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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.

 

Hot Sardines Heat Up Bard Spiegeltent

The vintage-style jazz band returns to the Annandale-on-Hudson campus tomorrow night.

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Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2018: A Review

Regular arts and culture contributor Sparrow reviews this year's Phoenicia Festival of the Voice.

Tags: Theater

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Return to Hudson

The Canadian space rock giants touch down at Basilica Hudson this Thursday.

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Spend This Labor Day Weekend at Tanglewood

Wynton Marsalis and Steve Martin & Martin Short
This Labor Day weekend, head to Tanglewood in the heart of the Berkshires for two unforgettable performances—Wynton Marsalis will play with his father Ellis Marsalis's quintent on September 1, and on September 2 Steve Martin and Martin Short will take the stage for a rip-roaring musical comedy show.

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8th Annual Bon Odori Festival for Peace

Head to Kingston Point Beach August 4 for Dancing & Family Fun
This year, the 8th Annual Bon-Odori Dance Festival For Peace will be celebrated on August 4 at Kingston Point Beach, from 12-8pm. Co-sponsored by RUPCO, this is a full-day, family friendly affair that will include performances by the Vanaver Caravan Dance Company, a community discussion about waste, live music, food, and vendors.

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New Writers’ Residency Opens in Roxbury

Founded by writer and editor Annie DeWitt, the inaugural Roxbury Writers Residency will take place October 12-15. The retreat will offer creatives the opportunity to indulge in three days of writing and workshops on a 27-acre property in the Catskill Mountains that is part farm, part literary salon.

Tags: Books & Authors

On the Cover: Andrew Garn's Photograph of New York Pigeon, Fido

Andrew Garn's remarkable bird photography captures a NYC pigeon found beneath a train in Queens.

Tags: Visual Art

Amy Helm Talks New Album, Dirt Farmer Festival

Peter Aaron talks with the Amy Helm about embracing her father’s life and legacy while carving out a name for herself in the music industry.

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Knock Yourself Out — Knock Yourself Out | Album Review

Jeremy Schwartz reviews Knock Yourself Out's latest, self-titled album.

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Professor Louie & the Crowmatix — The Lost Band Tracks | Album Review

Michael Eck reviews Professor Louie & the Crowmatix's new album.

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The Levin Brothers — Special Delivery | Album Review

James Keepnews reviews The Levin Brothers' new album.

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Live Music in the Hudson Valley | August 2018

This month's concerts, handpicked by music editor Peter Aaron for your listening pleasure.

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The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas | Book Review

James Conrad reviews The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas.

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Books to Read in August 2018

Here's six books to tag onto your summer reading list.

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Esopus Creek Puppet Suite Returns 8/17-8/19

Head to the Saugerties waterfront for a special puppet performance.

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"Bang Bang!" at Shadowland Stages 8/11-9/9

Shadowland Stages Theater in Ellenville presents "Bang Bang!" this August.

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Huichica East Music Festival 8/24-8/26

The east coast Huichica Festival returns on August 24-26, 2018.

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Hudson Valley Jazz Festival 2018

The 2018 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival kicks off on August 9.

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LongReach Arts Exhibits Work in Beacon

Opening reception for the LongReach Arts' newest show is on August 4.

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Film Screening to Benefit Puerto Rico 8/4

Old Dutch Church in Kingston screens From Mambo to Hip-Hop.

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Phoenicia Festival of the Voice 2018

On August 3-5, experience Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.

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The Velocipede Museum's Grand Opening in Newburgh 8/10

Owners of the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh open a new museum on Liberty Street that features nearly 50 historic bicycles and other velocipedes.

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A Musical Melting Pot at Maverick Concert Hall (Sponsored)

Upcoming performances at Woodstock's Maverick Concert Hall.

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Benny Merris' Photograph, An Other Another 110, at Jeff Bailey Gallery

Artist Benny Merris exhibits at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson.

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Poetry | August 2018

Reader-submitted poems included in the August 2018 issue of Chronogram.

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Hutton Fare: One and Done

Hutton Brickyard Food & Craft Fest Canceled After First Event
Hutton Fare, a food and craft festival that debuted this past weekend at Hutton Brickyards, has been cancelled and deemed unprofitable.

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Tanglewood Pays Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

In the summer series "Bernstein Centennial," Tanglewood honors late classical composer Leonard Bernstein.

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Don't Miss the Final Weekend of Cinema in Piazza

Jannis Kounellis/Louise Bourgeois & Pino Pascali/Bruce Nauman [Media Partner]
The third and final weekend of Magazzino's film series, Cinema in Piazza, will feature films on Jannis Kounellis and Louise Bourgeois on Friday night, July 27, and documentaries about Pino Pascali and Bruce Nauman on Saturday, July 28.

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Summer Sundays at Tanglewood

Tanglewood offers refreshing summer fun before their Sunday afternoon shows.

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Music Film Screens in Kingston to Benefit Puerto Rico

The August 4 fundraising event will also indlude a DJ set featuring traditional music as well as Latin jazz and hip-hop.

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Rock Out at Empire State Record Fair This Saturday 7/21

Record junkies, drop everything and head to BSP in Uptown Kingston this Saturday 7/21 for an 8-hour record fair, featuring all the local vinyl peddlers, plus food and drink.

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Malian Musical Greats Perform in Hudson

Mamadou Kelly and Sidi Toure will appear at the Half Moon.

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Head to Magazzino for Cinema in Piazza

A Two-Week Film Series Showcasing Post-War and Contemporary Italian Artists Launches July 13 [Media Partner]
From July 13 through 28, Magazzino will screen 12 films about post-war and contemporary Italian artists, over six nights in the open-air courtyard at the center of the 20,000 square-foot art warehouse.

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Trinity Irish Dance Company at SPAC 7/30

The Pioneers of Progressive Irish Dance Bring their High-Energy Performance to Saratoga
SPAC welcomes Trinity Irish Dance Company to the stage on July 30.

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Open Art Studio Tours This Summer in the Hudson Valley

Peek Behind the Scenes and See Where the Magic Happens
Open art studio tours have become more and more common all over the country as studio visits trigger questions that aren’t often asked in formal settings such as galleries and museums, and allow for a more intimate interaction with the artwork. Here is a look at some upcoming artists' open studios in the Hudson Valley.

Tags: Visual Art

You All Grow Up and Leave Me by Piper Weiss | Book Review

James Conrad reviews You All Grow Up and Leave Me, Piper Wiess’s memoir of teenage obsession.

Tags: Books & Authors

6 Books to Read This Summer

Add these six books to your summer reading list.

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Chita Rivera at Bard SummerScape's Spiegeltent July 28

Catch renowned actress, dancer, and singer Chita Rivera at Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent on July 28.

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An Afternoon of Poetry with Ed Sanders July 1

Poet Ed Sanders will read from his latest book and take questions at Kingston Artists Collective.

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Hudson Valley Shakespeare Performs "The Heart of Robin Hood"

The 2018 Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents "The Heart of Robinhood" and other classics.

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Lady Rizo at Ancram Opera House July 7

Singer, comedienne, and actress Lady Rizo performs "Red, White, and Indigo: My Love-Hate Relationship with America" in the Hudson Valley on July 7.

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Opus 40 Productions in July

The experimental theater group returns to Opus 40 with their take on "Macbeth."

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Top 10 Things to Do at Rosendale Street Fest

The 2018 Rosendale Street Festival hits Main Street on July 21 and 22.

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Sharon Gannon Discusses New Book at Mirabai on July 21

Head to Mirabai of Woodstock to hear about Sharon Gannon's new book, The Magic Ten and Beyond.

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Wassaic Project Summer Festival on August 4

Discover music, art, dance, and film at the Wassaic Project summer festival.

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Life in a Blender — Happy Enough | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Mike Campbell reviews Life in a Blender's latest album.

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Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano — Embrace | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Michael Eck reviews recent collaboration album Embrace.

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The Security Project — Contact | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Sharon Nichols reviews Security Project's latest album.

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On the Cover: Paolo Arao's Mister Sister

On the cover of the July 2018 issue of Chronogram: Paolo Arao's Mister Sister

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Live Music in the Hudson Valley | July 2018

This summer's music show lineup in the Hudson Valley.

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"The Badila Family" at Hudson Hall July 20-22

The Badila family: a loving, musical tribe
The weekend includes performances from Diata Diata Folkloric Theater, Young Paris, and Lady Moon and the Eclipse.

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Elliott De Cesare's Window Dressing

The Manhattan artist has a studio in Warwick.

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Magazzino's Summer Film Series Begins July 13

Cinema in Piazza Brings an Italian Art Tradition to the Hudson Valley [Media Partner]
Magazzino’s Summer Film Series Brings 12 Films About Italian Post-War Artists.

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Poetry | July 2018

Poems from the July 2018 issue of Chronogram by Roger Aplon, Sarah Blake, John Blandly, Angela Braselmann, Megan Coder, Richard Donnelly, Mike Jurkovic, John Kojak, Anne Mikusinski, George Cassidy Payne, Roger Phelps, Kyle Pritz, Izaak Savett, Margarita Serafimova, JR Solonche, Emily Vanston, and John Wisniewski. Edited by Phillip X. Levine.

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Chita Rivera Performs at Bard SummerScape

The Broadway Legend will do two shows at the festival's beloved Spiegeltent.

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Hurleyville Arts Centre Kicks Off its Summer Season July 14

Hurleyville Arts Centre, located in beautiful Sullivan County, NY has an amazing summer season coming up. Kicking off the summer season is an incredible performance by the Small Miracles by NACL Theater Company open to all ages.

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Vocal School Launches in Rhinebeck in July 2018

Cofounded by experimental singer Iva Bittova, the Zingora School of Voice has its grand opening weekend set for July 6-8.

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Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC June 23-24

Over 20 International Jazz Acts Converge on SPAC
The Annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival returns to SPAC June 23-24.

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Where to Catch Outdoor Movies This Summer

Warm nights call for more time spent outside, and what's more fun than an outdoor movie. We've gathered up a list of all the spots places to see films al fresco in the Hudson Valley this summer—from drive-ins to deserted islands.

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Mark Marshall — Born Wired | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Mike Campbell reviews Kingston singer-songwriter Mark Marshall's new album.

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Michael Bernier/Ritchie DeCarlo — Strangers | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Jason Broome reviews Michael Bernier/Ritchie DeCarlo collaboration album.

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The Erotics — 20 Years of Nothing to Show for It | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Jeremy Schwartz reviews The Erotics' new album.

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FDR Library Presents "The Art of War" Propaganda Exhibit

Propaganda poster art from 1941-1945 is on display at the FDR Library in Hyde Park now through December 31.

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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival Returns June 16 and 17

Get ready for a weekend of music and activism at the 2018 Clearwater Festival.

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Gardiner Open Studio Tour on June 9 and 10

Tour local artists' studios in Gardiner NY.

Tags: Visual Art

Hello Again, Dolly! Festival in Garrison Landing this Summer

This summer, the Hello Again, Dolly! festival celebrates the film's 50th anniversary in Garrison NY.

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Shadowland Stages Theater Presents "K2" from June 2 to June 17

The thrilling tale of two mountain climbers hits Shadowland Stages Theater this June. The play, "K2," runs from 6/1 to 6/17 at the Ellenville theatre.

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Newburgh Illuminated Lights Up the City on June 2

Newburgh Illuminated is the ultimate summer street festival.

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Joseph Squillante Photography Exhibition Opens June 11

Hudson Valley photography exhibit showcases agricultural life in the region.

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Stormville Airport's Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival June 9

Drink and eat the day away at this day-long, food truck and craft beer festival at Stormville Airport in Dutchess County.

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Upstate: A Novel by James Wood | Book Review

Chronogram staffer James Conrad reviews the new novel, Upstate, by James Wood.

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On the Cover: "Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900"

A New Exhibit Opens at Clark Art Institute June 9
Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA presents "Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900" starting June 9.

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Live Music in the Hudson Valley | June 2018

Music shows in the Hudson Valley in June 2018

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Photographer Sean Hemmerle's Book Them

In his new book Them, Sean Hemmerle captures portraits of civilians in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Lumberyard Brings Dance, Theater, and Commerce to Catskill

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Leads Catskill into a New Era of Culture and Commerce

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Maverick Concert's 2018 Summer Lineup

Bon Appétit, Music Lovers
Chamber music festival, Maverick Concerts, gears up for its 2018 season in Woodstock.

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The Vanaver Caravan: Movement Meets Community

The Vanaver Caravan's Summer Programs Kick Off in July.

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Books to Read in June 2018

We reviewed six books by Hudson Valley authors in this month's Short Takes.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

June 20-August 22
Situated within a National Historic Landmark District in the Western Massachusetts farm town of Becket, Jacob’s Pillow is a dance center, school, and performance space. As part of our 2018 Summer Arts Preview, we are taking a look at their 2018 summer dance season.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Music Festivals & Venues

The hills are alive with the sound of music—literally. From Bethel Woods in Sullivan County to Tanglewood in Massachusetts to Grey Fox in Greene County the region is brimming with music venues and, come summer, music festivals. We've rounded up some of this summer's musical highlights.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Theater Season Is Open in the Valley

This summer is chock full of drama—from "The Taming of the Shrew" to "The Waves," you have the opportunity to see staged productions of classic and contemporary works at the area's theaters and outdoor venues.

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Summer 2018: Hudson Valley County Fair Roundup

County fairs are an integral part of summer life here in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. We've rounded up a list of this summer's 2018 county fairs, so you can get your fill of funnel cake, ride the tilt-o-whirl, and see a tractor pull.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck Summer Season

June 2-September 30
'T’ Space, a gallery designed and established by architect Steven Holl on the T2 Reserve forest at Round Lake, located just outside the Village of Rhinebeck, is intended to immerse viewers in daring contemporary art.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: In the MKNG Craft Festival

A Creativity Festival at Bethel Woods, September 29-30
As part of our 2018 Summer Arts Preview, we've rounded up a handful of the best and brightest craft fairs and festivals in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Check out this preview of In the MKNG, a new creativity festival at Bethel Woods.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Bard SummerScape/Bard Music Festival

June 28-August 19
Hold on to your hats, Bard's beloved Spiegeltent is back again. Bard SummerScape, the summer-long music festival, kicks off on June 28 with a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Peter Pan”. As part of our 2018 Summer Arts Preview, we're giving you a taste of what this season has in store.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: 2018 Williamstown Theater Festival June 26-August 19

Williamstown Theater Festival, which picked up a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater in 2002, gets ready to kick off another summer season. Known for its approach toward revisiting classic-repertoire plays using innovative new productions, developing new original musicals and plays, and training aspiring new actors and theater personnel, WTF is a nation-wide magnet for superior talent and delighted audiences.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Fairs & Festivals

From hot air balloons to healing arts, the Hudson Valley has lots going on in every arena of interest. Here is a roundup of some the other fairs and festivals happening this summer that you won't want to miss.

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Poem: News Item: Teacher Threatens Students With Voodoo

A poem by JR Solonche.

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Poem: How To Write A Poem

A poem by Mariel Stein.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Craft Fairs & Festivals

Calling All Artisans, Makers, and DIYers, A Roundup of this Summer's Craft Fairs
As part of our 2018 Summer Arts Preview, we've rounded up a handful of the region's craft fairs and festivals, from the Hudson River Exchange Summer Market to the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo and more. Get ready to get your craft on.

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A Poem by p

A poem by p.

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Poem: The Sinner’s Guide to Immortality

A poem by Lydia Suarez.

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A Poem by Sophie Jennis

A poem by Sophie Jennis.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Dance Festivals & Performances

As part of our 2018 Summer Arts Preview, we've rounded up a handful of great dance shows at state of the art venues throughout the Hudson Valley. With everything from ballet to contemporary dance, you'll want to pencil these shows into your calendar.

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Poem: When Lila Left This Life

A poem by Chuck Mishkin.

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Poem: A Question

A poem by Jim Lichtenberg.

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Poem: The Heartbreaker

A poem by Miriam Rose.

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Poem: In Headlights

A poem by John Sullivan.

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Poem: Breaking Up

A poem by Kathy Z. Price.

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Poem: Syria

A poem by Dawn Breeze.

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Poem: A Backwards Weekend

A poem by Amanda Sampson.

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Poem: Afternoon

A poem by dez.

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Poem: If I Could

A poem by Matthew Linton.

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Poem: Untitled

A poem by Morgan Ryan.

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Poem: Breath

A poem by Donald Lev.

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2018 Summer Arts Preview: Art Exhibits

From Opus 40 to Storm King Arts Center to Wassair Project Summer Festival, there are some spectacular must-see visual art shows and displays around the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires this summer. We've compiled a list of some of the best arts destinations for 2018 as part of our Summer Arts Preview.

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Virtually Tour the Hudson Valley With This Nifty New App

Hudson River Valley Greenway launches free train tour app
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has just launched a new virtual train tour app that lets you learn about the area rich history, architecture, nature, and economic development as you take the scenic trip along the Hudson River.

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Bannerman Castle: Modern Arts at A Storied Venue

Once a magnet for prostitutes, bootleggers, and the like, then later a secret armory, Bannerman Island in the Hudson River is now a romantic ruin that serves as the site for various arts and culture programming.

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Concert in Marlboro Honors Jazz Great Ed Xiqes

The saxophonist himself will perform with the Composer's Big Band at the Falcon this Sunday.

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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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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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Your Summer Soundtrack Delivered + Ticket Giveaway

BSP and Chronogram team up to Curate the Perfect Summertime Playlist
BSP Kingston + Chronogram present a curated playlist of perfect jams to soundtrack your summer in upstate New York! Laid back, funky, and just sweaty enough for a 2am dance party, this list features many acts local to the Hudson Valley/Catskills or passing through this summer! Enjoy ✌️

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PianoSummer at New Paltz July 7-July 27

PianoSummer returns to SUNY New Paltz this July.

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Wayne Coyne Visits Wappinger on Saturday

The Flaming Lips frontman will speak and answer questions about his music and art to benefit the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.

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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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Dar Williams Plays Beacon Benefit on Sunday

The revered singer-songwriter will perform to assist Beacon Hebrew Alliance.

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Live Music Series Begins This Friday in Tivoli

The Listening Room will present intimate performances at Murray's Sanctuary.

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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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Bob Gluck/Tani Tabbal — At This Time: Duets | Album Review

Chronogram writer Michael Eck reviews Bob Gluck/Tani Tabbal's new album At This Time: Duets.

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Galanos — Deceiver Receiver | Album Review

Galanos' newest album, Deceiver Receiver, reviewed by Chronogram staffer Sharon Nichols.

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Steve Adams & the Tangled Party — Steve Adams & the Tangled Party | Album Review

Chronogram staffer Seth Rogovoy reviews Steve Adams & the Tangled Party's self-titled album.

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This is the Last Weekend to See "Leni" at Bridge Street Theatre

A play about the controversial life of Leni Riefenstahl, 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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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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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. And in that way I have made the world, for an incomprehensibly small moment. And that is how the world is made, not by people, not by gods, but by everything wanting. Everything. The leaf gropes sun. Rock reaches for its inner bonds. Fire eats. And somewhere in the world there is a myrtle blossom, tender, vibrant, freshly bloomed and ripe, wanting you....

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Poem: And He Said,

“If you’d seen the things I’d seen you’d never sleep throughout the night, but with you I fall asleep by 9pm. And I’d wash away the horror of my waking nightmare life with lovers I don’t love and other sin. But with you I breathe the freshest air, not even through a pipe, and I think of you a newer form of kin. And so I love you more than I knew I could and I hope it lasts like nothing ever did.”...

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Poem: Withering Slights

I start to age 10 minutes out of bed More fragile than in the olden days but not yet dead My son-in-law hovers behind me when I walk In case I stumble as we talk My daughter gave me a three-pronged cane She concealed it in the quiche Lorraine A stranger volunteers his seat to me L4 and L5 express relief A happy respite from their commander in chief Others hold a door open with a ‘there you go.’ Refer to me as Papa Make me aware that “The door button is on the left.” I go home bereft....

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Poem: World Goes Round

And once again, ephemeral goes our night sky, yet not. Effervescence remains. The glow of stars. Our hearts. For those who may be in the dark, to help you out, we are at your disposal to solve any doubt that may arise. This is what we shall do: we shall go hand in hand to horizon and pull for tomorrow. And while we do, we’ll take our time to admire the ceiling, sharing this feeling of our place in space beyond all sorrow....

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Poem: The Veselka

I was waiting for my order with Arthur and Curtis, my house painter cousin, at our Nouvelle Ukrainian coffee shop, when a young woman in tights and a jacket bumbled conspicuously to the rest room, dragging a huge pocketbook grabbed from another customer, it turned out. The manager followed her. He took the bag. She threw herself on the drafty floor. Curtis noticed how her belly was exposed under her jacket as the manager tried to haul her to her feet. She slid uncooperatively from his hold. Call the police, Arthur said, to avoid a struggle. The manager let her lie on the floor and phoned, and Curtis fetched a drop cloth to cover her. A young cop followed him in. Oh, it’s you, the cop greeted her. What’s going on? I feel like killing myself, she said pleasantly. I can send you to Bellevue. I want to go to Beth Israel. So that was it. She wanted a hospital bed, preferably at a private hospital. And she had a plan to get one. Bellevue, the cop said. She went off with him, our spinach and cheese pirogi came, and another customer stopped to ask the story. I told him, She grabbed somebody’s pocketbook. She wanted to go to Beth Israel. Israel? he said, bewildered....

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Poem: Lessons Not Learned

My mother has signed up for a workshop on light and composition. Why? For seven decades, you’ve breathed life onto paper and canvas designed space with an aerialist’s balance and grace captured vast essence with the simplest of tools: a pencil, a brush, a stick of pastel. The visiting instructor will, of course, praise her results and take Mom’s 40 bucks. Permission to override is always granted to those whose larger sense of self and by-the-book authority blot your spotlight. She never learns. Neither do I....

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Poem: Oh Em Gee

diary, day ten body bubble blow, my squeak my sigh and tongue tip out to where’s the nipple? her breast, my ribs, my middle grown-up finger-tips cradle my tears, tummy wide my stretch, my curves my lips’ muscles search, my feet unfolding my mommy-daddy faces hovering inhaling just near, quiet my arms, enwrapping all cuddled in cloth, roundly, soft, my body’s mouselike squeal, then i sigh my tongue to nipple to swallow, my mommy and daddy loving lingering, un-wobble my head with my fingers, i grab, i grope yes I find my milk, my mommy, mommy, I’m mouthing milk, so sweet. diary, month ten they fly me giggling and hug me high, or struggle my arms in my sleeves, my stroller, my cotton, my toys, i saliva play, then i look away? i cry. Here, here, There, there Mommy, Daddy, are their names, and they say there, there, hush, sweet one. Well, diary, one day, Mom ’n’ Dad—Hey—you did help, or tried, with my tricycle, my tears, my bike, the cap and gown, my fears. So, you know, gotta go. I’ll text you later...

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Poem: What Could Be Better?

Almost daily now, I go to the train station to write. When I first get there I buy a cup of coffee and I take it outside to sit on one of the wooden benches. And as though patiently waiting for a train, I’ll watch the birds that have nests under the eaves coming and going, chattering. Every so often one of them will fill the air with a fragile song, ever so sweet and promising. And, sooner or later, I always find myself wholeheartedly wishing I were one of them, even though this would mean an even briefer life. Or even if this were to mean that on some cold winter night I might freeze to death. I might fall from a high branch, landing on hard ground with a bitter, soft thud, immediately to be forgotten. Yes, even with these grim considerations, still, I’ll find myself wishing I were a bird, one free of thought, but not of song. What could be better?...

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Poem: OMG

OMG What’s my world coming to! Things are changing so fast. If you can’t keep pace in this computer age—what’s one to do? But, if you hold the course, you’ve lost the race. How does one “log on” or “boot up”? I don’t know. The meaning of these expressions are new. Add to that the embarrassment one must undergo when a child wearing Pampers can explain them to you. You forgot your camera—much to your regret. So, I missed my chance to get that picture. “I have my cell, Grandma. We’ll get that one yet.” Now a phone can take pictures—a phone/camera mixture. I’m dragging my heels. I don’t want to go. I want my newspaper on paper—not a machine. I’ll just stick here with things that I know. Even though I’m a dinosaur with an age-old routine. When I was young many, many years ago, seeing a movie meant dressing up for a trip into town. Today, you stream a movie, put on your PJs, watch the show. You’re at home, zap some popcorn, and turn up the sound. Noah Webster, a wise old bird, knew oodles of words. To him “twitter” meant the “utterance of successive chirping noises,” a supposedly pleasing activity left to the birds. But now, “twittering” is sound produced by human voices. My trusty old typewriter has served me well. But where, oh where, can one buy a ribbon? Use your word processor I’m told, but I rebel. I won’t do it. I’m stubborn. The search will go on. I’ve heard “google” and “facebook” spoken every day. I tried to become “hep” by getting a cell phone since I couldn’t find “google” and “facebook” in my dictionary, I give up. I’m a dinosaur whose cover is blown. I’m a dinosaur who hates to admit, more and more I think of my rocking chair. There’s absolutely no way to explain it. Just to rock and rock to find solace there....

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Poem: Platonic-Atomic Theory

How much does the steam cool between the coffee and our noses? What flavors does it take with it? How many times do we alter what we say halfway through our sentences? Two halves never make a whole. Even children jump in puddles before the sky reclaims it—but neither holds so strong the other doesn’t get a taste. Should you place your palm on frosted glass, I’ll mirror you—it won’t be much, but some of our touch just might make it through....

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Poem: She

A poem best read in the dark, every spoken word too beautiful to be remembered....

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Poem: Satiated

After the meal bread crusts rings of wine and napkins scattered like sparrows...

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Poem: Disrespect

Notice given. Oceans intend grim revenge against lands that would thus disrespect their tributaries...

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Poem: The Duplicity of Invisibility

He was the kind of boy that wasn’t ignored Just nobody noticed him He drifted into a state of anonymity Until one day Somehow A spark ignited And he saw his own reflection...

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Poem: Three Reasons I Like Potholes

Birds bathe in them. They slow people down. If Death drives a new car he’ll think twice before coming down my driveway....

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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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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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Jennifer Muller/The Works Perform at Kaatsbaan May 26

A Memorial Day Weekend Dance Performance
Dance group Jennifer Muller/The Works performs at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli on May 26.

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Live Music in the Hudson Valley | May 2018

Five upcoming live music events in the Hudson Valley

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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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"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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Millbrook Literary Festival Celebrates 10th Year on May 19

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

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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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Peekskill Open Studios on June 2 & 3

The 21st Annual Peekskill Open Studios makes a splash on June 2 & 3.

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Storm King Opens New Exhibit on May 19

"Indicators: Artists on Climate Change" opens at Storm King Art Center on May 19.

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Poem: The Sad Boy

A poem by Joniel Morales (7 years).

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Bearsville Concert Celebrates Bob Dylan's Birthday Next Month

This year, the annual tribute to the folk icon's birth also honors Happy Traum's 80th.

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Big Gay Hudson Valley Takes Queer Entertainment To the Next Level

Upcoming Shows at the Rosendale Theatre
May 5 marks the launch of a new series of programming by Big Gay Hudson Valley at the Rosendale Theatre with "Wonder Merman," a comedic cabaret by Varla Jean. And next up in June is "Porn to Be a Star," a new play by Chris Harder.

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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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Tommy Stinson Hosts Little Leauge Benefit Concerts in Hudson

The Replacements rocker and friends will perform on May 5 and 12.

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Steve Slagle Blows into Tarrytown

The saxophonist and his quartet will appear at the Jazz Forum on April 29.

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“Avenue Q” Opens April 19 at SUNY New Paltz

The Department of Theatre Arts presents its spring mainstage production
The SUNY New Paltz Department of Theatre Arts presents: Avenue Q.

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Hudson Valley Record Stores

Vinyl Diggers Take Note, We've Got Your Weekends Covered
We've rounded up a list of all the vinyl shops in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Capital Region. These independent shops carry a large range of formats and genres, music experts on hand to chat and help you find what you want. Get out the calendar because you're going to want to road trip to all of these record meccas.

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Paul de Jong Booked to Play in Hudson

The former Books member will appear at Time & Space Limited this Saturday.

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“Displaying Warhol: Exhibition as Interpretation”

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz Co-Hosts Symposium on Approaches to Exhibiting Andy Warhol’s Art
SUNY New Paltz and Vassar College will co-host a two-day symposium titled “Displaying Warhol: Exhibition as Interpretation,” focusing on the history and significance of different approaches to exhibiting the work of Andy Warhol.

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'Who the F**K is That Guy' in Troy

Music executive Michael Alago will answer questions at Hudson Valley Community College following a screening of the documentary about his career.

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Spero Plays Nyro in Woodstock

The Christine Spero Group will pay tribute to the influential 1960s singer-songwriter at Colony on Saturday.

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The Mammals Release New Album on 4/20

The Mammals will release new album Sunshiner on April 20 and perform at Colony in Woodstock on May 19.

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Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski – Mikrojazz! Neue Expressionistische Musik | Album Review

James Keepnews reviews Mikrojazz! Neue Expressionistische Musik, the new album from Philipp Gerschlauer/David Fiuczynski.

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Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks – Pushback | Album Review

Mike Campbell reviews Pushback, the new album from Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks.

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The Suicide Commandos – Time Bomb | Album Review

Jeremy Schwartz reviews Time Bomb, the new album from The Suicide Commandos.

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My Ex-Life: A Novel by Stephen McCauley | Book Review

You can recognize great writers in their minor characters. For every inspiring Elizabeth Bennet, there's a devious Caroline Bingley, and for every devastating Mr. Darcy, there's an unfortunate Mr. Collins. Stephen McCauley belongs to an elite club of authors who create such memorable supporting roles, and in his latest, My Ex-Life, he serves up a narcissistic, San Francisco real estate agent, a bitter, tourist-town shopkeeper, and an exotic next-door philanderer, to name just three. Do great minor characters threaten to steamroll main characters off the stage at any given moment? Of course they do, and that's how they earn their unforgettable characteristics. But the two main characters making up the main "ex" in the "Ex-Life" hold their own just fine. Once upon a time David and Julie met and fell in love. She got pregnant, they got married, she lost the baby, he came out of the closet, and they divorced. Twenty-five years later, after they have both found and lost their next life partners, leaving Julie with a somewhat dilapidated New England home and a struggling teenage daughter, and David with a well-appointed Bay Area carriage house and an extremely generous landlady, they reconnect. What they now have in common is eminent eviction, and David uses this as an excuse to spend the summer at Julie's repairing and redesigning her home's Airbnb business and coaching her daughter on college admissions. Julie's moody daughter Mandy plays the catalyst not only in initially getting them back together, but keeping them together when everything conspires to send them back to their opposite coastal corners. Her character is a classic over-all-jeans-wearing, lack-of-ambition teenager with a talent for social ostracism and lousy boyfriends. She is also the heart of the story as she draws out the complexities of a mother/daughter relationship for Julie and provides a crystal ball for David's "what-if" of paternal emotions. Toss in a jerk of an ex-husband and the literary rom-com writes itself. There's actually one other major character that impacts the potential reunion of David and Julie: real estate. David's carriage house rental in the city on the Pacific has come to an end (to be purchased by his ex and his new lover, no less) and he is contemplating holding out for a hefty pay-out. Meanwhile Julie has mere weeks to come up with the funds to buy out her ex-husband or lose her beloved home on the Atlantic. The resolution might seem obvious, but McCauley is a pro and switches up the game in surprising and satisfying ways up to the very last page. Having written a half a dozen comedy-of-error, literary romances, McCauley is still probably best known for his first novel, Object of My Affection, which was made into a successful movie. That novel focused on a young woman expecting a child and her gay best friend who decides to raise the child with her. Flash forward 30 years later and McCauley has returned to the familiar territory of this novel, an almost "meta-McCauley" sequel. What has changed are the bodies and faces, youthful carefreeness replaced with financial realities. But what has remained is the intimacy and history between a man and a woman. They might not be cast as lovers, but they perform all the other major and minor roles in each other's lives. The Golden Notebook in Woodstock hosts Stephen McCauley for a reading and signing on June 16 at 2 pm. ...

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Books to Read in April 2018

Add these six books by Hudson Valley authors to your reading list this month.

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Live Music Shows in the Hudson Valley in April 2018

Venues across the Hudson Valley will host performances by renowned musicians this April.

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TMI Project's #BlackStoriesMatter Returns at Bard College

TMI Project to perform #BlackStoriesMatter for the second year, this time at Bard College.

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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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Tim Youd Retypes The Group at Vassar College

Los Angeles-based artist Tim Youd will visit Vassar as part of his ongoing project, 100 Novels.

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Opalka Gallery Presents: "The 40th Annual Photo Regional: Effects that Aren't Special"

The 40th Annual Photo Regional will feature photographers with an eye for editing, curated by artist and Bard professor Tim Davis.

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PS21 Black Box Theater Opens in Chatham

A new black box theater, PS21, will open in Chatham on April 14 with a performance by Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss.

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Arrested Development Plays Colony in Woodstock April 15

Hip-hop group Arrested Development will play at Colony in Woodstock on April 15.

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Laird Scranton Talks Cosmology at Vassar on April 21

"A Day of Instruction on Ancient Cosmology" comes to Vassar College on April 21 for an explanation on the universe's origins.

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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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O+ Auction Includes Gaia's Tiger Rabbit

The mastermind behind two of Kingston's largest murals has a piece for bid in the O+ Auction.

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On the Cover: Marco Anelli Photographs Magazzino

Chronogram's April Cover Artist
Marco Anelli, the photographer who captured Marina Abramovic, is the first artist in residence of Magazzino. He has spent the last two years documenting the renovation of the art warehouse facility and the workers behind it.

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Poem: All You Hear Is a Squeak

The creaking as the wind holds the door open. The breeze pushes back the yellow tipped grass with a swish. As you gaze out the window you see your own reflection. You reach out to touch it but all you feel is the firm flat surface of glass and all you hear is a squeak....

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Poem: small success

one foot in front of the next with only one toe stubbed...

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Poem: Indigo Child

God’s messenger drifts through the hallway, scattering scraps in her wake. She keeps The Word on a Post-it, mistranslates Rilke to taste truth in a foreign tongue, tears leaves from old books and whites out lines to reveal the kernel that sprouts because poetry is the seed of all things. Every day she composes scripture. Dear child, in time I have come to realize there is only one verse at the center of this whirling cosmos, but still we will not see it. Keep scraping away at your palimpsest, child. The Thousand Things are only clouds between us and the light by which we read the poem at the center of the wheel. When you have erased so much ink that the paper itself transmits the truth, you will know....

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Poem: No Fishing Allowed

No Se Perite La Pesca On the Rondout Creek, we watch a heron tiptoe across a tight rope from dock to boat. We cheer him on to rev the engine, speed out on the water, wave his legs to a gaggle of geese. Boys equipped with worms and rods, ignore the signs, throw out lines, catch bass, drop them in pails of water. Safe in our car, we see golden leaves on the old oaks sway, blocking dark clouds, but not the light show in the sky. From the parking lot we hear, Vamanos, Vamanos! The boys scatter back to dads’ dented pickups for the drive home to barbecue fish and drink sweet tea....

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Poem: The Bus Stop Gang

You were all tiny then, excited to play with each other in the morning on the patch of grass in front of our home until the yellow bus appeared. In the afternoons, we rushed from work to gather you up with twirls and hollers of joy, tussling your heads, or sometimes with silence and a quiet, questioning glance. We bundled you up in coats to sled down a hill, and then we would join you, piled onto each other like stacking toys. Some nights we called each other to meet in town to talk, walking street light to street light to each other’s front doors. In summer we celebrated with barbeques and in groups of two or five we bobbed and swam in the pool down the street. We became our own sort of gang, the Bus Stop Gang, and for a brief moment, all together, we felt invulnerable. Illness found its way to us, and divorce, and death and moving— and you drive cars now, instead of riding the bus. We could not protect any of you from much, and instead we each and all of us love you through it, whatever it is, and watch as you bob up smiling, to the surface of yourselves, carrying forever, our gang of love inside your hearts, as you climb, once again, up and on to your own adventures....

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Poem: Déjà Vu

We make eye contact Instantly, I am dazzled. I know that sparkle because it’s inside of me, too and always has been. Déjà vu This is the first time I’m here, but it is my home-sweet-home. Oh, how I’ve missed this place I’ve never been....

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Poem: Love Letters

You don’t write to me anymore Cursive curves and letters forgotten You don’t want to waste the paper...

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Poem: Leaf and Tree

Number six train: dad reads book to son amid din; leaf and tree seem one....

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Poem: Seeking Conquistadors

I can’t explain to you why I’m suddenly in the market for antique Spanish swords from our war against Iberians in Teddy Roosevelt’s Caribbean but here I am hoping that geographic cures will work— A call to arms that only the wounded would heed. It hurts to be so sober on a Friday, half past eight scouring Bannerman catalogues 110 years old for militaria that one can no longer purchase though if your love has left you then perhaps you can relate. A product description catches my eye: “SPANISH INFANTRY OFFICER’S SWORD, with blade and scabbard broken in two. Probably done so as not to surrender complete sword. Blade is Marked... Captured in Cuba. Price $6.00.” Instantly I want it but the time machine required is almost as improbable as Jackie coming back. We Spaniards are so stubborn even in defeat and some of us still breathing never came back from battle....

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Poem: Streetpoet

I live in the street I sleep in the gutter Among the shabby hordes that stumble and mutter I do my best to sing for my supper And distinguish myself before you It’s true I do steal cigarette butts from ash cans And I have been known to drink But suffer me my friends I am a man I can still think And with this sidewalk as my stage I know that I can entertain you still With poetry Pure verse In the most beautiful way I know how let me converse with you About how I tried to be like you To do things the way the way that you do Until I broke my hands, and my ribs, and my mind on the task Now all I ask is to be forgiven And be given one last chance to dance for you With all that is left of me And if I can make you laugh If I can make you cry if it’s worth anything at all to you help me survive I am the last of the living poets That ply my trade in the streets And I live and I die in the hearts and the minds Of the beautiful strangers that I meet. And try to make my friends...

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Poem: I Remember

I remember a Sunday winter in the Bronx the barren streets enveloped by a bitter cold sky a grey blanket covering our apartment buildings I remember the wind cutting through the alleyways whipping across the elevated train tracks lifting falling swirling passing McArdle’s bar the cutting wind issuing a drunken howl before turning the corner The barbershop pole of colored stripes whirling red white and blue the sweetshop awning flapping fiercely Joe’s shoe repair sign creaking back and forth I also remember so clearly on that Sunday afternoon snapping Liz’s picture as she stood in close-up smiling facing the wind...

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Poem: Ouroboros

I found you coiled on my doorstep, patiently waiting for the locks to turn so you could show me how to shed my old skin. But I hissed and slithered back to safety, unwilling to accept the time had come....

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Poem: Imagery

Pushed by the wind, A leaf skates across the icy pond Though the day is mild....

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Poem: The Thief

“Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroke its sum, You did not come…”—Thomas Hardy I stole a jelly jar of wishbones once from a dead man— they sang like a rattle, those ten conjoined clavicles, and I spent the day dreamily shaking them like a cup of dice— wondering if I could harvest hope; wondering if one day you would return; wondering if un-granted wishes arrived like a still-born? I buried the forked bones in the yard....

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Poem: Epiphanies VIII.

Through April mud I track cloven hooves to tread the trail of hidden deer, though a subtle music on the boughs suggests instead that Pan is near....

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Poem: A Poem for Joel

A poem for you sits meditates on the blazing woodstove puts its feet up on the hearth oak smoke permeates every line This particular poem talks freely says what it wants breaks a sentence but does not judge knows when to stoke the fire...

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Poem: April is National Poetry Month

So every year around this time I ask myself (I’m stumped!) Where are all the words that rhyme With April, poetry, or month?...

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Peter Max at Bethel Woods

Pop artist Peter Max will exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods starting April 7.

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Klezmer Duo Heats Up Hudson Next Month

The Rogovoy Salon presents the Merlin and Polina Shepherd Klezmer Duo at Club Helsinki on April 8

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Sweet Clementines Bring Pop Treats to Marlboro

The area indie rockers will appear at the Falcon Underground next month.

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Patsy's Rats Rock Albany Next Month

The West Coast punk band will perform at Pauly's Hotel on April 1.

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Kairos: A Consort of Singers Performs in West Park

The vocal ensemble will present “Lessons & Hymns” at Holy Cross Monastery on Sunday.

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Hudson Valley Farm & Flea Market Returns March 24 & 25

Local vendors gather at Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh
Makers, growers, and thrifters will vend at the fourth, biannual Hudson Valley Flea & Farm Market.

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"FOCUS: Abstract Heart" Opens in Woodstock

WAAM features the work of 10 artists in a themed exhibition
"FOCUS: Abstract Heart" is a group show of 10 artists, which will run from March 17-April 29 at Woodstock Artist Association and Museum (WAAM).

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Sylvan Esso Visits North Adams

The electropop duo will perform at Mass MoCA on March 31.

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Dustbowl Faeries Video Honors International Women's Day

Inspired by the #metoo movement, the Hudson band's "Siren" has been making noise online.

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ROCK FOR OUR LIVES! Benefit Concert in Woodstock

Woodstock community aides the #neveragain movement to combat gun violence
Almost a year after a proposed firearm storage law failed to find resolution at a Woodstock Town Board meeting, local philanthropic branding company Mazel Co. is kicking off “ROCK FOR OUR LIVES!,” a benefit concert for “national, regional, and local gun safety laws,” this Sunday March 11 at Colony Woodstock.

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Titus Andronicus Show at BSP Kingston | 3/7

Punk Rockers Kick off Tour in Kingston
Indie punk rockers +@Titus Andronicus kick off an acoustic North American tour March 7 with an unplugged show at BSP.

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The Other Night at Quinn's Book Release

Review of author Mike Faloon's book about music adventures at Beacon venue Quinn's.

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If I Die Tonight | Book Review

Alison Gaylin tells the story of a single mother and her trouble son in the dark, mysterious If I Die Tonight, which takes place in Woodstock and other parts of the Hudson Valley.

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David Kraai — North Mountain Rambling | Album Review

Album Review: David Kraai's North Mountain Rambling

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Mike Dopazo — Peccadillo's Arm | Album Review

Album Review: Mike Dopazo

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Andrew Bird Plays UPAC on March 7

Pop musician Andrew Bird comes to UPAC in Kingston this month.

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Woodstock Bookfest 2018 | Preview

Woodstock Bookfest will "read to resist," as its theme suggests, from March 22 to 25.

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Dave Davies at Infinity Hall | April 6

A Kink in Connecticut
Dave Davies, the legendary lead guitarist of the British band The Kinks, will perform at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, on April 6.

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Andy Warhol Exhibits Grace Hudson Valley

Pop Goes the Easel
College art galleries in the Hudson Valley exhibit the work of Andy Warhol after a generous donation from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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Susie Ibarra Plays at SUNY New Paltz on March 10

Jazz drummer Susie Ibarra's musical career led her to New Paltz.

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On the Cover of Chronogram: David Maisel's Aerial Photography

Capturing environmental destruction
Aerial photographer David Maisel's work will be shown at Rockland Center for the Arts beginning March 25.

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Tricia McLaughlin's Art on Display at WCC

The visual artist's playful paintings make a political statement.
Artist Tricia McLaughlin has work on display at The Westchester Gallery of the Peekskill Extension Center of Westchester Community College through May 4.

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What to Read in March 2018 | Hudson Valley Authors

Six short book reviews
Ladybug Girl and the Rescue DogsDavid Soman and Jacky Davis Penguin Random House, 2018, $17.99 Ladybug Girl is onto her next adventure: holding a pet parade. When she discovers rescue dogs at an adoption fair, she becomes inspired to get others to adopt them. Rosendale writer-illustrator duo Jacky Davis and David Soman tell the series' tenth story of beloved Ladybug Girl and her superhero friends. Davis, a former Chronogram staffer, and her husband, Soman, co-write the New York Times bestselling series, now with almost four million books sold. Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies Duncan Hannah Alfred A. Knopf, 2018, $28.95 Painter Duncan Hannah saw it all in 1970s New York City—from struggling as an artist and appearing in movies to attending parties alongside celebrities like David Bowie. He chronicled his "sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll"-lifestyle in journal entries throughout the decade, which now compose his debut book release. The rip-roaring account includes stories of his time attending Bard College from 1971-1973. Reading at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, on March 22 at 6pm. Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Water Changed Our World Andrea Barnet Ecco, 2018, $28.99 The progressive movement of the 20th century would not have transpired without visionaries. Hudson Valley author Andrea Barnet tells the tales of four influential activists who broke convention and sparked action for animal rights, environmental justice, urban planning, and food sustainability. The women's careers are not directly related, but Barnet frames their powerful lives as all shaping history in their own way. Reading at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, on April 19 at 6pm. Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote Susan Zimet Viking, 2018, $19.99 She was the first woman to be elected New Paltz Town Supervisor, and now she's looking back on woman suffragists' invaluable achievements. Susan Zimet, who now lives in Athens, writes that as a student, she was sick of history books ridden with only white men and "wanted a history of people like me, ordinary women who changed the world." Roses and Radicals offers an easily digestible, educational tool for young women—and men—who may feel the same. The History of the Hudson River Valley: Volumes One and Two Boxed Set Vernon Benjamin The Overlook Press, 2017, $85 Historian Vernon Benjamin has been researching, writing about, and lecturing on Hudson Valley history for decades. He recounts the region's rich, storied past in The History of the Hudson River Valley. Previously published separately, the two volumes, From Wilderness to Civil War and From Civil War to Modern Times, can now be purchased as a boxed set. From colonization all the way through post-9/11, it's the most extensive look at Valley history to date. Breaking the Ruhls: A MemoirLarry Ruhl Central Recovery Press, 2018, $16.95 Hudson Valley author Larry Ruhl has called publishing his life story "one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make." As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Ruhl had been taught to keep quiet about the family's shameful secrets. Now as an adult, and as the tongue-in-cheek title suggests, Ruhl tell his story of trauma, addiction, sexual confusion, and ultimately, recovery and healing, in hopes of helping other survivors. Reading at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock on March 17. ...

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Live Music Shows in the Hudson Valley | March 2018

Nightlife Highlights
A roundup of live music events in upstate New York for March 2018.

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A Poem by Brant Clemente

Distant lights on dark mountain-sides look like stars...

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A Poem by p | excerpt "Soon"

The day. The day is light. And the day is long and has many rooms between the hours. ...

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Poem: Adam’s Dream

First there was this strange sensation. It felt like a finger running along my ribs. It was quick, firm, with neither pleasure nor pain. Then I was lying on my back. A great tree took root between my legs. In a moment it grew to its full height, swaying in the wind. Then it exploded into a glorious crown of fruit. An angel of the Lord came with a flaming sword. The angel of the Lord burned the tree to ashes. I scooped the ashes up into the cup of my hands. I rubbed the ashes into the skin of my chest and shoulders. I rubbed the ashes into the skin of my arms and legs. I found myself in a new place. There was not a tree nor a bush nor any green thing. The earth was red and hard beneath my feet. But I was not alone in that new place. Behind me I heard laughter and weeping. I heard laughter and weeping behind me....

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Poem: Tucson

The last time I saw my good friend the codger, he was as alert as I had ever known him, his poetry as Existential, but his knuckles were red with arthritis. They were inflamed, I supposed, by the dropping barometric pressure of an approaching late-season snow storm. In gravely Brooklynese, he told me that the Irish Navy had eight ships and that they were all named after writers. He added that one ship was permanently stationed in the Mediterranean to help save Syrian refugees. Toasting life, and its struggles, we dismissed ex-pat New Yorkers who move to Florida or Arizona in search of paradise. He told me he didn’t keep a notebook anymore. He said that if an idea is valuable enough, “it’ll be back.” He also said that thoughts can haunt you. He said that he’d been to Tucson once, back in 1956, back before snowbirds and the sprawl. He had known a girl there. She was living in a trailer on the outskirts of town; right in the desert, surrounded by a saguaro cactus forest. Her estranged husband had mental problems and had been institutionalized, but was released for “good behavior.” While out, he beat her to death. My old friend said, some thoughts haunt you your whole life “and they aren’t worth a dime.” ...

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Poem: The Woman With A Live Cockroach In Her Skull

felt a tingling crawling in her nostril a burning in her eyes when it moved Alive in there full grown nestled at the base of the skull How did it get in? reading online keeping her awake at night How to get it out? The experts flummoxed warn of infection spreading She wakes screaming each morning at the news Can this be true or just some parable Don’t you feel it now too...

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Poem: A Quibble with the Highly Educated

They know nothing of madness and are therefore susceptible. Seek madness and you shall find it. Avoid madness and it shall seek you. Sanity is a narrow path, neither seeking nor avoiding. What does narrow mean? What if the birds stopped vectoring and scrawled cursive s’s in the folds of the sky? What you can say for the highly and badly educated is that they don’t lack for a creed, a buzzword, a game on a court of their own making, who don’t make anything. If you seek madness scrawl in the folds of the sky. Avoid the highly educated who are merely crazy, dragging agendas off a precipice that doesn’t exist. ...

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Poem: Parabolic Skis

I called my friend I didn’t call him, I sent him A Text But he was my friend I said Dear Greg, I hate these new skis They bow out, like I’m not capable of Handling straight lines You understand, don’t you? My friend called me back He didn’t call me, he sent me A Text He said, Embrace it, you’ll be fine. And we should talk soon, He asked, how is your mom And how is your dad? I didn’t think it okay To say back, That she only talks about Death, And he has had to hide All the knives in the house. Not in a text. I would save that, for later. (the funny part is) I didn’t take his advice I said no to the parabolics No to the little bumps that they call mountains No to the man who said, just get new shit. Instead I bought a 400-dollar watch That turns the words I say Into A Text....

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A Poem by Audrey Wojciechowski

Birds never question Their ability to fly They simply jump Out of the nest and Believe In the morning, I’m pulled to the east. In the evening, to the west. My gaze is always being drawn To what is beautiful and true. I would never turn my back on the sky, When it’s showing me its soul. Pick an idea when it’s ripe Set the magic free Give it time Give it soul Shine light on it A masterpiece will soon Emerge ...

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Poem: Do Not Bury Me

Do not bury me: Set my body beside the tree on the hill Where fireflies light summer nights Wherever that might be—turn my head let my eyes look east on the rising sun That reaches us from Europe. Burn my cabin down with all of my books Because I know they do not hold anything If I have not given you peace now Or some other lasting thought It is not worth it to try harder When I can rest and sleep. The birds should sing as the sun sets— Leave me there to enjoy the night I will wander under the starlight And I will rise when the sun touches my body And warmth will hold me maybe more Then warmth ever held me in life Trust my soul to the land give my body to the scavengers And every morning I will see yellow light And every evening I will see the reds and purples My breadth will be the breeze or gale force winds blowing blowing through me. Lie my body on a stone and don’t think of me Don’t think of my work or my spent time Or consider yourself a steward of me No one else will because memory is lonely And lonely thoughts have no place in you— Not while I rest under my tree and on our hill. ...

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Poem: Sparks

Two sparks approach in the high grass. The meeting of their eyes ignites a flame. The mingling of blood in their cut palms set off a brilliant conflagration, seen for miles. Their friendship scorches the earth. –Every new adventure leaves a burning cross. –Every new idea leaves a tree split by lightning. For years, they climb mountains together. They build castles, moats, and forests. They cross continents, rivers, seas, and oceans. Then a wave comes. An unexpected wave dowses the fire first stoked in the high grass....

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Poem: Late Afternoon

As I watch the night approach Somewhere a newborn takes a first breath While an elder takes his last...

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Poem: Emily Dickinson’s Garden, Twilight, 8/26/17

Miss Dickinson, Your garden is lovely in the twilight. The oak tree by your house Is larger and shadier Than it was in your day. Much has changed: The view from your window, The world beyond, the language. Still, the feeling of longing Remains the same: a long line of silk That the soul pulls out of itself, Like a spider spinning her thread in the autumn, Hoping to catch not food, but the wind, Hoping to travel far Without knowing the destination. ...

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Poem: Beauty

All the beauty singing in the background, The ubiquitous breastwork of loveliness Encompassed me, if I would but open my mind, At least as wide as I could open my eyes. This periscopic gaze, a gift to me As a toddler, slowly bleached, as I aged, Into the gray of the everyday Unfocused haze, when I perceive only The drudgery of the trivial. God’s outstretched hand faded from me, Back, and smaller, and, as in a rear-view mirror, Out of sight. Covering my trail of sad Abandonment; I, a fallen Adam, was tempted To name my forsakenness Sophistication; But no, I am a man alone, slung in an agony wild, As I pub crawl to any fugitive and flitting bliss, Yearning to see again what I once saw, and So foolishly ignored, when a child....

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Poem: Entropy

Rust gnaws on a dilapidated Toyota pickup while water licks the shell of a ship reclined on the shallows and the gulls fret on the froth of the ocean’s churning deep. The child shrieks when a wave surges up and chomps down on her grainy castle, dragging its walls and battlements asunder. The dreamer on the sand knows better. ...

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Poem: Basement Apartment

Down here, I know the lord has gained some weight His heavy footsteps strain Heaven’s hardwood floors More and more I think the sky is going to fall Up there, I know the lord is comfortable I can hear him take dehumidified breaths Opening his shades To let sunlight flood his smile Down here, the lord’s toilet flushes Washed dishes and candlelight baths Drain through the pipes Where adorable little mice With midnight eyes Startle me Startling them Up there, the lord’s three dogs Stampede through paradise With their untrimmed paw nails Scraping against heaven’s hardwood floors When they lay down Wagging their tails I can hear my time running out Down here, the lord forgets I exist Except on the 1st of the month When he opens the gates of heaven And heavy foots it to my door Requesting another month’s rent ...

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Poem: Armchair Recital

(Loosely inspired by the opening and closing cello passage to Andante of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto) Vieux vielle vielle; Back, breast, rib, and spine Of classic pine and staving; Broad boards of shoulder rounded, Neck arched like a shepherd’s crook, Or a gaffer’s hook, Stooped with mild pangs And with steep pains That only oils and kneading Can assuage. Fingers across the string board Where bow strings double-stop. Plucking through paunchy innards, Our armchair cellist, Pausing for rhythmic accents; Then sull tastiera, Or sull ponticello: From varnished, harnessed, Honest chambers, Now threading Through transient hour Both his and our Wizened bones with song. ...

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Upcoming Arts & Culture Events in the Hudson Valley

Dance and Theatre Performances in March
SUNY New Paltz Theatre, Abby Z and the New Utility, and Bread and Puppet Theatre all have intense performances lined up at Hudson Valley theaters in March.

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Excerpt from The Ashokan Way by Gail Straub

Hudson Valley native shares her experiences walking by the Ashokan Reservoir.
Author and Hudson Valley resident Gail Straub reflects on life and nature in her new book The Ashokan Way.

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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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Beethoven Event Comes to Spencertown on Saturday

Spencertown Academy will screen a documentary about Beethoven’s final symphony followed by a Q&A with its film’s coproducer and a performance by pianist Lincoln Mayorga.

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moe. Jams in Albany This Weekend

The festival favorites play the Palace Theater on Friday and Saturday.

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Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018 @ Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018

June 16-Nov. 11 — The works in the exhibition recognize the universal human desire to experience...
Saugerties Writer's Club @ Saugerties Public Library

Saugerties Writer's Club

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. — Do you like to write? Have you ever thought of writing? Join...

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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.