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Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs Mahler’s massive “Resurrection” Symphony this Saturday

Why, in this post-Enlightenment age of sophisticated science, do so many otherwise-rational people still cling so tenaciously to belief in a Supreme Being and a glorious afterlife for which there is no testable…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (April 3-10)

“You can get there from here, though there’s no going home. Everywhere you go will be somewhere you’ve never been.” – “Theories of Time and Space” by Natasha Trethewey   Introducing: Kids’ Almanac…

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Actor/author Stephen Tobolowsky headlines Woodstock Writers’ Festival

“I’d rather be a writer than an actor,” said Stephen Tobolowsky, a character actor you’ve probably seen in one of innumerable roles: annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sandy Ryerson on…

Local producer, studio owner and drummer Pete Caigan at the Colony Café in Woodstock (photo by Dion Ogust)

“333” Songwriter Showcase this Friday in Woodstock

When I was a young, unfocused, undisciplined musician, dwarfed by my older brother’s long shadow on the high school dance and battle-of-the-bands scene, if you were getting serious about music, you learned to…

Cyro Baptista (photo by James Rice)

The Mad Scientist of Brazilian Percussion at Falcon

Known as the Mad Scientist of Brazilian Percussion, Cyro Baptista brings his new ensemble Banquet of the Spirits to the Falcon in Marlboro on Friday, April 4. Banquet of Spirits’ eponymous debut was…

Detail from the cover of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Keeper of the chronicles: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s letters discussed in Hyde Park

On Thursday, April 3, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s Henry A. Wallace Center in Hyde Park will continue its ever-impressive series of author talks by hosting third-generation historian Stephen C….

James Howard Kunstler is the author of several great nonfiction books about the global energy predicament (The Long Emergency; Too Much Magic), the fiasco of suburbia (The Geography of Nowhere), and the American revival of urban design (Home from Nowhere; The City in Mind). Kunstler will discuss the real-world issues he tackles in his nonfiction books and how he was inspired to depict the consequences of all that in his recent World Made By Hand series of novels set in the post-oil American future. The third in the four-book series, titled A History of the Future, will be published this September by The Atlantic Monthly Press. “It’s one thing to present an audience with a set of rather scary facts about the fate of their society,” Kunstler said. “I wanted to reach a different part of their brains in my novels — to get them to feel the rich textures and sensations of life in the future in a fully tactile way. I also had a hidden agenda: to present that future in a way that would make it appealing… a place you might actually like to be.” You can attend Kunstler’s talk at the Woodstock Writers’ Festival on April 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. for $15. (photo by Charlie Samuels)

Woodstock Writers’ Festival returns, April 3-6

There will be great books, evocative stories and abundant opportunities for inspiration at the fifth annual Woodstock Writers’ Festival (WWF), April 3 through 6. Here’s a listing of who’s slated to show up,…

Oscar Wilde reclining with Poems, by Napoleon Sarony in New York in 1882.

Something Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest in Woodstock

Times certainly have changed since Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest first opened in London in 1895. The spoof of Victorian manners was a huge hit; but the gay playwright had…

(Photo by Gerard Gaskin)

Inside the House Ballroom Scene with photographer Gerard Gaskin this Saturday

Gerard Gaskin’s Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene – of which the photographer will discuss and sign copies at a special Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center event co-sponsored by the Center for Photography at Woodstock…

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Jeremy Baum touts new CD The Eel this Saturday in Newburgh

Instrumental blues, fusion and funk are typically live-experience genres that depend upon ensemble empathy and the living groove. They pose an interesting challenge in the recording studio: The question is not whether the players…

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