DanceFest! this Saturday at SUNY-New Paltz

The Rosendale-based Vanaver Caravan will bring together ten different Hudson Valley dance schools for the 22nd annual collaborative extravaganza called DanceFest! at SUNY-New Paltz’s McKenna Theatre on Saturday, March 1, with two performances…

SUNY-New Paltz stages Sam Shepard’s Buried Child

The drama that in 1978 firmly established Sam Shepard’s name among the pantheon of great modern playwrights, Buried Child, is a strange and challenging piece of work. By turns grim, darkly comedic and…

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Ode to a musical vehicle for joy – and protest

The great paintings and sculptures that were liberated near the end of World War II from their intended destination in a “Führermuseum,” as depicted in the current movie The Monuments Men, were not…

The Lego Movie is thoughtful fun for all ages

Sometimes the most accessible and pleasurable antidote to midwinter cabin fever is a movie that’s really lightweight, silly and fun. Hollywood studios usually seem to assume that the time when we most want…

Romeo & Juliet deconstructed at Bard

Remember the kids’ party game Telephone? It’s reportedly played all over the world; but depending on where you grew up, you may know it as Gossip, Grapevine, Operator, Secret Message, Pass the Message…

A Streetcar Named Desire in Rhinebeck

The creative minds of Up in One Productions are at it again, returning to the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck for the next two weekends with a show that’s about as different…

Loki versus the plebeians: Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus

Ask random Shakespeare fans what their favorite is among the Bard’s plays, and the likelihood is very low that many – if indeed any, unless they’re actors – will mention Coriolanus. T. S….

Old stuff worth saving: The Monuments Men

Ever get to feeling like we, the American moviegoing public, went astray somewhere along the way, becoming so enamored of our own sophistication that we got too jaded to enjoy a real old-fashioned…

Crazy for you: Next to Normal on stage in Rhinebeck

Got someone within your family circle who’s more of a challenge to love than most, on account of the fact that he or she suffers from a serious mental illness? Welcome to the…

Shelter film premiere, panel discussion on domestic violence in Kingston

In this issue of Almanac Weekly and elsewhere you’ll be hearing a lot this week about the global One Billion Rising movement to resist violence against women – and in particular about events…

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