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…

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela will visit this year’s Woodstock Film Festival. His music is featured in Michael Lessac’s documentary A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake.

Hugh Masekela coming to Woodstock Film Festival

Don’t wait until the movies that you most wanted to see at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival are already sold out. Tickets are on sale right now, and can be ordered online at…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville

Like other much-maligned members of the cabbage family, the humble cauliflower tends to go underappreciated nowadays. Mark Twain famously wrote, in Pudd’nhead Wilson, that “a cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a…

Karl Berger (photo by Dion Ogust)

Creative Music Studio concert series in Big Indian

Folks who remember the Creative Music Studio (CMS) in Woodstock in the heady days of the 1970s and ’80s must be pleased to know that the seminal think tank/teaching institute that coined the…

(Photo by Alen Fetahi​

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties

One of the earliest signs that glorious autumn has come to upstate New York is the reappearance of the by-now-venerable Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, which returns this weekend to Cantine Field in Saugerties….

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip To Italy

The Trip to Italy does nothing new, but in a funny way

Of late, food porn has leapt off the pages of glossy magazines to constitute a movie genre of its own, successfully manifesting just these past few months in Chef and The 100-Foot Journey….

Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton in the 1984 cult classic Repo Man.

BasilicaScope highlights work of Alex Cox in Hudson

Basilica Hudson is rapidly emerging as a truly cutting-edge Hudson Valley performing arts venue, following up last weekend’s SoundScape extravaganza of indie and experimental music with a weekend film festival called BasilicaScope. The…

(Left) Hans Holbein the Elder (German, ca. 1465 - 1524) Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1508, silverpoint, ink, and chalk heightened with white on white prepared paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Woodner Collection; (right) Hans Burgkmair I (German, 1473 - 1531) and Jost de Negker (German, ca. 1485 - 1544) Emperor Maximilian I on Horseback, 1508/1518, chiaroscuro woodcut printed from two blocks on laid paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection.

“Imperial Augsburg” at Vassar pays tribute to hotbed of Renaissance art

If asked to name European cities that were major hotbeds of Renaissance culture, not many Americans would find “Augsburg” leaping to the tip of their tongue. That’s not because the ancient Bavarian city…

Learn how to facelift the natural way in the 1996 video Facercize. (Courtesy of Found Footage Festival)

Found Footage Festival screens weird video gems in Woodstock

It’s always instructive to take a mental step back from total immersion in our day-to-day concerns and think about what an anthropologist from another planet or a historian from the future would make…

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