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Above, construction of the Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia’s Omo River. Below, a Karo elder downstream. For 6,000 years, the Karo people have been living sustainably off the flooding of the Omo River, but now are threatened with removal. (Alison M. Jones | No water No Life)

No Water No Life exhibit at Beacon Institute

For the past eight years, conservation photographer Alison M. Jones and her team have been traveling to major watersheds in Africa and North America, photographing and interviewing scientists, residents and other stakeholders to…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Philip Kamrass | Albany Times Union)

The end of an era: Explore the Universe comes to a close

Since 1978, some 1,200 local residents have joined me at my home and observatory to explore the universe. It has been quite an adventure. As I now conduct the final series – the first…

Michael Hurley

Outsider art hero & folk songwriter Michael Hurley to play Bearsville

The prolific, shambolic folk songwriter Michael Hurley, a genuine hero of Outsider art for over 50 years, performs at the Bearsville Theater on Sunday, April 19. An eccentric figure who emerged from the…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase at Clermont

The pastoral grounds at the Clermont State Historic Site have reopened just in time for the Chancellor’s annual Sheep and Wool Showcase. Tours of the Chancellor’s stately home on the Hudson River have…

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Paul Winter to perform with Prana & NEXUS in Kingston

If the phrase “chamber music” makes you want to turn the page, imagining something dusty, dry and stuffy, you really need to think again – especially in terms of this weekend’s offering in…

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Bardic bonanza in Rhinebeck, New Paltz & Poughkeepsie

Doesn’t it seem a bit odd that the entire English-speaking world hasn’t designated April as Shakespeare Month and honored the Bard of Avon with annual celebrations everywhere, considering that the dates of both…

Lisa Phillips

New Paltz prof Lisa Phillips talks about romantic obsession

In January of 2015, the decorated writer, radio journalist and SUNY-New Paltz professor Lisa Phillips published Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession, a book that, in the cross-disciplinary mode pioneered by writers such as…

Ben Bath teaching “The Rudiments” at Stamford Singing School   (photo by Ben Fenton)

Fasola fever & the shape-note singing revival

Want to learn how to sing and sight-read music? An antiquated technique, popular in the early and mid-19th century, has been resurrected in the mid-Hudson Valley through a series of weeklong singing schools,…

View of the Shawangunk Ridge and Preserve lands (photo by Dafna Tal)

Kids’ Almanac (April 16-23)

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe   FRIDAY | APRIL 17 Free one-month Healthy Ulster passes at Mohonk Preserve The Mohonk Preserve’s “Toddlers on…

Inside Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) Monastery in Woodstock, where community members are preparing for a visit on April 18 from the leader of their Tibetan Buddhist lineage, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. (photo by Dion Ogust)

His Holiness, 17th Karmapa visits to bestow refuge vows

It’s said that the visit of a great teacher produces a lot of ripples, like dropping a stone in a still pond. How those ripples come to fruition is interesting,” said Kathleen Wesley,…

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