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NYS Sheep & Wool Festival at Dutchess Fairgrounds

According to ancient Greek mythology, the lifespan of every man and woman lies in the hands of three fiber artists, the Moirai or Fates: Clotho, who spins out the thread of life, Lachesis,…

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Sassy, star-powered & socially responsible: 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival

Those Fiercely Independent folks are back, and if you move fast you can still get a piece of the onscreen action. Yes, this week marks the return of the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF)…

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Almost nothing is what it seems in David Fincher’s twisty Gone Girl

Because the Village Voice’s resident movie reviewer Jonas Mekas was off making a film of his own in June of 1960, when Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released, a still-youngish journalist named Andrew Sarris…

Valley Uprising co-director Nick Rosen working in Yosemite (photo by courtesy of Sender Films)

New Paltz Climbing Film Festival

“There’s a fine line between boldness and stupidity.” So says one veteran climber in the trailer for Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution, the centerpiece of the 2014 Reel Rock Film Tour, which…

David Sedaris

David Sedaris at Bardavon

Nearly all of us can cite fortuitous media moments when we witnessed history as it happened. It was my good fortune to be listening to Morning Edition on December 23, 1992, when National…

The Hannah Arendt Center’s seventh annual international fall conference, “The Unmaking of Americans,” runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 9 and 10 at Olin Hall on the Bard campus, and is open to the general public by advance registration.

Top thinkers duke it out over “American Exceptionalism” at Bard

Itching to pick a fight with someone today? Are you aghast at the apathy of your fellow Americans, who seem to be wandering about in a haze, numbed by their latest addictive consumer…

Still from This Is Where I Leave You .

Putting the fun back in funeral in This Is Where I Leave You

What does it say about our times that dysfunctional family comedies have become a freestanding subgenre in the moviemaking universe? Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You is the second example of…

Equivocation’s  Lou Trapani as Shagspeare & Molly Feibel as his daughter Judith.

An explosive plot: Equivocation in Rhinebeck

Efforts by politicians to entice or intimidate media people, artists, tastemakers and opinion-shapers in order to frame and spin their dirty doings for public consumption are nothing new. In the wake of 9/11…

Audrey Niffenegger (photo by Stephen DeSantis)

Neil Gaiman on stage with author Audrey Niffenegger at Bard

Successfully recruiting Neil Gaiman to join the faculty last year was more than just a brilliant branding maneuver for Bard College; it also pays ample dividends in terms of being able to offer…

Sojourner Truth c. 1870

Follow in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps

For many years I’ve been maintaining that if the Town of New Paltz had a white male hero associated with it of the historic significance of Sojourner Truth, a big statue of him…

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