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

Into the Sun

How Christine Heppermann Got Here
Christine Heppermann stands out in a crowd. It might be her hair—a vibrant red, somewhere between hot sauce and maraschino. Or the hot-pink T-shirt that says keep it surreal.

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2016 Young Readers' Roundup

Outstanding new books for young readers by Hudson Valley authors and illustrators, reviewed by Susan Krawitz, Nina Shengold, Robert Burke Warren, and introducing teen reviewers Ava Ratcliffe and Jack Warren.

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Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair

The Hudson Valley boasts a robust local publishing industry.

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Comedy

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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Dance

John Jasperse: Ethereal Flow

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

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DanceFest!: A Festival of Dance and Music Troupes

The Vanaver Caravan, the crown jewel of Hudson Valley grassroots dance and music troupes, has been presenting DanceFest!

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Festivals

Berkshire International Film Festival

The festival takes place from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, at the Triplex Cinema and the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington.

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Trash As Treasure

Trash Fest, an interactive garbage festival, kicks off in Marbletown on June 4.

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MAYfest

MAYfest is happening in Cold Spring May 27-29.

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Film

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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History

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

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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Music

CD Review: Infinite Spirit's "Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band"

John Burdick reviews an album by Infinite Spirit.

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CD Review: The Last Conspirators' "Hold That Thought Forever"

Jeremy Schwartz reviews "Hold That Thought Forever" by the Last Conspirators.

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CD Review: Wreckless Eric's "AmERICa"

Robert Burke Warren reviews Wreckless Eric's "AmERICa."

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Poetry

Poem: D and Smoked Fish

A poem by shokan.

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Poem: In My Dreams

A poem by Piper Jaden Levine (11 years).

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Poem: Letting Go

A poem by Michael Glassman.

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Theater

Summer Arts Preview: Theater

A preview of local theater events happening this summer.

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Circus's Next Phase

Aaron M. Marquise grew up in the Saratoga County village of Round Lake as the class clown: full of energy, silly, and often getting into trouble.

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Second Annual Short Play Festival

The second annual Short Play Festival comes to Rhinebeck on May 6 through May 8.

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Visual Art

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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On the Cover: Angela Jimenez

Angela Jimenez has discovered a new perspective on the aging process.

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Summer Arts Preview: Art

Peter Aaron highlights local art festivals and gatherings happening this summer.

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The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016

June 18-Sept. 18 — Featuring 12 nationally recognized glass artists including William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Richard...
Affordable Art/Antique Bazaar & Pottery Sale @ Rockland Center for the Arts

Affordable Art/Antique Bazaar & Pottery Sale

Fri., June 24, 6-9 p.m., Sat., June 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., June 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — This is your chance to pick up a valuable find of the...

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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.