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I Always Told You To Eat Right

by Caroline Barrett January 29, 2015

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  I love going to weddings. There's the festive spirit and the promise and joy in the couple as they exchange vows. I love sharing good food and drink and toasting the couple again and again. ...

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The Day Is Ours

by The Staff January 29, 2015

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  Elizabeth and Erik Harris Photo by JBD Photography (Jacyln Damiano) How We Met  Elizabeth: My husband Erik and I have known each other since we were young children—our sisters were best friends! The Proposal Erik and I dated for 12 ...

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Get Me To the Barn On Time

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015

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  There is a boom in barn weddings and other “unexpected venues” driven by the sturdy design trend of rustic, and it goes from rustic chic to rustic industrial. This roughhewn style has swept up wedding ...

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The Silent Cure

by Erika Fredrickson January 22, 2015

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  In 2007, Walt Peschel, a retired doctor and proprietor of an apartment complex in Missoula, Mont., heard that one of his tenants had overdosed on pills and was in severe distress. When he approached the ...

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Band of Broaders

by Paul Rapp January 22, 2015

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  All kinds of fun on the broadband front. Finally, we’re seeing some leadership that understands the need for real and affordable high-speed Internet, as a basic human right, as a public-safety necessity, as an economic ...

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State of the Protest

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

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  “I wasn’t read my rights or told [what the charges were],” Masai Andrews told friends on Facebook yesterday after being released by Albany Police following his arrest at a protest against police violence in the ...

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Out of the Cold and Into the Kitchen

by Caroline Barrett January 15, 2015

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  There I stood, alone and in the dark. The sky wasn't even a tiny shade lighter than black, not yet. Streetlights glowed, illuminating the blowing snow. I worked one ankle, twisting and loosening it up, ...

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Get Loose, Get Comforted

by B.A. Nilsson January 15, 2015

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  Marguerite Gautier sported a white camellia when she was available to lease her love and a red one when she wasn’t. The heroine of Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camellias put these lovely blooms to ...

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In Sickness, Returning to Health

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015

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  For Christmas this year I got books, a new laptop, a trip to Victoria’s Secret, a tea stand . . . and diabetes. I got diabetes for Christmas. I’ve actually really had it for several months. When ...

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Jersey Boys

by The Staff January 8, 2015

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  The smash Broadway musical about the Four Seasons returns to town this week, and we can’t say we’re surprised. Jersey Boys is a fast-paced, cleverly structured and wildly entertaining show that captures the spirit and ...

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In Darkness We Trust

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015

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  Skyglow may sound like a pretty phenomenon, but it’s not: It’s the light pollution from outdoor lighting, and it causes a range of problems, from interfering with bird migrations to disrupting the circadian rhythms of ...

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Thinker, Orator, Leader

by Eric Alterman January 8, 2015

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  Copyright © 2015 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global When the Democratic convention was held in San Francisco (a city hit particularly hard by AIDS) in July 1984, all of the different currents of liberal protest came ...

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Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014

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  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

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The Year in Review

by The Staff December 31, 2014

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  Obamacare is a success You won’t hear this on Fox News, but the Affordable Care Act—the dreaded “Obamacare” of so many right-wing screeds—is working. Millions who were never covered now have health insurance. Bloomberg News reported ...

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Gone But Not Forgotten

by The Staff December 31, 2014

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  Mario M. Cuomo Ben Bradlee, Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Mike Nichols, Billie Whitelaw, James Brady, Joan Rivers, Shirley Temple Black, ...

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Local Heroes

by The Staff December 24, 2014

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  Peaceful Acres Horses Strawberry is an orphaned filly who was rescued from a cruel owner. Her belly is still distended from parasites and her fur is course and patchy from malnutrition, but she is on the ...

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Warped Dreams

by Laura Leon December 24, 2014

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  Bring a warm scarf to Foxcatcher regardless of which theater you see it in, because it’s impossible not to develop a deep chill watching this strange, intense elegy about the darkness of the soul and ...

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Buses and Butterflies

by Ali Hibbs December 24, 2014

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  The Capital District Transportation Authority and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission have teamed up to begin offering access to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, one of only approximately 20 remaining pitch pine scrub oak ...

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Economic Investments

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Thursday (Dec.11) that $709.2 million in economic and community funding has been awarded in the fourth annual Regional Economic Development Council awards. The Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier ...

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Breathing Room

by Ali Hibbs December 18, 2014

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  The recent deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of law-enforcement officers have galvanized the nation. Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12-year-old Tamir Rice have become symbols of a system viewed by many as ...

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Keys to Success

by Jeff Nania December 18, 2014

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  “Sometimes I’ll put on a tiger mask and want to dance around on stage and be a freak and wear red pants,” Marco Benevento says as he talks about the freedom he has come to ...

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Pure Magic

by James Yeara December 11, 2014

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  Spirits haunt Capital Rep’s current production of the Tony Award-winning The Secret Garden, and that’s a good thing. They are not the Ghosts of Xmas Past, Present, and Future, nor is it the malevolent spirit ...

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South End Stories

by Ann Morrow December 11, 2014

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  “All these little people, the farmers, the businessmen, they were completely obliterated.” That’s how one former resident of Albany’s South End remembers the devastation of the building of the Empire State Plaza, which bulldozed 98 ...

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Now You See Them . . . .

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014

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  Jittery. Claustrophobic. Bleak. These are words that the band Better Pills use when attempting to describe their sound on a Friday afternoon at the Low Beat in Albany. “I’d say we were postpunk, but that’s kind ...

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The Art of Giving Locally

by Ann Morrow December 4, 2014

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  Christmas cheer has been commodified in so many ways that it is now an occasion for dread and annoyance rather than tidings of comfort and joy. From the stressed counter clerk in a Santa hat ...

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