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B.A. Nilsson

B.A. Nilsson

Spuyten Duyvil

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015

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  Spuyten Duyvil know the Great American Songbook. Not that Great American Songbook, but the earlier one that was given to us by Harry Smith in his Anthology of American Folk Music, giving us a glimpse ...

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Pippin

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015

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When John Rubinstein takes to the stage as King Charles in Pippin at Proctors May 26 (Tuesday) through the 31st, there will be no doubt that his is a regal presence. Rubinstein has earned it: ...

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Just Like Homemade

by B.A. Nilsson May 14, 2015

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  Eight at a time. That’s how the sauce jars are filled at Casa Visco. An eerily intelligent electronic eye counts off eight glass jars, typically in 16- or 32-ounce sizes, and regulates the conveyor on ...

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On The Town

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015

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  When Hollywood came calling to put On the Town on film, it gave the show a wonderful cast, headlined by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and included terrific location work, rare for a movie in ...

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The Emerson Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015

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  The concert finished abruptly, in mid-phrase. The players lowered their instruments and it became clear to the puzzled audience that, for whatever reason, the piece they were playing had finished. The reason is that Bach died ...

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Various Artists

by B.A. Nilsson February 26, 2015

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  Seeking the living heritage of American song, John Lomax visited a number of Southern prisons in 1933 with recording gear in tow. Not the most dignified of scholars—Lomax had a racist streak that supported his ...

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Here’s the Beef

by B.A. Nilsson February 5, 2015

Attached: Chef Waldy Malouf preparing to carve the beef.

  Two hours into the event, the lights went out. The glare of spotlights in a rear balcony took over. As the band swung into a rousing processional, the first platter of beef entered the hall, ...

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Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky

by B.A. Nilsson February 5, 2015

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  The opening strains of the opening song—“Weeping, Sad, and Lonely”—are so ethereal, so gorgeous, that when we reach the lyric—“Oft in dreams I see thee lying/On the battle plain/Lonely, wounded, even dying/Calling, but in vain.”—it ...

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightening

by B.A. Nilsson January 29, 2015

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  I hit the supermarket on Monday. I wasn’t sure that I needed anything more to get me through the predicted apocalypse, but I felt reluctant to miss a chance to surge through the crowded aisles ...

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Get Loose, Get Comforted

by B.A. Nilsson January 15, 2015

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  Marguerite Gautier sported a white camellia when she was available to lease her love and a red one when she wasn’t. The heroine of Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camellias put these lovely blooms to ...

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The Year in Dining

by B.A. Nilsson December 31, 2014

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  It’s not just community support that necessitates the pursuit of locally grown and raised food. It’s the health of it. Try to get a medium-rare burger in any of the chain eateries. Food-service people know ...

Gift Guide: Classical Music

by B.A. Nilsson December 11, 2014

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  Four years ago, Sony Classical released all of Leonard Bernstein’s symphony recordings (with the New York Philharmonic) in one 60-CD box set that quickly sold out its initial pressing. Bernstein’s conducting is always reliable, often ...

Gift Guide: Cookbooks

by B.A. Nilsson December 11, 2014

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  Our God, who art in the living room, flat-screen be Thy name. We flock to wrest possession of them when the shopping fever hits, then structure our time and sensibility around What the TV Tells ...

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A Little Bit on the Sides

by B.A. Nilsson November 26, 2014

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  Buttery mashed potatoes. Creamed pearl onions. Sweet potatoes with brown sugar. And butter. And even, heaven help us, marshmallows. Which doesn’t even get us to dessert. Thanksgiving has the impressive ability to swab the most ordinary ...

Please Pass the Pheasant

by B.A. Nilsson November 20, 2014

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  Back in the unenlightened ’60s, we elementary-school wretches celebrated the run-up to Thanksgiving by collecting dying leaves, cutting endless amounts of corn ears and turkey tails out of colorful cardboard, and most annoying of all, ...

Leave Nothing on the Table

by B.A. Nilsson October 16, 2014

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  As an arrogant waiter working at a fancy Westchester County eatery nearly 40 years ago, I helped institute a policy of writing a 20-percent gratuity onto every check. We believed that we were offering superior ...

A Pub of Flavor

by B.A. Nilsson October 2, 2014

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  Mohawk Taproom & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 357-8005, mohawktaproom.com. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pub fare Entrée price range: $8 (two hot dogs) to $19 (steak frites) Ambiance: classic pub I ...

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In the Lebanese Kitchen

by B.A. Nilsson September 25, 2014

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  The Phoenicians, 1686 Central Ave, Colonie, 464-4444, phoeniciansofalbany.com. Serving Tue-Sat noon-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Lebanese Entrée price range: $8 (shawarma pita wrap) to $20 (lamb kebab platter) Ambiance: colorful and lively Allspice. Black Pepper. Cinnamon. Cloves. Fenugreek. ...

The Phoenicians

Family-Style Farming

by B.A. Nilsson September 18, 2014

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  “Jenny is a watch-donkey,” Kirsten Fredericks explains as the large, angry animal approaches. Woolly brown fur makes the donkey look like a plush doll, but her ears are up in a wary V, and she ...

All Good in Altamont

by B.A. Nilsson September 11, 2014

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  Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro, 186 Main St., Altamont, 595-5095, miovinowinebar.com. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10, Sun 5-9; brunch Sun 10-3. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: gourmet Italian Entrée price range: $10 (sausage & peppers ...

Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro

A Bar-B-Q Tour

by B.A. Nilsson September 4, 2014

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PJ’s Bar-B-QSA, 1 Kaydeross Ave. West (at Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 583-RIBS (7427), 583-CHIK (2445), pjsbarbqsa.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11-8:30, Fri-Sat 11-9, Sun noon-8. AE, D. MC. V. Cuisine: barbecue, grilled and smoked Entrée price range: $3.25 (slider) ...

Tally-ho!

by B.A. Nilsson August 28, 2014

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Man of Kent Tavern, 4452 Route 7, Hoosick Falls, 686-9917, manofkenttavern.com. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 11-10 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: ambitious pub fare Entrée price range: $7 (cheeseburger) to $13 (fish and ...

Market to Cafe

by B.A. Nilsson August 21, 2014

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The Local Flavor Café, 620 19th St., Watervliet, 270-1880, thelocalflavorcaafe.com. Open 7-8 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: soup, salads, sandwiches Entrée price range: $5 (Ultimate PB&J) to $9 (Caesar salad with chicken) Ambiance: small and ...

Master Director

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014

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  “The performing arts, literature, the visual arts—these are what draw our attention to aspects of our lives that we otherwise wouldn’t notice,” says Jonathan Miller, who celebrated the uniquely human ability to suspend belief during ...

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A Romantic Weekend in Annandale

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014

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  In the end, Malcom Bilson was right. The distinguished pianist and early-music specialist spoke and performed during a 10 AM panel titled “Invention and Reinvention: Who Was Schubert?” and, comparing a piano from Schubert’s time ...

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