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

Short Takes: Short Book Reviews for October 2016


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Book Review: The Fat Artist and Other Stories

Benjamin Hale is a ruthless, gifted storyteller.

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Book Review: Eleven Hours

A woman in labor enters a New York City maternity ward just before Christmas.

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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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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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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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"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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Woodstock Film Festival

Celluloid Heroes
The Woodstock Film Festival screens dozens of films October 13 to 16.

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Film Columbia

FilmColumbia screens new movies by Ken Loach and Pedro Almodovar.

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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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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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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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Manchild in the Promised Land

Dean Jones
A profile of Grammy-winning producer and ex-Fighting McKenzies trombonist.

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Ben Neill at Manitoga on October 30

Neill's site-specific work celebrating the historic home and grounds of designer Russel Wright.

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Nightlife Highlights: Peter Case

Singer-songwriter Peter Case returns to the Low Beat.

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Poem: "Ode to a Macaroon"

Ode To A Macaroon A macaroon goes in my mouth and

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Poem: "The Artist"

The Artist Hold those darts

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Poem: "You Should Have This"

You Should Have This You left a poem

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"Extraordinary Measures"

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

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

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Visual Art

Columbus Day Weekend happenings at Omi!

Opening receptions for Nicole Cherubini and Remy Jungerman, Oct. 8 at 2 PM in the gallery; Kahn+Selesnick update Freya Powell's zeotrope with new imagery; Steam Canoe installation is underway, and Ward Shelly + Alex Schweder take a final spin in ReActor!

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On the Cover: Laura Battle

Laura Battle's drawing Antonyms .

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Arty, but Crafty

"Byrdcliffe's Legacy: Handmade in the 20th Century" examines the creative history of Woodstock through October 9.

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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.