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Ann Morrow

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Ann Morrow

Mixed Blessing?

by Ann Morrow May 9, 2015


  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


  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 ...

Ancient Artistry

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2015


  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 ...

American Italian Heritage Museum

The Place Beyond the Known

by Ann Morrow February 26, 2015


  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 ...

Going Off the Grid

by Ann Morrow February 20, 2015


  “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


    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 ...

Lust for Light

by Ann Morrow February 12, 2015


  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 ...

From Stage to Screen to Dream

by Ann Morrow February 5, 2015


  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 ...

Albany Institute of History & Art

Artistic Identities

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015


  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 ...

Albany Institute of History & Art

Get Me To the Barn On Time

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015


  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 ...

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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  “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 ...


The Art of Giving Locally

by Ann Morrow December 4, 2014


  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


  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 ...

Around the World in Cheese

by Ann Morrow November 26, 2014


  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


  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, ...

Lone Wolf

by Ann Morrow November 13, 2014


  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 ...

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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