Richard Thompson (photo by Pamela Littky)

Richard Thompson at Bearsville this Saturday

It’s RT Week in the Hudson Valley, and fans have reason to rejoice. It kicked off last Saturday, as you know if you were lucky enough to attend the Clearwater Festival. The audience…

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in Words and Pictures

Binoche and Owen strike sparks in Words and Pictures

Whether or not a picture is actually worth a thousand words depends on which picture, which words and whether the audience’s brain is hard-wired to favor verbal or visual thinking. Film being a…

Ethan Saks, Susannah Millonzi, Andy Rindlisbach and Magan Wiles in HVSF’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (photo by William Marsh)

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival serves up delightful Two Gentlemen of Verona

On a fine June evening, with Boscobel’s iconic view of the Hudson Highlands, the river itself and Constitution Marsh as a backdrop, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) officially launched its 2014 season…

Soprano Ellie Dehn will star in the Bard SummerScape production of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Euryanthe (Photo by Todd Norwood)

Bard fêtes Franz Schubert during 25th composer-themed SummerScape

Arguably the mid-Hudson’s premier summer performing arts showcase, Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and cabaret – as well as theatre, dance and cinema to…

Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2

High on the scale: How to Train Your Dragon 2

School’s out for the summer, which means that movie studios will soon be trotting out their biggest selection of family-friendly offerings since last Christmas. Time to scan the horizon for what’s new in…

The Mainstage schedule kicks off next Thursday, June 26 with Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line, which will run through July 6. How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor plays a bohemian writer from Greenwich Village who commutes to the blue-collar suburb Levittown on the titular Long Island Railroad line in 1967 to give adult education classes. Leslie Bibb co-stars. (Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis)

Powerhouse Theater promises star-studded summer at Vassar

Powerhouse Theater, that roiling crucible of new plays in various stages of development, is launching its summer 2014 schedule this weekend on the Vassar College campus with the first of two Readings Festivals….

Pete Seeger on board the Clearwater in the 1970s (Courtesy of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater)

For Pete’s sake: This weekend’s Clearwater Festival

In her song “Southern California Wants to Be Western New York,” singer/songwriter Dar Williams imagines a theme park on the West Coast for jaded, suntanned people who long to experience the homespun joys…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Belle

Belle injects Austenesque settings with abolitionist stirrings

What would it be like, I wonder, to be a well-educated person of color whose guilty pleasure just happens to be period dramas by the likes of Jane Austen and George Eliot, populated…

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Bearsville hosts Tribute to Harry Smith Anthology of Folk Music

The great folk music revival of the 1960s didn’t happen out of thin air, nor simply due to the ever-shifting whims of popular tastes. Before the likes of Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez…

The Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (photo by Peter Aaron)

Summer theater roundup

Bard SummerScape, June 27 to August 17, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape is a premier showcase of the theatrical arts, bringing amazing performers in the fields of music — including classical, opera and…

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