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Warped Dreams

by Laura Leon December 24, 2014


  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 ...

Buses and Butterflies

by Ali Hibbs December 24, 2014


  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 ...

Economic Investments

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014


  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 ...

Breathing Room

by Ali Hibbs December 18, 2014


  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 ...

Keys to Success

by Jeff Nania December 18, 2014


  “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 ...

Pure Magic

by James Yeara December 11, 2014


  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 ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

South End Stories

by Ann Morrow December 11, 2014


  “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 ...


Now You See Them . . . .

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014


  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


  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 ...

The Trial Before Christmas

by Paul Rapp December 4, 2014


  Troy author and publicist Duncan Crary is reprising The Trial Before Christmas, this Sunday (Dec. 7) at 2 PM in the John T. Casey Ceremonial Courtroom in the Rensselaer County Courthouse, which sits at the ...

Rensselaer County Courthouse

License to Kill

by Chase Madar December 4, 2014


  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global How to police the police is a question as old as civilization, now given special urgency by a St. Louis County grand jury’s return of a no-bill of ...

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My Business Loves Your Business

by The Staff November 26, 2014


  Jim Rua, Cafe Capriccio I'm a big fan of Crisan Bakery on Lark. The intimacy, beautiful confections, sweet smells, strong coffee, Claudia and Iggy—what’s not to love? Dominick Purnomo, Yono’s I love having Mark Thomas Men's Wear here ...

Around the World in Cheese

by Ann Morrow November 26, 2014


  In the delicious but often bewildering world of artisan cheese, a knowledgeable guide can make all the difference. “The first rule is to befriend your cheesemonger,” says Eric Paul, who is a cheesemonger and the ...

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To Have and To Hold

by Ali Hibbs November 26, 2014


  My reading list for this winter is daunting. More than 20 books, including authors such as Cormac McCarthy, T.C. Boyle, Tom Robbins, Willa Cather, Philip Roth, Howard Zinn, Umberto Eco, Edith Wharton and Thomas Pynchon. ...

Green Evolution

by Ann Morrow November 20, 2014


  Once it was part of the industrial revolution; soon, a 110-year-old building in north Troy will be a local flagship in the green revolution. The Urban Grow Center, on the far end of River Street, ...

Lovin’ in the Oven

by Stephen Leon November 20, 2014


    Debbie Klauber’s home kitchen looks like it could be in the back of a restaurant. It’s a wide room with copper and stainless-steel countertops, a 10-burner gas stove, two wall ovens, a refrigerator, an antique ...


Please Pass the Pheasant

by B.A. Nilsson November 20, 2014


  Back in the unenlightened ’60s, we elementary-school wretches celebrated the run-up to Thanksgiving by collecting dying leaves, cutting endless amounts of corn ears and turkey tails out of colorful cardboard, and most annoying of all, ...

Submitted for Review

by Ali Hibbs November 13, 2014


  In the mid-1990s, the City of Troy went to the state Legislature to borrow $21.6 million in order to liquidate cumulative deficits in the city’s general fund for the years 1993-1995. New York State Local ...

The Flaming Lips

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014


  The Beatles’ Summer of Love release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is usually the album touted as their best, but if you give a close listen to the rest of their catalog, you would ...


by David King November 13, 2014


  In October, a viral video of New York actress Shoshana Roberts walking down the street in the city for 10 hours was released. Roberts endured incessant comments and heckling from male passerby, ranging from “Smile!” ...


Vinyl Forever

by Ann Morrow November 6, 2014


  Head bowed in concentration, feet planted firmly apart, fingers nimbly rifling the bin stacks: that is the universal stance of used-music aficionados, and it’s an ever-present sight at Last Vestige Music Shop, the Albany new-and-used ...

Thanks for the Memories

by The Staff November 6, 2014

Bob Dylan, Albany, NY, 4/28/80 [outside Wellington Hotel at 3 AM]

  Caroline MotherJudge, singer-songwriter, owner of North Albany Rehearsal Studios So many great musical memories: almost being kidnapped from the QE2 by GG Allin; “kissing the door troll” Mike Tyson, also at the Q; breakfast at Dirty ...

Dems Lose in Midterms, but Greens get a Boost

by Ali Hibbs November 6, 2014


  The progressive arm of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to fare too well in midterm elections of late—and this year was no different. While the nation saw conservatives take control of the Senate and expand ...

In Character

by Ann Morrow October 30, 2014


  “My interest in dressing up started when I was very young,” says Alexandra McDowall, a sewing instructor from Niskayuna. “Halloween was very important in my family while growing up, and making and wearing costumes was ...


by Ali Hibbs October 30, 2014


    “I’ve known [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] since he was 18 years old,” says Allen Roskoff at an Albany press conference in support of Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins. “And I’ve never cast a ballot for him. ...