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The Crucible meets The Exorcist in The Witch

Being an unabashed Wiccan sympathizer whose 1980s handfasting (Pagan wedding) ceremony was officiated by Drawing down the Moon author Margot Adler herself, this reviewer has scant patience for the way that witches are…

Scene from Mia Madre featuring John Turturro.

Free members’ screening of Moretti’s Mia Madre at Upstate Films Rhinebeck

Mia Madre (2015), the latest film by Palme D’Or-winning Italian director Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, Dear Diary, We Have a Pope), had its New York City premiere at the New York Film…

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Don’t frack with America: The unofficial premiere of Dear President Obama

When Jon Bowermaster’s Oceans 8 Films released the documentary Dear Governor Cuomo in 2012, its aim was to raise public consciousness about the dangers of hydrofracking, drawing on the scary experiences of our…

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Thomas Cole’s studio, demolished 40 years ago, is coming back to life

After a long campaign of research, fundraising and construction, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill is nearly ready to unveil its new “New Studio,” an on-site replica of the Italianate building…

The Tasting Menu will consist of eight short plays with one important thing in common: Each incorporates a delectable dish that will then be offered on a tasting menu at a special post-performance reception at the CIA in Hyde Park. (photo by Jen Kiaba)

Ten-Minute Play Festival (with tasty treats) at the CIA in Hyde Park

Poughkeepsie’s Half Moon Theatre has been curating an annual short play festival for the past five years, and the sixth – coming up this weekend – is thematically organized to reflect the stage…

The 2015 HVP String Competition winner Robert Anemone

Fiddling while Tuscany burns: HVP’s 2016 String Competition

Now in its 44th year, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) String Competition has long been an opportunity for rising young stars of classical music to give their careers a boost. Among its best-known…

Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie is just one of 225 restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 7-20).

Grand prix fixe: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Founder The Valley Table still calls its affordable regional food celebration Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, even though the semiannual event now lasts a full two weeks each time it graces us with its…

Maggie Smith in The Lady In The Van

Maggie Smith is the neighbor from Hell

As rude, benighted and uncivilized a culture as we are, America doesn’t designate and venerate people as Living National Treasures the way Japan does, or Australia. And even if we did, we couldn’t…

Soprano Zoe Johnson as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute Redux (Bard Conservatory)

Bard premiere of Maurice Sendak opera paired with Magic Flute, Redux

There are certain artforms that can seem inaccessible, even intimidating, if we aren’t exposed to them early in life – opera being perhaps the most obvious example. And yet it’s full of spectacle…

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Photography advocate/collector Howard Greenberg to talk at Dorsky Museum

In our neck of the woods, Howie Greenberg emerged in the 1970s as an affable hippie Psych major with a talent for taking photos, a good eye for other people’s work and a…

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