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Best of Arts & Entertainment

by The Staff July 24, 2014

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  Best Museum Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. They always were the best. With the major expansion/renovation of the Clark grounds and campus, there’s just a lot more to love. Best Art Gallery The Foundry ...

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A Story All in One Face

by Carson Frame April 24, 2014

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  Everywhere Greg Dunn looks, he finds the bones of stories. As a building renovator with Albany Artisans, he’s no stranger to aged wood, buckling drywall, leaky pipes and old machines. Dunn sees these objects as ...

Readers Poll: Arts & Entertainment

by The Staff April 10, 2014

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  Best Movie Theater 1.  Spectrum 8 Theatres 2.  Regal Colonie Center Stadium 13 3.  Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas Saratoga No contest: Spectrum 8 Theatres is the indie theater this town deserves as well as the anchor of the Delaware ...

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Spring Arts Preview

by The Staff February 27, 2014

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  Pop Music Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 7: Cover to Cover. March 21: Melissa Ferrick. March 22: Jeremy Spencer. March 22: Jeffery Gaines. March 28: Foster McGinty. March 29: Uhadi. March 30: Mike Gordon. ...

The Real Thing

by Laura Leon February 13, 2014

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  We were talking recently about how some kids just out of high school don’t know how to do certain things we used to take as givens when it came to holding a job—things like making ...

The Master

by Ann Morrow February 10, 2014

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  As the eulogies for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman pour in, as the debate over untimely deaths of celebrities from drug addiction are renewed, yet again, this may be the time to remember that he was ...

Death of a Deep Man

by Bruce Bouchard February 10, 2014

  In the late 1980s, while teaching at SUNY, I had the honor to help and advise two remarkable theater students, John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) and Stephen Adly Guirgis (Pulitzer finalist, The Motherfucker With the ...

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Best Cinema 2013: Ann Morrow

by Ann Morrow December 24, 2013

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    1. Gravity A heart-pounding and hauntingly meditative 21st-century adventure tale centered on the Sandra Bullock’s walled-off NASA engineer, and her reliance on George Clooney’s more experienced astronaut, as they maneuver through sensationally rendered outer-space catastrophes. The ...

Best Cinema 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013

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    1. Gravity This lost-in-space story balances the human drama of a pair of astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) with dazzling 3D special effects for the best 90 minutes of cinema this year. 2. Before Midnight Film number three ...

Best Cinema 2013: Laura Leon

by Laura Leon December 24, 2013

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    1. Enough Said Poignant—and not just because costar James Gandolfini died suddenly prior to its release—warm, funny and wise, Enough Said is amazingly just like real life. 2. Dallas Buyers Club This is a wise and compelling story ...

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Best Cinema 2013: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann December 24, 2013

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips."

  2013 was a particularly exciting year for women’s performances. Unfortunately, the list of best films does not pay tribute to all of the great work done by actresses. So, in addition to those cited therein, ...

Best Theater 2013: James Yeara

by James Yeara December 24, 2013

  1. Stockholm Stageworks/Hudson Having its American premiere at Stageworks/Hudson, Stockholm was riveting. The play was a dash of Mamet, a pinch of Ruhl, a sweating of Pinter, a snap of LaBute, sprinklings of Albee, a zest of ...

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Best Blu-ray/DVD 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013

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1. The Big Parade A stunning presentation of King Vidor’s World War I epic. (Warner Home Video) 2. The Man Who Knew Too Much In one of the Blu-ray/DVD extras, Guillermo del Toro persuasively argues that this is ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray/DVD

by Shawn Stone December 12, 2013

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  The drought of catalog titles on home video ended this year, as the studios either started issuing their own editions again or licensed them to boutique labels. Some did both: Fox issued a lovely Blu-ray ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King December 12, 2013

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  Every so often during my childhood a video game company or two would release new game systems--and each year it was more a curse than a blessing. I would beg, plead and cajole my mother ...

The Well-Tempered Festival

by Shawn Stone October 17, 2013

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  The folks programming FilmColumbia don’t mess around. Now in its 14th year, the big film festival in little Chatham kicks off at the Crandell Theatre on Wednesday (Oct. 23) with a screening of Claude Lanzmann’s ...

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Best of Arts 2013

by The Staff July 24, 2013

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  Best Arts Destination Proctors 432 State St., Schenectady It would be easy to lose count of how many performance venues there are at Proctors, except that, any given week, there’s something going on in most of them. You ...

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A Native (Albany) New Yorker

by Ann Morrow July 18, 2013

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  Actor Theodore Bouloukos is every inch a New Yorker: erudite, meticulously cultured, and almost famous within an avant-garde career. So quintessentially Manhattan is this sharp-dressed man that he was profiled in New York magazine for ...

Summer Events

by The Staff June 6, 2013

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  Pop Music Concerts Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-4406, bearsvilletheater.com. June 14: Et Tu Bruce. June 15: Jon Herington. June 17: Duke McVinnie. June 20: Katrin Roush. June 21: Ian McLagen. June 22: Donna the Buffalo. June ...

The Dark Mirror

by Rick Marshall April 18, 2013

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  Early in Her: A Memoir, author Christa Parravani shares a disconcerting fact that came to her attention shortly after her twin sister, Cara, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2006. “I researched our situation and ...

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Art in Motion

by Erin Pihlaja March 27, 2013

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“I have used approximately 4,768.75 feet, which is 511 feet short of one mile or 15.89 football-field lengths, of tape, and this is just since December 2012. It’s safe to say that I have used ...

Readers’ Poll: Arts

by The Staff March 13, 2013

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    Best Movie Theater 1. Spectrum 8 Theatres 2. Regal Colonie Center Cinema 13 3. Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland Your love for the Spectrum has only gotten stronger with age: The venerable arthouse won by more than 300 votes this ...

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Fearless Oscar Picks

by The Staff February 20, 2013

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  Best Picture Laura Leon Will Win   Silver Linings Playbook Should Win   Silver Linings Playbook Overlooked   Moonrise Kingdom Overrated   Django Unchained Ann Morrow Will Win   Lincoln Should Win   Lincoln Overlooked   End of Watch Overrated   Silver Linings Playbook Shawn Stone Will Win   Argo Should Win   Zero Dark Thirty Overlooked   Skyfall Overrated  ...

The Reel Thing

by Shawn Stone February 13, 2013

  “Does she . . . or doesn’t she?” Back in the golden age of pop-culture double entendres, that was the pitch for a long-running series of advertisements for a popular brand of hair dye. It continued: “Hair ...

The Year in Cinema: Ann Morrow

by Ann Morrow January 3, 2013

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Best of 2012 1. Beasts of the Southern Wild In a time of ceaseless catastrophe, perhaps no other film limned the zeitgeist with as much imagination and visual magic. Telling this strange tale of resiliency from the ...