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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 ...

Summer Guide

by The Staff June 6, 2015


Event Listings for Music, Dance, Art, Outdoor Fun and much more . . . Pop Music Concerts Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-4406, bearsvilletheater.com. June 12: the Paul Green Rock Academy. June 13: Tim Moore. June 18: Chris ...

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The Underdog

by John Nichols May 28, 2015


Copyright © 2015 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global For the first century after the founding of the Grand Old Party in 1854, Republicans dominated the politics of the state of Vermont like no other. For more ...

The Neighborhood Lives On

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015


Pinned to Mary Paley’s denim jacket is a prized possession: a medal representing a Sicilian-American society for “the Black Madonna,” Maria del Tindari. The South End had several such societies, and a three-day street festival ...

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War of Words

by James Yeara May 28, 2015

Barrington Stage Company 2015
By Richard Strand
Directed by Joseph Discher
Photos © Kevin Sprague
David Schramm stars as Major General Butler and Maurice Jones makes his BSC debut as the slave, Shepard Mallory. Also in the cast are Ben Cole and John Hickok.

  “Astonishing,” or some variation or the word, is said frequently by the four characters in Butler, a historical comedy set at the beginning of the American Civil War. It’s also an apt word for how ...

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Fresh, Sustainable, Marketable

by Stephen Leon May 21, 2015


  When Peter Kenyon and Dora Swan began selling fresh seafood at the Delmar Farmers Market in August 2011, “there was no place around that sold fresh, sustainable seafood,” Swan says. “There was no place to ...


The Baker as Artisan

by Ann Morrow May 21, 2015


  “We do everything differently here,” says Naomi Davies, the owner-baker of Bread and Honey café in Pine Hills. “We are the only bakery doing artisan bread in Albany.” One look at the counters in the ...

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Music for the Belly

by Caroline Barrett May 21, 2015


  There's a little hidden gem, down on Central Avenue, have you heard? It's a rather unlikely place to find food like you've never had it before, creative and scrumptious dishes served up with cool flair. ...

The Low Beat

Glitter and Grit

by Shawn Stone May 14, 2015


  “Jones and Barry are doing a show!” 42nd Street begins with a montage of show-biz folks excited that a couple of Broadway producers are back in business. No one in 1933 would be surprised at the ...

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How This Author Is Different

by Sarah Sherman May 14, 2015


  When I ask what her first childhood memory is, she says, “Green shag carpet, bunny wallpaper. Brother singing me to sleep with a song about a land of candy. Beloved nanny with sweet laugh. Mom’s ...


I Want To Ride My Bike

by Ali Hibbs May 14, 2015


  A small group of semi-naked cycling enthusiasts biked through the streets of Troy on Tuesday evening, May 12, in support of alternate modes of transportations and alternative lifestyles. “Essentially the purpose is to bring visibility to ...

Mixed Blessing?

by Ann Morrow May 9, 2015


  For a place of serenity tucked away in one of Albany’s oldest and most secluded areas, Kenwood Convent has had a turbulent time this last decade. The religious complex, home to the Society of the ...

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Show Our Kids the Money

by Ali Hibbs May 9, 2015


  Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to provide a promised $6 billion to public schools across the state, according to a report released last week by Alliance for a Quality Education, Opportunity Action, and the Public Policy ...

Giving Shelter

by Michael Bielawski May 9, 2015


  It may finally seem almost springlike outside, but the Capital City Rescue Mission on Albany’s South Pearl Street has been having its busiest year ever, in large part due to the extreme cold this winter. “We’ve ...

Nelson Esposito Quintana

by Mike Hotter May 7, 2015


  Closing in on five years after the release of Here, longtime area guitar ace Todd Nelson’s debut as a solo artist, the one-time member of semi-legendary Albany new wave outfits the Units and Fear of ...

Small But Harmful

by Ann Morrow May 7, 2015


  Microbeads are those tiny balls of plastic (and chemicals) that are found in hundreds of personal-care products such as face scrubs and body washes. They seem harmless enough, and are popular for softening skin by ...

The Question Man

by Ali Hibbs May 7, 2015


  “Bob Barker used a Sony ECM-51 on The Price Is Right,” says Joe Bellacosa of his favorite game-show host. “I got the Superscope EC-12B. The one used by Gene Rayburn on The Match Game. Nobody ...

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Equal Treatment Now

by Ali Hibbs May 4, 2015


  It was a perfect spring day in West Capitol Park on Tuesday (April 28) as hundreds gathered from across New York state in recognition of the 25th Equality and Justice Day. At the annual statewide ...

West Capitol Park

Learning to Grow

by Ali Hibbs May 4, 2015


  Spring is finally here and it’s time to reduce those grocery bills by growing your own healthy greens. Don’t have the land? No worries, just check out one of the many community gardens here in ...

Ex Machina

by Shawn Stone May 1, 2015


  This is turning out to be a great year for artificial intelligence at the movies. Neill Blomkamp’s terrific Chappie may have may have primarily an action flick with a surfeit of human grotesques, but it ...

Off the Rails

by Ali Hibbs February 26, 2015

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  “It’s not if, it’s when,” repeated a small crowd of activists gathered outside Albany City Hall in frigid temperatures last Thursday. Bearing signs that read “What Will It Take?” and “Is Albany Next?” they were ...


The Place Beyond the Known

by Ann Morrow February 26, 2015


  White Creek, filmed in Salem in upstate New York, is a place, but whether it exists on this plane of existence, or another, is up to the viewer. Though it appears to be set in ...

Spring Arts Preview

by Shawn Stone February 26, 2015


  Pop Music The Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-7160. May 5: Halestorm. Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 14: Kristin Diable. March 19: Ed Romanoff and Clive Barnes. March 22: David Bromberg Quintet. April 4: Preservation Hall Jazz ...