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Art Murmur

A Graphic Process

by Elyse Beaudoin November 8, 2012


  On Friday night, the Opalka Gallery spread out its usual crudité which serves as a centerpiece for art receptions ranging from student studies to renowned artists. This time the veggies and dip were surrounded by ...

Opalka Gallery

Party in Peace

by The Staff November 8, 2012


  Here’s one of creature sculptor Jeff Brower’s monstrously wonderful creations as it was on view the evening of Oct. 27 at the Festival of the Dead, held Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory. Lenore Granich’s grand costume ...

Washington Avenue Armory

I Wish I Drove an Oscar Meyer Wiener

by The Staff November 8, 2012


    The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile hot-dogged its way through the Capital Region last week, stopping by Albany Law School, an Albany Devils game at the Times Union Center and Saratoga Spa State Park. Here, on Nov. ...

Latham Holiday Inn

Party Like the Dead, Benefit the Living

by Ann Morrow October 25, 2012

  Creature sculptor Jeff Brower is looking forward to laying his dead body to rest. His corpse, he reports, has been hanging out on his couch, and soon it will be removed to a funeral parlor—at ...

Washington Avenue Armory

Hollywood in Pine Hills

by Ann Morrow October 25, 2012


  “It gets under your skin.” That’s the tag line for Creeping Crawling, a regionally made horror film about insects interacting with humans (“Buggy On a Budget,” July 12). As the tag implies, this three-part anthology ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone October 3, 2012


  MOE WHO?  This seems as direct a way as any to spell out the correct pronunciation of MoHu, as in MoHu Fest, the 10-day-long, Capital Region-plus arts festival that begins tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 5) with ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone September 20, 2012


COMING SOON FROM THE NEW YORK STATE WRITERS INSTITUTE  I had a chance to chat with Donald Faulkner of the New York State Writers Institute about their upcoming visiting writers and fall film series recently. ...

Fall Theater & Literary Preview

by The Staff September 14, 2012

 Theater, Comedy & Performance Albany Civic Theater 285 Second Ave., Albany, 462-1297. Nov. 1-18: The Shape of Things. Barrington Stage Company Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St. and Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-8888. Sept. 19-Oct. 7 (Blatt): ...

Fall Art & Exhibits Preview

by The Staff September 13, 2012

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake, 352-7715. Through Sept. 29: Diversity: A Juried Photo Show. Albany Center Gallery 39 Columbia St., Albany, 462-4775. Through Oct. 6: Japanese Influence: Layer & Line. Albany Institute of History & ...

Ruby Anniversary & Fall Dance Preview

by Shawn Stone September 13, 2012


“We’re at the 40th anniversary. It doesn’t seem possible.” It’s been 40 years since Maude Baum was one of a group of enthusiastic young artists who helped create eba, and then went on to found the ...

eba Theater

Fall Film Preview

by Shawn Stone September 13, 2012


Let’s forget the recently ended, thoroughly dismal summer movie season. From the horror in Colorado (which had a genuine effect on film attendance), to the generally dismal parade of actual product, the cinema summer of ...

It Got Better

by Molly Eadie August 2, 2012


Twenty years ago, Jason Gerber played the role of the Street Singer in a production of The Threepenny Opera at RPI. This summer, he performed on national primetime television as a very different character, one ...

Madison Avenue Mural Restoration

by Ann Morrow July 19, 2012


  Cars slowed and drivers leaned out of windows to look at the painters on a scaffold—and at the wall they were painting. So did pedestrians heading around the corner of South Main Street to CVS. ...

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Season Preview: Berkshire Actors Theatre

by James Yeara June 21, 2012


Last summer’s inaugural Berkshire Actors Theatre show, Four Dogs and a Bone by John Patrick Shanley, was that rarest of wonders: a small show in a tiny space by an unknown group that compared favorably ...

Berkshire Museum

A Strong Sample

by Jeremy D. Goodwin June 7, 2012


If one person is able to gain a representative view of a film festival containing 70 films, spanning parts of four days and happening in two municipalities, it’s purely by accident. But for what it’s ...

Making ’Em Laugh On Lark Street

by Katherine Rasmussen June 7, 2012

A selection of local comedians will try to make you “LOL” on Wednesday (June 13) at 9 PM at Elda’s on Lark (205 Lark St., Albany) at the next Laughs on Lark. (Pun intended.) The ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 24, 2012


UNFORGETTABLE     Last year’s passing of artist-impresario Nadia Trinkala is still deeply felt in the local arts community. Beginning Friday night (May 25) at Troy Night Out, the Fulton Street Gallery (408 Fulton St., Troy) is ...

Fulton Street Gallery

The Secret Lives of Birds

by Darryl McGrath May 24, 2012


  Nature typically grants a species a couple million years on earth, but when you consider all that humans have done to birds in just the last couple of centuries, you wish you could push a ...

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Remain In Light

by Ann Morrow May 10, 2012


It was gray and drizzly on the afternoon of May 8, yet the interior of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany glowed with a supernal radiance. It emanated from the gallery walls, which were ...

Irish American Heritage Museum

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 26, 2012


DON’T TRY THE COBBLER  The big news this week is the opening of the regional premiere of Yasmina Reza’s hit comedy God of Carnage at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Peal St., Albany). It’s been ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 18, 2012


RETURN ENGAGEMENT Choreographers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey first performed TOOL IS LOOT in EMPAC’s Studio 2 as a work-in-progress in June 2011. This weekend, with Jonathan Bepler, they return to perform the finished work ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 22, 2012

Art Beat Metroland has, in the past, sung the praises of Troy’s Gasholder Building, a 19th-century brick industrial monstrosity that has hosted some very interesting music and dance events over the last decade. This weekend, experimental ...

Gorgeous George

by Ann Morrow February 16, 2012


He was, in his day, bigger than Madonna or Gaga, bigger than the Beatles or Beiber fever, bigger than all the crowned heads of Europe put together (c’mon, how many people could pick King Louis ...

Albany Institute of History & Art

Harnessing Vertical Dance

by Elyse Beaudoin February 9, 2012

  On Saturday (Feb. 4), a diverse audience laid down on a stage in the Theater at RPI’s EMPAC. Each face in the crowd looked up at choreographer Yves Fauchon, who was perched on a large ...

Best of 2011: Theater

by The Staff January 5, 2012


Critic: James Yeara Best of 2011 1. Crowns Capital Repertory Theatre Crowns was the type of show that created a new community that hummed, swayed, and looked for hats all of its own. This was a show that deserved ...