Jessica Love, Sean McNall and Annie Purcell in Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's Measure for Measure (T. Charles Erickson)

An unflinching-but-funny Measure for Measure at Boscobel

Perplexed as he was by the question, “What does a woman want?” it seems likely that Sigmund Freud was unfamiliar with the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Had the Father of Psychoanalysis being paying…

Each year on the second Saturday in July, known as Stone House Day, the owners of some of Hurley’s most historic buildings (which include some of America’s oldest stone houses) throw their doors open for our enjoyment. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 9, it’s your chance to pay a visit and inspect the stone houses’ fascinating interiors at your leisure during Hurley’s 66th annual Stone House Day. Pictured above: An old coal stove that has been modified to use electricity in the residence used for shooting the Dustin Hoffman-Jessica Lange film Tootsie. This home will be open for Stone House Day. (Courtesy of Stone House Day)

Stone House Day in Hurley on Saturday

Unlike the stone houses on New Paltz’s historic Huguenot Street, which are kept open to the public on a regular basis as a living museum, the 230-to-330-year-old dwellings of Hurley’s Dutch settlers are…

Robert Cenedella in 1988 in his Manhattan studio.

Popping Pop’s bubble

In 1811, young poet-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from Oxford University for anonymously publishing a pamphlet titled The Necessity of Atheism. Nearly 150 years later, during the Cold War era, young painter-to-be…

Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in Finding Dory

The one that got away

School’s out for the summer, so kid-friendly movies are needed to provide air-conditioned refuges for families on brutally hot and humid days. Happily, the latest offering from Pixar, while not quite up to…

Artist Annie O'Neill talking about her piece in Unison's Sculpture Garden

Outdoor sculpture exhibition in New Paltz

Along with the big guns like the Storm King Art Center and Art OMI, the mid-Hudson Valley boasts a variety of smaller gems of outdoor sculpture installations awaiting your summertime discovery. One of…

Assassins cast members (from left to right):Jeremy Ratel; Nick Glosque; Vera Perry; Monte Stone; Kolrick Greenhouse; Justin Stockslager and Max Green (photo by Ken Dreyfack)

America, as seen through its villains

Stephen Sondheim has never been afraid to visit the dark side of the stage musical, and with the possible exception of Sweeney Todd, his 1990 work Assassins (with book by John Weidman) may…

Talise Trevigne as Iris in the Bard SummerScape Production of Iris | Photo by Todd Norwood

SummerScape launches seven weeks of Puccini

Among the most anticipated summer pleasures of the mid-Hudson Valley is Bard SummerScape, which uses a celebration of a different particular classical composer each year as an excuse to unlock a treasure chest…

Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig in Maggie's Plan

Maggie’s Plan is a neo-screwball success

Once in a while I fall suddenly, irrevocably head-over-heels for an actor who hasn’t made much of an impression previously, because he or she normally plays secondary or tertiary roles, but has finally…

Mark Rothko in the studio (Wikimedia Commons)

Rothko shows his true colors in Red

Now known as Shadowland Stages as it expands to encompass a black-box theater in a nearby building, Ellenville’s favorite Art Deco cultural nexus continues its 2016 season with a three-weekend run of John…

Maverick Concert Hall (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Maverick opens its 101st season

Just last month, Maverick Concerts received an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Preservation League of New York State for the recent renovations to the beloved rustic music chapel on the…

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