(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…

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Elaine Rachlin sings cabaret to welcome Beaujolais Nouveau in Rhinecliff

What qualities of voice are evoked when one is compared to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday? Both divas sang from somewhere below the heart and reached into the hearts of fans everywhere. They…

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…

(Photo by Will Dendis)

Kids’ Almanac (Nov. 20-29)

“Parenting a teenager is a whole different ballgame than parenting a younger child, to be sure. But the answer to the struggles is not more control, but more understanding.” – Jennifer McGrail  …

Jim Decrescenzo

Neil Alexander pays tribute to Jim Decrescenzo in Woodstock

My friend the clown, actor and musical comedian Glen Heroy earns part of his cobbled entertainer’s living from his uncanny ability to “do” Elton John and especially the tremulous, disoriented-but-ever-willing-to-be-Ozzy, late-period Ozzy Osbourne….

The Ice House is a participant in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which ends on November 16.   (courtesy of Poughkeepsie Ice House)

On the waterfront: A meal at the Poughkeepsie Ice House

There are some places where you can catch a meal or drink that are close to the Hudson River, and some that overlook a bit of it. But few are right on it,…

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Mid-Hudson Rainbow Chorus performs in Kingston

The Mid-Hudson Rainbow Chorus will make its debut at a performance at the LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston on Sunday, November 16. Formed less than a year ago, the all-inclusive group of men…

The house, believed to have been built in the 1750s, was gifted to General Montgomery and his wife, Janet Livingston, by Livingston’s grandfather, judge Henry Beekman,

Rare Open House at Rhinebeck’s restored Montgomery House

On Sunday, November 16, for the first time in more than 25 years, the entire first floor of the historic General Richard and Janet Livingston Montgomery House will be open to the public. The house is…

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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…

Poet Leslie Gerber

Leslie Gerber reads Lies of the Poets in Woodstock

Leslie Gerber’s poetic impulse was a long time coming. After a career on radio (WDST), a long stint at mail-order classical music sales and an attempt to play piano, he began writing poems….

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