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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…

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Kathleen Madigan plays UPAC in Kingston

Comedian Kathleen Madigan will bring her droll wit about family, terrorists, the post office and Irish dwarves to the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston on Sunday, October 12 at 7 p.m….

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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….

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…

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…

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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