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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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Operation Historic Salvage

by Ann Morrow August 21, 2014

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  Within gutted buildings surrounded by gaping holes, volunteers for Historic Albany Foundation are salvaging architectural elements for future reuse. Often just minutes ahead of the demolition crew, this fluctuating team of about 25 people have ...

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The Odd Couple

by James Yeara August 21, 2014

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  The single most romantic scene this summer theater season is in Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, currently having its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company. And it’s not the obvious one in this fast-paced, well-crafted, ...

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You’re Getting Sleepy

by Kelly Spencer August 14, 2014

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  You’re driving up the Northway after work (or driving anywhere, really), and the drowsiness starts to set in. It suddenly takes a concerted effort to keep your eyelids open, and your neck no longer seems ...

Get Up and Play, Seven Minutes a Day

by Katelynn Ulrich August 14, 2014

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  Everyone has heard that exercise will improve one’s health. Everyone has read a magazine or a news story urging them to get 30 minutes of physical activity a day (at least). Upon hearing these health ...

Social Mobility

by Ann Morrow August 14, 2014

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  “It’s a neighborhood car,” said Nnenna Ferguson, the marketing coordinator for Capital CarShare. She was referring to a shiny red Prius in the parking lot, but also to five other cars that are available to ...

Condensed King

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Much as the royal families depicted in Henry IV celebrated marriage and consanguinity, so too does Shakespeare & Company’s current production of the play. Shakespeare wrote two plays to depict the title character, but Jonathan ...

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There Goes the Neighborhood—Literally

by Ann Morrow August 7, 2014

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  The scope of Albany Medical Center’s redevelopment of a large swath of the Park South neighborhood became a reality this week with the leveling of almost a dozen 19th-century houses. The reconstruction of the two ...

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A Place for Jews

by Shawn Stone August 7, 2014

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  Longtime journalist Marc Gronich’s “ah-ha” moment, when he decided it was time to create a website dedicated to Jewish life and interests, arrived courtesy of Times Union editor Rex Smith. Smith had just given a talk ...

The Price of Oil Trains

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014

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  One year after oil tankers went off the rails and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—killing 47 people and leaving a community devastated—local political leaders and community members are growing increasingly concerned about a similar tragedy occurring ...

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Russian Fireworks

by Lynn Hasselbarth July 31, 2014

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  Saratoga Performing Arts Center pulled out all the stops on Tuesday night for the opening performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Don Quixote. With only three cities on their U.S. tour, the company was welcomed with ...

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Dude, Where’s My Brain?

by Shawn Stone July 31, 2014

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  It’s hard not to be impressed by Luc Besson’s audacity in his latest actioner, Lucy. The director and/or producer of such decade-spanning, high-octane entertainments as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Transporter and Taken isn’t ...

Best of People and Places

by Metroland Staff July 24, 2014

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Best Public Advocate Dominick Calsolaro If you were afraid that Calsolaro was going to fade into the background after he retired from the Albany Common Council, rest easy. He’s as active as ever, and a leading advocate ...

Best of Goods & Services

by The Staff July 24, 2014

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  Best Gift and/or General Store American Pie 41 Main St., Chatham It's not easy to stay fresh and interesting, consistently reliable, yet always changing. But that is what this repeat winner has managed to do for many years ...

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Best of Media

by The Staff July 24, 2014

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  Best Daily Newspaper The Daily Gazette The Daily Gazette is a solid regional news source with interesting columnists and first-class local arts coverage. Plus, now, color comics! This category becomes less of a contest every year: The ...

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Hudson Project

by Josh Potter July 17, 2014

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By now, you’ve likely seen the iPhone videos of kids tumbling down mudslides and flash-flood rivers carrying camping gear away from dumbfounded revelers. As of Tuesday, farmers were still busy tractor-yanking cars out of a ...

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Kickstarting the Sun

by Katelynn Ulrich July 17, 2014

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  It is 6 PM on a Monday night. On the third floor of Brown’s Brewery, in a private room, sit the members of the steering committee for Solarize Troy. They are all here voluntarily. They ...

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Of Soldiers and Shakers

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

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  On Monday (July 14), the Albany County legislature unanimously approved a resolution supporting an environmental review of the proposed site of housing developments for Solider On, a nonprofit organization that aids at-risk veterans. The group ...

Jukebox Heroes

by Kelly Spencer July 10, 2014

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  After pressing 07-02, the speakers of a Rowe Ami Compact Disc jukebox start to spout fuzz in that way only a jukebox can. My ears start to adjust themselves, preparing for the static to assemble ...

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A Truck With a Soul

by James Yeara July 10, 2014

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  “Can I do it?” one of the last contestants asks, standing just stage right of the Nissan pickup center stage, his left hand touching the truck’s body. As he looks out into the night, a ...

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All Aboard

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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  “The best-case scenario,” CDTA senior planner Michael Williams explained at a public forum at the Troy Atrium on Tuesday (July 8), “is a three-year timetable.” Williams was describing the hoped-for implementation schedule for the proposed river ...

For the 21st Century and Beyond

by Shawn Stone July 3, 2014

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  The Clark Art Institute selected Tadao Ando as project architect for its transformative, decade-long expansion because of his “ability to weave architecture into the natural environment.” On a recent tour of the Clark, which reopens to ...

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Comedy Camp

by James Yeara July 3, 2014

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  Thirty years ago, Charles Ludlam wrote a comic masterpiece. Here, the Berkshire Theatre Group celebrates it with a ridiculously hysterical production on the Fitzgerald Main Stage in Stockbridge. The Mystery of Irma Vep is a ...

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Herman Melville’s Pittsfield

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

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  Herman Melville liked to grow pumpkins, and he liked to feed his pumpkins to his horse and cow. Known to posterity as one of the greatest American novelists in literature, and forever linked with high-seas ...

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