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Model holiday

The Trains and Toys exhibit at miSci has become a tradition for many families

In a world where 8-year-olds beg for the latest cellphone, the sight of a toy train set still holds a special kind of magic this time of year – especially in Schenectady.

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It’s a wonder

Voorheesville Middle School Drama Club to present a musical twist on a classic this weekend

Two years ago, Stefanie DeFronzo took a summer workshop at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham and played the white queen in the musical “Wonderland.”

‘Animals’ magnetism

Director to begin casting in the Capital District for film that has become a labor of love

A Brooklyn-based production team – headed by acclaimed documentary director, Jeremiah Zagar – is preparing to spend the summer filming in the Capital District, and is currently auditioning local talent in search of the lead role.

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Tapping into a children’s classic

Performer puts an urban twist on ‘Peter and the Wolf’

Cartier Williams, who stars in the debut of “Peter and the Wolf, An Urban Tale” on Nov. 21 and 22 at The Egg Center for Performing Arts, said he was looking to bring an updated classic to the stage.

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Putting a shine on the season

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park a tradition for many area families

When Lenny Ricchiuti speaks of the Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, he speaks proudly of how the annual event has become a tradition.

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Troubled motherhood

‘American Medea’ at Skidmore examines the similarities between Euripides’ subject and modern-day examples

While researching the weighty subject of filicide, the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child, for her play “American Medea,” writer and director Holly Derr found herself talking with anyone who would listen.

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Hess wheels in its history [photo gallery]

Toy Truck Mobile Museum stops in Slingerlands, showcases its 50-year history

Fascination over Hess’ toy trucks seemed to hold an ageless appeal at a recent and rare showing of the entire collection.

Have a no-cook Thanksgiving

Restaurants offering takeout or holiday service give kitchen-weary hosts a break

Some people love spending Thanksgiving in the kitchen, but it’s not for everyone, and preparing an elaborate holiday meal is just one of the 8.8 million complaints you’ll see if you Google “Thanksgiving stinks.”

Poet lends voice to children’s school

Director will portray Emily Dickinson to raise money

Emily Dickinson will be brought to life next month as her poems are recited as part of a local school benefit.

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A race through Albany history

Library turns the city into a game board to introduce new patrons to its Pruyn Collection

As the local history librarian for Albany Public Library, Jim Davies has found a way to combine his love for history with his love of gaming.

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Park Playhouse and Palace partner up

Collaboration brings about performances of ‘Pinkalicious’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

The Palace Performing Arts Center is adding to its 2014/2015 season two family-oriented theatrical offerings produced by Albany’s Park Playhouse.

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A shared experience

Director of documentary about the Dalai Lama to discuss his work at The Spectrum

The chance to meet the Dalai Lama is, for many, a life-altering experience.

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Passport to understanding

Get a glimpse of the world at annual Festival of Nations at Empire State Plaza

A long-standing Albany tradition continues when the Empire State Plaza Convention Center hosts the 43rd annual Festival of Nations on Sunday, Oct. 26, in downtown Albany.

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Redemption time

Pro wrestling event in Troy raises money for charity while fans raise their voices in fun

Rumor has it that there’s going to be a few fights at the Boys and Girls Club of Troy on Saturday, Oct. 25, and no one will be there to stop them.

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Down and derby

The Hellions of Troy bring women of all backgrounds together to compete in a sport known to inflict a few bruises all in the name of fun

With competitors named Viper Martini, Bonnie Doom and Trixie Firecracker, the sport of roller derby still carries the air of showmanship it is known for, but the game is far from the blood and glitter reputation that sometimes still follows it today.