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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.

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Books & Authors

Book Review: A Murderous Summer at Bard

Anne Pyburn Craig reviews the mystery novel A Murderous Summer at Bard by Glenda Ruby.

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Book Review: Loving Violet | Steven Lewis

Anne Pyburn Craig reviews Steven Lewis's new novel Loving Violet, a story of love, family, and literary fame.

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6 Short Book Reviews: November 2017

Take a break from family this Thanksgiving with this month's selection of science, philosophy, equestrian, and fiction books.

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Comedy

Twyla Tharp Performance | Catskill Mountain Foundation

Rule-bending choreographer Twyla Tharp and company perform works in progress.

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Woodstock Comedy Festival

Brace yourself for belly laughs, Woodstock Comedy Festival is rolling into town.

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Dance

Kaatsbaan's Passion for Dance Gala | November 11

Bubbly and world-class ballet are staples of Kaatsbaan’s Passion for Dance Gala.

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Festivals

Field + Supply at Hutton Brickyards | October 6–8

The modern makers’ fair Field + Supply takes over the Hutton Brickyards.

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The Chocolate Expo | Monroe

Move over Willy Wonka,The Chocolate Expo is coming to town.

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O+ Festival Preview: Spirit Family Reunion

The Healing Arts
O+ Festival preview: An interview with folk band Spirit Family Reunion’s frontman Nick Panken.

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Film

Walking Out: A Wilderness Survival Tale

The Unknowability of Men and Montana
In the film Walking Out, co-written and directed by Woodstock resident Alex Smith, a father and son stranded on a mountain unpack their issues.

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Hudson Valley Philharmonic Plays Antarctica | November 18

Hudson Valley filmmaker Jon Bowermaster's documentary Antarctica will screen at the Bardavon with live accompaniment by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

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Griffin Dunne's New Film on Joan Didion

A Family Portrait
There’s nothing like a first audience to spike an actor/filmmaker’s blood pressure.

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History

Plan Your Dutchess 2017 Holiday Getaway Now!

From tours of lavishly decorated Great Estates to each town’s tree lighting ceremony, a getaway to Dutchess will put you in a festive mood. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, enjoy the old-fashioned holiday spirit found in the Hudson Valley

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The Voynich Manuscript Deciphered | Mountainview Studios | November 4

Jim Handlin tries his hand at decrypting the mysterious Voynich Manuscript.

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The Burning of Kingston 2017

Three days of reenactments commemorate the Burning of Kingston.

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Music

Terry Reid & The Derelicts | Colony Woodstock | November 17

Late 60s British rocker Terry Reid pops into Woodstock for a show at Colony on November 17.

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Amy Helm Presents "Skylark: A Night of Songbirds" | November 3

Singer Amy Helm has assembled an amazing nest of lady talent.

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Album Review: Serenity Knolls | Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft

James Keepnews reviews the album Serenity Knolls by Bill Brovold and Jamie Saft.

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Poetry

Poem: One with Nature

A poem by Jahnvi M. (11 years)

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Poem: Foreign Candy

A poem by John Grey.

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Poem: 6 Aphorisms In Search of An Awakening

A poem by Clifford Henderson

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Theater

The Mother of Us All | Hudson Hall

Local performers bring to life the rarely staged opera “Mother of Us All” in Hudson.

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"Pride and Prejudice" at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Kate Hamill is a Janeite—a devotee and enthusiastic admirer of Jane Austen.

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The Secret City Art Revival in Woodstock

Site specific performance and installation throughout the town of Woodstock, NY culminating in our Annual Secret City gathering at Bearsville Theater, Sunday, July 30th, 12noon. A sincere and fabulous celebration of the everyday creative life. With outfits! $20 suggested donation, free childcare.

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Visual Art

David Shrigley's Memorial at Art Omi

David Shrigley’s Memorial, a monumental shopping list, is on display at Art Omi through 2020.

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Photography of Amanda Means

November's Cover Artist
The subject of Amanda Means's current photos are the elemental materials of photography itself: paper, chemistry, light.

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The Surreal Photography of Lisa DiLillo

Fictional Botanicals
Lisa DiLillo's photographs of fictional botanical species are surreal yet familiar.

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The 3D World of Fazzino @ Museum of Arts & Culture

The 3D World of Fazzino

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A Hudson Valley Journal @ Gardiner Library

A Hudson Valley Journal

Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30 — The Gardiner Library is presenting an exhibit of paintings by artist Natalie...

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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.