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This week: Art events of note

This week: Art events of note

Here's my curated guide to arts and entertainment events that might be worth your time and money. I focus typically on the mid-valley, but if there's something big happening elsewhere, I'll note it here. If you want me to include your arts event in this list, click on...

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 16-17

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 16-17

Let's start this week -- as we seem to every week -- with a downer of a story about the state of newspapers: Here's McKay Coppins, an outstanding reporter for The Atlantic, with the most comprehensive piece I've seen on Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund...

Art for the Heart: The lost sketch

Art for the Heart: The lost sketch

I had a great time Saturday night hosting The Arts Center's Art for the Heart gala virtual event: with Arts Center Executive Director Cynthia Spencer and an army of volunteers at the helm, along with my frequent collaborator John Harris of Horsepower Productions, the...

This week: Art events of note

This week: Art events of note

Here's my curated guide to arts and entertainment events that might be worth your time and money. I focus typically on the mid-valley, but if there's something big happening elsewhere, I'll note it here. If you want me to include your arts event in this list, click on...

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Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 9-10

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 9-10

Let's start with a deep dive into the state of local newspapers today. I promise I have some fun reads in store this weekend, but this isn't one of them: Elaine Godfrey, a staff writer at The Atlantic, took a long look at what happened when the newspaper chain...

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Vaccine quote in story required additional context

Vaccine quote in story required additional context

A recent story in the Gazette-Times about a protest against the city's regulations regarding first responders who aren't vaccinated against the coronavirus included this quote from one of the protesters, an Albany firefighter. "I’m here because I'm against forced...

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Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 9-10

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 2-3

I'm posting this edition of Your Weekend Reader earlier than usual so that you have a few hours to bid on some of the Duck Stamp paintings that "Last Week Tonight" entered into the annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service competition; bidding ends Friday evening. For...

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Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 9-10

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 11-12

So, um, I got distracted this weekend, which explains a little bit why this edition of the Weekend Reader is being posted late on Sunday afternoon. My apologies, although I have a modicum of an excuse, which I'll hint at below. In the meantime, if you wanted to hang...

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