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Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96
NEW YORK

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."
 
Creative image captures award
NISKAYUNA

Creative image captures award

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Niskayuna High School senior Katie Alden was awarded a gold medal in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her photograph "Touched by Light."
 
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.

Review: '50s play tackles drug addiction

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Review: “A Hatful of Rain,” by Michael V. Gazzo, is included in John Gassner’s “Best American Plays 1951-1957,” alongside such enduring masterworks as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “The Crucible.” If you want to see what the enthusiasm was about in 1955, you can catch a sturdy production of it by the Berkshire Theater Group.
 
'Turtles' crush star-powered 'Expendables'
NEW YORK

'Turtles' crush star-powered 'Expendables'

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Moviegoers continued to shell out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble “The Expendables 3” was easily outgunned in its weekend debut.
 
Q & A: Banner’s art complemented mother’s dance writing

Q & A: Banner’s art complemented mother’s dance writing

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Critic Mae Banner’s words brought dance to life. And when coupled with the fluid line drawings by her son Shawn Banner, the images conjured were richer, clearer and more satisfying to the reader.
 
Local youth orchestra showcases talent in Italy
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Local youth orchestra showcases talent in Italy

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra wrapped up its busy performance schedule with a trip to Italy to participate in a music festival and see the sights.
 

Violinist Perlman delights in conducting

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Itzhak Perlman wasn’t looking for another career until his wife, Toby, made a request.
 
Summer winding down, but music still aplenty
CAPITAL REGION

Summer winding down, but music still aplenty

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
If you’re craving a full day of local music, head over to Troy today for Day 2 of the Restoration Festival.
 
The fashion world looks back on Lauren Bacall
NEW YORK

The fashion world looks back on Lauren Bacall

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Bacall, who died Tuesday at 89, was a fashion darling of a unique sort. A model at 16, later a pal of Yves Saint Laurent and a frequent wearer of designs by Norman Norell, she wore the clothes — not the other way around.
 
BETHEL

Woodstock 45th anniversary events set for weekend

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Events are being held this weekend in the upstate New York town that hosted the original Woodstock festival 45 years ago.
 

Oldcastle’s ‘My Fair Lady’ to make Henry Higgins a little more human

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Scott MacGowan thinks Rex Harrison’s performance in “My Fair Lady” is up there with the best of them. His own Henry Higgins, however, will be a much kinder and gentler man.
 
Still-relevant 'Hatful of Rain' opens Saturday in Stockbridge

Still-relevant 'Hatful of Rain' opens Saturday in Stockbridge

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
When “A Hatful of Rain” came out on Broadway in 1955, people were shocked by the subject matter. These days the problems of returning war veterans may no longer be surprising, but unfortunately they are still quite relevant.
 
Orchestra to present premiere of ‘Secret Songs of Women’
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Orchestra to present premiere of ‘Secret Songs of Women’

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will present the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s “Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women” at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
 
Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Jackson Browne has been singing his songs with less and less help. When he performed in the early 1970s at the RPI Fieldhouse, he had a seven-piece band. When he hits the Palace Theatre tonight, he’ll perform solo.
 

Bacall's legend more than just acting and Bogart

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives.
 
 

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