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The Well-Tempered Festival

by Shawn Stone October 17, 2013


  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


  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 ...


A Native (Albany) New Yorker

by Ann Morrow July 18, 2013


  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


  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


  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


“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


    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 ...


Fearless Oscar Picks

by The Staff February 20, 2013


  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


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 ...

The Year in Cinema: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone January 3, 2013


  Best of 2012 1. Bernie Richard Linklater’s ruefully comic tale of what happens when the most popular guy in town commits a murder. Bernie features great performances by Jack Black as the titular “hero,” Matthew McConaughey as ...

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The Year in Cinema: Laura Leon

by Laura Leon January 3, 2013


    Best of 2012 1. Silver Linings Playbook A romantic comedy whose leads are highly unlikeable—at first. David O. Russell, blessed with a topflight cast including Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, delivers a meaty, meaningful movie that’s equal ...

The Year in Cinema: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann January 3, 2013


  Best of 2012 1. Life of Pi Like Avatar and Hugo before it, Ang Lee’s film uses 3-D to realize a unique world that immerses us completely. By turns magical and uncannily realistic, this is the year’s ...

The Year in Theater

by James Yeara January 3, 2013


  Best of 2012 1. Tomorrow in the Battle Stageworks/Hudson The world-premiere production of Tomorrow in the Battle was an experience to revel in. Playwright Kieron Barry presented conflicts, crises, and climaxes for his characters that engaged both intellectually ...

Gift Guide: Video

by Shawn Stone December 6, 2012


  First, before we get into the really super stuff for the cinephile in your life, a consumer alert: The retail chains are offering some insane price reductions this holiday season. Wander through Best Buy, and ...

Gift Guide: Classic Children’s Books

by Erin Pihlaja December 6, 2012

  I was an avid reader as a child (my mother once questioned the pace of my consumption during an elementary school book-a-thon), and my tastes and range were quite varied. Now that I have two ...

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Gift Guide: Literature

by Ali Hibbs December 6, 2012


  For the first time since 1977, there was no Pulitzer Prize awarded for fiction. Similarly, there hasn’t seemed to be any singular buzz-book this year—barring perhaps 50 Shades of Grey or J.K. Rowling’s first adult ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Treasures

by Rick Marshall November 29, 2012


  ’Tis the season for giving the tech geek on your list something special. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of gifts that are guaranteed to elicit the desired level of awe from their recipients—and if you’re lucky, ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King November 29, 2012


  The gamer in your household is probably getting on your nerves just about now. With the holidays rolling in, game companies have let loose the floodgates and all the megasequels have hit the shelves. Halo ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys

by Erin Pihlaja November 29, 2012


Last year a video of a little girl ranting about the oppression of toy manufacturers went viral. Riley Maida, who at the time was 4 years old, stood in the toy aisle of a store ...

Reel Politics

by The Staff November 8, 2012


  The Great McGinty No discussion of political flicks would be complete without Preston Sturges’ hilarious The Great McGinty. With this portrait of a classic pre-World War II big-city political machine, Sturges pulled off the impossible: an ...

A Path To Understanding

by Sarah Iannone October 25, 2012


  For the first eight or nine years of their lives, Jessica and Jocelyn Davis were, figuratively speaking, joined at the hip. They saw each other as they were, twin sisters with an inseparable bond. “As ...

The Biggest Little Film Festival

by Shawn Stone October 17, 2012


  Born out of the fact that a number of very successful film-biz types have settled in Columbia County, Film Columbia offers intrepid cinephiles a five-day feast of film. And most of it is actual film, ...

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Fall Classical Music Preview

by The Staff September 13, 2012


Albany Pro Musica Performances are at St. Joseph’s Church, 600 State St., Schenectady; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 2nd and State streets, Troy; Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. albanypromusica.org. Sept. 30 (St. Joseph’s):The 150th Anniversary ...

Hot Off the Press

by Darryl McGrath August 2, 2012


As recently as a decade ago, an aspiring author with serious literary or journalistic intentions had two choices: find a publisher, or publish your book yourself. For a novice, the first option was about as ...