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    2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region

        One of the most eagerly anticipated art shows of the year is the annual Mohawk-Hudson regional, established in 1936. The juror for this year’s edition—which opens Saturday at the Albany Institute of History & Art—is Schenectady native Stephen Westfall of Rutgers University, an internationally renowned painter, writer and educator. Pictured is one of [...]
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    Other Desert Cities

      Playwright (and Pulitzer Prize nominee) Jon Robin Baitz brings back the Reagan years with his Broadway smash Other Desert Cities, which is opening this week at Capital Repertory Theatre. Starring Ellen Parker and Kevin McGuire, Other Desert Cities takes us into the dark heart of the American family. Capital Rep’s producing artist director Maggie [...]
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    Garrick Ohlsson

      Troy Chromatic Concerts will begin their 118th season this Sunday afternoon with a recital featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. The Berkshire Eagle praised his solo performance of works by Chopin at Tanglewood this summer for being “big, extroverted readings, full of narrative force and dazzling contrasts: sotto voce musings versus thundering chords, lyrical versus virtuosic [...]
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    Five Finger Death Punch

      Despite being relatively new on the scene—the beginnings of metalcore hark back to the late ’90s—Five Finger Death Punch quickly became one of the most successful bands of the genre. Taking inspiration for their name from classical martial arts movies, inaugural members Zoltan Bathory and Jeremy Spencer formed the band in 2005. They immediately [...]
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    A Couple of Blaguards

      Frank (Angela’s Ashes) McCourt and brother Malachy (A Monk Swimming) McCourt’s comedy-drama will come to life at the GE Theatre at Proctors this week in the form of this autobiographical account of their years growing up together. This two-hour comedy is set in Limerick, Ireland, where money was hard to come by for these [...]
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    Kip Moore

      This is the first headlining tour for Georgia native Moore, who toiled for several years as a store manager with Abercrombie & Fitch before landing a record deal with MCA Nashville. It didn’t take long for Moore and his straight-ahead, wheels-on-gravel sound to make a splash: His second single, “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” went [...]
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    Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

      Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductees Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have been playing western swing and country boogie since their beginnings as a rockabilly revivalist band in Orange County, Calif., in the late ’80s. Big Sandy is known for playing to the crowd, adjusting the setlist to suit the mood of the audience, [...]
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    Picturing America

      There are two major exhibits opening this week at the Hyde Collection. Anne Diggory: Hybrid Visions will showcase 16 of her most recent works. As the title of the show suggests, these “hybrid media” are the result of a multilayered process that combines painting and photography. Her intention, according to the gallery notes, is [...]
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    Stefon Harris—Coming Home

      A 1991 graduate of Albany High School, Stefon Harris often credits his exposure to a variety of music from high school teachers and the Empire State Youth Orchestra for giving him the opportunity to seek his own artistic direction. And find his direction he did, going on to study jazz and classical at the [...]
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    Also Noted . . . . . . .

      The Chronicles (left), a local combo who fuse jazz with hip-hop, funk and more, will host a five-year-anniversary party tomorrow (Friday) at the Albany Barn, with Atlas Gray and Suitable Groove also performing (6 PM, 935-4858). . . . Also Friday, Rival Galaxies will share a bill with Kimono Dragons and Secret Release at [...]

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Museums & Galleries

May 17

Abstraction Unbound

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Reception 5/17, 5-7 PM

0 comments PS 209 Art Gallery

Concerts

May 17

Al Kooper

by Josh Potter May 17, 2014

0 comments The Egg

Classical

May 17

Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Dame Evelyn Glennie joins the ASO for the American Music Festival. Music of Joan Tower, John Harbison, and Clarice Assad

0 comments EMPAC

Literary Events

May 17

Amy Halloran and Julia Alsarraf

by The Staff May 17, 2014

A spontaneous combination of words and music via typewriter and ukuele, created by Halloran and Alsarraf on the spot

0 comments Market Block Books

Clubs

May 17

B3nson does Blue

by Josh Potter May 17, 2014

0 comments The Low Beat

Theater

May 17

Be Scene

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Highlights and monologues from great plays and playwrights, performed by Capital District actors and directors

0 comments Schenectady Civic Playhouse

Clubs

May 17

Blue Machine

by Josh Potter May 17, 2014

0 comments Rustic Barn Pub

Comedy

May 17

Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Featuring Jon Fisch and Carmen Lynch, hosted by Greg Aidala

0 comments LT's Grill

Classical

May 17

Close Encounters With Music

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Beethoven and the Dawn of Romanticism, featuring violinists Yehonatan Berick and Joana Genova, violist Ariel Rudiakov, pianist Jeffry Swann and cellist Yehuda Hanani. An all-Beethoven program

0 comments Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Clubs

May 17

Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Squid Parade

by Josh Potter May 17, 2014

0 comments Putnam Den

Museums & Galleries

May 17

Grossology

by The Staff May 17, 2014

0 comments miSci

Workshops

May 17

Home Buyer Education

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Get practical advice and meet bank education requirements

0 comments Affordable Housing Partnership

Readings/Signings

May 17

Kevin O’Hara

by The Staff May 17, 2014

The author will give a detailed account of his book about traveling all around Ireland, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

0 comments Irish American Heritage Museum

Clubs

May 17

King Pariah

by Josh Potter May 17, 2014

0 comments Pauly's Hotel

Clubs

May 17

Lazy Suns

by Josh Potter May 17, 2014

0 comments The Ale House

Fairs & Festivals

May 17

Lupine Festival

by The Staff May 17, 2014

Celebrate the wild blue lupine flower and its importance to the Karner Blue butterfly. Presentations, demonstrations, music, games, face painting, crafts, guided hikes, pony rides, snacks and lots more

0 comments Pine Bush Discovery Center