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by Shawn Stone November 20, 2014


  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 ...


by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014


  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


  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


    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, ...


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


  “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


  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


  “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


  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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Medieval Merriment

by Ann Morrow June 20, 2014


  Armored knights charged across an open field, lances at the ready. After a shield-splintering collision, the champion of England delivered a coup de grace to the champion of Scotland, who was knocked off his mount. ...

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Elizabethan Extravaganza

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014


  At the foot of the misty mountains, west of the King’s highway past the blueberry bush, a magical gathering is expected, transforming a Voorheesville farmstead into a medieval village populated by swashbucklers, thespians, minstrels, craftsmen, ...

Indian Ladder Farms

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

  ATTENTION ASPIRING YOUNG THESPIANS  If you haven’t yet signed up for theater camp, it’s not too late. Capital Repertory Theatre is hosting a week-long Acting Intensive in August for teenagers. It will be taught by “theater ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 5, 2014


REDRUM REDRUM  Tonight (Thursday, June 5), a presentation by game developer and film blogger Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) will address these questions posed by the good folks at Basilica Hudson: “Is The Shining much more than ...

Preservation Pioneers

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

  In a perfect convergence of event, venue, and organizations, on Friday (May 16), Historic Albany Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary and Merit Awards ceremony at the Barn & Stage in Arbor Hill. Part of the ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 8, 2014


    CHALK ART RETURNS  Drawing Up Central, a sidewalk chalk art contest on lower Central Avenue between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, returns this Saturday (May 10) from 10 AM-2 PM. A project of Equinox, ...

Chaconnes à son goût

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014


  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 ...

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Art Beat

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 ...

Mike Birbiglia

by John Rodat March 27, 2014


  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


  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 ...

Funny Man

by B.A. Nilsson March 12, 2014


  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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