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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.
 

British quartet brings clean, precise sound to Union chapel

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
The excellent British Doric String Quartet made its debut Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series.
 

Cline, Lage create harmonious conversation on guitars

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Two men walked onstage at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre Thursday night and conversed with brilliant wit, imagination and virtuoso expressiveness: They did this with guitars.
 
Tabernacle gears up for large community Thanksgiving
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Tabernacle gears up for large community Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Lorrie Mangroo’s church kitchen is in full swing for nearly a week before Thanksgiving Day. It has to be. She’s expecting more than 200 people for community dinner at the Tabernacle of New Hope in Schenectady.
 

Snowden’s story exudes agitation of political thriller

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
A cool, steady stream of anxiety, Laura Poitras’ documentary “Citizenfour” draws from the visual language and buggy paranoia of the best-known 1970s political thrillers: “The Conversation,” “The Parallax View,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “All the President’s Men.”
 
Lawrence plays ‘Hunger Games’ to the hilt

Lawrence plays ‘Hunger Games’ to the hilt

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” shows that Jennifer Lawrence can handle grand physical scenes and quiet emotional moments with a skill years beyond her age.
 
Sugar Busters outrun Halloween in race for sweet victory

Sugar Busters outrun Halloween in race for sweet victory

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Four brave Gazette staffers are on a five-week challenge to give up their favorite sugary foods. Here is their week four progress report.
 
Preparing items beforehand cuts Thanksgiving stress

Preparing items beforehand cuts Thanksgiving stress

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
When it comes to wrangling the Thanksgiving meal onto the table, one motto gets it right: Be prepared.
 

Tom? Dick? Harry? A key to names as party season nears

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
The holiday season is approaching, and with it, the holiday party.
 
Plasterwork artisans continue a dying art

Plasterwork artisans continue a dying art

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Thirty-five years ago, when John Doherty was doing rehab work for Campus Apartments, removing old plasterwork to make way for drywall, he was struck by the beauty of the buildings’ antique plaster flourishes — all destined for the landfill.
 
Mill on Round Lake offers hearty fare in rustic setting

Mill on Round Lake offers hearty fare in rustic setting

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
The Mill on Round Lake restaurant on the east side of Route 9 is casual, with a rustic feel, a wall of members’ beer mugs and a big pool table. The bar and poolroom front the building, with a small dining room in the rear.
 
Classes on the rise, showing first-time chefs how to make it at home

Classes on the rise, showing first-time chefs how to make it at home

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
In a small kitchen in downtown Troy, Jody Somers plops 40 pounds of pork butt onto big white cutting boards.
 
 

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