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Christiana returns home for a good cause

Christiana returns home for a good cause

The Yarnapalooza Charity Concert on Sunday at Centre Street (308 Union St. at Broadway, Schenectady) brings singer-songwriter-guitarist Blake Christiana back to his home town — with his band Yarn.

Artist’s work rests on transcultural heritage

Artist’s work rests on transcultural heritage

Siona Benjamin, a Jewish-Indian artist, is showing her colorful and thought-provoking multi-media work in “Beyond Borders,” an exhibit that opened Tuesday in the Opalka Gallery at the Sage Colleges in Albany.

‘Addams Family’ actor likes to change his looks

‘Addams Family’ actor likes to change his looks

If at first you don’t quite recognize Gabe Belyeu when he steps out on the Mac-Haydn stage, that’s the general idea.

Mary Chapin Carpenter draws on her emotions

Mary Chapin Carpenter draws on her emotions

Songs with titles like “Map of My Heart” and “Hand On My Back” sound personal. They’re Mary Chapin Carpenter’s songs, from her new album.

Chamber music group returning to Saratoga for 3 more seasons

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center gave its last concert of its third season Tuesday night at the Spa Little Theatre in an all-Russian program.

Shaquille O'Neal, Bear Grylls to tackle Adirondacks Monday

Shaquille O'Neal, Bear Grylls to tackle Adirondacks Monday

Shaquille O'Neal will tackle the Adirondacks in an episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" on NBC Monday night.

Fun, food, festivities: Great New York State Fair hits Syracuse this week

SYRACUSE

Fun, food, festivities: Great New York State Fair hits Syracuse this week

If you’re looking for an all-day affair to cap off summer, look no further. Fair season culminates this week with the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse.

Chorus outshines soloists in 'Aida' at Tanglewood

Chorus outshines soloists in 'Aida' at Tanglewood

This weekend’s Boston Symphony Orchestra program choices at Tanglewood ranged from glamorous to banal, mega-famous to new, enduring opera to strange sonorities.

Canada says goodbye to its favorite band

Canada says goodbye to its favorite band

In an unparalleled moment of national pride laced with sorrow, Canada stopped for a few hours Saturday night to venerate Tragically Hip, the band that for many has come closest to defining that country’s cultural identity.

Philadelphia Orchestra's final week at SPAC provides passion, fun to huge crowds

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Philadelphia Orchestra's final week at SPAC provides passion, fun to huge crowds

Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin promised audiences there would be plenty of passion and fun in the orchestra’s final week at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center - and he delivered.

ALBANY

Smooth sounds of the '70s dominate Dawes performance at The Egg

Although the Los Angeles band Dawes didn't break any new ground with its '70s tinged performance at The Egg on Saturday, the show was received warmly by a crowd of about 650.

Canada's unofficial poet laureate is giving one last concert before he dies

Canada's unofficial poet laureate is giving one last concert before he dies

If you have Canadian friends, don't try to reach them Saturday night. Because there's a very good chance they will be huddled around their TVs, celebrating the extraordinary force that is Gord Downie.

Adventure fable creates dreamlike state, sense of wonderment

Adventure fable creates dreamlike state, sense of wonderment

The adventure fantasy “Kubo and the Two Strings” is seamless stop-motion storytelling, from Laika, the independent animation studio that gave us the darkly entertaining “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls.”

Listless morality tale eventually goes to the ‘Dogs’

Listless morality tale eventually goes to the ‘Dogs’

So this is weird: Vocally, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller sound eerily alike, even though they’re completely different physical types. If “War Dogs” were more interesting, funnier, wilder, something, anything, this wouldn’t warrant a mention.

Twist again in Schenectady with ‘The Soul Man’

Twist again in Schenectady with ‘The Soul Man’

Donald “The Soul Man” Hyman knows the “Stomp,” knows The Dovells and knows dozens of other dances from the 1960s.

Hard-hitting Western is far from dusty fantasy

Hard-hitting Western is far from dusty fantasy

In the desolate Texas of “Hell or High Water,” a bank clerk (Dale Dickie) gently sasses the ski-masked robbers with the condescending assessment, “y’all are new at this.”

Biblical epic holds its own in cinematic chariot race

Biblical epic holds its own in cinematic chariot race

“Ben-Hur” and Charlton Heston go together like sword and sandal, the two being inextricably linked in the public mind. But the new $100 million version owes less to the well-known 1959 big-screen epic in which Heston starred than to the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” on which both are based.

Elizabeth Sobol appointed president and CEO of SPAC

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Elizabeth Sobol appointed president and CEO of SPAC

Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced today the appointment of Elizabeth Sobol to the position of President and CEO, effective October 1.

SCHENECTADY

Young actors lead way in musical fantasy

Will Heatley and Kelsey Jessup aren’t even out of their teens yet, but when it comes to performing, they’re a pair of tried and true veterans.

Actress is thrilled to play memorable woman

Annette Miller’s experience at Shakespeare & Company has included playing a number of wonderfully crafted female characters, and Bernadette Kahn is no exception.

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