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Capitol tour takes visitors through a history of New York
ALBANY

Capitol tour takes visitors through a history of New York

Sunday, July 13, 2014
There are 17 steps leading up to the western entrance of the New York State Capitol, and 77 on the lower or eastern side.
 
Locally produced foods sampled on Saratoga Springs tour
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Locally produced foods sampled on Saratoga Springs tour

Saturday, July 12, 2014
For the fourth summer, Joe Haedrich, a retired businessman from Chestertown, is leading weekly Saratoga Springs Food Tours, where participants nibble and sip while taking in tidbits of history and culture.
 

‘Third Person’ needs end before third act

Friday, July 11, 2014
The Paul Haggis drama “Third Person,” like his Oscar-winning “Crash,” is a series of interlocking stories. Each is fascinating, or at least interesting in its own right. Each is cast with more than capable actors.
 
Story, computer-generated images make ‘Apes’ exceptional

Story, computer-generated images make ‘Apes’ exceptional

Friday, July 11, 2014
To a surprising degree, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” belongs to the monkeys. In the uncommonly sure-handed fusion of computer-generated and live-action images, apes are the more fully realized, expressive characters.
 

Music mends broken bonds in quiet but affecting ‘Begin Again’

Friday, July 11, 2014
“Begin Again” sees Irish writer-director John Carney on a larger canvas, revisiting themes from his lo-fi 2006 indie hit “Once” — chief among them the emotional connectivity of music.
 
At 59, Schenectady woman takes aim at dream of French restaurant
SCHENECTADY

At 59, Schenectady woman takes aim at dream of French restaurant

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Heather Chestnut is asking Schenectady officials for approval to open a French restaurant called Chez Nous — “Our House” in English — at 707 Union St., just a block up from the row of restaurants and bars on lower Union Street.
 
All's farro in summer salad

All's farro in summer salad

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
An ancient and nutritious form of whole wheat from Italy, farro boasts a pleasingly nutty taste and a slightly chewy texture.
 

Calder Quartet handles last minute changes with aplomb

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Calder Quartet, known for its adventuresome virtuosity, is equally at home with last minute needs for versatility. That was clear Monday night at the Luzerne Chamber Music Series: The quartet had to replace its cellist just days earlier, which necessitated a complete change of the scheduled program.
 
Ballet's opening night focused on Balanchine
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Ballet's opening night focused on Balanchine

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The New York City Ballet’s opening night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center sparkled in a celebration of its founder, George Balanchine.
 

Risotto in Albany offers spectacular entrees, attentive service

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Risotto, a smart little restaurant on Northern Boulevard in the strip mall across from Memorial Hospital, has made a very good impression on me.
 
Funky chandelier inspires bright hues

Funky chandelier inspires bright hues

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Margie Garland had the MacKenzie-Childs Thistle chandelier on her computer wish list for years. Multicolored and funky with glass-beaded fringe on its shades, it would never have worked in the ancient farmhouses she had previously lived in.
 
Landscapes, like houses, need periodic renovation

Landscapes, like houses, need periodic renovation

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior decor.
 

Saratoga's Mingle on the Avenue at hotel serves homestyle Korean fare

Sunday, July 6, 2014
You can't beat mom's home cooking. But one doesn't expect heart-warming, down-to-earth dishes at a swanky hotel.

"The Korean items on the menu are old family recipes," explained our waiter Christop, as Hubby and I made our first visit to Mingle on the Avenue, a spacious restaurant on the first floor of the Pavilion Grand Hotel, a 48-room boutique establishment that has just opened in Saratoga Springs.
 
Rabbi uses tradition in her deerskin parchment art

Rabbi uses tradition in her deerskin parchment art

Sunday, July 6, 2014
More than a decade ago, Rabbi Linda Motzkin became a soferet, a Hebrew scribe who writes Torah scrolls and other sacred documents.
 
There's adventure around the river bend at this Indian Lake wild spot

There's adventure around the river bend at this Indian Lake wild spot

Saturday, July 5, 2014
It isn’t every day you can stand next to a slice of the upper Hudson River the public hasn’t seen in more than a century. Actually, that’s not true
 
 

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