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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.

 

Art, Music, Movies, and Food Among This Week's Hudson Valley Events

Despite the fact that events are so limited right now, there’s still stuff to do—if you know where to look. And our weekly roundup is just the place.

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Hudson Valley Events to Add Your List This Week

Music, movies, and museum exhibits that you should check out.

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On the Cover: Behind the Scenes of the Hudson Community Pages Photos with Angelina Dreem | September 2020

Photographer Angelina Dreem showcases her work and explains why photography is her medium of choice.

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Spanning History: The Great Era of Hudson Valley Bridge Building

The great era of Hudson River bridge building began in the 1920s, with the completion of the Bear Mountain Bridge, and ended in 1963 with the opening of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.

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Album Review: The Mammals | Nonet

Album review of Nonet by The Mammals.

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Album Review: Garrin Benfield | VT 7/21-22/18

Album review of VT 7/21-22/18 by Garrin Benfield.

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Album Review: The Jerry Granelli Trio | The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

Album review of The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison by The Jerry Granelli Trio.

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Album Review: Johanna Warren | Chaotic Good

Album review of Chaotic Good by Johanna Warren.

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6 Books for Your September Reading List

In his new novel, Anthropica, Cold Spring author David Hollander spins a dizzying tale of giant killer robots, Ultimate Frisbee, and the end of the world; plus short book reviews.

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Paging All Bibliophiles: Spencertown Academy Festival of Books Goes Online

The annual Spencertown Academy Festival of Books return with a bang-up roster, albeit virtual, September 4-October 12.

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Screen Time: Woodstock Film Festival Heads to the Drive In (and the Interwebs)

Now Including the Full 2020 Film Lineup
The Woodstock Film Festival goes online and al fresco this year, with drive-in screenings September 30-October 4.

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Local Motion: A New Dance Center in the Accord Train Depot

Choreographer Chase Brock has transformed a former train station in Accord into a dance studio and retreat space called Modern Accord Depot.

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7 Live Events Coming at You this September

Live events this month include performances at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck as well as concerts by Modern English and Joan Osborne.

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7 Exhibitions To Check Out This Month

A list of exhibitions happening in September.

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Parting Shot: Alex Ober, Woodstock's Freestyle Football Champ | September 2020

Woodstock teenager Alex Ober is one of the world’s top competitors in the emerging sport of freestyle soccer.

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Poetry | September 2020

A selection of poetry submitted by Chronogram readers.

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New and Upcoming Hudson Valley Films and Series for Your Fall Watch List

Though filming may have ground to a halt this spring and summer due to COVID, 2019 was a bang-up year for the Hudson Valley film industry, and all the movies and series shot here then are now getting ready for their releases on a streaming platform near you. From a documentary about the life and career of the prosecutor responsible for the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (made by their granddaughter) to a sci-fi horror anthology to a zany '80s cult classic, here are some films shot locally or made by local directors for your fall watch list.

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The 13th Annual Art Studio Views Returns This Labor Day Weekend

The free annual open studio tour runs from Germantown to Hyde Park
This Labor Day weekend, indulge in art en plein air with Art Studio Views, the annual open studio tour that spans 45 miles from Hyde Park to Germantown. This year's tour has been adapted for social distancing requirements and features 27 artists working in a variety of mediums, from print making and bookbinding to glassblowing, painting, photography, and more.

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What Every Hudson Valley Nonprofit Needs to Know About Meeting Minutes

Advice from Walden-based law firm Jacobowitz and Gubits
From the existence of a board to the mission and vision statements that guide all operations, the nonprofit world can be quite different than the for-profit. If you’re looking to become involved with a nonprofit board or start a nonprofit organization, it’s important to learn about their differences, including the importance of meeting minutes.

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A Happy Helping of Hudson Valley Events

This week’s sampling of upcoming Hudson Valley arts and cultural activities includes festivals, film, and a musical memorial to one of Woodstock’s most beloved musicians.

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Pop-Up Drive-In Movie Experiences

With no clear reopening date in sight, indoor movie theaters are taking a queue from their outdoor counterparts, organizing pop-up drive-ins to fill the movie-going void. In addition to the age-old Hudson Valley drive-ins, here is a list of pop-up outdoor movie series to catch in this summer of social distancing.

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Five Fun Hudson Valley Arts Events

Local creative organizations and artists find ways to carry on presenting their art.

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Five Fantastic Hudson Valley Events

Our weekly regional to-do roundup balances open-air and online activities.

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Zany '80s Comedy "Chief Zabu" Released 34 Years After Filming

A Q&A with co-director Neil Cohen
Chief Zabu, a low-budget indie comedy made in 1986 in the Hudson Valley about a New York real estate developer who dreams of having political power was never released. On August 7, it became available on various streaming platforms.

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Bird-on-a-Cliff Theatre Company Celebrates 25 Years of the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival

“William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)” Premieres at Woodstock’s Comeau Property on August 7
For its 25th anniversary, the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival received the gift of good fortune. While most theater companies have had to shutter their indoor performance spaces during the coronavirus pandemic, the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival has always been lucky to call the bucolic, wide-open acres of the Comeau Property in Woodstock its home. “I’m truly grateful for it to be outdoors this year,” says Elli Michaels, who founded the festival along with its parent organization, Bird-on-a-Cliff Theatre Company, with her husband, David Aston-Reese. The couple, who both come from acting backgrounds, met in a 13th Street production of “The Taming of the Shrew” almost 40 years ago. “He was Petruchio and I was Kate, and he’s been trying to tame me ever since,” says Michaels. After performing in the premiere of Christopher Martin’s medieval rock opera, “Quasimodo,” at the Byrdcliffe Barn in 1987, Michaels and Aston-Reese quickly set down roots in the area and founded Bird-on-a-Cliff Theatre Company in 1990. The bard-loving duo have been bringing Shakespeare’s work to the Comeau Property in Woodstock since 1996. Shakespeare in the Time of Coronavirus For much of the festival’s 25 years, the couple have relished the setting that the long, idle days of summer bring to Shakespeare’s rousing comedies like “Much Ado About Nothing” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” But with such expansive casts, Aston-Reese and Michaels knew it wasn’t feasible to stage Shakespeare’s larger comedies with proper social distancing guidelines in place, even in the open air of the Comeau Property. They turned instead to an old favorite, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, whose name is a reference to both the brevity of their adaptations and their intimate three-person cast. Bird-on-a-Cliff performed the company’s good-natured, slapstick rendition of the bard’s catalog, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” in 2017. (Hallmark moments of the play include “Titus Andronicus” as a cooking show and “Hamlet” told through a sock-puppet performance.) The Long Lost First Play (Abridged) This season, Bird-on-a-Cliff is premiering the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s newest production, “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged).” In it, the three-person cast—Bird-on-a-Cliff regulars Lawrence Beeck and Bill Solley as well as Jared Reinmuth, who is joining the company for the first time—take the audience on a whirlwind tour of a 17-year-old Shakespeare’s purported first play. “If you love Shakespeare, you’ll love this play. And if you don’t love Shakespeare, you’ll love it even more,” says Aston-Reese. The long lost manuscript, discovered in an unassuming Leicester, England, parking lot, turns out to be the proving ground for Shakespeare’s most famous plot devices and characters, including Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Richard III, Puck, Juliet, and more. In just over 90 minutes, the three Converse-clad actors manage to briskly weave together 39 plays’ worth of material. “There’s a danger of trying to do a concept with Shakespeare, and you have to be careful because if it doesn’t fit it doesn’t work,” says Aston-Reese. “The brilliance of the Reduced Shakespeare Company is that they really know how to play with it.” Setting the Stage The free performances will be held at the Comeau Property’s outdoor stage, which Bird-on-a-Cliff built specifically for the festival with permission from the town. “There’s a natural hill with a little rise for the audience where the sun as it sets will shine on the stage,” says Aston-Reese. The scene is refreshingly rustic with just an expanse of lawn stretching out from the stage for audience members to set up camp with blankets, chairs, and even their own picnics to enjoy during the show. Bird-on-a-Cliff also plans to have signs posted with policies that continue to encourage safe social distancing practices throughout each performance. “I’m looking forward to finally having an audience seeing and enjoying the show,” says Aston-Reese. “When you get that perfect day with the perfect weather, it’s just so Shakespeare.” Bird-on-a-Cliff Theatre Company presents “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)” from August 7 through September 6, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 5:30pm. Located at the outdoor stage on the Comeau Property, 45 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. Blankets, chairs, and picnics are welcome. Admission is free with a $10 donation suggested. For more info visit Birdonacliff.org. ...

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On the Cover: Portrait of Milton Glaser by Franco Vogt | August 2020

The life and work of famed graphic artist Milton Glaser (1929-2020).

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Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days

The following is an excerpt from Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days by Nina Shengold, which is being published this month by Syracuse University Press.

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Album Review: David Greenberger and Prime Lens | Good Perspective

Album review of Good Perspective by David Greenberger and Prime Lens.

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Album Review: Rambutan | Inverted Summer and Spiral Wave Nomads | Spiral Wave Nomads

Album review of Inverted Summer by Rambutan and Spiral Wave Nomads by Spiral Wave Nomads.

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Album Review: Baby Sage | Glorious

Album review of Glorious by Baby Sage.

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Album Review: Wolfgang Muthspiel/Scott Colley/Brian Blade | Angular Blues

Album review of Angular Blues by Wolfgang Muthspiel/Scott Colley/Brian Blade.

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Six Books for Your August Reading List

Jane Kinney Denning reviews Eliza Starts a Rumor, a timely and often humorous story of complex relationships in a novel by Jane L. Rosen, plus five short book reviews.

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Beware of Falling Pianos: The Hudson Eye Festival Returns 8/28

A look at the upcoming The Hudson Eye Festival beginning August 28 and running through September 7.

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Wild Youth: The Bobby Lees

A Livestream Record Release Concert at Bearsville Theater 8/7
The Bobby Lees will perform a live-stream record release concert from the Bearsville Theater.

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6 Live Music Shows To Check Out in August

The Hudson Valley has entered Phase 4 of New York State’s reopening plan, and live music is returning to some regional venues.

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Arias al Fresco: Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice Debuts A Drive-In Opera

Catch Puccini's "Tosca" at Tech City 8/29
The Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice is set to begin August 29th with a drive-in opera at Tech City in Kingston.

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6 Must See Art Exhibits in August

A list of six exhibits happening in the Hudson Valley in August.

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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.