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The Year in Pictures: Arts

by The Staff December 30, 2011

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Local street artist Radical! became nationally known and respected .  The Berkshires/Capital Region Theater Project brought together 50 regional theater professionals for a marathon creative improv session. . A trash-can-painting arts project beautified the Delaware Avenue neighborhood .   Saratoga’s National Museum ...

Artists in Need

by Elyse Beaudoin December 21, 2011


Upstate Artists Guild (UAG), a non-profit organization devoted to bringing artistic culture and education to Albany, is in danger of losing its headquarters. This 800-square-foot gallery on Lark Street is the home base to the ...

The Movie Schedule

by The Staff November 16, 2011

Film Openings Arthur Christmas Animated fun at the North Pole—from Down Under. Opens Wednesday. (PG) Happy Feet Two The penguins are back, and they have to dance their way out of an ice jam. In 3D in ...

The Movie Schedule

by The Staff November 11, 2011

Film Openings Immortals The gods annoint a warrior. Sword-and-sandal epic, in 3D in many theaters. (PG-13) J. Edgar Clint Eastwood directs Leonardo DiCaprio in this dark biopic of the late FBI director. With Naomi Watts. (R) Jack and ...

Return to the Visual

by Shawn Stone November 10, 2011


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


  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


  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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by B.A. Nilsson October 19, 2011


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 ...


Curtain Call

by B.A. Nilsson October 13, 2011


“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


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


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


“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


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


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


“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


  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


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 ...

Mass Moca

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone May 19, 2011


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


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


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


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 ...