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Austere Swedish film sends love plummeting downhill

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
“Force Majeure,” in Swedish, French and English with subtitles, is one of the cinema’s more revealing portraits of manhood and marriage and the slippery slope that a simple reflexive act can send them down.
 
Union College prof uses his skills as circus clown to get subjects across

Union College prof uses his skills as circus clown to get subjects across

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
John Rieffel's brief career before college helps explain his outgoing personality.
 
Turkey's great escape foils Thanksgiving plans
PORTLAND, Ore.

Turkey's great escape foils Thanksgiving plans

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The turkey was intended to become Thanksgiving dinner, but she had other plans.
 
The yuletide season brings tree-mendous festivals

The yuletide season brings tree-mendous festivals

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
If Jo Ann Menzer were a Christmas tree ornament, she’d probably top the tree.
 
Draper grads recall 1954 Macy's Parade
ROTTERDAM

Draper grads recall 1954 Macy's Parade

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
Sixty Thanksgivings ago, the Draper High School Band marched down Broadway in New York City, cheered on by several million spectators.
 
Sugar Busters are triumphant (mostly) in battle with sweets

Sugar Busters are triumphant (mostly) in battle with sweets

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Mary Poppins was right. My craving for sugar is most intense when I am tired, stressed or down in the dumps.
 

Redmayne lives role as Hawking so we forget that he’s acting

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
A great performance makes us forget the actor and see only their creation. That’s what happens in “The Theory of Everything.”
 

Bumbling clowns in ‘Bosses 2’ can’t make make yelling funny

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Your enjoyment of “Horrible Bosses 2” is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing — and in the case of Charlie Day, screeching — all at once.
 
Plucky penguins return for new adventure

Plucky penguins return for new adventure

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Blame it on lowered expectations for the umpteenth cartoon starring those commando penguins from “Madagascar,” over-exposed little darlings who stole all those movies and went on to star in their own spin-off TV series.
 
Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods
WASHINGTON

Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.
 
Bargain hunting can lower cost of home renovations

Bargain hunting can lower cost of home renovations

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
I’ve never visited the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, but I can pretend.
 

More hot air than truth in myths about heating costs

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap.
 
Snip art: Traditional silhouette artists now rare

Snip art: Traditional silhouette artists now rare

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
The silhouette, an ancient form of portraiture, may be dying.
 
Next Door Kitchen offers tempting, creative menu

Next Door Kitchen offers tempting, creative menu

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
On a bone-chilling Sunday night, we didn’t expect much action in downtown Ballston Spa. So hubby and I were pleasantly surprised as we trundled into Next Door Kitchen & Bar.
 
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Erciyas' audience-participation piece ‘uncomfortable’

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
As seen on Friday night at EMPAC, “This Piece Is Still to Come,” an audience-participation show from Turkish dance maker Begum Erciya, was a typical RPI experience, which generally feels like slipping down a portal into an unknown and often uncomfortable exercise.
 
 

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