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    Restoration Festival

      In keeping with the robust tradition of daily newspapers arriving to a cultural trend story in time to break the news to everyone’s grandparents, the TU recently declared Troy the new Brooklyn. Which is to say, it’s a place where young people are doing stuff, and probably drinking kombucha. Your grandpa might not understand [...]
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    Friend of a Friend

      The new group exhibit at Chatham’s Thompson Giroux Gallery, Friend of a Friend, works from the premise that the word “friend” has been “stretched almost to the breaking point over the past 10 years—coveted currency in a public popularity contest that never ends.” (Sounds like someone else is unthrilled with Facebook, too.) So, the [...]
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    AnimationFest 2014

      There’s something for everyone at this year’s AnimationFest, presented by Proctors in the GE Theatre. From family-friendly favorites to R-rated Japanese anime classics, the selection is diverse and appealing. The fun begins Tuesday (Aug. 19) with Disney’s Planes at 10 AM, followed by Finding Nemo at noon; The LEGO Movie at 2 PM; Planes [...]
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    Super Soul Fest featuring Kurtis Blow

      While classic-rock radio continues to cycle the same 40 songs through our cultural consciousness, hip-hop has never really established a mainstream channel to preserve the genre’s legacy. That’s why shows like this are so important. In 1980, Kurtis Blow released “The Breaks” on his self-titled debut. On the heels of Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s [...]
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    Simone Dinnerstein

      Celebrated pianist Simone Dinnerstein will present a solo recital this Saturday night as part of the Windham Chamber Music Festival. The program will feature Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Nico Muhly’s 2012 You Can’t Get There From Here, and two works by J.S. Bach (French Suite No. 5 and the Two-Part Inventions). When Dinnerstein performed the [...]
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    Little Shop of Horrors

      “Feed me, Seymour.” You know things have taken a seriously demented turn when your prized plant calls you by name. That’s what happens in the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical favorite, however: The romance between schlubby Seymour (Jerred Hickey, right) and his sweetheart Audrey (Michelle Kittel, left) is threatened by a man-eating plant-thing (center). Hilarity—and [...]
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    Miró Quartet

      The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center continues its debut season at the Spa Little Theater this week with a pair of concerts featuring the Miró Quartet. On Sunday at 3 PM, they will present the program Monumental Beethoven. While the beloved German composer tends toward the monumental, this program is special in the [...]
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    Jackson Browne

      If we’ve been ambivalent about “solo acoustic tours” in other cases, it’s because, frankly, some artists can’t pull it off. They need a band, period. We have no such reservations about Jackson Browne, who’ll be doing the solo acoustic thing tonight at the Palace, alternating between guitar and piano. Browne was one of the [...]
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    Zex

      Seeing and hearing Zex is like riding in a station wagon: nostalgic, loud and jolting. These Ottawa-bred rockers have stayed true to the roots of punk; from the spiked leather jackets and fishnets to the warrior-cry chorus lines, not much is diluted. The band recently released two separate 7-inches, “Wanderlust” and “Savage City,” each [...]
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    Blackberry Smoke

      Don’t worry everyone, that’s not the cast of Duck Dynasty rolling into Clifton Park this week. It’s Blackberry Smoke. The Southern-rock group hailing from Atlanta are praised for bringing soul back into country, earning them opening gigs for the likes of Zac Brown Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Speaking of Lynyrd Skynyrd, gods of Southern [...]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Theater

April 30

50 Shades! The Musical

by The Staff April 30, 2014

Hilarious musical parody of the steamy S&M novels

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Concerts

April 30

Bret Michaels

by Josh Potter April 30, 2014

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Workshops

April 30

Capital Universe and LoisLaw Online

by The Staff April 30, 2014

Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate search strategies and techniques for using these two online databases at the NYSL. Call 474-2274 to register

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Discussions/Speakers

April 30

Carbon Sequestration in New York State: A Decade of Research

by The Staff April 30, 2014

With museum geologist Brian Slater

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Clubs

April 30

Jody Shayne

by Josh Potter April 30, 2014

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Participatory

April 30

Lindy Hop Swing Dance

by The Staff April 30, 2014

With Jason Fenton

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Workshops

April 30

Purl Jam

by The Staff April 30, 2014

Come work on your current projects with other knitters. All levels welcome. No formal instruction provided but plenty of help from experienced needlecrafters available

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Family

April 30

Rain or Shine . . . It’s Reading Time

by The Staff April 30, 2014

For preschoolers. Read a story and visit a special exhibit. Meet at Kids' Cove

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Family

April 30

Wii Wednesday

by The Staff April 30, 2014

Play Wii with Mr. Huntley. Please call for information and to confirm play

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