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…

helena @

The changing face of classical music in the Hudson Valley

  When I came to the Hudson Valley four decades ago, there was not very much classical music in the area. Maverick Concerts had been in existence for more than half a century,…

And the Whale Carried Us by Rachel Blumberg

Exhibition by artist/drummer Rachel Blumberg in New Paltz

Team Love RavenHouse Gallery, located in downtown New Paltz, doesn’t just show art; it also presents musical performances and sponsors community forums. For example, in conjunction with its last exhibit, Andrea Frank’s “Systems:…

O+ @

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…

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…

(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,…

artswalk @

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…

mister roper @

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…

Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly © 2014 All Rights Reserved

An Ulster Publishing publication