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EDITOR’S NOTE Brewery Ommegang is jumping on the Americana bandwagon and wheeling in a menagerie of musicians playing music that fits into the genre _ folk, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, gospel. It’s a pretty broad genre, and it’s been gaining popularity since the breakthrough hit of 2000’s “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. Spin magazine recently did a cover story on the genre’s surge in popularity. Of those musicians who might fit into the category, Ommegang is hosting Steve Earle, the Felice Brothers and Langhorne Slim in its oneday event. I’ve been a fan of Langhorne Slim since I saw him give a performance that could be classified as rollicking a year ago in Northampton, Mass. Thanks to knowing someone who knew someone, I got

to hang out with Langhorne after the show. We had an enjoyable, easy conversation. I didn’t really know who he was and wasn’t nervous. (That’s Langhorne and me having a grand old time in Northampton.) Fast-forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I had the chance to do a phone interview with him for this issue. I’d spent hours reading every interview I could find and watching dozens of YouTube videos of his performances. I could be his personal biographer. Then the hour came for the big talk, and I was an emotional mess because of circumstances completely outside of the interview. To compensate, I tried to be cool, which is pretty much the fastest way to come across like a jackass. Thankfully, Langhorne gave interesting answers even though I wasn’t on my A-game. And in correspondence since the

interview, he has been simply lovely. He is cool without trying _ he’s thoughtful, genuine and kind in addition to being a stellar musician. His performances are

thoroughly entertaining. He and his band bring the audience into their music in such as way that everyone in the crowd wants to shout the catchy choruses while doing the kind of dancing that involves lots of jumping and smiling. Anyone who sees him and his band perform at the Americana Festival is in for a treat.

_ Cassandra Miller

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6- Trust Me, I’m a Counselor 7- Vinyl Vault: the Misfits ‘Walk Among Us’ 8-9- Art People: Patricia Coyle

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Living Long and Prospering by Sam Spokony

Is it a bad thing that America no longer sees itself as invincible? In its July 11 issue, Time Magazine published a 10-question poll (created by Time and Aspen Ideas Festival) of 2,017 Americans — along with a brief article explaining the results, which was written by Mark J. Penn, CEO of Penn Schoen Berland (the research firm that conducted the poll). The piece was entitled “The Pessimism Index.” The professionally arranged and prettily displayed data reveals to the hapless magazine reader that, according to more than two-thirds of our fellow citizens, the past decade has been a period of American decline. The poll “confirms that the country is going through one of its longest sustained periods of unhappiness ever.” And Penn chalks that all up to the simple fact that America’s “feelings of invincibility have been replaced by a new sense of inevitable vulnerability.” I’m sure a lot of thought went into the design and implementation of this “major” poll — and I’m sure that it will, to some degree, achieve its implied goal of shocking the reader. That doesn’t mean that it’s not entirely and thoughtlessly misguided. It is. I’ll tell you a story about a 17-year-old American boy. Once he had learned to drive — and was subsequently granted both a driver’s license and access to an automobile

only spoiled teenager that this has ever happened to. Never mind death, because that really didn’t ever register as a possibility — it was the consequences of those personal choices that I was willfully ignoring. Again, not hard to believe, yes? So, why do the lessons we learn as children not apply to the way we view ourselves as a collective nation? If your child has proven, after answering a 10-question gauge of his personality, that he has finally recognized his own vulnerability, his own fallibility, and his own human finiteness, would you show him his graphed results in the form of a silhouette of the World Trade Center — and start, with a prodding tone, brainstorming ways in which to return him to his period of ignorance? It is this portrait of America that Mark J. Penn (along with, apparently, the editors of Time) has painted — and the displayed image I gave wasn’t a metaphor; it’s exactly what he did. It is not an image of pessimism; that is only a hazy background. It is a failure to understand something much deeper. Each question of the Time poll ties back to a central theme: where do threats to our safety, security, and livelihoods lie, and how have perceptions of those dangers changed since 9/11? Similarly, the results all point to one common answer: much of the problem is our fault. We have acted incorrectly, and the choices we have made were, and are, foolish. How then, is it possible that, as Penn writes, “After two or three years of anxiety and worry, the electorate normally returns to its innate optimism”? Why would we soon forget our mistakes, and why would we willingly disregard the flaws in our societal outlook, destined as they were to come back and bite us someday? Is it not because the American populace, for 235 years, has felt invincible? Is that not how we are taught the history of this nation? Penn writes that America is a “country long celebrated for its optimism amid adversity.” Are you serious? Who else has been celebrating our optimism all this Time? And who do you think is the one getting high at that party? So he’s right to say “It is hard to overstate what a fundamental change this represents.” But he’s looking at it from the wrong side of change. He’s wrong, however implicitly, to portray a new sense of vulnerability as a sign of weakness. Once America is no longer the superpower it once was (or is now), that lesson — however we end up learning it — is what might keep us in one piece through the decades to come. Regardless of how any other 21-year-old intern keeps his head screwed on straight in Times like these, I can think of one reason why I’m passionate about honing my craft — and it’s not because I think I’m invincible. It’s precisely because I know I’m not. That’s why I don’t have a pessimism index.

Why do the lessons we learn as children not apply to the way we view ourselves as a collective nation? (after, of course, failing his first road test), this sprightly fellow decided that it would be a nice idea to, whenever possible, try to reach his vehicle’s greatest possible speed (110 miles per hour? 120?) while traveling on the New York State Thruway. And while not traveling at unsafe velocities on the Thruway, this same young gentleman took great pleasure, not in doing his math homework, or reading the newspaper, but in getting unbelievably (astronomically) high and laughing at mundane, decidedly unfunny things. The strangest part though, was that I … I mean he, eventually reached a point of diminishing returns (or, perhaps, diminishingly good Times). That, in turn, led to a peculiar realization: no, not that he was now able to grow a massive beard, or that he could no longer, in good conscience, go trick-or-treating. What occurred to the wisest of all suburban youths was that there had to be some reason why he had chosen to do these things, why he had disregarded so mindlessly the simplest, most effortless solutions — solutions to the self-made problems he had once considered to be of unstoppably epic proportions. I had thought that I was invincible. Right? That’s not very difficult to understand, is it? I have to assume that I’m not the

Sam Spokony, a music industry and English major at SUNY Oneonta, is spending his summer interning at a publication in Chelsea, a neighborhood in New York City. His column had previously been titled “College Guy.”

Working Girl

by Jennifer Tighe Friend or foe? So I recently had the bright _ and extremely spontaneous _ idea to adopt a dog from the local shelter. After walking through the kennel and seeing everything from the beaten and lonely Chihuahua to the man-eating, teeth-bearing German Shephard, I settled on what seemed to be a very calm American Staffordshire Terrier. I took him home to foster him, sent him to be fixed, and opened my home to him. Things seemed to be going along just great with my family liking him, his getting along fairly well with our other pets, and of course, me thinking he looked pretty damn bad-ass walking around at my side. But things quickly took a turn for the worse. First off, from my understanding, the dog is not a Pit Bull. From the research I’ve done, he is along the same family lines as a Pit Bull, but not the same exact breed. And here lies my problem. The shelter told me he was an American Staffordshire Terrier and they listed him online as such, but on his paperwork, they conveniently wrote “Pit Mix.” Now, homeowners, renters, and anyone who has insurance and lives anywhere, what does this mean? Yeah, I’m screwed. I’m currently attempting to move into an apartment soon, and now I’m hit with this major road block that is this 80-pound Pit Bull-impersonating beast. Uh oh, now what do I do? So I took the dog to the vet for a check-up _ and of course, when it rains it pours _ he refuses to classify the dog as anything else because of some kind of liability issue. Really? Sweet. So now I have the only option of going back to the shelter and arguing up a storm until they’ll agree to classify him as an American Staffordshire Terrier, because as sad as it is and as much money as I’ve already put into him, I just can’t keep him if he’s a Pit Bull. Even though I know that the meanest thing Hoody is capable of is destroying my make-up with a face full of kisses or falling asleep on top of me _ which at 80 pounds makes for a difficult escape route and some seriously cut-off circulation _ who’s to say the person who rents to me will understand, or even believe me? To them, he’s nothing less than a blood-thirsty barbarian. The “Pit Bull” title to a renter is like the plague _ it’s an automatic no and there’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. It will be sad to let him go if I have to, but let’s face it _ Pit mixes just aren’t a renter’s best friend. Jennifer Tighe recently graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in English. She is spending her summer waitressing in upstate New York. Her column had previously been titled “College Girl.”

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Trust Me, I’m a Counselor by Lisa Ryther

Get ready to head back to school It’s the end of July, do you know where your school supplies are? Head to any local department store and you will find towers of school supplies on display. Summer’s over; it’s time to get back into the game, back to school. So, get your paper and your pen and let’s start that shopping list. Where to begin? Let’s start with the basics, to save on pens, pencils, paper clips and highlighters, try buying them in bulk from companies such as Staples and Office Depot. They carry the above items in pre-packaged/ large-quantity options, which will help you avoid repeated trips to the campus book store. More time to study, right?

The dorm-room basics

Most colleges provide each student with a bed, desk, chair and wardrobe cabinet. The beds tend to have a Twin XL mattress, so make sure you get the right size bedding before you get to campus.

Tip: If you enjoy the softer side of life, make sure you pick up an egg crate or feather bed for your mattress.

To make the most of your new space, try packing your extras in boxes and/or plastic storage containers that can be tucked under your bed. To save on closet space, pick up some tiered hangers that can hold up to five pairs of pants/skirts.

Let’s get together

Avoid a crowded room by connecting with your future roommate. Find out what items

they plan on bringing and how they feel about sharing those items (ex. dorm refrigerator, television, game system). This can be a great way for you to save money and give you a chance to bond with your new roommate.

Books, books and more books

Thanks to the Internet, students can often find out what books they will need for each course before the semester even begins. This can save you a lot of money, giving you the opportunity to shop for pre-owned books on places like Amazon. com, Ebay and Keep in mind that the average student pays out between $600 and $1,000 a semester for books on top of their residence life costs, meal plans and tuitions. Buy now, and save later.

A stress-free start

• If you can get access to a hand truck or dolly, bring that with you for move-in day; even the smallest ones will make this task easier. • Leave your candles, hotplates, toaster ovens and string lights at home; most dorms do not allow them. • Get yourself a supply of sticky tack rather


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than thumbtacks to hang posters and pictures on the wall. This will prevent you from causing damage to your room and keep you from racking of fines at the end of the year. • You will be at school for awhile, so bring what you need now. Avoid packing very expensive and/or irreplaceable items unless you have a secure way to keep them safe. • Remember, your dorm is your new home away from home so make the most of it by getting ready and planning ahead. That’s my advice take it or leave it. Lisa Ryther is a counselor in the College Assistance Migrant Program at the State University College at Oneonta.

Vinyl Vault The Misfits ‘Walk Among Us’

Ruby Records, 1982

How did a small punk band from New Jersey become one of the most successful cult bands of all time? Surely it wasn’t their inability to keep a consistent lineup, their poorly distributed records or their tumultuous break-up after four years. Despite massive setbacks throughout their career, The Misfits were still able to forge a legendary status in the American hardcore punk scene, create a new sub-genre of music and release a handful of cartoonishly violent, anthemic rock-and-roll records that are surprisingly accessible to anyone.

Formed in Lodi, N.J., by singer Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Caifa (later Jerry Only) in 1977, The Misfits began life as a strange trio consisting of bass, drums and electric piano anchored by Danzig’s Roy Orbison meets Alice Cooper croon. By late 1978, the group had added a guitarist, moving Danzig to sole vocal duty and recorded their first album’s worth of material (released in the ’90s as “Static Age”). At this point, the band had perfected their sound, Ramonesesque power pop with outrageously dark lyrics ranging from Martian invasions to slasher fiction all delivered in Danzig’s signature baritone. In 1981, After touring relentlessly in support of tracks from the “Static Age” sessions, the band set out to

Constantly walking the fine line between bad taste and tongue-in-cheek fun, Danzig channels zombies, demons, martians, serial killers and Nazi science experiments gone horribly wrong set against instantly accessible songs that demand to be listened to again and again. record their first proper album, 1982’s brilliant gem “Walk Among Us.” Recorded across the United States while on tour, “Walk Among Us” is a surprisingly coherent document of The Misfits’ anthemic horror-punk (their self-created sub-genre), cramming an impressive 13-song set into a incredible 25 minutes. Conceptually, the group wore their B-movie influences on their sleeves, with the cover featuring the band set against the creature from 1959’s “The Angry Red Planet,” and flying saucers from 1956’s “Earth Versus The Flying Saucers.” While there is an undeniable musical kinship between the Ramones’ warp speed punk and ’50s rock and roll, Danzig’s peerless vocals and warped storytelling set this record apart. Constantly walking the fine line between bad taste and tongue-in-cheek fun, Danzig channels zombies, demons, martians, serial killers and Nazi science experiments gone horribly wrong set against instantly accessible songs that demand to be listened to again and again. After recording a follow-up album of more conventional hardcore-influenced songs,

1983’s “Earth A.D.,” The Misfits disbanded (appropriately enough) after their 1983 Halloween show. Despite unreliable record distribution, their relentless touring schedule and the rise in popularity of mix tapes in the underground punk scene insured that their fan base continued to grow long after their demise. After a release of a career-spanning box set in the ’90s, the band reformed without Danzig, and continues to perform today. Unlike their peers in the hardcore genre, The Misfits continue to appeal to new generations because of their prevailing sense of fun. Like any great slasher movie, The Misfits found the perfect balance between mass appeal and gore, and have stood the test of time.

_ James Derek Sapienza

James Derek Sapienza is a 25-year-old musician and artist. His record collection contains more than 1,000 LPs and singles, which he has been collecting since he was 8 years old.

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ART PEOPLE | Patricia Coyle BIO

Patrica Coyle received her Bachelor of Fine Art

from the University of Florida, and has participated in many group shows and solo exhibits in galleries in Peekskill, Bennington, Vt., and Orlando, Fla. In 2008, she curated an eight-artist exhibition titled “Altered State,”asking artists to create a distinctive piece illustrating their own “skewed” view of life in Central Florida. Coyle describes the show as “uniquely strange, humorous and poignant” and reflecting life where “Mickey is King.” The installation she is showing in Franklin, “Lily Pad Forest,” debuted at this show.

‘The Chairs’

‘Reflection Pond’

Untitled ‘Palm’ 8

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Artist currently showing an installation piece in Franklin


‘Lily Pad’

Another view of ‘Lily Pad’

SEE HER WORK The opening reception for Coyle’s installation ‘Lily Pad Forest’ will be July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 688 Main St. in Franklin. Visitors should follow the lights to the barn, where the piece is.

‘Chicken Coop’


“I have always had a special bond with nature. For 20 years, it has remained a constant source of creative inspiration. Through drawings and paintings, I desire to represent the connectedness natural objects have with one another, that in turn symbolize what is our own relationship with nature. As part of my artistic growth, I am beginning to explore and experiment with creating environments and installations to experience and further this notion of being connected to nature. I love creating pieces that make me feel as if I have made another world, with the viewer an engaged participant.” _ Artist’s statement of Patricia Coyle July 28, 2011 O-Town Scene


MUSIC PEOPLE | Langhorne Slim Alt-country-folk-rock musician Langhorne Slim recently took time to talk about Cooperstown, Broadway and songwriting while traveling with his band via van to a gig in the Pacific Northwest. Langhorne on vocals and guitar and bandmates (known as the War Eagles) Malachi DeLorenzo on drums, Jeff Ratner on bass and David Moore on keys and banjo are performing with Steve Earle, the Felice Brothers and the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys at the inaugural Americana Festival on Friday, Aug. 5, at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. Langhorne Slim is known for his energetic performances as well as writing songs with catchy choruses and thoughtful lyrics.

OS: The show at Ommegang is a biggish set-up, different from an intimate show at a bar. How are those shows different? LS: I try not to make them different. Ideally you sort of play the same in a bigger set-up or in a smaller one. The first one I played a big venue, maybe I was a little taken aback. But at this point we just try to put on a great show, and that way connect with a larger audience. I think if you try too hard, sometimes gets lost in the magic. OS: What’s one song you’d be stoked if everyone in the crowd at Ommegang were singing back to you? LS: I can’t say every one? I’m more stoked when people know them all. Because if they’re just singing one, then turn their back and walk away, it would be awkward. I would recommend they learn more than one.

O-TOWN SCENE: Your last album, “Be Set Free,” was released in 2009. Are you working on a new album? LANGHORNE SLIM: You better believe it. We’re going to record in November.

OS: The new single you have out, “The Way We Move,” is kind of kooky and avant garde. You’re talking about a belly of a whale and friends with tails. Seems different from older songs where you’re talking about love and life lessons. LS: Who needs love and life lessons when you have kooky and avant garde? There will still be songs about love, I’m sure. ... When I’m writing I just kind of take it as it comes and go with it. It’s not so much, oh I’m going to sit down and think I’m going to write a love song, or I’m going to write about friends with tails and bellies of whales. It comes more naturally, and I sort of go with it. OS: You’ve lived in New York City and Northern California, and moved to Portland, Ore., a year ago. What was the city’s draw? LS: Well it’s better for me, it’s not necessarily “better” _ It’s all up to one’s interpretation. For me it’s an easy town to come back to. I think it’s built for artists and traveling musicians. It’s extremely accommodating. More so than any other city I’ve lived in. It’s an easy city to call home. And we’ve got a lot of friends there, which makes it even easier. OS: Have you ever been to Cooperstown? Are you a baseball fan? LS: I’m a huge baseball fan, Philadelphia Phillies fan. Growing up, my father used to tell my brother and I that some day we would take a trip to Cooperstown, but it never happened. This will be my first time coming. I’m really excited to see the legendary Cooperstown. I’m hoping to go to the Baseball Hall of Fame if we have time. 10 O-Town Scene July 28, 2011

stage and performing. It was never my thing like learning lines, sticking to a script, working well with directors. I think that’s why I started to play guitar, because it was like performing in my own play where I didn’t have to ... theater’s very regimented, some people appreciate it when you go off script, but sometimes it just pisses people off. As I got more serious about it, I think I was just irritating folks. The high school I went to, the whole school was 100 kids, so there wasn’t like a drama club. I was a go-to guy to be in the plays because I was one of the few of the guys who was into it, and maybe had some talent for it. Oh, “Bye Bye Birdie.” I was in that. I was Conrad Birdie. I got to wear the gold lame suit and everything. ... I’ve thought of getting back into it, but it’s a huge commitment. I know the guy who wrote “Hair,” and I was thinking of going and trying out for it. It would be very tough to do both because we tour all the time, but I’m still interested in it, not so much in doing old Broadway plays, unless it was like “West Side Story,” but I’m more interested in doing some acting. My grandparents were huge fans of all of those old classic shows. My mom was a big Streisand fan. But that’s not the only music I was raised on. I heard a lot of rock and roll music. As I got older, I got into punk rock and old blues and stuff like that.

Contributed photos Langhorne Slim will perform at the Americana Festival at Brewery Ommegang on Aug. 5. OS: I heard that you like Broadway show tunes. LS: Yeah, well I was raised on that. OS: Did you ever perform in musical theater when you were younger? LS: Yes, my dear, I sure did. Many, many shows. (I did) “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” some Chekhov plays. That was kind of my thing when I was a little kid. Actually, it wasn’t really my thing. I just liked being on

OS: Do you remember the first cover song you performed? LS: Yeah, I think. I think it was a Doc Watson tune or Blind Lemon Jefferson, and I can’t remember the names of either of the songs. I learned to play guitar by learning “Polly” by Nirvana. My cousin taught me those chords. That would be the first cover song I ever learned.

OS: If you could perform with three music legends at the same time, on stage jamming, who would you choose? LS: Well, that’s pretty difficult. Charles Mingus, Jimi Hendrix. How ’bout, let’s get Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Mingus together with me, and we’ll see what happens. It might be terrible, but it would be interesting.

_ Cassandra Miller

Americana! Heck, yeah! Brewery Ommegang will host its inaugural Ommegang Americana Festival on Friday, August 5. Americana is a musical melting pot with flavors of bluegrass, folk, big band, jazz, blues, country and rock. Steve Earle, The Felice Brothers and Langhorne Slim are headlining the festival, with local group Horseshoe Lounge Playboys also performing. The doors open at 5 p.m., and attendees will be able to camp on-site.

Brewery to host inaugural Americana Festival on Aug. 5

Steve Earle

and the Dukes and Duchesses featuring Allison Moorer

Steve Earle started making music in 1975, and has recorded 14 studio albums, and won three Grammy Awards, most recently in 2010 for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for “Townes.� He is traveling with the electric live band the Dukes and Duchesses, featuring his wife, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.

Langhorne Slim


Langhorne Slim

The Portland-based folk-rock band has headlined more than 150 shows, and has relently worked with musicians such as Sufjan Stevens, The Avett Brothers and R.E.M. Steve Earle



AMERICANA FESTIVAL Line Up Horseshoe Lounge Playboys, 5:15 p.m. Langhorne Slim, 7 p.m. Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses featuring Allison Moorer, 8:30 p.m. The Felice Brothers, 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, and include the show and camping. They are available online at, or by calling (888) 512-SHOW. Ommegang is at 656 County Highway 33 in Cooperstown.

The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers

Upstate New York natives The Felice Brothers are two brothers and three longtime friends in their 20s who utitlize primitive drum beats, heavy bass lines and invigorating live performances. The group performed at Ommegang last summer and at the Oneonta Theatre this spring.

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The Horseshoe Lounge Playboys

The Horseshoe Lounge Playboys are local favorites who perform original songs inspired by roots music from Appalachia to Memphis. Their old-time fiddle tunes and ballads have tight vocal harmonies backed by guitar, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic bass and Genevieve Pedulla percussion.

The Horseshoe Lounge Playboys

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Local Eats features area restaurants, and food articles and recipes by area residents. To contribute a recipe, e-mail

The great zucchini

It is the time of year again when everyone has too much zucchini. When I planted my garden this spring I knew I was planting too much, but I went ahead and did it anyway. After all, those plants were teeny tiny when I first put them in the ground. Now they have overrun my little patch of green goodness. They key to surviving the attack of the evergrowing zucchini is to find as many ways as possible to incorporate it into your meals, desserts, drinks, whatever. I’ve adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart, so I must give her the credit for the original idea. However, Martha and I don’t feel the same way about rosemary, so I’ve adjusted her recipe to accommodate my favorite herb and think I’ve found the perfect balance. This recipe takes some time but the result is well worth the effort. It also uses some of my other favorites from the backyard garden — cherry tomatoes, basil and garlic. The fresh flavors are delightful on a summer evening paired with grilled Italian sausage and cool lemon ice water, just make sure to buy the real cheeses for this dish, not the prepackage stuff, you’d be cheating yourself.

Backyard Bake utilizes excess garden zucchini and other home garden ingredients for a summer meal that’s fresh and cheesy, in a good way.

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Backyard Bake INGREDIENTS Rosemary and Cheese Short Crust

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary 1 pinch of sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 1/2 cup ice water


Olive oil 1 shallot, chopped 4 cups of zucchini, sliced into bite-size pieces 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in qaurters 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 large balls of fresh mozzarella in water 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/4 cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt fresh ground pepper

Egg Wash

1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon half and half or cream


Start out making your crust so it will have time to chill. In a food processor or with your beaters in your stand mixer combine flour, cheese, rosemary, salt, sugar, and butter. Blend until you have a crumbly mixture and everything is well combined. Add egg yolk and pulse or blend until it is evenly incorporated into the mixture. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough sticks together, if you are using a standing mixer,

switch to the paddles for this step. Once you have about 1/4 cup of water added, just use your hands to form the ball of dough. You may not need all of the water, just enough to form a ball. Wrap the dough up in plastic and stick in the fridge while you make the filling.


Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to a medium/large skillet. Add the shallots and minced garlic. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until the shallots are soft and slightly browned. Add the zucchini and cook until the moisture is released and it is nice and soft, 5-10 minutes. Strain this mixture for a few minutes to eliminate extra water. In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, Parmesan, basil, rosemary, lemon zest, flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Once the zucchini has had time to drain, add to the mixture. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil.

Finishing touches

Roll out the dough ball to fit into a 10-inch pie pan or a tart dish. Roll it out so that it will be oversized for the dish, line pan with the crust and add the filling. Dot the filling with torn up chunks of mozzarella cheese and fold in the flaps of the dough over the top. Chill in the fridge while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While you wait, make your egg wash by combining the cream and egg yolk. Brush the top of the dough with the egg wash and bake for 34-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

_ Story and photos by Emily Ernsberger

Emily Ernsberger is the director of annual giving at Hartwick College and a hostess with the mostess.

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Lost in the Trees gives incendiary performance A stifling, little blanket of still midsummer air settled over Oneonta this past Friday, which Oneonta Theatre management mercifully tried to alleviate with a monstrous fan set near a side door of the upstairs Balcony Ballroom. If anyone could enliven such a stagnant evening, it would be Lost in the Trees, a relentlessly inventive North Carolina collective, with their own spectacular knack for creating an air-clearing atmosphere. Trees began their set with only two of their musical branches represented _ Ari Picker sang and picked at an acoustic guitar, while Emma Nadeau stood off to his side with her hands folded, as if there to bear mute witness. Then operatic tones of a chillingly clear liquid quality started to pour out of her, shimmering behind (and seemingly above) her partner. The group’s sense of theater then summoned something thoroughly unexpected _ a long-snouted skull, heading a train of amorphous puppet anatomy appeared, as if arriving to the affair fashionably late. It politely crept down the side stairs and advanced across the floor in front of the stage.

who nevertheless remained an essentially “homeless” menace who sported a single-pair shoe collection. Picker’s ravenous pursuit of knowledge _ and eagerness in passing it on _ led him to at last catch himself, and kindly ask his audience, “Should I stop now?” The group’s string section was an immense, cohesive force that could in the middle of a deceptively light ditty give way to the weight of a swelling string interlude, an acoustic Contributed concert taking on the fastLost in the Trees performed at the Oneonta Theatre blooming bulk of a film on Friday, July 22. score. Their sound washed in as if from some more somber, full-bodied plane, and twirl above the crowd like some posflooding each composition with immeasursessed movie prop, we can only attribute able new dimension. to the creature’s own impeccable sense of Lost in the Trees is a band determined restraint. to demonstrate how something seemingly Composer, guitarist and lead singer Ari routine can abruptly gape, expanding into Picker often lifted himself up onto his tippyan experience that’s shockingly profound. toes, even as he and his talented bandLost in the Trees led us out of the lush mates constantly kept the audience on woods of their pre-encore set with a jaunty theirs. He looked to be locked in a walkdemo of musical deforestation called ing, waking reverie, all while he seemed “Fireplace.” Varga shook her tambourine like some barely-earthbound being dancwith a vengeance while Gibson clapped ing through someone else’s dream. thick sticks together; the both of them kept “You Walked Through This Horrid Life/ time like defiant clockwork, as the two transformed into a rebel pair of rockand-roll back-up singers, hollering the chorus along with Picker. The breaking vitality of their voices banded together, supplying the spark necessary to keep any hearth healthily ablaze. A joyfully-inflamed audience just about demanded that the departed Lost in the Trees return to the stage. As they so graciously did, in the less-than-graBut You Got To Sing/Before You Closed cious heat (Picker’s infamous AmbercromYour Eyes” Picker quavered on “An Artist’s bie apparel was by now blotched with Song (Daytrotter),” making the heartfelt sweat), they advanced like some friendly most of his own singing time. It was an regiment, occupying that space between eerie, epic elegy that managed to rattle, stage and seats. shuffle, shake and swoon. He dedicated it Lost in the Trees defies genre. There’s to his own music teacher, who he informed no reason cellos, guitars and accordions us was one of Russian composer Dmitri can’t thrivingly co-exist, just as there’s no Shostakovich’s last pupils. “Is anyone here good reason for band members not to a Shostakovich fan?,” he asked. Picker enter under cover of a puppet horse. And came across as a tirelessly interested and classical music doesn’t have be extinct. As inspired student, not only of his own art, the legend of Lost in the Trees takes root but of the history that helps produce it. and begins to grow, such narrow-minded He couldn’t keep himself from sharing myths are the ones they seek to cast into what he’d learned about Josef Stalin, the ruler under which Shostakovich had had to the beautiful fire they’re so tirelessly, so skillfully tending. live and work. Picker remained morbidly

The group’s string section was an immense, cohesive force that could in the middle of a deceptively light ditty give way to the weight of a swelling string interlude, an acoustic concert taking on the fast-blooming bulk of a film score. Cello player Leah Gibson and violinist Jenavieve Varga worshipfully waved streamers-on-sticks on either side of the cloth-and-cardboard beast. Lurking inside the stomach of the horse were Drew Anagnost (cello) and Mark Daumen (tuba/bass), who emerged from their host’s mid-section to claim their instruments. The haunting mascot stood guard at the far corner of the stage. Taking the cue from their hidden horsemen, Lost in the Trees remained resourceful musical smugglers throughout the night, chronically sneaking symphonies into strummed sing-alongs. They came prepared with dark, wheeling waltzes fit to wake the dead. That their wrenching dirges didn’t move the massive muppet itself to levitate

fascinated by the power-clinging dictator

_ Sam Benedict

‘Captain America’ is more than patriotic, it has heart The release of “Captain America: First Avenger,” which opened last weekend, was way overdue. The fact that Captain America, one of the biggest players in Marvel Comics, was proceeded by the likes of Ghost Rider, Elektra and Punisher for headlining movies Associated Press is beyond me. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a scrawny Brooklyn kid that has faced rejection too many times when it comes to serving his country. He longs to go across the water and fight to protect freedom against the Nazis in World War II. Sadly, because of his small stature and long list of medical issues, he is denied from doing so. That is until scientist Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) enlists him for the Super Soldier Procedure, making the once small fry a mass of muscle able to fight heroically, run rapidly and make women swoon. I guess steroids are okay for superheroes ... Now that he is fit and ready for battle, he can fight the Nazis and its string puller, Johann Schmidt/Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), an enemy with a serious need of some aloe vera. Captain America must rely on an entourage of allies that include old pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan), femme fatal Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and commanding officer Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones.) Cap, wearing red, white and blue, and wielding a heavy-duty shield, battles his way through Europe, taking down his enemies until the steroids final showdown with Red Skull. Typically, when it comes to superhero movies they seem to lack character, and fail to translate a comic concept to the screen. Director Joe Johnston honors the material well, telling a good story within a high action epic. I had questioned whether Evans would be able to pull off the title role, but he wholeheartedly portrays the Ultimate Boy Scout, coming across as an incredibly patriotic, nice guy. The supporting cast did a good job, as well _ most notably, Hayley Atwell as the romantic interest of Captain America. She had depth and character, showing she is more than just eye candy. All in all, “Captain America” is a decent superhero flick.

Grade: B

_ Peter Eklund

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Pie in the Sky Photos by Josh Baldo

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1 Co-owner Jamie Potter points out the boundaries on the six-acre organic farm. Before Pie in the Sky was in the red barn on state Route 7 in Otego, Potter and his wife, Janet Powers, sold their goods where the Cooperstown All Star Village is on state Route 23 in Oneonta. The Pie has been in Otego for 20 years. 2 The farm’s ‘sugar bush,’ where trees are tapped for sap to make maple syrup. There are tomatoes in the greenhouses, and blackberries, broccoli, strawberries and squash are growing in the raised beds. 3 Powers opens the netting to the gardens. ‘We have rabbits, lots of them,’ she says. 4 Used plants are re-tilled back into the soil to add nutrients. Crops are rotated each season into different beds to avoid disease and promote healthy plants. 16

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The farm and seasonal country store has been a fixture in Otego for 20 years. It’s known for friendly service, delicious ice cream and organic produce. 5



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8 Rachel Woodward prepares ice cream behind the counter. Woodward has worked at Pie in the Sky on and off for 10 years. 9 A handmade sign welcomes customers into the barn country store. 10 Powers serves Seth Lucas, a regular customer, some Polar Bear ice cream.

PIE IN THE SKY|3883 State Highway 7, Otego 5 Pie in the Sky is open from April to late December. Sweet corn is in season now. 6 John Carter displays fresh cut garlic. Carter, originally from Ohio, is a founding

member of Pie in the Sky and a master gardener, He says he enjoys being in the field the most. 7 Plants grow in the greenhouse.

HOURS|Monday, Wednesday through Friday, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.|Closed Tuesday

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A RETRO Word From Our Sponsors March 11, 1955. It may not have been the first commercially sold pizza in Oneonta, but the popular recipe for Mosca’s Pizza lives on at today’s Depot Restaurant. This was the Moscas first location when they opened in 1953, later moving to Broad Street. Jim Mosca came to the area from Utica during the Great Depression to work at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Laurens, and then settled here. An uncle from Utica, Eugeno Burlino, helped Mosca open his Oneonta restaurant. Burlino’s pizza recipe is also still popular in Utica today, at O’Scugnizzo’s Restaurant.

_ Mark Simonson

Mark Simonson is the Oneonta city historian. These advertisements once appeared in The Daily Star, Oneonta Star or The Oneonta Herald.

Nostalgia: Dreaming of Happy Days The other afternoon, when I ventured into America — actually, I only go out maybe once or twice a week, to 7-Eleven, if I get a hankering for a Slurpee and a Slim Jim — a complete stranger tapped me on the shoulder and asked if things ever would be the way they once were. “How’s that?” I said. “Better,” she said. Better? Like when Moses parted the Red Sea, effectively creating the first HOV lane? Like when Babe Ruth called his shot, pointing toward the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field and then hitting a home run to center field? Like when banks actually held on to your money instead of investing it in risky, unsecured mortgages? Like when you actually would borrow a cup of sugar from your next-door neighbor? Like when the Good Humor man would give you change out of that little contraption attached to his belt? Like when Roger Maris hit 61 homers one year in short sleeves and steroidfree? Like when the sublime Johnny Carson — rather than the subpar Jay Leno — was hosting “The Tonight Show”? Like when Don Rickles could kid and cajole every ethnic group in the audience without incident? Like when Woody Allen — pre-Soon Yi — was making “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan”? Like when you’d wait for your father 18

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to bring home the afternoon newspaper? Like when you could get a bleacher seat at Fenway Park for a buck? Like when flight attendants were called stewardesses and stewardesses at least pretended they cared if you had a pleasant flight? Like when the National Enquirer and the Wall Street Journal didn’t cover sports? Like when John Riggins drunkenly told Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor to “loosen up, Sandy baby”? Like when Ernie Harwell, Jack Buck, Bob Prince, Mel Allen and Chuck Thompson fashioned sweet sounds on summer nights? Like when people called you rather than texted you? Like when my mother and father wed — not even speaking the same language — and, 61 years later — still not speaking the same language — are still married? Like when Muhammad Ali was Cassius Clay, Prince was The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Chad Ochocinco was Chad Johnson and Metta World Peace was Ron Artest? Like when you’d ride up to 7-Eleven on your bike and just leave it out front unlocked? “Things weren’t necessarily better then,” I told her. “They were just different — maybe simpler.”

_ Norman Chad, The Washington Post

WUOW Featured Artist Coldplay Coldplay is this week’s WUOW featured artist. Each week, SUNY Oneonta-based NPR affiliate WUOW features a worthy musician in its Friday Night Featured Artist radio program from 8 to 9 p.m. at 104.7 FM in Oneonta and online at English alternative rock band Coldplay has been together since 1996, but got international notice when the single “Yellow” was used in commercials for ABC television.

Guest host Erin Foley Reynolds will spin Coldplay tunes such as: Trouble

Yellow Don’t Panic The Scientist Life In Technicolor

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DIVERSITY RULES by Jim Koury July 24 historic day for New York state Sunday, July 24, was the day history changed in New York state. It is the day that the Marriage Equality Act took effect. Same-sex couples statewide applied for their marriage licenses, and many got married the same day. Oneonta was no different. My office was open from to process marriage license applications. It was an exciting day, as we all watched three same sex couples come forward and file their marriage applications, as well as one straight couple. What made the day even more special was the issuance of two waivers to the requisite 24-hour waiting period by the Otsego County Judge John Lambert. At approximately noon, I got word that the judge had signed the orders waiving the waiting period. Cheers and tears erupted in the lobby. It was a

I got word that the judge had signed the order waivering the waiting period. Cheers and tears erupted in the lobby. It was a phenomenal feeling. phenomenal feeling. One couple, Cathryn James and Patricia Knuth, together for 31 years, 2 months and 10 days, finally were able to legally marry and finalize the relationship they had together for so many years. It was a happy occasion. It will be a memory I shall not forget for a long time to come, if ever. Later that afternoon, a marriage equality party, sponsored by Diversity Rules Magazine, was held at the Oneonta Theatre. Here was music by Lukus Wells, a Binghamtonbased folk singer, great Cajun food by a local Main Street merchant, a champagne toast sponsored by a local taxi company, and a wedding cake, which Cathryn and Pat cut the first piece! The cake was great and was made by Christopher Wilson, who appeared as a guest columnist in the O-Town Scene. There was also a silent auction benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. The staff at the Oneonta Theatre was phenomenal! If it were not for their efforts and professionalism, the event would not have been as flawless at it was!

LGBTQ Events Thu. 7/28

Trash Thursday with Katrina, 9 p.m., Merlin’s, 201 State St., Binghamton.

Fri. 7/29

College Night, Merlin’s, 201 State St., Binghamton. College ID’s in free before 11 p.m.

Sat. 7/30

Body Canvas Art Show, World Martini Lounge, Syracuse. Live painted models featured after 9 p.m. White Party – The Syracuse Summer Event, 10 p.m., Twist Ultra Lounge, 252 W. Genesee St., Syracuse.

Thu. 8/4

Lutheran Skirts Live, 9 p.m., Tranquil Bar & Bistro, 36 Pine St., Binghamton. Thursday Night Acoustic Session, 9:00 p.m.

Sat. 8/6

Official Brandon C. Birthday Bash, Twist Ultra Lounge, Syracuse. Music by DJ Pauly V.

Thu. 8/11

Deveroe Live, 9 p.m., Tranquil Bar & Bistro, 36 Pine St., Binghamton, Thursday night acoustic session.

Fri 8/26

Queers United and Friends, 9 p.m. Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Admission is $10.

Jon Weiss and his gang should be commended for a job well done and you should give them a shout and give them a robust “thank you.” History was made July 24! I am so proud of New York state and the couples that came forward to commit their lives legally to one another. I am just so elated I was part of it all and did what I could to help facilitate three couples’ desire to marry their life partners. Bravo, New York, Gov. Cuomo and same sex couples all over New York who got married!

— Jim Koury

Jim Koury was born and raised in Oneonta. He is a gay activist, and the city clerk of Oneonta, a position he has held for 18 years. He can be reached at

DIVERSITY WRITERS Interested in contributing a column to the Diversity Scene? E-mail

Be open to accepting self ”I sit in judgment, not of others but of all mankind; of life itself, mine included. Every observation before me, as I lay in constant growing pain, echoes just how crippled humanity has become. ... Coming face to face with my own disillusions.” — Rob Ludwig

You will never feel persecuted if your accept your perfection and love yourself completely.

— Terry Ludwig

Terry Ludwig’s brother, Rob, passed away in 2004 after battling AIDS. Before he passed, he shared his message. “Keep Up Now!” is the result of that communication. She can be reached at, and followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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All Baby Boomers deserve options

On Jan. 1, 2011, the very first Baby Boomers turned 65. Baby Boomers were people born between 1946 and 1964. Beginning in January, and every day since, 10,000 Baby Boomers will reach the age of 65. That is going to keep happening every day for the next 19 years. Take ten percent of that population, and you have the number of gay Baby Boomers who are about to change the profile of the GLBT community. One thousand gay Baby Boomers each day turn 65. In the straight population, senior citizen centers, retirement communities and social programs flourish. GLBT people may enter those programs and communities, but in the GLBT community we have almost none of that. Florida and the Southwest have reasonably priced retirement communities, but almost none are gay owned or operated, and while we don’t want to be “ghetto-ized,” we don’t want to live and play in places where we are not welcome, or must remain invisible. If you “follow the money,” you can always see the social trends as they emerge. Entrepreneurs have figured out that the aging community is where the money resides. Gay culture continues to place emphasis on youth, looks, style, and “attitude.” Hot bodies, washboard abs and good definition remain our currency. Now that we are out and recognized, are we going to find ourselves, as we age, having to retreat into the heterosexual population, and become invisible, or

are we going to have options, that reflect our lives and our choices, in housing, travel, leisure time and daily activities? Will we see communal senior living catering to us? Will gay vacations target the Baby Boomers instead of the 20-something buff bodies we see in ads? Will it be possible to age and be accepted as a part of the culture and community we embrace? If you are of a “certain age” and find yourself thinking about these issues, these websites might interest you. • This site gives all kinds of advice about retirement, places to live, finances. • SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of (LGBT) older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided assistance for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues.

Guest Column

— Richard Wiesenthal

Richard Wiesenthal is a retired teacher who lives with his husband in Afton, where they raise and show horses. They have been together for 13 years and got married in Toronto in 2008. He has one daughter by a previous marriage and five grandkids.

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Today, while driving through town, I noticed a bumper sticker on the car in front of me depicting a stick figure of a man, a woman and a child. The caption read, “Marriage; one man, one woman.” Ugh … I uttered under my breath. Then I noticed a second bumper sticker “Family Life Radio.” It figures, I grumbled. I felt irritated with the person behind the wheel. I tried to get a glimpse of what they looked like. Shortly after, the car pulled off onto a side street. My mind cleared. Soon, I pictured a bumper sticker on the back of my car portraying a large rainbow flag with the caption, “Marriage Equality.” It made me happy. Subsequently, I imagined a person riding behind me, and I projected their comparable irritation toward my bumper sticker. I surmised: We all have pre-conditioned experiences. We’ve been subjected to various forms of domestication. I felt justified in my thoughts, just as everyone else feels justified in theirs. My judgments against others are no more justified than their perceived judgments against me. It all comes down to self Love. You will never feel persecuted if you accept your perfection and love yourself completely. I believe, wholeheartedly, in equal rights for all people. There exists many injustices presently in the world; however, there is a pragmatic means to attaining human and civil rights without judgment. No matter how hard you try, you will never feel loved or accepted until you first learn to Love yourself. Consequently, you will never learn to love yourself until you learn how to love everything and everyone. Love is universal. You are Love. You are a creation of God, like himself, as love. Therefore, God is Love, further establishing that all of your brothers are God/Love. Together, we are all One/God/ Love. Once you accept your glory and your power and your true identity, which is Love/God, you will then experience power beyond belief. All of your experiences are based on your thoughts. Be only Love, and the world will change. Keep up Now! with the flow of higher consciousness, and stay connected to your Source.

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Coming Events Bright Hill to host writers

based in New York City, as well as contemporary New York artists. Items can be seen at Finally, spots are still open for Bright Hill’s Literacy Workshop Museum Program 2011 Session II (Tuesday, Aug. 2, to Saturday, Aug. 6) and Session III (Tuesday, Aug. 16, to Saturday, Aug. 20) The year’s theme is “Museum & Workshop Research: Writing, Art & Exhibition Program for Kids.” The Session II group, for children ages 5 to 13, will travel to Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Museum in Liverpool. Session III participants, ages 8 to 17, will go to the Robert F. Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University in Ithaca. At each venue, students will select objects, take notes and draw pictures. Upon returning to Bright Hill, they will use the BHLC Library and Internet Wing to research the objects, and then create pieces of their own. The students also will write about the objects in poetry and short form. Their work will be displayed in the Word & Image Gallery in November. The workshops are free, but there is a $35 fee for travel and materials. Students should bring their own lunches. Bright Hill is at 94 Church St. in Treadwell. For more information on these and other events and programs, call (607) 829-5055, visit or email

Bright Hill Literary Center is a buzz with activities in the coming month. At 7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, the venue will host Word Thursdays with Morris mystery novelist Lesley Diehl, and Rochester poet and fiction writer Steve Huff. They will read from their work following an open mic at 7 p.m., during which all present are invited to read from their own or another’s work for up to five minutes. Admission is $3 and free for those attending 18 years old and younger. Diehl retired from her life as a psychology professor and returned to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York, where she writes. Among her mystery novels are “Mother Gets a Lift,” “Murder with All the Trimmings,” “Dumpster Dying” and “A Deadly Draught.” Huff is the author of two books of poems, most recently “More Daring Escapes,” and a collection of stories, “A Pig in Paris.” He is a Pushcart Prize winner in fiction and an O.Henry Prize finalist. Also, from 1 to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, July 30, Bright Hill Community Library will officially open its children’s section for circulation. Children may apply for library cards and take out books from the library for first time since the library was built. The library is in the rear of the complex and features classic and award-winning books in a wide age range. BHLC Library Chairwoman Karen Detert and volunteer librarian Nancy Jankura The Viviana Hansen Gallery, at 652 Main will speak at the opening. St. in Franklin, will host an exhibition of the Saturday also brings the final bidding party for the fundraising exhibition, “The WPA II & More,” from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Word & Image Gallery. It is located in the main building of the center. The show features the work of Works Progress Administration artists (from the Great Contributed Depression period) ‘Ignorance is Fear’ by Keith Haring

Gallery to show unseen works


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collected works of Keith Haring. The show focuses on a collection of previously unseen works on paper, as well as a selection of drawings, paintings, lithographs, etchings and painted objects, which has gone unseen since he died in 1990. Haring was known in New York City and the KJ Denhert art world for his bold, cartoon- and graffitiinfluenced works. He once said: “I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.” An opening reception for the exhibit is set from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The show runs through Aug. 28. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, or by appointment at (607) 8292943. For more details, go to www.vivianahansen. com or visit the gallery’s Facebook page at vivianahansen.

Jazz, world music to shine at festival Folk and world music will dominate the stage at the Belleayre Music Festival this weekend. At 8 p.m., Friday, July 29, KJ Denhert will bring her special blend of “urban folk and jazz” to the Belleayre Jazz Club in the Overlook Lodge, opening the festival’s Catskill Mountain Jazz Series. A media release said Denhert’s show will offer “genre-breaking music, which is both complex and accessible,” and the musicians will “move you to laugh, to dance and even to cry.” She has received four Independent Music Award nominations and was named as one

of’s top female vocalists in 2009. Her latest album, “Album No. 9,” is a collection of 1960s jazz, pop and rock standards. Denhert will be followed by Global Noize at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The group “blasts away all boundaries — an organic, free-spirited sonic brew of some of the best elements of jazz, funk, electronica and world fusion,” the release said. The band includes keyboardist Jason Miles (who has worked with Miles Davis and Luther Vandross), DJ Logic (collaborator with Phish and Vernon Reid) and Indian vocalist Falu. Tickets for each concert are $26 general admission. The festival is at 181 Galli Curci Road in Highmount, off state Route 28. For more information and tickets, call (845) 254-5600 or Contributed go to

Photo contest entries due Fri. Those interested in participating in the National Bank of Delaware County’s “Great Photographic Exhibition — The Farms of Delaware County” must submit entries by 5 p.m. Friday, July 29. Photos must be brought to Andrea Paternoster at 131 Delaware St. in Walton or postmarked by that time and date to Paternoster at the same address. Contestants may enter up to six photos of any aspect of farming, as long as the photos are taken in Delaware County. They can include, but are not limited to, farm houses, barns, farmers, crops animals and equipment. There are four entry categories: Youth, up to age 10; Teen, up to 18; Adult, over 18; and Professional. Prizes include $250 for category winners and $500 for best in show. For more details or entry forms, go to any NBDC office, call (607) 865-4126 or email

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Quilt show deadline is Aug. 1 The deadline for the Farmers’ Museum 2011 quilt contest, “A New York State of Mind,” is Monday, Aug. 1. The entries will be exhibited and judged Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at the museum. The judging team will be made up of museum professionals and textile experts. Presenters welcome original quilt projects that fits one of the two contest categories: “New York Beauty Quilts,” quilts based on traditional motifs, styles and construction methods from the 18th through 20th centuries, or “Hometown New York Quilts,” pieces that celebrate the hometowns of the crafters in original designs. The entries should include a the submission form (which can be downloaded at All entries must be postmarked by Aug. 1, along with a $20 entry fee, to: A New York State of Mind Quilt Contest, The Farmers’ Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326. For more info, call (607) 547-1453 or email

Staged reading Sat.

Sublime band to play Sat. Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, along with special guest Scotty Don’t, will perform in the Oneonta Theatre Balcony Ballroom at 9 p.m., Saturday, July 30. The venue is at 47 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime, a media release said. Tickets are $18.50 in advance and $22.50 on Saturday at www.oneontatheatre. com or at the box office.

WKC to host

Irish group

The West Kortright Centre will host the Irish band Cherish the Ladies at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. For the past 25 years, the group has blended instrumental talents, vocals, arrangements and step dancing, a media release said, “combining many facets of Irish traditional culture and delivering it with humor and polish.” Tickets are $28 and $18 for those under 19. The centre is at 49 W. Kortright Church Road in East Meredith. For more info, call (607) 2785454, or

tickets or reservations are required for the free concert. The show will feature the flute choir from the New York Summer Music Festival’s International Flute Institute. The concert is the culmination of two weeks of intensive study and rehearsals. The 18 participants are aged 11-19.


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Jazz faculty to play at cafe The New York Summer Music Festival jazz faculty members will perform at 10 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Autumn Cafe on Main Street in Oneonta. According to a media release, the group is composed of some of New York City’s finest jazz players. The cover is $3. For more info, visit

Spa day set at park Glimmerglass State Park Lakeview Room in the park at 1527 county Highway 31 in Cooperstown will host a spa day from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 3. For a $10 donation, women will receive a complimentary “Sassy Water,” hors d’oeuvres and mini-spa services, such as chair mas-

sages and facials. To reserve a spot, call (607) 547-8662 or email

Flute Fest set for Thu. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will present Flute Fest at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St. in Cooperstown. No

Jazz singer to perform Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Elling will perform jazz standards, as well as songs from his album, “The Gate.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students 6 to 18 years old. For tickets, go to www.CooperstownMusicFest. org or call (800) 838-3006.

Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, at 24 Market St. in Oneonta, will present a staged-reading series performed by local and regional actors. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Saturdays. The series continues this week with “Strange Snow” by Stephen Metcalfe. Performers are Charlie Reiman, Howard Hannum, Linda Reese and Reggie Brunson. Admission is $10. No children under 10 years old will be admitted. For more info, go to July 28, 2011 O-Town Scene



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Thu. 7/28 Stage

‘Ancestral Voices,’ 7:30 p.m., The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main St., Margaretville. ‘Medea,’ 7:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center.


Michael Cannon, 4 p.m., Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Road, state Route 28. New York Summer Music Festival student concert recital and annual NYSMF pops concert, 3 p.m., Goodrich Theatre, SUNY Oneonta. The Glimmerglass Festival Presents Meet Me At The Pavilion, 5 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. A family-oriented program. 547-2255.


Movies on Thursdays, 2:30 p.m., Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St. For info: 563-1200.


Arts in the Park, 7 p.m., Cobleskill Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park. Featuring The Kennedys. Free. New York Summer Music Festival jazz visiting artist concert: John Patitucci, bass; Mike Holober, piano, 8 p.m., Goodrich Theatre, SUNY Oneonta, Ravine Parkway. Oneonta Community Band, 7 p.m., Neahwa Park, Oneonta. For info: 432-1800 or 432-6450. The Glimmerglass Festival Presents Meet Me At The Pavilion, 5 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. Featuring ‘Cowboys & Indians.’ For info: 547-2255, Unadilla Summer Concert Series, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Unadilla Community House lawn, 193 Main St. For info: 434-5361.

Fri. 7/29 Stage


Cans and Clams, 6 to 9 p.m., Andes Hotel, 110 Main St. With live music by Lawrence Cooley. NYSMF Jazz Faculty, 10 p.m., Autumn Cafe, 244 Main St., Oneonta. Hartwick College Summer Music Festival Big Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Anderson Center for the Arts Theater, Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Drive, Oneonta. Kurt Elling Quartet, 7:30 p.m., The

Contributed Editor’s Pick: Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams will play at 9 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Oneonta Theatre. Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Otesaga Weekend Music, 9 p.m., The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Free. For info: 547-9931, KJ Denhert, 8 p.m., Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Woodshed Prophets, 9 p.m., The Blarney Stone Pub, 26 S. Broad St., Norwich. Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, 9 p.m., Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta.


Irish step dancers, 7 p.m., beach/ concession area, Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road, Laurens. For info: 432-2114.

Sat. 7/30 Stage

‘Ancestral Voices,’ 7:30 p.m., The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main St., Margaretville. ‘Macbeth,’ 7 p.m., Depot Lane Theatre, Depot Lane, Schoharie. ‘Medea,’ 1:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. For info: 5470700, ‘Strange Snow,’ 7 p.m., Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. ‘Tales from the Empire: A Journey back to the Old Empire Hotel,’ 8 p.m., Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 24th annual Shakespeare in the Valley and picnic dinner, 6 p.m., West Kortright Centre, 49 W. Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ 8 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route

80, Springfield Center. For info: 547-0700,


Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, 9 p.m., Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Hartwick College Summer Music Festival Concert, Anderson Center for the Arts Theater, Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Drive, Oneonta. Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m.; rock orchestra, 4 p.m. Patti Van Tassel and Dan Soccorso, 7 p.m., Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Sheila Geer and Genevieve Fort, 8 p.m., Empire House Restaurant Bar and Cafe, 32 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. The Glimmerglass Festival Presents Show Talk, 10 a.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. For info: www. Rail ride: Cooperstown Blues Express, 7 p.m., Milford Depot, 136 E. Main St., Milford. 432-2429 Global Noize, 8 p.m., Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Lina Koutrakos with Rick Jensen, 7:30 p.m., Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road. Party of Two, 1 to 2 p.m., Sidney walking trails pavilion, off River Street; 6:30 p.m., Pie in the Sky, state Route 7, Otego. Free.

Sun. 7/31 Stage

‘Ancestral Voices,’ 5 p.m., The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main St., Margaretville. Carmen,’ 1:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center.

Mon. 8/1 Stage

‘Medea,’ 1:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center.


Movies on Mondays series, 1 p.m., Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St. For info: 563-1200.


New York Summer Music Festival counselor/TA recital, 8 p.m., Goodrich Theatre, SUNY Oneonta, Ravine Parkway.

Open mic

The Spoken Blues Revue, 7 p.m., Bluefields Cafe, 40 Walnut St., Oneonta.


Monday Night Drawing Class with a live model, 7 to 9 p.m., Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St. For info: 547-9777.

Tues. 8/2 Stage

‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ 1:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. For info: 547-0700,


Lakefront Concert Series, 7 to 8 p.m., Cooperstown Lakefront Park. Featuring Second Time Around. For info: 547-5256. Concert: New York Summer Music Festival visiting artist recita, 8 p.m., Goodrich Theatre, SUNY Oneonta, Ravine Parkway. The Glimmerglass Festival Presents Meet Me At The Pavilion, 5 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. Featuring songs from the Great American Songbook. 547-2255.

July 28-Aug. 4

‘Ancestral Voices,’ 7:30 p.m., The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main St., Margaretville. ‘Macbeth,’ 7 p.m., Depot Lane Theatre, Depot Lane, Schoharie. Presented by Shakespeare Camp members. 24th annual Shakespeare in the Valley and picnic dinner, 6 p.m., West Kortright Centre, 49 W. Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. ‘A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck’ and ‘Later the Same Evening,’ 7:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. 547-0700, ‘Voigt Lessons,’ 3 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. For info: 5472255,


Smithy Writers Circle, 4 to 6 p.m., Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. 547-8671.

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‘Tales from the Empire: A Journey back to the Old Empire Hotel,’ 2 p.m., Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St., Franklin.

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Opening Exhibits July 28-Aug. 8 Collected works by Keith Haring, 4 to 6 p.m., Viviana Hansen Gallery, 652 Main St., Franklin. 829-2943. Aug. 5 - 21 Group show featuring Jeff Mann, David Frye and Elena Fischer-Greenman, Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Aug. 5 - 30 ‘Part of the Story,’ new works by Walter Gurbo, 5 to 7 p.m., Roberts Room Gallery, West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. For info: 278-5454. Aug. 5 - Sept. 4 Acrylic paintings by Wolf Kahn, 5 p.m., The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. For info: 547-8671. Aug. 6 - Sept. 17 ‘New York Landscapes: Prints and Paintings,’ works by KellyAnn Monaghan, and ‘arroyo,’ video sculptures by Stertz, noon to 3 p.m., Earlville Opera House Arts Center, East Main Street, Earlville.


Through July 28 ‘Statement,’ a group show of regional photographers, first floor; works by member artists, Member Artist Gallery; student pottery show, Pottery Studio; The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

Wed. 8/3

Through July 29 ‘A Sense of Place,’ a multimedia exhibition by eight area artists, Catskill Watershed Corp., 905 Main St., Margaretville. For info: (877) 928-7433. Through July 30 ‘The WPA II & More,’ exhibit and fundraising auction, Word and Image Gallery, Bright Hill Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. For info: 829-5055. ‘Quilts of Central New York,’ Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. Through July 31 ‘Featuring All,’ a group exhibition, Chace-Randall Gallery, 49 Main St., Andes. For info: (845) 676-4901. ‘Forest Language,’ prints, oils and works on paper by Richard Kathmann, Roberts Room Gallery, West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. For info: 278-5454. Through Aug. 19 Small Things Considered, Main View Gallery & Studio, 73 Main St., Oneonta. For info: 432-1890, info@ Through Sept. 11 ‘A Window into Edward Hopper,’ Fenimore Art Museum, Lake Road, state Route 80, Cooperstown. Through Sept. 18 ‘Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute,’ Fenimore Art Museum, Lake Road, state Route 80, Cooperstown.


‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ 7:30 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. For info: 547-0700,

Antiquoia, 10 p.m., The Autumn Cafe, 244 Main St., Oneonta. Arts in the Park, 7 p.m., Cobleskill Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park, across from the movie theater. Featuring Owen Nied and the Nepotists. Free. Flute Fest, 7:30 p.m., The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Coopestown. Featuring the flute choir from the New York Summer Music Festival. Concert: New York Summer Music Festival student concert series, Goodrich Theatre, SUNY Oneonta, Ravine Parkway. Sidney Community Band, 7 p.m., Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Part of the city’s free summer music series. For info: 432-1800 or 432-6450. The Glimmerglass Festival Presents Meet Me At The Pavilion, 5 p.m., Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Route 80, Springfield Center. Featuring performers from the opera’s Young Artists program. 547-2255.

Movies on Thursdays, 2:30 p.m., Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St. For info: 563-1200.

Organik Soul’s Open Mic, 8 p.m., Villa Isidoro, 3941 U.S. Highway 20, Richfield Springs. (315) 858-3500.


Cherish the Ladies, 7:30 p.m., West Kortright Centre, 49 W. Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. Cooperstown Community Band, 8 to 9 p.m., The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Celebrating 150 years with patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes and other favorites. For info: 547-9271, edjob@ First class, 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Major’s Inn lawn, Gilbertsville. Smyrna Citizens Band, 6 p.m., Gaines Park, East Main Street, Sherburne.

Thu. 8/4 Stage


Open mic


It’s hard to tell what’s true these days. Take a gander below, and guess if A. and B. are Real or B.S. (Answers at the bottom of the page.)

A. Winehouse mimics

see rise in popularity

Though the investigation into the death of singer Amy Winehouse is not yet concluded, some savvy entrepreneurs have already found ways to profit from her demise. “My bookings have almost doubled since Saturday,” Sheryl Green of Ealing said Tuesday. “It’s nothing I sought, but I am benefitting from it.” Green has been performing in clubs and bars as an Amy Winehouse impersonator since 2007. “You might not think there’s a lot of money in it,” Green said, but added that she does “quite

well.” So enthusiastic is Green about her craft that she formed a guild of sorts for other performer/ impersonators. Among its members, Green counts at least a dozen Winehouse mimics _ two of whom are men who perform hits such as “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” as part of a drag show. Green said she is also aware of several women in the adult entertainment business who style themselves after Winehouse, but said firmly that her guild does not include “that sort of impersonation.”

B. Man chills out in

morgue for 21 hours

JOHANNESBURG — A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge — nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday. Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after an asthma attack. Morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo said he sent his driver to collect the body shortly after the family reported the death. Maqolo said he thought the man was around 80 years old. “When he got there, the driver examined the body, checked his pulse, looked for a heartbeat, but there was nothing,” Maqolo said. But a day after staff put the

body into a locked refrigerated compartment, morgue workers heard someone shouting for help. They thought it was a ghost, the morgue owner said. “I couldn’t believe it!” Maqolo said. “I was also scared. But they are my employees and I had to show them I wasn’t scared, so I called the police.” After police arrived, the group entered the morgue together. “I was glad they had their firearms, in case something wanted to fight with us,” Maqolo said. He said the man was pale when they pulled him out. “He asked, ‘How did I get here?’” Maqolo said. The health department said the man was then taken to a nearby hospital for observation and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable. A. is B.S., by Emily Popek; B. is real, by The Associated Press.

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The Advice Goddess The full-of-it Monty My boyfriend of two years isn’t overtly weird; he’s actually a really nice, normal guy, but he has this “hobby” of going for walks totally naked. We live in Vermont, where this is actually legal. I tell him that women find this upsetting, but he is really turned on by being seen naked by them and has no intention of stopping. Also, he can’t get aroused with me unless he’s been on one of his walks. He says that when he doesn’t have a girlfriend, he masturbates while walking, but because he has me, he doesn’t. Should his nudism bother me? It really doesn’t, but I wonder if it should.

— Naked Dude’s Girlfriend

I’m always kind of amazed when people write me about how their partner’s “really great” — except for this one little thing. Your boyfriend, for instance, is “a really nice, normal guy” except for how he’s a sex offender. “Dinner’s almost ready, hon,” you call to him. “I won’t be long,” he calls back. “Just taking a quick walk around the block to go scare a few little girls with my thang.” Sure, people should do what pleases them sexually — if they’re doing it with other consenting adults. Leaving the house without a blindfold shouldn’t be considered a form of consent. Most of Vermont is clothing-optional. (One town passed a law against it, and I’m guessing there are signs reading “no pants, no shoes, no service.”) But because it’s legal to take your meat out for a bobble in front of the ice cream store doesn’t mean it’s right to force other people to look at it. On a lesser note, the same goes for nosepicking, which is legal in Canada, the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Also, what’s legal in Vermont is nudism (going naked), not lewdism (going

naked with a sexual intent), which is why the latter comes with a maximum of five fully clothed years in a Vermont prison. A sexual oddity becomes a psychiatric disorder called paraphilia when somebody can’t get off without it and is intensely compelled to engage in it … say, to the point where he’s risking jail time. Sex researchers Masters, Johnson, and Kolodny write in “Heterosexuality” that though paraphilias play out sexually, the preoccupation isn’t the pursuit of pleasure but fleeing from psychic pain, as with “compulsive handwashing or the person who must constantly line up all the jars and boxes in the pantry into neat, perfect rows.” Unfortunately, though there’s been some success in treatment with therapy and antidepressants, they find that getting somebody to give up “what he or she deems to be a source of his or her most intense pleasure is likely to be fraught with problems.” The question isn’t should you be bothered, but why aren’t you? Your boyfriend isn’t playing nude volleyball on weekends. He’s playing stroke the salami while strolling the neighborhood. Oh, right, he doesn’t do that while in a relationship — because his compulsion is fitted with a handy on-off switch? Ask yourself what compels you to stay with a guy who commits sex crimes every time he takes a walk. How much of your life is twisted around enabling him and convincing yourself you have a great boyfriend — even as you hear the faint screams of the little old lady down the street? Every relationship has its issues, and many women complain that their man isn’t that present during sex. Then again, that’s usually because they suspect he’s fantasizing about his hot co-worker, not

By Amy Alkon

because they’re waiting for him to come back from traumatizing the coffee klatsch.

Don’t go Seiko on her How long should a guy wait to call a girl after the first date? One friend waits a week. A female friend said this annoys girls and a guy should call the next day. This contradicts the old “three-day rule.” What is the right timing?

— Confused

Amy Alkon is a syndicated advice writer whose column runs in more than 100 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada. Although the column reads as humor, it’s based in science, psychology, evolutionary psychology and ethics.

I like the 30-year rule: “Hello, Tammy, you might not remember me, but I took you out for drinks in 1981.” Nothing tells a woman you aren’t desperate for her company like taking three decades to call her. That’s the point of all of these rules — for a guy to not seem desperate. A guy who isn’t probably doesn’t call at 9:01 the next morning, but he doesn’t sit on his phone for three days like he’s waiting for it to hatch. He might text the woman the next afternoon, saying he had a great time and he’ll call soon. Curb your desperation by asking lots of women out (so you won’t fixate on one) and just hope some stick. Convey confidence by letting your interest

guide when you call. Develop confidence and you could charm a woman by breaking the three second rule — calling her before she’s even had a chance to get into her car.

(c)2011, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail ( Read Amy Alkon’s book: “I SEE RUDE PEOPLE: One woman’s battle to beat some manners into impolite society” (McGraw-Hill).

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