Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are what define the Hudson Valley.
The communities along the river are cultural wellsprings, with an abundance of performances, like music and dance, and creative communities for artists and writers. The region also boasts world-class theaters and museums, like Dia:Beacon, Bard’s Fisher Center, and the Bardavon. The region’s vibrant culture can only be matched by the Hudson Valley’s history, still evident in the form of its historic buildings, streets, and landmarks.

Books & Authors

Down to the Bone: Elizabeth Lesser Finds Lessons Within

Nina Shengold sits down with Elizabeth Lesser to discuss her journey from Omega to best selling author. Don't miss Lesser at the Bearsville Theater on January 15.

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Book Review: In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul Wilson Pickett

A review of the life of soul singer Wilson Pickett as told by author Tony Fletcher.

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Short Takes

January marks the start of a new year‚ calling to mind change and reflection. These selections explore the passing of time.

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Comedy

Steven Wright at UPAC

You can find the hilarious Steven Wright doing standup at UPAC in Kingston on January 14 at 8pm.

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Show Me the Funny

Does comedian Gilbert Gottfried have a Justin Bieber chest tattoo? Or did he take the stage after Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock music festival?

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The Many Splendored Genius of Paul McMahon

Paul McMahon will give a free presentation on August 20 at 5pm at the Woodstock Library.

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Dance

Dance Communities Great & Small

The sampling of dance types and troupes that will appear at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli.

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Beth Gill Dance

Beth Gill Dance performs its dreamy dancescapes at Bard's Fisher Center.

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Egili Oliveira Samba Workshop

Rio's top passista performer Egili Oliveira instructs a samba workshop in Woodstock on September 17.

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Festivals

Modfest at Vassar College

Don't miss Vassar's Modfest running from January 26 through February 5.

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Winter Hoot at the Ashokan Center

Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower perform at the 2017 Winter Hoot, February 3-5.

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Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

A weekend-long celebration of traditional and emerging styles of yoga and music at Hunter Mountain, November 4 to 6.

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Film

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith screens at the Rosendale Theatre on Tuesday January 10

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It's Getting Hot in Here

Climate-change documentary The Anthropologist will be screening December 9 at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.

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Great Feats of Feet

Brenda Buffalino's classic documentary, which relaunched Jazz into the American entertainment spotlight, showing forty years later at Rosendale Theatre December 11.

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History

Landscape is Destiny: A Talk with Historian Vernon Benjamin

"Labor of love" is a term far more bandied about that it probably deserves, but in the case of Vernon Benjamin's prodigious, two-volume history of the Hudson Valley, it's entirely accurate: the author's love for this place is as abundant as the book's page count. The second volume, The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times (Overlook Press, 2016) is a fittingly obsessive chronicle of the further populating of this remarkable place.

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Museums

Art of Business: Huguenot Street

New Paltz has a long and rich history. Huguenot Street is great for tourists, students, history buffs, and anyone looking for an interesting afternoon.

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"The Art of Destruction" at Vassar College

The Art of Devastation” will be exhibited at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie from January 27 to April 9.

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The First 500 Million Years

"I have learned that what we think is in large measure a function of where we think," writes Mark C. Taylor in Recovering Place: Reflections on Stone Hill (Columbia University Press, 2014).

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Music

Art of Business: Bardavon

See a show at the Bardavon this season. You won't be disappointed.

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Turning the Turntables

This month, we once again ring in the new year with a specially selected panel of Hudson Valley music mavens, who run down their top releases of 2016 and talk current crushes and future faves along the way.

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Nightlife Highlights: Kris Kristofferson

Handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.
Come see legendary country outlaw, Kris Kristofferson at the Egg on January 18.

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Poetry

Poem: Deserted Garden

A poem by 8 year old following a writing prompt: “Your soil is only rocks and glass...”

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Poem: The Owl and the Swan

A poem by Keith Phillips.

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Poem: Oops

A poem by David Glenn Farber.

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Theater

Acting the Dickens Out of Christmas

Shadowland Stages takes on an impressive and humor-saturated task this holiday season—"Every Christmas Every Told (And Then Some!)" runs December 2 to 18.

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Mainstage Productions Presents "Oklahoma!" at SUNY New Paltz

Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical of all musicals! "Oklahoma!" is the ground-breaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning story in which two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

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"Extraordinary Measures"

One-man showstopper James Lecesne returns in "Extraordinary Measures."

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Visual Art

On the Cover: Kawase Hasui

A Japanese woodblock print by Kawase Hasui, which will be exhibited at the Clark Art Institute through April 2

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus returns with its Cabin Fever Cabaret series at Helsinki Hudson on January 13.

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Parting Shot: Nora Scarlett

Nora Scarlett releases a new book of photographs Trunks of the Gunks.

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Hudson Valley Art

In our Visual Art coverage, you’ll find Chronogram’s beloved covers, which feature different artworks by Hudson Valley artists each month. We’re also regularly updating gallery openings and art exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley—from painting and sculpture to photography and multimedia.

Books and Music

Each month, we profile a Hudson Valley author along with book reviews and announcements for local readings, and our music coverage is dedicated to promoting artists with a connection to the Hudson Valley. We offer news about upcoming music events and concerts, CD reviews, and features on notable musicians from the area, all with tracks that you can listen to while you read about the music.

Films and Festivals

Not only is the Hudson Valley home to dynamic independent theaters like Upstate Films, the Downing Film Center, and Rosendale Theatre, and to festivals like Mountain Jam and Clearwater, which attract world-renowned performers every year, but it also has a burgeoning film festival culture. The Hudson Valley is becoming a popular shooting location, and independent film festivals throughout the region are making an impression on the industry, like the annual star-studded Woodstock Film Festival.