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The 83rd annual Woodstock Library Fair takes place on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Woodstock Library Fair returns this Saturday

It’s rare that one hooks into local traditions that have maintained their basic form for 83 years running, as the annual Woodstock Library Fair has. It’s even rarer when such traditions keep finding…

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Led Zeppelin Tributon in Rosendale

Market Market’s popular Tributon series continues its recent trending toward classic rock icons, following the Neill Young and the Who Tributons with an evening devoted to the toasting and roasting of Led Zeppelin…

One of the most important events at the fondly remembered Camp Woodland in Phoenicia was the Catskill Folk Festival, held each August. (courtesy of the New York Folklore Society)

“Songs of the Catskill Mountains” in Saugerties

“There are basically two schools of thought on how to present traditional music,” says Liza DiSavino, who will perform “Songs of the Catskill Mountains” with husband and musical partner A. J. Bodnar in…

Ben Neill on the mutantrumpet (photo by Nitin Vadukul)

Ben Neill premieres Manitoga at Manitoga

As a composer and trumpeter who has worked extensively in avant-garde, Minimalist and serious electronic veins (as well as in the acid jazz genre and other urban scenes), Ben Neill has long understood…

Ellie Dehn stars in Carl Maria von Weber’s rarely staged Euryanthe (photo by Cory Weaver)

Haunted by jealousy: Euryanthe at Bard

Each year Bard’s SummerScape program includes a fully staged opera, which is selected according to three requirements: It must relate to the season’s featured composer; it must be relatively rare or unknown to…

See a free public performance of Arm-of-the-Sea in The Rejuvenary River Circus on the lawn of the Saugerties Historical Society’s Kiersted House on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. (photo by Jim Peppler)

Kids’ Almanac (July 24-31)

“Sometimes you have to look at the shrub from a different angle to see the fruit.” – Jenny Lee Fowler, Mom/educator/artist   Winnakee Nature Preserve Trail The Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout is…

Still of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel in the documentary Life Itself

Documentary of film critic Roger Ebert told with frankness & affection

Film critics are an opinionated lot, though why our opinions might matter more than yours is a very good question indeed. With the exception of highbrow cinema scholars of the Andrew Sarris ilk,…

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Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (July 24-August 2)

Note to our readers: Every page marks a different date in our online Almanac Weekly calendar of events.  The weekly post includes: premier listings on the first page; the events for Thursday on page 2; Friday…

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again

Ruffalo & Knightley bond winningly over music in Begin Again

Once in a while a little indie movie with an unknown cast will make a big splash, if it has charm to spare. That happened in 2006 with Once: a tuneful fable about…

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Hudson Valley Bartender Challenge in New Paltz

Used to be, not long ago, if you asked for a fancy cocktail in the Hudson Valley, you were screwdrivered. “Five, ten years ago you couldn’t get a cocktail only two hours north…

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