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How We Do It

by Stephen Leon October 16, 2014

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  Why is Jack’s Oyster House open 365 days a year? You might expect that from a diner or a Dunkin’ Donuts, but why Jack’s, an elegant downtown Albany restaurant that has been in business for 101 ...

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Leave Nothing on the Table

by B.A. Nilsson October 16, 2014

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  As an arrogant waiter working at a fancy Westchester County eatery nearly 40 years ago, I helped institute a policy of writing a 20-percent gratuity onto every check. We believed that we were offering superior ...

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Putting Out Fires

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

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  About 40 minutes into the Q&A portion of her budget presentation at John J. Bach Library on New Scotland Avenue this Tuesday, Mayor Kathy Sheehan was becoming visibly frustrated with the crowd—mostly firefighters concerned with ...

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The Honeymoon’s Over

by Ali Hibbs October 9, 2014

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  “For me, it’s a public-safety issue,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan when she requested red-light traffic cameras back in May, “This is not a revenue-driven decision at all.” Fast-forward to last week when the mayor released her ...

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Return of the Messenger

by Melinda Welsh October 9, 2014

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  This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive exposé ...

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Weezer

by David King October 9, 2014

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  Weezer suck. They’ve sucked hard, very, very hard for the better portion of their time as a band. And it seems all this sucking was done on purpose—well at least purposefully by frontman Rivers Cuomo, ...

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The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans

by Shawn Stone October 2, 2014

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  As is now widely acknowledged, the Internet was invented for the purpose of uploading and viewing cat videos. In fact, it is also widely believed that the Internet itself is a series of tubes filled ...

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WAKA, WAKA

by Ali Hibbs October 2, 2014

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  Kickball. It’s the new Match.com. “Our wedding was pretty much kickball, but without the grass,” says 35-year-old Elizabeth Galarneau. “It was a kickball wedding. And we wanted to do it that way because that‘s how we ...

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No Blarney

by James Yeara October 2, 2014

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  Two wooden chairs flank one wooden table, and a wooden podium stands downstage right. The curved two-story projection screen runs the 40-plus feet wide upstage, a soft green light cast from the top of the ...

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Mr. Broadway

by James Yeara September 25, 2014

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  The genius of Jim Brochu’s Character Man: A Musical Memoir shows smartly in its simple setting: “Now and Then, Backstage or out front of a theatre.” A concert piano sits upstage right; two red theater ...

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Lord of the Jungle

by Jim Hightower September 25, 2014

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  In his classic 1936 comedy Modern Times, silent filmmaker Charlie Chaplin depicts the trials and tribulations of a harried factory worker trying to cope with the sprockets, cogs, conveyor belts, and “efficiencies” of the new ...

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A Vision of Nature

by Ann Morrow September 25, 2014

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  When residents of Albany go for a nature walk, more often than not it’s to somewhere outside the city, such as Five Rivers in Delmar or Dyken Pond in Grafton. Yet a preserve that offers ...

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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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