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British bear has charm to make you forget that he’s animated

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
“Paddington” brings children’s book hero Paddington Bear to the screen in a movie as sweet as orange marmalade, as sentimental as a stuffed toy from childhood.
 
‘Jersey Boys’ is a memorable, nostalgic evening
SCHENECTADY

‘Jersey Boys’ is a memorable, nostalgic evening

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
“Oh, what a night!” Lyrics from the Four Seasons’ hit “December, 1963,” the song that opens “Jersey Boys” and serves as an encore that had Tuesday night’s full house on its feet. And it’s what you’ll be saying to your friends the next day at work.
 
Delicious duo: Butternut squash pairs with pasta

Delicious duo: Butternut squash pairs with pasta

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
In recent years, American chefs have become fond of tucking butternut squash puree into ravioli pillows, swirling it into soups and melting it into risotto.
 

Hybrid vegetables, more sour foods will be on tables in 2015

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Food forecasters and culinary prognosticators have spoken.
 
Cooking up a colorful kitchen

Cooking up a colorful kitchen

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Some like it hot, but when it comes to kitchen design, most of us don’t dare to boldly go where no one has gone before when it comes to a color scheme.
 
Cozy Valente’s offers traditional Italian fare

Cozy Valente’s offers traditional Italian fare

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Valente’s in Watervliet is a good example of the many fine family-owned Italian restaurants we are so lucky to have in the Capital Region.
 
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Music review: Wax and Slezak, in duet, give good vibrations

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Can a donkey jawbone still sound good with missing teeth? The answer is yes, according to David Wax Museum’s Suz Slezak, who played the percussive jawbone instrument during a sold-out show at Caffè Lena on Friday night.
 
To share kindness, first be kind to yourself

To share kindness, first be kind to yourself

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
"Can I give you a hug?” The other day, when I told the women in my yoga class that my 84-year-old Dad suffered a heart attack, one by one, each woman put her arms around me.
 
Acts of  Kindness: Tips for better nursing home visits

Acts of  Kindness: Tips for better nursing home visits

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Nursing home officials offer tips for making visits more fulfilling and talk about rewarding volunteer opportunities at the facilities.
 
Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects
SCHENECTADY

Thrift store aids Habitat’s house projects

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
If January is the time to start a new indoor home-improvement project, the Habitat ReStore in Schenectady is the place.
 
'Selma' revisits turbulent times

'Selma' revisits turbulent times

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
“Selma” is a handsomely mounted account of the defining protests of the civil rights movement. Its only sins are overreaching ambition and a tendency to rub the roughest edges off the principals.
 
'Inherent Vice' wanders for too long

'Inherent Vice' wanders for too long

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Joaquin Phoenix is Doc Sportello, the detective in this mystery, but Doc is unlike any gumshoe the movies have ever seen.
 
‘Interview’ a crude, gleeful lark

‘Interview’ a crude, gleeful lark

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
“The Interview,” directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, never quite manages the duo’s calibrated blend of sincerity and over-the-top crudeness, but it pulses with an unpredictable absurdity and can-you-believe-we’re-doing-this glee.
 
With New Year comes new resolutions for fitness
NISKAYUNA

With New Year comes new resolutions for fitness

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Things were just beginning to pick up for the usual rush of new JCC members around New Year’s Day. Though the community center on Balltown Road sees a number of spikes throughout the year, such as new additions just before school starts for the childcare program, January joiners are pretty much always thinking of one thing: the gym.
 
Don't fear the souffle

Don't fear the souffle

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
There’s this misconception that a souffle is so delicate it will collapse if you so much as look at it sideways.
 
 

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