The HVSF Theater Tent (photo by William Marsh)

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival opens its 29th season

If you heard that some startup local theatrical troupe was about to put on its first summer Shakespeare production out-of-doors, what would be your first guess as to which play they would select?…

(Photo provided by Woodstock Playhouse)

Hudson Valley summer stage preview

Bard SummerScape, June 25-August 16, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and cabaret – as well as theater, dance and cinema to…

After 12 years as the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and nine years prior to that as the host of Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and then ABC, it’s easy to forget that Maher got his start in standup comedy and knows how to fly solo.

Bill Maher on stage at UPAC in Kingston

Late-night TV’s most popular equal-opportunity offender, Bill Maher, is coming back to Kingston this Saturday for an evening of sociopolitical satire that will make various segments of his audience laugh, applaud and feel…

The Beekman Boys will be among the high-profile guests at the Country Living Fair at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.

Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck to feature Fabulous Beekman Boys

The scenario of hapless city slickers gamely trying to make a go of living in the country is an old classic, from Aesop’s fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” and Shakespeare’s…

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Pride Week marks 11th anniversary of ground-breaking New Paltz weddings

Village of New Paltz mayor Jason West – who famously kick-started the local Gay Pride movement during his first term by performing same-sex marriages of debatable legality – is about to leave office…

Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, Jacinta Bunnell, author of The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book, and local riot grrrl-inspired band UV! will present a day of feminism, zine-making, coloring books, creativity and live music on May 30 at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock..

Riot grrrl-themed readings, performance & zine workshop in Woodstock

Back in the early 1990s, a mass of angry young women converged: fans of the sounds of punk and hardcore music who wanted the lyrics (and the attitudes of male musicians) to be…

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Upstate Films screens campus rape exposé The Hunting Ground

Can it really be true that one female college student in five gets raped or sexually assaulted on campus by the time she graduates? That shocking statistic has been appearing everywhere of late,…

Expect a hefty selection of material drawn from Dylan’s groundbreaking first electric album, Bringing It All Back Home, whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated this spring. The album’s iconic cover photograph (above), by Daniel Kramer, features Woodstock’s Sally Grossman, the wife of Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background.

Dylan birthday concert to benefit Family of Woodstock

It’s most appropriate that Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and John Herald Fund should be the beneficiaries of the Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration concert, to be hosted this Sunday evening by the Bearsville…

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

Paltzonians always know that the summer tourist season is here when traffic backs up on Main Street all the way from the bridge over the Wallkill to Thruway Exit 18 on Memorial Day…

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Beer here: Saugerties to host Craft Brew Boogaloo

Where are the snows of yesteryear? Or to put it another way, are oppressive heat waves in early May going to be the New Normal in the mid-Hudson Valley post-global warming? Last week’s…

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