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Cast can’t rescue weeper about last chance for love

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest.
 
Clever cartoon set against backdrop of culture, music of Mexico

Clever cartoon set against backdrop of culture, music of Mexico

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
"The Book of Life” is a Mexican-accented kids’ cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form.
 
Dog owners to show off their pets in Halloween parade, competition

Dog owners to show off their pets in Halloween parade, competition

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
On Saturday, more than 150 lovable pugs are expected to strut their stuff during the 15th annual Halloween PUG Party and Parade at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area in Chestertown.
 
Pumpkin risotto adds creamy autumn flavor to the weeknight dinner

Pumpkin risotto adds creamy autumn flavor to the weeknight dinner

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
If you’ve never made risotto before, you’re missing out on a great candidate for a weeknight meal. With no more at hand than the right rice, an onion, some broth and a wedge of Parmesan, you have dinner.
 
Creamy tomato and rice soup uses better ingredients for better results

Creamy tomato and rice soup uses better ingredients for better results

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
When I was a kid, creamy tomato and rice soup was one of my go-to comfort foods.
 
Talented cast, great dancing make paper-thin ‘Newsies’ entertaining

Talented cast, great dancing make paper-thin ‘Newsies’ entertaining

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Disney’s Tony winning Broadway musical “Newsies” is, without question, a whirlwind of non-stop youthful energy.
 
Triangles add mesmerizing modernism

Triangles add mesmerizing modernism

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Geometric patterns are classics in modern design speak. But one that especially resonates these days is the triangle.
 

Parents find ways to limit kids’ screen time

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Maryam Morse and her husband formulated a plan for allotting their sons time to play video games and watch TV. The boys could do so, but only after reading, completing their homework and practicing the piano.
 
Proctors to hold lottery for 'Newsies' tickets
SCHENECTADY

Proctors to hold lottery for 'Newsies' tickets

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Some of the last few seats for “Newsies” will be available through a lottery today and Wednesday.
 
Moms’ group members there for each other
NISKAYUNA

Moms’ group members there for each other

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Every other Wednesday, first-time moms, Capital Region newcomers and veteran parents of preschoolers sit around a folding table covered in pipe cleaners, crayons and glue at the Niskayuna Recreation Center.
 
Review site Yelp battles against extortion claims
SAN FRANCISCO

Review site Yelp battles against extortion claims

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.
 
TROY

Meyer, Thile triumph in Troy

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
For Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Friday night, it was all talent and genuine playing.
 
Grape harvest aided by fine late-summer weather, wine makers say

Grape harvest aided by fine late-summer weather, wine makers say

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Leaves in the trees along Route 40 in Schaghticoke are turning red and gold. Leaves on Mary and Gerry Barnhart’s grape vines are starting to turn light yellow — the growing and harvest seasons at Victory View Vineyard have ended.
 
Mario’s  serves generous, family-tested dinners

Mario’s serves generous, family-tested dinners

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Dinner guest Sarah, wise beyond her 14 years, described Mario’s on River Road in Niskayuna: “It is a small place with a big taste!”
 
Pumpkin Fest returns to Schoharie
SCHOHARIE

Pumpkin Fest returns to Schoharie

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
First time back since Tropical Storm Irene flooded the town of Schoharie in August 201
 
 

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