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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.

Books & Authors

The Spirit Photographer by Jon Michael Varese | Book Review

Hudson Valley author and historian Jon Michael Varese's debut novel The Spirit Photographerreviewed by Chronogram staffer Carolyn Quimby.

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Books to Read in May 2018

Six books by Hudson Valley authors to read this month
Six short reviews of books by Hudson Valley authors

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Millbrook Literary Festival Celebrates 10th Year on May 19

Millbrook Library holds the family-friendly, 10th annual Millbrook Literary Festival.

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Comedy

H. Jon Benjamin Visits Bard May 2

As heard on Bob's Burger's, Archer, and other comedies, H. Jon Benjamin will read and sign his new book Failure is an Option at Bard College on May 2.

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Comedian Eddie Izzard Performs Live at UPAC

2018 Believe Me Tour Stops in Kingston February 16
Boundary-bending British comedian Eddie Izzard's 2018 Believe Me Tour stops in Kingston at UPAC on February 16.

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Dance

National Ballet of Cuba at SPAC June 6–8

A Dramatic Production of the Romantic Ballet "Giselle"
Internationally acclaimed dance company, the National Ballet of Cuba makes its debut performance at Saratoga Performing June 6-8 with a dramatic take on the romantic ballet "Giselle."

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Jennifer Muller/The Works Perform at Kaatsbaan May 26

Dancing Works
Dance group Jennifer Muller/The Works performs at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli on May 26.

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Vanaver Caravan's 2018 DanceFest! in the Hudson Valley - Feb. 10

Vanaver Caravan will host its 27th annual DanceFest! at the Rondout Valley High School Feb 10, featuring performances from Hudson Valley dance studios.

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Festivals

3 Cupcake Events in the Hudson Valley this May

Satisfy your sweet tooth with lots and lots of cupcakes
Hudson Valley cupcake events in Beacon, New Paltz, and Gardiner are seriously sweet.

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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival Sails into its 40th Year

Environmental Activism and Music Meet
Join Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other environmental activists in celebrating and educating about the Hudson River. The popular music festival, The Great Hudson River Revival, is on June 16 and 17 in Croton-on-Hudson.

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Sheep and Wool Showcase on April 21

Get your fluffy fix in Germantown this weekend at Clermont Historic Site
Round up the family for a lively, outdoor celebration of sheep and wool at Clermont Historic Site in Germantown, this Saturday, April 21.

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Film

New Film How They Got Over Screens at Rosendale Theatre 5/13

The documentary explores black gospel music and rock 'n' roll
Robert Clem’s gospel documentary How They Got Over screens in Rosendale.

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Jon Bowermaster's Hope on the Hudson Screening This Month

The new short films by Jon Bowermaster will be screening in the region throughout the month.

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5 March Movie Picks

Film Events Happening in March in the Hudson Valley
Leave March Madness behind, and get movie-watching; here are 5 Hudson Valley film events you don't want to miss in March 2018.

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History

Zadock Pratt Museum

After repairing damage from Hurricane Irene, Zadock Pratt Museum has reopened to visitors.

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Music

Symphony Picnic at Boscobel This Weekend

Listen to Classical Music on the Lawn on May 26
Boscobel House and Gardens will host the Symphony Picnic on its Great Lawn overlooking the Hudson River on Saturday, May 26. Bring your own picnic basket and chairs, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will bring the soothing sounds of classical music.

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Live Music Series Returns to Athens Cultural Center

The Shiri Zorn/George Muscatello Trio will appear on Saturday as part of the One World music series.

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Woodstock's Chris Maxwell Collaborates for Comedy Central Event

As half of the due the Elegant Too, the singer-songwriter and producer will appear live with comedian Trevor Moore on Facebook this weekend.

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Poetry

Poem: Beach

Resting in the sun over heating You and me swimming Always remember this trip leaving the beach

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A Poem by p

puzzles in her eyes puddles in my driveway

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A Poem by Richard Loranger

At the heart of this month blooms a myrtle. I am saying that because I want it to be.

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Theater

"Leni" Opens at Bridge Street Theatre May 17

A play about Hitler's favorite filmmaker
Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill explores the complex life of German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in the play "Leni," running from May 17 to 27.

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"Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya" Premieres May 18 at Fisher Center

Bard College's Fischer Center presents a puppet theatre production "Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya."

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"Fragile Explosion: Nina Simone" at Rosendale Theatre May 11 & 12

Passing the Torch Through the Arts presents "Fragile Explosion: Nina Simone" on May 11 & 12.

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Visual Art

New Exhibition Opens at Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Painting Exhibition Open This Month through November 4
Thomas Cole, inventor of the American sublime, is exhibited in Catskill.

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Stephen Shore's Photography Retrospective at MoMA Through May 28

Bard College professor and photography director exhibits at MoMa
Photographer Stephen Shore's work spanning five decades is being displayed at the Museum of Modern Art through May 28.

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On the Cover of Chronogram: John Cuneo's Watercolor Illustration

Woodstock-based illustrator John Cuneo takes a humorous look at the futility of gardening in the Hudson Valley.

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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.