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Bamboo, before pruning (photo by Lee Reich)

Killed canes will make a comeback, never fear

This winter’s cold is most evident on bamboo. Clumps of tawny dead leaves, still attached to the canes, stare out from among the trunks and stems of dormant trees and shrubs. I hadn’t…

Irrfan Khan in The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a savory cinematic snack

When most people think of Bollywood, what come to mind are lavishly costumed fairytale melodramas stuffed with big musical production numbers, of little interest to cinephiles in this country outside the South Asian…

Lilly and Alberta, Kansas, 1908, in They Raised Me Up by Carolyn Wilkins

Carolyn Wilkins pays tribute to her musical mentors at Vassar

It’s good to have role models. And it’s good to pay tribute to them, once you’ve reached a level of mastery that reflects well on their contributions to you. In her memoir They…

Hudson Valley Community Center

Hudson Valley Community Center is not just for seniors

If the true worth of a building is based on what goes on within its walls, then the Hudson Valley Community Center (HVCC) in Poughkeepsie is a pretty valuable place. “It’s an amazing…

Postcard of Hoyt House or “The Point” (Courtesy New York State Office of Parks)

Restoring the Hoyt House in Staatsburgh

Much of the magic of Central Park is due to Calvert Vaux’s architectural genius – and yet most of the people who visit the park have never heard of the man. Though Frederic…

404 Main Street installation of AVIARY (reimagined), temporary latex balloon installation by Jason Hackenwerth (photo by Kyle Adams)

Blow up: Balloon art in Catskill

What happens to art when it has served its function? Such questions aren’t answered much, because most artifacts of our culture still carry with them a heavy veneer of immortality, from the archival…

It’s Not Night: It’s Space

Hudson Valley Psyche Fest in Kingston this Friday

What is the difference between psychedelic music and that genre now simply called psyche? Some would argue, “Nothing, and would you please stop splitting genre hairs?” But I think that the distinction can…

Village Green in Woodstock (photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac: Celebrate Earth Day!

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity…” – Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson   Earth Day The first official…

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Almanac Weekly’s calendar of events (April 17-24)

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…

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All-faculty rock band plays in New Paltz this Friday

  When I was a teenager, my father passed along to me a “Question Authority” button that a student had given him. Immediately, I affixed it to my Army surplus satchel, which I…

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