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by Shawn Stone October 29, 2015


  BIG MOVIE DEALS I told part of this story online, so bear with me if you’ve already read it. I was out in the suburbs on Saturday, at the exotic and clean Slingerlands Price Chopper, ...

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See Hear

by Jeff Nania September 10, 2015


  Sept. 2nd was the launch of EMPAC’s new On Screen/Sound series, which explores pioneering uses of images and soundtracks on film. The evening began with a series of four short films: Mosaic, Synchromy, Video Tape ...

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Seeing Double: The Anaglyphs of Eric Egas

by Shawn Stone August 13, 2015


  Eric Egas works with anaglyphs, three-dimensional stereoscopic images that “trick the eye into seeing depth” with red-blue 3D glasses. A few minutes before a recent press preview of his new exhibition at the Albany Institute ...

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Art Space Invaders

by Ali Hibbs July 30, 2015


  Two local art spaces will be trading places this week in an effort to bridge the creative scenes between Albany and Troy. The Argyle Gallery in Troy will be presenting work by core artists from ...

Berkshire Memories

by Shawn Stone July 16, 2015


  If you’ve ever hung out on the lawn to enjoy a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., the new book by Gina Hyams, The Tanglewood Picnic, will stir your memory. It’s a ...


by Ann Morrow June 17, 2015


  The train is at the station, ready to ride. That train is the much-loved No. 99, with its red cab-car emblazoned “Hoffman’s Playland.” No. 99 is no longer at Hoffman’s Playland in Latham, which closed ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 17, 2015

POP-UP ART SHOW The Lake George Arts Project’s annual event Art @ The Lake will open July 1 in Bolton Landing. The difference this year is that instead of holding various one-day events around Lake ...

A Building With History

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015


  “Studio 40B is an art gallery and production studio,” said Alex Stokes Contompasis at the studio’s grand opening last weekend. “And the headquarters of News World: Albany Banana Corps.” In a loud floral shirt and aviator ...

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The Bard Plus

by B.A. Nilsson May 28, 2015


The play that you see—the lighted, costumed, rehearsed finished product--evolves during the few weeks of rehearsal when the actors develop the characters they’ll portray and figure out the rhythm and movement of the piece. It’s ...

Shakespeare & Company


by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015


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: ...


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 ...

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Spring Arts Preview

by Shawn Stone February 26, 2015


  Pop Music The Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-7160. May 5: Halestorm. Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 14: Kristin Diable. March 19: Ed Romanoff and Clive Barnes. March 22: David Bromberg Quintet. April 4: Preservation Hall Jazz ...

All 86 (plus one) Best Picture Oscar Winners, Ranked

by Shawn Stone February 22, 2015


  From worst to first. I would probably rank Patton higher on a different day. I also included Sunrise, which was awarded Best Artistic Production at the first Academy Awards.   86. Slumdog Millionaire The absolute worst. 85. The English ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Eat, Drink and Support Local Arts

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

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  This weekend was a perfect fusion of all of our favorite things as the 6th Annual Wine and Dine for the Arts fundraiser events provided opportunities to sample wines and craft beers, taste dishes created ...

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Year in Cinema 2014: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone January 2, 2015

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - 2014 FILM STILL - Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight

  Best of 2014 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson did something special with this bittersweet, visually opulent memory film: He made a 1930s-style comedy that astutely incorporated the tragedies of 1930s Europe into its fabric—and was ...

Year in Cinema 2014: Laura Clark Leon

by Laura Leon January 2, 2015


  Best of 2014 1. Guardians of the Galaxy Quite simply, the best conceived, written, executed and acted movie of the year. A real matineer that reminded me of the excitement I felt the first time, and every ...

Year in Cinema 2014: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann January 2, 2015


  Best of 2014 1. Nightcrawler A wonderfully creepy black comedy that mashes up Taxi Driver and Network and succeeds in creating something original and timely—with what is truly Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough performance as a believable and unforgettable ...

Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014


  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

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 ...

Gift Guide: Local Authors

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014

  For many New Yorkers, Christmas is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most beautiful, poignant and evocative. And Upstate New York has it all: the fir trees, the mountains, ...

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Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 11, 2014


  If, like me, you think that people should both be reading more and listening more closely to music, well, here’s a feast of books about music! Starting with acts that that sprung from the ’60s and ...

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 ...