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Bartusiak, actress from 'The Patriot,' dies at 21

Monday, July 21, 2014
Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot," died in her Houston home, her mother said Sunday. She was 21.

 
Review: Tanglewood mixes the familiar with adventurous works
LENOX, Mass.

Review: Tanglewood mixes the familiar with adventurous works

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Review: This was the annual schizophrenic weekend at Tanglewood. The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed iconic Beethoven and Brahms symphonies in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, while elsewhere on the Berkshires estate, fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center presented the Festival of Contemporary Music, with up-to-the-minute chamber works.
 
'Apes' rule for second week in a row
NEW YORK

'Apes' rule for second week in a row

Sunday, July 20, 2014
The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated “Sex Tape” failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” maintained its rule.
 
Movie, television legend James Garner dies at age 86

Movie, television legend James Garner dies at age 86

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Los Angeles police: Movie, television legend James Garner dies at age 86

 

These days are golden for oldies singer Betsy

Sunday, July 20, 2014
ByeGons’ lead vocalist returned
to performing after raising family
 
Chamber music group teaches music, public service
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Chamber music group teaches music, public service

Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Decoda Chamber Music Institute teaches gifted students to share the music in nursing homes, prisons.
 
Decoda Institute brings program to Skidmore
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Decoda Institute brings program to Skidmore

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Three seasons ago, 30 musicians formed the Decoda Chamber Music Institute to offer up to three-week residencies and work with local musicians to give concerts and make connections with audiences who might never have heard live classical music before.
 
Ballet 2014 serves up lively duets by City Ballet dancers

Ballet 2014 serves up lively duets by City Ballet dancers

Friday, July 18, 2014
If you didn’t get enough of New York City Ballet during its all-too-brief week at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, then hightail it to Jacob’s Pillow.
 
Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’ an inside job

Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’ an inside job

Friday, July 18, 2014
The combination of director and subject material in “Venus in Fur” is wickedly perverse, just as it should be. Polanski and David Ives’ award-winning play are a match made if not in heaven, then surely in some demon’s dungeon.
 
‘Tape’ needs to be erased from viewers’ memory

‘Tape’ needs to be erased from viewers’ memory

Friday, July 18, 2014
The cinematic equivalent of herpes, “Sex Tape” is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful.
 
Unpolished sequel falls well short of original

Unpolished sequel falls well short of original

Friday, July 18, 2014
The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco’s 2013 sleeper hit “The Purge” was not that American society had resolved its crime/inequality/population problems with an annual free-pass-for-murder “purge;” it was that this hell night came home to roost on isolated, gated suburbanites, ostensibly liberal people above this annual bloodletting, immune to its impact, but benefiting and even profiting from the mayhem — until it invades their community and their homes.
 
Something for the kids

Something for the kids

Friday, July 18, 2014
There’s a cheerful simplicity about the animated “Planes: Fire & Rescue.”
 
Albany's Park Playhouse proves that outdoor summer theater can be done well
ALBANY

Albany's Park Playhouse proves that outdoor summer theater can be done well

Friday, July 18, 2014
Attending an outdoor theater production involves a bit of risk, but you can set aside your worries when it comes to Albany’s Park Playhouse.
 
Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89
NEW YORK

Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died. She was 89.
 
Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Thursday, July 17, 2014
James Taylor had been such a dependable summer presence in the area, it’s startling to hear that Saturday’s return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is his first in 11 years.
 
 

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