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Annual Manual

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  Cheap Eats American The Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American fare. The menu features a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full bar, ...


From Concept to Console

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  The Opalka Gallery emerges from their summer hiatus with a new show opening tomorrow (Friday). The ever-expanding, technologically cutting edge and immensely influential world of gamers and game designers is the focus of From Concept to ...

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The Commons of Pensacola

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  Actress Amanda Peet turned playwright in 2013 with this drama loosely based on the fallout from the Bernie Madoff scandal. The Commons of Pensacola, which is getting its regional premiere beginning this weekend at Curtain ...

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On Screen/Sound No. 2

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  This fall’s Onscreen/Sound series at EMPAC are a series of programs showcasing films “from the past five decades that use human movement to embody the connection between image and sound.” Upcoming evenings will feature work ...

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MaryLeigh Roohan

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  Saturday night’s show at Caffe Lena is a CD release party for singer-songwriter, Saratoga Springs native and Metroland Best Of winner MaryLeigh Roohan. The new album is called Living Alone, and you’ll get a CD ...

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Negura Bunget

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  The most compelling black metal comes from Scandinavia, where it erupted in the early ’90s from the lands of ice and snow that inspired it. Yet there are exceptions, and Negura Bunget (“Black Fog”), from ...

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  Pioneers in orchestral rock composition, Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor (named after a Japanese biker gang) are a challengingly original ensemble—usually at least nine members—trafficking in experimental, chamber-rock, hard ambient, and post-industrial to create immersive ...

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Zac Brown Band

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  The Grammy Award-winning band out of Atlanta have had 10 No. 1 country singles, two platinum albums and one that went triple-platinum. Last month, they sold out three back-to-back shows at Fenway Park and were ...

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Kristin Chenoweth with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth can sing just about anything. In concert on Saturday with the Boston Pops, the 4-foot-11 star with the giant voice will perform some of her favorite film songs, country-pop tunes, operetta selections ...

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From Good Homes

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  This “hick-pop” quintet from northwestern New Jersey settled on their name after being arrested for breaking into a hometown venue to play a Replacements cover after being bumped from the lineup earlier in the evening. ...

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You’re Up, You’re Dressed, You’re Hungry

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  By Caroline Barrett, Ali Hibbs, Stephen Leon, Ann Morrow, and B.A. Nilsson Breakfast or brunch out is a tradition for college students and non-students alike; it’s one of the more affordable meals out, and it’s a ...


Ian Hunter and the Rant Band

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  For years there was a local singer-songwriter named “Ian Hunter,” and we’d list his gigs, always thinking for a split second, “that Ian Hunter?” before realizing, no, it’s the nice, talented local dude with the ...

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Liz Miele

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Like all comedians worth their salt, New York City-based Liz Miele has been doing stand-up forever. Well, at least since she was a teenager. She’s been on Conan’s show and Jon Stewart’s old show and ...

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Idina Menzel

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Broadway audiences have known and loved Idina Menzel, who’s performing at Tanglewood on Saturday night, for almost two decades. This is thanks in large part to her star-making turns as the fiancée/girlfriend from hell in ...

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by The Staff August 27, 2015


  There was a pretty terrible movie called Hitchcock released a couple of years ago. It was a petty and not particularly insightful portrait of director Alfred Hitchcock at the time he was taking the biggest ...

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Counting Crows

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Anyone who listened to the radio in the mid-‘90s knows Counting Crows: Their breakout album, August and Everything After, featured the hit songs “Mr. Jones” (commence earworm), “Rain King” and “Round Here,” a prettier cover ...

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Albany LatinFest

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Come celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic cultural heritage at an all-day Latin festival in Washington Park with musical performances that highlight Hispanic musical genres, good food, art, children's amusements and more. There ...

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Roomful of Teeth

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  This Grammy-winning vocal nine-piece call themselves "a band not a choir" while stating their dedication "to mining the potential of the human voice," including Tuvan throat singing, Appalachian yodeling, operatic Persian trilling, and whispered speech, ...

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Powered Narratives

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  American-born John Stanmeyer is an internationally acclaimed photographer for National Geographic and Time, and large-scale examples of his work are the focus of Powered Narratives, the solo show opening this weekend at the Berkshire Museum. Curator ...

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Kevin Hart

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Kevin Hart is the biggest comedian in America today—and probably tomorrow, too, thanks to the likelihood that his second buddy cop movie with Ice Cube is going to be as big a hit, if not ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  The summer arts season is winding down near and far—but not in Chatham, where today (Thursday), the Mac-Haydn Theatre is opening its next production, the effervescent 1920s-style musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie. It’s the story ...

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Blackbutton, Pitchfork Militia, Noise Between Stations

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  The Boston-based grunge trio Blackbutton will be releasing their last album later this month and will be stopping in Albany as part of their final tour. Described as “relentlessly gritty and unapologetically raw,” these guys ...

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Life in Film

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  Influenced by artists such as Belle and Sebastian and the Smiths, this British indie-pop/jangle-rock quartet got together in London in 2010. The same year, British fashion label Burberry selected one of their songs to open ...

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Anders Osborne

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  Anders Osborne was born in Sweden but grew up in the States, where his early musical inspirations were the singer-songwriters Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jackson Browne; then, when he heard the blues of Robert ...

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Bob Schneider

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  Austin's favorite singer-songwriter, Bob Schneider, is breaking out of the Longhorn corral with his straight-ahead folk rock and "lyrics of loss, betrayal, sorrow." A preeminent winner of the Austin Music Awards, Schneider recently hit the ...

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