Fran Lebowitz is often compared to Dorothy Parker for her quintessential-New-Yorker sensibility and her no-holds-barred acid wit. Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally bestselling author, award-winning critic and essayist and columnist for Harper’s. He he has been dubbed “arguably the best writer and critic at work today” by The New York Review of Books and “a brilliant storyteller” by The Times of London. (photo by Matt Mendelsohn)

Critical mass: Daniel Mendelsohn in conversation with Fran Lebowitz at Bard

For Bard College literature and theater students, the bad news is that superstar fantasy author Neil Gaiman is taking a year off from his teaching duties to write his next novel. The good…

Pirates Canoe

Pirates Canoe plays Unison in New Paltz this Friday

“Hopelessly stuck somewhere between American and Japanese,” says the band Pirates Canoe of themselves. Sometimes a trio, sometimes a sextet, Pirates Canoe began perfecting their lithe, fine and eclectic take on eccentric Americana…


Video: Amorous amphibians party all night in New Paltz vernal pool

Each spring after the first good rainfall, legions of amphibians make their way to vernal pools to mate. This year, with the lack of any snowmelt to speak of, the water levels were…

Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf to play UPAC

The Bardavon presents classic rock legend Meat Loaf at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. It is a rare chance to see one of…

This year’s Festival of Dance performers include the D’amby Project, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (shown above), the Energy Dance Company, the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, the Neville Dance Theatre, Silver Screen Ballroom and the Syncopated City Dance Company.

Festival of Dance at UPAC in Kingston

The increasing popularity of competitive “dance-off” programs has been one of the happier outcomes of the rise of reality TV. Even for us natural-born klutzes, there’s a visceral thrill in watching people who…


Rosendale’s Market Market hosts comic Corinne Fisher

Continuing their presentation of independent comics, Market Market in Rosendale hosts standup Corinne Fisher on Saturday, March 12 at 10 p.m. Fisher is one half of Sorry about Last Night, her comedy writing-and-performance duo…

(Courtesy of Tonner Doll Company)

Robert Tonner’s exquisite dolls on view at SUNY-Ulster

Robert Tonner, Kingston-based creator of exquisitely detailed collectible dolls, was recently named SUNY-Ulster’s artist-in-residence for 2016. It’s a move likely to attract attention to the community college’s new Associate’s Degree program in Fashion…


London revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Rosendale Theatre

This Sunday afternoon and again on Tuesday evening, the Rosendale Theatre presents the latest in its series of screenings of classic works captured live on the British stage via National Theatre from London….

Sheila Jordan (photo by Ed Cohen)

Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown to play Jazzstock in Woodstock

It will be a duo of duos on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. when Jazzstock welcomes the legendary and ageless jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan. The 87-year-old Jordan, who once jammed with Charlie…

SUNY-Ulster’s Quimby Theatre plays host this Saturday evening to the 24th annual DanceFest! spotlighting the latest productions from 12 Hudson Valley dance studios. World dance, ballet, modern and other styles will be represented as each troupe takes the stage in turn. (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

DanceFest at SUNY-Ulster to feature 12 troupes

Each winter, after the season of prancing Scrooges and pirouetting Sugar Plum Fairies has come to an end, dance schools and companies around the region turn their attention to a broader range of…

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