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      One of the earliest ways Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s EMPAC made its mark in the arts world—even before EMPAC’s imposing hillside structure was completed—was with their DANCE MOViES commissions. Filmmakers from all over the world have participated in the creation of films developed at and/or commissioned by RPI’s arts juggernaut; the latest five dance films [...]
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      On Friday, Hyp3fest TGIF’s Birthday Bash will take place at the Armory, hosted by DJ Iroc and featuring DJs Tek, Phaze and Ketchup (9 PM, $17, 18 and over, 512-5203). . . . Also Friday, New York City indie rocker Patti Rothberg will play the Bearsville Theater (9 PM, $10 845-679-4406). . . . [...]
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    Half Waif

      Nandi Rose Plunkett, daughter of an Irish-American father and Indian mother, grew up listening to Celtic and Indian music as well as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Tori Amos, then studied classical music in college. Not surprisingly, in her Brooklyn-based project Half Waif, she creates a kaleidoscopic blend of sounds that conjure classical, experimental, [...]
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    Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live

      How in the world did an Ohio zookeeper become so darn famous? Judging from his appearances on TV over the years, from his too-many-to-count visits with David Letterman to his own Emmy-winning, syndicated nature show Into the Wild, Hanna’s appeal is a folksy mix of solid expertise, goofy charm and irresistible critters. Tomorrow (Friday), [...]
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    Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

      Since releasing their debut album in 2010, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde have become internationally known while remaining based here in Albany. Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Asili describes herself as carrying on “the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice.” With La Banda Rebelde, the music [...]
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    Nice Work If You Can Get It

      A show packed from beginning to end with songs by George Gershwin is, by definition, of interest. And, given the emotional and comic range of the lyrics penned by George’s brother Ira, will also be a lot of fun. Nice Work If You Can Get It, which arrives tonight at Proctors for one show [...]
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    Katha Pollitt

      The New York State Writers Institute will begin its spring visiting writers series tonight (Thursday) with longtime Nation columnist and author Katha Pollitt. Descibed as “an influential voice of American feminism,” Pollitt will read from and discuss her 2014 book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, which goes a long way toward reclaiming the abortion discussion [...]
  • Tim Reynolds

      Tim Reynolds is a wizard. Forget for a second that he’s the lead guitarist in Dave Matthews Band. (Although he did encourage a younger Matthews—who tended bar at a venue in Charlottesville, Va., where he performed—to pursue his music career in the ’90s. He also introduced him to most of his original band members, [...]
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    Mariinsky Orchestra

      Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight (Thursday) as part of the Troy Chromatics Concerts series. Under the direction of Ignat Solzhenitsyn (pictured, an Avery Fisher career grant winner) the Mariinsky—who were known, back in Soviet days, as the Kirov Orchestra—will perform a deeply romantic, all-Russian program. In fact, [...]

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


September 2

Kidz Wildlife Blitz

by The Staff September 2, 2014

Families come and join the Discovery Center staff to identify/record as many species as you can find in the Pine Bush. Call for info

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September 2

Transitioning to Kindergarten

by The Staff September 2, 2014

What parents and kids need to know. For children entering kindergarten this fall, with their parents/caregivers

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