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Vol.33 No.02

The Major Lift

by Erik Hage January 14, 2010

As the mainstream record companies’ grip on music gatekeeping steadily loosens due to the egalitarian influence of the Internet and social media—as well as, well, taste—what’s most evident is that they have less of an ...

D For Deficient

by Amy Halloran January 14, 2010

A few years ago, sleep apnea seemed the medical problem of the moment. Today, it’s vitamin D deficiency. If you haven’t been diagnosed yourself, ask your friends and relatives. There’s a good chance someone in ...

Puppet Regime

by Ann Morrow January 14, 2010

"You stink, Ubu,” says Ma Ubu. That opinion is a comical understatement, and in Ubu Rex, under- stated—and underhanded—comedy abounds. Ubu is a tyrant and an ogre, and Ma Ubu is his opportunistic wife; together ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage January 14, 2010

I am a 34-year-old straight, single female. I have a fantasy I can’t find much about online, so I figured I’d ask you for advice. My fantasy is to be blindfolded, bent over a table/couch/whatever, and ...

No Communication Breakdown

by Jo Page January 14, 2010

Though I worry about every conceivable thing you can imagine and then some, I don’t spend much time worrying that, as a culture, we are growing distant from one another because people use e-mail, texting ...

The Madison Avenue Diet

by Elizabeth Knapp January 14, 2010

As cars continue to speed down Madison Avenue, one of Albany’s most prominent thoroughfares for bicycle traffic, the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association is duly in motion. Virginia Hammer, secretary of PHNA, hopes to condense the ...

A Center for Every Neighborhood?

by Chet Hardin January 14, 2010

On Dec. 28, 2009, the executive director of the Troy Family YMCA, Patrick Ciraulo, sent a letter to members of the Troy City Council urging them to not pass a resolution providing initial funds for ...

What Dreams May Bring

by B.A. Nilsson January 14, 2010

Last weekend, the Annie Appleseed Project finished its third annual Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Wanda Burch conducted a workshop titled “Dreams and Their Meaning.” “The conference brings ...

The Open Mind

by Amy Halloran January 14, 2010

You may know hypnosis from the movies and associate it with the phrase “You are getting very sleepy,” droned by an untrustworthy man to a curvaceous young woman. Also required for the scene is a ...

Vinyl Solution

by Kirsten Ferguson January 14, 2010

Albany punk trio After the Fall christened their latest full-length album Fort Orange, the name given by colonial Dutch settlers to their fur-trading post along the Hudson River where Albany sits today. And the band’s ...

Of Aprons and Sportcoats

by B.A. Nilsson January 14, 2010

Any chef, whether a culinary-school grad or someone who worked through the ranks, has worked the various kitchen stations. For them, no manner of prep is unknown or undignified. I had stunning proof of this ...

Long Live the Queen

by Ann Morrow January 14, 2010

It was the club in the White Tower burger stand, the club that brought Living Colour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, and Marilyn Manson just before they broke into arena-sized audiences. It was ...

Pure Evil

by Shawn Stone January 14, 2010

The title of this nifty horror flick, Daybreakers, says everything you need to know about what writer-directors (and twin brothers) Michael and Peter Spierig feel about vampires—because it refers to humans. These Australian filmmakers don’t give ...

Cause Without a Rebel

by Laura Leon January 14, 2010

Ah, to be a teen again, suffering through the angst evoked in favorite rock songs or, if you’re Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) in Youth in Revolt, movies like La Strada and a shelf full of ...

Eyes on California

by Paul Rapp January 14, 2010

While the mainstream media have been ranting incoherently about irrelevancies like Harry Reid, Jay Leno and Sarah Palin, something truly remarkable has been taking place in California. On Monday, in a San Francisco federal courtroom, ...

January 14, 2010 | Vol.33 No.2

by The Staff January 14, 2010

The Open Mind By Amy Halloran Despite Hollywood stigma, hypnosis is beginning to assert its place in Western medicine D for Deficient By Amy Halloran Medical studies increasingly suggest the importance of vitamin D, a sun-derived nutrient we could all ...