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Don Byron (photo by Dion Ogust)

Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet to raise the roof in Stone Ridge

The reed-player and jazz composer/interpreter Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet routinely raises roofs and brings audiences almost involuntarily to their feet. Vocalist D. K. Dyson can be as smoldering and subtle as she…

Suzanna Hermans will conduct a panel discussion with three writers: the wonderful Gail Godwin (above), Valerie Martin and Koren Zailckas on Saturday at 12:30 at the Elmendorph Inn on North Broadway. (photo by Beth Blis)

Red Hook hosts Read Local Literary Festival

The upcoming third annual Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 in venues in the village of Red Hook, with a full schedule…

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Bruce Katz headlines Pro Jam 5 at Hudson’s Club Helsinki

The Hudson Valley has long served as a home and haven in the hills for many professional musicians, but as a rule they have made their bread elsewhere. In recent years, however, we’ve…

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Johnny Clegg plays Bardavon this Sunday

The founder of the seminal South African Bands Juluka and Savuka, Johnny Clegg performs at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House on Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Clegg is significant in his home…

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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…

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Graphic novel titans Art Spiegelman & Neil Gaiman at Bard

Once upon a time, comic books were for kids – particularly kids who didn’t care much for reading real books. Mostly they were about superheroes, although Classics Illustrated provided a handy tool for…

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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…

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,…

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