(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…

Equivocation’s  Lou Trapani as Shagspeare & Molly Feibel as his daughter Judith.

An explosive plot: Equivocation in Rhinebeck

Efforts by politicians to entice or intimidate media people, artists, tastemakers and opinion-shapers in order to frame and spin their dirty doings for public consumption are nothing new. In the wake of 9/11…

Ingrid Bergman at Stromboli, Italy, 1949 (Gordon Parks)

Center for Photography at Woodstock’s auction & gala

What the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) does – and has done for more than 35 years – is remarkable on a national level, and absolutely incredible for a local arts organization….

John Scofield (photo by Nick Suttle)

Scofield rejoins Medeski at Woodstock Jazz Festival

Here is a story about jazz, rock and jazz/rock. It’s all conjecture and fantasy, but I suspect that there is some truth in it. The occasion of this story is Juice, the outstanding…

The Both (photo by Christian Lantry)

The Both play Bearsville on Friday

It is hard to write about The Both. The press materials consist mostly of the band’s two genuinely significant American songwriters – smart-pop legend Aimee Mann and the exuberant do-it-yourself smart-punk Ted Leo –…

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…

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Kids’ Almanac (October 2-9)

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs   Check out the view from Rhinebeck’s Ferncliff Forest! I drove by Ferncliff Forest for…

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HV Philharmonic to perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Last April the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) presented one of its most ambitious projects ever, a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection, with augmented orchestra, large chorus and orchestra. This season…

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