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SLOC delivers timeless 'Horror'

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
The musical is receiving an all-hands-on-deck-or-somewhere-on-the-body treatment, under the sweet lash of director Michael Gatzendorfer, and you might find yourself standing and swaying at the end of the evening while the cast sings and dances to “The Time Warp.”
 

Knitting making a comeback, seen as relaxing, therapeutic

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
As autumnal breezes rustle browning trees, a comfy couch by the hearth soon could become your regular after-work destination. But before you plop down, experts recommend you find a hand-based craft such as knitting or crocheting to keep spirits high during chilly times.
 
Quilts in quantity: Hundreds will go on display next weekend

Quilts in quantity: Hundreds will go on display next weekend

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
If the words “quilt show” make you think of grandma’s log cabin or nine-patch quilts, think again.
 
Girl Scouts membership drops sharply
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Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Carlene Carter taps musical heritage in Caffe Lena show

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Carter chose vintage family numbers well, singing them in sincere simplicity for the most part.
 
Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass
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Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
The "Never Ending Pasta Pass" card from Olive Garden not only promised weeks of unlimited pasta, but a look into why the chain is fighting to hold onto customers.
 
'Alexander' lets actors convey real-life lessons with skill

'Alexander' lets actors convey real-life lessons with skill

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst’s delightful “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day,” the sly subtext this picture-heavy book is how exhausting and sometimes misguided the optimism of the eternally optimistic can be.
 
‘Dracula Untold’: How the Vlad guy became a vampire

‘Dracula Untold’: How the Vlad guy became a vampire

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
So it wasn’t the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western Civilization in the late 15th/early 16th centuries.
 

Bloated trial drama just a forum for stars to show off

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
“The Judge” dawdles, lingers, takes sidebars and recesses — much like a celebrity trial in which TV cameras have been allowed into the courtroom.
 

Glib globe-trotting movie is filled with fortune-cookie philosophy

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Somehow, the culture has twisted the hunt for happiness into a need to travel . . . the world.
 

Renner enlivens slightly muted tale of writer who broke CIA-crack link

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
“Kill the Messenger,” the film about journalist Gary Webb’s shocking newspaper stories that connected the Reagan Era CIA to America’s crack epidemic, shows just how hard it is to film investigative journalism as a drama, and get it right.
 
Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery
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Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.
 
Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Legendary South African musicians and apartheid fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrated “20 Years of Freedom in South Africa” with two hours of gentle, often beautiful and occasionally spiritual music at The Egg on Tuesday.
 
Pears add taste of the season to meats, salads, desserts

Pears add taste of the season to meats, salads, desserts

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Mmm, pears. Fresh, grilled alongside steak, baked into a pie — pears work in any course, from appetizers and salads, right through entrees and of course dessert.
 
Gritty buckwheat helps make robust scones

Gritty buckwheat helps make robust scones

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Ann and I split a scone, gritty and satisfying. It was gritty. That’s buckwheat, cousin to tart rhubarb and bitter sorrel.
 
 

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