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Foster Jenkins biopic hits all the wrong notes

Foster Jenkins biopic hits all the wrong notes

Perhaps not every quirky true story needs a biopic starring Meryl Streep, as evidenced by Stephen Frears’ bizarre “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of a wealthy older woman who launched an amateur singing career in the 1940s, despite her distinct lack of talent.

Raunchy animated movie is gleefully offensive

Leave it to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to take animated films to a realm they’ve never gone before — the hard R-rating.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Extraordinary puppets help create fantastic Philadelphia Orchestra concert

Mozart would have loved Thursday’s rare matinee of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Always one for fantasy and play, he would have zeroed right in on Janni Younge’s extraordinary larger-than-life puppets to dramatize Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”

SCHENECTADY

Music Haven show will move indoors Sunday

The Summer 2016 Music Haven Concert Series at Central Park will move its final event of the season, featuring Dervish with special guests Matt and Shannon Heaton, to Proctors Sunday at 7 p.m. due to the threat of inclement weather.

Young playwright is Cap Rep winner again

Young playwright is Cap Rep winner again

Jaimie Gaskell isn’t convinced just yet that she’s going to spend her life as a playwright.

Keyboardist says latest version of Yes keeps ‘going for it’

Keyboardist says latest version of Yes keeps ‘going for it’

For Yes, the British band that first performed in 1968, a mix of new and veteran musicians now carries the group’s progressive rock torch.

Marsalis Quintet headlines Albany Jazz Festival

Ellis Marsalis, recognized by many as New Orleans’ premier modern jazz pianist, will bring the Ellis Marsalis Quintet to the Albany Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Washington Park Parade Grounds.

Toby Keith imposing musically, charitably

Toby Keith imposing musically, charitably

As Toby Keith returns to SPAC on Sunday, I’m reminded that he is both an imposing sight and more than meets the eye.

Scottish singer-songwriter coming to Eighth Step

Doug MacLean, the singer/songwriter who composed Scotland’s unofficial national anthem, “Caledonia,” will perform Monday night at 7 at The Eighth Step at Proctors.

Rob Thomas happy touring without a break

Rob Thomas happy touring without a break

Summer vacation? Not for Rob Thomas. Thomas is on the job through the end of September.

Actor relates to author of ‘Hello Muddah’

Actor relates to author of ‘Hello Muddah’

Jared Spigler stays pretty busy down in the Big Apple. So when the opportunity came to spend most of the summer in upstate New York, he didn’t have to think twice.

Casey, O’Connell bringing Irish tunes to The Egg

Casey, O’Connell bringing Irish tunes to The Egg

On Friday, Karan Casey teams up with fellow Irish singer Maura O’Connell for a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Egg in the Empire State Plaza.

Hamilton will open A Place for Jazz series on Sept. 9

Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton’s quartet will open the concert series A Place for Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave.

Dervish breathes new life into old music

Dervish breathes new life into old music

Cathy Jordan is a musician. But as lead singer for traditional Irish band Dervish, she’s also an explorer.

‘Alma Thomas,’ an incandescent pioneer

‘Alma Thomas,’ an incandescent pioneer

Organized by Lauren Haynes, associate curator of the Studio Museum’s permanent collection, and Ian Berry, director of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where it first appeared in February, “Alma Thomas,” now at the Studio Museum, focuses mainly on Thomas’ post-retirement period.

The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say.

The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say.

Book readers survived almost two years longer than those who didn't crack open a book.

ALBANY

Headline acts announced for Larkfest 2016

The Relationship will be one of five headliner bands at LarkFest 2016 in Albany.

Allman-ZZ Top show canceled

Allman-ZZ Top show canceled

Gregg Allman’s planned performance at the Times Union Center has been canceled.

Oldcastle Theater play should spark discussion

Can a politically “blue” mom love a “red” child? Playwright Anthony Giardina explores this brilliantly in his play “The City of Conversation,” now receiving its regional premiere at Oldcastle Theater Company in Bennington, Vermont.

Pianists on parade at Tanglewood

Pianists on parade at Tanglewood

Beginning with Wednesday’s recital, one piano soloist followed another at Tanglewood, to the point where Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble had to be squeezed into the schedule Sunday evening.

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