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Love thy #selfie

Local high school tackles the global phenomenon

The practice of composing a self-portrait dates back several centuries to ancient sculptors who’d depict their likeness into stone. Conversely, what was once an exhibition of one’s artistic talent, the advent of technology and social media has reduced this form of expression as a whimsical and instantaneous declaration of one’s self — the selfie.

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A city’s lost heritage

Albany residents regain perspective of life in storied South End

Once upon a time, the governor took the visiting princess on a journey to survey his capital city. As they both traveled by car over potholed streets and tenant houses in shambles, the governor was said to be embarrassed. Is that not how stories with princesses usually go?

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First Night returns

Saratoga New Year’s Eve celebration marks 19th year

In the span of nearly two decades, Saratoga Springs has transformed itself from the place to be in August to the most happening New Year’s Eve jaunt this side of Times Square.

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Get into the groove

Opera Saratoga hosts unconventional a cappella group

It may be fair to say that only in Saratoga Springs can one expect an opera to break out inside a night club?

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A season for the spectacular

Aerial acrobatics coupled with gravity-defying feats of balancing are the trademarks that have followed every Cirque Dreams production for the past two decades.

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Timeless voices

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’

An exhibition of nearly 350 years of musical experience will take place at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Troy Music Hall, Pro Musica partner up

Community arts institutions join in arrangement to offer expanded cultural offerings to the area

It was announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, at an event in Downtown Troy that Albany Pro Musica will become the chorus-in-residence at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

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Dancing the dream

Moscow Ballet brings ‘The Nutcracker’ back to The Palace at a more family-friendly time

The Moscow Ballet returns the Palace Theater for a matinee performance of “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Nov. 29.

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Model holiday

The Trains and Toys exhibit at miSci has become a tradition for many families

In a world where 8-year-olds beg for the latest cellphone, the sight of a toy train set still holds a special kind of magic this time of year – especially in Schenectady.

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Tapping into a children’s classic

Performer puts an urban twist on ‘Peter and the Wolf’

Cartier Williams, who stars in the debut of “Peter and the Wolf, An Urban Tale” on Nov. 21 and 22 at The Egg Center for Performing Arts, said he was looking to bring an updated classic to the stage.

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Troubled motherhood

‘American Medea’ at Skidmore examines the similarities between Euripides’ subject and modern-day examples

While researching the weighty subject of filicide, the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child, for her play “American Medea,” writer and director Holly Derr found herself talking with anyone who would listen.

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A race through Albany history

Library turns the city into a game board to introduce new patrons to its Pruyn Collection

As the local history librarian for Albany Public Library, Jim Davies has found a way to combine his love for history with his love of gaming.

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Park Playhouse and Palace partner up

Collaboration brings about performances of ‘Pinkalicious’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

The Palace Performing Arts Center is adding to its 2014/2015 season two family-oriented theatrical offerings produced by Albany’s Park Playhouse.

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A shared experience

Director of documentary about the Dalai Lama to discuss his work at The Spectrum

The chance to meet the Dalai Lama is, for many, a life-altering experience.

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Passport to understanding

Get a glimpse of the world at annual Festival of Nations at Empire State Plaza

A long-standing Albany tradition continues when the Empire State Plaza Convention Center hosts the 43rd annual Festival of Nations on Sunday, Oct. 26, in downtown Albany.