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Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

In last week’s music overload, I first hied myself (thanks, Carl Strock) to the Green River Festival near Northampton on July 8, mainly to see NRBQ, who headlined its first (1986) edition.

Stirling tries to make music magic for all

Stirling tries to make music magic for all

Lindsey Stirling believes in high-powered dance and music in her videos.

‘Cyrano’ actress extols value of outdoor theater

‘Cyrano’ actress extols value of outdoor theater

For Sarah Luz Cordoba, there’s very little that can match the spectacle of free outdoor theater.

Michelle Shocked's Saratoga show canceled

The eclectic, eccentric Grammy-nominated singer will not perform her “Arkansas Traveler” album Thursday nght at Putnam Den, as previously announced.

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Marshall created some of the most enduring and seminal sitcoms, including "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy." He also transformed Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" into yet another hit sitcom for ABC.

SCCC student in director's chair

SCCC student in director's chair

Kids don’t faze Julie Jaster. Why, not too long ago she was one herself.

Sao Paulo Brass Quintet bold, technically expert

A whole evening of Brazilian brass music by South American composers and played by mostly Brazilian musicians doesn’t happen often.

SCHENECTADY

Watch live: Proctors show announcement

Starting at 2 p.m., Proctors CEO Philip Morris will be streaming the announcement of a new show coming to Schenectady.

Petition seeks to return Glenville magician to 'Talent' show

GLENVILLE

Petition seeks to return Glenville magician to 'Talent' show

A local magician is hoping to make his way back onto the stage of the TV show “America’s Got Talent” with help from fans.

2 West Bar & Grille features unique combinations expertly cooked

SARATOGA SPRINGS

2 West Bar & Grille features unique combinations expertly cooked

Gastropubs, or bar-restaurant combos serving high-end beer and food, started in the Capital Region with Brown & Moran’s in Troy in 1993. This latest and polished example also features a New Urbanism setting, mixing business and living in compact spaces in a luxury apartment complex on the west side of Saratoga Springs.

City Ballet, SPAC to mark 50 years together with old favorites, Peck premiere

SARATOGA SPRINGS

City Ballet, SPAC to mark 50 years together with old favorites, Peck premiere

On July 20, the New York City Ballet and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center begin the celebration of their 50-year collaboration. SPAC’s president and executive director Marcia White and ballet master-in-chief Peter Martins have a lot planned.

Kid movie critic now grown and ready for college

Kid movie critic now grown and ready for college

Jackson Murphy, also known as Lights Camera Jackson, was only 8 years old when he first appeared on the YNN cable news channel in 2008. Now the award-winning kid critic is all grown up.

Thousands pack Schenectady festival for music, food, fun

SCHENECTADY

Thousands pack Schenectady festival for music, food, fun

Thousands of people crowded downtown Schenectady Friday night for the county’s 11th annual SummerNight street festival. It was difficult to maneuver both State and Jay streets without brushing shoulders with someone sipping a drink and bopping along to the music.

Upgrades to be made at Music Haven

SCHENECTADY

Upgrades to be made at Music Haven

Every summer since 1999, Central Park’s Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage has been offering free, live musical performances in a beautiful outdoor venue. Next year, it gets even better.

Cranston gets bad again for role in 'The Infiltrator'

Cranston gets bad again for role in 'The Infiltrator'

In “The Infiltrator,“ it’s impossible to not see Bryan Cranston's performance through the lens of "Breaking Bad" character Walter White.

Female 'Ghostbusters' answer the call superbly in remake

Female 'Ghostbusters' answer the call superbly in remake

"Ghostbusters” is back, with its impossibly jaunty theme song bouncing away in my head again like it’s 1984. (Just try not to bop up and down when you hear that song.) Except it’s 2016, and the Ghostbusters now are women — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Turns out ‘Tickled’ is no laughing matter

A crafty, unsettling bait-and-switch of a movie, the documentary “Tickled” sends viewers down a disquieting rabbit hole, into corners of the internet, economic desperation and the human psyche that grow darker with every turn and twist.

Cap Rep’s ‘Joplin’ a stunning production

Cap Rep’s ‘Joplin’ a stunning production

WMHT recently showed an absorbing documentary about Janis Joplin. And now you can see Janis in the thrilling performance of Kelly McIntyre

'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nominations again

'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nominations again

The fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” will once again be the leader of the pack heading into the Emmy Awards.

Glenville natives have big dream for their short film ‘Dozer’

GLENVILLE & SCOTIA

Glenville natives have big dream for their short film ‘Dozer’

Two local filmmakers have spent the past week putting in the work to bring Glenville to the big screen.

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