On Saturday, January 17, Olana will screen The Iceberg Riders, a documentary about Dutch sculptor and filmmaker Ap Verheggen’s quixotic quest to draw the world’s attention to climate change by installing two huge-but-delicate sculptures atop a chunk of shrinking coastal glacier that was about to break off and drift out to sea.  It will be followed by a question-and-answer session via Skype with Verheggen, who is a UNESCO ambassador to the Institute for Water Education and based in the Hague.

Iceberg Riders screening at Olana, Vassar Brothers Institute’s science & travel series

Now that the busy festivity of the year-end holidays is behind us, the specter of three months of cabin fever begins to raise its ugly head. Cocooning with a pile of thick books…

Ian McKellen in The Battle of Five Armies.

The Battle of Five Armies brings Jackson’s Middle Earth tour to worthy finale

There is something so simultaneously satisfying and melancholy about coming to the last page of a great novel – especially when the reader knows that the author is deceased and there is no…

(Spentrails)

Gaelic language classes in Kingston & Red Hook

The wild inconsistency of its spelling standards makes learning English quite a challenge for non-native speakers as they try to “sound out” a written word. Romance languages like Spanish, by contrast, show a…

Great horned owl by Carol Zaloom (left) and barred owl by Peter Schoenberger | John Burroughs Natural History Society (right)

Burroughs Society leads Wallkill Valley Raptors outing

The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson was right: “Birds of prey know they’re cool.” Though they get their living by tearing the flesh of smaller creatures with hooked beak and talon, there are…

General Robert E. Lee (Library of Congress)

Michael Korda to speak about Robert E. Lee in Poughkeepsie

For the past two months, the Poughkeepsie Library District has been marking the sesquicentennial of America’s direst internal struggle by hosting a traveling exhibition titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a…

(Kanko)

Write your way to a great New Year, Japanese style

The ancient Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings, who gazes simultaneously backward and forward. We Westerners honor him, consciously or not, by peering into…

(Courtesy of BSP)

“Old-Fashioned Cirkus” New Year’s Eve in Kingston

Looking for something simultaneously festive and edgy to do to ring in the New Year, with a variety of entertainment within a walkable radius? Kingston’s Stockade District has the ticket for you. The…

Emily Tschiffely, Amber Sloan and Jeffrey Kazin of David Parker & the Bang Group (photo by Nicholas Burnham)

Cheeky Nut/Cracked at Bard’s Fisher Center

It’s a hazardous assignment, taking on the deconstruction, parody and transfiguration of a beloved cultural icon – especially one so deeply intertwined with so many people’s happy memories of the year-end holidays. But…

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything

Redmayne channels Hawking spectacularly

With both films receiving wide theatrical release nearly simultaneously, it’s difficult to write about James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything without doing a “compare and contrast” with another serious film…

All is Calm was written by Peter Rothstein, based on letters and reminiscences by soldiers who fought (or tried not to) in World War I, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach of Christmas carols from England, France and Germany. The HVSF production, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnager, will have two performances beginning at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 in Cold Spring. (courtesy of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival)

All is Calm staged to mark Christmas Truce centennial

If someone took a poll as to which of all the wars in recorded history was most heartbreakingly pointless and wasteful, World War I would undoubtedly win hands-down. And that’s true not only…

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