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

Book Review: "Grief Cottage, A Novel"

Bloomsbury USA, 2017, $26
Gail Godwin will be reading on June 6 at 6pm at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck and June 30 at 6pm at The Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock.

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2017 Young Readers' Summer Roundup

These picture books teach valuable lessons of friendship and the importance of nutrition, while others offer the chance to learn about Huguenot history and animal sleep patterns.

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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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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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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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Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival 2017

It’s the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce from July 7 - 9. The festival at Barton Orchards in Poughquag puts the emphasis on family fun, from 10:00 am – sunset daily.

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Rhinebeck Crafts Festival

The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival will occur on June 24 and June 25.

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The Anti-McMansion

The Tiny House & Green Living Freedom Fest takes place Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 2, and includes speakers, live music, food trucks, kid activities, and tiny house vendors.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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Rock and Resist

Rock and Resist will bring community action groups and musicians together at the Bearsville Theater on June 11.

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Woodstock's Colony Makes a Comeback

Spring is, of course, a time of great renewal. And perhaps for the Hudson Valley music scene this year's greatest spring-renewal story is the reopening of Woodstock's former Colony Cafe as, simply, Colony.

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Nightlife Highlights: Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan Duo

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan duo perform on June 28 at Daryl's House Club in Pawling.

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Poem: A Relent

A poem by Christopher Porpora.

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Poem: Crooked Teeth

A poem by Meghan O'Brien.

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Poem: Deacon Blues

A poem by William Teets.

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"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

Parting Shot: Melora Kuhn

Brian K. Mahoney writes about Melora Kuhn's artwork.

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Gardiner Art Crawl

The crawl combines three Gardiner events over the course of the weekend of June 3 and June 4.

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Fernández Vs. Church

"Overlook: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana" will remain at Olana, in Hudson, until November 5.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Pirates of Penzance Jr. Workshop @ White Plains Performing Arts Center

Pirates of Penzance Jr. Workshop

Mon., June 26, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most...
Afternoon Studios: Shimmering Sculptures @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Afternoon Studios: Shimmering Sculptures

Mon., June 26, 2-4 p.m. — Turn a summer day into an artful one. Experiment with new materials...

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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.