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'Dirty Dancing' drags on but crowd loves it

'Dirty Dancing' drags on but crowd loves it

The remembrance of things past has a strong pull on all of us — and it has extended into the world of musical theater.

Franco's film comes to Union College

SCHENECTADY

Franco's film comes to Union College

Filming for “The Pretenders,” a movie directed by James Franco, caused a bit of a stir Monday at Union College.

30 singers, 20-member orchestra pay tribute to music lover

30 singers, 20-member orchestra pay tribute to music lover

Albert Zeppieri was an ardent music lover and sang in many of the area’s choruses. So before he died last March, he made sure his estate included funds to have a musical memorial presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church where he’d been a choir member for 25 years.

Cast does excellent job in not-so 'Wonderful World'

ALBANY

Cast does excellent job in not-so 'Wonderful World'

Albany Civic’s very capable cast is on point, but there's not much else wonderful in Richard Dresser's "Wonderful World."

Albany street closures announced due to film production

ALBANY

Albany street closures announced due to film production

The movie "The Pretenders," directed by James Franco, is moving its production from Troy to Albany this week. Several Albany streets will be closed because of film production, police announced.

Darlene Love steals the show at Proctors' Golden Oldies Spectacular

SCHENECTADY

Darlene Love steals the show at Proctors' Golden Oldies Spectacular

“We don’t call them oldies – we call them classics,” said singer Darlene Love during her performance at the annual Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors Theatre on Saturday night.

In ‘Beasts,’ Rowling cloaks politics in a tale of magic

In ‘Beasts,’ Rowling cloaks politics in a tale of magic

The new film doesn't return to Hogwarts but instead takes place in 1926 New York City.

Guitarists to display classical, flamenco styles

Guitarists to display classical, flamenco styles

No melody sounds more soulful than one played on a lone guitar. Yet the same instrument can make one itch to dance when a guitarist lets loose with fiery rhythms.

Arts Regional includes daring, ambitious works and outdoor sculptures

Arts Regional includes daring, ambitious works and outdoor sculptures

In its 80th year, the venerable “Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” one of the oldest such art shows in the land, goes where no other Regional has gone before.

String quartet ETHEL goes full speed at UAlbany

String quartet ETHEL goes full speed at UAlbany

ETHEL, one of the edgiest string quartets around, was in top form Thursday night at the University at Albany’s Performing Arts Center.

‘Gimme Danger’ a familiar music documentary that feels different

You know the story: Rock band from a blue-collar town cuts its own path, befuddles the music industry, struggles with addiction and fades into obscurity only to be celebrated decades later as a legendary and iconic group.

Can’t help but smile at ‘Trolls’

Can’t help but smile at ‘Trolls’

It took months to get Justin Timberlake’s catchy “Can’t Stop the Feeling” out of my head. Now, Dreamworks’ new animated movie “Trolls” is bringing that “Feeling” back in a big way.

‘Doctor Strange’ a stunning example of Marvel magic

‘Doctor Strange’ a stunning example of Marvel magic

The makers of the latest comic book-inspired feature film “Doctor Strange” faced the same hurdle as those who put together “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

‘Hacksaw’ hero faces down horrors of war

‘Hacksaw’ hero faces down horrors of war

Mel Gibson’s latest film, the harrowing World War II picture “Hacksaw Ridge,” opens with a short taste of the hellfire he rains in the second half of the film — so we know what we’re getting into.

British folk-punk singer Turner entertains sold-out Upstate crowd

British folk-punk singer Turner entertains sold-out Upstate crowd

Part of the appeal is Turner's earnest romanticism.

Garth Brooks wins top CMA honor

Garth Brooks wins top CMA honor

Garth Brooks, who lost entertainer of the year at last year's Country Music Association Awards when he returned to music after a 13-year break, won the top prize at the show Wednesday, where Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks' surprise duet performance was met with love and hate.

Harbron’s photos focus on rock icons of the past

Harbron’s photos focus on rock icons of the past

On Saturday, the Albany Institute of History & Art unveils “Rock & Roll Icons,” more than 70 photos of the hottest musicians of the 1970s and 1980s.

Nine events explore music, influence of The Band

Nine events explore music, influence of The Band

The Band cast a giant shadow, amplified here by proximity to Woodstock and frequent shows including drummer-singer Levon Helm’s triumphs; his last local concert, apart from many in his Woodstock barn, was June 29, 2007 at The Egg with his Midnight Ramble band. Now, the Egg dives deep into the music and influence of The Band with nine events across the region starting today, including six library appearances.

‘Dirty Dancing’ puts Baby, Johnny on stage

‘Dirty Dancing’ puts Baby, Johnny on stage

Of all the blockbuster movies out there that seemed destined for the stage, few if any would have better prospects than 1987’s “Dirty Dancing.” The stage version, now in its third year of the North American Tour, is coming to Proctors for eight performances in six days beginning next Tuesday.

Violinist, 14, wowed judges with her talent

Violinist, 14, wowed judges with her talent

Violinist Aram Kim of Albany didn’t expect to win the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s annual Lois Lyman Concerto Competition, but the judges knew what they were listening to.

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