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Luke Bryan brings the party to SPAC

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Luke Bryan brings the party to SPAC

“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,” sang country star Luke Bryan during his opening song at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday night.

A 25,000-foot free fall, and without a parachute

On Saturday, Luke Aikins took that challenge. He was the first person ever to attempt a sky-dive with neither a parachute nor a wingsuit — and, in a feat broadcast live on Fox, the first ever to complete one.

Philadelphia Orchestra to feature favorites, new faces, premiere

Philadelphia Orchestra to feature favorites, new faces, premiere

Fifty years ago almost to the day, the Philadelphia Orchestra began its collaboration with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with music by Beethoven.

Puppeteer excited by challenge of mounting ‘Firebird’ production

Puppeteer excited by challenge of mounting ‘Firebird’ production

Janni Younge has loved puppets ever since she was a kid. But mounting a production of several larger-than-life puppets that would have to be handmade and mounted on dancers was almost mind boggling.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

NYC Ballet closes stay at SPAC in fine form for big crowds

Four of the new ballets that premiered at the recent New York City Ballet gala at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center were on view Friday and Saturday before huge crowds.

Chris Sizemore, whose multiple personality disorder was filmed as 'The Three Faces of Eve,' dies at 89

Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, Sizemore retreated from publicity and lived anonymously for much of her life in Northern Virginia while raising a family.

The return of Harry Potter: Is it still magical?

The return of Harry Potter: Is it still magical?

The boy who lived will never die. His creator — and his production team — love him too terribly much.

Grant stepping down as ballet solo pianist

Grant stepping down as ballet solo pianist

Like James Bond, Cameron Grant will return. But the adventures will be a little different next time around. Grant has played his last piece as soloist for the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' seems very familiar

Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' seems very familiar

Maybe Woody Allen waited too long to make “Cafe Society“; it seems, weirdly, to be an uninspired remake of itself.

'Bourne' again: Lone wolf returns with action from today’s headlines

'Bourne' again: Lone wolf returns with action from today’s headlines

It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Movie moms are cartoonish caricatures in shoddy film

Movie moms are cartoonish caricatures in shoddy film

The moms are cartoonish caricatures, and the emotions ring hollow.

‘Nerve’ is thrilling, jittery internet game gone wild

‘Nerve’ is thrilling, jittery internet game gone wild

The film is “Mr. Robot” meets “Battle Royale” with a dash of the stylistic wackiness of Luc Besson’s “Lucy.”

COHOES

Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin top Cohoes Music Hall lineup

Taylor and Chapin at the Cohoes Music Hall? That has a pretty good ring to it.

Actress says ‘Love, Loss’ resonates with women

Actress says ‘Love, Loss’ resonates with women

For Amy Lane, a huge fan of Nora Ephron’s movies, the opportunity to be in one of her plays was a no-brainer. Lane will be one of five actresses making up the cast of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” opening Friday at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.

Pianist Alexander bringing good vibes to town

Pianist Alexander bringing good vibes to town

Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander brings his orchestra to Schenectady on Sunday, to perform on the Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage in Central Park.

Diggory’s art reflects passion for pairings

Diggory’s art reflects passion for pairings

Anne Diggory's exhibit, "Reverberations," which opens Friday at Valley Artisans in the Washington County village of Cambridge, contains "pairs of similar objects, pairs of dissimilar objects that have similar shapes or pairings of similar patterns of shapes."

These Doobies feature former Albany resident

These Doobies feature former Albany resident

The Doobie Decibel System’s home base is San Francisco — way out west. Heading east is no problem.

‘Richard III’ was impetus for soldier’s story

‘Richard III’ was impetus for soldier’s story

Stephan Wolfert doesn’t have any great war stories. The soldier turned actor, however, does appreciate as well as anyone the difficulty of leaving the Army and heading back to civilian life.

‘Crucible,’ ‘Thieving Magpie’ superb at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass Opera is presenting two highly contrasting operas that are must-sees: Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” (1961) and Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed “The Thieving Magpie” (1817).

Glenville magician secures ‘Talent’ finalist slot

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Glenville magician secures ‘Talent’ finalist slot

A local magician had one last trick up his sleeve to get back on to the “America’s Got Talent” stage despite an earlier elimination.

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