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Vol.33 No.06

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

by The Staff February 11, 2010

Ironically, Valentine’s Day just may be the least-loved holiday going—save for Bosses’ Day (but, in this still-uncertain economy, we’re not crazy enough to go there. Love ya, Chief!). In any event, though the cynics carp ...

16 love

by Stephen Leon February 11, 2010

If a teacher didn’t give us assigned seats, it didn’t matter: Students sat in pretty much the same place day after day. In English, Nicole sat kitty-corner behind me to my left; in chemistry, we ...

A Labor of Love

by Elizabeth Knapp February 11, 2010

When newlyweds Rhea and Brad decided to move from Jacksonville, Fla., to Troy in 2008, they were expecting to enter a whole new world of opportunities. Rhea, 27, was offered a job in Internet marketing, ...

Playing the field

by Ali Hibbs February 11, 2010

So. It’s Valentines Day . . . and you plan to spend it in the dark, drinking tequila and eating Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip frosting out of the container, while watching all the Scream movies ...

Still Crazy

by Amy Halloran February 11, 2010

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but you need a lot more ways to figure out how to stay. This is because the powerful feelings that come from falling in love don’t ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage February 11, 2010

A few years before my wife and I met, she made porn with her boyfriend at the time. He intended to start a pay-per-view Web site but never launched it. I was a bit upset ...

Louche Laughs

by James Yeara February 11, 2010

There’s plenty of enjoyment in this Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shakespeare & Company’s winter production of the 1987 Tony Award-nominated play (later made into the Oscar-winning 1988 film starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich). The play ...

Post-Apocalyptic Precedent

by Paul Rapp February 11, 2010

Remember a few years ago when MASS MoCA got into a huge brouhaha with Swiss installation artist Christoph Buchel? Sure you do. Buchel was putting a massive art thing in their football field-sized Building 5 ...

Strange Fellows

by Chet Hardin February 11, 2010

Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian is staying out of this one, at least publicly, but he can now boast of having a funny, incidental ally. At the January meeting City Council, the nine-member body voted against ...

Going Off Protocol

by Chet Hardin February 11, 2010

Albany County Legislator Shawn Morse co-sponsored a resolution Monday to hire an Albany-based consultant to perform a study of Albany County’s nursing home. Morse, who represents the 18th District in Cohoes, said that the firm, ...

Following the Protocol

by Ali Hibbs February 11, 2010

Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families has been consistently frustrated in its efforts to negotiate new contracts with preventative service providers since 2005, a fact which may be resulting in a diminished quality ...

Who Dat

by Paul Rapp February 11, 2010

Out of the many friends I told I was seeing Brandi Carlile, exactly one knew anything about her. Until recently, I’d only seen her name here and there, and for some reason assumed she was ...

Studies in Subtraction

by Josh Potter February 11, 2010

As a “critic,” I’ve never much gotten off on panning a recording or performance, instead regarding basic avoidance as the more civil and effective way to express personal displeasure. After all, music is a social ...

Adult Themes

by Kirsten Ferguson February 11, 2010

A year ago last February, the four members of Poestenkill rock band Blue Factory converged on a friend’s rustic lake house deep in the Adirondacks to record their debut album, Limekiln. Slated for release this ...

True to Form

by B.A. Nilsson February 11, 2010

Entrée price range:$5 (pepper sub) to $15 (veal sorrento) Ambiance: diner What makes your favorite pizza place so good? How far do you go (geographically, I mean) for pizza? Locally, I’ve got three places to choose ...

Royal Harmonies

by B.A. Nilsson February 11, 2010

Legendary choral conductor Sir David Willcocks likes to tell the story of a group of singers who worked with him at King’s College in the mid-1960s and aspired to go out on their own. “You’ll ...

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

by Laura Leon February 11, 2010

I just typed From Russia With Love, and luckily caught my gaffe before sending this to my editor. An easy mistake, when the actual title, From Paris With Love, is so obviously a paean to ...

A Boy’s Own Adventure

by Shawn Stone February 11, 2010

His moment: McKay as the titular character in Me and Orson Welles. This is one of those “what if?” stories, in which fiction is blended with fact to make a “better” tale. ...

Jimmy Stewart from Mars

by Josh Potter February 11, 2010

In 1979, Richard Barney was just beginning graduate school in Ohio. One night, he and a group of friends decided to check out a cult film that had recently come to town after a two-year ...