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Ann Morrow

The Baker as Artisan

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  “We do everything differently here,” says Naomi Davies, the owner-baker of Bread and Honey café in Pine Hills. “We are the only bakery doing artisan bread in Albany.” One look at the counters in the ...

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Living on a Prayer

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  In a previous century, the corner of North Pearl and Colonie streets in Albany looked like a scene from the English countryside, with a stone church, an adjacent chapel with a belle-cote cross reaching to ...

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Maxed Out

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015

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  Take out the Mad Max part of the title and Mad Max: Fury Road might not be so infuriating. In this feverishly crazed reboot, there is a character named Max but he’s a wan facsimile ...

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Snake Oil Salesmen

by Ann Morrow May 14, 2015

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  The moniker “spin doctor” is a completely inadequate a term for the brazen deceit of the wielders of press and publicity in Merchants of Doubt, a documentary on how (and why) corporations misinform the American ...

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Mixed Blessing?

by Ann Morrow May 9, 2015

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  For a place of serenity tucked away in one of Albany’s oldest and most secluded areas, Kenwood Convent has had a turbulent time this last decade. The religious complex, home to the Society of the ...

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Small But Harmful

by Ann Morrow May 7, 2015

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  Microbeads are those tiny balls of plastic (and chemicals) that are found in hundreds of personal-care products such as face scrubs and body washes. They seem harmless enough, and are popular for softening skin by ...

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Ancient Artistry

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2015

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  The portrait of a grieving angel has the surface cracks and warm patina of an artwork from antiquity, but it’s not—in fact, this angel with the lemon-yellow hair is a very new work, created by ...

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The Place Beyond the Known

by Ann Morrow February 26, 2015

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  White Creek, filmed in Salem in upstate New York, is a place, but whether it exists on this plane of existence, or another, is up to the viewer. Though it appears to be set in ...

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Going Off the Grid

by Ann Morrow February 20, 2015

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  “Where are the renewables in the state plan?” That question was asked on Feb. 5 at a public meeting on the future of New York state energy policies held at the University at Albany’s Page Hall. ...

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Tiffany Treasure Trove

by Ann Morrow February 12, 2015

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    Walking into St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy is like walking into a princely jewel box—with the box being a sumptuously wood-carved Gothic church. The “jewels” are the beautiful glass decorations, in hanging chandeliers, mosaic ...

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Lust for Light

by Ann Morrow February 12, 2015

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  Mr. Turner, about the brilliant marine painter J. M.W. Turner, is a Mike Leigh film, and as such it focuses on social realism and the working class as much as on the Royal Academy, where ...

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From Stage to Screen to Dream

by Ann Morrow February 5, 2015

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  The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a “film song” based on true facts about two men with the same name in 1930s Westchester County. On Thursday, it was played live and onscreen to a standing-room-only ...

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Artistic Identities

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015

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  In The Lives of Hamilton Fish, a film by New York City artist and songwriter Rachel Mason, a politician named Hamilton Fish is linked by fate to a criminal also named Hamilton Fish. Mason, who ...

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Get Me To the Barn On Time

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015

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  There is a boom in barn weddings and other “unexpected venues” driven by the sturdy design trend of rustic, and it goes from rustic chic to rustic industrial. This roughhewn style has swept up wedding ...

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Pay It Forward

by Ann Morrow January 22, 2015

  Small businesses in New York state may be getting a break in the form of a phased tax cut that will bring this business tax to its lowest level since it was implemented in 1917. ...

In Darkness We Trust

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015

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  Skyglow may sound like a pretty phenomenon, but it’s not: It’s the light pollution from outdoor lighting, and it causes a range of problems, from interfering with bird migrations to disrupting the circadian rhythms of ...

Nowhere Man

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015

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  The Imitation Game is explained by Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a low-key scene that serves as a denouement, yet Turing’s puzzle-like explanation is the most beguiling example, onscreen, of his brilliant mind: Turing is ...

Middling Earth

by Ann Morrow December 24, 2014

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  There are things in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—crass, silly, dragon-sickened things—that no fan of Tolkien’s The Hobbit (or The Lord of the Rings) should ever have to bear witness to. Among ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...