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    Alex Cox Film Festival

      Once upon a time, the term “indie” cinema was not code for a prestige film with A-list actors released by the boutique division of a major studio. In olden days, there were genuinely independent, “mom-and-pop” distributors—and the major studios, if the filmmakers could trick them into making their film. The latter is what happened [...]
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    David Bowie Is

      When you first heard that David Bowie was the subject of an international traveling exhibit showcasing his costumes, props, photographs, lyric sheets and such from his personal archive, you thought, “Of course he is.” And when you realized that the show wasn’t going to get any closer to the Capital Region than Toronto, you [...]
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    LarkFest

      New York’s largest one-day street festival is a favorite annual event here in the Capital Region. Approximately 80,000 people converge on Lark Street, the polestar of Albany’s culturally hip Center Square neighborhood, to peruse the offerings of 150 local vendors and rock out to popular music performances. LarkFest has become an autumn tradition for [...]
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    Giulio Cesare in Egitto

      LarkFest is not the only cultural happening in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood this weekend. Bookending this year’s fest are two performances (Friday night and Sunday afternoon) of George Frideric Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto. This baroque opera dramatizes the “happy” part of the Cleopatra-Julius Caesar story, before the Ides of March and the [...]
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    ALSO NOTED . . .

        Plattsburgh rock-jazz-reggae amalgam Lucid will play the Hollow Bar on Friday (8 PM, $10, 426-8550). . . . Also Friday, the reggae-funk dance experience Spiritual Rez will come to the Putnam Den along with Fikus (9 PM, $10, 584-8066). . . . Café Helsinki will host alternative bluegrass outfit Crooked Still (left) on [...]
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    FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival

      FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival at MASS MoCA this weekend is a three-day event featuring performances by Emmylou Harris, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck & Abagail Washburn, the Infamous Stringdusters, the Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Aoife O’Donovan, th Flying Garbonzos, Martha Redbone Roots Project, and many more. In addition to the performances, there will be [...]
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    Storyman

      Kevin May and Mick Lynch, former members of the Guggenheim Grotto, have been likened over the years to performers such as Simon and Garfunkel, Radiohead and Bon Iver. Soulful and searching while remaining upbeat and intelligent, the Irish duo have created a uniquely comforting sound since breaking away from Guggenheim Grotto and settling down [...]
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    Surface

        The new show at the Sorelle Gallery showcases recent landscape paintings by David Hill. The exhibit notes state, “Inspired by the textures and visceral surfaces found in nature, Hill brings the gorgeous brushwork and subtle color nuances that he is known for, while creating intimate natural moments that every viewer will connect to [...]
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    Russell Shorto

      If you are familiar with early Albany history—or if you want to be—then you will be especially interested in a book signing and talk at the Albany Institute of History & Art being given by Russell Shorto, the critically acclaimed history writer. Shorto’s latest book is Amsterdam, a sequel of sorts to The Island [...]
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    Landlady

      Adam Schatz is a jazz concert promoter who also toils in several bands playing rock, folk, jazz, Afrobeat and improv; in his own Brooklyn-based Landlady, he incorporates all of the above and then some into pop songs that are as intelligent and melodic as they are complex and unpredictable. And like other New York [...]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Family

April 16

Build a Nest Box

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Invite bluebirds and tree swallows into your yard! Build a nest box and learn where to place it. Registration required

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Discussions/Speakers

April 16

Dr. Andrew Kozlowski

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Landforms and Time: A Closer Look at Geologic Processes and Time

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Classical

April 16

Hilary Hahn

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Troy Chromatic Concerts present the violin virtuoso in recital with pianist Cory Smythe

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Readings/Signings

April 16

Lydia Davis

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Presented by the New York State Writers Institute

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Family

April 16

Roger the Jester

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Part of April Vacation Daze

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Performance

April 16

Roger the Jester

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Part of April Vacation Daze

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Clubs

April 16

Sonny and Perley

by Josh Potter April 16, 2014

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Family

April 16

StarLab

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Crawl inside an inflatable planetarium for a 35-minute show in the Huxley Theater. For ages 5 and up

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Concerts

April 16

the Funky Meters

by Josh Potter April 16, 2014

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Family

April 16

Trash Clean-Up

by The Staff April 16, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to clean up parts of the Pine Bush. Bring water, dress appropriately. For ages 5 and up

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