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contents Seasonal Palette Calendar begins


Students Shine at Annual GCCA Show by Kyle Adams


Take the Kids Calendar begins


All Strange Critters Got A Place in the Choir by Brian PJ Cronin





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Miscellaneous Calendar


ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Tara Buffa Jonathan Block Meghan Espel Bob Belby

The Write Stuff: Bestselling Author/Memoirist Koren Zailckas Joins Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival by Jen Kiaba


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On the Cover: Michael Hearst with some of the unusual creatures from his book by the same name. Hearst and his band visit the Hudson Opera House April 26, to perform ‘Songs for Unusual Creatures.’ See story on pages 20 & 21. Photo by Hidemi Takagi, animal illustrations by Jelmer Noordeman.

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PAL E T T E du tch ess

‘Hudson River XIV’ by Fredericka Foster on exhibit in a solo show ‘Water Way’ at the Beacon Institute Gallery through October 6.

Barrett Art Center

55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through April 26: “Four 4 Four,” four galleries feature four artists over four weeks: Nils Hasche-Vasquez, Anna Weber, Rachel Weidkam, and Petra Nimtz. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. by appt. Information: 845.471.2550;

Beacon Institute Gallery

199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through October 5: “Water Way: The Paintings of Fredericka Foster.” Foster explores waters from the powerful, dramatic fjords of Norway to the urban, industrialized Hudson River, to discover the complex interaction of color, light and energy intrinsic to earth’s most essential element. Always moving water, using oils, she applies layers of complex colors to canvas, creating a visual vibrancy that embodies her deep connection with water, evoking its urgent challenges. By nurturing our relationship with water through her art, Foster seeks to be part of the movement to protect it. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; open until 8 p.m. Second Saturdays. Information: 845.838.1600 x 19;

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery

The Courtyard, 43 East Market St., Suite 2, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 April 5-27: Photographs of John Lennon by Brian Hamill in honor of The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary. Hamill, a “devoted and fiercely loyal New Yorker,” spent more than 45 years as a photographer and photojournalist, covering everything from rock ‘n roll to politics, movie sets to the world of fashion. His “Tests of Time” collection features photographs of such iconic celebrities as John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Robert DeNiro, Woody Allen and many others. Reception: Saturday, April 12, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appt. or chance. Third Saturday Arts Walk Open House 5-7 p.m. Information: 845.516.4435;


Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Permanent Collection: In addition to the permanent collection, Dia Art Foundation is currently exhibiting: Ongoing: “24 Farben – fur Blinky (24 Colors – for Blinky), 1977,” Imi Knoebel’s cycle of 21 shaped paintings. Admission: $12; $10 seniors; $8 students; children under 12 free Hours: Fri.-Mon.,11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 845.440.0100;

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Equis Art Gallery

7516 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Ongoing: Owned by Equine Fine Art Photographer and Director of the Ex Arte Equinus art competition, Juliet R. Harrison, the gallery will showcase the best in contemporary, non-traditional international equine art. Representing some of the finest contemporary equine artists in the world, including paintings, sculpture, works in graphite and fine art photography. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Information: 845.901.4074;

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through July 20, Atrium: “Deluge,” two, 26-foot tall fabric collages depicting water created especially for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center by artist Todd Knopke. April 11-June 29: “Mastering Light: From Natural to the Artificial,” a first-of-its-kind exhibition that explores artistic responses to light over four centuries. Visitors to Mastering Light will take a journey from natural light to nocturnal light and, finally, to artificial light as they move through the temporary exhibition galleries devoted to this show. With a selection of 49 works, including paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and photographs, Mastering Light is part of a recent and growing body of museum exhibitions and literature on the study of artistic reactions to artificial light and to nocturnal scenes. The show features works by such famed artists as Rembrandt van Rijn (16061669), Edvard Munch (1863-1944) and Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Opening Event, Taylor Hall, Friday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.: Lecture by William C. Sharpe, author of the book, “New York Nocturen: The City After Dark in Literature, Painting and Photography, 1850-1950.” Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.437.5632;

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Through June 30: “Poster Exhibit: See America, Then and Now.” This new special exhibition showcases the innovative “See America” poster art of FDR’s New Deal and exhibits new artistic interpretations of the “See America” campaign. In 2013, the Creative Action Network -- an international online community of artists -- invited artists and designers around the nation to reinterpret the “See America” message for a new audience of 21st century Americans. Fifty of the finest submissions they received are on display. Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 845.486.7770;

Hessel Museum of Art

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 April 13-May 25: “Deviance Credits,” 13 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in CCS’ graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. April 13-May 25: “Footnotes.” The artworks selected for this class of 2015 M.A. candidates’-curated exhibition are housed in the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, but their representations, meanings, and contexts exceed their physical locality. This exhibition spatially contextualizes artworks by rethinking the relationship between title, text, and footnote. Opening Reception: Sunday, April 13, 1-4 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information:

Howland Cultural Center

477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 April 5-27: “Howland Cultural Center Artist Members’ Exhibition.” Reception: Saturday, April 5, 3-5 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.831.4988;

Hudson Beach Glass

162 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through April 20: “B&WX4,” featuring works by Loel Barr, Allison Petrosky, David Provan and Thomas Sarrantonio. Artist Reception: Saturday, April 12, 6-9 p.m. with “Sacred Readings” by Allison Petrosky, 4-6 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.0068;

Matteawan Gallery

464 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through April 6: “Between a Place and Candy: New Works in Pattern + Reptition + Motif by Fifteen Artists.” Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun. by appt. Information: 845.440.7901;

Mill Street Loft Gallery 45

Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through April 11: “Exposure,” annual national high school photography competition. Juried by Al Nowak, Dan McCormack and Juliet Harrison. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information: 845.471.7477;

Montgomery Row

6423 Montgomery St., 2nd Flr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through April 27: “Photographic Impressionism: From Floralscapes to Urban Decay,” an exhibition of photographs by John Arif Verner and Lee Courtney. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.6670;

The Moviehouse Studio Gallery

48 Main St., Millerton, NY 12571 April 12-July: “Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley,” the photographs of Francesco Mastalia. The exhibition and Mastalia’s forthcoming book of the same name spotlights the Hudson Valley as a region at the forefront of this movement. It features the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, and the chefs who echo their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce. The photographs in this collection were taken using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century that produces a glass negative and a beautifully detailed print. Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12, 4:30-7 p.m., with a tasting of locally-produced artisanal foods and select wines from the Hudson Valley. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information:;

Red Hook CAN/Artist’s Collective Gallery

7516 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Through April 6: “Trevor Hunter: Kaleidoscope,” a solo exhibition. April 11-May 4: “Word Works,” an exhibit featuring works of art continued on page 12 g

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inspired by and featuring the printed word, held in conjunction with the Read Local! Red Hook Third Annual Literary Festival. Opening Celebration: Friday, April 11, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. and by appt Information:;

RiverWinds Gallery

172 Main St., Beacon 12508 Through April 6: “Irish Landscapes” by Gayle Fedigan. April 12-May 4: “All Fired Up,” paintings on porcelain by Paola Bari. Paola paints porcelain and Limoges pieces with overglaze colors and uses European close medium, lusters and precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. Once painted, each piece requires to be fired around 1400-1450 F degrees to make the colors permanent on the china surface. Many pieces need to be fired multiple times, depending on the motif and on the variety of the material used. Reception: Saturday, April 12, 3-6 p.m. Hours: Wed.-Mon., noon-6 p.m.; Second Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Information: 845.838.2880;

Tivoli Artists Gallery

60 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Through March 2: “Erotica” annual exhibition. April 4-27: “Landscape Show” featuring works by member artists. Reception: Saturday, April 5, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.757.2667;

Transverse Gallery at Locust Grove

2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through June 1: “Chagall in High Falls,” a traveling exhibition featuring photographs of Chagall, his companion Virginia Haggard and their son David, taken by noted Belgian photographer Charles Leirens. It includes reproductions of Chagall’s most famous and criticallyacclaimed paintings and lithographs executed in High Falls including the groundbreaking “Arabian Nights: Four Tales from a Thousand and One Nights.” Exhibition Lecture: Thursday, April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through pictures, music and video, learn about Marc Chagall’s life when he lived in a little house on Mohonk Road from 1946-1948, during his exile years in the USA from the Holocaust. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 845.677.8261;

Co lum b ia 438 Carroll Street

Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 13: Landon Metz, “Michael Jackson Penthouse.” While continuing the artist’s ongoing experiments with colored dyes poured onto unprimed canvas, this latest suite of paintings distinguishes itself from preceding series largely through its methodology: where Metz has to this point built up each body of work a canvas at a time, this most recent offering finds him for the first time thinking in terms of seriality, with sets of identically composed canvases mouted in self-contained groups. April 19-May 18: Work by Robert Davis. Hours: Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. and by appointment Information: 518.205.8387;

‘Monocle’ cover for the March 4, 1996 cover of The New Yorker by R.O. Blechman. See works by the famed modern visual master at the Hudson Opera House through May 11.

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 13: “In the Black,” an exhibit of black paintings, sculpture, drawings and etchings, featuring the work of Betsy Weis, Sarah Berney, Joseph Maresca, Ralph Stout, Leslie Bender, Linda Cross and Kathy Burge. April 19-June 1: “Under the Influence (of the New York School),” featuring work by Lionel Gilbert, Judith Lindbloom and William Bond Walker. Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915;

The Chatham Book Store

27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through April 27: “Pathways & Waterways,” large-scale charcoal drawings by Gail Giles from the Hudson River’s edge. Information: 518.392.3005;

Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery

209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through May 16: “Not Necessarily Black & White: CCCA Photography Show,” featuring works by local and regional artists. Juried by Ken Bovat, Jr., master photographer and craftsman. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 1-5 p.m. Information: 518.671.6213;

Davis Orton Gallery

114 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 April 11-May 12: “Relics,” photographs by Robert Moran; “Material World,” photographs by David Welch.

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Artists’ Reception: Saturday, April 12, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. and by appt. Information: 518.697.0266;

Hudson Opera House

327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through May 11: “R.O. Blechman,” works by this modern master of all things visual whose timeless intellect and stripped-down artistry propels his nonstop relevancy. Blechman is one of the few artists who has been able to balance the commercial and the artistic. In his polished and unparalleled career, he has been heralded as one of the great cartoonists, the author of one of the first modern graphic novels, an Emmy and Cannes Film Festival award-winning animator with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, a Hall of Fame art director, and even a blogger for The Huffington Post. He is also a beloved Hudson Valley resident. Hours: Mon.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438;

John Davis Gallery

362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 20: Solo exhibition of sculpture and etchings by Stephen Reynolds. Composed principally of wood and steel, Stephen Reynolds’ sculptures reference architecture, anatomy and scientific instruments. He employs contrasts between the warm imperfection of the archaic and hand-made, with the cold and rational precision of modern machinemade objects. April 24-May 18: Solo exhibition of paintings by Yura Adams. This group of recent oil paintings shows a new development in my painting that is looser, and more concerned with the spontaneity of paint. Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.828.5907;

Limner Gallery

123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 April 10-May 3: “Neoteric Abstract.” Reception: Saturday, April 12, 5-7 p.m. Information: 518.828.2343;

Omi International Arts Center

Fields Sculpture Park & Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center Gallery, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center Gallery, through May 31: “Jim Torok: Drawings,” an exhibition of new works. Torok’s work is a study in contradictions. According to Pierogi Gallery, which has represented him for several years, Torok is known for his “photo realistic, miniature portraits and his narrative storyboard, cartoon-like paintings, both based on acute observation. His portraits are generally of ordinary people he knows - artists, friends, neighbors - and depict the everyday rather than celebrity status. They are small studies of fact and plainness. His cartoon works are simultaneously hilarious and sobering, innocently optimistic and cynical, because they state so plainly what is known but most often left unsaid.” Fields Sculpture Park, Year ‘round during daylight hours: Outdoor sculpture park on more than 60 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands and wooded areas. The Park presentes the work of internationallyrecognized contemporary and modern artists, offering the unique possibility to experience a wide range of large-scale works in a singular outdoor environment. Information: 518.392.4747;


727 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through April 13: New works by Letha Wilson and Jason Middlebrook. Both artists use landscape as subject for investigating the space between image and materiality, nature and culture, order and entropy. April 19-May 18: Work by Brian Belott and Joe Bradley. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 518.205.8387;

Thompson Giroux Gallery

57 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through April 27: “Civilization,” work by Irving Kriesberg and Donna Moylan. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays Information: 518.392.3336;

Greene Athens Cultural Center

24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 April 12-May 3: “ACC Second Street Show: 11th Annual Member Exhibition,” featuring work by talented established and emerging regional artists shown in a salon-style exhibit. Information: 518.945.2136;

GCCA Catkill Gallery

398 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 Through May 3: “Outside the Lines,” county-wide annual youth arts exhibit featuring work from students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.943.3400;

Say What? Contemporary Art Gallery

6042 Main St., Tannersville, NY 12485 Through May 3: “Tramp & Outsider Art Show” in which artists interpret Robert Frost’s quote, “You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.” Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-6 p.m. Information: 518.589.7500;

Thomas Cole Historic Site

218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 April 30-November 2: “Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederick Church,” the first exhibition to explore one of the most influential teacher-student relationships in the history of American art – that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his most celebrated student and successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900). Church was first introduced to the Hudson Valley as an 18–year-old when he came to live and study with Cole at the property known as Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York, from 1844 to 1846. Curated by John Wilmerding, Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University and former Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibition presents Church’s early works from this formative two-year period, as well as later works that speak to a deep and lifelong connection between two painters who defined American art. Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-6 p.m. Information: 518.943.7465; continued on page 14 g

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Al b an y

Ongoing: “Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity.” Tickets: $10; $8 seniors & students: $6 kids 6-12; under 6, free Information: 518.463.4478;

Albany Center Gallery

New York State Museum

39 Columbia St., Albany, NY 12207 Through April 18: “36th Annual Photography Regional.” Since the late 1970s, artists within a 150-mile radius of Albany have competed for opportunity to have their work picked by prestigious jurors for the annual Photography Regional exhibition. This year, regional photographers Mark McCarty and Susan Myers selected 43 photographers from the 131 who submitted. The resulting 36th Annual Photo Regional includes several wellrecognized and established professionals as well as a few highly talented and innovative newcomers. The work ranges from the traditional to the cinematic, from the avant-garde to the formalist. Wedding photographs stand beside abstractions, which stand beside surrealist psychological selfportraits. Artists’ Reception & Awards: Friday, April 4, 5-9 p.m. Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon.-5 p.m. Information: 518.462.4775;

Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 Through April 20: “Big and Bold: Contemporary Paintings Collage and Sculpture from the Albany Institute’s Collection.” Through June 8: “GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies.” Ongoing: “The Hudson River School and the Nineteenth-Century Landscape,” includes paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, James and William Hart, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and others. Ongoing: “Robert Hewson Pruyn: An Albanian in Japan, 1862-1865.” Ongoing: “A Gather of Glass: Selections from the Museum’s Collection.” Ongoing: “19th-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and his Proteges Launt Thompson, Charles Calverley, and Richard Park.”

222 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Through April 30: “Building a Collection: A Lecture Series and Exhibit Celebrating E. Martin Wunsch and His Passion for Celebrating New York State Decorative Arts.” Ongoing, New York Metropolis Hall: “Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection,” featuring 40 uniquely decorated stoneware vessels, including jugs, crocks, pitchers, jars and water coolers. Hours: Tues.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 518.474.5877;

Workshops & Special Events Life Drawing with Model

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sundays through May 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Artists work at their own pace, no instruction. Tickets: $15/session Information: 518.822.1438;

Annual Vassar Haiti Project Benefit Art Sale & Auction

Vassar College, College Center Multipurpose Room, 2nd Flr., 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Fri., April 4, noon-8 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: 13th annual fundraiser to benefit educational resources

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‘4 Eyes’ acrylic on canvas by Katie Pelham, a sophomore at Windham-Ashland Jewett.

The walls of the Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery on Main Street in Catskill are covered floor-to-ceiling this month in a candy-colored celebration of the county’s youngest artists. Outside the Lines, a show featuring the works of Greene County students from pre-school through grade 12, opened March 15, and runs through May 3. The crowded, exuberant showcase is consistently one of the gallery’s most popular exhibitions. “The opening is a mad crush of grandmas and aunts and uncles and mothers and fathers, and people who don’t usually go to galleries,” said outgoing GCCA Visual Arts Director Fawn Potash. “And the kids are so proud.” Thirteen schools are contributing works this year, including all six school districts in the county as well as pre-schools, specialty schools, youth groups, and homeschoolers. Potash said the arts council reaches out to every school and group it can think of, and usually gets a strong response. Though the exact number of works was unknown, it was easily enough to fill the gallery, and Potash estimated that up to 700 families could be involved. “There are so many pieces of art,” she said. “It’s floor-to-ceiling installation. We’re going to end up with something hanging from the ceiling, I’m sure, because we’ll run out of wall.” Daniel Yolan, an art teacher at Windham-Ashland Jewett, has been sending his students’ works to the show for the past 14 years. One student’s work is already turning heads this year. Sophomore Katie Pelham’s 4 Eyes acrylic painting graces the cover of the current issue of GCCA’s Arts Alive publication and is being used in the exhibition’s promotional materials. “It’s a great opportunity for young art students to experience the thrill of seeing their artwork in a professional gallery setting,”

It’ invitation for the community to embrace the gallery...“Every kid that has work in here, from there forward they know they can come in... This is their place.” said Yolan. “It also shows students and parents that the arts, and their artistic endeavors, are encouraged and valued by the community around them.” The exhibition includes works in various media, from paint and pastels to printmaking, photography, and collages. Visual Arts Director Molly Stinchfield, who took over for Potash in March, said this year’s show features many collaborative projects, as well. The Catskill Girls Club, for example, submitted a sculpture called Motherboard that reimagines, on a giant scale, the familiar form of a computer motherboard but with an organic twist ‒ the green of silicone is actually grass, the transistors become plants and sticks. The pre-school program at the Catskill Community Center is showcasing an “exploration of mark-making,” according to a GCCA release, with a large canvas covered in the tracks of toy trucks, the footprints of toy dinosaurs, and so on. A fourth grade class at Catskill Elementary School is displaying a work that’s both collaborative and procedural: a giant black-line sketch made during a trip to the Catskill Audubon Preserve that served as the basis for the class’s permanent installation Flora and Fauna Mural, a GCCA Arts in Education project with Audubon’s continued on page 16 g Larry Federman.

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“By coming together, they’re learning that they can make these amazing pieces,” said Stinchfield. “They each feel really proud of their contribution, but then seeing in a larger whole, it really speaks to a larger message.” For homeschooled students, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to interact with the wider student community and show off their work. Tasha Depp, a painter and mother of four homeschooled students, has been coordinating the submissions of Greene County homeschoolers for the past several years. She usually gets about six to 10 submissions, she said, from all different ages. “Especially for the homeschool kids, it’s really important for them to see their work in relation to the bigger world because they’re home all the time by themselves,” said Depp. “So it’s nice for them to have that experience of just seeing what other kids are doing and seeing what their work looks like up on the walls with the other kids’.” And for the parents who don’t normally get to see their children’s work lining the walls of a school, “it’s a nice way to celebrate that accomplishment,” said Depp. Each year, some students get offers to buy their work, said Potash ‒ who has purchased two student pieces herself. Though it’s not the aim of the show, it introduces young artists to the economy of art and how to value their work. “I think even them thinking about selling their work is a totally different idea for them,” said Stinchfield. “It’s kind of an arbitrary number, but you have to decide how much time you put into it and what you’d feel comfortable letting the work go at.

When I say “good,” you say “neighbor.”

And do you really want it to sell, or would you rather keep it?” Stinchfield recalled one student from the Devereux Millwood Learning Center in Red Hook who unexpectedly found himself selling a couple of landscapes he had painted. Arts council members worked with him to try to find the right price ‒ $40? $10? “The sweet spot ended up being $15, he gets to take home $12,” said Stinchfield. “He thought that was really fair. But then another piece that he felt he hadn’t worked so hard on, he’s like, ‘Well, you know, that one took less time, so let’s take the price down.’ So it was a good learning experience for him.” The opening reception for Outside the Lines was held on Saturday, March 15, with plenty of cookies and juice for the young artists and their admiring fans. After an especially brutal winter, Potash said, the opening of the colorful exhibition is like the blooming of an early flower. It’s also, importantly, an invitation for the community to embrace the gallery. Though they try to make it friendly, Potash said she recognizes that many people feel intimidated by the gallery, and perhaps the world of art more generally. “They feel like they have to have permission to come in,” she said. But the kids who have work in the show ‒ who eagerly lead their parents around the gallery during the opening to pick out their work, pose for photos with it, check out their classmate’s work ‒ they don’t feel like they need permission. “Every kid that has work in here, from there forward they know they can come in,” said Potash. “This is their place.”

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in Chermaitre, Haiti, a remote mountain village in the Caribbean nation. A live auction will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 3-5 p.m. 400 original paintings will be offered over the course of the weekend, along with thousands of handcrafts, including hand painted silk scarves and iron sculptures. Information:

Artist Talk: Elise Gardella

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 5, 4 p.m.: Linda Earle, formerly head of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and current director of Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program, moderates talks with three female artists with ties to the Hudson Valley. For the second Artist Talk in the series (there are 3 planned), Earle talks with Shinique Smith, who lives and works in Hudson, creates artwork based on consumerism and personal narrative, drawing from influences ranging from graffiti to Japanese calligraphy. She has shown at the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS 1, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, with works in the collections of LACMA, the Whitney, and the Denver Art Museum. Tickets: Free Information: 518.822.1438;

Sunday Salon, Together Again: Frederic Church as Thomas Cole’s Pupil

Thomas Cole Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.: Pondering Thomas Cole and Frederic Church today, we think mostly about their differing yet linked creativities – it seems Church, a “realist,” carried on, or finished, what Cole, a “romanticist,” started. Join Dr. Gerald L. Carr for a preview of the topic of the site’s 2014 exhibition, “Master, Menor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church,” as he considers their relationships, plural, especially in terms of their shared years at Catskill, 1844-46, and their enduring rapport on a personal level. Dr. Carr is an Art and Architectural Historian and renowned authority on Church. Currently working on the Frederic E. Church Catalogue Raisonné, he is author or coauthor of seven books about Church, including Frederic Edwin Church: Catalogue Raisonné of Works of Art at Olana State Historic Site, the largest project ever undertaken on Church. Tickets: $9; $7 members Information:

Slow Art Day at Omi!

The Field Sculpture Park, Art Omi, 1405 CR 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Spend ten whole minutes looking at five iconic sculptures in the fields in honor of Slow Art Day! A children’s workshop at 10 a.m. will be followed by a ‘slow-looking’ tour of The Fields Sculpture Park and discussion over lunch. Free! Information:

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.: Kirsten Swenson on Sol LeWitt. Focusing on the work of a single artist on view at Dia:Beacon, these one-hour walkthroughs are led by curators, art historians, and writers. Free with admission to the museum. Information:

Second Saturday Beacon

Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 12, noon-9 p.m.: A city-wide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month when galleries and shops stay open until 9 p.m. Gallery openings, music are just some of the ongoing events. Information:

Queen City Saturday

Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 19, noon-6 p.m.: Pop-up galleries, art exhibits in local restaurants and shops, and readings by local authors and poets. Information:;

Ancient Greek Bronzes: From the Essence of Form to Hellenistic Realism

Vassar College, Taylor Hall, Room 203, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Wednesday, April 23, 5 p.m.: Sean Hemingway, Curator of the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give a talk about ancient Greek bronze sculptures. In addition to his position with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Hemingway is also the author of The Horse and Jockey from Artemision: A Bronze Equestrian Monument of the Hellenistic Period and a co-author of Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome. In 2009, Hemingway also oversaw the editing of a restored edition of A Moveable Feast, the celebrated memoir by his grandfather, the author Ernest Hemingway. Information: 845.437.5370;

Curator’s Gallery Talk: Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m.: Join curator Patricia Phagan in the galleries for an informal discussion of the exhibition, “Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial.” Information: 845.437.5632;

Family Day at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Saturday, April 26, 1:30-4 p.m.: Families are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon of activities inspired by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s spring exhibition, Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial. Participants can explore the galleries and join in special artmaking activities and kid-friendly tours that focus on how artists have used and depicted daylight, moonlight, and artificial light through the centuries. No registration required; just drop in. Best for ages 5–10. Information: 845.437.5632;

Lecture and Book Signing Historic Hudson Valley: A Photographic Tour

Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 Sunday, April 27, 2-3:30 p.m.: Explore the history, architecture, landscapes, and landmarks of the Hudson Valley with regional photographers Nancy and Anton De Flon, who will take you on a stunning visual journey that includes some of the same pastoral scenes Hudson River School painters found so inspiring in the nineteenth century. Tickets: Free with museum admission. Information: 518.463.4478;

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Take the kids to the Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase at Clermont Historic Site in Germantown on Saturday, April 19th. Photo credit: Sheep shows, sheep and wool industry by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales

Hip Hop Dance

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Wednesdays, through June 11, 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Workshop taught by Anthony Molina, dancer and choreographer whose credits include 106 & Park, Bad Boys Comedy Show, 1st place at the Apollo Theater, Senior Hip Hop Arnold Classic and Wildout Wednesday on BET. He was a semi-finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, and has performed with Vanaver Caravan and a seasoned choreographer and dancer of Energy Dance Company of Kingston. Open to ages 6 and up. Free. Information: 518.822.1438;

Claudio’s 5K

Roosevelt Farm Lane, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m.: The Claudio Cares Foundation hosts a 5K run with a kids’ race at 9:20 a.m., and a 5K at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Claudio Cares Foundation. Post-race continental breakfast, t-shirts for the first 200 to register. Prizes in adult and high school categories. Fees: $25; canned goods donation for kids’ race Information: 845.518.6823;

Capital Region Reptile Expo Presents Jimmy Riffle of “Gator Boys”

Times Union Center, 51 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207 Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Reptile Expo and an alligator wrestling show featuring Jimmy Riffle of the hit Animal Planet show “Gator Boys.” Tickets: $10 | $5 kids, expo only; $20-$30 for expo tickets, and tickets to the Gator Boys show Information: 800.745.3000;

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 5 & 12, 11 a.m.: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is among the most popular of Shakespeare’s comedies; with its on-again, off-again romances, magic spells, fairies, and a bumbling troup of would-be actors, the play continues to enchant audiences. Performed by Kids on Stage, The CENTER’s theater workshop program. Directed by Lisa Lynds. Tickets: $7 children; $9 adults and seniors Information: 845.876.3080;

Shakespeare’s Clowns After School Workshop

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Mondays, April 7-June 16, 3-4:30 p.m.: Seano Fagan is a former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus clown and has worked with the Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon JR. Television, and Scholastic’s Magic School Bus Live. Shakespeare’s Clowns is a Renaissance themed program designed to introduce young people to Shakespeare in a fun, hands-on approach. The workshop is part poetry, pageantry, parade and play as students present scenes from Shakespeare’s work, learn skills of the court jester (juggling, tumbling, stilt-walking), and develop better language proficiency skills and socialization techniques. Program ends with a performance by the students at the Hudson Opera House. Free, registration required. For ages 9 and up. Information: 518.822.1438;

Culinary Arts Series

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesdays, April 8-June 17, 3-4:30 p.m.: Participants will visit the kitchens of local restaurants including Hudson Food Studio, Café Le

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Perche, Local 111 and other local chefs for culinary demonstrations and more. Free, registration required. Information: 518.822.1438;

My Grandparent and Me Day

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Every second Friday at the Museum is all about grandparents who get free admission all day when visiting with their children or grandchildren. Information: 845.471.0589;

Daffodil Tea

Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m.: Afternoon affair with fine tea, finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and cookies. Mansion tour included. Reservations required. Tickets: $30; $20/child Information: 845.876.7439;

Hudson Valley YA Society: Story Crush Tour

Red Hook Public Library, 7444 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.: A special Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival edition of the HVYA Society program. Meet three authors of Young Adult fiction: Eliot Schrefer (The Deadly Sister, The School For Dangerous Girls); Theo Lawrence (Mystic City trilogy); and Tiffany Schmidt (Send Me A Sign, Bright Before Sunrise). Information: 845.876.0500;

Songs and Stories of Old New York

Olana State Historic Site, Wagon House Education Center, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.: York State Yarns celebrates New York’s rich legacy of history, folk music and legend with songs and stories of Dutch settlers, African American slaves, Revolutionary War soldiers, sailors, Hudson River boatmen, New York City street vendors and much more. The performance includes historical figures from the Hudson Valley Region, and is accompanied with 19th century parlor guitar, fiddle, harmonicas and other instruments. Register by Friday, April 11. Tickets: $5/person; $15/family Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

April Art Break: Past, Present, and Future

Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 Tues.-Thurs, April 15-17, 9 a.m.-noon: Participants use all of the Institute’s exhibitions to explore how artists and their works help us understand how things have changed and stayed the same over 5,000 years of history, and how we might create for our future. Tickets: $20/day per child ($15 members) Information: 518.463.4478;

Stars of the Pharaoh

Henry Hudson Planetarium, Heritage Area Visitors Center., Albany, NY 12207 Wednesday, April 16, 11 a.m.: Journey back in time to explore astronomy and ancient Egypt. Program followed by an Egyptian craft project. Geared for ages 8 and up and their families. Tickets: $3 Information: 518.434.0405;

Third Thursday Bard Math Circle

Germantown Library, Hover Room, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Thursday, April 17, 4-6 p.m.: Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. The Bard Math Circle offers a gentle math environment where students can explore hands-on math without time pressure. The aim is to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun. The program is geared toward students in grades 5-8, but all are welcome. The plan is for the Bard Math Circle to meet on the Third Thursday of each month at the Germantown Library. Information: 518.537.5800;

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase

Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Woods Rd., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations. Plus, exhibitions of various breeds of sheep and other wool-bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music and food. Rain date, April 27. Tickets: $8/vehicle Information: 518.537.4240;

Music & Movement

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Wednesdays, April 23-June 11, 10-11 a.m.: Join local singer, songwriter, choreographer and dancer Abby Lappen for weekly fun exploring creative arts through music and movement! Parent participation is encouraged. Ages 18 months and up. Free! Information: 518.822.1438;

MidHudson Road Runners Club Miles of Hope Family Fun Run

Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Rd., Lagrangeville, NY 12540 Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.: Race to benefit Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation to help local families touched by breast cancer. One mile fun run for kids’ at 10 a.m., followed by 5K at 10:30 a.m. Many other family events, including face painting, 50/50 raffle, massage therapy, and music. Awards in eight age categories. Fees: $25; $35 on race day; kids’ run free preregistered, $10 day of Information:;

Beacon Barks!

Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Hudson Valley’s one and only parade celebrating the region’s animal shelters, and rescue and welfare organizations. Proceeds benefit dog and animal not-for-profits. Contests for the dogs and a grand pet parade down Main Street. Information: 845.440.7652;

Songs for Unusual Creatures

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs for Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tarde, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. Tickets: $18; $15 members; $10 kids Information: 518.822.1438;;

All Strange Critters Got A Place in the Choir One Ring Zero’s Michael Hearst brings his Songs For Unusual Creatures project to Hudson

by Brian PJ Cronin

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Blue-footed booby and jerboa illustrations by Jelmer Noordeman.

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The humpback anglerfish lives in nearZero, he’s co-created such works as As Smart freezing total darkness 6,000 feet below As We Are: The Author Project which features the surface of the ocean. It has a mouthful original lyrics by such celebrated authors as of crescent-shaped, razor sharp teeth and Neil Gaiman, Denis Johnson and Margaret can distend both its jaw and stomach in Atwood; The Recipe Project, in which the band order to swallow something twice its own set recipies to music and then sang them word size. When it comes time to reproduce, the for word; and Planets, an updating of Gustav smaller male anglerfish will fuse itself to the Holst’s The Planets to reflect the changes in female anglerfish by biting down on her our understanding of the solar system over and dissolving part of her skin, becoming a the last hundred years. But in 2007, Hearst sentient, sperm supplying cyst. Oh, and the released a solo album entitled Songs for Ice female anglerfish also has a giant glowing rod Cream Trucks consisting of - spoiler alert sticking out of her forehead. songs for ice cream trucks. The album ended Now that you’ve learned a little something up surprising Hearst in more ways than one. about the anglerfish, you might be thinking “It sort of accidentally became a ‘Unusual Creatures’, the book, features 50 unusual things like “Oh dear God,” or “nightmare children’s record,” he said. “Chimey, lullabies, animals and illustrations by Jelmer Noordeman. fuel,” or “I am never going to so much as look glockenspiel. And from there I caught the at a body of water again for the rest of my life.” But if you’re bug to do more childrens-ish music.” Michael Hearst, you think something else: “Theremin.” Hearst came up with the idea of combining two of his Hearst is the creator of Songs for Unusual Creatures, a multi- favorite things: The Carnival of the Animals, a 14 movement suite media project in which the world’s strangest instruments (such composed by Camille Saint-Saens; and his collection of bizarre as the theremin) are used in the creation of original pieces of musical instruments. Saint-Saens’ piece contains movements music dedicated to the world’s strangest creatures (such as the inspired by elephants, tortoises and kangaroos. Which is all well anglerfish). The project currently involves an album consisting and good, but what about the elephant shrew, or the blue-footed of 16 pieces of music composed by Hearst, a bestselling book, a booby or the Jesus Christ lizard? Hearst decided it was time for series of video shorts hosted by PBS, and a live show which will them to get their own songs as well, featuring instruments every be coming to the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY for two bit as strange as themselves. shows on April 26th. “Originally we pitched it to some publishers as a book/CD Hearst is no stranger to unusual musical projects. As a combo,” Hearst said. “Chronicle Books came back and said ‘We member of the genre-defying downtown music fixture One Ring love the book, but we’re not really doing CDs since CDs barely

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Kristen Mueller, Michael Hearst, Ben Holmes, Emily Manzo and Jonti Siman, the ‘Songs for Unusual Creatures’ band will be at the Hudson Opera House on April 26. Photo by Reuben Radding.

What separates a usual creature from an unusual creature?... “It’s anything that makes you stop and say, ‘Whoa dude, what’s up with that?’” exist.’ So Hearst released the album himself, and the book came out a year later. Although the album features 16 songs, the book called for a whopping 50 unusual animals. That meant that Hearst and his designers had to ask themselves the question: What separates a usual creature from an unusual creature? “We had to come up with boundaries,” Hearst said. “It doesn’t have to look unusual although that’s a bonus. Maybe it sounds weird or acts weird or smells weird.” Finally, he came up with an air-tight, scientifically unimpeachable definition: “It’s anything that makes you stop and say ‘Whoa dude, what’s up with that?’” Animals that passed the “whoa, dude” test include the glass frog (translucent skin), the Texas horned lizard (shoots blood), and the wombat (poops cubes). Besides the aforementioned theremin, the Songs For Unusual Creatures album also features such instruments as the stylophone, the daxophone, and the glass armonica. The latter was invented by Ben Franklin and consists of glass bowls of various sizes threaded on a spinning rod. You play the glass armonica by moistening your fingers and then running them over the lips of the glass bowls while spinning the rod with your feet, like playing dozens of wine glasses at once. So how do you write music for something like that? “The glass armonica is on a standard chromatic scale, like a piano keyboard,” Hearst said. “So then I had to get in touch with Cecelia Brauer, who is one of the few people in the world who can play it, and ask questions like, ‘So how far can your fingers stretch?’”

The daxophone, which is played by bowing intricately carved thin wooden blades over a wooden box affixed with contact microphones, is another story. “Even if you did write out some kind of notation for the daxophone, I would be willing to put money down that you would not be able to find someone on this planet that would be able to play those notes,” he says. But even if you could find someone who could play the daxophone the same exact way every time, what fun would that be? After all, it’s the spirit of zany, mad scientist-like glee that pervades the project that gives it most of its charm. In one of the PBS videos for the project, Hearst enlists the help of the legendary experimental string ensemble The Kronos Quartet to play a song about sea pigs and then hands them a shopping bag filled with toys and inflated surgical gloves. Naturally, they go along with it. And Hearst has found that no matter the age of his audience, anyone who attends his live show is swept up in the enthusiasm as well. “One of the beautiful things about this project is that it works with whatever age group I’m standing in front of,” he said. “I can take the presentation I deliver along with the music, and cater it to who’s in front of me. Maybe with kindergartners, I’m not going to be quite as snarky and sarcastic. But I’m not going to be condescending, either. I don’t stop myself from using words like ‘cephalopod’ because they’re kindergartners.” Ayeaye illustration by Jelmer Noordeman.

Brian PJ Cronin is a freelance writer in Beacon, NY. You can find him online at and on Twitter as @brianpjcronin.

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the write stuff bestselling author/Memoirist Koren Zailckas joins Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival

story and photos by Jen Kiaba For author and memoirist Koren Zailckas, moving to the Hudson Valley from Park Slope in 2010 was a kind of homecoming. After publishing the New York Times best seller, Smashed: Confessions of a Drunken Girlhood, and following it up with the raw memoir Fury, Zailckas was looking for a creative community of writers to return to. “It is a very bookish community in Park Slope,” said Zailckas. “But you would see publishers or agents and the talk was about book as business. That’s not what I wanted.” After settling with her young family in High Falls, Zailckas met Martha Frankel, the Executive Director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and found her way into the Hudson Valley tribe of creatives. “Writing became a much more collaborative process after that,” she says. “It’s been great being a part of the Woodstock Writers Workshop and getting involved in local libraries with their community of writers and readers. The transition has been incredible.” Working with a community of writers has also helped Zailckas with her process, she says. “You realize that they struggle with the same things that you do. It’s helpful to talk about that with other writers, and just to talk about the process itself.” The writing process, particularly as it pertains to fiction, is a topic that Zailckas will be discussing as she joins the Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival for the first time this year. The festival was started in 2011 as a partnership between the Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCAN) and Oblong Books as a way to bring attention to the richness of the local literary arts. “The festival really began with photographer Juliet Harrison, who is a founding member of RHCAN,” says Suzanna Hermans, Oblong’s co-owner and manager of the Rhinebeck store. “She and other RHCAN members were building this vibrant artists’ network, but what she found was missing were the literary arts.” It is rare to see an author transition from memoir to fiction. Usually the transition is the other way around. “To see that transition done successfully is a rare thing.” was a particularly painful time for Red Hook, says Hermans, with Merrit Books having recently closed and its absence greatly felt. “We wanted something to show that we as a community were still committed to literature.” The festival originated with a strong group of authors the first year, and grew in its second. Now in its third year, the festival has continued to expand, with great enthusiasm and support from the Hudson Valley community. Hermans, who headed up arranging the authors lineups in years past, noted that Zailckas was particularly sought out to be involved this year because of the arch of her career. “Juliet [Harrison] had read Smashed when it came out and was moved by Koren’s motivation for writing it,” says Hermans. “There is a lot of shame associated with turning to alcohol, so her writing was very brave.” Additionally, Hermans notes, it is rare to see an author transition from memoir to fiction. Usually, the transition is the other way around. “To see that transition done successfully,” she says, “is a rare thing.” In 2013, Zailckas followed up her sophomore release by changing gears and releasing her first work of fiction Mother, Mother. The novel is a psychological thriller that dives deep into the dysfunction of the Hurst family, lorded over by a domineering mother Josephine. Employing a split-narrative technique, Zailckas explores the family dynamics through the burgeoning awareness of Violet and Will, a sister and brother who are both trying to survive their mother’s suffocating dominance. Though, according to Zailckas, she never thought that she would write fiction. “When I became a mother I suddenly became more aware of all of the threats that there are,” she says. “I began

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reading and then writing these scary stories as a way of plunging head in and becoming in charge of those fears.” Using Rosendale and High Falls as the backdrop for the family drama of her novel to unfold, Zailckas allows the peaceful countryside of the Hudson Valley to contrast starkly with the dark turmoil of her characters. “I fell in love with the area and wanted to celebrate it,” Zailckas explains. “It felt right to set Mother, Mother here. I love the wild anarchy and self-expression of the area and how it plays off of a family with tight control.” Zailckas notes that when crafting fiction, the choice of setting is important. It affects how the characters interact with one another, how the drama is allowed to unfold, and what outside forces may or may not intervene. “This would have been a very different story if I had set it back in New York City,” she says.

“When I became a mother I suddenly became more aware of all of the threats that there are...I began reading and then writing these scary stories as a way of plunging head in and becoming in charge of those fears.” Although the confined spaces of the city might have seemed to parallel the family dynamics of the Hursts, Zailckas is quick to point out that an author needs to look more deeply into their characters’ physical landscapes. “In the city, more of your life is on display,” she says. “I’m not sure the dynamics of the story and this family would have been able to flourish there.” continued on page 24 g


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redhook schedule of events literary festival



5-7 PM: Word Works Exhibition & Lit Festival Opening Reception All are invited to see how area artists have created work inspired by the written word.

12:30-2 PM: Fiction Luncheon Moderator Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books & Music leads a panel discussion with Gail Godwin (Flora: A Novel), Valerie Martin (The Ghost of Mary Celeste: A Novel) and Koren Zailckas (Mother, Mother). Lunch food will be available for purchase (all proceeds going to support the festival).

7:30 PM: Big Read Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson: Book Discussion led by Anne Margaret Daniel, Bard Red Hook CAN Artists Collective Gallery 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 10 AM-noon: The Picture Book Experience – For the Youngest Book Lovers Featuring: G.Brian Karas (Tap Tap Boom Boom and Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!) and Iza Trapani (My Jack, The Itsy Bitsy Spider). Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway 10 AM-noon: The Business of Writing Panel moderated by Nancy Castaldo and featuring: Literary Agent, Bernadette BakerBaughman; Publisher, Bruce McPherson (McPherson & Company); and Memoir and Fiction Author, Abigail Thomas. Red Hook Village Hall, 7340 S. Broadway


The Elmendorph Inn, 43-45 North Broadway 2-4 PM: Hudson Valley YA Society Panel featuring Theo Lawrence (Toxic Heart), Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise) and Eliot Schrefer (Threatened). Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway



7 PM: Stories on Stage: Hudson Valley Actors Read Stories by Hudson Valley Authors An evening of short stories starring:* Woodstock Players founder, Carey Harrison (Rex & Rex), reading T.C. Boyle; Emmy Award-winner David Smilow (Racing Daylight and The Price), reads George Saunders; Broadway veteran Lori Wilner (Fiddler on the Roof), reading Teresa Giordano; Tony and Obie Award winner Mary Louise Wilson (Nebraska), reading Mary Louise Wilson. The evening will be emceed by Nina Shengold, Chronogram books editor, Actors & Writers member, author of Clearcut and Writers Guild Award winner for Labor of Love.

2:30-4 PM: Non-Fiction Panel Discussion Moderated by Co-Owner of Oblong Books, Dick Hermans, with Jenny Brown (The Lucky Ones) and Jack Kelly (Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive That Changed the World).

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Though a work of fiction, Zailckas acknowledges that Mother, Mother draws from her own family experiences to a degree. “I feel as though I’m always trying to share the same story,” she says. “Having a family has made me realize how important it is to talk about these things and put them into the creative realm, instead of letting them bleed out into real life.” Though the source material may be the same, the difference between her experience writing memoir and writing fiction lies in her process, says Zailckas. “In memoir, you have to dissociate and remember things as they happened, and then view them through the lens of the present.” In fiction, however, she is able to shift between her conscious and unconscious mind as the story develops, and approach the story with an evolving mindfulness. Even after the writing itself is finished, she says that the fiction process and the deepening self-awareness continues long after. “It was about six months after I finished Mother, Mother that I realized that the story of Will was sort of based on fainting spells that I used to have as a kid,” she says. “Writing was a way for me to bring consciousness to it. Once identified, you can put these things away for a time.” But, she admits, some things don’t always go away. Therefore writing about her subject matter and reframing it as a story is a way of making it more manageable and allowing for the memories to be unearthed when needed in order to have empathy for a character that she is creating. With this in mind, Zailckas has begun work on a new novel. “It’s about memory, and what we let ourselves remember,” she

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Therefore writing about her subject matter and reframing it as a story is a way of making it more manageable and allowing for the memories to be unearthed when needed in order to have empathy for a character that she is creating. says. Though she hasn’t settled on a location for it yet, she hinted that she might be setting it in the Dutchess County side of the river. Zailckas will be speaking in-depth about her recent work and the process of writing fiction during the Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival’s Fiction Luncheon at the Elmendorph Inn on April 12th. Joining Zailckas will be authors Gail Godwin and Valerie Martin. The panel will be moderated by Suzanna Hermans and will be followed by a non-fiction panel at the Red Hook Village Hall. The festival will officially kick off the evening before, with an Opening Reception at the RCHAN Gallery in Red Hook. For updates to the Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival schedule visit Jen Kiaba is a photographer and writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. Her photography has been published internationally in magazines and on book covers. To see more of her work, visit


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in concert

Soulful singer/songwriter Martin Sexton plays at The Egg in Albany on April 25. Photo submitted.

Matt Finley and Rio Jazz

SUNY Dutchess, Drumlin Hall, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.: Enjoy the 27th annual concert featuring Matt Finley and his sextet Rio Jazz. Listen to bossa nova, sambas and original compositions by the band members. It is a great night of Brazilian jazz not to be missed. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.431.8000;

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.: “The Carolina Chocolate Drops are revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the Twenties and Thirties—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers.” Tickets: $34.50 Information: 518.473.1061;

Enter the Haggis

The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.: From Toronto comes Enter The Haggis performing their super-charged Indie/Scottish/Folk/ Rock/World-fusion music that never fails to surprise and delight audiences of all ages and interests. Tickets: $59.50 Information: 518.473.1061;


Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m.: Eviyan is Iva Bittová, Gyan Riley, and Evan Ziporyn – three unique composer/performers merging into a singular sound, an intimate blend of Eastern European folk traditions, jazz, Indian classical music, gamelan, rock, and minimalism. A voice & a violin, a clarinet & a guitar, EVIYAN is more than the sum of these simple parts. Over the years, these 3 musicians’ paths have crossed many times, each recognizing a kindred spirit in each other & in their shared music making. Tickets: $20; $18 members Information: 518.822.1438;

Hudson Valley Philharmonic Mahler’s 2nd: Resurrection

Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.: The program features Mahler’s Symphony no 2, C minor (Resurrection) with Maria Todaro, Mezzo, Michelle Jennings, Soprano, Vassar Choir and Cappella Festiva. Tickets: $32-$55; $20 students Information: 800.745.3000;

Armen Donelian & Marc Mommaas

Hudson Jazzworks Studio, 338 Kipp Rd., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.: Pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas, co-directors of the 8th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop, perform a benefit concert for the Hudson Jazzworks Scholarship fund. Tickets: $50 Information: 518.822.1640; continued on page 28 g

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Conservatory Sundays: So Percussion and Bard Percussion

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.: With guest artist Blair McMillen. Tickets: $15 & $20 suggested donation Information: 845.758.7900;

The Lysander Piano Trio

Church of the Messiah, Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.: The Lysander Piano Trio is a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition where it was further distinguished as the Chamber Music America Showcase Performance recipient. They will perform music by Shostakovich, Schubert, Musto and Brahms. Tickets: $25; $5 students Information: 845.876.2870;

An Afternoon of Grand Opera

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m.: Selections from Grand Opera and Classic American Musical Theater featuring: Russell Cusick, baritone; Theresa Cincione, soprano; and pianist Craig Ketter. Tickets: $20; $15 students Information: 845.831.4988;

The Johnny Clegg Band

Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m.: Founder of the seminal South African Bands Juluka and Savuka, Johnny Clegg has become one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, his infectious crossover

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The Johnny Clegg Band takes the Bardavon stage on Sunday, April 6. Photo submitted.

music—a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms— has not only broken down musical barriers in his adopted country but has made him an international star. Tickets: $20-$35 Information: 800.745.3000;

Goo Goo Dolls

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m.: The Otis Midnight Sessions Tour will be performed in a “Story Tellers” format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls to dig deep into their extensive song catalog spanning their nearly 30-year history. The acoustic tour offers a rare opportunity for fans to see them perform in more intimate settings than the Goos normally visit on their many live treks. Tickets: $59.50 Information: 518.473.1061;

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.: Frankie Valli was catapulted into rock and roll stardom after his iconic American Bandstand performance of “Sherry” with The Four Seasons. As a solo artist and with the Four Seasons, Valli has produced 19 top ten hits and sold over 100 million records world wide. Tickets: $39-$126 Information: 518.465.3334;

The Beach Boys

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m.: The Beach Boys have often been called America’s first rock band with more than 80 songs charting worldwide, 36 of them US Top 40 hits (the most by any American rock band). Timeless classics like Surfin USA, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls, and Good Vibrations secured the band their place in Rock and Roll history. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone

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magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Tickets: $64 & $84 Information: 800.745.3000;

American Symphony Orchestra: Concert Three

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., April 11 & 12, 8 p.m.: Conducted by Leon Botstein, Music Director. Works by Johann Strauss, Julius Conus, and Johannes Brahms. Featured soloist, Zhi Ma on violin. Preconcert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 | $30 | $35 | $40 Information: 845.758.7900;

Les Chemins De L’Amour

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.: Lyric baritone Wheelock Whitney makes his debut at the Hudson Opera House with a recital including works by Marc Blitzstein, Noel Coward, Joseph Kosma, Francis Poulenc, and Erik Satie. Tickets: $20; $18 members Information: 518.822.1438;

Malcolm Cecil

Columbia-Greene Community College Arts Center Theater, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.: London-born Malcolm Cecil is a jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning record producer. A founding member of the UK’s leading jazz quintet of the late 1950s, The Jazz Couriers, he later joined Robert Margouleff to form the duo TONTO’s Expanding Head Band. Tickets: $10; $5 students & seniors Information: 518.828.4181;

Albany Symphony Orchestra: Scheherazade

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: Enjoy the intoxicating melodies and exotic musical landscapes of Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece - Scheherazade. To make your night even better, the ASO has paired it with Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto - perhaps the greatest American violin concerto of the 20th century, featuring young virtuoso and child prodigy Simone Porter, and a new work by composer Chen Yi. Tickets: $19-$59 Information: 518.465.3334;

Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra Whirlwinds Concert

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: Concert featuring the NDSO woodwind section. William Stevens, principal Clarinetist and guest conductor for this performance, has created a whirlwind program that includes works by Donizetti, Beethoven, Dvorak, Bizet and Scott Joplin. Tickets: $20; $15 seniors; $5 students Information: 845.486.4571;

Early Music New York

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.: Instrumental medieval treasures from hauntingly provocative to viscerally energetic dances - Italian istanpittas, salterelli and trottos, French estampes, English rottas and ductias - are deftly performed by six of Early Music New York’s superb multiinstrumentalists on bagpipes, shawms, flutes, harp, rebec, vielle and an astonishing array of frame (hand) drums. Tickets: $30; $10 students Information: 845.831.4988;

B.B. King with Special Guests Rhett Tyler & Early Warning

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.: With over 50 albums, an astonishing 18 Grammy Awards and an induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, King is clearly one of the greatest performers of our time. Tickets: $52.50-$92.50 Information: 518.465.3334;

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Old Songs, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, NY 12186 Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.: Fraser is widely known as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. Haas now regularly tours with Fraser and has created a buzz at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe and North America. She is in the vanguard of young cellists who are re-defining the role of the cello in traditional music. Tickets: $25; $5 children 12 & under Information: 518.765.2815;

Martin Sexton

The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.: An evening with the soulful singer and songwriter Martin Sexton. The Brothers McCann open.Tickets: $34.50 Information: 518.473.1061;

Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto

Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.: A one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, Tsukamoto will perform in the intimate gallery space of the Athens Cultural Center. Tickets: $10; $8 students and seniors Information:

Pawling Concert Series: Roby Lakatos Ensemble

Trinity Pawling School, 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564 Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.: Virtuoso fiddler Roby Lakatos is not only a scorching player, but a musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility. Equally comfortable performing classical, jazz, and his native Hungarian folk idiom, Lakatos is a musician who defies definition. Tickets: $30 Information: 845.855.3100;

Messa Da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., April 25 & 26, 8 p.m.: Featuring members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Longy Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Festival Chorale. Tickets: $20; $15 Information: 845.758.7900;

Albany Symphony Orchestra: Cirque De La Symphonie

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.: Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. Artists include aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the maestro. Tickets: $20-$60 Information: 518.465.3334;

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on stage

Molly Renfroe Katz and Denise Summerford in Side by Side by Sondheim at Half Moon Theatre in Poughkeepsie through April 5. Photo by Jen Kiaba.

How The Other Half Loves

Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 Through April 6, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.: What do you get when you juggle three couples, one affair and two dinner parties? The answer is uncovered in this wickedly funny, yet truthfully painful stab at fidelity, deceit, adultery and a few more things that make up a (sometimes!) happy marriage! Tickets: $18; $15 members; $10 students Information:

Side by Side by Sondheim

Half Moon Theatre, 2515 South Rd., Oakwood Commons, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through April 5, Thurs., 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: This dazzling musical revue of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Anyone Can Whistle, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Pacific Overtures. Featuring Broadway actors Molly Renfroe Katz and Denise Summerford. Directed by Michael Schiralli. Tickets: $25-$30 Information: 845.625.3047;

The Last Days of Mankind

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Theater Two, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thurs.-Sun., April 3-5, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Karl Kraus’ legendary modernist epic, impossible to perform in its entirety, combines newspaper reportage, hersay, songs, and political speeches

to create a vast and contradictory testament of the First World War. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.758.7900;

Rent Hair

Spencertown Academy Arts Ctr, 790 Rte 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 Fri., April 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2 p.m.: Columbia Arts Team presents a new comedy in two acts, “Rent Hair.” Middle-aged Michael Mellon blames his baldness for everything his life has become...or hasn’t. His fantasies of how things could’ve been, if only his hair had hung in there, come true when he finds a store willing to rent him an expensive hairpiece for a trial run. Suddenly the world sees a new Michael: talented, sexy and suave. Is the solution to his woes on his head, or in it? Tickets: $10; $5 students/seniors Information: 518.828.4234;

The Comedy of Errors

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 April 4-13, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: What happens when one set of twins winds up with their brothers’ wives, and another set of twins become servants of the wrong masters, and what about that old man searching for his missing children? Laughs galore! This show concludes the 2014 San Scripps Shakespeare Festival. Tickets: $22; $20 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080;

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Theatre

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.: The evening’s program is The Soul of

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Flamenco. “Flamenco is an expression of feeling, a community built on emotions. Happiness, sadness, joy, sorrow are translated through this eloquent art form, espressing the vital essence that lives within each of us.” Tickets: $30; $45 cafe table seating Information: 845.757.5106 x 10;

Never the Sinner

Dutchess Community College, James & Betty Hall Theatre, 54 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thurs.-Sat., April 10-12, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 13, 2 p.m.: Two boys commit a murder - not for gain, or out of passion - just to do it, just to experience the thrill. Based on the infamous 1924 trial of Leopold and Loeb, “Never the Sinner” is their story, and the story of one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians, Clarence Darrow. In the case of a lifetime, Darrow is called in to defend the monstrous and win freedom for the depraved. Tickets: $10 Information: 845.431.8000;

Brink of Devotion

First Reformed Church, 52 Green St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Sybil Rosen’s play, Brink of Devotion. On the eve of delivering her first child, 46-year-old entomologist Sass Kaplan rescues two teenage runaways, pregnant J. J. Johnson and gospel singer Lucky Starr, who are both caught in a gathering super storm. As the weather traps the three strangers inside Sass’ house, their fears, vulnerabilities, and secrets begin to emerge. A reception and talk back with the actors, playwright, and director follow the staged reading. Tickets: $12 Information: 518.851.2061

America’s Test Kitchen Live!

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m.: As host of America’s Test Kitchen, the popular PBS cooking show, for the past 14 seasons, as well as editor of the popular Cooks Illustrated magazine, Christopher Kimball will share his strong and entertaining opinions on culinary trends and cooking equipment. He’ll take questions from the audience as well as test their knowledge of unusual ingredients in an interactive segment during the live show. Tickets: $35-$85 Information: 518.465.3334;

Joanna Kotze: It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Stage Right, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., April 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 19, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.: With energetic movement and genuine humanity, three dynamic dancers explore, express, and question their individual identity and their relationship to one another. Unexpected and rigorous, Kotze’s work shows the power of dance to provoke and delight. Tickets: $25; $10 Bard students Information: 845.758.7900;

The Rocky Horror Show

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 April 25-27, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The Castaway Players Theatre Company is proud to present their critically acclaimed, nearly annual production of Richard O’Brien’s rock musical classic, The Rocky Horror Show. The infamous live stage version that spawned the cult film phenomenon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Parental discretion advised. Tickets: $26; $24 seniors & children Information: 845.876.3080;


Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front St., Hudson, NY 12534 Fri. & Sat., April 25 & 26, 8-11 p.m.: A collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall, ECLIPSE is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates choreography, light, visual design, and an audio-visual time score to arrive at altered ways of viewing a performance. ECLIPSE creates illusions of expanded space through the use of movement, visual design, lighting, and media. Viewers will be invited to circumnavigate the piece, experiencing the dancers and McCall’s spare, sculptural set from all sides. Tickets: $20 Information: 518.822.1050;

In the Heights

Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 Fri. & Sat., April 25 & 26, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 2 p.m.: Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical is about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. With a gripping story and incredible music and dance, In the Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical and the next chapter in the classic American story. Tickets: $10; $5 students/seniors Information: 914.474.3306;

Straight Up and Salted...with a Twist of Durang

The Saugerties Performing Factory, 159 Ulster Ave., Saugerties, NY 12477 Fri. & Sat., April 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 3 p.m.: The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents Tennessee Williams’ “Straight Up and Salted...with a Twish of Durang,” a mini festival of selected short plays and essays by Tennessee Williams and Christopher Durang. Directed by Andrea Cunliffe. Tickets: $20; $15 seniors & students Information: 518.947.8248;

ZviDance Company

Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main St., Village of Tannersville, NY 12485 Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.: ZviDance, a company comprised of athletic and lyrical dancers, blends contemporary aesthetics with lush, full-bodied movement. A world-class dance company, ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience. Zvi Dance will perform Dabke, a piece based on a Middle Eastern folk dance, a line dance often performed at weddings, holidays and community celebrations. The dance strongly references solidarity and traditionally only men participated. The dancers, linked by hands or shoulders stomp the ground with complex rhythms, emphasizing their connection to the land. Tickets: Advance, $25; $20 seniors; $7 students; Door, $30 | $25 | $7 Information: 518.263.2000;

Comedian Bill Burr

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m.: Having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of Chappelle’s Show, Bill developed a comedic style of uninformed logic that has made him a regular with Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Tickets: $25-$59 Information: 518.465.3334;

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readings, signings & screenings

Poet Mark Wunderlich reads from his latest book, ‘The Earth Avails: Poems,’ at Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown on Saturday, April 5. Photo by Nicholas Kahn.

The Big Read: Community Book Discussion, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m.: Presented in partnership with the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, the discussion will be moderated by distinguished Bard professors Deidre D’Albertis and Mary Caponegro. A modern classic, Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. Information: 845.876.0500;;

Author Talk & Signing: Stephen C. Schlesinger, The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m.: Stephen C. Schlesinger, co-editor of “The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,” reads from and signs copies of the book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Information: 845.486.7745;

NYS Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series: Julia Glass, novelist

Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m.: Julia Glass published her first novel, Three Junes (2002), at the age of 46. The book earned extraordinary praise from reviewers and received the National Book Award for Fiction. Her new novel, And the Dark Sacred Night (2014), set in the Vermont woods and on Cape Cod, tells the story of a middle-aged man who seeks to discover the identity of the father he never knew. Other novels by Glass

include The Whole World Over (2006), I See You Everywhere (2008), and The Widower’s Tale (2010). Tickets: Free Information:

The Earth Avails: Poetry Reading with Mark Wunderlich

James D. Livingston Library, Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY 12526 Saturday, April 5, 4 p.m.: Mark Wunderlich, award-winning poet and area resident will read from his new book, The Earth Avails: Poems, his third published book of poetry. Wunderlich has published individual poems, essays, reviews and interviews in the Paris Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Fence and AGNI. A member of the literature faculty at Bennington College in Vermont since 2004, he is also a member of the Graduate Writing Seminars there, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. The event is co-sponsored by the Germantown Library and the Friends of Clermont. Free and open to the public, reservations suggested. Information: 518.537.6622;

Author Talk & Signing: Harvey J. Kaye, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m.: Author Harvey Kaye talks about his new book. Copies will be available for purchase. Information: 845.486.7745;

Writers’ Workshop with Tommy Zurhellen

Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-7 p.m.: Local author and Marist College

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creative writing professor Tommy Zurhellen will be facilitating this informal, friendly writer’s workshop. Bring whatever you are working on - whether it be poetry, a short story, a novel, nonfiction or even just an idea! We’ll help you hone your craft in a supportive, creative environment for writers of all abilities and experience! This program is free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Coffee and dessert type snacks will be provided. Information: 845.757.3771;

Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival

Village of Red Hook, NY 12571 Friday, April 11, 5-9 p.m.; Sat., April 12, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Third annual Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival. See pages 22-24 for details. Information:

NYS Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series: Francesca Marciano

Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., University of Albany Downtown Campus, Albany, NY 12222 Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m.: Francesca Marciano is an acclaimed Italian novelist and short story writer who writes her fiction in English, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who writes her scripts in Italian. Her newest book is the story collection, The Other Language (2014), which Jhumpa Lahiri called “an astonishing collection.... a vision of geography as it grounds us, as it shatters us, as it transforms the soul.” At 7 p.m. there will be a screening of Miele (Honey) and a discussion with Marciano, the screenwriter for the film. Italian with English subtitles. Tickets: Free Information:

Hudson Valley History Reading Festival

Library. Hand’s book, Conversations on the Hudson is a visual record of his 500-mile journey through the hills, mountains, and countryside of the Hudson Valley. This one-of-a-kind collection pairs Hand’s beautiful photographs alongside visits to a printer and publisher, a brewer, a stone sculptor, a sheep farmer, a distiller, a maple syrup producer, a boat restorer, and a seed librarian. Information: 845.876.0500;

Big Read Keynote Address: James Wood

Bard College, Olin Hall, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.: James Wood, renowned author, Harvard professor, and staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007, discusses Marilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping.” Discussion and Q&A follows moderated by Bard professor Wyatt Mason. Tickets: Free and open to the public Information:

World Book Night U.S.

Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck and Millerton, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck and 26 Main St., Millerton, NY Wednesday, April 23.: World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23rd –Shakespeare’s birthday– tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks, chosen from an extensive list, to light and non-readers. Oblong Books & Music in Millerton & Rhinebeck are proud to serve as the local book pick-up point for this wonderful, national, community event. Information: 845.876.0500;

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: In four sessions, authors of books on Hudson Valley history present author talks followed by book signings: Jonathan Kruk, Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley; Vincent T. Dacquino, Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley: An Investigative Journey; Peter G. Rose, Summer Pleasures, Winter Pleasures: A Hudson Valley Cookbook; and Anthony P. Musso, Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley, Vol. 2. Information: 845.486.7745;

My Name Is Ruth: An Evening with Bard Big Read and Marilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping”

Writers Omi Reading

Shatner’s World

Marianne Courville Gallery, 341 ½ Warren St., 3rd Flr., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 12, 5:30 p.m.: Omi’s Spring 2014 International Writers & Translators in residence read and share their work with a public audience. Hailing from all over the world, their work spans the genres of fiction, nonfiction, translation and theater. Refreshments will be served. Tickets: Free Information:

Aglet Theater Company: The Amish Project

Millerton Movie House, Main St., Millerton, NY 12546 Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.: The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. Tickets: $25 Information: 518.789.3408;

Nick Hand: Conversations on the Hudson

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.: Hear British author and photographer Nick Hand in conversation with Ken Greene of Hudson Valley Seed

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.: Excerpts from Housekeeping, by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson will be read by Neil Gaiman, Nicole Quinn, and Mary Caponegro. Discussion and remarks with Bard professors Deirdre d’Albertis and Wyatt Mason. Tickets: Free, donations suggested and reservations required. Information: 845.758.7900;

Millerton Movie House, Main St., Millerton, NY 12546 Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.: One showing only. Captured LIVE onstage – TV & movie legend, William Shatner’s hilarious and quirky one man show is not to be missed. Rated R. Information: 518.789.3408;

Bestselling Author, Columnist and TV Journalist, William D. Cohan, The Price of Silence

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.: A discussion and book signing event with bestselling author, columnist and TV journalist William D. Cohan for his upcoming book The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities. This stunning new account of the Duke lacrosse team scandal that reveals the pressures faced by America’s elite colleges and universities and pull back the curtain, in a riveting narrative, on the larger issues of sexual misconduct, underage drinking, and bad-boy behavior-all too prevalent on campuses across the country. Information: 845.876.0500;

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Take a full pink moon hike and look for signs of the elusive American Woodcock with Columbia Land Conservancy on Sunday, April 13, in New Lebanon. Photo: American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) face, by Matt MacGillivray; source:

Hudson Indoor Farmers’ Market

Christ Church, Union Street (b/w 4th & 5th), Hudson, NY 12504 Saturdays through April 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Hudson’s Farmers’ Market goes indoors for the winter! Many of the outdoor vendors participate. You will find seasonally available local root vegetables, dried herbs and teas, cheeses, baked goods, medicinal tinctures, soaps and salves, maple syrup, salad dressings and mustards, eggs, meats, nuts, flowers and more! Information:

The Evolution of California’s Rooftop Solar PV Market Reem-Kayden Center, Laszlo Z. Bito ‘60 Auditorium, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Tuesday, April 1, 4:45-6:15 p.m.: Timothy Treadwell, Director of Engineering, Research and Analysis at the Calfornia Center for Sustainable Energy, presents the First Annual Bard CEP Distinguished Alumni Lecture focusing on California’s rooftop solar PV market, including the evolution of programs and policies designed to support adoption. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.758.7071;

National Climate Seminar: Women, Development, Climate Change

Campus Center, Red Room 202, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Wednesday, April 2, noon-1 p.m.: The National Climate Seminar is a biweekly, lunchtime dial-in conversation featuring climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. This week’s seminar features Cate Owren, Senior Policy Advisor at International Union

for Conservation of Nature, with 10 years’ experience in international sustainable development, specializing in nexus of women’s rights and environmental sustainability, especially relating to climate change. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; code: 253385 Information: 845.758.7071; climateseminar/schedule/

Pitch in for Parks: Poets’ Walk Park

River Road, Red Hook, NY 12571 Thursday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Join Scenic Hudson to help them maintain trails at Poets’ Walk Park. Wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty and bring gloves, water and a snack. Information: 845.473.4440 x 273;

Learn About Composting at Hudson Valley Spring Home Show

Golds Gym Sports & Exhibition Complex, 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Fri., April 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Did you know that recyclable organics still comprise over 60% of our waste stream? That’s where composting steps in. Organic waste can be recycled into compost then used to improve soil and help plants grow. CCEDC Master Gardener Volunteers will staff a booth throughout the show to discuss why we should compost, and demonstrate composting basics, systems, troubleshooting and usage. On Saturday at 3:45 p.m., Joyce Tomaselli will lead a Seminar on Composting at Home. She is the Community Horticulture Educator at CCEDC and a Master Gardener. She has been composting for 25 years. Information: 845.677.8223 x 115;

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Sustainable Stewardship: Maintaining Value in Hudson Valley Landscapes

Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Dutchess Land Conservancy for a special forum exploring how science-based stewardship on private land can help protect and promote healthy forests and open spaces, now and for future generations. Space is limited, registration required. Information: 845.677.5343;

Woodland Pool Exploration

Wilson Powell Sanctuary, Hunt Club Rd., Old Chatham, NY 12136 Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.: Join scientists and be trained to collect data at woodland pools to assist with research in the Hudson Valley. Come prepared to get your feet wet and hands dirty! Information:

Vernal Pool Hike

The Dirty Dozen: An Introduction to Bad Weeds, Part I

Columbia Land Conservancy Office, 49 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Thursday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.: Find out why we should care about non-native invasive plants as well as how they can damage your property and natural areas. Jessica Toro, co-owner of Native Habitat Restoration, will give a presentation on how to identify these species and start addressing them in your yard, garden, or forest. Information:

Third Thursday: The Symbolic Nature of Art, Science and the Environment

CEIE, 199 Denning’s Point, Beacon, NY 12508 Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.: Amy Lipton, ecoasrtspace curator, ecological artists Lillian Ball and Betsy Damon will explore the spark of creating ideas, grasping concepts, and the marriage of art, science and the environment in an engaging panel discussion moderated by Hudson River environmentalist and Beacon Institute Fellow John Cronin. Information: 845.765.2721;

Cary Institute East, 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.: Explore vernal pools while searching for amphibians and insects that call them home. Learn about the extraordinary diversity of life that inhabits vernal pools, including egg masses, frogs, and salamanders, as well as their ecological importance and how their existence is threatened. Participants should be prepared for a hike off the trail path and the possibility of getting their feet wet! Information: 845.677.5343;

Earth Day Cleanup: Mount Beacon Park

Full Pink Moon | American Woodcock Walk

All 10 Public Conservation Areas in Columbia County Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m.: Columbia Land Conservancy is hosting an Earth Day clean-up volunteer day followed by guided walks at all 10 of their Public Conservation Areas (see website for details). Bring lunch and work gloves. Information:

Hand Hollow Conservation Area, 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon, NY 12125 Sunday, April 13, 7 p.m.: Wild ground Phlox, aka pink moss, lent the name to this month’s full moon, heralding spring’s arrival. Local bird expert Will Yandik will be on hand to help interpret the many signs of returning birds, especially the American Woodcock, the only species of Woodcock inhabiting North America. Information:

Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market Winter Market

Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sundays, April 13 & 27, 1 p.m.: Shop a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh, seasonal products that showcase the best of the Hudson Valley. Winter Market vendors include the Amazing Real Live Food Co., Berkshire Blue, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Cascade Mountain Winery, Chatham Brewing, Continental Organics, Dancing Ewe Farm, Georgia’s Homemade Granola from Little Lamoree, Migliorelli Farm, Pura Vida Fisheries, Quattro’s Game Farm, Spacey Tracy’s Pickles, Wild Hive Farm and others. For a complete list of vendors and products visit the website. Information:

Celebrating Community

Long Dock Park, 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 Tues.-Fri., April 15-18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Make learning a family affair during spring break. Join Scenic Hudson for a week-long series of art and educational programming dedicated to acknowledging and building the Hudson Valley’s diverse communities. Help create an exciting art project by painting a square depicting what the Hudson Valley means to you. It will be added to Scenic Hudson’s Community Quilt. Visit website to learn about daily activities. Information: 845.473.4440 x 273;

778 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY 12508 Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Show your love for Mother Earth by helping clear litter, restore planting beds and maintain trails at one of Scenic Hudson’s most popular parks. Bring the family—they’ll have projects for all ages! Wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty and bring gloves, water and a snack. Information: 845.473.4440 x 273;

Earth Day Volunteer and PCA Blitz Day

If I Had A Hammer

Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.: Cary Institute President Dr. William Schlesinger will discuss society’s most pressing environmental problems – and what needs to be done to ensure a habitable planet for future generations. Topics to be covered include fossil fuels, biodiversity loss, and population growth, with a focus on how science can help guide solutions. Ned Ames Honorary Lecture. Information: 845.677.5343;

CEIE Walk n Talk Series: Herbalist Walk with Sarah Elisabeth

CEIE, 199 Denning’s Point, Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.: Explore Denning’s Point for wild edibles and healing herbs with Sarah Elisabeth, an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. Sarah’s knowledge, combined with a personality which somehow invites the spring, makes for an irresistible morning tour at Denning’s Point. Information: 845.765.2721;

Wednesday Wanderings: High Falls

High Falls Conservation Area, 540 Roxbury Rd., Philmont, NY 12565 Wednesday, April 30, 10 a.m.: Join Columbia Land Conservancy for a leisurely hike at High Falls Conservation Area. Enjoy the lush waterfall and spring wildflowers at the site. Information:

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for making them, as well as the theological and aesthetic decisions that went into their “packaging.” She will also discuss how animal mummies reflect the ways in which the ancient Egyptians interacted with the animal world, and how they influence our view of the ancient Egyptians. Tickets: Free with museum admission ($10 adults; $8 seniors & students; kids 6-12, $6; under 6, free) Information: 518.463.4478;

Ladies Who Launch

23rd Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction and Swap Meet

Mill Road Elementary School 3-5 Cafetorium, Mill Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571 Tuesday, April 1, 5-7 p.m.: Thinking about summer camps for the kids? Check out a wide selection of camps and programs available for kids of all ages this summer. Information: 845.758.0824;

Ulster Savings Bank, South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Thursday, April 3, 12:30 p.m.: Women who are interested in learning more about returning to the job market after an absence are invited to attend the first meeting of Ladies Who Launch, a networking and informational session. Joan Whitman, a Human Resources Consultant, specializing in Career Development, will present information on transitioning to the job market. She works with job seekers who may be seeking a career change, reentering the job market or is a college graduate beginning a career. Free and open to the public. Information: 845.758.3241;

Flower Arranging

Olana State Historic Site, Wagon House Education Center, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, April 5, 1-3 p.m.: Join horticulturist and floral designer Mary K. Hughes, head gardener for Olana’s perennial gardens, for an afternoon of flower arranging. All participants will be able to enjoy creating bouquets using locally grown cut flowers, as well as learn about historical flower design and regional history of cut flower production. Containers will be supplied. Please bring a pair of pruners. Register by Thursday, April 3. Tickets: $20 Information: 518.828.1872 x 109;

Magnolia Party

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and music. Proceeds enable CHAC to continue to restore and maintain their two landmark Victorian buildings. Tickets: $40 Information: 845.486.4571;

April in Paris: Abilities First Annual Gala

The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, April 11, 6-11 p.m.: Proceeds support services for 1,200 children and adults with developmental disabilities in the area. The event includes a silent auction, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing to the Michael Dell Orchestra. Info: 845.485.9803 x 384;

Lecture Series: Why an Ibis? Mummifying Animals in Ancient Egypt

Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 Friday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.: One of the world’s leading experts on animal mummies, Salima Ikram, Egyptology Unit Head, Professor of Egyptology, American University Cairo, will present the different types of animal mummies and explain how they were made, the reasons

Copake Auction Inc., 266 East Main St., Copake, NY 12516 Fri., April 11, 6 a.m.-dusk; Sat., April 12, 9 a.m.: Featuring a selection of ephemera from the Pedaling History Museum, a large collection of bicycle lamps from the midwest and other quality bicycles, toys, accessories, books, medals, art and more! This sale offers material for the beginning collector to the advanced collector and top museums. Swap meet on Friday, from 6 a.m.-dusk. There will also be a ten-mile ride in the afternoon and a presenation by noted collector Cary Williams. Information: 518.329.1142;

Hudson Valley Hops 2014

Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 Saturday, April 12, 4-7 p.m.: Join the third annual Hudson Valley Hops, a celebration of the history of brewing in Albany and today’s craft beer industry in the Hudson Valley. There will be an exhibition of historic local brewery artifacts, a series of talks by beer historians and brewery experts, local craft beers, good food, and a commemorative glass for participants. Tickets: $30; $25 members Information: 518.463.4478;

Leading Your Life: Essential Tools for Professional Success and Personal Growth

Spencertown Academy Arts Ctr, 790 Rte 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 Wednesday, April 16, 7-9 p.m.: This special three-part workshop series will be led by former Disney Broadway producer Michele Steckler. The first workshop, “Confident Conversations,” addresses how to strengthen communication skills with a simple model that teaches how to take responsibility and avoid blame when faced with difficult conversations. The two workshops that follow will be held May 21, and June 25. Appropriate for adults of all ages, including young adults Tickets: $20 per workshop, or $50 for the series Information: 518.392.3693;;

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

All four Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, Thomas Cole National Histori Site in Catskill Sat. & Sun., April 19 & 20: America’s Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it’s free! When vacation time calls, look to the national parks for some of the most satisfying and least costly, alternatives. Open year round, national parks offer plenty of activities. For outdoor adventure or indoor discovery, try a venture into the national parks. Information:

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Hudson Valley Mercantile April 2014  

The cover story for our April issue is Michael Hearst's "Songs for Unusual Animals" project, which he brings to the Hudson Opera House in Ap...

Hudson Valley Mercantile April 2014  

The cover story for our April issue is Michael Hearst's "Songs for Unusual Animals" project, which he brings to the Hudson Opera House in Ap...