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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York is associated with summer in our region, but over the last few years, SPAC has begun offering programming year-round through collaboration with other community venues and organizations.

But, these are tough times – especially for the arts. CEO of SPAC Elizabeth Sobel is here to discuss the huge threat to survival all artists and arts organizations are confronting right now – and also discuss some of the ways art brings us together in times of uncertainty – and how one engages with art in an era of pandemic.

Elizabeth Sobol is the President and CEO of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is now presenting the critically acclaimed exhibition “Like Sugar,” which explores the problematic and joyful aspects of sugar from multiple points of view to broaden our understanding of how the multi-layered substance affects us.

Tonight (Monday, March 4), in conjunction with the exhibition, the Tang’s Accelerator Series of talks on urgent issues is presenting “Food Futures—Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being” with special guests Kate Daughdrill, an artist and urban farmer from Detroit; Anthony Hatch, a Wesleyan University professor whose book “Blood Sugar” critiques how scientists and drug companies use race and ethnicity; and Leah Penniman, a farmer, activist and author from Grafton, New York.

In the studio with us today to tell us all about the exhibition and tonight’s event are Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, and Rachel Seligman, the Malloy Curator and a co-organizer of the “Like Sugar” exhibition.

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Saratoga Springs Police Chief Greg Veitch plans to retire this spring. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports the city’s Public Safety commissioner has kind words for the man who has been chief for the last six years.

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Local governments have been stepping up their online presence, employing technology as a tool for communicating transparency.

For three decades, two upstate cities have celebrated the beginning of the holiday season in Victorian style.

The Saratoga Shakespeare Company is presenting two summer productions in Congress Park in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York.

The bard’s “As You Like It” directed by Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin, and “Henry IV, Parts 1&2,”directed by David Girard. This is a Season of Transformation and celebrates Saratoga Shakespeare’s eighteenth summer season of free outdoor theater.

David Girard join us now along with Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director Lary Opitz and actors Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch and Kevin McGuire.

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  The New York City Ballet is in residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York July 17-21.

Lauren Lovette has been a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet since 2015; jeteing from the School of American Ballet to apprentice, to corps de ballet dancer, to soloist and now, principal dancer. She’s performing the role of Juliet in “Romeo + Juliet” at SPAC on July 19, 20, and 21; and she will dance in Warren Carlyle’s tribute to Jerome Robbins’ “Something to Dance About” at SPAC’s New York City Ballet Gala.  She’s also choreographed a work entitled “Not Our Fate” that will be part of SPAC’s 21st Century Choreographers program on July 19.

Frances Young Tang was a businesswoman, philanthropist, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.

The museum’s fifth annual Frances Day, a community open house from 2 to 6 pm is on Saturday, July 14th. Visitors can experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, tours, food, music, and more. Ian Berry is the Dayton director of The Tang.

Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Ed Tick has been a psychotherapist for 40 years. He has been specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s.

Later this month the Soldier's Heart Summer Institute Presents: Trauma, Healing and the Human Spirit, June 28 - 30 at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, New York. Ed Tick’s keynote in entitled, "Navigating the Apocalypse: From Military to Global Trauma."

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The Preservation League of New York State is asking legislators to support changes to historic tax credits.

    Today's Book Picks list comes from Sam Baker of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
“Great Questions of Tomorrow” by David Rothkopf
“Women & Power” by Mary Beard
“Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon
“Brave Enough” by Cheryl Strayed
“Ikigai: Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Hector Garcia
“How Art Can Make You Happy” by Bridget Payne
“The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Disagree About Religion and Politics” by Jonathan Haid
“Make Your Bed” by Admiral William McRaven

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A majority of police departments in New York are commanded by men. As more women join the force, a week of training now under way in Saratoga Springs aims to prepare female officers for leadership roles.

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Visitors to Saratoga Springs this weekend should prepare for large crowds and heavy traffic. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports  public safety officials are asking anyone coming to the city to plan accordingly.

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A controversial Capital Region gun show will return to the Saratoga Springs City Center this spring.

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The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  The local event, which ranks first in the state and second out of 90 tours in the U.S., is set for Saratoga Springs this weekend.

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On a recent cold February night, the Saratoga Springs Code Blue program was in full operation. Before the doors opened at 7, a crowd was already waiting outside.

Earlier this month, Saratoga Hospital’s $14 million expansion project hit a significant roadblock after two city council members, Commissioner of Accounts John Franck and Mayor Joanne Yepsen, recused themselves from any future votes on the project, due to conflicts of interest.

  Longtime local journalist Thomas Dimopoulos has a new book out this summer, Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss.

It is a collection of short stories and photographs that weaves in an exclusive timeline of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to tell the story of Saratoga.

Dimopoulos has worked as a journalist in Saratoga since 1998, including more than a decade as an award-winning staff writer at The Post-Star, The Saratogian and Saratoga Wire.

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has dominated headlines and adorned magazine covers since his historic win at Belmont last weekend. With the meet at Saratoga just weeks away, the win is generating buzz throughout town.

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The conflict over a proposed parking structure for the Saratoga Springs City Center continues. The owners of a neighboring restaurant are speaking out against a proposed zoning amendment that they feel would allow the project to block their existing solar panels.

    

  Chuck Palahniuk, the bestselling author of Fight Club will be in Saratoga Springs with his new novel, Beautiful You, about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure tomorrow night at 7PM in at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

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Tom Durkin, longtime announcer at Saratoga Race Course, will call his last race Sunday. Today, in the Winners’ Circle beside the flat track, Durkin opened up about his imminent retirement.

On Friday morning, sitting beside New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay, Tom Durkin was brief in his opening remarks. Sunday will mark an end to his more than four-decade career of calling horse races, from the sport’s lower-level tracks to the heights of the Classic races.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Saratoga Springs, New York on July 29th for a book signing. The former New York Senator will sign her memoir Hard Choices, according to The Saratogian. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Northshire Bookstore starting at 10 a.m. Monday.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen held her first town hall-style dialogue with city residents Tuesday evening, where community conversation was not dominated by casinos for a change.

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For Saratoga Springs, 2013 was a year of transitions. It was an election year featuring high-profile political campaigns, a controversial ballot initiative, and plenty of new faces getting in place for 2014.

On January 1st, 2013, former Saratoga County Clerk Republican Kathy Marchione left her position of more than 15 years to become state Senator for the 43rd District, a seat long held by Roy MacDonald. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Democrat Peter Martin to the clerk’s office.

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Earlier this month, Saratoga Springs residents elected Democrat Joanne Yepsen to become their next mayor.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Yepsen about her time between now and January when she will succeed outgoing Republican mayor Scott Johnson, and her vision for the Spa City as she assembles a transition team.

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Saratoga Springs attracts many people who flock to the small city to see sites like the race course, Yaddo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the historic downtown. But during election season and even in the weeks after the final votes have been counted, campaign signs dominate the landscape.

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  Wildly entertaining humorist and actor Mo Rocca will join The Saratoga Wine & Food and Concours d'Elegance as this year's celebrity personality.

As co-host of the Live Auction with Master Wine Connoisseur Kevin Zraly and as part of the Culinary Tent experience, Rocca will bring his off-beat and satirical commentary, which can regularly be seen on CBS Sunday Morning and Cooking Channel's My Grandmother's Ravioli and heard on NPR's hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!.

  Since the inaugural meeting was held in August 1863, Saratoga Springs has been the scene of memorable horse races, often featuring legends of the sport. Although some of the epic moments are still familiar today, many of the triumphs and defeats that were once famous have been forgotten.

In their new book, 150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little-Known Stories and Facts from America's Most Historic Racing City, Allan Carter and Mike Kane take a look back at important but neglected stories and present statistics from the pre-NYRA years and a rundown of the greatest fields assembled at America's oldest track.

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    We’re here at SPAC, and we’re bringing out the big guns. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White is joining us here to talk about some recent events at SPAC, and what they’ve got planned for the future.

Marcia White was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005, and has overseen a major renovation of the theater during the first years of her tenure and has ensured the continuation of SPAC staples: the Ballet, the Jazz Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra.

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