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by Shawn Stone May 8, 2014

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    CHALK ART RETURNS  Drawing Up Central, a sidewalk chalk art contest on lower Central Avenue between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, returns this Saturday (May 10) from 10 AM-2 PM. A project of Equinox, ...

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Journey Into the Past

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014

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  In previous centuries, popular and classical music in America tried to ignore one another, but significant composers explored and encouraged an overlap. Such was the case with Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a piano virtuoso who thrived ...

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Chaconnes à son goût

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014

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  The good news: Registration has been extended until today (Thursday), so pick up that phone. Bad news: Stravinsky and Picasso and Prokofiev and Milhaud and Hemingway and Fitzgerald won’t be there. Well; you never know ...

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Closure

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014

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  During the forced march to Thailand following the fall of Singapore in 1942, captured British soldier Eric Lomax asks a Japanese guard, “What river is this?” It is the Kwai, immortalized in the movie The ...

Payback Sisters

by Laura Leon May 1, 2014

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  A wobbly hybrid of Bridesmaids and The First Wives Club, The Other Woman seeks to give modern-day women a reason to feel emboldened, even if that is by way of giving a two-timing husband diarrhea ...

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 ...

Smarter Than Your Average Documentary

by Laura Leon April 24, 2014

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  When I was a kid there were nature films showing at the theater a few times a year. These were horrid events, very dry and hardly entertaining, unless you were a budding veterinarian. (I was ...

Swamp Gothic

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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  Joe is about a hard-luck, hard-drinking foreman of an illegal lumber operation who hires a 15-year-old boy who is trying to earn enough money to feed his family and get away from his alcoholic, drifter ...

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The Vamp Who Fell To Earth

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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  The opening visuals flicker and mutate, and eventually, a fully formed human eye gazes out of the screen. The eye belongs to a female being, an alien presumably, and after she is fitted out in ...

Hard to Like

by Shawn Stone April 24, 2014

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  Jude Law is very entertaining as the ex-con and safecracker Dom Hemingway. He’s thoroughly believable as he brings out the various facets of the character: desperate convict, jealous ex-con, deliriously happy free man, coke-snorting lunatic, ...

Hilary Hahn

by B.A. Nilsson April 24, 2014

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  O Hilary: Why do you seek to drag us into the 21st century? Or the 20th, for that matter? You’re an international star, one of the finest of violin soloists, and you could have eased ...

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Game On

by Laura Leon April 17, 2014

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  Kind of like Moneyball for the professional football, Draft Day manages to find suspense, drama and, of course, humor—it’s directed by Ivan Reitman—in the inner machinations that make the annual NFL college draft so compelling ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone April 17, 2014

  ALBANY BARN GRAND OPENING  After years of organizing and plenty of hard work, the Albany Barn is celebrating the opening of their Academy Lofts in the former St. Joseph’s Academy today (Thursday, April 17) from ...

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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Rag and Bone

by Alexander M. Stern April 10, 2014

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  The experience of seeing Arthur Miller’s The Price at the Curtain Call Theater begins before the lights even dim. Amid the pre-show chatter and the rustling of playbills, the eye is drawn to the curious pile ...

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Grown Up Wrong

by Shawn Stone April 10, 2014

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  Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman, who proves as talented a director as actor) behaves like he doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself—and that may indeed be the case. He’s an 8th-grade dropout on the ...

All American Hero

by Laura Leon April 10, 2014

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  I know what big-budget movie I’m going to see again this year, and that would be Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And get this—neither my 8- nor 11-year-old accompanied me the first time. Sure, it ...

Our Nixon

by Shawn Stone April 3, 2014

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  Penny Lane’s archival-footage documentary about Richard Nixon, Our Nixon, is a delightful addition to the canon of films, novels, histories and operas about the 37th President of the United States—the only one of that illustrious ...

Rough Sailing

by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014

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  The Old Testament contains strange creatures and semi-celestial beings along with its primordial stories. Some of those creatures, called the Watchers, are co-stars in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s often wondrous, sometimes difficult imagining of the Great ...

The Yawner Games

by Ann Morrow March 27, 2014

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  In 2011 Neil Burger directed Limitless, a nifty little sci-fi flick starring Bradley Cooper. This director also helmed a twisty and rather original 19th-century costume drama with Edward Norton called The Illusionist. The Neil Burger ...

A Wonderful Contraption

by John Rodat March 27, 2014

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  I’m not sure which group should be most eager to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel: his fans or his passionate detractors. Those who have enjoyed Anderson’s work thus far will find ...

Smells Like a Rose

by James Yeara March 27, 2014

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  If Shakespeare had written a musical, it would have been Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a play with songs about theater, not a franchise collection of songs with some words between them. Gypsy has soul, and ...

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Mike Birbiglia

by John Rodat March 27, 2014

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  I associate Mike Birbiglia with a number of other popular stand ups I know best from the Internet but of whom I first became aware in the alt-comedy boom of the ’90s: comedians like Louis ...

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There Is No Cure

by Laura Leon March 20, 2014

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  Sam Rockwell can make just about any movie that much better than it ought to be. He has the uncanny ability to be sort of handsome, sort of goofy and sort of dangerous—all at once—with ...

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 20, 2014

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  MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES  This edition of Ye Olde Art Beat should more properly be called Ye Olde Movie Beat. There are an amazing variety of excellent films screening around the region this week. Tonight (Thursday, March ...