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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 ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 6, 2014


  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


  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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3 By David Greenberger

by Shawn Stone February 13, 2014


  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


  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 ...

Back in Action

by Ann Morrow January 23, 2014


  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


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


  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


  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 ...


Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 13, 2013


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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 ...


by Ann Morrow September 19, 2013


  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


  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


  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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Art Beat

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


  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


  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 Ali Hibbs June 13, 2013


  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 ...

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