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Great Rides! Film Festival

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Every summer, PS 21 in Chatham hosts a wide-ranging film series, screening everything from gritty indie documentaries to glossy Hollywood musicals. That’s true this summer, too, but this week they’re having a festival within a ...

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Brad Paisley

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Brad Paisley is still touring no the strength of his most recent album, 2014’s Moonshine in the Trunk, which became the singer’s eighth Billboard No. 1 country album last September. But you probably knew that ...

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by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Interpol got their start in the NYC indie scene in the late ’90s at Luna Lounge, playing with bands like the Strokes and the National, and have been called “a paragon of Americana post-punk alt-rock.” ...

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Ajkun Ballet Theatre

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  If you live in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood, there’s one thing you can count on: If it’s July and you bump into a group of tall, athletic, foreign-language speakers in practice clothes, the Ajkun Ballet ...

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Shuggie Otis

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  L.A.'s Shuggie Otis released three critically acclaimed albums of blues, funk, and psychedelic soul in the early ’70s –all before he was 22. For the next 40 years, he didn't release a single piece of ...

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by The Staff July 23, 2015


  If you’ve seen Heart in concert over the last decade, you’re left wondering one thing after the show: How could they possibly have been doing this for 40-plus years? They sound that fresh and that ...

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The Wreckers

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Bard SummerScape is in full swing: They’ve already presented dance and theater, with ongoing events in the Spiegeltent (see the Noteworthy page for the next show), a film series and the Bard Music Festival coming ...

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Skidmore Summer Art Faculty Exhibition

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  It’s the teachers’ turn as the 2015 Skidmore Summer Art Faculty Exhibition opens today (Thursday) in the Schick Art Gallery. The group show will include paintings, prints, sculpture, video and photographs. Ten artists are featured in ...

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The Edgar Winter Band

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Seventies nostalgia is definitely not the only reason to see Edgar Winter onstage at Alive at Five, though "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride" are true classics, as is everything from his monster double-platinum They Only Come ...

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West Side Story

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Romeo and Juliet set in New York City? How is that for a can’t-miss idea? It actually took a decade for Jerome Robbins’ idea to change into the Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents ...

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Best of 2015: Goods & Services

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Best Woman’s Clothing Store Circles Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Circles is a dream of a woman’s clothing store. With their spectacular hard-to-find clothing selection, sexy store design and experienced and attentive sales team, Cirles is the place you’ll be ...


Best of 2015: People & Places

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Best Civil Rights Advocate Angelica Clarke It’s been a big year for civil rights activism, and Albany is lucky to boast more than a handful of dedicated organizers, but the new executive director of the Social Justice ...

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Best of 2015: Media

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Daily Newspaper The Daily Gazette There is something worth reading in every section of The Daily Gazette. Their local news and sports coverage is solid; their arts section expanded this year with the Thursday Ticket insert, ...


Best of 2015: Food & Drink

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Restaurant Café Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany The link between this restaurant and its spiritual home of Florence, Italy, is reinforced by the trips Café owner Jim Rua takes to that city each year, bringing back more ...


Best of 2015: Arts & Entertainment

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Museum The Hyde Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls The Hyde Collection as it stands today is the product of generous 20th-century philanthropy and deft 21st-century vision. Earlier this month TripAdvisor, aka “the world’s largest travel website,” ...


Metroland for Sale

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  HERE'S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Metroland Ownership Group Seeks Buyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015 Albany, N.Y.: After 20 years of continuous publication, the current ownership group of Metroland is seeking to retire from publishing and find a ...


National Ballet of China

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Founded in 1959, the National Ballet of China performs a varied repetoire of homegrown and Western ballets. Fun fact: It was the National Ballet that entertained President Nixon on his visit to China. While Nixon ...

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Simon Mulligan

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  British pianist Simon Mulligan (pictured) takes over the Sembrich Studio for two performances this weekend, which the Sembrich is calling, naturally, A Weekend with Simon Mulligan. On Saturday (July 18), Mulligan will perform at piano recital ...

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Murder for Two

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Capital Repertory Theatre’s current production, Murder for Two, lays it all out in the title. It’s two-handed musical comedy mystery with one actor playing the detective (Brandon Lambert through July 19, followed by Ian Lowe) ...

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Iris DeMent

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent has built a loyal following over the last couple of decades with her intelligent, heartfelt country-folk songs that have explored everything from small-town life to religion and relationships. She’s coming to the ...

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Royal Blood

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Missing the killer bass? For a band who can rival early Queens of the Stone Age (with a run at late-’80s Flaming Lips) for bass-driven heaviosity, look no further than Royal Blood—and be amazed that ...

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Cheick Hamala Diabate

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Cheick Hamala Diabate is a master of the traditional Malian instrument called the ngoni (a string instrument related to the banjo) and a renowned West African historian in the 800-year-old griot tradition—sharing the history and ...

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Mary Fahl

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Anne Rice is a fan. In fact, Mary Fahl, former lead singer for the haunting alt-folk act October Project, wrote a song for one of Rice’s audiobooks. Fahl is quite a storyteller herself, as evidenced by ...

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Send for the Million Men

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Once upon a time, the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti was well known—and the U.S. government spoke of them in terms reserved for terrorists today. Alas, these two Italian immigrant anarchists, who were ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Saratoga Shakespeare Company return this week with their Congress Park production of the Bard’s bittersweet comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost. In this romantic tangle, a king and his companions swear off the company of women for ...

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