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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.

6 Hudson Valley Books for Your April Reading List

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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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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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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Joy is the Best Policy

Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price on the Band's Latest Album Free Yourself Up
The latest release from Lake Street Dive, Free Yourself Up, is a nostalgic trip through the classic soul landscape.

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Expand Your Contemporary Art Appreciation While In Quarantine with These Artists

With Galleries Closed and Exhibitions Postponed, Use this Time To Get to Know New Artists
Artists we’re following in April.

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Parting Shot: Lachlan Herrick’s Silverleaf Sunflower Illustration

Philadelphia-based artist Lachlan Herrick’s illustration of the Silverleaf Sunflower was commissioned as part of Hudson Valley Seed Company’s line of 2020 Seed Packs.

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Chronogram Poetry | April 2020

A selection of poetry submitted by Chronogram readers and edited by Philip X Levine.

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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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Art Galleries’ Resilient New Business Models Tested by Coronavirus

“Art is a point of comfort in these trying times.”—gallerist Paola Bari

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Quarantine Sounds Better On Vinyl

Hudson Valley Record Store Owners Recommend 6 Records to Listen to While Stuck at Home
We reached out to Hudson Valley record store owners for their current favorite vinyls to shack up with during these socially distancing days.

Tags: Music

5 Comedy Podcasts for Some Much-Needed Quarantine Comic Relief

In these challenging times, it's important to keep our spirits up. Take a break from the news and the anxiety with these five comedy podcasts that'll have you in stitches.

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9 Books We're Reading Right Now

From Hilary Mantel to Michael Crichton, Some Fresh Ideas for Your Reading List
From an anthology of writings on the modern immigrant experience, to a biography of legend Janis Joplin, to a 1960s sci-fi thriller on stopping the spread of alien contagion, here are nine books we are reading right now.

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7 Ways to Get Out of the House While Maintaining Social Distance

However you decide to spend your indeterminately long reprieve from society, there may be no better mental health booster than getting outdoors. If we can’t get back to reality we can at least get back to nature. Here are 7 social distancing-compliant outdoor activities you can do in the Hudson Valley to get you out of the house and stop you from going stir-crazy.

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Nix Netflix: 7 Things to Do at Home That Aren't Binge-Watching

From Live-Streaming Cultural Events to Ordering a Novel from the Local Bookstore, Your Brain Will Thank Us for These Enriching Suggestions
COVID-19 social distancing measures probably means you're spending a whole lot of time in the house. Getting stir-crazy stuck inside and looking for things to fill the hours? While switching on Netflix is always a tempting option, we've rounded up some more enriching ways to spend your time at home, from shopping online to support local businesses to going for a hike, to live-streaming an opera from the Met.

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Winter Watch List: 10 Movies Filmed in the Hudson Valley

Hundred of movies—from small indie flicks to Paramount Pictures blockbusters—have been filmed in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills since Governor Cuomo introduced the Empire Film Tax Credit incentive program. Here are 10 of of favorites for your wintertime watching pleasure.

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6 Ways to Support Hudson Valley Businesses and Creatives from Home During COVID-19

Main Street Needs You More than Ever
Our local independent business community is the savory seasoning that makes te Hudson Valley lifestyle superb. Here are some ways we can support them during this odd moment of social distancing and staying in..

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Staff Picks: 14 Shows We’re Streaming Right Now

Looking for things to watch while you shelter in place? These 14 series will give your watchlist the jumpstart it needs.
We asked our Chrongram coworkers what shows they've been binge-watching lately. Here are 14 series to stream while you're holed up at home, doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Staff Picks: Board Game Recommendations for Your Self-Quarantine

Stuck at home and wondering how to fill all that time? Here are board game recommendations from our coworkers at Chronogram.

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5 Facts about the Irish in the Hudson Valley You Probably Didn't Know

By 1860—in the wake of the Great Famine—some 200,000 Irish folk made up a quarter of the New York City population, meaning there were more Irish living in New York than in Dublin. Invariably over time, families and entrepreneurial individuals crept their way north from the city, settling in the Catskills and the fecund Hudson Valley. From the Colonial era onward, the Irish have played an enormous part in shaping Upstate New York. Here are five tidbits of insight into the Irish influence here in the Hudson Valley. 1. Ulster County 2.0 In the Colonial era, most Irish who immigrated to New York State were middle and upper class Protestants. Many hailed from the northern province of Ulster in Ireland, and succeeded in passing the name on to one of the state’s original 12 counties formed by the Duke of York in 1683. 2. Irish Alps Greene County (originally part of Ulster) was beloved by Irish newcomers for its lush green hills felt a bit like home. In the 1930s and '40s, many Irish immigrants purchased properties that by midcentury became the 50 or so inns, resorts, bungalow colonies, and hotels of a region dubbed the “Irish Alps.” Like the Borscht Belt in Sullivan County, their numbers declined with the rise of air travel and the lessening of prejudice. Get a nostalgic taste of the Irish Alps on a visit to East Durham, where you’ll find the Guaranteed Irish Shop, the Catskill Irish Arts Week celebration, and the Blackthorne Resort. 3. Streak of Luck Kingston welcomes the spring each year with a two-mile Shamrock Run, which attracts thousands (some in kilts) to dash down Broadway just before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off. The charity event is believed to be the largest foot race between New York City and Albany and is sponsored by the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who are moving forward with plans for an Irish Cultural Center in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood. 4. Irish Fest Peekskill is another town where Irish history and culture are living large; it’s there you’ll find the Hudson Valley Irish Festival every autumn and the Quiet Man Public House, described as an “authentic Irish pub experience” by the New York Times, which raved about the fish and chips and Irish soda bread. A cultural center is in the works for Peekskill too. 5. Poughkeepsie Landing In his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes, Irish-American author Frank McCourt writes of arriving in America by ship and going ashore in Poughkeepsie for what may have been the wildest night of his young life. “A man came out in a little boat, a putt-putt, and took some of us ashore. We went to a party in Poughkeepsie, and that’s—my first night in America was heavenly,” McCourt told NPR’s Terry Gross in 1996. ...

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3 Easter Events Headed to the Center at Mariandale in Westchester

The Center at Mariandale hosts spiritual retreats alongside events open to the public, from weekly yoga classes to theater performances. These 3 upcoming events at the Center for Mariandale are all about Easter.

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5 Hudson Valley Events This Week

Music documentaries, as well as art, live music, and the rare local staging of a popular podcast.

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On the Cover: Madeline Cottingham | March 2020

The March 2020 cover of Chronogram features a penguin photograph from Madeline Cottingham's Antarctica trip.

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The New Menopause

Author Darcey Steinke Discusses Her Latest Book, Flash Count Diary
Health & Wellness editor Wendy Kagan sits down with author Darcey Steinke to discuss her latest book, Flash Count Diary, and the challenges of menopause in the modern era.

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Tremors from Antarctica: A Photo Essay

Photographer Madeline Cottingham shares notes and starkly beautiful images from a polar expedition she took to Antarctica last year, the subject of her new book.

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Bearsville Entertainment Complex Revived by New Owner Lizzie Van

Since purchasing the Bearsville Theatre property last August, entrepreneur Lizzie Van has undertaken major renovations to the complex to improve the venue’s acoustics and bring the entire complex, which includes two restaurants and the Radio Woodstock building, back to life.

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Album Review: Sonar with David Torn | Tranceportation Vol. 1

Album review of Tranceportation Vol. 1 by Sonar with David Torn.

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Album Review: Professor Louie and The Crowmatix | Songs of Inspiration

Album review of Songs of Inspiration by Professor Louie and The Crowmatix.

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Album Review: Richard Carr | Places I’ve Walked

Album review of Places I’ve Walked by Richard Carr.

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Album Review: Stephen Clair | Strange Perfume

Album review of Strange Perfume by Stephen Clair.

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March Reading List: Six Books to Cozy Up With

Carolyn Quimby reviews Jennifer Rosner’s debut novel The Yellow Bird, which follows a mother and daughter as they struggle to survive the Holocaust, plus five short book reviews for your reading list.

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Woodstock Bookfest Returns March 26-29

Festival Director Martha Frankel Shares the Details of This Year's Lineup
Executive director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, shares some of what to expect during the annual literary festival, which returns March 26-29, 2020.

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Eye In The Sky: Alon Koppel's Aerial Photography

Home in on “Aerial Abstraction,” Alon Koppel’s latest exhibit of aerial photos on view at New York Restaurant in Catskill.

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An Interview with Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman returns to the Beverly Lounge on March 23 for another of his eccentric, uplifting, and up-close acoustic performances. Ahead of this intimate performances, music editor Peter Aaron asks Richman some questions.

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9 Events To Check Out This March

A roundup of eight cultural events to catch this March.

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