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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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Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

by The Staff July 17, 2015

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  Tune up you banjo: This is the Northeast’s bluegrass lollapalooza. The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is four days of music, community, fellowship and fun; it is a musical extravaganza that’s also feels like a way ...

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Not-So-OK Computer

by The Staff July 16, 2015

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  Introduction by Stephen Leon The benefits of the vast advancements in technology over the last quarter-century are so ubiquitous that most of us hardly notice them as we go about our day-to-day lives. And I suspect ...

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Red Baraat

by The Staff July 10, 2015


  Every summer, Schenectady's Music Haven Stage in Central Park "travels the world one concert at a time," and on Sunday, it will present a Punjabi party band with a New Orleans-style brass section that NPR ...

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Dale Watson

by The Staff July 10, 2015


  It’s been a long and winding road for country/alt-country singer-guitarist-songwriter Dale Watson. He was born in Alabama and grew up in poverty in Texas, but he and his brother Jim proved musically gifted (as was ...

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“Weird Al” Yankovic

by The Staff July 10, 2015


  When, circa 2008, a then-Metroland music editor wondered how it was possible that “Weird Al” Yankovic had become more musically relevant than Michael Jackson, it seemed like the world had been turned upside down. And ...

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Summertime Meal Times

by The Staff July 9, 2015

  Local schools are on summer break, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation—according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of children in need of nutrition during the summer months is increasing. Locally, there are ...



by The Staff July 9, 2015

  The Mass Live Arts festival (MLA) of experimental theater, cinema, art and performance is currently in full swing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington; this week’s live performance highlight is Andrew Schneider’s ...

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2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

by The Staff July 9, 2015


  It’s time again for the annual Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition; cosponsored by the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Hyde Collection and the University Art Museum, this edition will be at ...

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Beat*Shot Music Festival

by The Staff July 9, 2015


  BeatShot Productions, the local underground music collective founded by prominent local DJ Trumastr Triminghham, have been sharing independent music and underground culture with the Capital Region since 2006. This weekend they’re bringing an extensive line-up ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird

by The Staff July 9, 2015


  This week will see the long-anticipated publication of a book no one ever expected to read, let alone even knew existed: another Harper Lee novel, titled Go Set a Watchman. Lee had protested she had ...

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Climate Contemporary

by The Staff July 9, 2015


  Curated by Rebecca Smith, Climate Contemporary is a five-person exhibit exploring climate change; each artist explores this “global, atmospheric phenomenon through their artistic practice. The artists are Jackie Brookner, Larry Brown (one of his works ...

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Marilynne Robinson

by The Staff July 9, 2015


  Tonight (Thursday), Marilynne Robinson, the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and 2012 National Humanities Medal, will read from and discuss her work at Schenectady County Community College. Her most recent novel, Lila, ...

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Hudson Air Radio Theater

by The Staff July 2, 2015


  This weekend at PS21 in Chatham, Hudson Air Radio Theater will return you to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when radio drama didn’t mean Ira Glass or a true-crime podcast, but instead legitimate drama performed ...

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Calling All Angels

by The Staff July 2, 2015


  How’s this for heavenly: Calling All Angels, an ongoing series titled after the hit song by ethereal singer Jane Siberry, will feature Siberry with Catherine Russell, Amy Helm, and Simi Stone for its stop in ...

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Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition

by The Staff July 2, 2015


  Works by artists from across the country (as well as Canada and Europe) will be featured beginning Wednesday at the first annual juried Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition. It is sponsored by the Shirt Factory Gallery ...

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Singin’ in the Rain

by The Staff July 2, 2015


  The great MGM movie musical Singin’ in the Rain was one of the first properties to travel successfully from screen to stage; for decades, the process worked almost exclusively in the opposite direction. And with ...

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Melora Creager & Luis Mojica, Ryder Cooley & the Dust Bowl Faeries

by The Staff June 25, 2015


  Classically trained Melora Creager and her goth chamber-pop ensemble Rasputina are credited with pioneering the use of cello chamber music in rock and being a formative influence on the steam-punk aesthetic. While their live shows ...

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Chris Botti

by The Staff June 25, 2015


  After four previous nominations, Chris Botti finally won a Grammy in 2013 for Best Pop Instrumental Album (Impressions). And maybe you still don’t know who he is. A jazz trumpeter whose specialty lies in the corner ...

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Ballin’ at the Graveyard

by The Staff June 18, 2015


  “This film made me proud to live in Albany. It includes the authentic voices of men working to do what’s right—for themselves, their families, and for the larger community. If you want to better understand ...

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