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Scene the O-Town

Hobart Book Village

lures intellectuals, book lovers pages 10-11

Wet & Wildly Entertaining Avett Brothers rock through the rain pages 16-17


Elvis Presley

Ryan Gosling simmers in ‘Drive’

The East Branch offers quaint and creative dining

Brad Pitt is more than just a pretty face

Drop the

sex with baby clothes

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Scene Vol. 1, No. 50 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, EDITOR



Mark Boshnack, John Champlin, Simona David, Terry Ludwig,

Cassandra Miller


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EDITOR’S NOTE This weekend, more than 1,000 people will participate in the 18th annual Pit Run _ elite runners, entire school sports teams, senior citizens, and people like me, a nonrunner who has never been in a race before. I’m not a novice at moving; I freestyle dance at every social occasion where there’s music, and I played three sports in high school, the kind that involved kicking, hitting and yelling, and running only when my coach told me to or when I was trying to get to a ball before an opponent. And I’ve always considered myself slightly athletic _ the kind of player that makes the area second team and wins awards for “team spirit.” But long-distance running and training for races has never been a part of my life. I’m a little nervous for this Sunday’s race. (I’m signed 2

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up for the 5K.) A friend and I have been jogging semiregularly, but we haven’t followed any sort of “plan.” The online “Couch to 5K” plan is a popular choice that I considered incorporating into our morning tours of Oneonta’s Center City, but we just never got around to being disciplined about doing anything more involved than jogging until we need to walk, and then jogging again. I’m excited for the novel experience of being in a race, and for the T-shirt and post-race Brooks’ chicken that are included in the Pit Run registration fee. The event _ which includes a 10K, 5K, 2-mile stroll and kids “fun run” _ commemorates the life of Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian, a state trooper from Oneonta who was gunned down off-duty in 1994 while trying to stop a robbery at a local grocery store. I was a little girl when it happened, but I remember the tragedy, and I remember how wholeheartedly the community garnered support for the Pit

Run when Parisian’s family first started it. I remember cheering on my dad, who participated in the 10K for years, walking the six-mile course in a Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt. As a racer, my goal is to jog the entire three miles, most likely at a pace akin to a Golden Girl’s. I won’t be in any sort of costume, but I’m looking forward to finally being an active part of this community event that has grown significantly since it started, now attracting runners from a large geographical area. If you’re feeling up to it, you can register until the day of the race. For information, visit

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


2- Masthead | Editor’s Note 5- Laygirl Fashion

6- New Music Notes | Vinyl Vault 7- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Contents Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2011 COVER PHOTO by Genevieve Pedulla shows The Avett Brothers, who performed at Ommegang on a wet Tuesday, Sept. 27.

8-9- LOCAL EATS, The East Branch 10-11- Hobart Book Village 13- Brad Pitt, more than a pretty face 14- REVIEW, ‘Drive’ with Ryan Gosling 16-17- Avett Brothers energize a wet crowd 18- Retro Ad | RoBS 19- WUOW Featured Artist | Johnny Vermin Comic 20- DIVERSITY SCENE 22-23- Events 24-25- Calendar 27-30- Classified ads 31- Advice Goddess Sept. 29, 2011 O-Town Scene



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Laygirl Fashion by Emily Popek

Baby clothes for all Readers of this column know well by now that I thrive on secondhand clothes. So you can imagine my joy when I received a box in the mail last week, packed to the gills with cute dresses, striped legwarmers, a fuzzy hoodie and a veritable arsenal of adorable onesies. Oh yeah, did I mention they were baby clothes? Maybe it’s a sign of my impending motherhood, but getting that box of tiny garments was just as exciting as a great haul from the Salvation Army. And it got me thinking about how I’m going to dress this wee one _ which is a complicated subject. First off, you should know that we’re pretty sure we’re having a girl. But regardless of the sex of the baby, dressing a child _ even a newborn _ seems to me to be unduly fraught with gender issues. Go on Amazon to look at baby clothes, and right off the bat you’ll be asked to choose “baby boy” or “baby girl.” Well, I’m sorry, but does it really matter? As we grow older, we use clothing (consciously or unconsciously) to express things about ourselves to other people _ including messages about gender. But I’m pretty sure my newborn is not going to feel the need to express his or her gender identity to the world.

It annoys me that we can’t give little children a grace period from the social pressures of gender identity. Yes, I know there is unisex/gender-netural clothing out there, especially for newborns. But once you get into the 6-month size range and up, it gets pretty scarce. Why is this? To whom does it matter if my little girl is wearing pink or blue? I’m definitely not immune to the charms of a little girl in a frilly pink dress. But it annoys me that we can’t give little children a grace period from the social pressures of gender identity. So if you see me pushing a stroller around town in a few months, don’t be surprised if you see my little girl wearing the adorable blue outfit with dinosaurs on it that I just got in the mail. Emily F. Popek will totally let her son grow his hair long if she has a boy. She is also assistant editor for The Daily Star.

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Vinyl Vault ‘Elvis Presley,’ by Elvis Presley RCA Victor, 1956 It is one of the most significant cultural artifacts of the 20th century. But does it deserve to be merely an artifact; an iconic and often referenced museum piece from long ago? If legend or reputation can overshadow the true artistic merits of one’s career, then Elvis Presley is certainly victim. Before Graceland, before the jumpsuits, obesity, death and bizarre tales, there was a 20-year-old kid from Memphis who accidentally transformed American culture so quickly and radically that pop culture could be categorized into two eras: Before Elvis and After Elvis. Born in Tupelo, Miss., in 1935, and moving to Memphis at age 14, Elvis Presley was a poor, shy child who spent more time

watching the world around him than he did interacting in it. As a teenager, he worked odd jobs and hung around he blues clubs on Beale Street in downtown Memphis. B.B. King recalled often seeing him quietly shuffling around from club to club. After his high school graduation, he walked into the offices of Sun Records armed with a toy guitar and asked for a few minutes of studio time to record some ballads. When pressed by the secretary to compare himself to another singer, Presley earnestly replied “I don’t sound like nobody.” The owner, Sam Phillips, saw something in Presley, who he felt could bring the Memphis Rhythm and Blues sound to the world. Teamed up with local musicians Scotty Moore

New Music Notes |by Mark Boshnack There is so much exciting recent music out there now, I feel I need to pick up the pace a little bit for this column. I’m going to plow through a little bit of the pileup of what I have been listening to, but the reader shouldn’t take the brevity of these reviews as anything but the need to cover some ground.

‘Endless Now,’ by Male Bonding

The first one is “Endless Now” by Male Bonding, a British band that has released its second album. It has that angry punk sound and feel, but offers a solid group of songs with a sense of melody that makes this album a probable contender on many top album lists of 2011. I am going to have to start thinking of my picks soon. Any readers that want to help me sort out this year should feel free to email me their suggestions. 6

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Back to the music. One of my favorite songs by Male Bonding is “Bones.” It offers some soaring guitar riffs, lyrics about love, fear and pain, and a beat that never stops. I hear a little more tuneful version of the Clash in the whole album. “Before It’s Gone” has guitar hooks reminiscent of that group, mixed with some indie sensibilities in this tale of taking control. Whether the band is plowing full speed ahead on “Channeling Your Fears” or “Carrying,” or slowing down on “The Saddle,” if a listener likes power punk, check this one out.

Before Graceland, before the jumpsuits, obesity, death and bizarre tales, there was a 20-year-old kid from Memphis who accidentally transformed American culture so quickly and radically that pop culture could be categorized into two eras: Before Elvis and After Elvis. and Bill Black, Phillips asked Presley to play every song he knew. The last song he played, “That’s All Right,” was quickly pressed as a single and sent off to local radio stations. Three days later, the song was played repeatedly as the phones rang off the hook at Memphis’ most popular radio show. The Elvis phenomena had begun, and he was 18 years old. After massive success throughout the South, RCA Victor signed him to a recording contract, and two days after his 21st birthday, he began his first album. The result, his eponymous debut, is nothing short of revolutionary. There is no pretense here, it’s merely a 21-year-old kid making raucous, pulsing, live rock and roll. It’s no wonder there was such a backlash to Presley by older generations: it sounds dangerous. He croons, yells, whoops, hollers and hiccups in a way that still makes you want to move.

It was the first rock and roll album to top the charts, and it stayed there for 10 weeks in 1956. Within a matter of months, dozens of rock and roll artists were being promoted by major record labels. Today, it is hard to separate the camp from the icon. But, before the velvet paintings and impersonators, Elvis Presley led a charge that brought about most of the significant cultural changes of the past 50 years. He not only introduced rock and roll to millions, but also legitimized it, along with youth culture as a whole. The proof is still here. It’s time to deconstruct Elvis Presley the caricature. Step one is to put on Elvis Presley and listen.

to look for their album under. “Stranger Weather, Isn’t It?” offers up a genre-blending mix of funk, rock, dance and whatever else makes it impossible to sit still while listening. It gets right into a groove with the opening “AM/FM” and really doesn’t stop. The band started in California in 1996, their name inspired by the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” and if they make albums like this, I don’t care what it’s called, as long as I can find it. On songs such as “The Most Certain Sure” they sound like Talking Heads in their prime, and for anyone who likes good modern music that should be enough. “Hollow” has a dark groove that updates Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” for today’s club scene.

their own ways a few years but kept a similar sound, harking of classic rock, while veering off in their own directions _ War being a little more melodic and experimental. “Baby Missles” is one of the best songs, reminiscent of Arcade Fire, or Bruce Springsteen from his “I’m on Fire” phase. “Best Night” has a steady beat and a catchy tune, ending with a great jam. Other standouts are “It’s Your Destiny” and “Your Love is Calling my Name,” with the latter reminding me of Tom Petty in “Running Down a Dream.” It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a chance to rock hard, which is always appreciated. It’s going to be another busy couple of weeks, with the new album by rock supergroup SuperHeavy already a favorite. The new one by Wilco is also out, so that will also be getting some of my time as well. It’s too early to tell whether either will make it to this column, which aims to bring readers the best in new music.

some tasty shoegaze rock with its soft, seductive drone. The group, led by Adam Granduciel, reminds me of Kurt Vile, who funny enough was in the band when it formed in Philadelphia in the mid-2000s. They went

Mark Boshnack is a music fiend, and a reporter for The Daily Star. He can be reached at

‘Strange Weather, ‘Slave Ambient’ Isn’t It,’ by !!! by War on Drugs (Chk Chk Chk) “Slave Ambient” by War on Drugs offers up

For those who can’t get enough funk, a band that takes the award for the most perplexing name deserves my readers’ attention. !!! (Chk Chk Chk) can be forgiven for making it hard to know what letter of the alphabet

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.

Associated Press In this April 29 photo, Joan Jett performs with The Blackhearts during the 18th annual Race to Erase MS Gala in LA.

Jett, GNR, The Cure nominated for rock hall Long ago, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts professed their love for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s time to see if the feeling runs both ways. The iconic rock act is on the list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2012 class released Tuesday. Women who rock feature prominently among first-time nominees. Joining Jett, whose “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” remains a classic rock standard 30 years after its release, are sister act Heart and Rufus with Chaka Khan. They’re joined by Guns ‘N’ Roses, hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim, glum glam goths The Cure and The Small Faces/The Faces, which includes Rod Stewart. Bluesman Freddie King and The Spinners are also first-time nominees on the ballot for the hall’s 2012 class. Previous nominees up again include The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, Donovan and War. It’s an eclectic group, running from lush British folk to classic early beats and bone-crushing power rock. An act must have released its first single or album 25 years ago to qualify for induction. More than 500 voters will determine who makes the hall. New members will be inducted at a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cleveland on April 14. Guns ‘N’ Roses is the headliner of the first-timers group. The LA bad boys were easily the largest hard rock act of the 1980s and early ’90s, featuring siren-voiced lead singer Axl Rose and Slash playing muscled riffs on lead guitar. GnR’s “Appetite for Destruction” was a gamechanging album, and they went on to sell more than 100 million albums. Their iconic hits such as “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Paradise City” remain a radio staple. The leather-clad and tough-as-nails Jett was an early icon for women rockers. A founding member of the all-female The Runaways, she went on to become a chart-topping success after forming the Blackhearts in 1982. Heart similarly made an indelible mark on the rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Among the first women to front an aggressive rock band, singer Ann Wilson and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, cut some of the era’s most memorable songs, from “Barracuda” to “Magic Man,” and inspired a generation of women along the way. Then a teen, Khan burst on the scene with the Chicago-based Rufus in the 1970s. She defied easy categorization, moving easily between R&B, rock and disco before going onto an enviable solo career.

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

Casual dining, creative dishes Kathyrn Oliveri has worked for more than 30 years in restaurants throughout the area. In October 2009, she and her husband, Paul, bought the East Branch in Roxbury, serving traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes tweaked with Kathryn’s taste for seafood and American cuisine and Paul’s native Italian flare. The East Branch’s website boasts of its free Wi-Fi, and invites customers to “settle in with a drink of your choice.” According to the site, the owners and staff of the East Branch are “passionate about quality in food and service, and can promise you an outstanding caferestaurant experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.” The restaurant is casual and quaint, as in charmingly small. East Branch is known for its pizzas, all made with homemade dough and fresh ingredients, including usual topping options such as pepperoni, as well as novel choices like sun-dried tomatoes, chorizo sausage, corn and basil pesto. The specialty pizza selection is quite expansive, ranging from simple Margarita with


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The East Branch, Roxbury

tomatoes, garlic and basil, to Hawaiian with ham and pineapple, and chicken pesto with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and basil pesto. For gourmands, the Boniface Special with meatballs, pepperoni, sausage, black olives, broccoli, onions, green peppers and mushrooms is a real treat. The East Branch serves traditional breakfast choices – omelets, pancakes and French toast – but also specialties such as eggs benedict, huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. For lunch, there is an array of paninis, sandwiches and burgers that range in price from $4.29 to $7.99. A couple of the house specials are the Catskill Melt burger, which is topped with sauteed onions, portabella mushrooms, cheddar, bacon and barbecue sauce; and “Pauly’s Italian Special Heroes,” which include a choice of homemade meatballs, chicken, eggplant or sausage and onions, topped with mozzarella and marinara sauce. There are also twists on lunch favorites such as the Cuban and

Russian paninis and Reuben sandwich. Although the East Branch doesn’t necessarily cater to non-meat eaters, there are a variety of vegetarian-friendly options, as well as vegan dishes like the Rachel the Vegan panini with roasted red peppers, grilled portabella mushrooms and roasted garlic humus. Dinner is ordinarily served Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – and Sunday if the following Monday is a holiday. Dinner choices include Italian dishes like chicken Parmesan, baked ziti and shrimp scampi; and “Katie’s Favorites,” which include chicken cordon bleu, the steak of the day and chopped steak with grilled onions and bleu cheese garlic butter. There are no alcoholic beverages for sale, but you can bring your own. Different homemade desserts are available each day, and can include cakes, pies and cookies, or the much sought-after cheesecake.

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THE EAST BRANCH | 53657 Main St., Roxbury | (607) 326-7763 | Breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Monday, and from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Tuesday. || parking behind the building | Catering available | Take-out available.

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Historical Hobart become a mecca for book lovers

Story and photos by

Simona David

The Hobart International Bookstore is one of the five stores that are included in the Hobart Book Village.

In early September, the Hobart International Bookport was animated with people eager to listen to the Dirtmeister’s lecture about dinosaur and volcano fossils, crystals and meteorite samples. The Dirtmeister, also known as Steve Tomecek, is a science writer published by the National Geographic Society and a part-time area resident. Next door, The Liberty Rock and the Adams’ Antiquarian Books also had guest speakers – local writer Margaret Kenyon signing copies of her recent book on Kortright, and Dr. Joel Schwartz from the College of Staten Island talking about George John Romanes’ role in defending evolution and his lifelong friendship with Charles Darwin. This collaboration of intellectual endeavors and wealth of bookstores in such a small village is the product of the 6-year-old Hobart Book Village, whose organizers hope will become a tourist and book-lovers destination. Located in the scenic northern Catskills on the banks of the Delaware River, the little village of Hobart has a fascinating history that only adds to its intrigue.

Historical prelude

Established before the Revolutionary War in the 1770s, Hobart became a permanent settlement in the early 1800s, like most of the surrounding area – Stamford, Harpersfield and Kortright. In fact, Delaware County was officially established by the New York state Legislature in 1797. The village of Hobart, which is now part of the town of Stamford, was incorporated in 1888. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the oldest church in Delaware County, was built in 1794, and it functioned as a hub for the village’s later development. Given the rough, mountainous terrain of the area, the village relied for a long time on a self-sustained local economy. Water-powered grist and sawmills facilitated local production of goods. And, farming, as in the rest of the Delaware County, was the mainstay of the local economy. Hobart Academy, built in 1845, was the intellectual Local author Margaret Kenyon signs her book, ‘Kortright Invites You,’ at Liberty Rock Books. breeding ground of famous Roxbury natives naturalist writer John Burroughs and financier Jay Gould. 10

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Adding to its impressive history is the location of the New York state Supreme Court’s headquarters in the early 1900s.

A book village is born

Set aside its remarkable past, what makes Hobart truly special today is its metamorphosis into a book village, part of the famous local book trail, which begins with the Bibliobarn in South Kortright, and ends with Steinway Book Company in Delhi. The world’s first book town was established in Wales in 1961, when the small town of Hay-on-Wye rebranded itself as “the town of books.” Today Hay-onWye is a destination for bibliophiles from all over the world who come to the little Welsh settlement for secondhand and antiquarian books, prints and specialist hardbacks. With more than 30 independent bookstores operating in town, a thriving local tourism industry developed based on literary interests. Replicating Hay-on-Wye’s model, Hobart became in 2005 the only book village east of the Mississippi River, as local entrepreneur Don Dales proudly tells. After spending 40 years downstate, where he taught music, played piano and restored furniture, Dales returned to his home town of Hobart in 1999, first as a weekender, then as a full-time resident. He bought several different buildings in Hobart, and got together with Linda Wilson, owner of Bibliobarn in South Kortright. The Adams’ Antiquarian Book Shop was already operating in Hobart, and Wilson and Dales thought it would be a good idea for Hobart to build on its bibliophile potential. Dales bought entire collections of books from two bookstores running out of business in Amsterdam and Troy. He also bought tons of lumber, and custommade shelves for his books. In 2005, he opened two bookstores right on Main Street, Liberty Rock Books and Hobart Book Market. Velga Kundzins-Tan, currently president of the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce, opened a café within the Liberty Rock Books store, which she named “Cook the Books.” “As a founding member of the Book Village, I am personally very happy to see the growth that it has Continued on Page 11

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experienced. Without an attraction like the Book Village, there would probably not be as much economic activity within the village,” Kundzins-Tan said. In August 2007, Elda Stifani, a retired diplomat who worked for the European Union in New York City, moved to Hobart and bought some of Dales’ book collections. Shortly after, she opened the Hobart International Bookport, which specializes in foreign language books and books by authors from all over the world, in English or in the original language. Stifani also has a well-stocked aviation section, with books and magazines that are hard to come by in Hobart, as well as a selection of children’s books, history, philosophy, nonfiction, American fiction, biographies and memoirs, art and current affairs.

Shop around the corner Adams’ Antiquarian Books

The Adams’ Antiquarian Books was the first bookstore to open in Hobart. That was nine years ago, when William Adams, a physician, and his wife, Diana, a lawyer, bought the building in Hobart. Lifelong book lovers, the Adams have an impressive collection of books ranging from Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, art, architecture, religion and Judaica to poetry, biography and literature. The Adams also carries books reflecting local interests, including history, horticulture and wildlife. Not all the Adams’ books are antiquarian, but most of them were either printed before 1850, or are about events that happened prior to 1850.

Liberty Rock Books

Liberty Rock Books is owned by brothers John and Jim Mahoney and their business partner Tom Liotta. The store offers an array of rare books spanning more than 300 years of history, as well as recent award-winning “Books of Excellence.” The store will be expanding this winter in a nearby location, a 5,500 squarefoot building that will accommodate the bookstore as well as an art gallery.

Blenheim Hill Bookstore

Barbara Balliet is an American cultural historian trained at New York University, and also an archivist; she has worked at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and most recently as an Associate Dean of the Douglass Residential College for Women. Her partner, Cheryl Clarke, who has a doctorate degree in literature from Rutgers, is a published poet. Together, they bought the Blenheim Hill Bookstore in 2009 from Adams and Kundzins-Tan. “I hoped to learn more about books, about retail and to work cooperatively with the group of dedicated and

interesting bookstore owners already in the village, who had encouraged us to buy the store,” Balliet said. “We expect to develop the history, poetry, women’s studies, nature and gardening and cooking sections as those are major interests. We also expect to develop new section of children’s illustrated books as well as 19th and 20th century illustrated books.”

Mysteries & More

Don Dales’ Mysteries & More bookstore in downtown Hobart is in a recently restored classic Greek Revival house built in the 1830s. Inside are stacks of mystery and science fiction books, an original Loring & Blake Palace Organ made in the late 1800s, and a reproduction of a harpsichord. A Schirmer’s collecThe ‘Dirtmeister’ gives a presentation on dinosaur fossils at the Hobart International Bookstore. tion of Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue” for the piano was recently displayed on the organ. A typewriter from the 1950s was also noticeable in the background.

Upcoming events

The Book Village hosts many events throughout the year, including a “Finnish Day,” a day devoted to Eastern Europe, in particular Slovenia, a “Swedish Festival” and a “Belgium Day.” On Saturday, Oct. 8, the book shops along Main Street will host events that were originally intended to be offered during Italian Week, which was interrupted by Hurricane Irene. The Italian Week Finale will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Hobart International Bookport at 615 Main St., hosted by Stifani. Italian food will be offered at noon, and at 2 p.m. will be a lecture by New York based writer and translator Michael Moore. He will discuss “The Making of Italians: Alessandro Manzoni’s The Adams’ Antiquarian Books was the first of the book vilBetrothed.” lage’s shops. At 3 p.m. there will be a discussion on “The Italian Identity” with Franco Zerlenga, a former NYU professor who was featured in the book “The Italians of New York.” At 4 p.m., there will be a showing of the movie “The Leopard” (Il Gattopardo) by Luchino Visconti. Adams’ Antiquarian bookstore owner Diana Adams said all of the owners work together to come up with events and support each other. “Ideally, in the future, the Book Village will become a tourist and book lovers’ destination per se and help the village of Hobart in the process,” Elda Stifani, owner of the Hobart International Bookport, said. “I like the model of Hay-on-Wye in the UK, or Redu, in Belgium. I know the latter pretty well and I wish that one day Hobart will also have as many bookshops (over 20) and good restaurants and visitors as Redu has.” Dr. Joel Schwartz gives a lecture on evolution at Adams’ For more information, visit

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Brad Pitt: Golden boy keeps proving he’s an actor, too You get the sense that Brad Pitt always knew he’d be a star. The story is now so well rehearsed as to be canonical in Hollywood legend and lore: Instead of graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, young Pitt quit college and lit out for the Golden West, where his cornfed good looks and athletic self-confidence would serve him well in an industry where style so often — and so profitably — trumps substance. And he was right: After toiling in B movies (with the odd gig in a chicken suit here and there), Pitt vaulted to fame with almost unseemly ease in 1991 with “Thelma & Louise,” in which an otherwise tiny role as the sexy ne’er-do-well fused seamlessly with Pitt’s own physical gifts and sense of assurance to create a bona fide sex symbol. So we can stipulate that, thanks to a convergence of genetics, timing and an innate gift for creating his own luck, success came easily for Brad Pitt. What wasn’t so simple was navigating stardom that only became more all-consuming with the advent of 24-7 gossip culture. The very attributes that made him such a compelling screen object — the ineffable quality that transcends mere handsomeness and makes him compulsively watchable — are what made him a commodity off-screen, as marketable for his marriage to Jennifer Aniston and subsequent romance with Angelina Jolie as for getting tushies in seats for “Ocean’s Eleven.” But, as Pitt’s new film “Moneyball” attests, something extraordinary has happened on what could have been one long, lazy victory lap collecting one multimillion-dollar salary after another. The kid blessed with a preternaturally camera-ready face — who arrived in Hollywood without formal training and once said he would never be a great actor — has become, if not great, at least far more serious and interesting than his early career suggested he would. Pretty people can act, of course. (George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman.) But, given his beginnings as a sex symbol and a young actor who spent his early career “jacking around,” as he admitted to me in May, where he’s ended up seems all the more astonishing. As Billy Beane — the Oakland Athletics general manager who in 2002 reinvented the baseball team with a recruiting technique based on pure statistics rather than the subjective criteria favored by old-school scouts — Pitt seems to bring every one of his prodigious gifts to bear, even the ones that seem to contradict each other. He moves with the swagger and cockiness of the jock he once was. But, at 47, age has begun to set in. There are bags under those famous babyblues; the blond locks (remember “Legends of the Fall”?) are now a mousier brown, greasy and unkempt. To channel the aggressively competitive Beane, Pitt presents a Falstaffian figure of excess, effectively banishing the golden boy that can still make grown women and men swoon. Pitt’s still in terrific shape, but in “Moneyball” he exudes a care-

less, almost slovenly lack of vanity, scarfing down Twinkies in two bites or chugging a beer in one gulp. A subplot involves Beane’s efforts to stay involved with his young daughter, even though she lives miles away in Malibu with Beane’s ex-wife and her prosperous husband. It’s a tribute to his nuanced physical performance that Brad Pitt can make audiences believe a woman would ever leave a guy who looks like Brad Pitt. And yet, hidden behind the Twinkies and the temper tantrums, Pitt’s native charisma never disappears entirely. When Beane meets Yale-educated computer whiz Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Brand seems to look on him with a mixture of fear and awe. Throughout “Moneyball,” Brand’s reactions to Beane seem inextricably entwined with Hill’s admiration for Pitt’s star power, not in the sense of godlike physical qualities but of the sheer force of his personality. So when Brand follows Beane to Oakland, filmgoers giddily go along for the ride, vicariously enjoying the seduction as if we were watching the popcorn rom-com Pitt never made. Still, as Beane, who in the film fights against a hidebound tradition of recruiting players based on the beauty of their swing or cut of their jawline, Pitt casts his lot unambiguously with the less telegenic but more reliable utility players who, despite awkward throwing styles or advancing years, help their team win baseball games. And that ethos is precisely the one Pitt has embraced over the past six years. The 2005 action comedy “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” was the biggest smash of his career. But instead of following the money, he’s leveraged his star power to take consistently weird and wonderful chances, sometimes as part of a larger ensemble, sometimes carrying a picture on his own. He made quietly devastating use of a relatively small part in the multi-character “Babel” and was just as potent as

Associated Press a goofy, airhead gym rat in the Coen brothers’ comedy “Burn After Reading.” He gracefully ceded center stage to Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (itself a dreamy, sprawling meditation on the morphology of fame), then anchored David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and, this year, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” Both those ambitious, uneven dramas found Pitt capable of the expressiveness, specificity and focus that distinguishes a performance from a mere star turn. But in the far more accessible, warm and viscerally satisfying “Moneyball,” Pitt seems finally to have achieved an equilibrium between the two — balancing the celebrity of the audience’s projections and the artist who went along for the ride on that fateful trip out of Missouri. He could have been a star, but it turns out that Brad Pitt was an actor all along.

— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Sept. 29, 2011 O-Town Scene


Gosling is the prettiest bad-ass every to grace the screen. But when he puts on his leather gloves and clenches his fists on the steering wheel or at his side, be ready to see him kick in some teeth. In this image released by Film District, Ryan Gosling is shown in a scene from ‘Drive.’

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Gosling steers intensity of ‘Drive’ ‘Drive,’ starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan Opened Sept. 16 It’s time to get behind the wheel and pop in your favorite ’80s mix tape for this highly tense film reminiscent of that decade’s golden action genre. “Drive” is exhilarating from start to finish. At a glance, one might mistake it for being in the same mediocre league as the “Fast and the Furious” movies, but underneath the testosterone-laced action and intensity lies a fabulous story of a hero compelled to do what’s right for the ones he loves. Ryan Gosling stars as the driver, a man who knows a thing or two when it comes to cars. His multi-facetted talents have him working as a stunt driver for Hollywood, a mechanic in a local garage, and at night a getaway driver for the delinquents that occupy the streets of LA under the supervision of his boss/handler Shannon (Bryan Cranston). His life as a recluse begins to change when he starts to develop a friendship with the mother next-door, Irene (played by Carey Mulligan), and her little boy, Benicio. When the felon of a father comes back into the picture after being released from prison, the life of the driver (we don’t actually get to know him 14

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by name) gets a bit more complicated than he would have hoped. He takes it onto himself to protect the family next door by tracking down and killing those who are behind a doublecrossed heist. Everything that Gosling does in this movie is full of acute intentionality. He is a man of very few words, so when he does speak the other characters as well as the audience listens. There is something I have missed with high-action movies lately, which have lacked heros who will do whatever is necessary to protect the ones they love. And Gosling is the prettiest bad-ass every to grace the screen. But when he puts on his leather gloves and clenches his fists on the steering wheel or at his side, be ready to see him kick in some teeth. The overall feel of the movie is what made this project successful. It had a total ’80s vibe throughout _ from the John Hughes pink-letter credits to the fabulous soundtrack featuring modern-retro music by Desire, College and Cliff Martinez. Add the incredible camera work, and you can see that director Nicholas Winding Refn made it his prerogative to recapture what made the action genre so much fun to watch in that decade. Even when I wanted to hate this movie for elements like the

glistening silver Members Only jacket with a scorpion detail on the back, I couldn’t help but love it. It toggles the line without getting to the point of nausea. The movie was well aware of what it was doing, there was even a point where one of the characters mentions that back in the ’80s he was a producer for action films. Talk about a self-referential statement. This movie delivers. The build of the movie layers over and over upon itself until its breaking point with both emotional aspects as well as bloody violence. And boy, let me advise you, this movie has a ton of bloody violence. I just hope the overall triumph of this movie doesn’t inspire a franchise. I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Drive” on the list of nominations for being well executed in its direction and having high quality performances from Mulligan, Cranston and, obviously, Gosling. This seems to be the year of Ryan Gosling, who shows that no matter what the genre (rom-com “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and the upcoming George Clooney drama “Ides of March”), his deliverance is not only noteworthy, but also astounding.

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Wet & Wildly Entertaining AVETT BROTHERS, Brandi Carlile rock through the rain say that fans of the Avett Brothers, whatever their stripe, would not have Brewery Ommegang closed out its summer concert series with a bang. been disappointed with the show Tuesday night. Opening the set the way Fireworks illuminated the path as about 2,000 drenched concert-goers they opened 2007’s “Emotionalism, with the one-two punch of “Die, Die, filed back to their tents and vehicles following a memorable night of Die” and “Shame,” the band set the tone for the remainder of the evefolk-infused rock. The steady rain did little to dampen the spirits of the audience, as the Avett Brothers put together a high-energy ning. There was a perfect mix of the rambunctious and the introspective. As the rains finally abated, the set list spanning their discography. You could Avett Brothers approached their set not ask for a better venue for the night’s Fans of the Avett proceedings, with Ommegang serving Brothers, whatever their with an incredible amount of energy. Scott and Seth Avett attacked their fine Belgian brews and Andre’s stripe, would not have the banjo and guitar, while touring authentic BBQ adding to the downbeen disappointed with cellist Joe Kwon played with his home vibe. Nicole Atkins opened the night the show Tuesday night. trademark tranquil look, and the addition of a drummer helped with a short but sweet set of reverbkeep the tempo up. The majority of the songs came from their last soaked Americana in the vein of early Neko three studio albums, with two or three new songs added to the set Case. Atkins dedicated a cover of “Where to provide an idea of what is to come. The new material had the Did You Sleep Last Night” to Kurt Cobain more accessible pop sensibilities of “I and Love and You,” and before closing with a torchy number of her they fit effortlessly into the mix. The band closed the set own. Brandi Carlile took the stage shortly out with frenetic renditions of “Kick Drum Heart” after, opening with a set of rollicking cover and “Colorshow,” before concluding with the songs, including Johnny Cash’s “Folsom piano-laden “I and Love and You.” They did Prison Blues.” Carlile’s heartfelt originals not vacate the stage for long, as a strong went from mandolin- and fiddle-flecked bluegrass, to more straightforward rock, and encore followed shortly after. Returning with an up-tempo rendition of “When I back again. As a whole, the mood set by the Drink,” the Avett Brothers finished the two opening acts was perfect for the upbeat night on a high note with a raucous folk rock that followed. performance of one of their live staples: This being my fifth Avett Brothers show, I was “Talk on Indolence.” Mud splashed as not quite sure what to expect. The last two times the entire crowd jumped up and down to I saw them, most recently in Ithaca, the band stuck the beat, singing along to final repetition to their mellower, more somber songs. For fans of of “because I had to.” It was a cathartic their more recent albums, such as “I and Love and You,” close to a rain-soaked night. that would be a welcome set. For those of us that enjoy the punk rock influences found in their older material, such as “Four Thieves Gone,” that can come as a bit of a disappointment. It is safe to

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Vermont town telling a A.little leafy lie to visitors A flood-stricken Vermont town is determined to put on its usual show of fall colors, with or without Mother Nature’s cooperation. Pownal, Vt., is a prototypical charming Vermont village, with historic homes, a quaint Main Street and plenty of deciduous trees that usually can be relied upon to produce a brilliant spectrum of red, yellow and orange hues come October. Not so this year, Pownal Mayor Gregory Charles fears. “Irene wasn’t kind to our trees,” Charles said. The town recently replanted several of its streets with maple saplings that are just a few years old to replace elm and ash trees that had been stricken by blight. The young trees suffered heavily during the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, leaving some trees uprooted, and others damaged or dying. So the town has mounted an effort to have each tree replaced in time for Columbus Day

Oneonta Video was a distant forerunner to today’s Time Warner Cable. The first video cable system in Oneonta was started in 1954, and subscribers could get four TV stations clearly. They were WRGB in Schenectady, WNBF (today’s WBNG) in Binghamton, and WHEN and WSYR in Syracuse. WKTV in Utica was added in 1955. The first antenna was placed on Quarry Hill, high above the Glenwood Cemetery and visible from the Fox Care Center. To start cable service in 1954, it cost $125, with an allowance of $27.50 for the old rooftop antenna. The monthly service charge was $3.25. The isolation booth referred to in the ad was seen on a popular TV quiz show at the time, “The $64,000 Question,” a show that former Oneonta Mayor Roger Hughes once appeared on in late August 1957.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the “uptight” laws of Utah. Undie Run organizer Nate Porter says the goal of the event Saturday was to organize people frustrated by the conservative nature of state politics. Nudity was prohibited by organizers. Participants donned bras, panties, nightgowns, swimwear or colorful boxer shorts

— and some added political messages by expressing support for causes like gay marriage on their chests, backs or legs. Salt Lake City is the home of the Mormon church, which is a vocal opponent of gay marriage. Porter estimates 3,000 people participated in the run, which began in downtown Salt Lake City and circled past the state Capitol building about a mile away. A. is B.S., by Emily Popek; B. is real, by The Associated Press


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weekend, when Charles said visitors from nearby Williamstown, Mass., and the Albany area stream into southwestern Vermont to see the fall color. Some trees will be replanted with seedlings, but a number of the vacant spots on the town’s Main Street will be filled with false plants in decorative planters for a guaranteed show of vibrant color. The project is being funded from a variety of sources, including donations from private citizens as well as the local Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. Charles declined to specify the exact cost of the effort, but said it was “substantial.” Marie Lupini of nearby Bennington, Vt, who was in Pownal visiting her daughter and grandson, said the replacement of the trees _ even with fakes _ was a worthy endeavor. “For people driving down Main Street, they won’t know the difference if a tree is real or fake,” Lupini said. “And we need that leaf-peeper money now more than ever after Irene.”

WUOW Featured Artist Counting Crows Counting Crows are this week’s WUOW featured artists. 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 Counting Crows are an American rock band that has been on the music scene since their first album was released in 1991. Today they have five studio albums. PARTIAL PLAYLIST Mr. Jones Omaha Hanging Around

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Keep Up Now! |by Terry Ludwig Have a little faith in everyone else “My intent is true. In me, where there once was disconnect, I now feel a part. To that I share, as is the essence of our existence.” _ Rob Ludwig You know how good it feels during the early stages of a new love relationship? An amazing sense of self confidence encompasses every step you take. Each time you looked into the eyes of your beloved, the message is reaffirmed; you are perfect, you are magnificent, you are loved. You can move mountains!

If someone should fall, don’t dwell on his or her shortcomings, instead see that person’s perfection, and hold that flawlessness in your mind for that person until he or she can join you there. You don’t have to be in love to have perfect faith in other people. That faith allows others to accept their perfection and greatness. If someone should fall, don’t dwell on his or her shortcomings, instead see that person’s perfection and hold that flawlessness in your mind for that person until he or she can join you there. I had a doubles partner in volleyball. He was much better


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than I was, but he assured me I was an accomplished player. I had good days and bad, yet he kept assuring me how great I was, even when I was awful. He would say, “You’re the best,” even when I’d completely miss. His faith in me made me stronger and better than I was. I started believing I was a great volleyball player … we became a dynamic team. If someone does not live up to your expectations, you begin to lose faith. When lovers enter relationships out of “need” and not of “love,” they lose faith when their needs are not met. The relationship dies, and they seek to fulfill their needs from somewhere else. However, if you are filled with self love and enter a relationship with no expectations, you will be more able to share the abundance of your love with another, truly and completely. There is a light in you that shines bright. You cannot accept your greatness for yourself until you share it with others. And you cannot share it with someone else until you accept it for yourself. You are your brother’s gift, and your brother is yours. You light your mind and all minds, which were created from love. It is like a torch that is passed from one to another, never losing the fire, only growing and creating more fire as it is shared. The universe longs to behold your perfection.

LGBT History Month Calendar In honor of LGBT History Month and Coming Out Day, which is Oct. 11, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at SUNY Oneonta is sponsoring the following events that are open to the public: Drag Ball, Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. to midnight, Hunt College Union, Waterfront Room. National Coming Out Day, Tuesday, Oct. 11. Same-sex Marriage Panel, Monday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Hunt College Union, Union Square Room. ‘Gender Outlaw’ presentation, by renowned transgender activist Kate Bornstein, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9 p.m., Hunt College Union, Waterfront Room. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Panel, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Center for Multicultural Experiences, Lee Hall.

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Coming Events Chris Robinson to perform The Oneonta Theatre will present the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, following a 6:45 p.m. show by folk icon Arlo Guthrie. The Guthrie concert has been rescheduled to an earlier time to accommodate the Robinson show. Robinson was the lead singer of blues-rock band The Black Crowes — known for such songs as “Hard to Handle” and “She Talks to Angels.” He formed The Chris Robinson Brotherhood following the Crowes breakup. Tickets for the Robinson concert are $25 in advance and $28 the day of the show. Guthrie tickets range from $60 to $39. The two concerts follow

other venues. “Sacred Steel” is AfricanAmerican gospel music revolving around electric steel guitar and vocals oringinated in 1903 by Tennessee street preacher Mary Magdalene Lewis Tate. General admission tickets are $20, with student tickets $15. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call (315691) 3550 or visit www.

Bright Hill to host art exhibits Chris Robinson Brotherhood. hard rockers Blue Oyster Cult and the winner of the Central New York Battle of the Bands, set to perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. For more info and tickets, go to www.oneontatheatre. com.

Blues group to sing Sat. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the gospel-blues group Campbell Brothers will per-

Contributed form at the Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St. in Earlville. Their program, “Sacred Steel,” features material from the African-American Pentecostal repertoire with the “growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar,” a media release said. The group has played the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space and many

Bright Hill’s Word & Image Gallery will open “The Wondrous Nearer Drew,” an exhibit of prints inspired by the poems of Emily Dickinson, and “The Spirit Book,” artist books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, on Sunday, Oct. 2. A reception for the openings will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Gaylord will be onhand to discuss her work and answer questions. Gaylord combines hand lettering with images created by manipulating photographs in Photoshop. The center is at 94 Church

St. in Treadwell. For more details, call (607) 829-5055 or email

Bands to play flood fundraiser A band of musicians and volunteers will host Sidney Rocks — Flood Relief 2011 starting at noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Hillcrest Roller Rink on Upper Main Street in Sidney. Groups scheduled to play include the Zappa Band, the Woodshed Prophets, One Click Culture, Route 51 and more. Each hour will feature a different musical act, with an hour for the ABC Center for Performing Arts, Mindy Mills Line Dancers and Mid-State Martial Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and are now available at NBT Bank and Video Enterainment Plus. All proceeds will go to Sidney United Way’s special flood relief fund. For more details, call (607) 563-8144 or email hillcrest-

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WKC to give workshops The West Kortright Centre, along with the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, will host a two day, two-weekend drawing workshop, “Autumn on the Catskills Escarpment,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Sunday, Oct. 2, Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. The workshop will be taught by Richard Kathmann, known for his forest landscapes, a media release said. The class is open to all skill levels. The first two sessions will be at Platte Clove Nature Preserve in the deep woods to find strong design. The second set of classes will be at the Hudson River School Art Trail Site 8 and focus on panoramic views. Participants can attend one or both sessions. Fees are $300 for both weekends and $150 for one weekend. For more info, call (607) 278-5454 or visit www.


Fenimore to host exhibit, symposium The Fenimore Art Museum will introduce a new program, the Americana Symposium, to run Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1 at the museum in Cooperstown. The event — which will bring together scholars and experts on American history, art and culContributed ture — coin‘Flying Fame’ weathervane, cides with Jane Katcher. the Oct. 1 opening of “Inspired Traditions: Selections from Jane Katcher Collection of Americana.” The exhibit will feature 45 objects by Katcher, including portraits, sculptures, weathervanes, furniture and Shaker objects. Joining her show of Americana will be quilts, watercolors, painted boxes and more from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century. Katcher will deliver the closing remarks of the symposium Saturday. Presenters will cover a wide range of topis that highlight themes and objects from the artist’s collection, as well as the Fenimore and Farmers’ museums folk art collection. They will cover a wide range of topics that highlight themes and objects from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, as well as the folk art collections of the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. For more info, call (607) 547-1453 or visit the www. The museum is at 5798 State Highway 80 in the village.

repertoire of Celtic tunes, including many Irish and Scottish melodies. The group’s concert list includes “Amazing Grace,” “The Minstrel Boy” and “Scotland the Brave.” The band has 23 pipers and drummers and is led by pipe major Donald Hicks, musical director Sean Lyons and drum major Dan McKee. For more details on the event, call (607) 547-5256 or email richcooperstown@stny.

Gandalf to play 6OTS Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 On The Square, 6 LaFayette Park in Oxford. Hudson Valley Magazine named the group Band of the Year for the past three years, and Acoustic Magazine said the band has “great songs, captured in a chaotic, unstoppable and barely describable landslide.” Tickets are $22 until Saturday and $25 at the door. Student tickets are $2. For tickets and more info, call (607) 843-6876 or go to

Aerial photo show set for Hobart The new home of Liberty Rock Books at 678 Main St. in Hobart will host a grand opening of “Delaware County Air & Space” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 31, will feature more than 40 Delaware County towns as seen from aerial viewpoints in photographs by Corneel Verlaan. In addition, local history and photography book will be for sale.

Celtic group to play Sun. The Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park. The group wears traditional Irish saffron kilts, and has marched in the Newport, R.I., and New York City St. Patrick’s Day parades. CCP&D has an extensive

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Contributed Editor’s Pick: Rootsy bluegrass string band Bearfoot will bring songs from their new album, ‘American Story’ and more to West Kortright Centre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The center is at 49 W. Kortright Church Road in East Meredith. For more info on the band, go to


Thu. 9/29 Film

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


Cans and Clams, 5 p.m., Oneonta Veterans Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Sponsored by the OVC Building Committee. Yarn, 9 p.m., The Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta.


Talk by Jim Mullen: ‘Now in Paperback,’ 6:30 p.m., Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St., Sidney.

Fri. 9/30 Music

Bayou Bound, 6:30 p.m., Farmers’ Museum, 5775 State Highway 80, Lake Road, Cooperstown. Funds raised will help send the Cooperstown High School Jazz Band to the 2012 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. Will include food, auction and music by the Jazz Band. For info: 547-2425. Borromeo String Quartet, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church,

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66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. For info: 433-7252,, Oneonta_concert_association@ Genres and Generations, 6:30 p.m., The Green Earth Health Food Market, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Part of the ‘Music Crossing Genres and Generations’ series. Will features D.J. Potter, Judy Pitel and pianist JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski. Horseshoe Lounge Playboys, 9 p.m., The Blarney Stone Pub, 26 S. Broad St., Norwich. 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, www. Rare Earth, 9 p.m., The Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta.

Sat. 10/1 Film

‘Books We Love to Watch’ film class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. For info: 547-8671.


Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums, 7 p.m., Cooperstown Lakefront Park, Lakefront, Cooperstown. DJ Donna, 9 p.m., Empire House Restaurant Bar and Cafe, 32 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. Featuring dance music and

karaoke. Oktoberfest train ride, 6 p.m., Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad depot, 136 E. Main St., state Route 166, Milford. For reservations: 432-2429. Tommy Z, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Stella Luna Ristorante, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta. Piano and vocals. Roundhouse Rockers, 9 p.m., Babcock’s, 2220 State Highway 7, Wells Bridge.


Dinner dance, 6 p.m., Oneonta Moose Lodge, 87 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Sponsored by the Oneonta Women of the Moose to benefit Oneonta Community Health Center.


‘Pit’ Pasta Dinner, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oneonta Boys and Girls Club, 70-84 River St., Oneonta. Sponsored by the Oneonta Lions Club. ‘ Big Squeeze Weekend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, , Fly Creek. For info: www.flycreekcidermill. com. Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 8 p.m. to 2 p.m., Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 103 Main St., Cooperstown. For info: 547-6195. Discussion with local author Lona Smith, 3 p.m., Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Smith will discuss and sign copies of ‘Dynamite Mike McHee,’ a biography on the author’s cousin. One-night exhibit of artist Victor Lay, 7 p.m., The Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre

(Town Hall Gallery), 15 North Main St., State Route 7, Bainbridge. With a performance by the Woods Tea Company. Second annual Delaware County Historical Home tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Railroad Station, Railroad Avenue, Stamford. For info: 746-9747.

Sun. 10/2 Stage

‘One Wild and Precious Life,’ 2 p.m., Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Presented by Catskill Poetry Theatre.


Bearfoot at the West Kortright Centre, 2 p.m., West Kortright Centre, 49 W. Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. For info: 615-320-7672,


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.


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


Big Squeeze Weekend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. To benefit Friends of Bassett’s support of Bassett Cancer Research. St. Matthew’s Annual Tasting Tea, 1 to 4 p.m., St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, state Highway 8, South New Berlin. For info: 859-2383, patnpaul1@yahoo. com.

Art Scene Opening Exhibits

Sept. 30 - Oct. 28 Blind Artists Society, Gallery A; ‘People You Know,’ oil portraits by Tracy Helgeson; and ‘Form, Change & Restriction,’ drawings and sculpture by Charles Atex, Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30. For info: 547-9777. Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 ‘Inspired Traditions: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana,’ Fenimore Art Museum, state Route 80, Cooperstown. Oct. 2 - Oct. 28 ‘The Wondrous Nearer Drew,’ an exhibit of prints inspired by the poems of Emily Dickinson, and ‘The Spirit Book,’ artist books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. Reception 3 p.m. Oct. 2.


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) 5861400. Through Sept. 30 ‘Selections from Red Rock,’ watercolors by Phil Young, the Gallery at Leilani’s, 205 Main St., Oneonta. For info: 433-1169. Through Oct. 2 ‘More Than a Taste of Honey,’ retrospective of work by artist Hortense ‘Honey’ Kassoy, The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Through Oct. 4 ‘Four Seasons,’ paintings and drawings by Jian Cui, Project Space Gallery, SUNY One-

onta Fine Art Center, Oneonta. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22, gallery talk 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22. For info: 436-3456. Through Oct. 12 David Leveson, photographs, Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury. Opening reception 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10. Through 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. ‘Skeleton in the Closet,’ photographs by Fritz Liedtke, Foreman Gallery mezzanine, Anderson Center for the Arts, Hartwick College campus, Oneonta. For info: 431-4825. 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. ‘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. 22. Through Oct. 29 ‘In Living Color: A Tribute to Carl Plansky,’ Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Hartwick College campus, Oneonta. Through Nov. 5 ‘Painter Picks Painter,’ paintings by Sarah McCoubrey, Gary Trento and Steven Ginsburg, Earlville Opera House East Gallery, East Main Street, Earlville. For info: (315) 691-3550. ‘Fleeting Dreams,’ paintings by Chun Arthur Wang, Earlville Opera House West Gallery, East Main Street, Earlville. For info: (315) 691-3550.

Mon. 10/3 Music

City of the Hills Women’s Sweet Adelines Chorus rehearsal, 7 to 9:30 p.m., First United Presbyterian Church, 381 Main St., Oneonta. Roosevelt Avenue entrance. New singers welcome. For info: 2674718.


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

Tue. 10/4 Workshop

Diamondway Buddhist Meditation, 5:15 p.m., The Green Earth Health Food Market, 4 Market St., Oneonta. For info: 829-3702.


Fall foliage hike, 10 a.m., Red Creek Farm, county Highway 33, Cooperstwon. Presented by Otsego Land Trust. For info: 547-2366, Free beginners Yoga class, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. For those affected by recovery. For

Area Movie Times

Wed. 10/5

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

Thu. 10/6 Film

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


The Merrymakers, 7 to 9 p.m., The Yellow Deli, 134 Main St., Oneonta. Live music and free refreshments. For info: 4311155,, cgc@


Plein Air Painters Art Auction and Reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Golden Artist Colors, 188 Bell Road, New Berlin. Presented by Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival and Golden Artist Colors.


‘Contagion’: 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50 ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’: 12:25, 2:45, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 ‘Dolphin Tale’ 3D: 1:40, 6:50, 9:25 ‘Dolphin Tale’: 4:10 ‘Moneyball’: 1:10, 4:00, 7:10, 10:00 ‘Abduction’: 12:10, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 ‘Killer Elite’: 12:15, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Park Theatre 1 Park Place, Cobleskill (518) 234-2771 ‘Contagion’: 7:00, 9:00 Friday, Saturday; 7:30 Sunday to Thursday.

Open mic

9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Black Oak Tavern, 17 Water St., Oneonta. Comedy, poetry, music welcomed.


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

Southside Oneonta Mall 5006 State Highway 23 Oneonta 432-3750 New Releases ‘What’s Your Number’: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:20 ‘Dream House’: 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:10 ‘50/50’: 12:50, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:10 Also Showing ‘Drive’: 12:05, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 ‘Straw Dogs’: 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 ‘The Lion King’ 3D: 12:00, 2:10, 4:20, 6:30, 8:40

info: 267-4435.

Binghamton Philharmonic José-Luis Novo | conductor Sara Davis Buechner | piano Gade In the Highlands Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 Franck Symphony in D minor





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Lg Yard. W/D

hookup, No Pets/Smoke $750/mo.  


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Installation/Repair.       Free estimates. 432-0516 Integrity, Friendly Service Junk Cars & Trucks Most Ted Finkle     $200 & Up. Flood Cars Interior/Exterior Fully Welcome.   Insured. Free Estimates. !"#$! after 5pm Forestry/Logging EPA Certified    

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Apartments     Quiet & Sunny. Some furniture $615. Includes heat plus. No pets     2 bed, 2 bath. water included $650/mo. Lease & security required.   


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HOME MANAGER F-T management position working as a key team member at a residence for individuals with developmental disabilities. Responsible for providing fiscal management, program system reviews, and staff training and leadership development Must be well organized, mature, responsible, and creative in planning activities for residents and staff. Proficiency in recordkeeping and computer skills a must. Required: HS diploma, GED or CNA, minimum 1 year supervisory experience, 1 year experience working with individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, experience with Microsoft Office, valid NYS driver license, ability to lift 50 lbs. Preferred: Associate’s degree. To learn more visit We offer competitive wages, excellent benefits, comprehensive training & career advancement opportunities. To apply send resume to The Arc Otsego, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 490, Oneonta, NY 13820 or apply in person at 35 Academy St., Oneonta, NY an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE

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Supervise a team of employees providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities living in a residential setting. Ensure delivery of quality service, serve as a role model to employees and assist the Home Manager. Required: H.S. diploma, or GED; valid NYS driver license, and ability to lift 50 lbs. Preferred: Associate’s degree, 1 yr. supervisory experience and/or 1 yr. experience working with people with developmental disabilities. F-T, M-F, 5:45 am– 2:45 pm

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS Assist and support individuals with developmental disabilities. Overnights, F & P-T. Day shifts (F-T, 4 days/week, 10 hrs./day, no weekends) Required: H.S. diploma, GED, Home Health Aide or CNA; valid NYS driver license, ability to frequently lift 50 lbs. Direct Support Professionals with CNA or LPN certification receive wage commensurate with education.

To learn more visit Competitive wages, excellent benefits, comprehensive training & career advancement opportunities. To apply email resume to, send resume to The Arc Otsego, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 490, Oneonta, NY 13820 or apply in person at 35 Academy St., Oneonta, NY an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE

The Advice Goddess That witch does not kill us ... I am 19 and have been dating a wonderful 24-year-old guy for about a month. Some of his family members wish he were still with the fiancee he broke up with six months ago and aren’t too happy about him seeing me. His 19-yearold half-sister actually contacted me on Facebook, told me to “watch my back,” and made some mean assumptions about me. Next, his mother Facebooked me and said that she’s also sorry her son’s with me, and that I should watch what I say to her daughter. (I just told her daughter that it wasn’t cool to judge me because she doesn’t know me.) I told my boyfriend, who immediately called them, told them I’m in his life and said a lot of nice things about me. I’d really love for his family to like me, but they don’t even want to meet me. How do I get them to? If they don’t like me after that, fine.

— Unpopular

The wonderful thing about social networking is how easy it’s become for people to get in touch with one other. As you’ve discovered, this is also the really awful thing about it. That’s why my boyfriend, who’s not exactly a people person, claims he’s starting a nihilistic social network called “Quitter.” (Posts are zero characters, and you’re asked not to join.)

Speaking of anti-social networking, that’s an interesting family your boyfriend’s got there. In many families, there’s some Voice of Maturity who steps in when a squabble gets out of hand. In your boyfriend’s family, they apparently leave that to the parrot: “Hello! Hello? CRAAAACKER!” Now, maybe his 19-year-old half sister was plastered when she Facebooked you or typically seems one Ding Dong short of a valu-pak, but probably the last thing you’d expect from somebody’s mother is for her to come in and bat cleanup in the psycho family division. As hard as it is to feel misrepresented, misunderstood, and unheard, you’re unlikely to change that by clamoring for a part in his family’s trashy reality show, “Don’t You Be Goin’ Near My Son!” Beyond that, prematurely going through the steps of an already-serious relationship, such as meeting somebody’s family, can lead you to decide somebody’s right for you instead of looking to see whether he actually is. Consider why you feel compelled to try to win these two nasties over. Perhaps, like many women, you have a mental photo album of your life upon meeting the man for you, perhaps with some sunkissed snapshots of a Sunday family barbecue. Well, you may be in this guy’s future, and there may be family barbecues, but there’s a good chance his mom and half sister will be picturing you on the spit. If you two start getting serious, make sure you can both handle whatever relationship or lack of one you have with the Wicked Witch of the Wherever and her buzzard daughter. Contact with them now is sure to be very uncomfortable. But, who knows … you and his half sister may end up sitting there on your wedding day, laughing at how she came after you on Facebook — which should give his

By Amy Alkon

mother just enough time to dump the laxatives into your drink. The music starts: “Here comes the bride…” and wow … there goes the bride…and at quite a clip!

Can’t twin ’em all My last boyfriend lied and cheated so much that I am wary of all guys now. My best friend keeps telling me that not all guys are like him and that I just have to put myself back out there.

— Betrayed

You didn’t end up with a cheater because he fell down your chimney, pulled a gun on you, and said, “Ho-ho-ho, let’s date!” You chose the guy and then neglected to un-choose the guy when there were indications of more than a few ho-ho-hos in his life. But, like many people exiting a bad relationship, the last thing you seem interested in is taking responsibility for sticking with a partner who treated you like a gymnast in the Humiliation Olympics. In other words, the answer isn’t just putting yourself back out there, but putting yourself out there with what was missing the last time around: a little discernment. As I wrote recently, boyfriends who are liars, and cheaters go for girlfriends who put up with lying and cheating. And if you’re like a lot of women who’ve been romantically duped, you’ll say you want a man who’s ethical if you’re asked, but you don’t make that an actual requirement in men you date. Now would be an excellent time to start. It beats

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. being wary of all men because your last man cheated on you, which is kind of like being wary of people in pants because the last person who mugged you was wearing pants (as opposed to a stylish summer shift).

(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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