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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.

Highlights of the Woodstock Film Festival

Highlights of the Woodstock Film Festival

Arts and culture correspondent Sparrow reports on several screenings he attended at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival.

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Industrial Music Pioneer Adi Newton Plays SUNY New Paltz on Thursday

The founder of influential UK dark wave band Clock DVA will perform at the Parker Theater.

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"Brick by Brick" at ArtsWestchester

New Exhibit Weaves Hudson Valley History Together with Contemporary Art
From tanning to cement mining, the Hudson Valley was built on industry. A new exhibition at ArtsWestchester’s gallery in downtown White Plains takes a closer look at one of the region’s historical occupations—brick-making. “Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal and the Building Boom,” which opened on September 30, features the installations of 12 contemporary artists, interspersed with historical materials, archival and commissioned photographs, and personal narratives that tell the story of the region’s brick industry since the days of New York’s early Dutch Settlers. “The humble brick has been the driving force behind the building boom that flourished in the 19th Century from the Erie Canal to New York City,” says Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “While the state’s brick industry faded after World War II, its presence is ubiquitous in our towns and cities, in sidewalks, buildings, homes of all sizes, public works and factories. Our exhibition explores the brick industry’s rich history with its complex and challenging intersections of immigration, innovation and economic development while giving it new life in contemporary art forms." With more than a ton of bricks on display, the art ranges from figurative sculptures made with this elemental building block to abstract multimedia pieces that take inspiration from bricklaying patterns. A $75,000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts enabled ArtsWestchester to commission all original pieces for “Brick By Brick.” “For the artists in the exhibition, bricks become eloquent symbols for a range of subjects: of the transient quality of the manmade, of the fragility of our environment, of forgotten histories and of shared human experiences,” says Kathleen Reckling, ArtsWestchester Gallery Director. Interactive Events In conjunction with the exhibition, ArtsWestchester will host three free programs at the gallery. The first event, Brick Bonds, takes place today from 3-5:30pm. In this workshop led by BAC Local 1 union members, participants will learn about the region’s bricklaying history and the structural and aesthetic significance of different brick bond patterns. Participants will also have a chance to learn some introductory masonry techniques as they build a wall under supervision. At Brick Hunters of the Hudson River Valley, held Saturday, November 3, from 3-5:30pm, participants will hear stories of adventure and folklore from some of the region’s leading brick collectors, and have an opportunity to swap bricks with their neighbors. The last event, Songs of the Brickyards: The Untold Story of Haverstraw’s African American Community, takes place on November 10, from 3-5:30PM. Storytellers, singers of spirituals and gospel legends will join together to narrate the history of slavery, the brickyards, and the African American church in Haverstraw. “Brick by Brick” will be on view through January 19, 2019. ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. ...

Tags: Visual Art

Indian Classical Duo Comes to Albany

The Mohan Brothers will perform at the Egg on October 13.

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"Ready Steady Yeti Go" at SUNY New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz's first Mainstage Production of the season will be "Ready Steady Yeti Go." When a family home is vandalized with a racial epithet, the adults in the small town haphazardly sets to work planning a “Kill Racism Forever” rally, a group of middle school students come together to investigate the incident, while also navigating their first romantic experiences.

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5 Films Not to Miss this Month

Picks from the Woodstock Film Festival & FilmColumbia
With Woodstock Film Festival and FilmColumbia both coming to town this month, there a handful of quality movies not to miss. Here are our top 5 picks.

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7 New O+ Murals to Watch Out For

As part of 2018 O+ Festival, seven new murals are under way in the city of Kingston. Here's a guide to where they are and a sneak peek at what they look like.

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Basilica Hudson Benefit Celebrates Courtney Love

The Hole front woman, Michael Stipe, Chloë Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, the National's Aaron Dessner, and others will appear at the October 27 gala.

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October at Lumberyard

A Month of Film, Music, and Modern Dance
A look at what's coming in October at the newly opened Lumberyard in Catskill.

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The 2018 Woodstock Luthiers Showcase

Musicians and luthiers will gather on October 26-28 for the 2018 Woodstock Luthiers Showcase.

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10 Kids Books for Fall 2018

Read these children's books with your kids this fall.

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American Film History—Be Content with Your Light, Child | Album Review

Mike Campbell reviews the new music release from American Film History.

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Bobby Previte—Rhapsody | Album Review

Michael Eck reviews new music from Bobby Previte.

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Geezer—Psychoriffadelia | Album Review

Jeremy Schwartz reviews new music from Geezer.

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New Paltz's New Denizen Theatre Opens First Show

The brand new Denizen Theater at Water Street Market in New Paltz opens with “Cal in Camo.”

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Emo Philips at the Beverly on October 19

Comedian Emo Phillips performs in Kingston this month.

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EMPAC Holds 10-Year Anniversary Festival

RPI celebrates EMPAC’s 10-year anniversary with the 10YEARS festival.

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The 2018 Field + Supply Design Fair

Head to Hutton Brickyard for the return of Field + Supply on October 5 through 7.

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The 2018 FilmColumbia Festival

FilmColumbia celebrates modern filmmakers with 9 days of screenings in Chatham.

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A Trio of Japanese Films at PS21

PS21 screens three Japanese films on October 5.

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Pulse of the Planet Anniversary Tour Kick-Off 10/5

Radio producer Jim Metzner celebrates the 30th anniversary of his documentary series "Pulse of the Planet" at Stone Ridge Library.

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Elizabeth Phelps Meyer Exhibits at Art Centro

"Each Day, Water" by Elizabeth Phelps Myers is on display at Art Centro in Poughkeepsie this month.

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19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival kicks off on October 10.

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Live Music in the Hudson Valley | October 2018

Concerts in the Hudson Valley this October

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On the Cover: O+ Festival Kingston

If a visitor to Kingston from a decade ago returned today, she would find a city fairly similar to the one she knew, with one great exception: the large murals that now festoon the city. These public installations are the work of artists laboring under the aegis of the O+ Festival, a three-day art, music, and wellness celebration that takes place across Kingston each Columbus Day weekend. Regardless of what you think of them—the murals have their critics—these large-scale paintings have put the city on the map as a place where culture gets done. There's no other place in the Hudson Valley like it. O+ began with a simple—yet crazy—premise: a music and arts festival in which the performers and visual artists get free medical exams and wellness services in exchange for their art. Nine years later, O+ is still going strong, having transformed itself from a three-day festival in Kingston into a nonprofit with multiple festival locations and a mission to empower communities to take control of their well-being. O+ achieves this through its annual festivals but also through year-round grassroots engagement with underserved populations in need of health care. During its eight-year run, O+ has featured hundreds of performers of various stripes, from musicians like Lucius and Xlyrious White to endurance artists like Linda Montano and Valerie Sharp, whose tree-hugging performance from 2017 is featured on this month's cover. (The text on the sign next to her reads: "By hugging this tree as long as I physically can, I spread my roots into this place and moment as home, and put all of my intention toward healing the Earth and becoming one with our planet.") This year's festival (October 5-7) is headlined by comedian and actress Janeane Garofalo, who will perform stand-up on October 6 in the back room of BSP Kingston. Garofalo's appearance is presented by the Comedy Resistance, which pairs headlining comedians with voter registration and activism. Following Garofalo's set, former Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando will perform at the Old Dutch Church. The rest of this year's festival lineup features some of O+'s most diverse and experimental programming to date. In addition to the more than 60 bands and solo artists playing—Marco Benevento, Pete International Airport, Karl Berger, Billy Martin and Friends, Willy Mason and the Pandemonium, and Key of Q, to name a few—there'll be a kickoff parade on Friday night; cycling events; classes in yoga, sound healing, meditation, and dance; a literary salon; kids' programming (Kinder Disco!); and a health conference with panel discussions. Last but not least, the murals: This year's roster includes Will Lytle AKA Thorneater, La Morena, boogieREZ, Tani Ikeda, Jess X. Snow, and Layqa Nuna Yawar, among others. After Columbus Day weekend, expect to see a city further transformed. Full schedule and information on how to purchase an all-access wristband available at the O+ Festival website. ...

Tags: Visual Art

Steven Strauss's Geese Paintings

A geese painting inspired by recent events in Cornwall

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A Q&A with Hudson Valley Location Scout Jillian Fisher

An interview with film location scout and Hudson Valley resident Jillian Fisher about her work, her process, and the film industry in Upstate New York.

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Tubby's Opens to Bring Raw Sounds to Kingston

The new Midtown music venue had its soft launch last week and promises more events in the months ahead.

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New Film Documents Putnam Valley Guitarist John Abercrombie

Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie examines the influential musician's life and music.

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Field + Supply Returns to Hutton Brickyard October 5-7

On October 6 and 7, Field + Supply , a modern maker’s design fair, will return to the Hudson Valley for its fifth year; its second at The Hutton Brickyards.

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Inaugural Catskills Wine & Food Festival Kicks off October 6

Celebrity Chefs, Influencers, and Music by Lord Huron & The Revivalists
The first annual Catskills Wine and Food Festival is a two-day music and culinary experience on October 6 and 7, featuring over 25 cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, private tastings, a dynamic selection of beer, wine, and cider, a market, and an epic line-up of live music including The Revivalists and Lord Huron.

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Algiers Rock Out in Kingston This Sunday

The Atlanta-born quartet brings their politically charged avant-soul-punk music to BSP.

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Burnette Gallery Champions the Revival of Woodstock As Arts Colony

“Fire in the Belly” will open at Burnette Gallery on October 11. Curated by artists Laura Gurton and Carole Kunstadt, this exhibition explores identity, fantasy, mythology, and sensuality through the lens of 26 female artists in the New York region. The artists’ reception will take place during the Woodstock Film Festival at 6pm on October 13.

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Mommyheads Make Music in Beacon on Friday

The critically beloved 1990s art-pop band plays the Towne Crier.

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Fall Season Kicks off at Lumberyard 9/29

Lumberyard just celebrated the grand opening of their new 7,000-square-foot performance space in Catskill on September 1. After a short hiatus, the organization will kick off its inaugural fall season on September 29, which promises a mix of dance, performance art, and music.

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StudioFest in Phoenicia

Finalist Filmmakers Screen and Compete at New Festival
Any filmmaker, no what level they’re working at, will tell you the same thing: The biggest, most important—and, usually, the hardest—part of making a feature-length film is finding the funding for it. Even for a modest indie feature, production costs can be astronomical, easily running into tens of thousands of dollars or more. And, of course, securing the budget from investors that’s needed to take a film from the screenplay to the screen is especially difficult for unproven filmmakers—promising new cinematic artists who, with access to the necessary financial resources, could turn out to be the Tarantinos of tomorrow. But StudioFest, a new international film festival-cum-competition making its debut September 21-23 in Phoenicia, aims to improve the odds by giving some of these aspiring auteurs the opportunity to compete for a truly grand prize: the backing needed to get their film made. “My partner, Charles Beale, and I are both filmmakers ourselves,” says StudioFest’s cofounder and producer Jessica Jacklin. “We’ve met so many talented short-form filmmakers who’ve been unable to make the jump to doing feature-length films due to limited opportunities. Either they don’t have the cash or they don’t have the contacts, or they have neither. Filmmakers and screenwriters go to Sundance or South By Southwest to try to network and find backers or other people to work with them on their projects, but those festivals are so big and so overwhelming, with so much going on, that it can be really hard for them to make connections and get exposure. So with StudioFest being a much more intimate and manageable size, we’re looking to trim the fat from the film-festival world.” Jacklin and Beale announced the launch of the festival earlier this year. After receiving hundreds of submissions, they selected five short-form filmmakers and five feature-length screenwriters as finalists for StudioFest’s inaugural weekend, at which the contestants will screen submitted shorts and present public script readings at the Phoenicia Playhouse before a panel that includes Grease star Jamie Donnelly; filmmaker and No Film School podcast editor Liz Nord; producer and filmmaker Shruty Ganguly, known for her work with James Franco; The Jazz Singer screenwriter Stephen H. Foreman; and others. (Tickets for the screenings are available online; admission to the readings is free.) The competing finalists make up an exceptionally diverse and talented group of 10 young directors and screenwriters from Norway, New York, Las Vegas, Canada, and Australia by way of Los Angeles. At the end of the weekend, one director and one writer will be chosen to partner with StudioFest and awarded a budget of $30,000-$50,000 to make a film. How did Phoenicia become the location for this auspicious new festival? “It’s been a special place for me since I started coming to the area, about five years ago,” Jacklin explains. “I stayed at the Graham & Co. [the boutique hotel that’s hosting festival staff and finalists as well as the red carpet-and-cocktails Filmmaker’s Soiree] and just fell in love with the town. Phoenicia’s such a great place to escape to from the city.” StudioFest is, by design, a rustic, modest-sized antidote to the glitzy glamor overdose of bigger and better-known film festivals, and the goals of its founders are right in line with its humble aesthetic. “At the end of the day, we just want to see good feature-length films get made,” says Jacklin. “So, besides the film that comes from whoever the winning finalists turn out to be, our hope is that more films and projects will come from people being able to meet and hang out while they stay for the weekend while they enjoy the location, the festival, and each other’s company. Our plan is to do it every year, so we’ll see what happens from here.” Profiles of each of the 2018 inaugural StudioFest finalists and judges, as well as tickets and a full festival schedule are available at To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay....

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Neko Case Croons in Poughkeepsie 9/21

The acclaimed singer-songwriter will perform at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on September 21.

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Requinte Trio Featuring Janis Siegel Comes to Kingston

The Manhattan Transfer vocalist and group explore Brazilian sounds on September 13.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Reverse Punctuation Constellations @ No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works

Reverse Punctuation Constellations

Sat., Oct. 13, 12-8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 14, 12-6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 20, 12-6 p.m., Sun., Oct. 21, 12-6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 27, 12-6 p.m., Sun., Oct. 28, 12-6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 3, 12-6 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 4, 12-6 p.m. — Works on paper from McGill’s Constellation project, a large-scale sculptural installation around...
Witch Tapestries: Weavings by Kat Howard @ Rebecca Peacock

Witch Tapestries: Weavings by Kat Howard

Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 4 — Kat makes art that addresses how the female body has been viewed...

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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.