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Twelfth Night Celebrations

by The Staff January 8, 2015


  The holidays are not over, officially. Late this Saturday afternoon, the Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer and Albany’s Schuyler Mansion are teaming up to celebrate Twelfth Night with an 18th- (and 17th-) century-style festival ...

Crailo State Historic Site

The Gift of Spirits

by Stephen Leon December 18, 2014


  To get into that holiday spirit, what could be more festive than the gift of spirits? I remember when I first came of age, not just legal drinking age, but the age at which I had ...

Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 11, 2014


  If, like me, you think that people should both be reading more and listening more closely to music, well, here’s a feast of books about music! Starting with acts that that sprung from the ’60s and ...

The Trial Before Christmas

by Paul Rapp December 4, 2014


  Troy author and publicist Duncan Crary is reprising The Trial Before Christmas, this Sunday (Dec. 7) at 2 PM in the John T. Casey Ceremonial Courtroom in the Rensselaer County Courthouse, which sits at the ...

Rensselaer County Courthouse

Santa Fidelis

by John Rodat December 24, 2013


  A darkened room is dominated by a large projection screen. A map of the world’s continents glows in blue digital light. Individual red lights densely dot those outlines and with trails of red connecting them ...

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True (Troy) Spirit

by The Staff December 20, 2013

We've been asked to share this info by Duncan Crary, notable Troy personality and a Metroland Best Of recipient, on behalf of Daisy Bakers—a Troy restaurant and downtown mainstay. A fundraiser is being held to ...

It’s a Wonderful Life

by The Staff December 18, 2013


Another beloved Capital Region holiday tradition continues tomorrow night (Friday) with It’s a Wonderful Life at the Palace. Last year, we pondered the supreme villainy of Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter. Now, let us consider one ...

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Stroll, Socialize, and Shop Local

by Ali Hibbs December 5, 2013


  Thanksgiving leftovers are nearly gone. Lights are going up and trees are cut down. Christmas is coming and we are now in the midst of the gift-giving season. Taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday ...

A Christmas Carol

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  No Yuletide tale has held as much interest for generation after generation as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For this holiday season, Capital Repertory Theatre is presenting a new take on this beloved tale, adapted ...

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Smart Cookies

by Jo Page December 27, 2012


  You know what they say: a cookie is never just a cookie. They don’t say that? Well, they should. Because it’s true. And before ours fade fast into the relentless peristalsis of family members and friends, ...

It’s a Wonderful Life

by The Staff December 20, 2012


  Frank Capra’s holiday classic is about a hero who doesn’t know he’s a hero. George Bailey (James Stewart) doesn’t realize he’s the glue that’s held his hometown together; he also doesn’t realize what a “wonderful ...

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The Magic of Christmas

by The Staff December 6, 2012


  Ho ho ho! It doesn’t really feel like the holidays are here until the Albany Symphony Orchestra present their annual Magic of Christmas concerts at the Palace; the holidays must be here, then, because the ASO’s ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Treasures

by Rick Marshall November 29, 2012


  ’Tis the season for giving the tech geek on your list something special. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of gifts that are guaranteed to elicit the desired level of awe from their recipients—and if you’re lucky, ...

Holiday Gift Guide: To the Cook’s Heart

by Laura Leon November 29, 2012


  Food porn. Sounds kind of dirty, right? But if you're somebody who loves to cook, to serve food to others and, yes, to eat—because you can't be addicted to food porn if you don't do ...

A John Waters Christmas

by The Staff November 28, 2012


  Best known as the iconoclastic director of such trash cinema classics as Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Female Trouble and that ongoing fountain-of-cash Hairspray, Waters is also an accomplished author, essayist, social activist and raconteur. It’s ...

The Egg

This Wonderful Life

by The Staff November 20, 2012

  Take a moment and reach into your pocket—did you find Zuzu’s petals? As you might have guessed from the slightly altered title, This Wonderful Life is an adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful ...

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AIHA Holiday Gift Fair

by The Staff November 20, 2012

  Old timers will remember the Albany Institute of History & Art’s annual Festival of Trees, an event which was magical, wonderful and—thanks to size of the crowds—often just a little bit insane. The festival was ...

Albany Institute of History & Art

Enjoy the Day

by The Staff November 15, 2012


By Amy Halloran, Stephen Leon, Darryl McGrath and B.A. Nilsson   Pie Crust Made Easy This is the time of year when celebrity chefs, food writers and home decorating mavens share pie crust recipes with their readers, often ...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

by The Staff December 21, 2011


Is your holiday experience really complete without a little It’s a Wonderful Life in it? We don’t think so. In what has become a tradition, the folks at the Palace Theatre will screen Frank Capra’s classic ...

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We Won’t Go

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 21, 2011

“Welcome here, or welcome not, old Father Christmas should never be forgot!” Where, you might ask might Father Christmas not be welcome? Perhaps if he is part of a rag-tag band of mummers, bringing a archetypal play ...

The Adventures of Dick & VJ: “All Ye Faithful”

by John Rodat December 21, 2011


Narrator: Limber of limb, stout of heart, pure of intention and mind, our heroes roam the globe with their wise and sober mentor. In an era of vacuous pass-times, salacious entertainments and morally dubious diversions, ...

Wonderful Christmastime

by Jo Page December 14, 2011


  All these people who try new things at Christmas? I don’t get it. ’Tis just not the season. Christmas is not the time for innovation. It’s the time for repetition. Doing things the same old way ...

Seductive Shopping

by Jo Page November 30, 2011


  Last December I was living in the small seaside town of Rockport, Mass., where Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat and is transported down Bearskin Neck in a vintage fire truck so he can light ...