Arts & Culture

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

Books & Authors

Moral Tales from the World of Chic

Joan Juliet Buck
Sari Botton discusses the former Paris Vogue editor's new book.

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Short Book Reviews for May 2017

Slide into spring with new twists on old tales or fresh ideas for outdoor adventures.

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Book Review: Kingdom of the Young

Edie Meidav
Edie Meidav's collection of short stories Kingdom of the Young transports readers to unconventional experiences and submerged feelings of the past.

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Comedy

Steve Wright at UPAC

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

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Steven Wright at UPAC

You can find the hilarious Steven Wright doing standup at UPAC in Kingston on January 14 at 8pm.

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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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Uptown Mardi Gras at BSP Kingston

Don't miss your chance t party likes it's 1999 (in New Orleans) at this year's Mardi Gras celebration at BSP Kingston on Feb 24th at 8pm.

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Festivals

The Clearwater Festival, founded by Pete Seeger, June 17 & 18

This year Clearwater Festival features an amazing line-up including: Lake Street Dive, Cry Cry Cry’s reunion (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell & Dar Williams), Arlo Guthrie, Richard Thompson, Tommy Emmanuel, Valerie June, Joan Osborne, Nick Lowe, Josh Ritter and many more. Kids 12 & under get in for free!

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MAYfest

MAYfest runs May 26 through May 28 at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring.

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Gardiner Cupcake Festival

The Gardiner Cupcake Festival happens on May 20 at Wright's Farm.

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Film

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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Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

Tiffany Rhynard's documentary, "Forbidden," follows the life of Moises Serrano, a gay illegal immigrant. The documentary will be screened on April 28 at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie.

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The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith screens at the Rosendale Theatre on Tuesday January 10

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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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Only What They Could Carry

Following a 2016 exhibit about Pearl Harbor, "Images of Internment" is part of a larger series to mark major moments in America's involvement leading up to and through World War II scheduled through 2020.

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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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Art of Business: Huguenot Street

New Paltz has a long and rich history. Huguenot Street is great for tourists, students, history buffs, and anyone looking for an interesting afternoon.

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"The Art of Devastation" at Vassar College

The Art of Devastation” will be exhibited at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie from January 27 to April 9.

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Music

Rock of Ages

Geezer
Is it true, that you're never too old to rock 'n' roll?

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Nightlife Highlights: Robert Sarazin Blake

Washington-based singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake plays at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock May 11 through 13.

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Nightlife Highlights: Locust Honey

The bluegrass band plays at the Rosendale Cafe on May 6.

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Poetry

Poem: Remains

A poem by Christine McCartney.

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Poem: Bread

A poem by D. Rush.

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Poem: Please Don't Be:

A poem by Elena Botts.

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Theater

"Faust 3": Bread & Puppet at Time & Space Limited on April 14

Bread and Puppet's latest show "Faust 3" will appear at Time and Space Limited in Hudson on April 14.

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Half Moon Theater stages "Cul-de-Sac"

Five Years After Happily Ever After
Popular culture has had a long-standing fascination—part-scorn and part-adoration—with suburbia.

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Varla Jean Merman

Big Gay Hudson Valley presents, Varla Jean Merman, for shows at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Rosendale Theater, and Helsinki Hudson.

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Visual Art

On the Cover: Margot Kingon

Margot Kingon discusses the interconnection between her family and her creative work.

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Beacon Open Studios

The ninth annual Beacon Open Studios tour features a self-guided tour of over 50 artist's studios the weekend of May 13-14.

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Parting Shot: May 2017

Burst by Linda Stillman
Linda Stillman uses collages, installations, paintings, and sculptures to investigate the concepts of time, memory, and our interaction with nature.

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In our Visual Art coverage, you’ll find Chronogram’s beloved covers, which feature different artworks by Hudson Valley artists each month. We’re also regularly updating gallery openings and art exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley—from painting and sculpture to photography and multimedia.

Books and Music

Each month, we profile a Hudson Valley author along with book reviews and announcements for local readings, and our music coverage is dedicated to promoting artists with a connection to the Hudson Valley. We offer news about upcoming music events and concerts, CD reviews, and features on notable musicians from the area, all with tracks that you can listen to while you read about the music.

Films and Festivals

Not only is the Hudson Valley home to dynamic independent theaters like Upstate Films, the Downing Film Center, and Rosendale Theatre, and to festivals like Mountain Jam and Clearwater, which attract world-renowned performers every year, but it also has a burgeoning film festival culture. The Hudson Valley is becoming a popular shooting location, and independent film festivals throughout the region are making an impression on the industry, like the annual star-studded Woodstock Film Festival.