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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…

Don Cheadle (pictured above in Miles Ahead) reportedly spent six years learning to play the trumpet well enough to get the finger movements right onscreen, even while knowing that the sound would be dubbed over.

Don Cheadle impresses in uneven anti-biopic Miles Ahead

When jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, his nephew announced that Don Cheadle was the only person the family would consider to star…

Mabel the Whale by Jocelyn Gayle Krodman. Krodman's PetitFelts is just one of many vendors at this weekend's juried Farm & Flea Spring Market at Basilica Hudson. “Picture spring dresses, vintage garden sets, wild edibles and maybe even a maypole,” says Basilica Hudson director/co-founder Melissa Auf der Maur.

Makers make their mark at Basilica Hudson’s Farm & Flea Market

For Mothers’ Day weekend 2016, there’ll be some changes made at Basilica Hudson. The freestanding Ramp Festival of the past five years has been subsumed into a new Farm & Flea Spring Market:…

New documentary Dying to Know explores the lifelong friendship of Timothy Leary (middle) and Ram Dass (left)

The long strange trip of Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

Psychology professors Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert began a lifelong friendship in 1960, when they launched the Harvard Psilocybin Project. Doing clinical studies with prisoners, Leary discovered that guided therapy using…

When European-immigrant women in New York State began to organize for their rights in 1848, they took their cue from the nearby Haudenosaunee communities

Women voted in New York… before Columbus

As the election of a female US president begins to seem a more likely thing to occur within our own lifetimes than many imagined possible, one of the political questions that currently rages…

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Half Moon Theatre serves up delectably funny Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the CIA

Currently running at the Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion Theatre in a new production by the talented performers at Half Moon Theatre, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is what one…

The 26th annual Beltane Festival happens this Saturday, April 30, at the Center for Symbolic Studies (CSS), located at the foot of the Shawangunk cliffs in Tillson. (Center for Symbolic Studies)

Beltane Festival in the shadow of the Shawangunks

Knights and ladies ride horseback around a circle of standing stones. From across a broad meadow, a gaily clad procession approaches singing “Hal-an-Tow” and “Sumer Is i-Cumen In,” bearing giant puppets representing the…

Jeff Battersby, Rick Meyer, Michael Frohnhoefer and Brian Mathews in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which features all of Shakespeare's plays in 90 minutes. Directed by Christine Crawfis. (photo by Ann Citron)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in Rosendale

Love Shakespeare? Got some clueless persons in your life who still think of Shakespeare’s works as fusty, stuffy, ponderous and/or incomprehensible? Next week brings a juicy opportunity to clue them in, as the…

Mowgli (Neel Sethi) and Baloo the bear (voiced by Bill Murray) in The Jungle Book. It’s one of the few films I’ve seen lately that is absolutely worth the extra few bucks to rent those goggles.

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Indian-born Rudyard Kipling may have coined the phrase “white man’s burden,” but the question has never been fully resolved as to whether he had genuine empathy for the cultures subjugated by the British…

Special guest Eleanor Owen Seeland, who grew up on the island (her parents, Wayne and Marian Owen, were the assistant superintendents from 1927 to 1942), will make a cameo appearance in Bannerman Island Voices and also be on hand to answer questions afterwards. (Bannerman Castle Trust archive)

Capture the castle: Bannerman Island Voices at the Falcon

A special “Live at the Falcon” brunch presentation on Saturday, April 23 will raise funds toward the preservation of Bannerman Castle, that threatened historical treasure sited on Bannerman/Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. Attendees…

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