course, backwards. The

of inevitability. The free and unrelenting

garden you’re standing in is a desert. It

expression of negative emotions everywhere

can’t sustain life, it can only diminish it. Its

has gotten us to where we are today. Can

poisons don’t kill you immediately. They’re

anyone seriously claim that anger serves a

slow-acting. They bleach the color from your

useful purpose in this horror-struck world?

day, keep you in a tailspin of despair, make

Refusing to give anger a chance, an outlet,

you old before your time. Being old can be a

is the first step in controlling it. Contain it,

time in which wisdom blossoms, but nothing

and watch yourself as you do. It won’t be

blossoms that’s been planted in sand.

easy for several reasons. You’ve given in to it

Do you need any more reason to try

all your life, after all, so often you don’t even

something different? If you find yourself

recognize it. Perhaps you recognize it, but

standing in a garden nurtured by unconscious

insist on seeing it as somehow useful. And, of

attention, why not try applying a conscious

course, all emotions are so fast that to try to

strain of attention? You have to watch, to

stop them while you’re being struck by their

examine whatever negative emotion you

lightening is impossible.

find yourself entangled in. To do this kind of

Nevertheless, difficult though it is, you

watching, you need a kind of energy you’re

have to start somewhere, and since you

probably not familiar with. The energy that

can’t control your anger without long effort,

you’ve spent your life blowing off in anger,

the first thing you have to do is to put a cork

like smoke from an industrial stack, can be

in it. Don’t mutter dark imprecations to the

harnessed, or, at least in the beginning, not

radio on the ride to work. Don’t go looking

wasted in the usual way. You can conserve

for trouble. Watch what you’re thinking.

that energy and use it to increase your ability

Somebody invites you to join in some good-

to watch. This is another reason why the old

natured review of a colleague’s latest idiocy,

advice to express your anger is so bogus.

stuff a doughnut in your mouth.

With effort, with practice, you can begin to explore the garden of your negativity and examine it. You can yank up the flowers of

ake a look at the landscape of your

anger and see them for what they are. You’ll

daily life. The idea is that all your life you’ve

be able to see the ideas that gave birth to this

walked through this landscape, inhaled its

particular flower. Maybe it was something as

fragrances, walked its weedy and twisted

simple as your mother once telling you that

paths, thinking you were in some kind of

the only way she ever got your father to do

garden. It’s a garden cultivated by your

anything was by getting angry with him. And

unconscious attention. You’ve drawn on

that long-forgotten idea has taken root in the

its poisoned fruits to sustain you. Now, for

life and made it what it is.

perhaps the first time in your life, you’ve

It’s up to every individual to explore the

come to understand that these fruits are

garden they’ve built for themselves, to yank

slowly killing you.

up these poisonous flowers and discover

The fact is, by constantly expressing

their root. The best way to kill a plant is

negative emotions (of which anger is only

to expose its root to the light. The light of

one), you’ve kept the garden alive and

watching, powered by the energy usually

thriving. You’ve developed a taste for its

wasted by the free expression of negative

fruits. You can’t imagine any other way of life.

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It’s ’Fro Time ew Year’s Eve, Oasis, New Paltz. At first glance, the small, dimly lit club appears to be hosting your typical year’s end celebration. Some of the students in the 20-something crowd are wearing pointy iridescent hats that say “Happy New Year.” A table by the entrance is crowded with shiny Fionn Reilly

noisemakers and an assortment of hats. Colorful balloons, streamers, and flashy decorations oscillate from the ceiling. People are mingling, drinking beer, snacking at the bar, playing pool, waiting for the entertainment to begin. But it’s on the small stage where things begin to look atypical. Draped over four microphones are four showy boas, their feathers wafting in the draft from the open front door. Soon you can’t see those boas, as the room is beginning to fill. A few band members are onstage, checking equipment. They appear to be partially in drag. They disappear. In the parking lot, Noelle Doughty is adjusting her giant wig. About a half hour before midnight, an entourage of characters swarms the stage: a guy in silver sequined pants, a John Travolta disco shirt, and a brown fuzzy wig badly in need of some grooming; a chick in a yellow afro, purple sequined dress, go-go boots, and star glasses, à la Elton John; and soulful lead singer Doughty in a pink sequined top, silver sequined platform boots, and feather boa, with an enormous blinking ring and a purple afro as big as god. Is this a band of circus freaks? A cartoon extravaganza? The answer becomes apparent when the assortment of musicians suddenly raises the roof, the ’70s sounds of “Get Down Tonight” blaring at a nearly unbearable volume. Most on the floor attempt to dance, but it’s nearly impossible since we’re packed in like pickles. Vlasic New Year, courtesy of Monica’s Kneepads. Noelle Doughty is still feeling a little bleary-eyed, a little brain-dead, when we begin our chat a few days later. Can’t blame her. The ‘Pads played well into 2005 that night, performing 25 disco/funk hits; as leader of the band, she’s overwhelmed. Divalicious Doughty is cheerful, though, eager to answer questions. “I’m still recovering,” she explains. “It’s a lot of work. I manage the band, do all the PR, and trying to get nine people together is definitely a job in itself. And it’s not my only job; it’s my hobby, my part-time job.” When Doughty isn’t onstage as master of ceremonies to this dyn-o-mite funk eruption, she’s hitting boutiques, resorts, and spas across the country selling Green Dragon/Pink Lotus, a contemporary line of women’s yoga wear. “It’s great be-

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cause the band allows me to make my own

play. And we’re more relaxed in it as well.”

schedule and I get to travel. But it’s hard to

Some of the tunes you might hear at a

do everything.”

‘Pads gig are “Play That Funky Music,” “Le

Be that as it may, Doughty is enamored

Freak,” “Funky Town,” “Jungle Boogie,” “I

with the ‘Pads. Here’s how the love affair

Will Survive,” “Brick House,” “Lady Marma-

began: she was part of the Hudson Valley

lade,” and “Sex Machine.” And, of course,

funk band Funktional Loonacy for six years,

to make it even more stupidly fun, the cos-

playing original music with three other ‘Pads

tumes are ‘70s far-out. Doughty explains

members. Their favorite joint? The Rhinecliff

that at some shows, audience members

Hotel, especially on Halloween. After the

dress up. There weren’t any costumes in

band dismembered, the hotel owner asked

the audience at Oasis that night; perhaps

Doughty to throw together another funky

the younger crowd is afraid of looking stu-

ensemble in October of 1998.

pid. But older folks know that looking stupid

“It was around the time of the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal,” says Doughty.

is where it’s at, and they’re not intimidated by glitter.

“My drummer just called us that—Monica’s

“Yeah, the younger people don’t always

Kneepads—as a joke. So, we played, got a

dress up. They want to look cool. It’s interest-

really good response, and it stuck.” Luckily

ing. We’ve played places that don’t know us

the group kept getting solicited for gigs, but

at all, but know what we’re about. You just

they did run into a bit of trouble. One venue

never know who’s going to dress up. Some

objected to the name, and even threatened

people are really in the spirit of things and get

to cancel a gig because of it.

very festive and have fun with it. We absolute-

“We changed our name for them. But

ly encourage that. I always bring extra cos-

once we started to play, they realized it

tuming stuff, too, for people if they feel in the

didn’t benefit them to call us another name

moment that they want to get dressed up.”

that people didn’t know. Like, this is such a

Doughty says they search thrift stores, cos-

liberal area, what’s the problem? So we now

tume shops, and yard sales for clothing, and

play exclusively as Monica’s Kneepads.”

backup singer Molly Farley is a seamstress

The band has evolved quite a bit over

and hat designer—the purple sequined dress

the years. Starting out as a smaller group,

she wore onstage New Year’s Eve was one

they are now a bevy of nine. “The other

she’d made just a few hours earlier.

founding member recently left the band,” Doughty says, “so we’ve gone through of couple of personal changes. But we’re still going strong.”

“There’s a lot of really creative energies in the band,” Doughty says. Let’s meet this talented crew of funksters: Aside from being the lead singer and creative pulse of Monica’s Kneepads and Funktional Loonacy, Doughty’s been part of bands Lotus,

hy did Doughty choose to work with

the Dead Beats, and the Matt Turk Band. Her

a decked-out funkster cover band instead of

musical background is in funk, rock, Eastern,

showcasing her voice with, say, an original

and jazz. Also from Funktional Loonacy is

rock group? The world is already crawling

exceptional vocalist Wyl Muchrison, who

with ’70s bands.

co-created that band with Doughty, and

“It was a genre of music we just loved.

also worked with Tongue and Groove. With

It was the music we put on at parties, the

a musical theater background, he’s been a

music we felt made people want to get

well-respected actor for two decades, per-

up and dance. I can’t tell you how many

forming in local, national, and international

gigs I’ve played in my life where you see

productions. Backup singer Molly Farley

people come out and they want to dance,

owns the upscale hat company Mo Wear,

but they’re afraid, or something is not

which caters to performers. A ‘Pads member

quite moving them enough. We play music

for just a year, she’s sung with Jules Shear,

that’s familiar, recognizable, something

Kate Pierson, Sara Lee, Spiv, and Dynamojo.

that brings people back to a time and place

Bassist Dave Robinowitz is a tattoo artist

that gets them up. It’s feel-good music, not

who has played with Anaïs Nin, Blindside,

heavy, not political. All the lyrics are about

and Fuzz Deluxe. Percussionist Jon “J.T.”

good times, dancing, moving. It’s light and

Tornatore comes from a rock/disco/country

we try to keep in the spirit of a professional,

background as a drummer and vocalist in

whimsical band. There are definitely other

West Coast bands The Brother Jones and

’70s bands out there, but I think we’re a little

Super G. Sax player Ryan Fu does the job of

more gritty, more polished in the way we

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TAP ROOM FRIDAYS FEBRUARY 4, 11. At the heyday of Rondout ribaldry, Kingston boasted 22 breweries to quench canawlers’ thirsts. Cheers then to brewer Tom Keegan and crew for keeping Kingston brewing alive. Not just tasting good, Keegan’s has good taste in music, with bluegrass by Two-Dollar Goat (Feb. 4) and rock’n’roll with Panama LTD (Feb. 11). Fresh “growlers,” t-shirts and other paraphernalia go down easy with samples of Old Capital, Hurricane Kitty, and Mother’s Milk. Catchy radio ads, too. 5pm. Free. Kingston. (845) 331-2739. WWW.KEEGANALES.COM

THE MACHINE FEBRUARY 5. America’s best Pink Floyd experience, The Machine has toured coast-to-coast for nearly 20 years. Their next show at The Chance recreates Floyd’s 1978 Animals tour and features a new interstellar light show. Check out keyboardist (and Newburgh homey) Neil Alexander as he matches Gilmour’s guitar solos note-for-note on a vintage Roland digisynth, shoulder-slung like a rock axe should be. 7pm. $15. Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-1966. WWW.THEMACHINELIVE.COM

RPI MULTI-MEDIA CONCERT FEBRUARY 5. It boggles the mind that a musical innovator like Pauline Oliveros resides and

performs here in Kingston. Forward-thinkers, techies, and heads alike will bug out to this scenario for the senses by artists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Featuring video Installations by Olivia Robinson and Kyra Garrigue and multi-media performances by Ms. Oliveros along with Diana Slattery, vocalist Caterina De Re, Brandon Seekin (electronics), and Marshall Trammell (pocket trumpet). 8pm. $10 ($8 students/seniors). Kingston. (845) 338-5984. WWW.DEEPLISTENING.ORG

SLOAN WAINWRIGHT FEBRUARY 12. This rare edition of a performer checks into

Hyde Park’s Free Library and invites her many followers to a 3-hour songwriting workshop from 1-4pm. ($35 workshop fee includes admission to the evening’s performance. Reservations are required by emailing to 8pm. $8 (performance only). Hyde Park. (845) 229-7791. WWW.SLOANWAINWRIGHT.COM

VALENTINE’S DAY WITH BILL GULINO FEBRUARY 13, 14. Pianist and Ulster resident Bill Gulino has more credits than a Hollywood

epic. A student (remarkably) of piano legend Teddy Wilson, Gulino went on to perform with the Platters, dozens of vocal stars, and was even Donald & Ivana Trump’s personal music director. Celebrate with your sweetheart two nights of wine and roses at the picturesque Mohonk Mountain House. 6:30pm. Call for reservations. New Paltz. (845) 255-1000. WWW.BILLGULINO.COM

KJ DENHERT FEBRUARY 19. Radio programmers and A&R reps take note: why Ms. Denhert is not yet a major-label star remains a mystery to NH. With funky attitude, irresistible songwriting and a top-notch band, KJ makes national acts look like bar bands. The ever-generous Full Moon Resort presents a hot winter night to remind you that the funk still lies just beneath the snow line. 8pm. No cover. Oliverea. (845) 254-5117. WWW.KJDENHERT.COM

BAR SCOTT/WAA BENEFIT FEBRUARY 19. With Jen Starr and Callie Hershey. According to Bar herself, “the acoustics

in the [Woodstock Artists’ Association] space are fabulous and we will be doing a lot, if not all, of the program without a PA, which is a rare treat.” Seats in this Tinker Street gallery space are limited, so call for reservations. 7:30pm. $25 (includes artists’ reception). Woodstock. (845) 679-2940. WWW.BARSCOTT.COM

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There’s a bright side to the Bush empire’s propensity for aggression, corruption, and disregard for standard interpretations of the Constitution: Musicians are finding no shortage of inspiration to create some of the most powerful songs since the Vietnam era. Our current crises have also roiled and roused Ulster County artist Michael Truckpile, né Michael Wilcock, of The Kiss Ups. Wilcock has created a solo work of staggering depth and impressive craftsmanship. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. Through 13 cuts, Truckpile asks the tough questions: Who am I? And how can I fix this screwed-up world? The musical responses are alternately angry, bittersweet, fearful, and hopeful. Such self-examination risks sounding self-absorbed. But Truckpile’s observations are sound, and his compositions are unnervingly personal and effortlessly tuneful. While his protest songs seem to offer more pith than his love songs, Truckpile’s CD continues to reward upon repeated listenings. —Jay Blotcher


Brothers Chris and Pat Bradley have stepped into an anomalous musical laboratory to concoct a schizoid blend of experimental rock. Here are a few ingredients you might find in their beaker: Frank Zappa, Quentin Tarantino, graveyard dirt, Radiohead, crystal meth, Robert Smith, Eddie Haskel, 3-D glasses, Pink Floyd, Mr. Bungle, a bikini, The Jazz Butcher, Marty Feldman’s eyeballs, and way too much coffee. The result is a blend of surf, jazz, lounge, rockabilly, goth, psychedelica, metal, trip-hop, techno, and some uncategorizable soundscapes of dementia. Voted best local band by Hudson Valley magazine in 2003, these Syracuse siblings touch upon topics such as necrophilia, terrorism, and sprinklers, yet a juxtaposition of head-wound instrumentals encourage the listener to formulate his or her own terrible tales. Auricular Peculiar is JCSK’s fifth release and was recorded in Accord and Chicago. It seems a bit more focused than previous efforts, Cleavage (2002) and the self-titled debut (2000), yet the novelty never ceases. Each CD—and each song—is completely surreal and nonpareil, each a fantastical work of art that would fare well in thrift stores, asylums, and the living rooms of the musically enlightened nationwide. If you’re feeling a bit twisted or paranoid, dare to let this wobble your tympanic membrane. —Sharon Nichols


A big, brashy crash of indy swing and natural strings infuse Merenda’s Election Day, creating a grand argument for free speech in these anal-retentive Bush II years. Merenda’s music is a big frothy Mulligan mix of this, that, and all things in-between. He makes such wildly abandoned tunes as the raving “She Smokes Pot!,” the Blonde-on-Blondely ironic “Independence Hall” (“I got busted smoking pot outside Independence Hall”), and the ingenious lyricism of “I’m God” (where the protagonist, God, is trying to impress a rather unimpressionable blonde) essential listening—if not for the desert isle, then for right now, breaking the chokehold the majors and their pissant radio and Internet streaming cronies have on our auditory systems. And speaking of Blonde On Blonde, check out the rollicking barrel-house of the “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” tribute/rip, “Tahoe.” No one will ever mistake Merenda for Josh Grobin, but who cares. When he ends this great disc with the sing-along confession “All Wrecked Up” (“I’m ready to corrupt when I’m all wrecked up”), all I can say is Amen! —Mike Jurkovic


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Frame by Frame BY JEFF ECONOMY

Checking In en years ago in Rwanda, a country with roughly the land mass of Massachusetts and a population not quite equaling New York City’s, nearly one million Tutsis were slaughtered by Hutus in what can only be described as genocide. The rest of the world watched from a dispassionimage courtesy

ate distance, and did nothing. A decade of hindsight makes the story no more comprehendible; if anything, it becomes even harder to wrap one’s mind around both the unimaginable horror of the situation and the international community’s unwillingness to intervene. The sheer number of fatalities becomes a numbing abstraction. Where to begin to understand? In such mass hysteria, how could any one person possibly hope to have an effect? Hotel Rwanda is the story of Paul Rusesabagina, one man who managed to make a critical difference despite his somewhat modest initial intentions. Terry George’s gripping film recounts Rusesabagina’s heroic battle to shelter and ultimately save the lives of 1,300 Tutsi and Hutu moderates who faced certain death without his protection. When we first meet Paul (Don Cheadle), he’s comfortably ensconced as the house manager of the luxurious Belgianowned Milles Collines Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. He navigates the corrupt currents of greased palms and clandestine deals with practiced ease, gaining points with local generals and warlords by supplying them with hard-to-obtain Cuban

image courtesy United Artists Films, Inc.

cigars and 12-year-old scotch. Though he plays both sides of the fence, Paul is not a collaborator but rather a far-sighted pragmatist; he knows that the already simmering ethnic tensions are likely to boil over, so he’s accruing favors in an account that he’s banking on drawing from later in the service of protecting his family. That family is the nexus of his existence and it gives the film an emotional center, using the relationship between Paul and his wife Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo) as a prism through which we understand how even the most politically astute could have been caught by surprise. What makes Hotel Rwanda so deeply affecting is not just the depiction of a country gone mad with bloodlust; it’s also the portrait of a truly loving and mutually respectful marriage that works, held strong by the internal forces of give and take, and the threat to Paul and Tatiana’s tough and tender matrimony gives the larger conflict a macrocosmic focus.


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As the murderous call for “the cutting of

Hotel Rwanda may invite some com-

the tall trees” is broadcast by a Hutu-run

parison to Schindler’s List, but makes its own

radio station, and Rusesabagina learns that

indelible mark as much for its plainspoken

no aid will be forthcoming, he can hardly

simplicity as for its lack of flash and self-

believe his ears. “You’re dirt,” he’s informed

serving pretense. It doesn’t presume to

by a sympathetic UN Colonel, played by a

be the last word on Rwanda, but rather part

gravelly Nick Nolte at his most dour. When

of an ongoing dialogue that every thinking

the colonel expresses his disgust for the

being must have with their culture, their

world’s disregard by telling Paul “You’re

community, and their conscience in order

even lower than a nigger—that’s how the

to know what it is to be human.

world sees you,” we can’t help but feel

Compared to the horrors of genocide,

implicated in his shame. Hotel Rwanda

a story about a mild-mannered modern-

becomes a classic hero’s journey as Paul is

day Birdman of Alcatraz may sound either

transformed reluctantly from a bystander

refreshingly upbeat or maddeningly trite

resisting the call to become involved to a

by comparison, depending on your point

paragon of bravery and obstinate, almost

of view. Fortunately, Judy Irving’s The Wild

reluctant, courage.

Parrots of Telegraph Hill tends more toward the former and, despite some clunky and uncertain filmmaking, presents a warm and

irector George scores points for

humane portrait of another unassuming

avoiding the cliché of planting a noble

man determined to make a difference in

white man at the center of the action to act

his community—even if that community is

as an identification figure through which an

mostly comprised of a flock of squawking

audience can assuage its collective guilt.

wild birds.

Rather, the westerners portrayed are by turns

Parrots depicts the efforts of self-

shallow, venal, hapless, befuddled, or at best

proclaimed “Dharma bum” Mark Bittner as

hamstrung by ineffectual policies.

he tends to an untamed flock of parrots

By the time the murders begin, we’re

living in the trees outside his San Francisco

reminded that the basis of the conflict is

apartment. After years of drifting up various

an arbitrary racism leftover from Belgian

blind alleys, the former street musician

colonialism. Racism depends on artificial

accidentally found a purpose in his life,

distinctions of “otherness,” and George

where he least expected, when he found

so effectively depicts the absurdity of the

himself tending to the flock.

Belgians’ criteria for distinguishing Hutu

As one might expect from such a tale,

from Tutsi that in any other context it would

the narrative sometimes threatens to turn

be laughable. The parallels to other historical

mawkish, but Irving never fully succumbs.

outbursts of racial strife are chilling; when

The film becomes as much a biography

Hutus refer to Tutsi as cockroaches they

of the birds themselves as of Bittner, and

might as well be Alabama klansmen.

even when Irving lets Bittner indulge in

The performances are uniformly excellent,

anthropomorphizing, she has the sense to

but Cheadle’s is surely one of the year’s finest.

let the man himself justify the depth of his

He plays Rusesabagina with the straight-


faced intensity of Gary Cooper spliced onto

The film takes its time shaping a general

the “good, decent everyman” persona of

narrative arc concerning Bittner’s relocation

Henry Fonda. The African-American actor

and the possible consequences to the parrots.

has been known largely for his outstanding

But despite the fairly slack construction,

supporting work in films like Ocean’s Eleven

it does manage by the end to make you

and Boogie Nights, but he’s rarely been cast

care about the birds, and there are some

in the lead. That situation is likely to change

surprisingly arresting images. If you prefer

now, as his work here demonstrates that with

your personal spiritual transformations in a

little flash or fanfare he’s become one of this

gentler form than the gut-wrenching Hotel

generation’s most powerfully understated

Rwanda, you might find Parrots amiable

screen presences.

enough to be worth the trip.


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Bridge to the Core n Monday, February 21, Chiron takes its first step into Aquarius in our generation. Discovered in 1977, Chiron is a minor planet orbiting our Sun once every 51 years. It’s one of those small, icy planets, with an orbit just beyond Saturn. Saturn takes about 29 years to go around the Sun. Emil Alzamora

Chiron was last in Aquarius between 1955 and 1961, and this placement shows up in the charts of a whole bunch of the late Baby Boomers. Chiron left Aquarius right around the time President Kennedy took office, and we had the first rather dramatic shift from the ’50s to the ’60s. This kind of phase is typical of how transits of slow-moving planets mark eras in history. Since late 2001, Chiron has been in Capricorn. This transit has delivered a miniature historical age during which we’re all looking into the dark halls of power with X-ray vision, watching it like a mildly fascinating television program we’re not really involved with. But in these few years, we’ve seen it all—horrid sex scandals in the church, torture and abuse in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, all the lies that surround the war (such as Saddam’s supposed tons of WMDs and alleged plans to conquer the world), Enron and numerous other huge corporate scandals, another stolen election, everything we learned about the last stolen election, and quite a lot that’s come out about foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks. It’s been quite a newsy time in history, almost making the satellite TV bill seem worth it. You could sum the whole business up as Chiron in Capricorn. Chiron, a planet whose theme I would summarize with the keywords “transformation through awareness,” now makes a transition into the next sign in the cycle, Aquarius. The interesting thing about Chiron in Aquarius is that it takes us right up to 2011. The exit ramp from this six-year transit leads us promptly into the fabled moment in history known as 2012, a date that for a variety of reasons is understood to be a convergence point or unusually significant historical threshold. Chiron in Aquarius, which will change the ways we think of ourselves, one another, and our society—and will very likely come with some mass-scale activism and social consciousness—seems to be a bridge to 2012. Chronogram readers who have been following this column for a while have had an overview of astrology leading through the “turn of the millennium.” This transition is based on certain astrological factors that I reckon

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came between 1997, when Comet Hale-Bopp

gins long before Mayan civilization had come

bopped us, and 2004, when Venus made its

into existence. So they backdated their cycle

historic transit of the Sun on June 8. In be-

and timed the end of their 13th baktun to co-

tween, there were several outer-planet sign

incide with the Capricorn solstice of 2012.

changes (Uranus into Aquarius and then

Why is the 13th baktun so important? Why

Pisces, the early years of Pluto in Sagittarius,

don’t we just go on to the 14th baktun? The

and Neptune into Aquarius), two extremely

answer is that the Mayan system at its sim-

intense solar eclipses (summer 1999 and

plest is based on the number 13. So the whole

summer 2001), the Saturn-Pluto opposition

meta-cycle of 13 “great cycles” turns over at

(associated with the September 11 attacks),

this point, and it happens to be in 2012.

and much else besides.

But why 2012? you may ask. They could have used any time as a start point and any time as an end point, since they were starting

f you look at the astrology between now

in the middle. The implication is that they

and 2012, you’ll see a similar picture. In that

were aware of a long cycle that we are not

time, we experience a concentration of

aware of today; they saw where they were in

outer-planet sign changes that will make

that cycle; and they timed the whole thing to

what we’ve been through seem anemic.

coincide with it. One thing you can say about

Right before 2012, Chiron enters Pisces,

the Mayans is that they were not willy-nilly

Uranus enters Aries, Neptune enters Pi-

mathematicians. They knew what they were

sces, and Pluto enters Capricorn. Then, on

doing. There are a couple of theories running

June 6, 2012, we have the second in the pair

around as to just what that happened, and the

of Venus transits of the Sun, which draws a

one I’ve picked up on is explained by a guy

line directly from 2004 to 2012. Then, later

named John M. Jenkens.

that same month, we have one of the most

Every century or so, the first day of

powerful aspects in the book, Uranus square

spring—that is, the vernal equinox—arrives

Pluto. This is the first Uranus-Pluto aspect

a day earlier. This is because the world is wob-

since the history-bending, fire-breathing

bling as it spins; the wobble is so slow you

conjunction of 1965–67.

can’t see it unless you watch for a couple of

The picture between now and 2012 is a

thousand years. The whole cycle takes about

sequence of changes that increases in pace,

26,000 years, during which time the seasons

concentration, and intensity as the next few

go completely around the calendar once. This

years progress. And through that time, the

is called the precession of the equinoxes. The

one most consistent thing that defines the

Mayans could see it, and apparently they

feeling and tone is Chiron in Aquarius.

were tracking the alignment of two points:

But then, there is the Mayan calendar, which started the whole 2012 discussion. The

the core of the Milky Way galaxy (where we live) and the winter solstice.

ancient Mayans, whose civilization flourished

The Sun’s position on the darkest day of

in what is now Mexico from around 300 to

the year, the Sun itself, and the galactic core,

900 CE, had a method of time tracking that in-

which contains a huge black hole, form a

volved counting the days. They worked with

conjunction on December 21, 2012. This

cycles of days and could use these cycles to

alignment is now so close we can feel it ap-

keep track of long periods of time—far lon-

proaching. Note the events surrounding the

ger than conventional astrology can. Their

most recent winter solstice, indicative of what

“great cycle” or baktun was 144,000 days,

a power point this is. We can also see why

or about 396 years. There are a number of

people are experiencing some catastropho-

other shorter cycles that make up the “long

bia associated with 2012, particularly given

count” or calendar. For example, a katun is

the impending issue of Earth changes.

7,200 days, and a tun is 360 days.

There is a theory that the Mayans, whose

On December 21, 2012, the Capricorn

own civilization fell amidst war and internal

solstice, we reach the end of the 13th bak-

strife, were aware of a parallel, catastrophic

tun. That is, we come to the conclusion of

time that would come much later in history—

13 cycles of 144,000 days, or 5,125 years—a

or they were warning us not to take the path

great cycle of great cycles. This happens to

they took. We get to make up our minds, and

be in the year of a Venus transit of the Sun,

we will do so under the astrology of Chiron

and the Mayans were obsessed with Venus.

in Aquarius, which I view as a bridge to the

It happens to come at the crescendo of much

core—the core being something of a mystery,

other astrology. Yet what is very interesting

but the bridge being “all for one, one for all.”

about all this is that the 5,125 year cycle be-

Because that’s what it’s gonna take.

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February 05

ARIES March 20-April 19

But other people don’t need the burden

Aries is the ultimate

of being your superior, and it will soon

sign of individualism.

become clear that you are better suited

Aquarius usually gets

for leadership than just about anyone else

this distinction, but

around you.

those people down the block just love to make a huge intellectual exercise out of

You’re about to get an unusual taste of freedom. It’s

embarking on a rather lengthy journey

as if you’ve been lost in the

into the questions “What makes me who

back corridors of the world

I am?” and “Who am I in relationship to

for many moons, roaming in

all these people?” The issue is no longer,

places where there has been

“I am me,” but rather, “I am me and you

little other than complexity and confronta-

are thee.” The deepest astrology books out

tion. When Chiron dips into your sympa-

there say that you cannot really be part of

thetic air sign, Aquarius, in a few weeks, the

a group until you know who you are—and

world may well become a different place:

you certainly qualify. Your life has been

a bigger place, where you are more free to

nothing if not introspective the past few

think, to explore, and to experience. It is

years. You have taken off the yoke and the

true that most people on this planet can’t

harness, and decided that you no longer

see past their wallets, and that too many re-

look so good in a gag. So speak, and listen,

lationships are based on the power we have

in equal measures.

over other people. Walk through that if you encounter it. Don’t look back, to the left, or

April 19-May 20

to the right: look straight ahead and follow

Here is a quest you can

the light. This and many other factors are

take head-on: how to be

conspiring to bring you into contact with a

unapologetically inde-

new tribe, spiritual family, or community.

pendent. For most people, true independence, whether from dumb obligations of society or from the ideas of


May 20-June 21

a good time of it. Now, however, you’re


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the question. Aries bashes ahead and has

All you need is love.

CANCER June 21-July 22

others, registers as some kind of a sin. But

Sex is about to become

you’re not a little child, and you are not

a lot more interest-

actually subject to any authority you don’t

ing. And by that I mean

voluntarily accept. If there are people in

physical sex and sexuality: your ideas, feel-

your life who have somehow taken on

ings, and style of expression of your erotic

the role of boss or big-guy, they are soon

nature. You have been preoccupied with the

to discover that you’re meeting them on

details of relationships for half an eternity.

equal terms, as a sovereign individual. This

You’ve been taking apart your wiring and

will most certainly shake up the dynamics

plumbing for a dog’s age, and you’ve made

in all of your relationships, and in the end

quite a few repairs in there. You know how

everyone will be a lot more comfortable.

you work, and you have a sense of what, in


February 05

relationships, works for you. These are excel-

exactly how: in the name of the Goddess!

lent tools to have and experiences that will

Since your whole work orientation is about

serve you well. But it’s experience that you

service, and since service helps everyone,

seek. Therefore, choose the people in your

I suggest you ask for the help you need.

life well, and from among them choose the

Get over that little mental block that says

one or ones who are in the closest affinity

you can’t or shouldn’t receive direct assis-

to who you are and what you need. If you

tance. Imagine that half the things you have

are in a committed partnership, focus on the

to do today could be done by other people.

exchange of energy between you and your

Women, in particular, have the idea that

partner. Let it flow; you are all but irresistible.

they should take it all upon themselves. I’ve

LEO July 22-Aug 23 If the lights suddenly come on this month and reveal the truth of your life, that truth is likely to be just how good you have it. I don’t

been on a campaign to support my female friends in getting interns and assistants to take the load off their hands, and give it to people able and willing.

LIBRA September 22-October 23 Now that you’ve learned how

think this is any kind of fleeting revela-

not to feel guilty, you can

tion either, though those first moments of

take the next enormous step

radical awareness are like none other. The

and learn how to celebrate

people around you really are your people,

your life like a child, or maybe even like 10

and the life you’re living really is your life.

children. You have loosened up something

Take that in. You are quite accustomed to

within yourself and finally allowed your

being the center of reality—of nothing but

energy to flow. It took a lot of work, and it

necessity; somebody has to keep all those

wasn’t easy; it’s as if every little step brought

planets in orbit, and you’re the one who’s

a new trial of some kind, or exploring some

always up to the task. And it’s certainly true

deep part of your shadow-self. Suddenly,

that you provide a central role even in your

the way is open and there is, at long last, a

current circumstance. For now, I suggest

sense of ease and freedom in the air. You

you enjoy being one of the crowd. It’s a lot

know what you want and you can allow

less pressure, and besides, you’re one of

yourself to want it. If you did nothing other

those people who is naturally brighter than

than feel for the next few weeks, you would

any spotlight.

probably feel pretty good. But if difficult

VIRGO August 23-September 22 Work has been something of a feast-or-famine affair for

memories of the past come up, remember, they are just that—memories.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov.22

you in recent months, and at

There are those moments when your

the moment you should be

whole life feels like it’s on the back of

feasting. In fact you may be

a giant turtle, and one day he gets

wondering how in the name of the Goddess

up and starts walking. This hap-

you’re going to get it all done—and that’s

pens to be one of those times.

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Chronogram 43

SIGN-BY-SIGN The energy surge is coming from beneath

simply too much to remember. My sense is

you, lifting you up, shaking up everything

that you’re blessed with some unusually ac-

you called safe and secure, and yet at the

curate ability to see the future, to plan for it,

same time reminding you that you can actu-

and moreover, to solve problems that most

ally afford to be confident. You are not in

people have not even acknowledged exist.

this life alone—and if ever you had reason

Therefore, I suggest you take your current

to be confident of this fact, it is right now.

stream of consciousness seriously; speak

This month you get to make a commitment.

about it only with people you both trust and

It is likely to come in the form of a decision,

consider of equal intelligence; and from the

and that may relate to a physical space of

people currently around you, identify the

some kind. I suggest that in the midst of so

roles different people can play.

much other activity, you stop and feel that sense of a shaft of light going from your feet deep into the Earth.

SAGITTARIUSNov.22-Dec.22 You’re a person with a knack for

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February 05

CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 20 There are those moments when you get to cash in, and one is approaching very rapidly. The question is whether you feel

good ideas, but you’re about

you deserve it, or whether

to hit the jackpot. It may

you will use this next bit of evidence of your

take some time before

success as an excuse to question your own

you see them for how amaz-

credibility. Please, do nothing of the sort.

ing, advanced, and innovative they are, and

Let the world teach you. If you can sidestep

a little longer before you get to put them to

judging the results of your work, you will

work. But I suggest you keep track of what

see how positive and productive they are,

you’re coming up with, keep a notebook, da-

and will surely agree that they should be

tabase, or computer files, and develop each

equally productive for you. Besides, this is

train of thought as far as you can. There is

not a matter of how much you are getting;


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it is a matter of how much you have. The

ments of late winter and early spring shape

most vivid reminder at this time in your life

up, and you see your involvement in what

should, in truth, be that your most abundant

will be nothing less than a true-to-life social

resource is your intelligence. You may think

movement, you’ll get it loud and clear.

you’re smart enough not to get into any trouble, but I propose you’re smart enough to get out of it, and do a whole lot besides.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 19

PISCES February 19-March 20 I strongly suggest you resist the impulse to think that any op-

This month, two planets whose

portunity you have

names may not be familiar to

this month is your last chance. If you don’t

you enter your birth sign: Chi-

pause and question the reality of that per-

ron (discovered in 1977) and

ception, you’re likely to act on something

Nessus (discovered in 1993).

prematurely. The time for that something

To astronomers, these are in the class of

will arrive—but for now you need to be pa-

“centaur planets,” which are similar to as-

tient and do two things. One is to allow the

teroids but much stranger in many ways. To

circumstance to withstand the test of time.

astrologers who are paying attention, they

The other is to allow information, which

are known to accelerate the process of life;

you could have no way of knowing but

they raise awareness rapidly; they can work

may somehow suspect, to emerge into the

so fast as to stir up a crisis. But mostly they

real world. This will happen in short enough

work to reveal our hidden strengths and

order; the Sun’s entry into your own sign

focus our power of healing and, over time,

in just a few weeks promises to fill in a lot

our power of focus. Yet with so much else

of missing information. For now, you need

happening in your life, you may not even

to practice just a little more of the restraint

notice the entry of two potent planets into

that’s served you so well the past few years.

your sign—yet. By the time the develop-

You’ll be very glad you did.


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EDITED BY PHILLIP LEVINE . You can submit up to three poems to CHRONOGRAM at a time. Send via snail or e-mail. Poetica. 314 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401. E-mail: poetry @ Subject: Poetica.

Dear Allen Ginsberg, or God, whoever answers first, What has happened to the color of money in your eyes? Nothing satisfies. You are not my mother. None of you are my mother. This earth, who calls herself my mother might as well swallow me up or starve me to death. When enough pocket change jingles in my pockets I will smile at you and the squint of my eyes in the late summer sun and the breeze that unsticks the salt wounds left by my chafing shorts caked in earth and sweat. I’m the devil. Come with me. Play poker with your soul. Flip a coin. Heads I win. Tails you lose. How subtle she was the night she swept into my house. Or was it a Sunday afternoon. Uncelebrated. I feel uncelebrated and unable to celebrate this ever-changing menagerie of life. All of this fire and brimstone and nothing but boredom. So many little inner fascists like rodents running around the rotting corner pieces of my house in the dark dodging traps and poison bullets. What is this trap of the mind and who is the questioner this time? My caustic venting and charisma are little more than a plea for help. I can’t do it alone. They’ve got millionaires signed up to wear space suits before we know it they’ll be selling us silly putty to eat for breakfast. I’m not all cracking knuckles and scowling, I have wondrous memories of a heaven I once knew. Holy water. A fragrant Venusian lagoon. Visions of irises opening in the garden. Am I unearthing a four-billion-year-old lineage of pain and oppression in here or is it that I just need a few more hugs? Doesn’t it just rattle away at your concept of evil when I reach out for a hug? Sometimes I wish I could disrobe and hand over the job to someone else but I’ve fired seven secretaries in eight months and if you think there are a shortage of secretaries you should see what we are having to use instead of fire-stokers. So much focus on the horrific possibility of the death

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of the physical body. Why not the death of the soul? How many people experience a soul death long before the body decays? The scorching madness of lifetimes, spent enslaved by attachment to this entity we call mind. The phenomenon of mind. The rampant oppression of the Earth and her People. Allen? God? How have I come to this? All to teach you these simple truths. Naked human tenderness. Honesty. The joys of playing with fire. I smell the gas of burning rubber tires from John’s yard. It lingers in my bedroom now. What do I want from you? Invite me over. What is the color of the money of the soul? A purple dervish swirling? Suggestibility. Naiveté. We are so fragile. There was a moment in time when I felt strong enough. Not just like Atlas. Not just like Cleopatra or a mighty Sphinx or a statue to greatness, to own my own share of responsibility. I’d love to disrobe. And transform. Dear Allen Ginsberg, Yes, a nation whose eyes are a million blind windows. I’m lighting a candle. The one next to the window. It’s boarded shut so my plan is to knock the candle over. Light it all on fire, and run from the building, screaming YES. Dear God, Invite me over. Into the essence of our love together.

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Let nothing stop the sweet symphony of our intimacy as it unravels our lie of being at all separate or not in love. Please can I have all my dreams in this lifetime? Please can I have something to love all the time not just these bits of pocket lint and change? Please Allen. Please. God. I’m so tired. The currency of my country has changed but the television looks the same. There is no room left for me in this world of constant transit and shifting shapes. In surrender, The Devil. —Lindsey Vona

Waiting The wind (without your breath) is still. So, I watch leaves and wait. —Barbi Rodriguez

White Noise

6 Dozer Haiku

In the Time of the Great Waves, December 2004 A small machine creates peace. Like a radio tuned to ghost messages, it creates electronic sound and nothing more: no music, words, sound effects. Hear it instead of city noises—it jams awareness of shouts, car horns, cries of children, marching boots, screams of the drowning, manifestos, headlines, sports results. In the country: block the barking dogs, the psychotic neighbor. I used to lie in my hammock under the hemlocks. Now I stay inside and listen to white noise. White noise aids meditation or at least stops thoughts of your mistakes, your wounds, your insensitivities, what everyone’s done to everyone else. All the words: declarations of love or loyalty, pledges of protest, lies about you, rants about me—white noise is better than silence. It isn’t white, of course, but devoid of color. The white race isn’t white, either, and a race isn’t what we thought it was. White magic isn’t powerful like the other kind. White noise isn’t clearer if you listen hard. It has no message. It’s notable for what it isn’t. Just like you and me. White noise is Post Modern: it contains its own contradiction—these times are sick with paradox and irony: politic that celebrates incompetence and deceit, children hurt by those obliged to nurture—air, water, food destroying life—voices of dissent ineffective as white noise. Outside the window, the forest and fields are white with snow that will last for months. The sky is white, hiding the sun. The hours of light are short: the sun is weak or hidden. We need to buy lights to counteract the desire to retreat to bed, to hibernate. Light for your eyes, white noise for your ears. Aspartame for taste. Scent machines hide the smell of decay. These are times to sleep through; wake if the nightmare ends. Then open windows, open the door. Listen. Hear the clatter of a thousand leaves tousled by the wind. Taste tomatoes warm from the sun. Press flesh that smells of jasmine and spice. Or stay in the empty room, watch the white sky, hear the white noise.

1. The Old Woman and The Rubble She stands in the dusk as the machine lurches on —two minds not working. 2. Palestinian Cat She is so so thin she can lie down now to rest in a wide tank tread. 3. Walt Whitman Rides He mounts the steel seat and says an anti-prayer: the beast pops, farts, dies. 4. The Eyes of All, Wait Ibtisam, young girl, shot, scooped up in soft debris, in early summer. 5. Dozer Rendezvous On the edge of town the iron animals prowl, smoke, laugh, scowl—blunt-nosed. 6. Pre-Dozer Etiology James Martin’s a cop in the city of Beaumont —his eyes bleed hate, Bush. —William E. Meyer, Jr.

Patience Eating the noise of your silence, chewing on a litany of broken clues, I await again the temptation your eventual opening to me will lay out, casually (so as not to reveal the snare of it), measured like white lines on a mirror slowly fogging over with little black lies burrowing inside yawns of promise. —Susan Hoover


I am that same child born of a paralyzing hypocrisy. I was blown from the same breath that blew igneous rock, at times a temperate being and at times not.

We held hands across the portable hospital table, you sitting on the bed and I across in that chair. You trying to keep breathing the oxygen, diminishing how much I hadn’t realized. You didn’t want me to go. You said “You’re not staying the night again” and I said not this time. I was afraid of two nights in a row. I got heart palpitations last night. But I stayed much longer than I had intended. But at last I waved goodbye and left you with terror. When I got back to Jersey there was a call waiting for me and I had to turn right around and got no sleep anyway.

The same as you and don’t you ever forget it.

How can you forgive me?

your words more serious than the moonlight shafting my window wake me in the night jumping around on my pillow like small green frogs surfacing from the bottom of my darkest waters stirring up ancient amazements and resurrecting illuminations long veiled as buried treasure in my unfathomable

—Patrick Carroll

—Donald Lev

—Susan Hoover

—Lewis Gardner

We Held Hands Adam’s last words to God upon leaving Eden I can only have a raw exuberance for life. I put my head out in the pouring rain, to catch but less an eighth the character of Eve.


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backyard weddings


ow can you make your wedding entirely your own? By having it at home! Certainly it’s more complicated than getting married at a hotel or renting a historic site, but a home wedding makes it much easier for a couple to create a celebration that reflects their unique relationship and lifestyle. “Couples who get married at home use their wedding location to express what they’re about as a couple and what their marriage will be about,” says Claudia Coenen, proprietor of Claudia’s Kitchen in Stanfordville. Carl Beach, owner of Great Food and Company in Staatsburg, likes at-home weddings the best. "There’s definitely a more comfortable feeling, and less stress, because everything is familiar to the couple,” he says. “A lot of people choose to marry at home because it’s a place everybody knows, or maybe they want to share their new house or show off the garden they’ve been working on together. Often couples get married at one of their parents’ houses because they want their friends to see their childhood home, which the parents always love. The guests like it better too—it loosens people up and makes for a better time when people are not in a hotel or a fancy room somewhere unfamiliar.” So, say Coenen and Beach, with careful consideration of the wedding’s key elements, you can plan a home wedding that will be all the more memorable for both you and your guests—by making it truly all about you.

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LOCATION , LOCATION , LOCATION The first step in planning a home wedding is conducting a house and property inspection with your caterer or planner. Together, determine the tent’s size and location, if the wedding is outdoors, or which indoor rooms will be used. Also establish whether portable toilets are needed (often the case with old, country houses equipped with septic tanks), whether the kitchen is adequate or a generator needs to be rented to run an outdoor kitchen, where guests will park, where to situate the various stages of the wedding (guests’ arrival, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and dancing), and how you’ll decorate. “Often couples have a very clear idea of what they want, so we’ll make recommendations if we’ve seen something in the past work smoother,” says Beach. “Sometimes they only know they want a home wedding, and we need to suggest creative solutions to circumvent potential problems. But that can actually add to the wedding’s uniqueness. For instance, we once arranged offsite parking and transported the guests to the wedding in a hay wagon, which everybody loved.” First on Coenen’s list is weather insurance. “Do plan on renting a tent no matter what,” she says. “Many brides see pictures of weddings in beautiful meadows in bridal magazines, but here in the Hudson Valley, weather is unpredictable. You don’t want your guests to get wet in the rain, or

Granny to melt if it’s hot. You need protection and shade.” Once the wedding’s infrastructure is in place, you can “start to make magic happen,” Coenen says. “I like to get a layout of the land and determine how best to use it. I walk around the property and find focal points—when guests arrive, what will they see? Will we cover the walk with flower petals, or create an arbor?” Fashioning separate settings for the ceremony and reception is a must. “You want something set apart”—up a little hill, in a special room, on the terrace, in the garden, in a clearing—“so people have to journey a bit to get to it. Then they can come back to the tent or great room for cocktails and the reception.”

the overall cost. “There’s still the tent, perhaps portable toilets, the menu, the cake, the flowers, the bar, the entertainment,” he says, “plus anything else you want to include to make it really special, like transportation from the parking area. It can get pricey if you’re not careful.” Instead, says Coenen, cut costs in self-expressive

MENU PLANNING Your kitchen probably won’t suffice for a caterer who’s preparing for 120 guests—the size of the average local wedding—so your menu must be prepared ahead of time and reheated in a hotbox onsite, possibly requiring a generator. “Lasagnas and soups keep well, but filet mignon is probably out of the question, unless there’s a good, large kitchen handy,” says Beach; likewise, says Coenen, transported, pre-baked pastries should be avoided. “Stay with fresh foods in season” she says. “May is spring greens and asparagus; October is apples, figs, and squash.”

MAKE A DECORATIVE STATEMENT Following the site visit, Coenen looks through the house for “what the family has that’s important to them, either to use as decoration or to bring out to represent somebody—things you definitely wouldn’t bring to a hall but you can certainly use at home.” For instance, she says, a special bowl, ginger jar, or vase that belonged to a relative can hold place cards displayed on curly willow branches. One client, whose German ancestors made linens, used her own antique tablecloths, along with 100 antique linen napkins. For her sister’s wedding, which Coenen hosted, an antique collection of teapots, teacups, and platters was brought out. Couples should also “express their ethnicity and interests” in their décor, says Coenen. She’s done Chinese weddings with red tablecloths and red lanterns in the woods to delineate the path to the ceremony. One couple planning to honeymoon in Italy named each table after a city they would visit; another topped each table with a miniature copy of a famous painting and keyed the place cards to it.

DON ’ T COUNT ON COST - CUTTING Beach says getting married at home automatically saves a couple approximately $5,000 for site rental, but it doesn’t necessarily decrease

Beach. It’s proper etiquette, and circumvents problems like blocked driveways or calls to the police regarding the noise level, and can even gain cooperation. One of Coenen’s clients told her neighbors she was expecting many wedding guests, and was pleasantly surprised to be offered a tree farm for parking.

FRIENDS DON ’ T LET FRIENDS WORK THEIR WEDDINGS Always hire professionals, warns Coenen. Otherwise, there’s a tendency for the bride to become overstressed, or for friends to get tipsy while playing DJ or wander into the woods to argue with their girlfriend instead of serving drinks. Let your guests—and yourself—party heartily and without responsibilities. ways. Consider offering a variety of interesting punches instead of liquor and wine; or feature dramatic single-flower arrangements instead of costly floral arrangements. “An October bride filled tall glass cylinders with black stones and curly willow, then added a single gladiola to each one and surrounded it with votive candles. It was inexpensive, very elegant, unobtrusive, and fuss-free.”

BE NEIGHBORLY Ensure your neighbors don’t complain about the noise and commotion of your wedding by inviting them along—or at least informing them what to expect. “Let people know there’ll be a band until 11pm, or a lot of parked cars,” says

DRESS TO EXPRESS Home weddings tend to be somewhat less formal than those held in a church or catering hall, so have fun with your apparel. Outdoor home weddings in the summer are perfect for garden party dresses in chiffon, chintz, or organza; while the groom might wear a light-colored suit or silk shirt and trousers. Brides using a tent should try the chic, understated look, while the groom can either don the traditional tux in black or white or go for a more formal suit. Choice of shoes for a bride depends on the setting. Indoors or on a tent’s wooden floor, low heels are fine, but stick to flat shoes for the lawn, meadow, or garden or you’ll find yourself scuttling.


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here’s a reason the song doesn’t go “Here comes the groom…” When it comes to weddings, the bride inevitably takes the spotlight; not surprisingly, the groom ends up feeling a little left out. Ironically, although pampering is prerequisite for the bride before the wedding, the groom is simply expected to show up looking relaxed and fresh as he guides the bride through the wedding frenzy: posing for photos, leading the dancing, socializing as if his life depended on it, filtering questions from hired professionals and guests, and above all, keeping the bride sane. So guys, instead of simply hoping your deodorant works, take a cue from the ladies and indulge yourself in preparation for the big day. You’ll be sharing that spotlight, and a little pampering will get you looking—and feeling—up to the part. For the necessary tidying up, and enjoying a final bonding session with your buddies in an all-male environment, try the men ’ s room (Dooley Square, 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-485-5332), which bills itself as “the masculine alternative to a women’s salon” for haircuts, waxing, coloring, hot-towel shaves, and— coming soon—pedicures, manicures, and facials.

HAIR CARE Get an early start. See your usual stylist one or two weeks before the wedding so the cut has time to grow in a little and look natural when the day comes. This isn’t the time to try out a radical new ’do; stay with the look your bride already loves. If your eyebrows are wily, call in the clippers. After shampooing, rinse with conditioner, even if you usually don’t, for sleeker hair that stays put. SHAVE Don’t give in to the temptation, as many grooms do, of vacationing from shaving for a while before the wedding. That only ensures razor rash when you finally do shave. Be sure to shave the day before your wedding (including neck hair), then again on the big day, once in the morning and again about an hour before dressing. Beforehand, wash your face with hot water and apply shaving cream, which softens facial hair, makes shaving smoother, and protects you from cuts. Use aftershave, even if you ordinarily don’t, to soothe your skin. If you’ve already got a beard or mustache, this isn’t the time to eradicate it. Extreme changes in appearance don’t tend to translate

well photographically, and could surprise your bride at the altar.

NAILS A manicure is a simple, inexpensive (about $15) procedure that cleans, buffs, and polishes your nails—no polish involved. The objective is to present the most beautiful finger possible for your bride to slip the ring on. Having a pedicure (same price and procedure) and foot bath might seem feminine, but they’ll relax you, soften your feet, and be appreciated on your honeymoon. BATH Indulge yourself, if you can, in a good long soak in essential oils (lavender for relaxation, rosemary for rejuvenation) on the big day, complete with pumice-scrubbing your heels and powdering your entire body afterwards. Apply a good deodorant liberally and your favorite cologne sparingly. SKIN Consider having a facial scrub to stimulate surface circulation, which relaxes you and makes your skin look fresh. A facial mask tones and clears. Schedule both about a week beforehand to ensure that any acne backlash comes and goes in time.

Wash your face with a gentle, good quality cream cleanser on the day. Dry skin? Apply moisturizer. Greasy face? Use tonic and astringent.

MUSCLES If you’ve ever needed a massage, it’s now. What better time to strip down and go to la-la land for an hour than when you’re bleary-eyed from partying with the guys and running seemingly never-ending last-minute errands. Treat yourself the day before or even the morning of your wedding, and you’ll feel calm and centered. and if you’ve got access to a sauna or spa bath, by all means, indulge as often as possible in the lead-up. Or book a spa day for you and your best men at hudson valley resort & spa (400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson; 845-626-8888) for final prewedding bonding and bliss. EYES Your eyes will have tired from all the final preparations, and the partying. So once you’re all spiffed up, treat them by applying some moisturizing eye lotion. Better yet, cover your eyes with cotton balls soaked in rose water and lie down for 10 minutes. It’ll brighten up your peepers—and your spirits.


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Christmases.” One is, of course, the traditional holiday season. The other occurs during that interesting time in the life of a teacher known as “August,” when preparations for the upcoming school year begin. “A lot of public school teachers spend their own money on supplies,” says Bell. “That’s something people don’t really know.” With its vast inventory in both educational toys and teacher materials, The Parent Teacher Store, located in uptown Kingston, can easily accommodate both selling seasons. The 4,000-square-foot space is divided into several sections, including a book room, a teacher resource room (that can also be used by parents wanting to find extra help or enrichment materials for their children), and what could be described as the transition area, containing educational games, math manipulatives, flash cards and craft items that can be used by either target audience. There is also a well-insulated children’s play area, inconspicuous behind shelves in the middle of the store, which Bell describes as “key to this business.” The Parent Teacher Store was started by Bell’s wife Noreen 13 years ago. “My wife had been a nursery school teacher for years, and she became familiar with the crossover items between education and upscale quality toys,” Bell notes. After working at Tinker Street Toys in Woodstock, he adds, she “put the concept together.” Bell came on in a full-time capacity once he retired from IBM, where he had been a manager in design. The store has grown substantially since its original inception, adding both space and inventory over the years. About seven years ago, a satellite store was opened in Latham, outside of Albany. According to manager and buyer Ursula Hallinan, in addition to teachers buying items on an individual basis, the Kingston store also services the order needs of several local school districts, including Kingston, Saugerties, Onteora, Red Hook, and Hyde Park. There is one employee whose sole job is to handle those orders, as well as the store’s Web site, she adds. Though Bell notes that in its first 10 years, The Parent Teacher Store had a sales growth of 20 percent a year, that number flattened out after 2001, in part because of a lack of parking in uptown Kingston. The Latham store continues to expand, he says. “It’s difficult to grow in Kingston,” he points out. “The uptown location is not necessarily a good retail spot.” Still, the business is “pretty solid” mostly because of its dual focus. “It’s hard for either concept to make it on its own, but the combination is successful,” Bell adds. According to Hallinan, The Parent Teacher Store ships all over the world, and also fills orders for various Army bases. On a local level, there is also a market in

ursula hallinan, manager of the parent teacher store in kingston the expanding homeschooling community. Hallinan, who has been with the store for 10 years, says that one of the keys to the store’s success is the quality of the items it offers. “We constantly change what we sell,” she notes. “When things become mass market, we tend to shy away from them.” Hallinan, who has three children and who volunteers at her local library, adds that many purchasing ideas come directly from teachers and parents. “We listen to them,” she emphasizes. “They’ll come in and show us something, and we’ll look at it and say, ‘That looks good.’”

among the additions that have been inspired by consumer feedback is an increase in the number of chapter books dealing with real-life issues, such as divorce and death, and the expansion of teacher resource materials to the middle school and high school levels. “It used to be that we had materials for the primary grades through sixth grade,” Hallinan notes. “They weren’t manufacturing things for the upper levels. Now there’s a demand.” Of course, the store does not always respond to what the market calls for, leaning away from violent toys and focusing on value. “It takes a lot of judgement. You need to think, is it a quality product?” Bell points out. “It takes local knowledge and a personal understanding of what kids need. A lot of stores tend to order on popularity.” “You can’t buy this stuff anywhere else,” Hallinan adds. “People say that to us all the time.” The Parent Teacher Store is located at 63 North Front Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 339-1442.

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eorge Bell, owner of The Parent Teacher Store in Kingston, says the store is on the “leading edge in terms of educational toys.” Through toy conferences, sales representatives, and teacher resource trade shows, the store has built an inventory of both new and traditional toys that Bell feels are unique and worthwhile. Among the selections are the complete line of Playmobil items, Melissa and Doug wooden dollhouses and accessories, Erector sets and Ravensburgh games. According to manager and buyer Ursula Hallinan, the store is also known for its collection of classic toys, like the Jack-in-the-Box and wooden blocks. The reputation of its toy selection is so good, she adds, that many customers will call on the phone to ask that a gift be selected and wrapped before they even arrive. “I say, ‘Do you want to look at it first?’ And they say, ‘No, that’s all right,’” she says. “I keep telling George that the next thing we need is a drive-through window.” While chain stores such as Wal-Mart might carry some of the most popular items, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Hallinan points out that they will only have the two or three most popular selections in the line. “We carry everything, all the tracks, all the characters,” she emphasizes. “If we carry something, we’re in it for the long haul.”

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or Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the future has never looked brighter. As the world’s largest producer of fine-quality foie gras, the Sullivan County company has seen its sales explode in the last 10 years. Thirtythree of Zagat’s 50 top-rated restaurants in New York City have Hudson Valley Foie Gras (HVFG) on their menus. And while per capita consumption is still low in the United States, a product formerly reserved for the super-rich is on the cusp of becoming the balsamic vinegar of the next decade. But there is a storm brewing in Sullivan County. Animal rights activists have dubbed foie gras “fur food.” At their urging, California has recently joined Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden, the UK, and Israel in banning foie gras production, by 2012. The ban will effectively put Sonoma Foie Gras, HVFG’s only US competition, out of business. Now the animal defenders are setting their sights on the Hudson Valley and vowing to do whatever it takes to put Hudson Valley Foie Gras out of business. Larousse Gastronomique, the encyclopedia of the culinary world, defines foie gras as goose or duck liver that is grossly enlarged by methodically fattening the bird. Technically, the liver is so fatty that some avian veterinarians call it diseased, and therein lies the problem. Waterfowl aren’t inclined to eat themselves into liver failure without assistance. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, “assistance” originally came from slaves who dropped pieces of grain down the goose’s throat while gently stroking the bird’s neck. The French took the process one step further, speeding up production with the first real foie gras innovation—the funnel. Nineteenth-century photographs show French farm wives carefully pouring grain down the gullet of one goose while the rest of the flock anxiously wait their turns to be fed, like so many frat boys waiting a turn at the beer bong. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t lend itself to mass production. As demand for the delicacy increased, modern foie gras producers replaced the funnel in favor of a pneumatic pump that can force a pound of feed down a

clockwise from top left: izzy yanay, co-owner of hvfg, at the sullivan county farm; animal-rights activist sarahjane blum holding a duck she rescued from hvfg; paté made from hvfg as prepared by jon novi of the depuy canal house. bird’s throat in seconds. The French call the procedure gavage, which translates roughly as “force-feeding a goose by shoving a tube down its esophagus.” Foie gras enthusiasts insist that the gavage process replicates the birds’ natural pre-migratory bingeing. But wild ducks only gorge themselves until their liver doubles in size. Gavage produces livers six to ten times their normal size. And modern producers cut down on losses by replacing delicate, disease-prone geese with hardy, disease-resistant hybrid ducks known as the mulard, or mule ducks. The Hudson Valley food community is split on the subject of “foie.” John Novi, chef owner of the venerable Depuy Canal House in High Falls, considers it a question of balance. “I have many vegetarian items on my menu, as well as a lot of fish and seafood. But I also

serve foie gras. It is a delicacy that people love.” But for Jessica Applestone, co-owner with her husband, Josh, of Fleisher’s Grass-Fed & Organic Meats in Kingston, demand for foie doesn’t justify its sale. “I don’t want to make a profit off the suffering of animals. Customers ask us for foie gras all the time. We could sell lots of it. But we choose not to.” Applestone said people who ask for the stuff are treated to her lecture about the horrors of its production. Some claim they didn’t know how it was made. According to Sarahjane Blum, founder of the anti–foie gras group Gourmet Cruelty, lack of information is what drives the industry. “People either refuse to acknowledge how foie gras is made or they don’t know. This industry survives on people’s willful ignorance,” she said.

According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, geese were originally fattened for foie gras by slaves who dropped pieces of grain down the birds’ throats.

Blum is not the archetypal animal rights activist. The 26-year-old PhD candidate is a life-long vegan, but somehow avoids the off-putting, self-righteous attitude of most PETA-types. She claims she isn’t trying to tell people what to eat; she just wants to show them how it ended up on their plate. Blum said that she requested tours of both US foie gras farms. But when her calls went unreturned, she led a group of activists on several late-night, selfguided tours of both establishments—with a video camera. The result is Delicacy of Despair, a 16-minute documentary that promises a view “behind the closed doors of the foie gras industry.” The film paints a grim picture. The activists found ducks kept in isolation cages, ducks with malformed beaks and crippled feet. Some of the ducks were so fat their legs could no longer support them. Farm employees went about their business— roughly grabbing ducks by the neck and jamming in feeding tubes. Trashcans overflowed with duck corpses. There’s even a shot of two ducks being eaten alive by rats. The film is horrifying, and incredibly effective. But my c o n t i n u e d

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tastings EAST & WEST OF THE HUDSON BAKERIES The Alternative Baker

“The Village Baker of the Rondout.” 100% Scratch Bakery. Stickybuns, Scones, Muffins, Breads, Focaccia, Tartes, Tortes, Seasonal Desserts featuring local produce, plus Sugar-free, Wheatfree, Dairy-free, Vegan, Glutenfree, and Organic Treats! Cakes and Wedding Cakes by Special Order. We ship our Lemon Cakes nationwide, $30 2-pound bundts. Open Thursday-Monday 8am-6pm; Sunday 8am-4pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Well Worth The Trip! 35 Broadway, at the historic waterfront district, Kingston. (845) 331-5517 or (800) 399-3589. CATERING Pad Thai Catering

Delicious, affordable, and authentic Thai cuisine served with authentic Thai hospitality to your group of six or more. Lunch or dinner served in your home by Chef & Owner Nuch Chaweewan. Please call (845) 687-2334 for prices and information. GOURMET MARKETS Bella Carne

The bold tastes of Italy arrive in the Hudson Valley. Enticing ambiance meets old world flavors of traditional Italian cooking. Handmade Ravioli, Manicotti, fresh wet Mozzarella, imported Prosciutto, and many other tasty treats. Daily changing lunch and dinner specials offered along with mouthwatering selections featured in the meat counter. Catering is available for all occasions. (845) 331-4523.

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Totis Gourmet


Totis Gourmet is a market and cafe located at 490 Main Street in historic downtown Beacon. We feature locally grown produce, dairy, and meat in our cooking, and on sale in our market. We also provide a wide range of gourmet foodstuffs, and inspiration for those who love to eat! (845) 831-1821. MEATS Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats

A retail and wholesale butcher specializing in pasture-raised and organic meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, and cheese. Also glatt Kosher meat and poultry. Special orders welcome. Curbside delivery available—call first. Chef/owners Jessica & Joshua Applestone will also create delicious meals-to-go on the premises including rotisserie chicken and hot soups. Open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am5pm. 38 John Street, Kingston. (845) 338-MOOO(6666).

Agra Tandoor Restaurant

Now open: “The Area’s Finest Indian Cuisine.” Open seven days a week with $7.95 lunch specials and $6.95 take-out boxes. BYOB. Open for Lunch: 12-2: 30pm and Dinner: 4:30-10pm. Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 12-3pm. Buffet Dinner on Wednesdays: 5-9:30pm. 5856 Route 9 South, Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-7510. Bacchus

PASTA 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 our full product list and samples. Open to the public Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 3pm. Located on Route 28W between Kingston and Woodstock. (845) 331-9130.

Celebrating our 28th Year! Enjoy Creative cuisine with seafood and Southwest specialties in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Offering a full salad bar; over 300 varieties of bottled beers, 13 on tap, plus a full wine list. Open Daily. Lunch 11am-4:30pm; Dinner 4:30-10pm. Weekend Brunch, late-night menu, and takeout available. 4 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-8636. Beech Tree Grill

Since 1991, this funky American bistro has entertained the Vassar

College/Arlington Community and beyond with its sophisticated yet unpretentious menu that offers something for everyone in a comfortable and relaxing environment, including a fine selection of wine, beer, and microbrew that is as diverse as its clientele. 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-7279. Monday dinner 5-11pm; Tuesday-Saturday lunch 11:30am-3pm, dinner 5-11:30pm; Sunday brunch 11:30am-3:00pm, dinner 5:0010:00pm. Live music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. MC, V, AE, D. Catskill Rose Restaurant

Four-star dining and catering in a comfortable and elegant dining room with antique art deco bar plus gorgeous gardens and outdoor dining. Chefs and proprietors Peter and Rose draw on years of creative experience to prepare the familiar and comforting to the classical and innovative. Soups and desserts made inhouse from scratch. Route 212, Mt. Tremper. (845) 688-7100. Cosimo’s on Union Ristorante & Bar

The most unique modern Italian Restaurant in Orange County, featuring wood-fired pizza, gourmet Italian pasta dishes, and other specialties from our openair kitchen. Homemade Desserts, Espresso, Cappuccino, Full Bar, Party Rooms on request. Private Wine Cellar Dining; New Expansion; On- & Off-Premise Catering; Highly Rated, Zagat’s; Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator; Winner, Best of Hudson Valley 1994-1998; “5-Star Service”–Poughkeepsie Journal. Union Avenue, Newburgh. (845) 567-1556. The Inn & Spa at Emerson Place

Choose to dine in the elegant tapestry Dining Room, in the privacy of the Wine Room, or under the moonlight on The Terrace. Extraordinary cuisine complemented by a 6,000-bottle wine collection and the impeccable service of our European-trained staff. Spa and Lunch packages available. Lunch 12:30-2:30pm and dinner 6:309pm served daily. Reservations required. 146 Mount Pleasant Road, Mt. Tremper. (845) 688-7900 or The French Corner

Routes 213 West and 209, Stone Ridge, just minutes from

Kingston. Experience Chef Jacques’ menu which features recipes using ingredients from his native Franche-Comte, France, combined with fresh seasonal products from Hudson Valley farmers. The French Corner dining room and bar are decorated with antiques and artifacts from Eastern France. Families and children are welcome, private dining room available. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday and Brunch Sunday. Closed Monday. (845) 687-0810. 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. (845) 256-1700. Hana Sushi

Best authentic sushi in the Hudson Valley! Superb Japanese sushi chefs serve the best authentic sushi with extended Dining Area. Sit at the counter or tables and enjoy all your favorites from Chicken Teriyaki and Udon to Yellowtail and Special rolls. Eat-in, Take-out, and private room is available. Hours: Tuesday-Friday Lunch 11:30am2:30pm. Monday-Thursday Dinner 5-9pm. Friday Dinner 5-10pm. Saturday Dinner 4:3010pm. 7270 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY. (845) 758-4333. Hickory BBQ Smokehouse

Located on historic Route 28 between Kingston and Woodstock, Hickory offers diners Hudson Valley’s finest barbecue and smokehouse cuisine such as ribs, pulled pork, smoked beef, fish and free-range chicken. Whether enjoying your meal by the fireplace in Hickory’s three-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 area’s hottest bands on Friday and Saturday night. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 743 Route 28 2/05

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(3.5 miles from NYS Thruway Exit 19). (845) 338-2424 or The Hoffman House

Located at the corner of the Stockade District in uptown Kingston, the Hoffman House is a National Historic Landmark, which during the 1600s served as a lookout for marauding Indians canoeing up the Esopus. Today, you can enjoy relaxed dining as you warm yourself near a soothing fireplace in one of Kingston’s oldest stone houses. Take a step back in time and savor the cuisine and service that the Hoffman House has been providing to their customers for over 27 years. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, 94 North Front Street, Kingston. (845) 338-2626. Joyous Cafe

Is it any wonder that Joyous Cafe 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-5:30pm, Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm. 608 Broadway, in The Heart of Broadway Theater Square, Kingston. (845) 334-9441. Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant

FRIDAYS $10 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 4-9 PM and Live DJ! (No Cover)


$10 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 4-9 PM DELICIOUS!

Located on the Beautiful Historic Rondout Waterfront

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The only authentic Peruvian restaurant in Orange County, NY. Family owned and operated since 1990. Serving the community traditional dishes from the mountains and coast of Peru. Trained in Peru, our chefs make authentic dishes come alive. Wine list available. Serving Lunch and Dinner Sunday through Thursday 10am10pm and Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm. Closed Tuesday. 301 Broadway, Newburgh. (845) 562-6478. www.machu Maia Restaurant

Chef/Owner Anthony Kesselmark brings an exciting new American Restaurant to the Hudson Valley. Come and enjoy the newly renovated atmosphere, creative seasonal menu, and exceptional wine list. Enjoy tapas plates and wine in our lounge area. Open Wednesday to Friday for lunch, Monday to Saturday for Dinner from 4:30pm. Closed Sundays. LaGrange, NY. (845) 486-5004.

Main Course

Four-star, award-winning, contemporary American cuisine serving organic, natural, and free-range Hudson Valley products. Open Lunch and Dinner Tues-Sun, & Sunday Brunch. Wed and Thurs nights, food & wine pairing menu available. Voted “Best Caterer in the Hudson Valley.” 232 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-2600. Visit our Web site at www.maincourse Main Street Bistro

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Voted “Best Breakfast in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine 2003! Creative American & Vegetarian Cuisine. Gourmet breakfasts, unique salads & sandwiches, homemade soups, burgers, pastas, vegan dishes & so much more! Join us for Tex Mex Mondays & Pasta Night Thursdays! Open at 8am daily, Saturday & Sunday open at 7am. Dinner served Thurs- Mon. 59 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 2557766. Marcel’s Restaurant

Casual & comfortable dining, warm country inn atmosphere. Price range $13.95-$23.95. Now offering daily 4-course Prix Fixe specials for $15.95. House specialties: Beer-Battered Shrimp, Escargot, Coquille St. Jaques, Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Steak au Poivre, and Duck Laparousse. Catering available. Open Thurs. thru Mon. 5-10pm; Sun. 3-9pm. 1746 RT 9W, West Park. Reservations suggested. Call (845) 384-6700 for a fine dining experience. Mina

Mina restaurant is an intimate fine dining establishment serving Hudson Valley Cuisine with French and Italian influence. Chef/Owners Natalie and John DiBenedetto craft the menu weekly to capture the rapidly changing seasons in 2/05

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the area. A wholehearted effort is put forth to use local purveyors, farmers, and food artisans whenever possible. A spectacular wine list of old and new world varietals has been created using producers that preserve fine, traditional, & artisanal winemaking. The staff at Mina is very passionate about our art & are sure that that passion will be reflected in your time spent with us. 29 West Market Street, Red Hook, NY 12571. (845) 758-5992. Neko Sushi & Restaurant

Voted “Best Sushi” Restaurant by Chronogram readers and rated four stars by Poughkeepsie Journal. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Eat in or Take Out. We offer many selections of Sushi & Sashimi, an extensive variety of special Rolls & kitchen dishes. Live Lobster prepared daily. Parking in rear available. Sun.-Thurs. 12-10pm; Fri. & Sat.12-11pm. Major credit cards accepted. 49 Main St., in the Village of New Paltz. (845) 255-0162. Osaka Japanese Restaurant

Want to taste the best Sushi in the Hudson Valley? Osaka Restaurant is the place. Vegetarian dishes available. Given four stars by the Daily Freeman. 18 Garden St., Rhinebeck. (845) 876-7338 or 876-7278. Visit our second location at 74 Broadway, Tivoli. (845) 757-5055. Plaza Diner

Established 1969. One of the finest family restaurants in the area. Extensive selection of entrees and daily specials, plus children’s menu. Everything prepared fresh daily. Private room for parties & conferences up to 50 people. Open 24/7. 27 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz. Exit 18 off NYS Thruway. (845) 255-1030. The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar

The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar, a robust international bistro, invites you to join us for casual, upscale service & dining in comfortable elegance. Offering the freshest quality seafoods, diverse daily specials, and entree varieties in a glamorous new smoke-free facility. Located just outside Woodstock on scenic Route 212. The Red Onion wants you to enjoy house-made ice creams & desserts as well as expertly crafted cocktails using nothing but freshly-squeezed juices. The Red Onion also boasts the region’s most extensive wine2/05

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by-the-glass program. Closed Weds. Dinner Daily 5pm. (845) 679-1223. The River Grill

Enjoy a first class meal as you gaze out on the Hudson River and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Our outstanding culinary staff has over 40 years experience. We take pride in preparing for you a fresh eclectic American meal. Our top servers and bartenders will provide you with an impeccable dining experience. 40 Front St., Newburgh. (845) 561-9444. Soul Dog

Featuring a variety of hot dogs, including preservative free and vegetarian hot dogs, chili, soup, sides, desserts & many gluten free items prepared in house. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-4pm. Redefining the hot dog experience! 107 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY. (845) 454-3254. Terrapin

Since opening in 1998, in its original West Hurley location, Terrapin has received glowing reviews for chef/owner Josh Kroner’s creative menu, as well as one of the highest Zagat ratings in the Hudson Valley. Chef Kroner’s menu utilizes international flavors including Asian, Southwestern, and Italian, with classical French technique. Rhinebeck. (845) 876-3330. Yanni’s Restaurant & Cafe

Specializing in authentic, homemade Greek cuisine. Vegetarian and traditional American favorites. Gyros, Souvlaki, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Spanakopita, Tyropita, Veggie Wraps, Mythological Platters, homemade Greek desserts. All prepared fresh daily. Catering available. Bring the whole family. Open daily. New Paltz. (845) 256-0988. WINE & LIQUOR Olde Mill Wine & Spirits

Unique, handcrafted wines from all over the globe. We taste every wine before we buy it and are partial to family-owned and worked wineries. You’ll find exceptional and unusual liquors, plus longstanding favorites. Great values, stunning wines, liquors, &related stuff. Open Mon.-Sat. till 7pm. Come see us. Drink Outside the Box! 6390 Mill St. (Route 9), Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-5343. 2/05

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That Man’s Father Brothers and sisters I have none, But that man’s father is my father’s son.

This juvenile riddle, recollected by Nick Flynn midway through his unflinching, best-selling memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City confounds me, so I ask the award-winning poet to explain it.


ictures help. Draw a stickman,” he orders, as if we have entered into a game of hangman. Convinced that the key to Flynn’s edgy imagination hinges on unlocking this filial mystery, I comply. That he sits calmly self-assured, sipping cappuccino in the fantastical White Rabbit coffeehouse in Red Hook, reinforces the challenge. As an acquaintance of mine at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the early 1980s, Flynn once seemed inscrutable and distant. His memoir reveals that during those days, while he worked odd jobs for drug runners and slowly slipped into substance abuse, his mother committed suicide. After dropping out of college, Flynn spent the next few years dwelling either on a shaky houseboat or in a warehouse in Boston’s then notorious red-light district, known as the Combat Zone. The specter of his absent father, a self-proclaimed poet and con artist, who for stretches of time slept outdoors or in ATMs, hung over him. Supplying “the abridged story” of these events, Flynn writes: “I worked with the homeless from 1984 until 1990. In 1987 my father became homeless, and remained homeless for nearly five years.” The instability and uncertainty of this familial history is echoed in Flynn’s structurally unconventional tale. A darkly comedic, nonlinear miscellany of prose mixed with dramatic, epistolary and other literary forms, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (W.W. Norton, 2004) features a cast of eccentrics, their crisscrossed episodes delineated like boxes of a hopscotch


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court into 81 sections (e.g., “funeral, unattended,” “barefoot motorcycle,” and “vodka, stamps, flowers”). These discrete units chart emotionally unstable terrain in which fractured players repeatedly step on a crack. Haphazardly raised during the early 1960s with an older brother (Thaddeus) by a young mother (Jody) in Scituate, Massachusetts, Flynn writes: “What I remember is that every six months for the first five years of my life we moved, but all within the same town, like we each had one foot nailed to the sidewalk.” The book’s variably connectable sections also cement its two principal storylines. The first traces Nick’s hard-knocks maturation from childhood through his career as a caseworker in a Boston homeless shelter. The second narrative speculates about the circumstances that lead to his phantom father, Jonathan Flynn, showing up for a bed at his then 27year-old son’s workplace—only the third time Nick had ever laid eyes on the man. Prior to this, he’d received strange letters from Jonathan, who claimed to have written a novel, The Button Man, based on a job he held while doing time in the Palm Beach County Jail. “Some part of me knew he would show up, that if I stood in one place long enough he would find me, like you’re taught to do when you’re lost,” Flynn ruminates in his memoir, reflecting on the reunion with Jonathan. “But they never taught us what to do if both of you are lost, and you both end up in the same place, waiting.” Gesturing toward my now completed diagram of stickmen and arrows (illustrating “that man” as the son of the riddle’s “I”), Nick relates it to Another

Bullshit Night in Suck City (a phrase favored by Jonathan to describe life on the streets). “The point is to open [the biography] up to further mysteries, not to solve anything,” he says. “I worked on the tone of the book by cutting out answers. It seems very limiting to give an answer that’s only one of many possible answers.” Sleuthing by degrees in varying directions, the memoirist instead raises questions: Did his greatgrandfather really invent a patented life raft? Did his father (as Jonathan obsessively insists) ever complete a novel? Why did his mother, Jody, commit suicide? Why does anyone drink? (Once, answering a college survey, Nick unhesitatingly answered, “I drink to get drunk.”) Long since sober, and physically fit, the writer now quips, “Swimming is my Prozac.” Addressing matters like sobriety versus drunkenness, Flynn ably elevates the personal to the universal, a talent showcased in the inventive litany “same again,” which for five straight pages lists nothing but drinking terms and phrases. “While the book was in progress, I’d share bits of this chapter at readings, and people from the audience would come up after and hand me more words on slips of paper,” he explains. This kicky assemblage recommends the book’s technique overall. “There’s a lot of genre-blending,” Flynn says of this postmodern pastiche. “I also wanted to make the book readable. I didn’t want it to be merely experimental for the sake of being experimental.” But make no mistake: the author can produce chronologically straightforward narrative, evidenced by “The Button Man,” a bricolage of material gleaned from Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and reconstituted as a

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magazine article. “It’s a New Yorker piece; they have their own style. It took me about five months,” Flynn tells me. In contrast, he devoted nearly a decade to its full-length counterpart. “I started to write Another Bullshit Night in Suck City 10 years to the day my father walked into the shelter,” the author says. The project took shape in the course of videotaped encounters with Jonathan that Nick recorded and transcribed from 1995 to 1997; excerpts which were later broadcast on National Public Radio’s “This American Life.” Initially, he wrote for an hour or two a day, letting individual pieces “come out” and a narrative arc emerge. “I’m not a novelist; that’s not how my memory works,” Flynn maintains. “Memories don’t come to me as seamless narratives, but as fragments. So the first few years, I gathered vignettes to see what I could remember around my father’s homelessness and my childhood. It was to see the arc of his life and my life, and if they ended up in the same place.” He was simultaneously writing poetry, echoed in the lyrical cadences of his prose. Flynn began writing creatively during his 20s, but his literary indoctrination started with childhood trips to a musty bookshop in Scituate with his maternal grandmother, who perused “fat and lurid” romance novels. There Flynn purchased his first book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, reading it through one night during fifth grade, the same year he memorized Poe’s “The Raven.” Cultivating a love of mysteries, he penned one during junior high. Then, like a surprise witness in a murder trial, unexpected encouragement arrived. Writing of the first-ever letter he received, at age 16, from his father, Flynn confesses, “I learned that he called himself a writer, [and] I was already on my way, though perhaps part of me latched on to the chance to outdo him.” Case closed. Nick Flynn eventually completed an undergraduate degree in 1990, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. With work published in venerable journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and New England Review, he landed prestigious artist residencies and captured the coveted Discover/The Nation Award for Poetry in 1999. A year later he released the lyrically evocative collection Some Ether (Graywolf Press), which won more awards and fellowships. Next, he delivered Blind Huber (Graywolf Press, 2002), and read from it at the 2003 Woodstock Poetry Festival. Some Ether revisits the poet’s unsettling childhood, including his mother’s suicide. Consciously departing from these themes, Blind Huber offers a unified sequence of persona poems based upon Francois Huber, a sightless, 18th-century French beekeeper. “We don’t know if the bees really talk or if it’s just Huber’s imagination,” Flynn states of these visually compact poems. But creating Huber’s indeterminate


ontology within deliberately imposed spatial confines helped unleash the characters (particularly Nick and Jonathan) and stylistic strategies of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Nakedly self-aware yet devoid of self-pity, Flynn’s spirited coming-of-age chronicle has earned rave reviews in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post and Esquire, and appears destined for big-screen adaptation. As disclosed in the Hollywood Reporter last November, Flynn has sold movie rights to Columbia Pictures, a logical turn of events, given his project’s multimedia roots. Flynn also contributed to documentary filmmaker Hubert Sauper’s prizewinning feature Darwin’s Nightmare, which explores the effects of globalization. Ever the writer-activist, Flynn offers, “In this country, right now, there’s this perception called ‘the Other’—Muslim/Christian, Red States/Blue States, homeless/not homeless—which seems divisive and dan-

gerous in some way. I hope the book breaks that down even slightly for people, to complicate this ‘Other.’” Along with work on new poems, Flynn has lined up numerous featured appearances at literary festivals. Last year, he purchased a house in the Hudson Valley’s Athens—the first he has ever owned. About this monumental step, the onetime peripatetic, perennially unsettled social worker states simply, “I’m trying to write about what that experience is like.” Presently, Nick continues to see his father, Jonathan, every few months. According to the younger Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City has given the elder a reason to hold himself together. “His picture and name have appeared in the Boston Globe,” Nick relates. “Maybe his book will get published now. It needs work. He’s of the Ginsberg first-thought, best-thought school. He’s a good writer, just not a very diligent one.” Luckily for us, the opposite remains true of that man’s son.


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books from local writers + independent presses.

viking, january 2005, $29.95


This exemplary anthology features two striking poems by first-prize winner Nancy Baker Rullo and diverse offerings by Will Nixon, Leo Vanderpot, Nancy W. Beard, Matthew J. Spireng, Andre Moul Ross, James Finn Cotter, David Appelbaum, Linda Melick, Raymond B. Anderson, Bobbi Katz, Kate Hymes, and Geri Rosenzweig.


SUNY professor and Chronogram contributor Uchmanowicz portrays a “year-rounder’s” Cape Cod of fickle weather, untimely deaths, and gritty sensuality. Her taut, precise poems are vivid enough to grab a reader at first sight and rich enough to reward a second reading. Book design by Chronogram art director Carla Rozman.


This award-winning Chatham author’s 19th poetry collection is a meditation on the elusive bond between fathers and sons. In this suite of 60 poems, Kherdian evokes his Armenian father through plainspoken recollections of poignant details: a heavy gray coat, the way he combed his eyebrows, his signature X.


Japan has National Living Treasures; Woodstock has Ed Sanders. The founding Fug, idiosyncratic man of letters, and unregenerate gadfly has gathered 15 of his overtly political poems under the welcoming banner of Shivastan, which craft-prints limited edition chapbooks in Nepal. Contact


Amy “Uzi” Ouzoonian, who freelances for this magazine, spins feisty and provocative riffs on such “outsider” topics as addiction, caring for the profoundly disabled, masturbation, and rape. Even on the page, her work has the jagged, raw energy of a spoken-word performance.


Lerner’s geographical turf is the Lower East Side, her emotional turf the defiant New York loneliness which refuses to give up hope in a city where “A jazz band out of Brighton Beach/is tuning up the July heat...” She will return to the Colony Cafe as a featured reader in August.

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Jared Diamond


ollapse is about human societies’ ability to recognize, engage with, and avoid catastrophic failure. The author focuses on resource and environmental failure in particular. Diamond’s previous, Pulitzer-winning book, Guns, Germs and Steel, debunked racial explanations for cultural success and is an important work of modern science. Diamond’s books are strikingly original, carefully researched, and free of polemic. An antidote to the right’s know-nothing corporate boosterism and denial, and the left’s wishful thinking and anti-science, his ideas are criticized and lauded by both sides. In Collapse, Diamond establishes five criteria to analyze historic and modern socities: environmental damage, climate change, hostile neighbors, friendly trade partners (any of which can be significant) and a society’s response to environmental problems (always significant). Diamond is a superb guide for his world tour, tracking the fates of Montana, Easter Island, Greenland (especially fascinating), New Guinea, Japan, the Anasazi and more, applying his five criteria to explain failure and success. Stories unfold of unappreciated innovation (prehistoric New Guinea’s invention of silviculture), societal self-transformation (Japan has reforested over 70 percent of its islands), and brute force success (China’s enforced family planning achieved an enviable 1.3 percent population growth). It is also the most coldly sobering book on the environment ever written. China is a train wreck, environmentally speaking. Average blood lead levels exceed western limits for developmental impairment. There is only a small fraction of viable agricultural land left. The Chinese will have plowed under their largest wetland within a decade. And their seacoast fisheries are nearly gone from siltification and pesticide buildup. And there is little hope for change. Every society has the natural resources it was dealt, as well as the natural weakness (poor soil, slow tree growth, inadequate water, etc.). Diamond demonstrates that similar societies meet different fates—or not—based on their willingness to adapt or their hubris in refusing to do so. All societies have in common, however, a certainty that they are doing enough. Diamond gives us the means to test that optimism. —Greg Correll

Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales Valerie Paradiz Basic Books, 2005 $23.00


ost of the original Grimm’s fairy tales would never be allowed into the modern school library. They drip with gore, reek of barely concealed sexuality, and make their Disney descendants look as exciting as instant mashed potatoes. I was a fortunate child—my parents let us hear and read some of the less-censored versions—and despite the foreignness of enchantments and monarchies, I remember feeling that vivid zing that comes when you’re exposed to art.

No talking purple dinosaurs or any such guff—these were stories about children with big problems, solving them as best they could. Courage, honesty, and a kind heart prevailed. Noted German scholar and Catskills resident Valerie Paradiz takes us back in time to the world of the Brothers Grimm, and makes an interesting observation: these were largely women’s stories, passed from woman to woman. Male children undoubtedly listened to them, but given that women tended children and told them stories, it was the women of the community who safeguarded tales of magic, mystery, and morality and passed them on. And it was to women that the men of the Grimm family turned when they decided—in the honorable populist spirit of the German Romantic era—that the tales of the people were worth preserving for the ages. Left fatherless at an early age, the Grimm boys (who come across as rather friendly and affectionate) made the novel choice to listen to the women around them and thereby ended up creating themselves a place in history. It was not an easy time to be female—or male, what with the Napoleonic wars and so on. Women, especially poorer ones, had the right to shutup and behave, and that was about it—a point those old tales drove home over and over. Paradiz points this out without belaboring it, capturing many telling details about the period while neatly avoiding undue stridency. This is a book in which women forgotten by history are granted their moment in the sun, yet it steers clear of bitterness. This, Paradiz tells us, is how it was, and here’s what happened. A serious, very readable work for anybody interested in the evolution of culture, family, and the human condition. —Anne Pyburn

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Dillinger in Hollywood: New and Selected Short Stories John Sayles

Nation Books, 2004, $13.95


emember the mute, oddly endearing extraterrestrial homeboy in Brother from Another Planet? Or the taciturn sheriff who, without any previous indication of mettle, stands up to the mining company’s hired thugs in Matewan? Or the once-upon-a-primetime star of the soaps, embittered by the accident that left her a paraplegic, in Passion Fish? You won’t meet any of them in the short stories that comprise Dillinger in Hollywood, the first such collection in more than 25 years by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director John Sayles. But the characters you will encounter—a chatty pair of registered nurses en route to visit their husbands in the slammer; a spry janitor who used to be a famous bluesman; a possibly delusional ex-employee of the Fox movie lot who is languishing in a rest home—are every bit as indelible as those you remember from the author’s films. What makes them so is not simply an assortment of tics and quirks—your standard-issue “colorful character”—but Sayles’s fierce empathy for who they are and where they happen to find themselves, which is, more often than not, at the margins of society. Sayles’s people are working people. They shuck crawfish, fall off horses for the camera, and change bedpans in crowded wards. Sayles knows and understands the hard, necessary work that makes the world stay its wobbly course, and his affection and respect for the folks who do it is unfeigned. Add to this a pitch-perfect ear for the ways that labor, class, locale, and circumstance shape a person’s speech, and a deadpan, sometimes surreal, sense of humor, and you’ve got a collection of character-driven stories that stick in the mind like overlapping bands of narrative Velcro. Although Sayles writes in his introduction that “once in a while a story idea will come to me that seems best expressed in fiction…I feel it in words, not pictures,” most of these stories do have a certain cinematic quality, especially in their quick, rhythmic snatches of dialogue and their evershifting, multifaceted mise-en-scènes. Then again, his films have always had a distinctly literary quality, which just goes to show that the work of neighbor Sayles (he’s a brother from another hamlet, in Dutchess County) is all-of-a-piece. Whether he’s looking through a lens or tickling a keyboard, this fella knows how to tell a story. —Mikhail Horowitz 2/05

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n eclectic sampling of some upcoming literary events in the Mid-Hudson

Valley. CURATED BY PHILLIP LEVINE. Send your events listings to FRIDAY, 2/4, 4PM MARLA FRAZEE Oblong Books presents the illustrator of Woody Guthrie’s New Baby Train, with folk singer Michelle Bloom. 6420 Montgomery Street (Route 9), Rhinebeck. (845) 876-0500.

SATURDAY, 2/5, 8PM POETRY ON THE LOOSE Poetry/performance & open mike with feature Phillip Levine presenting a performance piece of word & movement w/Julie Manna (dancer). Unitarian Universalist Church, 6 Orchard Street, Middletown. (845) 294-8085. Hosted by William Seaton.

SATURDAY, 2/12, 2PM WOODSTOCK POETRY SOCIETY Poets Samuel Claiborne and Terence Chiesa. Poetry reading & open mike. Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street. Hosted by Phillip Levine. Free.

TUESDAY, 2/15, 7:30PM POETRY READING & OPEN MIKE Josie Peralta & Curtis Butler. Cross Street Atelier/Gallery, 7 Cross Street, Saugerties. (845)331-6713. Hosted by Teresa Costa. $3 suggested donation.

WEDNESDAY, 2/16, 7:30PM CALLING ALL POETS SERIES Poetry reading & open mike with features: Ariele R. Brooke, Raul Maldonado; World’s End Books & Music; 532 Main Street, Beacon. Hosted by Mike Jurkovic. $2.

WEDNESDAY, 2/16, 7PM HUDSON VALLEY PUBLISHING NETWORK New Paltz Times humor columnist Mark Sherman will talk about self-publishing. Backstage Studio Productions, 323 Wall Street, Kingston. $5 includes refreshments.

WEDNESDAY, 2/23, 8PM SPOKEN WORD W/MUSIC & POETRY OPEN MIKE Danny Lanzetta performing selections from his debut record The Story of a Minute in America (w/Chris Cubeta, Jeff Berner). The New York Bagelry and Cafe; Spackenkill Plaza, Rte 9 (opp. Barnes and Noble), Poughkeepsie (845) 463-3370.

SATURDAY, 2/26, 2PM DAVE KING The author of The Ha Ha reads and signs at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

EVERY MONDAY, 7PM SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIKE Poetry/Prose/Performance w/features 2/7 Christina Starobin (w/ Michael Strong), Jeff Davis; 2/14 Josie Peralta, Burton Aldrich; 2/21 Thad Rutkowski, Sparrow; 2/28 Phillip hosts Phillip (on his near b-day) presenting a performance piece of word & movement w/Julie Manna (dancer). Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock (845) 679-5342. $3.

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Shake Hands with the Devil Roméo Dallaire carroll & graff, 2005, $16.95


he most concise description of how the world reacted to Rwanda’s blood-soaked 100 days can be found in Philip Gourevitch’s account of the genocide, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: “As far as the political, military, and economic interests of the world’s powers go, [Rwanda] might as well be Mars. In fact, Mars is probably of greater strategic concern. But Rwanda, unlike Mars, is populated by human beings, and when Rwanda had a genocide, the world’s powers left Rwanda to it.” Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil, was named the UN Force Commander for Rwanda in 1993. He was put in charge of the small multinational peacekeeping force sent in September to enforce the Arusha Peace Accords. The accords—signed by the Hutu-dominated government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Tutsi-led insurgent force—laid out the framework for a broad-based transitional government and an end to civil war. Before the accords could be implemented, however, a plane carrying the president of Rwanda, the Hutu moderate Juvenal Habyarimana, was shot down over the capital, Kigali on the night of April 6, 1994. The genocide had begun. Dallaire attempted daily to persuade his superiors at the UN in New York to reinforce his tiny peacekeeping unit and authorize the use of deadly force to protect civilians. The authorization never came, and no reinforcements arrived—only explanations of what the UN force couldn’t do. Dallaire and his UN troops were forced to sit on their hands as Rwanda became a charnel house; the limited rescue missions they ran—a few hundred here, a dozen there—pale in comparison to the scope of the killing. Shake Hands with Devil is at its best when bearing witness in this way, as Dallaire’s impassioned eye-of-the-hurricane prose reads as if, between every line, he had scribbled in invisible ink: never again. The book ends on an optimistic, if haunting note. Future peacekeeping missions with a clear mandate can be successful, Dallaire states, if the world can find the will. “After nearly a decade of reliving every detail of those days,” Dallaire writes, “I am still certain that I could have stopped the madness had I been given the means.” —Brian K. Mahoney



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no accounting for

SUCCESS Some time ago, a good friend of mine opened a small bookstore. It was the culmination

of many years’ effort, and he had high hopes for its success. Although independent bookstores were dying out like delicate flowers overrun by big weedy chain stores, he believed he’d found just the right location and specialty—a niche where he could survive and prosper. He created a beautiful little shop, which was both a temporary haven for the weary and a treasure trove of good books. But in spite of his planning and hard work, he couldn’t make his business viable financially. After a long struggle, he finally had to let it go. When I asked him how he was dealing with the store’s failure, he said, “I’m not sure it was a failure exactly.” I braced myself for some kind of positivethinking screed, but he surprised me. “If you’re talking about my own hopes,” he said, “it was definitely not successful. But maybe my personal financial success wasn’t what it was for. Maybe the entire thing happened for reasons I don’t know about—to help one guy, someone who walked into the store one day six months after it opened and spent half an hour there. Maybe it helped that one person, and maybe that’s what it was for.”

of drugs. (Wasn’t acid great?) Once I saw how, if I touched one person with love, that love moved on when that person touched another, and again when that person touched someone else, and so on, until the love had traveled all around the world and touched everyone everywhere. I’m not the only one who believed this. A lot of people I knew back then felt that, whatever you did, if you did it with a pure heart,


y friend’s response was nothing short of amazing in the face of very difficult circumstances. This enterprise hadn’t been a lark. He had sunk his savings into that store and lost all of it. Now he was working two jobs and fighting hard to keep his finances together. But his reaction was not a rationale designed to save face. I knew him well enough to see that he really meant what he said. I remember a time when I too measured success differently—mostly back when I used to do a lot

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it would have a good effect in the world, and we believed that this was the most important measure of success. But I’m not a hippie anymore. I’ve become a sensible, mature adult. I gauge success and failure the “real” way, using that most grown-up measure: the bottom line. I deem something a success or a failure based on how much money it brings in. As I

watch my friends and colleagues getting older, I see them making the same unspoken assessment. Even those of us who have managed to pursue work we care about are not viewed as successful unless we’ve figured out a way to make it pay. A video producer I know says, “You’re supposed to make money, and if you don’t, it’s like there’s something wrong with you. We talk as if other things were more important, but we don’t really believe they are.” Given this intense pressure to evaluate ourselves solely in financial terms, maintaining another measure of worth can be a radical political act, requiring a great deal of effort and energy. The quest for “right livelihood” often comes down to a choice between doing what’s right versus actually having a livelihood. Reconciling the two isn’t easy; but maybe, when we tally up how we’re doing, we overlook a more radical demarcation of success. Maybe when the work we’ve done has failed on the financial level, it has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams on a level that is, actually, beyond our wildest dreams. Maybe on that level we are all constantly succeeding and failing in ways in which we are completely unaware. I’m not saying there’s some cosmic book of judgment wherein we’re all being evaluated. I’m talking about simply acknowledging that we don’t know everything. We don’t know what our kids are thinking, we don’t know if recycling

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really makes a difference, and we don’t know whether, perhaps, in the quietest moment, when we did the smallest good thing, we didn’t effect a change of tremendous importance.


know an artist who writes and illustrates children’s books. At a point when her career was in a slow phase, a small dance troupe in Minneapolis asked her if they could turn one of her books into a performance. They couldn’t afford to pay. She gave them permission, but admitted to me that it felt like another reminder of her failure to make the big-time. She was on her way to the airport to attend the opening of this show when her purse was stolen. She hurriedly borrowed the money for another ticket and managed to make the plane. By the time she got to the theater she was frazzled and anxious. The whole thing felt difficult and fraught with disappointment. Waiting for the show to start, she thought, “Maybe this was all a mistake. Maybe it’s never going to work out the way I want it to. Maybe I really am a failure.” Then the lights went down and she watched as her book came alive. The production was brilliant. At the end of the performance, the audience joined with the troupe on stage and everyone danced together. She saw real live human beings enter the world she had created. She saw them being transformed within it. “I

don’t care what it cost,” she told me. “I would have paid anything for that experience.” Beyond money, the artist’s talent and vision had purchased this event—a visible example of the shining, delicate web of influence that connects us all. Listening to her story, I remembered the vision I’d had, all those years ago, of a network of infinite effect. I thought about my friend’s bookstore, and how maybe one day someone had indeed wandered in, feeling low and discouraged. Maybe, while thumbing through a book, that person came upon a paragraph that spoke directly to him. And maybe he took a deep breath and suddenly felt the precious, unspeakable thing that was his life—that moment, that beat of his heart, unqualified, and awake. The web flows in unseen threads that ripple through the ether. If you create the best bookstore you can, or write the best book you can, or spend one hour with a child and really listen to what she has to say, its strands will vibrate with your influence. Maybe you’ll get to see the results, like the artist did as the dancing surrounded her, but probably you won’t. In either case, standard accounting practices don’t apply. Your legacy is beyond appraisal. All you can know is that you have touched someone who then will touch another. In a way that can only be imagined, the check is in the mail.


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whole living 

ainkillers ake aeating the vioxx void mucking around with physiology is rarely a tidy procedure. it would be nice to know that the medicines packed in a pill are going to do what they’re prescribed for and nothing more—or at least, nothing worse.


prescription drug comes with a lot of fine print, including the undesirable side effects it may cause. That information is based on problems the drug, or ones much like it, did cause in clinical trials. Warnings must be included in direct-to-consumer marketing, which is why TV commercials that praise a drug sometimes seem to undermine themselves by tacking on the downsides; and magazine ads that sing a drug’s prasies also carry a daunting biography of it—on the reverse side of the page. But the consumer rarely scrutinizes the drug’s dangers. Instead, we trust doctors to weigh the benefit/harm tradeoff for us, even though drug companies market to them feverishly. We got a reminder recently that taking prescription drugs is risky, not just becuase they are potent physiological interlopers, but also because of how they are tested and marketed. And while the FDA has standards and procedures to establish the safety of the drugs, the system isn’t perfect. Even if it were, it’s not possible to know everything that might happen over the long haul. The case of a group of painkillers known as cox-2 inhibitors—Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra—is a reminder of that. In the past couple of months they have, in a small percentage of cases, been killing people instead of pain. In September of last year, Vioxx was withdrawn from the market and from all ongoing studies by its maker, Merck, because of accumulating evidence that it was causing heart attacks and strokes, some of them fatal. In December, Celebrex, from Pfizer, was removed from a clinical trial (and since then, from a few more) because of increased heart attacks, but it is still on the market; Pfizer stopped advertising Celebrex directly to consumers in December as

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well. The third cox-2 inhibitor, Bextra, also from Pfizer, is also still available but under scrutiny as well. Celebrex is still being taken by thousands of people in nearly 70 clinical trials, according to the NIH’s online database ( Most of the studies are testing it as a cancer preventative among healthy people or an adjunctive treatment for people already being treated for cancer, because the drug reduced precancerous colon polyps in a study conducted late in the 1990s. Though some Celebrex studies have been suspended, patients with end-stage or recalcitrant cancer have little to lose by staying on the drug. (The single listed study using Bextra for treatment of cancer pain has been completed.)

new drugs on the block Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra are newcomers to a diverse group of pain-relieving drugs called NSAIDs—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are unique in their ability to specifically inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2), an enzyme central to the body’s production of prostaglandins, prostacyclins, and thromboxanes. Those chemicals have multiple and complex actions within the body, but notable among them is causing contraction of muscle in many internal organs. For example, prostaglandins cause the contraction of the uterus during labor (and menstruation). They also regulate constriction of muscle within blood vessels, thereby influencing blood flow and blood pressure. Another action of these chemicals is increasing the fluid that accumulates in injured tissue, leading to swelling and pain. Many common over-the-counter painkillers—aspirin, indomethacin (Indocin), ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve)—are also NSAIDs, and they /

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also inhibit the cox-2 enzyme. But they additionally block cox-1, a related enzyme with both overlapping and unique functions compared to cox-2. About 15 percent of people who take these NSAIDs over a long period, as they would to treat chronic pain, develop bleeding ulcers. Overall, an estimated 10 to 50 percent of people (depending on the study) can’t tolerate these drugs because of upset stomach or other gastrointestinal (GI) reactions like diarrhea, bloating, heartburn, or abdominal pain. And even though fewer than five percent of people have life-threatening complications while taking NSAIDs, the less serious side effects are enough of a problem to open a niche for drugs lacking that drawback. Enter Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra. Early studies convinced the FDA they caused fewer GI problems, presumably because at normal dosages they don’t tamper with the cox-1 enzyme and its regulation of prostaglandin synthesis in the GI tract. (There, prostaglandins stimulate production of a mucus layer that protects against the stomach’s acidity. Without it, ulcers and fatal bleeding can result.) Still, each of the cox-2 inhibitors carries a warning about the possibility of GI irritation, as do the other NSAIDs. In fact, the original claim of being kinder to the GI tract is falling into question as data from ongoing trials is evaluated and old data is reevaluated. Each of the drugs cleared the FDA’s multi-year hurdles, first showing promise in the laboratory with cells and animals, then proving safe for healthy people in clinical trials, and finally showing a power over pain and continued safety in people with medical conditions. When each drug’s maker had accrued a sufficient portfolio of studies, involving thousands of people, application was made to the FDA. Celebrex was approved in 1998, Vioxx in 1999, and Bextra in 2001. Their main use has been easing pain of osteoarthritis (age-related joint damage) and rheumatoid arthritis (an immune-system malfunction that injures joint tissue), and for short-term pain like headache and severe menstrual cramps. Doctors may also prescribe them “off-label,” meaning things for which the FDA hadn’t originally approved them, like cancer pain or fibromyalgia.

the demise of vioxx At the time of its withdrawal, Vioxx was being sold in 80 countries and generated $2.5 billion annually, with an estimated 20 million prescriptions filled in the US each

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year alone—a testament to the need and its blockbuster marketing. Merck’s stock immediately plummeted at the news, creating a jump-off-the-cliff visual in its share price graph that rose slowly back to about twothirds its value by early 2005. (Pfizer’s stock value rose slightly as Merck’s fell, but it has been on a relentless downward slope since.) The litigation factor is staggering, with Wall Street experts guessing that settlement costs for Merck will be in the tens of billions. TV commercials invite people to qualify for a case; even an online medical dictionary’s listing of “Vioxx” opens with four links to trial lawyers looking for clients. That such a stellar product could meet this fate couldn’t be foreseen by doctors, whom we seek out as experts about drugs. Certainly Merck didn’t know it would get this bad. There were signals along the way, but at what point do signals merit withdrawal? The clinical data Merck submitted to the FDA to get the drug approved had used low doses for over a year or the highest dose (50 mg) for six months without any hint of cardiovascular problems. The FDA’s drug approval team scrutinized it, knowing that early laboratory studies of Vioxx showed an enhancement of blood clotting. After the drug was approved, the first real warning signs came from a clinical trial called “Vioxx Gastrointestinal Outcomes Research” (VIGOR), which treated 8,000 patients with rheumatoid arthritis with either Vioxx or naproxen (Aleve). In 2002 the study investigators reported increased rates of myocardial infarction (heart attack) among patients on a high dose (50 mg) of Vioxx—an incidence of 0.5 percent compared to 0.1 percent among patients given naproxen. That incidence rate sounds tiny, but when multiplied by millions of people in the general population, could mean thousands of heart attacks. The FDA slapped a precaution on Vioxx’s labeling because of that, explained Dr. Sandra Kweder, Deputy Director of the Office of New Drugs at the FDA, in a statement before the US Senate’s Committee on Finance in November of 2004. “FDA approved extensive labeling changes to reflect the findings from the VIGOR study. The new label provided additional information…to reflect all that was known at the time about the potential risk of cardiovascular effects with Vioxx. The new labeling change also noted that Vioxx 50 mg was not recommended for chronic use.” That is how the process is meant to work—new warnings added as new information accrues. The FDA also had Dr. David

Graham, Associate Director for Science in its Office of Drug Safety, lead a team, in collaboration with healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente in California, to thoroughly review data from all existing cox-2 inhibitor studies, specifically looking for cardiovascular side effects. Meanwhile, a nail in Vioxx’s coffin appeared in the form of a multi-year clinical trial begun in 2001 called “Adematous Polyp Prevention on Vioxx” (APPROVe), which sought to affirm the manufacturer’s hope of discovering a cancer prevention application for the drug. But 36 months into the study, a significant increase in heart attack and stroke was discovered by the study’s independent safety board (a review strategy built into all clinical trials). On September 30 Merck announced its removal of the drug from all studies and from pharmacy shelves. In retrospect, data had given a hint of cardiovascular problems at 18 months, but not clearly enough to warrant shutting down the study. “This was the first demonstration of a difference in comparison to a placebo group and supported the previous signal seen in the VIGOR trial and some of the epidemiological studies,” Dr. Kweder explained in her November statement. The drug had never before been compared to a placebo (an inactive stand-in for the actual drug) in a large study because until then studies had been testing its ability to relieve serious pain, and giving a placebo to some participants would have been unethical. In other trials before APPROVe, comparison of Vioxx with Celebrex or another NSAID may have masked the magnitude (small though it is) of Vioxx’s risks in particular.

the graham factor The same day as Merck’s withdrawal of Vioxx, Dr. Graham presented his team’s findings in an internal FDA report: there was an unquestionable risk of heart attack or stroke with Vioxx. The report threw in some other wrenches. Celebrex was safer, and by the report’s calculations, close to 28,000 heart attacks, some of them fatal, could likely have been avoided between 1999 and 2003 if people had been taking Celebrex instead of Vioxx. Further, Vioxx was as harsh on the GI tract as anything to which it had been compared, especially at high dose. And, no data was found to support Merck’s suggestion that Vioxx’s higher heart attack rate in the VIGOR study, compared to naproxen, was not necessarily their drug’s fault. Instead,

they claimed, naproxen could actually be protecting people’s hearts, making Vioxx look bad. (A study was halted in December because of 50 percent more heart attacks or strokes among recipients of naproxen compared to Celebrex or a placebo.) Dr. Graham had earlier presented these findings at two conferences, but acquiesced to a request by his superiors at FDA to omit the strong warning in the report’s concluding statements about Vioxx (rofecoxib): “Highdose use of the drug should be ended and lower-dose rofecoxib should not be used by physicians or patients. If lower-dose rofecoxib remained on the market, physicians and patients needed to understand that risk of AMI [acute myocardial infarction, heart attack] and SCD [sudden cardiac death] were substantially increased and that there were safer alternatives.” The FDA has agreed to let Graham publish the report’s full findings in the British medical journal, Lancet, later this year. As for Celebrex, the Adenoma Prevention with Celebrex (APC) trial, terminated in December for excess fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, succumbed because of more careful data analysis by the study’s independent review board. NIH Director Elias Aerhouni said in a press release that “data from the report on rofcoxib (Vioxx) informed us of the need to focus on specific cardiovascular issues, and our Institutes brought in the experts to do so.”

the power of pain Contrary to the insistence of an action movie that people can be smashed and slammed and shot and hardly notice, in the real world even small injuries can send us to the medicine cabinet for pain relief, and chronic pain is several orders of magnitude more daunting. Unmitigated pain not only lengthens healing time of serious injuries or surgery, but can lead to depression, poor sleep and appetite, and social withdrawal. The cox-2 inhibitors were a nice addition to the painkiller palette. Their fate is not certain, but the FDA and NIH are telling patients to “consult a doctor” about whether to take the ones still on the market. Yet most doctors are in the dark about the nitty-gritty of drug trial data as much as we are. And while the FDA has created a new Safety Initiative to improve its and the medical community’s awareness of drug study data, the cox-2 story is a reminder: pharmaceuticals can be a godsend, but no one can promise they will do no harm.


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THE NATIONAL BUDDHIST PRISON SANGHA TRANSFORMING THE WORLD BREATH BY BREATH I would like to take this time to tell you a little about myself. I am 24 years old. I have spent my entire life trying to escape from reality and obtain some type of biggest fear came true when I was sent to prison...It wasn’t long before I started taking my own self-hatred out on others and was placed in solitary confinement. I was in a cell 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All day I lashed out more by breaking and burning everything I could... This happened six different times during that eightmonth period. The last time I was covered in pepper-mace with no way to wash it off. I’ve heard it said that it is darkest before the dawn. I believe that because that last trip to the hole broke me down to nothing. I didn’t want to live and I didn’t have the courage to die. All I can remember thinking is that there has to be a better way to live. —from a letter by an inmate who is a member of the National Buddhist Prison Sangha


he United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. In the beginning of 2004, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that there were almost 1.5 million people being held in state and federal prisons in the United States; others estimate that the total is now over two million. This means approximately 0.7 percent of the US population is incarcerated, compared to 0.117 percent of all Chinese. And just for the record, when our president, George W. Bush, was Governor of Texas, the rate of incarceration for that state was one percent of the population. Perhaps this is where we are headed. If so, it pays to be a Christian, for whom the Bush-backed faith-based programs are growing. Prison Fellowship Ministries, for instance, founded in 1976 by Charles Colson (who served prison time as part of the Nixon Watergate team), is gathering force. Their program, while certainly healing for many people, promises pizza, hugs, job training, and, best of all, salvation to those inmates willing to take Jesus into their hearts, or at least to say that they have. For everybody else in the prison population there is the fight for time, space, and recognition of the need to practice other religions. In the 1980s an inmate at Green Haven in Stormville wrote to John Daido Loori, Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper. He asked Loori to grant him the outside sponsorship required to have a religion recognized in New York prisons. Several years and a court case later, Zen Buddhism was recognized by the State of New York as an official religion to be allowed in the prisons. This initial battle has blossomed


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into what is now called the National Buddhist Prison Sangha (NBPS), run by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, a Zen teacher and Head of Operations at Zen Mountain Monastery. NBPS is a national network of inmates who are interested in the teachings of Zen. NBPS has developed a series of training manuals which explain the basic teachings of Zen, instructions of zazen (meditation), liturgy, and how to work with the moral and ethical teachings of Buddhism, all directed toward those practicing in prison. Volunteers also make regular visits to local prisons for zazen, Buddhist holidays, and retreats. Every week, approximately 20 letters are received by the monastery from NBPS inmates totalling over 1,000 a year. Each is answered individually either by Arnold himself or by students at the monastery who have been trained to do that work. The letters range from a barely legible, “Please help me. I am indigent,” to long, detailed, and insightful descriptions of life in prison, life before prison, and what it is like to try to practice the stillness of Zen meditation in the midst of some of the most violent communities on earth. The purpose of the correspondence is to help inmates develop a strong sitting practice, and to do what has been done for thousands of years, eye to eye, teacher to student: help people see the nature of their own minds, the ways they create their own suffering, and the way out of that suffering. These Zen students do not have the luxury of working with a teacher face to face, so the letters, often filled with desperate questions like, “Could I just be evil? And at the core unsalvageable?” are responded to with an image of the writer in mind, as though he or she were sitting in the room. And the fact that many of these writers have committed truly violent crimes makes this an additionally challenging practice, not just for the Zen students sitting in their cells, but also for those writing back who are living in a much different community, trying to identify with a very unfamiliar set of problems. When asked to describe the letters’ themes, Arnold mentions “the big three: past, present, and future.” The idea of karma is at the core of the Buddhist teachings: “What you do and what happens to you are the same thing,” as Daido Loori sums it up. This is a tough pill for anyone to swallow and truly digest. But for

offenders wishing to turn their lives around, this idea is more urgent than it might be for many of us. Inmates need answers to questions like: “Why am I in this place, and why are other people?” One particular inmate who asked that question went on to consider the future that would follow his release, and asked another question that most of us would not consider: “How can I leave this place, with the knowledge that people are still here suffering?” While the differences for those practicing Zen in and out of prison are obvious, the similarities are striking as well. In fact, Arnold says, “their limits are the limits of anybody.” Seeing the mind is often described as the most difficult thing a human being can ever do, and zazen as the great equalizer. Buddhism, and particularly Zen, is still only practiced by a handful of people both in and out of prisons, because, Arnold says, unlike the promises offered by some forms of Christianity, “Zen doesn’t save you. The teachings are fundamentally difficult, and you have to work at it.” New York State houses over 70,000 inmates. It leads the country in the use of harsh solitary confinement, and still punishes (some say tortures) inmates with a restricted “loaf” diet consisting of bread served in a bag, raw cabbage, and water—tactics which most lawmakers see as simply being tough on crime. Furthermore, many upstate Republican districts have been drawn to include prison populations as constituents, even though the census used for that purpose is supposed to count people in their residences, not in their cells. This means that the largely urban-based and Democrat inmates are being used for the purposes of Republican representation, but cannot vote. There is much more to the prison complex than meets the eye. But in the face of this sad, overwhelming, and complicated situation, the National Buddhist Prison Sangha is part of a longstanding tradition of religious organizations hearing the call to work with inmates and to advocate for prison reform. They may not be able to change the political problems overnight, and as Arnold admits, “Our work has been the individual.” But in bringing an ancient tradition to those caught in a contemporary nightmare, they are, person after person, breath by breath, transforming the world.

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ACUPUNCTURE Dylana Accolla, LAc

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 Women’s Health, 2568 Route 212, Woodstock. (914) 388-7789. Acupuncture Health Care, PC

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Peter Dubitsky, MS, LAc, an acupuncture teacher for 12 years, examiner for the national board for acupuncture (NCCAOM), and member of the NYS Board for Acupuncture. He combines acupuncture, physical medicine and traditional Asian techniques for effective treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions, and is available for acupuncture treatment of other medical conditions as well. Callie Brown, LAc, also an experienced acupuncturist specializing in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, combines her training in clinical nutrition with the latest in painless acupuncture techniques to treat the effects of aging. 108 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-7178. Stephanie Ellis, LAc, DiplCH

Ivy league graduate experienced in pain management, infertility, menopause, fibromyalgia, complementary cancer care, autoimmune conditions, and digestive diseases. Combining Chinese, Japanese, and trigger-point release needling techniques. Herbal medicine without acupuncture also offered. Special post-graduate training in classical Chinese herbal medicine. Rosendale and Beacon. (845) 546-5358. The Organic Tao, Inc.

Grace Okhiulu, RN, LAc, Diplomate Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM) combines

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Pure Sound to treat many conditions. Sound Acupuncture is a needleless technique using specially designed tuning forks, not needles. Provides certified Acupuncture Detoxification, effective for smoking cessation, certified in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal® or facial rejuvenation (needleless option available). Main Office: 515 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. (845) 473-7593. w Facial rejuvenation at Marlene Weber Day Spas. Millbrook: 2647 Rte 44, Millbrook. (845) 6771772. Patients with Physical Therapy concerns are seen at Phyllis Moriarty & Associates, 301 Manchester Rd (Rte 55) Ste 101, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. www.phyllismoriartyassociates. com. (845) 454-4137. Hoon J. Park, MD, PC

For the past 16 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 work-related injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and more by integrating physical therapy modalities along with acupuncture. Dr. Hoon Park is a boardcertified 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. 1772 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Half mile south of the Galleria Mall. (845) 298-6060. ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Judith Youett The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a simple practical skill that, when applied to ourselves, enhances coordination, promoting mental,

emotional, and physical well-being. Improve the quality of your life by learning how to do less to achieve more. Judith Youett, AmSAT. (845) 677-5871. AROMATHERAPY 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, children’s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information, contact Joan Apter, CMT. (845) 679-0512. www.joan ASTROLOGICAL CONSULTING Eric Francis: Astrological

Consultations by Phone. Special discount on follow-ups for previous clients from the Hudson Valley. (206) 854-3931. Lots to explore on the Web at ATHLETIC

BODY & SKIN CARE Absolute Laser , LLC

Absolute Laser offers commitment to beautiful skin through outstanding care and service. Offering Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, Vitalize Peel, and

Fotofacial RF. The Fotofacial RF is the next generation in high-tech skin enhancement. These gentle, no downtime treatments are used to improve cosmetic appearance of the face, neck, hands, and body. The results are brighter, smoother, more radiant and luminescent skin. This process delivers results that skin care products alone cannot do! Recover and rediscover the youth and vitality of your skin. Call for a complimentary consultation: Janice DiGiovanni, (845) 876-7100. Springbrook Medical Park, Rhinebeck. Blissful Beauty by Brenda

Relax and revive with a professional beauty treatment from Brenda Montgomery, Licensed Esthetician. Specializing in Burnham Systems Facial Rejuvenation, Belavi Facelift Massage, Anti-Aging facials, Acne treatments, and Body treatments. Also offering airbrushed makeup for a flawless, natural look for your next big event. Your skin is not replaceable; let Brenda help you put your best face forward! Call (845) 616-9818.

traditional and alternative therapy/ healing approaches, including Body-Centered Psychotherapy, IMAGO Couples’ Counseling, and Kabbalistic Healing, I aim to offer tools for self healing, to assist individuals and couples to open blocks to their softer heart energy, thereby increasing their capacity to cope, create in the world, and love. Offices in Poughkeepsie and New Paltz. (845) 485-5933. Rosen Method Bodywork

The physical body is the gateway to our emotional and spiritual being. Rosen Method uses touch and words to contact the physical tension that limits our full experience of life. As the body relaxes or releases this muscular tension, awareness of the underlying purpose of this tension can become conscious. Rosen Method provides the safety to hear from within what is true for us and to trust that truth. Transformation then becomes possible. Julie Zweig, MA. (845) 255-3566. CHI GONG/TAI CHI CHUAN Second Generation Yang

Handcrafted lotions, crèmes, and potions to nurture the skin and soul! Therapeutic oils, salves, and bath salts made with the curative properties of herbal-infused oils and pure essential oils. No petroleum, mineral oils, or chemicals are used. Host a home party! Products available at Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage, 171 Main Street, New Paltz. For a full product catalogue e-mail or call (845) 255-5207.

Spiritual alchemy practices of ancient Taoist sorcerers yielded these two treasures of internal arts. Chi Gong prepared the body to withstand rigorous training and overcome the battle with time. Tai Chi Chuan became the expression of the energy in movement and self-defense. These practices have brought health, vitality, and youthfulness to myself and my students. The only requirement is determined practice of the principles and the will to persevere. Call Hawks, (845) 687-8721.


CHILDBIRTH Catskill Mountain Midwifery

Body Central Massage and Body Therapies is a multiple-therapist massage studio offering a variety of bodywork promoting injury recovery, pain management, stress reduction, and emotional balance. Treatments are tailored to the specific needs of clients. Therapies include facials, massage, ultrasonic facials, manicures, pedicures, reiki, acupuncture, body treatments, chemical peels, waxing, henna tattooing, hot stone massage, and craniosacral therapy. 8 Livingston Street, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-7222.

See Midwifery.

Made With Love


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. 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. Also at Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center (845) 876-5556. 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. COACHING



Body of Wisdom Counseling & Healing Services. By integrating

Fairweather Coaching serving individuals & organizations

Kary Broffman, RN, CH

See Hypnotherapy. Judy Joffee, CMN, MSN

See Midwifery. CHINESE HEALING ARTS Chinese Healing Arts Center

The Wu Tang Chuan Kung Association was founded by Doctor Tzu Kuo Shih and his family for the purpose of providing the American public with instruction in the ancient Chinese arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and traditional Chinese Medicine. 264 Smith Avenue, Kingston. (845) 338-6045 or (203) 748-8107.

Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW

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

Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle, cleansing process. Clean and private office. A healthy functioning colon 2/05

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can decrease internal toxicity and improve digestion; basics for a healthy body. New Paltz, NY. (845) 256-1516. See display ad.

ing forward through. Available for sessions at my office, by phone, or at a convenient public spot. Alexis Eldridge, MS. (845) 626-7674.

CONSEGRITY Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW


Consegrity is a self-healing approach to wellness that restores balance and support to all systems, and opens the door to the body’s ability to heal. Sheila Pearl will be your guide, helping you find the best route to your health. Learn more about Consegrity and your ability to reduce stress, pursue spiritual growth, and more at Call Sheila Pearl at (845) 3210834 or (800) 240-5884. See also Coaching, Holistic Health, Integrated Energy Therapy, Life Coaching, Personal/Professional Coaching, Psychotherapy, and Spiritual. COUNSELING SERVICES Compassionate Counsel

For Difficult Times with “Life Coach” Hannah Scott. Layordained, experienced, kind, and occasionally funny, Hannah utilizes the techniques of Hakomi body-based therapy, based in non-violence and the practice of mindfulness, to release suffering and confusion into a new freedom and sense of unity. (845) 758-2113. Elizabeth Cunningham, MSC

Counselor, interfaith minister, and novelist, Elizabeth brings humor, compassion, and a deep understanding of story to a spirited counseling practice for individuals and couples. If you are facing loss, crisis in faith, creative block, conflict in relationship, Elizabeth invites you to become a detective and investigate your own unfolding mystery. 44 Schultzville Road, Staatsburg. (845) 266-4477. E-mail: Radical Truth Counsel

Radical – 1. of the root(s) 2. essential, fundamental. 3. forming the basis, primary 4. affecting the foundation, going to the root, change, cure, reform. If this is what you want from a counseling session, then I welcome you as a client. I see it as the quickest way to what we want; freedom, even though the truth is not always easy to sit with. One can learn to see it but not have to identify with it. And keep mov-

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A gentle, hands-on method for enhancing the body’s own healing capabilities through the craniosacral rhythm. Craniosacral aids in the release of stress-related conditions such as anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, depression, digestive, menstrual, and other problems with organ function, breathing difficulties, and headaches. Increase energy, reduce pain, and improve immune system function. Effective for whiplash, TMJ, sciatica, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, arthritis, low back tension, and chronic pain. Also helpful for children with birth trauma, learning difficulties, chronic ear problems, and hyperactivity. Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage, Michele Tomasicchio, LMT. (845) 255-4832. DIET Packard Weight Health

Eat Right for Your Brain Type: revolutionary, safe, scientific approach to weight loss that also reduces dangerous free radicals. We guarantee success with our unique Weight Health Plan. Your customized treatment will be tailored to your individual brain type so you lose weight, prevent weight gain, and achieve maximum wellness. Millbrook. (845) 677-2300. DREAMS & ART Earthdreams Gallery

Karen Silverstein, Dreampainter, Dreamteacher, and apprentice of Robert Moss, offers ongoing adventures in Dream Travel. Classes offered include: Beginner Active Dream classes, 1-day dream workshops, and Draw-Relax-Dream classes. Come take a class or view dream paintings on display at the Earthdreams Gallery within the Healing Arts Center of Pawling, 54 East Main St., Pawling. Call (845) 855-0550 or e-mail FENG SHUI Healing By Design

Feng Shui consultations, classes. Explore how Feng Shui can increase the flow of abundance,

joy, and well-being in your life. Create your home or office to support your goals and dreams. Contact Betsy Stang (845) 679-6347 or HEALING SCHOOLS One Light Healing Touch: Healer Training School

Join us for an empowering, life-changing, six-month, transformational training. This comprehensive program includes: Meditation, Visualization, Sound work, Breath work, Movement, Sacred Ceremony, Essential Grounding and Releasing Practices, and 33 Professional Healing Techniques. Certification: NYSNA and NCBTMB CEUs. Schools start May 20 and September 23, 2005. Special Intro weekends include: Dream Interpretation March 19-20; Self-Healing with OLHT April 29; and Distance Healing April 30-May 1. Ron Lavin, MA, founder and director of the international OLHT schools, is a respected spiritual healer with 26 years of experience. He heads seven OLHT schools in Germany and one in Rhinebeck, NY. He has worked with the NIH in Distance Healing for eight years. Appointments and Distance Healing sessions available. Call (845) 876-0259 or e-mail www.One

HEALTH & HEALING FACILITIES The Sanctuary: A Place for Healing

A quaint healing center in a quiet part of downtown New Paltz. Specializing in Craniosacral Therapy, Stress Point Release through Chiropractic, Swedish & Sports Massage, Shiatsu, and Energetic Reiki. New offerings include meditation and nutritional counseling. 5 Academy Street, New Paltz. Call for an appointment. (845) 255-3337. HEALTH PUBLICATIONS Hudson Valley Healthy Living

A comprehensive directory of Mid-Hudson health services, products, and practitioners, along with articles on health issues of interest. Published biannually (April/October) by Luminary Publishing, Inc., the creators of Chronogram, 50,000 copies are distributed in the region throughout the year. Contents are also available on the Web at Advertising deadline for the upcoming spring/summer 2005 issue is February 24th. See the Web site for advertising rates or call the HVHL sales team at (845) 334-8600. HERBS 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 & Internships.(845) 688-2122. HOLISTIC HEALTH Body of Truth

Body of Truth®: The Place for Whole Health. Body of Truth®:

The Spa at Stone Ridge. Treatment team, with over 200 years joint experience, offers unique healing approach using the mind to heal the body and the body to release the mind. Licensed practitioners offer continuity of care with local medical community. Kingston & Stone Ridge. (845) 331-1178, fax (845) 331-2955. Priscilla A. Bright, MA, Energy Healer/Counselor

Specializing in women’s stress, emotional issues, physical illness, including stress-related anxiety, depression, 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. (845) 688-7175. John M. Carroll, Healer

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. (845) 338-8420. Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW

See Consegrity. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center

See Workshops. HYPNOSIS One-Session Hypnosis with Frayda Kafka

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. Phone hypnosis, gift certificates, and groups are available. Please call me at (845) 336-4646. Offices in Kingston and Pleasant Valley. or HYPNOTHERAPY Achieve Your Goals with Therapeutic Hypnosis Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHt.

Increase self-esteem; break bad habits; manage stress; alleviate pain (e.g. childbirth, headaches, back pain); overcome fears and depression; relieve insomnia; improve study habits, public speaking, sports performance; heal through past-life journeys, other issues. Sliding scale. Certified Hypnotherapist and Counselor, two years training Therapeutic Hypnosis & Traditional Psychotherapeutic Techniques. (845)389-2302. New Paltz, Kingston. See also Psychotherapy. Kary Broffman, RN, CH

A registered nurse, with a BA in psychology since 1980, Kary is certified in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Hypnobirthing, and Complementary Medical Hypnotherapy 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 inner resources and healing potential. Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, Hyde Park. (845) 876-6753.


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Ruth Hirsch

Call me for help moving forward! What are you ready/almost ready to change? Stop smoking? Weight loss? Old patterns you realize you are repeating? I have more than 20 years experience helping people using hypnosis and teaching stress reduction. It is a comfortable, enjoyable process. Office: 44 Main Street, Kingston. Phone me, Ruth Hirsch: (845) 246-8601 or (845) 255-8601. Adele Marcus, LCSW-R, ACHT

See Psychotherapy. INFANT MASSAGE INSTRUCTION Baby Touch

Learn infant massage and gift yourself with the knowledge and skill to learn how to massage your child. Children need loving touch to grow emotionally and physically strong. Massage helps your child to relax and let go of tension. Clinical studies show that the regular use of massage helps promote faster weight gain, improves cardiac and respiratory output, and also enhances sleep patterns. Children from infancy and older can benefit from the gift of nurturing touch. For further information, please call Francine Phillips, MS.Ed.(845) 485-7106 or Nancy Pate, OTR/L, CIMI (845) 296-0739. INTEGRATED ENERGY THERAPY Integrated Energy Therapy

IET heals with the pure energy of SPIRIT and the gifts of the angels. Suppressed emotions, limiting beliefs, and past-life memories are cleared from the Energy Anatomy on a cellular level. Remember and LIVE the true expression of your soul’s purpose. Also combining Spiritual Guidance, IET, and Massage. 15 years experience. Dona Ho Lightsey, LMT, IET Master. New Paltz. (845) 256-0443. dona_ho_lightsey.asp. Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW

Reverend Kevin Kraft, Interfaith Minister

Sacred Intimate Joyful. “Honor Tradition and Have the Ceremony You Want.” Together we develop a meaningful ceremony that expresses who you are while considering sensitive concerns. Personal attention to details ensures your needs are thoughtfully addressed and creates a joyful ceremony expressing your vision completely. Weddings, Unions, Renewals, Rites of Passage, and Spiritual Counseling. Hudson Valley Interfaith Fellowship. 89 N. Front Street, Kingston. (845) 338-8313. E-mail: JEWISH MYSTICISM/ KABBALAH Chabad of Woodstock

Providing Jewish people from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience the depth and soul of the Jewish teachings and vibrant way of life. Offering Jewish resources, workshops, gatherings, and classes. Rabbi Yisroel Arye and Ilana Gootblatt, co-directors. (845) 679-6407. JIN SHIN-JYUTSU Kenneth Davis, CPLT

See Psychotherapy. MASSAGE THERAPY 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, children’s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information, contact Joan Apter, CMT. (845) 6790512. http:// joanapter.younglivingworld. com.

See Consegrity. INTERFAITH MINISTRIES Elizabeth Cunningham, MSC

See Counseling Services. Ione, Director, Ministry of Maat, Inc.

Spiritual and Educational organization with goals of fostering world community. (845) 339-5776.

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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 body’s healing process. A session may include all or just one, modality. No

Monica Sequoia Neiro, LMT

Self-Healing through Bodywork Massage tailored to the individual, promoting your body’s healing response. I am certified in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic massage, as well as Zen Shiatsu Acupressure, Craniosacral Energy Work, and TMJ treatment. Pregnancy cushion. Gift certificates available. GREAT SHOWER OR WEDDING GIFT! See ad for Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center. Rhinebeck. Cell (845) 300-3569, (845) 876-5556. Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Leigh Scott is a licensed Shiatsu Massage Therapist with 20 years experience and a former teacher at the Ohashi Institute in New York City. Leigh uses her skills and knowledge of Shiatsu as well as Reflexology and Polarity to give a very satisfying hour-long massage. (845) 679-3012. MEDITATION Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch

See Yoga. 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. (845) 688-2228.

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accepted. Gift certificates available. By appointment only. 171 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-4832.

MIDWIFERY 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. Homebirth and Gynecology Practice of Judy Joffee, CNM

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, 2/05

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A group designed especially for teenage girls focusing on issues of adolescence: relationships, school, dealing with parents, coping with teen stress, and more. Group sessions include expressive art activities - it‛s not all talk!

Tuesday Evenings New Paltz, New York

Facilitator: Amy Frisch, CSWR some insurances accepted • space is limited (914) 706-0229 for more information

and self-determination await you. No cost consultation. Also offering school, work, and general physicals for all ages. Call for no cost telephone consultation. (845) 255-2096.

9am-9pm daily. 10am-7pm Sundays. Bradley Meadows Shopping Center, Woodstock. (845) 679-5361.

NATURAL FOODS Healthy Gourmet To Go

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. Call Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center: (845) 876-5556.

Try our colossal coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate or our delectable pan-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. Organic Nectars

Organic Nectars is dedicated to offering some of the highest quality culinary and nutritional organic food products available. We’re now showcasing our 100 percent raw, organic Agave sweetener—a delicious low-glycemic syrup from the American Aloe Cactus, prized by raw food chefs and others into cuttingedge, health-conscious haute cuisine. Our Agave is certified organic and kosher, and is great for anyone monitoring sugar intake or interested in a natural, raw sweetener. And since sweetness loves richness, don’t pass up our 100 percent raw, organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil—a stonecrushed, cold-pressed, decanted and unfiltered domestic variety with a beautiful buttery flavor. Our products are always certified organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, chemical-free, and low glycemic. Ask for Organic Nectars products at your favorite health food or gourmet store. Or call us at (845) 246-0506 or e-mail Organic Nectars, Woodstock, NY. Sunflower Natural Food Market

At Sunflower we know the food we eat is our greatest source of health. Sunflower carries certified organic produce, milk, cheeses, and eggs; non-irradiated herbs and spices; clean, pure organic products to support a healthy lifestyle; large selection of homeopathic remedies. Sunflower Natural Foods is a complete natural foods market. Open

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Creating Wellness for individuals and businesses. Nutrition counseling: combining traditional and integrative solutions to enhance well-being. Health Fairs for Businesses wanting to improve employees’ productivity. Providing help with diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, weight loss, digestive support, women’s health, and pediatric nutrition. Many insurances accepted. Offices in New Paltz and Kingston. Call (845) 255-2398 for an appointment. Jill Malden, RD, CSW

Prominent Nutritionist specializing in eating behavior and eating disorders for 15 years. Warm, nonjudgmental treatment. Understand the effects of nutrition on your mood, anxiety level, cravings, concentration, energy level, and sleep, in addition to body weight. Recover from your eating issues and enjoy a full life! 199 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 489-4732. OSTEOPATHY Applied Osteopathy

Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO. Drs. Tieri and Rosen are New York State Licensed Osteopathic physicians specializing in Cranial Osteopathy. As specialists in Osteopathic manipulation, we are dedicated to the traditional philosophy and hands-on treatment of our predecessors. We have studied with Robert Fulford, DO, Viola Freyman, DO, James Jealous, DO, and Bonnie Gintis, DO, and completed a two-year residency

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in Osteopathic Manipulation. We treat newborns, children, and adults. 257 Main Street, New Paltz, (845) 256-9884. 138 Market Street, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-1700. By Appointment. For more info call or visit PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL COACHING Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW

See Consegrity. PHYSICIANS Women Care Center

Empowerment through information. Located in Rhinebeck and Kingston. Massage and acupuncture available. Gynecology—treating our 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 BODYCODE

Pilates & Gyrotonic work refreshes and integrates, forming the basis for deep, transformative body/mind work. Strengthening, lengthening, and organizing our basic structures. Inhabiting our bodies in a balanced, skillful, and graceful way. In all tasks a well-trained body is at work, a poorly trained one is overworking. We can retrain the body so it thinks not just better but differently, more efficiently, coherently, and organically. 103 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 263-5161 or (917) 715-8665. PSYCHOLOGISTS Carla J. Mazzeo, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist offering psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. I have experience working with trauma, mood disturbances, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, eating/body image difficulties, alcohol/substance concerns, teenage problems, relationship difficulties, sexuality issues, or general selfexploration. Dream work also available. New Paltz location. (845) 255-2259. Reduced fee for initial consultation.

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Mark L. Parisi, PhD

Licensed psychologist. Offering individual psychotherapy for adults. Specializing in gay men’s issues, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment, issues related to aging, disordered eating, body image, sexual identity, and personal growth. Medicare and some insurance accepted. 52 South Manheim Boulevard, New Paltz. (845) 255-2259. Jonathan D. Raskin, PhD

Licensed psychologist. Insightoriented, meaning-based, problem-focused, person-centered psychotherapy for adults and adolescents facing problems including, but not limited to, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, family issues, career concerns, depression, anxiety, loneliness, and bereavement. 199 Main Street, New Paltz. Free initial consultation. Sliding scale. (845) 257-3471. Diane L. Weston, PhD, CPP Health Education Counselor

Specializing in treating addiction disorders. Over 25 years experience using alternative, interdisciplinary, counseling approaches to substance abuse and other stress-related behaviors. Integrating Cognitive, Behavioral, and Humanistic interventions to motivate Harm Reduction. Discreet location. Affordable rates. Sliding fee scale. Half rate for initial consultation. (845) 242-3857 or 452-2811. PSYCHOTHERAPY

Kent Babcock, MSW, CSW 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. Judith Blackstone, MA

Subtle Self Work is a transformative practice integrating nondual spiritual realization, psychological healing, and awakening the energy/light body. Private sessions for individuals and couples, weekly classes, monthly meditation retreats, teacher/certification trainings. Judith Blackstone, MA, author of The Enlightenment Process and Living Intimately, director of Realization Center, Woodstock. (845) 679-7005. 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. NYSlicensed. Experience working with trauma victims, including physical and sexual abuse. Educator on mental health topics. Located in New Paltz, one mile from SUNY. (845) 255-4218.

Ruth Hirsch

Couples, Individual, Family Counseling. Use my 20 years experience to move forward and feel better about your life! Comfortable, effective work. Extensive training in stress reduction, phobias, parent-child and family issues, Gottman Institute Advanced Couples Therapy Training. Office at 44 Main Street, Kingston. Phone me, Ruth Hirsch: (845) 2468601 or (845) 255-8601. Dr. Rita E. Kirsch Debroitner, PhD

Certified clinical social worker. A Holistic Psychotherapist, Biofeedback Specialist, and WholePerson Fertility Practitioner. Successful program helps children and adults overcome ADD without medication. Change starts from within! Available for long-distance and out-of-state consultations and appointments. (845) 876-3657 or (800) 9584-ADD. Peter M. del Rosario, PhD

Licensed psychologist. Insightoriented, 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. 199 Main Street, New Paltz. Free initial consult. Sliding scale. (914) 262-8595.

James Cancienne, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist offering adult psychotherapy and couple’s counseling. Jungian-based psychotherapy for people in crisis, those with ongoing mental health difficulties, and those wishing to expand their personality and gain greater satisfaction from their relationships and work. Some insurance accepted and sliding scale. Hudson. (518) 828-2528.

Rachael Diamond, CSW,CHt

Andrea Grumbine, MFA, MS, ATR Beyond Words

Eidetic Image Therapy

Psychotherapy that engages the healing potential of the creative process through art therapy, psychodramatic techniques, and sand play. Individual sessions for children, adolescents, and adults. Ongoing Open Studio Workshops combine art and writing for self-directed inner work. No art experience needed. New Paltz. (845) 255-8830.

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 insurance accepted. Office convenient to New Paltz and surrounding areas. (845) 883-9642. A fast moving, positive psychotherapy that gets to problem areas quickly and creates change by using eidetic (eye-DET-ic) images to promote insight and growth. The eidetic is a bright, lively picture seen in the mind like a movie or filmstrip. It is unique in its ability to reproduce important life events in exact detail, revealing both the cause and solution of prob2/05

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lem areas. Dr. Toni Nixon, EdD, director. Port Ewen. (845) 339-1684. 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. Located in New Paltz. (914) 706-0229. Irene Humbach, CSW, CBT

See Body-Centered Therapy. Ione

Author and psychotherapist: Qigong, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, and Dreams. Specializing in the creative process. Healing retreats, Local and Worldwide. (845) 339-5776. Adele Marcus, LCSW-R, ACHT

Life Design: Creative Healing. Heart/Body/Mind-centered psychotherapy. Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, Expressive Arts. Fifteen years experience working with adults/youth, families, and groups; anxiety/fear, depression, abuse/trauma, addictions, grief, spirituality. Honoring the Soul women’s group/workshops; expressive movement classes. New Paltz. (845) 255-9717. Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW

See Consegrity. Dr. Nancy Rowe, PhD, CET

Heart Centered Counseling & Expressive Arts TherapyEmotional healing for children and adults using talk, imagery, sandplay, expressive arts, and/ or movement. Background in transpersonal psychology, play therapy, family therapy, spiritual guidance, authentic movement, and expressive arts therapy. Offices in Woodstock and Kingston. Call Nancy, (845) 6794827. 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

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Richard Smith, CSW-R, CASAC

Potential-Centered Therapy (PCT) alters thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that block growth. A psycho-dynamic approach incorporating NLP, EMDR, and hypnosis, PCT resolves addictions, trauma, limiting beliefs, and destructive behaviors. Twenty years experience and a gentle spirit guide you through an accelerated process of profound healing. Gardiner. (845) 256-6456. richardsmithcsw@ Judy Swallow, MA, TEP

Integrative body/mind therapist using Rubenfeld synergy and psychodrama in her work with individuals, couples, groups, and families. Inquire for workshops and training, as well as therapy. New Paltz. (845) 255-5613. Lee TenEyck, CSW-R

Dynamic, growth-oriented psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and adolescents. Engage in a collaborative, supportive process geared toward making effective, positive changes in your life and your relationships. Offices in Kingston and New Paltz. Weekend appointments available. (845) 255-3895. Wellspring

Heart-centered therapy for healing the body, mind, and emotions. Improve relationships, release the past, heal the inner child through personal empowerment.(845) 255-6482. SCHOOLS & TRAINING Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

ITP is an accredited graduate psychology school offering clinical and nonclinical certificates, MA and PhD degrees. The curriculum combines mind, body, and spiritual inquiry with scholarly research and self discovery. Graduates have strong clinical skills and can communicate in a variety of complex relational circumstances. (650) 493-4430. SHIATSU Leigh Scott

See Massage Therapy. SPAS & RESORTS Body of Truth

Body of Truth®: The Place for Whole Health. Body of Truth®: The Spa at Stone Ridge. Voted Mid-Hudson Valley’s #1 health spa. Luxury & Necessity combined. Professionally licensed experienced practitioner team provides the most comprehensive list of services and pure organic products. Stone Ridge location offers couples massages by the fire and aromatherapy baths. Kingston & Stone Ridge. (845) 331-1178, fax (845) 331-2955. The Inn & Spa at Emerson Place

This extraordinary, historic property has been beautifully transformed into an oasis for connoisseurs of fine living. The Asian-inspired spa immerses you

in a world of personally tailored therapies and stress-recovery programs. The spa offers more than 40 personalized services for men and women by Europeantrained therapists, including an array of Ayurvedic Rituals, Vichy shower, Oxygen Facials, Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, and Detoxifying Algae Wraps. (845) 688-7900 or SPIRITUAL Bioenergetics/Hands-On Healing, Irene Humbach, CSW, CBT

See Body-Centered Therapy. Clairvoyant Counseling with Rev. Betsy Stang

If you carry a dream for transformation and healing deep within your heart, now is the time to listen to your inner wisdom. Betsy acts as a facilitator for that process. Her deep listening can give us the strength and affirmations to move ahead in alignment with our soul’s unfolding. For appointments or classes and programs call (845) 679-6347 or email




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Egyptian Mysteries, Scarab Teachings™, Journeys to Sacred Sites. (845) 339-5776.

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See Consegrity. New York Region Pathwork

The Pathwork is a way of life, a community of seekers, a school, and a philosophy. It is based in a profound set of teachings channeled over a 30 year period by Eva Pierrakos that show a way to live in this world with complete inner freedom and happiness. Learn more at, or (845) 688-2211.

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Pathwork and Channeled Guidance by Flowing Spirit Guidance

Is something missing in your life? Are you restless but don’t know why? Do you have a longing but don’t know how to fill it? Pathwork is a deep spiritual path based on knowing God by uncovering the God within. We have forgotten who we are and what we are a part of. By making the unconscious conscious, and transforming those parts of ourselves that don’t serve us any longer, we uncover our greatness, our beauty, our divinity. Pathwork Lecture Study Class beginning Wednesday, September 10. Committed (after 1st class) 8-session class, every other Wednesday. Call for prices and early enrollment deadlines. Also in-person or phone Pathwork or channeling sessions available. Contact Joel Walzer. (845) 679-7886. Shakra Center for Humane Development

Our practitioners support individuals and communities on paths to enlightenment using different modalities. Transformational healing increases when we embody enough light that we feel safe to explore our shadows with an open heart. Please visit our website at Now excepting applications for the 2005 Mystic Apprentice Program. PO Box 747, Woodstock NY 12498. (845) 679-4553. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center

See Workshops. THERAPY Toni D. Nixon, EdD Therapist and Buddhist Practitioner

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 encourag-

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es 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. (845) 339-1684. By phone, online, and in person. WEDDINGS & COUNSELING Reverend Kevin Kraft, Interfaith Minister

See Interfaith Ministries. WORKSHOPS Spirittus Holistic Resource Center

The Spirittus Holistic Resource Center is a healing environment, where people gather to explore Spirituality, Health and Holistic Living. Each month we host 25 + workshops. Weekly meditation, monthly Nutrition, Astrology, and Reiki Study groups. We have a private healing room offering Reiki, Counseling, Hypnotherapy, and CranioSacral Therapy. We provide access to a holistic library, holistic referral network, and the holistic gift shop. 89 N. Front St, Kingston. (845) 338-8313. Kevin@


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See Holistic Wellness Centers. WOMEN’S GROUPS Honoring the Soul with Adele Marcus, LCSW-R, ACHT

See Psychotherapy. YOGA Ashtanga Yoga

Experience first-hand this dynamic form of Hatha Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga (sometimes known as Power Yoga) links the breath with dance-like movements of the body to create strength, flexibility, balance, & focus. Located at 71 Main Street, New Paltz, we have classes seven days a week. For more info, please call (845) 255-7978. Bend Don’t Break Yoga

Flowing Yoga (Vinyasa Yoga) is a form of Hatha Yoga that connects Asanas (Poses) with Pranayama (Breathing) through sequences of movements. Beginner to Intermediate. For more information and schedule go to, or call (845) 527-2523. Walden Mall, Route 52, Walden, New York 12586.

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Jai Ma Yoga Center

Offering a wide array of Yoga classes, seven days a week, from Gentle/Restorative Yoga to Advanced. Meditation classes free to all enrolled. Chanting Friday evenings. New expanded studio space. Private consultations and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions available. Gina Bassinette, RYT & Ami Hirschstein, RYT, Owners. New Paltz. (845) 256-0465. The Living Seed

Sivananda Yoga offered five days a week. Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize–Sivananda. 521 Main Street (Rte. 299, across from Econo Lodge), New Paltz. (845) 255-8212. Pondicherrry Yoga Arts

Full line of organic cotton & hemp yoga wear for men & women, yoga supplies, videos & books, chant & Indian Classical CDs. Inspired by Auroville, an international spiritual community in South India based on the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo. The shop carries Auroville handicrafts such as meditative wall hangings, meditation cushions, & cotton yoga mats with matching bags. Winter hrs: 11:30am-5:30pm Thurs.-Mon. Woodstock. (845) 679-2926. Satya Hudson Valley Yoga Center

Moksha Hudson Valley Yoga Center is located in the heart of Rhinebeck village, on the third floor of the Rhinebeck Department Store building. We offer classes for all levels,7 days a week. There is no need to preregister: we invite you to just show up. For more information, call (845) 876-2528 or visit Shanthi Yoga in Mt. Tremper

Gentle hatha yoga integrating mind, body, and breath. Suitable for all ages. Conscious breathing synchronized with postures creates a deeper peace and harmony. Emphasis on stretching and strengthening the lower back before performing a full range of asanas. Group classes and privates taught by Wendy Swaha Lines. Trained at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. Over 20 years experience. Mount Tremper, NY. (845) 679-5358 or

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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch

77 acres of rolling hills and woodlands. Breathtaking views, hiking, and crosscountry ski trails, organic garden, swimming pond, and sauna. Daily Sivananda Ashram Schedule of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation. Year-round Yoga vacations. Weekend Workshops on health, Yoga, and meditation. Karma Yoga residential programs. Yoga Teachers Training, September 7-October 5. Founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnu-Devananda. Woodbourne, NY. (845) 436-6492. ranch.htm. Yoga on Duck Pond

Grounded in the alignment of the inner and outer body, yoga can reduce your stress, reshape your body, recharge your mind. “Working with Donna is a spiritual and physical adventure for me. I experience a renewed sense of well-being, increased mobility, clarity of mind, and a natural diet adjustment. She is helping me change my life.” –Carlo Travaglia, sculptor. Donna Nisha Cohen, director and certified instructor, over 20 years experience. Stone Ridge. Classes Sunday through Friday. Call for times, and information on pre-natal and private sessions. (845) 687-4836. The Yoga Way

The Yoga Way in Wappingers Falls (Route 376) is a dedicated yoga facility with nationally certified yoga instructors. Everything for the beginner to the serious practitioner. Learn how to bring balance, strength, and a sense of well-being into your life through the ancient techniques of yoga. Call (845) 227-3223 for information.


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Wildlife Sculpture Exhibit Award-winning, Bois Blanc Island, MI sculptor Catherine Shinnick creates horses from clay and stone by as metaphors for the subconscious mind, and reminders that in the end, nature always rules. The Chisholm Gallery, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1246.

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he Hudson Valley is gaining a new music venue this month, one that will delight the visual as well as the auditory senses, and a famous local is helping to break it in. Dia:Beacon, the 22,000-squarefoot modern art museum, will be the stage for a series of classical music offerings beginning this month. Composer Peter Schickele, whose radio show “Schickele Mix” can be heard on local public radio affiliate WAMC, will perform with some of New York’s finest musicians for the series’ upstate premier. Dia:Chelsea, Dia’s Manhattan counterpart, hosted the “Second Helpings” series with New York City’s Saint Luke’s Chamber Orchestra from 1998 until last year when it closed for renovation. This year, the series picks up with St. Luke’s performing at the Chelsea Art Museum on Saturday, February 5, at 2pm and then in Beacon the following day. “Schickele Remix” will feature music by Schickele, his son, Matthew Schickele, and Darius Milhaud. Saint Luke’s composer-in-residence Joan Tower, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in music and a Bard professor, will host this collage of progressive classical music in an informal, meet-thecomposer atmosphere: Dia’s 8,300-square-foot Andy Warhol Gallery. Marianne Lockwood, Orchestra President and Executive Director, sees this series as an extension of the orchestra’s commitment to performing new classical music. “Eventually it became clear that we needed to dedicate a series to new music over and beyond our regular series,” Lockwood said. “It’s easier for a composer to have a new piece premiered, but much harder to have a second hearing. This is terribly important, especially for young composers.” The program will include excerpts from Darius Milhaud’s suite for solo piano The Household Muse, performed by Schickele. Nine Saint Luke’s musicians will help present Schickele’s own composition Summer Trio for flute, cello, and piano, as well as Schickele’s String Sextet, and the world premiere of Live in Arms, a new work by Matthew Schickele for mezzo-soprano, string quartet, and piano. French-born Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, heavily influenced by jazz, and, like Schickele, interested in polytonality (music played in more than one key at once). Schickele’s Summer Trio was inspired by Milhaud’s work. “The middle movement is a real driving, jazz-like movement, almost a be-bop flavor,” Schickele said. “These pieces are in the European classical tradition of music, but they have all kinds of influences, like jazz, that fall outside of this tradition.” “Second Helpings” will continue later this year in other galleries throughout the museum and will include Michael Torke, Roshanne Etezady, Jason Eckardt, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. —Molly Maeve Eagan "SCHICKELE REMIX" WILL BE PERFORMED ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 2PM. TICKETS











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This time it really is all about you! Monthly improvisation based on audience members’ experiences and dreams begins for 2005. Boughton Place, Highland. 8pm. $6. (845) 691-4118 or (845) 255-5613.

FEBRUARY 5 & 6 Spring Ahead with Nature Workshop Spend a weekend focusing on ecologically advanced landscaping including edible plants, natural landscaping, backyard wildlife habitat, and learning natural ways of housecleaning, conserving resources, and the art and science of organic beekeeping with beekeeper Chris Harp, National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat’s Lorraine Herschkorn, gardener Joseph Huth. Sustainable Hudson Valley, Rosendale. 10am4pm. $60 day; $100 weekend donation. (845) 679-9597.

FEBRUARY 12-28 Afghanistan & Iraq Photos Exhibit Local photographers Connie Houde (Albany) and Lorna Tychostup (New Paltz) have built personal and professional relationships with these two countries by capturing the complex realities of people living their lives among the ruins of war. Discussion, slide show, and exhibit. Opening Reception, February 12, 3-6pm, Spencertown Arts Academy. (518) 392-3693.






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FEBRUARY 12 Tibetan New Year In celebration of the Tibetan “Year of the Wood Rooster,” the Woodstock Palden Sakya Center sponsors its first annual “Losar” dinner, fundraiser, and auction. The Venerable Lama Pema Wangdak conducts the Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. Tibetan food and traditional dresses (chubas) available. Monies raised will go directly to aid tsunami and earthquake victims. Woodstock Palden Sakya Center. 7-9pm. Donation $25. (845) 679-4024. paldensakya

FEBRUARY 19 Woodstock Tango Anniversary Celebration Junior Cervila, the “Gene Kelly of Latin Dance,” launches the second year of Argentine Tango in the Hudson Valley with afternoon workshops and an evening dance party. No partner or experience necessary; bring smoothsoled shoes. Tango Essentials 3-4:30pm; Intermediate 4:45-6: 15pm; Milanga (Argentine Tango Party) with buffet and intro group lesson 8pm-1am. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. $25/$20 workshop; 2 workshops $45/ $35; couples $45/$35; Milonga only: $15. (845) 246-1122.

FEBRUARY 24 Lecture: Eat Right to Save the Ridge


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“This Is Not An Archive.” Bard graduate students curate exhibit. February 5-February 20.

“Michael Rees: Putto 4 Over 4.” Computer animation and sculpture create 3 dimensional snapshots. Through March 27.

Opening Saturday, February 5, 1-4pm

“Jonathon Seliger: Main Street Sculpture Project.” Third installation in the Main Street Sculpture Project series. Through March 27. “Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition.” Explores the use of bottle in contemporary art making. Through April 10. “Selected Works by Recent MacDowell Colony Fellows.” Through June 22. “Alyson Shotz: Light, Sound, Space.” Through June 22. “Shannon Plumb.” 8 short films with her as the only performer. Through June 22.

A.S.K. GALLERY 37 North Front Street, Kingston. 338-0331. “Solo Show by Takako Rothenberg.” February 5-February 26. Opening Saturday, February 5, 5-8pm.

BACKSTAGE STUDIO PRODUCTIONS 323 Wall St., Kingston. 338-8700. “The Imposition Series.” Photography by Jennifer Ifil-Ryan. February 5-February 28. Opening Saturday, February 5, 7-9pm.

BEACON ARTISTS UNION 161 Main Street, Beacon. 591-2331.


“Sightings and Projections.” Paintings of UFOs by Steve Derrickson. Through February 27.

A wondrous evening of fancy footwork by students of dance schools from throughout the Hudson Valley. New Paltz High School. 7pm. (Snow date: 2/27, 4pm.) (845) 256-9300.

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Eating locally helps preserve working farmlands that buffer the Shawangunk Ridge. Explore with nationally acclaimed organic nutritionist Dr. Joan Dye Gussow why growing and eating organic food makes good environmental and culinary sense. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, Room 102. 7pm. Free. (845) 255-2011.


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“Everyone is Different, Nobody is Special.” Through February 6. “Newburgh Beacon Bridge.” Artists from the Newburgh area meet artists from Beacon and present their works. February 12-March 6. Opening Saturday, February 12, 6-9pm.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 828-1915.

CATSKILL MOUNTAIN FOUNDATIONS GALLERY Main Street, Hunter. (518) 263-4104 ext. 211. “Investigations of Energy, Repetition and Ideas.” Jared Handelsman, Laura Moriarty, Portia Munson and Joy Taylor. Through February 20.

CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 758-7598.

“Art Exhibit.” Mid-Hudson Artists. February 6-February 27. Reception Sunday, February 6, 1pm

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CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 679-9957. “Foreign Affair.” Through March 27. “Solo: Esteban Pastorino Diaz.” Through March 27.

THE CHISHOLM GALLERY 3 Factory Lane, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1246.

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Catherine Shinnick. Hand Built Ceramic Sculptures and Stone Carvings. Through March 4.

CLARK ART INSTITUTE 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-2303.

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“A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires.” George Inness (1825-1894). February 6.

COFFEY GALLERY 330 Wall Street, Kingston. 331-6105. “Sculpture.” Claudio Stalling, Turned Wood Sculptures and Eva Drizhal, Fiberalia, Fiber Art. February 5-February 27. Opening Saturday, February 5, 5-7pm.

COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS 209 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 671-6213. “Abstract Art Exhibition.” Through March 12.

DEBORAH DAVIS FINE ARTS, INC. 345 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 822-1890.

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“Drawings.” Through March 13.

FARFETCHED GALLERY 65 Broadway, Kingston. 339-2501. “Pop Primitive: Re-inventing

Deconstruction.” February 5-February 26. Opening Saturday, February 5, 5-10pm.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632. “Second Sight: Originality, Duplicity and the Object.” Through April 10.

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The Barrett Art Center presents

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Art of the Garden Art Exhibition & Garden Sale An Art Hop Event

Botanical Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Pottery & Ceramics, Glassware, Jewelry, Garden Sculpture & Objects of all kinds!

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Gallery Hours for the duration of the Show: Tuesdays –Fridays, 11:00am - 5:00pm Saturdays, 11:00am – 3:00pm Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Arts Association 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 Telephone (845) 471 – 2550 Fax (845)-471-2678

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THE GALLERY AT R & F 506 Broadway, Kingston. 331-3112. “Hive and Hue.” Paintings by artist Michelle Marcuse. February 5-March 26. Reception Saturday, February 5. Call for time.

GARRISON ART CENTER 22 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison. 424-3960. “Gallery Show.” Gertrude and Henry Gillette. February 11-February 20. Opening Friday, February 11, 5-8pm

GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS MOUNTAINTOP GALLERY 398 Main Street, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. “Into the Woods.” Featured artists include Jeanne Cameron, Jeri Eisenberg, Jeanne Englert and Carol Hart. Through March 5. “Winter Landscapes.” Solo exhibit by Naomi Blum. Through March 5.

HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM STORE 327 Route 21C, Ghent. (518) 672-7500. “Paintings and Drawings by Barbara Wilner.” February 12-March 11.

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. “Group Show.” Works by Melinda DeBell, Kathryn De Haan Butler, Geoffrey Detrani, and Debra Ramsay. Through February 26.

KARPLES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM 94 Broadway, Newburgh. 569-4997. “The Art of the Guilds.” Through February 11.

KLEINERT/JAMES GALLERY 34 Tinker St., Woodstock. 679-2079. “Members Winter Show…Red…Hot.” Plus Sophie Fenton Tribute Exhibit. Through February 20.

THE LIVING ROOM 45 North Front Street, Kingston. 338-8353. “Abstract Reality.” Investigations of the abstract in objective & non-objective forms. February 5-April 24.

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“Joanne Klein.” Paintings. Through February 28.

MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY 24 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-0898. “Contemporary Photography.” David S. Allee, Jeri Eisenberg, and Matthew Chase-Daniel. Through February 17.

N25 GALLERY 25 North Division Street, Peekskill. (914) 736-0480. “Salon Exhibit 2005.” Through February 13.

SOUL OASIS GALLERY 32 John St., Kingston. 338-4119. “Minor Details.” R.K. Carr’s miniatures. February 5-February 26. Opening Saturday, February 5, 5-8pm.

SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY 790 Route 203, Gallery I, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. “Benjamin Swett’s Route 22: The Autobiography of a Road.” February 12-March 26. “Afghanistan & Iraq.” Photographs by Connie Houde & Lorna Tychostup. February 12-March 26. Opening Saturday, February 12

NEW ARTS GALLERY 513 Maple Street, Litchfield, CT. (860) 567-5015.

TIME AND SPACE LIMITED 434 Columbia Street, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

“The Last Journey.” Photographer Jacques Charlas. Through February 6.

“Restless Eye.” Photography exhibits featuring 6 photographers. Through February 19.

NORTH POINTE CULTURAL CENTER Route 9, Kinderhook. (518) 758-9234.

TIVOLI ARTISTS’ CO-OP 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 757-COOP.

“Thomas Locker.” Framed images based on Rembrandts’ paintings illustrating his life. February 25-March 25.

Opening Saturday, February 5, 7-9pm.

ORANGE HALL GALLERY LOFT Orange County Community College, 115 South Street, Middletown. 341-4891. “Stringing You Along.” Through March 6.

POUGHKEEPSIE ART MUSEUM GALLERIES 214 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. 454-0522. “Jaunita Guccione: Voyage’s End.” Surrealist paintings, 1930s-1970s. February 1-February 13. “Past Works & Over the River.” Christo and Jeanne-Claude. February 19-April 3.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 Main St., Beacon. 838-2880. “City Scapes.” Robert DeVito’s sculptured paintings. February 11. Reception Saturday, February 12, 3-6pm “Teen Reflections.” The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft & National Art Honors Society students. Through February 7.

Reception Saturday, February 5, 5-9pm.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3844.

MILLBROOK FREE LIBRARY 3 Friendly Ln., Millbrook. 677-3611.

“Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector.” The Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett. February 5-April 10.

“Erotic Art Show.” Tivoli Artist Co-op fundraising event. February 4-February 27.

VAN BRUNT GALLERY 460 Main St., Beacon. 838-2885. “The Landscape Show.” Groups show of contemporary artists making traditional and untraditional landscape art. Through February 27.

WINDHAM FINE ARTS GALLERY 5380 Main Street, Windham. (518) 734-6850. “Fused and Cast Landscapes and Figurative Works.” By Glenn Abel. Through February 6. “Altogether Different.” Works by Glenn Abel, Antonio Perez Melero & Alexander Rutsch. Through February 6.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS’ ASSOCIATION 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 679-2940. “Our Sensual World.” February 12-March 6. “Works from Art Garage.” February 12-March 6. “Works by painter Bruce Ackerman.” February 12-March 6. “With Affection: Personal Inscriptions and the Art of Giving.” Prints, drawings, paintings, and other works drawn from the WAA Permanent Collection. February 12-May 1. Opening Saturday, February 12, 4-6pm.




s I speak to Jim Cottrell, he has recently hung his new acquisition: Ejaculate in Trajectory by Andres Serrano. The photograph shows semen arcing across the frame. It’s part of the “Secretions” series, along with Piss Christ, the famous photograph of a crucifix seen through urine. Cottrell has placed it in his bedroom, where he usually hangs erotic art. Cottrell and his partner, Joe Lovett, will exhibit 47 works from their collection at the Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz this month. The exhibit is entitled “Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector.” Joe Lovett is a film director and producer, who has created documentaries about artists for Voom, a high-definition cable service. Cottrell is Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn. He is also a practicing brain surgeon. “It’s very serious stuff, so that’s why I like art,” he says. “I like to look at something that’s fun, and can be abstract, and you can imagine all kinds of things from it.” Much of Cottrell/Lovett collection, in fact, is on the borderline between the literal and the abstract—a dreamlike zone where a shape may be a lily or a cavern. They began collecting in 1976, and were present at the birth of a new style—a fast, passionate art which drew inspiration from comic strips, abstract expressionism, and graffiti. Cottrell cites Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, James Brown, Donald Baechler as especially prominent: “Those four artists were fairly well-known around here, and were fixtures in the neighborhood.” Cottrell and Lovett live on the outskirts of SoHo. They met these artists at gallery openings and restaurants, as part of a network of friends, and bought many of their paintings at low prices. These include formative, early works by artists who later gained renown. One such work was made by Keith Haring in 1978 when he was at the School of Visual Arts. Keith took a roll of oaktag paper, cut it up, placed it all over his floor, and worked on a group of drawings. The first three were abstract, but the later ones showed crawling babies and flying saucers. These became the subjects of his graffiti art in the subways. At the moment, with the New Museum Of Contemporary Art exhibiting “East Village USA,” these artists are especially prominent. In fact, “Co-conspirators” will travel to the Chelsea Museum, which shares a building with the New Museum. The show will then travel to Charleston, West Virginia, Cottrell’s hometown. Cottrell and Lovett chose paintings for their own enjoyment. They rotate them on the walls of their townhouse (though some, of course, are kept in storage). “It’s not that we get tired of them,” says Cottrell. “It’s just that we want to see another one—because we missed it.” —Sparrow “CO-CONSPIRATORS: ARTIST AND COLLECTOR” WILL BE AT THE SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM FROM FEBRUARY 5-APRIL 10, 2005. A RECEPTION FOR THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 FROM 2-4 PM. (845) 257-3844; WWW.NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM.


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Calendar TUESDAY 1 FEBRUARY EVENTS African Market 11am-3pm. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017. Career and Technical Institute Open House 6-7:30pm. Dutchess County BOCES and the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck partner program. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. FILM Vera Drake Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. MUSIC Rumi, Hafiz and more 7-9pm. Classical and original music. Esoterica, New Paltz. 255-5777. Open Mike Night 8pm. Hosted by Valen. Forum, Kingston. 331-1116. $5. SPOKEN WORD Ione 1pm. Kingston author, playwright and director about recently republished memoir: Pride of the Family. Kingston Public Library, Kingston. 339-5776. WORKSHOPS Yoga for Recovery from Trauma 6:30-8pm. Forest Studio, New Paltz. 255-2243. $125 for series. WEDNESDAY 2 FEBRUARY ART Joan Bruneau 7:30pm. Ceramist. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3872. CLASSES Tai Chi Chuan class 6pm. Beginner/Intermediate traditional Yang style. Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. FILM Vera Drake Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. SPOKEN WORD Bald Eagles of the Hudson Highlands 7:30pm. With Eric Lind. Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $5, $3 members. THEATRE Nude with Violin 10am. By CenterStage Productions, for students. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. $8.00 per student. WORKSHOPS Melt Your Stress Away 7-8:30pm. 4 weeks. Arlington High School, LaGrangeville. 486-4860. $48 for 4 weeks. THURSDAY 3 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Meditation Group 6-7pm. Contemplative Meditation designed to assist in managing stress. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. CLASSES Full Circle Tai Chi & Qigong Advanced Classes Cunneen-Hackett Theater, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. FILM Vera Drake Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

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MUSIC Studio Stu’s Lobster Lounge 6-9pm. Gadaleto’s Seafood & Bandstand, New Paltz. 255-1717. Mary’s All Star Jam 8:30pm. Bluegrass, blues, rock, R&B. Mary’s Pub & Music Room, Millbrook. 677-2282. Johnny Asia, Dom Minasi & Joe Finn 8:30-10pm. Jazz, progressive, world. Deep Listening Space, Kingston. Comfy Chair 9pm. 33, Kingston. 339-8440. $5. SPOKEN WORD Lyceum with A.J. Williams-Myers 12:30pm. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017. A Bird in the Hand 7pm. Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Lecture Series-Avian diversity and the role of the Bird Conservation Area program. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-0752. Act Locally to Protect Biodiversity Globally 7pm. Sponsored by the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-2011. Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad 7pm. Geared towards children 8 and up. East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction. 221-9943. Lyceum with Myra Young Armstead 7pm. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017. Time to Talk 7pm. Judge Jonathan Nicols on the mission of the Columbia County Family Drug Treatment and Recovery Court. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Tivoli Bays Talks: Life at Ward Manor 7:30-8:30pm. Donna Matthews. Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, Tivoli. 758-7012. THEATRE Godspell 8pm. Rock musical by Stephen Schwartz. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133. $6, $3 with Marist ID. Night of January 16th 8pm. By Ayn Rand, featuring performances by community actors. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965. $13.00, $11.00 Seniors, Students, $9.00 Children. FRIDAY 4 FEBRUARY DANCE An Old Fashion Barn Dance 7pm. The Flying Fiddlers String Chorale. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 657-2643. $5, $12 a family. Mardi Gras Cajun Music and Dance 8:30-11:15pm. With Cleoma’s Ghost and Friends. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $10. EVENTS Garden Dreams Weekend Call for times. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (800) 772-6646. Winter Nature Weekend Call for times. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (800) 772-6646. Winter Weekend Call for times. Indoor and outdoor workshops, music, food. Ashokan Field Campus, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Packages $30-$109. Celebrity Chefs to Shine 7-9pm. Food and wine tasting–local restaurants. Museum of the Hudson

Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext. 204. $45, $40 members.

FILM Days of Being Wild Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. MOOG with Live Analog Synths. 4-7:30pm. Film accompanied by live music. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Taking Back the Block, Stories of Community Renaissance 7:30pm. Film viewing and discussion. BAU, Beacon. 591 2331. KIDS Sesame Street Live-1 2 3...Imagine Call for times. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800. Woody Guthrie’s New Baby Train 4pm. With illustrator Marla Frazee and folk singer Michelle Bloom. Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. MUSIC Duo Loco Mark Dziuba & Studio Stu 6:30-9:30pm. Neko Sushi & Hibachi, Wappingers Falls. 298-9869. Biggy, Itchy & Friends 8pm. Roots music. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. Marc Von Em 8pm. Blues, funk, traditional. The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill. American Symphony Orchestra 8pm. Richard B. Fusher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson. (212) 868-9ASO. The Boneheads 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $20, $17.50 members. John Holt and Anna Cheek 10:30pm. Acoustic music. Woodstock Lodge/Crest Bar, Woodstock. 679-3213. THEATRE Arm of the Sea Theatre Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-5288. Scrabble and Tabouli Call for times. Mohonk Mountain Stage. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Community Playback Theatre 8pm. Improvisation based on audience members’ experiences and dreams. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118. $6. Godspell 8pm. Rock musical by Stephen Schwartz. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133. $6, $3 with Marist ID. Night of January 16th 8pm. By Ayn Rand, featuring performances by community actors. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965. $13.00, $11.00 Seniors, Students, $9.00 Children. The Glass Menagerie 8pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15. SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY ART Family Art Adventure Call for times. Games, activities, projects. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. Hive and Hue Call for time. Paintings by artist Michelle Marcuse. Gallery at R & F, Kingston. 331-3112.

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en characters gather on a remote Indian Island off the coast of Devon, England, invited by a mutual friend for a vacation. Shortly thereafter, a message played on a gramophone accuses each visitor of being a murderer. The group discovers that there is no boat on the island—no way to return to the mainland. One by one, they die. This is “10 Little Indians,” which originally appeared in 1944, based on the novel 10 Little Niggers of 1939. (The title was changed in the 1960s.) D’n’A Productions will present the play at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck on February 11. Who is the guilty party? It is difficult to know, because of what director Dan Logan calls the “pink herrings” planted by Agatha. A red herring is a false clue, but a pink herring has a logical reason. In Christie’s plays, each character is sympathetic. The novel 10 Little Indians (sometimes entitled And Then There Were None) is told alternately from each person’s point of view. “Actors love to do Agatha Christie, because even if it’s a small part, there’s something very dramatic, or very funny, and the actor has a chance to shine,” Logan says. Logan sees Christie as a social commentator: “Usually the richer the character, the worse he is.” Christie limns the unspoken struggles between servant and aristocrat. One reason her plays don’t seem dated is that she empathized with the “lowly.” Logan is also a choreographer, so his direction incorporates movement. Based on the actors’ natural motions, he improvises a kind of dance—in this case, a circling of suspicion. “I keep them moving all the time, and looking...worried,” Logan says. He also emphasizes the comedic elements of the play. The play will feature Noel Coward songs, including “Sail Away,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”—and “Room with a View” sung by Paul McCartney. “There is music performed hither and thither throughout the play,” Logan says. This is the fifth year in a row D’n’A Productions has brought an Agatha Christie play back to the stage. Previously they did “The Mousetrap,” “The Uninvited Guest,” and “The Zero Hour,” and Dan Logan directed all of them. He also acts in them; in “10 Little Indians” he plays Anthony Marston, a carefree playboy. But D’n’A are not running out of plays; Agatha Christie (born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller) wrote 20 of them, along with 66 novels and 154 short stories. She is the best-selling author of all time, with sales of more than a billion books in English and another billion in more than 70 languages. “The Mousetrap” is the longest-running play in history, performed continually in London for over 50 years. Cristina Sasswill play the lead role of Vera Claythorne. Sasswill recently graduated from Niagara University as a Theater Studies major, and will move to New York City after the production to try her luck as an actress. So see her in “10 Little Indians” before she’s famous! —Sparrow “10 LITTLE INDIANS” WILL RUN FEBRUARY 11-13 AND FEBRUARY 18-20 AT THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS IN RHINEBECK. (845) 876-3080; WWW.CENTERFORPERFORMINGARTS.ORG.


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Paintings & Prints by Toni Quest 12-2pm. Neo Americana & Screaming Woman series. Kingston Area Library, Kingston. 331-0507. This Is Not An Archive 1-4pm. Bard graduate students curate exhibit. Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7598. Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector 2-4pm. The Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett. Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz. 257-3844. Sculpture 5-7pm. Claudio Stalling, Turned Wood Sculptures and Eva Drizhal, Fiberalia, Fiber Art. Coffey Gallery, Kingston. 331-6105. The Issue Of My Imagination is My Body 5-7pm. Paintings by Dutch artist Maian Van Der Zwaan. The Gallery At Deep Listening Space, Kingston. 338-5984. Minor Details 5-8pm. R.K.Carr’s miniatures. Soul Oasis Gallery, Kingston. 338-4119. Solo Show by Takako Rothenberg 5-8pm. A.S.K. Gallery, Kingston. 338-0331. Abstract Reality 5-9pm. Investigations of the abstract in objective & non-objective forms. The Living Room, Kingston. 338-8353. Pop Primitive: Re-inventing Deconstruction 5-10pm. Farfetched Gallery, Kingston. 339-2501. Art Deco Objects: Decorative & Functional 5:30-7:30pm. Velsani Arts & Antiques, Kingston. 340-0409. Erotic Art Show 7-9pm. Tivoli Artist Co-op fundraising event with music. Tivoli Artists’ Co-op, Tivoli. 757-COOP. $10. The Imposition Series 7-9pm. Photography by Jennifer Ifil-Ryan. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Winter Wellness Learning Retreat 8:30am-6pm. Learn, taste, and experience new health possibilities with six workshops. Body of Truth, Kingston. 331-1178. $125 Full Day; $40 per Workshop. CLASSES Reflexology Training Program 10am-4pm. Level 1. Spiritroot Services, Hopewell Junction. 897-3280. DANCE Winter dance party 8pm. Swing with the Blue Rays. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $10, $12 non-members. Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm. Alcohol-free and shoe-free environment with a wide range of music. Kingston Knights of Columbus Hall, Kingston. 658-8319. Adults $5; Teens, Seniors $2; Children & Volunteers Free. EVENTS Book Signing 1pm. Poet Mark Dema will discuss his latest book The Magic Golden Pen and Poems. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3619. FILM Days of Being Wild Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. The Letter 5:45pm. White Lewiston, Maine faced when 1,100 former Somali refugees. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. La Petite Lili 7:30pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. KIDS Sss...Snakes 10am. Museum of the Hudson High-

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Monet’s Green Cake: Cooking Inspired by Art 2-5pm. Children aged 8 to 14. Whole Foods Whole People, Salt Point. 266-4282. MUSIC Music From China 3pm. Music will be focused on nature and animals from the Chinese zodiac. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. America in Concert 8pm. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. $44.50, $41.50 seniors and students. Amy Fairchild 8pm. Full Moon Resort, Oliverea. 254-5117. Dorraine Scofield 8pm. CD release party. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. The McKrells 8pm. Bluegrass heart with the poignancy of Irish music. North Pointe Cultural Center, Kinderhook. (518) 758-9234. $20, Seniors $18, Members $16. Too Blue! Bluegrass and Swing 8:30pm. Bluegrass, folk. Mary’s Pub & Music Room, Millbrook. 677-2282. Modern Man 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $20, $17.50 members. Reality Check 10pm. Alternative rock. Chuck and Gerry’s, Wappingers Falls. 298-8280. THE OUTDOORS Catskill Hike/Snowshoe at Ashokan High Point 9am. Strenuous 7-8 Mile. Call for meeting place. 462-0142. Winter Survival 10am. Techniques for surviving if you are lost in the woods. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. $6 parking for non-skiers. Spring Farm Snowshoe or Hike 11am-2pm. Moderate four miles. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919 ext. 243. $8 for non-members. Mohonk Preserve Singles Ski or Hike: Castle Point 11am-3: 30pm. Strenuous 8 miles. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919 ext. 243. $6. SPOKEN WORD Phillip Levine 8pm. Poetry on the Loose Reading/ Performance Series. Unitarian Universalist Church, Middletown. THEATRE America 8pm. The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. $44.50, $41.50 students/ seniors, $38.50 members. Godspell 8pm. Rock musical by Stephen Schwartz. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133. $6, $3 with Marist ID. Night of January 16th 8pm. By Ayn Rand, featuring performances by community actors. Pawling High School, Pawling. 855-1965. $13.00, $11.00 Seniors, Students, $9.00 Children. The Glass Menagerie 8pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15. WORKSHOPS NATO Telemark Workshop Call for times. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904. Women’s Weekend Seminar Call for times. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904. Spring Ahead With Nature Weekend 10am-4pm. Edible plants, natural cleaning, conserving resources, and

more. Sustainable Hudson Valley, Cottekill. 679-9597. $60 a day, $100 for the weekend.

Cosmic Salon 10:30am-12pm. Astrological study group w/ Alexander Mallon. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. How to Audition for Theater 10:30am-12pm. With Anthony Giaimo. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. $59. Creating the Life of Your Dreams 2-4pm. Treasure Mapping Collage. Arlington Yoga Works, Poughkeepsie. 473-9074. $30 plus $5 materials. SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY ART A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires George Inness (1825-1894). Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. (413) 458-2303. Art Exhibit 1pm. Mid Hudson artists. Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7598. Mark Abrams: Landscape & Moonscape Paintings 3-6pm. Keegan Ales Brewery and Gallery, Kingston. 331-2739. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Open Healing Circle 4-6pm. Deep healing for all, with a Sufi Minister, and Master Sufi Teacher. Mount Tremper. 679-7215. DANCE Swing Jam 6:30pm. Lesson half hour before dance. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 473-6955. $5. EVENTS Hyde Park Winterfest 12-3pm. Hackett Hill Park, Hyde Park. 229-8086. Deep Clay Open House 12-6pm. Show/sale of new stoneware, Raku, and wood-fired work by Michelle Rhodes. Deep Clay, Gardiner. 255-8039. FILM Days of Being Wild Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. La Petite Lili 3pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Bush Family Fortunes 5pm. Documentary on the Bush family. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Studio Stu 11am-2: 30pm. New World Jazz Brunch. New World Home Cooking, Woodstock. 246-0900. Pond Ensemble Concert 3pm. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. 255-8357. Teada 3pm. Irish band playing traditional Irish music. Towne Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $20, members $17.50, kids $12.50. Traditional Irish Music 4-6pm. Followed by Sesion. Rhinebeck American Legion Hall, Rhinebeck. Jazz Jam 6-10pm. The Chowhound Café, Saugerties. 246-5158. THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles Ski or Hike: Rhododendron Bridge 10am-3pm. Strenuous 7 miles. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919 ext. 243. $8. Walk at Locust Grove Estate 1:30pm. Easy 2-3 mile walk to the river. Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie. 471-5712.

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Bee colony as an organism, with Gunther Hauk.

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t a time when musicians were dabbling in the relatively new styles of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, fearless Leon Redbone emerged with a wry sense of humor, top hat, dark glasses, cane, and vintage threads like an enigmatic, Depression Era Mr. Peanut, daring to bring back the minimalist sounds of Ragtime, Dixieland, delta blues, folk, jazz, and Big Band. “After my first few records, some had dubbed what I did as camp,” said Redbone in a previous interview. “Of course, these were insensitive people who didn’t understand the depth of my artistic passion. No doubt it seemed that way to some—but fortunately they haven’t been heard from lately.” First heard in Toronto, Ontario, in the early ’70s, Redbone recorded his Warner Brothers gold record debut, On the Track, in 1975. Ever since then, he’s been busy building a mystery. He’s exposed himself through his art and nowhere else, finding the myth of his origins to be part of his appeal. He loves to baffle his cult fan base (“I am a performer, but only in the metaphysical sense.”) Try a little research and you might learn that his real name is Dickran Gobalian, or Betty L. Hastings, or Jehosephat, and he was born in 1943 or 1949, in New York City, or Cyprus, or Oklahoma, or Canada as the love child of Paganini and Jenny Lind. He’s so serious about his mystique that he even once gave legendary producer John Hammond Jr., a contact number that turned out to be a Dial-A-Joke line. So, it’s probably best to let his music do the talking for him. Step in the time machine with Redbone as he whisks you back to pre-World War II, to Tin Pan Alley, to the golden age of vaudeville. While embracing the styles of the past, he also pokes fun at it, adding an irreverent, offbeat approach to his repertoire of standards. There’s a touch of Bing Crosby here, a mouth trumpet there, a truckload of nonsensical whimsy dumped upon the listener. He croons, he yodels, he keeps it nostalgic, tempting Al Jolson to rise from the dust. Mingling his guitar and banjo picking with strings and horns, Redbone proves that less is more. And that voice! He delivers his lyrical satire with finesse in a distinctive baritone that is raw, unpolished, and understated. There’s no other vocalist like him. Redbone has ushered in 11 albums since his early days, recording the works of Jimmie Rodgers, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Irving Berlin, and Hank Williams, as well as bringing in well-known musical personalities like Don McLean, Merle Haggard, Ringo Starr, and Dr. John. He achieved popularity after appearing on “Saturday Night Live” in 1976 and later became enamored with performance in commercials, popularizing the beer jingle “This Bud’s For You.” He’s even appeared in popular cartoons such as Mister Boffo and Gary Larson. Undoubtedly a comic, Redbone's stage manner blends schtick with his skilled instrumentals. This “most famous non-famous musician in America” is right down the street this month. It would be a crime to miss him. —Sharon Nichols THE ENIGMATIC LEON REDBONE WILL PLAY THE TOWNE CRIER CAFE, 130 ROUTE 22, PAWLING, ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, AT 8PM. TICKETS ARE $35. (845) 855-1300; WWW.TOWNECRIER.COM.


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SPOKEN WORD Reading from Black Boy 2pm. Novel by Richard Wright read by Allan Wikman. Backstage Studio Production, Kingston. 338-8700. $5, $3 seniors, children, students. THEATRE Auditions for Pippi Longstocking 1-5pm. Community Children’s Theatre of Dutchess County. CunneenHackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 221-3107. Godspell 2pm. Rock musical by Stephen Schwartz. Marist College, Poughkeepsie. 575-3133. $6, $3 with Marist ID. WORKSHOPS Spring Ahead With Nature Weekend 10am-4pm. Edible plants, natural cleaning, conserving resources, and more. Sustainable Hudson Valley, Cottekill. 679-9597. $60 a day. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga 2-5pm. With Kudrat Kaur. Ashtanga Yoga, New Paltz. 430-7402. $40. MONDAY 7 FEBRUARY CLASSES Poetic Precipitation 2pm. Ages 6 and up. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls. 831-8780. Absurd Word Series 6:30-8pm. Adult story and craft class, Foods with Moods. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255. $7 a class, $25 for the series. Level II: Anatomy and Physiology 7-9:45pm. 24-hour course. Spiritroot Services, Hopewell Junction. 897-3280. MUSIC Studio Stu 10pm. Baccus, New Paltz. 255-8636. SPOKEN WORD Open Mic Poetry Night 7pm. Featuring Christina Starobin & Michael Strong, Jeff Davis (poet). Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3. WORKSHOPS Creating the Life of Your Dreams 6-9pm. Treasure Mapping Collage. Pawling Library, Pawling. 855-3444. $30 plus $5 materials. Balancing Acts for Busy People 6:30-7:30pm. YMCA, Poughkeepsie. 471-9622. $10, $5 YMCA members. Chinese Energetics 7-9pm. With Sirriya Din. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20. TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY ART Aldrich Buddies 2-3pm. Ages 3 1/2 - 6, to expand developing definition of art. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. Looking At Contemporary Art 7-9pm. 3 sessions exploring art issues. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 431-9995. $42, $39. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Magick 101 with Haviland 7-9pm. Followed by new moon ritual. Hurley. $20. Healing With Astrology 7:15-9:15pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $20, $25. Nutrition for Children 8pm. Lecture by Dr. Johanna Steegman. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055. $15/$10. CLASSES Kripalu Danskinetics 4-5pm. Combining yoga, dance and meditation in one class. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-4250.

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Full Circle Tai Chi Chuan class 6pm. Beginners/Intermediate Traditional Yang style. Poughkeepsie High School, Poughkeepsie. 452-7067. EVENTS Knitting Group 7-8:30pm. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3619. KIDS Pathfinders 3:30-5pm. Tuesdays for K and 1st grade. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 206. $70, $80 non-members. MUSIC Music for Violin and Piano 8pm. Mozart and Strauss. Studley Theatre, New Paltz. 257-3880. Open Mic Night 8pm. Hosted by Valen. Forum, Kingston. 331-1116. $5. THEATRE Ten Things You Need to Know to Survive Shakespeare 10am. By The Young Will Traveling Troupe, for grades 6 and up. The Center fro Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. $8.00 per student. WORKSHOPS Yoga for Recovery from Trauma 6:30-8pm. Forest Studio, New Paltz. 255-2243. $125 for series. WEDNESDAY 9 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Stress Reduction With Skip Weatherford 7-9pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $10, $15. A Course in Miracles 7:30-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391. EVENTS Losar Call for times. New Year’s Day. Karma Triyana Dhanmachakra, Woodstock. 679-5906. Mardi Gras Madness 5:30pm. Cajun dinner followed by performer Buckwheat Zydeco. Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-3394. $35. High School Open House 6:30-8:30pm. Woodstock Day School, Woodstock. 246-3744 ext. 106. KIDS Wacky World of Water 3:30-5pm. Wednesdays for grades 2-5. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 206. $70, $80 non-members. THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Meditation Group 6-6:45pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. Sufi Zikr 7-9:30pm. Shaduliyya Sufi teachings and sacred chant. Woodstock. 679-2358. Practical Applications of Nutrition 7:30-9:15pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $20,$25. FILM Festival Express 7pm. With musical performances from 1970. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Studio Stu’s Lobster Lounge 6-9pm. Gadaleto’s Seafood & Bandstand, New Paltz. 255-1717. Danu 8pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $22.50, $20 members.

Kevin Burke House Concert 8pm. Traditional music. Woodstock. 679-2033. Mary’s All Star Jam 8:30pm. Bluegrass, blues, rock, R&B. Mary’s Pub & Music Room, Millbrook. 677-2282. Alex de Grassi 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $20, $17 members. Comfy Chair 9pm. 33, Kingston. 339-8440. $5. SPOKEN WORD Lyceum with Nikki Giovanni 12:30pm. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017. Act Locally to Protect Biodiversity Globally 7pm. Sponsored by the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-2011. Fire on the Mountain 7pm. The role of fire with Marc Mullenix, Fire Manager of Mesa Verde National Park. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-0752. Growing Up With Oral History & Legends of the Catskill Mountains 7pm. Catskill Author Doris Brooks. Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-4181, ext. 3327. WORKSHOPS String Trio of New York 7:30pm. Discussion and demonstration of their approach to jazz improvisation. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. $5. FRIDAY 11 FEBRUARY

Altercation Magazine Show 9pm. 8 bands including Pitchfork Militia, Goblet, the Priests. 33, Kingston. 339-8440. $8. THEATRE The Glass Menagerie 8pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15. SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY ART Afghanistan & Iraq 3-6pm.Photographs by Connie Houde & Lorna Tychostup. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. City Scapes 3-6pm. Robert DeVito’s sculptured paintings. RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon. 838-2880. Our Sensual World 4-6pm. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940. With Affection: Personal Inscriptions and the Art of Giving 4-6pm. Prints, drawings, paintings, and other works drawn from the WAA Permanent Collection. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940. Works by painter Bruce Ackerman 4-6pm. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940. Works from Art Garage 4-6pm. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940. Newburgh Beacon Bridge 6-9pm. Artists from the Newburgh area meet artists from Beacon and present their works. BAU, Beacon. 591-2331.

ART Gallery Show 5-8pm. Gertrude and Henry Gillette. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

CLASSES NYS Approved Real Estate Course 9am-12pm. First of 15 sessions. SUNY Ulster Continuing and Professional Education, Kingston. 339-2025. $299.

EVENTS Especially for Couples Weekend Call for times. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (800) 772-6646.

Film School 9am-6pm. SUNY Ulster Continuing and Professional Education, Kingston. 339-2025. $389.

The Art of Chocolate Weekend Call for times. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (800) 772-6646.

Reiki I & II Certification 10am-5pm. Become a certified Reiki practitioner. Woodstock area. 336-4609.

FILM Godzilla Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Woman of the Year Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-5288. La Petite Lili 7:30pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. KIDS Family Art Night 6-8pm. Saugerties Art Lab. Dutch Arms Chapel, Saugerties. 246-3166. MUSIC Brews and Blues Productions 5-7pm. Featuring Panama Ltd. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-BREW. Liz Toleno 6-9pm. Blues, country, jazz, Piano/ Vocals, musical theater. Gadaleto’s Seafood Company, New Paltz. 255-1717. Duo Loco Mark Dziuba & Studio Stu 6:30-9:30pm. Neko Sushi & Hibachi, Wappingers Falls. 298-9869. Open Mic Night 7pm. The Arts Alliance of the Lower Hudson Valley. The Historic Elks Lodge, Newburgh. 534-5284. $3. Balm of My Dreams 7:30pm. Artist Fran Bull and theatre artist Carolyn Corbett. Esoterica, New Paltz. 255-5777. Barbara Dempsey Trio 8pm. Jazz. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. Jay Unger and Molly Mason 8pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

DANCE Valentine’s Day Dance 11pm. Music by JTD Productions. Terrapin Restaurant, Rhinebeck. 876-3330. EVENTS Science Olympiad Competition 8am. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Cupid’s On The Loose 6-8pm. LifeWorks singles mixer. LifeWorks, Lake Katrine. 336-4646. $25. First Annual Tibetan New Year Dinner and Fundraiser 7-9pm. Losar dinner and fundraiser to help tsunami and earthquake victims. Woodstock Palden Sakya Center, Woodstock. 679-4024. $25. FILM Godzilla Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Outfoxed 3:45pm. How media empires have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Rana’s Wedding 5:30pm. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Festival Express 7:30pm. With musical performances from 1970. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. KIDS Darwin Day 2pm. Science activities ages 4-12. New Paltz Village Hall, New Paltz. 247-0098.





ew York-based photographer Zana Briski traveled to Calcutta’s red light district, Sonagchi, and lived among the women and children there for several years, documenting their lives. If she had stopped there, this would have been an impressive feat. Born Into Brothels, directed and shot by herself and Ross Kaufman, is what happened instead. This documentary explores the lives of the children Briski met in the brothels, and the process of teaching them photography. The film is a compelling example of the work one person can do to help others, but even more so, it is a testament to the revolutionary power of art to transform even the most hopelessseeming lives. The film opens with a series of slow shots: a bare bulb and the insects it attracts; a child’s face; a crowded street lined with prostitutes—many in traditional saris—and the men who pass them; liquor being poured; a grainy close up of rats eating garbage. In a more predictable and objectifying film, these images represent the whole story. But this is a mere backdrop for the subtle beauty of what is about to unfold as we get to know these children and watch them confront their reality through photography. The kids are like any group of kids,: ranging in personality, dominance, and talent. One of the girls, who looks oddly like Anne Frank, is from a Brahman family that goes back three generations in prostitution. Another’s father tried to sell her off. One girl says, “one has to accept that life is sad and painful.” All of them fear being put “in the line.” The boys might enjoy more freedom than the girls, but they are certainly not off the hook. One of them likes to go to the roof to fly a kite when his mother is “working.” Another describes his father’s descent into hash addiction, but adds, “I try to love him a little.” One of the boys is remarkably mature and insightful, seeing the way “people here live in chaos,” and is very serious about his photography because he wants to “put across the behavior of man.” Enter the photography workshops: Briski works through a translator to explain composition, and kids look at contact sheets with a magnifying lens. These are some of the most thrilling scenes. Some of the young artists really enjoy the editing part, some don’t. At any rate, these kids take some breathtaking photographs. India, with all of its poverty and suffering, is, ironically, incredibly photogenic—the colors, the wildness, the raw humanity. It would be interesting to see a similar project happen in the South Bronx. Is our poverty and despair so lovely? Born Into Brothels has an important story to tell. It is about young life, moving and growing, or at least hoping. And it is about art, the healing that can happen when we truly see. As one of the most talented young photographers says as he critiques a picture, “though it’s hard to face, we must look at it because it is truth.” —Bethany Saltman BORN INTO BROTHELS WILL BE SHOWING FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 3 AT UPSTATE FILMS IN RHINEBECK. (845) 876-4515; WWW.UPSTATEFILMS.ORG.


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Monet’s Green Cake: Cooking Inspired by Art 2-5pm. Children aged 8 to 14. Whole Foods Whole People, Salt Point. 266-4282.

Author Steve Lewis 2pm. Reads from his book The Complete Guide for the Anxious Groom, with signing. Merritt Bookstore, Red Hook. 758-2665.

MUSIC Early Blues and Appalachian Concert 2pm. Featuring Pat Wictor. Howland Public Library, Beacon. 831-1134.

Hudson Valley poets Samuel Claiborne and Terence Chiesa 2pm. Woodstock Poetry Society. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock.

An Evening of Beethoven Trios 6pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (800) 843-0778. Project Mercury 6-10pm. Acoustic rock & modern folk. Gadaleto’s Seafood and Bandstand, New Paltz. 255-1717. A Night of Folk Music 7:30pm. The Arts Alliance of the Lower Hudson Valley. The Historic Elks Lodge, Newburgh. 534-5284. $10 general, $8 members, $5 seniors.

WORKSHOPS What Do Tarot Readings Do? 10am-4pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $20, $25. How to Audition for Theater 10:30am-12pm. With Anthony Giaimo. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. $49.

Michael Truckpile CD Release Party and Performance 8pm. 3FU, Kingston. 331-4580.

Sloan Wainwright Workshop 1-4pm. Hyde Park Free Library, Hyde Park. $35 concert and workshop.

Peter McCutcheon 8pm. Classical guitar concert. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

Traditional Dance of India 8pm. With Sonal Bhatt. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. $12, $10 for members.

Sloan Wainwright 8pm. Combines the best of rock, folk, jazz, and blues. Hyde Park Free Library, Hyde Park. $8. Valentine’s Day Dance Party 8pm. Featuring The Phantoms. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. $5. “52” Byrds, Beatles & Beyond 8-11pm. Artist-In-Residence Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. $6, $10 for two. The Brown Underground 8:30pm. Bluegrass, blues, rock. Mary’s Pub & Music Room, Millbrook. 677-2282. Mary Fahl with Jeremy Blue 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $25, $22.50 members. THE OUTDOORS ASIA Winter Festival Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. (800) 942-6904. Snowshoe Exploration of the High Peterskill 10am. For experienced snowshoers. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. $6 parking for non-skiers. Mohonk Preserve Singles Ski or Hike: Castle Point 10am-3pm. Strenuous 8 miles. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $6.

Hike on Escarpment Trail and Wooded Outskirts of North-South Lake in Catskills 1:30pm. Moderate hike. Call for meeting place. 435-5072. Calling All Owls 7-9pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall. 534-5506, ext 206. SPOKEN WORD What’s With the Weather? 10:30-11:30am. Highlights of weather records from 109 years of weather records at the Mohonk Preserve-Paul Huth. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $8. Author Steve Lewis 11am. Reads from his book The Complete Guide for the Anxious Groom, with signing. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857. Family Festival 11am. With storyteller Robbi Kumalo. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017.


THEATRE The Glass Menagerie 8pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15.

Christina Abbott 8pm. Full Moon Resort, Oliverea. 254-5117.

Hike at Peterskill Falls 10:30am. Moderately Strenuous 6 miles. Meeting Place: Trailhead off Rt. 55. 635-5187.

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Ray Rizzo & Friends Poetry Reading 9pm. 33, Kingston. 339-8440.

SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY ART Auto Graphic Respective 5-7pm. By Wilma Ervin. The Inquiring Mind Gallery, Saugerties. 246-5155. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Psychic Fair 11am-5pm. Benefit the American Heart Association. The Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206. Yoga, Potluck and Satsang 4pm. Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. By donation. Sufi Valentine Zikr 4-6:30pm. Shaduliyya Sufi teachings about the deep love, and sacred chant to open the heart. Mount Tremper. 679-7215. CLASSES Valentine’s Day Wildlife Search 2pm. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls. 831-8780. EVENTS Valentine Craft Making Open House and Book Fair 1-4pm. Grades pre-K through 8. High Meadow School, Stone Ridge. 687-4855. FILM Godzilla Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Rana’s Wedding 3pm. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Festival Express 5pm. With musical performances from 1970. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Studio Stu 11am-2: 30pm. New World Jazz Brunch. New World Home Cooking, Woodstock. 246-0900. A Community Collaboration 3pm. Gospel concert. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017. Adaskin String Trio 4pm. With Tom Gallant, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. 876-3533. $20, students $5, children free.

Andreas Haefliger 4pm. Playing Beethoven. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243. $25, $12 students. Traditional Irish Music 4-6pm. Followed by Sesion. Rhinebeck American Legion Hall, Rhinebeck. Tsunami Benefit 7pm. Featuring Pete Santora. The Joyous Lake, Woodstock. 679-8100. Leon Redbone 8pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $35, $32.50 members. THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles Ski or Hike: Overcliff 10am-3pm. Strenuous 6 mile. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $8. SPOKEN WORD Reading from Black Boy 2pm. Novel by Richard Wright read by Allan Wikman. Backstage Studio Production, Kingston. 338-8700. $5, $3 seniors, children, students. Sunday Salon 2pm. Discussion the impact of Cole, his place in art history, and his artistic achievements. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. (518) 943-7465. $8, $5 members. THEATRE The Glass Menagerie 2pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15. MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Embodying the Sacred with Ellen Weaver 12-1pm. Playing with a simple 5 elements Tai Chi form, followed by lunch. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $15 with lunch, $10 without. MUSIC Valentines Day with Studio Stu 6-9pm. Gadaleto’s Seafood, New Paltz. 255-1717. Amy Fradon & Katy Taylor 8pm. W/Paul Duffy. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. SPOKEN WORD Open Mike Poetry Night 7pm. Josie Peralta, Burton Aldrich as MtTop accompanied by Matt Perconti, Pamela McClure. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3. WORKSHOPS Arts & Business Forum 7-9pm. Earning a living through art. Eric Jarmann & Co. Custom Picture Frames, Newburgh. 926-3450. TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Aromatherapy 101 11am-2pm. With Joan Apter. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $40, $45 non-members. MUSIC Bucolic Oboe 8pm. Studley Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880. Open Mic Night 8pm. Hosted by Valen. Forum, Kingston. 331-1116. $5. WORKSHOPS Yoga for Recovery from Trauma 6:30-8pm. Forest Studio, New Paltz. 255-2243. $125 for series. WEDNESDAY 16 FEBRUARY ART Art Revealing Truth: Weapons of Self-Destruction 7-10:30pm. Photo Exhibit- The Victims of a Different Nuclear War. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 246-8952.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Craniosacral Study Group 7pm. Prerequisite: CranioSacral 1 certification. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $20. CLASSES Reiki I, Certification & Attunements with RMT Haviland 6pm. Hurley. $50. Opening & Operating Your Own Bed & Breakfast 7-9pm. 9 sessions, for new and existing B&B owners. SUNY Ulster Continuing and Professional Education, Kingston. 339-2025. $149. Fly Fishing and Fly Tying 7:30-10pm. Mid Hudson chapter of Trout Unlimited presents a series of 5 classes. Arlington High School, Poughkeepsie. 868-7715. $80 for 5 classes. FILM R-age 7:30pm. Mussmann/Bruce production. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. SPOKEN WORD New Paltz Times humor columnist Mark Sherman 7-9pm. At the Meeting of the Hudson Valley Publishing Network. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. $5. Scenic Hudson in Beacon 7:30pm. With Molly Shubert. Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $5, $3 members. THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Meditation Group 6-6:45pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. Reiki Circle 7:30-9pm. Designed for all Reiki practitioners. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. DANCE Fresh Dance 8pm. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3872. $16, $14. FILM R-age 7:30pm. Mussmann/Bruce production. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Studio Stu 6-9pm. Gadaleto’s Seafood & Bandstand, New Paltz. 255-1717. Comfy Chair 9pm. 33, Kingston. 339-8440. $5. SPOKEN WORD Sufi poetry and Zikr Call for times. Call for location. 679-2358. Act Locally to Protect Biodiversity Globally 7pm. Sponsored by the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-2011. Hudson River School Painters 7pm. Lecture by art historian William Rhodes. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Using the Law to Reign in Sprawl 7pm. Local governments can protect natural resources with Sean Nolon. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-0752. William Rhoads 7pm. Slides and talk on masterpieces by 19th century Hudson River School Painters. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. The Big Sleep: What Really Happened to Rip Van Winkle 7:30pm. With Richard Cattabiani. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 338-1868.

THEATRE Agatha Christie’s 10 Little Indians 10am. By D’n’A Productions, for middle school through high school. The Center fro Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. $8.00 per student. Ten Things You Need to Know to Survive Shakespeare 10am. By The Young Will Traveling Troupe, for grades 6 and up. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. $8.00 per student. Carmen 7:30pm. Bizet. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. $46.50, $43.50 seniors and students. WORKSHOPS Creating the Life of Your Dreams 7-9pm. Treasure Mapping Journal; theme: love your life. Sarabrae Women’s Spirituality Center, New Windsor. 569-1038. $30, $25 members, $10 materials. Writing a Winning Book Proposal 7-9pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15, $20. FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Strange Fruit 12-3pm. By Joel Katz, with discussion. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017. Film Screening 7:30pm. Screening of 3 local movies. Milton Avery Cinema, Annandale-onHudson. 758-7598. R-age 7:30pm. Mussmann/Bruce production. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Duo Loco Mark Dziuba & Studio Stu 6:30-9:30pm. Neko Sushi & Hibachi, Wappingers Falls. 298-9869. Wintersongs Songwriters in the Round 7-10pm. Bar Scott, Penny Nichols, Sloan Wainwright, David Roth and other. Ashokan Field Campus, Shokan. 246-0223. Open Hip Hop Mic Night 8pm. The Arts Alliance of the Lower Hudson Valley. The Historic Elks Lodge, Newburgh. 534-5284. $3. The Complications 8pm. Jazzy Rock. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. 25 ta life and Vyle 8pm. Club Crannel Street at The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 626-7780. Susan Werner with Brianne Chasanoff 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $20, $17.50 members. Todd Giudice 9pm. Singer/songwriter Americana. Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill. (914) 739-1287. THEATRE Assimilation 7pm. An evening of modern dance. Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. The Glass Menagerie 8pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15. WORKSHOPS Holding On and Letting Go 7:30pm. Psychodramatist and Art Therapist. Cabirini Home, Highland. 255-7502. $6. SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY ART Right Brain Saturday 10am-12pm. Ages 6-10, explore methods and issues of exhibiting artists.

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Absence of the Real: Building New Art with New Technology 6:30pm. An Introduction by Bo Gehring, featured artist. BAU, Beacon. 591-2331.




BODY / MIND / SPIRIT 8th Annual Health and Wellness Fair 12-5pm. Traditional and non-traditional methods. Poughkeepsie Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 471-4265. Healing arts workshop and labyrinth walk 1-4pm. “Change thru’ Affirmations.” Unification Theological Seminary, Barrytown. 417-1345. CLASSES Usui Reiki Classes: Level I Call for time. Taught by Faith Supple. SpiritRoot, Hopewell Junction. 897-3280. Monet’s Green Cake: Cooking Inspired by Art 2-5pm. Children aged 8 to 14. Whole Foods Whole People, Salt Point. 266-4282. DANCE African Dance 1pm. Learn the basics of African dance with Jeri Baker and drummer Kazi Oliver. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3619.

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Contra Dance 8-11pm. Lesson hour before dance. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 473-6955. $8. Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm. Alcohol-free and shoe-free environment with a wide range of music. Kingston Knights of Columbus Hall, Kingston. 658-8319. Adults $5; Teens, Seniors $2; Children & Volunteers FREE. EVENTS Miss Ulster County Pageant Call for times. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge. 334-8845. Antique and Estate Auction 5pm. Absolute Auction Center, Pleasant Valley. 635-3169. FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. R-age 7:30pm. Mussmann/Bruce production. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. The Gadabout Presents: Film Series 8pm. The Arts Alliance of the Lower Hudson Valley. The Historic Elks Lodge, Newburgh. 534-5284. $5. MUSIC Tractor Stomp 6-10pm. Featuring The Howland Wolves, The Leftovers, and Blak Maria. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-6070. $15. Benefit Concert for the Woodstock Artists’ Association 7:30-10pm. Performers Bar Scott with Jen Starr and Callie Hershey. Woodstock Artist’s Association, Woodstock. 679-2490. Blind Mice 8pm. Rock, Folk & Harmony. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. KJ Denhert 8pm. Full Moon Resort, Oliverea. 254-5117.

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WORKSHOPS Mid-Winter Workshop 10am-3pm. Arts and crafts of various media for children 6 and older. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

MUSIC Studio Stu 11am-2: 30pm. New World Jazz Brunch. New World Home Cooking, Woodstock. 246-0900.

Yoga for Recovery from Trauma 6:30-8pm. Forest Studio, New Paltz. 255-2243. $125 for series.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Brunch 8pm. Featuring the Zydeco Boys. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. Tom Rush 8pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $25, $22.50 members.

THE OUTDOORS Family Ski 10am-12pm. Mostly easy skiing or hiking. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New Paltz. 255-2011. Mohonk Preserve Singles Snowshoe or Hike: Table Rocks 10am-2pm. Meet at the Spring Farm Trailhead, moderate 6 miles. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $8. Maple Sugar Tours 11:30am-3pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall. 534-5506, ext 206. $6, $4 members. SPOKEN WORD Who’s Under the Ice? 10-11:30am. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $8. Sandi Gelles-Cole/HV PubNet 7-9pm. Independent editorial consultant. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 229-6684. $5. THEATRE Assimilation 7pm. An evening of modern dance. Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. Our Winter’s Tale 8pm. Hudson River Playback Theatre. 33, Kingston. 255-7716. $10/$8. The Glass Menagerie 8pm. By Tennessee Williams. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. $15. Hudson Valley Playback Theater 8:30pm. 33, Kingston. 339-8440. WORKSHOPS Taoist Sexual Alchemy Workshop Call for times. Kaatsbaan, Tivoli. 687-8721. How to Audition for Theater 10:30am-12pm. With Anthony Giaimo. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. $49. SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY CLASSES Barking Up the Wrong Tree? 2pm. Learn how to identify trees in the winter. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls. 831-8780. DANCE Sunday Master Class Series 2-4pm. Presented by the Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 9436700. FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

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Outfoxed 5pm. How media empires have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.


SPOKEN WORD Reading from Black Boy 2pm. Novel by Richard Wright read by Allan Wikman. Backstage Studio Production, Kingston. 338-8700. $5, $3 seniors, children, students. Topics in Sufism 4-6:30pm. In-depth lecture and experiential teaching of concepts and application in Shaduliyyiya Sufism. Call for location. 679-7215. WORKSHOPS Intro to Animal Communication & Healing 2-4pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15, $20. Yoga for Core Strength 2:30-5:30pm. With Michael Stein. Ashtanga Yoga, New Paltz. 430-7402. $40. MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY EVENTS Love Our Locals Week Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck. FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. SPOKEN WORD Open Mic Poetry Night 7pm. Thad Rutkowski (poet-author), Sparrow (poetry locomotive). Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3. WORKSHOPS Mid-Winter Workshop 10am-3pm. Arts and crafts of various media for children 6 and older. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Melt Your Stress Away 6:30-7:30pm. YMCA, Poughkeepsie. 4719622. $10, $5 YMCA members.

If You Love Me, Set Me Free 7-9pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 6792100. $15, $20.

FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Love and the Petty Tyrant 7-9:15pm. Barbara Threecrow makes us on an exploration into the dynamics of relationships. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $15, $20.

Middle School After-School Program 4-5:30pm. Ages 11-13. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Embodied Kabbalah 7-9pm. Ellen Weaver as she teaches The Holy Dance of the Shechinah and Kadosh Baruch Hu. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $15, $35 for series.

CLASSES David and Goliath 7:30pm. The New Paltz Wine School, New Paltz. 255-0110.

FILM Born Into Brothels Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

Happenstance 7pm. Romantic comedy. Howland Public Library, Beacon. 831-1134.

Europe’s Alps 7:30pm. Poughkeepsie High School, Poughkeepsie. 296-2152. $5.

Sisters 7:30pm. TSL Youth Project. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

SPOKEN WORD Thoreau and Sense of Place 7:30pm. With Kent Curtis. Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $5, $3 members.

MUSIC Duo Loco Mark Dziuba & Studio Stu 6:30-9:30pm. Neko Sushi & Hibachi, Wappingers Falls. 298-9869.

THURSDAY 24 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Meditation Group 6-6:45pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. Sufi Zikr 7-9:30pm. Shaduliyya Sufi teachings and sacred chant. Woodstock. 679-2358.

EVENTS Knitting Group 7-8:30pm. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3619.

EVENTS Student Performances 12:30pm. Rap, poetry, music club, all original works. Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8017.

Open Mic Night 8pm. Hosted by Valen. Forum, Kingston. 331-1116. $5.

Rana’s Wedding 3pm. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

THE OUTDOORS Cross-Country Ski or Hike at Mohonk Preserve 10:30am. Moderately Strenuous. Call for meeting place. 297-5126.

EVENTS Swing Dance Weekend Call for times. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. (800) 772-6646. Lawn and Garden Show 8am-9pm. Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie. 454-4330.

CLASSES The Art of Spiritual Dreaming 7-8pm. Book discussion with Eckanar leader Harold Kemp. Medical Center, Cold Spring. (800) 749-7791.

Mr. Hulot’s Holiday 1pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

DANCE Swing Dance 8:30pm. Lessons an hour before the dance. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 473-6955. $12.

Magick 101 with Haviland 7-9pm. Followed by full moon ritual. Hurley. $20.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Building A Home and Travel First Aid Kit With Essential Oils 7-9pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $15, $20.

Music for Cello, Violin, and Piano 8pm. McKenna Theatre, New Paltz. (84) 257-3880.

THEATRE Beauty and the Beast 8pm. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $20, $18 seniors and children.



MUSIC Shape Note Singing 7pm. Centuries-old choral tradition. Holy Cross Church, Kingston. 658-3485.

\Eat Right to Save the Ridge 7pm. The importance, joys and challenges of eating locally. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-0752.

ART Brown Bag Tour 11am-1pm. Hosted by Jessica Hough. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. $5, $7.

Practical Applications of Nutrition 7:30-9:15pm. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center, Kingston. 338-8313. $20, $25.

FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

Ridge Biodiversity Partnership. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-2011.

FILM Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. MUSIC Jimmy Cliff Call for time. Grammy nominated reggae artist. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Studio Stu 6-9pm. Gadaleto’s Seafood & Bandstand, New Paltz. 255-1717. Comfy Chair 9pm. 33, Kingston. 339-8440. $5. SPOKEN WORD Act Locally to Protect Biodiversity Globally 7pm. Sponsored by the Shawangunk

Mystical & Celtic Chant & Song 8pm. With Mirabilis and Amy Fradon. The Historic Elks Lodge, Newburgh. 534-5284. $10 general, $8 members. Toby Tobias 8pm. Acoustic Guitar Duo. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. Richie Havens 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $40, $37.50 members. The Strines 9pm. Forum Lounge, Kingston. Vicki Genfan 9:30pm. Full Moon Resort, Oliverea. 254-5117. THEATRE God’s Man in Texas Call for times. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Assimilation 7pm. An evening of modern dance. Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. Sisters 7:30pm. Mussmann directs teens in an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters.” Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Beauty and the Beast 8pm. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $20, $18 seniors and children. Moonlight and Valentino 8pm. Live stage version of Ellen Simon’s comedy. Cunneen-Hackett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. WORKSHOPS Intelligent Design - God in the Gaps 7:30pm. Evolution Workshop. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 247-0098.

SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY CLASSES Reiki I, Certification & Attunements w/RMT Haviland 12-4pm. Hurley. $50. DANCE DanceFest 7pm. Showcase of dance schools from the Hudson Valley. New Paltz High School, New Paltz. 256-9300. Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 8pm. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. EVENTS Lawn and Garden Show 8am-7pm. Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie. 454-4330. Oakwood Friends School Information Session and Campus Tour 1pm. Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie. (800) 843-3341. Women’s Studio Workshop’s Chili Bowl Fiesta 4-8pm. Purchase locally made, handcrafted bowls filled with hot chili donated by area restaurants. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 6589133. $5. FILM Born Into Brothels Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Sisters 1pm. TSL Youth Project. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 8228448. Rashomon 3pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Amarcord 5pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. The Seventh Seal 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. KIDS Monet’s Green Cake: Cooking Inspired by Art 2-5pm. Children aged 8 to 14. Whole Foods Whole People, Salt Point. 266-4282. MUSIC Jeff “Siege” Siegel CD Release 9, 10:45. “Magical Spaces”. The Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. $10. New World Symphony Call for times. Music made visible. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 352-5020 ext. 13. Dutchess Community College Music School Faculty Concert 3pm. Benefit concert for MusicLink scholarship fund. Dutchess Hall Theatre, Poughkeepsie. 431-8916. $10, $5 for children, seniors, students, faculty. Ulster County Choral & Jazz Festival 4pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. $5, $3 students and seniors. Indie Rock/Hip Hop Showcase 7pm. The Historic Elks Lodge, Newburgh. 534-5284. $5. Leslie Parnas with Madalyn and Cicely Parnas 8pm. Cellist, violinist and cellist respectively. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. 12 ($10 for HOH members), $20 family. Murali Coryell 8pm. Blues, R&B, Soul. Hickory Barbeque Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. $6. Bill Miller with special guest Steve Kirkman 9pm. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $20, $17.50 members. Nail 10pm. Presented by Wavy Davy. Miss Lucy’s Kitchen, Kingston. 246-9240.

THE OUTDOORS Ski Clinic 10am. For all abilities. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New Paltz. 255-2011. Mohonk Preserve – Ski or Hike to Duck Pond 10am-3pm. Strenuous 8 miles. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $8.



Maple Sugar Tours 11:30am-3pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall. 534-5506, ext 206. $6, $4 members. Inner Wall-Climbing Wall 12:15pm. Meeting place: Park and Ride, Highland. 435-5072. $18.50. Snowshoe/Hike at Black Creek Forest Preserve 12:15pm. Easy 2 mile hike. Call for meeting place. 339-7170. SPOKEN WORD Gallery Talk 1pm. Hunter College professor Nico Isreal on artist On Kawara. Dia: Beacon, Beacon. 440-0100. $10, $7 students, seniors. Reading of The Ha-Ha by Dave King 2pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. Book Signing and Illustrated Talk 2-4pm. Barbara Bash and her newest book: True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. THEATRE Rosa’s Ride 3pm. The play traces the story of Rosa Parks. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3619. Assimilation 7pm. An evening of modern dance. Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. Sisters 7:30pm. Mussmann directs teens in an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters.” Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Beauty and the Beast 8pm. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $20, $18 seniors and children. Moonlight and Valentino 8pm. Live stage version of Ellen Simon’s comedy. Cunneen-Hackett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. WORKSHOPS Development of the Feminine Soul 10am-5pm. From Victim to Empowered Woman. New Paltz location. 256-0160. $80. Astrology & Relationships: Unlocking the Confusion of Love & Healing 2-4pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15, $20. SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sufi Zikr (sacred chant) and potluck 4pm. Shaduliyya Sufi teachings and sacred chant, followed by potluck. Mount Tremper. 679-7215. Yoga, Potluck and Satsang 4pm. Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. By donation. CLASSES Bluebird Bonanza 2pm. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls. 831-8780. $10. DANCE Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 3pm. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. EVENTS Lawn and Garden Show 8am-7pm. Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie. 454-4330.

FILM Born Into Brothels Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. The Hunter and the Hunted Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Amarcord 1pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. The Seventh Seal 4pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. Rashomon 6pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. MUSIC Paul Rushell and Annie Raines 3pm. With special guest The Wiyos. Town Crier Café, Pawling. 855-1300. $17.50, $15 members, $10 children under 12. Ulster Chamber Music Series 3pm. Zphyros Winds and Pianist Pedja Muzijevic. The Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. 340-9434. Gilles Vonsattel 4pm. Pianist. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243. $25, $12 students. THE OUTDOORS Mohonk Preserve Singles Ski or Hike: Guyot’s Hill 10am-2pm. Meet at the Spring Farm Trailhead, moderate, 6-mile ski or hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $8. Maple Sugar Tours 11:30am-3pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall. 534-5506, ext 206. $6, $4 members. Cross-Country Ski or Hike at Sam’s Point Pine Barren Preserve 12:15pm. Strenuous. Call for meeting place. 297-5126. THEATRE Beauty and the Beast 3pm. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $20, $18 seniors and children. Moonlight and Valentino 8pm. Live stage version of Ellen Simon’s comedy. Cunneen-Hackett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. WORKSHOPS Nutrition for Yoga 4:30-7:30pm. With Angela Starks. Ashtanga Yoga, New Paltz. 430-7402. $40. MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY FILM Born Into Brothels Call for times. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. SPOKEN WORD Phillip hosts Phillip on my near birthday (Phillip Levine) 7pm. Theatrical performance piece of movement and word with Julie Manna. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3.


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Ongoing MONDAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Yoga Therapy for Special Needs Call for times. Private classes with Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz location, New Paltz. 256-9060. Mat Pilates 7:30-8am. With Sharon. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Morning Qigong 7:30-8:30am. With Jeff Antin. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $10/$12. Moderate Yoga 8-9:30am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga 9:15-10am. With Annice. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Mixed/Intermediate Yoga 9:30-11am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Pre-/Post-Natal Yoga 11:45am-12: 45pm. Pre-reg. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Moderate Yoga 4:30-5:45pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Easy Does It Yoga 5-6:15pm. With Donna Nisha Cohen. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836. Mixes Level Yoga 6pm. Dina Pearlman, Certified Yoga Instructor. Woodbine Inn, Palenville. 706-5892. Cardio Dance 6-6:45pm. With Annice. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Beginner Yoga 6-7:30pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Moderate Yoga 6-7:30pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Mat Pilates 7-8pm. With Sharon. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation 7:30pm. Intro classes. Kagyu Thubten Choling Buddhist Monastery, Wappingers Falls. 297-2500. Prenatal Yoga 7:35-8:35pm. Pre-registration required. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 265-0465. DANCE African Dance 5:30-7pm. With Mimo & Pam Camara. Dance Collective at Wallspace, Kingston. 687-7406. Mambo/Salsa with Lefty Cora 7:30-9pm. Beginning Level, 6 Mondays September 13-October 18. Unison Arts, New Paltz. 255-1559. $55/$65. KIDS Musical Munchkins 9:30am-1pm. Music classes 5mos-5yrs. Redeemer Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 895-1387. WORKSHOPS Connecting Couples Call for time. Using Imago & art therapy with Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Creative Expressive Therapy Call for times. With Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060.

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Freedom From Compulsive Eating Call for time. With Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Transformational Acting 6-8:30pm. For film, TV, stage. Sande Shurin Acting Studio, Woodstock. 679-5359. TUESDAY ART Life Drawing 6:30-9:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. $10. Life Drawing 7:30-9:30pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $24/$32. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Yoga Therapy for Special Needs Call for time. Private classes with Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Morning Meditation 6-7am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Morning Qigong 7:30-8:30am. With Jeff Antin. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $10/$12. Morning Yoga 7:45-8:30am. With Grace. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Moderate Yoga 8-9:30am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Moderate Yoga 8:30-9:45am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Yoga 9:15-10:15am. With Irina. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Basics Yoga 9:30-11am. With Donna. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836. Moderate Yoga 4:30-5:45pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Yoga 6-7pm. With Faith. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Shambhala Meditation Group 6-7:15pm. Open house 1st Tues. of the month. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556. Intermediate/Advanced Yoga 6-7:30pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Mixed Level Yoga 6-7:30pm. With Donna Nisha Cohen. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836.

Musical Munchkins Call for times. Music classes, 5mos-5yrs. Redeemer Lutheran Church, New Paltz. 895-1387. MUSIC Open Mic Night 8pm. Forum, Kingston. 331-1116. WORKSHOPS Creative Expressive Therapy Call for time. With Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Freedom From Compulsive Eating Call for time. With Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Acting With Eugenia Buerklin 7-10pm. Emotional expression, character work. Theatre 77, Woodstock. 679-0747. WEDNESDAY ART Life Drawing 1:30-4:30pm. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. $10. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Morning Meditation 6-7am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Moderate Yoga 7:15-8:45am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Morning Qigong 7:30-9:30am. With Jeff Antin. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $10/$12. Meditation 9-9:20am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga 9:15-10am. With Annice. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Mixed Level Yoga 9:30-11am. With Donna Nisha Cohen. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836. Moderate Yoga 9:30-11am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. The Feldenkrais Method 10-11am. Awareness through movement with Vita Neyer. Woodstock. 679-6785. Moderate Yoga 4:30-5:45pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Transformation Time 5:30-6:30pm. Yoga workshops for women. The Sanctuary, New Paltz. 255-3337.

Moderate Yoga 6-7:30pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.

Hatha Yoga Workshop 5:30-7pm. With Catherine Folkers. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 965-3271. $16.

Tai Chi 6-7:30pm. With Tony Widoff. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. $7/$8.

Cardio Dance 6-6:45pm. With Annice. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790.

DANCE Dance Movement 7-8pm. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790.

Moderate Yoga 6-7:30pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465.

African Dance 8-9pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. KIDS Ceramics with Helene Bigley Call for times. Ages 5-9. 11/1-12/16. Unison Arts and Learning Centers, New Paltz. 255-1559. $100/$90 members.

Moderate Yoga 6-7:30pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Mat Pilates 7-8pm. With Sharon. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Moderate Yoga 7:15-8:45pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.


Science of Mind Study Group 7:30pm. With Rev/ M. Bardet Wardell. Spiritual Eclecticism, Interfaith based on Ernest Holmes writing. Kingston. 338-1881. Spring Cleaning for the Soul 7:30-9pm. 6 Wednesdays with Bridget Regan. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $80/$90. A Course in Miracles 7:30-9:30pm. Study group with Alice Broner. Call to verify. Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie. 229-8391. KIDS Ceramics with Helene Bigley Call for times. Ages 5-9. 11/1-12/16. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $100/$90 members. Musical Munchkins Call for times. Music classes 5 mos5 years. Raising Children’s Bookstore, Saugerties. 895-1387. Children’s Yoga 3-4:15pm. Pre-registration required. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. MUSIC African Drum 6-7pm. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $35/$45. World Beat Drum 8-9pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. THE OUTDOORS Nature Walk 4pm. Minnewaska, New Paltz. 255-0752. $7 parking. THURSDAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Morning Meditation 6-7am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Morning Qigong 7:30-8:30am. With Jeff Antin. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $10/$12. Morning Yoga 7:45-8:30am. With Grace. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Basics Yoga 8-9:15am. With Donna Nisha Cohen. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836. Moderate Yoga 8-9:30am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Moderate Yoga 8:30-9:45am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Yoga 9:15-10:15am. With Faith. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Gentle Yoga 4:30-5:45pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Tai Chi for Continuing Students 5:30-7pm. 12 Thursdays with Martha Cheo. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $12/$14. Yoga 6-7pm. With Faith. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Mixed Level Yoga 6-7:30pm. With Donna. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836. Mixed/Intermediate Yoga 6-7:30pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Moderate Yoga 6-7:30pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Dance Movement 7-8pm. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Mixes Level Yoga 7:30pm. Dina Pearlman, Certified Yoga Instructor. Woodbine Inn, Pallenville. 706-5892.

Evening Qigong 7:30-9pm. With Jeff Antin. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. $12/$14. DANCE Euro Dance for Seniors and Others 1:30-2:30pm. Unison Arts, New Paltz. 255-1559. $5 single, $8 couple. African Dance 5:30-7pm. With Mimo & Pam Camara. Dance Collective at Wallspace, Kingston. 687-7406. KIDS Ceramics with Helene Bigley Call for times. Ages 10-15. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $115/$105 members.



Nature Stories Call for time. Preschool activities. Minnewaska, New Paltz. 255-2011. Clay Shop for Ages 10-15 4-5:30pm. 6 Thursdays. Unison Arts, New Paltz. 255-1559. $105/$115. MUSIC Thursday Night Live 8:30pm. Open mike. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700. $3.

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WORKSHOPS Deep Clay 6:30-8:30pm. Dreamfigures: Women’s Art Therapy Group with Michelle Rhodes LMSW ATR-BC. Pre-reg. Gardiner. 255-8039. Transformational Acting 7-9:30pm. For film, TV, stage. Sande Shurin Acting Studio, Woodstock. 679-5359. FRIDAY ART Deep Clay 10:30am-12: 30pm. Dreamfigures: Women’s Art Therapy Group with Michelle Rhodes. Pre-register. Gardiner. 255-8039. Deep Clay 6:30-9:30pm. Open studio/coaching/ instruction in hand buildings, potter’s wheel, sculpture. Small mixed age groups, beginner to experienced welcome. Children, teens, adults. New Paltz area, 255-8039. $25. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Morning Meditation 6-7am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.

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Moderate Yoga 7:15-8:45am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. Mat Pilates 7:30-8am. With Sharon. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga 9:15-10am. With Annice. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790.

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DANCE African Dance 6-7:30pm. With Pam Lord. Stone Ridge Ctr. For the Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-8890. KIDS Musical Munchkins Call for times. Music classes 5 mos-5 years. Rhinebeck Dance Center, Red Hook. 895-1387. MUSIC African Drum 5-6pm. with Mimo Camara. Stone Ridge Ctr. For the Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-8890. WORKSHOPS Connecting Couples Call for time. Using Imago & art therapy with Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. SATURDAY ART Deep Clay Call for times. Expressive Clay groups / instruction for children and teens with Michelle Rhodes LMSW. Pre-reg. Gardiner location, Gardiner. 255-8039. Pottery Call for times. Pottery classes for beginning and advanced adults. Doris Licht Ceramic Studio, Woodstock. 679-5620. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Yoga Therapy for Special Needs Call for time. Private classes with Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Mat Pilates 7:30-8am. With Sharon. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790.

KIDS Musical Munchkins Call for times. Music classes 5 mos5 years. Raising Children’s Bookstore, Saugerties. 895-1387. MUSIC African Drum 2-3pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. WORKSHOPS Connecting Couples Call for time. Using Imago & art therapy with Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Creative Expressive Therapy Call for time. With Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Freedom From Compulsive Eating Call for time. With Bonnie Hirschhorn. New Paltz. 256-9060. Transformational Acting 10:30am-12pm. Fundamentals for film, TV, stage. Sande Shurin Acting Studio, Woodstock. 679-5359. SUNDAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Morning Meditations 8:30-9:30am. Ongoing Sundays. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559. Donation. Mixed/Intermediate Yoga 9-10:20am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. Mixed Level Yoga 10-11:30am. With Donna Nisha Cohen. Yoga at Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836.

Moderate Yoga 9-10:15am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465.

Moderate Yoga 10:30-11:45am. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465.

Moderate Yoga 9-10:30am. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.

Shambhala Meditation Group 10:30am-12: 15pm. Sitting & Walking Meditation. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Mixed/Intermediate Yoga 10:30am-12pm. Jai Ma Yoga, New Paltz. 256-0465. CLASSES Expressive Clay, Sculpture & Potter’s Wheel


West African Drum Class 10-11am. With Mohamed Camara. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 339-4642. $20.

Yoga 8:30-9:30am. With Grace. Everyday Wellness for Women, Red Hook. 758-0790.

Mixed Level Yoga 9:30-10:30am. With Kathy. Yoga on Duck Pond, Stone Ridge. 687-4836.

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Call for times. Ages 6-19 with Michelle Rhodes. Gardiner. 255-8039.

DANCE African Dance 12-1:30pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212. MUSIC African Drum 11am-12pm. The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz. 255-8212.



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Business Directory ACCOUNTING Dennis Abbott Certified Public Accountant

An alternative CPA firm for those who prefer the personal attention so rarely found these days. Taking care of the tax and accounting needs of individuals, LLCs, partnerships, and small business corporations for over 30 years. The office is located in New Paltz. (845) 255-3482. ACTING Sande Shurin Acting Classes

Revolutionary new acting technique for Film/Stage/TV. The book: Transformational Acting...A Step Beyond, Limelight Editions. The technique: Transform into character using current emotions. No recall. No forward imagining. Shurin private coaches many celebrities. The classes: Thursday eves at 7pm, Woodstock. Master classes at the Times Square Sande Shurin Theatre. (917) 545-5713 or (212) 262-6848. ANTIQUE RESTORATION G. Leibovitz, Antiques

GLR specializes in the expert care and restoration of fine, period antiques using traditional methods and materials. Repairs are performed with an emphasis on the preservation and conservation of the original object. Services offered include hand-rubbed shellac finishing, repairs to marquetry and inlay, water gilding, carving, and structural repairs. 269[RZ1] Route 7A, Copake, NY 12516. (518) 329-1933. ARCHITECTURE 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 firm’s principal, Anthony J. DiGuiseppe, AIA RIBA, an internationally published architect and award-winning furniture designer. Accord (845)

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687-8989, New York City (212) 439-9611., ART CENTERS The Living Seed

The Living Seed Yoga Center offers Sivananda Yoga classes 7 days a week. All levels and ages welcome. Morning meditations are free. Yoga Day 2nd & 4th Sundays. Sauna. Art Gallery. Dance. Drum. Workshops. And so much more. Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize Sivananda. 521 Main St. (Route 299) New Paltz (845)-255-8212.

ing, 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. (845) 255-9902.


R & F Handmade Paints

Specializing in later 20th & early 21st Century American Fine Art, Photography, Furniture, Lighting, Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry. Featuring emerging artists as well as American Masters. Artists on view: George Tice, Lichtenstein, Wesselman, Dine, Sica, Scheele, Richichi, Hirsch, Thomas Mann, Caldwell, Corbett, Horowitz, Yale Epstein. Hours: Friday-Monday 12-5pm. (845) 679-1100.

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. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. 506 Broadway, Kingston. (845) 331-3112.

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ATTORNEYS Schneider, Pfahl & Rahmé, LLP

A wide variety of art using highend digital printmaking. Large format on heavy papers and canvas, using archival ink. Printing done on premises. Bi-monthly shows. 176 Main Street, Beacon, NY. (845) 838-3700. 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 their work. 460 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. (845) 838-2995. ART SUPPLIES 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 fram-

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. (845) 679-9868 or (212) 629-7744.www.schneider; www.nycrealestateat AUTOMOTIVE Roberti Motor Cars

Specializing in previously owned SAABs. Over 150 pre-owned SAABs in stock at all times. Authorized SAAB service center. Large selection of new and used SAAB parts available. Prices range from $1,500 to $25,000. All cars warranteed bumper to bumper. (845) 339-SAAB. 385 Foxhall Avenue, Kingston, NY.

BEVERAGES Leisure Time Spring Water

Pure spring water from a natural artesian spring located in the Catskill Mountains. The spring delivers water at 42oF year-round. The water is filtered under high pressure through fine white sand. Hot and cold dispensers available. Weekly delivery. (845) 331-0504. BOOKSTORES Barner Books

Used books. From kitsch to culture, Thoreau to thrillers, serious and silly. We have the books you read. Monday - Saturday 10-7, Sunday 12-6. Located at 69 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-2635. E-mail: The Golden Notebook

A feast for book lovers located in the heart of Woodstock, we are proud to be a part of Book Sense: Independent Bookstores for Independent Minds. In addition to our huge database, we can special order any book in or out of print. Our Children’s Store located right next door has an extensive selection of books and products exclusively for the under-14 set. We also carry the complete line of Woodstock Chimes. 25-29 Tinker Street, Woodstock. (845) 679-8000, fax (845) 679-3054. the Howard Frisch Books

Howard Frisch Books was founded in 1954, and has been a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) since 1957. We have a general stock specializing in the Out-of-Print, the Rare, the Unusual, the Unexpurgated, the Literary, The Scholarly, and much more in subject categories that range from Art to Zoology. 116 County Rte. 19, Livingston, NY 12541. (518) 851-7493. Mirabai of Woodstock

The Hudson Valley’s oldest spiritual/holistic bookstore, providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts that transform, 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. (845) 679-2100.

Oblong Books

Oblong Books & Music is a full service independent bookstore with two locations, one in the heart of Millerton since 1975, and the other in the center of Rhinebeck since 2001. A true general bookstore, Oblong stocks the best and most interesting books and music in all categories with author and music events throughout the year. Hours: Millerton—Monday-Thursday 9:30am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 9: 30am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. (518) 789-3797. Rhinebeck— Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. (845) 876-0500. CARPETS / RUGS 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. Open 6 days a week 12-6pm. Closed Tuesdays. MC/ Visa/AmEx. 54G Tinker Street, Woodstock. (845) 679-5311. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS The Children’s Art Workshop & Gallery

For ages 7-up (and adults). Classes offered: oils, watercolors, acrylic, pencil, clay, mixed media, perspective, color theory, and design, intro to decorative arts, graphic design, and illustration concepts without using the computer. Students also learn to curate and show art in the “Artists in Training” gallery. Hours: Mon.Wed. 1-5pm, Saturday 11am12:30pm. Call (845) 255-7990. Deep Clay

Expressive Clay Groups ages 5 to 14. Parent-child lessons. High school student classes to develop portfolio. Michelle Rhodes, Deep Clay Studio, (845) 255-8039. Musical Munchkins

Winner of “Best Children’s Music Program” award for 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old Babies and Young Musician pre-piano classes for 3- to 5-year-olds. Now in nine locations: New Paltz, Woodstock, Red Hook, Beacon, Wappingers Falls/Hopewell Junction, Cornwall, Goshen, 2/05

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and Monroe. Weekday and Saturday classes. Visit our Web site at or call (845) 895-1387 for information and live video clips. Now registering for winter classes. CINEMA Upstate Films

Great International Cinema. Contemporary & Classic. 26 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-2515. CLOTHING Haldora

Haldora, a family name from Iceland meaning Goddess of the Mountains. Haldora designs a life style in women’s clothing and scarves—styles which are timeless, understated, and have a forgiving elegance. She designs and cuts her own line, then sends it to her seamstress where it is sewn locally in New York State. Her fabrics are mostly natural, including many kinds of silk, linens, and cotton in many colors, with wool added in winter. Also at Haldora, you will find other complimentary lines. In season, she has wool, cotton, and cashmere sweaters, which include Margaret O’Leary and Kincross Cashmere. Haldora carries a full line of Hanro of Switzerland undergarments and sleepwear. Shoes are also important to finish your look. Some of the lines carried are Arche, Lisa Nading, and Gentle Souls. Haldora also carries jewelry in a wide range of prices. Open Daily. 28 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York. (845) 876-6250. COLLEGES Dutchess Community College

Dutchess Community College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was founded in 1957. The College offers an educational policy of access, quality, opportunity, diversity, and social responsibility. DCC’s main campus in Poughkeepsie is situated on 130 scenic acres with facilities that are aesthetically pleasing and technologically advanced. The College has a satellite campus, Dutchess South, in Wappinger Falls, and learning centers in Carmel, Staatsburg, and Pawling. (845) 431-8020. Marist College

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of educating adults. The School of Graduate and Continuing Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certificates, noncredit professional programs, and personalized services in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Goshen, Monticello, Kingston, and online. Phone: (845) 575-3000 x6039. Fax: (845) 575-3166. E-mail: Web: 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. (845) 5693222. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS Hawthorne Valley Association

Cultural renewal through education, agriculture, and the arts. Hawthorne Valley Farm, Hawthorne Valley School, Visiting Students Program and Summer Camps, Adonis Press, Alkion Center for Adult Education, Farmscape Ecology Program, Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility. 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075. (518) 672-5118. www.hawthorne CONSIGNMENT SHOPS Past ‘n’ Perfect

A quaint consignment boutique that offers distinctive clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories, and a unique variety of high quality furs and leathers. Always a generous supply of merchandise from casual to chic, contemporary to vintage, with sizes from infant to adult. Featuring a diverse and illuminating jewelry collection. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Conveniently located at 1629 Main Street (Route 44), Pleasant Valley, NY—only 9 miles east of the MidHudson Bridge. (845) 635-3115.

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 glass, etc. Open Friday through Monday 10:30am-6pm. 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley. (845) 331-3859. DANCE Freestyle Frolic

An alternative to the club scene: dancing in a smoke-free, alcoholfree, and shoe-free environment to a wide range of music spun by some very eclectic DJs. Usually first and third Saturdays, 8:30pm to 1am at Kingston Knights of Columbus Hall, 389 Broadway. Adults $5, Kids Free! (845) 6588319. DESIGN Actionpact Solutions

Actionpact Solutions is your premiere, award-winning, full-service graphic, Web, and multi-media design firm located in Kingston, NY. We offer fresh, fun, and functional advertising and design solutions for businesses of all sizes. Make a pact for action and contact us today for your free consultation! (845) 532-5398 or support Little Cabin Graphics

Start the New Year off right...increase your business income potential with a professional Web site, business card, or brochure. Little Cabin Graphics is an established, full-service graphic art and Web design company specializing in graphic design of business logos, ads, illustrations and superior Web site development. We also offer competitive Web site hosting and maintenance. For more information visit www.littlecabingraphic or call (845) 658-8997 or (845) 688-5075.

The Present Perfect

Designer consignments of the utmost quality for men, women, and children. Current styles, jewelry accessories, and knickknacks. Featuring beautiful furs and leathers. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; and Sunday 12-5pm. Located at 23G Village Plaza, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-2939.

DISTRIBUTION Chronogram Is Everywhere!

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 Orange counties. Call us at (845) 334-8600 or e-mail


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GUITAR & BASS LESSONS Learn Guitar or Bass Guitar!

Divorce isn’t just emotional and legal—it’s financial. Often one spouse loses a lot more than the other—sometimes with serious long-term consequences. Equitable distribution is not necessarily 50/50. If you’re divorcing, I can help to ensure your financial future. Call for free brochure or to schedule a free initial consultation. Robin Vaccai-Yess, CFP®, Certified Divorce Planner. 109C Vineyard Avenue, Highland. (845)691-9700.

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Michael Gregorio Furniture Maker

Beginner to Advanced, all Styles. All Ages Welcome! Note Reading, Theory, Chords, Harmony. Modern Fun Approach. Call Today! Dennis Jacobs, BA of Music, 15 Years Performance & Teaching Experience. (845) 384-6477. Get Started Today and Receive One FREE Lesson the First Month. Give the Gift of Music!

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Michael Gregorio is a meticulous furniture maker and designer with 30 years experience building original studio furniture, commissioned residential furniture, antique reproductions, and fine antique repair. His pieces are sculptural, organic, and sensual, with natural oil finishes that complete the visual appeal of his art. 315 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-6032. Gallery hours by appointment only.

See Attorneys. North Park Woodcraft Ltd., EDITING Manuscript Consultant

See Literary. EDUCATION Shawangunk Ridge School

Shawangunk Ridge School is a NYS-accredited private day school serving young people between the ages of 10 and 17. Shawangunk Ridge School combines a thematic study approach to learning with real-life experiences, to offer students a whole education that can help them to better understand themselves and their environment, to see what is needed in any situation, and to respond appropriately. New Paltz. (845) 255-4262. EVOLUTION Discovery Institute

To Know. To Understand. To Be. Offering intensive training in a living school of psychotransformism in the tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff. (845) 255-5548.

Your wood furniture destination. Our showroom features custom and factory-built pieces—dining and kitchen tables and chairs, bedroom sets, entertainment and computer centers, display cabinets, and bookcases. Our finishing department offers standard wood tones, custom colors, and paint; also specialty, antiqued crackled and/or handdecorated finishes. Route 9G, Hyde Park. (845) 229-2189, fax (845) 229-6843.www.northpark 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, 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, 145 Route 32N, New Paltz,

HOME DESIGNS Eco-Arch Design Works Janus Welton, Architect

Janus Welton, AIA, Feng Shui, and Eco Architect, an awardwinning design architect offering over 12 years of traditional Chinese Feng Shui expertise to her Ecological and Healthy Building Design Practice combining Feng Shui, Bau-Biology, and Solar Architecture to promote “Green 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 Consultations, Planning, Architecture, Commercial Interiors, Interior Design, and Professional Seminars. (845) 247-4620. E-mail: www.JanusWeltonDesign HOME FURNISHINGS & GIFTS The Pearl Gallery

The Pearl Fine Decorative Arts Gallery specializes in handcrafted furniture and sculpture by local artists and renowned 20th-century designers. The gallery also offers African and Native American Art, handmade jewelry, and handblown glass. Among other items


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featured are exceptional 20thcentury prints, lithographs, and photography. 3572 Main Street, Stone Ridge. (845) 687-0888. HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS Frog Hollow Farm

English riding lessons for adults and children. Solar-heated indoor, large outdoor, cross-country course, extensive trails. Summer camp, boarding, training, and sales. Emphasis on Dressage as a way of enhancing all horse disciplines. Holistic teaching and horse care. 572 Old Post Road, Esopus. (845) 384-6424. www.dressageat Green Heron Farm, Inc.

We offer riding instruction to children and adults, beginner through advanced all year round in a safe, fun environment with qualified instructors. We also offer summer day camp for children. We are located 3 miles from the center of Woodstock. 446 John Jay Road. For more information call (845) 246-9427 or visit us at INTERIOR DESIGN DeStefano & Associates

Barbara DeStefano. (845) 3394601. See Whole Living Guide under Feng Shui.

seasons: Christmas trees and holiday decorations, seed-starting supplies, garden tools, annual & perennial packs, pots, grass seed, fertilizers, nursery stock, and everything for the birds. Route 9W North, Kingston. (845) 336-6300. Route 44, Poughkeepsie.(845) 454-4330. LINGERIE Joovay

After 20 years as a destination for NYC’s most discerning shoppers, Joovay Lingerie has relocated to two locations in the Hudson Valley. The stores carry a mix of daywear, loungewear, and intimate wear that combine the practical, elegant, luxurious, and simply fun. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Gifts are beautifully wrapped. 623 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534. (518) 822-1526. 6423 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. LITERARY Submit to Chronogram

Seeking submissions of poems, short stories, essays, and article proposals. Accepting pieces of all sorts. With SASE, send submissions to Chronogram, 314 Wall Street, 2nd floor, Kingston, NY 12401. Ione


Local Internet access and commercial Web site hosting. Fast, reliable, easy to use, flexible pricing…Want more? How about: free software, extra e-mail, K56Flex support, personal web space, helpful customer service, and no setup charges. (845) 255-2799. Webjogger

Blazing fast broadband Internet access. Featuring symmetrical bandwidth, superior personal attention and technical support, rock-solid security and reliability, and flexible rates. Complementary services include e-mail, Web hosting, accelerated dialup, server collocation and management, and customized networking solutions. Webjogger is a locally grown company with offices in Tivoli and Kingston. (845) 757-4000. LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS & SERVICES Adams Fairacre Farms

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Writing workshops and private instruction for writers. (845) 339-5776. MAGAZINES Chronogram

The only complete arts and cultural events resource for the Hudson Valley. Subscribe and get the lowdown first. 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, 2nd floor, Kingston, NY 12401. MARKETS Adams Fairacre Farms

The Hudson Valley’s complete farm market/garden center for all seasons: Christmas trees and holiday decorations, seed-starting supplies, garden tools, annual & perennial packs, pots, grass seed, fertilizers, nursery stock, and everything for the birds. Route 9W North, Kingston. (845) 336-6300. Route 44, Poughkeepsie.(845) 454-4330.


A unique mediation practice for couples going through divorce or families in conflict with the innovative, combined services of two professionals. Josh Koplovitz has 30 years as a Matrimonial & Family Law Attorney and Myra Schwartz has 30 years as Guidance Counselor. This male/female team can effectively address all your legal and family issues. Use our onehour free consultation to find out about us. (845) 331-0100. 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 as litigated court decisions and cost half as much. I draw on my experience as a financial planner, psychotherapist, and pro se litigant to guide couples in a responsible process of unraveling their entanglements, preserving their assets, and creating a satisfying future. Cornwall, New Paltz, and NYC. (845) 534-7668. MUSIC Burt’s Electronics

Good music deserves quality sound! Avoid the malls and shop where quality and personal service are valued above all else. 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. Monday through Friday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; and Sunday 12-4pm. (845) 331-5011. Drums of Woodstock

The ultimate source for all your jammin’ needs. Check out our diverse collection of Djembe, Dun Dun, Conga, Bougarabou Drums, Didgeridoos, Rain Sticks, Chimes, and Hand-Held Musical Instruments. 77 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. (845) 810-0442. www.drums Rhino Records

Rhino Records is your hometown record shop; the musical mecca of the Hudson Valley. Staffed by local music aficionados whose vast knowledge and love of music is outshone only by their courteous

demeanor, Rhino embraces both the esoteric and the popular. We stock CDs, LPs, and DVDs by artists from the top of the charts to the deepest recesses of many musical vanguards. Rhino has thousands of new and used CDs for sale, as well as an evergrowing collection of vinyl. And Rhino recycles! You can trade in your unwanted CDs, LPs, videos, and DVDs and get credit or cash. Come into Rhino and let the warm glow of music embrace you. 188 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-0230. WVKR 91.3 FM

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. A listener-supported, non-commercial, student-run, alternative music station. Programming is provided by students and community members, and includes jazz, new music, folk, hip hop, polka, new age, international, blues, metal, news, and public affairs programming. WVKR Web casts at (845) 437-7010. NURSERIES

See Landscape Products & Services. PAYROLL Paychex

Paychex eases the burden of payroll and payroll taxes for hundreds of thousands of businesses nationwide. Our sophisticated electronic network capabilities handle all the intricate business needs, from payroll direct deposit and laser check signing to 401(K) recordkeeping. Our payroll service supplies a comprehensive business solution that is accurate, confidential, and affordable. (845) 896-6100. PERSONAL ASSISTANTS Personal Assistant

Office and personal assistant more than able to provide full-spectrum support. Intelligent, dependable, industrious, discreet long-term resident can handle it all. Plan a travel itinerary or a dinner party? Organize a wardrobe or a year’s worth of accumulated clutter? Bring order to chaos? No problem. Treat yourself. Free yourself. Your style is my objective. Contact or phone (518) 945-3311. PET SERVICES & SUPPLIES Angel & Us Pet Sitting

We’ll treat your pet with tender loving care in your home. Feed-

ing, walking (when applicable), and of course playtime! Special requests and requirements considered. Also, household services such as watering plants and getting mail while you’re away. Reliable. References. Reasonable rates. Bonded. (845) 658-3637. Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

Marlis Momber

Call Marlis for all your photographic needs: commercial and personal, portraits, events, art. Free in-depth consultations to meet your photographic needs and budget. Studio or location. Monday-Saturday. (845) 255-7993. PRINTING

The Pioneer in Professional Pet Care! Full house-petplant sitting service, proudly serving three counties for 32 years. Experienced, dependable, thorough, and reasonable house sitting for your pets’ health and happiness. Also offering a cats-only resort with individual rooms. Extensive horticulture and landscaping knowledge in addition to domestic and zoo animal experience. Better Business Bureau Metro NY/ Mid-Hudson Region Member. (845) 687-0330. PHOTOGRAPHY France Menk Photography & Photodesign

A fine art approach to your photographic and advertising requirements. Internationally exhibited. Major communications/advertising clients. My work is 100% focused on your needs. (845) 256-0603.


Property, home, and life management services. Offers piece of mind and quality, reliable services to weekenders and others with busy lives. Relax with our wide spectrum of varied services. References available upon request. Serving the Hudson Valley since 1980. Rita Cerilli/Lisa Matranga (845) 255-7051.

Michael Gold

ARTISTIC HEADSHOTS of actors, singers, models, musicians, performing artists, writers, and unusual, outlandish, off-the-wall personalities. Complete studio facilities and lighting. Creative, warm, original, professional. Unconditionally guaranteed. www. and click on to the “Headshots” page. The Corporate Image Studios, 1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz. (845) 255-5255. Michael Weisbrot Studio

Wedding Photography. Color and Archival, Museum-quality, B&W Photography. Customized packages. I’m an experienced professional whose work combines sensitivities of an artist with storytelling skills of a photojournalist. General commercial freelance. Studio and location. Portraits, Theatre. Custom B&W darkroom work. Exhibition Printing. Call for prices, samples, and appointment. or (845) 338-0293.

PUBLISHERS Monkfish Book Publishing Company

Monkfish publishes books that combine spiritual and literary merit. Monkfish books range from memoirs to sutras, from fiction to scholarly works of thought. Monkfish also publishes Provenance Editions, an imprint devoted to elegant editions of spiritual classics. Monkfish books are available at your favorite local or online bookstores, or directly from us. Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-4861. REAL ESTATE Willow Realty

Willow Realty is a small, personalized Real Estate Agency in Ulster County, New York. We have access to all the properties in the Multiple Listing Service, but high-pressure tactics are not part of our sales kit. We have extensive experience in buyer agency and new construction. We listen to you!!! New Paltz. (845) 255-7666. 2/05

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SCHOOLS Hawthorne Valley School

Hawthorne Valley School offers Waldorf Education pre-K to twelfth grade in Columbia and surrounding counties in an expanded campus with a new kindergarten, teaching kitchen, and fine arts wing through a curriculum integrating academics, arts, and practical work. The goal is to educate young people in mind, heart, and body. 330 Route 21C, Ghent, NY. (518) 672-7092. Hudson Valley Sudbury School

A radically different form of education based on the belief that children are driven by a basic desire to learn and explore. We trust that children, given the freedom, will choose the most appropriate path for their education. Our democratic School Meeting expects children to take responsibility for their lives and their community. Year-round Admissions. Sliding-scale tuition. (845) 679-1002.

Woodstock Day School

Karen Williams Design

Woodstock Day School, a state-chartered, independent school and member of NYSAIS, providing quality education for pre-school through 8th grade students since 1972. Small classes and a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio allow us to give each child the individualized consideration necessary for a positive learning experience. PO Box 1, Woodstock. (845) 246-3744.

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Foie Gras


...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 67 Photos by Roy Gumpel

Angelika Rinnhofer

Kevin Zraly


many years in television news has taught me that selective KEVIN ZRALY IN THE WINE CELLAR OF HIS NEW PALTZ HOME

which offers an exclusively American wine list at their restaurants. Other recent endeavors include Master Wine Classes offered in conjunction with Sherry-Lehmann, one of the premium wine retail stores in New York. He is at the top of his game as one of the world’s leading authorities on wine, having received professional accolades such as the James Beard Award as the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, and the European Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. In another stroke of professional good fortune, Barnes and Noble acquired his publishing house, Sterling, two years ago. This resulted in an unprecedented marketing blitz for his book, culminating in its first full-page ad in the New York Times just a few days before we met.

editing can make a bad situation look a thousand times worse. To find out what was really going on at a foie gras farm, I would have to visit one.


udson Valley Foie Gras is at the end of a dead-end road in rural Sullivan County. Only a few faded No Trespassing signs and a gate (left open when I

visited) keep outsiders out of the facility, though I was told a security guard usually watches it. Owners Izzy Yanay and Michael Ginor were weary when I requested an interview and tour. They were tired of all the

He ran down his immediate, ridiculously busy schedule for me. “Tomorrow I’m having

bad publicity and felt unfairly singled-out among livestock

lunch at Gramercy Tavern. I love that place. Great wine list.” I gathered that most of his

producers. “It’s easy to say foie gras is bad because it is a

business was conducted in the world’s finest restaurants. He continued, “Then I’m going

luxury product,” said Yanay.

to siesta. And then I have a presentation to JP Morgan. And then I go out to dinner at

In the end they decided they had nothing to hide. “When

Montrachet, another great restaurant. That’s the great thing about what I do. I have all

you want to make good liver you have to treat the ducks well,”

of this beauty,” he said, gesturing to the snow-covered Shawangunk Ridge glistening

Yanay said. “I need every duck to have a smile on its face.”

out the window. “And then I go down to the city and it’s another universe. New York is

Yanay has been in the foie gras business for more that 20

where my business is. But I always come back to this universe where my family is. This

years. Michael Ginor is the author of Foie Gras: A Passion, the

is my real universe. And that is why I am still very glad that Mohonk is still here, and the

definitive English language reference book on the subject.

Canal House is still here. Those places mean something to me,” he said, raising his glass

HVFG handles every aspect of foie gras production in-

in a toast to the place we both call home.

Monica’s Kneepads ...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35

house. Eggs produced through artificial insemination are hatched to order according to the culinary season. The ducklings are kept in groups of 1,000 until they are 11 to 14 weeks old and are then transferred to smaller pens for force-feeding.

an entire horn section, his playing rivaling the greats of the ’70s. Drummer Chris Reilly, or Dr.

Each of the farm’s 90 handlers is responsible for feeding

Rhythm, was a founding member of the ‘Pads and a member of Funktional Loonacy; though

350 ducks three times a day. Spending one minute on each

he gave Monica’s Kneepads its name, he’s recently been replaced by drummer Hector

bird would make for a 17-and-a-half-hour workday, but

Becerra. Energetic guitarist/songwriter Jonny Wa has been with the ‘Pads for two years. And,

most handlers work much faster. Activists claim that over-

finally, keyboard player Alex Mazur is founder of the Dead Beats, a Grateful Dead cover band.

worked employees don’t have time to be careful with the

Together they create a musical family that really works, selling out nearly every show

ducks and sometimes kill them by overfeeding. Yanay denies

and providing a few surprises. With a large and growing fan base, Doughty is constantly

the charge, pointing out that worker’s monthly bonuses are

peppered with compliments. “I always tell my male friends they’d be fools not to come

docked for each dead bird.

to our shows. We have the sexiest dancers you’ve ever seen! And our bass player, Dave,

Whether by coincidence or design, none of the ducks

often gets naked at gigs. Completely naked. We play this little game, Spank the Bass Player,

were being fed during the three hours I spent at HVFG. And

and a lot of people come for that. We’re not uptight, we let it all hang out.”

the isolation cages depicted in Blum’s film were empty. “That

Perhaps we can all hang out at some upcoming gigs: Friday, March 18, and Saturday, May 14, at Oasis in New Paltz, and Friday, April 1, at New World Home Cooking in Saugerties. Monica’s Kneepads is also available for just about any private festivity. For booking, call (845) 430-9309, e-mail, or visit www. Meantime, may the ‘Pads play that funky music till they die.

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was an experiment. It didn’t work,” Yanay said, explaining that the mortality rate had been too high to be profitable. Blum had told me to be on the lookout for ducks so fat they were unable to walk. All of the ducks I saw walked. They were very fat and very dirty, a fact both Yanay and Blum said


was due to a lack of sufficient water for preening. Several of the fattest ducks had green chalk marks on their necks designating them for the next day’s slaughter. There are about 50,000 ducks in the pipeline at any given time at HVFG, which accounts for the eye-watering stench that pervades the farm. Most of the duck pens have plastic or metal grate floors, allowing feces to fall into pits below. Blum said FORCE-FEEDING FOWL BEGAN IN ANCIENT EGYPT

she often saw drowned ducks in the waste. “Manure,” Yanay

said, looking off into the distance, “is our biggest problem.” He repeated this phrase every time I asked him what they did with all the waste.

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Blum accused Yanay of sanitizing the farm for my visit and said he was lying about the isolation cages. “I’ve heard that he tells people that and I don’t believe it.” The end of my tour was the end of the line for the ducks. Two thousand ducks are dispatched every week in the facility’s on-site slaughterhouse, except during the Christmas holidays when production jumps to 10,000 per week. Each duck is shocked unconscious before having its throat slit. The liver is then removed and the carcass is broken down into its component parts. In addition to farm-fresh foie gras, HVFG does a brisk business in foie gras by-products like duck breasts, legs, wings, and fat. The feathers are sold as duvet stuffing. Only the feet are discarded, in accordance with New York State law. Although Yanay would like to keep his business in the Hudson Valley, he is a pragmatist. “If production is banned in New York, we will take our business to China. We will kill the same number of ducks. No ducks have ever been spared by banning foie gras.” Sitting in his office, surrounded by dozens of whimsical and decorative ducks, Yanay couldn’t understand how anyone who eats meat could object to foie gras. “Okay. We are bad people. But what we do wrong is we kill them,” Yanay said. “We are a farm that produces a product. You see the cute little babies coming out of the eggs. We grow them and feed them and then we have to kill them.” /

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Pristine contemporary stone house on almost 100 acres of enchanting woodlands, meandering stream & thunderous waterfall. Seclusion of an estate featuring dramatic blend of local stone, hand hewn beams, wideplank floors, 4 fireplaces, plus massive wrap around covered porch. Fine restaurants, shopping, skiing & golf just minutes away. Easy access to NYC. $1,250,000. Woodstock. (845) 679-2255.

Prime property for development or as a completely secluded retreat. The land is mostly flat and wooded with miles of trails and streams throughout as well as an airstrip. There is a wonderful waterfall and swimming hole just a short walk from a lodge-like stone house overlooking two connected small lakes. $3,400,000. High Falls. (845) 687-4355.




3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch. Finishable walkout basement. 2 acres, country setting near Red Hook border. Asking $280,000. Contact Norm McKay at Houlihan Lawrence-Lavery Realty. (845) 464-5854.

3 to 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Contemporary hardwood floors, central air, .83 acre, Arlington Schools. Could also be mother/daughter because of design. Asking $449,000. Contact Norm McKay at Houlihan Lawrence-Lavery Realty. (845) 464-5854.

Pine Plains, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath. Central air, master bedroom suite on first floor. 1.3 flat acres surrounded by Thomas Newman Preserve. Stissing Lake across the street. Asking $525,000. Contact Norm McKay at Houlihan Lawrence-Lavery Realty. (845) 464-5854.

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Nice ranch in perfect location. Level fenced yard. Hardwood floors throughout. Minor remodeling will make this an ideal starter or retirement home. Priced to sell. $205,000. Nutshell Realty. (845) 6872200.

Charming 1930’s home with great hardwood floors throughout, some wood floors under carpet. Clapboard siding and a rocking chair porch, located on a quiet rural road minutes from schools and Stone Ridge shopping. $254,900. Nutshell Realty. (845) 687-2200.

Sweet gingerbread Victorian loaded with charm & character. Minutes from Mohonk Preserve, ready to move into and just waiting for your personal touches. Painted wood flrs, bow window in LR, lovely wood stove. Upgraded baths and kitchen make this an ideal home for relaxation and entertaining. Large screened porch off kitchen, rocking chair porch and serene farm and meadow views (Protected by conservation easement) all add to this charming property. A 24x18 barn could be great studio/workshop. $259,000. Nutshell Realty. (845) 687-2200.




A Joy To Behold. You will Look Far and Wide to Discover a Townhouse to Compare to this one. Two Master Bedroom Suites, One on the First Floor, Fireplace, Gourmet Kitchen, Formal Dining Room with Sliding Door Leading to Three Season Room Overlooking Private Rear Yard, Clubhouse, Pool, Tennis Courts, and So Much More. $454,900. Please Call Barbara Wiest (845) 297-3264 or Awards Realty, Inc. (845) 462-1100.

Brand New 2004 Constructed Townhouse with 2 Bedrooms, 2 1⁄2 Baths, Hardwood Floors, 1525 Finished Sq. Ft. A Wonderful Usable Storage Area in Lowest Level, One Car Garage. Located in Delightful “Pinebrook Estates”. Hyde Park School District. All For $279,900. Please Call Celie Kustas (845) 462-2186 or Awards Realty, Inc. (845) 462-1100.

Spackenkill Schools accompany this 3 to 4 Bedroom Home with Family Room, Multi Baths, Hardwood Floors, An Extra Large Deck Overlooking Private Back Yard, and Many More New Amenities. A Must See! Asking $314,900. Please Call Barbara Wiest (845) 297-3264 or Celie Kustas (845) 462-2186 or Awards Realty, Inc. (845) 462-1100.




Circa 1872, Rocky Hill Farm displays pure, Olive Americana charm with 3 bed, 2 baths, enclosed porch, + 2 bay garage/Barn/workshop, post and beam shed, and working chicken coop and chickens! Close to Woodstock and skiing.Asking $229,900.Helen Nickerson. Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty. (845) 255-9400, ext 104.

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THE HUDSON VALLEY IS THE FASTEST-GROWING REGION IN THE NORTHEAST. List in Chronogram's DWELLINGS section for $85 each single listing or $215 for three and your properties will get double exposure on our Web site, Dutchess, Columbia & Putnam Counties Contact RALPH JENKINS – (845) 334-8600 x105 or Ulster, Greene & Orange Counties Contact JAMAINE BELL – (845) 334-8600 x112 or


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Parting Shot

Hasselblad + EPR Ektachrome transparency, Late 1980s

Andy Wainwright / Ah Ha!



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rtists must have a relentless creative fever," says Andy Wainwright, "always shooting ideas even without a specific assignment." This portrait of his daughter Lauren at age eight was taken during "a spell of fever," testing generating color backgrounds, leading him to start with dark gray and use "theatrically-gelled lights to bring saturated colors up into the range of the transparency film." Based in Tivoli for 25 years, Wainwright lists Merrill Lynch, Garnet Hill, and many architects and artists, including James Warhola and Carrie Haddad, as clients.




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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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