The Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

Labor Day weekend means that it’s time once again for the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair, which has bookended the summer season at the Ulster County Fairgrounds for more than three decades….

Om Puri and Helen Mirren in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a light, digestible parable

What with glossy gourmet magazines, online recipes and the Cooking Channel, food porn is getting to be as difficult to avoid these days as…well, regular porn. It shows up on film a lot…

Tony Trischka

Banjo phenom Tony Trischka at Rosendale Café

Back before newgrass was new, Tony Trischka was mastering the banjo and experimenting with ways to expand its bluegrass and old-timey boundaries. If it weren’t for the lessons that he took on the…


Summer Hoot at Ashokan Center

The ironic thing about folk and roots music is that, for all its association in the popular mind with progressive politics and social change, it is fundamentally conservative in nature – in the…

Still from 'A Will for the Woods'

Learn more about green burial in Rhinebeck

Ever go for a drive through central Queens or along Long Island’s Southern State Parkway and feel amazed that so many square miles of real estate are dedicated to rows of headstones? Not…

Guardians of the Galaxy

The odd quintet: Guardians of the Galaxy

You may have noticed me complaining now and again about a movie that’s all shiny packaging and soulless at its center. But once in a while a movie comes along where the shiny…

(Photo by Dan McKay)

The hole thing: Bagel Festival in Monticello

Native New Yorkers take fierce pride in certain foodstuffs brought here when Ellis Island was the prime gateway for European immigrants – foods whose essential nature got tamed and watered down once they…

The Maverick (photo by Dion Ogust)

Actors & Writers present memoirs at Maverick

The art of memoir is a literary form much in vogue of late, and Woodstock has been one of the epicenters of its revival. So it’s most appropriate that the Maverick, with its…

A Most Wanted Man with Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s worthy swan song

The worlds of cinema and the stage lost one of their hardest-working, most talented and accomplished character actors this past winter when Philip Seymour Hoffman succumbed to a drug overdose. Hoffman wasn’t blessed…

(Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center)

Outdoor Supermoon Screenings at Storm King Art Center

The Storm King Art Center has always been a great place to stroll the grounds admiring great sculpture, enjoy a fine summer day, let your kids run around and burn off some energy,…

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