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Return to the Visual

by Shawn Stone November 10, 2011

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David Greenberger is best known for, and made his artistic mark with The Duplex Planet. More than a periodical, this legacy of 25 years of “books, recordings and performances of monologues with music” made us ...

Lake George Arts Project

More Than Skin Deep

by Elyse Beaudoin November 10, 2011

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  In today’s society, perfect skin is an obsession. When walking down the aisles of the grocery store, one can find a plethora of products to reduce pimples, wrinkles, age spots and more. Any blemish, scar ...

Opalka Gallery

Pyramid Schemes

by Shawn Stone October 26, 2011

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  They come bearing gifts: Political donations, media advertising, and promises of construction and retail jobs. They win the assent of local governments, the backing of banks, the vigorous support of unions, and they totally transform ...

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Shake!

by B.A. Nilsson October 19, 2011

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Shaker leader Ann Lee, who emigrated from England in 1774 with eight followers, was known to her followers as “Mother Ann,” an ironic designation when you consider that she never cared for sexual activity and ...

Proctors

Curtain Call

by B.A. Nilsson October 13, 2011

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“I’ve been doing this for too long,” Dan Berkenblit says with a laugh. He is about to shepherd the Union College chamber music series into its 40th consecutive season, with a typically stellar lineup of ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

Diary of a Trainwreck

by Shawn Stone October 6, 2011

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It’s a moment that sums up the entire experience of making a movie with the late Anna Nicole Smith. It’s not the weirdest moment in the documentary Craptastic!, but it’s emblematic of the struggles the ...

Dressed To Impress

by The Staff September 15, 2011

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The Discard Avant Garb event last Saturday night (Sept. 10) at Grand Street Community Arts (Grand Street at Madison Avenue, Albany) was a standing-room-only success. The point of the show was to create wearable works ...

Grand Street Community Arts

Making Frankenstein Sing

by Ann Morrow September 8, 2011

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“I was taken in by the powerful music. I love the intensity of emotion that comes with the music; the signature song, ‘The Coming of the Dawn,’ is very beautiful.” Stage director Tim Orcutt is ...

RPI Playhouse

Happy Anniversary, 1st Friday

by John Alund September 1, 2011

  There’s a buzz on the streets of Albany on the first Friday of every month between 5 and 9 PM. Art galleries and museums that would usually be closed at that hour are open. People ...

Spa City Goes Hollywood

by John Rodat August 10, 2011

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What do you think of when you think of August in Saratoga Springs? Hey, us, too! Although, I think the plural is just “whores.” Wait . . . did you say horses? Never mind. Saratoga Springs is, of course, ...

Spectrum 8 Theatres

Musical Adventuress

by B.A. Nilsson August 3, 2011

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Improvisation is a backbone of the arts. Making it up as you go along is a stalwart of theater and jazz, and it had a huge place in classical music a couple of hundred years ...

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Play Dates for Adults

by Elyse Beaudoin July 28, 2011

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“And now we need a volunteer to spin the Wheel of Endowment,” said the host in a lofty voice. With a swift spin from an audience member, the wheel landed on the “pop culture” category. Two ...

Proctors Underground

Some Call It Garbage, Others Call It Art

by Elyse Beaudoin July 6, 2011

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  When people think of garbage cans, they rarely think of beauty. It may bring up memories of being stuck behind a city garbage truck on a one-way street while trying to get to work. It ...

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Scenes From the BIFF

by Jeremy D. Goodwin June 8, 2011

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Our favorite old-media bigmouth: David Carr in Page One: Inside The New York Times   Though there was pleasure to be had in the buzz emanating from certain films at the sixth annual Berkshire International Film Festival, ...

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 8, 2011

IT’S HUGE  Saratoga Arts Fest is, indeed, huge. Beginning Thursday (June 9) and continuing through Sunday (June 12), it overwhelms. There will be art, music, dance and theater from one end of town to the ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 19, 2011

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Ignore the backdrop: An example of the work of designer Joleen Button, which will be featured in the Electric City Couture Fashion Show.   FASHION AS ART  As part of the celebration of Art Night in Schenectady’s ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

A Canny Show

by The Staff April 20, 2011

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Photo by the awesome Alicia Solsman. On April 12, teams of “the best and brightest members of the of the design community,” like these fine folks here, met at the New York State Museum (Empire State ...

New York State Museum

Full Steam Ahead

by John Rodat April 20, 2011

It begins with a mea culpa, of sorts. Though Steamer No. 10 Theatre, the “little theatre that could,” is in its 20th year of operation, my visit for the Monday performance of the Tanglewood Marionettes’ ...

Steamer No. 10 Theatre

Nadia Trinkala, 1966-2011

by Stephen Leon April 13, 2011

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Painter, jewelry maker and sometime store and gallery owner Nadia Trinkala died suddenly last week. Trinkala was widely known and much loved in local arts circles, and is remembered not only for her boundless creative ...

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Ben Katchor at the AIHA

by John Rodat April 13, 2011

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Cartoonist Ben Katchor’s newest book, The Cardboard Valise, begins with an episode in which a young man takes an inexpensive suitcase on a test run. He has packed the case with “a hundred pounds of ...

Aiming High

by Elyse Beaudoin April 6, 2011

For the last two months, the former Cheeky Tiki Monkey gift shop underwent a radical remodeling and has re-emerged as the Icarus Dreams gallery and studio. Seth Sanger, Casey Walsh, and Nathaniel Innes, with the ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone February 2, 2011

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CURE YOUR CABIN FEVER Wow, isn’t it a great day! Yesterday, Punxsutawney Phil declared winter officially over! The snow finally stopped! The streets are safe for traffic and it’s time to step out of ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 24, 2010

CALL FOR ENTRIES It’s time for the annual members’ show at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake). So if you’re a member, you have until April 25 to submit up to ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 10, 2010

ADVENTURES IN SCREENWRITING When humbly recommending a film by a friend and former colleague, it’s probably best to start with a few quotes from unbiased observers. “Relentlessly entertaining!” said New York magazine. “Required viewing,” said The Onion AV ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone February 18, 2010

WHAT’S THE LITERARY FREQUENCY, DAN? The good people behind the College of Saint Rose’s Frequency North literary series—including that devotee of the inappropriate, Daniel Nester—have organized Capital Lit, the “first-ever Albany Lit Mag & Small ...