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by Shawn Stone April 17, 2014

  ALBANY BARN GRAND OPENING  After years of organizing and plenty of hard work, the Albany Barn is celebrating the opening of their Academy Lofts in the former St. Joseph’s Academy today (Thursday, April 17) from ...

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Mike Birbiglia

by John Rodat March 27, 2014

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  I associate Mike Birbiglia with a number of other popular stand ups I know best from the Internet but of whom I first became aware in the alt-comedy boom of the ’90s: comedians like Louis ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 20, 2014

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  MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES  This edition of Ye Olde Art Beat should more properly be called Ye Olde Movie Beat. There are an amazing variety of excellent films screening around the region this week. Tonight (Thursday, March ...

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Funny Man

by B.A. Nilsson March 12, 2014

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  We were given a look at a typical day for Christopher Durang in his 1987 video biography, a short, Showtime-commissioned film directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring cameos by Sigourney Weaver and Julie Hagerty, and ...

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Moon Over Cohoes

by Ann Morrow March 10, 2014

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  Moon Glow at the Venue at St. Joseph’s, Cohoes, showcased local artworks as well as the venue’s gleaming refurbishment on  Saturday (March 1) for the benefit of Cohoes High School’s art scholarship. The fundraiser also ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 6, 2014

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  MEMORIES, THEN THE MOVIE  Tomorrow (Friday, March 7), the Williams College Museum of Art will hold a special storytelling evening in honor of the “monuments men,” the team of art historians and curators who traveled ...

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The Experience of Art

by Stephen Leon February 27, 2014

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  At least two people I know have seen Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre. My brother-in-law saw it while traveling Europe in the’70s; and my oldest son visited the Louvre on a school trip ...

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by Shawn Stone February 13, 2014

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  David Greenberger is the visual, musical and spoken-word artist most widely known for the Duplex Planet, a publication featuring thought-provoking, funny, poignant and confounding conversations with elderly nursing home residents. He has also done everything ...

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Wild Style

by Elyse Beaudoin January 30, 2014

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  On Saturday, the cold gripped gallery reception attendees before they entered the cozy store front of the Swinehundt Design Gallery in Troy. There was an immediate feeling of warmth as guests were greeted by The ...

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Back in Action

by Ann Morrow January 23, 2014

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  Opening night for the newly renovated Madison Theater in Albany began with a presentation that was, appropriately enough, the first ribbon cutting for new mayor Kathy Sheehan. Sheehan was once a Pine Hills resident, and ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Locally Authored Books

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

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It’s that time of year again. The malls are chock full of specialty-item kiosks—puppy calendars, pillow pets, the weird As-Seen-on-TV gadgets. The mall is chaos. The other night I even watched a dogfight in the ...

Springtime at MoCA

by E.S. Cormac December 12, 2013

  MASS MoCA unveiled their spring schedule featuring a variety of new exhibits, musicians, performing artists and even new events for kids on Dec. 4 to a packed crowd in the Hunter Center at the museum’s ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone December 5, 2013

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  INTRODUCING THE SPEEDO SPRINT GALA  As you may already know, this Saturday (Dec. 7) will see the 8th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Lark Street. A benefit for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS ...

Tipping Point

by Shawn Stone November 27, 2013

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  Kristen M. Holler, executive director of Albany Barn, Inc., loves giving tours of The Barn. The former St. Joseph’s Academy, a more than 40,000-square-foot landmark at the southwest corner of North Swan and Second streets ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 13, 2013

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  OK, then: There is so much going on this week that we couldn’t preview stuff we really, really wanted to preview. So here’s a little list of other great events this week. Friday & Saturday Ellen Sinopoli ...

Play With Your Pantyhose

by Melody Davis November 13, 2013

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  Sometimes you go to a lecture on a rainy Saturday because you’re wondering how you wound up in this effed-up world called art in the first place, and you’re just hoping to forget about the ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 6, 2013

  SCIENCE IS SUPER  Bring the family to Schenectady’s miSci between Saturday and Monday (Nov. 9-11) for a Super Science Weekend. What’s happening? Here’s what the miSci people say: “dry ice demos, the giant bubble hoist, ...

The Haunting of Cherry Hill House

by Ann Morrow October 31, 2013

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  If ever there was a house museum with a claim to being haunted, it’s Historic Cherry Hill. Nearly 200 years ago, the elegant yellow mansion was the setting of a notorious murder that was equal ...

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Bad is Good

by Erin Pihlaja October 10, 2013

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  Two executive “party” buses packed full of eager passengers, spent three hours on Saturday (Oct. 5), learning about the often scandalous history in the Capital Region on the Historic Bad boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour, ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone October 10, 2013

  SAVING UPSTATE AMERICA ONE FARM AT A TIME, VIA ART  This weekend is the 12th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Exhibition at Maple Ridge Farm in Coila. (If you haven’t heard of Coila, it’s more-or-less ...

It Lives!

by Ann Morrow September 26, 2013

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  Ankhefenmut is on the loose. The 3,000-year-old mummy, once a priest and sculptor at the Temple of Mut, has apparently escaped from the Ancient Egyptian gallery at the Albany Institute of History & Art. And ...

“B” is for Bouchercon

by Erin Pihlaja September 26, 2013

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  Over 1500 people stole stealthily into the Empire State plaza last weekend (Sept. 19-22), to attend Bouchercon 2013, a convention for fans and authors of crime fiction. OK, they bought tickets, but they were there ...

Saved

by Ann Morrow September 19, 2013

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  During a reception at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday (Sept. 15), invited guests were given tours of the 1787 mansion that highlighted the crucial restoration efforts saving the house from serious damage. Structural stabilization included ...

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Not So Green Acres

by B.A. Nilsson September 19, 2013

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  Rudd Simmons’s documentary The First Season, about a Sharon Springs-based family who quit the corporate world to run a dairy farm, is being released today (Thursday) by Cinedigm Entertainment, which has partnered with Slamdance, where ...

Dressed to Kill

by Ann Morrow August 22, 2013

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  At the History of Fashion Show, characters and archetypes from 400 years of society promenaded in front of the audience to era-specific music in narrated time travel. The benefit event was held Saturday (Aug. 17) ...

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