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PBS taking live, three-night look at Monterey Bay
NEW YORK

PBS taking live, three-night look at Monterey Bay

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
PBS is bringing a live whale watch into the nation's living rooms — and throwing in some seals, sea otters, dolphins and pelicans.
 
Philadelphia Orchestra ends run at SPAC on high note
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Philadelphia Orchestra ends run at SPAC on high note

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
The final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center gave huge crowds the pleasure and privilege of watching the orchestra’s music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin in action.
 
'Black Comedy' a rollicking good time
BENNINGTON, Vt.

'Black Comedy' a rollicking good time

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Peter Shaffer’s long one-act “Black Comedy” is pure, unadulterated fun, and for the 80 minutes you’re in your seat, you will thoroughly enjoy both the clever script and the ensemble work of Oldcastle’s fine cast.
 
EMPAC curator scours globe for challenging music
TROY

EMPAC curator scours globe for challenging music

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Performances at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are always explorations of sound. The guy behind most of these concerts is Argeo Ascani, curator, producer, director, researcher and talent scout.
 
‘Hitman: Agent 47’ is dead on arrival

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ is dead on arrival

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
The overly serious “Hitman: Agent 47” is so coldblooded, it’s practically reptilian.
 
Violence, comedy in ‘American Ultra’ beautifully reflect world view

Violence, comedy in ‘American Ultra’ beautifully reflect world view

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
What buoys “American Ultra” are the talented actors who bring real emotional stakes to their characters. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are perfectly matched, and her performance is a warm reminder that Stewart, released from the chains of “Twilight,” is a remarkable actress. You really do believe in their love and want these kids to make it.
 
Postwar drama 'Phoenix' focuses on trust, betrayal

Postwar drama 'Phoenix' focuses on trust, betrayal

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Phoenix,” a moody post-Holocaust noir, stars the formidable German actress Nina Hoss.
 
‘Sinister’ sequel has same ghoul, fewer scares

‘Sinister’ sequel has same ghoul, fewer scares

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
‘Sinister 2,’ like its predecessor, follows the creepy crawly antics of the ghoulish Bughuul (Nick King), installed in an old abandoned farmhouse where some grisly murders happened.
 
'Tour' shows duel of wits between brilliant minds

'Tour' shows duel of wits between brilliant minds

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
“The End of the Tour” is adapted by screenwriter Donald Margulies from writer David Lipsky’s “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” Lipsky’s chronicle of five days spent with the author in the immediate afterglow of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic, “Infinite Jest.”

 
Amanda Quaid shines in amusing ‘Engagements’
PITTSFIELD, Mass.

Amanda Quaid shines in amusing ‘Engagements’

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Playwright Lucy Teitler’s new play “Engagements” explores themes of connection in an insightful and often amusing manner
 
Kids, adults eager to give Playland rides a whirl
ALBANY

Kids, adults eager to give Playland rides a whirl

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Playland is nearing the end of its first season at the Huck Finn’s complex.
 
Orchestra musicians play ‘grassical’ in Saratoga 'pop-up'
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Orchestra musicians play ‘grassical’ in Saratoga 'pop-up'

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
The string band in the Druthers Brewing courtyard Wednesday afternoon played with the foot-tapping propulsive rhythms and Appalachian melancholy of great bluegrass music.
 
British band Life in Film sounds off on 'Jangle Pop'

British band Life in Film sounds off on 'Jangle Pop'

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Life in Film, featuring lead singer Samuel Fry, bassist Dominic Sennett and drummer Micky Osment to The Hollow in Albany on Saturday. The show is sponsored by Vermont alternative radio station WEQX.
 
Beach House bringing dream pop to Upstate hall
CLIFTON PARK

Beach House bringing dream pop to Upstate hall

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Beach House -- Victoria Legrand and her musical soulmate, Alex Scally -- are on tour promoting their newest album, “Depression Cherry,” coming out Friday, Aug. 21, on the Sub Pop label.
 
Poe namesake a fixture at Oldcastle Theatre

Poe namesake a fixture at Oldcastle Theatre

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Gary Allan Poe, starring in "Black Comedy" at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, Vermont, was involved in the formation of the company more than 40 years ago.
 
 

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