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Lutheran church open to many views, will be 113 years old next year

Lutheran church open to many views, will be 113 years old next year

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Putting a modern label on something that’s been around for more than 100 years is going to be problematic. For example, take the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Niskayuna.
 

Alaturco Grill tempts diners with Turkish cuisine

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
A bowl of marinated black olives and a basket of pita bread. At Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, your adventure in Turkish cuisine begins before you open a menu.
 
We’re ready for mistletoe, movies and Christmas music

We’re ready for mistletoe, movies and Christmas music

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
There are wonderful things about the coming days — and here are a dozen staff-generated diversions and duties that people will enjoy as the holidays begin.
 
Capital Region taverns enjoy mixing things up for holidays
CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region taverns enjoy mixing things up for holidays

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
The holidays seem to present the perfect opportunity for bar patrons and revelers to stray from the drinks they gravitate toward the rest of the year.
 
ALBANY

Pairing Lowe, Los Straitjackets a holiday treat at Egg

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
It was an unlikely marriage between irreverent Nashville-based surf-rockabilly band Los Straitjackets and legendary British rocker Nick Lowe, but it worked quite splendidly when Lowe brought his Quality Holiday Revue to The Egg on Friday night in one of the most anticipated concerts of the yuletide season.
 
ALBANY

Albany Berkshire Ballet's flawed ‘Nutcracker’ still entertains

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Saturday’s matinee of the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s staging of the Christmas classic "The Nutcracker" at the Egg was not up to its usual par.
 
Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers
PORTLAND, Ore.

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. Don't fret — you aren't alone.
 
Hess trucks roll out every winter, bringing joy to collectors

Hess trucks roll out every winter, bringing joy to collectors

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Rexford’s Dick Tullock never pumped Hess gasoline at his Schenectady service station.
 
Writer tells story of losing weight in memoir/cookbook

Writer tells story of losing weight in memoir/cookbook

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
When Stacey Morris tipped the scale at 345 pounds, she didn’t go on a diet. She became a food explorer.
 

‘Tomb’ a tedious, sentimental affair

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
“Secret of the Tomb” is a tedious, sentimental affair, a kid-friendly comedy with delusions of “Toy Story 3” when “Ace Ventura 3.”
 
Streetwise ‘Annie’ gets modern, hip look with some new pop songs

Streetwise ‘Annie’ gets modern, hip look with some new pop songs

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
"Annie,” a musical that the decades have rendered into a punchline, is modernized, made more streetwise and brought back to life in a production backed by Jay Z and various members of the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith empire.
 

Witherspoon, Vallee make ‘Wild’ unique, believable

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Cheryl Strayed, as played by Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild,” is, bless the lord, not an easily discernible type. She’s also not the sort we’ve often encountered on the well-trod paths of female stereotypes in movies.
 

Carell brilliant in eerie, haunting story of wealth and isolation

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
“Foxcatcher” is a warped, oppressive landmark. It’s a true-crime story made haunting fiction
 
Mansion to celebrate history and season with Holiday House

Mansion to celebrate history and season with Holiday House

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Growing up on the West Coast, Jillian Altenburg never really developed an appreciation of history. There just wasn’t enough of it.
 
Battle scenes detract from personal touch in final ‘Hobbit’ film

Battle scenes detract from personal touch in final ‘Hobbit’ film

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy — noteworthy for the way he has transformed the book into a visual feast and delivers the tent-pole moments — ends on a different note, with uninspired battles and muddled characters.
 
 

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