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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are what define the Hudson Valley.
The communities along the river are cultural wellsprings, with an abundance of performances, like music and dance, and creative communities for artists and writers. The region also boasts world-class theaters and museums, like Dia:Beacon, Bard’s Fisher Center, and the Bardavon. The region’s vibrant culture can only be matched by the Hudson Valley’s history, still evident in the form of its historic buildings, streets, and landmarks.

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Books & Authors

Monkfish Publishing

Swimming Against the Current
Carolyn Quimby interviews Paul Cohen of Monkfish Publishing in Rhinebeck, whose extreme adaptability has served as a survival tactic in a drastically changing industry.

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Book Review: Daniel Mendelsohn | An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic

James Conrad reviews Daniel Mendelsohn’s memoir An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic.

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Book Review: Helen Benedict | Wolf Season

Carolyn Quimby reviews Helen Benedict’s novel Wolf Season, about three women and a war.

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Comedy

Twyla Tharp Performance | Catskill Mountain Foundation

Rule-bending choreographer Twyla Tharp and company perform works in progress.

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Woodstock Comedy Festival

Brace yourself for belly laughs, Woodstock Comedy Festival is rolling into town.

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Steve Wright at UPAC

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

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Dance

The Chase Brock Experience

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

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Festivals

Hudson Valley VegFest | Poughkeepsie

A Seitanic Ritual
The Hudson Valley gets its first vegan festival.

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5th Annual Festival of Women Writers | Hobart Village

By the Book
Bibliophiles, rejoice! The Annual Festival of Women Writers returns to Hobart.

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Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest

Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest is a showcase of terroir and culinary prowess.

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Film

Vertigo Screening with a Live Orchestra | Bard College

Enjoy a screening of Hitchock’s Vertigo accompanied by a live orchestra.

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Story of a Girl

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

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The First Artist in America

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

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History

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

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

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Museums

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

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

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Music

CD Review: Iva Bittová & Cikori

John Burdick reviews At Home.

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CD Review: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix

Michael Eck reviews Crowin' the Blues.

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CD Review: Scott Helland

Jeremy Schwartz reviews Never End the Rocket Century.

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Poetry

Poem: Werner

A poem by Demetrios Michael Houtrides (11 years old)

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Poem: Local Summer Lore

A poem by Nancy Rullo.

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Poem: May This Water That Drowned You Bless You

A poem by Ana C. H. Silva

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Theater

"Pride and Prejudice" at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Kate Hamill is a Janeite—a devotee and enthusiastic admirer of Jane Austen.

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The Secret City Art Revival in Woodstock

Site specific performance and installation throughout the town of Woodstock, NY culminating in our Annual Secret City gathering at Bearsville Theater, Sunday, July 30th, 12noon. A sincere and fabulous celebration of the everyday creative life. With outfits! $20 suggested donation, free childcare.

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The Cry of Jazz

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

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Visual Art

Olana, with The Ancram Opera House, presents an original play in landscape

Performing Olana: Frederic Church living his art Olana and Ancram Opera House collaborate to produce a theater performance specifically created to take place in the landscape of the historic site. The dramatic work draws inspiration from Frederic Church’s paintings, letters, family life and the celebrated landscape and is presented as an immersive theater experience in which performer and audience journey together into Church's art. FRI 6PM | SAT 2PM, 4PM, 6PM | SUN 2PM, 4PM, 6PM Member: $10, Non-Member: $15, Family (up to 5): $40

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Fall for Art, Juried Art Show, Sale & Fundraising Reception

Fall for Art, a juried art show, sale and fundraising reception (hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County) Thursday, September 7th at The Chateau in Kingston, 5:00-9:00 pm, features 29 area artists. Reservations: ($45 p/p) at www.fallforart.org, or 845-338-8131.

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Kiki Smith | "From the Creek" Exhibit | Thomas Cole House

Home Invasion
Kiki Smith’s installation “From the Creek” is in dialogue with Thomas Cole and his house.

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Giant Tag Sale to Benefit Hudson Chorale @ Private Residence

Giant Tag Sale to Benefit Hudson Chorale

Fri., Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — We receive both used and new donated items in a wide variety...
Dancing On The Edge: Isadora Duncan in Russia @ McKenna Theatre

Dancing On The Edge: Isadora Duncan in Russia

Fri., Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. — Raised in New Paltz, actor-director and theater professor Lisa Channer returns to...

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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.