Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship puts the caustic back in Austen

Screenwriter/director Whit Stillman had to sell his Manhattan apartment to make his first feature film, Metropolitan, in 1990. But if money had been no object, it’s a fair bet that he would have…

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Actress/singer/comic Jackie Hoffman on stage at the CIA in Hyde Park

“If you hear a noise that threatens to shatter the windows and buckle the sidewalks, it’s only Jackie Hoffman,” Ben Brantley once wrote in The New York Times. With her rubber face, big,…

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Shadowland kicks off season with John Cariani’s Last Gas

Good news for typologically challenged drama fans: You no longer need to remember whether Ellenville’s delightfully restored vaudeville house calls itself the Shadowland “Theatre” (correct) or “Theater.” Since the organization has acquired another…

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival season gets underway with previews of As You Like It beginning on June 7, Macbeth on June 8 and Measure for Measure on June 9 at Boscobel. (photo by William Marsh)

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival launch season at Boscobel

The joys of June are myriad: time off from school, swimming, picnics and baseball, strawberry-picking and shortcake-baking, long lazy afternoons in a hammock with a good book. And for some, the most eagerly…

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Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck

People whose childhoods happened before the age of the Internet often have fond memories of transforming a big fat Sears or Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue into a personal wish book, inscribing their initials…

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Top event designer to share his secrets in Rhinebeck

Ever consider that resolutions of the sort that people make at the turning of the year might be more achievable if they consisted less of abstemious messages like “Eat fewer desserts” or “Give…

Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry in Philadelphia will demonstrate methods for making artisanal vegan cheeses at the Vegan Vitality celebration in High Falls.

Vegan Vitality at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Craft beer festivals and wine-trail tours aren’t for everyone. If your wickedest self-indulgence is an occasional mildly fermented dose of caffeine, you might have more fun at the Vegan Vitality celebration this Sunday…

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Craft Brew Boogaloo & Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Saugerties

Sometimes we find that good ol’ American “rugged individualism” ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that seeking strength in unity, leveraging the unique talents and specializations of diverse partners, is more…

Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans in Captain America: Civil War

Is Civil War the best Avengers-related Marvel movie yet?

Funny how “patriotism” gets continually redefined depending on such variables as which party currently holds the presidency, whether or not the nation is officially at war or how well the economy’s doing. Surely…

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Gidion’s Knot at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill

With no end in sight to the trend of violent, sometimes deadly incidents happening in our schools, teachers, parents, administrators and students all have to struggle to find the precarious balance among safety,…

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