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FEATURE Hlilary Harvey explores the 20-year question of whether or not New York should hold a covention to revise and amend its state Constitution.


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68 CATCHERS OF THE RYE New York State’s whiskey distilling tradition gets a shot of life with Empire Rye.


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79 In the film Walking Out, a father and son stranded on a mountain unpack their issues.

Nightlife Highlights include Pere Ubu; Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks;

81 Late 60s British rocker Terry Reid pops into Woodstock for a show at Colony.

A Night of Songbirds with Amy Helm; Harvey Sorgen, Marilyn Crispell, Joe Fonda;

83 David Shrigley’s Memorial, a monumental shopping list, is on display at Art Omi.

and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s Antarctica.

84 Ocean Vuong reads from his latest poetry collection at SUNY New Paltz.

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85 Natural wines step into the upstate limelight with Peripheral Wine Festival.

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86 Bubbly and world-class ballet are staples of Kaatsbaan’s Passion for Dance Gala. 87 Jim Handlin tries his hand at decrypting the mysterious Voynich Manuscript.


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88 Local performers bring to life the rarely staged opera “Mother of Us All” in Hudson. 89 Local authors convene for a cozy Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms Hotel.


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n her 20s, Amanda Means worked a for two years as an elementary school art teacher. One student still stands out in her memory. “This boy came in, took out a big piece of paper, paint brushes, and paints, and painted a great big TV set with knobs and a complicated scene.Then he picked it up, tacked it to to the wall, pulled up a chair, and turned it on,” Means says with wonder. “It was a real thing for him. It wasn’t a picture.” As a young artist, Means envied this freedom and directness. “I thought, ‘If I could just have something like that in my art, I’d be happy. Something so immediate. Something that is about what it is, not about something else.’” Throughout her photography career, Means has courted this child-like directness, both in subject matter and method. She began taking pictures in high school. Using her mother’s camera, she photographed nature scenes on the family farm near Lake Ontario. Means went on to learn traditional darkroom processing, beginning a lifelong love affair. “I feel so connected to traditional black and white photo materials. A lot of it has to do with light and the importance of sunlight on this planet. What a force that is,” Means says. “Photo paper has a certain thickness of light-sensitive silver salts. I imagine light hitting them and changing them. I’ve internalized all of those processes.” Later, as a homesick artist living in New York and longing for the countryside, Means began making images of foraged leaves. Bypassing the camera, she used the leaves as negatives, placing them directly in the enlarger and shining a light through them to produce an image on photosensitive paper, called a photogram. Each photogram is singular, a marriage of variables. “There are endless combinations using different contrast, different surfaces, different emulsions, different amounts of time, or multiple exposures,” Means says. “It’s a visceral thing with me—I know how the paper reacts, and I feel very connected to it.” From leaves, Means went on to photograph 3-D objects, like light bulbs, using the same process. “A really dramatic thing happens when you take this print that’s been exposed—you know there’s an image in there, but you can’t see it—and you put it in a big tray. It’s like watching a creature in water come up to the surface. It’s very magical.” Many of us have glimpsed the magic of this revelation while staring eagerly at a developing Polaroid. The cover image, Light Bulb 008BYo, is in fact itself a large-scale Polaroid, which Means shot using a rare, 20-by-24-inch camera at a studio in New York. Only five of these 200-pound giants were ever made, commissioned by Polaroid’s founder in the 1970s. Due to obvious impracticalities, the cameras never took off commercially, though they were a favorite of artists like William Wegman. In 2008, Means bought a live/work loft in Beacon. She has foregone the enlarger, turning her attention to highly textural abstractions. In May, Means was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue this work, which involves intricately folded and crushed photographic paper, multiple exposures, and pioneering darkroom chemistry. Means’s current explorations further strip away artifice; the subject of the photos are the elemental materials of photography itself: paper, chemistry, light. Portfolio: —Marie Gillett

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: From time to time, I find myself in another world. This is a paradox because everything is different and also the same. The effect is one of removing dark glasses I hadn’t realized I was wearing. What had been shrouded in gloom and vagary becomes luminous and detailed. Arriving there is like passing through a wardrobe into Narnia, except Narnia is here. This other world feels like what is meant by Paradise. I always want to be there, and I am ceaselessly seeking the way. Most attempts lead to dead-ends, and sometimes a way opens. I know that other world is where my heart is, and my heart is always calling me there. What follows is an attempt to identify some of the signs, efforts, and conditions that seem to lead to that larger world by repeating a phrase in the mode of inquiry. I inhabit a larger world when I notice things. I notice the shape and texture of objects, their provenance even, and I notice the space between objects. It is as though this larger world is actually three-dimensional, while the usual experience is a software-interpolated simulacrum of space. I inhabit a larger world when I really see the faces of other people. I hear a person’s voice. I notice the color of her eyes and the lively consciousness behind her eyes. In this other world, I am curious about the state of others, what is at work in them, what is unfolding in their being, and even if I’ve beheld the person a thousand times, I see her as though for the first time. I inhabit a larger world when I drink in impressions and feel sated. I am nourished by contact with sight, hearing, breath, body, that continuously flow into my consciousness. This contact invites my heart to respond and find implicit meaning. In such moments, I feel full to overflowing, wealthy with the abundance of each succeeding moment. I inhabit a larger world when I notice and accept my state precisely as it is, pleasant or unpleasant, joyous or suffering. In the inner state is a whole matrix of information: the tension in my shoulders, the subtle vibration of feeling in my chest, the interest, thoughts, and discernments of my mind. I see that this inner life is continuously morphing, changing like weather, sometimes very fast. There is a drama in this unfolding, like a fast-motion image of the horizon with sun and moon rising and setting, starry night replaced by day, clouds gathering and dispersing and finally revealing spacious open sky. I inhabit a larger world when I hear the sounds of the world. In this noticing, I hear not only particular sounds like the voice of the person who’s speaking, but also ambient sounds like the birds or traffic outside. It all plays together synesthetically like the texture of water flowing over stones. This contextual soundscape reconciles and harmonizes subject and object—myself and the task at hand. I inhabit a larger world when I don’t shrink from suffering. When I feel slighted or ashamed, insulted, or resentful and I am graced to find an opening to be present in the state as it is. I understand the logic of the reaction, the way it tenses and pains my body, the adrenaline it sends coursing through my chest, belly, and solar plexus, and even the ideas about “me” and “mine” that have collided with reality. It is in these moments that I understand I am meant to be a processor of a great suffering, that happens to be mine to process in that moment. I inhabit a larger world when my opinions seem to be in opposition with the opinions of others, and I recognize that my opinions are simply thoughts. I become light enough to float off the opinion I was clinging to, and free to think or not to think; or to entertain a divergent opinion and try it on like the pair of shoes belonging to the person who holds it. Here the opinion’s logic, basis in experience, and combinant emotional state come into focus. I recognize that in that larger world it is impossible to both understand someone and also disagree with him. The feeling that arises in connection with this understanding is compassion. A sign at the gate of the larger world reads “Nobody allowed here.” To the ordinary self, “me”, this is a clear dead-end, and “me” continues seeking its Paradise through satisfaction of preferences and desires, self-promotion and aggrandizement, and by manipulating others to get its way. To a subtler self, the sign “Nobody allowed here” is a clear invitation to enter Paradise. It is an invitation to be Nobody. —Jason Stern

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Brian K. Mahoney Editor’s Note A Painting (Untitled)


f I were to write my column like I was making a painting, how would it be done? First, I’d need to take a moment: artistic endeavors are not to be tackled lightly. Leave the room. Stand up, turn away from the keyboard, and ponder the absurdity of the proposition: write like painting? And while painting, like writing, is not done in stride—it’s a sedentary activity, performed at rest; as my mentor, the writer Anthony Robinson once said, “work is done at a desk, not in the mind”—one has to start somewhere, and procrastination is my preferred type of beginning. I’d need to take a walk and think about it. Having a dog around is good for this sort of thing, as the animal’s biological needs provide cover for a prodigious amount of lollygagging. (As well as license to peer like a creep into the windows of my neighbor’s houses while Shazam pursues his quixotic goal of coating all the telephone poles, bushes, and tree trunks on the block in a fine sheen of urine.) At the park is where the big thinking is done, so after I let Shazam off the leash, I would do a lap on the park’s woodsy perimeter, gaze dreamily at the Hudson like Byron at the Hellespont, and ready my mind for inspiration. As I’m no good at waiting for the muses, however, this exercise inevitably devolves into panic-stricken invocations for one, just one, any one of those nine elusive women to show. I’d take Polyhymnia for chrissakes, the muse of sacred poetry, sacred hymn, dance, eloquence, pantomime, and agriculture. (She’s quite the Renaissance woman.) I mean, at this point, I’d take a good gardening tip. Shazam, having gallivanted into the woods, is likely to return with a rotting deer leg locked in his jaws, as pleased with himself as if he painted his own masterpiece. He’ll find me hyperventilating and glistening with flop sweat. Whatever am I going to paint about? Around this time, I’m likely to remember the late, great David Rakoff’s thoughts on the arduous nature of the artistic process: “Writing is like pulling teeth. From my dick.” It’s interesting to note how quickly the start of something can turn into feeling like the end of everything. This will seem like a good time to start taking photos. (The studios of painters I know all have photos taped up everywhere.) For reference, I’ll tell myself, though photography in this context is probably just a higher form of dawdling. These will be helpful as I decide what I’m going to paint. Maybe my painting will include tumultuous clouds, tinged with sunset pink, scudding across the rising moon. Click. The red and yellow leaves on the green clover in the baseball outfield. Click. The final light radiating through the Western trees. Click. A boat on the river, its light blinking. Click. Maybe that’s actually the lighthouse. Zoom in. Yeah, that’s definitely the lighthouse. Click. The empty baseball dugout at dusk, littered with Phillies blunts wrappers. Click (noir filter). Shazam with the bloody carcass in his mouth. Click. The discarded Burger King bag. Click. Shazam, one foot on the bloody carcass, ripping through the bag and eating the burger wrappers. Shazam! Drop it Shazam!

Michael Goldberg, Sardines, 1955, oil and adhesive tape on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

There’s got to be a way to get all of these images into the painting. And once that’s done, what about all the sounds? The horn of the train as it pulls into the station across the river. The barking dogs. The sound of my mother’s voice. How to know what to keep it and what to leave out? It reminds me of Frank O’Hara’s “Why I Am Not a Painter,” in which the poet details the painting his friend Mike Goldberg is working on. O’Hara goes by Goldebrg’s studio one day and sees painting with the word “SARDINES.” A few days later, O’Hara returns to find the word omitted from the painting. (“‘It was too much,’ Mike says.”) Later still, O’Hara turns up a gallery and sees the painting again, now titled Sardines. I remembered this mostly because the beguiling idea that the content might flow in and out of a work of art, but its echoes would remain, like the title Sardines. Like all the photos I took in the park. Like all the footsteps I took between my house and the park. Like all the references triggered in my discursive consciousness. All this would inform the work in some way. If only I could figure out how to begin it. 11/17 CHRONOGRAM 17

Chronogram Conversations We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat… On October 12, Luminary Media hosted a riveting Chronogram Conversations event on board the Pennsy 399 barge, tethered in Kingston’s Rondout Creek. The vessel— complete with a wood-burning stove and 125 members of the Chronogram community—was provided by the team behind the SS Columbia revitalization project. Captain Ann Loeding and crew are raising funds to restore the steamship to her original 1902 glory, which is currently berthed in Buffalo and receiving a full overhaul. The hope—which entails a hefty price tag—is that in the coming years, the SS Columbia will transport hundreds of recreational and educational groups from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley, instilling a deeper appreciation for the river and its offerings. The topic of our panel discussion—“New Paradigms in Economic Development: How Our Past Can Inform Our Future,” was moderated by Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney. Panelists included: Michael Muyot (CRD Analytics), Jennifer Schwartz-Berky (Hone Strategic, Ulster County legislator), Lynn Woods (co-producer/director, Lost Rondout), Guy Kempe (RUPCO) and Rebecca Rojer (filmmaker, Ulster People for Justice and Democracy). Sponsorship of our Conversations series provides regional makers an opportunity to share their products and make connections with community leaders, business owners, and creatives. On board the Pennsy 399, Catskill Brewery’s Chris Lofaro poured an ale and a lager for our thirsty guests, while Benjamin Horn and Kashka Glowacka from Smorgasburg made signature cocktails with local whiskey and apple cider. Peace Nation Cafe brought a dizzying array of healthful nibbles, as did Redstart Coffee, which opened recently in the Kingston Rondout. Amy Lewis Sweetman of Agrisculpture was on hand to talk about her reclaimed farm machinery-as-art and home decor. The next Chronogram Conversations event will take place on November 17 in Poughkeepsie, in partnership with the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Poughkeepsie Far, Project. Email marketing@chronogram. com for information and to be added to our invite list.

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1. The panelists at the October 12 Conversation: Rebecca Rojer, Lynn Woods, Jennifer Schwartz-Berky, Michael Muyot, Brian K. Mahoney, and Guy Kempe (Gloria Waslyn). 2. The Chronogram community gathered for the conversation (Roy Gumpel). 3. Josie Eriole of Redstart Coffee (Roy Gumpel). 4. Abby Berusch, Aselya Waltzer, Alison Chawla, and Navin Chawla (Roy Gumpel). 5. Peter Wetzler and Eleni Reyes performing on the barge Pennsy 399 (Gloria Waslyn). 6. Kashka Glowacka and Benjamin Horn from Smorgasburg serving cocktails (Roy Gumpel). 7. Tim Weidemann from the Ulster County Office of Economic Development flanked by Luminary Media's Emily Boziwick and Samantha Liotta (Roy Gumpel). Text, video, and event production: Brian Berusch Photography: Roy Gumpel and Gloria Waslyn






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Marijuana can stimulate the appetite of its users. The use of cannabis from legalized dispensaries has led to an increase in the consumption of fast food. According to an online survey conducted by the Green Market Report and the Consumer Research Around Cannabis organization, 43 percent of legal marijuana-users ate at McDonald’s within four weeks of taking the poll. Eighteen percent went to Taco Bell, while 17.8 percent ate at Wendy’s. Around 27,500 people responded to the survey. Burger King, KFC, Jack in the Box, and Carl’s Jr. also saw increases in food consumption by cannabis users. Source: Bloomberg Kentucky Fried Chicken is trending in Ghana, where obesity has already dramatically increased due to other fast-food chains entering the area. Gaining weight is considered to be a triumph over hunger in Ghana. According to Euromonitor between 2011 and 2016, fast food sales in the United States increased by nearly 22 percent, while sales grew 30 percent worldwide. “Healthier” fast food options that are available in the Western world—salads, green beans, and corn—are not available in Ghana. Customers must go online to access the caloric intake of each KFC meal in many African locations—in the US, the numbers are openly displayed on the menu. “To say it’s the safest food is a bit like saying my hand grenade is the safest hand grenade,” said Mike Gibney, an emeritus professor of food and health at University College Dublin. Source: New York Times

In Western Australia, bird attacks on drones have become a recurring issue for Gold Fields, a mining firm. Gold Fields uses drones from the Belgium-based company Trimble—whose UX5 drone costs $20,000. Gold Fields was surveying the area around Lake Lefroy to use the device’s built-in camera to capture high-definition images of potential mining land. The company reported that nine drones were brought down by eagles. Rick Steven, a mine surveyor at Gold Fields, tried painting the drones to look like baby eagles—with little success in diminishing the crashes. The only solution Steven has found is to launch the drones earlier in the morning. Source: Digital Trends In Japan, there’s a term for death caused by working too much: karoshi. In 2013, a 31-year-old Japanese woman died of congestive heart failure due to overworking. Miwa Sado, a journalist for NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, worked more than 159 hours of overtime in one month. Sado worked every day, including weekends, until midnight covering two major elections. The company initially kept her death a secret until the woman’s parents argued that the death should be known in order to prevent it from happening to others. In one year, the country had 191 deaths related to overwork. The government aims to implement a limit on overtime hours as well as better wages for part-time and contract workers. Source: New York Times, Reuters The United States prison population is currently the largest in the world. Agnes Gund, a prominent New York art collector, donated $100 million from a Lichtenstein painting that sold for $165 million to start a social justice fund. The Art for Justice Fund aims to help combat the mass incarceration epidemic in the US. The fund will contribute grants to established social justice organizations to further their work in criminal justice reform. It will also help provide ex-prisoners with opportunities for employment and education and promote awareness around social justice work through art. “I actually believe that this Trump phenomenon, which has affected many of us, is going to accelerate the use of art for philanthropy, because people are realizing that art is a vehicle for showing opposition—just look at the signs in the Women’s Marches,” said Gund. “People are beginning to feel that one of the best ways that they can represent themselves in the community is through art.” Source: NBC News


In 2017, 782 people were shot and killed by police. On Sunday, September 24, more than 200 NFL players intentionally knelt or sat during the national anthem. The act was a sign of protest against police brutality and a corrupt system that does not hold police accountable for killing unarmed individuals. In response, Donald Trump, referring to the former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired!’” According to the Washington Post, since Kaepernick started kneeling last season, 41 unarmed civilians have been shot and killed by police in the United States—12 of them were African Americans. Source: The New Yorker, Washington Post Despite conflicting White House claims that it would provide relief to the middle class, the proposed Republican tax plan would be primarily beneficial for the top one percent of wealthy Americans. According to an analysis conducted by the Tax Policy Center, 80 percent of the supposed tax benefits would go to the top one percent. During late September, Trump stated otherwise in an Indianapolis speech this month, “We’re doing everything we can to reduce the tax burden on you and your family. By eliminating tax breaks and loopholes, we will ensure that the benefits are focused on the middle class, the working men and women, not the highest-income earners.” The study was conducted based on estimated numbers that could change—the Republican party has not released several key details, such as which tax rate each specific income level will receive. Source: Washington Post Nestle pays $200 per year to bottle water near Flint, Michigan—a municipality where residents cannot consume their toxic tap water. In an effort to save money, government officials had switched Flint’s water supply from Detroit city water to the contaminated Flint River. After the change, many of the city’s residents reported abscesses, hair loss, and other health conditions. Lead exposure in children doubled, and fetal deaths increased by 58 percent. Residents use bottled water for nearly everything, except flushing the toilet, and still end up paying around $200 per month for the undrinkable water. Two hours away from Flint, Nestle pumps almost 100,000 times the amount of water that an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles, costing the company $200 per year. The company also wants to increase its bottling by 60 percent and pump 210 million gallons of water. In 2017, bottled water became the most consumed bottled beverage in North America, due in part to fears of contaminated water and concerns about the negative health effects of sugary beverages. In 2016, Nestle had $7.4 billion in bottled water sales. Source: Guardian Compiled by Diana Waldron





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ccording to President Trump, the nuclear deal with Iran is “ of the worst and most one-sided...terrible.” There are a couple of questions that should immediately be asked: What would be a better deal? How would you get there? If you presume that Iran has no state interests and is not entitled to any degree of national self-interest, then a better deal is fairly simple and obvious. Iran gives up all nuclear equipment, enterprises, and research. It stops supporting Shia regimes and Shia groups in the region, stops being a theocracy in competition with Sunni theocracies and quasi-theocracies, and never says “Death to America” or “Death to Israel” again. However, the Islamic Republic of Iran was formed by a recent revolution that believes in its revolutionary version of Islam the way that the Saudis and the Gulf States believe in the Sunni one and in the way that the US believes in being #1. I was, originally, going to write “democracy” as the thing that our country believes in—the model of the way the world should be. But we don’t even seem to there on the hypocrisy level anymore. Until Trump was elected, we always invaded, aided, and subverted in the name of “democracy” and “freedom.” Even when it clearly wasn’t true, that’s what our leaders would say, as if was the only courteous thing to do. Iran’s position, as an independent nation state, is that it is entitled to peaceful nuclear development for science, medicine, and energy. It borders Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons. Iran is about 1,000 miles from Israel, which also has nuclear weapons. Iran has been anathema to the United States, or at least to its politicians, since the hostage crisis. After an ideologically driven revolution, the victors usually believe they have a product ready for export, just the thing the world is waiting for. Like the French, after theirs in 1799; the Communists, after Lenin’s victory in 1917; and the Iranians in 1979. It should be noted, that, like those others, there were violent attempts backed by foreign powers to restore the old regimes. That created a certain legitimate paranoia in the revolutionaries, a conviction that “they” will depose us and kill us if they can. Iran denies it, but much of the rest of the world is certain that they were on their way to developing nuclear weapons. Israel, the Sunni countries around them, and the United States, have all stated this cannot be tolerated. They’re religious with the wrong religion, which means they’re nuts, and nuts can’t be trusted with nukes. Could we go to war if they spun one centrifuge too many? Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in that utterly fabulous way he has, said, “Could we win a war with Iran? Who wins the war between us and Iran? Who wins? Do you have any doubt who wins? We win!” Unfortunately, it was at a Senate hearing, and Graham was in charge, so no

one said the obvious: “Iraq. Afghanistan. Did we win those wars? If we did, why are still fighting them? Why are those countries in chaos? Why do you think that we’ll do better in Iran, which is larger, richer, and better organized? Does it matter that America engages in a first strike, an attack on another nation, without even a plausible excuse? Especially after the fictions of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction have been exposed?” There’s another military idea. It can be found in places where conservatives go to share their fantasies, like this one by Benjamin Weinthal in the Weekly Standard “Can Israel Take Out Iran’s Nuclear Facilities?” (February 22, 2012). Weinthal argues that yes, they could, with one of their brilliant one-night air attacks. The problem is that Iran has multiple facilities, buried and hardened, and under or near civilian populations. An attack would not get them all, and it would kill civilians and have nuclear side effects. Weinthal argues that the Israelis “would need to destroy only six of the 25 to 30 facilities.” Wow, that’s really cool, until you get to what that would achieve. It “could set back Iran’s nuclear program by a decade or more.” Whoops, the deal sets it back for longer than that. Without committing war crimes. That leaves sanctions. The limitation of sanctions is that American sanctions by themselves are pretty lame. If Iran can still trade with China, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and even Western Europe, they won’t have much effect. The amazing, stunning thing that the John Kerry and the Obama administration did was that they brought in the whole world. Even Russia and China put aside their innate desire to compete with the United States to be part of it. That, of course, means that the deal can’t be the fervid, posturing, strutting, pouting Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz version of total victory achieved through gorilla chest-thumping. It has to be a rational, reasonably fair, diplomatic arrangement that makes sense to all the players. The complaint from Trump and the other chest-thumpers is that Iran is “a state sponsor of terrorism,” the worst one in the world, and they’re doing much to destabilize the region. Al Qaeda and its successors, especially ISIL, are Sunni groups, the smirking stepchildren of the Saudis and the other Gulf Arabs. Yet when American Republican presidents go there, we expect them to croon “I want to hold your hannnnd,” or in Trump’s case, “I want to hold your orb.” As for destabilizing the region, it’s one of those things that everybody who’s there is doing: the Assad regime, the Turks, the Kurds, the Saudis, the Yeminis, the Iraqis. It’s done by ethnicity, religion, political association, and tribe. It’s done for power, party, revenge, and money. Of course, no one has done more to destabilize the region than the United States. What would be better? How would anyone do it?

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tories of generosity in difficult times are part of the glue that holds our collective sanity together. And no one loves a good story of generosity more than NBC Emmy award-winning television personality and Catskill Mountain House owner Cat Greenleaf. Greenleaf developed and hosts “Talk Stoop,” an unleashed interview show in which she invites various boldface names to sit with her on the steps of her Brooklyn brownstone. Browsing the headlines, her eye was caught by a story from hurricane-ravaged Houston and she knew she had an invitation to send out—this time to the family homestead she’s reimagined as an event venue. Houston lovebirds Shellie Schoellkopf and Robert Callaway had already postponed their nuptials twice, and had everything set up for October 7 when Hurricane Harvey hit. They were lucky, their home unscathed. But many of their friends and family took heavy hits from the storm, and the couple decided that there were more important things than one big fancy meal. They cancelled their reception plans, put the $5,000 they’d saved into helping loved ones rebuild, and set about tearing out ruined sheetrock and clearing debris.They held their wedding day photo shoot against a backdrop of hurricane devastation, and it was the story of this that struck Greenleaf. “I just thought, ‘Wow, they’re doing it exactly right!” says Greenleaf. “Even as a venue owner, I firmly believe people should focus on the marriage, not the wedding. It struck me that they absolutely deserved a honeymoon.” So Greenleaf put her head together with her friend, photographer Jill Ribich, and a plan began to form. Schoellkopf says the phone call came as a bit of a shock. “I thought, ‘How nice, a woman out in New York is inviting us to her place for a weekend,’” she says. But Callaway had caught a few episodes of “Talk Soup,” and a quick Google search let them know who was inviting them. “At first Shellie had no clue who I might be or what I did,” says Greenleaf, “She said, ‘Let me call my guy,’ and they called me back and accepted in five minutes. Totally my kind of people, game for anything.” “Anything,” in this instance, meant an all-expenses-paid New York honey-

moon with three days of Manhattan and a long weekend of Catskills hospitality. Greenleaf had a pile of frequent flier miles, she and Ribich had a pile of friends and ideas, and the plan came together rapidly. “Every business or person who was asked said ‘of course’ immediately,” says Ribich. “No one hesitated to pitch in. This little village of Roxbury is a pretty special place.” Indeed. The couple’s upstate saga began with spa treatments, dinner, and a room at the Emerson, then moved up to Roxbury, where their room was ready—along with a pile of local treats. There were generous gift certificates for meals at Table on Ten up in Bloomville, Cassie’s Cafe, the Phoenicia Diner, and the Public Lounge, and fine libations from Roxbury Wine and Spirits and the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville. The Cheese Barrel in Margaretville sent gourmet snacks, and Roxbury General provided them with bikes to tour the countryside as well as hats and T-shirts. Ribich contributed a photo shoot, after which the pair sat down to a catered dinner courtesy of Mary Todd of Mary’s Cookin’ Again. “It was fantastic,” says Schoellkopf. “We couldn’t possibly have asked for anything better. The mountains, the village of Roxbury, the people—just phenomenal.” “We were meant to be friends,” says Greenleaf. “They have a bulldog too, we both have sons from previous marriages, we love weird tattoos and frugality. My friend Jo Myer hooked them up all over the city and they sent me funny pictures from all over town. They’re a very special pair. They say yes to life.” The honeymoon concluded with some true Catskills chill. “We rolled up Saturday afternoon two kids, a mutt and two Great Danes deep to meet them,” says Greenleaf’s husband, investigative news producer Michael Bey. “With all the love and celebration that had happened at the house for the last few days it was like we were seeing old friends or family. We hit it off instantly. They jumped in with the kids and we played all the way through sunset to a late night couch session of Netflix and a fire in the fireplace.” 11/17 CHRONOGRAM 25


The small businesses of the Hudson Valley are the engine of our local living economy. These enterprises are of a different type than national and global business brands. They are owned and run by our friends, neighbors, and the fellow participants in our community. Rather than being siphoned off to Wall Street, the money these businesses take in is immediately circulated back into the local economy, a natural reinvestment in the commons. This Art of Business section in Chronogram is to introduce the founders and creators, and tell the inspiring and instructive backstories of these local businesses.


An empty nest can be lonely—not to mention having the hassle of upkeep on all that unused space. The region’s architectural vernacular of old multi-level farmhouses, two-story Capes, and three-story Victorians doesn’t offer many viable options for the aging couple who want to condense their living space. The Gardens at Rhinebeck development project did not start out with the vision to address this issue, but naturally gravitated in this direction as the need for accessible housing became apparent. “A lot of people are done with their single-family home in the area and looking for some place new to live,” says developer David Silver. “We are selling to people from Kingston, Red Hook, Woodstock, New Paltz. People are even coming up from Florida to buy.” Set amidst meadows and ponds less than a mile from the Village of Rhinebeck, the condominium complex has over 170 units already standing, with another 76 planned for construction over the next few years. The newer buildings will have features like first-floor master bedrooms and roomy single-car garages that reflect the needs of the residents. The first unit is slated for completion in December.

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When Robb and Lydia Turner bought a land in Dover Plains, they had no intention of becoming farmers. But when friends and neighbors kept pointing out the huge stand of sugar maples on the property, a business idea bloomed. “They saw an opportunity to bring sustainable jobs to the area, protect the environment, and deliver a quality product,” says Crown Maple CEO Michael Cobb. In just seven years, the 800-acre maple estate has become the third-largest syrup producer in the US. Available at retailers nationwide, this sylvan elixir is certified organic, sustainably cultivated, and made in small batches. Locally, Crown Maple has sought out like-minded Hudson Valley business owners for joint projects. They’ve collaborated with Black Dirt Distillery to produce a three-year barrel-aged maple bourbon that has all but sold out in its premier season. Horseshoe Brand, purveyors of all things picante, uses Crown Maple in their hand-crafted sweet and smoky Maple Cayenne hot sauce, which you can try on chicken wings at the Shelter in Rhinebeck. The maple estate is open to visitors for tours and meals, with a full brunch and lunch menu and an outdoor patio. 26 ART OF BUSINESS CHRONOGRAM 11/17


In late 2016, Beacon’s favorite Korean restaurant, Seoul Kitchen, moved across the bridge to Newburgh’s Liberty Street, to join the handful of other eateries that make up the city’s Restaurant Row. Heewon Marshall runs the one-woman operation, chatting with customers as she serves up steaming plates of bibimbap, kimchi dumplings, and spicy tofu hot pots. “I made a workplace for myself because nobody would hire me,” she says. A Korean immigrant by way of Japan, Marshall was shocked by the dearth of professional opportunities for foreigners. “It takes time and loneliness,” she says of her vocational soulsearching. “But I don’t like the word impossible.” After she married her current husband, her cooking future began to crystallize. “My food is nothing special,” she humbly declares. “It’s just Korean home cooking—middle-class food!” But her husband and friends couldn’t get enough of it, and eventually she opened Seoul Kitchen. “I am happy to be here all the time—slow or busy,” Marshall says. “When it’s slow, I think about the menu or read the New York Times.” Authenticity is the trademark of Marshall’s cooking and hospitality. “I don’t deal with smartphones,” she says. “I ask people to put them down, enjoy the food, and look at each other.” (845) 563-0796


In October, WCW Kitchens expanded its showroom in the New Paltz Cherry Hill Plaza, taking over an adjacent retail space. WCW now has two light-filled floors of kitchen and bath displays, a vast quartz countertop selection, tile work and cabinetry samples, and a client conference room. “It’s a very inviting space,” owner Scott Mass says. “And we have one of the best selections in the whole Hudson Valley.” Mass first came to New Paltz to attend the nascent woodworking program at the college, where his fascination with wood took on a practical bent. Over 30 years, Mass has built his business into a full-service design-build firm serving the entire region. The scope of a WCW project could include anything from replacing a bathroom vanity to a full gut renovation of a kitchen, complete with new flooring, cabinetry, lighting, and windows. The company doesn’t carry any particle board cabinetry, preferring plywood as it is a less toxic material that doesn’t off-gas as much. “We spend a lot of time working with people to design something that is going to work well for them and their taste, and we also try to use our experience to bring something that is unique and different into their home,” Mass says. “We are proud of all our projects. We enjoy creating something beautiful for people.” A custon kitchen design and renovation in Brooklyn.


Mountains of wood are stacked outside the Hudson Company’s headquarters in Pine Plains, and company founder and president Jamie Hammel knows where every piece came from. There’s wood from factories in Pennsylvania built just after the Civil War and from decommissioned water tanks that once perched atop New York roofs. But the Hudson Company isn’t a graveyard. It’s a place of rebirth. The FSC-certified wood mill in Dutchess County specializes in reclaimed and select harvest wood products, rescuing the region’s architectural relics and turning them into floors, beams, paneling, and molding for architects’ use. Hammel has taken advantage of the antique lumber marketplace’s growing hunger for bespoke, handmade products by developing a high standard of quality with guarantees and warranties, and he continues to ride that wave. In 2015, 60,000 square feet of Hudson Company’s reclaimed heart pine was used as flooring for the new Whitney Museum, creating the largest reclaimed floor in the country. “People like reclaimed wood because they like stories,” says Hammel. “They like the insect tracks, the nail holes, the ferrous stains, the patina. They want to be able to say, ‘Oh, this came from a barn in Ohio,’ or ‘This was the Coney Island boardwalk.’”

Sculpted mushroom wood at Art Omi in Ghent.

HUDSON HIL’S Hudson Hil’s sits in a cheerful eyebrow Colonial on Main Street in Cold Spring. In warm weather, there’s fierce competition for outdoor seating on the quaint (but petite) flower-lined porch. The breakfast-brunch-lunch joint is run by Bob and Hilary Hayes. “We wanted to be a larger part of the community that we’re in and have the time to raise our kids ourselves,” says Hilary, who traded Wall Street for Main Street in 2010. Bob, a classically trained chef-turned-stay-at-home-dad, returned to the kitchen with a vengeance. He brings creative complexity to familiar comfort foods, making over 90 percent of the products in house, from the sausages to the potato chips to the baked goods, using all local produce and meat. “There’s a focus on fresh ingredients with well-balanced flavors,” says Hilary. A customer favorite is the shirred egg—two baked eggs on bed of Swiss chard, roasted mushrooms, leeks, and garlic, topped with fontina cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, the babka French toast is a must-have, which comes topped with chocolate sauce, espresso cream cheese, and fresh strawberries.






he last time New Yorkers held a state constitutional convention, in 1967, Gerry Benjamin was in graduate school for political science at Columbia University. He studied the deliberations from afar, and considered the resulting proposals, which were ultimately rejected by the voters. The state wouldn’t assume Medicaid costs, nor create neutral redistricting and disallow gerrymandering—just two of the ideas that never came to pass. “I’ve got a list of about 30 or 40 items in my file of good ideas that weren’t adopted in ’67,” says Professor Benjamin, who is the director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, and an acknowledged expert on New York State and local government. For several months, he’s been speaking all over the Hudson Valley about the question that they’ll face on November 7 in the voting booths: Shall New York hold a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same? If the majority votes yes, then the Constitutional Convention machinery starts rolling. First, voters would elect a total of 204 convention delegates in 2018. There will be three delegates from each of the 63 state Senate districts and 15 others who are elected statewide. Candidates would run just like they would for any other office, and anyone can run for a delegate seat. In April of 2019, the delegates would meet in Albany for a convention lasting four to six months, resulting in a draft package of amendments to put to the voters that November. If the majority this November marks no, then nothing happens. And therein lies the controversy. 28 FEATURE CHRONOGRAM 11/17

A Vigorous Debate Organized campaigns on both sides of the question have formed, and they’re raising funds and running ads. A convention is favored mostly by good government advocates, like Benjamin, who believe in empowering the democratic systems and processes our political forbears established. Funded predominantly by individual donors, the good government groups believe that a 2019 constitutional convention can take our 19th-century document into the 21st century. According to a NYPeoplesConvention ad, the New York constitution was last substantially revised in 1938 at a convention that included only six women and two black men among the 186-person delegation. Revising the constitution now, they assert, with a delegation representative of New York’s diversity, could elevate the rights of women and people of color, who have been historically less protected by the state constitution. “There really are no certainties whatsoever as to what could emerge from a constitutional convention,” says Fred Kowal, President of the United University Professionals (UUP). “Once they meet at the convention, literally the entire document is open to changes, and there are no restrictions as to how far they could go in changing the constitution.” For the UUP, local labor chapters, and teachers’ unions, protection of public education and workers’ rights are key. “The huge amount of money that goes to candidates who support charter schools, certainly that kind of money’s going to flow in to support the election of delegates who would try to change those provisions and create protections in the constitution for charter

Above: A still from the pro-Constitutional Convention video “Our Shot,” produced by Forward March NY, New York members of the Women’s March on Washingston. Opposite: A no-vote yard sign on a lawn in Kingston.

schools, which would undermine public schools,” Kowal says. He also details a national movement against collectively bargaining. “We are also concerned, obviously, that the Koch brothers, who have hundreds of billions of dollars to spend, will see a constitutional convention as the time when they could come and turn New York State into a right-to-work state.” “It’s a situation in which, unfortunately, scare tactics are being used—by some of the unions, especially, to tell falsehoods about pensions for existing public employees and retirees being at risk,” says Henrick Dullea, a SUNY trustee and good government advocate who was on the floor of the 1967 convention and wrote a history of the convention, Charter Revision in the Empire State:The Politics of NewYork’s 1967 Constitutional Convention (1997). He says that the teachers’ and public employee unions are major lobbying organizations that appear to be contributing the most to the no vote campaign. POLITICO New York investigated the spending of more than 200 individuals and organizations taking a position on the convention. Looking at lobbying activity and state elections, including candidate, party, and super PAC funding, they found that convention opponents outspent proponents $24.2 million to $389,000. Opposing concerns center around losses of current constitutional protections. At What Cost? Opening day in the chamber of the 1967 New York State constitutional convention was exciting, according to Dullea. Addresses were given by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and Senators Jacob Javits and Robert F. Kennedy. The floor debates were spirited and lengthy. Ultimately, the delegation significantly edited and reshaped the constitution. “They saw it as an integrated document,” Dullea says, so the

delegates submitted a single package to the voters for approval, as opposed to packaging proposals into multiple ballot questions. “Some Democrats thought that the popular things would outweigh the controversial things.” Things like the Blaine Amendment. Added in 1894 to prohibit state funding to religious schools, the Blaine Amendment was later changed to allow state-funded transportation and ancillary (not direct classroom) services for religious school students. Repeal of the Blaine Amendment was approved by the 1967 delegates. “In the end, it was one of the reasons many people voted against the newly submitted constitution,” Dullea says. The cost of a convention has been an integral part of the debate. A 1973 book by the League of Women Voters put the 1967 convention cost at almost $11 million, and Dullea estimates it ran no more than $15 million. Adjusting for inflation, current estimates run from $50 to 100 million. “Regardless of whether it’s $50 million or $300 million, or anywhere in between, it’s still a lot of money,” says Republican Senator George Amedore of the 46th Senate District in the Hudson Valley. Like most elected officials in the state, Amedore opposes a constitutional convention. “I know of infrastructure projects that need to be funded. I know of services that need to be rendered. The governor may be calling us back shortly into special session to address budget deficits.” The Senator points out that any project in the state of New York can have cost overruns, and a convention is not necessary because amendments to the state constitution can be made through the legislature. After being proposed and deliberated upon, amendments must be passed by two consecutively elected legislatures, and put to voters for final approval. Convention opponents say it’s a system that’s been used successfully 200 times since 1894. 11/17 CHRONOGRAM FEATURE 29


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In fact, on this year’s ballot, there will be two constitutional amendments alongside the constitutional convention question: pension forfeiture for elected officials found guilty of a crime and the creation of a state-owned land bank in the Adirondacks. Senator Amedore says it’s a good demonstration of the legislative process. “It’s not easy to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot because of all the work and time it takes,” he says. There are 64 members of the Senate and 150 members of the Assembly, all with varying ideologies and constituencies. “Think about all the work that we’ve done as legislators, and the governor then backed it up by signing it. It’s a process that is cumbersome, but it works. It’s well thought out, and it happens in a way that’s transparent.” “It’s a long process. It’s not easy to do a constitutional amendment, and it shouldn’t be easy,” says Jennifer Wilson, Program and Policy Director for the League of Women Voters of New York State, which supports a yes vote. “The biggest problem has been the gridlock in Albany,” she says. The League has their sights set on voter reform. “We’ve been lobbying for these reforms; [the legislature] has done nothing.” Difficulty in voter registration is often cited as cause for New York’s low voter turnout and enrollment, so the League would like the requirement for absentee ballot justification dropped, party registration deadlines changed, and to block legislators from appointing members to redistricting commissions. “Legislators should not be picking the people who draw their district lines,” Wilson says.

made the case for judicial reform; yet, in 50 years, the legislature hasn’t acted. “As a committee, we deeply believe that the risks are overstated,” Greenberg said. Historically, the nine previous constitutional conventions were progressive rather than regressive, he noted. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity—a rare chance for direct democracy.”

Deliberation Delegation Benjamin doesn’t believe that people who want to reform the state government at a convention would touch the current protections people cherish because that would just mobilize voters against the revisions in 2019. “The changes we propose under the process have to be ratified at the polls after they’re recommended by a convention,” he explains. “So, would I, or anybody who’s interested in reform, put my reforms at risk by trying to change valued provisions? I would say not.” Convention delegates run for the office with all the trappings of a campaign. There are no constitutional amendments to bar elected officials from being delegates, nor prohibiting them from collecting a second salary or pension credit (called double-dipping). Because of that, Anthony Figliola, half of the bipartisan duo who leads Empire Government Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm, insists a convention now would be in the best interest of politicians, not the people. “I know that the good-government people believe in this utopian society,” Figliola says. “They’re under the delusion that if they can A Half Billion Wasted convince the majority of people to vote, then One of Professor Benjamin’s signature Joe six-pack will be a delegate. That’s a false achievements was leading the process for hope and disingenuous.” Figliola thinks it adopting an Ulster County charter. Between would take a lot of resources to run. 1981 and 1993, he served in legislative Dullea wouldn’t speculate on how much leadership as both Majority Leader and a delegate campaign might cost now, but he Chairman, the highest position at a time when interviewed some back in 1967: very little Ulster County had no elected executive. On was spent on delegate races, and candidates July 13, at an educational forum presented by personally funded them. Depending on the at the Public Library, circumstances of the district, some upstate Benjamin said, “It’s a massive problem that Republicans felt assured that their constituents people don’t understand their charters.” It’s would vote down party lines. In Democratic empowering when people learn, he continued, races in the Bronx, candidates pooled that they can change the fundamentals of their resources with other party candidates running government. The county charter he worked on for Assembly and Senate seats. A contested has a requirement for regular reassessment by race in Nassau County resulted in one wealthy a Revision Commission every 10 years. candidate spending $9,000 of his own money. “New York suffers from disabilities —Professor Gerald Benjamin Because the Supreme Court’s 2010 in its governance, and increased costs, Citizens United ruling allows large sums from reduced democracy, and institutional stasis, partly as a consequence of its corporations, nonprofits, labor unions, and associations to finance campaigns, constitution,” Benjamin explains. “So, we need to make some reforms that Figliola and others are concerned about special interests from outside the are pretty fundamental.” Benjamin doesn’t think that the state legislature is state unduly influencing a New York convention. willing, through the legislative amendment process, to change the way it’s elected, enhance voter participation, or impose stringent ethics processes on A Chance to Hit Restart themselves. (Since 2000, 33 legislators have been indicted for criminal or At an October 16 debate between Benjamin and the UUP’s Kowal at SUNY ethical violations.) New Paltz, Kowal stated that a constitutional convention now is a distraction In 1993, Governor Mario Cuomo tapped Benjamin to be research director from more pressing national concerns. “What is really needed to address of the Constitutional Revision Commission in anticipation of the 1997 some of the problems is a national progressive movement to deal with issues constitutional convention ballot question. The Commission called for four like health care, workers’ rights across the country, economic justice, racial action panels to be formed by the legislature, but they weren’t. justice, protection of the environment.” Kowal argued that New York might “This used to be routine. Every 20 years, they’d gather and say, ‘We can focus too narrowly on reforming the state constitution and end up damaged make things better.’They believed in themselves in the 19th century,” Benjamin by decisions in Washington. “We really can’t take our eye off that ball.” says. For Benjamin, it’s a hope-versus-fear campaign. The New York State Bar Benjamin sees the large-scale democratic mobilization happening nationally Association agrees.Their House of Delegates met in Cooperstown in June and as good reason for protecting ourselves from whatever happens nationally voted 111 to 28 in favor of a recommendation to support the ballot question. by asserting our values in the state constitution. At age 73, having watched In presenting the Committee’s findings, Chair Hank Greenberg noted that the this debate for five decades, Benjamin is convinced of the need to confirm New York State constitution is a 52,500-word behemoth. “The document was our commitment to democratic representation. “I think it’s symbolically and not designed to last through the ages,” he told the audience of lawyers. socially important,” says Benjamin. “We can create a moment where we’re Ultimately, the Bar Association concluded that the need to reform the giving a thorough review to a system that has performed marginally for a long judiciary article in the state constitution was long overdue. Overlapping time. We can restart New York.” jurisdictions with varying rules and procedures results in an estimated $600 Whether we vote to give New York a restart or leave the constitution million wasted every year. The State Bar, along with individual justices, have unchanged will be decided at the polls on November 7.

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Hudson Valley Holiday Happenings ‘Tis the season for cooking Thanksgiving dinner, cutting down your Christmas tree, lighting the menorah, and taking out the Mkeka! From November to December, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of events for all to enjoy this joyful season. The region has many opportunities for holiday excursions, including seasonal markets, live performances, and fireworks shows that are guaranteed to bring cheer to all. Carry on a family tradition or let this year be the start of something new!

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The Garrison Art Center’s Annual Holiday Pottery Sale is back this year from November 11-26. Shop locally while supporting ceramic artists and the pottery program at Garrison Art Center. The pieces range from whimsical to highly sophisticated and include sculptural works as well as some items for children. Proceeds from the sale benefit the artists and the Art Center’s education programming.

Voted by Dutchess County Tourism as the “Best Event” of the holiday season, the Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks will take place in Poughkeepsie on December 1 at 6:30pm. The first Christmas tree lighting and parade lineup will take place at the corner of Garden and Main streets. The parade will then process to Dongan Park, where the second tree lighting will occur, followed by the area’s only winter fireworks show along the Poughkeepsie Waterfront. After the show, there will be an 8pm screening of The Princess Bride at the Bardavon.

Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market Get a jumpstart on your seasonal shopping at this post-Thanksgiving market at Basilica Hudson. The market will take place from November 24-26 and will feature a diverse group of regional vendors selling their handmade and vintage goods farm-fresh food. General admission for the whole weekend is only $5 and free for children under 12.

Polar Express Pajama-clad passengers will see their favorite characters come to life aboard the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express, as they are whisked away on a magical trip to the North Pole from Kingston Plaza. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets while chefs serve hot chocolate, to the music of the motion picture soundtrack. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and give special sleighbells to all those who believe. November 17December 2. Adult tickets are $39, and children under 12 are $32.

Winter Walk on Warren Street Bundle up the tots on December 2 and head to Warren Street from 5-8pm for a magical evening as holiday cheer transforms Hudson’s mile-long main street.You’ll be walking in a winter wonderland with illuminated storefront displays worthy of A Christmas Story; roaming carolers; and Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their real-life reindeer. Cap it off with a magical fireworks display over the Hudson River.

Sinterklaas Rhinebeck connects with its Dutch roots through this Christmas tradition, when Bishop Nicholas Sinterklaas, the patron saint of children, parades down the street on a white horse with an entourage of kings and queens, animals, and celestial bodies. The Hudson Valley event fuses old customs with new interpretations for an inclusive, cross-cultural celebration. 11/17 CHRONOGRAM HOLIDAY 35

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Community Chanukah Party Join the Beacon Hebrew Alliance on December 17 from 11am-1pm for a joyous celebration of Chanukah. This event is geared towards children, but all are welcome to join in the songs, skits, dreidel playing, arts and crafts, and wonderful food, including delicious latkes.

Messiah Sing Come together through George Frederic Handel’s beautiful Messiah on December 17 from 4-5:30pm. Let your voice soar accompanied by a string ensemble and vocal soloists. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free for students 18 and under.

Beacon Bicycle Menorah Sculptor Ed Benavente conceived and designed a giant menorah out of bicycle parts. On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, one of the wheels will be illuminated. The bicycle menorah will be lit at approximately 5:30pm each evening at the Beacon Visitor Center in Polhill Park.

Yuletide Tea The Wilderstein Historic Site will be hosting this festive holiday event featuring a variety of teas paired with finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, and cookies on December 9 at 1pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 per child. Admission includes a tour of the decorated Queen Anne mansion.

Frozendale Festival Main Street Rosendale hosts the Frozendale Festival on December 9 from 10am-6pm. Rosendale’s quaint array of shops and galleries will be open as well as an outdoor Winter Gift Sale. Events and activities will take place throughout the day, including a free 11am screening of The Wizard of Oz at The Rosendale Theatre.

Kwanzaa Umoja Community Celebration Join the Umoja Community Celebration on December 16 at 3:30pm for an immersive afternoon of arts and crafts for children, dancing, drumming, a candle-lighting ceremony, and the sharing of Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Come celebrate African-American culture and unity with friends and family at this free and open-to-the-public event.

A Frosty Fest The creative minds behind Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses focus their festive faculties on the holiday season for a sensational seasonal light show in Ulster Park. Snuggle up on a hayride through Frosty’s Enchanted Forest, visit the Glistening Gardens, or pop into the Magical Mansion. A word to the wise: Santa will be visiting from the North Pole. November 24-December 23.

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Nutcracker Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy Go on a journey through the Land of Sweets in Act 2 of “The Nutcracker” ballet featuring the Warwick Dance Collective and students from the Warwick Center for the Performing Arts as Clara, Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Following the performance will be an elegant tea party and meet-and-greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancers. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for guests ages 6-12, and $5 for children five and under.

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evin Weaver of Fishkill liked brewing beer in his garage and knew how to automate stuff. In 2003, he started marketing his automated system to his fellow hobbyists. Then the craft beverage scene exploded, and by 2014 he’d quit his day job and moved operations from home to a warehouse. This summer, Brewmation opened its new $1.1 million facility, where they manufacture turnkey automated brewing systems, tanks, control panels, and related equipment for clients all across the hemisphere, doing all of it right from idyllic Hopewell Junction. “Anywhere south of here and the costs and tax rates shoot up,” says Weaver. “We’re right next to I-84, which is ideal for having trucks come in and out. We’re in a ‘corporate industrial park,’ but we’re between a church and a school. We’ve got a great labor pool in the ex-IBMers, and when we hire outof-towners we can offer a great place to relocate.” Brewmation is far from the only company to appreciate the virtues of East Fishkill. National Resources, a specialized development and investment firm, just purchased 300 acres of the former IBM campus from owner Global Foundries and plans one of its trademark iPARK mixed use facilities, to encompass tech and flexible development with a mix of retail, residential, and hotel space. “The business plan is to take advantage of the $1 billion in infrastructure that


currently exists at the site and provide new warehouse distribution opportunities in the I-84 corporate growth corridor,” said NRE president Joseph Cotter in a statement. “The skilled workforce in the area should be a major attraction for employers.” Then there’s the Sports KingDome, a 347,000-square-foot world-class baseball, softball, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer tournament facility that’s currently under construction. Along with the advantages mentioned by Weaver and Cotter, Sports KingDome cites the area’s vibrant athletic scene. Business with Pleasure This part of Dutchess County blends business with pleasure in a nimble, practiced sort of way. It’s a virtuous cycle: the employees of major operations provide a natural customer base for numerous small local businesses, which employers can then tout when selling new hires on the area’s quality of life. There’s a well-curated, quietly bustling feel to the villages and hamlets and their surrounding towns of East Fishkill and Wappinger: public works and education are solidly funded, history is cherished. It’s not every town where library patrons can pick up their local produce deliveries along with their reading, but patrons of the charming 1887 Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls can, as fruit

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and vegetable delivery outfit Field Goods makes a weekly drop there.They’ve also got award-winning live theater from the County Players, celebrating 60 years in 2018. (The noir thriller “Wait Until Dark” opens on November 4.) Besides the KingDome, Fishkill is where you’ll find Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park, a preserved estate purchased by the Town of Wappinger in 1999, is a feast of historic and architecture: Carnwath Manor, an 1850 pre-restoration mansion, the 1873 Carriage House, a 1927 cottage, the Frances Reese Cultural Center, where you will find the Sports Museum of Dutchess County; Carnwath Chapel, and several hiking and walking trails, all of it laced with breathtaking river views. Railroad history is cherished at the restored Hopewell Depot in East Fishkill, a museum that opens onto the 13.4-mile William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, which winds across the county to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Creative Cuisine That kind of play works up an appetite, and whether you want to eat out or cook, you’ll find plenty of options. There’s an outpost of Adams Fairacre Farms, the full-service grocery that also offers prepared foods, flowers, gifts, and housewares, in Wappinger. Fans of Indian cuisine won’t want to miss Saraswati Grocery, with its wide selection of Indian and Pakistani foods and spices. When it comes to dining out, the area’s all about quality and choice. Independent restaurateurs here succeed in winning patrons away from neighboring franchises on a daily basis with creativity and verve; many have won over much bigger markets before choosing this as home. In Wappingers Falls, for example, you’ll find refined northern Italian at Aroma Osteria. 40 COMMUNITY PAGES CHRONOGRAM 11/17

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Above: John Kihlmire, owner, at The Vinyl Room in Wappingers Falls. Right: Daniel and Jo Ann Goswick in front of Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls. Opposite, top: Paula Traver, head server, at the Dutchess Biercafe in Fishkill. Opposite, bottom: Bartender Jessica Gonzalez and patrons Kim Heller and Matt Kim at Heritage Food & Drink in Wappingers Falls.

Then there’s Heritage Food and Drink, opened by a Manhattan-based restaurant whiz who fell in love with someone raised on a Milton apple farm. They do locally sourced cuisine with an international flair (try the apple-andancho chili glazed ribs or the cast iron beer mac and cheese). The Maya Cafe and Cantina serves Zagat-rated Mexican. At the Belgian-inspired Dutchess Biercafe, you can nibble house-made pretzels with your ale and/or feast on charcuterie and local cheese or the “Best of the Wurst” with house-made German mustard. And you’ll find yet another food culture’s wizardry being practiced on local ingredients at modern French American bistro Le Express. It takes talent to absorb rapid development and stay down-to-earth and close-knit, but Wappinger, East Fishkill, and Fishkill and their hamlets and villages are proof positive that it can be done, displaying the sound business sense and organizational gifts of their Dutch predecessors in 21st-century iterations. That intelligent refinement and good sense is displayed in all walks of life. The area’s premiere veterinary care facilities, Earth Angels in Wappingers and Hopewell Animal Hospital, both offer cutting-edge integrative medicine. Municipal websites are navigable and transparent. The Wappingers Central School District operates 10 elementary schools, two junior high schools, two high schools, and an alternative school with aplomb and high ratings. Residents can get from town to town, to the mall, or to neighboring Poughkeepsie or Beacon and on to Manhattan via regular Loop busses, or call Dial-A-Ride. The single biggest reason Kevin Weaver chose East Fishkill for Brewmation headquarters: It’s five minutes from his beloved home.The family relocated from Tarrytown 24 years ago and never looked back. “Such a truly great community,” he says. “And the most beautiful location I have ever worked in in my life.” 11/17 CHRONOGRAM COMMUNITY PAGES 43

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The 1880 farmhouse sits on five acres of fields and includes a pond of koi and snapping turtles. The process of reimagining the home evolved Von Stoddard’s creative aesthetic and helped shape her homeware line. “The house introduced me to Scandinavian design, which has become a big influence on my work.”


rom the beginning, life for artist Dunja Von Stoddard has always been a tactile experience. The daughter of a painter and a photographer, Von Stoddard—whose first name is pronounced “Doon-ya”—grew up on a farmstead in rural Vermont surrounded by cornfields and woods. Life on the farm was decidedly “by hand,” according to Von Stoddard. Her city-bred parents had moved to their small hamlet hoping to reclaim a simpler way of life, and Von Stoddard grew up with chickens, cows, pigs, and donkeys, helping to grow vegetables in the spring and can them in the fall. Some of Von Stoddard’s earliest memories are of having her hands in clay or mud, or on a paintbrush or pencils recreating images from farm life. The 19th-century farmhouse she shares with her young son was created with a similarly careful touch and eye for detail. Now the base for her 21stcentury business, the home’s restoration followed the same creative process that has repeated itself throughout her life, work, and art: See something, break it down, and then paste it back together in a fresh way. Cutting the Pattern Von Stoddard’s career as a designer is the perfect blend of her parents’ distinctive art practices, cut up and reimagined through her own lens and then pasted back together in a totally modern aesthetic. By the age of two, Von Stoddard was painting alongside her mother in their barn-turned-studio, already attempting to capture and recreate the elemental bits and pieces of the world

Opposite: Dunja Von Stoddard and her son Lars in the kitchen. The space was rebuilt from the ground up (including the south facing back wall, which had sustained fire damage and needed to be completely replaced), but the wooden ceiling beams are original. “I wanted to bring it back in a modern way that was still appreciative of an old farmhouse,” says Von Stoddard.

around her. Even then, Von Stoddard had an eye for pattern, and as she got older the re-creation of imagery that photography enabled began to fascinate her as much as painting. (Her father’s darkroom was located in another converted barn on the property.) While the means of expression remained fluid, the idea of creating art was always a given. “Since both my parents were artists and their friends were artists, I don’t think I knew there was anything else to do,” Von Stoddard says. During high school, Von Stoddard discovered screen printing and immediately fell in love with the process. “It was the perfect combination of painting and photography for me, of both the tactile and the multiple image.” She began using it as a way to experiment with collage, taking the prints she made and cutting them up, then painting or printing over the pieces again. At the School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts in Boston, Von Stoddard began cutting up negatives, re-taping them together, and then painting over the final prints. “I could just never leave an image alone,” she says.This pattern continued through grad school, where she took full advantage of Bard College’s multidisciplinary program to study both painting and photography. However, Bard’s serious atmosphere soon pushed her to choose. “There wasn’t a lot of room for being lost,” Von Stoddard explains of her grad school experience. On the advice of a mentor, she separated the two creative disciplines and focused exclusively on mastering photography. After graduation, she lived briefly in New York, and then up to Portland, Maine, where she spent the next five years. 11/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 45

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Top: The ground level of the 20’-by-16’ addition built by Quatrefoil is used as a lounge. One wall, covered with black and white wall paper made from photographed tile and designed by Deborah Bowness, conceals a back staircase leading to the master bedroom. Bottom: A kitchen wall displays Von Stoddard’s collection of wooden spoons. “I’m very intuitive with my work—I know when something’s good, but have a hard time justifying my decision on a deeper level. I just want things in certain places because it looks better in that place than it looks in another; there’s no other reason.”

In 2011, the birth of her son precipitated a turning point in both her life and creative work. Photography’s trend toward the digital had shut her down creatively, and, although she’d set up a screen printing press in her garage, she hadn’t found a way to bring all the disparate pieces of her creative practice together again. The exhaustion of being a new mother coupled with the remnants of an academic mindset threw her work/life pattern into disarray. She was stuck. “I was so inundated with theory and concept and I felt so much pressure from having to explain what I was doing. I’d gotten way off track, just following, following, following—I didn’t know who I was anymore. And everything I was painting was bright hot pink.” Down to the Studs Von Stoddard needed to return to her roots. A country girl at heart, she decided relocation to a more bucolic setting was in order. Her native Vermont was too remote, but Rhinecliff, with its rolling hills, access to the Amtrak line, and thriving creative community was ideal. Sitting on five acres of fields, the farmhouse in need of restoration caught her eye. Layers of additions and changes had been imposed on the home’s original 1880 design. Just as with her creative work and her life, the house had to be reduced to its bare bones and then completely rebuilt. It needed to be stripped down, cut up, painted over, and then pasted back together. To Von Stoddard, this felt exactly right. Even though the property had no studio space, she bought it in 2013. The home’s renovation, and the raising of her son, became her major creative outlet for the next three years. The vast scope of the project she’d undertaken quickly became evident. That’s when Quatrefoil, a construction and design firm specializing in restoration, stepped in. Based in Staatsburg, New York architect Katheryn Whitman and master contractor Mike Whitman worked closely with Von Stoddard to reimagine the traditional farmhouse within a modern aesthetic. 11/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 47

Top: Previous owners had extended the home’s original living room by eight feet. Quatrefoil helped Von Stoddard redesign the space to include built-in bookshelves, a cut out for wood storage, and a wood stove. Bottom: Von Stoddard expanded the home’s original staircase and added an antique newel post from Zaborski’s Emporium in Kingston. The team painted the entire staircase black. The wall behind displays two generations of black-and-white photos—memories of her own childhood intermixed with her son’s first years.

The team began with the kitchen. Entered through a west-facing mudroom, the space was gutted and the doors and layout were reconfigured. The Quatrefoil team rebuilt the room to include counter-to-ceiling windows and installed stainless steel appliances and open shelving. Expansive granite countertops complete the kitchen’s minimalist interior, contrasting the original roughhewn ceiling beams. The home’s living, dining, and bedrooms all underwent a similar gut renovation. Previous owners had expanded the living area by moving the western wall eight feet out, but hadn’t extended the home’s foundation, causing the second floor to sag. Quatrefoil repaired the foundation, tore out an ornate fireplace, and then enlarged and rebuilt the home’s original staircase. Upstairs, one bedroom features original wide plank pine wood floors. By removing a wall of closets and adding windows, a second bedroom was considerably lightened and partially divided into an office and guest room. One upstairs bathroom includes a soaking tub and steam shower; another had a ceiling removed and a skylight added to the pitched roof. Both are lined with a combination of Italian composite tile floors and white Mexican tile walls. After remodeling the original farmhouse structure, Quatrefoil built a three story, 16-foot-by-20-foot addition along the home’s eastern edge. On the ground floor the dining area was doubled in size and an airy space with a wall of French doors now serves as the home’s main lounge. Upstairs, a south-facing master bedroom has a walk-in closet and another full bathroom finished in white marble tile. (A basement TV room rounds out the addition.) Outside, a bluestone patio overlooks the pond abounding with Koi fish and snapping turtles. 48 HOME & GARDEN CHRONOGRAM 11/17

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Von Stoddard in the studio at her screen printing press. Between caring for her young son and the tasks of daily life, she has little time to waste. She sketches and draws designs at night and then “cranks out” the designs during the day. “Someone asked me ‘When are you most creative?’ I’m like, ‘Whenever I have time.’ Bottom: A collection of Von Stoddard’s current line of pillow designs. “Overall, I am inspired by patterns. I see patterns everywhere; I organize the world in patterns visually. Not just of nature, but really whatever I’m surrounded by.”

Handmade and at Home Over the three-year project, Quatrefoil became extended family to Von Stoddard. Not only was the team of expert craftspeople and contractors helping her raise her roof and walls, they lent a hand in raising her son as well. “It was great for Lars,” Von Stoddard explains. “The construction crew gave him a little tool belt and a Quatrefoil shirt. They showed him how to use a drill and a hammer, and if they had to go to the hardware store, they’d take him along. He saw them pour the foundation; he knows how every system works—he even knows where the septic tank is.” In her free moments, Von Stoddard’s mind often wandered back to her own creative work. “For a couple of years, I was really just raising my son and sketching and thinking, but I didn’t really have a way to make anything.” She wanted to get her hands dirty again and turned her attention to an abandoned barn at the edge of her property. “It was this little ugly thing that was supposed to get torn down,” she remembers. “I took the construction guys down there one day and asked, ‘Hey guys, can you fix this up?’”The skilled Quatrefoil team transformed the dilapidated building into an airy, light-filled studio space with two floors. From there,Von Stoddard found her way back to her creative work through touch and intuition. This autumn, as her son goes off to first grade, Von Stoddard is launching the winter line of Doonyaya—her unique collection of pillows, napkins, and tea towels made of linen and printed with her simple, evocative designs. The downstairs of her studio, now outfitted with a sewing table, screen printing press, and kiln, serves as a production area for her homeware company. Upstairs in her design studio, Von Stoddard has space to paint and sketch. Just as when she was a child, she works in her converted barn recreating the patterns she sees around her, pairing everything down to its essence. “In retrospect, I can see this is exactly what I do and exactly what I am—I Xerox stuff and I cut it up and then I put them back together. I love to have my hands in design.” 11/17 CHRONOGRAM HOME & GARDEN 53


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City with Past, from the exhibition “Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash,” at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield through February 4.


galleries & museums Julie Heffernan’s Self Portrait as Infantas on Eggshells, part of the group exhibition “Terra,” at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, through November 26.

2 DEPOT SQUARE 2 DEPOT SQUARE, CHATHAM. “Ain’t Got Time To Die.” New paintings of overlooked figures by Scout/Pines. Through November 12. 510 WARREN ST GALLERY 510 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-0510. “Influences and Next Steps.” Works by Karen Roth. November 3-26. Opening reception November 4, 3-6pm. ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 737 ALBANY-SHAKER ROAD, ALBANY (518) 242-2241. “Chasing the Tale.” Artists engaged in a pictorial expression of storytelling. Through February 26, 2018. ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART GALLERY 22 EAST MARKET STREET SUITE 301, RHINEBECK 876-7578. “Luminous Landscape.” 20th annual exhibition featuring 20 artists. Through January 28, 2018. Reception November 18, 5-7pm. THE ARK 81 CLOVE VALLEY ROAD, HIGH FALLS WONDERFULBEDLINEN@GMAIL.COM. “Wonderful Bed Linen.” Jessica Gaddis and Daniel Giordano. Through November 11. ART SOCIETY OF KINGSTON (ASK) 97 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 338-0333 “Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers.” November 4–25. BANNERMAN ISLAND GALLERY 150 MAIN STREET, BEACON 416-8342. “Works by Landscape Painter Gary Fifer.” Through December 3. BARD COLLEGE: CCS BARD GALLERIES 33 GARDEN ROAD, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON 758-7598. “Picture Industry.” This curated exhibit of over 80 artists reflects upon transformations in the production and distribution of photographic images from the 19th century to the present. Through December 15. BARRETT ART CENTER 55 NOXON STREET, POUGHKEEPSIE 471-2550. “Gail Kolflat: Occurance and Happenstance.” Through November 4. BCB ART 116 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-4539. “360 Moons.” A chronicle of Eric Rhein’s life experiences and travels—both geographic and mystic— through three decades of living with HIV. Through November 19. BEACON ARTIST UNION 506 MAIN STREET, BEACON 222-0177. “The Best from the Vault at Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery.” Through November 5. BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN 5 WEST STOCKBRIDGE ROAD, STOCKBRIDGE, MA (413) 298-3926. “Wonder World: Three Artists Define Nature’s Magic.” Photos and paintings. Through November 24.


BERKSHIRE MUSEUM 39 SOUTH STREET, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 413-443-7171. “Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash.” Solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture represents a 50-year career retrospective. Through February 4, 2018. BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS 200 HURD ROAD, BETHEL 866-781-2922. “Love For Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture.” Through December 31. BETSY JACARUSO STUDIO & GALLERY 43 EAST MARKET STREET, RHINEBECK 516-4435. “Of Earth & Stone: Kate Katomski.” November 2-26. Opening reception November 4, 5-7pm. BYRDCLIFFE KLEINERT/JAMES CENTER FOR THE ARTS 36 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2079. “Terra.” Group exhibition addressing environmental and sustainability issues. Through November 26. CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-1915. “Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture.” A group show of abstract works. Through November 12. CLERMONT STATE HISTORIC SITE 1 CLERMONT AVENUE, GERMANTOWN (518) 537-4240. “Katharine Livingston Timpson: The Woman Who Gave Up Clermont.” This exhibit explores the life of Clermont’s Gilded Age daughter and her complex relationship with her home and family. Through December 17. COLUMBIA-GREENE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4400 ROUTE 23, HUDSON (518) 828-1481. “The Earth from Above.” Recent wax and oil paintings by Joy Wolf are direct representations of aerial photographs of landscapes that have been altered by human intervention. Through March 30. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) 1946 CAMPUS DRIVE (ROUTE 9), HYDE PARK 452-9430. “Cooking Up a Nation: [Im]migration and American Foodways.” Through December 13. DARREN WINSTON BOOKSTORE 81 MAIN STREET, SHARON, CT (860) 364-1890. “Signs.” Photographs by Matt McGee. Through November 19. DIA:BEACON 3 BEEKMAN STREET, BEACON 845 440 0100. “Michelle Stuart.” Stuart’s four-part rubbing Sayreville Strata Quartet (1976). Through April 30. DUCK POND GALLERY/TOWN OF ESOPUS LIBRARY 128 CANAL STREET, PORT EWEN 338-5580. “Nature Art by John Burroughs Artists.” November 3-25. Opening reception November 3, 5:30-8pm. ECKERT FINE ART 1394 ROUTE 83, PINE PLAINS (518) 592-1330. “Eric Forstmann: Still Workings.” Through November 26. ELLEN LYNCH PHOTOGRAPHY 34A MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (208) 390-9088 “Common Ground.” Photographs of humans and horses. Through November 13. “Touched by Light.” New photographs by Ellen Lynch. November 18–December 27. Artists Reception November 18, 4-7pm. FIELD LIBRARY 4 NELSON AVENUE, PEEKSKILL (914) 737-1212. “Underground Love: Intimacy and Connection in the NYC Subway.” Through November 19. Artists Reception November 11, 12-4pm. FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5237. “Fluid Expressions: The Prints of Helen Frankenthaler.” Through November 16. FRG OBJECTS & DESIGN / ART 217 WARREN STREET, 2ND FLOOR, HUDSON. “Acrylic Paintings on Canvas by Italian Artist Fabrizio Breschi.” Through November 30. GARDINER LIBRARY 133 FARMER’S TURNPIKE, GARDINER 255-1255. “Magic in Aluminum: Nests and their Environments.” Trina Greene cuts, weaves, and twists cans into birds’ nests, suspending them in front of ‘magical’ environments. Through November 9. GARRISON ART CENTER 23 GARRISON’S LANDING, GARRISON 424-3960. “20th Century Artists: Joel Perlman and Patrick Strzelec.” Through November 5. GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY 40 MAIN STREET, LEE, MA (413) 394-5045. “Real and Surreal.” A juxtaposition of the art of JD Logan and Dorothy Sabean. Through November 13. HASBROUCK HOUSE 3805 MAIN STREET, STONE RIDGE 687-0736. “Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art.” This exhibit celebrates the enduring impact of Dutch culture in the Hudson Valley. Through December 17. HOTCHKISS TREMAINE GALLERY 11 INTERLAKEN ROAD, LAKEVILLE, CT (860) 435-3663. “Transitions.” New paintings by Michael Davidson. Through December 10. HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 313 MAIN STREET, BEACON 831-1134. “The Cat Art Show: Beacon.” The event is a fundraiser for Mid Hudson Animal Aid. Through November 5. HUDSON BEACH GLASS GALLERY 162 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-0068. “Lacuna.” Paintings by Khara Gilvey. Through November 5.

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galleries & museums Scout/Pines in his studio in Chatham. An exhibit of his new paintings, “Ain’t Got Time To Die,” is at 2 Depot Square in Chatham on November 4, 5, 11, and 12 from 12 to 5pm.

HUDSON HALL 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 822-1438. “Len Prince: Remembering Marvin Hamlisch, the People’s Composer.” Through November 26. HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL (914) 788-0100. “Women Warriors.” An installation by Isis Kenney. Through December 17. INKY EDITIONS 112 SOUTH FRONT STREET, HUDSON (518) 610-5549. “Catherine Howe: Monoprints.” Through November 19. THE INN AND SPA AT BEACON 151 MAIN STREET, BEACON 205-2900. “The Force of Fragility.” Unique representational works by Anamario Hernandez. Through December 3. JEFF BAILEY GALLERY 127 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-6680. “Life’s Rich Pageant.” Through November 25. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY 362 1/2 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-5907. “La Wilson: Constructions.” Also showing photos and paintings by other artists. Through November 5. LABSPACE 2642 NY ROUTE 23, HILLSDALE LABSPACEART.BLOGSPOT.COM. “Indigo: The Seventh Color.” A group exhibition of works on indigo paper. Through November 4. LACE MILL MAIN GALLERY 165 CORNELL STREET, KINGSTON THELACEMILL.COM. “Davis @ The Lace Mill.” Art by the Davis family. November 4, 5-9pm. LIMNER GALLERY 123 WARREN STREET, HUDSON (518) 828-2343. “A Show of Heads.” 26 artists exhibit works inspired by the human head. Through November 11. MARK GRUBER GALLERY 17 NEW PALTZ PLAZA, NEW PALTZ 255-1241. “Then and Now.” Hardie Truesdale’s latest archival large format photographs. Through November 18. “41st Holiday Salon Show.” Group show. Through January 2018. Opening reception November 25, 5–7pm. MATTEAWAN GALLERY 436 MAIN STREET, BEACON 440-7901. “Björn Meyer-Ebrecht: Fragments, Remnants, Leftovers.” The show will include a site-specific installation and drawings that explore the imagery of modernist architecture. Through November 5. THE MUROFF KOTLER VISUAL ARTS GALLERY @ SUNY ULSTER 491 COTTEKILL ROAD, STONE RIDGE 687-5113. “Rita MacDonald.” The SUNY Ulster visiting artist exhibits new work. November 3-December 13. Opening reception November 3, 7pm. OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE 5720 ROUTE 9G, HUDSON (518) 828-0135. “OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana.” Through November 5. OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER 1405 COUNTY ROAD 22, GHENT (518) 392-4747. “OnSite: Jenny Sabin.” Also showing work byBenjamin Cadena, Caroline O’Donnell, and Martin Miller. Through November 12. P.U.G.G. GALLERY 624 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 633-0815. “Louis Shotwell’s Day Off.” A photo exhibit documenting the artist coming of age. November 4-30. Opening reception November 4, 6-8pm. PALMER GALLERY AT VASSAR COLLEGE 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437–5370 “Where Hope Finds Home: Recognizing the Refugees of Lancaster Pennsylvania.” Portraits by photographer Kristin V. Rehder. Through November 2. THE PARENT TEACHER STORE 63 NORTH FRONT STREET, KINGSTON 339-1442. “Particles of Light.” Group show. Through December 3. PEACE NATION 636 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 514-2561. “Continuums.” Recent works by Domingo Carrasco. November 4, 6:30-9pm. ROOST GALLERY 69 MAIN STREET, NEW PALTZ 568-7540. “Roost Roundup: A Members Exhibition.” Through November 26. Opening reception November 4, 6–8pm. RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 MAIN STREET, BEACON 838-2880. “The Darkening Days.” Photography that explores the eerier side of October. Through November 5. THE DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART 1 HAWK DRIVE, NEW PALTZ NEWPALTZ.EDU/MUSEUM. “Artists as Inovators.” Celebrating three decades of NYSCA fellowships. Through November 12. SELIGMANN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 23 WHITE OAK DRIVE, SUGAR LOAF 469-9459. “Greg Slick: Opened Ground.” At the crossroads of art and anthropology. Through November 5. SEPTEMBER 449 WARREN STREET #3, HUDSON. “Gone Here: Sheila Gallagher.” November 4-December 23. Opening reception November 4, 6-8pm. SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY ARTS CENTER 790 ROUTE 203, SPENCERTOWN (518) 392-3693. “Works by Amelia Toelke and Linda B Horn.” Through November 12. Opening reception November 4, 4-6pm.

STONE RIDGE LIBRARY 3700 MAIN STREET, STONE RIDGE 687-7023. “Works by Christopher Seubert.” Drawings, watercolors, oils, and prints. Through December 21. THE PIVOT GROUND CAFE & WORK SPACE 63 BROADWAY, KINGSTON 383-1663. “Stone Works.” The photography of Nancy Donskoj and the stone drawings of Edward Bulter.Through November 4. THE RE INSTITUTE 1395 BOSTON CORNERS ROAD, MILLERTON (518) 567-5359. “Works by Xiaowei Chen, Yukari Edamitsu, Debra Ramsay and Mark DeLura.” Through November 4. THE WASSAIC PROJECT 37 FURNACE BANK ROAD, WASSAIC (347) 815-0783. “Ley Lines 2017.” An exhibit of former Wassaic Project artists-in-residence. Through December 31. THEO GANZ STUDIO 149 MAIN STREET, BEACON (917) 318-2239. “Dog Days.” New oil paintings, drawings, and prints by Chantelle Norton. November 11-December 31. THOMPSON GIROUX GALLERY 57 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM (518) 392-3336. “Paintings by Joseph Yetto.” Through November 26. TIVOLI ARTISTS GALLERY 60 BROADWAY, TIVOLI 757-2667. “Rock Paper Scissors Metal Wood.” Through November 12. UNCANNY GALLERY 17 JOHN STREET, KINGSTON 204-4380. “Art Doll Exhibit.” A rotating exhibit of one-of-a-kind dolls and figurative sculpture. Ongoing. VASSAR COLLEGE MAIN BUILDING 124 RAYMOND AVENUE, POUGHKEEPSIE 437-5370. “Unmasking Stigma: Ableism & Ability Through Student Art.” November 8-27. Opening reception November 8, 5:30pm. WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL AND ART GALLERY 232 WARD STREET, MONTGOMERY 457-ARTS. “6” and Under: Miniature Show.” Juried Show. November 1-30. Opening reception November 4, 5-7pm. WIRED GALLERY 11 MOHONK ROAD, HIGH FALLS (682) 564-5613. “Marie Mastronardo: A Retrospective.” Ceramic sculptures, paintings, and 3-D wall pieces. Through November 26. WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM 28 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK 679-2940. “Book Art.” Selected artwork, handmade artists’ books, and collaborative publications. Through December 31. WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART 2470 ROUTE 212, WOODSTOCK 679-2388. “Off the Walls: Artwork from Our Patron’s Collections.” Work by Bellows, Carlson, Sargent, and more. Through December 16.



Rock This Joint

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones By Peter Aaron Photo by Fionn Reilly



he music called rockabilly, one of the earliest strains of rock ’n’ roll, arrived in rural, mid-1950s America when country and western music plowed head on into rhythm and blues—exploding into an Atomic Age mess of quivering tempos, twanged-out guitar, and cat-in-heat vocals. Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Charlie Feathers. Their hootin’, hollerin’ heyday was more than 60 years ago. Much evolution has since occurred in the world of rock.Yet to this day there are rockabilly bands in all corners of this and every other continent, raising a ruckus with their doghouse basses and slap-backed singers to packs of pompadoured and poodle-skirted prancers at ’50s-themed gatherings (see this month’s Rockin’ & Ridin’ Festival in Cape Town, South Africa). And it’s safe to say the majority of the musicians in these groups weren’t even a glimmer in Grandpa’s eye when the Big Beat was being born. One such outfit is Kingston’s own Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones, whose members are in their tender 20s and 30s. So what is it, then, about this ancient—by pop music standards—American artform that makes younger musicians like them want to play it? “It’s happy music,” Hope explains from behind her trademark red cat eye frames. “And it’s dance music, it gets your feet tapping. It’s not sit-on-your-ass music. For some people today it’s dubstep that’s dance music. But to me [rockabilly] is more accessible—and it doesn’t hurt your ears as much.” But while rockabilly is clearly their central focus, it wouldn’t be precise to say that the Ark-Tones, whose current lineup, besides Hope (born Lara Hope Levine) on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, includes her husband, bassist Matt Goldpaugh and new drummer Eli Marzano and guitarist Eddie Rion, are unyieldingly slavish in their stylistic devotion. Between the expected rockabilly boppers, Love You to Life, their second album, released last August, detours into soul balladry (“I’m Yours”), straight-up country weepers (“This is What I’ve Got”), and Latin-tinged rhumbas (the title track). “Early rock ’n’ roll and roots music are definitely the creative starting point,” Hope says. “But even though we love that music, we don’t want to just rewrite old songs.” Hope hails from the perhaps unlikely rockabilly hotspot of Plainview, Long Island (then again, Stray Cats main man Brian Setzer grew up in nearby Massapequa, so perhaps there’s some magic moonshine in Oyster Bay Harbor). “It’s pretty much this upper-middle class, white, Jewish bubble,” she says. “Not very well-rounded, compared to Ulster County. But you can get awesome bagels, pizza, and Chinese food there.” She inherited her show-biz blood from her single mom, a former lounge singer who still performs in local community theater. “Because of her I auditioned for a production of ‘Oliver!’ when I was nine, and I got the lead part,” recalls Hope. “I loved being up in front of an audience, the applause and everything. So that got me into doing community theater from then until I was around 14.” She also sang in theater and school choirs and learned guitar, writing her first songs in high school as she found her way into rock via Nirvana, the Pixies, the Violent Femmes, Liz Phair, and other alternative acts.The night before she left for SUNY Albany to major in marketing—a field of study that has come in handy in her side role as the Ark-Tones’ de facto PR chief—the effusive lead-singer-to-be made her solo debut at a Plainview-area open mic night (the experience turned Hope into a champion of the format; for the next 12 years, she ran open mics on campus and at various Hudson Valley venues). At college she sang in an all-girl acapella group called the Sexy Bitches (a play on the marketing term “sexy pitches”) and, after applying to SUNY New Paltz, moved into a house there occupied by her high school best friend—a fellow female musician whose real middle name is also, coincidentally, Hope. Fueled by a shared love of the White Stripes and with Lara on bass and vocals, the two formed the Red Hopes. “Before that I’d really only played solo acoustic or acapella,” Hope remembers. “But as soon as I started singing with a drummer and other musicians behind me, I was, like, ‘Whoah, this is it! From now on, I wanna be in a band!’” Unfortunately, it turned out the hopes of the Red Hopes were a little too high, and the group disintegrated after recording one lost album. But, bitten by the band bug, Hope was determined. She joined seminal New Paltz punk trio NCM before forming her own three-piece punk act, Tiger Piss (AKA Tiger Iss), which released a handful of CDs, managed to do some touring, and became a staple of the New Paltz/Kingston scene. It was within that world that she began to fall hard for the rockabilly twang. “I already knew and liked a lot of the music from that era, like Richie Valens and Buddy Holly, and through the Beatles, because they did a lot of those songs early on,” says Hope. “But I guess I started to get more into it because the psychobilly [the post-punk, horror movie-themed style established by the Cramps] shows were always really cool, with bands like the Dead Luck Devilles and

[Goldpaugh’s group] the Arkhams. At one of the shows I met this guitar player from Saugerties named Jeff Kadic, who had started a rockabilly band called the Champtones. He started making me mix CDs of all this cool stuff I’d never heard before and asked me if I’d be into singing for the band, and it just felt perfectly natural. So rockabilly went from being this thing I had only listened to being what I actually did, which was totally awesome.” Thanks in large part to Hope’s go-getting, the Champtones swiftly became the Kingston area’s first-call rockabilly unit and made an EP, 2010’s Heartbeat, before differences over touring ambitions and the loss of members got the better of them. Around the same time that the Champtones were unraveling, so were their friends the Arkhams. “Lara and I had already started hanging out by then, and she had a bunch of Champtones shows she’d booked and still wanted to do,” says Goldpaugh, who grew up in Kingston, studied art at SUNY Purchase, and for several years lived in New York, where he worked in forensic autopsy photography. “So she said, ‘Hey, can you guys just back me up for these shows?’ Our drummer had been playing in both bands, so it was pretty easy to do. We didn’t wanna call it the Champtones, though, because Jeff wasn’t involved [Champtone is also the name of Kadic’s custom-built guitar line]. And with Lara singing it wasn’t really the Arkhams, either. So we came up with ‘the Ark-Tones’ as a placeholder, figuring we’d come up with another name later. But everybody just got used to it and it stuck.” The new configuration began its ongoing and relentless gigging regimen, debuting on CD with 2014’s Luck Maker. And, true to that title, one can say that Hope and the Ark-Tones have, indeed, been making their own luck ever since. The band can be found rocking on the road around the US several months a year at clubs and roots music festivals and performing somewhere in the Northeast almost every weekend (the night before this interview, the couple had returned from a six-hour round trip to play a show in Vermont). Among others, the Ark-Tones have appeared with the likes of R&B legend Gary US Bonds and honky-tonk hero Wayne Hancock, opening for the latter on WAMC’s “Live at the Linda.” Along the way they’ve earned the enthusiasm of some other music veterans as well. One of them is Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s longest-running sideman and also the bassist of choice for Tom Waits, Paul Simon, David Johansen, and Robert Gordon. “Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones’ records and live performances capture, and release, the spirit of the original rockabilly and country bands that I have listened to and enjoyed for most of my life,” says Garnier by e-mail. “And my two boys, who are 10 and 13 and are [otherwise] glued to Top 40 radio, are also huge fans.” But, as amazing as such accolades are, for Hope the biggest honor came earlier this year, when, after a nail-biting online campaign, she was given the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist. “That was definitely the coolest night of my life,” says Hope, who attended the February awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, which saw Jerry Lee Lewis, Junior Brown, Hank Williams III, Pokey LaFarge, and others line up to collect honors as well. “It was really, really amazing. When we were there, we met people from all over the world—Italy, Spain, Australia, all over—who’ve become friends and stayed in touch with us.” Many of those contacts will no doubt be helpful when the band tours Europe for the first time this spring, after a lengthy Southern tour this winter; a threeweek US tour opening for the Reverend Horton Heat is set for June. Through constant hard work and hustle that includes the Ark-Tones, their acoustic offshoot the Gold-Hope Duo, and their seasonal stint as entertainers at Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, Hope and Goldpaugh have somehow managed the impossible: making a living—albeit a modest one—from their music.When asked about it, Hope brings up a joke about rockabilly being the retirement plan for punk rockers, a trope that’s more of a commentary on many punk musicians wanting to turn the volume down as they get older, rather than an assurance of their being able to trade low-paying loudness for roots rock riches. “I don’t know that I could ever go back to working for somebody else,” says Hope. “It’s hard for me to relate to the idea of working nine to five. Plus, I love how the people in the rockabilly and roots music communities all seem to know each other. I feel like I’ve finally found my place.”

“It’s not sit-on-yourass music.”

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones will perform for the Ulster County ASPCA’s “Top Hats & Tails” fundraiser at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF) on November 4 and will open for Robert Gordon at Colony inWoodstock on November 18. Love You to Life is out now. 11/17 CHRONOGRAM MUSIC 61

Pere Ubu play BSP in Kingston November 10.

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STEPHEN CLAIR AND THE PUSHBACKS RECORD RELEASE SHOWS November 2, 18, 30. Stephen Clair is well known for founding the Beacon Music Factory, which offers lessons and music boot camps for adults and kids (Police and Bruce Springsteen boot camps kick off in January). But he has his own thing going as well: fluid outfit the Pushbacks, who have just released the eight-song mini-album Pushback, which they’re, well, pushing with some shows this month. November 2: the Towne Crier. 7:30pm. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Beacon. (845) 855-1300. November 18: Bridge Street Theater. 7:30pm. Call for ticket price. Catskill. (518) 943-3894. November 30: Colony. 8pm. $10. With the Sweet Clementines. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625;

AMY HELM PRESENTS “SKYLARK: A NIGHT OF SONGBIRDS” November 13. For this tantalizingly titled evening at her late, legendary dad’s Levon Hlem Studios, singer Amy Helm has assembled an amazing nest of lady talent. Joining Amy for the all-female engagement are Gramblers leader Nicki Bluhm; steel guitar virtuoso Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel); in-demand bassist Jennifer Condos (Stevie Nicks, Ray LaMontagne); sweet country vocalist Emily Gimble (Asleep at the Wheel); blues rockers Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland; drum diva and bandleader Allison Miller (Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant); and local vocalists Elizabeth Littleton (Ida), Simi Stone (New Pornographers), and Rachel Yamagata. (Elephant Revival returns November 11.) 7:30pm. $75, $100. Woodstock. (845) 679-2744;

PERE UBU November 10. Pere Ubu’s music sounded like it was from the future when their first single appeared in 1975. Forty-two years later, that’s still the case for these Cleveland-born legends, who here make their area debut at BSP. With singer David Thomas as the sole constant member, the group has been identified with first-wave punk, but in actuality Ubu’s “avant-garage”—an alchemical melange of 1960s surf and garage rock, experimental jazz, psychedelia, musique concrete, krautrock, abstract blues, performance art, and palpable Rust Belt essence—always 62 MUSIC CHRONOGRAM 11/17

set them far apart from their early contemporaries. Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Gang of Four, and countless others have cited their influence. With the Young Skulls. (Big Mean Sound Machine play rough November 4; This Will Destroy You wreck it November 13.) 7:30pm. $25. Kingston. (845) 481-5158;

HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC: ANTARCTICA November 18. A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, this showing of noted Hudson Valley filmmaker Jon Bowermaster’s documentary Antarctica at the Bardavon will be accompanied by a live score performed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. An esteemed writer and adventurer as well as a documentarian, Bowermaster has won numerous awards for his films, which offer stunning imagery while raising awareness about the planet’s threatened environment. He’ll narrate the screening of Antarctica, whose visuals depict Earth’s vanishing polar ice cap. Conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer and accompanied by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, the orchestra will perform selections by Smetna, Debussy, and Vaughn Williams. (Jazzed Up jams November 9; Brandi Carlile croons November 12.) 8pm. $25-$57. Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2072;

HARVEY SORGEN/MARILYN CRISPELL/JOE FONDA November 29. These pages have sung the praises of Harvey Sorgen and Marilyn Crispell before, with good reason. Versatile drummer Sorgen has been a long-time touring member of Hot Tuna and worked with Paul Simon and Michelle Shocked in addition to racking up an overstuffed jazz resume featuring Ahmad Jamal, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, and dozens more. Pianist Crispell also emerged from Woodstock’s 1970s Creative Music Studio scene; has performed in bands led by Braxton, Reggie Workman, and Henry Grimes; and helped define the ECM Records sound with her albums for that label. Bassist Joe Fonda is lesser known but no less a maverick; another Braxton alum, he’s been a sideman of Archie Shepp, Wadada Leo Smith, and Lou Donaldson, to name a few. The three converge for this date at the Falcon. (The Sertso/ Berger Group gets creative November 5; the Manuel Valera Trio visits November 30.) 7pm. Donation requested. Marlboro. (845) 236-7970;




Although Kingston-based Rasta polymath Jamie Saft is best known as an accomplished keyboardist and studio maven, his recorded work as a guitarist dates as far back as two decades to his sessions with Jerry Granelli. His dobro and lap steel skills get a rare, ample, and ravishing workout on this new collaboration with his fellow local multiinstrumentalist, guitarist Bill Brovold. The album title references the rehab center where Jerry Garcia died, striking a fitting balance for these 12 often stark tone poems—some warm and serene, others as dark and searching as the emotions upon the loss of a loved one. Much of the darkness comes from Brovold’s chimes-at-midnight, dirge-y chordal atmospheres enveloping Saft’s adept, pealing slide chorales. Ironically, the title track is also the brightest piece here, converting tragedy into ecstasy; a transformation that is both the agony and the eternal triumph of the blues. —James Keepnews

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The New Paltz institution that is Los Doggies comes straightforward with this four-song release.Well, as straightforward as Los Doggies can get. Laden with counter-rhythms and cascading melodies, the album harkens to some prog-rock foundations: Zappa-esque lead guitar tones, with a dash of King Crimson fuzziness. However, the band leaves out all the pomp and pretension often associated with that genre, favoring a more idiosyncratic indie-rock approach (a la Built to Spill or Pavement). Whereas in the past Los Doggies has utilized basic studio trickery of multi-tracking and layering instrumental and vocal performances, Ear Op is primarily a capturing of an organic live performance. Producer Kevin McMahon, who has proven himself time and again in his knack of capturing and shaping the sound and spirit of many a great rock outfit, was tapped to helm the faders at Marcata Recording for the album, and it is all the better for it. —Mike Campbell

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SHORT TAKES Take a break from the family this Thanksgiving with this month’s selection of science, philosophy, equestrian, and fictional books. —Leah Habib


Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” set their latest novel in the fictional Southwestern town of Night Vale—like the podcast and other novels—where unusual “X-Files”-esque occurrences are famous for taking place, It Devours combines science with compelling characterization, focused on the quest of misfit protagonist and scientist Nilanjana Sikdar. Fink and Cranor reads on 10/15 at 7pm at the Morton Library in Rhinecliff.


It is no secret to equestrians, the importance of body connectivity between the rider and the animal. Paul Josa-Jones’ latest book provides insight and tips for riders seeking beneficial movements and everyday people searching for mindfulness. With several “Try This” sections offering time stamped exercises and beautiful color photographs of horses and riders, Our Horses, Ourselves is as visually appealing as it is educational. Josa-Jones reads on 11/11 at 4:30pm at Ellen Lynch Gallery in Chatham.


SUNY New Paltz philosophy professor David Appelbaum’s latest book reminds readers of the spiritual qualities of water. Developed in four parts, Appelbaum explains the phenomenological connection to the mythologies of Noah, Odin, Ptah, and Calypso, with thematic subsections in each. Written with a sense of poetic prose reminiscent to the flow of water itself, you’ll find lines like “And thirst imitates the cool, spring draught that rushes over the granite, by the forget-me-nots and horse-tail, and into the cup of my hand.” A melodic text, this book is great to enjoy before bed.


This who-done-it transports readers to late 19th-century Ireland. Landlord Lord Mulkaine in Kildarwee is unliked by most everyone. Having the reputation of being a stern businessman with a cold heart hasn’t done Lord Mulkaine much harm throughout his life—until his murder. With a list of enemies as big as Kildarwee itself, the novel examines who is responsible for this deed while introducing readers to turn-of-the century farmers and problems of simpler times. Who Killed Lord Mulkaine is the 10th novel of Irish-raised author and former Catholic priest Walter Keady who lives in Hopewell Junction.


Rhinebeck-based author and World Fantasy Award recipient Rachel Pollack’s 40th novel draws inspiration from Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire and the late-’50s TV western “Have Gun Will Travel.” Following shaman Jack Shade on his otherworldly journeys, readers are taken with Jack to poker tables, lifethreatening forests, and introduced to Dream Hunters, a Jinni, magicians, and more. Compiling previous novellas that center around Jack, Pollack’s latest work adds one entirely new story.


Slate Hill-based writer Marie Antropow Cramer’s debut novel is a work of historical fiction. Enter Yalta, Crimea, occupied by Nazi Germany, where 18-year-old Filip marries childhood companion Galina in hopes of a better life. Their romance is put to the test as they endure the World War II. Eventually settling in Dresden with Galina’s parents, their family is separated as bombs fall all around. A dark tale told with elegant prose, this novel offers an intimate portrayal of refugees navigating unknown turf in an unfamiliar time.


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Loving Violet

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hat’s really going on in the rarefied circles where college presidents and deeppocketed donors wine, dine, and deal along Millionaires’ Row? Possibly only the live-in help knows for sure. But in the Hudson Valley of Glenda Ruby’s imagination, its labyrinth of secrets is rich organic soil for Murder Most Foul. A Murderous Summer at Bard stars intrepid design expert and real estate dabbler Lindsey Brooks. In her city days, Lindsey helped law enforcement retrieve smuggled artwork. Upstate, with her finger on the pulse of the East Shore smart set, she’s acquired a butler named Bennett and reconnected with her NYPD detective buddy, now Columbia County sheriff, “over white corn at a farm stand.” We join Lindsey watching donors being wooed by Bard’s Theater Department, mingling with the young cast of “Henry V” in tights and doublets. Mean-girl drama that breaks out between Grand Dames Cassandra and Francesca is nothing compared to opening night, when the Bard at Bard is upstaged by a Grande Dame being poisoned, a student stabbed, and a CIA chef bashed in the boathouse. Lindsey and her friends follow twisted skeins of money, sex, and resentment to put the pieces together. Ruby’s dry, sly wit makes Lindsey great company on this journey into the wild side of the high life. The first in her Hudson Valley Mystery series was Death at Olana, and fans of classic murder mysteries will be well served indeed if she keeps overturning such elegant rocks. There’s mystery throughout Steven Lewis’s new novel Loving Violet, too, of the universal sort. How will our choices impact our grandchildren? Why do we love the ones we love? Is there such a thing as objective truth in marriage? Lewis, father of seven and grandfather to a constantly expanding tribe who call him “Chief,” is way too much novelist to attempt pat answers. He picks up his chronicle of the Tevis family 13 years after the death of Robert, the curmudgeonly demihero of his 2015 novel Take This. Robert’s grandson Aaron is utterly bedazzled by Violet, with her blond ringlets and pink lips, his partner in a grad school orientation exercise in which they swap two-minute autobiographies. Entranced by her loveliness, he barely hears what she says, and tells her of a night when he realized he inhabited the spirit of the grandfather he barely knew—a realization he’s invented on the spot to add spice, but swiftly decides must be true. Mysterious, duplicitous, and wildly talented, Violet spins Aaron’s world around as they navigate literate young adulthood. Aaron’s life is upended when his grandmother is injured in Costa Rica, his cantankerous grandfather’s final destination on a mindbending road trip, and he finds himself in the bosom of his fractured, yet curiously expanded family of origin, surrounded by the lively women of his late grandfather’s world. Aaron and Violet find their way to Costa Rica as her writing career goes stratospheric, and their daughter Esme will grow up there. There’s no earthly paradise in sight for this third generation of the Tevis line; not in marriage and monogamy, not in New York or Costa Rica. But when lives and families crack along their fault lines, there’s still love to be had, just not as expected. Such is maturity. The mystery Lewis explores lacks final solutions, but its unfolding is beautiful, unsettling, and edifying nonetheless, making Loving Violet a great read for anyone intrigued by the ties that bind, and fray, and bind nonetheless. —Anne Pyburn Craig

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It’s like pushing a ball of wind. —Sage Perkins (7 years) after being shown Tai-chi

PHYSICS When two dynamite sticks are lain By one another And lit in such a way That their explosions are concurrent, Both red little sticks vanish, totally. They belong to the air that sucked their debris. We have kicked and banged Into this bleached room Where hole-less, scuff-less, innocent, The walls seemed high enough To be infinite. But it has a ceiling. Lying on our backs we can almost see it. This isn’t happiness Or some second chance. This is a tomb for containing All the toxic debris That, mid-explosion, will fly out of our bodies. This stale air is all we will get. —Jennifer Wise

A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE HELPED ME UNDERSTAND MY MOTHER After her husband left and her mother passed there were more nights where I tucked her in instead of the other way around. More nights where I put her wine away, I ashed her cigarette and I turned David Gray down or the TV off. Some nights I checked her pulse. The article listed the animals that practice what we call monogamy or normalcy, but I saw only a few

We’re just ships passing water in the night. —p

EMPTY NEST-NESS A text with only two letters makes no sense. His room devoid of frantic stink does not make me smile as I pass the door. The car standing motionless in the driveway obstructs my passage and my thinking. Dinner on a paper plate near the tv supplies no taste. Fall leaves turn and so does my stomach as I walk away from too big a house. I hate RAP music but miss the fight the beat always wrought. Orthodontic rubber bands found behind the couch have lost their elastic. His stash box is missing and so is my constant vigilance. No flow of young studs and sexy teens parade by our virtual stream. Thank god I’m no longer responsible…or was I ever? Each trip past the High School a flash back. The tree house welcomes only bees and pine needles. The sink upstairs is clean, and still clean, and still. A bar for breakfast is replaced by fine Catskill bourbon. Dad stacks the wood…alone. Every blade of grass misses his zippy mower passing. Less means I must make more of myself. We both wonder in the world detached. Thank god I’m no longer responsible…or was I ever?

REQUIEM FOR JUNE In the final act an Autumn breeze sweeps away the dried husk of a life that was

The neighbors gather for reasons too familiar. Toasts to time begrudgingly given. Casual stories about children who are huge. Shhh, I could read a book, or not. Run naked while flying up and down the stairs. Eat moldy left overs over the sink. Why are you hunting for clothes in his room? A hurricane swirls inside my chest. Where complexity meets finality, right now. Thank god, our ability to respond is all we’ve ever had.

—Walt Van Leuven

—Sharon Breslau

—Kelsea Cassone

FATHERLY ADVICE You once told me “you’ll have to do things you don’t want to do” I did not think that included living without you.

This was a blank sheet of paper. Four sides. Front and back. White. 8 ½ by 11. Unremarkable. Rippable. Scrunchable. Tearable. Terrible? Gosh, no. I hope not. It used to be a tree, poor thing. What a step backward if it believed in Reincarnation.

birds: a bald eagle, a black vulture. There were only a few

Maybe it was a bad tree, though—a tree that would spitefully flick a nest of innocent baby robins from its branch—on a day without a whisper of wind. Now that is naughty.

mammals: a gray wolf, a beaver. It occurred to me to reconsider her.

Maybe it was the type of tree that grew its limbs waaaaaay way high—too high for children to climb on and too high for swings to be hung. No fun. Maybe it was a grumpy tree that did not like children. At all.

Maybe my mom wasn’t like other moms

Maybe it was the type of tree that was so tough and gnarly that tree trimmers couldn’t even get their chainsaws through. Their saws would seize up and get caught mid cut. And need to go out for repairs. Expensive repairs.

and maybe she wasn’t like me or like you. I’d known her to be a lot of things but never an eagle and only booze made her a vulture. She was no wolf and no beaver and despite her best effort, could be no housewife either. —Kate Bond 66 POETRY CHRONOGRAM 11/17

Maybe it was a braggart, telling all the other trees within earshot that its ancestry can be traced back to the apple tree that Sir Isaac Newton sat under when he came up with his law of universal gravitation. And the tree would smugly sound out every single syllable in “un-i-ver-sal grav-it-a-tion” to make the other trees feel ignorant and bad. Insufferable. I’m glad that tree got knocked down to size. Serves it right. It’s just a piece of paper now. Ha! A piece of paper that I have written all these words on. Ha! Not so smug now, huh, Mr. Tree. Mr. Lofty Powerful Shade-Maker Tree. Or…maybe it’s just a piece of paper. Four sides. Front and back. White. 8 ½ by 11. —Barbara Sheffer



You say whisper so they won’t hear about you The things, secret things you’ve done and I’ve endured and pretend, bend like a books pages read and skipped chapters the titles that I wear on my face keep captured in my teeth clench My heart ached numbed by the mystery of pain a woman was given hips to hold the weight of the world to sway in line, I shouldn’t have to wait my turn in my own bedroom Lying wait in the sheets I washed, you lay, they lay I get put on the shelf dust and cob webs form that I wipe them away And again and again and again I whisper and you pain

In the fifth grade Simon learned to count the seconds between lightning’s bolt and thunder’s arrival, five to the mile.

I should learn the first time And in a perfect world we are all soldiers of solitude I could love you if I hated myself more I could come back and stand in line and sway with the hips of the world Love doesn’t end suddenly it breaks fractures and tries to repair itself Some things are better left broken, better left silent Their busted bodies repurposed Pretzeled into new lives New chances at better outcomes Different versions of the same I could blame the world and shame the man But would rather learn to love another

Learned that a second was one Mississippi long, and the late night 4th of July fireworks set off from a barge on Lake Quannapowitt exploded six Mississippis from his bedroom. Eight years later he realized the shrinking seconds between detonation flash and thunder meant some B-52s rain of quarter ton death were miles off target in the night. He dove for his hole. In less than a Mississippi the earth bulged in the silence that is sound beyond comprehension. The right wall of his foxhole slammed him against the left and would not let go, squeezed him like a pumpkin seed, kept him locked in a dirt cradle, the steel dome of his helmet popped just clear of the ground the horizontal slit below filled with eyes that could not close.

—Michelle Williams

In the dawn he saw distant voices a foot away trying to get his attention as they scrambled to dig him out.


There was a hand lying on the dirt in front of him, black ants swarming where the wrist used to be.

Legs working frantically, It attempts, yet again, The smooth porcelain wall Of its unexpected prison. To no avail. An instant’s Purchase will not hold And it slides back, As if pushed by a cruel hand, into the pointless hollow Of the endless bottom. Rather like the wedding guest Who can’t shake the ancient mariner, Or rather, since “sadder and wiser” Is at least something, more like depression. It knows there is a world beyond, And it so desires to join it. Yet nothing changes In its numbing entrapment. Clever. It senses the pitch of the sides Is gentler at the corner and it bends Every effort there, probing with alert Antennae, brilliantly sequencing its Two dozen legs (imagine having to control 24 limbs). Obviously, we don’t really Understand this creature as it is neither Silver nor a fish. Its emotion is transparent. It wants to be free, pausing, then attempting The impossible over and over. I crush it smartly (its severed legs still quiver For a moment) with the bottom Of a plastic bottle. No one, after all, Wants to bathe with a bug. —Jim Lichtenberg

He knew the hand wasn’t his. When someone stepped on it, he flinched. —Ken Sutton

HOMESCHOOLED The toad king in his wheelchair at the interview table enjoys being half-deaf to his acolytes. That reminds me, Mark Strand was once asked on an occasion like this, do you make up your own ideas, or do they come to you? Back home his typewriter awaits him like a taxi cab meter that turns idle thoughts into poetry. Sincerity was fine in its day, but he moved us forward into languorous irony, sexual & timely. Now he fingers a philosopher’s pencil. Or doesn’t. Either way, the tall, serious girl wouldn’t dare to appear unless she’s in somebody else’s poem. The dachshund peeking out from under the table’s black bunking is stealing the show, the poet’s dog glad not to be a right or a left shoe on this heavenly day indoors. John Ashbery wrote “Homeschooled” so you don’t have to. —Will Nixon

HAD ENOUGH BLUES I was singing a song called Had Enough Blues Sitting by a candle in the living room Things about the news, singing things about pain Wondering if things’ll be all right again Well I’ve said it, I’ve sung it—I’ve had enough This world can be rough, children—this world can be —Christopher Porpora 11/17 CHRONOGRAM POETRY 67

Food & Drink Christopher Williams, the chief distiller at Coppersea Distilling in New Paltz.



rior to Prohibition, rye whiskey reigned supreme in New York. Farmers planted rye in great abundance and the grain thrived in the region’s rocky soils and often cold climate. When alcohol became illegal in the US in 1920, the state’s rye fields went fallow and whiskey ceased being made from the grain. By 1933, when the nation’s failed experiment with abstinence came to end, the damage to New York spirits production had already been done, and the tradition of making rye whiskey in the state was not revived. In Kentucky and elsewhere in the South, bourbon—a sweeter, corn-based whiskey—thrived post-Prohibition and became the dominant American variety. In 2007, Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner launched Hudson Manhattan Rye, the first legally distilled rye whiskey made in New York State after Prohibition—which, incidentally, won an Ultimate Spirits Championship award this year. Now Tuthilltown has joined six other distilleries to revive NewYork’s lost rye-producing tradition via the creation of Empire Rye: Coppersea Distilling, located, like Tuthilltown, in the Hudson Valley; New York Distilling Company, Kings County Distillery, and Van Brunt Stillhouse in NewYork City; Finger Lakes Distilling; and Black Button Distilling in Rochester.  Why rye? First of all, it’s historical. “Rye is such a quintessentially New York spirit,” notes Van Brunt Stillhouse co-owner Daric Schlesselman, “dating back to the earliest Dutch settlers.” Empire Rye’s rigorous guidelines require, among other things, that the whiskey be made from a mash bill (the mix of grains used at the start of the whiskey-making process) consisting of 75 percent NewYork State rye grain, and that the whiskey be aged for at least two years in charred, new oak barrels at not more than 115 proof at time of entry.


Distillers who follow these guidelines will earn the right to label their whiskey as an “Empire Rye,” and consumers will know that they are getting a distinctive NewYork State product, the same way that scotch drinkers know their whiskey is produced in Scotland according to strict criteria, and champagne drinkers know the bubbly beverage is carbonated and made from grapes in the Champagne region of France. These spirit producers hope the strict guildlines will make “New York State” and “rye” as synonymous as “Kentucky” and “bourbon.” Congress declared bourbon a “distinctive product of the US” in 1964, and ever since then, in order to be labeled “bourbon,” a spirit must be produced in the US. More than 90 percent of all bourbon is produced in Kentucky.     “All of the distillers involved in this project, we have a very deep affection for our state and we want to give it its whiskey,” says Christopher Williams, chief distiller at Coppersea Distilling in New Paltz, who dreamed up the Empire Rye concept.  Tom Potter, co-owner of New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn, one of the guidelines’ originators, hopes the Empire Rye label will make this type of whiskey equivalent with New York. “If people think of Kentucky as the place where bourbon comes from, where does rye come from? It should come from NewYork,” he says. “We feel there’s an opportunity to create a historically true identity and expand on that and take advantage of our strengths: our historymaking rye whiskey, the agricultural ability to grow terrific rye here, [and the fact that] New York has always been the world capital of cocktails.”  Potter believes that the project is the type “that benefits from a group effort.” He explains, “No one distillery is going to create a style that is recognized or a terroir that is appreciated. It takes a broader effort.” 

From left: A New York State flag hangs in Coppersea Distilling; Ken Migliorelli at Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli supplies rye to Coppersea Distilling. Below: The brand symbol for Empire Rye.

Making the Cut Williams drafted the guidelines in collaboration with representatives from five other distilleries. An additional distillery, Van Brunt Stillhouse in New York City, did not participate in writing the guidelines but has already adopted them, and is participating in the label’s launch. Williams admits to having long nurtured an “almost obsession” with regional styles of food and drink. “It’s always fascinated me, the evolution of these styles,” he says, “whether it’s a whiskey style or wine style or cheese style or some regional food that leads to a range of similar dishes that, from a perspective of provenance, are strongly associated with a particular country or region.”  Historically, whether it’s a drink like scotch or a musical style like Delta blues, explains Williams, regional styles tend to develop best when they can evolve and grow naturally over time, free of influence from the outside world. In today’s era of instant communication, that’s unlikely to happen naturally, so Williams and his fellow distillers decided to contrive a set of standards to create a New York style.  The group of style originators unveiled their respective Empire Rye whiskeys in October after having aged them the requisite two years. Now the Empire Rye distinction is open to any New York distillers who are willing to meet the guidelines.  “The unveiling of this is also an invitation to every other distillery in New York State to make this style,” Williams says. “By no means are we trying to keep this completely in our provenance. The point is to get as many distilleries as possible to make this style.”  It’s too soon to tell what the common flavor characteristics of Empire Rye might be. “I think you’ll see plenty of variety,” says Brian McKenzie, president and owner of Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, who was involved in the creation of the style. “Our agreed-upon rules will make the style somewhat distinctive across the spectrum of Empire Ryes, but also allow the producers to be creative and put their own spin on the product.”  Finger Lakes Distilling is producing a single-barrel rye whiskey from a mash bill consisting of 80 percent rye and 20 percent malted barley.The whiskey that has resulted has “a ton of rye spice,” McKenzie says.  In contrast,Williams is making his rye whiskey from a mash bill of 100-percent, NewYork-grown malted rye. He says the whiskey has notes of wildflower honey, “toasted biscuits, blackberry, nutmeg, and cinnamon.”  New York Distilling Company’s take on the style will be a version of its Ragtime Rye, with applejack barrel finishing. In addition to the 75-percent rye requirement, its mash bill consists of 15 percent New York corn and 10

percent malted barley from out of state. After aging for two years in oak, the rye whiskey is finished for three months in an applejack barrel. “The applejack finishing provides a real bright floral note to the rye,” Potter says. “We think it’s a wonderful combination of the spiciness of the rye and the bright green floral apple notes.” Distilling for Distinction An element uniting all the Empire Ryes will be the NewYork-grown rye itself, which has a distinctive flavor. “The soils here are definitely different than the soils out in the Midwest or California, so there’s a good chance that a rye grown here as opposed to other parts of the country might have a different flavor,” says Ken Migliorelli, who owns Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli, where Williams buys his rye.  And exactly what NewYork State’s soils will add to the finished rye whiskey product also remains to be seen. “We don’t really know, we’re learning about what kinds of flavors can be elicited,” Williams says.  In terms of rye whiskey in general, Potter, who cofounded the Brooklyn Brewery in 1988, believes it will be up to the burgeoning craft distilling world what the IPA is to craft beer. “If you think of American whiskeys as traditionally rye and bourbon, bourbon is the easier drink; it’s sweeter, corn is a sweet grain,” he says. “Rye, by contrast, is inherently spicy. It’s a little more challenging, but it also offers more flavor opportunities.”  Potter believes Empire Rye will build up a following the way craft brews did. “When craft and small breweries were atiny part of the market, nobody was asking for a more challenging beer,” he recalls. “They were asking for something that was more interesting. There were no IPAs, all of us were making English-style pale ales, porters, and stouts. Nobody, initially, was making the more bitter, challenging beers that came to prominence later.”  In the meantime, Empire Rye’s ultimate goal is to serve as a calling card for New York State. “We want to make something that the state can be proud of,” says Williams. “When people go abroad, they’ll bring a bottle of Empire Rye and say, ‘This is what has been wrought in my state.’”  And Kings County Distillery owner Colin Spoelman has no doubt that Empire Rye will compete well with “the big brands,” which don’t offer much transparency about their origins. “I think the big takeaway for people should be that this is an exciting concept for now, but will only get more interesting as time goes on,” he says. “Whiskey is a long game.” 11/17 CHRONOGRAM FOOD & DRINK 69

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he former Au Bon Pain cafe at 60 Livingston Street in Poughkeepsie is now called the Prototype Experience. Inside this space, open to the public from 2 to 5pm on Wednesdays, are renderings of the $545 million Vassar Brothers Medical Center inpatient pavilion, which is beginning to rise along Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. There are also blueprints, swatches of the carpet that will be installed in the pavilion, and two prototype rooms: a medical/surgical patient room and an intensive care unit room. Both rooms are meant to look exactly like the 264 patient rooms and 30 ICU rooms that’ll be ready for use in late 2019, when officials say the pavilion is scheduled to open. They’re outfitted with beds, medical technology, televisions, and bathrooms. Though the rooms offer people a detailed example of what they’ll see when the pavilion opens, they’re still facsimiles. The toilet in the bathroom isn’t connected to pipes. The television doesn’t turn on. And the “window” scene is a print depicting the Mid-Hudson Bridge and a river view. When posited to Timmian Massie, the senior vice president of marketing, public affairs, and government relations at Health Quest, which operates Vassar Brothers Medical Center, that one feels as if he has stepped onto a Hollywood set, Massie is quick with a response: “Poughkeepsie Hope.” Ground broke on the largest construction project in Poughkeepsie history in September 2016. Once it opens, the 752,000-square-foot, eight-story Vassar Brothers Medical Center inpatient pavilion will overlook the Hudson River in the shape of a wave. Some could mistake it for a hotel, with its glass exterior, outdoor dining area, conference center, and spacious, private patient rooms. As cranes lift steel into place and the structure takes shape, Vassar Brothers and local officials see the new pavilion, with its grand scope, as a game-changer for health care in the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County, and Poughkeepsie. “This historic undertaking will improve the quality of lives for county residents, and firmly establish Dutchess County as a leader in the region in patient care,” says Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “This expansion will continue to  fuel the health care sector of our economy with new jobs and opportunities.” But will patients respond to the new pavilion by staying local for care, or will they travel north or south? Vassar Brothers officials hope the expansion will give them no reason to leave the area. 74 WHOLE LIVING CHRONOGRAM 11/17

A BIGGER SLICE OF THE PIE In 1959, Vassar Brothers opened its Community Circle care center at the hospital, reflecting a mid-century trend of circular patient-care levels, which were typically designed to minimize the time it took doctors and nurses to reach patient rooms, and to centralize activity. In the center of each level is the nursing station, while the patient rooms line the exterior like pie slices. But the patient rooms at Vassar Brothers are typically 243 square feet and have two beds, which creates problems. First, it’s difficult for a patient to have conversations about private matters when there’s a roommate. Second, one patient may be trying to sleep while the other is watching television or seeing visitors. And sometimes a patient can’t be moved into a room either because of infection danger or the simple fact that the other patient in the room is of another gender, thus creating blockages. The new facility eliminates these problems with private rooms, 66 each on levels four through seven. Each patient will have a 330-square foot space to recover, outfitted with two televisions—one for the patient and another for guests, installed next to a pullout sofa. Moreover, the rooms will have WiFi access and USB ports to charge portable devices, and their bathrooms will include a walk-in shower with enough space for wheelchair access. Aesthetically, the patient rooms, lobbies, and waiting rooms are supposed to evoke a sense of calm. Rooms will be painted in a soft shade of blue, green, purple, or yellow, depending on their level. Paintings, primarily depicting nature scenes, will decorate the walls, and larger windows are planned, both to bring in more light and to emphasize views of the Hudson River on one side and the Poughkeepsie cityscape on the other side. Plus, while press materials on the pavilion’s design emphasize how it mirrors the river’s curvature, the choice to shape it like a wave is also reflective of a contemporary model that showcases soft, gentle curves and not long, straight hallways, another way to evoke calm. “When patients and visitors are in the hospital, one thing they have is a lot of time, so they’re walking up and down the hallways,” says Larry Bell, vice president of construction for Health Quest. “You don’t have this feeling that you’re just a small part in this long hallway.” Each room also has a 360-degree articulated arm designed to hold a laptop to collect patient information. Outside every room will be a standalone computer where physicians can also input data. A camera will be installed in each

room for Skype compatibility, so if a patient needs a specialist who’s in another location, he or she can be accessed remotely. Of course, technology can and will change rapidly, but hospital officials say they’re ready to respond. “We want to make sure that when the facility opens in two years, we’re going to be fully updated with technology,” says Bell. “The change is happening out there, and it’s phenomenal.” ACCENT ON ACCESSIBILITY Vassar Brothers’ expansion includes a new 58,000-square-foot emergency room and trauma center. Currently the hospital fits approximately 75,000 emergency patients annually into about 30,000 square feet of a cramped space dating to the 1920s, which means patients are left waiting for an open bed. The new emergency room will have 66 treatment rooms and 15 operating suites as large as 805 square feet, and will comprise an entire wing on the first floor of the new pavilion. “People don’t want to wait for emergency care anymore,” says Dr. Daniel O’Dea, vice president of cardiovascular services at Health Quest. “The current layout is not conducive to opening up the rooms necessary to pull in those patients.” Working as a cardiologist at Vassar Brothers for the last 25 years, Dr. O’Dea has seen plenty of changes in how health care is delivered. When he started at Vassar, doctors and surgeons didn’t stay at the hospital full-time, which meant they weren’t always readily available for emergencies. O’Dea cited that in 1992—according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine—15 percent of people admitted to American emergency rooms after heart attacks died in the hospital. The medical community has made steps to reach patients faster, including bringing doctors into the hospital full-time. In a 2013 New England Journal of Medicine report, the rate of hospital deaths after a heart attack was at 4.7 percent. As efficiency remains a paramount concern for the medical community,Vassar Brothers officials are emphasizing cutting down wasted time in its pavilion plan. For example, the pavilion includes five ambulance bays with access to elevators that lead to the emergency room, a complete change from the current practice of wheeling an emergency patient from a lot across the hospital to the entrance. “We’re going to get patients through the system more quickly,” says O’Dea. “We’re going to be much more efficient in moving people up to the floors, and get to more people in a shorter period of time.” HOME IS WHERE THE HEALTH IS The new pavilion has a host of other amenities that make it feel more like a hotel than a traditional hospital. Vassar Brothers hopes to entice community entities to host meetings in the 300-seat, first-floor conference center. The 240-seat cafeteria includes an outdoor veranda space overlooking the Hudson, plus a neighboring garden for an additional aesthetic draw.The physicians’ lounge has sleek furniture, the kind you’d find in any modern hotel bar. Officials mention how they hope these features bring the community to them, from the groups that’ll potentially book the conference room to the new physicians who could move to the mid-Hudson Valley so they can work in a sparkling new facility with the latest technology. Ultimately, though, it’s about the people that need treatment, and in recent years, other health care providers have moved into the Hudson Valley to reach new patients.Westchester Medical Center, headquartered in Valhalla, in 2014 took over St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie and renamed it Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. Plus, Albany Medical Center finalized an affiliation with Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson in 2016, pulling Hudson Valley residents into its care network. Health Quest, meanwhile, obtained ownership of Sharon Hospital in Western Connecticut in August while, in recent years, it spent $47 million to upgrade its Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and another $8 million for its Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. But the new Vassar Brothers pavilion is the big shot across the bow. Officials hope the $545 million project and its upgrades will stop people from heading north or south for care and instead choose Vassar. “The thing that draws people to our region … they look at the schools and hospitals, and unequivocally, you can get the same, excellent care in Poughkeepsie that you can get in Valhalla and Albany,” says Vassar Brothers President Ann McMackin. “Our mission is to provide comprehensive services here at Vassar. Anything we can do the keep people close to home, that’s our goal.”

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Nov. 10 - 19 8pm Fri & Sat 3pm Sun Tickets: $25 LOOK OUT! The outrageous 80s horror comedy pop/rock musical from the twisted mind of Hudson Valley native, Sean Matthew Whiteford, is BACK! Recently coming off sold-out performances at NYC’s 54 Below & The Cutting Room, Girlfriend from Hell is a hilarious homage to the best worst 80s movies, and a wild night you won’t soon forget! After being pushed over the edge by the most popular kids at school, four-eyed wallflower, Maggie Miller, cries to the heavens for help. But it is Satan who hears her cry, and transforms her into a big-haired, high-heeled, foul mouthed, sex bomb rocker who's hungry for revenge! MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FORYOUNG AUDIENCES.

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Josh Wiggins and Matt Bromer star in Walking Out, a wilderness survival tale, which was edited in Woodstock by co-writer and director Alex Smith.

The Unknowability of Men and Montana If someone only watches the trailer of Walking Out (2017), they may mistake the film for the quieter, less-flashy sibling of The Revenant (2015): a survival tale featuring an angry bear, a father-son dynamic, and unending, overwhelming wilderness. However, the similarities are only on the surface. Based on David Quammen’s eponymous short story, Walking Out stakes its sure-footed claim in a timeless genre. Fourteen-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) travels to Montana for his annual visit with his emotionally stunted father Cal (Matt Bomer), who lives in a cabin off the grid. For the last few weeks, Cal has been tracking a moose and hopes to take David on a hunting trip for the ultimate father-son bonding: his son’s first kill. After a catastrophic accident, the two men must work together to survive. Directed and written by twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith, the film was filmed in Montana, where they grew up. Alex Smith who edited the film in Woodstock, where he now resides, says that nature was built into every moment of the film. “We always talked about the movie as the father, the son, and the mountain,” he says. “Those were the three main characters—almost like a folktale, in that timeless, archetypal way.” While the film was shot in Montana, Smith says it was edited and took shape in Woodstock. “It was nice, finding its way and taking heights in the Catskills,” he says. The film unfolds slowly. We gather a picture of Cal and David’s stilted, uncomfortable relationship in small, understated moments. Cal seems emotionally cold and hard on David, and David would rather play video games than go hunting with his father. Over the course of their journey, Cal and David begin to gain understanding of each other and their tenuous relationship. Flashbacks of Cal and his father (Bill Pullman) hunting are woven into the film in

dreamy, warm tones—which are stark against the stark white-and-blue-tinged present. The timeline of these memories breaks apart, shifts, and finally comes together to reveal Cal’s loss of innocence, or what Smith says “made a good person shut down.” “When the boy [David] asks the father about the story, it’s a way of keeping the father alive but also a way of informing the boy about what broke the father,” he says. “He’s trying to gain that knowledge before it’s too late.” Knowledge is a theme that the film constantly returns to. While David may be of the information age, he knows very little about the mountain, his father, or life. “Information is not knowledge and you can’t gain knowledge through a Google search,” Smith says. “The gaining of knowledge: of the father, of nature, and also of himself. That’s kind of his story.“ There’s a moment—before their lives are shattered—when Cal and David sit by a fire. Cal is discussing how his own father brought him on this mountain when he was David’s age. As the flames flicker over his rugged face, Cal says, “In 30 years, you’ll have a son of your own and you’ll want so badly for him to know who you are that you could cry.” In Walking Out, the mountain mirrors the uncharted territory Cal and David are entering: their attempt to know each other. Smith says the film comes back to the idea of trying to know who our parents are—both as individuals and to their children. “To us, it’s really about how we understand our parents, and how as parents we try our best to give our best to our children,” he says. Walking Out is available on the iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon streaming platforms. —Carolyn Quimby 11/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 79

WEDNESDAY 1 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Your Future: Business Succession Planning 6-8pm. The Hoffman House, Kingston. 489-6518.

KIDS & FAMILY Guess How Much I Love You? 10am & noon. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


Japanese Minyo Folksong Performance and Lecture 6-8pm. Yuri Imai will talk about the history of minyo, a traditional Japanese folksong genre. Vassar College Main Building, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370. John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: The Meeting of the Spirits Tour 7pm. $59/$49/$39. Improv guitarists. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Michael Attanasio 7pm. $10. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

The Falcon Underground Songwriter Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Roots Music with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

Fleurine! featuring Boys from Brazil 8pm. Brazilian jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

The Security Project 7pm. $25. The music of Peter Gabriel and beyond. BSP Kingston. 481-5158.

Kimock 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks Album Release Party 7:30pm. $15/$10 in advance. Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon. 855-1300.


The Yardbirds 8-10pm. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2.

Make Your Own Holiday Ornament $35. By appointment. Hudson Beach Glass Gallery, Beacon. 440-0068.

THURSDAY 2 HEALTH & WELLNESS Body as Playground: Interactive Play of Dance & Trance: Free Holistic Self-care Class with Vincenza Danza 7-8:30pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. Single Payer Health Care: A Forum, What It Means for You 7-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie.

KIDS & FAMILY Kids’ Open Mike Night 6pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

LECTURES & TALKS Gilded Age Scandals 7-8:30pm. Don Fraser, Educator at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, will tell the true stories that made millionaires blush at the turn of the 20th century. Marlboro Free Library, Marlboro. 236-7272. Student ART Experience 6-9pm. The Career and Technical Institute(CTI) at Dutchess BOCES is offering this opportunity for art students. Dutchess BOCES Career & Technical Institute, Poughkeepsie. 486-8001.

SPIRITUALITY Staying Calm When Things Go Wrong: Change and Uncertainty 7-8:30pm. $10. Taught by Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chenma. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 856-9000.

THEATER "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Life Drawing Sessions Every other Thursday, 6-9pm. $20. The Enchanted Cafe, Red Hook. 835-8435. Maintaining Your Edge: Stenciling 9am-5pm. $650. Through November 5. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

FRIDAY 3 BUSINESS & NETWORKING 10th Annual Circles of Caring Aging and Caregiver Conference 8am-4pm. This year’s theme: Detoxifying the Caregiver. Best Western Hotel, Kingston. 338-2980.

An Evening with Owen King: Sleeping Beauties 7-9pm. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 255-2635.

Nonprofits TALK 8:30-10am. Nonprofits TALK is a monthly facilitated conversation on selected nonprofit topics with the nonprofit community. The Pivot Ground Cafe & Work Space, Kingston. 481-0459.




Andy Stack’s American Soup 7pm. American classics: Country to Jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Charlie Hunter & Friends 8pm. Soul jazz fusion. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. David Bromberg Quintet 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


The NY Kings Comedy Tour: A Tribute to Uncle Jimmy Mack! 8-10pm. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

DANCE Ballroom Dance with Pete Redmond & Crazy Feet 8-11:30pm. $15. After the lesson: the band provides a mix of dance-able ballroom, swing and Latin standards. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival Yoga classes/workshops, music, vendors and food. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. First Friday Kick Off: A Main Street Fair 5pm. First Friday Poughkeepsie is a citywide celebration. Liberty and Garden Streets, Poughkeepsie. 202-3340.


LECTURES & TALKS Artist on Art Tour: Jackie Goss & Jenny Perlin 4:30-6:30pm. $20/$15 members. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872. Tales of Crime and Society in Olde Clinton by Will Tatum, Dutchess County Historian 7:30pm. Creek Meeting House, Clinton Corners.

LITERARY & BOOKS Calling All Poets. 8–11pm. $5 Featured poets followed by open mike. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. 675-1217.

MUSIC Boy Harsher, Eternal Crimes, Logan R. Visscher 7:30pm. BSP Kingston. 481-5158. Cedric Watson 8pm. $20. Fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of enormous talent and potential. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. David Kraai 7:30pm. Country folk music. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Gratefully Yours 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Harry Rios Trio 9:30pm. Pop, fun, soul. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Jimmy Webb 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Kimock 8pm. Blues, jazz, funk, folk, and psychedelic-prog-rock. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Michael Attanasio 7pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS 11th Annual Columbia-Greene Community Foundation Fall Auction 4:30-8pm. $10. Benefiting scholarships and collegiate programs. ColumbiaGreene Community College, Hudson. (518) 828-4181. Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival Yoga classes/workshops, music, vendors and food. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter. Annual Fall Harvest Fest 3pm. Reformed Church of Shawangunk, Wallkill. 895-2952. Chocolate Festival 11am-5pm. Explore chocolate in all of its delicious forms, plus a skate boarding competition, musical acts, and a Chocolate Wars cook-off. Red Hook Village, Red Hook. 758-0824.

FILM Engage Film Series presents: Dramatic Escape 11am. $10. Followed by a panel discussion. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515. Paper Lanterns 6-9pm. Old Chatham Quaker Meeting, Old Chatham. (518) 766-2992. Psycho Vertical Film Screening Rock & Snow, New Paltz. 255-1311. Woodstock: 100 Years of the Arts 8pm. $25. An evening of Short Films about Woodstock, history, and live music hosted by filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. 339-7834.

FOOD & WINE First Annual Fall Grand Wine Tasting 1-5pm. Boutique Wines and Spirits, Fishkill. 765-1555.

Rebecca Martin: SUNY Ulster Artist in Residence 7:30pm. A presentaiton of recent work. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

Peripheral Natural Wine Festival 2017 2-5pm. A salon-style tasting event held in the garden. BackBar, Hudson. (518) 291-6048.

Salsa with Willie Torres 8-10:30pm. $15. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Cocktails at Sunset 2017: Light Up Rhinebeck 6:30-9pm. Mix and mingle with neighbors who are helping build & shape Rhinebeck. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinebeck. 876-5904. Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project’s Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day. 4-8pm. An opportunity for students to have their art portfolios reviews by college representatives from the most prestigious schools in our nation. FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park. 486-7751.

THEATER "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Shrek the Musical" 8-10pm. $20. Presented by 90 Miles Theater Company, Inc. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 224-3350.

Day of Stillness 8:45am-5pm. Led by Abbot Guo Yuan. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.

KIDS & FAMILY Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook 11am. $15. Mermaid Theatre utilizes their spellbinding storytelling powers to adapt illustrator Anita Jeram’s works. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Star Party to benefit Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley 5:30-7:30pm. $50. The Snow King and Queen will bring the Celestial Flame to light the First Star. Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn, Rhinebeck. Story Time On-the-Go at the Hudson Farmers’ Market 11am-12pm. Hudson Farmers’ Market, Hudson. (518) 828-1792.

"Voices: A Trilogy of Short Plays" 7pm. $25. Written and directed by Marguerite San Millan, presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

WoodsTalk Live Presents: Art & Knowledge, Comedy Workshop 10am-5pm. $75 per participant. NYC standup comedian, and improv guru Louie Pearlman and participants will dive into comedy history, explore basic improv and comedy writing techniques, and apply them to personal material. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.



Effective Communication Strategies & Dementia Conversations 10-11am. Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall, Poughkeepsie. (800) 272-3900. Portraits from a Photographic Reference 9am-4pm. $425. Fridays through Dec. 8. With Claire Lambe. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Prophecy of the Seventh Fire, Choosing the Path that is Green with Winona LaDuke 1-5pm. Mahaiwe, Great Barrington, MA. Book Art Gallery Talk with John Yau 2pm. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock. 679-2940.


Terry Reid and the Derelicts play Colony in Woodstock on November 17.

Golden Throat Late-’60s British rock was home to a handful of truly great voices: Steve Marriott, Chris Farlowe, Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Rod Stewart. But, outside of those, few others soared nearly as high and soulfully as that of Terry Reid, whose searing, goose bumpinducing wail rightfully earned him the nickname “Superlungs” (a partial reference to his tour-de-force version of Donovan’s “Superlungs My Supergirl”) and the adulation of the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin. On November 17, the Hudson Valley will have a golden opportunity to get a golden earful of Reid’s vocal majesty when Superlungs himself lands at Colony. “I was supposed to play the original Woodstock Music Festival,” says Reid by phone. “I was waiting with Joni Mitchell to get on a helicopter to go and do it. But then the management told us the helicopter charter company wanted too much money, so our appearances were being canceled. But I’m sadder for her than me—after all, she ended up writing that big hit song about it [1970’s “Woodstock”].” Besides the above singers, perhaps the only other two other comparable contemporaries in Reid’s UK orbit were his friend Robert Plant, who he famously recommended to Jimmy Page when the guitarist tried to recruit Reid for Led Zeppelin (at the time, Reid’s own band had been booked to tour with the Rolling Stones and Cream, so he couldn’t accept the offer; he also suggested Page check out Plant’s drummer, John Bonham), and Ian Gillan, who assumed the lead singer slot in Deep Purple when Reid passed on that position as well. Born in Huntingdon, England, in 1949, Reid has been singing practically since his super lungs drew their first super breath. By age five, he was standing on empty crates and serenading his mother and her coworkers while they picked fruit in the summer.

Next came a steady stream of talent-show awards and, at 12, membership in school beat band the Redbeats, with whom he played guitar as well as sang. In 1965 he joined Peter Jay’s Jaywalkers, cutting a couple of singles with them and one on his own before forming a power trio inspired by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. With that group and producer Mickie Most, he recorded two early hard rock landmarks: 1969’s Bang Bang You’re Terry Reid (with a crushing cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” and his own “Without Expression,” also recorded by the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) and 1969’s Terry Reid (released in England as Move Over for Terry Reid; it includes the aforementioned “Superlungs My Supergirl” and the originals “Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace,” later covered by Cheap Trick, and “Rich Kid Blues,” redone by Marianne Faithfull, the Raconteurs, and others). At the dawn of the 1970s, Reid relocated to California, from where he’s continued to release the occasional album between working as a session man on records by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and others and touring the world. His newest release is The Other Side of the River, an expanded reissue of his rare 1973 album River. “If you feel like you have to try to play rock ’n’ roll, you’re doing the wrong thing,” says Reid, who recently cut four songs for Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s upcoming album at Johnny Depp’s home studio. “It’s not something you can really learn—other than by just doing it.” Terry Reid and the Derelicts will perform at Colony in Woodstock on November 17 at 8pm. Jennifer Maidman will open. Tickets are $12-$15. For more information, call (845) 679-7625 or visit —Peter Aaron 11/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 81

Jim Handlin: The Voynich Manuscript Deciphered, Part I 5-6:30pm. $8. MountainView Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901. The Times of Their Time: Nick and Mari Lyons in Woodstock 5-6pm. Nick and Mari Lyons will talk about the Woodstock Art Colony they knew. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2213.

LITERARY & BOOKS Author/Historian Diane Lapis: Nitgedaiget: A Vanished Utopia 4-6pm. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040. Used Book Sale 9am-4pm. Thousands of books.Kingston Library, Kingston. 331-0507.

MUSIC Acoustic Alchemy 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Amy Helm presents: Skylark, A Night of Songbirds 7pm. Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 679-2744. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn 8pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. 454-3388. Camille Gainer Jones Quartet 8pm. Jazz. 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Cowboy Junkies 8pm. $38. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Deni Bonet 8pm. $15. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Jay Collins & The Northern Resistance 8pm. Roots rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. The JB3 Trio 7-10pm. Brothers Barbecue, New Windsor. 534-4227. Leo B 9pm. Acoustic. Max’s on Main, Beacon. The Mammals 8pm. $25/$20 in advance. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625.

Information Session for Prospective Families: Storm King School 10am-12:15pm. The Storm King School, Cornwall on Hudson. 458-7536. Free Public Walking Tours of Vassar College 10am-2:30pm. Tours will begin from the front entrance of the college’s Main Building, and run for 90 minutes. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7400.

FILM Sunday Silents: The Scarlet Letter 2pm. With live accompaniment by Marta Waterman. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Goods and Services Auction 3-7pm. $25. This auciton benefits Mid Hudson Animal Aid Cat Sanctuary Wappingers Elks Lodge, Wappingers Falls.

Full Moon Hike 6:30-8pm. $4-$8. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Just Dance 2:30-4:30pm. $10 suggested. An open dance party for all ages. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.



Second Annual Team Hope Walk: Hudson Valley 9am. The New York region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) and ArchCare, the healthcare system of the Archdiocese of New York, have again partnered for their second annual walk. Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie.

THEATER "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Shrek the Musical" 8-10pm. $20. Presented by 90 Miles Theater Company, Inc. Directed by Joy Arzaga, Music Director Lisa Danner. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 224-3350. "Voices: A Trilogy of Short Plays" 7pm. $25. Written and directed by Marguerite San Millan, presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Climate Change and Farming in the Hudson Valley 2-4pm. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. 677-5343.

Old Dominion 8pm. $39.50/$29.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Rich Rosenthal Quartet 8:30-11:30pm. Chill Wine Bar, Beacon. 765-0885.

Repair Cafe: LaGrange 10am-2pm. LaGrange Town Hall, Lagrangeville.

Swinging Moments Cabaret: A Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association 7-9:30pm. Advanced $15/$12 or At Door $20/$15. BSP Kingston. 914-466-0480.

Repair Cafe: Woodstock 10am-2pm. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. Transparency and Radiance 9am-4pm. $237. Two-day workshop with Meredith Rosier. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388.

Thomas Sheehan 3:30-5pm. The Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, poughkeepsie. 452-8110. The Trapps 8pm. Americana roots rock. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS Kingston First Saturday 5-8pm. Art galleries across Kingston. Harvest Hop Dance 7-10pm. A benefit for the Center for Spectrum Services. Diamond Mills, Saugerties. 247-0700. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at



Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival Yoga classes/workshops, music, vendors and food. Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter.

2017 Art in the Loft Wine Label Competition Winner Reception 2-4pm. The afternoon includes book signings by local authors, acoustic guitar music, and a live poetry performance. Millbrook Winery, Millbrook. 677-8383.

It’s Elemental: The Art of Revision in Poetry 11am-1pm. $125/$100 early registration. Saturdays through December 16. Led by Lissa Kiernan. Poetry Barn, West Hurley. (646) 515-0919.

Thompson Square 8pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.


SUNDAY 5 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands Annual Meeting 2pm. Following the brief meeting, there will be a screening of Newburgh local Joe Santacroce’s film The Mansion on the Hill. Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh. 562-1195.

DANCE Bone Chorus: Presented by Lokaspara Dance Projects and Circle of Friends for the Dying 7-10pm. $25/$50/$100. “Bone Chorus” shakes out ideas about our mortality to expose what sifts down into raw experience. Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock. (347) 927-1187. BalletNext 2:30pm. $10. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106 ext. 2.

Yoga for Teens 1-2pm. $20. This introductory yoga class for teens will incorporate breath, movement, and philosophy. Lilananda Yoga, Glenville. (518) 470-5240.

KIDS & FAMILY Children and Families: Biomorphic Sculpture 1pm. Learn about Alexander Calder’s playful and dynamic sculptures and build your own out of found materials. Storm King Art Center, New Windsor. 534-3115. Dharma Sunday School 12:30-2pm. A unique Buddhist oriented class for children ages 5 and up and their families. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

"Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Shrek the Musical" 2-4pm. $20. Presented by 90 Miles Theater Company, Inc. Directed by Joy Arzaga, Music Director Lisa Danner. Quimby Theater, Stone Ridge. 224-3350. "Voices: A Trilogy of Short Plays" 3pm. $25. Written and directed by Marguerite San Millan, presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Mindful Movement Class (monthly) 12-1pm. $15. Learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique MaMa, Stone Ridge. 917-373-6151.

LECTURES & TALKS Climate Change: Farming 3:30-5:30pm. Montgomery Place, Red Hook.

LITERARY & BOOKS Holiday Book Signing 1-4pm. An opportunity to find a special gift for everyone on your shopping list and have your books signed by 14+ local authors. Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck. 876-7077.

MUSIC Acoustic Alchemy 7:30pm. $29.50. Embrace a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to folk, to rock, to world music and beyond. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. The Americana Music Sessions 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis 11am. Swing blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Bright Moments Jazz Ensemble 12-3pm. Jazz Brunch featuring Kitt Potter (vocal stylist), Vinnie Martucci (piano), and Steve Rust (bass). High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Dorraine Scofield with JB Hunt & Larry Balestra 2pm. Americana. Sloop Brewing Co., Elizaville. 518-751-9134. GRiZ 8pm. $25/$30/$35. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Los Lonely Boys 8pm. $60-$80 reserved. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. (866) 781-2922.

MONDAY 6 HEALTH & WELLNESS Veteran’s Monday 12-7pm. Floatation Therapy to Veterans at a discounted rate. Zephyr Float, Kingston. 853-2400.

LECTURES & TALKS Beatrix Farrand: Landscape Designer 7:30pm. Cornwall Presbyterian Church, Cornwall. 534-2903.

MUSIC Robt Sarazin Blake Residency 8pm. American originals. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES What Should Stay, What Can Go? 1-3pm. Workshop with organizer Johanna Bard. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771. Writing Workshops with Laurence Carr 7-8:30pm. $15/$30 series of 3. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. 255-1255.

TUESDAY 7 HEALTH & WELLNESS Reiki Practitioner Healing Share 6:30-7:30pm. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

LECTURES & TALKS Smart Devices in Sport 5pm. A talk by Dr. Kim Blair, founder of Science Technology and Engineering at MIT. Coykendall Science Building Auditorium, SUNY New Paltz.

Poco 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Pone Ensemble for New Music Fall Concert 3-5pm. $20/students free. Featuring an extended work for clarinet, piano, and narrator, by American composer Paul Ramsier titled “Road to Hamelin." New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. Sertso/Berger Group 8pm. Jazz improv. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Verona Quartet 3-5pm. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. (914) 232-1252.

WEDNESDAY 8 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Your Future: Business Succession Planning 6-8pm. Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP, Goshen. 489-6518.

FILM Music Fan Film Series Presents Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives 7:15pm. $8/$6 members. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

KIDS & FAMILY Sinterklaas Mask Coloring 2-4pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.


David Shrigley, Memorial, 2017, at Art Omi in Ghent

Don’t Forget the Cauliflower! The shopping list is a neglected artform. Humans have been writing them for centuries, yet one has never appeared in an anthology of literature. Critics haven’t come to a consensus on a particular masterpiece of this genre. The artist David Shrigley, however, has transformed one grocery list into an eternal granite monument entitled Memorial, which will remain at Art Omi in Ghent for three years. Technically, a shopping list is a form of poetry. Sometimes a list will be inadvertently humorous. For example: 2 lightbulbs ½ dozen eggs Q-tips The Bhagavad Gita Memorial has its own intriguing juxtapositions: BAKED BEANS SHAMPOO CHOCOLATE SHOE POLISH Shrigley uses the British spelling of “pajamas” (“pyjamas”) and the lovely phrase “cling film” instead of Saran Wrap. “It also includes paints that he bought, so in some ways I think of it as a walk through David Shrigley’s village in the UK—you know, shopping at the grocery in the town square, then going to buy some paint, as well,” observes Nicole Hayes, curator at Art Omi. “England is a nation of shopkeepers,” wrote Adam Smith, and according to Memorial, it still is. Living in a world of digital screens, where all writing may be easily erased in a moment, modern people feel a nostalgia for pen-on-paper. Compared to a computer screen, an old-fashioned shopping list, written on a notepad, is like… a granite monument! This is Shrigley’s second sculptural shopping list. The first was on view at the

southeast corner of Central Park through February, with the same title, though based on lists supplied by several of Shrigley’s friends. (At least one was a woman, based on the inclusion of tampons.) The curators at Art Omi saw that work and commissioned a second one. For this sculpture, Shrigley used his own shopping list. Both pieces are the same size, 16.4’ by 6.6’ by 1.8’, though the first has rough-hewn edges and Art Omi’s is purely rectangular. The new sculpture weighs 38,000 pounds. Memorial was fabricated by a stone carving company in Philadelphia which usually makes headstones. It stands in the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi, with over 70 other sculptures. When visitors encounter Memorial, they often laugh. One reason is relief. They’re expecting names of the dead; instead they find “milk,” “apples,” “celery,” “sardines.” David Shrigley is a 49-year-old British visual artist. He’s known for childlike cartoons such as a picture of a man aiming a bow and arrow at the sky, with the caption: “I HATE BALLOONS.” In 2007 he released Worried Noodles, a double-CD of his lyrics set to music by 39 artists including David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, and Grizzly Bear. Perhaps Memorial is a nod to Jenny Holzer, a neo-conceptual artist whose pithy aphorisms such as “Raise boys and girls the same way,” have appeared in many forms— LED displays, slide projections on buildings—but also stone carvings. Memorial also echoes Marcel Duchamp’s creation of the “readymades,” items that Duchamp would buy in a store, take home, sign his name on, and call artworks. If a readymade is art, why isn’t the shopping list for a readymade art? Since the list includes paint, Shrigley may be signaling that Memorial is art about art. (Could the stone be memorializing paint-oncanvas, a rather antiquated form of contemporary art?) Memorial is quite timely. As statues of Robert E. Lee are being pulled down all over the South, many Americans are thinking, “Who needs another dead white men on a dead white horse in our town square?” It’s time for a monument that isn’t sexist, racist, or imperialist: a shopping list. David Shrigley’s Memorial will remain at the Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in Ghent until 2020. (518) 392-4747; —Sparrow 11/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 83

Dorraine Scofield and Thunder Ridge 4:30pm. Country. The Pines, Mount Tremper. 688-7311. Jazz Sessions at The Falcon Underground 7pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. An Evening with King Crimson 8pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. John Esposito with Peter Toigo 6-9pm. Blue Plate, Chatham. (518) 392-7711. Ladama 8pm. Latin Afro-Caribbean and South American. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Lindsey Stirling 8pm. Critically acclaimed electronic violinist. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. The Security Project plays Gabriel 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

THURSDAY 9 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Hudson Valley Garden Association Monthly Meeting Second Thursday of every month, 7pm. Shawangunk Town Hall, Wallkill. 418-3640.

Open Mike at the Gallery 7-9:30pm. $5 donation. Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park. (914) 456-6700.

Zydeco Dance with Planet Zydeco

Yngwie Malmsteen: World on Fire Tour 8-10pm. Critically acclaimed guitar maestro. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

White Eagle Hall, Kingston. (914) 388-7048.


4-7pm. A holiday pop-up show featuring

Walk the Red Carpet with Family of Woodstock 7-10pm. $100-$150. Champagne reception, film preview, chocolate fountain, and awards. The Senate Garage, Kingston. (914) 388-7357.

10 independent New York brands. A Little


5:30-7:30pm. Awards ceremony, artist

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 8pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880.

7pm free beginners’ lesson, 8pm dance, beginners welcome. No partner necessary.


Beacon Space, Beacon. (860) 490-2921.

FILM Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival

Q&As, and prize giveaways after the screening. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Peter Bienkowski


"Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Girlfriend from Hell" 8pm. A four-eyed wallflower's desperate cries for help are heard by Satan in this 80s horror comedy pop/rock musical. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.


Ocean Vuong Reads at SUNY New Paltz “The most beautiful part of your body / is where it’s headed. & remember, / loneliness is still time spent / with the world,” writes Ocean Vuong in his poem “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong.” On November 9, Vuong will be reading from and signing copies of his acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds (2016) at SUNY New Paltz. The collection won the 2016 Whiting Award and 2017 Thom Gunn Award; was a finalist for the Lamda Literary Prize; and topped numerous “Best of 2016” lists. Hosted by the SUNY New Paltz Creative Writing Program at Lecture Center 100, the free event runs from 7 to 8:30pm.


An Evening with King Crimson 8pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Jazzed Up 11am. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

"Henry V" 7:30pm. A performance by the Bard College at Simon’s Rock Theater Program. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400. "New 17" 8pm. $15. Works in progress, a new play festival presented by Tangent Theatre Company. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. Storytelling Performance with TMI Project 7pm. Lace Mill artists will share their true stories. Lace Mill, Kingston. 331-2140. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818.

Jim Kweskin 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary 7:30pm. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 8pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880.

Magic by Scott Jameson 5:30-7:30pm. Plus juggling workshop. Ages 9+. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Duke Robillard Band 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Puddles Pity Party 8pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.




Pere Ubu, The Young Skulls 7:30pm. BSP Kingston, Kingston. 481-5158.

Poetry Open Mike 8-10pm. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson. 534-4717.

Staying Calm When Things Go Wrong: Anger and Frustration 7-8:30pm. $10. Taught by Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chenma. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 856-9000.

Poetry Reading featuring Ocean Vuong 7-8:30pm. Lecture Center 102, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-2755.

Marji Zintz 7:30pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024.



Poetry & Fiction Series: Colum McCann 7pm. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA. (800) 235-7186.

Levanta 8-11pm. $20. Repertoire that ranges from original compositions to Baroque to jazz. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-6090.

Zeppelin Complete 8-10pm. A tribute. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

The Comics 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Okey Ndibe: Reuner Library Writers Series 10:15-11:30am. Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Never look an American in the eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.

The Ivan Poanco Trio 9:30pm. Pop, soft rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

Sundad 8pm. World music. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.


Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections Tour with Sanford Levy 3-4pm. Over a dozen American-made kasten are featured in this guided tour/ exhibit. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255.1660.

Doyle Bramhall II 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

FRIDAY 10 DANCE Dances of Universal Peace 7-9pm. Use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from different spiritual traditions to cultivate joy, peace, and integration. Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, Hudson. (518) 828-1034.

KIDS & FAMILY Dinner Date, Kids Create! 6:30-8:30pm. $20-$25. Drop off the kids at Roost Studios & Art Gallery, pick up your discount restaurant coupon, and enjoy a wonderful meal and peace of mind. Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz. (516) 652-0229.

LECTURES & TALKS Archiving Eden 7pm. Dornith Doherty will share her ongoing collaboration with renowned biologists of the most comprehensive seed banks of the world. Cary Institute, Millbrook. 677-5343.

"Henry V" 7:30pm. A performance by the Bard College at Simon’s Rock Theater Program. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400. "New 17" 8pm. $15. Works in Progress, a new plays festival presented by Tangent Theatre Company. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Voices: A Trilogy of Short Plays" 7pm. $25. Written and directed by Marguerite San Millan, presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Indigenous Rights-themed Puppet Workshop and Performance for Teens $30. Two-day workshop and performance. Unison, New Paltz. 255-1559.


LITERARY & BOOKS Elena Botts Poetry Reading 7pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. (703) 731-0625.

MUSIC Alt-Country Singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless 9pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. The Chain Gang 9pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park. 229-8277. DeadGrass 8pm. Jerry Garcia and more. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

DANCE Passion for Dance Gala 6pm. $150. Featuring performances by members of New York’s premiere ballet companies, a champagne reception, and dinner. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 757-5106.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Beacon Second Saturday Second Saturday is a city-wide celebration of the arts where galleries stay open until 9pm. Downtown Beacon.


A bottle of Amiran Vepkhvadze’s Otskhanuri Sapere (an ancient variety indigenous to Georgia) which is fermented in Qvevri, or large terracotta amphoras. Winemaking may have originated in Georgia over 8,000 years ago.

Wild on the Vine Manhattan food and wine trends tend to travel up the Hudson at a canoe’s pace—slow yet steady. While this allows time for less-appealing fads to fade before occupying space on local menus (sushi burritos, anyone?), it otherwise makes us overdue to adopt enduring vogues, like natural wine. Enter Peripheral, a natural wine festival to pair you with your new favorite libation on November 4 from 2 to 5pm at Backbar in Hudson. Peripheral brings esteemed natural wines from around the world for an afternoon of tasting, sharing, music, and fun. Guests can enjoy natural wines from France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the US (California, New York), while hearing local live music and tasting fare provided by regional restaurants. Hudson Wine Merchants will be on-hand so that attendees can order wines they enjoy at the fest. “Peripheral was created as a way to help build the natural wine culture in the Hudson Valley,” says festival founder Zak Pelaccio, executive chef and partner at Fish & Game and Backbar. “What we’re doing with Peripheral is really about turning our colleagues, friends, and contemporaries on to like-minded, talented people making great wine all over the world.” Not to be confused with organic or biodynamic wines (although natural can encompass one, or both, as well), natural wines harken back to Old World vinification— grapes farm-grown without pesticides, chemicals, colorings, or other additives. “How I understand natural wine, when I discuss it with my friends and colleagues, is as a farmed product, something where the most work done is in the vineyard,” Pelaccio says. “Grapevines planted, grown, pruned, and cared for, without the use—or gratuitous overuse—of pesticides or chemicals that are designed to eliminate some of the natural phenomena that inhibit maximum yields. What we find is many of the growers who opt

out of chemically enhanced pest prevention seem to share a similar philosophy regarding the ecosystems that exist among the vines.” A large draw for natural wine aficionados is the rebellious nature of both the winemaking process and the culture surrounding it. When describing natural wines, tasters often use words like energetic, emotional, surprising, rowdy, or unpredictable. It’s easier to drink; you can certainly enjoy a glass with cheese and charcuterie, but it’s common, acceptable, and often delicious with artisanal pizza or rich comfort foods. Without additives, natural wine tastes can vary per bottle and per terroir. For instance, while too much brettanomyces (a type of wild yeast) can spoil a wine, just the right amount can provide a mousy, barnyard flavor. Similarly, excessive volatile acidity can cause your kitchen sink to reek of vinegar as you pour a tainted bottle down the drain; however, some naturals dance on the ledge of acidity for a complex balsamic flavor that comes with lower doses. “Another common thread is that growing the grapes in the manner described allows for the cultivation of natural yeasts,” Pelaccio explains. “These yeasts grow on the grape, on the stems, the leaves, on the plants around them and develop in the cellars, live on the walls and spread throughout the property. These yeasts are, arguably, as essential to the idea of terroir as is the soil in which the vines grow. This minimally invasive growing technique, married with the natural yeasts that catalyze spontaneous fermentation, is what has historically made wine, and is what the natural wine world is evangelizing today.” Peripheral Wine Festival takes place at Backbar in Hudson on Saturday, November 4, from 2 to 5 pm. $25. —Melissa Esposito 11/17 CHRONOGRAM FORECAST 85

Made & Given 4-7pm. A holiday pop-up show featuring 10 independent New York brands. A Little Beacon Space, Beacon. (860) 490-2921.

FILM A Benefit for Phoenicia Library: Man on Wire 5-8pm. $40/$35 in advance. Screening of Man on Wire followed by Q&A with Philipe Petit. Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia. 688-7811.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group 12-1:30pm. Peer led support group. Christ the King Church, New Paltz. 339-4673.

LITERARY & BOOKS The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineed Human 5-6pm. A reading and discussion with Adam Piore. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2213.

THEATER "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 8pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880. "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "Girlfriend from Hell" 8pm. A four-eyed wallflower's desperate cries for help are heard by Satan in this 80s horror comedy pop/rock musical. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

Owl Ornaments 1-4pm. $50. Hudson Valley Fiber Arts Needle Felting workshop series. Includes tools and wool, sweet treats. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665.

SUNDAY 12 DANCE Swing Dance to Crazy Feet 6-6:30pm beginners’ swing lesson. 6:30-9pm open dance. No partner necessary. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS Made & Given 4-7pm. A holiday pop-up show featuring 10 independent New York brands. A Little Beacon Space, Beacon. (860) 490-2921.

Rosalie O'Connor

Lifestyle Farming Conference A full day of lectures and workshops including wine and cider making, meat smoking, food preservation, bread making, homestead planning, and more. Register online. SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill. (518) 255-5528.

Ronnie Burrage Quartet 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Session Americana 8pm. Neo-hootenanny ensemble. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

OPEN HOUSES/PARTIES/BENEFITS The Rosendale Theatre’s 4th Annual Gala 6-11pm. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, and auction. The Belltower, Rosendale. 658-8077.

SPIRITUALITY Living Fearlessly 10am-1:30pm. $20. Taught by Buddhist Monk, Gen Samten Kelsang Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 856-9000. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band 5:30pm. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Kairos, A Consort of Singers: Now & Then 3pm. $20/$15 seniors/$5 students and youths. Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. 384-6660.


Jim Kweskin 8pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048.

A Perfect Circle 8pm. $39-$75. Times Union Center, Albany. (518) 487-2000.

The English Beat 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Rejoice: 42nd Annual Interfaith Music Festival 3pm. Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, Poughkeepsie.

Dark Star Orchestra 20th Anniversary 8pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Ozark Henry: Maps to the Stars 7pm. $10. BSP Kingston. 481-5158.

Dark Star Orchestra: 20 Years of Celebrating the Grateful Dead Experience 7-9pm. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.

Open Mike 4-6pm. Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie. 452-8010.


The Lonesome Traveler: The Roots of American Folk Music 8-10pm. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Trio 8pm. Swing. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Narek Hakhnazaryan: Cello 4pm. 4pm. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 831-4988.

Poets Susan Sindall and Philip Pardi $5. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Kingston. 331-2884.

Lee Ann Womack 8pm. A breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Brandi Carlile 7pm. Solo acoustic with special guests. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

Love on the FLoor 7pm. Starring Cheryl Burke, Meryl Davis & Charlie White. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

Poets Jo Pitkin & Irene O’Garden 4-6pm. Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library, Cold Spring. 265-3040.

Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix 75th Anniversary Celebration 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


ABT Studio Company

Passion for Dance Gala at Kaatsbaan Kaatsbaan International Dance Center sits on 153 bucolic acres on the former site of Tivoli Farms. The expansive rural setting offers welcome peace of mind for the dancers and choreographers that pilgrimage to Kaatsbaan’s grounds. Since the nonprofit opened its doors in 2000, it has offered residencies to hundreds of individual dancers and companies so they can create, rehearse, and workshop new productions. On November 11, Kaatsbaan will host their Passion for Dance Gala, an evening of world-class dance, gourmet food, and wine. Lauren Lovett, the 24-year-old prodigy choreographer, will debut a new piece, and principal dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet will perform Jerome Robbins’s “Antique Epigraphs.” The event kicks off with a champagne reception at 6pm. "Henry V" 7:30pm. A performance by the Bard College at Simon’s Rock Theater Program. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.


"The Mother of Us All" 4pm. Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera is staged by Hudson Valley residents. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

Witness for the Prosecution 1pm. Read the book with the Oblong Books reading group, then see the movie. Upstate Films, Rhinebeck. 876-2515.

"New 17" 8pm. $15. Works in Progress, a new plays festival presented by Tangent Theatre Company. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020.


Performance: “Art Collides” 2pm. SUNY New Paltz students respond to artworks on display in the museum. Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. Newpaltz. edu/museum. "Voices: A Trilogy of Short Plays" 7pm. $25. Written and directed by Marguerite San Millan, presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Home Building/Green Building Seminar. 11am–1pm. Get a realistic overview of how to design and create your own energy-efficient custom home, from buying land through construction and finishing. Reservations required. 265-2636.

Dance Film Sundays Presents The Bolshoi Ballet in "Le Corsaire" 2-5:45pm. The Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.

Annual Children’s Clothing Sale 9am-2pm. Shoes, books, toys. Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, New Paltz. 255-0033. Ritz Kids Talent Show 4pm. Ritz Theater Lobby, Newburgh. 784-1199.

LECTURES & TALKS Climate Change: Forests 3:30-5:30pm. Preceded by a tree identification walk at 2:30pm. Montgomery Place, Red Hook. Climateseries. Thoreau and the Examined Life 4pm. A lecture by Professor Richard Geldard. Emerson Resort & Spa Great Room, Mount Tremper. 688-2828.

LITERARY & BOOKS Slam Poet Taylor Mali 7pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 2pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880. "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Girlfriend from Hell" 2pm. A four-eyed wallflower's desperate cries for help are heard by Satan in this 80s horror comedy pop/rock musical. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "Redwood Curtain" 7:30-9pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. "The Mother of Us All" 4pm. Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera is staged by Hudson Valley residents. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. "New 17" 3pm. $15. Works in Progress, a new plays festival presented by Tangent Theatre Company. Carpenter Shop Theater, Tivoli. 230-7020. "Voices: A Trilogy of Short Plays" 3pm. $25. Written and directed by Marguerite San Millan, presented by Cocoon Theater. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Repair Cafe: Gardiner 12-4pm. Gardiner Library, Gardiner. Special Nature Play Event: Closing Nature Hike 10am-12pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall. 534-7781.

MONDAY 13 FILM Karen Cries on a Bus 7pm. Film in Spanish. abcLatino, Poughkeepsie. 790-5004.


Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions


Celebrating Henry David Thoreau at Two Hundred: the Path Ahead 7:30pm. $5-$25. Talk by Christina Root. The Nature Institute, Ghent. (518) 672-0116.

10am. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 7pm. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

So Percussion



7:30pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,

bigBang 7pm. Large ensemble jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Robt Sarazin Blake Residency 8pm. American originals. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Studio II Open Mike for Music and Vocals 6pm. $5. Acoustic. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. This Will Destroy You, Sannhet 7:30pm. $15. BSP Kingston. 481-5158.


Troy. (518) 273-8945.

THEATER "The Mother of Us All"

4pm. Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera is staged by Hudson Valley residents. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. "Sganarelle"

BUSINESS & NETWORKING Your Future: Business Succession Planning 6-8pm. Beahive Beacon, Beacon. 489-6518.

7pm. SUNY Ulster theatre students present a model Molière farce of misunderstanding. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Jeff Wilkinson & the Shutterdogs 8pm. Modern Americana. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Karma Darwin 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Regina Spektor 8pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.

KIDS & FAMILY Falling Leaves Cookie Decoration Workshop 4:30pm. Ages 5+. Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli. 757-3771.

Swing Dance Class 6:30pm. $85. Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios will teach this four-week series. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-7578.

The Voynich Manuscript The Voynich Manuscript is a mystery, a piquant story of secrecy with rumblings of underground societies that would leave Dan Brown salivating. The cryptic, handwritten codex is in an unknown writing system and probably dates back to the 15th century. Since its donation to the Yale library in 1969, the 240-page document has been pored over by historians and cryptographers. To date, no one has been able to crack the code and the manuscript has gained fame as the elusive “grail” of cryptography. Jim Handlin, the former headmaster of Woodstock Day School, is himself a codebreaker, having discovered an ancient encryption method he calls the Rotas Code, which he speculates was used to hide and protect text. For the last 12 years, he has dedicated himself to using the code to decipher ancient, impenetrable texts. At the first gathering of Woodstock Talks on November 4 at Mountainview Studio in Woodstock, he will present his working translation of the Voynich Manuscript from 5–6:30pm.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES #HandcraftNight 5-8pm. $5. Drop in with any portable handcraft project you would like to work on, and enjoy some good crafty company, snacks and beverages. Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson. events/2017/2/15/handcraftnight.


Tarot Wisdom Gathering 6:30-8pm. $10. Bring your own Tarot deck to enjoy this guided exploration to learn and connect more deeply with your deck. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Ian Spencer Bell, Visiting Artist in Dance 7pm. A brief, moderated discussion about the work and process will follow the hourlong performance. Simon’s Rock College: Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-4400.



Poetry Reading with Jericho Brown 5:30pm. Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5370.

MUSIC Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers 8pm. Electric blues. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Liam O’Maonlai and the Dylan Doyle Band 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

LITERARY & BOOKS Artists & Friends Potluck/Slide Share 6-9pm. All are welcome to bring a dish to share and art work to discuss. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase 8pm. $6. Acoustic music by three singersongwriters. ASK, Kingston. 338-0311.


Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls 7:30-8:30pm. $25. Michelle Clifton will play the singing bowls and awaken our bodies’ own innate healing abilities. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert 7:30pm. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024.

Fall Reading Series: Thomas Hardy with Mark Scarbrough 7pm. Tess of D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-5041.

Bodystorm Women’s Council 6:30-8:30pm. Bodystorm is a guided brainstorming session with intuitive, interactive, and embodied exploration. Guided by Dr. Roxanne Partridge, Jungian depth psychologist and relational sexuality practitioner. Aletis House, Hudson. (415) 686-8722.

Essential Oils of the Bible 7-8:30pm. Learn about what essential oils were used in the Bible, with specific Biblical references. Breakthrough M2, Montgomery. 713-4320.

Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.




Joni Mitchell: A Tribute 8pm. Scott Petito’s All Star Ensemble. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Tea & Stones: A Monthly Gathering of Stone Minds 6:30-7:30pm. Each month explore a different stone. Dreaming Goddess, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal 7:30pm. $25-$44. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945.

Ballroom By Request Lesson & Practice Time 8-11pm. $15 for both lessons/$10 one lesson. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays 2017 8-10pm. $37/$52/$62.90. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

Monthly Open House with Dharma Talk 7pm. Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale. 658-8556.

Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour 8pm. $29.50-$69.50. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334.






Staying Calm When Things Go Wrong: Stressed and Busy 7-8:30pm. $10. Taught by Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chenma. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 856-9000.

LECTURES & TALKS Gallery Talk 4pm. Patricia Phagan will discuss the "Fluid Expressions" exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5237.

Spyro Gyra 7:30pm. $34.50. Combining jazz, R&B, funk, and pop music. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Terry Reid with Cosmic American Derelicts 7-9pm. $37/$47. Rock/soul vocalist. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039 ext. 2. Thunderhead Organ Trio 8pm. Jazz. Wherehouse, Newburgh. 561-7240.

Wali Ali & the Tambourine Band 8pm. Jazz. With Porter Carroll. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

OUTDOORS & RECREATION Stargazing Party 7-10pm. Bring your own telescope or view the stars through one provided. Registration required. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram.

SPIRITUALITY Shamanic Journey Circle with David Beck 7-9pm. $20. Shamanic journeying is an ancient technique to deepen one's spiritual connections. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.

THEATER "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 8pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880. "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 8pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880.

"Girlfriend from Hell" 8pm. A four-eyed wallflower's desperate cries for help are heard by Satan in this 80s horror comedy pop/rock musical. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

"Sganarelle" 7pm. SUNY Ulster theatre students present a model Molière farce of misunderstanding. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

"Rabbit Hole" and One-Act Comedies 7pm, 8:15pm. A performance by the Hudson Valley Sudbury School Theater Coop. ASK, Kingston. 338-0333.


"Sganarelle" 7pm. SUNY Ulster theatre students present a model Molière farce of misunderstanding. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.


Life Drawing Sessions 6-9pm. $20. A non-instructional opportunity to practice the art of figure drawing with live nude model. The Enchanted Cafe, Red Hook. 835-8435. Oil & Wax: Pigment Stick Fundamentals 9am-3pm. $400. Through November 18. Instructor: Wayne Montecalvo. The Gallery at R&F, Kingston. 331-3112.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES New Moon Manifestation Gathering 7-8:30pm. $10.Manifest your heart’s desires with the creative energies of the New Moon. Dreaming Goddess Sanctuary, Poughkeepsie. 473-2206.


SATURDAY 18 BUSINESS & NETWORKING Creatives MX Meet 9am-3pm. $75. Explore, master, promote present your creative work. BSP Kingston. (877) 928-3287.

DANCE Freestyle Frolic All-Ages Ecstatic Dance Party 6:30-10:30pm. $2-$15. Alcohol-free, smokefree, and drug-free dancing. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-6090. Pre-Thanksgiving Double Contra Dance 3-10:30pm. Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie. 473-7050. Holiday Hudson Valley Hullabaloo Craft Fair 11am-5pm. Start your holiday shopping with 75+ of the Hudson Valley’s most talented makers! Andy Murphy Rec Center, Kingston. 750-8801.


Rob Scheps/John Stowell Duo with Dale Kirkland 8-10:30pm. Jake’s Main Street Music, Beacon. Sons of Pitches 8pm. Cowboy jazz. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Sponge 5pm. Modern rock. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks Album Release Party 7:30pm. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Instruction on How to Follow a Buddhist Path within Day-to-Day Life 2:30pm. $25. Taught by Katrin Querl. Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery, Wappingers Falls. 297-2500. Repair Cafe: New Paltz 10am-2pm. New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz. Repair Cafe: Warwick 10am-2pm. Senior Center at Warwick Town Hall, Warwick.

We Free Strings 8pm. $15. Atlas Studios, Newburgh. 391-8855.

SPORTS Conquer the Forest Trail Run 8:30am-12pm. $35 Five-Mile Trail Run/$15 for One-Mile Kids Run. Includes music, food, and activities for all ages. Green Chimneys, Carmel. 279-2995 ext. 108.

SUNDAY 19 FAIRS & FESTIVALS Annual Artisan Craft Fair to benefit Sinterklaas! 10am-4pm. Works for sale by 25 local artists and artisans i. Rhinebeck Town Hall, Rhinebeck.

Drag Queen Story Hour 11am-12pm. Drag queens reading stories to children. Hudson Area Library, Hudson. (518) 828-1792 ext. 101.

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The Love Call of Harold J. Lieberman: A Reading by the Author, Toby Lieberman 5-6pm. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2213.

Arlen Roth Band 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Bluegrass Legend Tim O’Brien 8pm. Club Helsinki, Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Cello: ASH- Bach Unwound 7:30pm. $28. Ashley Bathgate. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Foodstock 10 featuring Sponge 5-11:30pm. $20. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, and Dutchess Outreach. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. Funkrust Brass Band, Boycott Brass, Max’s New Hat 7:30pm. $10. Backstage Studio Productions (BSP), Kingston. 481-5158. Sinfonia Antarctica 8pm. Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs with projected images from Jon Bowermaster. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Latin Jazz with the Melaza Project 8pm. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. Le Vent du Nord 8pm. A leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333. Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash 8-10pm. $30/$37.50/$45. Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash pays tribute to and celebrates the legendary Sun Records recording artists. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater Box Office, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. CHRONOGRAM.COM These listings do not include weekly recurring events, such as classes that take place every Wednesday, for example. Visit for events updated daily, recurring weekly events, and staff recommendations. You can also upload events directly to our Events database at


The SHEroes 8pm. Allstar, all female jazz ensemble. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

THEATER "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 2pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880. "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Girlfriend from Hell" 2pm. A desperate four-eyed wallflower's cries for help are heard by Satan. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "The Mother of Us All" 4pm. Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera is staged by Hudson Valley residents. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438.

"Tellabration." 2–4pm. Storytelling for grown ups. ASK, Kingston. 338-0333.


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Kandace Springs 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

"Sganarelle" 7pm. SUNY Ulster theatre students present a model Molière farce of misunderstanding. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.


70s Sitcom Writer Susan Silver 1-2pm. Silver is author of Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857.

John Stowell/Rob Scheps Duo 5:30-8:30pm. Amity Gallery, Warwick. 258-0818.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Pot Luck Dinner 6:15-7:30pm. A family-friendly community welcomes visitors to a potluck dinner. Cantine’s Island Cohousing, Saugerties. 246-3271.

The Mother of Us All Gertrude Stein and composer Virgil Thomson joined forces in 1947 to create “The Mother of Us All,” a retelling of 19th-century American social and political experience as musical pageant. The New York Times has called the rarely performed opera “a charmingly pungent masterpiece whose full value has probably yet to be realized.” Hudson Hall, in partnership with the Millay Colony for the Arts, presents the opera this month, in a site-specific production by cutting-edge opera director R. B. Schlather. “I conceived of this production as a response to the history of the site. I wanted ‘locals’ to make up the band and the cast so that the performance is perceived not as a history piece, but as an accessible, diverse social happening about our shared contemporary ‘now’ in the Hudson Valley.” Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens stars as Susan B. Anthony. Performances are November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19 at Hudson Hall. (518) 822-1438;

THEATER "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 8pm. A Mainstage Productions performance. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. 257-3880. "Breaking the Code" 8pm. $23/$20 students and seniors. Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, Woodstock. "Girlfriend from Hell" 8pm. A four-eyed wallflower's desperate cries for help are heard by Satan. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. "The Mother of Us All" 4pm. Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera is staged by Hudson Valley residents. Hudson Hall, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. "Rabbit Hole" and One-Act Comedies 2pm, 3pm, 7pm, 8:15pm. A performance by the Hudson Valley Sudbury School Theater Co-op. ASK, Kingston. 338-0333. "Sganarelle" 7pm. SUNY Ulster theatre students present a model Molière farce of misunderstanding. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge.

Holiday Hudson Valley Hullabaloo Craft Fair 11am-5pm. Start your holiday shopping with 75+ of the Hudson Valley’s most talented makers! Andy Murphy Rec Center, Kingston. 750-8801.

MUSIC Liveware 7:30pm. Michael Century and Shawn Lawson. EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (518) 276-3921. Robt Sarazin Blake Residency 8pm. American originals. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Making a Grapevine Basket Demonstration 7pm. Reformed Church of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-6340.



Community Holistic Health Care Day 4-8pm. First-come-first serve. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

Climate Change: Lyme and other tickborn diseases 3:30-5:30pm. Montgomery Place, Red Hook.

Unwind with Melia 7-8:45pm. $20. “Roll” stiff or tired muscles in patterned sequences SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444.

Ulster County and the Civil War 2pm. Rosemary Nichols will talk about Civil War soldiers from the Catskills, with music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. 657-8333.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Thanksgiving Chan Retreat Deepen your practice of Chan meditation and key Dharma teachings. Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush. 744-8114.

MUSIC East Meets West 2-3:30pm. $25/$22 in advance/$10 students. A recital by world-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shafaat Khan. Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. (518) 943-3818. An Evening with Todd Rundgren and Band 7pm. Classic rock. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039. John McEuen & The String Wizards: Will the Circle Be Unbroken 3pm. $29.50. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

WEDNESDAY 22 MUSIC The Big Takeover 10-Year Anniversary Show 7:30pm. BSP Kingston. 481-5158. Thanksgiving Eve: A Tradition 8pm. Alpha Male Gorillas, Jason Gisser Band, Mazzstock AllStars playing classic rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. TJay and the Tall Boys 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

THURSDAY 23 OUTDOORS & RECREATION Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot 2017 5K RUN 8am-12pm. A fundraiser for Family of New Paltz’s Food Pantry and Crisis Services. Family of New Paltz, New Paltz. 255-8801.

FRIDAY 24 DANCE Swing Dance with the Lustre Kings Beginner’s swing dance lesson 8pm to 8:30 pm. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571.

LECTURES & TALKS Boscobel Candlelit Holiday Tour 4pm. Tour the house while it's decorated for a 19th century Christmas with string musicians performing in the grand entrance hall. Boscobel, Garrison.



Sinterklaas Mask Coloring 10am-12pm. Starr Library, Rhinebeck. 876-4030.

Explore & Create: Paper Windows 1-3pm. Craft your own beautfiul masterpiece inspired by Church’s windows. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

LECTURES & TALKS Boscobel Candlelit Holiday Tour 4pm. The house will be decorated for a 19th century Christmas with string musicians performing in the grand entrance hall. Boscobel, Garrison.


HEALTH & WELLNESS Alexander Technique Mindful Movement Class 9:30am. $15-$20. Marbletown Multi-Arts, Stone Ridge. 687-6090.

MUSIC Chris O’Leary Band 8pm. Blues rock. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Max Creek 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.


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Mysticism in the Christian Tradition 1-1:45pm. A lecture series created and curated by Reverend D. Bruce Chilton of Bard. 6368 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. 876-3727.

"Outside" 10am & 12pm. Grades 8-12. A story of a teen's triumph over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072.

The insider’s guide to the historic Hudson Valley “Many guides claim to be ‘insider’ takes on travel, but few deliver truly out-of-the-ordinary info. This one does . . . many listings will surprise even natives.” —New York Daily News

• Getting Around • What to See • What to Do • Family Activities • Green Space • Where to Stay • Where to Eat • Entertainment

Flannel Millennium 9:30pm. Black Friday grunge party. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624.

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ich with historical and cultural attractions, the Hudson Valley and Catskills area will be celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2009. The region will commemorate Henry Hudson’s sail up the river, Robert Fulton’s first successful commercial steamship operation, and many more nationally significant events. The region is also a treasure trove for travelers seeking outdoor recreation, five-star dining, cozy bed & breakfasts or comfy inns, as well as galleries, antiques shops, wineries, farm stands, and places to hike, kayak, and canoe.

AND OTHER CRITTERS In this completely revised seventh edition, author Joanne OF THE WILD CATSKILLS The Countryman Press Woodstock, Vermont Cover photographs © Scott Ian Berry Cover design by Julie Nelson Printed in the United States of America

Michaels, the most respected travel writer in the region, includes hundreds of places to dine and stay, along with a wealth of information about things to see and do—all within driving distance of New York City, Boston, and beyond. With detailed maps and hundreds of honest reviews about accommodations, eateries, and activities that will appeal to both affluent travelers and those seeking special value, Michaels’s advice will aid in planning an unforgettable trip. Joanne Michaels, formerly the editor of Hudson Valley Magazine and the host of The Joanne Michaels Show, is the author of many books, including Let’s Take the Kids!: Great Places to Go in New York’s Hudson Valley, and The Joy of Divorce. She is coauthor, along with renowned regional photographer Hardie Truesdale, of Hudson River Journey and Adirondack High. Michaels also coauthored Famous Woodstock Cooks and lives in Woodstock, New York, where she is an editorial consultant.

Soul Sacrifice 8pm. Soul ensemble. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.



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Jeremy Baum: JB’s Go-Go Boogaloo Dance Party 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

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Stanley Clarke 8-10pm. Jazz. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Phoenicia Turkey Trot 10am. $10/$20 family. A benefit for the Shandaken Parks and Recreation. Phoenicia Park, Phoenicia. 254-4126. Pilates 11am. $15. 100% of the proceeds go to the Safe Harbors Historic Ritz Theater Fund. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, Newburgh. 784-1199.

KIDS & FAMILY Jan Brett: The Mermaid 10am-1pm. A 20-minute drawing illustration, followed by a book signing. Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. Sinterklaas in the Hudson Valley 2–4pm. Community event with live performances celebrating the region's Dutch heritage. ASK, Kingston. 338-0333

Social Media: Maximum Results, Minimal Effort 6-8pm. The basics of social media marketing. The Accelerator, New Windsor. 363-6432. Vittorio deSica’s Il Boom 7:15-9:30pm. $8. Rosendale Theater Collective, Rosendale. 658-8989.

LITERARY & BOOKS Confessions of a Bar Brat: Growing up in Rosendale, NY 7-8:30pm. With Author Judith Boggess. Rosendale Public Library, Rosendale. 658-9013. Common Tongue’s “The Music of Jaco Pastorius” 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration 11am-6pm. Send Sinterklaas across the Hudson River in a tugboat. Rondout Waterfront, Kingston. 514-3998.



The THE BAND Band: Last Waltz Celebration 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.





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Bass Virtuoso Stanley Clarke 8pm. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.


College Wind and Percussion Ensembles 7:30pm. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 339-2025.


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David Kraai 1pm. Folk country music. Woodstock Music Shop, Kingston. (631) 897-7435.

The Art of Wrapping Paper 1-4pm. Make your own holiday wrapping paper. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.


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The Rob Scheps B3 Organ Quartet 8pm. Quinn’s, Beacon. Robt Sarazin Blake Residency 8pm. American originals. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.


Michael Korda: Alone 1:30-3pm. Author Michael Korda talks about his new book, Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk, Millbrook. 677-5857.


Miniature Theater: Czech-American Marionettes 9-10:30am. $15/$10 members/$40 family. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.


Sean Watkins 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Holiday Book Signing The plush interior of the Beekman Arms Hotel in Rhinebeck will serve as the setting for this holiday book signing on November 5, from 1 to 4pm, a rare convergence of top local authors including Jon Bowermaster, Nava Atlas, and Vern Benjamin. These Hudson Valley literary icons will be joined by other important authors like Leslie Sharpe (The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills), Stephen Silverman (The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America), and Brooke Kroeger (The Suffragents). As the holidays approach, so too does the daunting task of gift selection. Enjoy courtesy desserts and drinks while you meet the authors and kick off your seasonal shopping. The curated book selection has a strong focus on ecology and local history to delight the bibliophiles in your life. Soul Purpose 8pm. Soul, R&B. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Tom Pacheco 8pm. $15. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Tony Jefferson & Groovocity 8pm. Jazz. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701.

MUSIC Crispell Fonda Sorgen Trio 8pm. International jazz artists. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Just Dance! 5-7pm. $10 donation. DJ activated, nonstop, contagious expression. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates, Cold Spring. 265-4444. NRBQ 7pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185.

Willow Blue 8:30pm. Covers. Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill. (909) 547-4266.

Open Mike Night 7:30-10pm. Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville. 204-9833.


Saints of Swing 11am. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.

Traveling Talks: Walking in Search of the Gobble 10am-12pm. Go on a hike and learn all about turkeys. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

SPORTS Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 3pm. $28/$14 children. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.

Explore & Create: Persian Inspired Tiles 2-4, 6-8pm. Learn the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths in these handson workshops. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. (518) 828-1872.

THURSDAY 30 LECTURES & TALKS Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program Information Session Learn how you can earn your Master's Degree and New York State Teacher Certification in one year. RSVP required. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

MUSIC Ed Marris & Peter Brittain 7pm. Acoustic. Zephyr, Pine Hill. 254-8024. Gary Hoey: Ho Ho Hoey Holiday Tour 8pm. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Manuel Valera Trio “The Planets” 8pm. Chamber jazz. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks Album Release Party 8pm. $10. Opening: Sweet Clementines. Colony Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7625.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Life Drawing Sessions 6-9pm. $20. A non-instructional opportunity to practice the art of figure drawing with live nude model. The Enchanted Cafe, Red Hook. 835-8435.



Picture of Jupiter taken on July 10 from the Juno spacecraft.

There Is a Future, and You Are It


o, it’s been a year since we heard, and experienced, the fell news about the supposed election of an insane person to the United States presidency. And as that year has gone on, day by day, the news in the public sphere has been of disaster and disorder, injury and insult, seemingly with no bounds and to no end. Particularly since the total solar eclipse, it’s been one national crisis after the next, whether born of intent, neglect, or some seemingly natural process. A series of major hurricanes, followed by a vast swath of northern California burning up, interlaced with threats of nuclear war, escalation of the war in Afghanistan, revelation of a war in Niger and of American military presence in a total of 172 countries, and most lately, a tax plan that would take more than a trillion dollars in new national debt and put it in the pockets of billionaires. God, that was a long sentence. That’s how it is. We have cabinet officers whose job seems to be dismantling the agencies they run; we witnessed a very, very strange massacre in Las Vegas; we are seeing the belching forth of an entire universe of sexual abuse, including by the president himself; we have American citizens drinking from contaminated wells used to monitor Superfund sites in Puerto Rico, and on and on. Anyone who comes near TV or the internet is getting a steady stream of these things into their consciousness. This is just what we know about. Here we are, “the greatest nation in the world.” What could possibly go wrong? Life on Earth is challenging, stressful, and at least a little dangerous, often under the very best conditions. Even where things are relatively calm, it often seems that death and danger are nearby; and if not, we still experience the pain of the rest of the world. There are the significant challenges of everyday existence. Does anyone know anyone whose life is not touched by addiction or cancer or a serious car accident or an immune system disorder?


It Takes a Busload of Faith—and No Hope at All As Lou Reed said, it takes a busload of faith to get by. I am concerned that many people are clinging to hope—for example, the hope that things will get better. I consider hope a paralytic agent, one that interferes both with faith and with taking informed action. In fact, there is no hope right now. The world is too far gone. If we can admit that much—that is, if we have the courage to admit it—maybe we can wake up, work together, and start making some decisions. Essential to this is admitting that many people are in a weakened state, whether from physical illness, burdens both practical and emotional, or a state of exhaustion. We will need to tap our deepest and most sincere spiritual resources and find seemingly new sources of strength. Each of us must do what we can, whenever we can; we must break free of false self-obsession and actively work to support our communities, and to share our resources and our knowledge. We must support one another in being happy. I would encourage you to find time for the people you care about. Do your job with passion, not merely to get it done. When you can intervene and make the right thing happen, go out of your way to do so. We must get off this strictly-for-cash economy and support existence generously. If you have some extra money, make sure you divert some of it to who and what you know is the right thing, and remember: That’s not enough. As the technological environment completes its takeover of the human nervous system and sensory experiences, we are as a species becoming rigid and robotic, and losing our sense of play. If we are going to get out of the problems we are in, we will need to learn how to play with one another; which means to trust one another, feel one another and anticipate one another’s needs. We will need to learn how to have fun making the world a better place.

We don’t need entertainment. We need the pleasure of collaboration and of doing the right thing. I will say this again and again: we must learn to trust one another, and to give one another the solid ground on which that trust can be built. A Rapidly Changing Environment We’re now experiencing a series of sign changes by slow-moving planets. This does not happen often; the last time was in the years leading up to 2012. When this happens, the color, tone, and energetic quality of life can shift rapidly. Most of these changes occur in the background. As profound as they are, they are easy to miss, and to miss them means to miss the opportunities they present. This began in mid-October with Jupiter’s ingress into Scorpio. In terms of understanding life on Earth, Scorpio is one of the most valuable signs to understand. Since Saturn left Scorpio in late 2014 (dipping back in for part of 2015), there hasn’t been much going on in that sign. True, there have been a wide diversity of esoteric planets and asteroids. While useful, they are not exactly easy for most people to dial in. Saturn in Scorpio (late 2012 through 2014, and part of 2015) was not exactly wet. It added heaviness to a sign that, due to the times we’re living in, comes with a needless sense of weight. Most of that weight is the result of our collective and individual reticence or outright refusal to consider the subject matter described by Scorpio, most of which relates to sex, death, and change. (If you’re a Scorpio and you feel like you spook people, this is why.) While Pisces has been described as the “dustbin of the zodiac,” actually in our age Scorpio gets this distinction. It’s where we throw everything we’re afraid of, or are embarrassed about. Before Jupiter’s arrival, the most recent Big Thing to happen in Scorpio was the 2016 Mars retrograde there. That came along with the pussy-grabbing recording, the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency, and the majority of white women voting for him nonetheless. I would have thought the pussy-grabbing would have been a deal-breaker, though for a lot of women, the candidate with the pussy was the deal-breaker. I am still trying to wrap my head around that. With Mars retrograde, we got a look at the dark and dreary side of Scorpio.

rather than “that which we do for creativity and fun.” While we are getting the victimhood out of our systems, let’s do some trick-or-treating, which as everyone knows is a fun custom associated with a holiday commemorating dead ancestors. Jupiter in Scorpio is also a reminder that wholesome, responsible sex requires knowledge and even some wisdom (a Jupiter thing). Kids should not have two children by age 16. One kind of knowledge is comprehensive sex education, which has largely been supplanted by the nightmare of “abstinence only” indoctrination. We need actual facts about, and familiarity with, our bodies, and the emotions they take us through. We need to account for what sex does to relationships. The other kind of sexual knowledge falls under the general category of what you might call Tantra—the previously occult wisdom associated with the philosophy of sex-as-existence. There is no limit to the depth of knowledge attainable using sex as a metaphor for existence, and as a mode of healing and of creative expression. Yet for as long as we’re attached to the power trip of sex, we will never get there. Sex must be seen as a vehicle to facilitate the healing process, rather than as a means of getting power over someone, messing with them, monetizing the relationship, an opportunity for blackmail, etc. Power exists at the far end of the sexual spectrum. Once you leave that side of things, you move increasingly toward love, pleasure, and creativity. Remind yourself of this anytime you get caught in any form of a sexual power trip.

We don’t need entertainment. We need the pleasure of collaboration and of doing the right thing.

Jupiter in Scorpio, Through November 2018 So now we have Jupiter, the “greater benefic,” otherwise known as Jove of “by Jove” fame, which translates to jovial. Jupiter in Scorpio will have two basic effects and a wide flurry of side effects. One will be to magnify the crisis. We’re seeing this in the countless reports of sexual misconduct that have been coming into the open in late October, flushed to the surface by Jupiter. That has yet to end. What seems to shock everyone is the nearly ubiquitous extent of sexual assault. Everyone has either experienced it personally or is close to someone who has. This is calling for healing. We now have a concept of what sexual healing is imminently necessary, now. We face a challenge in that even most therapists are too embarrassed by sex to go into any detail about the subject matter. Most therapists also lack the proper training to do so. Somewhere, somehow, we must open up to this form of learning, which will mean releasing all moral judgments about sex. Sex is not a moral issue. It’s a basic feature of life, like air and water. Thankfully, the other effect of Jupiter in Scorpio is likely to be a lightening up of the whole sex “issue,” and the ability to regain some sense of play. Right now, the current definition of sex seems to be “that which has a victim”

Saturn Across the Galactic Core, and Into Capricorn We have time in this month’s column for one more transit (of several big ones taking hold in 2018), and that would be Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn arrives in the first of its two home signs (the other being Aquarius) on December 20, 2017. This transit will first provide a sense of what’s missing—and then ripple into an even bigger sense of what must be done about it. Before Saturn arrives in Capricorn, it makes a conjunction to the Galactic Core, which is in very late Sagittarius. Let’s focus on this, and leave the family, corporate, and government Capricorn stuff for the December rodeo. Speaking in my role as the rock ‘n’ roll shaman of astrology, I consider Saturn moving across the Galactic Core a major initiation for the human race. Of all the planets to master while living here on Earth, Saturn is the most important, because it addresses structure and time. It’s possible to think you can live without those things, though even if you’re a yogi who hangs out in a cave for 20 years, that’s still about structure (the cave) and time (20 years). The Galactic Core is like an enormous beacon summoning consciousness to the core of our spiral island in space. Most of us are only dimly aware we live on an island of 300 billion stars, give or take a few. We live on the outskirts, between two spiral arms, which is a metaphor for why our world seems so God-forsaken. Over the next six weeks or so, Saturn, that central computer associated with structure and time, will encounter the Galactic Core, which contains a giant black hole. That’s a meeting of the physical with the anti-physical; of time with the timeless; of a very strange form of energy with all known forms of matter. Let this event bend your consciousness in the direction of actual spiritual awareness. Let it take you out of the structures that contain your mind, and show you something larger. This is not merely conceptual; or rather, it’s no more or less conceptual than you, personally, are. Let yourself be guided to the future, because there is one, and you are it. CHRONOGRAM.COM

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ARIES (March 20-April 19) Take the time, and the emotional risk, of encountering people as people; not their online avatar, their image in pixels or their disembodied voice. Make real contact, in person, without a time limit. That part is easy: When you plan to visit someone, don’t schedule anything else afterwards for the same day; and if you might stay over, clear your morning hours. The idea is to give yourself room to stretch out and experience something you’re not necessarily planning for. You might know what you want. You might also recognize that it’s a little weird to declare (for example) that you will never, ever do something with someone. If you’re saying that, then you’re carrying around some energy. What’s that about? It rarely happens that you’re knocked off of your center specifically due to the actions of someone else. When you are holding your center, and you know who you are and what you want, you tend to be in balance and on solid ground. There’s something more significant: know what you have to offer. You will feel relevant in your relationships based on what you give; not what you take, or ask for, or expect. You’re the one in a position to start the process of exchange, by being generous with your mind, your body, and your spirit; with your time, your love, and your resources.

TAURUS (April 19-May 20)


You possess the gift of healing; in particular, helping others unravel their emotional and physical knots. It’s true that everyone has this gift, at least in potential, though at the moment, you have especially strong access. It’s been gradually developing over the past years. Learning to use this can benefit the people around you, though it will help to recognize how minimal your role really is. First, remember that when you’re assisting someone in any way, it’s not about you. You might indirectly benefit, though the focus must stay on the person you’re assisting. It’s also far preferable to help only when asked, or when you reach an impasse and have someone’s consent. At that point, you might gently guide people to the edge of their seeming limits, then let them make the choice to enter new territory or not. You cannot push or pull anyone beyond their boundaries. But you can continue to relate to them, and stay open, when they are at that point of hesitation; making sure you’re open and willing to accept whatever choice they might make. One useful tool is a sense of play. Keep things light, and engage them gently. Many people are caught in paradoxes that they don’t understand, but which you might. Meanwhile, consider how all of these ideas relate to you personally. Where is your edge, and why?

GEMINI (May 20-June 21) The problem with life inside the robot—by which I mean wallto-wall internet, and every automated device connected to it—is that we humans are losing our sense of play. That’s such an interesting word, because it works to describe what one does in a game; and also wiggle room; and a drama for fun, like a skit. In the digital mind, one error in one line of code can shut down the whole program. In the creative and physical realm, you can skip over mistakes, you can improvise, and you can go off-script. You can be curious; a computer cannot. All the algorithms in the world do not equal the hunger for knowledge or experience. You, however, are all about curiosity and passion for experience. You are a Gemini, after all; a sign represented by two little kids who, you can be sure, would prefer to play nearly all of the time. Therefore, look for every opportunity. When someone says something funny, toss them back one of your witty lines. When someone smiles at you, actually smile back and return the positive vibes. Get your hands into clay, paint, dirt, dough, or a piano keyboard. Most significantly, bring a sense of play into this thing we call work. Right now, the world is smothering in boredom, which is a form of suppressed anger. Bring your loving heart and quick mind everywhere you go.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

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Here’s the deal: The charts for Cancer have not been this good in a long time. This is less about what’s going on in your sign and more about what’s happening in your empathetic water signs Scorpio and Pisces. (The astrology is pretty good for them too, though you get triple word score.) Mercury, the Sun and Jupiter are currently in Scorpio, which is your 5th solar house (pleasure, play, games, romance, and sex for fun). Venus is on the way, arriving on November 7. This is enough to bring out the artist, the lover, and the adventurer in anyone. It will only take a little discipline to prod yourself into having fun all the time, wherever you are, and whomever you’re with. However, given the prevailing state of the world (currently being redesigned as a nonstop panic attack) and the freaky social environment that’s obsessed with treating sex like a crime or a disease (things were not always this way, though it happens from time to time), you will need that bit of discipline. You will need to take the initiative and spark up the conversation, strike up the band, or invite people over to your crib. Don’t be deterred if anyone seems uninterested. Don’t take it personally. You are being groomed for leadership, and this is a rather pleasant aspect of your training program.

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LEO (July 22-August 23)

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You simply must be more confident. This is a choice. It’s not something bestowed on you by a fairy godmother or earned like the Eagle Scout badge. You just wake up one day and decide you’re going to take some bigger chances with your life. You decide it’s time to push your seeming limits. You arrive at the point where you must be your own authority, and consciously boot the vestiges of your parents and various other control freaks out of the way. You seem to have been hesitating for a while; you may have run into the same limits repeatedly. One factor to unravel is any fear you might have of going out of control. One mental meme that’s been circulating goes something like this: If I let go a little, I won’t be able to reel myself back in. Or, if I have some fun, I won’t want to work. Or, if I smile at that person, I’ll get stuck in a 20-year relationship. These thoughts, which come in a thousand other forms, do nothing but undermine confidence and creativity. They interfere with your ability to live your life rather than have your life live you. In these very weeks, ultra-serious Saturn is ending a long, three-year run through Sagittarius, which is your 5th solar house of pleasure, play and passion. It’s time to move on.


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VIRGO (August 23-September 23) You have something to say. It’s now time to say it. Why you might not have done so in the past is not so mysterious: Many of the things you want to share are taboo. Even to say the first word about the topics most important to you is to risk a controversy. That, however, is impressive in itself, and it’s a clue about the power of your particular message. I suggest you practice getting the conversation going; and more to the point, get your ideas into writing, and then put them where others can read them. If you do this, you will begin rapidly to cultivate your knowledge and your ability to express yourself. You are, for a number of reasons, immune from the effects of any debate you might stir up; particularly if you express yourself from a loving place, with the desire to both learn and inform. This will stretch you in many ways: it’s time to leave behind any embarrassment about the actual ideas you are interested in. It’s time to have sensitive conversations in person rather than exclusively on the internet. You are in a position to be a leader in your community, by which I mean one who sets the example as a sincere seeker and helps open the way for others to seek sincerely. This process has just begun. Upcoming developments will deepen and accelerate your journey.

LIBRA (September 23-October 23) Through these last two months of the year, you’re about to experience an unusual transformation that will reveal the one thing all conscious people are wondering: your purpose on Earth. That might sound like a tall promise for a horoscope column, though the astrology is indeed unusual. What comes to you probably won’t be in the form of a tweet (for example, “It’s u’r destiny 2b gr8 cellist”). Rather, your guidance will more likely arrive in the form of doing something that you know is right. It might not be the thing you do all day, every day, though you’ll likely be actively engaged with it in some way now, and you’ll notice that it’s just the thing to do. Also, you’ll probably have had this same revelation before, though somehow you forgot, or got distracted, like having the idea for a novel that you were about to write down, but didn’t. This time, however, take the message and act on your knowledge with your body as well as your mind. Yes, the truth is subtle. It’s a softly spoken calling, not a clap of thunder. Developing your path or project may take time, though you’d be wise to take steps in your new direction without delay, and keep taking small actions that gradually help you build momentum. There’s plenty more to this idea than you currently recognize.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 2) Jupiter has arrived in your sign for one year. If there’s such a thing as an astrological need, this fulfills one: for Scorpio to have an infusion of water (provided by the Jupiter connection to Pisces) and of spiritual leavening (provided by its connection to Sagittarius). The last time a major planet visited your sign was the Mars retrograde of 2016, which was not exactly wet and juicy; Saturn, for part of 2015, was not exactly a ripe mango, either. Now you have extra resources to work with, and room to maneuver. You’re likely to be feeling more optimistic; not just about life but about who you are. That’s most of what you need to go on in life. When you feel good about yourself, you can accomplish just about anything. At the end of the year, another planetary move will have a similar effect: Saturn enters Capricorn, which will take the brakes off of your self-esteem. Between now and then, however, you must fully claim your self-respect; something you’ve been struggling to do in recent years (with some success). You will know you’re doing this because you feel demonstrably better about yourself. You will be less defensive and more supportive of the people around you. You’ll be more interested in whether you’ve kept your promises to others than whether they’ve kept their promises to you. That’s true self-confidence.

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Let’s continue to focus on the movement of Saturn through the last degrees of your sign, which might only occur twice or maybe three times in your lifetime. Saturn is the lord of the material plane; that is, of physical reality and its structures as we know them; and that has a lot to do with time. Saturn is now conjunct the Galactic Core: a spiritual source, and a homing signal. The combination of Saturn with its orientation on matter, and the Core, with its spiritual focus, represents the quest of all true seekers: how does one live in accord with divine intelligence on this level of reality, with all its madness? Now you have the story of your life short enough to fit into a fortune cookie. You are going through an integration process that will build in intensity through the winter solstice. This will put you in a position where you feel compelled to make decisions that guide your life based on your actual values. At this new stage of your life, if you know something is true, you must act on it. If you understand that some things serve your purposes and the greater good, you must choose them, rather than what harms. Combining the Galactic Core and Saturn, the one thing for which there’s no room at all is self-deception. Write that on your birthday cake.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)



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Do you really think you can put your faith in technology? Your solar chart suggests you might be doing this. If so, give it up. It’s the current mental plague that will strangle everyone and everything in its path, and is already doing a good job of it. Rather, you would do much better to invest your faith in the human realm, such as the living example you set every day. You’re currently in one of those phases where your leadership skills are in demand and in focus. Most of what you’re leading with is your own desire. You are demonstrating that what you want must be the guiding principle of your life. That sounds selfish, I know; though there’s one way to test the validity of these desires: they work for everyone else, too. This isn’t the trickle-down theory of economics. To the contrary, there’s a direct, mutual, and immediate benefit between what serves you and what serves your family, company, community or public. That’s the standard to orient on. At this stage of your life, nothing can be good for you and simultaneously bad for anyone else. The world has a lot to learn about this kind of plus-plus symbiosis (a fancy term for win-win). Set aside any feelings of competition you may be having. And remember, computers won’t solve any problems. Only you can, especially if you collaborate.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19) With Jupiter, the Sun, and Mercury traveling through Scorpio, the potent mid-heaven angle of your solar chart, you’re experiencing a calling to success and achievement. On some level, that equates to the ability to do good or ill. We live in an age when accountability is typically either a thing of the past or something enforced on people. You need to subject yourself voluntarily to an evaluation process. Make sure that older, wiser mentors who are not afraid to disagree with you are involved in your decision-making. Because you have influence, and because your aims are likely to develop into something bigger than you’ve planned, you must at all times keep one eye on the law of unintended consequences. It’s often said that knowledge is power, and the one thing that Aquarius of all the signs must be aware of is what you do not know. Understanding that your decisions have an impact and that you don’t know everything will help keep you in check effectively enough to make better decisions. Be cautious of the desire to accomplish everything at once, something that could vex you over the coming year. Rather, work from a list of priorities, which you keep flexible with ongoing re-evaluation. This will help prevent you from getting stuck on anything, and ensure that you stay fairly close to being in the moment—and facing toward the future.

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To the extent that you’ve gained standing in society, you’ve earned it through effort, trial, and tribulation. For three years, Saturn has been making its way across the top of your solar chart, an irresistible calling to attempt the impossible. Alternately, you may have been put into positions where you had to rise to the occasion whether you wanted to or not. Now is your moment to claim your place in the world, which means the right to do what you do best. You’ll be doing this in a time when many people are struggling and uncertain, and you will need to navigate this carefully. You might think of your function as expressing the particular gift, talent or desire that you have. You can take that a few levels deeper and remember that your actual purpose is to connect with people, and encourage them to participate: that’s to say, to demonstrate whatever you do by doing it lovingly. At the moment, you have access to some astonishing resources, all of which are yours to share. Nothing is actually yours, per se, or not yours, per se. Your role is to ensure that the people you care about have enough of everything, so much as you can make that possible. You are a Pisces, the Omega point of the zodiac. Now is the time to answer your calling and step into your true purpose.

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