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Saratoga Calendar

by The Staff July 25, 2012

Pop Music Concerts 9 Maple Avenue (9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB). 7/27: Marcus Benoit with Gabriel Groove. 7/28: Arch Stanton. Caffe Lena (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0222). 7/27: Ray Murray and the Bomb Squad. 7/28: Paul ...

Best of Arts

by The Staff July 19, 2012

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  Best Arts Complex Proctors 432 State St., Schenectady Quality programming across genres in multiple venues, simultaneously: Proctors set a high standard for themselves, and meet it. Broadway shows, independent and classic cinema, internationally renowned pop, classical, soul, rock ...

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Buggy on a Budget

by Ann Morrow July 11, 2012

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One of the extras is trying to escape. Legs pumping furiously, racing down the carpeted hallway of the film set, swerving as the director approaches with his hands menacingly outstretched . . . then another ...

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Musical Change, Social Change

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2012

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  Francesca Zambello had what could be argued was the best possible Metropolitan Opera directorial debut: Her 1992 production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor was all but booed off the stage. (The audience reacted with “a ...

Tri-City Crusader

by Ann Morrow March 15, 2012

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Where are the George Gray murals? Long ago, there were four large historical paintings—the Battle of Saratoga, Yankee Doodle, Uncle Sam, and the Battle of Bataan in WWII—by the famed muralist hanging in the Hendrick ...

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Fearless Oscar Predictions . . . and Complaints

by The Staff February 23, 2012

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Best Picture John Brodeur Will Win: The Artist Should Win: The Artist Overlooked: Melancholia Overrated: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Laura Leon Will Win: The Artist Should Win: The Artist Overlooked: Warrior Overrated: The Descendants Ann Morrow Will Win: The Descendants Should Win: Midnight in Paris Overlooked: Harry ...

Farming the American Dream

by B.A. Nilsson February 1, 2012

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The documentary The First Season follows Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh and their children through a year’s worth of changes as they pursue a crazy midlife dream of operating a dairy farm. They’re slaves to ...

Her Heart Is in It

by Ann Morrow January 19, 2012

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“I’m more excited than I’ve ever been in my life,” says Heidi Philipsen. The independent filmmaker is referring to this Saturday’s gala premiere (at the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors) of Her Telling Heart, a reinterpretation ...

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The Story Ends

by Laura Leon January 12, 2012

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I'm going to a funeral of a loved one later this week, although unlike the many wakes and burials of friends and relations I've attended, at which my brothers and uncles would have me in inappropriate ...

Best of 2011: Cinema

by The Staff January 5, 2012

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Critic: Shawn Stone Best of 2011 1. Melancholia A lost soul (Kirsten Dunst, wonderful) is fulfilled by doom in Lars von Trier’s lovely—and often very funny—vision of a personal and/or global apocalypse. 2. Contagion Steven Soderbergh deftly evoked the horror ...

The Year in Pictures: Photoland

by The Staff December 30, 2011

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Albany in Mind

by B.A. Nilsson October 19, 2011

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“Everybody went to Albany for one reason or another. They went to Keeler’s, they were here for the track. It had nightlife. Bright lights, roulette wheels, hot-mattress hotels.” William Kennedy is explaining the appeal of ...

Fall Arts Listings

by The Staff September 15, 2011

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Pop Music Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-4406. Sept. 26: the Bruce Katz Band. Sept 30: Bearsville Session #4—Motown. Oct. 3: Kate Taylor. Oct. 10: Jay Collins and the Kings County Band. Oct. 14: Stephen Stills. ...

The Art of Urban Renewal

by Ali Hibbs September 15, 2011

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In the past two weeks, they started appearing around town. A council of penguins on Sheridan Avenue. A giant crow on Lexington. A gold chain hangs from two blown-out windows. A man holds his hands ...

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A Shared Humanity

by Kathryn Geurin September 8, 2011

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The mention of teen and tween YouTube videos likely conjures thoughts of hairbrush karaoke or daredevil stunts. It probably doesn’t evoke visions of a poised, charismatic young woman unfurling an evocative creation myth for a ...

Making Sense of It All

by Shawn Stone September 8, 2011

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You don’t have to look up the institution’s authorizing legislation to grasp that the New York State Museum is tasked with a broad cultural and educational mandate. A walk through the museum itself, with its ...

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Look Back in Sorrow

by Shawn Stone September 8, 2011

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Do you remember where you were when the World Trade Center was attacked?  Do you remember how you felt? Marie Triller does, and can speak about it in a way that brings that terrible day to ...

Inside View

by Liz O'Connell July 20, 2011

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A View From the Backstretch, the new photography exhibit at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, turns the tables on traditional racing photography. The exhibiting artists are racing’s backstretch ...

Other Culture

by Kathryn Geurin June 22, 2011

The Berkshires are positively brimming with world-class arts institutions, which bloom to their most vital in the summer. But many of these icons of culture also offer less prominent programming that is worth exploring, and ...

One Night Only

by Kathryn Geurin March 23, 2011

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On Saturday afternoon, a handful of professional actors, directors, playwrights, producers and improvisers gathered in a rehearsal room at Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre, some meeting for the first time, some rekindling years-old connections, others on ...

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Spring Arts Preview

by The Staff February 23, 2011

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Pop Music 9 Maple Avenue 9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB. March 4: Pete Sweeney Quartet. March 5: Stage Left Project with ShaRon. March 11: E W Quartet. March 12: Jonathan Lorentz Quartet. March 18: Michael Benedict Jazz ...

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They’ve got Balls

by B.A. Nilsson January 26, 2011

For a long time I considered juggling the only worthy face of mime: deft jugglers obviously earned their money with a skill that the fumble-thumbed such as I never will achieve. Then I saw the Flying ...

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Young and Bold

by Ali Hibbs January 12, 2011

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The character is strapped to an electric chair, but the look on its skullish face is placid. The chair is tethered to a hot air balloon, itself wearing a skull face with hypodermic needles for ...

Work in Process

by Ali Hibbs March 24, 2010

On my first visit to meet the OpenEnded Group, I leave nearly as confused about what the team of digital artists actually does as when I first arrived. Outside, it’s a sunny fall day, ...

On the Chopping Block

by Shawn Stone February 25, 2010

The pain of this recession keeps getting worse, and the deficit in the New York state budget keeps getting larger. So it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise when Gov. David Paterson first ...