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    Elf: The Musical

      People can’t seem to get enough of Buddy the Elf. He was introduced by Will Farrell in the movie Elf, which has become a holiday classic alongside A Christmas Story and White Christmas; he was featured in a new animated TV special last week, voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons; and there’s [...]
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    Albany Symphony Orchestra

      The Winter’s Tale is name the ASO have given to this weekend’s concerts in Troy; it’s also the name of the world-premiere cello concerto by Michael Torke that will be featured on that program, and with guest soloist Julie Albers (pictured). When Albers served as a last-minute replacement with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra [...]
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    Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue

      One of Nick Lowe’s greatest fears, he told an interviewer as he was moving into his later years, was “sticking with what you did when you were famous. . . . I didn’t want to become one of those thinning-haired, jowly old geezers who still does the same shtick they did when they were [...]
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    EQXmas Party with Robert DeLong

      It’s appropriate that Washington state native Robert DeLong is headlining this show, because WEQX was one of a handful of stations nationally that first played his 2013 breakthrough hit, “Global Concepts,” from the same-titled EP. DeLong released his first album last February, and followed up last month with a new EP. Wired has dubbed [...]
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    Songs to Amuse

      If you have an ambivalent relationship with the holidays in general—and Christmas music in particular—then Caffe Lena has a show for you, Friday night. On Friday, the trio Songs to Amuse, which consists of Amy Prothro, Malcolm Kogut and B.A. Nilsson, will present The Longest Holiday. According to Nilsson, the trio will “try to [...]
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    It’s a Wonderful Life

      This image of James Stewart captures his character, George Bailey, at the lowest moment of his life. It’s as perfect and terrifying image of despair as you’ll find in the history of cinema. Part of what makes Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life such affecting holiday entertainment are the emotional depths the protagonist plumbs [...]
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    Jewmongous

      Sean Altman is the founder of the group Rockapella, who had their heyday on the Emmy-winning PBS series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (which was based on a video game inspired by the poor geography skills of American kids . . . but we’re getting sidetracked here). And never mind kids anyway, [...]
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    Darren Lyons Group

      Drummer-percussionist Darren Lyons began his training as a preschooler in Rochester and went on to perform in his high school jazz ensemble there. The Darren Lyons Group, now in their 18th year, began performing at NYC’s Knitting Factory in 1996; Lyons has since played numerous notable clubs and festivals around the world, and has [...]
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    Matisyahu

      Matisyahu is the Hebrew stage name of Matthew Paul Miller, but though the plaintive-voiced hip-hopper incorporates Orthodox Jewish lyric themes into his reggae-heavy songwriting, his appeal is universal, which is probably why he was the opening act for Sting in 2006, following a guest spot with Trey Anastasio at Bonnaroo. The former Phish-head combines [...]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Clubs

August 21

Andy Serling

by Josh Potter August 21, 2014

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Family

August 21

Andy the Music Man

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Popular children's musician, presented by the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of the Barker Park Kids' Summer Series

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Performance

August 21

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Ted Shawn Theatre

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Family

August 21

Before and After: Walking through Sequence

by The Staff August 21, 2014

For kids ages 3 and 4. Walk through the museum and watch the world change and grow

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Readings/Signings

August 21

Debby Mayer Reading

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Debby Mayer, local author, will be reading from her book RIPTIDES & Solaces Unforseen. Following will be a discussion and a Q & A session.

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Clubs

August 21

Dylan Canterbury

by Josh Potter August 21, 2014

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Family

August 21

End of Summer Party: Science Expo

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Dancing, face painting, slime making, composting, demonstrations and the Energy Bike

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Family

August 21

Game Show with Magician Chris Labarge

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Family fun, no registration required

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Performance

August 21

LeeSaar The Company

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Doris Duke Theatre

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Clubs

August 21

Nate

by Josh Potter August 21, 2014

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Classical

August 21

Philadelphia Orchestra with Alisa Weilerstein, cello

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Music of Saint-Saens, Berlioz, Rossini, Respighi

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Museums & Galleries

August 21

Playful

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Reception 8/23, 6-8 PM

0 comments Carrie Haddad Gallery

Readings/Signings

August 21

Poetry Motel Foundation Poetry Reading

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Kingston poet Rebecca Schumejda is author of 5 poetry chapbooks and will be reading from her work.

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Clubs

August 21

Ruthie Foster

by Josh Potter August 21, 2014

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Family

August 21

Science or Imagination?

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Explore the Native Peoples of New York exhibit and discover the science (and imagination) that went into creating these magnificent life groups

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Family

August 21

Science Storytime

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Drop in for messy, hands-on science fun. Conduct an experiment, ask questions and talk about what you discover. Grades K-3. Younger children can participate with an adult

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Literary Events

August 21

Shorts Out Loud

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Musical guest George Wilson will play the fiddle followed by a reading by Barbara Wood. Ages 16 and up

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Family

August 21

Storytime

by The Staff August 21, 2014

Children up to the age of 5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to enjoy stories, songs and crafts

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Theater

August 21

The Addams Family

by The Staff August 21, 2014

The creepy-ooky Broadway musical hit

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Theater

August 21

The Full Monty

by The Staff August 21, 2014

The saucy Broadway smash

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