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Weekender A&E

Chivalry is not dead

LAKE PLACID — Chivalry is not dead. You just have to time travel to find it. Local children will perform “King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table” tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, presented by Rising Star Productions. The comedic musical ...

Collard greens: kale’s first cousin

Kale has become our “it” green, gaining popularity over the last decade. Once relatively unknown outside the south, today restaurants make sure it is on the menu. Everyone loves kale chips. Kale has the buzz. But collard greens — kale’s first cousin — are still uncommon. Standard ...

Tupper delivers a double bill of comedy and music

TUPPER LAKE — Get ready for a night of comedy and classic rock ‘n’ roll. The Tupper Lake Red and Black Players will host a double bill of “The Fourth Wall” from the high schoolers and “All Shook Up” from the middle schoolers Friday and Saturday nights. - “The Fourth ...

Public skating at the indoor rinks

I’m so excited for the snow. It’s not that in the past I’ve not enjoyed it, but sometimes the snowy weather really needs to stay in its own lane. I need to finish the yard work and remember where I left the garden tools. Don’t worry. I’m constantly reprimanded by family members that ...

Resurrecting Dean’s face is a flat-out disgrace

The film industry isn’t just recycling movie plots. The next unoriginal step is recycling actors...who have been dead for 64 years. Despite being in only three movies (he played very bit parts in a few others, but I’m not counting those), James Dean has been considered one of the best ...

Review: Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy ‘Twisted Twenty-Six’

“Twisted Twenty-Six,” Putnam, by Janet Evanovich Edna Mazur, Stephanie’s eccentric grandmother, marries a gangster named Jimmy Rosolli, but becomes a widow less than an hour later when he keels over from a heart attack. His associates and exes immediately come out of the woodwork ...

Hill and Hollow celebrates 25th anniversary

SARANAC — In the beginning, J. Kellum Smith and Angela Brown sang in the choir at the Saranac United Methodist Church. “We thought the acoustics of the church were so lovely, and the space was very beautiful,” said Brown, who co-founded Hill and Hollow Music with her late husband in ...

The ideal wine for Thanksgiving dinner? It’s complicated

For many of us who love to cook and host on Thanksgiving, one central mystery remains: What to pour? Before I turn to the experts, I’ll offer up three things I do know about wine on this holiday: 1. You don’t want to run out. 2. Opinions vary on what tastes delicious. 3. Do ...

Review: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ is a very pleasant (and fast) ride

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer Cops might do well to position their speed traps near movie theaters wherever the new film “Ford v Ferrari” is playing. They might fund their whole year’s budget busting speeders peeling out of the parking lots. This infectious and ...

A Whole New World: Disney streaming debuts with hit brands

NEW YORK —Disney is sprinkling its pixie dust on the streaming arena this week, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free ...

What you get for $7-a-month Disney Plus subscription

NEW YORK — “The Simpsons,” “Cinderella” and several movies from the Star Wars and Marvel universes will share a streaming home Tuesday as Disney Plus debuts. Subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That’s expected to grow to 620 movies and ...

Something old, something new for Michael Stipe

NEW YORK — After Michael Stipe opens a gate to the abandoned Manhattan storefront that serves as his studio, you find a man easily traversing his past, present and future creative lives. He’s promoting a 25th anniversary package of the R.E.M. album “Monster” while excited by the ...

Take a trip

SARANAC LAKE — Before a show, bands tend to practice. Mark Hofschneider didn’t want to do that. “I’ve written some themes and chord changes and some structure,” he said. “We haven’t gotten together yet, which is why it’s an experiment.” Hofschneider, Gene Baker, Alan ...

Amythyst Kiah sparkles on the Americana scene

SARANAC LAKE — Amythyst Kiah wants to make music for everyone. She sees how genres and the history of music recording have separated people, and she wants to help change that. “It’s best when you take what’s bothering you and put it into music so that the listener can feel like ...

Why I love those little plastic rectangles

What’s my favorite way to listen to music? Streaming opens up whole new worlds of sonic discovery, and records have exquisite sound quality, but in all honesty, I prefer cassette tapes. You know, those things teenagers in ’80s movies would make for each other as a sign of ...

Thank you, electrical line crew

A few years ago, the frost line went so deep that water pipes in homes across the Adirondacks were freezing in the middle of winter. Thankfully my house was without water for only a few days. As soon as our water came back on, we had neighbors showering at our house and taking buckets of water ...

Root Shock returns to The Waterhole

SARANAC LAKE — Root Shock returns to The Waterhole Saturday. Conscious, soulful, uplifting, even healing—that’s how many fans have described the band’s infectious sound and energy. With a reputation like that, it’s unsurprising that this group is indebted to reggae, a class ...

Review: ‘Finding Chika’ is bittersweet memoir of family

“Finding Chika: a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family” (Harper), by Mitch Albom The author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” has a new memoir in which he again shares lessons learned from someone dear to him who dies. This time, though, instead of an old professor, ...

Leeks: the subtle onion

The trees are bare and snowflakes are blowing in the wind. Winter is on the way. One of the few things left to be harvested before the ground freezes are leeks. These alliums add their distinctive, delicate flavor to all types of culinary delights — soups, stir-fries, salads, and egg ...