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Ann Morrow

Biblical Dud

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014

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  There’s a reason why so many historical and biblical epics rely on actors’ speaking the King’s English, and to know why, try sitting through Exodus: Gods and Kings, where they don’t. Ridley Scott’s latest period ...

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Economic Investments

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Thursday (Dec.11) that $709.2 million in economic and community funding has been awarded in the fourth annual Regional Economic Development Council awards. The Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier ...

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Full Sail

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014

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  He is The Most Interesting Jeweler in the World. Capt. Glen Edward von Wergers, who owns a jewelry studio in downtown Albany, is a former CIA mercenary, riverboat captain, adventure sailor, and mountain climber. He has ...

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Gift Guide: Topical Non-Fiction

by Ann Morrow December 11, 2014

  It’s a cold, cruel world out there, and these new nonfiction releases help to explain why that is. Count your blessings, curl up, and read on. When Linda Tirado, a poverty-stricken working mother, responded in an ...

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South End Stories

by Ann Morrow December 11, 2014

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  “All these little people, the farmers, the businessmen, they were completely obliterated.” That’s how one former resident of Albany’s South End remembers the devastation of the building of the Empire State Plaza, which bulldozed 98 ...

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The Art of Giving Locally

by Ann Morrow December 4, 2014

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  Christmas cheer has been commodified in so many ways that it is now an occasion for dread and annoyance rather than tidings of comfort and joy. From the stressed counter clerk in a Santa hat ...

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The Melodrama Lingers On

by Ann Morrow December 4, 2014

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  There isn’t a Hunger Game in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which is actually part 3 of the franchise. It’s slower paced than it needs to be (undoubtedly a tactic to prolong the profitable ...

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Around the World in Cheese

by Ann Morrow November 26, 2014

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  In the delicious but often bewildering world of artisan cheese, a knowledgeable guide can make all the difference. “The first rule is to befriend your cheesemonger,” says Eric Paul, who is a cheesemonger and the ...

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Green Evolution

by Ann Morrow November 20, 2014

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  Once it was part of the industrial revolution; soon, a 110-year-old building in north Troy will be a local flagship in the green revolution. The Urban Grow Center, on the far end of River Street, ...

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Lone Wolf

by Ann Morrow November 13, 2014

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  A nightcrawler is the photography equivalent of an ambulance chaser: They are the videographers who film car crashes, shootings, fires, violent arrests, or any disaster with a negative outcome. “If it bleeds, it leads,” says ...

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Grand Night in a Grand Hotel

by Ann Morrow November 6, 2014

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  On Saturday, Historic Albany Foundation held its biggest-ever BUILT fundraiser in one of its greatest successes: the newly stabilized DeWitt Clinton Hotel at Eagle and State streets, Albany. The storied 1927 hotel is being rehabilitated ...

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Vinyl Forever

by Ann Morrow November 6, 2014

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  Head bowed in concentration, feet planted firmly apart, fingers nimbly rifling the bin stacks: that is the universal stance of used-music aficionados, and it’s an ever-present sight at Last Vestige Music Shop, the Albany new-and-used ...

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In Character

by Ann Morrow October 30, 2014

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  “My interest in dressing up started when I was very young,” says Alexandra McDowall, a sewing instructor from Niskayuna. “Halloween was very important in my family while growing up, and making and wearing costumes was ...

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Cyclists Only

by Ann Morrow October 23, 2014

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  Earlier this month, a volunteer with the Albany Bicycle Coalition stood on the point at Madison and Western avenues, clipboard in hand. He was counting the number of bicyclists using the road during high-traffic times ...

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Lacks Bite

by Ann Morrow October 16, 2014

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  Dracula Untold is about Vlad III, the Wallachian warlord who was immortalized by Bram Stoker in Dracula, though Stoker used only a few details about the bloodthirsty ruler in his vampire horror story. Now we ...

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Albany History Sailing Away?

by Ann Morrow October 16, 2014

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  At the Corning Preserve last month, the trail along the Hudson River was turned into a reenactment of early Albany history, with displays and demonstrations ranging from blacksmithing to Native American practices. The capstone of ...

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Lacuna Coil

by Ann Morrow October 9, 2014

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  The Gothfathers of Italy are upon us: Lacuna Coil from Milan are en route to Clifton Park. Their newest release, Broken Crown Halo, is the band’s seventh, and comes in the wake of the irresistible ...

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Fab Mab

by Ann Morrow October 9, 2014

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    It was game-on for family fun at Queen Mab’s Enchanted City, a Troy “steampunk-inspired street faire” held on Saturday (Oct. 4), despite a steady rain that forced the headlining band, This Way to the Egress, ...

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Queen Mab’s Enchanted City

by Ann Morrow October 2, 2014

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  Do you believe in magic? The creative types of downtown Troy certainly do, and as proof, they present Queen Mab’s Enchanted City, a free “steampunk-inspired street fair for the whole family” on Saturday (Oct. 4), ...

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The Bing Bamboo Room Shows Its Legs

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2014

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  “Never, ever, did I think it would last this long,” says Jim Romano, AKA Mr. James, of his burlesque show, the Bing Bamboo Room. “Every year, Guy Smiley and I would have to pinch ourselves ...

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Paris When It Drizzles

by Ann Morrow September 25, 2014

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  The old lady in My Old Lady is played by Maggie Smith, but don’t let the cast—which includes Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott-Thomas—lure you into this tepid-at-best family drama centered on a genteel apartment in ...

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A Vision of Nature

by Ann Morrow September 25, 2014

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  When residents of Albany go for a nature walk, more often than not it’s to somewhere outside the city, such as Five Rivers in Delmar or Dyken Pond in Grafton. Yet a preserve that offers ...

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Centuries House

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  At 48 Hudson Ave., where the Albany Convention Center was planned to be, a seemingly dilapidated building was festooned with fairy lights. Inside, past patchy brick walls and rough-hewn planks, there were streamers and champagne ...

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History Uncovered

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  “The most important thing now is to excavate it,” said John Wolcott, pointing to a map projected on the wall behind him. The longtime historical researcher, archeologist, and cartographer was referring to Fort Nassau, the ...

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Smashing Success

by Ann Morrow September 11, 2014

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  It’s a hit. When Annine Everson is performing, that’s as much a description as a compliment: Everson makes piñatas, and hitting and breaking her papier-mâché creations is part of the artistry. But it doesn’t end there, ...

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