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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 ...

Bombers Burrito Bar

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 ...

Winter’s Warm Glow

by James Yeara February 21, 2015


  It takes a lot to entice people out into the brutal Ethan Frome weather we’re having, when the cold winds of New England bite down onto the white bones of its inhabitants. With the snow ...

Barrington Stage Company

Lights, Cameras . . .

by Ali Hibbs February 20, 2015


  Earlier this month, the city of Albany revealed the 20 locations at which it will place traffic cameras intended to catch scofflaws running red lights at those intersections. On Monday, the city will listen to ...

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Goldman or (Another Round of Oscar Musings by Metroland Writers)

by The Staff February 20, 2015


  By Ann Morrow and Shawn Stone There’s a good deal of uncertainty about which film might take home the Best Picture and Best Director statues, thanks to scattered and contradictory wins at the various award clambakes ...

Vanilla Spice

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 12, 2015


  It can be a grand disappointment for many folks whose sexual interests run to the vanilla to hear that a promising romantic prospect spends time in the BDSM world. They tend to fear that said ...

Alone Time

by Ali Hibbs February 12, 2015


  I have a history of subjugating myself to my romantic relationships. This has never ended well. Even those who know me best will probably find this little nugget of personal information somewhat astonishing. I think I’m ...

Stall Tactics

by Jessica Sidman February 12, 2015


  Source: Washington City Paper (Editor’s preface: It may not have been a daily or even weekly occurance, but the scene was familiar enough to anyone who has spent a lot of time in restaurants and nightspots. ...

I Can Almost Taste It

by Caroline Barrett February 5, 2015


  Allow me if you will, a moment or two to brag. It's not the usual brag, nothing to do with kids and how well someone did on a math test or an incredible save at ...

Andrew Cuomo: Report Card Shark

by Travis Durfee February 5, 2015


  It was a cautionary tale, and I learned it in school. Technically, I learned the lesson in NYC at the South Street Seaport, but it was a field trip with my high school Spanish Club that ...

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Through My Stomach to My Heart

by The Staff February 5, 2015


  Family tradition is Krause's Candy for each and every holiday or special occasion. When someone knows enough to go there for me I always feel special. When they know to get dark chocolate almond bark ...

I Always Told You To Eat Right

by Caroline Barrett January 29, 2015


  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


  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 ...

Get Me To the Barn On Time

by Ann Morrow January 29, 2015


  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 ...

The Silent Cure

by Erika Fredrickson January 22, 2015


  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


  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 ...

State of the Protest

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015


  “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 ...

Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Out of the Cold and Into the Kitchen

by Caroline Barrett January 15, 2015


  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, ...