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Getting their Irish up

Irish music has gone through many iterations over the millennia, and in a way has come full circle with today’s crop of fiery, profane purveyors of Celtic rock. Born out of a mystical…

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Brandon Ballengée’s “Ghosts of the Gulf” at Beacon Institute

The Deep Water Horizons oil spill of 2010 was one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, one whose effects on the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico will be felt for decades. “Ghosts…

Matthew McConaughey in Intersteller

Can you make sense of Interstellar?

The new movie Interstellar was directed by Christopher Nolan, who has brought us a series of mind-twisting films like Inception. This one revolves around human space travel through wormholes and black holes, and…

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois and Ben Foster as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (photo by Alastair Muir)

Stella by stagelight

This Sunday, November 23, the Rosendale Theatre continues its popular monthly series of encore broadcasts of top British stage productions from National Theatre Live in London with a matinée screening of Tennessee Williams’…

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…

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