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Counting Down to Timewave Zero

by Josh Potter December 20, 2012


This is the end. That much is certain. The end of what, though, remains to be seen. Tomorrow, on Friday, Dec. 21—the winter solstice—the “long count” of the Mayan calendar is set to expire. For decades, ...

What You’ll Need

by Erin Pihlaja December 20, 2012


If the Mayans got it right, this may be the last time you pack a bag to go anywhere. But, if tomorrow really does mean the end of the world as we know it (literally ...

The Final Standings

by Shawn Stone December 20, 2012


  Losers 10. Andrew Cuomo Poor Gov. Cuomo: All the behind-the-scenes maneuvering and public posturing in anticipation of a 2016 presidential run will have gone for naught. And dude has had to put up with Dean Skelos for ...

Holiday Fashion Guide

by The Staff December 14, 2012

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Micayla wears a crimson taffeta gown by Nicole Miller from Circles, and vintage rhinestone and black-glass-beaded necklace by Elissa Halloran.   Micayla wears black sequined pants by Free People, a white blouse by Theory, and black-satin peep-toe ...

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Another Nine Lives

by Erin Pihlaja December 14, 2012


  It happened gradually that I became the cat lady,” says Katrin Hecker. “It was never a life goal, but the cats took over.” Hecker is the founder of Animalkind, a Hudson-based nonprofit dedicated to helping ...

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The Major Lift

by David King December 13, 2012


Why are Muse still a band? They seem bored, copping the same Radiohead poses that have gotten them through what seems like a dozen or so releases. But it’s not the band’s laziness and boredom ...

Short and Too Sweet

by James Yeara December 6, 2012


  Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is a beloved holiday classic today. The two-hour-and-10-minute black-and-white film is as sentimental as movies come (“Capra-corn”), but there’s an edge to it, as there is in ...

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Paying It Homeward

by Stephen Leon December 6, 2012


  Sharon Fenno knew that many consumers have been rethinking their shopping strategies in recent years to be more supportive of locally owned businesses, but she was still surprised by something that happened recently in Circles, ...

Uncle Sam Skates

by Erin Pihlaja December 6, 2012


  Glass shards from broken liquor bottles lie on the cement; small testaments of illicit behavior that goes largely unchecked under the highways at the foot of Hoosick Street, just before the Hudson River. Someone once ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Giving Outside the Box

by Erin Pihlaja November 29, 2012


If you’re a Metroland reader, chances are you’ve noticed the Adopt-A-Manatee ad that we regularly run. Well, stop ignoring it. It’s the holiday season, and if you’ve realized that your cup overfloweth, now is the ...

The No Zone

by Ann Morrow November 29, 2012


  Watervliet has only one “building of distinction” and as of last Tuesday, that building, known by its majestic 137-foot-high tower, may be doomed to obliteration. Two days before Thanksgiving, the Watervliet Common Council, in a special ...

Prince Rama

by Josh Potter November 29, 2012


In an interview with Bullett earlier this week, Taraka Larson, mastermind and vocalist for the sister duo Prince Rama, explained the band’s new record thusly: “I think in a way we are asking the world ...

Comfort and Joy

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2012

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Almost every summer, the New York Giants head to Albany for training camp. Football fans line the fields to watch the team practice and, afterwards, press their bodies against barricades in the hopes that one ...


Golden Twilight?

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2012


  Twinkies, an icon of processed junk food, may disappear. Panic ensued last week when Hostess Brands Inc., creator of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and various other baked goods, announced that it would shutter operations at its ...

Ready to Run

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2012

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  In front of the sculpted, outstretched arms of the Moses sculpture in Washington Park, Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan addressed a small crowd on Saturday (Nov. 17) afternoon. “I am not running against anyone, I ...

Comfort and Joy

by Erin Pihlaja November 20, 2012


  Almost every summer, the New York Giants head to Albany for training camp. Football fans line the fields to watch the team practice and, afterwards, press their bodies against barricades in the hopes that one ...

Enjoy the Day

by The Staff November 15, 2012


By Amy Halloran, Stephen Leon, Darryl McGrath and B.A. Nilsson   Pie Crust Made Easy This is the time of year when celebrity chefs, food writers and home decorating mavens share pie crust recipes with their readers, often ...

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Albany Gets Ready for Its Close-Up

by Ella Niyokindi November 15, 2012


  Crew members of C-SPAN, the cable television network that offers coverage of federal government proceedings and other public-affairs programming via three channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), will spend a week in Albany, in specially detailed ...

Green Is Good

by Shawn Stone November 15, 2012

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  Revisionist tales that rewrite the back stories of famous works are darn near irresistible, from Wide Sargasso Sea’s Third World, feminist critique of Jane Eyre to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’s witty take on Hamlet. ...


What the People Said

by Ari Melber November 8, 2012


Copyright © 2012 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global President Obama's reelection marks the most decisive mandate for an assertive, progressive governing model in well over a generation. It is worth beginning with a memory. Barack Obama was ...

Dispatches From Electionland

by The Staff November 8, 2012


  Rumblings on the Interwebs Elections make people crazy. Razor-thin electoral contests make people insane. You didn’t have to go far to find this. On the right, the Romney people and their media minions worked hard to make ...

Democrat Party

by Erin Pihlaja November 8, 2012


After months of enduring increasingly negative campaign ads, stump speeches, and the repetitive talking points of pundits everywhere, the 2012 elections are pretty much over. Here’s how things shaped up in the Capital Region: Democratic U.S. ...

Out the Trunk

by Raurri Jennings November 1, 2012


There’s a moment in the video for “Marshall Applewhite” where Giant Gorilla Dog Thing (rappers Dood Computer and Dezmatic), Gorilla Tao, and PJ Katz—dressed as Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello of the Teenage Mutant Ninja ...

Nintendo Baroque

by Josh Potter November 1, 2012

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“When I first told my friends I was doing this, they said, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life,’” says Chaz Buchanan, an electronic musician who works under the name Puzzle Boys. ...

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The Art of Conversation

by Kirsten Ferguson November 1, 2012


David Greenberger with Jupiter Circle: Never Give Up Study David Greenberger and Ralph Carney: OH, PA David Greenberger & Bangalore: How I Became Uncertain David Greenberger & Mark Greenberg: Tell Me that Before David Greenberger & Dozens: Near the ...