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by Shawn Stone August 22, 2013

  THIS JUST IN  The New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany has announced the schedule for their fall 2013 Visiting Writers Series. And so: Jonathan Lethem (Sept. 11, 8 PM, PAC Recital Hall), Marie Howe ...

Past, Present and Future

by Ann Morrow August 15, 2013

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  The Onrust is an authentic replica of the first sailing ship to be made in America, built in New Amsterdam in 1614. Centuries after the harbor town was renamed New York, it produced Laurence Gartel, ...

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Fit for the Bard

by Ann Morrow June 28, 2013

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  Shakespeare would’ve loved these houses. The Elizabethan playwright with a flair for the fantastical would undoubtedly have recognized their style as from his own time, but also, it’s easy to imagine, he would’ve been charmed ...

A Chance at the Wheel

by Josh Potter June 13, 2013

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  One summer when my brother and I were in Junior High, we watched The Price Is Right every morning—and wouldn’t leave the house until after two subsequent episodes of American Gladiators. Over our second and ...

Palace Theatre

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 13, 2013

  IN OTHER NEWS FROM ROUND LAKE  We shall pass over the recent unpleasantness at the library and focus on a great three-day event at another Round Lake institution, the historic and beautiful Round Lake Auditorium ...

Jivin’ Java

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2013

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  Jerre Tanner first heard Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata while a student at San Francisco State University, where he was studying with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson. “It’s a wonderful piece,” says Tanner. “It works as a ...

Irony and Insult

by Ann Morrow May 23, 2013

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As the bell tower of historic St. Patrick’s church was being demolished down to its foundation on Friday (May 17), Watervliet city workers were hanging banners on 19th Street lamp poles. The banners, one of ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 23, 2013

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  STILL BALLIN’  Last summer’s local indie film sensation was Ballin’ at the Graveyard, a documentary about public-court basketball culture that put local audiences in touch with a fascinating part of Albany culture. It was as ...

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Tuesday at HVCC with Sondheim

by B.A. Nilsson May 16, 2013

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  To emphasize the range of characters for which Stephen Sondheim has written songs, interviewer Mary Darcy pointed out that the range includes John Wilkes Booth and Little Red Riding Hood. “Yes,” said Sondheim, “but they’re ...

Hudson Valley Community College Maureen Stapleton Theatre

Two Sides, One Story

by Erin Pihlaja May 15, 2013

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  The beginning of a pattern of dualities began in his life, says Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, when he was 1 year old and his parents split up. The dissolution of the union between his ...

Gonzo Theater

by James Yeara May 15, 2013

  They’re all locked in the room with no means of communicating with the outside. Only one man knows their specific purpose. Everyone else knows they’re desperate to do something, with someone, somewhere. Some have been ...

Schenectady High School

War Stories

by Erin Pihlaja May 8, 2013

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  When Brianna Carter, age 17, first met the nine female veterans whose stories are the heart of the play, On Her Shoulders, she was surprised. She had expected, as she describes, the “G.I. Jane” type—the ...

Steamer No. 10 Theatre

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 1, 2013

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  TULIP TIME, ALMOST  Though I know you’re excited, Tulip Fest is a week away. Still, it seems worthwhile to make sure a new addition to Tulip Fest is brought to your attention now. And it ...

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David Finckel’s Lyric Goodbye

by B.A. Nilsson April 24, 2013

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  Just over a year ago, cellist David Finckel announced his intention to leave the Emerson String Quartet, with whom he’s been performing since 1979—three years after the quartet was founded. The group appears Sunday afternoon ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

Justice Served

by Molly Eadie April 11, 2013

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  There is very little “Ken Burns effect” in his new documentary. His daughter, Sarah Burns, and her husband and co-producer, David McMahon, visited Page Hall at the University at Albany on Friday, April 5, where they ...

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Coffee and Art

by Darryl McGrath April 11, 2013

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  There’s something about a city the size of Albany that works especially well for local artists—it’s small enough to get your name out there, and large enough to have a wide range of places to ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 4, 2013

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  SOLDIER STORIES  Beginning Friday (April 5) at 7:30 PM, Classic Theatre Guild will be presenting Charles H. Fuller’s classic drama A Soldier’s Play at the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). This Pulitzer ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 20, 2013

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  HAPPY BIRTHDAY  Capitol Chamber Artists are an integral, longtime part of the local music scene, and one of their key members is celebrating his birthday this Saturday night with a Celtic-themed concert. Flautist and all-around ...

R.U. Ready?

by Jeff Nania March 6, 2013

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  When the exhibition-performance was ready to begin, the humans in attendance were herded into a line as recordings played over the house loudspeaker from “the machine.” Instructions like “you can help by not helping” were ...

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Art Opening at The Foundry

by Ann Morrow February 28, 2013

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  Last Friday (Feb. 22), art lovers checked out Paper, Plastic and Concrete, the new exhibit of works by Terry James Conrad, at an opening reception at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture (119 Remsen ...

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Oscar Grouch

by Ralph Hammann February 28, 2013

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  Once again we have witnessed that celebration of competition in the most ridiculous of venues, motion pictures. The Oscars are useful only for promoting the rare piece of artful entertainment that might otherwise go overlooked ...

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In Residence

by Erin Pihlaja February 20, 2013

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  Laurie Anderson is on stage wrestling with plugs, computers, and other electronic bits. Her hope is to get the machines talking, and as she crouches low to the ground near the snake’s nest of coiled, ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone February 6, 2013

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  COMICS, ART  Attention fanboys and fangirls: If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone January 23, 2013

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  MYTHBUSTING  Connie Frisbee Houde, the photographer who has done so much to give us a window into life in Afghanistan over the last decade of endless war, now turns her lens on West Africa. Her ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone January 16, 2013

  MADISON THEATER PREMIERES  Two locally made films are having world premieres at the Madison Theater. As Miriam Axel-Lute detailed in this week’s Looking Up (see page 4), there will be screenings at the Madison at ...