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Pape Diouf and company deliver upbeat kick-off to Music Haven series

The Music Haven Concert Series opened Sunday night with Pape Diouf, a Senegalese singer considered the world’s leader of the music Mbalax. Sunday a large crowd received a full dose — and education — of this high-energy, feel-good dance music that merges the traditional rhythms and melodies of Senegal and Gambia.

Siblings thrive balancing Harvard, music career

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Siblings thrive balancing Harvard, music career

Being a full-time musician touring the country can be a hectic and exhausting career — late to bed after gigs, and early to rise for press junkets and promotional radio and TV appearances. But Fort Plain siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt seem to make it work with ease.

From first to worst: Ranking Spielberg's 28 movies

From first to worst: Ranking Spielberg's 28 movies

Alfred Hitchcock, after seeing “Jaws,” said that young Steven Spielberg “is the first one of us who doesn’t see the proscenium arch.”

‘Good  vibes' at Camp Creek music fest  in Duanesburg

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‘Good  vibes' at Camp Creek music fest in Duanesburg

It’s not often that a band can stay together and play music for more than four decades, or that their fans will stick with them just as long.

Terrific cast, clever set elevate ‘Il Postino’

Terrific cast, clever set elevate ‘Il Postino’

There’s something wonderfully charming about Mexican composer Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” which Opera Saratoga presented Thursday night at the Spa Little Theatre as its third offering this season.

‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

Although the premise is spelled out right there in the title, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” makes very little sense.

Shaker High grads having fun with ‘Mike and Dave’

Shaker High grads having fun with ‘Mike and Dave’

Back in February of 2013, Menands natives and Shaker High graduates Mike and Dave Stangle sought out dates for a cousin’s upcoming wedding by heading to Craigslist.

‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in enjoyable film

‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in enjoyable film

A movie about what pets do during the day is a winning premise. Of course we want to know what those adorable creatures with whom we share our lives are up to, and so “The Secret Life of Pets” is here to explore those possibilities.

Musicians of many cultures share life on the road

Typical of so much video associated with the beloved, charismatic cellist Yo-Yo Ma, “The Music of Strangers” is full of humanitarian philosophy and picturesque shots of artist and cello in exotic locales.

Don’t miss Park Playhouse’s sparkling ‘Chicago’

When you go — and you should — to Park Playhouse’s sparkling production of “Chicago,” you may find yourself recalling their searing staging of Kander & Ebb’s other big hit, “Cabaret,” a few years ago.

Symphony season starts with popular conductor

Symphony season starts with popular conductor

The opening Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, on Friday, is to be conducted by the Canadian-born Jacques Lacombe, who has led opening night for the last two seasons.

Max Creek ready to release energy at weekend fest

Max Creek ready to release energy at weekend fest

Mark Mercier has no problem with the word “legendary” when people describe Max Creek.

5 major bands slated for week of big shows

5 major bands slated for week of big shows

Phish, one of our BIGGEST bands, played three giant shows last week; this week, five of our BEST bands play seven shows.

Flags fly high as part ‘A More Perfect Union’

At Skidmore College's Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 50 American flags hang dramatically from the ceiling. "A More Perfect Union," which runs through Jan. 1, was inspired by the "Flag Exchange" project by Mel Ziegler, a conceptual and social interventionist artist.

Lee Brice headlines Saturday’s Countryfest

Lee Brice headlines Saturday’s Countryfest

Country is king in Rensselaer County this Saturday.

Star says Joplin show celebrates singer’s life

Kelly McIntyre doesn’t see herself playing Maria Von Trapp or Eliza Doolittle. At least not anytime soon.

Charlap quintet plays with personality at Skidmore

Bill Charlap and his quintet played at Skidmore’s packed Zankel Music Center on Tuesday; every note seemed painted in the many rich hues of New York City small-band jazz.

Glimmerglass Opera preview: Puccini, Rossini and more

Glimmerglass Opera preview: Puccini, Rossini and more

Glimmerglass Opera opens its 41st season Friday and the conductors can’t wait.

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Opera Saratoga giving away 55 free tickets

An anonymous donor is giving away 55 free tickets to anyone who has never attended an Opera Saratoga performance, the company said.

Glenville magician advances on 'America's Got Talent'

Glenville magician advances on 'America's Got Talent'

A Glenville man’s magic routine did the trick to get him through to the next round of the TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

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