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Sharing The Road

by Ali Hibbs July 30, 2015


Albany’s Madison Avenue is going on a diet in 2016. In an attempt to make the well-traveled corridor between Allen and Lark Streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles, the City of Albany conducted ...


Mother of the Maid

by B.A. Nilsson July 30, 2015


  When Saint Catherine addresses the audience in Jane Anderson’s new play Mother of the Maid, it’s with the easy familiarity of someone versed in the current century’s attitudes. Then she introduces us to Joan of ...

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Best of 2015: Goods & Services

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Best Woman’s Clothing Store Circles Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Circles is a dream of a woman’s clothing store. With their spectacular hard-to-find clothing selection, sexy store design and experienced and attentive sales team, Cirles is the place you’ll be ...


Best of 2015: People & Places

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Best Civil Rights Advocate Angelica Clarke It’s been a big year for civil rights activism, and Albany is lucky to boast more than a handful of dedicated organizers, but the new executive director of the Social Justice ...


Best of 2015: Media

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Daily Newspaper The Daily Gazette There is something worth reading in every section of The Daily Gazette. Their local news and sports coverage is solid; their arts section expanded this year with the Thursday Ticket insert, ...


Metroland for Sale

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  HERE'S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Metroland Ownership Group Seeks Buyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015 Albany, N.Y.: After 20 years of continuous publication, the current ownership group of Metroland is seeking to retire from publishing and find a ...


Not-So-OK Computer

by The Staff July 16, 2015

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  Introduction by Stephen Leon The benefits of the vast advancements in technology over the last quarter-century are so ubiquitous that most of us hardly notice them as we go about our day-to-day lives. And I suspect ...

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A Joyful Sound

by Ralph Hammann July 16, 2015


  One of the best seldom-produced musicals, Bells are Ringing, is getting the full bells-and-whistles treatment at the Colonial by the most ridiculously talented cast and crew artistic director Kate Maguire has ever assembled. It is ...

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Team Spirits

by Ali Hibbs July 9, 2015


  “There are the heads and there are the tails,” says John Curtin. “Then there are the hearts. That’s what we want—the good stuff right in the middle.” The batch distillation process they use to isolate and ...


Two Years Later

by Ali Hibbs July 9, 2015


  This Monday marked two years since the highly publicized, massive explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people died and a community was gutted when 62 cars carrying ultra-flammable Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a ...


Drops of Magic

by James Yeara July 9, 2015


  Owen Smith, producing artistic director, gave the best criticism for Park Playhouse’s 27th annual production, this year’s Singin’ in the Rain, a 1983 musical based on the immortal MGM 1952 film of the same name ...

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Better Mate Than Never

by Ali Hibbs July 2, 2015


  Facebook exploded in rainbows—and no little amount of relief—last week when the U.S Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman—as ...


A Collar and a Dream

by Ann Morrow July 2, 2015


  Based on a collars-and-cuffs company in Troy and penned by one of the greatest wits in American theater, Helen of Troy, New York is a 1923 musical comedy that spoofs the city’s collar industry—while giving ...


Addled and Elevating

by Ralph Hammann July 2, 2015


  When one first encounters David Adkins as Henry David Thoreau on the Unicorn’s dark stage, he is crowing in discordant concert with a rooster, putting one more in anticipation of Peter Pan than the transcendentalist ...

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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Ali Hibbs June 25, 2015


  “This report is shocking,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “Without immediate action to curb the warming climate, EPA is predicting that all Adirondack trout and salmon populations will be dead within 85 ...

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Riverside Revival

by Ann Morrow June 25, 2015


  It’s not unusual for abandoned but well-designed old structures to settle into a decayed beauty, and an appreciation for weathering and other marks of the march of time has become a design statement that embraces ...

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Hidden History

by Ali Hibbs June 25, 2015


  “Saul Williams is coming? To where? Where the hell is that? This weekend? Of course I want to go!” I love a good random car trip—especially when it’s to somewhere I’ve never been or to experience ...

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Light at the Museum

by Ali Hibbs June 18, 2015


  On Monday, the New York State Museum at the Empire State Plaza announced a plan to spend $14 million over four years to renovate and update 35,000-square-feet of exhibition space. Once complete, the museum will ...

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World Cup Runneth Over With Blood

by Michelle Chen June 18, 2015


  Copyright ©2015 The Nation--distributed by Agence Global While FIFA continues to sink deeper into a mire of scandal, the deepest hell in the world football body’s dominion is reserved for the workers toiling at the sweltering ...

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The Dream Comes Alive

by James Yeara June 18, 2015


  This stage picture--smoke and shadows, iron bars, ropes wrapped around 2-foot-thick wooden beams that soar three stories tall lit only from the pale orange glow of lanterns hung from the beams and a cool violet ...

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Generation Gap

by B.A. Nilsson June 11, 2015


  It’s a confrontation between rival evolutionary biologists; between feminists of different generations with different generational opinions; between a mother and the daughter she gave up for adoption three decades ago. The conflicts cross, of course, from ...

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Sounds of Genius

by Bill Forman June 11, 2015


  Brian Wilson, as he himself has sung, just wasn't made for these times. Or any others, for that matter, which is part of the reason his music has remained so timeless through all of his ...


Moving Backwards

by Ann Morrow June 11, 2015


In the past year, New York communities received $70 million in funding for 68 bike, pedestrian, and trail projects across the state. In the Capital Region, with its many historic and scenic trails that attract ...


Sweet Summer Sounds

by The Staff June 6, 2015


  I Can’t See You Till We Get Inside Summer of ’69 . . . the moon landing (watched it), Chappaquiddick (was obsessed with it), Woodstock (at 15, considered too young to attend). I was at summer ...

Memories You Can Taste

by The Staff June 6, 2015


Lobster Is to Dunk In the '70s, my family spent a few weeks in Cape Cod each summer. My dad was the force behind these trips, driven by his hunts for elusive antiques and his longing ...