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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

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  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 ...

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Year in Cinema 2014: Laura Clark Leon

by Laura Leon January 2, 2015

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  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 ...

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Year in Cinema 2014: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann January 2, 2015

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  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 ...

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Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014

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  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” ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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  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 ...

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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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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 26, 2014

  HOLIDAY IN ALBANY  If you’ve lived in Albany long enough, you probably remember fondly the annual Festival of Trees at the Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave., Albany). That fest isn’t back, ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 20, 2014

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  THE SWINGING SIXITES MEET AN ITALIAN MARXIST If it’s true, as screenwriter and wit William Goldman writes, that nobody in Hollywood knows anything, then they really didn’t know anything in the mid-1960s. Case in point: the ...

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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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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 6, 2014

  FUN WITH SCIENCE  The annual Science Festival, which kicks off this evening (Thursday, Nov. 6) and continues through Sunday (Nov. 9) at Schenectady’s miSci (aka The Museum of Innovation and Science) continues to grow in ...

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FUSION

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  Duck liver mousse and country pate canapés, gravlax of salmon, port wine cheese balls, BLT deviled eggs, local smoked trout and apple salad, Thai and jerk spiced popcorn bags, an artisan cheese display. And, of course, ...

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Albany History Sailing Away?

by Ann Morrow October 16, 2014

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  At the Corning Preserve last month, the trail along the Hudson River was turned into a reenactment of early Albany history, with displays and demonstrations ranging from blacksmithing to Native American practices. The capstone of ...

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Fab Mab

by Ann Morrow October 9, 2014

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    It was game-on for family fun at Queen Mab’s Enchanted City, a Troy “steampunk-inspired street faire” held on Saturday (Oct. 4), despite a steady rain that forced the headlining band, This Way to the Egress, ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone October 9, 2014

  ART PARTY  Artist-author Ira Marcks is hosting a Collage Night with his pal Caroline Corrigan at the Collar Works Gallery (137 4th St., Troy) on Friday night (Oct. 10). It’s from 7-10 PM, with supplies ...

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The Bing Bamboo Room Shows Its Legs

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2014

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  “Never, ever, did I think it would last this long,” says Jim Romano, AKA Mr. James, of his burlesque show, the Bing Bamboo Room. “Every year, Guy Smiley and I would have to pinch ourselves ...

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Centuries House

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  At 48 Hudson Ave., where the Albany Convention Center was planned to be, a seemingly dilapidated building was festooned with fairy lights. Inside, past patchy brick walls and rough-hewn planks, there were streamers and champagne ...

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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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 ...

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Really, Really Ready for Hillary

by Katelynn Ulrich July 31, 2014

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    On a sunny Tuesday afternoon (July 29) in Saratoga Springs, Broadway bustled as nearly 1200 people lined up at the entrance of Northshire Bookstore, awaiting their moment to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton. The line of bodies ...

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Fence Select at Troy Night Out

by The Staff July 24, 2014

    Friday (July 25) is Troy Night Out. And the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy) is hosting a reception from 5 to 9 PM for three exhibits. First is Fence Select, ...

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The Last Silly Walk

by Alexander M. Stern July 24, 2014

  The parrot is finally dead . . . for now, anyway. Surviving members of Monty Python took their final bow Sunday evening (July 20), bidding a fond farewell to fans across the globe. The simulcast event ...

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