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Filmmaker Josh Ruben returns to the community he loves

Filmmaker Josh Ruben returns to the community he loves

Although he left the Hudson Valley to pursue the performer’s life almost two decades ago, actor-writer-director Josh Ruben, Onteora Class of 2001, is realizing hard-won dreams back on home turf. He spent 14 days last winter in a Cooper Lake cabin, directing and starring in his self-penned horror comedy Scare Me, his feature debut. AMC’s streaming horror platform, Shudder, acquired the work, which screened at Sundance in January (one reviewer called it “exceptionally funny”).

Fishes & dishes in Woodstock

Fishes & dishes in Woodstock

The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum is focusing the second main-gallery exhibition of its second century on still-life painting, using a painting from its permanent collection by the rakish “abstract realist” Romanian-American painter and police reporter De Hirsh Margules as a springboard. The show is called  Fish and Dish: A Fresh Take on Still Life.

First Kurtág festival at Bard

First Kurtág festival at Bard

On February 16, a program at Bard College’s Bitó Conservatory Building devoted to the music of Hungarian composer György Kurtág, planned as the first of an annual festival, proved both fascinating and exhausting.

Burnt Orange Heresy screens at Upstate Woodstock

Burnt Orange Heresy screens at Upstate Woodstock

How do you make a modern film noir that’s worldly enough to tackle the strange shape of today’s undulating economics? We checked in with producer Bill Horberg, a Woodstock resident, who’ll be screening his latest work, The Burnt Orange Heresy, at Upstate Films Woodstock as a benefit for the Woodstock Film Festival at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 29 at Upstate Films Woodstock, 132 Tinker Street. 

Pages for the ages: Local books reviewed

Pages for the ages: Local books reviewed

Reviewed: David Levine’s The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years: A Mostly Chronological and Occasionally Personal History; Alan Via’s Doghiker: Great Hikes with Dogs from the Adirondacks through the Catskills; Rabbi Jonathan Kligler’s latest, Turn It and Turn It, for Everything Is in It: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion; and Christian Hall’s American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence.

Ruth Lauer-Manenti’s Remnants at CPW

Ruth Lauer-Manenti’s Remnants at CPW

There’s a brittle beauty in Ruth Lauer-Manenti’s work, which will be shown in the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s solo exhibition gallery alongside its latest Members’ Show, beginning with a 4 p.m.-6 p.m. reception on Saturday, February 8. Lauer-Manenti was chosen as Reviewers’ Pick during the Woodstock Portfolio Reviews of CPW members last year. The result is Ruth Lauer-Maneti’s Remnants.