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Scene Vol. 1, No. 46 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, EDITOR



Armand Nardi

CONTRIBUTORS Sam Benedict, Mark Boshnack, John Champlin, David Fredette, Terry Ludwig,


Ashok Malhotra, Shirley O’Shea, Emily Popek, James Derek Sapienza and Mark Simonson.


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EDITOR’S NOTE To me, September always means a fresh start. When you’re a student, you get the chance to re-invent yourself with the start of a new school year each September. There’s hope that eighth grade will be less socially awkward than seventh, or that you’ll finally figure out what you want to be senior year. Even though I’ve been out of college five years, I still consider September the start of the year, mainly because it’s when I’ve begun most jobs I’ve had, many of which have been in different cities or countries. This year is a departure from my regularly changing routine. It’s the first September I haven’t had a new job or a new city to adjust to. Even though this will be my third September in Oneonta as an employee of The Daily Star, it’s the first that I don’t 2

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have a new position. It’s the first time I don’t have to learn brand-new skills or take on new responsibilities. This absence of newness is a novelty. I’m on solid ground, which is surprisingly as exhilarating as adjusting to novel situations. The Scene is on solid ground, too. After a year of being dropped at college campuses, at local businesses and in fuchsia bins around the four-county area _ and actually being picked up and read _ the Scene isn’t going away. This September, instead of simply making sure that a content-filled issue gets put together and goes to press by Wednesday every week, we can focus on the details. The Scene’s fresh start is about what can be changed to make it better. We hope that readers have liked what we’ve given them so far, and we want to continue to entertain and inform regular readers, as well as attract new ones. It’s a luxury to be able to

focus on how to improve various aspects of the publication instead of trying to create it from nothing but ideas. I’m very proud of the Scene, and I do my best every week when putting it together. I’m confident that everyone else involved in the Scene does their best, too, from contributing writers and photographers to Adrienne Wise, whose role can’t really be described in a neat phrase, but she does a lot, including helping edit proofs and putting together the calendar and coming events pages. We’ve got a lot of wonderful people making the content in the Scene possible. I’m looking forward to this year’s fresh start.

— Cassandra Miller

Cassandra Miller is the founding editor of the Scene. She can be reached at editor@

SCENE Sept. contents 1-7, 2011 2- Masthead | Editor’s Note 5- New Music Notes | Vinyl Vault 6- Laygirl Fashion 8-9- ART PEOPLE, David Barge 10- Vintage Video 11- REVIEWS, Melinda Doolittle, Punch Brothers

Cover illustration by David Fredette of a 1960s publicity photo of the Zombies.

12- LOCAL EATS, Bistro on Main 13- Yoga Life 14- MUSIC PEOPLE, Rod Argent 15- MUSIC PEOPLE, Colin Blunstone 16-17- Zombies to invade Oneonta 18- Comic | RoBS 19- WUOW featured artist | Retro Ad 20-21- Coming events 22- Calendar 23- Art Scene | Movie Listing 26- Keep Up Now! 27-30- Classified ads 31- Advice Goddess

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Vinyl Vault The Mothers of Invention ‘Freak Out!’ Verve, 1966 Rock and roll was at a crossroads in 1966. Split between the burgeoning psychedelic era and the more formally structured pop song was a void gleefully filled by Frank Zappa and his band, the Mothers of Invention. Their debut record, “Freak Out!,” is an incredible hour’s worth of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, free improvisation and sound collage in the then-revolutionary concept record format. Alternating between heart-wrenching sincerity and searing social commentary, the record stands as one of the most ambitious debut albums in rock history, influencing countless artists, and launching the pioneering career of Frank Zappa. The Mothers of Invention began in early 1964 as a Los Angeles bar band called The Soul Giants. After their original guitarist left the band, Frank Zappa joined and quickly became the leader and head songwriter. After changing their name to The Mothers, Zappa began positioning the band for a recording contract. In late 1965, MGM/Verve records signed The Mothers based on the band’s early reputation as a blues-based bar band in hopes of cashing in on the then popular blues-rock

New Music Notes by Mark Boshnack

Fountains of Wayne, ‘Sky Full of Holes’ Yep Roc, Aug. 2011

Seamlessly transitioning through high and low-brow music with profound sincerity and understanding shows Zappa’s innate feel for music even early on. of British bands like The Animals and The Yardbirds. Aware that the label had grossly misjudged the band and would certainly be shocked by what they produced, they rushed into the studio to record their debut before MGM could change their minds. Recorded over an astonishing three-day period in early 1966 while still spending a princely $35,000 of MGM’s money, “Freak Out!” is unlike anything anyone could have expected. For a debut record, Zappa’s songwriting and arrangements clearly put his genius on display. Seamlessly transitioning through high and low-brow music with profound sincerity and understanding shows Zappa’s innate feel for music even early on. Conceptually a scorching parody of everything from suburban sprawl, pop music and teenage culture is delivered in a big studio sound with drums and guitars awash in reverb, and tight, bold brass and vibraphone accents, The Mothers deliver a document of counter-counter-

culture in a bright, shiny package. The first disc of the LP is a cross-section of pop as bright as any contemporary Beach Boys record, and a good hook, as the second record, consisting mostly of sound collages and free improvisation, is the cerebral commentary on the spiritually bankrupt modern American landscape. Nearly five decades later, “Freak Out!” feels subversive in every way. Zappa’s liner notes and song descriptions read like a manifesto, and he even includes a who’s who list of his inspirations. It feels both extreme and earnest. While using popular music for subversion, it is abundantly clear that Zappa loves the genres he is lampooning. Though the record was considered a flop at the time, it went on to directly influence the structure and production of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” released the following year, and helped establish Zappa as the ultimate musician’s musician. After all these years, “Freak Out!” still serves as an open invitation.

_ 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.

“Sky Full of Holes,” the new album by Fountains of Wayne, is the most well-developed and finely crafted album New York duo Chris Collingwood and Adam Achelsinger have made in their 15 years as a band. The hooks in the power pop tunes abound, and the songs are among their tightest yet. They get going right from the opening with “The Summer Place.” It starts with some catchy guitar riffs and rhythms and the opening lines, “She’s been afraid of the Cuisinart since 1977. Now when she opens up the house, she won’t set foot in the kitchen.” A listener would have to be pretty cold to not be hooked by this tale of a lost soul. “Richie and Ruben” starts with the lyric, “They opened up a bar called Living Hell,” about some feckless friends who go through life full of big plans that never work out. The song makes clear that “Richie and Ruben don’t know what their doing.” The narrator brings the listener in when he says, “Ever since the seventh grade they’ve been saying that we’ve got it made, and I still haven’t gotten paid.” The band had some success in earlier albums with songs like “Stacy’s Mom” in 2003 and “Radiation Vibe” from their selftitled 1996 debut album. But the stories seem more detailed on “Sky Full of Holes,” and the effort sounds tighter overall. Take the song, “Acela,” a tale of a stood-up romantic on the Amtrak liner that travels on the Northeast corridor. He laments, “When they called all aboard, you were nowhere to found,” lets the listener in on an intimate, specific story. “Radio Bar” is another favorite, starting with snappy horn riffs, with lyrics that talk about what it’s like to sit night after night, waiting for something to do at the local watering hole. And it has a happy ending. “A Dip in the Ocean” starts with their best power-pop intro, with a nostalgic memory of a tropical adventure. A highlight of the chorus is the band singing about a “tiny cabana by the water.” There is definitely a Beach Boys feeling of harmony. There’s a great YouTube video of the band performing the song on the David Letterman show. If that doesn’t inspire you to check out this album, it’s not for you. There are several slower tunes, including the country-rock stylings of “A Road Song,” where the narrator tells a story of a musician missing someone back home. It could border on corny if the lyrics weren’t so sharp, such as the singer telling someone, “I bought you a light blue T-shirt last night from some band I couldn’t stand but the logo’s all right.” Was the group named for a store in Wayne, N.J., that can be seen in an episode of the “Sopranos” as one source suggests? That remains to be seen, but after listening album, it’s impossible not to wonder about that and other details of the band, and the characters in its songs in this stellar offering. Mark Boshnack is a reporter for The Daily Star and a music fiend. He can be reached at mboshnack@ Sept. 1, 2011 O-Town Scene


Laygirl Fashion

| by Emily Popek

Staying stylin’ with a bump Well, it’s finally happened. I’m slowly trading in my everyday wardrobe for brands like Duo, Liz Lange and Motherhood. Welcome to the world of maternity clothes. Of course, I’m thrilled to be the willing vessel for the new life I’m bringing into the world. But now that I’ve finally “popped,” as they say, my usually stable fashion sense has been turned on its head. I’m not exactly one of those people who can still fit into the jeans she wore in high school. There’s been some ... shifting around. And maybe a few additional pounds. But no radical changes. So my sense of what styles suit me is one I’ve developed for about 15 years. By this point, I’m pretty firm in what I like and what I don’t, what I can get away with and what I can’t. But this little bump I’m carrying around is throwing all my plans out of whack. Most obviously, I’ve had to winnow out a large portion of my wardrobe that simply doesn’t fit anymore. And some things that do technically fit just don’t look good anymore. On the bright side, I’m patting myself on the back for investing heavily in empirewaist dresses and tops. Go ahead and tell me they’re not fashionable anymore _ I don’t care. I can still wear them, they’re comfortable and they don’t look awful, so I’m happy. I bit the bullet a week or two ago and ventured into the maternity section at a few local thrift and consignment stores. I was prepared for the worst _ and I found some of it. Unattractive mom jeans; boring or dated-looking tops; and pants with elastic panels so huge, it looked like you could smuggle a couple of watermelons in them. Fortunately, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. I hadn’t realized how many mainstream stores, like Gap, Old Navy and H&M, also make maternity clothes. I scored an adorable Gap Maternity tailored navy blue dress that I am already trying to figure out if I can wear post-pregnancy. And those pants with the enormous elastic panel? Surprisingly comfortable, and a lot better-looking on me than they were on the hanger. So I’m pleased to report that the world of maternity clothes isn’t so awful after all. In fact, I’m trying to restrain myself from buying an entire new wardrobe, given that I’m only going to be wearing these clothes for a short time. And if any moms out there have tips about getting back to your pre-pregnancy figure, I’m starting a list now. As great as some of these maternity outfits are, I miss my old clothes. And having a waist. Emily F. Popek kind of wishes it was OK to wear yoga pants to work. She is also assistant editor at The Daily Star, and can be reached at

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WRITERS The Scene is hiring writers for the positions below To apply, send writing sample, resume and email of interest to Scene Editor Cassandra Miller at

Feature writers

Need to have journalism background and experience interviewing sources and putting together interesting and factually accurate stories.

Concert reviews

Need to have a music background/ passion for music, and be able to write thoughtfully about shows.

Writers can contribute features on area restaurants or recipes.


For the following topics: Fitness Dating College Guy (for fall semester) College Girl (for fall semester) Or anything you feel strongly about commenting on

Music People

Need to be able to research musicians and interview them for our Q&A feature, Music People.

Local Eats

Theater reviews

Need to have a theater background and a critical eye.

Art gallery profiles Writers interested in art are sought to write spotlights of area galleries.

Book reviews

Need to write insightful and thoughtful reviews of new books.

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First Brush, Jan. 8, 1988, 21” x 31”


David A. Barge, originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, is a longtime Oneonta resident whose daughter, Lynn Price, has organized a retrospective of his work from the late 1970s to the late ’80s at the Autumn Cafe. Barge is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. He taught physics at Hartwick College in the 1960s and ’70s, and then worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island working on the Cosmotron Accelerating Collider project. His fascination with physics, geometry, Islamic temple patterns and the use of color prompted him to create the few art pieces that are on display at the Autumn Cafe and in his home.


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David Barge |

Exhibiting paintings at Autumn Cafe

Homage to a Friend I, 1979, 21” x 31”

Big Star with Spot, 21” x 31”

SEE HIS WORK Barge’s paintings from the 1970s and ’80s will be on display at the Autumn Cafe at 244 Main St. in Oneonta through Sept. 25. For information, call Lynn or Dale Price at (607) 441-3333.

The Intensity of Self (In Memory of Bob Stanton), March 1976

Homage to a Friend II, 21” x 31”

Circus, Feb. 2, 1987, 21” x 31” Sept. 1, 2011 O-Town Scene


Vintage Video by Sam Benedict

‘The Bank Dick,’ 1940, W.C. Fields

“Can’t get the celluloid out of my blood!” Egbert Souse (W.C. Fields) declares, selling himself as an auteur to motion picture lackey Mackley Q. Greene (Richard Purcell). Of course, that fiery (meaning flammable) film content has to compete with the liquor cabinet already coursing through Egbert’s veins. That same day, Egbert unwittingly intercepts a pair of bank bandits. One criminal colleague knocks out the other, then tosses his pistol at Egbert, who promptly topples over. Egbert’s brilliance lies in lies, as it were; he takes full, deft hold of his already tall tale and further stretches it with witty, literate gusto. A sort of highball-buoyed optimist and self-inflated man, Egbert serves as his own personal P.T. Barnum. Bank executive Mr. Skinner (Pierre Watkin) proudly appoints Egbert “Bank Dick,” a low-paying position that apparently requires no physical and a two-drink minimum. It’s a cause for celebration that inspires Egbert to gravely inquire, “What time of the morning?”. Outfitted in an official uniform, Egbert indulges in a Travis Bickle kind of “You Talkin’ To Me?” moment, comically lunging at his reflection down at precinct headquarters (translation: the bar-room mirror). It’s a happy hour or so before a bar patron named J. Frothingham Waterbury (Russell Hicks) accosts him, frothing at the weaselly mustache to force-feed him the investment tip of a money-losing life-time. The nebulous quagmire is known as “The Beefsteak Mines.” Having just been put on the homeland security payroll, Egbert loses no time in enlisting help to lightly loot his very joint of employment, all to raise the start-up cash necessary to bankrupt and imprison him. Egbert is the bank’s suspicious “special officer.” “Don’t be a luddy-duddy, don’t be a moon-calf, don’t be a jabbernowl. You’re not those, are you?” Egbert’s riddles Oggilby, his sidekick in crime. Oggilby, meanwhile, is too much of a jabbernowling moon-calf to ask him what a luddy-duddy might be. W.C.’s Egbert is a relentlessly resourceful huckster, capable of shining up all sorts of shady propositions. His argument is that they’re only “borrowing” $500 from the company safe to place the safest bet ever. “The jockey was a very insulting fellow,” Egbert begins. “He referred to my proboscis as an adscititious excrescious.” Those are flowery fighting words, even if that fight is to find the nearest dictionary. Egbert’s sly lilt (a Fields trademark) makes for a fairly irresistible storytelling tool. Comedies are often the most honest, accurate reflections of their times, and prejudice rears its ruddy nose in the movie’s attempted humor more than once. All banking aside, Egbert can indeed be more than a bit of a dick. The script lodges the California town somewhere between Toon-Town and Wrestlemania, populating it with characters born for their roles. Someone named J. Pinkerton Snoopington (Frankin Pangborn) can’t hope to escape the anal-retentive fate of “Bank Examiner,” while hoodlums like “Repulsive Rogan” and “Loudmouth McNasty” are ready-made no-goodniks. If “The Bank Dick” is somewhat of a sophisticated cartoon, W.C. Fields (who wrote the script) is its eruditely blotto animator, sending bounties of fiscal (and comedic) wealth falling into Egbert’s patiently barstool-perched lap.

All banking aside, Egbert can indeed be more than a bit of a dick.


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Melinda Doolittle charms at Foothills It’s not often that a performer of Melinda Doolittle’s caliber comes to Oneonta. Doolittle, known for placing third in Season 6 of “American Idol,” showed a crowd at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta that her talent has endured beyond the popular TV show. On Aug. 24, she brought her Love 101 cabaret-style show to an intimate crowd at Foothills, where risers and a few round tables draped in black tablecloths at the foot of the modest stage were set up in the space that usually hosts smaller theatrical shows. Doolittle came on stage singing “I’ve Got Rhythm” with piano accompaniment. In a strapless, black jumpsuit and a bright pink feather in her short afro, she was elegant and warm, looking at the audience members in the eye and actively engaging them with anecdotes. She even went up to a couple of men to dance with them in the aisles. Although the show was polished, and it was obvious she has delivered the same stories and jokes to dozens of audiences, the performance didn’t come across as contrived. Doolittle’s sincerity and joy for what she was doing was apparent. She shaped the show around her personal experience with love, which included her dream of being Claire Huxtable one day. The show was almost exactly an hour long. Doolittle performed mostly classic loves songs, particularly moving was her soulful rendition of “My Funny Valentine” and her gritty, exuberant rendition of Etta James’ “At Last,” when her arm movements seemed to be painting the air with her voice. Doolittle also threw in some Bruno Mars (“Grenade”), Justin Bieber (“Baby”) and Beyonce (“Single Ladies”) that appealed to the younger audience members in the crowd. It seemed like she genuinely wanted to connect to the crowd and that she was happy to be in Oneonta, admitting that she had spent the afternoon eating the sampler platter at Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Qs and graciously applauding the Ultimate Idol winner, Liz Walker, and two Junior Idols winners, Kaitlynn Jackson and Ethan Harris, who opened the show. The show wouldn’t have had the same intimacy if it had been in a large theater. Foothills’ touches of candles on tables and white lights around the stage added to the experience.

— Cassandra Miller

Punch Brothers make their own hurricane party at Belleayre The Punch Brothers performed at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Saturday night before Belleayre Mountain became an emergency center for those affected by Hurricane Irene in Delaware County, the Punch Brothers gave an energetic performance on the small stage set up in front of an unlit fireplace of one the lodges on the mountain’s property. The Punch Brothers aren’t the average bluegrass band. The musicians, all in their late 20s and early 30s, bring a modern edge to bluegrass. They covered current non-bluegrass songs like the Strokes’ “Reptilia” (“A famous Brooklyn-based bluegrass rival,” joked teal suit-clad banjo player Noam Pikelny). Their hour and a half set was high energy, yet lighthearted, with not many in attendance really taking Irene seriously with nothing more than a light drizzle outside. “I know a lot of you came out just to get away from the image of Wolf Blitzer on your TV screen,” Pikelny said. And lead singer and former Nickel Creek member Chris Thile (Thee-lee) kept referring to the show as Highmount’s “hurricane party.” Although there was joking between songs, the musicians gave a high-energy performance, intermixing pop-influenced songs with more traditional songs you’d imagine a bluegrass band plays like one of the group’s popular numbers, “Rye Whiskey,” with rollicking “Oh, boy” callbacks you could shout along to if you knew the song.

Emily Popek

“Alex,” an original, was a standout. A beautiful love song with a light touch and charming vocal harmonies, one could imagine it being played during a romantic comedy during a quiet, serious scene. The musicians’ fast-moving hands were mesmerizing. Closing in on each other for instrumental duets, it was like their hands were having conversations as they fast picked their banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and upright bass. Social butterflies as they were, they led the players around stage as if they were at a cocktail party. Bass player Paul Kowert seemed to be intensely focused on his handwork, and didn’t even crack a smile when Thile or guitar player Chris Eldrige tried to have musical jokes with him during duets. Eldrige, fiddle player Gabe Witcher and especially Thile were the showmen of the group. Thile performed solo for the first song of the encore, offering up a mandolin version of Bach’s prelude from Partita in E Major before being joined by his bandmates for the last song, “Dixie Line,” off Gillian Welch’s new CD. If there weren’t so many tables and chairs, there most likely would’ve been dancing at Belleayre, which completes its 2011 summer music festival with a performance by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

— Cassandra Miller

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

Creative juices flow at Bistro

Bite into even the smallest sliver of Bistro on Main’s tapas selection and your taste buds pay immediate attention. Lunch, dinner and brunch offerings based on a “new American” cuisine — meaning, a little bit of everything gets included _ are consistently fresh and lively at the new-ish (as of this past year) bistro at 281 Main St. in downtown Oneonta. Dinners include inventive and playful tapas selections and entire additional menus of burgers, tacos and drinks, including microbrews and wines. Bistro on Main’s dinner menu also offers seasonal selections, with a few reliable standbys _ the shrimp and crab mac and cheese dish is a consistent customer favorite. The upcoming fall menu, which will be introduced this month, is based around root vegetables and different types of game. In the autumnal spirit, dinner chef Chris MacLeman plans to offer new menu options that include

butternut squash soup and duck breast spring rolls. Since their late winter opening, MacLeman and his partner, chef Paul Maerz (who both grew up in Morris), have sought to expand their menu beyond just their tapas selection. “What we’ve found is that we get a group in and most will want tapas but there’ll be the one person who may not, so we offer a full dinner menu,” MacLeman said. “We’re hoping to expand the menu even further in the near future.” As proof of their intentions, MacLeman slid across the table a burger menu with an impressive variety that was introduced this summer.

Theme days

The burger menu, which features Angus beef, is only available Saturday, Burger Night. To encourage diners who may be in search of wider selection of menu offerings beyond tapas, MacLeman and Maerz created other

theme days with different specials. There is “Taco Tuesday” _ three tacos with black bean and corn salsa; “Wine Wednesday” _ glasses of wine are $3; “Thirsty Thursday” _ beer and wine specials; Saturday’s Burger Night; and $5 brunch specials Sunday of “huge portion,” according to Maerz. On just about every night of the week, you will find a seafood special (on the Wednesday night I ate dinner, I sampled the scallops and bacon seafood special, which was superb). The boys at Bistro on Main are also planning to get in on the Sunday and Monday football scene by offering chicken wings, pulled pork nachos, beer specials and game screenings on the flat screen TV by the bar at the back of the relatively small one-room space where Bella Pockets used to be. (Maerz ran that eatery before teaming up with MacLeman this year.)


With a dinner menu that offers a fun, creative range of tastes, from wild mushroom fritters to fresh fettuccine, and a drink menu that provides an impressive amount of beer from New York state, MacLeman and Maerz stress the importance of buying and eating local. As they work to build their business, the partners emphasized how they work to keep their ingredients grown and made from within central New York. For example, their bread is made from the Heidelberg bakery in Herkimer, and they recently signed a contract with a


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meat provider in Hartwick. Even the décor is local. The sleek gray and maroon walls are accented with artwork by local artists that changes every month to coincide with Main Street Oneonta’s Fabulous First Friday art walk. This Friday, art appreciators can stop in between 5 and 8 p.m. to see photographs by the September artist of the month, Jenny Schlosser. (Schlosser’s photographs will be hung throughout the month.) From the innovative food to the art adorning the walls, creative juices flow at Bistro on Main. For info, call (607) 432-2534. Dinner hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to close. Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch, Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Cecelia Walsh-Russo

Yoga Life

| by Ashok Malhotra

How yoga got popular From 1960 to 1990, research on the effects of yoga and meditation on the human personality was moving at ox-cart speed. But from 1990 to 2010, it had picked up rocket-like speed. Earlier, yoga and meditation were more of a fad and were not taken seriously either by the scientific community or the general public. However, the trend has changed during the past 20 years. Now there are thousands of genuine practitioners, who are willing to report on the results accrued from its constant practice. Medical research on alternative therapies such as acupuncture, tai chi, shiatsu, chiropractic treatment, yoga and meditation has provided this kind of boost. Though the research done at the Harvard Development Center on the alternative therapies has been catalytic in the enhancement of this interest and credibility. Five other major factors might have contributed towards this serious curiosity.

1. Big-name universities start researching

First, following the lead of Harvard University, a number of researchers from M.I.T, Cambridge, Toronto, University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Pennsylvania got

involved in studying the connection between yoga/meditation and its positive effects on the human body, emotions and brain. This has brought credible veracity to the scientific research in this neglected area.

2. Monks get street cred

Second, the much revered Dalai Lama recently addressed a gathering of neuroscientists, medical doctors, psychotherapists and psychologists by presenting them with a challenge of utilizing the brain imaging tools to map out the brain waves of the Buddhist monks, who had practiced meditation for years. The medical community accepted this challenge and proceeded with the research with utmost seriousness.

3. All the craze in Hollywood

Third, the adoption of the techniques of yoga and meditation by the Hollywood actors such as Richard Gere, Goldie Hawn, Demi Moore and others along with such politicians as Al Gore and Michelle Obama has further enhanced the current interest.

4. What would Deepak Chopra do? Fourth, Deepak Chopra, a scientist turned philosopher and a new-age guru, who through his numerous best sellers on the topics of Hinduism, yoga and meditation, has played a crucial role in the enhancement of awareness among the general public.

5. Christians start meditating

Fifth, a few liberal Christians have also opened up a window that has helped their followers to become curious about yoga. Those who were looking for spiritual healing at an experiential level have found it in the simple yoga technique of meditation. By using some Christian prayers as mantras, these leaders have created their own brand called the Christian yoga. Because of this popular appeal, a large number of practitioners have flocked to the meditation centers thus creating a fertile ground for the researchers to get their best pick of subjects for the scientific experiments. All these factors have contributed to opening up this significant field for scientists, medical doctors and psychologists, who in their turn, have been conducting numerous studies on stress, sleeplessness, backache, depression, self-esteem and other issues with positive results. Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra has been a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. He is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of philosophy and founder of the Yoga and Meditation Society at SUNY Oneonta. His program on “Yoga for Relaxation” is shown at 9 a.m. Saturdays on the Public Access Channel 23. His articles are condensed from his books on “An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy,” “Journal of Yoga and Meditation Now,” “Transcreation of the Bhagavad Gita,” “Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching,” “Instant Nirvana” and “Sartre and Yoga.” All are available through and some are available as eBooks through www. and Kindle.

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and Colin Blunstone have been collaborating since they were teenagers in the 1960s outside of London, where they formed the Zombies, which was considered to be one of the groups included in the British Invasion. The group made two albums that included hits such as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season” before splitting up. But the pair continued to work together on solo projects. A band will join the two to perform as the Zombies at the Oneonta Theatre on Sept. 11. The Scene’s Shirley O’Shea talked to both musicians for this week’s cover story on Pages 16 and 17, and included some of Argent and Blunstone’s most interesting answers from those interviews on these pages. OTOWN SCENE | Tell me about how you composed the beginning to “Time of the Season,” which is actually a very erotic song. It contains four repetitions of an ecstatic sigh, preceded what sounds like a whip crack ...

ROD ARGENT | (Laughter) That’s me clapping and then breathing, and in fact it was a way of putting a broken rhythm onto the verses. I have to nod in the direction of the Beatles, because one of the things I loved about the early Beatles records was the fact that Ringo would often play very unusual things in the verses. Rather than just play straight ahead grooves, he would put a broken, sort of jagged rhythm, like in “Ticket to Ride.” It was just the idea of wanting to do something similar, not to copy a Beatles record or verse. It struck me that it would be great to just clap like that and put that in the percussion section. The idea came very quickly, and two days later it was recorded.

OS | You use the mellotron on the new album. It is an iconic instrument of the 1960s. How did it feel to be playing it again? RA | Fantastic! That came about

after we did the concerts (celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of “Odyssey and Oracle”). I said to Colin, “We’ve got to use the mellotron on a couple of tracks again.” And so we did. When we walked into Abbey Road to start recording “Odyssey and Oracle,” the Beatles were walking out, 14

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having just recorded “Sgt. Pepper.” And one of the advantages that gave us was the fact that _ this is how I remember it, anyway _ the techniques that they used on “Sgt. Pepper,” we had access to, and we had access to some of the instruments that were lying around the studio, and I think they’d persuaded Abbey Road to buy a mellotron. Of course, the mellotron was there. And I thought that we were using it first of all as an orchestral color, because we couldn’t afford real strings. But of course what it has is very powerfully its own sound and character, and that was a huge advantage in hindsight. I’m so pleased that I was able to be in the position to suddenly use that on the “Odyssey and Oracle” album, and it’s great to be using it again.

OS | I’ve read that Elvis Presley turned you on to rock ‘n’ roll. RA | Without any question. After

(hearing) “Hound Dog,” I just spent the next six months trying to find the rawest rock ‘n’ roll I could find. I loved people like Little Richard, but those early Elvis things still sound fantastic to me. (Songs like) “Lordie Miss Crawdy,” all the early Sun Records stuff, “That’s All Right, Mama, “My Baby Left Me.” It was like listening to someone from another world. It seemed like America was another world. In popular music, it was this unattainable other world that was just light years away from us. In 1965, the whole band was in Memphis, and we decided to visit Elvis. We just walked through his gate (at Grace-

land) _ there was no security and we just walked up his drive, knocked on the door, and this guy came to the door. It was Elvis’ father. We said, “We’re the Zombies from England. Is Elvis in?” It was like kids calling someone out to play ball. And he said, “No, Elvis is away filming at the moment, but he’ll be really sorry to have missed you guys, because he loves you guys.” I was telling this story to a DJ many years later, and I said to him, (Elvis’ father) obviously didn’t know who the hell we were, but it was very lovely and hospitable of him. He let us walk around the place. The DJ stopped me, and said, “I can’t believe you didn’t know this. Elvis had your records on his juke box.” It absolutely knocked me out. Nine years after having had my world turned around and thinking about this wonderful, unattainable place, which seemed like light years away from anything a young English kid living in postwar Britain could experience, this guy had our records, songs that I’d written, on his juke box. It was dreamlike.

OS | You said that the popular music of the 1950s was, to you, anemic. But as time passed, rock ‘n’ roll changed. It became more introspective, then it contained social commentary and protest music. Why do you think this happened? Continued on Page 15

Rod Argent & Colin Bluntone Continued from Page 14 RA | It was a general experience of the way the whole youth culture was changing. People were emerging from the period of austerity after the Second World War and started to realize, for the first time, that youth had a voice. The Beatles, as in so many things, were the trigger. They started writing songs like “Hold Your Hand” and “Please, Please Me.” In all interviews, there was a whole culture that pop singers just said what interviewers wanted to hear. The Beatles came along, and they were asked questions, and they said, “Well, why the hell shouldn’t we say exactly what we think, even if it is not what these people want to hear?” It got them into terrible trouble sometimes. And they started to think, “Well, why shouldn’t we do this in our songs, as well?” Also, suddenly, because of the media, young people were seeing the reality of what was going on around the world. And they had the purchasing power to be an economic force. There was

this huge explosion going on, and I think it made them feel confident in themselves and feel that they had the power to actually be taken notice of.

OS | You’ve played some shows in Japan and Israel, both troubled places _ the first by a devastating earthquake, the second by war. How does it feel making music in troubled places? Do you think people are hungry for your music? RA | I think perhaps they are. Music is such

a lovely thing to be doing in environments such as those. Music is such a positive and healing thing, without wanting to be grandiose about it. In Japan, they said that a lot of (performers) had stopped coming because they were worried about the earthquakes. I think they were very pleased to see us, because they were very pleased we carried out our commitment to come. And certainly in Israel, the people were just lovely. It’s extraordinary. We were in Tel Aviv.

of the Zombies

OS | Some say that your hit “Time of the Season,” from your 1967 album “Odyssey and Oracle,” was inspired by the 1967 Summer of Love. Is that how it happened?

COLIN BLUNSTONE | We were very young and we lived in two or three little towns outside of London. I don’t think we were aware 1967 was the Summer of Love. Often you are not aware of things at the time. It’s the same with how people talk about the British Invasion. I don’t think we were aware that we were part of the British Invasion at the time. It’s the same with the Summer of Love. It’s an assumption that you look back on. The Zombies have always chosen the very best songs that they’ve got and recorded them to the best of their abilities. There was no theme, there was no concept. It was a collection of the best songs that we had.

OS | How are you keeping up with this whirlwind of activity? How do you keep energized?

CB | I think that the audience always gives you a sort of magic lift. If you’re feeling a little tired before a show, that disappears the minute that you walk on stage. I think also we’ve been doing this for a long time. We’ve learnt how to pace ourselves. It’s probably very different from how we toured when we first started, when we were 18 or 19 years old. Of course, we wanted to go everywhere and do everything. (But now) we’ve learnt a way of touring that uses up a minimum of effort except for the actual show.

OS | How do you keep performing classic Zombies songs in a way that keeps them fresh for you?

CB | think there are two answers to that. One is that although Rod and I have worked together in various guises for over a total of 50 years, with the original Zombies and with Rod (having produced) many of my solo albums, we haven’t actually played as the Zombies. The Zombies finished in 1967. So, it’s still a comparatively fresh concept for us to be playing. Literally, we’ve been playing (together) for 10 years, but we haven’t been playing as the Zombies non-stop for 50 years; we haven’t been singing these songs for 50 years. The second is I think we were very fortunate that the Zombies repertoire does seem to have a timeless feel about it. The songs just sound fresh when you play them. I know it may sound strange, but it’s always a joy for me to sing “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”

OS | Many Zombies songs were composed in a minor key, which have a darker, sadder tone. Yet, the content and tempo of the songs is upbeat. Was this unlikely contrast of moods intentional?

CB | Over the years, a lot of Zombie tunes have been written in minor keys. I like beautiful, sad songs. They can almost make me happy. I know that’s a contradiction. I don’t find it difficult to sing beautiful, sad song songs in quite an up, positive way. When it gets mawkish and trivial and over-emotional _ I don’t like songs like that. I think that a beautifully sad song, which may very often be written in a minor key, can be sung in quite a positive way. You’ve got to be in the right mood, but I do like (listening to) sad songs, especially when I’m on my own. It has a lot to do with mood and atmosphere and what’s going on at the time, what kind of music you want to listen to.

OS | How do you feel about performing in Oneonta on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks?

Contributed Rod Argent (left) and Colin Blunstone will perform as the Zombies at the Oneonta Theatre on Sept. 11.

CB | I think it will affect us, but I’d like to think it won’t affect our performance. We will be aware of that anniversary. We will be aware of what happened, but our job is to get out and perform and entertain people, and we are also very aware of that. I would like to think that we’ll give a really, really good performance, and although (the anniversary) will be in the back of our minds, that’s where it will stay. Sept. 1, 2011 O-Town Scene 15

Time of the season for loving British invasion band the Zombies to play in Oneonta on Sept. 11 By Shirley O’Shea

When Rod Argent, keyboardist and a founding member of the seminal British Invasion band the Zombies, was on the Japanese leg of the band’s current tour in connection with their new studio album, “Breathe Out, Breathe In,” he woke in his Tokyo hotel room shortly before 3 a.m. and thought, “What’s going on? “It felt like the whole room was moving from left to right and from backwards to forwards. There was this sort of horrible creaking sound, and I thought, ‘My God, this is an earthquake.’ “Three days later, at 10 in the morning, it happened again. I just thought, ‘Oh, it’s just another one of those earthquakes.’ I got used to it that quickly.” Fortunately the quakes were not of the magnitude as those that struck in March. “Otherwise it would have been much


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more serious,” Argent said. Upon learning of the recent quake that struck the eastern seaboard of the U.S. — which happens to be the Zombies’ upcoming tour destination, with the Oneonta Theatre being its third stop, on Sept. 11 — he expressed astonishment. “I had no idea,” he said. He’d heard, however, that “a pretty nasty hurricane” was gathering momentum along the East Coast. But forces of nature, it seems, are seldom adequate to slow down diehard rock ‘n’ rollers. The Zombies are defying time and perhaps even age in taking to the road for a 50th anniversary celebration of the Zombies’ first rehearsal, according to Argent, playing as far afield as Israel and British Columbia. Just before speaking with the O-Town Scene, the


band had arrived back in the U.K. after a one-night gig in Tel Aviv. Argent said he encountered “lovely people, terrific, very hip audience, fantastically enthusiastic and very young.” The interest has been an unexpected perk to the tour, according to lead vocalist for the Zombies Colin Blunstone. “I think for Rod and me it’s been a wonderful surprise to discovery how much interest there is in the Zombies’ repertoire,” Blunstone said. “I guess we thought the Zombies were a forgotten band, but then we found out that wasn’t the case.” Born in 1945, Argent spent his childhood listening to 1950s popular music that he found “anemic.” “I grew up for the first 10 years thinking I only liked classical music, and then one day, I was down at the house of my cousin, who is actually the guy who plays bass with us at the moment, Jim Rodford, and he played me Elvis singing ‘Hound Dog.’ I was absolutely pinned to the wall. “I was only 11 years old, and I thought I had to try to form a band. I just really wanted to play rock ‘n’ roll. I thought, I don’t care if I’m just in the background, hammering chords out, and nothing else, I just want to be a part of this.” The Zombies formed in 1961 in St. Albans, England. Their original line-up consisted of Colin Blunstone on lead vocals; Rod Argent as songwriter, acoustic and electronic keyboardist and provider of vocal harmonies; Chris White as co-songwriter and bassist; Paul Atkinson on guitar; and Hugh Grundy on drums. Their first U.S. album, “The Zombies,” released in 1965, featured two of their most famous hits, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” The Zombies’ second and final album, “Odyssey and Oracle,” was recorded in 1967 and released the following year. “We were in Studio 3 at Abbey Road,” Blunstone recalled. “Those were challenging sessions, because the band was operating on a tight budget and schedule. “It was in the air that we would be breaking up, and that was largely for financial reasons,” Argent recalled.

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“We were still very good friends through all this. So, we wanted to make an album ourselves if we were going to break up.” Argent was the album’s producer. After their first U.K. release from “Odyssey and Oracle” failed to live up to expectations on British charts, Atkinson and Blunstone announced that it was time for them to move on. “In retrospect, it may have been much more sensible to have waited until the album came out,” Argent said with a laugh. “It wasn’t for another 18 months until ‘Time of the Season’ (was released), a sort of last gasp. (It) very gradually caught fire, and it was No. 1 around the world except for in the U.K..” “Time of the Season” recently reached its six millionth airplay in the U.S. “It’s absurd that it’s a song that’s been played six million times and sold two million copies and I didn’t even particularly like it,” Blunstone said. “I say it was a joke against me. I was learning the song because everything was so rushed. I remember it as just a bit of a traumatic session because I was having difficulty getting the exact phrasing and the exact melody and Rod is a taskmaster in the producer’s seat. We had to get it done and pulses started to race and we had a huge row, Rod and I. I always think it’s really interesting that while I’m singing ‘It’s the time of the season for loving,’ we were screaming at one another. This huge row was going on while we were singing this iconic song about love.” Despite those trying times, the former bandmates remained friends and Blunstone and Argent continued to be musical colleagues as both pursued solo music careers, with Argent producing recordings for Blunstone, “In 2000, I did a charity concert. Colin was in the audience. He very sweetly got up at the spur of the moment and sang ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Time of the Season,’ and we had such a ball doing it,” Argent said. Afterward, Blunstone proposed assembling a band and performing a few gigs together. “We said, Let’s keep this going,” Argent recalled. “It’s that, really, that’s turned into 11 years of touring around the world.” Initially, the band resisted playing Zombies material, preferring to perform newer compositions, but promoters nevertheless billed the band as the Zombies, Argent said. “After a while, we started playing some Zombies material, and realized what a gas it was to actually do that,” Argent said. “We don’t want to play just the old songs,” Blunstone said. “Of course we play (them). People want to hear those and we really enjoy playing them. But it’s very important to Rod and me that we write and record new songs and that we perform them. It’s amazing how well the new songs fit into an hour and a half of many songs that were written 45 or 50 years ago.” Argent said that he doesn’t plan to stop making music any time soon. “As long as we’re well enough, and touch wood, we do at the moment, we’re just going to keep going and touring and creating,” Argent said. “It’s a real privilege to be this age, but to feel that there is just as much energy on stage as there ever was when we were 18 years old. To get what feels like exactly the same reaction coming back to you as you did 50 years ago ... I mean, if anyone had said that to us 50 years ago, we’d have thought they were completely bonkers. But that is the case.”

—Shirley O’Shea

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TICKETS The Zombies will play at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Oneonta Theatre at 47 Chestnut St. For tickets, visit www. or call (607) 643-4022. $35 in advance/$40 day-of-show

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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.)


Golf cart DWI is no laughing matter

BATAVIA — A Massachusetts man whose colorful golf attire was briefly mistaken for a clown outfit has been charged in New York with driving a golf cart while drunk. The Genesee County sheriff says they got a report that someone dressed as a clown was operating a stolen golf cart in the western New York town of Batavia on Sunday night. Deputies found 37-yearold James Straub, of Stoneham, Mass., driv-

ing along a road. He wasn't dressed as a clown — just wearing some colorful clothing after an outing at Terry Hills Golf Course. But deputies say he was intoxicated. Straub pleaded not guilty in town court to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and a lesser charge of refusing to take a breath test. He didn't have a lawyer at his initial appearance.

Something lost in B. translation of show Everyone has heard of “Big Brother,” “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” and most probably know these TV shows were adapted for American audiences from the British originals. But what about “Baby Wars,” “Big Pickle” or “Transform Me”? “For every successful reality show import, there are about 50 that don’t make it,” Hollywood entertainment expert Josh Beers said. “Every network is looking for the next big thing, but some concepts just don’t translate well.” Take “Transform Me,” a show that has drawn millions of viewers in its native South Korea. Beers described the makeover-style program as “‘The Swan’ meets ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.’” Participants compete in a series of challenges to win the grand prize _ an extreme makeover featuring unusual body modifications such as split tongues, implants, elf ears and more. According to Beers, American focus groups were “just grossed out” by the transformations that Korean audiences apparently find fascinating.

“Baby Wars,” a big hit in Russia, pits infants against one another in a series of challenges, including how long they can go without soiling their diaper. Winners receive lavish prize packages, usually including a year’s supply of diapers, formula and other infant-friendly accoutrements. But American audiences, Beers says, balked at the idea of subjecting their infants to the rigors of the program, where crying babies are punished with a comic spanking by a woman in a nurse’s costume. “Russian audiences love the nurse; they give her a big hand. But American moms and dads weren’t laughing.” The target participant, according to Beers, is “similar to what you’d see on ‘The Price is Right’ or ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ _ lower middle-class people who don’t mind humiliating themselves and their families.” As for “Big Pickle”? Beers won’t even talk about that one. “Trust me, you don’t even want to know. Let’s just say what happens in the Czech Republic should stay there.” A. is real, by The Associated Press; B. is B.S., by Emily Popek.


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Coming Events Hartwick to host two exhibits

from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Tryouts will be at Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre, 15 N. Main St., in Bainbridge. The one-act play features husband, Teddy Bompas (a robust, thick-necked city man), Aurora Bompas (a pretty, spoiled woman), and her youthful lover, Henry ApJohn For more info, email owptheatre@yahoo. com.

The Foreman Gallery, located in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus in Oneonta, will host an exhibition of works by artist Richard Deon starting Thursday, Sept. 8. The show, “Paradox and Conformity,” runs through Oct. 13. Tom Piche of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Missouri said of the artist: “Richard Deon has explored the visual style and methods employed by textbook illustrators from the 1950s. Deon draws on the Bright Hill’s Word & Image Gallery will methods used by the textbook artist who host two new exhibits, one by Treadwell artist sought to introMarie Cummings titled “Symbols, duce school-aged Origins and Meanings” and other by children to public Oneonta artist Marni Jamieson called institutions, politics “Once Upon a Bible: The Garden and history. ... Story.” Through aesthetic The venue, at 94 Church St. in nonsensical juxTreadwell, will host a reception tapositions, Deon for the openings from 3 to 5 p.m. allows conflicting Sunday, Sept. 4. Both artists will be images and ideas on hand to talk about their work and to coexist without answer questions. The shows run resolution.” through Sept. 23. Concurrently, in Cummings began as a Realtor, but the gallery mezContributed decided to explore visual art. The zanine, will be ‘Paradox: Levity with Unused artist focuses on water media, which “Skeleton in the she studied at the Dunedin Fine Arts Palette,’ acrylic on canvas by Closet,” with 20 Center in Florida. Richard Deon. photographs by She also studied creative writing at Fritz Liedtke. The St. Peterburg (Florida) College. Her work has photos depict the emotional, physical and been exhibited in Cooperstown, Stamford, social issues of those suffering with eating Oneonta, New York City, Texas and other disorders, a media release said. locations. The exhibit also will include an audio comA press release said Jamieson loves the art ponent, with recorded voices of those who of creating. Her pieces focus on her view of have suffered from eating disorders, learned the Bible’s story of creation and beyond. She to recognize them and overcome. has had work shown at the Main View GalAn opening reception for both exhibits will lery in Oneonta and in Franklin. be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. For more details, call (607) 829-5055 or 15. Deon will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. email that day. For more details, call (607) 431-4825.

Bright Hill to show work of area artists

Auditions set for Bernard Shaw play Out of the Woodwork Players will host auditions for Bernard Shaw’s “How He Lied to Her Husband” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Thursday, Sept. 8., as well as 20

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SUNY Delhi to screen ‘Pirates’

The State University College of Technology at Delhi campus will host a screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at the main entrance of the school. The event is free and open to the public.

The SUNY Delhi Student Programming Board also will present Recycled Percussion at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Farrell Student and Community Center. The performance is part of SUNY Delhi’s Freedom Celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Formed in 1994 at their high school talent show, Recycled Percussion gave birth to the style of music now known as “junk rock,” a media release said. The band plays on buckets, power tools and more. Tickets are $10 for Ryan McGiver. general admission and will be available at the door. For more info on both events, call (607) 746-4565.

Theater group to hold tryouts Theater Project of Schoharie County will no longer present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” but will do “Paint Your Wagon” by Lerner and Lowe. Auditions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Teen Town in Cobleskill on Monday, Sept. 5, Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7. Performances are set for Nov. 18 to 20 at Golding Middle School in Cobleskill. There are acting, singing and dancing roles for adults and teens, male and female. For more info, call director Cherie Stevens at (518) 231-6225 or email musicrazy952@

Duo to perform at Smithy on Sept. 8 Arts On Q in cooperation with The Smithy will present Ryan McGiver and Cillian Vallely at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Smithy, 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown.

New York state’s own McGiver has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also teaches guitar workshops domestically and internationally. While not working as a stonemason, McGiver often tours with Grammy Awardwinning singer Susan McKeown. McGiver will be playing songs from his debut album, “Troubled in Mind,” which will be released in early 2012. On this tour he’s joined by Vallely, who is uilleann piper for the group Lunasa from Ireland. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and Contributed students. For more details, visit and

Hobart bookstores to host talks The bookstores on Main Street in the Hobart Book Village will host authors for book signings and lectures from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 The scheduled events: • From 1 to 2 p.m. at Liberty Rock Books, Margaret Kenyon will sign copies of her new book, “Kortright Invites You: A Pictorial History of the Township of Kortright.” • From 2 to 3 p.m. at the Hobart International Bookport, award-winning author Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomacek will present a look at the world of rocks and minerals while discussing his new National Geographic Book, “Everything Rocks and Minerals.” This is a family-friendly event. • From 3 to 4 p.m. at Adams’ Antiquarian Books, Joel Schwartz, emeritus professor of biology and the history of Science at the College of State Island CUNY, and editor of “Darwin’s Disciple: A Study of the Life and Letters of George John Romanes (1848-94), will talk about Roamnes’ role in defending evolution. For more information, email whabooks@

Metalcore bands set for SUCO Texas in July, a touring band from Ephrata, Pa., will headline a show at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Hunt Union Ballroom on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The group is a Christian metalcore band and have release two studio albums. Also playing that night will be metal band Johnny Booth from Schenectady and Creacia from Syracuse. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for nonstudents. Doors open at the 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance at

Theater to host contest, open mic The Oneonta Theatre will host two event this weekend at 47 Chestnut St. Starting Saturday, Sept. 3 in the Balcony Ballroom, and running Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 8, the theater will present the Central New York Battle of the Bands. A panel of judges will select the 12 most promising bands to compete. The grand prize winner will receive $500 and will open for Blue Oyster Cult on Oct. 21. The competition is free to view. For more information, visit or email Also, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Julia Yarinsky will host an open mic in the Balcony Ballroom. Presenters welcome performers, songwriters and poets of all levels to present their talent. Signups are at 7:30 p.m., with 10 available slots. Each act will be able to perform twice. Admission for viewing is $5

for under 21 and $3 for 21 and over. Performers enter free. For more information, email or call (518) 378-1225.

Bela Fleck to play Belleayre The Belleayre Music Festival will close its season with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The show also will serve as a benefit for the victims of Sunday’s flooding. A media release said Fleck is “arguably the world’s premier banjo player.” He has been nominated for 27 Grammys in more categories than anyone in history, and has won 11. The Flecktones will feature the original lineup of Howard Levy, Victor Wooten and Future Man. The concert will be at Belleayre Mountain, 181 Galli Curci Road in Highmount. For information, call (845) 254-5600, ext. 1344.

lection were inspired by the Franklin Stage Company and donated by area artists. Bids will be accepted throughout the evening with the winners announced at the close of the night. Reservations for the benefit are $50 donation per person for both the performance and the celebration or $25 per person for the celebration. Call (607) 829-3700 for reservations or email

CAA to feature art on lawn The Cooperstown Art Association will present Fine Arts on the Lawn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4. The sale will include artistrun tents on the lawn, as well as work by more than 40 CAA artists on the front porch at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. For more information, call (607) 547-9777 or go to

FSC to celebrate anniversary The Franklin Stage Company will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a benefit event Sunday, Sept. 4. The events kick off with the final performance of Seneca’s “The Trojan Women,” translated by poet-novelist David Slavitt. At 6:30 p.m., the party moves to the tents on the lawn of Chapel Hall at 25 Institute St. in Franklin. Hors d’oeuvres by California-based chefs Paul Marner and Maurice St. Yves will be provided, as well as music and art exhibit in theater’s lobby curated by Zena Gurbo. The pieces in the colSept. 1, 2011 O-Town Scene


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p.m., Neahwa Park (Skatehouse), Bertus Laurens Drive, Oneonta. For info: 433-2236. Free beginners Yoga class, 9 to 10 a.m., The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. For those affected by recovery. For info: 267-4435.


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Audition for ‘Frankenstein,’ 7:30 p.m., Oneonta Theater, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. For info: ‘The Trojan Women,’ 8 p.m., Franklin Stage Company, Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St., Franklin.

Open Mic

Julia’s Open Mic, 8 p.m., The Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Signups, 7:30 p.m. 10 slots available. For info: (518) 378-1225.


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


Catskill Choral Society auditions, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. For appointment, info: 431-6060. The Merrymakers, 7 to 9 p.m., The Yellow Deli, 134 Main St., Oneonta. Live music and free refreshments. For info: 4311155, www.nowinoneonta. com,

Open mic

Organik Soul’s Open Mic, 8 p.m., Villa Isidoro, 3941 U.S. Highway 20 S., Richfield Springs. For info: (315) 8583500,,

Fri. 9/2 Stage

‘The Trojan Women,’ 8 p.m., Franklin Stage Company, Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St., Franklin.


Cans and Clams, 6 to 9 p.m., Andes Hotel, 110 Main St., Andes. With live music by Just Throw Money. Otesaga Weekend Music, 9 p.m., The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Free, open to the public, in the Templeton Lounge. For info: 547-9931, John Scarpulla, 6 p.m., as part of Oneonta First Friday on the Plaza, Main Street, Oneonta. April Verch Band, 8 p.m., Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. For (315) 691-3550.

Sat. 9/3 Stage

‘The Trojan Women,’ 8 p.m., Franklin Stage Company, Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St., Franklin.




Square dance lessons, 7 to 9 p.m., Middleburgh Central School, 168 Main St., Middleburgh. Sponsored by the Schoharie Valley Hayshakers Square Dance Club. For info: (518) 842-5496, (518) 8275762.

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Wed. 9/7 Dance

Contributed Editor’s Pick: Fiddling champion April Verch and her band will play traditional roots tunes, bluegrass and country at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the Earlville Opera House. class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. For info: 547-8671.


Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, 8 p.m., Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Also a benefit for residents impacted by recent flooding. Central New York Battle of the Bands, 8 p.m., Balcony Ballroom, The Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Winner to open for Blue Oyster Cult on Oct. 21. G-Force Band, 7 p.m., Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road, Laurens. For info: 432-2114. Beach/Concession; large shelter if raining. Tommy Z, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Stella Luna Ristorante, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta. Piano and vocals.


Zumbathon to raise money for Breast Cancer Research, noon to 1 p.m., Oneonta TaekwonDo, 55 S. Main St., Oneonta. 75 percent of the proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For info: 437-9701, zumbathon. Fine Arts on the Lawn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St.,


Sun. 9/4 Film

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ 8 p.m., SUNY Delhi, main entrance. For info: 746-4565.


Cooperstown Community Band, 2 to 3 p.m., The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Celebrating 150 years with patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes and other favorites. For info: 5479271, Music at the Mill, 6:30 p.m., Old Bunn Mill, High Street, Richmondville. Featuring Speed the Plow. Free, open to the public; donations to benefit the Richmondville Historical Society. Tunes ‘n’ Tomatoes, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., West Kortright Centre, 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. With Laurie and Ira McIntosh, Jesse’s Backyard Orchestra, Delaware Complaints Choir, Homegrown String Band, Rob Hunt Swing band and more. For info: 2785454,


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

For info: 547-8671.


Tri-Town Singles Club dance, 6 to 10 p.m., Sidney VFW Post 7914, 133 W. Main St., Sidney.

Thu. 9/8

Tri-County Dance and Social Club, 6 to 10 p.m., Oneonta Elks Club, 84 Chestnut St., Oneonta. DJ music, open to all ages 18 and older.

Theater: Auditions for ‘How He Lied to Her Husband,’ 6 to 7 p.m., Bainbridge Town Hall, 15 N. Main St., Bainbridge. For info: owptheatre@yahoo. com.

Fine Arts on the Lawn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.

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


Mon. 9/5 Music

Inner Visions, 8 p.m., The Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta.


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

Tues. 9/6 Stage

Auditions for ‘How He Lied to Her Husband,’ 6 to 7 p.m., Bainbridge Town Hall, 15 N. Main St., Bainbridge. For info:


‘Tuesday Night Bicycling,’ 5:45



Ryan McGiver and Cillian Vallely, 7 p.m., The Smithy, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. For info: Cans and Clams, 5 p.m., Oneonta Veterans Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Sponsored by the OVC Building Committee. Catskill Choral Society auditions, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. For appointment, info: 431-6060. Glengarry Bhoys, 9 p.m., The Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta.

Open Mic

Organik Soul’s Open Mic, 8 p.m., Villa Isidoro, 3941 U.S. Highway 20 S., Richfield Springs. For info: 315-8583500,,

Art Scene Opening Exhibits

Sept. 2 - 10 ‘Threads,’ group exhibition of fiber art, 2 to 4 p.m., MURAL on Main, 74 Main St., Stamford. For info: 652-1174. Sept. 2 - Nov. 18 ‘Show of Hands,’ Main View Gallery, 73 Main St., Oneonta. Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Sept. 4 - 23 ‘Symbols, Origins and Meanings,’ water media by Marie Cummings, Bright Hill Word & Image Gallery, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Opening reception 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 4. For info: 829-5055. Sept 4 - 23 ‘Once Upon a Bible: The Garden Story,’ pieces by Marni Jamieson, Bright Hill Word & Image Gallery, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Opening reception 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 4. For info: 829-5055. Sept. 6 - Oct. 15 ‘On the Mark,’ 12 artists from the New

York Foundation for the Arts career development program, Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta campus, Oneonta. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Sept. 8 - Oct. 13 ‘Paradox and Conformity,’ pieces by Richard Deon, Foreman Gallery, Anderson Center for the Arts, Hartwick College campus, Oneonta. Opening reception 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, gallery talk 5 p.m. Sept. 15. For info: 431-4825. Sept. 8 - Oct. 13 ‘Skeleton in the Closet,’ photographs by Fritz Liedtke, Foreman Gallery mezzanine, Anderson Center for the Arts, Hartwick College campus, Oneonta. Opening reception 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For info: 431-4825.


Through Sept. 4 Pastels on paper by Wolf Kahn, The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. For info: 5478671. Through Sept. 11 ‘A Window into Edward Hopper,’ Fenimore Art Museum, Lake Road, state Route 80, Cooperstown. Through Sept. 17 ‘New York Landscapes: Prints and Paintings,’ works by KellyAnn Monaghan, and ‘arroyo,’ video sculpContributed tures by Stertz, ‘Peony in My Backyard, acrylic on paper, by Jian Cui. Earlville Opera

House Arts Center, East Main Street, Earlville. Through Sept. 18 ‘Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute,’ Fenimore Art Museum, Lake Road, state Route 80, Cooperstown. Through Sept. 25 Paintings by David A. Barge, Autumn Cafe, 244 Main St., Oneonta. Through Sept. 30 ‘Wood Works,’ works by Barbara Arum, John Houshmand, Rich Johnson and Bruce McCandless, Erpf Gallery, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, 43355 State Route 28, Arkville. ‘Ever Flowing,’ photographs by Colin D. Young, Catskill Watershed Corp., 905 Main St., Margaretville. For info: (845) 586-1400. Through Oct. 4 ‘Four Seasons,’ paintings and drawings by Jian Cui, Project Space Gallery, SUNY Oneonta Fine Art Center, Oneonta. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8, gallery talk 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22. For info: 436-3456. Through Oct. 15 ‘The Hanford Photographs,’ photographs by Horace and Ralph Hanford from the 1890s to 1920s, Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Highway 12, East Meredith. For info: 278-5744. Through Nov. 18 ‘Delaware County in the Civil War,’ Elijah Thomas Gallery, Delaware County Historical Association, state Route 10, Delhi. Through Nov. 19 ‘VELOCITY,’ paintings by Larry Poons, The Sam & Adele Golden Gallery, Golden Artist Colors Inc., 188 Bell Road, New Berlin. For info: www.

Area Movie Times

(All are p.m. unless noted and most start Friday.)

Southside Oneonta Mall 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta 432-3750

New Releases ‘Apollo 18’: 1:20, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 ‘Shark Night’ 3D: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 ‘Our Idiot Brother’: 1:10, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 ‘The Debt’: 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 Also Showing ‘The Smurfs’: 12:20, 4:15 ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’: 12:25, 2:35, 5:00, 7:20, 9:30 ‘The Help’: 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35

‘One Day’: 8:10 ‘Conan the Barbarian’ 3D: 10:15 ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’ 3D: 2:25. 6:20 ‘Colombiana’: 12:35, 2:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:05 ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’: 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 8:00, 10:10

Park Theatre 1 Park Place, Cobleskill (518) 234-2771

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’: 7:00, 9:00 Friday, Saturday; 7:30 Sunday to Thursday.

Contributed ‘Pooh Bear in Disquise,’ in the ‘Show of Hands’ Exhibit.

Main View Gallery to open new exhibit The Main View Gallery & Studio’s fall exhibit, “Show of Hands,” will open Friday, Sept. 2, with a free, public reception. The venue is at 73 Main St. in Oneonta. The show features handmade and hand-themed art pieces, including plein-air landscape drawings, painting installations, etched prints, and sewn, cast, fabric and paper. Tim Sullivan’s work, “Butterfly in My Hands, was selected as the cover art for the exhibition, and the featured artist is Jon Hartman. His series, “ReCollections,” includes a number of handcrafted sewn creatures called Contributed “humbugs,” created over a four-year ‘Butterfly in My period, as well as several highly Hands,’ by Tim embellished “found” dolls and stuffed Sullivan. animals. According to a media release, Hartman’s “love of textiles and unique perspective on harmonizing complementary colors is revealed in the heavily patterned and embroidered creations.” The show runs through Nov. 18. For more information call (607) 432-1890 or visit Sept. 1, 2011 O-Town Scene


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Keep Up Now! by Terry Ludwig Don’t tell yourself you’re a survivor before there’s anything to survive “Fear not, for the very mold by which we were formed will cast new creation. Transference of all we know true, laying waste that which was never real. Idol distraction will fade from existence, and man shall be transformed.” – Rob Ludwig Are you a survivor? In the midst of life’s chaos and turmoil, do you strive to overcome obstacles and tell yourself you can get through anything? I’ve lost count of the times I’ve had pep talks with myself about surviving. In fact, I created an entire story to support the idea of overcoming the obstacles in my life and being a “survivor.” Your mind is a powerful, creative machine. It literally creates your life into “being” with every single thought you think. The average person has about 3,000 thoughts per day. That’s about three thoughts per minute. What experiences are you creating with your thoughts? The more thoughts you have regarding a particular notion, the more you make that idea a reality. But by telling myself “I am a survivor,” I was literally creating obstacles to overcome. Isn’t that absurd? I now realize situations in my life didn’t just happen, I’ve been creating them all along. Stop thinking ill-fated thoughts, and start creating your life from a place of happiness. Love is your most powerful creative force. It may not be easy at first even though it’s a relatively simple change. It requires vigilance to oversee every thought you consider. Once you get into the habit of observing your thoughts and choosing love instead of fear, amazing effects will come to you. Today, my life is about happiness, love and adventure. When negative thought patterns show up, I dismiss them, and choose a loving thought instead. Each day is a new beginning. Today, I tell myself, “I am love.” Stop wasting this wonderful opportunity to experience life. I promise you, once you make this shift in your thinking habits from negative to positive, your life will be transformed. Keep up Now! with the flow of higher consciousness, and stay connected to your Source. 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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The Advice Goddess Spring, chicken! A co-worker seems interested in me. This is flattering since he’s 48, and I’m 57. He’s asked me out on dates a few times — rather last minute, unfortunately, and I had conflicting plans. He also invited me to join his volleyball club that plays in the park during lunch breaks. The group is all men except for one 30-something woman, who banters a lot with this guy and is grudgingly nice, if not cool, to me. My intuition’s sending up caution flags! I don’t want to trample over a girl who has feelings for this man. I want nothing to do with causing pain for another woman! Should I just come out and tell this man what my intuition’s telling me? Ask him what’s up between him and the young woman?

— Wary

Self-interest is at its most presentable when dressed up in a Florence Nightingale outfit. (You’re only worried about causing another woman pain, not whether your crow’s-feet are starting to look more like pterodactyl claws.) The average guy is more likely to be attracted to “Barely Legal!” than “Almost Of Age To Retire To The Home.” This particular guy doesn’t seem to be average. Sure, he might have invited you to volleyball to be inclusive, but dates — which he’s asked you on — are very rarely a form of philanthropy. Chances are, the guy’s into you, and apparently not for a lack of options. This has to be irritating to the younger woman, who probably thought she’d have the “hot young thing” advantage. Okay, at 30-something, at least the “hot younger thing” advantage. What’s a girl in her position to say but “Shoo, grandma!”? You should worry about causing pain for another woman if you’re

about to break up her happy home, but you’re just breaking up the all-boy/one-girl ratio of the volleyball league and maybe getting the guy. If you’re like many women, you not only are uncomfortable with competing, you feel it’s mean to try to win — even if your tactic is just wearing a really good bra, not going after your rival with a medieval battle ax. Probably because women evolved to be the nurturers and cooperators of the species, they tend to feel guilty about going for what they want and resentful if another woman gets it. Although it’s nice to be compassionate, deferring to everyone else’s desires is no way to go through life. It’s good and right to act in your self-interest, assuming you aren’t poisoning the rivers or parboiling small children. Puking your feelings all over this guy’s shoes won’t settle anything; it’s just an impulsive way to relieve pent-up anxiety. (If things weren’t awkward between you before, not to worry; they will be.) If you need stress relief, get a squeeze ball or one of those desktop sand gardens with a tiny wooden rake. Because things are always bigger and scarier in the abstract, if you’re afraid of being hurt, consider how, exactly, that would play out and whether you can deal. Getting emotionally trampled is painful, but not like being crushed by falling space debris. You go through some miserable time, and then you lick your wounds and move on. If that’s too much for you, retire from relationships to the porch swing at The Home and train for the sort of competition that, at 57, you’ll be a shooin to win — the chair yoga/walker push/

By Amy Alkon

sponge bath triathlon.

Thin line between love and height I’m a 5-foot-5-inch man. I know “character is what really matters,” and I’m not insecure about my height, just a realist: Many women want a man who’s taller than they are. I’m considering getting elevator shoes (height enhancers that look like normal shoes). Obviously, if I started dating a woman, she’d find out. Do you think she’d feel scammed?

— Bad Altitude

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.

There’s adding a couple of inches, and there’s going from circus act to starting forward. Two inches is the male version of a padded bra. Five is taking a woman’s bra off and finding it filled with socks. For many women, any height-faking is an automatic dealbreaker. But, if some woman’s very attracted to you as a person but not as a short person, your being able to stand a little taller may keep you in the running to be more than her friend. As for whether women will feel scammed, your attitude probably matters — whether you project that you just feel better with a little extra elevation or whether you seem ashamed and angry at being small. Confidence does make a short man seem taller. But, keep in mind that some women won’t be into you unless you stand taller at all

times. That’s when your confidence will really come in handy — when you’re the only guy on the beach going for a swim in a pair of cowboy boots.

(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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