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…

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds stand in front of the stolen Gustav Klimt masterpiece Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer in Woman in Gold

How Maria got her Klimts back

Just about a year ago, The Monuments Men was making the rounds of local cinemas, and hanging in there a fair bit longer than most top-echelon film critics would have predicted. In the…

Sitar titan Ravi Shankar was also a master of the santoor, and his chief student on that instrument was Tarun Bhattacharya (above). Today, Bhattacharya is one of the leading exponents of Indian classical music, as well as a noted mathematician and anti-polio activist.

Santoor titan, noted mathematician & anti-polio activist Tarun Bhattacharya at Woodstock’s Kleinert

One of the oldest families of stringed instruments in the world, dating back at least to ancient Mesopotamia and known by many names, manifests in the contemporary English-speaking world as the hammered dulcimer….


Hudson Valley Philharmonic to perform Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America at Bardavon

As you leaf through that coffee-table book of magnificent black-and-white landscape photography by the great Ansel Adams, what soundtrack is playing in your head? Some sort of traditional folk music, perhaps? If classical…

Happy contestant on the traveling Price is Right Live!

Mid-Hudson Civic Center hosts The Price is Right Live! in Poughkeepsie

Except for a seven-year hiatus in the late ’60s and early ’70s, The Price Is Right has been on the air continuously since 1956. Whether you picture Bill Cullen, Bob Barker or Drew…

Home features the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin. (Dreamworks)

Kolonialism for kids: Home offers gently subversive fun

It’s that post-Oscars doldrums time of year, when week after week, there’s nothing new in your local cinemas that’s particularly tempting. But Easter vacation invariably brings some family-friendly releases, and occasionally an outstanding…

Laurie Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist, she has created pioneering works that span the worlds of art, theater and experimental music. She  was also appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA. (photo by Tim Knox)

Avant-goddess: Laurie Anderson and Neil Gaiman at Bard

Now that fantasy author extraordinaire Neil Gaiman is on the faculty at Bard College, teaching just one class per semester, third- and fourth-year students dream and scheme to be among the favored few…

Jacob Horstmeier, Kelsey Landon, Brandon Jones and Michael Rhodes (photo by Deborah Lopez Lynch)

Tivoli’s Tangent Theatre to perform Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero

One of the Hudson Valley’s more intriguing stage troupes these days is the Tangent Theatre Company, known for its annual NEWvember Festival showcasing the best newly written plays and its regular pub reading…

The ‘Til Death Do Us Part  story in Wild Tales (Relajes Salvages) features Erica Rivas and Diego Gentile.

Wild Tales from Argentina

Whichever anonymous Old Testament author coined the phrase “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord” was dispensing sage advice. One of the lessons that wise people learn from experience is that the taste of…

A native of Ukraine, Vadym Kholodenko won the coveted Gold Medal at the 14th Van Cliburn International Competition

Amadeus Live with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Poughkeepsie

It’s hard to go wrong with Mozart when you’ve got an appetite for a triple whammy of classical immersion. Continuing its 2014/15 season – its 55th – at the grand old Bardavon 1869…

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