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

Burroughs is Back

"John Burroughs and the North American Review," a panel discussion, will take place at Vassar College on September 29 at 6:30pm.

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Book Review: Who Shot Sports

A Photographic History, 1843 to Present
It's a stand-out photograph in a book of stand-out photographs: Michael Jordan soaring to the hoop as his elongated shadow, perpendicular to him, stretches horizontally across the foreground. Prior to reading Gail Buckland's text accompanying this unusual shot, taken by Walter Iooss Jr., Jordan's shadow evoked, for me, a stag painted on the ceiling of Lascaux cave, the raised arm with its articulated shadowy fingers conjuring up the image of an antler.

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Book Reviews: Unbound, Lost Stars, and Black River Falls

An honest, well-executed novel with a youthful protagonist is a gem to cherish. There is something universally heroic yet unique about each young soul's journey to independence, mustering the emotional fire to break free from the safety of the parental nest, facing down demons, and attaining the wisdom that enables one to harness those flames without becoming fatally fried.

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Comedy

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

Egili Oliveira Samba Workshop

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

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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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Festivals

Brick Alley Block Party, September 24 – Rain or Shine

Celebrate GARNER Arts Center’s Exhibition, Transposing Perception, wandering through site specific art, music & dance installations throughout connecting 19th Century warehouses and alleyways, ending with a DJ set in a starlit Brick Alleyway. Food trucks, craft beer, wine & cider.

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Summer Hoot

This "pay-what-you-want" three-day volunteer built music festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge is from Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28.

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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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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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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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Museums

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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Behold! New Lebanon

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

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Music

“Hendrix Of The Sahara” Vieux Farka Touré At Woodstock Sessions On 10/2

Woodstock Sessions is honored to presend a day with the “Hendrix Of The Sahara” - Vieux Farka Touré

We cordially invite you to join us as VFT crafts his Woodstock Sessions release.

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The Long Path: The Felice Brothers

A profile of the local folk band and their journey to international success.

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Art of Business: Daryl's House

All Ages Welcome
Daryl Hall's two passions—restoring antique architecture and making music—came together when the Hall of Famer took over the former Towne Crier in Pawling and made it over into Daryl's House, adding a new entry to our region's list of important yet intimate venues.

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Poetry

Poetry Brothel

The Poetry Brothel transforms BSP in Kingston into a turn-of-the-century Bordello on September 17.

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Poem: Time Out

Time Out If I jump on the bed

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Poem: Wake

My neighbor dies the other day. Today I go to his wake.

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Theater

Voices in Action, TMI Project's Community Outreach Showcase honoring Eve Ensler

Join TMI Project for a phenomenal night of storytelling and to honor Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, for her groundbreaking, world changing work using storytelling as activism! ​

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Mummenschanz

The surrealist Swiss mask-theater troupe exhibits their show at the Bardavon on September 22.

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TMI Project Tribute to Eve Ensler

Sharing stories and narrative as the "Voices in Action: Community Outreach Showcase" fundraiser comes to Kingston.

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Visual Art

On the Cover: Robert Otto Epstein

Robert Otto Epstein hand-grids his canvases and paints patterns with vivid '80s hues.

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Art of Business: Fay Wood

Wildlife and wild life.

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Parting Shot: Michael Crawford

The painter and cartoonist who was a longtime contributor to The New Yorker passed away on July 12 at his home in Kingston.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Quilt Show and Craft Supply Sale

Sat., Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — In addition to an amazing quilt display, the show will include, guest...
ReActor: Special Appearance by Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley @ Omi International Arts Center

ReActor: Special Appearance by Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley

Sat., Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 25, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. — ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of "social...

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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.