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

Coming Up Roses

Susan Krawitz Takes A Victory Ride
A look at the life and works of author Susan Krawitz.

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Short Takes

For those who would rather skipout on March Madness, dive into this month’s eclectic selection of books for some intellectual stimulation.

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Book Review: The Night Ocean

Penguin Press, 2017, $27
A book review of Paul L Farge's The Night Ocean.

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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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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

Only What They Could Carry

Following a 2016 exhibit about Pearl Harbor, "Images of Internment" is part of a larger series to mark major moments in America's involvement leading up to and through World War II scheduled through 2020.

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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

The Genetic Method

Laura Stevenson
Overview of Laura Stevenson's, granddaughter of Harry Simeone, music career.

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Nightlife Highlights: James McMurtry

James McMurtry is one whose voice is strongly needed in these desperate days.

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Nightlife Highlights: March of the Punx

This 10-band bill taps into the theme by stomping its way into the Chance Theater for an extended blast of punk rock uproar.

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Poetry

Poem:Untitled 1

A poem by anonymous

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Poem: Dialogue with a Dead Beaver

A poem by J.R. Solonche

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Poem: The Irony of Arrival

A poem by Jacqueline Hesse.

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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: Gabriel Garcia Roman

"Visceral Notions" will feature work by Gabriel Garcia Roman through March 26 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

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Andres Serrano Goes Back to School

The Andres Serrano retrospective at The School, the spectacular exhibition space established by Chelsea gallery owner Jack Shainman in Kinderhook, is a rare event.

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Parting Shot: Matthew Pleva

Kingston-based multimedia artist Matthew Pleva seeks inspiration from everything around him.

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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.