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This ‘Santa’ is more sad than bad

This ‘Santa’ is more sad than bad

Thornton is back in his grody Kris Kringle disguise, his highly combustible temper out of control just as before.

Brad Pitt disappoints in ‘Allied’

Brad Pitt disappoints in ‘Allied’

It’s fair to draw a line between 2005’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” in which Pitt and Angelina Jolie starred as a pair of married spies, and “Allied,” in which he stars with Marion Cotillard as a pair of married spies.

Kanye West show in Albany canceled

ALBANY

Kanye West show in Albany canceled

The on-again, off-again Kanye West tour stop in Albany is now off, according to Live Nation and the Los Angeles Times.

Green Day gets political at the AMAs; Justin Bieber wins big

Green Day gets political at the AMAs; Justin Bieber wins big

Green Day is at its best when a widely divisive president ascends to power.

Octavo singers tackle Bruckner's work in Clifton Park

CLIFTON PARK

Octavo singers tackle Bruckner's work in Clifton Park

The Octavo Singers took on two of Anton Bruckner’s choral works Saturday night at St. George’s Episcopal Church and did remarkably well.

Sharon Jones, powerful soul singer with throwback style, dies at 60

Sharon Jones, powerful soul singer with throwback style, dies at 60

Jones was 46 when her debut album was released.

Music is key at Niskayuna, Shenendehowa

Music is key at Niskayuna, Shenendehowa

There was a time not so long ago when school districts dropped their arts programs to balance their budgets. But at two local high schools, music is thriving.

Mike Pence saw ‘Hamilton,’ and the cast had something to say

As the play ended, the actor who played Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, acknowledged that Pence was in the audience, thanked him for attending and added, “We hope you will hear us out.”

A twisty thriller built on sex, power

A twisty thriller built on sex, power

Park Chan-wook’s glorious romantic thriller “The Handmaiden” is far too good to be watched in one sitting.

Good fight but not a knockout

Good fight but not a knockout

It doesn’t seem likely that filmmakers will ever grow tired of making boxing films, or that they’ll run out of inspiring athletes to make them about.

‘Edge of Seventeen’ an instant teen classic

‘Edge of Seventeen’ an instant teen classic

Every generation needs a defining teen movie, and “The Edge of Seventeen” just might be that film for this generation.

Harry Potter’s world enters the Jazz Age with rich new tale

Harry Potter’s world enters the Jazz Age with rich new tale

As soon as the familiar twinkly score starts up and the eerie blue Warner Brothers logo appears on screen before “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” you’re transported back to that oh-so-familiar magical world spun by the keys of J.K. Rowling.

'The Last Waltz 40 Tour' coming to Palace

'The Last Waltz 40 Tour' coming to Palace

“The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” will come to the Palace Theatre at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2.

David Nail, Parmalee, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch are 'secret stars'

David Nail, Parmalee, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch are 'secret stars'

“How the hell do we follow THAT?” asked Parmalee singer Matt Thomas after David Nail’s big voiced heartbreaker “Let It Rain” at Proctors on Wednesday.

Cohen, Russell, Morse, Malen: four big losses

Cohen, Russell, Morse, Malen: four big losses

Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Rick Morse and Buck Malen left the stage this awful week; each passing a big loss for music fans.

Young artist’s show focuses on scenery, cities

Young artist’s show focuses on scenery, cities

Jacob Houston, a 24-year-old Washington County artist who has been winning awards for his paintings since he was a young teen, has just opened a solo show of 16 paintings at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vt.

Singers to perform Bruckner works on Saturday

Singers to perform Bruckner works on Saturday

Curtis Funk, the director of the Octavo Singers, plans his seasons at least three years in advance. But he was stymied last summer when he learned that one of the pieces he wanted to perform on Saturday was not available.“I’d wanted to do Anton Rubinstein’s ‘Eroica Fantasy’ and thought it beautiful,” Funk said. “But I couldn’t find the instrumental music in print. There was none around and no current publishing company. It was a real eye-opener that I couldn’t get the parts.”

Kaukonen still enjoys serving up Hot Tuna

Kaukonen still enjoys serving up Hot Tuna

“When we see Hot Tuna still being as viable as it is — we’re not a hot, hip recording band, but the people who like us like us a lot — I feel so blessed,” said Jorma Kaukonen, who returns on Sunday to The Egg.

Martin Lawrence’s audience brings him inspiration

Martin Lawrence’s audience brings him inspiration

Martin Lawrence, who brings his “Doin’ Time: Uncut Live Tour” to the Times Union Center in Albany tonight, has a serious side. He can be a pretty thoughtful dude.

SCHENECTADY

Proctors plans third-floor theatrical training center

The ghosts in the third floor at Proctors will have to make way for the Adeline Graham Theatrical Training and Innovation Center.

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