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

Book Review: After Woodstock

You may know Elliot Tiber from Ang Lee's 2009 movie based on Tiber's tender coming-of-age story, Taking Woodstock. His new memoir, After Woodstock, starts after the festival, and thoroughly, exuberantly, and exhaustively tracks Tiber through every high, low, and high again of his prodigiously creative life.

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Book Review: "Did You Ever Have a Family" and "Take This"

A review of new novels by Robert Clegg and Steve Lewis.

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Short Book Reviews for November 2015

Reviews of: "The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America," "The Gunks Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time," "Wallkill Valley Writers Anthology 2015," "Talking Walls," and "Organic Struggle."

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Junk at PS21 on August 7 and 8

Junk performs at PS21 as part of the Chatham Dance Festival on August 7 and 8.

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Vanaver Caravan: Dancing on the Bluestone

The Vanaver Caravan's SummerDance troupe will perform at the Bon Odori Festival on August 9 at 11am, the Rosendale Theater on August 9 at 2pm, Opus 40 on August 13 at 5:30pm, and at the Rail Trail Café on August 14 at 3:30pm.

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Interstellar Movement

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will be appearing at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli on Saturday, June 20, at 7:30pm. Tickets: $10 to $30. (845) 757-5106;

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“1 Giant Leap II: What About Me?”: A Woodstock Film Festival Hit

“1 Giant Leap II: What About Me? Is an uncategorizable music-philosophy-essay/documentary that took two years to edit.

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Josh Fox at the Woodstock Film Festival

Josh Fox outline strategies for combating global warming at the Kleinert Gallery in Woodstock on Wednesday.

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O+ Festival: Healthy Return

The 2015 Kingston O+ Festival will take place at venues throughout Kingston on October 9, 10, and 11. For a schedule of performances, clinics, and events and other information, visit

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"The Amazing Nina Simone" Screens at Upstate Films

Eunice Waymon's prodigious talent as a pianist was noticed early on in Tryon, North Carolina, but it wasn't until the young piano phenom started to play and sing in Atlantic City that Nina Simone was born. Jeff Lieberman's new film tracks Simone's unusual career.

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The Reel Deal

FilmColumbia takes place at various locations in Chatham and Hudson from October 20 to 25.

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Sponsored Post: Groundswell

Saturday, August 29 (*30 rain date), 7pm
Join us for a free family and people of all ages evening at Olana. Pack a cooler, blankets and chairs and join us on the East Lawn for live music, star-gazing, and outdoor film! No registration required. Tickets and information:

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Behold! New Lebanon

The first living museum of contemporary American rural life, Behold! New Lebanon, will be offering tours July 4 through September 26 in the Columbia County town.

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CD Review: Chandler Travis & David Greenberger: Bocce & Bourbon

A review of Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger by Michael Eck.

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CD Review: Chandler Travis & David Greenberger: "Bocce & Bourbon"

Michael Eck reviews Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger.

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Making the Cut: Decora

A more serious and committed Hudson Valley musical figure than Decora does not come to mind. Everything the 32-year-old does and says comes with a breathtaking level of locked-down, unwaveringly intense focus.

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Poem: November

A poem by Mary Cuffe Perez.

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Poem: Pine Bush Blues

A poem by Mike Vahsen.

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Poem: Eve's Coffee Time

A poem by Louis Altman.

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“Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience”

A whirlwind of comedic costume changes, musical madness, and preposterous props brings the magical creatures and characters worshipped by children and adults alike to the stage at Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center on October 17.

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Oakley Hall III’s “Grinder’s Stand”

The production coincides with an exhibit highlighting the famous playwright and his contributions to Greene County's cultural, artistic development, including archival photos of the Lexington Conservatory Theatre and a screening of Bill Rose's documentary on Oakley's life, The Loss of Nameless Things.

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Marilyn & Tani

Marilyn Crispell and Tani Tabbal will perform an improvised duet at the Bearsville Theater Saturday night.

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Visual Art

Dale Chihuly: Ulysses Cylinders

An exhibition of early glass work by Dale Chihuly at Vassar College's Thompson Memorial Library.

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On the Cover: Giselle Potter

On the cover of the November 2015 issue of Chronogram, Giselle Potter's painting "Pipedream."

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Scott Mcintire's "The Pollinator

Ann Street Gallery's "Art + Science" show in Newburgh.

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Hudson Valley Events

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NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In at Enchanted Cafe @ Tivoli Free Library

NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In at Enchanted Cafe

Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 24 — Middle Schoolers! Have you always dreamed of writing a novel? National Novel...

Uncommon Beauty

Oct. 22-Nov. 24 — Photographs by Chad Weckler....

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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.