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Tom Hanks scores in ‘Hologram for the King’

Tom Hanks scores in ‘Hologram for the King’

God bless Tom Hanks. Can I get an amen?

With no Snow White, this huntsman sequel falls very wide of the mark

With no Snow White, this huntsman sequel falls very wide of the mark

How do you solve a problem like Kristen (Stewart)? If you’re the filmmakers of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” you write Snow White entirely out of the sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Pianist de la Salle: Fiery edge, fervent accents

French pianist Lise de la Salle’s scarlet gown matched her electrifying playing Wednesday night in her debut on the Troy Chromatic Concerts series at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Music legend Prince dead at 57

Music legend Prince dead at 57

Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died Thursday.

MOVE Music Festival lets local groups meet, play, make new fans

MOVE Music Festival lets local groups meet, play, make new fans

Hard Soul and about 100 other acts will be on the move over the weekend, as the MOVE Music Festival holds its fifth annual Albany party.

Benoit returning home to perform with SSO

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Benoit returning home to perform with SSO

Percussionist James Benoit, member of the Niskayuna High School Class of 2005, is coming home. He’ll debut on Sunday with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

When John Mellencamp’s “Plain Spoken Tour” hits Albany’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, Carlene Carter opens: a surprising, perfect match. “We do two songs together,” said Carter, adding that she joins Mellencamp halfway through his show before he shifts to full-on rock mode with his band.

‘Gun Show’ art aims to stir thought, discussion

‘Gun Show’ art aims to stir thought, discussion

Spring Street Gallery deserves a salute for mustering its courage and mounting “The Gun Show: A Range of Perspectives on Firearms,” as the artwork, objects and opinions that are gathered are both anti-gun and pro-gun and come not only from artists but scholars and the community.

Actress identifies with 'Trip to Bountiful' role

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Actress identifies with 'Trip to Bountiful' role

Having seen “The Trip to Bountiful” on Broadway a few years ago, Barbara Howard immediately saw herself in the role of Carrie Watts. “I enjoy doing roles that people can identify with,” said Howard, an Albany resident who will be in the Capital Repertory Theatre production of Horton Foote’s classic story beginning Friday and running through May 15.

Good news, good music part of Gospel Jubilee at Proctors

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Good news, good music part of Gospel Jubilee at Proctors

Lisa Page Brooks will be part of the fifth annual Gospel Jubilee at Proctors in Schenectady on Friday.

Blake Shelton tour coming to Albany

Country singer Blake Shelton is heading out on the road in September, and the tour will stop at the Times Union Center.

Roberts called 'the rock' of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

Roberts called 'the rock' of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

Tributes continue to pour in for Doris Roberts, a five-time Emmy winner best known for her work as Mamma Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond, who died Sunday at age 90.

Kate Snow loves following politics

Kate Snow loves following politics

For Kate Snow, there’s a clear and distinct line between news journalist and political commentator, and she’s happily ensconced in the former.

A mostly CGI 'Jungle Book' leaps off the screen - to dazzling effect

A mostly CGI 'Jungle Book' leaps off the screen - to dazzling effect

The beloved 1967 Disney cartoon classic "The Jungle Book" takes on a dazzling live-action-ish life in Jon Favreau's adaptation, a visual wonderment of color, texture, movement and spectacular animal life.

ALBANY

Brad Mehldau Trio gives electrifying show at Egg

Beats mattered as much as notes on Saturday at The Egg as jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau crafted/ignited 90-plus minutes of dense, questing or serenely lyrical trio improvisations.

Octavo Singers hold 'Fun Raiser'

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Octavo Singers hold 'Fun Raiser'

Mel Wigler of Colonie, a tenor who first joined the Octavo Singers in 1967, was instrumental in planning the group's "Fun Raiser" held at Key Hall on Sunday.

Viewers not amused by SNL's joke about the heroin epidemic

Viewers not amused by SNL's joke about the heroin epidemic

At first it seemed like an uncomfortable coincidence, and then they showed the chart. Right there on "Saturday Night Live," a little white line was showing the rapid pace of America's heroin epidemic. Up and up it went, as the announcer said, "Heroin use in America is steadily on the rise."

Union grad is inspiration for NBC’s ‘Heartbeat’

Union grad is inspiration for NBC’s ‘Heartbeat’

Dr. Kathy Magliato knows Dr. Alexandra Panttiere. Both women are on the hospital heart beat. They’re smart and outspoken, and want patients to walk out of their operating rooms with healthy tickers.

Actor McGiver following in his father's footsteps

Actor McGiver following in his father's footsteps

Boris McGiver wants nothing to do with the fame associated with being a busy actor. And while success is wonderful, he still takes nothing for granted.

TROY

Performance at EMPAC 'disciplined, committed'

The music of the much awarded and recorded Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino tends to stay in the barely-there range with only the occasional outburst. But based on the three works a crowd heard Thursday night at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, those sounds conveyed a host of emotions.

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