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O+ Festival in Uptown Kingston

  Revisiting its original video trailer/teaser, I am reminded that Kingston’s innovative O+ Festival, now flourishing in its fifth year and celebrated far beyond our regional borders, was originally conceived as something stopgap…

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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…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (Oct. 9-16)

“There once was a middle-aged woman that lived in a van, who had so many passwords to remember, she thought of sticking her head in some sand. Or SAND? or sand998?” – Bonni,…

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ArtsWalk peaks this weekend in Hudson with art openings, readings & music

Columbia County’s massive ArtsWalk hits its striding mid-festival peak this weekend with a host of events as it marches on through its multi-week run in Hudson and environs. Artwise, the big events include…

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Mister Roper showcases new CD at Towne Crier

Mister Roper, the long-running songwriting and recording duo of Rick Schneider and Eric Squindo, make a sprightly and tender brand of folk/rock mixed up with a moody Americana of Biblical gravity and heft….

Sneetch-inspired peacock by Michelle Moore, sponsored by Ryan, Roach & Ryan, LLP on Green Street

Tails of the city

If, as Marshall McLuhan once said, the medium is the message, Kingstonians should be proud of their new (unofficial) city symbol: a flock of 22 wildly decorated three-foot-high polystyrene plastic peacocks mounted on…

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…

(Photo by Julie O’Connor)

Open House Day at Slabsides

David Schuyler, author of Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909, will speak about the shaping of John Burroughs’ nature philosophy and his importance in the quickly changing late 19th…

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Thousands flock to Hudson’s two-week Artswalk

For two weeks in October, Hudson will be transformed into a giant art gallery with the commencement of ArtsWalk, hosted by the Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA), on October 5. Paintings, photographs,…

Dan Tepfer (photo by Vincent Seyez)

Dan Tepfer to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations

When the young French-American jazz pianist Dan Tepfer brought his version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the Jazz at the Maverick series in Woodstock last year, this critic viewed the coming event with…

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