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Get Loose, Get Comforted

by B.A. Nilsson January 15, 2015


  Marguerite Gautier sported a white camellia when she was available to lease her love and a red one when she wasn’t. The heroine of Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camellias put these lovely blooms to ...

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In Sickness, Returning to Health

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015


  For Christmas this year I got books, a new laptop, a trip to Victoria’s Secret, a tea stand . . . and diabetes. I got diabetes for Christmas. I’ve actually really had it for several months. When ...


Jersey Boys

by The Staff January 8, 2015


  The smash Broadway musical about the Four Seasons returns to town this week, and we can’t say we’re surprised. Jersey Boys is a fast-paced, cleverly structured and wildly entertaining show that captures the spirit and ...


In Darkness We Trust

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015


  Skyglow may sound like a pretty phenomenon, but it’s not: It’s the light pollution from outdoor lighting, and it causes a range of problems, from interfering with bird migrations to disrupting the circadian rhythms of ...

Thinker, Orator, Leader

by Eric Alterman January 8, 2015


  Copyright © 2015 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global When the Democratic convention was held in San Francisco (a city hit particularly hard by AIDS) in July 1984, all of the different currents of liberal protest came ...

Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014


  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

The Year in Review

by The Staff December 31, 2014


  Obamacare is a success You won’t hear this on Fox News, but the Affordable Care Act—the dreaded “Obamacare” of so many right-wing screeds—is working. Millions who were never covered now have health insurance. Bloomberg News reported ...

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Gone But Not Forgotten

by The Staff December 31, 2014


  Mario M. Cuomo Ben Bradlee, Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Mike Nichols, Billie Whitelaw, James Brady, Joan Rivers, Shirley Temple Black, ...

Local Heroes

by The Staff December 24, 2014

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  Peaceful Acres Horses Strawberry is an orphaned filly who was rescued from a cruel owner. Her belly is still distended from parasites and her fur is course and patchy from malnutrition, but she is on the ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...