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Michael Keaton in Birdman

Michael Keaton soars above life’s mundane defeats in Birdman

For argument’s sake, let’s start from the basic premise that comic-book superhero movies are, in essence, dumb: the visual-entertainment equivalent of empty calories. They’re crowdpleasers that mint more money than the US government,…

Akiko Kamigawara playing on Tinker Street in Woodstock. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Hear violinist Akiko Kamigawara in Poughkeepsie

In September, I heard violinist Akiko Kamigawara playing unaccompanied Bach in front of a Woodstock drugstore. The chance encounter led to an article in our sister paper Woodstock Times on the young violinist,…

The International Pickle Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, November 23 in Rosendale. (photo by Mike)

Rosendale hosts International Pickle Festival

A mainstay of Rosendale’s claim to the title of Festival Town, the International Pickle Festival returns to the Recreation Center on Route 32 this Sunday. More than 100 vendors of all things pickled…

Simone Felice (photo by Dion Ogust)

Felice Brothers headline Foodstock at the Chance

Fresh off the release of Favorite Waitress, their most homespun and local-flavored record in quite some time, local heroes the Felice Brothers will headline Foodstock on Saturday, November 22 at the Chance Theater…

Jeff Buckley

Amazing Grace: ETHEL string quartet pays tribute to Jeff Buckley in Hudson

The world didn’t get enough of Jeff Buckley, as a stream of unfinished work, outtakes and unearthed live sessions attests. 1994’s Grace, released three years before Buckley’s untimely death by drowning in the…

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Pecas CD release show at Rosendale’s Market Market

Dwelling is the title of the debut album by Pecas, the nom de ­dream pop of Sandy Davis, a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer known to the New Paltz area as the former bassist…

(Courtesy of Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival)

Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival in Poughkeepsie

Ready or not, the barrage of winter holiday hype is beginning to wash over us, including many a reference to “holiday spirits” of the alcoholic sort. Soon it’ll be hard to find a…

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Elaine Rachlin sings cabaret to welcome Beaujolais Nouveau in Rhinecliff

What qualities of voice are evoked when one is compared to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday? Both divas sang from somewhere below the heart and reached into the hearts of fans everywhere. They…

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Rossini’s Barber of Seville from the Met at Bardavon

Is there any opera quite as fun as Rossini’s comic Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), which the Bardavon will broadcast as part of its The Met: Live in HD 2014/15 season…

Rent continues onstage at McKenna Theatre on the SUNY-New Paltz campus this Thursday through Saturday, November 20 to 22, beginning at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinée this Sunday, November 23.

Rent on stage at SUNY-New Paltz

If you led anything resembling a Bohemian lifestyle in New York City in the last couple of decades of the 20th century, watching people you knew drop like flies from AIDS was pretty…

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