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Expo is out of this world

Free event at Empire State Plaza features cool costumed characters, live shows, vendors and more

The Blums are the typical American family ... two kids, jobs and a house in Upstate New York. That is, until the weekend comes and the family transforms into the bad guys from “Star Wars.”

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The nature of art

Thacher Nature Center to host annual environment-inspired art exhibit, offering art classes

Artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but one local art show is rooted in Mother Nature’s visual appeal.

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A Lego up on the competition

Slingerlands man’s skills land him a dream job at Boston Legoland Discovery Center

Ian Coffey, who was working for the New York State Senate, will now spend his days building Lego displays.

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Musical journey through time

Fresh off his Grammy win, David Alan Miller conducts family-friendly symphony program

Riding high on his recent Grammy win, Albany Symphony Orchestra conductor David Alan Miller is looking to expand his audience with a performance that appeals to the younger set.

The write stuff

Visiting Writers Series lets authors and their audiences mingle

A local blogger has just reported a serial killer is on the loose in the city of Albany. The first two victims were local young women without any apparent connection, and the third is a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen.”

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Swazzle Dazzle

Puppet show aims to inspire through musical tale and colorful characters

Two twin brothers from Southern California who grew up admiring Jim Henson’s “The Muppets” are now following in his footsteps as they travel across the country with their handmade puppets.

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Traditional tunes with an energetic twist

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Old Songs in Voorheesville will be presenting the April Verch Band.

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Making good at Curtain Call

Contemporary play makes regional debut at local theater

The play “Good People,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Chris Foster, is making its regional debut at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, with performances taking place through Feb. 8.

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A spirited soiree

In its fifth year, Wine & Dine for the Arts supports the arts one culinary masterpiece at a time

It is a no secret that New York City, Montreal and Boston all have their share of famous restaurants, theaters and entertainment hotspots, but what some people don’t realize is that those same very things can be found right here in our own backyard.

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Sinbad steps out

Comedian to make a stop in Troy

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall kicks off the New Year with a visit from the stand-up comedian and actor Sinbad.

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‘War Horse’ ticket sales benefit veterans

Proctors donates to local nonprofit Saratoga WarHorse

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic “War Horse,” winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play, will make its premiere at Proctors, Jan. 15-19.

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Embracing the absurd

Guilderland native pens first book with a cast of zany characters and adventures

More than a decade after a local man started writing a book in college, he dusted off the novel of absurd comedy to see the words finally make it to the printed page.

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Local projects win big in REDC awards

Rail Trail comes closer to being completed; arts venues receive grants

Nearly $83 million will flow to the Capital Region through the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards, and nearly 30 projects in Albany County nabbed funding. Most of them focused on highlighted projects, but several local priorities were also granted funding.

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Not your average craft market

Made by Hand features select artists from the Northeast

Many people are familiar with craft fairs, but a local business is holding an invitation-only craft market to ensure the quality of the products for sale.

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Dance series aims to bring crowds to their feet

Old Songs hosts monthly gatherings featuring simple moves and a social element

Dancing isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but one local man bets he can get even the most reluctant of dancers off the sideline and moving in no time.