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B.A. Nilsson

B.A. Nilsson

Timeless Audacity

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014

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  It’s a story of great sweep, a David Lean epic, but, as Shakespeare wrote it, laced with comedy of the Richard Lester variety. Henry IV is one of the Bard’s history plays, which right there ...

Shakespeare & Company

High and Low

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Two fish-out-of-water stories that nevertheless couldn’t be more dissimilar find a young Japanese woman trying to please her American lover by herself becoming as American as possible--and a starry-eyed composer forced to allow a commedia ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Doom, Glorious Doom

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Poor Grace Brown! She was a small-town factory worker who would have lived an anonymous life had she not drowned in Big Moose Lake in 1906. Instead, she achieved a posthumous fame that lives on ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

The bass drum got a workout during Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival. Its capacity for dramatic punctuation proved irresistible to most of the young composers whose works premiered during this high-spirited event, and ...

Hall of Family

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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Nicoletta’s Italian Café, 96 Main St., Cooperstown, 607-547-7499, nicolettasitaliancafe.com. Serving dinner daily 4-10 (later if warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: traditional Italian Entrée Price Range: $13 (spaghetti with sausage) to $26 (filet mignon gorgonzola) Ambiance: classic café What ...

Condensed King

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Much as the royal families depicted in Henry IV celebrated marriage and consanguinity, so too does Shakespeare & Company’s current production of the play. Shakespeare wrote two plays to depict the title character, but Jonathan ...

Shakespeare & Company

The Old Master

by B.A. Nilsson July 31, 2014

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  Although the protean Peter Schickele has proven himself a success as a composer of an enormously wide variety of music; a songwriter; a performer of great skill who can play piano and bassoon and, when ...

Colonial Theatre

For the New American

by B.A. Nilsson July 31, 2014

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Public Eat + Drink, 34 Holden St, North Adams, Mass., 413-664-4444, publiceatanddrink.com. Serving daily 11:30-10 (later when warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: new American Entrée price range: $7 (Caesar salad) to $24 (steak frites) Ambiance: industrially artistic MASS ...

The Skinny on Animal Fat

by B.A. Nilsson July 17, 2014

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Charcutería by Jeffrey Weiss (Surrey Books) Egg by Michael Ruhlman (Little, Brown) Back to Butter by Molly Chester & Sandy Schrecengost (Fair Winds) Sausage, eggs and butter: Add some toast and you’ve got breakfast taken care of, but, ...

Better Than Broadway

by B.A. Nilsson July 17, 2014

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  On the heels of Oklahoma, their first collaboration, came Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, based on a depressing but popular play by Ferenc Molnár. Liliom presented a charming but hotheaded protagonist who gets a chance to ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Old School for Real

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2014

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Saltsman’s Hotel, Route 10, Ephratah, 993-4412, saltsmans.com. Serving dinner 5-8 Thu-Fri, 5-9 Sat, 12:30-7 Sun. Hours change after Labor Day. The restaurant closes the last day of October and reopens in the following Easter weekend. ...

Jazz Bard

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2014

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  It’s party time in New Orleans--but wasn’t it always during that city’s fabled era as the wellspring of jazz? As a motley set of white-clad instrumentalists strikes up a rousing “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives ...

Shakespeare & Company

All This and Quinoa Too

by B.A. Nilsson July 3, 2014

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Spoon, 26 Housatonic St, Lenox, Mass., 413-881-4040, spoonlenox.com. Serving 8-4 Tue-Sun (hours change in September). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches Entrée price range: $8 (homemade oatmeal) to $13 (smoked salmon sandwich) Ambiance: bright and airy “We ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2014

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  “I like the idea of being in a world of magic. In the South, that kind of world is more of a reality,” says Johnny Lee Davenport, and he launches into the opening strain of ...

Shakespeare & Company

Just Ask Mario

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2014

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Although there’s great appeal in the artwork of Florence’s narrow, crowded streets, the true spirit of Tuscany requires a farm. A flock of sheep dotting the hillside helps. The twisty-road drive into Granville, east of Lake ...

Gastronomy of Scale

by B.A. Nilsson June 19, 2014

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  Mio Posto, 68 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 423-7022, miopostosaratoga.com. Serving daily from 5 PM. (Closing Mondays after Sept. 15.) AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: eclectic Italian Entrée price range: $23 (brick chicken) to $34 (grilled lamb chops) Ambiance: ...

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Courtyard Curry

by B.A. Nilsson June 12, 2014

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  Taste of India, 347 Warren Street, Hudson, 253-3465. Serving 11 (or 11:30)-9 Wed-Mon. Cash only. Cuisine: Indian Entrée price range: $5 (chicken shishkabab) to $9.50 (fish madras) Ambiance: food truck I forgot to ask why there’s a section of ...

Follow These Links

by B.A. Nilsson June 5, 2014

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  Of all the popular grilling fodder, sausages are the most lively, both in terms of flavor and the fact that they spit at you as they cook. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken—they’ve long since surrendered. Coat ...

Pho Sho’

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2014

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  Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant, 791 Madison Ave., Albany, 451-9251. Serving 11-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Vietnamese Entrée price range: $9 (several pho selections) to $15 (grilled sugarcane shrimp) Ambiance: nonexistent   Sometimes I approach a restaurant ...

Kim's Vietnamese Restaurant

Starts With Sauce

by B.A. Nilsson May 22, 2014

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  Papa’s Corner Restaurant, 1297 Broadway, Watervliet, 273-3270, papascornerrestaurant.com. Serving lunch 11-4 Wed-Fri, dinner 11-9 Wed-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pizza and Italian fare Entrée price range: $10 (spaghetti with tomato ...

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Crepe Escape

by B.A. Nilsson May 15, 2014

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  Garden Bistro 24, 1839 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4566; 5 Vista Blvd., Slingerlands, 439-3832, gardenbistro24.com. Serving 10:30-10:30 Mon-Sat, 10-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Fresh bistro fare Entrée price range: $13.50 (bistro burger) to $23.50 (crabcakes) Ambiance: comfortably ...

Sweet Buggery

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014

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  Until last summer, I hadn’t been bee-stung in 25 years. Last time, it was a wasp in the attic that puffed my thumb to the size of a novelty toy. So I figured I’d better ...

Journey Into the Past

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014

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  In previous centuries, popular and classical music in America tried to ignore one another, but significant composers explored and encouraged an overlap. Such was the case with Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a piano virtuoso who thrived ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

Sushi Exclusive

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014

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  Yoshi Sushi, 640 New Loudon Road, No. 5, Latham, 783-6100, yoshisushialbany.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat noon-10. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sushi Entrée price range: $10 (Yoshi’s Veggie Box) to $64 (64-piece Kamikaze Box); $2-$11 ...

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Chaconnes à son goût

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014

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  The good news: Registration has been extended until today (Thursday), so pick up that phone. Bad news: Stravinsky and Picasso and Prokofiev and Milhaud and Hemingway and Fitzgerald won’t be there. Well; you never know ...

Old Daley Inn