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

The Comfortably Uncomfortable Chloe Caldwell

Chloe Caldwell refers to her latest book of essays, "I'll Tell You in Person".

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Book Review: Scratch:Writers, Money, and Art of Making a Living

Simon & Schuster, 2017, $16
A book review of editor's Manjula Martin's Scratch: Writers, Money, and Art of Making a Living. Featuring essays by and interviews with 33 talented writers.

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Book Review: Back Rooms: Voices from the Illegal Abortion Era

JMB Publications, 2016, $21.99
A book review of Messner and May's Back Rooms: Voices from the Illegal Abortion. Personal testimonies in regards to abortion.

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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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Dance

Uptown Mardi Gras at BSP Kingston

Don't miss your chance t party likes it's 1999 (in New Orleans) at this year's Mardi Gras celebration at BSP Kingston on Feb 24th at 8pm.

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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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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 Devastation" 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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Music

Live Piano Karaoke at Market Market

Mix it up and join musical composer, Paul Leschen, at karaoke with a classical twist February 25 at Market Market in Rosendale.

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KT Tunstall at Daryl's House February 26

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Is KT Tunstall the one for you? Journey to Daryl's House in Pawling, NY on Feb 26 at 7pm to find out!

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The Fleshtones at Quinn's Feb 5th

Garage Gods
The Fleshtones play Quinn's in Beacon on February 5.

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Poetry

Poem: Untitled

A poem by Brant Clemente.

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Poem: For Fidel

Who died November 25m 2016 at the age of 90
A poem by Donald Lev.

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Poem: Lake Placid A Pantoum

A poem by Mary Leonard.

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Theater

Jason Ladanye at Bridge Street Theatre Feb 19

When a Spade is Not a Spade
Jason Ladanye brings "Cons, Cheats & Scams" to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on Feb 16 at 2pm.

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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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Visual Art

On The Cover: Tatana Kellner

Monoprints by Tatana Kellner will be exhibited as part of the show "The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets" at Vassar's Palmer Gallery.

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Art of Business: Catskill Art & Office Supply

Owner, Paul Solis-Cohen, speaks to over three decades of success for Catskill Art & Office Supply.

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Parting Shot: Lisa Durfee

Lisa Durfee’s documentation of unnoticed parts of shabby chic Hudson currently being shown at the Hudson Opera House.

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Footloose @ The Masters School

Footloose

Fri., Feb. 24, 7-10 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 25, 7-10 p.m. — Based on the original movie, Footloose The Musical tells the story of...
N’goni West African Rhythm Harp Workshop with Jeremy Cloake @ MaMa

N’goni West African Rhythm Harp Workshop with Jeremy Cloake

Sat., Feb. 25 — 10am-12pm: Introductory N’goni course. This course is suited for beginner and intermediate...

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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.