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‘Crucible,’ ‘Thieving Magpie’ superb at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass Opera is presenting two highly contrasting operas that are must-sees: Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” (1961) and Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed “The Thieving Magpie” (1817).

Glenville magician secures ‘Talent’ finalist slot

GLENVILLE

Glenville magician secures ‘Talent’ finalist slot

A local magician had one last trick up his sleeve to get back on to the “America’s Got Talent” stage despite an earlier elimination.

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

LENOX, Mass.

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

The weekend’s concert repertory at Tanglewood was sharply split. While the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Sibelius in the 5,000-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed, the 1,000-seat Seiji Ozawa Hall presented five days of Tanglewood’s dirty little secret, the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Marni Nixon, the singing voice behind the screen, dies at 86

Marni Nixon, the singing voice behind the screen, dies at 86

Marni Nixon, the American cinema’s most unsung singer, died Sunday in New York.

Taylor Swift is summering in Rhode Island. Locals just shake it off.

Taylor Swift is summering in Rhode Island. Locals just shake it off.

With its old-money summer colony — a cohort of privacy-loving, multigenerational families tucked into century-old shingled houses — and its diminutive main drag, the picturesque Bay Street, this town is a curious choice for a megawatt celebrity like Swift, 26.

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

In 2006, Oatley helped conduct a study that linked reading fiction to better performance on empathy and social acumen tests.

Former apprentice happy to get role of Juliet in play

Former apprentice happy to get role of Juliet in play

For Raya Malcolm, spending a month or so working in Saratoga Springs is a great way to spend the summer.

Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Fourteen years after the first "Ice Age" animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, "Ice Age: Collision Course," rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable?

'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

This outlandish, flamboyant British trifle is like a glass of champagne directly to the face of these dog days of a very trying summer.

'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

David F. Sandberg's excellent horror flick "Lights Out" is a film about common fears and universal phobias; about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark.

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

Add this to your list of movies to see this month. Actually, make it first on the lineup.

New ‘Star Trek’ a little too familiar

New ‘Star Trek’ a little too familiar

After its impressive “Star Trek” reboot and entertaining sequel, Paramount Pictures faces the inevitable moment when a longtime meal ticket begins to deliver leftovers.

Review: NYC Ballet in splendid form for opener

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Review: NYC Ballet in splendid form for opener

Wednesday night was an historic night for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as the New York City Ballet opened the 50th anniversary celebration with the same ballet that inaugurated the first SPAC season in 1966: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

‘The Dancing Athlete’ a new museum exhibit

What do hockey and dance have in common?

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

In last week’s music overload, I first hied myself (thanks, Carl Strock) to the Green River Festival near Northampton on July 8, mainly to see NRBQ, who headlined its first (1986) edition.

Stirling tries to make music magic for all

Stirling tries to make music magic for all

Lindsey Stirling believes in high-powered dance and music in her videos.

‘Cyrano’ actress extols value of outdoor theater

‘Cyrano’ actress extols value of outdoor theater

For Sarah Luz Cordoba, there’s very little that can match the spectacle of free outdoor theater.

Michelle Shocked's Saratoga show canceled

The eclectic, eccentric Grammy-nominated singer will not perform her “Arkansas Traveler” album Thursday nght at Putnam Den, as previously announced.

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Marshall created some of the most enduring and seminal sitcoms, including "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy." He also transformed Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" into yet another hit sitcom for ABC.

SCCC student in director's chair

SCCC student in director's chair

Kids don’t faze Julie Jaster. Why, not too long ago she was one herself.

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