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On the cover: Two of Kinderhook Farm’s working livestock guardian dogs, Sarge (L) an Italian Maremma sheepdog, and Luna (R) a Turkish Akbash. These breeds have been used to protect flocks from predators for centuries, and Luna, Sarge and Ollie (another of the farm’s Maremma’s) make it possible for the farm’s pasture-raised sheep to graze safely with a large coyote population living on the farm. Photo by farmer and photographer Georgia Ranney, who holds an MFA from the University of Michigan in painting and printmaking. See more of her work at To learn more about the dogs and the farm, see story on page 10, and visit their website, Keep up with daily goings-on at the farm via their facebook page,

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Guardians Flock of the

story by Robin Cherry

Ollie (foreground), a Maremma sheep dog, and Luna a Turkish Akbash head out to work guarding the farm’s sheep. Photo by Georgia Ranney.

I’m in love. His name is Sarge and he’s tall and gorgeous and has a full-time job running a company. Before my single friends ask if he has a brother, I should probably explain that Sarge is a Maremma sheepdog and he’s in charge of protecting the sheep at Kinderhook Farm in Ghent, New York. (And Sarge does have a stunning half-brother, Ollie, who also works at the farm but I’m hoping by this point, my friends have lost romantic interest.) Kinderhook Farm is set on 1,200 rolling acres of meadows and pastures that are inhabited by cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, three livestock guardian dogs, and a few people. The farm is known for its nutritious and delicious beef, lamb, and mutton, which come from animals that are raised on a 100% grass and legume diet without grain, antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products. Kinderhook also has a mix of heritage breed pigs and chickens and has recently started an apiary working with a local beekeeper to produce its own honey. The farm was run as a conventional dairy farm until it was purchased by businessman Steve Clearwater and his wife, artist Renee

The farm is known for its nutritious and delicious beef, lamb, and mutton, which come from animals that are raised on a 100% grass and legume diet without grain, antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products. Iacone, who lured farmer-friends Lee and Georgia Ranney from West Virginia to go into partnership with them and run the farm. The Ranneys are experts in grazing techniques and quickly set out to transform Kinderhook into a grazing farm. When they arrived, the Ranneys had their work cut out for them. Fortunately, the farm also came with Jules Rutschmann and Harry Lobdell who’ve worked at the farm for years

and continue to work there today. They put up miles of fencing to contain the animals and installed pasture water systems to hydrate them. They also had to bring in my Maremma buddies Sarge and Ollie and more recently Luna, a Turkish Akbash dog, to protect the sheep from coyotes and sometimes other dogs. Maremmas are an ancient Italian breed of sheepdog who are bred to regard anything they guard as “their” responsibility including animals, crops, and even people. They approach their flocks submissively, with their ears laid back. They avoid eye contact and bond with their charges by licking them. Georgia says some of the sheep like Sarge’s licking so much that they trot after him seeking his attention. Ollie is still a little too rambunctious to rule the roost so he paroles the circumference with young Luna. (Akbash is another ancient breed of livestock guardian dog.) As I learned at Kinderhook, raising animals on pasture requires more skill, planning, and resources but aficionados insist it’s worth it. One of Kinderhook’s biggest fans is Andrew Tarlow who runs a well-regarded mini

Page 11 restaurant empire in Brooklyn and sources all of his meats from Kinderhook. If you’ve had the grass-fed steak at Marlow and Sons, Diner, Reynard, or Roman’s, you already know how good the beef is. One of the (many) benefits of grass-fed beef is that the meat is healthier than even grass-fed, grain-finished meat and much, much better for you than animals finished in a feedlot (an area where animals are fattened for “market”). Grass-fed meat has less total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and fewer calories, as well as more Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, omega-3 and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is said to reduce the risks of heart disease and cancer. According to Georgia, pasture-based farmers refer to themselves as “grass farmers” rather than “ranchers” or “farmers.” As they see it, they raise the grass and the animals do the rest. It’s actually a lot more complicated than that. Herdsman Laura Cline, who started as an intern and never left, explains the concept of baleage in which bales of hay are wrapped in plastic and allowed to ferment, a process she likens to sauerkraut.Wrapped bales require less drying time than baled hay making the farmer less dependent on dry weather. As I later learned on, the hay is fermented to a PH level at which it can retain its feed value as long as it is not exposed to oxygen. Anna Hodson, Kinderhook’s shepherd, minds the flock of 450 sheep. Like Cline, Hodson is a former vegetarian who was unwilling to eat meat that she felt wasn’t humanely raised. Her charges, however, are animals she says she feels happy eating as “they’re doing what they evolved to do.” Thanks to her, they spend their days eating grass and milk, and feeding their young on beautifully tended pastures. Kinderhook Farm is one of fewer than a dozen farms in the Hudson Valley that’s Animal Welfare Approved (AWA). The AWA program has “the highest standards for animal welfare and is the only multi-species humane food certification program that requires that all animals be raised outdoors on pasture or range.” It’s no coincidence that five of the Hudson Valley’s AWA certified farms are in Ghent. (The Ranneys learned about the program from Dan Gibson at neighboring Grazin’ Angus Acres.) To see what it’s like to live on a farm, try Kinderhook’s FarmStay, the brainchild of Iacone who was inspired by an old red barn on the property. Thanks to her, that barn has been renovated and transformed into a country chic sanctuary where guests can enjoy life on the bucolic farm. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide unimpeded views of the farm and its herds of grazing animals. There’s also a vegetable garden right outside and a BBQ where one can grill up meat from the farm store. (The

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Luna being greeted by and bonding with the sheep last June when she was a puppy. Photo by Georgia Ranney.

Cattle feed during a recent blizzard. Photo by Georgia Ranney.

Laying hens in the sunflower patch. Photo by Clair Popkin.

Kinderhook Farm is one of fewer than a dozen farms in the Hudson Valley that’s Animal Welfare Approved...the program has ‘the highest standards for animal welfare and is the only multi-species humane food certification program that requires animals be raised outdoors on pasture or range.’ store is open year-round offering various cuts of meat, sausages, roasted chickens, honey, and different colored eggs from the farm’s several varieties of hens.) The long list of Farmstay activities ranges from “feed biscuits to Ginny the donkey” to “nap in the hammock.” The farm is also surrounded by miles of hiking trails and has several “secret” swimming holes. There’s also a restored 18th century farmhouse on the property that can be rented out but it’s separate from the FarmStay property. Should you hear a coyote, don’t worry. My pal Sarge is on the lookout. Georgia once

heard a coyote in the middle of the night and ran out in her robe and slippers. She ended up causing a stir by waking the sheep who had been sleeping peacefully under Sarge’s watchful eye despite the close proximity of a wily predator. When I left the farm, the ever vigilant Ollie and Luna kept their eyes trained on me as I drove away. Robin Cherry is a Red Hook-based food and travel writer and author of the book ‘Garlic: An Edible Biography’ is available from many local (and national) bookstores. She blogs (a bit too irregularly) at Garlicescapes where she shares garlic recipes from around the world.

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Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre dancers in ‘Divertimento No. 15’ by George-Balachine, excerpts of which will be performed at the Annual Gala on March 7 & 8 at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. Photo by Rachel Garbade.

La Cage Aux Folles

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 February 27-March 22; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: The original Broadway production won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book and inspired the hit film “The Birdcage,” starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. The story focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction, and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges’s son, Jean-Michel, brings home his fiancée’s ultraconservative parents to meet them. Tickets: $27; $25 Information: 845.876.3080;


Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207 March 3-22: Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.: At the turn of the last century, Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York phenomenon where she rose to fame for her annual sold-out recitals

at the Ritz Carlton and Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when Mrs. Jenkins tackled the most difficult arias in opera, festooned in fabulous costumes. The only trouble was: Mrs. Jenkins could not sing. Not a note. Still, Florence, a YouTube sensation far ahead of her time, could not be deterred from her dedication to music and voice lessons with her accomplished and compassionate accompanist, Cosme McMoon. Souvenir chronicles the sidesplitting journey of Mrs. Jenkins and Mr. McMoon to Carnegie Hall. A musical odd-couple that will have you laughing – till you cry! Tickets: $20-$60 Information: 518.445.7469;

Masquers Guild Theatre Club Play: Proof

James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thurs.-Sat., March 5-7, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 2 p.m.: On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions along with the arrival of

her estranged sister, Claire, and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Tickets: $5 Information: 845.431.8000;

March Dance Concert

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 4 p.m.: Choreographed and performed by Bard students, assisted by professional lighting and costume designers, this concert gives students a chance to explore new territory in dance making. Some dances are presented in partial fulfillment for acceptance into the program. Tickets: free, reservations required Information: 845.758.7900;

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Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Sat., March 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 3 p.m.: Featuring ballet, jazz and modern repertory including excerpts from George Balanchine’s “Divertimento No. 15” and Doug Varone’s “Chapters from a Broken Novel.” The program also includes new works by faculty and student choreographers. Tickets: $11; $9 seniors and students Information: 845.473.2072;

Jerry’s Girls

Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY 12075 March 13-29, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m.: Mame! Dolly! Zaza! Just three of the larger-than-life ladies from Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits! Come meet all of Jerry’s Girls! Tickets: $20; $10 students & children under 12 Info:

Ragamala Dance

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.: Ragamala Dance freely moves between past and present, composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal, and total surrender in “Song of the Jasmine” – with a live soundscape of jazz and Carnatic music performed by a quintet led by the celebrated saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Tickets: $28 Information: 518.473.1061;

The Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.: The “funniest Italian American show on the planet” returns with a new line-up featuring comedians Frank Spadone, Micheal “Wheels”Parise and New Jersey bad boy Mike Marino. Tickets: $30-$50 Information: 518.473.1061;

Chicago The Musical

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Fri., March 20, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 21, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.: Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the

Columbia-Greene Media media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. Tickets: $38-$68; $150 package available opening night that includes a post-show Casino Party. Information: 518.465.3334;

Ulster Ballet Company: Festival of Dance

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m.: Since 1983, the “Festival of Dance” has showcased both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers with a diverse range of styles and techniques. This high quality, thoroughly original program will electrify and entertain audiences of all ages. There are very few local productions of dance where you can experience phenomenal first-rate dancing of so many different styles in one night! Tickets: $22; $18 seniors & members Information: 845.473.2072;

Just Jim Dale

Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, March 22, 7 p.m.: Tony Award winner Jim Dale. “Be wooed, pursued, beguiled, enchanted and thoroughly captivated by this actor, singer, dancer, and music hall comic - a one man band who lives only to make you laugh.” ~Variety Tickets: $60 Information: 518.828.4800;

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

University at Albany SUNY Uptown Campus, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222 Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.: Commissioned by The New York Historical Society, this “page to stage” work developed by American Place Theatre is a verbatim adaptation of Harriot Jacobs’ book of the same name. It is an inspiring tale of resilience and survival that recounts the author’s seven years spent hiding out as a fugitive in “The Loophole,” a crawl space in her grandmother’s attic, in order to protect her children and ensure their eventual freedom. This show is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 day of Information: 518.442.3997;

Senior Project Festival

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, LUMA Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri., March 27, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., March 28, noon & 6:30 p.m.; Sun., March 29, noon & 6:30 p.m.; Mon., March 30, 6:30 p.m.: An evening of performances created by the graduating seniors of Bard’s theater and performance program. Join us to celebrate the invention and talent of these young theater-makers in this annual festival, which culminates their four years of study with distinguished faculty and visiting artists. Tickets: free, reservations required Information: 845.758.7900;

Solas an Lae: Illume

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 March 27-29; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.: Hudson Valley’s celebrated American Irish Dance Company Solas An Lae returns to the CENTER in a new theater dance performance “Illume.” An exciting and compelling work that moves with complexity, artistry and musicality, while showcasing the superb SAL Company dancers. The performances features an electrifying musical score culled from the some of the most innovative Celtic composers and traditional musicians today. “Illume” brings into the light, the cultural impressions of Deirdre Lowry’s inspiring vision of American Irish Dance. Tickets: $27; $25 Information: 845.876.3080;

Stephen Petronio Company

Kaatsbaan, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583 Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements with 18 seasons at The Joyce Theater. Tickets: $30; $10 children & student rush Information: 845.757.5106 x 10;

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret

Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 28, 9 p.m.: Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena with Kinko the Clown and a plethora of phenomenal performers. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door; $15 clowns in make-up or costume Information: 518.828.4800;

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“Standing on a career’s worth of scientific insights into the workings of rivers and the ways in which our societies have compromised these ecosystems, Fausch ultimately arrives at concerned questions about the future of our rivers, and the values that are so essential that they would lead us to conserve them.” ( Photo © Freshwaters Illustrated.

by Brian PJ Cronin

Budding ecologist Kurt Fausch’s life was changed forever in 1977 when his graduate advisor took him on a snorkeling expedition. There, under the surface of the water, Fausch was enthralled by graceful schools of fish and the ebb and flow of underwater winds. “On that day,” he writes in his new book For The Love of Rivers, “the door to a new world had opened.” But Fausch wasn’t snorkeling at an exotic coral reef or in balmy tropical waters. He was lying down in the knee high, bracing cold waters of the Salmon Trout River in Northern Michigan. That dive – okay, more like dunk – helped define his mission as a stream ecologist and professor at Colorado State University for the past 35 years: Calling attention to the commonplace streams and creeks we bypass every day, and exploring our culture’s complicated relationship with them. He’ll be exploring that question in person when he appears at The Cary Institute in Millbrook on Friday, March 27th at 7 p.m. to discuss his work, his book, and the future of freshwaters. “I’ve seen people digging up streams with shovels,” he told us over the phone.

That dive...helped define his mission as a stream ecologist and professor... for the past 35 years: Calling attention to the commonplace streams and creeks we bypass every day, and exploring our culture’s complicated relationship with them. “They say ‘Get this water off my land, I want to grow a garden here,’ or, ‘I don’t want it to flood my driveway anymore.’ The reality is that every one of those streams contributes to the large headwaters and all the water we drink and use. It’s interesting to ponder, maybe it’s not the same in New York as it is in Colorado, but nearly every housing development and golf course here has some form of the word ‘stream’ in it. So we value them, but we don’t value them. That’s the

essential dilemma. Why do we value them so much yet treat them so badly?” For The Love Of Rivers tells the story of Fausch wrestling with that question throughout his career. And make no mistake: This is a story, not a scientific textbook. While there is plenty of scientific minutiae here to go around – readers hoping for a detailed description of the ways in which various native charr divide up aquatic habitats in Japan’s Hokkaido Island will not be disappointed – For The Love of Rivers is an accessible, narrative driven work. “I’ve finally learned, late in my career, the power of story,” Fausch told us. “You don’t reach people with cerebral arguments, you reach them with a story.” And so For The Love of Rivers begins at that Northern Michigan stream but soon journeys to the Arikaree River Basin in Colorado, a housing development in Valencia, and the North Fork Big Blackfoot River in Montana. But at the heart of the story is the time Fausch spends on Hokkaido Island, where he befriends the visionary Japanese ecologist Shigeru Nakano. Fausch comes to Japan specifically to work with

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I’ve seen people digging up streams with shovels...They say ‘Get this water off my land, I want to grow a garden here’...The reality is that every one of those streams contributes to the large headwaters and all the water we drink and use. Nakano, the author of a groundbreaking study on the connections between streams and forests. “He was able to think about the whole ecosystem and all of the connections in it better than I was,” Fausch explained to us. “As an American, I was coming from the reductionist tradition. You break everything down to its mechanisms and then you study those in gory detail. My Japanese colleagues were much more able to think across those boundaries and think about how things were connected, and that led them beyond the stream.” The budding friendship between the two men forms the book’s emotional core, and makes for its most arresting passages, such as when Nakano’s family seeks to comfort Fausch’s homesick children who are visiting him in Japan by serving them such Western foods as white bread and yogurt. But it also leads to the tragedy that drives the narrative of the book: In March of 2000, Nakano and 16 other scientists and volunteers, while conducting research on the islands in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, encountered one of the sudden and violent storms that the locals refer to as chubascos. Nakano’s boat capsized. He gave his life jacket to an older colleague. Many of his fellow scientists survived, some as a direct result of Nakano’s heroism. But Nakano’s body was never found. Stunned by grief, Fausch and his colleagues vow to continue the work that Nakano devoted his life to. If the story of Nakano and Fausch seems familiar to PBS viewers, there’s a reason for that. The duo’s work, along with the work their colleagues did were the subject of an award winning documentary entitled RiverWebs that was broadcast on public television stations throughout 2009. For most scientists, this would represent the high point in their career. For Fausch, he

“‘For the Love of Rivers’ explores the great diversity of life in rivers and the forests and grasslands they traverse, and how these communities are ultimately maintained through the complex connections that cross the boundaries between them.” ( Photo © Freshwaters Illustrated.

“From the fishes of Great Plains rivers to the trout and charr of mountain streams in the U.S. and Japan, discoveries by Fausch and his colleagues have crossed biomes, continents, and cultures, and help the reader reach a global understanding of the meaning and value of these ecosystems.”( Photo © Freshwaters Illustrated.

saw that it was the beginning of an exciting, scientific papers,” he said. “You get to be and important new phase. really good at it if you work at it. So as you “That documentary about our work can imagine this was an entirely different is what spurred this book,” he told us. experience for me. I was awestruck that “When I realized that it was beamed into people seemed to like what I had written, 100 million homes on PBS, I thought ‘If so I’m interested to see if that translates to only one percent of the people who have people who are not friends and colleagues.” PBS actually turn it on and watch it, that’s a If For The Love Of Rivers is any million people.’ I knew then that I needed to indication of his talents as a writer, Fausch write something for those million people.” should prepare himself for a very busy postAfter 35 years of teaching, Fausch is retirement career. looking forward to spending more time with projects such as RiverWebs and For The PJ Cronin is a freelance writer in Beacon, NY. Love Of Rivers; Projects aimed at the general Brian You can find him online at and on public. “As a professor you learn to write Twitter as @brianpjcronin.

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‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ photograph by Andrew Halpern, whose solo show ‘Ocular Concepts’ is at Montgomery Row in Rhinebeck March 6-April 24.

Albert Shahinian Fine Art

22 E. Market St., 3rd Flr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through March 15: “A Wintry Mix,” featuring paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and photography by regional gallery artists. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. + by appt or chance Information: 845.876.7578;

American Gifts Gallery & Showroom

62 E. Market St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Through April 8: “Curious Nature,” featuring the work of local photographers and photographers with a connection to the Hudson Valley. The exhibit, curated by owner Jen Bulay, includes numerous local scenes as well as close-up studies of flora and fauna. Of particular interest are the different substrates the photographers use to capture their subjects, including metal, canvas, slate, wood & metallic paper. The exhibit offers stunning views of nature as seen through the eyes of a small but highly talented group of photographers, each with a vast amount of

experience in the field. The artists’ passion for nature is palpable in each image and includes but is not limited to the Hudson Valley. The vibrancy and clarity of the images is striking, but not altogether unique. What is unique is the focus and intensity with which the photographers capture their subjects and then reflect that intensity back at the viewer. Gallery Hours: check website for hours Information: 845.758.1653;

Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park

4338 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538 Through March 15: “The Connections Show.” Special guest artist, photographer Gary Lacy. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: HydeParkArtists

Arts Mid-Hudson

696 Dutchess Tpke/Route 44, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through March 7: “Komic Kreators of the Mid-Hudson Valley,” an art exhibit featuring the work of regional comic book artists and more. Ever wonder who the talent is behind the comic art of Spiderman, The Avengers,

The Defenders, Viper, Star Trek, Dick Tracy, Captain America and other well-known comics? Meet the artists and see their finished artwork on display and in process: Charles Barnett III, Eliot R Brown, Liza Donnelly, Ramona Fradon, and others. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 845.454.3222;

Beacon Artist Union (bau)

506 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Gallery One, through March 8: “bau 122: Paintings by Ted Walsh.” Walsh is an MFA graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has won numerous awards for his landscape and figurative paintings - contemporary variations of the American Realist tradition. Beacon Room, through March 8: “From Small to Large,” work by Lori Adams, a commercial and fine art photographer. Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 845.440.7584;

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Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Gallery

199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through March 8: Ghosts of the Gulf is an exhibit of strikingly vivid images of marine species collected in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deep Water Horizons disaster. Through the colorful art and biology of Brandon Ballengée, these once-common species seem to rise as apparitions from the depths, haunted icons of contemporary environmental chaos. March 14-October 4: “Following Rivers,” No Water No Life Founding Director Alison M. Jones combines the power of photography and science, connecting critical water issues to images captured in 22 expeditions to river basins in North America and Africa. It is a story of people. On the banks of our rivers we raise families, grow food, do laundry, fish, swim, celebrate and relax. Compelling groupings of giclee photographs with informational captioning will illustrate that what we do in our communities impacts the availability, quality and usage impacts of our fresh water resources. Reception: Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (2nd Sat. until 8 p.m.) Information: 845.765.2721;


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. Through March 9: “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010,” the first North American retrospective of the work of Carl Andre (American, b. 1935) who is credited with redefining the parameters of abstract sculpture. The exhibition will mark the most comprehensive presentation of Andre’s work in the United States since 1970 and will be accompanied by a new exhibition at the Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, New York, as well as a major publication. Admission: $12; $10 seniors; $8 students; children under 12 free Hours: Fri.-Mon.,11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 845.440.0100;

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 represents some of the finest

‘Rouge’ watercolor painting by Claudia Engel of Cross River Artists.

Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery

The Courtyard, 43 East Market St., Suite 2, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Through March 31: “ROUGE,” something warm to cheer us through to spring...Watercolors by Betsy Jacaruso and Cross River Artists. Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appt. or chance Information: 845.516.4435;

contemporary equine artists in the world, including paintings, sculpture, works in graphite and fine art photography. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon4 p.m.; + by appt Information: 845.758.2667;

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

College Center, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Through March 29: “XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection.” The ever-expanding measurements of paintings has been a topic of interest since the mid-twentieth century when New York School painters first pushed the boundaries of museum walls to their limits. In 1947, at the height of the Abstract Expressionist era, the Museum of Modern Art mounted an exhibition called Large-Scale Modern Paintings; to qualify for inclusion, paintings had to measure at least six feet in one direction. Today, a similar set of criteria has been applied to the Art Center’s permanent collection to arrive at a group of monumental paintings that are at once impressive and daunting. These larger-than-life canvases invite an extraordinary visual experience in which the viewer is immersed in the field of painting. XL, which includes work by Kevin Appel,

Roger Brown, Nancy Graves, Joyce Kozloff, Alfred Leslie, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, and Jules Olitski, is a testament to the enduring visual power of mural-sized painting. Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: 845.437.5237;

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Mill Street Loft, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Through March 10: “Through the Professionals’ Lens” exhibition. March 14-April 10: “Exposure” exhibition. The National Art Honor Society of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft presents its 12th annual national juried high school photography exhibition. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; and by appointment Sat. & Sun. Info: 845.471.7477;

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James W. Palmer Gallery

Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 March 22-27: “A Celebration of Art: The Annual John Iyoya Children’s Art Show,” an annual event honoring the memory of John Iyoya, a former Vassar student, who exemplified a wonderful sense of creativity and love of children. Reception: Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.437.5370;

Matteawan Gallery

464 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Through March 8: “duets,” a group exhibition featuring the work of four couples: Jill Baroff and Stefana McClure; Karlos Carcamo and Eleanor White; Matt Frieburghaus and Laura Kaufman; and Meg Hitchcock and Kurt Steger. Hours: Fri. & Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Information: 845.440.7901;

Montgomery Row

2nd Floor, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 March 6-April 24: “Ocular Concepts,” solo exhibit of nature and design digital photographs by Andrew Halpern. Reception: Saturday, March 21, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 845.876.0543;

Red Hook Community Arts Network

Gallery & Artists Collective, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 March 6-April 5: “Paperwork,” original artworks rendered on or constructed of paper. Juried by Kate McGloughlin, Director of the Woodstock School of Art. Reception: Saturday, March 7, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-4 p.m.; and by appt. Information: 845.758.6575;

RiverWinds Gallery

172 Main St., Beacon 12508 Through March 8: “Color of Light,” oil paintings by Linda Puiatti. Puiatti paints primarily with oils on canvas in her Holmes, New York studio. Field studies painted outdoors in the Hudson Valley, the farmlands of Belgium and France or the coast of Cape Cod give way to larger studio works. Puiatti’s paintings hang in private collections throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Africa. Her American studies include: The Art Students League, The School of Visual

‘Noise Between the Brambles’ by E. Seewald Hill.

The Moviehouse Studio Gallery

48 Main St., Millerton, NY 12546 Through April 9: “Resonance: The Paintings & Drawings of Elizabeth Seewald Hill.” Amenia resident Seewald Hill’s work is inspired and influenced by the artists and musicians in her family – emotional resonance. Her images are a unique blend of realism and surrealism, addressing spatial ambiguities and emotional sensations by organizing and composing the formal functions of light, line, shape and form. The artist also has a close connection to objects in her life, which she also incorporates into her work. Very often these objects belonged to loved ones or are of particular emotional significance. Hours: Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: Arts, The Woodstock School of Art, and the Byrdcliffe School of Art European studies: Stedelijke Akademie voor Schoone Kunst, Deinze, Belgium. March 14-April 6: “Photobook Show and Book Signing,” a juried show. Reception: Saturday, March 14, 5-8 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 22: “Works on Paper,” an intriguing collection of work offering unique perspectives, both of paper as artistic concept as well as more traditional approaches to its

use as a medium. Work includes photography, painting, printmaking, sculptural creations and more. Exhibiting artists include: Julia Aneshansley, Frana Baruch, Diane Bauer, Dot Chast, Denise Chandler, Marie Cole, Roxie Johnson, Anita Kiewra, Gregory Martin, Sue Martin, Susan Picard, Alan Reich, Gilbert Rios, Joan Schwartzman, Silvana Tagliaferri, Karl Volk, and Marsha Walton. March 27-April 19: “Photography + Inspirations,” featuring a selection of fine art photography plus works in other media that incorporate or were inspired by photography. Reception: Saturday, March 28, 7-9 p.m. Hours: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. & by appt. Information: 845.757.2667;

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Camphill Ghent, Route 66, 2542 Rte. 66, Chatham, NY 12037 March 1-April 7: “Color Satellites,” an exhibit of contemporary paintings by Martina Angela Muller in direct collaboration with nature. Reception: Sunday, March 1, 2-4 p.m. Information: 518.392.2760;

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 March 12-April 19: “Richard Merkin: Some of His Favorite Things,” figurative paintings, a survey of 40 years of work. Reception: Saturday, March 14, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon5 p.m. Information: 518.828.1915;

Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery

209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 21: “On and Off the Wall,” sculpture in all forms. Works by: C. Michael Bufi, Dot Chast, Janet Cooper, Steven Dono, Julia Fingar, Dennis Herbert, Ellen JouretEpstein, Jack Kelly, Scott Keidong, Steve Kubicek, Clarke Olsen, Daniel Region, R J Rosegarten and Marlene Vidibor. March 28-May 23: “Trees and Skies: The Landscape show,” trees and atmospheric skies in all mediums. Juried by Hudson artist Gretchen Kelly. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 1-5 p.m. Information: 518.671.6213;


741 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 7: “Red/Valentine,” featuring the work of 11 artists: Stepham Delventhal, Joe Fucigna, Andrea Hersh, Bernard Klevickas, JR Larson, Wendy Letven, Abe McNally, Matt Miller, Shane Morrissey, Alan Neider, and Stephanie Rose. Hours: Thurs.-Sun., noon6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. + by appt Information: 518.697.5130;


46 Green St. Studios, Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 29: “Love Show,” small works by established and emerging local and regional artists including Hudson High School and Hawthorne Valley School artists. All work for sale for $150 or less. Information: 518.303.6446;

Columbia-Greene Media Hudson Opera House

327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 29: “Bruno PasquierDesvignes” exhibition curated by R.O. Blechman. “When Merchant-Ivory asked Bruno to create Picasso-like drawings for their film, Surviving Picasso, little did they guess that they would get Picasso-Plus drawings. And when I visited Bruno’s studio recently and saw his little metal sculptures, little did I guess that I would be looking at several Calder-Plus sculptures. But Bruno is an artist sui generis, and one who deserves an exhibition. I’m delighted that the Hudson Opera House will be giving him one.” ~ R. O. Blechman Hours: Mon.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.822.1438;

Jeff Bailey Gallery

127 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 8: “The Musical Box,” an exhibition featuring two pairings of artists: Cary Smith and John Newman; and Evie Falci and Robert Otto Epstein. Hours: Fri.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. + by appt. Information: 518.828.6680;

Limner Gallery

123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 March 5-28: “Emerging Artists 2015.” Reception: Saturday, March 7, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Mon.-Wed. by appt. Information: 518.828.2343;

Omi International Arts Center

Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Through March 15, Charles B. Benenson Gallery: “Mirage Garden,” a gallery exhibition of studies and 3D models by Easton + Combs, the exhibition is a precursor to an architectural project formed as a reflective ribbon wall coursing through the landscape, created from vacuum-formed black polycarbonate using 3D printing technologies. This is Architecture Omi’s first traditional experiment using drawing and modeling poised towards the reality of an architectural piece. EASTON+COMBS is an award winning, internationally recognized architectural office. Year’ round: Outdoor sculpture park on more than 120 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands and wooded areas. The Park presents the work of internationally-recognized contemporary and modern artists, offering the unique possibility to experience a wide range of large-scale works in a singular outdoor environment. Park Hours: Visitors Center, daily, 11 a.m.4 p.m., through March; Fields Sculpture Park

and Architecture Omi, dawn to dusk 7 days a week Information: 518.392.4747;


727 & 711 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 @711 Warren St., through March 1: “Space Machine,” new works by Guillaume Gelot. @711 Warren St., March 2-April: Jane Corrigan @727 Warren St., through March 1: “Badaude: Industry, Too,” new work by Keith J. Varadi. @727 Warren St., March 7-April: Josh Mannis; Brian Rochefort; Mason Saltarrelli Hours: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Information: 518.828.2288;

Thompson Giroux Gallery

57 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Through March 22: “Rafter,” new large works by Columbia County artist John Cleater. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: 518.392.3336;

Greene GCCA Catkill Gallery

398 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414 Through February 28: “Extreme Surfaces: Group Exhibition.” Through February 28: “Action/Reaction,” solo show of works by Anne Christman. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.943.3400;

Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery

Hunter Village Square, 7950 Main St., Village of Hunter, NY 12442 Through March 29: “Local Landscapes of the Mountaintop and Beyond,” paintings, watercolors and photographs by 15 notable artists of the Northern Catskills. Ongoing: “New Works by Ceramic Artists Susan Beecher and Susan Bogen,” current works by nationally-recognized ceramic artists. Hours: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Information: 518.263.2063;

Albany Albany Center Gallery

39 Columbia St., Albany, NY 12207 Through March 6: “Take Shape,” featuring Amanda Michael Harris, Sara Pruiksma, Terry Slade and Wendy Ide Williams. This

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exhibit focuses on pattern, texture, color and movement. Information: 518.462.4775;

Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 Through March 8: “Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings.” Through July 26: “Triple Play: Baseball at The Albany Institute,” three concurrent exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball. The centerpiece is “Baseball: America’s Game,” and it is complemented by two communitysupported exhibitions: “Play Ball! Baseball in the Capital Region”; and “The Clubhouse: Baseball Memorabilia.” Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. 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.” 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;

New York State Museum

222 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Through March 22, West Gallery: “Along his own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher.” Through September 20, Crossroads Gallery: “Represent: Contemporary Native American Art.” Recent acquisitions to the New York State Museum’s Contemporary Native American Art Collection from the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora, and Shinnecock Nations include beadwork, basketry, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Together, they weave an inspiring story of adaptation, resiliency, community, and investment in the future.

‘Elegy 2, 2014’ oil on masonite, 40 x 40 inches by Ben La Rocco.

John Davis Gallery

362 ½ Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Through March 1: Solo exhibition of work by Thomas Micchelli. March 7-29: “Alien Bird Song,” solo exhibition of work by Ben La Rocco. Reception: Saturday, March 7, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appt. Information: 518.828.5907; 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;

Sorelle Gallery

Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203 Through March 4: “Abroad: The European Experience,” Sorelle Gallery’s artists bring to life their explorations and adventures from around Europe through this collaborative exhibition. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Information: 518.482.2000;

Workshops & Special Events Columbia County Photography Club

Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY 12534 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 6-8 p.m.: Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. Information: 518.828.5887;;

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Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sundays through April 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Come meet the best artists in history and see their famous masterpieces. Learn how and why painters made these priceless cultural treasures. Lecture is led by painter P. Emmett McLaughlin, whose approach is based on the evolution of pictorial space focusing on color, perspective, and the use of value structure. Discover the ‘building up’ and ‘breaking down’ of painting space with sylistic innovation; see how it all fits together and trace the hsitory that created the Avante guarde tradition. Tickets: $10 at the door Information: 518.671.6213;

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner

First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Friday, February 27, 6-9 p.m.: Join the fun and celebrate the artist community and share art work. Please bring a dish to share. Information:;

The Big Draw

Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 February 27-March 1, noon-6 p.m.: Now in its 4th incarnationThe Big Draw draws artists from all over the country to send in small works on paper, which are sold for an affordable price. Collectors and buyers descend on The Big Draw to snap up bargains. And there is a party. Every piece will be sold for $70, all works will be 11”x14” or smaller. Preview party on Friday February 27, 6-9 p.m. Show open all day Saturday and Sunday. Information:

The Artist’s Way 12-Week Course

CCCA Gallery, 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Beginning Saturday, February 28: This 12week course teaches how to connect with and reach one’s full creative potential! Using the basic principles that creative expression is the natural direction of life, this breakthrough course will lead participants through proven ways to recover creativity from a variety of blocks including: limiting beliefs, fear, selfsabotage, jealousy, guilt, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity. The class will be facilitated by Daniel Region, accomplished author, photographer, director, actor, who will guide students in their artistic renewal through

Columbia-Greene Media highly effective lessons and exercises, offering vital tools for artistic growth to help reach and fulfill all their creative potential. Region has known and worked with Julia Cameron, author and creator of The Artist’s Way, for more than 30 years and has facilitated this course throughout the United States. Information: 518.671.6213;

Deep Air Art Series: Geography and Gender Deborah Poe and Kazumi Tanaka

Olana, Wagon House Education Center, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 8, 3-5 p.m.: In this series, visual artists are paired with poets who both create work that at once reflect, reject and/or extend themes explored directly by Frederic Church and his contemporaries. Poet, artist bookmaker, curator, and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka present their art and in turn explore complex issues of geography and power while staying deeply committed to beauty. This afternoon encourages audiences to get caught up in the “transformation of things” and in keeping with Olana, as a sanctuary and historic domestic space, participants will be provoked and inspired by artists who focus their critical inquiry on the domestic sphere with images and words that resonate with and into the natural world and expand these resonances outward globally in their social implications. This event is curated by artist and poet, Lee Gough. Each speaker will present for about 20 minutes, followed Q&A, conversation, tea and cake. Tickets: $5 Information:

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508 Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.: Andrianna Campbell on Robert Smithson.Tickets: Free with museum admission Information: beacon

Sunday Salon: Elyn Zimmerman, Artist

Thomas Cole Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414 Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.: The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been presenting its annual Sunday Salon series for 10 years, bringing today’s most creative thinkers to the home of Thomas Cole for wine, cheese, and lively conversations on topics relating to the Hudson River School of Art. The 2015 schedule will focus on connections to the immediate present, in conjunction with an

unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, that opens in May 2015 at both the Thomas Cole site and Olana.The March Salon features, Elyn Zimmerman, who is widely regarded as one of today’s most important sculptors working in stone and is best known for her large scale, site-specific projects. Inspired by archeological sites in India in 1977, she began creating temporary outdoor works at places including the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY. Her public commissions are installed all over the world and include a fountain in New York City to memorialize the World Trade Center bombing. Zimmerman taught university level art classes from 1974 to 1986 in California and New York. Tickets: $9; $7 members Information: current-events

Deep Air Art Series Jonathan Skinner: Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape

Olana, Wagon House Education Center, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 21, 3-5 p.m.: Explore the environment, history and literature with professor and writer Jonathan Skinner. Jonathan Skinner, a 2011-2012 fellow with Cornell Society for the Humanities, founded and edits the journal eco-poetics; his poetry collections include Birds of Tifft (2011) and Political Cactus Poems (2005), Spoils of the Park (2012) and his essays on urban landscape and poetics have appeared in numerous anthologies. Skinner’s work has taken up the idea of planned landscapes of Church’s contemporary, Frederick Law Olmstead. He has written and lectured extensively and generatively on eco-poetics, and poetry and watersheds. This event is curated by artist and poet, Lee Gough. The lecture on Sunday is followed Q&A, conversation, tea and cake. Tickets: $5 Info:

GCCA 27th Annual Beaux Arts Ball

Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter, NY 12442 Saturday, March 28, time tba: The Beaux Arts Ball is the Greene County Council on the Arts’ primary fund raising event, supporting the many diverse and varied programs they provide throughout the year. This year the guest of honor is Natalia Sonevytsky, co-founder and President of the Music & Art Center of Greene County. The Center is entering its 33rd year of presenting world class music, Ukrainian folk arts workshops and visual arts at the Grazhda in Jewett. Info: 518.943.3400;

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favoirites’ at The Egg in Albany on March 8. Photo by Margo Ellen Gesser.

Latin Classes for Teens

Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 Thursdays, through April 19, 5 p.m.: Instructor Ann Patty, editor, fluent speaker, and connoisseur, will be including music, games and activities to make learning fun. Kids that love words, history, literature, and sci-fi/fantasy will benefit from this course. The class is open to kids in 6th through 10th grades. Free, but space is limited and reservations required. Information: 845.758.3241;

Super Circus Stuff with Lisa Lou

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, February 28, 11 a.m.: The whole family will enjoy Lisa Lou’s one-person circus show with juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, magic, funny stuff, and lots of audience participation. Tickets: $7 kids; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080;

Build a Bouquet: Family Fun Workshop

Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 Saturday, February 28, 1-3 p.m.: Artist Sara Pruiksma will led a fun workshop and whimsical

flowers will be blooming all over. Children and parents will work together creating two and three dimensional botanically inspired forms. Whether they be flowers, or flower-like, you and your children will create colorful art. Fun and creativity is encouraged, experience not needed! Sara Pruiksma is an award winning artist who has exhibited extensively throughout New York. This workshop is for children ages 5 and up with parent participation, children ages 8 and up parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy the fun but not required. Information: 518.945.2136;

Snowshoe Walk

Olana, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, February 28, 1-3 p.m.: Break in your new snowshoes, or test out a pair of ours on a guided snowshoe walk led by environmental educator Fran Martino. Perfect for beginners and families. Participants will learn the basics of walking on snowshoes as we search for signs of animals that don’t go south in the winter. If there is a lack of snow, this will become a walk without snowshoes. The walk will take place from 1-2:30 p.m., followed by warm beverages in the Wagon House Education Center. Snowshoe supply is limited; please register by preceding Thursday. Snow date, March 1. Tickets: $10; $5 child Information:

League of Extraordinary Readers: Andrew Keenan-Bolger & Kate Wetherhead

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m.: Monthly author event series for kids ages 8-12 (and those who are kids at heart). Meet your favorite children’s book authors, and enjoy giveaways, snacks and fun at every event! Authors Andrew KeenanBolger and Kate Wetherhead will present their co-authored book, “Jack & Louisa: Act 1.” Andrew Keenan-Bolger has appeared on Broadway in Newsies, Mary Poppins, Seussical, and Beauty and the Beast. Andrew and Kate Wetherhead created the popular web series, Submissions Only, which was hailed as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 10 Things We Love.” Kate Wetherhead originated the role of Chutney in Legally Blonde: The Musical and is a fixture on the New York stage. She has performed extensively Off-Broadway and regionally, and was in the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Information: 845.876.0500;

Celtic Heels Irish Dance

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.: Joan McGrenaghan and her performing troupe

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia combines puppetry, black light, original music and captivating storytelling to bring three beloved Eric Carle classics to the stage: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the mixed up chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature.Tickets: $18; adults free when accompanied by a child (one adult per child). Information: 518.473.1061;

Barefoot Dance Company

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.: This unique company of young dancers will perform several innovative modern dance pieces in a delightful concert. Bring your kids as the event is family friendly. Tickets: $7 kids; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080;

On-the-Go! They Built America

Capital Repertory Theater, 111 North Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207 Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.: Sourced from more than 35 historical records! Meet the real men, women and children, the politicians, farmers, merchants and laborers who came north to build the Erie Canal! This miraculous waterway transformed America from a burgeoning country into a great nation, and it comes with a miraculous story. As stories with characters including George Washington, Irish orphan Molly, physician Dr. Finch, Italian mason Antonio, and others ignite this momentous event in New York State history, we see how one innovation can set the course of history. Tickets: $12; $9, 17 and under Information: 518.445.7469;

Disney Junior Live on Tour!

Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12207 Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.: A neverbefore-seen live show featuring your favorite

Columbia-Greene Media characters from Disney Junior’s, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Tickets: $28-$73 Information: 518.465.3334;

Maple Sugaring

The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, 81 Roxbury Rd., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.: Join Columbia Land Conservancy at The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, a local sugar bush, to learn about the modern and traditional techniques of tapping trees, collecting sap, and boiling the sap down to syrup. The farm owners will explain the present day gravity fed collection system, and if the conditions are right, fire up the evaporating pan to start boiling the sap. We’ll be joined by environmental educator Justin Wexler to talk about Native American traditions of maple sugaring. If last year is any indication, you will have a chance to taste the sweet syrup as it comes out of the pan! Please register online. Information:

Picture Book Event: Gary Golio, Bird and Diz

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m.: An awardwinning author and a Caldecott Medalist improvise a playful tribute to the creators of bebop—Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves. Information: 845.876.0500;

Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m.: Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting journey through classic tales. Will Peter escape the wolf? Will the goat dance away the snow? Can the elephants keep up with the carnival procession? These colorful creatures will be brought to life with music by Saint-Saëns, Honegger, Ridout, Prokofiev, and more. Eugenia Zukerman (flute), Helena Baillie (violin), Ryan Kamm (double bass), and Joseph Luzzi (narrator).Tickets: Free! Information: 518.822.1438;


Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.: Based on Carlo Collodi’s timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver,

Geppetto, who carves a son out of a block of pine. Join the wooden marionette on his journey to become a real boy! Through Pinocchio’s mischievous adventures, he discovers that to truly be human is to be goodhearted and brave. Tickets: $7 kids; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080;

Hudson Valley YA Society: “Keep YA Weird” Andrew Smith, Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, March 22, 4 p.m.: The HVYAS brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun party-like “literary salon” atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. This month’s session features Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow, Winger, The Marbury Lens), Justine Larbalestier (Razorhurst, Liar), and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Darkest Part of the Forest).Information: 845.876.0500;

Berger’s & Frank’s Magic Show

Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.: Come see two of your favorite local magicians doing what they do best: being ridiculous and being amazing. Derrin Berger and Frank Monaco have a combined 60+ years of magical experience and they’re going to pack it all into 1 great family show with magic, comedy, and audience participation all rolled into one. Tickets: $7 kids; $9 adults Information: 845.876.3080;

Bee Bee the Clown Show

Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook, NY 12545 Monday, March 30, 3 p.m.: Free for all ages. Registration required. Information: 845.677.3611;

Sukey Molloy in Concert

Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook, NY 12545 Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Sukey Molloy has been creating interactive music programs for young children (birth to 6) and their families for 20 years. Play, move & sing! Free of charge. Registration required. Information: 845.677.3611;

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The Grammy Award-winning Parker String Quartet will perform at Howland Cultural Center in Beacon on March 29. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

Omi International Arts Center

Omi International Arts Center, Visitors Center, 1405 CR 22, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.: Omi presents a candlelight concert with Sha’ar, a band fusing Jazz sensibilities with global Jewish musical traditions. A quartet featuring acclaimed musician (and 2007 Music Omi alumni) drummer/percussionist David Freeman, along with guitarist Oren Neiman, Iván Barenboim on clarinet and bass clarinet, and bassist Doug Drewes will perform in the stunning glass setting of Omi’s Visitors Center. Reception will follow with delicious savory snacks and cocktails prepared by a local chef. Tickets: $10; free for members Information: 518.392.4747;

Guy Davis and Professor Louie and the Crowmatix

Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main St., Village of Tannersville, NY 12442 Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.: Living blues legend Guy Davis performs solo and alongside his long time favorite musicians from the Crowmatix. Crowmatix guitarist John Platania produced Guy’s latest CD, while

Professor Louie and drummer Gary Burke have been performing with him on records and in shows here in the U.S. and abroad. Tickets: $30 advance; $35 door Information: 518.263.2063;

Samuel Barber’s First Essay for orchestra, and two world premieres by Bard students Adam Zuckerman ’15 and Andres Martinez de Velasco ’15. Tickets: $15-$20; free to Bard community Information: 845.758.7900;

Jubliee Riots

North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m.: Jubilee Riots – the group formerly known as Enter the Haggis – an eclectic band with bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, harmonica, trumpet and a roots rock rhythm section – return with both the new name and a new album – Penny Black – with songs inspired by fan letters the band has received over the years. Tickets: $28 Information: 518.473.1061;

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, SosnoffTheater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.: Led by guest conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, the program includes John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony,

Club Helsinki Hudson, Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, March 1, 8 p.m.: The Grammy Awardnominated North Mississippi Allstars and singer-guitarist Anders Osborne are combining forces as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osbornes), pairing the Southern blues-rock approach of the North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne’s unique brand of New Orleans soul to make for a new American roots fusion in an evening of music featuring one acoustic and one electric set. Tickets: $30 advance; $35 door; reserved $45/$50 Information:

Joseph Haydn: The Creation

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504 Fri. & Sat., March 6 & 7, 8 p.m.: Considered

Page 25 Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and Longy Chorale. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. James Bagwell, chorus master. Tickets: $25-$40 Information: 845.758.7900;

Tim Fellner, Piano

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m.: Till Fellner plays with scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command. He will play a selection of Preludes and Fugues by Bach, Mozart’s A minor Rondo, the Mozart Sonata in E-flat K.282, Traumprotokoll, a work by Aleksandar Stankovski, and will conclude with Schumann’s Kreisleriana. Tickets: call for information Information: 845.765.3012;

Asleep at the Wheel

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m.: Asleep at the Wheel featuring Ray Benson – today’s torch bearers of Western Swing – pay tribute to the originators of the genre with their new recording Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. The fiddling Quebe Sisters open the show with their own blend of Texas swing and vintage country. Tickets: $34 Information: 518.473.1061;

Eric Church

Times Union Center, 51 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207 Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.: “The Outsiders” world tour. Although Church has already built a reputation as a restless creative force while blazing an unconventional path to country superstardom, The Outsiders represents an audacious quantum leap. The aggressive set, which consists almost entirely of Church compositions or co-compositions, finds the iconoclastic singer-songwriter-guitarist covering a dizzying amount of musical and lyrical ground, taking advantage of a wide range of sonic options to construct an adventurous, consistently thrilling ride. Tickets: $23-$62.50 Information: 800.745.3000;

ZZ Top

UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 Friday, March 13, 8 p.m.: The sharp-dressed

Columbia-Greene Media men of legendary rock band and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top bring their signature mix of Southern rock, blues and boogie. The original trio of guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard have been thrilling audiences since the group’s inception in 1969 and their unmistakable sound and attitude have cemented their status as cultural icons with popular hits including, Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange, Legs, Gimme All your Lovin’, and Tube Snake Boogie. Tickets: $69-$119 Information:

Gala Event & Student Competition Awards

Ward Manor House, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Sunday, March 15, 3-5 p.m.: Join Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society for a “Tea, Sherry Hour” as inspired by Lily Duchess of Marlborough, a member of the Hamersley Family, the original owners of the Ward Manor House. Tea, sherry, delicious delicacies and music of the Victorian Era. Plus, an auction of amazing vacation homes and certificates to local gourmet restaurants as well as other items. Tickets: $50 Information:

Hudson Valley Philharmonic 43rd String Competition

Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Sat., March 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (first round auditions); Sun., March 22, 10 a.m.-noon (semifinalists); Sun., March 22, 3-5 p.m. (finalists): This string competition gives the public a rare opportunity to hear and see some of the best young violinists, cellists, and violists in the world before their careers have even begun. The competition has always attracted some of the finest conservatory string players in the world, and many participants have gone on to illustrious classical music careers. First prize includes $3,000 First Prize a solo performance with HVP 2014-15 season. Open to the public. No charge, but donations welcome. Information: 845.437.7294;

The Rose Ensemble

Trinity-Pawling School, The Gardiner Theater, All Saints’ Chapel, 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564 Friday, March 27, 8 p.m.: The 12-member group of vocal and instrumental musicians perform Shaker anthems, country dances, hymns and spirituals that gave birth to bluegrass and old-time music. Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with

vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind, and lifts the spirit. The group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages. Tickets: $30; $12 and under free Information:

The Fab Faux

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12220 Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Unlike Beatles tribute bands who sport wigs and period costumes to recreate a Beatles concert, The Fab Faux instead features some of New York’s top studio musicians playing songs rarely or never performed live by the Beatles – including a performance of the groundbreaking recording “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” in its entirety! Tickets: $38-$60 Information: 518.473.1061;

Hudson Valley Philharmonic: Amadeus Live!

Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m.: This all-Mozart program features two of his greatest symphonies and the Gold Medal winner of the 14th Van Cliburn competition. Guest conductor Leif Bjaland. Ticket holders are invited to a preconcert talk by Leif Bjaland with members of the orchestra one hour prior to the concert.Tickets: $32-$52; $20 student rush Information: 845.473.2072;

Parker String Quartet

Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508 Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m.: Formed in 2002, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The New York Times has hailed the quartet as “something extraordinary,” and the Washington Post has described them as having “exceptional virtuosity [and] imaginative interpretation.” The quartet began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. The Parker Quartet recently joined the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Music as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence.For this concert they plan to play quartets by Mozart, Widmann and Brahms. Tickets: $30; $10 students/children Information: 845.765.3012;

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readings, signings & screenings

Abdul (Shane Zaza) in National Theatre’s ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ live on screen at The Millerton Moviehouse on March 12; encore on March 22. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

One Book, One Community

Taconic Hills Central School, Claverack Free Library, Roeliff Jansen Community Library & Philmont Public Library March 1-31: This March approximately 400 students in grades 8 – 12 at Taconic Hills Central School, along with many adult residents of the district, will all be reading and discussing Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. The local libraries will host book discussion groups as well as programs of WWI poetry and music, WWI related movies and talks by WWI experts. Copies of Private Peaceful will be available for purchase at each of the local libraries. Part of the purchase price will go toward Community Read events. For a listing of planned events, visit the website. Information: special_events/community-read-2015

between fish and land animals, is speaking at Vassar following screenings of the PBS series based on his best-selling book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body. Shubin explores the links between our DNA, our behavior, and our skeletons. He studies why our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, why our hands resemble fossil fish fins, and the reason major parts of our genomes function like those of bacteria and worms. Shubin is the co-discoverer of tiktaalik roseae, a 375million-year-old fossil fish, now known as the “missing link” between fish and the earliest land-dwelling creatures. In examining ancient fossils and DNA, the similarities between our hands and fish fins, our throats and fish gills, Shubin will reveal “your inner fish.” Tickets: Free and open to the public. Information:

first in her Minnie Markwood cozy mystery series, The Red Shoelace Killer. She loads her stories with local atmosphere and landmarks. Ms. Lagone writes family historical sagas with a paranormal element. She will be reading from her novel, Reflection. Books will be available for purchase. Information: 518.758.6192;

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Author Talk: Susan Sundwall & Donna Lagone

Book Launch: Erik Larson Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Vassar College, Taylor Hall, Room 102 Auditorium, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 Tuesday, March 3, 5 p.m.: Noted paleontologist Neil Shubin, renowned for his discovery of the so-called missing link

Kinderhook Library, 18 Hudson St., Kinderhook, NY 12106 Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m.: Two local Mavens of Mayhem: Susan Sundwall and Donna Lagone visit the library to discuss their latest novels. Ms. Sundwall will be reading from the

Bolshoi Ballet

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, March 8, 12:55 p.m.: William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much loved score. Tickets: $25; $15 students Information: 518.822.8448;

Ecolab Auditorium, Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m.: Oblong Books & Music will host #1 New York Times

Page 29 bestselling, superstar author Erik Larson (In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, Devil in the White City, Isaac’s Storm & Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun) for the launch of his latest book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. The event will take place in the new, state-of-the-art Ecolab Auditorium, in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America. 2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, an event so monumental it lives on in the American psyche alongside Pearl Harbor and the Titanic. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 18 minutes. In Dead Wake, narrative nonfiction master Larson captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war. Tickets: $34 (1 copy of the book + 1 event ticket); $39 (1 copy + 2 events tickets) Information: 845.876.0500;

National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

The Millerton Moviehouse, Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546 Thurs., March 12, 7 p.m.; Sun., March 22, 1 pm.: Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood. Tickets: $20 Information:

Armchair Travel Series: Hermes Mallea and Caribbean Escapes

Olana, Wagon House Education Ctr, 5720 Rte 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 14, 3-5 p.m.: Join designer and author Hermes Mallea for a nostalgic celebration of the glamour of warm-weather destinations in the Caribbean and Florida, from the great estates of ambitious patrons to the most exclusive resorts of the mid-20th century. His new book, Escape, is perfect

Columbia-Greene Media eye candy for those who want to imagine the life of Frederic and Isabel who went south for most of the winter. Through iconic photography capturing the cultural mood at the moment when social codes relaxed from the formality of the Gilded Age to the spontaneity of the jet-set era, Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour takes the reader inside a world of beach parties and costume balls set in lush tropical landscapes, of rarefied resorts and fairy-tale private estates. You will feel warmed as Mallea focuses on Jamaica in his talk. Lecture followed by Q&A, cake and tea. Tickets: $5 Information:

The Lives of Hamilton Fish

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m.: The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that won Best Picture at the 2014 New England Underground Film Festival. The brainchild of Rachel Mason–who will perform the songs live for this screening– wrote, directed and stars in the film, much of it was shot on location at historic sites in the Hudson Valley. The musical film follows two men–a serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish–who died one day apart in 1936. Hamilton Fish II, was a descendant of one of the most prominent families in New York State and Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer. A newspaper editor becomes obsessed with this coincidence after publishing their obituaries on his front page. The film’s story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice, as a surreal tale unfolds where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey. Tickets: $15; $12 members Information: 518.822.1438;

TEDx HudsonLive

Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesday, March 17, 11:30 a.m.: Following the success of TEDxHudson, the Hudson Opera House in partnership with Club Helsinki presents a free livestream of the official “big” TED Conference in Vancouver. This year’s theme is “Truth & Dare,” which TED dares to think will be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet. Tickets: Free, but reservations required. Information: 518.822.1438;

National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge

The Millerton Moviehouse, Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546 Thurs., March 26, 3 p.m.; Sun., March 29, 1 pm.: Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live. Tickets: $20 Information:

Abigail Thomas: What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m.: The HVYAS brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable and fun party-like “literary salon” atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. This month’s session features Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow, Winger, The Marbury Lens), Justine Larbalestier (Razorhurst, Liar), and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Darkest Part of the Forest).Information: 845.876.0500;

The Eleanor Roosevelt We Make Our Own History Forum: Author Charles M. Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir

FDR Presidential Library & Museum, Henry A. Wallace Center, Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.: The FDR Presidential Library, Catharine Street Community Center and the Roosevelt Institute proudly present the sixth annual Eleanor Roosevelt “We Make Our Own History” Forum. The 2015 forum is an author talk and signing with Charles M. Blow author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir. Information: 845.229.6214;

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bright green valley CSA Fair

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Hudson River Exchange in collaboration with Hudson Valley Farmers announces a CSA Fair, providing the greater Hudson region with access to 22 farms offering seasonal CSAs. It offers an opportunity for local residents to learn about what makes Community Supported Agriculture so vital for independent farms, shop around the various shares available, and sign up for thier Seasonal Share. Also on site, Truck Pizza and activities for kids. Information:

Meet Your Farmer Sunday Supper

Climate Seminar is a biweekly, lunchtime dialin conversation that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. This week’s seminar features Dave Battisti, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Tamaki Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. Battisti’s research is focused on understanding the natural variability of the climate system. He is especially interested in understanding how the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land and sea ice lead to variability in climate on time scales from seasonal to decades. Conference code: 253385 Call-in number: 712.432.3100;

Terrapin Restaurant, 6426 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Sunday, March 1, 2-6 p.m.: Join Tessa Edick, Executive Director of FarmOn! Foundation and author of “Hudson Valley Food & Farming: Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me That?” and Francesco Mastalia, author of “Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley” for a delicious evening featuring some of the Hudson Valley’s best in a farm fresh benefit. Prior to the dinner, book signing and photography reception from 2-4 p.m. will take place at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy. Tickets: $150; $75 kids under 12 Information: 518.329.FARM;

Local Produce: Engaging Kids Through Gardening

Lecture Series - Local Produce: Soil Regeneration

Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 Thursday, March 12, 1-9 p.m.: The Bard Center for Environmental Policy seeks the community’s input into the value and role of a potential “Hudson Valley Food Policy Initiative” based at Bard CEP. The Initiative would mobilize the research efforts of our graduate and undergraduate students, supported by faculty, to address the policy needs of organizations building an ethical and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley. The primary purpose of the planning conference will be to brainstorm the shape of a potential Food Policy Institute at Bard, and will include keynotes by Molly Anderson of the College of the Atlantic, and Michael Rozyne of Red Tomato. Information: 845.758.6822;

The River Center at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park, 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m..: Reclaiming and maintaining healthy topsoil is a critical component of farming and gardening. Due to poor farming practices, much of the world’s soil lacks sufficient organic matter—vital for providing plants with much-needed nutrients. Benjamin Banks-Dobson of Stone House Farm in Livingston will recommend ways to enrich soils to make your garden grow. Information: 845.473.4440, ext. 273;

National Climate Seminar: Food Security

Teleconference led by Bard Center for Environmental Policy Wednesday, March 4, noon: The National

The River Center at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park, 8 Long Dock Rd., Beacon, NY 12508 Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m..: After offering basic tips for starting a garden with children, educators from Hudson Valley Seed will demonstrate hands-on projects for gardenbased learning and inspiration. Participants will receive a seed starter kit and ideas for beginning a window box or backyard garden. Information: 845.473.4440, ext. 273;

Hudson Valley Food + Policy Initiative Planning Conference

Farm Film Festival VII

Crandell Theatre, 46-48 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037 Sunday, March 15, 1 p.m.: View many interesting films, some short and some longer, all addressing the future of agriculture and our food supply. Attend as many screenings as you wish at this free event. The schedule of films will be determined closer to the festival as entries are still being accepted. The film festival is sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy, Chatham Film Club, and the Chatham Agricultural Partnership. Admission is free. Information: 518.392.5108;

Conservation Advisory Council Roundtable

Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Blvd., Hudson, NY 12534 Monday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.: Join the members of local Conservation Advisory Council (CACs) as they share priorities and projects. Learn more about CACs and how they assist towns in conserving natural resources, including water, wildlife, and natural areas. The CAC Roundtable meets three times each year. Newcomers are always welcome! Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Information: 518.392.5252 x 208;

For the Love of Rivers

Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpke (Rte.44), Millbrook, NY 12545 Friday, March 27, 7 p.m.: Author and awardwinning ecologist Kurt Fausch has spent his career exploring threats to stream and river life. His new book, For the Love of Rivers, reflects on the deep significance of freshwaters to humanity and their ultimate fate in our future. Fausch will discuss the underlying science connecting aquatic ecosystems to the forests and grasslands they traverse and the connections among the creatures that inhabit this living tapestry. He will also explore why rivers are essential to humans and what we can do to ensure their future. His talk will inspire and enlighten anyone with a connection to rivers, water, and conservation. Tickets: Free and open to the public Information: 845.677.5343;

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Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 & 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Friday, February 27, 7 p.m.: An evening to honor outgoing Executive Director, JoAnn Feigenheimer. The event will feature live rock, folk and pop music, as well as dance and some surprises. Following the presentation in the theater, a dessert and bubbly reception will be held in the parlors. The celebration is also a fundraiser for ongoing theater projects at Cunneen-Hackett. Tickets: $20 suggested donation Information:

Conversational French Classes

Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, NY 12015 Fridays, starting Feb. 27-March 27, 78:30 p.m.: This course will introduce the students to the French speaking culture. No grammar necessary, this class is about being able to read excerpts from a guide book with good pronunciation and clarity, and includes a few basic grammar games, singing, poetry, small skits, a traditional folk dance and a pot luck dinner for the last class. During the course we will focus on conversation, inflection and vocabulary. Pre-registration required Tickets: $75; $65 members; ages 13-19 free Information: 518.945.2136;

Community Wellness Day 2015

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 330 Cty Rte 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 Saturday, March 7, noon-4 p.m.: Annual expo promoting alternative wellness remedies and activities. This is an informational, handson event and is open to the public. Vendors include: Morning Star Healing & Massage, Stree Techniques, Chinese Face Reading, Taiga Bodywork, At the Kitchen Table Cooking School, Five Element Acupuncture, Root & Tuber Works and more. Tickets: $5 Information: 518.672.4465 x 280;

Soup Night with GrassFed Bluegrass

The Elmendorph Inn, Corner of Route 9 & Cherry St., Red Hook, NY 12571 Saturday, March 7, 6-8 p.m.: Soup night is back! Homemade soups and Red Hook’s own Dan Budd with his GrassFed band. Info:

Workshop and Dinner Fermentation: Process and Plated

Valley Variety, Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Fermentation is a simple and low-cost way to preserve the harvest, and a powerful way to restore health from the inside out. Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm Collective will lead the group through a hands-on preparation of several lacto-fermented foods. Throughout the evening, David Chicane, Chef/Owner of Hudson Food Studio, will be preparing several plates inspired by these ingredients that we will all enjoy over dinner. Tickets: tba Info:

Miles of Hope Silhouette of a Woman Fashion Show

Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.: Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Silhouette of a Woman Fashion Show celebrates all women as they fight and support those affected by breast cancer. Models display their Spring finery after spending the day preparing at a local salon and boutique. Whether they are long-time survivors, newly diagnosed or a valued supporter, the models will glow with pride and love as they make their way to the stage. Don’t miss this moving experience! Tickets: $25 advance; $35 day of Information: 845.473.2072;

Personal Finance Conference for Entertainers

Olana Wagon House Education Ctr., 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Calling all entertainers and talented professionals for a one day personal finance conference. Join Erik Lehtinen as he shares his expertise about how to manage basic finances. Topics covered include budgeting, debt, credit and expense management, protecting your family and your talent from risk and saving for retirement. If you struggle with managing and understanding finance, this basic course is for you. Erik is a certified financial advisor, owner of Talent Business Management and host of the Talent Toolbox Podcast, a business which serves independent entertainers business needs. To learn more or register visit their website. Info:

Home Organizing Talk with Julie Ulmer

Livingston Town Hall, 119 County Route 19, Livingston, NY 12541 Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.: Julie Ulmer is a Columbia and Rensselaer County native who has built an extensive business as a professional organizer and personal home assistant since 2003. Besides organizing and home management, she can assist those needing to downsize, manage their time, deal with a loved one’s estate, increase their productivity, and prepare to move or set up their new home. Those who attend this talk may bring photos of particular problems in their homes that would benefit from a fresh look - a great way to get motivated for spring cleaning! Information: 518.851.2270

Corsets: Building Fashion from the Inside Out

Clermont State Historic Site, One Clermont Ave. (off Rte. 9G), Germantown, NY 12526 Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m.: For centuries, corsets were the foundation of building a fashionable silhouette. Join costume historian Kjirsten Gustavson as she traces the changes in 200 years of this widely-misunderstood garment. Live models will show reproduction garments and their effects on clothing’s appearance. Pre-paid reservations required. Tickets: $10 per person Information: 518.537.6622;

Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Hudson Valley Community College, McDonough Sports Complex, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180 Fri., March 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The first sign of spring in upstate New York! Plants, bulbs, flowers and seeds available for sale, wine tastings by NYS wineries, soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension, educational booths, lectures, workshops and live flower demonstrations, Playland for the kids, Garden Cafe and more! Tickets: $10 advance; $12 door Information:

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