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Election Preview

by Ali Hibbs October 29, 2015


  Voters in the City of Albany can expect to encounter two important ballot propositions at the polls this coming Tuesday (Nov. 3); county residents outside the city can vote on one of them. One will ...

Fracked Gas By the Lake?

by Ann Morrow October 29, 2015


  The eagles are back. After an absence of about 50 years, residents of the Burden Lake neighborhood in Rensselaer County have reported that a few years ago, American bald eagles, a threatened species, began returning ...

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Signifying Nothing

by Shawn Stone October 29, 2015


  Aspiring writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) has a spirit problem. She’s haunted by the childhood memory of her mother’s ghost, who appeared to her and warned her away from a place called “Crimson Peak.” She’s ...

A Clear Way Forward

by Ali Hibbs October 22, 2015


  Albany County has no idea what laws it has passed. Or at least, there is no easy way to find out. According to a recently formed coalition of county legislators and legislative hopefuls, there is ...

Too Big to Play Fair

by Elizabeth Warren October 22, 2015

  Source: Reader Supported News You’ll never guess who’s going around Washington, trolling the halls of Congress, talking about the importance of protecting the long-term health of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The banking industry. That’s right: After years ...


A Meeting of Minds

by Jeff Nania October 22, 2015


  Renowned author William Kennedy (pictured), and visual artist-RPI architecture and design professor Michael Oatman sat down for a discussion about the creative process and how it relates to their respective works this past Sunday afternoon ...

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Crossing Frontiers

by James Yeara October 15, 2015


  “It’s the era of the shrinking man.” --Capt. Robert Smith When Grinder’s Stand, the latest production in an excellent year at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, finally gets to Grinder’s Stand on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, ...

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To Market, to Dine

by Caroline Barrett October 15, 2015


  Kaffir lime and Thai basil, asafetida and curry leaves, salty Italian meats and imported tomatoes, fresh cheese, dried chiles and blue corn tortillas. These elusive and important ingredients are the heart and soul of many ...


Alone Again, Gastronomically

by B.A. Nilsson October 15, 2015


  “You can put me at the table in the corner in the back unless you've got one in the telephone booth; I'm here and I'm alone again, it's sad but it's the truth. No, I'm not expecting ...


Missing Links

by Tim Redmond October 8, 2015


  When Sonoma State University professor Carl Jensen started looking into the new media's practice of self-censorship in 1976, the Internet was only a dream and most computers were still big mainframes with whirling tape reels ...

The Five-Year Plan

by Ali Hibbs October 8, 2015

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  CREDC receives $60 million from the state in 2014 to fund 93 regional economic initiatives The Capital Region’s Regional Economic Development Council (CREDC) submitted a detailed and ambitious plan to state officials on Monday (Oct. 5), ...


The Nightmare Maker

by Ann Morrow October 8, 2015


  “Don’t burn me!” shrieked the victim writhing on a torch-lit altar. As the flames leaped higher, revealing vulture wings and severed heads on poles, the witch cracked her whip—and then slithered over the side of ...

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It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the United States

by Ali Hibbs October 1, 2015

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  Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of shock and triumph in ...

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Leaving the Job Unfinished?

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2015


  General Electric is at the finish line of its sixth and final season of dredging the upper Hudson River for PCPs—and some river community residents are stating that the job isn’t done. About 200 miles ...


Loudon Wainwright III

by B.A. Nilsson October 1, 2015


  “The strangest story ever told/Was how I got to be this old.” That’s the opening couplet from the opening song on Loudon Wainwright III’s 2012 CD release Older Than My Old Man Now. The 69-year-old ...

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Farm to Farm Table

by Caroline Barrett September 24, 2015

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  Many years ago, I visited a friend in Portland, Ore. You know, the foodie capital of the world. I followed my friend into one restaurant after another, in wide-eyed wonder. This was just as the ...


Life Is Sweet

by B.A. Nilsson September 24, 2015


  You’re surrounded by bees. They move with a purpose, settling on a hive’s landing board abulge with yellow pollen, or clustered on a hive frame to build hexagonal-celled honeycomb, or challenging your wish to be ...


Makin’ It With the Chick Peas

by Ann Morrow September 24, 2015

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  “I do love eating hummus," says Jennifer Rittner-Paniccia (pictured) with enthusiasm. And that's how her small-batch hummus business, 3 Chicks and P, began. Featuring a rotating menu of 15 tahini-free flavors made with locally grown ...


Fall Arts Preview

by The Staff September 10, 2015


  Pop Music Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406. Sept. 18: Lord Huron. Sept. 20: Mikal Cronin with Calvin Love. Sept. 23: Houndmouth. Oct. 6: Wood Brothers. Oct. 8: Dave Mason. Oct. 9: Peter Wolf. Oct. 11: Mac ...


Of Artistry and Memory

by Ann Morrow September 10, 2015


  When Regina Borysiewicz was a child in Poland, her father had a German Shepherd dog named Bryton. In 1940, in the middle of the night, the Borysiewicz family was abducted by the Soviet army for ...


Fall Film Preview

by Shawn Stone September 10, 2015


  I knew summer was over when I looked at the movie schedule and realized I was barely aware of the films opening this weekend. “Summer” at the movies starts in May and extends until Hollywood ...


Annual Manual

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  Cheap Eats American The Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American fare. The menu features a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full bar, ...


The Local Bucket List

by Ann Morrow September 3, 2015


  No need to spend all your free time partying, because, though you may not know it yet ye college freshmen (and upper classmen who haven’t ventured beyond the student bars), the Capital Region has lots ...


Dirty Paki Lingerie

by James Yeara September 3, 2015


  Manhattan, Pakistan, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Toronto, London, Turkmenistan, and now Catskill: Aizzah Fatima brings Dirty Paki Lingerie, her globe-hopping one-woman exploration of what is like to be a Muslim, a woman, and an American ...

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Framed in Truth

by James Yeara August 28, 2015

  The moment American interloper Ira Aldridge (the deservedly much-lauded John Douglas Thompson) first meets the much-lauded Victorian actress Ellen Tree (Kelley Curran, star of Shakespeare & Company’s The Comedy of Errors here showing a range ...

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