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.

Unbroken Rhythm: Tani Tabbal

Unbroken Rhythm: Tani Tabbal

A profile of the Chicago-born, Woodstock-based jazz drummer.

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Books & Authors

"Augie Goes to the Library" book release and paw-tograph signing, December 7

Augie, SUNY New Paltz's geese-herding dog, is back in his latest children's book adventure, "Augie Goes to the Library.”

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Alexander Chee's Fabulism: The Queen of Night

Author Alexander Chee sits down with Janet Hamill to speak about his new release The Queen of Night .

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Find a new read for friends and family (or, maybe yourself!) from our selection of Hudson Valley-connected books and bookstores.

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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 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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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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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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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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"Life Animated" and Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams at Upstate Films on Wednesday, 10/12

"A brilliant, uplifting story". This award winning documentary is about the coming of age of a young man with autism, whose journey was made possible by his passion for Disney animated films. Followed by a Q and A with the film’s director and Devereux's executive director.

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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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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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An evening with Chris Botti December 4th at the historic Paramount Theater!

Don't miss Grammy Award Winning Chris Botti's Only Hudson Valley Appearance!

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CD Review: Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison's In Movement

It’s the day after the election.

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CD Review: Jack and Amanda Palmer's You Got Me Singing

The cover image is immediately recognizable—it’s a recreation of Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home LP cover featuring Amanda Palmer, her infant son, and her father posing in the same room in Albert and Sally Grossman’s Woodstock home where the 1965 Dylan cover was photographed.

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Poem: "Untitled"

Untitled The elephants,

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Poem: End of Now

End of Now What today is this?

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Poem: Tahiti

Tahiti The silvered man sipped his single malt

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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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"Extraordinary Measures"

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

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Visual Art

On the Cover: Cristopher Kurtz

Kingston-based artist and furniture craftsman Christopher Kurtz's Untitled (Fallen Star).

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Do You Believe in Magic?

"Nomina Magica" will be at the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf through January 9.

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Parting Shot: Marisa Scheinfeld

Marisa Scheinfeld grew up in the western Catskills, and like many other Jewish families, hers vacationed there.

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Hudson Valley Events

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SUNY Ulster String Ensemble

Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. — The College’s heralded string ensemble performs its holiday concert under the direction...

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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.