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    Of Beauties and Beasts

      Bizarre, whimsical, uncanny, and fantastic: These are the adjectives to describe the works in the new show at Troy’s Clement Art Gallery, when the human form is depicted alongside various animal creatures in 30 paintings, drawings and sculptures. The artists whose work is in the show include Claus Brusen, Jon Christopher Gernon, Russell Gordon, [...]
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    Lionel Richie

      As Paul McCartney proved earlier this month, if an artist has a great back catalog, a greatest-hits show can be a potent experience. We’re not saying Lionel Richie is another McCartney, but his songbook is pretty darn impressive. And when he takes the stage at SPAC Friday night, he’s going to play your most-wanted [...]
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    Saratoga Choral Festival

      In past years, the Saratoga Choral Festival has featured works by some of the European greats. This year however, the festival will be taking a slightly more star-spangled route. Works by American composer Aaron Copland will highlight the bill this Sunday, followed by music from one of the most acclaimed American conductor-composers, Leonard Bernstein. [...]
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    Circa

      The times have changed: One dance critic has pronounced that “Circa has reinvented circus the way Cique du Soleil did decades ago . . . but the young company is way cooler.” You can judge for yourself when the Australian company return to Jacob’s Pillow beginning Wednesday, performing their new work S in the [...]
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    Design for Living

      Beginning Wednesday, the Berkshire Theatre Group will give a sly, sophisticated look at romance with Nöel Coward’s romantic comedy-a-trois Design for Living. It’s about an artist, a playwright and an interior designer who decide to mix friendship, love and sex in ways that are both funny and, occasionally, poignant. Design for Living is directed [...]
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    Bolshoi Ballet

      The Bolshoi Ballet will make their SPAC debut this week with four performances of Don Quixote on the amphitheater stage. The legendary Russian company will be accompanied by a full orchestra (which The New York Times praised as glorious), and each show will be preceded by an artist talk. The cast features Maria Alexandrova [...]
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    Stephin Merritt

      It’s hard to say which local rock celeb contributes most to Hudson’s growing cultural cachet: Tommy Stinson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Melissa Auf der Maur . . . the list continues to grow. And Magentic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt is quietly doing his part. Merritt’s Friday set at Helsinki Hudson will register as a hometown gig [...]
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    Cage the Elephant

      Cage the Elephant fill some long-lost niche in music that’s lain dormant for quite some time, and frontman Matt Schultz cross-dresses in a fashion Iggy Pop would be proud of. The Kentucky-bred band Cage the Elephant like to trip out and intrigue, giving off Nirvana-esque vibes but with weirder music videos and no cult [...]
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    James Cotton

      Seventy years of living, eating, breathing and performing the blues does not have James Cotton down. Cotton will be in Schenectady this Sunday, sure to blow away his woes on his renowned harmonica. Cotton and his harp have had many tales to tell: They’ve worked with many Grammy Award winners, Cotton was awarded one [...]
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    Also Noted . . . . . . .

      Dustin Lynch will headline Alive at Five’s country night tonight (Thursday) down by the river (5 PM, free, 434-2032). . . . Critical alt-darlings Wussy will return to the Low Beat tonight (8 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Consider the Source will headline the Hollow tomorrow (Friday) with Ampvene (426-8550). . . . [...]

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Family

February 20

Africa and the American South: Grits and Hoe Cakes with Honest Weight

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Learn about the history of soul food and how African Americans blend foods from Africa with foods from the American South and Native Americans to develop a creative cuisine. Make a couple of the recipes ...

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Family

February 20

After-School Storytime: Build Your Own Rover

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Interested in robots? Learn about the robotic rover Curiosity that’s currently exploring Mars. How does it see? How does it move? What tools and attachments does it have? We’ll talk about why Curiosity is built ...

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Family

February 20

Afternoon Crafts

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Arts and crafts for school-age children. Come to the library to make something cool

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Concerts

February 20

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Comedy

February 20

Comedy for a Cause

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Benefit for the Tears Foundation, featuring Louis Ramey. Doors at 5:30 PM

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Workshops

February 20

Digital Photo Forum

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Photo editing family portraits with Herb Brown and Rick Connery

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Clubs

February 20

Dueling Pianos

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Clubs

February 20

Grassroots Rebels

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Family

February 20

Gretchen Géser

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Local picture book author and illustrator Gretchen Géser will read her book, One Bright Ring, and lead children in a related craft. Signed copies of her picture book will be raffled off to participant

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Clubs

February 20

Herman Stanley

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Clubs

February 20

Lee Shaw

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Family

February 20

Library Game Day

by The Staff February 20, 2014

For grades 2-8. No registration required

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Family

February 20

Make Your Own Pine Bush Animal Puppets

by The Staff February 20, 2014

A half mile walk for inspiration, then return to the center to create puppets. All ages

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Clubs

February 20

Marcus Ruggiero

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Comedy

February 20

Rodney Carrington

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Laughter's Good tour

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Museums & Galleries

February 20

Roots & Rhythms

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Reception 2/20, 5-8 PM

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Clubs

February 20

Taj Mahal

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Workshops

February 20

Tax Assistance Program (AARP)

by The Staff February 20, 2014

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be providing free income tax assistance for low and middle-income city taxpayers. Appointments are necessary; call the United Way by dialing 211 to register

0 comments Albany Public Library Delaware Branch

Literary Events

February 20

The Poetry Motel Foundation

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Featured poet Philip Good, followed by an open mic. Sign-up at 7 PM

0 comments Social Justice Center

Clubs

February 20

Twiddle

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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Comedy

February 20

Underground Showcase

by The Staff February 20, 2014

Local and national up-and-coming comics

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Clubs

February 20

Zach Deputy

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

0 comments Iron Horse Music Hall