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table of contents The Lighthouse (Voice of Spirit) Star Blossom Goddess
How To A�ract Bu�erﬂies To Your Yard Laurie RIspoli
Editor’s Choice Cora Harrell
You Know The Face Vin Raffa
Nyack Sketch Log: Nyack Village Theatre
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Rockland Youth Theatre: Reﬂec�ons On The Season Wendy Gross Baker
Professor Louie & The Crowma�x Eric Squindo
Nyack Film Fes�val Various
table of contents You Are What You Do
Everything Looks Beďż˝er in Black And White
Progressive Rock Pioneers Team Up
Ignorance is No Longer Bliss...
Summer Time Blues
Musicians On The Road
NVT Event Guide
weekly guide to theatre events
RWR Program Guide
weekly guide to live Internet broadcasts + archives
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Rockland World Radio the [local Internet broadcast leader] is gearing up for its 8th season. No small task, considering the hold traditional media has had in convincing the public they’re the only game in town. The Internet will no longer be looked upon as a passing phase - digital is here to stay. Worldwide, the broadcasting industry is being turned on its head by the Internet. It’s no different locally, where technological advances — online and otherwise — are taking place at an unprecedented pace and leaving a wave of uncertainty in their wake. But it’s all about opportunity, not catastrophe. “For advertisers there’s the ability to better target audiences online where they are better deﬁned. Financial people have a better idea of how their budgets are being used. For consumers there’s the ability to watch or listen to programming whenever and wherever they want — they decide, guided in some form by broadcasters. Nothing illustrates this more effectively than the rise of YouTube, now owned by Google. Take the stats: YouTube receives approximately 2 billion views a day — more than double the prime-time audience of the three major American TV networks combined. Last year more than 13 million hours of video were uploaded to the site, and 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute. Put another way, more video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the three major American networks have created in 60 years.
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The summer season is a terriﬁc time to be outside connecting to Mother Nature and all her allies. The insect world is no exception, as they hold a wealth of information if we get quiet and observe their presence. Take a moment and welcome in all that nature has to offer and you won’t be sorry. On my show, “The Lighthouse, voice of spirit” Thursdays from 4 to 5, I plan to have some amazing guests this summer. They will demonstrate their intuitive gifts and have plenty of wisdom to share. We also will have some exciting give-aways and open the phone lines so listeners can call in and beneﬁt by receiving some messages from the spirit world. Stay great everyone and remember...Who’s better than you??? No One.
THE YOUTHOLOGY HOUR A group of teenagers presenting the urban world of Hip Hop. We have been live since 2010, showcasing many artists and small buisness owners. No Mercy Squad (the group behind the show) is a Hip Hop/ Rap group live representing the Bronx. Lucky 7, the main lead in group (also the Host on show), has interviewed a serious amount of artists, LIL Q (Live Engineer/ Videographer) along with G-Netics (third member). NMS Youthology Hour is from 7-8 pm eastern New York Time, Broadcasting Live On www.RocklandWorldRadio.com.
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How to Attract Butterflies to Your Yard by Laurie Lago Rispoli Laurie Lago Rispoli, Tappan, Master Gardener, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland
We all love butterﬂies, those beautiful, delicate, often jewel toned creatures ﬂoating in the air from ﬂower to ﬂower. But how do we attract them to our yard? As with all other native species, habitat is dwindling due to urban sprawl. So, here are some simple things you can do to attract these winged wonders to your yard. They will need plants as a “host” and for “nectar” (preferably native plants) and a little water. They would love a little wind buffer if you’re yard is in a breezy place, like by the water, or mountain top. And a “mud puddle” if you want to go all out. And please, please NO PESTICIDES! For those who don’t know, butterﬂies have several stages to their life: stage 1 is the egg; stage 2 is the caterpillar; stage 3 is the chrysalis; and stage 4 is the butterﬂy. In each stage of their life, they are in a constant state of energy. During the egg stage, the butterﬂy larva is growing and developing. During the caterpillar stage, the caterpillar is eating and growing. They are eating machines! Caterpillars can grow up to 100 times their size during this stage of their life. Then they go into the chrysalis stage which is the most amazing! There are special cells present in the larva that grow rapidly during this stage. These cells will develop into the legs,
wings, eyes and other parts of the adult butterﬂy. When they come out of chrysalis, generally in the morning, this is the last stage; they will ﬁnd a sunny spot to allow their wet wings to dry. Once their wings are dry, they will start ﬂuttering them and then take their ﬁrst ﬂight - searching for food, shelter, a mate and ﬁnally a place to lay eggs to continue the life cycle. Most butterﬂies only live 1-2 weeks, but some do hibernate during winter and may live several months. Knowing how fragile butterﬂies are, you surely want to aid them in their life cycle by planting the plants needed for their growth ands survival. So what are these “host” plants and “nectar” plants, and why should you plant native plants? The reason for the native plants is twofold: 1) native plants will have a better rate of survival in your area as they are familiar with the drought/ rain cycles its native area is subject to and 2) native plants may support 10-50 times more species of wildlife (not just butterﬂies) more than non-native plants, serving our wildlife well. Some native “host” plants for the New York area where I live, are Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliaea), False Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis), Common Sunﬂower (Helianthus annus), Hygrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), Yellow Huneysuckle (Lonicera ﬂava), and Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia).
For directions on how to do this (it really isn’t complicated), see the below website. Mud puddle directions: http://www.walterreeves.com/insects_animals/article. phtml?cat=21&id=514
Some native “nectar” plants for the New York area are *Bee balm (Monarda dydima), Butterﬂy Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and *Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Purple Coneﬂower (Echinacea purpurea), New England Aster (Aster nova-angliae) and Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.) (*Bonus- these plants also attract hummingbirds!)
Lastly, if you have children, or just want to experience the awe of seeing the developmental stages of what a butterﬂy goes through, you can purchase a “butterﬂy garden” from Insect Lore for approximately $20.00. I guarantee you that you and your children will be amazed at the experience. Just, please make sure you release them and your children will be amazed at the experionce they come out of chrysalis, if you have plants for them to feed on, so they can continue their life cycle. Insect Lore: http://www.insectlore.com/ Living+Kits/Butterﬂies/Butterﬂy+Garden+Shippe d+with+Live+Caterpillars.axd
When planting nectar plants, plant a selection of red, yellow, orange, pink or purple ﬂowers which attract butterﬂies. Also plant ﬂowers with ﬂat tops or cluster ﬂowers which the butterﬂies use as “landing platforms” (such as the New England Aster, yarrow, coreopsis), and plant in the sun! Butterﬂies rarely feed in the shade.
Happy Wildlife Gardening! For more information you can check the internet for a National Butterﬂy Association in your area. You can also check out the below site for speciﬁc foods for speciﬁc butterﬂies: http://www.thebutterﬂysite.com/butterﬂy-food. shtml
Next, put out a shallow dish of water with some stones in it for “sure footing” for the butterﬂies to land on (don’t let the water cover the stones), and you’ve created a butterﬂy habitat in your own backyard! You can now have your yard registered with the National Wildlife Federation as a backyard habitat! (http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx)
The below website, in honor of Lady Bird Johnson, is a great resource for native plants for your area: http://www.wildﬂower.org/
But wait! Do you want to go even further, and really make your butterﬂies happy with a mud puddle? A mud puddle gives butterﬂies much needed minerals and salts from the mud and manure used.
You can always check with your local Cornell Coop for assistance with this and any other gardening questions you may have.
Laurie Lago Rispoli, Nature Photographer at www.TheBeautyofCreation.com & a Master Gardener with Cornell Coop.
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Something you should know about Cora!!!!! Cora specializes in hair weaving, extravagant up does and high fashion runway styles. A licensed New York State Cosmetologist since 1995. Reputable and reliable Cora began working in the salon and soon after began working with celebrity photographers and designers for photo shoots, high fashion runway shows and installations. Eager to promote her unique skills Cora joined Cambridge who’s who’s to extend her eponymous brand services. Not stopping there Cora realized she wanted to provide quality service worldwide, which brought her to Rockland World Radio.
Welcome to the Editor’s choice for Celebrity Stylist Engie Hassan, a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology; B.S. in Fashion Merchandising- F.I.T M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology-Summa Cum Laude From the New York University Intern - Vogue, Paris Vogue,Teen Vogue and Numero Engie Hassan launched her company in 2010. She has styled Royalty, Celebrity, and a bevy of models during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Engie is the ofﬁcial stylist for www.mymodel.com Her work is impeccable and can be seen on the red carpet, runways, magazines and print media. Having had the opportunity to work with such a talented individual I say my thanks to you Engie Hassan for always keeping me in mind when the occassion arises.
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Nyack Sketch Log: Nyack Village Theatre Republished with permission by Bill Batson and Nyack News and Views
The Nyack Village Theatre sign is unassuming and you might just walk on by, but that would be a mistake. One exposure to the live content that is produced from this 49 seat black box theater space will stop you in your tracks. Nestled one story above the site that was once F.W. Woolworth is an expanding multimedia arts organization founded by 1980’s rocker turned impresario Richard Quinn.
in 2006 is inﬂuenced by the energy and eclecticism of the New York art scene of the early 1980’s. It was in the economically ravaged East Village that Punk, New Wave, Hip Hop and Grafﬁti cultures converged in downtown nightclubs and art galleries. “I like to think of myself in the tradition of Andy Warhol, I’m building an art factory,” said Quinn of one of the sources of his inspiration.
The arts center appeared on my radar screen last Halloween, when I saw a poster advertising a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As a teenager, I saw the cult classic more times than I care to admit across the street when what is now Riverspace was a garden-variety movie theater.
If the Nyack Village Theatre is a factory, there are several divisions that manufacture a variety of art products. The theater is actually a spin off of two other endeavors. In 2003, Quinn launched Rockland World Radio, an online broadcast station that’s not just radio, streaming live video of all programming. Modern Metro Zine or MMZ offers the insights and expertise of the hosts of the Internet program in print form.
When Rocky Horror exploded onto the counter-cultural consciousness of America in 1975, Quinn was a recent high school grad getting his real education in legendary New York City clubs like Max’s Kansas City and CBGB.’s. This was the moment when acts like Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, The Ramones and Blondie were emerging on the music scene. His band Quinn & The Eskimos would later play those same venues. The Nyack Village Theatre that Quinn opened
The media platform that Quinn has built is like a dim sum menu of all that was excellent about New York City in the late twentieth century. It’s a mash up of several pioneering cultural institutions combining the political edge of WBAI, the bold experimentalism of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, the bombast of CBGB’s and the intimate sloped screening room vibe of the Thalia. Public Theater, the bombast of CBGB’s and the intimate sloped screening room vibe of the Thalia.
has sold out two runs and has new series of shows scheduled for May, July and August. Antic’s also offer improv, acting and writing workshops. The Nyack Village Theatre is a place where Quinn told me he hoped to introduce the public to art, performance and information that they can’t ﬁnd anywhere else. When I heard him utter that statement, my jaded and skeptical self spoke up. I challenged him to name something that he had produced lately that ﬁts that bill.
A recent Wednesday evening will give you a ﬂavor of the content of Rockland World Radio: local attorney Glen Keene sits at a table at the center of the stage of the Nyack Village Theatre interviewing local artist and poet Rose Marie Raccioppi. The program is streamed live over the Internet. At the end of his hour segment, John Marshall arrives with his sons, Zachary and Quincy to chaperone their teen focused hip-hop program, Youthology Hour. The teens are both the production staff and hosts for their program. Next up is Creating Health, hosted by Dr. Ken Davis. The evening ends with Talk About it Cora!, a show on style, beauty, glamour and fashion. The production facilities are an ideal location to incubate local talent. Quinn has been working recently with local musicians Charles, Martin and Jermaine Paul who perform as the Mighty Paul Brothers Band. You may have seen Jermaine on the hit reality talent show, The Voice. Jermaine recently survived the battle rounds and is now singing for votes in front of a live national TV audience. Quinn produced the look for their music video “Can’t Walk Away.” Quinn is proudest of his most recent creative coup: his new resident theater group the Antics Road Show. The original sketch comedy group 30
In a New York minute Quinn described the screening of never before seen footage from an unreleased documentary about Jim Hendrix by Dave Kramer. The ﬁlm was accompanied by a showing of original artwork created by Jim Hendrix owned by the family of drummer Christian Van denHueval. Quinn’s hype minus the hyperbole is refreshing.
On a recent Sunday, Quinn showed a free matinee exhibition of the “Fresh, the movie.” He told me that the ﬁlmmakers decry the collapse of the symbiotic cycle between animals and plants that has resulted from the advent of corporate agriculture and jeopardizes our health and our food supply. Quinn feels that there is a similar life cycle between the artist and the audience. “The artist needs the audience to exist and the audience needs art to survive. Art is nourishment for the soul,” said Quinn. So if you are hungry for some art, Quinn serves it up online, in print, and on stage. The concepts and content might be heavy, but its calorie and gluten free. Bon appetit.
The Borders Books and Music Store in Ramsey, N.J., was just one of the stores affected by the company’s liquidation sale in 2011. This new release from Dog Ear Publishing tells the story of how employees dealt with the loss of their jobs and their courage in ﬁnding inspiration to try new things.
“(The book) tells the story of liquidation through the eyes of more than 10 employees, whose tales are brought together by narrator Becca, who had been at the store more just over a month when employees heard the devastating news.”
The Author Sold Everywhere But Borders is now available from Dog Ear Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Author Rebecca Van Der Jagt, who began working at Borders in June 2011, is pursuing a Master’s degree in Sociology and Education at Columbia Teachers College. She hopes to become both a writer and an educator.
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Rockland Reﬂections on the Season Youth Theatre
by Wendy Gross Baker, Director Rockland Youth Theatre performs ﬁnal showcase at NYACK VILLAGE THEATRE If you had walked into the Nyack Village Theatre on June 11th at 6pm, you would have seen 9 very excited young people, laughin, warming up and ﬁtting in a last minute rehearsal. If you had walked into the theater that same night at 8pm, you would have seen those same 9 young people performing a myriad of scenes, monologues and improvisations as part of their ﬁnal showcase; the culmination of 15 weeks of their process oriented acting class. The goal was to show the audience
of family and friends newly learned skills in character development, vocal strength, stage presence adn on-the-spot improvisational acting. There was even a staged reading of a scene written by two of the students. The students performed with conﬁdence and focus. They looked like young actors working their craft in front of an audience. They took ownership of their ﬁnal product. As their director, I was pleased and proud that they “got it”. And by that, I mean, they used their skills, their humor, their intelligence (sans costumes, props and sets) to entertain their audience. RYT’s Fall Class: For information about Fall registration, visit www.rocklandyouththeatre.com or call Wendy Gross Baker at 917.414.2340.
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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix Keep The Spirit of Old Woodstock Alive with New Studio Album - Wings on Fire By: Eric Squindo www.thecrowmatix.com From the outside, the small studio, LRS Studio, looks like nothing more than a tumbledown cottage with its faded yellow siding. As you walk through the door, however, the ﬁrst thing that catches your eye is the grand piano that sits proudly in a soundproof room to the right. Enter the kitchen to the left, and you ﬁnd every wall dripping with old photographs, magazine clippings, and concert posters. The common thread among them is apparent. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. The ﬁrst time my bandmate and I went to the studio to begin work on our album, we watched patiently as Louie dug through some old boxes on a shelf in the corner. “Here, try this one,” he said revealing an old silver microphone. “This is the one that Richard Manuel used on Country Boy.” A shiver ran up my spine as he set up the mic in front of me. Manuel’s ghost stood beside me in the studio. He gave a drunken smile before following the professor back into the sound room. Moments like this are the reason I moved to the Hudson Valley ﬁve years ago. While I may have been forty years too late, the musical lure of Woodstock seduced me. Big Pink, the infamous house where Bob Dylan and The Band created some of the greatest music the world would ever
know, remained perched on a mountain overlooking the small town where my heroes once (and some still) wandered. Now I was in the process of recording an album under the trained ear of Aaron “Louie” Hurwitz, a man that works tirelessly to preserve that sound. Given the nickname Professor “Louie” by Rick Danko, Hurwitz has been a member of The Band family since the early eighties. He co-produced, engineered, and performed on their last three albums, and toured for several years with both The Band collectively and with Danko. While his work in the studio is renowned, with additional credits that include Graham Parker, Commander Cody, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, it’s only a side note to Louie’s presence as a bandleader. He originally assembled The Crowmatix to produce viable song options for The Band as they searched for new material to record. After the passing of Danko in 1999, Louie focused his attention on the group of musicians he had assembled. “I never had a desire to be a front man,” he explains. “It was mostly out of necessity”. While it may not have been his initial calling, years behind the scenes provided the skills needed for a dynamic presence on stage. While The Crowmatix still pay homage to their roots by performing faultless versions of songs by The Band, they have established a sound of their own in the past ten years that puts them at the top of their game. They are Americana in its truest form, seamlessly blending blues, folk, rock and New Orleans jazz. On June 5, 2012, the group released Wings On Fire, their eighth studio album on the Woodstock Records label. A follow-up to the 2010 Grammy nominated Whispering Pines, the new album continues to set the standard while showcasing the talents of each member; Professor Louie (vocals, piano, Hammond organ, accordion), Miss Marie (vocals, percussion, piano, whistles), Gary Burke (drums), Frank
Campbell (bass, backing vocals), and Josh Colow (guitar, backing vocals). Vito Petroccitto is also featured on guitar, as well as with long time collaborators Michael Falzarano and John Platania. The album opens with the swinging honky-tonk piano of ‘Down at the County’, the ﬁrst single and one of my personal favorites. It continues to soar with the foot tapping ‘Uncommon Love’ and the groovy ‘Open Hand, Open Heart’. Louie gets the opportunity to take the lead vocals on ‘Book Faded Brown’, a song he ﬁrst produced for The Band. It’s a beautifully stripped down rendition and a ﬁtting tribute to Levon Helm and Rick Danko, their musical mentors for whom the album is dedicated. Other highlights include the Crowmatix take on George Jones’ ‘Color of the Blues’, the original ‘Time Moves On’, and the mostly instrumental shufﬂe of the title track, ‘Wings on Fire’. The classic Band/Van Morrison collaboration, ‘4% Pantomime’ concludes the 13 song collection. Recorded in honor of the professor’s
musical background and John Platania’s long stand with Van, it’s a solid interpretation with Louie, Miss Marie, and bassist Frank Campbell all contributing to the vocals. With approximately 150 shows annually throughout the world, The Crowmatix continue to excel in their live performances. Whether a small charity event or a sold out theater, the band never fails to deliver more than just a set of music. They throw a party. As times continue to change and heroes of this musical community move on from this world, Aaron Professor “Louie” Hurwitz is doing more than his share to keep the spirit of old Woodstock alive and well. Whether he is releasing his own new material, helping to sustain classic acts like the New Riders, teaching students from Maryland to Siberia, or simply supporting unrenowned artists such as myself, Louie sets forth to remind us that it’s all about the music. Thanks to that tumbledown yellow cottage, wandering troubadours will continue to ﬁnd the harmonious spirit they search for in the Hudson Valley.
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Driven by love, Daniel, a dying scientist constructs an instrument that tunes into the frequency of human consciousness. He believes that this is achievable by using algorithms derived from the coils found in the bloodstream DNA. With a deep respect for his passionate belief, his soul-mate Sarah follows his instructions in an effort to bridge the gap between life and death. When they meet in the astral plane they both realize that they are breaching the barrier of death. But the mysteries of whether consciousness is in fact measurable becomes even more daunting to Daniel and for Sarah consciousness is the only thing that can save her from the lure of death’s dream. Starring: Charles Scandura and Rebecca Ng Original Music By: Justin Broadrick, John Everall, Charles Scandura Makeup Dept: Amy Sue Nahhas More Info | View Trailer
Could’ve Been’s & Wanna Be’s is a retrospective documentary feature ﬁlm which showcases the local music scene of Rockland County, NY. The ﬁlm is focused around a band (RIPHOUSE) from Congers, a hamlet within the county. Based just thirty minutes out of NYC the band had everything going for them, except themselves. Beginning as a local high school cover band they quickly began writing original material that inspired a community of their peers. On the cusp of breaking through to the national circuit their founder and front man veered down a life changing path which his band members could not follow. Filled with truth, fame, succes, drugs, and death, Could’ve Been’s & Wanna Be’s is the story of the house that ripped and the family that died. Narrated by the band members themselves and including interviews with 30+ people including Rob Dukes of Exodus and Don La Greca of ESPN Radio. Starring: Brian Berkowitz, Craig Cefola, Jon Ciorciari, John Clancy, Mike Clancy, Geoff Cooper, and more More Info | View Trailer modernmetrozine
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Otis is a live-in lift operator who has never set foot outside his elevator. He is secretly in love with K, a junior typist who is afraid of elevators and has never set foot in one. Each morning, as K climbs the 20 ﬂights of stairs to her typing pool, Otis does his best to parallel her ascent. He subtly inﬂuences the demands of his many passengers to catch glimpses of his beloved. K’s only pleasure is typing her dreams on her lunch breaks. Every day they each go about their routines with quiet dedication. But this routine is about to change Starring: Dominique Pinon, Claude Lavallee and John Yost Music: David Budway More Info
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The Choreographer is a 55-minute documentary proﬁling choreographer Lisa diRibere, who has danced with both Balanchine and Baryshnikov. In the excerpt below, Ms. diRibere, who has choreographed over 80 ballets, is seen in 2010 training a group of Barnard dancers for a performance at Miller Theatre. Starring: Kevin Byrnes, Eliza Jones More Info | View Trailer
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Two worlds collide in this epic teen ﬁction story! Imagine moving from the suburbs to the inner city and colliding with a school bully who’s BIGGER, STRONGER, and FASTER than you. What do you do? Curtis Powers is living this life! Ninth grade, at a new school, is hard enough, without Treyshawn Jinkins making his days miserable. Curtis just wants to pursue his dreams -- now he’s got to avoid his nemesis, too! Some call Curtis a geek; but his smarts won’t stop the inevitable. Treyshawn is coming fast and Curtis must do something or face the worst beat-down of his life! With help from his family, his best friend Kelly, and others, he’ll put a hi-tech plan into action that will do more than anyone thought possible. And in the process he’ll learn that ‘when you can’t outrun your problems, you have to face them head on’ Starring: Kevin Byrnes, Eliza Jones More Info | View Trailer 38
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... o D u o Y t a You Are Wh by Dan Windheim www.tbilife.com
I believe you are what you do, and you do what you are...Meaning you get what you give. This has been my mantra of life. Being honest, truthful, and sharing with others makes me feel happy. Though this has been my personal goal, I suggest others give it a whirl and see if it’s as effective. I have always given back to others, and have always tried to be a gracious receiver, even though this is not always the easiest thing in the world to do. My mom and dad instilled the quality of sharing with those who might not have, and I have found that the more I give, the
more I get back. This last sentence does not apply solely to ﬁnancial matters. There are lots of ways of giving back: a ride to the supermarket, shoveling someone’s driveway, baby sitting, or even just listening can be helpful. There are more people out there who need help than will admit it. We live in a world where asking for help is seen as being weak or needy. What is wrong with being needy or weak sometimes; today it might be someone else, tomorrow it might be you. Remember the saying, “give and you shall receive”
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July 20th at 8pm & July 21st at 8pm & 10pm @ the Nyack Village Theatre The Nyack Village Theatre is proud to announce that SHIP OF FOOLS PRODUCTIONS is back with their popular all original sketch comedy show; _THE ANTICS ROADSHOW!_ With all NEW hilarious material, you are guaranteed to laugh out loud! Shows sell out quickly, so buy your tickets today! Perfect for a Girls Night Out; First Date; or a Remedy for Depression! With brilliant writing, live music and familiar characters, You DO NOT want to miss this show!!! 42
Performances will be: Friday July 20th at 8pm Saturday July 21st at 8pm & 10pm Tickets (Mature Audiences Only): $15 online / $17 at the door 10% off for Students & Seniors www.nyackvillagetheatre.com For more info call 201-694-0610, or visit www.shipoffoolsproductions.com
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Everything Looks Better in Black and White by Carolyn Magnani
ince the ﬁrst time I saw a Henri Carter Bresson photo at the Museum of Modern Art when I was a teenager, I have been in love with black and white photography. I was lucky enough to have been given a Minolta 35 mm SLR as a gift and immediately took classes. I can remember turning my kitchen on Charles Street in Greenwich Village into a dark room, putting cardboard on the windows, screwing in the red light in the ceiling ﬁxture, my old fashioned double sink ﬁlled with trays of chemicals and the best enlarger I could afford on the kitchen table. Over the years, as technology changed and my lifestyle changed, I put the SLR away and moved onto digital, but always missed the
nuance and mood I could capture with black and white. I was kind of surprised recently when I saw a young high school girl with an old SLR around her neck at one of the All Age Rock Concerts at the Nyack Village Theatre. She told me her school gives a class in black and white photography so I asked to see her work and loved it. We talked about her class and how the paper and chemicals have become so expensive compared to when I used to develop and print my own photos, but her school is providing her this opportunity, which I think is priceless. The young artist’s name is Sarah Olson and she attends Suffern High. Her brother is also a talented musician who was playing the venue that day. Here is my interview with Sarah.
How did you get interested in b&w photography? Sarah: After taking my ﬁrst digital photography class during my sophomore year of high school, I decided to take on b&w ﬁlm photo during my junior year. I gave it a go and happened to take an interest to it. It was more fun & interesting than digital because you only get one chance to make each shot count. My inspirations were Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, Henri Carter Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, do you have anyone who inspires you from today?
Would I like the same music? Would I hang around the same crowd of people? Would I even care about photography? Basically, I’m happy with the way things are and I’m glad that photography has become a signiﬁcant part of my life. What photo are you the most proud of? Sarah: This photo is of the lead vocalist of the band The Gift of Ghosts. I’m the most proud of this photo because I only had a ½ negative to work with. I got an idea and I ran with it; ﬂipping the ½ negative & the creation of this print was all done on the enlarger.
Sarah: Elliott Landy, Adam Elmakias, Jered Scott, and Corinne Alexandra are my main inﬂuences. Plus, other young artists inspire me from time to time. Who is your favorite photographer? Sarah: Adam Elmakias What is your favorite subject? Sarah: I’m gonna have to say portraits. I really enjoy shooting live music concerts/shows, as well as candid and un-candid shots of people. Do you have plans to pursue photography in the future? Sarah: Yeah I do! I want to go to college for it and hopefully one day become a pro myself. If I can’t get a job in the ﬁeld, I’m deﬁnitely thinking about starting my own business. Do you think you would have pursued this if school did not offer it? Sarah: No. That’s a scary thought. If my school didn’t offer photography classes, I would most likely be a “lost cause” and or clueless about what I want to do with my life. Plus, I have a feeling that my current life would be a lot different.
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Progressive Rock Pioneers Team Up by Michael A. Cimino
Bassist Chris Squire of Yes and guitarist Steve Hackett, formerly of Genesis, have teamed up to record an album under the banner Squakett, taken from Squire’s brides reference to the duos frequent dinner reservations. Titled A Life Within A Day the disc shipped the ﬁrst week of June and has been getting rave reviews, especially on the Zeppelin-esque track “Tall Ships.” Drums have been handled by Jeremy Stacey (Noel Gallagher, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones) and keyboards and production by Roger King. Squire and Hackett take care of all vocals. “When we started singing together we realized our voices sounded very compatible and made a good noise,” said Squire. “That was a real bonus. I didn’t even know Steve sang when we ﬁrst got together.” Hackett added, “I think that when you do a combined project, you tailor the thing to each other’s tastes and capabilities. Chris is a phenomenal bass player, but he’s also a great singer and songwriter. So I had a great time working with him. We selected the best of what we thought each other was capable of and we managed to work face-to-face.” A tour to promote the project has yet to solidify while Hackett fulﬁlls his touring schedule of Europe. Meanwhile, Squire will be out all summer with the current line-up of Yes.
Chris Squire - Bass /Vox Steve Hackett - Guitar/Vox Jeremy Stacey - Drums Roger King - Keyboards/Production Steve Hackett - Guitar/Vox Released: June 4, 2012 © 2012Esoteric Antenna
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Tracks Include: Tracks Include: Right On Down the Line, Used To Rule the World, MilI Don’t Need No Doctor, Bring It On Home, Roll Like It lion Miles, You Can’t Fail Me Now, Down To You, Take On Home, Roll Like a Big Wheel, Game of Love, Broken My Love With You, Not Cause I Wanted To, Ain’t Gonna Wings, Shoorah! Shoorah!, I Want to Be Loved, The Let You Go, Marriage Made in Hollywood, Split DeciSame Love That Made Me Laugh, Shake Your Hips, I’m sion, Standing In The Doorway, and God only Knows Qualiﬁed, Champagne and Wine, Rhymes
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About Michael A. Cimino: Mr. Cimino is no stranger to the Rock and Roll world. Michael A. Cimino, a former radio announcer, founded Cottage Views in 1993 as a grassroots newsletter reporting on new releases from musicians from the golden age of Rock music. Since then Cottage Views has become a website for up to date music news (cottageviews.com) and reviews. Mr. Cimino sporatically hosts the Cottage Views Classic Rock Music Hour on RocklandWorldRadio.com.
The long awaited book by Dr. Ken & Lisa Davis. â€œClimbing Mountainsâ€? is now available for purchase. Photos from book signing in Ridgewood, NJ Photo Credit: Richard Quinn
Part guide book for spiritual growth and part inspiring memoir, Climbing Mountains leads the reader on a journey of self discovery.
Ignorance Is No Longer Bliss... But An Awakened And Empowered Community Is! by Jonathan Rucker of “Local Awakening” and “The Eastern Light Project” What is the tipping point? It is the point that we are almost at, we the people of Earth, and what that means will be up to us. The tipping point is when enough people put aside their differences because they have ﬁnally realized that the current way society lives is unsustainable, unjust and unnecessary. The tipping point is very near! I talk to more and more people all the time who are tired of everything being a scam, tired of working all the time to pay for things they wouldn’t need if the system wasn’t the way it is. We want it to change, we need it to change, it has to change. We have solutions to all of our energy problems, our food, health and social problems, but the solutions are being suppressed. But it’s just too in your face now and you can’t ignore it. The truth is everywhere we just have to be open to it and face it even if it is difﬁcult.
I feel really sorry for the ever smaller percentage of people who are still ignorant to the reality of our time on this planet. The illusion is fading that we are just consumers and that our purpose on this earth is collecting pieces of paper, so we can live a “successful”, materialistic life of comfort. The illusion is that acquiring more stuff and money will lead to happiness. Those who cling to this illusion are ﬁnding misery, sickness and pain because it is harder and harder to lie to ourselves. On the other hand many folks are awake to the truth that our human way of life on Earth needs to change because... all life is interconnected and our collective behavior is creating fatal consequences that cannot be handled by ANYONE OTHER THEN EVERYONE. A growing number of people are realizing this and are ﬁnding each other, ﬁnding themselves and ﬁnding happiness. Another very important thing
they are ﬁnding is personal freedom as the response to a mainstream culture that tells them what to think and what to feel, what to say and what to look like. Many people are scared that we are living in the time of the Apocalypse. I am not...The word Apocalypse comes from the Greek “apokálypsis” which means “Lifting of the Veil”. So I pray that it is the Apocalypse. And it is seeming that the prayers are being answered. We are living in a time where a great many truths are being revealed to us. With truth comes a great transfomation and a vital need to adapt. Some of these adaptations and changes will be hard for some people and it may seem like doom and gloom but for others who see a bigger picture because they were aware of the changes coming. It will not be as scary. This article is kind of like that... some people might fell like it is a negative perspective and others might think it is a look at
the brighter side of our reality. I think that in every crisis there is an opportunity. We now have an opportunity to reassess, to rebalance and redeﬁne who we are and how we live. A great example of seizing the opportunities that come out of crisis is the story of Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Cuba was heavily dependent on trade and aid from the Soviet Union. Thus, the Cuban economy suffered tremendously following the end of the Cold War. The nation lost half it’s oil imports, and 85 percent of it’s international trade economy. The whole economic system basically shut down. “The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” is a documentary ﬁlm about the economic collapse and eventual recovery of this country which was heavily dependent on aid from the Soviet Union. The Cuban economy, suffered tremendously following the end of the Cold War. Cuba began a slow recovery focused not on ﬁnding new energy sources, but on rejecting onsumption in favor of sustainable growth and a fundamental shift in the country’s economic mindset. Dramatic steps were taken by both the Cuban government and citizens, major themes include urban agriculture, energy dependence and sustainability. The collapse came very suddenly for Cuba with very little forewarning, and they
responded incredibly well to this sudden poverty. Basically a country that thought that they were entirely dependent on external resources and foreign government found out they weren’t. They found out that everything they needed to ﬂourish was right at there ﬁngertips, or right next door in the help of their neighbors. Think about it, what else do you need besides food, energy and shelter? Communities small and large have successfully provided these things for each other for centuries. I wonder how many of you reading this have a front or backyard space that is not growing edible plants. I also wonder how many people are burning wood without using the gas or storing it for their energy needs. I wonder how many people know they can build a home which will last 50 years and is more energy efﬁcient then most modern houses for 700? The only problem with the last statement is that the homes are illegal because the concrete industry controls the zoning laws. So most people don’t even know about these options, they submit to the fact that they must give away there time in order to pay for things that their community can provide for them.
“The Transition Movement” is a model for getting off of energy dependence being duplicated by about a thousand towns around the world. “Transition 1.0” is a documentary showing us how and why some of these towns have started this transition. We are in another one of history’s tims of change and the more your local community embraces it the more resilient the community will be. For news and information on the vast opportunities as they arise out of the current social, economic, political, environmental crisis, etc...
Listen to “LOCAL AWAKENING” hosted by Jonathan Rucker and Jonathan Ramierez every Monday at 12pm on Rockland World Radio. If you can’t catch the live show, you can still listen by going to www.rocklandworldradio.com and going to “Programs and Archives”. Let’s do everything we can to bring these wonderful but suppressed solutions into the world! Stay positive and stay focused and may we all become one!
Local community movements are popping up all over the world at an exponential rate. modernmetrozine
FROM BACKUP SINGER TO
Jeremiah Julie Paul was born July 26, 1978 in Harriman, New York, and was raised in Spring Valley, New York. At twelve years old, he began to acquire a reputation for singing at local churches and talent shows with his family. Jermaine joined numerous adult choirs. At the age of 2, Jermaine and his brother (Moisha Paul) moved to India with his grandfather. There, he was introduced to the banjo. He played his step-grandmother’s old Gibson guitar at the local synagouge. With some knowledge of the guitar, and the yearning to go back to New York, he wrote his ﬁrst song. At age 14, he moved upstate to Harriman, New York (Hudson Valley). There he attended Monroe Woodbury school and was introduced to rock and jazz. While taking banjo lessons he was selected to join the all-state, all-county chorus, and the classically-trained high school voice ensemble.
At 15, Paul joined a quartet group named 1Accord signing to basketball star Shaquille O’Neal’s label, Twism Records. He began writing and producing songs of his own. Paul auditioned for the ﬁrst season of American Idol but did not receive any callbacks from the producers. He began recording backing vocals for artists such as Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, Blackstreet and Jaguar Wright. In 2012, he auditioned for the second season of The Voice on Blake Shelton’s team, becoming the winner of the season. Watch Jermaine Paul In the Rockland World Radio archives.
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“Summer Time Blues”
This morning, I woke up early, just past dawn, to supervise the raising of the ﬂag. Then, I gathered up my copy of the Wall Street Journal and had my breakfast on the spacious ﬂagstone patio with its magniﬁcent view of the river. It was at that precise moment, that I saw something that caused me to reﬂect on the current situation of America’s deﬁant youth. All across the vast green expanse of Eagle Claw’s ﬁnely manicured lawns I watched, a small army of garden staff whose numbers and pigmentation were so reminiscent of ants on a colony. And I further venture that their industry was ant like. Truly in these days of general laziness such organized collective activity was nothing less than heartwarming, however, I was not so much admiring their toil in a recreative way, but, rather I perceived it as an inspiration. “Natural drives and unnatural acts,” I mused. Are the most ancient genetic memories of our species in direct conﬂict with the needs of a modern world? And if so, what is the ruling class to do about it? Along these lines I reckoned, that the rate of survival and the life expectancy in prehistoric times must have been so dismal as to render uncontrolled procreation an absolute necessity. As well, a large population was required so that agricultural output could be maintained and move us forward. Now, however, such a population surplus -outside the benevolent conﬁnes of say Eagle’s Claw, a complete anachronism- is no longer required. And yet third people such as those employed by the McAdoo’s continued to have large families and then immigrate to the U.S., 60
where there was no longer sufﬁcient work to occupy the fruit of their hyper indulgent loins. The same logic could be applied to “white” families who no longer maintained a farm requiring their children to toil all the day. And the results are a disaster. Rather than a younger generation fatigued by honest labor and cowed by the realities of “life on life’s terms, we now have a multitude of teen agers endowed with a surplus of leisure time, unfamiliar with the most basic responsibilities, and weaned on entitlement. If only we still had a life style that was “chore” driven. I’m sure that in such a society, many of today’s social ills would be completely unknown. In fact that was what Newt was talking about when he unveiled his “master janitor” scenario during the debates. You see Newt wanted to see adolescents occupied in the very same manner as the work crew that keeps Eagle’s Claw going. Idle hands they say are the Devil’s workshop. “Keep them working,” New said, “their eyes ﬁlled with fear, their hearts brimming with terror, and above all else with their stomachs half empty.” But as usual, the liberals were able to prevent a rational debate on the proposal. Why, you ask, because liberals don’t want kids working. They want them unemployed, broke, and above all else, bored. Then, its easy for the liberal establishment to worm its way into the kids heads with the promise of entitlements, giveaways, and all sorts of other gimmicks.
The problem is, that there are no gimmicks. Liberals are therefore guilty again of a cynical approach to America’s woes, wooing idle teenagers with the promise of entitlements, instead of empowering the kids to develop for themselves. And what that does is to produce a generation of spoiled pampered whiners. If we can’t build on the Wisconsin momentum and eject the socialists from the White House I fear that’s the future. However, if we can ﬁnd a way of putting our children to work, restoring the golden rule, and feeding them what Bubbles feeds her staff...fried baloney, potato chips, Wonder Bread and Tang, we can still save the day.... And so the choice is ours. Indulgence or discipline? I know I don’t hear the workers complain, and the kids never stop.
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Day 1: Northampton, MA Life on the road through the eyes of a touring musician Feb. 17 2012 cont’d
I thought I saw a dude with a baseball cap staring at me from the couch. I looked over and he smiled.. “Good job,” he whispered. This was at the basement show of a free-spirited Northampton, MA home and my ﬁrst stop on tour with acoustic freak-folk star Jaclyn Falk. We had arrived an hour earlier having driven up from Rockland County, NY. Next up to perofrm was a wiry ﬁgure who, from behind, conjured in my imagination a tanglehaired, extremely thin lady so unconcerned with appearance yet so dedicated to making music. I started to swoon but as he turned around, I was shook back into reality. He plugged a plank of wood in to an ampliﬁer. He crouched over it, tapping it at different spots. The amp made deep thuds. “Last time I was here the ﬂoor didn’t look very good for stomping so I brought my own ﬂoor, soto-speak,” he explained. THen he got out a violin and a string of bell-shaped objects that sounded like part egg-shaker part skeleton tambourine. “has anyone ever tried Bolivian goat hooves before?” he asked us, “they’re really incredible.”
“Do they have to be Bolivian?” “Yes, they do,” he chuckled. “Now if everything goes right I will be playing 17 songs in 20 minutes. So if y’all want to text your friends to come back downstairs...because I really like the people here,” he smiled. I smiled back. We asked him where he was from. “I guess I’m based out of New York City. Or at least that’s the last place I lived. I’ve been on the road for awhile.” He couldn’t escape the thrill of being on the road, he said. At that moment, on just my ﬁrst night of tour, I understood. Hours before I was in an ofﬁce staring at a laptop and now I was in a room ﬁlled with the most interesting, free-spirited, and friendly people I had ever met. They became wholly absorbed in whoever was on stage, regardless of how skilled he or she was. Everyone seemed content and accepting. They have such interesting stories. I would never be bored, I mused. Would all stops on the road be like this? He began to play. THe violin was on his shoulder. THe Bolivian goat hooves were tied to his bowing arm. His feet moved vertically atop the wooden plank, producing eccentric rhythms--the backbone of the performance. The incidental shaking of the goat hooves added percussion on top. One song bled into another and, like scenes in a play, the context seemed to tell a story. modernmetrozine
Next were two small young girls I had seen upon entering the house. A girl with blue and yellow ﬂower-pattern stockings and a girl with a pig tail on half of her head and the other half shaved. They seemed nervous but excited and exploding with energy. Pig-tail was visibly the oldest. She was still much younger than anyone who usually performs in front of people outside of a school event. Flower-stockings took out an acoustic guitar while Pig-tail played a mandolin. Pig-tail came running up to Jaclyn and asked if she had a tuner. Taking turns with it, Flower-sstockings went into a side-room to tune, away from the noisy and anxiety-causing audience. They talked fast and loudly. Pig-tail was all energy and laughs illuminating in front of us. Flower-stockings was quiet and nervous. She would only respond after Pig-tail by giggling intensely. Last on stage was Mail Myself To Thoreau. Adam on banjo, a girl on acoustic guitar, a girl on accordion. Pig-tail wore a washboard tied to a string and looped around her neck. She held a slinky which she scraped against the metal. Their music was a steady loud stomping folk. Vocals were shouted and messy. The ladies shouted high and loud. Adam shouted low. I couldn’t understand the words. They brought a baby girl to sit on chair and hold an over-sized acoustic guitar. She strummed at it. In-between songs she spoke. “Someone didn’t eat the cupcakes. There’s still a cupcake upstairs.” As Pig-tail played the washboard she moved with a hypnotic rhythm and conﬁdence that spoke of a well-seasoned musician. I wondered how old she really was. Had she grown up performing? Or did she look younger than she is? As I came up with explanations, I couldn’t stop
watching her. She must just be young and remarkable, I concluded. Now she seemed much much older than her stocking friend. They ended with a sing-along, holding up a pizza box with lyrics written on them in black marker. “Bile Dem Cabbage Down” we all shouted. Now the music was over. Everyone ﬁled slowly up the stairs. I stayed, hung around there for a bit. I forget what I was doing and thinking, probably trying not to look lost. Sitting on the couch, maybe, tired. Jaclyn came down and told me “there’s some food upstairs” so I went and there was Jaclyn. She motioned to a bowl of white ﬂuff on the kitchen table. Mashed potatoes. I looke around. There was a half-eaten cupcake. “Want mashed potatoes for dinner?” she asked. “Mmmmm sure!” I wasn’t feeling hungry. I felt exhausted; weak and tired from these ne tour circumstances--emotionally overwhelmed. However, on a normal day I would be eating and if I didn’t, I probably would be hungry later. I had to take what was offered, I reasoned, because tonight I couldn’t scavenge the kitchen of my guests. I ate as much mashed potatoes as I could and washed up. Standing in the kitchen I realized there was another wing of the house. Through a doorway I saw two ramshackle rooms, the closest containing a life-sized cut-out of Sheldon the nerd from Big Bang Theory and a cage. “For ferrets,” Jaclyn said. I saw in the far room a cat standing perfectly motionless. Another cardboard cutout? Yes, or a statue. It looked like real fur. I glanced back. A real cat never stays still. I glanced again. WHAT THE HELL? I caught it move into that position and then pause. “Yeah, the cats here are weird,” Adam told me. As folks were leaving, we decided to pack our music gear back into the car and get our sleeping
bags. When we returned, we sat in the living room with Adam.
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“Great show,” I said to him. I had observed enough to know he wasn’t being a jerk when I met him earlier. He was different or maybe he had a lot going on in his mind. I wanted to be friendly and courteous since he had invited us here and was putting us up for the night. “How long have you been a band?” I asked him “Eight years but only 4 with this line-up.” “Has it been consistent sound the entire time?” “Yes. You can sleep on these couches or on the futon cushion and long couch downstairs.” “Okay cool.” We sat around a while before Jaclyn and I decided to go to sleep. “we’re going to set up downstairs,” I told him. “Ok...goodnight?” “Yeah...probably.” We’re both that awkward.
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So we were downstairs in the basement again ready to end the ﬁrst night of the tour. I sat on the couch while Jaclyn was getting changed upstairs and when she came down she went straight for the futon cushion. “Oh which one do you want?” I asked. I didn’t want her to think I had made the decision of who sleeps where. “It doesn’t matter,” she said. “Oh okay. Well I guess this one then,” pointing awkwardly to the couch I was already sitting on. I rolled open my sleeping bag and slid in, my cellphone and glasses stuck in my shoes lying on the ﬂoor next to me. That night and every night since, I slept in my clothes. Using a twoel as a pillow, I passed out, oblivious to the cat. Stay tuned for more...
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7/21 8 & 10pm
Ship of Folls Presents - Antics Roadshow
Live Music w/Fuzzy Dice (all ages)
August 8/3 8:00pm
All We Got! - Open Mic Night
Charles Paul w/The Rotten Beats
All In The Timing
All In The Timing
All In The Timing
Nyack Film Festival
Nyack Film Festival
Nyack Film Festival
The Magic of Michael Bochar
For booking and rental information Contact the Nyack Village Theatre (845-826-2639) Be sure to visit www..nyackvillagetheatre.com for up to date performance schedules modernmetrozine
New book from writer, Christopher (Kit) Lukas
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A Guide to Psychotherapy from a frequent ﬂier. is now available in paperback.
From the author of Blue Genes, comes an easy-to-read anecdotal book from a long-time consumer of psychotherapeutic services, explaining why he fervently believes that psychotherapy can be very helpful to people with emotional problems.
Christopher Lukas is a writer, an Emmy-Award winning television producer & director who, for the past 45 years, has worked primarily for public television. He has produced over 200 hours of programming for the public broadcast station WNET in New York City. Lukas’ has published a number of books, primarily concentrating on both end-of-life matters & writing+producing for broadcast television.
June 30th | 8pm | $7 By far the most ambitious, unﬂinchingly graphic and stylistically inﬂuential western ever mounted, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an engrossing actioner shot through with a volatile mix of myth and realism. Clint Eastwood returns as the “Man With No Name,” this time teaming with two gunslingers (Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef) to pursue a cache of $200,000and letting no one, not even warring factions in a civil war, stand in their way. From sun-drenched panoramas to bold,hard closeups, exceptional camera work captures the beauty and cruelty of the barren landscape andthe hardened characters who stride unwaveringly through it. Forging a vibrant and yet detached style of action that had not been seen before, and has never been matched since, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly shatters the western mold in true Clint Eastwood style.
July 6th | 10pm | $7 Romantic poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Shelley’s future wife, Mary, and her beautiful stepsister, Clare, travel blissfully throught Switzerland one summer. Both women share Shelley’s bed, while the tortured Lord Byron ﬂounder in a secret relationship with his physician. They experiment with opium, “free love’, and the nature of good and evil. The events form the foundation for Mary Shelley’s famous novel, FRANKENSTEIN. This drama is part surreal, part historical - of lust and fantasy, of ecstasy and horror, of the inner strings of creativity.