Hudson Valley Art Scene

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.


When Will the Libraries Reopen?

The Conflicting Guidance on Reopening Libraries in NYS
A library is a space for quiet reflection and research, but it also provides a sense of community: a safe space where children and teens can enjoy afternoon programs, a free resource for adults to further their careers, a haven for introverts who enjoy the calm of being among neighbors without the mundane small talk. Though virtual book clubs and celebrity-video story hours have become fun COVID-era trends, deep down we’ve all been looking forward to the glimmer of normalcy that the reopening of libraries will bring with it. The libraries which are government institutions have received the green light to begin their first phase of reopening, given they have an official safety plan and follow state guidelines. Curbside pickup is encouraged, and those who can open are typically starting there. Grinnell Public Library in Wappingers Falls, for instance, offers contactless pickup as of June 1. “Library patrons can browse the online catalog from home and request items from our collection by phone or email,” explains Executive Director Fran Harrison. Also reopening in June for pickup only: Fishkill’s Blodgett Memorial Library on June 2, the West Hurley Library and Field Library in Peekskill on June 15, and the Woodstock Library is aiming for the week of June 22. The Hurley Library is going a step further, offering both curbside service as well as a series of socially distant outdoor events on the library lawn starting June 15. “We have a phased approach with opening and will continue offering virtual programming,” says Library Director Kristen Campbell. These online events include Facebook art classes and a virtual Lego club. The outdoor series kicks off with the Bagels and Bios Book Club to discuss Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen; attendees are encouraged to bring their own coffee and refreshments. The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), a cooperative system of 66 public libraries, created a status page to show which of the area libraries are opening and when. But many are still listed as “closed until further notice” since there has been a discrepancy in reopening policies according to library designation. “The state's guidance for libraries is uneven at this time, which is an oversight I'm sure. They only authorized the opening of three of the four types of libraries in New York State, and that fourth type—association libraries—are the predominant type of library in the region,” says MHLS director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. “We’re actively advocating with the governor's staff to help get the guidance for libraries into alignment so it’s clear that all libraries are authorized to start curbside pickup.” These confusing guidelines affect cities like Hudson, where the association library provides relied-upon community services like youth programs, job searches, free internet, and other support. For the purposes of reopening, both Greene and Columbia counties are being considered part of the Capitol Region, not the Mid-Hudson Valley. “We are looking to begin offering curbside service as soon as possible, but we have not received guidance from the state as to which phase libraries such as ours will fall under, and when our region will enter the next phase,” says Emily Chameides, director of the Hudson Area Library. “Currently, libraries in the Capital Region are able to open if they are government facilities. Our library, and the majority of libraries in Columbia County, are association libraries and thus not permitted to open. We're not sure when the Capital Region will enter Phase Two, or if association libraries will even be included in that phase—and, if we are, what guidelines will be in place at that time.” The Millbrook Library is another association library waiting on these restrictions to be lifted; they, too, have planned an initial phase of curbside service but have no clear guidance on when they’ll be allowed to implement it. “Association libraries account for more than half of the libraries in the state, therefore impacting millions of New Yorkers,” says Interim Director Thomas Finnigan. “The uneven guidance currently provided is creating an undesirable situation in which only a handful of libraries in the region are authorized by the state to open, which could result in residents seeking library services to overrun the few libraries that can open.” ...

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What to Expect from Craft Beverage Festivals this Summer

Even as things begin to return to normal post pandemic peak, this summer's craft beverage festivals in the Hudson Valley will look very different than past years, if they are event happening at all. While the most conservative organizers have straight up cancelled their events, some are taking their festivals online, and yet others are hoping increased safety precautions will make an in-person event viable.

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Five New Online Hudson Valley Happenings

Music, theater, classes—and Opus 40 is open for socially distant visits.

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Mohonk Mountain House: Hollywood's New Darling

The Dreamy Mountaintop Resort Stars in TV Series "Billions" and "Upload"
With eight screen credits under its belt, including two recent cameos in the Amazon series "Upload," and Showtime's "Billions," the picturesque Ulster County resort Mohonk Mountain House is becoming a fast favorite of film and TV location scouts.

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New York State Drive-In Movie Theaters Reopen May 15

Craving a Purely Recreational Outing? Hudson Valley's Drive-Ins are Back Open Tonight!
May 15 is the first day that New York State drive-in movie theaters are allowed to re-open according to an announcement by Governor Cuomo on Monday. Here's what's open and what they're screening.

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7 Shows to Stream this May

From a hilarious and poignant series on mothering in the 21st century to a dark Silicon Valley sci-fi drama, we're charging into May with a fresh list of series to stream online.

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Five Hudson Valley Online Events to Enjoy

There’s plenty to occupy your time with on the internet—and much of it’s being generated by local Hudson Valley arts facilities

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Virtually Here: Five Hudson Valley Online Events

As in regions all around the world have been doing since the coronavirus pushed into them into quarantine, the Hudson Valley arts scene has, for the interim, migrated to the internet.

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3 New Grant Programs for Artists and Creators Impacted By COVID-19

COVID-19 closures have caused intense economic pressure on artists, who rely largely on gigs rather than fixed employment. Here are three new funding opportunities for creative professionals in New York.

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On the Cover | May 2020 | Little COVID Prince by Chris Buzelli

Taking a deeper look into the art of Chris Buzelli.

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Album Review: Pete Seeger | Think Globally, Act Locally

Album review of Think Globally, Act Locally by Pete Seeger.

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Album Review: Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian | When Will the Blues Leave

Album review of When Will the Blues Leave by Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian.

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Album Review: The Gotham Rockets | Blast Off

Album review of Blast Off by Marco Benevento by The Gotham Rockets.

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Album Review: Jonell Mosser with John Hall | Little Black Dress

Album review of Little Black Dress by Marco Benevento by Jonell Mosser with John Hall.

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The Worker Writers School Makes Poets of Essential Workers

A profile of Mark Nowak and the Workers Writers School.

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Performance Anxiety: Hudson Valley Artists and Art Directors on Coping with COVID

Local creatives talk about what the future looks like for their arts organizations on the other side of the crisis.

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From Virtual Shows to Outdoor Art, Here are 6 Exhibits to Check out this May

A gallery of virtual and outdoor exhibits to scout out around the Hudson Valley this month.

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The World is Still Beautiful: Carolyn Marks Blackwood

A photo by Carolyn Marks Blackwood.

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Poetry | May 2020

A selection of poetry submitted by Chronogram readers.

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Book Review | Gail Godwin | Old Lovegood Girls

Jane Kinney Denning reviews bestselling author Gail Godwin's new novel Old Lovegood Girls, about a tight friendship between two writers at a women's junior college.

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Five Virtual Hudson Valley Arts & Culture Events to “Attend” This Week

From Visual Art to Music and Cocktails, Your Weekend's Virtual Event Calendar Delivered
Five online events to attend this week in the Hudson Valley.

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The City We Became

A Conversation with N. K. Jemisin on New York, the Homogenization of Whiteness, and Her Latest Book
On the heels of her latest book release, award-winning fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin speaks with Chronogram about her novel, The City We Became, the history of New York City, and the threats it faces today amidst the rapidly advancing tide of gentrification and homogenization.

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Local Chefs Share their Cookbook Recommendations

8 Cookbooks to Broaden Your Culinary Horizons and Inspire Your #QuarantineCuisine
With everyone on lockdown, Americans are cooking and baking more than ever. Before you tire yourself out on the same old recipes, why not use this time to expand your culinary repertoire. We asked Hudson Valley chefs for their top cookbook recommendations, and threw in a couple of our own too.

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4 Pandemic-Themed Books to Read While Stuck at Home

Whether Your Seeking Wisdom, Context, Commiseration, or Distraction These Books Will Get You There
We reached out to Hudson Valley bookstore owners to ask for their favorite epidemic-themed

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50 Years Of Memorable Sports Moments

During this Dry Spell, Scratch Your Sports Itch with these 9 Iconic Moments
With everyone on house arrest and no live televised sports to be had, it's a great time to revisit some of the most iconic, goosebump-giving moments in sports history. Here are 9 of our favorite sports moments.

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Hudson Valley Cinemas Offer their Quarantine Movie Recommendations

Plus How to Help Support Your Favorite Local Independent Movie Theater During COVID-19
While independent Hudson Valley cinemas wait out the pandemic to reopen their doors, many have switched to virtual offerings. In addition to their online programming, we asked the film buffs behind our region's theaters to share their quarantine movie picks. Here's what they recommend watching, plus how to support the region's small theaters.

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Hitting the Dimmer Switch: Lite Brite Pares Down Operations to Carry On During COVID-19

With a partially furloughed and work-at-home staff, the Kingston art manufacturing company Lite Brite Neon is keeping the lights burning throughout the COVID-19 shutdown.

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14 Seclusion Selections for Your (Growing) Reading List

Local Bookstore Owners Share their Quarantine Book Picks
Who better to help us fill out our reading list than the owners and employees of the Hudson Valley's independent bookstores? Classics and new releases; memoirs, essays, fiction, and historical fiction, here are the 13 books they recommend reading while cooped up in quarantine.

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4 Creative COVID-19 Business Pivots

We're impressed and grateful for the creative pivots Hudson Valley businesses have been taking to ride out this COVID-19 storm. As always, crisis seems to breed ingenuity. Here are some of our favorite COVID-19 business pivots.

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Ghost Lights Burning: Hudson Valley Venues Face COVID-19

With social distancing measures and the country on lockdown until at least the end of April, Hudson Valley entertainment and music venues struggle to stay afloat, working to pivot while grappling with an unknown future.

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On the Cover: Portraits of the Pandemia by David McIntyre | April 2020

The April 2020 cover of Chronogram features photographs from David McIntyre as he documents the beginnings of coronavirus outbreak in Hudson, NY.

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Album Review: Marco Benevento | Let It Slide

Album review of Let It Slide by Marco Benevento by Jason Broome.

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Album Review: CHBO | 0419NY

James Keepnews reviews CHBO's latest release 0419NY.

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Album Review: Hank and the Skinny 3 | Seconds to Destruction

Album review of Seconds to Destruction by Hank and the Skinny 3 by Peter Aaron.

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Album Review: Matthew Parker | Greatest Hits!

Album review of Greatest Hits! by Matthew Parker by Haviland S Nichols.

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6 Hudson Valley Books for Your April Reading List

Anne Pyburn Craig reviews Carol Goodman’s novel The Sea of Lost Girls, which explores a series of tragedies at a home for wayward girls; plus five short book reviews for your reading list.

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Key Players: An Interview with Boston Typewriter Orchestra Cofounder Brendan Quigley

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra has turned arcane writing tools into musical instruments.

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Derrick Adams's Buoyant Artwork on View at Hudson River Museum

Derrick Adams’s paintings depict African-Americans floating in pools on air mattresses, circular floats, and fanciful animals.

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Maiden Voyage: The Groundbreaking Round-the-World Tip of Tracy Edwards and Her All-Female Crew

Maiden depicts the epic journey of British skipper Tracey Edwards and her crew during the 1989 Whitbread Round the World race.

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Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival @ The Art Effect

Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival

May 29-31, 7 p.m. — Now a FREE 3-Day festival! May 29 – 31, 2020 with a...

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