Hair of the Dog

Getting their Irish up

Irish music has gone through many iterations over the millennia, and in a way has come full circle with today’s crop of fiery, profane purveyors of Celtic rock. Born out of a mystical…

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois and Ben Foster as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (photo by Alastair Muir)

Stella by stagelight

This Sunday, November 23, the Rosendale Theatre continues its popular monthly series of encore broadcasts of top British stage productions from National Theatre Live in London with a matinée screening of Tennessee Williams’…

Michael Keaton in Birdman

Michael Keaton soars above life’s mundane defeats in Birdman

For argument’s sake, let’s start from the basic premise that comic-book superhero movies are, in essence, dumb: the visual-entertainment equivalent of empty calories. They’re crowdpleasers that mint more money than the US government,…

The International Pickle Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, November 23 in Rosendale. (photo by Mike)

Rosendale hosts International Pickle Festival

A mainstay of Rosendale’s claim to the title of Festival Town, the International Pickle Festival returns to the Recreation Center on Route 32 this Sunday. More than 100 vendors of all things pickled…

(Courtesy of Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival)

Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival in Poughkeepsie

Ready or not, the barrage of winter holiday hype is beginning to wash over us, including many a reference to “holiday spirits” of the alcoholic sort. Soon it’ll be hard to find a…

Rent continues onstage at McKenna Theatre on the SUNY-New Paltz campus this Thursday through Saturday, November 20 to 22, beginning at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinée this Sunday, November 23.

Rent on stage at SUNY-New Paltz

If you led anything resembling a Bohemian lifestyle in New York City in the last couple of decades of the 20th century, watching people you knew drop like flies from AIDS was pretty…

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MASS MoCA curator speaks about “Rethinking the Museum Model” in Woodstock

When mid-Hudsonites consider the subject of adaptive reuse of industrial sites to provide large open spaces for the exhibition of modern art, we tend to think first of the former Nabisco-box-manufacturing plant that…

Edward Snowden and his girlfriend Lindsey Mills in Russia in Citizenfour

Say hi to Big Brother in Citizenfour

Fans of political thrillers, documentaries and horror movies are generally viewed as different demographics. But a new film about to hit the screens – and to generate tons of paranoid buzz – is…

Emad Shahin (photo by Ahmad El-Nemr)

Egyptian policy expert Emad Shahin at Vassar

If someone asked you to name the three greatest civilizations of the ancient world, you would probably cite the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans – and you would probably think of them…

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Laurel Massé at soon-to-relocate Unison in New Paltz

By the time this issue of Almanac Weekly hits the newsstands, word should be spreading like wildfire that one of New Paltz’s most beloved cultural institutions, the Unison Arts & Learning Center, is…

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