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The night Beyoncé won the Super Bowl

The night Beyoncé won the Super Bowl

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Watching the Super Bowl used to be an act of leisure, which made the halftime show a break from a break. Now it isn't and it ain't. America has invested so much of itself in this brutal sport, which destroys the bodies and minds of its players, and the damage has become impossible to ignore, even though we're trying our best.

 
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Strong cast turns in hot performance of 'Ain't Misbehavin'

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Deceptively simple, the musical revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” is a stealth social snapshot of race and race relations in the great American jazz age of the 1920s and ’30s.
 
Phish coming to SPAC July 1-3
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Phish coming to SPAC July 1-3

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Vermont jam band making annual pilgrimage.
 
The making of the Puppy Bowl

The making of the Puppy Bowl

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

What once was a semi-laughable idea meant to entertain the children and bored chip-munchers of game-day parties is now our country's most adorable pastime. And this year, you can watch it six times in a row: Puppy Bowl XII will air on Animal Planet at 3 p.m. ET, then repeat every other hour for 12 hours straight.
 
Coens offer both tribute, sendup of Hollywood’s classic Golden Decades

Coens offer both tribute, sendup of Hollywood’s classic Golden Decades

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
The Coen Brothers’ latest comedy “Hail, Caesar!” is a loving tribute to the era of classical Hollywood, meticulously crafted with layers of reference, inside jokes, and tidbits of history that will excite any film buff.
 
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is fun, but lacks bite

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is fun, but lacks bite

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
The best thing this film has going for it is its knowing self-awareness, the winking at the unlikely pairing of mannered 18th century aristocratic English society with the brutal and gory violence of the modern-day zombie movie.
 
'45 Years' a moving study of lost youth, regret and forgiveness

'45 Years' a moving study of lost youth, regret and forgiveness

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Thanks to Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay and director Andrew Haigh, the movie is momentous — challenging us to consider the nature of intimacy itself.
 
Bob Elliott of the Bob and Ray comedy team dies at 92

Bob Elliott of the Bob and Ray comedy team dies at 92

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Bob Elliott, who as half of the comedy team Bob and Ray purveyed a distinctively low-key brand of humor on radio and television for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday at his home in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine. He was 92.
 
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, whose genre-defying music made them one of the most popular and honored bands of the 1970s, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74.
 
Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
On Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, fiddlers Mark and Maggie O’Connor play “American Classics,” solo and duet pages from what Tony Bennett calls the Great American Songbook, but reaching back further, into timeless folk.
 
Judge allows Bill Cosby sexual assault case to move forward

Judge allows Bill Cosby sexual assault case to move forward

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
A judge ruled the sexual assault case against entertainer Bill Cosby can proceed because prosecutors aren't bound by a predecessor’s decision 11 years ago to not prosecute the entertainer.
 
Springsteen bringing 'The River' to Albany

Springsteen bringing 'The River' to Albany

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Bruce Springsteen has previously performed the 20-song album only once in its entirety, during a 2009 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
 
‘Darkness/Light’ event  helps the homeless

‘Darkness/Light’ event helps the homeless

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Spring Street Gallery will host a “Darkness/Light” event to benefit Code Blue Saratoga, a cold-weather shelter for homeless people in Saratoga Springs.
 
Singer calls ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ truly American
ALBANY

Singer calls ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ truly American

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Hayes Fields, one of five singers in a cast of nine performers sharing the stage in the Albany Civic Theater’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin,’ ” says jazz music "truly is an American form of music."
 
Harlem Quartet proves string group can swing
TROY

Harlem Quartet proves string group can swing

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
The Harlem Quartet, who won a 2013 Grammy Award for “Hot House” (Concord Jazz, 2012 ) in which they worked with jazz masters Chick Corea and Gary Burton, will perform an all-jazz program at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight.
 
 

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