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Love thy #selfie

Local high school tackles the global phenomenon

The practice of composing a self-portrait dates back several centuries to ancient sculptors who’d depict their likeness into stone. Conversely, what was once an exhibition of one’s artistic talent, the advent of technology and social media has reduced this form of expression as a whimsical and instantaneous declaration of one’s self — the selfie.

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Hello, Birdie

Bethlehem Middle School students ready to perform ‘Bye, Bye Birdie, Jr.’

Audience members will likely leave with a happy face after watching an upbeat, humorous tale featuring a rock ’n’ roll heartthrob crooning sock hop tunes.

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A city’s lost heritage

Albany residents regain perspective of life in storied South End

Once upon a time, the governor took the visiting princess on a journey to survey his capital city. As they both traveled by car over potholed streets and tenant houses in shambles, the governor was said to be embarrassed. Is that not how stories with princesses usually go?

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First Night returns

Saratoga New Year’s Eve celebration marks 19th year

In the span of nearly two decades, Saratoga Springs has transformed itself from the place to be in August to the most happening New Year’s Eve jaunt this side of Times Square.

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Getting the call

Delmar resident received Grammy nomination for sound engineering

Allison Reichman was checking Facebook on the morning of Dec. 5 when she first saw the announcement. Her husband, Nathaniel Reichman, had been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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Get into the groove

Opera Saratoga hosts unconventional a cappella group

It may be fair to say that only in Saratoga Springs can one expect an opera to break out inside a night club?

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A season for the spectacular

Aerial acrobatics coupled with gravity-defying feats of balancing are the trademarks that have followed every Cirque Dreams production for the past two decades.

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Timeless voices

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’

An exhibition of nearly 350 years of musical experience will take place at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

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‘The Tempest’ on tap at Bethlehem Central High School

The school’s 26th annual Shakespeare production set for December

An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to take the stage in this year’s production of “The Tempest,” to take place Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14.

Troy Music Hall, Pro Musica partner up

Community arts institutions join in arrangement to offer expanded cultural offerings to the area

It was announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, at an event in Downtown Troy that Albany Pro Musica will become the chorus-in-residence at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

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Dancing the dream

Moscow Ballet brings ‘The Nutcracker’ back to The Palace at a more family-friendly time

The Moscow Ballet returns the Palace Theater for a matinee performance of “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Nov. 29.

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Ten years of song

Bethlehem Senior Choir celebrates a decade of providing music for seniors by seniors

One local singing group is kicking off its 10-year anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.

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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.”

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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.