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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: The Dark Dark: Stories

Carolyn Quimby reviews Samantha Hunt's The Dark Dark: Stories.

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Jonathan Lerner: Memoirs of a Revolution

Sparrow interviews ex-Weatherman Jonathan Lerner about his new memoir detailing his days as a young, gay activist in the clandestine radical group the Weather Underground in the 1960s and '70s.

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Short Takes: August 2017

Short reviews of Hudson Valley Wine: A History of Taste & Terroir, Who Did You Say the Father Was?, Mad Monk: Improper Parables, The Suffragents, and Savage Joy.

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Comedy

Steve Wright at UPAC

The show originally set for January 11 is rescheduled for April 22.

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Dance

The Chase Brock Experience

Chase Brock brings his talented troupe to the Catskill Mountain Foundation May 8-20.

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Festivals

The Chronogram Block Party is BACK for Year 5!

The Chronogram Block party returns to Wall Street in Uptown Kingston on Saturday, August 19.

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Forecast: In Full Voice

Phoenicia Festival of the Voice returns with a distinctly French flair, bringing the creme de la creme of the musical world to the Hudson Valley

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Huichica East

Late August brings the second installment of Huichica East, a music/food/micro-wine fest set on the beatific acreage of Chaseholm Farm (camping available).

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Film

Story of a Girl

Upstate Films screens Story of a Girl, a coming-of-age story for the digital age.

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The First Artist in America

The First Artist in America: The Life and Times of John Vanderlyn will premiere on May 7 at 2pm in Vanderlyn Hall at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge

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Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Tiffany Rhynard's documentary, "Forbidden," follows the life of Moises Serrano, a gay illegal immigrant. The documentary will be screened on April 28 at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie.

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History

SUNY New Paltz to cohost women’s suffrage centennial conference, April 21 & 22

Registration is open for “Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future,” a conference commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York, which will begin on Friday, April 21, at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., and will continue on Saturday, April 22, at SUNY New Paltz.

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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

Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Library & Museum Hosts Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day weekend: World War II Living History encampment & military displays at the FDR Home, Presidential Library & Museum, Hyde Park. Fri.: USO Show. 7 pm. Sat.-Sun.: Re-enactors. Historic military displays & vehicles. 11am - 4pm. Mon.: Graveside Memorial Service. 1:30pm. www.FDRLibrary.Marist.edu

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Music

Hudson Jazzworks In Concert At Hudson Hall

Pianist Armen Donelian and Saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Co-Directors) perform on Sunday, August 13th with Special Guest Guitarist Freddie Bryant and Participants of the 11th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop. $20, students free. For concert info and reservations, visit www.hudsonhall.org or call (518) 822-1438. For workshop info, visit www.hudsonjazzworks.org.

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Active State | Aaron Dessner of The National

Peter Aaron speaks with Aaron Dessner of indie rock sensation the National about hometown flavor, charity, and his sustainable upstate recording studio Long Pond.

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CD Review: Howard Johnson and Gravity

Seth Rogovoy reviews Howard Johnson and Gravity's new album Testimony.

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Poetry

Poem by Jack River O'Neill (Age 7)

"I'm going to break out of that jail." (when asked about entering 2nd grade)

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Poem: Wild Violets

A poem by Ken Sutton

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Poem: Keelhauled

A canvas sail, wind-battered, heavy with salt and spray, and I don’t think you have the lungs to fill it, to move it we will be buried at sea There will be no ceremony the jewelry I gave you, now worthless, can’t pay for a casket we will be wrapped in sailcloth, weighted with cannonball and pushed into the deep where I can only hope our corpses do not settle next to each other again

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Theater

"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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The Cry of Jazz

Frank Boyd's "The Holler Sessions"
Frank Boyd’s one-man play “The Holler Sessions” defends jazz’s value and relevancy.

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Visual Art

On the Cover: Pete Mauney

Tivoli-based photographer Pete Mauney shoots timelapse photos of lightning bugs throughout the Hudson Valley.

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Forecast: Shining a Light through Darker America

Facts have been quite a hot topic since the most recent election.

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In Solidarity

Throughout his lifetime, Polish-born artist Jan Sawka refused to be confined to a single medium—he masterminded the cosmic, 10-story set for the Grateful Dead's 25th anniversary tour; he designed buildings for Arab monarchs; he drew promotional posters and created theatrical sets for productions from Wrocław to Broadway.

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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.