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Fans pour into town to catch Phish; businesses reel in the benefits

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Fans pour into town to catch Phish; businesses reel in the benefits

Each summer, Phish comes to Saratoga for a weekend long jam session. The shows are almost guaranteed to sell out each night and the economic impact always spills over into the area as a whole.

‘Tarzan’ is presented with royal reverence

‘Tarzan’ is presented with royal reverence

The latest look at the vine-swinging character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs takes that more civilized approach.

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

Steven Spielberg loves introducing children to alternate universes and amazing creatures.

Former Glenville residents come home to shoot movie

GLENVILLE

Former Glenville residents come home to shoot movie

Andrew Desbiens and Cooper Wright met in the mid-2000s while attending a Glenville elementary school.

Weather, mellow crowds a winning recipe

Weather, mellow crowds a winning recipe

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival put 21 acts on two stages Saturday and Sunday, both perfect weather days, with free cookies. Crowds seemed smaller than usual, but typically mellow and friendly: a happy human rainbow that works every time.

Tom Russell to perform songs from his musical

Tom Russell to perform songs from his musical

Tom Russell will be performing at 7:30 tonight at The Eighth Step at Proctors.

Twyla Tharp Dance to premiere new work

Twyla Tharp Dance to premiere new work

Dancer Matthew Dibble has worked with many choreographers, including Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. But none, he says, compares to Twyla Tharp. “She’s very refreshing to work with because she never rests on her laurels,” said Dibble who has performed with Tharp since 2002.

Colorful glass artwork lights up three venues

Colorful glass artwork lights up three venues

Artwork made with glass has delighted us through the centuries, as far back as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. It’s all about light and optics. Whether it’s transparent or brightly colored, glass transmits, reflects and refracts light. This summer, in the Berkshires and Vermont, there are three venues celebrating contemporary glass art.

Four members of Phish set for SPAC triple play

Four members of Phish set for SPAC triple play

Phish plays the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All three shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. LivePhish.com will webcast the three-night run live, and can be ordered at www.livephish.com.

OITNB actress will be on stage in ‘Rose Tattoo’

OITNB actress will be on stage in ‘Rose Tattoo’

Constance Shulman, part of a large ensemble cast working on the show “Orange is the New Black,” is spending much of her summer in the Berkshires performing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a production of “The Rose Tattoo” with Marisa Tomei. The show opens tonight and runs through July 17, and included in the cast is Shulman’s daughter, Gus Birney.

SCHENECTADY

Musical ‘Kinky Boots’ returning to Proctors in September

“Kinky Boots,” the 2013 smash Broadway musical, is returning to Proctors in Schenectady for four performances Sept. 10-11.

Miss Teen USA is getting rid of its swimsuit competition

Miss Teen USA is getting rid of its swimsuit competition

Swimsuits, out. Athletic wear, in.

Park Playhouse to put fresh spin on ‘Chicago’

Park Playhouse to put fresh spin on ‘Chicago’

“Chicago” certainly isn’t a brand-new musical, but it could be, according to Michael LoPorto, director of the Park Playhouse production opening Friday in Albany’s Washington Park.

Luzerne Music Festival to open summer season

Luzerne Music Festival to open summer season

For young, aspiring musicians eager to get their hands on a million dollars, a visit to the Luzerne Music Center this summer might be in order.

Just 21, her videos get 100 million views a month

Just 21, her videos get 100 million views a month

At first glance, it appears 21-year-old Rachel Levin and her boyfriend are hosting an epic pool party in her Lower Merion backyard.

Proctors sets schedule for free summer movies

SCHENECTADY

Proctors sets schedule for free summer movies

Movies are part of summer.

Bill Cunningham, legendary Times fashion photographer, dies at 87

Bill Cunningham, legendary Times fashion photographer, dies at 87

Bill Cunningham, the street-style photographer whose photo essays for The New York Times memorialized trends ranging from fanny packs to Birkin bags, gingham shirts and fluorescent biker shorts, died Saturday in New York. He was 87.

‘Don’t Talk’ an amusing, entertaining production

The blurb for this show says “laugh-out-loud funny, witty, and delightful.” Hmmm. I think the first two adjectives lead us in opposing comic directions, with “delight” the objective of both.

Opera Saratoga opener sizzles with spontaneity

The capacity crowd was all abuzz Friday night at the Spa Little Theatre as it waited for Opera Saratoga to open its 55th season with one of the glories of the standard repertoire: Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Jazz, non-jazz all good at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Jazz, non-jazz all good at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Eric Lindell cooked crawfish-boil blues plus Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” on the main stage early Saturday at the 39th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, as Joey Alexander studied fellow pianist Elio Villafranca in the Gazebo.

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