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

Woman Warrior: Emily Barton

Author Emily Barton
Emily Barton, award winning author, on her new book: The Book of Esther.

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Book Review: Living with a Dead Language

Rhinebeck-based author Ann Patty has crafted a memoir peopled with quirky, passionate folk and layers of meaning that emit an eloquent, pleasurable glow.

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Book Review: The Last Woman Standing

Josephine Marcus, the beautiful, common-law wife of Wild West icon Wyatt Earp, is one of the more intriguing figures of the post-Civil War era.

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Girls Are Doing It for Themselves

Corinne Fisher
Leah Rabinowitz interviews comedian Corinne Fisher, creator of the anti-slut shaming podcast "Guys We F#@$!d."

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John Jasperse: Ethereal Flow

John Jasperse creates worlds you've never seen nor imagined for the stage.

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Experience the 7th Annual Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

The world’s best vocal talent in opera, Broadway and beyond gather for four unforgettable days of performances and events in Phoenicia, New York. Join us on August 4-7 as we celebrate Shakespeare and the British Isles through music. ​

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Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s Brew Fest & Jazz in the Valley

Stop by Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s 3rd Annual Vassar Street Brew Fest September 24th. End summer with a day of jazz on the Hudson River in Waryas Park on Aug. 21st. Start fall when Dutchess hosts Fireball Run: 10th Anniversary Season!

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Millbrook Winery’s Jazz at the Grille & Poughkeepsie’s Jazz in the Valley

End summer with a day of jazz on the Hudson River in Waryas Park on Aug. 21st. Enjoy Millbrook Winery’s outdoor jazz concert series, now through August 27th. Start fall when Dutchess hosts Fireball Run: 10th Anniversary Season!

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Here Come the Videofreex

A documentary about the radical, homegrown video collective known as Videofreex.

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Dennis Hopper: The American Dreamer

A documentary on the making of Dennis Hopper's film The Last Movie screens in Beacon on March 8.

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Dear President Obama

Jon Bowermaster's latest film,Dear President Obama: The Energy Revolution is Now, screens in Rosendale and Rhinebeck this month.

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Where Slavery Died Hard

In the 1790s, Ulster County was one of the top four slave-holding counties in New York State.

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Behold! New Lebanon

The first living museum of contemporary life hosts Saturday programs for the whole family.

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Spark! A Feel for Creative Science

This exhibition at Vassar College's Palmer Gallery through March 6 explores the intuitive, creative side to scientific experiments and inventions.

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Birds of a Feather

Sparrow previews "The Nest: An Exhibition of Art in Nature" at the Katonah Museum of Art, starting March 6.

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Upstate Rubdown

Locally Grown
A profile of Upstate Rubdown, a New Paltz based band.

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Nightlife Highlights: Electric Frankenstein

Electric Frankenstein and White Knockle Rodeo play the Anchor in Kingston July 9.

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Nightlife Highlights: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band play the Egg in Albany on July 22.

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Poem: Amuse Bouche

There is not enough time in my days to think about you. I am exceedingly ruffled by anyone who interrupts my thoughts.

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Poem: To Whom It May Concern

The best rejections have room for explanation so that when you wake at three in the morning

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Poem: Donald Trump

do not make me vote for Donald Trump do not lie to me tell Hillary to stop smiling or at least stop taking selfies with fans tell CNN to grow up tell Fox News to admit they are biased or at the very least ignorant call the FBI or Homeland Security and report anti-Bernie agitators to the authorities somebody do something stop the insanity give Barack Obama four more years now before it's too late

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On the Cover: Taylor Mac

"24 Decades of Popular Music" at Powerhouse Theater
Performer and drag-queen extraordinaire on their latest work in progress.

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Bard Summerscape: The Descent of Iris

Talise Travigne sings the lead in Pietro Mascagni's opera "Iris."
Talise Travigne sings the lead in Pietro Mascagni's opera "Iris" at Bard Summerscape.

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Powerhouse Theater: Dynamo of Drama

Powerhouse Theater, which gave birth to many successful Tony winning plays, runs through July 31.

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Visual Art

Celebrating 20 Years! The Kaleidostore at the Emerson Resort & Spa Saturday, July 9, 2016 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Join us in celebrating 20 years of sharing the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope and a unique collection of one-of-a-kind kaleidoscopes with collectors, guests and tourists! The day-long celebration on Saturday, July 9th will be highlighted by the premiere of a brand new kaleidoshow and the grand opening of the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope Exhibit and Gallery.

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Parting Shot: Martin Parr

Renowned Photographer Hosts Exhibition at the harts gallery
"Strange Paradise" photographs by Martin Parr on display from July 2 through August 27. Opening reception on July 9 from 5 to 8pm.

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Parting Shot: Linda Weintraub at CHRCH Project Space

CHRCH Project Space is not an art gallery. Think of it more as a laboratory where artists engage with the community to create living projects.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Shakespeare in the Valley and Picnic Dinner @ West Kortright Centre

Shakespeare in the Valley and Picnic Dinner

Fri., July 29, 6-10 p.m. and Sat., July 30, 6-10 p.m. — An indoor performance of “Second Fiddle Follies” by the Introduction to Acting...
KHS Class of 1966 50th Reunion @ Best Western Hotel

KHS Class of 1966 50th Reunion

Fri., July 29, 7:30-10 p.m. and Sat., July 30, 6-11 p.m. — The Class of 1966 will hold its 50th reunion on July 29...

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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.