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Tipping Point

by Shawn Stone November 27, 2013

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  Kristen M. Holler, executive director of Albany Barn, Inc., loves giving tours of The Barn. The former St. Joseph’s Academy, a more than 40,000-square-foot landmark at the southwest corner of North Swan and Second streets ...

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CGI Banality

by Ann Morrow November 27, 2013

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  What is a serious thespian like Jeffrey Wright (along with Amanda Plummer, and Toby Jones) doing in a pop-culture spectacle like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the futuristic gladiatorial trilogy? The ...

Love Is Blue

by Shawn Stone November 20, 2013

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  Currently setting arthouse screens ablaze is Cannes’ Palm d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, the French film about a passionate, multiyear love affair between the young Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) and the older, more experienced ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 13, 2013

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  OK, then: There is so much going on this week that we couldn’t preview stuff we really, really wanted to preview. So here’s a little list of other great events this week. Friday & Saturday Ellen Sinopoli ...

The Orchestral Zelda

by David King November 13, 2013

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  It’s intermission at Proctors last Friday night and a mix of people of all ages are streaming out into the lobby—from five-year-olds in Mario Bros. shirts to elderly couples in neat, crisp formal attire, and ...

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Play With Your Pantyhose

by Melody Davis November 13, 2013

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  Sometimes you go to a lecture on a rainy Saturday because you’re wondering how you wound up in this effed-up world called art in the first place, and you’re just hoping to forget about the ...

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The Old Man and the Sea

by Ann Morrow November 13, 2013

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  Absurd, really, the fragility of existence. One day you are tranquilly sailing the Indian Ocean, and the next, your beautiful old sailboat is taking on water and you’ve lost all power of navigation and radio ...

Hammer Time!

by Laura Leon November 13, 2013

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  The beginning of Thor: The Dark World has audiences wondering whether or not they’ve entered into yet another Lord of the Rings installment. That’s because Anthony Hopkins’ Odin intones a preface to what otherwise is ...

Bad Trip

by Laura Leon November 13, 2013

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  So there’s a stammering Brit who longs to be in a loving relationship and has the luck to be able to travel back in time to make things right . . . are you sold ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 6, 2013

  SCIENCE IS SUPER  Bring the family to Schenectady’s miSci between Saturday and Monday (Nov. 9-11) for a Super Science Weekend. What’s happening? Here’s what the miSci people say: “dry ice demos, the giant bubble hoist, ...

Terribly True

by John Rodat November 6, 2013

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  First, the easy stuff: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is very powerfully and efficiently written, tremendously well cast and acted and deliberately and surely directed. In short, it’s an excellent movie, which is not ...

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The Haunting of Cherry Hill House

by Ann Morrow October 31, 2013

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  If ever there was a house museum with a claim to being haunted, it’s Historic Cherry Hill. Nearly 200 years ago, the elegant yellow mansion was the setting of a notorious murder that was equal ...

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Girl on a Bicycle

by Shawn Stone October 31, 2013

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  Wadjda has the burden of being “first,” as in, it’s the first movie ever filmed in Saudi Arabia. This is a place with no film industry and no movie theaters. The filmmakers and cast, from ...

Dangerous Pursuits

by Ann Morrow October 24, 2013

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  One in every four people who attempt the summit of Savage Mountain will be killed. That chilling fact informs the prologue to The Summit, a gripping examination of the deadliest day ever to occur on ...

Like Watching People Type

by Laura Leon October 24, 2013

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  Desperately trying to spin a political thriller a la All The President’s Men, blended with the modern relevance of The Social Network, The Fifth Estate meanders along, continuously showing its audience images of pasty-faced computer ...

Murder Romp

by B.A. Nilsson October 24, 2013

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  So maybe the guy isn’t who we—ah! I see. I should have guessed it. And that’s because she was wishing all along that he’d—wait. Maybe not. Because now she’s—shit. Didn’t see that coming. There’s good reason ...

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Virtuoso Showcase

by B.A. Nilsson October 17, 2013

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  Those who expected to be awed by the legendary Red Violin learned an important lesson last week. Elizabeth Pitcairn, who owns and plays that particular Strad, gave a recital at the University at Albany Performing ...

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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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American Hero

by Laura Leon October 17, 2013

  There’s a game of wits at the heart of Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass’ biopic about the ship captain of the Maersk Alabama who gained fame for keeping a cool head amid a potentially deadly Somali ...

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Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  “It does what a musical is supposed to do; it takes you to another world . . . a little something for when you’re feeling blue.”—Man in Chair Home Made Theater’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone ...

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Fully Able

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  In the darkness, the sound of waves splashing in a lake is heard, followed soon by the call of a loon. The lights then come up on a ratty-looking bathtub downstage center, a black mechanical ...

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Genius, Wit

by B.A. Nilsson October 10, 2013

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  Bach’s Goldberg Variations run about the length of an early Marx Brothers movie, but conceal their humor more deftly. Like the movies, the variations are episodic, drawing from long-standing entertainment traditions, but lacing those traditions ...

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Bad is Good

by Erin Pihlaja October 10, 2013

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  Two executive “party” buses packed full of eager passengers, spent three hours on Saturday (Oct. 5), learning about the often scandalous history in the Capital Region on the Historic Bad boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour, ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone October 10, 2013

  SAVING UPSTATE AMERICA ONE FARM AT A TIME, VIA ART  This weekend is the 12th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Exhibition at Maple Ridge Farm in Coila. (If you haven’t heard of Coila, it’s more-or-less ...

To the Wonder

by Ann Morrow October 10, 2013

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  It could’ve been Speed in Outer Space, and not just because of the casting of Sandra Bullock as an astronaut. Instead, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is a heart-pounding and hauntingly beautiful meditation—co-written with his son, Jonas ...