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.


Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week

Book signings, jazz, art, film, and a visit from a Native American flutist and activist—welcome to another interesting week in the Hudson Valley.
Book signings, jazz, art, film, and a visit from a Native American flutist and activist—welcome to another interesting week in the Hudson Valley. MUSIC Tiokasin Gosthorse in Beacon As part of its ongoing Tribal Harmony series celebrating indigenous culture, the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon presents activist and musician Tiokasin Ghosthorse on January 15 at 7pm. A member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota, Ghosthorse is an international speaker on peace and the indigenous “Mother Earth” perspective and the host and producer of the syndicated “First Voices Radio” show. Accompanying him for the concert and talk will be the legendary composer and musician David Amram. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. (845) 831-4988. FILM Dreaming of a Vetter World in Rhinecliff On January 15 at 6:30pm, the Morton Library in Rhinecliff will screen the documentary Dreaming of a Vetter World for its Rhinecliff Sustainability Series (sponsored by Backyard to Table). Produced by Bonnie Hawthorne, the film tells the story of Nebraska organic farmers Donald and David Vetter and their pioneering, revolutionary work in regenerative agriculture. The showing is free and open to all. (845) 876-4769. LITERARY EVENTS Matthew Goodman in Rhinebeck New York Times-bestselling author Matthew Goodman (Eighty Days) will appear in support of his newest book, The City Game: Triumph, Scandal & a Legendary Basketball Team, at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on January 17 at 6pm. The City Game tells the dramatic story of the New York City College Beavers basketball team (ca. 1949-1950), who broke racial and religious barriers and, despite all odds, became tournament champions. The event is free, but space is limited so RSVP at the store’s website. (845) 876-0500. MUSIC Eric Andersen in Woodstock Iconic singer-songwriter Eric Andersen was a staple of both the 1960s Greenwich Village folk circuit and the 1970s/1980s Woodstock scene, and his songs have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, and many others. On January 17 at 7:3pm, Andersen will return to the latter locale to perform at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert-James Center for the Arts. Joining Andersen, whose immortal songs include “Violets of Dawn” and “Thirsty Boots,” will be violinist Eric Lee. Tickets are $23 ($20 for Byrdcliffe members; $75 for VIP seating with meet-and-greet). (845) 679-2079. ART Quilt Exhibit at Wassaic Project Opening at the Wassaic Project’s Maxon Mills Gallery with a reception on January 18 from 3 to 6pm is “Heirlooms,” a showing of colorful quilts created by DARNstudio. A collaborative project formed by multidisciplinary artists David Anthone and Ron Norsworthy, DARNstudio’s “work explores, exposes and critiques American cultural myths and historical narratives.” The six quilts that form “Heirlooms” are taken from a larger series titled “American Country: A Quilt Cycle.” The pieces will be on display at the Wassaic gallery through March 28. (845) 927-7242. To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay....

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Top Hudson Valley Trends of the Last Decade

Another Decade Bites the Dust, But Not Without Making Some Major Waves
Ok, so end-of-year posts are a dime a dozen, but we thought we’d permit ourselves an end-of-decade post, using this invisible cusp as an opportunity to reflect back on recent Hudson Valley history. The past 10 years in upstate New York have seen an explosion of commerce, culture, investment, and relocation. Real estate prices have continued to climb as more and more people flock to a rejuvenated Hudson Valley, which truly seemed to settle into its new 21st-century identity as an oasis of farm-fresh food, craft beverages, artisanal goods, and good ol’ nature. Here’s a look at some of the top trends that emerged in the Hudson Valley between 2010 and 2020. 7 Hudson Valley Trends of the 2010s 1. Remote Work Keep those pajamas on and pop a pizza in the oven because working from home is here to stay. As Millennials reach critical mass in the workforce, remote working has rapidly become one of the shiniest benefits a prospective employer can offer. In a recent study by CBRE, a whopping 70% of job seekers said the ability to work remotely is a must-have when considering a new job. Dang. Add to that the flourishing gig economy, which brings with it a tide of coworking spaces, and you’ve got a trend that is here to stay. 2. Craft Beer, Cider, Spirits, and Wine As the craft beer, spirits, cider, and wine movement barrels ahead nationwide, New York State has taken a prominent seat at the tables. Today, the Empire State boasts 449 wineries, 443 breweries, 181 distilleries, and 69 cideries. Between 2012 and 2018, a staggering 93 new craft manufacturers opened in the Mid-Hudson Valley—the most in any region in the state. The region also has the largest number of craft breweries in the state, with 54 new breweries opening up shop between 2012 and 2018. It seems like every month we hear about a new brewery opening up, and not a peep about anyone shuttering. By the time we reach market saturation, we all may be too soused to notice. 3. Film Industry Gains Traction In 2016, after much lobbying from the Hudson Valley Film Commission and other groups, Governor Andrew Cuomo increased the post-production film tax credit for upstate New York from 10 percent to 35 percent, further incentivizing the regional film industry. Since HVFC was founded in 2000, some 500 films have been made at over 1,500 locations throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley (read our Q&A with founder Laurent Rejto). This year, no fewer than five films with local ties are headed to the Sundance Festival. 4. Urban Revival Whereas in the past, many who left New York City were consciously trading urban chaos for pastoral peace, today there's a trend of folks relocating to small and mid-sized cities, driven largely by the need to find affordable housing and a better quality of life. Fueled by rail line access and a thirsty crowd of creatives looking to relocate for more space and less money, Hudson led the charge in the revitalization of Mid-Hudson Valley cities in the early aughts. With the opening of Dia:Beacon and Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon’s own renaissance got underway soon after, and kicked into even higher gear with the 2013 arrival of the Roundhouse, a boutique hotel, restaurant, and cocktail lounge perched at the bottom of a waterfall. Newburgh is daily forging a new identity as investors, nonprofits, and families reclaim the shells of historic factories, homes, churches, and retail spaces to create a thriving downtown. Poughkeepsie has a lot of projects underway, nearly $2 billion worth, with several arts organizations leading the charge. Adaptive reuse was most definitely on trend throughout the whole decade with developers and architects across the Hudson Valley made good use of the region’s antique building stock to give new life to downtowns. 5. Opioid Crisis In October 2018, we published a feature on the opioid epidemic at home in the Hudson Valley. According to a report from the Rockefeller Institute, in New York State, the number of opioid-related deaths climbed 121 percent over a six-year period, from 1,760 in 2010 to 3,894 in 2016. In the Mid-Hudson Valley alone, at least 292 people died from opioids in 2015, according to the state health department, and that number continues to climb every year, despite a nationwide decrease. In 2018, Sullivan (40.1), Ulster (31.2), Dutchess (28.2) and Orange (28) counties had the four highest rates for overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. 6. Real Estate Values Rise Following the 2008 economic collapse, the Hudson Valley real estate market reeled—as did the nation. But the interim years have been good to the region’s homeowners and prospectors, with sales bouncing back and median house prices steadily climbing across most of the Hudson Valley (Orange County was a notable exception). Between 2014 and 2018, sales activity varied largely from municipality to municipality with big growth happening in some still-affordable, like Ellenville, which saw 86% growth over four years. 7. Rail Trails The Hudson Valley and the Catskills are criss-crossed by railbeds from a bygone era of industry and transport. By the early 2010s, the rail trail movement was already beginning to reclaim these defunct throughways as corridors of outdoor recreation. Then a big boost came with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015, which made Federal Highway Administration funds available to local governments via block grants. Trail advocates have taken the opportunity to plan more miles of multi-use, non-motorized fun. Cuomo is also doing his part with the ambitious Empire State Trail project, which when completed will be “a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.” ...

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Five Events in the Hudson Valley This Week

The first month of 2020 brings us great art, readings, music, dance, and food.
  The first month of 2020 brings us great art, readings, music, dance, and food. Don’t let the cold and snow keep you closed off: Dig out and dig into our weekly list of what’s good in the region. ART “Winter Nocturne” at Carrie Haddad Gallery Opening January 8 at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson is “Winter Nocturne,” a show of painting, sculpture, and photography that explores and evokes the shapes, subtleties, textures, and structures found in nature. An open artists’ reception takes place at the gallery on January 11 from 5 to 7pm, and the show runs through February 23. READINGS Volume Series in Hudson One of the Hudson Valley’s most popular regular literary events, the monthly Volume reading series returns to the Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson on January 11 at 7pm. The free event features prose and poetry readings followed by short DJ set. January’s installment presents writers Lynn Sachs, Amy Rigby, Hallie Goodman (Volume’s co-organizer), and Lee Ann Brown, with a special guest DJ to be announced. DANCE Octavia Cup Dance Theatre in Kingston The experimental dance troupe Octavia Cup Dance Theatre is one of the upstate nightlife scene’s best-kept secrets. Launched by choreographer and current Kingstonian Laura Ward in New York circa 1998, the ensemble has performed their surreal and often hilarious pieces around the US and abroad. The group’s frequent foils, local glam-cabaret band Tonus Maximus, as well as guest opera singer David Gordon, will accompany them at Tubby’s in Kingston on January 12 at 6pm. FOOD & DRINK Food and Wine Festival in Albany The annual Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will take place January 16-18 at the Albany Capital Center to raise funds in support of the arts. The festival features fine cuisine and wines of nations and continents from all over the world. Throughout the weekend, attendees will be able to taste exquisite food and wine pairings as they mingle and take in cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. See website for ticket prices. MUSIC Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings in Hudson Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings are Albany’s long-running fliers of the rockabilly flame, since 1995 performing over 150 dates a year and even touring as the back-up band for the legendary Wanda Jackson. The band’s annual Elvis Birthday Bash, which returns to Club Helsinki in Hudson on January 17 at 9pm, pays tribute to the King and remains a beloved annual event. Tickets are $20-$25. To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay....

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Five Hudson Valley Events for This Week

Happy New Year! Start 2020 off right with these five fantastic local events.
Happy Hudson Valley New Year! Start 2020 off right with these five fantastic local events. FAMILY FUN Magic Show in Rhinebeck On January 3, 4, and 5 at the Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, magician Andy Traub will present “Tricks of the Trade: A Magician’s Show and Tale.” Traub’s one-man magic show features recollections about his career that are conveyed with classic magic routines, puppetry, mental gymnastics, card tricks, and psychokinetic effects. Performances take place at 8pm on January 3 and 4 and at 3pm on January 5. Tickets are $10. (845) 876-3080. COMMUNITY EVENTS First Friday in Poughkeepsie 2020’s inaugural First Friday Poughkeepsie will see the now monthly city-wide celebration of food, art, and music return to the city on January 3. Held in a different Poughkeepsie neighborhood on first Friday evenings from 5-8:30pm, the event is intended to increase awareness of the city and showcase it as a thriving, safe, and attractive place in which to live and do business. MUSIC Metropolitan Hot Club in Kingston How about Lindy hopping your way into the New Year? If that sounds too daunting, don’t worry: You can simply enjoy the exquisite music of local Django Rhinehart disciples the Metropolitan Hot Club on January 4 at White Eagle Hall in Kingston for an evening titled “Swing into the ’20s.” The event starts at 7:30pm and includes a beginner swing dance lesson at with Linda and Chester Freeman of Got2Lindy Dance Studios (no partner or dance experience is necessary). Admission is $20. FILM Charlie Chaplain Classics in Rosendale For its Silent Sunday series, the Rosendale Theatre will screen two of silent film icon Charlie Chaplain’s most celebrated comic masterpieces, The Immigrant (1917) and City Lights (1931), on January 5 at 2pm. The romantic comedy The Immigrant features Chaplain’s frequent costars Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell, while City Lights follows the misadventures of his beloved recurring Tramp character and has been ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the best American films ever made. Pianist Marta Waterman will provide live accompaniment. Tickets are $6. MUSIC Weeping Bong Band and Mike Donovan in Hudson Boasting members of Hudson Valley/Western Massachusetts groups Pigeons and PG Six, the Weeping Bong Band, as the name suggests, trades in blissful, beautifully sad psychedelic sounds. On January 10 at 8pm, they’ll join fellow experimentalists Mike Donovan (Drag City Records) and Johnny Young to lay down jams at the Half Moon in Hudson. Call club for ticket prices. (518) 828-1562. To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay. ...

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Chronogrammies Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the Chronogrammies Readers' Choice Awards are now open! The Chronogrammies is the opportunity for the Chronogram community to highlight what they love about the Hudson Valley, including restaurants, hotels, and more.

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On the Cover: Todd Koelmel | January 2020

Engineer turned artist Todd Koelmel, creates art in a procedural way.

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Tony Falco: A Legend in Full Flight

An avid appreciator of music—jazz above all else—Tony Falco had a near-prophetic vision when he founded The Falcon in Marlboro. In two decades, the music venue/restaurant/art gallery has become regular stomping grounds for some of the biggest names in the biz.

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Album Review: Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte | You Don’t Know the Life and The Jamie Saft Quartet | Hidden Corners

Album reviews of You Don’t Know the Life by Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte and Hidden Corners.

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Album Review: Full Spectrum Alliance | Multiverse

Album review of Multiverse by Full Spectrum Alliance.

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Album Review: June Cleaver & the Steak Knives | A Place Where Nobody Goes

Album review of A Place Where Nobody Goes by June Cleaver & the Steak Knives.

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Album Review: Spirit Family Reunion | Ride Free

Album review of Ride Free by Spirit Family Reunion.

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6 Books for your January Reading

In his new memoir, The Art of Resistance, Holocaust survivor Justus Rosenburg chronicles the four years he spent in the French Resistance during World War II; plus short book reviews.

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“Animalia” at Ann Street Gallery

“Animalia” at Ann Street Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom via contemporary art.

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Culture Calendar: 5 Events Worth Leaving the House for in January

An entertainment guide for January.

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ZviDance Takes On Climate Change at The Orpheum 1/18

ZviDance brings its new climate change-themed dance production to Orpheum.

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Get Your Tickets MEOW: New York Cat Film Festival Returns 1/4

Cats are always on trend, and never more than in the New York Cat Film Festival.

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Culture Booster: 8 Exhibits to Check Out in January 2020

A Hudson Valley gallery guide for January 2020.

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Kick Off 2020 with These 6 Live Music Shows

Six live shows in the Hudson Valley to pencil in for January 2020.

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A Composition Coalesces: The Photography of Randy Calderone

Poughkeepsie teacher and street photographer Randy Calderone shares a superhero-ic shot from his travels in France.

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Chronogram Poetry | January 2020

A selection of poems by Chronogram readers included in the January 2020 issue and edited by Philip X Levine.

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Star Power: 5 Hudson Valley Films Head to 2020 Sundance Film Festival

2020 will be a standout year at Sundance for our own dear Hollywood-on-the-Hudson. No less than five indie films with strong local connections will premiere,,and Hudson Valley Film Commission founder and director Laurent Rejto is a very happy man. "We hope it will help many of the filmmakers find distribution," he says, "and that it will attract many more low budget indie productions to our region." Plans for 2020 filming are still hush-hush, but here are the local productions that made the Sundance cut.

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New Year’s Eve Fun and More Among This Week’s Hudson Valley Events

Another assortment of delicious doings right here in the Hudson Valley—including.

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Day Tripper: 24 Hours in Rockland County

Just 30 minutes from New York City, Rockland County offers a wealth of activities, like hiking in Harriman State Park, restaurants in Suffern and Sloatsburg, and boutique inns like Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club.

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The Chronogrammies Are Almost Here!

Nominations for the Chronogrammies Readers' Choice Awards will be opening January 1, 2020. The Chronogrammies is the opportunity for the Chronogram community to highlight what they love about the Hudson Valley, including restaurants, hotels, and more.

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Five Hot Holiday Happenings in the Hudson Valley

Between swigs of eggnog, try to make it out to one of these sure-fire seasonal events.

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Five Fine Events in the Hudson Valley

In this week’s roundup of Hudson Valley happenings, the seasonal theme continues, augmented by a solemn-but-triumphant commemorative event at Bard College.

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Music Venue and Bistro the Avalon Lounge Brings Cool Vibe to Catskill

The chilled-out nightspot was opened last August by local creative couple Liam and Laura Singer.

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6 Women Gallerists & Curators Defining the Hudson Valley Art Scene

Though a historically male dominated field, women have been elbowing their way into the curatorial space for the pace several decades, now reaching a level of prominence and predominance. The national trend is evident here in the Hudson Valley in 2019 where many of the curators and gallerists working to shape and make sense of our emerging art community are women. Here is a list of six women taste-makers in the Hudson Valley art scene.

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“A Quiet Respite” at the Carrie Haddad Gallery and the Ethereal Landscapes of Jane Bloodgood-Abrams

“A Quiet Respite,” on view at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson from November 13-January 5, offers a sampling of new work from seven artists who have dedicated themselves to the task of depicting the solace of nature.

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A Rundown of Hudson Valley Events

Conversation about immigrants’ rights, musical events, and holiday hubbub—as always, there are so many happenings here in the region to work into to your itinerary. COMMUNITY Chronogram Conversations in Kingston Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are facing perilous conditions as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to target all undocumented immigrants and has recently stepped up its efforts in the Hudson Valley. As Michael Frank reported in the November issue of Chronogram, this has prompted community members to organize and fight back against what they view as unjust federal policies targeting immigrants. In tandem with the latter effort, our ongoing Chronogram Conversations series has partnered with Radio Kingston and the River Newsroom to present the panel “Chronogram Conversations: Immigration Advocacy in the Hudson Valley” at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston on December 4 from 6 to 8pm. The event is free and open to all. MUSIC “Dollar Bin Radio” Anniversary Party in Kingston Hosted on Radio Kingston every Thursday from 10pm to midnight by the inimitable DJ Mr. Chips, “Dollar Bin Radio” is sheer crate-digging bliss: two hours of groovy sounds plucked straight from the dollar bin. On December 5 from 9pm to midnight, the show will celebrate the passing of its first year on-air with a live broadcast emanating from microbrewery Kingston Brewing Standard. The free party features a cash bar and mystery gifts from Rhino Records for “lucky guests.” MUSIC Fred Hersch in Kingston Along with his former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson, pianist Fred Hersch carries the passionate, fleet flame of such jazz giants as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal. To these ears, Hersch, who performs magnificently in ensemble settings of all sizes, shines brightest in the time-honored solo-piano setting. On December 7 at 7:30pm at the Senate Garage in Kingston, that’s just what he’ll do, as the featured act of this month’s installment of the ongoing concert series presented there by JAZZstock. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. HOLIDAY FUN Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction in Ghent On December 7 from 10am to 4pm, Hawthorne Valley School’s Parent Teach Association will once again host its annual Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction at the school’s location in Ghent. The event, which benefits Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, will feature gift items being sold by artisan vendors; candle dipping, stained glass making, and other children’s activities; and homemade food. The Magical Puppet Tree will perform “Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place” at 11am, noon, 1 pm, and 2pm. Admission is $4. MUSIC Delsonido at MASS MoCA Now based in Brooklyn, world-fusion band Delsonido, who will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on December 7 at 8pm, was founded in the Barranquilla region of Colombia. In addition to the sweltering sounds of their South American birthplace, the group pulls from jazz, rock, pop, and electronica to make for a buoyant, infectiously danceable blend of contemporary music that reflects America’s truly diverse culture. Tickets are $18 in advance and $28 and $44 day of show. To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay. ...

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On the Cover: Kirsten Dierup | December 2019

Hopewell Junction’s Kirsten Deirup Surrealism reveals a technical and conceptual polish that is nothing short of masterful.

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The Good Fighter: Malcolm Nance on the Heels of His Latest Book

Twenty-year Navy veteran, counterterrorism expert, and Columbia County resident Malcolm Nance releases his latest book, The Plot to Betray America.

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Into the Light: The Hudson Valley's Own Holiday Classic

Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Reprise their Holiday Show
The Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Present their holiday show at Kaatsbaan.

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7 Emerging Hudson Valley Artists to Watch

Regional curators Janice La Motta, Paola Ochoa, Karlyn Benson, Alyson Baker, Erin Zona, Derin Tanyol, Carl Van Brunt, and Katie Schmidt Feder select eight emerging artists they consider worthy of the spotlight.

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How to Manage Your Girlfriend’s White Guilt: An Excerpt

An excerpt from 'How to Manage Your Girlfriend’s White Guilt', the new book by stand-up comedian and Hudson Valley resident Duval George Culpepper.

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8 Hudson Valley Books to Gift this Holiday Season

Hudson Valley bookstore owners pick their favorite books of the year for your holiday shopping list.

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Album Review: Geezer | Spiral Fires

Album review of Spiral Fires by Geezer.

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Album Review: Nick Hetko/Rich Syracuse/Jeff “Siege” Siegel | When You Were There

Album review of When You Were There by Nick Hetko/Rich Syracuse/Jeff “Siege” Siegel

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Album Review: Ratboy Jr. | Lucky Foot and Sunny Moon

Album reviews of Lucky Foot and Sunny Moon by Ratboy Jr.

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Album Review: The Templars of Doom | Hovels of the Holy

Album review of Hovels of the Holy by The Templars of Doom.

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Knives Out @ Crandell Theatre

Knives Out

Jan. 17-23 — CRANDELL 48 Main St. Chatham NY 12037 Starting Friday 1/17 Knives Out(PG-13)...

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