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    It’s a Wonderful Life

      Frank Capra’s holiday classic is about a hero who doesn’t know he’s a hero. George Bailey (James Stewart) doesn’t realize he’s the glue that’s held his hometown together; he also doesn’t realize what a “wonderful life” he has with his wife (Donna Reed), family and friends. In a moment of crisis, however, George Bailey [...]
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    Disney on Ice

      We know what you want to know: Which Disney princesses—and princesses’ pals—will be strapping on skates for this edition of Disney on Ice? Here’s what we know of the lineup: Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled; Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast from, well, you know; and, making her “on [...]
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    Conehead Buddah

      And now for the big reveal: With the passing of this age comes the arrival of our benevolent new overlord, an enlightened teacher with a pointy crown, one part Dan Aykroyd, another John Belushi, here to lead us dancing into the Noosphere with jamming tunes on his oversized headphones. Conehead Buddha have been dwelling [...]
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    Everett Bradley’s Holidelic

      Look what just fell off the mothership. It’s a glass sphere full of water and, when you shake it, the tiny world inside swirls into a snow-covered wonderland full of funky reindeer, scantily clad elves and a funky old man in a long white beard and red pimp suit. Everett Bradley is back with [...]
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    Capitol Chamber Artists

      If there’s one phrase that comes up again and again in descriptions of the music of the baroque era (the 17th and part of the 18th centuries, in good old Europe), it is “elaborate musical ornamentation.” This delightful embroidery can take the form of joyous ecstasy or solemn contemplation; around the holidays, programs of [...]
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    Also Noted

    The apocalypse will come early in Woodstock, as the Big Takeover are throwing an end-of-the-world party at Bearsville Theater tonight (Thursday) with Leonard Banks and Omerta (9 PM, $10, 845-679-4406). . . . Saratoga Springs has the timing right though, as ArmagedDEN will rock Putnam Den tomorrow (Friday) night courtesy of $weatpant$ Money, TrevMunz and [...]
  • End of the World Dance Party

    It was largely on account of the post-apocalyptic hedonists and Jedi light workers of the greater Burning Man culture that new-age renditions of the 2012 apocalypse got so widely disseminated through pop culture. So, it’s only proper that you celebrate the paradigm shift on the dancefloor. Three stages will host 17 DJs, including DJ Sliink, [...]
  • The Erotics Nightmare Before Christmas

    Albany’s sleaziest, the Erotics, prefer their apocalypse with a big American dose of sex and violence. For the fourth consecutive year, the punk-rock trio will host their Nightmare Before Christmas bash at Valentine’s with guests Midnight Mob, the Blisterz, Mordwolf and Blackcat Elliot. And as luck would have it, this year they got a little [...]
  • The West Point Band’s Jazz Knights

    Wait, shouldn’t these guys be off manning a machine-gun turret, taking to-the-minute instruction from the president? We’ve seen those end-of-the-world movies. As the civilians panic, the military elite hold it together, valiently risking the safety of their own families to protect humankind at large. They don’t hole up to play Glenn Miller and Count Basie, [...]
  • Holiday Folk Show

    Those silly old hippies at Caffe Lena must not have gotten the galactic transmission. Hey, folkies, the 12th baktun was so 394.26 tropical years ago! The world ends tomorrow and they’re still celebrating “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany.” With, like, carols and shit. So, either performers John Kirk, Trish Miller, Linda Schrade, David Kiphuth, Addie Murray and [...]

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Discussions/Speakers

November 15

Bhutan and The Meaning of Happiness

by The Staff November 15, 2012

This program will feature a presentation on the meaning of happiness and what can be learned from the small Buddhist country of Bhutan

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Clubs

November 15

Big Easy Revue

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

0 comments Druther's Brewing

Clubs

November 15

Bridging the Music

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

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Discussions/Speakers

November 15

David W. Blight

by The Staff November 15, 2012

America Divided, Then and Now: The Civil War in Our National and Local Imagination

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Family

November 15

Daylight Nightlight: Where Light Comes From

by The Staff November 15, 2012

On Thursday and Saturday, introduce children ages 3 to 5 to science. Advance registrants receive a free book (while supplies last) and study materials. Space is limited, call to register.

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Clubs

November 15

Dino Cimino

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

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Clubs

November 15

Doctor Magnum

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

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Clubs

November 15

Eilen Jewell

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

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Theater

November 15

Flora the Red Menace

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Kander and Ebb musical presented by CSR Drama Program

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Readings/Signings

November 15

Frequency North

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Featuring poet Eduardo C. Corral and ex-dominatrix-turned-author Melissa Febos

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Workshops

November 15

Harvesting Opportunities Conference

by The Staff November 15, 2012

The conference titled Harvesting Opportunities in New York: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland will inspire and educate New Yorkers to support agriculture, strengthen local farm and food economies and get involved in protecting ...

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Clubs

November 15

Lamb of God

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

0 comments The Upstate Concert Hall

Discussions/Speakers

November 15

Lecture on Art Work of Jessica Park

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Dr. Tony Genarelly, editor/director of "Exploring Nirvana: The Art of Jessica Park" will present a discussion of the artist's work and life

0 comments Good Purpose Gallery

Clubs

November 15

Mike Jessup

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

0 comments Tugboat Tavern

Clubs

November 15

open mic

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

0 comments Rustic Barn Pub

Workshops

November 15

Overdrive Downloadable Ebooks

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Learn the basics of downloading digital audiobooks from the library's free Overdrive service

0 comments William K. Sanford Town Library

Clubs

November 15

Rock Pile

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

0 comments Gaffney's

Clubs

November 15

Running the River

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

0 comments Moon & River Cafe

Discussions/Speakers

November 15

Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Kim John Payne, a consultant and trainer to over 110 North American independent and public schools, will give a presentation

0 comments Skidmore College Davis Auditorium

Discussions/Speakers

November 15

Stories of Thanksgiving

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Dr. Paul Uppal will start this presentation of story telling, anyone in attendance is welcome to hsare a story

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Theater

November 15

The Metal Children

by The Staff November 15, 2012

SCCC Players present Adam Rapp's drama, appropriate for teens and older

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Discussions/Speakers

November 15

The State of Theater in the Capital District and Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Learn the ins and outs of theater, the arts, development and entrepreneurship from multi-talented leaders of the Capital District's local theaters

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Clubs

November 15

the Tragically Hip

by Josh Potter November 15, 2012

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Literary Events

November 15

Third Thursday Poetry Night

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Featuring James Belflower, followed by an open mic

0 comments Social Justice Center

Family

November 15

What are you Thankful For?

by The Staff November 15, 2012

Children ages 3 to 8, accompanied by an adult, are invited to attend this drop-in program. Local performer and educator Diane Payette will lead the program. No registration required

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