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Weekender A&E

A diverse Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day Turkey, squash, potatoes, pie gobble, gobble, gulp. For food, fun, friends, family, Give thanks today, and always. Winter snuck in upon us - and we weren't completely prepared. Clothespins were frozen on the clothesline, the porch windows were open and the ...

How to tame that intimidating winter squash

Hard winter squash is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, in fillings for ravioli or lasagna, as a noodle alternative, in soups, salads, stuffed and so on. This time of year, I crave a hot, buttery butternut or acorn ``squash mash’’ — think of it as ...

Meet the man picked to host a ‘Blue’s Clues’ reboot

NEW YORK — Joshua Dela Cruz has gone from having a genie as a sidekick to a bright blue puppy — and he couldn’t be happier. The actor is the host of a new reboot of the pre-school TV show “Blue’s Clues” and hopes people who grew up on the original come to check it out with ...

Disney Plus user accounts already on hacking sites

Disney says its new Disney Plus streaming service doesn’t have a security breach, but some users have been shut out after hackers tried to break into their accounts. The news site ZDNet found stolen account usernames and passwords selling for $3 on underground hacking forums. ...

Jon Voight, Alison Krauss honored with national medals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and mystery writer James Patterson are among the artists and philanthropists being honored by President Donald Trump for their contributions to the arts or the humanities, the first recipients of ...

Malina hired as new LP Sinfonietta conductor

LAKE PLACID — While his high school friends may have been listening to contemporary bands such as U2, the Cure and the Police, Stuart Malina listened to Beethoven sonatas. “I was that nerdy kid in high school, and to this day I know very little about popular music that my friends ...

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 ...