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Here comes summer: Our picks for the best in the arts

Here comes summer: Our picks for the best in the arts

Friday, May 22, 2015
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the calendar is crammed with theater, music, dance and art shows. The Gazette’s arts writers have pored over the calendar, and chosen a few highlights. Here’s what they say you shouldn’t miss.
 

Lineup set for SaratogaArtsFest

Friday, May 22, 2015
The ninth annual SaratogaArtsFest from June 12 to 14 will offer a lineup of music, visual art, film and dance all over the city as it celebrates the centennial of the signing of the Saratoga Springs charter in 1915.
 
TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

Friday, May 22, 2015
TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile.
 
A hardy heroine for today’s crowd

A hardy heroine for today’s crowd

Friday, May 22, 2015
“Far From the Madding Crowd,” Thomas Hardy’s story of unrequited longing, asks: What brings happiness to marriage beyond capricious luck?
 

World of the future not everything that dreamers imagine

Friday, May 22, 2015
“Tomorrowland” is Brad Bird’s Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news.
 
Bluegrass to groove pop: Summer music in Ballston Spa

Bluegrass to groove pop: Summer music in Ballston Spa

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association will begin its free concert series on June 25 with a performance by the country band Aged in the Hills at Wiswall Park on Front St.
 
Letterman's last Top 10 list

Letterman's last Top 10 list

Thursday, May 21, 2015
It’s here—David Letterman’s last Top 10 List.
 
David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile

David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile

Thursday, May 21, 2015
There are those who will argue that the world of television hasn't suffered such a loss in nearly a generation, and they're right.

 
Buffy Sainte-Marie remains powerful talent

Buffy Sainte-Marie remains powerful talent

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Since folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie played the first great singer-songwriter show I ever saw, near Buffalo in 1965, she’s learned and grown. Musically she has developed a jazz-blues feel in songs with bounce or swing; she can lead a band and fit her voice and songs within one. She brings those strengths and more on Saturday to the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady), demonstrating a “new math” of talent multiplying itself.
 
Actress enjoys challenge of egocentric character

Actress enjoys challenge of egocentric character

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Christina Reeves can’t think of too many good things to say about her character in Christopher Durang’s 2013 Broadway hit, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” so she’ll just cut to the chase.
“She is likable,” said Reeves, who plays Masha in the Curtain Call Theatre production of Durang’s 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, opening Friday and running through June 27.
 
Brandi Carlile says rock has sense of recklessness
ALBANY

Brandi Carlile says rock has sense of recklessness

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Brandi Carlile, who released her latest album, “The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” in March, will be at Albany’s Palace Theatre on Saturday.
 
Former Yankee great Bernie Williams to play (guitar) in Schenectady
SCHENECTADY

Former Yankee great Bernie Williams to play (guitar) in Schenectady

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A former Yankee great who pinch hits as a Latin Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist will headline SummerNight in Schenectady this summer.
 
Opera adds comic note to Ukrainian history
ALBANY

Opera adds comic note to Ukrainian history

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Commonwealth Lyric Theater production from Boston and the local Zorepad Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will join forces to stage "Cossack Beyond the Danube," a comic opera, in Albany Friday.
 
 High-flying ‘Pippin’ brings Adrienne Barbeau back to stage
SCHENECTADY

High-flying ‘Pippin’ brings Adrienne Barbeau back to stage

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“Pippin,” the medieval musical about a young prince in search of the meaning in life, is coming to Proctors for a six-day run.
 
Taiwanese troup spread joy through dance
ALBANY

Taiwanese troup spread joy through dance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Ancient traditions from Taiwan — the songs, dances and highly adorned costumes — swept across The Egg stage on Tuesday night in a parade that was beautiful for its simplicity and sincerity.
 
 

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