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Empire State of Cheese

by Ali Hibbs September 18, 2014

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  “A lot of people aren’t even aware of how many world-class producers we have right here, within a 100-mile radius of where we’re sitting,” says Jonathan Milks, Honest Weight Food Co-op’s newest cheesemonger, at a ...

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The Mending Meal

by Ali Hibbs September 18, 2014

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  The fictional character of a certain Robert Frost poem may well have believed it was good fences, but to Susan Fowler and local volunteers at the nascent Soul Café in Albany, it’s good meals that ...

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Family-Style Farming

by B.A. Nilsson September 18, 2014

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  “Jenny is a watch-donkey,” Kirsten Fredericks explains as the large, angry animal approaches. Woolly brown fur makes the donkey look like a plush doll, but her ears are up in a wary V, and she ...

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Smashing Success

by Ann Morrow September 11, 2014

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  It’s a hit. When Annine Everson is performing, that’s as much a description as a compliment: Everson makes piñatas, and hitting and breaking her papier-mâché creations is part of the artistry. But it doesn’t end there, ...

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When the Lights Change

by Ali Hibbs September 11, 2014

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  On Monday, Albany city lawmakers will introduce a bill allowing for the installation of cameras at traffic light intersections that would automatically photograph the license plates of cars that run red lights and issue tickets ...

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A Humbling Lesson

by Ali Hibbs September 11, 2014

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  If Capital Region Democrats had gotten their way this Tuesday, Zephyr Teachout would be the Democratic nominee for the gubernatorial election in November and, by most accounts, would have gone on to become the state’s ...

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The Local Bucket List

by The Staff September 4, 2014

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  Hey collegiate, are you new to the area? Or perhaps just new to being on your own? Or maybe you’ve been in college a semester or two, and are more than ready to explore beyond ...

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A Progressive Challenge

by Ali Hibbs September 4, 2014

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  The state democratic primaries are only five days away and, to many New Yorkers, it seems as though Zephyr Rain Teachout—true to her eerily appropriate name—has come blowing into the gubernatorial race in its final ...

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Annual Manual

by The Staff September 4, 2014

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  Your 2014 guide to . . . Cheap Eats, Fine Dining, Performance Venues, Co-ops, Musical Instruments,  Museums & Galleries, Shopping, Bowling, Billiards, Fun Stuff, Ice Cream and much more . . .   Cheap Eats American The Albany Pump ...

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Big Bang

by Ali Hibbs August 28, 2014

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  The blast-cum-collapse could be heard throughout all of downtown Albany. Preceded by a few ominous rumblings, the thunderous boom sounded at about 9:03 AM on Saturday morning, and the Wellington Annex was no more. A ...

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Sailing Back in Time

by Ann Morrow August 28, 2014

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  Five years after Henry Hudson made his return voyage to England, a Dutch privateer was hired to follow up on the explorer’s claims. His name was Adriaen Block, and what he is known for today, ...

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Chekhov Chuckles

by James Yeara August 28, 2014

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  Christopher Durang’s 2013 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike does to Anton Chekhov what Durang’s surreal comedy classic The Actor’s Nightmare did to Beckett, Coward, Shakespeare, and Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons), ...

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Ones and Zeroes

by Ali Hibbs August 21, 2014

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  One hundred years ago, people were faced with the choice of learning to read or remaining illiterate laborers who would be left behind as have-nots in a rapidly modernizing world. In the coming century, being ...

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Operation Historic Salvage

by Ann Morrow August 21, 2014

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  Within gutted buildings surrounded by gaping holes, volunteers for Historic Albany Foundation are salvaging architectural elements for future reuse. Often just minutes ahead of the demolition crew, this fluctuating team of about 25 people have ...

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The Odd Couple

by James Yeara August 21, 2014

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  The single most romantic scene this summer theater season is in Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, currently having its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company. And it’s not the obvious one in this fast-paced, well-crafted, ...

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You’re Getting Sleepy

by Kelly Spencer August 14, 2014

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  You’re driving up the Northway after work (or driving anywhere, really), and the drowsiness starts to set in. It suddenly takes a concerted effort to keep your eyelids open, and your neck no longer seems ...

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Get Up and Play, Seven Minutes a Day

by Katelynn Ulrich August 14, 2014

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  Everyone has heard that exercise will improve one’s health. Everyone has read a magazine or a news story urging them to get 30 minutes of physical activity a day (at least). Upon hearing these health ...

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Social Mobility

by Ann Morrow August 14, 2014

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  “It’s a neighborhood car,” said Nnenna Ferguson, the marketing coordinator for Capital CarShare. She was referring to a shiny red Prius in the parking lot, but also to five other cars that are available to ...

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Condensed King

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Much as the royal families depicted in Henry IV celebrated marriage and consanguinity, so too does Shakespeare & Company’s current production of the play. Shakespeare wrote two plays to depict the title character, but Jonathan ...

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There Goes the Neighborhood—Literally

by Ann Morrow August 7, 2014

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  The scope of Albany Medical Center’s redevelopment of a large swath of the Park South neighborhood became a reality this week with the leveling of almost a dozen 19th-century houses. The reconstruction of the two ...

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A Place for Jews

by Shawn Stone August 7, 2014

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  Longtime journalist Marc Gronich’s “ah-ha” moment, when he decided it was time to create a website dedicated to Jewish life and interests, arrived courtesy of Times Union editor Rex Smith. Smith had just given a talk ...

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The Price of Oil Trains

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014

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  One year after oil tankers went off the rails and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—killing 47 people and leaving a community devastated—local political leaders and community members are growing increasingly concerned about a similar tragedy occurring ...

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Russian Fireworks

by Lynn Hasselbarth July 31, 2014

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  Saratoga Performing Arts Center pulled out all the stops on Tuesday night for the opening performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Don Quixote. With only three cities on their U.S. tour, the company was welcomed with ...

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Dude, Where’s My Brain?

by Shawn Stone July 31, 2014

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  It’s hard not to be impressed by Luc Besson’s audacity in his latest actioner, Lucy. The director and/or producer of such decade-spanning, high-octane entertainments as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Transporter and Taken isn’t ...

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Best of People and Places

by Metroland Staff July 24, 2014

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Best Public Advocate Dominick Calsolaro If you were afraid that Calsolaro was going to fade into the background after he retired from the Albany Common Council, rest easy. He’s as active as ever, and a leading advocate ...

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